This past week has been so special, and a wonderful step through memory lane too! My good friend Hetal got married this weekend; we have been friends since secondary school and still enjoy many laughs and dinners to this day. We were put in the same form class in year 7 and with two other friends formed a little group called the Awesome Foursome, haha. Fun fact, three members of said crew would of been married in 2014, if you are reading this Jigna, there's still time for you! The days leading up to the ceremony which was on the Saturday lead me to paths once frequently trodden but not visited for years; as I had to visit my friends' homes which were near our old Secondary School (Claremont Massive, what what!). It was strange walking the streets that shaped my youth. I had to go and try on Saris the Tuesday which are really tricky to put on; and then on Thursday attended the Mehndi night, where people can get awesome designs painted on their hands, eat awesome food and watch awesome dancing.
Chris accompanied me for the ceremony and reception on Saturday. He looked sooooooo handsome. His blazer and trousers were from Zara, which fantastically had a sale on. The jacket was £90 off! The ceremony was interesting to watch. We could choose to get up and have a look closer, and the Priest didn't have a microphone or anything, so people were free to chatter and wander around...we were even given ice cream at one point. The Bridal Couple looked amazing; I nearly cried when I saw Hetal coming down the aisle...I AM A SAP. Actually everyone looked great, so much colour, sparkle and coolness is involved in Indian Wedding attire.
After the first part we went home for under three hours, I fell asleep and had to rush to get ready for the Reception which was so much fun. Uncles and Aunties LOVE to dance. I didn't take many photos as my battery died, but here is one of my and my girl Jigna!
I mentioned previously that I turned 28 last month. I went out for dinner with my babe man, yummed down and drank an awesome Lychee and Chilli cocktail. Obviously I wanted to dress up but I am not really a dressy dressy person. In the end I donned a simple long sleeved floral shift dress which I picked up a few years back at a vintage shop, my hazy memory thinks it was Beyond Retro. Also, the Genesis of this dress did not look as it does now, no no no. It started life as one of those 80s mid length waisted dresses that you see in droves in vintage shops. The kind that no modern girl would see dead in but in a print that you just want so bad. I took the elasticated waistband out, and shortened it. A little snip snip, sew sew and you get your own one of a kind -to- you dress. I wore it with my pink floppy felt hat which gave it a 70s vibe, and popped all the white accents of the dress with a white manicure which surprisingly didn't look like I tippexed my nails; and some white pointy sling back shoes. Shortly after this photo was taken however the thin heel of my shoe got stuck in a pavement crack and snapped the strap! :( I threw them away after; I left them by a bin in Soho Square ornately adding to the mystery of abandoned shoes across the world, but this time you know the story of mine.
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PS. 100 days until I get married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's the third day in a row now where I've pulled out the hair clay to hold down my over grown fringe, titled my head forward, caned it with hair spray and flipped it over my right shoulder. This side flippy flippy do' is a look I always seem to come back to. Years back when my hair was growing out from a questionable Kelly Osborne undercut situation I started getting big round brush blow dries (this is when working at a Hair Salon) and thinking I was some 80s girlbabe with my huge quaff bouncing about. Then when my hair grew a lot longer I went through a super straight, short fringe Asian fantastic GoGo Yubari thing, but all the days I couldn't be bothered with hair straighteners, especially after a day where my hair was in a bun, again I went big side flippy flippy! Fast forward back to present days, again I am in a land of indecision whether to grow out my fringe or not so that teamed with it being summer and my life long desire to be that 80s babegirl I am here again with my hair side flipped.
There are so many variations to this look. For moi, the bigger and more tousled the better. However. it can look super chic on a bob too, or if groomed a little more can border on being a Veronica Lake kind of babe! Here are just a few other examples of the slide flip hair that I adore.
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Here at the bamboodistrict.com it is no secret that style references and inspirations lean toward the casual, tropical and fun, however being like many other ladies out there, I do dream about gowns. Not that I think I would have to wear one that is so grand anytime soon I couldn't help but pour over the new Elie Saab collection that showed in Paris recently. This collection could clothe the next 15 oscars in my opinion and everyone would be best dressed. These gowns scream glamour, femininity and beauty. The colour offerings are diverse and pretty too. If I were a baller and getting married in a grand palace I would wear any of the dresses in the bottom left in a heart beat. Have a look at the full collection at Style.com like I did!
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