Aashni + Co Wedding Show 25th January 2015

Brides to be, get ready. UK welcomes first of its kind, high fashion Indian bridal exhibition and opportunity to meet the sub continent’s most lauded designers.

It was in 2012 when Aashni Shah recognised a huge void of access to Indian design outside of India. Aashni + Co was launched to introduce a wealth of Indian fashion talent to London. Aashni + Co has carved a niche for itself as one of London’s most sought after destinations for luxury Indian fashion, garnering attention from fashionistas and celebrities in the UK and Continental Europe alike.

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Get Party Ready With Very

With the festive and party season rolling out, I wanted to feature a party list on the blog – your go to list to be party ready. For this blog post I want to feature Very.co.uk as a one-stop shop for this party season. Very’s party edit has everything you need to glam.

We all know that one of the best bits of any party is getting ready. Do keep one thing in mind: glamour. The secret is glitter, glam and shimmer. Going for glam doesn’t mean you have to play it safe. At this time of the year, it is totally socially acceptable to go all-out with a flamboyant outfit.

Here are a few of my favourite outfit options for this season.

1. Sparkle through the night – Opt for a sequin dress. If you are out for a special event or a night out with girls then do rock out wearing a sequin dress. Boasting glamorous appeal with sequin embellishment all over, these are some perfect party dresses from Very.

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Christmas Decor Ideas

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Get Personal this Festive Season

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This festive season, give your gifts a personal touch. With Wrap.me, your favorite Instagram pictures can now be put to good use. Thanks to the guys there, I got introduced to this new and personalised way of gift-wrapping.
I just selected a few of my Red Notebook pictures and Wrap.me sent me lovely, personalised wrapping paper.

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This holiday season I wanted to give some personalised Red Notebook gifts to people who have supported me along the way. Wrap.me is a wonderful way of making your gifts personal. The website is really simple and easy to use. Just upload your favorite pictures, select how much paper you want and then securely checkout. It is very simple. Continue reading

Autumn Maternity Lookbook Part – 2

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Todays’ post is another one in the series of maternity outfit posts that I intend to feature over the coming weeks. Maternity dressing needs to be comfy not frumpy. It took me a good few months to understand that. I will not deny the fact that dressing up has been very challenging, specially during the early months when you are neither here nor there. During these months I was totally dependent on my lovely cotton scarves. When you don’t want the world to know about your good news, then scarves are your go-to dressing option. Continue reading

Autumn Maternity Lookbook – Part 1

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So I had a long gap on my blog. Some of you asked me why I wasn’t so active with my outfit posts. Well, there have been a few changes in my personal life and I found everything a bit overwhelming to deal with, and went into hibernation for a bit. Today’s blog is all about sharing my big story with you all and accepting the fact that one can look good pregnant. Yes you guessed it! We are expecting a new addition to our family. Continue reading

Diwali Pop-up event in London

Visiting Diwali fairs to explore homeware and fashion designs used to be a highlight of my festive season back home in India. Living in London I miss that buzz, that noise, that smell which I experienced growing up. Everyone’s gearing up to the festivities. Local markets, shops and roads are all adorned with marigold flowers to celebrate the most auspicious day of the year – Diwali. However hard I try I don’t think I can replicate the same experience here but I can in my own way enjoy the festival and keep the tradition alive. With only a few weeks left before the festival there are a lot of things to organise and manage. I need to plan my main pooja decoration, Diwali outfit, lighting and finally what to cook for the main Diwali feast. In London you don’t have the luxury of your local market selling the traditional stuff. You have to plan and organise it. So I went to the Diwali Pop Up Shop by Faisana Studio. I went in to explore South Asian Fashion designers but was surprised to see homeware and kidswear as well. The exhibition was held at the luxurious Four Seasons, Mayfair. A range of designers were showcasing their creations at the event. I saw latest designs from Maheen Karim Sania Maskatiya Nida Azwer Zara Shahjahan and Rakesh Agarwal . Have a look at some of their latest designs here.

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Celebrate festivities with India Circus

As an Indian family living in London we always miss the same festive vibe that we experienced back home in India. To begin with, Diwali is a working day in the UK and it is like any other day. But I don’t want it to be that way. Every year I try and make an extra effort to create a special day for family. As a mother I have the added responsibility to pass on traditions to the next generation. 

In the run up to Diwali I have a few  things in mind like – What should be the menu and  How can I put up Diwali décor at home? Every year I had to make do with the little Indian stuff I have in my personal collection but thanks to some lovely gifts from India Circus I can do a lot more with my Diwali décor. Indian Circus by Krsna Mehta make contemporary & chic products, home decor and personal accessories. The quirky and sophisticated décor designs will add a dash of Indianess to your interiors. The products are easy to order online and shipped worldwide.

India Circus has a lot to offer from home décor to personal accessories and even apparel. The designs are aimed to revive Indian craft and textiles into everyday contemporary products. The vibrant coloured home accessories add a layer of brightness to your interiors and an exquisite charm to your home.

India Circus sent me a few things and I have tried to create two beautiful settings using their products and some from my home décor collection. I hope you like it.

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Diwali Table Decor – Table Mats & Napkins by India Circus

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The Red Notebook Completes a Year

The Red Notebook completes a year

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So it’s been a year of blogging and working on some amazing projects. The journey till date has enriched me as a person and trust me, it wasn’t a smooth ride at all. I was juggling various hats. Being a working mum, stylist and blogger did take a toll on me but I was definitely enjoying being in the zone. The idea of The Red Notebook was just coined in a coffee shop. It was cut and refined further over a series of facetime discussions. I still remember our first shoot when my lovely friends Priyanka and Jas recreated the vision I had in my head. When I look back at the shoot I realise how much I have learned over the last year. Continue reading

London Fashion Week SS15 Diary

Five days full of fashion madness have finally come to an end. Another year and another fun fashion week is over. One of the most stylish cities in the world hosted London Fashion Week SS15 to showcase a range of design talent from across the globe. From the big fashion houses to discovering new talent, London Fashion Week had it all. Attending Fashion Week fills me with excitement as a fashion enthusiast, and I love this buzz. I spent day one discover some new talent and attending some brilliant fashion shows. Here is a list of shows I experienced on Day 1.

JAMIE WEI HUANG

Jamie’s SS15 collection is inspired on a basic idea of the human existence within urban society. SS15 collection takes the fundamentals of a variety of sporting uniform and equipment varying from bicycle bags, skiwear and basketball shorts. A fascinating contrast when combined with elements that are inspired from industry professions such as the ‘London banker’ Here a are few of my favourite pieces from the collection.

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