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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

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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

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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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