Inexpensive (ready-made / off the rack) cotton kurti from Mumbai - embroidery with tiny mirrors - slightly above knee length - worn over leggings or churidar. Looks good on all body shapes especially those of us blessed with more curves. Although tailored clothing is the preferred choice in India, there are plenty of ready-made options available. Tailored clothing is cheaper in India than many other countries - benefits are a better fit, custom designs/styles, and your fabric choice.
Traditional Indian Clothing - Saree Palloo - the traditional saree is usually 6 yards of fabric that is draped, pleated and pinned. The final part of the saree (known as the palloo) worn styled over the shoulder - designer Satya Paul
A childhood picture - shows South Indian traditions from the past - the use of jasmine flowers to adorn a braid (see reflection in the mirror) plus the pattu pawadai (silk skirt and blouse).
Ayurvedic #turmeric & sandalwood oil skin cream - was my must have solution for zits & pimples during those teen years. Still use it on occasion. Turmeric is not just beneficial for the skin - read more at http://fitnspicyliving.com/nutritiontips/detail/29
Kanjeevaram (aka Kanchipuram) Sarees from Tamil Nadu (South India) - made of pure silk with a contrasting color border. Mostly worn in Hindu weddings, festivals and other formal occasions. I wore green color in the morning ceremony. Made from pure silk (from mulberry worm cocoons) - the zari (golden thread) is silk thread wrapped in silver wire and gilded with pure gold. My traditional green Kanjeevaram made from thick silk - durable, beautiful, timeless & elegant.
Gota Embroidery Churidar Suit (India) - this type of embroidery uses applique work - originated in Rajasthan. Precious metals used originally have now been replaced with cheaper and durable materials. The embroidery technique is a lengthy handmade process - patterns are beautiful and regional - many inspired by nature. Affordable pretty outfit I bought in Bangalore.