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A 30 something blogging about her love affair with Fashion.....among other things!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Saree Party

Have you ever heard of a Saree party?

Well, in India a Saree party is party where a group of women (mostly expats) dress up in beautiful Sarees and party. It could be for a birthday party, a charity event or just for pure fun.

I have always wanted to attend a Saree party but in my two and half years in Pune, I never got the chance. The number one reason is that I am not connected. I do not know the right people, the people who organize these events. For that you have to join expats clubs and I never officially did. Once, a friend of mine invited me to go to one but it was very last minute and I did not have a Saree at hand.

This time, I got the opportunity to attend. A nice Thai lady I met in Belly dance class was having a Saree party for her birthday and she invited me ( I guess going to those belly dances classes I was so lazy to, finally paid off). Apparently she is the organizer of Saree parties around town.  This time,  I had enough time to prepare for the party. I went saree shopping with the Hubby the previous week end. He helped me pick up two gorgeous Sarees. I am used to buying Sarees for my business since I arrived in India. But somehow I never got to buy one for myself because:
1- I do not know how to wear it
 2- I never had any opportunity (party, wedding..) to wear one till now.

Even while buying I was having second thoughts but my husband convinced me that I deserved a fancy saree after all. Moreover, I discovered that even if I cannot drape a Saree by myself, I can get it tailored to look like I did which will save me a lot of hassle if I want to wear it again. For this party, I did not have time to take it to the tailor but I ended up making a matching blouse by myself which I was very proud of.

I bought my Saree at a place in Shivaji market run by an old couple who are super lovely and give great discount. I fell in love with the color and simple embellishments. Whenever I go shopping for Sarees, there are a lot I do not pick because there is either too much color mix, pattern mix, embellishment or all of the above. You know I  love colors, patterns and embellishments but sometimes I think Indians overdo it.
Furthermore,  I probably got my Saree at a fraction of what my other expats friends did. A friend of mine told me that she went to the Mall before a Saree party and got every thing at almost a $150. And by everything, I mean Saree, blouse, petticoat (to wear underneath the Saree), and accessories like Saree belt, Indian earrings and matching necklace.  I understand why she went to the mall, it is easier. But I am more of a frugal person. I will never put a hundred dollars on a banging outfit that I am more likely to wear only once. So to the market I went and got mine for less than 2000 rupees ($30). I made the blouse myself using lace fabric that I had bought ages ago and never used. And as a petticoat I used a black one I had bought at the same shop to wear under my sheer skirts. I already owned some Indian jewelry so I did not have to get any. I was pretty satisfied with my frugal shopping.

Here is how I styled it:

Blouse - Made it myself
Saree -  Shivaji Market
Shoes - Marche du samedi (Saturday market) in Dakar
Head Accessories - Clover Center
Bangles - Harwin, Houston
Bag - Thrifted in Japan

My maid helped me dress up for the party because even though I tried it myself (following instructions on Youtube videos), it is hard.

Sequin details

The accessories.
 I had plan to wear high heel sling backs but since I was going to dance, I opted for my glittered wedges instead.

The lace blouse I made 

Women from all nationalities dressed up Indian style

Most of these ladies's husbands work in the same company as mine. How fun it was to bump into them! 

My belly dance group after our performance (yes, we danced but I will not let you see it!)

The party was held at a Chinese restaurant that I love for the decor is breathtaking. There were many women there from all continents, some I knew, others that I got to meet, all decked up the Indian way. Everybody was dolled up from head to toe. Some chose subtle colors, others went all the way. But it was so beautiful to see. It is true that playing dress up is so much fun at any age.

I left the party early, way too early for my taste but I was exhausted. Dressing up may be fun but it takes a toll. I went home happy and grateful. Yet, I cannot wait to attend another one of these gatherings. And lucky me, I already have another Saree waiting...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Mirrored Image

Hello everyone!  
I cannot believe we are already in the last months of 2015. It is a bit scary because I have not yet done half of the things I set off to do. I did not have any resolutions this year except to live more, enjoy more, laugh more,  learn more, do more. It is still a struggle but I am getting there, or at least I think I am. 

Anyway,  there was nothing special about today except for the fact that I wanted to wear something flowy.
 I had this maxi for years now. I had thrifted it at discount store in Japan. The label says that it is an HM dress. I was drown to the prints and the fact that it comes with a full opaque  petticoat.  The top part,  however  is very sexy so I never worn it as it is. Instead I always wore it with a lace cropped top as a cover up. 

The original dress

But today I decided to add a long sleeves top to it.  As a modest dresser,  I should have many long sleeves top in my arsenal. And I do have some but they are all suited for Fall/Winter ( not this Indian Summer). I had been on the hunt for really soft and breathy ones. I got lucky last week while doing my usual grocery shopping at a department store. I found this top for peanuts. It is in viscose so it is super soft and perfect for this weather. I love the color which is perfectly paired with orange. 

Top -  Big bazaar
Dress (worn as skirt)  -  thrifted from Don Don Down 
Jelly wedges -  also thrifted from Don Don Down 
Watch -  gift from Hubby
Earrings -  Chandra Nagar market 

These were not earrings but chains for the nose and hair according to the vendor who sold them to me. But they are perfect as earrings and also as an anklet as I discovered recently. I am finding more and more love for Indian jewelry. 

The color of these shoes make me so happy. And they are perfect for the rainy weather. It is too bad I do not wear them often.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bubble Gum Pink ( Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

Sometimes you just have to wear pink from head to ankle (because head to toe pink would have been too much) !

Scarf - stolen from my Mother
Tunic - HM
Pants - Fbb
Shoes - Fidak Fair, Dakar
Watch - gift from Hubby
Earrings - who knows?

Also we are in October which is Breast cancer awareness month so ladies do not forget to get tested or do the test yourself. You can find out how over the Internet or by talking to your doctor. Remember early detection means greater chances of getting cured so do not hesitate to do your part.  Encourage your sisters and friends to do the same as well. It is less scary to do it with someone you love and trust.

You have been warned! 
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