Shopping Diet Part Deux: Birthday Bonanza!

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I love birthdays and this year only served to further increase this love for birthday celebrations!! August started for me with a 2-day trip to Chennai where I spent time with a couple close friends and my entire family (over the last 15 years my siblings, parents and I have all been in different continents.) I was showered with love by these 4 munchkins (and the adults too!). I ate cake all through the month and indulged in un-countable birthday drinks and meals ☺

I also scored like a boss on gifts this year. I am one lucky and loved girl! My last shopping diet post got my family and friends into action and I shamelessly told people what I wanted. ☺

Here’s a glimpse at my birthday loot:

Nor Black Nor White Ikat Holi Dress – Can’t begin to describe the happiness I feel every time I slip this on! The ladies behind these designs are pure fashion genius – special shoutout to the models on their site ☺

It's never too late to celebrate birthdays #friyay @norblacknorwhite #rollinpin #workcelebration

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• Olio Stories Elemental Dress: currently switching out the S for a M, though I loved what I saw when I got the former size.

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Nicobar Striped Dress – Love this easy-breezy dress. Full disclosure, the dress fits like a second glove around the bust when I think it was meant to be a little more roomy. I’m a little conscious about coming across as too busty for my frame, so I’ve been using a scarf to help tone it down. ☺

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• Beautiful bandhni men’s kurtas in green and blue & beautiful Rajasthani fabric. I was given fair warning that the gota work on the Rajasthani fabric would be more bling than my natural aesthetic inclination may like. But given my love for traditional arts and crafts, my friend Snigdha figured I’d appreciate the authenticity of the work and she was right ☺

Burlap People Boyfriend Bag in Midnight Blue

#PyjamaReviews: The Burlap People

• Silver square stud earrings from this gem of a shop in Minneapolis.
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Lots of love to my friends and family who continue to shower me with their unconditional love and gifts – you guys made this birthday super special and I love being 33!

On my current lust list:
Mogachea’s striped kimono and pants look:


I checked out some of her pieces while in Goa at Sacha’s shop. The floral water-colour print on a white cotton shirt dress was my favourite. Here’s the khadi version of the shirt:

Summerhouse : I am eagerly waiting for their new collection to release mid-month.

Chola’s A/W 2016 collection: her latest showing at LFW featured her signature flowy silhouettes with the shirt dresses and jackets having me swoon. Here are my favourites:

Every single piece from Payal Khandwala’s latest A/W collection – this is how you rock festive clothing…


And to close out here’s how I did on my shopping diet budget of INR 5000 in July and August.
• Brass Tacks’ cropped junior pants for INR 2360 (definitely recommend these for work or the weekend). Here’s a version in Ikat:

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• Twobasic tshirts from the Gap and an export surplus store in Bandra: super soft cotton and in black and grey respectively INR 1550
• Cotton world column skirt in blue – on sale for INR 500

Total damage: INR 4,410. YAY!!

Also, I bought some ikat fabric for INR 800 and got it stitched into a simple dress for INR 500. So I did pretty awesome on staying within budget ☺

Until next time.

Janani Krishnan
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Janani is a global citizen, she says and adds that she knows that sounds a little pretentious but it’s true. Currently, she’s based out of Mumbai and totally in love with the city, people and manic energy! “What makes me tick – numbers, animals, sustainable fashion, natural beauty, compassion, public art, food, being outdoors, travel and believing in the goodness of people” she says. She is also a human litmus test for all brands claiming to be sustainable and organic, and she tells you the truth. Why? Because you deserve to know.