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Style Destino is my personal style space bout cruelty-free and vegetarian style. Fashion is not above someone's life and it is irresponsible when someone makes a fashion choice that involves taking a poor animal's life. I believe in style that has a conscience. We are in 21st century where technology has advanced immensely, there are myriad options available and any person with a desire can make things happen. So it is sheer selfishness and irresponsible behaviour when people make unethical fashion choices. Through StyleDestino I share everything cruelty-free and ethical in my style. I do not use any handbags, shoes or accessories made from leather (animal skin), the make-up I use is also vegetarian and cruelty free. Luxury and compassion can coexist stylishly and Style Destino is an attempt to prove just that. Vegan fashion is not about dowdy clothes, cheap bags, or tawdry shoes. I can just easily be vegan and trot in my Olsen heels, sporting a Stella McCartney luxurious vegan handbag while showing off my red lips painted with OCC lip tar!! I travel the world around and never find dearth of stylish, high quality vegetarian fashion.


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Unchartered discovery - Bombay Paperie in Peplum

Intriguing snippet of how the paper is made from cotton waste in Daulatabad


One afternoon while passing through the Dalal Street, after an official meeting, a store caught my attention and my curious self followed my instinct and opened the door of store that called itself Bombay Paperie. What I first discovered was beautiful colourful papers neatly stacked in piles and piles across a huge store and I immediately  hopped in to check it out. Besides, a cheery colourful store bang opposite the hustle and bustle of Bombay Stock Exchange definitely made it all the more interesting.

A few minutes into the store and I was completely glued by the sheer beauty of the papers and more importantly its history. The paper at Paperie not any ordinary paper, its history dates back to the time of Emperor Jehangir. All the paper in the store is handmade and made 'not from trees' but cotton waste. The pictures displayed in the store giving a brief on how the paper in made by hands is quite fascinating. The cotton waste is soaked in water for days and then beaten slowly into pulp which is then made into sheets of paper with marvelous texture. Intriguing, art and environmental friendly.

Paperie had its inception with the noble cause of saving this age old tradition of making paper by restoring the paper-making center in Daulatabad (one of the last such centers left in India).

I never imagined that I could be so moved by paper.

The Paperie sells cards, notepads, paper lamps (can you imagine? and they're beautiful), pen stand, flowers, sculptures, gift boxes, gift bags (all made from paper) and other paper baubles that totally hooked me for good one hour.

And I could not leave the store without buying myself one of the goodies from the store {I am not the one to give hand written cards, but had to buy something}, which indeed was difficult considering I loved pretty much everything there. I finally settled for this beautiful folder with handpaper envelopes and small block printed cards in pink and green.

After visiting the store I have tonnes of ideas for using this paper art on the walls of my room that I am planning to redecorate.

Ahhh, and right after this amazing discovery I headed off to grab some coffee at the Fort Starbucks bubbling with enthusiasm and new found love in paper (btw you ought to visit the Fort Starbucks, by far its the best I encountered among hundreds I visited on all my travels across the world).

Zara Shoes and Peplum Top, 7 for All Mankind Jeans, Fendi Bag, Cartier Watch

{in case you're wondering why is my pic hazy, its clicked from phone. Oh and I am not a big fan of monogrammed bags, hard to find non-leather practical bags and it was one of my first luxe purchase}

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  1. The store is fancy and love the blue heels :3

  2. What a lovely hand made paper..such a big variety offered in the store too :-) yr outfit is classic, love the bag and shoes!

  3. ooh, you looking suave! love the peplum and the hint of blue on your feet is just perfect!

  4. I love stationery.. I could go crazy at this shop.. and yes I agree about starbucks fort being the best among the ones Ive seen in the rest of the world.. so huge and hertiage types..

  5. Awesome heels.. I love their colour

  6. The shop sounds interesting, have to check it out!

    And I know what you mean, Fort Starbucks is so luxurious, it is quite a different brand than what you find in millions of streets of the US!


  7. I loved your outfit!

  8. WOW! Everything looks creative and subtle <3 Your blog has lot of interesting stuff :)



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