Italian Adventure: Holiday Wardrobe in Rome

Following a wonderful trip to Florence, I had the pleasure of visiting Rome for a few days.  I have been to ‘the eternal city’ before as a child and my most vivid recollection is one of walking and walking and walking, punctuated only by my constant question to my parents, “are we there yet?”

Rome is a history lesson on steroids – there is magnificent history on every street corner! I think it is impossible to run out of things to see in Rome (very similar to London) and we tried to see as much as we could, given the constraints of time and energy. Of course the Colosseum, the Vatican museums and Saint Peter’s Square were incredible and anything I write will not do justice to their immense grandeur. However, what took my breath away was the beautiful architecture all across Rome.  Beautiful buildings, ancient ruins, quaint alleys and stunning sculptures meld together to create a truly magnificent city that has to be seen to be believed!

Italians are renowned for their fashion prowess and in my opinion, it is a deserving reputation. A ‘fashion sixth sense’ seems to prevail amongst the residents of the city.  I witnessed great fashion on the street and both men and women were dressed incredibly well.  Most impressively, the styling of their outfits was exemplary and I couldn’t stop gawking at the many fashionable people who crossed my path. The language barrier was about the only thing that kept me from asking, ‘Excuse me, where did you buy that?”, on many an occasion.

Any article on a visit to Rome would be incomplete without mentioning the incredible food.  Be it the pizza, pasta or gelato – it was all fabulous and quite frankly perfecto!  However, for me the highlight of the culinary experience  was the coffee and pastries available at the many exceptional cafes around the city.  I have never had smoother coffee anywhere in the world and every sip was sheer joy.  The pastries – well let’s just say that one morning when I ate a cannoli I swear i could hear angels singing! My version of the iconic latin phrase attributed to Julius Caesar – Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) would definitely be – Veni, vedi, edi (I came, I saw, I ate).

I thoroughly enjoyed Italy and cannot wait to explore more of the country in the near future.  I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and boxing day.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

(Clothes and Accessories: Pink Cashmere Dress/Tunic – H&M, Knitted Dress – H&M (similar), Black Brogues – Kurt Geiger, Checked Dress – Zara, Blue Striped Shirt – Topshop, Grey Jacket – Gap, Shearling Boots – Uggs)

 

 

‘What Should I Wear To…?’ Series: Coffee After School Drop Off

It’s that momentous time of the year again – in the next few weeks (give or take a few days), those of us with children of school going age, will see our darlings returning to school. It’s high time really, family and friends have been visited, summer camps have been attended and copious amounts of sugary foods have been consumed. I can almost hear the computers at home begging for relief and I for one have exhausted my ability to answer any more complicated questions about how the universe works or why I can’t leave one sibling on the corner of the road somewhere! (yes that request has been made).

Children going back to school can often present the opportunity to meet new parents and the dilemma of ‘What do I wear to…?’ to meet new people straight after school drop off.  I have always found that in reality my attention on a school morning is almost entirely focused on getting the children ready, leaving little time for me to worry about my styling choices. For those of us who are heading to work straight after, work clothes save the day. However, if you are not working or work from home, the dilemma of what to wear to school drop-off is a very real one! In a busy morning situation, I find that comfort is key and my go to clothes are almost always a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.  Adding a nice pair of flats and a low-key statement piece such as a nice jacket can elevate that simple look to a more polished one.

In this instance, I have added this adorable embroidered linen bomber jacket to my t-shirt and jeans combination. Adding some leather slip-ons that are not sneakers, a cross body bag and a nice pair of sun glasses takes this look from ‘casual’ to ‘I just throw on stuff that happens to all work together’ in my opinion. I hope you like this look and I also hope that you meet some lovely new fellow parents this start of the new school year.

Thank you so much for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: T-Shirt – Uniqlo, Jeans – Gap, Jacket – H&M, Shoes – J slides, Cross-body Bag – Modalu, Ring – Ishariya, Sun Glasses – Dior)

 

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)