Some time ago, a store called Spiritzzz got in touch with me. It was rather interesting because they believe your shopping experience should be combined with a pampering session. The store offers not only ready-made apparel, jewellery and accessories but also a hair and make-up studio. While you shop from a wide range of dresses, tops, tunics, jumpsuits and the like, you could get a haircut, blow-dry, hair spa, foot spa or face rejuvenation treatment. Now that’s something I’m willing to try. Aren’t you? Especially since the store is giving away vouchers to 3 of you lucky readers this month. One is for a hand spa, the other for a foot spa and yet another for a facial treatment. It’s simple. Write to me (in the comments below) explaining what it is about shopping that makes you want to pamper yourself. The best answers win.
Photographs: Himani Shah
Isn’t it tricky what you should wear when you go shopping? I was headed to the Tommy Hilfiger store in Mumbai to review their spring/summer collection and hopefully, make an addition to my wardrobe.
What I wore: Flower Pot Printed Dress – Chemistry | Clutch – BlackCurrent at Bliss | Shoes – Platinum Mall, Bangkok
What I tried: I put together three different looks so you get a feel and idea of the range.
First up, it was a blue and white dress with piping on the neckline and a waist belt to match. I loved the casual avatar. The fabric is perfect for the summers, the striped pattern is classic and the silhouette comfortable. And you don’t need to break the bank to own it, it’s aptly priced.
So, Aastha and I met up to discuss important matters on a Friday. We try. Of course, we spoke about so many things under the sun.
T-shirt – Zara @ Palladium Mall, Mumbai | Jeans – Infinity, Juhu, Mumbai | Sandals – QueueUp, G7 Mall, Versova, Mumbai | Bag – Chocolate, Hong Kong
I wore my tee from Zara. It was really appropriate because it has a graphic of a girl sipping on soda from a paper glass. It’s so hard to find the right pair of jeans. I found this dark colour appropriate for day and night wear. I’m in love with this bag from Chocolate. It can be worn two ways. Co-incidentally, we were in Hong Kong for Chocolate’s big opening. It is the cutest store. You have to go when you’re there. I brought back their newsletters. My sandals from QueueUp are very comfortable if you have to queue up somewhere. I picked them up for the quirky orange colour.
Since I own a Blackberry, I’m always shopping with friends. I snap a picture and send it to a friend when in doubt. However, my phone had died and I went with my gut. If orange is too flashy for you, pick another colour.
Co-incidentally Aastha was also dressed in jeans for a meeting at Gloria Jeans Coffee. Was the subliminal advertising working on us? She bought these geeky glasses at Colaba. I’ve been gifted similar ones in a turquoise blue colour. Interestingly, she tucked in her Sabbah Sharma dress to appear as a top. To read her blog post on the same, check her blog: Indian Summer
Perhaps the other subliminal advertising was working on me. I had a White Chocolate chiller. It was really good. If you’re not a coffee drinker and crave white chocolate, Gloria Jeans Coffee understands your need.
So, if you’re looking for someone to help you find that right pair of jeans, contact me via email, facebook or twitter. I took ze best friend shopping for them and she wears them all the time. No kidding.
Look what I dug out from my personal archives, especially for you, my loyal readers:
In July 2009, I was commissioned to do a fun feature for Filmfare magazine. We thought up this idea: put together a look identical to a celebrity’s. Easy, right? The catch: a shoe-string budget and two days to shop for it!
For my first assignment, I picked the look Sonam Kapoor flaunted at the Filmfare anniversary issue cover launch. For my first attempt, I was really lucky. I had discovered my main outfit (a jumpsuit) at a shop in Colaba for as little as Rs 650.
The tough cookie, though, was the owl pendant necklace. Copies were available at stalls but we had to cook up stories for them to let us photograph. Just then, the original pendant from Forever 21 went up on sale at ebay for less than Rs 470.
I will never understand how Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are always pitted against one another.
While you solve the riddle, jog your memory to November 26, 2010. Break Ke Baad had released. And Deepika Padukone was spotted wearing, what else, but an owl pendant necklace in the film!
Incidentally, the whimsical owl necklace she sports is also from Forever 21. Check it out:
It seems like everyone I know (including girl friends) want the owl pendant necklace. It’s a little late but it’s still in vogue. We’ve scouted the Mumbai streets and found them at Sabbah Sharma’s store in Juhu, Vero Moda’s store at Bandra and Street Soul in Lokhandwala. However, there are really cute ones out there. All you have to do is shop online. My picks follow.
Click on the links for details:
Hoot away! And if you already have an owl pendant or two, email me your pictures and we shall feature you on the blog. Lots of love, Alice.
Update: Ze friend, Shruti wandered the streets of Colaba and found the owl pendant necklace she had been looking for. Like I had discovered on my shopping assignment and Raey had pointed out, imitations were available at the stalls. You could bargain with them and get them for Rs 100.
Unfortunately I’ve contracted conjunctivitis. I know that I’ve complained enough on twitter. Anyway, given my sore eyes, I’m restricted to using the computer for watching television shows. My current obsession is Project Runway.
The show is devoid of the drama we are accustomed to on Indian reality tv. Thank goodness for that. It is actually so inspiring that I want to bust out cash and fetch the ‘brother’ sewing machine I saw in the store last week.
While watching season 8, I came across Heidi Klum sporting a sequined outfit in episode 6 titled ‘You Can Totally Wear That Again’.
Of course, I had reason to be really excited. I had featured the exact same dress in my Glamfare shopping spread, Filmfare issue dated June 9, 2010.
It was an interesting feature for those newly introduced to online shopping. While researching for the article I realized, a sequined LBD (Little Black Dress) is the perfect recipe for a successful evening out. Be it a party, a red carpet affair, a formal occasion or even a night to the disco, you can’t go wrong.
In the spread, you will notice how I chose to style an actress in my own dress, picks from online stores and expert tips on how to be versatile with a garment like the sequined little black dress. Happy reading!
A lot of work went into the article featured above. It just makes me so happy to see items I have featured in the magazine appear on real-life actors months later. It’s a pat on the back for someone trying to observe trends.
On another note, I love the deliberation round in Project Runway. When the judges have decided who the winner and loser is, they have the best expressions to show confirmation. I can’t stop smiling and laughing. I’m also sad every time someone has to leave the show. They’re all so talented and hardworking.
So… If you’ve always wanted to wear your shiny black dress but didn’t know where to or how, you now have the answers. If you were scared to shop online, you will find clarifications to your doubts. If you like to see my styling and read my articles, you will enjoy going through this post. If you’re a Heidi Klum fan or watch Project Runway, I want to hear from you. Now that you finally know where ‘the dress’ came from. Anyhow, your feedback is welcome. Please don’t be shy!
Keep it simple! Style it up. Have some fun. xoxo Alice