At a time when it feels like the world has been turned upside down, the most important thing we can all do is remain positive, stay connected and be kept gainfully distracted.
In a bid to achieve the most while staying home, we at The Style Salad came up with #SplendidSeclusion. A fun way to learn something new, and keep us all connected through various activities ranging from art, fashion, food and fitness!
By collaborating with some incredibly talented people across various fields, we organised live interactive workshops and Q&A sessions to keep our followers moving and engaged with the hopes of making the lockdown a little less dull.
We would like to say a BIG thank you to all the artists who collaborated with us to make #SplendidSeculsion a success and to all of you who tuned in and took part.
For all those who missed out, here’s a breakdown of what went down during the takeovers:
Beyond Barre Workout X Sagarika Ganeshyam
Sagarika ensured we worked up a sweat and got our glow on with a fun 60 min long workout!
What we did: BeyondBarre is a 60- minute workout designed to sculpt, strengthen, and stretch the muscles. Creating a long and lean physique. Small weights, abdominal work, muscle isolations, functional training, and classical ballet exercises are done to get that dancer’s body we all want. Stretching is emphasised to guarantee these elongated muscles.
Fitness gifts / products recommended by Sagarika
Home Styling X Gowri Adappa
Gowri Adappa is a practicing architect, interior designer and stylist.
She co-founded A Design Co (ADC), an award-winning Chennai based Architecture and Interior Design Studio.
What we learnt: Gowri taught us 3 different ways to style a console table with a mix of Indian as well as contemporary accent pieces.
Gowri's top picks to start styling your home
Bake Along X Sarmishta
Sarmishta has been baking for over 10 years now and is the founder of her very own patisserie - Baked by Sarmi
What we learnt: We baked along live with Sarmi as she taught us to make Tarts from scratch along with 3 delicious fillings - Lemon, Chocolate and Caramelised Nuts!
Gifts for your baker friends
Galaxy Art Painting X Mayank Agarwal
Mayank is a financial consultant by profession but an artist at heart. He practices mixed mediums but is primarily known for his Mandala and Galaxy skills.
What we learnt: Mayank taught us how to make beautiful and magical galaxies, our own bookmarks, greeting cards and post cards with watercolours and acrylic paints!
Some of our favourite creations from the workshop
Fashion Styling X Pavitra Sagar
Former model & fashion enthusiast, Pavitra has been involved in merchandising and designing textiles. Today she is one of the co-founders of the Funky Fish Pop Up and also runs a fashion blog by the name of “Style Muze.”
What we learnt: Pavitra taught us to reuse, reduce and recycle our existing clothes, shoes and bags in our wardrobes. She also also showed us how to style a basic black t-shirt for 7 different occasions for each day of the week!
Monday: Client meeting
Tuesday: Lunch date
Wednesday: Engagement party
Thursday: Coffee with friends
Friday: Date night
Saturday: Girls night out
Chic Fashion Gifts
Bake Along X Girika Mahajan
Girika is an international pastry chef and has been working in professional kitchens for over 6 years now. She is currently whipping up a storm at patisserie Mon Cheri. Her work is a juxtaposition of her Indian heritage and love for French techniques.
What we learnt: Girika taught us the secrets behind making the most fluffy and perfect Soufflé Pancakes along with mixed berry compote and apple compote
Peaceful Vibes X MILA
MILA a singer/songwriter, has worked with some of the top music directors in India and musicians on a global platform. She has also just launched her first EP- Forevermore, which is out now on all major platforms. The EP is an extension of her life and personality- mix of soul, honestly, easy, breezy and real.
What we did: We chilled out and listened to MILA playing some popular numbers and her original work from her newly launched EP.
Faux Calligraphy x Mithraa
Mithraa is a calligraphy artist who has conducted multiple workshops in Chennai, Kerala and Coimbatore.
What we learnt: Mithraa taught us that all you need is a simple pen, pencil and a paper to create beautiful calligraphic letters and fonts on greeting cards without any calligraphy supplies! This technique is also known as Faux or Fake Calligraphy!
Home Facial x Dr. Varshini Reddy
Dr. Varshini Reddy is dermatologist and cosmetic skin expert. She loves reviewing skincare products and trying out new products and treatments and loves breaking barriers in beauty. Her clinic “Glow” will be opening its doors later this year.
What we learnt: Dr. Varshini taught us the art of relaxing and self care by creating the prefect ambience for our very own home spa and facial. The entire process along with products recommended by her can be read here.
That’s all folks! That sums up our #SplendidSeclusion segment. We hope all those who took part, learnt something new, had fun and were able to briefly take your mind off the current depressing situation outside. For all those who didn't, we hope to see you join in on our next set of takeovers!
If you would like to conduct live workshops with us, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org . We would love to make it happen!
We hope that you are all staying home, staying safe and most importantly practicing social distancing!
Love & Positivity,