I’m excited to share with you an AWESOME giveaway from the fantastic South Indian Wedding inspiration site Shaadi Belles. I’m a huge fan of everything that they do, and have enjoyed sharing highlights from the site in previous posts on BollyInstyle. And now, they’re giving you the chance to win the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams!
Newly engaged? Or, perhaps you’re about to become betrothed. Even if you’re not a bride or groom yet, take advantage of this chance to enter the Shaadi Belles ‘A Dream Wedding’ Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will get a glamorous prize package including a getaway at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai & the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, bridal makeup & hair, eight bridesmaids outfits, event design, wedding photography, and more! Plus, ten runner-ups will win a DVD copy of ‘Doonya The Bollywood Workout’. Enter before March 1st, 2013, for your chance to make your wedding sparkle that much more.
It’s incredibly easy to enter, all you have to do is visit the Shaadi Belles contest page HERE, register, and fill out the quick form. Make sure to like Shaadi Belles on Facebook as well to stay up to date on the contest and all things Shaadi Belles. The winners will be announced on March 3rd.
Best of luck, and if you win….share your pictures with me here on BollyInstyle!
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A peacock feather composed of gold and purple holds more meaning than just serving as the lovely logo of Luxembourg based shop Mélange. Gold stands for the “Golden Bird” name India was often called during the flourish of sea trade hundreds of years ago, and for India’s exuberant cultural heritage. As the royal hue of the Maharaja, purple represents the spirit of India and the fantastic experiences the founder experienced there.
Looking to update your home décor? Ready to collect some new art? Or, perhaps you’re simply looking for handicrafts and wellness products from India? Mélange—Inspired by India– has just the ticket.
Mélange makes various products from India available to consumers around the globe. With exciting items including enchanting beds, games, teas, trunks, and chairs; Mélange offers functional, striking items. Providing a delightful taste of South Asia.
The idea for the store began during a trip to India, and from the accompanying fascination with the rich design history & culture there. The goal with the store was to connect talented Indian designers with consumers. Goal accomplished: customers can purchase pieces both online and offline. Few places hold the sort of collections that Mélange boasts: textiles, furniture, natural treats, art, and then some.
Also providing information on the stories behind the items, Mélange allows the customer to connect with the artisans and designers of the highly covetable pieces available on the site. This also encourages consumers to support social entrepreneurship.
Ready to browse their goods? Check them out!
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I’ve got a fun post for you today which includes two free short stories! They’re courtesy of MangoReader.com, a great company based out of Pune that ‘brings books to life.’ MangoReader excels in providing a different approach to reading and learning with many new innovative products.
With a multitude of fantastic children’s books, parents and teachers can find many useful resources on the MangoReader site that encourage interaction and excitement about reading and learning. Read your kids a story, and then have fun together with the many interactive options (like games and videos)! In the classroom? MangoBooks can be accessed practically anywhere, with applications that work with Google Chrome, Apple products, Google Play, and through Amazon.com. There are also many books geared to adults in various categories.
Thanks to Elisha for getting me hip to MangoReader! She is essential in the site’s audio content production and increasing awareness about the many positive learning experiences made available by MangoReader’s free and inexpensive options.
Enjoy these two free short stories and let me know what you think!
source: Mango Reader and Amazon
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She creates stunning pieces of art that can be worn, as India’s first conceptual jewelry artist. Not only does she show her pieces at art galleries and exclusive stores/shows; she was even invited to share at the Society of North American Goldsmiths this year.
Her name is Eina Ahluwalia, and I find her absolutely fascinating.
Constantly striving to share her stories and interpretations on life through her work, jewelry designer Eina Ahluwalia makes one-of-a-kind pieces that are soulful and superb.
In addition to the care and thought that goes into each piece, Ahluwali makes handcrafting by masters in Kolkata an essential part of her label. This keeps techniques alive as well as letting traditional craftsmen make a living doing what they love. Working on perfecting the way their skills impact the aesthetics of the jewelry for almost ten years; the intricacies are often mistaken for laser cuts.
Learn more about Ahluwalia in this quick video below:
Ahluwali studied in Holland and Italy and has repeatedly been pointed out as a rising star in the fashion, design, and art communities. I love finding out about designers like Ahluwalia. Making art from the soul is so important, and she definitely puts a piece of her passion into everything she does.
Browse her website here
Find and follow her on Facebook here
source: Ahluwalia site and Boticca.com
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Time sure is flying by! How is the holiday season already upon us? Seems like we were enjoying summertime pool parties and movies on the lawn just a week or two ago. Well, as you continue looking for gifts and ways to decorate your home (and yourself!), add Pondicherry to your list of must-visit shopping sites.
With covetable gifts, jewelry, accessories, and apparel, Pondicherry superbly sources ‘fusion design’ from across the globe. Launched just this spring, Pondicherry offers items inspired by the colors, patterns, mystery, and heritage of India and other areas of South Asia.
The clothes on Pondicherry range from comfortable and cute loungewear to classy and chic dresses that work for a variety of occasions. There are pleasing candle holders, lanterns, and pillows with which to decorate your home or gift the hostess of the next soiree you attend. And… I’m pretty sure everyone can find a scarf, bag, or piece of jewelry that perfectly suits their unique tastes and personality. Plus, Pondicherry is revealing, bit by bit, a line of illustrated bags, t-shirts, and prints!
I think we can all agree that it can be difficult sometimes to keep traditions alive with the influx of distractions nowadays: busier schedules, and the ability to be in constant communication with pretty much everyone. I find it great that Pondicherry really strives to connect people with modern pieces that carry traditional elements. The items all channel rich heritage in a new light and aesthetic.
What are your favorite ways to keep in touch with your heritage in your day-to-day life?
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