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Would a bride ditch the Red & go Black?

Quite excited to announce a new section on the blog, details on that coming real soon.

As of now, I’d say pick up some hints and tell me what you think it will be about?

Monsoon & Weddings, the two words seem tough to use in the same wedding unless you are referring to the movie. but when I got down to some real research and sourcing I was having a tough time looking for bridal wear, the colours seem slightly restricted as soon as I decided to break away from the obvious reds, pinks etc.

Going by the new-age bridal trends as well as keeping it classy and well within the current style, Pune’s lead Fashion Designer, Seema Singh had all the answers! Featuring below is one of her hot selling off-shoulder-black beauty lehenga. Black you’d think is all kinds of crazy for brides, for the wedding, yes, but nothing spells beauty like a black at the reception. If you are one of those looking for the right blend of trendy and traditional, well this is pretty much that.

It’s non-daring, safe and so comfortable that a Bride would have one less concern on her D-day. Head to Seema Singh’s store for a personalised bridal session on whats and hows of seasonal bridal wear, and more!

As of me finally being back to putting up posts, thank you so much for the patience.

Been away for far too long.

Too many excuses, none of them really true.

I’m here now, hoping to stay here longer. Write again. Feel good again, share some, learn some and love a lot.

Write again. Feel good again, share some, learn some and love a lot.

Stay Jugni!

P.S: Do you follow me on Instagram yet? Do it now for daily fun updates, promise my insta-stories are way more regular than the blog.

https://www.instagram.com/jugniandco_/ 

 

Location: Discover Resorts

Photographer: Sahil Shah

Stylist: Sakshi Nahar

Outfit: Seema Singh, call for appointments +91 9822020078

 

 

 

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My own Elsa’s Gown. #MonsoonWeddingInspiration

While I miss my summer wardrobe, and dream of cosy winters already. I was having trouble creating a fashion board for the ongoing season. You can swiftly move to culottes and skinny fit ankle length denim when it starts pouring, the struggle is occasional wear in the monsoon!

The obvious choice was moving into blues, greens & aqua on the colour wheel, and then the biggest inspiration came up! Elsa, from Frozen. The gorgeous blue gown, those airy sleeves and that pretty drape, what part of it don’t we like? In my latest collaboration with Pune’s leading designer Seema Singh, I got a chance to pick an outfit that inspired the Elsa within me.

It’s beautiful cut & drapery made me love it, at first sight, also the shade blue made me so happy, see the images and you’ll feel it too. In a quick chat with the designer herself, she said Monsoon fashion can’t be restricted to blues, greens and monsoon-y colours, at weddings and occasions people continue to wear a bright pop of colours to contrast the rather gloomy weather. However, you can avoid absolute pastels, whites and greys!

Have a look at the outfit below, tell me if you’d wear something like this to your next party! Till then, Be Jugni!

 

Hair & Makeup Courtesy: Saba Poonawala – La Belle Salon Pune

Stylist: Sakshi Nahar

Photographer: Sahil Shah

Jewellery: Rathod Jewellers, Pune

Location Courtesy: Zora, Ishanya Mall

 

 

Jugni's Take

Beauty treatments that actually work! @BeautyWorks, Pune.

To be honest, I never really have got a proper facial done. Clean-ups and home DIY packs are more my thing. But when The Beauty Works approached me with the almost magic like treatments I just had to know more!

Coming from a household of malai-lagalo beta, and a Mum who’s skin is so blessed, we’ve by default been away from the botox & fillers and injections of the skin world. The Beauty Works’ owners and doctors sat me done and cleared my misconceptions about these topics. Like you don’t always need a facelift, and injection, a botox or a face surgery to look a certain way. Regular care and medically backed salon services can help me achieve that celebrity like skin goal too.

Dr Nidhi & Nikhil Malhotra were kind enough to take me through their range of services that you can read more about on their website, they perform the Kardashian favourite Vampire Facial, to the still to be famous magical treatments for occasions as well as just good skin maintenance. They noted a lot of pointers regarding my eating habits, my current skincare regime and then came up with a custom made Medi-Facial for me. Unlike other skin treatment clinics, The Beautyworks makes a customised treatment plan as per each and every person’s need & requirement.

Owing to dehydration, my skin was suggested an oxygen blast, with a hydrating facial for sensitive skin. All in all the whole process took over and hour, where various tools, equipment, products were slathered on and cleaned off. Leaving my skin supple and fresh. Although there was no miracle effect immediately unlike other short term facials, this treatment kept my skin feeling this way for days after the medi-facial.

The technicians and doctor helped me create a new skincare regime and also prescribed the correct sunscreen, moisturiser and basic necessities to maintain te effects of the medi-facial.

For the first time in a long time, I now use a proper sunscreen, the right moisturiser and my skin feels as happy as ever, even without any trace of makeup.

Check out a full video on their treatments here.

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Posted by The Beauty Works on Freitag, 9. Juni 2017

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#BringTheKurtaBack – Styling your favourite kurtas in simple new ways.

Remember how there was this whole phase where kurtas were only sported by the journalist-artists-NGO volunteers, or at least people judged those to be in this profession.  Then came a phase when TV serials brought the Anarkali with leggings trend. Then came the never ending straight kurtas with palazzos. Somewhere in this race of trends, the basic Lucknowi kurta was amiss.

When I was 6yrs old, my mum would dress me up in pretty pastels Lucknowi kurtas with matching bindis. It was adored by all of us, she wore similar kurtas too and we gave Mom & Daughter goals to everyone! My association with XOX fashions gave me a chance to relive those fun style days all over again, this time trying different tips and tricks!

The Classic:

If you are not digging the palazzo trend, bring out your Patiala salwar. Get a basic white/ offwhite intricately embroidered Cotton kurta, while using a bright dupatta to complete the full ethnic look.

Also, do you have a full ghungroo jooti yet? it’s everything I needed to finish this style.

 

Taking cues from Alizeh in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the following looks I am thrilled to share with you!

The Badass:

Doing the old school kurta legging is too basic for you? Go badass with a smart jacket leather (only if the weather permits) or any other with skinny fit denims & solid bellys.

Top it off with reflectors and you’re good to go!

The Everyday-Cool:

Go back to college with this look, your favourite old pair of jeans and sneakers will keep you on your toes and ready to do all your chores with ease. Add cat eye glasses and a big tote bag for the final chic elements in your style game.

Follow XOX Fashions here and check out their ever-updating collection and place your orders already!

Stylist: Sakshi Nahar

Photographer: Sahil Shah

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Golden Girl, here is your go-to dress for this New Year’s Eve!

From Veronica to the girl in the fairness cream ad. This Gold sequin number was everywhere I looked and I couldn’t wait to own one. Once upon a time, the thought of shiny gold attire called to mind Las Vegas party girls. However, thanks to an especially strong showing on Fall 2016 runways, metallics—specifically gold—are poised to be a seasonal standout. The trend report was further confirmed with all the divas in B-town gracing Manish Malhotra’s birthday bash all dressed in gold!

This look was ideally inspired by Veronica DP’s character in Cocktail, I have had my eyes set on her beautiful gold sequin dress ever since. It can easily make you the queen in the crowd this NYE! Ideally for long party nights or fancy dinner outings. Exactly like Deepika in the movie, the dress boosted my confidence and for some reason made me feel like a total badass. Which is what you should be going for in this ongoing party season!

It’s time you invest in a sequinned outfit and be the Golden Girl you were always meant to be!

Shine on, be Jugni!

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Dress: Custom Made by Ginni’s Couture

Suede Heels from Forever21

Amazing hair & make up: Neha Jain

Photography: Sahil Shah

Stylist: Sakshi Nahar
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Saree with a hint of steam. #DrapeGame

Are you one of those many many girls who absolutely adore the saree on people, but would never dare to try it on?

Don’t worry, You’re not alone. The ultimate sexy and traditional outfit gives a lot of us jitters with the thought of wearing it. How do you drape that? How will my curves look bulging out? How short will it make me appear? What if it opens up? and the classic fear, what if I trip and fall? While we saved the saree for farewell nights in school, and wedding receptions, there came Sonam Kapoor and broke all saree rules!!

Pairing it in ways we had not imagined, and draping it in weirdly chic styles, she opened my heart to the amazing saree. The trips and tricks to hide the flaws and look stunning in a saree are a zillion, just get down to it.

For this post, we are collaborating with Tanvi Ejrekar, a famous Pune-based designer who is launching her all new December collection with Jugni & Co.

Sunil & Vaishnavi Bhog:  The father-daughter duo is an expert at Hair & Makeup, also skin founders of Makeover Studio, Pune

Diva Jewels for those gorgeous pieces that complete my looks.

Double Tree by Hilton, for their picture perfect location.

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In the words of the designer : “This season, we bring you the sheer beauty of Chanderi sarees blended with Variety of fabrics in solid colours. The chanderi material is embroidered with exclusive designs and motifs to enthral you while keeping your comfort in check!”

Website: www.mysticquartz.in
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mymysticquartz/
Instagram: @mymysticquartz
Email: mymysticquartz@gmail.com

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Here I have paired a peplum black top with black jeggings and see in the different drape styles the whole look can be played around with so well! Who would’ve thought?

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In this drop dead gorgeous cherry red saree, I felt like absolute royalty. Styled it over a formal white shirt and flared pants. It made me look leaner and taller. Felt super silly that I haven’t done this yet!! What do you think?

The eternal semi-precious jewellery was a true game changer in both the looks. So light and wearable, I felt as beautiful as my mumma wearing these pieces and didn’t feel like taking them off. Check them out here https://www.facebook.com/divajewelspune/?fref=ts

The makeover studio did a fab job with wedding makeup and casually pretty hair! See more of their work here https://www.instagram.com/makeoverstudio_pune/

Location courtesy: Double Tree by Hilton, Chinchwad

Photographer: Sahil Shah & Rohan

Fashion Stylist & Bae: Sakshi NaharThanks to our ever growing experimental streak, here is the traditional saree with a hint of steam!

Thanks to our ever growing experimental streak, here is the traditional saree with a hint of steam!

 

Jugni's Take

What can you do to make yourself smile? Experiment: Solo Getaway.

I wish I had a magical story of how I found myself in my four-day getaway. The thing is, I don’t. No dramatic story, no ‘poof’ moment and no ‘there I was facing the sunset…’

I want to travel the world and some bits of it I really want to do alone, just like the Queen-trip and Greece and maybe a few more. To prep start, I thought it would be a good thing to do something smaller and close to home. In case I need to run back, you know. I come from a family that does everything together, all my bucket list things are on their bucket list too.  I was also blessed with a set of friends who took care of the mandate Goa trips and the kinds.  So this going away solo thing never really made sense to us anyway. But things change, people change and most importantly you change. You start craving for experiences that you can’t plan for, and maybe that’s what happened. Nothing tragic, but all I wanted is a new experience a new feeling, and maybe a new smile which only I brought for myself. Pretty selfish I guess. I still needed to know if I was capable of making myself smile, which is only a stepping stone to happy.img_9921

Meherabad. A close friend has been mentioning Meherabad for years, but I never felt the need to go, honestly, I judged her a little each time she just went off to see a samadhi of a baba that I knew nothing of. But each time she returned, one thing didn’t change, her zeal. Like she was ready for the mundane routine again. Like something filled her cup back to the brim, and then the dailies can start draining her. A two hour drive from home, I was dropped here by my brave parents who also were experiencing letting me stay away like this for the first time. It did feel like I was being dropped into a rehab, but fun nonetheless. So Meherabad is where the Tomb and life of Avtar Meher Baba was situated, and people from all over the world come over to connect with themselves, their loved ones and most importantly with Meher Baba. I was to stay in the oh-so-beautiful-Meher Pilgrim Retreat. In my head, I was thinking dharamshala level and what I received was a 5-star resort. Impeccably maintained, so clean, perfectly landscaped and just so beautiful. After eating delish lunch with the parents, they left me to finally check in and commence my all new experience!img_9878

img_9879 I was asked if I would like to stay with three ladies from “The Punjab” (imagine heavy American accent here) or with ladies from The states and Europe. I chose the latter. Multicultural experiences is what I need thinking to myself. I walked into my room and was thrilled to see a bed with a retractable mosquito net above it. Stuff of my dreams. And right opposite my bed was a lady probably in her sixties wearing a very Hawaii inspired lycra jumpsuit doing a funky yoga pose which required her to put her toes behind her ears. I immediately turned back to see if my Mom saw that, sadly remembered that she’s not here.

“Everything real is given and received in Silence”- Meher Baba.

I learned that Baba spent 44 years of his life in silence, using gestures or an alphabet board to communicate. Can you imagine not speaking a word even for a day? Many more such thoughts, surprises came to me in my next few hours at the retreat. I unpacked and set in my stuff in the fanciest way possible. After hearing the bell for tea, we went towards the dining room at 4pm.

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After which I was told there was a film being screened on the life of Meher baba, and also that no-one else from the retreat had signed up to go for it. The auditorium was a 5-7kms away and I was asked to accompany a strange man in his car, who would drop me there. Bravely I went and sat on the rare seat of his car, later realising that he was the owner and not a driver. Too late to change seats I stayed on and prayed for this drive to end asap. But, he didn’t know where the audi was and we ended up getting lost, and my scared ass told me to at least get on a call with someone from home. So I was on call with mom till I reached, the kind man dropped me and drove off. I realised I was accompanied only by a Japanese mother daughter duo for the film that lasted over an hour.

The adventure continued as another man offered me a ride on an electric scooty till the railway crossing from where I had to walk to the Samadhi on the hilltop. Which I obviously accepted and all along the way kept thinking to myself whether I would do something like this back at home? Absolutely not.  I walked up the hill while being on call with the best friends on conference updating them about my whereabouts, they found it hilarious that I tried not to judge anyone and actually  just take things in. “We bond over judging silly things” which is true, my life revolves around senseless comments that we pass on each other.

I proceeded to the Samadhi and experienced the most unique prayer session of my entire life. After reciting a prayer from the prayer book, people from various countries, castes, ages gathered around and offered their love to Meher baba, with guitars, tabla, harmonium and a few instruments I don’t even know the names of, and languages that not everyone could understand. The whole gathering seemed in sync with each other connecting solely on music. English Hymns, Marathi gaane, Hindi Bhajans, Persian song, to an ending with classic Qawali. I had gooseflesh and couldn’t believe how blessed I was to experience a love for God so pure and unadulterated and so different. I walked back with my European roommate and made my way to the dining hall where I was served Fettuccini pasta in white sauce and my jaw just dropped. After major over eating and all that walking, I was in bed by 9.20pm. Completed some photo editing work for the blog and fell asleep without any effort by 10.30pm!

Waking up without an alarm clock was an all new feeling. I took a bus to a town close by to visit Meher Baba’s home and few more spots, on the way I connected with a lady from Minessotta a professor who was staying here for six months, her story of how she found her husband while working in the Baba center was beautiful. My other roommate was from North Carolina and she was staying here for five months. Her immense faith and positivity filled me with so much good energy.

And then I met Molly. Possibly in her sixties, Molly and I had the most amazing conversation on ‘Chai’ how it’s made in my house, and how she learned it from an Indian Cookbook and how we Indians don’t use measures while cooking. After we parted, I wondered when was the last time I’ve had a conversation on something so random and still walked out feeling like I have just taught someone something mystical and life-changing.

Molly, Gayle, Marina, Jeff, Paul, and a few more were my all new connections all aged between 50-70, Madhu, Prakash, Somit, Laura and a few more people I spoke with were a few years older to me and shared tiny insights and observations with me those which I am not going to forget easily. I spoke to different people, shared so much love, no tragic pasts or stories of how life is unfair, just strength to strength.

In three days I have completed reading one biography, nearing the completion of another novel on the kindle, wrote this post, ate delightfully good food and spoke about anything and everything to absolute strangers. Maybe fearless is too strong a word, but I did discover that I could do things alone, just be on my own without all depressive thoughts taking over me. Apart from a short nightmare, and a few estranged sad thoughts I was thoroughly at peace with things around me and within me. I made myself smile by not wearing makeup and not even missing it all these days. By not having coffee and being okay with it. By walking up and down the hill by myself with no thought of ghosts and spirits. I don’t know if it is Meher Baba that will bring me back here, but I certainly have understood that maybe doing things alone is not the same as lonely.

All the magic that it takes to make someone else happy, it takes only one tiny push to make yourself happy too. Do it, surprise yourself, break your own silly boundaries and see the magic within you. A solo getaway that didn’t involve drinking, spas, parties, or monuments; brought me epic little enriching experiences and I am already booking myself back here in the next two months, come with me? Be Jugni maybe.

Leaving you with some glimpses 🙂     

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Jugni's Take Style

Dear Zindagi, I always want to dress like this.

Even though I don’t understand how you change every single day, I love you Zindagi.

Even though you take away people I love the most, I love you Zindagi.

Even though I plan, you change the rules of the game, I still love you Zindagi.

Many times we stumble upon words or visuals that effortlessly trigger an emotion in you. That’s the kind of effect I felt as I watched the different teasers of upcoming film Dear Zindagi. Aren’t we all in the race to repair-recycle-reuse ourselves? Just like they showed in the trailers? Post-breakup we hate all the coochy-cooing couples, we get annoyed with never ending traffic, we don’t ever truly disconnect from all our work and technology even when we’re on a break. But when we find that amazing parking spot right at the entrance of the store, or that tiny moment when we clear the green light by a second, that time when you get offered a drink at every hour in the club by different people. That moment we say, with all of that Love you Zindagi.

The over exaggerated snap stories, the over the top dressing for no reason, the unplanned solo trips, the weekend getaways with friends, the drunk nights, the yoga mornings.

Dear Zindagi, these are a few of my favorite things.

  • Cycling down a slope
  • Paper boats and origami too
  • Messy hair-don’t care vibe on someday
  • Long hugs
  • Passionate Kisses
  • Easy Goodbyes and teary eyed hellos!
  • Petrichor
  • Full Moons
  • Dipping my feet in the pool
  • Conversations that don’t end
  • Speaking to someone till the sunrise
  • Being alone, and sometimes never being alone
  • Being able to decide whatever I want & do it!

Dear Zindagi, You are my favorite.

The little things that not just bring you a smile but actually stay etched in your memory for a long time to come. As I etched back in nostalgia, I had to do a post, decoding Alia Bhatt’s easy breezy I-Already-Have-This-In-My-Wardrobe-Look.

Dear Zindagi, a film which seems to have the potential to change my life! I just have a strong urge that this movie will leave us with the exact same warm fuzzy leaving that we feel after sipping on hot cocoa on a cold lonely night. Shahrukh plays a coach & mentor to Alia who seems to have had a tricky past with Kunal Kapoor *drools* Angad Bedi and maybe a few more men. Did you know, the part where SRK and Alia was cycling and Alia fell off the cycle is actually inspired from a real life incident that occurred on the set of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where Kajol on a similar occasion lost control of her cycle. So cute! Sport the Dear Zindagi looks and stay comfy all day wherever you go today! #LoveYouZindagi

Read on to recreate Kaira’s looks from the upcoming movie releasing on Nov.25th.

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Hair & Makeup- Sunil Bhog

Stylist: Sakshi Nahar

Photography: Natasha Samant, The Storyteller Official.

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Too many Diwali parties, too little time? Put together an easy look!

The festivities have begun, and this madness will continue till, end of the year!

Weddings, birthday parties, events, gatherings, even house parties; somehow they all seem to peak come Diwali. Considering you have to go to all these places and have barely any time to put together looks for each of them, here are some handy tips!

  1. Invest in statement accessories. Be it grand earrings, a huge vintage neckpiece, a blingy clutch, headgear, or a funky handcuff. Recently I tried on hair extensions they were not so bad either.
  2. Layering is a game changer. Long jackets, brocade shrugs, sleeveless embroidered waistcoats etc. the options are plenty. Invest in one of these and play around with basics to create different looks.
  3. Great shoes: A nude staple goes a long way, but so does a classic gold piece. Invest a classy metallic bomb and rock them with Indian and other dresses while clubbing or at your next card party.

In the look below, I have simply teamed an embellished jacket over a black tube and black pants, see how it comes out enough to make me any kind of occasion-ready.

Signature earrings from Rathod Jewellers.

Location Courtesy: Zora, Ishanya Mall, Pune.

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Raw silk and similar fabrics add life to the wardrobe, complete must have in the festive season.

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A look like this can also easily go from day to night.

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Photography by: Gaurav Rasane

Styling: Sakshi Nahar

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Dressing for Dandiya nights, when you don’t have a chaniya-choli! #NavratriMustHave

Happy Navratri!

A few years ago, I used to plan and prepare for Navratri nights weeks in advance with my white plastic bangle sets, authentic outfits, and accessories. I even had a family friend courier the outfit to me from Ahmedabad, because the patterns there were so updated and prettier from the ones here in Pune. Did you also take a 3-day crash course in Garba pre-navratri? School dandiya night, society dandiya, and ones in the clubs here in Pune. Then came those random events at grounds where TV stars would come and give away best-dressed awards and best group Garba awards. My God the pressure used to be intense.

Some days those used to be no? Coming to the present. I barely realise when Navratri starts unless Mom announces it. So here I am, stuck with no prep and a few Garba nights ahead of me.

Activated Jugni mode and we came up with a quick fix for our readers too. Dive into your wardrobe for heavy dupattas (preferably with shells / mirrorwork / bandini / lehriya / phulkari) as ethnic as it can get. Bring out all those old tucked away accessories, oxidised stuff, maang tikkas, bangles, kamar bands and more. The trick is to layout all options you have and then put together a look.

Doing the same, here are two easy-peasy looks for Dandiya nights. Also, google Deepu in RamLeela for makeup references just like me and go all out with drawings on the face and neck. So sexy.

 

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Another Navratri special DIY look coming up in the next post, stay tuned. Psst. If you are a fan of reusing old dresses and pom-poms you’ll love it. Till then, tell us if you have simply draped a heavy dupatta on your old tee and jeans for dandiya before?

Photography: Gaurav Rasane

Styling: Sakshi Nahar.