In the past one year that I have come to know and love (the thrills of) Instagram, I have to say that I still am totally smitten by the app. Easily the most used app on my Android phone, the only reason I ever miss not carrying my phone around is that I can’t take a picture – that SUCKS (that, and if my battery is ever low)! Okay, I’ll save the-thrills-(and-perils)-of-Instagram ramble for later; for now, you can see what I’ve been up to since New Year’s.
1. Sometime ago, in January, I passed by my old apartment in Bandra (the first one I ever lived in with four of my best friends), Silvan Shades, so I had to get a picture of the sign board.
2. I bought this necklace about two years ago from the fake Accessorize guy in Bandra, and I only just started wearing it a few months ago. It’s a new old favourite and I have been trying to team it up with everything I own (as is seen here with a striped blouse and a denim shirt).
3. Hooray! I received the cutest invitation in January (I’ll show you better pictures later) from this new home décor e-store called The Home Label (brought to life by Sussanne Roshan who carefully curates all of the beautiful wares that are sold on the website) to attend a sweet little gathering at 15 Raitan. It was a charming evening, and I met a lot of interesting and like-minded folks including the girls who work there, Aarohi of Art by Aarohi, the Khamsa girl – Subha Ray, and of course, my sweet friend, Ms. Magali Vaz (we only ever talked to each other on Twitter and Instagram before). :-)
4. I just tried something funky with my old pink shoelaces and my sister’s purple Converse sneakers. You like?
5. I’ll treasure this journal for a lot of reasons: I love collecting and writing in different diaries, this one is designed by Frankie Magazine, it’s very pretty to look at and the inside pages are even more darling, and the book is complete with water-colour illustrations on every page and paper stickers et cetera, and finally because Magali very sweetly chose to give it to me (THANK YOU!). And I only heard about Frankie Magazine from her – you guys should check out their other journal designs and grab a copy of any of their magazine issues if you can, I’m sure you’ll like them if you like cute graphics and stationery stuff.
6. I found this very awesome illustration in a tiny book on dating and relationships at Crossword but I didn’t buy a copy; however, I did manage to steal a few pictures of the graphics I liked when the sales clerks weren’t looking. It was illustration inspiration for me!
7. My deputy editor, Jahnabee brought us these very adorable tea-light holders back from her trip to Maldives in late January this year.
8. I can tell you honestly that I am no fan of green tea ice cream! Bleh. My friend, Sholeen likes it better; anyway, to cut a long story short, they serve this dessert at Kofuku (a Japanese restaurant in Bandra) – I LOVE the sushi (I think they’re called the crispy spider rolls – well, one of the sushi platters) there. I’ve been craving sushi for a whole month now. :-(
9. Skulls… Ah, my favourite art installation work at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival this year in February. Insanely cool. The artwork reminded me so much of a Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, that I hope to attend and be a part of, one day (Insha’Allah). :-)
10. I just wanted to take a picture of Ashwita’s pretty embroidered purse at The Yoga House on my birthday!
11. Yeah! I finally managed to grab a copy of the Ghost Stories issue of Motherland magazine before all the printed copies ran out. Their magazines are sold on Flipkart and at Loose Ends in Bandra.
12. The first Vellvette box I ordered, and this was one of the three products (that I received) that I really liked a lot – it was an aloe vera and mint based face and body balm.
13. NORAH JONES CONCERT! Enough said, it was one of the best evenings ever this summer (thanks Minila!).
14. I found a tiny shop near my house that sells very old copies of all of my favourite authors (especially the books I used to read as a teenager) – wahoo!
15. The Yoga House in Bandra is one of the best places in Bombay to enjoy some well-deserved alone time; if you like quaint and peaceful places, you’ll enjoy sitting here by yourself because you can feel the good energy bouncing off its walls and the positive vibes the place radiates.
16. I was lucky that my good friend, Sohini (she blogs at Strictly Beautiful), asked me if I wanted to attend the 2013 edition of the India Fashion Forum in Bombay this year because I got to hear Neena Haridas (Marie Claire) and Priya Tanna (Vogue) speak on fashion journalism (past + present + future) at one of the discussions. Extremely insightful!