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'TIS THE SEASON
Etjmoca's journey started back in August of 2011. Nasira Mansoor, the owner of the lifestyle boutique, observed how most of Bangladesh's beautifully handcrafted items where being exported and were not widely available in the local market. Knowing the country's expertise in this industry, the idea for Ethnica was born and hence started the journey towards the brand that has now been firmly established in our market. The speciality of Ethnica is the fusion of a beautifully balanced urban chic and culture of the roots of this land. With the Christmas season around the corner and New Year's coming up as well, this week we look at some fascinating and out of the box gift ideas, all from Ethnica.
After the Book Ends
Bags from Mags
Or Bags from Rags
Note what he Wrote
The Night Before Christmas
“Inspired by Bangladesh, my products are all locally made and mostly handcrafted and the vibrant colours and bold designs I use embody the spirit and roots of our culture,” Nasira says. “It is really encouraging to see my clientele getting more and more enchanted by the products made of natural, eco- friendly materials with the whizcraft of the naturally gifted delicate hands of the local artisans.” she adds.
By Osama Rahman
The first day
By Sadia moyeen
The amount of effort that goes into organising a wedding can be overwhelming indeed. We meticulously plan everything from start to finish, but are totally unprepared for facing the world after the big day is over. Here are some do's and dont's to help you along.
Pack a separate suitcase with what you will wear the next day after finding out the programme at your in laws. Chances are people will be in and out of the house even if nothing is planned.
Keep two or three options of what you will wear. Not something too heavy but dressy nevertheless. Perhaps a choice of saris as well as a kameez. Nobody is interested to see the new bride in her housecoat just yet. Make sure the clothes are coordinated with petticoats shoes and accessories etc.
Be sure to include two sets of night wear of your choice and all your toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, cleanser, face wash, moisturiser and makeup products. Do not forget deodorant/perfume, damp tissues and cotton swabs and a jewellery box for the jewellery you will take off and keep safely. Get someone to unpack and set everything before you get back from the wedding venue so that you are not having to open the suitcase and run around in heavy clothes trying to get organised when you really should be concentrating on more romantic pursuits.
After the torture sessions you have put your hair and skin through, it's time to give some tender loving care back to them. For starters the best way to brush out the back-combing is to start at the tips of the hair and move upwards. Work through small sections of the hair, it's a time consuming necessity. Another way is shampooing your hair, then applying conditioner generously and running your fingers through to de-tangle them.
The best way to remove the heavy make up is to apply a rich cleansing cream on your face in circular movements, wipe off with wet tissues or damp cotton swabs, splash water, then use a face wash. Again apply cleanser and follow the same routine. The idea is to be gentle, you don't have to get everything off in the first go; repeating the routine will clean thoroughly without being rough or harsh. Apply your night cream.
Obviously with the amazing job that makeup artists do with bridal looks, I'm presuming you looked like a Greek goddess the night before so you want to make a little effort the next day as well on your own. It would help to know that foundation that is perfect for the night may not be suitable at noon. Use a natural sheer colour so it looks natural. Pat on powder if your skin is oily and pass if it's dry. Matt eye shadows will look better than glittery stuff in day time. Nice rich lipstick should do the trick. Coloured lenses will add drama to your eyes and you will not need heavy shadow to look attractive. A base colour with eyeliner and lenses will suffice. If you wear a dark lipstick, keep it matt . A light lipstick will look better with gloss.
Please try not to wear all your jewels again. Pick a set that matches what you are wearing. Be generous with the bangles; I think they look and sound beautiful. Extra hair pieces of very good quality are available, keep one for the morning after. You will not have time to do your hair so have a self blow dry make a ponytail and put on hair pieces with open hair or ready buns as are worn by models to look glamorous. Get one that is closest to your natural hair colour and use whenever you need an instant party look. Of course you will murder the look if the hair piece is plastic and unnatural. Or the colour is not the same as your own hair. The idea is that it should look like your natural hair.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
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