Introducing Raishma – a flair for fusion fashion

Its been a while since I posted something on the blog. Life hasn’t been easy for me in the past few weeks. Initially I was recovering from a traumatic C-section and then trying to adjust to the routine of sleepless nights. Things have calmed down a bit but I am still trying to adjust to my new life. Hopefully I’ll get there in the end. I have been away from the blog so working on a new piece is like therapy for me. I am trying to come out of my shell and get back to a routine. Lately all I have been wanting to do is hide under my duvet and shy away from reality.

To be honest I did not want to do an outfit post as I was very conscious of my post natal body. I looked in my wardrobe and had a ‘I don’t have anything to wear’ moment pretty much everyday. I needed to get out of my pyjamas and being a stylist pushed me to wear clothes that suit my current body shape. So when I received this lovely Kaftan from Raishma couture, I just knew it would suit me. Today’s blog post is about brand Raishma and its lovely fusion fashion collection. Raishma Islam is the creative force behind the brand, designing couture bridal and evening gowns with a fusion twist that the label is so well known for. Raishma had a passion for fashion from a very young age. She was attracted to the glamour and style of the western fashion industry and fabrics from the Indian domain. That’s how her collection was born, with a focus on the fusion style of dressing. Raishma is very passionate about her work and wants to give women a taste of fusion fashion where they can mix their Indian and western wardrobes. Her collection is very versatile and aimed at both traditional and non- traditional customers. What I personally like is the collection of suits and dresses that can be worn as a suit for a traditional event or as a dress. The lovely ready to wear collection is available online at http://www.raishma.co.uk/ and the website is also quiet easy to use. Other than ready-to-wear style, Raishma also offers bespoke bridalwear. Given her flair for fusion fashion, her collection is very popular in mixed raced marriages and registry weddings. You can have a closer look at all the lovely outfits at Raishma’s new store in East Shopping Centre in Green Street.

Here is how I styled the Kaftan: I paired it up with black trousers and tan coloured court shoes. The accessories were in shade of gold to match the outfit – gold bangles, delicate rings and earrings completed my look. I managed to shoot these pictures for the blog in lovely Cotswolds during the bank holiday weekend. It was so fresh and refreshing to get out and do what I love doing. I loved how the Kaftan flattered my shaped. Raishma online offers a range of beautiful Kaftans for you to choose from. You can wear them with or without trousers and go from a day to evening look. I would say this kaftan is ideal for dinner parties or Asian events.

I hope you enjoyed reading the post. I know most women do not feel body confident after delivery but there is no point in hiding under the duvet like me. First step towards feeling body confident is to accept your current body shape and dress to suit your shape. Getting ready for this shoot gave me a lot of confidence to express myself once again through style. I know the journey to getting fitter is long and hard but there is no point in shoving the issue under the carpet. Do share your experiences with me. I look forward to hearing your stories.

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Outfit – Kaftan –  Raishma | Shoes – New Look | Earnings – Zara | Bracelet – Monsoon

Asian Bride Live ICC Birmingham

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Calling all would be brides, mum in laws, bridesmaids and of course grooms to the Asian Bride Live bridal show at ICC Birmingham on Sunday 15th March. Asian Bride Live is now returning to the ICC Birmingham for the second year running on Sunday 15thMarch 2015. The show is organised by Asian Bride magazine, one of UK’s biggest Asian wedding publication. I did attend one of their shows in London last year and really enjoyed the experience of exploring and discovering new brands. What I enjoyed most was the fashion show, that was finely choreographed and a treat for the eyes. This year’s live catwalk has now been upgraded to its own room to create even more theatre for the day.

I personally recommend attending bridal shows in preparation for your big day. You get access to all wedding vendors under one roof. So whether you are looking for photographers, cake makers, makeup artists, caterers or décor companies you will find them all at Asian Bride Live. It’s a good place to start your wedding preparation list. If you have already started planning you wedding then the Asian Bride Live will help you pick up some ideas plus you might be in for some discount from the vendors. The organisers have taken care of your entertainment needs as well – there’ll be the finest in wedding entertainment from dancers to magicians, cabaret acts and musicians, not to mention the best DJs in town.

So go meet the wedding experts on 15th March 2015 at ICC Birmingham and discover all your wedding needs under one roof. See full details below

Date: Sun 15th March 2015

Doors open: 10.30am (Fashion shows at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm)

Address: The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA​

Website :http://www.asianbridelive.com

Twitter : @AsianBrideMe

Facebook : AsianBrideMag

Instagram : asianbrideme

Be my Valentine

It’s a coincidence that my due date is 14th Feb and I am hoping it turns out to be that day. Even though I won’t be able to venture out much, I still want to make it a special occasion.

Fine dining, night out, movie date seem to be some great options to spend the special day with your loved one. But who says you can’t have the same fun indoors? Here is how I intend to treat us special. I hope you will enjoy the idea of sweet treats in bed.

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Final Pregnancy Update – 39 Weeks

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So with only a week to go before the big date, the countdown is on. I thought it would be a good time to share my final thoughts with you. This time I am feeling a lot more relaxed as I know what to expect, and eagerly looking forward to the new phase in my life. Continue reading

Aashni + Co Wedding Show

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Really excited to share this very special post with you all. Have to warn you that it is a long post but I had lots to share too! Last weekend I went to the most awaited Asian wedding show in London courtesy Aashni + Co. I think it’s probably the first time in London we had so many Indian fashion luminaries under one roof. I was in designer heaven – from top tier designers like Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani to new emerging talent like Anushree Reddy and Arpita Mehta.

I have to say that the event was very grand. It presented high-end bridal and occasion wear to the UK audience. Continue reading

What I Wore: Baby Shower

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Few weeks back my friends hosted an intimate baby shower to welcome the new phase of our lives. I am thankful for the love and support I receive from my circle of friends, who are more like immediate family. Luckily it wasn’t a surprise for me so I had the time to plan my outfit. Continue reading

Best Maternity Buy

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It’s my first blog post of the year. I have totally indulged myself during the holiday period and did nothing but just slowed down my pace. With only six weeks to go for my due date, there is a lot to organise and plan. I had envisaged that I will sort things out over the Christmas break but things didn’t go as per plan. Sometimes no plan is a good plan. So all I did over the holiday period was eat, drink and be merry. Continue reading

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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SABYASACHI – PHOTO COURTESY OF TARAS TARAPORVALA

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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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It is time to bring cheer to your house with some fresh decorating ideas. The Red Notebook has been experimenting with some Christmas decorations and would like to share what I have been up to recently. Continue reading