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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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Top 5 Autumn Knitwear

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As we’re getting closer and closer to winter the weather gets even colder and the need for some cosy and comfortable knitwear, gets bigger day by day. Unfortunately, we have to forget all of our beautiful tees or light-weight shirts and switch them up with some heavier and warmer fabrics, ideal for the months ahead. Cashmere, wool or 100% cotton, are the ones that we have to look up to.

Unfortunately for our summer clothes, but fortunately for our winter mood, all the high street designers, came up with amazing jumpers that will definitely satisfy our fashion hunger. From extreme oversized to ruffled or bell-sleeved, there is something for everyone. Even if you can’t afford many pieces from the high-end market, there’s no need to worry, as there are equally beautiful and high quality pieces in more affordable brands as well.

I gathered my favourite pieces, that stood out to me the most and I can’t wait to style them! These are my picks of the best trends for this season to help you take some serious inspiration, and incorporate some (or even all) of them in your winter wardrobe.

Off-Shoulder

We loved the off-the-shoulder trend all summer long and it continues to be on point. Try it with jeans or skirts to add a feminine touch to any casual outfit. I chose this from Asos; simple, fashionable and in a very good price too.

Bell Sleeves

Bell sleeved knits, make a “quiet” statement and spice up even the simplest outfit. They are the perfect way to look pretty in warm clothes. My favourite so far is this, from Topshop.

Cross Over Ties

If you love a beautiful knit, but you are bored by plain designs and want something extra, then this trend is definitely for you. Knits with crossover ties at the hemline like this from French Connection, or with a crossover pattern all over them like this from Mango, are the perfect options.

High Neck

High neck knits, are the perfect solution for the chillier days. In addition, they make you look extremely elegant and well-dressed. Pair a piece like this from French Connection with your favourite jeans and you’re good to go.

Cold days are now sorted. Time for a cup of hot chocolate, right?

Shop my Autumn favourite knitwear here

 

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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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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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Look 2 – Skirt & Top – BOHOO | Shoes – H&M |

Look 1 – Skirt & Top – BOHOO | Shoes – F&F  | Necklace – Zara

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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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Maxi dress

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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Boho chic style layered distressed dress

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Summer dress

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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Me in Nabeel’s cape

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Birthday Tulle Skirt


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Thought today I’ll share my spring birthday outfit with you all. Being a mum sometimes makes you go for very practical outfit choices. But since it was my birthday and I was celebrating it with my  girls, I decided to choose something fun and flirty. For my birthday I wore this 50s style midi skirt, layered with sheer tulle in grey. This grey midi skirt is part of the BOOHOO BOUTIQUE collection which stocks some premium limited edition pieces. Do check their new range online which features exclusives pieces for this season. The skirt is gorgeous and I chose the grey colour option to keep my look a bit understated. For my top I chose this super soft bodysuit in black, again from Boohoo. I can’t tell how how comfortable this bodysuit was. Since it was a bodysuit, it fitted me perfectly. I totally recommend bodysuits if you need a well fitted top for an outfit. A special  mention to my lovely shoes which I bought on H&M and how well they complimented my look. I was in awe of these shoes when I first discovered them. These are mid heels which I absolutely love and perfect for both day and night looks. Did not accessorise much and let my clothes do all the talking.  

Here is a video of my outfit in motion.


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THREADS – Indian Fashion Trunk Show

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I get so many queries on where to find nice Indian wear in London. Most of my acquaintances too struggle with the same problem. Personally I have always shopped my Indian wardrobe from India itself. But there have been times when I really needed something here in London and I too struggled to find something nice. Thanks to my blog, I had an opportunity to connect with some lovely brands based here which offer distinctively different designs; designs which I personally prefer and something I am more likely to wear. Today on the blog I will talk about two such brands who are trying to change people’s mindset towards Indian fashion by focusing on the authenticity of the fabric and embroideries. Continue Reading

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Post Pregnancy Outfit Ideas

Really excited and nervous to share my first video blog with you all. In this video I talk about styling post maternity outfits. Currently I am coming to terms with my new body shape and thinking of ideas to feel body confident. Do watch the video and give me your feedback.

Here is the list of brands I have talked about in the video.

Outfit 1

Dress – http://bit.ly/1LhiIJg

Shirt– http://bit.ly/1ej5rWj

Shoes– http://bit.ly/1HxBI8w

Outfit 2

Dress– http://bit.ly/1LhiIJg

Blazer – http://www.dorothyperkins.com/

Necklace – http://www.hm.com/gb/

Shoes – http://www.hm.com/gb/

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Eid Shopping Soiree – 23rd May London

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The Red Notebook is proud to be associated as the official blogging partner for the Eid Shopping Soiree event – An afternoon that will bring together the crème of Pakistani designers in the UK for the very first time.

Hina Rasim, a leading UK fashion house that offers some of the most celebrated Pakistani designers, will be bringing some celebrated Pakistani designers to London. The Eid Shopping Soiree will showcase the designs of Ammara Khan, Sania Maskatiya, Faiza Samee and Rozina Munib. UK buyers will be treated to exclusive collections of beautiful laces from Ammara Khan, hand block prints on silk from Faiza Samee and Sania Maskatiya’s “Ara-Ornaments” collection which draws inspiration from the art of ornamentation featuring decorative motifs. The exclusive pieces from each designer will not have been seen or be available anywhere in the UK before the event.

Right in time for Eid the event is taking place on Saturday 23rd May at Raddison Blu, Portman square, London W1. Great opportunity to wrap up your Eid shopping. Continue Reading

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