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.

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 know that their equally if not harder to set, in my experience the latter!

Wearing a headpiece for the first time can be intimidating but practice makes perfect and the more you wear, the more comfortable you 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. Then following the same steps to secure either side will guarantee that your headpiece doesn’t move all night! Don’t forget that if you have a piece of your headpiece that sits on your forehead like a tikka, to glue it down with eyelash glue as we mentioned earlier under the tikka tutorial.

We just love making jewellery wearing so easy so here are some more jewelry hacks featuring the lovely Hemali from Ready to Glow once again!

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 nontransferable makeup formula. Just make 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 bangles we have specialized clear rubber backings for extra support when wearing heavier or larger earrings. Place them before placing the original earring back. Voila, no more droopy ears!

Lost the backings to your earrings? 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 beauty!

Can’t get bangles on? Use a plastic bag by placing it over your hand and arms, this should reduce friction and the bangles should go on a lot easier. We recommend this method over the “putting on lotion” method as many lotions come with harmful chemicals and fragrances that can over time tarnish the metal of some of our karra bangles and erode the colour of some bangles as well.

Other:

Soothe Sensitive Earlobes with Vaseline or Aquaphor. Wearing jewelry so often can 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 can’t 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 their beauty!

Necklace not long enough? Come into the store so 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. We can’t promise it will be as secure or look as glam as when we do it but sometimes you just need to get the job done 🙂 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.

When preparing your order in store we always make sure to give you 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.

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, we have years of experience under our belt that have 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, which I have seen far too many times with people who think they got a good “deal” on their jewelry. 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 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 jewellery 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?!

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

 

Amore…💖

We’ve put a lot of Amore into this one because we have mad love for headpieces! We wanted to make a unique and exquisitely fashionable piece of jewelry to celebrate each person who wears its individuality. There are literally 100 different ways you can style them… ok maybe not that many but still a ton!

This piece can subtly add a boho feel to a summer outfit or elegantly with a formal gown. It is an exceptionally versatile piece that works with a wide range of hairstyles.  You’ll love that the Amore headpiece makes an understated- statement!

We wanted to eliminate the myth associated with matha pattis and headpieces that only a bride can wear one…so not true!

Many of our clients want to wear one but they are wary of looking too dressed up or feel that only a bride should be wearing a headpiece. I follow a standard rule as a guest, that if i wear a headpiece then I don’t wear a necklace, or wear a small, simple one and smaller earrings or tops. That’s how you can feel at ease knowing you won’t outshine the bride.

We often customize headpieces for our clients and the majority of the ones we make are non-bridal. With the growing demand for headpieces by non-bridal clients, we were inspired us to create lightweight and easy to wear headpieces that could be worn by just about anyone!

The Amore headpieces are made with a wide array of different coloured, textured, size and finish of gemstones or pearls. They’re accented with AD stonework or tiny jhumkas to add a bit of tradition. The design possibilities are endless!

You can now go online and customize your headpiece by choosing the 2 stone colours that you want! If you have a specific vision in mind or want it to match a certain outfit, please email us at info@banglez.com with all the details you can provide us.

– 1 small coloured bead used as the main colour throughout.

– 1 bigger coloured bead used as an accents colour throughout.

*Note this headpiece will come with gold accents and if you prefer silver please state it in your email.

Please be aware that because this is a custom made item, please add an additional 5 days to delivery times mentioned at checkout.

The Amore headpiece is handmade and one of a kind so no two are exactly alike! Each piece made will have a similar look and feel but with slight variations.

 

 

 

The future is female..the future is my daughter👩‍👧

A distant yet powerful memory comes to mind of the day I heard Mira Nair guest speak at the University of Toronto… Someone in the audience asked her how she manages to write and direct films while having a family and all with such ease? She simply but with conviction answered, “How? Well, I’m a woman it’s what we do.”

Today on International Women’s day I’m inspired to reflect upon the role and responsibilities of raising a girl. A girl, who one day will be a woman.

 

Being a parent is one of my most important roles. I’ve adopted a “go with the flow” mom routine. I choose not to read every parenting book I can get my hands on, simply in fear that it will hinder and influence my natural instincts. It may not be perfect but it works for me. I want to pass on the simple values given to me by my own parents. In hopes of arming my daughter with strength and confidence while showing her humility and empathy.

My daughter Gia is 7 years old. She is a smart and creative young girl that draws all day! She draws pictures of families playing outdoors with multicoloured pockets and striped detailed shirts. Apparently, she decided on her own that all of their skin should be coloured in with different shades of brown (yaaay brown/poc power!) I am filled with pride when I watch her work. I see a reflection of myself in her at this age. As I was encouraged to grow as an artist, I hope to always to do the same for her while inspiring her to believe in herself and the power that she has to make a mark in this world.

 

With endless uncertainty in and around the world, politically and otherwise. I feel blessed that my daughter has opportunities many girls can only dream of. I want her to grow up knowing this right and for it to humble her.

I want her to know some things sooner than I did. I want her to know the strength and magnitude of the influence her voice holds. I want her to know that if she dares to speak out, that she will be heard.

 

I think about her future, I wonder what kind of world she’ll have to face. Will progress be made on fronts that can hold her back? Will she have as many opportunities as her male counterparts or will she be fighting the same fight we are today? Will she know that her voice alone could move mountains or will she be silenced by the fear of being outcasted?

I worry about her vulnerable teenage years and how social media will affect them. I may feel like there isn’t much I can do about it, but it is at those times that I must relentlessly rely on the values and beliefs I have instilled within her. I hope that it will protect her from a world that will continuously try to convince her that she does not already have everything she needs within herself. I pray she knows her worth.

 

As we all reflect on today, a day for girls, a day for women I know that we all can use a little hope sometimes. That feeling that everything’s going to be okay and that there’s going to be someone there to help make sure of that. I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have by my side than my fellow sisters as allies, friends, inspirations, strength, and so much more to keep fighting this fight. Afterall, STRENGTH is within us, we just need to change how the world perceives our strength.

 

Sincerely,
Malinda Chohan
A hopeful mother, daughter, sister, wife, and businesswoman

 

“To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” —Hillary Clinton in her 2016 concession speech

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Simar ft. Banglez Jewelry

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Simar started singing at the age of 5. Her parents put a heavy focus on religion and spirituality and wanted Simar and her siblings to connect with God through kirtan. Simar and her siblings did kirtan for 5 years and won many awards and medals in kirtan competitions.

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Through her teenage years, she focused more of her attention on academics and graduated with a degree in Information Technology Management. She then went on to pursue a career in Project Management but soon realized she wasn’t truly passionate about it. She decided to shift the focus onto a dream she had since she started singing as a young girl.

Simar started writing more songs and working with very talented producers who helped to elevate her and shine a spotlight on her talent. She has successful songs with notable artists such as Garry Sandhu and DJ Twinbeatz and has many collaborations currently in the works. Watch out for an amazing lineup of new music coming your way!

The Inaugural Publication by Mandala Weddings🌸

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MANI JASSAL BRIDAL COLLECTION

Looking for a modern twist on your wedding outfit? Mani Jassal offers young brides to be a twist on wedding lenghas from shades of whites and cremes to the traditional red and gold below are some of our favorite looks! Pair it with Banglez jewelry for the perfect complete look!

Be sure to pick up your issue of The Inaugural Issue by Mandala Wedding to view our feature collab!

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WHATEVER, POSER

 

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A pair of traffic cone-orange buttocks with a simple proclamation: POSER.

 

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Similar to how anyone calling themselves a hipster isn’t a hipster, anyone who calls themselves a poser isn’t a poser. If admitting to being a poser automatically disqualifies you from being one, the simultaneous act of claiming to be something you’re not makes you a poser all over again.

The only thing better than being a poser is getting caught in the recursive formula that comes with admitting to it and emblazoning it on your ass, thereby reaching stratospheric poser status as your poserness exponentially multiplies, pushing you to the zenith of ambiguity. Because if you’re not who you’re posing as, then really, who the fuck are you?

I don’t think anyone knows the answer to that question. I certainly don’t as a 2nd generation bicoastal ethnically ambiguous Indian American. I was equally confused about Cilene but approached her with an easier, albeit loaded and problematic, question: what are you? Like, where are you really from?

Moving from the vague territory that is to be or not to be a poser, what is it to be or not to be in general? And Cilene, who are you trying to be? She’s from South America but does not formally qualify as Hispanic or Latina. She’s of Indian descent but has no idea where on the subcontinent her ancestors are from. She grew up in America many generations after her ancestors were shipped like nonperishable goods from one continent to another because the British wanted more slaves. She’s a beautifully curious case of is and isn’ts, kind of almosts, and not quites.

It is well documented how American immigrants often face an identity crisis as they find themselves dangling between the collectivist ideals they were raised with at home and the distinctly individualistic American culture they were born into. A quick google search and I’m knee-deep in hits about Asian American (an Orientalist term to begin with) identity politics, the fear of rejection, the desire for belonging, racially motivated bullying, and more. Not being fully integrated into either society, they run the risk of becoming white-washed, yet cannot escape getting pigeonholed by their race by the time they say their name. An inherent desire to belong to something greater than themselves keeps them unfulfilled and caught at the divide of a cultural binary, skirting the boundary and unsure of which side to fully commit to.

I think this is where the notion of being a poser stems from in the first place, that being part of something greater requires wholehearted devotion to that community’s shared identity and practices. Evidently, the posers are the emo goths who don’t read Edgar Allan Poe, the valley girls who don’t actually shop till they drop, the techies who prefer Windows over Apple. Yet the only people firing the insult are those who want to maintain an illusion of exclusivity as if their own behaviors are more in touch with the social construct they choose to classify themselves with. To them, immigrants who can’t seem to “pick a side” are posers as well.

The existence of immigrants in the first place creates a special class of posers whose point isn’t to fully assimilate with one side but rather to unite them—creating entirely new cultures in the process, to pick and choose whatever suits their fancy because identity is malleable and an individuals to define. Cilene’s heritage proves how dynamic and nebulous identity can be. She is able to construct hers from the multiple cultures she identifies with, embrace and reject, reshape and redefine. With such a varied background, she is free to pick and choose the parts of her ethnic heritage and cultural upbringing that suit her lifestyle. Caught in between so much she can belong, by choice, to all yet be exclusive, not by choice, to none.

 

In my case, I was always a poser. I was never Indian enough because I never actively seek out other Indian friends. I was always too Indian because I watch Bollywood and like Indian food. I was scorned by my parents for not participating in the IndoPak culture club. They could never understand why I was so repulsed by it (it’s just an incestuous mating ground). My Indian friends are few and far between, and I’ve finally stopped feeling bad about it. I’m brown, South Asian, Desi, Asian American, not an Asian American because I’m “actually from a subcontinent that smashed into Asia”, American, Indian, Hindustani, Baysian, I could go on. All these groups present an opportunity and space for me to fully assimilate but where’s the fun in that? I could be one. Instead, I simultaneously opt for all of the above.

Cilene, me, you as well. We’re all posers, but that just makes us a little more real.

 

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-ANKUR MANIAR from ENCORE, FOR ANKUR
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MODEL | CILENE GUIADEEN AT AMERICANA MODELS

HMUA | LAUREN RIBERA

WARDROBE C/O WHATEVER 21 BANGLEZ JEWELRY

Elegant Magazine’s June issue ft. Banglez

Check out Banglez collab with Photographer Upma Dhanda featured in Elegant Magazine’s bridal-styled editorial in June’s issue!
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Necklace: Nisa
Tikka: Zena
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Earrings: Varnika
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Necklaces: (right) Nisa, (Left top) Kai, (Left bottom) Additri
Nose ring: Sameera
Tikka: Zena
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Earrings: Harshani
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Necklaces: (Top) Kai, (Bottom) Additri
Nose ring: Sameera
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Check out our stunning pieces from this spread on www.banglez.com!