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If you follow me on insta stories, you would know that there is a Zara store next to my office. This means, my lunchtime routine involves checking out new arrivals at Zara. I would like to believe that some of my favourite wardrobe finds are from Zara and I shop there a lot. Over the past few years, I think I have become an avid Zara customer.
I do understand that Zara is fast fashion and is created to tempt us into buying more. But as a fashion lover, I tend to give into fast fashion buys sometimes. I invest in statement fast fashion pieces that I would wear again. One such choice I recently made is this beautiful silk embroidered dress from Zara. At the moment Zara is really championing embroidery trend on the high street. They have some really nice embroidered dresses for your holiday wardrobe.

I love the design and embroidery on this dress. The good thing is that you can dress it up or down depending on your mood. I would love to wear this dress with sneakers to create a very relaxed look. I wore the dress with my tan heels and a tan cross body bag from Next. I recently wore this dress on a bright sunny day and the look was highly appreciated. However, I must add that I felt hot in the dress and wished it had half sleeves. I would say it is not a good option to wear this dress on a hot summer day but perfect for a summer evening out.
Also, most of the summer sale offers are now online. I have curated a list of my top picks here. I hope you can get hold of your size. Good Luck!


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.


What I Wore: Baby Shower

Asian Indian Fashion Blog UK London

Few weeks back my friends hosted an intimate baby shower to welcome the new phase of our lives. I am thankful for the love and support I receive from my circle of friends, who are more like immediate family. Luckily it wasn’t a surprise for me so I had the time to plan my outfit. Continue Reading


Follow me in Puglia – Part 1

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.  Continue Reading


Project Shine On

The red Notebook Indian fashion Blog UkToday 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. Continue Reading


Inspired by Mum- Mother’s Day

The Red Notebook Indian Fashion Stylist

Today’s look is inspired by my mum’s signature style which is very feminine and colourful. I have learnt a word or two about styling and dressing up from my mum. She is responsible for sowing the seeds of fashion in me at a young age. My mum loves floral prints, bright colours and I have tried to incorporate these elements in my outfit. This blog post is for ‘Inspired by Mum’ Mother’s Day Blogger Challenge from House of Fraser and it is dedicated to my mum for being my first fashion teacher.

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Inspired by Mum outfit

I was looking around for spring wardrobe ideas for this year and stumbled upon this lovely pleated flared skirt from Zara. Checkout their latest spring edit – there are some lovely goodies for everyone. I laid my hands on this asymmetrical pleated skirt and I am in love with it – it is very feminine and the material is super light. I teamed up this skirt with some existing items from my wardrobe – always ‘Recycle & Reuse’ where possible. I chose my Monsoon white top which I bought ages ago. Wore the outfit with barely there black sandals which are ideal for spring/summer. They show off your spring-manicured legs and don’t clash with the clothing. These sandals were part of my trousseau and I bought them from Khan Market Delhi. You can pair up this outfit with a cropped jacket to beat the chill in the air. I was lucky to have nice sunny weather on the day of the shoot so didn’t need a jacket.

One Dress Two Looks

Here is an idea of how you can wear the same skirt and create two different looks just by updating basic accessories like a bag. For the first look I carried a more formal bag, ideal for formal meetings and day lunches. To create an evening or a bit relaxed look, go for an oversized clutch similar to my second look.






Complete the look
My mum would always wear her gold watch along with her gold bangles and rings. These days we use phones to keep a track on time but once in a while its nice to wear a watch. I am looking to buy a modern gold watch and something like this from House of Fraser definitely fits the bill and it completes my mum inspired look.


happy mothers day

Meet My Mum – my inspiration

So what fashion inspiration can you take from your mum? Do drop me a line.

Wearing – Skirt Zara

Bag : H&M & Warehouse

Jewellery  : Forever 21

Events, Fashion

London Fashion Week Day 2

Lovely Somerset House

After truly enjoying Day 1 it was time to experience the fashion buzz on Day 2. This time I went for a fashion meet-up in Somerset House. The place was buzzing with activity – photographers, fashion scouts, and models everywhere! As a newbie in this crazy fashion industry I was just in awe of everything happening around me. Continue Reading

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