Pakistan Fashion Week (PFW) was an amazing high fashion catwalk event held at the prestigious Hotel Russell in London’s Holborn. Being at the forefront, myself and Rima captured a spectacular view of Pakistan’s great fashion designers. The ‘glitz and glam’, design and intricacy really caught our eyes as we were stunned by the art of fashion produced by the talented designers 🙂
Recently, I have become a sucker for Pakistani and Indian traditional fashion and have been hoarding all sorts of Salwaar Kamees from Birmingham to Southall! The PFW had exhibitions to include this season’s exclusive ‘fresh off-the-catwalk’ clothes from the designers we saw at the catwalk. If you are a bride-to-be attending these types of exhibitions will give you an insight of what this year’s bride is ‘expected’ to look like (that’s if you really care…), what the trends are to what makeup looks to opt for.
As we attended the last catwalk show, we missed the glitzy bridal-wear however, as pictured on this blog post, we were presented with semi formal party and occasional wear Salwaar Kamees, Lengha and trendy culottes outfits (as seen below).
Just to clarify, a Salwaar Kamees is a two piece suit consisting of a dress like top paired with light loose trousers; the two together called a ‘Salwaar Kamees’. As fashion trends on, the Salwaar Kamees becomes a hybrid attire to suit all types of surroundings.
As the models walked down the catwalk, the focus was of course on the dress. Striking a pose, turning, hair waving, hands on the hips then sashaying down the runway. It all looked very GLAMOROUS (Fergie taught me how to spell: P) as you stare with a poker face admiring the outfits.
The models really gave these South Asian attires personality, it framed the look and also empowered the viewers (like me) with an insight of how you would look if you were to own a piece of haute couture – which obviously was/is the point to entice us: D
After the end of the show, viewers and visitors had the opportunity to grab a bargain at the fashion exhibition which included the clothes seen on the catwalk. Some Pakistani fashion designers flew in from Pakistan to showcase their exclusive pieces.
It was an opportunity to bag one of the ‘latest in trend’ Salwaar Kamees for upcoming events and was a chance I did not want to miss! I did purchase a Naurang Lengha (not pictured) which I am truly in love with. I will post photos of myself in my gorgeous lengha very soon!
Many potential brides alongside their bridesmaids made a proactive approach in purchasing their bridal outfits from the show. The main reason for this is because it is cheaper than the (Asian) high-street (by almost a half), plus the exclusivity of these attires means no one else will have these except you!
The stalls showcased all their outfits as mentioned above from the catwalk and they were all at a very reasonable rate. On average (from asking around most stalls) you would find yourself spending £80 + on designer outfits (exhibition price only).
Bombay Stores had a ‘wearable’ formal collection. This is practical for most dolls as we still want to look effortlessly glam whilst celebrating formal events; esp. for the mummies!
I absolutely adored the catwalk with ALL of Bombay Stores outfits. These Nude Kurta tops stole the show with most guests as they scurried to the exhibition stall to purchase. As usual, (typically) my size ran out, but, I treated myself to a gorgeous purple stoned Multan Mala necklace and earring set (not pictured) which is only exclusive to exhibits by Bombay Stores (yes… I do feel special :P)!
The Pakistan Fashion event was a great event as it educated many on style, looks, aesthetics and ideas to be creative. Countless of times, we know mainstream designers, but there are also emerging/new talented designers unheard of. Shows like this compliments the established and newcomers very well as you get to learn more about cultural fashion.
I recommend and encourage for all my bridal dolls to visit these bridal exhibitions; as mentioned previously, you will get a good deal off the rack if you find something you love. What more – it’s designer outfits for a very reasonable price, exclusive, just for you ❤
A special thanks to @AsianBridesBlog for the tickets!
Need inspiration for your 2015 wedding? The wedding season is only around the corner for many and everyone wants that little extra touch to make their big day that little extra special. Take a look at our post as we show you our day at The National Asian Wedding Exhibition @ London, Excel.
Myself and Rima Belle wanted to know what is out there on the market for weddings nowadays. How can we add that extra oomph, extravagance or somewhat follow the likes of Great Gatsby style parties. We have come across many creative vendors and was blown back by the decadence of ideas, styles and features made available; all you need is the £££ to of course make anything possible :p.
Love Great Gatsby? RWS London has created an elegant floral display for whatever event you’d love to go ‘all out on’. Planning an engagement, mendi, wedding, walima or even a private do? Please choose this theme! If you have watched the film (The Great Gatsby) you would have noticed the extravagance, floral decor and the classical 1920’s theme. As much as I have enjoyed watching the film, I have a buzz for the Jazz Age. I would really love this classical look for my very own wedding! Bring on the crystal balls, vintage glamour and the golden opulence ❤
Pricing: Roughly, the table display (flower with vase only) can cost £300-£400 each. You can of course opt to add additional features in, or take some features out which will determine your quote. Best to see what works within your budget and speak to their friendly advisers.
I am standing beneath the crystal droplet tree (costs £400 per tree). Pair it up with the roaring 20’s theme and it will go magnificently. This is a feature most Hollywood A-list stars add to their weddings and always wanted to know where they got it from! Well, now we can add the Hollywood glam to our weddings as a feature. Stun your guests with an iced themed event and you’ll notice how the #selfies roll in 😀
Photo-booths are becoming a common feature in today’s modern wedding. There were plenty of vendors with cute photo-booths with the opportunity to try out props and obtain a (free) photograph – even with a choice of your own photo background… funky eh? The photo-booths come in all shapes and sizes; from a standing photo-booth to the traditional Tuk Tuk Taxi booth to go with your theme.
Photo-booths are a ‘fun’ experience as it takes you through the nostalgia of owning a photograph…I’m thinking your first ever passport photo as a baby :p. Whichever vendor you choose for a booth, they come in hourly rates. You may want to go for a trial-run to check for quality of photo, how many photos you can have alongside the options with props.
Here is another (very cute) flower display ❤ Although something like this would cost you £400 per display, perhaps you can have such displays spread across a few tables with a mixture of different displays? Hmmm just a thought… Unfortunately, I have forgotten the name of the vendor, however they are associated with Indus Catering and you could enquire about their association at the National Asian Wedding Exhibition.
I am in love with Panache Event Wedding Decor; how beautiful is this floral Mandap? Whoa! I am seriously blown back by the fresh flower intricacy. This is a must have for a stage which is certainly unique to others. Me and Rima Belle were welcomed by the friendly team as they toured us through their stage and showed us additional special features they could add (not photographed) to your high class event. You can change the colours of the flowers around and oh oh, they also do the crystal droplet trees! Check out their Facebook page for further projects. This is bookmarked for my special day 😉
Let’s talk fashion. The National Asian Wedding event hosted many Indian and Pakistani fashion designers from Manish Malhotra to Sabyasachi semi-formal and Asian bridal wear. Not to forget to accessorise in style with Amaya London.
Photo isn’t so great here as the crowd shaked me -.- but you get the idea. Heavy thread/cotton work opposed to the bedazzled gemstone work you would commonly find on most brides. You can look sophisticated and ‘unique’ (as all brides chant) in a traditional red gown like these.
Excuse my sun kissed look, it was roughly 3 weeks in October when I came back from Morocco. Anyway, here I am with Simayas London model whose posing in one of their black Autumn/Winter collection Lengha.
Everyone loves black; c’mon New Year’s resolution of ‘being fit’ comes early for us girls with a little black dress. This is an Asian Great Gatsby attire, seriously take a look at their Autumn/Winter campaign , I love that black dress. Pop on a red shade of lipstick, vintage sleek back hair with daring eyeliner. Oooft! You are already winning the show in my mind 😉
If you love Hindi, English or Punjabi music, then you must know of Navin Kundra. Yes, he is THE man to hire for your wedding day, on the dance floor singing romantic songs like John Legend “All of me” to the well-known ‘Tere Liye’ hit song. He is an all-in-one man with special entertainment talent which will have your guests singing along and enjoying themselves. Me and Rima Belle were lucky to watch Navin Kundra perform live on the dance floor to all his latest music 😀
There are many who prefer instrumentals opposed to vocal music. Well, if vocals are not your thing your choice is not limited as you can opt for elegant fiddlers, harpist’s to Daff players. Many Muslim weddings have Daff players as it’s an ancient Arab tradition, still used today for events. Band players can certainly add an extra touch to your event whether it be a small, medium or big function.
Finally, to wrap up this blog, here I am sitting on a Middle-Eastern style stage. Decor, choice of colour and size/type of cushions are all interchangeable. Whoever you choose for events stage decor, always ask for the options available. If you don’t ask, you will not get guys!
The Belle Amour team have kick started 2015 with many upcoming wedding and fashion events. We will be posting further events experience to show you what the fashion and wedding of 2015 is ‘expected’ to look like.
Stay tuned with Belle Amour while we incubate more beauty and trendy feeds to only bring you the best!
Are you looking for a brush which provides definition, contour, elongation and ease? A brush to help you as a beauty enthusiast or beginner to contour? Well, I may have found the perfect brush for you, by Illamasqua! This is one of the ultimate brushes (I’ve discovered) which provides a ‘3D definition’ experience: D.
The Illamasqua Blush Up Brush is priced at £28.50. If you have a Pro Artist account, you can benefit from the discount on the brushes. This is a highly recommended brush to own as part of your many brush collection and kit!
As you can see from the image above, it is a highly dense ellipse shaped brush. I have taken photos from all angles to illustrate the dynamics of the cut of the brush. So, the base of the brush is flat and angled and the sides being stiff to create definition.
Here is a look I have created using the Blush Up Brush. I have used Sleek’s Contour kit (compact contour) alongside Illamasqua Blush Up Brush to define my cheekbones. I am aware that many of my dolls who own the Sleek Contour Kit find this product heavy. During use you have to be very light handed and must buff instantly once applied; or else it’ll look like mud on the face (a big disgrace!).
Well anyway, with the Sleek Contour kit (as heavy pigmented it is) I used the brush to define the contour areas, in fact, it was defined really well.
Here is another close up of my cheek contour and a slight but subtle definition on the nose too.
One more final close-up of the makeup look 😉
The brush has certainly defined the contour areas (esp the cheeks) well. If used correctly, when your contour looks harsh, just use a fluffy blending brush and brush in an upward stroke. The technique is all down to the way you apply colour – how much/how little. Furthermore to merge the blusher with the contour and highlight so it looks ‘well blended’ but noticeable at the same time.
Tip: If contour is overly harsh, use a translucent powder (either compact or loose) and lightly dust the area in question and see how the harshness fades… 😉
Happy New year from the Belle Amour Team x
Do you have a love for lashes? Or, at least not mind wearing a pair for special occasions? If you are looking for an ultimate pair to own as part of your lash stack collection :p, your clientele or for the quality check out Huda Beauty Lashes!
I was having an awkward moment doing the ‘Huda Lash pose’ (left) trying to align the packing to my face (hehe).
Huda is a top beauty blogger and Vlogger based in both Dubai and US. Known for her popular Youtube channel, Huda has certainly smashed the beauty industry with beauty tips, luxury beauty reviews and looks; even my peers who do not know much about beauty/makeup, know Huda – that’s impressive, an indication of success!
Huda has started her own beauty product line of lashes and nails, now shipping internationally! So all you dolls who have been waiting patiently, or been sending your Sephora orders to your friends and family, it is no longer required :D!
Fortunately I got my hands on these lashes through a competition I have actually won (on her Instagram giveaway)! Huda sent a range of her lashes to include: Giselle (pictured), Coco Jo, Claudia, Samantha and Candy.
The lashes are weightless, looks natural and certainly amplifies your look. If you are looking to get married, give these lashes an investment on your big day.
I will be updating this post at a later stage once I have pictures of me in them! However, for additional reviews and pictures of customers in Huda Lashes please do check out Hudas following social platforms:
To Purchase: HudaBeauty.com
Here is a look I’ve created with an edgy liner!
Simple lining the eyes is of course an all-rounder (plus safer), however it becomes tad boring when there’s a lot one black liner could do….
I’ve come out my comfort zone this time round to try this funky notch styled liner. Pair it with either a simple/semi dramatic look like I have and voila it looks different! I actually like it 🙂
Certainly give this a try on the upcoming festive season parties and be the statement 😉 !
“Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!”
– The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ❤
Since college days (Ahh yes… The good old days!) , I’ve somewhat known about Nip + Fab products. How? (So you must be thinking…), my friends used to frequently post about their beauty hauls on Facebook status where I initially discovered this brand (so it subliminally imprinted on my brain since). I followed up to see where you can purchase Nip + Fab from – turned out only selected stores or their e-commerce site stocked them (wasn’t an Internet shopper back then).
A few months onwards, Glamour Magazine once featured their products on the health and beauty section and mentioned how Nip + Fab is one of the Celebrity beauty staples; vaguely remembering the singer Jamelia using it for cellulite/body lotion fix.
Just last week, I popped in to a bigger Superdrugs store and to my surprise, I stumbled across the ‘raved about’ Nip + Fab products. I was so excited to see this product being available AND stocked locally too that I had to pick at least two items up.
What came to my attention was the price, it was an absolute bargain! But that was quite strange when a few years earlier, I was not intrigued to purchase a £20 lotion (due to being a student and living that typical student life). Looks like their pricing and brand positioning strategies have changed.
As you can see from the above picture, I purchased the Nip+Fab Yoga Blend Body Lotion for only £4.25 (left) and the Nip+Fab Detox Blend Body Lotion also £4.25 🙂 we could not get lower than that back in my days (damn I feel so old -.-) !
The verdict : If you scan through the Superdrugs online store, under the Nip and Fab section, you will notice there are a few products ranging from £15+. I’m certainly laughing (in a good and happy way) as those same products were only available full price before and now they’re quite affordable and very cheap.
So far, I have used the Detox Body lotion and am liking the non-greasy feel and quick absorption.
It is 490ml so you cannot go wrong, even more because it comes with a pump which you can recycle if you must!
If you like the fresh scents of subtle tea tree or jasmine with that fresh scent of cucumber, then I am pretty sure you will like this lotion. OR, you may be like my cousin who put the bottle down after testing ‘ERGH! That smells like toilet freshener’. either way dolls, test and smell before purchasing!