If you like me are one of those who make full-use of the last few days of summer, then stay put, this post is especially for you. Surprisingly, UK has seen a rather glorious summer this year (given the usual meh standards) and though we are nearing September it still looks promising. If you are looking for ideas to spend with the family for the next few days (or are bookmarking ideas for next year) then here are few:

Mayfield Lavender Farm, Surrey:

There is something gloriously luxurious about the calming fragrance of Lavender wafting through the air and 25 acres of beautiful lavender blooms filling your senses. This summer, this has been one of my favourite activities. The Mayfield Lavender Farm is a must place if you would just like to spend a great day amidst beautiful Lavender flowers and go crazy taking photographs. This place is certainly buzzing with photographers (and posers alike). And whilst there is not much to do it definitely can be a great outdoor activity. The Lavender Farm is only open till September 14 so hurry. (Outfit details).

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Berry Picking:

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This activity has been our favourite activity this year. Who knew that picking strawberries and other berries could be so therapeutic. I honestly do not know who enjoyed this activity the most: me or the toddler? There are several strawberry picking farms in UK, my pick is the West Green Fruits in Hampshire (Hartley Whitney): a beautiful 20 acre area where you can pick not just strawberries but raspberries, rhubarbs, black currants and a host of other veggies. Just be mindful as this is a seasonal activity, if you have not done it yet, you might have to wait for another year (but I promise it is worth the wait).

Littlehampton Beach, Sussex

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Beach is synonymous with summer and once again an activity that knows no limit. There are several beaches in and around Hampshire from West Wittering, Bognor Regis and South Sea Pebble Beach. Litthampton beach tucked away in Litthehampton is a sand and shingle beach boasting of a bustling marina and harbour and a brilliant contemporary architecture. Play with your little one(s) on the beach building sand castles, put your feet up in the marina area or enjoy a nice grub in the plethora of restaurants here. Littlehampton beach definitely has something for everyone and you will not regret driving down to here. (Outfit details)

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Be so good, they can’t ignore you: Steve Martin

I think I speak for all womankind, when I confess that even the best fashionista gets stumped whilst choosing the perfect bridesmaid dress. I mean forget the usual concerns about fit and style, there are zillion other things to think of! Can we opt for ivory /white? Should it be long and flowing or short, simple and chic? Is it long enough or too long? Is it too short?

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When I saw this blush pink dress (in TK Maxx) I knew I have found the perfect bridesmaid dress. There is something ethereal about the blush pink colour that you simply cannot ignore. Add to it, the spiffy lace details which gives it a romantic feel.

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I have kept the accessories minimal. Golden earrings, bangles, statement necklace and floral headband. I have opted for rose gold heels. Simplicity as they is the key to sophistication and this kind of style brims with both.

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Bridesmaid Dress Style

So, what do you think of this idea? Are you a not-so-blushing bridesmaid or do you like to play safe? Let me know what’s your favourite bridesmaid dress idea in the comments and make my day!

Dress: TK Maxx, Necklace: Mango, Earrings and bangle: H and M, Shoes: Clarks 

I would like to thank my friend Annukka for these wonderful photographs. She is a wonderful photographer from Hampshire UK who loves capturing animals (particularly horses) and people (in that order ūüėČ ) You can check out her work here.

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Recently, a LA Playboy model Dani Mathers came under fire (and some) for snap chatting an image of an unknown bystander. She captioned¬†it “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either”. And then she goes on covering her mouth in mockery. Her photo is under investigation and she has since lost her modelling role as well as several lucrative deals. The whole fracas made me wonder, why as a society are we so obsessed with thinness?

If you follow my blog and social media accounts you would know I am a gym rat. However, my reasons for working out and staying healthy is different. To find what other women feel, I spoke to three different women to find out what is healthy and what is fitness.

Arjabi Thapa:

US based Arjabi is a fitness guru like no one else. Her training videos will kick your butt and then some more. You can check out her blog here.

“Three years ago when I stepped into the gym to workout, like any other newbie¬† gym intimidation crept in. I kind of caved in some way or the other , totally unsure of what to do and how to do it. I remember this one incident where I was using overhead¬† press machine and my back was not rested on the bench completely and somebody came and told me I would hurt myself. I was embarrassed , yet acted as if I am completely oblivious to the situation I was in- Thats how slowly yet steadily, I crawled and started my fitness journey. I worked out regularly and saw the scale budge rapidly in the beginning¬† and 30 lbs less in about a year’s time wasn’t less than a feat,but after that I plateaued so if it was just the scale that defined my notion of fitness, I prolly would have given up long time back.It isn’t what kept me going. Its the air of confidence that fitness had instilled in me. Its as if I was looking at my image in a new light.Its the strength and endurance improvement. Its the life lesson about patience and dedication. Three¬†years later,things I couldnt do in the past, I do with ease now. There is so much to learn , so much to grow and endless¬† avenues to unravel and fitness is my biggest teacher. I might not be size zero nor strongest of all but I am getting stronger by the day and thats all that matters. So, fitness if I have to sum up is a friend that taught me to leap when I was barely crawling, the strict teacher who disciplined me to work harder, the mentor who taught me to strive to be better than I am today. So I am forever thankful!”

Shilpa Chandravanshi:

Idaho based working mum, Shilpa’s instagram page gives me serious fitness envy. If weekly exercising is not enough, her weekend activities comprising hiking, walking and doing other activities with her family will seriously help you re-consider your fitness goals.

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“Being fit means being fit, and not being fat or thin or anything like that. People exercise to have a fit body and to avoid any health issues. For me exercise is my “me” time. I love that and can’t let go of it ever as it helps build my confidence and let out any stress. It doesn’t matter what body you have, all that matters is you are exercising. I get so infuriated by all the body shaming and most of it is imbibed by marketing a the body image. You don’t have to go zero figure to be fit, neither an anorexic person is fit. It doesn’t matter what size you are, you don’t have to be a hot figure to be working out. YOU WORKOUT TO BE FIT, period.”

 

Mridula Kaul:

Mridula, my beloved friend and another working mama, is one determined person. Her consistency and go-get attitude is something I always look up to.

 

IMG-20160725-WA0003Fitness means a lifestyle change for me, it means me taking control of my life again and feeling and looking like a better version of me not just for my family but for myself

I want to be able to look at myself and say, yeah you look fit girl, you look toned and healthy. I know I will never be skinny so that’s the best I can do :). ”¬†

Me: 

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I often quip that I only workout for getting back into my pre baby dresses. The Red dress I have worn here was last worn here.  Whilst I admit, vanity is one of the reasons it is not the only one or for that matter the most important. I workout because I want to honour this beautiful body I have got, which helped me make another human being, which helped me deliver it and which helped me to nourish it as well. The benefits of regular exercise is more than just having a size zero, it makes you stronger, healthier and dare I say happier. Exercise is the best stress buster and cheapest therapy. 

At the same time, I also want my daughter to not have the same body images issues I had growing up and understand the beauty and strength of her body. giving up hence is not an option. 

When I hear news like the Playboy one it makes me angry not only was it a gross violation of someone’s privacy but claims that unless you are pathetically thin and anorexic you are not fit or beautiful. This mentality has to change. And I am glad people stood up and made the right noises against the model because we all know we have enough critiques in this world and not enough encouragers.¬†

So, why do you work out? Do you think fitness is only about thinness or is strong really the new sexy. Do let me know your thoughts.

I would like to thank my friends featured here with all the gratitude. Thanks for taking time for me and I hope you appreciate my little effort. 

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“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: J D Williams, T-Shirt: Tu, Skirt: Primark, Necklace: Monica Narang, Bag: Zara (old)

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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.

Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Costa Adeje, Tenerife

 

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Melia jardaines del Teide, Costa Adeje, Tenerife 

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.

Playa del Duque beach, Tenerife

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.

Barranco del infierno, Tenerife

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. ūüôā

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