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7 ways to drape your sari and stand out from the crowd

The sari is one of the most versatile garments. They can be formal, sexy, fun, and traditional. But wearing them in one style can make the most interesting and expensive look a tad boring. How about giving this six yard wonder a different draping every time you step out? Fashion designer Naina Jain and celebrity sari draper Dolly Jain give you alternate ways to drape your sari.

1) Sari as a gown: This style is comfortable yet chic. It gives a classy look that is a perfect choice for a cocktail outfit. Sari gowns are for those who don’t want to tuck in and drape saris the traditional way. Even if you step over the pleats and tucks, the sari-cum-gown stays in place.

2) Sari over pants: To look more trendy, you can opt for the pant style sari. For this, you would need a pair of jeggings or leggings, crop top or choli and heels. Just start by pleating one end of the sari as you would want to drape it, pinning it up and tucking it into your pants at the centre and then the other end can be draped as a chunni across the shoulders in various ways.

3) Sari over lehenga: Like a traditional sari, one can wear lehenga style sari over a skirt along with a beautifully designed blouse. This look is achieved with the help of several pleats tucked around the waist giving an illusion of a lehenga. This is an outfit for ladies who are not comfortable with usual draping and pleating that the regular sari demands.

4) Two saris worn together like a lehenga: This is a unique type of draping two saris like a lehenga. This style includes draping two saris together in a seamless way. Double saris make the look trendier and it’s a great alternative for traditional single sari drape. So, wear them like a lehenga and stand out in the crowd!

5) Mermaid style: This style is suitable for almost all body types, especially for the ones with a curvaceous figure. This kind of drape gives a slimmer look to the wearer. The lower portion of the sari is draped in such a way that it looks like a skirt and there are no pleats made in front. Pick a sari with a heavy pallu or embellished border for the mermaid style look.

6) Butterfly style: Butterfly style is also known as the Bollywood style of wearing a sari. In this style, the pallu is very thin, so that the midriff or navel is visible. When thinking of wearing a sari in this particular style, go for materials like chiffon and net.

7) Sari in Paithani style: It’s also known as the sari style of Maharashtra. Paithani style is different from other traditional draping preferred by Indian women. The sari is also longer and no petticoat is required. Pair this look with a nose ring and some jasmine flowers for your hair!Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | marieprom

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Keep these dos and don’ts in mind when using essential oils

There are many benefits of using essential oils. They are great for your skin, enhance your mood and improve concentration. However, use them right, say experts. Here’s how:


* Essential oils can be sensitising. It is necessary to conduct a patch test before purchasing them and making sure the oil you buy suits your skin type. Some of these oils cause severe skin sensitising and sun sensitivity. So if you have a sensitive skin, it’s always advisable to check with a qualified practitioner first.

* Make sure that the product is 100% pure and natural. Non-organic brands may add fillers which often include harmful chemicals and this may harm you in the long run.

* Dilute essential oils prior to application. Essential oils can be blended with base oils or carrier oils before applying to your skin. They are highly concentrated and should never be used undiluted on the skin. They need to be mixed with carrier/base oil. The ratio should be 3-4 drops of essential oil in 10 ml of base oil. Some oils like olive, almond, jojoba, grape seed and coconut oil can be used as carrier oil.

* Always store essential oils in a cool dark place. Essentials oils should be stored in a cool dark place and out of direct sunlight. It is simply to help preserve their potency. Essential oils have a very long shelf life, some even last for years without losing their potency, if stored correctly.


* Do not ingest the oil. Though there are many people who use essential oils by ingesting them, this should not be done without consulting a doctor.

* Avoid using essential oils while pregnant or nursing. Every essential oil serves a particular purpose, so it is advisable to consult your dermatologist before buying, especially for pregnant women.

Cinnamon, clove, ginger, jasmine, sage, chamomile are some of the more common essential oils that should not be used by pregnant women.

* Do not apply essential oils to mucous membranes. Never use essential oils near the eyes or put directly into ears. Some oils may damage your contact lenses, so never touch lenses immediately after using essential oils. These oils are potent and can cause severe irritation to your eyes.

* In case you have sensitive skin, and have a history with irritability or rashes then start by applying these oils discreetly. Massage the oil into a small patch of skin. Wait 24 hours to see if the area has any itchiness or irritation. This will help you safeguard your skin just in case the oil does not suit your skin type.Read more at:prom dresses | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cheap-prom-dresses-uk

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Peter Dundas, the Man Behind Beyoncé’s Unforgettable Grammys Dress, Is Launching His Eponymous Collection in Paris

After 10 years in the creative director chair at Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, and Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas is launching his eponymous label with a collection for Moda Operandi at the Paris haute couture shows. But he isn’t going solo. As Yves Saint Laurent had Pierre Bergé and Valentino had Giancarlo Giammetti, Dundas has Evangelo Bousis, his partner in life turned partner in business. You’ve seen them on the red carpet together with Kim and Kanye, EmRata, and model pals like Natasha Poly. Dundas has designed the line he’s presenting on Sunday with those glamorous types in mind. “It’s quite a few dresses, he says, “that’s what my girls want.”

But if the cut-up-to-there, with a train out-to-there silhouette of the gown pictured here is pure Dundas, the way he’s gone about producing this collection—with his hands in every aspect of development, and stacking up more air miles than he knows what to do with—is something new. “I’ve worked at relaunching three established brands now and I’ve enjoyed doing that, but at this moment, doing something completely new seems fresher to me, and in many ways seems easier,” he says. “I’m learning a lot.”

We’ll learn what the Dundas collection looks like on Sunday evening. Here, he talked about the pros and cons of starting over (it’s mostly pros) and the Beyoncé Grammys dress that got the ball rolling.

I saw on Instagram you were in Mumbai a few days ago. For embroideries?

Yes, I’ve been every place and seen every person connected with this project. I haven’t been to India for work ever, though I’ve been for holidays. It was great to connect with the handcrafters. I really want to take the opportunity this first time around to see how things are done, to connect with people, and to make sure they understand what I want, and I understand their process, too. And I’m learning, as well. I don’t usually go to shoe factories, and this time I’ve been several times. I want to make sure the shoes are right, and I want the suppliers to know who I am.

So, what do you want? This is the first time you’re designing under your own name.

I’ve been trying to be intuitive and follow my instincts. That’s probably the biggest way that this feels different: because I’m trying to do something that follows my language 100 percent. The beginning for me was Beyoncé [Dundas designed her Grammys performance dress], that was the first drop. This is an organic continuation of what we started, having drops every few months [he also designed Emily Ratajkowski’s Cannes gown]. This Moda Operandi capsule is part of the whole. Afterward, I’m doing something else with Farfetch. So little by little, we’re gathering layers.

Is the Beyoncé dress a good indicator of the sensibility of Dundas? Is it evening-focused? Because you’re also a great tailor, so I’m wondering what the mix will be.

This is an image moment, so yes, it’s going to be things my girls will be really into: for sure some special occasion things that make you feel like you’re the only girl in the room, but also tailoring. This process has been about connecting with my girls. We’re starting on Moda. A lot of my girlfriends shop there, and Lauren [Santo Domingo, Moda’s founder] is a friend of our as well. We’re starting with that, but I want to reach other places as well. I’ve had amazing support from department stores and multi-brand stores; that will be the next step.

I like that image, feeling like you’re the only girl in the room. Can you elaborate on the Dundas aesthetic?

There’s definitely a sensuality to it, a joy of life. Hopefully there’s an element of glamour, an element of freedom, of rebelliousness. Confidence. A little of a bohemian hippie girl. I like to make women feel seductive. That’s why I love cut and embellishments that make you shine.

How has it been getting a company off the ground on your own? Have you enjoyed it? Has it been challenging?

I’ve enjoyed it very much. But I’m not doing it alone, I’m doing it with my partner, Evangelo. We started talking about it because a friend proposed investing in it. We thought, maybe down the line. Then he moved to Milan to be with me when I took the Cavalli job, and we realized we complement each other very well, not just personally, but also professionally. This time around, it was essential to me to do it with somebody who has my back, and whose back I have as well. Of course, it’s been challenging, but we’ve also had a lot of fun with it. It requires a lot of work to turn an established company and make it a modern one. In a way, having a blank sheet but having the experience I’ve been lucky enough to have so far in my career is a nice combination. Today, there’s so many established companies that are struggling to adapt to the times in terms of agility and versatility that I really don’t think a new company is at more of a disadvantage than an established company.

It’s so refreshing to see a living designer’s name on a label!

I agree. My brother-in-law has a tech company in America, and he and his friends have been really inspiring to us. You have so many companies who are thinking outside of the box and creating successes, and it just feels like fashion is lagging behind, even at the basic level in terms of launching new brands. Up until now there’s been a fear of that. [At an established brand] when you want to change deliveries and seasons . . . first of all, even convincing people to do it is very challenging. And the possible economic implications scare people as well, whereas with this we can basically set the clock ourselves. And move step by step so we can grow organically.

What comes next?

I want to see how this goes. Right now it’s been nice to own everything that we do. It’s something I was missing from what I was doing before. So, you understand every cost, every investment on a project. It teaches you a lot, and I probably should have done it years ago. We want to own the project, so therefore, we’re taking our time.

You seem quite e-commerce focused? Why is that?

It’s definitely part of the strategy. We’ll have an online store way before we have a bricks-and-mortar store. With people’s busy lives, e-commerce is only going to get more important. Pop up stores, that I do like. That is something that we are working on. All this technology that’s part of the modern approach, for me, the main objective of all of it is to make a closer relationship with me and this girl. That’s why I want to do this. I want to make sure that she hears my language. That the message reaches home. I learned years ago that it was important to spend time with my girls, understand the life they lead, and why they’re into certain things or not into them anymore. We would like to consider ourselves a lifestyle brand as much as a fashion brand, and part of the way to do that is to live that dream, to share that dream, as well.Read more at:yellow prom dresses | orange prom dresses

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