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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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. Continue Reading
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.
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.
Meet My Mum – my inspiration
So what fashion inspiration can you take from your mum? Do drop me a line.
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