Saturday, August 31, 2013

Winners of the Give Away !

I am extremely happy to announce the winners of my First Give Away,the Varnam products.

My two year old did the honors picking the winners from the hat.

Love you all for the support and love shown. I sincerely hope you will continue to support me in my future endeavors.

The First winner is Brinda Nilesh (kada),
The Second winner is Barnali Saha (yellow earring)
The Third winner is Sharon (red earring)

Please inbox me your addresses so that the give-aways can reach you.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The fine Dining at Malabar House@Fort Kochi

The Malabar House is one of the finest and elegant Boutique Hotels in Fort Kochi. We had an awesome experience at Malabar house this monsoon.Having blogged about it years earlier at the starting of this blog,it was  always an experience of the lifetime there.

Even if we happened to be in the same place year after year,practically going to all places we wished would always turn out to be difficult for us.But this time things turned real from the moment we stepped inside:)The Glimpse of an amazing lunch we had at Malabar house

Burning reds and bronze

lush greenery

deep reds

white washed columns
greet you

monsoon shadows

ambience created by reds

simple ,but striking

coolness radiated in the monsoons

in the garden

the courtyard

the peaches dominate

wine lounge

the stone carvings

the dining experience

the inside area of with nature

 All Images Lakshmi Arvind


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Giveaways and Raindrops-What a Way to Celebrate the Monsoons!!!

My Dear Readers,

It has been an incredible journey on my blog till date and thanks to all those words of encouragement and compliments which made me travel till here. Soon you will be seeing a lot of changes on this blog including collaborations with other artists.

Karthik Vaidyanathan, the brain behind Varnam has been instrumental in reviving the traditional craft form of south India. His constant endeavor has enhanced the sense of pride among these master crafts-people for their art. All proceeds from sale of Varnam products are routed back to designing and funding more products from these artisans. Varnam has recently launched its new collection "Inbam" for women and what an occasion other than the Independence Day to celebrate the new liberated Indian women.

I am really excited to share that I will be doing my first give away ever from Varnam. I have painstakingly chosen three poetic pieces of adornment from this collection. !!! This blog has grown quite a bit over the time, and this give away is just a way of me thanking you all.

There will be not just one but three winners. This giveaway is open to Indian residents or people who have an address in India only since we can only ship within India.
 In order to participate in this giveaway all you need to do are the following simple steps:

1. You would need to be a follower of my blog celebrations decor via Google friend connect and like my Facebook page.

2. If you already follow the blog and fb, just leave me a comment that you already are and explain why you like to own traditional pieces of jewelry and I will put in an entry for you.

For additional entries (one extra entry for each of the following):
  • 1.      Blog /post the link in your Fb page about this giveaway and leave a comment in my blog.
  • 2.      Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment.

The giveaway is open till 30th of August. So hurry !!!
I will announce the winner on September 1st. Good Luck! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Tower House,Neemrana,Fort Kochi

A charming non hotel-hotel on the sea side.Its none other than the Neemrana "Tower house ".We always loved the old world feel of Neemrana's. The location, just opposite the iconic Chinese fishing nets, cannot get better. The building itself is elegant and charming and you feel as if you are living in an old colonial residence. We stayed in the Braganza room which was huge and quiet because the room looked out onto a side street.The 17 th century building restored by Neemrana is beautiful with lot of artefacts very carefully placed without  losing the  colonial charm of the building.

We loved the white washed feel,the big long windows onto the streets,the quiet minimalism and the monsoony look ,the blue cushions and the white curtains..a dreamy decor,but very down to earth.Lot of artefacts in  a  very minimalistic pattern.Do have a look next time you are in fort kochi!They are perfect for the monsoons..

the white washed building at the end of the road

 the fragrance of flowers floating and the beautiful arrangement on the walls 

As you climb the staircase ,theres a living room to the right

beautifully lit..

artefacts arranged beautifully and minimally

to look on to the streets..

a beautiful south indian lamp

upper dining area

as we entered our room..this wondow just took our breath away
the room braganza
a dreamy room and decor..a monsoony look
countless time near the big window sill

the plumerias from the Lilly street
the countless chais in the morning

a dreAmy look..yes i did dream countless times

Images and Ideas:LAkshmi Arvind

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