Saturday, September 27

SANDRA DEE

What I wore today, keeping it simple and reminiscent of a 1950s Sandra Dee school girl in this mid length skater skirt from New Look.  This is called the textured Waffle Skirt and is available in black, burgundy and an array of floral prints too.  I like it.  Its simple, floaty and feminine, one of those piece that you just don't have to think about styling - it will go with everything.  I'm definitely going to get some more of these skirts as they are great to wear in Dubai for those days when you need to dash about running errands and need to beat the heat whilst still looking conservative.  

The other hero piece to mention is this jeweled embellished statement necklace from Aldo.  Their store at IBN Battuta Mall is my favourite as their accessories range is vast and really easy to shop.  This piece caught my eye in particular as I'm a lover of all pastel shades and I really liked how the shape of the necklace meant it sat nicely along the neckline of my top.

Monday, September 22

FASHION | NEW LOOK A/W14 COLLECTION LAUNCH

New Look launch their autumn/winter collection with a quirky venue, sun shining props and delicious canap├ęs (it’s always about the food with me).

Being a fast fashion brand, NL is extremely trend driven, focusing on product that is contemporary and of the moment giving customers that instant gratification of fashion at their fingertips.  This season’s collection honored this mantra in true style as NL presented their trend driven collection to the regions media and top online-influencers.  So what are the trends that we’ll be rocking this a/w14?  Here goes: Boho Luxe, Mod Girl, Utility Chic and Checks & Tartan.  And what does that mean exactly?  Best defined by pictures…




Sunday, September 21

WHAT I WORE | BOHEMIAN VIBES

Absolutely heart this dress that was an adhoc buy from Miss Selfridge in the week.  I was dashing round The Dubai Mall picking up some stuff for work when I past the store and this dress caught my eye – it was love at first sight.  I think all women have soft spot for Boho style; there is something organic and romantic about the effortless look.  As you can see from my previous post, I had a weekend away and I thought this would be the perfect ‘holiday look’ that is both dressy and casual.  I like that combo muchly.



The dress has a cream slip with an embodied net that goes over the top.  It is really comfy to wear, especially in the heat, and although it is quite casual attire – it really is a stand out piece because of its unusual layering.  Underwear was a slight issue, with the fabric being so see-through you kind of her to go as minimal as you possibly can!  I went for beige lace basics as I thought that to be the least obvious with minimal pinching.  To accessorize, I went for an amber/orange clutch from Bottega Veneta which is a beautiful piece but admitted entirely impractical.  It only gets a rare showcase when the contents consists of: a debit card, lipstick, that's about it.  Maybe a post note with key telephone numbers on at a push.
  

Thursday, September 18

WHAT I WORE | A WEEKEND ESCAPE TO THE COVE ROTANA

There is nothing like escaping Dubai for a long weekend to a neighboring Emirate for some well needed relaxation time and last weekend I eloped to The Cove in Ras Al Khaimah.  The Cove property is not a regular hotel as it is made up of Arabic style villas that sit along the idyllic water inlets on Ras Al Khaimah beachfront over looking the Arabian Gulf.  In this post are the details on the maxi day-dress I wore coupled with some scenic pictures to take you there virtually.




OUTFIT DETAILS

This cut out, colour block maxi is from River Island, I bought this about a month ago so it may not be instore now but here is the link to the website incase you wanted similar (link!).  Forgive me as I don’t remember the cost but think it was around AED300.  I love RI’s beachwear category, they do some great cover style dresses that are fun and glam.  The cut out sides are great for nipping you in at the waist, although I’m not a huge lover of the colour combo (the lumo pink and green panels are a little tacky) but it’s a great summer piece to chuck on pool side and still feel ‘put together’ – minus the beach hair and sweat.

Dress: River Island | Flip flops: Havaianas | Sunglasses: Prada

Monday, September 15

FASHION | KOTON AW14 PRESS DAY IN DUBAI

When it comes to outerwear I’m really feeling capes and ponchos this autumn winter and it’s great living in a country where you can put fashion over functionality – as lets face it, in Europe you’re going to need to wrap up a little warmer than this.  I went to Koton’s Autumn/Winter collection launch last week where the brand showcased a great collection of coats and my particular favourite was this orange poncho I’m wearing below.




The event was hosted at Icon Lounge at the Radisson Blu in Media City, Dubai.  The main focus of the event was Koton’s wide range of denim, hence why I’m wearing it from top to toe.

Wednesday, September 10

EATS | BRASSERIE ANGELIQUE AT JUMEIRAH ETIHAD TOWERS


Whilst spending the weekend in Abu Dhabi escaping the hustle and bustle of Dubai I had the pleasure of dining at Brasserie Angelique, a French a la carte restaurant in Etihad Towers.  Walking through the doors you are welcomed by an extravagant, French inspired interior, which gives you a feeling that you’re about experience something pretty special.





For starters, I opted for the scallops.  They were served in a rich Crustacean sauce that consisted of tiny brown prawns and diced onion which was really flavorsome, without taking away from the flavours of the scallops.  My friend went for the Langoustine et Boudin Blanc which was a little disappointing – the taste was impeccable but the fact that you was served only one Langoustine left you hungry for your main course.

Monday, September 8

FASHION | LIPSY AW14 PRESS DAY IN DUBAI

With a blink of an eye September is here and that means one thing for fashion retailers – new season launch! Seriously, where has this year gone though?  It only seems like the other day I was writing a post about Spring/Summer launch and already we’re talking about fall fashion.  



Lipsy launched their AW14 range at Ba restaurant in the Fairmont on The Palm, which was a lovely little venue discovery, amazing views of Dubai city line and delicious Thai/Chinese food (sorry I don’t know the difference but they served spring rolls).  To the very glamorous soiree I wore a piece from the new collection which was the black lace maxi-halter and retails at AED498.