Tote-ally cool and friendly | Tag to win

Update: Alice has picked Kajal as the winner. She is giving away a badge from her personal collection as an add-on. Those who didn’t win needn’t be disappointed. There’s lots of good news in the future. Thanks so much for participating.

Unlike most management studies’ graduates, Shreya Shanbhag spent time after graduation coming up with a plan. The result is ‘toteally shoppers’. She’s saving the environment trouble by producing really cool cloth bags.

She’s done her research and knows the ill-effects of plastic bags pointing out their ban in most European countries as well as the state of Maharashtra and city of Bangalore. Informed and innovative! We like!

I don’t need to carry a shopping bag with me anymore. I’ll have a toteally stylish shoulder candy instead. Made of bio-degradable cotton, these totes are reusable and foldable.

You’ll be complimented whether you go to a BYOB party or grocery shopping!

As if all this weren’t enough, the girl will customize bags for you too. Whether it’s your sister’s birthday, best friend’s bachelorette or theme party, you can place an order with her for take-home goodies.

I’m eyeing the tote with the green heels. If you fancy yourself one, drop her an email at toteally.shoppers@gmail.com and she will promptly work it out.

Now that you’ve seen and read all about toteally shoppers, answer a simple question and stand a chance to win one of the totes!

“How do you tag your tote?” Leave your answer in the comments section. Psst. Alice attaches a button badge to her tote to keep it personal and distinct from everyone else.

Alice will pick the best answer and get in touch with the winner. You get brownie points if you subscribe to my blog, like my facebook page and follow me on twitter. Hurry! Contest closes on 24th Jan.

Click on the images for a better view. Toteally find them on facebook.

Lafangey Parindey outfit | Go green

So, what did I wear to the press screening of Lafangey Parindey?
We had a couple of minutes to take some quick shots.

In several YashRaj films, there is a serene shot of the heroine,
looking at herself in the mirror as she gets ready.

I didn’t imagine it would happen to me too. I love it!

I chose to wear this dress because it is simple. And yet it makes a statement with the bold flowers. I love the clean visual impact thanks to the straight lines and symmetry of the dress. The way a garment is cut makes all the difference.

You don’t need anything more than a dress, earrings, tote bag and striking heels to make an impact and keep your outfit minimal. These shoes, worn previously here, go well with Indian and Western ensembles.

The tote bag was actually picked up by the sister at Hard Rock Cafe, Paris. The graffiti is striking as is but is accompanied by a message on a tag, ‘Save the Planet’. The bag is made from natural cotton and only water-based inks are used.

I love the green of the flowers on my dress. The green of my earrings is so soothing. And of course, nothing beats being ‘eco-friendly’. xoxo

Dress – Golmaal, Lokhandwala, Mumbai, India | Tote bag – Hard Rock Cafe, Paris, France | Earrings – Golmaal, Lokhandwala, Mumbai, India

Photographs: Aniruddha Guha