While doing a little reading on Los Angeles based jewelry line Haati Chai, it became apparent that I wasn’t the only one to ‘judge this book by its cover’ by falling for the name right off the bat.
With such a great combination of words, how could the line not be full of statuesque and pleasing pieces? The name definitely holds true for the aesthetics throughout both the men and women’s collections. Haati Chai is ‘elephant and tea’ in Bengali—two of my favorite things!
Although only a couple of years old, Haati Chai has already caught many jewelry lovers’ eyes with the beauty and design of the pieces. Designer Stella Simona has created various modern adornments for the body–much more than just basic rings, earrings, and bracelets. Each piece is thoughtfully handcrafted using traditional and contemporary techniques and influences.
I’m completely drawn to the balanced, earthy aspect of the pieces—they’re just really lovely with the use of materials like wood and stone. I also really admire the subtlety of the Eastern Indian influences in the jewelry, mixed with architectural elements. While the pieces all look incredibly unique they also beg a closer look, to be discussed.
I haven’t been a big jewelry wearer of late, but finding Haati Chai has really given me some great ideas on pieces I could add to my wardrobe for both casual and more formal occasions. Some of my favorites? The Haati Chai Rangamati Necklace, Haati Chai Pya Headpiece, and the Mehj Ring.
Which ones speak the most to you?
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nOir jewelry designer, Leeora Catalan has been accessorizing the Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B collections for two seasons now. So it only made sense for them to put their efforts together to create a collection solely for L.A.M.B. What came next was a bit surprise…Leeora kept Gwen’s rocker sense of style and brought in Indian touches to each jewelry piece! How cool is that? i’ve always adored Gwen’s style. It is so spot on, people want to see her mix of rocker and fashion.
The collection will be available at department stores and online at noirjewelry.com starting early February.
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Life has been a bit crazy for me lately…(8 week old twins and a toddler:). Shall I say more. It’s always nice to have reminders about the things that are important. That is how I discovered this manifesto poster by Holstee. I eagerly looked up the company and fell in love their story and products. Two brothers, along with a business partner started the company without a business plan in mind but instead created a mantra “This is your LIFE”, which has been seen over 50,000,000 times!
Another meaningful product that caught my attention is Holstee’s Upcycled Wallet. Working with an NGO in India, Holstee came up with a ‘no two alike’ wallet made from recycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi.
Check out this video based upon the Manifesto. This video will be part of my new morning routine! Sometimes certain words are so encouraging. Life is all about that. Thank you HOLSTEE.
source: Holstee and YouTube
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Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be back in action writing for BollyInstyle sourcing fun finds for all of you! Shital and I are always huge fans of designers with personal stories that inspire their designs. When Neha Chhabra described her line SURIA as the result of a “creative marriage,” I was hooked! Raised in Mumbai and California, Neha always incorporate traditional Indian pieces into her personal style. But when she married into a family with ties to the textile business, her design dreams came true. Launched this year, Neha uses 14th century embellishment techniques to create her handmade pieces that mix her South Asian background with laid-back California cool.
The result are some lovely pieces that would be great for a fall transition – I’m determined to avoid my winter sweaters as long as possible! The long embroidered white tunics would be great as a summer dress but can go right into fall with some skinny jeans tucked into boots or over leggings. I love the Nariman top, too. Tucked into a pencil skirt, you can add a cardigan so the intricate embroidery peeks through for work – and then off with the cardigan in the evening for a great going out look. The variety of pieces includes day dresses, embellished vests, kaftans and tunics made from India’s local fabrics, all rich in color and texture but cut into contemporary silhouettes that I’ve come to adore. Readers, what do you think? How do you transition your summer pieces into fall?
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Amy Winehouse may not be present, but her voice and style has continued to inspire other singers to create soulful music. Which allows me to introduce Tara Priya. This awesome retro singer/songwriter gal has subtle nuances from Amy Winehouse, Adele, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. What do you think?
Check out her song “Rollin’”, which won the 18th Annual Billboard Song Awards. For SoCaler’s, Tara has a show October 3rd at The Mint in LA.
source: Tara Priya and YouTube
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