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 – 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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Winter Weddings – Look 2

Two is always better than one! Yeah?

Some trends come and go, but I’ve not seen anyone sporting the ‘Coordinated Separates‘ trend ever go awry. Taylor Swift has been rocking this trend for years now and looks super modish every single time.

Jacquard Velvet Separates

The second look that I’m featuring on my blog as part of the Winter Weddings series is my take on the ‘Coordinated Separates’ trend. This outfit would fit perfectly for a semi-formal wedding look.

For this look, I was inspired by one of Samantha Ruth Prabhu (now Akkineni)’s outfits that she posted on her Instagram. A subtle gold matching separates outfit in chevron and checks pattern. Ever since, I was on the lookout for something similar. Luckily enough, I stumbled upon this lovely olive-bronze pleated skirt from Kazo on Myntra and bought it without any second thoughts.

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The jacquard and velvet blend of the fabric makes it a perfect choice for a formal winter wedding or even a pre-wedding ceremony. And who doesn’t love the houndstooth pattern? It comes with a boxy crop top in the same fabric with short flared sleeves.

The two are quite versatile pieces of clothing. If you are not a fan of matching separates, you could pair the top with a black skirt or palazzos in black or olive green. Give the boxy top a miss by teaming the skirt with a black or gold crop top and you’ll be able to pull off a whole new look. The basic black lace choker always helps me sassy up any outfit. I coupled it with an angel-wing detailed statement necklace and of course a mini sling to finish the look.

Winter Weddings – Look 3 coming up soon – Stay tuned 🙂

I have been crushing on this song for a while now and the video is adorbs.
Don’t you think this number would make a ‘perfect’ first dance song?

Outfit Details: 

  • Kazo Black & Golden Houndstooth Patterned Flared Maxi Skirt – Myntra
  • Kazo Black & Golden Houndstooth Pattern Crop Top – Myntra
  • Charm and Lattice Choker Set – Forever 21
  • Angel-wing statement necklace – Jgypsy

Pictures by: Salih Abdullah

Love,

Rad All Day!