Posts tagged ‘shopping’

June 9, 2014

Double Denim Rocks!

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Olivia Palermo in a new ad campaign

We love our jeans and what’s not to love about our indigo darlings in every shape or form?  That’s why double denim is just so fantastic.  Far from cringe-worthy cowboy fashion of yesteryear, it is a wonderful way to look supremely relaxed and cool.  And the best bit?  You can’t go wrong!

I bought a gorgeous polka dot bleached denim shirt from Gap but they no longer sell it and I also bought a tres chic oversized denim shirt from Les Parisiennes in Delhi, however, I LOVE these ones too:

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J Crew Classic Chambray Popover £78

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May 24, 2014

How to…Pack for Holiday?

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Bubbly you’ve GOT to help me!!! That was my sis as she thought of packing for her ten day holiday (3 days before the departure date… a little extra notice would help).  And another friend told me that she recently returned from a trip to Mexico exasperated as nothing she packed went together and she simply couldn’t create looks she was happy with while she was there.  There’s no doubt about it, holiday packing can be stressful.

My first advice to my sis was to make a grid with the number of days at the top and day and night to the left:

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March 26, 2014

Day 1 WIFW: Loving Life And The Art of Seduction

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Vineet Bahl WIFW AW 2014

My fellow blogging buddies and I had to keep reminding ourselves that we were seeing AW collections as both Anupamaa and Vineet Bahl showed collections that could easily overlap the current Spring/Summer trends.  Shame we have to wait for the collections to hit stores!

Vineet Bahl used to be one of my favourite Indian designers due to his Western silhouettes which were gorgeous.  Over the last couple of years he has started specialising in India ethnic wear which I guess has more commercial sense for him but he was truly a refreshingly different designer for Western design.

His new AW14 is inspired by the celebration of every moment of life without prejudice and judgement.  The collection began with muted earthy handloom silks occasionally peppered with neon embellishment detail and pastel shades slowly crept in and made way for a myriad of vintage inspired colours and delicious combinations such as Prussian blue with peach. Want!!

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March 26, 2014

Tarun Tahiliani: Art & Ornament

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Tarun Tahiliani WIFW AW 2014

‘…Ornament as the principal embellishment is the glue that binds this collection together’ Tarun Tahiliani.

Setting the standard for the rest of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week with a stellar opening show veteran Indian designer, Tarun Tahiliani, did not disappoint. His AW14/15 ready to wear collection was an indulgent voyage in worldly ornamentation and clever layering. Precious jewellery provided the colour palette and inspiration for embroideries.

Ruby, emerald, onyx, sapphire, gold, turquoise…an Aladdin’s cave of rich inspirational colour. Textiles included silk brocades, draped into structured salwar trousers and other fine silks used in flowing kaftan inspired silhouettes or as a base for amazing kaleidoscope prints. I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the collection at the fittings prior to the shows and the fabrics and styles are even more gorgeous close up.

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February 27, 2014

Twinkle Toes

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Triton metal embellished sandals by Charlotte Olympia, £795

I love wearing sandals whatever the weather, with or without tights peeking through.  I’ve spotted some gorgeous new heels (what else?) for the coming season and a few to buy if you missed the chance last season:

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Leilou strip leather sandals by Sophia Webster £430. Aren’t these crazy cool in an AbFab kind of way?

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October 30, 2013

Ornamental Adornments

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WIFW Pankaj & Nidhi SS14

Intricate adornments from Pompeii all the way to Medieval church facades…Indian designer duo, Panjak & Nidhi seemed to thoroughly enjoy researching the inspiration behind their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.  Hand cut fabrics appliqued to give a 3D effect and transparency were key looks.

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October 27, 2013

Candies For Grown Ups!

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Whilst not quite recovered from the fashion-frenzied hangover from all next season’s shows the flash bulbs went off once more across town for the launch of Sunglass Icon in Delhi’s luxury Emporio Mall.

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Baroque and gold leaf detail in the D & G range

Sunglass Icon is the posher big sister of Sunglass Hut…Ray Bans are the cheapest sunnies on offer in the product range.  With Brit Bad Girl Jade Jagger splashed over the front and advertisements sporting baroque D & G sunglasses the launch was certainly eye-catching.

I arrived at the event with fellow blogger, Nupur Dayal of Indian style blog Joos.  We became friends as our butt cheeks squeezed together at the crowded Delhi shows.

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October 21, 2013

WIFW SS14 Day 2: Photo Diary

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WIFW SS14: Gaurav Jai Gupta

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WIFW SS14: Gaurav Jai Gupta

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October 15, 2013

Fossils, Bolly-Punk & Lagoons…Must Be Fashion Week

Fashion Becomes Fossilised

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WIFW Designer: Nachiket Barve

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WIFW Designer: Nachiket Barve

Old is the new New but not upcycled vintage … Indian designer Nachiket Barve was inspired by fossils and the balance between the preservation of fragile and strong forms.  The soft colour palette included oat and dusty rose: all shades that suit most skin tones. Dyeing techniques were experimented with

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September 26, 2013

Trend Report Part 1/4: NY Spring/Summer 14

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Zac by Zac Posen

Fashion, flash bulbs and lots of flapping around.  You probably heard all the fashion weeks started a few weeks ago.  I left it til near the end to summarise what you need to know as consumers (this article is part 1 of 4). For all the attention that the official fashion weeks get, they are nevertheless trade events and not open to the public. They are extremely photogenic events to pepper media cycles routinely filled with political scandal and daily humdrum.

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Michael Kors

Do you have a global style or are you very British/American/European in your dress sense?  My sis is very preppy Ralph Lauren despite being British

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August 10, 2013

Manish Malhotra’s Couture Finale

Manish Malhotra PCJ Delhi Fashion Week Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika

Couturier Manish Malhotra needs no introduction.  Whilst Manish was inspired by the princely states and regalia of the 1930s, contemporary royalty in the form of Shah Rukh Khan and Bollywood princess Deepika Padukone walked the ramp for the designer. The beautifully coiffured hair underlined the inspiration with silhouettes and embroidery echoing the splendour of Indian – European architecture.  French shoe designer Christian Louboutin

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August 1, 2013

Two’s Company, Three’s a Party!

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Calcutta-based designer, Sabyasachi, can best be described as the Marni of Indian fashion: quirky, off kilter, contemporary and highly relevant fashion for women that don’t do fashion.  He has a loyal following and is much like fellow designer Manish Malhotra in his influence over general Indian fashion.  What we see on the catwalk one evening will be copied the length and breadth of India the following lunch time (hardly anyone hits the haberdashers before then!).

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August 1, 2013

Heroine Chic

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Phew! As Aamby Valley India Bridal Week ended in Delhi PCJ Couture Week 2013 began across the city in a different plush five star hotel… high heels and big smile back on!

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Anju Modi kicked off proceedings with her collection inspired by one of the great heroines and goddesses of Indian history.  Ms Modi is one of the founding members of the Fashion Design Council of India and I had the pleasure of

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July 17, 2013

Sketch London Fashion Preview

Envy emerald snake print top with pleated sleeves sketch london

Miss Monochrome scoop neck top sketch london

A new fashion label sketch london invited me to their fashion preview tonight (Wed 17 July) at the White Swan Pub on Fetter Lane, London.  Claiming to be fashion trend-led and low cost whilst being produced ethically I hope the clothes are as fab as they look in the photographs.

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July 1, 2013

Only 8 Pairs of Shoes?

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Salvatore Ferragamo red patent kitten heels from http://www.selfridges.com

Actress (or actor?) Emma Watson revealed that she only has eight pairs of shoes.  I don’t believe her at all, I don’t know ANY woman in my entire extended circle of friends and family even ten times removed who only have eight pairs of shoes.

Her statement led to the inevitable glut of fashion editors declaring the only eight pairs of shoes that any woman may ever need.  Some of the lists include Geography teacher (aka Jesus) leather sandals and trainers.  I own neither. 

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April 11, 2013

Gemfields Creating Dreamfields

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Ring by Parulina

As I mentioned in previous post, 2013 is the year of Emerald thanks to it being selected as colour of the year by Pantone, the globally regarded authority on colour.

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Amrapali Earrings

Emeralds were just one of the precious gemstones in the stunning fine jewellery collection presented by Gemfields, the world’s largest producer of ethically sourced coloured gemstones.  Gemfields collaborated with some of the world’s leading jewellery designers including Fabergé, Mappin & Webb and Amrapali.

Cleopatra bathed in emeralds

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March 29, 2013

Get A Changing Room!

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Mannequins these days!

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March 20, 2013

You Smell Great!

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My most favourite perfume in the whole wide world is Gio di Giorgio Armani.  Every single time I wear it and without exception men and women comment how amazing I smell and ask what the perfume is.  The awful thing is that it is actually discontinued!! Can you believe it?

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March 19, 2013

A Kaleidoscope of Colour

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Designer Rajdeep Ranawat’s collection was inspired by a hypothetical world with a hint of exotic Medieval.  The collection featured intricate embroideries and lovely accessories.  The Elton John embellished glasses were my favourite.

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March 17, 2013

Hypercraft and Colonial Orient

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Kavita Bhartia is the owner of the Ogaan chain of boutiques with stores in Delhi and Mumbai.  Kavita started her own label in 2001.

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The collection she presented this season was entitled ‘Hypercraft’ to reflect her combining technology and craft for her designs. 

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March 5, 2013

Yummy Mummy

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Rosie Lee miniature roses spray presented in a Fortnum & Mason fine bone china mug, £45

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in Britain.  My mother’s experience of the special Sunday has evolved from breakfast trays of soggy cereal and cold eggs served when my sister and I were little to a rather more tasty and charming affair now that we’re older.  If you’re stuck for ideas here are a few that might help:

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February 27, 2013

Youthful Bouncy Skin

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I have a love-hate relationship with Kiehls, some of their products are so over-priced and mediocre, reference to all their lipbalms. However, Please may I recommend the Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehls? It is awesome and a new must-have on my bathroom shelf.

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February 24, 2013

Barely There

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If you’re freezing your socks off in Britain just now I’m going to apologise for this recommendation as you won’t need it for a while yet, however, I’m in Delhi and the sunshine is rocking!

This also means it’s time to get the SPF creams on but I only used to wear SPF 15 as I found anything heavier gave me breakouts and made my skin shiny and greasy – not a great look.  ‘Dewey’ only looks great in magazines.

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February 17, 2013

RiRi for River Island

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The latest British High Street chain to offer a celebrity collaboration is River Island who commissioned Rihanna and her stylist to design a 120 piece collection.  Debuting at London Fashion Week this was an extremely high profile launch for the range.

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February 13, 2013

Everyday Action Hero

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A market that I regularly go to in Delhi is undergoing some renovation or something like that.  In a large part of the market the pavement in front of the shops has been completely removed and a huge pit has been dug the length of the road.  I just wanted to buy some cups but had to gulp and climb this hastily patched up plank of death that was wobbling!

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February 7, 2013

Fashion’s Merry-go-round

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New York Fashion Week today kicked off the fashion feast that lies ahead and engulfs the world.  Displaying next Autumn/Winter’s collections while it’s still freezing outside will only make you want to buy everything now, however, wait we will.

Red Valentino was by far the most striking collection on the first day.  Aimed at a younger audience than the premium and couture Valentino collections

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December 22, 2012

Pull Another One

Christmas is a time for spiritual reflection and prayers for peace… Recall and cancel: Christmas means big business and high expectations to please and be pleased.

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If you have run out of time or ideas, I’ve picked some designer Christmas crackers might be something to throw money at.  Instead of a naff joke and a teeny deck of playing cards suitable only for the Sylvanian Family

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December 15, 2012

Winter Sunnies

Versace Crystal Medusa

Wrinkles never looked great on anyone and squinting in the sun or from the glare of beautiful pure white snow means you will need to get your sunnies on.

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November 26, 2012

Shoely Scrumptious

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October 13, 2012

Little Black Jacket

A celebration of the Chanel little black jacket is currently on at the beautiful Saatchi Gallery in London.  Karl Lagerfeld was at the opening of the exhibition he organised in collaboration with Carine Roitfeld.  The exhibition is on until 28th October and has arrived in London after a world tour including Tokyo and New York.

The iconic jacket is an original Chanel design but is has stood the test of time and still has an irresistable charm. 

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September 26, 2012

Pink is India’s Navy Blue

So said fashion icon, Diana Vreeland and how right she was!  Whilst there was plenty navy blue in the recent fashion weeks showcasing next season’s Spring/Summer collections we will soon see if there is just as much pink in India’s fashion presentation.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 will take place in Delhi from 6 – 10 October 2012.  The venue is

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September 10, 2012

London’s New Secret

Sexy lingerie brand, Victoria’s Secret recently opened its glamorous new Bond Street store injecting American cool into the High Street.

Victoria’s Secret took far too long to open in the UK, this was one of the few American brands that I still requested

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June 14, 2012

Summer Prints

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The weather is pretty miserable this Summer in Britain but

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April 25, 2012

A Trench for a Drench

If you’re going to be drowned in Britain’s biblical April showers why not do it in style?

Only £1895 this wonderful Burberry Prorsum trench coat is so gorgeous you will actually cross your fingers and wish for rain.  Available on Net-a-Porter.

On the other extreme of the price see saw is this £40 on-trend cobalt trench coat from Debenhams:

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December 20, 2011

Secret Santa

Secret Santas are great fun but can be quite tricky if you are buying for someone you don’t really know. In the past I have had great Secret Santas andbad ones!!!

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November 7, 2011

Wrap Up

Max Mara, fashion brand mostly known for fabulously glamorous and elegant coats, celebrates its 60th birthday this year.  As the temperature drops in Europe, let this virtual shopping of coats keep you warm…

Max Mara studio coats, cream, £685, available at Matches

Red pea coat from Uniqlo, £89.90, also looks cute in navy.

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September 21, 2011

Dear Shoes

I love you.  I would wear you to the supermarket

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September 13, 2011

34 C?

News from a country that would be bottom of my list of places to visit… Saudi Arabia.  They are slowly dragging themselves into the 21st Century by allowing women to sell lingerie.  OMG can you believe it?

Yes until now women had to turn up to a store and have their size guessed by a

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July 18, 2011

Get What You Pay For

We often say, “you get what you pay for” but do you really? My recent shopping experiences in some high end retailers has proved that you can pay a very high price to get very little.  In fact, what you get for buying a £200 shirt is snubbed, tutted and a hand waiting for your credit card without even telling you how much you owe them.

Have they never seen Mary Portas in Secret Shopper?

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July 17, 2011

Remember: The Customer Is Always A Criminal

Yesterday I went shopping with a friend in Delhi to look for a sari for my sister.  We went to a government emporium called Central Cottage Industries, it is an Aladdin’s cave of craft treasures from all the states of India.  There is much to admire on each floor but the real experience comes once you take your goods for payment…

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