Christmas has arrived early! To help you guys find the best Black Friday fashion deals. I have curated a list of some popular fashion brands along with discount codes. Most Black Friday sales will start on Friday 24th Nov and finish on Monday 27th Nov. However some retailers have already started discounting. I will keep updating this list as more sales go live.
So prepare yourself – sit back, grab a cuppa and happy shopping
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Have you started to plan your Christmas activities and parties? The party season is on, ladies, and The Red Notebook blog wants you to look your very best this festive season.
Today on the blog I am sharing some of my favourite fashion finds from our beloved British high street shops. I will focus on my favourite brands and pick out some key pieces for your next Christmas party.
Topshop is a good place for all your trendy party shopping. It always has a unique and glamorous party collection and stocks a good range of LBDs and sequin party dresses. I have selected a few of my personal favourites here.
H&M’s new and more luxurious line, &Other Stories, has some minimalistic glam pieces in its party collection. The party collection boasts of sequin and cosmic prints. Have a look at some of my favourites below.
This brand is the younger sister of Zara. The collection is very trendy and young. The price point is very reasonable and it’s a good place to shop trendy fashion buys. Have a look at some of my favourites here.
I hope you find this post useful and manage to get some black friday discount on your favourite brands. Till then happy shopping.
I love online shopping – it is convenient and works for my busy lifestyle. Recently I discovered TwentyFour fashion – a new online fashion brand featuring chic and sophisticated fashion. Today on the blog I am excited to share my latest collaboration with TwentyFour fashion. Have a look at there Instagram feed here
When TwentyFour fashion approached me for a collaboration, I readily agreed because their collection resonates with me. Most of their clothes are elegantly fashionable. The collection oozes sophistication without being boring. Their pieces can be worn repeatedly without feeling old or out of trend. Some of the classic styles are timeless and can be dressed up or down. With the Christmas party season so close, I have selected a few key pieces for some party fashion inspiration.
I was dreading the approaching winter months in London because that means my coats have to come out of the closet. Sometimes I avoid wearing coats – they are heavy and bulky and restrict motion. Given a choice, I would love to spend my winters in just cosy and snug oversized jumpers.
In my desperate attempt to find a lightweight everyday coat, I came across this Dogtooth Boyfriend Coat from F&F. I love this coat for two reasons: firstly it’s extremely light, which means I do not have to feel restricted in my outfit. Secondly, I love the straight cut and tailored finish. It looks smart and the check print is very much on trend. This coat might not qualify as your essential winter coat but it is a good pre-winter coat.
How I styled it.
To feel extra snug in this coat, wear it with a good cashmere sweater. The high street is flooded with some very reasonable cashmere options. I have compiled a list of some cashmere jumpers from our high street – have a look at some of the best finds here.
I had a quick look at what high-street shops are doing in the coat department and here are some of my favourite finds. I hope we all manage to get our coats ready in time for winters. Browse my coat edit here.
I have been meaning to get a clothes rail in my bedroom for so long. I am seriously considering it as it would help me to organise my looks ahead of the working week. Every season I tend to have a few personal favourites and they become my go-to clothing items. It’s no different this season. When I am not able to find anything in my wardrobe, I just grab my seasonal favourites.
This year I bought this snug oversized jumper from Mango and I am loving it. I love oversized jumpers – they are cosy, effortless and perfect for the weekend. On weekends I wear it with denim but last week I decided to wear it to work. To make the jumper look appropriate for work, I paired it with black trousers. I work in digital design so we have a very flexible workwear policy. This look might not be appropriate in a corporate environment but definitely apt for media/digital/marketing companies.
I have listed down a few ways of wearing this jumper. Here is how you can style it.
Wear it with a pair of ripped skinny jeans and trainers. I usually wear my heat-tech vest from Uniqlo under this jumper to keep me extra sung.
Day brunch look
Wear it with a pleated skirt, sock boots and cross body bag for a relaxed day look.
What do you guys like wearing on weekends? Do let me know.
As millions of people all over the world celebrated the most awaited Hindu festival of the year, I sat down and had a look at memories created from this year.
I always wish to do a lot more around Diwali but only manage to get limited things done. With a full-on working week and kids, I end up leaving things to the very last minute. Luckily I have nice Indian shops in my high street, so any last-minute requirement can always be taken care of. There are a few different things I try to do on Diwali and here are my favourites
Diwali crafts with kids
Pom Pom Diwali Thali
As a mum of two, I enjoy Diwali crafts with my kids. I have to confess that I am not a craft person but do try and make it fun for the kids. Every year we paint diyas and use them to decorate our pooja area. This year we created a kids version of a pooja thali. This project was totally impromptu and luckily we managed to find stuff in our craft box.
To create kids pooja thali
– Take a paper plate and cover it with glue.
– Sprinkle loads of glitter to cover the base.
– Use craft pom poms (you can find them in any craft shops) and glue them on the edge of the plate. Since I just used our existing stock hence I do not have a colour scheme but you can create a colour scheme and choose pom pom colours accordingly.
– Put a hand painted diya in the middle and you are ready to go.
Diwali/ Festive decor
This is a top priority on my list. I love prepping the house on Diwali and trying different decor ideas. I spend most of my day in setting up the house, getting things ready for pooja and cooking. This year I created a few Diwali setups. Have a look at some Diwali decor inspirations below.
Decorated my room furniture with flowers and candles.
Mithai table decoration.
Created floor rangoli using paan leaves and flowers.
Main diya thali.
Decoration with marigold garlands. I managed to get marigold flowers from East Ham, just in time for Diwali.
Diwali dinner and food table setting.
Getting ready for Diwali
This is my favourite bit of all. My style aesthetics is an expression of who I am and I love being creative about it. I use style as my creative canvas to express myself fully and put myself out there. This year I wore an aqua blue, high collar long kurta with block print. I paired the kurta with white wide leg trousers from Zara. This is a very relaxed indo western look. You can also wear this kurta with tribal silver jewellery and create a more ethnic look. My kurta is from Shreedesignz.
So that was my Diwali. I hope you got to create some lovely memories this year. Let me know what’s your favourite thing to do around Diwali.
Guess what is making a comeback this winter? Yes ladies, velvet is very much on trend this season and making a huge comeback. It is such a rich fabric and always gives the outfit a very regal look. Since many celebrities and top fashion bloggers are sporting this trend, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about my favourite velvet high street finds.This year velvet has suddenly become the ‘in’ thing and is back in every fashion-forward-girl’s wardrobe. I have done a quick recce of what’s available on our high street and managed to find some jewels.
My first find is this royal velvet pleated a-line midi skirt from M&S. This is a perfect day-to-evening choice. Wear it with a cashmere jumper during the day and then pair it with a black lace cami and blazer for an evening look. The skirt comes in a choice of four colours so do have a look.
Let’s now talk about velvet blazers. There are so many velvet blazer options available on the high street now, and one of my favourite finds is this green velvet blazer from Monsoon. I love the cropped sleeves and padded shoulder – it creates a very smart look. If you are not much of a risk taker then try it in black, and pair it with a silk blouse and denim. If you want to make a statement, then go with the green.
My next find is this velvet palazzo trouser. This would be a good addition to your winter wardrobe. Pair this trouser with a silk cami or shirt to create an effortless look.
If you love wearing dresses then you would appreciate this beauty – a cutout velvet dress. The sapphire blue colour is appropriate for the party season. For a formal office party, this would be an ideal choice. Team the dress with pearls or diamond accessories to create an elegant party look.
Hope you enjoyed my velvet trend finds from the high street. See some more velvet trend options here.
Some time back I did a special blog post called the ‘Looks and Location Series’, where I collaborated with Ameeta from Ayewanderful.com. The purpose of doing this series is to explore unique venues in London for quick after-work meetups and experiment with fashion. Today’s post is all about our next find and how we can wear our Autumn style.
For a quick coffee after work, we found this cute little in-store café – Saucer & Spritz in Oasis flagship store in Tottenham Court Road store. This is a relatively new store that launched last year. It’s a concept store created to engage shoppers and provide more than just clothes shopping. The store offers Saucer & Spritz cafe, Pin & Polish nail bar and personal styling services. If you want to mix some fashion, pampering and coffee then this place is for you. The interiors offer a relaxed setting and take inspiration from the tropical lifestyle. I also just found out that the Tottenham Court Road store is playing host to a series of special readings with three inspiring authors. You can book your tickets here.
What we wore
I chose this dark bottle green coloured floral dress. As we were meeting up after work on a Friday, I thought it would be an appropriate option. I am not a big fan of florals but I just couldn’t resist this beauty. I love the dark colour, truly appropriate for autumn, and if I wear it with a black biker jacket then it balances the overall look without making you look overly feminine. The dress is from Zara and I seriously debated in my head whether or not to buy it. In the end, I gave into the temptation and was glad I did so. This dress is a key autumn/winter item in my closet. It also follows the autumn floral trend which is a key look this season. You can dress it up or down, wear it from day to night and I could give ten more reasons to justify my purchase. I loved the dress, hence bought it. It wasn’t an impulsive purchase but a very considered decision. I paired the dress with a burgundy cross body bag from Mango and some minimal jewellery.
Shop my look here
Ameeta opted for a very classic look. She wore this white shirt with pussy bow details and paired it with everyday denim. She did a great job in carrying her
outfit from work to after-work meetup. What added some drama to her look was the fuchsia pink sandals which helped in glamming up her look.
We had a lovely time chatting about blogging and other useful stuff that girls talk about. The venue was warm and welcoming and I would definitely recommend this place for an after-work coffee meetup. I hope you enjoyed our second post in the Looks and Location Series. If you want us to explore any new venues or
have suggestions, then do let us know.
A warm comfy jumper is my favourite winter clothing item. Personally, I love oversized woolly jumpers – can pretty much spend my entire winters in them. I am not a big fan of winter coats – find them bulky and restrictive – and thus try and avoid them as much as possible. Unfortunately, I do need them to survive in the extreme cold winters. But today we are not talking about coats, we are talking about jumpers!!
When it comes to my western wardrobe, I mainly stock basic-coloured jumpers like grey, blacks, creams and stripes. An odd red or pink might find its way through sometimes but mostly I have the basic colour range. Since red is the colour of the season, I was tempted to add some colour to my wardrobe and investing into a coloured jumper is a good way of doing that.
Even though red is the colour of the season, I wasn’t keen on shopping for it – I already have a red jumper in my collection. But I still wanted to try something different. In my quest for a lightweight jumper (I have loads of thick ones so wanted to buy a lightweight one) I bought this bright orange jumper from one of my favourite brands, Warehouse. What I love about this jumper is that it is lightweight and ideal for layering. Wear it with a classic black biker jacket, dark denims and your crisp Autumn day look is ready. Another good thing to note is that this jumper comes with a tapered cut rather than a straight cut which is ideal for a pear body-shape like mine. It takes the attention away from lower body area and gives a slimming effect. The jeans I am wearing here are super comfy and a perfect fit for me. They are straight leg jeans, again ideal for my body shape. I love these jeans as they are dark and have a slimming effect on the legs.I also wore a hat with this look to add some Parisian touch to my outfit.I think I’ll be wearing this jumper a lot this season and when it gets way more colder, a heavy coat will come to my rescue.
I hope you enjoyed reading my jumper Autumn look. If you are looking for some high street jumper options then have a look at my recommended list below.
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.