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Each one of us have an individual style that creates our identity. The best feeling is wearing an outfit and being comfortable in your own skin and not debating whether you are following fads. So create your style today, be unique, and Happy Tuesday 🙂

Fashion is a fascinating thing, constantly changing and shifting – as styles go in and out, often reappearing years and decades later. Style, on the other hand, exists in a sphere of its own – timeless looks don’t need to follow trends to stand out and will endure forever.

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Wearing a wonderful vintage choker Kuchi Tribal Necklace handcrafted in the mid 1900’s. For centuries such pieces depict ethnic beauty of the region they belong to. You can always pair this with a simple black dress… and voila! you have created your own statement look.

This is a topic very close to my heart, so here is a collection of my favourite fashion and style quotes to inspire you:

One of my favorite quote, “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” – Diane von Furstenberg

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“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”  -Coco Chanel

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“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” – Edith Head

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Stunning monali g Silver Statement rings and bracelets… you can check out these on

http://www.monalig.com

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“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.” -Marc Jacobs

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Finally…

“Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.” – Donatella Versace

 

Check out our collection at,

http://www.monalig.com

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Last year December we celebrated one year anniversary of Brand monali g… For me it has been quiet a journey from corporate to couture, enjoyed every bit of it.

As George Eliot said – It is never too late to be what you might have been.

As I get ready for my next trip, I want to share my amazing experiences and images that I captured along this journey. Passion to create something unique, took me to an adventure to the Pink City! Last year around the same time I jetted to India to get a fresh dose of inspiration to infuse into our designs.

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I am so fortunate to the have a very exciting childhood, growing up in various exotic places in India. When I share my childhood experiences with my kids they are in such an awe… they love the stories of me travelling to various parts of India every 2-3 years… staying in palaces in Jodhpur and Jaipur.

I never thought I would be visiting those same places again, this time to discover my passion. The first time I landed in Jaipur (the Pink City) it was nothing like what I remember almost three decades back. But somehow it had the same Regal charm that I always imagined.

I had absolutely no idea where to start when I was there for the first time after so many years. The most incredible part was how things start happening once you put your heart and soul into it. It’s almost surreal!

Jal Mahal in Jaipur

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“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

― Pablo Picasso

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Next morning I sat by the courtyard, there was inspiration at every corner,

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Morning breakfast was amazing, an absolute bliss… while I was reading my book, love traveling as you can catch up with all the reading, then I was pleasantly surprised by some live entertainment. 🙂 Traditional Etara player, saw this instrument after ages. By the time I was done with my breakfast, felt so stress free. Now I had all the energy to start the day with a big smile.

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When you have a clear vision… things start to happen..

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Feel blessed every moment that finally I can do what I love, let the creative juices flow,

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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Images that are etched in my memory forever,

Beautiful Courtyard…

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Albert Hall museum
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The brand goal has always been to be able save and restore our age old traditional handicrafts, textiles. I am very fortunate to be able to work with Fair trade certified companies who think alike and help us give the respect and credit to our amazing artisans. This is my purpose! Here is one of our artisans working at the factory meticulously on the Kantha bags… It was nice chatting with him!

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From the inception of hand block printing the fabric and then designing it, is the most amazing feeling. When you see someone wearing it feels great. Here are some hand block printed cotton fabrics from Sanganer near Jaipur… created into this beautiful summer dress that effortlessly transcends from Beach to Sidewalk.

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It was great to share this journey with you all, one of the new year resolution is to keep up with the blog no matter what 🙂 Hope I can do it… till then

Never Stop Dreaming!!!

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Blue skies and sun shining on,

A bright August sky filled with glamour

And the sound of our laughter

We stand in the garden

Watching nature’s marvels as I roll my camera,

Ivy branches growing and yearning

Reaching for The Sky,

White pillars, arched windows,

Day filled with fun

No worries in sight,

Friends and dress up

Laughter and bliss,

Each moment passes,

Without even a miss

Chatting with friends… once upon a summer afternoon

Yesterday afternoon as I was writing this poem, all the wonderful memories of that beautiful day came alive. Day spent with friends is always a day well spent.

Brand monali g is for the everyday women… a girl, a mom, a professional, an artist… someone who loves to express themselves in an unique style. Here are some fun moments I captured with my friends S and SG in monali g style escape…

Beautiful and stunning S is wearing a monali g chiffon leheria scarf and antique silver earrings with Lapis…

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S looking stunning in a Pink and Green Statement Glass bead neckpiece

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Here is SG in a white georgette White dress with multi-color thread applique work… This is a stunning summer dress, you can wear this to a day wedding or a lunch party… will sure make a statement!

Dress – Hemant and Nandita

Earrings – Silver with brushed gold finish with moonstone

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Victorian necklace with antique silver pendant with pink coral rose and faux pearl beads

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S wearing statement green uncut emerald bracelet with leather straps…

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SG wearing a monali g signature shift dress, perfect elegant summer dress for any occasion…

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Rodium finish Silver earrings with crystals… very versatile piece! Next pic, she is wearing a Coral tribal necklace…

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S wearing a really CHIC necklace that can be paired with any t-shirt, top and jeans …

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This was a lot of fun…

– A DAY SPENT WITH FRIENDS IS ALWAYS A DAY WELL SPENT –

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Stay tuned for more stories from the monali g journey… Happy Monday!

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“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades” – Audrey Hepburn

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History of Shift Dress

Hubert de Givenchy has been credited with designing the shift dress. He designed the black shift dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in 1961 and the dress and the film went on to become a legend. He went on to design most of Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe for her movies, and had many famous clients including Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco both great fashion icons in the sixties and both fans of the shift dress.

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I have always been a big fan of Shift dresses. I love wearing Shift dresses as they give you an effortless elegance. The cut skims your curves and lines instead of clinging to them, drawing attention away from your tummy, flattering on most body types.

In the pursuit of creating unique Shift dress, monali g uses fabrics that were unique and hand woven fabrics like Ikat, embroidered with Kantha. It blends the western dress style with eastern craftsmanship so create a one-of-a-kind statement look.

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A shift dress, by definition, is a short dress that lacks detailed shaping. These dresses tend to be sleeveless, and can be plain or feature A-line skirts or empire waists-think Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy in the late ‘50s-early ‘60s.

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The shift dress is versatile and user-friendly for any woman, any season. It’s all about finding what works best for you. Always remember, stay comfortable, stay confident, stay YOU.

xo

Monali 🙂

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