Buy Rice Back – Ft. My Name is Kumar Foundation 

About the My Name Is Kumar Foundation 

When Renee Schreurs and Tim Loonen came to Chennai in 2012 little did they know their life was going to turn upside down. Being associated with the CARE foundation, Netherlands born couple Renee and Time came for a six months visit to Ozhalur which is a small village near Chennai. When it was time to leave they realised they had created such lasting bonds with the children there that they knew they had to do something in order to provide better quality of living and education for these kids, (their kids almost!), and that is how the MyNameIsKumar Foundation was set up.

This voluntary, social organisation, supports the CARE foundation in providing all the resources required to lead a complete nutritious and a well educated and balanced life for 37 children who if not for this foundation would have to resort to begging to fend for themselves coming from the abject poverty they live in and cannot even think about education.

Story behind the Funny Name 

One day Renee and Tim were taking around a few kids who were old enough to join schools to all the local schools so that it could be decided which school they wanted to join and this one kid called Sathish had a lisp and was finding it difficult to spell his name without stammering. This earned him some amount of teasing by the other kids. So when the Principal of the next school asked for his name he was quick to say “My Name is Kumar” which had everyone rolling in laughter. It was this quick witted moment which gave this foundation its name! Let’s meet some of Kumar’s friends who are now part of the 37 kids. Find more such pictures at www.mynameiskumar.org



What we can do to help 

For four months every year, this couple are in India looking after the needs of the foundation, meeting people, crowdfunding and spending time with their 37 kids and the in house volunteers who actually take care of these kids

The main source of raising funds by this Organisation is through the http://www.buyriceback.org/ movement. The entire South India uses and reuses its Rice Bags as rice bags at first and they as mattresses and carpets because they retain warmth. This recyclability of rice bags got this couple thinking about the fun ways of reusing them, and just like that the spark to recreate them into useful things like totes, big shoppers, makeup kits and laptop sleeves was born! Proceeds from sale of these articles beyond the basic cost goes fully to support the needs of the My Name is Kumar Foundation.

Photoshoot Time!

It was a few months ago that I happened to meet this inspiring couple through a mutual friend (Hi Jaydeep! 😋) and we decided to do a mini photoshoot featuring these bags and laptop sleeves (and Renee and Tim in Indian clothes which they looked adorable in!) which by the way are so colorful that they are such a fashion statement and we had so much fun doing it. Here are the pictures!

 

Renee with their best seller The Rose Tote Bag

  

Renee with the Two Doves laptop sleeve

 

Just us chillin in an empty bus!

 

 

Why hello Tim! Tim and Renee with a sleeve and tote!

Some of their best sellers

 

Some of their best sellers

 

To us! 🍻

For a long time the BuyRiceBack initiative was carried out in several countries through local agents and stockists and now finally they are in Indian ❤️😍 If you are feeling generous and you want to touch and change the lives of 37 beautiful children all you got to do is log onto http://www.buyriceback.org/shop to purchase these colorful and super useful and sturdy bags. Incase you are from India and the website does not accept your purchase, all you got to do is shoot an e-mail to renee@mynameiskumar.org and place your order there. (The team is working on setting up a webshop in India, so fret not! :D)  You can also choose from their wide range of laptop sleeves, makeup kits and pillow cushions through the same site. Also, for donations, contributions and collaborations please head over to http://www.mynameiskumar.org/donate-now/ and show these kids the love they truely deserve!

Tim and Renee I think you are so inspiring. Keep touching these lives and know that we are always rooting for you! ❤️

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Cape of Some Hope! Ft. Just My Luck!

Capes are one of those pieces I’d completely written off my wish list  because they are always so thin and sheer and are basically attires which accentuate your curves when the silhouette alone shows off. That, or they make less fit and fab people like me look splotchier than usual because they accentuate the bumps as much as they do the curves. 😝 and then there are winter coats and capes which not me, but my city helped me eliminate as a clothing option because hey hey hey, winter is nonexistent in Chennai remember? 😂😐

That’s when this double Ikat cape came along and completely changed my opinion about capes and I’ve known no comfort ever since. 😊 It’s just amazing! What’s also amazing is the brand Just My Luck by A and M and its enthusiastic and charming owner Aruna with whom I got a chance to collaborate to present this post 😊

I’ve put together two looks with one cape. – a beach party look and an office party look, and let’s see how you like them!

Look 1 : Beach Party

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This look was all about playing it cool and casual like how we would at a beach party. This cape has some beautiful pink blue and green floral patchwork along the border and that inspired me to go blue-green to match the cape. This is also the first time I’m actually posed for pictures. So tell me what you think 😀
Before we move to the next look, here’s one last picture, which obviously didn’t make the cut, but I loved too much to not include. 😝

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Outfit details : Cape / long coat – Just my Luck by A & M | Blue shirt and green shorts – Vero Moda | Sandals – Bata | Necklace used as head gear (howaboudthat? 😉) – Thrift shopped off the roads of Besant Nagar, Chennai.

Look 2 : The office party

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This look is a dressier version of the cape. It can be interpreted as “how you would go to an office party” or as “how you would go to a party from office” 😊 I have, here, paired the cape with a formal high waist trousers, a high-low blouse which when tucked in passes as a formal shirt and some heels. I added the head gear for some attitude… Honestly how cool is adding such head gear? (So proud of the self. 😇😂)

Outfit Details : Same cape by Just my Luck | Shirt with mild hakoba work – Nuon from Westside | High waist trousers – Marks and Spencers | Earrings and Necklace on the head – Pantaloons | Bandage Heels – Bata once again!

I had so much fun working with Aruna on this post. Its so easy and motivating when people you get to collaborate with are so full of zest and creativity. Just my Luck by A & M uses contemporary and traditional Indian fabrics like ikat, kalamkari, silks and cottons in western outfits like capes, shorts, palazzo pants, jackets, and kaftans. The founders have a love affair with their prints and colors and that’s visible on every piece of clothing they put together. Check out their collection on Facebook by clicking here or on Instagram by clicking here !!

That would be all from me folks. Watch this space for one more amazing outfit post from Just my Luck. Have a great week. Pull out those stappy heels, feel uncomfortable as hell, but walk tall anyway and take Monday headlong. 😂😉

Website Review (and collaboration) : Vesa Online

I have had a week full of travel so while I have one last exciting post lined up to bring the WorkWear theme to an end, I was unable to plan for it and so I wanted to do a quick review as part of my website review series. (there’s exactly one other post in this “series”..so err yeah moving on!😜)
Vesa online is a small website in terms of number of products they deal with but every outfit is so well thought of and well made. I recently bought a dress and a blazer from them and I’m totally thrilled. 🙂
Vesa products come in three easy sizes S, M and L. Its best to stick to the sizes you usually go for when buying a normal T-shirt because their outfits fit comfortably.
Vesa is has its Online store, and an instagram account. Check out their entire  collection there. I bought two outfits from Vesa and here’s what I thought about them 🙂
Red Marble Dye Dress :

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This marble dye dress is a fit and flair kind of dress. What is stunning and so lovable about it is the neckline!

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The cut work of the neck was what I fell for when I decided to buy this dress.

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The fit is classic and perfect. While I was over cautious and like my clothes to not be very tight and hence went for an L.

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Marble dying has something so Indian and elegant about it. I love it when western trends are incorporated in Indian textiles 😍

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Vesa deals with a lot of Indian fabrics like silk pashmina tie and dye cotton, etc so they have perfect clothes for any tropical country.

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Outfit details : Dress : Vesa Online (c/o), Heels : Westside

Pashmina Silk Blazer

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Wow! Coming to my favorite piece which drove me to buy anything from this site. This blazer. Tada!!

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This blazer. Is so. Fabulous. And so. Chic. I can. Honestly. Wear it. All day. 😂

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The blue green and gold did give me a tough time when it came to deciding what to pair the blazer with, but honestly, do you even want to see what I’m wearing apart from the blazer itself?
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I thought the sand colored kurta which I wore like a blouse and the black fitted jeans did justice to being the subtle subordinates of this magnificent blazer 😜

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Outfit details : Blazer : Vesa Online, Kurta (turned blouse) : FabIndia, Jeans : Waves (Chennai), Platforms : Westside, Shades : Polkadot and You (Instagram)

Vesa online has definitely found a repeat customer in me especially due to their prompt replies to mail queries, request response time, and general importance associated to customer satisfaction. 👍

That brings me to the end of this post. Have a fabulous rest of the weekend you guys! Oh and happy siblings day 💝😘

While I paid for the blazer, the dress was sent by the brand for styling and review. All opinions however are purely mine. I genuinely loved the brand and the outfits.

P.S. Oh how could I forget! Thank you so much Rasika for being my lovely photographer 🙂 its so heartwarming to note that one when door closes approximately seven doors open 💝