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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.

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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.

 

Events

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, Interior Design

Diwali Decor and Outfit Inspiration

Hope you all had a lovely time this Diwali. Now that the festival is over, all we are left with are the messed-up Rangolis, melted tea light candles and leftover sweets. Snippets of your home remind you of the festive time you had with your loved ones. I love the excitement and the whole run up to Diwali. Sorting out my festive wardrobe and thinking about Diwali decor really gets my creative juices flowing. Living in London where I have limited access to resources does limit me from going full out, but I do try and work around my limitations.

Diwali is my favourite festival and I have fond memories of this festival as a child. As a mum I would like to give my kids the same memories. Being a working mum of two young kids, I find it challenging to balance everything – work, home, kids and my blog. But I guess I get a kick from doing what I am doing and I am passionate about it. I just about manage it all and carry on. Enough on the story of my life, let’s focus on some festive decor inspiration.

This is how I decorated my place for Diwali. Hope you enjoy my picture story here.

Diwali Table Decor

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This arrangement is very easy to create. Simply use a neutral table runner and adorn it with silver and copper accessories. To give final touches, sprinkle some rose petals and your Diwali table is ready.

Rangoli Stencils


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I used some Rangoli stencils (got them from India) to create patterns on the floor.

Diwali Sweets Table
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Diwali sweets is the biggest attraction for everyone. Right from the little ones to the big kids. We all love mithai. This Diwali I tried to use cake stands and glass boxes to create a mithai centrepiece. I have to tell you it was difficult to keep my kids off from this centrepiece and take a picture before the sweets disappeared.

Diwali Rangoli Pattern


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I have a wooden floor at my place so usually my rangoli pattern would look very dull. This time I used only one colour and did the outline with white which gave some contrast to the pattern. I also used golden tea light holders for decoration.

My Diwali Outfit 

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So finally, what I wore this Diwali. I wore this Afghani embroidery skirt from Nabeel. I used a traditional maang tikka (bought from Amrapali) to give my outfit a traditional look and my Zara necklace to still keep it modern. I tried to fuse modern and traditional into one look. I wore this skirt slightly differently from how I wore it last time. See how I wore it earlier here.

Hope you enjoyed my Diwali story here. In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a lot more about winter and party fashion so stay tuned.

Fashion

An Autumn Diwali in London


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For a while I have been meaning to find a nice banarasi dupatta. I didn’t want anything in the red/pink colour palette. I wanted a unique colour to complement the festive season and my off-white palazzo suit. Diwali is a festive time and calls for lots of parties and events. I had to plan a few outfits for this season for various events and as usual my first point of contact for Indian clothes is Jyoti Chandhok. In her studio, there is a whole load of fabric and fashion treasure. Her designs are so classic that you can never go wrong with them. When I saw this burnt orange coloured banarasi dupatta, I simply fell in love with the colour. I loved the modern chevron design on the dupatta. The burnt orange colour was very unique and was totally apt for this Autumn.

I wore this dupatta on my off-white palazzo suit which I bought from India during my last trip. I bought this suit from Delhi at an exhibition. This suit is very versatile and can be easily teamed up with different coloured dupattas to create unique looks. If you want to keep the look a bit muted, then just wear a plain off-white dupatta. But if you want to go for a festive look, try a bright coloured dupatta.

I wore this dupatta for a day Diwali event and styled it with my favourite festive mojris from Jaipur. I love these juttis – they go with any ethnic look and are so comfortable. I wear them with most of my Indian outfits. See how I have styled them here and here. My earrings are from Jewellery by DivyaChugh

How did you dress up for Diwali? Would love to hear your Diwali fashion experiences. I will be sharing my actual Diwali outfit and decor ideas post soon. Till then, enjoy the Autumn sunshine.

Dupatta – Jyoti Chandhok | Earrings – Jewellery by DivyaChugh | Suit – Delhi

 

Fashion

My Skirt Story – All the way from Pakistan

This is a very long overdue post. I have been itching to write it but could never prioritise it enough. Being a working mum and trying to juggle so many responsibilities makes me want to go in a dark zone and not be accountable for anything. But my blog inspires me to set my priorities and keeps pulling me back from that zone.

So, the story on the blog today is about my gorgeous embroidered skirt all the way from Pakistan. As you know, last year I was planning my outfits for my brother’s wedding and made one epic trip to India (that reminds me, I have to share my shopping stories). I had a set budget for my shopping haul and wanted to explore various designers. Also I wanted to get something which I would be able to wear in London as well. I did a lot of research on how I want my outfits to be, where I should get them from et al. This one outfit which I wore on two different occasions was not on my list. So the story goes like this – I was helping out designer Jyoti Chandhok at an event in London. I love Jyoti’s work and think she is one of the very few designers in UK who have something unique to offer. It so happened that at the same event I spotted Nabeel’s work. Unlike other vendors, Nabeel had few selected pieces on display. I was immediately drawn to his collection and specially to this lovely Afghan style embroidered cape. I loved the cape and Nabeel insisted that I should try it on. While I was trying on the cape, I had this thought of turning the cape into a skirt. I discussed the idea with Nabeel and worked on the outfit. Since Nabeel frequently travels to London he was able to deliver the outfit to me here. When I received the skirt, it was exactly what I wanted. Nabeel was able to translate my conversation on Whatsapp and bring my vision to life.

I wore this skirt on two different occasions and styled it a bit differently to create a day and evening look. For the day event I wore it with a crisp white collar shirt and a statement neck piece from Zara.

 

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Me in Nabeel’s cape

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Fashion

Soft Minty Hues


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When it comes to Indian clothes we would have loads of bright colours in our wardrobe. Bright pinks, red and yellows. We don’t really experiment much with soft pastel colours. Today on the blog I am sharing this soft mint coloured outfit from Palanquine. Keeping up the palazzo trend, the outfit consist of a soft mint suit with wide leg palazzos. The palazzo pants have an interesting zig zag pattern going across the bottom which adds a fun twist to the outfit. It comes with a sheer dupatta with cute flower embroidery. This outfit is perfect guest outfit for a pre-wedding function like Mehndi. I paired this outfit with some traditional Indian jewellery and mojris. Continue Reading

Events

Fashion Undressed with Master Card

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Recently I had the opportunity to be invited a guest blogger on the Fashion Undressed project with Master Card at South Bank London. Southbank Centre has teamed up with MasterCard in a new partnership, FashionUndressed with MasterCard. This festival puts the ordinary person at the heart of fashion by exploring the distinctive, diverse and inventive style of people from all walks of life and investigating the influence of epoch-defining fashion movements on our everyday lives.Fashion Undressed with MasterCard is a two-year partnership featuring the first ever dedicated fashion weekend at the arts venue in July (23-24) and major fashion events during three Southbank Centre flagship festivals: Alchemy (20 -30 May), Africa Utopia (31 August – 4 September) and Being a Man (25 -27 November). Continue Reading

Interior Design

Good Earth Goes Pink

Good Earth is my best-loved Indian lifestyle store. They recently launched their very first boutique in the royal city of Jaipur. Extending its legacy of luxury, the store is situated in the iconic Rajmahal Palace.

From designs that celebrate our culture to crafts with a whimsical yet contemporary language, Good Earth is Jaipur’s newest design destination. The new store finds form in three predominant themes – Tropical, Mughal and Indigo. In keeping with this, the products and moods across the store have been carefully curated by Good Earth for the discerning consumer.

Have a look at the photo story below.

 

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Fashion, Interior Design

Holi Colourful Decor & Outfit Inspiration

 

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It’s been a while since I did a blog post. Quite a few things were happening at my end and my work took a back seat. As you know I went to India for my brother’s wedding and after coming back, I just didn’t want to get back to a routine. I went into procrastination overload, where I kept on delaying tasks and other things I needed to sort out. Now from last week there has been a major shift in my lifestyle and I am slowly getting back to normal – which means working on my blog and other creative projects.

On the blog today I want to share my Holi lifestyle post. Holi, the festival of colours, is one of my favourite festivals. The concept of Holi is now very much popular in Europe. During summer, Holi music festivals are a big rage. Festival goers wear white and immerse themselves in a riot of colours.

Holi is spring time in India and weather is very pleasant. In UK however we don’t have any such weather luxuries. I remember once it even snowed in London on Holi but we still went outside to play. Even though it was windy, dark and grey but our spirits were high.

Here are some pictures of the decor I did outside in my back garden. I did the decor a day before when It was sunny. Next day, due to high winds most of my streamers couldn’t bare the ballistic winds. I kept the theme yellow and pink, used streamers, paper pompoms to create a Holi setting.

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Events, Fashion

Aashni & Co Wedding Show London

Meet India’s top designers at the Aashni & Co Wedding Show London. Mark your diaries for this event ladies, you don’t want to miss out. After the success of last year’s wedding show Aashni & Co is hosting a grand wedding extravaganza on Sunday 10th January 2016, taking place at Ballroom Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA. Here is a list of the all the designers showcasing at the event and this year also includes a Pakistani designer – Faraz Manan.

Sabyasachi – The master craftsman

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