“The Joy of dressing is an art”—John Galliano

Last Friday we celebrated Spring Equinox—the first day of spring. But as I write this sitting comfortably with a duvet thrown over me, I can see mist stubbornly hanging on a dark, velvety night sky. Sunshine and spring seems to be forever teasing this part of the world.

Spring fashion

Spring or not, I decided to don this lovely floral number with blue background and a spiffy embellished necklace on the neckline for a day out with the family. Floral dresses are my go-to style for spring and summer. They can be so easily dressed up or dressed down. If you are not too keen to go all out with floral print then I suggest to start small and throw in floral accessories or separates with small floral motifs. Work your way up as you find your confidence (and comfort) with this style.

spring fashion ideas

spring style ideas

Here, I’ve kept it fairly simple with big earrings, a messy side braid (which got messier thanks to the wind), minimal make up (as I was too tired to make an effort to be honest), kitten heels in dull gold and a bright yellow bag (my favourite).

spring fashion ideas

Dress: Monsoon, Bag: New Look, Earrings: From India (gifted)

As a busy mum of a little baby, I usually don’t have the luxury of time to dress. Usually it is a matter of grab a dress, put and go. At the same time, I would like to look good and feel confident. This kind of fuss-free style hence is a mantra I live by these days. It puts a spring in me step (pardon the pun) literally within minutes.

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There is no colour as happy as the colour pink. Like Audrey Hepburn I definitely believe in Pink.

midi skirt style

midi skirt style

The midi skirt is my favourite skirt at the moment. My love for versatile clothing is well-known and the midi skirt is another great versatile piece which you should add to your wardrobe. Here, I’ve styled a linen Pink midi with a simple t-shirt for a casual vibe. I have added my favourite rose gold sandals for some oomph and simple accessories to seal the look.

Midi skirt style

midi skirt style

Skirt: Asos, Top: H&M (old), Sandals: Clarks (old) Necklace and earrings: Gifts from mum

Pink for me is happiness and happy girls are prettiest girls 🙂

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. 

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

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 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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Not many people know this about me but I am a book nerd with an unhealthy (I am told) passion for books. Nothing gives me more joy than holding a book with its yellowing pages, taking in its rustic aroma and mentally traveling to a “place” where I have never been before. I have maintained in this blog that I have too many alter-egos; to many voices in my head (in a good way) and it does not surprise me when the book lover wins the match and comes out strong. I can easily make more space in my humble abode; give away my stylish clothes only to make more room for my beloved books. Even in this age of Kindle, tablets, Amazon and big-chain bookshops nothing gives me more joy than discovering and getting lost inside an old bookshop.

From Samuel Johnson to Charles Dickens to Geoffrey Chaucer (who was buried at the Poets’ Corner; Westminster Abbey) London has been home to many writers. Hence, it is no surprise that London is also the city where past and present, real life and fiction collide with each other giving it an upbeat, eclectic and ever-changing kaleidoscope. Here, I will share some of my favourite book havens. It is a humble list but then I am in no hurry to discover London’s best literary spots because discovering a book shop is like reading a great piece of work and I would rather savour the whole experience than rushing and spoiling the journey.

Southbank Book Market:

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Okay, I am a bit partial to this London spot. If I have to choose one favourite place in London; I would promptly say Southbank. I don’t know why this place seems so special perhaps it is the incessant buzz of people, perhaps it the calming sight of River Thames or perhaps it is this Book Market itself; Southbank never fails to cheer me up. I accidently stumbled upon this market whilst waiting for a friend, some moons ago and even today I can easily spend hours browsing through this market.

Tucked under Waterloo Bridge, you’ll find the Southbank Centre Book Market: a place brimming with students, tourists, aspiring photographers, wanderers and book nerds like me. This Book Market is not exactly a book shop but a book space (when have I cared for definitions!!) The place has an eclectic collection of books from Maya Angelou’s poetry to Encyclopedias from dog-eared copies of Dickens and Enid Blyton to mass-market copies of contemporary writers from Jane Austen to Fifty Shades of Grey (yes, sadly!) It is a spot where you will find Sylvia Plath and Meera Syal happily living together with Calvin and Hobbes and Wodehouse. What’s more? You can buy books from as less as 99 pence—no deal can be sweeter, don’t you think?

Books for Cooks, Notting Hill:

Image via Books for Cooks

Image via Books for Cooks

Whilst I find every day cooking to be a monotonous task; some days when inspiration strikes I actually love meddling in the kitchen and trying out new dishes.  I can make a decent meal but I must confess I am not a seasoned cook, I ALWAYS need the help of cook books or videos. When exploring Notting Hill on a lazy afternoon with a friend; we stumbled upon this little cookery haven. You will find cook books from floor to ceiling.

Books for Cooks was founded in 1983 by Heidi Lascelles, a nurse who understood the importance a well-cooked meal but was stunned to find that not many bookshops stocked cook books. This place was thus born. There are over 8,000 titles from simple recipe books to foodie fiction from books on nutrition to food history, sociology and chemistry. The place is like never-ending food porn that can make even the most determined dieter salivate and hungry. The only piece of caution: try to go with a full-stomach browsing through their rich collection will definitely make your stomach grumble.

Brick Lane Bookshop:

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The Brick Lane market is one of the wildest and quirkiest markets in London that refuses to give up its originality and character.  The same is true for this beautiful, independent bookshop. Go through its narrow door and you will be instantly transported into a world that has an unmistakable old charm about it, a place full of warmth and unique character.

This bookshop is definitely a place where you need to forget time, the at times irritating ring of the phone and devour its every nook and cranny slowly as if in a meditation. This bookshop has an enviable collection of poetry, fiction, sci-fi, comic books and graphic novels—a never ending list really. You will find Kafka, Tolstoy, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to East London literature. The collection, hence, is varied, diverse and most importantly top-notch. They also have a buzzing book group and conduct writing workshops.

The Brick Lane Bookshop also strikes a good balance when it comes to pricing. Whilst books on the shelves are sold at full retail price; on the ground you will find boxes where you can get some true treasures for as less as £3! The place is filled with little seats and two comfy lounge chairs and a plethora of cushions—a perfect atmosphere to enjoy some solitude; snuggled up with your favourite read.

Sometimes, deviating from basic black and donning a bold colour is an absolute necessity.

pregnancy fashion blog

I chose this lovely green number for London Fashion Week but pregnancy tiredness and work kept me away this time. So, instead I wore this to celebrate an impromptu date night with the hubby.

pregnancy fashion blog

Pregnancy fashion blog

Dress: Asos, Heels: Clarks (old), Bag: Zara, Statement necklace and earrings: Portobello Market

Sometimes, playing dress up in a bold colour is the only pick-me-up you need even when you are on your 26th week 🙂

PS: People keep asking me why I am doing maternity style posts and what I will gain by putting myself like that online? Well, the reason why I am doing this is because women do tend to lose their style and confidence in pregnancy thanks to their changing bodies. I want them, yes every women who embark on this wonderful journey to remember that without them life probably would not perpetuate and to take pride and joy in themselves 🙂