Pearls and Pinks

This lengha was *The One*. I came across a picture of it on Instagram and totally fell in love – I knew it’d be perfect for wedding season!

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For those of you who don’t know, a lengha is basically a combination of a skirt, top and scarf. It’s traditionally worn at desi weddings, as an alternative to a sari or a trouser suit.

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On heading to Birmingham I found the exact lengha I’d seen online, and bought it pretty much immediately! It was semi-stitched, which was great because it meant I could have it made exactly how I wanted it; the only downside was that it’d take a little more time and effort to have it put together. While I chose to wear the jacket with the net skirt, I also had a pair of matching trousers sewn as an alternative – which I can’t wait to style!
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I wanted to keep my jewellery simple and classy, and so I borrowed my Mum’s pearl set and added a few rings.
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I love that the Asian fashion industry caters so well to the modest market; it makes it so much easier to dress stylishly without having to bare a lot of skin. There is a classiness to modest dressing which desi clothes carry well.

I can’t wait to make the most of dressing up at the next asian occasion!

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Fatima xx

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Ruby & the Roses

So, after rushing home from my best friends’ graduation, I got changed, put on some lippie and headed straight to my bhabhi’s mehendhi! 

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I opted for this indo-western dress from KBT in Birmingham. It was originally semi-stitched, but required a lot of work to get it just right. On sewing the dress it just didn’t sit right, and so my mum brought in each individual panel on the skirt, to bring in the waist without altering the overall shape.

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While Asian outfits usually call for a tonne of jewellery, I pared down my accessories a little for this event. Instead of going all out, I wanted to put together a look that was classy and centred on the dress itself.

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Dress – KBT
Bangles – A market in Spain
Earrings – BHS

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Fatima xx

BOLD.

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I’m not usually one for simplicity – more is more when it comes to jazzing up an outfit. However, on first seeing this outfit, I actually really liked that the details were pared down.

While I’m totally aware the colours probably couldn’t be any bolder if the designer had tried, I like the way this loudness works with the general simplicity of the dress. The pleats give it volume and shape, and the lace sleeves make for some welcome detailing.

I wore this outfit for a semi-formal family gathering, so I kept my jewellery simple with a stone set I picked up in Spain. I love finding quirky jewellery in markets as they’re really unique, and they let me bring a little individuality to everything I wear.

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Fatima xx

Bejeweled Jacket

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Lately, I really love jackets on Asian outfits – they’re super flattering and seem to exude class. It was love at first sight when I came across this outfit in a little store on Ilford Lane!

While I’m not usually drawn to green, I thought this pale shade worked so well with the bright pink. I loved the champagne thread work and stone details on the jacket, and the contrast between it and the more simple kameez (top).

Like all love stories, this one needed a little work. Most Asian outfits will always need a little tailoring – they tend to come in a smaller variety of sizes and so the fit will rarely be perfect. I had the kameez brought in at the waist, so that it would sit more flatteringly.

It was my cousin’s mehendi so I wanted to go all out on the sparkle! What I love about champagne details is that you can get away with breaking the rules and wearing both gold and silver simultaneously – granted, both these colours work best on the muted side. I wore a pink stone set, with matching bangles and some gold rings. I finished off the outfit with a beaded silver clutch and some glittery, champagne-toned heels.

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P.s. I included some unedited pictures of my makeup because I’ve been playing around with the Morphe 35O palette and I absolutely LOVE it!

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Outfit – Style Mantra
Heels – New Look

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Antique Accents

I have been to – what feels like – 101 wedding events this summer, and it has been so great!

As a total romantic, it makes me happy to take part in a couple’s big day, (and all the smaller events that lead up to it) especially when it’s been my close cousins that have been getting married. Besides my hopeless romanticism, it’s also been nice having so many events to get dressed up for ;).
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I am all for bright colours and bold prints, but every now and then I think it’s nice to pare things down a little.

There’s something classic and timeless about a white sari, and this one – which actually belongs to my mum – felt like it had been calling my name for a while (sorry Mum). While white fabric can sometimes wash out warmer skin tones, what I love about this sari is that it’s more of a creamy, off-white shade, as the warmer undertone better compliments my warm-neutral skin tone.

I really liked the antique gold, cut-work border; while stone detailing often makes for a more decadent outfit, the sequins and thread work on this sari worked in a more understated way. I drew attention to the gold detailing by wearing some similarly accented, bold jewellery, which completed the look.

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Mehendi: Ruby anarkali

IMAG9567edIMAG9583edVIDEO0184_0000028886ed1IMAG9514edIMAG0775edThere’s no better way to make a statement than with a little red – or a lot in this case. 😛

For my cousin’s mehendi I wanted to wear something that’s dressy but allows for a lot of movement, and this anarkali was perfect for that. I love the contrast between the black velvet and the red georgette, and chose to accentuate the antique gold embroidery in the outfit by wearing Indian jewellery in the same shade. Whilst I really like the long length of the dress, I didn’t want to look swamped by the swathes of fabric; I wore a pair of large high heels to elongate my silhouette.

I carried the golden tones in my outfit through my makeup with a mid-toned golden smoky eye and gold highlighter. I finished the look with a red lip.

Anarkali – India
Shoes – Unze

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Eid 2015

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Eid Mubarak!
The great thing about Ramadan falling in the summertime – despite the unbelievably long fasts – is being able to dress up for Eid without having to wear layers over your outfit. This year, I wanted to wear something really bright and colourful to capture the summer spirit, and this pink churidaar does just that!

Although this suit wasn’t overly sparkly, the busy embroidery and the clashing blocks of colour on the border make it something that stands out in a unique way. I chose to accentuate the white detailing in the suit with some white satin heels and a matching clutch.

While I’d usually go all out with my jewellery – more is more when it comes to Asian attire 😉 – I didn’t think a large necklace would work with the high collar of the shalwar (the top). Instead, I skipped out on wearing a set and just wore these pretty gold and pink earrings, with a bangle on each wrist.

Outfit – Carron (in Mumbai)
Earrings – Matalan
Heels – Matalan
Clutch – Primark

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Fatima xx