Merry Christmas 2018: Mixing and Matching Cheer

Hello everyone.  I wanted to reach out this morning and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope that Santa and other benevolent beings bring you all that you had hoped for and you have a wonderful day filled with laughter, loved ones and lebkuchen (I love those treats).

A festival is a festival and festive dressing should be a celebration of style, occasion and special pieces that exemplify the festivities. I have made no secret of the fact that I am a fan of fusion dressing and mixing ethnic and western styles is an exercise I always enjoy. I often heard friends bemoaning the fact that Indian costume jewellery is underutilized in their daily lives. This Christmas, I wanted to attempt a festive look that combined the Christmas spirit with some complementing ethnic jewellery that many of us have in our wardrobes.

In this lookbook, I have paired an off the shoulder red jumper with black wide-leg trousers and boots.  I have topped it off with my favourite cream coloured teddy coat of the season and a trusty green clutch as a nod to Christmas colours.  Finally, I have accessorized with this beautiful jewellery from Torran design to help set the look apart.  This is not a pairing that I would wear every day but given the festive season  – it’s a great statement outfit and one that’s sure to stand out from the crowd.

Have a truly fabulous holiday season and I hope that you enjoy the festivities to their fullest. Thank you so much for reading my blog – your support is truly appreciated.

Clothes and accessories:

Jewellery – Toraan 

Teddy Coat – Warehouse

Jumper – Karen Millen

Trousers – Zara

Clutch – ASOS

 

 

 

My Favourite Cheap, Cheerful and Chic Holiday Dress: And Shopping in my Closet

It’s officially the holiday season and dressing in our festive best is almost an official requirement. I know I speak for many of us when I say that there is a huge temptation to buy a festive dress or two when one is out shopping these days. The high street is full of gorgeous sparkly numbers and the sparkly sequins and decadent velvets almost seduce you into purchasing them by the allure of their colours and textures. Thank God I was never as easily seduced by men as I am by clothes or I would have been in big trouble!

This year, I decided that I was not going to purchase multiple festive outfits, alas, because my holiday social calendar just does not justify them.  If you have multiple opportunities to wear festive clothes then, by all means, the purchases may be justified. I find that part of the problem with holiday outfits is that often they seem unwearable once the new year starts and the whole country returns to the official January colours – grey and black.  Therefore, my plan for 2018 is to minimize my holiday dress purchase to one.  I then plan to concentrate on one of the principles that I often talk about on the blog – going shopping in my closet. I firmly believe this is an exercise that must be performed frequently  – treasures are hidden in our closets in plain sight. Furthermore, we need to shop in our closets not just for clothes but also to utilize our many accessories such as jewellery, belts and hats.

As a woman of Indian origin, I have amassed a variety of costume jewellery of an ethnic bent and I often forget how much I enjoy paring it with western outfits. This blazing red midi dress is my cheap cheerful and chic festive dress purchase of the season from H&M for £17.99.  It’s a beautifully vibrant colour and is made from a self-embossed flowy fabric.  The front is open and the waistline a bit low for my body, so I have redefined the waist with a wide belt that I usually flirt with on the hook without actually ever taking it down to wear.  The open front is a great feature of the dress as it allows for a variety of pairing and in this weather, a sparkly polo-neck top would look fabulous under this dress.

As I shopped in my closet for some accessories, I was drawn to these beautiful ethnic bangles; two gold and one black and gold that add a hint of the unexpected and match my dangling black earrings perfectly.  Last but not least, my closet yielded this embossed clutch bag, that along with the embossed belt added a perfect blend of textured leather to the outfit. A long black double-breasted coat and my trusty black heeled boots are the final touches to this festive outfit.  I love the classic black and red combination and I think the solid colours make for a chic festive outfit that works both at the office and out of it.

So that’s my personal tip for the holiday season: purchase wisely from the shops and with gusto from your wardrobe! I hope you enjoyed this lookbook and I look forward to your feedback.  Have a great last week before the holiday festivities really kick off and as always, thank you for visiting Isha’s verdict.

Clothes and accessories:

Red Dress – H&M

Belt – Karen Millen

Boots – Dune Black

Handbag – Ted Baker

Camisole – Uniqlo

Coat – DKNY

 

 

‘Toraan’ Jewellery: Two Ways with a Saree and a Pleated Blouse

What’s not to love about Indian-inspired jewellery! From delicate filigree work to rich Kundan work – ethnic jewels are splendid and I am constantly amazed at the beautiful designs I come across. I am always keen to acquire Indian jewellery but it can be hard to find pieces that effectively balance quality, design, and craftsmanship with a price point that is not going to cripple your bank account.

It almost seems miraculous when you come across a company offering gorgeous designs at amazing prices – proving that ‘exclusivity of design shouldn’t come coupled with unaffordability’. This describes the essence of ‘Toraan’ – a jewellery and art store founded by the lovely Purti Bhatia. Toraan offers beautiful jewellery ranging from bridal sets to everyday wear that is not only gorgeous to look at but the quality of the pieces makes it a pleasure to add them to your jewellery box.

I love my Indian jewellery pieces and every time I wear them with Asian clothes, I am reminded that I must try harder to pair them with Western outfits.  I am a great fan of ethnic jewels paired with non-ethnic clothes and I think this combination creates a unique fashion statement that delivers the unexpected.  I have spoken to many of my friends about this and they all concur that we need to work harder on the above. This is why I decided to try something a bit different in this blog post. I have paired this beautiful green Kundan set from Toraan with a saree as well as with a pleated blouse and leather jacket.  I wanted this lookbook to deliver the message that Indian jewellery is exceedingly versatile and looks great with so many outfits.

I hope you enjoy this post and would love to hear how your thoughts on fusion pairings of jewellery and clothes. With summer approaching – I am planning to incorporate more of Toraan’s beautiful jewellery with my dresses so watch this space for more of her beautiful pieces.  You can view her range of jewellery and art at www.Toraan.com

As always, have a great day and thank you for reading my blog.

 

Clothes and Accessories:

All Jewellery by Toraan

www.toraan.com

Jewellery Set As Worn – Green Three Flower Kundan Choker with Earrings (£68 – also available in red) 

Pleated White Dress – Zara

Black Leather Jacket – Massimo Dutti (similar)