April's Playlist

AT THE STUDIO

APRIL PLAYLIST

Warmer tempratures, sunny days, the smell of fresh flowers.. We must all be on cloud nine this month (and we might have Bryan Adam's old album on our list too)

Here is what I have been listening to this month and on the hunt for something new - always! So if you have some tracks that is must have for the playlist, give me a shout below.

  1. The One - The Chainsmokers
  2. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers
  3. Rhythm Inside - Calum Scott
  4. Swim - Cape Cub
  5. Whispers - Kings
  6. Withdrawal - Max Frost
  7. We Are Kids - North
  8. Reasons - Godwolf
  9. Modern Love - Coasts, RAC
  10. Burn Fast - BKAYE, Bryce Fox
  11. Stockholm - Thastor
  12. Revolution - Novah
  13. Spoke the Words - Maham, Wolf Tide
  14. Forget who we are - Kav Verhouzer
  15. Children of the Sun - Daniel Baron
 

Styling Bright Colours

PRODUCT, PRODUCT

Patricia Stelmach x YM

If you are ever stuck on styling a chunky jumper, you have got to take some inspiration from Patricia Stelmach. She has styled our crochet jumper beautifully and let's not forget to see the layering, textures and the addition of accessories. My favourite detail is the pop of orange through the black fur jacket. Just lovely!

Team your YM chunkies with a short fur jacket, crisp shirt (we think patterns would be fabulous as well), and high waist jeans (or trousers, because some of us are just more trouser people). Like Patricia, finish the look off with a choker,belt and some amazing boots!

Available in 3 colours, shop this jumper here.

 

Wardrobe Basics : Classic Twists

WHAT I'M WEARING

Wardrobe Basics with Classic Twists
Photo by Harriet Kjellman from 6.2 Design Company

Photo by Harriet Kjellman from 6.2 Design Company

Photo by Phil Howcroft as part of '100 strangers' project

Photo by Phil Howcroft as part of '100 strangers' project

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A classic knit - fisherman's ribs, cables or a true basic style, everyone owns something that can be thrown on with anything. I have been truly obsessed with my cables jumper. If you follow me on social media, you would know that I cannot stop with the 'cables & pearls' selfie. This warm, textured knit is my idea of jumper perfection. A relaxed cut in classic black made of the softest wool, making it a wardrobe staple. It is finished with little white pearls to give it a twist to the classic cables and is so easy to wear (who can really go wrong with black?), from trousers to minis, it would stay with you for years to come. 

I have had a little phase of the jeans and jumper look and moved on to trousers, jumper and boots look and now I am back to the signature jeans and jumper. I wonder if everyone ever feels the way I do - I hold on to all my latest arrivals and wear them over and over again (I do wash them, yes) until I need a change of style. I have been investing in trousers quite a lot this season - I think its the pom poms and all the fancy trimmings that have been around. I am straying away from the skinnies and moving onto relaxed - think boyfriend, flares and straight fit. Ahhh! You are going to be seeing quite a bit of that. Warning!

I have been waiting for spring (like all of us are), although I can't deny that I love winter as I am jumper, boots and coat obsessed, it seems right to admit it. But spring.. I love throwing on a light blouse with a pair of jeans and a blazer to finish the look. Light layers are the best when you are petite, you won't get dragged down by the weight of your coat. I have been investing in quite a few blouses just in time for the perfect weather. I know that is a little much to think of considering we live in England but a girl can dream. 

My current favourite has been this ruffle blouse from Zara. It has a deep V neck, frills across the neckline and frilly trims on the cuffs. It is extremely lightweight and the fabric is not uncomfortable (I am quite picky). I think the details of this piece make it a versatile piece - style it underneath a jumper to get a cute cuff detail peeking out, wear it with trousers and sneakers to keep it feminine but comfortable and on those slightly cooler days, a blazer over this would be perfect or even just a classic knit without a coat would keep you warm. 

This look is completed with a beanie (I do not leave the house without one because I stay cold all day - and I have two radiators in my studio). This one is hand knitted in greys and white , finished with a faux fur pom pom, making it a rather easy to wear piece. And who doesn't love a big pom pom?

This look has a lot of textures - from the beautiful knit to the coat. This coat has been with me for 6 years now and I wear it everyday during the winter. The beautiful hairy texture on the lapels and sleeves is just lush! You know when you look at a piece in store and you know you just have to have it? I waited for this one to go on sale (it was over £300 I think). I patiently waiting and bought it from French Connection in December 2011. Yes, I remember! This look could have gone towards a monochrome mood if I had decided to wear my pom pom trousers but I plan to bring in some freshness as we are heading into spring. But do not hold me to it because I love the classic white and black look. Ah! 

Do you have any favourite knits that have stayed with you season after season and what are your favourite pair of trousers or jeans?

Until next time

YM x


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The Happy Beanie

I SUPPORT

WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION x YAKSHI MALHOTRA
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A few months ago, we let a new little creature into our home - Brian, the cat. Originally named Edie, he was a frequent visitor and always refused to leave our company. So, we adopted him. He was old, but a beautiful (big, really big) cat. I loved going home to him, he would keep me company on the armrest, for which he was really too big but that would not stop him; he would lay beside me on the sofa waiting for little tummy massages whilst I would watch Television. A couple of weeks ago, he seemed to have gotten really ill (which we were aware of when we took him in). We took him to the vet and it was just a really sad day as we had to make a really tough decision. I had a really difficult time dealing with this but time makes everything better. A day later, my dog (from india) passed away. I have not had to deal with death and a week of bad news was devstating. Anyway, onwards and upwards now. I am much better and I am so happy to have given Brian a home and loving company for the last few months he had and my dog on the other hand, had the best life. Really - he was really pampered and very well looked after. 

A lot of people who know me well, know that I deeply care about animals. Having grown up in India, I saw the unfortunate lives of stray animals, from starving puppies to injured cows on the street. My mother, sister and I did as much as we could to help these animals. We have rescued birds, puppies and dogs from the streets and still continue doing the best we can to contribute towards their welfare. I have always wanted to do more. There is something I feel within me when I help an animal in need. I cannot describe what it is but making the slightest difference for them, is just the most satisfying, peaceful thing to do.

Having been in the UK for quite some time now, I have been following a few animal welfare organisations. Today, I finally decided to take action through my business to show my support and help raise money towards different campaigns. There are so many I wish I could support but we all have to make our decisions! So, I am going to take a small step towards something good and something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I have been following the works of World Animal Protection for while now. They have quite a few campaigns - rescuing animals used for entertainment like bears, horses, elephants etc., helping those during disasters,  protecting dogs from brutal culls and the list goes on. Animals across the world face a lot of suffering and cruelty. I am hoping that I can raise money through my business to donate to WAP. 

I have created 'The Happy Beanie' x WAP range which features new colours to our most loved beanies. £3 will be donated to WAP for every sale made. These are handknitted by myself using a blend of cotton and wool, featuring faux fur pom poms. Initially, I was going to design a small range of clothing for the bear campaign. However, everyone has shown a lot of love for these beanies and this would give me a chance to raise more :) 

They are super cute, they come in a few different colours and I will update the range with more colours soon. If you have a colour in mind (I am thinking of blush pink already!), let me know. If you are going to be buying one of these beanies or have bought already bought it, show your support by using #thehappybeanie . I hope to share the support from all of you on my website, so please do give the brand a shout wearing your favourite happy YM beanie.

See how your donations would help World Animal Protection.

A worthy cause + a cute beanie = Win, Win! 

Buy The Happy Beanie and show your support here

Lets make a difference :)

YM x

**Please note that is not a collaboration. I will be making donations from my business to support the cause/s.