Weekly Vibes: Life-changers This Week!

This one’s a killer way to tell you what I buy, why I buy, what makes them work, what makes me waste some good monies on things that don’t need their due and ones that makes me go waaaw (that’s the South-Indian wow!). Hello, am a serial buyer of hipster-and-otherwise things and I plead guilty to Instagram-ing them repeatedly to get your attention. Every week I will tell you what makes something work for me, or not. This week’s stuff is here!

BEAUTY

#1: Clinique Pep Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

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ok now, I got bullied into buying it at Sephora. I bought my all-time favourite Clinique Moisture Surge and this was just added by the salesgirl saying, try it. Not free, mind you, I bought it. Fine, I bought it because of that stark pink packaging, okay? OK! But still. From the house that gave me my best moisturiser and my favourite toner, this HAS to work. But no, I wouldn’t say it didn’t work but I saw no visible results. No crazy glow, no OMG clarity in skin. It just did it’s job of washing. *insert saddest smiley. I am on the fence on this. No breakouts, no bad vibes. Just okay-ish. With all the “epic” and “awesome” and “mind-effing-blowing tags everywhere, this seems bland. Thank god it was 750 bucks – travel size, if I spent a bomb, I would have straight lost my shit.

Verdict: Nopes, not for me! I might try the eye cream though, from what I hear, that’s the shizz!

DESSERT

#2: Lindt Excellence Caramel & Seasalt Chocolate Bar

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The ONLY chocolate you need. It’s a staple in our home. The fridge is never without it and I think it’s a tad too expensive but worth every penny. Not available officially but duty-free has some great offers. I bought it at Le Marche for Rs 399 bucks.

Verdict: On a scale of bliss to hell, I’ll go for #supereffingawesomeness.

DRINK

#3: Soju

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Living near Korean-restaurant-infested Gurgaon malls means only one thing – Korean Supermarkets filled with nori sheets and what not. The husband and me are completely trying out newer cuisines and ingredients. Today, we got Soju – the trademark drink. Case in point – HiteJinro’s many varieties of soju, especially Chamisul, which is Korea’s best-selling brand. It tasted like Gin to me and went well with the home-made biryani.

Verdict: Require more to finally make decision. It’s strong, I’ll say that.

FASHION

#4: Label Life Block Heels

These suede block heels have been on my list for a while. Label Life has come a long way as a brand. It had okay-ish collections when it started out but honestly, it’s now my number one place to buy stuff. That’s because it has clean, minimalistic fare and of course, work wear that’s kickass. Yep, it’s a bit on the expensive side but it’s the fabric that makes it click. Fresh, plush and totally great. These block heels look great on dresses but currently, they are not as comfy as I thought they would be.

Verdict: I will still buy. Colour = check. Material = check. Heel = I am determined to check. Maybe a few more wears.

FOOD

#5: Burger Singh Burgers

If there’s one thing I did the moment I landed my ass in Gurgaon, it was to search for some great food places. And as I was talking by Golf Course Road, this name I saw sounded super funny. BURGER SINGH. And it also said they are open until 3 am. So we decided to check out the menu. Some really great options: The Amritsari Murgh was brilliant, the Malabar Chicken was super nice. I love it when they Indianise western food, because why not? The surprise one was the Punjabi Samosa burger, at Rs 100 it was yummers as hell. In Mumbai, we were crazy about this burger place called Serial Griller. It’s home-made and even sometimes delivered by the owner. The Burger Singh burgers are my Delhi-equivalent. The bun is so soft, you wanna make your bed in it and sleep!

Verdict: We already ordered 3 times from there and looks like it will stay on.

MUSIC

#6: Aarya on Apple Music

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This boy I tell you. This is one reason I love the fact that my husband introduces new music to me. This boy has the most velvety voice ever and some really cool songs. He reminds me of Jason Mraz. Maybe a bit of Jack Johnson. Also a masala of Ed Sheeren. But I really liked his music: Download here.  Particularly the songs, Mum & Dad (reminded me of mine so much!) and Wasted For Love.

Verdict: Yep, totes awesome and addictive!

Rungg Shoes: Fit For Modern Day Nefertiti If You Ask Me!

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for shoes. My theory: you can put on weight and your outfits might not fit you anymore but shoes my darlings, shoes fit you the same no matter how much you change in shape and size. Though honestly, I used to wear 5-inch heels 2-3 years back because it was habit you see. I was a short-ish person so it was part of me. I spent money on designer shoes, had 2-3 colours of the same shoe and wired my brain to run after a new heel every 3 months or so. But really, after the baby, you know one cannot wear heels and run. OMG with the baby, a baby bag and tired feet, it was an impossible thought. I desperately wanted to be that mom on Park Avenue running with heels, catching a cab, holding a baby in arm and winking away to us – the kind you see on book covers in pink. Yeah, not me at the moment.

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And so while I gave away all of my heels to cousins and friends ( some BFFs borrowed and promised to give them back someday), I kept a few for myself. One day, I told myself, one day I would wear them again. My nice ASOS boots I bought to fight Delhi winters (ah, Mumbai makes you look wannabe in boots, not Delhi, Delhi makes you look like you have business to take care of!). My sweet Guiseppe Zanotti with the zebra-print and the pencil heel (which I bought when I was most broke, I saved up like mad for it) and the sweetest Zara powerhouse heels I found in the likeness of a certain Jimmy Choo. And as I thought about shoes today, I realised that when it comes to Indian wear, I hardly know which shoes to step out in. I have my trusted gold slinky Manolo-inspired stuff I bought at South-Ex and my nice jhuttis. While they fall on the two ends of the spectrum, I don’t know if there is another luxe offering wedged right in the middle. The one you wear to a party, or a Mehendi or for a formal-ish dinner. You know a sort of Kate-Spady range of Indian shoe that structures itself right between Monolos and Hill Road.

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And one day, as I casually bouncing off websites and putting a few things on virtual carts, I found a glimpse of something that resembled a beautiful slipper with such pretty embroidery – fit for a modern day queen. Jewel tones, handcrafted feels and so chic. Little clicks and a lot of snooping led me to RUNGG. The place Aladdin and Jasmine go for a spin, I guess before they attend a wedding.

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So I reached out to the guys over at Rungg and got to know all there is to know about their design philosophy, their passion and those pretty little shoes with a story to tell. Well, there’s something special about these shoes too: they are cruelty-free and vegan. As a person who is slowly moving towards a more slow-paced fashion life, this one’s an interesting fact. I spoke to the founder, Ekta Sethi and here’s what she had to say.

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Why Rungg?

Rungg means color and our design philosophy is pretty simple – create that, which has life far past the current trend, that, which is timeless. 

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Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration in nature – be it color, form or pattern. A Rungg shoe cannot be possible without color and rich embroidery.

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Tell us why Rungg is such a delight to wear?

When you purchase a Rungg shoe, you’re not just buying a Shoe, you’re buying a piece of art. Our shoes are completely handcrafted, with each pair being hand embroidered with age old craftsmanship on cruelty-free vegan materials.

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What’s unique about Rungg?

Our designs are unique and no two shoes are the same, variations in color, make and embroidery ensure a one-of-a- kind product for the wearer. Our double-padded insoles are designed to provide superior comfort and our signature wedge heel provides an ergonomic posture for your lovely feet.  

Red Valentine by Rungg (2) - Rs 5950

How did this idea come about?

Having lived in USA for over a decade, I wondered why there can’t be a shoe that is stylish yet comfortable, that marries the present and the past; that is majestic yet relaxed and Rungg happened.

Mi Amor By Rungg (4) - Rs 6100

What are your new collections?

We recently introduced stilettos/scarpin as a totally new silhouette and will be  launching new designs with metal sequins by the end of this month.

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Favourite popular shoes – from your collection?

Most of our shoes are buyer favourites 😉 Depending on your mood, there is an option for either the rich traditional, fun and eclectic or the night out.  Two of our signature designs are the Gold bloom and Red Valentine. Both a marvel of artisan craftsmanship – the embroidery alone on these shoes takes around 14 hours to craft.

With Gold Bloom, our artisans have taken the needle and thread to another level with this design – lovely blooms fall across the front and around. Colours of gold, burgundy, and pink come alive on the velvet satin material.   

Love, Passion, Power and Romance are some of the emotions that have inspired the Red Valentine. The black base illuminates this wonderful artwork in red threads and white beads.

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As for my favourite – it’s the grey velvet shoe with that beautiful red and gold work – The Gold Bloom and the Pink Flamingo isn’t for the faint-hearted either. Sigh! And these babies are priced from Rs 4000 onwards and available here.