Embrace Yourself: The Start Of Something Wonderful

Everywhere I went, they asked me, “What do you do?” I didn’t know how to answer that. I did so many things. And like Alice, I felt like I would change so many times over.

Dhruvi aka Alice
Dhruvi aka Alice

Then one day, it occurred to me. Who I was was more important than what I did. I was a strong girl when I began, full of thoughts and ideas about the way of life. I felt like I could take on anything. My words were my strength. I considered myself a writer. That was also my reply when someone asked me what I did. But somewhere in time, along the way, I felt I was being defined by words. I was slotting myself into categories. I was either a writer, a stylist, a blogger or a girl waiting to meet a boy. I went into a cocoon. I found comfort hiding behind these titles. I was static. Until one day, my heart started beating really fast. Every conversation I had was with another woman who had found herself. And somehow I was waiting. To break free from the cocoon. And emerge a butterfly. A happy creature with wings that could lift any weight on my shoulders. I came into my own and was truly my best self. I feel like that even now. Lighter, free and ready to take on the world. Almost as if my whole life has been a preparation for this very moment. Where I can put my best self forward and vibe on the same frequency as others.

I know there are many more who feel this way. And so, with this post, I am kick-starting a campaign. ‘Embrace yourself‘ is an all inclusive collaboration of cross-cultural and multi-faced creators who have one primary goal. To come into their own and give back to society and the world at large.

I have already embarked on this venture with a hugely talented and diverse set of women. I am going to trace their individual journeys for you. Keep reading until the end for a surprise. Continue reading Embrace Yourself: The Start Of Something Wonderful

Alice & Celery wander to Häagen Dazs for a tasting | Fun fun fun

There couldn’t be a better way to beat the heat than to head to the Häagen Dazs lounge at Phoenix Mills on a weekday. Of course, it can only get better if Alice (of Alice Wandering…) is meeting Celery (of When Harry met Celery) there.

Fondue at Haagen Dazs
Fondue at Haagen Dazs

After tasting literally every flavour (almost 20) at the counter, we settled on “summer berries and cream”, “Belgian chocolate” and “dulce de leche” as our favourites. We were in for a treat as the “fondue”, “summer blossom” and “paradise” creations landed on the table. Split among 6 of us, the fondue was finished in about 3 minutes and summer blossom and paradise in even lesser time.

The Häagen Dazs fondue is one of their signature creations. A pot of melting dark chocolate sauce is surrounded by mini ice cream scoops, fruits and patisserie. Priced at Rs 1300, every fondue comes with four mini scoops of Belgian Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream and Vanilla each, eight cubes of sponge cake, three pieces of hard cookies, picola sticks, seasonal fruits and chocolate chip cookies. Sounds yum, doesn’t it? My mouth is watering at the sight and I want to go back for more.

Flower Blossom at Haagen Dazs
Flower Blossom at Haagen Dazs

Flower Blossom and Paradise are pretty much variations of the same concoction. While one is a crunchy waffle basket of vanilla, strawberry, coffee and chocolate ice-cream, raspberry and mango sorbet dressed with hot fudge and raspberry sauce, the other is a mountain of flat waffles dripping with chocolate sauce.

Paradise at Haagen Dazs
Paradise at Haagen Dazs

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Weekend reading of Dhruvi’s posts for MissMalini – 1

So, I thought I’d post blurbs from some of the fun posts I’ve done for MissMalini.com I don’t intend to post all of them. The icon on the right sits there for a reason. It’s just meant to be a sort of introduction to the kind of work I plan to do for her.

First up, a piece on losing your blog! What a scare Mr. Bachchan gave us. Thankfully, things are back to normal in the blogosphere. 🙂

Big B blog on MissMalini

To read the entire post, check Big B’s blog lost and found and let me know what you think 🙂

Business meeting | Pleather bags | Sula

Aastha (of Indian Summer)  & I had a meeting scheduled at the Sula Vineyards office. Since it was very close to the Palladium, we couldn’t resist checking out the various sales.

We had a nice, quick lunch at the Indigo Deli. They should be offering me a loyalty card because I pay them a visit every month and sometimes, thrice in the same month. Anyway, you must try their potato, corn and jalapeno burger. It’s really filling and delicious. I had a lemon and mint slush as an accompaniment.

Photograph: Aastha Atray

Sunglasses – Mango at G7 mall, Versova, Mumbai | Dress – Platinum Mall, Bangkok, Thailand | Tights – Platinum Mall, Bangkok | Bag – Platinum Mall

We both ended up carrying pleather bags. While I had bought mine in Bangkok, she bought hers at Lokhandwala in Mumbai. Pleather bags are great to carry to meetings and have enough pockets to organize your stuff.

Photographs: Aniruddha Guha

The meeting went off well. Aniruddha Guha dropped in and clicked our pictures. We’re really excited to collaborate again and bring “From the rabbit hole: A vine’yard’ sale” to Sulafest ’11. One more reason for you people to join in.

Mark your attendance at the facebook event: From the rabbit hole

Check out the Sulafest event: Sulafest 2011 and my earlier post here.


The cat is out with a bag

Of the many adventures I had to share with you, I was waiting for an opportune moment to tell you of this one.

It was a rainy day in Goa. The market was shutting down. Yet, three stalls were enthusiastically selling their wares. It was then that I bought my reversible jhola: a black and grey beauty. With time, she aged, wrinkled and wobbled, making it difficult to carry, reaching for the ground each time. Finally, I had to let go.

It was also raining the day I accidentally found just the fabric I needed to give her a new life. I was overjoyed! Fabric was bought, sketches were made and tailor was instructed. It was a patient wait until my new beauty was in my hands.

Photographs: Dhruvi Shah

These were her first shots. I sent them to my closest friends, asking for reactions. They were impressed. I was satisfied.

So, folks, the cat (me) is out with a bag. An old reversible jhola was recycled to use as lining, also making provision for a pocket inside the new bag. Additionally, two fabrics have been used. The one that can prominently be seen is embroidered with gold sequins in a floral shape. The other is used for sides and straps. There is enough volume to carry an A4 sized book, gadgets of daily use, products of daily use, etc. A zipper is used to open and close it. I’m retailing it for approximately Rs. 650, shipping additional. You can place your order with me via email or by commenting on the post or on facebook. It would take 2 weeks to construct and 1 week to deliver.

Now that we’re done with the details, it’s time for some modeling. Of course, all three times that she has been out on the town, it has been to the movies.

Photographs: Aniruddha Guha

Earrings – Golmaal, Lokhandwala, Mumbai | Tunic – Golmaal | Wedges – Mahableshwar market | Jhola – self-designed

Photographs: Dhruvi Shah

The jhola was up for display at the yard sale. A very enthusiastic Aastha placed an order with me and I’m working on a design for her. Aniruddha was very jolly and posed with it. He insisted I must not sell it, she being my first. Ay ay captain, am only taking orders for new ones. 🙂