Goodbye 2016: The year in retrospect

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can”–Frida Kahlo

Welcome to the second last day of the year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend and made several memories. Each year this time around I am filled with hope and positivity with a little bit of anxiety thrown in. 2016 has been one tumultuous year for many of us. A year which shocked us in many ways thanks mainly to two seminal events: Brexit and Donald Trump. I am not in any way underestimating political and cultural shifts taking place in other parts of the world but there is a certain truth in the saying that when super powers cough everyone catches a cold.

It is also the year when we lost some iconic names from the world of film, literature and music. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds to name a few. If you think all is lost then think again. Few months ago Ebola vaccination was discovered, ozone layer is healing, Giant pandas are no longer endangered and my favourite actor and teenage crush Leonardo Di Caprio finally won that damn Oscar. The point is: there is always light at the end of the tunnel and that hope is something we should never let go off. 

Personally, it has been a year of realisations, persisting despite failures, learning to let go, learning to forgive more. There has been several times this year when I just wanted to give up: on this blog, on myself even on dressing up. But everytime I fell down, I got up, dusted myself and kept going. Because isn’t that what life is all about? To keep going no matter what. After all, the real defeat is when you stop trying. Sartorially, I have tried to push the envelope, go out of my comfort zone and pair the most unassuming things. Here’s the countdown of my favourite looks in no particular order.

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I loved this velvet and jacquard dress which i wore to celebrate my birthday in Tenerife.

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This summer I finally mustered the courage to show off my legs in a pair of denim shorts which i paired with boho looking cold shoulder blouse.

Bridesmaid dress style

Maxi Wrap dress style shein

I also enlisted the help of my talented photographer friend and colleague to capture these beautiful photos. In the first one, I tried my hand at becoming a bridesmaid although I had no such luck in real life. In the second one, it was all about donning a super chic maxi wrap dress and turning in to an uptown girl.

Shirt Dress Over Jeans

Talking about unusual pairings, who knew shirtdress over jeans would be such a hit?!

When Fashion Meets Art: Van Gogh Starry Nights

Or that I could pull of a Van Gogh painting skirt for a lunch date?

Must have Dress: Maxi dress style

And have the confidence to wear noodle strap maxi dress.

Paisley Print casual look

Polka Dot Fashion

Or go completely casual in this paisley print and polka dots.

I hope you liked these looks that I have picked here. I hope you have an exciting and wonderful New Years Eve and continue to make bucketloads of memories.

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Celebrating Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all my lovely readers. Hope you had an awesome day and Santa spoiled you really well.

This year, after a very long time, all of my family (UK edition) was in UK and needless to say we celebrated Christmas with much splendour, some tasty grub, lots of laughter, singing, dancing and just the ride dose of madness. Rather than blabbering here, I would just let my pictures do the talking.

Christmas jumper style and fashion

When we sort of twinned 😀

Christmas lunch

Our lovely food spread

Christmas jumper style and fashion

Waiting not-so-patiently to open the presents 😉

As I said in my previous post, this truly is a magical time and one filled with warmth and hope. The perfect time to count our blessings and realise that despite all the daily challenges we do have a lot to be thankful for too. 😀

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Festive Lookbook

Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never really ends–Kate Spade

Gosh, I cannot believe that this year is almost ending and this is my first post for December 😦 Truth is, December, has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me and not because it is the year end. I was unwell for most part of this month, confined to the bed even and piled with work. But hey atleast despite everything I still managed to enjoy my office Christmas party  in style(I do have some awesome colleagues) and I am getting back to my favourite method of unwinding–blogging.

The best part of the festive season (apart from all the presents and the general love and affection amidst people) is of course festive fashion. When it comes to festive fashion (or any other fashion for that matte) my favourite go-to style is dresses. This year, instead of splurging on another new dress (mind you I have done that too) I instead thought of re-styling an old dress.

This maroon-red dress in baroque print dress is my all time favourite and I decided to restyle it for obvious reasons. Red is a colour synonymous with Christmas. Combine it with black and some winter accessories and you have an hands down winner.

Festive-Christmas fashion lookbook

 

Festive-Christmas fashion lookbook

Red dresses have spunk, playfulness and just the right bit of sass to make it a clear wardrobe winner. Pair it with classic winter accessories like over the knee high lace boots, polka dot tights, statement necklace, cocktail ring and a delicate bracelet and you are ready to own any dance floor or dinner event.

Festive-Christmas fashion lookbook

Dress: Debenhams (old) also like this one from Pretty Little Things, boots: Ego, Beret &snood: New Look, necklace: Mango, Bracelet: Pandora

I have also added a fur snood and beret to earn more chic points as well to make sure that i stay warm without compromising much on style. So my top tip for this festive season fashion would be? A little Red dress and over the knee lace boots 😉

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The Sweater Dress

“They laugh at me because I am different; I laugh at them because they are all the same”–Kurt Cobain

It is -3 degree celsius as I write this which means that it is freaking cold, officially. With fog kissed skies, mist laden air and sleet filled streets there is no denial that winters are here to stay.  Brutal winters mean it is all about knits, knits and knits. The knit wear trend is not exactly ground breaking but a necessary evil if you are a huge fan of working limbs and comfort. Although I admit knitwear has gained a bad reputation of being more of a grand-mommy fashion. However, it is good to know that we have some great knitwear including dresses, skirts and cardigans that are flattering, chic yet cosy.

Knitwear/ Sweater Dress trend

This post is all about sweater dress or knit dress. At first, sweater dress can look very intimidating but it can be very versatile, comfortable and chic if done right. The easiest way is to get a sweaterdress in a lightweight knit and pair it with tights and over the knee boots (like I have done here). Put on some interesting accessories like statement necklaces and a colourful bag, a woollen hat, perhaps sunglasses (for peek-a-boo winter sun) and you have an undeniably stylish day outfit.

Sweater Dress/ Knit Dress Trend

Sweater /Knit Dress Trend

You could also get a slightly more thicker knit wear and pair it with leggings, riding boots, a waist cinching belt to give you more form. Or throw in layers like a long cardigan or a sleeveless jacket to add some drama. Another option is to wear chunky roll neck dress in neutral colour and add colourful accessories like a short cardigan or scarf and gloves. Pair with boots or wet look leggings plus ankle boots. As I said, this does not have to be intimidating look just step out of your comfort zone and you might be pleasantly surprised.  Sweater/Knit Dress Trend

Dress: Primark, Boots: Ego, Necklace: Mango (old), Bag: Borrowed from Sister, Overcoat: New Look

So go ahead and try this versatile dress and make winters fashionable again.

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Black Friday Wishlist from Shein

It is really unbelievable that this year would be over in few weeks and that we are already celebrating Thanksgiving and Black Friday. But if you are finding it difficult to choose the perfect gift for yourself or your friends/family then I have the perfect holiday wishlist from Shein.

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Ever since I wore this maxi dress from Shein, I have become a convert. And after a lot of careful planning, I have designed the above wish list. Let me tell you, it was really difficult to narrow down my choices to these items as they have a great collection on clothes, shoes and accessories and some really wonderful deals for this holiday season.

Who does not love a blingy statement earrings? You can pair with an evening dress or even with casual jeans and knit wear to elevate it. Turtle necks are my favourite, wear it wear mini skirts and tights on with jeans and you have a cosy winner. Bodycon dresses in vibrant prints are my other favourite and this dress perfectly ticks all the boxes. Velvet is having a fashionable moment this season and this floor length dress in Oxblood will make you the show stopper in any event. And while you are at it, don’t forget statement necklace to add some oomph to any outfit.

I love mini skirts and this embroidered one is absolutely amazing. And who says you cannot wear them in winters? Pair it with tights, ankle boots (like in the next image), a thick jumper and you have a winner. Sweatshirts are my other favourite and this sparkly lip one is definitely something I totally see myself in paired with wet look leggings and over the knee boots.

So tell me do you like my wishlist? And what are your favourites? From the 18th to the 25th of Nov , Shein has  discounts on all items as well as free shipping on everything. On Cyber Monday, they also have amazing discounts on everything and all customers can get a free gift if they make an order on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. If this was not enough, Shein has a shopping spree from the 29th of Nov. to the 5th of Dec, with surprised discounts up to 80% off. So hurry up and avail these wonderful discounts.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed this post. 

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When Fashion Meets Art

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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Work wear classic: Skirt and white blouse

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.

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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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