“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.”- Karl Lagerfeld

While we may have bid our adieus to summer and sunshine; I am clinging to one thing that is usually considered a spring/summer staple—the classic floral dress. However, this winter I have given my perennial love a decidedly darker edge with a moody, dark floral palette.  I chose this dress to celebrate my anniversary last week. Floral dresses have a definite fun vibe but when it has a moody quality to it then it becomes a floral dress with gravitas—exactly what you need when you are celebrating a special occasion after becoming a mom.

Autumn winter fashion

Autumn winter fashion

Of late, faux fur has become a darling material with style seekers as well as fashion gurus. I certainly think that this cruelty free material exudes luxury and gives me unrestrained gratification. So, to add a level of opulence to my moody floral dress, I have paired it with a tiered faux fur coat. I have also used my woolen hat to keep the cold and wind at bay. To keep the focus entirely on my clothes, I have chosen a simple court style shoes and covered my legs with dark tights because to be honest, I just did not have the temerity to go bare legged in this cold.

autumn winter fashion

autumn winter fashion

autumn winter fashion

autumn winter fashion

Dress: Simply Be, Coat: Select Fashion, Shoes: H &M, Tights & Hat: H&M

With its vibrant, fiery and smoldering appeal, a dark floral dress should be just the dress you need for the upcoming festive season. Add a lavish style coat and I bet there is no stopping you from becoming the show stopper wherever you choose to go.

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”–Leonardo da Vinci 

Ever since becoming parents, the hubby and I rarely get to spend time alone with each other. So, when the opportunity presented suddenly couple of weeks ago I was both excited and overwhelmed. Suffice to say, I had a mild panic attack because I was like I don’t have anything to wear–at least anything that fits me perfectly now that I am five and half month postpartum. But I took a deep breath and really searched my closet and fished out this simple yet chic black midi dress.

midi dress style

midi dress fashion

I have been on a midi spree of late. I have sort of become a midi devout and why not? There is something so elegant, graceful and lady like about this silhouette. This length, first appeared in the style circles in the 1940s but  disappeared by the swinging 60s as the mini came into force and was seen progressive. Though it tried to make a comeback; the fashpack weren’t happy and it faced stiff resistance. However, since the  Naughties; the Midi has stamped its mark and is here to stay.

midi dress style

midi dress style

Fashion history aside, I picked this dress for its vintage vibe—a throwback to the demure 40s. I feel that the fashion industry is often not privy of the fact that real women sometimes have curves. On that note, I feel that Midi is universally acceptable whether you are young or old, curvy or skinny, trend setter or trend seeker. The mellifluous midi is effortlessly chic with a dollop of sophistication. I picked this dress from Sri Lanka five years ago when I went there for my honeymoon. I instantly fell in love with its twirl-worthy vibe. The “V” back I thought gives it a playful edge. I rarely showcase my tattoo but I love clothes with an interesting back and this dress shows-off my tattoo rather well.

midi dress fashion

I have kept it simple (partly because I did not have time to dress) and have completed the look with simple earrings from this post, my dancing girl necklace from this post and my slightly sparkly clutch from this post. I am also rather pleased to say that I have managed to go without shopping for one whole month and in the process discovered several great styling options right from my closet. But I cannot wait to pick some key pieces for the festival season next month. I think I deserve it 😉

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“And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers.”—Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada

Fashion has often been disregarded as capitalism’s ugly side and pandering to vanity. It often surprises me how many people hide their love for fashion just because they do not want to be seen superficial. As a fashion lover and style aficionado, I have always considered fashion and style as an art form. Master couturiers like Alexander McQueen, Oscar De La Renta and Vivienne Westwood have proven that it requires great amount of skill, precision and imagination to make beautiful clothes whilst at the same time one of my favourite fashionistas the uber cool Michelle Obama has shown that fashion is both political and social. Bottom line is, as one of my favourite icons Coco Chanel said (and the subtitle of this blog goes), “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion has to do with ideas.”

winter fashion ideas

Speaking of ideas, I am always pondering about how I can use my summer dresses in the winter months. I am still trying to master the layered look. I have been looking for ways to make this dress from here suitable for me now in the winter months. This is actually my maternity dress and whilst I burnt and danced around in all my other maternity dresses (not really!) I kept this one as I worship the pencil silhouette. After a few clever nips and tucks, I have made it wearable for my postpartum body. I have layered it with an old sweatshirt. Truth be told, I am not a sweatshirt kind of girl. I am just not but seeing that it can be worn over dresses; I am slowly opening to them. To add a bit of pizzazz to the look, I have used my navy heels from this post and kept my hair in a messy pony with natural face. I have used my Zara bag from the same post whilst the earrings are from this post.

winter fashion ideas

winter fasihon ideas

As stated, style is a language with which you speak to the world. I feel only a handful of other forms of art inspire daily life as fashion and style does. It is an abstract form of art which turns into reality with your creativity, personalization and imagination. So go ahead and break the rules, make more rules and let your imagination dance wildly because fashion, my dear friends, really is in the ideas.

winter fashion ideas

winter fashion ideas

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In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer–Albert Camus

Winter. It conjures up so many different ideas and emotions in me. I love the novelty of winter–the idea to sit with a cup of hot chocolate beside the heater or nice fire place (if I am lucky), doodling on fog stained windows and loosing myself in dog-eared pages of a book. Yes, winter can be special but at the same time the perpetual rain, greyness and shorter days gets on to me. When the gloom of winter strikes; I make it a point to inject color in my sartorial choices because sometimes that’s the best and easiest way to pep up your mood and your days.

Winter Fashion Coats

Much like the tell-tale signs of nature; fashion and street style too seems to gravitate towards the dark side. Suddenly, you see a plethora of head to toe black, grey and hints of berry ruling the streets. However, I can only take so much of darkness and my mantra in winter months is to throw in some bright hues to keep is sassy.

Winter Fashion coats

A bright coat has a certain je ne sais quoi  that lends you a vibrancy. In this look, I have used a delicious bright green color that is actually my mum’s. I took it (emotionally blackmailed her to keep it) from her when she came from Bombay (Mumbai) to help me during the last days of pregnancy. I have paired it with an old simple green T-shirt (from Dubai) and my Hobbs skirt from this post. I have used my trusted Timberland boots from this post and the over sized scarf is actually my blanket coat. I have also used a dark pink Gap bag  from this post to add another dimension to the look.

winter fashion coats

Talking about winter, I can vouch last year at this time I was still wearing summery dresses rather than covering myself in so many layers but the temperature has already plummeted to a -1 degree Celsius. And as soon as I got ready to step outside (mind you with an unpredictable baby on tow) it started pouring like cats and dogs. But a girl (and a fashion blogger) got to do what a girl to do. I happily kept the coat on me, took the photos inside the building and made peace with the fact that winter is coming back with a vengeance.

Winter Fashion Coats

Winter Fashion Coats

Bright coat similar option: M&S, Blanket Wrap: New Look, Similar boots: Timberland 

So who says vibrant hues are only for summer? Take a cue, bring out those colors and let your imagination run wild to keep you warm, bright and fashionably forward this winter. 🙂

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Situated on the undulating valleys of Derbyshire (Dale district of Derbyshire), is a little known gem—Bakewell– quaint little market town, known for its tantalizing walks, cycle paths and mouth-watering puddings. Nestled on River Wye, Bakewell is a firm favourite with adrenaline-junkies, bikers and cyclists as well as poets, lovers, painters, bird-watchers, artists and of course, the true vagabonds.

River Wye

River Wye

As soon as you enter Bakewell, a  rapidly changing skyline welcomes you—undulating valleys, beautiful foliage, old houses turning into small delis, shops and pubs; eye-catching meadows and greenery in various hues teasing your senses. You are likely to feel like walking into a picturesque postcard.

The old bridge

The old bridge

A Vintage Wrangler

A Vintage Wrangler

Bakewell is steeped in history; legend has it that town was probably founded in Anglo-Saxon times. The Bakewell Parish Church, a popular attraction and Grade 1-listed building, is said to have been founded in 920, and has a cross which dates back to 9thcentury – reason enough for its heritage status. The popular Bakewell market was established in 1254, while its five-arched bridge over the River Wye, also Grade 1 listed, was constructed in the 13th century. With so much history around, it is hard not to fall in love with the town.

Bakewell is known as one of the best walking destinations in northern England and it’s an honour not wasted. Wander along the banks of the river Wye littered with snowy winter leaves and aquatic birds happily crackling away on its water, or through the town’s many delis and vintage shops. The melancholy parish church sitting atop the hillside is a breath-taking sight and is a treasure trove of many little wonders: wooden shields, pre-Raphaelite windows, the sanctuary and altar.

It’s only natural that your stomach starts to growl after giving your limbs so much exercise and this is the place for all food lovers – particularly the sweet connoisseurs amongst you. Bakewell is the birthplace of the famous Bakewell pudding. There are many little bakeries all claiming to be the origin of the pudding; ditch the need to find out the truth because all of them are equally good. Also don’t forget to sneak a peek inside the famous Rutland Arms Hotel, where Jane Austen penned her legendary work Pride and Prejudice. Maybe the writer inside you will come alive.

Bakewell has something for everyone. It is a paradise for those who wish to discover vintage charm, eat good food, or simply wander the many cobblestone paths and meditate amidst the valleys and parks.

(There is no direct transportation from London to Bakewell. So, it is advisable to start early. Take an early cross-country train from Kings Cross and head to Sheffield; from here there are plenty of buses heading to Bakewell)