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Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh (DeepVeer) Wedding Deets

I am going through a bit of a celeb phase. I am totally lapping in the details from my favourite wedding of the year so far, Deepika and Ranveer.

The traditional wedding ceremony was held in Italy with only a limited number of guests. The ceremony was limited to close family and friends, with even prominent bollywood stars not invited to the celebration. Since the couple are from different communities, they had 2 traditional style wedding ceremonies – Konkani and Sindhi. Each community has it’s own ways of celebrating weddings, and the lucky couple had the chance to partake in both.

As has become customary in recent weddings, the couple also had an elaborate mehendi ceremony. At this ceremony, the bride had mehendi applied to her hands. From the looks of the pictures – there was also dancing and generally a good vibe.

Mehendi Ceremony Pictures

The Konkani wedding ceremony looked very traditional and both the bride and groom seem to be having a great time. Some media reports claimed that the red saree that Deepika wore was a Sabyasachi, but it was later clarified that it was not from the designer’s collection. The spree was in fact a Kanjivaram saree in which Deepika looked stunning.

Konkani Wedding Pictures

The Sindhi wedding style is something I have seen a lot more of, with the bride making an entrance and the like. The couple wore matching colours and looked absolutely adorable. I did have concerns that Ranveer would outshine the bride with his choice of colourful outfits, but thankfully that did not happen 🙂

Sindhi Wedding Pictures


As the couple got back to Mumbai, on the airport they were seen in relatively muted colours. The style was elegant and a refreshing change from the bold colours at the wedding. I find it absolutely refreshing that Deepika did not opt for heavy neck jewellery and kept her look very simple with the traditional Jhumka earrings.

Ranveer not to be outdone on the florals, also opted for a simple look (by his standards anyway). The timeless pairing of a waistcoat with the white kurta set was perfect and complemented his new wife’s look. I did expect Ranveer to be a little more bold with his choice for the airport, but this look works just fine on him.

Airport Looks

The couple arrived in Mumbai recently and were looking absolutely perfect. They wore matching colours and I have to say, Deepika looked absolutely radiant. I think deepika’s traditional style game is right on point, and I love the use of traditional fabrics and textiles in the couple’s wedding. From quirky motifs like Ranveer’s elephant motif jacket to the nature inspired motifs on Deepika’s dupatta – the small details were a nod to the traditional.

Reception in Bengaluru

Having multiple wedding ceremonies might have been enough for mere mortals, but for the gods of style and bollywood, multiple events are a must have. Since the number of people attending the couple’s wedding in Italy were limited, they are hosted a reception in Bengaluru. The couple as before look absolutely stunning

Pictures from strandofsilk.com

Indian Wedding Couples: Special Moments Captured Creatively

Gone are the days where the bride and groom’s portrait photos are captured in a standardised manner, against a plain coloured backdrop. Wedding photographers these days have mastered the art of photography to another level, capturing Indian wedding couples in exotic destinations and fairytale settings, and even reminiscent of Bollywood movie scenes.

In fact, theres is no limit to a photographers creativity and the images below captured by Monir Ali proves just this. These images of Indian wedding couples is a breath of fresh air and hopefully you are inspired for your own wedding shoot!

A further tip to Indian wedding couples for their glamour photos is to coordinate their ensembles with one another, so that there is unity in the photographs, such as shown in the images below. Don’t their Indian wedding ensembles look stunning!

All images courtesy: Monir Ali photography

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Closeup couples photo by Monir Ali

 

Iconic Bollywood Sarees

A splash of vibrant colour, tall dark men of valour,

A song for every emotion, fans with die-hard cinema devotion,

Where the hero reigns supreme, and dance numbers always work their way into the theme,

Where melodrama is the major component, but never ever a dull moment,

That’s BOLLYWOOD for you folks!

The Indian film industry has been appreciated world over for its dynamicity, versatility and undying magnetism. Not only that, Bollywood has been known to be a creative platform that not only gives a boost to existing style trends, but also inspires innovative and fresh fashion ideas. The industry has been around for a long time now, and has seen numerous fashion fads come and go, but the one fashion statement, older than Bollywood itself, which has stood strong throughout the years and still reigns as every woman’s favourite attire, is hands down, the Bollywood saree. Be it on screen or off screen, Bollywood divas have been rocking the garment for years now and have no intention of ceasing to do so for years to come.

Let’s have a look at some of the most talked about Bollywood sarees that have left an indelible mark on the minds of all fashion enthusiasts.

Sri Devi’s Saree in Mr. India.

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Sridevi’s blue chiffon saree in Mr.India

The gorgeous Sridevi became a fashion icon overnight owing to her electric blue chiffon saree in the song ‘I Love You’. Bollywood sarees such as these are simple, yet have an undeniable impact on screen. While the song had the lead actors confessing their love to each other, the audience was busy falling in love with this divine piece of clothing!

Madhuri Dixit’s Saree in Hum Aapke Hain Koun.

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Madhuri Dixit’s purple and golden saree in Hum Aapke Hain Koun

Madhuri wasn’t the only one who stole hearts with this movie. The purple and golden ensemble that she donned for the song ‘Didi Tera Dewar Deewana’ made women all over the nation go gaga. The modern-day trend of the popular ‘Dori Blouse’ can also be traced back to this iconic Bollywood saree. Certainly, Bollywood sarees like this one are both contemporary and traditional and make a significant on-screen impact!

Aishwarya Rai’s Saree in Devdas

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Aishwarya Rai’s rich saree in Devdas

At a time when the Indian saree was being subjected to immense miscellany in regard to its styling, the film Devdas brought back the traditional vogue with this Blue Benarasi number. The modest silhouette of this Bollywood saree was more than compensated by elaborate embroidery work and conventional heavy jewellery. Bollywood sarees such as these truly reflect the unacknowledged glamour quotient of ancient India.

Sushmita Sen’s Saree in Main Hoon Na

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Sushmita Sen’s glamorous saarees in Main Hoon Na

Who says teachers can’t look sexy? Sushmita sure made teaching look like the most glamorous profession in the country, with her ultra-glam yet super casual saree clad look in the movie Main Hoon Na. So, for all those who think Bollywood sarees are only fit for evening wear, with the right choice of colours and subtle accessories, a saree could make you look like a million bucks even at your workplace, without looking out of place! I don’t know about you, but these stunning Bollywood sarees definitely stole my heart and I wanted to possess every design!

Priyanka Chopra’s Saree in Dostana

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Priyanka Chopra’s shimmering cream saree in Dostana

Truly representing the evolution of the Bollywood saree, Priyanka Chopra’s dazzling cream coloured sari in the movie Dostana, proved beyond doubt that the hottest girl in the world, surely is a ‘Desi Gal’. This was another ensemble I dreamt of adding to my Bollywood sarees collection, with its sheer aura of glam.

Bollywood meets Hollywood

The Bollywood saree is not only loved nationally, but has also received immense acclaim abroad, with many foreign damsels donning Bollywood sarees at various events.

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Victoria Beckham in a Tarun Tahiliani ensemble
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Paris Hilton poses in a pink saree at an event in Mumbai
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Liz Hurley looks amazing in this dual tone pink saree
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Eva Mendes looks exquisite in a pink saree over a strapless blouse for an American commercial
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Nicole Scherzinger looks gives us a glimpse of her classy and elegant side in a sophisticated black and golden saree

 Bringing Bollywood to your Wardrobe

So if you’re going for a party and want to be the centre of attention, nothing spells elegance and grace better than a Bollywood saree. What makes it such a favoured choice of outfit for any event, is the plethora of choices that it has to offer, right from the material of fabrication, to the style of draping. You can choose from a wide range of fabrics for Bollywood sarees, which include crepe, georgette, net, cotton and velvet to name a few. As for the styles, whether you go in for a Bollywood saree inspired by the 90’s or decide to sport a more contemporary saree look, with the right makeup and the right accessories, a Bollywood saree can make you look elegant, graceful, sophisticated and even hot all at once!

The real secret behind the saree being the most preferred choice of all Indian women, is that regardless of a woman’s physique, this outfit can look good on just about anyone. So, even if you’re a little over-weight or a bit too skinny, really short or way too tall, Bollywood sarees can make anyone look red-carpet ready.

Thanks to the renowned Indian fashion designers such as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Rocky S, Tarun Tahiliani and countless others, the Indian saree has not only been revived, but has also become a stunning fashion statement in the Indian fashion scenario. Be it a wedding reception, a religious get-together or even a work event, now you can forget your outfit related concern, and let your Bollywood saree make heads turn!

 

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Best Dressed and Top Fashion Looks at the IIFA Awards 2014

Deepika Padukone at the IIFA Awards 2014

Bollywood’s young brigade definitely ruled the green carpet at the IIFA Awards, showcasing a gorgeous section of Indian fashion and designers with unique styles, impressing myself, and the fans with their elegance and originality.

I have personally chosen each of these looks as I love the diversity, embellishment and colours of each of the gowns which were proudly shown off as the stars one by one graced the green carpet. Vaani Kapoor specifically stood out for me, showcasing a stunning embellished gold tone backless dress by Raakesh Agarvwal, a sure favourite of mine. The highly embellished gowns in general were definitely my preference amongst the fashion designs; it’s a key look for this season and is extremely flattering and stands out from a crowd.

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Kalki Koechlin was a key example of how to wear embellishment, wearing Gaurav Gupta, she stood out at the IIFA Awards in this dazzling soft coloured number detailed with shoulder padding detail and long sleeves which created a princess style look.

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Deepika Padukone had opted for a red gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad, she looked gorgeous in this figure hugging lace number and simple updo hairstyle, and although the dark berry lips weren’t for everyone, I personally loved them! In general lip colour at the IIFA Awards was very neutral and nude, a trend and overall fashion look that has taken this season by storm, and successfully completes every look. Especially for brides, a nude lip creates a subtle but noticeable make-up look, which will go with almost every gown colour and style.

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All in all, I’d say that the Indian wedding dresses and gowns and fashion showcased at the IIFA Awards are some of the best I’ve seen for a long time, they had me wishing I owned half of them!

Here is a selection of some of my favourite styles from the IIFA Awards

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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!