“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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This post was in collaboration with JD Williams who sponsored this post.

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity–Diana Vreeland

The thing about the world of fashion and style is that it revolves around beautiful clothes. But as ironical as it may sound, sometimes we get so caught up with trends that we forget the simple pleasure of dressing up (or down). I feel style should not be so complicated and trends should not dictate all our sartorial choices. These days, perhaps because of my extremely busy days and the fact that I am spinning around many different plates, I do lean towards minimal and effortless looks. In the fashion dictionary, it is called norm core–the act of blending in rather than standing out.

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It is about rejecting the razmatazz, refusing to be a peacock and instead being an every day pigeon. An unfussy look of t-shirt, jeans and trainers is exactly that–unfussy but take a leaf from late Steve Jobs who probably nailed the look even before it entered the fashion echleons.

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If you know me, you know I am all about personalising each look because otherwise where’s the fun and I done exactly that here. I have paired my striped tee with a ripped jeans. I have used  floral scarf and a candy colour satchel to add a dash of colour to this look. For footwear, instead of trainers I have opted for ankle boots. This look is edgy, chic yet feminine. It is fun and yet functional–the new fashion cool.

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Tee: Ralph Lauren, Jeans: Gap, Bag: Cambridge Satchel, Scarf: Gifted and Shoes: Fiorello

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” It takes balls to be a woman”

Ever since, I can remember I have battled with this idea: can I call myself a feminist despite loving all things fashionable? Do not get me wrong but there are umpteen misconceptions surrounding both these topics. In my case, from being told that I am “too pretty” for serious journalism (or anything serious) to being told that feminists are a bunch of ugly, man-hating, bra-burning women, has created a minefield of confusion. Both notions are, for lack of a better word, wrong!

Today’s International women’s day and I would like to put all doubts to rest. Feminism is about equality in every sphere of life: personal, professional and social. And this might surprise some: feminists come in all forms and like all things awesome cannot be put in a single box. They are big, small, working and home-makers. They are strong, they build each other–women and men and they can love or hate fashion. They can like me have particular affinity for pink and still have a mind of their own:a case I am trying to prove here in this fuchsia prom dress.

I wore this for my birthday (which I celebrated in Tenerife, more on that later). With a deep V-neck and proper A line skirt; it is exactly thing you would want to wear when you are growing older.

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With its spiffy butterfly motifs, velvety touch and jacquard skirt it spells sophistication and old-world charm. Hence, I decided to pair with minimum accessories. A crystal bracelet, swarvoski rings and dangling earrings.

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Dress: Debenhams, Footwear: New Look, Earrings: Wish app, Bracelet+Rings: Swarvoski

Whilst I love heels, here I have opted for lace-up flats because I am a bit of a badass who likes to shake things up (and also running behind a toddler with a mind of her own is aa exercise in itself). It is the kind of look that’s bold, unique and with a dollop of charm (just like most women I know).

And if you have any doubt about the awesomeness of women, here is a humbling thought: even at chromosomal level men need one of our fabulous X chromosome to their Y one just to exist. Hence dear women, whether fashion loving or not, go on be fearless.

We owe it ourselves.

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The best is yet to come ~ Frank Sinatra

This year, like last has been one blessed year with a huge learning curve for me. From getting back to full-time work to learning how to balance life with work and most challenging of all–to make some time to do things I love; it has been one huge ride.

In terms of style, my personal style has certainly evolved: It is now a bit more relaxed and non-fussy. As most of the days, I simply do not have time to preen myself, it has also become a lot more quicker.

So, here I am going down the memory lane and sharing the top ten looks from 2015.

Playing with pastel faux:

Being a mum has definitely not made me less adventurous in the style department. Here, I am experimenting with pastel faux fur.

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Having some fun with floral trousers:

Sometimes, you just have to ditch floral dresses for floral trousers.

Clashing prints:

And here, I go way out of my comfort zone by combining two clashing prints.

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Neoprene Dress:

I also toyed with a perfectly fitting neoprene dress.

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Coloured jeans:

Here, you will find me donning some coloured jeans and splashing the city purple with my bestie.

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Summer dress:

Finally, who does not love a colourful and vibrant summer dress?

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Neutral territory:

Here, you will find me ditching colours and entering into a neutral territory.

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The Little Black Dress:

Women who wear black certainly do lead colourful lives.

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Tomboy Chic:

Here, you will see me going tomboy chic with dress and sneakers.

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Black and White, once again:

And finally, perhaps my favourite, a simple yet chic black and white dress which can take you from morning to night in a jiffy.

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So, how does your style evolve each year? Do you consciously experiment or just go with the flow? And which one from above is your favourite? Do let me know your thoughts.

I wish all my lovely readers and friends a very Happy New Year and as the saying goes–the best is yet to come.

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style—Maya Angelou

After a rather hectic month when work was full-swing and I was just too poorly to do much, I am back. Hopefully for good.

As a fashion-loving mum, I am always looking out for dress options that can take me from AM to PM in a snap. So, I have been on a mission to find if such a dress even exists. Truth be told, I was ready to give up because I just could not find styles with a certain je ne sais quoi which is work appropriate yet chic enough for the evening. Which can be dressed down when I am running behind my toddler or dressed up whilst on a date night with the man or can be styled appropriately for work.

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So, when I saw this black and white, skater style number, it was a love at first sight. As soon as I opened it out of the package (man, I love online shopping!) and donned it, I was sold. I have an unabashed love for black and white ensembles. It’s simple, understated, perennially chic and can be styled in million ways.

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So how do you it for morning till evening? Throw a boy friend blazer, some dark tights, boots for the morning like I have done here. Add simple accessories like a watch (or Fitbit in my case, which is my current obsession), a single bracelet or bangle and earrings for morning, add a bag that can be cleverly converted into a clutch for morning (like I have done with my favourite satchel in pink (for colour pop) here).

To this take away the blazer and add more bangles, perhaps a statement necklace (which I forgot here :() and your bag turned clutch and voila!

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Dress: Boohoo (sold out), Blazer: Gift from sister, Bag: Zatchel, Bangles: India, Earrings: Topshop

You now have a style that will help you nail that deal at work and take you swimmingly well whether you want to go dancing with your friends, drinks at the pub or date night with the other half.

So, who says AM to PM dressing has to be boring or stressful with my handy tips I am sure you will rock the boardroom and the dance floor with the same pizazz. 🙂

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