Sabyasachi Just Dropped His Spring 2017 Couture Collection


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One of the top designers in India, Sabyasachi has also claimed international recognition and fame by the virtue of talent. This leading fashion designer has dressed almost every celebrity of the b-Town and has worked on the costumes for many Bollywood movies as well. His ramp shows and fashion shows are some of the best in India. Recently his spring 2017 couture collection has been launched and they are ethereal and breathtakingly beautiful. The intricate floral designs are some that brides to be across India cannot have enough of and they are timelessly elegant. Continue reading

Sonam Kapoor Gleams in the Fashion World


sonam-kapoorSonam Kapoor’s wardrobe has always been a subject of attention for fashionistas. Kapoor has always been a trendsetter in Bollywood tinsel town because of her keen sense of styling. From lavish ballgowns to the latest design labels-the starlet has sported all shades and become Sonam Kapoor a style icon in her own right. This year, she sported several ensembles while promoting her film Neerja. Here are some of her outfits which became a rage among youngsters this year: – Continue reading

Cannes 2016: The Best Beauty Looks on The Red Carpet


The highly popular internationalism film festival by the French Riviera started this week, providing the opportunity to some of the leading film stars to share the red carpet together. Though the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival has just started, there’s enough uniqueness to the red carpet beauty looks. Some of the most popular ones are mentioned below: -

Pony Tales

Blake Lively sizzled with a messy bun, bronzed skin, pink lipstick and a lot of mascara while attending the photocall for The Shallows. Bella Hadid, on the other hand, stole the show with glossed hair and tying up her hair into a severely sleek ponytail.

Bold or Bare

kristenKirsten Stewarts strong, perfectly sculpted red lip formed a perfect foil for kohl-rimmed eyes. A suitable alternative for this style was Jessica Chastain’s soft peach lips with shimmer lids, which could prove to be a suitable alternative for young fashionistas.

The Dancer Photocall

Lily-Rose-Depp-BlackLily-Rose Depp sported her hair in tousled waves for a photocall for the film The Dancer and gave a perfect finishing touch to her looks using matt peach lipstick and mauve eyeshadow which complemented her looks perfectly on the Red Carpet. Melanie Thierry opted for a plain jane look with minimal or no makeup with a messy bun. This hairstyle is most suitable for women who have a liking for minimalist looks and would love to stand out on social occasions with a plain, simple elegant look.

On the other hand, ladies who love experimenting with hair styles and eye liners can follow the example of Soko, who wore her hair in a bob half-tucked behind her ears and defined her eyes with a smoky taupe in order to define her eyes. It would prove to be a trendsetter on most social occasions.

Crazy Curls

A big blowout with lots of movement has a timeless appeal which has always had a unique place in fashion. Fashion lovers who love experimenting with hair styles can take inspiration from Amal Clooney, who gave wild waves look more elegant, chic and stylish on the red carpet at Cannes.

Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

"Slack Bay (Ma Loute)" - Photocall - The 69th Annual Cannes Film FestivalTousled hair and smoky eyes were the major highlights of Juliette Binoche’s look at the Slack Bay (Ma Loute) where she was the show stopper on Friday. This a perfect style trend which middle-aged ladies who are aged forty or above can follow.
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At the Money Monster premiere that took place on May 12, Julia Roberts opted for an off-beat smoky eye make-up, sporting tumbling, mussed-up curls. Candy-pink lipstick, flushed cheeks, and eyes with liquid liner were the major highlights of Julianne Moore’s makeup while her hair stood out with a side-parted chignon.

The Story of #Sareenotsorry Movement


Hello fashionistas! We are back again to this space of fashion scoop. We are here with an interesting scoop or rather a story about something.

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The story is about a movement which has made its way to social media and is termed as #Sareenotsorry movement.

A Delhi mall was stormed by a group of 50 women in flashmob fashion, claiming that they were celebrating the Indian heritage. Vandana Gupta, who is the co-founder of Devditi told the Hindustan Times, “We wanted to revive the culture of draping sari in a fun way so that the weaves get the kind of attention they deserve.”

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Devditi is a group aiming to the empowerment of Indian women and the main motive of this group is to celebrate or saree together in various initiatives. In the Delhi mall, they organized a dance routine on quite a few numbers of Bollywood hits and this unique thing came to the headlines.

A video of this initiative is going rounds in the social media and is being shared with a number of pro-saree hashtags on Twitter, #sareenotsorry is among these hashtags.

The main brain behind this #sareenotsorry is Tanya Rawal who is a professor at the University of California at Riverside. Recently she has been back to California from a vacation to India with many sarees from her family member and her mother especially.

She started this #sareenotsorry initially just for the sake of her family to witness what is going on in her life, posting her saree draping photographs on Instagram using the hashtag #sareenotsorry.

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But in the recent few weeks, this hashtag has changed direction into somewhat political movement to grasp the traditional Indian garment and fight off stigma, to be precise a stand against xenophobia and help the Indian-American women to convey what is the meaning of being an Indian in today’s world.

This movement has gone viral and many of the women are putting their photographs wearing sarees in Twitter and Instagram. Rawal said, “Photos of women wearing their sarees are especially powerful, because clothing can be crucial for negotiating one’s own cultural identity.”

Will you take part in this movement? Tell us why. Share your opinions and keep glued to this space for more scoops. Stay stylist!!!

New Ways of Draping Saree


Do you have a shy attitude or bold? This doesn’t really matter if you are a social bird. It is the characteristic of women to be loved to get noticed. Whether it is a festival, wedding or a social party, these are the occasions to get complimented on your attire.

Believe it or not, the days of fussing over draping a saree is over for you. The different styles of draping a simple saree in an appealing way bring out a fascinating look which is a bit that all you girls will find attractive. Saree draping is fun. The basic is easy as well. Take a look in some newly unique ways of draping a saree:

Modern Double Saree Drape

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This one is ultra-modern drape of saree developed by designer Shaina N.C. This draping combines two complimenting or contrasting colour sarees. This is a great alternative to the traditional single style of draping providing a voluminous and distinctive look.

Sheers over Lehengas

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Ace designer Manish Malhotra became instrumental in bringing this idea of draping. In this style you just need to pair a lehenga with a sheer saree. With this modern draping style, you look perfect for a social gathering and just see how fast all eyes turn to you.

Modern Dhoti Saree Drape

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The creator of this modern drape is designer Tarun Tahiliani at BMW’s India Bridal Fashion Week 2014. This is a perfect combination dhoti pants and the pallu of sarees, making it a reinvention of saree draping. You will just fall in love with this arrangement. You can wear it with a waist coat making it look fantabulous.

Full Body Wrap Drape

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While the traditional saree draping includes pleating of the saree and wrapping it around the waist, this style of draping includes the wrapping of saree all over the body. This is one of the elegant styles of draping you can try for parties. This style tends to accentuate your body shape well making you look gorgeous.

The Belted Saree Draping

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This belted Kiran Uttam Ghosh saree draping creation is extremely stylish. Drape a gorgeous saree in any of your favourite style and wear an ornate belt with it.

What is your favourite style? Keep watching this space for more of these kinds of posts coming soon. Stay fit and fashionable till then!!

Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha


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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:

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

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 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.  

Ingredients:

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)

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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. 

Rain Rain Go Away!


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One more month before you can bring all your palazzos and designer sarees out of the closet and pair them up with stylish and classy footwear. You know what we are talking about, right? From July till September, most parts of India are drenched in heavy downpour and an ever-changing sky – from sunny to cloud in minutes. This is also the most stressful time of the year for our wardrobe. Suddenly, the focus is not on what we want to wear but what we should wear. After all, your high heels and patialas can’t withstand the rain and the dirt on the road because of the rain. But, this doesn’t mean you have to forget being stylish. In fact, let Team Sareez share with you its deepest darkest tricks to help you rock the remaining monsoon season with you head turner style statement.

Experiment with Colors:

Look around you. Even with the continuous and tedious showers there is one thing none of us can miss. It’s the beauty of nature, of colors, which suddenly seems to have brightened up. The leaves and flowers look alive as if someone washed away the dust off them and gave them a fresh look. Likewise, bright colors are always a hit during the monsoon. For some time, let go off your greys and whites and black. If you really can’t do without them, then pair them up with pinks, corals, yellows, oranges, even purples.

Show off the well-tones legs:

In a few months, it will start getting chilly and most of us will take to hiding under overcoats and woolens. This is the perfect time to flaunt those funky chic skirts and colorful wraparounds. Ensure they aren’t too long. Anything knee-length or just 2 inches above your ankle fits amazingly with an ethnic kurti or a single colored t-shirt paired with a scarf or jackets. This is also the time to experiment with flip flops. Keep in mind the color suggested above and you could be turning yourself into a flawless Monsoon Diva.

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Salwar vs. Leggings:

Salwar are a complete no-no for monsoon unless you drive yourself to work every day. Even then, we would say why not try something different. How about pairing up a colorful kurta or a trendy short kurti with a corresponding legging? Alternatively, you can also try pairing up a flamboyant and cheeky jegging with a bright single-colored top.

Less is More:

Too much or too dense makeup during monsoon is a complete no-no and anything against this will lead to a makeup disaster as soon as you step out in the rain no matter how water proof your make up is. Instead, try light makeup.

Start with applying a water-based foundation. Anything powdery can leave patches on the skin during the monsoon and thus isn’t preferable. Use the sponge to make sure its spread equally to the entire face. 

Next, use a darker blusher in the hollow place between the cheek bones. Then use a medium shade on the cheekbones and finish with the lightest shade on top of the cheekbone. This will help in accentuating the cheekbones. During the monsoon, try using cream-based blushes as they will stay longer and prevent patchy skin.

To complete the look, use a waterproof mascara and eyeliner and avoid the kohl for a while. If you are good at it, then use the eye liner to create the kohl effect. Use lip glosses in the shades of soft pink, light brown, or nude. You can use a lip-liner to make the color stay longer.

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Extra tip: Never ever rub your face if it gets wet. Keep a pack of soft face tissues and use them to dab the water off of your face.

Judge a man by his friends and a woman by her shoes:

We’ve got the outfit and the makeup perfect to a T, but what about the footwear? This is the most painful part about dressing up in monsoon. Aren’t you nodding your head in agreement already? Well! You can stop nodding and instead pack your leathers and sandals away and bring out the wellingtons and the colorful synthetic and plastic ballerinas. Also, like we mentioned before this is the right time to buy those flips flops which you were secretly wishing to buy for your vacation on the beach. You can use them now to add funk and color to your wardrobe and later while you soak up the sun on the beaches of Thailand.

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Accessorize:

Yup! Absolutely. Gone are the days when umbrellas meant black and raincoats meant blue. These days there is no dearth of colors, patterns, combinations and style when it comes to rubber/gum boots, umbrellas, and raincoats. In fact, for some, keeping a collection of these is a hobby. Unbelievable, right? That’s what you‘d think before you own your first pair. While at it, why not shop for a cool waterproof bag to keep all your belongings safe and dry?