| Anarkali: IndiaBoulevard |
I drove through the light drizzle sprinkling the beautiful city of San Francisco on an Thursday afternoon. After weeks of planning, I could barely contain my excitement and nerves that the day had finally arrived. You know how they say you’ll never know what opportunity will come knocking? That was exactly the case when I was approached by the wonderful IndiaBoulevard team with the chance to be their style insider.
It was the beginning of last year that I discovered IndiaBoulevard and spent months deliberating over this stunning floral anarkali. And when I say months I mean months. It stayed on my mind until one day I decided to take the plunge. That decision led to this opportunity a few months down the line and here we are! I am beyond thrilled to be able to share this collaboration with you all.
I got the chance to meet some incredible young women and chat about my thoughts on being a blogger, my personal style story, and fun insider facts about me. You can read the full post, “Harleen Bola: From Roots To Runway”, on the IndiaBoulevard blog by clicking here. I couldn’t be more proud of the end result!
Now you must be wondering what was it about this anarkali that started this whole love affair. And to be quite honest, I don’t know where to begin. It’s a combination of all the small details. That rich, vibrant purple of the anarkali that immediately draws the eye. The stark contrast of the purple against the shades of pink and gold in the floral dupatta. The simplicity in the design with the only embellishment in the bottom border. I think it’s a mark of incredible skill that this piece overall is simple conceptually but carries such an elegance and royal quality to it.
And if you’re curious as to why I had hesitated for as long as I did, this was my first purchase of an Indian piece through a website. I’ve always gotten my Indian attire directly from a boutique either locally in California or while visiting India. That ambiguity of not knowing the end result gave me pause when purchasing.
But with that being said the unique thing about IndiaBoulevard is you’re in full control of the design. The outfit is completely customized as per your desires. You are given frequent updates on the progress of the design. So that ambiguity is greatly lessened and the responsiveness of the team is incredible. I was given full assistance before and after the purchase with any questions I had.
It wouldn’t be a photoshoot if I don’t have random moments bursting out laughing. A fun behind the scenes tidbit – it was drizzling the entire morning as I headed over to this shoot with the IndiaBoulevard team. But the rain stopped the minute I got there and we were able to go outside and take these amazing shots. The second we finished the rain started up again. I couldn’t believe our luck!
And last but not least a shout out to my favorite moment during the shoot – nothing beats a good twirl.
Thank you IndiaBoulevard for this incredible opportunity to collaborate.