Metallic Saris

Gold & silver can never go wrong.

All images from Satya Paul’s Facebook Page.




Love these Looks: Nida Mahmood

Check out these saris by Nida Mahmood, “Queen of Indian Kitsch”. Love the contrasting colours and the bright patterns. The saris definitely stand out without all the heavy embroidery… I am loving how the models are styled…with casual hair and chunky jewelry. It makes for a very modern and chic look. However, if you want to have more of a traditional or classy look, pair it with some traditional Indian costume jewelry, and you’re set! (All images from Exclusively In.)

For more Nida Mahmood fashion, check out her site here




Eye Candy

I’ve been working on a presentation for work for several days now and this entire evening. The big day is tomorrow/today. I should be getting to sleep, but I need to replace my presentation thoughts with other thoughts so that I can actually fall asleep. And I got to thinking, what’s better than pretty thoughts?

Here are some pics that have caught my eye over the last week or so…

Gorgeous Crystal Bridal Set from Blossom Box

Awesome hair and gorgeous hair jewelry from Lakme Fashion Week:

Super sexy and classy lengha from CTC West: This is my dream lengha because it can serve double duty. You can wear this for the wedding ceremony and then take off the coat and show off the sexy blouse for the reception. It’ll be the same lengha for two occasions, yes, but you can style it differently for two unique looks! (Hmm…photo shoot idea, maybe??) For example, the model looks very much like a sweet Indian girl, but take off that coat, let down her hair and throw in some sexy waves, put on some contrasting jewels, up the bling factor, amp up the make up, and voila–she’ll look like a super hot and sexy bride ready for the wedding night…and she’ll have money left over for the honeymoon because she didn’t blow the budget on two outfits! yeehaw!

Gorgeous saris from Vogue India:

Love you long time, Sabyasachi.

You have my heart again, Mr. Malhotra.

Loving this look and the blouse is hot, Tarun Tahiliani.

All that glitters is gold, Rina Dhaka

Best hair piece ever (photo by Chris Nicholls; picture from here🙂

I’m on vacation starting Friday at 4:30 pm. CAN.NOT.WAIT. After a hectic weekend, J and I will be flying off to the lovely isle of St. Lucia. I might post some pics from my vacay to make you all jealous….muwahahahaaaa….




The Everlasting Beauty of the Sari…CTC West Style

I recently had the pleasure of coming across a wonderful website, Old Indian Photos, which is essentially an archive of photos from the Indian subcontinent. Many of them are simply breathtaking and I have spent hours going through picture after picture. Apparently, Gaurav from CTC West has also fallen in love with this site and posted a series of vintage LIFE magazine pictures documenting “How to tie a sari” a while back. Using these pictures as inspiration, Gaurav selected a team of creative geniuses to recreate the shoot with Canadiana colours and symbols. It’s absolutely breathtaking. I love how the shoot juxtaposes old and new while simultaneously highlighting the everlasting mystique and beauty of the Indian sari.


Original Creative Concept: LIFE Magazine 1945
Photography: Christine Lim
Make-Up & Hair: Amplified Soul
Producer: Gurjeet Kaur Bassi
Model: Pardeep Bassi
Assistant: Gagan Bassi
Outfit: CTC West



Pretty saris on a lazy Sunday

As promised, here are some saris by Rocky S.

The saris are simple and elegant–the way saris are supposed to be! The variety of blouse designs is also really nice. I’m not usually a fan of the strapless sari blouse, but in the above design it works–probably because it’s longer and so doesn’t end up looking trashy.

(All images from Vogue India)



Wedding Trends 2010: Brown Bride Style (Part 2)

Hey all,

Continuation of my previous post, Wedding Trends 2010: Brown Bride Style. The trends already covered: Vintage Styling; Sustainable sit downs; Fashion forward head pieces; Small, intimate affairs.

5. Wedding videos as cinematic events

My sister was married 11 years ago, and we have 3 (maybe more?) VHS tapes full of  wedding footage. It’s boring, uneventful, and did I mention boring? Mercifully, the unedited, 9-hour long wedding sagas of years past is no longer in vogue.

Click on the link below for the video highlights of a grand Sikh wedding by the amazing Phototerra team. They captured the energy and the scope of the wedding impressively well. (A little tidbit for the bhangra fans out there: Watch out for Malkit Singh–he performed at this wedding!!!!)

A  caveat if you’ve never been to an Indian wedding before: this wedding’s a bit on the extravagant end of the spectrum. For those of you coming to my wedding, it will (hopefully) be awesome, but not in the unlimited budget awesome kinda way this wedding was. Malkit Singh will be there, but in the itunes version. & Brahmjot/1

6. Dramatic, tiered cakes

I’m not really feeling this trend. First off, I can’t eat regular cake (I’m allergic to wheat and dairy), and secondly, I think money can be spent elsewhere. Nonetheless, we are entitled to our opinions, and a beautiful cake is priority for many couples. Cakes are universal and can be easily adapted to meld with an Indian wedding.

Beautiful mendhi-inspired cake with gold ribbon. Kinda matches my reception lengha. Cake designed by Schockley's Sweet Shoppe; photo by David Schwartz Photography

Inter-cultural cake topper. How cute. (Image from Novelty Cake Toppers)

7. Bright coloured bridesmaid dresses

Us brown brides have got this one down–bright colours and Indian fashion are like Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski: meant to be!  However…I’m not the biggest fan of matching Indian bridesmaids outfits. The hallmark of Indian design is its one-of-a-kind appeal, and it’s slightly disorienting to see 5 women wearing the same sari or suit. I’m also noticing many Indian brides dressing their bridesmaids in neutral colours, especially beige. With so many beautiful, vibrant options to choose from, why beige???

A cool take on this trend would be to dress your bridesmaids in different bright colours. For example, see pic below of a bride with her bridesmaids. The dresses represent the colours of a rainbow, and they go together beautifully. The overall look is fun, fashionable, and individual. Love it.

Image from (photo by Joel Flory from Flory Photo)

And now, imagine a bride surrounded by bridesmaids in colourful saris. Pretty, no?

8. Alternative registries

Rather than registering at the Bay for towels or Williams Sonoma for flatware, many couples are creating registries for honeymoons, cars, even their wedding photography. These alternative registries are geared more so for couples living common law prior to marriage.

How do you brown bride-ify this trend? I dunno. Maybe make a registry for your gold wedding jewelry? That ish is crazy expensive.

9. Wedding night staging

For those of us who grew up watching Bollywood movies, seeing the newly married bride and groom enter their room with a beautifully decorated matrimonial bed was a common sight. A Night of Romance, a company based in Toronto and run by two South Asian-Canadian women, borrows from this tradition and specializes in romanticizing the matrimonial suite. Their “Bollywood Night to Remember” package uses South Asian decorative elements to create a sensual suite made for the likes of Abishek and Ashwairya.

That’s all for tonight, folks. I’ll be busy the next few days. My friend from grad school is getting married. I’ll be attending my first Ismaili wedding and I am so excited! It’ll be a fun time catching up with old friends and participating in general wedding awesomeness.