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How I found my Lehenga for My Brother’s Sangeet – My Lehenga story

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 3 – On day three I explored designer stores in Defence Colony – Anju Modi, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya and Sabyasachi – and Manish Malhotra’s flagship stores in Mehrauli.

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 5 – Day 5 was dedicated to Shapur Jat. Some of the recommended brands there are Abhinav Mishra, Preeti Mohan (jewellery) Rani Pink Love (Wedding decor), Gazal Gupta Couture. Christina W T, Kanika Chawla, Kyra by Bhavna Bhatia and Ek Soot. Shapur Jat host some new and upcoming designers and you are likely to get things in your budget.  

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.

There were a few other brands that I came across on my shopping journey and I have listed them here. Sue Mue,  Ilk, Mastya, French Darjee, Namah by Priyanka Duggal, Natasha Dalal, Payal Pratap, Prathyusha-Garimella, Little black bow, Abhinav Mishra, Kyelle official. I have tried to stay away from high-end fashion brands in this post as most of them are household names now. The purpose of this post was to highlight some great brands who are doing good work.    

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.

Pictures by  A Few Good Clicks 

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Fashion & Style Gift Guide For Your Mom

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. Wool leather mix gloves – I bought these gloves few year back and highly recommend them. Its pure comfort and style combined into one.
  5. Jo Malone fragrance – Spoil your mum with some signature fragrances from Jo Malone. She deserves a little extra so go ahead and pamper her.
  6. Monica vinader pendant – This stunning simple necklace would suit most outfits and makes an ideal gift choice.
  7. 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.
  8. Charlotte Tilbury lipstick –  Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite makeup brands and I would highly recommend their matte lipstick
  9. 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.  
  10. 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.

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Brand collaboration with Twenty Four Fashion

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.

Kate sequin dress

My first pick is this beautiful blue sequin dress. For creating a glam party look, pair this dress with killer heels, silver vintage earrings and you are good to go. Continue Reading

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The Pre Winter Coat Edit

 

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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.

To add colour to my look, I wore these amazing berry coloured boots from F&F. These boots add a dash of panache through colour. Do not miss my cute bag from Accessorize, which totally compliments my boots.

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.

Keep snug this winter and happy shopping !!

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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!

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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, 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.

 

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Summer ready embroidered tops

Finally, it’s time to curate our summer wardrobe. Summer styling is fun because it is effortless and relaxed. But the thought of where to start can be overwhelming. One essential summer style is embroidered tops. Embroidered tops is one style that never goes out of trend. So today on the blog I will be sharing some stylish tops from high street shops to help you curate your summer wardrobe. Embroidered tops create a very relaxed boho look. It is also an essential item for your holiday suitcase.

As you can make out from my blog, I am a sucker for good high street finds. British high street is known for championing fashion trends and it is has become very easy for us to get hold of key seasonal pieces. While I do not always follow all seasonal trends. I do surrender to a few. So let’s have a look at some key pieces online.

 

Topshop Poplin Embroidered Puff Sleeve Top

Summer is all about fresh looks and this top is no exception. It is very pretty and 100% cotton. Shop this top here

 

Blue Embroidered Sleeve Bardot Neck Top

This sweet number from New Look is ideal for your holiday suitcase. Wear it with cropped jeans or shorts and tan mules to complete the look. Shop the top here

Zara is good place to find embroidered tops on the high street. I love this cream dotted mesh blouse. Pair it with khaki trousers for an office look or cropped jeans for a more casual look.
Absolutely love this embroidered long sleeve blue top from Next. Again it is 100% cotton and I think I can live in it for the entire summer.
I am tempted by so many new options now. What do you regularly wear during summer?  I love a good summer top, cropped jeans and classic mules. Here are some more suggestions from the online world.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. Till then, stay stylish.

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Going out tonight

Your style is an expression of your personality. You can choose to be bold, edgy, creative and a lot more just by choosing how you dress. When it comes to glam dressing or evening looks, I find most women struggle to find what to wear. Given our lifestyles, we mums find going-out dressing an effort. Today on the blog I intend to take the effort out from evening wear so that the next time you open your wardrobe, you don’t keep on staring at the enormous collection of clothes.

For a glam evening, I suggest you try some interesting options now available on the high street.

1. Dresses
Feeling great in your outfit makes your evening even more special. Here are some new dresses to try on this season.

2. Jumpsuits
Trade in your LBD to a glam jumpsuit this season. Wear it with high heels and you are ready to go.

3. Skirts
If you are celebrating, then might as well celebrate in style. Shop some stylish skirt options online.

My Style


This is what I wore on my birthday and to another event. I simply love this satin grey wrap round skirt from ASOS. It is so versatile and can be styled in various ways. I teamed it up with an earthy brown tone feminine top again from ASOS. The outfit is very muted in colour but the satin/silk fabric texture makes it apt for evening events. For another event, I reused the same top but this time with a metallic gold pleated skirt. I believe that evening wear doesn’t require you to bear flesh. You can still create glam looks without much skin show.

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What do you think of the above high street finds? Would you wear them. I would love to hear your feedback. Till then stay stylish…

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Happy 2017

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Hello lovely people. Happy New Year ! Welcome to 2017. Hope you all had a wonderful start to the year and managed to set new goals. I also made a new year resolution and plan to follow it through. My new year resolution is to be The Best Version of Myself. Yes it’s simple, isn’t it?

I know it is not always easy to be the best version of oneself when all I want to do is hide under my duvet all day. This is one of the most important questions I can ask myself: ‘How can I be the best version of myself in 2017?’. Mind you, when I say ‘being the best version of myself’, I do not mean comparing myself with others. My only competition is the reflection in my mirror. One thing I like about entering into the new year is the opportunity to reset the system and focus on what’s important. This new year, I would like to connect with myself at a deeper level and be with the individual I am. It’s time to step up my game in 2017 and have a blast.

So starting on this positive note, I have a very fresh winter look on the blog. My look on the blog today celebrates winter and start of 2017. The camel coat I am wearing here is from NEXT which I bought last year. I love the colour of this coat and the fit is very structured. Camel coat is a classic. It comes back every year. It is very versatile, you can wear it to work and also on the weekend. To create a weekend look just pair it up with a jumper, knee ripped jeans and trainers.

I wore it with a pastel brown jumper and blue jeans. I have been wearing this look to work. The styling is very simple as it follows a very neutral palette. If you would like to enrich your winter coat collection with a classic camel-hued coat then shop some of my favourites here

 

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Vatika Naturals Egg Protein Range & Festive Holiday Look

Hope you guys enjoyed watching the video above. I loved the egg and honey shampoo from Vatika. It’s specially good for the winter months. Egg is a natural conditioner and does wonders to your hair. I can definitely feel a difference in my hair texture after using the egg shampoo. Also the egg hair mask was a great conditioning product and made my hair all smooth. If you want to try any of products mentioned in the video then follow this link.


After styling my hair I did this metallic festive look. I am in love with this metallic gold skirt from Oasis. It is definitely an investment piece for my  wardrobe. There are so many ways I can style this skirt for various occasions. For this particular look, I have adopted a cosy style. Wearing this metallic skirt with a high neck jumper makes this outfit perfectly apt for a Christmas lunch date. 
I love wearing knitwear over skirts. It looks very trendy and gives an edge to your outfit.

So this is my last look for 2016. I will be sharing a lot more in 2017, especially my Indian wardrobe. Thank you all for being such a big part of my blog journey. I hope to see you all very soon in the new year.




Outfit details
Skirt – Oasis
Jumper – Next
Shoes – New Look
Bag – Warehouse