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What I Wore On Holiday

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.


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Will touch base soon in few weeks as I will be away in India for a wedding. Till then stay stylish.
P.S. wait for more Indian looks on the blog.
Interior Design

Summer Garden Party Decor Ideas

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.

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Dress Love

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!

Fashion

Everyday Glam

Do you compromise comfort over style? When I was in my twenties I did compromise comfort over my high pair of heels. As I grow older and wiser, my style and thoughts about what fashion means to me has evolved. My style has always been relaxed and fairly casual and now that I am a mum of two, I want my outfits to be easy. That’s why today’s topic is about making your everyday khaki trousers look glamorous.

I bought this super comfy, wide-leg khaki trouser from one of my favourite high street brands, Warehouse. What I love about it are the wide and deep pockets on both sides. They come in handy to keep your phone and other bits while on the run. And because they are deep and wide, they keep your belongings safe (I know the pain of fitting your phone in your tight jeans pocket).

I have been wearing these trousers a lot lately but then I had a chance to make them look a bit glam. By pairing a silk lace earthy colour top, you can add a lot of elegance to these casual khaki trousers. Pair them with kitten heels and you are good to go. I am loving my new snake effect kitten heels from Next. They are super versatile and go with a lot of different looks. When you are not in the mood to carry your high heels, these super cute kitten heels do the job brilliantly

This look can take you from work to after-work dinner. Simply change your top. Wear a crisp white shirt for work and swap it with a delicate satin top or camisole for a glam look.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. In the coming weeks I’ll share more about packing for my holiday wardrobe so stay tuned.

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My favourite summer top

As a Londoner, I eagerly wait for the summer months when I can get rid of my heavy coats and jackets. Who doesn’t love the Great British Summer!  It is the best time to be in London and explore the city to its fullest. London has so much to offer and even after living here for more than 10 years, I haven’t been able to explore it fully.

Summer calls for your new summer wardrobe, so today on the blog I am sharing my favourite summer tops of all times. This blue embroidered top is from Next and I am planning to spend my entire summer in it. I have styled this top in many different ways and I can’t get enough of it. I wear this top to work, I wear to school drop offs, I will wear it on my holiday…. I wear it everywhere. I have never been so excited about any other top than this one.  I love the material – 100% cotton, the embroidery on the sleeves, the tassels string at the neck… What’s not to love about this top? It also comes in red colour. You can shop the top here.

I styled the top with my ripped Zara jeans, black jollychic sandals and my favourite Charles Keith bag. You can wear this top with denim shorts or even dungarees for a more relaxed look.

I recently did a post on embroidered summer tops and this one was up on my list. If you didn’t get a chance to catch that post then read it here. Here are some more summer top ideas for you all.

What are you guys wearing this summer? What would be your favourite go to style? Do share your summer wardrobe with me here.

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Looks and Location Blog Series

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Today’s post is a special one as I have teamed up with a fellow like-minded blogger, Ameeta Mohata, from ayewanderful.com. Ameeta and I met at a blogging event where we shared our love for blogging. Like me, Ameeta also holds a full time job in the IT industry but does blogging to fulfill her creative aspirations. She writes a travel and lifestyle blog where she shares her passion for travel and discovering new places. While her blog focuses on travel and lifestyle and mine is about fashion/style, we both thought that by collaborating on a ‘Look and Location’ #looksandlocations series we will bring something unique to our readers. So finally we are ready with our very first “Looks and Location’ post.

Our first find is this cute little Parisian tea room near Bank Station called Laduree. Laduree is an ideal place to meet up for a quick coffee catch up after work. Best known for its macarons, Laduree is a French pastry/tea room place. There are a few branches dotted around London and I have heard that the Harrods branch is a must visit. The Bank branch is open till 8 pm, making it a perfect place for a quick catch up after work. Coffee shops do tend to close a bit early as most people prefer to go out for drinks after work. But if you are someone like me who prefers a coffee over drinks, then Laduree is a good option.

Laduree offers a range of macaron flavours, from coffee to raspberry to rose and more. I absolutely loved their macarons. I am not much of a macaron fan as I find them very sweet but these ones just melted in my mouth and weren’t too sweet.

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Now let’s focus on our looks. I wore this printed summer dress from H&M. The dress is sleeveless so to make it more work appropriate, I teamed it up with a white crop top. I work in digital design, a creative industry. We have a casual dress code at work which gives me the flexibility to experiment with my looks. But casual dress code still needs to be work appropriate. This print dress seemed to be a decent choice to wear at work as well as for a quick coffee meetup. My accessories were very minimal – just my watch and ring. Ameeta also kept her look fairly relaxed. She wore a cute flower print skirt and teamed it up with a black top. She chose to accessorise it with a gold necklace from New Look. Both our looks had one common theme which was flower prints, making it appropriate for spring/summer.

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Hope you enjoyed reading our very first ‘Looks and Location’ series. If you would like us to explore any new locations around London, then do leave a message below.

 

Events

SUMMER PREVIEW

One more exciting event for your diaries. SUMMER PREVIEW exhibition and trunk show on Friday 9th June, 11am – 7pm, Albemarle Suite, Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7TN.

SUMMER PREVIEW will once again comprise a multi-designer, luxury edit of the finest fashion, accessory and lifestyle collections, hosted by fashion influencers and tastemakers, Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad. The free to attend event will showcase seasonal collections by leading names in South Asian couture.

Participating designers from India, Pakistan and Hong Kong include Pakistani king of couture Umar Sayeed, known worldwide for his heritage label, House of Umar Sayeed; inimitable, Pakistani fashion pioneer.

Rana Noman, sought after label Delphi, prêt and couture impresario, Reema Zahid, AnA by Anu Singh and Archana Bhushan, whose collections present a rich depiction of India’s stylistic diversity, from sarees and anarkali’s to churidar kurtas, featuring the distinctive crafts of chikan kari, gota patti and zardozi.

London-based Hema Thakorlal, known for her subtle-toned, classic sarees to bright, floor-length gowns. Kamaali Couture, synonymous with bridal and cocktail collections featuring feminine drapes and bejeweled embroideries with a touch of western aesthetics.

JMD ‘Design to Empower’, that showcases the art and craft of female artisans in India, who have learnt and practiced traditional hand embroidery techniques for generations;

JR Jewelry, combining silver pieces with precious and semi-precious stones, popular with celebrities such as Parineeti Chopra and Baahubali actress, Tamannaah Bhatia.

Rĕsa Fine Jewellery, spearheaded by Megha Malik, whose distinctive and statement pieces embody exquisite design and fine craftsmanship.

JADAU by Kanwal Toor, featuring intricate, handmade jewellery embedded with precious and semi-precious stones, marking an evolution of elegance passed down through India’s rich history of art and design; and Crystal Bags by Sago, a luxury brand that specialises in exquisite bags, encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

SUMMER PREVIEW

Friday 9th June, 11am – 7pm

Albemarle Suite, Grosvenor House Hotel 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7TN

Free to attend

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Aashni + Co presents The Spring Summer Bridal & Luxury Prêt Trunk Show

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Get ready for your exclusive Indian designer fashion trunk show hosted by Aashani & Co this Friday, 9th June  (11am – 6pm) at their multi-brand store in Notting Hill. We have heard that shoppers will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the designers themselves so do book your diaries now.

As a UK exclusive, shoppers will have the chance to discover and browse the avant-garde and fashion forward designs by Gaurav Gupta; the delicate and feminine styles with an edge by Varun Bahl; and exquisite, heirloom worthy jewels by Sunita Shekhawat.

Sunita Shekhawat

Shoppers will also get an insight into their heirloom and existing jewellery pieces at the show from an expert and are invited to bring their pieces along. A mix of winning ensembles and jewellery, the collections will comprise bridal and trousseau staples as well as pieces for the entire wedding squad, presented by the fashion luminaries themselves.

See details below

The Spring Summer 17 Bridal & Luxury Prêt Trunk Show

Friday 9th June, 11am – 6pm

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

Free Entry

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My visit to London Luxe

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I went to London Luxe, a  fashion & lifestyle event in London, organised by Fashion capsule. Events like these provide a platform for new upcoming designers to showcase their designs to a larger audience. They give people like me options to explore unique brands that we wouldn’t come across in London.

The event was held at Grosvenor house, a very central location. See all the details about the event here

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

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I had a lovely time exploring new brands and here are a few of my favourites.

Rashma Sud Jewellery

Normally I do not mention a lot of Indian jewellery brands on my blog post just because there aren’t many good ones out there, but I have to mention  Rashma Sud Jewellery. I loved their stuff – very elegant and classy. I saw some interesting pieces like this colourful choker set sbove. If you are looking for good quality costume jewellery, then do pay them a visit. They also do semi-precious jewellery.

Suram Fashion By Gypsy Mahajan

 

What a beautiful collection they had. I fell in love with most of the pieces on display. Suram Fashions is an Ethnic Indian designer wear brand from New Delhi India. The lady behind the brand, Gypsy Mahajan, is very approachable and can customise outfits to suit your needs. The outfit can be easily shipped to London as well. I tried on a few thing from her collection and this green sharara set was a bright and refreshing colour to wear.

Suram Fashions has a dedicated team of designers working with them to create fresh unique outfits. If you are interested in any of their designs, then you can find them here at Facebook

Jyoti Chandhok

Jyoti had some stunning chikankari work on display. She had beautiful chikankari saris and full chikankari dupatta. Her new signature piece was this chanderi bright blue anarkali. She also had a range of cream, white and beige chikankari outfits.

Silver Sitaara

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I found this cute little brand called Silver Sitaara amongst the array of designers.They boast of creating unique fusion designs using pure fabric and hand embroidery. If you are looking for something different from your regular high street dresses, then show some love to these guys. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.  

 

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They had some some fine luxury pieces especially this peach flower print anarkali with net dupatta and intricate embroidery. Checkout their facebook page here  

 

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I also spotted some very unique Indo-western designs at their stand. See their Instagram here 

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They create handcrafted silver plated products. Their assorted array of products include gifting options, home decor and God idols.

See their facebook page here.

I hope you enjoyed discovering some new brands on the blog today. The exhibition is on till Saturday 20th. So do plan a visit.

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

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Event organisers Malika Jain & Rithika Handa

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Fashion entrepreneur Malika Jain

Hope you all managed to save London Luxe date in your diary. Unlike India we do not have easily available desi shopping options in London. But these exhibitions provide a platform to savor some local and international Indian design talent. One such exhibition on the way is London Luxe on the 19th & 20th of May at Grosvenor House, JW Marriott Hotel. This event is especially targeting the Asian audience in UK who are looking for Indo-western couture and Pret collections.

On the blog today we are talking about fashion entrepreneur Malika Jain and the driving force behind London Luxe. Coming from a family of successful business entrepreneurs, Mallika dreamt of creating new and effective business opportunities since her childhood. Mallika started her professional journey by managing the ladies division of Jainsons Tycoon (a leading garments store in New Delhi). She also went on to organize women-wear exhibitions in Embassies and five star hotels in the city. Having tasted success in the family business, Mallika decided to turn professional and explore and learn about international luxury brands and how they function in our country. She took up the position of Sales Director of an international luxury brand at DLF Emporio, New Delhi where she gained immense practical firsthand experience about the corporate world.

Given her keen interest, education and experience in fashion and lifestyle, she always dreamt of creating new and effective business opportunities for other established and upcoming designers and entrepreneurs in the similar space. It was this spirit that led her to launch Fashion Capsule.

Born and brought up in New York City, USA, Mallika hails from a very reputed Marwari family of Madhya Pradesh. She pursued Bachelor in Commerce from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi. After her marriage into a Jain family of New Delhi, Mallika went on to study for her diploma in Fashion Retail Management from NIFT and also got a diploma in Merchandising. A firm believer of the karma theory, Mallika believes in doing her own bit for the society. She has been closely associated with Ankur and Laksyam which are NGOs working towards the welfare of underprivileged children.

Mallika is socially aware and active, and she strongly believes that women empowerment is the ability of women to exercise full control over their actions. She says

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service,working hard and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. A women is a full circle.Within her is the power to create,nurture and transform.”

So ladies do checkout the event. See all details below.

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

https://www.fashioncapsule.in/

www.facebook.com/fashcapsule

www.instagram.com/fashcapsule

https://www.facebook.com/events/1861940704087032/?ti=as

Enquiries- fashioncapsule2012@gmail.com

 

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