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Diwali Decor and Outfit Inspiration

Hope you all had a lovely time this Diwali. Now that the festival is over, all we are left with are the messed-up Rangolis, melted tea light candles and leftover sweets. Snippets of your home remind you of the festive time you had with your loved ones. I love the excitement and the whole run up to Diwali. Sorting out my festive wardrobe and thinking about Diwali decor really gets my creative juices flowing. Living in London where I have limited access to resources does limit me from going full out, but I do try and work around my limitations.

Diwali is my favourite festival and I have fond memories of this festival as a child. As a mum I would like to give my kids the same memories. Being a working mum of two young kids, I find it challenging to balance everything – work, home, kids and my blog. But I guess I get a kick from doing what I am doing and I am passionate about it. I just about manage it all and carry on. Enough on the story of my life, let’s focus on some festive decor inspiration.

This is how I decorated my place for Diwali. Hope you enjoy my picture story here.

Diwali Table Decor

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This arrangement is very easy to create. Simply use a neutral table runner and adorn it with silver and copper accessories. To give final touches, sprinkle some rose petals and your Diwali table is ready.

Rangoli Stencils


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I used some Rangoli stencils (got them from India) to create patterns on the floor.

Diwali Sweets Table
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Diwali sweets is the biggest attraction for everyone. Right from the little ones to the big kids. We all love mithai. This Diwali I tried to use cake stands and glass boxes to create a mithai centrepiece. I have to tell you it was difficult to keep my kids off from this centrepiece and take a picture before the sweets disappeared.

Diwali Rangoli Pattern


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I have a wooden floor at my place so usually my rangoli pattern would look very dull. This time I used only one colour and did the outline with white which gave some contrast to the pattern. I also used golden tea light holders for decoration.

My Diwali Outfit 

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So finally, what I wore this Diwali. I wore this Afghani embroidery skirt from Nabeel. I used a traditional maang tikka (bought from Amrapali) to give my outfit a traditional look and my Zara necklace to still keep it modern. I tried to fuse modern and traditional into one look. I wore this skirt slightly differently from how I wore it last time. See how I wore it earlier here.

Hope you enjoyed my Diwali story here. In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a lot more about winter and party fashion so stay tuned.

Fashion

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

 

Fashion

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

Fashion

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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Me in Nabeel’s cape

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Fashion

Soft Minty Hues


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When it comes to Indian clothes we would have loads of bright colours in our wardrobe. Bright pinks, red and yellows. We don’t really experiment much with soft pastel colours. Today on the blog I am sharing this soft mint coloured outfit from Palanquine. Keeping up the palazzo trend, the outfit consist of a soft mint suit with wide leg palazzos. The palazzo pants have an interesting zig zag pattern going across the bottom which adds a fun twist to the outfit. It comes with a sheer dupatta with cute flower embroidery. This outfit is perfect guest outfit for a pre-wedding function like Mehndi. I paired this outfit with some traditional Indian jewellery and mojris. Continue Reading

Events

Fashion Undressed with Master Card

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Recently I had the opportunity to be invited a guest blogger on the Fashion Undressed project with Master Card at South Bank London. Southbank Centre has teamed up with MasterCard in a new partnership, FashionUndressed with MasterCard. This festival puts the ordinary person at the heart of fashion by exploring the distinctive, diverse and inventive style of people from all walks of life and investigating the influence of epoch-defining fashion movements on our everyday lives.Fashion Undressed with MasterCard is a two-year partnership featuring the first ever dedicated fashion weekend at the arts venue in July (23-24) and major fashion events during three Southbank Centre flagship festivals: Alchemy (20 -30 May), Africa Utopia (31 August – 4 September) and Being a Man (25 -27 November). Continue Reading

Fashion

London Bollywood Boat Party

I have lived in London for over 10 years now but never got the chance to be on a boat party. So this time when a friend was organising the most popular Bollywood boat party, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. Thanks to Party Protocol, we got to relish some foot-stomping Bollywood music in the backdrop of our beautiful London city. Our journey started from Temple Pier and the boat took us around all the major London landmarks situated along Thames. The iconic Chelsea bridge was a special treat to the eyes. I don’t know know about you but I find water very therapeutic. I gives me a sense of calm. I can just sit and gaze flowing water forever. This concoction  of music, water, friends and London city refreshed my soul for good. If you like Bollywood music then I totally recommend Party Protocol boat parties.

I thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and made some wonderful memories. Sharing my Bollywood boat party photo diary on the blog today. Hope you enjoy it.

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Interior Design

Good Earth Goes Pink

Good Earth is my best-loved Indian lifestyle store. They recently launched their very first boutique in the royal city of Jaipur. Extending its legacy of luxury, the store is situated in the iconic Rajmahal Palace.

From designs that celebrate our culture to crafts with a whimsical yet contemporary language, Good Earth is Jaipur’s newest design destination. The new store finds form in three predominant themes – Tropical, Mughal and Indigo. In keeping with this, the products and moods across the store have been carefully curated by Good Earth for the discerning consumer.

Have a look at the photo story below.

 

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Fashion, Interior Design

Holi Colourful Decor & Outfit Inspiration

 

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It’s been a while since I did a blog post. Quite a few things were happening at my end and my work took a back seat. As you know I went to India for my brother’s wedding and after coming back, I just didn’t want to get back to a routine. I went into procrastination overload, where I kept on delaying tasks and other things I needed to sort out. Now from last week there has been a major shift in my lifestyle and I am slowly getting back to normal – which means working on my blog and other creative projects.

On the blog today I want to share my Holi lifestyle post. Holi, the festival of colours, is one of my favourite festivals. The concept of Holi is now very much popular in Europe. During summer, Holi music festivals are a big rage. Festival goers wear white and immerse themselves in a riot of colours.

Holi is spring time in India and weather is very pleasant. In UK however we don’t have any such weather luxuries. I remember once it even snowed in London on Holi but we still went outside to play. Even though it was windy, dark and grey but our spirits were high.

Here are some pictures of the decor I did outside in my back garden. I did the decor a day before when It was sunny. Next day, due to high winds most of my streamers couldn’t bare the ballistic winds. I kept the theme yellow and pink, used streamers, paper pompoms to create a Holi setting.

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Events, Fashion

Aashni & Co Wedding Show London

Meet India’s top designers at the Aashni & Co Wedding Show London. Mark your diaries for this event ladies, you don’t want to miss out. After the success of last year’s wedding show Aashni & Co is hosting a grand wedding extravaganza on Sunday 10th January 2016, taking place at Ballroom Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA. Here is a list of the all the designers showcasing at the event and this year also includes a Pakistani designer – Faraz Manan.

Sabyasachi – The master craftsman

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