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207. Antiquity behind Beauty Spot


Always wonder why mom used to keep a spot with black kohl, on my cheek or towards left of left eye. She always said its a beauty spot which makes you look more beautiful and keeps you away from evil eyes. I had this spot throughout childhood in my make up. And gradually stopped keeping it myself.

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Surprisingly I never thought of it until few days back when I heard about Roman’s were using patches. History says the beauty patches are ancient. They are used from Egyptian times, initially its used to hide the scars and patches on their faces. As time passed, (considered from 18th century) the functional purpose of patches turned into fashion.

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Initially  taffeta was used to make little plasters and was cut into different shapes.  Shapes were the crescent moon, the star, different flowers, and even animals or people.  The face looked like a shadow-play performance.

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Their positions on the face varied.  There were, however, some favourite places.  The seven principal ones were:  at the corner of the eye, la passionnee;  la galante, in the middle of the cheek;  la baiseuse, at the corner of the mouth;  on a pimple, la receleuse;  on the nose, l’effrontee;  la coquette, on the lips.  A round patch was called l’assassine.  At one time, women wore patches circled with diamonds on their right temple.

(Source: http://marilynkaydennis.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/the-fashion-of-beauty-patches/)

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Few antique Patch Boxes!!

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173. Punk Rush @ Met Gala 2013


Punk is one such shock trends that marry lifestyle together with quality craftsmanship, which emerged in 2010. It is mostly like one’s dressing with their attitude towards life fused with their sense of fashion taste.

Now the Punk is rushing back to influence the fashion conscious of 2013. To celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute 2013 exhibit, with the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” Hollywood celebrities and designers picked out their skittish trend setting looks.

Celebrities endeavored to rival the theme. And in the same time some were just with the hottest designs irrelevant to the theme.

Magnificent looks of the night include Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Richie, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and Rooney Mara.

Few of my favorite looks goes here……..

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167. Sunset vs Moonbeams


Choosing between precious gold and silver jewelry, the myth is to stick with their skin tone. People with dark skin were to choose gold, while cooler complexions had to settle on silver. This whole thing sounds too limiting and really silly. The thing is not to overrun one’s look with too much of a good thing.

No matter what is one’s complexion Gold know to tap its powers. Important thing is the color and style of the outfit. Many vintage, bohemian, nautical fashions can benefit from glimpses of gold. Gold works very well with dainty fragile retro looks.

Silver has been a best pal evening wear for ages. Silver makes diamonds and crystals glimmer like no other metal can. It has the best ability of  playing with natural light. Gold looks great against warm colors while silver picks up the cool colors.

In the same time mix and matching silver with gold or gold with silver can employ determined look of style. Just make sure to know how to play.

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(photos from pinterest)

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21. Antique Necklace


Handmade necklace with antique red and yellow beads and antique thai silver pendant.
The beads are embedded with thai silver cap.

The front half part of the necklace is with red and black beads and the rest part of the necklace towards the end are with silver beads.
From the chain strung a arc shaped thai silver tube pendant which has flower and leaves engravings.

I picked up these beads and pendant from bead show happened in the town lately. The store has got beautiful collection of antique jewelry stuff. I make sure to visit the store whenever the show happens.
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15. Cord Neck Laces


These are the simple cord necklaces. Each cord is hung by a beautiful stone pendants.

As you see in the pictures, I used 3 different colored cords for each necklace like Black, Brown, Beige. Out of all only 2 necklaces are multi corded and rest all of them are single corded. I have not used any  braiding techniques to finish the necklace, infact I just knotted the cords to place the pendants in place.
The stone collections are from India. It took so long to give them proper shape and usage.
Skull shaped stone, beautiful fish shaped stone and a stone painted with gold and green color are ceramic stones. The other is irregularly shaped silver coated stone. One more is circular black stone surrounded by silver carvings.
Among all of them, carved elephant which is in milk white is my favourite. This particular one is the collection from mysore. The shape of elephant is carved from marble stone.

These cords look very well with simple casual wear(both Indian and Western) and also be prefered to wear on formals too.

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13. Rudraksha Bead Necklace:


Handmade necklace strung with rudraksha and plastic bone shaped milk white tubes.

Most part of the chain dominated with beautifully engraved stainless steel beads along with bone shaped milk white tubes.

Towards the ends of the chain, the wooden beads adds the extra elegance.

3 Rudraksha beads in the centre completes the whole necklace.

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9. Antique Bead Necklace


Handmade necklace with antique black and white shiny beads and antique Thai silver pendant.
The beads are embedded with thai silver cap.
The front half part of the necklace is with white and black beads and the rest part of the necklace towards the end are with silver beads.
From the chain dangles a semi circular Thai silver pendant which is beautifully engraved.