My Street Style Saree Story ft. Craftsvilla

Hey Peeps! I am always grateful to each of you for showering so much of love for my ethnic posts. Frankly, I have never a saree person and in fact, my usual outfit styling never revolved around ethnic wear. I love being casual in my effortless chic outfits. So what moulded my love for street style saree?

Do watch my saree look video here

Was it just a herculean task to drape one or was I not confident in a saree? How did I gain confidence after all?

Keep reading the post, it might as well incite you to try out a saree if you haven’t yet. I had an inferior complex from trying out sarees for numerous reasons. It took me years together overcome those negative emotions. Today, when I see someone with the same feelings as I had, I really want to say, you are beautiful, embrace it.

My Childhood Saree Story

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The first saree blog post of mine was about my first saree which I draped from my mom’s closet. Whenever I check old album’s, I find it quite funny that not only me, even my dolls used to flaunt colourful sarees. Dupattas used to be my saree then and those 2 yards of elegance always had a story behind them. I really miss being a kid and being excited about ethnic wear.

Teenage Inferiority Phase

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My sister and I use to study in the same school and even the same class. She is elder to me, fair and more beautiful with sharp features according to cliched Indian mentality. We belong to a joint family from a small town called Darbhanga. We used to celebrate most of the festival with the entire family and of course, big families do have a lot of family functions. For a wedding, we both decided to wear saree, apply makeup etc. for the first time. So the trial happened at home.

With all excitement, we got ready in saree and came to everyone and asked how are we looking. Everyone praised my sister – nobody complimented me. I have nothing against my sister and will never have, but that day I thought ethnic wear is not meant for me.

My beauty was always compared to her through the traditional yardstick of fairness and not kidding, believe me, no-one in my family gave a thought on how I felt of this seemingly slight, still biased attitude. Eventually, I lost my confidence in looking pretty and got stuck to my tomboy look.

 

First Ethnic Day at College

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I came to Bangalore in the month of September 2006. Yes, it’s been exactly 12 years. Within a month of commencement, we had an ethnic day at college. I decided to wear a simple salwar suit as I was not confident about wearing a saree. If you know how much South Indians love saree then you can imagine that nobody would have left me like that.

With a rather forced nudge by my friends, I changed my mind and wore saree after quite a few years. That was the first day I stepped out in saree, in my adulthood.

My classroom was on the fourth floor and we were taking stairs. My pleats got stuck in my sandals and I fell down. Luckily, no one saw that and I didn’t have to face that embarrassing moment. My confidence had nose-dived once again but I wanted to fight my inferiority complex.

I started taking baby steps to regain my confidence then. During those college days, we had lots of functions were I wore sarees in different styles. Yes, I wasn’t an expert but I figured out lightweight sarees are the best for beginners. By the time I was in the third year of engineering, I was so confident about wearing saree that I wore saree on the ramp for a fashion show, that too without practising to walk in saree.

From Regular Drape to Street Style Saree

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When I got introduced to street style saree my life was sorted and love for sarees compounded. A Street Style Saree is so much fun to drape. As there is no rule but one –” Drape the way you feel the most confident”. When it comes to modern ethnic or street style sarees, Sonam Kapoor has always been an inspiration for me. I saw her in dhoti saree 7 years back and found the same saree in a designer store.

I was about to buy the same but someone told me that I couldn’t wear this saree in any other way if I  bought that. Why don’t you learn how to drape a regular saree in dhoti style. I decided to give it a try. Thanks to Youtube I could learn how to drape a saree in dhoti style. Ever since I have always fallen back on those great videos on  Youtube to learn different ways of styling a saree. Gradually I started draping them in my own style and realised street style saree lets you explore your creative instinct and the same saree can be flaunted in multiple styles.

Sarees by Craftsvilla

Before I talk about the look, I have bought this saree from Craftsvilla.  Craftsvilla is a 7-year-old online ethnic store. This is the first ethnic wear online store from where I have actually bought my saree. A lot of us are still reluctant to buy sarees online thinking what if the colour of saree is not exactly the same and maybe the material would not turn out as great as in the images.

Thankfully they have an easy return or exchange policy. But frankly, I haven’t had the need to return any saree I have bought at Craftsvilla. Their customer friendly policy made me try out a website for ethnic wear.

About the Lehenga saree with a twist

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Dreamy fairy tale style flares have always excited me. I first wore a shocking pink flared skirt with a gold blouse. To create this look, I started with pallu first. I made a long and sleek pallu taking 3 meters off the saree. Then took another half of the saree and leaving half a meter aside,  I pleated the folds and tucked it at the back. With remaining half a meter, I have created pleats again and pulling it from the rear, tucked it at the front, below the navel. Now coming back to pallu, I wrapped it around my waist once again and then did a normal pallu.

Street style saree- Namrata - Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Street style saree- Namrata - Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Street style saree- Namrata - Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Let me know how do you like my street style saree look. Click here to buy this saree.

Until the next time, stay confident and gorgeous!

Delhi Road Trip Ideas – Go Self Drive

With the receding rains and the landscapes still fresh, now is a good time to enjoy some weekend drives and trips out of Delhi. With so much natural beauty and heritage available to experience in nearby states, people living in the national capital have plenty of options to visit. A trip can be planned in a jiffy – a self-driving car app and a thirst for adventure and discovery are enough. Here are some top recommendations.

Mathura – Vrindavan – Agra

Mathura is one of the most significant places of Hinduism. The drive from Delhi is a 3-hour route along the Taj Expressway and the sacred city is worlds apart from the cosmopolitan, fast-paced city. The main attractions of Mathura are its temples and old neighbourhoods. The Krishna Janmabhoomi is a complex of multiple holy sites built around what is believed is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The Vishram Ghat is another important site, located on the banks of the Yamuna.

Nearby Vrindavan town has many attractions that will fascinate culture enthusiasts. Travellers here can observe the quintessential Hindu architecture. Some of the famous landmarks include the Madan Mohan Temple, the Prem Mandir and the Sri Radha Raman Temple.

With Agra just 57 km away from Mathura, it is absolutely worth the extra drive. The resplendent architecture and scale of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are the main attractions here, along with the buzzing evening market scenes and the spicy street food.

Corbett National Park

Away from the crowds and the buildings, Corbett National Park is a wild escapade into the deepest wildernesses of Northern India. Nature photographers would rejoice at the landscapes that await them in India’s oldest national park – grasslands and thick forests juxtaposed with low hills. One can enjoy safaris on elephant-back or in a jeep. The most famous resident here is the tiger and the place is also famous for the wild pachyderm herds that roam about. Birds found here include a variety of raptors and jungle fowl. Crocodiles and leopards are also main predators in this picturesque, diverse and fragile ecosystem.

The 270-km road trip from Delhi is an exciting experience as one leaves behind the endless, industrial plains and heads into the misty foothills and forests of Uttarakhand.

Other popular trips from Delhi include Alwar in Rajasthan. The town is famous for its architecture – prominent sites here include the City Palace and the Alwar Fort. The 160-year-old Fairy Queen locomotive is another treasured attraction here.

Dharamshala is a beautiful 10-hour drive into the hills of Himachal – a perfect solution for those looking for a bohemian respite. The Tibetan diaspora here adds another fascinating cultural element to the town, which is also a good base for treks.

To enjoy these trips to the fullest, informed travellers are choosing to rent self-drive cars in Delhi rather than traditional cabs. They get to travel in freedom and privacy, making stops and detours as they wish. Platforms like Zoomcar offer a wide range of vehicle options and 24/7 on-road support so people can enjoy the trip in comfort and security.

 

The Perfect Gift for this Season

The season of festivals is close at hand, and the gifts are unarguably one of the most keenly awaited parts of the season.

This also brings with it the pressure to choose an awesome gift which is sure to make the person go bonkers.

Well, a portrait painting is a really great choice according to me as it gives you the ability to take one of your most beloved and fond memories and turn your photo to painting.

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It is the perfect mixture of thoughtfulness and charm as a portrait painting oozes outclass and style like very few can.

A handmade portrait painting is a great way to showcase your love and affection towards that special person in your life.

A canvas and some beautiful memories can turn your picture to painting and bring to life your most cherished memories.

Festivals are a time to spread happiness and joy, love and laughter, it is a time meant to make you a better person in general.

Most of the times festive occasions are the perfect family reunion after a long and stressful year of work.

All the members are enjoying together and having a blast.

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A family portrait painting is a really great option for anyone who wants to celebrate this festive season with a sense of unity and togetherness.

PortraitFlip is one such e-commerce site which sells authentic and awesome handmade portrait paintings at some really economical prizes.

You can choose from a wide array of mediums such as oil portraits, charcoal portraits.

You will be notified via email once work on your painting has begun and ended.

All that you have to do is give them the photo and they will convert the photo to a painting in a truly artistic and picturesque manner.

Leaving all the materialistic choices and preferences aside festivals are supposed to bring out the best within a person.

All festivals eventually transcend into the symbolic victory of good over bad, gods over demons. It teaches us the important lesson to fight our demons, most of all to fight the demons within.

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Those demons which keep us from doing anything fruitful in our lives!

Getting a custom portrait is sure to strike the right chord with everyone right from family members to friends and colleagues.

Acustom portrait painting from photocan be a perfect memoir for you as well as your family and loved ones, a constant reminder of some great times that have gone by.

Convert your pictures to painting and immortalize those times and people who are and will always be an important part of your life.

Sharing the joy’s and jubilation of the festivities is an important part as

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.-Mark Twain

Our festivals are a mere reflection and revelation of our deep seated belief and culture.

They reveal all of our potential good in all its shining glory.

Turn your pictures to painting and bring out the inner beauty via a portrait painting for

Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people- the beauty within themselves.-Langston Hughes

The Perfect Gift for this Season - Namrata- Bangalore based Indian lifestyle blogger

A gift is a powerful tool in letting the other person know how important he/she is to you, therefore you should make it a point to prove that they are an essential part of your life.

A portrait painting perfectly encompasses this as it perfectly blends all the emotions which make for a stellar gift.

More over a large size portrait painting will also do a great deal in increasing the ambience and feel of your house.

Convert your photo into paintingand you have yourselves a stellar showpiece too!

It can either be a small size portrait on your study table or a huge one hanging in your hallway.

It is a sure to be an excellent addition to your home décor.

With everybody scrambling to buy the newest gadget in town or the most expensive gift on the store shelf a portrait painting is a really meaningful gift and is sure to leave an impact upon its receiver.

The Perfect Gift for this Season - Namrata- Bangalore based Indian lifestyle blogger

It is also bound to last for a longer period of time compared to all your expensive electronic gadgets.

It is the perfect culmination of all artistic cravings. It is the answer to the perfect gift which has eluded many for a long time.

So what are you waiting for!

All that you need is a photo and PortraitFlipwill convert your photo to a really awesome painting.

Visit their site and you are bound to be astonished and at the same time delighted at the quality and choices that they have to offer.

May this season be a one of joy and harmony to you and all your beloved people.

 

 

 

 

Trescho Perfumes – For you and your loved ones

Hey Peeps! How have you been? I am feeling so fresh and relaxed today. I have always been a bargain hunter and try to find the best in my budget. Recently, I got introduced to Trescho Perfumes. You won’t believe I am so obsessed with their perfumes that I have got a second one as well.

The perfumes I tried from Trescho

  1. Blue Girl by Trescho
  2. Florida – Rose essence by Trescho

Florida – Rose essence by Trescho Perfumes

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I still can’t forget how refreshing this perfume was when I opened the bottle for the first time. It felt like I was in a rose garden. I am allergic to strong fragrance so prefer natural fragrance in my perfumes.

But-but-but, whatever it is I can never stop buying a new perfume and carrying the misty aroma of heaven. My perfumes are the unseen accessories I always carry.

The fragrance of the perfume is very mild and rosy. I found it perfect for everyday use. Also, it can be an amazing gifting idea as well. I could break down the aroma as –

  • Top Note – Rose, Peony, Cassis, Orange Blossom, Bergamot
  • Middle Note – Jasmine, Vanilla, Peach, Litchi
  • Base Note – Patchouli, Sandalwood, Caramel

 

Product description

 According to the brand

A sweet, fruity rose accord, featuring cassis (black currant) leaves and fruit, pear, mango, melon, cedar, and musk. A pure summer fragrance, reminiscent of the roses and fruits of summer. is derived from the heart of the original and its signature notes of orange blossom, complemented by rose petals.

 

The composition begins with a combination of orange blossom, silky rose petals and peony. The heart continues with accords of rose nectar, fruity nuances, jasmine and vanilla. The base tops it all with a woody accord of patchouli and sandalwood.

The packaging of Florida – Rose Essence

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It is elegantly packaged in a baby pink box. Girly, isn’t it? The bottle looks elegant with a crystal styled cap over it. The cap is my favourite part of the bottle and makes it look luxurious. Even though I am a blue colour perfume bottle collector, basically. I have fallen for a pink packaging this time.

My rating

9/10 

Pros

  • It’s available online
  • A good option for gifting
  • Quite affordable
  • Lasts long

Cons

I could not find any.

Blue Girl by Trescho

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So I gifted it to a friend who loves Jasmine and she actually liked it. It’s all about perspective and preference. While looking at the blue colour I always assume it to be aqua. If you agree with floral aroma with an overtone of Jasmine, go for it. It’s a light floral perfume for day wear.

  • Top Note – Floral
  • Middle Note – Fresh Fruits
  • Base Note – Fresh Lilies

My Rating

8/10

Pros:

  • Available online
  • Affordable
  • Can be used for daily wear
  • Good for gifting

Cons

  • I am allergic to such smell

The packaging of Blue Girl by Trescho Perfumes

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The packaging is very sleek and can be carried in a big clutch as well.  The colour is what attracted me the most. I already told you I am a blue bottle collector.

Product description

According to the brand

Blue Girl is Truly a Feminine Fragrance with Special Notes of Fresh Flowers, A Touch of Lily & Ends with a soothing note that will keep you fresh all day long. Perfect Choice for All Women.

Overall Review- Trescho Perfumes

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I would not say the brand has the best perfumes. But definitely, they have an amazing range of affordable perfumes. The wide range of perfumes by Trescho makes it alluring. So I can surely say the brand has a perfume for everyone.

If you are someone who is looking out for affordable good perfumes, Trescho is for you. Do check it out and let me know your take on the everyday perfumes for everyone!

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Wonderla Resort : The Perfect Couple Staycation Destination in Bangalore

Who hasn’t heard of or rather been to, The Wonderla Theme Park, off Mysore road in Bangalore? However, have you experienced the welcoming Wonderla Resort to date? It became operational in 2012 and has been around for the last six years. The sprawling property affords a unique blend of exhilarating and laid back experience for couples, families or groups just a short ride off the city.

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An Overdue Vacation

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We have a micro nuclear family in Bangalore with just the husband and I. Being in different fields, It gets pretty difficult to coordinate our vacations. I had recently been to an Ooty vacation but with my blogger friends whereas Sid keeps travelling on and off for work. Frankly, the last vacation we had taken together was way back in January 2018!

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It was on our minds that we got to take at least a day off, away from the city traffic and noise, together. When I got to know of the Wonderla Resort, we didn’t over think it and grabbed the opportunity.

The Arrival at Wonderla Resort

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The Resort is located at a distance of almost 16 km from the Mysore Road & Nice Road Junction. You could easily spot the theme park from the main road by probably the tallest Ferris Wheel in India. We arrived there by 10:30 am, got checked in within five minutes and were ushered into our rooms on the 6th floor.

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Boy, was it a room with a view! The windows opened straight out to the same Ferris Wheel and the lush green environs around Mysore Road. I must admit, the room was neatly laid out and spacious with the standard fare such as an electric kettle, electronic locker, towels and bath accessories you would expect from a 4 Star Resort.

The Facilities

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Well, we were in Wonderla and not in any particular mood to sit back and relax in mid-morning and opted to take a tour of the resort instead. In the ground floor, just behind the reception area, a pretty large pool invites you. The pool is temperature controlled at 26 C and has a cordoned off, shallow kids pool as well.

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Overlooking the pool is a small patio for your beverage breaks. Adjoining that is a swanky pub which was pretty empty as we had chosen a weekday for our visit.  The expansive restaurant shares the same floor and was tastefully decorated in a neo-traditional style.

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The first floor houses the gym, the game room, and conference rooms. The gym was spick and span and Sid couldn’t resist trying out a few of the machines over there. The Game Room houses an air hockey unit, a pool table, a foosball table, and a few other knick-knacks.  In addition to these, there is a play section for young kids on the same floor as well.

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The Food

It was a blazing sunny day and we took a short dip in the pool to whip up an appetite. Post that, we dropped into the restaurant at around 1:30 pm. You could either order a la carte or from a set menu (a part of the package).

In the package, you get to choose from a couple of soups, starters, main course gravies, rice dishes, Indian breads along with desserts. If you are not finicky, you’ll be ok with the options both in veg and non-veg dishes. To top it, the main course tasted pretty decent with Sid having ordered Chicken Biryani and me sticking to my all time favourite mutton.

The Wonderla Theme Park

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We did venture out to the actual theme park, though for just over a couple of hours. As I have mentioned earlier, It was a pretty bright day and we stuck to the water rides. Well, who doesn’t love their water rides! Sadly, we don’t have snaps as we had to place our phones and cameras in the electronic locker (A well thought out feature). Signing off, we were pretty disappointed as the rain dance had been cancelled for the day!

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Wonder la review- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian travel blogger

The Evening

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We came back to the resort when the pool area was shaded and just couldn’t resist jumping in once again. While taking a leisurely dip we were served tea by the poolside with pakodas.  It wasn’t martini by the poolside, but we did relish our chai pakodas with the setting Sun.

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Coming back to the room, the view from the window was still breathtaking with the glittering lights of the Ferris Wheel at a distance.  Since both of us had to work the next day, we checked out at around 7:30 pm and were back home by a bit over 9 pm.

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To sum it up, it was a short but sweet and memorable vacation or as they say, a Staycation; You get your fair share of revelry and relaxation and are back on your feet quickly for the daily grind.

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Untill the next time! Stay fabulous!

 

Designer Sarees- Why limit yourself to big designers?

Hey Peeps! The festive season is around the corners and I have started getting a lot of queries about the current trend, where to buy, what to buy and how to buy designer sarees? I have always promised you guys that I will come up with affordable fashion. And here I come with another designer saree look.

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Tips to buy affordable designer sarees

  1. Look for deals at designer saree stores(online/offline)
  2. Don’t limit your choice to famous designers.
  3. Choose classic colours, they always look royal and expensive.
  4. Instagram sellers are doing an amazing job. I bought this saree including many more by connecting with designers via Instagram.
  5. If nothing else comes to your mind go for Bollywood replicas.

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Designer Saree with Camera Motif

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I found this saree on Instagram page known as @kookookansi and I couldn’t resist myself from trying this saree. The saree has my favourite motif- CAMERA on it. Today I am everything because of writing and photos. Cameras hold a special place in my heart. When I saw this saree for the first time, I was in love with the saree. This saree has everything which defines my personality and likes. Out of all the colours in this world, greys and whites are my favourites. Off-white saree has always been a classic and looks graceful on any woman.

How did I style my saree?

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Instead of tucking the saree after pleating, I left the other half loose. I prefer pleats on pallu so made them neatly. I am not a regular saree person so instead of getting a blouse stitched, I have used a crop top. To complete the look, I tied the hair to a ponytail and creates a small messy bun.

P.S. My hair is too short for a designer bun.

To accessorize the saree, I am wearing a dark gold beaded necklace and floral white earrings. I have purposefully tried a melange of accessories instead of wearing matching jewelry. If you don’t have a saree waist chain, you can wear a long necklace or choker just like me.

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Makeup Details:

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Foundation, concealer, lipstick, mascara and kajal by Smash Box

Lipstick shade- Bawse

Eyeshadow from Sephora’s eyeshadow palette.

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Designer saree blog- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian fashion blogger

Until the next time!