Summer Ease in NAushad Ali

There is nothing more enticing in summers than a relaxed piece of clothing that lets you flow and your body breathe while looking gorgeous. This is exactly what my Naushad Ali outfit makes me feel this summer. A designer with minimalist inclinations, he believes in revisiting designs to adapt more than to add. He fosters a deep love of Indian traditions and crafts, creating designs that bring together modern cuts and heritage fabrics.

While i knew of the brand for a few years now, it is my time in Pondicherry that got me further aware him, his designs and techniques revives India’s traditional fabrics and sustain its practitioners. His label endeavours to balance the inspiration of India and its history, in all its forms, while keeping a keen eye on the world of today. At his studio in Pondicherry, every garment is designed, tailored and packed with earnest dedication.

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Doodlage × Iro Iro

‘Indigo chronicles’ tells the story of the vast textile industry of Jaipur through waste. Indigo, a commonly used natural dye for all kinds of hand printing in Jaipur, is easy to spot around the city. You can find it running through the drains of the pink city, as blots on walls, in sarees and tunics that dress not just the people in the city but a widely accepted colour across the country, the rugs, the jaipuri blankets, the rajasthani turbans, all narrate the story of, arguably the oldest known natural dye. 

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Handcrafted from waste, utilising natural dyes. A refelection pink streets of Jaipur city, with pink stripes balancing a poweful indigo symbolising the wasteful nature of the textile industry balanced through design in a textile to provide coolness at your home as well as thought dprovoking conversations.

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Set of two handcrafted from waste, utilising natural dyes. A refelection pink streets of Jaipur city, with pink stripes balancing a poweful indigo symbolising the wasteful nature of the textile industry balanced through design in a textile to provide coolness at your home as well as thought provoking conversations.

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Arte – Alter, Calcutta


There is something about clothes that look beautiful and are so comfortable you can practically live in them. Over lock-down I have been trying more and more to bring to work and create content in collaboration with homes grown brands that bring out the best of craftsmanship, are eco-friendly promotes sustainability and are socially responsible.


Arte Alter, a made in India brand from Calcutta, a city that is a melting pot of art and culture and reflects everything a socially conscious brand stands for. They firmly believe in creating impact, from the betterment of artisans in terms of health & safety, to textile revival in a contemporary fashion, everything to minute detail of packaging is encouraged by local artisans making it reusable and eco-friendly. At Arte-Alter, they celebrate handmade and craftsmanship, and that is what we as a country “India” is proud of.


The first thing that comes in mind when I see their collection is free flowing comfort, refreshingly beautiful colors, a sense of simple sophistication and a splash of subtle art throughout the collection. The name Arte-Alter itself means, an alternative form of art. All their products are made by hand, and for them, that is art.


Fabrics They Use: this is something I feel needs to be highlighted as it’s the core of any good garmnet. With comfort and care as a key aspect, arte-alter takes immense care to provide you with fabrics made out of azo-free and natural dyed yarns. The yarns are all-natural yarns, like khadi, cotton, silk and linen. The yarns used are hand spined yarns and hand spinning is an ancient textile art, in which fibers are drawn out and twisted together to form a yarn.
The biggest advantage of using natural fabrics is that, they are biodegradable, breathable, soft, durable and also can be produced organically. These fabrics are very comfortable to wear, they are porous, so they do not stick to your body, and they do not cause any harm to the nature when produced. The fabrics are hand washed in minimum amount of water, after the fabrics comes out of the loom, to make them soft and reduce the possibility of further shrinkage.


Arie hand woven khadi dress
Handwoven soft khadi cotton jamdani dress. I like wearing it as a dress, can be paired with a beautiful scarf / belt, add a pair of pants and there is yet another look. The vibrant color is such a mood and it has hand-stitch detailing on neck and sleeve making it a perfect day wear. Shop Here


Aquamarine hand-woven khadi overlayer
I can’t wait to travel and wear this overlayer everywhere. It makes for a great airport style, adding as a layer to my mountain trips and back in city it makes for a stylish work wear. I paired it with their pink resort dress, that can be worn as a separate as well. This aqua cerulean drop shoulder trench overlay comes with patch pocket detail and is handcrafted in soft khadi jamdani with tie and dye detailing on sleeves. Shop Here

They are a luxuriously affordable brand that offers customization option and a joy of wearing them, complimentary with each outfit.

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Upasna

I discovered Upasna during my year in Pondicherry. Searching for local brands that was comfortable for the humid weather i was living in, stylish and worth the money.

Upasana, an Auroville based brand is a beautiful amalgamation of creativity, fashion, design, Indian culture, social responsibility and spiritual progress – woven seamlessly together.
Clothing has power, the power to change lives. The lives of farmers, spinners, weavers, printers, tailors, designers and many more who have invisibly woven their souls into what we wear. Upasana honours them all, consciously, at every stage of crafting their products. Shifting fashion to touch the soul instead of just the body, we believe life is interconnected. Beauty is beyond vanity.

Upasna Label, aims to create conscious sustainable fashion where they take care of our environmental cost and not pass it on to the future. For them, design is creative, problem-solving. Any problem, be it post-tsunami trauma, farmer suicides, garbage littering, weavers losing their job, Upasana looks at social issues as a space to exercise for change. Out of these real problems were born the following projects:

» Kapas – organic cotton project with families of Madurai

» Varanasi Weavers – a project with the weaving communities of Varanasi

» Tsunamika – a tsunami related project providing livelihood to fisherwomen

» Paruthi – India’s local organic brand to support India’s organic farming community

» Small Steps – compact bags as an alternative to plastic bags

It is great to be sharing about brand like this, investing in something that helps nuild my conscious lifestyle.

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Doodlage

Sometimes mind can contradict our own thoughts, i used think if you love fashion, its difficult to walk on path of sustainability; but then again, with time, i ask myself, if i truly respect the fashion i love.

I have never cared about fashion rules, i have always loved wearing colors i like, trends i adore (no matter how yesteryear they are) so trying to give up on fast fashion isn’t very hard (but i am just getting started). Not caring about trends doesn’t mean i am not aware of them, and being a 90’s kid, last decade i have only seen trends come back and nothing majorly fresh, a lot of reinvention, yes! but then again its a very personal opinion.

The only trend i have been trying to get in line is to buy thoughtfully and keep up the main aim- comfort and style. This dress i got from Doodlage is every bit of style and comfort and can easily go from work to brunch, movie date to a vacation outfit.

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Doodleage was born from a simple idea—to create unique, environment friendly products, that are high in style. Everything at Doodlage is made with love; every piece they make is exclusive and unique.

Doodlage is a perfect sync of sustainability and innovativeness. They work with eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, corn fabric, banana fabric. Another source of fabric is the left over or quality, discarded textile from large manufacturers, which account for the “wastage” in export terms. They also source fabrics, which are left unused by other retailers post-cutting. Much like pieces of a puzzle, these bits and pieces come together, each with its own story. As a brand they love experimenting with textures, embroideries, panels, washes, shapes and sizes to optimize the use of every little .

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Mahabalipuram


Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exuberant group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas-temples in the form of chariots, mandapas – cave sanctuaries, giant open-air reliefs such as the famous ‘Descent of the Ganges’, and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. It is so fascinating to see structures so old, surviving innumerable natural and man-made calamities and still have power to leave you impressed.

Ito India

I recently collaborated with a homegrown label that represents itself as a connoisseur of slow living. Ito India, a clothing label that is all about being simple and fuss free, while also offering style and comfort. The outfits are mostly made of 100% pure cotton, mulmul, clean lines, relaxed silhouettes and pastel shades.

My fair lady maxi in blush pink with delicate details on neck and knots on sleves and neck. The design is simple, the outfit is comfortable, even with the minimalistic approach i can wear this to the fanciest of brunches, travel in it and still look elegant.

Reversible Choga, my favourite piece from brand that give a benefit of two, at the price of one. Checkered hand loom at one side and pale quartz mulmul at the other i wore this on my trip to palampur. This kept me warm in the pleasantly chill weather and i got a lot of Instagram worthy pictures in the beautiful palampur.

The clothes are are perfect foe modern yet conscious consumer’s. They use natural material to create contemporary and eco conscious products.
You can shop them on Instagram @itoindia

Ikat love with Translate

In the clutter of fast fashion ‘Translate, Handwoven Ikat’ has given me something to be grounded about. Collection by Translate India is very avant-garde, with supreme quality. I love how each of their garments can be used as separates or mix and match in numerous ways. Be it summers or using them in layers in winters, they are stylish yet minimalistic, comfortable yet classic and every bit feminine. Translate is a perfect blend of age old traditional that meets modern cuts.

This particular garment is easy and contemporary, be it lunch with friends or meeting a client it’s just perfect. This dress has an amazing pattern play and there are number of ways to style it. Pair it with a palazzo or wear it as dress, add an Ikat scarf or wrap a belt, let your style define the garment.

Translate’ as a brand uses artisanal fabrics that spell luxury. It is a concept apparel and home textile design company, made in India that empowers regional Ikat artisans in transforming the traditional hand-loom weaving to contemporary outfits and home accessories. The primary focus of ‘Translate’ is to revive the age-old traditional art of Ikat; bringing it to a larger audience through weaving, designing, producing and retailing. ‘Translate’ primarily focuses on warp, weft and double Ikat that is almost on the brink of extinction. All textiles at ‘Translate’ are hand-woven by their team of trained weavers and exclusively designed for each collection. All textile are specially treated with VAT dye to make the wearable skin friendly and pre-washed, softened to ensure they are very comfortable for every day wear.

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Enchanted white with Samant Chauhan

I love my whites as much I love my blacks, and yet have a life that is beyond the monochrome magic. While many may disagree an all-white look stands out more than an all-black look for various reasons. Regardless of personal like and dislike for the bright noncolor head to toe hue, an all-white look is more of a statement than its counterpart. It’s brighter; It’s classic but not too been-there-done-that. It’s a no-brainer but not that easy to pull off.

Spelling white perfection in this Anarkali designed by Samant Chauhan, paired with Sangeeta Boochra jewelry that further enhances my look, has to be my most favorite look for summer 2018. Whether it’s a wedding or family function, this look assures spotlight. This top to toe white Anarkali by Samant Chauhan with the light embroidered front is perfect for any summer occasion; It is comfortable, feather-light and paired with right silver jewellery has garnered me several compliments already.

The Brand Sangeeta Boochra has been synonyms to silver jewellery for years now, with best of design that shows the creative craftsmanship has brought Indian craftsmanship on the world map. They offer best of traditional and contemporary jewelry that has developed the ancient craftsmanship and began to create exclusive jewelry with the help of its master craftsmen around Jaipur. Established in the year 1897, it has traveled far and wide. Regularly spotted on best of Bollywood style icons, their pieces are a real treasure.

When I am wearing Anarkalis I prefer the ones with subtle color and not so heavy intricate work. The only reason being I love accessorizing, and lately, I am obsessed with the silver/oxidized jewellery. Apart from the fact that it turns any look classy, the jewellery like the one I got form Sangeeta Boochra is a small investment to a forever fashion, as it sure will never go out of style.

An ultimate neck piece like this brings out a delightful look when you pair it up with a subtle garment, you can style it for a traditional look over a cotton/Banarasi saree, pair it up with your favorite Tie & dye kurta or just a white shirt and it sure will complement each one of it. The intricately designed earrings are light and versatile, the flower ring is just the perfect size symbolizing a blooming flower, it makes me a happy person every time I wear it, even on not so good days, I mean who doesn’t like flowers, it makes everyone happy and this one will never fade out. With generations of efforts, name, and hard work, the quality of products from the brand are undeniably good.

Shop similar jewelry and more from their website – Sangeeta Boochra

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Sleepwear style with ‘Blanche’

What come to your mind when you say pajamas or sleepwear? Well I think of comfort, relaxed state of mind and SLEEP (of course). Sleepwear is not just a garment of night anymore, everyone will be able to relate the ecstasy of coming back home after a long day and getting into your comfy pj’s.  We gen next love to laze around in our Pj’s all day when we are at home.

While women’s nightwear was once full of shapeless garments whose sole reason was to just keep us warm and discreet, rather than looking nice and being comfortable. Nightwear is no longer for sleeping only, but has transformed into a fashion statement. Modern women prefer to wear sleepwear with a choice of fashionable cuts, sexy look or like me classy and well groomed.

So, when I had to choose, i undoubtedly went for a classy black pajama set with white detailing from ‘Blanche’ a Jaipur based brand that specializes in sleepwear. While the brand is all about some quirky prints, I was glad to find something that suits my taste.

This particular nightwear has been my holiday accompaniment for last few trips. Holiday mornings for comes with tons of coffee, breakfast in bed and undeniably strong desire to not leave the warm soft bed for the rest of your life. In such cases a comfortable and stylish sleepwear is just the thing I need.

For me Comfort and style go hand-in-hand and I found my hunt for perfect nightwear stops right at ‘Blanche’. So, snuggle yourself in comfortable (but not boring) nightwear, after all why stop being fashionable in bed?

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Fashioneatista X Nicobar 

Nicobar store, Hyderabad

Nicobar has finally come up with a grand store in Hyderabad, with a tropical feel as soon as you step into the store, the store is filled with all things pretty. Metallic cutlery spread on tables, a wall full of subtle dinning sets, pretty mugs and a swing showing off their printed cushions. As you move in you will notice how much the store has to offer, clothes, candles, bags and of course drinks and cakes to indulge in the launch

Nicobar Store, Hyderabad

Nicobar as a brand creates a modern Indian way of living, dressing and looking at the world. With travel as inspiration you will find little bit of world in a lot of their products. They collaborate with real people sharing real journeys with a desire to shape culture in an original and inspiring way.

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Nicobar A/W collection, Hyderabad

Black Pyjamas paired with Front Tie Overlay that is made of soft airy chanderi and so versatile I could style with a sari, jeans on a dress etc. This garment is super comfortable, airy and has a knack to flow easy from any day to night event.

Nicobar, Hyderabad

I have a thing for Anti-Fit, it gives you option to style them and pair them in so many ways and this particular layered beauty is my festive favorite of the season.

Nocturnal section is my favorite part of their store in Hyderabad, it spells a travel wave and you would want to pick up everything from bags to scarfs, little travel pouches for your essentials or smart and comfy casuals for your leisure trip.  Hyderabad Blogger

Shop them online-  Nicobar 

Visit their Store in Hyderabad- Nicobar, above Good Earth, Road no 12, Banjara Hills.
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AnnaMaya by Andaz, Delhi

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Andaz, Delhi by Hyatt is new on the block of premium luxury hotels in Delhi and apart from having great accommodation facilities; they have also received rave reviews for their dining facilities. So i made the most out of my short stop in Delhi and visited AnnaMaya for a meal at Andaz. The first thing you notice about the property is the colorful vibe, a peppy dress code for staff, Ambassador cars for airport transfers.

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AnnaMaya, their European hall restaurant is tastefully designed with a relaxed European aesthetic in mind. The color of the stained glass windows is well balanced by the earthy furniture and cutlery. The essence of AnnaMaya’s existence lies in celebrating local ingredients that are made in India – also everything you see here is available on sale, the greens in your dish, masala’s in your curry even the plates you are served in. Their core lies in using all things organic and promoting artisanal products. They have live kitchens and counters, a beautiful pastry section right at the entrance- that will make you want to run for the desserts first.

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They serve traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist, made with consciously sourced produce. Our lunch at AnnaMaya was a lavish one, while the chef induced us with organic knowledge, the lovely team- which we must mention served and hosted us in a very warm Andaz, Keeping up to their name, Andaz Delhi definitely has an Andaz.

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Lassi at AnnaMaya Delhi

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Fresh Organic Produce, at AnnaMaya Delhi

What you must try are the salads that boast’s of organic greens and fresh produce. Our meals began with summer fresh lassi’s that were available in flavors of mango, chocolate and mint. The ‘Caramelized Roasted carrots-with Himalayan honey and black onion seeds’ had my heart, a simple dish that tasted exotic, they whip up some really exquisite Indian dishes like ‘Stir-fried okra– with cashews and tamarind’ ‘Amritsari goat milk paneer tikka -with mint chutney’ ‘Chicken Tikka, marinated to perfection with cinnamon, black pepper- glazed with garlic oil’ absolute favorite was the ‘Grilled fish in plantain leaf- with fragrant chili sauce’ and one must no leave Annamaya without tasting their ‘Confit duck- With oranges, ginger and sweet tomato dip’ recommended by chef it was a delight indeed. Their ‘Lamb and spinach patty– with Himalayan timur pepper, onion compote and creamy mash’ was also pleasing.

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Caramelized Roasted carrots at AnnaMaya Delhi

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Lamb and spinach patty at AnnaMaya Delhi

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Grilled fish in plantain leaf at AnnaMaya Delhi

Any meal or dining experience is incomplete without indulging in something sweet, doesn’t matter if it is at the start or at the end of a meal…or even somewhere in between. Considering the range of desserts available at AnnaMaya, you would probably want to indulge in it after every course.

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Monster Shake at AnnaMaya Delhi

They have also recently introduced the ‘Monster Shakes’ we must warn you, you need an army to vanish this mighty and sinful shake. if you are here you must try it out, it is layers fruits, waffles, chocolates, sauces, toppings all above the shake curiously ganged up to perfection.

Address: Aerocity, New Delhi, India, 110037. Meal for 2: Rs 2500

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