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Ace the shirt with lehenga trend

It’s not easy to be a trendsetter. It takes a lot of courage and an eye for good fashion aesthetics! While we truly admire the women of Haryana to be our inspiration, we’d also like to acknowledge our designers like – Manish Malhotra & Anita Dongre for bringing this concept into the limelight and with so much panache!

Lehengas are outfits usually worn for weddings or really traditional ethnic gatherings. So its obvious that this garment required a makeover in terms for it being re-used and also adding a dash of uniqueness so that it doesn’t look drab every time one decides to wear it.

The most innovative way in which this could be tackled was to replace the choli or blouse with something more wearable. The best fit for this seemed to be the shirt, it changes the traditional appeal of the lehenga giving it a more semi-casual or a bohemian look.

Our first reflection of this trend seems to be inspired from the Haryanvi women of rural Haryana.

Here are a few ways in which you could accessorize your look while wearing this trend.

  • Wearing a chunky neckpiece on a plain shirt would be a superb choice provided your lehenga skirt isn’t very embellished.
  • If you are up for some uber cool fashion, teaming your lehenga with a shirt and a pair of boots could definitely give you some good compliments!
  • If you like a mix of the traditional ethnic look wearing this trend with a nathani could be your next best option.

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We recently saw Huma Qureshi  wearing a full sleeved blue collar silk shirt along with a lavender Gold Lehenga by Manish Malhotra to support the Cancer Patients Aid Association at NSCI, Mumbai. Also spotted during one of the TV shows – Alia Bhatt wearing a Manish Malhotra lehenga with a shirt.

Since this is a very offbeat trend we would not advise you to wear this trend to a formal occasion as the lehenga in itself isn’t a very formal garment. But you can definitely wear this trend to evening parties and social gatherings.

How to get ready for a holi party?

The festival of colors, playfulness, and fun is here. And so are skin and hair troubles if you have not prepared well for it. The chemical in colors have a bad effect on our skin, hair, and body. Thus to really enjoy Holi without any harmful after effects, it is important to prepare yourself.

Oil and Moisturise your skin

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The simplest and easiest way to guard your skin against the colors is to apply some oil before your moisturiser. Now that may sound a bit greasy but here is a smart way to apply it. Have your bath before going to play Holi (yes do it, even if you don’t like it), and as you finish your bath before drying up just apply mustard oil or coconut oil all over your wet body. This way, the oil will get in your skin and you will not feel greasy. After applying the oil, dry your body as usual and then use lotion or moisturiser. Be generous with the body lotion as it will prevent the colors and chemicals to get in your skin.

Wash dry and oil your hairs

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You can do this the night before Holi or in the morning before stepping out to play colors. While many people avoid washing hair before going to play Holi, thinking it will anyways get dirty. But the pre-dirt mixed with colors damages your hair, making it rougher. Thus, wash and condition your hair well. Also, apply significant amount of coconut oil or olive oil in your hair. This will prevent colors from settling down on your scalp.

Paint the nails

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One of the biggest aftermaths of Holi colors is on the nails that often are left in unappealing multi-colored nails. To avoid this, apply double coat of good-quality nail paint on the nails of your hands as well legs. After playing with colors, you can just use the thinner to remove the nail paint and your nails will be as beautiful as they were earlier.

Put some makeup on

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Make special efforts to use waterproof makeup so that it stays until you finish celebrating. Apply a layer of waterproof base on your face and neck to ensure that the colours do not stick to the skin. For your lips, slather on a lip guard and a good quality long stay lipstick. If you do not like dark shades, go for a natural shade kiss-proof lip colour.

So, follow these tips to save yourself from the onslaught of Holi colours around. With these tips, get ready to enjoy this Holi with a complete festive spirit!

Guide to pick the dress materials for plus size.

“Only an excellent fabric can originate an excellent fashion.” says Nino Cerruti. Choosing a dress material for a plus size fashion is the most important step to make a perfect fit garment. Making a right choice for a right dress materials is a challenging task, due to the hundreds of colors, patterns, textures and fabrics in the market. When you walk into stores you will get plenty of options for dressmaking fabrics, but you need to understand the fiber content of the fabric before you buy it as it affects a garment’s design, durability, comfort and care requirements.

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Getting it tailored is the best option for all the plus size women as it provides you the custom fit and personalised garment specifically made for your body type accentuating your assets and camouflaging your pitfalls.

So find out the tricks to choose a perfect dress material/ fabric for your body type.

  1. What type of dress material or fabric to choose?

You should always stick to fabrics which flows with your body structure and provides you a proper base. Natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen etc. provides a firm fit and are easy to sew. Synthetic fabrics like chiffon, georgette, crepe, satin , semi satin are also a good choice, as these flows with your structure and gives a nice silhouette to the garment.

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2. Prints plays an important role.

Pick prints which helps you in camouflaging your pitfalls. Prints like aztec prints, geometric prints, abstract prints do wonders. One of the most important point to be kept in mind while looking for a perfect print is , you need to decide on the size of the motifs in the prints as it affect the whole look of the garment. You should stick to a normal size neither too big, nor too small which compliments your body size. As bigger and bold prints will make you look even more bigger, very tiny prints will get merged on your body size making it look like a plane solid fabric.

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3. Patterns and colors are equally important.

Patterns includes different types of techniques which can be used to as a tool to create the perfect illusion. Such as, color blocking, embroideries and ombre affect can be used smartly to camouflage your pitfalls and accentuate your assets. Placement of the embellishments matters a lot in this case, you need to buy the fabric keeping in mind about its placement on the garment.

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No matter what whether it is work or party, clothes can make or break your confidence ! So keep these tips in mind next time you go shopping for dress material and remodel your wardrobe.

 

 

Your Holi Guide

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The smell of spring flowers always brings with it the undying spirit of Holi! And of course we all know that though Holi might be super Fun, the aftermath of those chemical colors on your skin is disastrous!

Worry not, this year we have got some hacks to get you through the Festival of Colors. Read on to find out more 🙂

1. Put on your Worst Clothes

The real fun of Holi is enjoyed in last year’s Trashed Clothes! Not only paint, but also eggs, tomatoes and many other flying objects might be thrown at you from all different angles and there’s no way you’ll be able to wash your clothes!

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2. Wash, dry, and oil your hair

Many of us avoid washing our hair before going to play Holi, but in reality the pre-dirt already existing in our scalp mixed with the colors damages the hair further more thus making it rougher. So wash and condition your hair well. Then apply significant amount of coconut oil or olive oil in your hair. This will prevent colors from settling down on your scalp.

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3. Paint those nails

Holi colors often leave unappealing multi-colored nails. To avoid this, apply double coat of a dark, good-quality nail paint. After playing with colors, just use a nail-paint remover to remove the nail color and your nails will be as good as New!

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4. Use kitchen ingredients to wash of color

After you have played colors, prepare a mix of gram flour, honey, and milk and use that as a gentle scrub for face and body. It will easily take the color off your skin, leaving your skin glowing and smooth. For added nourishment, apply fresh aloe vera gel on your body.

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5. Deep condition your hair

Ideally, you should do this the same day after playing with colors,  as hair tends to get damaged easily with colors. Put two tablespoon of honey in a bowl, and then add two eggs and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Blend the ingredients well. Apply this on hair, and leave it for 40-60 minutes so that it can dry. Wash it off with a mild shampoo and regular conditioner.

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So this year try these pre-and-post Holi remedies and don’t shy away from the Colors!

And more importantly, have lots and lots of FUN 🙂

The Art Class

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What’s Great About Hand Painted T-Shirts!!!

Well!  Firstly, it is practical and secondly it is creative. With little bit of imagination and manual skills any sort of tops or t-shirt could be upcycled.

So, There are three simple ways you can bring a twist to your own old t-shirt and give it a hand painted renovation, and i bet you will love it upto the core.

*The First way is Stroky Effect: that is by using Brushes. Create an outline of the design using a fabric chalk or a pencil exactly where you want it to be painted on the t- shirt. Then use a brush to overwrite on the outline which will decrease the risk of spill over and then fill the color in the design within.

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*The Second way is Stamping With Paint : that is by using a Sponge. Cut out a stencil for the design you love,Try cutting them out of freezer paper or cardboard. Place it exactly at the right position you want your design to be painted on your t-shirt, don’t forget to pin it up to prevent the t-shirt from slipping around.Then take a sponge and dip it in color and start stamping it on top of the stencil, give it some time to dry and then slowly remove the stencil away.

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*The Third way is Splash It Up: that is it go free with colors. Chose your favourite color combination ( you can mix as many colors as you want), Pour it in a saperate vessels get saperate brushes for them and then splash it up on you t-shirt. Just make sure that you never take too much of color in your brush for avoiding a big patch. And this looks best when done from some angle specially top.

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Isn’t that intresting.

But too lazy to paint it yourself. Then heres a range of beautiful hand painted t-shirts for you. Pick one for yourself!

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