The winter solstice festival style

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Festivals with kit and kin is always  an aspect to look forward to , for it brings back the reason for us to enjoy the vibrancy of life in itself.One of the major festivals to occur during the beginning of the year is Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival, in other words the Indian “Thanksgiving”. Celebrated in the mid of January the festival marks the occurrence of the Winter Solstice, when the sun starts moving towards the Tropic of Cancer.

A striking part of the festival is the kite flying event  when people come together to fly kites of different shapes , colors and sizes .Its quite a site to see the a mass of colorful rhombus shaped kites across the winter sky

However in the current pace of times, not all of us can keep up with the celebrations. The hectic lifestyle  rarely gives space to catchup with our folks…

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The winter solstice festival style

Festivals with kit and kin is always  an aspect to look forward to , for it brings back the reason for us to enjoy the vibrancy of life in itself.One of the major festivals to occur during the beginning of the year is Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival, in other words the Indian “Thanksgiving”. Celebrated in the mid of January the festival marks the occurrence of the Winter Solstice, when the sun starts moving towards the Tropic of Cancer.

A striking part of the festival is the kite flying event  when people come together to fly kites of different shapes , colors and sizes .Its quite a site to see the a mass of colorful rhombus shaped kites across the winter sky

However in the current pace of times, not all of us can keep up with the celebrations. The hectic lifestyle  rarely gives space to catchup with our folks. However  I believe, we can live the spirit of the festival through the way we dress.

Below are some looks inspired by the kite flying (Uttarayan) event of the Makar Sankranti festival:

The on the go look:

To get this look go for a solid color poncho top with leather trousers and black pump with ethnic embroidery. Team this outfit with kite shaped  danglers. Alternatively you can wears a houndstooth print jacket with a full sleeved red crop top along with some kite shaped color blocked earringskites.002

The all day ever  ready look

Another aspect of the kite festival are the  the and dye drapes worn by the women folk in lovely bright hues. Chooses a skater or sheath cut dress with  a tie and dye print. Team this with a contrasting bright  color coat such as purple  along with a scarf of a lighter hue. For accessories go for danglers with stone work arranged in the form of a rhombus/kite , along with bracelet with a rhombus/kite shaped onyx stone.

For shoes you can wear knee length boots or  formal pumps, depending on whether you have to go for a casual hangout or work. This can be tried even for an after work  dinner outing.

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The hostess look:

During festivals we can have a few friends over at our home, to keep up the spirit and zest.You can go for anon shoulder colorful mid length  asymmetrical tie and dye dress paired with contrasting kite shaped studs or  danglers with turquoise and coral stones arrange in the form of a rhombus. You can team the attire with a gold or bronze colored brocade jacket along with brightly hued leather kohlapuri slippers.

Alternatively you can go for a mini blue the and dye wrap dress paired with a red  and bronze terra-cotta colored set having a kite shaped pendant and earrings.

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The yacht party look:

If by any chance you have a party on the day of this festival especially on yacht go fora  pale yellow lace fabric mini dress, teamed with a turquoise shrug jacket. Accessorize this attire with kite shaped turquoise  along with a silver and turquoise pendant chain.

For shoes go for fuchsia pink  wedge heels or suede closed shoes.kites.005

Hopefully through this post you can realize that a festival can be relived through the way you dress. Its about the festive spirit and what better way can be , than bringing it out through your dressing style.

Happy Uttarayan, Makar Sankranti and Pongal to all

 

 

 

Shell Jewelry of Andaman and Nicobar islands

The Andaman and Nicobar islands can be considered to be the Hawaii of India. The archipelago of Islands is not only a home to a variety of flare, fauna and beaches but also renowned for it handicrafts like palm mats, shell work and wood craft. I remember going to islands for a visit with my grandparents,  as a nine year old girl. One of the most striking memories was at the emporium , where I got see a variety of exquisite shell jewelry.

For jewelry lovers, the shell accessories of Andaman and Nicobar islands is a great buy. Andaman is home to a variety of shells such turbo, Nautilius ,Murex and scallopandaman-nautilus

 

The shells are used to make jewelry items like rings, necklace, bangle, bracelets and earrings.

DSCN4846 Below are a few look s you can try out with some of these intricate shell trinkets:

The Casual Friday work look:

For a casual Friday look go white or off white oval shaped shell danglers teamed with a nice polka dot top and semi formal contrasting trousers. You can pair this with classic black pumps, a silk scarf and a thin red belt as shown in the picture to add a pop of color.

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The Party look:

Want to create a statement , and be striking from amongst the crowd or off shoulder cocktail dresses and solid hued garments, try a  well fitted dresses with an ethnic print. This can vary from straight cuts to asymmetric cuts depending on your body type. Complete your look with Andaman’s long conch shell earrings or a cut out shell dangler pair. You can wear heals that match the colors of the garment’s print.

Also a silk scarf is recommended if the party is a little more towards the formal side.

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The all day look:

Have meetings, an evening dinner and then an after party to attend, go for a colored blazer such as that of turquoise or see green, theme it with a contrasting colored printed dress. Adorn yourself either with a shell jewelry set or a bracelet with earrings. Go for wedge heels of a color that matches with that of the dress. You can also go for matching sunglasses, to give the right panache to the get up.

 

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Hopefully with these styling tips, you would like to get an inclination to explore more styles of shell jewelry. The shell Jewelry of Andaman’s is available in the city of Portblair, probably a good beach fashion destination for many of you.

 

 

Navratna: The Nine Gem wonder

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Navratna is a sanskrit word for nine gems. The neckpiece is made of 9 different gems. I remember always being in awe of my grandmother’s navratna necklace, comprising of gems from a ruby to the elegant pearl.

Considered to be one of the most auspicious jewelry pieces, the composition is indeed a personification of the solar system. The ruby being the center piece represents the sun, while the pearl represents the natural satellite moon.Below is a pictorial depiction of a Navratna necklace with the nine gems and the planets they symbolize.

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The necklace and jewelry compositions indeed represent a solar systemRuby for sun, Pearl for Moon, Red coral for Mars, emerald for Mercury, Diamond for venus, Yellow Sapphire for Jupiter, Diamond for venus, Blue Sapphire for Shanni, Hesonnite fort he ascending node of the moon also called Rahu, Cat’s eye for Ketu ,The descending node of the moon.

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Bidri Style Jewelry

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Bidri is a form of artwork, which can traces its origin from Bidar Village in karnataka during the 14th century. The work is known for depicting the striking contrast of  the colors silver and black. The art consists of metal ware made from an alloy of Zinc (94%)and Copper (6%).

Popular even in regions of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the art in itself has quite a few variations in terms of metal contrasts and motifs used.

Over time apart from decorative mantel pieces bidri artisans have gone on to make accessories like bangles, pendants, necklaces and earrings. For a jewelry enthusiast like me it always a treat to explore a new style during my travels, such was the experience when  I went to explore the bidri art form during a field trip in South India.

Below are a few looks which can be incorporated into your wardrobe:

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Navratna: The Nine Gem wonder

Navratna is a sanskrit word for nine gems. The neckpiece is made of 9 different gems. I remember always being in awe of my grandmother’s navratna necklace, comprising of gems from a ruby to the elegant pearl.

Considered to be one of the most auspicious jewelry pieces, the composition is indeed a personification of the solar system. The ruby being the center piece represents the sun, while the pearl represents the natural satellite moon.Below is a pictorial depiction of a Navratna necklace with the nine gems and the planets they symbolize.

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The necklace and jewelry compositions indeed represent a solar systemRuby for sun, Pearl for Moon, Red coral for Mars, emerald for Mercury, Diamond for venus, Yellow Sapphire for Jupiter, Diamond for venus, Blue Sapphire for Shanni, Hesonnite fort he ascending node of the moon also called Rahu, Cat’s eye for Ketu ,The descending node of the moon.

The Navratna concept has been  applied not just to pendants and rings but also for earrings, beaded chains, danglers, bracelets and armlets. Below are a few looks which you can try with your vibrant Navratna Jewelry.

The Jumpsuit look: This look goes well with solid color jump suits with neat cuts and  heals with a hint of gold. Navratna earrings from studs to heavy long earrings can be  adorned along with a thin bracelet . The hearing can chosen based on your face cut.A gold belt can be worn to accentuate the cut of the jumpsuit.

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The color block look: Dresses  with different color blocking styles can be worn with Navratna Jewelry to give the right balance of vibrancy without being giddy. The type of accessories depend on the neckline and cut of the garment as well.

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The casual party look: If you are on a cruise party choose a pair of hoop shaped Navratna earrings with a well fitted  solid color crop top and complimentary palazzo pants. Gold beach slippers help to give the final touch of the casual luxe look.

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The Big City it girl: This  big city girl is always on the go and needs effortlessly stylish. To get the look go for a cropped turtle neck top, boots, a colorful mid wasted skirt accompanied with either a navratna bead necklace, small danglers or a classic navrtana bracelet.

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The summer gala part girl: Who says traditional earrings cannot go well with western outfits. If you have a summer part and want to make a statement , drape one of your halter maxi dresses , coil your hair into a bun and accompany the look with long navratna earrings.

For your make up don heavy kohl eyes, nude lips with minimal rouge.

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Hopefully this blog gave some insights on how you can try out your navratna jewelry for different occasions and looks. Style is about getting the best from you have and what can better than a family navratna jewelry piece.