F2 Series: Food and Fashion in London

These are two of my favourite ‘F’ words – food and fashion. While I eat a lot and put a considerable amount of effort in dressing up (can you tell?), they often don’t warrant a blog post on their own. But I would like to document them and hence invented F2 Series for Cherry Cross. Every post would include food and fashion from my travels and I will file posts from this series under lifestyle instead of food or fashion.

The first edition is from my most recent trip to London. It was a four day trip, with two Nando’s meals.

I attended London Fashion Week for the first time ever! I was supposed to go for four days but only managed one due to lack of courage and some family commitments. I didn’t realise how intimidating it would be, but the day I went to pick up my accreditation badge, I felt tiny compared to all the glamazons and creme de la creme of publishing world. More on it in another post; let’s get back to what I wore and ate.

Airport look was a New Yorker slogan tee, VERY old denims from F&F Clothing (Oasis Mall, Dubai) and Esprit camel coat. Zara black-and-white loafers (they are the most comfortable and versatile item I own from the brand) and a plain black handbag. Tired face and swollen eyes are a home production.

Next day, bright and early, I wore an oversized navy blue knit with sequin-heart (I did disown myself a little for wearing a heart in any form) with plaid mini and nude boots. To make the heart-matter worse, I wore a statement silver necklace. Filing this look under ‘NEVER AGAIN’.

That day, we were hosted by N’s family for an elaborate lunch of traditional Pakistani food. Samosas, chicken tikka, daal chawal, kaale channe, seekh kebab, doner, fish and chips, bhunna ghosht, jalebi, ras malai, gulab jamun… you get the drift, right? Later that evening, we raided Sainsbury for cake and cupcakes to celebrate N’s maternal grandma’s 80th birthday.

There are some outfits that do not turn out the way you envisioned, and this was one of them. I paired a boho skirt with a white dress shirt, multi-coloured necklace and Maybelline’s Heroine Liquid Matte Lipstick. White shoes were buried in luggage, so nude booties had to be worn. Also, bad hair day. I think this combination can work – it has potential. Maybe with a belt and one less button buttoned?

We headed to Nando’s in Barking for dinner that evening. We ordered Peri Chicken, burger with halloumi and butterfly chicken strips for main course, and cake with ice cream for dessert. Nando’s doesn’t really need elaboration – it was delicious.

For evening, I kept the shirt on and changed into the same F&F denims and took a stroll around Piccadilly Circus.

On Monday, I finally went to Store X for fashion week. I belted a satin skirt (wardrobe hack for you) and wore a nude bolero. Again, hair decided to act out and booties screamed for a swap with something with a bit of heel and sheen.

We had an elaborate lunch at Pizza Express later. Usually, pizza is an all-encompassing meal for me, which doesn’t require an entree. But we were starved and went all out – Dough balls, Arrabbiata Prawns, Sloppy Giuseppe and Pollo Forza. Prawns and chicken pizza were the winners.

Last day in London (technically second last but we had a morning flight the next day, so wrote it off) called for even more indulgence. We were hosted for breakfast at Kebabish Hut, and had samosas, lamb biryani, yakhni pulao, haleem, chicken korma and Kheer. Later that day, we had fish & chips with a side of seekh kebab, and dinner was Nando’s for me and homemade daal chawal for Mister. It was balance made in food heaven.

Headed to LFW, I wore a Promod tee with F&F denim and natural print shrug from Splash. Actually, this shrug is a dress, but I sometimes wear it as an add-on.

On my way flight back to Cologne, I dug out another slogan tee (this one is from Outfitters in Karachi) and took my rebellious hair back home.


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