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Fashion

My first ever Dior bag

I was not very big on Dior until this bag came about. The product of a random unbridled shopping spree in London.

A chic Diorama flap bag in Champagne Gold metallic calfskin with the iconic micro-cannage motif that I got sometimes in 2017.

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There is a whole passionate video about it on my Channel so free to watch it here: Diorama

The Diorama was my first Dior bag and opened the flood gates of a bunch of other bags from the Fashion house- I will be regaling you about Lady Dior in a consecutive post if you promise to stick around.

Also Read: MY FAVOURITE LUXURY INDIAN SAREES

Back to the Diorama.

I was very lucky to find it in Champagne Gold at a time when the bag in the exact color was sold out.

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The bag features a chain link cross body shoulder strap, a beautiful flap with the iconic micro-cannage motif and a light gold press lock.

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It opens up beautifully to a dark blue gray leather interior with a broad patch pocket and is ideal for your night or day shenanigans across town.

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Let me know what you think.

xx

Love and light.

P.S

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Shoe: Christian Louboutin Mechante Reine Pumps Clutch Bag: Vero Dodat in animal print by Chritian Louboutin
Christian Loubotin, Fashion

A Christian Louboutin Haul

If you know me, you know that Christian Louboutin is my favourite fashion house  of all time. Of . All. GODDAM. Time.

I fell in love with the red bottoms way before Cardi B made them a viral catchphrase in her runaway hit Bodak Yellow. And way before I even signed up for Instagram for the first time some wild years ago.

These red bottoms are to me, what the wind is to the Ocean, what the rain is to Forests and what a Camera is to a Kardashian.

We go together, Baby.

So is my adoration for this venerable shoe brand that Mr Christian Louboutin himself has become not just a close friend but has also personally crafted a customized shoe for me. Straight from his magical hands. I will be writing about it soon. Stay with me boys and girls.

Also ReadMY SECOND BIRKIN AND A MINI HAUL FROM HERMÉS

Just like a Cactus, I am ferocious and hot! Spiky from all angles and ready for any challenge.. On land and on water. It’s the warrior in me, soft enough to blow you away and dangerous enough to wreck a village. Don’t play with my spikes… Cus you might just get BURNED!

Shoe: Christian Louboutin Mechante Reine Pumps Clutch Bag: Vero Dodat in animal print by Chritian Louboutin

Shoe: Christian Louboutin Mechante Reine Pumps Clutch Bag: Vero Dodat in animal print by Chritian Louboutin

Is it Love… Is it Love… Is it Love… That I am feeling? Yes, even girls like me, dressed extravagantly, smelling like a million bucks and strutting the floor like Cara Delevingne do listen to a little Reggae time after time. Especially if it’s Love. And yes, Bob Marley, I guess it’s Love that I feeling.

Shoes: Love is a boot by Christian Louboutin

Shoes: Love is a boot by Christian Louboutin

Surround yourself with beauty, even when your soul is in a turmoil and your heart is a mess. And not just any beauty.. The shiny kind. The glittering kind. And if you can have some gold too, why not ?

Exquisite Gipsy zippered booties in romantic lace and fishnet in 100 mm by Christian Louboutin

Exquisite Gipsy zippered booties in romantic lace and fishnet in 100 mm by Christian Louboutin

Some phone calls are better made with a smile. By yourself. Away from the noise. And at a corner of your home. Because not all phone calls are about business or being bothered. Some are intimate conversations that light up the soul and warm up the heart.

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Some people like to match clothes. Others like to match their belt and shoe. Others like to match their watch and blouse. And others like to bag their hang bag and shoes. But I haven’t seen anyone that could match a shoe with anther shoe… In form of a tattoo. Of that same shoe. Thug Life.

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Walk with a purpose even when you’re actually going nowhere. Because, with the right shoe in ya feet, you may actually look like you’re going somewhere. And with this particular one in ya feet, all gilded and pristine, you may actually look like you’re walking towards your destiny.

Shoe: Christian Louboutin follies in milk while. Clutch bag: Vero Dodat in milk white

Shoe: Christian Louboutin follies in milk while.
Clutch bag: Vero Dodat in milk white

xx

Love and (a lot of) lite

 

P.S

Forgetting to follow your favourite girl all day everyday is a cardinal sin.

Be sweet and and lets connect on Instagram by following this link Officialsonalkotakmaherali

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See you.

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Fashion

My favourite luxury Indian Sarees

I cannot think of a more gracious, genteel, decorous and elegant clothing, from any culture in the World, from any society in the World, than the age-defying, historic Saree worn by Indian women.

A woman’s body is made to be seen, appreciated, loved and marveled at, and what better way than to be graciously covered with the majesty and glory of a winding, sheeny clothing that exudes sheer beauty and nobility.

Like the Oceans across the World, that spread from the Australian Coasts to the Brazilian beaches, the Indian Sari drapes a woman with an unspeakable beauty and admirable gorgeousness leaving her looking like a wondrous work of Art. Worn Art.

Look 1 :   ‘The quiet morning of a thousand storms’

From head to toe, the decades-old clothing will leave you feeling like a reincarnated goddess, as the bejeweled attire flows over you with majesty and grace, head to toe, soft and pure.

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And from the back, it’s rare beauty leaves you glowing like an enchantress, as the perfect harmony between flawless skin and clothing sticks out with pride.

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Saree: Satya Paul , Jewelry : Beauty Art and  Shoes by Giuseppe Zannoti

Look 2:  The overwhelming grandeur of an Indian queen 

Like the Kamadhenu, the Indian goddess of plenty and fertility, the Sari elevates you and exalts you … Edifies you and honors you. Just as you so proudly deserve.

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Saree: Satya Paul , Necklace: Poetic trends Jewelry , Bangle: Beauty Art and Heels by Christian Louboutin

In it’s enduring glory and everlasting eminence, let this marvelous gown cover you with lushness and magnificence. Brilliance and jaw-dropping elegance.

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Look 3: The soft cackling of the midnight sun

And because women are the crowning jewel on the face of Earth, this Jewel needs to shine bright and drip with color. It’s a jewel that needs to be seen and stand out. And the Sari never disappoints as it comes in all sizes, all fabrics, all colors. All enduring gloriousness.

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You’re a butterfly , Honey. And even Mariah Carey approves of this message. Sit pretty in your psychedelic Indian gown and let the butterfly in you fly through. Rest easy, let it all hang loose and let your colors shine bright. If not as bright as a diamond, at least, as this tempestuous noble garment.

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Saree: Satya Paul , Jewelry : Beauty Art  and Heels by Gossip

You can watch a lookbook of the same on my Youtube Channel Here: The Salacious Indian Saree

 

P.S

Forgetting to follow your favourite girl all day everyday is a cardinal sin.

Be sweet and and lets connect on Instagram by following this link Officialsonalkotakmaherali

You also have the liberty to connect with me on Youtube by subscribing to my channel. You can do that by clicking here Sonal Maherali

See you.

xx

Love and lite.

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Fashion

Our wedding anniversary weekend getaway

Last Friday,the Mister and I left for Diani to celebrate our wedding anniversary- because lovers should celebrate their milestones- regardless of their magnitude.

Last year, we celebrated the birthday and our wedding anniversary in Los Angeles.

This year, in the spirit of ‘Tembea Kenya’ (Tour Kenya) we decided to stay home and explore a few hidden gems.

We started off the three-day, moon-lit tryst at the Maji Beach Boutique Hotel in Diani on Friday evening.

The first evening was basically nap time after dinner because we were all knackered a good one.

On Saturday I woke up rejuvenated and dragged the mister for a swim after breakfast.

And what a delightful weekend it was.

Apart from celebrating it with my partner in crime, the Maji Beach Boutique turned out to be one of the grandest places I have been to.

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How to be in Dubai on a budget. Also I met a camel named Mallik.

The food was trés bon. I especially loved their baked lobster with cheese and their Sous chef took great delight in showing off on the fresh Oysters that we had for dinner on Sunday.

The Lobster was out of this world and tasted as delicious as it looks.

The Lobster was out of this world and tasted as delicious as it looks.

And the Oysters were the showpiece of our Sunday evening dinner.

And the Oysters were the showpiece of our Sunday evening dinner.

The vista of the ocean from our room was overwhelming. It was as if we were at the sea with the wind on our faces and the water lapping at our feet.

The view from the patio at night was otherworldly.

The view from the patio at night was otherworldly. The blood moon was a sight to behold. Most people believe that the blood moon brings deeper understanding within ourselves, elevating our minds to the highest power. Well?

Late in the night as we sat outside the balcony of our beach house soaking it all in, the aroma of the ocean and the din of other joy-lovers would waft to our room, creating a beautiful orchestra of feelings and nature.

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If sunsets are poetic in Nairobi, here, they were straight from an Allan Poe.

On Sunday evening, in what turned out to to be the highlight of the night, we took our champagne and ran to the beach and stood silently in the breathtaking sight of the blood moon.

Two souls inhabiting one body watching the same phenomenon.

Two souls inhabiting one body watching the same phenomenon.

Diani was good to me and the mini vacation was too short but too worthwhile.

On to the next!

 

P.S

A small favour,

About a month ago or so, cunning little internet terrorists took down our Instagram account-but not our will power or the know-how to create a new one- thank God.

If you were part of us, or would love to join the baddest luxury gang,  we are here: Officialsonalkotakmaherali

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My new baby from Hermes in a beautiful blood orange Fjord leather
Fashion

My second Birkin and a mini haul from Hermés

If you have followed me long enough, I assume you know my little romantic story with luxury good manufacturer, Hermes.

I had to wait a wearisome four years before the store offered me my first Birkin. Understandably because they are super rare, like honest politicians.

But when it finally came, it was worth every inch of its luxurious Barenia Leather and was offered on the eve of my wedding in Vegas!

There is a video on the same on my channel

What else could a girl ask for-except for a million other things. Ha!Ha!

So, four months later, Hermes has offered me another bag.

My new baby from Hermes in a beautiful blood orange Fjord leather

My new baby from Hermes in a beautiful blood orange Fjord leather

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It similar to the first one in that it is 35 centimeters but the new one comes in blood orange Fjord leather and sports the same coveted palladium hardware.

Fjord is one among the heaviest Hermès leathers mainly identified by its characteristic flat grain and vertical veining.

It is much heavier, tougher and sturdier than the first Birkin and is ideal for travel or your unconventional out-of-control days.

The second bag makes it to a collection of three bags from Hermés that I currently own.

The first was Evelyne III in red taurillon clemence leather that I got before the first Birkin- sorry I forgot to do an unboxing.

I will be doing follow up styling of the bag on my channel so remember to stay tuned.

I also got a few other items from Hermes:

This Kelly dog cuff in red Swift calfskin and Palladium plated hardware..

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This Kelly belt for my gowns..

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And this Kelly mini dog cuff bracelet for my dainty hands.

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A video of the haul is up on the channel so remember to look it up.

xx

Love and lite.

 

P.S

A small favour,

About a month ago or so, cunning little internet terrorists took down our Instagram account-but not our will power or the know-how to create a new one- thank God.

If you were part of us, or would love to join the baddest luxury gang,  we are here: Officialsonalkotakmaherali

See you there!

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Fashion

Oh, the tears! My birthday and wedding Anniversary celebration

I celebrated my birthday and my wedding anniversary on Friday, March 15.

And it was terrific to say the least, like a scene straight out of a Christmas movie (Hello Vanessa Hudgens. lol)

I was supposed to be at home all day. I had just flown in from Mumbai a day earlier and was properly frazzled.

I knew the Mister had something up his sleeve of many colors- as usual- but this time, he really caught me off guard.

I had the assumption that we would be going out of town for the weekend, so on Friday, I decided to stay indoors and get my mojo back.

Not even a school errand that morning gave away what the Mister and my house manager were planning behind my back.

I returned to the house a few hours later to a delightful surprise; a bedroom of floating balloons, a cache of gifts that I will be showing you in a few and a smiling manager.

So lets get to it?

Some cute balloons in my closet that made me all teary.

Some cute balloons in my closet that made me all teary.

The thing with surprises is that they make you nervous- you know it is coming but you don’t know what to expect, or how to react.

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Another batch of balloons floating away at my office.

And on this day, I had not idea what was in store, but again that is the beauty of it all; the candy store effect.

So there is a bunch of flowers for the birthday girl on the bed next to a cache of gifts lying close by..

So there is a bunch of flowers for the birthday girl on the bed next to a cache of gifts lying close by..

I have received countless gifts in my life time but this year was special and the timing was right- pun intended- because he got me a Rolex! You guys!

I guess I have an excuse to get fashionably late now?

I guess I have an excuse to get fashionably late now?

And because it is not a proper Sonabration without cake, your girl got two because one is too cliché. One for the #39th birthday and the other one for the wedding anniversary because the arduous journey of love and marriage is marred by tempests and endless pitfalls. Haha!

A special cake because your girl has been loving Dior lately

A special cake because your girl has been loving Dior lately

Drum rolls please…

This is by far the most creative cake I have had and the attention to detail is award-worthy.

This is by far the most creative cake I have had and the attention to detail is award-worthy.

After I had the time to cry a little and say a prayer for the years past and the many to come, the Mister and I crowned the birthday Sonabration with a special dinner for two.

Insert any profoundly deep love quote here.

Insert any profoundly deep love quote here.

Oh and for those who were asking, I got to rock my fresh-off-the closet  YSL Opyum sandals- this cute golden dress that made me feel like I was part of a Greek movie and strung my Birkin on my arm for giggles. Lol.

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And just like this post, the birthday was soon over.

See you in the next post.

xx

Love and lite

 

P.S

If you were previously following me on Instagram, I lost the other account.  If  you were part of the old gang, the new-old  gang needs you back.

Here is our official new hangout: officialsonalkotakmaherali

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Fashion

We hit 50k Subscribers!

So, we just hit 50k subscribers!

You guessed right, the excitement is palpable!

Two years ago, I started this channel from a corner of my living room. It was a dream come true.

Zero subscribers.

My first video was Summer in London and to be totally honest, I had no idea what I had just started.

Youtube was a space where viewers were in a constant search for drama and kerfuffle and gossip. And I was here making videos about my Chanel bags. Haha!

I was quickly written off. A cadre of my now former friends said I was a spoilt housewife looking for an outlet to show my family wealth.
Such bitterness.

At some point, one of them who is still in the trenches as we speak said I was Trash. We shall be talking about that in a different post.

From my first video, I soldiered on, like a Haitian typhoon. Undeterred.

And along the way it has been bittersweet. Like a properly whipped Cinquecento.

And in those two short years I have seen my name dragged in the muck on some third-rate gossip low-budget websites.

Take it a notch higher this year, upstarts.

In those two years I have won a handful of awards and graced some of the biggest papers in town.

In those two years I have learnt a great deal and gotten better at it. New stuff is coming soon. I promise.

Although I’m still far from what I dream of becoming, I have made tremendous progress in my own right.

I’m sure there are guys who began the same time I did and have clocked 100k plus subscribers.

Atta boys and girls!

We are treading different waters.

A special thanks to the growing family. From here it can only get bigger and better.

I appreciate the criticism, the bile, the hate and the nonchalance.

After all, would there be diamonds without the heat and the pressure?

100k Subscribers is that you?

100k Subscribers is that you?

P.S

I recently lost my Instagram account so if you have been following me for whatever reason, let’s reconnect at Officialsonalkotakmaherali

xx
Love and lite.