Must Have Traditional Jewellery for Every Kerala Bride

Jewellery in every form is sought after by women all over the world and Kerala matrimony celebrations are one of the most important times when a woman and her family goes jewellery shopping and enjoys the new collections and traditional jewellery items in her closet. The Indian woman has a special significance for jewellery since it stays with her all her life and it is considered as her assets. Since India is full of cultural diversity, it is no surprise that jewellery also differs from different regions to religions.

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Kerala is one of the states where gold is of utmost importance due to the Gulf influx. Women here are always seen wearing lots of gold right from their childhood and therefore, the Kerala bride is one of the most amazing brides you will ever see on the wedding day. She will probably be soaked in gold head to toe and she will carry it off in style and elegance. If you are a Kerala bride-to-be wondering about what kind of jewellery to collect for your wedding day, here are a few tips and guidelines.

  • Palaykka – This is a dark green necklace which is a traditional part of the collectibles for your wedding day. Another diversion of this jewellery is called the Pulinagam which also means Tiger’s nail. These are available in different sizes and colours and are considered the basic jewellery for a Kerala bride.
  • The long chains – Since brides here wear many pieces of jewellery, the sizes must differ so that all of them can be seen and adorned on their big day. Some of the long chains are called Poothali, Elackathali, Thalikootam, Kuzhiminni, Menonmani and Dhalaminni.
  • The Jasmine Buds – The traditional necklace called the mulaimottumalai is a replica of the bud and is a favourite since centuries. The designs are a combination of traditional and modern and therefore, they suit the young Kerala bride perfectly.
  • The Kasumalai – This is the traditional necklace that adorns coins that start from the neck and end at the waist. It is the traditional symbol of status and wealth and is still very popular amongst the Kerala brides.
  • Bangles and Anklets
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    The bride looks incomplete if any part of her body is not  touched with gold and therefore, traditional bangles and  anklets are also extremely popular with Kerala brides and a  must-have if you are getting married the traditional way.

  •  A Twist on Tradition – If you are a modern bride with a  limited budget, you can still feel extremely traditional and  wear  all the jewellery you desire, thanks to the wonderful  light  weight jewellery that has recently entered the markets.  They  meet the growing need of affordable jewellery that still looks  traditional for the Kerala bride but combines a twist of modernity in the design and the cost as well. The designs are equally empowering and heavy, but they are light to wear so if you are a delicate bride who doesn’t want to become too heavy on the big day, you can opt for these styles as well.

Traditional Kerala jewellery designs are evergreen and are extremely popular and in vogue due to their exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. You can opt for lots of beautiful designs and traditional necklaces that will enhance your beauty on your big day!

 

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All you need to know about Sneha Reddy’s Wedding Jewellery

Sneha Reddy, the daughter of the popular Hyderabad based educationist Chandrasekhar Reddy married Tollywood’s favourite heartthrob, Allu Arjun in 2011.  The wedding was one of the most extravagant ceremonies in the world of Telugu matrimonials and is often quoted even today to pronounce the flamboyant nature of Indian celebrity weddings.

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Sneha Reddy was a demure and dainty young bride who perfectly complemented the stylish star of the Telugu film industry. Here is a gist on the much talked about wedding jewellery of Sneha Reddy.

 Engagement

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and Sneha was seemed to  adorn them for more than one occasion. For the engagement  Sneha wore a long emerald and diamond necklace and a  diamond choker with rubies and pearls. She also wore matching diamond earrings and a tika to complete the look. The highlight of her attire was the diamond studded hip chain with the imprints of Goddess Lakshmi. This piece of jewellery showed adept craftsmanship and was a perfect union of the contemporary diamonds in a traditional mould.  Later in the evening Sneha changed to a simpler looking designer sari and replaced her chunky diamond choker with a simple diamond and pearl necklace.

Sangeet

The sangeet function of Arjun and Sneha was a grand evening at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad. The light hearted evening was graced by family and friends of the couple. Sneha yet again chose to shine bright in contemporary designer diamond-wear.  This time it was the union of the uncut rubies with the white rock. She also wore matching bangles and earrings to perfect the look.

Wedding

With the glittering gold Kanchivaram and oodles of gold, Sneha looked nothing less than a princess. On the wedding day, Sneha wore three rows of traditional gold jewellery with emeralds and uncut diamonds. Her tika and earring were matched to the same pattern of the stone work. Sneha wore the same grand piece of hip chain and her hands were ornamented with over a dozen gold bangles. She also wore flashy head accessories that augmented her traditional looks.

Reception

Post the grand wedding; Arjun had hosted a reception exclusively for his fans. The reception day saw Sneha is a bright red sari coupled with diamonds once again. This time she had mixed an elaborately designed diamond choker with a traditional gold and uncut diamond necklace. Her most popular and exquisite piece of jewellery, the hip chain was worn and matched with similar armlets. Sneha wore the traditional glass bangles like any other newly married Telegu bride and had flanked them with single pieces of “gold kada” bangles.

On the whole Sneha Reddy took a clear liking to diamonds and mixed and matched with different precious stones and traditional gold imprints. Her entire collection of jewellery and especially the ones she wore on her wedding day were a combination of contemporary cuts and traditional designs. Her choice of jewellery was unique and proved to be a trendsetter.

 

Skin Care Regimen to Follow a Month Before your Wedding

To have healthy looking skin on your wedding day, it is crucial to look every inch the charming and stunning Muslim bride. Your skin provides a perfect canvas for flawless makeup. Try some of the handy tips given below to get that perfect looking skin before your wedding day.

A few months before the wedding

Start a series of regular skin treatments to get the elasticity and shine back into your skin. These treatments will deep cleanse and exfoliate your skin and help get rid of impurities. As a result you’ll never have to worry about blemishes and breakouts.

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Focus in on specific problem areas, such as dark circles or wrinkles. Treat puffiness and dehydration. As this is a tense time for you, your skin may show signs of stress with sporadic breakouts. Use a mask everyday to keep skin nourished and hydrated.

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Ideally, you should avoid any major new treatment as you could react adversely. Keep to your routine of cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing. If you are planning to wax your face then do it a few days before your wedding as it will allow the redness to abate.

Hydrate by drinking lots of water everyday

Water flushes out all toxins from your body. Drink at least two litres of water every day. Keep a bottle for yourself, so you can monitor your intake.

Consume coconut water daily

Coconut water will help you glow from within. It’s a delicious way to get clear-looking skin with a lot of added nutritional benefits. Drink fresh coconut water instead of caffeinated and aerated beverages.

Take multivitamins

Consult your doctor and ask him to prescribe multi-vitamins in the weeks leading up to your wedding. It will provide a boost for your system and skin-glowing effects.

Work out regularly

There is nothing like a good workout. Exercise, stretch and feel your muscles tone up and you will be bouncy and full of energy. The sweating will remove toxins, as well

Eat Right

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Ditch the pizzas, burgers and junk food. Opt for fresh vegetables  and fruits and use nominal amount of oil in your cooking. Limit  your intake of fatty foods and carbohydrates.

 Meditate

Meditate an hour every day. Concentrate on your breathing and  focus on yourself. You will see yourself performing all the pre-  wedding tasks and arrangements with more ease and without  getting stressed.

Cleanse twice a day

Don’t only clean your face in the mornings, but also wash your face at night before going to bed and remove your makeup. Use a cotton pad soaked in rose water to ensure your skin is really clean after removing makeup.

 Moisturize

The main reason you as for a Muslim bride to-be to moisturize twice daily is so that your makeup gets applied on your face smoothly in your wedding day. Even if you have oily or combination-skin moisturize regularly and see the difference.

Try the tips given here and you will have all your guests wondering on that special day the secret behind your glowing skin.

Make-Up Essentials for That Complete Bridal Look

On the most special day of your life, you should be radiating happiness, contentment and bliss. Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. But sometimes, things like a runny mascara, smudged lip colour and a streaky, orange spray tan can ruin even your choicest bridal attire.

Hiring a make-up artist isn’t often on the priority list of brides-to-be but doing so ensures that you look stunning in the wedding photos. If you don’t want somebody else to do your make-up and want a professional finish right at home, then following these make-up basics will help you achieve a flawless bridal look enough to impress any Odia groom. Odia Bride

Start with a primer: Apply a thin layer of primer before anything else. Primer smoothes the surface of the skin and evens out the skin tone to ensure a professional make-up application that lasts all day. Think of a primer as lingerie for your face― they smooth, conceal and hold the rest of your make-up in place. For a classic wedding make-up with just a hint of glam, try Prime Beauty Balm from MAC, that comes in a sheer beige tone, or Matte Perfecting Primer from Estee Lauder for an oil-free, even finish.

Don’t forget the concealer: Use a creamy, full coverage concealer on the under eye to appear fresh in any kind of weather and glow in the wedding photos. A concealer can be used to hide everything from dark circles to tattoos without looking pan-caked. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer is the highest-rated concealer available in India. It blends like a dream, is oil-free and water resistant and is available in ten different shades. If you’re on a medium budget, then go for L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer.

Get the perfect foundation: Apply just the right amount of foundation for coverage and colour. Use your fingertips to even out a powder foundation, and for a liquid foundation, massage it all over the face and jaw line. Try MAC Studio Sculpt for a smooth and high-coverage finish.

Highlight the eyes: Accent your eyes with a classic black or rich eggplant eye liner. First line your eyes with waterproof, smudge-proof eyeliner and top it off with eye shadow to add softness and drama to the look. Choose from MAC’s Liquid Liner and Revlon’s ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner for a smudge-proof look to last upto 24 hours.

Blush blush: Choose a natural looking blusher that matches your skin tone. Try Multi-Blush Cream Blush from Clarins that illuminates your cheeks with four beautiful shades.

Seal the make-up with a highlighter: Highlight your cheekbones, browbones and the corner of the eyes and use a finishing powder to set the make-up. Try the Prep+Prime Highlighter from MAC to bring a soft colour to your skin and Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder to set your make-up.

Finally, some lip love: Use a natural lip liner and gloss in peach, mauve or nude shades. Try Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector from Clarins for pretty puckers.

Simply follow these tips but feel free to play around with shades in accordance to your choices. Remember to nourish your skin well before the big day and follow up with a classic bridal makeup for a natural glow.