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Mani J: Udaipur Tea Party

30th October 2015

Mani J love continues here on The Asian Fashion Journal. Her latest collection- Udaipur Tea Party popped up on my Insta feed last week and is def worthy of share. This collection for me is her strongest. The silhouettes and styling are youthful and pretty but with an urban edge- Like the cut out bustier, capes, bombers and slevelettes- all of which add more drama to an Indian outifit but can equally look hot paired with western pieces.

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Check out her Insta feed for more of her designs and there’s lots of happy client pics to scroll through too. Very happy to see Mani doing so well! 🙂

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British Asian Trust’s new ambassador Manish Malhotra @ Aashni & Co

25th Sept 2015

My blogging hiatus is over! woo hoo! and what a great event to attend to get back into all things Fashion and all things Asian!

Manish Malhotra, the master of Bolly Glam presented a festive and Bridal Preview @ Aashni & Co last night where he also announced his new role as ambassador to the British Asian Trust. The rails were filled with sparkle and shimmer in an array of vibrant tones. My personal favourites were the showstopping jade gown with cut out, the inky black gown with sheer embellished bodice as well as the elegant beauties in delicate nudes in the shop window.

If you are looking for bridal pieces this is def a trunk show worth visiting and if you can go today you can meet Manish too!

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Manish Malhotra window display @ Aashni & Co The beautiful window display with its autumnal feel.

Canapes loved the way the canapes were presented.

Manish Malhotra gowns and lenghas Aashni & Co
That showstopper of a gown with its cheeky cut out and exquisite placement embroidery.

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manish malhotra inky black gown Understated but still a statement…loved it.

the asian fashion journal and Tony Gill canvas prSelfie with Pr guru Tony Gill

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Along with seeing Manish’s beautiful work it was also lovely to catch up with some familiar faces!

Aashni & Co is located at 47 Ledbury Road, London W11 AA; www.aashniandco.com

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D.I.Y Wedding Favours- Orange & Cardamom biscuits

29th June 2012

If you’re looking for a simple homemade favour idea for your wedding- here’s an option to consider- Orange & Cardamon (Elachi) biscuits presented in a pretty D.I.Y box.

What you will need:

125g plain flour, 125g Butter, 75g Caster sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 6 Cardamom pods, pinch of baking soda, Zest of 1 orange

1) Beat together sugar, butter and vanilla till pale and fluffy

2) Open cardamom pods and crush seeds with pestle and mortar. Add to butter/sugar/vanilla mix along with the orange zest

3) Sift the flour and baking soda into the bowl and then mix into a soft dough.

4) Place in a covered bowl in the fridge for an hour

5) Roll out the dough until 2cm in width- then get using biscuit cutters cut the biscuits and place onto greaseproof paper

6) Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins and then cool on a wire rack.

7) Once cool dust with icing sugar.

This made approx 25 medium size biscuits-you can always halve the size of the biscuits and use smaller boxes if you want to reduce prep time and costs.

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I’ve used a plain white box and added two sheets of pink tissue paper inside the box and three biscuits.

To make the box more interesting I glued two sheets of tissue paper across the lid and then using some lace I had tied it into a bow. You can always add a name tag onto each box so it doubles up as a favour & name place.

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This recipe is adapted from a recipe published in The Times

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Shaana Levy & Uraaz Bahl’s wedding

3rd June 2013

I think I’m still feeling soppy after my engagement party as I don’t usually post wedding pics! but when I saw these pics from Shaana Levy’s wedding to Uraaz Bahl I had to share them. Shaana looks so natural and elegant in her Sabyasachi lengha and statement jewels. It’s a really toned down look for an Indian bride and that’s the reason I love it.

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Aashni & Co in London have this lengha in stock as well as a rose and mint version both are beautiful and the intricate thread & pearl work is spectacular.

Update 27th August

The dream team at The Wedding Filmer just uploaded Shaana Levy & Uraaz Bahl’s dreamy wedding highlights titled ‘Happily Ever After’ Enjoy!

Images: Sabyasachi Facebook

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5 easy ways to improve Vidya Balan’s Cannes looks

24th May 2013

Poor Vidya, she’s prob thinking she can’t win – critised for her choices in Western attire and now critised for her choices in Indian attire. Unlike many nay-sayers that blame Sabyasachi’s work I think the reason her looks at Cannes haven’t worked is down to poor styling (Sabya will always be a design genius in my eyes) Designers don’t always make good stylists and a good stylist can take a look from Meh to Yeah. Who can forget Anaita Shroff Adajania’s styling magic on Deepika Padukone’s wardrobe in Cocktail or Rhea Kapoor’s continued awesome styling of Sonam Kapoor. If either of them had been able to tweak Vidya’s looks I know they would have been much stronger.

1) Ditch the high neck blouses

When you have a bust bigger than a B cup do yourself a favour and avoid high necklines and show off what you got! She’s done it in the past and looked fab for it-See here.

vidya at cannesUnflattering high necklines and way too much fabric! Images Vogue India

2)Don’t drown yourself in fabric when you’re petite

When you’re petite extra fabric just adds pounds, even if she had opted for sleeveless blouses and worn shorter blouses (that would have showed her tiny waist) she would have looked better.

3)Soften the hair

Vidya’s centre parting bun looked really severe and aged her unnecessarily. She should look to the youthful Sri Devi for hair inspiration!

sridevi final 3Image High Heel Confidential

4) Accessorise well

I actually like most of the jewellery Vidya’s been wearing but what was with the bag? (first image on the right) yep its Chanel but still! a chic clutch like Neha worked below would have worked better.

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5)Mix it up

I love Sabyasachi’s work but mix it up- If people see the same silouette over and over again it gets tired. Sonam gave a masterclass in mixing it up rocking Dolce & Gabanna, Huemn and Anamika Khanna

sonam at cannesImages Vogue India

Images Vogue India, High Heel Confidential and Strand of Silk.

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