Team Mumbai's Modern Bride #StyleYourWayToParis

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This competition has been an unexpectedly beautiful journey. Unexpected because when I heard about  it from a friend who convinced me to give it a shot, I had no idea that today I’d be here, writing this post as the Mumbai winner, anticipating the final results. Beautiful because this competition has given me the platform that most new bloggers dream of. I’ve met some amazing people and learnt so much from them, especially from my Mentor, Aanam. Being the shy person that I am, having someone who understands you without having to say much is something very rare to come across. A true Mentor in every sense, who constantly looked out for me and helped me when I was lost, and finally became a friend who cracks me up with her dramatic ways. 

When I first got an email from the POPxo Team saying that I was shortlisted for the Mumbai round, I was so thrilled! To even make it as one of the top 10 bloggers felt like I had conquered a milestone as a blogger. So now you can imagine how I must have felt having won that round. I still remember Aanam telling me, “Stop trembling already, you’ve won!” And that’s when it started sinking in.

For the final round we were given the liberty to choose our own theme and decided to do a fusion of Indian traditional with a modernistic approach-which we both undoubtedly love. 
As we pondered on how we could achieve this we asked each other- which is the most important day for any girl? Well, of course, her wedding day! And so we thought, there can't be a better theme to depict our traditional roots with a modern twist. Keeping in mind that both Aanam and I belong to the age of the empowered woman, who has strong values while determined to leave her mark in whatever she sets out to do, is something we instantly related to while deciding our theme.

Aanam, the bride, is dressed in a rather traditional way, with a Saree et all. However, instead of opting for a regular blouse, she teamed her look with a high-neck crop top. Although her outfit was traditional, she kept her jewelry minimal and picked modern, delicate pieces to bring in a blend of both styles.
I, on the other hand, went on a completely different route by styling a jumpsuit which had gorgeous Indian embroidery with chunky, bold jewels. Being the maid of honor, I decided to go for an easy going, comfortable outfit, because you know, we're the one's who do the running around. But of course, the outfit wouldn't have been complete without the Swarovski pieces, which made it perfectly apt for a wedding.

Being the final leg of the competition, we tried our best to leave no stone unturned and we really hope you guys appreciate and enjoy all that we have done! Honestly, as much as I want to win and go to Paris, I already feel like I have gotten more than I ever imagined a few months ago, and I am ever so grateful for that! But then again, Paris is never a bad idea, right?

P.S. Catch all the behind the scenes madness in the video below!

On Me
 Jewellery: Swarovski / Jumpsuit: Ridhi Arora / Heels: Lara Karen
On Aanam:
Jewellery: Swarovski / Saree: Bespoke / Crop top: Koovs / Heels: The Trunk Label

Location Courtesy: The Park Hotel, Navi Mumbai
Photos and Video: Siddhi Patel

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