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How I Styled 1 Anarkali in 3 Different Ways this Wedding Season

13 Jan 1 Anarkali Styled 3 different ways to wear to weddings

Indian wear is expensive. Or should I be saying, my tastes are expensive? Either way, most anarkalis I love don’t start below Rs.15,000 (at minimum!) and just a set of unstitched suit fabric in raw silk costs Rs.8,000. Of course, I still go on a manic hunt every time to find something more reasonable, but the fact no one can deny is - ethnic clothes cost a helluva lot these days! Which is why, when you have bought something, you want to get all the use out of it you possibly can.

I have one anarkali in my wardrobe that I love so much, I wore it to 4 different wedding events last winter. But when you’re wearing the same outfit over and over again, you want to style it differently each time, however slightly, so that it doesn’t look the exact same over and over again. Continue reading

My Best Friend’s Wedding: 18 Days To Go & I Still Don’t Know What I’m Wearing

12 Nov

If you haven’t yet, read the first two posts from this series - Prologue & Chapter 1 - before you get started with this post.

My Best Friend's Wedding 18 Days To Go And I Still Don't Know What To Wear

Panic is slowly, but surely, making it’s way into my mind. I have bits and pieces figured out, but not a single look is a 100% done. This is what I’ve figured out till now -

On Mehendi

DECIDED! :) All the way from the outfit, the earrings and the exact bangles I’m going to have on.

Footwear is the only part of the look that’s still a big fat questions mark. I need to buy pretty jootis. Continue reading

Trousseau Destination: Eveva Love

1 Aug

trousseau destination eveva love

I haven’t found my sangeet lehenga yet. There are less than 90 days to go, and I am still looking. I am confused, lost and clueless. I don’t want to spend a lot on it, since the occasion doesn’t need it. I am looking for a relatively simple lehenga - with bright colors and very limited embroidery.

When I saw this post on Peaches & Blush about a new place called Eveva Love in GK1, I decided to pay the store a visit. The pictures in the post seemed full of color, and the work on the lehengas did not seem heavy. It seemed like the kind of place I would find my sangeet lehenga in.

I met Neena Singh at the store (visits are by appointment only). There is no sign outside the door that says Eveva Love. It’s basically a space on the first floor of a GK1 bungalow. The store is delightful, with a large variety of Indian wear. They have saris, lehengas, anarkalis. One of their USPs is most definitely the fact that they have all the trendy new Indian wear styles as well - lehenga saris, kurtas with dhoti style pants (not sure what they’re called), shararas and even lehengas with long jackets, all of which are made in very wearable styles.

If I was not shopping specifically for my sangeet outfit, or if I hadn’t already overdosed on pinks in my trousseau, I’m sure I would’ve picked up atleast 1 or 2 things from here. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I did find two outfits for the sangeet I totally loved.

Full flare lehenga (L); Lehenga Sari (R) from Eveva Love

Check out the difference in flare - the one on the left has the kind of flare I want in my wedding lehenga *fingers crossed for Om Prakash Jawahar Lal* (pray for them, because if they don’t give me a lehenga I totally adore, I will kill someone! :p Just joking…not) But the lehenga with full flare was very, very expensive. Definitely too expensive for a sangeet lehenga. The one on the right was an absolutely beautiful combo of bright yellow and blue - the picture quality of my phone is obviously terrible (for a clearer picture, go here). But, it’s a lehenga sari. Do I want to wear a lehenga sari on my sangeet? Also, it was almost INR 10,000 more than what I am willing to spend *sigh* Why isn’t this getting any easier?!

Bottom line is - Eveva Love is a great store for trendy new Indian wear, with lots of bright colors and great wearable designs. I would consider it a bit on the expensive side, atleast in comparison to Mansi Gupta of Regalya. But, their look is extremely ethnic while Mansi’s is more chic and modern so it’s not exactly an apple to apple comparison.

And about my sangeet lehenga…it’s still not decided :(

How to get in touch with Eveva Love - call Neena Singh +91-9910488244 or Chandni Kochhar +91-9899977721 to book an appointment. Their address is B-95, 1st floor, Greater Kailash Part 1, New Delhi. If you’re coming from N-block market, keep going straight till you hit Archana Arcade on your right. From there, don’t take the left towards M-Block market. Instead, keep going straight till almost the end of the road. B-95 will be on your left.

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Regalya by Mansi Gupta - Exhibition tomorrow

16 Jul

Just a reminder to all fellow brides - Mansi Gupta, my roka anarkali suit designer, is showing her latest Regalya collection of formal and semi-formal Indian wear at an exhibition in Hotel Ashoka tomorrow (10 am to 8 pm) - 17th July, 2012. In case you missed out, read a detailed review on Mansi’s label Regalya here. You can visit her facebook page here, and her website here.

Regalya by Mansi Gupta - Exhibition poster from Facebook page

Trousseau Destination: Regalya by Mansi Gupta

9 Jul

Regalya by Mansi Gupta trousseau destination

Before I start the post, let me give you a summary. My roka anarkali suit was desgined by Mansi Gupta, who runs her label Regalya out of a store at Hotel Le Meridian in New Delhi. Her latest Spring Summer collection of formal and semi-formal Indian outfits will be on display at the following 2 exhibitions:

  • 11 July, 2012 - 10 am to 8 pm - Mahila Mangal Exhibition - Stall 61, Hotel Ashoka
  • 17 July, 2012 - 10 am to 8 pm - Ankur Exhibition - Stall C5, Hotel Ashoka

Keep reading to find out how I found out about her store, and why I think she’s a great designer.

I had my roka ceremony in December 2011. For the uninitiated, it’s an informal engagement ceremony. We decided on the date 3 weeks prior to the roka. That meant I had 3 weeks to find a suitable anarkali. I knew I wanted to wear an anarkali, because a normal style suit would be exactly that - just normal.

And so started the search almost every evening after office - from M-Block Market (GK-1) to South Extension stores. This was also the time I discovered Kapil & Mmonika (I’ve spoken about them in a previous post). By the end of 1 week, I was tired of looking everywhere and finding nothing. Since it’s a small ceremony, I didn’t want anything heavy. However, I couldn’t find anything appropriate. I had almost given up. I had seen one anarkali at Kapil & Mmonika, and although it wasn’t ideal, I was just about ready to buy it. You know, that syndrome of buying anything you like even a little just because you’re too tired to look around anymore.

Then, as they say, I struck gold. My sister-in-law told me about a desginer - Mansi Gupta. Since she came highly recommended, my mother and I went to check out her store. We’re usually not into buying things from desginers, or even getting them stitched. We prefer our clothes ready-made - just pick it off a shelf, and if it fits you and suits you just the way it is - take it. We don’t make the effort to visualise and figure out how we can get something custom-made. But since we were running out of both time and luck, we decided to give Mansi’s store a shot.

Mansi Gupta’s label Regalya is displayed at her store in Hotel Le Meridian (Janpath). She did a fantastic job with my anarkali suit. We picked out parts we liked from 2-3 different suits, and she put it together beautifully. What I like most is her sense of personal style. It’s very similar to mine (or maybe that’s what good desginers convince you of). She also does not do very heavy work that involves that dreaded chamki (bling). With her, you can trust that the suit will most definitely not turn out like a shiny disco ball, and will turn out classy. She very patiently listens to what you want out of your suit - over the 2 weeks leading up to the roka, my mother and I must have spent a good 5 hours with her figuring out the suit. On the first visit, we spent 3 hours figuring out the design. The next time, we spent 2 hours making alterations to ensure the suit was exactly what we were looking for.

Mansi designs formal and semi-formal suits. She also does light lehengas on request (she’s probably doing my Sangeet lehenga). She has an extensive collection of Indian wear that will be on display at an upcoming exhibiton - on 11th & 17th July 2012 at Hotel Ashoka. I’ll most definitely be heading over to her exhibition this week, and if you’re getting married soon, I suggest you also check out her collection! You’ll get some unique pieces for your trousseau, I’m quite confident.

Update: Mansi also designed my sister’s and sister-in-law’s anarkalis that they wore on my Sangeet, and my SIL’s anarkali that she wore on my Reception.

Sister outfits1 Sister outfits

Sister outfits5

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Looking for my wedding lehenga at South Extension

21 May

I needed to make a trip to South Extension market on Saturday morning, before heading off to Chandni Chowk. So I went to Ushnaq Mal first, since my parents thought they had good wedding lehengas. Most of it was too much chamki (in-your-face-shiny) that not only looks fugly but also photographs terribly. But, there was ONE lehenga, a beautiful light pink with a lot of embroidery, but the toned done kind. It was a sophisticated lehenga, and I had even decided to get it made with a coral pink base matching with a mint green blouse (don’t ask me why but I’m totally obsessing over this coral-mint green combo)! However, I didn’t put down an advance for the order and told the guy that I would confirm by the next day. The reason was that, although the lehenga itself was beautiful, other than the embroidery there was nothing else that we “designed” for it. I mean, anyone can get a pretty base for a lehenga was subtle embroidery, put a straight line border of a contrasting color at the bottom, a matching blouse and 2 dupattas that also match. Ummm…it didn’t involve any real designing, it wouldn’t be as unique as I’d wanted and honestly, since I took elements from three different lehengas to put mine together, I just couldn’t visualise it. The guy said he’d have it ready by early September, but…I wondered how stressed I would feel for the next 3 and a half months not sure of how the lehenga would turn out. It’s a matter of trusting someone’s sense of design. Take Mansi Gupta for example (shes a designer who sits at Le Meridian in Delhi and designed my roka ceremony anarkali suit) - even then the whole concept and color combo was in our heads, we designed it together, and I was barely able to visualise it. But the outcome was amazing! I loved what she did and now I am sure that she understands my sense of style, I trust her blindly to give me something I’d love. I get her now, and she gets me. I obviously didn’t have that level of comfort with that uncle (who btw is a pervert, so word of caution to all the girls - avoid Ushnaq Mal, and if you can’t then do insist on the girl taking your measurements, definitely not that old uncle).

So I left Ushnaq Mal thinking, the lehenga is so pretty, but I’m just not sure about it.

I’ll continue this story in tomorrow’s post…off to sleep now, need to wake up early to workout (YES, I’ve started doing some basic stretches and crunches at home for the last few days. Another post on working out some other time, I promise!) Good night fellow Bride to Be’s!


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