Ear Cuffs: Hot Fashion Trend

Ear Cuffs have become the hottest new trend with many celebrities seen sporting this gorgeous accessory. In fact, Bollywood fashion icon Sonam Kapoor has been spotted numerous times wearing this statement ear piece and is not the only celebrity (Hollywood and Bollywood) to have caught onto this rapidly growing trend.

There are numerous styles out there, from simple studded, to fabulous flowers to extravagant diamonds. Here are some of the celebrity looks:

Sonam Kapoor Wearing Ear Cuffs

Deepika Padukone Vidya Balan Ear Cuffs

Emma Watson Jennifer Lawrence Ear Cuffs

If you want to look chic at the next wedding function, follow the trend. A hair updo, bare neckline and fresh face will ensure your ear pieces are in the spotlight!

If you are looking for somewhere to buy these fashionable ear cuffs, then check out online fashion retailer Strand of Silk as they have a stunning ear cuffs collection which will surely turn heads. You can find also Indian Wedding Accessories!

Homemade Face Mask For A Wedding Glow

Looking beautiful for your big day is a top priority, but with all the stress of preparing for a wedding it is easy to forget about your skin. Finding time to book and go in for a professional treatment is a pain and expensive! So why not opt for a quick and easy-to-make homemade face mask? Face masks are a great way to feed your skin with healthy antioxidants and give you the desired radiant skin for your special day.

Homemade Face Masks

Here are 3 easy homemade face masks which will undoubtedly brighten and leave your skin glowing:

[color-box]1. Almond Homemade Face Mask

This will lighten your skin and as almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, it will help soften and nourish your skin

  • 4 teaspoons of almonds soaked & ground
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric paste
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of cucumber juice

Mix all the ingredients into a paste. Apply all over the face and neck and keep it on for about 5 minutes. Then rinse with water.[/color-box]

[color-box]2. Avocado and Oatmeal Homemade Face Mask (taken from Make it and Mend it)

To provide moisture, soften and  keep skin looking healthy

  • 2 teaspoons of finely ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of avocado
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Blend ingredients in a bowl forming a thick paste. Massage the mask onto damp face in a circular motion, and then rinse with warm water[/color-box]

[color-box] 3. Strawberry Homemade Face Mask (taken from Bollywood Shaadis)

This multi-beneficial homemade facial reduces puffiness and dark circle under the eye. The high concentration of salicylic acid removes dead cells from skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

  • 6-7 Ripe strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Mash ripe strawberries completely to get smooth paste. The add the olive oil, honey and lemon. Apply it on a clean face with clean hands and wash it off once it is dry.[/color-box]

What are you waiting for? Go make a simple homemade face mask and wake up with softer and brighter skin!

Summer Wedding Inspiration: Be Practical

Wedding season is just around corner and this will be coinciding with what is supposed to be a very hot summer. But we all know indian attire is not always a practical option for a summer wedding. But there is a way to get around this problem by choosing your outfits wisely for a summer wedding.

Weddings imply a ‘dress to impress’ code and by this we assume the heaviest garments. But let’s not forget that:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”

….and so, you can still impress whilst being practical!

Light and bright

Ditch the heavy, blingy oufits for contemporary styles, lighter fabrics and fewer embellishments.

For anarkalis and gowns, opt for chic flowy and innovative cuts with no sleeves.  Easy to wear fabrics such as net, chiffon, georgette and cotton should be worn.

For lehengas and sarees, you can use the heat as an excuse to wear something a bit more risqué by showing some flesh with unique cuts. Light fabrics such as net georgette, net with satin lining, satin and crepe are practical summer wedding choices.

So you can be practical and still turn heads by choosing light, bright and innovative options. Here are some inspiring summer wedding looks from Lakmé Fashion Week 2014:

Summer Wedding Styles Karisma Kapoor Lakme Fashion Week

Summer Wedding Inspiration Lakme Fashion Week 2014 Koesch Vik

Summer Wedding Saree Lakme Fashion Week Designer Jyotsna Tiwari

Summer Wedding Lakme Fashion Week Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra

Summer Wedding Designer Jyotsna Tiwari at LFW 2014

Summer Wedding Priyanka Chopra Lakme Fashion Week

Browse more glamorous Indian wedding dresses here!


Bridal Collections: LFW 2014 (Part 2)

The much-awaited Lakmé Fashion Week 2014 showcased stunning collections from innovative and well respected designers, with beautiful bollywood stars as their showstoppers.

Lakme Fashion Week Stowstoppers

Here is Part 2 of the Bridal Collections showcased at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Get more inspiration from these talented designers for your lavish wedding!

Designer Anushree Reddy’s ‘The Tale of a Bow’ bridal collections had customising vintage zardozi work with a touch of bling sequence work on fabrics such as malkha, chanderi, mulmul, kota, tulle and satin in forms of elaborate drapes.


Exaggerated volume was meticulously tailored to create dramatic anarkalis, crop blouses, sarees and lehengas. To create the vintage and antique look, zardozi had been especially dyed with tea leaves.


An interesting colour palette of vintage pink, grey, teal blue, soft blush contrasted with strong blood red and pure untouched natural beige dominated the collection.

Stunning Ileana D’cruz was the showstopper for Anushree Reddy’s beautiful bridal collections.

Bridal Collections Ileana D'Cruz Anushree Reddy LFW 2014 Bridal Collections Ileana D'Cruz walks for Anushree Reddy LFW 2014


Designer Tarun Tahiliani’s show opened with his fabulous collections such as a black lean gown followed by bolero with embroidered draped dhoti pants.


Models entered the runway wearing  a black and white serenade of kurtas, bridal saris with knitted lace gilets, drawstring kaftan, dhoti sari, lehenga cholis with net dupattas and kalidaar embellished kurtas.

Following this,Tarun opened a Pandora’s Box of delicious relaxed ready-to- wear resort fashion in sorbet shades. Summer cottons and sushi voiles came alive with thread and chikan work. Ombre added shades to chiffon saris while kimkhab kurtas were a vision in sheer silk.


Colours caused a riot on the ramp, as indigo, mustard, fuchsia turned into sunset hues while the black, white, ivory and beige kept the tones under control.

Elegant actress Jacquelines Fernandez walked the ramp for renowned bridal designer Tarun Tahiliani.

Bridal Collections Tarun Tahiliani Jacqueline Fernandez Lakme Fashion WeekBridal Collections Tarun Tahiliani Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Bridal Collections: LFW 2014 (Part 1)

Perfectly color coordinated Men and Women’s bridal outfits gave a new definition to wedding trousseaux at Lakmé Fashion Week 2014. All these bridal collections filled the atmosphere with a feeling of royalty. The dramatic silhouettes presented by the designers took the audience back to the Mughal Era.

Bridal Collection Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Designers like Gaurang Shah, Shyamal & Bhumika, Anushree Reddy, Tarun Tahiliani and many others showcased their exquisite Summer/Resort bridal collections at the fashion show.

Chogas, kalidar lehengas, sherwanis and panelled kurtas were showcased for men. Whilst, embroidered kali details were displayed for saris, angarkhas, zari zardozi embroidery work.

Designer Gaurang Shah, presented his ‘Chandbali’ collection which were a rainbow of colors and styles in an ode to the modern bride at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.


His garments were mostly kanjeevarams with kalamkari creations. The dresses he presented were inspired by panchantantra stories and highlighted the intricate Korvai weaving known for its grace and elegance.

Bringing to centre stage, the ancient Jamdani weaving technique, Gaurang’s “Chandbali” was poetry in fabric form as he presented the odhna weaves on organza while the embroidery on khadi recreated the antique zardosi style.


The collection was designed in hues of surkh red, gulabi pink, zard yellow, narangi orange, sabz green ensuring the 21st century bride had ample options.

The show stopper for his show was Kirron Kher in a shocking pink brocade sari.

Bridal Collections Kirron Kher LFW 2014 Bridal Collections Kiron Kher Gaurang Shah LFW 2014

Designers Shyamal and Bhumika presented their spring/summer bridal wear collection at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

For the ensemble called “A Mystical Garden” the ballroom was turned into a garden with the backdrop of flower bouquets and flowers lined on both the sides of the ramp.


A variety of silhouettes were showcased like flared skirts, flared maxis and gowns, ankle-length dress, short top over embroidered churidar and corset over panelled net skirt, saris.

The men’s wear had jackets, pleated shirts, trousers and polo pants.


Colors that dominated the runway included peach, beige, rose, rose pink, aqua, peach, and chocolate brown.

Shyamal & Bhumika Bridal Collections LFW 2014 Bridal Collections Shyamal & Bhumika LFW 2014 Bridal collections shymal & bhumika LFW 2014

See also part two!

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani Recipe

With all the ceremonies and rituals Indian weddings have, catering for guests is extremely stressful for the bride and groom’s family. Who’s going to cook and what are they going to cook? This decision for Indian wedding food is not taken lightly for Indians as there is so much at stake if it goes wrong. Any Indian celebration is incomplete without a grand feast- it is part of the culture to share an abundance of food with friends and family.

At Indian wedding functions, guests hope to find an array of mouth-watering dishes and one that is sure to please is Biryani – an exquisite rice dish filled with spiced flair. Biriyani was once considered to be a royal dish, fit for kings.

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani

So if you want to add royalty to the grand wedding feast try out our delicious Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani recipe, inspired by Khana Khazana’s Sanjeev Kapoor:

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani

[color-box color=blue]Ingredients


For the lamb:

500g of lamb cut into small pieces
1 cup (Greek) yogurt
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, torn
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, torn
One large onion thinly sliced

For the rice:

280g Basmati rice
4 tablespoon ghee/butter oil + 1 tablespoon oil
2 bay leaves
10 green cardamoms + 2 black carmamoms
25 black peppercorns
3 cinnamon sticks
2 large onions thinly sliced
½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
10 cloves
Few saffron (kesar) strands soaked in ¼ cup milk


1. Heat five to six cups of water in a deep pan. Add drained rice, salt, bay leaves, five green cardamoms, seven to eight black peppercorns, one cinnamon stick and cook till three fourth done. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat sufficient butter oil in a medium-sized saucepan and deep-fry half the onion slices till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Grind caraway seeds, one cinnamon stick, remaining black peppercorns, cloves and remaining green cardamoms to a fine powder and set aside.

3. Marinating the lamb: Place the pieces in a bowl and then add ginger, garlic and salt. Mix well in order to coat the lamb pieces properly. Add the garam masala, red chilli powder, half the fried onions crushed, yogurt, coriander leaves, half of the mint leaves and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix well again. Leave it to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

4. Heat two tablespoons ghee/butter oil in a pan, remaining cinnamon and black cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add remaining onions and sauté till light golden. Add marinated lamb, stir and cook on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Cover, reduce heat and cook till almost done.

5. Heat the remaining ghee/butter oil in a thick pan. Spread half the rice in a layer and spread the lamb over the rice. Then thrown in the remaining torn mint leaves and spread the remaining rice on top.

6. Sprinkle the saffron on the top and then cover the pan and cook until done. Serve hot. Recommended to add raita on the side.[/color-box]

Voila, you can now cook a scrumptious royal Hyderbadi Lamb Biryani dish that will surely impress your hungry guests.



Indian Wedding Style Tips for Guest

We all know that an Indian wedding isn’t like most, but that is what makes them so beautiful and a celebration that everyone wants to experience. But why do they last so long?! Well, this long lasting affair is down to the many rituals carried out, all having their own significance and importance.

These festivities will surely be extravagant and lavish as Indians love to splash out on celebrations. I can confidently say that you have not truly celebrated until you have experienced it the Indian way.

So what ceremonies are there in an Indian wedding and what does one wear to these? Each Indian community has their own unique ceremonies, but here are those shared by most:


The wedding celebrations usually start with this event where family and friends gather together and close members perform dances for the happy couple. This is followed by dinner, more music and dancing. It is a fun event which is enjoyed by all.

Indian Wedding Sangeet

Style tips: Taking part in the dances? Then you should wear something vibrant and pretty but easy to wear, such as a light anarkali. But if you are a close friend or relative and want to wear something heavier you can easily change after the dances into an anarkali, lehenga or saree. If you aren’t close to the couple then a simple and colourful anarkali will be perfect . You will be dancing a lot, so wear something flowy!


This pre-wedding ritual is organised by the bride’s family, attended by women who are friends and family. It is an event where the bride has a change to spend quality time with the girls.  Everyone celebrates by dancing, laughing and getting mehendi, also known as henna, applied on their hands and/or feet. Mehendi is beautiful, as it signifies love and affection.

Indian Mehendi Wedding Ceremony

Style tips: You should wear something bright and colourful, but light since you will be sitting uncomfortably when getting mehendi applied  – an anarkali or salwar would be appropriate.  Be warned that you might get mehendi on your outfit since it takes a while to dry, so perhaps you shouldn’t wear your favourite attire!


This is another messy but fun ceremony which is a cleansing and purifying ceremony performed before the wedding day. A detoxifying (mostly turmeric based) paste is applied on the face, hands and feet of the bride and groom. This will bring a glow to the skin which is supposed to create more attraction between the couple.

Indian Wedding Haldi Ritual

Style tips: Similarly to the mehendi ceremony, wear something bright and light, but not precious to you – as you will be applying this paste on the bride and if they’re feeling mischevious, they may put some back on you too! A simple anarkali or salwar will be a good choice.


The big day has finally arrived and consists of many symbolic rituals performed throughout the day, starting with the bride’s family welcoming the groom and his family and eventually ending with the performance of the marriage ceremony.

Indian Wedding Ceremony

Style tips: A rich and heavy saree or lehenga is the most common outfit to wear at an Indian Wedding and apart from black, any colour can be worn. Just make sure you dress to impress and accessorize as there will be hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people attending and lots of photos being taken!


This is a celebration which like most other cultures involves lots of eating, drinking and dancing. It is usually organized by the groom’s family to celebrate the arrival of the beautiful bride into their family.

Indian Wedding Reception

Style tips: A long ravishing gown, stunning saree or chic anarkali will be the right choice for this occasion and you can finally wear elegant black!

The beauty and romance of an Indian wedding is like no other. Embrace these grand festivities by dressing extravagantly and most importantly enjoying!