Hello friends!

February has been a month of many happenings – two weddings (Valya married Nigel, Neola married Jason); a birthday (mine); and a most wonderful holiday (thank you, Ajay and Minila), etc. I could say that this time was consuming, but only in the most rewarding way possible. Yeah! I dared! Be cheesy, that is.

No, really.

It has just been the happiest, healthiest state of mind that I have ever been in – after ages. It blew me away! This February has to be one of the best out of all the Februaries I have lived! (I am supremely grateful, if you couldn’t already tell.) Much of it has to do with my stay in Bangalore, this past week (I am going to cover that in some detail, but not in this post) – everything just feels like “growth”. Things are growing. Blossoming, even. Plants and thoughts, saplings and sounds and whatever-have-you. All good things, all the important ones. (Like I said, truly grateful.)

Birthdays ought to be unusual (there is an auspiciousness of new that accompanies it, I would like to believe) because whatever it was, I experienced something joyful. When I was leaving Bangalore, I felt alive with all the new I discovered (books and gardens, friendships and food, places and people), the ideas I nursed (slowly filling up the jar); my mind was bright – brimming with a peace that comes from possibilities. What a beautiful word, right? Poh-sah-bi-laa-tees.

(Ah, there’s much to tell.)


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes


One of a Tribe

Mzuri, Africa, Kenya, NGO, Namrata Patel, Brass Jewellery

When it comes to new labels with beautiful products in the offering (not to mention their interesting background stories), the creators and curators of such lines can find a loyalist patron in me! I’m not joking about that, you know how I am when it comes to most artists and their hand-crafted wares. But here I am again, spilling more than I intend to in the first few lines of every new post that I write!

Let me start here. As you can see in the picture above, I’ve already talked a little bit about Mzuri. Inspired by the tribes of Africa, and particularly the state of Kenya (which is where Namrata was born and brought up in; she grew up in Mombasa), Mzuri came to be. It’s already a couple of weeks old, but I really what I see – beautiful, rustic designs; brass accessories; stories that come attached with each piece; and of course, the packaging (there’s a story there!)There are a select few pieces that are up on her website – it’s live but I think you can e-mail her if you’re having trouble with placing of an order. I have a few favourites already: the Jani earrings, the Mara Mara bracelet and a pair of elegant hoop earrings I spotted on the Welcome page. I suspect that I will definitely be adding a few Mzuri wares to my ever-growing jewellery collection (pocket-friendly prices, yougaiz!).

For now, I’ll leave you to explore the world of Mzuri! Regarding the packaging, Namrata wrote about it on her blog how it stems from the basic liking of the whole concept of brown paper packages tied up with string! I know this is definitely something Magali will find appealing (both of us share a common liking for well-executed designs and pretty packaging).  I’m sure that you will have noticed the little giraffe on the website, this fellow essentially makes up the label crest for Mzuri. And hey, expect a proper feature on her line, here, soon enough! ^.^

{ Namrata Patel is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who lives in Bangalore as of now, I know her through her Instagram feed! We’ve been following each other for a while, and that’s how I learnt of her blog, Namrata-Noted and most recently, Mzuri. }


Picture by Namrata Patel