Talking Shop With Actress Shweta Tripathi & Falling In Love

Shweta Tripathi

She goes by @battatawada on Twitter and has been bagging all the awards at the shows for her debut in Masaan. It was also the recipient of the Best Film prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Today, a short film featuring her, Koi Dekh Lega releases on the Y Films channel on YouTube. I’m talking about the extremely spirited actress, Shweta Tripathi. Incidentally, the year before I was features writer at Filmfare, Shweta did her internship at Femina. That’s how a common friend introduced us on Facebook. At the time we became ‘friends’ online, she was helping with casting for Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. She innocently asked me if I knew any Kashmiri looking girl and I felt really bad for not knowing one. Of course, Nargis Fakhri eventually did that role and Rockstar became one of my favourite films. Fast forward some years and Shweta is shooting for an ad film in Bangkok and I’m on a FaceTime call with her, talking about everything under the sun. It took a lot of co-ordination and lighting (Shweta was actually sitting in front of the television to catch light, so I could see her) but once we got talking, a little more than an hour just flew by.

Shweta Tripathi
Shweta Tripathi

Here’s what you need to know about her: She’s not changing her twitter handle from @battatawada to @ShwetaTripathi449 or something else anytime soon. She doesn’t believe in losing her quirkiness to make herself easily searchable. (I love that.) She follows Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey and likes to think people on Twitter follow her because she is herself even on social media. It is interesting to follow people who have opinions on things like movies or topics that interest a user.

@battatawada twitter snapshot
@battatawada twitter snapshot

Her twitter DP is also making me extremely nostalgic. Remember this?

I’m the tomato sauce to your #spaghetti. #LACMA

A photo posted by Dhruvi Shah (@alicewandering) on

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Two ways with one shoe

Alice says: This Celery is such a tease. In her introduction, we couldn’t see her face as she hid behind the camera. And now we’ll only see her feet. One day, we’ll get her to pose. One day. 😛

Even though I mainly jabber about food on this website, occasionally even fashion excites me. Especially if it comes in the form of new shoes neatly tucked up in a huge black box!

I recently got myself a pair of flat chappals from a brand called Sole’D. For those of you who haven’t heard of this wonderful brand, Sole’D is a facebook page-cum-online shopping experience that allows you to pick from a range of colourful and stylish shoes.

It is one store we love going back to for a dose of footwear every time monotony hits us. If you remember, Alice recently wore the cutesy pink, strappy pair of sandals at her garage sale with her gorgeous black dress. The look and the feel of her shoes excited me so much, I simply had to get myself a pair!

Even though my closet is brimming with all kinds of footwear, a new pair never hurts, does it?

New pair of shoes!
New pair!

The occasion for which I picked these sandals was a wedding in the family. Now most of us would opt for heeled shoes, especially to wear with Indian clothes. But I also had to make sure I was comfortable as there were thousands of errands to run that day. Therefore, I picked a flat silver-strappy number (similar to Alice’s) with a hint of gold.

To my surprise, the pair not only went flawlessly with an Indian lehenga, but I also wore it the day after with a comfy pair of yoga pants! The shoes have a classic-yet-boho feel that makes them gel with all kinds of outfits. On top of that, gold and silver are neutral shades that can be teamed with almost any hue. This is one multi-tasking purchase!

One way with two shoes
One way with two shoes. Picture courtesy- Tejit Sampat

If you too want to get yourself a pair of shoes from Sole’D too, visit their Facebook page.

Other must-lusts from Sole’D:

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Making a splash this monsoon with Bata

Before the rains actually set in, some of us were invited to the Bata store to take a look at their monsoon collection. In an outfit suited to the season, we picked the pairs we liked most and posed for a shutterbug. Do I get a thumbs up for my monsoon ready ensemble?

Monsoon Basics
Monsoon Basics
Monsoon ensemble
Monsoon ensemble

A Cinderella experience at Heel & Buckle

I know you’ve had this fantasy for a while. You’ve been dreaming that the shoe you lost has turned into a glass slipper and Prince Charming is on his way to fit you right back into it. No? Oh, I must be narrating my own wish then. When I scheduled a visit to the newly opened Heel & Buckle store at Palladium, I had no clue what adventure I was in for.

Heel & Buckle
Heel & Buckle

All photographs: Himani Shah

At Heel & Buckle
At Heel & Buckle

This charming old world shop is easy to spot on the last level. Entering it is like walking in to a fairy tale. You half expect a fairy godmother to wave her magic wand. The store attendants (who I think double up as Cinderella’s helpers after hours) greet you and ask if they may help you. When you’re done feasting on the Pazzion and Paco Gil collection, you may ask them to get your size in the pair you would like to try.

Look! The shoe I've been missing
Look! The shoe I’ve been missing
Embellished rose motif ballerina flats
Embellished rose motif ballerina flats

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Wearing Elle to the Allen Solly & Vogue School Of Style

Alice wandering...
Alice wandering…

Phew! That’s a lot of brand names in the title. As my sister likes to put it, I’m a ‘prankster’. So I wore my newest Elle dress to the Allen Solly & Vogue ‘School Of Style’. It’s a different print for me yet within my realm.

Alice at the Vogue 'School of Style'
Alice at the Allen Solly & Vogue ‘School of Style’

We finally have a legit outfit post. Thanks to my sister, the ‘photographeress’, you can see the details of my look.

Dress – Elle FashionWear | Earrings – Mom’s | Belt – Elle FashionWear | Bag – Sister’s (from Mango) | Shoes – H & M

The Photographeress
The Photographeress

Do you think our looks work? Apart from the fact that I need to lose weight (just being honest), did I do okay?

Walking away
Walking away

As I wander away, I have to mention how excited I am for the first Elle FashionWear bloggers’ meet. I have to dress for a ‘mid-day in Paris’ and I’m looking for inspiration. Feel free to throw ideas at me. Thanks!