The season of goodwill is here again. And it's time to go on a shopping spree. Various exhibitions are now on in the city. Discounts are also being offered by many leading brands for garments, footwear and home appliances.
The shirt collection at WILLS is impressive.
Checks are in this season, say the staff at WILLS. Sicilian cotton shirts, processed in Nisshimbo (Japan) with mother-of pearl buttons are the latest offering. These shirts (Rs.1, 595 each) have a concealed button-down too.
Bias shirts in pink and blue are the most sought-after casuals; the daffodil shirts are priced at Rs. 995 upwards, while pristine checks will make you poorer by Rs. 1,995 each. Stretch corduroys, rugby polos, jersey polos, baseball styled T-Shirts and Johnny collared (collared T-shirt with a `V' neck) T-shirts with engineered stripes make a good addition to the wardrobe. The ladies section comprises stretch capris and jeans starting from a waist size of 24. The T-shirts are available in sizes from XS (extra small) to L (large).
The new yoga trousers are a blend of Lenzing Modal (fibre produced from wood pulp), and these protect you from UV rays and also absorb 25 per cent more sweat than other fabrics. The micro-sanded men's cotton shirt is a blend of cotton and polyester and comes at Rs. 1,095 while the classic range carries a price tag of Rs. 1, 595 to Rs. 2,995.
The Czarina sari boutique at Catholic Centre has some exquisite fully hand embroidered kantha-worked saris in soft crepe. The folk art-embroidered saris cost Rs. 4,000 upwards. Crushed tissue embroidered duppatas with tussar silk salwar- kurta set come at Rs. 2,800.
Czarina also has a range of simple, no-fuss ethnic wear for women and these are priced at Rs. 460 and above. Fancy saris studded with Swarowski crystals, Gadwall silks with double coloured borders are also available. Silk and crushed tissue Gadwals cost Rs. 2600 upwards. Kora silk, Rajkots in bright shades are doing the round this season. Emergency tailoring is also undertaken at Czarina's (only for dress materials bought form Czarina).
The Sports Wagon and Brand wagon are offering discounts ranging from 10 per cent to 30 per cent on various brands. Sprandi shoes (Rs. 895 upwards) have a discount of 20 per cent while the Reebok cricket range (price tag of Rs. 560 to Rs. 3,900) have a discount of 10 per cent.
Rayban, Nike, Lotus Bawa (footwear), Puma, Converse, Vintage (sunglasses) and Esprit (watches) have been offered with discounts.
An exhibition at the Catholic Centre has on offer double oven gloves, breadbaskets, letter hangers and bed sheets in bright coloured checks and plain shades as well as handloom. All the major boutiques and garment showrooms in the city have the latest ready-to-wear ensembles and saris. Ethnic Weaves at Kesavadasapuram has salwar sets starting from Rs. 300 for cotton and around Rs. 2,000 for the party wear coordinates in silk.
The major bakeries and pastry outlets such as Ambrosia, Hot Breads, Swiss bake House among others are all set to celebrate Christmas. Apart from Christmas fruitcake, cream cakes and pastries will be lined up.
Egg-less cakes are very much in demand. Eggless cakes at Swiss Bake House cost Rs. 250 per kg, while vanilla, butterscotch come at around Rs. 290. A plum cake with icing will cost you Rs. 200 and you'll have to shell out Rs. 290 for a Black Forest cake.
Delicious peach vanilla cream cake, coffee cream cake and pineapple cakes are also available at the Swiss Bake House. Ambrosia too has lined up an array of cakes and pastries. The plum cake can be bought for Rs. 140 (1 kg), the rich plum is priced at Rs. 280 and the nutty milk chocolate cake is a bit expensive and comes at Rs. 325.
Celebrations (Althara junction), Dreams, Archies and Style Plus have colourful decorations for Christmas trees. Gold and silver coloured bells, danglers, streamers, bows, Santas and masks are on display. Most of these have been brought in from Bangalore. Dreams has musical Christmas trees that are priced at around Rs. 2,000 and upwards. Stars, lanterns, dry flower bouquets are also available at these shops.
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