The only three leg workout routines you need to know to get those sexy legs!

February is almost here. The month of Love as they call it brings more than just red roses to you. It brings the season of Spring, pleasant air to breathe and lot of sunshine. Spring breakers at this time plan beach parties, pool parties, lunches and brunches and fashion brands showcase their Spring/Summer collection and women get ready to flaunt some skin as they work out before investing in the new designer collections.

So as you prepare to wear the slits, minis, and mirco minis, we decided to help you a bit in getting those perfect legs without having to go through much. These tried and tested workout routines can be done at home without you having to lift anything.

1. Basic squat and kicks – This particular exercise does not only workout your lower body but it also is a full body workout. 4 sets of 15 repetitions will do wonders for you. Start with keeping your body straight, your stomach sucked in and tight, end in squat position, rise up and kick your leg sideways up till your hip level, return to basics afterwards and do the same thing with the other leg.

2. Plie heel raise – You may not be a ballerina, trust us, you do not have to be but you still can do this exercise using a chair at home. If you do this exercise strictly without taking break then 4 sets of 10 repetition each will leave you gasping for breath. What you got to do is – Get on your toes while keeping your feet wide apart, start lowering down into a plie squat position keeping your heel up and toes firm on the ground. Keep your arms extended and do not rest your heels on the ground. Take support using a chair if you are unable to balance yourself. Breath in and out while doing this. You will see this difference in your legs and derriere (must we say) in no time.

3. Squat and jump – Another intense workout routine which helps the entire body burn fat. Start from the basic squat position, bend down then throw yourself up reaching for the ceiling, land safely on your toe bending your knee like a spring. Do this for 30 to 40 seconds without giving break to see best results.

So these three workout routine should be enough for you to be able to flaunt those legs and get the men crazy for you and hey if you are looking for the perfect dress to showcase your long and well toned legs then we have the solution for you. Checkout our collection below and visit http://www.soucika.com

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Style lessons to learn from Sonam Kapoor

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It is very difficult to make a fashionable mark in the Indian film industry where every other actress looks stunning. Everyone wants to stand out in the crowd and it is not only the celebrities we are talking about but women in general. We all want to look good for ourselves and for others. We all want to make a style statement and we all want to be make it look effortless and more of all, we all want to look up to someone as our style idol or icon.

Talking about style icon, Sonam Kapoor is considered as the front runner of fashion department in India. The style diva is often seen sizzling on the international red carpet events turning heads. Endorsing some of the biggest brands of the world, Sonam gives a personal touch to all her stunning outfits. So it is only fair to study her style quotient and learn from it right?

So here are style lessons to learn from the style maven –

1. Do not underestimate the power of saree.

2. Lehengas can be a modern wear. It depends on how you style it.

3. Being covered in an ethnic wear is as sexy as wearing a long dress with thigh high slit.

4. You can incorporate the Marathi “Kanta Bai” style in yours. It is totally cool!

5. Nerdy is sexy too

6. Be a minimalist with statement accessory

7. You should always represent your country on International Grounds

8. Sometimes getting your “Umrao Jaan” on while going for an event serves the best.

9. It’s good to sometimes experiment with accessories

10. But at the end of the day simplicity is the best style ever

Ahh… what is it? You are looking for stunning Indian wears like Sonam? Well look no more. Just visit our store and we will take care of it or visit http://store.soucika.com/

Where did the ring bearer come from?

Wedding season is on a full swing. Couples are busy planning their weddings and incorporating all the possible traditional elements to make it eventful. While we talk about traditions the first thing that pops in the head is “Something old something new something borrowed and something blue”, we might forget another very important and relevant tradition of a page boy carrying the “ring bearer” which is included without much thought to the history behind the custom.

So did you ever wonder: Where this term come from? How did this become a tradition and probably the history behind it?

We decided to take this upon ourselves and let you know. After much researching, we came to know that there is no proof where this tradition has originated from. Some sources say that this was born in Ancient Egypt where it was customary for treasured jewels to be carried on ornamental pillows during wedding ceremonies so others say that this came about during medieval times when the Northern Europeans started to charm their brides-to-be by presenting the ring on the tip of a sword. During some periods of history, rings were thought to be pagan and therefore they were not used to establish marriages whereas in other eras the mere absence of a ring exchange in a wedding ceremony was considered to be bad luck for the couple.

A ring bearer has always been carried to the alter by a page boy who is of the age 4 to 10 , way back page boys used to be servants who originally carried the bride’s train and a prayer book along side with the rings. The tradition has continued into modern times. The pillow signified wealth and good fortune for the couple. The rings were tied onto the pillow for the page boy to deliver to the altar for exchange. Back then, they used to wear a white lace collar and sash but with time that trend is done and dusted. Today a page boy sports a dapper tuxedo just like the groomsmen and the groom.

The wedding ring symbolizes the new bond between the couple, the commitment to each other and trust. They are the most precious gift that the couple exchange on the day of their wedding and make a promise of a lifetime so it is only fair that rings are treated with care. Hence the “Ring Bearer” serves the purpose!

Soucika has introduced your nuptial essentials so if you are looking for one then visit our stores in Indiranagar, Koramangla or Commercial Street or visit our website www.souckia.comfor more information.

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4 Things Every Maid of Honour freaks out about

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Feeling privileged? Are you donning your first ever maid-of-honor hat? Well in that case you must be getting jitters in your stomach thinking of whether or not the bouquet will fall in your hands but hey before you get there, we are sure there are other things that are occupying your mind. Are we right?

Weddings are intense occasion and with bride and groom to be, there are others who get nervous as well and that includes the “Maid of Honour: Now, it’s only fair for them to feel like it’s there big day too, after all, they will be walking on the isle before the bride arrives and there will be audience gawking, making them feel awkward and wondering if there dress is ripped from somewhere. Don’t worry because that’s how it is suppose to be. Making memory was never easy. So to comfort you a bit more we decided that we would curate things every Maid of Honour thinks about at a wedding.

Throwing a perfect bachelorette party for your friend – Yes we understand you want to make it perfect for your friend and also prove that you are her BFF but do not let this feeling overwhelm you. A bachelorette party does not have to be extravagant and expensive. All you need is a private place, few good friends, music, food and some drinks and rest will happen.

Your bridesmaid dress and your expectation – It’s human to expect more than one should. It is quite normal for a girl to keep her hopes high when it comes to her bridesmaid dress. After all, she will be the third person who will get the attention after the bride and the groom and she would want to look perfect to be able to handle that rite?

Fear of tripping and falling – Well, we’d be lying if we say that it won’t happen. No one knows the next second of life so even if that happens stand up again, laugh along with the people who you catch laughing at you and carry on. The best thing to do is to keep the front length of your dress short enough for you to be able to move you feet freely.

Fear of raising the toast – So what you are not a natural speech giver, you do not have to talk to dozens of people present at the venue. You only have to talk to one person. So focus on her and let the audience listen. – So what you are not a natural speech giver, you do not have to talk to dozens of people present at the venue. You only have to talk to one person. So focus on her and let the audience listen.

Having said all that, below are few of the bridesmaid dress for you to get inspired from so take a look and be a head turner at the wedding.

Looking for a bridesmaid dress? Look no more because Soucika is the place for you to go. Visit – http://www.soucika.com for more information.

Four fast fixes to wedding day wardrobe disasters that brides freak out about

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So it’s your wedding day. You are getting butterflies in your stomach. You are excited and nervous at the same time. You are hungry but do not feel like eating, you want to laugh and cry at the same time. You are losing patience and looking zonked for no apparent reason. We understand. It’s your big day and you want everything to be perfect including your man.

Well, we do not want to be a party pooper but it’s only fair for someone to give you a heads up. When the final countdown begins, the bride goes on cloud nine and nothing can destroy that faster than a wardrobe malfunction. Here we have described commonly found malfunctions that brides face and how to quickly fix them.

 

Malfunction no 1 – Zipper getting stuck : One of the most commonly occurring problems on wedding days. While we understand that you get over excited to put on your wedding dress, please make sure that you handle the zipper delicately. Make sure to check you’re not accidently dragging any fabric in it while zipping. Always keep a wax stick or a desi candle with you to apply on the zipper in such situations as it will smoothen the movement. And worst comes to worst – If the zipper breaks down, your safety pins or needle and thread will come in handy.

Malfunction no 2 – Staining your white dress disaster : The last thing you want to see is one small spot on your wedding gown. So if you happen to spill some red wine on your dress, pour some white wine on top, it will pull out the stain. If you are too scared to try this new technique then keep a white chalk handy and cover the stain with the chalk dust. This would help even if you spill things like tea or coffee on your dress.

Malfunction no 3 – Lint problem : You are about to walk the aisle and you find lints and your cat fur all over the train of your dress (God help your love for animals). Keep a lint roller handy and roll it over your dress twice or three times.

Malfunction no 4 – Heel fix : Nothing can be more embarrassing for a bride than trip over broken heels rite before she walks towards her man. For avoiding such situation or to fix such situation a quick fix glue would be a great idea. While you cannot stop a wedding, you can definitely get another pair of shoes while the ceremony is going on and change later. How about that ha?

So what we are trying to suggest here is that – While planning a perfect wedding is very much achievable, unseen disasters are also likely to happen. So it is always advisable to stay well equipped and hey , you do not need much to do that you know .

All you need is a candle stick, bottle of white wine, a white chalk stick, lint roller and a quick fix glue. (wink) Happy wedding and remember if you are looking for a wedding couture destination then Soucika is the place to go. We will take care of your needs. For more information visit – http://www.soucika.com

For those who are not familiar with the beautiful “Indian Wedding Tradition”

An Indian wedding is all about colors, rich culture, customs and festivities that has been bestowed on us by our ancestors and have existed for hundreds of years. The rituals are so strong that we still follow them in India. Let’s begin. Shall we?

  • The Holy Date also known as the “Shubh Muhurat” – Most people struggle to decided when will their wedding be. Spring wedding or summer wedding, wedding on the beach or in a resort? But here in India couples let the stars and planets decided when and where. This ofcourse is done with the help of a spiritual guru who looks at the couple’s zodiac signs to find out the perfect time and place to ensure a prosperous marriage.
  • The wedding attire – Unlike most of the countries, our Indian brides trade their “Something White” for “Something Red”. Yes, the Indian tradition calls for a bright colour sari or lehenga embellished with gold and silver details which symbolises spirituality and fertility.
  • Mehendi also known as Henna – It has beautified Indian women for thousands of years. It does not only have the cosmetic value but also herbal and medicinal value to it. In this part of the wedding ceremony women come together and prepare powdered henna mixed with lemon and water to make a fine paste which is then applied on the hands and feet of the bride to create paisley and floral patterns. It is believed that the darker the brides mehendi, the stronger her marriage will be.
  • Haldi Ceremony – It’s a symbol of good luck where a day before the wedding relatives come together and apply turmeric paste on the grooms and brides body. Of course in two respective venues as the couple is not allowed to see each other. Apart from cleansing the skin, the paste is believed to ward off evil spirit and provide healing properties.
  • Mandap – Finally the wait gets over the and the bride and groom see each other at the holy madap which stands firm on four pillars which represents strength of the holy matrimony and the blessings of their parents.
  • Holy Fire also know as Agni – The couple then has to take seven rounds around the holy agni and recite the pledge of marriage. Agni is suppose to be the witness to the ceremony.
  • Mangalsutra – Heard of the term “Tying the knot”? Well in Indian tradition it means what it means. The groom ties a holy thread made of beeds around his brides neck to claim the marriage and the bride continues to wear it throughout her life to show her marital status.
  • Vidaai/ Bidding farewell – An emotional moment where the bride has to say goodbye to her family and friends to start a new life with her husband. While leaving she takes a handful of rice and throws it backwards over her head to show thanks and pay homage to her parents.

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