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Stay focused, creative

The urge to smell her home soil and dedicate herself into taking Bangladesh’s dignity and honour to new heights was too strong for Bibi Russel to give in to the pleasures of a life as an international model.

Though unsure of what awaited her in the future, she knew she had to come back where she belonged. She got herself well prepared and set a goal.

“I knew that 50 percent of the people in the country will back me up because the weavers, the labourers and hard working people will support me,” she said.

The rest is history for the internationally renowned fashion designer.

Through her endeavours, Russell provided Bangladeshi weavers and artisans an opportunity to utilise their skills and talents to achieve economic independence and build a prosperous future.

Her works brought her international recognition, such as the “Honorary Fellowship” of London Art University, “Entrepreneur Woman of the Year” of the Foundation of Entrepreneur Women, “UNESCO Special Envoy: Designer for Development” and UNESCO Artist for Peace.

Russel was giving pointers about life in a motivational speech “Entrepreneurship and creative fashion” at Daffodil International University in Dhaka yesterday. Vice-Chancellor Yousuf Mahbubul Islam and Chairman Sabur Khan were present.

“When you start a business, you have to be focused and creative. It is difficult to sustain oneself in a competitive market for an entrepreneur risks a lot in order to make a profit.”

“But if you succeed in the primary stage using your innovation and through hard work, someday you will be an icon and the pride of the nation.”

Youths should be fearless and have self-confidence in the face of great danger and conspicuous uncertainty, said Russell.

“Being a girl, it was not an unchallenged path. I had to overcome many obstacles to reach the top”

“My college rejected me when I applied because I was a student from Bangla medium. Eventually they accepted me after taking several interviews. I earned a graduate degree in fashion from London College of Fashion in 1975.”

“I think much work is yet to be done to accomplish my mission.”

Her advice of her line of work: “Read books and understand the taste of people.”Read more at:long formal dresses | marieaustralia

Catwalk debut

Until July 29, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is hosting the inaugural Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week (VIFW). With more than 40 designers, artists and performers taking part, VIFW showcases authentic Indigenous art and design.

The four-day event is being produced by Joleen Mitton, a model who spent 17 years starring in campaigns for the likes of Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood and Clinique. Mitton was born and raised in East Vancouver and is of Plains Cree, French and Scottish heritage.

As a fashion model, Mitton often witnessed the global fashion industry’s appropriation of Indigenous symbolism and culture, including on designs from a fashion house in Taiwan that she was asked to model.

“They didn’t realize they were putting stolen iconography on a model who is connected to the source of those symbols,” she says. “It was outright appropriation of Indigenous art with no concern for the meaning of them, for what those symbols represented or who created them in the first place. It was all just appearance – surfaces.”

After leaving her modelling career behind, Mitton was eventually inspired by the young women she met at the Pacific Association of First Nation Women’s Mentor Me program to create VIFW.

“They were looking for role models in mainstream culture, and saw nobody that looked like themselves, nobody who represented their culture. Being in foster care, very few of them had connections with their Indigenous roots,” she says. “They were looking for identity that they could relate to, ways of wearing their identity that included them as whole people. That was when I realized that I could use my experience of fashion, and turn it into empowering experiences for the young Indigenous women I was working with.”

As VIFW gets underway, Mitton says that, beyond showcasing Indigenous art and design, the most critical aspect of the project are the new avenues it’s creating for young people.

“What’s most important to the whole group, and myself, is that the mentorships and experiences that we can create for the girls and boys, young women and men finding their Indigenous identity and their ways in the world, stays at our centre,” she says. “They are our heart.”Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dresses 2017


Fashion blogging is extremely popular all over the world. So popular that fashion bloggers with a minimum of 2k followers on Instagram get paid for even a single post on their blogs. Even though blogging is not seen as an important marketing platform in Bangladesh yet, many new fashion bloggers are surfacing every day. Bangladeshi fashion bloggers can give foreign fashion bloggers a run for their money.

The reason you ask? Well, Bangladeshi fashion bloggers not only take aesthetic stylish photos of their daily #ootd (outfit of the day) but also create other fantastic content such as YouTube look books, gifs, stop motions and more. To be precise, they are quite versatile when it comes to presenting content.

In addition, they keep everyone up to date on styles trending around the world and in Bangladesh. If you haven’t been following any ‘deshi’ bloggers yet, here’s a list of the top 5 fashion bloggers in Bangladesh at present:

Velvet Veins

This is a fashion blogger who has top notch editing skills. She creates the best YouTube content and if you check out her Instagram, you’ll notice she follows a black and white theme that is pleasing to the eyes. She prefers posting more flat lays than portraits and talks about her favorite products, trends and hauls. You can learn a lot from her starting from how to take flat lay pictures to where you can buy scented candles from. Brands like Apex, Noir, Urban Truth and Skin Cafe have collaborated with her for the quality content that she never fails to present.

Just Designs

A man who knows the difference between cravats and ascots, yes, this fashion blogger knows the most unknown of fashion rules and abides by them. This is exactly why he works as a fashion contributor for both Daily Star Lifestyle and Ice Today Magazine. If you checkout his blog, you will notice he prefers to keep his identification hidden. When asked, he said that just like Sia, he prefers the focus to be on his content alone. Although he doesn’t follow a particular theme on Instagram, he does present the most informative and detailed content, starting from stop motion look books on YouTube to ‘outfit of the day’ gifs. Moreover, he is the first blogger to present the most aesthetic Vlogs on his Instagram story. Brands like Zurhem, Muze and Made in Bangladesh have collaborated with him for his impeccable style statement and creative content. If sophistication is your style, this is the blogger you should be following.


A modest fashion blogger, who teaches everyone that you can be modest and stylish at the same time; she designs and creates her own outfits that look no less than brand clothes. She is also the country editor for GAYA magazine (Singapore) who clearly trusts her fashion knowledge. She was also featured on the cover of the March 2017 edition of the Gaya Magazine. Not only is she becoming increasingly popular in Bangladesh but also abroad. She has walked the ramp for fashion shows in Dhaka and been invited to attend the Kuala Lumpur modest fashion week 2016 to represent Bangladesh. As you can see, she has managed to achieve a lot within the span of a year. Brands like Plaire, Sciccoso and Noir didn’t miss the opportunity to work with Abayaholic. She has also worked with Japanese designer Ryoko Katayama, recently. If you are searching for modest style ideas or even just ideas for outfits that stand out, this is the blogger you should be following.


A fashion blogger who focuses on street style and youthful fashion trends; from making ripped jeans a thing in Bangladesh to trying out bold fusions, this blogger knows how to experiment. His Instagram feed is the most aesthetic of them all as he follows a minimal theme. Guess that’s where his blog name came from. He has worked with ICE Today magazine, and he too creates look books and videos featuring brands like Apex. Other brands like Sartorial, Gentlemen’s Wardrobe, Noir and 90’s Crew have also collaborated with him for his unique style statement. If you like minimal but bold street style trends, then you know who to follow now.


Another modest fashion blogger who focuses on a laid-back but an edgy style; her Instagram feed gives off retro vibes that is calming on the eyes. And her photos make mundane backgrounds look extraordinary. She used to be a fashion writer for Aquila Style magazine (Singapore) and worked as the head of global development for Islamic Fashion and Design Council. She attended the Indonesia Fashion week 2015, where she spoke on a panel about modest fashion worldwide, and the Muslim Fashion Festival at Jakarta 2016. She has also been invited to the London Modest Fashion Week 2017. She used her unique individuality to launch her own slide-in-loafers ‘Aydha’ in collaboration with Lá Mode. Moreover, she has collaborated with foreign brands and designers such as Huw Roman Inc (a Japan based clothing brand) and Lidia May (an NYC based bag designer). If you are looking for style inspirations that are distinct and original, this is the blogger you should be checking out.

Blogging may seem easy when seen through a viewer’s eyes, but a lot of work goes into a single shot. Taking the perfect photo requires a creative imagination and proper direction. Filming and editing videos take a lot of time. Writing articles requires vigorous research and dedication. They are no different than corporate content creators and marketers. Hence, these fashion bloggers deserve equal credit for their work and effort. Please do show some love and support to these hard-working, ever-improving, fashion-adept bloggers.Read more at:red carpet dresses |

Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez

Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez 

(Photo:formal dresses brisbane)India has always been recognized for its unusual and elegant traditional attires for women, which not only makes them gracious, but it also determines a woman’s elegance in a way that perhaps no attire could. Since the modern days, Indian fashion has always ruled the fashion industry. Indian traditional dresses are known for their beauty and charm. The traditional Indian Salwar Kameez is the favorite dress of working women as well as homemakers because it provide absolute freedom of movement without deviating from the traditional roots.

The Salwar Kameez is the traditional outfit of the women of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana and it has its roots in central and south Asia and is an everyday dress of both men and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Salwar Kameez is a dress that has three parts of clothing. The first part of Salwar Kameez is – the Salwar or loose pajama like trousers, the Kameez or tunic that can be of short or long length and a long dupatta or scarf that is used to cover the head. All these three parts of the Salwar Kameez can be designed in so many different ways to give a unique look to every dress. Modern women use the scarf as a stylish accessory and drape it around the neck or over one shoulder in order to have a stylish and elegant look.

History And Origin Of The Salwar Kameez

It is believed that the first traditional Salwar Kameez was designed and worn by the Turkic-Iranian horse riding people of Central Asia. A considerable number of people from this group converted to Islam. Starting from the 12th century, the descendants of these groups started invading India and the Islamic Turkic-Iranian rule was set up in India through the establishment of the Mughal Empire in Delhi and the influence of the Mughal rule was spread over much of northern India and Pakistan. As a result, their culture, traditions, food and fashion, everything infiltrated into these areas and the Salwar suit became a popular outfit among the inhabitants as well. Presently, the Salwar Kameez is worn by women of various religions.

Most Essential Kinds Of Indian Salwar Kameez

1) The Short Kurta

This is one of the recent styles of Salwar kameez developed in India which has a smart fitting dress. It is mostly worn by girls and suitable for slim women. Worn by practical women, these kurtis look very trendy and modern. These short kurtis give a professional look. So it can be worn at office or any other formal place.

2) The Indo Western Style

Indo western is another modern style of the Salwar Kameez dress developed by designers in India. As the name tells itself that it is inspired from western dressing and it combines with the Pure Indian style and an indo-western style to make it more unique and stylish. The pajama of this dress is replaced by a legging or fitted pants and the kurti is gracefully and smartly tailored.

3) Churidar Kurta

One more colorful and showy style of Salwar Kameez is Churidar kurta. It is extremely well-known among all age of woman, particularly the young girls, who like to dress in their outfits in a more stylish way. They can be printed, simple or can be in beautiful embroidery salwar kameez suit styles.

4) Anarkali Style

One of the most elegant and intricate styles of salwar kameez dress is possibly Anarkali. At this time, this style is extremely eminent as a wedding dress. Here the outfit is made in flowy frock style and it represents the modern Indian – particularly of the Mughal times. These Anarkali suits have lately made a great comeback in the world of fashion after many years, and are absolutely here to be in fad.

5) Patiala Salwar Kameez

This is the most common type of salwar kameez that falls in the group of traditional Indian clothes. As the name suggests, the Patiala salwar is a special type of salwar that has its origin in Patiala, a state of Punjab. The salwar has a loose baggy style, and it is paired with a short kameez. This is one of the classical salwar styles that have been worn by women for ages, but it never goes out of style.

The Punjabi salwar kameez consists of a three piece set of the salwar kameez dupatta. The salwar kameez and dupatta are brightly colored and decorated with zari work, sequins and gotta. The salwar of a Punjabi salwar kameez is loose and pleated at the thighs or waist, and narrower at the ankle and the kameez is a short tunic of thigh or knee length. The outfit is extremely comfortable and stylish and is beautifully complemented by the colorful dupatta.

6) Designer Salwar Kameez

In order to create elegant and gorgeous party salwar kameez that are ideal for all occasions, the modern designer salwar kameez blends the traditional charm with western designs. The designer salwar kameez are adorned with intricate stones, beads and sequins along with modern neck designs, sleeve designs and innovative patterns that transform the complete look of the salwar kameez.

Designer salwar kameez come in a wide range of option such as printed salwar kameez, silk, chiffon, tussar and georgette salwar kameez and hand embroidered and chikankari salwar kameez.Read more at:formal dresses

Yes, it’s possible to wear a slip dress during winter and here’s how

The trusty slip dress has been a staple of the cool-girl for decades past, and thanks to a resurgence of late 1990s inspired runway looks in recent seasons, it’s become somewhat of a wardrobe staple.

However, once confined to the restraints of warm weather, the coolest way to style your slip is with layers, layers and more layers.

We spoke to Silk Laundry founder Katie Rackley on everything you need to know about styling your slip, circa 2017.

On unexpected styling

“Obviously the simple layered slip works for everyone – over a tee, high neck or flared long sleeve however you can mix this up and layer a silk dress over a shirt for something a little different. A lot of people think silk dresses can only be worn super feminine but you can toughen it up with an oversized cardigan or trench and a chunky boot like Doc Martens.

I also love stepping away from standard black and wearing bright colours throughout winter. Our new Dahlia and Emerald are super popular and a great way to bring colour into your wardrobe.”

How to make it work in winter

“For winter, you can also layer a slip dress over jeans for something a bit different. In winter I wear my silks with oversized cashmere sweaters and a pair of mules or sneakers and a leather jacket. “

On work-ready slips

For work, I like to make the dress act as a skirt and wear it with a great sweater or an oversized button up shirt, you can then belt or tie the shirt at the waist.”

On the flattering effect of a bias-cut slip

“Naturally, women have curves and the bias cut accentuates the lines of the female form. Bias cut means the fabric is cut diagonally across the grain, which allows for a beautiful drape and fluidity in soft fabrics like silk. When fabric is cut on the straight, it can hang stiff and have little movement.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses | plus size formal dresses

Promoting rural craft through technology

Celebrated Indian fashion designer Anita Dongre, who works closely with artisans in villages, says technology can drive their craft in a big way in the near future. Earlier this month, Dongre launched a stand-alone store of Grassroot — one of her fashion brands focussed on celebrating Indian crafts in luxury pret in Soho, New York.

One of the speakers on a panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Ficci-IIFA Global Media Forum in New York on Friday, Dongre spoke about the challenges of working with artisans in villages and how technology helps to ease the process.

“Whatsapp helps… Weavers from Benares can show me samples at a click over Whatsapp while I am sitting in New York. “So, I’d say it is a saviour… There are remote villages like Barmer where phones still have to come in… but that’s where some NGO helps.

“They click pictures and share with us to get approvals. I am sure technology will drive craft too in a certain way,” the designer said. With an experience of well over two decades in the Indian fashion industry, Dongre has multiple brands, each of which make optimum use of ‘desi’ elements.

Her designs are worn widely by celebrities, and was also famously flaunted by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton during her India visit. As a socially responsible designer, Dongre said: “I primarily today see myself as someone creating employment, and that too in rural India.”

“There are some amazing artisans in the villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan… And they had reached the dead end because the artisans had the skill of embroidery, but they needed design intervention and a marketplace.

“That’s how Grassroot was born… “But today not only am I now making beautiful clothes and making women feel lovely, but behind every garment that I make for Grassroot, there’s a beautiful story behind it… Of a proud artisan who has created that garment which is handwoven, hand embroidered, and is always done in a village of India.

About the challenges of pursuing this passion, Dongre said: “The challenge is that I work with a team of a really young team of designers. “I have to encourage them to travel to rural areas… It is not easy sometimes, to go into vilages, stay there and work with them. It’s a contemporary design challenge, but it’s rewarding.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | evening dresses

The triumph of the Great Yorkshire Show catwalk

The Great Yorkshire Show catwalk set the style bar sky-high this week when it put on a showcase of fashion worthy of a Hollywood red carpet or a Paris runway.

celebrity couturier James Steward presented special-occasion designs named after local Yorkshire beauty spots. Wetherby-based Steward has created pieces for Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Katherine Kelly and many soap stars, both for the red carpet and TV, including wedding dresses for Coronation Street. He has twice been named Yorkshire Brides Couture Designer of the Year, and is a designer for BBC TV’s Cbeebies channel, interpreting outfits for reality series Marrying Mum and Dad.

His ready-to-wear collection, designed with his sister, Hannah Moody, drew gasps of delight from the audience, with dresses entitled the Chevin, the Birdsall, the Lockton, the Cropton and the Malton, all made in honour of the county.

The highlight of this year’s catwalk was undoubtedly Steward’s bespoke wedding gown, created especially for the show and incorporating Great Yorkshire Tweed, the beautiful green fabric woven for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society by Abraham Moon & Sons of Guiseley.

This year’s Fashion Pavilion catwalk also saw the debut of John Lewis Leeds, showcasing an impressive range of autumn/winter 2017 daywear and outerwear looks for women and men. The looks were styled by the store’s personal shopping team and featured designs from its And/Or, Kin and Loved & Found collections, and from Yorkshire brand Pure Collection, which is stocked in the Leeds store.

Highlighting the retail giant’s commitment to giving a platform to local talent, the Kin by John Lewis selection included pieces by Yorkshire textile and fashion designer Laura Slater.

Georgia Earnshaw, from John Lewis, said: “It was fantastic to be part of the Great Yorkshire Show catwalk and showcase a preview of our autumn/inter collections. Our Leeds department store is soon to mark its one-year anniversary and being a part of this iconic Yorkshire event has been the perfect way to celebrate.”

And, on Tuesday, stars of Yorkshire sport and screen joined the models on the GYS catwalk to showcase the countrywear crafted in Great Yorkshire Tweed.

Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom joined former Leeds Rhino player Keith Senior, Yorkshire vets Julian Norton and Peter Wright and BBC TV presenters Amy Garcia and Abbie Dewhurst to model the striking range.

Last year’s show saw the launch of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society men’s jackets, created by Keightley tailors Brook Taverner and made in the tweed, woven in the YAS’s green and gold colours by Abraham Moon & Sons. This year women’s jackets have been introduced, impressively modelled by Amy and Abbie.

Meanwhite, the men’s range has been expanded. Ryan Sidebottom confirmed that he was pleased with his outfit. “It fits perfect, looks smart and it’s Yorkshire. You can’t get better than than that,” he said as he waited backstage before the show.

This year also sees the launch of a competition to find the Great Yorkshire Show’s most stylish people. Visitors, exhibitors and competitors are invited to take a picture of themselves or a friend/colleague/relative at the show and post on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag GYScatwalk to win a John Lewis Leeds personal shopping session, lunch and beauty treatment for two.

The catwalk has become a highlight of Great Yorkshire Show, and is regarded as a prestigious platform for the best of Yorkshire fashion, attracting major high-street names alongside independent designers and up-and-coming graduates from colleges across the county.

There were four shows a day, featuring a 12-strong team of male and female models from Huddersfield-based agency Morton Gledhill The Fashion Team, which also co-ordinates the runway.

Each year, students from Yorkshire colleges and universities are selected to showcase their work. Designers from Harrogate College, Hull College of Art and Design and the University of Huddersfield took part, while hair and make-up was by Harrogate College’s Artistic Team. The University of Huddersfield presented designs from a tailoring project, using cloth donated by Abraham Moon & Sons.Read more at:long formal dresses | formal dresses 2017

Jordyn Woods Collaborates With Addition Elle

Jordyn Woods is teaming with Addition Elle.

The curvy model, who is also Kylie Jenner’s best friend, will partner with the Canadian plus-size retailer on a line of apparel. While Woods has modeled for the company before, which is best known for its lingerie collaborations with Ashley Graham, this is the first time she’s produced a collection with them.

“They embody everything I stand for,” said Woods when asked why she decided to deepen her relationship with Addition Elle. “I’ve been working and modeling with them for years and it was amazing to bring our relationship full circle. They are a style destination for women who embrace their figures so it’s exiting to create something.”

Like many women her age, Woods, who is 19, frequently mixes streetwear with ath-leisure, and Roslyn Griner, Addition Elle’s vice president of marketing and visual display, said Woods has incorporated that into her collection.

“It’s a very on-trend assortment,” said Griner, who added that Woods is signed on to release a second capsule with the brand. “Jordyn loves streetwear and we wanted to make that a part of her collection.”

The line, which will retail from $42 to $178, will be available on Sept. 11. Woods will show the collection during New York Fashion Week in September at Addition Elle’s runway show, which will be followed by a pop-up shop where consumers can purchase pieces from the assortment.

Although Woods believes there has been a great deal of progress within the plus-size category, she said there is a long way to go and that starts with more size inclusivity overall.

“I”m on the fence about the word plus sized,” Woods said. “Why do we need to categorize people by their size? There should be one section that has all size ranges.”

The world will see a lot more of Woods this August when she appears in “Life of Kylie,” Jenner’s own reality TV show that will air on E! In the trailer, Woods has a moment with Jenner where she expresses her frustrations with the friendship, which she called draining.

“We are so close so it was inevitable that I was going to be on the show,” Woods said. “But I’m very curious to see what direction my life is going to go after the show comes out. But I love to make everything positive, so I believe it’s going to be exciting to see a side of our lives that is this personal.”Read more at:short formal dresses | vintage formal dresses

Indian boutique in New Haven donates all profits to international women’s programs

Didi Ananda Vibha is photographed at the Seva Boutique inside of Edge of the Woods Natural Market in New Haven on 6/26/2017. Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media 

(Photo:cheap formal dresses)Tucked away on the upper level of Edge of the Woods Natural Market — somewhere above and between the coconut milk and gluten-free cupcakes — is one of the city’s best kept fashion secrets: a boutique of clothes, bags and other items made mostly in India.

As with many boutiques, the blouses shirts, dresses, skirts, tunics, ponchos, handbags, sweaters, Paschimas, and more are unique, timelessly fashionable and difficult to find in mainstream fashion outlets. They also carry bedspreads, jewelry, wall hangings and paper lamps.

And, 100 percent of the proceeds at Seva Boutique go toward programs to benefit women and children in India, Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua. Seva means selfless service in Sanskrit.

The boutique was started and is run by Didi Ananda Vibha, who is part of the Ananda Margamovement, a global spiritual and social service organization with a mission of self-realization and service to humanity, according to the organization’s website. Ananda Marga translated means bath of bliss.

Didi is a title similar to what sister is to nun in the Catholic Church, although Ananda Marga is not religion. Didi’s wear orange, considered the color of sacrifice.

Through meditation centers and service projects throughout the world, the movement, founded in 1955 by Shri Shri Anandamurti, “offers instruction in meditation, yoga and other self-development practices on a non-commercial basis, and responds to social emergencies and long-term social needs.”

Vibha, who became a didi at 16 and has spent decades dedicated in that role, started the boutique about 18 months ago as a service project.

She already had a connection with Edge of the Woods Natural Market’s owners, as they are long-time followers of the movement. They give her the space rent-free, as well as the space to teach meditation and yoga, for which she said she is grateful.

Jessica Mendez, who discovered the boutique by accident months ago while shopping for vitamins, said she’s drawn to the clothes every time she shops at the market.

“These are fashions you can’t find anywhere else,” Mendez said. “I can’t leave without buying something.”

Joyce James said she likes that the profits go to a good cause — and besides, the clothes are awesome.

“They are unique and stylish,” she said. “But I don’t think a lot of people know about this.”

Vibha, a warm, soft-spoken woman originally from India, plays every role at the boutique, situated in part of an upstairs lounge at the popular market, located at 379 Whalley Ave. She’s the merchandise buyer, manager, salesperson, stocker, accountant, in addition to all the other leadership positions she holds in the spiritual movement.

Vibha said she is still trying to figure out what customers want and getting word out about the boutique, but so far, “People love it.”

“They feel satisfied buying here because it’s for a cause,” she said, noting the prices are also reasonable.

Vibha said customers often comment on the “Peace, calm” about the place — and it’s no wonder with her strong Ananda Marga presence there.

In keeping with the movement, she meditates four times a day and says meditation is to “calm, concentrate, expand the mind to that infinite essence.”

She says of keeping clear through meditation, “If you have a bucket of water you can’t see your face in it until the water is calm.”

Vibha, raised in India and raised in the movement — she says bred to become a didi — has been in the United States for 26 years and a didi for 38. She also has a sister who is a didi.

“I feel I’m the richest person in the whole world,” she said, noting her guru, whom she referred to several times as her “master.”

“Money doesn’t get you what you really need… It will buy you clothes and other things, but you cannot find infinite happiness in temporary things,” she said.

She said the spiritualistic movement includes a belief in universalism — that everything on Earth was created by one entity. They don’t believe in nationalism, as “We believe all humanity are indivisible,” she said.

And aside from mediation and yoga being a central part of it, so is a special diet that is vegetarian, and excludes eating onion, garlic, mushrooms because they can “stir your mind” and interfere with meditation.

According to the “Seva Boutique” section on the Edge of the Woods website, “there is only giving and no question of taking. “

The spiritual guru, philosopher and founder of Ananda Marga, Sri Sri Anandamurti, founded the Women’s Welfare Department of the organization in May 1965, creating the didi role, “to uplift women in all the physical mental and spiritual spheres,” according to the market’s website.

Some examples of those who benefit from the work of didis around the world — including from the Seva Boutique — are schools, orphanages, medical clinics, vocational training centers for women and girls.

The Seva Boutique web area says the movement urges social consciousness, “especially around women, so that they are inspired to rise, abolish dogma and annihilate all symbols of slavery and a share in a new era of coordinated cooperation and glorious achievement.”Read more at:sexy formal dresses

Revolutionizing make-up

Revolutionizing make-up 

(Photo:short formal dresses australia)Though Sizi Thapa has no studio of her own, she is still one of the few established make-up artists in the country. She works as a freelancer and lives her days with versatility. Her 10-day make-up workshop, which to a make-up beginner was one of the most informative make-up experiences, concluded on July 4.

Growing up, Sizi did not always aspire to be a make-up artist. While she was fascinated by fashion talks, especially of her fashion enthusiast mother, she pursued Hospitality Management from Malaysia before working for a travel agency in Nepal. One sudden day, she started doing make-up for her colleagues at the travel agency. Her colleagues appreciated her work, and this marked a transition in her career. Pursuing her intrinsic interest then, she took off to Scandinavian Make-up Academy, Bangkok to become a certified make-up artist.

In retrospect, when she looks back, she thinks her career transition was partly fueled by her grooming in Hongkong. Born and raised in Hongkong, she was exposed to fashion trends and styles early on. Adding to that, she travelled a lot with her father, who was required to make frequent visits as a part of his job in the British Indian Army. Extensive international travels meant that she was acquainted with changing fashion trends, and she loved the diversity. Sizi consequently started her career in Myanmar in 2014.

Perhaps that is why Sizi, to this day, likes exploring. After more than two years in the business, she is nowhere close to specializing in any particular field within the make-up industry. She does it all. From ‘High Fashion’ for models in ramps, ‘Doll’ for photoshoots, special effects–of bruises and what not–for movie projects, to bridal make-up.

Sizi’s days are highly unpredictable because she is always looking for exciting new projects. She could only tell of her upcoming projects, not her schedules. Talking about her plans three days on, she said she was supposed to meet Joshna Yogi, a model turned actress, and do a special effects make-up for the latter’s new movie project. The two had worked for a magazine make-up shoot last year. If you show Sizi a picture of someone off the internet, she can tell you what make-up techniques have been used and where. She immediately notices the facial features and can give recommendations to better your face. If that doesn’t make a make-up artist phenomenal, we don’t know what does.

Why did you organize the make-up training session?

I started teaching make-up because I wanted people to have a proper appreciation and understanding of make-up. If we think about it, these days, people go through different YouTube videos, but don’t realize that their skin color is different from the models in the video. I was asked to give training to few self-learners because they evidently lacked that understanding.

Have you considered making YouTube tutorials?

I wish that every aspiring make-up artists has this understanding, which is why I arranged this training class. On a personal level, I realized that if I did a model’s make-up the way I did my own, she is going to look less like herself and more like me. This is because all of us have different facial features. However, I can’t bring myself to make YouTube videos because I am a more passionate make-up artist than a public speaker.

What inspires you to do the things that you do?

I get inspired by the people and situations around me. For instance, when I see a punched face, I don’t think about how horrible the face is, but instead I think about how I could do a close-enough make-up. I even ask my doctor friends to send me pictures of bruises and dead people so that I can inspire from real life incidents. For instance, it helps me to know the color change in a dying body.

What suggestion would you give aspiring make-up artists in Nepal?

One thing that I have learnt in life is to never do free work for anyone, even when starting a career. My advice to my fellow make-up artists is to not disrespect your skills by giving free services. Goodwill earned that way doesn’t really last. People start picking on your previously “great” skills the moment you start charging them. Not only that, it is not a fair competition to other aspiring artists. Instead you could charge less in the initial phase.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses