We are beyond excited to share our collab with Poppy Lane Toronto!
Poppy Lane like Banglez is a south Asian inspired brand with a western flair, so our collab was not only bound to happen but almost like a match made in heaven. Kimye take note, Poplez is here!
We spoke to Preeti at Poppy Lane and she gave us an insight on their vision going in: “We focused on creating a romantic, contemporary, fresh, and ethereal vibe for our SS17 pieces, focusing mainly on the finer details of each piece. We played with delicate and dainty hues, fabrics and silhouettes this season to embrace a refined and graceful femininity. With Banglez unique pieces being a seamless match, playing on soft colours and beads, we knew it was something different that you don’t see often in South Asian jewelry and that’s what made it stand out!”
Both businesses rely on their online store front to bring fashionistas around the world the latest in trendy south Asian wear. More shoppers have started to rely upon and become comfortable with purchasing goods online and trusting brands to deliver on their promise of quality.
Banglez has always kept their lines of communication open for customers to reach out for custom orders and questions. We want you to be happy with what you are getting and absolutely sure that you will love it as much as we love our merchandise. We go through a lengthy and precise vetting process with vendors and merchants to make sure our quality and style is nothing less than amazing. If we wouldn’t wear it, we won’t sell it.
We’ve been asked many times when we’ll be getting a product back in stock or why we only carry one/a couple of each piece except for bangles. That question is actually quite simple! We want each of our client’s jewelry to be exclusive so they can feel like the queens they are. It simply not acceptable that you wear our jewelry to an event and have to share compliments! Yasss ladies take in all the love for yourselves 😉
Have a look at the magic that happened behind the scenes!
’till next time,
Check out our feature on Global news’ the morning show featuring Meera from Fusia media.
Watch as she talks about South Asian wedding trends for 2017 with Banglez jewelry because Banglez not only keeps up but sets trends!
Check out the entire video on Globalnews.ca!
South Asian wedding trends you can include in your wardrobe
Add a splash of color and flair to your wardrobe with these South Asian inspired trends!
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My family first settled in Montreal, so myself and my siblings were born there. Our crew of Indian – Montrealers was small at the time and our parents bonded over spicy food and exciting new possibilities. The ‘kids’ were all close in age and saw each other all the time so we did what most South Asian do – we called each other cousin. After we moved to TO the distance didn’t change anything so when Amanda was in this play I was so excited to go check it out.
I always love walking down the streets of downtown Montreal. There’s so much history in every old building or brick wall! The theater was perfect, cozy yet grand. I knew the show was sold out every night and that it had been getting pretty big acclaim. It was originally written as “Tu te souviendras de moi” by French author François Archambault.
The show is about the daily struggles of a professor named Edouard, whose intellectual pride deteriorates as his Alzheimer’s progresses. We had a chance to sit down with Amanda, who played Bérénice in the show. Check out our exclusive!
When did you first know you wanted to become an actor?
As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be an actor but I really couldn’t tell you when I first knew.
What do you enjoy most about acting?
Living all these different lives for a short time. I’ve always wanted to do everything but I don’t think I was interested in any one particular thing enough to do it for an extended period of time. Like I wanted to be a doctor for a while and then I realized, I really just want to play one.
Besides acting, what other training have you had (voice, dance, stage combat, etc.)?
Well, theater school is fairly all encompassing – you do voice, period dance, stage combat, mask, etc. I still do acting workshops every now and then. I teach improv and I think sometimes, I may get more out of it than the participants do. I played a lot of sports growing up and I didn’t know it then, but that was pretty great acting training.
What do you think about the story of the show you are playing a part in?
I love that it transcends. Young, old, male, female, English, French – it doesn’t matter. I’ve spoken to people from all different walks of life who have been moved by this story and that speaks to what an incredible writer François Archambault is.
It’s incredibly multi-layered, timely, and it deals with a tough subject with a lot of humor. There are two things that send families reeling – money and health. For this play, it’s health that throws everyone off-kilter, and they’re all just trying to find or regain their footing. Watching them do so can be pretty heartbreaking but it can also be really funny.
What’s your role in this show?
I play Bérénice, who is a young, cellphone-obsessed teenager charged with babysitting Edouard, a renowned history professor in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
What sort of person is going to love the character you are playing?
I’m not sure. Millennials will definitely relate to her. She is, in a lot of ways, a product of her environment. But like most people, she isn’t what she appears to be. So if people are initially put off by her candor, I think it’s that same rawness that they may warm up to later on.
How is this character like you? Different?
She’s sarcastic and loves cutoff jeans and big sweaters. So do I.
She’s outspoken. She’s obsessed with her phone and social media. She dropped out of school. I talk to no one, I put up a Facebook profile picture a month ago, and I never missed a class.
What do you love and hate about this character?
Oh, I love everything about her and I hate nothing. Not my job to judge her, it’s my job to justify her. I’ll leave the rest to the audience.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Ellen Page would rock it. Quebec politics play a significant part of the story so I gotta keep it Canadian.
What’s your favourite part of the show?
That’s hard; I really loved doing the show every night. Audience reactions were always interesting. We get a sense of where this play lands for people and it’s always different.
Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?
Jean Marchand! He can make you laugh and cry in the same breath. I will certainly miss sharing the stage with him.
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Well, I wouldn’t be able to pull off any of the other characters. Call me in 10 years, maybe I’ll have a different answer. Right now, I love Bérénice too much to let her go.
What makes a good scene partner?
A good scene is like a good tennis match – you don’t want to drop that ball. A good scene partner matches you, hit for hit, keeps you on your toes, and has your back. You’re always on the same team, even if you’re on opposite sides of the net.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.) and why?
Meryl Streep. That’s obvious, I know but it’s just the truth. She’s the perfect combination of tremendous talent and impeccable work ethic. You don’t see that too often. And I’ll throw Michael Shannon in there for variety. I’ll watch anything he’s in.
Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?
I’m an aspiring actor, I need advice! But if you want me to sound smart…um, don’t get rid of your weirdness – it’s probably what’s going to get you the part. And play the love. I got that advice and it was pretty damn good.
Can you tell me a fun fact about yourself that people may not know about you?
I consider it a fun fact that if I can’t wear jeans, I’m not coming to whatever event you’re having. But I have been told that does not qualify. So, I can juggle!
Thank you Amanda, for taking the time to answer our questions and we hope you the best of luck in your path to success as an actor!
What did I think of the show? Well…
I found myself engaged pretty much right away! I’m a fan of live theater so I do get a bit excited but Hardip isn’t necessarily the theater-going type… although he loves experiencing arts and culture so he’s open to trying these things. I looked over at him maybe 10 minutes into it and I could see that he was very into the show, then I noticed some of my other cousins and other people around me – everyone was very captivated.
The main character definitely grabbed your attention, as this was part of his personality. He was a professor, an intellect of sorts and he definitely loved to be the center of attention. Right away I was thrown into the emotions of his family that was dealing with his progressing Alzheimer’s. It upsetting to see how the family deals with the inconvenience of the situation, yet you can empathize with them as you realize what they must be going through within their own struggles.
Amanda’s character – Bérénice enters with a young carefree attitude. You immediately think what could her and the main character possibly have in common?? There were many jokes – a lot of Quebec political mockery and comic relief throughout the story and I thought it helped the crowd feel the daily reality of their story instead of only feeling the sadness. I loved watching the contrast between them and the difference of opinion because the best part was that I agreed with both of them in a way. There was an interesting reference with social media and other modern day millennial habits that struck a cord for all of us.
It was interesting to see how his Alzheimer’s was affecting her and how she became more empathetic. Her approach with him was unexpected and then began to feel so natural. It was a truly touching story that left me thinking about life, generations, and our unique minds.
Thanks for reading about our experience with “You will remember me…”!
Editor: Mahak Gupta
Has it already been a year!?! Last year, right around this time Banglez had the pleasure of holding the grand opening of our their new store location at 2387 Trafalgar Rd in Oakville
Both Malinda and Hardip proudly brought their 9-year-old baby/company to a storefront location!
With a promise of commitment to high quality, stunning pieces, and expert service… and of course at sensible prices! They are pleased to have set out on this fulfilling journey.
As an artistic person since childhood with an educational background in Graphic Design, Malinda had discovered new ways to create ‘works of art’. She began to take her makeup artistry hobby seriously and did that professionally for over 10 years. All the while dabbling in jewelry design, and exploring her Indian roots, she began to import stunning jewelry from Bombay and other parts of India. Her design background enabled her to work with manufacturers to make new unique pieces. Hardip Chohan, Malinda’s husband, and business partner learned key skills in jewelry design and has grown into a gifted jewelry maker. With the combined talents of these 2, there’s no wonder why now 11 years strong, Banglez is one of the most trusted names within the South Asian Fashion community.
The dream that began in the basement of their home has blossomed into a trendy South Asian jewelry boutique in Oakville. The couple behind the scenes continue to explore new and innovative ways to combine traditional South Asian jewelry with Western influences. As soon as you walk into the store you can feel that concept!
‘We have a passion for all things ART!’ is how they describe themselves. “Banglez isn’t just a retail store, it’s our creative expression. We give our clients individual attention so that we can consult with them and offer our expertise. In some cases, we customize existing pieces of our unique jewelry, other times we work to design a completely new piece of jewelry with the client’s taste in mind.”
Since their humble beginnings in 2006, Banglez is proud to have helped shape the boutique experience for South Asian brides and their families. “It’s our mission to create an atmosphere for our clients that liberates their creativity in an open, friendly and artistic environment. We feel that fashion, accessories, and jewelry are often used to convey our individuality and for that reason, we are honoured when we’re invited into that personal experience.”
At the opening there was a ‘Paint by Numbers’ theme, guest coloured our personalized illustration and participated in a colouring contest (paint emoji). We had gorgeous pieces by Mani Jassal, Painting by Babbu the Painter and an amazing team that brought it all together! The store was packed with friends and clients that were new and old. We were thrilled to have them drop in for cocktails, music, hors d’oeuvres, swag bags and to get acquainted!
A throwback tribute to an awesome team!
– Narbir Gosal of brownricephotography.ca
– ChicEvents by Sonia
– Ryan of AlleyEntertainment
A special thanks to Iman of kamaent, Sundip Chohan, and Mahak Gupta as well!
Click here to view a video of the magic that took place that day!
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Today took the courage of an army, an army of heroic women who become forces of nature to made great strides for change, for the present of women today. Let’s take a moment to reflect on our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making around the world every day.
Most importantly, today is a celebration of respect, admiration and love towards women around the world for their social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
I am truly inspired by like-minded, strong women. Hearing their stories gives me strength and I’m eager to use our brand’s collections to display that strength!
A lot has been achieved, but much more remains to be done in the fight for gender equality. It’s time to change people views and actions, to recognize that the gender stereotypes and sexism we see and face every day are not okay.
My mother always told me that I could only be wronged as long as I didn’t do something about it. I realized that only when I started to act rather than analyze, things started to change. That is why we feel it is so important to confront sexism and discrimination that allow gender inequality to exist.
For International Women’s Day, we have teamed up with Alicia from 100 faces to do just that. Alicia is such an incredibly talented woman and I’m thrilled to work with her on this exciting project. She has helped me choose 6 women from diverse backgrounds that inspire greatness to be featured on our website and social media.The illustrations she created were used to adorn a beautiful earring from our new collection. Banglez was proud to showcase these women with a specific pair of earrings and equally thrilled to name the earrings after them!
What did you think?! Absolutely beautiful! Through purposeful collaborations like these, we can help women move forward and unleash their limitless potential. We’d like to sincerely thank these ladies for lending us their strength, story… and face!
In honour of these women and International Women’s Day, we will be donating 10% from each of these earrings sold to an organization called The Rexdale Women’s Centre. The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an “independent, not-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-need women and their families residing in the Greater Toronto Area.”
We can do little things every day, that remind the world of who we are and who we can be. This fight isn’t about being superior but equal, reminded by our great Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau when asked why it was so important for him to have a gender-balanced cabinet, he simply stated, “because it’s 2015” to make people realized that it’s time we accelerate gender parity.
We are so excited to launch this collection for international Women’s week and we hope you like it!
#BeBoldForChange #EqualityMatters #StrongWomen #MayWeKnowThem #MayWeBeThem #MayWeRaiseThem #PurpleRibbon #Feminism
Malinda Chohan & Mahak Gupta
“I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men.” -Emma Watson
We’re thrilled to introduce the launch of our new Kahlo Collection! These custom made pieces are truly a unique way of adding your own style to traditional South Asian jewelry.
Many people ask me how or why I started doing what I do. I explain that I wanted to feel connected to my work – so I followed my heart to India. At the time Banglez was born, our collection was a lot more casual with necklaces made of wood, lava rock, and heavy metals. As we grew, our collection blossomed into pieces that were more appropriate for weddings and formal events. I always wanted to go back to our roots and find a way to have both styles coexist.
We decided to play around with some of the traditional and modern pieces we had. We introduced new colours and textures, different from what we’ve worked with before. We searched for a variety of semi-precious stones in a spectrum of colours and combined them with traditional stonework, like kundan and Polki AD. The results were surprisingly calming, like finding the perfect pair of jeans that fit you so well!
Just like many of our clients, we are first generation Canadians with great respect and love for our Indian roots. However, living in Canada has greatly influenced our style of fashion and trends we follow. Many of the pieces that we began designing and making were a direct result of these two influences.
The western pieces fused with traditional Indian stones so beautifully!
Designed WITH YOU, FOR YOU and since this collection is all made in-house, we decided to allow the client freedom to customize the colours, gemstones and fit/look of the piece. With options like lilac amethyst, yellow opal, amazonite, blue lace agate and so many more, we truly do mean it when we say that this collection is made for you.
It’s awesome to look back at the evolution of our collection (over the past 10 years!) And it’s great to know that it continues to blossom and take on new inspirations. 💜
We shot a short video to showcase some of these pieces and their diversity. We felt California’s vibrant Venice Beach truly captured our artistic vibe and it’s also where we were inspired to name these one of a kind pieces. The Kahlo Collection is named after one of our favourite artists, Frida Kahlo.
Check out our website to see these pieces and to find out more about creating your own one of a kind jewelry!
Good Morning Banglez fam!
We were lucky to be able to work with Ryan from Alley Entertainment at our grand store opening last year in March and see what he’s all about! He creates a mix that satisfies all tastes and amazes us with how he is able to find creativity in music. What we truly appreciated the most was his ongoing effort to cater to our musical needs, at that too without any hesitation. We were able to sit down with him for an exclusive interview!
- When did you start DJing and how did u get into DJing/ musical background?
I have been Djing since I was about 16 or 17 years old. Playing music for an audience and making people feel the beat, has always been a strong passion of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was 5 years old I began experimenting with the piano that my parents had bought my brother. He took no interest in it, but I was naturally inclined to learn. I began teaching myself by listening to a basic melody and within no time, I would be able to play it back on the piano. I progressed on to learning how to play the drums, bass guitar, and a wide variety of percussion instruments. All this lead me to pick up inexpensive DJ equipment to expand my musical passion further. From there, I got my first gig at a house party with an old friend from high school, which lead to joining a team of other young DJ’s who were looking to expand and the rest is history.
- What is your favourite part about being a DJ?
Without a doubt, making people move to the beat and watching them enjoy themselves. The sheer pleasure, joy, and euphoria that you get to see some nights, is very rewarding!
- Who is your biggest inspiration? Where do you draw you artistic inspiration from? Who has influenced you the most?
I have a few DJ’s that I truly have admired but when I started out I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. After some guidance from a couple of former DJ friends, I worked hard to excel quickly and take my skills to the next level. I was inspired listening to DJs like Starting from Scratch, DJ Divsa, and DJ Jason Chambers tear up the turntables. My means of artistic inspiration is always changing, and that’s why I can’t say that one person has constantly inspired me. I believe this is because the industry constantly changes, and as a DJ you have to adapt to the change. However, I’d like to give a big shout out to DJ Private Ryan from Trinidad & Tobago, who has been one of my most recent inspirations with his versatility.
- How would you describe your style?
My style is definitely unique because I never want to sound like every other DJ. EVER. I’m a firm believer in clean mixing and solid transitions between songs, then throwing in some solid scratches to hype up your crowd a bit. That’s the way I do it. I never like to repeat sets, nor do I ever have a planned set. I have always felt like going with the flow of the night makes for a better party. By making a set, sometimes you limit yourself as a DJ and you might miss out on a couple songs in between.
- What are currently your main challenges as a DJ?
Currently, my main challenge as a DJ is the amount of time I get to practice. I use my turntables maybe 3 or 4 times a week, but I’m always looking to learn or create a new scratch combination or learn about new software that can add more depth to my sets.
- What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
I usually start just by looking at the crowd haha. I always examine the crowd to see what the demographics are for the audience. As a DJ, you have to look around and understand the people you are playing for. Otherwise, that first song you play might be the last for some people.
- What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
One night before taking my DJ career solo, I DJ’ed at the Palazzo Nightclub and it was straight FIRE. The event was a Culture Show after party and it was epic. I was situated inside the Soca/Reggae room all night, alongside a few other DJ’s. Let me tell you, the other DJ’s didn’t want to play a single song because I was tearing it up! It was one of the most live nightclub events I have ever done. Even the security let me know how impressed they were at the end of the night (which was 3:30 am, way overtime!)
- How long have you been in business?
I have been Djing for nearly 14 years. Although professionally, I’ve been doing weddings for the past 10 years.
- What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making?
I feel like they don’t learn the music! What I mean is that a lot of new DJ’s struggle to go deep into the crates and pull out solid club bangers and anthems that most party people at weddings need to hear. Also, DJ’s…if you’re listening, please stop using that SYNC button. Please.
- What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
If you do not have a musical background, I recommend taking a basic music theory course, or learning how to play the piano or guitar for a few months to train your ears. It will help you with rhythm, timing and give you a basic foundation that will help your mixing ability.
- Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
A year from now, we will see newer beginner DJ’s in the market. Nothing wrong with it, this is great for building up the industry and forcing veterans to step it up and work harder to stay ahead. Five years from now, I believe the industry is going to weed out a lot of the overnight DJ’s. Also, I feel like fewer people will hire DJ’s and bands will again become popular at wedding receptions (history will repeat itself, like in the movie “The Wedding Singer”).
- What is one music genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves? And Why?
I don’t feel that R&B gets the attention it used to, but that could be because we don’t have amazing R&B artists like we used to. Like R.Kelly, D’Angelo, or Mary J Blige, who just aren’t making music that people can slow dance to anymore, so I always find myself repeating the same classic love songs for first dances or cake cutting ceremonies. (Ginuwine’s Differences still gets a few plays every season from my couples)
- Is having your own style separate from all the other DJs out there important in modern DJing?
As much as I’d like to say, “let the music speak for itself”, I can’t. I know some DJs who don’t focus on the music as much as they do on social media hype and branding, once they get a booking that’s all they care about. I believe it’s all equally as important and that’s why I will always stay true to my style of Djing, which includes growing with the times.
- Thanks to developments in the realm of software, DJing, playing live and producing has moved closer together than ever before, allowing DJs to change a track down the tiniest detail. How do you make use of these possibilities in your sets and is there a benefit?
Producing has always been something I have thought about, but never got into. Maybe one day I will fiddle around with it, but I also don’t think it’s necessary for the wedding industry to have a full out producer/DJ at your reception. I’ve seen it a few times at a wedding and unfortunately, not many people appreciate the extra work that goes into it. Hence, I don’t think it’ll last for too long (if it is even still a thing at weddings).
- Do you feel a crowd is actually able to appreciate the intricacies of complex DJing, even if they don’t actually know what, precisely, is happening behind the decks?
Some people do but most of the time, they don’t know. I’m ok with that because even though they have no clue what happens behind the DJ booth, they can hear and feel the difference in the music. Back in the day, I remember when I would practice on my piano or drums, and my dad (who has no musical background) listening would be able to give me feedback on every little thing he thought I did wrong. I have no clue how he knew, I thought I was the only one that knew because I was practicing, but the average person knows what sounds good and what sounds off. With that being said, even if they don’t appreciate the small complexities of our mixes, I’m ok with that. As long as I sound good Djing, then everything is golden.
- Do you believe in the possibility of “reading an audience” and how do you put it into practice?
After Djing for so many years, reading an audience becomes easier every time. However, when it comes down to practicing, you can’t read an audience that isn’t there so, you go back into polishing past plays. I can usually remember when I forgot to play a key song, or if I played a song that didn’t respond well with the crowd. Once I go back and read my song selection, I am essentially reliving the wedding over again. I can go over every song I played, analyze the songs that didn’t work or worked really well, and then make adjustments for future gigs. For example, maybe it wasn’t the song itself, but the time I played the song that didn’t work, or maybe the way I mixed the song didn’t work well with the crowd. After a few years, you get the hang of it and it becomes easier to understand.
- The relationship with the audience is crucial for a DJ, and yet it seems to be a fragile one. How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
As a DJ, you’re always doing a juggling act. From pleasing a wide age group to looking after the many cultures in the room, it’s not easy. I don’t forget requests, even if it’s coming from the one person who won’t leave you alone until you play their song immediately. You have to be careful not to offend anyone, as they are your clients and everyone is just looking to have fun. I smile and let them know that we have a whole night left and that we will be tending to the requests at the appropriate time. Despite my best efforts, one of the things I’ve learned over the years is that you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try. That’s is why I can’t take it personally when I’m trying to do something new, sometimes people only want to hear what they want to hear. And that’s ok too.
- How has technology changed and influenced the art of DJing and do you think it’s ruining their ability to be creative?
Yes and no. DJ’s have always been creative. Djing was invented by someone who wanted to do more than just play records, one by one. The evolution of DJ technology and software use doesn’t ruin the creativity, but it can ruin a DJ’s ability to learn how to mix music independently. I don’t believe in depending on technology to help me blend two songs together, I feel that all DJ’s should be able to do that without a visual aid.
- What sets you apart from your competition?
I would have to say that it’s my laid back approach to my marketing. Most of my events are through word-of-mouth. I will never push people to book me because I am confident in my abilities as a DJ. I like to make sure my clients are happy with my mix tapes, musical choices, mixing and personality. This ensures I have clients that I will enjoy working with and that makes my job a lot easier to excel at.
- How do you motivate a shy crowd to dance/participate?
Sometimes, you just need to give them a little push. Whether that is on the microphone, or playing a prime song earlier than usual, then so be it. I just do whatever it takes to get them moving.
- What advice would you give to anyone who wants to hire you?
Always read the reviews! They mean so much to me as a DJ, because it shows my potential clients that I am a trusted vendor in the industry. They also have to know that I never, ever, take offense when they want to shop around. By all means, see what else is out there so you can make the best decision for your special day.
- Hiring a DJ can be a nerve-wracking task for someone organizing an event, how do you put him or her at ease?
I always let my clients know what I can handle for them from a musical standpoint. It gives them the peace of mind knowing that I am able to take care of little details or music cues for their event. That’s how they know they’re hiring a professional. Having done over 500 weddings (and over 1000 events), I am pretty confident that we can work together to make their event’s entertainment flawless!
- Are there any other insights you can offer us from the world of Ryan and your work with Alley Entertainment?
My work as Alley Entertainment has taught me a few things over the past couple years. The learning curve doesn’t stop when you operate your own company. I am always looking to grow as a business and as an individual. If it were to all shutdown tomorrow, I would be happy just knowing that I did what I loved and that I made the people around me happy – even if was just for a few hours at an event.
We hope you enjoyed reading this exclusive! We sure are impressed with DJ Ryan’s passion for Djing and recommend him to DJ your next event!
For more information check out Ryan Alley at http://www.alleyent.ca. You can also download his mixes at https://soundcloud.com/alleyentertainment/alleycast-volume2
Today is @bell_letstalk day and in the spirit of this conversation I am reaching out to share details about the launch of our Mental Health Initiative.
Mental health can’t be seen or heard. Being born in a south Asian home welcomes one of the biggest stigmas towards mental health, like a taboo we are one of the many races the frowns upon the mention of its existence. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. But how do we bring it up, if no one will support us or educate the world about the extent of its existence?
As an advocate for people living with mental illness I have been in the background to many charitable events by either participation, volunteering and/or donations. In 2009 I co-organized a Photography exhibit combined with a silent auction which aimed to take a positive approach to mental health by sharing personal stories combined with a performance dance piece and vocal artists. The event was a great success, having raised $2000 towards CMHA.
This year we decided to take part in Bell Let’s talk day by connecting with mental illness on a personal level. This story illustrates the bond of two South Asian friends sharing their personal stories and discussing the stigma surrounding mental health. Myself, Malinda Chohan – owner of Banglez Jewelry and Iman Grewal – Self Employed Publicist, Clothing Stylist and Events Director.
Our childhood bond grew from this struggle and together we realized that it has become an important story that we were ready to share. In hopes, it would encourage others to start talking and sharing their experiences. We feel mental Health is worth celebrating!
Countless individuals struggle with mental health in innumerable ways, some distinctly obvious and others so minuscule that the average eye may pass it off as a life stressor. However, when it exists close to you or in your own home, we owe it to them and ourselves to ease their struggle by truly listening and learning how we can help. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to heal from such experiences, which is why we owe to them to show courage and share our story.
Let’s break the stigma! If not for ourselves, then in honour of those who came before us whose voice weren’t heard or of those will come after us.”As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Let’s stop being afraid, let’s figure it out together…lets talk 🙂
Together with our incredible team, we are humbly asking women from our community to share their stories with us. Submit a short video or email explaining your personal experience. In doing so, we’d love to treat you to an intimate mini photoshoot day! We welcome all submissions – this is an LGTBQ positive event💗
Together with our talented partners, we will select 2 – 4 females from the submissions. The ladies will receive a Hair and Makeup Application taking place at Blend Hair & Makeup Studio by lead makeup artist Sarah Stewart and lead hairstylist Sonia Singh.
Once they’re looking and feeling their best, Narbir Gosal of Brown Rice Photography will take their photos for their mini photography session onsite.
Vinay of The Midnight Media who created the video to help us tell our story will also be capturing the ladies throughout their day of being pampered.
Our hope is to have a positive and uplifting day in an open, non-judgmental environment! Please get in touch with us and help spread the word email@example.com #bellletstalk #bellletstalkday #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #shareyourstory
“When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.“
#Hair & #Makeup by @blendstudio.ca
#Photography by @brownricephotographyto
#Videography by @themidnightmedia
#Styling by @imankama
#Clothing by @figjam.to
Brought to you by @banglez_jewelry
A new year marks a new beginning!
New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create.
Here at Banglez we’d like to wish you the Happiest New Year ever!
Last summer Banglez teamed up with Breath of Henna to create a beach glam inspired shoot! Malinda From Banglez and Sarah from Breath of henna came up with a mermaid bride concept that entailed dressing the model in cloth to represent the elements: the sun and the sea, an intriguing union. It was important to them to inspire simplicity though a natural yet exotic look.
We have merged a narrative of a woman seen before her wedding: calm, free and effortlessly beautiful while healing. The yellow fabrics represent the sun’s delicate glow from within, while the blue fabrics represent her in her natural surroundings. One not more important than the other merged to showed the importance of their unity for the mermaid bride’s essence.
The shore and sunny weather were important parts of the shoot because they represented the seamless union for our mermaid model. Despite dealing with unsteady weather, to our advantage our model was better able to portray the strength and determination of our mermaid bride. It was important that we best represent what a bride-to-be draws her strength from, leading up to the day of her wedding.
We used bindis on her face to give her freckles and gold streaks through her hair to provide an authentic marking of south Asian heritage and cultural customs.
The ratio of the henna to breathing skin signified the fear of what is to come, moulding to new surroundings, holding on to what is true, while embracing change. All embodied by a bride to be, like a weight that will mould in the form of henna, leading her to a new chapter in her life.
The mermaid bride is seen washing her feet free of the weight she is carrying, washing away some henna in the process. This symbolizes how the traditions in our cultures are fading away, becoming something new yet recognizable. When something or someone loses its meaning, our vision is soiled like the clothing in this shoot. While desperately holding on to our roots, we invent new traditions that honour our culture and our present selves.
Thank you, Malinda and Sarah for your insights on this shoot!
Now let’s take a look at this lovely summer beach shoot!
The results look flawless! This season if you’re looking for a beautiful henna artist that will understand your vision, contact Breath of Henna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like always, Banglez is here to make YOU sparkle, no matter how much work or sparkle is needed!
“Sunshine is my favourite accessory.”
Breath of Henna