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The Delhi Bride’s Bridal Beauty Must-Haves

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Image: The Wedding Salad

What started as Shinjini Amitabh Chawla’s compilation of wedding inspiration during the run up to her wedding turned into an online frenzy; popularly know as The Delhi Bride. Ever since, this bride-turned-blogger (well, technically, newlywed now) has become a go-to insider for all things bridal-related. We decided to tap into her know-how and put together a beauty bible for you brides-to-be. Yes yes, we know we’re the best!  

The Delhi Bride’s three-point beauty ritual

  • You must cleanse, tone and moisturize your face twice a day (don’t forget the neck!). You’ll be thankful for the resultant glowing skin. Also, it’s easier to apply make up on well-hydrated skin.
  • Exfoliate and use a face mask at home once a week — removing dead skin and cleaning out the pores really nurtures the skin and allows the skin to glow.
  • Now this one you may have heard several times, but there’s a good reason for that — do not forget to apply sunscreen every single day! If you’re outdoors for long then re-apply every 3-4 hours.

Bridal beauty kit must-haves according to The Delhi Bride

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  • A good primer is non-negotiable. It will make the application of your foundation smoother i.e. not flaky or streaky. In addition to that, it helps the foundation last throughout the day! Choose a primer with SPF (my favorite is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Prep + Prime with SPF) so that you don’t need to pile on sunscreen underneath.

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  • A  foundation that actually matches your skin tone is a must-have. If you have good skin, you can just apply the foundation in a few areas — yes, you don’t need to cover your whole face with it. Bobbi Brown foundations are a personal favorite. They genuinely have maximum variety when it comes to shades.

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  • A pretty blush in peach or pink as it suits most Indian skin tones. You can’t skip the blush when headed to a party as it adds dimension to your face. My favorite is M.A.C’s Melba.
  • Neutral lipstick shades, such as M.A.C’s Velvet Teddy, are essential for a day soiree or when you’ve gone heavier on the eyes and don’t wish to draw too much attention to your pout.

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  • golden eye shadow (with subtle shimmer) as it will go well with most Indian outfits. The fact that it’s so easy to apply gives it brownie points. Just sweep it onto your eyelid and you’re done! No need to shade it, blend it or add colors, etc. You can kiss goodbye to that complicated drill. M.A.C is my favorite for this!

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So there you have it. Tell us what’s in your beauty bag in the comment box below!

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Indian Wear You Need To Invest In!

 New age Indian silhouettes according to FLW designers

Gone are the days when one’s desi repertoire was limited to a sari, lehenga or salwar. We’ve witnessed nothing short of a revolution on the traditional wear front (one thats brought a multitude of options) and we’ve lapped it all up! No surprises there, right? So we roped in some of the top designers from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’14‘s roster — Sonam and Paras Modi, Monica & Karishma, Sonaakshi Raaj and Arpita Mehta — to tell us the Indian silhouettes the Luxemi girl just can’t do without! We hope you’re paying close attention.

Sonam and Paras Modi

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sva

Left to Right: Sva floor length waist dress, Preeti Desai in Sva jacket style dress

Sonam and Paras Modi behind the label SVA say, “Indian women today are very fashion conscious and want to look their best at every occasion. She wants to carry on traditional rituals but with a difference. The jacket style dress and a floor length low waist dress are a must for her. The statement jacket style dress with subtle embellishments promises a timeless and classic look. There’s no going wrong with it. The low waist floor length dress, on the other hand, enhances one’s curves and is very flattering. It is a modified version of the kalidar kurta and is very trendy and youthful. The sheer back makes for an appealing look, hence its popularity with brides.

Monica and Karishma

New age Indian silhouettes according to Jade

Left to right: Asymmetrical lehenga, sheer net lehenga and three-tiered anarkali all by Jade

Monica and Karishma of Mumbai-based label Jade say, “The modern Indian woman is all about being experimental — traditional with a twist. Reinvention is the key so she should opt for a three-tiered anarkali. Layering lends a regal, timeless vibe to the look while the new-age silhouette turns heads owing its dramatic nature. The second must-have is the asymmetrical lehenga! Paired with a chic corset, the asymmetrical lehenga is all about cutting-edge styling and having a blast. A sheer net lehenga with an embroidered border is princess-like in its appeal. Pair it with tights for casual decadence!”

Sonaakshi Raaj

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sonaakshi Raaj

Left to right: Deepika Padukone in Sonaakshi Raaj sari-gown and Anamika Khanna dhoti sari

Sonaakshi Raaj gives her vote to sari-gowns and dhoti saris. “These silhouettes are the epitome of east meets west and are ideal for a cocktail party or wedding reception. They promise a look that’s elegant, chic and sexy without getting into the hassle of draping.”

Arpita Mehta

New age Indian silhouettes according to Arpita Mehta

Left to right: Soha Ali Khan in Arpita Mehta jacket and Neha Dhupia in Payal Singhal high waist skirt and crop choli

Aprita Mehta is all about the high waist skirt paired with a crop choli due to its flattering nature. “It’s apt for the Indian body — hiding the flaws and accentuating the thinnest part of the waist all the same time. The end result is extremely sexy and glamorous. The second promising trend is the traditional vest/jacket in different lengths paired with either a skirt, sharara or dhoti pants. It’s stylish and can be spruced in multiple ways making each look different.”

Which one would you rather get? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi’s Guide to Radiant Orchid — Pantone’s Color of the Year

Radiant Orchid mood board

Every year has a color hierarchy that cannot be ignored, especially in fashiondom. While Emerald Green ruled color charts (and wardrobes) last year, 2014 belongs to Radiant Orchid (after all, Pantone says so). Considering that we are lovers of all things feminine chic, we couldn’t be happier about this refreshing pick. And we bet that the quintessential Luxemi girl (just like us) is already busy making some closet space for this year’s crowned color!

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, was quoted saying, “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Designer creations in orchid

Left to right: Sailex, Payal Khandwala and Jatin Varma

Here are the many ways you can introduce this color into your repertoire for a chic (and Pantone-approved) look.

Purple outfits on Luxemi

  • Clutches in this color promise to uplift a look while jewelry with a touch of amethyst is a good way to go too.
  • And the color need not be restricted to your outfit alone. Make up in Radiant Orchid and its accompanying shades is just as impact making.
Make up in Radiant Orchid

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  • And for the real deal, why not tuck a few orchid blooms into your chic updo when headed for your next champagne soiree?

Tell us how you’ll be wearing Radiant Orchid this year in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s 2014 Trend Guide

New year, new wardrobe. Right? Well if there’s one thing we know about the Luxemi girl, it’s this — she takes her ‘out with the old, in with the new’ fashion maxim very seriously. After all, no one wants to be tagged as the one whose sartorial picks are “so last year”! So we’ve put together the ultimate guide of the trends you need to say a very warm (and chic, of course) hello to in 2014!

Fashion trends for 2014

TREND: Pink Parade

Pretty pink has seamlessly transitioned from 2013 and 2014 and will continue ruling the color chart. The trick, this year, is to sport it without looking too Legally Blonde. Avoid an overly girly vibe and juxtapose it with some strong, statement making accessories.

Luxemi's pink picks

Luxemi picks: Our Fuschia Lotus Print Cotton Kurta with Legging by Cottons Jaipur, Floral Saree with black and silver sequin work and Dusty Pink Mukesh Saree with Bronze Feather Border fit the bill.

TREND: Tribal Touch

Right from Mumbai to Milan, tribal influences made appearances (and not a fleeting one, mind you) on many a runway. As for us, we’ve always maintained that boho-glam is a fashion keyword to swear by.

Luxemi's tribal inspired picks

Luxemi picks: Our “Tribal” Saree with Brocade Border is ideal for a wedding reception whereas the Simple Gold Ball Headpiece can amp up the most mundane of looks.

TREND: Pastel Play

We are candy crushing this season. Scoops of buttercup-yellow, lilac, pistachio, blush pink, powder blue and every other possible sorbet shade are ruling the color wheel — so why shouldn’t your wardrobe join in the sugar rush?

Pastel traditional wear on Luxemi

Luxemi picks: Our Yellow and Orange Geometric Print Saree with Crystal WorkNet Saree with Buttas and Sequins and Shimmer Georgette “Angel” Lehenga Saree boast of ladylike poise and elan.

TREND: Print Party

Prints can never really go off the style radar, considering that they are intrinsic wardrobe staples. And fashion biggies have given their vote to pop art inspired, candid prints this season. You’d be wise to stock up on them.

Prints on Luxemi

Luxemi picks: Our Crystal And Lace Digital Print Saree, Pink Peony Printed Saree and Digital Print Saree with Sequined Blouse by Satya Paul pack in a powerful printed punch.

TREND: Metal Mania

Who says that metallic hues are meant only for the night? This year, take your metallic beauties out for a spin even in the AM. No-holds-barred is definitely the way to be!

Metallic saree on Luxemi

Luxemi picks: This Red Net Saree With Metallic Sequins by Satya Paul will look just as stunning at an afternoon mehndi event as it will at an after hours cocktail gala.

So here’s wishing you ladies a super stylish and successful 2014. Cheers!

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Dress like Deepika Padukone — Bollywood’s Favorite Fashionista

Deepika Padukone in Vogue September 2013 issue

Deepika-Padukone, Vogue India September 2013

Deepika Padukone is our latest Bollywood girl crush. This doe-eyed beauty has earned some serious style cred with her recent super chic sartorial picks, making one thing very clear —this stylista can do no wrong. Ever since her movie Cocktail, she seems to be on a style roll, putting only her most fashionable foot forward. When I interviewed her a couple of months back, she simply brushed off this ‘style icon’ tag saying that she blindly trusts her stylist when it comes to her appearances (modestly skipping that not everyone can pull off the looks she does). And the stylist in question, Vogue India’s Anaita Shroff Adajania, constantly seems to be pushing the envelope when it comes to Padukone’s wardrobe. Here’s a round up of the looks we love most on her!

Deepika Padukone in monochrome outfits

Monochrome is a hot favorite with this B-town’s fashionista and it’s a look she wears well. Take a cue from her and slip into our Black and White Hand Painted Saree by Satya Paul. Accentuate the look, as Padukone often does, with a pop of color by way of footwear, accessories or red lips.

Deepika Padukone in  muted colors

While most people shy away from muted colors for the fear of looking dull, Padukone (seen here in Sabyasachi and Ridhi Mehra) seems to have the trick to wear it down pat i.e. create talking points by sprucing it with statement earrings, an interesting updo and a radiant smile. Add this hue to your repertoire with Luxemi’s Peach Anarkali with Zari and Gota Work and Peach Burnout Saree by Satya Paul.

Deepika Padukone wearing Rachel Roy jumpsuit

But that’s not to say that she skips out on color all together. The fashion fraternity’s it-girl can pull off the most daring colors with effortless élan. We love this Rachel Roy jumpsuit she was spotted in recently. For those of you scouting for a similar desi ensemble, look no further than this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel.

Deepika Padukone in lace outfits

Another trend Padukone has been quick to embrace is lace — be it in the form of dresses, tops or traditional wear. Our Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree promises a touch of elegant sophistication, reminiscent of her looks.

Deepika Padukone in kundan set

And now for the look we are totally swooning over — a winning juxtaposition of old-world charm with a contemporary vibe — is the pairing of traditional/kundan jewelry with western silhouettes. Snag this look easily with our Geometric Gold Kundan Set and Gold Kundan Collar and Earrings worn over a cocktail gown or LBD at your next formal soiree.

We’d love to know what you think of Deepika Padukone’s style too. Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday shoot French Vogue

Image credit: French Vogue

Exchanging gifts is undoubtedly one of our favorite December customs — and while it is always delightful to be on the receiving end, the best of us are often in a fix when gift hunting. Hence we put together a quick guide that promises to rescue you from your gifting woes. Whether you’re shopping for your mother, sister or BFF — we’ve got the perfect picks, no matter what their style sensibility. So hurry, put on your Santa hat without further ado!

 The Glam Dresser

Get something head turning and statement making for the uber fashionista in your life. Our modern kundan set and black sequined border sari fit the bill to a T!

Modern Kundan Set

Sequined saree with border

 The Minimalistic Dresser

You’ll want something subtle and fuss-free for this one. Delicate shades are always a good go-to and we’ve got you covered with this cream georgette sari.

Cream georgette saree

The Trendy Dresser

Our gold Kashmiri earrings and pinky ring by Amrapali are right on trend, just like the girl you’re shopping for! So aren’t these the obvious choices for her, then?

Wrap around earrings

Gold pinky ring by Amrapali

The Boho Dresser

Eclectic accessories are the best bet when shopping for the gal who’s a hippie at heart. Luxemi’s gold pendant and pearl headpiece and gold flower hand charm will be instant hits.

Pearl and gold headpiece

Gold hand harness

The Androgynous Dresser

Our hot pink silk coat will work well for the woman whose dressing aesthetic is best described as ‘boy meets girl’ . The androgynous silhouette juxtaposed with an utterly feminine color makes for a charming contrast.

Silk coat salwar

The Urbane Dresser

The city girl likes to keep her looks polished and sophisticated, and isn’t afraid to bring a contemporary dash to her traditional looks. Our silk saree with bronze zari by Satya Paul will occupy a place of pride in her closet!

Satya Paul silk saree

The Kitschy Dresser

She’s one who is constantly incorporating quirky elements into her wardrobe and mixing things up. Have no doubt that she will love our embroidered clutch by 5 Elements.

embroidered clutch by 5 Elements

That’s not all. Take 20% off an all our accessories through the month using our LUXEHOLIDAY code — now isn’t that what you call ‘happy holidays’? ;-)

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Luxemi + Anita Dongre’s Trousseau Shopping Guide

Anita Dongre's Jaipur Bride

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre surely does know a thing (or two) about style. No, scratch that…the veteran designer could very well be the last word when it comes to all things fashion. Hence when we decided to rope in an expert for this trousseau-shopping guide, we couldn’t think of a more fitting name than her. So listen up brides-to-be — pay close attention and bookmark Dongre’s ace advise…it is bound to prevent all your retail anxiety as well as several bridezilla fits! We are already swearing by this bridal shopping bible, you’d be wise to say ‘I Do’ to it too.

Anita Dongre at Lakme Fashion Week

Anita Dongre with Aditi Rao Hydari at Lakme Fashion Week

Luxemi: How soon should one start putting together their trousseau? How much time must one dedicate to it?

Anita Dongre: I would say that you should start deciding the colours, styles, designers, and the overall look that you want to wear for each occasion well in advance. Start putting everything together over the 6 months leading up to your wedding — that, I feel, is the ideal time frame.

Luxemi: Brides tend to go overboard with their trousseau shopping. How much is too much?

Anita Dongre: It’s never enough and the sky is the limit when it comes to wedding shopping. However, it is advisable to work on a budget for the trousseau. List down the key pieces you require for your trousseau and stick to the list.

Luxemi: 5 must-have trousseau essentials?

Anita Dongre: That’s easy. My 5 must-haves are —

  1. An elegant anarkali
  2. An embroidered jacket or bandi (also known as the Nehru jacket/traditional vest) that can be paired with pants, pallazos or lehenga.
  3. A heavily embroidered dupatta that can dress up any Indian outfit in your closet
  4. A cocktail gown
  5. A set of sarees for both formal occasions as well as casual outings.

Luxemi: What are the top trends this season? Which colors are must-haves?

Anita Dongre: It’s the time to move away from traditional reds and maroons and experiment with a varied color palette ranging from neons, fluorescent, limes and peacock blues to fuschia, corals and dusty pinks. There’s a plethora of choices when it comes to lehengas — the mermaid style, A-line, straight cut and flared versions — with such a wide variety of cuts and styles, there is something to suit to every style sensibility and body type.

Net, chiffon, georgette and silk are the preferred fabrics for Indian bridal wear this season. Experimenting with unconventional saree drapes is also a trend that is fast catching on. So pair a raw silk bandi with a saree or a lehenga.  One could even opt for the lehenga saree as it’s easier to drape and very convenient to carry off.

Luxemi: Which Luxemi ensembles ought to make their way into one’s trousseau trunk?

Anita Dongre: Luxemi’s Scarlett Saree with Rich Gold Border, Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree, Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha, Gold Sequined Saree, Lehenga Saree with Thread Work and Brocade Coat with Velvet Border by Kisneel are must-haves!

Luxemi picks by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Luxemi picks

Luxemi picks by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Luxemi picks

Luxemi: Trendy pieces vs classics — what’s your take?

Anita Dongre: Your trousseau should always have a mix of both. The trendy pieces can be used for your cocktail party and sangeet while the classics can be saved for your main wedding day and reception. Trendy and classic pieces can also be paired together for an edgy yet elegant look. For instance, you could pair a traditional bandi (vest/Nehru jacket) with a gown/skirt or wear an embroidered jacket/bolero with a saree and so on.

Luxemi: Let’s talk jewelry shopping — do’s and don’ts?

Anita Dongre: Always go to a trusted family jeweler. Here too, list down the main ceremonies and outfits and match your jewelry accordingly. Invest in versatile pieces that can be dressed up or toned down and be worn with both Indian as well as western outfits.

Luxemi: Which are some of the best cities for Indian trousseau wear according to you?

Anita Dongre: Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkatta are go-tos in India. There’s my Anita Dongre Bridal store as well as Phoenix Mills and Palladium in Mumbai, multi-designer mall The Gallery on MG in Delhi and Forum Courtyard in Kolkatta.

Luxemi: Who are some of the celebrity brides one can take inspiration from?

Anita Dongre: Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Esha Deol hands down! The one thing they all have in common, and is worth taking inspiration from, is that while each dressed in tune with their respective traditions, the final look was not overbearing — right from the choice of the bridal ensembles to the make up; it all spelled elegance!

Luxemi: So what’s your parting trousseau shopping advice?

Anita Dongre: While everyone’s shopping habits and needs will vary, there are certain pointers that will help you sail through your trousseau shopping effortlessly. First up, make sure you have a list of designers or multi designer stores you wish to visit. Dedicate a week to visit all these stores, shortlist what you like from each of them, and then start buying. Always have a shopping budget and try sticking to it as far as possible!

Anita Dongre's Jaipur Bride

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

So there you go…let the splurge fest begin. And yes, you can thank us later! ;-)

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Shaadi Chic: Shaadi Belles + Luxemi’s bridal show in New Jersey

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Hello Luxemi lovers! We’ve got a festive treat for you — one you are bound to love. For all of you who are scouting for the season’s trendiest Indian wear to hit the wedding season, we’ve got you covered. Along with the fabulous ladies at Shaadi Belles, we bring to you a stylish bridal show, Shaadi Chic, to put all your bridal shopping dilemmas to a rest! Head over to the Marriott Hotel in Teaneck, New Jersey on Sunday, November 10 between 12-5 PM for an elegant selection of Luxemi’s latest wedding collection including bridal wear, accessories, jewelry and the works!

Trust us when we say that there are several reasons to be excited. The first being that celebrity designer Payal Singhal, a name we absolutely swear by when it comes to desi wear, we will be showcasing the latest collection at the event. Luxemi will also be debuting its lovely new bridesmaid collection of salwars and gowns by Chicago-based designer Sahar Dada. And your better halves needn’t feel left out either… there are plenty of menswear options to shop from too. That’s not all. We also have a fabulous lounge set up just for you. So come network and mingle with like-minded individuals. We promise it will be exciting.

So it’s time to loosen the purse strings and gear up for an indulgent day of some serious retail therapy and pure fun. We’ll be there too, to chat weddings, Indian fashion and the latest trends.

We’d love to see you. So do drop in to say hello!

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Luxemi’s Guide to Festive Dressing

Diwali dressing

Image credit: An Indian Summer blog

The festive season can be taxing for the fashionably conscious. With an umpteen number of Diwali soirees and weddings to attend, even the most stylish often find themselves in a fix over what to wear. After all, each outfit needs to be statement making, different from the previous appearance yet right on trend — all at the same time!

But you can rest easy as Luxemi’s got your back! We scour the runways to put together the top trends that will come to your rescue this season. Bookmark this guide and sail through the festive season in your chicest avatar.

Trend: Go for gold

Dressy and oh-so-festive, your Diwali wardrobe will be incomplete without the inclusion of gold. Opt for head-to-toe or gold or break it by mixing another color, this one is a winner either way!

Luxemi's gold indian wear

Trend: Gold

Luxemi picks: Our Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur, Brocade Salwar with Cutout Applique and Gold Sequined Saree ought to be your go-tos.

Trend: Stylish in Shararas

While anarkalis, lehengas and saris are all good, we believe in taking a breather from them every once in a while. And shararas are the perfect alternative! So stand out in them this season.

Luxemi's shararas

Trend: Shararas

Luxemi picks: Our Raw Silk Choli with Sharara Pants by Nikasha and Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel are worthy picks!

Trend: Think Pink

Autum-Winter ’13 runways dictate a return to all things unabashedly feminine. Hence we are digging out all our girly pinks, you’d be wise to do the same too.

luxemi's pink ensembles

Trend: Pink

Luxemi picks: Look pretty in pink with our Powder Pink Sequined Saree, Coral Angrakha Salwar with Velvet and Gota Embellishment or Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha.

Trend: Put a ring on it

Accessories can make or break a look. Trust us when we say that statement rings are the easiest way to spruce up the simplest of outfits.

Luxemi's statement rings

Trend: Statement rings

Luxemi picks: We’ve got plenty for you to choose from — the Blue Crystal Lattice Cocktail RingNavajo Cocktail Ring With Ruby and Emerald QuartzGold Plated Pearl Ring by Amrapali and the White Kundan Ring to name a few.

Trend: We’ve got the blues

Blue is undoubtedly the season’s hottest hue — it’s regal, refreshing and head turning. Be is a brunch party or a festive dinner, it does the trick every single time.

Luxemi's blue indian wear

Trend: Blue

Luxemi picks: Look no further than our Printed Saree with Applique Border, Blue and Purple Davry Saree with Crystal Buttas and Navy Georgette Saree with White Accents.

Trend: Pearl-essence

Sworn classics, pearl accessories and jewelry can never lose their charm. They are exactly what you need to sprinkle your traditional wear with a dash of elegance, poise and effortless elan!

Pearl jewelry on Luxemi

Trend: Pearl jewelry

Luxemi picks: From our Faux Pearl Belt with Emerald and Ruby Quartz and Multi-Strand Pearl Hanging Earrings to our Multi-Strand Pearl and Quartz Bracelet and Gold Hoops with Pearls, you will be spoilt for choice.

So that should take care of every festive wardrobe quandary you could possibly have.

Here’s wishing you a happy, chic and safe Diwali!

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Guide To Wearing Polkis

Sonam Kapoor flaunts a polki set

Sonam Kapoor is the poster girl for ‘pretty in polki’!

There is a good reason why no fashionista ever gets bored of her polkis. One of India’s most time honored jewelry techniques, it has captured the imagination of desi luxe loving ladies since the Mughal period. Simply put, polki, a speciality of Bikaner in Rajasthan, is a term used to refer to ‘uncut diamonds’. They are mined from the earth naturally and boast of no added frills, enhancement or synthesis. Synonymous with old-world glamour and royalty, there’s no going wrong with it.

That’s not to say that its antique appeal makes it outdated. In fact the Luxemi girl would say quite the contrary! Don’t we all have that one (or many) cherished polki set that can take us from a red carpet soiree to a traditional wedding with equal elan?

This week we bring to you the ultimate guide on making the most of your polki baubles, no matter where you’re headed! Also look out for our quick tips on maintaining and taking care of your precious polkis.

Polki set + Traditional lehenga = Wedding reception ready

victorian polki set on luxemi

Victorian Polki set

This Victorian Polki Set with Antique Finish will complement our peach Brocade Lehenga with Halter Blouse by Mallika Mathur  for a stunning traditional repertoire.

Brocade peach lehenga on Luxemi

Peach Brocade Lehenga by Mallika Mathur

Rest assured, this beauty is one you can proudly pass down to your daughter!

Polki earrings + Sequined sari = Red carpet ready

Luxemi's kundan earrings

Dainty kundan earrings

Luxemi strongly advocates the effectiveness of a dazzling pair of earrings. Sometimes it’s all you need to glam up the simplest of ensembles.

Luxemi's georgette saree

“Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree

Our small kundan earrings are all you need to sprinkle some poise to the vibrant “Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree and take on the red carpet! 

Antique kundan bangle + Flared kurta = Diwali party ready

Luxemi's kundan bangle

Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish

A night of festive revelry demands you step out in something stylish yet comfortable. Thus this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel fits the bill perfectly. Accentuate it with the elegance of our Thick Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish.

Kisneel salwar on Luxemi

Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel

This bangle is a winner…you can turn to it jazz up your LBD as well. Talk about twice as nice!

Crescent kundan jhumkis + Anarkali = Engagement party ready

Luxemi's kundan jhumkis

Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

When headed to a desi engagement party, you want to keep it casual chic. After all, you’ll be dancing the night away!

Salwar by Nikasha on Luxemi

Asymmetrical hem salwar by Nikasha

So spruce up this trendy Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha with our simple but graceful Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops.

Tips on taking care of polkis

  • Your kundans and polkis should be kept away from chemicals, perfumes or any other kind of body spray. Always slip into the jewelry 10 minutes after you spray on perfume.
  • Store them in separate boxes or pouches and never stack them on top of each other.
  • Since kundans and polkis are prone to moisture, store them in dry areas.
  • It’s preferable to wrap them in muslin as opposed to cotton, as the cotton fibres may get stuck in the pieces.
  • Warm non detergent-based soapy water is your best bet to clean your polki pieces from time to time.

So there you go… enjoy your beautiful polkis and shine bright in ‘em! :)

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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