PATAAREE – A BOX OF TRADITIONS

With the wedding season around the corner and each wedding having its own quirky, splendid theme, the hunt for traditional yet offbeat products has become an important part of the shopping spree. Something similar sent me on that very path, having me visit PATAAREE – a unique concept that imbibes traditional handicrafts with contemporary tweaks, where creativity transcends all boundaries.

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Statement pieces – The Kutch Jacket & Satrangi Trunk

10 Second Takeaway…

Reviving certain vintage concepts, be it a chest to safe keep one’s most prized possession, the wedding lehnga or exhuberent and personalised suitcases, Pataaree does just about everything, to add a touch of resplendence to your wedding.

What’s On Offer

Launched by Shagun Bawa in 2017 as a reflection of her personality: bright, cheerful and heartwarming, Pataaree translates the dreams of every bride into unique customised products. Each piece reflects the continuation of age old practices connected with wedding rituals. The inventory ranges from trousseau luggage, vanity cases, jewellery boxes, mehendi favors such as personalized lipstick cases, to the traditional pataaree and other knick knacks.

Vanity Case & Bridesmaids Gifts
Vanity Box & Bridesmaids Gifts

Statement pieces such as Satrangi tote bag, phulkari skirt and a long kutch work jacket, all complementing the ‘Daaj’ and ‘Wari’, also grace the Pataaree repertoire. But the one item that seems to have enchanted everyone is the “Kala Chashmah” cover, wrapped in rich fabric and embellished with zari lacework. Each Pataaree piece is a harmonious weave of luxurious fabrics such as brocade and velvet with zari motifs decorations, to provide best quality to the customers.

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The Pataaree Team

After working for 8 years in the world of marketing and technology in London, Shagun gave in to her creative streak, to conceptualize and craft pieces that translate her imagination into unique products. “Each of my product has a personality, with a name and story of its own. I consciously do not mass produce any item. Instead I help the bride to visualise and match the items as per the wedding theme. I ensure that each bride gets something different and exclusive for her wedding. Each idea is discussed and a would-be bride is taken through a gamut of various fashion trends,” shares Bawa.

Kala Chashmah - Shades Covers
Kala Chashmah – Sunglasses Covers

With five innovative segments – Gulnaar, Suhi, Amber, Satrangi and Bandhini – already in work, Shagun is all set to spread her wings even wider and endeavour to fulfill each customer’s wedding dreams.

Call: 9779426639

Where: House No. 689, sector 8 B, Chandigarh

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PataareeStudio/

Instagram Handle: @pataaree

Get Diwali Ready With This Awesome Gifting Guide

Bored of the same old Diwali gifts; crockery, glasses, Cadbury chocolates, Soan Papdi…. Blah!  Well, we are, too. This festive season let’s dismiss the monotonous stuff and look at more thoughtful gifts. We scoured the options available across Punjab, and must we admit, there’s some great talent out there. Pick one (or all) and show your dear ones some thoughtful love. There’s something for every taste and budget.

 Cookie’s Jar – By Geet n Vir

There couldn’t be a better gift than desserts and there couldn’t be a Dessert Heaven better than Cookie’s Jar – By Geet n Vir! So these guys are a name to reckon with in Chandigarh, and know just how to churn crowd pleasers! All of the cakes by them are unique, in their flavour as well as presentation; your cakes and cookies will look almost too good to eat. For Diwali, order their beautiful baskets/hampers full of goodies – Jars of Rockyroads, Brownie Loafs, Baskets with Cakes, Pack of Brownies et all. With quality ingredients, unexpected flavours and the promise of great service, this place has the most well-made treats we’ve had in a while.
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Where: House No 3380, Sector 46C, Chandigarh
Call: 9814020889

Bohemian Homes

How about gifting someone a piece of a Fairtytale?! Undoubtedly Punjab’s original creative space, Bohemian Homes is a veritable treasure trove for some very fine and whimsical stuff. This place is a must-visit if you’re looking for home décor with that extra edge. From something as exquisite as their mirrors and lighting concepts to eclectic items like cushions in pop up hues, Bohemian Homes finds its design inspiration from different cultures and eras to bring to the fore something truly exclusive. They’ve got an array of items like Jaali Panels, Cage Light Chandeliers, Vintage Table Clocks, Vintage Frames, Ceramic Jewelery Boxes etc. waiting to be picked to adorn homes of your family and friends this Diwali.
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Where: 5/18 – A, Sirhind side, Near Ajnali Gate, G T Road, Mandi Gobindgarh
Call: 9872332121
 

Mom’s Homemade

 
If your loved ones are fitness buffs, love traditional edibles and cannot make them (the way most of us can’t), Mom’s Homemade has your back.Gift your family and friends hampers laden with with goodness, wellness, taste and love. Comprising Atta Ghee Biscuits, a Jar of Diet Chiwra, a Jar of Healthy mix roasted dryfruits (Flaxseeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Foxnut, Pumpkin seeds etc.), Pinnis made with Jaggery, Flax Seeds Assorted Pickles etc., these hampers cater to the taste buds of everyone. Here’s to a sweet and savory Diwali!
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Where: Ludhiana
Call: 9878099333
 
 

Sew Pretty

 
These are the kind of Diwali gifts that make memories. Where beauty meets utility! Sew Pretty lives true to its name, everything is sewn and emroidered to perfection and soooo pretty. The stuff here is far from usual, very exquisite and tasteful. Choose from beautiful crisp linen and bed essentials of a very high quality with perky motifs sitting pretty on them. The place is stocked with quilted bed spreads, cushions, embroidered sheets and towel sets, dining sheets, table mats, tea cozies, runners, depending on your budget. 
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Where: House No. 87, Sector 8 A, Chandigarh
Call: 9872808490

Glimpsess The Furniture Studio

This hidden gem tucked in Phagwara celebrates Indian crafts and design traditions like none other. Everything about this place oozes aesthetics and creativity! The furniture section here is a paradise for those on the lookout for something classy, durable and unique. Customised and styled beautifully, functionality is in sync with finesse in each of the pieces. Their range of accessories is also diverse; exquisite, handcrafted artefacts, and small quaint additions like wall art, lamps, pottery etc. carefully collected from various parts India. The focus is on quality and exclusivity – you’ll find stuff here that you won’t get to see in most commercial stores, and it’ll all be authentic. Certainly a one stop shop haven for the rarest home decor and furniture, and worth a special trip to Phagwara.

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Where: Phagwara – jalandhar Highway, Near Convent School, Phagwara
 
Call: 9872871658

SEPHORA PAVES ITS WAY TO CHANDIGARH

French beauty retail concept Sephora has paved its way to Elante Mall Chandigarh. City Beautiful is all set to become more ‘BEAUTIFUL’!!!

BEAUTY OVERLOAD!

While French beauty and cosmetics company Sephora had already launched in North Of India with several stores in Delhi NCR, ladies who call Chandigarh home, you need not fret. You can now save moolah on special trips to Delhi to stock up your make up kit. The first outlet in the region opened in The City Beautiful, the weekend that went by! Sephora houses an array of brands from across the world, and it also has a brilliant selection of products from its in-house brand. Apart from known brands such as Lancome, Dior, Givenchy and Estee Lauder, look out for the exclusive brands they have like Benefit Cosmetics, Make Up Forever, Nyx, Stila, Soap and Glory, Burt’s Bees and more. You have over 200 brands to choose from, we hear! Plus, Sephora’s own in-house collection of make up and skincare.

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A candyland of sorts for make up enthusiasts, you have clusters of products, for every look and pocket. Not sure about how a product looks? Try it out or get one of the resident make up experts to give you a complete makeover at one of the many mirrored makeup counters. Ladies, you’ve got to make a dash for this place, sooner than soon!

WHAT TO BUY?

 

 

We are stoked that Sephora stocks exclusive brands which they’ve brought to India, such as:

Make Up For Ever: known for their face primers and foundations. Their HD blushes and HD foundations are worth putting your money in. 

Benefit: their lip and cheek tints, pore minimisers, and their range of They’re Real Push Up Liner –  and Mascara are stellar products. Also you could shop makeup boxes from Benefit; it holds small packaging of their main products and are good enough to use until you get bored of them.

Stila: for its eye liners, foundations and primers, and lip stains. Holy grails!

NYX: Easy on the pocket and a massive variety, you’ll go bonkers with choice making!

Burt’s Bees: for creams, lotions and body oils (mommies and babies included). They have some of the nicest mommy products apart from the regulars. You can definitely start with their iconic lip balm.

Sephora in-House brand: Lash curlers, lipsticks, lip pencils, travel containers, perfume atomisers.  You can find the most amazing selection of Makeup brushes from Sephora’s own brand. And their professional line is worth checking out. The Sephora Pro Concealer Brush is highly recommended. Also the Classic Multi Tasker Brush!

Sephora’s own range of bath and body selection called Bath, and a similar one from Soap and Glory (try their Oats, Sugar and Shea Breakfast Scrub with some maple syrup fragrance thrown in).

Finally, nail paints from OPI and Ciate as bonus!

Apart from this, you have your luxury brands such as Clarins, Clinique, Dior and Guerlian as well.

Don’t have too much cash to dispense, then go for Sephora’s range of fruity, gel face masks (the Pearl mask is a winner apparently), or pick up from their range of mini perfumes, bath fizzing cubes or even their make up wipes.

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SO WE’RE SAYING…

There’s a bunch of beauty and skincare products waiting to be picked and making you beautiful. Make sure you have leisurely time at hand!

#OurTip: Let the first week of opening craze settle down bit, and then you head for a leisurely shopping experience.

 Where: Ground Floor, Elante Mall, Chandigarh