About me

Photography- Ramneek Sidhu, Delhi
Hello!I am Poornima; mama to a 1 and a half year old doggie named Ginger and living in the San Francisco bay area.

I am just a regular gal who loves to dress up for herself! .I am a generous size 8-10  with flyaways-that give away my put together look most of the time! ; an easy tendency to put on weight ,and a lover of pretty things and all things beautiful! I may or may not follow trends , may not afford big brands but yes I do love to interpret, adopt and hunt for practical and affordable styles to suit my personality and body type! Fashion for me is knowing what looks good on you and being able to carry that off with panache!

Hauteinterpreter is my way of interpreting fashion in an affordable, practical, mix n match and ‘size-unrestricted’ way to experiment and create my own version of it!

I am originally from Manipur, India and try to incorporate elements from Manipur/North East India and India and into my wardrobe. I emphasize mostly on North East Indian/Manipuri fashion as it is less documented compared to the larger Indian fashion industry. North East Indian/Manipuri fashion is slowly carving a niche for itself . This blog is my channel to do my bit for my lesser-known part of the country.

I have been asked many a times about why I blur my face(now I have unblurred my face but am acting elusive;) ). For me privacy and having my pictures on all over the internet is a serious concern. Until I am fully secure and figure out a way of preventing that, I'll not reveal my face! :)
My husband takes all my pictures, armed with an iphone 4. Photography is a class we both need to take!...We're getting there!

I am not an authority on fashion nor am I trying to keep up. I don't claim to be super stylish and I confess not every outfit I post is really blog-worthy. I'm trying to document what I wear so that I can see what works and what doesn't. This is all about simply dressing up according to what I love and sometimes being inspired to try out something new! I take my inspirations from anywhere and everywhere. I am just having fun with it!Hope you do too! Please feel free to leave a comment for me -that keeps me motivated! See you around!

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  1. Hi Hautinterpreter,
    I really like your blog. your designs as well as you writings. I came across your blog while searching for some pics of manipuri dress on google to show my colleagues.
    I have a small problem, and perhaps you can help me:)
    I have this unstitched phanek material(new,still in two long pieces), the usual thin woolen manipuri phanek that people wear at home. It's light blue in color and has red temple border. I want to wear it as something good and casual, but not as a phanek. It would be really nice if you suggest some design that I can tell my tailor to follow? I am 31, medium built, more towards the lean side than plump,height 5'3".

  2. Hi!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would love to help!
    You can really experiment with this!The best part about phanek pieces are that they are very versatile and can be tailored according to your on taste and preferences.I have experimented with phanek pieces myself including a simple knee lenth A line skirt with a back(or side) zip and temple border lined pockets-something like this: http://www.bluefly.com/Diane-Von-Furstenberg-leaf-woven-Georgialy-belted-a-line-skirt/p/321150301/detail.fly. You could make it ankle length or a above the knee too!

    2. A simple Jackie O jacket silhouette with the temple border on the hems will be simple to tailor as well.Here are some examples: [http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_z8hjyEw1qYE/SAJfnv8mNnI/AAAAAAAAAfE/C7t6q8AktLg/s400/jackie+o+-+jacket+LK+Bennett+%C2%A3149.jpg], [http://img0.etsystatic.com/il_430xN.182373089.jpg], [http://img1.etsystatic.com/007/1/6182316/il_570xN.373424013_aj7y.jpg], [http://images.bloomingdales.com/is/image/BLM/products/2/optimized/8113182_fpx.tif?wid=1200&qlt=90,0&layer=comp&op_sharpen=0&resMode=sharp2&op_usm=0.7,1.0,0.5,0&fmt=jpeg]

    3. If you are familiar with Fabindia, their woven top patterns are simple to copy. I have asked my tailor to replicate a halter top and he made a pretty good job of it!If tailored well, a halter top would really look smart on your frame.Check these out(its similar): [http://www.fashionara.com/desi-chic-halter-top.html], [http://www.fashionara.com/stylish-printed-halter-top.html]

    4. Depending on your tailor,you can experiment with creating a peplum top with the temple border on the peplum hemline.[ http://bikbok.com/eu/Categories/Collection/Shirts-blouses/L-Shirts-var/BT-Peplum/p/7125750-920-Off-white;jsessionid=195416EC86ED96532D1AD7ABF021B5AD]

    5. I had gotten a simple boat neck sleeveless top stitched out of a pumpkin spice colored phanek, inspired by Cameron Diaz's dress in 'My best friend's wedding'years back!Haha, seriously! here it is: [http://actristram.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/my_best_friends_wedding_12393_medium.jpg?w=500] ...for want of a better picture!

    6. A simple sleeveless top with a vertical slit on the neckline would also look neat..

    Phew..information overdose ;)

    Everything depends on your tailor! Would love to know what you finally do with it!All the best and take care!

  3. Hi Poornima,

    I chanced upon your blog while searching for Manipur cotton saree and phanek online. I live in Kolkata and the only state emporium here doesn't help me much. I know that you live in the US, but still asking, do you have any idea about any online store or real from from where I can buy Manipur handloom stuff? Please don't ask me to go to Manipur, as that won't be possible at this moment :-)

    Lots of wishes!

    Devjani Roy Chowdhury

  4. Hi Devyani!

    Thanks for getting in touch and sorry for the late reply! I'm afraid there are not many reliable(that I could recommend) online shops selling Manipuri sarees yet. State emporiums tend to be more expensive and are very limited with styles. I'm glad you're interested in them but for now I guess besides actually travelling to Manipur or maybe asking a friend to get them for you, i'm not sure how you could get one. If you happen to travel to Delhi though, besides the emporium, you could check Dilli Haat but again, the sarees may not be available everytime. I'm so sorry, I wish I could help!Will definitely let you know in case someone starts an online shop! :)
    Take care and stay chic! <3

  5. Hey guys!

    You can finally buy Manipuri saris, stoles and phaneks(wraps) online at www.giskaa.com!You can also find various North eastern ethnic clothing items as well as artifacts on the site!Go check it out! Hope you love it!!


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