“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” — Bill Cunningham

Learning the fine act of balancing things is certainly the toughest thing I have learnt as a new mum. Among all the daily tasks, things to be done, lists and baby duties it is natural one forgets about oneself and things like style and fashion takes a back seat. However, I firmly believe that individuality is one thing that I must teach my little one and as I have always stated styling is one definite and perhaps the most personal stamp of individuality. Here, I share with you style lessons that I’ve learnt after the birth of my darling daughter.

Make an effort: 

When you are exhausted beyond words it is but natural to let go. But one thing I’ve experienced is that sitting all day in my yoga pants however comfortable it seems just leaves me feeling miserable. Taking even ten minutes to put on some kohl, lipstick or a nice, freshly washed t-shirt is happiness in an instant. It brings back my confidence and puts a spring in my step. For a pit stop to the shops to get our weekly shopping done; I chose to wear this oldie but goldie of a floral dress and a long cardigan. It is normcore yet with a feminine twist.

postpartum fashion

Don’t throw away your old wardrobe:

Do not get disheartened and simply throw your old clothes thinking you will never be able to fit. Go through your wardrobe with a fine tooth comb, there would be things like a shirt which can be used for layering. Pack your favourite items because you will eventually fit in them.

Recycle and re-style your old stuff:

Breathe some new life to your old clothes by re-styling and recycling. Your old shirts, cardigans and sweat shirts are great for adding a layer and perfect to hide any sins. When picking new things, looks for elasticated waist–it is an invention that I thank God for every day. Get some inexpensive t-shirts in a plethora of colours to mix with things in your wardrobe.

Persevere and don’t give up:

Yes your little one will spit on you and cover you with dribble. But that does not mean you have to give up dressing up. As stated in the first point, dressing up is not just for vanity but for confidence. And if you can achieve some happiness with something as simple as a dress then why not? It is definitely worth it.

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Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means–Karl Lagerfeld

 JD williams

Black and White is one look that will remain my firm favourite no matter what the trends say. Of course, I love colours but there is an unrestrained sophistication and eternal chicness about the black and white look. From the haute couture shows of fashion luminaries like Alenxander Wang to the nonchalant street style of London; there is no denial that the black and white look is a force to be reckoned with.

JD williams

This year black and white look popped up all over the fashion map and it was given an interesting twist with pattern play, geometrics and intelligent design which just shows the versatility of this seemingly simple look.

black and white fashion

black and white fashion

For my look today, I have chosen a hanky hem cardigan in tribal pattern from JD Williams. It is a rather busy time of the year, hence I needed something that has a fun vibe yet is effortless and chic. This cardigan thus ticks all the boxes. I love the fact that the swinging silhouette of the cardigan lends it a classy feminine vibe while the black and white tribal pattern gives it a speck of androgyny. To stay true to black and white theme, I have paired the cardigan with a white tee and black paneled leggings. The only colour I have used is a hint of green kohl on my peepers and my favourite radiant orchid lipstick.

black and white fashion

Cardigan: gifted by JD Williams, Tee: Armani (old, hubby’s), Leggings: H&M, Boots: Asos (old), Beanie: Topshop (old)

So, if you are looking for a style that is quick, effortless, refined yet down-to-earth then go for the timeless black and white. It is a blend that will never let you down.

I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. Stay blessed and have a lovely time with your loved ones.

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It is the eighth day of December which means that Christmas really is around the corner. I am really thrilled because this will be the little one’s first Christmas. Safe to say that excitement is brewing. Speaking of excitement, when Next emailed me stating to participate in their #NextmasWishlist challenge, I could not say no. Next is definitely one of my favourite places to shop. I love the fact that you can get some fashionably forward pieces at a reasonable price. So, without further ado, here is my Christmas wish list or shall we say Nextmas Wishlist?

nextmaswishlist

For me:

I love floor length dresses. They are perfect for the festive season with just the right amount of class and sophistication thrown in. So, this maxi dress with an interesting back detail (shown in the picture above) is on top of my list.  As you probably know, I am having a cape moment and this knit look cape is perfect for winters and will stylishly carry me all the way through till Spring. One can never have too many ankle boots and I just cannot stop dreaming of this edgy berry number—perfect shade for Christmas.

For the mister:

My hubby loves his polo necks and blacker the better. I do not always approve of his black polo obsession so we have a middle ground—polo necks in other colors. Hence, this polo neck with interesting stripes can keep both of us happy. Keeping the polo style in mind, I also like this tartan inspired knitwear. I feel rather bad that I have been using his gym hoody for ages now, so this number will be a perfect gift for him.

For the little one:

The little one is turning out to be quite a fashionista; she loves her reds and pinks. Hence, I would pick this cat tunic as well as this red and white— perfect for Christmas—tutu dress set for her.

For the home:

No one can forget their homes on Christmas and I love to pick up beautiful yet purse friendly knick knacks for my humble abode from Next. Throws are perfect and much needed in winters. So, I would love to add this winter-inspired cozy throw to my Next inundated home. I would also love this plum rug perfect to keep our toes warm this Christmas.

PS: I have not been paid to do this post but it is part of a challenge. You can read more about it here.

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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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“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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