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…

Designs from Florence

Her work has been featured in Vogue Accessory, AD, Elle, Vanity Fair/style online and other publications as her soft leather and cut stone designs -neckpieces, cuffs, belts and earrings develop a loyal fan following. I am thrilled to have an interview with Florence based Farnaz Kani on my first blog of 2015 . My inspiration…

Fashion and more this Festive season

September 25th has a magical quality to it in Mumbai. The rains have petered off,the Ganesh festival has ended,Durga Puja has begun and as if on cue the festive season goes full throttle and continues until February of the next year encompassing everything including our biggest festival- the wedding season. From haute watches to haute…

Vogue Beauty Awards 2014: Glamour meets Gorgeousness

Vogue upped the ante at this year’s Beauty Awards as far as the glamour and Bollywood quotient was concerned . It wasn’t just the list of invitees but the red carpet aura that infused the proceedings made it very Vogue. At the end of the day every woman wants to feel more beautiful, transformed and definitely…

Lancome’s Air de Teint, Luxury Ayurveda and Chanel’s Le Lift

The Mumbai monsoons are usually a slow time for the beauty business but I already have a backlog of new events, new products and news to report.   Lancôme’s Air de Teint gets a thumbs up from me. If you remember from an earlier blog and tweet I went for the launch of this new foundation…

When a man loves a woman …

She’s back. After her wildly popular last fragrance blog The Enchanted Fragrance Garden, guest blogger Aparrna Gupta is back. This time she has research facts and data on what men really like about a woman’s scent. As part of her research Aparrna spoke to 50 men -she spoke to fighter pilots, investment bankers, real estate pros,…