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Maternity Photoshoot- Celebrating our baby

Hey beauties !!

It’s been seventeen months when we had this maternity photoshoot. It was always on my mind to share it with you from the very beginning and was pending in my blog draft for a really long time and finally here it is.

We really wanted to celebrate the arrival of our newborn and thought maternity photoshoot could be a beautiful way to capture the essence of the moment when your baby is enclosed in the protective layers of belly and you can just feel it all the time with you/ within you. After  going through various searches on the internet we came across Peachlovephtography run by the Photographer duo – Varinder Sekhon and Parul Sekhon. As we saw their pics we knew that they actually define our taste and contacted them. We found them so easy to work with, friendly and guided us well with few poses. Being a mom of a young boy now two, Parul knew what a maternity period means to a woman and how important it meant for us. For the session we chose a less crowded park in Chandigarh, the weather was beautiful with sunset and it’s warm golden light did the whole magic to the photography.  I’m so glad we did, as one day we’ll get to share it with our little angel and we’re really grateful to them for capturing the shoot so well.

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It was so difficult to select pictures for the blog as all were so beautiful and as we are new blessed with a beautiful girl. This life has got whole new meaning, love has got new depth and even a glimpse of her make our day.

What we wore:-

I wore a customised long flowy white gown altered to my shape with Steve Madden Treasure heels in silver. I kept my look minimal and more natural with slight wavy hair topped with lipstick safe in pregnancy.

My husband kept the look semi formal and wore purple sweater and snuggly fitted formal black pants from Marks & Spencer with a mauve shirt from Louis Philippe.

How to look best this Karwachauth

Hello my beauties !!!!!!!!

I know I’ve been very irregular in writing blogs. This new mommy is super occupied with the baby and work.  But as I get time off I am always ready for the blogs. It’s your love that keeps me going. Karwachauth festival is around the corner and this blog is all about styling on this festival

(Karwachauth Fast is observed by married women  for the longer life of their husband and sometimes by unmarried girls for praying to get a good groom). In my case, I am traditional enough to dress up and fast the whole day for the long life of my husband but I am very much a woman of this age who would mould the rituals as per her liking. I personally love this festival and consider it as a blessing to have someone in my life for whom I can keep the fast and the most amazing part of this festival is definitely my favourite dressing up. The idiosyncrasies of this festival are usually  bright colored saree, suit or  lehenga, henna (mehendi), bangles, sindoor, bindi mostly indian bridal stuff and to compile a perfect look here are some tips…

1. Glowing skin :  get-glowing-skin.jpgGlowing skin makes any complexion look radiant and flawless. To get that perfect glow you can always go for good facial in salon, or home facials kits available in the market or homemade facepacks to suit your skin type and requirement or simple home cleansing which I explained in my previous blog My Everyday Skin Care Routine.

2. Pretty Hands:

Ah the Henna! it is considered an auspicious symbol of good fortune for married women and on karwachauth who doesn’t like beautiful henna design on their hands adorned with beautiful nails and secret rivalry to get darkest henna in the group on Karwachauth. For this beautiful art on your hands and feet you  can always call a professional or simply get the circle design done yourself with the readymade henna cone, which I am gonna do this time as my little baby won’t spare me anyhow. To go with the super-easy way of applying mehendi get the henna tattoos in whatever color you want, they are superb. For the latest henna designs there are plenty intagrammers and pinterest pinners to follow.

3. Nails:

A pretty color on well-trimmed and filed nails enhances the overall look. An amazingly gorgeous  nail art to compliment the dress that you have carefully chosen for that day, or golden sparkles to go with your plain outfit which has golden embellishments. You can go for a chic, elegant, dressy or a simple nail art design that enhances the look for the day.

4. The best outfit:
With today’s fashion and trend changing so rapidly you can never go wrong with a handloom silk saree and new brides can always recycle their wedding dress to get that new bride, first karwachauth look.

If you have been there done that, the world is your oyster. Capes, shararas, palazzos, crop tops, dhotis, cigarette pants, jackets, high-low kurtas, drapes – the silhouettes are endless! So whatever your shape, size, preference you have got best dress to look upto.

The Capes: It is the hottest trend right now and well paired with sarees, lehengas, dhoti pants, suits, pallazoos and gowns.


Crop Tops and Skirts: 
Crop tops that double up as blouses, and maxi skirts that are used as lehengas are definite multi-tasking fashion.


Kurtas:
Kurtas have been so versatile recently from short kurta to long kurta, from Anarkalis to straight cut to A line to high low kurtas,  draped kurtas, jacket style kurta etc. etc. whether you pair them with skirt, palazzo, cigarette pants, dhoti pants, lehenga, sharara, shalwar or leggings there is a style for each body shape and occasion  and to complete the look carry a dupatta or just a statement necklace. This versatility is phenomenon.

5. Makeup and hairdo :
As this festival is more of an intimate occasion you don’t want to be loathed with makeup like a bride. It should be a normal party makeup and the hair you can get totally creative with – let it loose in curls, do a chic side bun for your hair or a fishtail braid, tie it in a sleek pony – the options are totally limitless. Topped with the bindi, sindoor, bangles and mangalsutra to complete the look.

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With this wish you all a very happy Karwachauth.

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Wish you beautiful day, stay happy & stay beautiful..

I love you all..

How I dressed my bump-From regular to maternity clothes

Hello my beauties,

Finding out having a baby is an amazing experience but pregnancy styling was definitely a big challenge for me at the beginning, the first trimester. All of a sudden even before you know you are pregnant the symptoms start popping up in your physique, not the whole but the upper part. The increasing gap between the buttons of your well fitted shirt, being unable to zip up your pretty dress which was just perfect last month, that all’s so much to take in. I didn’t want spend my nine months in the sartorial wilderness and didn’t want to splurge my money on whole new wardrobe or buying those so expensive maternity clothes, I was all back to the drawing board, staying true to my style, making my old wardrobe work with my new body, creating my maternity wardrobe from the stuff I already had and the new stuff to be included, which I could carry for several months from prenatal to postnatal. After months of figuring out what actually works,  I thought of sharing the whole ideas of maternity styling trimester wise with all the expecting moms there.

First trimester style-
In the first trimester there’s so much going on with your body, you are exhausted, nauseated, all hormones and figuring out all the new changes. You just want keep yourself comfy and not messed up. I utilized as much as I can from the old wardrobe. Loose tanks, flared tops, stretchy jeans, comfy shoes, scarves to cover up the ever increasing busts, as you might would not like people to get the news so soon. It all went perfectly well and keeping the looks high effortlessly.

Maternity style- for a walk


Second and third trimester style-
Loved the flowy tops, peplum throughout the maternity. They are chic comfy, hide the bump easily and can go with almost anything, denim, skirts, leggings. Few shrugs to keep yourself warm and and hide the bump. 898d36348d85cea3fe045f8ea52b3b67The jeans from your pre-pregnancy can go upto the mid of second trimester using the rubber band trick keeping you in your favorite pair of jeans.
Ah those Zara body shaping leggings from my pre-maternity and the new ones bought in the same pre-pregnancy size, they were my saviour throughout my pregnancy, their well broad bands around the waist served the purpose till the end of third trimester, well fitted, stretchy, comfy, best investment I made.
If it’s still feel tight to you it’s time to splurge in nice pair of maternity pants. H&M, Zara and Seraphine have got amazing pairs of skinny maternity pants.

Maternity style- casual

Just like the flowy tops shift dresses, fleece leggings, tights and sweaters were another favourite. Keeping me warm and not so bumpy. Pairing them up with neck accessories were my on the go to the parties with my girl friends, outings etc. etc.

Maternity Style - The Chic look


Layering it up-
If you are living in colder places like me never ever forget to layer up. During your pregnancy your body is at higher risk of getting cold or flu leaving you more vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections. So it’s better to protect yourself from cold and chills. Keep the stuff which could cover your growing belly in chills or could be worn later on when you bounce back to your pre-pregnancy shape. The capes, shrugs, trenchesblanket scarves are versatile for this purpose.

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Dressing up for the occasion

Deciding what to wear for an occasion can be easier on usual but when you are expecting it makes whole lot of difference. You can embrace your bumps with a jersey dress or maxi dress dressing it up or down according to the occasion and your choice. And if it’s a night event, layer it with a nice chic coat paired with your favourite boot and warm leggings, protecting you from the chills.

Maternity Style - For a romantic date


The must haves clothes-
From the very pregnancy to the baby every expecting mom should make room in her closet for these essential clothes for during and after pregnancy.
Maternity Bras– Trust me you need them. To fit in with the ever changing size of your chest these are super comfy, and sort of life saviour.
Nursing or maternity tanks, jumper and tops – They fit on the bump very well and later on serves the nursing purpose later.
Nursing shawl  It’s one thing serving the multiple purpose can be worn as a poncho draping the bump, cape, scarf, luxury wrap, swaddling blanket or scarf. Simply love it.

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Wish you all a happy healthy and beautiful pregnancy.

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Wish you beautiful day, stay happy & stay beautiful..

Love you all.. ❤