The Best Pre-Wedding Mud Masks {Makeup Mantra}

The Best Pre-Wedding Mud Masks {Makeup Mantra}


The best thing you can do for yourself the day before the wedding is an indulgent spa day.  Chances are, though, after all the planning and with all the nerves currently coursing [...]

Angels, Grace, and a Cupcake: Lush Review {Makeup Mantra}

Angels, Grace, and a Cupcake: Lush Review {Makeup Mantra}


I was assigned to review LUSH's Cupcake mud mask for our definitive list of pre-wedding vegan mud masks and I ended up unlocking a treasure trove of facial beauty [...]

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S3 Indian & Fusion Catering

From lavish affairs to intimate celebrations, corporate events, buffet receptions, formal sit-down dinners, to wedding receptions, S3 Catering is your premier caterer. S3 Catering brings a caliber of catering that is well above the rest, where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful presentation, execution and delivery of [...]

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Mother-to-Daughter Mistranslations (Newlywed Cooking 101)

For those of us who have moved out, it is a struggle to recreate the culinary perfection that is a mother’s cooking. This being said, a portion of the blame belongs to the old-school moms who do everything by estimation or “andaaz.” “You’re making daal? Just add a pinch of cumin and a dash of red chili powder.” Yep, we’ve all been there. [...]

Moving in with the SO 101: 7 Tips for an Easy Transition

As many of you know, I married the man of my dreams just last year with the traditional week-long Indian festivities. Well, I’m happy to report that after some long distance a la graduate school, I finally got to move in with my permanent roomie in early July. Yay! And because I love our BFIW family so much, I wanted to share my experiences [...]

Date Shake {Summer Sips Series}

This week, I’d like for us to tip our hats to a tasty shake in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. This year marks my very first solo attempt as a newlywed to prepare the elaborate food spread to break fast. Aside from some failed food experiments, I have managed to perfect a drink that ties a traditional iftar element, the date, with the [...]

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Alcohol at the Wedding - Yes or No?

Almost on level with the Great Veg Food Debate, is the question: should we serve alcohol at the wedding?  Largely this question is answered by your cultural traditions - Muslims and South Indians will usually give a polite 'no' while Panjabis give a resounding 'yes!'  But for those who fall in the middle, is it a yes? Or a no? Or a [...]

The Glossy Grand Finale by Manish Malhotra {Lakme Fashion Week 2014}

Lakme Fashion Week Winter 2014 concluded with Manish Malhotra for the Grand Finale, in Mumbai on August 24th

Bride it Like Beckham: Modern vs. Traditional Bride Expectations {Social Justice Sunday}

This SJS has been brought to you by every single Bend it Like Beckham gif and picture I could find.  If anything points to the divide between traditional and modern expectations for brides, it's this movie. It wasn't too long ago when the good Desi bride was expected to remain in the kitchen, serving her children and her husband [...]

7 Common Makeup Mistakes (And How to Fix Them!) {Makeup Mantra}

Common makeup mistakes we're all wary of - and how to avoid them!

You Know You're a Desi Bride When...

There are some things that only South Asian brides do. To your friend who isn't desi, they will probably think you are crazy. Or maybe your friend is just as crazy too. Despite all the planning, to negotiating detentes between family members, and getting beautified for your wedding day, you know you are a desi bride [...]