Fashion “Tuesday’s” Designer of the Week: Tarun Tahiliani

26 Apr

The long weekend has turned last week’s Fashion Friday into this week’s Fashion Tuesday! We apologize for the delay, but hope that this next designer’s fabulous clothing will redeem us…

            Tarun Tahiliani is no new name to the South Asian fashion industry. His ethnically inspired designs have established him as respected designer and trend-setter since the ‘90s. He is widely known for his love of all things Indian, textiles, glitter, color, and oomph. His ability to give traditional Indian clothing a contemporary, high fashion edge has won him much international appeal. Today, we’re giving you a sneak peek into his bridal collection. Take in the sequins, resham embroidery, motifs, and gorgeous color palette from the designer some call the “Emperor of Bridal Couture”…

Check out Tarun Tahiliani’s website for more information on the dynamic designer and his new collections.


Bridal Registry Must Haves

20 Apr

We’ve put together a list of must-have items to add to your bridal registry. Check out these essentials:


Magic Bullet

Dyson Vacuum

Calphalon CS Nonstick 10-pc. Cookware Set

Crate and Barrel Tiered Spice Rack

Flexible Cutting Boards

Salt & Pepper Mills

OXO Spatula

Fine China and Regular China Set


Kitchen Cutlery Set (with a great set of knives)

Caphalon Cookware Set

Crate & Barrel Spice Rack

OXO Flexible Spatula

Crate & Barrel Knife Set

TOP 10 Bollywood Wedding Songs

18 Apr

What would an Indian wedding be without dance and song? Bollywood numbers and bhangra tunes are a vital part of the celebration! Problem is, there are so many tunes out there to choose from… The latest Bollywood songs played at weddings change as fast as Bollywood actors change costumes. To help you find the perfect tunes, we bring you a list of TOP 10 must-have songs that will definitely get the party started:

  1. Ainvayi Ainvayi-Band Baaja Baaraat A fun number known as the “war of the sexes” song. It has a mix of Punjabi flavors and wedding bash vibes. Just get the girl’s and boy’s sides to put on they’re dancing shoes and go freestyle!
  2. Nagada Nagada-Jab We Met Brings the rustic folklore charm of Punjabi bhangra to any party. An ideal one to either start the sangeet ceremony or end it with.
  3. Aahun Aahun-Love Aaj Kal A full-out fusion piece that mixes both lyrical and musical aspects of Punjabi, Hindi, and Western music. An all around awesome song to dance to.
  4. Aapka Kya Hoga-Housefull This is a retake of the old super hit song “Apni To Jaise Taise” from Laawaris (1981). Get your aunts and uncles on the stage for an impromptu dance!
  5. Khaike Paan Banaras-Don CLASSIC-HIT!!! Definitely a big crowd-pleaser.
  6. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom-Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Takes fun to a new level altogether. The song boasts a completely different tune while still hanging on to its hardcore North Indian feel.
  7. Say Shava Shava-K3G A typical Punjabi celebration dance track. It is one safe number that no one will get bored of listening and dancing to.
  8. Sajanji Vaari Vaari-Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. A fun number with a truly funky appeal. Its high-spirited, vivacious tune is sure to get the hips shaking on the dance floor.
  9. Sheila Ki Jawani-Tees Maar Khan A HUGE hit with a fusion of desi sounds.
  10. Munni Badnaam Hui Darling-Dabangg Another incredible item number that will get everyone dancing at a sangeet party.
Enjoy the party!

Fashion Friday’s Featured Designer of the Week: Geetanjali Singh of Khubsoorat

15 Apr

Your bridal saree is more than a garment. It is a cherished memory, a symbol of love, a connection to tradition, and, hopefully, something you feel utterly gorgeous in. So for a bride-to-be, finding that perfect, striking, special saree can be more than overwhelming. To ease your search, we at Shaadi Studio are putting together a list of our favorite designers to be debuted every Friday. We hope these “Fashion Fridays” will help you find what you are looking for!

Our first designer is Geetanjali Singh – the foremost South Asian bridal designer on this side of the Atlantic and, most importantly, one of our favorites. As the daughter of Mani Kohli, she has been surrounded by fashion, glamour, and glitz from a young age. She has put this background and understanding of design into use while representing Mani Kohli’s wildly successful line, Khubsoorat. Singh is known for her creative styling, custom-made bridal couture, and combination of contemporary and traditional looks. The collection meets the need of any bride-to-be, especially those lusting after some stunning haute couture. Take a peek at Khubsoorat…

For more information on Khubsoorat and its custom designs, follow the links!

Pictures from the Varli Food Festival

12 Apr

Last Thursday, April 7th, we at Spotlight Style were busy working a fabulous event at the Altman Building: The Varli Food Festival. It was, as we had hoped, a huge success. The lines outside were enormous and the food was … DELICIOUS. If you weren’t there, not to worry! We have plenty of pictures for you to feast your eyes upon:


Scrumptious, no? Visit the website if you want to learn more about the event.

What’s In a Name?

11 Apr

For many, name = identity. So when making the transition from single woman to happily married, the decision to take on your husband’s last name can be a difficult and personal one.

Generations ago, this was not a decision – it was simply a condition of marriage. Tying the knot meant joining your husband’s family and leaving yours behind. A new name was a symbol of that dramatic shift.

Today, however, our understanding of marriage is changing. Many see it as a “joining of two souls” rather than a one-sided sacrifice. This is not a dramatic revolution – old views still exist, especially in Indian Weddings – but the tide is shifting.

Modern women are getting married later, by which point their names are an established part of their public personas. They have careers, social networks, business contacts, academic achievements, etc., built around their name. Forget gender equality, taking on a different name can be logistically and professionally difficult.

There is a happy medium. Many women, including our own Preeti Shah, are choosing to hyphenate their names. Doing so also allows children (if you choose to have them) to feel connected to both sides of the family. This could get tricky in the future – what happens when a generation of people with hyphenated last names gets married? – but for now, it is a good and popular solution.

One may think that all these changes are only happening in the US, while traditional values still reign supreme in India. Interestingly, we found the opposite to be true. Many Indian women with established careers are choosing to simply keep their names (no hyphens, nothing), whereas women in the US are more likely to take on their husband’s or hyphenate. The motherland may be more progressive than we give it credit for.

In the end, the choice is a very individual one. Some women see taking on their husband’s name as an incredibly important issue with many implications, while others don’t think it’s worth reading into. Either way, it has given us at Shaadi Studio, and hopefully you, much food for thought.

**On a less philosophical note:

When sending out your wedding invitation, make sure not to write “Mr. and Mrs. ____________” or make a logo combining your initials, even if you plan to take on his name. You cannot technically do so until after you’ve been wed. Save it for the Thank-You cards instead!

Getting Beautified Before the Wedding

1 Apr

Beauty. It’s something that every bride wants to evoke on her Wedding Day. But doing so is not as easy as slathering on some red lipstick. It involves waxing, threading, facials, manicures, exfoliating, make-up stylists, hair stylists, and a one-day transformation into a Bollywood starlet (all the groom has to do is throw on his kurta!). Orchestrating all of these rituals so they come together perfectly on the big day requires planning. With the help of Lilly Rivera, beauty aficionado at BridalGal, we’ll give you some tips for a successful, gorgeous outcome…

Facials – When Should I Start Getting Them?

Lilly says this really depends on your skin. If you have problem skin (acne, scarring, etc.) the sooner you start facials, the better. You can begin as early as six to nine months before the Wedding. If, however, your skin is fine and you just want some extra glow, you can start a month before.


If you’ve been waxing for years and know you have no reaction to it, then you can do it as close to the Wedding as you feel comfortable. But if you’ve never waxed before, Lilly strongly recommends a “trial” at least three weeks before. This is to make sure your skins doesn’t turn lobster pink and break out in bumps on your big day.


Lilly says to go with the tried and true – the person who has always done your threading. They will know exactly how you like your eyebrows. Like waxing, you can do this as close to the Wedding as you would like. One to three days before should be fine.

Fake Eyelashes – Yes or No?

A big resounding YES! Lilly says that no matter how gorgeous your lashes are (and lets face it, we South Asians are especially blessed), they are always a good addition.  And if you are wondering LATTISSE does work…I use it myself!

Hair and Make-up

The best advice for hair and make-up is to do a trial before the Wedding. Bring along pieces of your outfit (bindis and hair pieces included) so the stylists can see it all together. If you have a particular look that you are lusting after, find a picture in a magazine or online and bring it with you! A picture is the surest way to get exactly what you want.

Beauty Trends

If you are confused about which looks to choose, Lilly says chic, elegant, and sophisticated is the way to go. Brides are veering away from the traditional, heavy make-up and choosing a more contemporary look. Ask your make-up and hair stylists for a slightly modern twist.

If you have any more beauty questions, contact us at Spotlight Style or get in touch with Lilly at BridalGal.

To your beauty!