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So What is Arzoo Mag?

[Blog!-August 2011]

Some people still fail to understand what Arzoo Mag is. Please also refer to the previous blog so you know what we’re not. Arzoo Mag is an online magazine. We publish articles on South Asian culture, fashion, weddings, bollywood, food, and more.

What can you do at ArzooMag.com? You can read articles and comment on them and enjoy browsing through some of our picture galleries. No you may not steal our articles and pictures. Using without permission is stealing.

What else can’t you do? You can’t order clothes and jewelry from us as mentioned previously. Arzoo Mag is very similar to any magazine you may pick up at a stand. One difference…we don’t have a print edition at this time. Please enjoy the free online version and happy reading :)


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Buy From Arzoo Mag

[Blog!-August 2011]

Just to make things clear to our readers Arzoo Mag is an online magazine. We are not a catalog. We do not sell clothes or jewelry. The pictures of clothes and jewelry on our website are for viewing purposes only and you may not use them without our permission. We also do not sell any of those items.

Yes, at one point we decided to venture into selling some clothes from our website. However, we no longer do this. Due to high demand and several requests from our readers we agreed to sell saris and outfits on our site. Please note that we no longer do so. Please do not contact us by email or leave comments asking us the price of an outfit and how you can order it. We do NOT sell clothes. Thanks and sorry for any misunderstanding you may have had.


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Summer Weddings

[Blog!-August 2011]

Since summer is almost “officially” over we’d like to know how a normal wedding-filled summer is for the average desi. How many weddings did you attend this summer? How many do you typically attend during the summer and during other times of the year? Most people of course attend the most weddings during the summer months since it remains the most popular time of the year to get married.

Some people love weddings while others despise them. Which one applies to you and why?


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Eid Day of the Week

[Blog!-August 2011]

I am curious to know whether it makes a difference to you what day of the week Eid is on (or any other holiday for that matter but since Eid is around the corner I am more curious about it). Does it make a difference in how you celebrate Eid whether it is on a weekday or weekend? How does it make a difference, if so?

Are you more likely to celebrate Eid if it falls on the weekend? Or, do you still celebrate the same no matter what day it is? Do you always take off from school or work? If not, please share why. The information gathered may be used to create an upcoming article.

Please share: how do you celebrate Eid?


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Online Eid Shopping

[Blog!-August 2011]

Eid shopping just isn’t the same if you do it online. I always prefer to go shopping in person for my Eid clothes. That, however, is not always possible for everyone. Depending on where you live you may or may not have access to Indian shops in your area. Even if you do they can often be of no use to you if they don’t have enough variety. You may not find your size or their selection might be outdated.

This is when resorting to online shopping can be a great solution, or not! Honestly, there are very few trusted sites out there. I’ve ordered from many of them. Sometimes you will get scammed. Other times you will have a great experience but when you order again they will try to take your money and you’ll never get the product. It can really be a hassle. It’s especially frustrating if you don’t get your outfit in time for Eid or the occasion you are ordering for! Then you have to deal with disputes, trying to get your money back, or trying to get them to ship you the item. Even if you do receive the item it may be messed up. Most of the time they won’t even take it back and if they do agree to they won’t pay for the return shipping even if it is their fault! So in the end, only shop online if you absolutely have no choice. If you’re sure about your size try to order readymade so you get the clothes faster. Be very careful so you’re not the victim of fraud!


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Interracial Marriages

[Blog!-May 2011]

I recently read an article that said interracial marriages are becoming more and more common, especially in the United States. Interracial marriages are particularly growing and becoming more popular among Asians and South Asians in particular. Why do you think this is more common in South Asians than other groups? I am just curious.


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Why is South Asian Makeup Different?

[Blog!-April 2011]

South Asian makeup, especially bridal makeup, is different because it needs to be in order to compete with the lavish clothes and jewelry. Brides often ask why they cant have a natural look on their wedding day as Western brides do. Well, you can but it’s tricky. The key element here is that you don’t want your outfit and accessories to empower you so that you’re almost unnoticeable. Simple makeup doesn’t go with an over the top outfit and heavy jewelry. However, your makeup doesn’t have to exactly match your outfit. In fact, it should match your skin and more so yourself, your personality, and who you are. Your wedding day is not the right time to try something new and over the top that you’ve never done before and wouldn’t even normally think of doing. It’s important that you feel comfortable in your makeup. After all, your husband is marrying you and not someone else so why do you need to look like something you’re not.


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Doing Your Own Wedding Makeup

[Blog!-April 2011]

If you’re thinking about doing your own wedding makeup I’m here to convince you otherwise! There are a many reasons a bride may choose to do her own makeup. South Asian bridal makeup can be expensive but it’s definitely worth paying a professional who does this job for a living than trying to figure it out for yourself. Even if you’re great at makeup it’s still not a good idea. Another reason a bride may want to do her own makeup is to achieve the look she wants. The modern South Asian bride does not want that old-fashioned plastered “whitey” look and prefers something more natural. The great thing about makeup artists these days is that they are willing to work with you. They are accustomed to working with other modern brides such as yourself and will work with you to achieve the look that you want. For this reason it is very important that you have a trial makeup session. At the trial you can bring in your outfit, dupatta, and any accessories to help your artist match your look so that everything comes together professionally and gracefully. In addition, you should also take any pictures with you of brides from magazines or printouts to show the artist exactly what you’re looking for. After all, it is your big day and there is no reason for you to fear that you will turn out looking like someone else. It’s very important that you choose the right makeup artist whom you feel comfortable with and is willing to work with you to create the perfect bridal look. Times have changed and there is no reason for a bride to have to settle. Don’t let a friend or aunty do your makeup either! They may know how to make you look good but not for the camera! I also advise against going to a makeup counter such as MAC. I know people who have had horrible experiences from there. It’s not that they don’t know how to do makeup but South Asian makeup, especially bridal, is very different. (I will talk more about that later). So start your hunt early. Even six months before the big day isn’t too soon. There are so many great artists out there who are willing to work with you at reasonable prices by offering you great packages that include makeup, hair, dupatta and jewelry setting, and even sari styling that you don’t need to stress yourself out on your wedding day. After all, you have so much more to worry about!


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Faux Wedding Jewelry

[Blog!-January 2011]

First of all, since faux is just a fancy word for fake it makes something sound better. Such as faux leather or faux fur. Anytime the word fake is replaced with faux it somehow makes it okay. If this post was titled fake wedding jewelry most people would frown upon reading the title right away but faux has something about it that makes it better. Perhaps things that are elegant or fashionable are linked to it.

Anyway, how do you feel about faux or fake wedding jewelry? Personally, I hate anything fake. Especially fake jewelry. Whether you call it faux or fake it’s all the same to me. It’s unreal and doesn’t have the same substance as the authentic stuff.

However, you will be surprised to know how more and more brides are choosing fake jewelry to match their wedding outfit. I am trying to understand the reasoning behind it. Maybe because the price of gold is too high and people can’t afford it…no I don’t think that’s it. Maybe they want a heavy set that they couldn’t possibly afford to have made in 22 carat…could be. The final reason could just be that they want to match perfectly and found a better set in fake. Maybe they don’t really care if it’s real or not and perhaps they just don’t want to spend as much.

Take for example, if your outfit has silver embroidery then all the wedding gold you got won’t go with it. Since no one wears silver and diamonds are the best choice you might be highly likely to go with a faux necklace as diamonds can’t be every woman’s friend!


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Where Do I Find Something

[Blog!-December 2010]

People often comment on our articles asking where they can purchase a particular necklace, sari, etc. In order to make a purchase you can email us directly at info@arzoomag.com. Before contacting us to order something or leaving a comment read the article. Sometimes we post designs that are available only from a particular retailer or designer and we post their contact information in our article. If this is the case you cannot purchase that through us and must go through that retailer yourself.

Also, as a friendly reminder, we are not an online store, we don’t have a catalog, and nor do we have a physical location where you can come in to make purchases on clothing and jewelry. We are an online magazine dedicated to preserving culture. Our primary focus is on bringing informational articles to our readers. Our main topics are fashion, beauty, weddings, and culture. In addition we also have lifestyle, Bollywood, and food sections. Check out the BLOG! for daily updates.

If you are interested in advertising with us please contact us at info@arzoomag.com. We welcome comments and suggestions. Arzoo Mag is always looking for new writers. If you are interested in writing for us or would like to submit something for review please do so at the above email address.

At this time Arzoo Mag is an online magazine only and we do not have a print version. We hope to bring you a print version some time in the future. Here’s some of the services Arzoo will be offering in the near future: bridal hair and makeup, mehndi, and wedding planning. For more information please email Arzoo at info@arzoomag.com


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TV and Fashion

[Blog!-December 2010]

Does television affect what you wear? What about movies? Which one affects your dressing style the most if at all? Indian movies have always been a means of finding out the latest trends no matter what part of the world you’re in. TV serials are even more elaborate. I think they greatly influence or “teach” people what to wear and what not to. They also put a great emphasis on the fact that your dressing style is highly influenced by your personality. Now unlike the characters on these shows I don’t find myself wearing the same type of sari in different colors! However, your dressing style is influenced by your personality. How is yours affected?


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Long Sleeves

[Blog!-December 2010]

There once was a time when it was nearly impossible to find anything ready-made in long sleeves. I remember those days. Whether you prefer full-sleeved clothing for personal or religious reasons the great thing is that long sleeves are in style. I love full-sleeves no matter what type of outfit it is. Long sleeved sari blouses look especially great and are very stylish unlike common misconceptions that state blouses can only be short and skimpy!


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To Pleat or Not to Pleat

[Blog!-December 2010]

Well that’s not really a choice. Unless, you have some kind of disability you really should be pleating your sari and not looking for some kind of easier alternatives. In fact, there are various pleating tools out there (to be discussed later) that can help you pleat a sari the same way pins can help you hold a sari in place. Now that’s pretty cool. So, therefore, there is not excuse for not being able to pleat your own sari.

I am always offended when someone asks me if I have wrapped the sari myself or if it’s wrapped or “belted.” Why would you even bother wearing a sari if you’re not wrapping it. What is the point of wearing a sari then. That obviously says you are not comfortable in it and if that’s the case then perhaps you should wear something that you feel better about wearing.

The beauty and greatness about wearing a sari is being able to transform all those yards of fabric into an elegant and sophisticated dress suitable for any occasion. It’s an art that is represented through clothing. If you can’t wrap a sari then consider a lengha which is just as elegant and you can even buy a lengha that has pleats in it to make it look like a sari!


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What’s the Point

[Blog!-December 2010]

I have always wondered what’s the point of doing something if you don’t do it right. I mean it’s not what you do it’s whether or not you are good at it. Whatever you may choose you have to be successful in that direction. I think the same goes for clothes. If something doesn’t look good on you and it doesn’t suit you then you shouldn’t wear it. For example, it’s popular to pair tunics with tights. However, not everyone can pull this look off. If you’re not exactly skinny the tights can show your legs and make you look bigger than you are or actually reveal your size. Not everything suits everyone. People should learn that it is first imperative whether something looks good on you or not. Whether or not it’s in style comes second.

Trends come and go and right now we are going through times when there is quite a broad range of styles to choose from so this makes it especially crucial that one chooses something that particularly suits them and looks good on them. No one wants to look fat or stupid right?


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What Will You Wear on Eid?

[Blog!-November 2010]

Whenever someone asks me this question I am thinking of the color of my outfit. However, many people answer “clothes.” Very funny…but now all jokes aside what type of outfit will you wear and do you think there is any popular color for this Eid or season? Do you prefer saris or salwar kameez? Some believe Eid outfits should be simple and for those believers out there I just have one question…why? What’s wrong with dressing up on our religious holiday?


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Why be Someone Else?

[Blog!-November 2010]

If fashion means to be someone else then I don’t want to be fashionable. People sometimes ask me why I always do something different from everyone else. Why do I not dress just like everyone else? First of all, I like to be a trend setter not a follower! Now at the same time, these people compliment me on my style as well. Well, which one is it gonna be? Seems some folks just can’t make up their minds. I really don’t care what anyone thinks or says. I believe that although it is important to keep current trends in mind, it is also imperative that those trends don’t go against who you are. Just because something is in style doesn’t mean that you have to follow that very particular trend. Trends come and go and there will always be something in style that you will like but just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make you obligated to do so. Why should you force yourself to be a hypocrite if it doesn’t even make you happy? Why should you be someone you are not? For fashion’s sake??


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Sari Pleating

[Blog!-November 2010]

There are many problems and solutions associated with sari pleating for some folks. Personally, I find that it’s a very easy task if you just put your mind to it. It’s hard to understand how a woman can have fancy degrees and be highly “intelligent” but can’t make simple pleats. Where there is a will there is a way and all it takes is some effort.

However, there are many non-pleating required options such as lengha/ghagra saris, pre-pleated saris, automatic saris, and sari pleating tools! Lengha saris don’t have pleats and just require tucking. Pre-pleated saris have pleats sewn together and sometimes you can tell that they’re fake but sometimes you can’t.

Automatic saris are regular saris that you give to a tailor to pleat for you and add some clips and such so you don’t have to make the pleats every time. There are also sari pleating tools. They’re devices that you use to pleat saris. Will give more details on that another time! ;)


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Wedding Season Part Two

[Blog!-November 2010]

Winter, although not as popular as summer, is the second most highly chosen time of the year to get married. Of course, some of you may be tired from all the weddings you attend over the summer but those are long gone and fall has well set in. With winter holidays setting in December becomes another popular month to get married.

Winter weddings are also fun. You get to wear thicker heavier fabrics and don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat. It’s a great opportunity to wear velvet as well as heavy silk saris. Since you won’t already be feeling weighed down by the summer heat, the cooler months allow you to dress more excessively.

Net saris maybe in style but they’re not exactly appropriate for the cold weather months so put them away till it gets a bit warmer again and get shopping for more appropriate clothing.

A great start is to pair your saris with long-sleeved blouses. Don’t forget a matching shawl to keep you warm. Also keep in mind to opt for darker, richer colors and stay away from the pastels!


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Online Shopping Fails

[Blog!-November 2010]

I’ve decided that I’m not going to shop online anymore. Unless I find something I really really like or a great deal that I just can’t miss. When I say I’m not going to shop online anymore I mean for Indian clothes. I don’t want to miss out on the fun of actually trying the clothes on and being able to touch the fabric. Indian clothes are better just bought in person. However, if you don’t have any sari shops in your area then this becomes a serious problem. If you really need something you either have to travel far or resort to the internet.

Another reason to buy clothes in person is to avoid having the same outfit as someone else! If you browse through all the different websites that sell clothes you will easily notice that many and most of them sell the same stuff! It’s not only boring but annoying as well. Not to mention, it’s embarrassing if you go to a party and share the outfit with someone else.

Once I saw a sari online and later saw someone wearing that exact same sari! I was shocked of course. Good thing I don’t own one of those mass-produced outfits myself!


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Rapid Changes

[Blog!-October 2010]

Fashion changes so quickly and rapidly that it’s some times hard to keep up. You know when a new style comes out and you fall in love with it so you buy tons of new outfits in that style and you can’t wait to wear all of them or at least get to wear them while they’re still “in” right? That’s always exciting but what happens if you don’t get to wear your all your new outfits and then new trends start coming in? They just get showed to the back of your closet. This is worse for those who live in areas where they can’t easily buy South Asian clothes. Those people just have to plan ahead and stock up so it’s not always easy. It’s easier when you live in a city where there are a great number of shops where you can get your shopping done. What do you do when something is no longer in style? Do you just throw it out/get rid of it or do you put it in the back of your closet and wait till it’s back in again?


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Flower Jewelery

[Blog!-October 2010]

Flower jewelery at South Asian weddings is not just limited to garlands. Flower jewelery comes in everything from earrings to maang tikkas. Flower jewelery is very fun and unexpensive. It’s perfect for pre-wedding events such as mehndi or haldi. You can make your own flower jewelery or purchase it from specialized florists. What do you think of flower jewelery?


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Belts and Prints

[Blog!-October 2010]

Printed saris have made a nice come back thanks to big designers. Watch movies like Action Replayy and you will know what I mean. That’s why I always say, never throw out old and out of style saris because trends will always come back! Ask your mothers and grandmothers…if they held on to their saris you will find fancy prints in their closets just like the ones popular today.

What else is in? Kamarbandhs or belts. Some saris come with them sewn on. A kamarbandh is a perfect adornment to any sari. It’s not just a piece of jewelery but a fashion statement.


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Long Sleeved Lenghas

[Blog!-October 2010]

It’s so hard to find long sleeved lenghas! That says everything there is to say on the topic. If you get lucky you’ll come across one every now and then but then you may not even like it. Long sleeved sari blouses are in style right now but lenghas are leaning to the traditional. Perhaps if there were more of a demand for them they would be more widely available. I remember buying a lengha few years back and it came with a blouse piece so I could have my choli customized to my taste. However, the piece still wasn’t large enough for long sleeves so that was limiting. How often do you really wear a lengha anyway? There aren’t really simple ones out there. They are mostly for bridal or wedding wear. Perhaps if the lengha was popular as an every day dress then it would be available in more sleeve lengths and styles. What do you think?


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Fashion’s Cheapest Finds

[Blog!-August 2010]

Everyone knows Indian clothes are expensive. Even the plain cotton ones. However, I’ve recently found some steal deals. Instead of keeping them a secret I’ll share. You can find cute tops like fancy kurtis between $10-$20 easily. If you’re paying any more than you’re over paying! Pair them with matching leggings for around $8 or $10 and you’ve got yourself an outfit. The leggings, available at most Indian stores, look like churidars and are very comfortable. A great choice over the traditional salwar kameez.


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The Lengha: a Love/Hate Relationship

[Blog!-August 2010]

I believe I have both a love and hate relationship with lenghas. I love them because they are beautiful, elegant, and fancy. They are perfect for formal wear and especially weddings. Many brides wear them on their weddings. Lenghas are very graceful and feminine. Every woman should own at least one.

What’s there left to hate? Well, they’re not made to be very practical. They’re always fancy. You don’t see any lenghas for every day wear now do you? The prices are very high and you don’t get around to wearing one unless it’s either your wedding or a close family member’s. They almost always come in short sleeves. So what if you prefer long sleeves then tough luck for you. There are a few full-sleeved cholis out there but they’re hard to find. Lenghas are beautiful and elegant but not practical and affordable!


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Eid Colors

[Blog!-August 2010]

Popular colors for this Eid are green and red. I know what you’re thinking “Christmasy” but just think about it. These are important colors in Islam too, green especially and red goes well with it.

Try to incorporate one of these colors into your outfit this year or opt for a combination of both!


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Finally on Food Network

[Blog!-August 2010]

So glad to finally see an Indian cooking show on Food Network! Looking forward to watching Aarti Sequeira’s Aarti Party, that premieres this Sunday! After noticing that the Cooking Channel was one step ahead of Food Network with Anjum Anand’s Indian Food Made Easy, I more than ever wished for an Indian show on the Food Network itself. I guess my prayers are finally answered but not quite…why you ask? Well, as much as I am looking forward to checking out this show, I doubt that it will actually feature authentic “Indian” food. It will rather consist more of fusion/eclectic types of dishes. This will give viewers a wrong impression of what Indian food really is. Either way, check out the show this Sunday, August 22nd at Noon ET and let us know what you think!

To learn more about the show click here: http://www.arzoomag.com/food/aarti-party-premieres-soon/


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Net Saris in Style

[Blog!-July 2010]

When the current trend doesn’t sought you go for the classics. Net saris are really in right now but this latest bit of fashion isn’t for everyone. Not only do some people feel uncomfortable in them but it also doesn’t suit all types of women. So if net isn’t for you try silk or bandhani. Traditional saris come in very handy when you don’t have any current trends. Keep a few as essentials in your wardrobe for those times when you can’t go shopping. Silk saris are heirlooms that will never go away and they’re perfect for weddings. Bandhani saris are fun and great for parties.


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An Essential to Every Wardrobe

[Blog!-July 2010]

Traditional pure silk saris, once very popular, have lost their popularity among the newer, younger generation who prefer either less heavy material or designer styles. However, the silk sari is an essential to every wardrobe. A pure silk sari will never go out of style. Every closet should have at least one silk sari. It adds the right touch to your collection. Any sari collection is incomplete without silk. I recently learned the importance of this type of sari. To be continued…


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Are Anarkalis Out of Style?

[Blog!-June 2010]

I remember, last year, when I was on the hunt for anarkalis I was constantly wondering how long they would be in style for. It’s always a great feeling when you buy a new outfit. It’s such a good feeling to buy something new. It’s so exciting matching and accessorizing with your new clothes. What’s even better is when you finally get to wear your new clothes to the next wedding or party. However, nothing is more discouraging than only wearing something once. Many people will wear something once and forget about it or throw it out but that’s like throwing money away. It’s especially sad when something is so costly. Trends come and go but sometimes we still like something but can’t wear it anymore because it’s no longer in style. It’s always a chore to keep up with changing times but it’s nice to have a good collection of the classics to hold onto forever.


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It’s THAT Time Again!

[Blog!-June 2010]

Wedding season, of course, and it’s in full swing! With July, being the popular month to get married, about to begin so does everything that comes with it. Shopping, selecting outfits for each event, buying gifts, the stress, food, and attending all these weddings are some of the important tasks we become engrossed in during this time which make summer pass by in a glimpse! For some people the fun turns into a drag after a long wedding season but for others, like me, who can’t get enough wedding season just isn’t long enough!


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Elegance with a Price Tag

[Blog!-June 2010]

Why does everything always come with a price on it? Whether you want quality, craftsmanship, genuineness, or even tradition; they all come with a price! The last topic on ghararas got me thinking…they’re so expensive no wonder no one wears them anymore! Sure, all Indian clothes are expensive…especially in the West, however, some are outrageously over priced! Ghararas are hard to find too. If ghararas only come in fancy wear then its obvious why their price tags are such but even everyday clothes are an added expense. Polyester is cheaper than cotton but who wants even a second of it in these hot summer months? Additionally, everyone claims that the salwar kameez or anarkali they are wearing is silk but chances are its probably not!

Most outfits are made with synthetic fabric and machine instead of hand embroidered and they are still so expensive that you don’t think of looking for the authentic fabrics. That’s one of the problems with readymade outfits. Saris, on the other hand, are great quality and craftsmanship for the price you pay. You can get an authentic pure silk sari and sure you’ll pay the price but at least it’s worth it. What’s better than getting your money’s worth. That’s always a better choice than paying an arm and a leg for cheap synthetics. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a choice.


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What I Love About the Gharara

[Blog!-June 2010]

When most people think of a gharara they associate it with a few other things: Muslim women, brides, formal wear, and most of all grace and elegance! During the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was worn as an everyday attire by upper class North Indian Muslim women. To learn more about the gharara click here: http://www.arzoomag.com/culture/the-gharara-truth/

Unfortunately, the gharara has long diminished as everyday wear. It has become reserved for only special occasions; mainly as bridal wear. Even then very few brides actually wear the gharara. Few people in general wear ghararas. They have diminished but not disappeared!

What do I love about the gharara? It’s actually quite a beautiful attire. A very elegant lengha type outfit split in two. It’s regal and charming. Royal and elegant. The gharara has its own beauty and grace unlike any other Indian outfit. It’s not possible to compare it with anything else since its lavishness can’t be compared with anything else! Just like the sari is unique and amazing, the gharara has its own qualities that make it stand out!


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Saathiya Lengha Saris

[Blog!-June 2010]

Rashi, Gopi’s cousin and sister-in-law, in the new Star Plus serial Saathiya was always seen wearing Western clothes and never knew how to wear a sari. Now that she’s married her western wear is far from appropriate! So she was bound to wear a sari but the question is how? Since she’s not traditional enough to pleat a sari the lengha sari came to her rescue! This sari combines both the grace of a traditional sari with the elegance of a lengha. Since they’ve become to popular, they are now easy to find as well as affordable. Here’s a sari very similar to one being worn by Rashi:


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DON’T BUY From UtsavSarees.com: They LIE and CHEAT!!

[Blog!-June 2010]

I placed an order for a NAVY BLUE Saree from UtsavSarees.com. They, first of all, took FOREVER to process my order. Then they sent me the WRONG item. Instead, of a Navy Blue Saree they sent me a BLACK one. DON’T BUY FROM THEM!! THEY ARE LIARS AND CHEATERS.

Luckily I used PayPal and was able to dispute the item and after much trouble FINALLY got my money back. Instead of admitting their mistake and refunding me Utsav was trying to CONVINCE me to keep the item!! I will NEVER buy from them again. If they had taken the item back right away and refunded me immediately I would continue to shop from them but after first hand experiencing how they treat their customers, they are not worth my money and I don’t recommend them to anyone!


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Chamak Makeup

[Blog!-March 2010]

Chamak Makeup is an awesome new makeup line by Sarah Ali. Sarah Ali is a certified trained Hollywood makeup artist with over 12 years of experience! Chamak Makeup is great for all skin types and especially caters well to South Asian skin tones. Finally, a makeup line with great shades and colors for South Asian women! Chamak Makeup was created to celebrate South Asian culture through makeup. Chamak, meaning sparkle, is a makeup line inspired by the rich colors of South Asia.

To learn more about Chamak Makeup or to place an order please visit: http://www.chamakmakeup.com

You can buy Chamak Makeup online or at the Transformation Studio http://www.thetransformationstudio.com/


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BREAKING NEWS!!

[Blog!-February 2010]

Due to very POPULAR demand Arzoo Magazine has now OFFICIALLY launched the ARZOO STORE!!

If you see anything on our website that you like and would like to own a piece just email us at info@arzoomag.com

In addition we will be posting additional galleries of clothes such as saris, salwars, churidars, lenghas, and MORE! If you are interested in purchasing something that we add hurry and order soon because stock is limited and due to high demand runs out quickly!

We hope you enjoy our fashionable collections and THANK YOU for shopping at ArzooMag.com

EVERYTHING on this page is ALSO for SALE. Email us if you’re interested!! HAPPY SHOPPING!!


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[Blog!-February 2010]

Follow me on Twitter! I post the latest Arzoo links and articles as soon as they’re out!

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Arzoo Mag on Facebook

[Blog!-February 2010]

Arzoo Magazine has a group on Facebook! Click here to join!!


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Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli

[Blog!-February 2010]

How many of you watch that new show on Zee TV called Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli?

I’ve become a huge fan since the show started and I follow along closely.

As always, since Indian entertainment is famous for this, the clothes and jewelery are mesmerizing!

I’ve noticed that not only are the clothes beautiful but easy to find! I’ve been able to find very close matches for few of the saris! Now that is incredible!

The beautiful Swarna Bhawan is not only lavish and historical but a palace that can only be dreamed of by most people. For Abha, it is her home, for her father it is 100 years of memories and for all others it is a symbolic icon.

Getting back to the lavish saris…let me tell you which ones they are and where you can find them…possibly!

The first sari I noticed Lata Didi wearing was a blue multihued sari I knew I had seen before. I havent been able to find a picture of the actress wearing that particular sari but I do have a picture of the sari itself and where you can find it! This exact sari was worn in an episode and I’ve seen it being sold on CBazaar.com as well as UtsavSarees.com.

Here’s a pic of the actress wearing the second sari:

Here is a close up:

I found the above sari on the same websites as the other sari. If I find any more clothes worn on Indian television I’ll go ahead and share!


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Sari Comments

[Blog!-November 2009]

I absolutely HATE how people always seem to make a comment when I’m wearing a sari. As if it’s some kind of ball gown or something! The sari is everyday wear in India. It is not some sort of formal dress. Just as some women choose the salwar kameez as their every day dress; others choose the sari. It makes no difference and it is not some kind of a big deal. Why is this so hard to understand??


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Unique Color Combination

[Blog!-November 2009]

Here’s a unique and new color combination that’s hot this season. Green and white. I’ve seen it in a bridal lengha and it looks very contemporary and flattering.


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Unique Saris

[Blog!-November 2009]

These lengha saris are so unique! I’ve never seen anything like this before…

I love how one layer overlays the other. The top layer is shorter so to reveal the bottom layer and it consists of sheer fabric. Available in two popular shades.

The pleats are pre-made on the top layer.


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Sari vs Lengha

[Blog!-November 2009]

This lengha and sari complement each other.

Which do you prefer…the lengha…or the sari? Personally, the lengha is too busy for me. The sari is a lot more elegant and graceful.


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Current Trends

[Blog!-November 2009]

It is hard to keep up to date with all the new trends and styles in the great world of fashion. To make it easier this season, here are some highlights of new and current trends. First, is ruffles, which we’ve already discussed:

Another very popular trend that’s currently a huge hit among all ages and sizes is polka dots!

One more, last but not the least, trend is an alternate color pallu. In this the sari is two-colored. The pallu is a seperate but complementary color from the rest of the sari. It is a big favorite!


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Ruffled Fashion

[Blog!-November 2009]

Ruffles are really in and we really love them! They give saris a very special and elegant touch.

Ruffles can be big, small, heavily embellished, or just simple.

A ruffled border on your sari is sure to make heads turn.

Even a simple sari becomes more stunning when ruffles are added.


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Puffy Sleeves and Detached

[Blog!-November 2009]

I’ve never seen a blouse like this before:


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Online Shopping

[Blog!-November 2009]

What do you think of online shopping? I’ve been adopting this shopping method recently instead of the traditional shopping in stores. Especially, for Indian clothes. Sometimes it’s not possible to find what you’re looking for in your area. Therefore, many of us have to resort to online shopping whether by choice or not.

Online shopping definitely has its good and bad sides. There is a lot of variety online. Especially, for saris. Not so much for anarkalis. The bad side is that what you see is not what you always get. For example, I ordered a sari online recently which appeared to be a combination of light pink and purple. When I got it, in fact, this was not the case. The sari was pink but not purple. It was dark pink. It’s pretty but not what I imagined.

Another down side is fabric. You don’t always get the fabric you want. Same happened with me. As for the price, it really depends. Sometimes you can find a great price on the internet. Sometimes they are overpriced. It’s difficult to spend a huge amount online because you’re not sure what you’re getting yourself into.

The sizing isn’t always the best either. Ordering clothes online is always a risk but especially with Indian websites because they don’t always offer returns and exchanges. I’ve found some great stuff online though and would love to order again in the future.


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Ramadan Mubarak!

[Blog!-August 2009]

Ramadan, Ramadhan, Ramzan, Ramazan…however you choose to spell it, is finally here! Almost a week into the month and we’ve already begun thinking about Eid. Before you know it, this holy month will be over soon.

On behalf of the Arzoo Mag team we would like to wish all our Muslim readers around the globe a happy and blessed Ramadan! Oh and look what I found!


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The Sari Tale

[Blog!-August 2009]

I hate the stereotype of saris being sexy and revealing when that’s not true at all. I’ve always preferred the longer length, long-sleeved blouses. Yes traditionally cholis are short with short sleeves but there’s reasoning behind that. Since then styles have evolved so much that there really is something for everyone.

I found this extra long sari blouse that I really like so I wanted to share. It’s not only conservative but stylish as well. I’ve seen this same look achieved with a tank top but this is even better. I’m not so stunned by the collar but I think this look does carry a nice grace.


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