Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Our Eid Outfits!

My sisters and I had a glitzy Eid full of presents, cakes and dressing up, and spent the whole day chasing the kids, playing with the kid's presents (and ooh-ing and aahh-ing at our own pretty ones) and generally laughing about silly things (which is about normal for us).

Here's a sneak peek of the outfit I ended up choosing to wear on Eid, it's a sea-greeny colour with diamante and metal-work with the side of the dress longer than the front and back (almost in a hanky style), which I was quite pleased with as it was quite sparkly. The dress itself came from a local store called Bee Jees (which is apparently quite a well-know, popular store in Pakistan, but more about them later!)

The other girls all wore various shades of navy, neutral pinks, golds, black and mid-blues, below are just a few examples of the colour ranges (it was difficult getting anyone to sit still!) and different work on the outfits.

All in all a tiring day, a tiring but fun day, full of family and presents (as it should be!), hope your day was equally satisfying :)

Monday, 29 August 2011

Enjoy Chand Raat Everyone!

Enjoy Chand Raat everyone, wherever you are, and Eid Mubarak! What are your plans for the night? And what are you planning to wear? Hope it's a lovely evening for you all : )

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Wedding Cakes...Plane Crashes & Gun Wars

I've seen some crazy wedding cakes in my time, but this one has got to be at the top of the crazy list, looking as if the story behind it came straight from the plot of Lost or Prison Break! Made for this couple's wedding to go with their matching trainers theme, and created by this cake making company, this is certainly a cake to remember on your wedding day. Any one considering a crazy cake like this?

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Something for the weekend...

Bit early to celebrate Eid, methinks, but it's a nice thought nevertheless. Ilford Exchange Mall  has teamed up with some retailers to have a celebration with henna stalls, face painting and potential Eid Presents! Something to check out for the weekend anyways, let me know if you decide to go!

MAKE-UP REVIEW: The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes

The Body Shop has some wonderful make-up, a few of which make up the staples of my make-up bag, and one of my favourite things are their Shimmer Cube Eyehadows. I love the rich colours that these cubes come in, and there's new colours every season (so it always feels like there's a newer, and more beautiful one than the last!). I'm loving the current colours being stocked, the rich violets, blues, teals and bronzes are right up my street. I'm also glad that the Body Shop has chosed to help out their consumers with guides on how to apply the make-up for a bold look, as the pictures look amazing and it's something I would definitely try. Although the shimmer cubes aren't cheap at £16 a pop, they last quite some time and it's easy to mix and match. Have a look out for these colours the next time you go to The Body Shop : )

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

LOVELY HIJAB: Feathery Hijab Accessories

One style I have come across more and more in recent times is feathered accessories for scarves and hijab. I've tried this style a few times myself and it is quite a dramatic look, so it's something that has to be understated in order for the hijab not to look tacky and as if you have an ostrich on your head! These feathered clips and pins are quite easy to find in the shops, and don't cost much at all. They're great for glamming up a hijab for a special night out, and it's easy to experiment with them: some girls choose to wear them on the side of their scarves, while I have seen others wear them at the lapel of their jackets with the scarves or at the shoulder for a different look. There's a huge range of sizes, colours and shapes out there, some of them look lovely on. Is this something you would try wearing?

Monday, 22 August 2011

BOLLYWOOD ISHTYLE: Kajol's Glittering Kameezes in K3G

Another oldie for you! I absolutely love the kameez suits that Kajol wears in Bollywood classic Kabhi Khush Khabi Gham, particularly due to the rich fabrics, gold prints and banarsi print borders, and wonderfully fitted kameezes throughout! Kajol wears these outfits magnificently, she carries off a simple yet shimmering look which looks as beautiful in today's age as it did when the film was released.

First is the lovely golden yellow outfit she wears, with silvery work heavily embroidered on the suit, making it look very sparkly yet surprisingly sunny. It's such a feminine outfit, and paired with her gold jewellery looks like a really flattering outfit. What I also liked is that Kajol's skin tone really shines here; a lot of asian women don't always feel confident enought to wear a bright yellow yet this outfit really shows its flattering hues would suit any skin colour.

The next outfit which I adored is, similarly fitted, peacock blue outfit, a lot more simpler than the previous with work on the sleeves and hem in a gold, banarsi fabric style, or even like the gota style of gold strips. Peacock blue is one of  my absolute favourite colours, and below you can certainly see why, it looks great in a modest, simply cut kameez which shows off the figure.

And of course there's the red and blue outfit in which we are introduced to Kajol in the movie. Again, another outfit which is simple in style, yet it's shape and the addition of bangles and a dip-dye dupatta give it so much more character. Again, there's not much embellishment here and yet it's a striking outfit with it's gold print and border.

All images owned by directors/producers of Kabhi Khush Kabhi Gham

Definitely a beautiful mix of kameezes in a flattering style worn by Kajol, and certainly something I would want to get made myself. I can't quite decide which one I like most because they all have such a similar style and yet with each colour and jewellery each outfit is quite unique. Kajol at one of her best, I think, here : )

Thursday, 18 August 2011

HIGH STREET DESIGNS: RDC in Ilford, East London

I've written a lot about well known fashion designers, both Pakistani and Indian, but what I'd like to look at also is the shops on the high street which are much more accessible for most of us looking to buy asian suits. One shop I often shop at is RDC (formerly Rani's Designer Collection), who have made a name for themselves with their fusion of east-meet-west bridal gowns and formal wear collections. The promotion advert for this store below does not really do justice to some their more beautiful outfits, as I feel as if they are trying too hard to present a Westernised-style, when they should perhaps also show their more traditional range, which they also stock. RDC is a popular choice for many friends looking for outfits, and indeed I have a bought good few outfits from there myself. I especially like their casual-wear collection, it's less heavy and dressy, and more affordable. Their website is in need of serious updating, so it's not a good reflection of their outfits though! I'll be posting the outfits I've bought from this shop soon, until then you may wish to browse through some of the collections RDC has exhibited in the last couple of years :)

BRIDE COUTURE: Red & Gold Bridal Outfit by HSY

How beautiful is bridal dress? The jacket may be a little too long for some, but it's still a gorgeous outfit (not sure about the big chunky red bangles though!), makes lovely viewing!

All images belong to HSY and respective photographers

Monday, 15 August 2011

BOLLYWOOD ISHTYLE: 'Sajde' Bridal Dresses in Khatha Meetha

Khatta Meetha saw Tamil star Trisha Krishnan make her Bollywood debut, looking lovely in popular romantic song 'Sajde' especially. She wears a range of bridal lenghay in this song, which I thought were worth mentioning.
The first dress that comes up is a lovely pink, orange and shimmering gold ensemble, and her top has a gota style strips of embellishment along the sleeves and the hem of the outfit, which is a lovely touch, acessorised with lovely gold-and-gemstone jewellery and pretty hair:

I also thought the bangles she wears were quite stylish and different, a change from the usual bangle sets we usually see:

The next dress is a more traditional red and gold, although I can't say I am a fan of this one because I found it too shiny. I did think that the pearl and stone jewellery was a nice touch though, and made the colours look less monotonous:

And lastly is this Rajasthani-inspired lengha, complete with shimmering mirrors (and I must say, I did like Akshay's outfit here too). I love this style of mirrors on outfits, and the fact that it is done in such detail here makes this dress the prettiest out of the three for me. I like the fact that they toned down the make up on Trisha for each of these outfits, and that they chose such romantic backdrops (it is a fanstasy scene after all!), and I think she looks lovely throughout.



All images belong to directors/producers of this film, as well as Hari Om Entertainment