One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art—Oscar Wilde

Art and fashion has always had a nudge-nudge, wink-wink relationship. A quiet flirtation that never dies. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is often considered the original architect who brought the two worlds together the first time in 1930s. In 1937, American socialite, Wallis Simpson wore the eponymous printed silk organza lobster dress created by the artist Salvador Dali and Schiaparelli for a Vogue spread. And since then fashion and art has often collided. Famous couturiers like Coco Chanel, Paco Rabanne and Yves Saint Laurent have often been inspired by art.

In 2012, fashion designer sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who have worked with high-street giants like Gap and target took artistic inspiration from Dutch designer Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting for their fashion canon. For last few years, this wave has also hit the high-street (and boy aren’t we glad).

When Fashion Meets Art: Van Gogh Starry Nights

The irony is that whilst art is seen as an erudite passion, fashion often is relegated as frivolous and time-waste. To me, style (the personalisation of fashion) is a form of art itself, the way we express our various moods and the way we speak to the world. It is a language that can really transcend the boundaries of race, region and class. And yes, it can be political, poetical, personal and artistic too.

My mantra really is to be a work of art or wear art. And wearing art has actually become easier than you think. When Romwe approached me to collaborate with them, I was happy and when I saw this skirt featuring my favourite painter Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting, i was overjoyed. Van Gogh painted this in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealised village.

When Fashion Meets Art: Prom Night

I will admit, I was a bit nervous about how I would style this skirt. But after a bit of freewheeling thinking, I realised that it is so versatile. It is natural that I wanted this skirt to be the centre of attraction, so I have opted for minimal look. I have paired it with a cut-out black blouse, a waist cinching belt and ankle booties. I have also kept my short hair in a bun and have worn dangling yellow statement earrings to coincide with the yellow of the skirt/painting. I would wear it this way for a lunch date or going out with my girl friends. 

When Fashion Meets Art: Van Gogh Starry Nights

But I realised it can also be worn with a simple black polo neck and brogues for work and yellow tube top/ sleeveless blouse and navy heels for a date night. See, versatile?

When Fashion Meets Art: Van Gogh Starry Nights

Skirt: Romwe, Blouse: New Look, Booties: New Look and Earrings: London designer 

So, how do you manage to make your style a piece of personal art? And do you really think that art and fashion/ style can go together? Because let’s not forget fashion really is in ideas.

Thank you Romwe for this post 

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Who run the world? Girls — Beyonce 

If the American Presidential elections have proved anything it is this: that women no matter how experienced, how passionate and how hardworking she is, she has to work double the amount than any man to get the same position.

Work Wear Fashion

Women, have been constantly told that they have to be strong but not strong enough, clever but not clever enough and dare if she has an opinion about anything she would become “nasty” instantly.

Work Wear Fashion

You do not need Presidential elections to show you that gender issues especially in the work place are, for a lack of better word, skewed. Women, by nature, are incredible: we are strong, powerful, versatile and most women I know handle several million things without battling an eyelid with a charm only we possess.

Unfortunately, even in 2016 this does not get translated into equal opportunities, equal wages and an over-all respect for woman kind. I can only wish and hope that the future generation does not have to wage the same battle.

Work Wear Fashion

However, despite all the challenges thrown at women, we continue to rise up to it, not even bothering about the glass ceiling. And it is really heartening to see some men joining her and strengthening her.

What has all this got to do with fashion and clothes, you wonder? Well, a lot. With so many challenges already present why should sartorial work choices become another dilemma? My work wardrobe has few essentials: skirts, blouses in various hues, dark jeans (because it is allowed) and some well-fitting trousers. I also like to inject colour every now and then to my work wardrobe via accessories, shoes and subtle prints.

Here, I am wearing a white blouse (which every woman should have) with a knee length skirt featuring spiffy, tiny roses. I like to keep it simple for work. So, I have used minimal accessories: a delicate chain with owl pendant and owl earrings and my favourite coral pumps. Keep it chic and simple, I say.

Work Wear Special

Skirt: Dubai (also like this one), blouse: Next, Pumps: BHS and Bag: Kate Spade (gifted)

For my face, I have used primer from Barry M, concealer, CC cream from Bourjouis and finally dusted it off with some powder from Revlon. On my lips, I have used Mac’s Chatterbox and baby lips lip balm from Maybelline.

But the most important thing you need to carry at work is confidence (fake it, if you must) and do not forget: who runs the world? Girls.

Undoubtedly.

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As I have mentioned here, Instagram is a place where I regularly update my daily outfits, travel titbits, fitness regimes and of course home and mum life. In this post, I will take you through some of my favourite casual looks.

 

1)      Floral Bomber:

Belfast and Northern Ireland Must See Places

Bomber jackets are having a moment and why not? They are incredibly versatile. Pair with a flowing maxi, jeans and tee, shorts or a midi. I have here used a floral bomber and accessorised with a statement necklace to give it some oomph. I have used my Toms here as it is one of the most comfortable walking footwear I owe and bomber jackets are perfect when you are traveling as it can be used on its own or for layering (with another bigger jacket for winter months). Also love this and this bomber jacket options.

2)  Paisley Print Top:

Paisley Print casual look

I absolutely adore paisley print and this top is a gift from my wonderful sister in law. The navy colour, the paisley print and the bubble hem style makes this blouse a clear winner in my eyes. I have paired it with long hoop earrings, chunky bracelet and ankle boots. You can check out this paisley top from Misguided.

3)      Polka Dots

Polka Dot Fashion

Who does not love polka dots? Polka Dots are sartorial fun guaranteed. When I saw this polka dot black and white blouse, I was bowled over. I have used minimal Owl accessories and my specs for here. And note for work I have swapped my trusty flats with coral pumps.  Also like this polka dot blouse from Amazon Fashion.

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Northern Ireland is different. To be honest, I had not expected much from this place and dare I say I did not plan this trip so meticulously perhaps this is why I was beyond surprised with what Belfast and surrounding areas had to offer. Here, I take you through some of my favourite points from our last holiday.

Belfast:

Belfast and Northern Ireland must see places

City Hall, Belfast

Many are quick to dismiss Belfast as a place with a wounded past nothing much to offer beyond its conflicted history. But hold those thoughts as Belfast would pleasantly surprise you. I had imagined Belfast to be grey and gloomy but only one trip to the city centre is enough to convince you of its grandeur, rich architecture and quirkiness.

The City Hall screams of underrated sophistication where as Cathedral Quarter located a few blocks away is filled with places where you can eat, drink and make merry. There is something decidedly edgy and trendy about this walk which overwhelms you pleasantly. Time really slows down when you are exploring the various interesting nooks and corners of this city and you would want more and more of it.

Belfast and Northern Ireland must see places

Beacon of Hope, Belfast

My favourite spot, however, was the brilliant water front. There is something calming about that spot where you can forget the hustle-bustle of the city, your own restless mind and see the river meandering through. Two sculptures which stood out for me here were the Beacon of Hope and the Big (Blue) Fish each reminding me of never letting go of hope and always remembering the bigger things in life. Other must-see places of Belfast are the Titanic Quarter, Peace Wall and St. George Market.

Game of Thrones:

I will be honest, I initially started thinking of Northern Ireland only for Game of Thrones. The rugged castles, gnarled woods and its raw beauty makes this place perfect for many Westerns locations. There are several tour guides operating here and based on your requirements and budget you can tailor make a trip for you.

Belfast and Northern Ireland must see places

The Arya Stark Bridge

If you are a fan then this tour is unmissable (can be done independently too). You can check out Stark’s home of Winterfell, the bridge where Arya runs to save herself from Waif, the ghoulish White Walkers and the caves of Cushenden, where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby.

Belfast and Northern Ireland must see places Game of Thrones

Dark Hedges, on the route Arya Stark, masquerading as a boy, took when when escaping King’s Landing.

Game of Thrones is almost like a mini-industry in and around Northern Ireland. Don’t be surprised if you run into extras or members of crew from this hit show. Both our GoT tour guide and Air BnB host were part of GoT cast and crew and needless to say gave us some interesting stories about the show and its main characters.

Coastal Drive to Giant Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge:

National Geographic mentions this coastal drive as one of the most scenic drives in the world and one has to take this trip to believe that it is in fact true. The hundred mile stretch boasts of some jaw-droopingly spectacular scenery. It is centred around the nine glens (valleys) of Antrim and you turn any which way you will see magnificent valleys, sprinkling water bodies, lush greenery everywhere.

Belfast and Northern Ireland must see places

Giants Causeway

Giant Causeway, itself is so amazing, that no superlatives can do justice to its beauty. Apparently a result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago; the rock formations are surreal. They are near perfect hexagon shaped tubes stacked neatly resembling a giant puzzle. The Giant’s Causeway is also steeped in myth and legend. Some say it was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool, who left behind an ancient home full of folklore.

Belfast and Northern Ireland must see places

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

On the opposite side of Giants Causeway, is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge an ancient rope bridge. This is another stunning experience that Northern Ireland has to offer. Walk along an exhilarating coastal path awash with grassy slopes and rocky outcrops. You will see flower-rich meadows, the occasional grazing cattle, the magnificent views of Ratlin Island and Scottish Isles amidst the vast azure blue waters before actually arriving the entry of the rope bridge.

The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede and it spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) above the rocks below hill Mountains. If you are brave enough to see you will notice the sea below you dancing, thriving and teasing you whilst the swaying bridge would almost give you a feeling that you can descend down anytime.

Cave hill Mountains:

If you have been following my blog, you would know that I never ever miss a chance to go for a hike. Fortunately, my hubby shares my passion and despite our toddler we go for hikes whenever possible. There is something really therapeutic to be amidst wild, unpredictable and unassuming nature that inspires you infinitely.

Cave Hill overlooks Belfast and is nearby Belfast Zoo. Characterised by its famous Napoleon’s Nose; as the profile resembles the famous emperor; Cave Hill rises to almost 370 metres (1200 ft) above sea level. Most of its lower east side lies on the Belfast Castle estate, which has as its focal point the imposing 19th-century Scottish baronial castle.

Belfast and Northern Ireland Must See Places

The Caves which inspired Chronicles of Narnia

As you probably are aware, Northern Ireland has a rich literary history. Many authors like CS Lewis and Samuel Beckett came from this small country. Cave Hill has been an inspiration for several legendary literary work.  Cave Hill is thought to be the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Swift imagined that the Cave Hill resembled the shape of a sleeping giant safeguarding the city. The Caves inside the mountains (which we climbed with some difficulty) are said to be the inspiration behind Chronicles of Narnia.

Belfast and Northern Ireland Must See Places

On Top and that’s the whole city behind me

We navigated through some tricky slopes and encountered so many drops and caves to reach on top and once you are on top; the entire city comes so tantalisingly alive. Locals say on a clear day, you can see Scotland and Isle of Man from the peak.

Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs.

The Silent Valley Reservoir located in the Mourne Mountains near Kilkeel, County Down in Northern Ireland can easily be the best-kept secret of Northern Ireland and had I not bothered reading posters in the city airport, we would have easily missed this gem of a place.

Belfast and Northern Ireland Must See Places

Silent Valley

Easily about two hours away from Belfast (after the Bronte sister homeland), you know you are entering the reservoirs when you see majestic mountains cleverly sneaking from mist laden clouds. This place really feels like you are walking right inside a magnificent painting.

Secluded, peaceful and truly an oasis of calm, the reservoirs offer plenty of scenic trail walking routes and whichever route you choose you will see the incredible Mourne mountains dotted with beautiful towns and villas everywhere. 

If you are in Northern Ireland and want a place where you genuinely can clear your head and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit then this is the place. The beauty of this place will make any challenge you are facing inconsequential and small.

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The Bags Under My Eyes Are Chanel–Anonymous

My style like my mood is varied: it oscillates between comfy and girl next door one time and becomes bold and daring the other. It is hence safe to say that I am naturally drawn to brands and shops that offer a plethora of variety under one roof. SheIn is one such place where you can get great variety of styles for affordable prices. My this post is a collaboration with Shein. I must say as a fashion blogger, I do get a fair share of collaboration requests but I only work with those brands which appeals to my personal aesthetics.

Maxi Wrap dress style shein

Maxi wrap dress

As you know, I am having a maxi dress moment and the minute I saw this split maxi wrap dress with geometric print, I was instantly drawn towards it. This style is perfect for bidding adieu to summer. Crisp and airy, the geometric lines gives this dress an instant playful vibe. Pair with nifty accessories like bold earrings, cocktail ring, bangles, a hat and fringe booties and you have nailed the uptown girl avatar effortlessly.  Maxi dresses are indeed versatile hence it is no wonder that this trend  dominated the catwalks of McQueen, Alberta Ferretti and Erdem this summer.

Maxi Wrap dress style shein

Maxi Wrap dress style shein

Fashion, as I always say can be armour  to take away of the mundanity of daily life. And whilst many will dismiss it as unnecessary vanity, I disagree. Au contraire. I say if something as simple as a dress can bring you happiness then why not? Don’t you agree? Let me know your thoughts.

Maxi Wrap dress style shein

Dress: SheIn, Earrings: H &M, Bangles and Necklace: Accessorize, Boots: JD Williams , Hat:Street shop somewhere.

Photography by: Annukka Styling by: Me and Sai  

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