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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Livestream: Topshop Unique AW17


Happy Sunday! I hope you're been enjoying my London Fashion Week coverage on Instagram and Instastories, it's been so much fun seeing what my favourite designers have in store for next season. Today, I'm teaming up with everyone's hughstreet fave - Topshop - to livestream their 
Topshop Unique show. Take your seat on the front row at 2pm and watch the show. 

If the show inspires you to shop current season, visit the Topshop website. 

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Best Dressed at the Grammys and BAFAs 2017



Sunday night was a real treat, with both the Grammys and the BAFTAs taking place. While the great, good and celebrated in the music, TV and film industries took to their respective red carpets, the fashion industry was ready to digest each look. Metallic formed a key trend on both red carpets with edgy looks winning over pretty, romantic looks. I’ve picked my top five looks from the Grammys and could only manage four from a largly underwhelming BAFTAs red carpet. 

Best Dressed at the Grammys

Rihanna in Armani Prive
Without a doubt, Rihanna was the best dressed at the Grammys. The pretty, black layered, voluminous skirt is expertly balanced with with the tiny, orange, barely-there crop top. I was really surprised that this edgy look was Armani Prive, who normally send metallic and futuristic looks down the runway. Does this mark a new direction for Armani Prive? 


Heidi Klum in Philip Plein
Perhaps better known for their theatrical shows and outlandish designs, this is a surprisingly surprisingly restrained look. This shimmering sheath skims over Heidi’s curves perfectly, creating a look that’s understated and cool yet sexy and red carpet appropriate. I’m not wild about the heels though, a barely there sandal would have been a better option. 


Laverne Cox in Bryan Hearns
This was the fabulous Laverne’s first outing at the Grammys and she knocked it out of the park. This gorgeous Bryan Hearns leather dress is held together by chain accents, showing off her beautiful curves. I’m glad Laverne went for a smoky eye and sleek ponytail to complement her edgy look. 


Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo
This is one of the most talked-about looks from the Grammys red carpet and deservedly so, even though J.Lo’s youthful looks almost distract from the beautiful Ralph & Russo gown she’s wearing. Jennifer looks like a goddess in this soft lilac gown, but I wish she had gone for a sleek updo as the hair competes with the tulle neck adornment. 


Katy Perry in Tom Ford
I have to admit, I’m very conflicted about this look. I love it at certain angles but straight on, it looks like two separate pieces. But art is supposed to make you feel and Tom Ford is one of the greatest artists, for this reason it makes my best dressed list. Katy’s newly bleached lob looks stunning with this unexpected sequinned top and feather skirt combination. 


Best Dressed the BAFTAs

Thandie Newton is Osman
I’m pleased as punch to see Osman on the red carpet! One of my favourite British designers, he does red carpet-worthy looks so well but seeing them make an outing is a rare treat. Thandie is the most glamorous vamp in this strapless gown paired with a dark berry lip. One of my favourite looks from a largely underwhelming BAFTA red carpet.


Emma Stone in Chanel 
The cool kids have been making a case for dresses over trousers for a while, none more than Emma Stone. This super chic Chanel look actually reminds me of an Indian outfit I wore to a wedding a few years ago. The pretty embroidery balances the edgy cut and I love the plunging neckline. 


Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton
Sparkles were the overwhelming trend at the Grammys and BAFTAs and of course, Vuitton had one of the best looks. It was high octane glam all the way with a plunging neckline and thigh high split in one of Sophie’s best looks on the red carpet. 


Emily Blunt in Alexander McQueen

The BAFTAs see Emily return to form as one to watch on the red carpet, her last couple of appearances have been a little underwhelming. The bodice of the drop-waisted gown is pure McQueen and I love the sheer panels which keep the drama of this gown sexy. 

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Best Dressed at the 2017 amfAR Gala


The iconic amfAR Gala officially kicks of the fashion festivities of New York Fashion Week. It’s one of the most glittering moments of red carpet season, with the great and the good of the fashion world going all out. This year, it was almost a clean sweep for Versace who dressed the vast majority of attendees - it’s much quicker to put together a list of attendees not wearing Versace than those dressed by Donnatella! Here are my top five looks from the fabulous amfAR Gala:

Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace
Queen Naomi was a tangerine dream in this exquisite beaded gown. The beading and sheer panels added much needed texture to the simple cut and the thigh high split added sassy drama. One of my favourite looks of the night. 


Hilary Rhoda in Brandon Maxwell
Maxwell is one of my favourite American designers so I’m always thrilled to see his looks on the red carpet. Hilary wore the hell out of this unique gown with a backless velvet bodice and simple black skirt with centre split. I’m really obsessed with this look. 


Madison Beer in Ashi Studio
This is why i love amfAR, you don’t get glorious fashion moments like this very often on awards show red carpets. This demure yet dramatic gown made a real sartorial statement. I love the colour, the subtle embroidery. Also a huge fan of the simple undo and gentle smoky eye. Perfection. 


Zoe Kravitz in Versace
I love that Zoe always remains true to her aesthetic on and off the red carpet - she will always go for an edgy statement rather than a frothy tulle number. This Versace look is  stunningly minimal look. I just wish it wasn't quite so sheer.


Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace

Also in a white Versace gown, Alessandra looked every inch a Victoria’s Secret Angel on the amfAR red carpet. A timeless asymmetric design with clean lines, it was perfectly accessorised with minimal accessories.  
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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

5 Essential Ingredients for a Mindful Morning Routine


I have to admit, I’m not a morning person. At all. My most productive hours are always in the evening through til the wee hours. As a result, my bedtime tends to be around 1am, which means I often wake up exhausted and end up snoozing my 6.30am alarm. I wake up begrudgingly and I shuffle through a quick ‘getting ready’ routine with the aim of getting as much extra sleep as I can before getting out of my flat as fast as possible.

Last year, I decided to rethink this approach. In January, I went to a really great yoga and Ayurveda retreat in the Catalan Pyrenees and learnt the significance of a mindful morning routine. While yoga is pretty well known, Ayurveda may be a bit more unfamiliar. It’s an ancient Indian holistic healing system which is over 3,000 years old. It's based on the simple belief that wellness depends on a delicate balance between mind, body and spirit.

Ayurveda highlights the importance of a morning ritual that aligns the body with nature’s rhythm to balance your body and mind. During the retreat, we woke up at sunrise to do pranayama breathing exercises and meditation before an hour long yoga class. Afterwards, I felt so energised. Despite the super early start, I was physically and mentally prepared for the day.

I tried to take this approach back to London with me but it’s so impractical to get to bed early enough to rise with the sun and squeeze in a full Ayurvedic routine in before getting ready for work. . My hours at work are ridiculous, then there’s dinner or drinks with friends, blog events, launches or parties…London life is non-stop. 

While I can’t feasibly wake up at 5am like I did at the retreat, I did take away the importance of taking time to time to set yourself up positively for the day. This is the most effective time of the day to practise mindfulness which will really impact your life, a positive outlook can change your whole day. 

I’ve made my own super quick and easy routine, with a touch of mindful practices as well as some Ayurvedic principles to make sure I get my day off to a great start. By following Ayurvedic principles, I make sure that my body and mind are balanced before I really start my day. 


Here are my 5 essential ingredients for a mindful morning routine to help set you up for a great day:

Meditating/inspiration/reading
It’s so hard to motivate myself to leave the warm, cosy sanctuary of my bed so I start my day with a little positivity while I’m snuggled up. Depending on my mood and what I need for the day, meditate, watch an inspiring talk like a TED talk or read. 

If I’m especially stressed or anxious, I love doing some meditation to help me centre before starting my day. It’s one of the most powerful Ayurvedic tools for balancing body and mind. There are many forms of meditation, at the retreat I learnt mantra meditation which I found very powerful but I prefer guided meditation in the morning as it’s a bit gentler to listen to someone lead a 15 minute session.

Sometimes I just need a little kickstart for the day so I’ll listen to a TED Talk to inspire me. I really loved the fabulous Shonda Rhimes’ talk ‘My Year of Saying Yes’ but there are tons of incredible talks. If I just need to ease into my day, I’ll read. I’m currently reading The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield as well as poetry by Nayyirah Waheed, Rupi Kaur and Warsaw Shire.

Sun salutations
Now that my mind is awake, it’s time for my body to follow suit. Along with meditation, yoga is a cornerstone of Ayurveda. I became a yogi long before I started studying Ayurveda and love nothing more than stretching out my body to prepare myself from the day. Ashtanga is my favourite yoga style and as much as I’d love to spend an hour and a half doing the Primary Series each morning, I settle for doing a quick 30-40 routine of sun salutations to stretch and get my blood pumping. It’s a full body workout and the Ashtanga version is physically demanding, the whole point is to warm up the body and sweat. 

Oil Pulling and Body Brushing
After working up a sweat, it’s time to shower. Before I jump in the shower, I oil pull and dry body brush. Oil pulling and body brushing are both key in Ayurveda, the former helps to detox your system by pulling out toxins while the latter stimulates the skin and lymphatic system to improve blood circulation and help to release toxins.

I oil pull using coconut oil but you can also use sesame oil or olive oil. I take a teaspoon of oil and as coconut oil is solid at room temperature, I chomp on it till it liquifies then swish it around my mouth for about 10-15 minutes. Toxins are then absorbed by the oil as the volume of liquid increases. It’s important not to swallow any of the oil as this causes the toxins to get reabsorbed by the body. I then sit the now cloudy oil mixture in the bin - coconut oil solidifies and can block pipes so this is the best way to get rid of it. 

Dry body brushing can be done with silk gloves, a sponge or a dry brush, I prefer the latter. The massage starts at your feet, using long, sweeping strokes on limbs and circular strokes on your torso. After I’ve finished body brushing, I have a quick shower and moisturise using a beautiful body lotion my housemate bought me from Diptique. 

Hot Water and Lemon
The benefits of drinking hot water and lemon are well documented and actually rooted in Ayurveda. Drinking warm water stimulates the digestive system and muscles while lemons help to detox the digestive tract and they are also high in vitamins and minerals. This is one of the quickest parts of my routine and it literally takes 5 minutes. If I’m really pushed for time, I’ll wrap up a slice of lemon and have my morning detox drink when I get into the office. 


Tablets
As a vegetarian, I’m super conscious that I’m eating the right food and getting the correct nutrients. Typically, vegetarians tend to be quite low in iron which is why I have  apple, oat and spinach smoothies every morning! As much as I can, I try to eat freshly cooked, nutritious food but I’m super conscious of making sure my body is nourished so I take tablets, particularly through winter, to make sure I’m not missing anything. At the moment I’m taking Seven Seas Perfect7 Woman, which are specially formulated for women. They contain the usual vitamins and minerals plus Omega-3 as well as zinc for healthy skin and nails, biotin for healthy hair, magnesium for energy, vitamin B2 for normal vision and vitamin B6 to help regulate hormones. While I haven’t experienced any Rapunzel-like hair growth, I do have a bit of a glow, stronger nails and a bit more of a spring in my step since I started taking them. 

That’s my little mindful, Ayurveda-inspired routine to start my day with a balanced body and mind. 

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Hallå Stockholm


Today I'm going to hop, skip and fly over to Stockholm for a few days. As much as I love London, sometimes it's very necessary to escape it for a while. This is my first ever trip to Stockholm (I know...) but I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time there this year, it's set to become my second home. If you have any recommendations, leave me a comment else keep up with my adventures on Instagram
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