Meera & Muzaffar Ali at India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

16 Aug

Meera & Muzaffar Ali India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

After a slew of fashion week posts, this is the last individual show I’m going to talk about from India Bridal Fashion Week 2014. There might be some trend or other posts where I will talk about the show as a whole, but as for individual designers – this is the last one. Continue reading

Jyotsna Tiwari at India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

13 Aug

Jyotsna Tiwari India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

My favourite show of India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 – Tarun Tahiliani. My second favourite? This one.

Jyostsna Tiwari took us for a romantic stroll under a night sky lit up with stars. Among cherry trees, we swayed to the music. Angels walked past in baby pinks and sky blues, tiny floral embroidery on nets and tulles. Dewy makeup, pink lips. French braids and messy buns. Continue reading

Suneet Varma at India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

11 Aug

Suneet Varma India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 cover photo

Mirror work. And an ethnic feel. These seem to be the top trends this season, as Suneet Varma models sashayed down the ramp in ethnic bridal outfits with mirror embellishments. Continue reading

Tarun Tahiliani at India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

8 Aug

Tarun Tahiliani India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

I went to the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition last week. Followed by a visit to the Tarun Tahiliani stall at the Vogue Wedding Show. Followed by Tarun Tahiliani’s show that opened India Bridal Fashion Week last night.

There is SO much Tarun Tahiliani coming your  Continue reading

Manish Malhotra at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014

6 Aug

best of Manish Malhotra India Couture Week 2014

Manish Malhotra. THE Manish Malhotra! I was beyond excited to see what impressive creations he’d whipped up. And who the Bollywood showstoppers were going to be! Last year, he had roped in Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone! Continue reading

Anju Modi at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014

4 Aug

I know, I’m late. I usually post about a fashion show the very next day. But since I was thrown head first into India Couture Week within 48 hours of returning to India after a 6 week intense course in New York, I made a conscious decision to not stick to my conventional blogging ways. Just for a while.

Continuing with the “doing things differently” policy till things settle on the work front, I’m presenting you with my first ever – Postcards from Fashion Week post. Mostly pictures, and very little talking. I have a lot of catching up to do with posts from the rest of India Couture Week, Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition AND Vogue Wedding Show. Let’s get started quickly then, shall we?

The best wedding outfits Anju Modi India Couture Week 2014

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Sabyasachi at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014

29 Jul

 

Sabyasachi India Couture Week 2014 wedding

Unbridled magnificence. Continue reading

So, I’m going to New York

26 May

Not forever.

So breathe.

For 6 weeks. For a summer course in Publishing (why didn’t I think of this earlier?!) at New York University.

So yes, I applied. Statement of purpose et al. Got accepted in April. Applied for my visa (what a pain!). Got my visa (was SO easy, all that stress and drama was completely unnecessary, well, when isn’t it?) And I fly out tomorrow.
*hides behind door ashamed for springing this on blog readers so last minute*

I was supposed to tell you all about this last week, but something happened. My laptop stopped working. And I almost got a mini heart attack. Such bad timing! We got it diagnosed, and then it was in “trying to get repaired” mode. The whole time, I felt like my child is in surgery, and I’m sitting in a hospital’s waiting room! (Anyone else ever felt like this?!)

Good news is – it can be fixed. Bad news – data recovery is still a question mark.

Which sucks, because I had typed out “a couple of posts that might find their way to the blog over the next few weeks”. And now, I can still promise posts – but all about New York and little about weddings. Unless I attend a wedding in New York. Any invitations?

Till my data is recovered, there are a lot of posts that will be postponed by many, many weeks. Lesson: ALWAYS back up, EVERYTHING!

Btw, I’m typing this post on my phone. Can you make out?

Brides, since the course is super intensive, I won’t be able to respond to your queries during this time. And wedding vendors, you’ll have to wait till August to hear back from me.

As for my course, it’s called the Summer Publishing Institute at New York University. And I got pre-program homework assignments to finish before 2nd June (the day my course starts). Ummm…why have I voluntarily signed up for this?!

I will miss you all. I will miss my blog. Not that it won’t constantly stay on my mind. I will miss my husband. My daily routine. I hope I can keep updating you, and reading your reassuring comments to feel connected.

Ok. Enough with the moaning. Now onto brighter, cheer-ier things! (Yes I know that’s not a word. My blog, my wish).

I’m mostly done packing. I got myself vaccinated. I tried learning how to ride a bicycle. And failed miserably. Thanks Aman, for trying to teach me. I’ve learnt how to make a cheese omlette, this mushroom thing my mom makes that I love and…that’s about it. (If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you now know why I’ve suddenly trying my hand at cooking!) Will have to wing it for any other cooking requirements. Or maybe just eat at Pret A Manger every second meal (or every meal!) :p

I can’t tell you how excited I am. I want to do so much once I’m there. I don’t have a list, but I want to see all the places I’ve only ever seen in movies and on my favourite TV shows. I want to buy… STUFF! No idea what’s good in New York that you don’t find here. But just, stuff! You know? Anything in particular I should be buying? And I want to eat! I’ve always been fascinated with what people in other countries eat, and New York is considered a great place for foodies, so I. just. cannot. wait!

See you, very soon. And follow me on Instagram to get daily updates as I make my way around the greatest city in the world! I’m still doing the #365grams project (one picture every day this year).

Stay in touch, please! Don’t know what I will do without all of you! Oh, and my husband ;)

Talk soon!

Of Big & Happy Brides

7 May

Pallavi, a friend of my husband’s from school, married her long-time sweetheart – Nikhil – on a surprisingly warm November evening in New Delhi last year. In the months leading up to her wedding, I came across a frustrated rant by Pallavi on Facebook – she’s never been the slim and petite kind, but suddenly she was feeling the pressure to lose weight and fit into the size standards we’ve set for brides.

Her words struck a chord in me.

I immediately asked Pallavi if she would like to share her frustrations and what she learnt in a guest post for my blog. Why? I’ve seen this happen over and over again, with bride after bride – girls losing all confidence in their body, and internalizing the societal norms of beauty. Trying hard to “fit in”, pun intended, without realizing how beautiful it is to stand out. Now before you start wondering whether Pallavi and I are anti-fitness, hold your horses, and read it straight from the bride’s mouth!

Of big and happy brides - Pallavi

Let me spell it out, right at the beginning – no bride wants to look fat on her big day.

Fat. A word that makes you cringe, doesn’t it?

So we come up with nicer synonyms, which make us less nervous about our appearance – large, healthy, chubby, big-boned. And I am okay using any of these adjectives to describe me, as they’re not far Continue reading

Wedding Wardrobe: Sumedha

30 Apr

Wedding Wardrobe Sumedha red lehenga from ram kishan sarees chandni chowk

Once in a while, a bride chooses to share her wedding journey with the world. She pens down her experiences, carefully selects precious personal memories to show you – through vivid photographs that captured what was, perhaps, the best day of her life. Continue reading

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