Baby, Please.


Today I got an email from a hapless friend totally devoid of gift ideas, and of course, who comes to her rescue, but me. Now, anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that am a very ‘gift-giving’ sort of person..I love giving gifts (why lie,it sure doesn’t hurt to get back some either!!) and am always looking for fun and exciting gifts. I hate giving or getting stuff that has no apparant thought behind it; totally defies purpose then, don’t you think?

So anyway, the aforementioned friend needed gift ideas for a baby shower and for a newly born baby..and these gifts will be great for either occasion..

Tell me who isn’t a sucker for baby socks, those tiny, tiny little feet, and with the myriad of colors and prints available, it always makes me so happy just looking at them! And I know many new mothers who’d appreciate beautiful socks for their adorable babies. And that of course leads me to perfect gift number one. Just look at those socks, they come beautifully packaged in an egg carton (hows that for fun?) and the dozen socks come in bright, vibrant colors, that you know you’d love! I especially like the fact that the socks have rubber soles that prevent slipping. Form and function. Love it. And at $36 from Red Envelope it doesn’t hurt much either.

Buy Via Red Envelope.

And by now, you have to know, there is atleast one lux option to come. Read on.

I believe that you are never too young to start off with cashmere, and hey those little babies need some spoiling. So pamper them with beautiful, pure cashmere, cable knit blankets, and pray why not? The cashmere baby blankets from Red Envelope are lux and would make a great gift, and at $190, you aren’t exactly breaking the bank! You can choose between blue and pink and even have the blanket monogrammed. And that makes it a perfect gift idea, number two.

Buy Via Red Envelope.

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Naughty Naughty!


People keep telling me to review movies but I know I do not have what it takes to do that. However, once in a while, I have an opinion and I voice it (sometimes I voice it a lot if alcohol is involved..hehe.. ). Having said that, I watched “Cash” over the weekend because I was intrigued by how “Cool” it might be. After all, the last movie Anubhav Sinha had produced was “Dus”. It was almost a first of its kind in hindi cinema with stylized action and over the top stunts. Now, I am not going to comment on the movie, there are very many different websites that will answer that question, but I did love the song “Naughty Naughty” that plays during the credits at the end of the movie.

The whole song has been shot entirely in one take! Now that in itself is enough to make a song pretty cool but the list doesnt end there. The set design is very eclectic with walls covered in maps, pictures, chinese writings and lots and lots of funky graphics.

Dia with the “puss in boots” style shoes looks pretty fabulous but not as “out there” like Esha and Shamita. Esha and Shamita are both way over the top, but somehow it works for Shamita but not quite for Esha.

Esha has these exxxxtra long pony tails which quirky as they are, somehow don’t really do her justice. On the other hand, Shamita Shetty’s puffed hair and high waist pants are just too hilarious! The men in the video in contrast, do not provide much of a shock value in terms of clothes but they do ooze a lot of style. Ritesh is climbing the charts of hot film stars with his subtle, restrained sex appeal.

Combine all of the above with the famous latak jhatak Indian moves and lo and behold, you have an awesome video!

Watch the song…

P.S Did you know the last song that was picturised in one take was “Roop Tera Mastana” ?

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Exotica!


The word is Exotic and the world of Exotic bags is all up and about just being alive and kicking! We are talking Python, Alligator, Lizard, Anaconda.. you name it, imagine it, and if backed by serious purse strings, you can have it!

The bags in these Exotics are upwards of many thousands of dollars and without getting into the debate of, if it is right or wrong, ethical or not..some of these bags are gorgeous in all of their being. Feast your eyes on some of my picks..

Here is the Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Satchel. Beautiful isn’t it? You have to feel it to know it baby!! Buy for a mere (ahem) $3500.00 via Saks.

And here is the Bottega Veneta Limited Edition Python Hobo available at Saks for $4960.00. I know, I know its a bit heavy on the wallet but one can’t help admiring it..

And tell me how wonderful is this Bottega Veneta Anaconda bag.. Luscious is the word that comes to mind..but way over what I can even dream to afford at $4540.00..but that shouldn’t stop us from dreaming right? Read more via The Bag Snob.
(psst… Payal and I call them the Bottega Dreams! Ha!)

I love the texture of Python leather, its soft and buttery but still flaky..it is not perfect, and the leather has a bit of textured-grainy feel! You can constantly run your fingers on the leather, up and down the bag, absolutely loving the feel of it, without ever getting tired of it! Of course, I then started looking for an Exotic that can even be remotely afforded and I found this beautiful Gucci Black Python Princy Large Top Handle Tote at $1950.00. Still a hefty price but compared to whats in the market currently, this is practically a steal! And remember these prices are only going to keep going up, up and up, so this is a good investment methinks!Buy via Bergdorf Goodman. Take a look!

So..how Exotic are you?

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The hunt for …


Mary Janes! The shoe that became a legend with just one appearance on Sex and the City. “I thought these were an urban shoe myth!” shrieked Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) in “A ‘Vogue’ Idea” on Sex and the City. I am sure, like me, a lot of women must have rushed out to acquire a pair of their own. Unfortunately, reality kicked in when I found out that these exquisite shoes sell for $555 retail. This time it was my turn to shriek and do a double take..”Excuse me.. They cost how much! cough cough”, and right there and then my dream ended. I resolved myself to a fate of buying only shoes that were $100 or less and life went on.

Now I had forgotten all about these until a few nights ago when I caught a rerun of the same SATC episode on TV. This time I decided to search for alternatives and started hunting online for a cheaper version that had all the trademarks of the original but that wouldn’t break the bank.

After surfing for what seemed like hours and hours, I finally found it! And at $109.95, my find is a major major steal!

Check it out.. Can you even make out the difference?? These Steve Madden Vyxens are so close to the original. Patent with pencil heels and even pointed toes. Sweeeet! There is a god and he really really loves me!

Steve Madden Vyxen for $109.95

I also found these other Mary Jane styles but they do not even come close to the Steve Madden.


Aldo Duncana for $80.00


Nine West Lehana for $79.00

This aint close but I am liking the block heels.

J Crew Leather Mary Janes for $198

P.S. You can buy the original Manolo Blahnik Patent Leather Mary Jane in Black here

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Be’jewelled


Amrapali has long been a favorite of mine for those unique jewellery pieces, that you know not everyone is going to be sporting or ones of which thankfully, cheap knockoffs won’t be readily available at Janpath! While their traditional jewellery is good, I especially look to them for their contemporary designs in Gold and Silver. Those pieces while having a modern edge still manage to retain their ethnic appeal and can be wonderfully teemed with clothes that are either western or traditional. A classic example of what I am talking about is this piece, a pendant and earrings set, in Gold and Onyx which I see being worn with a Sari, a Salwar, Jeans and a tank or even with a LBD with equal aplomb.

You know, everyone does a strand of pearls, but imagine how fabulous you’d be if you did this piece in South Sea Pearls…It looks like a traditional piece in Kundan but the twist comes in with the South Sea Pearls.

And I absolutely love the earrings in silver. Again, they have that versatility which enables them to ‘go’ well with any outfit, whether western or traditional. It is casual enough to be day to day, while still leaving room for them to be worked into your nights.

Cocktail rings are all the rage: bigger they are, the more kitschy they are, the better they are. So, now imagine, if you were sporting these rings in Silver, wouldn’t that make a statement? They are unique, and like with all things old, they are so new again! I see a woman who is sure of herself, one who walks into a room to own it, totally working this ring!

What a wonderful line of jewellery. For more, go HERE.

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