And we're off!
This week I'm promoting my upcoming SHOP FOR A CAUSE charity shopping event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. All this week I'm making stops at various TV and radio stations to spread the word. You may have seen my TV commercial on ATN. We are also featured on MyBindi.com and Suhaag.com. Then you'll see me popping up on all your favorite TV shows!
I'm so excited to have each and every one of you come check out all the amazing vendors. We have a CHOCOLATE ZONE, SPA ZONE, MAKEUP ZONE, BEAUTY ZONE, HENNA ZONE and of course all the fantastic clothing, jewellery, and accessories vendors. Lots of sampling and prize giveaways! I'm telling you, there is something for everyone!!!
So make sure to mark your calenders: NOVEMBER 23 from 11 to 6 pm at the Radisson Plaza in Mississauga. Grab your friends and family and COME DOWN!!!
Can't wait to see you! XOXO
I'm hosting a charity shopping event and would LOVE to see you there!
You may have heard the rumors and it's true! I am hosting the inaugural SHOP FOR A CAUSE in support of the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday November 23rd from 11 am to 6 pm at Radisson Plaza in Mississauga. ALL proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.
It's a shopping event so come down to shop shop shop! There will be a variety of vendors selling clothing, jewellery, accessories, etc at special one day only discounts and promotions.
It's a FREE entry event so come out, bring your friends and family, and show your support. The Canadian Cancer Society will also be on site with their own booth and collecting individual donations.
This is such an important event for me. My family has been affected by cancer as I lost my dad and some family friends to the disease. The Canadian Cancer Society was such a source of support for my family during such a terrible time. They do amazing work supporting families affected by cancer so I'm so passionate about helping raise funds to help them continue all their efforts.
Everyone is touched by cancer and together we can help join in the fight against cancer. So please mark your calendars and grab your friends and check out the event. Of course I'll be there hosting so please be sure to say hello to me!
Here is the official invite. I look forward to seeing you all on November 23rd! Don't forget to 'LIKE' our official Facebook page here!
Reading through the news and spotted this piece that makes you believe in miracles and never giving up hope. Mumbai's Ganesh Raghunath Dhangade got lost when he was six years old and lived a life as an orphan as he had no means to find out who his parents were and where they lived. You would think it would be impossible to find his family given he had no info on them but twenty four years later...he found them! Amazing story. Read the story via the link below.Share
I live and breath fashion, beauty and Bollywood so I was excited to host this year's Kismet Wedding Show. I had an absolute blast checking out the latest Indian fashions, interacting with the audience, and meeting tons of fans! This year, I saw a ton of beautiful Indian wear so kudos to all the designers for creating a fantastic collection. Thanks to everyone who came up to me and showed me so much love and support, it really means a lot. Here are some pics from the event. If you were there, send me your pics and let me know what collection you loved the most!
While I had the chance to interview some of the designers, the most important takeaway was that if you have a dream outfit in mind, they can make it. You want it super sequined and sparkly? Done! You want a simple design with just a bold border for a pop of color? Sure! It was amazing how you could dream up any outfit and they could bring it to life...and at such affordable prices! I think Indian fashion is the best. Where else do you get to wear such bright and sparkly outfits that can make ANY woman--regardless of her size, shape, and color--look drop dead gorgeous?! You truly feel like a Bollywood princess in the lenghas, anarkalis, and saris. So if you're looking to add some new pieces to your closest this year, I would really recommend creating a storyboard with pieces of different designs and working with a local designer to create an unique outfit that fits your personality. Have fun with it! And of course, send me the photos so I can check it out!
Check out the pics below. My stage outfit was courtesy of CTC West. Makeup and hair by Rav Brar. Thanks to my team for the Bollywood look!
It's been awhile but I'm back! This weekend I caught the MTV Video Music Awards and I have to say...this show does not disappoint with the shock factor.
I remember watching previous years where you would be afraid to get up and go use the bathroom or grab a drink refill in case you missed a jaw dropping shock moment. Who wants to be that person who missed that ONE moment that you know would set social media ablaze and get everyone from your mother to your boss talking?
Some previous stand out moments were when Kanye interrupted Taylor Shift's acceptance speech and when Britney Spears and Madonna made out. This year, the award of shock worthy behavior goes to the classic Disney star turned popstar turned...I don't know...Miley Cyrus.
Miss Miley, like many Disney stars, really wants the public to understand she is all grown up. She wants you to know she's edgy, sexy, and well I guess a bad girl. Well, in case people didn't get that, they certainly will now. Miley's performance made even the celebs in the audience look on in disbelief. One can only imagine what her parents must be thinking...
The sixteen year old in me was pumped to hear that NSYNC was reuniting for a special VMAs performance. The boys looked awesome performing and their choreographed dance moves were spot on. But, I gotta say, couldn't JT have done a little less of his solo songs and let the boyband reunion last for more than two minutes??? Honestly, it felt like it was over just as it started! Come on NSYNC, do a reunion!!!
Of course, the MTV VMAs aren't just about shocking performances. It's about giving out awards (after analyzing who wore what, who came with who, and who did what during the performances...) Here's the full winners list!
Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Best Hip-Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us
Best Male Video
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Best Female Video
Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble
Best Pop Video
Selena Gomez, Come & Get It
Artist to Watch
Austin Mahone, What About Love
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess, Just Give Me a Reason
Best Video with a Social Message
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lewis, Same Love
Best Rock Video
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
Best Art Direction
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, Q.U.E.E.N
Bruno Mars, Treasure
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, Suit & Tie
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Best Visual Effects
Capital Cities, Safe and Sound
Song of the Summer
One Direction, Best Song Ever
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
That's all for this year's VMAs...can't wait for next year!!
This week I caught up with Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney. During my interview with him, we discussed his Faster Family Reunification plan to help bring parents and grandparents here to Canada so they can be reunited with their families here. I know this has been really popular so the minister has plans to build on its success and improve it. This lead to us speaking about wait times, making Canada's immigration system more efficient, marriage fraud, terrorism, and who the ideal immigrant is for Canada.
It's also South Asian Heritage Month and to celebrate the ROM with local community organizers set up South Asian Heritage Day with tons of artists coming in to showcase traditional art, music and tons more. Of course, I HAD to stop by the exhibit with traditional shoes where I got a history lesson, found out how to actually make shoes, and followed the evolution of the shoes from royalty to the modern versions you see in stores today. Did you know you can get a custom made pair of shoes made for roughly under $25 dollars? YUP! And these shoes are HAND MADE!!! Definitely need to pick up a pair...or five
Remember, catch the full depth interviews on ATN and if you have any other events I should check out or interesting folks you want to see me interview, let me know! Email me, leave a note on my Facebook page, or send me a Tweet! XO
In this business, it's important to know your stuff and to look the part! Covering the TOIFA Red Carpet meant it was time to put away the uggs and jeans and get glammed up! Been asked many times about my red carpet look so here it is! I wore a gorgeous blue Satya Paul Canada gown with the talented Farah Hasan (Artesia by Farah Hasan) creating my smokey makeup and hair. A special thank you to Tami Esmail of Satya Paul Canada for helping me select the gown and Farah for letting me take my mini power nap while you got me ready! Yes folks, apparently it's very easy to fall asleep when getting your makeup done!
There's always a lot of people behind the scenes who help make everything on air look effortless so big shout out to Satya Paul Canada and Farah Hasan for helping me create this glamorous look!
Bollywood invaded Canada and boy, what an experience it was! Me and the ATN crew flew to Vancouver to cover every part of the inaugural Times of India Film Awards (TOIFAs). Most of Mumbai seemed to be in town, with celeb spotting of Hard Kaur, Aditi Rao Hydari, Boman Irani, Prabhu Deva, Harman Baweja, Zarine Khan, Mugdha Godse, Sonal Chauhan, etc etc. So many stars were in town and we got all their interviews!
Thursday night was the TOIFA musical concert that featured some of Bollywood’s greatest singers including Sunidhi Chauhan (Band Bajaa Baaraat, Dhoom), Shalmali Kholgade (Ishaqzaade, Cocktail, Race 2), Mohit
Chauhan (Rockstar, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Barfi!) and Hard Kaur (Singh is Kinng, Kismet Konnection). Hosted by the gorgeous and funny Neha Dhupia. She looked amazing and I was reminded how great her comic timing is. Playing the game ‘Kaun Banega Neha Dhupia Ka Pati’ Dhupia had the crowd laughing as she made four male audience members participate
in a dance off to see who would win and become her husband (note, none made the cut even though my vote was on the adorable short contestant who was so so nervous.)
Friday was a day full of exclusive one on one interviews with the stars at the hotel before heading over to the convention centre to cover the red carpet for the TOIFA Technical awards. This was also the night fashion designer guru Manish Malhotra paid tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema through a beautifully directed fashion show featuring some of Bollywood's favorite leading ladies as models. I got an exclusive interview with the designer who was so charming in person (and he has an amazing jawline!)
Of course, Saturday was the big awards night and I covered the red carpet star arrivals. Even though it poured the entire day, the cold and the rain didn't stop tons of fans from waiting for hours for their favorite stars to arrive. I chatted with the stars as they made their big entrance including a few stars who I hadn't chatted with yet. Let's see, I spoke wit Priyanka, Anushka, Nargis, Zarine, Raveena Tandon....and a personal favorite, Ranbir Kapoor!
I've been asked by many people who was the single most thrilling celebrity encounter. Well, the number one person I wanted to interview was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. I've been a fan for years and to be, she embodies the total package. She's balanced between her Indian roots and a western appeal, she's classy and elegant, talented, and most importantly, she is such a family person. When I finally got to interview her on the red carpet, you could tell marriage and motherhood is so important to her. I loved seeing how close her and Abhishek Bachchan were. In fact, many times Abhi would just stand behind her and beam with pride. They are a wonderful couple together and it's so nice to feel the mutual love and respect they have for each other. Aishwarya just lit up when I asked her about her daughter and about becoming a mother (and yes the Bachchans did bring little Aaradhya Bachchan to Vancouver).
After the red carpet, the show kicked off and I thought it was fantastic. Ranbir and Anushka were hilarious as hosts and the performances rocked. Priyanka and Katrina sizzled like always, Shahrukh Khan had his usual "King of Bollywood" dance performances, but all eyes were on Aishwarya as she performed for the first time on an international stage since becoming a mother. She performed to a medley of songs of her hits. Was it her best performance ever? No. I've read some harsh reviews on her performance but I think some people are being too hard on her. Since becoming a mother, it's refreshing to see a celebrity not worry about losing all the pregnancy weight or rushing back into being their old selves. Aishwarya has definitely changed since getting married and having a baby and that's how it should be! I think this was a great "comeback" performance for her. Maybe she didn't shake and stir like her younger counterparts but Aishwarya has never been like that. She's always been a more classical Indian dancer and I think it's absolutely fantastic to see her back on stage.
A touching moment from the awards show was when Priyanka Chopra won for Best Actress for her role in Barfi. The actress hugged her mother and then took her father up to the stage to accompany her as she accepted her award. Priyanka's father was not well and needed assistance from her and Ranbir to make it up to the stage. It was such a beautiful sight to see how important it was for Priyanka to patiently walk her father up to the stage so he could be by her side as she thanked her parents for coming down to see her. Then her father jumped in and thanked his daughter's fans for all of their love and support and spoke of how proud he was of Priyanka, Definitely a teary moment. It's nice to see Priyanka not as an actress and celebrity but as just a daughter who is the apple of her father's eye.
And then Shiamak Davar closed the show with some Bollywood dance tracks, bringing out several celebrities one last time before it was all done! After chasing down the stars for interviews and covering every since TOIFA event, it's bittersweet to see it all end. But what a trip! I have to say that Vancouver was such an amazing host city. I met so many locals who were just so lovely to me and the ATN crew. To everyone we met along the way in our journey, thanks for coming up to us to chat, to make us laugh, and to even help us out when we needed it!
Catch all of the TOIFA coverage on ATN!Share
The voice behind the smash hit High Heels, Jaz Dhami was in town to play his hit singles including his new song Punjabi Boli which will be off his newest album. I got an exclusive sit down chat with the rising star where we chatted about his childhood in England, the influence his dad had on his music, the story behind High Heels, and I even got him to answer some of your Twitter and Facebook questions! Catch the full interview on ATN but here is a sneak peek at the interview including his response to some of your questions!
AD: Three things you can’t live without?
JD: My parents, music, and food
AD: Favorite type of food?
JD: English Breakfast!
AD: Dream date?
AD: Favorite place to hang out?
JD: Home. I travel so much so when I’m finally back in England, I just want to watch TV at home and relax because I usually have to be back on the road in a few days!
AD: Favorite TV show?
AD: Favorite football team?
JD: Liverpool Football Club
AD: Little known fact about yourself?
JD: I’m a football coach!Share
Hey Dolls! I'm in full swing getting preppred for the upcoming Times of India Film Awards! Can't wait to report from the red carpet and hopefully get some good tidbits from the celebs Recently I shot a Bollywood themed photoshoot and had a blast. Check out this behind the scenes pic from the shoot. Really loved this look, it's so different from the usual Bollywood glam look. Definitely a fusion shot. Wonder if we will see any of the stars walking down the red carpet in a fusion outfit as well? Let's see.... I've also picked my final dress selections for the red carpet. Can't wait to show you the final look but as much as I would love to share pics ahead of time, I'm trying to keep it a surprise. But trust me, you will love the dress and it's from one of Bollywood's favorite designers! Stay tuned for more pics and of course all the exclusive behind the scenes gossip from the awards!