The saree, the quintessential Indian garment featuring nine yards of pure grace, is worn in a wide variety of drapes across the Indian subcontinent. From young to the very old, stick thin to well-endowed, the saree enhances every woman who adorns it.

I absolutely adore the saree, but sadly I really lack the skills required to drape it gracefully. When I wear one, it is armored with a battalion of safety-pins, toilet stops get postponed and I find myself walking ever so cautiously lest I trip and unravel all my pleats.

Picture25The Numaish Festive Fair is taking place from Fri 28 – Sat 29 Sept at the Godolphin Ballroom in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

As always, Numaish has curated an enticing lineup of the latest in Indian designer wear, and one of my favorite labels showcasing this month is Anavila.

‘Anavila’ translates to ‘pure’ in the ancient Indian tongue of Sanskrit, and is also the name of the founder of this beautiful fashion label.

My Insta feed is taking on a beautifully bright hue of yellow thanks to my brand new outfit by AM:PM.

The celebrity-loved Indian fashion brand by husband-wife duo Ankur and Priyanka Modi will be showcasing two never seen before collections entitled ‘Gypset’ and ‘Qalb’ this Friday and Saturday at Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road from 11 am to 8 pm.

Numaish, by far my favorite fashion exhibition in Dubai, never fails to impress the shopaholic in me looking for quirky Indo-Western finds that are anything but run of the mill. Numaish carefully curates India’s best upcoming fashion talents under one easy shopping roof, and this month you really need to save up to splurge at their AM:PM Fashion Trunk Show!

AM:PM is the brainchild of fashion design couple Ankur and Priyanka Modi (such a clever take on their names, don’t you think?). Their unique take on Indian fashion has won them a number of accolades over the years including the Elle Style Awards for two consecutive years (2011 and 12), and the title of ‘Most Popular Designer’ at the prestigious India Fashion Forum in 2016.

With the advent of International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day in the Middle East, March has officially been declared the month of women.

To commemorate the celebrations, Cadillac, the world’s leading luxury automotive brand, has taken a bold, fashionable step by collaborating with Saudi entrepreneur and fashion editor Marriam Mossalli by launching  a series of photographs that have been included in a book titled Under the Abaya: Street Style from Saudi Arabia.

When it comes to jewelry, I am always on the lookout for uniquely beautiful pieces. Jewelry is a form of self-expression, and I love mine embedded with semi-precious stones in all the colors of the rainbow. I look for high-quality pieces that can promise many years of wear (after all, many of my most treasured jewels are inheritance pieces from my mother and grandmothers).

I was therefore very excited to discover All That Dori, a contemporary Indian jewelry brand based right here in Dubai. You might have spotted me adorning ‘All that Dori’ on my Instagram feed.

Today I am introducing you to Bhavya Airan, the beautiful, creative young lady behind the brand. She tells us ‘all that’ goes behind the creation of a boutique jewelry brand, what inspires her design sensibilities, and gives us tips on curating a besotted collection of our own.

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Splurging on a designer item is an investment which often sets you back thousands (or more!), and with trends changing every hour you might be reluctant to part with your hard-earned cash. But there is a reason they are called ‘investment’ pieces – luxury goods are meant to last a lifetime and hold their value; and one of the best places to resell them is online.

 

The experts at The Luxury Closet, UAE’s leading online store for preloved luxury goods, recently tapped their database of 20,000 luxury items from over 400 designer brands to find which have the highest resale potential, and which hold their value the longest. Certain styles never seem to fade in popularity, which means your costly purchase may actually be worth more over time!

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12. When I first turned four-eyed, I thought it was pretty cool and grownup. As I entered my teens I got all self-conscious thanks to the ‘geek’ stigma attached to being bespectacled. I constantly saw the world through stiff, dry contact lenses. Times have changed and goggles are more of a fashion statement now; my view on wearing glasses has had a 360 degree turn.

Girls with glasses are cool! Make the most of your frames, and read on for tips to take your style quotient behind goggles many notches up.

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Art Karat by Indian jewelry designer Asha Kamal Modi has become synonymous with the glitz and glamour of Bollywood. This besotted brand has adorned the screens of ten major Bollywood blockbusters including Jodha Akbar, Ram-Leela, Devdas and Bajirao Mastani, and is a favorite with celebrities including Rekha, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and Tina Ambani.

Eid Mubarak all! I hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones, and feasted like kings. Here is my little one, decked up in her Eid finery from Fayon.

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I first came across Fayon at a Numaish exhibition last year. This Indian label specializing in children’s wear caught my attention for its gorgeous attention to detailing. From traditional Indian to a fusion of Western silhouettes, Fayon really knows how to dress up little ones and it is therefore no wonder that the designer behind this beautiful Delhi-based brand is a mother herself.

Today I am introducing you to the very talented Preeti Jatia, an interior designer who turned her talents into fashion once her two beautiful young daughters came along.

I too am a mother to a little 6 year-old, and Fayon was kind enough to send her this gorgeous silk lehenga last Eid. It’s her favorite outfit till date, and she has been nagging me to get her more!