Saturday, July 27, 2013

ROHIT BAL , Day 4 Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week

Yes I know I am due to write about Day 3 and the first show of Day 4, but I cant contain my excitement about the Rohit Bal show, so I am skipping the rest and will come back to them a little later.

The show was packed! Seating arranged had been increased to accommodate the huge crowd and people were still left standing, although no one complained this was THE show everyone had been waiting for, I certainly was!

Rohit Bal is known for his extravagant style, he is the showman of the industry and surely enough when you entered the main stage area you were greeted by huge lotuses hung from the ceiling, draped lights all around. It was like entering a new world.

The room was darkened once when the announcement for the start of the show was pitch darkness came the glow of the first lotus and then the next, in random order one by one all lotuses lit up from inside...

Songs like 'Lag jaa gale' (Woh Kaun Thi, 1964) set the pace for the show, followed by 'Yeh hai reshmi zulfon ka andhera' (Mere Sanam, 1965), 'Baahon mein chale aao' (Anamika, 1973) and 'Aaiye meherbaan' (Howrah Bridge, 1958), moving on to more contemporary 'Kehna hi kya' (Bombay, 1995) and an instrumental version of 'Roja jaaneman' (Roja, 1992), only to return to 'Aa jaane jaan'

Friday, July 26, 2013

Day 2 : ‘ELOHIM’ By Jyotsana Tiwari

Jyotsna Tiwari says, “IBFW focuses to provide the best in the category of bridal luxury. Being part of IBFW gives an Indian designer the opportunity to showcase their collection to a wide range of audience. Also it is a great platform to promote trade and connect with consumers and buyers.”

About the Show

The show was for a fun-loving I-want-to-have-a-cocktail-party-wedding Bride. She was probably the only designer to capture perfectly the essence of a modern bride.

Jyotsana Tiwari’s collection ELOHIM was inspired by colors, fun and festivities around the wedding.

Preliminary inspiration for this collection remains Nav-ratan jewelry which embraces nine color stones together in one statement piece. 

Focused on light weight, fun clothing, the collection gives the young bride an opportunity to have fun around her wedding. 

The back drop of the show looked like moons in different phases, and then came the remix version of "Khoya Khoya chaand..."
Loved the music at the show (in fact a few of my pictures came out blurred because I was swaying so much at the songs)

Pictures from the collection

I love this neckline!

Butterflies! Me likes

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day 2 Rina Dhaka for Aamby Valley India Bridal Week 2013

The show was set up in a way that it reminded of a star studded sky at night. 

Rina Dhaka’s collection was called the ‘Free Bride’ 

Patchwork, gotha work and traditional kamdani work ruled her collection, but all in all not one of her best work.

Sophie Chaudhary opened the show.

I dont really have much to say about this collection (read not much good things to say), so I will let you makeup your own mind for it...

Day 2 at IBFW, Kotwara by Meera and Muzaffar Ali

The show started on time, well half and hour late is still on time, and was way better managed than the 1st day of Aamby Valley India Bridal Week 2013.

Muzaffar Ali could been seen meeting and greeting his guest outside while Meera handled the backstage.

The Setup was done in a way to make it look like a walk in the garden..with tree's and bushes adorning the ramp side.

The collection was called 'Pearl of Orient' inspired by the traditional craft of the region of Awadh.

Pictures from the collection

Day 1 : Shantanu and Nikhil ‘To Die For’

Shantanu & Nikhil titled there collection ‘To Die For’ 

Their press release say's "Gold, in its different shades, would be the new black"

The Show

You can imagine how happy that made me :D , with expectations quite high Shantanu and Nikhil wowed us completely with the use of gold leaf patterns and booties, but I personally was disappointed with the use of so much white....bridal wear + white I would say no. However if your having a christian wedding or are not really fussy with colors the garments are an absolute delight.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SPOTTED: At JJ Valaya Lounge area or rather the Pre-party

The lounge area outside the MSA (the show area) was packed with Page 3, Media and buyers of the house of Valaya. The show started about an hour late then schedule, while the page 3 mingled and the media clicked.

Crazy Indian Wedding now falls into media (strange isn't it, how it all started off with just a diary of my wedding days and now here we are :D ). My biggest flaw I would say, would be that I cant place a face to the name till I havn't meet them or seen their photo's at least 10 times. So obviously I was lost when it came to identifying who's who in this party world.

I never knew that taking my husband to these events would come in handy! He can identify more socialite than I can even think about remembering.

Grand Opening, Aamby Valley India Bridal Week, JJ Valaya

Aamby Valley India Bridal Week kick started yesterday with the Grand opening show by JJ Valaya.

Story Behind the Show

The show told a story of a grand conglomeration of royals at a reception to welcome the Maharaja and his daughter, the princess, from their adventures in Spain. 

The Maharaja, in turn, a devoted believer of India and its wonders, and now also fascinated by all things Spanish is keen to showcase his newfound inspirations.

The Show

JJ Valaya instead of sticking to the normal runway had a setup made by Scenographer Sumant Jayakrishnan in such a way that there were tiny lounges instead of front rows.

The guest sat around little tables with wine and Hors d'œuvre, a look that resembled a royal garden party, surrounded by royally dressed models.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

FDCI announces schedule for PCJ DELHI COUTURE WEEK 2013

 Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), announced the schedule for the fourth edition of the
 PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013 in association with Audi yesterday.

Event is from July 31-August 4, 2013, at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.

Big Designer names include 
Manish Malhotra, 

Ritu Beri, 
Monisha Jaising, 
Manish Arora, 
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, 

Anju Modi, 
Anamika Khanna, 
Gaurav Gupta, 
and Varun Bahl.

PCJ will also showcase their jewellery with clothes by Satya Paul!!

Schedule for PCJ DCW 2013 in association with Audi
Venue: Taj Palace, New Delhi

Friday, July 19, 2013

Upcoming exhibitions! Wedding Asia and Jalsa

Wedding Asia
19th, 20th, 21st July
The Ashok, New Delhi

Next Exhibition :

25th July
Hyatt Regency

There are many exhibition in line from now till October, so if you miss one don't worry you will find something in the next one!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Modern Bahu's 16 Shingar

Remember when I wrote Modern Brides 16 Singar , it seems to be the most read post on the blog. It gets maximum page views everyday and I thought to myself its not just the Bride that needs a list but a new bahu too!

Read more about the Modern Bahu's 16 Shingar! on

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jad Se Judein by Mohit Chauhan, an initiative by Loreal

Ok, I know this isn't a bridal video but I am in love with this, it is so emotional and gives you that warm glowy feeling inside. I had tears in my eyes and goosebumps all over. I had had to share it with you all.

The song, Jad Se Judein is sung by Mohit Chauhan and it is a part of L'Oreal Stay Rooted campaign

The video is the story of 3 people - 

A student in search of her teacher
A granddaughter who makes a small and simple sacrifice for her grandmother 
2 friends who reconnect at a place they call their own.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Celebrity Wedding: Shweta Tiwari (Sangeet, Mehendi and Wedding)

I remember her from her Prerna days in Kasautii Zindagii Kay. It was the only serial my full family used to watch! Saas-Bahu serials started for us with Kasauti and not kyuki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi. Did you used to watch it? remember kamolika ?? 


 I like the color its fresh and cocktail-bridaly, There are pictures which makes the garment look wow and then there are some which are ok-ish. I just wished she had stuck to same type of jewelry, she is wearing huge diamond earrings with gold necklace.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

IIFA 2013 through a bridal eye

Love those earrings!!

I am in a love-hate situation with Madhuri's hair.
Look at that nail paint! Me wants!
I am so confused, everywhere you search madhuri is in different outfits and all captions say IIFA 2013..

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Indian Bride and the Budget

So your a typical Indian Bride researching online about planning a wedding on a limited budget.

Here is what you get :

1. Cut down on your guest list (I cant do that , mom and dad will kill me if I don't call Rakesh Tauji's 2nd cousin once removed...hmm maybe I can make the invitation accidentally get lost... )

2. Marry Off-season (are you serious?! and every time anything goes wrong between the two of us everyone will be like "galat time pay shaadi ki thi na is liye", too much superstition attached! plus summers too hot, winters too cold, and rainy season is too rainy...the pre-decided pundit dates actually fall into the correct season)

3. DIY, make your own center pieces (for 300+ guest, ya right)

4. Instead of invites, send emails, better still make a wedding website! (yes and when the cousin dadi living at  Jhunjunu finds out your married and you didn't call her, its sure to be an epic family war)

5. Have lesser function (this is probably the only one that makes sense!)

So what do you REALLY do?! 

Good News!!

Crazy Indian Bride's Luxury Wear Brand

 Roli Gaur Vashisht

Now Available at Indian Hanger!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Saga Of My Wedding Shoes

Guest Post by Anya Singh

I got married fairly recently (a little over two months back). And I had all of about 3 weeks to do my wedding shopping. Although my Mum had been busy shopping for all the pretty (wedding related) stuff for me, there were still some things that required my time and attention, and one of them was my wedding shoes.

Now it is only logical to think that one would buy their wedding shoes once they have figured out what to wear for the wedding. And the same happened in my case, only that I had not been able to find a lehenga to my liking till about 12 days before my wedding. (OMG!)Yes, you heard it right- 12 freaking days before the wedding. And once I zeroed in on the gorgeous lehenga, ahead of me lied the rather daunting task of buying matching accessories (bridal jewellery, bangles, shoes and the likes).

Monday, July 8, 2013

DIY Universal Saree Blouses!

What are universal saree blouses?
Those basic gold, silver and black blouses that everyone's been talking about. They go with most saree's and you dont have to worry about matching blouses.

So where do you get them from?
In Delhi M-Block is full of them! and so is every small little shop around town. Meena Bazaar and Greenways have the prettier embroidered ones.

Why the DIY?
1. They don't fit! they are made in a standard size 36", even if the button closes perfectly there are alterations that are required.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Review: Bride and Groom Exhibition

Bride and Groom Exhibition started today and is on till Monday. Should you visit? I would say yes. There are a variety of stalls catering to all style and design need.

I visited today with my MIL and SIL.

The atmosphere hits you the minute you enter Ashok,

 Page 3 socialite type ladies all walking in and out, clack-clack-clack of their stilettos.
"Did you know her fiance is ONLY 4'3"
"Are you serious?!"

Mixed with the chappal noise thub-thub-thub of cute full figured mummy's with stick thin daughters in tow.
"Mummieee wo pink wali dress kitni achi thi na!"
" Nahi chee uppar say net tha, pura shoulder dhik raha tha, ladkey waley dhekney aaye gay to kya boley gay"

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Introducing Luxury Wear By Roli Gaur Vashisht

If you were wondering why the blog wasn't being updated regularly I was busy with this..

Presenting Luxury Wear by Roli Gaur Vashisht

Outfit's bound to make a statement.


Code : Diva
Printed Crepe Anarkali with Asymmetrical hem and Zari Border.
Pink Georgette brocade chunni with gota border and Yellow Chudidar

Code : Kali
Net Anarkali with Woven border and brocade upper.
Red Net chunni with Brocade borders and red chudidar

Code : Parrot
Net Anarkali with Gota borders and brocade upper.
Black chunni with gold borders and black chudidar

Code : Santri
Brocade Khadi Anarkali with Zari Borders.
Net chunni with thread and sequince embroidery and Red Chudidar

Code: Ambi
Crepe Anarkali, with asymmetrical hem, Brocade panels and sleeves.
Zari Border.
Blue chunni with hand block printed border (seen behind) and Blue Chudidar

Code: Flame
Georgette Anarkali with Kundan embroidery on the neck and multiple borders.
Orange Chunni and chudidar

Code: Lali
Georgette Anarkali with Zari embroidery on the neck and Zari and Threadwork borders.
Red Chunni and chudidar

Code: Safee
Georgette Anarkali with threadwork embroidery on the neck,
multiple borders and full threadwork body

White Chunni and chudidar

See More at
To Order directly send me a mail at

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

This post is loong over due!

Congratulations Leah Warner!

You win this beautiful Henna candle by Navakriti Artist !

Her Idea :

To let your future husband know that when this candle is lit, he is in trouble! 
(haha, I might give this a try ;P)

Please email your contact details to

Monday, July 1, 2013

My Fight with tanning! (using home remedies)

I love sunny days and prefer summers over winters. Somehow I can go out happily at 40 degree's, but no force on earth can get me out of a blanket in winters. Infact my main reasons for not continuing a regular job is because I don't work in winters.

Tanning however, is the worst part of summers! and its the one thing that's been haunting me.

Left to Right : 
Haldi day wedding celebrations(Nov. 2012), Shimla right after the wedding(Nov. 2012), South Africa first day(Dec. 2012), South Africa last day (Dec. 2012) , Goa first day(March 2013), Goa last Day(March 2013)
The only thing I am super glad about is that last year I was pretty much the same 'color' so my wedding went off with no drama, but post-marriage its like my skin is playing holi!

South Africa is a wonderful country no doubt and if your planning to visit then do apply sunscreen every hour! ( I am not sure how much truth there is in this fact but someone at a shop in South Africa told us that sunscreen brought from Indian are not effective against the harsh South African sun and its better to just pick up a sunscreen from a local shop there..)

Anyways, here's what I did to remove tanning :

1. Uptan : 

This is probably the most used and super effective way of removing tan. This time around however I did feel the tan lighten and almost go away (see Goa first day picture Vs South Africa last day pic) but.....aahhh....

its difficult to explain...ok let me try, I have a golden undertone skin but after coming back from South Africa it was like the skin changed its undertone color and I got tanned from within where as Indian tanning is just the top layer.

So Uptan helped me remove the outer tanning but the inner tanning remained, which can't be really seen in some pictures but in others its like an alien color.....(does that make sense at all?!?)

As for you lovelies, Uptan is really good!

How to make :

Mix together :
1. Besan 1-2 spoons
2. Haldi half teaspoon
3. Lemon half
4. Honey a little
5. Milk to mix
6. Choker 1spoon
7. a little Rose water ( if you have any)

Basically Besan, Haldi and Milk are the most important components the rest if you have them, then add them otherwise those 3 do the job well.

The mixture should look semi-solid.

What to do with it?

Apply it all over your face, neck, hands, legs where ever you want.

Let it dry (til it gets a little hard)

Then you can either wash it off or scrub it off. I personally prefer scrubbing it off.

People generally advice to not use soap after this!

2. Tomato's

Again great for removing tan, but I think it works better if its a recent tan, as in you do this end of the day and the same days tan would go away easily. Using it twice a week, once middle of the week and once on the weekend makes it more effective.

How to make : 

Cut a medium size tomato into 2 parts

What to do with it? 

Apply it to your face and/or your hands, squeeze it a little to get the juice out directly on your skin

If you find this a little messy you can extract the juice first and then apply it on.

Leave it for 15 min. There might be a slight tingly sensation but that's just the tomato juice working its magic.

Wash it off. 

3. Malai Saffron

I am in love with this solution! This is the only homemade tan removal pack that has removed the weird alien skin color (mentioned above). Also the only one which lightened the sleeve tan (tanning on the shoulders which is left  behind because...of the sleeves..(huh?!)..blogging is getting tougher with just words)

How to make :

Take out Malai from the milk

Soak 3-4 strands of Saffron in malai overnight

What to do with it?

Apply it all over your face and hands (avoid on the face if you already have oily skin)

Let it dry for 15 min.

Wash it off by gently rubbing.

I don't use soap when I use this.

Stink Alert! make sure the bathroom is cleaned afterwards, it leaves behind a nasty stink but the skin is super soft and 'chikni'

Well now I am pretty much back to my normal skin tone, my golden undertone is back because of the malai-saffron tan-pack and I am now finally able to look at mirrors again! (does that sound vain?!)

Anyways with summer heat about to leave and wedding season approaching, don't forget to protect your skin! It took me around 4-5 months to get my skin back! Take Care!

For better skin see more home made face pack at

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