Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s colourful Skull Candy earphones and Canon HD camera are her two must have gadgets. Other than that, she uses a Mac Book Pro at work and an iPhone which is currently being used as an iPod. She uses BlackBerry to check mails. And then there is iPad for everything else when she is out.
One can find Tiwari in comfortable bright colours or muted vintage looking styles at work. She is not a major ‘brands’ person nor she follows latest trends. She likes mixing a block-coloured Zara dress layered with a Rajasthani tie-and-dye overcoat. She likes style which has an earthy, vintage bohemian touch. Brands like H&M, Urban Outfitters, a little of Zara, Mango, Cottons, Anokhi, OMO, the quaint shops around Bandra, People’s Tree, Chatuchak appeal to her. She also loves wearing sarees from Bengal Chanderi to South cotton. “It keeps me rooted and defines who I am,” explains Tiwari.
When it comes to accessories, old style jewellery fascinates her. She loves to wear her mother-in-law’s 40 year-old gold jhumkas. Her handcrafted old gold bangles are still the best piece of accessory she owns, she says. Old polished silver loops with Moorish designs from Bhutan flea market, chunky worn out jewellery from Pushkar, the black bead mangal sutra with silver design, which she found in small silver shop in Junaghad, are priceless jewels in her pitara (jewellery box). Fruity or spicy fragrances attract her the most. Escads Seniment for men, Provocative by Elizabeth Arden and Burberry Brit for women top her list. Tiwari is a compulsive shoe shopper - wherever she goes, at least four pairs accompany her back. They are mostly flats from Zara, H&M, Charles & Keith, Linking Road and Hill Road shops (Bandra), and Sarojini and Janpath (Delhi). Same goes for big bags - she just can’t ignore buying big bags.
Tiwari drives a Honda City. A Brio is parked in the garage and is the family’s favourite car. She wishes to own a BMW X1 and the classic light blue ambassador.
(Tiwari is former executive creative director, Leo Burnett. Images used are representational)