Anita Lal : Bringing Nature Home

  Anita Lal is the Founder and Creative Director of Mumbai’s most beautiful store –Good Earth at Raghuvanshi Mills. Known for its textiles, linens, home decor, wallpapers, furniture and clothes, the focus is on sustainability, design and craftsmanship.  Tucked away at the back is Anita’s beauty playland – beauty brands based on sustainability and clean…

Copper water-How healthy is it ?

Copper has oligodynamic properties i .e.  it kills bacteria, mold, fungus and other microbes.  This is probably why ayurveda prescribes drinking a glass of copper infused water first thing in the morning even though the given reason is that it balances all the doshas . It also explains why Kansa (copper and tin) and brass…

AMAI : vegan, raw, nutty and on Scootsy !

  AMAI‘s Truffle Dates with peanut butter and sea salt just hit our collective sweet spot- texture play, a balance of sweet and savoury,  and rich dark chocolate adding up to a  delicious 5 pm desk or post- work out snack. The problem is you can’t stop at one date even though you know you…

Everyone Loves A Good Wedding

Wedding Sutra Engage held at the JW Marriott recently, threw up some interesting insights into the state of the wedding economy.  Wedding Sutra http://www.weddingsutra.com is a well known wedding resource site helmed by Parthip Thyagarajan and Madhulika Mathur and they definitely have their fingers on the pulse of the luxury Indian wedding. The Big Fat…

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Travelling to Lisbon this summer ? For art lovers a trip to the Calouste Gulbenkian museum is definitely recommended. I find private collections and quirky collectors far more interesting than huge national museums and when such collections are accessible,  always worth a visit. Calouste Gulbenkian  made a fortune in oil trading in the early twentieth…

Wrapping your Wanderlust

As many jet setters will testify, a lace edged Maneesha Ruia wrap or shawl is a travel essential. Cobweb light, incredibly warm and stylish, her wraps, scarves and ponchos are made with a mix of fine cashmere and merino, touches of  fur, suede and lace. They are not available easily in India but you can spot them…

‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ at the V&A

For anyone in the fashion industry, studying fashion design, in the fashion editorial space or fringing it,  visiting this exhibition at the V&A, London  is worth it. Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga , known as the couturier’s couturier, created silhouettes that are iconic and familiar today even if you don’t know who he was. The baby doll,…

Fab India: The #Indigo collection

Every year Fab India launches an Indigo collection that sells out. Or at least the best pieces sell out very fast. I personally think everyone should have one indigo dyed fabric in his or her cupboard. If you can get personally to the source even better but if not Fab India’s natural dye collection created with traditional techniques…

Longchamp Fall Winter 2017 : In the Bag

Inspired by the 70’s Parisienne and life, French brand Longchamp has four new offerings for FW 2017.  Take a sneak preview and yes, you can pre -order now. I loved Penelope Arty which pays homage to artist Victor Vasserley and op art . I have been fascinated by the work of both Victor Vasserley and Sonia Delaunay both  eminent names in…

Stocking up for summer

Ananda the mountian spa has relaunched  its spa and wellness range in new packaging. I have tried their products in an earlier avatar but if I were to choose one product from this new offering it would be the juniper, grapefruit and cypress body oil   for cellulite and lymphatic drainage .  Of course it works best if…

Ready for a #Laser Face Lift ?

‘The trend started with Botox and fillers and now is moving more towards non- invasive methods.’ Dr Abhijit Desai  Laser facial rejuvenation or  The Laser Facial is one of the fastest growing non- intervention, non- surgical cosmetic procedures for women and men in their late thirties to early seventies. At a basic level, Laser facials…