I have been MIA for quite a while and to be honest this time around, I really had more than few things on my plate. We moved to our new place (yiee to that) and almost immediately there was series of sickness but all said and done, we are now settling in and enjoying our brand new home. Before moving in, the hubby and I would spend most of our time discussing about interiors, how to do the rooms and other million little things about making a house, home. One of the key things, I wanted was to have little cosy corner by the window, where I can star gaze, read, write and get lost in my little bubble. However, considering I am a world of paradoxes I also wanted this cosy corner to have a vibrant, sassy feel to it. Enter: Modern Map Art. 

 

Modern Map Art was founded in 2016 by Jennifer Beck, designer and world traveller who wanted an avenue to combine her two loves–art and traveling. Jennifer plunged into this idea after returning to LA post her honeymoon across different cities and continents. The traveling not only increased her understanding of different cultures but a deeper appreciation of different cities. At that time, she wanted to turn this understanding and appreciation to art and thus Modern Map Art was born.

 

Oxford Modern Map Art

 

“I’m not an artist by trade, but I love simple design. World History is my background which helps to understand how cities are formed,” says Jennifer, the woman behind Modern Map Art.

Oxford Modern Map Art

Jennifer might not be a technically an artist but her designs definitely scream modern art to me. After a lot of thinking, I realised the cosy creativity corner at my home would be the best place to use Jennifer’s Modern Map Art featuring Oxford–one of my favourite cities in UK. 

 

Oxford Modern Map Art

 

Map Arts have a spirited and chic feeling to it. And if you are a travel lover who want to turn your travel stories into a keepsake, then it is certainly something you should consider to spruce up your room or office. 

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“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants”–Whitney Houston

One of my goals for this year is to consciously get out of my comfort zone, to take risks and hopefully become a stronger person. After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Sartorially too I want to take risks and experiment in my ensembles. I have always shied away from bodycon dresses. Although I have admired them from afar, I thought I would never have the spunk to pull it off.

bodycon dress style

A party night staple, the body con dress goes back to 1980s when Tunisian born couturier, Azzedine Alaia, first put it in the fashion map. Alaia soon came to be known as “King of Cling.” However, it was legendary designer Hervé Léger who really made this silhouette a force to be reckoned with in late 80s and early 90s. Since then the bodycon dress has been making fashion waves in many avatars. It has been called bender or bandage dress because of how it clings to you and molds the figure.

bodycon dress style

Clingy dresses have never been my friend. Post baby, there was no way I thought I would start incorporating this style in my wardrobe. However, after seeing my favourite Christina Hendricks pulling it off so audaciously well in Mad Men, I thought why not give it a try?

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS at Promo Shoot for Mad Men Season 5

bodycon style

I brought this dress with trepidation. But as someone very wisely said confidence is one accessory that will never go out of style. So I put my most confident self and donned this vibrant bodycon dress. If you have been eyeing this style from far and want to wear it then opt for printed ones in vivacious hues as opposed to solid colours. It gives an almost illusion affect. If you are wary of short dresses then throw in tights and never forget to accessorise it appropriately.

bodycon style

bodycon dress

bodycon dress style

Dress: Marks& Spencer (similar), Coat: Jessica Simpson (old), Earrings: Accessorize, Bag: Osprey London (old) 

Colours have been my best friend for ages and there is no way that I was going to pass on this dress just because of my doubts. Although I was initially going for dark opaque tights, I thought why not up the ante of the outfit with sheer ones. Sheer tights have been making a comeback thanks to Saint Laurent catwalk last September. I have added a basic black bag and some statement earrings to complete my look. Finally, I have added my warm quilted jacket because it was 0 degree Celsius outside. In any case, feeling cold and turning blue is not a fashionable look no matter how high the style stakes are!

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