Everything You Need To Know About Adding Volume To Your Lehenga: Can-Can 101

Not everyone can afford a lehenga with 24 kalis. Not everyone WANTS a lehenga with 24 kalis – the fabric adds a ton of weight.

But if you’ve picked a lehenga that falls straight, chances are you’re wondering how to make it look more bridal and royal, without spending more money on additional kalis.

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If You’re A Gota Patti Fan, Anita Dongre’s Royal Wedding Collection Is Perfect For You!

Have you heard about it yet? The Make In India campaign?

Everything that has been made in India is being promoted under this campaign for the last few months, and of course, the biggest fashion designer names have found a prominent place on the pride-inducing list. There have been a handful of fashion shows to showcase the best of what designers have been making here locally, and Anita Dongre was the only one to have an entire fashion show solely dedicated to her wedding wear creations. What did that mean for the brides of India? A show full of beautiful gota patti lehengas and jackets to add to your trousseau wish list! It’s a bride’s lucky week, isn’t it? First a Sabyasachi Summer 2016 collection to browse, and now THIS!

The range of Anita Dongre evening-wear was made at her eco-friendly design headquarters in Vashi, Maharashtra. An imperial colour palette ranging from blush pinks to deep vermilions and soft powder blues to the magnificence of midnight Continue reading “If You’re A Gota Patti Fan, Anita Dongre’s Royal Wedding Collection Is Perfect For You!”

Brides Can’t Stop Gushing Over Sabyasachi’s Dreamy 2016 Collection, and We’ve Got All The Pictures (AND Videos!)

I’m well aware of how late I am to the party. Sabyasachi’s 2016 collection has been out for a while, and I’ve been sitting quietly in a corner, mesmerised and, oddly, nostalgic. I truly discovered Sabyasachi only in 2012 – the year of my wedding. I had, of course, heard the name over the years but since fashion and designer names were something “other people” knew about and fan-girled all over, it was left outside the purview of my commoner’s life. In the months leading up to my wedding, though, Sabyasachi went from “Is Sabyasachi a woman or man?” to suddenly a name I uttered only with reverence.

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Bride Beyond Borders Part 4: The Final Countdown

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the fourth post in a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. After the proposal and her trip to India, Soma spent her time planning the perfect wedding (Part 3). Find out how the final weeks before her big day are coming along below in Part 4 of the series: Bride Beyond Borders. Continue reading “Bride Beyond Borders Part 4: The Final Countdown”

Bride Beyond Borders Part 3: Three Months to I Do

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the third post in a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. After the proposal and her trip to India, find out how she is preparing for her new life in Part 3 of the series: Bride Beyond Borders. Continue reading “Bride Beyond Borders Part 3: Three Months to I Do”

Bride Beyond Borders Part 2: Delhi Via Agra

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the second post in a short series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. The first post can be read here.

Chapter 2 Trip to India & Big Wedding Decisions

I can still clearly recall the day my friends and I wouldn’t stop hugging and saying our goodbyes to each other at Warwick University’s campus. Continue reading “Bride Beyond Borders Part 2: Delhi Via Agra”

Bride Beyond Borders Part 1: Meet The Bride

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together. Continue reading “Bride Beyond Borders Part 1: Meet The Bride”

18 Celebrities Gave Us Wedding Wear Inspiration! | Best Dressed This Quarter

Most celebrities have stylists on their glam team these days, which basically means Best Dressed Celebs lists have a hard time picking just a handful to feature. But it also means more wedding wear inspiration for us, since our desi celebrities love to get into saris, lehengas and anarkalis!

So, yes, while there are plenty of Best Dressed Celebs list out there, I wanted to do a special Wedding Edition. Here is the best Indian wear inspiration we found in the first quarter of 2016. Continue reading “18 Celebrities Gave Us Wedding Wear Inspiration! | Best Dressed This Quarter”

Loving Anita Dongre’s Love Notes | A look at the best of her new collection

It doesn’t serve anyone for me to repeat what I’ve already said over a dozen times on the blog, so I will spare you the details of my love for the designs Anita Dongre creates. What’s new, though, is her summer wedding collection that’s written like “Love Notes” to another lucky generation of brides, grooms and wedding guests. The collection was showcased on the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016, and her Love Notes jumped at me like a fresh spring breeze that smelled of bougainvillea and felt like mulmul.

She stuck to her traditional Rajasthani roots with her signature gota patti embroidery, but added another dimension with bougainvillea prints and resham threadwork.

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30 Favourite Finds at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016!

I’m a Lakme Fashion Week girl, any day. Why the tiff with Amazon India Fashion Week? Well…

One,

I don’t get it. Why does AIFW showcase designs for the NEXT season? I fail to get excited about full sleeves and warm silks while I’m sweating it out in Delhi’s heat. And by the time the next season is finally here, that post about favourites from AIFW is so deeply embedded in the archives, I don’t think most non-fashion fanatics will make the effort to look over it again. The excitement is greater if you’re showcasing clothes people will get to wear in the next 3 months!

Two,

I’ve never physically attended LFW, and knowing that it takes place in Mumbai has left me with some dreamy assumptions of how perfectly LFW gets executed. I assume shows start on time, people stand in queues to enter, no one pushes anyone and each publication has a reserved seat in the media section. I assume the bloggers get as much respect as bigger print publications, that no one sits on a seat meant for someone else, and that people in the front 3 rows don’t ridiculously click images with iPads (that annoyingly obscures the view of anyone sitting in the back rows!) Of course, these are all dreams of a fashion week I’ve never actually attended. If you have, tell me it’s all true! 😉

And even though Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 wasn’t specifically aimed at brides to be, I found plenty of beautiful clothes to love. Continue reading “30 Favourite Finds at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016!”