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MAJOR Life Updates!

20 Feb

“I’m about to make the best decision of my life. Or make the worst mistake.”

That’s what I wrote down in my journal on a sweltering hot June morning last year. I was in the second trimester of my pregnancy, and I had just got an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or, well, didn’t want to refuse.

In a year where I had already taken it easy with my blog (thanks largely on account of my horrible morning sickness), an up and coming wedding website had wandered down my path and suddenly, I could join hands with a whole team and take my mission of helping Indian brides to a much bigger level than I’d ever imagined.

I took a deep breath, and jumped into the deep end of the pool.

It’s been almost 9 months now, and I have since joined a startup, given birth to my sweet baby girl, gone on maternity leave and come back as a working mom.

It sounded crazy to me last year. I almost laughed out loud, literally, when I even considered the option – join a new startup AND have a baby, all in the same year? Absurd! Who does that?

HI! *I* do!

It’s not that I won’t talk about weddings on my blog anymore. I will continue to share my personal everything here – from weddings I attend to marriage talk and now, of course, pregnancy and baby and parenting matters! (yes, they are 3 separate things!!!)

But a majority of what I’m trying to share about weddings will be now done on Shaadisaga.com – I’ve been their Chief Content Officer for months now, and if you head over to our blog, you’ll see a plethora of posts that will hopefully help you plan your wedding with ease ūüôā {We are still fine-tuning things on the new website, so bear with us till it looks exactly how we want it to}

I write only intermittently these days, to be honest, because…TIME! Between feeding my baby and working full-time in a role where I don’t “just write” anymore, there’s very little time to breathe, let alone write. And those of you who are writers know that writing needs breathing time, lots of it.

I also have a lot of pending posts in draft stages for this blog of mine, and I’ll get to them as time permits. But pregnancy and motherhood are what I’m going to focus on sharing about over the next few months. Stick around if you can, I want to tell you everything about surviving pregnancy as a Delhi girl (including maternity fashion!), giving birth (just…WOW), what it feels like to be a new mom, and getting back to work full time with a 4 month old baby!

I can hardly wait to start (over)sharing again!

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PS. While posts will get published here on a bit of a haphazard schedule, I try and keep everyone posted on Instagram & Facebook. Follow me there for regular updates!

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On Losing & Lifting Weight | Sheena’s 10 Kg Transformation

17 Aug

Sheena runs Mogra Designs, one of my favourite online boutique stores. I have never thought of her as someone who was overweight, so I was¬†surprised¬†when I saw her post on Facebook talking about how she had¬†reached an unhealthy size and had struggled to come back to¬†her ideal weight. As I read through her weight loss journey, I realised she had gradually lost 10 kgs in 5 months the “right” way. She had found what form of workout she enjoyed, figured out what eating habits suited her body and not pressurised herself into losing it all too quickly. This was exactly the kind of fitness routine I wish everyone followed, especially brides to be! I have never believed in quick-fix methods and crash diets, and Sheena’s story was precisely¬†the kind I am always looking for to share with my brides. Here are ALL the details of her 5 month journey, straight from Sheena’s keyboard ūüôā

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I’ve been keeping a secret from you…

10 Jul

There’s something that’s been cooking for a while now.

I’ve been keeping it to myself for months!

And I’m sick of keeping it inside me now.

I want to come out in the open and just say it.

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On Marriage | Does Your Husband Help at Home?

25 Jun

This is a new feature on the blog where I will publish stories related to what comes after a wedding Рthe marriage and the relationship behind it. Everything from what makes a marriage work, to what the Indian wife faces at home is open to discussion. Feel free to send in your honest thoughts on marriage, about your experiences so that we can all freely talk about it and learn from it. I am happy to let you write anonymously so that you can share your personal experiences openly and without a worry.

Does Your Husband Help At Home?

Kanika* is a 26 year old from Delhi who is getting married this December. In the lead up to her wedding, she has been feeling anxious about how she is expecting for herself to transform from a driven career woman to a multi-tasking care taker of the home and office affairs with limited to no help from her husband-to-be. She wonders why she feels it is her sole responsibility to manage her new home while remaining a star performer at work. Continue reading

Crushing on Candy Coloured Lehengas by Priyal Prakash!

1 Jun

Priyal Prakash is the designer kid on the block most of you wouldn’t have heard of. While she runs a small boutique in Shahpur Jat, her business is anything but small. Her designs are sold on Pernia’s Pop Up Shop and she is the go-to designer for¬†all¬†offbeat brides. If you love traditional, go on and skip this post. But if you’re looking for something different, she’s your girl.

When I had first seen a Priyal Prakash lehenga, it intrigued me. But I wasn’t going to put myself in it. It was for women with fashion-forward tastes, not someone like me. Then two years ago, I went roka shopping with my best friend to Shahpur Jat and we thought, why not try on a Priyal Prakash design and see how it looks. What a fantastic decision that turned out to be!¬†Her lehenga looked drop-dead gorgeous on my friend, and I was converted to a fan for life. Priyal herself, of course, explains how her designs are not for every girl. Either you “get” her design aesthetic, or you don’t. I say – try it out on yourself, and there’s a good chance you will love it IF you’re looking for something that’s a breath of fresh air and unique.

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Everything You Need To Know About Adding Volume To Your Lehenga: Can-Can 101

25 May

Not everyone can afford a lehenga with 24 kalis. Not everyone WANTS a lehenga with 24 kalis – the fabric adds a ton of weight.

But if you’ve picked a lehenga that falls straight, chances are you’re wondering how to make it¬†look more bridal and royal, without spending more money on additional kalis.

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If You’re A Gota Patti Fan, Anita Dongre’s Royal Wedding Collection Is Perfect For You!

21 May

Have you heard about it yet? The Make In India campaign?

Everything that has been made in India is being promoted under this campaign for the last few months, and of course, the biggest¬†fashion designer names have found a prominent place on the pride-inducing list. There have been a handful of fashion shows to showcase the best of what designers have been making here locally, and Anita Dongre was the only one to have an entire fashion show solely dedicated to her wedding wear creations. What did that mean for the brides of India? A show full of beautiful gota patti lehengas and jackets to¬†add to your trousseau wish list! It’s¬†a bride’s lucky week, isn’t it? First a Sabyasachi Summer 2016 collection to browse, and now THIS!

The range of Anita Dongre evening-wear was made at her eco-friendly design headquarters in Vashi, Maharashtra. An imperial colour palette ranging from blush pinks to deep vermilions and soft powder blues to the magnificence of midnight Continue reading

Brides Can’t Stop Gushing Over Sabyasachi’s Dreamy 2016 Collection, and We’ve Got All The Pictures (AND Videos!)

18 May

I’m well aware of how late I am to the party. Sabyasachi’s 2016 collection has been out for a while, and I’ve been¬†sitting quietly in a corner, mesmerised and, oddly, nostalgic. I¬†truly discovered Sabyasachi only in 2012 – the year of my wedding. I had, of course, heard the name over the years but since fashion and designer names were something “other people” knew about and fan-girled all over, it was¬†left outside¬†the purview of my¬†commoner’s life. In the months leading up to my wedding, though, Sabyasachi went from “Is Sabyasachi a woman or man?” to suddenly a name I¬†uttered only with reverence.

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Bride Beyond Borders Part 4: The Final Countdown

5 May

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl¬†landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the fourth¬†post in a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together.¬†After the proposal¬†and her trip to India,¬†Soma spent her time planning the perfect wedding (Part 3). Find out how the final weeks¬†before her big day are coming along below in Part 4¬†of the series: Bride Beyond Borders. Continue reading

Bride Beyond Borders Part 3: Three Months to I Do

2 May

7 years ago, a young Pakistani girl¬†landed in the UK to pursue a degree in Psychology from Warwick University. Little did she know, she’d meet her Prince Charming in this land where there were so many just like her – people who looked like her, behaved like her, but were from across the border back in Asia. Soma found her Indian Prince in Hasan, and they’re soon to be married. This is the third¬†post in a series on a Pakistani bride marrying an Indian groom, with hopes to settle in India to begin their new life together.¬†After the proposal and her trip to India, find out how she is preparing for her new life in Part 3 of the series: Bride Beyond Borders. Continue reading