Wednesday, 11 September 2013

50 shades of Blue

Before I moved to the UK, I had heard that people here always talk about the weather. However, I never quite understood how an entire nation could be fascinated/ obsessed with the weather, enough for them to talk about it everyday, sometimes even with complete strangers. I understood this strange phenomenon only after I moved here.

The weather in the UK is so mercurial that it changes every 10 minutes. People cant help but talk about it because it is like news, it keeps changing! I also learnt that it is also very deceiving sometimes. I wore this blue skirt and blazer on Sunday morning as it looked bright and sunny when I looked out of the window before leaving home. It was only when I left the house I realised how cold it really was.

I feel like the skirt is the highlight of the outfit. It is from H&M and has an odd sort of abstract, geometric design on it. However, my favourite part of this skirt is the million shades of blue in it. The blue and white combination by default makes the skirt summery.

I got this blazer from Zara last year. It has the most comfortable fit and best of all has perfect length of sleeves. I am quite fussy about the sleeve lengths and usually dislike jackets the cover my wrists. This blazer however is just the right length. I was glad I wore it as it was really cold and I wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes without it.

In addition to being a very cold day, Sunday was also very windy; as a result, my hair were out of control. The proof is in the picture above. There is no excuse for it, but it happened, my hair wouldn't stay in a ponytail and there was nothing I could do about it!

I wore blue and white plimsolls with the outfit as I was in a mood for being very matchy-matchy. They also made the outfit very casual. Sometimes shoes can entirely change an outfit. I have worn this outfit to work with nude patent shoes and it looks entirely different.

Although this outfit is quite summery I have a feeling I'll be wearing it a lot in the winter too. I think its my way of rebelling against the weather. There, I mentioned weather again if any of you were wondering if living in England turned me into a weather obsessed person as well. Take a wild guess!

Blazer: Zara
Skirt: H&M
Top: Promod
Shoes: New Look

Monday, 9 September 2013

Greek Chic

It is safe to say now that summer has officially ended. This summer I tried to wear my maxi dresses to their fullest. After all, I hadn't seen such glorious weather for ages and was also quite sure that the weekend that just went would be the last bit of sun we would be getting for a while. As a result, I wore the maxi dress I was saving all summer on Saturday. 

This beautiful black maxi dress/gown was a new addition to my wardrobe in July. When I bought it, I thought I'd wear it for a special occasion. However, after 2 months of not find a good enough occasion to wear it, I decided to make it casual and wear it to meet a friend for coffee.

The dress has a rushed detailing that makes it very Grecian looking. It is probably what makes it sort of dressy looking. It drapes beautifully and can look very flattering.

Here is my attempt to wearing a black gown/maxi casual. I added the ultimate casual piece I believe every girl must own; a denim jacket. It instantly makes anything casual. As the weather was windy, I was glad I had the jacket on me.

In a further attempt to make this outfit casual, I added this green satchel. I got it in the sale last month. I think it is very versatile as it looks good with a lot of outfits.

I accessorised the look with my infinity ring and the green agate ring I got from Istanbul. I kept the accessories simple as the green bag is quite a statement piece.

I saw this Real Greek placard next to the cafe we were in and it almost seemed apt to add this picture to this post.

It was fun to have a relatively dressed up coffee. Now that it's officially autumn, I'm sad that I wont get to wear this dress for a while, but then there is always hope for an Indian summer.

Dress: H&M
Jacket: H&M
Satchel: Zara
Sandals: River Island
Infinity Ring: Etsy (link)

Friday, 6 September 2013

Precious Jewels

One of the most exciting things about a holiday is holiday shopping. I usually try and dedicate a whole day in my itinerary for shopping. I know this might sound crazy to some people, but it probably stems from my family holidays when I was younger. I have vivid, fond memories of my mum and I going to all pretty boutiques for a good bargain. We almost made it a sort of holiday ritual, to find something special from every place we visited. 

Now, all those years after, I only wish I could go on those random bargain hunts in exotic places with my mother. Whenever I travel alone or with friends, I make it a point to drag them along (even if they don't want to go) to a flee market or independent boutiques.

I managed to get a few gems back from my holiday in Istanbul. 

I am a big fan of dainty jewelry and this bracelet was a gift from my friend. It is meant to be the ever-seeing eye that wards off all evil. I personally don't believe in any of that, but I did think it looked really pretty. We got it from the Grand Bazaar for 10 Turkish Liras after haggling to our hearts' content.

I also got this gorgeous black and green mesh bracelet from a street stall for 5 Turkish Liras.  It looks beautiful when it catches any light and the green beads glisten.

Although I did not technically buy this beautiful gold beaded bracelet in Istanbul, it arrived on the day I was leaving for Istanbul and I wore it throughout my holiday, hence I have included it in this post. It has a colourful tassel that makes it the perfect summer accessory.

Also, in the technical purchase category is this beautiful infinity ring that arrived a day before I left for holiday. I took this along with me too and have been wearing it non-stop since.

My favourite purchases however were these two cocktail rings.

I have very thin fingers and as a result finding a ring that fits me is usually a task.

I found a little boutique that sold silver jewelry and scarves, a combination that was too tempting to resist and hence walked in. Little did I know that I would be walking out with these beautiful rings.

The green agate ring has a very ornate setting while the black onyx ring has an exquisite and detailed setting with rhinestones around it.

I didn't get much from my holiday in Istanbul, but I went down the route of the fewer but better and I think it worked!

Gold Bracelet: Some place Beautiful (link)
Infinity Ring: Etsy (link)