“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”—Elizabeth Taylor

 Print clash trend

Once upon a time, wearing clashing prints, textures and patterns was considered a big fashion faux pas. However, fashion has a way to adapt and change instantly; hence clashing prints is so longer considered as style eccentricity and has become the de rigueur.

As mentioned here, it will be one of the key trends in the coming months. 70s inspired, House of Holland show at the recently concluded LFW showcased this look in a very interesting avatar. So, what are you waiting for? Bring out your prints and let the clashing madness begin.

print clash trend

As with any trend, you need to remember few rules. Mixing spots with stripes or stripes with floral are two easiest ways but if you really want to up the ante then mix vibrant patterns in colours that complement each other or has one “leading” colour.

clashprint

Here, I have paired my bold graphic print bodycon dress with a floral skirt. Black is the dominant colour in both the skirt and the top (dress worn as top). To complete the look, I’ve used simple accessories like a black-silver cuff and earrings, my brown bucket bag and simple peep toe wedges.

clashing prints

Skirt: Next (old) similar, Dress: Marks &Spencer, Bag: Zara

I personally love this trend as it reminds of simpler times when you didn’t have to think too much about ways to look and feel good. Plus, I am a bit partial to anything quirky 😉

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I have never ever worn head to toe black but having seen Londoners pulling this look so well, I must say I’ve been tempted many times. But something always kept me back. Not anymore, eighty days postpartum I am convinced this is a great look. 

black on black

 

Head to toe black has just the right amount of mystery, class and sophistication. 

head to  toe black

 Here, I’ve paired a black lace midi with a black shirt. I have used black-silver accessories to go with the look and a little black clutch and black heels to seal the number. 

black midi skirt style

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Skirt: Asos, Blouse: Simple Be (similar), Earrings: Tu (old), Bracelet: Gifted 

Of course the best accessory I have is my daughter who certainly brings out the best in me 🙂

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William Wordsworth once quoted, “Child is the Father of Man.” My own interpretation of this saying is this: that children often end up teaching the parents and adults as much about life as they (the adults) teach them. My little one is yet to make an arrival but I have already learnt a thing or two about virtues like patience, equanimity and most importantly to let go of any negativity and negative people. I have also found a new-level of confidence, poise and comfort in my own skin.

One of the reasons I decided to share my pregnancy style and other bits related to pregnancy was to really explore the wonderful feminine form which I have felt is more than numbers. Imagine housing a tiny cell, making a conducive environment for it to develop into a full-fledged human being and finally bringing it to the world. It is an experience beyond incredible which often takes a toll on your body and spirit. Hence, I firmly believe that men and women should have greater respect and appreciation towards my gender. And yes we are not the Weaker Sex if at all We are the Stronger Sex.

I also feel pregnancy and motherhood does not mean we have to put our dreams, our aspirations and individuality to the back burner because after all our kids eventually learn these important qualities from us. So here I am, sharing the top 20 styles from my 40 week journey–a journey that has left me more in awe towards my body, a journey that has given me greater respect towards my own abilities and a journey that has hopefully made me a better person.

Week 4: On a Prowl

how to style animal print skirt

After peeing on the stick some hundred times; the sweet truth is established–I am pregnant. Yes, there is another life growing inside me. Our happiness knows no bounds.

Week 7: Furry Creatures 

How to style a fur jacket

A visit to Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) “officially” establishes pregnancy. The baby, we are told, is smaller than a rice grain. What I remember the most from that week: hubby’s eye sparkling and his face dancing. I had never seen him happier. To celebrate we take off to Amsterdam.

Week 10: Being a Goddess

How to style for a date night

First trimester pregnancy tiredness at its peak but I still manage to channelise my inner Goddess for our special anniversary date night.

Week 13: The Black Jumpsuit

Black jumpsuit how to style

First trimester almost over and energy is slowly coming back. Baby is as long as a pea pod.

Week 14: Monochrome with a dash of colour

monochrome fashion

Still no sign of a “bump”. But baby is the size of nectarine.

 Week 19: White Haute

Little White Dress style

A little bump is developing but it looks like I had too many cookies during the holiday season. Can feel baby’s initial movements called flurries. Counting and feeling these movements have become our favourite hobby.

Week 20: Polka Dots+Floral

How to style polka dots with floral

A cocktail of hormones running through my body. Tiredness still a major part of daily routine. Baby is the size of a banana.

Week 21: Baby on board

Chic pregnancy how to dress in pregnancy

Half way through pregnancy (yipee) feeling incredibly great, awesome and energetic.

Week 22: Comfy

casual pregnancy style

Comfortable clothes and foot wear becomes a pivotal part of my wardrobe. No need for maternity clothes yet.

Week 24: Pastel Mania

Pastel trend SS14

Feeling rather “pink” in health and spirit; I decide to combine my favourite colours: lilac and pink.

 Week 25: Something blue

pregnancy fashion blog

A nice round bump developing. Baby is the size of a zucchini; baby also has fully formed fingerprints and nostrils are starting to open. Maternity clothes slowly piling up in my wardrobe.

Week 26: Green

 chic pregnancy style

Seventh month started; bump is visibly bigger. Baby is the size of an egg plant. Eyes are fully formed and baby can now blink. Movements getting stronger. Feeling the baby’s kicks is the sweetest experience of the day.

Week 28: Minimalist Monochrome

black and white look SS14

To keep my pregnancy spirit high, I continue with regular exercise–walking and pregnancy yoga.

Week 29: Sports Luxe

sports luxe look

Comfort has become the most deciding factor when it comes to choosing an ensemble. Rocking the uber-cool sports luxe look here.

Week 31: Crop top Mania

crop top style in pregnancy

We decide to head to Cotswolds to enjoy our last holiday as a couple. I get a bit daring and try the crop top look taking a leaf from Kerry Washington.

Week 32: Ringing in Spring 

pregnancy clothes

Baby is now the size of a Bok Choy. Movements have increased greatly sometimes we can even the baby poking its fingers or toes. Sleep, on the other hand for me, is slowly reducing.

Week 34: Vitamin C

maternity fashion

Getting exhausted easily, difficulty in sleeping and perpetual aches and pains. The silver lining: just six more weeks to go.

Week 35: Big girl you are beautiful

pregnancy style nine months

Visibly bigger (and better) baby is the size of a Honeydew. Count down has begun.

Week 37: White Jacket

how to style white jacket

 

Tiredness taking a toll on me. Feeling antsy and anxious almost all the time. Keeping myself occupied by blogging, writing and exercising.

Week 38: Kimono

kimono fashion

 

Anxiety and insomnia at its peak but enjoying hubby, mum and dad’s full attention, pampering and love. The only thing that is keeping me sane. Baby is the size of a Leek. Cannot wait for the little one’s arrival and hold her in my arms. <3 <3

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This season fashion gurus are riding high on the quintessential black eyeliner. From Missoni to Erdem; black was well the new black when it came to eye make-up. But there is a twist. It is all about letting out your inner rebel and taking the graphic route.

Here, I try out the Missoni look–an updated cat eye look that extends to the inner corner of the eye and goes halfway along the lower lash line.

graphic eye tutorial

  1. Start with a clean base. Finish moisturising and apply foundation to your face. Apply a wee bit of concealer under your eyes and primer on top of your eyelid. I have used Maybelline Dream smooth primer.
  2. Apply a nudish eye shadow. I have used Maybelline Color tattoo eye shadow in eternal pink with my fingers. Next, make a winged line on the upper eyelid. I’ve used Mac’s Fuidline in Blacktrack.

  3. Extend the line to the inner corner of your eyes and extend the line halfway through the lower lash line.

  4. Finish the look with applying mascara.

The key to nail the graphic eyes look is to keep the face subtle because you don’t want to look like an overdone Christmas tree ;). I have used the subtle pink shade of Mac’s Creme de la Femme and kept my face bare. The finished look is below.

graphic eyeliner tutorial

My verdict: So how does this look translate in real life? I am really impressed by this look. Graphic eyes have drama, pizzazz and oomph. Although it takes a bit of time to master the application of eyeliner, it is still worth all the efforts. Hence, it has my discerning nod of approval ;).

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This Summer (although here in UK it does not look like summer), I have decided to give the usual pastels and floral nail art a rest. Instead, I am taking a “darker” route. Ruffian nail art is my current favourite perhaps because it really does not require a lot of time and you get a fun nail art in a matter of minutes.

You will need a nail polish of your choice, top and bottom coat and a nail art pen. I have used Nicole by OPI poised in turquoise, Sally Hansen Complete Care and Barry M Nail Art pen in Black. 

ruffian nail art tutorial

After applying the nail varnish and letting it completely dry, I have sealed the colour with the Sally Hansen complete care coat.

ruffian nail art tutorial

The third and final step is to take the nail art pen and gingerly make a moon-like design on the bottom part of your nail. Seal it once again with a top coat. Tada, it is done!!

ruffian nail art design

Told you, it is rather simple 😀