Summer celebrations 

Good day to my sizzling superstars, 

This weeks post I have decided to dedicate to dressing for special occasions in the summer. This past weekend I was elated to have attended one of my friends beautiful weddings. As I awoke on Saturday, the sun was pouring through my window and I knew it was going to be the perfect day. Both the bride and groom looked stunning, I loved the shock contrast of the brides traditional dress to the shock of cobalt blue feathered shoes peeking out from under the hem. As the sunlight faded, the garden reception came alive with twinkly fairy lights and incense burning in the background. It truly was magical 😀 

  I chose to wear a shorter dress that reached just above my knee as I thought it was more appropriate for a a garden reception and also kept me cool in the balmy afternoon. Even though there was some embellishment detail on the shoulder which is usually banished to night-time,  it is acceptable during the day for such occasions and the burnt orange and red tones really set off my tanned complexion. I wore my Valentino stilettos and I used my Michael Kors clutch bag to accessorise. 
One year I attended Ascot ladies day that happened to fall on my birthday weekend in June. As I knew I would be going out in the evening I wanted an outfit that would be smart enough for the strict rules of Ascot but also would carry me through for an evening on the town. 

  

 I chose this monochrome dress as the capped sleeves made it appropriate for the setting whilst the large bow peekaboo back made it more fun for the impending evenings festivities. I wore a feather headband and laced up espadrilles during the day as I knew I would be walking across manicured lawns all day which I later switched for heels in the evening. 
Last year I was in South Africa for New Year. As December is summer time there, I knew I needed to find a dress that would kept me comfortable and collect r but also looked special enough for the chic night at Club 31 I was attending.

  
I wore the above navy vintage lace dress which I paired with my Valentino tan stilettos and red lipstick to accentuate. The subtle sequin detailing and V neck style flattered my figure and also really sparkled under the bright lights in the venue. 

One summer I also attended a masquerade party. As I knew my eyes would be covered with my mask, I really wanted my dress and shoes to show my individuality so I found the most perfect dress below.

  
I fell in love with the way the large discs on the dress moved as I danced and the colours really looked amazing when I went outside. As the dress was the main event, I paired it with a simple pair of strappy black stillettos and my black Chanel bag. 

My advice for summer occasions is to always enquire about the venue. I learnt the hard way this weekend when I wore my stiletto shoes to the wedding. As the reception was in a garden setting, my heels kept sinking in the lawn or were unstable on the pavement. Ideally wedge shoes would have been more appropriate but I guess we live and learn 😀 I would also suggest that even though you leave the house when it is a beautiful warm day, as dusk sets in, it can become a tad chilly so always try to take a pashmina or light cardigan with you that you can throw over your shoulders as the warmth begins to fade. 

When any of us organise a special celebration, we wish for perfect weather when the date arrives. In this city, if that does occur then I would honestly make the most of it, be brave with your light pastel colour dresses, delicate sandals and tropical nail polishes. After all, who isn’t happy when the sun has its hat on ☀️

Until next week, take care 

Keya x 

Festival Fever

Good evening my music mavericks, 

As those close to me know, I am a huge music fan. My ITunes collection displays an eclectic variety of so many different genres from deep house, to rap, to R&B. Music has the power to transport me to my happy place whatever I am doing and can really push me to my limits when I’m out running or on my bike. 

I am lucky enough to have already been to some amazing concerts and festivals this year with more planned in the next few months. A few week ago I attended Wireless festival with Drake headlining. The weather was blissfully bright and  warm so I decided on the below outfit. My shorts are customised Levi’s with a sequin detail on the back pocket by myself, belt by Ted Baker, my striped Breton top is from a local shop, my sunglasses are Ray ban and my shoes are diamanté adorned Converse lovingly made by one of my best friends. 

 
In 2010 I went to see Calvin Harris at the O2. As it was New Year we decided to dress up for the occasion, I wore the below outfit. The dress is a vintage designer one and my shoes were from Nine West.  

 Whilst I was working overseas in South Africa where I have family luckily, my cousins and I went to see Swedish House Mafia. The day was perfect and whilst sat in a dusty field I wore the below. My sunglasses are by Rayban, my vest by Mango and shorts are from French connection.

    I also went to the Holi one festival whilst there, which was an unforgettable experience. Every hour on the hour thousands of people would throw coloured powder into the air whilst dancing to deep house music. As the colours were so vibrant everyone wore white clothing which ended up looking simply spectacular. This was me after a few rounds of the powder throwing with the beautiful Table Mountain as our backdrop😊
  

Every year I attend SW4 festival in Clapham Common which is always so much fun and has me dancing all day and night to the killer anthems. Whether it is raining (where my fail safe clothing will be Hunter wellies and my Mac) or stunningly sunny (where I usually wear my trusty sunglasses and funky shorts) it is my favourite London festival and I cannot wait to attend it this year again in August. 

  

My main advice for musical events is just always have fun and do not take yourself too seriously – music can bring up so many different emotions in every individual but for me as long as I am surrounded by my amazing friends and I feel cool and collected in my outfit of choice then I know I will have an awesome day. Just look at the smiles on these lovely faces from the Ed Sheeran concert this past weekend – you cannot fake that elation 😀  

Until next week, take care 

Keya x