Into the House of Naari

Hello, my lovely readers!

Today is my birthday, and I’m really happy with the way things are going with Mirrors and Dreams. Thanks and much love to every one of you for your support! ❤

Tonight, I want to share an exciting field trip I had earlier this month. I had the fortune of being invited for a bloggers’ meet by the renowned maker of ethnic wear, the House of Naari  🙂

It didn’t take them much to convince me and I gladly jumped aboard 😀

I dressed up in a bright-coloured salwaar kameez and embellished footwear for the day. I kept my makeup minimal (as I usually like it 😉 ). Take a look:
IMG_20151024_112910509IMG_20151024_112648929IMG_20151024_112413859We reached the Naari production unit after a brief train journey to Boisar. The travel was short and fun, and I spent time chatting with our friendly hosts. Upon reaching the unit, we were greeted with a breakfast buffet. I gorged on Aloo Parathas (Indian bread with flavoured potato filling) like there’s no tomorrow  😀

Post breakfast was the bloggers’ conference. The CEO of Naari, Arjun introduced us to the brand and the Head Designer of Naari, Fatema unveiled their fresh collection. You can see her take the floor below:
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She introduced us to their latest Festive line, filled with folk motifs, lush colours and varying textures that suit different moods.

You can see the vibrant rabadi folk embroidery on the kurtas below:
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We also saw some gorgeous Madhubani embroidery on the kurtas, replete with Madhubani motifs like fish, flowers and birds. Pictures below:IMG_20151024_115714909IMG_20151024_115832348

A particular collection called Tree of Life grabbed eyeballs. It was characterised by symbols like tendrils, birds, trees and ,mesmerising ombre colour schemes 🙂
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We also saw some casual cotton kurtas for daily wear. They were clean, light and sophisticated 🙂
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Overall, I was quite impressed with this collection for the simple reasons that the clothing is vibrant, suits every occasion and is budget-friendly 😎
IMG_20151024_120955119From embroidery to ombre, Naari has used a spectrum of techniques to create unique products. For example, this digital print dupatta with an unstitched Lucknowi embriodered kurta:
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We also took a look at their collection of handbags, and these sling bags were my favourites!

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During my chat with Arjun, he revealed that long before Naari was born in 2008, they have been supplying fabric to top brands like H&M, Only, Zara and Vero Moda for decades. Filled with ideas and fervour about the upcoming collections, Arjun was fun to talk to!IMG_20151024_124456677
The conference was followed by a first-hand tour of the factory by Arjun. I CANT EXPLAIN HOW AMAZING IT WAS!

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These embroidery machines were 22 metres long, and with 2 frames, they produce 44 metres of garment in one go! 😮

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Look at this sequin work that happens side by side with the embroidery:

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The Tree of Life in the production stage:IMG_20151024_141606404A little souvenir from the Naari factory! 🙂IMG_20151024_133902455

IMG_20151024_135350800I was amazed at the sheer brilliance of the production unit! EVERYTHING is produced from scratch, including the fabric and the sequins! You can see sequins in production below:IMG_20151024_135322291We also took a tour of the quality check unit, where every inch of fabric is screened for defects, and every fabric sample goes through TEN quality checks:
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I was simply stunned by this force called Naari. I am thankful to them for giving me glimpses into their intricate workings and the hard work that goes into producing every garment! You can browse their collection here and follow them on Facebook!

Watch this space for an upcoming shoot with Naari 😉

Until then, love from Shruti xx

Mirrors and Dreams Among Top 50 Beauty Blogs!

Hey lovelies,

Tonight, I’m really excited to share an amazing news with you. Mirrors and Dreams just got featured among the ‘Top 50 Beauty Blogs of India’ on Rebateszone! 😀

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HOW COOL IS THIS?

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I’m so happy that my efforts have been recognised. I know I have a long way to go but this acknowledgement is a great boost! And this would not have been possible without the support of you lovely readers ❤

I don’t know you all personally but I still love every one of you! So, thank you 🙂

My Twitter has not been mentioned here, but you can follow me at @mirrorsndreams! And my Facebook too<3

Until next time,

Shruti xx

Style Stats from StyleBuys

Hello ladies ❤

Today, I have a few questions for you.

How many of you know that the favourite colour for saris is pink? Or that the most common shoe size is size 39?? 😮

There are many such crazy fashion and style stats that I discovered recently! Have I made you curious? 😉

So here goes, this exhaustive infographic – the one stop for all your fashion answers and style curiosities in numbers, thanks to StyleBuys!

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Hope you enjoyed this fun infographic. I would have never guessed most of these things! Loved it!

I would love to know the statistic that boggled your mind the most! 😀

Until next time,

Shruti xx

The Whole Nine Yards

Hello readers ❤

A very Happy Independence Day to everyone!

Today I’m back with a post about the traditional Indian ethnic wear – the saree! In my post about my first bloggers’ meet, I told you guys about the meet organised by Triveni ethnic wear.

So after a fiasco with the planned brocade blouse and my internet connection issues, today I’m finally able to share my look, wearing one of their creations! 🙂

To make up for the blouse, I wore a plain black tee and fashioned it into a crop top by knotting it below my bust on the left 😀

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I kept the makeup simple but striking, playing withe the sari’s colour scheme of red and gold. I kept the accessories minimal, and went without earrings 🙂

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You can see the knot in the next pic..

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And here:

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So here’s the quick low-down from my day with Triveni:

  1. Triveni is based in Surat. You can visit them at 1018-1025, First Floor, Anupam Textile Market,Ring Road, Surat to look at their full EXTENSIVE collection!
  2. And those who cannot make it to Surat, you should check out theTriveni website! It has a huge range of ethnic wear from sarees and suits to lehengas and kurti!
  3. They have something for the men and kids as well! 😉
  4. They take custom orders. Anything from a pre-pleated saree to a celebrity outfit request, they can do it all!
  5. They are constantly innovating. They showed us fabrics and blends which I had never seen before! Can you imagine shiny crepe?? I saw a beautiful patch of grey crepe, with a golden tone on one side
  6. They are very affordable! I checked out their wedding catalogue, expecting the lehengas to cost 70-80k INR easily cuz they are THAT beautiful. But brace yourselves – the semi-stitched lehengas cost a jaw-dropping 8-10k INR only!

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You’ll see that this look can go from elegant to boho in just a flick of the hair 😉

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So these were all the pics from the shoot! And here’s my personal favourite ❤

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Ps. I’m wearing product number 86001 🙂

IIJW 2015: My Day Out!

Hey lovely readers! ❤

Tonight I want to share my experience at the India International Jewellery Week 2015 with you guys 😀
I attended Day 2 of the IIJW at Grand Hyatt (Mumbai) and had a great time! This is how I looked!

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I attended the show presented by the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery (IIGJ) that showcased collections by Rahul Luthra, Cherry Sahni, Anushka Singhal and Rachna Gupta. Many designs caught my eye!

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I was bewitched by Cherry Sahni’s exquisite collection! It was all about diamonds and TASSELS! It was amazing to see gems and pearls tied into tassels – so unique! B-)

The outfits were all denim! Denim and diamonds make an intriguing combination, don’t they? 😀

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Aditi Arya, the ruling Miss India World was the showstopper for Cherry. She looked like a young goddess in an unconventional boho-chic denim bustier-style leotard and a sheer lace skirt, coupled with ultra high brown leather heels ^^’

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After the show, I caught up with Cherry and her showstopper. Both ladies were gracious enough and the chat was effortless!

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Aditi’s favourite thing about the collection was its perfectly harmonious blend of modern and traditional. Her denim-lace outfit definitely revealed both the chic coolness and grace that a women embodies, she felt.

As for Cherry, she couldn’t be happier about her showstopper! According to her, Aditi symbolises precisely what her collection puts forth – a globetrotter and a free spirit who is in touch with her roots.

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