6 C’s that I love collecting

I have shouted from the top of my lungs just how much I am against hoarding. Most of it has to do with the need of not wanting to increase my carbon footprint and nothing more which is why I am window shopping clothes etc anyway because I do find it fun nonetheless.

However, there are certain things that I never feel guilty hoarding because – one, I can easily justify more the merrier in their case, second, they are not that unfriendly to the environment.

6 of such things that I don’t feel guilty hoarding on actually start with the alphabet C. A happy coincidence! The moment I realized this I thought of blogging this some day. So here they are:

1. Cushions: I love the idea of filling up one’s home with cushions! Though if you see mine, there are hardly any that can qualify me as a hoarder. Instagram ads do keep suggesting pretty ones on a daily basis but, really, what is up with all these indie stores selling cushion covers at such exorbitant prices? Can anyone explain?

2. Candles: Now someone I follow since long on social media repeatedly talks about how fragrances of any sort are not good for our health. But a candle is a candle is a candle. Candles make me infinitely happier. When I went to my in-laws place on my current trip, I consciously didn’t carry any from my stash as all were bulky. I finally had to buy one there as I really wanted to light it. Best decision ever made because whenever I was in a stressful office call, I’ll just light the candle up and feel so much better.

3. Coasters: of course, this is more of a necessity. Then why not have pretty ones around the house? Again, I want to point out that I have super basic ones and really can do with some pretty or quirky ones. I just say that I like hoarding them buf I never actually end up hoarding. 😀 a coaster is something that I use a lot as well, I am very conscious of placing my tea cups or a drink on the rocks on a coaster, so much so that now I feel slightly cringe when others don’t do it! Total Monica from friends vibe here!

4. Ceramics: oh man! One of the most beautiful things in the world. I just need a little bit of more research to be super sure just how bad ceramics are for usage, or environment. For e.g., my dad says that this trend of using ceramic planters is absolutely worthless because plants don’t get enough breathing space in ceramics as it’s not porous. Need to validate these kind of things, but otherwise love, love, love ceramics.

5. Chips: of course. Shouldn’t have put it in a list of things that I love but are also environment friendly. A habit I truly should change because these come in single use plastic packs. I wish there was a way to go get your chips box filled at a lays station or something like that! Here, I am throwing a startup idea for anyone who wants to catch.

6. Coffee & teas: again something whose hoarding I would love but don’t actually end up doing because in the past 2 years, Rahul and I have lived so much like nomads, sometimes at my parents, other times at his and then some trips, that hoarding on any type of food that you expect to last for a long time is just pointless. But totally digging the idea of a well-stocked coffee station at home just like a well-stocked bar!

Any things that you would want to add to this list? What are some things you don’t mind collecting?

New free marketplace in India: What are you missing out on?

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With so many shopping websites popping left, right and centre, apart from being spoilt for choice as a buyer, what comes to mind is how much easier it has become if you simply want to sell something.

This idea of setting up a small business, without any investment in building a physical store or even a website of your own, is very appealing. This is what ezebee.com gives you. It provides you with a platform to start a small shop on their website. 

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The best part is that the basic version of ezebee.com is free. As from the website itself – “Users are able to open an unlimited amount of Shops, add infinite products to their shops, and best of all, there are no commission fees for transactions completed through ezebee”. Other than this, they also have a premium version where you get priority as a seller.

For more details about how both the versions work, how ezebee.com earns money or anything else, you can also check out the FAQ section of their website ezebee.com.

What I liked most about this website was that no matter which part of the world you are in, just type in the city in which you want to look for stuff and you will get city-specific results.

The other thing that sealed the deal for me was that there is no end to what all one can find here. Check for example this vintage chair that I came across while random browsing.

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Tell me, would you ever be able to find something like this in any of the regular brand shops? ezebee.com shops will take you to numerous such things because anybody can build anything (product or service) and sell it. 🙂 So, it is more likely to find unique things.

The site also has a good design and layout. A clean, white base with everything placed on it in tiles, kind of like Pinterest, one of my favorite ways of displaying things.

What also stands out is how ezebee is giving access to European market (where it was founded) to the small businesses that use its marketplace in India.

I think the idea of having such a marketplace, especially for both goods & services, is quite helpful for small businesses, as they cannot afford to invest a lot, take too many risks or build an elaborate strategy. On top of that, if they had opened a physical store, they would have had access to only their local market, unlike here where they get access to many foreign markets too.

So, if you are someone who is good at making handmade earrings or soaps, or even want to tell people about your cooking skills & have cooking classes, join ezebee right now and sell your forte.

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Oh, and, these are just examples. You can sell all kinds of diverse things on this free marketplace, so go and take a look 🙂

Rains and bargains | When LimeRoad meets monsoon

Okay, how psychic is this? I have mentioned on the blog about LimeRoad & had planned a post in my head long back about the online places I like to shop from, with LimeRoad in my mind. Finally, there is a blog festival organized by them and I am going to be a part of it. Some of you may remember that I mentioned them and I had a very good experience shopping with them. The fact that they are called ‘LimeRoad’ (I mean how cool is that!) and I received the product in a lime and grey colored compact packaging is only an added bonus.

I wanted to be a part of their first ever blog fest because I get to do a super fun thing to be a part of it! Pick some of my favorite monsoon-themed products from their website for this post! Yes, simply that. Now who doesn’t like window shipping? 😀

Before I begin, I should mention that mostly when I shop online, I try sticking to known brands because then you know what kind of quality to expect. However, since LimeRoad stocks up on some really fun things from lesser known brands, I am going to pick things that I love and are reasonable enough from even unknown brands!

Let the fun begin!

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1. My highlight of the rainy season has to be pakoras (Indian fried snacks), especially since I am not in love with monsoons otherwise. For most of us, the tea and pakoras combination spells heaven. Hence, a Moroccan-themed plate to serve your pakoras in and same theme cups to pour your tea! Why Moroccan theme? Simply because I love the Moroccan designs like these ones!

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2. While we are at the topic of tea & pakoras, why not pick a vintage, kitschy, beyond beautiful kettle for your tea? Of course, only if you can afford it, since this one ain’t cheap but look at that!!

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3. Most clichéd statement, but monsoons = flip-flops. Especially, if you can get your hands at such cute ones. Click on the picture and you will know that it’s not pricey as hell either.

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4. I am not very fond of anklets but I know for some of you, that and flip-flops together spell beauty. See if this delicate one floats your boat.

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5. I thought I have used way too many totes in my life to be bored with them but this one reminds me of the havelis in my paternal hometown, Churu, Rajasthan. They look exactly like this picture and hence, I feel very drawn to this bag!

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6. There are few things in this world that are as perfect as a midi skirt (at least as far as I am concerned). Midi skirts for monsoons? How perfect is that? They won’t get dirty as they don’t touch the ground and, oh my God, can we just stay put for a moment and appreciate this beauty? 🙂

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7. It’s a little too pricey for my liking but look at how comfortable, delicate and feminine this looks! Just the color of clouds. Dress in this during monsoons and look like one of ’em clouds!

So, anyone who wants to gift me anything from the above list is free to do so. 😀 Oh, and, I would love to know what all you liked from their website. Do share that in the comments, one of the most fun things for me is knowing what others are buying or want to buy. Did that creep you out? 😀

Also, more importantly, you can create scrapbooks on LimeRoad for different looks. Check the below one for example created by someone.

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That’s all. Thanks for giving this a read! 🙂

Disclaimer: All pictures are taken from Limeroad.com. I don’t claim ownership.

Shopping Haul and Website Review: Jabong.com

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A site this popular doesn’t really need an introduction. If you are into online shopping, chances are you have shopped at least once at Jabong. 🙂 Still, I think I should totally share my recent experience of shopping with them. I have previously shopped from Jabong a lot of times and I have always had a satisfactory experience. I think the main reason that makes Jabong stand out in the online shopping world is the sheer variety that they have in terms of brands, it is seriously applaud-worthy. There are obviously more things to love (and some things that I would want to see improved as a customer) but all that after I have shown you what I bought. 😀 IMG_20141115_165430575

So, I and my brother were planning to buy a sweatshirt for him and, at the perfect opportunity, Jabong offered me a gift voucher to shop at their website and review it. We scrolled through the products to buy the kind of sweatshirt that he wanted. Navigating through the website, selecting the product, viewing your shopping cart and checking out after paying the money is a cakewalk with Jabong. Any first timer can easily do it and to have an experience of what I am talking about, you can check their website here. Our order arrived after 2 days of placing it and since we had bought the sweatshirt of a rather unknown brand, we were glad to see that it was of great quality. The package was securely wrapped as well. We were happy. 🙂 IMG_20141115_165929010IMG_20141115_165806817

To sum up my experience, here’s what I think of Jabong.com:

What I like:

  • Huge selection of domestic and international brands, when I say huge I mean HUGE. The number of foreign apparel brands which are otherwise  not available easily in India keeps increasing on Jabong – Dorothy Perkins, New Look, River Island – you name it. Also, the presence of other popular brands like Aldo, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger, CK Jeans is ever increasing.
  • Honestly, there was this one thing I liked more on another website (Myntra) that they showed the discounted price of a product while you were only looking at the product, Jabong used to show it only after you had put the product in the cart. Jabong has changed it and now they also show the discounted price while you are only looking at the product. This is one of my favorite features.
  • Easy to navigate website. You can browse through products by applying various filters like brands, colors, price range and what not.
  • Jabong is very good at building relationships (yes, it is an important point). They have a great bloggers’ network and they are also quite concerned towards their customers. A friend of mine who is a huge shopaholic regularly buys stuff from Jabong. Therefore, Jabong acknowledged her as a premium customer and gifted her with a voucher to shop. Yes, it is funny 😀 but it also says that they value their customers.
  • Since we have previously shopped from Jabong, we have experienced that they have an easy returns policy. You just need to contact the customer care and they will come to pick the stuff up and return your money as Jabong credits which you can get transferred to your bank account as well. You did not see the transferring to bank part coming, did you? 😀
  • Fast and safe delivery, tracking of the package is quite simple.

Putting Customer Care contact right on the package is great!

Putting Customer Care contact right on the package is great!

What I would like to see differently:

  • Cash on delivery is not free. Although this doesn’t matter much to me, since I hardly use Cash on Delivery on reliable websites but I am pretty sure this is the most preferred method of shopping for a lot of customers.
  • Ok, this really isn’t specific to Jabong, it concerns all e-commerce websites. The thing is that while they are the best places to shop for brands, they are not that helpful when it comes to local or unknown brands, you know the kind of products like earrings, ballerinas that you can find in street markets. Those products are not priced as cheap as they are in some of the local markets. For example, the sweatshirt that we bought was from an unknown brand and luckily it was of great quality but that might not be the case every time. The solution for websites would be to either price their local brands’ stuff competitively or stock only known brands so that customers are sure of what they are buying. The solution for customers would be to not invest a lot of money in something that they are not very familiar with.

Overall, this experience of mine with Jabong and previous experiences as well have been good and I would continue shopping with them.

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PS: If this post gave you some craving to shop immediately, you should totally have a look at the offers Jabong is giving during GOSF (Great Online Shopping Festival). Also, like I mentioned that they are great with building relationships, the 2015 Jabong Online Fashion Week (JOFW) is about to begin and if you are a model, designer, stylist or photographer, you should definitely consider registering yourselves. For further details, check the website for JOFW. For more details, write to: Simron Sharma simron.sharma@jabong.com, Arijeet Rana – arijeet.rana@jabong.com

Disclaimer: Gift voucher provided by Jabong.com, but all opinion is honest and unbiased.

Quirky summer bags: Street Style #6

How often do you come across someone in the metro who are carrying a very cool bag but at the same time, their friend has an equally nice bag. They need to be clicked, no matter how awkward you and your, err, phone camera are. So, here you go (excuse the picture quality and angles please, I don’t know how I can cover up for that :/ ):

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She is Ankita and her bag is from Pune. She doesn’t know which store it is from because it is a gift. 🙂 Lovely, ain’t it? I loved it, spacious and stylish. Oh, and, it is a cloth/canvas bag, so, environment-friendly too.

The other girl whom I managed to click in one of the weirdest poses ever on the face of Earth is Ankita’s friend, Vanya. She, by the way, was very sweet. 🙂 Her bag is from Max. Max is available in many cities, so if you want to grab that one, now is the time (Sale season people!).

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So, how did you like them? I liked Ankita’s bag more because it is, well, uncommon. 🙂 What about you?

By the way, many such backpack style bags (like Vanya’s) with amazing quirky designs are available on Limeroad.com. No, they are not paying me to write this, I just happened to check their bag collection a few days back and decided that whenever I do this post, I’ll mention their bag collection in case someone is head over heels in love with such kind of bags. 🙂  (Although, I do hope that they read this and sponsor a post here 😀 ).

PS: Do you think I should stop doing street style posts until I get a better camera with me? I anyway do less travel and street markets posts because of a lack of camera. The thing is that street style once missed is missed forever. What do you guys think?