Reinventing A Wardrobe Staple: Black and White Dress

Once the weather turns colder (even though it seems to be turning warmer in London), it becomes  very hard to continue wearing summer dresses.  However, I find that many of them can be reinvented as tunics or long-line tops to give them a longer lease on life.

I have had this basic black and white dress in my closet for many years and tend to wear it with flat black sandals in the summer to ‘run around’. By adding a colorful scarf and black jeans, I have tried to reinvent this dress into an autumn appropriate outfit.  Brogues and a cross body bag are all this outfit needs to become a comfortable ‘all-day outfit’ for me. It is also that time of the year when you can bring out your light weight coats to add another dimension to your clothes.  I love this coat with its contrasting pockets – it’s fun and practical at the same time!

There is a hint of Parisian chic to this outfit that I love.  I hope you enjoy it as well and thanks for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Zara, Jeans – Zara,Brogue Shoes – Mango, Handbag – Marc Jacobs, Coat – Helen Berman London (ASOS))

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Olive Dress and Black Leather Jacket: Eagerly awaiting Spring Weather

There is a very interesting dichotomy between retail offerings and the weather this time of year in London. The clothing rails scream warm weather, the skies bellow cold and the streets form the battle ground where people are desperate to shed their thick coats for something lighter. I am still wearing my warm ultra-down Uniqlo coat most days but when I enter a shop I could be forgiven for thinking I lived in the Bahamas with all the itsy bitsy bright floral dresses on display. The stores are already peddling their summer best and what a clever strategy it is, as most of us are ready for some warmer weather and buying summery clothes is a first step in that direction.  In the meanwhile, I am endeavoring to wear many of my dresses with warm tights to give the jeans a break. Speaking of warm tights, I must give a shout out to Primark for their Ultra warm fleece lined tights.  Touted as their warmest, the fleece lined tights really are the warmest I have ever worn! Have a great day and thanks for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Karen Millen, Leather Jacket – UrbanCode (Asos) , Boots – Forever Unique (Asos), Fleece Tights – Primark , Bracelet – Esprit, Hangbag – Marc Jacobs)

My Sunday Adventure: Asiana Bridal Show London 2016

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Asiana Bridal Show London 2016.  It was a rainy wet day in London but once inside the bustling show at Lancaster London Hotel, I soon forgot my weather woes and embraced the best elements of wedding shows – beautiful clothes, gorgeous jewellery and yummy treats! The show was vast and featured stalls that encompassed all the various elements a couple planning a wedding could need including wedding insurance by Jaggi and Co. (www.shaadicover.co.uk) The cancellation cover is tailored to protect against perils impacting the whole spectrum of wedding functions including Roka and Sangeet! While ones initial reaction might be to chuckle,  as the lady rightfully said, this could be one of the most important considerations given the amount of money spent at Asian weddings!

I stopped by many stands and had a great time chatting with the numerous exhibitors.  One stand that deserves a special mention was the Kyles Jewellery stand.  I had a pleasurable chat with the very charming founder, Nisha Dadi, who shared with me the fascinating history of their company which was started in Scotland 25 years ago! They had some beautiful pieces of jewellery inspired by Indian designs, all crafted in the UK. I was impressed with their bespoke offerings all involving jewellery with Swarovski elements that can match the exact colour of a bride’s outfit.   Product aside, Nisha was a pleasure to speak with and an outstanding example of professionalism within this ever competitive industry . The other exhibitor that I wanted to mention was the charming young couple who run wedinvogue.com.  Bani had some lovely bridal wear pieces that ranged from simpler silhouettes to heavier outfits to cater to a wide variety of tastes and budgets.  They open their new shop in Southall this month and I wish them the best of luck with their new venture. I also liked the necklaces at Avaaya, which happened to look like the necklace I was wearing!

All credit to Asiana for organizing a fantastic show! My compliments to their friendly and professional staff who were happy to help with any and all inquiries.  The show was a solid production and I had a great time attending it.  In fact, I had such a great time that once home, I  promptly told my husband I wanted to get married again!  Seeing his rather alarmed face, I quickly clarified that I wanted to get married to him again so that I could buy a whole new wedding wardrobe. At this point, he rolled his eyes and walked away. The eternal optimist that I am; I shouted out, ‘We could always renew our vows!”

(My Clothes and Accessories: Tunic Dress – French Connection, Boots – Dune, Handbag – Marc Jacobs, Necklace – Nordstrom Rack, Coat – Uniqlo)

(Exhibitors Mentioned: Kyles Collection – http://www.kylescollection.com, Bani’s – http://www.wedinvogue.com, Avaaya – http://www.shopavaaya.com)