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CLICK HERE TO EMAIL RINA, OUR EDITORIN-CHIEF.

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What’s in a name? Our magazine’s name was born from a series of brainstorming sessions between myself and our Co-Founder Alisha Sanghera. We tossed around so many ideas ranging from too long, to too short or too quirky. Nothing quite stuck and nothing felt like it expressed what we wanted our readers to feel when they heard our new magazine’s name. Then one day, Alisha suggested, “Zardozi.” It was short, simple and it spoke volumes. The one word suggests South Asian fashion, which appeals to so many of our readers. Zardozi is a form of embroidery work found from Iran to India. Craftsmen would use gold and silver threads to create attire for the royal courts. Zardozi work was precious and so too is our “baby” Zardozi Magazine. A name can mean so much. Many of the bloggers we featured in this issue, also carefully selected the names for their blogs like Sheryl Luke of Walk in Wonderland.  A name also carries a story, like the one told by Shilpa Koshy, who shares her painful experience of surviving sexual abuse, empowering other victims to speak. And it expresses an identity. So many of the designers we feature in our Runway Report, simply branded their lines after their namesake. When a child is born in a South Asian home, there are many traditions surrounding the naming from allowing the Father’s sister to choose a moniker to selecting a name based on the alignment of the stars. In a culture where a name means so much, it was only fitting that we put a lot of thought into naming our newborn Zardozi Magazine. We continue to pour our heart into Zardozi Magazine and hope that Zardozi women everywhere continue to share our passion for exploring our history, culture and identity.

Love Rina


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RINA CHANDARANA JOHN Editor-in-Chief

ALISHA C SANGHERA Creative Director

YASMIN HAKIM Design Director

VIPOOSITHA GNANENTHRA OMKAR CHITNIS RAHUL SAHARAN SUGEEVAN SHANMUGANATHAN (Assistant) PARIJA SHINDE (Assistant) SUSHANT PANCHAL (Assistant) Photographers ELLE & BE FILMS BLAYRE ELLESTAD STATURE FILMS EMILY SORLIE Cinematographers HARSHAD GADHVI VARUNESH PAL (Assistant) Stylist ASHLEY READINGS CLAIRE SCHULTZ SIDDHESH SHINDE Hair & Make-up Artists FOR SUBMISSIONS ADVERTISING INQUIRIES info@zardozimagazine.com COPYRIGHT © Zardozi magazine, 2014. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted, the contents of this magazine are the copyrighted property of Zardozi magazine and may not be reproduced without permission. Zardozi magazine assumes no responsibility for any effects from errors or omissions.  All products featured are at the sole discretion of Zardozi Magazine. Through brand partnerships, Zardozi may receive a small percentage of sales on the purchase of products, but is not responsible for the actions taken by third party affiliates or retailers

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11 R A N G R EPO R T

44 F ULL M O O N RIS ING

62 S W ATCH W AT CH

18 S T YL E T RE N D S

46 E R RATICA

64 R INA' S W IS H L I ST

28 R U N WA Y R E POR T

60 S ARI S CHO O L

66 NIS HA O ZA

Warm tones to get your warm weather wardrobe going

Fall/winter trends we loved straight from the runways

Our favorite designer fashions from runways across the world

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Get set with these sparkling touches for an evening out

The strikingly bold personalities of the Zardozi woman

One woman's quest to teach the art of wearing a sari

Zardozi's must-have fabrics to watch for this season

The Editor-in-Chief tells us about her favorite finds

California blogger Nisha Oza shares her style with Zardozi


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68 W A L K I N W O N DE R L A N D

77 TW O BR O W N GIR LS

84 S ILENT W HISPERS

74 YA S M I N ' S W I S H LIST

78 MY S ECO ND C H ANCE AT LIF E

92 F R ES H F ACE

76 R O YA L R A N I

80 A F ACE O F B EAUTY

96 LITTLE BLISS BOOK

Pro blogger Sheryl Luke shows off her comfy chic style

Our Design Director's picks to stay warm this winter

Rani of Jhansi gets a makeover

This English blogger duo connect through a shared culture

Makeup artist Shilpa Koshy opens up about her story of sexual abuse

Looking past horrific acid attacks to find the true meaning of beauty

Shimmer and shine with a bold and glamorous look

Beauty expert Shobana Lakkavanny shares her makeup essentials

Clean eating tips from food blogger Rakhi Roy Chowdhury

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ZEENAT BY SHWETA MALHOTRA


rang report

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FALL/WINTER 2014

Draw some primary inspiration from this season's hottest colours to liven up your look

aluminum Pantone 16-1107

aurora red Pantone 18-1550

misted yellow Pantone 14-0837

royal blue Pantone 19-3955

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DEV R NIL WILLS INDIA LIFESTYLE FASHION WEEK

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SLATE SKIES GREY ACTS AS A NEUTRAL THAT CAN BE PAIRED WITH ANY COLOUR

Sonaakshi Raaj Gown Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $1,148

Bhumika Sharma Anarkali Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $459 Trapeze Jali Floral Earrings Suhani Pittie, $90

Maison Martin Margiela Belt Net-A-Porter, $695

Aquazurra Sandals Moda Operandi, $895

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AMIT GT WILLS INDIA LIFESTYLE FASHION WEEK

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BLUE BLOODS FEEL REGAL EVEN ON THE POOREST DAYS OF THE WINTER SEASON Charlotte Olympia Clutch Moda Operandi, $1,295

Surabhi Arya Tunic Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $180

Diva'ni Jacket & Jumpsuit Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $695 Rieria Bracelet Aldo, $16

Charlotte Olympia Pumps Moda Operandi, $1,395

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MADIRA WIRK WILLS INDIA LIFESTYLE FASHION WEEK

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SOFT & SEXY MUSTARD YELLOW WILL KEEP THE DULL AND DRAB AT BAY

Arpita Mehta Anarkali Set with Mirrored Vest Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $709

Varun Bahl Anarkali Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $5,740

Bhumika Sharma Blouse (with sari) Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $558

Paula Mendoza Bracelet Moda Operandi, $550

Jimmy Choo Purse Savannah's $2,450

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KIRAN UTAM GHOSH WILLS INDIA LIFESTYLE FASHION WEEK

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SEEING RED

Swatee Singh Top Pernia's Pop-up Shop, $106

THIS CLASSIC COLOUR ISN’T JUST FOR BLUSHING DESI BRIDES

Coast Nolita Coat House of Fraser, $163

Bvulgari Omnia Coral Perfume Sephora, $65

Alberto Guardianni Pumps Luisaviaroma, $806

Masterpeace Headpiece Moda Operandi, $300

Phoenix Earrings Prerto, $76

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Whether you're wearing a caped gown or a caped cloak, capes are the must-have trend this season for easy chic.

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NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD This romantic Dolce & Gabbana cape was indicative of the flora and fauna that flooded their fall runway.

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These fairytale inspired looks would win Prince Charming's affections. Think woodland creatures, velvety capes, ethereal gowns, sparkling gemstones, a dash of romance and an abundant dose of magic.

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mod club SWING INTO THE SIXTIES

The sixties ushered in some of our favorite vintage trends like platform shoes, A-line minis, psychedelic prints and liquid liner. Feel the retro vibe with our fashionable finds for this groovy decade.

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ď ´ MEOW From Sharmila

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Tagore to Hema Malini, the cat eye was huge with Bollywood's sixties sirens. Get the look with liquid liner.

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ď ´ LBD Three quarter length sleeves and a Peter Pan collar give this shift a mod twist. Pair it with opaque black tights, platform pumps and an oversized leopard coat for an evening out.

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1. DRESS Matthew Williamson Mini $3,595 www.net-a-porter.com; 2. BROOCH Rewind Vintage Affairs 1960's Brooch $287 www.farfetch.com; 3. DRESS River Island Shift $70 www.riverisland.com; 4. DRESS Valentino Carmen Couture Crepe Dress $7,790 www.matchesfashion.com; 5. PURSE Burberry Prorsum Large Milverton Satchel $2,995 www.bloomingdales.com; 6. BOOT Saint Laurent Mod Glitter Ankle Boot $1,145 www.bergdorfgoodman.com; 7. BLAZER Thakoon Addition Checked Wrap-Back Blazer $790 www.modaoperandi.com; 8. SUNGLASSES Nasty Gal Wild Things Shades $20 www.nastygal.com; 9. EYELINER YSL Effet Faux Clis Shocking Eyeliner $5 www.sephora.com.

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Mixing prints in this color palette is easier than you think.

1. SARI Sabyasachi Hand Block Printed Gharara Sari $970 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 2. NECKLACE Deepa Gurnani Queen Amidala Necklace $312 www.charmandchain.com; 3. DRESS Peter Pilotto Multi-Panel Dress $2,086 www.matchesfashion.com; 4. COAT Tory Burch Tavia Coat $495 www.net-a-porter.com; 5. DRESS Carven Dada-print Silk Dress $973 www.matchesfashion. com; 6. SKIRT Prabal Gurung Point D'Esprit Pencil. Skirt $1,295 www.modaoperandi.com; 7. CLUTCH Manish Arora Zip Pouch $375 www.holtrenfrew.com; 8. HEELS J.Crew Houndstooth Mary Janes $298 www.jcrew.com; 9. MESSENGER BAG Zara Printed Messenger Bag $70 www.zara.com; 10. HEADBAND Fooljhadi Headband $99 www.exclusively.in.

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print power

WILLFULLY WILD

Go for bold with this season's prints. Chinoiserie, florals, tribal and brocade were all over the runways. We love the modern way designers fearlessly layered patterns, colours and textures for a funky, yet refined look

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zardozi | style Sir Bhupindra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala

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FASHION 101

NATURE INSPIRED

dabka

Dabka is a Rajasthani embroidery style that involves coiling a very fine metal thread which is hollow inside. This precise work requires three to five artisans to create intricate patterns that mimic flowers, animals, leaves and birds. The labour intensive Dabka work was once reserved for royals because it used gold threads. SONALI GUPTA YELLOW DUBKA EMBROIDERED PEPLUM TOP PERNIA’S POP-UP SHOP, $358

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BOTTLE Winter blues got you down? Get the sunkissed look for a golden finish.

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midas touch GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

A touch of gold may be fierce and flashy or it could create a moment of timeless elegance. And from head-to-toe, it can be downright magical. It is all about radiating a fabulous attitude. So go ahead and work it.

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jacket is made from Tussar silk. Local to India, this silk is a light and airy fabric with a natural gold hue.

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1. HIGHLIGHTER Benefit Sunbeam $26 www.sephora.com; 2. NECKLACE Preeti Mohan Choker $249 www.exclusively.in; 3. JACKET Samant Chauhan French Knot Embroidered Wrap Jacket $717 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 4. GOWN Prabal Gurung Metallic Jacquard Gown $4,995 www.net-a-porter.com; 5. RING  Natasha Zinko 18-Karat Gold Bunny Ring $4,150 www.net-a-porter; 6. CLUTCH Charlotte Olympia Lotus Clutch $2,595 www.net-a-porter.com; 7. EARRINGS Tara Pearl Earrings $125 www.maxandchloe.com; 8. HEELS Michael Kors Doris $450 www.shopbop.com; 9. NAIL POLISH Juelp Oscar $5 www.julep.com; 10. SKIRT Rochas Metallic Velvet Midi Skirt $2,865 www.modaoperandi.com.

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Fierce women ruled th of regal strength, war fabrics. Some looks h past with modern tw plaids or the flashier v sari. Zardozi celebrate and courage exhibi visionary South

LEFT TO RIGHT: (FRONT) PIA PAURO, TANIEYA KHANUJA, (BACK) MANISH MALHOTRA (LFW) , SAHIL KOCCHAR, SHANTANU & NIKHIL (LFW)

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he runways with hints rrior garb and heavy harkened back to the wists like bright tartan version of your mom’s es the feminine beauty ited by this season's Asian designers.

LEFT TO RIGHT: (FRONT) SAHIL KOCCHAR, SHANTANU & NIKHIL (LFW), (BACK) PIA PAURO, MASABA (LFW), SONAAKSHI RAAJ (LFW)

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SAHIL KOCCHAR WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

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PIA PAURO WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK


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DEV R NIL WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

CHARU PARASHAR WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

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ANITA DONGRE LAKME FASHION WEEK

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ZUBAIR KIRMANI WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK


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VAISHALI LAKME FASHION WEEK

NIKASHA WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

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ZARA SHAHJAHAN LAKME FASHION WEEK

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SHEHLAA LAKME FASHION WEEK


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NIKASHA WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

REHANE WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

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DEV R NIL WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

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ANUPAMAA BY ANUPAMAA DAYA WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK


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TARUN TAHILIANI WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

VIKRAM PHADNIS LAKME FASHION WEEK

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ABRAHAM & THAKORE WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

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SOLTEE BY SULAKSHANA MONGA WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK


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AMIT AGGARWAL LAKME FASHION WEEK

HARISHITA CHATARJEE DESHPANDE LAKME FASHION WEEK

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ROCKY S LAKME FASHION WEEK

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VAISHALI S LAKME FASHION WEEK


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SAHIL KOCCHAR WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

SONAAKSHI RAAJ LAKME FASHION WEEK

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ANITA DONGRE LAKME FASHION WEEK

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ANJU MODI LAKME FASHION WEEK


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JADE LAKME FASHION WEEK

SONAAKSHI RAAJ LAKME FASHION WEEK

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Shine on with a mirrored choli that will keep you shimmering all night long Arpita Mehta Choli www.perniaspopupshop.com

full moon

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Bring a sparkle to magical wintery nights with these touches

Adorn yourself with a bindi for a truly traditional look www.dollsofindia.com

Make some beautiful music by tapping your feet with these ghungroos www.exoticindiaart.com

Decorate the hall with silk cushions in every colour of the rainbow www.aniika.com

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Get glam for a night of dancing with a flowing chaniya choli SVA lehenga set www.perniaspopupshop.com

Pile your arms up high with a stack of pretty bangles www.maxandchloe.com

Add a festive flourish to your hair with a colourful paranda

RABANI & RAKHA WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK

www.dostpakistan.com

Stowing lipstick for touch-ups is easy with this elaborate clutch www.toryburch.com

STYLE TIP Scour flea markets and thrift shops for inexpensive options

Cinch your waist with a pretty statement belt www.netaporter.com

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Outerwear Max Mara, Top Uniqlo, Hat & Gloves Zara, Shoes Charles and Keith


"Erratica" Photographer Omkar Chitnis Styling Harshad Ghadvi Make-up Claire Schultz Hair Stylist Siddhesh Shinde


Outerwear Banana Republic, Accessories Zara, Shoes Charles and Keith


Suiting Ahmed Bham, Shoes H&M


Corset Bottom Kyra Thailand, Top H&M


Outerwear Max Mara, Dress Vintage Me, Shoes UGG


Dress Vintage Me, Accessories Zara, Shoes Charles and Keith


Outerwear Max Mara, Top Uniqlo, Hat & Gloves Zara, Shoes Charles and Keith


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"ALL MANNER OF WOMEN HO WERE THEIR SECO P

CHEAT SHEET Young girl in Gujarati style sari, 1880.

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SARI SCHOOL Calling Mommy dearest to put on your sari may not be necessary anymore thanks to a Sari School with many locations across India. Rta Kapur Chisti, author of Saris:Tradition and Beyond, started the school in 2009 as a way to promote the livelihoods of the sari weavers, printers and dyers and to ensure that future generations of Indians continue to wear this garment. The school provides two to three hour long courses to learn one of the 108 ways to wear a sari from Gujarati to South Indian. “The sari can reinvent itself to become a long or short dress, a pair of pants or even shorts or a formal gown,” says Chisti.

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No cheating here. Rta Kapur Chisti teaches her students how to tie a sari's without the use of pins or pre-stitching in her book available at Amazon.

THE GRACE OF A SARI "The personal pleasure of draping the unstitched, fluid garment over and around the body, adjusting it with little tucks and pulls to suit one’s own particular form, is sensuous. It creates a picture of flowing grace that conceals as much as it reveals." — Rta Kapur Chisti


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OLD THEIR SARIS WITH CHARACTERISTIC EASE, ALMOST AS IF IT OND SKIN AND NOT A TEXTILE EXTRANEOUS TO THEMSELVES.” — RTA KAPUR CHISTI

Above: Women wearing colourful saris at the Taj Mahal. Image: "Bare Feet and Colorful Saris" by Daniel Peckham; license

LOOKING AHEAD "If the sari can be rediscovered and recreated by all those who wear it...It will find a future that is as rich as its past." — Rta Kapur Chisti

Left: A weaver preparing the warp in a village near Kanchipuram, India. Image: "Weaver in India" by Claude Renault; license

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swatch watch We've got you covered with our must-have fabrics to keep your style game ahead of the curve

gold

Just a touch is enough to glam up any look

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mohair

Infused with keratin, this luxe wool is known as the diamond fiber

leather

Show a rebellious side with this fierce fabric


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CHIC NOTES

Dreaming of a getaway www.riflepaperco.com

BREATHTAKING

I see my fair share of beautiful outfits, but this one really took my breath away with its touch of vintage and whimsy www.perniaspopupshop.com

Rina’s WISHLIST Zardozi’s Editor-in-Chief shares her season’s wishlist inspired by romantic blushes, feminine flourishes and birds of a feather

QUICK CHANGE ARTIST Winter is the perfect time to update old furniture with pretty knobs www.anthropologie.com

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SWIRL OF COLOUR

A scarf paired with a white sweater or top brings a pop of colour www.exclusively.in

GARDEN VIEW

Flowers of all shapes and sizes, keep drawing me in www.net-a-porter.com

RUFFLES

WARM ME UP

A warm cup of chai is in order on a cold winter’s day

Pretty ruffles give an air of romance www.lookbookstore.co

www.twinings.co.uk

TREND ALERT Pattern play is a must this season www.sassandbide.com

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BLOGGER LOVE

nisha oza

CALIFORNIA RESIDENT NISHA OZA MADE A BIG JUMP INTO A CAREER IN FASHION AFTER STUDYING ECONOMICS AND MATHEMATICS IN COLLEGE. THE 24-YEAR-OLD TALKS TO ZARDOZI AND SHARES HER FAVORITE LOOKS ON HER PERSONAL STYLE BLOG, THE FASHIONISHA. Where do you work now? I work at Piperlime as a Merchandise Planner for luxury shoes. How would you describe your personal style? A little edgy, a little contemporary and a little girly. It’s hard to put my style in just one category! What is your fall must have? An amazing leather jacket is necessary, worth the money and goes with everything. I also love pencil skirts. How does your heritage influence your style? A lot of my fashion choices are inspired by my Indian background. I might wear a sari blouse as a crop top, paired with a casual pair of black joggers. Every time my mom and I are at the mall, she points at any jewelry and says, “I can get a prettier version of that in India for 50 rupees, I can’t believe they are selling it for $200!” She couldn’t be more right. India has amazing jewelry, so I always stock up when I go back to visit. I wear a chunky necklace or bangles from India almost every day. What advice do you have for someone who wants to pursue a career in fashion? Start interning ASAP! There are many facets to the fashion industry, so build your experience and industry know-how by working at magazines, showrooms, and wherever else you can. It is an incredibly competitive industry so it takes a lot of hard work and long hours to work your way up.

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CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FASHIONISHA ON THE WEB

NISHA'S STYLE Nisha shares her must-have items for the fall/winter season

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SPLURGE ON A LEATHER JACKET ELIZABAETH AND JAMES, INTERMIX $1,365

A PENCIL SKIRT IS SLEEK AND SEXY NIKHIL THAMPI, PERNIA'S POP-UP SHOP $179

STOCK UP ON INDIAN JEWELRY RIVER ISLAND, ASOS $46

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wonderla Photographs by Reuben Luke @misterwonderland

Sheryl Luke started her blog four years ago to showcase her personal style, which is a perfect blend of comfort meets chic. The Los Angeles native tells us how she went from a 9 to 5 job, to a full-time blogger.

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CLICK HERE TO VISIT WALK IN WONDERLAND ON THE WEB

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"WATCHING MY MOM DRESS UP, SHE WAS QUITE THE FASHIONISTA. SHE IS DEFINITELY THE REASON WHY I LOVE FASHION SO MUCH."

Tell us a little about yourself? Before I started my blog, I was sitting behind a desk, getting dressed everyday for the rat race. But now, I am really happy that I blog full-time and get to document my daily outfits. I wake up everyday looking forward to whatever outfit my mood puts me in. How did you first get interested in fashion? Watching my mum dress up, she was quite the fashionista. She is definitely the reason why I love fashion so much. I think one should try to look pleasant and approachable, because you never know who you’ll bump into. A first impression is important. Describe your personal style I don't really have a specific style, but for the most part I love pairing a basic item with a statement piece.To me, fashion is all about having fun and experimenting. I never say no to trying new styles, but most times you will find me in edgy, urban and chic outfits. Favorite Designers? Celine and Chloe What is the first thing you notice in another person's outfit? I look at how comfortable and happy they look. I think confidence overcomes all and when a person is confident, it is reflected in their look. How does your cultural background influence and inspire your style? My use of color in my outfits and also how I like to accessorize is rooted in my culture, with my own modern spin of course! Number one fashion tip Don't follow trends.You have to wear what you feel

most comfortable and confident in. I was quite close to getting myself a pair of Birkenstocks, but I felt I was not going to be able to pull it off so I finally decided against that. What pieces do you splurge on? If I had to splurge on an item it would definitely be on a handbag. What is the most notable current trend and your thoughts? I am all about the Androgynous look lately. One fashion rule you NEVER break? Visible panty lines are an absolute no. Invest in seamless nude undergarments. Who is your fashion icon? My fashion icon is the everyday woman who has to manage so much in her professional and personal life and still manages to look fabulous! Aside from always looking fabulous, what are your other hobbies? I love cooking. I come from a family that takes pride in making home cooked Indian meals and although I was a little late to that party, I've really been bitten by that bug. What are the top three places we must visit in Los Angeles? The Grove because it’s just beautiful any time of the day, the Fairfax Flea market on Sundays for people watching and vintage/indie finds and anywhere along the Pacific Coast highway. In year 2015 you will be…? I will continue to evolve in my fashion world, meet more people and learn new things.

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STEAL SHERYL'S STYLE

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LOOK SHARP IN BLACK LOAFERS SHELLY'S LONDON, BANK FASHION $88

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A DOME PURSE IS ON TREND BRAHMIN VIVIAN, ZAPPOS $325

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EVENING SPARKLE A sequined jacket is perfect for a night on the town www.zara.com

FIT & FLARE

Give your figure the perfect hourglass shape with this woolen coat

DAINTY

The bows add a feminine touch www.cusp.com

www.tedbaker.com

CASUAL CHIC

Top off jeans and a tee with this rabbit fur vest for instant style www.calypsostbarth.com

COZY CUPS

Keep your beverages warm and cute! www.shopbando.com

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LUXE EARS

Flowers, sequins and faux fur round out these over-the-top muffs www.farfetch.com

CURL UP

Get comfortable on the couch with a good book and this throw, which offers the perfect pop of colour for any space www.zincdoor.com

Yasmin’s WISHLIST Winter weather essentials to keep Zardozi's Design Director warm during the chilliest months of the season

OFFICE GLAMOUR

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GIRL POWER

ROYAL RANI rani OF jhansi

Women of power and influence are featured in stationary company, Rifle Paper Co’s Monarch cards and calendars. Our favorite blue blood is Rani Jhansi who rode horses, trained in archery and knew how to work a sword. She fought the British and in her honor there is an all- female regiment in the Indian army, named after her.

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BLOGGER LOVE

TWO BROWN GIRLS British girls Seetal Kaur and Aaminah Patel are two friends interested in culture and language with blog posts ranging from Sufism to Sabyasachi. What is your blog about? There is a creative, intelligent, outspoken community of young South Asian women lacking a common source for shared issues. We blog to help people feel connected to their culture no matter which continent they live on. Followers tell us our blog has helped them to understand and love their heritage. What do you do for a living? S: I am a freelance writer and train as a Kathak dancer. A: My plan is to stay out of the work world indefinitely and travel for the rest of my life! I have some serious nomad aspirations.  After studying classical Arabic for two years, I plan to take Islamic Studies.

Seetal Kaur and Aaminah Patel

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How would you describe your style? S: Pretty laid back. I like neutral, earthy colours and fabrics highlighted by brighter accents. I prefer owning things that have a story. Most of the rings I wear have been collected from different places that I have travelled to and they remind me of those moments and journeys every time I look at them. A: My style is very feminine, but like Seetal’s, is also very laid back. I feel like that element came into our style during university when we couldn’t be bothered to spend hours deciding what we should wear every day! I love wearing dresses as they are so easy to style and look chic with pumps and a blazer thrown on top. Seet likes to say I always dress ‘business casual’ – well, you never know when you will run into an opportunity. How do you incorporate South Asian style into your every day wear? S: I wear payal/jhanjharaa most of the time, have my hand decorated in mehndi or I wear a chunni/ dupatta instead of a scarf.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT TWO BROWN GIRLS ON THE WEB.

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Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse, Amazon $14

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Unaccustomed Earth By Jhumpa Lahiri, Amazon $12

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The Music Room By Namita Devidayal, Amazon $12

A: I love wearing scarves to brighten up my look and they are always ones that I’ve collected from my travels around India. I love shopping for silk scarves in Delhi’s markets, and have picked up some beautiful shawls from Kashmir and gorgeous bright bandini dupattas from Rajasthan. Who is a Zardozi woman? S: Intense, thoughtful, intuitive, strong and resilient. A: Intelligent, inquisitive and confident.

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Shilpa Koshy’s childhood abuse led to body image issues, depression and a suicide attempt. Today she uses her experience to educate victims of abuse.

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27-year-old Dallas makeup artist Shilpa Koshy breaks the taboo surrounding childhood abuse.

It has been over ten years since my suicide attempt.Years of insecurity, low self-worth, lack of faith and painful experiences all played a role in me making that life altering decision. It all began when I was a child. I was molested when I was eight years old by who was once my favorite uncle. This shattered my world. But I think what affected me the most was how the situation was handled after. Nobody really wanted to talk about it. Everyone dealt with the pain in silence. I felt alone. I had nobody to talk to, nobody to cry to, at least that’s how it felt at the time. I was just a disappointment. I woke up the next morning and I I became withdrawn. I blamed myself for what happened. I felt couldn’t believe it.  What did I do wrong? Why didn’t it work? I dirty, insecure and hated myself. went to bed that night thinking the next day everything would I grew up overweight and with be back to normal. But when I woke acne. This just added to my insecuup, I could not move. I could not rities. I remember hating myself, the speak.  All I could do was cry.  I had “I WAS MOLESTED WHEN I WAS way I looked and who I was. I hated wet the bed. I had no control over my everything about me. I would pray to body.  My brother came into the room EIGHT YEARS OLD BY WHO WAS be skinny, beautiful and to love myself. and knew something was wrong. He ONCE MY FAVORITE UNCLE.  THIS In high school, this reached its peak. called for help. I remember my Dad I was teased by boys I liked for being holding my limp body and telling the SHATTERED MY WORLD.” overweight. I felt it must be me. I must paramedics, “No she would not have have done something to deserve this. taken those pills.” I remember thinkI was the queen of negative thoughts. ing, “Oh God, what did I do?” I would often sit in class thinking, “Shilpa, you are the fattest I woke up in the hospital bed, saw my Mom crying, asking me person in this room,” and “you are the ugliest person here.” I why I did this. I had no words. I just cried and said sorry.  The would cry often. I was miserable. doctor said it was a miracle that I was alive and that I did not I was sick of feeling this way. I wanted everyone to love me have brain damage. even though I did not love myself.  All this led me to my life I felt embarrassed and could not believe I did this. I did not changing decision. want to be the new topic of whispers in the community. One night, I swallowed a bottle and a half of my parents’ It took me a while to digest what had happened.  What did it medicine hoping that I would not wake up the next morning. all mean? God had given this girl, who felt insignificant and undeI felt my family and this world would be better off without me. serving of life, a second chance. He showed me that I was meant to be here. My presence on earth has a purpose. Since then, I have been on a mission to figure out why I am here and how can I make a difference. CLICK We all have a role to play in this world, whether it is to be a HERE teacher, parent, friend, lover and a child of God.  You are never TO VISIT alone and you are never unloved. If you are thinking of suicide, MAKEUP BY talk to someone about it. SHILPA ON I cannot imagine if I had missed out on this life. I am no longer THE WEB embarrassed. I am a survivor and this is my story.  I can finally say that I love myself.

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S U RVI VO R STO RI ES

A FACE OF BEAUTY The eyes are the window to the soul. And the eyes in photographer Rahul Saharan’s project featuring acid attack survivors, tell a story of triumph through pain. Saharan’s goal is to show the world that the women in these pictures are beautiful and have a story to tell.

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WATCH THEIR STORY To learn more about Rupa’s story and that of other survivors watch Black Roses & Red Dresses

EVERY WOMAN IS BEAUTIFUL

"Beauty means what is from the inside and how you see and treat others, your actions. It should not be described in such narrow boundaries as the features one has on their face or the colour of their skin. Every woman is beautiful I feel and it’s important to make her feel that way." — Photographer Rahul Saharan

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One survivor is 22-year-old fashion designer Rupa of Rupa’s Designs. After her Mother died, she lived with her Father and Stepmother. “Everyone told me I looked exactly like my mother. It was my reason to live. I didn’t have a mother but at least I had her face,” says Rupa. Six years ago,her stepmother sent four men to attack Rupa with acid as she slept. For six long hours, Rupa was without medical care, until her

Uncle showed up and rushed the young girl to the hospital, where she spent the next three months. She has undergone seven surgeries, while her Uncle struggles to help her financially. Rupa’s Stepmother spent one year in jail and is now out on bail, living with Rupa’s Father. The Indian government recently amended the laws surrounding acid attacks, sending perpetrators to prison anywhere from 10 years to life. But there is still no compensation available for survivors. Rupa has teamed up with a group called Stop Acid Attacks to seek justice for other victims of acid attacks. Thanks to her campaigning, it is now illegal to openly sell acid in India. Stop Acid Attacks is also helping to raise money so that Rupa can fulfill her dream of owning a boutique where she will sell her designs and employ other acid attack survivors.

Photographs by: Rahul Saharan Above: Fashion designer Rupa stitching clothes in her studio Center: Laxmi, co-founder of Stop Acid Attacks Far Left: Friends Rupa and Ritu enjoy a laugh

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RAHUL SAHARAN TELLS US WHY HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHING SURVIVORS OF ACID ATTACKS. What first inspired you to photograph victims of acid attacks? The inspiration was Rupa who went through such a horrible experience in life and yet she still perseveres and works hard to spread awareness and earn money for her treatment and rehabilitation program. She is truly an inspiration after facing such horrific crimes as some people would leave hope and go into depression, but she continues to fight and make things better by setting an example for other women. She works hard to help women understand that they can fight to get justice, which inspires me to do things which will improve our society. Why do you think the acid attack survivor stories need to be shared with the public? In our society there is a very narrow approach towards beauty. One does not need to be physically beautiful to be truly beautiful–and the way we look is based on what was given to us, we are all creations. Beauty means what is from the inside and how you see and treat others, your actions. It should not be described in such narrow boundaries as the features one has on their face or the color of their skin. Every woman is beautiful I feel, and it’s important to make her feel that way.

Above: Good friends Ritu and Laxmi enjoy the camera's attention Center: Acid Attack survivor Sonam who was attacked with her sister while they were sleeping Far Left: Photographer Rahul Saharan and his muse Laxmi

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FRESH FACE SHOBANA'S BEAUTY MUST-HAVES At only 13-years-old, Shobana Lakkavally knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.  She is an artist at heart and makeup is her medium. After working for L’Oreal and MAC, she began her own company, Amplified Soul Make-Up and Hair Couture and the coveted BrowMance,  a wax and brow bar in downtown Toronto. Shobana shares her beauty essentials for the Zardozi woman.

1 LINER

Create high definition and drama with this easy-to-use smudge proof liquid liner; Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, Stila $20

2 POUT

For a long-lasting matte finish, pencil this on.  As an added bonus, it has resveratol, proven to fight free radicals and provide anti-aging benefits; Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil, Sephora $24

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3 SPARKLE

Adhere shadow to lids with primer and play with effects to build from a light sheer shimmer to a deep metallic opaque; Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten, Sephora $32


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 4  SCULPTED

Put your best face forward with this contouring kit; Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, Sephora $48

5 LASHES

Add 3X more visibility and 8X more volume on your lashes to easily lift and separate without clumping; Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express, Target $6

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Designed with patented Buoyancy Gel technology, this foundation minimizes imperfections and hydrates skin without settling into fine lines to create a smooth even finish; Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super–Charged Oil–Free Foundation, Sephora $48

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This triple action forumula, wards off harmful UV rays, corrects wrinkles and evens out the complexion for more luminous skin; L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening UV Shield SPF40, Nordstrom $60

8 COVER Do double duty with this concelaer duo and counteract dark circles with a yellow shade and blemishes, redness and imperfections with a beige shade for flawless coverage; Vasanti Wonders of the Eye Concealer, Birchbox $17

MUST HAVE TOOL

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9 CLEANSE

Pamper your skin with this super soft sponge to reveal smoother, brighter skin for a deep cleanse gentle enough for the most sensitive skin; Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge, Amazon $30

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LITTLE

CLICK HERE TO VISIT LITTLE BLISS BOOK ON THE WEB.

To fulfill her sweet tooth, Rakhi enjoys baking. For a healthy alternative to super sugary desserts, try these Gluten Free Dairy Free Heart Tarts. Click here for the recipe.

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EATING CLEAN IS A CHOICE FOR SOME, BUT FOR 24-YEAR-OLD RAKHI ROY CHOWDHURY, IT WAS A NECESSITY. AFTER DOING A 60 DAY CLEANSE,TO DISCOVER WHAT FOODS SHE COULD AND COULD NOT CONSUME,THE FLORIDA NATIVE DECIDED TO SHARE HER FINDINGS ON HER BLOG.

Why is health and nutrition so important to you? I’ve had severe food allergies since birth. I was allergic to milk, eggs, wheat, soy, nuts, seafood, legumes and anything with artificial flavoring or preservatives. Candy was off limits for me as a kid because even most chocolates had added fillers like soy lecithin. I still try to eat a diet clean of overly processed foods to ensure that I don’t get sick. Just like flowers that can’t bloom to their potential in poor soil, we can’t thrive without a good nutritional foundation.

Good nutrition is not just better for you physically, but mentally as well.When you feel good you will do good in other aspects of your life and people will notice. How can you incorporate South Asian food or traditions into a healthy lifestyle? No one wants to eat steamed vegetables all the time just to be healthy. South Asian food has a great variety of vegetable options that get their flavor from masalas. Use quinoa, a mild-tasting grain, to replace rice and roti. What are your tips for a blissful life? Laugh a lot and surround yourself with people who can bring that out of you. What is your dream destination? Somewhere in Asia like Bali or any of the Pacific islands. One of bucket list goals is to do a yoga retreat in Asia and go riding on elephants.


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FIVE HEALTH TIPS

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Read food labels If the ingredient list is a paragraph long and you don’t understand the words, put the box down.

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Shop on the outer perimeter of the store This is where all the bulk food, produce and meats are.

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Break up with sugar Use a replacement sweetener like Stevia instead. Your skin and body will thank you. Check to see how many grams of added sugar are in foods and keep it to less than 40 grams daily.

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Get enough sleep It will not only help with your mental clarity, but you won’t be reaching for the caffeine.

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Stay positive Try not to be hard on yourself if your healthy habits don’t stick right away. Share the journey with a friend to keep you motivated.

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