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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Outfit Post: A Green Story via Sareez.com

Let's all get this straight for once.

The Grass is not greener on the other side.
The Grass is greener where you water it.

So instead of fretting over what others have and don't, let's just focus on ourselves and make the best of what we have.

This green chanderi silk suit from Sareez is my latest possession.
I absolutely loved the fabric and the print and the fact that it is in my favourite colour, makes it even better.

All I had to do was, team it with my favourite pearl earrings and hand harness from Confusion Fashion Accessories and I was good to go for an evening out of Navratri pandal hopping.

What I like about this dress is that it can very easily be transitioned as workwear by swapping the accessories to something simple and work appropriate.

What do you think?

Outfit Details:
Salwar Suit (unstitched): Sareez
Earrings, Hand Harness: Confusion Fashion Accessories
Wedges: Burlington

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Diwali Gifting Options with Baaya Design

In an era, where the world is coming closer thanks to technology, we are going farther away from our traditions and culture.
But even in today's world if there is a brand that brings to you the best of both worlds, it undoubtedly has to be Baaya Design.

A venture by Shibani Jain, Baaya was set up with the objective of bringing traditional and tribal Indian art with a contemporary twist into our homes and work spaces. Baaya works with various art groups across India, at the grass root levels and bring their work to us by innovating design and infusing modern day materials.

If you are a So-Saree reader you would know that we are a huge fan of Baaya and its merchandise, and it is for the simple reason that it combines traditional art forms in our everyday lives.

For this festive season, Baaya has come up with various gifting options.
Whether you are looking for Karwa Chauth gifts for the ladies in the family or Diwali gifts for friends, relatives or even your employees. Baaya is offering a festive range of products that are not only artistic and unique but reasonably priced.
But before we move on to check their collection, let's see the reasons why buying from Baaya is a good decision:
1) Make In India: By buying Baaya merchandise you will be contributing to the Make in India campaign and every purchase that you make will bring happiness and joy in some remote village in India.
2) Promote Indian Art: Since Baaya combines traditional art forms in their merchandise, you will be helping to promote the traditional art forms of India which would be lost eventually due to lack of patronage.
3) Eco Friendly: Since majority of Baaya products are made from natural materials, you are adopting a green way of life.

And, now without further ado, lets check out the amazing gifting options that Baaya has come up with for Diwali and other special occasions.

Buddha Candle Lantern: (Price Range: Rs. 300-500)

Buddha lanterns can illuminate any space and create a serene environment. They have intricate cut outs and a unique finish and will make a beautiful gift for your loved ones.

Netra Candle Lanterns:
(Price Range: Rs. 350-1000)

This lantern range is inspired by the third eye of Lord Shiva. Just like the divine eye, these lanterns ooze positivity when lit up.
DIY Coasters:
(Price Range: Rs. 700-1000)

The Designer coasters are not only useful, but they are so much fun too. You can stack them as they are in their boxes or create patterns as you like.
These coasters are perfect gifts because they combine utility with creativity.

Gond Art Coasters:
(Price Range: Rs. 500-800)

These Gond Art coasters are unique because they come in a jigsaw puzzle form, so that you can have some fun while trying to put the puzzle together. Plus the beauty of Gond Art make it even more attractive.

Glass Painted Coasters and Trays:
(Price Range: Rs. 1500-2000)

These hand painted Glass Art in the form of coasters and trays are my favourite and I already own a few pieces from their collection. These hand painted Warli art mainly use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square. The central motif in these ritual paintings is surrounded by scenes portraying hunting, fishing and farming, festivals and dances, trees and animals.
These will be a centre of attention at any home, you gift it to.

Other than these, Baaya also stocks some unique hand made/hand painted photo frames, dokra art T-lite holders, Moroccan style hanging lanterns and much more to make your festive season even more colourful.

Baaya accepts bulk orders with the minimum order quantity being 12.
For more inquiries, comment below or email at anupriya@baayadesign.com or kunal@baayadesign.com.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

#14DayChallenge with New Pantene

Come monsoons, and if there's anything else other than my mood that goes for a toss is my mane. Not only do they become frizzy and lifeless but they suffer maximum hairfall during this period. My mane is my pride and when something/someone messes with my hair, they are hurting my pride.
So every monsoon, I make an unsuccessful but perseverant effort to save my locks from hairfall.
So a few weeks ago, when I came across this collaboration, on Blogadda where bloggers were invited to take the #14Daychallenge with New Pantene to fight hairfall, I jumped on the opportunity.

Within a few days I received a package with the New Pantene Shampoo and conditioner along with two bottles of ordinary shampoo and conditioner.

The catch was.. to try the ordinary shampoo on one half of my head and the New Pantene on the other. Though a Herculean task, I managed it somehow.
While washing my hair, I did see some hairfall, but come-on it was my first wash.
After towel drying my hair, I again partitioned my hair and ran my fingers through my hair.
First the Non Pantene Side...I had around 10-12 strands of hair in between my fingers.
And the Pantene side, 2-3 that too after I ran my fingers in my hair atleast a couple of times.
I was kind of surprised, but I decided not to jump to conclusions, and kept using the New Pantene for the next 14 days.

Here's my observation:
After 7 days:

During the first seven days, I had washed my hair with the New Pantene and conditioner thrice.

At the end of 7 days, in spite of the rainy weather, my hair looked tamed and non-frizzy. And fewer hair strands on my comb, only made my smile a little more broader.

After 11 Days:
I loved the bounce in my hair. My hairfall was almost negligible, and my hair felt smoother and fuller.

After 14 Days:


I am glad I took the #14Daychallenge with New Pantene, because never in my life have I been able to control hair fall, especially during the rainy season.

So what are you thinking about?

Take the #14DayChallenge with New Pantene for stronger and beautiful hair.

P.S. I took up the #14DayChallenge as a part of  product review activity at BlogAdda in association with Pantene

Friday, 7 October 2016

A Friend in Need..!

Growing up we all heard the story of two friends, who set out on a long journey together.
On their way they encountered a bear and one friend climbed up the tree to save his life while the other one played dead..!
Long story short...you have always heard, believed and repeatedly said that a Friend in Need is a Friend in Deed.

I believed so for the longest time. But as time passed by, I realized that this wasn't the right criteria to judge friendship.
I truly and completely believe that a True Friend is one who feels happy for you when you succeed and going through the best phase of your life.

You will have many people who will try to give you a shoulder to cry on when you are down and going through worse. But once you start progressing, the same crying shoulder becomes a jealous and bitching  soul.


My friend Sonali, is one friend who feels happy over my success and sad over my failures.
And that is why I call her my best friend, My Yaar!

It's strange how people from completely different backgrounds, temperaments and interests come together due to destiny and weave a beautiful and memorable relation that only gets better with time and age.
Sonali and I were introduced through common friends, but other than these common friends we didn't have anything in common. We were just acquaintances until we happened to join the same organization post our graduation.

It was here that our friendship took real shape and meaning.
From taking coffee breaks together, to going shopping during weekends, we did everything together.
On one of my birthday's, Sonali made me a personalized desk calendar with my pics and I was touched by the gesture. So on her birthday I wanted to do something even special.
The TV show Sarabhai vs Sarabhai was too popular at that time and hence inspired by Rosesh Sarabhai, I penned down a poem for her.
It was the most ridiculous poem ever written and I am shamelessly sharing it here on my blog for the first time. Try not to kill me later.

Meri Saheli...

Sundar si hain meri saheli
Pyaari pyaari badi nirali

Ghane mulayam kesh hain uske

Mukh pe haseen sada hi muske

Daya ki hain wo aisi murat
Sochu main too lage hain murakh

Sabhi pasand karte hain usko
Par wo pasand karti hain mujhko

Dekho yeh hain meri Saheli
Naam jiska hain Sonali!

But believe it or not, instead of cutting ties with me, Sonali got so emotional that she hugged me. She carried this poem with her, everywhere she went. (yeah..I know she can get silly sometimes. But that's why she's the best.)


Even on my 25th Birthday, she came home at midnight to surprise me and made sure I had the best birthday ever.

We even took a holiday together to Hong Kong and had the best time of our life.
On the day of my wedding, she was on my side all the time.
But as time passed by, we moved on with our lives. I got married and quit my job, while Sonali went to UK to pursue further studies. But this distance did not affect our friendship even a bit.
Sonali made sure she called me from UK and every time we spoke for more than an hour. (don't forget the international call rates)


Her wedding was one of the happiest day of my life as I knew she was marrying someone who is as crazy about her as I am.

Few people in your life give you peace, stability, confidence and unadulterated love. Sonali has give me all this and much more.

Being In Love, doesn't mean You have to be Lovers!
Sometimes You just have to be Friends! :)

Zee TV for the first time in the history of Indian Television is bringing to you a show that celebrates celebrity friendships through a chat show which features fun tasks and challenges.
It is aptly named Yaaron Ki Baraat.

I am really excited about this show and I am going to invite my friend Sonali over for dinner tomorrow so that we can enjoy this show together.
Don't forget to tune in to Zee TV on 8th October at 8 pm.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

How to be Patient and an Outfit Post

When things don't go right and you have no where to go, there's one thing that really comes in handy ....PATIENCE.
Patience is a virtue and easier said than done.

So today I wanted to share a few tips that help you be patient while keeping your sanity.

Positive thoughts: You have to believe and understand that there's sunrise after sunset. All you have to do is wait for the sunrise. The wait might be long and difficult, but sunrise is inevitable. 

Keep Busy: Make sure you keep yourself busy in things that challenge you. It might be your job, your kitchen or your kids. If you are busy there's hardly any time for negative thoughts to engulf you, and you can pass through the "patiently waiting" stage faster than you think.

Be Happy: I have always believed that you need to be happy first to make others happy. So no matter how busy or disinterested you are, make sure you watch your favourite romcom movie, join that dance class you wanted or simply buy that designer saree you have been eyeing for the longest time.

Live in the moment: I know it's difficult, but you have to understand that dwelling in the past and fretting over the future does more harm to you than good. So just take things one day at a time. Things will be much easier to deal with if everyone lives in the present.

Stop Comparing: Stop comparing your life with others and stop assuming things on the basis of what you see on Facebook. You are unique and so is your life.
Everyone is born with their own destiny, so you can't cry that someone else is having it easier or better than you. You never know that same person might be feeling the same about you.

Work on Yourself: When you look good you feel good and everything else follows. So every time I feel low, I follow a clean diet and work out vigorously in the gym to achieve a fitter and better looking "me", or even easier, you could get a massage, a facial or a new haircut. Sometimes you need to work on superficial things for your overall well being, also because it's the easiest way to do.

I hope these tips help you, because they sure helped me a lot.

Outfit Details: 
Striped Tee, Cap: Ross
Faux Leather Skirt: Forever 21
Purse: Dresslink
Silver Sandals: Payless

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Benarasi Shalu

Benarasi saree is a speciality saree made in Varanasi, popularly known as Benaras.
These sarees are considered one of the finest sarees of India and of late you will see a lot of Indian Fashion Designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee using Benarasi silks in their collection.

Benaras is believed to have developed as a textile centre when it was the capital of Kashi, a kingdom whose prince was Siddhartha (Gautam Buddha).
During the famine of 1603, a lot of weavers from Gujarat were forced to migrate to Varanasi for survival and it is believed that brocade and silk embroidered fabric weaving started here somewhere in the 17th century.
This art of weaving Benarasi received maximum encouragement during the Mughal era, and hence we see a lot of Mughlai influence in the designs and patterns of a Benarasi sarees like florals and jaal.

The Maharashtrian variant of the Benarasi saree is called a Benarasi Shalu, and how it became popular in Maharashtra is quite interesting too. It is believed that the Peshwa of Pune had visited Varanasi during the reign of Shahu Maharaj, and discovered this saree. He brought this saree back home and handed it over to the Paithani weavers in Yeola and asked them to make something similar.
That is why the Benarasi Shalu bears resemblance to Paithani, since it was woven by Paithani Weavers.

Depending upon the intricacy, a Benarasi Shalu takes 15 days to a month to complete, and some may even take as long as six months to complete. And that is what makes these sarees special. They are hand woven and intricately made.

Last month I had the opportunity to adorn a Benarasi Shalu. It was my cousin's wedding and i knew I wanted to wear a Benarasi Shalu for the wedding.
But due to my travel plans I did not have time to shop and hence ended up borrowing one from my sister.
My sister's Benarasi Shalu has to be the most beautiful saree I have seen till date, and believe me when I say it, as I have seen quite a lot of sarees.
The fabric of this saree is thick, smooth and heavy. The brocade/zari is a dull gold shade and has the most beautiful motifs and patterns. I did feel like royalty while wearing this saree. Scroll down and see for yourself.


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