Nothing like new additions to your jewellery collection. What makes it even more special is your friends gifting them to you and they know what you’d like!! Totally in love right now.
The ring and leather wrap-around bracelet is from Juicy Couture. Now this brand is quite controversial where some people call it “chavy” (non-english people please google the word :P) BUT!! In JC’s defence I would say I for one love most of their jewellery, may be not all of it but all the ones I’ve bought myself and I have been gifted I just LOVE them. Plus the pieces I’ve got don’t have any OTT branding on them so they’re great pieces and ones to keep! Yeah if you’re going to wear a JC tracksuit and UGG boots then I’m sorry but that would be classed as “chavy”. But you have to make sure you wear the brand the right way. FYI! you can never wear Paul’s Boutique the “right” way. That brand is “chavtastic” as it’s best! I think I’ve over done the word “chavy” in this post.
My bestie knows what works for me! ;)
If you’ve got cash to splash then you have designer options like Hermés, Chloe, Celine and Cartier etc. I have spotted the Hermés cuff bracelets quite a lot and it is on my wish list!
Check out a few I’ve spotted.
What arm candy have you been sporting lately? Do share! Till the next one xxxx
So it’s been more than a year since I started blogging. Slowly and steadily I have managed to keep on going because I love fashion and love talking about it. Lots of people have encouraged me along the way and I am proud of where I have gotten so far. This is just the beginning and there is still lots more work to be done but I wanted to take this time and thank every one of you who has liked my work and shown their support via different social media channels- wordpress, twitter or Facebook. A BIG SMACKER! and an even bigger THANK YOU!!!
Thank you for following my work. Please do spread the word!! I am always open to feedback and people looking to collaborate can always contact me :) xxxx
One new product on my “To Try” list is this Estee Lauder Even Skintone Illuminator. Although, people tell me I’ve got clear skin, I’m not very good at taking care of it. I get lazy and careless. Like any other girl, I have uneven skin tone so from the sounds of it, this product is perfect for me. Priced at £46 for 30 ml and £62 for 50 ml, it is not the cheapest beauty product around but I do swear by Estee Lauder products, they stand the test of time and are high quality products. On enquiring about the product from the beauty counter of Estee Lauder at John Lewis, the lady told me it is a serum that illuminates your skin and you can wear it under your regular moisturiser. It is similar to Strobe cream by MAC that I buy loads of. So definitely want to see what’s the difference between the two.
You can get your hands on it from any leading department store like Selfridges, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Debenhams etc. If anyone reading this has tried this product then I would like to hear from you! Email me.
Loving my Vivienne Westwood boots I managed to grab from the crazy Selfridges’ Summer sale! I fell in love with these boots when they first came out in black. But I prefer their tan version. It was love at first sight and fate finally united us!! I believe there is a God!! :D xx
Since it’s the Jubilee Weekend, I decided to add a bit of festivity in my outfit in this navy blue Zara dress. I wore my printed River Island blazer, Vivienne Westwood wellies to protect my feet from the rain and a Principles faux fur stole to keep myself warm in this chilly and rainy (MISERABLE!!) weather.
Carrying on from where I left off, the second part of this article will look at rest of the designers that showcased at the finale show of London Fashion Week with Deepak Perwani closing PFW 2012.
Lala Textiles is another textile mill based in Pakistan that showed its print collection. Just returning from my holiday in Pakistan, I know how crazy women can go after these lawn and cotton printed fabrics. The prints were nice and summery. The style was flowing and loose- perfect for the summer heat. But I personally did not go ga ga over them!
Ammar Belal’s collection had a foot tapping start but had to be stopped before it even began because they did not have the outfits. So while we waited for the full collection to arrive at the venue, the High Commissioner of Pakistan made a little speech. Speech over, the music started and the show began! Ammar Belal’s collection was very young and had spunk! Taking after his mom in style and designing, Ammar Belal has made a name for himself. He is known for his funky and “out there” designs considering he is based in Pakistan. My favourite piece was a red biker jacket and sequinned/jewelled transparent tights. And while I usually stay away from taking pictures with any “celebrity”, I did take a picture with Ammar Belal. Totes embarrassing!! *cringe* Umm..never again. I’m better behind the camera.
It was great to see the first two models walk out in the Pakistani flag colours with the female model wearing the Pakistani flag’s design as a T-shirt. Definitely getting that for my feeling-patriotic-day outfit. Deepak Perwani walked the ramp modelling clothes for men. Finally! someone who had thought about the poor guys as well. All in all the collection was okay. I would not call it amazing. There were some great individual pieces but I would not call it a sell out collection.
And here’s me being a total loser posing with a local cele-brity (obviously I know celebrity is one word!). It’s funny how his hand is almost touching my shoulder. “Respaaaact baji jee!”
Gul is a London based Pakistani designer. If I am not mistaken, his outlet is on Ilford Lane, East London. While most of the designers in the show were Pakistan-based, Londoners will be glad to know Gul is based in London so they can see him directly. His collection was more bridal with a few party outfits thrown in. The work was quite similar to what I have seen previously, lots of embroidery and embellishment on gowns and frocks. There was some good use of colour but nothing I have not seen before but of course for the London audience, it would have been something new!
And then it was time for the season finale. Who better than Deepak Perwani to close Pakistan Fashion Week 2012. This guy knows how to drape a woman’s body. The designs were crisp, the fabric fell in the right places and the tailoring was to a high standard. There was something for everyone in this collection. Deepak Perwani’s collection itself put up a show. Every outfit was captivating and it kept you interested. I would’ve preferred to see more fusion and western wear from him. Here’s to hoping he comes back next year!
And that is THE END!
It was quite a show. I was gutted I could not attend the fashion week in Pakistan when I was there, so it was a pleasant surprise to visit it in London. Hah!
Now a couple of suggestions I would humbly put forward:
They need to have more representation of Pakistani models from Pakistan. Even if they cannot, they need to hire better models. Most of the models could not walk properly, they were too wooden or over excited. It did not seem natural.
It’s great they are trying to showcase variations of talented designers from Pakistan but they need to scrutinise the designers, who wish to showcase, properly. Case in point, Moazzam Abbasi’s collection was disappointing to say the least. There needs to be more representation from Pakistani designers like Karma, Muse, Élan, Zara Shahjahan and the likes- a mix of old and new.
The collection they show should not just be focussed on bridals. Yes, us Asians love getting married and there is loads to be made from bridals but we need more Pret wear and more practical clothes. Catch a glimpse of what fashion week in Pakistan looked like earlier this year in the photos below. I felt the collections shown back home were more up to date than the ones shown in London. At the same time, it was an amazing effort and with only second year running Riwayat Ltd has done a commendable job. They will have to raise the bar later this year when Adnan Ansari spoke of showing at London Fashion Week. The kind of stuff that I have uploaded below needs to be put out there.
In terms of queuing, us Pakistanis will never learn the etiquette of standing in a line whether it’s in London or Pakistan or any where else for that matter. It was shameful seeing people, old and young alike, pushing each other trying to get into the venue!
Anyway, that said, hope you enjoyed these posts. It’s always good to see what’s going on in other parts of the world in terms of fashion. Leaving you with some amazing Pakistani designers who have been wowing me recently. Stay tuned for more exciting posts. Till the next one xxx
I can almost feel the heat now. Well, I am feeling it because I am in Pakistan and the sun is at it’s glory nowadays. Summer is here!! YEEEESSS!! I won’t be celebrating for long though once it becomes a hot and sticky mess! I don’t look forward to traveling in the “tube” once I come back to London from Pakistan. A word of advice: Please keep a £1 deodorant in your bag. It is God sent!
What I am ABSOLUTELY loving this summer is lots and LOTS of colours. Colourful jeans, tops, blazers- juxtaposed on top of each other and some how it works. I love the printed floral trousers that have come out this SS 2012. They go really well with plain tops, colourful belts to accessorise and pastel coloured shoes. I. CANNOT.WAIT!!!!
Anyway, I caught the new mommy Beyonce’ working this trend and she looks smashing. But of course dah-ling!
Take inspiration from her and put some passion in your pants this Summer! ;)
A woman who’s style I really love and admire is Kate Beckinsale. She carries herself so well and I’ve hardly ever seen her in a fashion disaster. She’s such a babe and looks amazing in whatever she wears. Check her out wearing this on-trend one shoulder jumpsuit and I love this deep fuchsia colour! She accessorised it with just the right amount of accessories and minimal make up. I think I should give credit to her stylist as well who probably went through several outfit changes before deciding on this winner. A job well done! Definitely brightened up the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.
I was just going to end this post with her looking super hot but then decided why not do a whole feature focussing on jumpsuits?! If you’re looking to copy her style this summer, then I’ve got a selection for you. You don’t need to go crazy on the printed jumpsuits, a solid colour looks just fine as it’s like a blank canvas and you can play around with chunky jewellery, accessories and shoes! O the shoes…
This one comes in 3 different colours. Hurry up and get your hands on this jumpsuit as it’s selling out fast! I love the ruffle detail and the back has a criss cross design plus the silky material gives it a very ethereal look. Click hereto get yours.
A short jumpsuit but a very cute number. If you’re petite (like moi!) and always have to go through a million shops before you find the right size or haggle someone to alter yours, then this short version is the perfect one for you. The canary yellow colour, the net sleeves and the bow (its HUGE but does not look out of place) make it a very key part of your summer wardrobe. Imagine wearing it with some flip flops, a straw hat, peppermint nails and some frappes. O how lovely dah-ling! :P I can ramble on but hey! if you want to buy this jumpsuit, then click here.
This red jumpsuits looks slightly more formal than the rest. The cut is very straight and structured. It would suit someone who’s going for a very sharp and less fussy look. Unlike the frills or bows, this one has a one-shoulder detail and that is all it would need. All it needs is a chunky necklace, a cocktail ring, and a clutch to finish the look. You can either play around with the red and black combo or be a bit more daring and add some multicoloured accessories to the look. It comes in two colours, choose yours here.
I really love this slinky jumpsuit by Halston Heritage. It is a great and effortless look for a night out. Fuss free and manageable. The Berry colour is just right too. To shop yours, click here. With these monotone solid colours, you can bring out the attire with your choice of accessories. I love sites like ASOS and Net-A-Porter that have everything in one place nicely categorised so you can easily choose and match your outfit. With jumpsuits like these, you need some chunky bracelets that stand out and you don’t need to pile them on like there’s no tomorrow. One or two would do.
taken from ASOS.com
To shop these and more bracelets/cuffs, click here.
And you can always pair a trusty set of heels when you go out and play. Take inspiration from this colourful bunch!
shoe collection from ASOS.com
So ladies, you don’t need any more inspiration. A word of advice: Jumpsuits can be very flattering and Unflattering at the same time so make sure the one you choose fits you well and does not cling on to all the wrong places. If it’s not for you then don’t wear or buy it! Some trends are better left alone.
I always love people who can pull off the geeky yet effortless look. As if they did not put much thought into what they put together but some how it just fell into place for a bangin’ look. (Really wanted to use the word bangin’ haha)
This look is inspired from all those people. The arty, geeky and the cool crowd. The artists, the creatives and the models. I went for brown suede boots instead as wearing black boots would be too “matchy” and perfect. I like an element of imperfection in my outfits unless you’re dressing to perfection for an event like a wedding! If not, just be cool…please.
For information on where to get these particular clothing items, go to:
Another cool place to find similar stuff and on a SALE is ASOS. They have a really good and quirky selection of jumpers.
Here are few of my favourites:
To pair them off, every high street or designer store from Reiss to Chloe’ has a huge selection of jeans or trousers in vibrant colours. Zara has a wide range of different colour wax effect jeans as well as different colour trousers.
COATING WITH GOLD ZIPS 29.99 GBP from Zara
They have a better selection in stores so if you’re lucky you’ll probably grab yourself one! Happy shopping! :D
Winters is all about layering. Sometimes you just want to pile on the clothes and not feel or look too fussed! Choosing the right clothing helps.
So I styled this feature with the concept “comfortable yet trendy” in mind. A crisp white shirt is always a plus in the wardrobe and the black Kelly Ewing coat is a winner in anyone’s wardrobe. AND GUESS WHAT?! It is on sale right now!