“Diwali Dhamaka Offer”

Just when you thought every reason to celebrate was over with the end of Durga Puja, Team Sareez decided to bring to you another reason to celebrate – DIWALI…. Yes! That’s right. In no less than two weeks, all of India and all Indians worldwide will come together once again to celebrate what is known rightfully as the ‘Festival of Light’.

With the celebration of Diwali also come the wedding season and the holiday season, which necessarily means there will be a lot of social gatherings, event, parties, and a lot more reasons to shop and look your best. But, this would also mean over crowded malls and stores, heavy traffic, and longer queues at the payment counter. However, since we know how valuable your time is yet how important it is for you to look just drop dead gorgeous, we have decided to unveil to you our “Diwali Dhamaka Offer”…


Read below the offer details:

25% flat off – Coupon Code: DWL25

*No minimum order required

*Excluding sale section

And, this is not all. We also have this:

Shop from special section & Get 80% off + additional 10% off – Coupon Code: SPL10

And, this:

Free shipping on order over $99

And finally this:

Assured free gift with each order.

Remember, every good thing comes to an end for another to begin. But also, there is no tomorrow. So, rush today and grab the offer before it ends.

Happy Shopping!


Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Rupena Samstitha

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Shakti Rupena Samstitha

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Buddhi Rupena Samstitha

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Lakshmi Rupena Samstitha

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Those who are familiar with the mantra understand what we are hinting at, and those who do not, well… it’s time for the biggest festival of the Year – Durga Puja and Navratra.

Since we are based out of misthi land of Kolkata, we are a little biased towards Durga Puja.

How many of you were awake at 4 in the morning yesterday to listen/watch the Mahalaya relay on radios and TV? Most of us were. With the commencement of Mahalaya, we have reached the onset of Durga Puja. In about 5 days, the entire city of Kolkata will be in a trance which, no matter how much you try, is unexplainable. Larger than life idols of Maa Durga, iconic Pandals, and air filled with fragrance of flowers and mouthwatering food, colorful crowds covering the streets!!! Who needs La Tomatino hen you can have Durga Puja.

As much as we love talking about fashion, Durga Puja is way more than flaunting the season’s latest trends, and gorgeous jewelries. Let’s talk about all the things that comes to mind (or flash in front of your eyes) associated with this grand festival.



Nothing resonate the sound of Durga Puja than these men (at times women) who carry these huge drums (dhaak) and get the party started right away. Starting Shashti, the sixth day, when Maa Durga reveals her face to us ( on the fifth day in some places), until the day Maa bids farewell to us, promising to come back again next year with twice as many surprises and celebrations as the current year. The beats played by Dhaakis all across several Pandals (at times even states) remain the same. Some could even be an improvised version of what’s been played for over years. But one thing’s for sure, you can’t resist from tapping your feet to the floor or nodding your head to the beats of the drums. Like they say, let’s roll the drums and get the party starting!



Since we set the stage with our energetic and exceptional Dhaakis, its time to not just tap your leg and nod your head, but bring on the party and celebration mode totally. And, how about add a twist? Dhunuchi dance is another common tradition seen during Durga Puja worldwide. Dhunuchi is nothing but a type of flared- shape incense burner which is a little larger than most and has an extended stem used for holding it. It’s mostly made of earthenware. Just like an incense stick is used during prayers, Dhunuchi is used during Durga Puja. The burner is filled with burning coal, dried coconut fiber, and camphor sprinkled over the fiber. Apart from being used for the Puja, it is quite common to see Dhunuchi Nritya or Dhunuchi Dance, where participants – male and female, perform with the dhunichis – at times more than just one! Though we agree it’s not everybody’s task to literally play with fire, but it’s a true delight to watch.

The food:


No celebration- Indian or International can ever be complete without food. And, Bengalis are mostly known for their food… And Durga Puja, of course… Mughlai rolls, Fish curry, Prawn made with coconut garnishing, traditional Khichdi (mix of rice and lentils) and Mix vegetables (also known as Laabra), sweets, and even the snacks… Slurpp! Slurrp! Our mouths are watering just think of the. So is yours (come on don’t lie).

The Adda:


If you are familiar with this term, we hereby announce you as a true Bengali! But for those of you who don’t, Adda means nothing but endless chit chatting about anything and everything under the sky. Now you know why we know so much? We hereby crown you as the next True Bengali (since now you know what Adda means.

Sindur Khela:

Sindur Khela During Hindu Festival Durga Puja

Sindur as in Vermillion is an important part of Indian culture. It represents marital bliss. A woman who is married adorns vermillion on her forehead until her husband is alive. On the last day of Durga Puja, i.e. Maha Dashami or Dussehra, as Maa Durga apparently leaves earth to go back to the unknown universe, with a promise to return every year, all married woman gather around Maa Durga and pray to her for their marital life to be happy and prosperous. After the prayer ceremony, they put Sindur on each other’s face and forehead (almost like Holi) which is also a part of the Durga Puja ceremony and denotes celebration of married life and wishing good luck to one another. It’s a magical site to see beautiful Bengali women draped in white and red sarees with bold eyes filled with kohl and skin glowing more because of the red color of the vermillion… Ah! Where in the world can you find a sight like this!

And… And… Of course the Clothes (we couldn’t stay away from it any longer)


Have you seen the amazing collection we have been flaunting on our social media sites? You haven’t? No! This means you are missing out on our autumn sale too. Stop reading this and quickly type in www.sareez.com on that search bar of your computer, and avail the discounts before it’s too late. If you want to take a look at some of our exclusive picks for this festive season, take a look at our Pinterest board. We will keep updating the board and the sites. But, if you like something grab it now before someone else does.

Team Sareez wishes you all a grand Durga Puja and may you have a gala time shopping from our online store and later flaunting them to all your neighborhood!

Sarees You Must Have In The Ethnic Section of Your Wardrobe

With festivals forming such an important part of every Indian’s life, we can’t help ourselves from coming back to this topic every now and then. Especially when we know that in some part of the world you are preparing yourself for the upcoming celebrations of one of the biggest festivals of India – Durga Puja. Some of us call it Navratra, some call it Kullu Dussehra, some call it Bommai Golu, and some even call it Bommala koluvu. No matter what we name the festival, the truth is that each one of us is equally excited about it. However, with festivals also comes the dire necessity to look total ethnic and gorgeous. And, there is nothing that can make u look more stunning and beautiful than the Indian National Dress itself – The Saree.

So, we bring to you a list of top 5 types of sarees that you must include in our wardrobe if you haven’t already.

Taant Sarees


Weaved mostly in West Bengal and Bangladesh, the Taant sarees are soft and comfortable even for the hottest days. These sarees are found in huge varieties; you can find them in bright colors as well as lighter shades and with heavy embroideries to simple thread works. Taant sarees are extremely comfy yet very sophisticated for wearing at festivals, work, or even generally during daytime and thus, is our top choice.

Dhakai Sarees


Originating from and named after Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, the Dhakai sarees come with intricate thread embroideries and buti works. The uniqueness of the sarees is visible in their unconventional blend of simplicity and grandeur. The Dhakai sarees are usually found in cotton or a material called Jamdani. A red and white Dhakai is an ideal saree for any of the Indian festivals.

Banarasi Sarees


While the Banarasi silk sarees are closely associated with the Bengali brides since time immemorial, these are equally suitable for wearing in festivals. The newlyweds are often found having a strong inclination towards this particular variety of Indian ethnic wear. As such, few other varieties of sarees can hardly replace the dignified appeal of a red embroidered Banarasi saree that remains an all-time favorite of Indian women.

Designer Sarees


Whatever the festival or occasion is, looking trendy is important and the designer sarees can serve your purpose perfectly well. You can consider buying the designer sarees online and you will certainly be able to lay your hands upon a wide variety of sarees that strike the right blend of traditional appeal and modern designs.

Paithani Sarees


The combination of the lustrous silk, embroideries in zari and golden thread and peacock designs in the pallu of the sarees makes the Paithani sarees ideal for festivals. Originating in Maharashtra, India, these sarees are also reflective of the Buddhist culture. They have a typical grandeur about them, making them must-have festival sarees in the personal wardrobe of every woman.

Look Gorgeous in only $20.00

Who doesn’t want to look stunning all day everyday? Especially with the upcoming festive and marriage season, the pressure of shopping for picture-perfect clothes and looking like a show-stopper is stressing all of us. Moreover, looking back at our budget is what’s giving us sleepless nights. But like we say always… NO MORE!

Team Sareez brings to you a selection of beautiful casual and party sarees in variety of materials just under the $20 mark.

Below you see only a handful of them but don’t forget to visit the website to take a look at the complete collection.

Brink Pink Faux Georgette Printed Casual and Party Saree

Brink Pink Faux Georgette Printed Casual and Party Saree

Persian Blue and Off-white Faux Georgette Printed Party Saree

Persian Blue and Off-white Faux Georgette Printed Party Saree

Hot Pink Chiffon Printed Casual and Party Saree

Hot Pink Chiffon Printed Casual and Party Saree

Off-white and Deep Lime Green Cotton Printed Casual and Party Saree

Off-white and Deep Lime Green Cotton Printed Casual and Party Saree

Jonquil Yellow Cotton Printed Casual and Party Saree

Jonquil Yellow Cotton Printed Casual and Party Saree

Love Sarees but Dread Draping A Saree? Let Us Help!

Our saree draping style mostly is influenced by the state or region we belong to. You must have noticed this during weddings. Women at a Gujarati wedding look totally different than at a Bengali wedding. This holds true even if two women have to wear the same saree.

There are endless ways of wearing a saree. However, before we proceed, let us also remind you about the two essential pieces of clothing which completes your ethnic ensemble. They are:

  • A petticoat, which is a long skirt like garment, tied around the waist with a drawstring. It is necessarily of the same color as the saree and is hidden as the saree is draped over it in a way that no part of it is visible. Exception: If you are wearing a net saree or any saree which is made of a transparent material, you may choose to wear a contrasting petticoat.
  • A proper fitting saree blouse of a color matching the saree, ending below the bust. It can be long or short sleeved or even sleeveless.

The conventional way of wearing a saree:

  1. Initially you have to tuck the sari around your body starting from the navel you go left, adjusting the saree according to your height, you finish when you have made one full circle.
  2. Next to measure the length of the pallu, you have to hold the top edge of the saree and wrap it around your hips and bring it to the shoulder, and let it hang up to the back of your knee.
  3. Then take the portion left around your waist and start-making 7-10 neat pleats from left and tuck it down onto the waist petticoat.
  4. Similarly now take the pallu and wrap it once again on your shoulder making neat pleats there as well. Pin it up properly on the left shoulder so that it stays in its place.


(Image Credit: http://www.asiyans.com/blog)

The look of the Indian Woman is complete when bindi and proper jewelry is added to this saree.

Various ways of draping a saree:

The draping styles of a saree vary according to the different regions of India. It is estimated that there are nearly 80 different styles of draping a saree. Some of the most popular ones are:


Gujarati Style Saree Draping: This style is predominantly found in Northern India, like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and is called the ‘seedha pallu’, as the saree and its pleats open to the right unlike the usual way. The pallu here comes from the back over the right shoulder and then it is stretched across the chest and the left end of the pallu is folded in the petticoat at the back.

Maharashtrian Style Saree Draping: This is an 8 meters long saree unlike the normal 5.5 meters, where a portion of a saree goes between the legs and is put in the back of the waist, and the other portion becomes the pallu over the bosom. This allows movement more freely as it acts as a divided saree.

Tamilian Style Saree Draping: This saree is also similarly long like Maharashtrian style of 8 meters, which is draped around the waist with the pleats inclined towards the left side. The portion left is taken over the shoulder, is once again wrapped around the waist and inserted on the left side.

Bengali Style Saree Draping: The Bengali saree is worn without pleats, as it is draped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder with a bunch of keys attached to its end. This pallu is then passed under the right arm and thrown over the left shoulder again. Basically, it can be said only two big pleats comprises this style. To get the apt Bengali look you can wear ballooned or puffy sleeve blouses.

Dravidian Style Saree Draping: This is nothing but pleated rosette, at the waist, which is worn by women of Tamil Nadu.

Nivi Style Saree Draping: This style of Andhra Pradesh is held in place by the folds into the petticoat, leaving the pallu hanging over the shoulder. If wearing ‘Kaccha Nivi,’ you have to pass the pleats between your legs and tuck it into the back of your waist.

Coorgi Style Saree Draping: Here you have to tie the pleats into the backside and a small portion of the pallu is placed above the shoulder.

Gond Style Saree Draping: This is just the opposite way of draping the saree where the first part is wrapped over the shoulder and then the rest is set to cover up the body.

The Great Autumn Festival Sale (Limited Period Offer)

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Happy Onam!


Team Sareez is happy to announce that it’s raining ‘discounts’ on our website again. On this upcoming pious occasion of the Onam Festival, we are happy to bring you additional opportunities to shop while you save.

Find below the offer details:

Offer : Up to 80% OFF + Extra 20% OFF

Shop from SALE section and get up to 80% off. Additionally, use Coupon Code: ONAM and get additional 20% OFF (Offer valid till : 8th September).

While at it, don’t forget to check our Festival Collection of Sarees

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Top 7 Fashionable Movies of All Times

There’s no denying the fact that most of what we wear and how we look are inspired from our film industry. And by film industry we mean both Hollywood and Bollywood. From Andrea’s (Anne Hathaway) Bottle Green trench coat in Devil Wears Prada to Geet’s (Kareena Kapoor) trend setting long T-shirts with Patialas, we bring you top 10 movies that are either about fashion or have influenced fashion in some way or the other. Take a look:

September Issue starring Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington:

The movie showcases behind-the-scene activities of Anna Wintour and her team as they gear up to design what’s known as the biggest and the most important issue of Vogue – the September Issue. It shows the effort and courage of Grace Coddington, a former model turned creative director at Vogue, to stand up to Anna, in spite of Anna’s aggressive nature. The movie settles into a happy ending with Anna approving most of Grace’s ideas for the September Issue.


Fashion starring Kangana Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra:

Fashion follows the life of Meghna Mathur (Priyanka), a small town girl, who just like thousand others dreams of becoming a super model and a famous name in the fashion industry. The movie shows her transformation from that small town girl to a big shot super model, and the challenges that she overcomes in the way. It also shows top model Shonali (Kangana) and her slow downfall in the industry due to several factors.


Coco before Chanel starring Audrey Tautou:

No points for guessing, this movie narrates the life story of how the world famous French designer Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou) went on from being a seamstress at a provincial bar to a historical fashion designer so much so that her name can almost be used as a synonym to world-class exquisite fashion. Coco was born as Gabrielle Chanel but the song she used to perform with her sister at the bar nightly fetched her name “Coco”.


Aisha starring Sonam Kapoor:

Although the movie is not based on Fashion, but the wardrobe for Sonam in this movie is undoubtedly one of the best, trendiest, and classic wardrobe Bollywood industry has ever see. The wardrobe was designed by ace designer Pernia Qureshi, after which Sonam Kapoor went onto becoming a full-fledged style icon in the industry. However, equal credit must be given to Ira Dubey and Amrita Puri for looking equally stunning and visually delightful.


Sex and the City starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon:

‘I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.’ Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

And there’s more. This movie is a complete chic movie based on people, life, heartbreaks, and Fashion! It has 3 parts but necessarily the plot of the movie revolves around 4 New York girl who have come together to form a deep, soulful, and never-ending friendship irrespective of their distinctive lives. Two factors hold them closely knitted to one another – friendship and fashion. Watch as the girls go from being 4 young New York chicks to 40 something elegant women, each with their own exclusive style.


Jab We Met starring Kareena Kapoor:

Directed by the very talented Imtiaz Ali, starring Kareena Kapoor as Geet, the main female protagonist and a larger-than-life cheerful and bubbly Punjabi girl, Jab We Met is a soft romantic movie which was a blockbuster movie and is still loved by many. Once again, the movie isn’t about fashion, but Geet’s long T-shirt with colorful Patialas and Dupatta definitely started a trend which was followed by almost every girl. Some have still stuck to that style for casual day-outs.


Devil Wears Prada starring Meryl Streep and Anna Hathaway:

There is no one who is interested in fashion and won’t like the movie. Andrea (Anna), an aspiring journalist, in spite of her complete disgust towards the fashion industry, lands a job that girls would kill for – personal junior assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor-in-chief of ‘Runway’ fashion magazine. Anna doesn’t know the first thing about dressing up to work at Runway, and has to constantly be at the receiving end of an icy behavior from the cold-blooded Miranda. However, she soon finds help from Nigel, the art director at Runway, and transforms herself into this stylish member of the fashion fraternity. She also manages to be the first one ever to get half-a-smile from Miranda.


There are many such movies which have inspired us in one way or the other and if we had to write about all of them, it could take us a week. So, we put here a collection of what we would recommend in case you wanted to kick start Vogue’s favorite month with a bit of style yourself. Hope you like watching these movies as much as we did.

Until next time, stay happy and Stay Stylish!

Latest & Popular Trends in the Indian Fashion Industry (2013/2014)

It’s been 5 days since the finale of the show, however, with each season, Lakme Fashion Week brings us all the latest trends in the fashion industry – Indian and Western.

With the approaching wedding season, a lot of our time is going to be spent in shopping for the perfect outfit. So, whether its your sister’s wedding, your BFF’s wedding, or if it’s YOU getting hitched this year, there should be no compromises with the style quotient of your wardrobe at all.

Find below an assorted range of ethnic wear presented by different Fashion Designers during Lakme fashion Week’s various seasons:

Autumn/Winter 2013

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Autumn/Winter 2014

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Stay tuned for our picks from the Indian Bridal Fashion Week 2013/2014 to be featured in our next post.

Until then, Team Sareez wishes all a very happy and prosperous Ganesha Chaturthi. Stay Blessed and Stay Stylish!

Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha


India is a land of diversities, traditions, and endless festivals. And, especially this time of the year, all of us are in high spirits and fully ready to welcome the season of festivals which will mark its beginning with Ganesh Chaturthi this Friday – 29th August, 2014. It’s celebrated each year in the honor of Lord Ganesha (for our friends who may not know who we are talking about, it’s the cute plum god with an elephant head and a mice along with a plate full of his favorite sweets).  

Quick facts:

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, and generally falls between 19th August and 20th September each year.

The festival lasts ten days with Ganesh Chaturthi marking the beginning when the idol of Ganesha is installed at temples or at home while Anant Chaturdashi marks the end when the idol is taken around in a procession to be immersed in nearby water bodies like rivers or sea, with hundreds and thousands of worshipers singing, praying, and dancing.

Though it’s followed all across India, Maharashtra’s celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi is a spectacular event on its own.

Dress Code:

In India, festivals and traditional occasions often call for the Indian National Dress – Saree. Women, all over the world, who celebrate this festival, adorn themselves in gorgeous and elegant sarees – mostly bright colored and in silk or such material.

However, for some of us, every dress – western or Indian, has to be about making a style statement. And, undoubtedly the current scenario of the Indian fashion industry and the massive developments in terms of Indian ethnic wear enables us to please all our temptations.

Some of the alternatives that you can try this festive season are:


 And, then there are always the truly ethnic Silk sarees:


 Check our website for the complete collection.

Recipes and Food:

No Ganesha festival can be complete without offering him his favorite food – Modak. Here is a quick recipe on how to make totally delicious Ukadiche Modak to offer the deity and distribute it as a sacrament to everybody.  


For The Dough -

2 cups rice flour

Water as required

For The Filling -

1 1/4 cups grated jaggery

2 cups freshly grated coconut

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

1/2 tbsp. cardamom powder

½ cup skimmed milk

Other Ingredients -

1 tbsp. ghee for kneading and greasing

Method For the dough:

Boil 1¾ cups of water in a deep non-stick pan.

Place the rice flour in a deep bowl and add the boiled water gradually. Mix well using a spoon in the beginning and then knead into soft and smooth dough.

Cover with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes.

Method For the filling:

Step 1: Heat ghee in the deep non-stick pan, add the grated coconut, and cook on slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 2: Add milk. Keep stirring continuously for 5 – 7 minutes till it gets thick.

Step 3: Add jaggery and poppy seeds and keep stirring till it becomes dry.

Step 4: Add cardamom powder, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes till all the moisture evaporates and the mixture thickens. Keep aside to cool slightly.

Step 5: Divide the filling into equal portions and keep aside.

Method to make the Modak:

Step 1: Knead the dough once again using ½ tbsp. of ghee and keep aside.

Step 2: Make equal lemon size ball of the dough.

Step 3: Take one ball and roll it 2-3 inches in circumference on a dusted rolling board.

Step 4: Place a portion of the filling in the center of the rolled ball.

Step 5: Bring the edges together towards the center. Join all the edges and pinch them

Step 6: Repeat this procedure to make the remaining Modak.

Step 7: Place a steamer plate in a steamer and place a banana leaf on it.

Step 8: Moisten all the Modaks with little water using your fingertips.

Step 9: Place the Modaks on the banana leaf and steam on a medium flame for 10 minutes.

Step 10: Serve to Lord Ganesha and later enjoy it yourself.

Handy tip:

These Modaks stay fresh for a day at room temperature and for 2 days if refrigerated.

(Recipe Courtesy: The Heath Site)


(Image Courtesy: India Forums)

Let’s all of us gather together in harmony and say – Ganpati Bappa Morya, Mangal Murti Morya!

Team Sareez wishes all a blessed Ganesh Chaturthi and hope that the god of happy beginnings shower you with prosperity.