Posts tagged ‘chandigarh’

June 9, 2015

Is it tea time?

If ever the rare occasion arises where more than two of your childhood friends are in town at the same time, and one happens to be getting married -make sure you don’t let the opportunity slip . Plan a pre-wedding, tea party in the park because you never know when you will all be in the same place next.

How to plan a pre-wedding tea party in under 24 hours-

1. Start planning weeks in advance but don’t do anything till the morning of.

2. Choose a theme- mad hatters tea party? Jungle safari tea party?

3. Find the closest location to your house to have this tea party (preferably a park).

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4. Bring the bride-to-be to the park and carry out traditions we see happening at weddings all the time,but have no idea about the significance of them.

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5. Dress the bride up as a hippie/ masai warrior/ aboriginal bride.

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6. Don’t forget the pretty floral tea cups (that the bride will claim as her own,after.)

7. Bring some plastic animals that play along with the theme of ‘jungle safari tea party’.

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8. Don’t forget the friends! What’s a party with just some plastic animals and balloons?

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9. Flowers are a necessity!

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10. Don’t forget it IS a tea party so you need the essentials like a tea-pot ,some cookies, fruit, raw vegetables and maybe some hot water to make tea with. (Extra points for a nice bright green tea pot with Frankenstein and his wife drawn on it)

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10. Balloons are always a nice addition.

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11. Embrace the party crashers even if they come on a tractor or a motorcycle in the middle of the park (anything is possible in India!). Take some photos with them! (Remembered I had posted this on Instagram a few months ago. A little bit of baby doll never hurt anyone .)park

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                      All photos are property of Kismet Jewell Nakai. No using them without permission!

12. Last, but not least- take plenty of photos because like I said-days like these are rare. It’s even more fun when you see the photographs a year and a half later. (Party tip: Bring along a fuji instax !)

And, THAT my friends is the way to organise a fun day in the park before all the wedding madness begins . I have never really attended a ‘bachelorette’ party , but I don’t think any will be able to top this one.

November 8, 2014

The Unreal Bride meets The Wedding Filmer

After talking about this for nearly four years, I FINALLY got the chance to work with Vishal of the Wedding Filmer. I’m pretty sure they need no introduction because I have been going on about their videos forever and now they are literally world famous but if you don’t know them yet, you better go take a look ASAP because I am already feeling sorry for your loss!! (Out of breath after that long sentence!)

This month I got to go work with the superbly talented crew from The Wedding Filmer and I am still buzzing from the excitement. I figured I had to share that with all of you (lots who are are fans of theirs as well!) . There is only one way I know of sharing and that is with photos -so here are some of the photos from the few days we spent in Thailand.  I will post the video once the trailer is up but till now you can just imagine how beautiful it will be!

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All photos shot on the iphone.

Thing is though, thanks to facebook and all the clutter there, it’s easy to not see the quality stuff . I mean, my timeline is full of all sorts of weird stuff and I have to really DIG for the good stuff. So, I won’t blame you entirely if you haven’t seen any of the videos yet. Let me help you out by posting one here and then will leave you to spend a couple of hours going through all the videos! In true Chandigarh spirit , it only makes sense to post a video shot in Chandigarh! (If you remember -we had set up a photobooth at the same wedding too. Connections connections!)

                                              
October 9, 2014

Design Recipes: Keeping your memories fresh and delicious!

Do you ever get the urge to sit down and flip through photos from your latest holiday or from your wedding ? But alas, you only have the option to scroll through some images on your iPad or computer or phone or whatever? We know the feeling. Printing photos has become such a thing of the past and actually sitting down to design an album is no easy business. Ask me . Almost three years since we got married and I STILL don’t have a wedding album!

This is where I get to introduce Gurleen , the star behind Design Recipes- she takes your photos and ideas and creates the loveliest photo books for you. Just so simple! They are classy, good quality and you know a lot of time and effort has gone in to making them.

If you are in Chandigarh on the 18th & 19th of October , you can find Design Recipes stall at the awesome Vanity Fair in Whispering Willows, Zirakpur. (You can also find all sorts of other goodies there so maybe you just need to make a trip here that weekend! )
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September 10, 2014

Stylin’ Part One: With Aki Narula 

This is kind of in continuation to my last post where I had mentioned the Treasury of Trousseau that was held in DLF Emporio the week we were in Delhi. What is the Treasury of Trousseau? In simple words, it’s where you could find three super stylists who were at your disposal (by prior appointment of course) to help you with all trousseau related issues- not all the stress related, hive inducing , lets-just-elope issues that come with wedding planning – just the outfit part. Which, if you ask me, is a HUGE deal and if I had any one of these three stylists helping me out- I might have not greyed prematurely.wedding plannin 1

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Aki Narula, Gautam Kalra and Niharika Khan were all at the DLF Emporio for 5 days and saw quite a few brides and grooms (and extended families) over those days- and helped them decide their various outfits for their weddings . It definitely helped that they had at their disposal outfits of some of the greatest designers’s in the country at Emporio.

Let me tell you some of the names of the designers who the stylists had access to- AM:PM, Abu Jani–Sandeep Khosla, Anju Modi, Ashima Leena, Ashish N Soni, Ensemble, Ganjam, Gaurav Gupta, Indian By Manish Arora, Janavi, Kotwara By Meera&Muzaffar Ali, Malini Ramani, Manav Gangwani, Monisha Jaisingh, Namarata Joshipura, Neeru Kumar, Ogaan, Peacock Bride By Falguni& Shane Peacock, Pashma, Raghavendra Rathore, Ravi Bajaj, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ranna Gill, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Rose, Shantanu&Nikhil, Signature By Satya Paul, Suneet Varma, Surekha Jain, Tarun Tahiliani, Turquoise & Gold, Varun Bahl and more. If that didn’t make you wish you were there too, I don’t know what will.

Between their appointments that lasted any where from two hours to five hours (seriously hard work-all that walking, talking, and deciding!) -the stylists were kind enough to give us some time to answer our questions.

Our first conversation was with Aki Narula- he is an Indian fashion designer and costume designer and wardrobe stylist in Bollywood, who is most known for films like,Bunty Aur Babli , Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Dostana . His brand label “AKI” was launched in 1996.(Thanks Wikipedia for the info!) It’s his first time styling wedding clothes which gives him a nice raw and fresh outlook.Wearabout_Ak

Found this nice shot of Aki shot by Wearabout when he was guest editor for Wallpaper.

We really enjoyed our conversation with Aki, he sums up his style and aesthetic sense (which we totally agreed with ) when he says, ‘Keep it honest, true to your personality,and keep it simple.’ Chic and sophisticated- that is the key!

Our questions to him were simple (hopefully not boring) and his answers were so sensible that it almost makes you wonder- if the answers are so clear, why don’t more people see it that way? Anyway, enough babbling- to our ‘interview’-

April & Kismet (A&K hereon-now)-  If you could choose a colour aside from the typical red, pinks and oranges for a bride’s wedding outfit , what would it be?

Aki- I don’t really want to propagate any colours or trends because I feel it’s so personal bride to bride . The most important thing is for the bride to feel comfortable and beautiful internally . It’s not fair to say wear a canary yellow or a red because that’s whats in trend these days – a bride needs to choose colours that suits her. A true winner comes out when you choose a silhouette that suits your height and body type with a colour that works with your complexion.

A&K- What , according to you , are the essentials a bride should have in her trousseau?

Aki- A trousseau should consist of things that you are going to use within SIX months of your wedding. Don’t go with the idea that , ‘Maybe I will wear it when my husband’s sister gets married…’. Who knows what will change by then?

The trousseau should be all about yourself . Focus on your honeymoon- whether you are going to a hill station or a beach.It should be about everlasting memories and happiness you had while shopping for your trousseau.

A&K- What is the most common mistake an Indian bride makes?

Aki- When brides consider their outfits as jewellery and their jewellery as more jewellery! Don’t let yourself end up looking like a Christmas tree or an advertisement!

Focus on vintage pieces , minimise your jewellery and let your outfit speak for itself. Most importantly let your personality come through. People should leave saying, ‘ The bride looked gorgeous and she was wearing so & so designer’ instead of ,’The bride was wearing so & so and looked nice.’

A&K- Do you have any suggestions on how grooms can make their outfits more interesting?

Aki- Definitely don’t match your outfits to the brides! Don’t be overtly metrosexual-there is no need to wear a long chain of emeralds or a stole/scarf that just ends up looking like a rats tail!

Dress like our Father’s did- stick to off whites and beiges- bring back the man of the 60’s and 70’s. Stay far away from sky blue sherwanis and minimal embroidery on the collar or the cuff is as much embroidery as you need!

A&K- Our last question is whether you think the bride’s outfit match the decor? We are pretty certain what your answer is going to be but…..

Aki- Do you dress up matching the upholstery in your house?? ( ha! we pretty much LOVED this answer!)

We will end with some wise words from Aki- Keep it classic and keep it beautiful. Clothes are an emotional journey. Channelise your choices!

I hope you enjoyed our little chat with Aki as much as we did- there is some great advice out there- take it- the man knows what he is talking about. Simple, elegant, true to yourself and sensible. That’s what it should be about!

Next stylist… Gautam Kalra!

September 4, 2014

Getting bloggy with it!

(Be warned!! This post is LONG !!) 

There comes a time in every blogs life where they must decide how to deal with it- go commercial or keep it real? I think it’s evident the direction we have swayed towards. I will not lie though- there have been many times we have thought it’s time to monetise this- make it full time but then there is no denying the truth- other things are full time- this has always been our ‘fun thing’. Trying to make it something else would mean taking the joy out of it .

So many blogs have appeared now and are doing things we wanted to do , had planned to do and are doing it better than we would ever do. That helps in our decision to stay the way we are. We may only post once in a blue moon but that’s only because that is the best we can do. We can’t keep up with this intense blog race but we don’t want to NOT be a part of it . We have made so many friends along the way and have received so much love that we cannot separate from the unreal bride and this little world we have going on here! We very rarely have thought about the numbers behind it all and when we are asked about them, don’t be surprised if you get a shrug of our shoulders as a reply. We appreciate all the people who read our posts and keep coming back-we want to hold on to YOU guys!

A quote from Seth Godin comes to mind-‘Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable.Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable.’  We want to be that surprise, delight and connection in your lives and our own!

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Having said that ( I hope you all survived that long speech), we had such a wonderful week meeting all sorts of people- from bloggers, to stylists, designers and to women entrepreneurs who were all so inspiring -seriously! Some of these ladies are doing such fantastic stuff that I don’t think the word ‘inspiring’ cuts it!

Let me try and sum up the few days we had in New Delhi with a few words and a  pictures!

We began our trip by meeting up with the lovely founders of  POPxo , Priyanka and Namrata. They had organised a blogger meet up at The Lodhi in Delhi and there we met up with Akanksha Redhu, Shalini of Stylish By Nature, Style Coquettes and Ms.Coco Queen.

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 We went on to going to DLF Emporio which was one of the bigger reasons we were in Delhi- to see what was happening at the Treasury of Trousseau- an uber luxurious wedding extravaganza! What was this show about, you ask? Basically, brides and grooms had access to three awesome stylists (with a prior appointment obviously!) who help them put together the perfect trousseau! The three stylists were Aki Narula, Niharika Khan and Gautam Kalra.

Since it was at the Emporio Mall where loads of designers have their stores, the stylists had access to the latest bridal couture collections by the  designers in India post Couture Fashion Week and Indian Bridal Fashion week.The DLF Emporio Bride in Tarun Tahiliani Couture

A pretty neat idea and I am pretty sure a lot of brides (and grooms) had their wardrobe dilemmas solved over those five days while the show was on. Who wouldn’t want a professional stylist to help them with their wedding outfit woes? Honestly,I think that might be the next big thing for weddings-hiring stylists! We got to chat with the three stylists who despite having chocobloc full days (this is hard work!), took some time to talk to us.Wait for those posts-they will be up in the next day or so. And thank you to The Communication Council for calling us over!

Apart from chatting with the stylists, we wandered around the stores picking our favourite outfits and once our eyes had adjusted to the over the top blingity bling stuff, there were some real beauties in there. It’s hard to pick favourites but I think we really loved A LOT of stuff at Rohit Bals, one particular lehenga at Manish Arora’s really caught our eye , Varun Bahl’s stuff and of course Anita Dongre! Her shop is like stepping in to a Rajasthani fortress and the clothes just add to the entire feel- wanted to try everything in there(and run away whilst wearing them).

Our (very long) day ended with a party thrown by the Pink Post-it girls- Sharnamli and Mitali. They started Pink Post-it as a platform for  fresh and  young talent from all over India  to showcase their innovative designs through a series of tailor-made shopping experiences. And they are doing a fab fab job! I missed their show in Chandigarh but April played a huge part in it and we hope to see them in Chandigarh again! pink post it

We also bumped in to some Bene-babes at the Pink Post-it event who were dying to get my brows in order! (They have a new Brow bar in Delhi!).

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Thank you Shriya for the photo!

Of course each step of the way, we found  a Chandigarh connection. You can take out the girl from Chandigarh, but you can’t take Chandigarh out of the girl! Speaking of which, you must check out Needledust, another venture started by a friend, Shirin , who we bumped in to as well ! needledust (1)

That was JUST our first day out of four in Delhi. Now you know what I mean about being surrounded by super inspiring women the entire time. It is so great to know that so much is happening out there and that people are really putting their heart and souls in to what they are doing !

Talk about one LONG post- I am going to stop now but watch out for the stylist’s interviews we did at the Treasury of Trousseau. We promise you some fun tips and serious advice from them!

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