Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Webby: Wednesday: Maison du Maillot

Maison du Maillot, the Middle East’s first dedicated beachwear store today launched its contemporary e-boutique online. Bahrain-based site  Maison du Maillot will provide customers throughout the region with the latest swim and beachwear designs for men and women.  

Stocking contemporary international brands, Maison du Maillot offers their customers the latest collections of bikinis, swimsuits, sarongs and dresses from leading swimsuit designers such as Melissa Odabash, Tori Praver and Gypsy05.
As part of Maison du Maillot's commitment to social responsibility the company pledges to donate 1% of all sales to charitable causes. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Yoga Jeans?!

Ever tried to keep count of how many times you’ve complained about lack of movement in tight jeans? No matter the price point, the pairs were made to be sturdy, not ultra-comfy. That's a fact of life, the price we all have to pay to be fashionable. Well, it was.

I came to know about Second Denim's ultra comfortable Second Yoga jeans through ZINZIN boutique at Mercato Mall in Dubai. The jeans redefine the perceived limitations of wearing denim. Offering the same flexibility of yoga pants with the sturdiness of conventional denim, Second Yoga jeans are as comfortable as they sound. Apparently they come in regular, low and extra low cuts with flared, straight and skinny styles, and their comfy chic style also makes them a much better wardrobe choice for air travel than velour tracksuits.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

More Fashion Illustrations All The Way From Portugal

Remember when I posted about artist and illustrator António, who lives in Oporto city in Portugal, and work as a freelance illustrator? Previous post here. The illustrator has just sent me part of his new SS2014 illustration project, and they look absolutely pretty! Can you guess which fashion designer the illustrated clothes represent?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Outfit of the Day

I love mixing mismatched patterns in my outfits, they're not always easy to pull off, and not always something to invest in for years to come, so for such looks I usually browse high-street stores. I came across these boyfriend-cut peach and white striped shorts and striped/polka dots busson-down shirt at the GAP three weeks ago. I loved how the patterns complement each other, plus they're the perfect lazy/casual friday attire. I accessorized the look with my Chloe espadrilles, my Celine bag, and a panama hat. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Day in Doha

On my way from Kuwait to Doha-Qatar, I kept on re-organizing my agenda to plan what I'll be doing in the afternoon before heading to The Kayys event, since I'll arrived 3 hours before the event. Ironically I wasn't planning to go to any shopping mall, I guess I'm getting enough of retail therapy from my day job. So I was contemplating should I go to the Modern Islamic Museum, which I've been to previously, or go to Mathaf, since I haven't been to it yet but it takes longer to get there. By the time I  boarded the plane and checked-in to the hotel it was 2:30PM already, I was too exhausted and starving to leave the hotel, so I decided to explore the hotel, grab something to eat, and then get ready for the event. I stayed at Saint Regis, which I think it makes such a great family hotel because of its facilities, plus it offers the Michelin star cuisine of Gordon Ramsay and Hakkasan as part of its dinning facilities. 

Anyways, when I arrived to Katara where The Kayys event was being held, I spotted this gorgous painting with the "like" details of an instagram, photo above. Not sure who painted it but its colors and details are amazing. 

The view from my room at the Saint Regis in Doha

Giving my camera a quick test before heading to the event.

Mixing my Boutique Black Pearl necklaces with Mouzzanar and Lama Hourani's necklaces. Thankfully my layered necklaces look passed the security check points at the airports quietly 

And I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the lovely girls behind The Kayys and my invitation to their event was waiting for me too. 

Some photos of Katara, I wish I had the time to explore it properly. Basically, it's a Cultural Village aimed at increasing human interaction through art and cultural exchange. According to this site, Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multi-cultural activities.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Emma Kuo and Her Favorite Clutch

It took me a while to focus on the details on these clutches because of the busy background. I have'nt seen them up-close, so my judgment and admiration are solely based on these photos. Allow me to introduce you to a New York-based brand called Emma Kuo. Founded in 2011, Emm Kuo's modern designs are inspired by architectural influences, strong textural contrasts and clean shapes. 

Her clutches offer a mix of the most luxurious European leathers, exotic skins and customized hardware in an intricate, but understated way. Don't they feel like a mix between Edie Parker clutches and Kotur? I wonder if the price point is reasonable or not. 

The Kayys

Last Saturday I was invited to the launch of The Kayys Spring/Summer 2014 collection in Doha, Qatar. I was excited about the event and meeting the sister-designer trio, especially that I've never seen their work up-close and I wanted to pick their brains out and find out what the inspiration behind their collections. I've seen photos of their Ramadan collection last year and some pieces looked just phenomenal!

I arrived on time to the Gallery where The Kayys's new collection was showcased. Invited guests were required to wear the wristband, which was included in the hologram-ish invite, in order to access the gallery, located in Katara, a beautiful place where cultural awareness is promoted through festivals, exhibitions, seminars, concerts, and all forms of artistic expression in a cultural village.

We first stayed in a hall, photo above, to mingle before we were guided to another connected hall where the collection was displayed. The hall had foil-like rain coats hanging from different points on the ceiling, will tell you why later, and a corner with props to take your selfie.  As soon as the first hall got busy with the fashion-forward crowd, we were directed to the other hall. Large plexiglass boxes were placed throughout the hall, inside them were the models who were meant to look and 'act' like showroom mannequins. They were dressed in The Kayys's sartorial pastel-colored pieces, bursting with elegance. There were bubble machines installed in semi-hidden corners, blowing zillions of bubbles all over the place, which explained to me why the foil-like raincoats were on display, a large number of guests wore them to protect their extravagant abayas from getting stained. My favorite looks of the collection were the blue satin pants paired with a cape-like cropped top, embellished with see-through/hologram-ish sequins, and the pink off-the-shoulders satin gown with fully embroidered cape. They looked absolutely gorgeous. The pieces were available for pre-order and should be available within 2-3 weeks of placing the order.   

As for the guests and ladies attending the event, they looked absolutely stunning dressed in their fancy abayas, I loved their choices of shoes, bags, and accessories, on-trend and extravagantly over-the-top. I wanted to take close-up photos of their pieces but I felt awkward and wasn't so sure of their reaction. So I admired their sense of style from a far.

Hend, Ghada, and Maha, The Kayys girls, thank you so much for your hospitality and your very warm welcome. I loved and enjoyed every minute of my short stay in Doha. I hope I'll get to see you soon in my hometown Kuwait.

For more information about the brand, please send an e-mail to, or call +974 33436030, or follow them on instagram: @Thekayys.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Eat and Glow

The other day I got the loveliest surprise from Eat and Glow, a Kuwait-based business that makes nutritious food and healthy snacks to fuel up the right way. Inside the recyclable wooden box, they’ve beautifully arranged some of their favorite gourmet/organic treats, including super nutty granola,  energy bars, a box of yummy truffles, Arachidi spread, and Gianduia spread. I've never heard of the last two spreads, so the first thing I did was called my family members and gave them a quick test.

The Gianduia spread actually tasted like a mix of dates and chocolate but not so sweet, after further research I came to know that the Gianduia is an Italian dessert paste made from hazelnuts, cacao and natural sweetener. We tried it with fruits and crispy bread and it tasteed so good! Actually, if you like Nutella, you will love this healthier version. As for Arachidi spread, it was more peanut-buttery type, and it tasteed just as good. I have also tried the granola and the rose covered truffles, and they were equally AMAZING.

According to Maha of Eat and Glow, they use mostly organic products and no sugar at all except for natural sugar from dates or other dried fruit. The packaging looked soooo pretty and fresh! I think it makes a great and memorable gift for foodies in your life. And that's not all! They also encourage their customers to recycle their jars by offering a special discount on their next order.

Follow Eat and Glow through instagram on @eatandglow for their latest updates and for placing orders. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Slippers Go Bling

Spotted these Zara slippers with swarowski crystals the other day and I really liked them surprisingly, not a fan of crystals but when I tried them on they were so comfy and looked kind of cool, plus they're soooo budget-friendly. So what more can one ask?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Outfit of the Day

The laziest way to post an Outfit of the Day post is via instagram, and I've been meaning to blog about this for a while now, but thanks to my never-ending to-do list, I only got around to do it now. 

Plaid button-down shirt by Forever 21, long sleeves cotton striped shirt by Proenza Schouler, plaid scarf by Zara, cropped waxed jeans by J Brand, and heels by Gianvito Rossi. I was trying on this gorgeous hologram-ish oversized clutch by Roksanda Ilincic. No I didn't get it, priorities priorities. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Exclusive: L’Officiel Mexico's Editorial on H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

L’Officiel Mexico has done an editorial shooting for the Conscious Exclusive Collection. And I'm excited to be chosen by H&M as the only and sole media in the region to exclusively have these images to share with you all. 

I have previously posted about the collection here, and today was the official launch of the collection at H&M's branch in the Grand Avenue only, according to my sources, the embellished heels flew off the shelves within 5 minutes! And I;m not surprised, the heels were the trophy piece of the entire collection, and selling for around KD 50, makes them worth the queue. Where else would you buy heels with that much details for two figures only?!

What was your favorite piece of the collection? Would love to know your thoughts. 

Photographer: juan pablo espinosa
Models: Marian y Kristin from Paragon, Lorena from New Icon
Make Up: Maripili Senderos
Hair: Gerardo Maldonado
Photographer assistant: Jaime Posada


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