Archive for November, 2010
November 22, 2010
Anjulie is a talented singer from Canada. I really like her style and LOVE her voice – reminds me a little of MIA and Amy Winehouse. Her wiki bio is an interesting read. This girl’s got some great accomplishments! 1.) She’s been writing songs since her teen years. 2.) Has half a dozen songs featured on The Hills, Melrose Place, The Vampire Diaries, and the movie Fame 3.) She wrote the single Don’t Call Me Baby, which reached number 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Club Play Chart. 4.) In 2009, she was nominated for MTV Video Music Award for “Best Breakthrough Video”! The list goes on…
source: Anjulie site, YouTube, and Wikipedia
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Dear readers, a blog isn’t probably the best way to make a confession, but here goes anyways….Mom: you always had your suspicions about what I did with that green sari you gave me…it’s time for you to know it’s fate involved my hands and scissors! Readers, can some of you can relate to the dubious fate of some of my beautiful Indian textiles? Saris, in their six meters long glory of embroidered and bedazzled design, often sit unworn in my closet. And until I find myself living a life of glamorous Indo parties, these gorgeous textiles are often relegated to a suitcase stuffed in the back of my closet until a friend gets married. But I would love nothing more for these pretty fabrics to see the light of day. That’s where Maxine Dillon comes in!
Maxine’s handbags are billed as reconstructed apparel and accessories that transform the nature of discarded garments by crafting them into wearable handbags. There are two styles on the website: the smaller, original pouch purse and larger bucket bag. A few of available styles already look like they are made from sari fabric; Maxine can also create a custom bag for you out of your own material provided that it’s a suitably thick – this option is listed under her “Send me your Jacket” link on the site where Maxine gives $10 off a pouch purse if you provide your own fabric from an already constructed piece. A think sari would definitely make a cute pouch piece, which means avoid light silk chiffon and go for a thicker weave like a Kanjeevaram* instead. With a custom pouch purse in hand, you’ll actually get to make use of a gorgeous textile on a daily basis. If only I had some of that green sari fabric left!
*Special note: I deliberately use the word “like” a kanjeevaram since this beautiful, traditional saree of unbelievable handwoven artistry is endangered, so I can’t bear to see one cut up!
Richa, Mala Handmade
source: Maxine Dillon, BusinessToday
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Wake-up, it’s Monday! I found the perfect song that will get you going. My father use to sing this old classic song Ina, Mina, Dika when I was young and it would make me laugh every time. I don’t even know what it means! Goldspot recently released a version of Ina, Mina, Dika. I love the silliness of the golden age. My favorite from Goldspot is It’s Friday, but Foundations from their new album is VERY good. Khosla is a genius. I love his sound and all the sixties-seventies bollywood music influence. Definitely one of my favorite bands!!!
Goldspot band memebrs: Siddhartha Khosla, James Gabbie, Jacob Owen, Paul Jenkins & Dave Sharma
source: Goldspot site and YouTube
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Getting down to the brass tacks is the working expression behind Brass Tacks Madras, a fashion textile company in India focused on fabric, fit, and tailoring quality. With designs that use traditional textiles re-crafted into contemporary clothing, I couldn’t agree with their philosophy more. Unfortunately, unless you live in Chennai, there is no way to purchase the clothing yet. I hope there’s an online store in the works (Hint, Hint!).
I love that one of the seasons is monsoon instead of fall–Can you imagine calling fall fashion monsoon fashion in the US? The Monsoon 2010 collection features many must-have pieces like the Garden Jacket that comes in a sand-washed silk and has unusual pleating. There is even a piece that is a throwback to American culture with the Warhol dress. The dress is in a crepe silk with a funky, pop print that would catch any fashionista’s attention. Silent Rain seems like a normal, formal dress until you see the eye-catching back “rope” detail that pops in a contrasting color.
Anaka Narayanan, the designer behind Brass Tacks Madras, keeps a blog about her experiences as a designer and entrepreneur for the company. I think it’s a unique way for customers to connect with her, and see the struggles of a working designer that has everything on the line. Her latest blog, Blind Perseverance (not for me), shows that she is very honest in admitting the long work hours associated with her business, and her opinion on being perceived as pessimistic when blogging about those difficulties. We hope you make it Anaka, don’t give up!
source: Brass Tacks Madras
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Hi everyone! It’s Richa from Mala Handmade. There’s a chilll in the air, leaves are changing, and everything’s coming up pumpkin on the menu – so it’s officially the start of the holiday season! I can’t wait to get dressed up for festivities, but it’s always hard…on my feet – but not probably in the way you think. Dear readers, I don’t get pain from wearing heels – because I never wear them and I mean never! I’ve got a fondness for flats that let me run around the city with ease (since I am most certainly the one to get a heel stuck in a grate or trip down stairs). But even though there’s a bunch of sparkly ballerina flats out on the market now, I’m still envious of strappy, glittery heels. Maybe my problems will be solved by House of Wahlia!
Close friends Pavan and Medha Chadha started their business organically by bringing over chappals (traditional South Asian sandals from India similar to a leather flip-flop) for friends and co-workers. After repeated requests for more sandals, a business was born! After working with their favorite Mumbai shoe boutique, House of Wahlia debuted two styles currently on the site, with other styles on the way. (“Wahlia,” by the way, is derived from a fusion of Medha’s mothers’ maiden name and Pavan’s last name).
The result are modern takes on the traditional chappals that are simply super pretty. The Jodhpur style has a braided metallic leather toe strap complemented by bronze beading and faceted stones that are lovely. The Shulba chappal pairs metallic grey with pretty white and blue beadwork. I can imagine wearing both pairs to a party, with Indian clothes, and all summer long. And added bonus? I learned that “shulba” is the ancient term for geometry, which is derived from the sanskrit word “shulb” (meaning “to measure”), which inspired the hand-made geometrically shaped chappals. Fashion, etymology, and math? I’m in heaven.
source: House of Wahlia
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