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
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.
I used some Rangoli stencils (got them from India) to create patterns on the floor.
Diwali Sweets Table
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
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
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.
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.
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
Diwali is in a few days and there is a lot to do and organise. When it comes to decor ideas, there is so much inspiration on the internet for major festivals however when it comes to Diwali I do not find inspiring decor ideas. So here is my little attempt to archive decor ideas from pervious year’s Diwali celebrations at home. Hope you enjoy my mood board.
Use bright marigold flowers over a rustic design tile.
Rangoli is a must on Diwali. Make sure you do one and decorate with diyas
Use your existing living room furniture and create a Diwali theme using candles, flowers and idols
Rangoli on floor decorated with diyas and flowers
Use of copper ware to keep Diwali sweets
Use multiple round trays to make your main diya thali
Use multiple round trays to make your main diya thali
Diya pattern decorated with flowers
Floating petals as your table centre piece
Festive colourful cushions
Red, Gold inspired table decor
Brighten up your winter Diwali by using colourful outdoor lights
Visiting Diwali fairs to explore homeware and fashion designs used to be a highlight of my festive season back home in India. Living in London I miss that buzz, that noise, that smell which I experienced growing up. Everyone’s gearing up to the festivities. Local markets, shops and roads are all adorned with marigold flowers to celebrate the most auspicious day of the year – Diwali. However hard I try I don’t think I can replicate the same experience here but I can in my own way enjoy the festival and keep the tradition alive. With only a few weeks left before the festival there are a lot of things to organise and manage. I need to plan my main pooja decoration, Diwali outfit, lighting and finally what to cook for the main Diwali feast. In London you don’t have the luxury of your local market selling the traditional stuff. You have to plan and organise it. So I went to the Diwali Pop Up Shop by Faisana Studio. I went in to explore South Asian Fashion designers but was surprised to see homeware and kidswear as well. The exhibition was held at the luxurious Four Seasons, Mayfair. A range of designers were showcasing their creations at the event. I saw latest designs from Maheen KarimSania MaskatiyaNida AzwerZara Shahjahan and Rakesh Agarwal . Have a look at some of their latest designs here.
New blog post after a long time! Feels good to be back and look forward to sharing my holiday experiences with you all. I was away to motherland India for a much-needed break and to celebrate Diwali with family.
Who doesn’t love Diwali (Indian festival of lights). I am sure Diwali is your favorite festival and you all look forward to it too. I was pretty excited this year as it was Meera’s first Diwali in India. Continue Reading
With the Indian festive season fast approaching, it’s time to get your festive gear ready. When you live abroad, the task becomes even more daunting. I live in London and to be honest I have never found well-designed Indian outfits here. Either they are too expensive or too tacky. I am very particular about my choices and when it comes to clothes I want it my way, specially with Indian outfits.