Square 1 Diwali Market ft. Banglez!

Diwali Market brings the Festival of Lights to Square One for the first time!💥

New Diwali Market will offer a one-of-a-kind destination in celebration of the Hindu holiday from October 17 to October 20, 2019 in support of Seva Food Bank

MISSISSAUGA, Oct. 8, 2019 – From October 17 to October 20, 2019, Culture Market Co., a growing events production company focused on creating culturally-inspired events and expos celebrating ethnic customs and traditions, will host the first-ever Diwali Market at Square One. The market is being held in support of Seva Food Bank, a not-for-profit organization in Mississauga that provides safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to low-income families.

The Diwali Market will bring the Festival of Lights to life by creating a one-of-a-kind destination where visitors will enjoy a sampling of the food, fashion, beauty, dance, and traditions of Diwali. To underscore the spirit of giving associated with Diwali, attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to Seva Food Bank upon entering the market to help build stock for the coming winter season.

“Culture Market Co. is dedicated to driving meaningful connections through culture and we are thrilled to be hosting Square One’s first Diwali Market in support of Seva Food Bank,” said Anita Saini, founder of Culture Market Co. “Drawing from my upbringing as a first-generation Canadian in a Hindu household, my aim with this market is to deliver an immersive, fun, and interactive Diwali celebration that showcases customs and traditions that shoppers will truly enjoy. We hope that the market sparks giving and generosity in the community, underscoring the spreading of light that Diwali is known for.”

“Square One is committed to creating exceptional, first-of-its-kind experiences for our guests and we are thrilled to host our first-ever Diwali Market and bring another innovative, meaningful moment to the shopping centre,” said Catherine Llagas, Specialty Leasing Manager, Square One Shopping Centre. “Diwali is a celebratory time of year and it is important for us to embrace the rich cultural narrative of our community and bring the Festival of Lights to Mississauga.”

The Diwali Market will be held on Level Two inside Square One, across from H&M.

Opening Night:

Nav Bhatia, Toronto Raptors/and 905 ambassador will kick-off festivities on opening night (October 17) with a special guest appearance. Bhatia will stop by the market to make a donation to Seva Food Bank at 7:00 p.m. and will be available for photos as he tours the marketplace.

DJ Andre 905, the official DJ of Raptors 905, will help kick-off Diwali festivities, bringing the sounds of the season to the market.

Colourfully Curated Experience

The Diwali Market will feature a list of carefully curated vendors representing some of the most notable South Asian food, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty brands, including Vasanti, Candy Crate Events, Mani Jassal, Brars, Banglez, Served Co., and Poppy Lane. Special programming is scheduled throughout the market days, including live dance performances, henna art, and food sampling.

Attendees can also look forward to a star-studded panel entitled How I Built My World Class Business Using Teachings From My Culture hosted by ANOKHI LIFE on Saturday afternoon (October 19) at 1:00 p.m. featuring an in-depth and engaging discussion by:

  • Raj Girn, Award-Winning Serial Entrepreneur and Founder/Media Personality, ANOKHI LIFE and OPEN CHEST

  • Tamanna Roashan, Founder, Educator, Influencer, and Entrepreneur, DRESS YOUR FACE

  • Reetu Gupta, President and CEO, The Gupta Group and The Eastons Group

The panel will discuss women in business and entrepreneurship through the lens of South Asian culture.

“People often have misconceptions about female entrepreneurs of ethnic backgrounds,” said Raj Girn, Award-Winning Serial Entrepreneur and Founder/Media Personality, ANOKHI LIFE and OPEN CHEST. “There’s this notion that being a successful businesswoman of colour means you have to quiet your cultural identity and it’s just not true. What better platform to have an open and honest conversation about this than during the Diwali Market. I’m pleased to moderate and take part in a discussion with two extraordinary women who have been able to shine in business without pushing their cultural identity into the background.”

“I’m honoured to be participating in this truly empowering panel about women in business,” said Tamanna Roashan, Founder, Educator, Influencer, and Entrepreneur, DRESS YOUR FACE. “A win for one woman, is a win for all women. Being a female entrepreneur and educator myself, I understand the importance of sharing real knowledge so we can collectively break more barriers in the male-dominated world of business.”

“I am passionate about spreading the power of love to women – love for themselves and love for life,” said Reetu Gupta, President and CEO, The Gupta Group and The Eastons Group. “It is my honour to be on this panel with these women to speak about this important and timely topic.”

Please visit @culturemarektco on Instagram for details, updates, and contest promos.

Banglez will be showcasing their items from Oct 17th-19th, we can’t wait to see you there!😃

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Kultur’d ft. Banglez Malinda Chohan!🎙

Kultur’d Host Meera Estrada sits down for this special on Fashion & Beauty with LiveTinted CEO Deepica Mutyala, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ashlin Alexander, stylist Truc Nguyen and PR Director Jessica Panetta. Guest host: Banglez boutique owner Malinda Chohan. They also discuss #ontheradar: JLO & Versace, Super Bowl halftime show, BoF500 cover stars including Dapper Dan and more.

Listen to it here!

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Excited to try the new Hue sticks from Livetinted!

Tikka tutorial with Ready to Glow✨

The lovely Hemali from @ready.to.glow has made putting on a tikka easy, have a look!

🇮🇳The struggle of putting a tikka on is so real sometimes – who else agrees?🙋‍♀️ I made a tikka tutorial a long time ago and so many of you guys loved it so I thought I’d make an updated one showing you guys different ways you can style your hair with a tikka too!
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Steps:
1. Tease the crown of hair
2. Comb the hair so the top looks smooth
3. Create a part in the middle of your bangs to make sure the tikka is centred
4. Place a bobby pin in the hook of your tikka
5. Hook the bobby pin into the teased part of your hair
6. Take another bobby pin and cross it with the bobby pin in your hair to secure it
8. Section off the part of your hair that’s right before your bobby pins, tease it and comb it out lightly so it covers up your bobby pin
9. Use eyelash glue on the back of the tikka to glue it down to your forehead so it doesn’t move
10. Tease your hair accordingly depending on which way you want it parted. ———————————————————————-
• jewelry: @banglez_jewelry • eyelash glue: @duoadhesive • hairspray: @tresemme ———————————————————————-
#indianjewelry #indianjewellery #hairtutorial #hairvideos #hairvideo #shorthairdontcare #longhairdontcare #hairoftheday #hairgoals #hudabeauty #wakeupandmakeup #allmodernhair
For her other hacks, see this post!

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

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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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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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