As 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.
Beach holidays are ever so refreshing. I get a sense of calmness just by looking at the blue water. I love beach holiday, actually who doesn’t. I need it at least once a year to get me going. This year I had an opportunity to explore some hidden and quiet beaches along the coast of southern Italy in Puglia.
When it comes to beach dressing it has to be effortless and fuss free. Something that can be multi-purpose: both a cover up and an outfit. Today I share two outfits with you that are ideal for spending an afternoon/evening stroll on the beach.
Great British summer is spreading its wings over London and it’s now time to make the most of it. I personally think summer is the best time to be in London. For most it’s the holiday season but if you truly want to make the most of London and British summer then stay put. This is the time to enjoy after office drinks, lazy summer picnics and just a glass of red wine in your backyard.Say goodbye to heavy layers and infuse some freshness to your light summer wardrobe.
On Day 2 of our holiday in Puglia, in southern Italy, we drove down to Alberobello. The very reason we planned our holiday was to visit the ancient white cone roof houses called Trullis in Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site. What we didn’t realise that it’s a very popular tourist destination and even in the non-holiday season there are queues to get into the city. Arpit’s broken Italian came in very handy when asking for directions, as the GPS didn’t take us to the main parking area.
During this Easter break we decided to visit Italy for our annual holiday. The reason why we chose Italy was because of this song. Both me and Arpit fell in love with the beautiful white cone-roofed houses. We did some research to figure out the exact location of the scenic places featured in the video. Finally we were able to trace the place down to Puglia in southern Italy.
Today I would like to introduce my latest venture – Project ‘Shine On’ #shineon. I started The Red Notebook to share my love for good design and style. Along my journey I met so many beautiful women and every one of them had her own individual way of expressing their style. I drew a lot of inspiration from these everyday women and that in turn enriched my own personal style.
Every spring/summer pastels and candy colours come back as a trend. Personally I am not a huge fan of pastels as they are generally associated with girly fashion and that’s something I want to move away from. But I am in the process of evolving my style to create a more modern feminine look. So how can you achieve a modern feminine look without looking girly? Here is how I experimented with it.
This past month I have been working behind the scenes to curate a lookbook for a new and upcoming designer, Jara Wine. I met Jara at London Fashion Week and we started talking about our individual creative ventures. I can very well relate to Jara’s story as she was in PR and marketing before, and has now left her plush job to do what she absolutely loves – designing clothes. I am pleased to announce my styling collaboration with Jara where I have selected a few key pieces from her collection and styled them to fit my, and hopefully yours too, everyday lifestyle.
Autumn/Winter 13 Wishlist
Today I don’t plan to share the look of the week. Instead, I have my Autumn/Winter wish list, the must have items for this season. Not sure how many of them I can afford but there is no harm in wishing for one. So here are the top ten items:
1. Dungaree – They have been everywhere this season and if you have the figure to carry them off, then it’s a must have. Standard one-piece clothing for an effortless look.