Make A Fashion Statement at the Next Wedding You Attend

1 Apr

Make a Fashion Statement at the next wedding you attend Masaba Gupta saris

I’ve been married for almost a year and a half now. And this is what happens every time I open my cupboard to choose a sari to wear to a wedding -

I browse through all the saris I own, and reject 90% of them because “it’s chamki” “too plain” “already worn it to the last 6 weddings” or “everyone’s going to be wearing this”.

Sometimes, when I’ve attended too many weddings in a row, I reject ALL the saris in my cupboard, because it gets seriously repetitive - the same style, the same embroidery, the same fabrics. Now I’m not the kind of person who likes to make serious fashion statements at a wedding, so I usually stick to very “typical” kind of saris. The most I do is Continue reading

Tarun Tahiliani at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week A/W 2014

27 Mar

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week day 1 Tarun Tahiliani

It’s been a while since I attended a fashion show. And an entire fashion week – well, quite a while! Honestly, after attending my first one (India Bridal Fashion Week), I was dreading all the Fashion Weeks to come…ever. All I was thinking the last few days was

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The Making Of: Parents’ Dance Video

21 Mar


I made a video.

While my friends and family were choreographing and rehearsing dance routines for our Sangeet back in October 2012, I was taking attempting candid-style videos from my SLR camera. In the hopes that one day, my videographer would be able to stitch it together with the final dance performances (yes, we call them performances; we’re very serious about our Sangeet that way) and give me something memorable.

Well, after a year and a half of waiting, I finally did it myself :)

This is an attempt. An absolutely amateur attempt at making my first video. ever.

Best viewed in HD, on your laptop screen (not the phone!). And put those earphones on if you’re watching this at work! ;)

About the video: I made it using iMovie. While I was shooting their practice sessions, I already knew I wanted a candid video later on, where we could see “behind-the-scenes” footage and bloopers! While Sangeet night was great, it’s the month leading up to that moment that made it all unforgettable. We were meeting every weekend, and towards the end – every alternate day to practice our pieces. The parents were especially hard to practice with, because although their enthusiasm levels were sky-high, it’s not easy teaching a bunch of over-45-year-olds an entire dance sequence. There were times when we almost gave up on them, but eventually – theirs was one of the best performances on the Sangeet. They didn’t forget a single step! Unlike the rest of us :p Here’s hoping there’s many more of these to come our way!

Usually, I ask a question at the end of my post, to know what you have to say about a post. But today, I’m just going to say -

Hope you enjoyed it!

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Schedule Announced

20 Mar


FDCI presents Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2014

- 119  designers showcasing through runway and exhibition

- 31  shows during the 5-day fashion event


26-30 March, 2014


Hall No. 18, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Show Schedule

Day 1

Wednesday – March 26

3:30 PM                    Opening Show by Tarun Tahiliani

5:45 PM                    Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal | Vineet Bahl

7:00 PM                   Kiran Uttam Ghosh | Raakesh Agarvwal

8:15 PM                    Shantanu & Nikhil

9:30 PM                   Nokia presents Rina Dhaka


Day 2

Thursday – March 27

2:00 PM                   ‘Myoho’ by Kiran & Meghna | Prama by Pratima Pandey

                                   | Vaishali S

3:15 PM                    ‘my village’ by Rimzim Dadu | Kallol Dutta 1955

4:30 PM                   Anand Bhushan | Nachiket Barve

5:45 PM                   Amit GT | Charu Parashar

7:00 PM                  Ashima-Leena

8:15 PM                   Malini Ramani | Nikasha

9:30 PM                  Rahul Mishra

Day 3

Friday – March 28

2:00 PM                    Pia Pauro | Urvashi Kaur

3:15 PM                     Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta | Paromita Banerjee

4:30 PM                    Vogue India Fashion Fund presents Archana Rao

5:45 PM                    Dev r Nil | Rishta by Arjun Saluja

7:00 PM                    Payal Pratap | Sanchita

8:15 PM                     Satya Paul

9:30 PM                    Twinings presents Abraham & Thakore


Day 4

Saturday – March 29

12:45 PM                   Chhaya Mehrotra | Josh Goraya | Rinku Sobti

                                    | Saaj by Ankita | 431-88 by Shweta Kapur

2:00 PM                    Hemant & Nandita | Tanvi Kedia

3:15 PM                     Rajputana by Samant Chauhan | Zubair Kirmani

4:30 PM                    Soltee | Virtues by Ashish, Viral & Vikrant

5:45 PM                    Mandira Wirk | Rehane

7:00 PM                    Rabani & Rakha | Siddartha Tytler

8:15 PM                     péro by Aneeth Arora

9:30 PM                    Fiama Di Wills show


Day 5

Sunday – March 30

12:45 PM                   Pinnacle – Shruti Sancheti | Tanieya Khanuja

                                    | Taurus by Dhruv – Pallavi

3:15 PM                     Jenjum Gadi | Mrinalini | Sahil Kochhar

5:15 PM                     Anita Dongre

9:30 PM                    Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale by Namrata Joshipura


I missed going to Lakme Fashion Week, Mumbai so even more excited for this edition of WIFW! Fingers crossed I get to attend all the bridal wear designer shows, so I can report live to you! :)

The 4 Coolest Markets In Delhi For Your Bridal Fix

15 Mar

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

Yes, I’ve not been writing too many posts. BUT, although I may be a bit MIA (understatement of the century, I know!) from the blog, there’s a LOT happening behind the scenes – everything blog-related and everything wedding-related. So just calm down, women. I’m not going anywhere! I’m just gathering enough “data” to give you better and better posts! And if you reallyreallyreally wanna know what’s been up, I’m posting on Instagram daily for my #365grams project where I share what’s happening every single day this 2014 – so follow me there if you want to be in the loop.

Of course, my guest posts for other websites must continue, so here’s the latest one -

I wrote a post for POPXO (previously, eStylista) on the best markets in Delhi to shop for bridal wear from. This one should work as a quick guide for anyone who doesn’t know much about Delhi Continue reading

My Bridal Beauty Must-Haves Interview on The Luxe Report

12 Mar

Last month, Praachi from Luxemi (a website where you can rent designer-wear!) emailed me asking if I could share my list of beauty products every bride should own. Recalling the scary time before my own wedding, when I was absolutely clueless about what I should and shouldn’t buy, what’s necessary and what’s optional, I jumped at the opportunity and promptly sent her a detailed list!

2 years back, I used to scour beauty blog after beauty blog, trying to figure out what I should buy, as a bride-to-be who is a beginner at makeup. Here’s a customised list, just for brides who are just starting their makeup journey!

bridal beauty must-haves thedelhibride Shinjini Amitabh ChawlaWhat’s are the must-have products in YOUR beauty kit?

Makeup 101: How To Apply Foundation – the right way!

5 Mar

cover Makeup 101 how to use foundation the right way

I bought the best foundation – Bobbi Brown. And I had the best foundation brush – MAC. Well, technically it’s a multi-purpose brush, but it works just fine.

Or does it?

I’m still a makeup novice (though I could’ve fooled you with the amount of makeup gyaan I’m always willing to share!) so I roped in a REAL expert – Tejasvini Chander! She’s a young MUA, though she’s already making waves in the beauty world. And she was on my list of the hottest bridal MUAs in Delhi!

I spoke to her about how we have the best foundations, the best brushes, but are clueless about how to use them correctly. Is my heavy coverage foundation giving sheer coverage just because I’m using it with the wrong brush? Why is the application streaky, and I end up spending 10 minutes just blending the damn thing?! What am I doing wrong?

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thedelhibride Asks… Best Places to Shop at Hauz Khas Village

13 Feb

I had written a series of posts about my favourite Hauz Khas Village stores back in 2012 -

  1. Aumbre
  2. Ogaan
  3. Ole Couture

I re-visited my favourites in 2013, and in what’s turning out to be an annual tradition, I’m heading there AGAIN tomorrow for Indian wear shopping! For the 2014 edition.

I know the places I love the most, but I’m curious to know what’s in your black book. I’ll go have a look at my readers’ top picks – the places YOU love the most! So…

What are your favourite Indian-wear stores in Hauz Khas Village?

Wedding Planning 101: How To Get Your Dream Lehenga in Your Budget

12 Feb

indian wedding planning 101 how to get my dream wedding lehenga in my budget

If you’re a bride to be, you’ve probably been through this (or are just about to) -

Walk into the 15,291st store because you still haven’t found the perfect lehenga. Browse the racks uninterestedly (you’re exhausted for God’s sake!) when suddenly – it’s as if your fortunes have turned, and the heaven’s above are shining down on you (cue: spotlight on the lehenga as you take it in your hands) – could this be IT? The right colours, the right design. Oh. em. gee. It’s beyond perfect! You quickly ruffle through the layers of can-can and 24-kalis to find the price tag.


You’re left gawking. You dump that piece of garbage of a lehenga (case of sour grapes?) and walk out of the store. Never to return…


Let’s rewind that last bit, shall we?

You’re left gawking. BUT, but, but. You’re a TDB reader. And if this lehenga is not WAY over your budget (let’s say, it’s INR 20 to 30,000 over what you wanted to spend), you know how to afford it because you’ve read this post! After a quick chat for customising the lehenga, you pay the advance and in a few weeks time – you own your dream wedding lehenga! *high five!*


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Delhi’s Hottest Bridal Makeup Artists

8 Feb

I’m back!

Pukka. Permanently. Properly.

I’ve missed you guys!!! Yes, I know you’ve sent me many emails, left comments here and Facebook-ed me. Will get through all of it slowly but surely over the course of the next week.

While I was gone, one of the posts I wrote for eStylista got published. And it’s something you’ll hopefully find really useful –  a list of the best MUAs in Delhi! My opinion, obviously.

I’m helping someone out with their roka preparation at the moment (how many of you are getting engaged/married this April?! Seems like it’s going to be heavy wedding month!) and we actually referred to this list to finalise her MUA! So it’s officially been tried and tested, and will hopefully help you find your bridal MUA!

Here’s the link to the post -

Super Blogger: thedelhibride Recommends the City’s Hottest Bridal Makeup Artists

My top recommendations are (in no particular order) – Chandni Singh, Simran Kalra, Tejasvini Chander, Mona of b:blunt (my own wedding MUA) and Supriti Batra.

Let me know if I’ve missed anyone you love – in the comments below!

PS. Attended 2 beautiful weddings last week, and I can’t stop gushing about them! More about them soon!


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