At the Tate Modern in London: In a Greyscale Palette

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Tate Modern in London.  The Tate Modern is an international modern and contemporary art museum and gallery that stands majestically on the bank of the Thames.  It is connected to the St. Pauls side of the river via the Millennium Bridge which also happens to be is one of my favourite bridges of all times.   This particular part of London is stunning to behold and I can look at the panoramic views for hours on end.

While at the Tate Modern, we visited the ‘Soul Of a Nation – Art In The Age of Black Power’ exhibition.  The exhibition highlights the work of Black artists working in America in the two decades post 1963 and the height of the American Civil Rights Movement.  These were turbulent times in America and these artists considered many pressing issues of identity and politics that are evident in this collection of works. My mind had a sobering response to many of the exhibits and one that naturally begs the question, “What, if anything, have we learned from history and how much has it affected our behavior today?” I have included some pictures of art that I was particularly drawn to.

What was also of great interest was my older child’s (who accompanied us) reaction to the exhibition.  I have always found that while children may not actively engage with art in museums/galleries there is a passive absorption that takes place and manifests itself as questions that come later, as their young brains try to make sense of what they have seen. I think museum visits are a great way of exposing them to history presented in a different way than the classroom and one that triggers a very different reaction.

I always love going to the Tate Modern and they have amazing gift shops as well as great cafes and restaurants (with wine on tap) located throughout the building.  For those who may not have spend time in this part of London, I highly recommend it! The Tate Modern has free entry and with St. Pauls on the other side of the bridge, you can make a whole day out of exploring the area.

Also, I have always been a fan of a monochrome look and grey works just as well as black.  I love these grey loafers  – style and comfort together are a sure shot winner for me.  I hope you enjoy this article and thank you so much for reading my blog.

The exhibition runs until the 22nd of oct. at the Tate Modern.

Clothes and Accessories:

Sweater – Sofia Cashmere

Coat – COS

Jeans – Dorothy Perkins

Loafers – Louise et Cie

Handbag – Salvatore Ferragamo

 

Sweatshirt Crush: Why You Need a Few Sweatshirts in Your Wardrobe Now

Happy Saturday everyone! We are on our way to a cooling of temperatures in London and soon a long-sleeved garment is going to become a necessity when out and about (except for my younger one who thinks we live in Sub Saharan Africa given his choice of clothing).

Personally, I am a huge fan of sweatshirts and I find them to be a great choice for weekends when I am generally ‘running around’ and comfort is paramount.  I find that sweatshirts send a unique ‘cool casual’ message, regardless of age, that has global appeal. They also lend themselves particularly well as a blank canvas for quirky or serious messages that you may want to broadcast in a way that a sweater just can’t.

I always find myself reaching for a sweatshirt when I have to run off in a hurry (which happens more often than it should) and I love them wearing them with jeans, trousers and skirts.  This blue oversized hoodie that cost £12 has gotten more wear in the past few days than many of my clothes in the last year. That is what I call a successful purchase!

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and these pictures where I have tried to insert myself into a poster on the wall. Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

 

Clothes and Accessories:

Sweatshirt – Matalan

Jeans – (very old) Matalan, similar – Zara

Sneakers – Salvatore Ferragamo

Handbag – Longchamp

Sunglasses – Bobbi Brown

 

These are some other sweatshirts I would love to own:

River Island
Monki Sweatshirt
House of fraser
John Lewis Sweatshirt

The Power of Shoes and Bags: With a Striped Hobo and Monk Strap Shoes

What really makes you feel like a million bucks on a normal day?  In particular, which part of your wardrobe satisfies you most on the fashion front, on a run of the mill day when you are not dressed up for a special occasion?

For me, the answer would be a fabulous pair of shoes and a gorgeous handbag. In my opinion, shoes and handbags are the power couple of fashion.  Together, they can command such attention that the clothes in between them can pale into insignificance. The fact that shoes and bags are not influenced by our current size, only makes them more attractive and shining stars in our wardrobe.

It was love at first sight with these double monk-strap shoes and the fact that they were navy was the icing on the cake. I am a huge fan of stripes and the beautiful red, white and blue stripes on this hobo along with the sporty strap instantly grabbed my attention. I have paired them with a simple pair of blue jeans and a denim shirt dress with stand-out pockets.  My long-line grandfather cardigan works perfectly with the outfit and adds a touch of pattern to the overall styling.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and thank you so much for reading.  Have a fabulous weekend ahead!

Clothes and Accessories: 

Denim Dress – Boohoo (currently £6)

Handbag – Tory Burch

Monk Strap Shoes – Massimo Dutti

Cardigan – Sainsburys Tu clothing

 

Autumn Shirt Dress: And 6 Reasons To Follow a Fashion Blogger

I publish a new fashion lookbook blog post a few times a week. I am truly grateful to my readers who take the time to view and read them. Like most bloggers, I hope that in time new readers will discover my work and enjoy it as well.  To this effect, I thought I would put together some valid reasons for considering following a fashion blogger.

So without further ado, here are my top six reasons to follow a fashion blogger:

  1. Inspiration and Ideas: In most facets of life, we could all do with a bit of inspiration and some new idea generation. Fashion bloggers will often experiment with ideas that may get your creative juices flowing.  For example, I enjoy doing a column called ‘Rescue Mission’ where I discuss rescuing, updating and restyling my older Indian wear for a new spin on the block.
  2. Exposure to a different perspective: We all inhabit our own fashion worlds and our fashion outlook is often limited to our own experiences and those of the people around us. Following a fashion blogger will expose you to a different dimension of fashion that you may or may not have considered before.  I am still amazed that despite being a fashion lover for decades, I constantly encounter new styling ideas that have never occurred to me before that very moment. Taking the time to appreciate another look does not mean you have to adopt it or even like it.  However, I can almost guarantee that it will expand your styling horizons and soon you will find yourself considering fashion options you have never considered before. Think of it as fashion by osmosis!
  3. Free expert advice and free entertainment: As Malcolm Gladwell said in his book ‘Outliers’, spending 10,000 hours doing anything will likely make you an expert at it. Most fashion bloggers have a passionate interest in fashion and will spend many hours exploring it.  Eventually, many of them will become experts in being able to curate clothes and accessories in a uniquely attractive manner (I am still working on getting there). Following their blog allows you to take advantage of their knowledge and expertise for free. Think of a fashion blog as a free fashion magazine, delivered directly to your computer. You can look at it when you are waiting for the bus or your kids to finish their piano lesson.  Best of all, it doesn’t pile up in a corner and you don’t have to steal it from the dentist’s office!
  4. Keeping up with trends: Even if fashion is not your thing, it is always nice to be dressed in a way that demonstrates that you have visited a shop in the last 10 years. A good fashion blogger can help you keep up with the latest fashion trends, what’s new in the shops and what people are wearing on the street, without you having to make a concentrated effort to keep up yourself.
  5. Exposure to new designers and brands: Fashion bloggers will often feature collaborations with designers and brands that you may not have chanced upon yourself. Following a blogger you identify with, will expose you to brands that you may enjoy but would not have discovered on your own.
  6. Authentic fashion: Last but definitely not least, what I love about fashion bloggers is that I get a genuine insight into another person’s world and their fashion choices. Unlike models in a magazine, fashion bloggers style themselves and bring you an authentic view of styling that may or not work for a particular age or body type. Bloggers allow you to identify with a person versus a brand and you can accompany them on an authentic fashion journey that is influenced by their individual circumstances.  For example, I am in my forties with a husband, children, a job and live in a cold country.  My fashion choices and posts will reflect my realities and hopefully be more relevant and interesting for it.

So there you have it! I have laid out, perhaps not so subtly, my reasons for why you should consider reading my blog and if you are in a charitable mood, even following it. However, even if my blog is not your cup of tea, I would recommend finding a few fashion bloggers whose work you enjoy.  It is a great way to get different ideas about fashion that you can incorporate into your own style to maximize your personal fashion statement.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a great weekend! Thank you for visiting Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and Accessories:

Tunic Dress (looking forward to wearing this with jeans in the winter)  – Stradivarius

Vest – Nordstrom Rack

Sandals – New Look

Handbag – Eliza and James

 

Double Dressed: Summer Midi Dress With a Dress Jacket

I have written about the powerful ability of clothes to evoke memories before. As I advance in years, there are more memories to be evoked; good or bad, nothing takes you back to your childhood faster than your own recollections when you see something that makes an instant connection with the memory bank in your brain.  This red and white dress instantly reminded me of tea towels, bedspreads and sacks that I regularly saw in my early years in India.

The hand-loom sack-like material makes for a lovely summer dress that has an ethnic boho vibe to it. It’s hard to go wrong with red and white and given its relaxed shape, I thought it would make a great addition to my summer wardrobe.  I have paired it with another khaki dress, masquerading as a summer coat, that can easily be worn as a dress once buttoned up.  I love the layering effect of the dress coat and its light construction is ideal for slightly chilly summer evenings.  I have finished off the look with tan shoes and a tan cross body purse that goes with everything. On its next outing, I plan to wear my khaki coat-dress with white sneakers and a colourful bag.

I hope you enjoy this look book and thank you for visiting Isha’s Verdict.  Please recommend your friends and family have a look at my blog if you think it is something they would enjoy!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – Debenhams (on sale)

Coat Dress – Zara

Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff

Sunglasses – Dior

 

From Work to Dinner: Long-line Top with Floral Printed Culottes

Hello everyone! I am a huge fan of long-line tunic style tops that seem to have a graceful flow about their cut and design.  I am in love with this long black tunic with a belted middle and high slits on both sides.  Its simple elegance means it works well with both skinny jeans and flared trousers.

Here, I have paired it with bright floral culottes and a red clutch for an unabashed embrace of colour. I have added ombre heels and a bold cuff to convey confidence and a love of style.  This is the kind of outfit that I would consider wearing from work to dinner – the top is also conducive to an expanding waistline as the evening progresses.

I hope you enjoy this look and have a great rest of the week.  Thank you for visiting Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and accessories:

Top – Warehouse, Similar – Mango 

Palazzo trousers – Zara, Similar – Zara

Shoes – Karen Millen

Clutch – Henri Bendel

 

In Attendance At Wimbledon 2017: In a Floral Midi Dress and Classic Sandals

Sometimes we all get lucky! This Saturday gone, my husband and I were lucky enough to be able to get fantastic seats for Centre Court for the Women’s Singles Finals match at Wimbledon 2017.  I have been fortunate enough to watch a semi-finals match at Wimbledon many years ago with my father and once again, attending Wimbledon this year proved to be a delight.

Centre Court was a lovely place to spend Saturday afternoon and after a lovely lunch we proceeded to our seats for the match. Celebrity spotting is an important tradition at Centre Court (it is when I watching on TV anyways) and my first celebrity sighting of the day was Mr. Hugh Grant. Watching the 37-year-old Venus Williams battle the 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza was a privilege – the power and strength of these women’s game is truly astounding. Seeing the young Spaniard glowing in victory and the seasoned champion so gracious in defeat brought a tear to my eye.

Of course, no such outing can be planned without me thinking , “what should I wear?”, at some point preceding the event. My philosophy is to keep it simple, classic and comfortable for events that require moving around and therefore, I chose a pretty button down floral dress for the day. Additionally, I lack the required skills to walk around in high heels all day ( and would not recommend them for Wimbledon) and matched my dress with a pair of  low-heeled black sandals.  I love the design of these classic single strap sandals as they always seem to work and never seem to go out of fashion. Finally, I finished off the look with my pale blue rimmed sunglasses that are my absolute favourite at the moment.

I would throughly recommend attending Wimbledon at least once to everybody – even if tennis is not your game and you do not have tickets for a specific match.  The atmosphere and excitement at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is infectious.  The pomp and pageantry, the strawberries and Pimms and the breathtaking flower arrangements all contribute to making it the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and have a great week ahead!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – French Connection

Sandals – Aldo 

Handbag – Modalu

Sunglasses – Tiffany & Co.

Chilly Summer Day: Working Monochrome With a Big Belted Lemon Coat

This week gone by, I indulged in an exercise that can be fraught with unexpected drama and dangerous twists and turns – I moved home.  Moving is often a bittersweet experience as the excitement of new adventures is tempered by the empty look of the shell that quickly goes from being a home to just a house on the street. It goes without saying (but I am saying it anyways) that moving home is a great time to declutter and this especially applies to our ever-expanding wardrobes. I often think of my wardrobe as a friendly monster that gobbles up everything I put in its greedy mouth.

This was a great opportunity for me to ‘pump the stomach’ of my friendly monster and I piled into the task with all the conventional wisdom that applies to this topic.  I was going to donate everything I had not worn for over a year, clothes that were tatty and styles I did not care for anymore.  To a great extent, I was successful as I applied a draconian discipline to the dispensing of clothes I no longer required.  However, I found that my resistance to dispose was at its strongest when something was a good fit. This exercise was a strong reminder that of all the great fashion virtues extolled, ‘fit is king’ for me. It reenforced that a fabulous fit is the ‘X factor’ that adds the maximum weight to my self assessment of a look.

I decided to share my recent ‘wardrobe culling experiences’ because I know that the summer sales are in full swing and sometimes the sheer beauty of a big bargain can dull our ability to recognize that an item is not a good fit and should be left where we found it. I am determined not to fall into the ‘bargain’ trap this summer and buy clothes that don’t pass the fit test!

Summer can get a bit non-summer in London and the last few days have been relatively cold.  I find that the perfect solution to chilly summer days is a statement summer coat.  I love the colour and design of this big-belted lemon coat that provides the sunshine on a day that nature chooses not to.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a fabulous weekend! As always, thank you for reading Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and Accessories:

Shirt- Zara

Trousers – Zara

Coat – Mango

Shoes – Karen Millen

Handbag – Marc Jacobs

Two Trends Together: Statement Sleeved Blouse With Embroidered Jeans

Happy Sunday everyone! Over time, we all develop fashion phobias for one reason or another and I have avoided tucking my shirt into my trousers for years.  What is ironic is that I enjoy the way it looks and always admire it on others.

Well in the spirit of trying new things, I thought it was time to tuck my shirt into these embroidered jeans.  I love the frills running down the entire length of the sleeves; when the wind blows they remind me of little wings on the side of my shirt. I am also a great fan of these embroidered jeans – the small embroidered flowers add a lovely feminine touch to the overall look. I have also added a check cross-body bag as I love the way the checks and flowers compliment each other.  Finally, I have rounded off the styling with a classic trench coat as this is perfect trench weather.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a fabulous Sunday! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

(Clothes and Accessories: Top – Lost Ink, Jeans – Zara, Shoes – , Bag – Orla Kiely, Trench Coat – Warehouse, Sunglasses – Dior)

Fridays Fabulous Finds: Quirky Is The Order Of The Day

What does ‘quirky’ mean?  According to the dictionary, it means having or being characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits or aspects. I have always liked quirky clothes and quirky dressers . I admire their self-belief in wearing something a bit different and their comfort level in being willing to stand out in a crowd. When I see someone wearing something quirky I often think, “I wonder where they got that? I haven’t seen it on the high street so you obviously know some shops that I don’t!” Immediately, my estimation of their fashion prowess goes up a few notches.

One fabulous effect of incorporating ‘quirky’ pieces into my wardrobe is that their inherently fun nature always puts a smile on my face. They also catch other peoples attention and you may get a smile and a compliment out of it – which can be rare these days!  Finally, the great benefit of wearing quirky clothing is that you can say with some certainty that the chances that some one else in the room will be wearing the same thing are relatively slim.

In my book, there is ‘wearable quirky’ which is great fun, and then there is ‘crazy quirky’ where you have to remind your self to stop staring but your head refuses to turn! I always advise adding a few ‘wearable’ quirky pieces to one’s wardrobe  – they make a great style statement and show off one’s ‘fashion chops’ at the same time . Below are a few quirky pieces that I would be more than happy to incorporate into my own wardrobe.

Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend!

quirky-coat - COS
COS – I love the murky print on this coat – it would liven up any outfit and make a great splash on a monochrome outfit.
map skirt
Chicwish – This map print is fabulous! I would love to wear this skirt on holiday with white sneakers and a simple t-shirt – cool and comfortable. Think of how good it would look in holiday pictures…
quirky-from-sister-jane
ASOS (Sister Jane) – The bees on these trousers have me weak in the knees! They are so beautifully quirky and would look great with a black top for an evening out.
quirky-zara
Zara – The belt on this dress looks like sleeve ends. I love the simplicity of the design and the resulting quirkiness.
quirky-hm
H&M – Tigers and flowers – it’s loud and makes no apologies for being an eyeball grabbing dress!