Time seems to fly even faster even before you could finish spelling a-n-n-i-v-e-r-s-a-r-y. The pages of the year book flipped one more year and this time we decided to mark the 8th anniversary of our marriage in our most loved continent – South America.
”Unconventional is risky but rewarding. Ordinary is safe but boring. Since we decided to pursue the unconventional path, the experiences are also unique, uncommon and worthwhile. Such was the afternoon tea on the Valentine’s Day at a venue which was so unconventional right in the heart of London. Such is the personality of this person which is not ordinary, so the treatment I received was special. Thank you is however not an unconventional word anymore to say to you Tanusree Ghosh” – said my beautographer about his experience of our Valentine’s Day afternoon tea date at the Sketch London– an unique restaurant which changes the design of its rooms (each of them different) everytime they feel like making some new collaborations with artists. The last time they revamped their decoration was in early 2012.
Team OneTimeFashionista’s Morocco madness continues as I started sorting the bajillion of pictures we took. It will surprise nobody that we’ve returned from our “less than 10 days maiden voyage to Morocco” – already longing to go back. My wish to stay on..and on..and on.. is becoming stronger and deeper as mystery unfolds about this intensely vibrant country. Marrakech alone could be the place for which natural oohs and aahhs are fully warranted! In this post, we take you to the magical Majorelle Gardens– discovered by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and Pierre Bergé in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech.
My fashionista gentlemen, everyday is your chance to show your style, from coffee morning to cocktail hours. It’s one of the toughest aspects of the end of holidays: along with early starts, the commute between office and home (rather than hotel to exotic locations), and an engorged email in-tray, back to work means back to stiff and square office gear. Happily, there is something new on the men’s wear horizon that can help bridge the gap between laissez faire and white collar: say hello to the wooden tie.
50 days to Christmas. Looking for gift inspiration for the men in your life? Look no further than London’s Christmas markets and fairs. Among a raft of special festive events you’ll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and usually a bit of glühwein to help you get into that merry spirit. Whether you’re shopping for a special gift or a stocking filler, London’s many Christmas markets are sure to please. Last year, during Christmas market hopping at Southbank centre, I discovered this unique men’s accessories label- Wooden Ties. It provides an excellent selection of wood ties in a range of designs and styles. My beautographer and I were instantly in love with them, so without further wasting time I bought him one because this natural wood tie uses an attractive chevron design.
My fashionistas, this weekend I decided to blog for the fashionista gentlemen. It’s been a while, right? So, I snatched away the camera from my homemade photographer’s hand and enjoyed a Sunny -Spring-Saturday from this side of the lens. I’m told that the average men don’t pay much attention to what they wear. If you are one of them and think you only need clothes to go to work, then give me 3 minutes and read this post.
For most men, it’s a case of dressing appropriately at work rather than making a fashion statement but if you stick with certain rules that will make all the difference- it’s virtually impossible for anyone not to look great. Just so you know a man in formal wear is a big turn-on for me;) Thanks to reel-life characters like James Bond and Don Draper (of Mad Men) 😉 Here are your 5 head-to-toe steps to getting your business-suit groove on from manic-Monday to fun-Friday.
1. Go Bright-and-Bold with your shirt-and-tie combos. Liven up your grumpy work place with confidence-in a tie that simply boost energy and passion-wear red tie on pink shirt or sunshine yellow tie on sky blue shirt. Show them why it is almost no-no to pair their dark shirts with dark ties.
2. Silk ties are suitable for all seasons. Try pair it with a striped shirt towards a suited look.
3. Get in the best-dressed zone with collar accessory. You don’t have to throw all your point-collar shirts out of your wardrobe and donate them to charity…but you might consider it;)
4. Professional men with backpack look like boys. Carry it during day-trips or when on budget holidays. But a look this polished calls for a briefcase or satchel. It sends the message that you’re a professional, with serious business to attend to on the fly—not just a man carrying gym shoes.
5. When you rest your hand on the meeting table, using hand gestures during those presentations, the focus is on your watch. Make a statement with a massive dial-metallic or leather strap-both works!
Top tip: Don’t ignore your socks. Stripes, neutrals or argyle-all will give you springy steps. Mix and match, if you dare! Take two different pairs of neutral colored socks and color-block it. This works, trust me!
You can do so much more for your offfice style- try pocket square with the suited look on full-on-formal-Monday, a waist coat on striped shirts on semi-formal-Thursdays or slim-ties on casual-Fridays. Most importantly, wear confidence! Roll back your shoulders. Straighten your spine. Chin up. Walk with grace. Your suit commands respect. So should the way you carry yourself.
The model is a senior project manager in a MNC based in London who also happens to be the homemade photographer of OneTimeFashionista.
T.M. Lewin White shirt with collar pin
Next black slim-fit suit
Grey normal-fit Raymond suit
Zara Black slim-fit shirt
Blackberrys pink shirt
Blackberrys blue shirt
Jeff Banks White and Purple striped shirt and Purple tie set
His Dad’s red tie
Wooden tie from Wooden Ties
Bespoke green Ray-ban sunnies
Fossil brown sunnies
Next black/ brown belts
My fashionistas, hope you all had a great weekend! I spent a Sun-day (literally) walking down the hippiest street of London- Bricklane, clicking pictures of street arts, chatting with a friend in a In-house cafe, luncheon at a curry house and a visit to an art gallery. But the most important part of my day was photoshooting a friend who is the centre of attraction for this post.
I am befriended with people of different age group, ethnic background, race and religion as long as I connect with them, nothing else matters. Mark has just celebrated his 50th birthday last month and you judge by yourself what a gem of a person he is-full of life, vibrance and enthusiasm. He is also one of the few people I know, who has an inherent sense of style. Contrary to the popular belief that people in London wear boring colors-mostly black and grey throughout the year, I have always found Mark experimenting with colors and never hesitate to don a pink, or yellow or a tangerine Polo shirt unlike other men. I want to take this opportunity to thank Mark for accepting my proposal to pose for OneTimeFashionista. Know Mark and his style here:
Name: Mark Bickerton
Occupation: International Director, London Metropolitan University, UK
What was the last thing you bought? A pair of white trouser and a yellow Polo T-shirt from Shoppers Stop in india.
What would you be never caught wearing? Jeans. I have never owned a pair of Jeans in my life, they don’t suit me and Sandals-they look too casual.
What’s the most prominent color in your wardrobe? Navy blue. Professionally I wear a suit everyday, I believe with navy blue suit you can never go wrong.
Which website you visit daily to garner some tips or updates on fashion? I look at other peoples photos on Facebook and ideas. I don’t follow any particular one, I sometimes look at high fashion magazines not because I want to follow them but to get some ideas. I walk down to the streets of Bricklane and Spitafields often and that’s where I get inspiration and ideas from.
If you could go anywhere in the world now where would you go? Buenos Aires, Argentina
What’s your Fashion motto? Simplicity. I try to look stylish than fashionable. I like to wear clothes that are associated with a memory or people. It brings back memories.
What are you wearing? Linen Shirt from Shoppers Stop, linen suit from Austin Reed in Covent Garden, Shoes from Marks and Spencer (I don’t like to spend too much on designer shoes), Belt is a present, Glasses from Emporio Armani. Gold ring.
Now a days I buy most of my clothes from India, it became a habit. when I’m at home in London, I am a bit less interested in clothes shopping, I like Spitafields market for one off things. When I am in India, it’s cheaper to buy clothes of same international standards. It also brings back memories, I am not interested in high-end designer clothes, 10 years ago I bought a Jasper Conran suit from Selfridges, it fitted well but I can’t wear them at work everyday, I like waist coats, especially in Winter, it gives a splash of colors.