Leena Dadlani – Before & After

My journey of before and after…

When I was a kid.. I had heard my parents asking a relative about home remedy for changing skin colour, because I am wheatish. As a kid was never bothered about the colour of my skin, but as I was growing up, was always compared with cousin whose skin shade was lighter than mine. My aunty was very proud of her daughter, because she has a light skin tone, so she is pretty.. it did hurt my Mom.. and so I did bad ..The statements by relatives were made in way that made me inferior. I had this thought in my head that am not beautiful because my skin tone is not light and fair and nothing will suit me. So for me my lifestyle was very simple. I use to get lot of compliments on my hair, that made me very happy and felt that am atleast blessed to have great hair. As young adults, when we have evnts to attend Jainee would tell me that she will do makeup for me, but I would ignore that and tell her that makeup doesnot suit me. Such was my bias towards myself. Friends did try to change my thought process but I was reluctant…
Somewhere I thought my marriage didn’t work coz I was not beautiful.

I work with an MNC.. so am surrounded by people who are mother’s, independent woman, Young girls, matured men.. all with different backgrounds and different perspectives. This changed a lot for me, the intearctions with people from various backgrounds gave me a new perspective to things and life.

When I was going through tough phase of my life, I had my school friends who stood beside me like a great wall of China. Shruti my best friend, she is one of my inspiration. She is so full of life and positivity. She insisted me to get a haircut and change my look.  “You will feel better”, she said. But I was reluctant, she did not leave at that, managed to convince me and took me to a salon… my long hair, was no more. And I got a compliment, you look pretty, it actually made me feel happy. My learning from her “I am more than my long great hair”
Monica – my office friend, is 40 and has two kids. She used to tell me to use makeup atleast when u come to work and as usual my reply would be “It doesn’t suit my skin colour and I will not look pretty even if I use makeup”. She didn’t give up on me, she kept on guiding me on what products to use n how to use. For office events, she would force me to use lipstick. My learning from her “I am more than my skin colour”

My friends Sarika & Vinita, told me every woman is beautiful .. it’s just that she has to believe in herself.. understand her needs .. beauty is not always about make up, thoughts play an important role too… One has to accept their body. My mantra of changing myself, Compliment yourself daily looking at mirror.. like Kareena says in jab we met .. mein apni favourite hoon… Wear your smile everyday.. love yourself .. My learning from them “I am more than my body”

Jainee helped me understand my body shape and frame. What clothes to wear and look elegant. She changed my wardrobe, how to use accessories.. Accessories have become an important part of my wardrobe.  Thank u Jainee for changing my outlook towards styles. My learning from her “I am more than fashion”

Friends have played an important role in my life.. though I was very simple.. they never left me alone.. rather they groomed me .

Another school friend Priyanka and me, have been shopping together . She taught me that woman look beautiful in any attire if they carry it well, whether its a saree or dress. My learning from her “I am more than my clothes”

You look smart, elegant… These compliements  started coming from people around me and it made me happy and smile more . In a way it boosted my confidence and it all showed up on my face.

Women should love every bit about herself. I keep hearing  from woman that they have to bear everything. I think God  has empowered us to give birth to new life. People say difficult situations give a negative impact to the life… but for me it worked positively.. and I am blessed that I have good frnds and family who have been my support all through.

I want to end this note with something that I have practised in my journey of trabsformation “Be the change, don’t wait for it “

 

 

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Amrapali Jewels

Amrapali Jewels is one of my favourite places to shop for Jewellery. I love how the jewels are so unique and can be used for Indian wear or create a fusion with them.

Tribe by Amrapali is their online store and i picked up a pair of earrings for myself and cufflinks for hubby dear )

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The Lingerie Doctor

Jayshree Gupta of Cazaro Lingerie calls herself a Lingerie Doctor. I met her 2 years back at a networking event and was quiet intrigued as to what she does and oh boy the information that she has on linegrie is outstanding. Never realsied one meet would blosom into a wonderful professional tieup and than a friendship.

For my signature customised workshop on “Lingerie Know How” , Jayshree and her team of fit stylist help the participants to know their exact fit for Brassier.

These are the images of her Fit studio in powai. She specialises in linegrie for women with heavy bust.

She stocks Sports Bra, Regular Bras, Fanbcy Bras, Seamless knickers and panties, various Shapewear, wired and non wired swimwear, Lingerie accessories and my most favourite Bra fitted spaghetti top.

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Mint Luxury Conference 2016

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I love going to conferences, its not about networking that is just an added bonus, conferences charge me up, I get to hear so many interesting view points that give me food for thought, get to meet such interesting people.

Mumbai MOM got an Invite to attend the “8th Edition of Mint Luxury Conference -2016” at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. Nidhi could not attend it and she checked if I could cover the event for her. I was literally beaming with joy just looking at the panel list, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Arianna Phillips, Manish Malhotra, the list seemed endless. SO there I was on this lovely Friday morning at Grand Hyatt waiting for an amazing insightful day.

Well to start with , the notepad was also luxurious 😉 Now I am a faux luxury when the likes of Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra sit just right ahead of you.

Some facts that astounded me , that Indian Luxury market is between 16- 20 billion dollars, and by 2020 it is expected to be at 180 billion dollars. Phew that’s too big a number for me to comprehend.

Lovely speakers and what great insight , few snippets

  • Luxury starts with buying materialistic goods but than its experiential.
  • Technology is disrupting the whole experience of buying luxury goods, 49% consumers are buying or checking items online and not even on the brand page
  • We have to combine Luxury market and its offering’s with the Make in India thought.
  • Calvin Klein “To become a global brand – have a vision , have passion, don’t do what every one else does, fight against all negativity”
  • Arianna Philips Hollywood costume designer, stylist to Madonna said “Fashion gives lots of clues to where we are culturally”
  • Our very own Bollywood starlet Katrina kaif said “Clothes can only do so much for you and the rest is you and your personality.” For her a particular brand is not important if the clothes are made ethically.

 

An honest questions to all panellist was that what does Luxury mean to them.

For Calvin Klein : it was ultimate in quality of product & personal space

For Courtney Love – Luxury is to be comfortable in your skin , unending self esteem

For Donna Karan – Luxury was love, luxury was to be able to spend time with loved ones.

 

They discussed how luxury can be sustainable, how it is important to included normal size women in the fashion industry and why it is our responsibility as consumers to understand the work at goes behind making a luxury product.

My biggest takeaway was from Manish Malhotra He said that he doesn’t think he is a design genius or great artist , be honest to your work and FOCUS.

All in all a great day , some very fabulously dresses men which is a rare sight in India ;-), and oh I have to add in a comment as an Image Consultant , lady who was master of ceremony at the event wore a lovely silk saree, which is such a fantastic image of a luxurious India.