Hello, my lovely readers couple of weeks ago I found that I have been selected as one of the ambassadors and guest bloggers for the upcoming Oxford Fashion Week.   Needless to say, I am supremely excited and chuffed that I have been selected.

This year Oxford Fashion Week is part of Oxford Fashion Studio who are launching the 2015 season of runway shows from September through to November and includes runway shows in New York, Paris, Oxford, Houston and Los Angeles.

For the uninitiated, the Oxford Fashion Studio does an amazing job of discovering and supporting brilliant emerging designers from all over the world. At the heart of Oxford Fashion Studio is a love for brilliant design and a respect for how it invites us to experience life differently. Oxford Fashion Studio runway shows exhibit extraordinary designs from exceptional established and emerging designers.

Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Fashion Week

If you would like to experience a glamorous evening with talented designers and fashion lovers from around the world then do not forget to mark your calendar. Oxford Fashion Week will be taking place on 31st October at exquisite The Sheldonian theatre designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

Some of the designer who will be gracing the event are: Emma Gilligan (Jewellery) Collection name: Made by E.M.M.A, designer Lavinia Cadar Collection name: Cuba Cubismo and designer: Barkers-Woode Collection name: Queen.

There are two Runway Shows:-

  • The 6pm Independent Collection Show
  • The 9pm Couture Collection Show

Tickets can be purchased via the website by clicking the link below:
http://www.oxfordfashionstudio.com/tickets/.

Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Fashion Week

So, will you be attending this spectacular and inspiring night? Well, I certainly hope so and see you there 🙂

Image credit: All Images are provided by the Oxford Fashion Studio

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Hello lovelies, I have been missing in action and hope to remedy it this week. I joined a new full-time job couple of weeks ago in digital marketing (yipee to me). From learning the ropes to adjusting to life as a full-time working mum it has taken a while to think of blogging posts. But I have started structuring my days better and hope to fit in weekly blogging now. Enough said as the title suggests, this travel post is about Cambridge.

This year, hubby and I decided to explore UK and tick off some places from our travel bucket list. As some of you know, summer has finally ended here (sigh!!) and to mark the event we visited Cambridge. Famous for its University, Cambridge is a lovely town with an eclectic mix of old world charm with modern, contemporary beauty. From a choice of galleries to a buzzing theatre scene; from jaw-dropping architectural beauty of college buildings to scenic walks, Cambridge has a lot to offer to the curious traveler. Here are my top ten picks tried and tested by me and the family.

Punting: 

Punting in Cambridge

This sounds almost like a cliche but punting is a quintessentially Cambridge experience that you should not miss. Cambridge derives its name from the River Cam which runs through its heart.

Punting enables you to see the “backs” of the seven famous colleges from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge punt whilst your “driver” takes you through the enticing history of Cambridge, the colleges and its environs. I cannot recommend this activity enough and what’s more it can be done during a rainy day too (if not raining heavily).

Flitzwilliam museum:

Cambridge attractions

There are several museums in Cambridge but this definitely takes the prize. The intricate architecture on the front gate was enticing enough for me to step inside this museum and I was genuinely bowled over. It is a fascinating place with collections from all the world and various eras too plus it is free to enter.

From medieval armours and weapons collection to Egyptian collection, from Greek collection to the early works of Michelangelo made just before he was about to embark on his famous Sistine Chapel work, Flitzwilliam museum is a must if you love art, culture and history.

College tours: 

Cambridge attractions

Cambridge attractions

A visit to Cambridge is incomplete without touring some of the colleges. Visitors can enter the college grounds (to some extent) on weekends. My favourite was Christ College, Trinity and Kings College.

Bridge of sighs:

Bridge of Sighs Cambridge

This is covered bridge built on the grounds of St. John’s College. A namesake bridge it was named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Built in 1831, ever since it has built, there have been fierce debates on which bridge is better. It is supposed to be Queen Victoria’s favourite spot in the city.

A common myth surrounding its name is that the students named it Bridge of Sighs as it was a favourite spot for pre-exam students to come here and let out a little sigh. It is also rumoured that this was former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s favourite place as he was also the student of the college.

Market Square:

Market square Cambridge

Although there are more interesting local markets I’ve visited in other cities, I would still recommend Cambridge’s market square as it is a great place to imbibe local culture, shop local products and meet some brilliant local artists. Plus, who doesn’t love browsing through interesting artefacts peculiar to a city?

Holy Sepulchre or Round Church:

Round Church, Cambridge

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this Church. There is a definite melancholy feeling to this Church. Built entirely of stone, this is one of the four original medieval round churches still use in England. The Church was built around 1130 and its shape was inspired by the rotunda in the church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Large Gothic style windows and glass paintings adorn it from the inside.

Kings College:

kings college cambridge

cambridge attractions

Kings college is synonymous to Cambridge.Founded in 1441 by Henry VI and the earliest of the royal foundations, King’s College is worth visiting for the huge expanse of lawn extending down to the river, the King’s Bridge with its brilliant views along the Backs and the various college grounds situated along the riverside.

Seriously if I was lucky (or academically/ financially strong) to be a student here, I would never study but spend my days admiring the jaw-dropping beauty of the place or exploring the various nooks and crannies. It is definitely a place I would need to visit again to explore properly. Distinguished alumni include writer Horace Walpole, poet Rupert Brooke and economist Lord Keynes.

Street Food:

I am a self-confessed lover of street food and I find it a tad disappointing that not all UK towns and cities have a good variety of street food however Cambridge doesn’t disappoint you. From variety of mouth-watering cheeses to local ale to yummy toasties to scrumptious and healthy buckwheat crepes, the street food scene will sill your hungry stomach and soul in one go.

Corpus Clock: 

Image by: Wikimedia Commons, Rror

Image by: Wikimedia Commons, Rror

The Corpus Clock is a large structural clock locatedat the junction of Bene’t Street and Trumpington Street, looking out over King’s Parade. Bollywood lovers would have seen it in the movie Paa. It was unveiled to public in 2008 by physicist Stephen Hawking.

The clock’s face is a rippling 24-carat gold-plated stainless steel disc, about 1.5 metres in diameter. The clock has no hands or numerals, but displays time by opening individual slits in the clock face backlit with blue LEDs; these slits are arranged in three concentric rings displaying hours, minutes, and seconds. A metallic, huge grasshopper is the dominating feature of the clock and actually works as a pendulum. This feature,the grasshopper escapement is an unusual, low-friction escapement for pendulum clocks invented by British clockmaker John Harrison around 1722. The grasshopper in Corpus Clock is a homage to Harrison.

Christ’s Pieces: 

Image by: Wikimedia Commons , Mincebert

Image by: Wikimedia Commons , Mincebert

Cambridge is renowned for its green spaces and you will be spoilt for choice to choose a place to enjoy a spot of sunshine. I really loved Christ’s Pieces a victorian park with pretty flower beds and ornamental trees. It was previously used for agricultural and pasture purposes. Poet John Milton, who frequented this park has a dedicated walk–Milton Walk here too.

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The truth about British Summer is that the whole year you wait for it with baited breath before losing all interest and lo and behold it happens when you least expect it. The whole of last week, we had sun playing a nasty game of hide and seek. I was convinced it would be a typical washed out weekend but suddenly I woke up to a gloriously shining sun last Saturday. I am definitely an opportunity seeker so without further ado, I coaxed the hubby, dressed the little one and hopped on to the car for a day out at Durdle Door, Dorset.

Druilde Door Reviews

Druilde Door and Lulworth Cove

Durdle Door has been on my travel bucket list ever since hubby visited it few years ago without me but something or the other kept me away till now. I’ve often experienced that when I build up a place too much in my little head it falls extremely short of my expectations in reality. Hence, I was beyond chuffed when we reached this Jurassic Coast after a nice little drive all the way from Hampshire. Durdle Door does not disappoint you no matter what your traveling style is.

Druilde Door and Lulworth Cove

Within a mile or so of the place, you will see the rugged terrain of the mountains juxtaposing beautifully with sparkling azure water of the sea and a horizon that feels like you can almost touch it. This is your cue to Durdle Door.

The actual “door” itself is a nice, long trek away from the car park. There are several tricky pathways giving you a nice view of Dorset while you head towards the beach. Be mindful of the path as it can be slippery and challenging at the same time. After a bit of a walk you reach a plateau with Durdle Door on one hand and the Man of War beach and Lulworth Cove on the other hand. To navigate either side you need to trek downwards a slightly steep slope.

Durdle door, dorset

Durdle Door , Dorset

But once you have done this trek, you will see one of the most gorgeous spots on this earth (I kid you not!). Durdle Door and the Lulworth Cove form part of the Jurassic Coastline. And true to its moniker, the iconic Durdle door even resembles a dinosaur.

Dorset Lulworth Cove

This natural door on the sea along with an expansive pebble beach is definitely one of the jaw-dropping beautiful spots I’ve seen while the beach on the other side with a great view of the sea is something which will stop your senses right away. I recommend you don’t rush but slowly savour the incredible beauty of the place and let it envelop you completely because after all isn’t that what travel is all about—to take you out of the mundane and tease all your senses in one go?

PS: These photos are completely unedited, I wanted to show the place in all its natural glory

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“Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle”

Truth be told ever since the birth of my daughter, I’ve become less fussy about the way I dress. I used to be one of those girls who would proudly proclaim that it is alright to “suffer” a little for the cause of fashion. No more. Comfort and ease has become my best mates when it comes to dressing. Most days I am your jeans, t-shirt and flats girls and one days when I am bored of my “mum” uniform, I opt for relaxed and non-fussy dresses.

Enter Drop waist dresses. The drop waist dress, characterised by a low, horizontal waistline that normally falls near the level of upper hips first hit the fashion radar in the 1920s. They are super versatile. Go glamorous and opt for ones in chiffon with breads and sparkles (think flapper girl) or casual with cotton or light weight denim. The silhouette can balance your upper and lower body giving you an illusion of height.

drop waist dress style

drop waist dress style

To be honest, this style doesn’t feature majorly in my wardrobe. I’ve used this style of dress only once as you can see here. I stumbled upon today’s dress while casually browsing the BHS sale and brought it for its ease. I wore it the other day hiking in the woods (not really hiking friendly but still) and have gone for totally minimal look with a silver necklace, bracelet, a cross body bag, tie-up sandals and chambray shirt for layering. I’ve also tied my hair in a messy half bun. This look is all about comfort with a bit of chicness thrown in for good measure.

drop waist dress style

drop waist dress styleDress: Sold out (like this one), Sandals: Clarks (old one), Bag: My own design, Shirt: Next (old), Glasses: Nautica 

So, will you be surfing on this fashion wave and unleash your inner child? Give it a go you will be chuffed. 😉

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Cornwall is a jaw-dropping beautiful peninsula defined by its spectacular coastline tapering out into the Atlantic Ocean. With its picture postcard harbours, expansive sandy beaches, stunning cliffs and a rich cultural heritage, Cornwall has been a favourite holiday destination for generations. Here, I bring my favourite bits of Cornwall. Cornwall is HUGE and it is impossible to pack in everything in one short holiday. However, that only gives you an excuse to go back.

Polperro:

Cornwall attractions

Situated in the south of Looe is the picture perfect fishing village of Polperro. With narrow cobbled streets lined with pretty granite cottages and colourful homes, Polperro is a great little place if you fancy a nice little walk. Polperro was once notorious for smuggling and you can trace this history at the Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing. Unwind yourself by the delightful harbour or have some tea in the cute tea rooms, Polperro’s charm will stay with you for a long, long time.

The Eden Project:

Cornwall attractions

Cornwall attractions

Cornwall attractions

Not your run-off-the-mill park, the Eden project which was opened in 2001 is the worlds’s largest greenhouse. Characterised by its two huge “biomes” they give you a taste of the flora and fauna of tropical and Mediterranean regions. The “biomes” are actually are a series of interconnected domes.

Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea (and many find it overpriced), I still would argue for it because to replicate the hot tropical climate (with a Malaysian hut and African totem sculpture made from recycled timber) is definitely a mammoth task. While you are here don’t forget the scrumptious ice-creams from their coffee house. My favourite?Cacao with coconut flavour. As mentioned Eden is expensive with £25 per adult but you can save up to 20 % if you book in advance online.

Land’s End:

Cornwall attractions

Cornwall attractions

As the name suggests it is end of the land, intriguing enough for me. It gives you stunning coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean. The undulating landscape dotted with cliffs makes it a great spot for some easy trekking (easy for me). Don’t forget to enjoy a tasty meal at the Land’s End Restaurant after you have thoroughly explored this place.

Minack theatre:

Image from: Wikimedia Commons by Tim Lewy

Image from: Wikimedia Commons by Tim Lewy

Minack theatre is a truly out of this world place that will simply blow your senses. An open-air theatre, carved into a granite diff and set amidst glorious gardens; Minack theatre has to be seen to be believed. Overlooking the spectacular Porthcurno Bay, Minack theatre is exotic and magical. The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this dramatic setting.

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps:

Cornwall attractions

cornwall attractions

This is a stretch of coastline located on the north Cornish coast between Padstow and Newquay. Another great spot for trekking, characterised by steep steps and dramatic views of this rocky beach. Bedruthan steps gets it’s name from the huge slate outcrops scattered along the beach and not the inordinate number of steps you need to go down to get to the beach. It is said that the outcrops were put there by Bedruthan, a giant, and used as stepping stones. The Carnewas cliffs has several nooks and crannies giving various different views of the Bedruthan Steps.

Beaches:

Cornwall attractions

Cornwall attractions

Being a coastal area, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Cornwall. There are just so many offering a variety of activities. This time around we explored the lovely Lusty Glaze at Newquay. This was right opposite to where we were staying (Kallacliff Hotel). A fantastic beach in the heart of the city, Lusty Glaze is an ideal place for couples (although we enjoyed it as a family too). A somewhat steep stairs take you down the beach (hence cumbersome if you have a buggy) but once you reach there you will treated to vast sandy beach with crystal blue waters. A quiet cove which faces towards west is ideal to catch sunset. During summer, there are numerous kid-friendly activities here. Fistral beach is another family friendly beach that should not be missed.

Surfing:

Cornwall attractions

There are many surfing friendly beaches in Cornwall. Fistral in Newquay is considered to be the most famous surfing beach in Britain. While we could not try surfing due to the weather, this is definitely on my bucket list. If you are a newbie and then head towards Towan Beach (Newquay). Between two grassy cliff tops and azure coloured waters, this beach is considered ideal if you are a beginner as the waves are slightly less challenging. Plus, this is one of the less crowded beaches of Newquay.

Food:

Image from Wikimedia Commons by Tristan Frene

Image from Wikimedia Commons by Tristan Frene

Cornwall has some of the best sea-food restaurants in Britain. It is also the home of the famous Cornish Pasty. If you are looking for a scrumptious sea-food option then don’t forget to check Rick Stein’s restaurants. The fresh fish dishes are to die for and while you will get British classics like Fish & Chips you can also taste Stein influenced far-off dishes like Pad Thai, prawn curry and fish chilli burgers. Yum.

If street food is more of your grub style, then don’t forget to tuck in a Cornish Pasty. Check out for some local options like Philps Pasties, Niles Bakery etc. You will find beef, chicken and vegetarian varieties but be warned they are humungous!

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