Bridal Musing!

So, you are getting married! Did you ever imagine the array of questions that you’d be asked ever since you made that decision to get married – what do you want your wedding to look like, what are you wearing, have you decided on the venue, are you having a destination wedding?

Well, who would have thought planning a wedding would be so stressful?

The first tip to get these sorted is to calm down and make a plan. Do not worry, there are numerous sites and apps that will help you plan and execute your dream wedding just the way you want it. Start your research early and you will realize that it’s not all that difficult to make your dream wedding come to life.

Of course,  I don’t have to worry about a thing as I can safely say I’ve already had my tryst with my bridal look long before I even thought of getting married. Thanks to Abrianna’s Bridal Studio. A couple of weeks ago my friend who runs Abrianna’s asked me to be a part of a Beauty Expo that was happening in Hyderabad for the very first time and I readily agreed.

Donning one of Abrianna’s beautiful wedding gowns, I sat in front of an exhilarating crowd, while the super talented Samaira dolled me up with her mad makeup skills using Pac Cosmetics. While I sat there for about an hour and a half, without a clue about what’s happening to my face, I saw Samaira in her true element as she kept the crowds glued to every single thing she had to say. I was blown over by the outcome. I absolutely loved how she matched my eye makeup with my earrings – a pop of green to play up the face and the entire look.

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Before taking the stage to get my make up done!

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Samaira in her zone

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Would you look at how gorgeous the lace up back is 🙂

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Planning a wedding can be overwhelming but with your plan in place and the right people around, you can, in fact, get through with it quite smoothly:

A few tips that I’ve gathered from various blogs and a few friends whose weddings I have helped plan:

  • Start shopping early and set a budget.
  • Use Pinterest and Instagram to discover various options. Create boards and save your favorites (not just for gowns but also for decor)
  • Pick your fabrics and search based on that. Depending on which season you plan to get married, choose an appropriate fabric. Create a keyword list – for example, net can-can gown or satin flowy wedding gown.
  • Try a few looks (make-up) beforehand and schedule your dress trials close to one another – so it is easy to compare between looks.
  • Choose your Bridal Party early and plan their looks well in advance. They need to be in sync with the whole decor as well and you can never be sure of each one’s availability and comforts.
  • Always take the steering wheel – a stylist may suggest various things – but trust your instincts.
  • Shop for them undergarments wisely and advice your bridal party too.
  • Pay attention to all the accessories – flowers, veil, wreath etc.

About Abrianna’s: 

Abrianna’s Bridal Studio is a one-stop shop for a bride. It provides luxurious made-to-order wedding gowns that are truly affordable. They make sure that every bride has their undivided attention and focus on helping them create the Gown of their dreams.

They offer couture, designer, individual appointments with consultations booked with a stylist to ensure your appointment is tailored to your style and need. Everything at the studio is chosen carefully with a wide range of options from accessories to gowns.

Gown by: Abrianna’s Bridal Studio

Makeup by: Samaira

Pictures by: Reinhard and Noel

I realized I did not share any music in my last post; not gonna miss out on that. Since this post is all about weddings, what better than this love song by Shania Twain. I absolutely love her attire in this video.

Love,
Rad All Day!

Timeless Drapes

Do you go back in time when you flip through old photo albums of your mom and realize that some trends are called ‘Classic’ for a reason and they stay true to it all times?

The Timeless Drape, the Saree is surely a marvel in Indian clothing. It showcases an exquisite sense of luxury and elegance that is a symbol of subtlety and feminity.

What better way than to work with the lady who wears her sarees like second-skin, Ankita Katuri.

Silk

Burrowing into our moms’ wardrobes, while we were discussing our looks, we made sure we picked some vintage sarees. Silk sarees in Ikat and Kanchi Pattu sarees with heavy Zari borders were what ruled the age of our mothers and we wanted to experiment with these trends and bring them back to life.

The color palette of Ankita’s pick is to the key. The contrast of colors played up with heavy zari is something that you could still pull off at a wedding with the right jewelry and that customized contrast blouse. The Saree that I picked was an Ikat silk one in a lovely lilac/lavender color and the subtlety of the saree is what makes it a timeless piece.

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Cotton Silk

The second look was a blend of plain Cotton Silk sarees paired with elaborate jewelry and contrast blouses. Cotton Silk is one of the most comfortable fabrics and the Sarees can be draped hassle-free in less than two minutes. If you are someone who is apprehensive of carrying off a heavy saree, cotton silk sarees are your safest bet.

I am personally in love with Ankita’s style, I have always been. Working with her was a sheer pleasure. The elegance she exudes in every outfit that she dons is RAD!

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Tips for styling Sarees:

  • Always keep some spare blouses in neutral colors – Black, Silver, and Gold. You never know when they’d come handy.
  • Choose Classics over Fancy. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a classic saree.
  • Choose fabric and color over style. Do not overdo the saree look with overembellished picks; it steals it off of its elegance. You can always play it up with jewelry.
  • Pick your underskirt wisely. It is what will decide the look and fall of the Saree.
  • Ensure the Saree is pinned and secured.
  • Understand your body type and drape accordingly. There are various styles to drape a saree; it will probably take another post to sum that up 🙂

Jewelry by: Manjha Shop & Myesha

Pictures by: Subham Swain

Love,
Rad All Day!

Whimsical Blossom

My first post of 2018 is coming a bit late, actually a whole lot lately.  2017 has been a year of new experiences, one being the genesis of this blog. 2018 started off on a high note as well, but we all have our downs, don’t we? I am going through one of those phases right now and it doesn’t look great down here. No, I am not going to steer this blog post away from fashion but going to make it a little different.

Winter has come and gone and Spring is here. A lot of festivals are celebrated in India to mark the coming of spring and it is indeed one of the most beautiful times of the year. And why shouldn’t it be? It resonates with philosophical ideas of Rejuvenation, Renewal, and Regrowth. I have learned it the hard way that, if we are hurting, we should let ourselves; but we should also pick ourselves up until we have seen the full picture of the glory of spring that we have been longing for.

Rejuvenate 

Most times we are so caught up in our own world, our phones and our problems that we almost always forget to give ourselves a break. How about just taking a step back and rejuvenating our real spirits?

Renew

The season of renewal is at our doorstep; Let’s not beat a dead horse over mere new year resolutions, but let’s vow to renew ourselves to do better and better in life.

Regrow

Every situation that we find ourselves in is caused by us. This may sound scary, but it is the truth. However, the good news is that the more we are willing to take responsibility for, the more freedom we have. Only we have the power to change the things we are going through and regrow like a lettuce that sprouts a whole new head after being chopped.

Outfit

Flowers, a symbol of freshness and rejuvenation are synonymous with spring. If there is one staple/happening spring trend then it is got to be florals. The upcoming warm seasons will find designers and brands experimenting with vivid floral canvas artwork in every color.

I’ve tried to add a little drama to the narrative of these pictures – transcending the gloom of winter to a vibrant spring. The maxi-dress in a burnt orange shade with the ornate floral print made it a perfect choice for the mood that I was trying to set for this post.

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This beautiful acoustic track by Tall Heights, an electro-folk duo based in Boston, is one of my top picks currently.

Outfit Details:

Pictures by: Vincent
Assisted by: AJ Aaron and Shevanee

Love,
Rad All Day!

The Party Edit

If there’s one night to go all out and turn heads, it has to be the New Year’s Eve. But the parties start way ahead, don’t they? From year-end office parties to family countdown get-togethers our social calendars are packed and celebrations are at an all time high. This season, make sure you take the sparkle with you wherever you go. Invest in that one shimmer outfit that you can get your hands on without any second thoughts.

I have lately been obsessing over any outfit that has to do with pleats. Even as a kid, I loved all kinds of pleated skirts – Box pleats, Cartridge pleats, Honey comb pleats…

For my year-end party at work, I got my hands on this lovely asymmetrical shimmer dress from Label Ritu Kumar. It’s a strapped, flowy A-line dress with accordion pleats. I originally wore it over a full-sleeved black crop top to keep from the chilly breeze. I finished the look with a chunky silver afghan necklace.

For this post, I styled it with an embellished jacket from Only. I personally am in love with this jacket; it’s quite versatile with the silver and gold sequin details. It could easily be that one go to element in your wardrobe to add that extra glam to any outfit.

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Wedged Sneakers from London Rebel

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Don’t miss my wedged sneakers that I bought a couple of years ago. They are your best companions if you are heading to a dancing night – Style and comfort assured 🙂

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Tassel Bag from Boga Accessories
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Choker from Max Fashion

YES! Having a statement outfit for every party that you’re invited to is a tad bit too much. So go ahead and invest in some party staples and style them differently each time.


I recently discovered this Electronic Pop band called Muna and I’m in love with their music. My current favorite number is the Mahogany Sessions version of this song.

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Pictures by: Nehal Kaza

Location Courtesy: The Coffee Cup

Happy New Year, everyone 🙂

Love!

Christmas Ball

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Christmas is just around the corner. There is a hustle and bustle on the streets, malls and markets with people shopping for their perfect outfits, sweets, gifts, and much more.

Christmas Ball is the most awaited affair of this season and of course, as exciting as it is, planning an outfit for a Christmas Ball can be overwhelming with the plethora of choices we have around us. This time around, forget the little black dress and throw them colors and fabrics together to create a one-off look.  The Christmas party season is an avenue for every kind of high fashion trend from red ruffles, feathered embellishments to volume sleeves. Nothing is off limits.

Outfit

Well, I don’t need to say much about the shift dress trend; it’s been around for a while and it never fails to make an impression and when you have those statement sleeves going on, you definitely have a winner. This wine colored dress with the little pocket detail from Zibiah has my heart. It’d make a perfect dress for that Christmas ball you plan on attending. The length and fit are just about right for anyone to twirl around that dance floor with utmost ease.

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Bowtie

Going to the Ball with your date? The guys can always experiment with their accessories. Wear a scarf around your blazer and look suave. The Bowties as well, have had their share of moments in the men’s style spotlight. But this is one classic look that can take your look from drab to dapper. AJ Aaron looks sharp in this bowtie by Zibiah; the Christmas motif pattern just adds to the spirit of the season.

_E3B9815_E3B9800_E3B9852_E3B9795About Zibiah

Zibiah is a fashion brand started by Beulah John, featuring Ready to Wear Outfits as well as Customized Clothing. The ready to wear collection is filled with unique new prints and quirky designs and the customized clothing offerings include creating outfits just for YOU within your budget 🙂

Check out www.zibiah.com for more.

Christmas isn’t over for me without binge-watching all parts of Home Alone. If you are a fan of the movie you will love this rendition of ‘Somewhere in My Memory‘ by John Williams.

Outfit Details: 

Dress and Bowtie: Zibiah

Bag: Rosegal

Shoes: Ajio

Aaron’s outfit: Raymond

Pictures by: Seetha Uday aka PixelHawk

Handloom Affair

Saree shopping sprees with mom are what I’m reminded of whenever I think of handloom sarees; especially sarees from Unnati Silks. I’ve paid endless trips to this one-stop store which has now become a family enterprise. They are a saga of  ‘Handloom for Women’ with varied handwoven and handcrafted products made by talented ethnic artisans from across 21 states in India.

Bengal Cotton

Bengal, India, is known for its Bengali Jamdhani handloom cotton sarees with fine texture weaves, handwoven zari bootas and classic motifs. The hand-woven technique of Jamdhani is also a prominent feature across various other handloom varieties like Banarasi, Venkatagiri, Uppada, Kanchi and Darmavaram sarees.

The saree featured in this post is a Pure Handloom Bengal Cotton Tant Saree. The plain body saree with zari detailing on the borders and pallu, is a widely popular version. It is indeed an elegant affair, and it fits perfectly for a variety of occasions from casual get-togethers to formal functions. It is also a preferred choice for corporate executives. Tant sarees cover a wide range of dark, subdued and light breezy hues. They also come in beautiful double colored stripes on pastels, minimal floral versions that are quite impressive.

Styling

I have never been a saree person; I cannot for the life of me, manage to survive a day in one. That said, I cannot deny its elegance and sheer glam.

When I received this beautiful saree from Unnati Silks, I knew exactly how I was going to style it. I have been a great fan of the way Tia wears her traditional sarees with a twist. Her can-can skirts, with sarees draped differently each time, are a treat to watch. This is my attempt at one of her styles – The Saree as a half-saree with side pleats.

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Shop the collection online at Unnati Silks.

Want to know how I styled this saree? Check out Tia Bhuva’s video:

Of course, she’s a pro!

Outfit Details: 

  • Bengal Cotton Tant Saree – Unnati Silks
  • Net Can-Can Skirt and Gold Sequin Blouse – Self Designed
  • Jewellery (Necklace and Passa) – Be a Glam Doll
  • Earrings – Gifted by my mom.

Pictures by: AJ Aaron

Stay RAD, All day 🙂

Winter Weddings – Look 3

Winters are all about layering.

Have that elegant dress lying in your wardrobe that you’re contemplating on wearing to a chic Christian wedding but have your doubts about the sleeves? Layer your outfit by throwing in a blazer or a shrug in a bold color; I bet you can never go wrong with this and also keep the chill at bay.

Brocade + Velvet

The more you can mix fabric, the more fashion-forward you are; read this somewhere and I couldn’t have agreed more. For my final blog post in this series, I have chosen a fabric that’s probably every lady’s favorite – Brocade. This off-white beauty in brocade, that I got for a steal from Vero Moda – Marquee edition, has been lying in my wardrobe for over a year. It’s a sleeveless dress, with intricate embroidery around the waist. I love it for the fabric, the finish and the fit. To complete the formal look I chose a velvet blazer in ox-blood; the two colors and fabrics blend together to create a rich yet elegant look.

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A pair of stilettoes in gold are a must have for a girl; but when you’re heading out to one of those weddings, throw a pair of your flats in the boot of your car, cos you never know who’d ask you for a dance that might last all night 🙂

Christian weddings always have me looking forward to the rock and rolling to old country songs. This is one of my favorites 🙂

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