Lakmé Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2015 – Vintage Romance

The audience were definitely in for a treat on day 4 of Lakmé Fashion Week. The line up featured the likes of Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta and Payal Singhal all showcasing their diverse, ethnic collections. ANUSHREE REDDY Designer of the minute, Anushree Reddy’s summery, princess-like lehenga-choli outfits featured her signature floral motifs adorned with intricate gold […]


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

Lakmé Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2015 – Satya Paul

Mid-way through Lakmé Fashion Week and all eyes were on fashion-loving, entrepreneur and wife of Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan. For the first time ever, Gauri lent her creativity to Satya Paul to make her foray into the world of fashion. India’s first fashion brand and innovators of the traditional sari, Satya Paul are celebrating […]


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

Lakmé Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2015 – Celebration of Handlooms

The second day of Lakmé Fashion Week was a celebration of Indian handlooms and textiles. Designers paid homage to the diverse textile tapestry of India, with designs that push the boundaries of regular Indian wear. ANAVILA Designer, Anavila Misra’s earthly collection aptly titled, ‘A Summer Stroll’ included beautifully crafted saris in plaid and batik patterns. Anavila took […]


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

Manish Malhotra presents a ‘Blue Runway’ at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Day 1 featured a mixed bag of tassels, neon prints and even frills, but all eyes were on the maestro, Manish Malhotra for the unveiling of his socially conscious blue themed collection.  PALLAVI SINGHEE Pallavi Singhee’s collection, titled ‘A La Suite’ featured stunning lightweight gowns in pastel shades. Her textured silhouettes had a summery feel to them […]


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

Sabyasachi’s ‘Big Love’ at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Sabyasachi 'Big Love' at Lakme Fashion Week - The Maharani Diaries

India’s fashion elite have once again converged on the capital to kick off another season of Lakmé Fashion Week. The lineup at the 2015, Spring Summer outing is quite possibly the strongest ever, with the likes of Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani all presenting inspiring collections.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

Introducing Kiran Lally of ‘Couture Mantra’ – high fashion designs for the Aussie-Indian bride

Introducing Kiran Lally of Couture Mantra - Melbourne Indian fashion designer - The Maharani Diaries

You could say for us Aussie-Indian brides, we are fairly limited with choice when it comes to high-fashion Indian couture. We either have to turn to online shopping book a flight to India. I suppose you really have to turn to social media sometimes to discover what hidden talents are out there. I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across young designer, Kiran Lally’s Instagram account a few years back. The first thought that sprung into my mind was, “wow, an Indian fashion designer in Australia!”


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

18 Genius Ways To Budget For Your Indian Wedding

18 Genius Ways to Budget For Your Indian Wedding - The Maharani Diaries

There’s something incredibly special about Indian weddings – a jam packed, colourful, three day extravaganza filled with lavish décor, mouth-watering food, dance and loads of relatives you’ve never ever met! However despite our weddings being fun to plan and attend, there’s no escaping the dreaded wedding budget. It’s no surprise to hear that the cost of an Indian wedding has almost doubled in the last few years and whilst you and your partner would love that day to be about you, we know that ain’t going to happen.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

Introducing ‘Henna by Alisa Parveen’ – a budding architect with a passion for henna

Introducing Henna by Alisa Parveen - The Maharani Diaries

The mehndi or “henna” party is one of the most important functions for a bride in the lead up to her wedding day. But until only very recently, finding an artist in Australia was a challenge. I caught up with one young and immensely talented artist by the name of Alisa Parveen, who gave me an insight into her amazing work as well as share some common myths and misconceptions about henna.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

Your Guide To Planning The Ultimate Hen Party

The Maharani Diaries ultimate guide to planning a hen party including a free checklist.

What does it take to plan a hen party? Whether it’s your first time or you’re just after a little inspiration (sans strippers and raunchiness), there’s always that added pressure to throw an unforgettable hen party, but it’s not as simple as it looks. Expectations are always high and whilst a few brides will choose to organize the hen party themselves, trust me, you are better off handing it over to your bestie or bridesmaids. You’re the doting bride-to-be after all, it’s your time to unwind and focus on that big wedding day. Don’t fret, we’re going to help you get organised with these super easy hen party planning tips.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.