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Guest Blog Post @ Match.com

30th July 2014

I was approached a couple of weeks ago by the Match.Com blog team to write two guest blog posts to go into their Asian Dating section. Well the first is now live… they asked for an Indian Dating perspective but I think the post is pretty general-here’s the repost let me know what you think!!!

Nina Asian Blogger ( I sent a few pics over surprised they choose this black and white one?!)

My name is Nina. I’ve been contacted by the lovely people at match.com to share an Indian dating perspective on this blog. Am I some sort of dating guru?.. ummm NO! But I’ve def had my fair share of the good, the bad and the down right ugly when it comes to dating. Here’s my top five dating tips…

1) If you don’t buy the ticket you won’t win the lottery

At Uni I would bump into this one guy pretty much every week. We’d chat a bit and he’d ask me out. He wasn’t really my type (I remember a big monobrow situation; in fact there was just a general teen-wolf thing going on). Anyway, after a few months of some cheeky banter and that line when I’d decline a date, I eventually thought why not? We only went on a few dates but they were far more enjoyable then I expected. So next time you’re umming and ahhing about someone, say yes and see what happens…

2) Tear up your check list (or at least re-evaluate)

Hey, we all have a check list whether we’re vocal about it or whether it’s subconscious. I was guilty of this one – my original checklist read like this: needs to be tall (I’m 5ft 9 so over was a must), dark, and handsome, have a good sense of humour, and be kind and caring with a good job. So half my list was pretty superficial hey? And guess what my husband is shorter than me…he was unemployed when we met. If I’d have stuck to my checklist I wouldn’t have even have gone on one date with him…

3) Be proactive

So this pearl of wisdom came from my Mum. I was having a moan about the dating drought I was experiencing a few years ago, and instead of the sympathy that I was after (thanks, Mum!) she said “well who are you going to meet sitting at home? Make an effort and go out.” Got to love Mums and their brutal honesty. And she was right. So all you guys are signed up to match.com (good start!) Try talking to a few people and don’t just wait for people to say hello to you. Perhaps you could also sign up for one of the Match.com nights out?

4) Are you great boyfriend/girlfriend material?

We’ve been so accustomed to talking about what we want from a partner that it’s easy to forget that we have to be a good catch too! Ask your friends what your best and worst qualities are, as having self-awareness is such a plus point. Be someone that you’d want to date.

5) Dating should be fun

The last tip, and I think the most important, is such a simple one – forget games, forget the rules, forget your checklist – just be in the moment and have fun.

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Asian Bride Live

7th October 2013

Calling all Brides to be- ‘Asian Bride Live‘ the Wedding show by the team behind Asian Bride magazine takes place on Sunday. This year’s exhibition takes place at the Novotel London West Hotel. There will be over a hundred exhibitors, catwalk shows and for the first time- an Asian Woman Academy Make Up Theater where renowned Make-Up artist Nina Ubhi will be hosting live demos. I missed the Asiana wedding show earlier this year because I was abroad and I might miss this show for the same reason! : ( The variety of exhibitors and the catwalk line up looks fab and includes designer boutiques Aashni & Co (I bought my Sabyasachi Wedding lengha from there!)and Bibi London.

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Tickets for the show are available here

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My Fave Trends at PCJ Delhi Couture Week and India Bridal Fashion Week

30th August 2013

All these back to back fashion weeks are making my head spin! So, I’ve decided to in the words of John Legend- ‘to take it slooowwww’ that’s why I’m here posting a trend report on PCJ Couture Fashion Week and India Bridal Fashion Week when everyone else is already in the thick of blogging about Lakme Fashion Week. Ohhh Well! And yep I’ve put together both fashion weeks in the report because no matter how many times the organisers say there’s a huge difference between both I’ll disagree.

SEXY BACK
It was all about the sexy back at both Fashion Weeks. The prettiest examples were from Manish Malhotra with demure front necklines with open or low backs which just looked sooo yum.

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WHITE & GOLD

White and Gold was trending all over the catwalks and I love these bold White and Gold looks. Who says you need colour to make a statement?

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JERSEY SARI

Jersey Sari’s have been around for a while but these super hot incarnations needed to be shared. Seriously how super sexy is the master of drape- Guarav Gupta’s sari? I just can’t get enough of this trend and yep I’m still pining over the Sonaakshi Raaj sari Deepika Padukone wore recently!

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JACKETS/CAPES

Layering in general was a big trend at both fashion weeks. There were cute bolero shapes at Rohit Bal and JJ Valaya and longer jackets over saris, pants and gowns at JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore and Meera & Muzaffar ALi. Capes were also all over the place with the most directional at Anamika Khanna and pretty sheer capes at Masaba Gupta @ Satya Paul

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THE ETHNIC MASH UP

I can’t think of a better name for this trend than- The Ethnic Mash Up. We’ve already become accustomed to the humble sari getting an injection of youth with pop art prints via the likes of Masaba Gupta and Aarti Vijay Gupta and then of course the jersey sari via the likes of Guarav Gupta and Sonaakshi Raaj. This reworking of the traditional continues with some exciting mash ups.

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Images: PCJ Fashion Week Facebook, India Bridal Fashion Week Facebook and Barcode 91

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WEDDING WEDS: BIBI LONDON’S NEW BRIDAL LOUNGE

28th August 2013

BIBI LONDON– that gem of a store I raved about last year has just expanded and now has an exclusive Bridal Lounge. Gorgeous Rohit Verma, Tarun Tahiliani and Shyamal & Bhumika pieces fill the Bridal Lounge in an explosion of regal reds, creams, blues and golds in rich velvets, silks, jacquards and georgette. Yep, it really is Bride heaven. I visited the boutique recently and took a few pics to share with you. A must visit boutique for any Brides-to-be!

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Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Couture Exposition 2013: The 4 C’s- Couture, Crystal, Craft & Carat

25th July 2013

There’s just something magical about Tarun Tahiliani’s Bridal Couture- the beauty of thousands of years old artistry and craftsmanship combining with the vision of such a talent. Last week Tarun presented his ‘Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013’ at DLF Emporio Delhi where he showcased his latest work. I would have loved to have been there to see the work up close : ( but at least I found these stunning shots of to accompany the Exposition. Enjoy!

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Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF EmporioI adore this blouse its just soooo pretty.

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Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF Emporio, white wedding dressThis colour combination and embroidered back detail is just stunning!

and you can’t forget the boys!

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Images: Tarun Tahiliani Facebook.

I found a great first hand report on the event by blogger thedelhibride and here’s a fab link to Naina’s report on 2012 Exposition (well Couture doesn’t date does it?!)

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Karishma Shahani Khan: Katha S/s 13

27th June 2013

The thing with living in London and blogging about Asian Fashion is that I miss out on soooo many exciting events in India! The fashion weeks especially! and one show that I really would have liked to attend was Karishma Shahani Khan’s S/s 13 show. I’ve profiled her graduate collection- ‘Yatra’ and her A/w 12 collection ‘Chauraha‘ previously and her s/s 13 Katha collection is another must share. She is a master of print and colour and her latest Ramayana inspired hand drawn prints are just stunning. Her prints are combined with intricate surface embellishments and embroideries and breezy silhouettes. Enjoy her latest lookbook and collection detail pics…

KS_Katha_Invitation Emaileranother invite for an event I couldn’t go to : (

Katha 1

Katha detail

Katha

Katha 2

Ka sha the printing press

Katha 3

Katha 4

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katha 5

Images Karishma Shahani Khan Facebook

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WIFW A/W 13: Shantanu & Nikhil

23rd March 2013

Shantanu & Nikhil’s A/w collection was all about the menswear (although there were some stunning womenswear laser cut leather pieces too) For me Menswear is all about strong well cut separates, attention to detail and chic styling and this collection ticks all those boxes. I especially love the ethnic touches from the drop crotch pants, folk weave jackets, nehru collars and the fabbest of fab takes on a modern jersey draped kurta type shape.

1 shantanu & nikhilThere were some hot menswear holdall/clutch shapes- well with slim cut jackets and pants boys they need a bag, right?

2 shantanu & nikhil

3 shantanu & nikhilThis is what I mean about the attention to detail and fab styling!

4 shantanu & nikhilLove, love, love this jersey draped kurta!

5 shantanu & nikhilThe dapper duo take a bow

Images: Vogue India

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Thakoon for Nars: HOLI collection

11th May 2012

Yum, Yum, Yum love the vibrant shades in the Thakoon for Nars collection. Inspired by Indian spice markets these high impact hues will get you in the mood for summer (even if the sun isn’t quite shining yet!)

I’ll be getting the Anardana, Ratin Jot, and Lal Mirchi not sure I can work Amchoor but it is gorgeous.

NARS

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