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I fancy age-old Ayurvedic Skincare concoctions in a bottle!

 IMG_1491 (1)Vata Supplements

Today I’m sharing two stories which are sides of the same coin – one of Abida Halstenberg from Berkeley Square, London who is the founder of Samaya which has creams, cleansers, oils and supplements for the skin and hair.

She grew up in Hyderabad, south of India, but her folks belonged to the North, in Uttar Pradesh. She remembers her maternal grandmother from Oudh only prescribing natural or Ayurvedic remedies for any ailment or beauty treatment. From the age of six or seven she found herself inclined towards mixing face packs with Ayurvedic ingredients. After moving abroad life got busier so she looked for off-the-shelf products that were not just natural or Ayurvedic but also easy and pleasant to use. Uninterested with those in the market, she began building her own line based on the knowledge imparted by her grandmother and extended family (whom she had grown up with), while studying the rest.

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All things bright and beautiful this Diwali

All things wise and wonderful

The lord god made them all

The good lord surely seems to have given me a fresh pair of eyes so I’d like to share with you my Diwali shopping list if you are yet clueless about where to begin. 

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Creating individuality with men’s fashion

Description of a quintessential Suket Dhir’s client- ‘Cold shower…well groomed hair….clean and fun underwear and socks….fused collars and cuffs…..clean shoes….creased trousers or a clean pair of denims….sunglasses….good posture and a thought of a brand new day’ framed this feature.

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Symetree in design

nawalgarh collection

One day while sauntering through one of the costliest high end streets of the world, enjoying the cosmopolitan crowd  amidst the affluent or bureaucratic part of Delhi which is speckled with colonial and Mughal architecture,  I came across an old moneyed Marwari group’s jewellery and vintage retail space. Symetree‘s flagship store location at Khan Market, compliments the brand’s proportional mix of luxury and creativity nostalgically for many connoisseurs.

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Kishmish treats with natural textiles

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ekà ‘made in india’ women’s wear label

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

— Diana Vreeland

ekà ( ek in sanskrit ) means one; collectively master craftsmen i.e. weavers, dyers, block makers, embroiders and textile printers help in creating a discerning woman’s clothing using traditional textile techniques. Like all hand crafted textiles the label’s fuss is about the finest counts of khadi, indigo dyes, unique block prints like ‘Saudagiri’ and ‘Agrakh’, layered handmade indigo dyed voiles with ‘kantha’, luxurious light weight cottons in random shapes, suited for a sombre and individualistic fashion statement. Woven linen, khadi or wool in colour monotones are given little detailing without taking away from the natural characteristics of these fabrics.

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