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The Quintessential Red Lehenga For The Festive Season

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Red bridal lehenga is synonymous with any Indian bride. It is a very traditional bridal wear colour and suits most Indian girls. These days, brides are ditching traditional red colour lehengas in favour of other colours. I was one of those brides who opted for a non-regal colour. I got married in the age of non-existent social media/inspirational wedding sites. Back then I did have a unique taste in fashion and was quite fussy about my choices. Because red was the go-to lehenga colour for most brides, I wanted something different, and thus opted for a coral/pink colour. Recently, for my brother’s wedding, I was itching to wear red for the wedding day and wore this beauty. This dark reddish maroon velvet lehenga is from one of my favourite designers, Jyoti Chandhok.

This post is about a year old but I just couldn’t find the right opportunity to share it. Now that we are are heading to the festive season, I thought it would be appropriate to share it now.

How I found this Lehenga

I was at Jyoti’s North London Studio where I was exploring some new designs for the upcoming wedding. After a few attempts of trying different things, Jyoti showed me one of her own personal designs – a red velvet lehenga with a gota border. I instantly fell in love with the fabric, and the quality of the gota border. These days a lot of lehenga designs have a gota border but the quality of the gota is very cheap. This particular one looked very regal to me and I decided to wear it on my brother’s wedding.

Once I decided to go ahead with the lehenga, the next step was to create the whole ensemble along with the choli and dupatta. I preferred to have something light so I could freely move around in my outfit. So we opted for a red brocade choli and a light net dupatta. I wore the lehenga on the the wedding day and danced my heart out in the wedding procession. I plan to wear it again over this festive season and if you want to have a glimpse of some more regal outfits from Jyoti Chandhok ,then come along to our exclusive festive tea party on 6th & 7th October. See more details here.

Pictures by – A Few Good Clicks 

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The Chic List for Autumn/Winter 2017

As the new season approaches, the high street shops are stacked with the latest Autumn/Winter collection. Sad to know but summer is officially over, and it’s time to organise your wardrobe for the coming winter months. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. It’s the festive season for us and unlike winter, you do not need all the heavy layers to keep you warm. Wearing light, manageable layers can create unique autumn looks. Most of the high street retailers have received their Autumn/Winter drops and here are a few key trends and wardrobe staples you need to know about this season.

 

Dare to wear Red

The red hot colour is definitely the flavour of the season. Wherever I go on the high street, the shops are screaming of this trend. From coats to knitwear, dresses and boots, the high street is adamant that customers shop red. The fiery shade dominated the autumn/winter 2017 shows, with brands such as Givenchy and Max Mara sending head-to-toe red looks down the runway. Here is a my curated list of most wanted red items of this season.

 

 

Best transitional item

Blazer is a universal clothing item and can instantly fix any drab t-shirt/jeans outfit.This year the runways were dominated by power suits and checks. The check blazer/suit trend is here to slay your Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobe . Here are some of my high street favourites.

 

 

Flowy day to night dresses 

 

Who says dresses are only for spring. There are some real jewels this season – beautiful dresses that can take you straight from a bright autumn day to chilly evenings. Wear it with boots during the day and furry sandals and long coats for an evening look.

 

Logo Inspired

 Designer slogan trend has come back in a big way this year. Slogan t-shirts are on every fashion blogger feed and most of the popular styles are sold out . Translate this trend to knitwear and you are now ready to slay the new season. Here are a few of my logo inspired high street inspirations.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading the post. Do share your autumn wardrobe staples. I would love to know what you are wearing this season.     

 

All images via Pinterest.

 

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Jewellery love from Viva Luxe

Last year I introduced a new Indian fashion brand on the blog called Viva-Luxe. In the past one year, Viva Luxe has emerged as a strong online Asian fashion brand catering to an international audience. They offer a range of designer clothing from suits to sarees and lehengas.

As an Indian woman living away from India, I am always interested in exploring new shopping venues for Indian clothes. I shop most of my everyday wardrobe online as it’s so convenient for me. Slowly Asian brands and designers are venturing into the online world and making Asian fashion accessible to an international audience. Viva-Luxe is one such brand which has really established itself in the online world. Right from offering free delivery within UK to custom fitting, Viva Luxe is offering impeccable service to all fashion lovers.

The website stocks some distinctive designer labels and has a beautiful collection for the upcoming festive season. Here are few of my favourite pieces.

Other than Indian clothes, they have a very unique jewellery collection featuring statement necklaces and earrings . I am sporting some of their jewellery on the blog and this is how I have styled it.

I wore this stunning statement necklace with a double breasted blazer style dress from Asos. Since this necklace was a bit delicate and feminine, I chose to pair it with a masculine outfit. This look could be apt for the upcoming party season. The necklace will look stunning with any black dress and add that glam factor.

Also have a look at another jewellery beauty. These emerald green earrings above are perfect to glam up any everyday look. I wore them with an off-shoulder white top. Green coloured accessories pair nicely with white clothing and add a bit more to your plain white top.

I hope you enjoyed the above featured jewellery. If you are looking for some Indian festive fashion gift ideas, then do stalk jewellery Viva Luxe here.

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My favourite summer top

As a Londoner, I eagerly wait for the summer months when I can get rid of my heavy coats and jackets. Who doesn’t love the Great British Summer!  It is the best time to be in London and explore the city to its fullest. London has so much to offer and even after living here for more than 10 years, I haven’t been able to explore it fully.

Summer calls for your new summer wardrobe, so today on the blog I am sharing my favourite summer tops of all times. This blue embroidered top is from Next and I am planning to spend my entire summer in it. I have styled this top in many different ways and I can’t get enough of it. I wear this top to work, I wear to school drop offs, I will wear it on my holiday…. I wear it everywhere. I have never been so excited about any other top than this one.  I love the material – 100% cotton, the embroidery on the sleeves, the tassels string at the neck… What’s not to love about this top? It also comes in red colour. You can shop the top here.

I styled the top with my ripped Zara jeans, black jollychic sandals and my favourite Charles Keith bag. You can wear this top with denim shorts or even dungarees for a more relaxed look.

I recently did a post on embroidered summer tops and this one was up on my list. If you didn’t get a chance to catch that post then read it here. Here are some more summer top ideas for you all.

What are you guys wearing this summer? What would be your favourite go to style? Do share your summer wardrobe with me here.

Shop similar look here.

 

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SUMMER PREVIEW

One more exciting event for your diaries. SUMMER PREVIEW exhibition and trunk show on Friday 9th June, 11am – 7pm, Albemarle Suite, Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7TN.

SUMMER PREVIEW will once again comprise a multi-designer, luxury edit of the finest fashion, accessory and lifestyle collections, hosted by fashion influencers and tastemakers, Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad. The free to attend event will showcase seasonal collections by leading names in South Asian couture.

Participating designers from India, Pakistan and Hong Kong include Pakistani king of couture Umar Sayeed, known worldwide for his heritage label, House of Umar Sayeed; inimitable, Pakistani fashion pioneer.

Rana Noman, sought after label Delphi, prêt and couture impresario, Reema Zahid, AnA by Anu Singh and Archana Bhushan, whose collections present a rich depiction of India’s stylistic diversity, from sarees and anarkali’s to churidar kurtas, featuring the distinctive crafts of chikan kari, gota patti and zardozi.

London-based Hema Thakorlal, known for her subtle-toned, classic sarees to bright, floor-length gowns. Kamaali Couture, synonymous with bridal and cocktail collections featuring feminine drapes and bejeweled embroideries with a touch of western aesthetics.

JMD ‘Design to Empower’, that showcases the art and craft of female artisans in India, who have learnt and practiced traditional hand embroidery techniques for generations;

JR Jewelry, combining silver pieces with precious and semi-precious stones, popular with celebrities such as Parineeti Chopra and Baahubali actress, Tamannaah Bhatia.

Rĕsa Fine Jewellery, spearheaded by Megha Malik, whose distinctive and statement pieces embody exquisite design and fine craftsmanship.

JADAU by Kanwal Toor, featuring intricate, handmade jewellery embedded with precious and semi-precious stones, marking an evolution of elegance passed down through India’s rich history of art and design; and Crystal Bags by Sago, a luxury brand that specialises in exquisite bags, encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

SUMMER PREVIEW

Friday 9th June, 11am – 7pm

Albemarle Suite, Grosvenor House Hotel 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7TN

Free to attend

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Aashni + Co presents The Spring Summer Bridal & Luxury Prêt Trunk Show

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Get ready for your exclusive Indian designer fashion trunk show hosted by Aashani & Co this Friday, 9th June  (11am – 6pm) at their multi-brand store in Notting Hill. We have heard that shoppers will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the designers themselves so do book your diaries now.

As a UK exclusive, shoppers will have the chance to discover and browse the avant-garde and fashion forward designs by Gaurav Gupta; the delicate and feminine styles with an edge by Varun Bahl; and exquisite, heirloom worthy jewels by Sunita Shekhawat.

Sunita Shekhawat

Shoppers will also get an insight into their heirloom and existing jewellery pieces at the show from an expert and are invited to bring their pieces along. A mix of winning ensembles and jewellery, the collections will comprise bridal and trousseau staples as well as pieces for the entire wedding squad, presented by the fashion luminaries themselves.

See details below

The Spring Summer 17 Bridal & Luxury Prêt Trunk Show

Friday 9th June, 11am – 6pm

Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AA

Free Entry

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My visit to London Luxe

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I went to London Luxe, a  fashion & lifestyle event in London, organised by Fashion capsule. Events like these provide a platform for new upcoming designers to showcase their designs to a larger audience. They give people like me options to explore unique brands that we wouldn’t come across in London.

The event was held at Grosvenor house, a very central location. See all the details about the event here

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

https://www.fashioncapsule.in/

 

I had a lovely time exploring new brands and here are a few of my favourites.

Rashma Sud Jewellery

Normally I do not mention a lot of Indian jewellery brands on my blog post just because there aren’t many good ones out there, but I have to mention  Rashma Sud Jewellery. I loved their stuff – very elegant and classy. I saw some interesting pieces like this colourful choker set sbove. If you are looking for good quality costume jewellery, then do pay them a visit. They also do semi-precious jewellery.

Suram Fashion By Gypsy Mahajan

 

What a beautiful collection they had. I fell in love with most of the pieces on display. Suram Fashions is an Ethnic Indian designer wear brand from New Delhi India. The lady behind the brand, Gypsy Mahajan, is very approachable and can customise outfits to suit your needs. The outfit can be easily shipped to London as well. I tried on a few thing from her collection and this green sharara set was a bright and refreshing colour to wear.

Suram Fashions has a dedicated team of designers working with them to create fresh unique outfits. If you are interested in any of their designs, then you can find them here at Facebook

Jyoti Chandhok

Jyoti had some stunning chikankari work on display. She had beautiful chikankari saris and full chikankari dupatta. Her new signature piece was this chanderi bright blue anarkali. She also had a range of cream, white and beige chikankari outfits.

Silver Sitaara

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I found this cute little brand called Silver Sitaara amongst the array of designers.They boast of creating unique fusion designs using pure fabric and hand embroidery. If you are looking for something different from your regular high street dresses, then show some love to these guys. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.  

 

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They had some some fine luxury pieces especially this peach flower print anarkali with net dupatta and intricate embroidery. Checkout their facebook page here  

 

Reynu Tandon

I also spotted some very unique Indo-western designs at their stand. See their Instagram here 

Ssevo

They create handcrafted silver plated products. Their assorted array of products include gifting options, home decor and God idols.

See their facebook page here.

I hope you enjoyed discovering some new brands on the blog today. The exhibition is on till Saturday 20th. So do plan a visit.

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

https://www.fashioncapsule.in/

www.facebook.com/fashcapsule

www.instagram.com/fashcapsule

Event organisers Malika Jain & Rithika Handa

Event organisers Malika Jain With Kylee

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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.

Events

Anita Dongre and Sonam Kapoor at DIVALICIOUS LONDON

I recently went to DIVAlicious London which hosted renowned Indian designer Anita Dongre in exclusive soiree with Sonam Kapoor. After amassing cult popularity the world over in destinations such as the UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, London played host to a unique, luxury boutique pop-up exhibition – ‘DIVAlicious 2017’ – on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017 at The May Fair Hotel, London.

International film and fashion icon Sonam Kapoor graced the event. On the by-lines of the exhibition, DIVAlicious London’s partner The Rack – by Kachins presented renowned celebrity fashion designer Anita Dongre. Hot off the ramp of India’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale, Anita Dongre has been at the forefront of fashion for over 20 years, having created one of the most successful fashion houses in India. A metaphor for supreme craftsmanship, Anita Dongre’s designs showcase Indian aesthetics in a contemporary language.  Inspired by Rajasthan and India’s rich craft tradition, her handcrafted bridal gotapatti lehengas and handwoven heritage benarasi creations are coveted by brides across the world. Anita Dongre’s commitment to revive, sustain and empower the Indian crafts and textiles led her to launch Grassroot, a sustainable and eco-conscious luxury prêt label. DIVAlicious London marked Anita Dongre’s inaugural London showcase. The event showcased Anita Dongre’s acclaimed collection “Alchemy” (A Magical Transformation).

Private banker turned full time fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia launched DIVAlicious in Dubai in 2011.  This is what she had to say about the event “We had a resounding weekend in London with a great turn out. With the reception we received, I can immediately claim that we will be back again next year and hope to make it an annual spring affair for the fashion-conscious market that is London.  Our next step is Nairobi, Kenya!”

I enjoyed exploring the new Anita Dongre’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale collection. It was stunning and the designs were very fresh and feminine. The good thing is that these designs can be bought directly from http://shop.anitadongre.com/. Do have a look at the website and you will find all the latest pieces there.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Me with Anita Dongre

I also came across a brand called Azuli by Nikki from Bombay. I really liked some of the pieces in her collection and tried this cream colour straight kurta. The one I am wearing in this picture has yellow embroidery but I ordered the same design with peach coloured embroidery.

Me wearing Azuli by Nikki

Azuli By Nikki

 

I also spotted this stunning pearl work kurta by Mehreen Noorani. Mehreen Noorani  is a Dubai based brand and you can find them on facebook here.

 

Next stop was Payal Jain. Her collection included lots of creams and whites. I tried this white embroidered anarkali on me. I loved the all-over embroidery and the colour.

Me in Payal Jain

 

Also spotted the lady behind CILVANA Designs wearing one of her beautiful pieces.

CILVANA Designs

 

 

In the end if was a good fashion fun day and like always, it was great to bump into some of my blogger friends. I also bumped into one of my competition winners and she was really happy to be there.

Me at the event

I hope you enjoyed exploring some new brands. Do let me know your favorites.

 

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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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