FASHION AND LIFESTYLE

Fashion Trends 2018 | New Choli Fashion Designs

Turn away your boring blouses girls because I am here to teach you how to keep it stylish with your cholis? Be it your wedding or your best friend’s wedding it’s time to really truly stand out.

I am Prakriti, your expert fashion blogger. There are plenty of new trends that you absolutely must try as well as the whole bunch of old one’s definitely need a revival. So come along let me show you…..

1) The cape blouse: Well, the cape blouse is no longer restricted with the Batman and Superman with all our fashionistas adorning this look, why can’t we? I mean it’s super comfortable and yet it grabs a lot of attention. You can pair the cape choli with a high waisted skirt or with dhoti pants. I love wearing this look with kundan earrings and a finger ring as well. And guys don’t forget your dancing shoes.

 

2) Jackets: The choli jacket is something that is bang-on trend this season and you can totally opt to go over the top like I have. Pair it with dhoti pants or palazzo pants. If you are someone who likes the whole 6 yards then definitely go for a saree. In terms of accessories wear long danglers or mangtikka for finishing your look.

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3) Long Sleeve Choli: This season go retro that too Bollywood style. All you need is a long sleeve choli with velvet detailing. For accessories add a delicate maangtikka for chic look.

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4) Crop top: The crop top is undoubtedly one of the hottest trends this season. So if you have been sweating it out in gym then it’s time to bare that midrib all you need to do is flare it with flowy skirt and you are good to go for mehendi. If you are being shy for showing your midrib then you can add on a crop jacket as well. For accessories pair it with statement bangles or handcuff or kada and you are ready.

5) Long Choli: If you don’t like exposing your midrib or you don’t have flat belly and want to look stylish then opt for long choli. They are elegant and graceful. All you need to do is go for nice long lehenga skirt to match it out. Throw on some statement jewelry pieces with it for finishing the look.

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6) The bling blouse: And finally it’s time for all the embellished look, I am talking about heavily embellished cholis and embellished lehenga skirts and embellished dupatta. This look is perfect for your best friend’s wedding. In fact, that’s where I am heading right now. Add a stunning jewelry set and a clutch.

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So that’s all for today guys I hope you like it. Also, share these tips with your family and friends.

P. S: Jewelry featured in this blog article is from Aionios Creations.

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FASHION AND LIFESTYLE

HOW TO ROCK THE INDO WESTERN LOOK

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever thought of mixing your Indian traditional clothes with your western wear. Well, that’s exactly what we are looking at today and for those of you who love options we have got that cover as well.

  • To begin with I am going to style my Indian skirt in two ways with the tank top or a denim shirt. Pair this look with chic and classy silver earrings and/or nose pin. Now I am pretty sure one of these two looks is definitely you 🙂

     

     

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  • Moving to another ethnic wardrobe staple-THE ANARKALI:)).Here I haves chosen floral white and blue anarkali kurta but if you want you can also go for a long kurta. Apply belt on your waistline .Pair this look with classy silver kadas or bangles and simple ear studs. For footwear I chose brown leather flip-flops and brown sling bag. If you have anarkali which is button down, zip-on or has a slit, then you could pair it with denims or palazzo pants.

     

  • Now moving on to the third section which is an ethnic must have in a wardrobe-saree!-) .For all the girls who are tired of wearing saree with a crop top or regular blouse well here is your option -a crisp white shirt .Pair it with classy heavy silver choker and clutch in a hand and you are good to go. Most of us have teamed up a saree with jacket, rightssss???But a cape has its own charm. Here is one of my favorite look-the saree with cape.

     

     

    so girls now you know that western and ethnic can go hand in hand. Do let me know which of these looks worked best for you in the comment section below, also to subscribe to our newsletters for updates.

 

FASHION AND LIFESTYLE

How To Pick Earrings For Your D-Day

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​Hey!! Hello friends!! You must be thinking that what I am gonna write about earrings that delicate part of jewelry. Right??? But, my dear friends, even though an earring is a delicate jewelry piece, it holds a great significance for women all over the world. A woman is always look conscious. Being a fashion and lifestyle enthusiast my observation says, a woman is just incomplete without an earring. Having some exceptions in dressing styles, a woman really can’t present herself without earrings. Today i will be discussing, rather sharing with you the different types of earrings a lady can wear for Indian as well as Western outfits!!

An Earring is basically a piece of jewelry attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear. Earrings are actually worn by both male and female and have been used by different civilizations in different times. Earring components may be made of any number of materials, including metal, plastic, glass, precious stones, gem stones, American diamonds, beads, wood, bone, gold plated, silver plated and much more. Designs range from small loops and studs to large plates and dangling items. The size is ultimately limited by the physical capacity of the earlobe to hold the earring without tearing. However, heavy earring worn over extended periods of time may lead to stretching of the earlobe and piercing. In India, nearly all Hindu girls and some boys get their ears pierced in the religious ceremony ‘Kharnavedha’ before they are about five years old. Similar customs are practiced in other Asian countries, including Nepal, Shri Lanka, etc.

Types of Earrings

Stud Earrings: The main characteristic of stud earrings is the appearance of floating on the ear or earlobe without a visible point of connection. A stud earring features a gemstone or other ornament mounted on a narrow post that passes through the piercing in your earlobe and is held in place by a fixture on the other side. Studs commonly come in the form of solitaire diamonds. Occasionally, the stud earring is constructed so that the post is threaded, allowing a screw back to securely hold the earring in place. This type of earrings prevent the loss of expensive earrings containing precious stones, or metals. The studs are mostly worn with western outfits.

Hoop Earrings: Hoop earrings are circular or semi-circular in design, and look very similar to ring. Hoop earrings generally come in the form of a hoop of metal that can be opened to pass through your ear piercing. They are often constructed of metal tubing, with a thin wire attachment penetrating the ear. One special type of hoop earring is the sleeper earring, a circular wire normally made of Gold, with a diameter of approximately one centimeter. The small size of the hoop earrings makes them unobtrusive and comfortable. They are first priority fashion choices for women because of their attractive simplicity!!!
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Drop Earrings: A drop earring attaches to the earlobe and features a gemstone or ornament that dangles down from a chain, hoop or similar object. The length of these ornaments vary from very short to extravagantly long. Such earrings are occasionally known as droplet earrings, dangle earrings or pendent earrings. They also include chandelier earrings, which branch out into elaborate, multi-level pendants.
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Dangle Earrings: Dangle earrings are designed to flow from the bottoms of the earlobe and are available in various lengths. They are generally attached to the ear by the use of thin wires, which go through the earlobe and connect to themselves in a small hook design, which merely hangs from the earlobe without closure. Rarely, dangle earrings use the post attachment design. They look stunning on western outfits.
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I found a brand Aionios Creations. A home for creativity. Explore the love of jewelry in Aionios Creations. They are launching new collections of Earrings in a vast variety in different ranges!

 

FASHION AND LIFESTYLE

HOW TO MIX AND MATCH INDIAN ETHNIC OUTFITS

Hi Girls!!
Welcome to my blog…..If you are new to my blog then let me introduce myself first, I am Prakriti

Please subscribe to my newsletter to get daily updates from my blog. I got lot of requests from you asking me about
1. How to mix and match Indian ethnic outfits?
2. What to pair with outfits??
3. I have this colored lehenga and which blouse should I go for?
4. Halter neck will do or i should go with boat neck no sweetheart will be nice or square or round neck.

So much confusion irritation at the last hour which can ruin our mood, our party or our special occasion too.

So that’s why to avoid all the above things I am here to guide you :))

I am going to share this basics of mixing and matching outfits so that you will be able to create classy and stylish looks using your existing wardrobe. So here are 5 tips for creating different looks by mixing your exciting outfits.

• COLOR COMBINATION-some combinations can look really pretty and some combination do not go at all with each other, so these are some combinations which are eternal like black + red, white + sky blue, pink + orange, yellow + cyan etc. or you can pair green colored lehenga skirt with golden beige ,yellow blouse with sophisticated looks.
*TIP- Combine colors in outfit that can complement each other, both can be faint, dark or contrast combination. The overall look should be nice.

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• EMBROIDERY DETAILS- I say study embroidery you have on your outfits in detail. If your lehenga skirt has red embroidery on it and skirt color is beige then please pair it with red blouse a dupatta. I have paired my beige skirt with green blouse.
*TIP- check the colors of embroideries or prints and then match with bottoms or tops. Avoid contrast combinations of embroidery and top or bottoms.

• COMBINATION OF PRINTS- So If you have printed straight kurta then pair it with solid color bottom wear. Always pair prints with solid colors. Pairing print with print does not look good. If your blouse is printed, pair it with plain skirt and vice versa. You can also pair plain kurta with plain bottom wear and add some classy jewels and accessories for ravishing look. Here i have paired my plain kurta and plain bottom wear and added three layered neckpiece to it.
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• PAIRING OF SAME TYPE FABRICS- Pair a silk top with a silk skirt or pair it with poly silk skirt or chanderi silk kurta, it looks very nice .If you have synthetic kurta then it will not look good with silk or polysilk skirt or silk pajama or pants .so pair synthetic Kurtis with synthetic palazzo. Similarly pair your cotton kurta with cotton palazzo. Only exception to this rule is net fabrics, net designed fabrics can be paired with any type of fabric weather it is cotton, silk, tericot, synthetic etc. it will match. Basically wear similar type of fabrics in your look.

MIX AND MATCH ACCORDING TO BODY TYPE-For example:- If you are heavier in tummy area then do not wear short crop tops or low waist jeans or skirts instead wear high waist jeans or skirts, another example is if you have low waist skirt or lehenga then pair them with long kurtis or blouse or long jackets so that it will cover your tummy area. Also if you are heavier in hips side then wear flared and loose bottoms like skirts, anarkalis, or lehengas, also prefer long tops, kurtis and shrugs or jackets. Pair palazzo with kurtis for accentuating your upper body. Avoid wearing deep necks. Crop tops etc. Also sweetheart neck, boat neck. High neck ,deep v-necklines are not for you rather go with square or round necklines. Girls who are too skinny should wear flared skirts, flared lehengas, fish cut lehengas, and skin tight clothes too. Avoid wearing clingy silk clothes .prefer churidaar sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, umbrella sleeves over mega sleeves sleeveless dresses. Avoid square necklines. Wear deep front necklines but small back necklines to uplift your chest area.

So girls this was all about mixing and matching of Indian ethnic wear outfits. I hope you all liked this article and also found it useful for you. Please let me know, reactions, views, suggestions in comment section below. Meet you next on another interesting topic. Keep reading this blog and give thumbs up to it.

Do not let anyone ruin your on special occasion, make your special day very special and memorable.

Rock your body and party girlsssss!!!!!

Have a nice day 🙂
BE YOU BE STYLISH :):)

P. S : Currently I am working at Aionios Creations.

Business And Management

How To Use Instagram For Promoting Your Brand?

There are a lot of ways you can leverage Instagram to tell your brand story with social media. Social media is a way for you to build brand awareness and engage your audience in a relevant way. People want to identify with a story and image. Storytelling Is at the heart of all great social media accounts. What story are you trying to tell on Instagram?

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Understanding who your customers and potential customers are is key. What kind of things do they want to know? Answering the types of questions they will potentially have is how you will create valuable, engaging content. For instance, do your customers wonder how to pick the right diamond? Are they buying their first piece of major jewelry? Do they need to know the difference between different styles of rings or necklaces?

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In some of the above examples you can use pictures of your limited product line. When answering other questions for your customers it might be necessary to share something you sell but, perhaps, someone you sold it to. In the latter example you could share a series of pictures explaining that person’s story, why they chose the piece of jewelry and, subsequently, bought from you. Post a photo of your product styled differently every so often- on different people, with different outfits, in front of different backgrounds, etc. Doing content this way can help you develop a large store of content to be used and reused for a long time.

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There are a couple ways for you to use Instagram stories to do great things. A popular theme is “behind the scenes”. You can show how you go about getting new items, sizing rings, cleaning the jewelry, etc. Another way to use Instagram Stories is to do special offers via the Stories where you offer a promotion for only 24 hours. One final idea is to share a list – like top 5 fall jewelry trends or most expensive jewelry problems.

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Post “inspiration” images that are in line with your brand. Depending on the aesthetic of your jewelry brand, I would find pictures on Pinterest or Tumblr that represent your brand or your brand’s target market. As an example: If you sell “bohemian” jewelry, you would want to feature inspiration photos that go along with a boho lifestlye/style. Maybe a photo of a Boho Music Festival (Coachella) or something that your target market will connect with and find inspiring. When posting photos that are from Pinterest/Tumblr, make sure you give credit to whoever’s photo it is, or, if you truly don’t know who the credit goes to, a lot of brands will simply use the hashtag #sourceunknown.
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Post Quote Photos that align with your Brand’s Message. Quotes are popular on Instagram and usually get a lot of engagement. I mean, everyone likes a good quote that they can relate to or share – right?! Find images of quotes on Pinterest, Tumblr, Google that share the same overall message/attitude/tone of your brand.

I hope this helps you get a start on using your Instagram account to build your business. Let us know how things go!

Business And Management

How To Start A Business?

My Mother is artist and she started her clothing line business 25 years ago. I closely watch her work as well as I have a keen interest in entrepreneurship.

First of all, it is important to understand that there is a vast difference between making an art and selling an art. Both require an entirely different set of skills- one of an artist and the other of a businessperson.

If you are thinking about a start-up, you have to take out some (maybe most) time from your craft and devote that time to build the business. For that, you may have to contact other artists to sell their products on your common platform, build that platform, and look for buyers- entirely different set of skills.

But an artist can hardly leave her art, can she? Here is what my mother does.  She designs clothes and has staff under her to make those bags. There is much space for creativity, this is what brings most of the revenue for her and also makes her happy.

How should you set the price

Don’t use a formula to determine the price. Set a price at which your product sells at the same rate as production. Demand = Supply. This may be a bit difficult to determine at the beginning. To start with, set the price what you would be willing to pay for that product, had you been the buyer (in your case, it can be the median price your friends have paid you). If it sells more than you can produce/handle, increase the price. If not, then decrease it. Do it in small steps, and keep doing it until you find the balance. If the price drops to a level below your support price, then it is a sad news that there is not much demand in the market for your product. This is the sad reality that artists have to face.

In the case of my mother, she used to sell her clothing piece at, let’s say x. After much effort, I succeeded in pursuing her to increase the price to 3x. As I had expected, it didn’t affect the sales. So if there is a demand for your product, don’t hesitate to hike the price.

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Should you keep stock of your inventory?

Definitely, but after considering some factors. When my mother started, she started small, buying materials from local shops. After sales increased, she started buying from the wholesaler. Now, she buys directly from the manufacturer, and goods are transported over 1000 miles. The point is, you scale up gradually. Follow this simple rule: Considering your present sales, calculate the requirement for three months, and stock your inventory accordingly. If you don’t have enough capital, start with smaller quantities.

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How can you set-up a handicraft business with little or no capital

  • Develop your strategy

You can’t just depend on your product. Select similar products or products that you know about which people are willing to buy. You would have to research about the best selling  products, both online and offline. Ask your friends, other artists, and shop owners. After you have finalized the product(s), look out for people making them. Find them through blogs and social media, contact them, and offer them to sell their products. Use your experience and common sense to make sure that you are buying at the right price. But wait, don’t buy now.

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  • Develop your platform

Now you know what to sell and where you can get the products. The question is, where to sell. I will first mention the methods which are free. List the products on Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy (or other relevant websites depending on your location). Explain in detail, the materials used and why they should buy it. The best part is, you don’t necessarily need to buy the products beforehand. The second option is to sell your product through Facebook or through other social media. Learn the basics of social media managing and grow your audience. Third requires some money but is great in the long run. Buy a domain and set up a website on WordPress. It is easy and starts with only $3 per month. This would give you a brand. Maybe you can start with first two options, and look at the response, and move to WordPress.
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  • Sell the products

So you have the product, supplier, and platform. Now you need the most important and most difficult part- buyers. While selling through a third party (Amazon/Ebay/Etsy) doesn’t require you to be looking for buyers, you need a great deal of work operating from your own website. Advertise on Facebook to target people of specific interests and region. Organize regular contests and some products for free. Share your service on various platforms to drive traffic to your website. (Learn more about online marketing and keep looking for ways to bring traffic to your website/social media page.

  • Analyze

If you are starting something from scratch, it is certain that you will face set-backs. If not, then you are not trying hard enough. In those cases, pull yourself up, analyze the situation, make necessary changes, and continue doing what you are doing.

There is so much to learn in starting a business from scratch, that I can’t sum it up in one article.

I have seen my mother and learned that being an artist is really tough. There is always an internal tussle going on between passion and money. But I have also seen her balancing her passion and money really well, albeit with struggle. I hope you find that balance too.

P. S : You can see my complete work here

FASHION AND LIFESTYLE

Would You Try These Three New Jewellery Trends This Year Coz They Are A.W.E.S.O.M.E?

While decor trends and fashion are taking alternative routes, jewellery sadly (because it’s an investment) is being looked at through traditional lens. That’s why 2018 must be different – so different that people breathe a sigh of relief and say “oh, thank God, bride’s so unique”. Enter these three trends and you’re super gorg in minutes – and what’s more? These are not non-traditional items, they are the traditional ones used differently to make them appear all new, in minutes!

Stackable Bangles

Long time back, we wore two good bangles and wore fillers in the middle. Now, it’s statement bangles stacked up one after another. Mix diamond bracelets and bangles, even gold and silver.

 

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Layering

 

Cocktail Rings

 

Trendy Hair Accessories

 

So Will You Try Them?
You can explore more about bridal jewellery trends here