Jumping for the Jumpsuit: Boho Style

There is probably no clothing item that I have admired more on others than an amazing jumpsuit. A great jumpsuit bestows upon the wearer an aura of confidence that may or may not be truly present, however, if the perception is reality then they are halfway there.

I adore the versatility of jumpsuits! They come in a variety of styles – the culotte jumpsuit and the elasticized leg versions are some of my favourites. Jumpsuits make for great building blocks to create unique looks that allow me to use the entire repertoire of my scarf and jacket collections. They also seem to buck the ‘trend oriented’ fashion culture every 6 months; a good jumpsuit works season after season providing a great return on your initial investment.

In this lookbook, I am wearing one of my treasured jumpsuits that I have owned for many years.   As I am travelling in India, I was inspired to create a boho-flavoured jumpsuit look that would incorporate my new scarf and jacket purchase that I made a few days ago. I have added ethnic silver jewellery and a strappy sandal for a stylish ‘lunch with friends’ ensemble.

In my opinion, the key to looking good in a jumpsuit is to find one that fits well.  The fit element is more crucial with jumpsuits than it is with many other garments. I have mentioned the following in a blog 2 years ago and I am mentioning it again. These are the jumpsuit rules that I live by:

  1. If the leg is too long but it looks great – buy it and get it shortened by a tailor.
  2. If the jumpsuit has no sleeves and is too big under the arms and chest area – buy it and get it taken in by a tailor (this is easy to do by hand as well and I often do it myself).
  3. If however, the jumpsuit does not fit well around the waist area or the material pulls between the leg inseam and waist  – let it go it as fixing this is not so easy.
  4. Overall, I have found that if the fit is off on the top half of a jumpsuit – it can usually be fixed. However, if the fit is off between the waist and the bottom half, it’s best to leave it looking pretty on the hanger and ‘jump’ to the next shop.

Some of my personal favourite brands for jumpsuits whose styles and fit always seem to work include Warehouse*, Monki and  Uniqlo.  I hope you enjoyed this look and hopefully, it motivates you to add another jumpsuit or two to your wardrobe. Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for reading Isha’s Verdict.

*This was a collaborative post but all writing/opinions are my own

Clothes and accessories:

Jumpsuit – Express

Scarf – Fab India

Shoes – Aldo

 

In and Around San Diego: In Holiday Attire

Going home to California is always a pleasure. One of the reasons California is nicknamed the Golden state  is because its modern day avatar can be attributed to the discovery of gold in 1848. It is an apt nickname name for me as spending time with my family is golden and spending time in the Golden state is precious.

One of my favourite places to visit in California is the city and surroundings of San Diego. Between glorious beaches and countless water activities, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Sea World, Gas Lamp District, shopping malls and outlets, parks and of course another amazing country right across the border – there is something to do for everyone in this part of the world.  To further enhance my enjoyment, San Diego enjoys a mild and sunny climate throughout the year.

San Diego is home to a thriving craft beer culture and multiple breweries both large and small.  I had the pleasure of visiting the Belching Beaver Brewery in one of their open to the public working facilities. It was a lovely laid back atmosphere in the early evening where we enjoyed some fine beers and the kids loved the tacos from the Taco Truck that had parked in the facilities for their dining pleasure.  All the beers were fabulous but the Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter was my runaway favourite. I had never done this sort of beer tasting before and I would highly recommend it to people visiting san Diego, especially with families as everyone was welcome.

We also spent a few days in and around Mission Bay and I cannot wait to go back. Mission Bay Park is the 4,600-acre aquatic playground known as San Diego’s Water Wonderland.  It is 27 miles of shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and beach communities to explore. If you love water and water activities – this is a must visit!

I know that many of my readers can identify with the lovely feeling of ‘going home’ to where your family lives and where you grew up.  It is truly the best kind of vacation as you are ‘home away from home’ and the whole family has a great time!

Have a fabulous weekend and thank you for visiting my blog.

 

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – Warehouse (similar)

Tan Sandals – Karen Millen

Jeans – Zara

Yellow top – United Colours of Benetton

Vacation Dressing: The Perfect Vacation ‘Statement Split Sleeve’ Dress

Hello everyone and I hope you all had a great long weekend. Summer is the ideal season for wearing pretty dresses and it also happens to be one of the most popular times of the year to take a vacation. I am always on the lookout for at least one ‘easy-going’ summer dress that will not only offer versatile solutions at home but also be a ‘shining star’ of my vacation wardrobe. In my personal experience, going on holiday with children requires some easy ‘throw-on’ options as we are always running to make our tours or bookings.  I often find (much to my amazement) that whenever I am rushing around like a crazy woman, my children seem to miraculously slow down just when I ask them to speed it up!

This dress ticks all the boxes for me to be part of that ‘superstar dress’ category. The flower print is pleasing on the eye and it is a great length without dragging along the floor. Given the design and cut, it  is also a great dress for going  from pool to bar and/or dinner without much fuss.  The beautifully done split sleeves are perfect for ladies who are not keen on exposing the entire expanse of their upper arms.  This is also one of those dresses that I feel looks better with flats than heels and that is always a good thing in my book!

Now, while I do not feel I have many hangups, I must confess that I do have a strong dislike of unironed clothes. Therefore, the best part of this dress is that the material does not seem to wrinkle making it perfect for ‘throwing in the suitcase’ and then ‘throwing it on yourself’. If you are on the lookout for an easy-going dress that can be worn to multiple events – I recommend you check out this dress.

I can just picture myself now, sitting by the pool in this dress with palm trees swaying gently in the wind as I sip on a refreshing drink…OK I might not have an exotic holiday booked but I do have the dress and that is a great start.

Have a fabulous week ahead and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Warehouse, Sandals – Zara, Clutch – Topshop)

Flower Power: Floral Jacket With Cropped Jeans and Blue heels

Happy Monday everyone! There are beautiful crisp white blouses and florals galore in the shops and I want all of them! Every time I think I have seen the best white blouse ever, I see an even better one the next day. I love this shoulder-tie tunic/top from last year and what better top then this to gently disguise the indulgences of the past few weeks.

I am loving the new crop of cropped jeans and I think they look fantastic with a great pair of heels. Even though it is not sandal weather just yet, it is perfect weather for a pair of unusual blue heeled Mary Janes. Every once in a while, I will spot a pair of shoes in an odd colour that I love and these very reasonable ones from Zara instantly had my attention. This floral brocade light-weight jacket is bang on trend and with all its fabulous colours, it really will go with everything.  I love the overall easy-going vibe of this ensemble and I think it makes for a relaxed yet chic spring outfit.

I hope you enjoy this spring lookbook and thank you so much for visiting my blog. Have a great rest of the week!

(Clothes and accessories: Jeans – H&M, Top – Zara, Jacket – Warehouse – , Heels – Zara, Handbag – Alexander McQueen)

The ‘Fabulous Flats’ Series: My Take On Building a Great ‘Flats’ Shoe Collection

I absolutely adore flats!  One of the many benefits of being a woman is having a wide variety of shoes to choose from. While I thoroughly enjoy wearing heels, the reality is that flats are my absolute go-to shoes on most days of the year. As spring is upon us, soon the weather will be warm enough to ditch the boots but not warm enough for sandals. During this ‘transitional’ time,  flats really are the ultimate ‘transitional’ shoes.

As a long-term wearer of flats, these are my recommendations for building a great collection of flats:

  1. Buy the best flats that your budget will allow: If you are someone who will wear flats to work and to an evening out (as I will) buy the best flats that your budget will allow. Personally, I have always spent more on flats than I have on heels.  A great pair of flats makes the outfit and my flats always get more repeat wear than heels, making them far more cost-effective in the long run.
  2. Vary the style of flats in your wardrobe: There is such a wide variety of flat shoes available including ballet pumps, loafers, brogues and pointed-toe flats. Try buying a different style each time and enjoy the styling options that come with each type of shoe.
  3. Recognize that some flats are not meant for all purposes: Just like certain heels are meant to be worn for just a few hours over dinner (lest you lose all sensation in your feet), in the same manner certain delicately soled flats are not meant for all day wear. Choose styles with hardier soles for all day wear; your feet and posture will thank you!
  4. Buy flats in various colours: Often, there is a tendency to buy flat shoes in functional neutral colours such as black, grey and beige. While this a good strategy, there are so many beautiful flats available in an array of rich colours. Incorporate some of these into your shoes collection for ‘standout’ styling.
  5. Appreciate the power of statement flats: Statement flats can deliver that powerful combination of comfort and style. I can spot a pair of statement flats a mile off and they always stand out from the crowd for me.

I have had these pair of purple Ferragamo flats in my wardrobe for years and they look as beautiful today as they did the day I bought them. They are the ideal shoes for when you are happy to go out, just as long as you can wear your jeans and flat shoes (I fall into this category more often than not). I have paired them with a lovely silk statement tie-sleeve blouse and my most comfortable skinny jeans.

I hope you enjoy this look and thank you for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Top – Warehouse, Shoes – Salvatore Ferragamo, Jeans – Zara, Clutch – Asos)

Statement Necklace: With a Peplum Top and a Trench Coat

When I bought this necklace from a shop in Khan market in New Delhi last year, I had visions of me in a floaty white kaftan on a beach somewhere, whiling away my time as I waited for my foot massage to begin (wearing this necklace of course). In reality, I live in the UK, it is winter and the chances of me getting a foot massage on a beach are about as high as Karan Johar calling to buy the film script I wrote. Therefore, I am sticking to my earlier resolution of incorporating my vacation purchases into my daily wardrobe and not waiting for special occasions to warrant wearing them (as discussed in an earlier post – Mirror Work ‘Jhloa Bag’: Vacation Finds With Everyday Wear).

On a different note:

All parents have their own parenting philosophies and I have mine.  I firmly believe that characteristics that we want our children to display as adults are characteristics they must observe on a daily basis in their childhood. Children are far more likely to ‘do as we do’ than ‘do as we say’. In my opinion, the foundation for mutual respect and equality between the genders must be laid at the very beginning of a child’s worldly experience.

To this effect, a good friend of mine, Tina Trikha, who is as fabulous a writer as she is a mother (I have referenced her work in this post – Happy Mother’s Day: ‘Rescue Mission’ Lace Sari and a Much Awaited Book), penned this letter to her son on his 10th birthday. I thought the letter articulated a very important message very well and I asked her if I could share the letter on my blog with my readers.

Dear Son,

One of my proudest moments as a mother came a couple of years ago when you lost a squash match to a girl. You were both playing in the under-9 age group category. You shook her hand at the end of the game, just as you had been instructed to do, and stepped out of the court. You looked sad, with your head bent low. As you gathered your belongings from the bench, some of your friends and other players sniggered at you. One even said, “You lost to a girl! How could you?” You said nothing back to them.

I watched you looking out of the window during the car ride home. “Are you ok?” I asked, unsure of how you were feeling. You nodded. And then turned to look at me. “Mom, it feels horrible to lose. But I don’t understand why the other kids made a big deal about me losing to a girl. She played better than I did today.” Your 8-year old mind couldn’t understand why anything other than ability and skill on the court mattered. You were sad about losing, but you showed respect for your opponent.

A few months ago, you told me that you hadn’t understood the instructions for an in-class math assignment because you were daydreaming (your words, not mine!). So, you had asked the “smart girl who is really good at math” in your grade for help (your words again). She graciously helped you out.

And just before the winter break, when we were talking about your track and field class in school, I noticed the admiration in your eyes for a fellow girl student who is better than all the other students (boys and girls) in the high jump. “Mom, she FLIES over the bar! No one else comes close.”

I have learned a lot about gender equality from you. I’ve learned from you that true gender equality means turning a blind eye to stereotypes on what boys and girls are “supposed to do” or how they are “expected to behave.” It means letting skills, capabilities and hard work be the only determining factors. It means not making excuses based on gender and giving credit where it is due.

Tomorrow you will turn 10. Double digits! It’s an exciting milestone. Hard to believe how quickly time has flown by. I am writing to you today because a lot of the beliefs that you seem to hold naturally will be tested in the coming years. As physical differences become more pronounced your current mixed-gender sports teams will become separated into boys and girls teams. It may not be long before you hear “locker room banter,” where women are spoken about in impolite terms. Some of your friends may describe this talk as “harmless and natural,” but it’s a slippery slope. I hope that when that talk happens, you will take offense. Not because I want you to think about your sister or your mother when you hear it. But, because it is wrong. Have zero tolerance towards it. You will hear people say, “Just chill. It’s just talk.” Remember that it isn’t too long before words become action; becomes part of regular behavior and attitude and ultimately defines the character of a person.

Don’t let your character change, my son. I still have a lot to learn from you.

Love,
Mom

Thank you for visiting my blog and have a great weekend! Happy Lohri!

(Clothes and Accessories: Peplum Sweater – COS, Trousers – ASOS, Necklace – Khan Market New Delhi , Shoes – Calvin Klein, Handbag – Modalu , Trench Coat – Warehouse )