Denim Shorts

“Beauty begins the moment, you decide to be yourself”–Coco Chanel

Summer and denim shorts are one of the best fashion relationship you can ever find. In Britain, there was a glimmer of summer few weeks ago when it was gloriously sunny for half a day (and if you missed it then too bad). Denim shorts are perfect for summer–laidback, chic and versatile. These are just some of the ways you can describe denim shorts.

There are zillion ways to style them–wear with Breton top for a Parisian feel or with a slogan tee, bomber jacket and sporty shoes for casual evening with friends. Polish it up with a boyfriend blazer and wedges for a night or go girly (like I have done here) for a beach day trip.

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I have paired my denim shorts with a cold shoulder top which I last wore here. Because of the coral piping on the top, I have also added coral earrings. Finally, to add a bit of zing to the outfit, I have added a scarf which I have used in a “few” different ways here. First, I used it as a bun tie (no images) then head band and then finally belt. I have sealed the look with simple flip flops and an anklet because it is a beach and less is more here.

 

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Denim Shorts: Gap, Top: Boohoo, Scarf: DIY (from Mum’s old saree), Flip Flops: Superdry, Glasses: Oscar Del a Renta

So, how do you like to wear your shorts? Let me know your thoughts.

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How to wear boots for summer

“Clothes aren’t going to change the world; the women who wear them will”~Anne Klein

Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Every week, I am here discussing and giving you ideas what you should wear this summer/spring/winter. What are the “in”colours and the various ways to pair the autumn-winter state–boots. Honestly, it is exhausting! My mind, however creative, sometimes has no idea how to describe a dress for the zillionth time. And then I wonder, if it really matters in the larger scheme of things–children still dying for hunger and poverty, women denied equal rights and Brexit. Ofcourse it does not.

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However, I convince myself if something as simple as a dress and boots can bring some realm of happiness in the daily grind of life then why not? So, whether you hate it or love it I am here. Boots are esentially a winter thing but the British weather being more temperamental than a woman; it is here to stay even in summers (if you want call it that!)

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The trick to making an ankle boot work with a dress in summer is to create a gap (no this is not some imaginative made-up rule by me). Pair with a midi and bare calves or a mini with opaque/sheer tights (if you wish, I had to here as it was just too windy) or with a maxi that ends just on your ankles.

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If you ask me, the ankle boots with dress style is perhaps just the summer option you need when sunshine is still…..a bit weak.

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Boots: JD Williams (they are on sale!), T-Shirt: Tu, Skirt: Primark, Necklace: Monica Narang, Bag: Zara (old)

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Summer 2016’s most wearable trends

Summer is finally here (apparently) and here I will be showing you (once again) what are the trends to try so that you are fashionnably ahead. I recently attended the fashion fix event at Broadstreet Mall (Reading, UK) which showcased a great show about affordable fashion for all age and gender groups.

Prints, Prints and More Prints:

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Prints (unsurprisingly) are going to big season. If you know me, you would know that I am already sold. There is nothing like a vibrant, graphic and colourful print that can up the ante of any look without much effort. Pair with single colours for added oomph (and also looking like a Christmas tree is not a great look). Not a fan? Pair printed accessories like a scarf or bag with neutrals.

If you want to know how to pair clashing prints, then check this post out.

Colours:

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Orange is definitely the new black (yes even for men) don’t be shy with colours go all out and pair it as you want. For women, pink is the hue of the season thanks to Duchess of Cambridge and her Indian sojourn (remember, the pink dress which practically broke the fashion internet?). I must admit I am particularly pleased with this trend.

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Shoulders are apparently the errogenous zone of the season (yes, it is a thing; no don’t ask me how). Cold shoulder and off shoulder clothes have already hit the high street and is here to stay. I like it very much–it is chic in a nonchalant way as well as effortless without much skin show.

And what did I wear?

A cold shoulder top (trust me I had no idea) with ripped jeans and coral accessories.

Fashion trends for Summer 2016

Fashion trends for summer 2016

Top: Boohoo, Jeans: Gap, Earrings: H&M

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Tenerife: My top picks

Tenerife is a striking and saucy archipelago of islands set adrift off the coast of Africa (Canary Islands) offering beautiful beaches, jaw-dropping mountains (including Spain’s highest) and perennial warmth. Hence, it is no wonder that the island attracts more than 1.6 million tourists each year and is known to have 365 days of tourism.

The story goes that Christopher Columbus, famously stopped over Canary Islands, en route to sailing off the known world in search of the New one. Tenerife offers a heady and varied mix of both white and black (volcanic sand) beaches, a promising night life, designer and street shopping, scrumpitous food, water theme parks and everything in between. Suffice to say, in Tenerife, you will be spoilt for choices.

Here are my top favourite experiences that I could manage during my birthday vacation.

  1. Costa Adeje: 

One of the newest resort area in Tenerife, Costa Adeje is a coastline full of plush hotels, modern attractions, interesting beaches and chic restaurants. Costa Adeje also boasts of some of the most expensive and classy all-inclusive resorts from Bahia Del Dudque, Melia Jardaines del Teide (where we stayed and highly recommand) to Sheraton.

 

 

Adeje is a food-lovers paradise. From Sushi to Sphagetti, from Curry to Canarian Cuisine, from yummylicious fish to fajitas; there are over 100 nations and there cuisines featured here. The beaches, too are much better, here whether you prefer sun-bathing to surfing, whether you water-skiing or windsurfing. Adeje’s coastline will not disappoint you.

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Costa Adeje, Tenerife

 

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For families, too there are several water theme parks from Siam Park to Aqualand. The Mountain range on the other side of the coastline gives this an added edge.

2. Coastal Walk:

A City walk that will leave you wanting more. The Geranium Walk in South Tenerife is a great experience if you want to see all the beaches offered here, experience the local culture and eat some yummy grub all in one go. A stroll, along the promenade linking the main southern resorts might sound like an easy walk, but don’t be fooled. The route which runs from the once tiny village of La Caleta through Costa Adeje and Playa de las Américas to the very end of Los Cristianos runs for nearly 10 kilometres and covers about 12 beaches.

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Playa del Duque beach, Tenerife

 

This walk will help you see all the distinct beaches and a marina. Plus you can enjoy umpteen number of street performances and if you are hungry or thirsty, just hop onto any of the amazing restaurants and have a pint or two. As it is recommanded, we started walking from our resort to La Caleta and went all the way to Los Cristianos, taking regualar breaks because we had a baby to carry as well! It took us over 2 hours to reach Los Cristianos and around one and half hours to reach our resort from Los Cristianos (because you guessed it we walked!) But this is an experience, I highy recommand especially if you are short on time. Just remember one thing: good footwear.

3. Hiking

Tenerife is a hikers and mountain climbers’ paradise. Whilst hiking up the highest mountain-Pico del Teide or Mount Teide–in North Tenerife is an unmissable experience, we could not make it due to extreme weather conditions (Tenerife is known for its micro climates as well). But we decided to hike up Barranco del Rey–although not the highest the volcanic terrain–makes this a tricky hike (not that we needed it as we had a toddler with us and that’s tricky enough!).

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En route to Barranco del infierno

The area is very important archaeologically, since there are hundreds of caves that were home to  aboriginal Guanches, as well as caves with engravings. The largest collection of Guanche mummies and utensils were found here and placed in the Museum of Nature and Man of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Barranco del infierno, Tenerife

We chose one of the easiest paths, which to begin with starts with paved pathway, but as you brave up you see path becoming treachous, narrow sometimes and full of lava stones. The beauty of this hike is that you can see the whole of Tenerife in its lucious beauty as you go up. The azure blue waters the ocean too comes to life from top.

It took us arounf six hours to reach on top (with few breaks and three hours to come down) and the tricky part was as went up we realised the peak is somewhere else. Hiking in these mountains hence can leave the most discerning explorer wanting for more. And there is no denial in saying that when you reach up you feel invincible.

After the hike, thanks to our bone tired body and grumbling tummy, we headed towards Otello –a hidden gem which served amazing Canarian cuisine with a jaw dropping view of the mountain.

4. All inclusive resorts

As bizzare as it sounds but my last (not the least) favourite bit of Tenerife was the all-inclusive resorts. Exhausted parents that we are, we were definitely looking for staying options where we did not have to worry about anything. And Costa Adeje’s resorts do not disappoint.

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View from the resort

As stated above, we stayed at Melia Jardaines del Teide, with it’s amazing pools, great food (the whole wheat croissant was my favourite!), pleathora of activities, night time entertainment and beach bus services, this resort is definitely value for money. The swaying palm trees, beautiful view of the ocean and little cosy corners in every nook and cranny of the resort the place is brilliant.

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It is also worth remembering that Costa Adeje has some of the plushest, lavish and chic resorts as compared to other parts of Tenerife.

All in all Tenerife was more than my expectations. With equal dose of sun, warmth and revelry this is definitely a holiday destination I recommand.:)

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The Edgy Mama

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity–Diana Vreeland

The thing about the world of fashion and style is that it revolves around beautiful clothes. But as ironical as it may sound, sometimes we get so caught up with trends that we forget the simple pleasure of dressing up (or down). I feel style should not be so complicated and trends should not dictate all our sartorial choices. These days, perhaps because of my extremely busy days and the fact that I am spinning around many different plates, I do lean towards minimal and effortless looks. In the fashion dictionary, it is called norm core–the act of blending in rather than standing out.

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It is about rejecting the razmatazz, refusing to be a peacock and instead being an every day pigeon. An unfussy look of t-shirt, jeans and trainers is exactly that–unfussy but take a leaf from late Steve Jobs who probably nailed the look even before it entered the fashion echleons.

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If you know me, you know I am all about personalising each look because otherwise where’s the fun and I done exactly that here. I have paired my striped tee with a ripped jeans. I have used  floral scarf and a candy colour satchel to add a dash of colour to this look. For footwear, instead of trainers I have opted for ankle boots. This look is edgy, chic yet feminine. It is fun and yet functional–the new fashion cool.

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Tee: Ralph Lauren, Jeans: Gap, Bag: Cambridge Satchel, Scarf: Gifted and Shoes: Fiorello

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A feminist in a dress

” It takes balls to be a woman”

Ever since, I can remember I have battled with this idea: can I call myself a feminist despite loving all things fashionable? Do not get me wrong but there are umpteen misconceptions surrounding both these topics. In my case, from being told that I am “too pretty” for serious journalism (or anything serious) to being told that feminists are a bunch of ugly, man-hating, bra-burning women, has created a minefield of confusion. Both notions are, for lack of a better word, wrong!

Today’s International women’s day and I would like to put all doubts to rest. Feminism is about equality in every sphere of life: personal, professional and social. And this might surprise some: feminists come in all forms and like all things awesome cannot be put in a single box. They are big, small, working and home-makers. They are strong, they build each other–women and men and they can love or hate fashion. They can like me have particular affinity for pink and still have a mind of their own:a case I am trying to prove here in this fuchsia prom dress.

I wore this for my birthday (which I celebrated in Tenerife, more on that later). With a deep V-neck and proper A line skirt; it is exactly thing you would want to wear when you are growing older.

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With its spiffy butterfly motifs, velvety touch and jacquard skirt it spells sophistication and old-world charm. Hence, I decided to pair with minimum accessories. A crystal bracelet, swarvoski rings and dangling earrings.

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Dress: Debenhams, Footwear: New Look, Earrings: Wish app, Bracelet+Rings: Swarvoski

Whilst I love heels, here I have opted for lace-up flats because I am a bit of a badass who likes to shake things up (and also running behind a toddler with a mind of her own is aa exercise in itself). It is the kind of look that’s bold, unique and with a dollop of charm (just like most women I know).

And if you have any doubt about the awesomeness of women, here is a humbling thought: even at chromosomal level men need one of our fabulous X chromosome to their Y one just to exist. Hence dear women, whether fashion loving or not, go on be fearless.

We owe it ourselves.

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What not to say to a new mum (For new dads)

If you ask me, mums are highly sensitive people especially new mums who are still new to the motherhood thing and has to learn almost everything overnight. And as far as dads are concerned, you lot are simply doomed. Yes, doomed.

Why? Well, you can be a scientist, an investment banker, a fire fighter, a cop or anything under the sun but the fact that remains that splitting oneself in half to bring out a tiny human being into this world and being responsible for his or hers every need is one heck of a job and cannot be ever, ever, EVER compared to anything. So, here’s a handy note to all you dads out there about things you should never ever, ever, EVER say to new mums.

Read it, comprehend it and make a blueprint of it all over your brain because it can just make your life a wee bit easier.

Sleep when the baby sleeps:

I know you mean well. But please refrain from saying these words because chances are she will snap-back with her racoon eye and ask you when is she supposed to go for a wee, take a bath, have one teeny-tiny minute to herself. When? As you would not have an answer to this just bite those words even before it comes out of your mouth.

Wow, you look tired:

Yes, that’s exactly the look new, sleep-deprived mums are going for.

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Boy, am I tired?!

You could have trekked to Mount Everest and made it in one day but still do NOT talk about being tired because continuously feeding a baby, changing their diapers, cleaning the poop, pee, walls and floor all done mostly with one free hand and one hand holding your munchkin is a physically and emotionally exhausting task. So sorry but not sorry your own tiredness is nothing compared to hers.

Anything about breastfeeding:

Sure you sat through the breastfeeding class and even diligently took notes but for the sake of your health and happiness just do not say anything about breastfeeding. Keep in mind a simple mathematical formula if you ever feel the urge to say anything about the subject: no boobs = no talk about breastfeeding. It really is that simple.

Are you in the mood?

This one is easy to misconstrue. One fine day, after you return from work, you would have realised that she has taken shower, has put on a freshly laundered top, has a hint of make-up and has even shaved her legs. You might be inclined to think that this is your lucky night. But do not ask this question because unless the activity in your mind involves ten hours of uninterrupted sleep (for her) the answer is probably definitely no.

What did you do all day?

Here’s the answer: She has fed, cleaned, burped and calmed the baby some zillion times. Usually, she has already done it ten times before 7AM and on top of that she has made some breakfast, cleaned the poop smeared carpet some ten times and looked after other essential things for the baby the whole day while making sure her own sanity has not gone down the door. See, babies are notoriously dependant on their mums for every single thing and looking after one is not exactly a holiday. So do not ever ask this question, no matter what.

Anything about her weight, shape and size:

If you care for your own safety do not go there because hell hath no fury like a postpartum, hormonal woman surprised and shocked by her body’s change. So DO NOT GO there.

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Work it out: Fitness hacks for busy bees

With the first week of the New Year nearly over, hopefully you’ll are still going strong with your fitness resolutions. As a busy, working mum, I have to wear many different hats and sometimes exercising is the last thing on my mind. But I know from experience that even twenty minutes of exercising can do wonders not only to your body but mind and soul. So, here are some of my fitness hacks that will not only sweat you out but all release those amazing endorphins  and keep you wonderfully fit.

High-Intensity Interval training (HIIT):

I honestly do not have the luxury of time to spend hours at gym. Hence HIIT is my favourite regime. This form of cardiovascular exercises were made popular on 2010s.

HIIT is a form of interval training, incorporating both cardio and weights, interchanging between short periods of intensive anaerobic exercise  with less-intense recovery period. A typical session lasts anywhere between 4 to 30 minutes.

Trawl on youtube and you will be get plenty of HIIT workouts. My favourite is the Jillian Michaels 30-day shred programme as well as Beachbody’s workouts like Piyo (which has 20-60 minute programmes).

Hula-hoop:

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Last January I brought a hula-hoop just on a whim. After learning how to do it and practising it relentlessly, I can vouch it is a great exercise which will strengthen your core and give you those enviable hour glass figure. And it is such a lot of fun.

It is my go-t0 regime when I do not have any time for myself. I take out my hula, switch on some music and along with my daughter go hula-hooping. Done for 20-30 minutes without a break it can rev up your hear rate and hence is a great at home cardio workout. You can check out my instagram video on how to do it properly here.

Yoga and Sun-salutations:

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If you have been following my blog for a while you know I am a self-confessed yoga lover. On days, when I do not have time to do anything else, I simply do some sun salutations. Considered as a complete body workout, yoga gurus say that 12 sets of sun-salutations is equivalent to 288 powerful yoga poses. Experts also say that one round burns around 13.90 calories. Star with 12 sets and slowly build up the number. My personal best is 108 in 30 minutes. So, go ahead and salute the sun for a leaner you.

Walk/Run:

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Walking/ Running is the oldest form of exercise known to human kind. It is also proven that taking at least 10,000 steps each day can wonders to your shape and life. If you want to count your steps then you can get a pedometer like the one shown above or a Fitbit which will help you count your steps to fitness.

Hopefully, my tips will help you get fitter no matter how tight your schedule is. Here’s to a fit year:)

This post was partly sponsored by Ozeri but all the opinions are mine. 

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Best of 2015

The best is yet to come ~ Frank Sinatra

This year, like last has been one blessed year with a huge learning curve for me. From getting back to full-time work to learning how to balance life with work and most challenging of all–to make some time to do things I love; it has been one huge ride.

In terms of style, my personal style has certainly evolved: It is now a bit more relaxed and non-fussy. As most of the days, I simply do not have time to preen myself, it has also become a lot more quicker.

So, here I am going down the memory lane and sharing the top ten looks from 2015.

Playing with pastel faux:

Being a mum has definitely not made me less adventurous in the style department. Here, I am experimenting with pastel faux fur.

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Having some fun with floral trousers:

Sometimes, you just have to ditch floral dresses for floral trousers.

Clashing prints:

And here, I go way out of my comfort zone by combining two clashing prints.

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Neoprene Dress:

I also toyed with a perfectly fitting neoprene dress.

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Coloured jeans:

Here, you will find me donning some coloured jeans and splashing the city purple with my bestie.

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Summer dress:

Finally, who does not love a colourful and vibrant summer dress?

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Neutral territory:

Here, you will find me ditching colours and entering into a neutral territory.

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The Little Black Dress:

Women who wear black certainly do lead colourful lives.

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Tomboy Chic:

Here, you will see me going tomboy chic with dress and sneakers.

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Black and White, once again:

And finally, perhaps my favourite, a simple yet chic black and white dress which can take you from morning to night in a jiffy.

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So, how does your style evolve each year? Do you consciously experiment or just go with the flow? And which one from above is your favourite? Do let me know your thoughts.

I wish all my lovely readers and friends a very Happy New Year and as the saying goes–the best is yet to come.

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Merry Christmas

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”–Bob Hope

Another year went by and lo and behold it is that magical year of the time–Christmas Day. First of all, I would like to wish you all my readers Merry Christmas.

This year, instead of sharing a usual outfit post, I thought of sharing what Christmas really means to me. Whilst Christmas fashion is big on my list; this year it was pushed down in the list and rather than spending time on finding out the perfect outfit, I utilised my energy on the things that really matter–family, friends, food, health and laughter.

I am fortunate that I have such a great support system and my heart is filled with gratitude. And thank you to all those who put up with me even when I am at my worst.😉

So here are some of my most precious moments from the Christmas season:

Enjoying some quality time with my sister:

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Knowing that I will have this guy (the hubby) always, no matter what:

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Running behind my little elf:

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And constantly choosing between exercise and all the naughty Christmas grub😉

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As the countdown for a New Year begins, I look back and feel thankful. Happy New Year to everyone and let’s get drunk on joy, love, kindness and happiness.

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