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Decking up for R’s Annaprashan

As you already guessed, on our coverpage for today’s post is me, my husband and Pooja from Dialifestyle. She is a wonderful friend and you can check out her blog on Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle here

A lot of you had appreciated my current profile picture on Facebook, and had asked me about my lip colour and my saree. So I came up with the idea of sharing all the details on a common platform here.

So today’s post will be all about how I decked up at R’s annaprashan. When R’s mum invited me for the ceremony, I was thrilled beyond words, since I would be seeing Baby R for the first time. Now “annaprashan” is an infant’s first rice feeding ceremony, where a toddler is introduced to solids for the first time. The maternal uncle treats the baby to a lot of delicacies on this day. It involves a variety of rituals, most of it being similar to that of a wedding (like applying turmeric paste in the morning followed by a bath, and dressing up the infant in ethnic wear). In fact, annaprashan is way beyond just feeding a toddler with rice and payesh (a sweet dish made of rice and milk). It involves a family get-together, where relatives gather to celebrate and bless the newborn with a lot of love, and shower the little one with gifts.

I chose a Bottle Green Assam Silk for the evening, and decided to ditch the traditional blouse that came with it. Instead, I opted for a boat neck Black Raw Silk blouse by Parama that had palash flowers appliqued over the right side at the back. And I did manage to turn a few heads, all thanx to her lovely creation!

  • Saree from Assam Emporium, Dakshinapan
  • Blouse by Parama Ghosh

When it comes to jewellery, I am an absolute minimalist. On a regular day, you would find me sans ear-rings or any sort of jewellery. I ended up wearing ear cuffs studded with flower shaped stones. I think it gives a very feminine feel to the look. And my mangalsutra around my neck. That is it!

  • Ear cuffs from Diamond Plaza (Kiosk located at the 2nd floor)
  • Mangalsutra from Zaveri Pearls, Shoppers Stop

For my makeup, my base was prepped with the Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage. This was followed by Mac Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 and  finally Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder. When it comes to my base makeup, I swear by products from Mac. Personally, I feel that if you invest in quality makeup base products that are right for your skintone, half the battle is already conquered! After the base, I lined my eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Perversion. It is a creamy eye pencil in matte black that glides on really well, and sets immediately. Often I end up skipping my mascara or defining my brows, but trust me, these two are very important staples of makeup.  On my lips, I have Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in the shade Creature. Their matte formula is to die for! And Creature is quite different from the regular reds and maroons. It is a  a deep, blackened burgundy red. Lastly, a black bindi to complete the entire look.

We had a lot of fun catching up with the gorgeous hosts for the evening, my friend Sharmi and her husband. Ever since they moved to a different city, we missed on our our regular dose of weekend adda. On this note, I will end the post for the day here. And let the photographs do the rest of the talking! Ohh, before I forget, the photographs have been shot by Partha Sarathi Chakraborty.

 

 

 

Vitamin Sea – Mandarmani Day One

Presenting our first feature from Tic Talk Toe’s travel diaries. A quick impromptu trip to Mandarmani, one of the recently discovered beaches in West Bengal left us refreshed over the weekend. It is known for being the longest and probably the only motorable/driveable beach in India.

We had very little preparation to begin with, and owing to the extended weekend holiday, we were left with very limited choices. This was our first trip with K.Lo. and Shawn. We started off on Friday morning, with Shawn behind the wheels. The 170 km journey took us a little more than 5 hours in all. On our way to Mandarmani, we also stopped by at Kolaghat and had breakfast at Express Food Plaza, Kolaghat. We also stopped by in between and had tender coconut water. The journey was very pleasant, and we ended up cracking jokes and listening to music, while Shawn drove us all the way to our vacation destination.

 

Once we reached our resort, we checked in and headed with growling tummies towards lunch, which we had pre ordered with the resort. My lunch consisted of simple Rice, Daal, Alu Bhaja, Alu Posto, Chatni, Papad and Roshogolla. My husband, who loves fish, ordered for a Bhetki Thaali. Mandarmani boats of several hotels that serve fresh fish cooked in an authentic home style. We then proceeded towards our respective rooms and freshened up.

When it was almost 4 in the evening, we decided to take a walk on the beach. The weather was quite pleasant, and we ended up clicking a few shots before the sunset.

 

 

My outfit of the day was a white linen skirt that I had picked up from Brand Factory. It was paired with a floral shirt from Zink London. A trip to the beach is never complete with hats and sunshades. I carried my only blue tinted sunglasses from Rayban. On my lips, I am wearing Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in the shade “I Heart This”.

 

 

After we got back from the beach, we settled down for some evening snacks followed by adda. No bong’s trip is ever complete without gaan bajna, telebhaja and adda. Shawn is blessed with a melodious voice, and it was such a treat hearing him unplugged, humming out melodious numbers. We also played cards till it was time for dinner. Dinner consisted of simple chapatti and chilly chicken/paneer that we had ordered from the resort itself. We retired out pretty soon because it had been a hectic day, and because we were so looking forward to Day 2 at Mandarmani.

 

How to reach Mandarmani

One can easily reach Mandarmani from Kolkata by train, bus or car. The nearest railway station is Digha, and there are trains that run daily in between Howrah and Digha. Trains from Howrah halt at the station. The other nearest railway station is at Contai, about 17 kms away. From Digha, you can rent a car and reach Mandarmani in less than 20 minutes. Mandarmani is well connected by roads. State run busses, as well as private busses ply regularly from Howrah, Esplanade and various other pockets of the city like Dumdum, Jadavpur, Garia.

Things to do in Mandarmani
  1. Have fried fishes at the shacks by the beach
  2. Boating (they charge you around 200 per head for a 10 minute ride)

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Would you like to know about what fun we had at the beach that left us with tanned faces and an uplifted spirit? Stay tuned for my Day 2 post at Mandarmani.

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