From lips to hands, everyone is suffering from these dry winter days. Internally and topically, we are in need of more hydration!
Dry skin is extremely common during winter. As the humidity drops and the air is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates at a faster rate. This then makes your skin feel tight and can look flaky. It’s hard to make dry skin look good in any situation.
Loss of water in skin is the true culprit to aging.
Here are a few do’s & don’ts to get your skin looking fresh and dewy through the winter months.
Do switch to a Milk Cleanser.
Switch out your foaming/cream cleanser for a gentle milk cleanser, especially for the winter.
Milk cleanser is great for all skin types, removing dirt, oil and makeup from the skin without stripping it of it’s hydration.
Pro tip* always use milk cleanser dry (without water) until it has been fully massaged into the skin. Follow by rinsing with water, then non-alcoholic toner. Toner will help remove any remaining cleanser left over on the skin.
Do use lip balm morning and night
New underground favorite is LANOLIN! The most universal lip product to cure dry, chapped lips. ANNND, Amazon has a great deal on Lanolin that are perfect for travel and on the go. They come in 3 small mini tubes that will last you months.
Moisturizer acts like a barrier for your skin and protects it from loosing hydration.
IT cosmetics has a great creamy moisturizer that also works great with makeup.
Apply moisturizer within 10 minutes of starting your makeup. If you are unable to cleanse right before applying moisturizer, spritz your skin with water prior to applying your skincare.
Don’t use Retin-A on your skin during the winter months (or at least not every day). As much as I love Retin-A for all it’s benefits. It can cause additional peeling, flakiness, redness and photosensitivity to the skin.
Do use a night cream. Night creams should be used every night, all year long, and should be apart of your skincare non-negotiables. It’s the #1 product to deliver water topically to your skin while you sleep. Whereas day moisturizer locks and seals that hydration in. Drinking water helps too, but your skin is the last place water will actually reach, which is why it’s important to apply topically.
Don’t take extra hot showers. That may be difficult since it’s cold outside, but hot water will dehydrate you. Especially when washing your face! Try using lukewarm water or keeping your hot showers to a minimum and off your face.
Do exfoliate once to twice per week. This will help remove dry, dead skin cells from the surface and create brightness within the skin. (2-3x per week in the summer)
Don’t use powder makeup products on dry skin. Powder will emphasize the dryness in your skin. Try using a tinted moisturizer to help your skin look dewy and natural.
Do Use a hydrating face mask. You can find face masks almost everywhere nowadays but one of the best kept secrets for facial masks is…
LEMON YOGURT! Grab any plain lemon yogurt and use as a face mask. The key ingredient to all truly hydrating skin care is ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS and lemon yogurt is FILLED with it. It has lactic acid to keep your skin soft, citric acid to help exfoliate AND acidophilus which kills bacteria on the skin.
Don’t use products with alcohol in them and limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol will dehydrate you internally and externally. Technically every 1 oz. of hard alcohol you drink you loose 2.5 glasses (20 oz.) of water.
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Neeta Karani and David Eisinger destination wedding
Exotic jungles, crystal clear cenotes and ancient Mayan ruins added to the beauty and excitement of Neeta and David’s beautiful four day fusion wedding in Mexico. Joseph Minasi Studios has delivered an incredible destination wedding film making us want to pack our bags and bathing suits for Mexico.
We wanted a video as unique as our love story, says bride Shwetha. As photographers and content creators ourselves (@croissantsandcaviar), we wanted our wedding video to be raw and fun at the same time. Above all, we wanted everyone to relive the laughs, love, and excitement from the wedding events.
Multiple venues, outfits, and a four day wedding later, this video was more beautiful than we ever thought possible. Skylar and his incredibly talented team at Skypoint Productions brought our vision to life. This same-day edit was shown at our reception.
DJ: Hyper Productions DJs | Hair/Makeup: Makiaj | Henna Artist: Henna by Purvi | Photography: International Wedding Photography | Planner: True Elegance Events | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Venue: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale | Videographer: Skypoint Productions
Fayeza and Zayeem met on an online dating app called Dil Mil in the summer of 2016, she lived in Atlanta and he lived in Las Vegas at the time.
Zayeem was spending the month of April completing a rotation in Atlanta and during this time, he arranged for their proposal in Piedmont Park, where they had one of their first dates. Zayeem secretly convinced numerous family and friends to fly into town that weekend. He told Fayeza that they were going to Park Tavern for a work social for his office. Instead, they arrived ‘early’ and he wanted to take a walk around the park. He then proposed by the lake and a photographer was on site. They were supposed to go to her cousins house later that evening for dinner and when they arrived, were greeted with all their family and friends who flew from all over the country.
Their main goal for their wedding was to spend as much time with their family and friends and not be ‘hidden’ like most couples. And they definitely did that! They spent most of their time at their first event hanging out with all their friends and family who flew from all over the world to celebrate them. Their first look was very special, especially since they spent so much time designing their clothes and doing make-up trials. Their time spent at the mandap was even more special since Fayeza’s father officiated their marriage and kept it rather short and sweet, just like they wanted. Their wedding was also really special because they got all the vendors they wanted and since Fayeza is a wedding planner she had worked with so many of them in the past that it was nice to finally be the bride and not a planner/coordinator for the weekend!
Couples Attire: Image Boutique Shop by Surinder Bedi | Cake: Johnsons Cakes located in Wellington | Catering: Madras Catering Florida | DJ: DJ Sangeen | Dhol Player: Pritul Patel | Florist: Suhaag Garden | Hair/Makeup: Wedding Day – Eyebrow Threading (iBrow Studio) Sumaiya Waheed and Mehndi Day – Beauty by Z (Zubaira Nazir) | Henna Artist: Illusion Mehndi and More | Photography: Gaciel Santana Photography | Planner: Envi Event Planning | Rentals: Suhaag Garden | Venue: West Palm Beach Marriott | Videographer: Riant Films
Inspiration for decor can come from anywhere. It can come from your favorite color to your favorite place to visit while on vacation. This surreal decor planned by Exquisite Events was inspired by the artist Salvador Dali.
The evening was a true treat for all senses with guests being entertained from beginning to end. Two long tables were placed in the most regal dining room that fit the theme at the California Club. Guests were treated to a three course meal with each course being brought out by servers in unison wearing costumes matching the theme of each course. In between courses entertainers performed while the content on the LED walls as well as the lighting would change to match the performance. One of our favorite details of the evening were the larger than life gold frames adorned with red roses. It was a true dinner and a show, magical and surreal experience!
We fell in love with the timeless elegance of Sanjana and Amri’s destination wedding in Bali. Every last detail was thought of from the entertainment at the reception to the bridal entrance under an umbrella of florals. Yes yes yes to it all as it was beautifully captured by DotDusk Studios
They started off their wedding weekend with a sangeet that lasted thru the night with the backdrop of an LCD stage that memorized their guests
Want a fresh new way to glam it up for the Fall/Winter wedding season check out this video from Social Media Influencer Nabela where she shows us how to use many of her favorite products and look like a glam boss babe
Credits Content: Nabella
Songs Content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEickjZj99-JJIU8_IJ7J-Q
“It’s a celebration when two souls come together in nuptial union and words fall short when describing the deep endearing quality of this bond. Shruti and Jai are the perfect personification of such eternal love.
Their unique wedding journey started in the beautiful vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa. This location helped to set the wedding apart from many other Indian weddings. The pre-wedding shoot was an experience of a lifetime in itself. With temperatures close to freezing point, the daring couple oozed passion at a windy beach in Cape Town.” – DotDusk
Video: DOTDUSK | Wedding Planners: Just Jack Weddings and Events | MUA: Shruti Sharma (Bride herself) | Hair: Vogue Hair Design | Location: MolenVliet Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa | Outfits: Abhishek Sharma, Prathyusha Garimella
Swati and Roshan’s Portugal Wedding by Pacific Pictures
Video: Pacific Pictures | Venue: Penha Longa Resort | Planning: Vaishali Deshpande | Coordination: Mayuri Shantilal | Decor: Elegant Affairs | Design: Vikram Panicker | Makeup & Styling: Susmita Patel | Outfits: Pleats & Petals | Photo: Latelier Lumiere | Entertainment: DJ Shilpa
If you have ever been to a Sabyasachi store you know that it is an immersive experience from the time you take your first step inside. If you happen to be in India doing your wedding shopping be one of the first people to experience his new shop in Mumbai.
The Sabyasachi flagship jewellery store, opening on 22nd October, 2019 at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee will be available for private jewellery appointments in the Mumbai flagship jewellery store between 22nd October and 26th October, 2019.
For appointments, please call:
+91 22 2204 4775 / 78 / 64
Or, email at email@example.com
Photographer: Errikos Andreou @errikosandreouphoto | Makeup: @marianna_mukuchyan | Hair: @florianhurel | Model: @priyadarshini.96 @archanaakilkumar, @anujchoudhryfc | Location Courtesy: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur @theoberoiudaivilas
Central California is known for its rolling hills as far as the eye can see and its wineries. Sapna and Sachin, living in the city of Los Angeles wanted to have a destination wedding, they visited many places in California but ended up falling in love with San Louis Obispo. They held their destination wedding at Green Gate Ranch a venue that had everything they wanted, the rolling hills, a large lawn surrounded by water, a cute rustic barn for their reception and of course a winery on site.
Venue – Green Gate Ranch | Planning – Wild Heart Events | Flowers – Idlewild Floral | Beauty – Oscar Makeup | Photo – Braja Mandala | Clothing – Sabyasachi | DJ – 3D Sounds | Rentals – Bright Event Rentals | Design – Bella Vista Design
We love seeing our cover girl for our 2019 Annual Issue, Rohma Siddiqui, in love and happily married. These recent photos by Photos by Hiedi are beautiful and make us want to do a post wedding shoot.
Vijay, being a lawyer from Chile and Pirtya who is a doctor specializing in psychiatry from New York met in Canada. After multiple trips to New York Vijay knew Pirtya was the one. Being a whole continent apart, everyone close to them still doesn’t know how these two came to be. Vijay would come to New York to visit Pirtya every 15-20 days for 2 years…talk about dedication. Pirtya describes it as being at the right place, at the right time. It was destiny. Their whole love story is based on the theme of international love, and so was their wedding.
He proposed to her in Singapore (yet another international destination). It only made sense that they choose another international destination for their wedding, so they chose the beautiful and sunny Barcelona, Spain where guests came from all over the world.
Venue – Fairmont Barcelona Spain | Planning – Amore Weddings | Photo and Cinema – The Wedding Story | Ceremony and Reception Clothing – Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Gaurav Gupta
Puja and Aditya’s wedding was of epic proportions at the crème de la crème venues in New York City.
The wedding celebrations began with a vibrant Sangeet at the Mandarin Oriental with bold purple and bright fuchsia in the perfect ombre blend. Guests were immersed in vivid red, pink, and orange flowers that created a beautiful summer garden theme for the Wedding Ceremony at The Plaza Hotel. The following evening, the Reception was an evening of ultimate elegance and glamour. At the iconic Cipriani Wall Street, guests entered the Reception through a fabulous floral tunnel and were welcomed by sparkling crystal domes and mirrored tables that were adorned with thousands of lush ivory roses and long taper candles. Guests dined on an unforgettable exquisite menu that was custom curated by the award-winning Chef Gaurav Anand.
Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Videography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Decor, Florals and Creative Design: Design House Decor | Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals | Printed Materials: Emily Kathryn Paper | DJ: DJ Suhel | Hair and Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Planner & Creative Consultant: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, LLC
Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: The Plaza Hotel | Sound and Lighting: Bentley Meeker | Band for Dinner: Neel | Baraat Horse: Equishare Baraat Horses | Caterer: Chef Surbhi Sahni and Chef Hemant Mathur of SAAR Catering | Nitrogen Dessert: 321Chillz
Venue: Cipriani Wall Street | Sound and Lighting: Star Group Productions | Dance Floor Wrap: Shout! | 360 Photo Booth: Studio Z | Caterer: Chef Gaurav Anand | Wedding Cake: City Sweets and Confections
Calling all Bay Area brides. Planning and designing your dream wedding is one of the most desirable locations in Northern California is no easy task. Fear not, we have the answer to all of your wedding concerns. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Sania of Saba Decor. Based in the Bay Area. Sania nad her team are not be be overlooked when it comes to beautiful Indian weddings. Read on to meet Sania. You will be inspired.
Tell us about your business name: My business name has been in the family for years. It used to be my mothers company name, she owned a textile company in India when she moved to America, she decided to close it, therefore, I decided to carry the name. In short, it is also is my full name shortened, which is Sania Birla= SABA.
How did you get your start? I loved planning and designing my own wedding in 2013 and since then i always knew i wanted to get into the event industry. After being in Digital Marketing for couple of years for corporations and tech start ups, I realized it wasn’t my true passion. So, I decided at age 28, if not now then never and took a big leap of faith and started Saba Decor Rentals.
How long have you been a professional? 3 years
Where are you located? Do you travel? Fremont, CA. Yes, we do travel within the Bay Area, Napa, and Carmel/Monterey.
What type of rentals & Decor do you offer? We offer everything from chairs, tables, linens, chargers, napkins, backdrops, staging, lighting, dance floors to centerpieces. We have an in-house floral studio. Designed as a one-stop shop.
We specialize in South Asian Weddings, but produce all kinds of cultural affairs, from Nigerian to Arabic and more.
How do you provide education to your couple’s during the planning process? We believe in open communication through out the process. Our clients come to us for many consults in person and on site. We go though multiple designs and sketches before finalizing anything. We also provide mock tables, so they can see what their tablescape would look like and make any changes necessary.
What makes you different? We only produce one event per day. Our un-divided attention is provided to each of our couples. I myself personally am present throughout the process and on the day-of the event.Therefore, we guarantee our couples receive everything single item/design they chose with us. Its never handed-off to a new person. From start to finish, they work with the same designer.
List any accolades & awards: Knot- Best of Wedding 2018 & 2019
Do you want to offer prospective clients any advice on hiring a professional? Yes, a lot of times our couples tend to DIY or hand it off to their bridesmaid’s or family member without realizing the amount of work there is on the day-of.
We tell our couples, that they want a relaxing experience and shouldn’t have to worry about being the point person or be aware of the production piece of the wedding. We want their BIG day to be as seamless as possible. Therefore hiring a professional is key. I also share examples/experiences of brides who tend to DIY, so they understand its not realistic to do so.
Straight off the runway is Manish Malhotra’s newest collection “Contemporary Art” click on the link to view entire collection and purchase any of your favorite designs.
He started off his show with tones of whites and creams. There is a real sense of ease and femininity to the start of his collection. With fabrics that are light and have movement. We love the mix of western vibes with some of the looks and the party dresses perfect for a reception or after party.
Recently designer Rohit Bal presented his new collection at India fashion week in Mumbai. Lehngas with intricate handcrafted embroidery in deep tones of reds, blacks and golds perfect for fall and winter weddings and velvet jackets with gold embellishments for grooms to be were some of our favorite looks. He entitled his collection Breakthrough. “Breakthrough, in the words of Rohit Bal… “a charity for the prevention of underage girls being married off. A great cause and I feel privileged to be a part of it.”
Last year was the year of the soft pinks and pastels for wedding wear but ever since the weddings of Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra the traditional colors of red and gold have been back in a big way. The styled shoot from Prestige Kreations shows us just that.
Bridal Couture 2019 from Tarun Tahillani is out and we love not only the stylings of the bridal lenghas but of the groom as well. Read below as TT expresses his thoughts on his new Bloom Collection
“This #BLOOM bridal lehenga is one of our pièce de résistances”, says designer Tarun Tahiliani. “This resplendent lehenga is adorned with tiny french knots along with shaded marigolds in orange and myriad hues of yellow. This ensemble exudes magnificence with its tiny puffed sleeves, like the plumage of some exotic yet structured object of desire. This look is enhanced with an ombre veil like the sunset and a studded headset without a necklace.”
“I think a bride and groom should only coordinate outfits in terms of having complementing colours. Beyond that I find it a little contrived, and if nothing else, I think it is nice for a bride and groom to have a similar level of aesthetics. For instance, if a bride is heavily dressed and the groom is very simply dressed, it can still be nice as a reflection of their personalities” – Tarun Tahiliani
Photographer: @rohitingoa @rohitchawlaphotography
Talent: @dayanaerappa @rochekilian @_aaishwarya @kiyarasandhu
Location Courtesy: @umaidbhawanpalace
September is the month of fashion where all the top designers put their best foot forward and display what is new for the upcoming season. When we saw the new collection by Falguni Shane Peacock we were immediately obsessed with the soft earth tones of cremes, intricate beading and of course the feather details.
“25 years ago, the world woke up to a global phenomenon of beauty that was Aishwarya Rai and there was no question of going back to sleep because 25 years later she stuns the world even more with her arresting presence. And this is the unrivalled exquisiteness of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,” says Anaita Shroff Adajania, fashion director for Vogue India.
Photography by- Caleb & Gladys
Hair & Make up – Charlotte Willer / Peter Gray | Home Agency
All Jewellery – Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang
Production – Area 1202
Stay Partner – The Pierre New York | A Taj Hotel
Direction & Styling – Nupur Mehta Puri For N2ROOT
Assistant – Ayesha Amin Nigam For N2ROOT
Clothing – Falguni Shane Peacock