Events

Anita Dongre and Sonam Kapoor at DIVALICIOUS LONDON

I recently went to DIVAlicious London which hosted renowned Indian designer Anita Dongre in exclusive soiree with Sonam Kapoor. After amassing cult popularity the world over in destinations such as the UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, London played host to a unique, luxury boutique pop-up exhibition – ‘DIVAlicious 2017’ – on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017 at The May Fair Hotel, London.

International film and fashion icon Sonam Kapoor graced the event. On the by-lines of the exhibition, DIVAlicious London’s partner The Rack – by Kachins presented renowned celebrity fashion designer Anita Dongre. Hot off the ramp of India’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale, Anita Dongre has been at the forefront of fashion for over 20 years, having created one of the most successful fashion houses in India. A metaphor for supreme craftsmanship, Anita Dongre’s designs showcase Indian aesthetics in a contemporary language.  Inspired by Rajasthan and India’s rich craft tradition, her handcrafted bridal gotapatti lehengas and handwoven heritage benarasi creations are coveted by brides across the world. Anita Dongre’s commitment to revive, sustain and empower the Indian crafts and textiles led her to launch Grassroot, a sustainable and eco-conscious luxury prêt label. DIVAlicious London marked Anita Dongre’s inaugural London showcase. The event showcased Anita Dongre’s acclaimed collection “Alchemy” (A Magical Transformation).

Private banker turned full time fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia launched DIVAlicious in Dubai in 2011.  This is what she had to say about the event “We had a resounding weekend in London with a great turn out. With the reception we received, I can immediately claim that we will be back again next year and hope to make it an annual spring affair for the fashion-conscious market that is London.  Our next step is Nairobi, Kenya!”

I enjoyed exploring the new Anita Dongre’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale collection. It was stunning and the designs were very fresh and feminine. The good thing is that these designs can be bought directly from http://shop.anitadongre.com/. Do have a look at the website and you will find all the latest pieces there.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Me with Anita Dongre

I also came across a brand called Azuli by Nikki from Bombay. I really liked some of the pieces in her collection and tried this cream colour straight kurta. The one I am wearing in this picture has yellow embroidery but I ordered the same design with peach coloured embroidery.

Me wearing Azuli by Nikki

Azuli By Nikki

 

I also spotted this stunning pearl work kurta by Mehreen Noorani. Mehreen Noorani  is a Dubai based brand and you can find them on facebook here.

 

Next stop was Payal Jain. Her collection included lots of creams and whites. I tried this white embroidered anarkali on me. I loved the all-over embroidery and the colour.

Me in Payal Jain

 

Also spotted the lady behind CILVANA Designs wearing one of her beautiful pieces.

CILVANA Designs

 

 

In the end if was a good fashion fun day and like always, it was great to bump into some of my blogger friends. I also bumped into one of my competition winners and she was really happy to be there.

Me at the event

I hope you enjoyed exploring some new brands. Do let me know your favorites.

 

Events

DIVAlicious London – Fashion Event Giveaway

After enjoying huge success world over in destinations such as the UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, London is set to host a unique, luxury boutique pop-up exhibition – ‘DIVAlicious 2017’ – on Saturday 25th and Sunday & 26th March 2017 at The May Fair Hotel, London. 

Time: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Address: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton St, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT

We are so excited to announce a new giveaway on the blog in collaboration with DIVAlicious. One lucky winner will have the opportunity to get two complimentary tickets to the event and have the opportunity to see, experience and purchase creations by over 20 established and emerging Indian designers. For a chance to win please see the competition conditions below.

  1. The contest is applicable only to the people living in UK.
  2. LIKE my Facebook page
  3. LIKE the Facebook page of  DIVAlicious  https://www.facebook.com/pg/DDIVAliciouss
  4. Share my competition post on Facebook with  hashtag #DIVAlicious
  5. Follow me on Instagram at @Mandavi
  6. Use the hashtag #DIVAlicious in your entries on Facebook and Instagram

The last day of entry is Thursday 23th March 2017 

Good Luck !

 

DIVAlicious London – luxury boutique pop-up exhibition

The finest Indian designer apparel will be brought to the event courtesy of The Rack – by Kachins, a luxurious multi-designer retail hub part of Kachins Group, the iconic Dubai-based suit makers. The designer collections they will showcase at the event include: Anita DongreeAnamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Pankaj&Nidhi, Payal Singhal and Tarun Tahiliani.

DIVAlicious was launched in Dubai by Private banker turned fulltime fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia She says –  “DIVAlicious’ success has been driven by a gap in the market we first identified. Most of the time, international Indian fashion exhibits just cover haute designer apparel, however we also invite affordable brands to showcase their creations to provide a holistic and direct-to- consumer shopping experience for customers, under one roof.”

This is a great opportunity to explore some of the finest fashion designers from India right here in London.  So make sure you book your diaries now.

 

 

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Ethnic wear from Palanquine



 

If you are looking for something unique for your next festive party, then look no further. Today on the blog we have a lovely collaboration with Palanquine by Sandhya Shah. Palanquine is a designer fashion brand based in Mumbai and they now have a base in London too. The brand does a range of trendy, indo-western styles along with a traditional ethnic collection. The one I am wearing today is a very fresh sky blue coloured embroidered kurta and palazzo set. This look is apt for summer wedding events or festive parties. The kurta is heavily embroidered and the palazzo is lightweight. It comes with a net dupatta with some gotta patti work.

The outfit is a slightly dressier version of the normal palazzo suit but it has a glam factor. If you want to dress up and choose something different for your traditional wardrobe, then go for this palazzo set. The sky blue colour looks pretty and makes the dusty gold zari work shine. I also like the work on the palazzo much better than wearing plain trousers. With this kind of an outfit you do not need to accessorise much – I just wore some pearl drop earrings from Jewellery by Divya Chugh which complimented my look.

‘Palanquine’ is an ethnic designer wear company which has been manufacturing &  marketing its products since 1990. Sandhya Shah designer cum founder is  committed to keeping ‘Palanquine” as a high profile, trendy, exclusive and top quality ethnic brand of ethnic wear for the modern woman and the range comprises Salwar Kameezes, Ghagra Cholis, and Sarees & Blouses. The urge to
grow, further initiated the company to expand its range to Indo Western outfits for evening wear such as Evening Gowns, Skirts, Dresses, Shirts, Corsets & Tunics. The range covers casual wear, festive wear and bridal wear. So one can adorn the wardrobe from ‘Palanquine’ for being trendily dressed from Morning to Night.

Contact details
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info@palanquine.com
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Little girl birthday party decor ideas

Planning your little girl’s birthday party?  I have a decor project to share with you. Few months back I planned my daughter’s 5th birthday party. Organising a birthday party these days is a massive project in itself. I remember when we were kids, birthday parties were just about getting together with friends at home and eating some good food. Things have changed a bit for this generation and now it is all about entertaining the kids and keeping them occupied.

Organising a party is a time-consuming task but what I love the most about it is decorating the space. Creating a beautiful space gives me an adrenaline rush and I love bringing my ideas to reality. On the blog today I am sharing some decor images from my little girl’s party. The venue was the basement of a pub and that’s why the lighting is bit dark. In my décor, I have used my existing collectables. The cake was a big part of my decor and complemented the vintage bird cage. I used silk flower accessories to add freshness to the table. As you know, kids parties always start on time and I had only an hour or so to bring this vision to life. I couldn’t do a few things which I wanted to but I hope you enjoy the photo story below. Here are some quick tips which I have learnt from my experience

1. Ask for help – I am sure we all multitask and think we can manage on our own but trust me if you want to bring your decor vision to life, you would need additional pair for hands.

2. Draw a rough plan of the room/space and mark out how you want areas to be decorated.

3. Buy your party supplies few weeks in advance so that you don’t have to do any last-minute shopping.

4. Enjoy with your kids and their friends. This one is the most important.

Enjoy the photo story here.




















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Happy 2017

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Hello lovely people. Happy New Year ! Welcome to 2017. Hope you all had a wonderful start to the year and managed to set new goals. I also made a new year resolution and plan to follow it through. My new year resolution is to be The Best Version of Myself. Yes it’s simple, isn’t it?

I know it is not always easy to be the best version of oneself when all I want to do is hide under my duvet all day. This is one of the most important questions I can ask myself: ‘How can I be the best version of myself in 2017?’. Mind you, when I say ‘being the best version of myself’, I do not mean comparing myself with others. My only competition is the reflection in my mirror. One thing I like about entering into the new year is the opportunity to reset the system and focus on what’s important. This new year, I would like to connect with myself at a deeper level and be with the individual I am. It’s time to step up my game in 2017 and have a blast.

So starting on this positive note, I have a very fresh winter look on the blog. My look on the blog today celebrates winter and start of 2017. The camel coat I am wearing here is from NEXT which I bought last year. I love the colour of this coat and the fit is very structured. Camel coat is a classic. It comes back every year. It is very versatile, you can wear it to work and also on the weekend. To create a weekend look just pair it up with a jumper, knee ripped jeans and trainers.

I wore it with a pastel brown jumper and blue jeans. I have been wearing this look to work. The styling is very simple as it follows a very neutral palette. If you would like to enrich your winter coat collection with a classic camel-hued coat then shop some of my favourites here

 

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Exclusive interview with SRK’s stylist in Raees

SRK’s look from the movie Raees is getting rave reviews. With kajal in his eyes and wearing a pathani suit, he is looking his part. The Red Notebook got a chance to catch up with his stylist in the movie, Sheetal Sharma. Let’s see what he had to say about styling SRK.

Tell us about your journey. How did you get into styling?

My first project was a movie called “Miss Lovely” in 2010. I was just fresh out of college and got this project. It was a critically acclaimed film and the looks were very real. Personally, I enjoy styling everyday, real characters and creating realistic looks. Hence I really enjoyed this project. Continue Reading

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Vatika Naturals Egg Protein Range & Festive Holiday Look

Hope you guys enjoyed watching the video above. I loved the egg and honey shampoo from Vatika. It’s specially good for the winter months. Egg is a natural conditioner and does wonders to your hair. I can definitely feel a difference in my hair texture after using the egg shampoo. Also the egg hair mask was a great conditioning product and made my hair all smooth. If you want to try any of products mentioned in the video then follow this link.


After styling my hair I did this metallic festive look. I am in love with this metallic gold skirt from Oasis. It is definitely an investment piece for my  wardrobe. There are so many ways I can style this skirt for various occasions. For this particular look, I have adopted a cosy style. Wearing this metallic skirt with a high neck jumper makes this outfit perfectly apt for a Christmas lunch date. 
I love wearing knitwear over skirts. It looks very trendy and gives an edge to your outfit.

So this is my last look for 2016. I will be sharing a lot more in 2017, especially my Indian wardrobe. Thank you all for being such a big part of my blog journey. I hope to see you all very soon in the new year.




Outfit details
Skirt – Oasis
Jumper – Next
Shoes – New Look
Bag – Warehouse
Interior Design

Christmas celebrations 2016

Christmas has arrived at The Red Notebook HQ in London. My last weekend was spent sorting out old Christmas decor and chucking away loads of rubbish. We also managed to make space for our lovely tree in the Living room. So finally, we welcomed the festive spirit in full glory.

Browsing local flea markets and high street shops fuels my decor inspiration. Every year it starts to feel a little festive for me once I start working on decor ideas. So this year we have a red and white festive theme. Irrespective of the space you have, you can go full out to adorn your abode with festive decor. Today I am sharing some very simple decor ideas that I worked on this year to welcome the spirit of Christmas.

  • Festive garland on the mantelpiece

Decorating your mantelpiece can immediately bring some festive warmth to your living space. Decorate your mantelpiece with festive garland and tea lights this Christmas. I bought this one from Christmas markets at Muswell Hill. Your local Christmas markets are full of festive inspirations and unique ideas – do pay them a visit.


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  • Use a festive table cloth

Set the table for an unforgettable Christmas lunch/dinner using a festive table cloth. It’s also the time when your loved dining table will be used the most. So show some extra love by decorating it with festive table cloth and coasters.

  •  Cake stand and Candles as a centerpiece

Cake stands are very versatile. You can use them to serve food or even as a table centrepiece. I have used my cake stand with a pillar candle and a small berry wreath to create a beautiful centrepiece.

 

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The Red Notebook had a great 2016 and I would like to thank all my lovely readers and followers for following our fashion and style journey. I hope we managed to add some fashion fun in your everyday life. Wishing you all a very, very happy holiday season.

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Stay warm and look good

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Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready for the freezing winters ahead! The mercury has been plummeting to sub zero temperatures lately. Dressing up to repel the chill and still look your best can be a struggle, when all you want to do is to stay in bed. Winters do call for festive outdoor Christmas fairs and markets. So get some cosy comfort to your winter wardrobe and get ready to brave the chill in style.

Todays’ post is all about how to dress warm and still look good. The outfit I am sporting today is super comfy and everyday winter style; something you can sport at Christmas, markets, walk in the woods, school pick up and more. The real winner of this look is the extremely warm quilted coat from Mango . This coat has become my trusted companion to brave the cold this season. To me it feels like a wearable duvet, perfect for my early, dark mornings. Wearing this coat on its own would be boring so I teamed it up with some complementary layers like a cosy grey knitwear from H&M and red plaid scarf from Gap.

Try moving away from all black/grey looks by adding striking accessories like a bright patterned scarf. This is a very laid back and relaxed look for your winter wardrobe. I added some more warmth by wearing these ever so comfortable knee high boots from M&S. These are one of the most comfortable knee high shoes I have very owned. I don’t even feel like talking them off – super snug and extremely comfortable to wear. The cutest bit of this look is my pom-pom beanie from Asos. Pom-pom beanies have a been a craze this season. They are a cute alternative to hats. Style Tip : Wear the hat slightly back to show of your fringe.

The trick to winter wear is in styling your main coat/jacket.  Padded jackets have flooded the catwalk and the high street. It is a major trend this season. So wrap yourself in a gorgeous duvet like jacket and enjoy the festive outdoor atmosphere in style.

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Timeless Blazer for Christmas Parties

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Christmas is just around the corner, and one thing is for sure; we can’t stop thinking of the delicious festive food or the festive clothing for the upcoming and super exciting parties. Even though, we are ready for a mouth-watering lunch or dinner anytime, when it comes to “I have a party to attend, but what do I wear now?”, we would probably get panicked and answer with the oh-so-classic “ I have nothing to wear!”.

In order to keep our calmness and never “lose it” when that time comes, the best tactic for a girl is, to always be perfectly prepared. Investing in a gorgeous sparkly or velvet dress, sounds like the only idea that comes in mind, but sometimes depending on our mood, we just can’t be bothered to wear something too girly or over-exposing. There is no need to worry; other equally beautiful and eye-catching outfit ideas like the look I’m wearing here, are available for you to get inspired.

The truth is that a formal dress makes us feel feminine and pretty, but have you tried wearing a tux with high heels? Power dressing even for parties, has the ability to not only make us look well-dressed, but also to uplift and boost our confidence like anything else. It’s just a different, sexy and powerful feeling, that you are able to understand only if you try it.

In today’s post, I’m showing you how to master the power dressing, if you fancy giving it a go during these Holidays. A simple yet luxurious black blazer, combined with a sleek black pair of trousers featuring a velvet trimming detail, is the way to go. A beautiful v-neck silk top, in a cream colour is the best option in order to give a little light in your outfit and make it stand out. Finish the look by adding a pair of high heels and voilà! As for makeup, a red, vampy or dark fuchsia lipstick will enhance the beauty of the monochrome outfit even more.

Elegant, stylish and classy. Would you wear it?

Outfit details :

Blazer – Oasis Fashion | Shoes – Aldo | Bag – Monsoon | Top – Asos

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