Friday, 21 April 2017

Stepping out with Instax Mini 8

Hello Chicas,

If you are following me on my social media channels, you must be knowing that I attended a bloggers' meet a few weeks back organized by Fujifilm India. And there we were introduced to their recent launch Instax mini 8 camera with various combo offers designed for special occasions. Retro is trending right now, whether it's the retro filters on Instagram or the various photo editing apps giving a vintage vibe to the pictures. Amidst all this, Fujifilm has also made an effort to bring back the retro feel to cameras with their latest launch of Instax camera. Instant photo system “instax” allows people to enjoy photos that are taken and printed immediately. It enables users to create photos that are unique, instant, and remain with them forever. 

The entire range consists of:
Mini 8 Joy Box
Mini 8
Instax Hello Kitty
Neo Classic Mini 90
Mini 70
Wide 300

About the Camera Instax Mini8:

After the event, we were gifted the Instax mini 8 Bundle pack which consists of the Instax Mini 8 camera, 2 X Twin Filmpack (40 shots), Fancy Stickers and Bunting. The MRP of the Instax Mini 8 Bundle pack is INR 8633 however, it's available online at a discounted price of INR 5999. Instax is available in seven different, cheerful colors namely Raspberry, Grape, White, Pink, Blue, Yellow and Black. I was lucky enough to receive the color, pristine white on which I had my eyes on. 
As the name suggests, it is a cute and compact camera that pushes out photos instantly. The retro bit is not only limited to the camera type, the photos too have a rather retro look to them. The camera is not heavy, but feels strong enough. It runs on two double AA batteries and you need to purchase a separate special film pack. To take a picture, just like old camera you look inside the eyepiece, captures the subject and click. Instantly a white film comes out from the top of the camera and within a minute or two, the photo starts developing and in another four to five minutes it takes its final form. The Mini 8 takes the films of the size of a credit/debit card and a pack of films have a maximum of 10, so make sure you use them wisely. You can buy them online at a price of Rs. 1020 for a pack of 20 films. The plus point of Instax mini 8 is definitely the easy functioning and set-up. Also the pictures have this Instragram-filter quality, which I really liked.  

My verdict:

If you are tired of the mundane photography I would suggest you to get your hands on these. The camera brings the memories of old-school photography back. The compact size and the easy functionality is perfectly suitable for clicking pictures while travelling or at a get together with your friends and family. Also, it makes for such an awesome gift for your loved ones. The picture quality might not be anything close to the trending Dslrs, but the pictures clicked from it will bound to bring a smile on your face.

What I wore:


For my first outing with Instax Mini 8, I chose to wear a comfortable yet feminine outfit. I have paired a denim mini skirt which has this grid pattern on it with a peplum top. The pastel pink and grey stripes along with ruffled sleeves and waistline lends a feminine and retro touch to the outfit. Accessory wise, I have opted for a pair of black gladiators, studded sling bag and last but not the least the very cute Instax Mini 8.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Designers Wardrobe

Hello Chicas,

Last week Kolkata witnessed the launch of a one of its kind multi-designer store, Designers Wardrobe. The store is located at the hub of the city at 4 Shakespeare Sarani, opposite Theater A.C. Market. Started by three young businessmen of Kolkata, the team comprises of Umang Saraogi heading the marketing department, Saket Saraogi handling operations and Amit Agarwal managing the finance. The vision of Designers Wardrobe is to create the finest fashion designers for our country in the coming years. Designers Wardrobe is an exclusive platform for all the aspiring fashion Designers who dreams to start their own label. It expertise in making brands, where they partner with talented designers and provide them all round support to create and launch them in the market.

Customized marketing budget for each designer to promote their label and establish them as a brand is also one of the unique offerings of Designers Wardrobe making them stand out from the other multi-designer stores in Kolkata. The marketing services provided to the designers include both Online (Designers Facebook Page, Instagram Page, YouTube promotions, SEO etc) And Offline Marketing (Hoardings, Bill Boards, Newspaper, Magazines, Photo shoots etc). The designers also get the opportunity to attend guiding/session lectures from industry experts at regular intervals in order to update themselves the current trends. 

Currently, Designers Wardrobe houses the following eminent designers: Shweta Dudani, Kritika Sarawgi, Deepak Shekhar, Vidisha Taparia, Arju Jain, Neha Baid, Kari and Gaurav's. The collection at DW ranges from heavy bridal wear to casual Indo-Western outfits. Following are some of my favorite picks from the store.

Picture Courtesy: The Clic Chic 



Thursday, 13 April 2017

AFRA TAFRI - Brew up the Madness

Hello Chicas,

With summers round the corner, Kolkata welcomed the largest transitional Gastro Brew Pub, Afra Tafri. We were invited for a fun cocktail mixing session followed by food tasting. Situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to Industry House on the first floor of Haldiram Building- 9 Camac Street, Afra Tafri is aimed at providing a new age drink and food experience to Kolkata. The 180-plus seater is done up in wood, with plush chairs and sofas as seating options.  Divided into three sections — a large room at the end that can transform into a PDR or conference room, the main seating area that houses the bar, and a spacious and open smoking room. The interiors are very quirky with colorful murals on the wall and a huge drum installation on the ceiling right at the entrance.

The food menu curated by Ranveer Brar comprises of global cuisines with quirky named dishes like Akkad Bakkad Kukkad, Gondogol, Desi Swag Nachos. So the food tasting session started with cocktails made by the legendary bartender, Shatbhi Basu. It was an amazing experience seeing her going behind the bar and making some really innovative cocktails for us. I really liked the Watermelon Mojito which comprised of watermelon juice, black pepper and white rum.
Jager Atom was another winner which is a Red Bull and Jager-meister drink with glowing Jager spheres that pops in your mouth. The drink is very smooth and we couldn't help ourselves ordering another round. The USP of Afra Tafri is the microbrewery which is yet to open and promises some really creative flavored beer.

 Coming to the food menu, my favorite pick from the lot is Chilli Mushroom Pate Jam Pot was the yummiest. It's a jar full of mushroom pate made with oyster mushrooms and olive oil, served with tawa parathas and Bhavnagri chilies to spice up the dish. The Hum Saath Saath hai platter is another favorite which comprises of Indian Breads, Paneer and a bowl of Kaali Daal which is cooked for 72 hours and is to die for. Among the desserts, the Bong Tiramisu stole the show which is an Indian version of the Italian coffee flavoured dessert. 

For the press meet, I wore a grey maxi dress over a white lace up top. I have been wearing this dress since winters and I cannot think of parting way with it anytime soon. A pair of
black gladiators and maroon studded sling completed the look.

Picture Courtesy: The Clic Chic