December is here and festive time has started. I have heard that we are expecting a white Christmas this year in London. From what I know, this has only happened four times in the last 51 years! So I am praying for a white Christmas. Just thinking about being home and watching the snow fall makes me feel all loved up. Like every year, I make an effort to decorate the house and welcome the snuggly festive season. This year I haven’t managed to do much- just a few decorative setups to make the house look Christmassy.
Decor 1 – Golden sparkly pine cones display.
This is a very simple decor idea and kid-friendly too. To create this setupp
This a very simple decor idea and you can use the decorated pine cones in various ways. I have used it as my Christmas dining table centrepiece.
Decor 2 – Small Christmas Tree Set up
If you’re fed up of picking out pine needles from your floor after the festive season, then Christmas tree in a pot is worth considering. I bought mine from our local florist. I personally do not like artificial Christmas trees and have always bought real ones. This year I wanted to try a compact option and create a mini Christmas set up. After personally trying both big and small Christmas trees, I would advise to set up a big tree to get a grand look and potted tree for a mini, hassle-free decor.
This year I plan to decorate my table with red and gold Christmas theme. Both are very rich colours and create a royal look. Everyone has their unique way of decorating and this is my take on table setup. On actual Christmas day, I will add more candles and use Christmas crackers.
I hope you managed to set up your Christmas tree and had fun decorating it. I would love to see your tree pictures so do share it with me on social media. And finally, this will be my last post for this year and I hope to see you guys soon in the new year. Till then have a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. Keep shining and stay fabulous.
This is a long overdue post but I wanted to take some time out and share my journey with you. Must mention that this post is very personal and comes from an intimate space.
I got married in the age of non-existent social media.There were no wedding blogs, no Pinterest and nowhere to get inspiration from. But like any other girl it is was my most special day and I had the opportunity the buy the most special outfit. When I was doing my wedding shopping, my mum and masi took me to some known places in Delhi like Ushnak Mal in South Extension. Our last stop was their tried and tested place where my entire family has bought wedding lehengas from. If you have done wedding shopping in Delhi, then you would know of the lehenga shop called ‘Anarkali’ in Karol Bagh. Shopping in Anarkali is not the most pleasurable experience but they stock really gorgeous lehengas and their collection is huge.Ten years later, I ended up in the same shop with the same women troupe and bought this gorgeous peach colour lehenga. Here is my lehenga story.
My brother’s wedding was a momentous occasion in my life. Finally, he was getting married and I couldn’t stay calm. The problem was that I was here in London with two young kids. I was itching to visit all the shops all over again and explore the latest wedding fashion scene in India. Sitting here in London, you only get a brief picture hence you need to be out there to see the stuff in its full glory. I really wanted to go and shop in peace but my little one was only eight months old. I knew that if I take him to India with me I won’t be able to do anything. So I took the hardest decision in my life and left the kids with my husband for 10 days. In this process, I did get some slack from the family but I didn’t want to regret the fact that I didn’t go. So I went on my epic trip to India.
I had only ten days to spare. My mission was to come up with a master plan of what I am going to do and when. The research and planning started in London. Mood boards were created and the excitement was full on. I had to organise my wardrobe, my sister’s wardrobe and much more. This process was a full-on emotional drama with lots of tears. After all the research, I narrowed down my ten-day shopping itinerary. I didn’t have a huge shopping budget so had to work within my limits. This was the rough guide I had to stick to but I modified it as I went along. On this journey, I explored some new brands as well. My main aim was to buy a nice lehenga for the sangeet function. I wasn’t very keen to go down the designer route due to budget constraints.
So here is my shopping itinerary, what I did and where I went. I hope you would find some of these notes useful. I also took a lot of help from wedding groups like Wedwise and WedMeGood. They are a storehouse of Indian wedding-related information. I visited all of these places below but didn’t like any outfit except a few from Christina W T which I loved. On the last day, my mum took me to Anarkali since they mostly do bridal lehengas. I was convinced that finding something for me would be challenging. Finally, we saw this piece above and both my Mum and Masi made me buy it. At that time I felt that I wasn’t making the right decision but I loved the peachy pink colour. I agreed to give in and chose the lehenga with some customisation. Instead of the chikankari material for the base, I decided to use raw silk. The final product is out here. I loved it but there is one downside to it. It is a bit heavy and I can only wear it on special occasions. Because of the weight, it becomes very difficult to dance in but it gives a grand look. The customisation was as per my brief and I was delighted when I first saw it.
Here is a detailed list of my ten-day itinerary in India. Hope you can find some pointers for your next trip.
Day 1 – Visited the local nearby places. I went to Greater Kailash M-Block market to get sari blouse stitched. Recommended tailors in GK are Roshan Tailors and Eves Tailors. Another hidden find is a boutique place called Kavita Vanita (their facebook page is outdated but they stock some really nice pieces) They store some unique designs and customise it to your liking. Also, I recommend that you visit Yellow Stone for some stylish and modern Indian wear collection. I also paid a visit to my favourite GK- N block market where there are quite a few eclectic shops selling homeware and much more.
Day 2 – On the second day, I explored Hauz Khas market. There I went to Ogaan (a multi-designer store where you can find exclusive designer pieces. A few designers to check out are Monisha Thahryamal, Nikasha, Madsamtinzin and Ridhima Bhasin. I also paid a visit to Ashta Narang’s standalone store in Hauz Khan where you can book an appointment for a personal consultation. Astha is one of my favourite designer for light lehenga and bridesmaids look. Do visit her store next time you are in Delhi.
Also pay a visit to Reasons Jewels in Hauz Khas village for stunning jewellery. Their prices are a bit on the upper end but you won’t be disappointed with the collection.
Day 4 – The whole day was spent in South Ex market exploring very well known names like Ushnak Mal, Anantam (Multi-brand store), Frontier Raas (nice bridal wear options), Aza. For menswear, we explored Divani, Gujral Sons, Manyavar and Study By Janak, all in South Ex.
Day 6 – After searching all markets in and around south Delhi, we made our famous trip to Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh. I totally recommend Asiana Couture in Chandni Chowk for heavy bridal wear. Other recommended names are Om Parkash Jawahar Lal Naya Katra (354, Naya Katra, 1st Floor, Chandni Chowk) and Dalmia fashion.
Day 7 – The day was spent in exploring a versatile exhibition in Delhi called the ‘Akshay Pratishthan Show’. Exhibitions in Delhi are a good source to explore brands from all over India.
Day 8 – I paid a visit to all of the famous designer stores in DLF emporio mall – a must visit place for all your bridal shopping and inspiration if you want to go down the designer wear route. Most top designers are based here. Do not forget to visit Ensemble -the multi-brand designer store
Day 9 – On my last day, I visited Khan market to explore Amrapali and Shriharidiagems heritage jewellery stores. I picked up this beautiful maang tikka from Amrapali and it’s one of my prized possessions.
The last day was spent in wrapping up things and finalising the outfits and orders.
Overall a very productive trip and thanks to websites like Wedmegood and Wedwise, I was able to plan through the madness of the Indian wedding industry.
I hope you find my suggestions and shopping itinerary useful. If you end up visiting these places in the near future then do share your experience. Finding this lehnga was one epic journey for me and it will go down as a golden entry in my fashion journals.
Hello lovely people. My blog has finally made to the UK blog award finalist in the international influencer category. Big shout out to all my readers for their love and support. On that note, I would really appreciate if you kindly vote for my blog here. Just scroll down the page and enter your details to vote.
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I am passionate about making places and people look beautiful and my blog pushes me to excel in this area. My posts are mainly about everyday high street fashion, things you can buy without breaking the bank. Occasionally I also share my Indian wardrobe and inspire my niche audience of Indian women living in the UK with outfit ideas. I have so many dreams to take my blog to another level and your vote would help me bring one step closer to my vision. Your love and support will push me to do better and produce better content. I hope you will support me in my blogging journey.
Whether it’s your mum or your mother-in-law, it’s time to celebrate with your women troupe and thank them for all their love. To help you guys in choosing the right gift for your mum, I have had a good look at our high street fashion offerings and selected a few style-worthy things. Have a look at my fashion gift guide for your mum below and I hope you find some decent shopping suggestions:
Glass jewellery box – This vintage inspired gold glass jewellery box is ideal for storing trinkets and jewellery items. It can be kept on the dressing/side table to add some period charm to the living space. Shop the box here.
Leopard cashmere scarf – This is a timeless gift and leopard print will never go out of fashion. I recently came across Hush. I would say their collection is classy and very effortless. I had the opportunity to preview their new collection and was particularly impressed with their knitwear range. This scarf would be high on my list.
A line midi skirt from M&S – Why not choose an A-line skirt for your mum this season. A-line skirt suits most body shapes and a modest midi length is very appropriate. Pair the skirt with kitten heels and a cream blouse for an instant smart outfit.
Wool leather mix gloves – I bought these gloves few year back and highly recommend them. Its pure comfort and style combined into one.
Jo Malone fragrance – Spoil your mum with some signature fragrances from Jo Malone. She deserves a little extra so go ahead and pamper her.
Monica vinader pendant – This stunning simple necklace would suit most outfits and makes an ideal gift choice.
Classic travel collection from Aspinal – Aspinal is a highly trusted British brand. They do some really nice travel accessories to keep you well organised on the go. The collection can be personalised with up to four initials – making it a very personal gift.
Charlotte Tilbury lipstick – Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite makeup brands and I would highly recommend their matte lipstick
Velvet duffle bag – This is a very vintage inspired embroidered duffle bag. Carry with your evening looks and would suit both Indian and western wardrobes.
Mulberry wallet – What’s not to love about a Mulberry wallet. A very classic design for everyday usage.
So go ahead and spoil your mum this festive season. She deserves that little extra.
It can be hard to look good while travelling and dragging your luggage across airports and train stations. However, you do not want to look sloppy either. Today on the blog I am sharing a very relaxed travel look which is super comfy and easy for travel purposes.
I am a mum so travelling with two little kids is always a challenge. You want to be comfortable yet look appropriate in public. My look today addresses this issue of comfort dressing without making you look sluggard. To create this look I have collaborated with Kipling Global. They are an international brand and are known for functional, sporty and affordable bags. They have a varied range of bags for everyday use, leisure and travel. Kipling bags are known for their trademark crinkled nylon fabric which is very durable, making it a trusted accessory for people on the go. Because of its functional and durable qualities, Kipling bags are perfect for travelling. The one I am sporting for my travel look is a lightweight grey cross body bag with a comfortable strap. There are plenty of zipped compartment to store all your essential travel items.
To create this look, I chose this long grey loungewear cardigan from Hanro (I recently discovered Hanro at an event and they very kindly send me this cardigan). The patterned cross body bag from Kipling complements my grey tonal travel look. My outfit is quiet relaxed and comfortable but it does not discount on the style quotient. The grey cardigan keeps me cosy, my durable Kipping bag keeps me organised, and knee-high boots take me on my journey.
Kipling bags are available to shop online and in stores across the world. Find out more details here. You can follow Kipling on social media here.
Following its continued success year on year and an ever increasing demand for tickets, the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding show 2018 will return bigger and better than ever before, taking place at the iconic Somerset House, London on 21st January 2018. Click here to buy tickets.
After three successful residencies at The Dorchester, Mayfair and continuing to surpass itself each year, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will transform one of the UK’s leading cultural venues, Somerset House, into a wonderland for discerning brides and fashionistas alike. Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform, from established, A-list fashion houses to the most sought-after new-gen talents. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/ occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show.
The full lineup of participating brands to exhibit in the department of clothing will be Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Astha Narang, Bageecha, Elan, Gaurang, Mishru, Samant Chauhan, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shehla Chatoor, Shyamal & Bhumika and Varun & Nidhika.
Exhibiting brands in the department of fine jewellery will be Amrapali, Araaya, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Jewels by Queenie, Khanna Jewellers, Moksh, Rose Diamonds and Sunita Shekhawat.
Participating names in the department for jewellery and accessories will be: Aamir Naveed, Ahujasons, Ambreen Ahmed, Amishi London, Chakra, Isharya, Outhouse, Paraphernalia, Rani Pink, Rusaru, RWS, Shaan Mu and The Wedding House.
Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of intimate masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere.
Aashni + Co Wedding Show at
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA on
21st January 2018, 10.30am – 6.30pm
Standard Tickets: £25
Additional Masterclass Tickets to be announced shortly
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
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.