Label Love: Project Wood

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Hello hello… I’m back!! I took a two week break from the blog only cause I was having the time of my life in Dubai with P. I feel like we make guest appearances in each other’s lives, but it’s something that I know is temporary and worth the wait (hang in there girl). Anyhow, just before I left Kenya, I was strolling on Insta (as usual) and came across Project Wood. First thoughts… for how long was I hibernating to not have found this awesome brand? I also felt like kicking myself in the butt because I absolutely love their product range and now I have no space in the house to adopt some of their precious furniture *teary eyed*.

Maybe, I can treat myself to The Rolling Lamp which I absolutely loooove. The lamp has a macrame rope that gives it this cool 80s’ vibe while the bare buld knocks in a industrial look that’s still making rounds in the decor world. What’s cool about this lamp, is that there’s a gazillion ways to style it up- I know a sweet spot in my house where I’d rope this up.

I’ve also been admiring the Hexagon Tables and the Sandune cabinet which both have minimalist aesthetics with bold dimensions that give it a contemporary yet oh-so-classic look. Also, the pieces are quite unique for anyone whose looking for anything but run of the mill stuff. Do check ’em up and read their story here.

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I can’t wait to see what more Project Wood has to offer in the future. Gonna keep a tab on these guys.

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Label Love: The Second Life

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I, for one, am a sucker for beautiful stationery and I have a special tiny room in my heart for all things crafty. True fact: I would choose to forage a craft store any day over a clothes store (pakka promise). I also believe that packaging is just as important as the gift itself. I happen to also shudder at the thought of bad, heartless packaging.

A month before our wedding, mum and I had scavenged around for presents to gift to our family and friends. While we did get some amazing stuff, I was sure that gold foil wrapping paper won’t make the cut to wrap these beauties. Neither did I have time to add a bouquet of trims, ribbons and bows onto the presents to further beautify them! Plus, knowing that the tiny little Rs.20 bow would find its way to the dustbin, I was forced to switch on my frugal mode and think a little out of the box.

Enter: TSL.

The Second Life by Studio ABCD is a sustainable design studio founded by Raahul Khadaliya, a senior of mine from college. Why I reached out to him? Well, let’s just say I was impressed with his range of products and loved the ideology his brand stands for- they upcycle discarded paper waste like old movie posters and newspapers by block printing them in vivid hues. Dayum cool huh? And because he’s so beautifully described the journey on the website, I’m going to share the link here.

As for what I picked up? A bunch of block printed upcycled newspapers and gift bags that the team personalised for me with little name tags.

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I still remember the day I picked up the entire lot, I was so happy that I had this gorgeous paper to wrap our gifts. It was also fun watching some of the guests discover that their wrapping paper was good ol’ newspaper! Plus, I felt that in a small teeny tiny way,  I did my part towards supporting sustainability as a design ethos.

And I’d like to give a big shoutout to the talented team and Sneha, for doing such a great job!

P.S. Because I’m feeling cheery today morning, here’s a little tune to set your mood. Ok bye!

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Label Love: Dhora

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When you’re inching towards 30, somethings indefinitely start to change. You start taking the whole “skin regime” thing seriously (read:adult acne is no fun), you “invest” half your salary into hiring a personal trainer and make him your BFF, and you start skipping the in-your-face bling and diamante studded necklaces that were so in vogue when you bought them. Nah, I’m not a killjoy, but kaleidoscopic plastic gemstones are most likely going to take a backstage for a while, at least till I decide to channel my Iris Apfel. For now, unique pieces that stand the test of time and style are what I’m on a look out for.

Label Love numero uno goes to Dhora. Inspired by all things Rajasthani, the brand’s leading duo Aavriti R Jain and Siddharth Daspan, create beautiful bijoux pieces that are sophisticated yet rugged and borderline quirky. The beaten brass treasures boast of an understated elegance that pair well with a simple white shirt and a handwoven Chanderi silk saree alike. Versatile and timeless- what’s not to love?

With lots of haul pieces to add to my cart, I decided to be selective and picked the Holy Cow Bali Necklace (though I’m craving for the earrings now). I love how it packs in an edgy punch with a whisper of Indian kitsch. My favourite pair-up so far was teaming it up with my Ikat dress (see here).dhora jewellery
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Label to Love: Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha

Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha

I’m beginning to think I’ve been hibernating for way too long. Explains the added kilos, the constant need for sleep, the need to Google LDR (long distance relationship) and my lack of not knowing Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha. Damn! I’m feeling major FOMO now. I’ve been on stalk-mode since I saw coverage on their latest offering ‘Ahir’- the nomad’s sartorial dream.

Based out of Rajasthan, the uber talented duo create beautiful sustainable clothing that marries age old craft. From block prints, intricate embroideries to out-of-the-world silhouettes, Vrisa is what today’s boho chic looks like to me. It’s easy and effortless yet reflective and contemporary- perfect for the Indian Summer.

Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha

Take a peek at their Spring Summer ’16 collection here.

Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha

Image credits: Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha

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