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