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Engagement Ring Traditions Around the World



Nowadays we simply cannot imagine a proposal without its majesty, the engagement ring, right? Every time a girl posts a picture on her Instagram profile showing off that piece of bling on her finger we know that she said yes to the one she loves. Although we all know what that ring represents, there are not a lot of people who know about the origin of the engagement ring. It is believed that the first rings that were exchanged as symbols of love and fidelity were used in ancient Egypt, where circles were symbols of eternity.

Those rings were made out of braided reeds and were worn on the left hand. Engagement ring traditions popular in western culture mimic this ancient tradition. A man buys a ring, and when the time is right he gets down on one knee and pops the question. In western culture a guy never receives the ring, he is always the one who gives it. However, this is not the case in other parts of the world. There, things are done a little bit differently, so read the following and maybe you will find something you wish to include in your own engagement.


If you are a man and you think that it isn’t fair that only women receive jewelry, you should live in Chile, where it is custom that both the men and women receive engagement rings. Also, they wear them on their right hand and move them to their left hand when they get wed. This gesture symbolizes the transition from engagement to marriage.


When someone mentions an engagement ring, we immediately picture a ring with a huge diamond. However, in some countries such as France, that shiny stone doesn’t have to be a diamond. Other gemstones can also be seen on engagement rings, such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphire. Just visit and you will find plenty of alternatives to the traditional diamond ring.


In some countries, the ring doesn’t play an important role in the whole engagement process at all. Actually, couples in Kenya exchange elaborate jewelry for their engagement instead of rings. The material that is used to make the jewelry depends on the region where they live.

Hindu Cultures

Although in some Hindu cultures women wear western-style engagement rings, there are those cultures where the ring is worn on a finger, but not the one you think! These ladies wear a toe ring that is called “Bichiya” and it supposedly presses on nerves that are connected to the reproductive system.

Indian Cultures

If you travel to India and you see a woman wearing bangle bracelets made of glass, gold, iron, and other metals, it means she is engaged. These bracelets symbolize good fortune and prosperity and on her wedding day, the bride will be adorned with other pieces of jewelry as well, such as necklaces, rings, nose rings, and belts.

So you see, there are so many different engagement traditions around the world, and in a lot of them an actual ring doesn’t have any kind of role. Would you consider an engagement without this universal symbol of love and commitment?

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South Asian Fashion Week (Postponed)



UPDATE – MARCH 13, 2020
Statement from South Asian Fashion Week:

“We have been diligently observing the developments in media, as well as monitoring the updates provided by Provincial and Coastal Health on the status of COVID-19 in BC.

As the producers of South Asian Fashion Week we have carefully taken into consideration the health and safety of our designers, models, guests, and SAFW team. The difficult decision to postpone this year’s fashion week due to the coronavirus pandemic is extremely devastating, but it is the right thing to do in the interest of everyone in our community.

The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly and we urge everyone to follow guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.

Stay tuned for new South Asian Fashion Week 2020 dates.

Those who have tickets to the events may use them when the event is rescheduled.”

VANCOUVER, BC – (March 2020) – South Asian Fashion Week (SAFW) is back for its third year from March 27 to 29 with a new venue – the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. SAFW is a creative platform for fashion, beauty and design. This year, there is an amazing lineup of both local and international South Asian fashion designers who will showcase their work all in one space, over a three-day weekend. There is no fashion event quite like it. The program includes over 20 runway shows, unique designs and unforgettable art installations.

Co-founders Cindy Khella and Farah Hasan have come together with Hartej Dhanda to host an event that celebrates and recognizes South Asian designers’ success locally and internationally. The third annual SAFW features an expanded range of designers, stylists, models, artists and photographers.

The elite fashion event will see 700 anticipated guests and more than 100 models working in 10 fashion shows on both the Saturday and Sunday. On Friday March 27, the three-day event kicks off with a Dinner Gala which will include a fashion show featuring top Indian designer Neeta Lulla.

Neeta Lulla is a multiple National Film Award winning Indian costume designer and fashion stylist who has worked on over 300 films. Her name became inseparably associated with Bollywood after actresses Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit wore her costumes in Devdas (2002 Hindi film), as well as another trend-setting Bollywood film – Jodha Akbar.

“Neeta Lulla has designed for Shilpa Shetty, Aishwarya Rai, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Abhishek Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan among the most notable celebrities,” says co-founder Cindy Khella. “At SAFW this year, our goal is to showcase the versatility of South Asian Fashion not only from Vancouver, but from all around the world as well.”

“After last year’s success of showcasing the Dynamic Designs of International Designer Falguni Shane Peacock for first time ever in Canada, we wanted to build on that and bring some more of the most popular award-winning designers from Bollywood that have never presented their fashion lines in Canada.”

Along with Neeta Lulla, SAFW will be showcasing renowned international designers such as Monisha Jaising, who is one of the pioneers of the Indian fashion industry and the popular Shweta Bachan in Vancouver.

“This year we are focusing on diversity and being all inclusive. South Asian fashion is becoming more mainstream,” Farah Hasan says. “More than 400 models applied to work the runway in SAFW and 120 were selected. Most are from Canada, but some models are from as far away as Myanmar, Mexico and New York City.”

Runway shows on Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th, will feature opulent creations by local and international South Asian designers and brands. Guests can also enjoy the SAFW Showroom, featuring curated local, independent clothing, jewelry and beauty brands that will be available for purchase on site.

As part of SAFW’s mandate of showcasing all upcoming and local creatives, they have curated a space within Vancouver to bring together a variety of artists, poets, speakers, and visionaries to share their work and discuss high-interest fashion topics with phenomenal panelists. This Art Exhibit and Panel discussion is being held on March 20, 2020 at Lipont Place (4211 No. 3 Rd, Richmond, BC) as a prelude to the South Asian Fashion week.

South Asian Fashion Week (SAFW) celebrates the talent, art and craftsmanship of South Asian fashion designers on the runway. Produced by Cindy Khella, Farah Hasan, and Hartej Dhanda, the event is a creative platform that inspires and defines upcoming South Asian fashion trends in contemporary womenswear, menswear and accessories.

For more information:

Instagram: @southasianfashionweek
Event Hashtag: #SAFWstyle

Notable Participating Designers

Neeta Lulla Glam 5
Monisha Jaising Kamal Sood
Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika Luna Lilly
Shweta Bachan Munish Kumar
Well Groomed Silk Knot
Market Clothing Perceive You
Armaan DBG Rony Walia
Charu Parashar Punit Arora
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8 Best Beard and Hairstyle Combo For A Men



The combination of hairstyle and beard is necessarily not acknowledged by every guy but in order to have perfect look, you need a combination that gives you a leverage look. Your look turns attractive only when you have the right beard and hairstyle combination. In this article, we are going to come across various combinations that will help you in finding the one that you need. Your beard and hairstyle choice should be based on your hair type. If you have thin hair then you would need an attractive beard that suits your hairstyle. On the other hand of your hair are thick then your beard should complement your hairstyle.

  • Contrast and Style: You can complement your hairstyle shade that can complement your beard shade. It is quite trendy. It is an interesting way to try different looks and look different and handsome with different tones.
  • Military Haircut: A short and trimmed beard is the best compliment to your military hairstyle look. This is the best way to balance your hairstyle look with your beard.
  • Light Beard with Medium Hair length: A light beard style suits the hair with volume and medium length. You would get a cool look with such contrast.
  • Beard and Long Hair: Long hair is ideal for those who carry a rigid look. However, the long hairstyle might give those with a thin face an awkward appearance. Although if you are quite inclined towards long hair look then you should keep your beard growth towards the jawline. Your long hair and manly look come hand in hand when you try this out.
  • You can try on various looks irrespective of the length of your hair. The best Panasonic electric shavers can provide you with the type of clean shave that helps you look your best. You can try on many hairstyles and beard combos. You do not wish for any unnecessary bumps on your head post head shaving. If you are an enthusiast who likes to try different looks on his face then you also need to carry the best grooming material. Your head needs a shaver that provides fine changes without any cuts. It should go smooth on your head surface. These were some basic tips.

Let us now discuss the hairstyle that is best for your beard type and gives you a signature and unique look:

1. Short Beard with wild curls
If you have been dying to carry a sexy and appealing look then putting your curls free will make them irresistible and you would be a piece of attraction for many. You can create magic with your short beard and wild curls.
2. Medium Beard for Long Stylish Hair
In this combination, you can complement your long and sleek hair by tying them at the back of our heads. The side portion of your head is tapered and cut short while moving down. You can slay it off with a fuller and medium beard to add to your manly appearance.
3. Natural Beard and short hair
Comb your short hair backwards always. The long hair stripes should be arranged backwards and the rest should be tapered on the sides of your head. Have a full beard that should be of medium length and turns thinner while reaching your ears.
4. Elegantly styled and short beard
If your style statement promotes style with elegance then this can be your major goal. You can gel and rush your hair of medium length to the back. Your beard should be short and thick. This combination is surely going to provide you with a charming and classy look at the same time.
5. Overgrown stubble for overgrown hair
If you wish to have long hair but do not want to carry a messy look at the same time then this can be your right combination. With an overgrown beard, you can complement your long hair look at your best.
6. Hair and tapered beard
Tapering is the best way to look stylish and handsome. Your personality gets an overall boost up and you get a charming and friendly look. Your beards are tapered on the edges and are of medium length. Along with your beard, your hair is also tapered on the edges. Your messy hairstyle from the front gets balanced and gives you a gentlemanly appearance.
7. Full Beard with Short spikes
Spikes can be a great styling option if you have short hair. Along with that, you can have a full beard and you will rock in your look.
8. Intense long beard with lower bun
You should embrace your long sleek hair by tying them at the back and an untrimmed fully grown beard can give you a mystical look. You would be all set to share your strong intense persona to the world.
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How Emerging Fashion Label ASELECTFEW is empowering South Asian Culture through Streetwear



An Inside look into ASELECTFEW with creator Moneey Singh about the new collection and their latest event.

By Gagan Jhand

ASELECTFEW – A new streetwear label in Vancouver is taking inspiration from South Asian truck art in their launch of their latest “Phool Patti” (truck art) Collection drop. With designs that incorporate it’s Indian roots through the use of custom turmeric dyes, hand-painted elements, and Hindi script imprinted and woven into the garments, ASELECTFEW’s new collection embodies an authentic truck art aesthetic infused with modern street culture.

In the creation of the brand ASELECTFEW, designer and Creative Moneey Singh combines his 8-year background in engineering with his passion for preserving his Indian roots through fashion. “In order for people to truly embrace other cultures outside of their own, they need exposure in ways that still connects without it feeling too foreign.” Moneey Singh speaks on the significance and story telling behind the brand

Using Turmeric dyes to create their signature bright colors, and artwork derive from truck art molded into their own reinterpretation – the line embodies premium quality through their choice of fabrics and traditional South Asian garment making methods.

The usage of Hindi script tells a story through poetic phrases that translate to popular sayings in India such as “Kismet Ka Khel “ –as fate would have it or “Pyar Ka Karz” translating to “love costs”.

“I believe that things happen for a reason. That is what led me to this direction, to create this brand. With Pyar Ka Karz – I think this phrase would resonate with many because everything has a cost, even love. I had a great career in engineering, manufacturing, and project management – which led me to learn how to process things and implement change. It gave me the foundation to build and create, to want to evolve and innovate. At the end of the day through my experience, what I learned is that it’s all about communication.” Moneey Singh shares on his journey and experience that led him to create the brand.

The collection offers a range of tees, pants, shorts and hoodies made from heavy-weight 100% USA premium cotton and custom dye processes. As ASELECTFEW® had their official launch in June 2019, they’ve been organizing exclusive local events to be able to showcase their collection as well as connect with the community.

“It’s important for us to keep a strong tie with the community and hosting events allow us to do exactly that, have people coming together to celebrate art and culture. It also allows us to showcase what we’re about – creating thought-provoking, wearable art that pays homage to south Asian heritage.” Moneey Singh describes of their Events.

ASELECTFEW® at 5X festival, Beaumont Studios, Vancouver BC –June 2019

ASELECTFEW® at 5X festival, Beaumont Studios, Vancouver BC –June 2019

ASELECTFEW® is presenting their latest event happening this weekend- September 28th-29th as they debut their first pop-up and listening party – in collaboration with their new merch collection with world-renowned artist Khanvict. The Pop-Up will take place from 11:00am-7:00pm at the Sneaker Gallery in Gastown, located at 151 Cambie Street, Vancouver BC.

ASELECTFEW® at the Leisure centre, Vancouver BC – August 2019

ASELECTFEW® at the Leisure centre, Vancouver BC – August 2019

ASELECTFEW®’s pop-up viewings are appointment only and bookings can be made through their website at All guests that book an appointment will receive 30% the entire collection on any purchase made in-store, an ASELECTFEW® custom tote bag, two tickets to the evening listening party (RSVP here), as well as entered to win a raffle prize. Guests that book an appointment will also receive a 100-dollar credit towards any sneaker purchase at six hundred four. The evening listening party is from 7:00pm-11:30pm and is invite only, however all guests that book an appointment through our website are entitled to two tickets for the event which will offer free drinks, our new collection preview as well an opportunity to hear Khanvict’s new Kahani EP release.

To find out more about the brand, visit their website at To book an appointment for their latest event – register at

Instagram: aselectfew_official
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Highlights: South Asian Fashion Week 2019



Vancouver B.C. | For a city that’s usually not known for its sense of fashion, South Asian Fashion Week is here to save our fashion impaired city.

Once again, co-founders Cindy Khella and Farah Hassan have come together to host an event that celebrates and recognizes South Asian designers success locally and internationally.

Compared to last year’s event, this year’s show included a larger range of diverse contributors including, designers, stylists, models, artists, photographers and filmmakers.

The show was filled with collaborations from all artistic walks of life.

This year’s designers included Falguni Shane Peacock who A-list celebrities such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Priyanka Chopra Jonas have worn designs custom made to them. By popular demand, Falguni Shane Peacock was asked to walk two out of the three nights for their jaw-dropping designs.


Baynes and Baker, a dominantly male fashion line, used the SAFW runway to showcase their new women’s line. Many guests were in “awe” and excited for the numerous pieces they could wear day to day to work. Guests took to Instagram to say how much they loved and needed to own pieces of this new collection.

Show stoppers, Masters in Leasure by Dontdoze took the stage to uniquely display a fusion of paintings, sculptures and clothing. The stage was used to display the artist’s fashion and costume design project. Their designs symbolized and connected to the works of artists such as Banksy who had painted, “Love is in the Bin.”

Dontdoze has also produced and curated an art showcase that was displayed outside of the runway where guests had the opportunity to take look at Dontdoze’s and local artists work. The artists curated in the showcase included work from Sandeep Johal, Ricky and Rajan, Sunroop Kaur and Paint to Paper Studios.

Local Surrey designers took the stage as well, just as much displaying their collections besides international and national designers.

SAFW included many other surprises including Canadian influencers that sat within the audience. Influencers included MangHoe Lassi a Canadian-Pakistani drag queen, Pooja Patel a social media influencer, and Wanting Qu Chinese singer-songwriter.

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UP! Pants new Spring/Summer 2019 collection available now! Let your ‘Spring Romance’ bloom with face of the brand Niki Taylor



Celebrate the warming weather with the incredible pants that blend fashion, function and fit, with UP! Pants’ new ‘Spring Romance’ (S/S ’19) collection available now! Enjoy a multitude of colorful and fun new styles in the pants that make every woman feel fabulous.

The Montreal-born brand is also thrilled announce that supermodel and icon Niki Taylor will be returning as the face of their Spring/Summer ‘19 collection. A real-life embodiment of what UP! aspires to achieve: inner beauty, warmth, and confidence; UP! is honored to share their efforts in making every woman blossom with confidence this Spring with Niki.

Let your Spring Romance bloom and blossom with UP! Pants and Niki! The Spring/Summer ’19 Collection is an amazing mix of bold and fun colourful prints, combined with geometric and textured jacquard patterns. From bright orange sunflowers, to soft black & navy toiles,

pastel floral arrangements and vibrant micro florals, the choices are endless! This collection places a greater emphasis on color and prints that pop, while also including the styles UP! is known for with side slits, petal slit detailing, boot cuts, straight legs and more!

The upcoming collection also marks the return of their luxury Cavalli twill fabric, designed in pastel tones including; dusty rose and blue – injecting a soft feminine feel into the design. Furthermore, the brand’s luxury Roma fabric will now come in a gaucho, the perfect trans-seasonal pants! Lastly, with the popularity of their denim collection, UP! Pants has added a white crop! It’s safe to say that there’s tons to look forward to this season!

Spring/Summer ’19 will be UP! Pants’ second collaboration with Niki. As creative director Jacqueline Harris explains: “Niki is a timeless beauty she is just as beautiful now at 43 as she was at 16, 22, and 32! She never goes out of style which epitomizes exactly what UP! Pants is all about. We, like Niki, are not a fad.”

Since its development in 2014, UP! Pants has been revolutionizing the fashion world, by merging function and fit with its transformative pull-on pants. A brand designed to empower women and make them feel confident in who they are, UP! Is now available in over 600 stores across Canada.

UP!’s pull-on pants breakthrough THINCREDIBLE FIT technology works by using materials that stretch perfectly and comfortably to conceal any imperfections. The contour stretch waistband gives everyone’s middle the most flattering look. It’s built-in front panel slims and flattens in comfortable ways. Whether it be to a meeting, a night-out with friends, or a casual weekend at home, enjoy the look and feel that makes every woman feel perfect in her pants!

The company that manufactures the best feeling and best looking pull-on pants for women, UP! Pants continues to make women feel beautiful inside and out with their new collection. Let your Spring Romance bloom in all its shapes and sizes with UP! Pants’ Spring/Summer 2019 collection!

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