Posts in Jackets & Outerwear
A red Christmas coat from Zara in the heart of New Delhi

A very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to all my readers in India and friends across the globe! Last week I was in New Delhi and went shopping for a red coat to wear on Christmas. I found this beautiful coat that I bought from Zara with high neck and side pockets but could not wait till Christmas to wear it! These pictures are taken just the day after at Connaught Place where I was meeting a friend for coffee at Starbucks - just the perfect reason to wear this coat! After having it on for some time, I found that it was also quite warm! I styled it with a Michael Kors bag and black boots stolen from my sister's cupboard! The inner, a polo neck basic sweater, is also from Zara and I matched the navy color of the inner with the navy of the bag.

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A black embroidered Karen Millen dress makes the perfect party outfit for the holidays!

I love my black Karen Millen dress! I love everything about it - the embroidery, the style, the cut and the fit! I recently wore it for a late afternoon high-tea at Coworth Park, the Dorchester Collection's luxury hotel and spa, located near London (check out my high tea post here!). After spending a couple of hours drinking tea in the hotel's elegant and richly decorated dining room, my friend and I wandered about the gardens feeling blessed and happy to be there that day!

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My high tea dress at Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection's luxury country house hotel & spa

High tea which is different from afternoon tea, is an English dining custom, where tea is served at the table with high back dining chairs in the late afternoon. I was recently a guest at the Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection's luxury country house hotel & spa near London, and enjoyed high-tea in their elegant drawing and dining room with stunning countryside views. Coworth Park is nestled amid 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland at Ascot. Dressed in a Karen Millen embroidered, black dress and black Karen Millen sandals, I had a taste of a quintessentially British afternoon drinking fine tea in plush surroundings, whilst admiring the beauty of the breathtaking English countryside. The hotel offers an extensive menu of teas including some which are rare and glamorous. If you get lucky, you might even run into a George Clooney or a Russell Crowe, as Hollywood celebrities have often been spotted enjoying afternoon tea here. The service of the staff is exceptional as they serve you with their utmost attention and sincerity. Dress code is smart casual - my advise is not to overdress and keep it simple and elegant.

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My Karen Millen floral summer dress pictured at Coworth Park hotel in the magic of fall

The Coworth Park Hotel, Ascot, where these pictures were taken, as I mentioned in my last post is a luxury spa located near London. As my friend and I were walking around the extensive hotel grounds, we were immediately attracted to these flower fields richly decorated with flowers in lavender and white. Our hearts danced with joy as we made our way through the colorful fields leaving the world far, far behind us! Honestly, this hotel is such a great place for a retreat with so much beauty all around, that I can totally picture John Lennon writing the lyrics of his famous song Imagine here.

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In a Karen Millen trench coat & floral dress at Coworth Park Hotel, U.K.: A fall to remember

Do you remember the lyrics of the famous song 'Imagine' composed by John Lennon? Perhaps, what we do not know is that the lyrics of this song were written by John Lennon at Coworth House, currently known as the Coworth Park Hotel, Ascot, a 45 minute drive from London. I was there recently and it ended up being one of my best hotel stays ever! I felt quite at home in this luxury resort with an eco-spa, heated pool, polo grounds, horse stables, flower fields and lakes. After a delicious à la carte breakfast, I wandered about the grounds in my Karen Millen trench coat, Karen Millen floral dress, Karen Millen boots and crossbody bag from Kate Spade. Here are some pictures from my first day there. The trench coat has been one of my best purchases this year - the neutral color matches beautifully with almost all of my dresses and the fit is flawless. The dress which belongs to the KM summer collection, has also been a great addition to my wardrobe - I can take it from summer to fall and wear it again in the spring. :)

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A favorite fall look & sunset at Notre Dame: Paris diaries

After visiting the Eiffel Tower, our last stop for the day was the Notre-Dame. Also known as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, it is a medieval Catholic cathedral in French Gothic architecture and is among the largest and most well known churches in the world. Once again it is a symbol of man's genius and creativity finding full expression in the beauty of the architecture. From Jardin des Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower, my Karen Millen fall coat and boots were perfect for my day out in Paris. I wore the coat over a Talbots kick-pleat straight skirt, a Ralph Lauren polo sweater and a matching Hallhuber scarf. The black Burberry bag and Gucci sunglasses added to the whole fall look, making it one of my favorite's this season!

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Romancing my Karen Millen fall coat at the Eiffel Tower in Paris: Paris diaries

After Jardin des Tuileries, our next stop was the Eiffel Tower. It was late in the afternoon and also getting a bit chilly. My Karen Millen fall coat was perfect for this kind of weather and kept me warm enough so that I could enjoy my hop-on-hop-off day tour in Paris. I styled the coat with boots also from Karen Millen, a Hallhuber scarf and a black Burberry bag. Arriving at the Eiffel Tower, we were hit by the largeness of this iconic monument. To me, it was a symbol of man's creative initiative and indomitable will that was reflected in the tower's imposing structure. After spending some time, looking at this majestic tower, we took a cab and headed to our next destination - the Notre Dame.

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A Karen Millen Fall Coat in Jardin des Tuileries: bonjour Paris!

When it comes to coats and jackets, I love Karen Millen, like this wine Karen Millen coat I bought for my trip to Paris last month. Autumn was setting in and the trees were turning from green to dazzling hues of gold, ochre and red. My friend and I took a walk through the Jardin des Tuileries (the public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde) before stopping for lunch at the Café des Marronniers. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining brightly and golden, crisp leaves falling softly from the trees, making a rustling sound beneath our feet, as we continued with our walk through the garden....I styled my Karen Millen coat with neutral color boots, also from Karen Millen, Gucci sunglasses and a black Burberry bag. I wore it over a Talbots skirt and a polo-neck sweater from Ralph Lauren (post coming soon!).

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A pink Stormwear jacket for my day trip to the Urquhart Castle in Lochness, Scotland

Packing for a European holiday can be indeed quite a challenging task - one is always uncertain how the weather will behave! Even though I am a seasoned traveler and have experienced frost and fog on hot summer days in Europe, I failed to pack a jacket with me when I was traveling to Scotland this summer. I was in Inverness, Scotland and had planned a day-trip to the Urquhart Castle, a ruinated 13th century castle that sits beside the Loch Ness, the largest (by volume) lake in the British Isles. As it turned out, it was a cold day and I had to make a last minute dash to the nearby Marks & Spencer where I bought this water-repellent pink Stormwear jacket on sale for GBP 30. I matched it with a dress which was also on sale for GBP 11 and layered it with a Ralph Lauren polo sweater. Ugg boots kept my feet warm and comfortable.

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London Street Fashion: From Notting Hill to High Street Kensington

After a few hours of discovering Notting Hill, I headed to High Street Kensington. I remember as I was snapping pictures, an officer of the rail service department came and told me in very polite British English, that I needed permission to take pictures at London's underground stations! I was very impressed at his polite manners and immediately packing my camera, got in the overcrowded London tube! I had forgotten that it was rush hour! For those of you who haven't checked out the Notting Hill post, I am wearing a Marks & Spencer navy trench coat, a Marks & Spencer pale pink knit top, a Talbots charcoal grey pencil skirt that I have styled with a Karen Millen bag and shoes from River Island.

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Discovering London's Notting Hill in a Marks & Spencer trench coat

I love my new navy Marks & Spencer trench that I bought this summer from the M&S store at Oxford Street in London. The quality and fit is impeccable. I wore it on a warm day while discovering the Notting Hill area of London. I styled it with a pale pink knit top also from M&S, a Talbots dark charcoal pencil skirt, a Karen Millen neutral color bag and shoes from River Island.

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Fall preview: Ralph Lauren check shirt & a Zara jacket at Edinburgh in Scotland

Even though I am not a morning person, I was particularly impressed with myself, when the last day of my stay at Edinburgh in Scotland, I trotted out of bed at the unworldly hour of 4 a.m.! A nice, hot cup of coffee that stirred my brain-cells from a semi-unconscious state to a more sentient one, was followed by a brief period of meditation, that reawakened my chakras (hey, I practise yoga, ok?!), reminding me once again that I was a conscious being, capable of feeling and responding. After a nice, long indulgent shower and another cup of coffee as I got dressed in my new Ralph Lauren check shirt and a Zara quilted jacket, that I matched with a pair of True Religion jeans and a Gucci bag, I was out and about in the Old Town of Edinburgh at 6 a.m.!

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Street Fashion combines with street art at Shoreditch, London, in an M&S trench and an M&S floral shift dress

After having a delicious cup of flat white coffee with my photographer friend Nina Shaw at the Ace hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Shoreditch, London, we took a walk around Shoreditch, the modern Central London in the East End of London. Starting with Box Park--a place for the latest pop-up fashion & lifestyle stores, food, drinks and events, we walked around Shoreditch High Street and Brick Lane, boasting some of the most stunning graffiti artworks in London. The street art was the perfect backdrop to shoot my Marks and Spencer Shift Dress and a beige Marks and Spencer trench, captured beautifully on camera by Nina Shaw. Here are some picture from the shoot. P.S. I was loving my new Michael Kors crossbody bag and nude sandals from Zara that I bought on sale only for 7GBP!

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A water repellent Zara jacket on a rainy day at London's Apple Market in Covent Garden

After being in London for a few weeks, I realize that the weather here is as unpredictable as life itself. Heat and cold in the same way as pleasure and pain can be experienced from one moment to the next. Rains come unexpectedly even as we are confronted with situations and challenges that come up unexpectedly in our lives. It is easy to go out and buy a Zara jacket to protect yourself from the rain but it takes much more strength and courage to be able to stand true to your principles and watch the drama of life without getting your feelings and emotions involved. When nothing else works out, retail therapy offers a temporary solace to the afflicted heart. :)

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Rainy day chic: a white Ralph Lauren Polo jacket, jeans from True Religion & Nike sneakers

So finally I get a chance to visit Goenneranlage, the historic park in Baden Baden, Germany, with a view of the Black Forest Mountains. It's Tuesday morning and I still have a few hours before I take the afternoon train to Bermersbach, a small village in the mountains located about 16 km from Baden Baden. Even as I am deciding what clothes to wear in my hotel room, it begins to rain. I am concerned that I don't have any rainboots or even a raincoat and hope my Nike sneakers will match up the weather for the day. My white Ralph Lauren Polo jacket that I take almost everywhere with me, is fast becoming my indispensable companion.

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Through the fields in a small village near Duesseldorf, Germany: a walk to remember

What happens when you are traveling to Europe in the month of May and thinking you'll have summer weather, you leave your down and trench jackets at home?!--Murphy's law starts operating, the temperatures drop to 4 degrees (celsius) and if your friend doesn't lend you her jacket, you either end up freezing the whole time of your vacation or spend a couple of hundred dollars in a new jacket that you don't really need! But my friend Nicola has the kindest heart in the world and I can guarantee you that if you are with her and you are freezing, she'll remove her jacket for you!

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Style guide: How to wear a #trenchcoat with your favorite #floralprinteddress!

Hey, wait a minute, can you really wear a trench coat in the summer?! Well, in some countries you can and believe me it makes the perfect date outfit when you combine it with your favorite floral printed dress, like my friend Kirtana did, in the following pictures. She matches her floral dress with a Burberry trench that makes her look like a million dollars! I love the basic color of the trench, it's so universal more than anything else and the Burberry checks go beautifully with the floral print of the dress.

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My #wardrobepieces I am loving this #spring--@jjill jeans, @Eddiebauer fleece, @LLBean flipflops!

I can live forever in these Jjill ankle jeans that I bought on sale on sale for like $20! They are so comfortable that I can even sit in them cross-legged on the floor for a couple of hours....and I am still hanging on to my Eddie Bauer fleece jackets--you bet!!! They are called the Eddie Bauer Quest 150 Fleece 1/4-Zip Jackets available at...

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My favorite #springstyles from #Zara

It's officially #spring and I was shopping #springstyles at one of my best stores Zara. Here are some #fittingroomselfies for some of my favorite pieces...so which ones did I buy ?:)

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