Saturday 24 January 2009

The latest collection from Traditions

Traditions are a London-based retailer of asian designerwear, they often advertise in Asiana Magazine, so you might have seen some of these before - but for everyone else, here are some pieces from their latest collection:

What is most striking about these first 3 outfits is the dark colours. Whilst I still love bright and over the top colours, it's nice to see something a bit more subtle, these outfits have a very sleek sophisticated look about them.
Not everyone can get away with wearing strapless short corset tops like the models in the pics but I'm pretty certain that Traditions can customise!

Here are another two outfits which show a more glamourous side to the collection

I really love this last outfit, it's the detailing on the top and the way the skirt falls that do it for me (and the feathery-fan accessory looks good too!)

What do you think of these outfits? Have you ever shopped at Traditions? They're based on The Broadway in Southall and you can also get more info from the Traditions website check out the

Wednesday 14 January 2009

The first Asian Wedding Exhibition of 2009

This time last year I was making plans to travel up and down the county to attend all the wedding exhibitions taking place...this year however I'm not a bride-to-be anymore so I haven't been doing the rounds. But don't worry, cause where there's a will there's a way and I've been digging around online to find as many photos from all the shows as I can!

Here are some snaps from the AWE (Asian Wedding Exhibition) which took place last weekend at Alexandra Palace in London. These were posted onto the facebook group for simi hair and beauty who did the make-up for this show.

The purple outfit at the front has a very Japanese look about it, with the little collars and the white stripes going across at the front.

3 lenghas, which one would you pick?? I think I'd go for the red and white, on the left. The pink is just too sickly (although ironically, it's the exact same colour as my wedding outfit! minus the gold embroidery), and the one on the far right looks a bit plain.

I really wish you could see the bottom of the skirts in these two photos cause from the waist up I'm really liking these looks.

Unfortunately I have no idea who the designers were for each outfit, but I'm doing my research and will hopefully have some more photos of the show to share with you soon! In the meantime, here's 3 more from this set for good measure:

Tuesday 13 January 2009

Party hairstyles - something a bit different

With the wedding season coming up, I've been on the lookout for some fab hairstyles to try out...I'm actually a bit rubbish when it comes to styling my own hair, but if the occassion calls for it I'll go to the hairdressers and have it styled.

Anyway, the following were posted on facebook by a salon in Birmingham called Asif Yvette.

What do you think? I think some of these look a little bit too catwalk, but if you based a hairstyle on any of these you could tone them down for the real world :) I like that they're different from the usual up do's that everyone has, and even on the 3rd photo which looks really frizzy and a bit of a nightmare, I think it's a cool way to wear your hair down without automatically reaching for the straighteners!

Out of them all I like the last look best, I think it's the one that most people could get away with wearing!

Along with these pics, some photos from "behind the scenes" of the photoshoot were also posted on facebook, check out the stylists deciding which hair accessory to use:

Saturday 10 January 2009

Back for 2009 - focus on kidswear!

Happy New Year! Apologies for the lack of updates at the end of last year. I'm back now, just in time for all the wedding shows and new collections :)

But before we get back into bridalwear all over again, let's talk kidswear! I recently became an aunty for the first time and I have to say my brand new neice is so cute! It got me thinking about what was out there fashion-wise for kids, especially with all the upcoming weddings that we will be attending. The easy option is to stick on a western outfit, for example check out the "partywear" sections for children in Monsoon.

However if you're looking for asian outfits for kids, most shops will stock whatever is in fashion for men and women, as mini-versions for children, but there are a few retailers out there who specialise is just childrenswear, such as Rajas and Ranis and

These outfits are from Rajas and Ranis:

With childrenswear you can have a lot more creativity with regards to colours, fabrics and styling (I really can't wait for my lil neice to be old enough to play dress up!) although expense is an issue and some of the beautiful childrens' outfits you find are a bit expensive when you consider that they're only going to be worn a few times before they're grown out of, and the fact that kids are kids and they'll probably run around and trash the clothes anyway!

Here's a question for those of you with kids of your own, or those with nephews and neices - where do you get their party/wedding clothes from? Is it better to have them sewn from scratch? or to buy something ready-made from the shops?

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