Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Turbans, Garment for Men in Rajasthan


Turban in India is undoubtedly very attractive. Rajasthan also showcases beautifully designed turbans. It’s mentioned in Vedas that in ancient times, men used to wear usnisa (an unstitched costume) on the head or around shoulders. Headgear is a special clothing to cover the head and show great image.


In Rajasthan pagari or turban is also worn to show the manhood. It is also related to the respect and goodwill of the elder man in a family or society. Vedic literature also shows that turban was also an important headgear for women. This can be seen in the portraits and paintings exhibited in many museums.

Turban is called by so many names in Rajasthan according to different regions. Such names include shamla, aspagadi, mandil, sofa, pag and potia. The way of tying this headgear, design, color, measurements, materials, accessories and embellishments are determined by a number of factors. All these aspects show the personality of the wearer like economic, occupation, region, social status and region. Turbans in Rajasthan are made of fine muslin such as fabric. Quality materials are used to make turbans. This is the reason why turbans are very popular in this part of India.

The cloth of turban has varied width and length, commonly square and rectangular. Its length is normally 8-9 meters that can extend up to eighteen meters in a few situations. Moreover, its width varies. There are 2 common headgears famous in Rajasthan instead of turban i.e. safa and pagadi. Plenty of regional differences can also be seen.

Udaipuri pag is flat and Jaipur pagadi is available in angular. The size and shape depicts wonderful diversity as per the work the individual and changes in the climate. Turbans in desert include gol safa, loose and big. Various innovations have been also implemented to turbans. In the royal families of Rajasthan, so many artists were deployed to make unique turbans to show the special image of rulers.

New Year's Eve Glam + A Giveaway


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Happy New Year's Eve everyone! I can't believe 2013 is coming to an end. I feel like I blinked and the holidays were over. I'm so excited for the new adventures of 2014, a major one being our new little baby. I'm so anxious to see what next year holds :)

Today I am teaming up with Seychelles and 11 other bloggers to offer one lucky person free shoes for a year! What better way to start off 2014 then with a closet full of new shoes! Follow the links below to enter. For more chances to win you can visit the other girls blogs here


Have fun bringing in the New Year! 
XOX, 
Christine


2013 Most Popular Outfits

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2013 has probably been the busiest and the hardest year of my life but it helped me learn to prioritize and see what's most important for me. I've changed a lot of things this December to make sure in 2014 I have more opportunities to do what I really like, blogging definitely being one of them.

Above I present you the 2013 outfits that gathered the most comments and likes on this blog. I hope you like some of them!

Happy New Year and may all your wishes come true in 2014! Thanks for your continuous support <3
 

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Ginoong Filipinas Ilocos Norte 2013



Here are some of the photos during the recently concluded
Ginoong Filipinas Ilocos Norte 2013:






STREET STYLE: HOLLI ROGERS | COZY COOL KNIT + SKIRT

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Photo via: Stockholm StreetStyle

Net-A-Porter's Holli Rogers in one of my favorite looks from Paris Fashion Week. The cable knit sweater keeps it cozy, while the cat-eye sunglasses, skirt and strappy heels give a cool edge.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Jay-ar Dagatan is RDL Ambassador 2013




Congratulations to Jay-ar Dagatan for winning
RDL Ambassador in Davao City.
RDL is a leading cosmetic brand in the city.
We look forward to seeing Jay-ar in more male pageants.
Perhaps he should also try Mister Mindanao next year.





Jay-ar Dagatan Wins Mister 3F Fortune Mall 2013!



Congratulations to Jay-ar Dagatan for winning
Mister 3F Fortune Mall in Davao City.
We look forward to seeing him in more male pageants.
Perhaps he should also try Mister Mindanao next year.




GOLDEN EYE | LAST MINUTE NEW YEAR'S EVE BEAUTY INSPIRATION

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Photos via: ELLE China | Garance Doré

An easy last minute beauty idea for New Year's eve... Head to a pharmacy or local Sephora and pick up a shimmery gold eyeshadow for a subtle touch of sparkle. This would go great with a burgundy lipstick and just a hint of mascara. If you want go for a bolder eye, add eyeliner, layer on more mascara and keep the lips bare/nude.

COLOR BLOCK COAT CRUSH

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Crushing on this camel and pink color block coat- a classic cut with a fun color twist.

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Choga, Garment for Men in Rajasthan


Choga is a famous costume for Rajasthani men. The garment is known as a long sleeved robe which easily fits into any body. Choga has heart shaped neckline and deep oval. It shows the prominent image of its wearer. Some cloth cased button and loops inserted in the costume. Choga is worn over angarkha and kurta. It is made of velvet and cotton, beautifully embroidered with high quality metal.


Choga word is derived from Turkish. It was worn as an outer costume during ancient times in the Central Asia. Choga was a prominent garment in most of the parts of India and Rajasthan still has its tradition. Rajasthani men can be seen wearing colorful and designer choga.

In Rajasthan, choga was much more prevalent than other parts of India. There are a number of museums where you can see paintings and portraits of royalty of choga. Such choga were made of fashionable ornate such as brocade and decorated with magnificent embroidery. It is comfortable and relaxing overcoat which shows the royal image.

Woven and muslin are used to make choga in jamdani way (floral muslin). It has light embroidery with silk. Choga commonly comprises a narrow flowery border on all its corners and big flowery sprays on the back and front. During the winter season, quilted and woolen choga are worn. 

ICE STYLE.....Costume Changes at 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships and 2014 Russian Figure Skating Championships










 Costume Change Ladies: Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami and their new costumes for their Free Skate and Short Program respectively, at the 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships





This past Holiday Week was a busy week for International Figure Skating Competitions: both the 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships and 2014 Russian Figure Skating Championships took place either before Christmas or right after. After getting back from my yearly Christmas trip to visit family in San Antonio Texas, I caught up via YouTube watching them. One thing really caught my attention: there were SEVERAL costume changes for the Ladies at the Japanese Nationals and one particular of note at the Russian Nationals. Needless to say, I felt it necessary to discuss here on my "Ice Style" blog. Let's begin:




Akiko Suzuki Free Skate Costume at 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships: Akiko surprised everyone and won the Gold Medal skating her Free Skate to Music from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This costume above was a new costume as opposed to what she had worn at the 2013 NHK Trophy (below). This costume above was a sweeter and more delicate "Phantom" heroine, featuring a creme colored "skirt"/fitted midriff and multicolored flowered applique sequined top section.





Free Skate Costume at ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2013/2014 NHK Trophy: This is what she wore for her "Phantom" Free Skate at NHK--I liked this and thought it was quite elegant and modern. For some reason, she decided to change it. Which costume do you like best for her Free Skate? Now that she will be going to the Olympics in Sochi, she has a big decision to make!





Haruka Imai Short Program Costume at 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships: At last week's Japanese Nationals, Haruka Imai debuted this costume above to her Short Program Music of Song Without Words in D Major Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn. It was an EXACT duplicate of what she had been wearing in other 2013 Season Grand Prix but in a different color way. This one above was in pink, light dusty rose tones while...






This above is what she had worn before as her Short Program Costume--Photo above is from the 2013 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia. I like them both, but if I had to choose I would pick the darker purple in the original costume. My main issue remains the nude illusion sleeves that are too big in both costumes.





Kanako Murakami Short Program Costume at 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships: Kanako is THE Costume Change Queen...At the Japanese Nationals, she debuted this gray, magenta, black and silver one shoulder costume for her Short Program to Catgroove by Parov Stelar, Libella Swing by Parov Stelar and Swing Bop. This modern looking costume was definitely a better costume choice than what we had seen her in before for the same Short Program:





Kanako Murakami Short Program Costume 2013 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia of Figure Skating--this black and white with diamantes costume was a bore. It also look very store bought. Glad she decided to change it. And mind you, this above was a COSTUME CHANGE from this:






Short Program Costume at 2013 Lexus Cup of China--I LOVED this colorful fringed costume. It was a bit "Cirque du Soleil"-ish, yes, but I still loved it.





Now, the Costume Changes for Kanako didn't stop at her Short Program...





Kanako Murakami, Free Skate 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships: Kanako wore this above for the Japan Nationals last week for her Free Skate to Papa Can You Hear Me (from "Yentl" soundtrack) by Barbara Streisand. Now, this wasn't the first time we saw this costume. She actually debuted this costume at the 2013 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia in November 2013. This costume, however was different from what she had worn before the 2013 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia for her Free Skate...





Free Skate Costume Lexus Cup of China 2013--I liked this costume above and I also like her most recent Free Skate choice. If I had to chose, I'd say I like the one above more. Which one do you guys like better? Kanako is also going to the Sochi Olympics, so I will be waiting with bated breath as to what she will choose for the big event.





Miki Ando Short Program Costume at 2013-2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships: Miki Ando wore this deep lilac with an ombre yellow-green shading at the skirt sequined applique costume at the Japan Nationals to her Short Program to My Way by Frank Sinatra. This was a costume change from what she wore the last time she skated at...





Golden Spin of Zagreb 2013--Miki Ando Short Program Costume--I like both but if I had to chose I would say the lilac/ombre applique one from the Japan Nationals. While I like the navy blue sequined accents on this one above, I am not a fan of the length of the skirt and how she only has one layer of chiffon and you can see her unitard underneath.



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 Moving on, and now Russia and the 2014 Russian Figure Skating Championships...






 Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi Russia







Alena Leonova Short Program Costume at 2014 Russian Figure Skating Championships: Alena skated her Short Program to Barynia (Russian Folk music) Kalinka (Russian Folk music)--which she also skated to for her 2009-2010 Season--wearing this colorful red and white with gold trim costume above. This was a debut of this costume for Alena. And a "debut" of sorts for this Short Program. The last time we saw her skate at a Grand Prix event earlier this season, she wore her infamous...







Pirates of the Caribbean Costume--Alena Leonova of Russia at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2013/2014 NHK Trophy in Tokyo, Japan November 2013. Alena skated her Short Program to Music from Pirates of the Caribbean (which she also skated to for her 2011-2012 Season) and wore the same costume. Glad she decided to change her costume--and music. And yes, it isn't by coincidence that she is now skating to Russian Folk Music in the lead-up to the Sochi RUSSIA Winter Olympics 2014. Hello! (Unfortunately for her, she didn't make the team).



For now, I'll leave you with Russian Male Figure Skating DIVO (who skated at the Russian Figure Skating Championships) and came in SECOND. How do say "Ouch!" in Russian?






Not Happy: Russian National 2014 Silver Medalist Evgeni Plushenko (left) and Gold Medalist Maxim Kovtun (right)






Uncomfortable: Russian National 2014 Silver Medalist Evgeni Plushenko (left) and Gold Medalist Maxim Kovtun (right)




Happy Figure Skating New Year!!!