Monday, May 9, 2016

In My Closet: High Impact Florals

It was the explosion of florals on this Preen by Thornton Bregazzi long sleeves peplum top that caught my fashion radar last season. Pretty silk blooms all hand-stitched, decorated with small beads and silk threads, made this top my perfect pic for parties and formal events. I paired mine with a pair of cropped black satin pants and some colorful jeweled earrings. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

House of Teal

So I haven't been writing much reviews on here, but once I heard about multi-talented Bahrain-based interiors and space designer Ammar Basheir's latest retail adventure, I just had to post about it (and kick start my blogging days maybe?).

The store really should earn a five star review, walking through this beyond beautiful gallery, one feels as if he/she is visiting the home of a very chic family, with a flair for retro designs. Allow me to introduce you to House of Teal, Bahrain's most contemporary furniture and lifestyle boutique demonstrating innovation and originality in all its products and visual merchandising. 

The ultra glam boutique offers a diverse range of home inspirations that include sofas, dining ensembles, living room, bedroom furniture and home accessories. Take a quick scroll for the photos below and prepare to drool!

House of Teal is located at the Kingdom of Bahrain, for inquiries, please call (973) 17000088.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Event: Inaash Association: Art of Palestinian Embroidery: Past, Present & Future

A few months back I was invited to Inaash's exhibition which was held at Beit Al Sadu. Inaash is an association for preservation of Palestinian culture through embroidery. The objective of the exhibition is to raise funds to preserve this precious handcraft and to provide income to women living in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. What I loved about the exhibition is the way they introduced this very traditional embroidery using modern home and fashion accessories. They have collaborated with quite few renowned talents like Nada Debs, who helped design oversized pillow cases, and Naffisa who's known for her modern caftans and everyday casual chic pieces. Mind you, the items on display were quite pricy, but they're for a good cause. I ended up buying pillow cases, one vest and one jacket. I would really like to see more collaborated collection by these talents and more but at different price points, as I'm sure this would help to generate more money and attract more people. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Outfit of the Day

I really need to work on my outfit of the day posts. The photography is really bad! I'm posting them anyway as a form of my so-called documentation and reference. Here I'm wearing my all-time favorite cropped jeans from TopShop, by the way I truly believe that Topshop and Zara have the best jeans for my body type, and a pair of Ports 1961 bow sneakers, my Sea military jacket covered in navy 3D lace florals, my TopShop knitted top, and my  Ralph Lauren 'Ricky' Tumbled Bucket Bag.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Event: Kuwait International Exhibition on Islamic Arts

For the 2nd year in a row (or maybe 3rd), I had the pleasure of attending Kuwait International Exhibition on Islamic Arts and its Application on Metal Crafts. The exhibition was held The Grand Mosque's exhibition area in Kuwait City. I wanted to get some ideas and inspiration for decorating my home. The event assembled 16 artisans, from various islamic countries like Algeria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, and more. I found myself more intrigued into exploring the  art of calligraphy than metal crafts. If I had the time I would have loved to join the arabic calligraphy workshops that were held during the event. Here's a quick look at what caught my attention.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Outfit of the Day

Found this photo on my mobile which I took during the festive holidays. It was when I decided to go for a festive look in my vintage Kenzo jacket. I probably bought this piece at least 10 or 12 years ago when Kenzo had a branch in Salhiya Complex. I fell in love with it's kimono like sleeves and its embroidered detail. The quality was just impeccable, they rarely make them like this nowadays. It's definitely a keeper!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Outfit of the Day

Hands down! Rabih Kayrouz is the BEST womenswear Lebanese designer so far. I got this pinstriped blazer with golden pomegranate-shaped cuff links from AlOthman Boutique. The blazer has diagonal side slits which gives the blazer an unexpected, yet flattering, shape. I paired it with my loose-fit patch-work jeans, which I bought from Berlin from a place called Manila Grace.

So why does Rabih hold this title in my fashion book? First off, you can never categorize his designs as the typical Lebanese designs, you would never see models on the runways dressed in lace gowns covered in beads and sequins season after season. His approach in design, minimalism chic, is never ever boring! His designs have the power to stand the test of time with such grace and high impact. I have personally met Rabih Kayrouz and found him to be so down to earth and easy to talk to, a rare quality these days. And last but not least, he gives back to his community in such a way that I don't think any other Lebanese designer ever did. Kayrouz co-founded in 2008 a non-profit organisation called the Starch Foundation which helps young Lebanese designers launch and promote their debut collections. Isn't this amazing?

Event: Sabah Arbilli at Dar AlFunoon

Back in January, I had the pleasure of visiting Dar Al Funoon to get a closer look at Iraqi Artis Sabah Arbilli's latest paintings and sculptures in a solo exhibition titled: Decisions

I became a fan of his work when I first saw his pieces displayed during the Islamic Art Exhibition in Kuwait two years ago. Sabah has this distinctive style of writing and refreshing form of calligraphy, he has this amazing skill to spontaneously create art pieces in front of people, involving the public to become a part of an artistic experience.

Born in Iraq, the full time artist Sabah Arbilli studied Masters in Visual Arts, at the University of Wales. Currently he is based in the UK and Qatar. Scroll down to check out some of my favorite pieces in the exhibition.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's a (not so) Cruel Céline

Sigh… Céline shoes (heart heart). The most stylish way to step into the season. It's hard to express just how much I love Céline shoes. They're truly are some of the most staple shoes in my closet, remember last year's slippers with leather knotted details? Yup, still wearing them to this day and they look on-point! Whether I'm pairing them with striped baggy pants or with a dainty/jersey dress, the foolproof slippers pumps up any of my too casual-they-might-look-like-a-pajamas outfits. 

Look what I've spotted at Céline boutique in Prestige, the Avenues. If I haven't had my black slippers, I would have bought these off-white beauties instantly. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Designer: Kamushki

A few months back, the representatives of an emerging jewelry brand called Kamushki have sent me an e-mail to introduce me to their brand. I was familiar with their designs thanks to instagram's explore page, but I never found out the name of their brand until they've contacted me. Kamushki is a brand that was co-founded by two Libyan-born Switzerland/Dubai-based sisters who had an eye for jewellery and loved to travel to build a knowledge of other cultures. 

"In Libya we are big believers of the evil eye and one of the symbols of protection that breaks the eye is the fish.", expressed one of the founders of Kamushki. "In our Libyan traditional clothing there is always big gold fish intertwined within our heavy gold and also we tend to gift a bracelet or small pin with a fish when there is a new born."

Their brand is designed for the 'contemporary, chic and courages’ woman, and the unique designs in the Wishbone and Cyrene collection perfectly embody its heroine muse, creating innovative and eye catching jewellery that tells a story.

The creative sisters came up with their first collection which is the Wishbone collection. They used the fish but reintroduced it in modern, fun and chic way, hence the bone. As for Cyrene collection, it was named after Greek Women warrior which later on a city in Libya that was conquered by the Greeks was named after her. By using sports and fitness symbols such as dumbbells, barbells, medallions and whistles - the everyday items found at the gym, the Cyrene collection is designed to empower the wearer.

To give you more insight into Kamushki visit their website here. You can follow the brand on Instagram by adding @kamushkijewellery.


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