Sunday, 25 June 2017

Yalla Habibi: Marrakesh Lookbook!

Hey everyone!

This week I took a short break to Marrakesh... it went super quickly and I wish I could've stayed longer but nevertheless, it was all worth it.

Morocco is a place I've always wanted to explore and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to finally go. Generally, it is a welcoming place with a lot of culture and scenery. Aside from the constant haggling and the odd men who will serenade you with Bollywood songs on the street (or quite simply, 'I want to have sex with you' if you're less lucky), it is a beautiful area to see. 

For the trip, I tried to keep my clothing quite loose and airy due to the climate. I also wanted to be respectful of the customs but when at our hotel rooftop bar, I broke out the bodycon as it was more acceptable. 

Our hotel was situated in Hivernage - a wealthy area full of the best bars, clubs and luxury hotels. Literally, there was a Louis Vuitton store right next to us. I'd often stare in awe at the fashions as I sat and ate breakfast. A lot of women were carrying designer handbags - usually Michael Kors or Louis Vuitton. The fashion was definitely more Western and revealing in our area compared to the Old Town which, expectedly, was more conservative. 

My biggest fashion tip for dressing in Marrakesh is to dress colourfully! It felt so refreshing to wear vivid colours as in London, I'm usually in black or neutrals. 

So without further adieu, here are the pics! 

Embellished Maxi: New Look

Kaftan: Primark

Bodycon: PrettyLittleThing Shape
Choker: Bronzais
Clutch: Boutique in Mykonos
Heels: Carvela, Kurt Geiger 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ofio Morocco Collection Shoot

So a few weeks back I took part in my first ever shoot for a brand! The line is called Ofio and I've been following them for a while on Instagram, forever obsessing over their unique jewellery. I loved the fact that they embraced diversity in their shoots, selecting models of all races and sizes. This is so, so, so important! Also, Ofio is all about empowering women which I adore. 

I was honoured to be a part of the shoot and although I had no clue what I was doing, I think it was pretty cool to experience a proper shoot as opposed to having a friend take a few pics of me here and there. It reminded me how far I've come in terms of accepting and embracing myself as a woman, open and honest about my struggles and flaws. 

So without further a due, here are a few of the pics that were taken... 

Please do check them out and shop the limited Morocco collection as it features some beautiful pieces including this vibrant clutch & boho-chic handbag

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Katie Queue: Artist, Author, Actor, Musician.

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Hello, I am Katie Queue. 
I live within a world of limitless thought and express outwardly, as if achievement and dedication were my constant trajectory. 

Artist, Author, Actor and Musician, you may think I have over-sold myself and wanting to be everything at once; criticism I so regularly hear. But unfortunately I live with two minds, whilst the other proactively works away at the previous idea, the other half is creating a new one. I'm tired, exhausted actually, but it's the way I am. I can't stop. This flaw, this exhaustive flaw must be put to good use, before it drives me to utter madness; So, here I am. Talking to you. Engaging with you as if you were my friend. 
I am involved in a film project right now, we're in post-production, meeting regularly in a block just up the road from Abbey Studios, strategising the channels in which we will progress our film from canned to viewed. We're realising our audience and we're interviewing and applying to independent film festivals such as Sundance and Berlin. It's got charm this film - an honest and relatable storyline. It has a twist, as it should, and it's a film based upon judgement. We too often circle our own issues without realising that we are but the second side of an argument or misunderstanding, there is someone else involved and someone else with feelings. It's a film about a sibling misunderstanding, and what comes from it, it is about love. The very premise in which everything I create is formed. 

I write a lot, I have five books on Amazon, all exploring and highlighting better ways of thinking and doing things. They are there to not educate, but to help you think. To put yourself in the firing line and address your inner Universe. Your inner Universe is something that magnetically attracts everything else that is going on. These books are there to help you understand the power and the love that is inside of you and using that to heal and create the life you want. 
Music wise, I've done some gigs, some really important ones too. I've played at Europe's largest street art festival. I've played at the same venues as Bob Dylan, Oasis and James Bay. My style is unique, it's storytelling poetry with a pounding heartbeat and a mellow guitar. My voice is silky and reassuring. It's soulful. The stories and the use of words are mature and intelligent. Recorded straight to phone with absolutely no technical input, the sound is as raw as you're going to get. 

I'm inspired by a lot you know - work mainly. My past roles have seen me work in Mental Health, where service users were suffering within their own confinement and suffered from the isolation that brought. That experience made me think. I've also worked in a very corporate London environment, office gossip being as destabilising and damaging as ever. But what brought about these pieces of art; whether it is a book, a film or a piece of music, is the real-life exposure I have, with so many different people from so many different walks of life. From the corporate office manager whose having an affair, to the drugged up medicated schizophrenic, to the smartest loner in the room who gets bullied regularly. 
Every person has a story and every person needs to be heard. So this is Katie Queue. I listen intently and I understand what context that medium deserves, is it going to be a film? Is it going to be a piece of art, or a book, or a piece of music? These are my inspirations, you are my inspirations. 
I would say follow me, follow me for the person I am and the work that comes from it. It is here for you. Take what you need. 

Social Media:
Soundcloud: Katie Queue
Twitter: @IAmKatieQ
Amazon Books: Katie Queue
Youtube: Katie & the Queue

Tickets for Katie's 'Designing Life' event can be purchased here.

Friday, 31 March 2017

BTS at the Asian Business Awards Red Carpet!

The 20th annual Asian Business Awards (ABA) took place in the gorgeous Park Plaza hotel in London on the 17th of March. The night also saw the launch of the 2017 Asian Rich List, which profiles the top 101 highest earners in the British Asian community. 

I was lucky enough to see some of the high-profile guests hit the red carpet! 

It was a good feeling to be in the presence of individuals who have really made an impact and for the right reasons. It reminded me that Asians really are excelling across the globe and we've come so far to celebrate diversity over the years. 

Unfortunately I didn't manage to catch Gurinder Chadha but as a Film Studies student I absolutely adore her work. Her films have made such a huge impact on breaking barriers, defeating stereotypes and presenting Asian women as bold characters with a voice, unafraid to pursue unconventional routes. I think she will forever be a role model of mine because I too aim to defy boundaries. Just because history says you should behave a certain way doesn't mean you need to follow... Gurinder has taught me that it's okay to be your own unique self. It's okay to embrace your individual wants, needs and desires, even if society disagrees. Anyway, I shall stop rambling... but I was glad to see that she was present :)

This year, the Asian Business Awards welcomed Chief Guest, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. During a keynote speech, Mr Khan said: 

"London is home to one of largest, and most diverse South Asian communities in the world, which contributes a huge amount to our city’s success – socially, culturally and economically. Nowhere is that clearer than in the business community. From retail and pharmacy to tech and innovation, the UK's Asian business leaders are at the forefront of their respective industries. The AsianBusiness Awards recognises the incredible success of these leaders and I was delighted to join them and the Asian Media and Marketing Group for another fantastic evening."

Here are a few of my BTS snaps...

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Bronzais Collab: Celestial Choker (+ Discount Code!)

Disclaimer: Promoter collab. All opinions are my own. 

Yo! So I collabed with Bronzais who basically sell all things glam for bad bitches like me ;) Nah I kid, but I honestly did LOVE the Celestial choker they sent me. 

Not only does it sparkle like hell, I was also impressed with the quality. I've bought chokers before that have broke or don't fit well but this one was perfect. It really is a statement piece and it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is which is always a plus.

If you're interested, you can shop online & get a cheeky discount with my code MANITA10

Thursday, 16 March 2017

London Fashion Week AW17: What I Wore

Hey guys!

So I know this is incredibly late... is it okay to still blame it on being a final year student? Probably not. In any case, here is what I wore at LFW! 

I was so happy to be featured by Style & Curve magazine, where the following pic recieved over 3000+ likes! I was overwhelmed with all the comments and praise but I'm oh so grateful. I think it just goes to show that people really are striving to see diversity in the fashion industry, particularly at LFW. Although we've come a long way, most high-end designers are still yet to appreciate plus-size models... 

That won't stop me though! Nor will it stop all the other fabulous curvy bloggers! Let's all remember that whatever size we are, we all deserve to slay, slay slay! 

Dress: Missguided Plus
Heels: Carvela by Kurt Geiger 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Aisle Style: Your New Go-To Dress Site!

Disclaimer: Sponsored post. All opinions are truthful and my own.

We all know how difficult it can be to shop for an occasion right? I mean, I remember my freaking year 11 prom (which was a shitshow in itself) but I spent ages going from store to store trying to find a dress that had that wow-factor. It's fair to say it took a damn long time.

Now, there's no need to run around from store to store when you have the likes of Aisle Style at your fingertips. The site features wedding dresses, prom dresses, evening dresses... you name it.

You have the option of using custom sizing which means less stress for you as we've all had that experience of purchasing a beauty online, only for it to come and it looks like a bin bag. Luckily, you won't have that issue here as Aisle Style have your needs taken care of.

The designs in general are very elegant and sophisticated, perfect for an upscale woman with class. With the likes of beading, hand ruching and appliques, the detail is absolutely exceptional for the prices you pay.

This beautiful off-the-shoulder piece is perfect for anyone looking for lace wedding dresses.
This stunning lace trimmed gown is exceptional for £179.99. I guess cheap wedding dresses do exist!
It's the 21st century people! Why not embrace short wedding dresses if you're brave enough! I know damn well my future husband would look at me in awe if I walked down the aisle in this showstopper.