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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Holy Moly! My favorite shop, Anthropologie once again travels to India and as always creates a lovely catalogue but this time, they came back with some gorgeous footage too. No other shop can capture the detail and subtle designs of India as does Anthro. The film is short, sweet, and captivating!
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I’m so excited BollyInstyle sidekick Richa is back from her trip to India. I’m a few weeks late, but I just found these beautiful designed India guide books by Fiona Caulfield that would have been perfect for her trip. Sorry, Richa!
These are so beautifully designed. Makes we want to pack my bags and purchase a boarding pass. Even better, all maps are printed on eco-friendly, hand-made paper. And the best is that no child labour has been involved in the whole manufacturing process.
These wonderful whimsical drawings are currently available for Bangalore, Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai. There’s a long list of places (online and in-stores) where to buy. Here is a list that spans throughout the world! For U.S residents, amazon.com may be the best choice which includes free shipping as an option.
source: Love Travel Guides
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Dear readers, I’ve just returned from two blissful weeks in India and excited to share my travels with you! The trip was a mix of family, weddings, and side trips across Rajasthan and Delhi- with plenty of time devoted to gathering inspiration and materials for Mala Handmade and Bollyinstyle, of course. India is the best of both worlds to me: old bazaars filled with timeless traditional treasures and cutting edge boutiques that feature India’s burgeoning high style. My first stop was Jaipur, one of India’s handicraft epicenters. Like Shital, I absolutely love handblock prints, the ancient art of painstakingly handstamping motifs on fabric typically with vegetable dyes. My first stop was Kilol, a gorgeous shop filled with kurtis cut in contemporary styles and stamped with blend of traditional and modern motifs.
If you are also passionate about handblock print clothes, Anokhi and Chhipa are other Jaipur shops stocked with great designs, and the incomparable FabIndia is a must. For the past 50 years, FabIndia has partnered with craftworkers to produce affordable cotton and silk clothes, accessories, and even home goods with a focus on sustainable business practices. Locations are across India and their vast selection filled my suitcase as always with gorgeous gifts of lovely dupattas. Last but not least, Jaipur’s jewelry is top notch. From traditional meenakari designs (tip: try Maniharon alley near Johari bazaar for the best selection) to innovative silver jewelry at the incredible Amrapali flagship at Tholia House in Panch Batti, you can’t turn a corner without finding something you can’t go home without (after you’ve haggled hard for it)!
After touring the jawdropping Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, make sure to wander the markets near the clock tower and old blue city bazaar for jodhpuris, or traditional embroidered shoes with vibrant designs I love (I have a rubber sole attached to the bottom to make them last longer). Utterly romantic Udaipur has a maze of lovely stores clustered along Jagdish Mandir road to the City palace. In one of the gorgeous shops in the City Palace complex I discovered Anuradha Ramam, where I couldn’t take my eyes off of her vibrant handblock silk print scarves and tunics. She’s a Delhi based designer with a gorgeous store in New Delhi’s Lodhi Road which is a must-see. By the time I hit Delhi my bags were full, but I dreamt of a larger apartment…that I would decorate with the designs of Good Earth! The three story flagship at City Selectwalk was spectacular and I loved their modern take on traditional designs and new poster series with modern artist Krsna Mehta. India was once again a feast for the senses and I hope you, readers, are ready for spring like me!
Richa from Mala Handmade!
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