Red bridal lehenga is synonymous with any Indian bride. It is a very traditional bridal wear colour and suits most Indian girls. These days, brides are ditching traditional red colour lehengas in favour of other colours. I was one of those brides who opted for a non-regal colour. I got married in the age of non-existent social media/inspirational wedding sites. Back then I did have a unique taste in fashion and was quite fussy about my choices. Because red was the go-to lehenga colour for most brides, I wanted something different, and thus opted for a coral/pink colour. Recently, for my brother’s wedding, I was itching to wear red for the wedding day and wore this beauty. This dark reddish maroon velvet lehenga is from one of my favourite designers, Jyoti Chandhok.
This post is about a year old but I just couldn’t find the right opportunity to share it. Now that we are are heading to the festive season, I thought it would be appropriate to share it now.
How I found this Lehenga
I was at Jyoti’s North London Studio where I was exploring some new designs for the upcoming wedding. After a few attempts of trying different things, Jyoti showed me one of her own personal designs – a red velvet lehenga with a gota border. I instantly fell in love with the fabric, and the quality of the gota border. These days a lot of lehenga designs have a gota border but the quality of the gota is very cheap. This particular one looked very regal to me and I decided to wear it on my brother’s wedding.
Once I decided to go ahead with the lehenga, the next step was to create the whole ensemble along with the choli and dupatta. I preferred to have something light so I could freely move around in my outfit. So we opted for a red brocade choli and a light net dupatta. I wore the lehenga on the the wedding day and danced my heart out in the wedding procession. I plan to wear it again over this festive season and if you want to have a glimpse of some more regal outfits from Jyoti Chandhok ,then come along to our exclusive festive tea party on 6th & 7th October. See more details here.
As the new season approaches, the high street shops are stacked with the latest Autumn/Winter collection. Sad to know but summer is officially over, and it’s time to organise your wardrobe for the coming winter months. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. It’s the festive season for us and unlike winter, you do not need all the heavy layers to keep you warm. Wearing light, manageable layers can create unique autumn looks. Most of the high street retailers have received their Autumn/Winter drops and here are a few key trends and wardrobe staples you need to know about this season.
Dare to wear Red
The red hot colour is definitely the flavour of the season. Wherever I go on the high street, the shops are screaming of this trend. From coats to knitwear, dresses and boots, the high street is adamant that customers shop red. The fiery shade dominated the autumn/winter 2017 shows, with brands such as Givenchy and Max Mara sending head-to-toe red looks down the runway. Here is a my curated list of most wanted red items of this season.
Best transitional item
Blazer is a universal clothing item and can instantly fix any drab t-shirt/jeans outfit.This year the runways were dominated by power suits and checks. The check blazer/suit trend is here to slay your Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobe . Here are some of my high street favourites.
Flowy day to night dresses
Who says dresses are only for spring. There are some real jewels this season – beautiful dresses that can take you straight from a bright autumn day to chilly evenings. Wear it with boots during the day and furry sandals and long coats for an evening look.
Designer slogan trend has come back in a big way this year. Slogan t-shirts are on every fashion blogger feed and most of the popular styles are sold out . Translate this trend to knitwear and you are now ready to slay the new season. Here are a few of my logo inspired high street inspirations.
Hope you enjoyed reading the post. Do share your autumn wardrobe staples. I would love to know what you are wearing this season.
Last year I introduced a new Indian fashion brand on the blog called Viva-Luxe. In the past one year, Viva Luxe has emerged as a strong online Asian fashion brand catering to an international audience. They offer a range of designer clothing from suits to sarees and lehengas.
As an Indian woman living away from India, I am always interested in exploring new shopping venues for Indian clothes. I shop most of my everyday wardrobe online as it’s so convenient for me. Slowly Asian brands and designers are venturing into the online world and making Asian fashion accessible to an international audience. Viva-Luxe is one such brand which has really established itself in the online world. Right from offering free delivery within UK to custom fitting, Viva Luxe is offering impeccable service to all fashion lovers.
The website stocks some distinctive designer labels and has a beautiful collection for the upcoming festive season. Here are few of my favourite pieces.
Other than Indian clothes, they have a very unique jewellery collection featuring statement necklaces and earrings . I am sporting some of their jewellery on the blog and this is how I have styled it.
I wore this stunning statement necklace with a double breasted blazer style dress from Asos. Since this necklace was a bit delicate and feminine, I chose to pair it with a masculine outfit. This look could be apt for the upcoming party season. The necklace will look stunning with any black dress and add that glam factor.
Also have a look at another jewellery beauty. These emerald green earrings above are perfect to glam up any everyday look. I wore them with an off-shoulder white top. Green coloured accessories pair nicely with white clothing and add a bit more to your plain white top.
I hope you enjoyed the above featured jewellery. If you are looking for some Indian festive fashion gift ideas, then do stalk jewellery Viva Luxe here.
Monsoon is considered the most romantic of all Indian seasons. The idea of getting married during this season is a daring one, given the logistics and the scale of Indian weddings. Fortunately I had a chance to attend a close family wedding in India during the monsoon season where it rained heavily and we had a lot of fun.
Indian weddings call for dressing up, dancing, mehndi, yummy food and much more. I love our weddings – they bring all the family members together from across to globe to a big family party. The bigger the family, the better dose of entertainment it provides. Every family member is unique and everyone adds their own special touch to the celebrations. We make memories for life and at the next family gathering we all laugh about the funny mishaps. Having my kids attend several weddings is also an amazing introduction to our culture. The best part is that they love it and want to be a part of it all. Hanging out with their cousins, partying till late and gorging on yummy Indian sweets will be a key part of their childhood memories.
Now let’s talk about the important bit. Choosing an outfit for a Monsoon wedding can be tricky as you do not want to end up wearing heavy fabrics/embroideries. Always choose lighter fabrics like georgette, chiffon, lace, net or crepe. Avoid velvet and heavy embroideries. You can choose bright colours but I prefer light pastel shades during this season. On the blog today I want to feature one of my favorite designers Astha Narang. She is a favorite designer for all new age brides and bridesmaids. Her designs are feminine, modern and sophisticated. She adds eye-catching elements to her designs by using embellishments and sheer fabrics. I had a great experience of collaborating and working with Astha in creating this white lehenga for me. I love it and am so glad that I choose this design. I styled the lehenga with kundan and ruby earrings and a silver clutch. Please not that the lehenga is light enough for you to dance your heart out at any occasion.
If you are looking for your next bridesmaid lehenga, then do stalk Astha’s designs here.
Two weeks back I went on a week-long cruise with my extended family. I have never been on a cruise before so was bit skeptical about the whole thing. Considering our big group which consisted of individual from two years to 65 years, I think cruise was definitely a good idea. It took me a good two weeks to get back to reality and give some time to my blog. So today’s post is all about what I wore on this family vacation. Most of my outfits are from regular high street shops but I have styled them with my existing wardrobe and some interesting holiday jewellery. Here are all my outfit with shopping links.
What better way to celebrate the great British summer sun than throwing a lavish garden party. The summer sun invites you to embrace the outdoors and entertain outside. If you follow my blog regularly, you would know that I hosted a garden party on my blog’s first anniversary. The theme was blue and white vintage tea party. You can read all about it in my previous post here. Here are some pictures from that party.
This year we got a new deck in our garden. Since our house is on a higher level, access to the garden was uneven and with two young kids, I wanted an easy access to the garden. One option was to get a full blown extension done but it was an expensive choice so we opted for a new deck. Now that we have the deck and an easy access to our garden, it has enhanced our experience of being outdoors.
Few weeks back, I hosted an intimate family get together. On this occasion I fully utilised our deck space. I had a garden table where I created the main decorative set up. The central focus of this set up was the flower arrangement. The theme was woodland decor and the flower arrangement fully complemented the theme. Normally for table set ups, I use bouquets but this time I tried something different and it seemed to work fine. The key thing to remember when setting up a party table is to integrate food into your decor. It’s not always easy to integrate food but try using finger foods as decor objects. For my arrangements, I used biscuits, salads and bread sticks as decor pieces.
During summers we have light till 9 pm but most of my garden parties continue beyond that so I used pontoon lights in the background. You can also use fairy lights and lace curtains as your backdrop to create a vintage look and feel.
I hope you enjoyed reading the post and got to see some new decor ideas for your next garden party. If you would like to see more decor-related blog posts, then let me know.
If you follow me on insta stories, you would know that there is a Zara store next to my office. This means, my lunchtime routine involves checking out new arrivals at Zara. I would like to believe that some of my favourite wardrobe finds are from Zara and I shop there a lot. Over the past few years, I think I have become an avid Zara customer.
I do understand that Zara is fast fashion and is created to tempt us into buying more. But as a fashion lover, I tend to give into fast fashion buys sometimes. I invest in statement fast fashion pieces that I would wear again. One such choice I recently made is this beautiful silk embroidered dress from Zara. At the moment Zara is really championing embroidery trend on the high street. They have some really nice embroidered dresses for your holiday wardrobe.
I love the design and embroidery on this dress. The good thing is that you can dress it up or down depending on your mood. I would love to wear this dress with sneakers to create a very relaxed look. I wore the dress with my tan heels and a tan cross body bag from Next. I recently wore this dress on a bright sunny day and the look was highly appreciated. However, I must add that I felt hot in the dress and wished it had half sleeves. I would say it is not a good option to wear this dress on a hot summer day but perfect for a summer evening out.
Also, most of the summer sale offers are now online. I have curated a list of my top picks here. I hope you can get hold of your size. Good Luck!
Do you compromise comfort over style? When I was in my twenties I did compromise comfort over my high pair of heels. As I grow older and wiser, my style and thoughts about what fashion means to me has evolved. My style has always been relaxed and fairly casual and now that I am a mum of two, I want my outfits to be easy. That’s why today’s topic is about making your everyday khaki trousers look glamorous.
I bought this super comfy, wide-leg khaki trouser from one of my favourite high street brands, Warehouse. What I love about it are the wide and deep pockets on both sides. They come in handy to keep your phone and other bits while on the run. And because they are deep and wide, they keep your belongings safe (I know the pain of fitting your phone in your tight jeans pocket).
I have been wearing these trousers a lot lately but then I had a chance to make them look a bit glam. By pairing a silk lace earthy colour top, you can add a lot of elegance to these casual khaki trousers. Pair them with kitten heels and you are good to go. I am loving my new snake effect kitten heels from Next. They are super versatile and go with a lot of different looks. When you are not in the mood to carry your high heels, these super cute kitten heels do the job brilliantly
This look can take you from work to after-work dinner. Simply change your top. Wear a crisp white shirt for work and swap it with a delicate satin top or camisole for a glam look.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. In the coming weeks I’ll share more about packing for my holiday wardrobe so stay tuned.
As a Londoner, I eagerly wait for the summer months when I can get rid of my heavy coats and jackets. Who doesn’t love the Great British Summer! It is the best time to be in London and explore the city to its fullest. London has so much to offer and even after living here for more than 10 years, I haven’t been able to explore it fully.
Summer calls for your new summer wardrobe, so today on the blog I am sharing my favourite summer tops of all times. This blue embroidered top is from Next and I am planning to spend my entire summer in it. I have styled this top in many different ways and I can’t get enough of it. I wear this top to work, I wear to school drop offs, I will wear it on my holiday…. I wear it everywhere. I have never been so excited about any other top than this one. I love the material – 100% cotton, the embroidery on the sleeves, the tassels string at the neck… What’s not to love about this top? It also comes in red colour. You can shop the top here.
I styled the top with my ripped Zara jeans, black jollychic sandals and my favourite Charles Keith bag. You can wear this top with denim shorts or even dungarees for a more relaxed look.
I recently did a post on embroidered summer tops and this one was up on my list. If you didn’t get a chance to catch that post then read it here. Here are some more summer top ideas for you all.
What are you guys wearing this summer? What would be your favourite go to style? Do share your summer wardrobe with me here.
Today’s post is a special one as I have teamed up with a fellow like-minded blogger, Ameeta Mohata, from ayewanderful.com. Ameeta and I met at a blogging event where we shared our love for blogging. Like me, Ameeta also holds a full time job in the IT industry but does blogging to fulfill her creative aspirations. She writes a travel and lifestyle blog where she shares her passion for travel and discovering new places. While her blog focuses on travel and lifestyle and mine is about fashion/style, we both thought that by collaborating on a ‘Look and Location’ #looksandlocations series we will bring something unique to our readers. So finally we are ready with our very first “Looks and Location’ post.
Our first find is this cute little Parisian tea room near Bank Station called Laduree. Laduree is an ideal place to meet up for a quick coffee catch up after work. Best known for its macarons, Laduree is a French pastry/tea room place. There are a few branches dotted around London and I have heard that the Harrods branch is a must visit. The Bank branch is open till 8 pm, making it a perfect place for a quick catch up after work. Coffee shops do tend to close a bit early as most people prefer to go out for drinks after work. But if you are someone like me who prefers a coffee over drinks, then Laduree is a good option.
Laduree offers a range of macaron flavours, from coffee to raspberry to rose and more. I absolutely loved their macarons. I am not much of a macaron fan as I find them very sweet but these ones just melted in my mouth and weren’t too sweet.
Now let’s focus on our looks. I wore this printed summer dress from H&M. The dress is sleeveless so to make it more work appropriate, I teamed it up with a white crop top. I work in digital design, a creative industry. We have a casual dress code at work which gives me the flexibility to experiment with my looks. But casual dress code still needs to be work appropriate. This print dress seemed to be a decent choice to wear at work as well as for a quick coffee meetup. My accessories were very minimal – just my watch and ring. Ameeta also kept her look fairly relaxed. She wore a cute flower print skirt and teamed it up with a black top. She chose to accessorise it with a gold necklace from New Look. Both our looks had one common theme which was flower prints, making it appropriate for spring/summer.
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Hope you enjoyed reading our very first ‘Looks and Location’ series. If you would like us to explore any new locations around London, then do leave a message below.