Cold Weather Eclectic: Tweed, Pinstripes, Animal Print and Oxfords

Happy Tuesday everyone! It is officially Autumn and it is time to start enjoying colder weather styling.  There are so many styles, fabrics and prints that come into their own this season and there is nothing more satisfying than wearing them all together.  I like to call this mix ‘cold weather eclectic’ and I am a dedicated fan!

Tweed check coats are ‘the coat trend’ this season and I have already seen more of them that I like then I can count on both hands.  This beautiful grey based tweed is a supermarket buy and Tu at Sainsburys have produced a winner once again. A pair of blue pinstripe trousers will last you all winter and at £12.99 –  these will not break the bank either.  I love the asymmetric frill hemline of this animal print blouse from Matalan and I can see myself wearing it often in the months to come.  I have paired this outfit with my beautiful oxblood oxfords that are achingly stylish and embody my style perfectly. A little crossbody purse and pearl earrings complete this eclectic look and I love how they all look together while being uber comfortable and easy to wear.

I hope you enjoy this look book and have a great week ahead.  As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.  A big shout out to my photographer @camera.and.i  – I love the fall pictures in St. James Park.

Clothes and accessories:

Coat – Tu Clothing Sainsbury’s

Pinstripe trousers – H&M

Animal Print Blouse – Matalan

Shoes – Massimo Dutti (Similar) 

Bag – Modalu 

 

Summer Dressing: Denim Tie Dye Culottes With a One-Shoulder Top

Summer in London is always a rollercoaster full of twists and turns. The one important fashion lesson that I have learned after living here for many years is that if you have a beautiful piece of winter clothing and want to save it for a special occasion – by all means do it! There will be plenty of crisp cold (or rainy) days when your new pink coat will provide the perfect pop of colour, as you strut down the road in your new boots. However, if you have a beautiful piece of summery clothing – never save it in anticipation of that perfect summer day! Every day of blue skies and warm weather is a gift and there is no assurance of when the weather Gods may decide to play with a new weather pattern. Wear summer clothes as soon as you buy them or you may find them next year with the tags still on, buried under your now frequently used pink coat.

Tie dye is a pattern that I associate with summer clothing and I absolutely love these relaxed culottes with a lovely tie dye pattern at the bottom. I enjoyed pairing them with this pretty one-shoulder top and my pink wedges on a lovely sunny day just gone. I am glad I wore them when I did, as according to the weather forecast it does not look like they will be worn again any time soon.

Have a great rest of the week and thank you so much for visiting Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and accessories:

Wide-leg culottes – Sainsburys (on sale)

One-shoulder Top – Warehouse (on sale)

Wedge sandals – Gucci

Clutchbag – Henri Bendel

 

Supermarket Fashion: Boho Style Embroidered Top With Brogues

It’s that time again – the new harvest crop of summer clothes has arrived in the supermarkets. I have professed my love for supermarket fashion in previous posts and it seems to go from strength to strength each time I pop in to do a shop. Nothing says spring/summer more than boho-inspired clothing on the rails and when I spotted this pretty top at Sainsbury’s, I knew that I had that last bit of space in my trolley for it (OK fine, I admit I visit the clothes section before the food section).

On a different note, I have always enjoyed combining styles that may not be paired together from a conventional fashion point of view.  With this outfit, I think my feminine, pretty top works exceedingly well with my solid, manly black brogues in a ‘fusion fabulous’ sort of way.  I love the frill detail on this denim jacket – it adds a transformational twist to a box standard denim garment that elevates its overall appearance. Last but not least, some chunky silver jewellery is always a great addition to boho inspired styling.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Top – Tu Clothing (Sainsbury’s), Trousers – H&M, Brogues – Kurt Geiger, Denim Handbag – Christopher Kon, Jacket – ASOS)

 

Italian Adventure: Holiday Wardrobe in Florence

I have just had the pleasure of visiting Florence (Firenze), Italy over the last few days.  Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The city of Firenze has always conjured up images of breathtaking art and architecture and Florence exceeded my expectations in every regard. The Cathedral of Florence and the iconic Duomo must rank amongst the most beautiful man-made structures I have ever seen.  The sheer size and the beauty of the architecture really has to be seen to be believed.  The Galleria dell’Accademia houses Michaelangelo’s masterpiece – the original ‘David’ sculpture.  The whole family was keen to see this and gazing up at the statue it was instantly clear, even to someone with no knowledge of sculpture such as myself, that one was looking at one of the finest sculptures ever made.  The scale of the works (Masters including Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo) displayed at the Uffizi Gallery, a prominent art museum, was both humbling and uplifting at the same time. Perhaps the most amusing part of the tour was that with every masterpiece we viewed my younger son had the same question – Mummy, what would this cost? My consistent reply was, ‘Son, you do not want to know”!

What I discovered on my trip to Florence:

  1. My first born has an uncanny ability to read maps  – it is both a revelation and relief that we no longer have to rely on my husband to show us the way. For the record – he said that!
  2. I am a slave to the ‘Patisserie’ – if you have a sweet tooth and are a lover of baked goods as I am, then Italy is the stuff that sweet dreams are made of!
  3. Trip to Florence: expensive. Observing your children’s face when they see in real life things that they have studied at school: priceless.
  4. Seeing multiple nude statues with body parts on display will send children into fits of giggles regardless of place or persons around.
  5. The Italians make fabulous coffee, perhaps the best I have ever had.  They also make fabulous cakes, perhaps the best I have ever had. Italians, I love you!

Going on holiday in winter has often presented a fashion challenge for me.  Coats and boots take up a lot of luggage space and travelling with just one of each is akin to having a bad nightmare in my case. Great winter fashion requires achieving that perfect balance of making comfortable styling choices with warm clothing that keeps you well insulated. The one thing that is absolutely essential in a sightseeing trip are flat shoes and I just about managed with three pairs.  I also wore my Uniqlo extra warm Heattech vests under all my clothes and they kept me warm and snug all day. Finally, as I had mentioned in an earlier blog post, I managed to find a lovely bright yellow coat that I took along and greatly enjoyed wearing through Florence!

(Clothes and Accessories: Yellow Coat – Mango, Grey Dress – ASOS, Black Brogues – Kurt Gieger , Check Heattech Leggings – Uniqlo, Bag with colourful Stripes – Milly, Black Coat – Uniqlo, Black Hat with Pompom – Tu at Sainsbury’s, Floral Dress – Newlook, Short Black Boots – Rachel Zoe)

Cheap and Cheerful: Supermarket Yellow Sweater Dress With a Black Leather Jacket

Hello lovely readers! It has become considerable colder in London during the course of this week and I have decided that the central heating in my house must remain functioning at all times.  My house is like a sauna, my family is wandering around minimally clothed and maximally annoyed but I am in a state of bliss!

Once cold weather arrives, sweater dresses are my favorite alternatives to jeans/trousers.  They are My Siteseasy to wear, keep me warm and there are a multitude of options to choose from. I picked up this solid mustard yellow dress at Sainsbury’s a few weeks ago and I love the pop of colour and sunshine vibes it brings to everyday winter dressing. I have paired it with black boots and a black leather jacket for a great day look.  The jacket is a hybrid leather jacket with a puffer style back and I love the versatility that the unusual style offers.

I went to Sainsbury’s yesterday and they are having a 25% off all Tu clothing (ends 5th December) at the moment. I cannot find this dress on their website anymore but I did see it in store at 50% off the original price making it a great purchase for a tenner!

I hope you enjoy the styling and have a lovely day.  As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Accessories and Clothes: Sweater Dress – Tu Clothing at Sainsbury’s, Boots – Dune Black, Jacket – Andrew Marc, Handbag – Burberry)

 

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Vacation Memories: Of Beachy Outfits And CoverUps

Happy Sunday – I hope that the weekend is treating everyone well! This is my last post on our family vacation to Cabo this summer.  As I indicated in my last two posts – it was a great vacation and we could not have hoped for a better time.  The food, the people and the surroundings – Mexico truly captured our hearts!

I am a fan of maxi dresses in most instances and I really believe that they, along with flat sandals,  should be a staple in everyone’s summer vacation wardrobe. I love this easy breezy maxi dress with bright flowers embroidered on it because it reminds me of nightwear and therefore lots of happy sleep.  I have included some pictures of my mix and match swimwear as I have found this method to be most successful in alleviating the pain of trying to find a coordinated swim suit where both the top and bottom are the same size and cater to only perfectly proportional people! Last but not least, I love this dress/coverup with the intricate bead work on it. It makes for a beautifully versatile coverup that also wells equally well as a tunic over jeans.

Thank you so much for reading and have a great rest of the weekend.

(Clothing and Accessories: White Top – Tu Clothing, Blue Shorts – Tu Clothing, Dress – ASOS Premium, Sandals – Tory Burch, Pink Swim Top – F and F Clothing, Black Coverup – New Look, Beaded Coverup – H &M)

 

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Viva México: Vacation Fashion At Cabo Azul

Happy Wednesday everyone – I hear that the weather in London is hot, hot, hot!

As I had mentioned in my recent post on my Mexican vacation (https://ishasverdict.com/2016/07/16/viva-mexico-vacation-wardrobe-in-cabo-san-lucas/) we stayed at a resort called Cabo Azul (a Diamond Resorts property) while in Cabo on a family vacation, kindly hosted by my parents. The whole family had a fabulous vacation and a large part of the credit goes to the lovely property we stayed at and their wonderful service provided by the entire team.

The resort is built on 12 acres of ocean front property and is located on the quieter side of town, in San Jose del Cabo, along with other resorts.  As a parent, a large part of the success of a resort vacation hinges on the entertainment available for children. Some of the highlights of the resort for me and my family were:

  • Multiple pools of varying depths and temperatures, jacuzzis and a dedicated children’s pool with a water slide and other fun features.
  • Delicious food including authentic Mexican food and the obligatory pizzas and pastas.
  • Exceptionally friendly staff who were always happy to help and chat.
  • Beautiful spacious rooms that were decorated to a very high standard, in a stylish blend of modern and traditional elements.
  • Lots of entertainment for adults and children and organized kids activities for the entire week including table tennis, scavenger hunts dive-in movies etc.

Moving on to the topic of swimwear – I am a huge fan of tankinis and swim skirts as they provide an optimal balance of comfort and coverage when I am running around the pool with my kids.  I loved these cheerful floral print separates from Debenhams and all I needed was my big pink hat and pompom straw bag to try and channel some retro glamour by the pool. I enjoyed wearing this cow print faux wrap dress from Marks and Spencer Autograph range in Cabo as well as the thin material was perfect for a resort vacation. The blue French Connection dress is one of my all time favorites for its versatility and form.

Thank you so much for reading as always.  Thank you mom and dad for the lovely vacation – I am free next summer as well in case you decide that some more family vacations are in order.

(Clothing and Accessories: Blue Dress – French Connection, Floral Swimsuit – Debenhams, Straw Bag – Primark, Pink Hat – Banana Republic, Cow Print Dress – Marks and Spencers Autograph Range, Black Wedge Sandals – , Brown Sunglasses – Dior, Blue Pajama Kurta – Anokhi, Blue/Pink Pajama – Sainsburys Tu Clothing)

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