Wednesday, 21 March 2018

A Tale by Suta : Ethnic Empress

If Shakespeare taught you, then “To be or not to be” is one of the greatest puzzles in life, the epitome of existential quandary! Well, its time to change the syllabus. The real question for a bride regarding her wedding plan now is “What to wear? What not to wear?” Unlike the old days where the bride had nothing to do with the wedding except showing up on a fixed day where she would see her husband-to-be for the first time, brides want to be a part of every detail these days. And believe me when I say that today’s bride knows what she wants, whether it is her soulmate or her designer bridal lehenga!

I mean every girl wants to look like her best on her wedding, and the lehenga choli combination makes you look as stunning as ever. To be honest, it's the staple for every bride. But it has also become the first choice for every festive season making us girls look enthralling! I recently stumbled upon a designer SUBHA MEHRA in my city, Lucknow; and I chose to blog for her garments so that I could share with you the stunning designs she's created after graduating from NIFT Delhi. Her brand is named as : A TALE BY SUTA which has so many ethnic tales for you. To read the first one, let's scroll down..

lehenga, blouse : A Tale By Suta | jewelry : Punjab Jewellers & Sons | makeup : Simran Taneja

They say, the lehenga choli is a must have in any bridal trousseau. And that's true too. After all, for how many occasions will you wrap yourself in a saree albeit a stunning one?! Salwars or Anarkalis won’t cut it for every occasion, certainly not on the main events! The lehenga choli for wedding celebrations is a great alternative. It swishes and turns and adds a bit of drama! The choli could be any style, as conservative or bold as you want it. The dupatta can be draped any way that you wish it to be. A Tale By Suta understands and acknowledges your requirements & suggestions and designs it exactly how want your outfit!

Like the one I'm wearing is a true piece of beauty. Subha chose to add the best of fabric to each garment and she made the lehenga with veloure and raw silk that had an intricate gold embroidery making the lehenga look absolutely gorgeous and out of the box. The little net border in blue at the end of the lehenga that falls from the waistline gave it a unique appearance as when matched with a navy blue velvet choli that falls off-shoulder right above my waist and has perfectly fitted quarter sleeves. The entire choli is bordered with copper pearls and that's enticing too! I draped the net dupatta in copper color with similar tassels in a certain way hinting of royalty (you can also leave it lose on one side).

Since I chose to create this look for you as an idea for your bridal look, I also collaborated with PUNJAB JEWELLERS & SONS to give you an option for jewelry. The luxurious necklace set that I'm wearing with the lehenga is from them and I absolutely love how intricately it's been designed keeping in mind the ethnic need of a bride. A combination of original gold with green, white & red stones makes it a head-turner! The heavy jhumkas give such a traditional look, and paired with a huge pearl ring, my entire look appears to be nothing less than queen like.

It's always tough choosing the bridal outfit and jewelry for your main day, or for any special occasion for that matter, but what's even tough is picking the right makeup artist who's going to swish her magic wand and transform you into a beauteous element! My pick in the recent months has always been MUA SIMRAN TANEJA. For this look, she gave me a bold makeup with smokey eyes with false lashes and heavy brows, deep copper contouring on the cheek bones, gold highlights on the sides & nose making it appear thinner and a wine lip shade to add a touch of regal. She also gave me lose curls letting them fall only till my shoulders! The best part about getting my makeup and hair done by Simran is that I don't have to instruct her at intervals. She knows what suits her clients and it's always a smooth process for all!


I hope this post helped you if you're looking forward to getting some ethnic outfits designed for yourself or thinking about investing into some authentic Indian jewelry, or if you're looking for a makeup artist to paint your face for any occasion! Let me know your views in the comments below. For more, follow me on instagram & facebook.

Photographed by : Madhukant Tripathi & Danish


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Subtle Hues for Holi ft. Sumayaa

Hello ladies! Hope all's going great. Well, Holi is round the corner, which means it's yet another turn for me to don an Indian outfit. The fact's not hidden that I'm an occasional Indian outfit wearer. And when I do, the day's gotta be special. Holi is a fun-filled festival, celebrated across the globe but it's no longer restricted to just the mandatory splashing of gulal and munching gujiyas, but also about wearing trendiest Indian outfits, striking a melange of colours!

kurta, earrings : Sumayaa | churidaar leggings : Myntra | heels : Dorothy Perkins
bangles, rings : The Trinket Shop

For me, a subtle kurta from SUMAYAA is the pick this time. It's a pure cotton kurta in pink with beautiful silver embroidery. The embroidery is called the 'gota patti' which makes any garment look exuberant and traditionally artistic. I love how it falls on the upper-front of the long kurta and the sleeves, and also matches the silver jewelry I added to the look! I chose to pair it with a solid white churidaar to give a sleek, tall look while matching the leggings with a pair of white heels. A perfect blend of soft hues for a day look!

The 'Kurta' is an outfit that has stretched beyond the Indian borders, and has evolved down the ages to suit the ever-changing demands of the fashion forward world. A long top, generally of knee-length, paired with salwar or churidar and dupatta is what comprises the salwar-kurta-dupatta get-up. But SUMAYAA has brought in a varied range of styles for the Indian-modern trends to discover! They have a wide stock of lehengas, skirts, crop tops, fashionable kurtas, etc. In fact, they even sell unstitched pieces for gifting purposes, and of course for getting your customised outfits stitched!

So, if you're in Lucknow, and have nothing to wear for Holi, you must visit Sumayaa - the designer store, located at B-11, Kishan Bazar, opposite One Awadh Centre Mall, Gomti Nagar. I'm sure you're pretty much going to fall in love with each of it's designs at a blink! Keep following me on instagram & facebook for regular fashion updates. Until next, lots of love!

Photographed by : Saumya Kumar | Makeup by : Simran Taneja


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Bold Winters with Thigh-Highs

Hey loves. How's it going? Everything's super hectic at my end, and with that the change in the weather seems like the powers up there are in dilemma. I mean, we were all enjoying sunshine so bright, and all of a sudden there are chilly winds to surprise. Anyway, that doesn't refrain us girls to dress hep, eh?

Today, it's the thigh-high boots that I'm going to talk about. I've been wanting to get a pair since years, and finally got my hands on these black suede ones from SHEIN.COM! The first question I asked myself when I unboxed them was, 'How the heck are we supposed to wear these enticingly provocative yet on-trend boots in a way that embraces their innate power and sexiness whilst still feeling classy and stylish, and not totally over the top?'

The answer, as I found that lies with most things, lies somewhere between portraying total confidence and the attitude of IDGAF. But to really get this look right, I knew I had to pay careful attention to the amount of skin peeking out between the hem of the outfit I choose to don with it and the boots!

shirt : Female Fashion | shorts, rings : Forever 21 | boots, choker :

Winters are suppose to be chilly, and you're suppose to wrap your yourselves with layers, but then, that distinctive character of yours has to be brought out as well. I chose to team up my thigh-highs with just a monochrome check shirt and a pair of denim shorts for the day. It's a casual cotton long shirt (that I got from a local store in Lucknow - Female Fashion, known best for it's uncoventional styles and designs), that I threw up like a dress on myself, letting it fall just at the right place to space enough with the boots. And of course, the shorts are just for certainty purpose to avoid embarrassment in public. I finished my look with some nude makeup on my face, a black choker in neck and rings in my fingers!

My style of dressing comes with little, to no-effort, but that doesn't mean it's too easy to carry. If you are looking forward to try this style, be sure that you choose a pair that is contemporary, sophisticated, and practical. It's true that they’re a closet gem as they can polish off a broad range of looks from mini to midi skirts, cuffed shorts, or skinny jeans. You can always pair them with a short skirt or a dress to reveal a sexy sliver of skin and achieve a softer look than you would get when wearing stockings. If you decide to bare some leg, try to limit it to about three inches of thigh between your boot and bottoms!

I have experimented with so many looks in all these years, but this shall remain my ultimate favorite, I swear! It took me a lot of courage to convince myself to don this look in public and pose with the right attitude, making my photographer and people around comfortable with the boldness! Damn, I can't believe I did it.

If you liked this look, do share the link of this post amongst your friends, and don't forget to leave a comment below, telling me your thought over this post! Until next, love.

Photographed by : Saumya Kumar | Makeup by : Simran Taneja | Location : Levana Suites


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Exclusive Buffet Dinner at Rs.649 at COSME, Levana Suites Lucknow

Some people eat to live, others live to eat! Well, I live to commit foodie gluttony as not a single second goes by without thinking of the dishes I've not got my hands on! And so, nothing satisfies me like a lavish buffet done right with a variety of dishes and unlimited rounds of them under 700 bucks, that too at a luxury property. I'm talking about this newly launched hotel by the king of hotel chains in Lucknow - LEVANA SUITES. This swanky new property is the 'current talk of the town', and I'd been eyeing upon their lavish spread of dinner buffet since forever, which is laid every WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY, from 7:30 PM onwards, at COSME - the multi-cuisine, fine-dine restaurant.

So, upon my recent visit to the hotel, I was delighted to see the huge spread in front of my eyes, and gorged upon all that I could. I was welcomed with 1 complimentary drink (I chose a mocktail, you can pick yours from the wide selection). Started my meal with a bowl of Manchow Soup, and gradually started filling my tummy with the salads, and main course from North Indian & Chinese cuisines, and more to choose from.

COSME - the all day dining restaurant offers an array of dishes in their dinner buffet. Though I tried my favorites - Dal Tadka, Sarso Saag, Kadhai Paneer, Dum Aloo, Assorted Breads, Hakka Noodles and Manchurian. Needless to say, everything tasted wonderful! For me, good food is everything, and I'm glad that the chefs at Levana have a great knowledge of what they're serving to their guests. The dinner included best of colour, texture and flavours, blended perfectly to make the dishes appear 'out of this world'.

Manchow Soup

Spread of Salads

Dal Tadka

Sarso Saag

Kadhai Paneer

Dum Aloo

Hakka Noodles


Even though I gobbled all the food, I certainly had to save some space for desserts from their huge section to savour! I mean, you just can't miss the delectable treats at COSME, Levana Suites. They've got a perfect amalgamation of western and Indian desserts and you'd be waving with appreciation as soon as you taste them!

It's a task picking your favorites from the wide selection. From variety of Puddings, to Cakes, to Rum Balls to Moong Dal Halwa and Gulab Jamuns, I couldn't resist trying them all (just a bite of each for that matter). Just the right amount of sweetness added, which leaves you feel pleasantly smiling after a great food celebration.

Strawberry Cake

Chocolate Rum Balls

Gulab Jamun

Moong Dal Halwa

Talking of the interiors at COSME, the entire installation is a treat for the eyes! Today, eating out is often a high-drama opportunity to immerse yourself in not only good food and conversation, but in a vibe that makes the humdrum everyday world feel far, far away. And keeping up to that, the restaurant has a perfectly well-lit seating area with perfectly shaped and squashiness of the dining chairs to the exact shade and texture of the wallpaper. I love how the bar is touched with modernity and class and the ceiling is all of abstract! Kudos to the designer for blending a vibrant fine-dine with a hint of subtle marble. 

To end, if you're planning some meetings, get-togethers or family time anytime sooner, you must check out Levana Suites and hog upon their Exclusive Buffet Dinner at Rs.649 + taxes. Highlights : You can enjoy a mesmerising instrumental LIVE performance every Saturday.

For enquiries and table reservations, call : +91 7518800901 or check out Facebook.