Sneak Peak: What’s “IN” in Bollywood

Did you see that Manish Malhotra Saree Alia Bhatt flaunted in 2 states? What about Deepika Padukone’s south Indian look in the colorful half sarees? There’s no shame in believing that our style is primarily influenced by the cinema – Hollywood and Bollywood. And, its only times like festivals, occasions, and weddings that we focus more on what’s “in” this season. More often than not, a discussion which starts with ‘what to wear at the wedding’ or ‘what to wear on Diwali’ ends with ‘how about something like that white and blue lehenga Priyanka wore at IIFA or maybe the Bengali sarees she wore in her movie Gunday?’

To save you time and energy from turning Google upside down for the latest trends, Team Sareez has decided to bring to you the Saree and Suit trends made popular by our tinsel town celebrities in 2014. Take a look:

Madhuri Dixit, Dedh Ishqiya:


One woman who irrespective of what she wears can dazzle the screen with her 440V smile is none other than Bollywood’s one of the most gorgeous and classy women – Madhuri Dixit Nene. Millions of fans must have been heartbroken when Madhuri disappeared from the industry post her marriage to US based Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. Shriram Madhav Nene. After her comeback in Aaja Nachle in 2007, Madhuri featured in several other movies and reality shows. But one of her recent movies Dedh Ishqiya (sequel to Vidya Balan’s Ishqiya) saw her in a total different avatar. In this movie, she is seen flaunting typically traditional ensembles. Above is a still shot of her from the song “Hamari Atariya” where Madhuri is seen wearing an off white/golden lawn suit with self-design throughout the body and intricate golden/golden-ish yellow borders. This type of a suit is perfect to be worn during mehendi/sangeet ceremonies or during Puja or other occasions.

Priyanka Chopra, Gunday:


Often known as Bollywood’s style icon, Priyanka Chopra has emerged as a true icon for flawless style and interesting hairdos for quite a few years now. Who can forget her metallic saree and bikini blouse in “Desi Girl” from the movie Dostana. She has time and again managed to truly surprise her fans and followers with her experimental dresses and style statements – both western and traditional. This valentine’s day Priyanka yet again rocked the silver screen with her traditional Bengali look in Gunday against Bollywood’s newest hotties Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. The movie saw her wearing many light weight cotton/Taant sarees famous in and around West Bengal. But, what caught our eye is her dark orange Taant saree paired with green sleeveless blouse that made her look like a real Bong beauty. Durga Puja is round the corner so we hope this gives you all bong beauties a little hint on what to wear this puja.

Alia Bhatt, 2 States and Humpy Sharma Ki Dulhaniya:


Yeah that’s right! We know this one would have definitely surprised you, as you as well as we have read some of those quirky jokes about Alia Bhatt’s IQ level. But let’s just say it has nothing to do with how she dresses herself up. Though her IQ level is beyond our comment zone but designers have definitely done a great job in dressing her up in bright and vibrant sarees and suits. We have already mentioned the colorful Manish Malhotra ensemble she proudly wore in 2 States. Her second look which she adorned in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya (Yes! It’s a movie) is also equally bright and colorful but this movie sees her dressed up in typical Punjabi attires – short kurti, Patiala salwar, and a colorful embellished jacket.

Kareena Kapoor, Singham Returns:


We promise we haven’t seen this movie before you all take us for a crazy lot but as any other fashion geek, Kareena aka Bebo’s urban-ethnic wardrobe did catch our eye. For most part of the movie, Bebo is seen flaunting Ritu Kumar creations. Now, accept it or not but Bebo has made quite a few statements in the past with her looks in Bollywood movies such as Jab We Met, Bodyguard, and Ra-one. She made long t-shirts and patialas a rage amongst college girls and don’t even get us started on how many women wore that Red saree with the ditto blouse after Ra-one. Singham Returns sees Bebo in long ethnic skirts with latkans and matching tops.

Though there have been quite a few fashion statements this year but since we are concentrating on only Indian clothes, we have brought to you our picks from the Bollywood Diary. Adding to the above list, don’t forget to check the recent collections of Lakme Fashion Week. Also, if you are a bride-to-be, we suggest you follow the Indian Bridal Week ensembles and draw inspiration.

Don’t forget to tell us about your favorite look of 2014.

Until then, keep smiling and stay stylish!

Trend Alert – Dazzling the IIFA Awards


The year’s biggest award ceremony for the Indian film industry, the IIFA awards was recently held at The Venetian Macao, Macau. Hosted by Shahrukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor, the show was a raging hit, with the glitterati of Bollywood gracing the red carpet in style.

Needless to say everyone at the IIFA awards was dressed impeccably in designer clothes; however the ladies of the evening, dressed in exquisite sarees really took the cake. Bollywood style icon Vidya Balan in her black with gold embellished appliqué patch work lehenga saree by Anand Kabra lehenga, as always managed to be the centre of attention. The carelessly done fishtail plait and the contrasting white, V necked, full sleeve blouse, with gold embroidery around the neck added to the appeal.

Madhuri Dixit, with her delicate black net saree designed by Karishma and Monica, stole the show. Gold embellished patchwork within red borders heightened the appeal of the saree. Her chic hairdo, and exemplary make up added oodles of elegance to the timeless appeal of this timeless beauty!

Two other women were spotted looking extraordinarily hot in their designer sarees. Shriya Saran in her lime green faux georgette saree designed by Manish Malhotra, was quite the diva of the evening, while Divya Dutta was seen in a bright red saree, with a matching bindi to complete the look.

A Sacred Bond of Love

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan

Rakshabandhan is one of the oldest traditions upheld in Hindu families. As a vow of protection, this day marks a brother’s promise to his sister, when he promises to protect her with his life. On this particular day every woman likes to feel special and it is our responsibility that we ensure she is also looking special!

Rakshabandhan is an important festival especially for the women of the household, and hence it is imperative that they adorn themselves in the most gorgeous clothes. This season, vibrant shades and colour blocking patterns are a rage. Colour combinations like pink and midnight blue, mustard yellow with lime green, off white and rose are amongst the hot favourites. Designer sarees in single colours with heavy embroidery and beadwork on them are also very popular. Green being the colour of the season on we have sarees in various shades of green. White is another popular colour, in this festive season. White sarees with astute golden design work is perfect for you if you are looking for the right balance between elegance and style. Red again is a popular colour this season and as we all know, you can rarely go wrong on a festival day with a red saree!

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A Saree for You! 

A woman assumes various roles in her lifetime – that of a daughter, wife, mother, friend, advisor, caregiver and many others. Through each of these roles, she touches the hearts and lives of those around her.

At, we have a saree to celebrate every special occasion of your life. Be it the younger brother’s wedding, or the husband’s office party, or an auspicious ceremony at the in-laws’, we have that perfect 6-yards that will embellish your beauty and bring out the best in you. offers you the widest range of sarees in colours, patterns and designs that will leave you asking for more. From the website you can choose sarees not only by the nature of the occasion, but also by colour, nature of fabric or type of design-work or from our special festive collections. You can choose from sarees designed in exclusive patterns and materials, which while also being traditional, allow you to flaunt your curves and at the same time, exude style and elegance. With sarees that have been designed keeping in mind the various roles that you play in your everyday life, we have a saree that befits every occasion, and makes sure you look extraordinary, whatever be the occasion.

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Festival of breaking the fast

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Eid, popularly known as Eid-ul-Fitr, is a festival observed by the Muslim community to celebrate the conclusion of the month of fasting.

Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Around 610 A.D., a caravan trader named Muhammad took to wandering the desert near Mecca (in today’s Saudi Arabia) while thinking about his faith. One night a voice called to him from the night sky. It was the angel Gabriel, who told Muhammad he had been chosen to receive the word of Allah. In the days that followed, Muhammad found himself speaking the verses that would be transcribed as the Qur’an.

During the festival, Muslims exchange gifts, greeting their neighbors as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood. According to the Islamic tradition, there are two festivals observed by Muslims every year – Eid-ul-Fitr just after Ramadan and Eid-ul-Zuha in the month of Haj. Ramadan, the month of fasting, symbolizes a lot practices and beliefs of the community. It is not merely restraining oneself from having food but also to abstain from all kinds of evil and unlawful practices in Islam. Muslims, just before the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr, keep a month long fast throughout the month of Ramadan. The practice of fasting is also known as ‘Roza’ that starts from the break of dawn till dusk and during this whole day an individual has to refrain himself from drinking, eating.

The month long fasting ends with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr that symbolizes a reward for their fasting. Muslims on this day wear their best clothes (Purple is the color of Eid) and offer ‘Namaz’ a congregational prayer at mosques… Mehndi is thought about to be an all-important ingredient for the females for decorating the beauty of their hand. Any occasion cannot be complete without mehndi (henna). EID Mehndi styles are most searched mehndi styles in India, Pakistan & Arabic. After offering their prayers they exchange good wishes of the festival with their neighbors and other people.

The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr not only has religious essence but also carries a social connotation. Like other festivals, Eid-ul-Fitr is also observed with great enthusiasm. Delicious food and drinks are an indispensable part of the festivity. People decorate their houses and prepare luscious traditional sweets and cuisines to celebrate the festival. The most common recipe in this festival is the delicious meethi seviyan (Sweet Vermicelli) prepared from various healthy and mouth-watering ingredients.

The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr is no-doubt perks up the spirit inherent in all the festivity. The significance of this festival is also interpreted as a good time to bring people together in harmony and gratitude.

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What to wear in Monsoon 

Monsoons or the rainy season poses a big problem when it comes to deciding what to wear. Torrential rains and muddy puddles are the things to be most wary of when choosing appropriate outfits for going out in the rainy season.

Since chiffon & Georgette is a lightweight fabric, it is easier to carry off during the rainy season. The most advantageous thing about chiffon & Georgette saree is that it dries up quite easily. Hence, when faced with a sudden outburst of rain and getting drenched as a result of it, chiffon & Georgette sarees take just few minutes to dry up considerably thereby not leaving one wet and damp for a long time. Also, being synthetic fiber Georgette does not leave behind stains to an extent that natural fibers such as cotton, silk do. That is precisely why these types of sarees are ideal when walking on muddy roads and hopping over muddy water puddles.

Attractive printed Georgette sarees also helps one to go through the drench in monsoon days. Bright colors should be chosen for sarees meant for the rainy season. Such sarees look very trendy without sleeves. Such sarees look on women in the teaching profession or medical line. Many office goers find themselves comfortable in printed sarees.

Jewellery is a tricky subject during this time of the year. For functional purposes, keep your jewellery minimal – stick to an interesting neckpiece, or a pair of earrings.

The best make-up advice for the monsoons is to keep it natural and minimal. Remember to use only waterproof products.

The monsoons needn’t be a damper on your personal style statement. Dress wisely, pay attention to materials, play with color, and have fun with your outfits. If you keep a check on all these factors, you’re sure to look like a diva, come rain or sun!

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In Awe of “The Cannes Film Festival”


All good things must come to an end. It’s that time again. That time when the last of us still left in Cannes pack our bags, grab a final dinner and drinks with friends, and head to the airport. We’ve reached the end of the 12 days of the Cannes Film Festival.

These are the moments that define our lives. The people we meet, the events we attend and choices we make, the films we see, the discussions we have, the outcome of all this intensely focused passion for film. What cinema has taught us is how invaluable connections are, and how important genuine relationships are to life.

Cannes is a place where everyone willing to fall in love with film. All because we love what we do, all because we love telling the world about films that move us, entertain us, frustrate us that leave us excited for the future of cinema. Nothing can compare to Cannes and the global experience it provides, the good days and even the bad. Hope it will help to inspire others to pursue their passions and love film the way all of us do.

Here’s the complete list of films at 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

• Young & Beautiful (dir. François Ozon)
• The Past (dir. Asghar Farhadi)
• The Congress (dir. Ari Folman)
• The Dance of Reality (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)
• Inside Llewyn Davis (dir. Coen Brothers)
• Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (dir. David Lowery)
• Jodorowsky’s Dune (dir. Frank Pavich)
• Behind the Candelabra (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
• Bastards (Les salauds) (dir. Claire Denis)
• Only God Forgives (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
• All is Lost (dir. J.C. Chandor)
• Like Father, Like Son (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)
• Nebraska (dir. Alexander Payne)
• Blue is the Warmest Color (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
• Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch)

The 66th Cannes Film Festival had Indian stars and celebrities shining! As this prestigious festival celebrated the 100 years of Indian cinema, the big wigs from Bollywood including Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar were there to make India proud internationally. Not just their presence, but their work spoke volumes and that is why they deserved to be there. Although there were many other Indian celebrities that were also present, we have our own favorites.

Here’s a look at the top Indian celebrities presented this year.

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