While you might be a fan of western wear like me, this festive season won’t you wish to look different? The spirit of the festivals like Navratri and Diwali that are coming up, celebrate colour and sparkle at its best. You can indulge in them in style and look more ravishing than ever in ethnic wear as well.
While you might wish to dress the way you want all the year round, when it comes to Indian festivals ethnic wear is in vogue. Since I live in Mumbai, the city in which Ganpati festival is very popular celebrating the aura of the Elephant God, I chose to shop for ethnic outfits for a change.
Getting the festive look right is easy when you mix and match the classy and the contemporary. That’s how you can stay on trend but rope in tradition at the same time. For that Diwali special look, here’s what you can try:
Go Indo-western:You will be able to achieve a boho-fusion look.
• Even if you do not wear ethnic clothes, wear traditional motifs or elements as prints on western silhouettes.
• Make sure the fit is semi-formal and the fabric is classy.
Let your make-up sparkle:Opt for a sparkling eye makeup.
• Outline the eyes neatly with khol pencil and smudge the edges softly. Keeps the line defining the waterline close to the lower lashes sharp.
• Touch up the eyelids with a hint of purple and blend it to the outer corners. From the middle of the upper eyelid smear glitter powder that you like.
• Your best bet can be the latest M.A.C Reflects Pearl in silver or gold to open up your eyes. Brush out the lashes with loads of mascara.
Try head turning hairstyle:Try the side braid that is making heads turn currently. It is simple and you can do it yourself.
• Brush all the hair on one side and start braiding neatly by weaving the strands such that the plait cuts across the face or close to it, like a textured fringe.
• Add an interesting hair accessory to bring on the traditional finish.
No matter what you do, have a Wow Diwali! -Sayanti Banerjee
Photo credit: Sanifa Dias
Makeup by: M.A.C Cosmetics Artist, Manseey Vorra from MAC PRO Store, Juhu Accessories: Ear cuff used as headgear from Forever21
Cutting or colouring your hair often, may not be feasible but you can surely change the way you look with stylish hair accessories. Even if you stock up just 3 of them, invest only in the best!
Here’s how to look wow with them effortlessly:
1# Bow clip- If you have to bank on a single hair accessory to change your look, vouch for a bow clip.
DIY: Push your hair over to one shoulder and simply clip on this hair accessory on the other side, to pretty up your side-profile and how.
2# Bobbing pin – These basic hair pins have gone a notch higher now with fashion colours and metallic hues. DIY: For a party look, simply make a deep side parting and clip on a few golden bobbing pins in a row to nail this chic, trendy look. It flatters every face shape with a ‘cute girl’ feel.
3# Floral hair band- will help to rope in the pretty and the boho-chic elements together.
DIY: Wear a chain of rosettes like a tiara or a band around your head. Leave the rest of your hair open, a bit scrunched and messy with a subtle middle parting.
#1 As far as the exotic recipes are concerned, they are from the legendary Chef Imtiaz Qureshi with a modern presentation by the sous chefs. #2 While you are bound to get spoilt for choice, some of the ‘must-try’ dishes from the menu are – Starter: Kakori Kabab – the skewers of minced lamb are grilled on charcoal embers and will simply melt in your mouth. Main course: Khameeri roti – is soft bread cooked in clay oven and topped with exotic saffron. Safed murgh supreme – has strips of tender chicken tossed up in mild spiced cream and yellow chili gravy. Desserts: Jalebi pearls as the name suggests, the caviar of jalebi are worth savouring with royal rabri by the side. #3 The view of Marine Drive is completely breath-taking! You would want to sit by the huge glass windows overlooking the Arabian Sea and get mesmerized. #4 While the décor is classy, the ambiance is warm and welcoming. #5 It is a place ideal for a traditional, sit-down family buffet but you can also enjoy some couple time or ‘me-time’ there as well. – Sayanti Banerjee
15th August is Independence Day and I wish to celebrate this day as a ‘freedom from the regular routine’. There are a few things that you can add-on to your weekend planner in order to do something different and feel Wow:
# Sport the tri-colours of the Indian National Flag as a part of your makeup or as a cool tattoo!
#Even if you do not wear ethnic clothes like salwar suit or a saree often, go desi and look graceful.
#Accessories yourself with Indian trinkets and a bindi to make all the difference!