Monthly Archives: September 2014

30 Beautiful Wedding Cakes

Mmm! The title alone could and is making me drool slightly! A really quick post to show the most beautiful and inspired cakes I’ve seen recently!

Take some inspiration and show your cake maker! (Baker?)

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Aww!

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Disney Cake…whaaaaaaat?!

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aaaand wipe!

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All images from Pinterest

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Bridal Beauty- Top 20 Dos and Don’ts

We all succumb to the stresses of wedding planning, which may lead to certain aspects being overlooked or left to the last minute…here are some top dos and don’ts and remember you are the number one priority on this day…let everything else suffer!

Top Dos and Don’ts
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1. Don’t get a haircut/ colour the week of your wedding
You’ve heard of hair salon mishaps; hair turning green, sneezing and having hair half the length you wanted it etc…well what is to say it wouldn’t happen to you? Why would you even risk that! Book a hair appointment at least a week or two before your big day, this way you leave time to remedy any mishaps. (although if you sneeze and half your hair gets cut off..not sure there’s a lot you can do in a week!) This time also allows for your colour to settle etc.

2. Don’t Change your Hair Colour
Slight extension to point 1 but if you are a blonde or a brunette, don’t suddenly turn into the other. You want to look like yourself on your big day! (And who knows what the other colour will look like)

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3. Do Drink More Water
Start increasing your water intake from about 6 months prior to the big day. You want your skin to glow and your eyes to sparkle and that doesn’t happen without preparation! This should be both bride and groom, you don’t want to look gorgeous and glowing only for the other half to look grey and ashen! Fill those bottles!

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4. Don’t Wait to Wax
Don’t leave your waxing until the last minute. It always takes at least 24-48 hours for redness and swelling to go down. Make sure you leave enough time between a bright red face and your first wedding event.

5. Do Book in Advance
Make sure you book your mani/ pedi appointments as far in advance as you need to. The last thing you need to be stressed about is trying to find a last minute manicurist. Book for at least 3-5 days before you need to do anything important with your hands. For example if your wedding events start on the Weds or Thurs; have your nail appointment on Sunday/ Monday, to allow the pain to subside, ( and to get used to your new nails if they’re not real).

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6. Don’t Have a Facial..
..the week of your wedding. You should definitely plan a course of facials to allow a deep cleanse for your wedding, but starting at least 3 months prior to your big day and ending at least a week before your big day. Facials tend to pull out all the toxins from your skin and in doing so may cause unsightly rashes and breakouts…not the look you were going for? Plan ahead!

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7. Do Test your Tan
If you’re having a spray tan/ using fake tan, do have a test run. Visiting your spray tanner before your ‘real’ spray tan could save you some streaky embarrassment. If you are happy with the service and it’s even and streak-free, then book a full spray tan 2-3 days before the big day.

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8. Do Take Trial Photos
When you are having your make up trial done, make sure there is somebody there to take photographs of you after the makeup has been applied. This is the best way to ensure you are happy with your overall look. (If your MUA says no..I’d probably look for another one..)

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9. Do Choose your Perfume
Many people will be sitting very close to you today, hugging you, congratulating you etc. you want to smell good. Choose a perfume to match your ‘look’ for the day and pre spray your outfit the night before the big day, that way if you sweat it off your skin, it’ll still be on your clothes. Avoid spraying your clothes on the day, as you don’t want perfume blotches on the dress!

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10. Don’t Drink Wine…..Whaaaaaat?!
As difficult as it may be, in the weeks leading up to the big day, try and avoid red wine or dark coloured drinks; coffee, coke or otherwise. These are very colouring and abstaining these for a short amount of time may help your gleamers gleam to their whitest. If you’re undergoing tooth whitening treatment then this is a definite no no! (Otherwise whitening strips help, try Crest)

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11. Avoid Salty Food
Salt has the amazing ability to hold more than 50 times it’s weight in water (or so I read)…now imagine that in your body…I think I’ve made my point. Avoid salty foods the week before your wedding and remain bloat free!

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12. Do Put Down the Straighteners
Every hair stylist’s worst nightmare is pre straightened hair. I know you think you’re doing us a favour by helping..but really you’re just making our job impossible. You want big, gorgeous, fluffy curls? That won’t happen if your hair has been trained to be straight! Leave your locks!

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13. Don’t Condition
On the same note as the above, don’t put conditioner on your hair the day of your events, it makes for difficult styling. Unconditioned hair will hold better and style better. Your hairstylist should request this anyway, but if in doubt, don’t condition..it’s always the better option.

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14. Don’t Wear your Bra
You heard right! But I’m talking about before putting on your dress..be freeeee. Wearing a bra seems harmless whilst you’re getting your hair and make up done etc..however just lounging in your bra can cause unsightly red marks; straps or otherwise which may not be visible under your pyjama top..but will be very apparent in your strapless dress. Lose the bra girls, let your girls be free!

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15. Do Touch Up
It doesn’t matter how good your make up artist is, there is always a need to touch up. Especially those of us sitting under mandap in front of a giant fire pit..we’re going to sweat and we are going to be licking our lips. Pre plan a touch up kit with your make up artist and buy the pieces they are using on your skin. Ask them to suggest best ways to touch up and then brief your maid of honour/ sister/ bridesmaid/ mum…anyone who you trust enough to tell you when your blusher is dripping off!

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16. Don’t Cry Your Makeup Away
You’ve spent far too much money on your face to cry it all off. Asian weddings see a lot more crying than most..no really, there’s an entire section of the wedding dedicated to crying. This is where you need to carry a tissue and touch it to your tear duct or outer eye corner and let the tears flow..just into the tissue! (Sorry grandparents..no tears today!)

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17. Do Practice Wearing Falsies
If you don’t wear them often, practicing wearing false eyelashes are a big must. You don’t want to not be able to open your eyes on your wedding day or turn into blinky mcblinkerson! If you can’t handle the weight of eyelashes, your make up artists will be able to suggest alternative ways to give you lustrous lashes, but they’ll need some notice. So get to a drugstore and pick some up!

18. Don’t Change Anything!
By anything, I mean, pills, detergent, make up, cream, facewash, foundation…literally anything! stick to what you are used to. The last thing you want to do is have a reaction to something new!

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19. Do Make Time to Sleep
 As your wedding day fast approaches, being able to sleep is becoming a rarity. Whether it be nerves or stress keeping you up at night, start yourself into a bedtime routine from a few weeks prior to the big day, yes just like a child. Have a bath, read a book and sleep at least 8- 10 hours a night. This will ensure you are looking and feeling your best on the big day.

20. Do Enjoy Yourself
 You will be the centre of attention for the entire day, which also means the centre of a lot of different cameras’ attentions. If you are enjoying your day, you will look absolutely beautiful! It is too late by this point to change anything or do anything….so smile, relax and get married.

Happy reading

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When thinking about bridal make up, the keywords are natural, subtle, elegant and pretty. Red lipstick isn’t a first choice for a white wedding for the fear of looking overdone and vampy, however red lipstick is such a gorgeous way of creating a bridal look and can easily be used for a natural elegant look and any good bridal make up artist can do this for you.

Red lipstick is very vintage and 1920’s but we’re all about living past eras, especially in fashion and beauty, because well..

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Enough said.

Choosing a red lipstick that suits your skin tone is imperative. Here a few pointers in choosing the right shade.

Firstly there are different types of skin, cool and warm. Warm skin has yellow and golden undertones, whereas cool skin has pink and blue undertones. The quickest way to figure it out? Look at the veins on your inner wrist in natural light: if they look green you have warm skin, and if they look blue, you have cool skin.

Warm Skin Tones
For warm complexions use orangey reds, tomato reds, reds with a golden base or tawny reds

Cool Skin Tones
For cool complexions use pink reds, berry reds, reds with a blue undertone like plums

For all skin tones a REAL red would work- think post box red.

Now that we have skin tones covered we move to skin colours..

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(picture sourced from The Beauty Department)

Porcelain Skin
Cool undertoned reds generally speaking look the best with this type of skin, however for a statement look use a warm red.

Fair Skin
Fair skin in general should use a cooler red, hints of plum work wonders. Again using a warm red creates a bold look.

Bisque Skin
This warm skinned colour suits a cooler look, think light berry to create your look.

Beige Skin
Yellow undertones in this skin prefer a warm red , golden undertoned to set off the colour in your skin. A cool red in this case add drama.

Olive Skin
A warm red with a green or brown undertone look amazing with olive skin, think autumn reds and you have your perfect match.

Tawny Skin
A warm brown red is more suited to you than a berry gold red, but with this skin a cool colour can sometimes create more of a match. For tawny skin I would suggest trialling a few and then taking photos. The photos will tell you which suits you.

Caramel Skin
Orange reds are PERFECT for caramel skin, probably the only skin colour to REALLY be able to carry an orange undertoned red.

Dark Skin
Go deep! go for a deep dark maroon, these colours suit without looking scary (as they would on a fairer skin colour.

I will leave you with some of my favourite red lip looks..

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Gorgeous Ways to Wear Headpieces

So you’ve heard of wearing a tikka and you are either completely for them (YES) or not a fan..

This post is solely dedicated to show you beautiful ways everyone can wear them..and make you a firm YES person!

Tikkas can very quickly turn an outfit from lovely to bridal and well, that’s really what we’re going for!

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The traditional way to wear a tikka is to align to the middle of your forehead and pin back through your hair, here are some very simple tikkas to try and tempt you into wearing one on your big day…
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See how pretty they are! They can be made in almost anything these days and can be custom made to match your bridal jewellery!

Recently there has been a trend in wearing 1920’s style headgear, but all ‘asianed’ up..not sure what I mean? Think of The Great Gatsby..minus the feathers and add some gorgeous Kundan rows..

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Ok so these aren’t exactly Kundan but therrreee you go! Mental image complete.

There are so many variations to how these can be worn..

There’s the single row

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Yes believe it or not that is actually a single row!

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No that is not a real person. yes it is very scary.

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The multiple row..

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actually a little scarier – but gorgeous double rowed tikka piece

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The side parting rows…

Praise The Lord!

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OR the even newer trend of having no rows and having a one piece at the centre of your forehead..

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Or for those with a side parting…the side piece!

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How can you resist the head bling!!

Happy forehead decorating!

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Zuhair Murad!

Zuhair Murad is one of my favourite designers and one of my biggest inspirations as a bridal designer. He creates this amazing East-West fusion in gowns; the same foundation that underpins my own designs, within his bridal wear, Haute couture and ready to wear collections. His Lebanese foundation mixed with his fantasy sketching has led him to be one of the most talented designers today.

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I love his haute couture because this is what we are drawn towards when deciding outfits for our receptions. This is where we can wear the most gorgeous Indian – Western fusion gown known to man!

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This Chiffon high neck makes the perfect reception gown – the beading is a very Eastern style of beading found on sarees and lenghas. Chiffon is a very classy and bridal fabric which makes an appearance in a lot of ZM collections. (Good choice!)

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This embellishment and embroidery is perfect for an Indian fusion outfit

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This type of dress in colours! Just shows how perfect it would be to match your colour schemes!

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Using the most amazing fabrics and silhouettes he has created a fantasy land with embroidery and embellishment fit for a princess! Here are a few of my favourites from his AW14 collection

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With saree gowns coming into their own this year and only growing as a trend into next, these kind of dresses are to arrive on the horizon in multitudes! And I cannot wait!

Leaving you all with some of my favourite images from ZM collections to date….enjoy!

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You can see why I am so inspired!! To the drawing board!!!

Happy Reading!

Featuring : ZuhairMurad and various Pinterest users (seriously guys get on Pinterest)

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 2

 And for part two only the BEST colour – PINK! No..HOT Pink!!!

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 This is one of the easiest colours to be able to wear within your bridal attire – not only is it gorgeous, but the colour is so complimentary to Red, Green and Cream it could almost just replace the Red.

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This is gorgeous because, although the main colour is pink, the highlights of red make it an amazing alternative for a bridal outfit.

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Not your traditional conventional bridal attire, but how AMAZING! the velvet and the flower veins have a Snow White-esque feel and with a slight tweaking of colour – you could be the trendiest Disney bride ever!

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This beautiful hot pink and gold brocade lengha would be ideal. Perhaps changing the Dupatta colour to have a gold/ cream base or adding a cream border, would make this more bridal and more traditional. But if you love the pink…you go for it!

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This is a Pagli creation which is simply stunning. Simple enough to carry the hot pink, yet heavy enough to be considered bridal. Your secondary dupatta would need to be Cream/ Gold to be able to carry this.

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I am absolutely in love with this! The pink has a blue undertone to it which I think makes me love it more! Perfectly simple, perfectly bridal! IF you wanted to feel that little bit more special – throwing some rhinestones and jewels on to it would achieve that! (You can never have too many jewels right?!)

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This stunner is a Manish Malhotra  (as if it weren’t obvious). I am in love with the metallics on this outfit! such a nice replacement for gems and jewels. I don’t think I need to say anymore…

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I found this photo on Pinterest (yes I am obsessed with Pinterest) and couldn’t get over how gorgeous this design was. The Red features as the main bridal highlight however the pink borders make this style that little more pretty and that little more on trend! I just wish I knew the designer of it!

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This is a beautiful lengha to wear if you are going all out for colour – perhaps on a mehndi night or a sangeet. Adding a tulle underlay would make this that little bit more bridal.

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This is one of my favourites…Pink, Gold, cream AND jewels…how can you go wrong?! The fishtail style of skirt makes this that little bit more glam.  I would personally shorten the blouse so as not to cover the gorgeous skirt waist detail. Everything about this outfit screams yes!

To conclude our journey to the land of PINK, here is an outfit mixing a couple of the jewelled tones together: Mendhi night you say?

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LOVE!

Be Pink!

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 1

As most of you are aware, getting colour into our traditional Indian outfit is quite tricky. Without just putting a few coloured gems into the embellishment or adding a coloured stone necklace, getting this pop of a colour other than red, white or green is fairly challenging.

We are in the Autumn/ Winter phase of the cycle at the moment, and as you may or may not know one of the biggest trends for Fall ’14 are Jewel Tones. This bodes very well for us as the Pantone (colour) chart looks something like this…
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Over a few of the next posts we will be looking at all of these colours and getting them in to your big day!!

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Here are a few images of some traditional bridal outfits that you can use as inspiration to be the trendiest bride!
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Some of these aren’t to my taste, but the general colour idea is there!

Featuring collections from

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And other unknown designers

Happy Fall!

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