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…

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,…

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…

Into The #SkinPantry with Colette Austin

 Mumbai based  indie  brand,The Skin Pantry has ben started by media professional Colette Austin who runs her own advertising and design agency. A carefully created range of butters, dews, drenches,clays and masks, The Skin Pantry’s delicious sounding menu  has its fair share of loyalists already . I swear by her  vanilla face drench  especially on flights…

DS & Durga’s Radio Bombay

It has been nominated in the best indie fragrance category at the New York Fragrance Foundation Awards. ( results out on 7th April ). I haven’t smelled it as yet but the name caught my fancy. Indie or niche fragrances are big and a new tribe of young perfumers is devising interesting and totally off…

Jahnvi Dameron- Nandan,Orhan Pamuk & The Perfume Library

Fragrance creator and curator Jahnvi Dameron -Nandan has a PhD in architecture and a passion for dance, but perfumes are her calling and she distills her creations like contemporary art. Abstractions, conceits, poetry, pain, obsession are all part of The Perfume Library‘s theatre of olfactory memories. “Dance transcends consciousness and perfumes do the same” , she…

The Art of Tea, with Tea Sommelier Snigdha Manchanda

Snigdha Manchanda is a tea sommelier who blends,curates and creates her signature blends under the label Tea Trunk. I met her at a luxury event a few weeks ago and sipped some of her brews  which were delicious and unusual. She shares her tea secrets and tips here-  Loved the tip of serving Darjeeling with a…

Travels in Spain : Salamanca

Salamanca is a medieval university town and alums include Miguel de Cervantes and Hernan Cortes amongst others.It is one of Europe’s oldest continuous teaching  universities and I am told has many Indian students on its current rolls. There is an old  wall where 13th century  Phd students had to sign their names in blood when awarded…

#HermesHorseExhibition, #Mumbai

Spent a lovely hour at the Hermes Horse exhibition which celebrates the brand’s long connection with horses as original saddle makers to the french king. You can visit the Hermes museum at Rue Fabourg in Paris but if not a peek into their collection curated by Phillip Dumas is on view at the Mumbai store…