If you are anything like me and the gloomy weather gets to you, planning a trip to a sunny country is not only fun for the 100 grams of sun that one is guaranteed to receive but also the fun clothes that one can wear.
Resort wear has recently gained alot of accolade, as it takes you right through to summer. Resort wear falls between Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections. The beauty of resort wear clothes is that it can be worn for day time pool side hangouts and evening BBQ’s. I found the perfect dress at Jigaw, the cyclamen dress. It took me from my day time pool side hang out with friends to the evening dinner. It is beautifully crafted, with a subtle red floral print. It can be worn with shorts as a kaftan in the day and a formal dress to the evening party. See how I styled mine below.
The same dress styled for the dinner party
I used the same shorts that i wore with he Jigsaw dress above, with another very resort type cover up from EAST. The cover up jacket is from an old season but serves me well for seasons on end.
No vacation is complete without the perfect sun dress. It is the ultimate staple for the sun-kissed holiday without taking valuable space in the small bags that one has to carry on the low cost airlines in the UK. The Jigsaw cyclamen dress along with my WARM NY suntan dress cut the perfect bill for the sun dresses to carry to my resort vacation. They are so light an breezy and stylish at the same time.
Next up are the separates that are essential to team up with the rest out of the outfits. I carried an LK Bennett pair of denim Enya shorts (from a past season), that I used to wear with my Jigsaw Cyclamen dress for the day and for the EAST embroidered cover up.
Whilst it is easy to get carried away with the holiday and wardrobe planning, you actually only need a few items of clothing that can take you from day to night.
I hope you enjoyed my resort wear edition. I would love to hear from you if you found this article useful.
Shorts: LK Bennett Enya Denim Shorts
Dresses: Jigsaw Cyclamen dress; WARM NY suntan maxi dress and Thurley dress
Accessories: Monsoon Accessorize bag; Joules sunshine hat and Jimmy Choo sunglasses
It all started on a lunch break at work. I started browsing northern lights (scientific term: Aurora Borealis) photos and fell in love with how beautiful Mother nature can be. We are so consumed in our daily grind that we often forget to appreciate the phenomena the Earth creates and displays!
I then embarked on my journey looking at deals and the best time to view the Aurora Borealis. There is no guarantee that you will view the northern lights, but if you go at a specific time of the year, and the sky is clear there is a good chance there will be a display for you. I sifted through many travel agents online and came across the best deal with Magnetic North Travel. I cannot fault them one bit, they were always on call, prompt with queries and had the trip organised in to the T!
The next project after booking the trip was researching into proper gear to carry so I don’t get frost bites and become Ola from Frozen. I am naturally a sun seeker and going to -25 Celsius was a bit daunting.
Pure Wool and cashmere jumpers on top of that; and
A down jacket to finish of the look.
I also read some where that the mobile phone may freeze in those sub-arctic temperatures so I made sure I carried an extra camera which is the famous Go Pro. Lo and behold, when I was out and about my camera battery dropped to 10% and when I entered a warm room it went back to its original battery percentage of 60%.
I stayed at the Kirkenes Snowhotel, which by far is the best experience I have had. They have the option of staying in lovely Gamme cabins, made of wood with big arch windows for lot of light. You can also brave the cold and stay one night in the ice room where the temperature is -4 Celsius (much warmer than the outside temperature) and they have special sleeping bags which keep you warm upto -40 Celsius. The carving on the walls of the ice rooms are something spectacular that you can stare at for hours on end. Each year special teams come in from all over the world to build the hotel in December before it melts away in April (how cool is that – a hotel that melts!).
The meals at the hotel were three course and spectacular with local produce incorporated in the ingredients like reindeer meat and King crabs. The staff are very friendly and ever ready to help. They have four different restaurants serving different meals of the day at each restaurant.
My trip consisted of three nights and it was just right. There is enough to keep you busy in this remote town of the North Pole. The first day, there was a husky ride that consisted of two hours and if you are lucky enough the dog musher may even let you have a go at handling the huskies (who look ferocious but are the sweetest animals to play with – see pic below for evidence 🙂 ). The same evening was my northern lights tour which departed at 9:00pm and lasted two hours. The tour consisted of driving to the Finnish and Russian border where there are less lights from the city and clear skies. I was so lucky, not only to have experienced a wonderful display of the lights just over our hotel but also to view a dancing spectacular at the Finnish border. The last day, I went for the King Crab safari which was amazing. The crabs are huge and are made into a lunch meal for the tourists at a nearby restaurant.
Overall, the trip definitely has something for everyone and should be on everyone’s bucket list if not already on it. It was on my bucket list and was worth every degree of minus temperatures, frost, snow and and money to experience Mother nature displaying her best dance for me on the night that I was there. The view of the Fjords from the hotel was unbelievable and all I can say is Nordic people are blessed with the beauty of their country.
Few tips if you are travelling to Norway in the winter:
Layer, Layer and layer (use only wool, cashmere, fleece and acrylic as they do not retain moisture);
carry extra battery and options for cameras (do not only rely on your phone);
wear two layers of socks with your snow boots as the ground is cold with inches of snow;
Winter weddings are fun according to me. If you hail from a country, which has tropical weather most year around, like myself, then winter months are a breath of fresh air. However, it can be quite challenging to find the right outfit for winter weddings. With increasing number of people choosing to get married in the winter months not only in India (where i originally hail from) but also in the UK (so that they can make their wedding photos even more picturesque, if they are lucky enough to have snow on their special day) it can be tough to find the perfect outfit.
The one rule of thumb to stick by is to choose a nice fabric that falls well and is long enough to cover most of your body so that you can look stylish, yet not freeze! With that in mind, you can make any Maxi length dress work. I found some lovely options from an emerging designer wear on my recent trip to India Studio casa 9
Their gowns are made of lovely fabric, that make any body shape look flattering. The embroidery is subtle and elegant, which makes the outfits look appropriate for a wedding guest. And, just like Indian tradition usually requires the bride to be covered at the wedding as a sign of respect, the gowns by Studio Casa 9 are tailored just right, not too expose too much of your body but yet show off the right parts of your body (like the shoulders and collar bones).
I teamed the look with some lovely statement jewellery from Tsara jewels. I kept the look minimal and elegant, not over done.
Let me know your thoughts and whether you would go for the same look for a winter wedding.
As the title of the blog post suggests, I am going to start by saying dreams do come true!
It is every girls dream to own a wardrobe as big as the ocean. Of course for practical and monetary reasons this is not possible! But with Dress me Desi Weddings this dream can be true. You can wear different outfits to each wedding function and party without having to worry about storage and spending money on purchasing the outfits.
If you are conscience about repeating your outfits and get bored of them easily like me, then Dress me Desi Weddings is the perfect stop for all things Desi. I recently collaborated with the up coming brand, and the creative director, Nabiha Khan, has embarked on a beautiful project. If you are a bride-to-be, bride’s sister, mother or friend and are looking to be economical on the BIG DAY then do check out www.dressmedesi.co.uk. You can rent outfits for a reasonable price and it is a one stop portal for all things wedding too (including vendors for lighting, decoration, food, flowers and everything else you need)!
Speaking from experience, it is a fabulous idea, as my wedding outfits are just collecting dust in my wardrobe and if you hire out the outfits from dressmedesi you do not have to worry about the storage nor the price tag that comes with it. It truly is a win-win situation.
Do check out the lovely outfits on the website or a sneak peak on my instagram page (asweetrohmance).
Autumn is my favourite time of the year. The colours are just fabulous and with the winter sun it makes everything looks even prettier. I decided to wear my favourite autumn colours for this lovely day catching up with friends at Chiswick House.
Luckily I get to visit many parks in London on the weekend and this post it all about the beautiful Chiswick House in West London. The park is huge, has great facilities for walking, running and for kids to play in a designated area. The weekend I visited the park, I can safely say it was probably the last weekend of autumn or fall as they call it in America. The leaves and the colours made everything even more majestic with the sub shining through. From 24 November 2017 – 1 January 2018, Chiswick House are having a magical Lantern festival for which I am definitely going.
This time of year is quite my favourite – it is cool and yet not cold. Not only are the trees at their best colour but it is also Hindu new year. For me Diwali (which is the Hindu new year) is one of the favourite festivals of the year. It is a good build up to Christmas for me, as it is celebrated like a mini Christmas event in every Hindu household, so I am lucky I get to celebrate Christmas twice a year and in close succession too.
New clothes are bought for Diwali, if you are lucky new jewels are also adorned. It’s that time of the year when you meet and speak to all family and friends that have been lost in the daily grind. Apart from putting on a few kilos with the lovely home cooked food and sweets, it is also a great time for cleaning the house and getting rid of stuff that one doesn’t want or use to welcome the Gods. For me I love getting dressed (any opportunity to buy and wear new clothes is a happy occasion).
This Diwali I decided to support a completely new designer, Anita Dongre, whose clothes I have not worn before, but are they fabulous in their fit, fabric feel and look? Let me know your thoughts! The ethnic yet modern prints make it a versatile combination. The sharara or palazzo pants can also be worn with a plain tee to make it more indo western and on the other hand the top can also be worn with jeans to get more wear out of it. I certainly felt like a million bucks.
I was so bored of going to the gym to work out and staring at every passing second on the treadmill like it is a time bomb ready to explode, that I had to venture into different exercise methods to keep me upbeat.
I happened to see this video on Facebook about a class called ((BOUNCE)) and had to try it. My first thoughts were this was going to be easy! Who can’t jump on a trampoline and who doesn’t love the feeling of being a child again? But lo and behold, it is jumping on a trampoline for 45 minutes constantly and is not as scary as one might think when you are in your 30’s, 40’s or even your 50’s.
I started ((BOUNCE)) as a trial class four months ago and I am so addicted to it now that if I don’t get a space for the class I am grumpy all evening. The instructor of course makes all the difference to every fitness class and Sarah Dickson – the bubbly energy ball, whose energy is infectious, pushes you to the core. The class consists of 45 minutes of aerobic choreography on a trampoline and 15 minutes of toning at the end.
The best part of the class is there is no commitment to sign up for weeks or months. You pay as you go (though booking a week in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment), so if you are on holiday or cannot make it for some reason you don’t lose out.
I can already see a huge difference in my body after starting ((BOUNCE)). It is definitely one of the best fitness classes of our times.
((BOUNCE)) runs at Netherhall Sports Centre on Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 6pm and Sunday at 9am (and did I mention the Sunday class is a child friendly one!).