Diwali is in three days and there is a lot to do and organise. When it comes to decor ideas, there is so much inspiration on the internet for major festivals however when it comes to Diwali I do not find inspiring decor ideas. So here is my little attempt to archive decor ideas from pervious year’s Diwali celebrations at home. Hope you enjoy my mood board.
Rangoli is a must on Diwali. Make sure you do one and decorate with diyas
Use your existing living room furniture and create a Diwali theme using candles, flowers and idols
Rangoli on floor decorated with diyas and flowers
Use of copper ware to keep Diwali sweets
Use multiple round trays to make your main diya thali
Use multiple round trays to make your main diya thali
Diya pattern decorated with flowers
Floating petals as your table centre piece
Festive colourful cushions
Red, Gold inspired table decor
Brighten up your winter Diwali by using colourful outdoor lights
Past few weeks have been pretty action packed for me. I was away in India for about ten days sans my kids. It was a very emotional trip for me and I am glad that I managed to achieve what I set out for. Now back in London and gearing up for Diwali. Diwali calls for a festive Indian wardrobe and sometimes London doesn’t offer you many choices when it comes to shopping for your Indian wardrobe. I feel that what we have on offer here is very different from my personal taste and liking. But now that I have discovered Jyoti Chandhok label, I feel reassured that good Indian design can now be easily accessible in London. Jyoti’s studio in suburbs of North London is a storehouse of intricate hand embroidery and luxurious fabrics. She stocks ready to wear range and takes custom orders too. I was spoilt for choices when I visited her to choose my festive outfit for Diwali to feature on the blog.
I choose this maroon velvet lehenga with a wide gotta border. As Jyoti says it’s a ‘suchha border’, meaning pure gotta made from real gold threads as opposed to machine made gotta which uses metal threads as substitute. The velvet in the outfit gives it a very regal look and is apt for a winter festive event. I am wearing the lehenga with a beautiful gold embroidered blouse and matching maroon dupatta. Also wearing jewellery which I picked up from Khan Market during my trip to India.
For this blog shoot I have collaborated with a talented photographer mum
Joelene has done a brilliant job and has truly captured the essence of this outfit. Moving forward I will try and do more theme based shoots and capture fashion stories in beautiful surroundings.
Diwali is on 11th November and I wish you all a very prosperous Diwali. I know it is a working day but do try and take half day or sneak out early to enjoy this lovely festival with family and friends.
Last week I attended Aashni & Co press day with Manish Malhotra, where he unveiled his latest collection. The British Asian Trust, hosted an exclusive preview of the latest festive collection and he was announced as the brand ambassador of the charity at the event. It was a fantastic opportunity to come up close and personal with Bollywood’s go to designer. During the press meet he talked about this work, movies and his fashion journey. So Manish was this creative young boy who was not into studies but rather focused on other interesting things like modelling and Bollywood. He loved sketching and was obsessed with films. He started off by working in a boutique and really enjoyed interacting with clients on a daily basis. During his time there he got into making his own clothes. It so happened that Sridevi saw his work and he was invited to style her next shoot. There has been no looking back since then. He has now worked in big Bollywood movies and styled super stars. He actually introduced the concept of styling to Indian cinema. His next project was the launch of his own clothing line ten years back and now plans to open his standalone store in London. His story is very inspirational and I hope he continues to inspire us with his creations.
Me trying one of his creations
Manish’s latest collection is now available at Aashni & Co. Here is a little glimpse of what was on display. I spotted a lot of pinks with beautiful embroideries. The collection consisted of chikankari lehengas, kashmiri embroidery, sequence work and other intricate embroideries. I spotted gowns, saris, lehengas, suits and anarkalis on display. If you are planning for your big day then do have a look of his latest collection at Aashni & Co.
Here is my photo diary from the event. Hope you enjoyed reading my experiences.
Another date for your diaries. Stitch Three present Diwali Trunk Show on Thursday 1st October, 11am – 7pm, at Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ.
Shop for the festive season with collections from some of India and Pakistan’s leading designers available at domestic retail prices. Stitch Three’s Diwali Trunk Show will present classic and contemporary collections by heritage and new gen designers alike – sumptuous and indulgent pieces by Umar Sayeed; playful and glamorous creations by Sania Maskatiya; floral ensembles by Farida Hasan; statement pieces by Maheen Karim; and digital print, versatile silhouettes by Pasho. Additionally available will be children’s lenghas and kurtas by Tiny Tales and occasion jewellery by Rubina Kapoor.
Last week I attended one of the most anticipated South Asian Fashion events in the run up to the festive season. Winter Preview was hosted by two of the UK’s leading South Asian fashion influencers and tastemakers: Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the event then don’t worry – I have details of all the lovely fashion and lifestyle brands present at the event.
Jyoti Chandhok – I can’t get enough of Jyoti’s work. Jyoti showcased her new collection at the event and had a varied range of saris, suits, chikankari dupattas and men’s kurtas/jackets.I spotted some really intricate and fine embroidery on display. Jyoti’s work speaks for itself. She uses high quality fabric and all hand embroidery work. She stocks a range of work right from chikankari to gotta patti to zardosi to bead work and much more. Have a look at her facebook page here.
Beautiful chikankari work dupatta
Love this white little number from Jyoti’s collection
Mahin Hussain – I spotted another new award winning brand Mahin Hussain. They had some beautiful wedding clutches on display. I also noticed some very fine embroidery on them. Mahin Hussain is a well know brand from Pakistan and they do a range of handbags and accessories. You can view more of their designs on their facebook page here.
Sevo By Sumita Pershad – I always get excited when I spot well-designed Indian homeware. Sevo had a lovely collection of silver plated home accessories and some really well designed products. The price was also very reasonable. So if you are looking for some home accessories for Diwali then do have a look at Sevo’s collection.
S.S Shawls – S.S Shawls are three generation shawl weavers from Kashmir. They had an amazing collection of very fine quality pashmina shawls and stoles. You can contact S.S. Shawls on email@example.com
Zevar – They came from India with their rustic traditional silver jewellery designs. If you love silver jewellery then I am sure you will admire Zevar’s handmade silver collection. Have a look at their collection here.
Love Opulence By Dinisha – Love opulence had some lovely jewellery on display. The collection was very varied. They stock some beautiful traditional jewellery as well as statement, contemporary pieces. They also have some fusion pieces that make their collection unique. Definitely luxury fashion jewellery. Contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding Saris by Ramani – If you want a lace pre stitched sari in your choice of colour then do checkout Wedding Saris by Ramani. Find them here
Swam by Vandana Malhotra – Swam showcased some chikankari and gotapatti work. You can see pics of their work here.
Hope you got a little glimpse into the festive event and discovered some new Asian fashion and lifestyle brands.
Some important dates for your diaries ladies. Plan your Indian wardrobes and get ready in style for the festive season. Have a look at some upcoming fashion events to sort out you fashion, jewellery and homeware shopping.
Winter Preview 9th Sep Grosvenor House London
Winter preview will showcase luxury South Asian fashion and lifestyle brands. The event will feature Jyoti Chandhok, Ramani and SVAM by Vandana Malhotra; accessory collections by Mahin Hussain,Zevar, SS Shawls, Love Opulence and Chahat; and home accessory by Sevo.
Winter Preview is hosted by two of the UK’s leading South Asian fashion influencers and tastemakers, Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad.
Wednesday 9th September, 11am – 7pm
Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN
Stitch will be hosting Diwali Trunk Show on Thursday 1st Oct at Mayfair Piccadilly. The event will be a one stop shop for the festive season showcasing top Indian and Pakistani designers. The event will showcase fashion , kidswear , jewellery and home accessories. Good new is that the truk show collection is available at local Indian and Pakistani prices. Personal shopping and styling services also available.
116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ London, United Kingdom
Designer’s Day with Manish Malhotra
Meet the man himself at the Aashni + Co store in Notting Hill. Aashni + co will be hosting a Designer’s Day with Manish Malhotra, on Friday 25th September, 11am – 6pm at Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AA. Manish Malhotra will be introducing his latest Bridal andFestive collections and meeting the public in-store. He will to provide style council and advise visitors on how to achieve their aspired looks.
Aashni + Co presents Designer’s Day with Manish Malhotra
Friday 25th September, 11am – 6pm
Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AA
Asian fashion reaches the trendiest and and one of the most fashionable part of London – Shoreditch.
Indian couture label, Soltee by Sulakshana Monga, and premium jewellery brand, Red Dot Jewels, will be presenting the Shoreditch Fashion Weekender in association with official charity partner, Asian Circle. The two-day, trunk show event will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August, 10am – 5pm at The Hoxton Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HU.
South Asian jewellery brand UK, Red Dot Jewels will be showcasing its Pink City collection inspired by the heritage of the pink city of Jaipur. With high profile bollywood clients Sulakshana Monga will be bringing modern day south asian fashion to the London audience. Ten per cent of sales generated at Shoreditch Fashion Weekender will be donated to the event’s official charity partner, Asian Circle, a network of UK-based Asian Women with a passion to support vulnerable women in India and South Asia.
So ladies book you fashion date and I hope to see you at the Shoreditch Fashion Weekender.
Soltee by Sulakshana Monga and Red Dot Jewels present
Shoreditch Fashion Weekender
In association with official charity partner, Asian Circle
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August, 10am – 5pm
The Hoxton Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HU
Hope you all are enjoying the lovely breezy summer days and evenings. These days I am busy playing mummy and hardly get any time to myself. The days when I get some time, I play dress up for the blog. Yes for today’s post I have created two summer looks using the lovely jewellery from Bubbles Jewellery. Thanks Bubbles for this wonderful brand collaboration. To create this look I have used some chunky bohemian style jewellery. These looks are very simple and easy to wear. The focus is on the bold jewellery and the outfit is one solid colour to keep the overall look understated and elegant.
This is my favourite out of the two looks. A long grecian style white dress with thigh high slits is ideal for a summer garden party. I love the off shoulders details of the dress. The gold and white stone earrings do full justice to my look. You can also wear it with the blue stone bracelet and instead of the white one to add some colour dimension. I wore this dress with silver and white sandals from F&F and they are real value for money. I have been wearing these sandals pretty much every day.
The blue and gold chunky jewellery styles well with an all black maxi dress. It has high slits with fringes which are very much on trend these days. These fringes make the dress different from any other black maxi dress. I adore my gladiator style sandals – they fully compliment my fringed maxi dress. The jewellery brings the dress alive and it would be an ideal choice for a holiday evening look.
I am excited to introduce Bubbles Jewellery brand on my blog so please meet the lady behind the brand. Devika Raizada is this vibrant and dynamic girl from Delhi who has launched her brand Bubbles jewellery in UK. Devika has strong connect with her Indian heritage and it is reflected in her jewellery collection. Sometimes I find it difficult to find good Indian inspired jewellery in UK but now I have a trusted source. Do checkout Bubbles Jewellery and I am sure you will love their beautiful collection.
You must have realised from these pictures that I have put on a lot of extra kilos and look rather plump. Yes it is true. These days I have been the heaviest ever. The extra kilos from my second pregnancy have not gone away as yet. I have always battled with my weight and I hope this time around I will be able to shed these extra kilos soon. But one thing I will not stop doing is dressing up. I’ll still hope to have fun with clothes and dress my new body shape with confidence. Through my blog journey I’ll keep you guys posted on my fitness. I hope you enjoyed reading my experiences here.
Look 1 – Dress – Cheap Monday | Shoes – River Island
What happens when two talented mums meet up on a play date? An idea is born. Idea called Chakra. The Red Notebook introduces Chakra Design Studio now available on www.imbyou.co.uk.
Chakra Design Studio is built on the idea of eco consciousness. The company’s design essence is based on the rich textile heritage of India, involving the traditional practices of a textile art called Kalamkari. This textile technique involves ancient methods of wooden block printing and dyeing with vegetable dyes. Chakra’s founder and head designer Bindu Kasinadhuni, wanted society to make eco conscious choices when it comes to children clothing and revive the traditions of this dying textile art. The clothes are made of soft cotton and natural dyes which is ideal for summer. Through their product Chakra is also making efforts to educate the world on the benefits of eco conscious clothing. Their production house helps boost the economic standards of the artisans in the community. Continue reading →
As I made my way through the marigold-clad black iron gate into the sprawling garden estate, I was transported into a poetic world of Lucknow’s Mughal courtyard. Billionaires H S Narula and wife Surina opened their lush green garden estate to support renowned South Asian dance company Akademi. The charity garden gala recreated the magic of Umrao Jaan – an Urdu classic, based on the famous Lucknow courtesan. It was Akademi’s first ever fundraising gala and their sheer dedication toward their passion was fully evident in the interactive Umrao Jaan narration. It was conceptualised by Mira Kaushik, Director, Akademi and brought to life by creative director Subhalaxmi Mukherjee. Continue reading →