Archive for September, 2010
September 27, 2010
Morning all! It’s Richa from Mala Handmade. It’s officially fall and though I am a summer gal, there are some things about the cool weather I love…apple cider, fall colors, and … holiday store windows. I always think that the fall and winter store windows are the most inspired ones of the year (no surprise since it’s retails most profitable season). This year, however, I’ve marked my calendar to take a trip by the Louis Vuitton Flagship on the corner of 57th and 5th Avenues here in New York City to check out their Diwali displays.
As Manvi of Mochatini and Women’s Wear Daily report, Louis Vuitton’s holiday windows worldwide will pay homage to India this year, beginning on Diwali (November 5th). Displays will pay tribute to Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The holidays is one of India’s important occasions in which participants light traditional diyas, or oil lamps, wear colorful clothes, and eat plenty of sweets. Louis Vuitton has had a longstanding relationship with India and, for their displays, turned to Indian artist Rajeev Sethi to design the windows that will feature lit hand-painted paper trunks. The brand will also introduce limited edition dresses made of vintage sari fabrics. I plan to take some pictures to post for everyone to enjoy!
source: Women’s Wear Daily
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Those little rascals! Everyone loves watching them walk down the aisle. Nothing could be more adorabe than having your flower girls hold bouquet of fresh picked flowers. Hands down – this new collection of dresses by Cupcakes & Pastries will steal the show all on its own.
I’m really hoping Inshi Khanna, the creative force behind Cupcakes & Pastries will launch a boys line of cute tunics and formal wear so all the ‘ring boys’ can also walk down the aisle with style! In less than two years, Cupcakes & Pastries has managed to gain online presence and move its way to trendy retailers such as Fred Segal and Kitson Kids.
Cupcakes & Pastries fuses modern and ethnic design with high quality exceptional fabrics and fine craftsmanship. I just love these…a depart from the typical flower girl dresses!
Cupcakes & Pastries is currently offering free shipping on all of it’s Fall/Winter 2010 merchandise. Also, as an added bonus, Inshi has offered a 10% discount to all BollyInstyle readers. Enter code “NEWFALL10” at checkout. This is a special introductory offer for the season which expires at the end of the month. Cupcakes & Pastries has ongoing discounts and promotions announced via Facebook, so be sure to join here.
source: Cupcakes & Pastries
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Good morning from New York. Fashion Week is in full swing, folks! From the extensive list of amazing designers that has walk the walk this year, one particular designer stood out – Meghan Walsh. And not because she’s the daughter of John Walsh, from ‘America’s Most Wanted’. Meghan’s 2011 Spring Collection, Blank Silk debuted at New York Fashion Week with flying colors. The new line of silk dresses were inspired while living in India for four months. Meghan says her motivation came from “the timeless style and ease of the sophisticated ladies of traditional Rajasthani culture.” She combined her studies of Eastern culture with the American classic look of 20’s & 30’s – interesting mix with class!
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“Why do you want to be a dressmaker when you can be a doctor?” This was my favorite line from yesterday’s New York Times article that notes the rise of Asian American designers in the still very insulated, non-diverse world of fashion. Asians and Asian-Americans alike field a lot of cultural pressure to pursue “professional” careers even if they have a creative bent, and it’s great to read an article that gives a little fire to aspiring Asian creatives. And while I love the list of celebrated designers, which includes Alexander Wang and Jason Wu among others, I would consider Naeem Khan – who dressed Michelle Obama for her first White House state dinner honoring the Prime Minister of India in a stunning gold dress – a South Asian representative for the list. Khan comes from a family focused on embroidery in India and a chance meeting with Halston led him to the world of high fashion. Gina of CoutureRani interviewed Khan in the video below – come take a peek to see how Khan has invaded American fashion but still has India on his mind.
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Morning all! I’m so excited to be reigniting the BollyInstyle Q&A series today with the oh-so-charming Sheetal Bhagat. As one of the top 6 contestants on the reality TV show The MasterChef, she has got me hooked! I like her food, I like her music (yes…she sings too), and I LOVE reading her backstage MasterChef blog. What an amazing talent. This girl can do it all. I look forward to seeing her career take off from here. Be sure to catch new episodes of The MasterChef on Fox Wednesdays! Without further ado, here’s Sheetal…
I’ll always be a musician, with many other aspirations and interests. I love to cook, of course, I also love to write. Most of my rehearsals and concerts are in the evenings, which leaves me time on some days to create new recipes and try new things.
I try to think outside the box in music and in food. For instance, in writing harmonies for my music, I stay away from predictable patterns. My cooking is no different.
I have a degree in choral music education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Very creative. I loved to paint, draw, cook, and play piano. The things that inspire you, that feed your lyrics and your palette. I draw on my personal experiences when I write music. Cooking is a little different, as I cook to please the mouths eating my food.
Each dish is constantly evolving, so I can’t say I’ve “mastered” any dish. My enchiladas have evolved many, many times, starting with a sauce made from Campbell’s soup and taco seasoning in college, to now making a poblano chili and spinach béchamel sauce. (and many variations in between!)
Currently, all music that I have been writing/arranging for the launch of this website. Track after track with small changes made by my producer, each version slightly different. Boring stuff!
Be true to yourself, and don’t lose your integrity.
In designing my site, I wasn’t sure if I should market myself as a musician or as a cook. At the same time, I didn’t want to have the usual boring tabs that people have on their sites (about me, photo gallery, etc.). I came up with the 5 senses because I realize that the senses are what I aspire to engage in my viewers. When you click on “hear” your hearing is engaged by my music, “see” is my photo gallery, etc…
FMK is a one woman company that I started a couple of years ago. I love to cook, I love to teach so I decided to give the combination a shot.
The reason why I auditioned for MasterChef is because I learned that it was really supposed to be a growing opportunity for the contestants. And it truly was. My cooking has done a 180. I would consider doing a music reality TV show but it really depends on the concept of the show. I’m not into the drama aspect of these shows, and really aspire to be a part of something bigger.
I learned a lot about food, about myself, about how I handle pressure situations. The post show benefits remain to be seen, but as I said, I’m ready to take a new turn in mu career, never losing sight of the fact that I’m a musician first.
I think looking back the challenges were really fun. At the time, they were tough, but in hindsight, those were pretty fun days!
I’d love to host a Music show that also involves food and travel. I have so many passions and can speak intelligently on several things… I’m just waiting on the right project to come along to jump on it!
You can find me at home on a Friday night, unless I have a concert. I have a beautiful 14 year old black lab who I love to spend time with on Friday evenings, after a long work week. I may have a few friends over, cook up a few dishes, open some wine, and enjoy the evening that way, however, it’s rare that I’m out on a Friday night.
source: Sheetal Bhagat
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