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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! 😉

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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.

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What arm candy have you been sporting lately? Do share! Till the next one xxxx

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I always feel the visual merchandisers and the people who do the displays of all these clothing retailers are the silent soldiers and people who deserve true accolade for their hard work. I have found myself going into the store just because the window display was done so well that I wanted to go into the store and check out what they had to offer.

But those visual merchandisers who go a step forward and capture the theme of the whole nation take the gold medal hands down and are the unsung heroes. Speaking of gold medals, yes the theme is Olympics. I loved how some of the retailers truly captured the essence of what was and still is one of the most amazing and epic events to take London by storm. The Olympics 2012.

Two retailers who stood out the most with their eye catching window displays were Forever 21 and H&M. Kudos to the visual teams of both these stores who made a genuine effort translating the excitement into what were “athletically” creative displays! Loved the way Forever 21’s displays lit up during the day and moved around in a circle. Brilliant!!

I just think about how much work would have gone into suspending those male mannequins in the H&M displays and what an eye catching display it is-completely in line with the excitement and spirit of the Olympics. With Paralympics around the corner, here’s hoping more retailers will pay heed and jazz up their displays as well. Come on!! show some excitement!!

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Anyone who follows my blog knows I hardly do any posts on other people. You must think, God! she must love herself too much. Where it is true I do love myself 😛 (I JOKE!!) I never wanted my blog to become one of those run of the mill street style blogs. Yet I find myself admiring quite a few girls who dress so well yet seems like they hardly put any thought into it yet managed to totally rock out in their outfit!

One such girl who has hit my radar is Vicki (I hope I spelt your name right!!) Every time I see her, she looks amazing. She mixes different styles. Case in point, the photo I have attached of her outfit. From her choice of trousers (TOPSHOP), to her studded collar top, the denim shirt with the embroidered detail and the vintage brogues- this is what uber cool and hipster is all about people! She mixes all these individual pieces so well that they form a synergy rather than stick out like a sore thumb! Show some love for my friend here! 😀 xxxx

 

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Hah! A cheeky way to turning around that jacket potato joint Spud-u-like. Don’t sue me!! 😛

So tell me. Is it just Zara or every where I look, they’re going crazy about studs?! Well not that I am complaining because I am loving the details of studs on jackets, shoes and tops! Obviously I had to indulge in some stud-lovin’ too. Bought these beauties from Zara for £69.99. You should still be able to get your hand on one if you’re lucky!! Click here to buy the pair. xxx

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Hello my fashionable readers! Yes I know I go M.I.A for a while and then re-appear. I need to keep my act more consistent. But hey that does not stop me from shopping 😛 So I bought this sequin top from TopShop in a sale and matched them with these mint coloured trousers I bought from Zara and these studded boots. Studs seem to be the “IT” part of the outfit at the moment. It is all about the studs- on the jackets, shoes, gloves, shoulder pads; you name it. So here I am being oh-so-casual at a friend’s.

Top: TopShop (sale)

Trousers: Zara (sale)

Shoes: Zara (£69.95)

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Alright ladies! Before the weather in London turns sour again, pull out those white jeans from the back of your closet and take them for an outing! Preferably wearing them :p

PS I know I’ve been bad with posting lately but just been sick and tad busy with my day job! But here’s a start to many!

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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

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

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 STYLE

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!

DEEPAK PERWANI

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

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Anyone suffering from shopaholicism (yea I just invented that word! haha) look away!  For I have been eyeing up some great stuff be it a pair of shoes or a technology accessory, that staple leather jacket every wardrobe should have or the Chanel bag. Sigh! the list is never ending. But the key is to buy pieces that stay in your wardrobe for at least a couple of years because not everyone can afford a shopping spree every week or month!

I subscribe to credible online shopping sites like The Outnet (a “considerably” cheaper version of Net-a-Porter and owned by the same company)  and Brandalley. That way I find some amazing bargains so for me it’s a year round sale! So here is a list of  things I’ve come across and I think will be great additions to any wardrobe plus a couple of wants (which you don’t necessarily need!)

1. Leather Jacket

So normally I don’t buy leather jackets because when I look at the origin of the jacket- most of them come from Pakistan. And that’s a great thing because Pakistan and India source some of the best leather and that is why most of the jackets in Zara, Mango and TopShop would either be Made in Pakistan or Made in India. What stops me from buying them is the exorbitant price tag that comes with the jacket. Frankly, I can buy a stylish leather jacket from Pakistan for fraction of the price. HOWEVER! (Yes, there is a however!) If you are looking for style and unique design then forking out on these jackets is definitely worth it.

It’s a great thing then that Muubaa’s Spring Summer collection of leather jackets is on SALE on Brandalley. Just one more day to go and you can bag yourself up to 70% off so I say why not!! Click here to avail the fantastic offers now.

2. Technology Accessories

I love technology. I love gadgets and I love the fact how designers have come on board designing some amazing accessories for them. I love my iPhone 4s and I cannot help buying accessories for it. Some times people make fun of the fact how much casing I have for that one phone. How ironic it would be if I still manage to smash it! (I HOPE NOT!!!)

Anyway, I never knew that apart from designing some drool-worthy dresses, Lanvin actually designed an iPhone 4 case! I came across this lovely surprise on Net-a-Porter’s website. I have to say it is one of my most favourite at the moment. For £45 it’s not exactly cheap for a case but then again, how often do you buy a designer case for your phone.

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3. Makeup

With summer around the corner (I know I’ve been pining for them since forever and I hope summer this year isn’t the peek-a-boo kind!!) it’s all about the pinks and the peaches. So I am loving this soft glow blush by Chanel called Blush Horizon De Chanel. It’s all about keeping it understated especially during the day and let your skin breathe under the sweltering heat.

And I also love this strawberry pink lip colour by Chanel. Ah! I can just picture the whole look. Mmmm summer.

4. Footwear

How often do you come across the perfect golden pair of heels that are not too over the top yet classy enough to stand out? D&G have this perfect pair on sale! For £71 you cannot go wrong and they are a gorgeous pair and they look so comfortable.

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If you want to buy this pair or browse other D&G pairs on offer, click here.

Gearing up for the new season, I’m also trying to get fit. And by trying I mean finding the right pair of trainers. So that means I haven’t really started running or working out yet! I know, I’m more excited about what I’ll wear than the actual exercising! haha. But anyone remember the Puma Alexander McQueen collaboration? I remember my (late) fashionable friend Sareena wearing one of these. She was the most fashionable person I had known.

This rib cage design is very McQueen and a great motivation to work out in these fabulous shoes. “Oh darling! I’m working out in my McQueens! Pha pha pha!” I can’t believe I just said that. -_- haha! *cringe*

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With 54% off, they’re selling out fast. So make sure you get your hands on them IF you like ‘em by clicking here.

I guess that wraps up my shopping splurge for the week. I do want to add loads more stuff but I am holding back. A little at a time! 😉

Again, the key thing for me is being in the loop, subscribing to credible websites and hunting for the best bargain! The adrenalin rush from that is better than plain ol’ retail therapy! 😉 Till the next one. xx

I can hear all the women screaming with delight. Lucky are those girls who are free or work near the venue. Ahh!! I wish I could go. But! doesn’t mean I won’t share! 😉 SO ladies!! Make sure you check out this sample sale by REISS. They are advertising prices starting from £10 so you’re sure to land a bargain. Book off those times in your diary ASAP!!

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With an unpredictable weather in England, I am hoping I will get to wear one of these shoes I bring back with me. Check these beautiful sandals or “chappals” as we call them in Pakistan. They’re all made of real leather and handmade in amazing colours. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, shopping in Pakistan is heaven!! Especially with the exchange rate of pound VS rupees Khe Khe Khe! :p

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