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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

 

Working the whole look doesn’t always refer to the clothes. It also refers to how you accessorise that whole look. Ever since I lost (read SOMEONE STOLE) my B&W C5 In ear headphones, I have been deprived of the musical experience my ears sooo badly deserve! And so like any normal person who wants a knowledgable opinion, I decided to search (google) the “intra webs” and voila! URBANEARS caught my eye straight away. Pardon me for browsing the UK Ask Men website but they had some good review about these babies!

“Style is key with these handsome headphones. Delightfully cushioned, these combine a cool, minimal design with matt rubbery texture and a subtle and comfy fabric headset. Add to that reasonable quality, full sound and a lightweight build and the result is a brilliant set of headphones suited to everyday use. For a sweet social feature, the ear cups also contain an extra headphone jack to plug in a second set, meaning you can share music with a friend/anyone who might require a bit of musical education.

Read more: http://uk.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-ten-best-headphones_1.html#ixzz2AvJF1vUE

And so I ordered the Plattan Plus Grape Headphones. Love the colour, love the simple design and LOVE the whole fun look. Let’s just wait and see how good they really are. All I know is “They betta WERK!!”

Their Plattan Harris Tweed version seems to be so popular, it has sold out already!! At £86 including shipping they don’t come cheap but if you want good music (which remains to be seen) AND style, then at least you’re getting the whole deal here compared to the Dre’s or the Bose. Plus they look more fun and cool!

Check out their website yourself:

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When it’s Winter time, I can’t wear an all black outfit. Imagine you’ve eaten a full buffet and then you go and have a 3 course meal- OVERWHELMING!!!

I like to break mine up with some colour- be it a top, shoes or the accessories. Otherwise I may feel as if I’m going to a funeral. No offence to anyone who loves wearing black- it’s just me who can’t handle it.

So here’s how I broke my black streak.

Shoes: New Look
Black Leather Jacket: Lungta De Fancy
Leather effect tights: Miss Selfridge
Bag: Prada
Purple jumper: Zara

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P.S: I’m not usually this serious :p

Okay guys! I’m back from my hiatus. I know it’s been a while. I was just looking for some motivation as I was getting lazy. But I’m back now so will endeavour to be more regular in my posts.

I’m sure you’ve had this feeling of walking past a window display and a shoe, a top or a jacket calls out at you. The more you walk past, the more you want it. Yep! Happened to me. I could not resist but buy these red boots from River Island.

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I had seen a similar pair in Zara but I wasn’t that impressed with them.

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Some might disagree with me and think the ones from River Island are more wacky than the Zara ones. But what I do know is, both these pairs are inspired by the gold studded Susanna boots by Chloé.

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These boots come in red and black and have been worn by numerous celebrities working the trend of studs this winter and jazzing up their wardrobes as well as look. They’re great for giving your look an extra oomph.

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So while I was browsing Harvey Nichols, my high street boots had a face off with the designer counterpart. Suffice to say, I was happy with mine. Also, if I were to buy the designer version, I wouldn’t pay such a steep price for them- I’d rather go for a more classic pair of boots. I mean these boots are great for jazzing up my wardrobe but £90 is the max I’m willing to spend on them.

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I’m loving how many high street retailers are coming out with similar, if not exact copies of the designer versions. It’s great for us who want to wear the designer look, but can’t afford it all the time. Any you’ve spotted while browsing? Let me know. Xx

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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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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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I love piling up my accessories but not to the extent of looking like I’m running away with all my jewellery! Loving the chunky bracelets and range of ethnic rings I got from my recent holiday to Pakistan! Pile it up ladies!!

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While the Queen, the Royal family and the whole of UK celebrated her 60 years on the throne in one part of London (and my did they celebrate in style!), I celebrated by gallivanting around London ignoring the miserable rain!

I wanted to see what the Queen wore on this special occasion and was not disappointed by the photos. The Queen’s coat and hat was designed by Angela Kelly. I love the colour and regal style of the coat made of silk organza with Swarovski details on the hat . Even at this age, the Queen has style!!

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, looked beautiful in an Alexander McQueen red pleated skirt suit finished off with a nude pair of heels-which seem to be her favourite pair of heels. But it was perfect for off setting the red and making sure there was not an over-kill of red.

Rather than do a lot of talking in this post, I will let the pictures do the talking. I started off by eating at The Breakfast Club in Soho and roamed around Carnaby Street taking in the sights and sounds. I also visited Liberty who have an amazing collection of scarves (Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Etro, Paul Smith, Christopher Kane and the likes) and stationery! Poles apart but equally amazing. I DIE.

After our brunch, we made a pit stop at the oh-so-cool vintage store Beyond Retro. They have some really cool stuff if you’re into vintage.

Has anyone been to Pylones?? They serve the quirkiest and most colourful stuff ever. I love that shop. You have to check it out.

And right opposite to it you have Irregular Choice– another quirky footwear store that dabble in a bit of everything; shoes, clothes, bags, sunglasses. And as the name would have it, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea!

Saving ourselves from the rain, we ran into another fabulous Italian cafe’ in Soho called Princi Bakery. It is my favourite place to go for coffee and food in Soho so far!!

For anyone looking to invest in a good designer bag, Liberty is currently doing a 40% discount on most of their bag range including Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry etc. I was eyeing this yellow python print Falabella bag by Stella McCartney for £795 and after discount it was for around £477. So tempting!! Just one thing- you have to sign up to their loyalty card. Honey for that discount- I’ll sign up for any loyalty card!!

Anyway, the following pictures show how I spent my Jubilee day!

Enjoy and keep on visiting my website for more cool and fashionable stuff! 😉 xx

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With Summer playing peek-a-boo and rain constantly showing its wrath on London, I have been feeling printed dresses and stockings lately. I like the concept of wearing bright stockings off setting a printed dress. Fuss free, stylish, versatile and simple. Share yours xx

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It’s always great to visit fashion shows and see all the exciting new designs and talented people showcasing their work. But this show was even more special because it was part of Pakistan Fashion Week. Although the fashion scene in Pakistan has caught up and is at par with any  other international brand because we have the quality material (Pakistan being the second largest exporter of fabric in the world!!), the resources and quite clearly the talent. Yet, that part of Pakistan is always overshadowed with what’s wrong with the country. I’m not going to indulge more in that side of the conversation and I’ll focus more on the main event itself.

This was the second Pakistan Fashion Week in London. It is a brainchild of Riwayat Ltd. Co-founded by Adnan Ansari and Chris East- it was their common love towards promoting Pakistan and it’s culture through fashion that turned this event into a reality. In the company’s own words “If there is one thing that showcases the vitality, style and creativity of Pakistan globally it is fashion.” I could not agree more!

The location that was chosen for the event was grand- right in the heart of Central London just off High Street Kensington in the Kensington Town Hall. I decided to go on the season finale show. You know you’ve entered Pakistan Fashion Week when one of the top designers of Pakistan, Deepak Perwani, compliments you by saying “Nice outfit” while you cross paths. Compliment taken- thank you very much! 😉

The moment I entered, there was quite a buzz about the finale show. There were numerous designers and jewellers showcasing their designs. The place was jam packed with people and it was great to see it was not just Asians who were interested in the fashion week. I had a good walk around the venue and saw the designs. It was a shame Umar Sayeed did not show at the event. Everyone was excited and waiting for the show to start.

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After fighting for my place within the photographer’s ramp, I stood waiting for the show to start. Mehreen Syed, a top model from Pakistan was headlining the show and she opened the finale with Maheen Khan’s clothes. Maheen Khan is to Pakistan what Karl Lagerfeld is to Chanel. Quite a comparison, I know! But her name is synonymous with fashion in Pakistan. She has been designing since decades and has made quite a name for herself. What I do love about her designs are they are practical. They’re not your run of the mill bridal outfits. Her outfits are what normal people like myself can wear on an evening out, to a dinner party or a formal evening.

I found the models’ walk to be a bit wooden. There were a couple who were great to watch on the cat walk. But Mehreen Syed was the photographers’ favourite and they kept on praising her!! They loved the way she walked and posed.

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Next one up was a new name I had not heard before- Vasuo Fazal. Knowing little to nothing about him, his designs were a breath of fresh air. They were vibrant, colourful, fun and daring! Just what you need for the summer.

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The collection opened with promise when another top Pakistani model Sunita Marshall walked the ramp for this designer. In my opinion, that was the only highlight of the collection. The designs were old and outdated. Half way through I lost interest. The purpose of a collection is to keep your audience captivated. Bring one amazing outfit after another. But the collection just went downhill after the first outfit. Even the French photographer next to me was like “May be they just paid money to get into the show because it’s in London”.

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Being the second largest exporter of cloth in the world, it was an opportunity for Lakhany Silk Mills (a clothing manufacturing conglomerate) to showcase their material in vibrant prints and designs. Their Pathan “pugri” (variation of a turban) covering the face of the models was amusing.

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Zaheer Abbas’s collection started with a bang. Totally opposite from the previous designers, his focus was more western and fusion wear. There were hints of Balmain in his collection with the short dresses and pointed shoulders. He used a lot of silks and structured cuts to enhance the outfit. In terms of tailoring, there is still space for improvement but I think it was a good effort by this lad.

More continued in the next post. xx

ASIANA BRIDAL SHOW LONDON– Behind the scenes