Happy Friday, everyone! While Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday and likely disappeared for 6 more weeks, we’re still waiting for winter to start! (Just kidding, Weather Gods, we’re not really waiting….You can keep the snow). This week, we discovered some great things on the internet – ranging from hilariously brilliant to ridiculously adorable. Here are Luxemi’s Loves this week, in no particular order.
First up, we’ve had our eye on an awesome little stationary company called 3 Bees Paperie for a while now, whose adorable and unique cards are inspired modern South Asian designs. The stationary is printed on luxury paper, which is a-ok with this luxury fashion brand! We loved this baby announcement which was actually created for a couple who had their wedding invitations done by 3 Bees as well!
This week, we also fell in love with Saree Dreams‘ post on early 20th century black-and-white portraits of young women in sarees. We’re always taken aback by photos of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers from this era – such simple sarees, crisply and perfectly pleated, and accentuated only with gold jewelry. It’s the vintage feel we’re going for with our new Neeru Kumar collection, hopeful that young South Asian women will be able to capture the essence of these photos, while embracing their own style. Thanks, Saree Dreams for reminding us of these awesome photos!
Now, onto the hilariously brilliant: This post by Riches for Rags was one of the best things we saw all week. Who knew that Jessica Alba was getting all her style inspiration from Blanche? We’re pretty sure that Golden Girls-inspired fashion is the next big thing… and we’re only half kidding!
As a South Asian-inspired company in America, we’re always intrigued by how people in any country interacts with product from another country. Like Kraft needing to re-design the Oreo Cookie for China. This article from the Washington Post takes a super interesting look at Starbucks’ entry into India. It’s no surprise that the super-sweet Masala Chai that sells at Chicago O’Hare Airport probably isn’t the same Masala Chai that would make it in India. And pre-packaged yogurt smoothies had better be Lassi (which we still think is the original basis for Pinkberry!) The new proposed menu includes:
A true masala chai, South Indian filtered coffee, Lassi, Coconut Water, and Tulsi Green Tea.
We just hope the Coconut Water is priced competitively against the vendors on the street. For some reason, we can’t see people in Delhi shelling out $2.50 for a VitaCoco!
Finally, we at Luxemi launched our new collection of Salwars this week, and we wanted to share an idea that we thought was totally inspired by all the Salwars that have been taking to the streets in the US lately. We take this new Peach Anarkali with Zari and Gota Work, and ditch the churidar pants and net dupatta, turning it into the perfect spring dress. Paired with metallic ballet flats and a big boho bag, and this look will make you spring-ready, no matter when the Punxsutawney Phil comes back up!