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

 

Summer Staple: White Dress With Colourful Accessories

Good morning everyone! Most of us own a white dress or two, or more than a few, that are perfect for warm days and lots of rays. I find white dresses have a therapeutic quality about them – I feel an instant sense of relaxation when I wear them.

I am always tempted to wear white dresses with minimal accessories, thereby limiting the addition of any other colour; almost like a blank canvas where you hesitate from adding colour because you don’t want to interrupt the pristine beauty of the white square.  However, the flip side is that a white dress also makes for the grandest of canvases where the addition of any colour is magnified in its presentation by the sheer expanse of white giving it wings.

I love the relaxed cut of this white dress and the delicate white embroidery that covers the entirety of the bodice. This summer, I want to wear my white dresses with lots of clashing colours and bold accessories. In that spirit, I have paired this dress with bright blue thread earrings and contrasting lime green suede lace-up wedges.  I have added a bright pink lip to further add to the riot of colours  and I love the end result! I hope you enjoy this lookbook and as always, thank you so much for reading.

(Clothes and accessories: Dress – Anita Dongre Iinter-pret, Shoes – Joie, Earrings – Zara, Jacket – ASOS (Daisy street) , Clutch – Michael Kors)

Boho Beauty: Cold Shoulder Swing Dress With an Embroidered Fringe Bag

You know when you have so many different things to do that you find it hard to concentrate on one task because half your mind is on the next task and half is wondering what to cook for dinner and the other half is hoping the ‘United’ passenger is OK  – making you have a one and a half mind that is still not functioning as well as just one mind should! I blame it on Easter break and having the children at home; if I have to ask them to shut the fridge door one more time I will lose my entire one and a half mind in one go.

Nevertheless, even when all my synapses are firing haphazardlessly, there is always time to talk about clothes.  I love this easy breezy dress and can see myself wearing it all summer long.  It lends itself so effortlessly to a bohemian look and gives me another opportunity to use my Delhi Khan Market vacation purchase fringe bag to great effect.  I have lookbooked this bag previously in this post (Mirror Work ‘Jhola’ Bag: Vacation Finds With Everyday Wear) and to my delight I am discovering just how versatile it is.

I hope you enjoy this look and have a great rest of the week.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – ASOS, Bracelets – Isharya, Follie Follie)

At Huntington Beach: In A White Lace Top And Blue Capris

Southern California living is synonymous with beach life and for good reason.  The sun, sand and shore make for a fabulous beach experience and my children love going to the beach whenever we visit.  Huntington beach is one of my personal favorites and has something for everyone.  Be it playing on the beach, swimming in the water or eating at Ruby’s diner at the end of the pier – Huntington Beach never disappoints! I must admit that when I see my kids enjoying the beach I do think about how nice it would be for them to have access to this on a more regular basis. It is a reminder of a lifestyle that I cannot provide back in Blighty.  However, I am then quickly reminded of all the wonderful experiences that London provides the children that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

Bottom line – having roots in multiple countries does lead to a constant contemplation of the optimal place to reside in.  I am sure that many of my readers can also identify with this constant quandary.  After much deliberation, my husband and I have come to the conclusion that exposing our tots to a variety of cultures and countries can only be a good thing! Like most things in life, the right place to reside is always a fluid and evolving decision and there is no one correct answer. For now, it’s almost time to go home and the fact that I only have a few PG Tips tea bags left makes returning to England absolutely the right decision!

On this visit to the beach, I wore what I consider an almost fail-proof combination of pale blue and white. As I was not planning to get in the water, I added some lime green tie-up wedges for a pop of colour and dramatic flair.  The relaxed silhouettes of the cold-shoulder lace top and soft capris were perfect was a stroll on the beach.  Soon, the sunny beach will be a summer memory but looking at these pictures will remind us of the great time we had during the summer of 2016!

As always, thank you for visiting my blog!

(Clothing and Accessories: Top – Zara, Palazzo/Capris – Primark, Sandals – Joie, Sunglasses – Tom Ford)

Blue Skies: Call For A Blue Summer Dress

The glorious weather in London this past weekend was the stuff that fairy tales are made off. The blue skies, warm sun and gentle breeze made for poster perfect summer dress weather. I love the fuss free classic style of this blue striped summer dress. I have paired it with my favorite wear of neutral wedges for summer. Most importantly, it was a great outfit to showcase the beautiful dainty bracelets that I bought on my recent trip to Santorini (https://ishasverdict.com/2016/04/04/grecian-adventure-part-2-santorini/.)  As always, thank you for reading and have a great week!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Zara, Wedge Heels – Tory Burch, Sunglasses – Chanel, Bracelets – bought in Santorini)