Bangalore, these 6 decor stores are sure to bring the quirk home!

We all love revamping our homes from time to time. Bored of the same old options? Don’t fret! Here’s a list of Luru’s most eclectic home décor collections that are sure to spruce up any living space. Quirky, classy, kitsch or rustic – take your pick!

Good Earth

The well-known art of adding an unmatchable touch of class to any living space comes in the form of the brand that we all know and love – Good Earth! Such an exemplary offering that transforms your home to what may seem like an ethereal adventure is surely one of our tops picks in the list. Though most us may find the price points a bit heavy on our budgets, the refinement and elegance of the products are incomparable.

#IHBLoves – Don’t miss out on their latest offering of designer wallcoverings! FYI, their offering also includes a line of everyday wear in natural and handwoven fabrics.

Where: UB CITY – THE COLLECTION, #24 Vittal Mallya Road
Contact: 080 41738870
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Wishing Chair

A lifestyle retail brand in the home accessories, décor and gifting space, their store is one that you cannot miss. A colourful and tasteful assortment of trinkets decorate their façade, enough to make you want to indulge in some retail therapy immediately. The theme for their items follows a whimsical, happy and feminine tone that adds an unbeatable charm as it reflects in the hand-picked treasures.

#IHBLoves – A special mention of the in-store eatery, The Mad Teapot Café, that serves up a refreshing and healthy menu of clean, vegetarian food and refreshing beverages.

Where: 295, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar, Next to Toit
Contact: 080 4093 1683
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Purple Turtles

Apart from being a heaven for lighting options, this is also custom created heaven for everything bespoke! Right from your coffee table and reading lamp to your chandeliers and office furniture, Purple Turtles allows you to add your personal touch to craft any piece.

#IHBLoves – They also specialise in comprehensive interior design solutions. Starting from conceptualisation and design to manufacturing and installation, their dynamic team ensures personalized and compelling experiences.

Where: #128, 1st Main, Domlur 2nd Stage
Contact: 080 4152 8039
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

Chumbak

After their rebranding from a local ‘quirky’ brand that stood for irreverence and artsy objects (mostly cute designs souvenirs, and tongue in cheek collectibles), Chumbak’s gone all out and is all about the community. They now have a whole collection of fabulously different home decor (and furniture) that we heart!

#IHBLoves – Obvs, we heart their Luru centric brand values; that everything (for this now, nation-wide brand) is made with love, in our own city. #represent

Where: 520, CMH Road, Indiranagar
Contact: 080-2525-5520
Website: Click here.

The Purple Pony

A stand-out innovation are their seasonal campaigns that introduce a whole new selection of knick-knacks that are sure to please our hunger for variety. They cater to themes ranging from urban escapes to drama queen essentials and groove basics to festive celebrations.

#IHBLoves – Their products include an extensive gamut of room decor, bedding, cushions, quilts, curtains, lamps, lighting, furniture, decor collectibles, wall decor, wall art, carpets, rugs, chairs… you name it (click here to read more).

Where: 565/1, 15th Main Road, Koramangala 4th Block, Koramangala
Contact: 080 4094 6926
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Fancy Chilli

If you’re the kind of person that loves kitsch, you are going to love Fancy Chilli. Greeted with a flurry of colours as soon as you enter their store, you will find yourself rushing towards many things at once! Right from home décor to off-beat bar accessories, funky handmade products and branded items, you have an array of eye-popping goodies to choose from.

#IHBLoves – What we noticed was, photographers may particularly enjoy the photography-themed curios, some of which are pretty hard to find!

Where: No.4, Walton Road Off Lavelle Road, Near UB City, Shanthala Nagar
Contact: + 91 96110 33334
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 10:30 am to 9:00 pm

The IHB Guide: What’s Up Whitefield?

A charming settlement in the eastern periphery of the city, Whitefield has fast developed into a paradise for top class residential communities and IT firms, alike, turning it into a major suburb. And, to keep pace with the ‘work hard-party harder’ mindset of its dwellers, the locale has all the fun to offer, within its constraints:

Malls Galore

As much fun as street and budget shopping is, we all need our brand fix every now and then. Plus, with the sweltering summer heat already sending the temperatures soaring, nothing beats the comfort and convenience of shopping for our beloved brands in an air-conditioned mall. Whitefield, incidentally, has the largest population of malls in the city – V.R., Phoenix Market City, Forum Value, Parksquare, Inorbit, Cosmos, just to name a few! Besides being one of the only places to grab the best deals & newest collections of exclusive brands, they also offer plentiful entertainment, for a fun day out. A game of bowling while sipping on a chilled beer at the Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl makes for a well spent couple of hours.

IHBSays – For the adventurous, make sure you head to the Mars Climbing Gym to check out their 52ft artificial wall climbing attraction, amongst others.

Pubs, Grub & More

From the first ever pup-friendly café & timeless Luru favourites to the best of breweries and global cuisine, Whitefield has got it all. Breaks your heart to leave your pooch out of the fun? Strap-on his best collar and head to TherPup for a meal for 2… grab a taste of the international chain that gives you a never-before experience to Dine in the Dark… if you haven’t already tried them, The Fat Chef & Herbs n Spices will make their way up on your list of drool worthy restaurant or the quirky Whitefield Social if you’re craving their fusion. For brews, look no further than the ones served amidst stunning settings at Windmills Craftworks, Biergarten, 153 Bier Street & The Whitefield Arms (above)… the list goes on!

Lakeview Farm

A quaint little farm dedicated to maintaining the fast depleting greenery in the area, the owners decided to open their doors to the public by turning the farm into a one-of-a-kind local market, of-sorts. With spaces rented out to small business owners, you can find eclectic treasures like indoor/outdoor furniture, lifestyle designs, home décor, a skin clinic, nail spa as well as a dance and painting school. The farm also offers work spaces for hire – look out for an atmosphere that is sure to get the creative juices flowing!

IHBSays – The grassy patch in the centre is perfect to play some games, set out a picnic or even host an event!

Where – 686, Lakeview Farm, Varthur Main Road (Airport Main Road), Siddapur

Jagriti Theatre

For those inclined towards the performing arts, the arena offers a wide variety of recitals, concerts and shows from artists of national & international acclaim. Dedicated to promoting and fostering theatre, music, dance and comedy, their 200-seater auditorium with a full-thrust stage matches up to international standards of quality and comfort.

IHBSays – Do a quick check of what they have on offer here, so that you don’t miss on tickets or schedules.

Where – Jagriti Renaissance, Varthur Rd, Near Adarsh Palm Meadows, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield

Plan a Biking Trip

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A few good cycling trails have their base point at Whitefield and in turn, take you through a loop of sights and sounds that you can enjoy on your eco-friendly set of wheels. For a mediocre level of difficulty combined with routes that are not too heavy on traffic, we recommend either the Hope Farm – Channasandara – Hoskote trail or the Hope Farm – Channasandra – Chikka Tirupathi

IHBSays – If you’re new to the activity or the area, we suggest you join one of the regular trips organised by the many cycling clubs in the city (Bangalore Cycling Group/Bangalore Cycling).

Pssst… an IHB Find

If you’re making you way to Whitefield from the city, we recommend making a quick pit stop at The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum (located at the HAL premises, en route). A first of its kind museum in India, it spreads across 4 acres of lush green land and displays photographs & cross section models of aero engines that are unique enough to excite the science geek in you!

The IHB Guide: A day out and about in Koramangala

It is not surprising that our dynamic city has a plethora of hidden wonders to offer in every nook and corner. With this guide, we focus on one of Luru’s most cosmopolitan locales that offers everything from budget shopping and entertainment to luxury apartments and delectable cuisines. Yes, we are talking about Koramangala, so start planning your day out with our handy guide!

Get your dose of culture

An art and cultural hub, Atta Galatta is located at 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala. A delightful place for literature lovers or bookworms in general, as they have a collection of over 10,000 books! They even have books in all regional languages available for your reading pleasure. Added to this, Atta Galatta organises events on a regular basis such as poetry/book reading and storytelling.

Test your skills with some brain and brawn 

In the mood for some exciting activities that challenge both – your mind and body?Koramangala is filled with offbeat activities and games that you can enjoy by yourself, with your significant other, or even as a group with your buddies. The Riddle Room is a live escape room that takes you on a physical adventure in 60 minutes. A similar experience at Breakout also makes for a fun visit. Alternatively, at Dice and Dine, you can take your pick from over 400 board games and huddle up over your favourite games while sipping on a hot/cold cuppa. If you are a fan of good ol’ blowing games with a mug of beer on the side, head to Blue Moustache (image above). Besides their offer of a free mug on 2 rounds of the game, they also keep the ambiance lively with their acoustic and karaoke nights on the weekends. Or if you’re feeling a little extra, try a kick boxing session at Hyper Monkey, a game of laser tag at Iamgame, or a simulated flight experience at Flight 4 Fantasy!

Breathe easy, relax, rejuvenate 

Got your adventure buzz for the day? Now it’s time to relax and rejuvenate. Head to the Four Fountains De-Stress Spa (image above) for some top class pampering and treatments. Their menu has an array of treatments to choose from like pain & anxiety relief, better sleep, anti-fatigue, detoxification, immunity booster, skin whitening, and age reversal. Their scientific spa programmes, professional therapists and affordable treatments make for a top-of-the-line experience. On the other hand, you could swing by for a pop-up or power yoga session at the various centres around the locality such as A1000yoga, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Art of Living and Isha Yoga Foundation.

Increase your style quotient with some retail therapy 

Move over from the shopping malls! The real treasures are found in the streets of Koramangala. Take a walk around the lanes of Jyoti Nivas College where you are bound to find anything from that quirky pair of printed leggings you have been looking for, to a stylish jacket to match, complete with some funky jewellery! Some of the shops to look out for are Scintilla for kurtas, Dazzle for bags of all shapes and colours, Spice Girls for bags and shoes galore, Ni Hao for clothes and shoes, and of course the famous Tibet Mall – come prepared to splurge!

Calling All Mommies & Daddies: Bangalore’s First Pop-Up For Kids Is Here!

What, when and where?

Hosted by Esha Bagla from Esha Inc and co-hosted by Minka Sikka from Mommy’s Health Kitchen, comes the 1st Pop up for Kids “The Nangu Pangu Pop Up” which showcases on how  to be summer ready for the little ones, from designers across the country! Hosted at Esha Inc, 13 Museum Road Bangalore from 11th to 17th March, timings weekends 10 AM – 10 PM and weekdays 11 AM – 7 PM.

#IHBPicks

Mommy’s Health Kitchen – We absolutely heart the organic kiddie goodies they have to offer! In addition to being freshly baked and certified by a nutritionist, they have absolutely no refined flours/sugars or any added colours/preservatives/flavours. Now which mommy wouldn’t want to give their little tot a taste of these yummy treats (can you say biscuits, muffins and brownies)?
The Baby Atelier – We’re drooling over this cutesy home stuff fit for a little royal’s nursery or room. Their bedding is completely eco-friendly bedding made from organic fabric and chemical free!

List of All Participating Designers

  • Masilo
  • The Baby Atelier
  • ME
  • Krishna Mehta
  • Pluie
  • Love the World Today
  • Milkteeth
  • Chotto Golpo
 For more deets follow their event here on Facebook. Happy shopping!! xx

A Fashion Soirèe: With Love, From Chennai!

What, when and where?

A carefully curated exhibit of the latest fashion from designers across the country. With love from Chennai will be held at Fervour, Lavelle Road on the 21st of February between 11AM to 8PM. 

Who is doing this?
The peeps at FunkyFish! They entered Bangalore with a bang last November, and they’re now set to redefine the fashion scene by making it more accessible in its second edition. We reckon this gig will attract a niche clientele, bloggers, stylists and the who’s who of the city.

#IHBLoves

Sougat Paul and Farah Sanjana are the designers to watch out for! Plus, we love the adorable stuff sold by labels Closet Chic and Mint Closet. Definite must-visits!
List of All Participating Designers
  • Kapraha
  • Farah Sanjana
  • Ritu Jain Singh
  • Crazy heart
  • Sougat Paul
  • Closet Chic
  • Richa Goenka
  • Aneehkha
  • Maison Blu
  • Mandira Bansal
  • Vedika M
  • Aarti Vijay Gupta
  • Mint Closet
  • Shoulder lab
  • N&S Gaia
  • Clothing Palette
  • Bobo Calcutta
  • Bennch
 For more deets follow them here on Instagram and here on Facebook. Happy shopping!! xx

Diwali Gifting Guide 2016 – What to buy and where to buy it?

Come October and it’s time for one of our favourite festivals of the year – Diwali! Besides the holidays, parties, sweets and fireworks, the festive season is incomplete without giving your loved ones the perfect gift. Tired of the same old options? Here’s a list of some fresh ideas to choose from:

Chumbak

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Our favourite dose of kitsch never fails to amuse us with their quirky gifting ideas. No surprise that they feature on our list of offbeat Diwali gifts. Light up your interiors with a colourful set of mini lanterns or a table lamp in bright and attractive shades that stand out in bold festive spirit. Their special ‘Gold Collection’ for Diwali offers some unique designs. Customised gifts and occasion specific gift boxes make for a one-stop-shop. Be sure to check out their ‘Diwali’ section on the website to help plan your shopping list in advance!

Website: Click here

Decoupage Art

Take your pick from the elegantly handcrafted coasters, magazine racks and wall plates or ask for your own customised keepsake. A delicate art demanding skill, precision and time, decoupage involves layering paper cut-outs with seams of lacquer for the perfect finish. The refined and graceful designs are sure to add a pop of colour to your interiors with their floral motifs and charming flair.

Where To Buy: Hand Crafted with Love, Wheeler Road Extn., Bangalore.

FB: Click here

Customised Chocolates from Rage

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The evergreen favourite that just evolves with time but never goes out of style! And, who has a celebration without chocolates, anyway?! Bangalore’s prominent chocoletier, Rage, offers an exclusive range to choose from, this Diwali. Gift with a twist by customising your chocolates with centre fills of choice and tastefully designed wrappers, gift boxes, and silver plated trays. A fitting personal or corporate gift, these chocolates in their fine attire are almost too good to eat!

Website: Click here

Universal Gift Cards

We all have those few people on our list that we just cannot please! So, give them what they want – a universal gift card that can be redeemed at a range of local & international stores or even for an experience of their choice. With many options to choose from for the fussy aunt or the little niece who is used to being spoilt for choice, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Website: Click here

Spread the Cheer

Festive seasons are reminders of how lucky we are to be able to celebrate live and love with our family and friends. Do remember to not only be thankful but also make a small effort to share our blessings. Buy gifts and greeting cards from your local NGOs and contribute to the underprivileged to spread the cheer!

These few have caught our fancy: Earthy GoodsCraft Roots and CRY.

The IHB Guide to Malleswaram – what to see and what to do!

Fast emerging as the downtown hangout for north and east Bangalore, here’s a guide on what-to-do at Malleshwaram.

Binge on a mighty South-Indian breakfast – The foodies that we are, of course we checked these ones out first! From buttery dosas at CTR and fluffy idlis at Veena Stores (with chutney to die-for) to crunchy vadas at Hotel Janatha, Malleshwaram has it all. Though you have to wait in line to get a table or brave a queue to savour the delicacies, we can promise you that it is worth the wait and a good way to work up the much needed appetite. Sunday mornings are made for food like this – wake up early so aren’t disappointed that they have already sold out!

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Shopping + a meal by the lake at Orion Mall – Indulge in a shopping spree of all your favourite brands under one roof. With a host of international chains that have the latest collections on offer, Orion Mall is a great place to shop without the noise and clutter of a city central mall. Debanhams, Zara, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger and Celio are a few of the biggies to look out for. End the day with a decadent meal at any one of the lakeside restaurants on offer, outside the mall.

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Rock Night at 1522 – Remember the days when rock ruled Bangalore and no beer could be had without head banging to some legendary classics? 1522 takes you back to those days as one of the few pubs in luru that stays true to this genre of music. Their walls are decorated with names of bands that any rock fan will be thrilled to acknowledge and their quirky interiors stand out for being bright and chirpy. A personal favourite of ours is the Mandarin Mojito while their food menu has a variety to choose from.

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Kadu Malleshwara Temple – The most prominent landmark that stands as a reminder of Malleshwaram’s rich history and culture. A 17th century structure dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple attracts hundreds of people during festivals. The music and dance performances organised from time to time are almost like a local celebration for the inhabitants, so maybe pay a visit without the crowds.

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Sweet tooth binge – Malleshwaram’s local ice cream parlours and sweet shops serve the most delicious combinations of homemade desserts.  Bring home a family pack from Amrith Ice Cream Parlour or gorge on Indian sweets at Asha Sweets Centre. You won’t be disappointed!

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A night out with the gang– Dress up in your best and treat yourself to a night-out at High Ultra Lounge or District 6. Located on the 31st floor of the world Trade Centre, High offers a spectacular view of the cityscape. District 6, on the other hand, has one of the best home brews in town. Plan your visit during their event nights with bands or stand-up for some entertainment while you chug away.

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Practice your bargaining skills with street shopping – Malleshwaram, 8th cross – your destination to find the best bargains in this side of the city with the most varied collections. You can shop for clothes, accessories, food, and household items available in every shape and colour. However, do make sure you have your zen on as you plot your course through the ever bustling roads and by-lanes where everyone seems to be in a hurry!

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The M.G. Road Boulevard – A Bangalore Landmark That Transcends Time

The very thought of the M.G. Road Boulevard takes the Luru patriot down the road of nostalgia. And, such is the magic of this attraction that even the tourists who have witnessed the charisma of the landmark would vouch for it. I’m sure we are already running a mental showreel of the facelifts and refurbishments that the boulevard has gone through, right from the days that it served as a lush green walkway for an evening stroll to becoming a cultural hub in the city centre, today:

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The Rangoli Art Centre: The vivid Pink Bougainvillea that the avenue used to sport in its earlier days has given way to a brighter display of vines as the colours fall in place to synchronize with that of a rainbow. The thought of blending this parade of colour with the 7 musical notes imperative to Indian music, gave rise to the name of this urban public space.

Guide:

The Nagara Pete – A marketplace for fairs and bazaars that make for shopping with a twist. Specially committed to encouraging handmade artifacts sold by artisans who otherwise lack a platform.

Vismaya, Chaya & Belaku – The Three Art Galleries with an array of fine art on display.

Chilipili – An interactive play area where you can enjoy a game of snakes and ladders or use the space to play your favorite childhood game with your kids. The playground is also suited for children with special needs.

Hoovina Haadi – The upper walkway decorated by Bougainvillea that also hosts a restaurant for a quick and delicious bite.

Bayalu – An open area for outdoor performances (arrive early to get your spot up front!)

Friendship Point – Based on an ancient folklore tale, this area is dedicated to making new friends and creating memories with existing ones.

Info Wall – Dating back to 2000 years of Bangalore’s history, an interesting insight into the city’s memoirs.

Green Initiation Area – Walk through and see how many of the exotic plants you’re able to recognize!

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Spaces for artistic activities and workshops also available throughout the 500m long and 30m wide hub.

Every weekend, the centre unfolds to showcase a variety of events, activities and exhibitions that encourages city folk to explore the culture, history and creativity through visual and performing arts. A must-visit for old and new Bangaloreans, as well as visitors to the city for an outing well spent. Each trip helps you learn a little bit more about our beloved city!

Don’t miss out! Catch all the news on their upcoming events by clicking her! xx

The Purple Pony – Home décor with a collector’s flair!

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With the offbeat name that the brand carries, we knew this one was sure to exude a refreshing charm to everything that a contemporary home may need to make it a luxe affair. To equate The Purple Pony to a neighbourhood furniture store would be a peccadillo, as you walk in to realise a boutique of artifacts, handpicked to transform any living space into an extension of your personality. Right from indoor and outdoor furniture, home essentials and decorative lighting and table tops, you’re sure to find something interesting to choose from.

It is hard not to notice the storytelling that the brand does with every product that is a work of art and seasonal themes that may as well be an archive of chronicles. They always have something new in store with their creative and evolving campaigns:

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Their tiny little trinkets and curios that make for the perfect stand-out gift for any occasion. Psst – Ask in-store if they can be personalised with a message or engraving and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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One thing is for sure – at The Purple Pony, you either find something that fits your bill or you go back with a statement piece that inspires you to revamp your home!

Where: 565/1, 15th Main Road, Koramangala 4 Block, Bangalore, India 560034

Hours: Mon – Sun, 11 am to 9 pm

Contact: 080 4094 6926/info@thepurplepony.co or find them on Facebook here.

Bangalore’s Famous Flea Markets: Our Top 5 for Budget Shopping, Food + Fun!

If there is one thing that our city loves, it’s a good bargain! Thankfully, there are many options to choose from as Luru plays host to a wild variety of flea markets that are a culmination of great shopping deals, interesting finds, music for the soul and food for a happy belly. Drop in at any one of these fleas for a fun-filled and memorable experience:

Sunday Soul Sante

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Our first mention goes to SSS for being the pioneer in kick starting the flea market culture in the city. The property that started off as a seasonal celebration featuring art, craft, music and food, quickly had the luru shopaholics and weekend revelers blocking their dates weeks in advance. SSS promises and delivers a brand new experience with every edition. No wonder their impressive list of admirers include celebrities like actors Diganth and Aindrita Ray, fashion guru Prasad Bidapa and the one and only Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, amongst others!

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Declutter Flea

This one is for all those clothes that we bought a size smaller, with the miraculous hope of shedding the extra kilos, only as they lie in our closet with tags intact. Or that closet full of gifts that just don’t catch our fancy but are too good to throw away. Time to Declutter – a flea market specially curated for pre-loved goods. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, this one is a win-win!

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Green Haat

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Instead of braving your way through the luru traffic, this flea market comes to you! Green Haat, is your friendly neighborhood flea market that brings together an exciting combination of fun, food and shopping. You may already have spotted them, as they make their rounds across various tech parks, adding energy to your boring work routine.

Upcoming editions: 22nd & 23rd Sept at Embassy Golf Links, Domlur | 29th & 30th Sept at Manyata Embassy Business Park, Nagawara

The Silver Bazaar

A flea market organized by The Silver Surfers Club, a union that believes in ‘Empowerment in Retirement’. With the high levels of energy and flowing creativity, they are out to prove that fun knows no age limit! With evolving themes for each market such as ‘The Swinging 60’s Silver Bazaar’, ‘The Silvers Summer Bazaar’ and the upcoming ‘Silver Bazaar Under the Stars’, the range of goodies on sale make coupled with delicious food and entertainment make for a wonderful experience.

Upcoming edition: 24th Sept at Royal Orchid Hotel, Domlur

Kitsch Mandi

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Kudos to this innovation of a flea market that has managed to turn itself into a community of sorts, with crowds of sheer worshippers flocking to each of their markets. Showcasing a self-proclaimed tag of being a ‘Festival of Emerging Indian Artists’, it stays true to its nature. Kitsch Mandi is a flamboyant display of art, culture and talent that echoes free spirited creativity as its characteristic theme.

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Be Vintage: For all your refurbishing needs!

The Brain Behind It
For Bangalore born and bred Monica, home decor was something she happened to chance upon. It started off with her painting her own bookshelf at home. The fact is, everyone loves DIY, but rarely do they find time to do the same, so it made perfect sense for her to start doing simple things like frames, coasters that have now gradually grown into furniture pieces because of Luru’s increasing demand.
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The Vintage Factor
FACT: History repeats itself. This holds true to furniture as well. We think minimalistic and contemporary furniture can get quite tiring and monotonous. What better way to do that than bring back the old world charm by restoring a gem once owned?
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We love the whole bespoke refurbishing process that Be Vintage goes through with each item with immense attention to detail!
10354145_858405800883032_4984646485660403461_n Each piece is given a complete makeover. It’s almost like having a brand new piece. Most of the furniture  is polished, treated, prepped and painted over with their signature vintage look. Customisation also includes carpentry depending on the condition of the piece or depending on how the client wants it changed.
The Deets
Contact: +91 9880290946
FB: Click here
Website: www.bevintage.in (shipped across India)

Bangalore, brace yourselves: Sephora is here!

As you must know by now, Sephora is finally in Bangalore! *crazy eyes* For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Sephora is a giant French cosmetic brand that retails its very own in-house products and other famous make-up and beauty names. Oh, and did we mention they’re the world’s largest beauty retailer?

Why Sephora Bangalore is awesome…

Luru’s Forum Mall in Koramangala is home to Sephora (ground floor). If you’re not the biggest fan of make-up and beauty, there’s still plenty for you to shop! Apart from make-up, the store sells curated and exclusive brands across skin-care, fragrances, bath products, hair care, accessories, and men’s grooming.

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So if you’ve been travelling to Mumbai, Delhi or even outside of India to get your hands on Sephora and its brands, you can finally get your favourite lipstick and mascara right here in Bangalore.

We got to go for the exclusive launch and here’s what we think…
To begin with, we have been super excited ever since we heard Sephora was coming to Bangalore, so you can imagine how crazy we went at the launch. Sephora’s in-house brand has a wide range of products all the way from lip liners to dark circle correctors which we love. You’ll also find plenty of other brands ranging from Givenchy, Dior, Clinique to even Soap & Glory.

#IHBfavourites:
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  • Benefit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, and Burt’s Bees
  • The Sephora brand’s face masks and make-up brushes
  • Sephora and NYX Cosmetics eye shadow palettes
  • Cute travel sized cosmetic essentials
 IHB Shopping Bag:
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9 Fashion disasters men should not make in 2016

Trust me… you do not want to be called an ugly duckling. I talk from experience. All throughout high school  and a part of my college years my classmates used to call me a caterpillar. Well… caterpillar is just one of the names. Although how a human kid could resemble a larva is still a mystery to me.

Hello! My name is Prashant and I am a stylist. I like making people look and feel good . Ironic rite?

Well.. at least I make no pretense of being accurate and faultless.

Getting to the point.

Lets face it – good taste in clothes is not always a guy’s strength. With work life, love life, and everything else in between, it’s understandable that you don’t get time to check what’s IN and what’s OUT in a particular season. So developing a “FCS” (fashionably challenged syndrome) is is bound to happen. After all, fashion trends change faster than you think.

In this post I will throw light on a few horrific fashion disasters that men should never make and certainly not in 2016. Not unless you are Perez Hilton or Kanye West. Then you can get away with almost anything. Even if you show up wearing loudmouth golf pants, a couture jacket, Jeremy Schott shoes, and a Longchamp bag.

Lets proceed now –

1. Lose the deep V neck t-shirt : We get it. You go to the gym… you probably have a Greek God’s body or maybe you put a Greek God to shame, but your pumped up and hairy chest isn’t something that women want to see when they meet you first. So save that for bedroom.

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2. Crocs – They are just a bad invention. Unless you are wearing it while taking shower or taking your dog out for a walk in the park.

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3. White socks with dress shoes – It’s a fashion crime. Most men think wearing white socks with dress shoes is cool because “Michael Jackson” wore it. Well guess what; you are not MJ. White socks are meant to be worn only with sports shoes. So unless you are going to get involved into anything sporty! 3

4. Mismatched shoes and belt – There is only one rule you should remember when you are getting dressed. Match your shoes with your belt! 4

5. Hide your undershirt – If you decide to wear an under shirt then make sure it is not seen. It kills your look instantly. Unless you are layering in winters. 5

6. Ill fitted suits – Main purpose of a suit is to make you look sharp, clean, slick, and sophisticated. Suits are a classic, timeless piece of garment and it makes any man look dapper. However, if it does not fit your body type then it may end up looking like the opposite of all the fancy words that I have used above. So always invest in tailor made suits if you do not find a piece which fits you perfectly. 6

7. Ed Hardy t-shirts – As much as I love the fact that this brand is legendary and made some major history, wearing Ed Hardy graphic printed t-shirts will instantly make you look like a loser dad. So I highly advice not to wear anything that remotely looks like that. 7

8. Capri pants – Girls might get away with this but guys won’t be forgiven! 9

9. Over matched – Seriously dude! What are you? Govinda? 8

 

 

Can men wear scarves? Oh hell yeah!

“Men and scarves”, a correlation that does not always go well. Originally and technically 10 inches wide, 70 inches long piece of rectangular fabric cut to wrap around the neck has not always charmed the men of India.

While some of us might try to deal with “How to tie a scarf in 5 different ways” problem, most of the Indian male population feels wearing a scarf is somehow effeminate. Now how about that ha?

So I took it upon myself to solve this problem. You can thank me later 😉

Just for your information – Scarves have been around for over 2000 years. They have not only been around but been a staple in men’s wardrobe as well. Back then militaries used to use scarves as rank insignia and unit designators. Rite from Terracotta warriors of China to Modern day desert military units. They all have sported this particular article of clothing which has now become a fashion accessory. Doesn’t sound so girly anymore. Does it?

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The basic functionality of a scarf is to protect your neck from cold weather but men also wear it to protect their neck from sun and sand while crossing the Sahara. Of course those scarves are made of light weight fabrics like Linen or silk.

In today’s world, it has become more of an accessory which can be sported anytime of the year. Specially if you are living in a city like Bangalore where the climate condition is way too fabulous.

You can wear it with your casual t-shirt, with your summer jacket, with your sweater, layer it with your leather biker jacket or blazer or wear it at extreme bone chilling condition. It just adds an instant upgrade to your entire ensemble giving you a dapperly (if that’s a word) and classic look.

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In the images I am wearing a thick knitted scarf that I bought from UCB. I have layered my look a lot because I was in Delhi during the shoot and we all know how cold Delhi gets in December. Phewwwwww….

Anyway… so now I have given you all the reasons to go out and invest in a scarf and like I said – You can thank me later 🙂

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There’s a new app in town, and it’s perfect if you’re a Luru Localite

The Brains Behind This

So what’s epic is, the idea of Localite was born between 4 Bangalorean friends. We absolutely love that. Karun, who is leading this initiative has extensive experience in international retail brands. Dev, is a tech mastermind, and has worked with Conde Nast. Sandeep brings the international work exposure from AOL & Rohan, a Luru-based architect who is epic with stores and retail design. What’s the one thing that ties them all together? They’re offline shopper extraordinares. Ha.

The Eureka Moment

Karun, the one with insane amounts of in-store experience with customers realised a lot of them wanted to sit at home and ask for product pictures to be sent to them via Whatsapp as that was the most convenient way. (Ummm , we’re definitely guilty of that too). You know, the asking for more products and price ranges so you can choose if the store has what you need (and if it was worth the effort and trip really).  Hence, boom. Let’s introduce Bangalore to an app that does exactly that for you. Your personal window shopper if you will. A nifty catalogue of all things local, right in your palm!

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The Low-Down

Localite is a two sided app. On one hand allowing offline retailers a chance to market their stores and products on a mobile platform (yeaaaah) and on the other hand for users like us, it’s just great to know at the click of a few buttons, the stores and all its products that are nearby. The beauty of Localite is that it’s location specific and extremely intelligent in recommending products to consumers based on popularity, freshness of product, proximity to user etc. etc. etc. Sounds too good to be true.

What’s Next?

So Localite has plans to integrate various features to make the app more interactive and beneficial for users and retailers alike – whether you’re a store owner, or a compulsive shopper it makes all of us happy!

What We Heart

They’re rooting for the local underdogs! They’re going to have this dedicated section for local retailers (Woot represent!) who are city specific. We love that the many home grown retailers who are facing stiff competition to the major Indian and Global brands have this to equal the playing field with the other biggies.

Get On It – NOW!

For those you who are keen explore the app and get more deets, here you go:

Download (Android)
Download (iOS)

View their website here or follow them on FB here and Instagram here.

For retailers who are interested to get listed, there is a section on the website which enables them to get in touch with the team to set up their store on Localite. Or, let’s make life easier for you, just click here already xx

 

Sweater Weather – Layer Up Men of Bangalore!

Well if there is one city in India I absolutely love, it is Namma Bengaluru. My very first reason to love it is the weather condition. Well of course you would not be able to wear trench coats and women may have to still use the razor throughout November, December and January but a moderate weather condition has its own fashionable charm. You get the best of both sides of the world. Layer yourself up and off as the day turns from cold to warm to pleasant and back to cold. Din’t get it ?

I am talking about layering up this winter.

But how do you do it in style? How do you layer and not look stalky and unpleasant? How do you not come across as someone who looks like he could use a breathing mask?

It’s simple. Just follow the steps given below –

  1. Keep it thin – When you plan to layer, make sure that what you are wearing is not stalky fabric. Choose from the softer range of winter clothing. This will help you layer better without looking like a polar bear.  (PC – Max Mayank)
  2. Wear cardigans – Yes, one of the most fashionable pieces of winter wear that I have ever found and which never goes out of style. Cardigans are a good start to layering. (PC – Max Mayank)
  3. Flannel shirts – For the not so warm afternoon when you are not sure whether you are feeling cold or hot. Put on a basic white, grey or any t-shirt of your choice, wear a flannel shirt with your buttons open and you are good to go.  (PC – Dipayan Debbarma)
  4. Soft knit sweaters – This will also work as your full sleeved t-shirt. You can wear it over your collar shirt or wear without it. A lot of men in our city are sporting this look and you should too.Man-s-soft-ribbed-knit-Crew-neck
  5. Casual blazers – Like the one you can see in the image. A casual blazer gives a more relaxed look to your style. You can wear it with your formal shirt, with your casual shirt, with your t-shirt and even with your cardigans. It is the final touch to your layering. Put on a check shirt, layer it with a cardigan and a blazer. A classic Autumn Winter look! (PC – Max Mayank)
  6. Scarves – Then of course comes the scarf. That one piece of accessory you may call it which adds charm to your personal style. (PC – Shilpa Raj)

Hope this post will help you be tackle the Bangalore winter in style and if you are looking for a easy on pocket shopping destination then worry no more because I know just the place for you. Max Fashion, Splash, Prestige The Man Store are few of the retail stores you might want to visit . Oh and John Players have some really cool collection coming in this season.

Models posing are “Rajat Vaidya”, “Navneeth Sagar” and yours truly 😉 xx

Connect with the photographers – Dipayan Debberma, Shilpa Raj and Max Mayank

The Christmas Tree Guide: Bangalore’s Top 7 Places to Buy From

Tis the season Bangalore, and everyone’s been asking us where to get the seasonal favourite trees from? Well lucky for you, we’ve got the list right here:

Springs And Blossoms

Where: No.771, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala (Near Maharaja Restaurant).
Call: +(91)-80-39629900
Visit: www.springsblr.com

The Nurserymen Co-Operative Society

Where: Double Road Gate Entrance, Lalbagh West.
Call: +(91)-80-26564005 or 26576733
Visit: www.ncslalbagh.com

Santastores.in

Where: No.43, Shiva Smruthi, Thimmaiah Layout, 3rd Stage ,2nd Block, Basaveshwara Nagar.
Call: +(91)-80-30832388

Sattva Art & Craft Design

Where: No.268, Ramagondanhalli, Varthur Rd, Whitefield,
Call: +(91)-80-64547944
Visit: www.studiosattva.wordpress.com

Bashprops

Where: # 2, Chartered Samskirithi, Bannerghatta Road, Bilekahalli
Call: +(91)-9916529996
Visit: www.partysupplies.co.in/

Kusal Indoor Garden

Where: Commercial Street.
Call: (91)-80-33057942

M.L and Company

Where: No.109,Bhaskar Building, D.S Lane Mamulpet Cross, Mamulpet (near BVK Iyengar Road).
Call: (91)-80-33057942

Tag us on all your tree pics @iheartblr on FB, Twitter and Instagram. We want to see them!

Happy holidays! xx

 

 

eBay brings Black Friday sale to India! On until 30th Nov

The infamous Black Friday is celebrated on 27th November abroad, however, us Indians are in for a treat thanks to eBay India! They are offering crazy discounts on international products.

The whole point of this is that eBay India is trying to establish the concept of ‘Black Friday’ in the country. So, the Black Friday sale allows shoppers in India to avail discounts on US based products at India pricing! The categories include electronics, lifestyle, home appliances, sports and fitness equipment and more.

You can get upto 50% discount on lifestyle products and upto 45% off on electronic items, which will be ending November 30th 2015. Amazing, right?!

Check out the sweet deals below!

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Happy shopping, Bangalore!

About a modern Indian groom – Style tips & tricks

Dear Groom to be,

I understand that you love her, want to give her everything possible, and you want to make your wedding day memorable just for her, but hey it’s your big day too. How about making few heads turn, ha? How about stealing the spot light for at least a little while? How about making a dandy difference and hearing them all gasp when you walk across them. After all – Why should girls have all the fun?

So my point is – As you wait for your bride to arrive wearing an exquisite ensemble, it’s only fair for you to shine wearing an invisible crown of sophistication and sheer elegance.

Did I get you confused?

Well, do not worry. Little attention to detail will help you achieve that sartorial wisdom. Wear right and the rest will happen. Compelling visuals could be a good start, you know!

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So read on –

  1. Indo Western suits – For a change try investing in an Indo Western ensemble. If you are a modern Indian male then this could be your compelling modern Indian groom look.
  2. Modern velevet sherwani – With the growing number of brands providing modern sherwani in the market you can instantly up your style game and be the show stealer at at your wedding. Velvet is IN this season so you might want to think about it and a little embellished detailing won’t hurt. It’s your wedding day, remember?
  3. Bundies – Well if not on your wedding day then you could probably wear it for the pre-wedding soiree. I personally love it because it is totally suave. Go for a solid color bundy which suits your skin tone and the occassion. I would suggest something which is a little on the brighter side. You can pair your bundy not only with your kurta and pajama but also with your Chinese collar shirt and pathanis aswell.
  4. Churidar – Always go for a well fitted churidar to bring out the best of your kurta. It looks sleek, clean and shows that you are a confident man to be wearing that.
  5. Dhoti pants – If you are in an adventurous mood and want to make a long lasting statement then don the classic traditional dhoti. Trust me you will be gawked at, but in a good way because not a lot of men have the (beep) to wear that.
  6. Accessory – With so much going on, do not do more than a pocket square. Your shoes and pagadi will make up for it!

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So I guess this should help you get ready for your wedding and if you still have not got the right statement piece for yourself then there is this men’s fashion store you could go to called “Prestige The Man Store” in Commercial Street Bangalore where all your fashion needs will be taken care of.

You’re welcome!

Oh, and non-grooms, you as well can take some inspiration from this!

The Last Minute Diwali Gifting Guide

For all you last minute shoppers out there, here is a list of gifts that range from chocolates to cookies to tea light and candle holders to gift boxes. This list has a wide budget range, so just take your pick! And of course, they are all home to Bangalore.

Don’t stress because we have got your Diwali woes sorted.

Rage Chocolatier
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What: A range of ready to go Diwali chocolate bars in funky and classic designs. Get in touch with them to see the entire range. Otherwise, Rage can customise all your chocolate needs for an everyday basis or for a festival/event.
Price: Rs. 230 onwards
Contact: +91 98804 72746
FB Page: Click here

Bliss Chocolates
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What: Diwali chocolate boxes and hampers, exclusive for the festive season. They have plenty more boxes, so get in touch with them if you’re interested!
Price: Rs 695 onwards
Contact: 098861 40100
FB Page: Click here

The Love & Crumble Co.
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What: Why not gift a different kind of sweet treat this year? There is no minimum order and contact them to see which cookies they can offer at such a short notice. We recommend the Nutella stuffed ones!
Price: Rs. 70 onwards per cookie (each cookie is huge)
Contact: +91 9845270771
Instagram Page: Click here

Shilpa Gulati
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What: Shilpa Gulati offers chocolate boxes, brownies, almond flakes, and more! Again, a different kind of gift.
Price: Rs. 700 for oreo brownies by the dozen
Contact: +91 98450 26888
FB Page: Click here

Sketch – The Design Studio
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What: A range of Diwali boxes that come with matching playing card holders. Insert your own, or get them customised. Otherwise, Sketch is your go to for wedding cards, invitations, branding, or anything that needs to be illustrated or graphic designed.
Price: Rs. 850 onwards
Contact: +91 99805 42667
FB Page: Click here

Birthday Bugz
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What: Spruce up those regular tea lights with these decorated tea light holders made by Eisha Arora. You can’t go wrong with this idea.
Price: Rs. 250 onwards
FB Page: Click here

MAANN
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What: MAANN is a home decor concept that showcases embellished waxworks and glassworks – perfect for the festive season.
Price: Rs. 250 onwards
FB Page: Click here

We hope you have a very Happy Diwali!