~ Ethnic Indian Fashion: Sarees and a look into our Karvachauth and Diwali (2016)!!

In my post ~ Ethnic Indian Fashion: Salwar Kameez and Kurti!! I talked about Ethnic Indian Wear and shared my Salwar Kameez and Kurti looks. To celebrate Diwali, in my post today, I will be sharing Ethnic Indian looks namely Sarees!!

This year, Diwali was on Sunday, Oct 30 2016. Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

So without further ado – my looks:

I wore this Sari last year for Karvachauth, an Indian festival, about which I spoke in my post ~ Ethnic Indian Fashion: Salwar Kameez and Kurti!!. This Saree is from my Wedding Trousseau!! My mommy bought it for me from a store called Bawaree in Santa Cruz West, Mumbai. I wore it with matching bangles, my Mangalsutra and long dangling earrings which are again from India.

This was my look for Diwali last year. This Saree was a gift from my mom. She got it from a store called Jashn, once again in Mumbai, India – this one being from their store in Inorbit Mall. Paired it with matching bangles and a multi-color set (necklace and earrings).

I adorned this purple beauty for Karvachauth this year. This Saree is my sister’s choice and we bought it from a store called Soch, this particular one was picked up from the Inorbit Mall location in Mumbai. I wore matching bangles, my Mangalsutra and the necklace and earrings are my sister’s.

This was my look this Diwali. This saree which is a gift from my mother-in-law for Karvachauth last year, and is from a boutique in Lucknow, I absolutely love it!! I love the color combination and the simple but elegant work on the saree – such a beauty! I wore it with my Kate Spade watch, matching bangles, Mangalsutra and chunky earrings which were a gift from my cousin.

Here’s sharing a few photos from our Karvachauth celebrations this year:

Here’s sharing a few photos from our Diwali celebrations this year:

With our wedding anniversary around the corner, this truly is my favorite time of the year!!

And for all those who celebrated this wonderful Indian Festival of Lights, hope you all had a wonderful Diwali as well…

~ Ethnic Indian Fashion: Salwar Kameez and Kurti!!

In the spirit of the Indian Festive Season, my post today is about Ethnic Indian Fashion!! Ethnic wear incorporates all the Indian traditional categories of clothing worn by Indian women and men as the sign of our culture. It includes Saree, Salwar Kameez, Lehenga, Kurti for women and Kurta Pajama, Sherwani, Dhoti Kurta for men.

Yesterday was Karvachauth – it is a festival celebrated by Hindu women, where we married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of our husbands. This Karvachauth I wore a Sari, and will be posting details on that look soon, but for today, I am sharing some of my recent Salwar Kameez looks.

I wore this for a puja (prayer) gathering. This one was added to my collection on my recent trip to India, where I raided my sister’s collection of dress materials and got it stitched for myself.

I kept my jewelry simple with Journey Diamonds necklace from Kay Jewelers, earrings from Charming Charlie, a collection Kate Spade Bangles teamed up with my Kate Spade Watch and simple bedazzled flip-flops from Famous Footwear!

This was my look for Karvachauth 2 years ago (2014). This salwar kameez is from a boutique in Lucknow and is my mother-in-law’s choice. I love the simplicity yet festiveness of the baby pink color combined with silver details.

I wore this with my Mangalsutra, Kendra Scott Earrings, clip on nose ring and colorful bangles. My sandals are from Metro in Mumbai and they are the most comfortable Indian sandals I have ever owned!!

Here I am wearing 2 different sets, but combined the pictures based on the color combination for both being green!

The one on the left, is a recent addition to my wardrobe acquired yet again on my recent trip to Mumbai. I selected this out of my Mom’s dress material collection, because I fell in love with the color combination of green and purple on the duputta (stole). She got this dress material from a store called Rangoli in Mumbai.

I wore this with my Mangalsutra and colorful bangles, comfy sandals from India and earrings from Kuwait. The bangle with the bells is a gift from my Mommy! She’s the best 🙂

My look on the right is actually more in line with a Kurti and not Salwar Kameez. The Kurti I combined it with matching Churidaar but you can wear it with jeans as well. This Kurti is from an Indian store called Westside and was gifted to me by my mother-in-law.

I kept the look simple with my Kenneth Cole Watch, bangle with the bells, comfy Indian sandals, Swarovski Earrings accompanied by my Louis Vuitton Wristlet. The churidaar is from GoColors.

This was my Diwali look from 2014!! This suit is my sister’s choice and I got it from Shoppers Stop at the Inorbit Mall in Mumbai. I love the color combination of the kurta and chunni (stole) and absolutely love the yellow churidaar brightens up the whole look.

I kept the accessories simple with my Mangalsutra, Kenneth Cole Watch, comfy Indian sandals, Swarovski bangles (Bangle 1 and Bangle 2) and Swarovski Earrings.

This look is from the Baba Ramdev gathering in Houston, a couple of months back. I went for a more casual look, here my Kurti is from FabIndia, this particular one being from the store in Inorbit Mall, wore it with chunky metal bangles and my gold leaf necklace and Kate Spade Watch, keeping it simple. The churidaar is also from FabIndia.

If you are visiting India, here are some of my favorite places in Mumbai to shop for good Salwar Suits (ready-made or the material for getting one stiched) or Kurtis. Most of these are famous store chains with locations all over India.

  • Shoppers Stop
  • FabIndia
  • Biba
  • Lifestyle
  • DressLine
  • Rangoli
  • Soch
  • Ethnicity
  • Bawaree
  • Friendship
  • Westside

Even though I never shop for Indian wear online, if you are here in the US and in urgent need to buy something for the upcoming festivites, I have heard that Cbazaar is a good option to check out since they are trustworthy and have a good collection all while not being too pricey.

Hope you enjoyed this post!! 🙂