The festival of lights was already a while ago, but I haven’t shown you the photos yet. Part of it was that the annual party organized for the event actually took place about two weeks later due the ballroom being booked for other events like Halloween, etc. Thus, another week late seemed not of major importance. Earlier would be good as then the outfit could serve as an inspiration for those of you who are invited to a Diwali party. Now the outfit serves more as a nice thing to look at. Fashion entertainment, so to speak. But that’s also a goal of this blog.
The dressing question
Last year, I recycled a sari I had worn before and was quite nervous about it. Some of my friends just expect that I show up in a new look every time when there is a festive event. Well, I don’t poop money and I also don’t print it. Wearing something new all the time is not something I can afford, nor what I want to do. I buy clothes because I like them and want to wear them more than one time. I meant put a piece of clothes on in the fitting room would be enough when it were just to wear it once! LOL. Not to mention that you cannot go into a store in Fairbanks and ask the sales person to show you the newest collection of saris.
A new saree
This summer, a friend of mine gave me a new sari as a birthday gift. She just had visited family and bought this royal blue beauty for me. She knows that I love bold bright deep colors. The fabric flows nicely and was is to wrap. I love the zigzag embroidery at the hem and the delicate gold-color and red abstract floral embroidery.
Since it was a cold day, I wore my halftee with long shleeves underneath instead of a blouse. I styled the look with a statement belt and ethnic style jewelry. I added my metal bag that was a find on a market in Morocco in the late 80s. You have seen this bag already in many posts here on the blog. It sort of goes with everything.
I went with a royal blue eyeshadow that I applied very sparsely. I chose a berry-pink lipstick and light make-up. I wanted to emphasize the contrast of deep vs. light color.
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The event started with welcome notes followed by a song. I really loved the red, gold and white sari of the singer. Unfortunately, she stood in front of a pult so I had no chance to take a photo.
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There were various dances presenting traditional dances of the various Indian holidays. The young dancers wore beautiful, colorful dresses in all colors of the rainbow. Gold embroidery, sequin embellishment or all of it at once. I sneaked into the aisle to capture some of the clothes for the blog. Aren’t these pieces stunning?
Like in all cultures, a holiday isn’t a holiday without lots of delicious food. The photo above shows what I picked out of the variety of dishes. There were also several meat dishes, fish, white rice, lemon rice and a rice with various spices, herbs and small vegetables. From far it looked like risotto, but it smeeled quite different. I prefer vegetrian food over meat or fish and pan-fired bread/pancakes and/or potatoes over any variation of rice. That’s why you don’t see any of the meat, fish or rice samples on my plate. My husband had chosen the same food samples except for the desserts and a sample of lemon rice. Therefore I didn’t take a photo of his plate. Except for the dessert all my samples were very spicy. I love spicy food! What about you?
Wondering what I do with the saris? Up-cycling!.
P.S. If you liked any of these outfit inspirations, it would help me if you pinned them to your own Pinterest board. It’s a great way that your friends, family, and others can see them too.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
Other photos: N. Mölders
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