Tuesday, June 24

STREET CHIC | STYE N DUBAI FASHION SHOOT

I thought I would share with you the behind the scenes shots and my outfit details from a photo shoot I did with Stylendubai.com this week.  Style N Dubai is an online fashion magazine that caters for the luxury fashion lover, they asked me if I would feature in their Street Chic feature which I was delighted to accept.



The theme of the shoot was ‘a luxury summer look’ and I wore this ivory Isabelle dress from Reiss.  I think a white embroidered dress is something that you should invest in this season as they go with everything, seriously. It was fully lined so I did feel a little hot in it but I guess it would be more suitable for indoor venues. 

The fabric is crochet and I particularly loved the sleeves where you could really see the detailing.  If I wasn’t playing dress up for a shoot, I think this outfit is perfect for those summer engagements, paired with a pretty kitten heel and you're ready to trot for some summer filled fun.  

Monday, June 23

THE HAMPTONS IN JUMEIRAH


Amazing new Eats discovery for all of you foodies, which I have to give credit to my friend Adam for who was actually the one who stumbled upon this amazing boutique café, The Hamptons.  Located on Jumeirah Beach Road next to Bosporus restaurant, The Hamptons is a small café split over three levels serving healthy (ish) gourmet farm food inspired by the lifestyle and heritage of NY city living.


Sunday, June 22

MY TOP O.P.I POLISHES, NAILED



O.P.I Step It Up

I don’t know about you, but for me it has now become impossible to walk into a Sephora store with out wandering over to the O.P.I nail polish counter and trying out a new shade – enevitably adding a new one to the collection.  There are so many shades that I absolutely love but these are the three that seem to be on repeat purchase for me.  Please let me introduce you to: Step It Up, Samoan Sand and Mod About You.


Monday, June 16

BEAUTY | VELOUR EYELASHES AND CONTOURING PERFECTED

On Friday I had my make-up professional done by one of the artists at PRO Makeup Boutique, I had a black tie ball to go to and since I was dressing up to the nines – I thought I would treat myself to red carpet make over as well.

PRO is a very small pop up store at the Oasis Centre and the reason why I went there to get my make up done was two fold: 1, because they are the experts when it comes to contouring foundations and 2, because they are the only stockiest of Velour lashes in Dubai.



So first of all lets talk about contouring.  The premise of contouring is the art of shading and highlighting to bring out or lessen features.  It works best when you use the same colour family, in lighter and darker shades.  The products that PRO used was the Magnetic Eye and Face Palette, since I have quite tanned skin they used the warmer colours on me. 

First of all they darkened the sides of my nose and under my cheek bones in a shade I can only describe as mud-brown.  I didn’t realize how much of a contrast was required in the tone of the shades you are using, to create the contour effect.  The bridge of my nose was then highlighted in a very pale shade (third one in from the top right) and that was blended under my eyes, in between my eyebrows and marginally onto my forehead, a little dab in my philtrum, finishing with a line down my chin.  The colours were then blended together using a moist sponge and then finished off with bronzer around the edge of my face.  The makeup was applied using a set of pink Bambu brushes, a collection which is a vegan friendly, organic and anti bacterial



Once my make up and contouring was complete it was then time to pick my eyelashes.  This was a decision I took very carefully and was guided by the make up artists opinion.  The Velour eyelashes are 100% authentic mink lashes that are customized to suit your preference and eye shape.  Since they are a natural product thay are really comfortable and lightweight and it didn’t even feel like I had false eyelashes on.  The lashes are stitched onto a cotton thread band, which makes for easy application. 


The shape I went for was Complete Me and the set cost AED250 and you can reuse them between 20-30 times before throwing them away.

Sunday, June 15

WHAT I WORE | WORK WARDROBE

Here are my outfit details from this weeks Dubai Girl Vlog so if you were interested in getting any of the pieces, you know where to buy it.  All of these outfits have been purchased in the last month so you will still be able to get hold of everything you like.  My Louis Vuitton handbags are old but they are classic styles which are always in stock .  If you haven't seen my episode this week you can watch it here and don't forget to subscribe if you like it.



Thursday, June 12

WHAT I WORE | A NEON NUMBER


What do you think of the hair?  These are salt-water waves and I think it is just the best 'product' for making your hair go wavy without burning it with tongues and wands of every inch of its life.  I had been swimming in the sea the afternoon before,  had let it dry naturally and then slept on it - this was the result - one of those fluke-hair days when it just decides to go right for a change.


Sunday, June 8

DUBAI GIRL VLOG | WORKING 9-5



Outfit details of what I wore in this weeks vlog.  I started my Dubai Girl Vlog to show my outfits in more detail but it has now evolved into some kind of video-diary of my working life in fashion.  In this episode I had to travel to Saudi Arabia - so before I got dressed up in my abaya, here is what I was wearing along with the details of where you can buy it.

Friday, June 6

EATS | THE MAKE BUSINESS HUB



Not quite the same as working from home but as close as you can get, The Make Business Hub is a haven for the working folk to escape the office and get down to some creativity accompanied with gourmet food.