Decoding The Solah Shringar Look!

Decoding The Solah Shringar Look!

We are all familiar with the term ‘Solah Shringar’. Bollywood songs and common folklore have made sure that we at least have an idea of what Solah Shringar entails. But what we don’t know is that it has a deeper connection. There is a historical as well as a mythological connection to the term Solah Shringar.

It is believed that there is a logical alliance between the lunar cycle and women’s menstrual cycle. Hindus believe that the moon’s 16 phases have a negative effect on the menstrual cycle of women. Thus, to nullify the opposed effects the 16 embellishments are worn which correspond to the moon’s 16 phases.

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Interestingly, the ‘Shri’ in Shringar is another name for Goddess Lakshmi and this means that every new bride to be is considered as Lakshmi who will bestow their new family with health, wealth and happiness. Additionally, the wedding day for the bride marks her official entry into adulthood and therefore, to celebrate this occasion, she is gifted with 16 embellishments.

So here is the detailed explanation of ‘Solah Shringar’

Pre-Shringar – the divine bath

The ceremonies of the wedding for the bride begin with a beatific bath. Firstly, the bride’s tresses are oiled thoroughly and then washed with different herbs like Shikakai, Brahmi, Aloe vera, Amla, Bhringraj, etc. Thereafter, a concoction of milk, oil, turmeric powder, sandalwood powder, gram flour and a few naturally scented herbs is applied on her hands, legs, arms, face, etc. In India, it is called, “Ubtan”. This is considered to be a huge ceremony for the bride’s family. It also ensures that the bride will be glowing by the time she is readied for the pheras.

 

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Post bath, the bride’s hair is dried, styled and adorned with flowers. If myths are to be believed, a woman can easily enchant her man with her beautiful hair.

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Maang Tika

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The maang tika, as we all know, is worn on the head, in the center, where the hair parting begins. It may be made of any material like silver, gold, precious stones, etc. I think this is the most important ornament as it takes the look of the bride to a different level altogether!

Did you know, the maang tika is worn as it represents the third-eye of the goddess?

 

Sindoor

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Sindoor is considered to be the most significant ornament of a married woman (it is not an ornament technically but has much more significance than all the other jewels for the married women). For most of the Hindu women, it is compulsory to wear it. It represents their marriage and is also a sign of power and fertility.

 

Bindi

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Bindi has a very strong implication. It is considered to be a sacred symbol for married women. It is basically a round red dot which is placed on the forehead in the center. Bindi symbolizes the dedication of a wife towards her husband.

Kohl

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Kohl is also considered to be a very important part of the ‘Solah Shringar’ regime. It enhances the glow in the eyes of the bride.

 

Nose ring

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A nose ring or nath as we know it  is something an Indian woman puts on before she gets married and carries it throughout her life. It is a symbol of marital bliss.

Earrings

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Earrings are the most commonly worn ornament and for a bride they are just indispensable.

 

Mangal sutra

There are different types of necklaces which are worn by the Indian women as a symbol denoting their marital status. Mangal sutra is most commonly worn by women across the north and western region of India while, in the southern states, married women wear ‘thali’ necklace.

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It is needless to say that a mangal sutra is another cogent adornment for a bride which she needs to carry all throughout her life. It is presented to the bride by her husband.

 

Armlet

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Armlet is worn on the upper-arm. This ornament does not have any definitive significance but is definitely on the list of the solah shringar.

 

Bangles

 

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Bangles are the most prominent sign of a marriage and thus the bride wears a lot of bangles on her wedding day. You will find most of the Hindu married woman flaunting colorful bangles even in their day to day lives.

 

Mehendi

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Mehendi is an inseparable part of a wedding. No Hindu wedding can be complete without a mehendi ceremony. It is applied on every auspicious occasion and thus it has its own share of importance.

 

  Hathphool ( Ornamental flowers for hands)

 

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You must have seen a lot of Hindu brides wearing a lot of rings in her fingers which are all attached to each other with a string. They also do not possess any special significance, but they make the bride’s hands look beautiful and adorned.

 

Aarsi

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Aarsi is the humongous ring which is worn on the thumb. The most traditional aarsi hasa  mirror embedded on it so that the bride may look at herself and her would-be-husband in that mirror because during old times the brides used to take a yashmak and thus could not see their would be husband’s face directly.

Waistband/ Kamarbandh

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Another significant ornament for the bride is the waistband. The bride wears it around her waist. It gives a very delicate look to her waist and also helps in holding the lehenga in place.

Anklets/ payal

 

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The modern day anklets are the traditional payal which are worn on both the feet. They generally have ghungroo attached to them which make a pleasant noise when the bride walks.

 

Toe rings

 

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Toe rings are worn on the fingers of the feet. The number of toe rings depends on the bride’s choice. She may wear 1, 2 or 3 pairs of these tiny trinkets.

 

Eight Trendy Karva Chauth Looks!

Eight Trendy Karva Chauth Looks!

Tomorrow is the ‘Day’, aka Karva Chauth wherein all the married ladies, including us, will make decking up in festive clothes or to be specific, bridal clothes, their sole purpose in life. While we are it, why not try something different? Yes, we understand that most of you have your outfits decided weeks in advance, but there is always a chance to shift gears at the last moment and surprise everyone!

While you plan to shock, Nail the Solah Shringar Look this Karva Chauth!

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So if you are up for the challenge, we present to you some exciting looks for Karva Chauth, courtesy LimeRoad:

Paint an image of Royalty

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Deviate from the traditional reds and try this elegant pink and royal blue Anarkali. Team it with gorgeous emerald and pearl encrusted chandbalis, a pink, zari embroidered box clutch. Complete the look with really high, shimmery stilettoes.

Try these 12 tips to make this Karva Chauth memorable and stress-free!

Sexy lady in Black!

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Okay, Black is not the color one associates with Karva Chauth but it is a beautiful color nonetheless! Deck up in this gorgeous black georgette saree with brocade work, paired with a chunky silver neckpiece. Add a hint of red with the blood-red suede peep toes and finally, carry a red raw silk, embroidered clutch. You will either wow the ladies or shock them to the core; both reactions, in our opinion, are totally worth it!

P.S: This black saree is the ‘LBD’ of ethnic wear!

Beauty lies in Simplicity!

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Don’t care much for the hullabaloo caused over Karva Chauth – the clothes, the jewelry, the rituals etc.? Simply opt for this earthy orange angarkha, pair it with elegant palazzo pants in cream, accessorize with lovely silver jhumkis and complete the look with this eclectic gold embellished clutch cum sling bag.

Lady in Red

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Want to make heads turn like Kareena Kapoor in the peppy Chamakchallo number? If yes, then this faux georgette saree with an embroidered border is the right choice for you. Accessorize this stunning red outfit with pearl and red stone embellished gold chandbalis and walk with your head held high in these golden pumps.

Be the coral queen

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Ditch the red for this coral pink saree and make heads turn with the chunky gold statement neckpiece. Wearing these will surely do away with your demure ‘bahu’ look and the high metallic silver pumps with add to the look. Don’t forget the beautiful orange gotta embroidered box clutch bag.

Chic simplicity!

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If you prefer to keep it really simple, then this cotton red kurta with gold print and motifs is just right for you. Team with pearl embellished gold chandbali jhumkas to add that festive zing and complete the look with gold leatherette pumps!

Shine in red and gold

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Need an outfit that is bride-like and festive yet simple, and something that you can wear to an office party later in the week? If yes, this gorgeous red cotton kurta with a gold leaf patchwork, paired with gold crepe palazzo pants, is a great option. Complete the look with beautiful peacock Kundan jhumkas and colorful silk embroidered box clutch.

Pretty in Pink!

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Let your bubbly persona take over in this pink georgette kurta with gotta pati embroidery  and team it with flowy shimmery sharara pants. Complete the look with metallic gold studded drop earrings and pink silk embroidered sling bag.

This blog ‘Eight Trendy Looks For Karva Chauth‘ was originally published on LimeRoad blog.

Nail The Solah Shringar Look This Karva Chauth!

Nail The Solah Shringar Look This Karva Chauth!

Having being married for three years now, I can nail the essentials of Karva Chauth in my sleep. Apart from being ravenous and dehydrated by the time the moon makes an appearance, which actually feels like eons, I think the whole ritual is quite invigorating and gratifying. Getting up at 4 AM and having Sargi (traditional food basket which is given by  the mother-in- law), shopping for it one day before, looting your husband, blackmailing him on that day, everything has its own charm.

To remain stress-free, follow this simple yet effective 12 Tips to Make This Karva Chauth Memorable!

But, it becomes fun and exciting only when you are all geared up for it and geared up right. So we bring to you a few Karwa Chauth essentials that you need to pay attention to in order to make sure you have a feast that day even by starving.

The ensemble

Red is the colour of the day. Since red symbolises the long life of the husband, it is considered to be auspicious. It is not necessary though to wear red, but you may stick to it at least for one day of the year.

For those who are celebrating it for the 1st time or maybe 2nd may also pick up your wedding wardrobe. The wedding lehenga or saree definitely has a special gravity in our lives and there can’t be a better day to flaunt it. Since it would be heavy with all the work on it, you may not put on the full thing but just pick up any of its components.

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For instance, you may wear the dupatta with a plain suit. Like if the dupatta of your wedding outfit is rd in colour, you may wear it with a plain peach colour suit or plain blue Anarkali.

You may wrench out any red saree, Anarkali, or a lehenga. It is not possible that a married Indian woman does not have a red. Yes, but it is possible that you might be discontented of your red’s. So, a good way would be to borrow one bright red outfit from your sister, friend or mother. After all, you don’t want to miss the chance of looking the red hot Indian bride that day do you?

All things red

Now talking a bit more about red, some of the all important things for this auspicious day are bangles, bindi, lip colour and mehendi. All these things are a must have. Wear them all and stun everyone with your solah shringar look. Don’t forget to try the Right Lip Colour to complete your look!

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There should be nothing that you should not have that day. So, you may either take help of your mother in law or you may also take cues from your virtual mother in law i.e. the internet.

For the perfect blush

Considering the fact you would not be ingesting anything all throughout the day, you’ll have to take help of some light makeup. Keep it minimal so that it doesn’t make your face sweat or greasy.

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Go light

I know the excitement for the newlyweds can’t be elucidated in words, but still you are empty on stomach and empty woman is just like a tigress ready to attack.

To make sure your clothes do not make you feel even more uncomfortable wear something light throughout the day. Later in the evening you may deck up as you like.

The hairdo

Since it’s your day you need to make sure you do every single thing possible to pamper yourself. I know pampering has a direct relation to food but here let’s just not talk about food.

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In case you are a pro in doing up your hair then you do not have to worry. But in case you are just like the race’s tortoise when it is about making the hairstyle, then you better consider going to the salon for your hairdo. Go for something which does not make you feel heavy on the head. Go for something very simple yet very sober.

The puja thali

Well, it’s all about style when women are concerned so why not make it happen on this special day too. Just embellish the puja thali and the sieve a bit with some flowers, some laces, some beads, etc. You will also feel good using it and even your hubby dearest might be galvanised by your preparation. (After all you need to do it well to win that surprise gift).

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So this Karwa Chauth, just nail that perfect look and enjoy your day to the fullest.

Happy Karwa Chauth!

This blog ‘Nail The Solah Shringar Look This Karva Chauth‘ was originally published on LimeRoad blog.

Nail The ‘Solah Shringar’ Look This Karwa Chauth!

Nail The ‘Solah Shringar’ Look This Karwa Chauth!

Having being married for three years now, I can nail the essentials of Karva Chauth in my sleep. Apart from being ravenous and dehydrated by the time the moon makes an appearance, which actually feels like eons, I think the whole ritual is quite invigorating and gratifying. Getting up at 4 AM and having Sargi (traditional food basket which is given by  the mother-in- law), shopping for it one day before, looting your husband, blackmailing him on that day, everything has its own charm.

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But, it becomes fun and exciting only when you are all geared up for it and geared up right. So we bring to you a few Karwa Chauth essentials that you need to pay attention to in order to make sure you have a feast that day even by starving.

The ensemble

Red is the colour of the day. Since red symbolises the long life of the husband, it is considered to be auspicious. It is not necessary though to wear red, but you may stick to it at least for one day of the year.

For those who are celebrating it for the 1st time or maybe 2nd may also pick up your wedding wardrobe. The wedding lehenga or saree definitely has a special gravity in our lives and there can’t be a better day to flaunt it. Since it would be heavy with all the work on it, you may not put on the full thing but just pick up any of its components.

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For instance, you may wear the dupatta with a plain suit. Like if the dupatta of your wedding outfit is rd in colour, you may wear it with a plain peach colour suit or plain blue Anarkali.

You may wrench out any red saree, Anarkali, or a lehenga. It is not possible that a married Indian woman does not have a red. Yes, but it is possible that you might be discontented of your red’s. So, a good way would be to borrow one bright red outfit from your sister, friend or mother. After all, you don’t want to miss the chance of looking the red hot Indian bride that day do you?

All Things Red!

Now talking a bit more about red, some of the all important things for this auspicious day are bangles, bindi, lip colour and mehendi. All these things are a must have. Wear them all and stun everyone with your solah shringar look.

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There should be nothing that you should not have that day. So, you may either take help of your mother in law or you may also take cues from your virtual mother in law i.e. the internet.

For the perfect blush

Considering the fact you would not be ingesting anything all throughout the day, you’ll have to take help of some light makeup. Keep it minimal so that it doesn’t make your face sweat or greasy.

Image source: Pinterest.com
Image source: Pinterest.com

Go light!

I know the excitement for the newlyweds can’t be elucidated in words, but still you are empty on stomach and empty woman is just like a tigress ready to attack.

To make sure your clothes do not make you feel even more uncomfortable wear something light throughout the day. Later in the evening you may deck up as you like.

Pay Attention to the hairdo!

Since it’s your day you need to make sure you do every single thing possible to pamper yourself. I know pampering has a direct relation to food but here let’s just not talk about food.

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In case you are a pro in doing up your hair then you do not have to worry. But in case you are just like the race’s tortoise when it is about making the hairstyle, then you better consider going to the salon for your hairdo. Go for something which does not make you feel heavy on the head. Go for something very simple yet very sober.

The puja thali

Well, it’s all about style when women are concerned so why not make it happen on this special day too. Just embellish the puja thali and the sieve a bit with some flowers, some laces, some beads, etc. You will also feel good using it and even your hubby dearest might be galvanised by your preparation. (After all you need to do it well to win that surprise gift).

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So this Karwa Chauth just nail that perfect look and enjoy your day to the fullest.

Happy Karwa Chauth!

 

12 tips to make this Karva Chauth memorable and stress-free!

12 tips to make this Karva Chauth memorable and stress-free!

Ladies, are you eagerly awaiting the day of Karva Chauth? Surely, the butterflies have begun to flutter in your tummy as the D-day aka Dress up day, draws in closer. A very important day for all married women, we all pray that this day passes smoothly, with everything falling in its right place.

This blog is, therefore, dedicated to all you amazing women and don’t forget to put your feet up, and relax!

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To ensure it is a hiccup-free day, just follow these simple and easy-to-implement list and you will sail smoothly:

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1.  Be proactive – prepare beforehand: The best way to avoid last-minute glitches, is to prepare beforehand. So think through and keep your outfit for the D-day ready, at least a week in advance, if not less. Plan the fitting sessions judiciously so as to avoid last minute measurement issues. Don’t forget the accessories, shoes and beautiful clutches that you plan to team along with your amazing outfits.

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2. Book the mehendi appointment: Applying mehendi is an integral part of the Karva Chauth tradition, so book your appointment early to avoid waiting in a long queue. Needless to say, select and be ready with the most awesome design, one that looks the prettiest on your lovely hands.

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3. Plan the Karva Chauth menu: As per the tradition, women are supposed to eat delicious food items at dawn i.e. before sunrise, when the stars are still there in the sky (taaron ki chaaon mein). Items like parathas, phenia, milk and a mouth-watering sweets are generally eaten. So plan the menu in advance so that you can go shopping to fetch all the ingredients well ahead of the main day.

4. Prepare items in advance: Once you have decided on the menu and done a bit of shopping, prepare and ready some items which have a longer shelf life. For example, grind the chutney, keep the mathris ready a day or two in advance (many ladies prefer to have the traditional mathris as their first morsel when they break their fast).

5. Increase fluid intake: Grandmas and old aunts always mentioned to increase the intake of water and liquids the night before and during the early morning eating session so that you can manage the whole day without water. So keep tea, water or any juices handy so that you are comfortable the whole next day.

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6. Call your best friends over: Be mentally prepared; the hunger pangs are going to trouble you on the main day. To keep your mind occupied and boredom at bay, call your besties. Plan some fun group games so that you all can have a fun time together.

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7. Thali Decoration Competition: A decorative thali is an extremely important element of this festival. This puja thali called ‘Baya’ and contains key elements like earthen clay pots, sweets, vermilion, sacred water. So while you catch up with your gang, why not plan a ‘Thali Decoration competition.’ Give your imagination a creative flight and let’s all come up with the most awesomely striking and pretty thali. Keep some goodies and gifts handy to award the winner of the best-looking thali.

8.  One on one with Mom and Mom-in-law: Remember to discuss the traditional nuances and minute details with the bosses of the Family – Mom and Mom-in-law. This will ensure that you are on the right track and match up to their high expectations. Don’t miss out on discussing the lovely goodies that Mom-in-law has decided to include as a part of your ‘Sargi.’

9. Remind your dearest husband to be home early on that day. It’s a weekday this year, so remind him to be there on time. As you already have to wait for the moon to make an appearance, the last thing you want is to wait for him too!

10.  Throw subtle hints: Dying to make that beautiful necklace or lavish sari your own? Karva Chauth is the best time to ask for it. Throw subtle hints at your husband indicating your liking for them. If he is smart enough, he will read through them and that most desired gift will be yours on this special day. Alternatively, you may also buy him a special present, one that speaks volumes of your love for him.

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11. Reserve the evening for that special candle-light dinner date: If you decide not to spend the evening in the kitchen rather make reservations for that special dinner date with your soul mate. Spend some quality time together and make it an evening to remember.

12. Keep the camera up and running: Remind your husband to keep the camera ready so that you guys can capture some of the beautiful moments of your togetherness. These priceless moments will act like cherished memories in the years to come.

We are sure, you will feel much at ease after reading through this list. Tick off the items that are completed and work on completing the pending ones. Wish you all a very Happy Karva Chauth! May all your dreams and aspirations come true!

 

 

DIY Mehendi Designs for Karva Chauth

DIY Mehendi Designs for Karva Chauth

When it comes to dressing up, Indian women don’t really need an excuse. We have so much to look forward to – weddings, festivals, anniversaries, birthdays and much more. So come Friday, the 30th of October, the ladies will be making a beeline for the nearest parlours and salons to ensure they look their best on Karva Chauth.

As you gear up to dress up, try Hairstyles that best suit your face shape!

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Karva Chauth is one of the most sought after festivals in India, celebrated by married women who fast for their husband’s long life. This fast is a toughie as one is not allowed to drink any water before the moon makes an appearance. Because Karva Chauth holds a lot of importance in Hinduism, preparations are made days in advance. Along with new outfits, getting Mehendi applied on hands and legs is considered very auspicious.

With the popularity of this fast spreading leaps and bounds, getting a nice design drawn, requires one to wait in long queues. And there is no guarantee that your turn is going to come or if the design is going to turn up as per your expectations.

Why allow yourself to face this situation when you can flaunt the most exclusive design without stepping out of the comfort of your home. Here are some DIY mehndi designs for you to try this Karva Chauth:

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Karva Chauth Mehendi designs generally include intricate and delicate floral patterns. Alternatively, other popular patterns include leafy, lacy patterns, symbols such as peacocks, swans, sun, moon, stars, lotus blossoms etc. Opt for either a full hand or half hand design, both look beautiful and eye-catching.

The symbols have a unique significance and meaning associated with them. For instance,

Peacock –stands for grace and beauty

Swans-stands for success and beauty

Sun, moon and stars: stand for everlasting and deep love between soul mates

Lotus blossoms: stand for femininity, purity, creativity, beauty

While you perfect your mehendi, master the art of applying the eyeliner!

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Yearning for some twist?

Patterns with glitter and shine

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Adorn the edges of your mehndi shapes and patterns with glitter. Preferably, choose a glitter color that matches the color of your outfit.

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If you are a beginner and new to drawing patterns yourself, you may choose to go the half and half Mehendi way or a minimalistic style.

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This is nothing but decorating half of your palm and hands with mehendi and leaving the other half empty. Drawing inspiration from the Arabic style, this one is popular amongst office goers and ladies who don’t have the time and patience to draw an elaborate design.

You can also opt for the Palm mehndi style, wherein the design is drawn in the palm area with thin and dark lines.

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However, if you are well-versed with the nuances of mehendi designs, you can surely opt for the two in one mehendi designs.

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This is one of the oldest styles and finds its way in the genre of bridal mehendi as well. The design consists of numerous shapes, curves, circles that are split into two with one part drawn on one hand and the other part on the other hand. When you join your hands, you will see the gorgeous complete design.

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Get ready and enjoy every moment of this festival. Ensure that husband dearest pampers you with all the love, affection and attention. After all, it is your day and you ought to be treated like a Queen!

This post “DIY Mehendi Designs for Karva Chauth” was first published on the LimeRoad blog.

3 things to do differently this Karwa Chauth

3 things to do differently this Karwa Chauth

By Vriti Malik

The festival of Karva Chauth is beautiful for more reasons than one- the attention you get from your husband, mother-in-law’s sargi, the part of dressing up for pooja and dinner, and the feeling of knowing you fasted all-day long for your husband’s well-being. Soak up in the festivities and look your best in a beautiful outfit with great makeup and hair. Look and feel good by wearing a beautiful yet easy outfit with matching accessories. We want you to ditch the maroons and reds to opt for beautiful pinks and corals. We are also asking you to try the tattoo mehendi and nail art to beautify your look even further. Also, don’t forget to be kind to your domestic help at home by giving them your saree, bindi, and bangles from last year that they will happily use to dress up for the occasion. Read along to know more!

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The Perfect Hues

When it comes to your outfit, lipstick or blush, opt for warm tones. Try to steer away from the regular red and the maroon. Go in for colors that are festive and fashionable, without being too garish. Pick between fuchsia, carrot, coral, plum, lilac or even crimson. For a completely chic look, let the colors be paired with subtle gold and silver work to strike a perfect balance between beauty and bling. As you will be fasting the whole day, it will be very difficult to wear a heavily embellished outfit. So, wear something that is easily manoeuvrable like a coral chiffon and net saree with stellar zari work. A lime green anarkali with fuchsia detailing can also be an unusual pick for this lovely occasion. If you want to be different, then opt for a blue chiffon saree with zari border. Match the outfits with oversized chaandbalas and an embroidered clutch.Karva Chauth Looks

You might want to do your makeup and hair in a bridal way, but make sure it is not entirely bridal. Keep the makeup minimal and not over-the-top. A nude look with bright glossy lips are just what will you need for a natural glow. Replace the red lipstick with a candy pink or tangerine.

New Mehendi Designs

Mehendi is an important part of the Indian culture especially the big Karva Chauth celebration. When you do not have time to replicate a grand mehendi design on your hands, opt for a tattoo which is an intricate design far less time consuming. Decorate it with silver and gold glitters along with pink or coral Swarovski stones. If you have a little more time on your hand, then you can also explore the Arabic mehendi style and incorporate glitter with it.
If you own a Smartphone you have amazing mehendi design apps at your disposal. Download the App and you get free access to endless designs that are sure to spoil you with choice.

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Be Generous

If you are a newly married girl or a bride-to-be, this Karva Chauth will be very special for you. You have your mother-in-law coming in with the sargi, husband or fiancé will be pestering you to buy a gift of your choice and there will be a lot of revelry at home around 11th October. But, we want to give you an idea to make this occasion special for others too. No, not just your mother-in-law, sister-in-law or a newly married friend but your domestic help. Give them some goodies in the form of your old suits, sarees, bangles, mehendi or bindi that they will happily use to dress up in the evening. You will see your joy doubling in no time. And for yourself, buy some beautiful bangles matching your outfit right away!

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Enjoy the Karva Chauth with a sumptuous candle-light dinner with your husband in the best saree or suit of your choice looking simply radiant and happy than ever before!