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Luxemi’s Guide To Navaratna Jewelry

unnamed-2Let us introduce you to the au courant favorite at the Luxemi HQ: navaratna jewelry, a bijouterie classic that promises to stand the test of time. Literally translating into ‘nine gems’, this unique style is composed of 9 stones, each having its set of implications in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, among other religions. Jewelry that is beautiful AND has culture/historical significance? Sign us up!

navaratna-1024x1015_copyCulturally speaking, this form of jewelry is seen as a symbol of positivity and is touted to bring luck and prosperity to the wearer. The nine dazzling jewels that make up this gem of a beauty include rubies, diamonds, pearls, red coral, garnet, blue sapphire, cat’s eyes, yellow sapphire and emeralds.

Astrologically speaking, they are considered a protective shield against danger and disease. Each gemstone has a ruling planet which tackles specific problems. It is believed that navaratna jewelry combines the benefits of nine planetary gemstones in one, hence making it so powerful.

Sartorially speaking, this bejewelled beauty is all you need to spice up monochromatic as well as multi-hued ensembles. There’s no denying that it will pair just as beautifully with a white sari as it will with a printed lehenga. Whether you’re looking to make a statement that is restrained or regal—this is just the bauble style you need.

The cocktail of colors this jewelry style offers makes it a natural pick to spice up monotone looks as it offers one’s repertoire a punchy reprieve.

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We wouldn’t rule out pairing navaratna jewels with multi-hued or printed ensembles either. Think of it as a bejewelled spin on print-on-print. The trick here is to opt for just a navaratna pendant or earrings instead of the whole set.

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With Spring just around the corner (hopefully!), it’s only fitting that you sport this rainbow-drenched trend with a spring in your step!

What’s your take on navaratna jewelry? Tell us in the comment box below!

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The Stylists Behind Bollywood’s Most Fashionable

 

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Have you ever wondered who dresses Bollywood’s most fashionable ladies? The sartorial stars behind the stars, if you will. We’ve rounded up the country’s top super stylists for you fashion fanatics. Remember these names, they’re the ones who’ve changed the game and made Bollywood just as stylish as Hollywood.

Sonam Kapoor: Rhea Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor is Bollywood’s original fashionista, the one who introduced high fashion and off duty style to the industry and sent other actresses scampering for stylists of their own. While Kapoor herself is very fashion forward, an avid vintage shopper and a self-confessed clotheshorse; it’s her younger sister Rhea who has a lot to do with the outfits we see her in. Together, the two can be touted as India’s very own Olsen twins. Always one step ahead of the crowd, Anamika Khanna and Elie Saab are mainstays on the sisters’ favorites list but they also champion emerging designers like Sanjay Garg, Neha Taneja and Dhruv Kapoor among others.

Deepika Padukone: Anaita Shroff Adajania

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Bollywood’s reigning queen Deepika Padukone is styled by the high priestess of Indian fashion herself. Thanks to Anaita Shroff Adajania, Vogue India’s fashion director, the gorgeous actress never makes a fashion misstep. Adajania completely transformed Padukone’s look post Cocktail, both on screen and off. Now the duo always surprises eager fashion hawks with one winning looking after the other. Nothing is off the charts for this fashion power couple.

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Tanya Ghavri

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Bollywood’s favorite Begum, Kareena Kapoor Khan, has got more than enough swagger to teach the new kids on the block a thing or many. Her personal style is a master class in how simple is always sophisticated and fuss-free equals effortless. Her personal stylist, Tanya Ghavri (who also styles a host of other stars like Frieda Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karisma Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor) never steers far from Khan’s comfort zone when dressing her—ensuring that the looks are the right balance between trendy and timeless.

Esha Gupta: Sanjana Batra

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With a face as stunning as that, does it really matter what Esha Gupta puts on her back? She could wear a sack and still top best dressed lists. Her stylist Sanjana Batra confesses how Gupta is herself very fashion conscious and always has a pulse on the newest trends and designers to know. More than a glorified designer mannequin, she frequently concepts her own looks. The thing about Gupta, who looks good in just about anything, is that she’s always sporting gen-next Indian designers, and that gets a major thumbs up from us.

Malaika Arora Khan: Tanya Ghavri and Maneka Harisinghani

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Owing to her sex appeal, oomph and abundance of poise, Malaika Arora Khan owns (and how!) every look she wears. From plunging necklines and daring hemlines to more conservative outfits, there’s nothing she doesn’t absolutely rock. The stunner, whose repertoire is almost always topped off by cascading waves and a perfect pout, used to be styled by insider favorite Tanya Ghavri. She has recently moved on to Maneka Harisinghani who is giving her style file an uplift with slightly more demure looks.

Who is your favourite celeb-stylist duo? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Sonakshi Sinha’s Desi Style File

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Here’s a fun fact about Sonakshi Sinha: The actress actually intended to be a fashion designer and even graduated with a design degree from SNDT college in Mumbai. She created costumes for films like Mera Dil Leke Dekho and walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week. That is, until Salman Khan ‘spotted’ her and lured her into cinematic spotlight.

But if you think her designing chops immediately earned this young movie star a fashionista tag, think again. She battled unflattering conversation about her weight for a long time until she finally silenced her detractors with Version 2.0 late last year. Enter a visibly trimmer Sonakshi in a stylish new wardrobe and chic bob that gave her a serious edge.

We spotted this sartorially resurrected actress in a host of Indian looks as she promoted her new movie. Her new look is really working in her favour and we break down why:

Breezy silhouettes

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Indian looks generally translate into bulky anarkalis and same ’ol saris for most. But not Sonakshi. She seems to be consciously staying away those tired silhouettes and instead opts for a host of fun, breezy cuts—think kurtis with flared palazzos, dhoti pants, cut-out kurtas and more.

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Our Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel will help you nail a similar look.

Young Guns

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As Indian fashion witnesses a revolution of sorts, an army of new designers have taken center stage. A lot of young Bollywood fashionistas, Sonakshi included, are making sure to give these talented newbies their moment in the sun. No wonder then that her repertoire boasts of a roster of upcoming Indian designers like Huemn, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja, Ridhi Mehra, Masaba Gupta, Nisha Sainani, and Sonali Gupta among others.

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And while Ms. Sinha seems happy to don fresh new designers, she clearly does have her favorites as well—namely Anita Dongre and Payal Singhal. In fact, she could very well be Singhal’s new poster girl and has been seen in several offbeat looks from her latest collection. Sonakshi seems to have given her nod to veteran designer Dongre’s use of bold hues as well.

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Red Alert

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“When in doubt, wear red.” The adage clearly seems to have caught Sonakshi’s fancy and has been seen painting the town red on more than one occasion. Indians aren’t shy when it comes to wearing red and Sonaskhi is no different. You can’t go wrong in a color that’s strong, statement making, sexy and sophisticated all at the same time.

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From our Modern Saree with Red Sequins and Red Brocade With Sequins and Gota Work to the Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery, Luxemi has a lot of red haute numbers for you to choose from.

 

 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Katrina KaifJacqueline FernandezKangana RanautKalki, Anushka Sharma and Alia Bhatt.

What do you think of Sonakshi Sinha’s Indian style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi Talks To Conceptual Jewelry Designer Eina Ahluwalia

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How many people do you know who think, “I don’t want to wake up at 65, be super successful, but have lived a meaningless life. I want to do something I love and live the quality of life I’ve always wanted,” and actually go through with it? Conceptual jewelry designer Eina Ahluwalia did. The designer whose pieces are best known for having meaning and messages, gave up her high flying corporate job after four years to pursue her passion for silver and jewelry, even though she had no previous experience designing jewelry before! “I just knew I wanted to work on designs that would not let me sleep at night!” Kolkata-based Ahluwalia tells us.

The designer du jour takes us on a tour of her beginnings, her key inspirations, the baubles she loves to wear and more!

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Tell us about your foray into jewelry design and the launch of your brand.

I set up my label in January 2003 focusing on contemporary silver jewelry made by world famous master craftsmen in Bengal. From 2006 for about two and a half years, I worked as a consultant for a jewelry export company, looking after their design and international marketing. I learned the production process, and traveled to jewelry fairs across the world while with them.

After two and a half years I began questioning the motive of my jewelry and fulfilling just the need for ornamentation was beginning to seem a bit hollow and shallow to me. My search led me to discover conceptual art jewelry and it felt like coming home. Conceptual jewelry is where the concept or the idea is most important, and the jewelry is just a way to tell the story. This kind of jewelry is worn for self-expression rather than ornamentation. It is worn to communicate the wearer’s thoughts, ideologies and even sense of humour.

In 2010 I was selected for a workshop with pioneering conceptual jewelry artist Ruudt Peters in Holland, and I spent a week with him and 14 other jewelers from across the world. The experience was magical. In 2011 I went to Alchimia: Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence for a two-month long intensive training in experimental techniques and material.

So now my work is an amalgamation of my explorations of life as an inspiration and experiments on the workbench, combined with the amazing craftsmanship we have here in India.

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What are your key inspirations?

My inspiration is most often life and my interaction with it. Is the life around us real or the one we live in our head? Perspectives—from my eyes and yours, and the space in between. The Self—am I the body or the soul? The breath that defines one magical moment that I have in which to create my world. Travel, books, music, art and architecture inspire me. Ordinary people who show extraordinary empathy, kindness, strength and courage inspire me. My jewelry is pure personal expression. The more I grow as a person, the more I have to share through my jewelry. On the other hand, the more you grow as a person, the less you need to say. So my jewelry continues to evolve at this intersection of art, thought and self-expression.

What are the must-have jewelry pieces this season?

The single earring, mismatched proportions, brave big pendants, small vintage earrings, pearls and flowers are top international trends. However, I don’t personally like following trends. I just feel one should wear whatever makes one feel good.

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What is your personal jewelry style? Which are your go-to pieces?

My go-to pieces are jewelry that I personally connect with, either symbolically or sentimentally. My jewelry style changes with me. Over the years I’ve gone from from big earrings to big necklaces, to a permanent stack of interesting bangles to my current staples—EA logo earrings, a ring on each hand, and medium to small necklaces.

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A piece of accessorising advice you’d like to share?

Jewelry can be like personal totems or charms, so keep your sentimental pieces handy, and wear them when you feel you need an extra boost of magic. The only thing I’d advise not to do is to follow any rules. Although wearing too much jewelry is usually an overkill, some people can carry it off just fine. Conversely, there is no need to wear statement necklaces if they don’t fit your personal style just because the trend reports say so.

Which are your favourite pieces from Luxemi’s collection?

I really like the Kundan Glass Lotus Necklace by Amrapali, it is beautifully old-fashioned, delicate and traditional.

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What do you think of Eina Ahluwalia’s jewelry? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi’s Guide To Holiday Season Hair Dos

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Dear December, you know we love you. What with the champagne showers and gift-giving, you pretty much win as far as months go. But sometimes? Well…you stress us out. Particularly in the sartorial department. We’ve figured it out though and have the perfect antidote to combat those “What the heck am I wearing to the 5th cocktail party of the season?” doldrums and it all starts with fabulous HAIR! There’s no denying that a chic ‘do can elevate an outfit from “Oh, hi” to “Hellloooooo!” and we’ve rounded up 4 hairstyles that will make you party perfect in no time. The best part? They’re super simple to recreate—maximum style with minimal effort—just how we like.

Vintage Waves

Look like an old-school Hollywood diva with these vintage, glamorous waves—a fitting tribute to the ’40s. It gives the hair ample movement and structure, and a certain je nai se quoi too.

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How to get it:

Toni & Guy’s YouTube channel’s vintage Hollywood glam waves tutorial promises to have you hair ready for the Oscars and if it’s good enough for the Oscars we bet it’s perfect for a New Years Eve party.

Wear it with:

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Luxemi’s Foil Printed “Club” Pallu Saree by Satya Paul is begging to be worn with vintage waves. Don’t you agree? A 10/10 look for a cocktail party! You can also team this hairdo with a sequined evening gown.

Side Swept Bun

This is a hairstyle that screams nonchalant sophistication. It’s also a great quick fix for a bad hair day!

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How to get it:

Lilith Moon’s tutorial for this hairdo should be your go-to.

Wear it with:

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Flaunt the neckline and bodice embellishment of Luxemi’s Green Brocade Halter Suit with Zari Work and Sequins by opting for the side swept bun. We suggest wearing the look for a friend’s sangeet or dinner party. It will work like a charm with a black jumpsuit, printed skater dress or embellished blazer too.

Messy Side Braid

If you feel a fishtail braids are done to death, trust style goddesses like Blake Lively to give it a unique uodate. This messy side braid is oh-so-chic and effortless, how can you not love it?

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How to get it:

Amber Fillerup of Bare Foot Long has just the tutorial you need for this look.

Wear it with:

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Complement Luxemi’s White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar with the messy braid for a divine look. Recreating this look with a breezy maxi or sheer top is a good idea too!

Perfect Ponytail

There’s nothing as fuss-free as a ponytail. And a flirty ’50s high tail with extra bounce is just what this season calls for. You can even go a step further and embellish it with a sparkly hair accessory.

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How to get it:

YouTube channel Primped has the perfect how-to tutorial to nail this look.

Wear it with:

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Our Lime Green Saree with Paisley Gota Work coupled with a high ponytail spells easy chic. You can also wear it with an embellished sweater or dress with shoulder detailing.

Don’t forget to read beauty advice from Deepica Mutyala of Birchbox and The Delhi Bride too. 

Which hairstyle would you sport? Tell us in the comment box below!  

 

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Luxemi’s Holiday Gift Guide: Chic Presents Under $100 + 15% Off!

 

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Aaaah December, the most festive time of year indeed. What with the jing jing jingling, sparkly numbers, and free flowing champers, it’s enough to make a girl go giddy! The parties and the shenanigans aside, it’s the gift giving that’s really our favorite part of the holiday season. There’s nothing better than hearing genuine squeals of joy—that’s when you know you done good.

If you want our advice, why not go beyond that bottle of wine when picking out gifts for your loved ones this time around? Spoil the ladies in your life silly with something chic they’ll cherish for a long time. Our gift guide has something for everyone—you included! What’s more, you don’t need to burn a whole in your wallet to find the perfect presents either—our edit brings you the chicest options, all under $100! Use code bauble15 for 15% of all retail accessories including jewelry, bags, and scarves!

What: Navy Blue and Magenta Embroidered Flower Clutch by 5 Elements

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This embroidered clutch is the perfect marriage between traditional and contemporary elements. It will brighten up a lehenga and elevate a jeans and top look as well. Pretty prefect for your BFF or younger sister, don’t you think?

Price: $98

What: Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

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The wedding invites just won’t stop pouring in and these earrings are the ideal pick for one of your girls who has a lot of them to attend! We bet this ear candy will catapult into her go-to accessory in no time.

Price: $88

What: Refined Gold and Pearl Pendant Set

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This elaborate pearl and polki embellished set is bound to be a hit with your mum or aunt—basically someone who loves adding traditional elements to her repertoire. She can wear the set as a whole for more festive occasions or use the pieces separately when dressing down.

Price: $58

What: Gold Bracelet Set with Black Accents

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There are many reasons that this one is a winning choice—gold is a trend du jour and stacked bangles are a must-have in one’s accessory arsenal. This incredibly chic choice is sure to bring a smile to your home-girl’s face, particularly if she likes to stay trendy at all times.

Price: $38

What: Simple Gold Ball Headpiece

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Gift this simple yet statement-making headpiece to the boho chic belle in your life. Rest assured, she won’t be able to get enough of this versatile piece—after all, it can be worn pretty much everywhere from a music festival, a night out or to a wedding.

Price: $38

What: Turquoise and Pink Hand-Embroidered Phulkari Dupatta/Scarf

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If you’re scouting for a gift for someone who’s not really big on jewelry, then this scarf is just what you need (to gift wrap!). Not only is it weather-friendly, but its versatility promises to give any look that extra edge too. And did we mention that it can liven up a salwar or a tunic as well? Win-win, indeed!

Price: $98

And if you’re still not sure about which one of these stellar options to pick, we have another fab idea for you. Simply opt for a Luxemi Gift Card, and let your loved ones pick out what they want!

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Katrina Kaif’s Top 5 Desi Looks

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It’s hard to look beyond a face as pretty and angelic as Katrina Kaif’s. Let’s be honest, she could wear a sack and make it work! No wonder this British beauty keeps her sartorial choices simple and fuss-free, letting that fresh face of hers do all the talking.

While sheath dresses, solid colours (with a major partiality towards black and white), comfortable sweaters and simple tops are her trusty staples, she does indulge us desi girls with quintessential Indian looks every now and then too.

It’s easy to spot a pattern though. She heavily favors clean, simple hues with a hint of pop and lots of Manish Malhotra. No draped drama for this lady—she is a purveyor of old-school cuts and silhouettes. Think floor-length anarkalis, traditional saris and lehenagas. Considering how much we love new-age, avant-garde Indian wear, we’ve got zero complaints here. We round up some of her top desi looks. We approve, and we’re sure you will too!

Go For Glam

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Hello gorgeous! How beautiful is this unabashedly glamorous dull gold Manish Malhotra lehenga with a hint of pink and red? We especially love the hangings on the blouse. It helps that head-to-toe gold is a trend du jour too.

Luxemi pick: Steal her look with our Gold Cutwork and Crystal Mukesh Saree.

Coral Wonder

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What makes this otherwise simple salwar work is the positioning of the slit. This look goes to show that a simple tweak to a same ’ol outfit can make all the impact. We love that she went easy on the jewelry and let her ensemble do all the talking.

Luxemi pick: Skip the gold churidaar and team this Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha with cigarette pants in the same color.

Shine On

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Katrina Kaif in this Manish Malhotra shows that one should never underestimate the power of a sequined sari. From your BFF’s wedding to a cocktail party, it will come to your rescue on many occasions. The addition of a contrasting color blouse really elevates her look.

Luxemi pick: Our Red Screen Print with Gold Sequins by Satya Paul fits the bill.

Black Beauty

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This Anamika Khanna look is a classic case of elegance in simplicity. The addition of the cutwork jacket takes the floor-length kurta a few notches higher, giving it a slightly Indo-western feel. Add statement earrings to take it next level.

Luxemi pick: Give the dupatta a miss and wear our Georgette Salwar with Gold Foil Print with a gold bolero or vest that you already own. It could even be a high street buy!

Code Blue

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This floor length jacket teamed with a lehenga in all about understated, royal grace in our books. It is an impactful look without screaming for attention and can easily be emulated for a winter wedding.

Luxemi pick: How about wearing our Chiffon Jacket with Gold Embellishment by Kisneel with a voluminous skirt in the same color or gold, perhaps?

What do you think of Katrina Kaif’s fuss-free style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Kalki and Alia Bhatt.

 

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Desi Dressing Guide for Curvy Gals

 

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Let’s face it: Indian clothing can be universally flattering when worn appropriately but that slinky cocktail sari or dangerously short choli isn’t for everyone. And while desi clothes are largely forgiving of those unwanted contours, there is still something to be said about body type. If picked smartly and wisely (read: with Luxemi’s help!), curvy gals can easily use traditional garb to their advantage. Not sure how? Read on.

Fit is everything

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Which means it shouldn’t be too loose or too fitted. The former will add unwanted bulk to your frame and the latter will end up putting your problem areas on display. A few strategic nips at the waist and shoulders by a trusted tailor will make all the difference and this goes for whatever size you are!

Pick the right silhouettes

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Know the cuts that flatter your body and stick to the them. Choose flared lehengas instead of fish cuts or A-lined ones. Short blouses make you self-conscious? Guess what, you can get away without baring your midriff. Simply opt for a long corset or jacket style blouse with short sleeves. If you do want to flaunt your midriff, turn to 3/4th sleeves to maintain a sense of balance. There are several new drapes and cuts in blouses that are immensely popular these days. Try them out. A full-length anarkali with a fitted bodice, an empire line kurta or a short flared tunic with straight pants also works well.

Know the fabrics that work

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Stiff fabrics such as organza or heavily embellished velvet will do you no favours. Free flowing ones, on the other hand, will. So we advise sticking to crepe, chiffon, net, and soft silk.

Colors and prints

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Colors and prints play an important role as well. Dark colors, as it is widely known, create a slimming effect so befriend them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with lighter hues. As long as you stick to one color from head-to-toe, you’re good to go. Avoid heavy embroidery, particularly on the bodice, as it leads to a bulky look. Turn to delicate thread or beadwork instead. If you like prints, make sure to choose those with flattering placements.

Create focus points

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Diverting attention from your problem areas and highlighting your assets is the oldest trick in the book. Use statement accessories to grab the limelight and make them the focus of your look. Hathphools, maang tikkas, head harnesses and layered necklaces are all on-point. But always maintain a sense of proportion. For instance, opt for an oversized clutch instead of a minaudière or a long necklace instead of a choker.

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Birchbox’s Deepica Mutyala on Beauty Tricks for Indian Women

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At the ripe age of 16, Texas native and now beauty maven Deepica Mutyala had set a goal—that she would move to New York City and ignite her dream of working in the beauty industry. And that’s exactly what this University of Texas, Austin graduate achieved. After stints with companies like L’Oréal USA and L Brands on Victoria’s Secret PINK, Deepica now works as a Senior Manager in Brand Development at Birchbox in NYC. Getting makeovers by Beyonce’s make-up artist (!) and being exposed to the biggest brands in the beauty biz is all part of typical work day for this gal (sounds terrible, right?).

We caught up with this makeup maverick for a quick tete-a-tete on the best beauty trends for Indian women, common mistakes, must-have products and more! Pssst…she even threw in some cool insider trade secrets!

Luxemi: What are the most common beauty mistakes Indian women make when dressing in traditional wear?

Deepica Mutyala: I don’t think there should be any rules with makeup. It should be about your mood and how you feel whether you’re in Indian or western clothes.  Indian girls tend to stick to red lipsticks as their go-to with Indian ensembles but mix it up and have fun, I say! You can completely change the way your outfit looks by just changing your hair and makeup, thus allowing you to repeat that sari at the third wedding of the season (that is, of course, if you haven’t already discovered the beauty of Luxemi!).

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What are the latest beauty trends that will lend themselves beautifully to Indian wear?

  • Plum lips and bold brows! I especially love plum lips with white Indian outfits and I am definitely not a believer in the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule.

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  • Braids: I don’t think Indian girls play with braids enough because they fear that it’ll look too traditional. But there are so many ways to experiment with them. My current favorite is a voluminous messy fishtail. It’s a great way to stand out in a room full of straightened or curled hair.

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  • Contouring: Contouring is still having its moment and lends itself perfectly to Indian wear. Who doesn’t want defined cheekbones and glowing skin, right?

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 5 must-have beauty products a desi girl’s kit ought to have?

  • A brow pencil: You know how threading your eyebrows completely changes the look of your face? Filling your brows lends the same effect! It’s a product most Indian women don’t realize they need (because they already have dark, thick brows) but can’t live without once they see the difference it makes.
  • A bold lipstick: I am loving plum lipstick right now. A classic, high pigment plum that I love is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Rebel, but if you’re looking for a light berry shade, I recommend the Cynthia Rowley Beauty creamy lip stain in Dahlia. It’s layerable, so you can add coats for intensity and personal preference.

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  • Concealer: I think if you surveyed all Indian women and asked them what their number one beauty concern is, we would say dark under eye circles. Since I battle this problem too, I like using a heavier concealer that also has brightening properties. My current favorite is the Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Color Correcting Illuminator in shade CC 4. It has the glowing effects that everyone loves from YSL’s Touche Eclat with the coverage power of M.A.C Cosmetics’ concealers—the best of both worlds!

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  • Highlighter/Illuminator: If you want radiant skin, I have two tips: drink tons of water and find a killer highlighter. I especially love the way highlighter looks when I’m in Indian clothes. You can instantly tell the difference in pictures when you do and don’t wear it. I use a cream highlighter because I have dry skin. My current favorite is the Bio Brightening Stick from W3LL PEOPLE. The stick format makes it really easy to apply.

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  • Beautyblender: I’ve never met a makeup artist who didn’t have a beautyblender in their kit. The difference in how your makeup applies is unreal with/without it. It’s especially helpful when you’re contouring to blend with zero streakage. I can’t go back to using any brush again now. Make sure to wet the brush to where it doubles in size before using.

Indian celebrities who nail desi-dressing makeup according to you?

I love the versatility of Deepika Padukone’s beauty looks. She always mixes it up, from dramatic smoky eyes/bold lips to more subtle natural glows. She also gives me major brow envy.

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It’s also really exciting to see Mindy Kaling’s makeup looks evolve. I love that she’s not afraid to experiment with different looks across both fashion and beauty and you can tell she’s having fun with it.

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Insider beauty tricks you’d like to share with us?

If you have extreme dark circles, use a bright red or orange lipstick as a base under your eyes before applying concealer. The bright pigmentation of the lipstick evens out your skin tone. We work with celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin at Birchbox and he mentioned that this is one of his favorite beauty tricks to use on Mindy Kaling. Major game changer!

Most people apply mascara outward going towards their ears to create a sort of cat eye look. But for a more wide-awake makeup look, apply your mascara inward. By re-directing the lashes this way, your eyes will pop and look more refreshed. I learned this trick from Mally Roncal who has been the go-to makeup artist for celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and now has her own beauty line called Mally Beauty. The products are all extremely brown-girl friendly (high pigments)!

Want more fun tips from Deepica? Follow her on Instagram @deepicam

What do you think of Deepica’s tips and tricks? Tell us in the comment box below!

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5 Ways To Spice Up A Sari

 

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sari: Neeru Kumar, Jewelry: Luxemi

Elegant, versatile and always event-appropriate, saris are all that and more. As much as we love our six yard desi wear staple, we can’t help but feel that wearing them the same ’ol way can get monotonous at times. That’s why we dug around to bring you five exciting ways to amp up your sari looks. From simple spruces to plain edgy, pick the style that best suits your personality. Rest assured, boring will be wiped out from your sartorial vocabulary once you adopt one of these ingenious styling suggestions.

Cinch it with a belt

Sprucing up a conventional saree

For those who would rather not go overboard with the experimentation, adding a belt is the easiest way to spruce a sari. Take your pick between a traditional kamarbandh and an edgy western-looking belt, depending on the sari in question. What’s more, apart from being wildly chic, this style also creates the illusion of a narrower waist.

Try a different drape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

The regular pallu drape can sometimes be yawn inducing, don’t you agree? So why take that route when there are so many more interesting drapes you can have fun with. Wrap your pallu around your neck instead of throwing it over your shoulder or bring it to the front and pin it on the other shoulder. The sky is the limit when it comes to draping!

Add a jacket or cape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sonam Kapoor and Anamika Khanna have collectively made this the most preferred way to add a contemporary twist to a traditional sari. The buzz created by Ms Kapoor’s cape sari worn on the Cannes red carpet this year indeed bears testimony to the fact. So if you’re wearing a heavily embellished sari, throw a sheer cape over it. An embroidered jacket over a simple chiffon sari is also a good way to go.

Skip the old school blouse

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Play around with your blouse to give an old sari an instant update. From a long corset blouse, Bengali style full-sleeved version, cropped jacket blouse, asymmetrical hemline blouse or one with interesting back detailing, there are so many options to choose from.

Wear the pants

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Take this inspired styling idea from runway to reality at your next desi soiree. Who needs a petticoat when you can wear pants instead! Take a cue from some of our favourite gen-next designers and team your sari with churidaars, wide legged trousers or even skinny jeans!  While you’re at it, slip into sneakers for a fitting sporty luxe avatar. Are you game?

How would you spruce your sari? Tell us in the comment box below!

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