Revamp Bridal Jewelry✨

Have you gone through the 5 stages of grief with your wedding jewelry? The “this can’t be happening” denial shortly before the “what the hell” anger, then the “if only” bargaining followed by the wave of depression when the reality has set in and lastly, accepting that you spent a sh*t ton of money for jewelry pieces you may never wear again.

i.e. the exact words from a real bride: “Ahhhhhhh, I spent $2000 dollars on my wedding jewelry, what am I going to do with it now?!?! Yesss the simpler pieces from smaller wedding functions like earrings, bangles and stuff can be used again BUT THIS HUGE WEDDING NECKLACE!! AND KALEERAYE?!!?”

Does this sound like you? STOP because we’re cutting your grief off EARLY!

1. Life is just simply too short for any sort of grief, especially for avoidable grief

2. We have some GOOD NEWS!

Banglez will take your huge Banglez wedding jewelry pieces and revamp them one time for FREE! Yess you read that right FREE! Why? We UNDERSTAND how hard you grind for those $$$ and spending all that money on your wedding makes so much sense because IT’S YOUR SPECIAL DAY! When the aftermath guilt sets in and you don’t feel that great anymore, that’s when we step in to remind you that we NEVER want you to regret a decision that once made you happy!

Bring in your Banglez wedding jewelry and have it revamped to be worn again and again as many times as you damn well please! Typically the process involves booking a personal appointment for your bridal jewelry revamp. On the day of your appointment bring all the jewelry you want to be broken down and rebuilt. Depending on what you want to be done, it could be either done with no additional pieces or some of the pieces may require additional purchases to fit onto your wedding jewelry. NO WAIT! DON’T STOP READING! I know the thought of possibly spending more money on this seems worse but I promise you that the small amount will go a long way. It’s a million times better than holding on to your wedding jewelry as it is because it will eventually be pushed to the back of your closet, which in my opinion is a lot worse, wouldn’t you agree?

For example, when it comes to necklaces being broken up, that typically requires no cost as the necklace is usually just broken down into 2-3 smaller necklace pieces depending on the size of the original. This is unless you want to jazz it up with other pieces like our bride Amy did when she added the gold dangling necklace to the choker piece. You could even do a waist chain, a headpiece, anklets, a hairpiece or so much more depending on what you’re working with!

Other pieces may be more limited, like kaleeraye that can be turned into earrings or latkan (the tassels that lean off the side of lengha bottoms or the backs of suit tops/saree blouses), maybe even a tikka, it all depends.

These are just suggestions but truly there are so many possibilities. We’re here to help you make the most of this experience and strive to make you love every revamped piece!

Here are media examples to show you an example of the process from our client Amy.

Doesn’t she look stunning?!?!?! Now take a sneak preview at the behind the scenes process!

Our bride Amy was super happy with the results! She truly felt like she got her money’s worth! Since she’s happy, we’re happy!

Give us the opportunity to help you love the many forms of your jewelry. Contact us at info@banglez.com or call (416) 834-6717 for a consultation now!

*Revamp process could take up to 3-6 weeks depending on orders and availability*

– Mahak Gupta

Banglez Bloggeress

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Banglez ft. Blend 🇮🇳⛪️🇵🇰

When we begin to curate and/or create a collection, we often draw inspiration from concepts and ideas that come to us in our everyday life. I absolutely love working with other creatives! Exchanging ideas and talking about what makes us similar and what sets us apart, can be so intriguing! From an outsiders perspective, a creative collaboration may seem like a simple idea. However, often there’s a hidden story not evidently apparent behind it that spans much deeper than what meets the eye.

When I first met Sarah and Sonia from Blend Hair & Makeup Studio, we connected right away and immediately decided to collab on a project that had nothing to do with selling our products or services. It was a fulfilling experience that we shared with a few individuals that had dealt with or knew someone who had experienced mental health issues.

We asked our followers to reach out to us and bravely share stories about how they or someone they know have experienced and dealt with mental illness. It was… an incredibly moving and humbling experience to come together with these individuals on such an intimate level. As a show of gratitude, we then got them ready with all things Blend and Banglez, followed by styling by Iman Grewal and a photoshoot with Narbir of Brown Rice Photography, who took personal and beautiful pictures of each participant.

It really is rare to meet someone and connect on such a personal level.  In a way, it essentially creates a special, long-lasting bond.

I think that’s why this project means so much to me, it shares a unique angle of our connection in a whole new and different way! Sonia came by Banglez to collaborate on ideas for an upcoming shoot. She said, “We need you guys to make some pieces that are totally custom and completely different than what you’ve ever made before!” I was excited, to say the least.

The idea was born from a recent conversation Sarah and I had about the similarities we shared growing up. She and I are both born and raised Catholic girls 😉 My background being from Goa and Sarah’s being from Karachi.

In order to really understand where this collection originated I have to tell you about some of my experiences growing up. I attended a Catholic school and was the only Indian person there. Although I don’t recall getting directly teased there were often subtle ‘slip-ups’. Racist comments made about people that looked like me – forgetting I was standing right there.

Once I got to high school I started hanging out with more South Asians and that’s when I began to feel more connected to people that shared my culture. But I didn’t realize that I’d have to prove how “Indian” I really was. I found myself explaining that yes there are a lot of Catholics and Christians throughout South East Asia and yes we eat curry just like you do!  I didn’t understand it because at home it felt like my parents were as Indian as they come; the way they shared stories about their childhood growing up in India, taking us to family parties where we experienced the culture, and as I mentioned – the food!

I visited family in Bombay and Goa as a child, where I saw first hand how my parents grew up. So exactly how does that not make me Indian enough? Many people would say, “You’re not Indian, you’re Goan” or tell me that Goa is an Island and not part of India. Nope, Goa is not an island and is definitely part of India. It’s a State making it just as much part of India as the 21 other states.

I was really beginning to feel a connection to my roots yet at the same time, I often felt like I had to prove myself. As an art and design student, I would find endless ways to incorporate Indian influences into my work because it was so inspiring to me.  Although I could see it wasn’t always appreciated by my professors. Not Indian enough in some ways and too Indian in others? I was determined to not be forced into a category.

That’s around the time where I found a way to express myself through makeup and jewelry. It felt like a very natural progression since I was always kind of obsessed with bindis and yes you guessed it, bangles!

As an adult, I learned just how insanely complex all the different cultures, religions and not to mention languages in South Asia really are. That’s why I can now understand how there may have been so many misconceptions of this ‘exotic’ place known for its beaches. I truly relish learning about all the cultures from around the world, while also taking the time to share beautiful details about Goa. Did you know Konkani is the dialect spoken there and that it’s very similar to Marathi?

There are still times when I meet people (usually Aunties) at the store who make small insinuating comments about whether or not I’m the owner, after hearing my name is Malinda and that I’m from Goa. Luckily, my husband Hardip is from Punjab which gets me a free pass and suddenly I make the cut again lol 🙂

Once you know all this you can understand how I felt when Sonia and Sarah told me that they wanted us to design Cross jewelry for the upcoming shoot. My mind began racing, I was in awe of a concept that I felt had always been right in front of me but yet why hadn’t it been done yet? Mixing South Asian traditional stones into a cross, of course!?

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As a believer of God and the Universe, I think people choose to pray or connect with their spirituality in a way that feels most comfortable to them. For me, my prayer and my passion are drawn from being a Catholic Indian.

Hardip and I worked together to design these pieces, that we are so proud of. It was undeniably a beautiful thing, to see it come together. I can only explain it by saying it was like seeing your work finally represent who you are, without any words needed.

This special collection that is made up of friendships, culture, and religion, can only rightfully be named the Blend Collection.

For each piece sold a portion of the sale will benefit SOCH – Start the Conversation, a mental health initiative, from now until the end of the year.

Have a look at the collection that will be available for sale Monday, November 19th, 2018 on www.Banglez.com and many specially made pieces will be available at Blend Studio in Oakville!

Model [left] : @bnmmodels | @natasharamkay 
Hair: @sonia_singh_89 | @maymaycreateshair 
Makeup: @sarah.blendbeauty 
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Model [right]: @bnmmodels / @liv_blais 
Makeup: @makeupbyjustine_blend 
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Photographer: @ovyianphotography 
Designer: @thesareeroom 
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Jewellery: @banglez_jewelry

Banglez on Kultur’D🎙

This pop culture show discusses hot topics on everything from film & television, art, music to fashion & beauty with a lens on the diversity of people and their perspectives. Produced and hosted by Meera Estrada, along with co-hosts Nneka Elliott and The SandyLion, every episode feature guests to be part of the lively conversation.

Different ages and stages, each host brings a unique view to the weekly topics.

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For Diwali, they discuss fashion featuring our lovely Banglez jewelry, as we are the perfect blend of South Asian jewelry with a western flair! Listen to their podcast for advice and tips! To skip to the fashion segment start at 29:38 🙂

We take everyone’s preferences and style into consideration when curating our jewelry and designing new pieces. We can dress you with everything from South Asian jewelry to South Asian inspired western jewelry to western jewelry! Call us at (416) 834 – 6717 or email us at info@banglez.com to inquire!

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Kultur’d social media:                   Instagram                   Facebook                   Twitter

Wedding Chicks Blog ft. Banglez!📸

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Check out our exciting feature on the Wedding Chicks blog, including the gallery too! We hope the jewelry pieces created and featured inspire you! To book an appointment call us at 1 (416) 834-6717 or email us at info@banglez.com, we truly value our one on one time with customers to make sure each individual’s needs are carefully and creatively met!

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Here are some of our favourite pictures:

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Vendors:

Coordinators & Stylists June Bloom Events @junebloomevents
Flowers Quill and Oak @quillandoak
Groom & His Men Tytan Ties @tytan_ties
Hair, Makeup & Beauty SYL @imsylvie
Jewelry Banglez @banglez_jewelry
Furniture Rentals Glamourous Affairs @glamourous_affairs
Catering Ellec Cuisine @ellecuisine
Wedding Cake Love in Bloom Cakes @loveinbloomcakes
Groom Model Mo Hani @mohani.96
Bride Model Sonakshi @sonakshiiiiiiii
Table Setting Plate Occasions @plateoccasions
Traditional Garland Jasmine Flowers @jasmineflorists
Paper Goods & Calligraphy Kimi Arya Events @kimiarya
Photographers Jess Imirie Photography @jessimriephoto
Venues Langdon Hall @langdonhall
Wedding Dresses The Saree Room @thesareeroom

The Banglez Challenge!🏆

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Last Sunday, October 14th we hosted a Banglez Challenge where we invited competitors to come by our store and put together the most extravagant bangles/choora set they could dream up!

We gave them access to ALL of our bangles while helping guide them on sizes and styles or colour requests but the rest was up to them!

Once their set was complete we took a picture of the completed bangle set. All the bangle set pictures were posted Sunday. Participants were also required to repost the picture on their own IG page.

The bangle set with the most amount of ACCUMULATED likes (from both our page and the participants) by noon on MONDAY will win the bangle set that they created!

We have to say that we were quite impressed with the sets we saw!

Meet your finalists!

Who did you vote for?!

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You can buy this set and the others here!

Jewelry hacks🤫

When you love accessorizing as much as we do, you just can’t help yourself! I know what you’re going to say…but sometimes it’s frustrating to put on and it hurts!! We couldn’t agree more! Hence why we’ve compiled some jewelry hacks to help you through tough, messy and/or uncomfortable situations and come out looking absolutely fabulous!

Don’t know how to put on a tikka? Me either, luckily we got our friend Hemali from Ready to Glow to teach us how!

It is so important to create a backcombed base and to lock in your bobby pins by crisscrossing them to secure the tikka into place. The most crucial part is applying eyelash glue to the back of your tikka before sticking it to your forehead. Make sure to hold it down till the glue dries as it can easily come off otherwise. Make sure to do a spot test to make sure the glue your using does not cause irritation to your skin. We recommend a clear/white coloured latex free eyelash glue because it tends to be a gentler formula and it dries clear.

Eyelash glue recommendations:

1. HOUSE OF LASHES Hol White Lash Adhesive

2. DUO Eyelash Adhesive (Sephora, Amazon)

Now here’s one for headpieces because we all know that they’re equally if not harder to set, in my experience the latter!

Wearing a headpiece for the first time can be intimidating! Just remember, that practice makes perfect and the more you wear one, the more comfortable you’ll get. Before you know it, it’ll be your go-to accessory! 😉

Watch this tutorial once again featuring our friend Hemali from Ready to Glow to learn how!

Setting the middle of the headpiece is the most important part with backcombing and crisscrossing bobby pins, like putting on a tikka. Then follow the same steps to secure either side to guarantee that your headpiece won’t move all night! Don’t forget that if you have a portion of your headpiece that sits on your forehead like a tikka, to glue it down with eyelash glue as we mentioned earlier under our tikka tutorial.

We just love making jewelry wearing effortless, so here are some more jewelry hacks featuring the lovely Hemali from Ready to Glow one last time!

Just a review:

Don’t have a bindi colour that matches your outfit? Paint over one that you have with nail polish, liquid lipstick, eyeliner, concealer liquid eyeshadow or any coloured makeup formula. Be sure to let it dry before putting it on and use a non-transferring/waterproof formula for best results. Most importantly, be sure not to touch the adhesive side in the colouring process.

Dealing with heavy earrings? Here at Banglez we have special clear rubber backings for extra support when wearing heavy or larger earrings. Put them on before putting on the original earring back. Voila, no more droopy ears!

Lost the backing to your earring? The story of my life! For a quick solution, use a piece of a rubber eraser! Make sure the piece is large enough to keep the earring in place but small enough to hide behind your ear.

If you can wait, come by the store anytime and grab some extra earring backs on the house! When placing your online order, email us to include some in your order.

Another option is pairing Saharas with your earrings to help hold up the weight or for precise placement. Saharas alone add so much charm!

Can’t get your bangles on? Place a plastic bag over your hand and arm, this should reduce friction and the bangles should go on over the bag a lot easier. We recommend this method over “putting on lotion” simply because many lotions contain harmful chemicals and fragrances that over time tarnish the metal of some of our karra bangles and erode the colour of others as well.

Other:

Soothe Sensitive Earlobes with Vaseline or Aquaphor. Wearing jewelry so often can sometimes cause your earlobes to hurt. Pieces are often made from different types of metals that may or may not suit your skin. Putting on an earring on already sensitive earlobes can be painful. You can put it on the earring rode before it goes in your earlobe as well.

Allergic to artificial jewelry but don’t want to compromise your glam? Me too sista but don’t fret because I have a tried and tested solution! I find applying a thin layer of clear nail polish to the rod and back of the earring goes a long way in helping your earlobes. Don’t’ deal with the messy aftermath of wearing earrings but rejoice in the glam of the beauty they add to your look!

Necklace not long enough? Come into the store and we can add on extra links. Can’t come in? Take a set you already have at home and some pliers. Take the chain piece off the set you’re not using and add it to the set you want longer. Be sure to close the links tight so the piece does not fall apart. P.S. please be careful when using metal tools!

Need help putting on hath panja(handpieces)? Put an opened up paperclip/safety pin through the hole of one end(the non-latch end), hold the paperclip/safety pin with the handpiece hand and swing the handpiece around your wrist. Then secure the latch end to the link you put in the paperclip/safety pin. Release the paperclip/safety pin and you’re ready to go!

When preparing your order in store we always make sure to give you the proper storage for your pieces. In case you lose it, use a button to keep earring pairs together, get a pill box, a crafts box from Michales or clear pouches/sandwich bags for safe keeping.

Now the most important hack of all! QUALITY! We recognize that there are many lovely south Asian jewelry companies out there but that does not mean that their jewelry upholds the same standards of quality as we do here at Banglez. It is so important to do your research and ask the right questions when purchasing your jewelry! When ordering or making jewelry, our years of experience have taught and equipped us to avoid “UH OH” situations. Even if a certain style of jewelry is trending but we know the quality of the jewelry isn’t good and will easily break, we will NOT order or make it. We stand by the excellence of our jewelry and offer customer service in unpleasant situations. The last thing anyone wants is to have their jewelry break on a special day. Any time you are unsure or need advice, never hesitate to email or call us, we’d love to clear up any confusion you may have!

Lastly, when it comes to jewelry there’s more to it than meets the eye! What do I mean?! Well, just because an earring is meant to be worn as an earring doesn’t mean it can’t be more. We’ve had customers combine earrings to make longer earrings, shorten pieces, customize two similar pairs into a matching tikka/headpiece and a pendant, etc.. We’ve had payal used as headpieces, handpieces used as armbands, bangles as hair pieces, kaleeray made into jewelry and many more! You are the master of your look and we are here to ignite your creativity and make all your jewellery dreams a reality!

By the way, Banglez brides PLEASE read our bridal jewelry revamp blog, your wallets will thank me 😉

Get creative and share your #BanglezHacks with us! Creative ideas that spark our interest get to come in and customize a piece of your own! It will be sold on http://www.banglez.com, shared on our social media with your honourable mention and of course will be named after you. How cool is that?!

Hope you’re having a lovely day!

Mahak Gupta

Banglez Bloggeress

Savreet + Harneet❤️

We’d like to introduce you to a lovely couple…Savreet and Harneet! Soon we will share their love story that lead to a proposal!

Banglez naturally was one of Savreet’s first stops, not knowing that she’d find everything she needed. She booked a private bridal appointment and a separate private appointment for her relatives as there needing jewellery was important too!

Piece by piece we brought her visions to life. If we didn’t have a piece that she like…we created it! If a set had a specific piece she wanted but was not part of the set…we created it! If she wanted an uncommon piece that she found on the internet or Pinterest somewhere…we created it! If a certain piece like her kaleeray had clear stones but her outfit had pearls and gold stones…we changed them! We didn’t leave a single piece or stone unturned!

Heres a beautiful preview of the Banglez difference:

Mendhi Ceremony

Sangeet Ceremony

Wedding

Reception

Banglez among guests

We hope you’ll give us the chance to help you fall in love with our jewelry the way you fell in love with your partner…❤️

Collab with Ankita ft. Mani Jassal

When inspiration strikes, you get together influential creatives and you create magic!

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Doesn’t @aankita.b just look stunning?!?!! and the jewels sure help her sparkle 😉

Bring in your outfit to Banglez and we can customize a piece to your specifications, however big, small, long, short, gold, silver, polki, kundan etc… you may want it to be, its what we do!

Here is an example of love we received from a customer for a special custom piece we designed for her!

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Email info@banglez.com with your inquiry or fill out a custom jewelry contract with a piece that sparks your interest from our social media or website.

If interested in this set, you can view and purchase it exclusively at The Mani Jassal Showroom by appointment only. Outfit by @manikjassal