UrbanClap ft. Falguni Patel

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Ignorance is bliss.

Well atleast when you want to relax.

Unfortunately I cant ever relax while getting any beauty procedure done.

Why ? You may ask..

For starters, having worked with leading wellness & beauty company for almost 9 years of my career, I have been tuned to the best quality of beauty treatments. As a part of the profile, I had to take trials of therapists from time to time to check on quality & efficiency. In turn, it made me expert on SOP’s of various procedures for beauty routine and made me a stickler for perfection in services.

So when you harp about the elusive relaxation that you get while getting a facial / pedicure / body massage done, I really wonder what exactly is that.

I usually went to a particular salon for services and would come back and rant about how the beauty therapist went on her usual routine of saying –

‘Aapke baal tedhe hain !’

‘Last time kisse eyebrow karvayi thi?’  ( PS – She would have done it herself but wont remember that)

‘ Bahot tan ho gai hai aapki skin, humara premium facial karva lo’

‘Aapke baal kitne dry hai, Hair spa nahi karvate’…

And so on………

To escape this barrage of non-stop chatter, I started calling a beauty therapist at home. ( This one worked at my earlier place of work. So I trusted her procedures)

However, having left a company and working on her own, she started losing her professionalism. Hygiene became a big issue and product quality was doubtful ( To counter that, I would give her my own products)

So you get the drift right?

While I was wondering what do I do about this month’s basic beauty routine, Urbanclap team got in touch. They graciously offered their home salon services for trial.

I was kind of skeptical as expected but the team member convinced me to try it.

So how was it ?

Well, watch the video to know how did the services go by.

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In case you get pepped up by this video and want to get some pampering done this weekend, Book an expert today at UrbanClap – goo.gl/NwNkLL

Use code UCFPATEL to get Rs. 100 cashback and tell me if you liked their services 🙂

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Tame your summer frizz with 5 hair oils

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Since centuries, potions were made at home with secret recipes for beauty routines. Each family had their own unique formula of packs and oils made as per availability of ingredients. It is only since 1900’s that the market started getting flooded with concoction of shampoos, conditioners and hair oils infused with hibiscus, amla, aritha and bhringraj. The regionally available oils were used not only in cooking but also as a part of beauty enhancement routine for skin and hair. The coastal areas thus used coconut oil, Mediterranean population used olive oil, Mexicans used jojoba oil and North Indians used mustard oil.

The benefits of using this naturally abundant resource were many, ranging from easy availability due to favourable climate to its quick reception by the genetic structure of the body. Hair oils and nourishing packs have become essential in the weekly beauty regime of any woman who loves her mane. At the centre stage of these wholesome potions are the primary hair oils namely coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and mustard oil.

Coconut oil has been the most affordable and easily available oil in India. Its molecular structure is made up of small and medium-chain fatty acid that allows it to penetrate the scalp and hair shaft more deeply and faster than other available conditioners, thus keeping the hair nourished and moisturized. Mainly used as hair growth oil, it can also be used as a leave-in treatment to repair split ends, moisturize scalp, and add a healthy glow to the tresses. For the best results, warm the coconut oil in a pan and then apply it on the scalp and hair-shaft till the ends. Leave it on for an hour and shampoo it off.  You may repeat this twice a week to improve the texture and bounce of hair.

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Coconut Oil 

‘Stress, faulty lifestyle and negligence can lead to hair fall and thinning of hair. Most women come with complain of hair fall and dry lustreless hair. Either they do not apply any hair oil or they keep hair-oil for 2-3 days on their scalp. Moderation is the key word. Oil nourishes the scalp, hair roots, promotes hair re-growth, and increases hair density. Regular use of hair oil will prevent hair-fall and premature greying of hair. We have created a unique potion of hair oil using essential ingredients to address these issues of hair wherein coconut oil, sesame oil, hibiscus oil and liquorice oil are used as base oil’ shared Dr. Aanal Kangad, dermatologist and founder of vegan and natural cosmetic products – Happy Flowers 

When mixed and heated with curry leaves, coconut oil prevents premature graying of hair. Curry leaves are rich in antioxidants, proteins, beta-carotene and amino acids. They moisturize the scalp, prevent hair loss, thinning and help strengthen follicles. The vitamin B content present in curry leaves helps prevent premature hair graying and as a result hair retains its colour and lustre longer

To make this tonic, pour the coconut oil into a pan and add a handful of curry leaves to it. Heat the oil until the black residue is formed around the leaves. Once the tonic has cooled down, strain it and store it. Gently massage the scalp with the fingertips while applying the oil concentrate to get the best results. Repeat the routine 2-3 times a week to see the visible results in hair quality.

Jojoba oil, derived from the seeds of evergreen jojoba shrubs, is native to Arizona, California and Mexico. It is one of the most nutrient rich and expensive botanical oils that has long shelf life and exact molecular structure as that of sebum produced by hair scalp. Its molecular structure makes it the product of choice to be added in shampoos, conditioners and oils as an active ingredient that moisturises the scalp and hair. Jojoba oil is an excellent choice for deep conditioning treatment.

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Jojoba Oil 

“It is the extensive dryness of scalp that leads to dandruff and hair loss at an increased rate. Jojoba oil is capable of moisturizing the hair without leaving any residues. It can help hair cells to reproduce themselves at a rapid pace” added Aanal on the benefits of jojoba oil.

Olive oil, popularly known as liquid gold, is rich in Vitamin B & E, magnesium, zinc, sulphur and calcium. It aids in hair growth by preventing hair loss.  Used earlier by the Mediterranean people, olive oil is now globally used in the cosmetic & hair industry. Primarily aimed at curbing hair-fall, olive oil gives best results when applied twice a week.

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Olive Oil 

The inexpensive option of olive oil is the ‘Sarson ka Tel’ from the nearby kirana store.   Abundantly found in India, mustard oil is a rich store of antioxidants, essential alpha fatty acids, and multiple vitamins like A, D, E, and K, and minerals. It directly helps in hair growth. The essential alpha fatty acids help to condition the hair generously. If your hair is dry, nothing can be more beneficial than mustard oil. Mustard oil is effective in preventing premature greying and darkens your hair naturally. Thus, instead of dyeing hair, you can massage your hair with mustard oil every night to see the result.

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Mustard oil aka Sarson ka tel 

Dr.Vandana Shah, senior dermatologist of Ahmedabad shares, “In dermatology practice, we mostly opt for pharmaceutically made oils to cure hair-fall, premature greying and dryness of hair. The base ingredients are indeed oils like coconut, sesame, mustard and olive. Castor and olive oil give strength to hair shaft whereas jojoba gives nourishment without any greasiness.’

Be it olive, jojoba, coconut or mustard oil, massaging the scalp with hair oil improves blood circulation and thus the flow of nutrients needed for hair-growth. To get the lustrous mane, make a promise to pamper yourself this year with regular hair oil massages.

(Please Note – This Article was first produced for Femina Gujarat Magazine. This is its unedited version) 

 

Home Remedies for Shiny Hair

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Historically, lustrous tresses are considered to be the crowning glory of women. Be it fairy tales like Rapunzel and her fabled long hair or media advertisements like Crowning Glory soap featuring Dimple Kapadia in her shiny hair; we are made to believe that long shiny hair is an essential check list for a woman to be considered beautiful. With the change in mindsets, we are now growing out of the ‘long’ and ‘beautiful’ criteria. However, every woman wishes to have shiny mane, be it long or short, straight or curly.

In case you are not blessed with the specific gene code that naturally gives you shiny hair, you will rush to the fanciest salon in the town to get the hair-conditioning treatment done and spend a bomb; because hair spa are available in different categories (Indian & international) & your hair stylist will convince you that your hair just doesn’t have it in them.

Do you find this situation familiar? Oh well, most of us have experienced it.
With weddings & parties round the corner, the frequency of using styling products increases. Hair is robbed off its natural moisture due to excessive usage of products and iron. To restore back the healthy locks, would you rather love if we gave you tested and tried kitchen remedies that would save you a fortune?
If yes, then sit back with a cup of coffee and read on to know ten not-so-secret recipes from your kitchen.
1. Yoghurt

Yoghurt can be used in multiple ways to restore the hair shine. It is rich in vitamin B5, Vitamin D and proteins. It is also packed with lactic acid that can clean your scalp and treat dandruff.

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Yoghurt mask
1 cup yoghurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Whisk the ingredients thoroughly and apply to the hair scalp and shaft. Let it settle in for 30 minutes and then wash it off to get soft and manageable hair.
2.Apple Cider Vinegar

If you do not have apple cider vinegar at home, we totally recommend purchasing one. Apple cider vinegar is one the best known hair detangler across the globe. It helps in removing the dirt and build up of styling products on your hair.

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Apple cider vinegar Rinse (ACV Rinse)

Mix 2 spoon of ACV in 2 cups of water
Rinse your shampooed hair with it
After 10 minutes rinse it with cold water for shiny soft hair

3.Mayonnaise
To eat or to apply is the million dollar question when mayonnaise is the ingredient. Mayonnaise works wonder for dry and damaged hair, especially coloured and treated hair. Since it is made of egg yolk, olive oil and lemon juice, mayonnaise is rich in amino acids and antioxidants.

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Mayonnaise hair mask
Apply and massage mayonnaise to the damp hair
Cover it with a shower cap for 20 minutes
Wash your hair with shampoo for soft hair
4.Beer

Beer is known to be a happy drink; well it seems not just for us but also for our hair. Along with vitamin B, the proteins found in malt and hops (which are active ingredients of beer) are said to repair damaged hair. The sucrose and maltose sugars present in beer tighten and strengthen hair cuticles for enhanced shine. Don’t throw away the left over beer that has lost the fizz yet; use it on your hair to get lustrous locks.

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Beer rinse

Use beer to rinse hair after shampoo and let it settle for 10 minutes
Rinse with cold water

5.Vodka

Did you know that Russia depended on vodka for most of its home remedies? Starting from rinsing mouth in morning to curing hair loss, vodka translated as ‘dear water’ in Russian, is the divine solution for all skin and hair needs. Try this rinse once a month to get a healthy mane.

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Vodka Hair rinse
Mix one tablespoon of vodka to two cups of water
Rinse your hair with this mixture after a proper shampoo and let it stay

6.Tea

A hair tea rinse is simply brewing a specific type of tea and allowing it to cool prior to pouring it over your hair. Tea is rich in caffeine that stimulates hair growth. Various types of teas will give different types of result.

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Rinse

Boil the pre-selected tea in two cups of water and let it cool
Rinse the hair with the tea-mix and allow it to dry naturally
Black Tea rinse is used for shiny hair. It also renders dark colour. Green tea rinse stimulates hair growth and increases shine due to its high antioxidant content. Chamomile tea rinse brings out the natural highlights in your hair owing to its lightening agents.

7.Fenugreek

Traditionally, fenugreek seeds have been used as a condiment to promote better health and as a potent hair potion. It can be used in multiple ways to increase the growth of the hair and add shine to the dull hair.

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Fenugreek Paste
Soak two tablespoon of fenugreek overnight and make a fine paste
Add one cup of yoghurt, one tablespoon honey , one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon olive oil
Apply this mask to the scalp and hair and leave for 45 minutes
Wash it thoroughly with shampoo

8.Eggs

Eggs contain all the major essential vitamins, minerals and proteins that promote hair growth and condition the hair. Lecithin in the egg yolk helps in reducing frizz and helps in making hair smooth.

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Egg pack

Mix one full egg with one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon olive/coconut/almond oil
Whisk the paste well and apply it to the scalp & hair
Wash it after 30 minutes for smooth hair

9.Banana

Bananas are rich in Vitamins A, B, C, and E, which makes it a perfect ingredient to fix damaged hair. They also contain emollient that moisturises the hair shaft and makes it soft. Making a banana hair pack at home is easy.

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Banana pack

Mix one ripe banana with one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon olive/coconut/almond oil
Add one cup yoghurt and blend it
Apply this mask on your scalp and hair and leave it for 45 minutes
Wash the hair thoroughly to remove banana from the hair

10.Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that repair the dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner as it composed of 95% water. It has been used in hair care for a long time as an ingredient that battles dandruff, moisturizes, and boosts hair growth.

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Aloe Vera pack

Extract 1 cup fresh aloe vera gel from plant. You can use readily available gel as well
Add one teaspoon of castor oil and mix the ingredients well
Apply the mixture on hair and leave it for 45 minutes
Wash it off thoroughly with shampoo

Besides indulging in these kitchen remedies, do take care of what you consume. Healthy gut is the sign of healthy skin and hair. Pamper your tresses with these simple home remedies to get those lustrous locks this season, that too in budget.

Please Note : This article was first produced for Femina Gujarat. This is the original unedited version. 

Ahmedabad based ‘The W Trunk’ promoting women entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is a celebrated word among the millennial, more so if one stays in Gujarat. Corporate executives have left high paying jobs to pursue their passion and step in the shoes of entrepreneurship. Students have started start-ups immediately after the college. Women have started their home business in jewellery, home decor, fashion or baking after their career breaks.

Each one, be it corporate executive or a student or a woman entrepreneur, looks for a broader audience for their business but only few manage to tap the pulse. What if someone managed all the visibility hassles for you while you focused on developing the product?

Dream come true right?

Well.. ‘The W Trunk’ is one such e-commerce portal based out of Ahmedabad, started by three friends – Priyadarshini Rathore, Vishwa Bhatt Weir and Dipit Kochar. They act as a catalyst for women entrepreneurs and help them by showcasing their products in front of a global audience. It is an online destination for those women who dream of fulfilling their desire to start up something of their own. They curate and showcase new talent on their portal – www.wtrunk.com

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Ahead of their upcoming exhibition named ‘The W trunk ‘17’ , Team Ciceroni got in touch with the founders to get an insight about their portal, their journey and future plans.

Read on the excerpts from the conversation…

Share the story with us about inception of The W-Trunk?

The W Trunk began its journey in 2015 with an aim to create a platform for women where they can transform their dreams into a tangible reality and turn them into businesses that make good money. To do this, we are increasing their reach to their potential clients through our networking and e-commerce platform.

In March 2016, we launched our online portal http://www.thewtrunk.com which is aimed at forming a community of women entrepreneurs who lead small/medium scale businesses and to provide them with a platform to sell their products online. Over the last one year, we have reached out to over 150 women entrepreneurs through our website and our on-ground event.

What were the challenges that you faced when you started ‘The W-Trunk’?

We are a team of three at ‘The W Trunk’.  We all share our passion for fostering women entrepreneurship and that got us together to create this platform.  Yes, we did face challenges while setting up ‘The W Trunk’. Primary challenge was to change the thought process of people and make them go online. It was a task to source such women entrepreneurs who would want to take the next step and go online.

Most of these talented women entrepreneurs offer customised products; therefore the longevity of their products on the website depends on a number of unique pieces they create. They work on a small scale therefore at times they do not realise the power of good photography and presentation.

We had to explain them the benefits of going digital and presenting the product in an aesthetic format.

How has ‘The W-Trunk’ evolved since 2015?

Since its inception, The W- Trunk has brought to town two on-ground exhibitions which saw the participation of over 150 women entrepreneurs. Both these events gave us an opportunity to offer them participation on our online platform.  By way of these two platforms – online line visibility and on ground events, we have been able to bring to the forefront many talented first time entrepreneurs.

Why should people visit the ‘The W-Trunk’ exhibit when there are already so many other exhibitions in the city?

‘The W Trunk’ is essentially a platform for enabling and fostering women entrepreneurs. We work on subscription basis model with women entrepreneurs while offering them hassle free front end and back end management.  We do not charge any commission on their sales. Our curation is our forte.

Our exhibitions around Women’s Day focus not only on promoting women entrepreneurs but also on creating awareness around women’s issues. We aim to be an ecosystem that promotes creative dialogues and business opportunities centred around women.

Out of all the labels that you have been associated with, which are your personal favourite?

It is difficult to pick and choose! All these labels are outstanding in their own way, but to name a few Atrangi, Nauka Shah, R – Clothing, Design Yogi, Hygiene and you are some of the brands we follow.

Are there any criteria that you look forward while selecting labels for your curation?

We mainly look at the uniqueness of the products, the entrepreneur’s zeal to take the brand forward and their creativity.

How do you support women entrepreneurs in their promoting their business?

Our online platform offers these women an opportunity to display their products digitally at no hidden costs. We do not charge commission on their sales and we offer them an opportunity to sell products for free till they achieve a sale of Rs. 5000 on the website.

Subsequently, they are free to choose a half yearly/yearly subscription option where we offer different services to them.

By doing this, we are removing the first barrier of how and why of digital presence for these entrepreneurs. Most of them are home based entrepreneurs who are not very well versed with technology. ‘The W Trunk’ helps them gain a broader customer base across country and increase the brand credibility.

The W Trunk did two shows so far, both in the year 2016. Their first event ‘The W Trunk’ was a 3 days’ exhibition around the women’s day weekend in 2016 and the latter one ‘Navmelo’ was an event focused on the most-loved festival of Gujarat i.e. Navratri.

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Their upcoming show “The W-Trunk Edition III” is scheduled from 3rd to 5th March 2017 and once again they are bringing to Ahmedabad a lot of good labels, lots of activities and lots of fun!

“No decision should be made on an empty shopping bag, so what are you for? Go shop now!”  says the team ‘The W trunk’. In case you too have exciting products to showcase, get in touch with them at www.wtrunk.com

And do Meet us at ‘The W trunk’ exhibit at Ahmedabad Haat from 3rd – 5th March, download our application, login and get a chance to win exciting prizes from Ciceroni.

( This article was originally published in Ciceroni – a mobile app that guides for city centric shopping, events and deals)

Contest Time – Appleblossom ft. Paalav Sarees

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It is Contest Time at Appleblossom…

Paalav Sarees, a label started by Vidya Janakiraman, a comedy show producer , ex RJ and a saree lover, is a name synonymous with handlooms. If you like south cotton sarees from Tamil Nadu, then this is the upcoming brand to check out for.

Vidya Janakiraman has taken love too seriously and has decided to spread some of it.. Paalav sarees is celebrating this Valentine’s day by gifting one of their precious saree to one of you lucky reader !

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Red Handwovern South Cotton Saree with Floral & Mango motifs

To win this six yards of elegance, all you have to do is:

1. Follow Paalav sarees & Appleblossom on Facebook

2. Follow Paalav sarees & Appleblossom on Instagram here

3. Tell us what colour blouse / crop top will you style this with ?

4. Do not forget to use the hashtag #appleblossomXpaalavsarees

Once you’ve followed Paalav Sarees and us on social media, leave a simple ‘Done’ along with your answer in the comment section below.

Now, the rules!

– All comments will be pending moderation until contest closes.
– Contest closes on 12th February 2017
– We will pick one winner from a random draw from the pool of qualified entries from the blog comment section. We will not entertain any preferences.
– One entry per person only on the blog please.
– Giveaway open only to Indian residents and you have to be above 18 to enter.

Good luck!

Brands for ‘Him’at Weekend Window

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The consumerist market is changing by leaps and bounds in the recent times. The metro-sexual men, that were once seen only in GQ and Esquire magazines and later in highly glamorized movies of Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar , are now out there on the streets in our very own Ahmedabad. Its a visual delight to spot well-dressed men in the streets of Ahmedabad. 

So we decided to dedicate Day -2 at Weekend Window only to Stylish Men and Men’s products available at the 3 day flea market. While most of the stalls at Weekend Window catered to women audience, there were a handful of them addressing the other half of the population.

These are the Men’s brands that we loved at Weekend Window’s 10th Edition.

Tie hub

Vishal Khetani and Riddhi started this quirky brand about two years back. Based out of Mumbai, Tie Hub is one stop destination for stylish men’s accessories including neckties, bow ties, cufflinks, scarves, belts, suspenders and lapel pins. Oh, they do have colourful kitsch socks as well. They have interesting real watch cufflinks priced at around INR 5000. The ties have interesting machine weaves whereas the bow-ties have quirky wooden frames like that of scissors as well. Considering the wedding season, they shared that ties were selling like hot-cakes. They are a high end label starting from 300 onward till 6000.

69th avenue

Alay Lavsi, the founder of Ahmedabad based brand 69th Avenue, stocks men’s accessories and fashion products since last 1.5 years. 69th Avenue is a lifestyle brand that caters to the fun and unusual designs. They specialise in bow-ties, cufflinks, ties and pocket squares besides socks and handkerchiefs. They have interesting cufflinks in shape of lego, scooter, eagle, duck , dice and more. For the handloom lover men, Alay has patola pocket squares as well. They are modestly priced between 499 to 1899 only.

Desi Hangover 

Abha and Laksh, Mumbai based designers of Desi Hangover, specialize in footwear made from buffalo leather that is specially tanned with vegetable dyes. It is ergonomically created keeping in mind arch of feet and have suede inner lining to absorb the sweat. The Men’s shoes are priced at Rs. 2000, a perfect buy for the ones who love to wear leather mojdi /loafers.

 

Sparrow Designs

Parth Kaneriya and Charuta Bhatt started  Sparrow Design Firm about 2 years back. Essentially a design company, the duo designs notebooks, mugs and Tee-shirts that are unisex. Available in eclectic prints, Sparrow Designs even had a Tee-shirt that flaunted NaMo in retro mode. These tee-shirts are the ones for easy breezy weekends. Priced at   750, these are good gifting options too.

Chokdi

Raj Thakkar, Harsh Hudda and Vidit Bhatt started ‘Chokdi’ in 2014, though I wonder where is the fourth partner, if the name is ‘Chokdi’ ! This contemporary brand is working towards reviving old art forms in new-age fashion through their range of Tee-shirts. Having displayed at Comic Con, they showcased range of Tee-shirts with Batman and Joker done in cross-stitch. Sherlock fans, you too can find your favourite character here. Warli art is another form that they have started experimenting with. Priced from 800 onwards, they are ‘Cool’ buy for the ones looking for style with twist.

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Ray & Dale

Ray & Dale, a Mumbai based brand was established in 2014 by Rayan. It was founded as a luxury e-boutique with a simple purpose of meeting the needs of ‘The emerging fashion conscious Indian man’. They design quirky shirts, ties, bow ties, cufflinks, pocket squares and lapel pins. Their shirts were priced at INR 1000 only whereas the average range of their other products was also 1000. One could check interesting lapel pins there, in form of tiny spectacles and gold & silver Ties.

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Beardo

Ahmdedabad based brand Beardo has been making a lot of noise since quite some time, especially during the No-shave November month. Ashutosh Valani & Priyank Shah started this brand under Zed Lifestyle Pvt Ltd after understanding the shift of metrosexual men towards growing beard. They have tapped the huge market of grooming products for beard by creating products like beard wash, beard fragrance oil, hair growth oil, moustache growth roll on , hair wax , moustache & beard wax. We found interesting product called  Godfather Beardo oil as well.  Their products are priced between Rs 245 to Rs 750.

 

Dear Men,  you don’t have any further excuse to not visit Weekend Window!

Buy the wooden bow-tie or a plaid weave bow-tie, a patola pocket square or a cross-stitch Sherlock Holmes Tee, spectacle lapel pin or Godfather Beardo oil – Go splurge and indulge yourself in some off-beat accessories to style yourself this winter.

 

 

Meet the Fashion Forward Amdavadi – Weekend Window

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The style quotient is rising in Ahmedabad with every passing winter. Somewhere in the background, you hear the evergreen classic yet a clichéd song playing ‘Pretty woman, walking down the street’ with its drum beat rising in crescendo when you spot a stylish and suave lady entering the lawns.

Yes, this is the precise scene played out at Weekend Windows 10th edition at YMCA lawns.

From Cape cover-ups to rugged denims, from unstructured handloom dresses to biker jackets, from boots to gladiators, from indo-western to ethnics, one can spot all trends at this venue. We couldn’t miss out on suave bearded men as well. More update on men later today.

So go ahead and see who made it to Appleblossom’s ‘Fashion Forward’ Amdavadi list.

( PS – We will keep adding pictures daily. Get clicked by the very talented Peach from Kanami Photos who is collaborating with Weekend Window  and appleblossom  to give us these wonderful picture stories )

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See you at Weekend Window today in full swag !