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Cocktail hour & mehndi mood


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On our first night in Udaipur, it was time for the welcome cocktail. The party was set up at the Trident Hotel–a two minute drive from the Oberoi, where we are staying…

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The food was set up at the entrance when we walked in… The garden had been set up for a sit-down dinner, and these little “food stations” had been installed throughout the venue. This was my favourite: Fresh burrata (flown in from Italy) and all the kind of things you would ever want to go with it. Like cherry tomatoes and olive oil, for example.

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The garden had been lit up so beautifully. My friend Alisha is running the wedding planning for this stunning wedding, and they’ve done such an incredible job! My future wedding planners for sure *note to self*

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I was going for an Indo-Western outfit for the night–something I got made by Saif’s sister Shehla specifically for the night. Saif was in a classic pinstriped suit from Etro. It’s so much easier to be a guy!

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Naman (groom) and Saif were catching up in the midst of all the hi and hello’s…

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I befriended the strawberry station – dip your berry in anything you love basically. Fresh cream and Nutella, anyone? Delicious, and I’m usually not even much for dessert…

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The fruit was beautifully cut…

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And I couldn’t get enough of the candle lit garden area…

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In the dining corner, there were chefs flown in from all corners of the world, presenting their specialties–anything from Lebanese, to Italian, to Peruvian…you name it.

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Hummus, hummus, hummus…

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I hung out extra-much at the fresh pasta station. Burrata tagliatelle or a pear & gorgonzola ravioli, anyone? Salivating while writing this…

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We were in bed by 1am or so. I love that about Saif and I – we have the same idea of what it means to have a perfect morning: Get up early, ideally before everyone else, have breakfast and beat the day (before it beats you)…

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This is where we spent the morning, on our own little backyard overlooking a beautiful garden…

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I had a blueberry yoghurt in a clay pot with fresh fruit and black coffee. Mostly had the yoghurt because the clay pot was so cute though…

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The garden right outside our room is just stunning. Walking on the grass barefoot makes me miss being back home, in my mom’s garden.

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After breakfast, it was time to get ready for the mehndi. This is how handsome Saif was looking, in an outfit from Rajesh Pratap Singh.

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I was wearing an outfit designed by Shehla, stitched by my tailor in Bandra! This was a white fabric initially–we’ve dyed it, embroidered it, stitched it together, added borders and buttons… And voila! I love it.

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Then, we walked down towards the jetty that was going to take us to the venue for the day…

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All the palace hotels are located around this lake–everything is just a five minute boat ride from each other… So convenient!

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There’s something so special about arriving in a boat vs. a car. I’ll take transportation on sea over land any day…

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We arrived at The Leela and I had to take a photo in front of the entrance of the hotel. Our friend Samu’s family owns The Leela hotels all over India, and one is just more spectacular than the other. Just, wow…

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We were greeted with sufi music at the time of arrival…

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The venue had been covered with my favourite flower – Bougainvillea…

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I ran into Alisha again–she was busy organising the function. So calm and composed despite close to 900 guests between four different hotels. Impressed, to say the least…

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We arrived just in time for dance practice. At Indian weddings the friends and family perform dances for the bride and groom before the wedding. The beautiful woman up front is Naman’s mom–mother of the groom. She’s always so happy, it lights up the entire room…

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The bride and groom were also practicing their performance…

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…and cuddling in between things…

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Mr. dance teacher did an incredible job with all the dances. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a good Sangeet teacher–he’s amazing, as a person, and as a dancer…

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…and then, finally, it was time for the performances. All close friends and family, including the bride and groom, perform what they’ve practiced the previous few weeks. It was the most organised sangeet I’ve ever been for–not a single step missed, and crazy coordination. Could be because it was in the daytime? AKA less bubbly dancers.

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I didn’t get a photo of us dancing since I was clearly on stage and too busy making sure I got my Bollywood moves right… After the dances it was time to dig into all the delicious food…

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Safe to say, I spent a lot of time around the French Fry station. How awesome is this? I hereby vote the French Fry station and the Taco station as the most important features of any awesome wedding. Non-negotiable…

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After the lunch, there were a bunch of activities all over the property… From getting mehndi done (henna), to tarot readings, psychics, games (think: Jenga and Poker), and foot massage (!), it was all there – anything you could ever ask for, and then some…

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Stylecracker Sunday


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On Sunday, after a long night of wedding celebrations, I walked the ramp at Stylecracker for one of the event partners/sponsors. Stylecracker is a fashion fair that’s hosted in Mumbai twice a year–its a two day market filled with yummy food trucks, local designers, and beer stands.

It was one of those commitments I had made since weeks before, without thinking about the fact that Saif’s best friend’s Sangeet wedding function was the night before. The Saturday night wrapped up sometime around 4 or 5, I think, and I still managed to get a good 7 hours of sleep before I was heading off to the venue.  Jihaann, captured in the last photo, showed up at the event straight from the wedding function… Ha ha.

We met up in the afternoon, for a walkthrough of the choreography and to get our hair and makeup done. It was in fact the same choreographer who taught us the walk for the Adidas show! I’m always amazed by the different kinds of professions there are out there… Who knew your job title could be ‘runway choreographer‘? At least I didn’t.

The show went really well, and after we wrapped up I grabbed a beer with Paulina and Devika before heading off to another Sangeet dance practice. This wedding season has really got my schedule going…

Thanks to Stylecracker and team for having me! x

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Adidas x Alexander Wang (& walking my first fashion show)


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I realised I haven’t yet told you guys about the fashion show I worked for the launch of Adidas x Alexander Wang, Pharrell and Crazy 8 in Mumbai this week…

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Kshitij, an incredibly talented friend of mine, was leading the production of the show.  Kshitij is one of the most successful/humble people I know, and its really amazing to see how he’s just doing what he love, while making massive waves in the industry. True inspiration yo!

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Light and sound guys were setting up for the night…

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…while all the models were taking turns practicing our walk and preparing for the show.

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I’m a true Nike fan at heart, but Adidas really has got their partnerships on point. Just one amazing collaboration after the other…

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Kshitij was there the full day, to oversee all our run-throughs…

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The show consisted of about 25 of us, where half the group were actual models from different modelling agencies, and the other half consisted of influencers from different creative fields…

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The idea was that we should all walk as ourselves, and let our personalities come out in the show.

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We were the first group out, walking for the Adidas x Alexander Wang collaboration. After us was the Pharrell group, and lastly the Crazy 8 crew…

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This guy is always smiling too. Always busy, never rushed. I’m watching and learning over here!

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It was a long day of waiting and hanging around, which also meant I met a lot of new, fun people throughout the day. We arrived around 12.30 and wrapped up by 10.30pm. I was sitting with my laptop in between practice, answering emails and catering to other work, trying to make use of the downtime.

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By the time lunch was served the time was almost 4pm, and everyone just dug into their lunch boxes back in the green room. It was half an hour of absolute silence–everyone had been dying to break for lunch at this point!

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After lunch, it was time for hair and makeup. Clover was in charge of the hair and she’s both lovely and incredibly talented. I was surrounded by so much talent all day–really impressed by everyone’s hard work. Because that’s what setting up a show like this entails. Hard. Work.

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I met Namrata for the first time and we ended up spending most of the day together. Such a gorgeous human being! And of course, representing Rheson.

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After hair and makeup, it was time to get dressed. The green room didn’t have an AC, so it was sooo hot all day. Everyone was standing in line in front of the fans and coolers downstairs–especially considering most of the clothes were for fall and winter collections. Jumpers, sweaters, double layers, raincoats and winter jackets. And 35 degree heat.

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Since they had limited shoes for each collection, I was wearing a pair of men’s sneakers. My shoe size is women’s US 8. I was walking in a men’s US 10. You know the feeling when you’re walking with swim-feet on land before jumping into the water? That feeling.

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Waiting and waiting and waiting…

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2/3’rds of the Alexander Wang fam…

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The theme of our looks was something along the lines of winter/frost, so the hair was covered in organic clay face-masks, then painted with white hair-paint. Our eyelashes were covered in white powder, which was actually sugarfree sugar from Starbucks. Go figure!

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The entrance of the store was set up really nicely…

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…with the Adidas board for photo-ops…

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Almost show-time… I felt so naked – the makeup was basically nothing at all, and I kept begging the makeup team for some nude coloured lipstick. Something! But nope–not allowed.

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The show went really well, despite my fear of tripping in my massive shoes. I had filled half the shoe with three extra soles and a ton of tissue paper…

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Saif’s best friend Aditya was having his marriage ceremony in town on the same night, and I had told him he should stay there and be with his friends instead of rushing for the show…

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…still, I noticed him front-row, cheering for me with the camera out. Even though I had told myself it wouldn’t matter if he came, because he had somewhere else more important to be, it made me so happy to see him there. He made it to the wedding ceremony and then right in time for the show. So sweet. And hey, that’s what family is for right?

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After our three groups did our walk, it was time for the finale. On top of our already layered clothing, everyone wore the same white winter jacket for the last walk. They did some really cool light and sound effects for the finale – whoever was in charge of light and sound, well done you too!

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Post show turned into a party…

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I mingled around for 15 minutes or so…

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Saif and I grabbed dinner and then headed straight home to bed…

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I was worried about getting the clay and paint out of my hair. At this point I had been wearing it for over six hours, and the coating was rock hard… It turned out to be an easy battle though. The clay and paint washed off in seconds, thankfully.

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I’m so grateful to Kshitij and Adidas for having me be part of the show. It was a first for me, but hopefully not the last. And cheers to all the hard workers out there!