Events

My visit to London Luxe

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I went to London Luxe, a  fashion & lifestyle event in London, organised by Fashion capsule. Events like these provide a platform for new upcoming designers to showcase their designs to a larger audience. They give people like me options to explore unique brands that we wouldn’t come across in London.

The event was held at Grosvenor house, a very central location. See all the details about the event here

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

https://www.fashioncapsule.in/

 

I had a lovely time exploring new brands and here are a few of my favourites.

Rashma Sud Jewellery

Normally I do not mention a lot of Indian jewellery brands on my blog post just because there aren’t many good ones out there, but I have to mention  Rashma Sud Jewellery. I loved their stuff – very elegant and classy. I saw some interesting pieces like this colourful choker set sbove. If you are looking for good quality costume jewellery, then do pay them a visit. They also do semi-precious jewellery.

Suram Fashion By Gypsy Mahajan

 

What a beautiful collection they had. I fell in love with most of the pieces on display. Suram Fashions is an Ethnic Indian designer wear brand from New Delhi India. The lady behind the brand, Gypsy Mahajan, is very approachable and can customise outfits to suit your needs. The outfit can be easily shipped to London as well. I tried on a few thing from her collection and this green sharara set was a bright and refreshing colour to wear.

Suram Fashions has a dedicated team of designers working with them to create fresh unique outfits. If you are interested in any of their designs, then you can find them here at Facebook

Jyoti Chandhok

Jyoti had some stunning chikankari work on display. She had beautiful chikankari saris and full chikankari dupatta. Her new signature piece was this chanderi bright blue anarkali. She also had a range of cream, white and beige chikankari outfits.

Silver Sitaara

Chikankari in London Asian fashion blog blogger

I found this cute little brand called Silver Sitaara amongst the array of designers.They boast of creating unique fusion designs using pure fabric and hand embroidery. If you are looking for something different from your regular high street dresses, then show some love to these guys. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.  

 

Kyleeofficial

They had some some fine luxury pieces especially this peach flower print anarkali with net dupatta and intricate embroidery. Checkout their facebook page here  

 

Reynu Tandon

I also spotted some very unique Indo-western designs at their stand. See their Instagram here 

Ssevo

They create handcrafted silver plated products. Their assorted array of products include gifting options, home decor and God idols.

See their facebook page here.

I hope you enjoyed discovering some new brands on the blog today. The exhibition is on till Saturday 20th. So do plan a visit.

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

https://www.fashioncapsule.in/

www.facebook.com/fashcapsule

www.instagram.com/fashcapsule

Event organisers Malika Jain & Rithika Handa

Event organisers Malika Jain With Kylee

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Fashion entrepreneur Malika Jain

Hope you all managed to save London Luxe date in your diary. Unlike India we do not have easily available desi shopping options in London. But these exhibitions provide a platform to savor some local and international Indian design talent. One such exhibition on the way is London Luxe on the 19th & 20th of May at Grosvenor House, JW Marriott Hotel. This event is especially targeting the Asian audience in UK who are looking for Indo-western couture and Pret collections.

On the blog today we are talking about fashion entrepreneur Malika Jain and the driving force behind London Luxe. Coming from a family of successful business entrepreneurs, Mallika dreamt of creating new and effective business opportunities since her childhood. Mallika started her professional journey by managing the ladies division of Jainsons Tycoon (a leading garments store in New Delhi). She also went on to organize women-wear exhibitions in Embassies and five star hotels in the city. Having tasted success in the family business, Mallika decided to turn professional and explore and learn about international luxury brands and how they function in our country. She took up the position of Sales Director of an international luxury brand at DLF Emporio, New Delhi where she gained immense practical firsthand experience about the corporate world.

Given her keen interest, education and experience in fashion and lifestyle, she always dreamt of creating new and effective business opportunities for other established and upcoming designers and entrepreneurs in the similar space. It was this spirit that led her to launch Fashion Capsule.

Born and brought up in New York City, USA, Mallika hails from a very reputed Marwari family of Madhya Pradesh. She pursued Bachelor in Commerce from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi. After her marriage into a Jain family of New Delhi, Mallika went on to study for her diploma in Fashion Retail Management from NIFT and also got a diploma in Merchandising. A firm believer of the karma theory, Mallika believes in doing her own bit for the society. She has been closely associated with Ankur and Laksyam which are NGOs working towards the welfare of underprivileged children.

Mallika is socially aware and active, and she strongly believes that women empowerment is the ability of women to exercise full control over their actions. She says

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service,working hard and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. A women is a full circle.Within her is the power to create,nurture and transform.”

So ladies do checkout the event. See all details below.

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

https://www.fashioncapsule.in/

www.facebook.com/fashcapsule

www.instagram.com/fashcapsule

https://www.facebook.com/events/1861940704087032/?ti=as

Enquiries- fashioncapsule2012@gmail.com

 

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Fashion Capsule brings to you LONDON LUXE

 

Save the date ladies – Fashion Capsule by Mallika Jain in association Ritika Handa invites you to a Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition “LONDON LUXE”

MAY 19th &  20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, JW MARRIOT LONDON

11AM-8PM (FREE ENTRY)

Fashion Capsule is a Delhi based fashion & lifestyle shopping exhibition platform that provides a retail exhibition stage to not only to India’s top designer but also emerging designers from across the world. Fashion Capsule is organised by Mallika Jain, in association with Rithika Handa, a London based events and marketing entrepreneur for fashion, interiors and lifestyle brands.

After successful shows in India, Fashion capsule is now coming to London on the 19th & 20th of May at Grosvenor House, JW Marriott Hotel. This event is especially targeting the Asian audience in UK who are looking for Indo-western couture and Pret collections. The event has curated 30 designers from India and London. These designers have been carefully handpicked to serve the London audience.  The first Fashion Capsule exhibition was held in October 2013. Since then, over half a dozen successful editions of Fashion Capsule have been organised that were all attended and appreciated.

Malika comes from a  family of successful business entrepreneurs. Given her keen interest, education and experience in fashion and lifestyle, she always dreamt of creating new and effective business opportunities for other established and upcoming designers and entrepreneurs in similar space. It was this spirit that led her to launch Fashion Capsule.

This event brings together exclusive designers from India as well as new emerging designers from India and London under one roof. An exclusive opportunity to savor the best in Asian fashion in London.

Here is a list of all designers taking part in the event.

Mynah Reynu Taandon and Nikhita , Kylee by Ruchi Jain , Suram Fashions by Gypsy Mahajan

Nikaza by Jasmine, Kyra by Shalini Bajaj, Chikankari by Kanika and Poonam Kapoor, Rubina Kapoor, Studio X1.06, Kocktail by Kanchan, Ssevo by Sumita, Rashma Sud Jewellery, Sid N Vani, Woolsutra, Sonia Ahuja, Crescent by Pooja, Fehmida Lakhwani, Sabrang by Pooja Sachdeva, Jyoti Chandhok, Hema Thakorlal, Aarsim, Amyara, Auraa Trends, Arhaans Fashion Studio, Pink Paisley.

I do plan to attend this event and will share with you my favourite finds of the day. If you plan to attend then do come to say hello.

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

https://www.fashioncapsule.in/

www.facebook.com/fashcapsule

www.instagram.com/fashcapsule

https://www.facebook.com/events/1861940704087032/?ti=as

Enquiries- fashioncapsule2012@gmail.com

 

Fashion

Summer ready embroidered tops

Finally, it’s time to curate our summer wardrobe. Summer styling is fun because it is effortless and relaxed. But the thought of where to start can be overwhelming. One essential summer style is embroidered tops. Embroidered tops is one style that never goes out of trend. So today on the blog I will be sharing some stylish tops from high street shops to help you curate your summer wardrobe. Embroidered tops create a very relaxed boho look. It is also an essential item for your holiday suitcase.

As you can make out from my blog, I am a sucker for good high street finds. British high street is known for championing fashion trends and it is has become very easy for us to get hold of key seasonal pieces. While I do not always follow all seasonal trends. I do surrender to a few. So let’s have a look at some key pieces online.

 

Topshop Poplin Embroidered Puff Sleeve Top

Summer is all about fresh looks and this top is no exception. It is very pretty and 100% cotton. Shop this top here

 

Blue Embroidered Sleeve Bardot Neck Top

This sweet number from New Look is ideal for your holiday suitcase. Wear it with cropped jeans or shorts and tan mules to complete the look. Shop the top here

Zara is good place to find embroidered tops on the high street. I love this cream dotted mesh blouse. Pair it with khaki trousers for an office look or cropped jeans for a more casual look.
Absolutely love this embroidered long sleeve blue top from Next. Again it is 100% cotton and I think I can live in it for the entire summer.
I am tempted by so many new options now. What do you regularly wear during summer?  I love a good summer top, cropped jeans and classic mules. Here are some more suggestions from the online world.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. Till then, stay stylish.

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Going out tonight

Your style is an expression of your personality. You can choose to be bold, edgy, creative and a lot more just by choosing how you dress. When it comes to glam dressing or evening looks, I find most women struggle to find what to wear. Given our lifestyles, we mums find going-out dressing an effort. Today on the blog I intend to take the effort out from evening wear so that the next time you open your wardrobe, you don’t keep on staring at the enormous collection of clothes.

For a glam evening, I suggest you try some interesting options now available on the high street.

1. Dresses
Feeling great in your outfit makes your evening even more special. Here are some new dresses to try on this season.

2. Jumpsuits
Trade in your LBD to a glam jumpsuit this season. Wear it with high heels and you are ready to go.

3. Skirts
If you are celebrating, then might as well celebrate in style. Shop some stylish skirt options online.

My Style


This is what I wore on my birthday and to another event. I simply love this satin grey wrap round skirt from ASOS. It is so versatile and can be styled in various ways. I teamed it up with an earthy brown tone feminine top again from ASOS. The outfit is very muted in colour but the satin/silk fabric texture makes it apt for evening events. For another event, I reused the same top but this time with a metallic gold pleated skirt. I believe that evening wear doesn’t require you to bear flesh. You can still create glam looks without much skin show.

Shop my look here

What do you think of the above high street finds? Would you wear them. I would love to hear your feedback. Till then stay stylish…

Fashion

Meenakari Kundan Love from Style Savita



In the beginning of the year, I said that I will try and share more about my Indian wardrobe on this blog. So today I am sharing some beautiful stuff from two lovely brands. My jewellery is courtesy Style Savita  and outfit is by Jyoti Chandhok.

Style Savita is an online boutique for exclusive and affordable handmade Indian jewellery and accessories. Browse StyleSavita.com to find Indian jewellery and accessories for brides, weddings, celebrations and special occasions from necklace sets, earrings, rings, bangles, handbags to maang tikka and matha patti hair accessories.

For all my lovely readers, I have collaborated with Style Savita to get 5% off their site. Use the code Mandavi5 to get 5% your purchase.

Now let’s talk about the look. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know how much I love Jyoti’s work and this garara is no exception.

Gararas have an old-world charm to them. But I really like the way Jyoti has adopted the design to suit our contemporary lifestyle. The outfit is delicate and with a lightweight finish in soft fabric – perfect for dancing parties where you do not want to be restricted by a heavy outfit. It’s well-tailored and finely-finished with a gold rose pattern sparkle design on the garara. The dupatta comes with a border and a pinch mukaish work all over.

Gararas are slightly different from shararas. They are fitted on the leg and flare out from the knee. While sharars are wide leg and loose with lots of pleats.

The jewellery complemented the simple garara top. Thanks to my friends at Style Savita for sending this intricate Kundan set over. I styled my outfit with this gorgeous meenakari green enamel kundan set from Style Savita. This kundan and pearl necklace comes with a pair of matching kundan earrings to complete the set. The beautiful detailed and intricate coloured meenakari enamel work can be found on the front and back of the jewellery. Thanks Style Savita for this jewellery love.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you would like to see more Indian looks on the blog then do let me know. Till then stay tuned.

Events

Anita Dongre and Sonam Kapoor at DIVALICIOUS LONDON

I recently went to DIVAlicious London which hosted renowned Indian designer Anita Dongre in exclusive soiree with Sonam Kapoor. After amassing cult popularity the world over in destinations such as the UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, London played host to a unique, luxury boutique pop-up exhibition – ‘DIVAlicious 2017’ – on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017 at The May Fair Hotel, London.

International film and fashion icon Sonam Kapoor graced the event. On the by-lines of the exhibition, DIVAlicious London’s partner The Rack – by Kachins presented renowned celebrity fashion designer Anita Dongre. Hot off the ramp of India’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale, Anita Dongre has been at the forefront of fashion for over 20 years, having created one of the most successful fashion houses in India. A metaphor for supreme craftsmanship, Anita Dongre’s designs showcase Indian aesthetics in a contemporary language.  Inspired by Rajasthan and India’s rich craft tradition, her handcrafted bridal gotapatti lehengas and handwoven heritage benarasi creations are coveted by brides across the world. Anita Dongre’s commitment to revive, sustain and empower the Indian crafts and textiles led her to launch Grassroot, a sustainable and eco-conscious luxury prêt label. DIVAlicious London marked Anita Dongre’s inaugural London showcase. The event showcased Anita Dongre’s acclaimed collection “Alchemy” (A Magical Transformation).

Private banker turned full time fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia launched DIVAlicious in Dubai in 2011.  This is what she had to say about the event “We had a resounding weekend in London with a great turn out. With the reception we received, I can immediately claim that we will be back again next year and hope to make it an annual spring affair for the fashion-conscious market that is London.  Our next step is Nairobi, Kenya!”

I enjoyed exploring the new Anita Dongre’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale collection. It was stunning and the designs were very fresh and feminine. The good thing is that these designs can be bought directly from http://shop.anitadongre.com/. Do have a look at the website and you will find all the latest pieces there.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Me with Anita Dongre

I also came across a brand called Azuli by Nikki from Bombay. I really liked some of the pieces in her collection and tried this cream colour straight kurta. The one I am wearing in this picture has yellow embroidery but I ordered the same design with peach coloured embroidery.

Me wearing Azuli by Nikki

Azuli By Nikki

 

I also spotted this stunning pearl work kurta by Mehreen Noorani. Mehreen Noorani  is a Dubai based brand and you can find them on facebook here.

 

Next stop was Payal Jain. Her collection included lots of creams and whites. I tried this white embroidered anarkali on me. I loved the all-over embroidery and the colour.

Me in Payal Jain

 

Also spotted the lady behind CILVANA Designs wearing one of her beautiful pieces.

CILVANA Designs

 

 

In the end if was a good fashion fun day and like always, it was great to bump into some of my blogger friends. I also bumped into one of my competition winners and she was really happy to be there.

Me at the event

I hope you enjoyed exploring some new brands. Do let me know your favorites.

 

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DIVAlicious London – Fashion Event Giveaway

After enjoying huge success world over in destinations such as the UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, London is set to host a unique, luxury boutique pop-up exhibition – ‘DIVAlicious 2017’ – on Saturday 25th and Sunday & 26th March 2017 at The May Fair Hotel, London. 

Time: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Address: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton St, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT

We are so excited to announce a new giveaway on the blog in collaboration with DIVAlicious. One lucky winner will have the opportunity to get two complimentary tickets to the event and have the opportunity to see, experience and purchase creations by over 20 established and emerging Indian designers. For a chance to win please see the competition conditions below.

  1. The contest is applicable only to the people living in UK.
  2. LIKE my Facebook page
  3. LIKE the Facebook page of  DIVAlicious  https://www.facebook.com/pg/DDIVAliciouss
  4. Share my competition post on Facebook with  hashtag #DIVAlicious
  5. Follow me on Instagram at @Mandavi
  6. Use the hashtag #DIVAlicious in your entries on Facebook and Instagram

The last day of entry is Thursday 23th March 2017 

Good Luck !

 

DIVAlicious London – luxury boutique pop-up exhibition

The finest Indian designer apparel will be brought to the event courtesy of The Rack – by Kachins, a luxurious multi-designer retail hub part of Kachins Group, the iconic Dubai-based suit makers. The designer collections they will showcase at the event include: Anita DongreeAnamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Pankaj&Nidhi, Payal Singhal and Tarun Tahiliani.

DIVAlicious was launched in Dubai by Private banker turned fulltime fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia She says –  “DIVAlicious’ success has been driven by a gap in the market we first identified. Most of the time, international Indian fashion exhibits just cover haute designer apparel, however we also invite affordable brands to showcase their creations to provide a holistic and direct-to- consumer shopping experience for customers, under one roof.”

This is a great opportunity to explore some of the finest fashion designers from India right here in London.  So make sure you book your diaries now.

 

 

Fashion

Ethnic wear from Palanquine



 

If you are looking for something unique for your next festive party, then look no further. Today on the blog we have a lovely collaboration with Palanquine by Sandhya Shah. Palanquine is a designer fashion brand based in Mumbai and they now have a base in London too. The brand does a range of trendy, indo-western styles along with a traditional ethnic collection. The one I am wearing today is a very fresh sky blue coloured embroidered kurta and palazzo set. This look is apt for summer wedding events or festive parties. The kurta is heavily embroidered and the palazzo is lightweight. It comes with a net dupatta with some gotta patti work.

The outfit is a slightly dressier version of the normal palazzo suit but it has a glam factor. If you want to dress up and choose something different for your traditional wardrobe, then go for this palazzo set. The sky blue colour looks pretty and makes the dusty gold zari work shine. I also like the work on the palazzo much better than wearing plain trousers. With this kind of an outfit you do not need to accessorise much – I just wore some pearl drop earrings from Jewellery by Divya Chugh which complimented my look.

‘Palanquine’ is an ethnic designer wear company which has been manufacturing &  marketing its products since 1990. Sandhya Shah designer cum founder is  committed to keeping ‘Palanquine” as a high profile, trendy, exclusive and top quality ethnic brand of ethnic wear for the modern woman and the range comprises Salwar Kameezes, Ghagra Cholis, and Sarees & Blouses. The urge to
grow, further initiated the company to expand its range to Indo Western outfits for evening wear such as Evening Gowns, Skirts, Dresses, Shirts, Corsets & Tunics. The range covers casual wear, festive wear and bridal wear. So one can adorn the wardrobe from ‘Palanquine’ for being trendily dressed from Morning to Night.

Contact details
Call +91 22 2401 0679
info@palanquine.com
Interior Design

Little girl birthday party decor ideas

Planning your little girl’s birthday party?  I have a decor project to share with you. Few months back I planned my daughter’s 5th birthday party. Organising a birthday party these days is a massive project in itself. I remember when we were kids, birthday parties were just about getting together with friends at home and eating some good food. Things have changed a bit for this generation and now it is all about entertaining the kids and keeping them occupied.

Organising a party is a time-consuming task but what I love the most about it is decorating the space. Creating a beautiful space gives me an adrenaline rush and I love bringing my ideas to reality. On the blog today I am sharing some decor images from my little girl’s party. The venue was the basement of a pub and that’s why the lighting is bit dark. In my décor, I have used my existing collectables. The cake was a big part of my decor and complemented the vintage bird cage. I used silk flower accessories to add freshness to the table. As you know, kids parties always start on time and I had only an hour or so to bring this vision to life. I couldn’t do a few things which I wanted to but I hope you enjoy the photo story below. Here are some quick tips which I have learnt from my experience

1. Ask for help – I am sure we all multitask and think we can manage on our own but trust me if you want to bring your decor vision to life, you would need additional pair for hands.

2. Draw a rough plan of the room/space and mark out how you want areas to be decorated.

3. Buy your party supplies few weeks in advance so that you don’t have to do any last-minute shopping.

4. Enjoy with your kids and their friends. This one is the most important.

Enjoy the photo story here.




















decorated.

 

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