A nice denim shirt is considered as one of the wardrobe staples that shouldn’t be given a miss. And, when we talk of denim shirts in the context of trends and fashion, there are an array of styles to choose from- oversized, classic, boyfriend or frayed. As much as I love, all of these above, I will always have room for a classic fitted denim shirt in my closet. We usually consider this versatile piece as a relaxed, casual and an easy to go option. However, fashion is never restricted and creativity is my only driving factor at martini on heels. So, I thought to take the denim shirt up a notch by styling it for my evening step out! It can also scream understated elegance if styled to suit the occasion. I paired it with a short box-pleat skirt and to give it a neat look, I incorporated a tan belt as well.
And like, Tom Ford rightly said, “It’s hard not to be sexy in a pair of high heels.”
I certainly don’t underestimate the power of high heels, and donned these beige beauties to complete the look!
[Denim Shirt – Promod | Skirt- Topshop | Belt- The Label Life | Pumps- Aldo]
Concept, Styling and Content by Karishma Kambo | Photography by Niharika Bokaria | Location Courtesy- Perch, New Delhi
Who doesn’t own a pair of those super comfortable denim jeans? But gone are the days when denim was just limited to jeans, jackets or shirts in your wardrobe. Since a few decades, denim has been the muse of the fashion designers worldwide. Clearly, it is still one of those fashion trends that has been doing rounds of the catwalks, season after season. Even, I couldn’t stop myself from picking up this theme, and since it is impossible to cover this dynamic trend in just one post, I will be subsequently doing few more posts on martini on heels revolving around this super cool blue fabric.
One thing that always keeps my curiosity levels high is the history/roots of that particular trend!
So, here we go back to the few amazing facts on Denim
It was originally called serge de N├«mes which was then soon changed to Denim
Denim was originally used by workers because of its durability, and it suited well for their daily jobs
The brand Levi Strauss is a brainchild of a man Leob and a Nevada tailor as they both together got the patent for creating workpants reinforced with metal rivets in the 1800s which is now commonly known as Jeans
In 1950s denim jeans became very popular with the younger crowd, and it was the symbol of teenage rebellion in movies and TV programmes
In 1980s denim took fashion industry by storm when designers like Gucci started designing jeans with their own labels on them, and it surely became the symbol of western decadence
In 1990s there was a sudden decrease in the demand of the denim Jeans due to which Levis Strauss had to close its 11 factories
In the year 2000, denim came back with a bang and till now, it proudly owns a space in high street fashion outlets and on the famous runways!
We surely, can’t get enough of this trend, right?
My ode to this fabric would be incomplete if I don’t share its incorporation into the present fashion. For this blog post, I chose a blue denim shirt dress which is a smart, casual and a perfect fit for your shopping spree, college style or even a coffee date. Though it’s certainly not restricted to any occasion but it’s still more apt for your casual step out than an evening soiree. Have a look on how I styled mine!
As complicated as it may sound, but it is a very simple recipe to whip up something interesting whenever you are bored out of your regular chicken tikkas! I know they are scrumptious, but a little change did no harm to anyone, right? So, here we go.
3-4 skinless chicken breasts , pounded to ½ inch thickness
4-5 pieces of sundried tomatoes
Feta cheese (if you are looking for healthy option) or
4-5 pieces of green olives (remove the pits)
4-5 cloves of garlic
Salt and Pepper
Coriander to garnish
Vegetables- Zucchini, Mushroom, and corn ( number of veggies is optional as you can use any or just one vegetable out of these as per your liking)
Marinate the chicken for minimum 2 hours in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic (crushed )
Pre heat the oven at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes
In the meanwhile, prepare the stuffing of the roulade by finely chopping sundried tomatoes, olives, and crumbling feta cheese or mozzarella. Mix all together in a bowl, add some dried oregano and keep it aside
Prep the chicken by nicely placing the chicken breast fillets so that you can now evenly fill the mixture in all the four fillets
Once you have done that you are now supposed to roll the chicken breast fillet like you would roll a carpet and tie it with a cooking string or a pure cotton white thread, divided equally in three parts so that your filling doesn’t come out and the roulade stays intact
Coat the oven tray with a thin layer of olive oil so that the roulade doesn’t stick while cooking, and now place it in the oven and let it cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes. You don’t want to over cook the chicken so please keep a close eye
Once its brown from outside and simmering from inside, take a non stick pan and with a drizzle of olive oil just sear it until its rendered crisp and brown (not more than 2-3 minutes)
Take the pan off the heat, let the chicken rest in a separate bowl and in the meanwhile, you can prepare your sauce
Take the same pan in which you have seared the chicken now throw in your diced vegetables- Zucchini, Mushroom, and corn along with salt, pepper and some chilli powder and a squeeze of lemon.
After you have sautéed your vegetables, put 3 table spoons of cream along with two table spoons of water. Stir it well. Your sauce is done
Now go back to the chicken that has been resting and very gently, pull out the cooking string so that you can evenly cut three pieces
Serve the roulade on the bed of your vegetables in a creamy vegetable sauce and garnish it with fresh coriander
These wide legged pants can never go wrong when you are looking for style and comfort at the same time. They were quite popular in the 60s and 70s but have definitely made a comeback in a big way! Palazzo pants can be paired with anything- long top, jacket or a shirt but I feel they really do justice to your look if you pair them with a well fitted top and then you can add an extra layer of jacket/shrug or incorporate a belt to draw attention to your waist. If you want to create an illusion of taller legs then these pants can definitely come to your rescue as they are leg lengthening and make you look tall.
The illustration below shows how such pants can be paired with a jacket and a long ruffled top respectively.
However, I paired mine with a fitted Bardot top.
[Palazzo pants- Promod | Bardot top- Dorothy Perkins | Pendant- Vibgyor Jewellery | Footwear- Charles and Keith | Bag- Mcleodganj]
Concept, Styling and Content by Karishma Kambo | Photography by Srivardhan Melacheval Suresh | Location Courtesy- The Lodhi Hotel, New Delhi