It is one thing to be pampered with great food, stories and warmth, but pamper me sartorially and you sir, have my heart! On a recent weekend getaway to Anupamaa Mangar, a jungle retreat nestled in the lush green Mangar village (more on this in another blog post to come soon), I, along with The Wanderous Tribe, was greeted with a box full of fashionable treats waiting for us in our respective rooms. Each of us were given a beautiful pashmina stole along with a signature printed silk dress by Anupamaa Dayal to style and wear during our stay at the property, allowing us to completely blend in with the aesthetics of the place and have a holistic ‘Anupamaa’ experience. It felt nothing short of surreal to shoot my Anupamaa look at this gorgeous little boutique retreat designed and conceptualized by the designer herself. The white exterior walls were perfect to make my colorful dress pop, while the interiors, decorated in signature Anupamaa colors and motifs, made me feel one with the space. And then of course, there was the open terrace where one can’t help but soak in the poetry in motion – think peacocks perched on surrounding hills, mountain goats engaged in perilous feats of climbing up and down the cliff, a hundred pretty birds cooing in the background, soft sunbeams caressing your winter skin, making you want to swirl and twirl to nature’s beat. There was also a meditation cave at the property I chose to shoot some pictures of this look at. I felt it made for such a minimal yet intriguing composition. I could go on and on, but I’ll let the pictures below do the rest of the talking.
I can still, as I type this, feel the warm sun on my face and the dew-soaked grass under my bare-feet while I was playing muse to photographer Manoj Rawat‘s lens on that fine Sunday morning. I’m sure all the fun I was having is quite evident in my photos.
My dress is called Mishti and I’m adding the link to shop it here, should you wish to indulge. This vibrant silk off-shoulder beauty with a ‘manjula kairi’ print all over is super soft and even more comfortable than it looks. The last tier is in ultra marine blue buti printed chiffon. I styled the dress with bold gold earrings from a brand called Citrus and stacked colorful bangles from Nakhrewaali for an eclectic boho vibe.
“Dayal’s educated, artistic approach to cultural style results in vibrant and soulful garments that invigorate and illuminate the wearer.”