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10 December 2016

#Trending: Shirt style Choli with Lehenga skirt

Style trends keep evolving to suit the tastes of changing times. Modernizing ethnic wear is one very popular current trend and indo-western fusion wear is preferred by most indian women these days for  a traditional look with a touch of  contemporary style. Styling a flowy lehenga skirt with a shirt is the new in thing in weddings these days. 

Anushka Sharma in ADHM was spotted in a lehenga paired with crisp white shirt for her mehendi look in the song 'cutiepie '. I loved this chic lehenga look instantly which is equal parts modern and equal parts traditional. The layered jewellery on the shirt blouse gives a more dressed up wedding appropriate outfit. You can try this lehenga skirt and shirt choli combination for your friends wedding, sisters sangeet or your own mehendi!

If you want a youthful and fun ethnic look then this hatke pairing of shirt style Choli with Lehenga skirt is just Purrr-fect. Anushka Sharma isnt the first to be spotted in this shirt-lehenga combination and this idea has been pretty popular at fashion weeks before.

Pair your lehenga and shirt blouse with extravagant rani haars and knot the shirt on your waist for a more hip funk look.

This is also a nice way to re use your wedding Lehenga. Just use a crisp shirt from your wardrobe and pair it with your lehenga, also skip the dupatta. 

 The lehenga and shirt pairing can also be worn to work

Alia bhat was spotted in a similar shirt style choli

What do you think of Shirt style Choli with Lehenga skirt Would you wear it? 

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7 December 2016

10 Celebrities in designer Raw Mango Sarees | Details on where to Buy Raw Mango

Saree is an iconic Indian garment and it is now preferred by many Indian celebrities even when they walk red carpets abroad. A lot of effort has been put into modernizing the saree but there is another trend these days of going back to the roots and wearing traditional handloom sarees. Indian Fashion scene is embracing traditional textiles and designers like Anavila, gaurang shah and Sanjay garg are being favoured by bollywood celebrities. Today I am going to talk about Raw mango a label by designer Sanjay Garg which deal in traditional handwoven textiles . 

About Raw Mango:

Raw Mango is a brand by Sanjay Garg dealing in contemporary Indian handwoven textiles like saris, fabrics and stoles. Traditional techniques are fused with modern accents to make timeless classic designs. I love the use of vibrant colours in Raw Mango sarees and skillful craftman ship.

Celebrities in designer Raw Mango Sarees

#1 Divya Khosla Kumar in a blue Raw Mango saree with high neck blouse

Divya wore the pretty combination of blue and pink for the music launch of Sanam Re. A blue saree paired with pink full sleeve brocade blouse looked gorgeous and the addition of gajra in hair made the look more traditional. It was a good move to pair that high neck blouse with a choker type neckpiece and studs.

#2 Tamannaah in Indigo sari with striped pink blouse

For Baahubali Malayalam Audio Launch Tamannah went the traditional route wearing an Indigo and gold chanderi saree which she paired with a striped pink blouse and jhumkas. The additon of a bindi and hair in bun completes this gorgeous look .

#3 Raashi Khanna in a cream Raw mango saree with ulta drape

A nice way to to spice up Indian weaves is to play with the drapes and Raashi does just that here. She paired this look with a chunky necklace.

#4 Kajol in double colour Raw Mango saree

#5 Dia Mirza in Yellow Raw Mango saree with blue blouse

Choosing the sari route for filmfare awards red carpet Dia mirza looked elegant and graceful. I love the colour combination of yellow and indigo here and the beaded navratan mala fit in nicely with the high neck blouse.

#6 Sonam Kapoor in Powder blue Raw mango saree

Sonam Kapoor loves wearing sarees and looked lovely in this blue saree which she paired with gold earrings. This raw mango saree look has dreamy vintage vibes thanks to the sheer sleeves blouse sonam kapoor wore but i wish the blouse fit her better.

#7 Sandhya Mridul In Raw Mango saree with red blouse

For screening of Angry Indian Goddesses at a Film Festival Sandhya chose a raw Mango saree whih she paired with a red blouse and bindi.

#8 Konkana sen Sharma in handwoven raw mango saree

 Konkana sen Sharma is often spotted in sarees and she looked classic beauty in this white and gold saree. attending the wedding reception of Kunal Kapoor and Soha Ali Khan Konkana kept things festive by pairing the saree with a striped blouse, a neck piece, earrings and potli.

#9 Tisca Choapra in checkered pink Raw Mango saree

Attending Retail Jeweller India Awards Tisca wore a vibrant plaid raw mango saree whih she paired with bindi earrings and a clutch. I dont like the saree much but Tisca sure looks elegant and her blouse gives this look a modern touch.

#10 Neha Dhupia in blue saree with shirt blouse

Trust Neha Dhupia to always keep things interesting. Here she pairs a shirt style blouse with a traditional raw mango saree.

Where to Buy Raw Mango Sarees ? 

If you love traditional weaves, a raw Mango saree is definitely on your wish list. Handwoven sarees are actually easily available in India and without the designer tags will cost a lot less but if you really want a Raw Mango because they are innovative and sophisticated versions of traditional handwoven fabric then here is the complete store list to help you buy these timeless sarees.

Buy Raw Mango Sarees Online

Ogaan Online
Ogaan | Multi designer boutique in India has some nice raw mango sarees and blouses but many pieces are sold out!

Jaypore |  Good collection of silk sarees and chanderi sarees from Raw mango

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Buy Raw Mango Sarees offline

*Stand alone Store
Raw Mango, Cinnamon, 24, Gangadhar Chetty Road, Sivanchetti Gardens
call 080-41213161

* 3 & 4, Malcha Marg Market, Near HDFC Bank, 2nd Floor, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110021
Ph: 011-4171 6121

*Raw Mango, Angoori Badi, Farm AA 3, Ansal Villa, Satbadi, Chhatarpur
Ph: 011-65026437

*Good Earth, 9 ABC Khan Market
Ph: 011-24647175

*Good Earth, 3, Rutland Gate, 4th St, Thousand Lights
Ph: 044-43087878

*Amethyst, Next to Corporation Bank, Whites road, Royapettah
Ph: 044-45991633

*Elan, Hill Plaza, Opp. Sears Towers, Gulbai Tekra, Ahmedabad.
Ph: 079-26569699

*Elahe, Milestone 476, Road 10, Banjara Hills
Ph: 040-23350130/66

*Good Earth, 6- 8-606/D, Raod no-12, Banjara hills
Ph: 040-23338000

* 85 Lansdowne, 85 B , Sarat Bose Rd.
Ph: 033-40051585


* Ensemble, 130/132, Great western bldg, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg.
Ph: 022-22872282

* Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mansion , Lower Parel
Ph: 022-24951954

Raw mango sarees at Good Earth Stores

You Can Buy Raw Mango sarees on all good earth stores. Visit here for complete store list. They have stores in Turkey and istanbul too.

More from Raw Mango:

I have kept focus on Raw Mango Sarees in this post but that is not the only thing the brand deals in. They also have beautiful handwoven shawls, stoles and dupattas. The new collection also has raw mango lehenga in various designs.

For more connect with Raw Mango on facebook 

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4 December 2016

Breastfeeding diet for Indian Mom & Foods to Increase Breast Milk

In India pregnant women and breastfeeding moms get a lot of advice on what to eat and what to avoid. You can get confused with so many people telling you their own versions of what you should do and eat especially since most of breastfeeding do's and dont's are age old myths without any scientific backing.

I had my baby 8 months back and exclusively breastfed her for 6 months before slowly introducing her to solids. Today I am going to break some myths and bring to you breastfeeding diet for Indian mom which is a combination of traditional home remedies and scientific research 

Healthy Breastfeeding diet for Indian Mom 

Breast Feeding period can be roughly divided into 3 stages

[1] First 40 days 
After giving birth the first 40 days are very important and you need to take utmost care of your body . These 40 days are considered recovery period but ofcourse you can recover faster or take longer depending on the type of delivery you had and many other factors. If you decide to breast feed your baby you need to make sure to eat healthy to produce adequate milk for your new born. In india these 40 days are considered healing period and new mom is confined to home and pampered with nutrient rich traditional foods like kheer garnished with nuts and ghee, panjiri and porridge. You can have all these foods and take protein and vitamin supplement also but consult our doctor before this.

[2 ] 40 days - 6 months (Remaining exclusive breastfeeding period)
The first 40 days of breastfeeding you will depend mainly on easy to digest foods but after 40 days you can return to your normal healthy diet which you followed during your pregnancy. Start eating all kinds of vegetables, fruits and non veg dishes.

[3] 6 months - 2 years :
Now you can introduce solids to your baby and dont require to exclusively breastfeed. This is the period when you should start cutting down on calories to help shed the pregnancy fat. But you need to take things slowly, dont go on a strict diet or exercise rigorously as you will still be breastfeeding your baby.

Breastfeeding diet Plan for Indian Mom

* Early short Breakfast: Because you will be breastfeeding in the night you will feel hungry early in the morning.
What to eat: Eat a healthy snack or a katori of panjiri, harira, daliya or kheer. If you have habit of drinking tea then you can have a up of herbal green tea or tulsi tea

* Actual breakfast: You can have your regular healthy breakfast here but keep spices and oil to bare minimum.
What to eat: Upma, poha, vegetable khichdi or oatmeal

* Lunch: 
What to eat: Green vegetable curry, Dal chawal, curd rice, spinach paratha

*Evening snack
What to eat: Til laddos, halwa , pudding or a cup of green tea

* Dinner
What to eat: Masoor dal with drum sticks, Rice, soup, eggs, Chapati

*Bedtime milk :  You need to breastfeed all night so have a glass of milk with some protien powder before going to bed.
All new moms can follow this diet plan irrespective of the type of delivery you had.

Tips for healthy breastfeeding diet

- Aim for small protein rich meals which consist of dals seasoned with fenugreek, saunf and jeera. Also add nuts like almonds, cashew nuts and walnuts to your diets like snacks
- Make sure your meals have very low quantity of oils and spices
- You dont need to avoid non vegetarian food while breastfeeding. For the first 40 days start with meat in soups and then you can eat meat curries
-  More fluid intake means better milk supply so drink lots of healthy juices and water this will also help with post pregnancy constipation . Coconut water, milkshakes and water rich fruits are also good idea
- Drinking milk is important as it is rich in calcium but I hate milk so I stuck to curd which a very good alternative. I ate curd rice (mosar anna) and drank butter milk
- The only real dont for breasting feeding mom is to stay away from alcohol and avoid eating out. 
- You can consume caffine while breastfeeding but it is better to limit it to 2 cups a day. If you like tea go for herbal green tea when breastfeeding.

Indian Power Foods which increase breast milk naturally

If you choose to exclusively breastfeed for first six months it is important that there is enough breast milk to help your baby grow properly. You can include these Indian foods in your breastfeeding diet plan to increase milk supply.

Oats: An oat meal is easy to prepare and is ideal when breastfeeding because you tend to get hungry a lot during this time. Fiber rich oats are healthy and also helps increase supply of milk. You can start your day with a yummy oat meal or try the inidanised oats dishes like oats upma , oats idly, oats poha or curd oats.

Masoor Dal : The orangish red masoor dal is rich in protiens and is known to promote lactation. I mostly cook toor dal but when breastfeeding I shifted to Masoor dal. You can even mix toor dal with masoor dal if you dont like the tate of masoor dal and cook like you normally cook dals

Vegetables: Carrots, sweet potatoes and beetroots will help with lactation. Other vegetables you need to add to your diet include greens like beans, bottle guard and drumsticks. If you dont like vegetables then make halwas out of them. Gajar ka halwa, lauki ka halwa, carrot juice, sweet potato pudding and drum stick dal are some delicious ways you can add vegetables to your diet 

Fenugreek Seeds (Methi): Methi is a favourite with my granny to boost breast milk increase their milk supply. It can be very tricky using methi in your diet. You can soak methi seeds in a glass of water in the night and drink the water in the morning. You can even add methi to curries or pickles.

Saunf or fennel seeds: fennel seeds help increase milk supply in new moms and they are help in digestion. The best way to include saunf or fennel seeds in your diet is to use it like a mouth freshener after a meal. you can also use it to season dals and vegetable curry dishes

Cumin seeds (Jeera): Jeera is goof for breastfeeding moms to help with milk supply and it also helps with constipation and acidity which is very common post pregnancy. I usually add cumin seeds in everything from dals to curries. You can roast and powder cumin seeds and add it to your healthy juices, butter milks and other appetizers

Spinach: Spinach is a very good source of Iron and it also helps promote supple of milk . You can add spinach to your dal or make spinach parotha.

Sesame seeds (Til): Til seeds promote lactation and the best way to eat them is in the form of yummy til laddoos like snacks.

Basil (Tulsi): Most Indian homes have a tulsi plant and you can use these leaves to boost immunity of your baby. Starting your day with a cup of tulsi tea is best way to add basil to your diet.

What to avoid in breastfeeding diet for indian mom

-Junk food
-commercial food or food from outside
-Spicy food
-Soft drinks
-All kinds of drugs and medicines (Consult your dtor before taking any kind of medicine even for common cold and fever)
For more information on what to avoid read Foods to avoid while Breastfeeding

I hope this Breastfeeding diet  information helps Indian moms

1 December 2016

Kareena Kapoor flaunts her baby bump on Grazia December 2016 Cover

India is a celeb obsessed country and these days our obsession extends to star kids of bollywood too. Kareena Kapoor Khan's pregnancy has been talked about everywhere and her maternity fashion is setting trends. Having a deep passion for beauty and fashion I have closely followed Kareenas pregnancy style and when I spotted her on the december cover of Grazia I had to talk about it on my blog.

Kareena is enjoying all the limelight her pregnancy is getting and she is out breaking all taboos associated with pregnancy. Begum Kapoor infact walked ramp for Sabyasachi Mukherjee before owning her pregnancy on Grazia cover

The cover features Kareena in Gaurav Gupta gown and jewellery from Swarovski. The gown flaunts the baby bump beautifully.

Watch the making of the Grazia december cover here 
A video posted by Grazia India (@graziaindia) on

Another photo where bebo poses wit her baby bump

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What do you think of this Grazia cover?  Good or very good?

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27 November 2016

30 stunning Saree looks of Sonam Kapoor | Style Inspiration

I love desi ethnic fashion and Bollywoods style diva Sonam kapoors ethnic looks are something I always look forward to. The fashion queen really slays it in both her western and ethnic looks but I love her traditional or fusion looks a wee bit more . 
Saree, lehenga or even a kurti, Sonam always manages to style them with a new twist sparking off trends and giving us new ethnic fashion goals in the process.  Sonam loves wearing sarees and she constantly keeps styling them in new fabulous ways. I love how Sonam Kapoor actually walked red carpet of Cannes in Anamika Khanna sari in 2014, she is definitely giving exposure to Indian fashion.

The shaadi season is on and if you need some inspiration on styling saree for your best friend or sisters wedding, look no further because here I bring to you loads of inspiration in 30 saree looks of sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor in Saree

#1 Sonam kapoor in white sari with pop of blue

Most Indians dont prefer white for festive occasions but the trend is soon changing and you spot many women in whites even at weddings. Sonam kapoor shows us how to wear white saree with a white blouse by adding a pop of colour with neckpiece. Soft make up and side parted open hair make this look a winner.

#2 Peter pan collar blouse with quirky printed saree

Trust sonam to get quirky saree look right. She paired a funky lipstick printed Masaba saree with a fun peter pan collar blouse. To keep all attention on the sari and blouse sonam kept accesories minimal and opted for a tight bun.

#3 Black and white rose printed Masaba Saree

Rose motifs on this masaba saree  gave vintage feel and I love the hair do here. The red lips and flushed cheeks and elbow length blouse also add to the old world glam. 

#4 Anavila White saree with leaf printed full sleeve blouse

In a pinned up neat Anavila saree look sonam looked gorgeous . I love how she pairs this ivory white cotton saree with a printed blouse and potli.

#5 Vibrant Manish Arora saree look

Sonam looked amazing in a grey and orange Manish Arora saree. Adding more colour to her look was the green high neck blouse.

#6 Tulip style saree drape with zipper blouse

I love how sonam styles plain sarees giving them a nice hatke twist . This plain biege saree is paired with an embroidered red blouse having a zip in front. The addition of brooch and the different saree drape makes thing more interesting.

If you want to try this saree drape then watch the tutorial here

#7 Abu Jaini Sandeep Khosla saree with double palla

Sonam kapoor wore a white and red saree where the first pallu was draped normally and the second one went around the neck like most of us drape a dupatta or scarf.

#8 Pant style Anamika khanna saree

Pant style saree drape is another way to drape a saree which is similar to dhoti style saree drape. I love the addition of the stunning necklace on that blouse and it was a good move to keep ears bare.

#9 Rimzim Dadu’s sculptural saree

W e all know Sonam loves modernizing her saree look but this Rimzim Dadu’s sculptural weave was simply futuristic. This saree isnt someting everyone can carry off but sonam Kapoor pulls it off #LikeABoss

#10 Off shouldered blouse with Suneet Verma saree

sonam kapoor loves experimenting with her blouse designs and here she pairs an off-shoulder blouse with a cream saree. If you love wearing offshoulder then try it with ethnic wear too. 

#11 sari draped the contemporary dhoti way

Dhoti style saree draping has become very popular these days and Sonam was one of the first few to spark off this trend.  I love how she keeps the styling simple by adding just a statement neck piece too keep spotlight on the drape.

#12 Pink saree with one shouldered lace blouse

Another way to add drama to you plain saree look is to pair it with lace blouses. Here sonam pairs a pink saree with one shouldered lace blouse

#13 Delicate white Anamika khanna saree with sheer cape

The sheer cape trend is something I love and sonam gets full credit for popularising it. Here Sonam flaunts a shrug style sheer cape which she paired with delicate white saree. The hairstyle for this looks gives vintage vibes and I love the styling.

#14 Chic one shoulder Payal singhal blouse with saree

Single shouldered blouse paired with a pale pink saree, Sonam grab a lot of eye balls. This unique Payal Singhal blouse has black floral embroidery and paired with a high puff hairdo it looked striking..

#15 Vibrant colourful saree with Peplum blouse

This traditional high on colour look is an instant favourite especially for winter weddings. The Abu Jaini Sandeep khosla saree paired with peplum style blouse can be worn by women who dont want to flaunt their not-so-flat belly. You can your existing peplum tops and pair it with a saree for this look.

#16 Tarun Tahiliani red saree

Pre draped sarees are best way to go if you want an Indo western fusion look. In this red saree look sonam looked chi and kept the styling simple with sleek hair. She wore this saree to Big boss for dolli ki doli promitions

#17 Anamila Khanna cape saree at Cannes

This dreamy dhoti drape Anamika khanna creation is one of my most favourite looks of Sonam Kapoor at Cannes film festival. The styling for this look is PERFECTION. Love the sheer cape, choker, makeup and hairstyle.

#18 Traditional silk Saree look

Sonam can do traditional saree looks with equal elan and this Kanjivaram silk saree look proves it. She paired this saree with elbow length sleeve blouse, jhumkas and hair bun.

#19 Angrakha style long jacket with saree

Cape style jackets with saree is a trend but sonam paired a  jacket with Rahul Mishra saree. This look gives a very formal feel but if the jacket was more replaced with a vibrant print it can look super festive. I think this is interesting but I wouldn't try something like this?

#20 Embellished white Abu Jaini Sandeep Khosla saree

If you really want to wear white to a wedding wear it like Sonam kapoor does here. She wore this sequins and mirror work saree with a high neck blouse to Ahana deols wedding reception. 

#21 Lime green Sonaakshi Raaj Sari gown

Sari gowns are a rage these days because they are so easy to carry off. You dont have to worry about getting the drape right or your pallu slipping off as these gowns are pre stiched and can be zipped up. Sonam wore this lime green sari gown and looked fabulous in it. This is very contemporary way of carrying off a saree and anayone can try it

#22 Organza Anamika Khanna sari

Sonam looked royal and oozed elegance in a green organza saree whih she draped like a V in front. I love the jewellery she paired this saree with.

#23 Anamika Khanna red and black saree

Red and black is a classic combo and Sonam wore it for L’Oreal Paris Women’s Awards and looked every bit amazing in it. I particularly love the kohl rimmed eyes and soft lips in this look and the saree blouse is also something hatke.

#24 Printed Blue saree with double pallu and mirror work blouse

Love this dreamy blue saree look and the blouse it is paired with. This makes for a great winter festive look if you can handle two pallus.

#25 Hand woven grey Anavila saree

Sonam Kapoor made handwoven saree also look amazing by draping differently and adding a pop of blue with the neck piece

#26 Floral shehlaa khan saree with embellished blouse

Attending an event for Grazia Sonam was spotted in a pastel floral saree which she paired with an embellished designer blouse. The hair bun, drop earrings and floral sari give this look a very retro feel. 

#27 Shredded Rimzim Dadu saree

Shredded funky saree worn by sonam kapoor is super interesting. I love the styling here which makes the striking saree look elegant. The hairstyle, makeup and the gorgeous suhani Pittie earrings complement the saree nicely. For a saree like this the drape is spot on.

#28 sunshine yellow saree Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla saree

Sonam wore a yellow and green chiffon saree with a  green clutch. Upping the visual interest of this vibrant sunshine saree was the sheer embroidered blouse whih is very hatke and unique.

#29 Masaba Hand print saree with sheer Pallu

#30 Pale pink Deepti Pruthi saree with cape style jacket

Attending the Elie Saab Haute Couture Show in paris Sonam was spotted in a dreamy baby pink set saree which she paired with sleeveless high neck blouse and added a semi sheer cape jacket over it. I love everything about this look from the makeup to hairstyle to the colour. Also love the idea of pairing pearl earrings with pink saree.

Which saree look of Sonam Kapoor do you like most? 

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20 November 2016

#TwitterReacts to Demonetization Of Rs.1000 & 500 Notes

On November 8 our Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by a strom announcing the demonetization of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. This move is considered to be a surgical strike against black money and will also completely wipe out fake currency from India.

I think the demonetization or Notebandi is a brilliant move to check corruption but I just wish this was executed better with proper planning.  Twitter like always reacted with hilarious jokes and memes to the announcement and here I bring to you some of the best tweets on demonetization

Which tweet do you think is the most creative?
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