25 April, 2018
Hello, my lovely ladies. How are you doing? (in Joey’s voice lol). This week has been a roller coaster of a ride for me. From finishing work to giving exams, it’s pretty astounding to me that how quickly time flies. But maybe that happened because work days stretched a little longer than usual as compared to the previous months. Though this won’t end anytime soon and there’s a breeze of calmness in the air today because of Poila Boishakh. Well, for you all wondering, Poila Boishakh is our Bengali New Year and trust me when I say this it is not just another starting of a year, it is a feeling for us. All the bongs out there secretly wait for this day. If you ask me apart from being fascinated by the new start (I am really a fresh start kinda person), it’s the food and the ritual that everyone has to wear new clothes on Poila Boishakh. For me, nothing is better than having proper Bengali food cooked by mom whilst talking about our favorite “Bhoot-er-golpo”. We sometimes make life so complicated but it is really simple. It’s in those little things, the family talks, and the pillow fight with cousins. Not that I am not sailing in the boat of doubts and anxiety as you are but at times I feel that there’s no boat, it’s just our mind or maybe today it’s my positive outlook towards life because of all the good food and amazing clothes I am going to wear (who knows ;) )
Since the tradition demands of starting the year with new clothes, I am starting the year with a brand new collaboration with Unnati Silks. For those who do not know much about Unnati Silks, here is a brief brand overview.
Unnati Silks came into existence in the year 1980 and was founded by Mr. Devendra Gopal Ladha. He is currently the CEO and Managing Director of Unnati Silks. Unnati Silks emerged from one single room to one-stop destination store for handloom lovers. Unnati Silks is an inspiring journey of Mr. Ladha and the weavers of India. Mr. Ladha chose his passion and love for textiles over his beginning of a promising career as a medical practitioner. He began engaging directly with the weavers making them acquainted with the market needs and trends. The weavers would follow his guidance and bring life to those ideas. And this made Unnati Silks a beautiful reality where weavers get a global platform to showcase their skills and sustain a decent livelihood. This revival of traditional weaves and growing from small sales to big contracts is giving more power and justice to the brand name “Unnati Silks”. To know more about Unnati Silks, click here. To check out their beautiful and vast collection of sarees, click here.
Now coming back to the celebration part, it is a known fact that no celebration is completed in a Bengali family without wearing a white and red saree. Red and white saree is not just a wardrobe staple for Bengali women but it is inseparable from them. I have grown up watching my Nani (grandmother) teaching the art of draping this saree to everyone at home and I can’t lie but I have always adorned and dreamed to drape this 6 yards of sheer elegance one day. But let’s just admit about the kind of mess I am, 21 years of existence but I didn’t do it because of the two things – first, tripping in saree doesn’t look that pleasant and second, I always carried the fear of not doing justice to this beauty.
If Unnati Silks haven’t had sent this absolutely gorgeous Kerala cotton saree then I think I wouldn’t try it out for the next 15 years. I know, I know, you must be thinking that Kerala cotton saree for a Bengali traditional day? Well, my friends, that’s how styling works. It’s all about blending in, like in life we often try to gel up with people from different regions and religions, then there should obviously be no barrier when it comes to clothes, right? To shop Kerala Cotton Sarees from Unnati Silks, click here.
The crème saree with a broad golden zari border with a burgundy strap, in the end, was perfect to match the festive vibes around. The fine print of a vintage car all over the saree just not only took my heart but gave a contemporary twist to the traditional attire. Don’t we all girls love to be in the theme but stand out from everyone in the crowd? Well, this is what has had happened and my mission was accomplished lol.
I paired my saree with a ribbed black crop top because I really really love to do fusion which you all might know by now. When the ensemble was ready and I was about to go for my trustworthy golden jhumkas, something clicked in my mind and I was all set to experiment again. I wore a black choker and layered it with a silver bohemian neckpiece. For earrings, I chose the basic chandbali silver earrings because sometimes you don’t need to make huge experiments to make out outfit stand but little details can really make a big difference.
And that’s all, I was ready to conquer my new year and also how can I forget about my commitments with bindi? We have a deal, I love bindis but unfortunately, we cannot meet daily. So, we have decided to meet whenever I will wear something even nearly too traditional and that was it, the killing stroke (When your life is too boring, you make your own cheesy story guys, haha). So, that’s all for today. I wish all of you get all the happiness and strength in the world today. Whatever you are dealing with, I hope it passes by soon.
Until the next time,