Autumn Boho Style: and my Love of Steam Irons

I am a huge fan of boho style – the florals, embroidery, dangly earrings and heaps of bangles – all worn together to create a truly unapologetic feminine style statement. We often associate boho styling with summer, flowy dresses and flowing locks. While a bohemian look works fabulously in the summer, in my opinion, it works equally well in the colder months.

Autumn brings a rich bounty of dark floral dresses to the shops and I think they form the perfect starting point for a great boho outfit. All you need to add is all the other dangly bits and bobs, a great handbag and a pair of boots to complete your moody autumn bohemian look.

Speaking of flowing dresses – there is nothing quite like the pleasure of putting on a recently ironed dress with no creases where the material sways gently as you walk – bliss! This blissful state would not be possible without my other love  – full powered steam generator irons.  The other day I went to get my eyebrows done – as one does when they start to shoot past their pre-set boundaries and take over your face.  The eyebrow lady and I were discussing what household chore we love and hate and we both said at the same time, “I love ironing and I am happy to iron anytime.”  What an amazing coincidence we thought, and decided to delve deeper into our mutual love of ironing.  Lo and behold, we quickly discovered that both she and I use full powered steam generator irons and would rather trade in our husbands before we gave up on the irons! I have been using a powerful steam iron for a few years now and I can truly say that it is among the best household purchase I have ever made.  They are more expensive than normal irons but worth every penny that I have ever spent on them. The creases just fall away and I always end up freshly ironing my clothes whenever I need to as they make the process so very easy and satisfying.

This is not a sponsored post on behalf of any ironing company and I have used multiple brands in the last few years. The eyebrow wonder lady and I were waxing eloquent about these machines and I told her that I owed it to my readers to share our mutual passion with them, in the case that someone had not tried one or was sitting on the fence about purchasing one.  Trust me, ladies, these machines are worth every penny and as Loreal tells us – you are worth it!

I hope you enjoyed this lookbook and I would love to hear your feedback.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read Isha’s Verdict and have a great weekend.

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – Zara

Cape – Ted Baker

Handbag – Coach

Boots – Dune Black

 

All Shapes Staple: Floral Swing Dress With a Cropped Coat

Happy Tuesday everyone! We are all aware that women come in various natural shapes (so natural that many are fruit-based such as pear and apple) and there are many guides available on how to best dress to enhance your personal shape and form.

In my opinion, there are a variety of styling tips and techniques that really do work in helping to showcase our individual body shape in the most flattering way possible.  The most important lesson I have learned over the years is that learning what not to wear is even more important than figuring out what to wear.  Certain styles are completely unforgiving on certain body shapes and once you can figure out what does not work  – you are more than halfway there!

The good news is that certain shapes work well on most body shapes and the swing dress is one of them. There is a uniquely feminine quality about a dress that moves with ease around your body and the swing dress is one of my all-time favourites.

I love the bold floral print on this dress and orange and blue is a great winter combination. The orange crop coat provides balance to the swing and the vivid pop of colour helps the outfit truly standout.  I am a huge fan of this beautiful leather satchel and the leather only seems to get better with age and wear.  I wasn’t sure how often I would wear blue suede boots and an orange coat when I bought these items, however, I am constantly astounded by how easy it is to incorporate colour into my winter wardrobe now that I am making an effort to do so.

I hope you enjoy this styling and thank you so much for reading my blog.  Have a great week ahead!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress –  ASOS (Traffic People)

Satchel Bag – Dooney and Burke

Blue boots – Charles and David, Similar – Zara

Orange Coat – Therapy, Similar – Mango

 

 

 

 

Autumn Florals: Celebrating Colour In a Midi Dress and a Pink Coat

I did make the statement in an earlier blog post that one of my fashion resolutions for the coming winter was to wear more colour.  Staying on the path to my style goals, I have purchased a beautiful pink coat that would add colour to any grey day.  A colourful coat is a beacon of cheer on an overcast day (of which many will come) and it is almost impossible not to notice bright outerwear when out and about in the colder months.

A few weeks ago, when I visited the Tate Modern with my family – we were stopped for a security bag check at the door.  The lady asked my husband with a serious face, “Are you carrying any sharp objects?” “Just my brain”, replied my husband with a poker face and then smiled.  She did not smile back.  His response coupled with her completely blank “that’s not funny” face had me and my older child in peels of laughter! The blanking of his joke was funnier than if she had laughed because the situation just organically progressed in a hilarious manner.  In a similar way, I was eager to wear my uber comfortable midi-dress a few days ago and without much thought teamed it with my new coat and snood scarf.  I loved the result of the ‘throwing together’ of colours and textures, proving that sometimes casual last-minute styling works better than a planned outfit.

I love wearing midi dresses with boots in colder weather as tights and a vest underneath ensure warmth and style at the same time.  There are so many beautiful winter floral dresses available at the moment and I have listed a few I like below.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and as always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Have a great rest of the week!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – French Connection (similar)

Snood/Scarf – Reserved

Pink coat – Miss Selfridges

Boots – Massimo Dutti

Bag – Karen Millen

Other floral Dresses in the shops:

Mango Floral Dress
Warehouse Floral Dress
Zara Floral Dress

 

 

 

 

In Attendance At Wimbledon 2017: In a Floral Midi Dress and Classic Sandals

Sometimes we all get lucky! This Saturday gone, my husband and I were lucky enough to be able to get fantastic seats for Centre Court for the Women’s Singles Finals match at Wimbledon 2017.  I have been fortunate enough to watch a semi-finals match at Wimbledon many years ago with my father and once again, attending Wimbledon this year proved to be a delight.

Centre Court was a lovely place to spend Saturday afternoon and after a lovely lunch we proceeded to our seats for the match. Celebrity spotting is an important tradition at Centre Court (it is when I watching on TV anyways) and my first celebrity sighting of the day was Mr. Hugh Grant. Watching the 37-year-old Venus Williams battle the 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza was a privilege – the power and strength of these women’s game is truly astounding. Seeing the young Spaniard glowing in victory and the seasoned champion so gracious in defeat brought a tear to my eye.

Of course, no such outing can be planned without me thinking , “what should I wear?”, at some point preceding the event. My philosophy is to keep it simple, classic and comfortable for events that require moving around and therefore, I chose a pretty button down floral dress for the day. Additionally, I lack the required skills to walk around in high heels all day ( and would not recommend them for Wimbledon) and matched my dress with a pair of  low-heeled black sandals.  I love the design of these classic single strap sandals as they always seem to work and never seem to go out of fashion. Finally, I finished off the look with my pale blue rimmed sunglasses that are my absolute favourite at the moment.

I would throughly recommend attending Wimbledon at least once to everybody – even if tennis is not your game and you do not have tickets for a specific match.  The atmosphere and excitement at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is infectious.  The pomp and pageantry, the strawberries and Pimms and the breathtaking flower arrangements all contribute to making it the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and have a great week ahead!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – French Connection

Sandals – Aldo 

Handbag – Modalu

Sunglasses – Tiffany & Co.

Vacation Dressing: The Perfect Vacation ‘Statement Split Sleeve’ Dress

Hello everyone and I hope you all had a great long weekend. Summer is the ideal season for wearing pretty dresses and it also happens to be one of the most popular times of the year to take a vacation. I am always on the lookout for at least one ‘easy-going’ summer dress that will not only offer versatile solutions at home but also be a ‘shining star’ of my vacation wardrobe. In my personal experience, going on holiday with children requires some easy ‘throw-on’ options as we are always running to make our tours or bookings.  I often find (much to my amazement) that whenever I am rushing around like a crazy woman, my children seem to miraculously slow down just when I ask them to speed it up!

This dress ticks all the boxes for me to be part of that ‘superstar dress’ category. The flower print is pleasing on the eye and it is a great length without dragging along the floor. Given the design and cut, it  is also a great dress for going  from pool to bar and/or dinner without much fuss.  The beautifully done split sleeves are perfect for ladies who are not keen on exposing the entire expanse of their upper arms.  This is also one of those dresses that I feel looks better with flats than heels and that is always a good thing in my book!

Now, while I do not feel I have many hangups, I must confess that I do have a strong dislike of unironed clothes. Therefore, the best part of this dress is that the material does not seem to wrinkle making it perfect for ‘throwing in the suitcase’ and then ‘throwing it on yourself’. If you are on the lookout for an easy-going dress that can be worn to multiple events – I recommend you check out this dress.

I can just picture myself now, sitting by the pool in this dress with palm trees swaying gently in the wind as I sip on a refreshing drink…OK I might not have an exotic holiday booked but I do have the dress and that is a great start.

Have a fabulous week ahead and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Warehouse, Sandals – Zara, Clutch – Topshop)

Channeling My Inner Movie Star: In A Bold Floral Maxi Dress

Happy Tuesday everyone! Every once in a while, I am drawn to clothes that are ‘larger than life’. I think a large part of the attraction is the over the top, almost theatrical element that dominates such outfits.  It could be the print, the cut and fall of the outfit or just the over all ‘aura’ of the piece that makes the garment stand out in a crowd of others. These kind of clothes lend themselves perfectly to the quote – ‘Life’s too short to wear boring clothes’ (the quote is attributed to Cushnie et Ochs – an American fashion house).

This ‘maximum’ maxi dress definitely falls into this category of clothing for me. The large black and yellow floral print reminded me of a 1970’s chiffon sari print at first glance. The falling ruffled shoulders, the criss-cross back tie and the flared skirt combine to make it a ‘statement dress’ in the true sense of the word.

This dress is a ‘bit over the top’ and herein lies its charm! It reminded me a bit of a movie star dress and therefore, instead of styling it to take it down a notch, I thought it best not to back down. Sometimes, ‘more is more’ and hence, I forged ahead and paired it with statement black heels, dangling earrings, a gold cuff, a black crocodile clutch and red lipstick.

Given the movie star vibe and my current location in Los Angeles, I decided to have some fun with this dress. It seemed the ideal dress to indulge in some ‘make belief lookbooking’, so I added a ‘statement’ convertible to the dress and drove around taking pictures and getting some odd looks from passersby.

For the sake of clarity, I must stress that I do not normally drive around Los Angeles in a Mercedes convertible, wearing billowing bold floral dresses and  fierce high heels (OK only when I am having lunch with a producer!) However, I must admit I had great fun doing this and I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – ASOS, Earrings – H&M, Shoes – Zara, Clutch – Ted Baker)

Current Trends: My Take on Winter Florals

I have it on good authority that we should all be incorporating winter florals into our current wardrobe.  Who constitutes this authority you may ask?  All the various fashion magazines and my favorite – the stylists on day time TV in the UK.  One of the many things I love about UK day time television is that the shows have a fashion feature where the resident or guest stylists discuss current trends and what’s new in the shops and sales. If you happen to be home, it’s like going shopping without having to leave your sitting room or even read a magazine for that matter. I also happen to love winter floral prints so Isha’s Verdict is giving this trend a big stamp of approval! As an aside, I also think this dress is very versatile and would look great in the summer with wedge espadrilles in a casual environment and a beautiful pair of strappy heels for a more formal look. Thank you so much for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – H&M, Vest – Zara, Boots – Dune, Watch – Stuhrling, Bangles – Silver Streak Mumbai, Viva Mumbai)