Contest Time – Appleblossom ft. Paalav Sarees

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It is Contest Time at Appleblossom…

Paalav Sarees, a label started by Vidya Janakiraman, a comedy show producer , ex RJ and a saree lover, is a name synonymous with handlooms. If you like south cotton sarees from Tamil Nadu, then this is the upcoming brand to check out for.

Vidya Janakiraman has taken love too seriously and has decided to spread some of it.. Paalav sarees is celebrating this Valentine’s day by gifting one of their precious saree to one of you lucky reader !

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Red Handwovern South Cotton Saree with Floral & Mango motifs

To win this six yards of elegance, all you have to do is:

1. Follow Paalav sarees & Appleblossom on Facebook

2. Follow Paalav sarees & Appleblossom on Instagram here

3. Tell us what colour blouse / crop top will you style this with ?

4. Do not forget to use the hashtag #appleblossomXpaalavsarees

Once you’ve followed Paalav Sarees and us on social media, leave a simple ‘Done’ along with your answer in the comment section below.

Now, the rules!

– All comments will be pending moderation until contest closes.
– Contest closes on 12th February 2017
– We will pick one winner from a random draw from the pool of qualified entries from the blog comment section. We will not entertain any preferences.
– One entry per person only on the blog please.
– Giveaway open only to Indian residents and you have to be above 18 to enter.

Good luck!

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Saree Tales from Sri Lanka – Fashionmarket.lk

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Have you ever thought that you were born too late ? Probably you wanted to be a 60’s or a 70’s child ?

I have felt it innumerable times, the strong urge to be a part of the cultural movement in the 60’s and 70’s – of the equality, of social justice, of exploration, of disco music, of pop & bohemian fashion, of Hindi art cinema and of slow life.  Of a time when listening to Akashwani radio playing the favourite tunes brought in the biggest smile, when sipping chai on a rocking cane chair in the verandah filled with flowers was just about a daily routine and of the time when options were lesser, but life was fuller. 

So while I was living, loving the #30daysareelove phase and indulging myself in the slow life that I was trying to build around me, I came across this earthy and classic e-commerce portal from Sri Lanka that promoted the local talent, local artisans and crafts – Fashionmarket.lk

Fashionmarket.lk is the venture started by Linda Speldewinde,a leader in development of Fashion industry in Sri Lanka & founder of Academy of Design, Peshakala and Sri Lanka Design Festival, in 2015.  One look at this e-commerce portal and you would know that this site is here to stay, promoting the indigenous textiles of Sri Lanka in the modern silhouettes to suit the needs of the global audience. They create apparels & accessories for both men and women by collaborating with designers from the Academy of Design and promoting local crafts forms – Dumbara weaving and Batik dyeing in the contemporary forms and clean cuts. Sustainability & up-cycling is the core philosophy of fashionmarket.lk

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Perfect Office wear : The vertical & horizontal stripes in grey & red with a crop top

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Evening Date : Blue Sapphire mixed with shades of grey

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Art Soiree : Elegant tones of deep and light beige teamed with a deep toasted coffee khadi crop top

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Office Wear : Maroon & Grey Marble saree with traditional Sri Lankan Batik print

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Brunch date : Pale pink rose saree teamed with black & white monochrome crop top

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Luxe party : This cream ivory handwoven saree teamed with monochrome schemed top brings in the luxe glam.

What I like :

Fashionmarket.lk has the most interesting collection of sarees, besides their other range of apparels. Sarees that can be worn from day to night, from office wear to party wear and even friend’s wedding wear with right accessories and styling. Each designer of fashionmarket.lk has ensured to keep the overall design sense minimalist & muted.

For me brights colour schemes work the best, however, the under toned and earthy colours of each saree interested me more in them. They brought in the ‘old world charm’ for me, the feeling that I was describing at the start of the blog.

Style Tips :

  1. Play with the designs of the blouse- crop top, high neck blouse, collared shirt, angarkha top or a peter-pan collared top. 
  2. Team it with tribal silver accessories for the brunch, evening party or a casual outing.
  3. Team it with simple pearls or gold studs for an office wear look.

Do write in to us if you liked this brand & the blog post. I would love to hear your comments.

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Until next post. 

 

 

 

#30daySareeLove woven in looms across India

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Saree.

The six yards of sheer pleasure of breathable cottons, crisp silks, buttery chiffons. Wearer’s delightful zing. Observer’s palpable curiosity mixed with wonder.

So, since when did wearing a saree became the conversation starter ?

Maybe since 2014 I guess.

After the initial admiration of the saree and style, the immediate question I received was ‘Is there some social function ? Are you celebrating Traditional day ?’

And every time I kept negating the cliched questions. No, I honestly love wearing sarees, I would answer and try explain the much obvious love.

What exactly happened to the societal ideas of daily wear dressing? It made me think.

The globalization did impact the aesthetics of Indians. There was a paradigm shift from draping sarees to quickly tying sulwar kameezes in the 70’s. Later denims took over the markets and seeped in the daily Indian wear. Most of Indian homes would have witnessed this change . The way ‘moms’ progressed from wearing cotton sarees as a daily wear to easy breezy sulwar kameez and then to the quintissential ‘Kurti’ and denims showcases the evolution of fashion in Indian culture. The society saw a progressive shift and adaptations became easier and acceptable.

The Fashion journey from the days of Smita Patil’s muted cotton khadi sarees to Madhuri’s trendy sulwar kameez, from Deepika’s Kurti & distressed denims to back to Kalki Koechelin’s linen sarees, has been mesmerizing for me indeed.

Wearing ‘kurti’ or ‘Blouson’ and denim is the norm of the day. For the trendy fashionistas who love the fads, it is the latest ‘dress’ or ‘skirt’ available on the Myntra’s and the Jabong’s or well, hail the local tailor.

Saree thus is the modern fashion Disruptor.

No wonder it became the focal point of conversations for the 30 days when I decided to wear saree to work. Yes #30daysareelove was my way of professing love for these six yards that I have so lovingly collected from places far & flung. Curating & collecting sarees from different regions of India became almost like an obsession. Beg, borrow, steal was the mantra for these 30 days and a friend who also is a saree lover was at the rescue. I ended up borrowing and well buying. Let’s leave the beg and steal part for now. From the local block prints of Gujarat to Puneri chequered cottons, from the Bengal cotton Tant to Mysore cotton silk, from the ikats of Orissa to the weaves of North east, from the white Kerala Onam saree to the trendy pastel chiffons, I wore it all for the love of #30daysareelove.

Meanwhile I read about the 100sareepact, a movement started by Ally Matthan and Anju Kadam who shared the same saree love. They were out there narrating their saree story through this pact. More & more women joined in and it almost translated into a movement, to bring in the old, to indulge in the comfort of the known and to bask in the slow life of yesteryears.

Here in Gujarat, I lived my #30daysareelove.

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Soft Grey North Eastern weave teamed with Mashru Red silk blouse and Coin Jewellery

 

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Traditional off-white Onam Saree with gold border teamed with olive green gajji silk bouse 

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Puneri Cotton saree in Aqua blue checks teamed with a Black linen blouse 

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Green & Red traditional colours in cotton blend teamed with ivory silk blouse 

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Bubble-gum pink Bengal Tant saree teamed with a denim blouse 

You might want to reinvent this fashion disruptor in 2016. Take some cues from these style tips and add some quirk to the desi handlooms.

Style Tips :

  1. Saree can be fun wear if you experiment a little with colours and styles. Try monochromes, colour blocks and absolute contrasts when you team the Blouse.
  2. Say no to the standard blouses. Opt for smart crop tops in denims, lace, batik and khadi.
  3. Wear the saree over a collared shirt if you want to stand out.
  4. Opt for floral angarkha with plain linens/chiffon sarees.

If you too are a saree lover and want to contribute/comment in this saree narrative, feel free to  email me on drpatel.falguni@gmail.com

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Until next post.

 

 

 

Ethnic love at Nextdress

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Recently I came across a video on spoken poetry called ‘ Validation’ by the Airplane Poetry Movement that is gaining momentum in India. The spoken poetry emphasized on the need to seek validation in every aspect of our lives. Be it social status, career ,love partner, being straight or gay, single or married, nerd or a flower child, we constantly seek approval at the base of it. In my little crusade to defy the norms, I have always been experimenting in life, more so in fashion & styling. Thus, dressing like a clone as projected on all Fashion portals seems but a lost cause to me.

With the incessant need to be different ( maybe wanting to be different from the norm is also some sort of twisted validation ? ) Ethnic wear finally paved its way in my wardrobe since around 2010. Like any other fashionista, I too passed through the stages of fashion fixation – at some point of time wearing denims & party tops, dresses and miniskirts and then finally finding myself most comfortable wearing boho chic long skirts, patiyalas and sarees.What a journey of finding oneself metaphorically through Fashion & Style..

This new year while I was browsing through various online portals, I pleasantly came across the site called Nextdress.com ,a site dedicated only to ethnic wear. While  I have spoken on the must have’s in Indian Ethnic wardrobe here , you might want to know what is so special about Nextdress.in in the clutter of other available portals. So I say read on further ahead.

Nextdress.in is a pleasure trove for those who want to buy beautiful designer wears at absolutely affordable rates. Started by a young entrepreneur and a mother of two kids, Nuzhat Shareef herself is in love with ethnic wear. On one hand, there are giant Fashion portals for western wear in India who have literally taken over business from small time vendors whereas on the other hand there are luxury Fashion portals for designer Ethnic wear by famous designers of India. There is a gap in the mid range segment Ethnic wear for those who want to look and feel gorgeous, at the click of a button. Nextdress is Nuzhat’s answer to that existent gap.

You will find all of it on Nextdress– from daily wear kurtis to opulent & intricate embroidered Anarkalis, from trendy designer wear sulwar kameez to the ever classic straight cut dresses,from uber sexy party wear sarees to the grand wedding collection.

On asking her about her venture , this is what Nuzhat Shareef had to say –

1) When did you decide to start your venture ‘Nextdress’ and why ?
I come from a business oriented family in Pune. The urge to do something on my own and create my own name was thus present genetically. I personally love ethnic wear.  Ethnic dresses are an epitome of grace. They are chic, elegant and make a strong fashion statement. While I was looking at  the Indian websites which sell ethnic dresses, I found that most of them sell at exorbitant rates. That is when the idea of starting up my own apparel store for Indian ethnic wear took shape and NextDress was born.
 2) Why did you choose only Ethnic wear for your Fashion portal?
 
 I love ethnic dresses. NextDress is aimed at providing quality ethnic wear to ladies at very reasonable prices.That is not to say I have any aversion to western wear. Perhaps, a few months down the line I might add western and girls’ apparel too, to my catalog. Another reason for a fully ethnic site is western dresses can be purchased from anywhere. Good Indian ethnic dresses are hard to come by. 
3) What are your personal favorites on the portal ?
These are 3 of her personal favorites.
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Black Anarkali with intricate embroidery

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White Princess Anarkali dress with hints of Blues

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Grandeur magnified in the Red wedding collection

4) What does Nextdress as a venture mean to you ?
NextDress has helped me understand the nitty-gritties of running a business and has eventually instilled a sense of confidence in me that a woman can be independent financially and emotionally. I did face a lot of negative flak from friends and relatives initially, but the more I heard it, the more I braced myself for any challenge that might rear its head in the process of establishing my business. It has actually paid off, in that, I now have my own store and my own brand – Nextdress.in
While Nuzhat shared her favorite dresses, I had my eyes on these beauties.
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High necked Black Party wear Anarkali Dress

Style Tip – Wear this splendid Black anarkali to your Best Friend’s Sangeet Party. Team it with Luscious bold Red lips, Comb those goldy locks in a neat bun and flaunt your kundan ear-rings. 

 

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Salmon Pink Sheer saree with Lace Blouse

Style Tip – Salmon Pink Saree transports me to a world of  poetry. Team it with Pearl danglers, let your tresses loose and apply the very- in Nude shade of lipstick. You are ready to inspire someone to write a couplet for sure.

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Black & Ivory Cream Lehenga Suit – Perfect for Reception

Style Tip – If you are looking for something opulent and classic with a dash of trend, then you ought to pick this luxurious ivory cream & black lehenga suit. Middle parting is the way to go in 2015. Team it with Meenakari earrings and try on a bit of smokey black eyes with bare nude lips.

With such a diverse variety of selection available on the Fashion portal , Nuzhat Shareef , a Microbiologist from Pune is all set to woo you with her enchanting range of Ethnic wear. 

While I bask in the pleasure of wearing my Black Anarkali dress from Nextdress, you may quickly want to go and have a look at it.

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Till the next upcoming post on Beauty Basics, Stay Stylish people.

 

 

6 yards of Poetry

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Drape me round and around, 6 yards of myself and Three forth an ounce of you,

Together we create a moment under the willow tree , an anticipatory moment in the caravan,

a regal delusion , a rustic delight , a poetic memory “

Saree – 6 yards of Poetry for few .

And 6 yards of cloth adorned by mommies and aunties in India for rest all. Saree has been the most rudimentary form of dressing across the length and breadth of India for women. Though with globalization , it has hardly been able to retain its monopoly in the urban India. With the advent of easier options of ready to wear sulwar kameez, modern women got rid of saree as it took time to be draped well. With more exposure to the cultures across the world, Indian youth became open to Denims, skirts , shorts and Dresses.

The modernisation has penetrated the roots of the old world society so much so that if I mention Saree shopping, everybody around me asks ,” So what is the occasion ? Why would you want to wear a saree on a regular day ?” And as usual I roll my eyes to their ignorance and smirk within 🙂

Well well let me tell you , it’s a new-found love. I never thought I would wear sarees so often. About 5 years back, I had started a retail store in this city where people would think twice on wearing a day dress casually . It took me almost 2 years to convince that just like your denims and Tees, these too are an everyday dressing staple for so many people, typically Parsis and Goan Christians. ( One friend still teases his wife as Goan aunty if she wears a dress.. True Story. ) At that point of time in my life , I was obsessed with dresses. Day dress, evening dress, beach dress , brunch dress, cocktail dress. I have a closet full of them which lay just there for now.

Why ? Because I have found new love – Classic Indian Saree.

I mean who wouldn’t want to wear a saree ? Why do women want to wear saree when they reach 40 or above? ( Yes 30’s are the new 20’s right ? ) Why can’t we embrace this uber graceful attire at any age group ? Why are we so shy to wear a saree ? Do you think it makes you look very desi ? ( I wouldn’t mind being one ) Do you think your friends and your husband will mock you ?

Gather confidence women ! Till date I am yet to come across an outfit which is sexy as hell and yet classy and romanticized as the poetry that takes your breath away.

India is rich in textile variation coming from almost 20 plus odd states with different weaves, different methods of printing, different works, different colors and different fabrics. In last 6 months I have picked up sarees from different states which includes silks from Chennai, Onam saree from Kerala, Puneri sarees from Pune ,hand block printed sarees of Jaipur,  chanderis from MP and last but not the least my own creations at Appleblossom.

So sharing with you folks two of Appleblossom’s own creations.

Bicycle print saree in blend cotton

Bicycle print saree in blend cotton

This Bicycle print is a contemporary take on the traditional form of dressing. The effort to blend different fabrics, colors and patterns in an aesthetically pleasing way gave rise to this piece of art. The usage of Coral pink in the front pleats embedded with French blue colored bicycle makes it quirky and fun. The zig zag black and white pattern adds to the geometry of the saree which is coupled with a boat necked crop top blouson.

Mirror image Tam print saree in neon shade and checkered black and white printed  cotton blend.

Mirror image Tam print saree in neon shade and checkered black and white printed cotton blend.

Nisha Vikram, founder of Craftcanvas, flaunts this lovely Tamil print saree with elan. She has always been fascinated with Indian textiles and crafts. Keeping the color trends in mind , I created this saree using the Tamil alphabets in the print, though a mirror image . Neon Green with fuchsia became the base. To add a stark contrast , I added a checkered pattern. End result – A big wide grin on Nisha’s face 🙂

The blocks will be made for future, prints will be designed, patterns would be created, all fresh and new. While I do all of that, you guys keep checking this space for more updates 🙂

Till then,

Keep it simple and stylish.

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