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.
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;
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!
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
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 →
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.
Calling all would be brides, mum in laws, bridesmaids and of course grooms to the Asian Bride Live bridal show at ICC Birmingham on Sunday 15th March. Asian Bride Live is now returning to the ICC Birmingham for the second year running on Sunday 15thMarch 2015. The show is organised by Asian Bride magazine, one of UK’s biggest Asian wedding publication. I did attend one of their shows in London last year and really enjoyed the experience of exploring and discovering new brands. What I enjoyed most was the fashion show, that was finely choreographed and a treat for the eyes. This year’s live catwalk has now been upgraded to its own room to create even more theatre for the day.
I personally recommend attending bridal shows in preparation for your big day. You get access to all wedding vendors under one roof. So whether you are looking for photographers, cake makers, makeup artists, caterers or décor companies you will find them all at Asian Bride Live. It’s a good place to start your wedding preparation list. If you have already started planning you wedding then the Asian Bride Live will help you pick up some ideas plus you might be in for some discount from the vendors. The organisers have taken care of your entertainment needs as well – there’ll be the finest in wedding entertainment from dancers to magicians, cabaret acts and musicians, not to mention the best DJs in town.
So go meet the wedding experts on 15th March 2015 at ICC Birmingham and discover all your wedding needs under one roof. See full details below
Date: Sun 15th March 2015
Doors open: 10.30am (Fashion shows at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm)
Address: The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA
It’s a coincidence that my due date is 14th Feb and I am hoping it turns out to be that day. Even though I won’t be able to venture out much, I still want to make it a special occasion.
Fine dining, night out, movie date seem to be some great options to spend the special day with your loved one. But who says you can’t have the same fun indoors? Here is how I intend to treat us special. I hope you will enjoy the idea of sweet treats in bed.
So with only a week to go before the big date, the countdown is on. I thought it would be a good time to share my final thoughts with you. This time I am feeling a lot more relaxed as I know what to expect, and eagerly looking forward to the new phase in my life. Continue reading →
Really excited to share this very special post with you all. Have to warn you that it is a long post but I had lots to share too! Last weekend I went to the most awaited Asian wedding show in London courtesy Aashni + Co. I think it’s probably the first time in London we had so many Indian fashion luminaries under one roof. I was in designer heaven – from top tier designers like Sabyasachi andTarun Tahiliani to new emerging talent like Anushree Reddy and Arpita Mehta.
I have to say that the event was very grand. It presented high-end bridal and occasion wear to the UK audience. Continue reading →
Few weeks back my friends hosted an intimate baby shower to welcome the new phase of our lives. I am thankful for the love and support I receive from my circle of friends, who are more like immediate family. Luckily it wasn’t a surprise for me so I had the time to plan my outfit. Continue reading →