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.
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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.
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!