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!

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

Got a winter wedding coming? It can become quite overwhelming to choose what to wear to a winter wedding. There are several things to consider while choosing a winter wedding guest dress, ranging from the formality of the affair, to your body type and personal style. You need to get the right balance between warmth and style this season. While putting together a winter wedding attire consider to include dark hues, rich (thick) fabrics and longer sleeves.

Velvet is a winner

Every so often you see an old style or fabric doing the come back. One such fabric that is back and here to rule the winters is the classic velvet. Velvet is always a winner when it comes to wedding wear in winter.

I’ve styled three different looks using a hint of velvet in each of them.

Ethnic

The first look I am donning is an ethnic one. A trend that’s been around for a while and is gonna stay is the crop top and lehenga. I’ve styled my ethnic outfit taking cues from this staple trend and experimenting a tad bit.

This uber chic yellow georgette lehenga is one of my best ethnic buys. I chucked the crop top and styled it with a polo neck velvet top (which in fact is a knee length body-con dress from Vero Moda). The length of the dress adds the extra warmth you would need under that flimsy sheer lehenga on a cold starry night.

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I added the silver mirror choker to go with the gota lace detailing at the hem of the lehenga; it adds the extra edge to the otherwise plain look of the top. I must mention, I feel incomplete without a bag or a purse in my hand and hence I opted to wear my silver mini satchel to finish the look.

November Rain

One of my all time favorite songs by Guns n Roses happens to have the most iconic video of all time featuring a really beautiful wedding. Who else loves this song?

More winter wedding looks coming soon. ❤

Outfit Details:

  • Navy Blue Solid Shift Dress (Worn as a top) – Vero Moda
  • Yellow georgette tie and dye lehenga – Hi Life Exhibition, Hyderabad
  • Jewellery (Choker, earrings and ring) – Be a Glam Doll
  • Silver Satchel – Ginger by LifeStyle

Pictures by: Ram Chaitu and Nihal Reddy

Paisley

How many of you can relate to me when I say I know plenty of songs, some of them by heart although I haven’t watched the video or the movie that the song is from? Some of these songs that I know belong to none other than Ilayaraja. When I discovered he was going to be performing in Hyderabad, I had no two thoughts about attending it.

Hyderabad saw one of its most beautiful nights on Sunday with the maestro regaling the young and old alike. It was endearing to say the least, to see youngsters bring in their parents and grandparents to cheer Ilayaraja and his troupe (all the way from Hungary).

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