Monthly Archives: February 2015

10 Things To Do The Day Before Your Wedding

Happy Valentine’s Day all! There are some very lucky ladies getting married on the most romantic weekend of the year so here’s a few last minute tips before you walk down the aisle to the rest of your life.

1. Set Your Bedtime..

..and stick to it. It is very easy to get caught up in excitement but you need at least 6-8 hours of sleep tonight so plan your day accordingly. This will not only make you feel rested for your big day, but will also eradicate any puffiness in your skin. Tomorrow you need to be as fresh as possible (and who doesn’t love an early night!)

2. Get Your Girls

Call your bridesmaids / best girls and make sure they are free for you this evening. Tell them all to prepare an hour or two’s worth of giggles, games, pictures, films and anything you need to de-stress and have some fun. It is the night before your wedding after all so take LOTS of photos, you will want to remember this night! Your girls know you better than anyone else so they will know what to do.

Laughing for absolutely no reason..

Laughing for absolutely no reason..

3. Meet Your Planner

At this point you are probably thinking of everything that could/ would/ has gone wrong, however having a meeting with your planner just to tie off all loose ends will put you at ease. Everything is in their hands now, so push it all aside and give her a list of 3-5 people to contact if something goes wrong (and make sure you are not one of them). Your planner is there to help you through this day so just by having a little chat, you’ll soon realise there is nothing to worry about it (even if there is).

4. Stop The Social Activity

This is where you cut yourself off from the world…no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram no anything. You want this night to be about you, you want to enhance all the anticipation of you walking down that aisle and all your guests seeing you for the first time. Constant status updates will ruin this. Speak to your nearest and dearest and leave it at that.

5. Write Him A Letter

Write your soon to be wedded half a letter. You are about to start the rest of your life with him, so write down everything you are feeling and get somebody to give it to him before he goes to bed. Let him know how excited you are, because chances are, he is feeling a little nervous at this point. Add a small note to be opened in the morning, maybe with a gift. It will heighten all the anticipation for the big day.

She surprised him with a list of dos and don'ts for their new house

She surprised him with a list of dos and don’ts for their new house

6. Put Eye Cream On

Get some of your regular eye cream and put it on under your eyes as you sleep. This will help alleviate puffiness and get rid of bags, making your face as wedding ready as ever! Here comes the bride and all….

I am only pretending to be asleep

I am only pretending to be asleep

7. Bath And Facemask

Get an energising face mask and some sensual bath salts, go and relax; pamper yourself tonight; have a bath. Put on some gorgeous music, put your phone away, add some candles, bubbles (bath not alcoholic)and just breathe….

It is really quite hot in here

It is really quite hot in here

8. Step Away From The Booze

Don’t drink any alcohol today, just have water. Your skin will feel better, you won’t feel bloated and that dress will just fall onto you. The day will be heavy enough without having to nurse a hangover. The only drink other than water allowed, is a quick energy shot tomorrow..go all out and have a latte!

9. No Contact

As your bedtime approaches, this is the time you cut off contact with your beau. Let him have some time to himself to relax and wait for tomorrow, you want him to be more excited than your guests, so don’t let him know what you are doing, not to mention, you don’t want to know what he is doing either. Let tomorrow be the first time you speak to each other!

10. Relax And Have Fun

Make this day something to remember, it is your last as a single girl!

Happy Valentines Day all

.x.

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The Aashni & Co Wedding Show

This time last week I was in the presence of Indian fashion royalty. Held at The Dorchester Ballroom, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Aashni & Co wedding show, featuring all of my favourite designers, possibly the most incredible floral displays I’ve seen to date and a bridal beauty demonstration. I was surrounded by the most gorgeous pieces and their creators! (To say I was excited would be a huge understatement)

The designers featured were: Anamika Khanna, Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta, Ashima-Leena, Elisha W, Jaipur Gems, Kotwara by Meera Muzaffar Ali, Manish Malhotra, Monisha Thahryamal, Nikasha, Pallavi Jaikishan, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Sabyasachi, Shehlaa, Sonali Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl. (I know…breathe..)

The day started fabulously with a much needed coffee en route to The Dorchester. As soon as I entered the ballroom, I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of elegance and glamour facing me. The whole show was decorated with absolutely stunning floral displays by Zita Elze, with an entrance display that was just magical.

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I realised I was surrounded by some of the most incredible pieces I had literally ever seen!

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Shehla Khan

Manish Malhotra

Sabyasachi

Tarun Tahiliani

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Once this had all sunk in, I wandered into the exhibitors area and it was just so much more than I had ever imagined. The designers were in their own stalls, surrounded by their garments and freely talking to the public. It was endearing to see my idols humanised for a day!

Having found the ability to breathe again, I headed off to find and speak with the designers. Here are some quotes and pictures from the most amazing day.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy's work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy’s work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.

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Anushree Reddy: It is great to be able to be here and visit a city and meet the brides who buy my work. We need to experiment with different markets and you only learn by going there.

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Sabyasachi: I love helping young people, so when Aashni came into my store and told me I had to make a collection for her store I couldn’t say no. I was young and starting up once too, I like the confidence in young people.

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Photo credit – OneTimeFashionista

Manish Malhotra: My collection here today is basically bringing back the classic red. I like taking vintage and heritage culture and giving it a modernising nature, which is easy to wear and personality driven.

Another stunning banquet display

Tarun Tahiliani: My first show at the Dorchester was in 1995. It was the first show I ever did and it was one of the most beautiful, magical nights. When I heard the venue for this event was the Dorchester, I had to do it just to do something a little different. It is wonderful being here. I had no idea it would be such an incredible turnout. It has been wonderful speaking to brides and the audience here

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Aashni with her royal fashion entourage

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration

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Tamara Al Gabbani; brand ambassador for Jaipur Gems mid interview

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Needless to say…I was a very happy me by the end of the day!!

Shop the designers at Aashni & Co

Happy Sunday

.x.