What better way to beat the heat this summer than in soft soothing pastel colors? We have been seeing lot of pastels in western outfits, but don’t you think that our Indian designers are far behind. I came across these beautiful designs by Rocky S and loved how perfect these outfits would be for your summer engagements.
Common perception is that Indian outfits are limited to just bold and bright colors. And, if we think of light colors only beige, creams or whites come to mind. But a softer tone of bright colors is truly a breath of fresh air. It can look so much more appealing and elegant and makes for a perfect daytime look and can easily be transitioned to your night out wear.
The rule of thumb here is to not disturb the color palette by adding or mixing any bright color with muted shades. Also the jewelry and make up should be equally subtle and minimal. For instance, pearls would work with most of the soft tones perfectly.
So, give your dazzling side a break and instead go for a soft color palette this season.
What better way to beat the heat this summer than in soft soothing pastel colors? We have been seeing lot of pastels in western outfits, but don’t you think that our Indian designers are far behind. I came across these beautiful designs by Rocky S and loved how perfect these outfits would be for your summer engagements.
In case you are wondering where have I disappeared (too bad if you aren't, still!!! angry face) over the past few days, I am on a short trip back home. And, you know how things are when you have 1000 things to do and never the enough time. But but but, today I received such a wonderful news that I had to come out of my hibernation and share it with everybody. I was featured in the Style Stories in The Telegraph. Below is a snapshot; click here to read the full article.
"If you are poised to get married and need tips on how to look the part of a fashion savvy bride, look no further than www.weddingonthecards.blogspot.com. The woman behind the blog, Sovina Gehlot, a management student based in Idaho, US, says: “I started the blog when I was getting married and putting my trousseau together.” She started the blog in March 2010 with reviews of the latest couture collections from the Indian runways (which she keeps a tab on long-distance) along with advice on jewelery, bags/clutches and shoes."
This is my very first feature and my own sweet Hall of Fame :) So you can imagine how excited I am!!! Without getting into a never ending thank-you speech, I just wanted to share this with everybody (actually i want to shout out from the rooftop!!!). Feels awesome to be featured with such accomplished bloggers. Also, a big thanks to Arundhati Basu from The Telgraph for finding me (:)) and for her super duper write up.
Hope all of you are having a great time. I have lot of blog catching up to do and I will surely be back on my favorite track very very soon.
We are still here with very gorgeous Samidha Sharma. You can check out her blog Street Style India and Facebook Page here. Samidha’s reception outfit was from Ensemble in DLF Emporio Mall (Delhi). The tomato red saree in net fabric had gold zardosi work all over it. The makeup and the 70’s retro look given by Ambika Pillai (who is my favorite bridal make up artist) stayed close to the saree and the overall theme of wedding (see how elegantly Samidha is carrying that hair do).
The jewelry was again the star attraction in the whole look. I love gold metal and it makes me so very happy when it is worn gracefully. The gold pendant was inherited by the bride from her grandmother (yes it is that old but the classics never fade, do they?).
Also, how cute is the invitation that the couple sent out to their friends and family. Designed by Fahd Hussien (http://www.onseedonline.com/), the card so beautifully described the couple’s journey till now and invited their friends and family to join them in their new beginning.
A stylist. A fashionsita. A diva and a keen observer. When you are associated with so many images, expectations run high. Very high. And, so was the case with Samidha Sharma (of Street Style India ). If you want to get an idea of how popular she is in the world of fashion just have a look at her Facebook page here. When Samidha decided to tie the knot in year 2009, she knew that finding that perfect outfit for her big day would be a herculean task. Friends, family, and relatives - everyone was just waiting to see what Samidha would pick. And, after spending nearly a year (including 4 months in just trials) in looking for her wedding lehenga, she finally zeroed on designer Shamayel Khan (who has her boutique “AARA” in Juhu ).
When I first saw Samidha’s wedding pictures, honestly I was surprised. I have always associated Samidha with western fashion and was hoping that her lehenga would be more on the lines of fusion between Indian and Western. But don’t they say that style knows no boundaries. The classic mahroon (deep red) and green combination was done so tastefully and artistically in this masterpiece with gold gota patti work. The dupatta was of net with motiff work all over it and the border of the lehenga was in velvet to carry the heavy work. What I love most about the lehenga that it was tradional without being too gaudy or over the top. It had all the heavy work but no egg sized sequins or studs. It spoke of elegance and had elements of samdiha’s style oozing from everywhere.
Now, such an exquisite piece demands the same finesse in jewelry. The bridal look is all about putting each and every element together. If outfit speaks one language the jewelry can’t sing some other language. And, the antique gold jewelry (gifted by Samidha’s mom) was in perfect harmony with the classic lehenga. I love how Samdidha didn’t go over the top here too and didn’t wear 3-4 layers of gold sets with massive earrings. My favorite is the nose ring which kind of binds the jewelery and the whole look together.
In Samidha’s own words, “I wanted a very traditional lehenga very unlike my day to day taste. I thought I wanted to look traditional one day and that had to be my wedding”. And, she did how so beautifully. Here is wishing this beautiful couple a very happy married life ahead.
HAVE YOU EVER WORN YOUR:
- Anklets as head band (mathapatti)
- Long chains (or rani haar) as waist belt (kamarband ) to glam up a saree , fancy dress or your favorite jeans
- Rings in toes
- Anklets as necklace
- Necklace backwards
- Pendant or earrings as a tika
- Cuff bracelet as an armlet.
- Bangles stacked up in a chain, as a pendant.
- Beaded strands as hairband
The idea is to have fun with your jewelry. Experiment and wear it in different ways. Mix and match different accessories and create new look for yourself. After all, you have spent a lot of money in building your collection. It is only fair that you use it to the max.
(I have not been able to visit a lot of blogs recently..Have just been caught up in a few things, but I promise you will see me around really soon :))
Gone are the days when the choice of sleeves was restricted to short, long or quarter length styles. Gone are also the days when you would be content with a little design, a little craftsmanship or strong border on the sleeves. These days it is all about creating impression with sleeves and I couldn’t help but notice how our designers have unleashed their creativity in the recently concluded DCW (Delhi Couture Week). They have created sleeves that are dramatic, bold and speak for themselves. (Didn’t I tell you I would not bore you with just picture review of DCW)
Most of these designs are not entirely new; we have witnessed these in red carpet gowns and in various fashion weeks across the globe. What is striking is how these have been incorporated into very traditional Indian blouses. The strong shoulder jackets that are in vogue these days have made their way to the lehenga and saree blouses. So have the balloon sleeves that we see in tops and shirts everywhere. These are the global fashion trends served to us in our closer to home Indian Platter, with a "desi tadka".
So, do you think that just the simple sleeves designs would suffice the fashionable diva in you? Or are you game to sing along and wear these trends with your saree, suit or lehenga?
The house of Valaya never ceases to amaze me. And, the latest collection of JJ Valaya did just that. Valaya is one designer who time and again has proved that rich fabrics and a talented designer alone can create “magic”.
Most of the bridal collections that I have seen on the runway are loaded with bling – heavy sequins, stones and over the top embellishments. So much so that it is hard to think of bridal wear without the bling. (Now, don’t get me wrong. I love bling when done in subtle way though not the Manish Malhotra kind of bling, but more on this in the next post) . But once in a while I also want to drift into simpler times - when the outfit is all about designs and fabrics and not about how heavily it is embellished. And, that's exactly why I love Valaya's collection.
He is one of the very few designers which can be worn straight out of the runway. Just like that. Sometimes he does it with innovative printing (read digital printing) on ultra rich fabrics and sometimes with intricate thread embroideries on classic fabrics. And, unlike so many designers he doesn’t resort to overuse of bling to prove that the outfit is perfect for the Indian Bride. And, talk about styling up the models - How dramatic is the disc shape maangtika and how so romantic is the red flower in the previous collection. Valaya scores it again for me.
(P.S.Reviewing designer collections is not what I usually do on this blog, but this time there are a few very interesting things that are forcing me to sit up and pay attention. So, please bear with me for a while.)
(P.P.S : Thank you all for your comments in the previous post and for your helpful suggestions. My hand is much better now and as you can see, I am back to blogging:))
Orange perfectly fits the bright bold colors that are a hallmark for Indian Weddings. That being said, I think that the best way to play orange is to mix and match with other colors. In summers mix orange with cream, beige or aqua as in the outfit above. In winters, orange with blue or dark mauve would look darn good.
Most of the brides tend stick to the traditional color scheme of orange with red, pink or green. And, it works just fine if you want to say closer to home and want a traditional look. But, I strongly recommend experimenting a bit and playing orange with cream, gold or aqua. The pastel orange (see the lehenga above) is the new craze these days and is perfect for sangeet, mehendi or other functions.
(P.S. I have been going a little slow on blogging these days as my hand has been troubling me a lot. It is showing signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and if anyone experiences the same pains then please share what to do? And, thanks to Splurgerina for sending me those exercises. I am onto them now.)
A man they say is known by his shoes; a woman by her hands. But often hands are the most neglected part of our body and in the hustle bustle of daily life we forget to give them the proper care that they require.
So, I invited Anamika of Wise, She as a Guest Blogger to share some of her tips for beautiful hands. Anamika is truly a “Pandora box” when it comes to beauty tips, health and fitness advice. You can checkout her fabulous blog here.
This is what Anamika says:
Our hands take the most abuse when it comes to wedding. However, they are one of the most noticeable things after your face. Beautiful, polished and graceful hands speaks thousand words and go a long way in increasing a woman's self-confidence. Below are some tips and remedies can give you beautiful hands to flaunt in your marriage and forever after.
* Take wax and boil it in a double boiler. You can heat it for a minute in a microwave too. When melted add 1 lemon juice and 1 tbsp of glycerin in it. Apply it on your palms, wrist, forearm, and elbow, covering your whole hand. Similarly apply it on your foot, ankle, knee and legs. Make sure that the wax is not too hot for your skin. Rinse the mixture a bit on the applied area and let it get dry.
When dried wash it off with lukewarm water. This remedy helps in making skin soft and heeling cracked heels. It will remove all the dead skin too. If you want you can apply moisturizer after using this remedy.
* Massage your nails with olive oil. Dip your nails into warm olive oil and with the help of a nail filer you can push your cuticles .Get your nail strengthened and conditioned 10 weeks before your big day and get your hands and feet moisturized .
* Keep vaseline or shea butter with you and apply it several times a day. Cover your moisturized hands with a cotton gloves before going to bed every night. This will soften your cuticles and will make your hands really soft.
* If you do not have long nails then go for gel or acrylic nails they look beautiful and stays for long.
* Also stay away from harsh detergents, washing clothes and dishes for few months and if its not possible for you then wear gloves.
* Many of the soaps are drying. So when you wash your hands, use something that doesn't contain alcohol or detergents.
With these simple tips you can be the proud possessor of soft, beautiful hands for life.
I would love you to share any tips or secrets that you have for maintaining your hands. Hope you all are having a great weekend.
Krimly from My Cherry Gum has featured me in the list of ten blogs that she likes (see here). This is my first feature and it means so so much to me. Just want to shout out and say thanks to Krimly and to all my my wonderful friends here on the blog, who make this blog so very very special. Please do stop by and say hi to Krimly from my side :)
Coming back to the original post that I intended to do . This is probably my most favorite piece of clothing these days. I love the linen fabric and the fact that they are so comfortable and can be styled up in so many ways. This is how I wore them on two different occasions.
And, now passing the "A Blog with Substance Award" that I received from Ruth of Underneath his wrappings (here) to the following amazing blogs.
1) It's Uber Chic
2) My Cherry Gum
3) Pink & Black
4) Animated Confessions
5) Someplace Else
6) Miles of Style
A long time since I have stepped back and pondered over “What Not to Wear” rather than “What to Wear”. Has the sense of distaste of the outside world improved from bad to better. Apparently not.
1) Is it walking in the garden or the garden walking by itself? While I am all for florals & frills (see the good ones here - 6th &7th) but when done in subtle, pleasing way. Here I think the flowers are both too big in number and too huge in size and that is what is making the gown so unappealing. Imagine wearing this to a red carpet or some other event. Oh well! Don’t imagine. It won’t be a pretty picture.
(P.S. – I like the color though. It is not in the face, jarring red that we usually see)
2) I am really on the fence for this. I like the fabric and I don’t mind the color but I think the main culprit here is the border. It is just so huge and has so many frills and gatherings, that it is much too overwhelming. The model is just managing somehow with her fierce expressions but anyone else is sure to get lost in it. Imagine if the belt is not there.
But since I can be crazy at times, lets poll this. What do you say (you can be as mean as you want to)
And, now passing the "Versatile Blogger" award which I received a few days back (see here) to the following beautiful bloggers.
1) Sherin at HiFashion
2) Katie at Fashion's Maven
3) Leia at Leia's Delights
4) Simratha at Vogue Vibes
5) Kiran at Fitness Solutions
6) Neelam at Being Zara&Zidan
Will be passing the rest of the awards very soon. I know I have been sitting on them for too long now.
In India, we live, eat and breathe gold as far as jewelry is concerned. Most of the jewelry designs in gold have been very traditional up till now, but the designs below break the norm. They are versatile, trendy and exquisite. So, you can have a great return on your investment (in gold) and stay stylish too.
(P.S. : The big chunky necklace and the kamarband totally have my name on them)
Hope you all are having a great weekend.
Two very popular Indian designers, Sabyasachi and Shyamal and Bhumika, showcased their Bridal collection recently. I have always believed that clothes tell a story and these designers painted two very different pictures of the Bride.
Sabya’s collection reflects a strong regional flavor for the quintessential bride. Sabya’s bride is a "deep-rooted girl" who represents the ethos of global awareness with the traditional pathos of Indian culture. Sabya’s signature patchwork and motif designs stitched into unusual fabrics gives a feeling of going back to ancient and medieval ages.
COLORS – Earthy muted tones of taupe, violet, cyans, multi-facets of vermilions and somber reds dominates this collection.
FABRICS - Blending velvets, silks, brocades with organzas, chiffons and other lighter fabric, Sabya’s collection is an epitome of textile art.
Shyamal & Bhumika’s collection painted a picture of a bride who is fun, eccentric and does not hesitate to experiment. She has an aura of mature woman-like sensibilities with a girl like vividness.
COLORS - The bright oranges with vivid greens and blues create a with Mixing a kaleidoscope of colors that perfectly encapsulates the lively spirit of this bride.
FABRICS - Inspired by the colors and styles of Gujarat and Rajasthan, the lehengas were free flowing with lavish dupattas and the elaborate saris, accessorized with tassels & mirror work.
One look at the pictures and I immediately associated myself with the second collection. The big bright colors are totally my style (I had three different colors in my wedding lehenga).
What about you? What kind of bride you were or want to be? Are there any particular elements of the collection (like colors, fabrics etc) that you associate yourself with?
In case you were wondering where have I disappeared these past 4-5 days, I went to LA over the long weekend. Needless to say that I missed blogging quite a bit and that’s why I am writing this post sitting at the airport..(talk about addiction).
A little bit about LA and then off to the other stuff of the blog.
I felt that LA is in true sense of the word “a melting pot” of the world. There are people from anywhere and everywhere, in all shape, sizes and colors, presenting a vast cultural spread that ranges from spic and span highly polished people to the colorful hippies. Of all the places that we saw I think the Venice beach and the Huntington beach truly represented two different worlds. While Huntington, with its grand houses, lavish restaurants and impeccably dressed crowd spoke of lavishness and richness of LA, the Venice beach resembled the LA of mafia, gangs and drugs that I saw in movies(of course, I didn't actually experienced them but got a feel like this). I think the rest of the place keeps swinging somewhere in between. I was also so fascinated by the famous Rodeo Drive (well who isn’t?) which has mansion like shops of designer brands, where you can go inside see, see the stuff and come out sulking on its expensiveness (at least I did). And, the big movie buff that I am, it is needless to say that I absolutely loved the Universal Studios.
Anyways, to cut the long story short, if I have to describe LA in one word it would be “Grand”..the architecture, lights (at night), charm of Hollywood, extravagant houses and fabulous beautiful people, shine in all their glory and captivate and fascinate anyone who goes near them.
And, now time for some awards. Last week two of my very dear blogger friends honored me with some awards. I just want to say thank you so so much for all the appreciation...this is what keeps me going on and on.
The Mommy at Mommy Pages gave me "The Versatile Blogger Award". Do check out her beautiful blog here and say hi for me.
Also Ruth of Underneath His Wrappings presented me with "A blog with Substance" Award. Wow! thank you so much Ruth. Ruth is as beautiful a person as her blog, which I insist you please check out here.
Now the rule - Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation and experience in five words. HERITAGE, INSPIRATION, GOOD TASTE, IDENTITY & ENCOURAGEMENT.
Finally, a vibrant young girl Vivarjitha of Life is Beautiful honored me with "Cherry on Top Award". Do check out her fabulous blog here.
As part of the deal I have to spill some beans about myself. So here I go:
1) I am a typical typical gemini. I always want to do ten different things at a time and when I am onto something I find my mind racing in totally different direction.
2)Sometimes readers of my blog think I am a fashion designer or associated with the industry in some way. I am not. I am a management student.
3) There was a time when I was crazy about Suniel Shetty (please don't laugh..it is embarrassing enough)
I am saving passing the award tradition for my next post. I am feeling pretty drained out today.
When it comes to choosing a clutch to go with that fabulous saree, suit or your pretty dress, choices abound. But very often I have seen Indian women carrying clutches that are so traditional that it is hard to pair them with any specific western outfit. Like jewelry, I believe that a clutch (or a bag) should also be multi functional and should go well with both Indian as well as western outfits.
I came across these pretty clutches a while ago. And on the first look most of them, if not all, look like they would go fabulously well with a pretty gown or dress or any polished (formal, stylish) western outfit. But the fact is that most of them would work fabulously well with an Indian dress too. To get an idea of what I am talking about take a look at the pictures below where I have tried to mix and match the dresses and clutch together. A fabulous clutch is a perfect accessory that can add to or take away so much elegance and charm from the whole look.
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you find this perfect accessory for your look.
- Do hunt for bags/clutches etc that are versatile.
- Do try to add a pop of color to your outfit with the clutch.
- Don’t go for too matching matching look.
- Don’t go for a very unusual (eye catching) clutch on you wedding day. You don’t want to divert the attention away from yourself and from your wedding outfit. (for the same reason I haven’t paired any clutch with lehenga).
- Don’t (usually, unless absolutely necessary) pair a fancy suit or a saree with a big handbag (like mine below). Indian dresses look so much more elegant with clutches.
- Do have at least 2-3 different shapes in your collection. e.g. a box shape, a potli types, rectangular or a coin purse.
- And, as I always say, do stay pretty and stride away in style.
Following yesterday's post, these are the pretty ladies whose bags I want to tag.
1) Sulagna at Pink & Black
2) Sonali at Bollywood Style Diaries
3) Isabel at Walk of Fashion
4) Anamika at Wise She
5) Tanveer at Addicted to Blush
6) Libys at Animated Confessions
7) Charlotte at Cequiminspire
So, girls what are you waiting for..time to spill some beans!!!
Tamana, a very pretty lady and my dear friend, tagged me here to spill out my bag to all of you. Do check out her fabulous blog here.
I am usually a very simple person when it comes to bags. I usually carry just the basic essentials and sometimes I also leave some stuff back in the car if I feel I am being buried under the weight of my bag. So here goes my list.
(Also please excuse for the bad bad pictures. I am good only at posing :)
1) Animal print wallet – to carry ID, cards, cash, keys etc.
3) Mac Blush and Powder Brush ( this is the only form of make up I ever use unless I am attending a wedding or something)
4) Lens case with solution filled in (even after 5 years, they can go wacky at times)
6) Hair Comb & Clutcher
7) Dad’s watch
8) Burt Bees Lip Balm
9) Ganesh Ji
10) Shades (usually I carry both my rayban’s and vogue. I like changing up my shades a lot.)
12) Mac Kajal ( this is essential always. My eyes look very bad without some black effect)
12) Olay Facial Wipes
13) Nail Polish Remover Pads
14) Sometimes I carry a book too, if its not very big, such as The Money Game (by Adam Smith) that I am reading these days.
Wow..that adds up to a lot. Did I say I am a simple person when it comes to bags..
I will be tagging some of you for this post (so be ready!!!). But in the next post. Had to put up this today as it was long due. And, have to rush out now. Ciao.
Ever since the time I have known a saree or a lehenga, I have always seen a short blouse with it. I mean a blouse technically is supposed be short, ending somewhere on your waist. But the designers are signing a different song these days. Runways in the latest fashion weeks have been marked with long blouses over lehenga and on sarees (see the pictures below)
I personally always felt that a long blouse would create so many layers that it may be unflattering on the body. But, seems the designers have found a cure for this too. Blouses fitted on waist, open from front and with deep necklines define the silhouette in the same way as short blouses do. Moreover these blouses can be paired with a salwaar (trousers) or churidaar too and voila, you have an additional outfit in your closet.
As far as pictures tell, the trend surely looks good and totally wearable. But, as we all know they (read models, designers make up artists etc) can make even a potato sack look good.
The question is do we see ourselves wearing this trend?
This is perhaps the most colorful piece of clothing I have. I bought this dress a year back but couldn't really find a good occasion to wear it. Finally, I showed it some love while vacationing in Hawaii this year and I guess it was just the perfect place to wear it. The beautiful colors in the water & on the ground accentuated the colors in this dress even more.
Another reason I love this dress is because it instantly lifts up my spirits. I am a very color loving person by nature and big bright colors always attract me. The reason I am holding my hat is that it was so windy that day that it kept flying away. Also, as you can see in the pictures my hair are a little messy again because of the wind.
I don't have too many tube dresses or tops in my closet. Usually I am not very comfortable wearing tube and that's why I added the necklace just to feel a little covered up.
What about you? Are you a color person? Do you prefer bright colors or neutrals? Please share in the comment box.
My dear friend Tanvi tagged me (here) to list 10 things that turn me off. Here I go:
1) People who are more interested in what’s going on in my life than they are in theirs. (Aunties who keep asking "beta when will you plan for family..i mean come on!!!)
2) Couples, who stay together under the same roof but still send lovey dovey messages to each other on FaceBook (jaanu iam missing you, honey, I love you so much..i mean on FB …seriously so annoying)
3) Advice – tons and tons of it, without any rhyme , reason and obviously without asking
4) Food products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup in particular and unhealthy foods in general
5) Dirty Kitchen
6) Sugar coated extra sweet, extra polite people - I always feel there is something fishy about them & somehow can’t digest their politeness.
7) Indian News Channels or should I say Bollywood gossip channels
8) Unproductive people, who keep sitting on their asses all day and do nothing, don’t even take care of themselves.
9) Going to the so called SALE and finding junk (spl in India)
10) Miser/ penny pincher types who keep track of each & every penny they spend.
I would love to know what all are the things/people that piss you/ turn you off. Please leave a reply in the Comment Box..lets do some girl's talk :)
Indian weddings are all about opulence & grandeur, where not only the surroundings but the bride is also consider an object of decoration. An Indian bride is often incomplete without a heavily embroidered lehenga or saree, jewelry at every conceivable place and tons of makeup. That’s why when I first saw Komal’s picture I was amazed by her unique style. Unlike the more commonplace Indian Brides, Komal’s choice of outfit was classy, stylish and most importantly wearable (again & again). In her own words – “ I wanted something that could be used multiple times even after the wedding. I did not want to spend so much on something that I would only wear once”
Her Suneet Verma corset lehenga with real sarvoski embroidery was exactly the one that Komal dreamed of. The embroidery was rich, elegant & sophisticated and it had the most unique color combinations – blue, lilac and mauve. I mean, how many times do we see a bride ditching all the big bold bright colors and settling for such soft romantic hues.. Komal was aptly assisted by her stylish sister Kiran, who envisioned exactly what she wanted & helped her in putting together the entire outfit.
A simple diamond choker with light earrings perfectly complimented the overall theme of the outfit. Instead of nose ring and maangtika, a simple stone bindi was used to highlight the face. The chooda was also of mauve color, as opposed to the traditional red or pink. The blue and pink orchids in her hair were synced with the colors in her garland. What a detailing!!!. One look at Komal and I could clearly see how much effort and thought she had put in her outfit. The miniscule details of the décor (also in pink, blue & mauve) were taken care by Komal’s parents, who carefully incorporated all that Komal wanted.
The wedding was held on 16th May 2005 in Jalandhar. Yes, this was five years back but Komal’s outfit is so timeless that I didn’t realize that it is not a recent wedding until she told me so. Wishing this great couple a fabulous married life forever.
If you have been reading this blog regularly you know by now how much I love jewelry that is versatile – that can be worn with anything and everything. More often than not we spend (often overspend) on jewelry during wedding shopping and it is only fair that we wear it as much as possible. I personally have lot of pieces bought during my wedding time that are so specifically Indian, that I can’t pair them with anything else.
These pieces from Nieman Marcus are a perfect solution to wear your jewelry to the max. With pearls, diamonds and exotic stones, these can be worn with traditional suits and sarees as well as with formal wear or a fabulous cocktail dress. So, stride away in style with these eclectic charms.
It was my birthday last week - a perfect occasion to dress up. This is what I wore for dinner date & some shopping with my husband. I like this dress as I can wear it in so many ways - with a jacket, with a belt or just simply with some fabulous heels & clutch.
The belt I added was just to glam up the look & not for fitting etc. Hence I am wearing it a bit loose. The gold & blue look so fab together that I think the belt would be a good idea to glam up the whole look. The heels are the ones that I wore on my wedding day underneath my lehenga. I searched every nook& corner of Delhi to find sandals that would not just be a waste after the wedding day. I wanted to be able to use them multiple times & these are just the ones I was looking for.
And, of course I am haaaapppppieesssstttt after shopping. So, here are the some that we clicked in the mall with my i phone camera.
Have a great weekend. Hope you like them!!!
Life is really good these days. I am being showered with awards and I am super duper happy about it.
Neelam at Being Zara&Zidan was generous enough to award me with "The Sunshine Award". Two beautiful children, fabulous pictures, interesting thoughts and one happy family makes her blog so very interesting. Thank you so much for the award. Do check out her blog here. Below is one picture of her daughter which I just adore. Isn't she lovely.
Image Source - www.beingzaraandzidan.blogspot.com
The next one is from The Mommy at Twenty Little Toes. She is so sweet to award me "The Outstanding Blogger Award". Not only she clicks the most beautiful photographs, she also often shares her trick to give them special effects (see below) & hr twins Nael & Ryad never fail to amuse me. Do check out her amazing blog here.
Image Source - mommyspages.blogspot.com
I just want to say thank you so so much for honoring me with the awards. Here are few people I would like to pass them onto.
The Sunshine Award:
1) Tamanna at French Leave
2) Tanvi at The Fabulous Life of Not so rich & Infamous
3) Splurgerina at Splurgerina
4) The Mommy at Twenty Little Toes
The Outstanding Blogger Award:
1) Style She Wrote
2) Noble Beeyotch at Call me Stylista
3) Sonali at Bollywood Style Diaries
An interesting post coming up tomorrow. Stay tuned :)) & Spread the love
Tanvi at The Fabulous Life of Not-So-Rich and Infamous is one of the bloggers who is so generous with her beautiful comments (always) on my blog & just make me feel wonderful. Not only she has an impeccable dressing sense, she also has a penchant for fitness & that is a source of inspiration for so many people (including myself). Her blog is full of optimism, hope & beauty in the most simple things of life.
She presented me with my very first blogging award(yipppeee!!!) in which I have to list 10 things that I love to do. Do check out her fabulous blog here.
And, here are some things that I love to do :
- Shopping, Shopping & more shopping – clothes, shoes, bags, accessories & even window-shopping. This is definitely the top thing that I am crazy about.
- Getting clicked – I love getting shot. I remember as a child I used to spend hours in dressing up, putting on make up, lipstick (yah!!!) & then I used to tell my Mom or Dad to click a picture. I do it now also. Except that I am much quicker now. And, now my husband takes all my pictures. (And I so love him very much for bearing with me. I can be a little annoying with this habit but he does a wonderful job).
- Movies – For me watching a great movie with my husband is the perfect way to end a day. I am big movie freak. And, lucky for me this is the thing that we both have in common (unlike the previous one)
- Reading – A hobby that is getting stronger by the day. I love to read Ayn Rand, non fiction, books on stock market, editorials etc etc.
- Playing the Money Game – Investing, following stock markets, looking for new investment ideas – yup, that’s me.
- Blogging – This doesn’t need any further elaboration.
- Visiting New Places – I have actually made a list of all the places I would like to see..now I just have to be on track.
- I love spending time with my husband, just lazing around the house with him, doing nothing (yup, at times I do that) & I love talking to my MOM on the phone everyday (my day is not complete without that).
I would like to pass this award to following bloggers who make my life so very beautiful :
1) Anamika at Wise She
2) Ruth at Underneath his Wrappings
3) Kiran at Dreamfit
4) The Goddess of boho at Purple Peeptoes
5) Neelam Azmi at Being Zara&Zidan
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Moving away from traditional wedding theme to a more fun and unusual setting; a peacock-wedding theme can be your perfect answer to grandeur and opulence. Feast your eyes on these beautiful pictures below and read on for some quick DIY for this theme.
- Start by choosing the prominent peacock colors from deep blues, vivid greens and glamorous gold.
- You can use peacock feathers as a table centerpiece or to accentuate the details on the napkins by placing it in a peacock feather tied with a golden napkin ring.
- As seen below the wedding invitations could be done in peacock color and decorated with feathers.
- For the outfit, stick with bold peacock colors like the ones mentioned above. Don’t settle for subtle colors, as the wedding setting would be so vibrant. Also, it is not necessary that you must choose wedding dress in peacock colors. If you want to go with different color outfit then the best way to give a theme feel would be to use peacock accessories like a clutch or use peacock feathers in your hair.
Although peacock wedding would be most suitable in fall/ winter (because of use of bold colors) but it is such a craze that these days’ couples plan it regardless of the season.
This post is for my reader N. who asked for latest trends in Indian Suits. I was almost done with the post - had collected these pictures & wrote in detail about the trends that are in vogue etc etc. But, each time I came back to these pictures, an image of a certain type of woman flashed my head. Their clothes, their expressions in the photo, the settings, their hairstyle & accessories - all spoke to me in some way or the other.
So, here I have tried to pen down what kind of "woman" I see in these pictures. These are just my thoughts (maybe a culmination of my beliefs & experiences through these years). Your thoughts and your portray can be same or completely different and I would love to hear that from you.
Now the big question - What kind of "woman" do you most associate with yourself ? It may be just one of these, a mix of two, three or more or may be completely different. Tell me what do you think? I feel myself to be somewhere between 4 & 6, though I would also like to have some streaks of 1 in my personality.
Coming back to the designs, I really liked the 3rd one in which a jacket has been added over the suit and a light net dupatta has been used to balance everything. The traditional Sabyasachi (2) wherein only border has been used for designing is perfect for all occasions. The white kurta in 4th is a must for summers and the last one is a smart alternative to traditional suits. 1 is the most delicious shade of orange, perfect for weddings & other family affairs.
Have a lovely lovely weekend ladies (as for me I have this humongous task of labeling all my posts over the weekend..something that I have been putting off since ages but hopefully will be able to do as my better half will be busy with work :(