Wedding Planning : 101

Hi Guys,

I know i have been away for soo long now 😦 but finally the good news is here .. I am getting MARRIED … whoooooowhooo… i am actually panicking to the core regarding the preparations. The wedding will be in Bhubneswar in October.

Its is a whole new destination for me ,, i have no clue how i am going to plan every thing , we have just started scouting the hotels for venue for marriage and reception. Please let me know that which is the most imp and urgent thing to start with.

I will keep you guys updated on my every move . also if anyone have any idea on planning a wedding in bhubneshwar, please contact me .. will be huge help.



Candid Tales: Navin Varma Photography: From Cricket to Weddings :)

Every other person today owns a DSLR. If only photography was that simple!! It is art and capturing emotions is makes rocket science look easy. But god has been really generous and so we do have a lot of really good photographers around.

Intoducing Navin Varma, Some people just have the gift of a talent, and Navin is one of those ‘some people’ when it comes to photography.

Lets get to him a little and then some of his work…

Please tell us something about yourself.    

I believe capturing emotions on a camera can be simple. Re-creating emotions by simply looking at the pictures afterwards is photography.

When did you decide to make it big in wedding photography? Tell us about the first time you shot a wedding.

Before I went into wedding photography, I was working as a Photo Journalist for the Press Trust of India. One of my shoots was for the India vs. Australia Cricket match. That day, the match was delayed because it began to rain, and all the agency photographers and I were mingling and one of my friend photographers asked me point blank “DO YOU THINK THIS IS WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALL ABOUT?” I was confused. He then said “NO, THIS IS NOT PHOTOGRAPHY!”  After thinking to myself for a few days, I understood what he was saying.  True photography requires more than just shooting images, it requires thought and creativity. It’s an art, not a job, and what best place to capture art, then at weddings. Weddings showcase rich colors, emotions, culture, and beauty.

The first two weddings I captured were my friends’. I received a tremendous positive response and that is where I had a chage of heart in to Wedding photography from journalism.

Are you accompanied with musketeers as a team or are you a one-man-army?

I have a fixed group I take with me for each wedding. Sometimes, I do like to hire extra local talent from whichever city I am shooting in.

Do you also cover traditional photography and videography.

Yes, we cover both traditional and videography.

How easy or difficult you find it to work with the studio guys.

Working with studio guys is fun some times.. like when they say “bhabhiji thoda haske muskuraiye” lol 😛 .. sometime they make you go nuts by coming in between while shooting candid pictures.

What are most common myths that people have about candid photography.

Biggest myth is when clients believe that one team cannot cover the entire wedding and hence they end up hiring two different studios.  With a great team and unique ideas, we do it all!

What kind of packages do you offer? We would like to know the details – inclusions and prices.

Currently I charge 90k per/day for candid photography.  Sometimes, I even shoot complimentary pre-weddings and post-weddings shoots.. I am flexible depending on different situations and the negotiated agreement.

Any special tips for the brides.

Try to get as much rest the day before the shoot/wedding, so that you shine even brighter on your big day! Moreover, hire the best makeup Artist.

Well said Navin! Now lets see if the work is as amazing as the man himself..




Bandra- Worli Sea Link – Romantic Place … Awesome picture 🙂



OMG .. This is soooo funny 😀







Amazing Save d date Concept 😀 …On my list 😀







We enjoyed browsing through his pictures, infact had a hard time shortlisting them. His pictures scream fun, romance and happiness and we can see that that how comfortable he makes the couple to get the perfect shot :). We are in love with all his pictures

Reach out for Navin Varma on his Facebook here. We are sure you will all love his work and spend 2-3 hours or more browsing through his work as we did 😀

We’d like to know what all all you readers out there thought about this. Do leave your comments here.

L’oreal Paris Color Riche Moist matte Lipsticks – Raspberry Syrup and Maple Mocha: Review and Swatches


Thanks to the blog research and my own interest in lipsticks, I have graduated from owning just a lip gloss to a range of lip color. Lip color now is my favorite part of make-up, so much that if I had to choose only one thing in make-up for the rest of my life,  it would be lip color.

Cannes just happened and the bollywood news was all talks about the make-up Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor had sported. They looked pretty amazing. L’oreal grabbed this opportunity and launched their moist matte lipstick range – Color Riche Moisture Matte Lipstick – with the pretty divas.

I got my hands on 2 colors from this new range, both sported by Sanam Kapoor during the festival – Raspberry Syrup and Maple Mocha

L’oreal’s note on this range: “A lipstick that delivers intense moisture while providing a velvet matte finish. Colour Riche Moisture Matte’s unique formula contains jojoba oil for unrivalled moisture and comfort along with matte gel technology to create an intense matte look”

Our Expert Analysis 😀 :-

The packaging of this range is very classy! Each piece has a click-clock sort of a lock mechanism which earns this one a point. The lock ensures the lipstick is untouched even if it is dumped in the ‘has-it-all’ bag of today’s girl. Another plus point that the packaging earned is the color coin cases – so you don’t have to open them each time if you have many.

This one is Priced as a premium category product and is available in the stores for INR 899 for 3.6g of color. For me, personally that is a bit too much for something I’d use on a daily basis and so I am not at all happy with the pricing. But thanks to Myntra’s (my favorite online retail) discounts, I got my lipsticks for INR 550 only. Minus one on pricing!

The initial texture is very smooth and creamy, which makes it very easy to apply and has no visible undertones. Within a few minutes it sets into a matte finish which is just lovely. It looks as if that is the original color of the lips. Definitely a plus one for the texture.

Shade: Maple Mocha

As the name suggests, this is a shade of brown – just like mocha. This is one of those ‘safe and trustworthy’ shades which look good on everybody and are suitable for every occasion. When you can’t decide which color to put on for the day, go for this one – it won’t let you down.

Shade: Rasberry Syrub

Don’t let the name confuse you, this one is a bold shade of pink. Sonam Kapoor looked stunning with this shade on, but I am personally not very confident and comfortable with this particular shade. I think, this shade will suit the fair and lovelies more the dusky beauties.


  • Very smooth matte shades
  • Sticks around for 4-5 hours straight, even with a little bit of snacks
  • Does not accentuate lines
  • Very light and comfortable
  • Does not transfer


  • The price …

Rating: 4.5/5 (-0.5 for the price)

Do I recommend this – Hell yeah!  Go get yourself one of these now


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