As I told you the last time, I’m participating in a blind test for a new range of shampoo and conditioner. I have to admit it’s kind of mysterious and exciting to use hair care products, not knowing what brand they are. In just two washes, I could feel my hair smoothening out, shining and smelling divine. I love the fruity essence of the shampoo. I also like that conditioner has a slightly denser consistency than the shampoo and just glides across my hair without seeping into the scalp. I really love long hair and I’m loving the effect of this hair care range. I can’t wait to find out which brand it is and share it with you all.
I’ve always wished for long hair. Beyond a certain length, my hair just looks limp and dead. I have to chop it off and make do with shoulder length hair. That’s all the more reason I’m excited to be a part of this blind test for a hair care range.
I received a hamper with a shampoo and conditioner and all I know is I have to try it if I ‘Love Long Hair’.
I’ve used it once and my hair smells so good and actually shines. Follow me to know if this shampoo and conditioner does wonders for my hair.
And like me, you’ll find out in a few weeks which brand these products are actually from. Are you excited?
In an interview with young, beautiful and talented Niharika Jolly – owner and lead designer at Tantrum shoes, we find out what her brand is all about and how she comes up with amazing shoe names each time an idea strikes her!
What are Tantrum shoes all about?
Lace, feathers, flowers, jewels and bows! I want my brand to be a one-stop destination for anyone looking for ballerinas. Ballerinas are often seen as basic daily wear shoes. With Tantrum, we’ve tried to change that mindset. We’d like people to wear our shoes for special occasions and most importantly we want people to look down at their shoes and feel beautiful.
How did you start out?
Personally, now that I think about it, I started it on a total whim. Today, I don’t know whether I’d have the guts to just go out and start something without a business plan, strategy etc.
What’s is educational qualification?
I’ve studied at a girls boarding school, St.Xaviers and as for my design-realated education, it’s all thanks to a person who I started as intern with and went on to work for. New York-based designer, Jaimal Odedra who’s someone I’d say has taught me so much that an institution couldn’t do better.
So, what’s your other job?
Currently, I’m assisting costume designers in Bollywood.
What makes Tantrum different from the end number of brands available on Facebook?
Most importantly, we make sure we’re not boring! As much as we’d like to deny it, a lot of us may try to ‘grow up’ in terms of clothing to look more mature, using subtle colours, staying safe. BUT, there’s still that child hidden in us. So the idea is to offer a sort of fairy tale shoe. We’re catering to that little girl within you who smiles when she sees a gold poofy flower or a pink bow.
You mentioned you make your own shoes. How?
I do not make every single shoe now as I used to earlier but yes I still cut the pattern of every first prototype that is made. But, every single embellishment is still done or closely monitored by me. We may take time on your shoes but we’re definitely trying to give you the best handmade option. Our shoes are not mass produced by machines. We’re happy do still be made ‘by the hand’.
How does one buy a Tantrum shoe?
Well we travel quite a bit around India and exhibit the shoes, but our Facebook page is what has been the main selling point. All the shoes are photographed and cataloged there. After two years, we’ve finally got our own website and it’s going to be much easier purchasing directly thanks to zepo.in. Also, we’re going to start retailing in Mumbai very soon but that’s still under wraps.
What’s your favorite type of shoe?
It would definitely be the ballerina. It’s so comfortable (which I’ve come to realize is so so so important!).
You have really amazing shoe names, how do you come up with those?
(Laughs) I try to be creative. In fact, till today whenever I make a new shoe I ask a lot of people what it should be named. I’ve dedicated a couple of shoes to people, friends, fairytale characters, princesses, characters from books, TV shows and the list goes on.
What inspires you to make new shoes?
Everything beautiful inspires me. It could be fabric, flowers, baubles, places, paintings and even dinnerware! And of course I ask a lot of people for their opinions. My sister, friends and even some of the guys. There isn’t a single time that one of them enters my house/workshop and doesn’t get shown a shoe and asked various questions about whether they’d wear it, if not then what should I change etc.
What are some of your favourite shoe brands?
I admire Ms Selfridge and Charles and Kieth.
Our pick from her store are shoes titled “Daily shoe story”. Aptly named, this pair is something that goes well with almost anything! To begin with, they are black in colour. The embellishment on the ballerinas too aren’t too over the top. Together with the small pearly balls, these can be worn to a brunch with a lighter dress or teamed with a all-black number for a night out with the girls. Sometimes, we think we will stocking-clad our legs and wear it with a neon tunic.
Cooped up inside one of Bandra’s bylane, Argentum is a destination for all those who take their earrings a little too seriously. A store that mainly dabbles with semi-precious couture jewellery, stocks on everything from bracelets, neck pieces to bangles, but the earrings here are outstanding and like no other place in the city.
The store isn’t too big and doesn’t have several options, but the limited range of jewellery manages to offer something for everyone. Whether you are someone who likes dainty jewellery or even if you are high on bling, Argentum has at least a dozen pieces for each kind of buyer.
We visited the store on a cold rainy day but the warm approach of owner Rishi Pherwani was good enough to get us into the mood for some heavy-duty shopping. The afternoon began with a hot cup of green tea, followed by a tour of the store and ended into, there are no prizes for guessing – jewellery shopping!
To begin with, Argentum stocks on jewellery priced between Rs 2000 to Rs 35,000. Most of their pieces are made using silver and semi-precious stones and each item is hand-crafted as against machine-made stuff available at other stores in the city.
We specially liked the place for their massive collection of earrings, spreading across delicate everyday stuff to glamorous hoops, chandelier, drip earrings, studs and others.
Apart from earrings, Argentum also stocks on hand gear and cocktail rings that are as interesting, but the stock is limited to a handful of artistisnal pieces.
What’s more? On buying, the attendant packs up your pick in a box that is adhesive-free. This ensures that your jewellery stays as in and doesn’t darken, which is generally the case with silver items.
All in all, Argentum offers a wholesome shopping experience for a woman who loves to bedazzle.
TimesCity, a popular destination that has so far helped us explore restaurants, nightlife, events and movies, is all set to hold it’s first ever Gourmet Week from July 15-21, 2013. The event taking place in three cities in the country - Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, gives foodies a chance to dig in without burning a hole in their pocket.
With an expansive choice of cuisines ranging from Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian, gourmands can explore platters from around the world at select Times Food Award winning restaurants.
To give you a taste of these, the curators have worked closely with chefs of these restaurants and have crafted up a menu that highlights 3 best dishes from each menu, starting at Rs 750 per person.
We tried the menu at Cafe Zoe and came home pleasantly satisfied for Rs 1200 per head. Here is a look at what our first course looked like.
To book a table and for more information, log on to http://timescity.com/