Friday, December 6
The lovely ladies behind Chobhi are back on An Indian Summer, this time with a line of beautiful jewelry. You do remember their lovely scarves and the giveaway, don't you? This line of earrings and necklaces are a perfect complement to the scarves! Take a look at the entire range here.
~ The GiveAway ~
Chobhi would love for one of An Indian Summer readers to win the Lahari necklace. This elegant neck adornment can be yours, wherever you are in the world! Yes, the giveaway is open for all An Indian Summer readers.
Here's what you need to do to enter:
1. Tell us what dress will you wear with this necklace, in a comment here, on An Indian Summer's facebook page.
2. Leave a comment on this post too, to double your chances
3. That's it! Winner will be announced here next Friday, on Dec 13th.
Thank you Chobhi! And you guys, have fun! See you again next week!
[Images: Chobhi. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]
Thursday, November 28
It's kismet that Kismet Jewell Nakai and I 'met' each other in the virtual world. Like the face that launched a thousand ships, an absolutely ethereal photograph shot by Kismet, that was part of my diwali inspiration mood boards, launched a full fledged post!
Kismet and her stylist friend/partner April Sher Bhaika, conceptualize, style, create and capture magical moments via The Unreal Bride. Not limiting themselves to just wedding photography, they have experimented with a bunch of other conceptual shoots and also offer to make any moment that celebrates love and life, into a memorable one.
What I love love about The Unreal Bride was just how thoughtfully styled each shoot is. There is a certain elegance, an old world charm, opulent yet subtle accessories and props, without it being too stuffy. You can see and feel from the pictures that the photographer, the stylist and the subject had fun while shooting! With rich heritage saris and textiles, combination of modern and heirloom jewelry, the would-be and the already brides caught candid in various moods, the color and the lush setting that is so Indian in its mood - each shot is a visual delight!
Take a look at Kismet's photography portfolio here, and take a stroll through the stories and gorgeous imagery from the The Unreal Bride photo shoots right here.
In Kismet's own words:
"I started as a photographer back in 2008 officially. I chanced upon my love for photography rather late in life and went through a number of jobs before actually realizing that I wouldn't mind taking photos all my life. Sitting with a friend, we started talking about the wedding industry and how it would be a fun idea to do different photo shoots of brides - something atypical. You see it a lot in fashion but not with real brides, so we thought the combination of my photography and April's styling - we could do some real fun stuff. The blog - The Unreal Bride, was meant to be a way to advertise what we did, but instead we started blogging a lot more and we enjoyed it! From there we have done loads of fun projects, which have varied from wedding stuff to food photography to all sorts of things!"
[Kismet and April]
[All Images Copyright: The Unreal Bride. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]
Monday, November 25
And now, even better!
Chandan Dubey and her treasures!
Chandan is one of my earliest blogger pals, and her home, her aesthetics, eye for color, design taste and her photography has always inspired me. She has an unique take on the mundane and also the exquisite, and it's always refreshing to read her perspective and experience her visualization. So, today, I am not only happy, but also proud to announce the launch of her project, where she is attempts to, and succeeds so beautifully, in combining her different skills sets and interests. As I put the post together, it was so hard for me to decide what to leave and what to showcase - I wish I could have shared her entire portfolio of products with you here :)
In Chandan's own words:
"This select range of fine art photographs, hand crafted objects and graphic prints are a coming together of my skills as a photographer, artist and collector. The range of art work comprises up-cycled objects such as old boxes, small cabinets and platters. The idea was to restore and reinvent old objects by lending a fresh layer of interest to them with the use of equally old material, both collected and found. This includes vintage photography, film posters, postcards, old books, art and fashion catalogs, hand writtern letters, coins, stamps interspersed with hand painted detail and graphics."
Chandan is displaying and retailing her exquisite products soon. Mark your calendar for:
Date: Nov 30th, 2013
Where: Trident, Bandra Kurla
And, for the rest of us, not in Bombay
We can connect to her via her facebook page, and
demand request her make this gorgeousness available to us too :)
Don't forget to look at her other work
And the entire portfolio of these products on facebook, in the days to come
[All images: Chandan Dubey. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]
Tuesday, November 19
Eye candy rooms
Quirky art on walls
Flowers in cups
Twigs in vases
I miss you all!
Here's my post (card) to you
From Home Life Australia
So I would miss you a little less
I feel much much better now
How about you?
[Prettiness from Home Life Australia. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]
Friday, November 15
They are called Flying Fish!
Excuse the inane joke, but it's friday today!
And I am not only Friday evening happy
But also glitter and all-things-shiny happy
From Nitika Bose
One lovely pair of earrings to giveaway!
Flying Fish is Nitika Bose's world of whimsical and exquisite jewels, designed for the contemporary woman, and handcrafted by skilled craftsmen. I love the attention to detail in each of her beautifully designed unique pieces. Crafted in sterling silver and gold plated with 18k or 24k gold, I can see myself wearing these jewels with both traditional Indian dresses and western outfit. It's just a question of how to pick and choose from among the many many lovely designs!
~ The GiveAway ~
Nitika would love to giveaway this exquisite pair of silver earrings to one lucky An Indian Summer reader, from anywhere in the world! That's right - all readers of An Indian Summer are invited to participate!
All you need to do to enter:
1. Click right here, and leave a comment. In the comment, use the words Flying and Fish. Tell us a story around the words, or a song, or a poem, a haiku, a joke - anything! Make sure you are logged into facebook to leave the comment.
2. To double your chances, you can leave another comment on the post on Flying Fish's facebook page too!
3. And, if you are feeling specially creative, leave a third comment on this post
4. That's it. Winner will be announced next friday - Nov 22nd, on facebook.
What a happy Friday!
[All Images: Flying Fish. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]
Wednesday, November 13
Gaatha, a sanskrit word meaning 'a great story' or 'a legend', is an initiative launched in 2009 by group of students and alumni at National Institute of Design [NID]. What started as a project to research and document the unfortunate erosion of Indian crafts clusters and heritage, has now evolved into a online repository of stories, folklore and myths associated with these crafts and their creators. Gatha has also launched an online store, aimed at helping these craftsmen reach a wider market and earn sustenance.
Gaatha's blog is a lovely read, where the reader not only gets to know how each of these beautiful products is created, but we also get to 'meet' the skilled women and men behind the various crafts.
Beautifully photographed, the products are a visual delight! Gaatha's online store is filled with handcrafted unique pieces for personal use and for home.
How have you been, my dear readers?
I am back after a break for Diwali and post Diwali recuperation
See you this friday, with a lovely giveaway!
[All images: Gaatha. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]
Monday, October 28
What is inspiring me these days
To inspire creativity
And a love for all things beautiful and festive
From me to you
[click to enlarge the pics]
Love the contemporary twist to the saree/dhoti. Complemented by Lakshmi Ganesh in Madhubani, and a Kutch woman decorating her home
The elegance of subtlety
Ah! The visual delight of this mood board! Peacock and it's hues in gorgeous forms
The eternal painting by Raja Ravi Varma of Goddess Laxmi, and Hamsa from Morocco, interpreted as the Indian sign of 'blessing' in this mood board. On the left, fresco from Rajasthan with mughal motifs
Rich and edgy textile and fashion, goes well with the simplicity of a traditional puja thaali
Jewel tones, with the woman balancing it out with a simple chiffon saree and silver adornments
[The central image is from The Unreal Bride]
[The central image is from The Unreal Bride]
Colors and textures that spell festivity!
Warm tones of mustard and orange, and the love of Radha and Krishna in this miniature painting
The brilliance of her native jewelry and the twinkle of fairy lights. Diwali is upon us, folks :)
Do tell me how you like the visual inpsiration
And what it inspired you to create :)
On another note:
My dear readers, 'An Indian Summer' has been nominated by the GoodHome India Magazine for their 'Best Blog' category.
I am mighty pleased for I admire the publication and adore the creative team behind the magazine.
What I need from you is your vote!
Needless to say, I shall be doing a happy dance with each click :)
Thank you, my dearest folks! Much appreciated!
Oh, and do grab the Femina Issue for Oct 30th, 2013. I have a two page spread on creative ways to do up your home on Diwali. More ideas for Diwali, people!