{Brand Collab} Playing dress up with Bubbles Jewellery

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.

Look 1

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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.

Look 2

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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

Look 2 – Dress – Asos | Shoes – F&F

Introducing Chakra Design Studio by IMBYOU

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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

Umrao Jaan Garden Gala

asian fashion blog umrao jaan the rednotebook blogAs 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

Aashni + Co presents A Summer Affair

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Great news all, one of my favourite designer designer Anushreee Reddy will be showcasing the much appreciated The Royal Courtyard collection featured in Lakme fashion week right here in London. Aashni + Co will be hosting an exclusive, summer season extravaganza, A Summer Affair, taking place on Saturday 20th June, 11am – 6pm at Park Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA. The trunk show will curate latest collections by Anushree Reddy, Rose Room Couture and Amishi.

I recently wrote this post ‘The Perfect Outfit for Sisters’ for Think Shaadi and Anushree Reddy was my go to choice for fun and feminine Indian outfits. This is a great opportunity to view her latest collection in person and The Royal Courtyard will be debuting internationally.

The other brand in the trunk show is Rose Room Couture by designers by Isha and Namrata Rajpal with celebrity fans of the label including singer Kanika Kapoor.The strong identity of Rose Room Couture lies in its super-feminine and fantastical style, breaking free from seriousness and old school traditions.  And there will also be Amishi London named after the designer herself. The brand is known for its luxury handbags and jewellery.

The event is right in time for your festive shopping  so save the date and be ready to savour some great designs.

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Aashni + Co presents A Summer Affair

Saturday 20th June, 11am – 6pm

Park Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

Admission: Free to attend

RSVP to attend essential. Please RSVP to: info@aashniandco.com

 

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Introducing VIVA-LUXE.COM

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I love online shopping. Browsing latest collections and designs online is my favorite pass time. I enjoy exploring latest trends for both my Indian and western wardrobe. Living in London I have access to all designer and highstreet brands which would deliver next day. However when it comes to my Indian fashion shopping, delivery time is always an issue. Recently I came across VIVA-LUXE.COM. VIVA-LUXE is a new online destination selling asian designer wear. What sets VIVA-LUXE aside from other e-tail sites is the ease of delivery and 21 days exchange/return policy. They also offer next day delivery on their ready made stock. The great thing is that they offer FREE standard delivery worldwide. Their delivery service looks very attractive to me. Will surely try them out sometime.

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Post Pregnancy Outfit Ideas

Really excited and nervous to share my first video blog with you all. In this video I talk about styling post maternity outfits. Currently I am coming to terms with my new body shape and thinking of ideas to feel body confident. Do watch the video and give me your feedback.

Here is the list of brands I have talked about in the video.

Outfit 1

Dress – http://bit.ly/1LhiIJg

Shirt– http://bit.ly/1ej5rWj

Shoes– http://bit.ly/1HxBI8w

Outfit 2

Dress– http://bit.ly/1LhiIJg

Blazer – http://www.dorothyperkins.com/

Necklace – http://www.hm.com/gb/

Shoes – http://www.hm.com/gb/

Soltee by Sulakshana Monga

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Celebrated couture designer, Sulakshana Monga, will be arriving in the UK to host a three-day trunk show of the latest bridal and cocktail wear collection by her sought after label, Soltee by Sulakshana Monga. The event will take place at the UK boutique at Unit 2, 90-94 Soho Road, Birmingham B21 9DP on Friday 29th May, 12-7pm; Saturday 30th May, 11am-7pm; and Sunday 31st May, 12-6pm.

Sulakshana Monga will be unveiling her Autumn/ Winter 2015 collection, entitled Intrinsic Beauty, after its recent success at Amazon India Fashion Week. For the first time ever, clients and UK fans of the label will be able to book one to one bridal consultations with the designer herself and shop the collection as it makes its debut in the UK.

Sulakshana has been the recipient of coveted accolades including the Shama Prasad Mukherjee Award in the field of Art (2015) and the Bharat Gaurav Award (2014). She is one of the most hyped designers to partake in Amazon India Fashion Week and formerly Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week; India Couture Week; and formerly Lakme Fashion Week.

Trunk Show hosted by Sulakshana Monga

Unit 2, 90-94 Soho Road, Birmingham, B21 9DP

Tel: 0121 554 7543

Friday 29th May, 12-7pm; Saturday 30th May, 11am-7pm;

And Sunday 31st May, 12-6pm

Website: www.soltee.co.uk

Facebook: Soltee by Sulakshana Monga

Twitter: @SolteeUK

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Pinterest: Pinterest.com/SolteeUK

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Aashni & Co Blowout Sample Sale

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Time to grab a good deal ladies. Save the date for the Aashni & Co Blowout Sample Sale on Saturday 16th May, 10am – 6pm at Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AA.

Collections by India’s leading fashion designers such as Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl, Vineet Bahl, Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Indian by Manish Arora, Anand Kabra, Marg by Soumitra and many more will be available to purchase at a FLAT 70 PER CENT OFF!

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This is what Aashni Anshul Doshi (Shah), Founder and Creative Director, Aashni + Co has to say about the event , “The sale is specifically aimed at brides who are looking to purchase on the day. It’s ideal if you’ve been shopping before and have a clear sense of what style dress you’re looking for, so you can find a beautiful gown from our designer samples at a fraction of the retail price.”

Aashni + Co Blowout Sample Sale, Saturday 16th May, 10am – 6pm

Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AA

Email: info@aashniandco.com

Tel: +44 207 985 0155

 

Eid Shopping Soiree – 23rd May London

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The Red Notebook is proud to be associated as the official blogging partner for the Eid Shopping Soiree event – An afternoon that will bring together the crème of Pakistani designers in the UK for the very first time.

Hina Rasim, a leading UK fashion house that offers some of the most celebrated Pakistani designers, will be bringing some celebrated Pakistani designers to London. The Eid Shopping Soiree will showcase the designs of Ammara Khan, Sania Maskatiya, Faiza Samee and Rozina Munib. UK buyers will be treated to exclusive collections of beautiful laces from Ammara Khan, hand block prints on silk from Faiza Samee and Sania Maskatiya’s “Ara-Ornaments” collection which draws inspiration from the art of ornamentation featuring decorative motifs. The exclusive pieces from each designer will not have been seen or be available anywhere in the UK before the event.

Right in time for Eid the event is taking place on Saturday 23rd May at Raddison Blu, Portman square, London W1. Great opportunity to wrap up your Eid shopping. Continue reading

Introducing Raishma – a flair for fusion fashion

Its been a while since I posted something on the blog. Life hasn’t been easy for me in the past few weeks. Initially I was recovering from a traumatic C-section and then trying to adjust to the routine of sleepless nights. Things have calmed down a bit but I am still trying to adjust to my new life. Hopefully I’ll get there in the end. I have been away from the blog so working on a new piece is like therapy for me. I am trying to come out of my shell and get back to a routine. Lately all I have been wanting to do is hide under my duvet and shy away from reality.

To be honest I did not want to do an outfit post as I was very conscious of my post natal body. I looked in my wardrobe and had a ‘I don’t have anything to wear’ moment pretty much everyday. I needed to get out of my pyjamas and being a stylist pushed me to wear clothes that suit my current body shape. So when I received this lovely Kaftan from Raishma couture, I just knew it would suit me. Today’s blog post is about brand Raishma and its lovely fusion fashion collection. Raishma Islam is the creative force behind the brand, designing couture bridal and evening gowns with a fusion twist that the label is so well known for. Raishma had a passion for fashion from a very young age. She was attracted to the glamour and style of the western fashion industry and fabrics from the Indian domain. That’s how her collection was born, with a focus on the fusion style of dressing. Raishma is very passionate about her work and wants to give women a taste of fusion fashion where they can mix their Indian and western wardrobes. Her collection is very versatile and aimed at both traditional and non- traditional customers. What I personally like is the collection of suits and dresses that can be worn as a suit for a traditional event or as a dress. The lovely ready to wear collection is available online at http://www.raishma.co.uk/ and the website is also quiet easy to use. Other than ready-to-wear style, Raishma also offers bespoke bridalwear. Given her flair for fusion fashion, her collection is very popular in mixed raced marriages and registry weddings. You can have a closer look at all the lovely outfits at Raishma’s new store in East Shopping Centre in Green Street.

Here is how I styled the Kaftan: I paired it up with black trousers and tan coloured court shoes. The accessories were in shade of gold to match the outfit – gold bangles, delicate rings and earrings completed my look. I managed to shoot these pictures for the blog in lovely Cotswolds during the bank holiday weekend. It was so fresh and refreshing to get out and do what I love doing. I loved how the Kaftan flattered my shaped. Raishma online offers a range of beautiful Kaftans for you to choose from. You can wear them with or without trousers and go from a day to evening look. I would say this kaftan is ideal for dinner parties or Asian events.

I hope you enjoyed reading the post. I know most women do not feel body confident after delivery but there is no point in hiding under the duvet like me. First step towards feeling body confident is to accept your current body shape and dress to suit your shape. Getting ready for this shoot gave me a lot of confidence to express myself once again through style. I know the journey to getting fitter is long and hard but there is no point in shoving the issue under the carpet. Do share your experiences with me. I look forward to hearing your stories.

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Outfit – Kaftan –  Raishma | Shoes – New Look | Earnings – Zara | Bracelet – Monsoon