Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholics Anonymous, e-Shopping, e-Stores, Mzuri, India Circus, Badger Balm, Feel Unique, No Nasties

“You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that’s what it’s like when I see a store. Only it’s better.”  –  Rebecca Bloomwood

Even though I’ve been at home for a little more than a month now, it still didn’t stop me from shopping! I ordered a few things online, the results of what you can see in the picture above. Call it my September haul, if you must (ooh, maybe I should write more of these posts at the end of every month?). And since I haven’t been able to physically shop at stores etc., I found my solace in the evil alternative universe that they call the interwebz! From No Nasties to Feel Unique and Mzuri (okay yes, Namrata gave me this but it still felt exciting to come in the mail!) to India Circus, I felt like I conquered a small city. Oh yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, no long and ever-winding, detailed posts?” – Lucky for you, not today, but individual posts and reviews should be up and running soon, heh!

Sneak previews and surprises are nice, I’m sure, but if you’re curious – I’ve added a footnote so you know what’s in the picture (but I’ll save the juice for the separate posts, promise!). What did you buy this September?

{ What’s in the picture? 1. ‘Love is Black’ Tee, No Nasties; 2. Sleep Balm, Badger Balm; 3. Tension Soother, Badger Balm; 4. Mari Beaten Brass Bracelet, Mzuri; 5. ‘Jalebi Funky Slippers’ Utility Pouch, India Circus; 6. Jalebi Chalo Double-Seat Notebook, India Circus }

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

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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. }

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Picture by Namrata Patel