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5 Supermodel Style Secrets You NEED To Know

Supermodel style: the thing we think of when falling asleep at night…

Ever dreamed of looking as effortlessly stunning as Gigi Hadid, or perhaps you spend hours at the gym in hope of Elle McPherson’s bod?

Rather than spending hours working out and torturing yourself through the latest diet fads (erm maple syrup diet, no thanks!), there’s a far easier way to channel a supermodel: through your style.

Today, we are sharing the style secrets that the supermodels have tried to keep hush hush.

Although we can’t promise that you’ll be street style snapped by Tommy Tom, or spend your spare time sipping lattes with Michael Kors, we can promise that you will look hot!

Like hotter than a car on fire in the Sahara desert hot.

Oh… I’m waffling? Sorry! Here’s 5 supermodel style secrets you need to know…

1. Use Tactical Layering To Elongate Your Legs

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Although Karlie Kloss’s legs may be approximately as long as the River Nile, her layering techniques have enhanced them even more.

To create the illusion of longer legs, simply play with lengths in your various layers. Karlie has made her torso look shorter by layering a button up shirt under a crop jumper. Because of the length and fit of the jumper, her defined waistline has been risen. The tactically worn trench then blends it all together seamless.

Supermodel style tip: Wear your trench open to create the illusion of even longer legs.

2. Vertical Stripes Are Your New BFF

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All-over striped pieces can seem a little daunting for us. However, this supermodel style tip is the definition of flattering! Simply wear vertical stripes to either add curves or make a body part appear slimmer.

Rosie’s statement striped pants are made to add definition to long, slim legs. On the other hand, if you want your pins to appear a whole dress size slimmer, opt for very fine vertical stripes, such as pin stripes.

Vice versa, if you would like your bust to appear larger, opt for thicker horizontal stripes up top.

3. Jazz Up A Boring Top With A Statement Scarf

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There’s nothing worse than feeling like all of your tops are about as exciting as the inside of an empty paint can. Rather than throwing a cardboard box over your head and declaring ‘I won’t leave the house’, simply layer on a printed statement scarf a la Bella Hadid.

The bigger the better is the rule with this one! We recommend a wool scarf to cover up the majority of that plain Jane top.

Here are some scarves that we could imagine Bella #slaying in!

Left to right: Floral paisley scarf, pure wool animal print scarf, tropical floral scarf

4. Define With A Tie Belt

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Cinching your waist in with a belt isn’t exactly breaking news. As a matter of fact, I could cringe at the huge, chunky, plastic waist belts that were in style circa 2006.

Luckily, the tie belt is a more refined and classy way to define that waist. Add it to a flared jumpsuit, oversized dress, or shirt dress for a little bit of boho chic and a tinier waist. Lily Aldridge’s halter jumpsuit ensemble really shows off her slender waist and shoulders.

5. Treat Stripes As A Neutral

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Ever wondered how supermodels tend to find print clashing as effortless as, well, breathing?! They are not simply sartorially blessed, they just treat monochrome stripes as they would any other color.

Repeat after me: stripes are a neutral.

Just like their neutral cousins, striped prints can be easily clashed with other prints, such as florals, leopard and paisley.

If you are feeling a bit shy about clashing prints with stripes, start out small and opt for a printed scarf. Go for the Spring roses wool scarf for a look that Claudia Schiffer would truly approve of!

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And the final rule for pulling off that supermodel style is…

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Repeat this like a mantra and you’ll be ready for the paparazzi!

Want more model tips? Here’s how to look like a Victoria’s Secret Model.

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How To Throw The Perfect Bollywood Party

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or just an excuse to have fun, a Bollywood party provides the ultimate experience! Whisk your guests away to a divine alternate world of stunning color, delectable food and fun activities.

So you’ve bought a Saree, you’ve watched some Bollywood films, but how exactly do you throw a Bollywood party?

Here’s our top tips on throwing the ultimate Bollywood party that is bound blow your guests away!

The Decor

When in India, decorate as the Indian’s would.

It’s all well and good inviting your friends over for a ‘Bollywood’ party but when they walk into your plain, old living room, they aren’t exactly going to get into the Spirit!

Grab some Paisley prints, embrace bold colors and turn your home into an Indian extravaganza!

Outdoor Bollywood Banquet

With Spring underway and Summer looming like a jolly ray of sunshine in the close distance, an outdoor Bollywood party will certainly impress your guests.

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If you have a conservatory or marquee, this would be perfect. If not, simply find a shady spot in your garden or patio, and create this wonderful floor banquet.

For the low table, we recommend using wooden blocks or crates. If you are hosting the party in your garden, hang chiffon fabrics off the trees to create this stunning ‘curtain’ effect.

You Will Need

At Banarsi Designs, we have everything you need to put together this quintessentially Indian floor banquet. We suggest…

For the floor:

4 x hand painted floral table cloths

Exotic oriental pillow covers, hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover

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For the table:

Ornamental embroidered table cloth

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Exotic oriental table runner

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For this Bollywood party decor, we are taking inspiration directly from India itself. This purple-hued wedding banquet is a fantastic idea for parties of any size.

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To recreate, adorn your table with the hand embroidered round table cloth. If you have a long, or random shaped, dining table, simply highlight the table’s center with the hand embroidered table runner.

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Compliment the fabrics purple hue by using plates in gold or copper. Add a further element of contrast by topping each plate with vibrant, turquoise napkins. Our hand embroidered place mat and runner set would be a wonderful addition.

Next, add to the regal vibes by adding two glass vases with purple orchids. Finish with sparkling crystal wine glasses.

Lounge Area

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Your living room is the easiest room to transform into a Bollywood wonderland. Why? All it takes is a few printed cushion covers to completely place it in Bollywood territory.

For this set-up, we recommend opting for bright, warm hued cushions, and adding a few cool, blue-hued ones for contrast.

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Floral embroidered pillow cover, hand embroidered brocade pillow cover, vibrant floral throw pillow cover.

If your sofa still looks more Hollywood than Bollywood, add a printed table runner to liven it up a little.

The Menu

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Tasty, Indian cuisine is one of the best parts of a Bollywood party! But with so much to choose from, where exactly do you start?

We recommend having a few starters, platters that allow your guests to taste some classic Indian bites. We recommend samosas, bajis, poppadoms, raita and tikki chaat.

For the main course, cook up a variety of mild and spicy options. Those with more sensitive taste buds will enjoy creamier concoctions such as butter chicken and chicken korma.

But there’s a dare devil at every party! And Indian food is food that can be super fun. Get the guys together and see who can handle the hottest curry. The burning Phall Curry contains the eye-watering habanera chilli; who will be brave enough to give it a go?

The Costume

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Ladies: it’s time to embrace the rainbow! Those who are feeling more daring can bare all in an embroidered crop top and pants combo. Layer over a chiffon scarf or wrap to keep it more modest.

If you’re planning on indulging in party food, opt for a classic Saree, or silk, paisley print dress.

Been invited to a last minute Bollywood party? Simply throw on a paisley print scarf and some chunky gold jewellery.

More is more when it comes to nailing Bollywood, so go for giant gold cuffs, coin necklaces, gold hairbands and huge earrings.

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Gentlemen: Go for long white shirts, white pants and embroidered waist coats. If you can’t find a waist coat, use a gold-embellished or printed fabric strip and tie around your white shirt at the waist.

Games

A party without games or activities would practically be a funeral. Luckily, the Bollywood theme lends itself perfectly to some unique and hilarious party games.

If you and your buddies are knowledgeable about Bollywood, why not try a Bollywood-themed charades. Totally clueless? Go for a Bollywood dance off! Simply show dance clips from Bollywood movies and see who can nail it.

Henna painting is another fun idea for the more artistic party-goers.

Now all that’s left to say is:पार्टी!! (PARTY!!)

After more party ideas? These dinner party themes are sure to impress your guests!

 

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Cute & Easy Easter Decor Ideas

Easter has hopped into our lives faster than we can say ‘bunny’. It just seemed like yesterday that we were packing away our Christmas baubles, and now, it’s time to crack open your Easter decor collection to create something truly egg-cellent.

Don’t own any Easter decor? Don’t pull your hare out! Here’s some eggs-tremely versatile Easter decor ideas with pieces that will last you all the way through Spring and Summer.

Please note: May contain excessive Easter puns.

DIY Bunny Cushions

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Every bunny loves pastels, and luckily, they are not just for Easter!! Invest in some printed pillow covers in pastel blues, greens, pinks and yellows to last you right through Spring and Summer.

Retro printed cushion covers are also a great contrast. If you want to invest in specific Easter cushions, these will look great combined with a range of retro printed and pastel pillows.

Or if you are feeling crafty, you can create Easter cushions yourself! Rather than permanently damaging the pillow covers, we suggest simply pinning on a pom-pom for a bunny tail and adding two bunny ears. After Easter is over, remove these pieces and you have wonderful decor pieces to keep your home looking fresh.

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We offer a large range of pastel and retro printed pillow covers that would look adorable as Easter bunnies. We recommend:

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Damask throw pillow cover, jacquard floral pillow cover, paisley embroidered pillow covers

 

Blossom Tablescape

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Soft pastels, hints of sorbet tones and understated blossoms were made for Spring and Easter. With Easter being a religious representation of new life and resurrection, simply adding fresh florals to your table is a wonderful way to embrace this holiday.

If you don’t have a white table, begin by covering your table with the hand painted floral table cloth. Next, mark each place with a white plate and place a rolled up napkin on each plate. Opt for baby blue glass wear and white or brass vases that have a rustic edge.

Place a large piece of cherry blossom in the central vase. If you would like even more of an Easter vibe, hang mini Easter hanging decorations on the branches.

A Bucket Of Tulips

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If a bucket of tulips doesn’t feel like Spring to you, what does? This rustic chair is the perfect place to put a bucket of your favorite Spring blooms.

Over the Easter period, mix it up by adding pastel painted eggs, or faux eggs.

Easter Tree

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Want a new topiary or little tree to grace your front door? Simply add eggs and a bow to make a little Easter tree. This one will even come in handy for Christmas!

Cute Printed Cushions

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These pops of Spring-hued prints were practically made for Easter. However, they are also egg-stremely versatile! Make it colorful and uplifting by mixing a variety of hues, but try to keep most of them on the warm side of the color spectrum.

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Got a plain couch? Opt for as many colorful prints as your heart desires!

Jacquard paisley pillow cover, ornamental embroidered throw pillow cover, jacquard floral pillow cover

Chair Bunnys

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So simple, yet so hare-raisingly adorable! These chairs have been egg-cently transformed by little bow bunny ears and a pom pom tail!

Make this DIY hack last all year round by simply removing the pom-pom, pretty bows are always in style!

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Add even more of a cute, cottage-y edge to your chairs with the game of chess checkered pillow covers.

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Having the whole family round for an Easter banquet? Check out these beautiful Easter table layouts

 

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How To Choose A Wedding Venue

Ahhh…the dreaded wedding venue dilemma! If you’re planning on tying the knot anytime soon, you will be well aware that choosing a wedding venue can be one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning.

Many of us have had a clear-cut vision of our dream wedding engraved into our minds since we first watched ‘Cinderella’ when we were seven. Unfortunately, when push comes to shove, we tend to learn that Disney movies really do live up to their fictional nature.

Choosing a wedding venue is even more difficult for those who don’t have this dream ‘happily ever after’ ideal. If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want in your mind, where exactly do you start?

You’re in luck! Today, we are playing the Fairy Godmother to your Cinderella. We’ve flicked our magic wands and come up with this step by step guide on how to choose a wedding venue.

Cinderella: You will get married!

Budget

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The world would be a perfect place if we could all just swipe our Amex’s left, right and center, until we had the wedding of our dreams. Unfortunately, modern couples often have to budget. Throw the idea of mortgages, the honeymoon, and the ability to have an actual life before the big day, and it becomes clear that budgeting is a must!

So, first things first: sit down with hubby-to-be and come up with a budget for the overall wedding. This should include the venue, entertainment, food, decorations, the dress, jewellery, and whatever else you or your fiance want to include in the big day.

Next, break up this budget into  ‘expenditure areas’. And voila: you have a budget for your wedding venue.

Yep, it’s boring, but trust us, it works!

Make A List

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I know what you’re thinking, ‘this also sounds ridiculously boring’, but unlike in your High School history classes, these types of lists are actually fun.

Get the hubby-to-be and plan a cute ‘wedding planning’ night. Pop open the champagne, get a cheese platter on a stunning printed tablecloth, buy a handful of wedding magazines and have Pinterest ready on cue!

Make a collage/document of particular venues you and your partner like the look of.

Next, make a list of everything that you need to have in the location you choose. Consider:

  • Do you need a venue to fit a certain amount of people?
  • Are you having a religious ceremony?
  • Do you want the ceremony and reception to be at the same venue?
  • Do you want the ceremony in a certain town/area.
  • Are you planning on a certain time of year.
  • Did you have a theme in mind.

Once you have this, Google away for specific venues in your area.

Research!

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Found a venue that is your perfect place? It’s time to get a little bit stalker-ish. Don’t worry, we don’t suggest you crash weddings a la Vince Vaugn, this type of stalking is all online.

Take a look at their social media pages, chances are these photos will be more ‘action’ and less ‘staged’ and will give you a more realistic venue of how this place could be a backdrop for your wedding bells.

If you want to take it one step further, take a look at the photo’s of the bride and guests who are tagged. There is bound to be some I Phone snaps and un-staged photographs that will give you an insight without ‘rose tinted glasses.’

Go For Viewings

Feel free to view as many potential venues as you want. Take your phone to take photos, and ensure you ask a lot of questions!

Although the wedding planner will try and ‘sell’ you the venue, don’t book until you are a hundred percent sure.

Make sure you discuss all costs with the wedding planner, including potential extras that certain things may induce. Alongside this, it’s important to ensure that the wedding is available for your dates.

Go Back To Your List

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Now that you’ve viewed several venues, go back to the list and consider which of the venues ticks the most boxes.

Grab the collage or document of wedding inspiration you made and consider which venue is the most suitable for the aesthetic you want.

Finally, I don’t mean to bore you: but take that budget into consideration! After all, you still need to buy that dreamy dress!

Getting married? We have the perfect wedding table decor for your big day! Browse our stunning range of table runners, table cloths and placemats today!

 

 

 

 

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10 Wanderlust-Filled Boho Areas

The love of gypsy decor and the love and travel come hand in hand. Those who have a soft spot for bohemian style often are filled with fernweh; the longing for somewhere they have no yet been.

Whether you’re traveling, or simply looking for inspiration for your own home, these boho areas are so dreamy, you’ll have to pinch yourself!

A Mountain-side Picnic

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We hope you don’t have vertigo! This dreamy picnic has the views to please a million gypsy souls. Printed cushions and beautiful throws make for boho areas that are pretty and comfy in equal part.

To recreate, grab a printed throw and two printed cushion covers. Then pack your favorite treats and head to the most beautiful view you can find.

Get The Boho Look

Black & Gold

Hand embroidered brocade pillow cover, modern two tone accent pillow cover

Cappadocia, Turkey

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Wouldn’t this be a wonderful sight to wake up to? Archaic Turkish architecture reflects a stunning sunrise, whilst hot air balloons decorate the sky.

For a snug boho area that is made for views, grab a large throw, a quilt or comforter and several pillows.

Get The Boho Look

Ornamental embroidered rectangular tablecloth, hand embroidered throw pillow cover

Boho Glamping

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If you’re not down with the kids, ‘glamping’ is basically the upmarket version of camping. Dowdy tents and camo have been switched for an airy boho dream of fairy lights, hanging lanterns and an abundance of printed pillows!

Just don’t forget to take bug spray!

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Printed table runners are a wonderful way to add texture and print to this makeshift ‘ceiling’.

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Saree border table runner, Arabian velvet table runner,

Boho Beach Party

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This dreamy set-up is perfect for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or just for the fun of it! The only rule is: there needs to be enough people to carry this heavy wooden table!

Keeping the palette sandy, this set-up is made for the boho beach babe. Embrace textured pieces such as hemp, bamboo and wood to keep it rustic and add pops of print in understated, neutral tones.

Get The Boho Look

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Hand embroidered table runner, velvet sparkle throw pillow cover, hand embroidered brocade pillow cover

Shabby Seaside Set Up

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Vintage lovers: this one’s for you! An abundance of lace, brocade and mish-mashed colors make this shabby chic set-up one of the easiest boho areas to recreate!

Bring florals to the seaside in the form of retro vases and flora-embellished crockery.

Get The Boho Look

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Organza hand embroidered table runner,

Forest Dream

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If you’re more of a forest fairy, this stunning, boho picnic area is certainly for you! With a stunning hanging canopy cascading from the trees, an abundance of hanging decorations, and an abundance of prints and textures, it really does go to show that more is more in boho areas.

To stop it looking too cluttered, stick to a predominately pastel palette. Add several throws or blankets in various prints and top with as many printed pillow covers as you can carry.

Get The Boho Look

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Hand painted floral rectangular tablecloth, damask style elegant table runner, jacquard floral pillow cover

RV Goals

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Every gypsy girl gang needs a retro campervan! These ladies have fitted theirs out to absolute bohemian-dream perfection!

Hanging dream catchers, Native American prints and beaded curtains make for something truly stunning that is surprisingly easy to recreate.

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If you can’t find a printed blanket you love, why not use a boho print table runner as a bed runner?

Exotic oriental table runner, ornamental blossom table runner

Minimal Boho Beach

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Forget heavy tables and actual furniture, this cute picnic area is all about keeping it simple.

Beachcomb to find a large swig or piece of driftwood to hang lanterns off. Then dot the floor with printed pillows in two contrasting tones. Dot the surrounding sand with mini lanterns for something truly magical.

Get The Boho Look

Hand embroidered brocade pillow cover, velvet sparkle throw pillow cover

On The Pier

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If you’re not lucky to live out in the wilderness, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own inner-city boho areas! Find a pier, park or green area and get it set up!

This stunning Aztec-print conglomeration of feminine pinks is all a girl needs to escape to fantasy land…

Get The Boho Look

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Spring garden floral pillow cover, paisley leaf pillow cover, exotic oriental table runner

Rooftop Hang

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Now this is what we call city living! Go up to the highest roof top in your city and set up a teepee, pronto!

Add velvety cushions, flowers and aztec print rugs and you have the cutest boho hangout in town!

Get The Look

Ornamental embroidered rectangular tablecloth

Want to create a boho outdoor area at home? Here’s how…

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