Amrapali – Online Shopping Review

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Amrapali is my favorite Indian jewellery brand! I was super excited when Kolkata saw it’s first Amrapali showroom around 2011. Every few months I keep adding to my Amrapali earrings collection and this time I thought of trying their online shopping services.

Tribebyamrapali.com debuted in 2013 with their first online-exclusive collection along with their regular collections. Most people would be skeptical about buying jewellery online, especially silver and gold, but with over 35 years of existence Amrapali is a brand you can trust. And I can say that with a lot more conviction since my latest purchase.

About the brand :- Amrapali is a globally renowned, respected and coveted luxury jewellery brand based out of Jaipur. Their collections personify the heritage of India with a modern eclectic twist. The brand is renowned for it’s signature craftsmanship rooted in ancient aesthetics with modern interpretation of the same. You could read more about it here.

amrapaliEarrings from Chandrika Collection | Earrings from Online Exclusive Collection

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Kolkata Trousseau Shopping- Multi Designer Stores

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Kolkata is considered a treasure land for designer clothing, yet there are very few curated articles online pointing towards the exact places to visit. In today’s article, the first among the Kolkata trousseau shopping series, I have listed the top 7 multi designer stores. These are stores with a rooster of above fifteen designers each, from pret to bridal.

85 LANSDOWNE

Name: 85 Lansdowne

Designers they Stock: Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Shantanu Goenka, Namrata Joshipura, Kartikeya, Gaurav Gupta, Anushree Reddy, Krishna Mehta, Dev r Nil, Anand Kabra and more.

USP: They house some of the country’s top designers! You will find everything under one roof- pret tunics, cocktail dresses, embroidered suits, draped sarees, traditional weaves to bridal lehengas. 85 Lansdowne also stocks accessories, shoes and clutch bags.

Price Point: Rs.10,000 onward for contemporary wear, Rs.25,000 onward for embroidered suits and sarees, Rs.1,50,000 and above for lehengas.

Alteration/ Order Time: 3-10 days for alteration, 35-40 days for new order.

Address: 85 Sarat Bose Road, Dover Terrace, Near Kalighat.

Contact: 033-2454 9484 | 84209-38965

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/85lansdowne

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Trousseau Makeup Essentials (Part 2)

In continuation with my last post , Trousseau Makeup Essentials, following are rest of the makeup essentials for Indian Brides.

 LIP COLOURS 

  1. RED LIPSTICK – There is a shade of red for everyone. Even though I don’t wear a red lip often, there are times when a red lip is all I need to make an ensemble pop. Try as many shades of red till you feel comfortable and confident in a particular shade. Check my post on lip colour basics for more information on application and makeup looks.
    Recommended: M.A.C Ruby Woolip colours trousseau makeup
  2. PINK/CORAL LIPSTICK – Depending on your skin-tone and the makeup look you are going for pick atleast two lipstick shades either from pink, coral or berry colour family. If you don’t plan to use them often go for budget brands. Make sure one shade is a matte and the other a gloss, along with colour variation you get texture variation.
    Recommended: Colorbar Rose Clair
  3. NUDE LIPSTICK – By nude I mean a shade which is ‘your lips but better’. A total nude would wash out most people and looks best with dramatic eye makeup, since this is a list for beginners I would not suggest a total nude. You could either go in for a nude pink or a nude maroon. This would be your go-to lipstick for everyday wear and for formal occasions.
    Recommended: Lakme 9 to 5 Peach Path / Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balmlip products trousseau makeup
  4. LIP GLOSS – Most lip glosses look the same eventually, so just having one lip gloss in your makeup trousseau would do the trick. Pick a gloss with less pigment and nearest to the colour family you love best.
    Recommended: Faces Lip Creme Cosmopolitan
  5. LIP LINER – Optional. A lip liner is great shaping or as a base. This is completely optional fro beginners and if you do want a lip liner select a shade nearest to your natural lip colour. Pick a lip liner from a good brand as they have better staying power than most budget brands.
    Recommended: Maybelline Lip Liner Velvet Beige

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Trousseau Makeup Essentials

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One of my very close friend, who is getting married, is a total makeup newbie and must have previously just used a kajal and lip-gloss. She was apprehensive about her event makeup as well as items she would require for dressing up after her wedding. Considering there are many girls who aren’t very enthusiastic about makeup but want to try it, this post is a comprehensive list of the basics you require. There are many  basic-makeup articles on the web but I would like to focus on basic-trousseau makeup essentials for Indian brides.

 SKIN CARE 

  1. MOISTURIZER – This is a must for everyday wear. Choose a moisturizer depending your skin type, always read the label. During daytime apply the moisturizer first and then the sunscreen. You could also go in for separate day and night creams depending on your skin care requirements.
    Recommended: Neutrogena Oil-free Moisturizer for Combination Skinskin care trousseau makeup
  2. SUNSCREEN – A must when stepping out during the morning/afternoon. You could skip the sunscreen during indoor programs. Also skip the sunscreen if you are going to be photographed because it results in a white cast on your face during flash photography. Definitely apply moisturizer before sunscreen, especially for dry skin.
    Recommended: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Drytouch Sunblock
  3. LIP BALM – This is an essential for all seasons, even if we believe otherwise. Apply a lip balm a few minutes before applying any lip colour or use a tinted lip balm for a quick colour addition.
    Recommended: Forest Essentials Luscious Kokum and Honey Lip Balm

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Lehenga Dupatta Drape Styles (Part-2)

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Over the past few months, since my first post on dupatta draping styles, I found a few more interesting lehenga dupatta drapes that I wanted to share. Some are slight variations of the styles already discussed in part-1 and others are completely new drape styles.

Click here for Lehenga Dupatta Drape Styles (Part-1).

The first style today is a variation of the ‘pleated dupatta on one shoulder  that is draped across back and onto the opposite forearm’ style. For the variation as seen in Vineet Rahul’s show, keeping half the dupatta length in front pin it on one shoulder then take is across back and drape the rest in front on the same forearm as the pinned shoulder. Second style is self-explanatory and you could variate the sides. Take half the dupatta in front and drape rest across back and wrap over the opposite arm, then flick the front half over the opposite shoulder in a shawl like wrap. Third style is a variation of the basic saree like seedha pallu dupatta drape that is best suited for narrower width dupattas.Tuck one corner of the dupatta at the lehenga waist, taking the rest of the dupatta from the back drape it on the opposite shoulder keeping the dupatta towards the front.

Basic Style Upgraded

The next style of dupatta drape is a variation of style.7 from my last post. To achieve this style open the dupatta and placing it at the nape of the neck drape it across the back and over the shoulder on the front. Make sure to pin the dupatta on both shoulders for hands-free movement. This is a great style to show off heavily embroidered dupattas or to achieve a cape like look with your dupatta. This drape style was seen at Divya Reddy, Vineet Rahul and Manish Malhotra’s shows.

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Textile Inspired Wall Hanging

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I have a white room with white furniture and was looking for ways to add some colour to it. After a few minutes of Pinterest browsing I planned on making this wall hanging that embodies both elements of my work and my need for colour. My collection of craft materials is quiet huge, I often buy items that catch my fancy and aren’t too expensive even if I don’t plan to use them for the project in hand. So, gathering elements for the wall hanging was a breeze.

You could customize the elements and colour palette according to materials available. I went with a pink and orange palette, adding shades of purple to it. Following is a pictorial step-by-step guide to arranging and adding elements. I have linked to individual element’s tutorial where needed. I made two wall hangings in this set.

Materials:

Flat canvas board- 8″ x 10″
Flat canvas board- 8″ x 8″
Acrylic paint- 2 bottles
Foam brush- 1 piece
Old paint brush- 1 piece (to take paint out of the bottle)
Fevicol/ Mod Podge- 1 tube
Glue dots/ Hot glue gun- 1 pack
Scissors

Wall Decor DIY

 

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