Beautiful and bizarre things to buy: From Pleated dress to Janice earrings
In this weekly compendium of objects of desire, also a Vanities column by Swapan Seth
Tech Tool: Google Clips camera
This hands-free camera uses Artificial Intelligence to capture spontaneous moments. It can be clipped on chairs in the living room or anywhere else and it automatically shoots pictures and small-motion videos. It can recognize faces over time and take candid photographs. On Google Store for $249 (Rs15,825); free shipping.
Dress Circle: Pleated dress by Tahweave
This blush-pink pleated dress with an overlayer by designers Sweta Tantia and Priyangsu Maji’s label Tahweave was presented at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018 in Mumbai. At Tahweave.com; Rs9,500.
Write Instrument: Pennline organizer by Makoba
Apart from a notebook and the usual pockets for cards and pens, this classic leatherette organizer comes with an inbuilt power bank, to keep that phone charged. At Makoba.com; Rs4,695.
Hot Seat: Taupe Chair by Ashley Furniture
This armless, flared backrest chair with a typography print is ideal for adding some vintage charm to your room. By American furniture maker Ashley Furniture, it is available in India at the Dash Square store in Bengaluru. At Dashsquare.com; Rs17,500.
Wearable Art: Janice earrings by Lune
Featuring teal and peach resin discs; here’s how to do mismatched earrings well. At Shoplune.com; Rs950.
Tracking Titles: Reverse Glass Painting In India by Anna L. Dallapiccola
The reverse glass painting that flourished in the mid-19th century remains a little-known tradition in Indian art. Anna Dallapiccola’s analysis of the form comes with incredible illustrations in this splendid volume.At Niyogibooksindia.com; Rs1,495.
By Invitation: Vanities
An ode to things you don’t need but must have
This week: Elementary Vital, superfood supplement
A cursory glance at the world around us reveals that aggregation and access have now become the plinth of several businesses, be it Uber, Facebook, Zomato or even Booking.com.
That very same strategy lies at the soul of Elementary Life. Its superfood supplement, Elementary Vital, packs a punch by aggregating various superfoods into an easily accessible bag: There is gluten-free oat bran and a bunch of other well-meaning things such as golden flax seeds, organic acai berries, chia seeds, and organic maca root powder.
Each of these is a heavy hitter. The oat bran delays gastric emptying and reduces the rate at which sugar enters the bloodstream. It is also rumoured to improve blood sugar levels. The golden flax seeds are equally illustrious. They are a splendid source of omega 3. Fabulous for weight control and metabolism. They are also, by far, the richest source of lignans, which are known to lower the risk of cancer. Acai powder is known to have the highest Orac (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of all foods. It determines the antioxidant value of a given food. Foods with high Orac values benefit the body by increasing blood antioxidant levels. Chia seeds are great for cardiovascular compliance and blood sugar levels. Maca root powder is known to be brimming with minerals. It is also believed to have fertility-enhancing, stamina boosting and chemopreventive effects.
All this effectively makes Elementary Vital a granary of goodness.
One tablespoon a day does the trick for me. And there are various ways to consume it. I Nutribullet it while making a smoothie. You can add it to your smoothie bowl. Mix it with muesli. If you are oven-friendly, you can also make granola bars out of it. One bag is good for a month.
(Elementary Vital is available at www.elementary-life. com, for £24.99, or around Rs2,200.)
Swapan Seth is CEO, Equus.