Accessories are an integral part of the wardrobe. I have discussed the essential pieces of clothing in my previous Wardrobe Essentials posts and will be listing the necessary accessories in part 4 & part 5 of the series. I would like to start with the larger sized accessories, i.e. bags, shoes and belt.
The three classic bag styles- tote, handbag and clutch are a necessity. The tote is an all time favourite for runs to the departmental store and even casual meets at your favourite coffee place. The low priced canvas totes can be found in various colours and prints. The most important of these three styles is the handbag. Most of us require a medium to large bag for everyday use to carry our wallets, keys, stationery, makeup kit, et al. This hobo shaped black bag is perfect for it. Pick your regular handbag in either black, tan or nude beige as these look good with most outfit colours. Invest in your everyday bag- it’s better to buy a quality product than having to change it every few weeks of use. After your casual and official bag the third style requirement is of an occasion bag. This black clutch solves a dual purpose, you could use it as a clutch or attach the gold chain and swing it cross-body. The gold plates at the side seam add to it’s face value. First cover your basic needs and then you could purchase multiple styles in either category depending on your usage.
A close friend of mine recently got engaged and we began our long conversations about wedding planning. One of our favorite topics of discussion is the trousseau, from bridal to casual outfits. Having experienced the nightmare of planning a trousseau during a few other close weddings I decided to make a checklist and discuss a few pointers. I believe in being organised in life especially for big events like a wedding, so the original list was too detailed but I cut it down to cover the broader categories. Hope this list helps you plan and budget your ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ trousseau.
Once the wedding date, number of functions and the venues have been decided start by segregating the total budget for the trousseau. Next, decide on what kind of ensemble you need foreach event and their individual budgets. At this stage also dedicate a part of the budget towards beauty and other services. A bride these days carries a mix of Indianwear and westernwear outfits, determine the number for each category. The fashion jewellery, accessories and makeup products are easily found in various price points and can be adjusted within the remaining budget.
Indian weddings as most of you know are spread out and have various functions involved. The three main being the mehendi, the sangeet or cocktail and the wedding. Attending the wedding festivities requires an assortment of ensembles and looks. After deciding on the event outfit I find it difficult to decide on the makeup look, especially last-minute and end up doing the same style very often. Thus I have researched to find some very interesting makeup looks for each event.
Today I will be listing 5 of my favorite makeup looks for the mehendi function and in the following beauty posts I will cover the other wedding events. I have also mentioned the ensemble colours you can pair the looks with. Go ahead and have fun.
1. SMUDGED BLUE EYELINER WITH BRIGHT LIPS
Indian makeup artist Elton J Fernandez’s mehendi look is as pretty and simple as it gets. The bright lips with simple eyes looks good on almost everybody. You can pair this look with the pink, brighter yellows or white ensembles.
Lip colours are an easy way to upgrade your look from drab to made-an-effort look. Makeup fanatics claim that lip colours, lipsticks to lip glosses, take-up most of their makeup space. Lipsticks are one of the easiest makeup items to apply and most of us just dab it on without ever paying attention to the application method.While that works it’s a good idea to know a few tips and tricks, and the following lineup of videos and articles are just what you need for that extra finesse.
There are four broad categories of lip colour finishes- balms, stains, mattes and gloss. Tinted balm is a way to dabble in colour while conditioning you lips and an easy go-to for daily use. Stains are longer lasting formulas suited for girls who want to be smear free throughout the day. Matte lipsticks are easier to dabble with for experimenting and are trending right now, they are a bit drying though. Gloss finishes are easily achievable with clear or tinted lip glosses and are perfect for an added oomph.
An in-depth study of lip colouring could be a long list with various makeup looks (from Kylie Jenner inspired fuller lips to natural no-makeup looks)but I have created a list of the basics you need to know. I do beauty roundups on various looks (ex: New Years Eve Looks) which you can refer to further.
1. LIP CARE
The first step for perfect lip colouring is to get soft smooth lips. In the video Cassandra discusses homemade scrubs (you could even use the Honey Lemon Scrub ) and their properties. You could replace chilli-pepper from Cassandra’s scrub for cinnamon powder. Though a slightly long video but totally worth a watch.
2. SHAPING WITH A LIP LINER
Renowned makeup artist Lisa Eldridge shows us how to use lip liners to even out the lip shape. She demonstrates the shaping with a natural shade lip liner and a red lip liner. For additional tips you could also watch this video. Lisa mainly discusses tips to get a fuller lip but if you have too full lips watch this video for tips to minimize their appearence.
In today’s edition of wardrobe essentials I will be discussing a few occasional wear clothes along with the pieces of clothing helpful in creating looks apart from the usual denim and top combinations. The following are indicative of pieces you need and you should purchase designs in each category which suit your body type and you are comfortable in. I would suggest trying out a few styles in a physical store and then purchasing it online once you are sure of which cuts you like.
1. SOFT OUTERWEAR
A soft outerwear like a knitted shrug or woven waterfall lapel jacket is a must in the wardrobe. These can easily change the look of your ensemble and are good for the breezy evening too. Pick a style that is also easier for you to carry around on work days too.
Pick a faux leather jacket for a casual chic look or pick a pastel hued blazer to combine with workwear. You could even invest in a textured jacket to take you from workwear to evening wear. Purchase a good quality jacket as these can last over many seasons.
Today I will be discussing saree draping styles along with styling options. Sarees are usually worn with blouses with different embroideries and variations in necklines and sleeve lengths. I will not be discussing the basic blouses, instead I will talk about uncommon blouse options and how each can be styled in several ways. You can also use layering and accessories to create alluring looks with a saree.
The three common styles of draping the saree is the ulta-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over your shoulder to the back of the body), the wrapped ulta-pallu (after draping the saree in a ulta-pallu wrap the excess across back and take it over the opposite shoulder towards the front) and the seedha-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over the shoulder to the front of the body).
Style 1. In the first section I want to discuss slight variations in the drape of the basic styles. The shoulder pleats in a ulta-pallu are usually 4 to 5 inches wide and changing the width immediately changes the look of the saree. Try seven inches wide pleats at the shoulder along with a lower drape on the right side of the body. In a regular ulta-pallu drape after the waist pleats the saree is wrapped tightly across the hips towards the front and over the left shoulder but to achieve the first style variation after the waist pleats tuck the saree till the left front waist and let the pleats form across the hips and front waist over the left shoulder. You could also try twisting the aanchal of a light weight soft fabric and hold the twists with an embroidered tie up at the shoulder. While using this style make sure your blouse is well fitted, you should go for a thick fabric blouse or a completely embroidered blouse like the Anaikka beaded blouse.
Style 2. The second style is a variation of the seedha-pallu. After draping the aanchal over the right shoulder to the front of the body drape one side around the neck over the left shoulder and leave the other side falling at the front in a diagonal. This drape style is well suited for sarees with aanchal focused prints or embroideries.