Thursday, March 26, 2015

WEDDING IDEAS: The Quintessential Tamil Bride



Tamil is one of the oldest languages in the world, and so is the Tamil culture. However most of the practices that are practiced today were popularized by the Vijayanagara / Nayak kingdoms that ruled this region, incl., the present way of draping the saree - Nivi style, certain rituals & practices and ofcourse the certains types of jewelry as well!
A quintessential Tamil bride is usually seen wearing a 6 yard saree draped in Nivi Style (ofcourse there are some differences depending on communities), and her hair is adorned with Jasmine (malli) and Firecracker flower (kanakambaram) and she is adorned with Temple Jewelry.
Temple Jewelry, as the name suggests, was originally for the Gods & Goddesses residing in temples. The designs were derived from temple motifs. Later on these jewelry were adapted by the temple dancers. Later on when Bharathanatyam became a more socially acceptable form of dance, general public too, took up their style of jewelry.
Originally Temple Jewelry was made of gold and was embedded with rubies and emeralds with pearls dangling all around. However later on when it became gold plated silver, with rubies, emerals & pearls. Of late, it has becomes golden colored metal with red and green stones with faux pearls to bring down the price and make it accessible to everyone.
The various pieces of temple jewelry include, Nethi Chutti, Surya Prabhai, Chandra Prabhai, Raakodi, Kunjalam, Mookuthi, Jhumki, Maatal, Necklace, Haaram, Vanki, Bangles, Rings, Ottiyanam, Anklets etc and when its adapted to wedding, it includes Toe rings and ofcourse Thaali Chain & Thitumangalyam.
The Nethi chutti is usually triple, i.e it comes in 3 parts, a vertical section that goes on the hair parting (maang tika) and a horizontal section that sits on the hairline on forehead (matha patti) and a pendant like portion that hangs in centre front. Surya Chandra Prabhai are placed on either sides of it. Raakodi is placed at the crown of the head or over the bun if there’s one, and the Kunjalam is at the end of the plait which is all the more adorned with flowers. The nose ring is traditionally in 2 parts, one worn in cartilage called Bulakku and another on a side. Jumkhi are earrings that have a little umbrella shape and the Maatal holds it around the ear lobe to distribute the weight.
The Vanki is worn on biceps. A special type of ring called the Neli Modhiram that’s curved is worn some times. Ottiyanam is the waist belt. Toe rings and Thaali chain are worn by the groom as a part of the wedding ritual.
There are several ceremonies that happen in a typical Tamil wedding like Maapilai azhaithal, Sumangali pooja, Reception, Kasi Yatra, Muhurtham, Nalangu etc. spread over 3 days. However off late with the increasing cost of weddings, it has all shrunken to 1 day with some ceremonies skipped. Anyways, Reception and Muhurtham are very necessary and most brides prefer to don a typical Tamil look for atleast one of these 2.
Sadly, with the pressure to look the best on the d-day and with the interference of all every family member, sometimes the brides end up overly done, looking like a Christmas tree!!!
The cue is to balance. At the end of the day you have to look like a bride and not a Bharathnatyam dancer!!! And you have to look and feel like yourself, or else you may not even identify with the bride later on when you look at your own wedding album!!!
If the saree is too heavy and too adorned its better to go simple with the jewelry. If the saree is relatively simpler, going heavy of jewelry is perfectly ok. Even then, the heaviness of individual pieces of jewelry must be balanced.
If a triple Nethi Chutti is worn, its better to keep it thin. If it has only the centre part then going heavy shouldn’t be a problem. If its triple and yet heavy as well, its better to avoid the Surya Chandra Prabhai, or the entire head would look too covered up. Also when going for this traditional look, drizzling stickers all over should be avoided.
If the triple Nethi Chutti is thin or if its thick but has only the centre part, then a wide jhumki should be perfect to pair, if required, with a very thin Maatal, or still better just skip it. Else a smaller one is preferable, and you could go a bit thicker on Maatal. Wearing 2 nose rings is just not ok for a bride, its ok only for a dancer! Just wear 1 on one side, auspiciously on the left.
Ottiyanam or Waist belt could be worn if the look is donned for wedding ceremony and not reception! Vanki is worn on both biceps, however is enough to wear it only on right, coz most probably, left is gonna be hidden by saree’s pallu! The stone studded bangles are inter mingled with glass bangles mostly of maroon & golden colors which are considered auspicious.
As the metal gold is considered equal to Goddess Lakshmi and wearing gold below waist is considered disrespecting Her! A typical Tamil bride wears heavy, broad anklets, coz when she lifts her saree a bit to expose her ankles for Ammi Midhithal ritual or while wearing toe rings, the ankles would look too plain!!! Its usually made of silver and has no color. However of late, minakari detailing is very much preferred! Toe rings are traditionally made of silver and are absolutely plain. Its worn 2 in the each 2nd toe. However again these days, broader toe rings with some pattern on them are worn, 1 in each 2nd toe!!!
Major care is to be taken if fake hair is used to add length. It must be secured well or it might fall off midst the ceremony. The joint mustn’t show too! Also the way in which the flowers are placed must be taken care of. Wrapping the entire length of hair with 2-3 strands of flowers is so passé. A few strands could be secured atop the plait with a couple of pins.
Another idea would be to opt for a bun with the Raakodi on top of it. For a Tamil wedding, a bride would feel more restful with just a bun, coz exchanging of garland happens several times during the ceremony and having a long plait with fake hair is not very comfortable!
Finally, last but the most important, the Thaali chain and Thirumangalyam. Actually each family has its own design of Thirumangalyam and the few more adornments that go with it. The number of attachments vary from just 2 to about 10. The shape varies according to community and the design within the shape varies within lineages / families!!! The Thaali chain obviously has to be sturdy enough to bear the weight of Thirumangalyam & its attachments.
Once again, the cue is to balance and not go overboard. At times, its ok not to try satisfy everyone and end up looking like a Christmas tree!!!!

P.S: Check out my posts on my WEDDING RECEPTION STYLE when I sported this look.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Nature's Co Chocolate Mint Body Butter - A Review



You've seen my confession for my love of cocoa flavour when it comes to skincare too, earlier. Here's one more skin care product with cocoa flavour. This time its a body butter from The Nature's Co.
Its a chocolate-mint flavoured body butter. The color, smell & texture very much reminded me of Nutella!!! Its brown and has a rich aroma of chocolate. I did not bother to taste it, but I guess it would taste so too!!! Lolz. 
It makes the skin feel so nourished, without feeling oily or sticky and that's something I really like. It absorbs quickly. Even in winters this is good enough for me and I totally loved it. But if your skin is extra dry then this many not enough for winters.
This heart shaped plastic packaging was a part of the Beauty Wish set, however the regular packaging is in a square glass tub! However this packaging is more travel friendly! And as usual the best part is that its vegan and PeTA approved!

P.S: The product was gifted by the company for reviewing purpose, however the opinions are of my own experience and are this post does not to advertise the product. 
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FDDI at NIFT Spectrum



The last part, here what FDDI, Chennai (Footwear Design and Development Institute) showcased... They did not win any prize, but I really loved their collection too. I'm pretty sure, their would have been 3rd in the jury panel's markings...






 And she is the showstopper!!!
And who judged the event - the amazing designer, Chennai's own Sidney Sladen.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hindustan Univ at NIFT Spectrum



You saw what the winner SRM University showcased at NIFT Chennai's annual event Fashion Spectrum. This is by the runners up Hindustan University. And as said in the last post itself the pics were clicked using my OnePlus One phone!
Their concept was 'Fashion is in Everything' and their raw materials included everything they could find!!! These were disposable foam cups and plastic rice sacks.
Up next are shuttle cocks & feathers and colorful zippers & buttons! Followed by newspapers!!! 

 Then came Baloons and Jute rice sack. Followed by polythene bag and playing cards.


And that's the final line-up of the buys & then the gals!!! Now that's also a lot of creativity right??? Coming up with few more colleges and about who judged the show!!!


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfect 20+: A Review



You saw my earlier post on the intro the L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfect Creams for 20s, 30s and 40s. Well, I've been using the 20s version of the cream for about 3 weeks now and here's what I think of it. 
In the 20s, as you start with your first job and work stress, it shows on your health, face, hair, everything!!! How nice was it to be in school and college days!!!! Well, L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfect cream for 20s is meant to tackle that. The 20s cream is supposed to work on Advanced Skin Whitening and Anti Imperfection.
Purifyll works on the imperfections like blemishes, spots, dark circles etc while Vitamin B3, C together work on melanin and Vitamin E works as an anti-oxidant. It claims to have UV Filters however doesn't say how much SPF or PA are present.
Its a slightly pinkish cream in a glass tub. The package is heavy, but has a secure screw lid making it spill-free. 
Its a heavy cream (which the presence of talc creates) with a slight, pleasant, floral talc-y smell. The consistency and smell remind me of the Ponds White Beauty Cream. Its thick, but doesn't leave a white cast. A bit effort is needed in blending it into the skin. 
Its doesn't moisturize the skin. So, a bit more quantity is needed per application. If you have a combination skin or dry skin its better to apply a serum or moisturizer beneath it. However for oily skin, this would be perfect. It absorbs the oils and leaves a soft, matte skin. 
I find it perfect to be used as a makeup base, rather than for everyday use. It actually covers up the dark circles and fills fine lines to some extent, making the face matt-er and softer for makeup application, as soon as you apply it. Sometimes when I'm just going somewhere nearby, where I don't bother to wear a makeup, I just apply this with kajal & lipbalm and I'm good to go. It leaves the skin matte and bright for the next couple hours!!!
It has not worked on my pimples or pimple marks. My skin is super sensitive and I've had some breakout. I dunno if its coz of this cream of something else. Got to wait and find out.

P.S: The product was gifted by the company for reviewing purpose, however the opinions are of my own experience and are this post does not to advertise the product. 
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