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An Autumn Diwali in London


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For a while I have been meaning to find a nice banarasi dupatta. I didn’t want anything in the red/pink colour palette. I wanted a unique colour to complement the festive season and my off-white palazzo suit. Diwali is a festive time and calls for lots of parties and events. I had to plan a few outfits for this season for various events and as usual my first point of contact for Indian clothes is Jyoti Chandhok. In her studio, there is a whole load of fabric and fashion treasure. Her designs are so classic that you can never go wrong with them. When I saw this burnt orange coloured banarasi dupatta, I simply fell in love with the colour. I loved the modern chevron design on the dupatta. The burnt orange colour was very unique and was totally apt for this Autumn.

I wore this dupatta on my off-white palazzo suit which I bought from India during my last trip. I bought this suit from Delhi at an exhibition. This suit is very versatile and can be easily teamed up with different coloured dupattas to create unique looks. If you want to keep the look a bit muted, then just wear a plain off-white dupatta. But if you want to go for a festive look, try a bright coloured dupatta.

I wore this dupatta for a day Diwali event and styled it with my favourite festive mojris from Jaipur. I love these juttis – they go with any ethnic look and are so comfortable. I wear them with most of my Indian outfits. See how I have styled them here and here. My earrings are from Jewellery by DivyaChugh

How did you dress up for Diwali? Would love to hear your Diwali fashion experiences. I will be sharing my actual Diwali outfit and decor ideas post soon. Till then, enjoy the Autumn sunshine.

Dupatta – Jyoti Chandhok | Earrings – Jewellery by DivyaChugh | Suit – Delhi

 

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What I am wearing this festive season Part 1 (Karva Chauth Special)

 

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Hope you all had a brilliant start to the festive season and are now getting ready for Diwali. Ten years back when I first moved to London, shopping for Indian clothes was a nightmare for me. So my Indian wardrobe was built up by yearly India trips and recycling old wardrobe into new. Ten years on, my experience has changed a bit and writing a fashion blog has expanded my Indianwear options in London. Now with a click of a button I can get a custom made sari blouse delivered to London.

Let me introduce you to Rutbaa, an online destination for all Indianwear. They have a wide range of women Indian apparels and accessories, saris, suits, lehengas and more. I personally like their sari collection. The price range is also decent and comes with a fitted blouse tailoring service. One thing I always find difficult is getting a sari blouse tailored in London so when Rutbaa asked me to try on their tailoring service, I was quite keen to personally test it out.

Today on the blog I am featuring this lovely Pink leheriya sari with an embroidered border. The sari comes with an embroidered blouse. I love the detailing on the blouse and contrasting pink embroidered patterns.Thanks to Rutbaa for sending this lovely sari along with the fitted blouse to London in less than seven working days. I wore this sari for Karva Chauth which was apt for the occasion. The contrast pink and mustard coloured sari looks very festive and is a far cry from subdued winter colours. As an Indian woman, I have the luxury of creating two wardrobes and I simply love it.

Here are some of my favorites saris form Rutbaa.com

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In the next week, I will be posting some more festive looks for this season so do stay tuned.

Sari – Rutbaa | Earrings – Bubbles Jewelry | Bangles – Personal collection

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Khaki for Autumn

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I love this autumn feeling, the feeling of a crisp autumn morning. Golden leaves lay scattered on the ground, reminding you of the chillier winter ahead. It is a transitional season that calls for warmer clothes, hot chocolates, pumpkin spice lattes and the art of layering in order to stay cozy for the chillier days. Remember that this season is the most appropriate to layer your tops, for a comfy and extra warm result. Strappy lightweight dresses and sandals are left behind and jackets, cardigans and beautiful knitwear are coming out of the closets to take their place.

There is also a great transitional piece of clothing which is perfect for the days that aren’t too cold to wear a coat, but either too hot to wear only your top. It couldn’t be anything else than the all time classic bomber jacket. Bomber jacket, is actually the ultimate outerwear when Winter isn’t here yet. A versatile piece that looks super cool with everything, especially when it features easy autumn-y colours like burnt orange, black and khaki.

A bomber jacket like that, is my choice for today’s outfit. My favorite comfort piece that I combined with a very simple black top and black jeans. in order to bring all the attention to the jacket. Same coloured top and bottom, creates the illusion of a taller figure; a great tip to consider when picking out your clothes for a special day. To complete this look, I paired it with a chic black shoulder bag with gold metal studs all over it, and simple ankle boots for an effortless touch. Simple, comfortable yet stylish and cool looking.

Generally, khaki coloured clothes have something that makes them really versatile. This colour manages to go perfectly, with everything else you want to wear and instantly elevates your appearance. Whether you want a khaki jacket, khaki shoes or even khaki coloured pants, you can wear them easily with any other colour of your preference. Seems like it’s the best choice for Autumn.

In how many different ways you will style your khaki pieces? Any suggestions?

Until the next one, rock your bombers and stay warm girls!

Here are some of my top Khakhi items for this season.

 

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Power Dressing In London

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London! The big city that screams inspiration wherever you go. The streets, the shops, the people you see, everything. London, is also known as one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world; one walk here is enough to convince you for that. It’s for sure the place to be, if you like to dress freely and express yourself in every way possible, without any judging at all. Whether you prefer super daring and out-there clothes, or classy and simple, this is the city that will satisfy anyone.

The look I chose for the day, is definitely inspired from London. It’s a classy and sleek looking outfit, but with a twist. You can really wear it for any occasion you may have. However, it can also be very professional.

I’m wearing a beautiful white blouse with bell sleeves (major trend for the upcoming season), and relaxed fit. This top manages to look very smart, so it is work-appropriate and very comfortable too. The airy fabric and loose fit makes it the most versatile blouse, that you can either dress it up or down, depending on where you want to go. It is the perfect mix of a shirt and a top. A simple black pair of jeans helped highlight the chic details of the blouse. I completed the look with grey-brown ankle boots and a classic black bag with sophisticated metal hardware details.

It is really amazing how some simple clothes combined together, can not only elevate your whole look, but also make a huge difference on your confidence levels. Power dressing is surely the way to success; it makes us feel powerful and ready to deal with any situation. As you can see, this type of dressing doesn’t have to be “too” serious or uncomfortable. The key is to put together the right pieces and of course the right makeup.

Who said makeup can’t make a statement? Makeup can give the right touch effortlessly. Especially with a red lipstick in matte formula, you can totally turn any outfit to a stunning one.

So simple yet beautiful! Which is your favourite power combo.

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Florals in Autumn

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So, Autumn is here for good. Great news for all the Autumn/Winter lovers; but if your mind is still on summer and you just can’t get used to the idea that winter is coming so soon, don’t worry. There are many outfit ideas, that will manage to make you feel like summer hasn’t ended yet and will give your look a fresh touch, without wearing something overexposing. Floral is the best way to go, if you want to bring some sunshine to your outer appearance when the weather is moody and grey.

How to wear floral in Autumn you ask? A pair of super comfortable culottes in a floral pattern like the one I am wearing, is a really good way to mix something comfortable and stylish too. Why sacrifice style over comfort, when it’s so easy to have them both? Make sure you wear your floral item with “quiet” pieces featuring plain simple colours.

I styled mine with a beautiful navy blue blouse with 3/4 sleeves and ruffles on the edge of the design. The top and the bottom came along well, due to the navy blue flower detail that the culottes have. I finished off the whole look with a simple black bag and extremely comfy, as well as versatile ankle boots. These boots have the most easy colour; a grey-brown type of colour that goes along with everything in your Autumn and Winter wardrobe.

The result was airy and feminine with cozy accents, such as the ankle boots. Ankle boots are the perfect shoes for this season. Every woman needs at least a pair in her closet. Whether you prefer more extreme styles such as bold colours and textures (like red velvet ankle boots), or you want a more simple and classic piece like the ones I am wearing here, you are on point for the next months. These type of shoes, help us look feminine yet well dressed, without the need of wearing uncomfortable high heels during the day. The best part? You can rock them with every outfit. From trousers and jeans, to skirts and dresses.

What else could you ask for? Any other suggestions of versatile looks?

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One skirt two looks

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There is a lot of excitement behind newly purchased pieces of clothing. But soon after a couple of wears, the excitement dies. Don’t know about you, but I get easily bored by wearing the same outfit again. It is not realistic to buy a whole new wardrobe every month, but to go easy on your pocket, you can create different looks just by changing a few things.

The outfit I am sharing today clearly demonstrates the wardrobe reusability concept. I wore this cute grey tu tu dress on my birthday and reused it on my holiday too. For the holiday look, I paired it up with a tribal beaded necklace from Zara and metallic sandals from F&F. Both are evening looks but look very different from each other. Also, changing your lip colour makes a big difference to your outfit. For the holiday look I wore a deep red lippy which creates a contrast with the grey/black tones. In the other look the pink lip creates a party vibe.

Have you tried creating different looks using the same outfit? If not, then try it and keep experimenting.

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Key Pieces for your Holiday

We all love holidays, but most hate packing. So how can we take the stress out of it? For me, the entire build-up to the holiday is exciting. It is that time of the year when I get a bit obsessive about clothes. I always leave my packing to the last minute but get my outfits organised in advance. Today on the blog I am sharing some key pieces that are versatile and a great addition to your wardrobe.

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A maxi dress can easily take you from day to evening. Just swap the shoes/accessories and you are ready to go. I chose this black jersey maxi dress from H&M. Generally white is considered a more appropriate colour for summer but try black with coloured glasses to create a trendy look.

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Denim shorts

Once again, a very versatile and must have holiday suitcase item. You can easily take your denim shorts from a day to evening look by just changing the top. Swap for day top with a shimmery camisole and you are good to go. I love these Forever 21 shorts of mine. They are super comfy and give me a very relaxed fit.

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Pack relaxed and loose fit dresses. Holiday dresses are easy to wear and can give you a break from work clothing. I chose this off-shoulder yellow dress from Mango. It was super comfy but creased a lot (which I didn’t mind much on holiday). The other one is this layered light khaki coloured dress. I loved wearing this dress-it was fun and very boho chic.

The key to holiday packing is being organised with your outfits. I am sure when you start packing, you will have ‘I have nothing to wear’ moments. Pick versatile pieces that you can match with other things. Pieces that can easily take you from day to night. Comfy flats are a must and if you want a change, then pack a pair of heeled sandals.

I would love to hear about your holiday packing experiences. Do share your top tips with me. Till then stay fabulous, stay stylish.

 

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My Skirt Story – All the way from Pakistan

This is a very long overdue post. I have been itching to write it but could never prioritise it enough. Being a working mum and trying to juggle so many responsibilities makes me want to go in a dark zone and not be accountable for anything. But my blog inspires me to set my priorities and keeps pulling me back from that zone.

So, the story on the blog today is about my gorgeous embroidered skirt all the way from Pakistan. As you know, last year I was planning my outfits for my brother’s wedding and made one epic trip to India (that reminds me, I have to share my shopping stories). I had a set budget for my shopping haul and wanted to explore various designers. Also I wanted to get something which I would be able to wear in London as well. I did a lot of research on how I want my outfits to be, where I should get them from et al. This one outfit which I wore on two different occasions was not on my list. So the story goes like this – I was helping out designer Jyoti Chandhok at an event in London. I love Jyoti’s work and think she is one of the very few designers in UK who have something unique to offer. It so happened that at the same event I spotted Nabeel’s work. Unlike other vendors, Nabeel had few selected pieces on display. I was immediately drawn to his collection and specially to this lovely Afghan style embroidered cape. I loved the cape and Nabeel insisted that I should try it on. While I was trying on the cape, I had this thought of turning the cape into a skirt. I discussed the idea with Nabeel and worked on the outfit. Since Nabeel frequently travels to London he was able to deliver the outfit to me here. When I received the skirt, it was exactly what I wanted. Nabeel was able to translate my conversation on Whatsapp and bring my vision to life.

I wore this skirt on two different occasions and styled it a bit differently to create a day and evening look. For the day event I wore it with a crisp white collar shirt and a statement neck piece from Zara.

 

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Brand Collab – The Ikat jumpsuit from Apricot fashion



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Following on from my last blog post about resort-wear fashion, today’s post focuses on yet another resort-wear look for your holiday wardrobe. Thanks to Apricot Fashion for this lovely Ikat print jumpsuit which I have styled for a holiday evening out look.

Jumpsuits are a great option for your holiday suitcase but you need to wear them right. If you haven’t worn a jumpsuit before, then it can feel a bit intimidating but how you style it makes all the difference. Here are some quick jumpsuit styling tips: Continue Reading

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Resort Wear Inspiration



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Holiday season is right here and most of us look forward to getting some much needed sun. Sorting out your holiday wardrobe is fun and involves great amount of planning. You have to consider different dressing up occasions and how you can re-use your outfits. Holiday dressing needs to be effortless, yet simple and stylish. Today on the blog I am sharing this tie-dye print Maxi dress from Palanquine. The dress sets you up for a glamorous evening out on the beach. The material is soft and flowy and falls smoothly on you. The fall of the fabric is amazing and brilliantly flatters your shape. The bold contrasting colours add a fun vibe to the outfit. This look is equally appropriate for a night out or for a quiet evening by the beach. Maxi style dresses are a must have in your holiday suitcase. They can easily be transported from the beach to restaurant. Wear this maxi dress with flat sandals and accessorise it with a long neck-piece to complete the look. Continue Reading

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