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Looks & Locations Series

Some time back I did a special blog post called the ‘Looks and Location Series’, where I collaborated with Ameeta from Ayewanderful.com. The purpose of doing this series is to explore unique venues in London for quick after-work meetups and experiment with fashion. Today’s post is all about our next find and how we can wear our Autumn style.

For a quick coffee after work, we found this cute little in-store café – Saucer & Spritz in Oasis flagship store in Tottenham Court Road store. This is a relatively new store that launched last year. It’s a concept store created to engage shoppers and provide more than just clothes shopping. The store offers Saucer & Spritz cafe, Pin & Polish nail bar and personal styling services. If you want to mix some fashion, pampering and coffee then this place is for you. The interiors offer a relaxed setting and take inspiration from the tropical lifestyle. I also just found out that the Tottenham Court Road store is playing host to a series of special readings with three inspiring authors. You can book your tickets here.

What we wore 

I chose this dark bottle green coloured floral dress. As we were meeting up after work on a Friday, I thought it would be an appropriate option. I am not a big fan of florals but I just couldn’t resist this beauty. I love the dark colour, truly appropriate for autumn, and if I wear it with a black biker jacket then it balances the overall look without making you look overly feminine. The dress is from Zara and I seriously debated in my head whether or not to buy it. In the end, I gave into the temptation and was glad I did so. This dress is a key autumn/winter item in my closet. It also follows the autumn floral trend which is a key look this season. You can dress it up or down, wear it from day to night and I could give ten more reasons to justify my purchase. I loved the dress, hence bought it. It wasn’t an impulsive purchase but a very considered decision. I paired the dress with a burgundy cross body bag from Mango and some minimal jewellery.

Shop my look here 

 

 

 

Ameeta opted for a very classic look. She wore this white shirt with pussy bow details and paired it with everyday denim. She did a great job in carrying her
outfit from work to after-work meetup. What added some drama to her look was the fuchsia pink sandals which helped in glamming up her look.

We had a lovely time chatting about blogging and other useful stuff that girls talk about. The venue was warm and welcoming and I would definitely recommend this place for an after-work coffee meetup. I hope you enjoyed our second post in the Looks and Location Series. If you want us to explore any new venues or
have suggestions, then do let us know.

Create Ameeta’s look here

Jeans – Gap (old)
Shoes – Next
Top – Zara

Fashion

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.

 

Fashion

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

 

Fashion

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
Interior Design

Christmas celebrations 2016

Christmas has arrived at The Red Notebook HQ in London. My last weekend was spent sorting out old Christmas decor and chucking away loads of rubbish. We also managed to make space for our lovely tree in the Living room. So finally, we welcomed the festive spirit in full glory.

Browsing local flea markets and high street shops fuels my decor inspiration. Every year it starts to feel a little festive for me once I start working on decor ideas. So this year we have a red and white festive theme. Irrespective of the space you have, you can go full out to adorn your abode with festive decor. Today I am sharing some very simple decor ideas that I worked on this year to welcome the spirit of Christmas.

  • Festive garland on the mantelpiece

Decorating your mantelpiece can immediately bring some festive warmth to your living space. Decorate your mantelpiece with festive garland and tea lights this Christmas. I bought this one from Christmas markets at Muswell Hill. Your local Christmas markets are full of festive inspirations and unique ideas – do pay them a visit.


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  • Use a festive table cloth

Set the table for an unforgettable Christmas lunch/dinner using a festive table cloth. It’s also the time when your loved dining table will be used the most. So show some extra love by decorating it with festive table cloth and coasters.

  •  Cake stand and Candles as a centerpiece

Cake stands are very versatile. You can use them to serve food or even as a table centrepiece. I have used my cake stand with a pillar candle and a small berry wreath to create a beautiful centrepiece.

 

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The Red Notebook had a great 2016 and I would like to thank all my lovely readers and followers for following our fashion and style journey. I hope we managed to add some fashion fun in your everyday life. Wishing you all a very, very happy holiday season.

Interior Design

Christmas Decor Ideas

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Recycling my Christmas decor blog post from last year. Put on your creative hat and take inspiration from simple decor ideas.

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Display 1-  DIY Christmas Candles

Just take white pillar candles, cinnamon sticks and rope string to create this candle display. Stick cinnamon sticks around the candle and decorate it with a rustic rope string. I used this beautiful sliver tray to place the candle display and scatter pines cones around.

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Display 2-  Cute Snow Globes

Beautiful display and very easy to create. Just get some glittery snow from ebay, empty glass jars from your kitchen and small decorative Christmas tree. Fix the tree to the centre of the lid, fill the jar with glitter snow and invert it. Make sure the glitter snow sticks to the jar –  essential for achieving that snowy look . You can make it your centre table display, sideboard display or side table display like I have done here.

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Display 3-  Festive Christmas Crate

This is my favourite display.  A very rustic and vintage display for your dinner table. I bought this vintage wooden crate from a local high street shop. Surprisingly I always manage to find some amazing artefacts from my local charity and other high street shops. They never disappoint me. Place glass jars with tea lights in the centre, fill the crate with green Christmas garlands, red berry decorations, cinnamon sticks and pine cones. For finishing touches, adorn the display with cute little red bows. Sit back, relax and let others appreciate you hard work.

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Display 4-  DIY Festive Garland

I get instant satisfaction from creating home made things. It feeds my creative energy and allows me to experiment with my styling ideas.

To create this beautiful Christmas garland, get hold of big decorative stars, festive figurine and rustic rope. Tie the decoration together on the rustic rope and decorate with red bows. You can hang this festive garland on the mantelpiece like I have done it here or hang it on sideboards or radiator covers.

Hope you got some decor ideas to add sparkle to your home this Christmas. Don’t forget to share your stories and ideas here with me.

Fashion

Party Season Favourites

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Party season is coming and we finally have a serious excuse to wear glittery, sparkly and fancy clothes without the fear of being too much. Lucky us, this season is all about luxury textiles in amazing earthy or deep jewel tones, as well as sparkly details; as extreme as it gets. And who doesn’t love dressing-up? Especially with clothes that make us feel prettier than ever but don’t have the opportunity to wear whenever we want. Our time is around the corner!

A great place to consider for your party-ing attires, is Topshop. Depending on the occasion, your mood and your taste, there is something for all. From gorgeous formal maxi dresses like this, to mini dresses and trendy skirts.

Other than that, here are some beautiful options from the latest trends to check-out, if you’re going to parties and want to look your best.

The Statement Skirt

A statement skirt like this black sequin midi from Warehouse, is a chic and classy way to make an entrance. Wear it with a simple silk blouse and minimal accessories in order to let the skirt speak for itself.

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The Velvet Dress

Velvet is hands down the fabric of the season. It is luxe, elegant and adds value in any form. A wine coloured mini dress like this from Mango, is the easiest choice for a party. With a dress like that, you will look fashionable without much effort from you. Pair it with sleek black pumps and voilà!

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The Sequin Dress

If you are ready to shine and like more daring clothes, then this sequin dress from &Other Stories is definitely for you. You will be the centre of attention and for a good reason. Keep in mind that the rest of your accessories and makeup have to be super simple, so the outcome stays smart and stylish.

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The Formal Maxi Dress

For those of you who love a formal option, this maxi dress in dark magenta colour from French Connection, is ideal. Perfect eye-catching colour and sophisticated design. You will surely be the best dressed guest.

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I love all of them! Which suits your style best?

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Fashion

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

 

Fashion, Interior Design

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.

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Christmas Decor Ideas

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Christmas craft ideas for kids

Kids Craft Ideas

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

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