This year’s Oscars had its usual share of jaw-dropping beauties. My favourite look was Kate Hudson’s who looked smoking hot in her gorgeous Dior dress and side swept waves. This is actually my go-to hair style when it comes to special occasions. Here, I will show how I achieve this look. As I always say beauty starts from within so my first step to nail this look is to have healthy, happy hair.

Oscar 2014 fashion

Mama leggings, cardigan, jacket: H&M, Boots: Timberland, Lipstick: Mac Rebel, Earrings: New look

As I have mentioned previously, my hair is wavy, rebellious and with a mind of its own. So, to calm it down and to make sure I don’t have any frizz, I washed my hair with John Frieda Smooth Start Shampoo and conditioned it with John Frieda Smooth Start Conditioner. As the name suggests, this range gives you a smooth gloss without weighing it down. To keep frizz at bay and protecting my hair whilst blow drying, I applied a pound size amount of Frizz ease serum on soaking wet hair. You don’t need a lot of this product; a small amount goes a long way and it gives your hair a nice gloss. After towel drying my hair for a bit, I applied a good amount (about 2 pound coin size) of Frizz Ease Unwind Curls Calming Creme to define my natural waves. (After testing John Frieda’s range I am mighty impressed by what these products offer). Next, I divided my hair into five to six sections and blow dried it with a round brush.

John Frieda curl products

My hair is naturally wavy/ curly, so blow drying is enough for me but if you need bigger and tighter waves you can always use a curling iron. Next step, is to create a deep part starting from the arch of your eye brows and parting it to whichever side you prefer. Take all your hair to one side and discreetly pin any loose strands with a small bobby pin. Ta-da! Your red-carpet worthy hair is now ready.

Oscar 2014 fashion

Oscar fashion 2014

I definitely love this look; it looks great for a night out and can jazz up a simple ensemble (as I have shown here). Will you be trying it out? And Who do you think rocked at this year’s Oscars? Would love to hear your thoughts.

PS: This post was sponsored by John Frieda but the opinions are my own. Thanks for reading; feel free to subscribe or like me on Facebook. 

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 🙂

“Fashion and comfort should go hand in hand.” Now, that’s a line I thought I would never say. I have always felt that it is okay to suffer a bit (just a bit) for the greater cause of style. Not any more. Comfort is the key factor now especially on days when all I want is a hot cup of tea and to stay under the duvet all day long. But, as Tom ford said, “dressing well is a form of good manners.” Now, no matter what one cannot afford to be mannerless. So, yes I try.

casual pregnancy style

These days comfortable jeans teamed with a casual T-shirt and a chic cardigan has become my go to uniform.

casual pregnancy style

Perfect for walking around the park and running errands.

casual pregnancy style

Jeggings: Dorothy Perkins (old), Shoes: Next (old), Bag: Gifted, Striped T-shirt: Gap, Cardigan: Debenhams, Beanie: Topshop.

Comfy enough to not restrict my movements and stylish enough to keep me happy.

Five years ago, when the hubby and I were dating I once quipped to him, “There is a child in all of us,” to which he rather sweetly replied, “But your Child is always outside,” referring to the fact how child-like I can be. Five years since then, a big fat Indian wedding later; living in three different countries before finally calling UK our new home, lots of loving & laughing together later I am happy to say: there is a child in me!

babyonboard

I still cannot believe that my 21st week has started today (that is five months over!). Ever since, peeing on the stick some zillion times and going from disbelief to euphoria to sheer joy it has been one amazing ride so far. At 21 weeks (and counting) I can feel the little flutters and sometimes when I am lucky a kick or two. Never, ever I thought I would be this fortunate to experience this incredible (words fail me) feeling.

babyonboard

baby on board

Pephem Dress: Zara (non-maternity), Coat: French connection, Booties: Asos/ New look (old), Hat: H&M, Bracelet: Gifted, Watch: India.

I have promised myself to enjoy my pregnancy in style and with a beaming positive attitude; even on days I feel less than fine. So, help me God 😉

I love polka dots and I love floral print. So, I thought why not try both together?

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Add a layer (or two) and you are ready to take your floral spring/summer dress to the next season. Polka dots combined with bright floral screams laid-back charm and can instantly uplift your mood (true story!).

Polka dots+floral

Dress+bag: Worn here,  Blazer: Gap (similar option), Wedges: 5th Avenue.

A bright ensemble like this one is my go-to uniform on dull, rainy days.