Last Saturday Vikas and I attended his cousin’s lovely Hindu wedding reception. We had such a nice time celebrating the happy day with our family.  For the evening I wore a bespoke dress my mom commissioned her designer to hand-make for me from a black saree gifted by my sister-in-law’s mom. It is a floor length black silk gown, made in India, and hand-embroidered with sequins. Needless to say, I love it!  I wore it with red-lipstick and pearls, felt great, and had a wonderful time.

Here’s the little snap of my husband and I that I posted that night, during cocktail hour, on instagram.

I cannot reiterate enough how much I love this dress, and this is only the second time I’d worn it – the first time was also to a wedding, last November in New Delhi.

This time, in lieu of wearing traditional Indian earrings, a necklace, and bangles as I did the previous time, I  made my own paired-down take on the look with a pearl necklace and pearl and black studded drop earrings.

I thought I’d share some of the inspiration images I’d added to my tumblr that definitely influenced my attire for the event.

Can you see the influence?

Images/ @sarahsarna on instagram / Sarah Sarna on tumblr /

Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.

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