Image via: google

Image via: google

Can you see that person buried inside the books? Well, that would be me. (not exactly, the image is via Google) I am going to take the next two weeks off blogging and social media as I’ve to prepare for an impending exam. This is a really important thing for my career and I no longer can study with half a brain after a tired day. Blogging has been my therapy but right now I do not have any other choice but to keep it aside and concentrate on what really matters. Trying to do everything and be a super woman was driving me insane.

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The good thing is I’ve so many interesting posts and things to share here. Travel posts, style posts and of course parenting things. But right now it has to wait. I will also be posting and commenting on all my favourite blogs as soon as I am back. 🙂

Please do wish me luck though and have me in your prayers as I really, really need it.

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“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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Traveling with a baby is definitely not an idea of fun for many. I have in the recent weeks, cancelled plans because I just cannot be bothered packing the nappy bag, arranging for substitute clothes and making sure that every tiny thing is up to speed while we are out. But going out actually is not just wonderful for a growing baby (change of scenery is supposed to stimulate and develop their senses) but it is extremely essential for the parent too who can catch a break. So without further ado, here are some places in and around Hampshire that are baby and pushchair friendly.

Virginia Water, Surrey: 

Baby's day out

Located on the southern edge  of Windsor Great Park near Ascot, Virginia Water Lake Reservoir is a great place to enjoy a scenic and pleasant walk. The lake  forms the heart of the affluent Virginia Water village and was created from a water body that existed in the 17th century. The circuit around the lake is about 4.5 miles or 7.2 kilometers and consists of both paved and natural path, this makes it a perfect place to enjoy a pleasant walk with your baby in a pushchair. What makes the walk interesting is the number of eye-catching features that gives character to this place. You will find a luscious cascade, a 100 foot totem pole, replica of a ruined city which was imported from North Africa (pictured above) and so on. I felt that showing these things to the baby was really making her happy whilst stimulating her senses. The best part of the park? It is free (except for parking charges) and is open from 8AM to 7PM every day.

South Sea Beach, Portsmouth: 

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I love the sea side and wanted my little one to get acquainted with it at the earliest. Her first beach stop was the South Sea beach, Portsmouth. Although a shingle beach, it has a very tantalizing affect. The beach is made of many  different types of stones, scattered and littered. There is a paved way just outside which makes it easier to navigate the place with your pushchair. There are two piers–the south parade pier and the Clarence Pier; the sites are now amusement centers. On a nice summary day, you will find people enjoying kite flying, para sailing and BBQ. The South Sea is a perfect place to enjoy a nice picnic with your loved ones. Just make sure to wrap your little bundle of joy with layers as the sea side can get cold and windy even during summer.

Royal Victoria Country Park, Southampton:

Image Source: Wikipedia Commons, Hethurs

Image Source: Wikipedia Commons, Hethurs

I love open spaces and gardens and I have realised that taking the baby out to a garden is a great way to calm her down. The Royal Victoria Country Park located in Southampton is a 200 acres mature woodland and grassy parkland, with a small shingle beach. The Park is an ideal place to enjoy some weekend relaxation and leisure with your family.  The park’s ancient woodlands, large open spaces, boardwalks and ponds makes it a great place to enjoy a stroller friendly walk with your little one. From 1863 until 1966, the site was home to the Royal Victoria Hospital. The Hampshire County Council acquired the place in 1969 and opened the park to the public in 1970. All that remains of the hospital is the chapel, which acts as a heritage centre providing history of the hospital. This park has greenery, expansive open spaces and plenty of eye-catching birds and mammals that makes the visit all the more interesting for your baby.

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If you have been following my blog, you would have noticed that I do have a sort-of unhealthy obsession with the colour White. Next to Pink, I think White is my favourite colour. I love it for its versatility and every summer, a white jacket enters my heart and subsequently my closet. Last summer, it was all about this Gap number which I used (and abused). And this year, despite being 37 weeks pregnant feeling annoyingly huge and tired I still managed to get my favourite wardrobe hero.

styling white jacket

how to style white jacket

I love an outerwear that can be used during sunny days as well as rainy days (as is the norm here in UK) and this jacket fits the bill perfectly. And the fact that it can worn in zillion ways– with leggings, over a dress or a skater skirt is definitely a plus.

how to style white jacket Jacket: Columbia Sportswear (similar), leggings: H and M maternity, Top: Next Maternity, Boots: Fiorelli, Bag: Aldo (Dubai/gifted), Watch: Tissot and lips: Up the Amp by Mac.

So do you have any such must-have wardrobe obsessions? Do let me know in the comments section.

I do apologise for the images, it was one of the those annoying rainy weekend here in UK and even though there was no opportunity to step out and do the shoot, I knew I had to do it for the sake of my sanity 😉

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I cannot believe that I have been this MIA, I don’t think I have ever gone without posting at least 2 posts each week since starting this blog but finally nature is taking a toll on me and as my due date nears I feel my energy is zapping out like crazy. I feel a little ashamed to admit this: but I am no super mum-to- be as I thought I would be. Traveling, walking and exploring a new place is something which still cheers my exhausted senses and this Easter break, as long distance travel is now out of bounds, we decided to explore the beautiful Cliveden Gardens located in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

A thriving Tulip garden

A thriving Tulip garden

Near the Water Garden

Near the Water Garden

Set on the banks of River Thames, Cliveden House is an Italianate mansion which was once the home of Nancy Astor, an American born British politician and her husband. Today, the House has been turned into a luxury hotel. Yes, it is as luxurious as luxury comes but we were interested in the outside this time. The entire estate extends to 375 acres (1.52 km2) of which about 180 acres (0.73 km2) comprise the gardens whilst woodland and paddocks comprise the rest.

There are quite a few cluster of gardens like the Parterre, themed gardens and of course the woodlands. We started our journey from the Clock tower (pictured below) and after a nice walk reached the Water Garden–a pretty little landscaped garden.

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The central feature of the water garden is a diminutive pagoda that was purchased in the 20th century. The Pagoda is flanked with beautiful foliage in a every colour you can imagine whilst few Bamboo trees and wisteria gives it a Chinese Garden look. This was definitely a popular spot of the estate and it was easy to see why (see my second picture below). The sparkling stream, the leafy trees, beautiful blooms and the intimate pagoda gives it a rather romantic vibe.

Cliveden Gardens, Berkshire

 

 

Cliveden Gardens, Berkshire

The Cliveden Gardens also gets its character from well-etched sculptures placed strategically in its various nooks and crannies. I have been quite fortunate to explore various gardens in UK from the Chelsea Physic Garden in Chelsea, London to Oxford Botanic Garden but this definitely has to be one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens I have visited so far.

Run by UK’s National Trust, this place is also quite child-friendly with several rides and attractions exclusively for the kiddos–perhaps this is the reason why it is so popular with families. We could not explore the Woodlands this time but the fresh, leafy garden punctuated by beautiful Spring blooms was just what the doctor ordered and I cannot wait to go back.

Hope you liked this post on Cliveden Gardens and would visit the place at least once. Please don’t hesitate to give your likes and comments and don’t forget to follow me. I always follow back 🙂