Fabric Love – Velvet

Velvet, a luxurious fabric that dates back thousands of years, is widely used in Indian dresses. Velvet has kind of rich and sensual appeal to it, and it perfect to glam your night parties or attend a wedding / function. Since the fabric is heavy (in weight) and soft (in texture) it immediately gives a dressed-up feeling.

You can either go full velvet (as in 1,2,3 above) on your attire or use it as in some places in your outfit, just as a highlighter. A velvet blouse (4) , dupatta, or as border for your saree or suit (5). The idea is not to overdo and kill the look of it. You would want to carry the fabric with grace and not drowning in it.

Another good this about velvet is, like silk, it can support very heavy embroideries and the hand work that are on most of the Indian dresses. Deep blues, greens and reds are my favorite colors in velvet; black not so much. I am not sure whether velvet is used very heavilt in western dresses as well. I have not seen much of it and don’t own any western piece in this fabric.

Anyone has any western outfit in velvet?

The Right Balance -Takeaways

First of all, a big thank you to all who weighed in your thoughts on my question here. There are some common themes to all the replies and I thought I would share it with all those who are trying to juggle multiple things in life with blogging:

1) Have drafts for posts or rough outline ready and fill in the details as when you get time or when creativity strikes.

2) Blog during the day or night, in a coffee shop or on the bus, basically whenever you get time OR have some time set aside for your blog every day or every alternate day. Depending on what your work style is, either approach would be fine.

3) Prioritize Prioritize Prioritize...

4) Have two or three key topics/themes to let your creativity and ideas flow and have a mix of shorter and longer posts.

In the end, if you really LOVE blogging, find it exciting and it gets your adrenaline pumping, you WILL find time for it, no matter what :))

Gorgeous Blues!

Less to say, more to see today!
Whether you are planning a beach or a summer wedding, blue can be a very romantic theme. You can either vary the basic blue towards sky blue, auqa or royal blue colors or mix and match different colors with blue. Here are some ideas to help you along the way.

And, once you have planned the decorations and chosen your colors, here are some outfit ideas for this theme.

Reader's Request - How to drape dupatta on shorter heights

One my readers Aksar asked me this:

“i liked the idea very much even i was wondering how to manage a heavy dupatta..but as i m short height will it look good on me m having height of 5...my marriage is on dec please help”

Hi Aksar:

There are different ways in which you can experiment with your dupatta. I would assume that if the dupatta is heavy, you would like to make it the center of attraction. For that, you can go with either of the first three styles – cross over the dupatta as in Ist pic below and add a lighter dupatta to cover the head, have the dupatta cover the part of your neck and waist as in IInd pic or just have it on the side as in IIIrd pic below.

I think it would be true for anyone, but especially since you mentioned that you are short in height, I would pay very careful attention to both lehenga and dupatta. If the dupatta is too heavy, you don’t want lehenga to be too heavy and vice versa. Also, try broad neck blouses with not very heavy neck pieces and pulled back hair. That usually adds some illusion of height. You can go heavy on earrings and bangles.

The second set of pictures below are more for the style of lehenga than dupatta. Sleek cuts, like fish cuts or A line would suit you more than a heavy kali lehenga. If you have a lighter dupatta, one trick is to just have it on the side and roll up on your hand from behind as in the pictures below.

Hope this helps and all the best for your marriage ☺

The Right Balance??

Pretty soon I will bid goodbye to my summer break and would be back in school. I will be juggling with multi million things to do at the same time and my multi tasking abilities would be put to a severe test. I have thought out of some ways on how to balance all that with my blog, but I wanted to ask this from all my readers out there -

"How do you best balance work, study or generally busy life with regular and interesting blog posts? Are there any useful tips or advice you have? Do you blog at night, day, in the bus or on weekends? Are there some things that seem to work really well for you? "

It would be great if you guys can share your thoughts on this and help me keep my blog as rocking as ever ;))

On a random note, this was what I wore for a trip to the mall.

I guess I was not trying to put together a color blocking sorts of outfit, but it turned out this way. The best thing is that I have grabbed, everything I am wearing, at great deals and fantastic prices. Hope you like it (will have better quality pictures next time :))

How to wear your 9 yards??

Saree is one of the most graceful Indian outfits and there is no denying the fact that you can wear it in a million different ways. It, however, takes considerable amount of skill and practice to do it right. If you are attempting to wear saree for the first time or want to do it in a perfect way, check out this post from Leia of Leia's Delights - a gorgeous fellow blogger who explains how to master this art.

If you wish to experiment and/or add a little more “oomph factor” to the saree, here are some ways in which you can play with it.

Word of Caution: Well, not literally. But, one small thing to keep in mind while experimenting with these styles is to pay special ATTENTION to your choice of blouse / top. If you are wrapping it around your neck (like a scarf) you want to go a slightly conservative with the blouse. With the regular style (Ist Pic), you are safe with halter or noodle straps or pretty much anything. If you have a dazzling top to show off, then 4th style in the picture above would be the best.

Also, never throw away your old sarees. My mom always recycle them into salwaar kameez or dupattas to make a whole new outfit.

Before I bid adieu to summers!

Summer in Seattle is really short lived. We survive through nine gloomy, dark and rainy months to get just three months of sunshine. However, those three months are the most beautiful and gorgeous and are totally worth the wait (or so I would like to believe!). Summers are going to be over soon here and even thinking about it makes me sad. Shorter days, little or no sun, and constant drizzling would be upon us Seattleites. But, there will be thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year to look forward to and the cycle will go on and on. It’s amazing how after moving to U.S weather has become such a prominent part of my existence and affects my moods, thoughts and behavior. Back home, I never remember paying any special attention to weather or weather forecast being the hot topic of discussion, as is the case here.

Anyways, coming back to the outfit. You must be thinking that this a wedding and Indian Fashion blog, so where did the outfit post come from? Well, you are right. This blog is all that, but it also is an extension of my personality and this is the way for me to connect with my readers on a personal level. I seldom wear Indian outfits here and hence in most of these kinds of posts you will see me in western wear. The one below is what I wore on a casual day out. Hope you like it!

Yin and Yang

My blog has been missing some glitter and shine for a while.

Women in India, as elsewhere, love jewelry. Today though, I am not going to talk about traditional Indian jewelry but more contemporary options that can easily translate between Indian and Western wear (as Western (ized) Jackets in my previous post here).With a little attention while building up your jewelry / accessories collection, it is a lot easier to find pieces that can be paired with different outfits. Here are some tips to help you along the way:

- A multi strand kundan necklace and a strand of pearls (best ones are whites) are your best bet with a cocktail dress, saree or salwaar kameez.

- I feel that the traditional gold accessories are somewhat limited when it comes to this, however a solid gold chain (multi or single strand) with a jazzy pendant can make a very chic impression. Usually white or polished gold works a little better than yellow gold.

- Rings and bracelets are something that you can experiment with a lot. While shopping for them try to pick the big and bold ones with modernistic designs.

These accessories are best matched with plain and well-cut silhouette dresses. Pick a color that compliments your skin tone and highlights your jewelry the best. My favorite ones are black and fuchsia. However, if you want to get experimental – deep greens and royal blues will also look gorgeous.

Feeling Green, anyone?

Green seems to be one of my favorite colors this summer. Though I usually stick to girly pinks, yellow, oranges etc, but this season I have been experimenting with different shades of green. And, so are some of our Indian designers on the ramp. Here are a few pieces that I liked.

And, these are some green outfits that I have in my closet. These pics were taken at random times over this summer and so the picture quality may not be very clear. Hope you like them!