Relaxed Chic: In a Long Sleeved Midi Dress and Boots

What exactly is a relaxed look? In my opinion, it is one in which I don’t feel tense, self conscious or uncomfortable. Technically, this definition would encompass a variety of outfits, including one’s night clothes.  Perhaps it is the need for women to feel relaxed in their clothes that has resulted in the ‘pyjama look’ trend that is sweeping the high street. I am a sucker for a relaxed outfit that’s easy to wear all day long. While circumstances dictate that relaxed attire is not always appropriate,  it is crucial when you are having ‘one of those days’! We have all had ‘one of those days’, when the mirror is being decidedly difficult by portraying an image that is not to our liking, we have had a bad night with the children or we just feel bloated. On these days, it becomes really important to be able to wear clothes that are going to provide a ‘cloak of comfort’ all day long, whether at work or at play. So what is one way of achieving this without compromising on style?

When I am having ‘one of those days’, one of my go-to garments is a long-sleeved midi dress.  These dresses tick all the boxes for me in terms of comfort, versatility and style.  The gentle drape of these dresses help hides various lumps and bumps, imagined or real. The length of these dresses is flattering and the long sleeves help keep in the warmth. Finally, these dresses work well with a variety of shoes including boots, flats and heels.

I love the tiger print on this dress and the fabric belt is a great help in sculpting the waist. I have paired the dress with boots in a similar shade to allow the aubergine bag to stand out against the dress. Finally, I have added a quirky coat that always seems to work when none of my other coats suffice!

Below are some midi dresses that I like the look of. I hope you enjoy this look and thank you so much for reading.

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Warehouse
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(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – And Other Stories, Boots – Marks and Spencer, Handbag – Kate Spade, Coat – French connection (this is a similar one), Ring and Bangle – Ishariya)

 

Winter Essentials: Pretty Puffer Jacket and Effective Thermals

The holiday season is upon us! Christmas adverts on TV have started and supermarkets are laden with scrumptious Christmas fare.  I went to the local supermarket to get some bread today and came home with a Reindeer Christmas jumper and a few boxes of mince pies.  Of course, I forgot the bread but perhaps it is time the kids started eating cereal for breakfast!

It is lovely to walk down the street and see the tinsel lined window displays beckoning the Christmas shoppers.  The only down side to this fast-approaching festive frenzy is that soon it is going to get very cold! ‘Proper’ cold (as they say in the UK) where your face freezes, you can’t feel your ears and your hands refuse to function.  When ‘proper’ cold arrives it is time to either purchase or pull out your ‘proper’ jacket and lets face it – this is usually a puffer jacket that is more industrial than it is pretty.   Of course, a ‘proper’ padded jacket is the need of the hour but there is no reason that it cannot be that tad bit more stylish.

This thick puffer jacket has a lovely big black bow at the neck – think Michelin Man with a bow. The bow is pretty, feminine and by puffer jacket standards – over the top.  For all of these reasons, I am thoroughly enjoying wearing it and I am so glad that my best friend insisted that I buy it when I went to visit her in Las Vegas.

I am a huge fan of wearing thermals and find that they are the most effective way for me to feel ‘as snug as a bug’ throughout the day.  I have tried many brands but my personal favorite is the ‘Heattech’ range by Uniqlo. I have been wearing them for many years now and I love the fact that they come in many shapes and sizes so that I can wear warmer ones as the weather gets colder.  This striped full sleeved ‘Ultra Heat Tech’ is my latest purchase and I can see myself using it to help layer so many outfits this winter.

Below, are some padded jackets that I think are lovely. Have a great weekend and thank you so much for reading!

(Clothing and Accessories: Coat – Kate Spade, Boots – Cole Haan, Crossbody Bag (Similar)- Elizabeth and James, Sweater Vest – Uniqlo, Striped Top – Uniqlo (Heattech Extra))

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Karen Millen
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Warehouse
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Uniqlo

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Osterley Park: A Great Day Out With Cake Involved!

These pictures were taken at Osterley Park; a National Trust property in West London. I have been to Osterley Park numerous times but the grandeur of Osterley House never fails to amaze me.  The original house was built in the 1570s for banker Sir Thomas Gresham and 200 years came under the ownership of Sir Francis Child, the owner of Child’s Bank. The house eventually passed to his grand daughter who married the Earl of Jersey and the Osterley estate passed into the Jersey family. The 9th Earl of Jersey opened Osterley House to the public in 1939 and the National Trust took charge of the house and gardens in 1991. It is a beautiful place and a great day out for the entire family with lots of space for the kids to run, ride their bikes and kick a ball around.  An audio tour of the house is available, and is a fascinating peek into how the wealthy lived in the years past.  My children loved the various rooms and the enormous kitchen that have been preserved immaculately and it proved to be a fabulous living history lesson for them! An interesting piece of trivia for the Bollywood buff is that a song from the Hindi movie ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ was shot in front of the house.The best part – it has a fabulous tea house located in the original stables that serves a variety of lovely treats.  Nothing will get me faster to a location than the offer of tea and cake!  I would highly recommend visiting Osterley Park if you are looking for a fun day out with the family or just happen to be in the area. Unfortunately, it was an overcast day and I hope to go back in the following months for some better pictures.

On a different note, I love my black and white ‘penguin shoes’ and this newspaper print tote bag always brings a smile to my face! Thanks for reading.

(Clothes and Accessories: Trench Coat – Marks and Spencer, Hand Bag – Kate Spade, Jeans – Zara, Shoes – Karen Millen, Top – Marks and Spencer)

Grey and Red Sweaters: A Stroll Through Bloomsbury

One side effect of having lived in many countries for extended periods of time is that I often miss the places that I am currently not living in.  At times, I will hear an American accent and I will feel a great longing to be home in Los Angeles. Other times, I will catch a snippet of Hindi on the underground and memories of Mumbai will come flooding back (and subsequently I will often mutter to myself in Hindi). However, I always find that the cure to my temporary melancholy lies in wandering around London.  Meandering through the capital always reminds me of the breathtaking beauty of the city I live in.  London’s aura is phenomenal and every time I experience it,  I become thankful for this new adventure and grateful that I have had the opportunity to experience life in so many lovely places. I took a stroll through Bloomsbury yesterday and was reminded once again of how much I enjoy London! As always, thanks for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Cardigan – Forever 21, Sweater – Uniqlo, Handbag – Kate Spade, Jeans – Zara, Boots – Ted Baker)