Indian Summer Wear: Cotton Sari With ‘Khari Print’ Insect Motifs

Happy Friday everyone! It’s going to be a short one today – I find myself in that usual predicament of having too much to achieve and not enough hours in the day to actually achieve it.

The intense heat that we have enjoyed over the last few days in London has required ‘proper’ summer clothes. This heat wave reminded me of that lovely Indian garment that comes into its own in the summer – the cotton sari.  I have always loved the look of summer saris and the whimsical print on this one makes this sari both unique and delightful.

I bought this sari on my last trip to India when I was out shopping with a childhood friend.  She took me to a shop called ‘Nicobar’ in New Delhi and we were both drawn to this sari like ‘a moth to a flame’! It was a lovely shop filled with beautiful things and I would highly recommend a visit next time you happen to be in India or on-line. I have worn it with a blouse from a different sari that has a strip of Zardosi work on the back that adds to the overall charm of the look.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a great weekend! Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

Clothes and Accessories:

Sari – Nicobar (www.nicobar.com)

Beauty in Simplicity: Vibrant Cotton Sari

I am constantly amazed at the ability of clothing to evoke strong memories from days and events gone by. I last wore this sari a few years ago in Mumbai. During our five year expat stint in India, our children attended an international school there.  Every year the school held a special day long festival that celebrated the diversity of the many nations that made up the nationality of the students of this school.  On this day, children and parents were encouraged to wear costumes from any country they identified with or one of the many attires that make up the beautiful clothing heritage of their host country, India.  It was a beautifully sunny day and I remember thinking this was the perfect sari to wear to the festival to showcase the beautiful weaves and colours that make up the very foundation of traditional Indian wear.  When I put this on, it reminded me of that lovely day in Mumbai, but more importantly it reminded me of just how relevant the ethos of that festival is in this day and age.  Given the deep divisions we are witnessing in the world today, events that celebrate diversity and impress upon children that the differences between us are not only OK, but are something to be celebrated can only be a good thing!

I loved everything about this sari the moment I laid eyes upon it. I had gone sari shopping with a cousin who was visiting me in Mumbai and it was chaos in the shops as it was pre-Diwali season. As most customers were checking out bling saris given the season, I wandered into the cotton sari section as it seemed rather deserted and the elderly man behind the counter gave me a sweet smile. I spotted the white of the sari and asked to pull it out so I could take a closer look.  The moment he spread the sari out on the counter and I saw the vibrant borders and the gorgeous blouse – I was sold!  The potential purchase became a guarantee when I asked him how much it was and he said, ‘after sale mam – it is only Rs. 3,000’. That seemed like a bargain to me – given that I thought the sari was stunning – and so I ensured that the sweet old man could also say that he had sold something that evening! What can I say – doing good deeds through shopping just comes so naturally to me.

I hope you like this sari as much as I do and thank you so much for reading!  If you enjoy this blog, please do tell your friends and family about it if you think it is something they may like – much appreciated!

On a side note, I won these earrings in Mumbai as best dressed at a ball where the theme was the 1920’s.  I would be happy to share a picture of my outfit from the ball if it would be of interest.

Fusion Sari Styling: ‘Leather Look’ Blouse With a Cotton Sari

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the end of the expat assignment in Mumbai and our subsequent return to London after 5 years. As expected, as the time to leave Mumbai came nearer, my head was awash with a million diverse thoughts and my heart with nervous butterflies.  As many of you will well know, moving can be a strenuous experience, not because of the logistics of packing but rather because of the emotional toll it can take on your psyche. Perhaps the most useful advice I got from other ‘ex-expats’ was that the best way to assimilate back into the expat equivalent of ‘civvy street’ was to immediately immerse yourself into something you felt passionately about.

My brother and sister-in-law have been telling me to start a fashion blog for years. My sister-in-law has endured me as a self-appointed personal stylist for many years and they have both accompanied me on many a long-winded shopping expedition! Finally, when I moved back to London last year, I thought the time had come for me to take their advice and start documenting my love for fashion, both Indian and western,  through some kind of fashion blog.

I have to be honest – I was scared of putting myself ‘out there’ and even worse, of not having a single person actually look at my blog! However, the blogging journey so far has been an extremely positive experience and very personally rewarding. Most importantly, it has given me something to focus on and helped me avoid the ‘post expat blues’, while spending time doing something I thoroughly enjoy. As I look back at my first year back in the UK, I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who have taken the time to visit my blog and provide valuable feedback.  Your support is much appreciated!

I thought what better way to mark the end of the first year back than to ‘lookbook’ a fusion Indian look that combines an unexpected blouse choice with a pretty cotton sari that I have owned for many years. I bought this ‘leather look’ party top from H&M and I enjoy the slight ‘edginess’ it brings to the traditional sari look. I also love the necklace and earrings, that are also from H&M and work perfectly with the colours in the sari.

Thanks for reading and have a great week ahead!

(Clothes: Blouse – H&M, Earrings and Necklace – H&M)