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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.

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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Interior Design

Diwali Decor Inspiration

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.

Happy Diwali.

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Use bright marigold flowers over a rustic design tile.

 

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Rangoli is a must on Diwali. Make sure you do one and decorate with diyas

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Use your existing living room furniture and create a Diwali theme using candles, flowers and idols

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Rangoli on floor decorated with diyas and flowers

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Use of copper ware to keep Diwali sweets

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Use multiple round trays to make your main diya thali

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Use multiple round trays to make your main diya thali

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Diya pattern decorated with flowers

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Floating petals as your table centre piece

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Festive colourful cushions

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Red, Gold inspired table decor

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Brighten up your winter Diwali by using colourful outdoor lights

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Decorate idols with flowers

Events, Fashion

Umrao Jaan Garden Gala

asian fashion blog umrao jaan the rednotebook blogAs I made my way through the marigold-clad black iron gate into the sprawling garden estate, I was transported  into a poetic world of Lucknow’s Mughal courtyard. Billionaires H S Narula and wife Surina opened their lush green garden estate to support renowned South Asian dance company Akademi. The charity garden gala recreated the magic of Umrao Jaan – an Urdu classic, based on the famous Lucknow courtesan. It was Akademi’s first ever fundraising gala and their sheer dedication toward their passion was fully evident in the interactive Umrao Jaan narration. It was conceptualised by Mira Kaushik, Director, Akademi and brought to life by creative director Subhalaxmi Mukherjee. Continue Reading

Interior Design, Kids

Christmas Decor Ideas

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Kids Crafts

Christmas craft ideas for kids

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It is time to bring cheer to your house with some fresh decorating ideas. The Red Notebook has been experimenting with some Christmas decorations and would like to share what I have been up to recently. Continue Reading

Events, Interior Design

Diwali Pop-up event in London

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 Karim Sania Maskatiya Nida Azwer Zara Shahjahan and Rakesh Agarwal . Have a look at some of their latest designs here.

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Interior Design

Celebrate festivities with India Circus

As an Indian family living in London we always miss the same festive vibe that we experienced back home in India. To begin with, Diwali is a working day in the UK and it is like any other day. But I don’t want it to be that way. Every year I try and make an extra effort to create a special day for family. As a mother I have the added responsibility to pass on traditions to the next generation. 

In the run up to Diwali I have a few  things in mind like – What should be the menu and  How can I put up Diwali décor at home? Every year I had to make do with the little Indian stuff I have in my personal collection but thanks to some lovely gifts from India Circus I can do a lot more with my Diwali décor. Indian Circus by Krsna Mehta make contemporary & chic products, home decor and personal accessories. The quirky and sophisticated décor designs will add a dash of Indianess to your interiors. The products are easy to order online and shipped worldwide.

India Circus has a lot to offer from home décor to personal accessories and even apparel. The designs are aimed to revive Indian craft and textiles into everyday contemporary products. The vibrant coloured home accessories add a layer of brightness to your interiors and an exquisite charm to your home.

India Circus sent me a few things and I have tried to create two beautiful settings using their products and some from my home décor collection. I hope you like it.

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Diwali Table Decor – Table Mats & Napkins by India Circus

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Interior Design

Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas

With the run up to Valentine’s Day, my inbox is bombarded with valentine’s day gift suggestions, what to wear on Valentine’s and other marketing messages. Sometimes such a hype forces you to do something for your partner or husband, but to be honest I don’t believe in the idea of Valentine’s Day. To me it’s more of a marketing gimmick. However there is a flip side to this, the idea of Valentine’s does makes you think how you can make your loved one feel special. With this intention in mind I plan to share my today’s blog post and demonstrate how you can use simple craft and décor items available in your home to make your husband, partner or boyfriend feel special this Valentine’s.

What could be better than expressing your love through flowers. Roses are my favorite and with the onset of spring, a bunch of pink and white roses can instantly freshen up your home. Even if you do not plan to do anything special this Valentine’s make sure you buy some flowers for your loved one and if you want to go a step further, surprise them by getting them delivered to their work place.

To create my first Valentine display, I simply used bright pink wrapping paper, rustic rope and some roses. Simply wrap a small gift using bright pink tissue paper or normal wrapping paper (pink tissue paper’s better) and tie it with a rustic rope. The beauty of this idea lies in how you present the gift. Below are some ideas.
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Valentine’s Day Decor

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I strongly believe that way through a man’s heart is through his stomach. You could cook your loved one favorite food and enjoy a cozy night in. For young parents like us it’s the best solution but do remember to add some special touches to your night in. I do understand that you all have busy lifestyles as working processionals so I have a cheat option for you – don’t cook dinner, just make the dessert. Which is what I plan to do – I’ll make Kheer (Indian rice pudding) and serve it in a very romantic fashion using rose petals.

These are few simple ideas to make your Valentine’s Day special. So if you don’t have any big plan for the night then do enjoy you cozy night it. Just remember to make it a bit special for your loved one.
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Kids

Vintage Tea Party

I had been dreaming about my daughter’s first birthday since the day she was born, and finally it was time to bring my dreams to life – her first birthday party!

I wanted to do something where the focus would be on the little ones. A vintage themed tea party was the perfect choice to celebrate the occasion.A vintage themed tea party was the perfect choice to celebrate the occasion. Continue Reading

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