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Kolkata is often known as the cultural capital of India because of its rich tradition, art, and values. This city is inclined towards academic excellence and the creativity flows in the expression of art – literature, poetry, movie, drama, painting, etc. The history of this city is more than 300 years old and you will find many fascinating facts about this city when you are traveling here. From their traditional sweets to the iconic Howrah Bridge, the charming Victoria Memorial to the crowded College Street – there are various things and places from where you can pick up a piece of Kolkata and treasure them in your collection for years to come.

When you go back to your home, you must, therefore, take back some souvenirs from this beautiful and intelligent city. Here is the shopping list of things which you must buy from Kolkata.

Terracotta:
Terracotta
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This art truly belongs to Bengal. The soil of Bankura district often finds a place in people’s drawing rooms through figurines to ladies ears & necks through jewelry. Your shopping here in Kolkata won’t be complete without taking something made of terracotta. If you travel closely into the interiors of Bengal, you will see the temples are often made with terracotta panels because of the lack of stones in this geography. The most famous figurine is the horse which is available in various sizes. These Bankura terracotta horses have tall ears and you can put them up in your drawing room, at the entrance door, or in front of your mirror. Apart from the intricately designed horses, you will find many other statues and things (like boats, ships, flower vase, etc.) made from terracotta that will elevate your home décor.

Those who are fond of jewelry must not miss the exclusive range of terracotta jewelry in Kolkata. The sets of artistic earrings & necklaces would match with any traditional dress and make you look like a Diva. So, get ready for countless likes on your Social Media Posts with this jewelry.

Saree:
Saree
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The rest of India is simply fascinated with the red-bordered white saree which every woman in Bengal wears during any religious festival. Apart from that saree, you also have plenty of options to choose from. These cotton sarees are very comfortable, easy to carry and make you look gorgeous. The soft yet crisp Taant saree generally has pastel or light colours as the base with bright colours used only for the patterns on the borders or small bootis on the Sari and vice versa (Priyanka Chopra in Gundaay flaunted many such Taant sarees).

Baluchari is another famous saree type which is a must-buy here. What makes them different than the rest is that these sarees are more like a story-telling on silk material. On raw silk, the talented weavers of Bankura weave the patterns on the borders and pallu that are mostly seen on temple walls or mentioned in the mythologies. You may see Lord Krishna & Radha in such sarees or a particular scene from the Mahabharata. The base colour of Balucharis is of raw silk while the stories are woven with bright colours like red, green, or purple. Isn’t that a great way to flaunt your history, tradition, and culture?

Shola Handicrafts:
Shola Handicrafts
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Sola or Shola or Solapith – is also known as Indian Cork. This soft, lightweight, and milky white thing is the dried core of a plant that grows on the marshy wetlands of West Bengal. The artisans come up with beautiful pieces of art that you can take back home. The garlands that you see on Gods & Goddesses here are mostly made from Sola. You also must have seen the face of Goddess Durga in white material – they are carved from Solapith. Apart from the small art pieces of deities, you will also find many other things made from Sola and they all are amazing. As they are lightweight material, you will often find them glued to a solid base and some comes in a glass or fiber frame too so that you can carry them safely.

Darjeeling Tea:
Darjeeling Tea
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This tea-loving state is also the producer of one of the finest qualities of teas across the world. Darjeeling Tea must be at the top of your shopping list in case you are an intense tea lover. You will surely find many shops to pick up this world-famous tea, but, you must stick to the old tea houses only for the sake of authenticity. There are a few such old and renowned shops in Dharmatala & College Street and you must talk to your hotel managers or local guides to find you the best shop. There is a great variety of Darjeeling Tea – the costliest ones are leafier than the refined lower grades. You will also find black and green colours too. So, take your time and sniff well to search for your kind of tea here.

Conch Shells:
Conch Shells
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The artisans of Bengal hold the conch shells and chip off parts of it to reveal a story or to make patterns. In our ancient tales, we often hear that to initiate anything, the sound of conch shells was believed to be auspicious. It is still believed so. The conch shell sound is often heard two times a day in any normal household in Bengal (as they offer prayers to God). This sound is believed to clean the air from all negative energies.

To blow the conch shell, one needs to put an effort through their mouth and Doctors say that it is a great breathing exercise. So, you can take some conch shells (available in a variety of shapes and sizes) and enhance the positivity at your home. You will also find bangles made from conch shells here which are usually worn by married Bengali women. These bangles are also convolutedly designed and you can buy them for the special woman in your life.

Some people say that “bargaining comes naturally to Indians” while some simply cannot bargain at all. Some even get scolded for paying a huge chunk to the shopkeeper. Then there are some people who bargain like a PRO and make their shopping companions feel safe. They are called for all shopping trips by the family members and relatives. One of my bargaining expert aunts says that bargaining is an art that shines with time and age. It is something that requires a lot of patience to roam around the market and continuous argument with the shopkeeper. So, if you are ok with these two conditions, then, becoming a PRO at bargaining would be cheesecake for you.

Here are some easy steps that you can follow which will definitely help you become a smart shopper.

Give A “Shocked” Expression Hearing the Price:

You must have watched Ekta Kapoor serials – right? So, play the melodramatic expressions of the leading actors getting surprised and shocked in your head and repeat them in real life. It works really well. Whatever the shopkeeper is quoting – you must be shocked and that ways it will be easier to coax the seller. Bring disbelief in your eyes and sound dramatic – this will be fun!

Be Smart When The Seller Is Cutting Down The Price:

The moment you sense that the seller or shopkeeper is ready to cut down the quoted price – seize the opportunity right away. Now push some more and see the limit how far he/she can cut down the price. It will definitely save you from spending some extra money.

Don’t Be Expressive:

The sellers or shopkeepers are way smarter than you are. They see thousands of people like you every day and thus it will take just a 5-second glance at your eyes or body language to know that you have liked a certain product at the shop. And once they know this fact, they also know that you will pay extra to own that object. So, never be expressive about your liking towards a particular thing you want to buy. Instead, be critical and ask questions about the price.

Walk Away & Make Them Run After You:

This may seem funny but it really works wonders. This trick always gets you what you want at your price. When you start bargaining and the seller is not ready to sell away the product at your price – simply walk away. Don’t go too far from the periphery of that shop and you will find that person coming back to you and asking “how much will you pay?” The seller will also negotiate to say “itne mein kaise hoga? (how to manage in this amount?) But you cannot give up. This movement is an indication that you will get your desired product.

Buy Multiple Items:

Always remember that the more you buy from one shop or seller – the brighter are the chances of getting lucrative discounts. Some shopkeepers won’t give that easily and you have to fight for it. Say the same thing repeatedly that you brought so many things and will recommend this shop to other friends and all the jazz. The shopkeeper cannot miss this chance of publicity after all.

Be Shameless:

Always remember that it is your hard-earned money that you will be spending on buying things and thus you have every right to bargain. So, be shameless in asking for more discounts or asking for cutting down the price a bit more.

Lie About Discounts Given To Friends:

Just tell the shopkeeper that a friend bought the same thing from this shop a week or a month ago at a reasonable price. So, why can he/she increase the price so much? Also, add emotional lines like “I came here because my friend said that this is one of the best shops in town and the owner is one gem of a person”. You will surely get what you want that way.

Always Believe That Everything Is Negotiable:

Last but not least, you have to believe that “everything you see in a market is absolutely negotiable”. Until and unless you mug up this point – you cannot be a PRO at bargaining. Try this even at shops where you see “price not negotiable”. A display board cannot decide what you are willing to pay after all.

Who doesn’t like to shop? It is said that women love it a bit more than the guys. Some women are extremely calculative when it comes to shopping while some are spendthrift. To some women, shopping is a leisure time activity and for some, it is an addiction. But have you ever thought that your zodiac sign can have something to do with your shopping habit? Yes, it can reveal a lot about your shopping style and habit. Read below and know more about the zodiac signs and the unique shopping styles of the ladies falling under them.

Aries Style of Shopping:

The Aries woman is quite loud and she enters the shopping stores to conquer it literally. She wants the latest fashion trends and colors for the season right away and she is quite an impulsive shopper. The Aries woman also loves shopping because she enjoys the challenge that comes with bargaining.

Taurus Style of Shopping:

She is that kind of shopper whom you see in the movies – swinging by the delicatessen for a sample and sweet treat to accompany her while she is taking a round of the shops. She loves to feel the fabric and gets the finest pieces of luxury and comfort for herself. And that’s why she prefers to shop offline and not online. She knows that she is spending her hard-earned money on her fine and rich taste and that’s why she wants every penny to worth the buy!

Gemini Style of Shopping:

Gemini is that person who is more of a seller than a buyer. If you find someone trading her stuff for an exchange – chances are ripe that she is a Gemini. She is also the one who normally flashes in and out of the shops and checks the latest trends. She even talks to everyone she meets at the shop because she wants to be sure of what she is buying.

Cancer Style of Shopping:

Cancer women (and men too) have a penchant for fine cutlery and home décor things. They have an impeccable sense of aesthetics and thus you will find them shopping more for their home rather than themselves. This shopper will walk miles to find that exact kind of sheets matching her cushions. When you visit her place, you will be served the best chocolates and every cutlery at the barbecue party or Christmas party will match the theme of the occasion perfectly. She is also that kind of person whom you can take shopping when you are confused to buy gifts for your people!

Leo Style of Shopping:

Leo is that person who loves leading the way and you will generally find a Leo woman shopping in an entourage. She will lead the way and make sure everyone got something back home. They are very generous and benevolent and thus shopping never ends with shopping bags only – they believe in a lovely meal afterward. Leo women are those kinds of shoppers who take pride in every item bought. She loves to enthrall people with cute anecdotes buying those things.

Virgo Style of Shopping:

Virgo women believe in small buys rather than big ones. So, they don’t mind going to the same store multiple times a day also. They are perfectionists and that’s why take a long time to settle down on any buy.

Libra Style of Shopping:

Libra people are generally indecisive when it comes to shopping. Every choice they make requires a second thought (several times). So, if not happy, they will return the product. But they buy mostly for their partners and for the self they may buy only once a year.

Scorpio Style of Shopping:

A Scorpio woman is never wrong in her fashion parade. She is always the best, unique, and unconventional at times. So, you can only imagine what discreet eyes of details she carries while shopping. Also, she loves to have a collection of things that other people only desire to own and thus you will find the finest and unique things at her place – be it an antique showpiece or a rare book. Scorpio women also believe in acquiring things and thus everything they buy has some deep meaning attached to it.

Sagittarius Style of Shopping:

You can say that souvenir shops were made for these ladies. They go out of their way to buy a seedpod from a baobab tree or the exotic spices from Africa. They come home, keep the bag, hardly bothers to open them, and then plans to visit the next market. They just feel satisfied that they got something rare or unusual.

Capricorn Style of Shopping:

This is the most pragmatic zodiac sign when it comes to shopping. Every zodiac sign has some kind of weak spots for shopping but not this sign. Capricorn ladies shop only when they know they can afford it fully. They want to be sure that every penny spent is worth and that’s why settle for those things that are of good use and will last for some years to come. In short, they are very intelligent buyers.

Aquarius Style of Shopping:

They love to spend on music, books, and gadgets and don’t mind pre-booking them online. But they also have a great pair of eyes for unique and unconventional things. So, a Scorpio woman would be a great companion for an Aquarius woman while shopping. To get that desired piece of thing they will scout the whole market and will come back empty-handed if the object is not up to her standards.

Pisces Style of Shopping:

They generally don’t prefer the malls to shop and to avoid crowd, they will go to the offline markets at early or late hours of the day or evening. Artistic things top their list and she will also bargain well. Apart from pieces of art, Pisces women love to spend only on useful and necessary things.

The rich and varied Indian handicrafts beautifully portray the diverse culture and heritage of our country. Every item is unique and eye-catching exquisitely designed by skilled craftsmen that attract tourists and shoppers from all corners of the world.

These traditional art pieces add charm to the interiors of our houses and make them look vibrant and colorful. If you are a huge appreciator of art who shares a deep interest in Indian handicrafts and want to check out mesmerizing artworks in Delhi, then here are some recommended places for you.

Delhi Haat
Delhi Haat
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One of the best places to visit if you are a huge fan of unique and intricate handicraft items and love to take them home. It has several shops presenting handlooms and handicraft items from various states of India. Delhi Haat is an art hub where skilled craftsmen get a platform to showcase their brilliant craftwork to the entire nation. This place has an impressive collection of Madhubani paintings, metal statues, sandalwood carvings, and embroidered carpets. Going through these vibrant handicraft items will transform your senses to the magical world of art and craft. Ladies can always pick beautiful silver jewelry, silk fabrics, funky bags, and Phulkari dupattas while they are in this heaven of handicrafts.

Where: INA, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi

Timings: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Janpath Market
Janpath Market
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All the Delhiites must be well aware of this place. It is located in one of the prime locations of the city, the Outer Circle of Connaught Place. It is a flea market with some interesting traditional shops with an amazing collection of handicraft items, traditional jewelry, wooden crafts, handlooms, woolen items, silk and cotton fabrics. There is always an opportunity of saving some bucks by bargaining with the shopkeepers and taking your chosen items home at reasonable prices.

Where: Janpath Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Timings: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Dastkar Nature Bazaar
Dastkar Nature Bazaar
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Dastkar is an NGO that collaborates with traditional craftsmen across India to promote their craftsmanship and products. Every month, a themed 12-day bazaar takes place with a new theme and artists. It provides visitors with a space for sourcing handloom weave, crafts, textiles, and organic lifestyle products. There are several permanent handloom and handicraft stalls that features authentic handmade, hand-woven, organic, and herbal products from all over India. Cultural performances and food stalls along with authentic crafts make Nature Bazar a rich, vibrant, and colorful experience.

Where: Nature Bazaar venue, Anuvrat Marg, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh, New Delhi

Timings: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Bharati Delhi Emporium
Bharati Delhi Emporium
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The Bharti Delhi Emporium is a handicraft outlet situated at the heart of the capital city, i.e. Connaught Place. It offers creations from craftsmen, weavers, and folk artists across the country. The vast variety of products include sarees, paintings, carpets, shawls, marble, white metal, leather products, wood carvings, and other handicraft products. The myriad range of designer jewelry items and antiques cater to the needs of people from different strata. It provides the opportunity to new artisans & master craftsmen as well as national and state level awardees to show their products and made a lasting impression across the world.

Where: A-3/4, State Emporia Building, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, New Delhi

Timings: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Indian Handicrafts Emporium
Indian Handicrafts Emporium
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Indian handicraft emporium is situated near the historical heritage of the Qutub Minar in Delhi. It is one of the largest expository of Indian handicraft items like bronze decoratives, silver items, silk sarees, stone sculptures, sandalwood figurines, etc. With its variety and quality of products, this place promises a highly satisfying shopping experience. This Emporium has an art gallery to showcase the art and craft of the tribal communities of the country. One can carry a piece of artistic impressions in the form of souvenir.

Where: No. 5, Main Mehrauli road, Near Qutub Minar, New Delhi

Timings: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Home décor is like everyone’s personal style. Some might like it way too loud & bright some might go subtle & contemporary! This gem that I’m talking about has it all. If you’re looking for some décor for your new abode or if you’re updating, this is one place you can head over to and give it a shot! I am so happy to have discovered this market. People in Delhi/NCR are profound jugaadu! And this is one more jugaad that is equally amazing to Sarojini Nagar.

If you are in Delhi/NCR you must check out this flea market in Gurugram.

Name- Banjara Market or Chappan ki market

Location- IILM Institute, Sector 56, Gurugram, Haryana 122003

How to reach-Nearest Metro Station Huda City Centre or Sector 56 Rapid Metro.

When I first heard of Banjara market, I didn’t think of it as a huge gem. Once you step down to this treasure you can find a plethora of furniture, décor, metal or brass décor pieces, handicraft, frames and so much more. What amazes more is the prices of all the stuff.

ABOUT ‘BANJARA’

The sense behind Banjara is that the people who sell there, are nomads basically. The market is run by nomadic Rajasthan people. This also is one of the biggest flea markets in Gurgaon/Gurugram. You can literally find a variety of antique furniture, mirrors, frames, idols, and festive décor for not only your home but office too.

ABOUT ‘BANJARA’
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Things to Know for Shopping in this Market

The trick to shopping here is that you don’t have any specific shops. You have to dig in the pile of things to find something that goes with your home’s vibes. Talking about vibes, the things that you get here can enhance any sort of décor. The market offers a huge variety of décor since there’s no particular type or category that you wish to shop. You can literally get a teeny-tiny jewelry box to a massive piece of furniture.

Furniture
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Coming to shopping in this market. Bargaining is the name of the game here. These people may quote extreme prices but do not hesitate to go as below as 200 or 150 for a décor piece quoted for 700-900. You’ll be amazed to know that you can actually bargain for 5000 rs furniture for 1000-2000 rs. There could be stuff that is priced high, but they surely are way less than what you might get in showrooms and malls. One thing that you might take care of while shopping in this market is to check for damages in the products. Since they’re just lying there in the pile, there’s a possibility of breakage or cracks.

Ceramic Pots
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The market not only offers wooden furniture, but you may also find brass, metal, plastic and ceramic items too. You can find frames of all sizes and mirrors too, to decorate the tiniest corner to a huge wall of your home. The items might look a lot dusty but once you make the purchase, they will clean it up and pack it accordingly.

Mirrors
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So if you’re looking to update your interiors, you must give this market a try. It’s affordable definitely and offers you so much to pick the best from. What are you doing this weekend? Well, now you have a plan I guess!

Happy Shopping!

The summer is a fun time of the year. The beach walks, refreshing cocktails, and travel to exotic locations make this season all the more exciting. Also, it is time to experiment with bold clothes and try new fashion trends.

But clothes are not the only thing you need to get right in order to create a dreamy look. You need cool and chic accessories as well that complement your outfit and help you create a style statement.

So, we have pulled together essential summer accessories that will help all the pretty girls out there to get through the hot season.

Floppy Hat
Floppy Hat
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Wear a fancy floppy hat and protect your face from damaging sun rays in the summer. Besides, a classy look that a hat offers is so incredibly stylish that ladies don’t even have to worry about bad hair days. Also, a perfect way to top off your beach look!

Cat-eye Sunglasses
Cat-eye Sunglasses
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Our eyes need protection in hot summer days as much as our skin does. And no girl would ever mind shielding her eyes with a pair of stylish sunglasses that makes her look chic. Well, vintage cat-eye sunglasses have made a huge comeback that looks great on almost all face shapes and sizes. They are perfect to flare your everyday look and make you stand out in the crowd.

Straw Bag
Straw Bag
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The straw bag trend is literally blooming and it is here to stay. Whether you have to attend a bridal shower or go shopping with your girl gang, a straw bag is all you need to complete an impressive look. From tote and shopper to cross body and bucket, straw bags are available in a number of styles that you can add to your wardrobe this summer without thinking twice.

Headscarf
Headscarf
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Headscarves are the main summer fashion accessories that never go out of trend and keep evolving with time. Available in bright, beautiful colors, a headscarf can be worn in a number of ways, according to your outfit and overall look. A quick fix solution for your hair that would make you look stylish and fashionable.

Delicate Summer Jewelry
Delicate Summer Jewelry
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Nothing can stop girls from flaunting their favorite jewelry whenever they want. Yes, not even the sultry summer days. The delicate jewelry exists for a reason! Whether you have got a date with that cute guy from salsa class or it’s your besties birthday party on the weekend, the barely there delicate summer jewelry is all you need to look your best in that bomb party dress. Ranging from choker neckpiece and subtle chain bracelet to loop earrings and stacking rings- these delicate summer jewelry items will help you achieve a perfect minimal look in summer.

Colorful Clutch
Colorful Clutch
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Well, it wouldn’t be entirely wrong to say that clutches are girl’s go-to bag in summer. Cool, colorful, and accommodating- clutches are available in different shapes and fabrics that are perfectly sized to carry your essentials in style. So, add a splash of color to your overall look for any occasion in summer with a classic clutch.

Flip Flops
Flip Flops
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As much as we love our knee-high boots and leather sandals, we love to stay away from them in the summer and find refuge in flip-flops. They are cool, funky and comfortable, which is always a priority during the scorching heat of summer. Whether you want to take a walk along the beach or stroll in the park, flip flops are heaven for your feet in the summer that would look cool with shorts, maxi dresses, and beachwear.

Wait no more and shop for these cool accessories to jazz up your look this summer!

The winter is finally here! Game of Thrones Fans knows what am I exactly talking about. The war with the army of the dead is finally going to happen this April and we all are thrilled about it! It is a very exultant & a wretched moment for every fan. The show is back on air after 2 years, but it will be the last war! Even if it is the last war, fans will never stop loving this show because “īlon jorrāelagon se urnēptre” (We Love The Show).

So if you know a Game Of Thrones Fan, you are sorted! You know what to gift them on their Birthdays. And if you’re a fan too, then you got to take a look at this cool merchandise list too!

Game Of Thrones Wolf Wine Glass
Game Of Thrones Wolf Wine Glass
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You can’t miss out wine when you visit the North. You can not refuse the Queen in the North when he offers you wine. Even though Tyrion says it isn’t great, but this is what keeps him warm before the war with the army of the dead!

Hand of the King Brooch
Hand of the King Brooch
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Sean Bean is so handsome! The brooch over that barrel chest made him look way too handsome. You could use the same brooch and pretend to command your armies at work, make new laws at home & run the small council of your friends every Friday night And of course, look handsome just like Ned Stark! Oh yes, maybe as smart as Tyrion.

Game Of Thrones Themed Monopoly
Game Of Thrones Themed Monopoly
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Monopoly & Game of Thrones combined together! I don’t think I could ask God for more. Grab the board and play the game with your friends. Who knows if you’d end up owning all the 7 kingdoms!

Game Of Thrones Theme Song Music Box
Game Of Thrones Theme Song Music Box
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Tang tang- tada tang tang! I bet you were singing it, weren’t you? This is the only title track I don’t skip!

Winterfell Notebook
Winterfell Notebook
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Starks own the Winterfell and always will! Greyjoys, Boltons, or Lannisters- No one can! Starks and Winterfell go together.

The Throne Charger
The Throne Charger
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Charge your phone on the Iron Throne! Well, you don’t know who is going to sit on the throne, but you do know that your phone will. Your phone is no less than a king.

I Drink & I Know Things T-Shirt
I Drink & I Know Things T-Shirt
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Tyrion Lannister is my spirit animal! When Tyrion told Jon “I drink and I know things”, we all could feel it. You MUST have this T-shirt!

It Was Me- Olenna Tyrell T-Shirt
It Was Me- Olenna Tyrell T-Shirt
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Every GOT fan had a sadistic smile on their face when Joffrey died. Honestly, I Hurrayed!

We all wondered “Who Killed Him?”

When Olenna confessed to Jamie “Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me!” We all went like- This lady earned my respect and died a hero. You definitely need a badass Olenna Tyrell Shirt for sure.

Game Of Thrones Action Figures
Game Of Thrones Action Figures
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You are never too old to have Action Figures, especially when they are a collection of mini-game of Thrones characters!

Dragon Eggs
Dragon Eggs
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You always knew you had it you, that you were a Targaryen! Danny has her Dragons, here are your dragon eggs. Keep them safe!

Night King’s Mask
Night King’s Mask
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This cool mask would be perfect for a costume party or maybe just scaring your friends! Who is the night king? You!

Longclaw- Jon Snow’s Sword
Longclaw- Jon Snow’s Sword
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The special Valyrian steel sword, currently owned by Jon Snow. This would help you kill the white walkers. Defeat the army of the dead!

Needle- Arya Stark’s Sword
Needle- Arya Stark’s Sword
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Arya has been my personal favorite since the beginning. If you are an Arya fan too, you need this. Maybe you could learn how to swing a sword with The Needle!

Hodor Door Stop
Hodor Door Stop
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Let Hodor hold the door for you. Hodor will protect you from all the dangers!

Valar Morghulis- Faceless Man’s Iron Coin
Valar Morghulis- Faceless Man’s Iron Coin
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Maybe you could buy oysters from this coin. The girl has many people on her list, and this coin will help her survive in Bravos!

Game Of Thrones is one of the best shows ever made! This cool merchandise would make amazing gifts for a fan. The show will be over soon, and we will know who sits on the Iron Throne, the merchandise is forever. So, if you are crazy about the show just like I am, go ahead and explore the options!

Summer is around the corner, and so are all the trendy outfits. Outfits which are a struggle to carry and to wear! Those complicated outfits which are apparently chic.

There are 2 types of people:

  1. Who slay these complicated outfits
  2. Who just can’t because being comfortable is their first preference

This blog is for the second type of people! Who said comfort can’t blend with fashion? Try these 6 outfits:

The Casual Trendy Look- Flair Top with Ankle Length Pants & Sneakers
Ankle Length Pants & Sneakers
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Like wearing loose clothes? Why not a flair top? It will be comfortable and look pretty at the same time. Pair up the top with an ankle-length pants & Sneakers! This outfit will give you a casual and trendy look!

The Simply Pretty Look- A Simple Floral Dress, Earrings & Flats
Floral Dress, Earrings & Flats
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Well, hello summers! Nothing looks chicer than floral designs. A simple frock style dress will not only make you look pretty but will make you feel super comfortable in summers. Pair up the dress with small earrings & flats!

The Super Confident Diva Look- Culottes & Crop tops With Sneakers
Culottes & Crop tops With Sneakers
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The trend was brought in by our Bollywood divas! Culottes are super comfortable, airy and they look dapper! Pair these up with crop tops & sneakers for maximum comfort. What is the best thing about this outfit? It looks dapper, is super comfortable and you can slay this look at work. Go ahead and feel like a super confident diva!

The Relaxed Summer Look- Simple Top/T-Shirt With Cotton Shorts & Sneakers or Block Heels
Simple Top/T-Shirt With Cotton Shorts & Sneakers or Block Heels
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Who said denim shorts are the hottest? Ever tried the cool cotton shorts? They not only look great but are super-duper comfortable! You can pair the cotton shorts with a simple t-shirt/a top and block heels, and tada you are ready with a fashionable yet relaxed summer look.

The Classic Look- Classic T-Shirt Dress with Denim Jacket & Boots
Classic T-Shirt Dress with Denim Jacket & Boots
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Nothing says chic like a t-shirt dress! They are really comfortable and are super trendy. Add more style to your outfit by pairing the dress with a denim jacket & flat boots. You can wear this outfit to brunch, an evening with friends or maybe to the office.

Comfy Professional Look- The Cotton Linen Pants with a Loose Shirt/T-Shirt & Shoes
The Cotton Linen Pants with a Loose Shirt/T-Shirt & Shoes
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Cotton Linen Pants are super comfortable! They almost feel like pyjamas but they look professional & stylish. Pair it up with a comfortable tee, and if you want to wear it to the office, just tuck-in the t-shirt. Wear this outfit with shoes & slay it!

So, these are a few outfits you can slay and still be comfortable. These outfits don’t require time or effort but just the will to be comfortable. So, now when someone suggests you that you have to compromise your comfort for being fashionable, let them know you can be both!
Go ahead and be the diva you always wanted to be! Be Stylish, Be Dope!

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Who doesn’t love shopping? A new shoe or sunglasses, a home décor item or even a teacup make us happy. Shopping is fun and many doctors say that it relieves stress too. But there is a difference between shopping normally and being a shopaholic. If you shop occasionally like before your birthday or before major occasions like Diwali, Christmas, etc. then you are ok. There is nothing to worry about. But if you are someone who loves to shop and cannot stay away from the shops or malls for more than 2 days then you are a shopaholic. If you don’t go shopping, then you may feel exhausted or anxious. There are some more signs that prove you are a shopaholic. Check if you have some in the following paragraph?

  1. Credit Score

Are you the one with multiple credit & debit cards in your wallet with at least 1 or 2 credit cards crossing the maximum limit? Then surely, you fall in this list. If you don’t pay off your balances each month and show more interest in continuing the habit and not at all worrying about the mound of debts that you have to clear, then, you surely need to check this behavior.

  1. Do You Save?

A savings account is a savior of course, where you can always go when you need to look after yourself or anyone in your family in times of emergency. So, if you have some disposable income (5-10% of your income) then you should put it towards savings on a monthly basis. Recurring deposits or fixed deposits are common to every regular people and in case you don’t keep anything like “savings” and keep on spending as soon as the money comes – it is a concern! You are a shopaholic.

  1. Review Your Closet

Pay close attention to your closet. If there are multiple colors of the same shirt/tee/skirt/kurti/dress belonging to the same brand, then probably you are a shopaholic. You simply cannot stop with just one item while walking through the mall. And check properly, in your closet, you may have clothes which you have never worn and also forgot when and from where you bought it!

  1. Shopping Works Like Medicine

Do you go shopping whenever you feel sad, depressed, or hurt? If yes, then, it is a sign that you are a shopaholic. Also, if you happen to leave with a grin on your face with so many shopping bags, then also you are tagged as a shopaholic. If you feel that, by shopping your state of mind, relationships, and current condition in life would change for betterment, then also you are a shopaholic. But this feeling of happiness & optimism may melt into challenging financial consequences too.

  1. Struggling With Overdraft

Financial strains are quite common and can happen once or twice. That can be the result of a bad budget plan or a forgotten transaction. But if you are causing bank overdrafts on a regular basis – then dear, that is a big problem. Check if you are the one who makes big purchases without checking your current bank balance, then you must be a shopaholic for sure. The passion for shopping the “desired object” is so strong that you simply buy it in an impulse.

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Another habit of all shopaholics is that they tend to hide the shopping trips they make all over the week, month, or year. So, if you are one among them, who hide their purchases just out of fear of a lecture session from mom, then, you are a true shopaholic. You often feel embarrassed or enraged when people ridicule this habit of yours. But for a change, do listen to some wise advice as that would save your money!

Shopping is one of my favorite things to do! For some it may be therapy, for some it is necessity & some people do not like shopping because they are too lazy to shop! I am honestly stuck between the therapy & lazy phase, which is why I prefer shopping off-season.

Why to Shop Off-Season?
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Well, this is pretty obvious! This is the normal demand, supply & price phenomenon. Demand is directly proportional to the price which means higher the demand, higher the price and lower the demand, lowers the price! This is why things are cheaper off-season. Who would wear a jacket or even buy a jacket in summers? Well, I suggest you do! A jacket which costs Rs.4000/- in winters may cost Rs.2000/- in summers.

Hola! You are ready for winters in advance and that too without wondering if you’ve paid way too much.

Going Out? You Always Have Clothes

We usually try to escape the weather in our city for a while! When it is too hot, we plan a vacation to areas where it is cold and vice versa. If you’re shopping off-season, well you may never be short of clothes. It means you will always have clothes for all the seasons, all year round. You don’t have to worry about wearing the same old jacket for your vacation.

Escape the Latest Fashion Swindle & Save Fortune

Who said only clothes are bought as per season? Did you ever notice that all phones are released in October! Everyone wants to buy them in October, because who doesn’t want the latest phone in the market. There comes in the Demand-Price Phenomenon again. Since everyone is willing to buy the phone, the prices are high. If you wait to buy the same phone for 6 months, you may just get a better deal!

Having the latest technology is pretty cool. Saving money is way cooler than that!

Be the Who Starts the Trends

While everyone is busy following celebrities and their styles, you can be your own trendsetter. When you shop off-season, it gives you more time to explore different styles and pair up. Since you can buy things for cheap and you have more time to explore, you may just come up with a really interesting outfit idea! It gives you time to think about what looks good on you.

These are the few reasons why I love shopping off season! Having the latest fashion maybe cool, but saving money in even cooler.

What to Buy?

There are things which never go out of fashion which are best bought off-season. The list is down below:

Shorts
Shorts
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Shorts will never go out of fashion and, you could buy the shorts cheaper during the winter season!

Boots
Boots
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Boots have been in fashion since the beginning of the time. They are super costly & we always think twice before buying a pair of boots, but have you ever checked the price of the boots you loved at the end of the winter season? Well should and you’ll know what am I talking about!

Cashmere Sweaters
Cashmere Sweaters
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Well, cashmere sweaters are one of the most expensive pieces of clothing. They’re soft like a baby’s skin and even softer when you get it for half the price! How can you get one at half price? End of season sale!

Mobile Phones
Mobile Phones
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Who says shopping is limited to clothes & shoes? Some of us love buying technology and specifically phones! We love changing our phones but do you really think it is worth buying a phone for Rs. 50,000/- when you can buy the same thing for Rs. 40,000/- immediately after the release of the next model which has no significant difference from the model already in the market!

Holiday Cards & Festive Décor
Holiday Cards & Festive Décor
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Many people already do it and we end up calling them cheap! But do we realize that they aren’t cheap but smart! Do you realize that festive décor & cards are exactly the same every year and super expensive during the festival!

Travel Packages
Travel Packages
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The prices for travel packages rise during winter & summer vacations! Why not make your bookings for the season in advance?

So be smart and save money! Off-season shopping can be risky but what’s life without risks?

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