Thursday, January 22, 2015

Outfit of the Day

Excuse the mess in my hotel room, that's what usually happens when I dress up for an occasion. I was glad to finally settle for this outfit for the private dinner hosted by FarFetch and Style.com Arabia. I chose to wear a Maison Rabih Kayrouz sleeveless shirtdress with massive ruffle detail on the front, topped it off with nude blazer by TopShop, Alexander Wang's nude heels, and my bespoke Edie Parker clutch.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Manarat Al Saadiyat

In my previous post I promised to elaborate more on Manarat Al Saadiyat, a 15,400 square metre arts and culture centre in Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. I couldn't help but feel proud of this place rich of culture and art (and I'm not even an Emirati!). Manarat Al Saadiyat constitutes of permanent spaces for a series of exhibitions, international art collections, and educational programmes organized by Tourism Development Investment Company (TDIC). This is part of an ongoing cultural programme dedicated to developing awareness and understanding of art and culture prior to the launch of the Saadiyat Cultural District (I want to live there!). 

So the lovely AD local Alia Al Qassimi took us on this mini tour around the place. and below you will find highlights of the tour. 

Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s Et tu, Duchamp? (2009-10) sculpture displayed on the entrance Manarat Al Saadiyat, is inspired by Marcel Ducham, a French painter and sculptor, specifically the infamous moustachioed Mona Lisa in 1919. He created a larger-than-life three-dimensional bronze sculpture of the bearded beauty. 

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat introduces the future museum’s curatorial vision through a theme-based collection presentation. Comprised of sixteen artworks acquired specifically for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection, Seeing through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection examines the theme of light as a primary aesthetic principle in art. 

Took this photo at the infinity mirrored room, part of Seeing through Light exhibition, by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (remember the LV polka dots collection? Yup that's her!). Basically it's a mirror-paneled instillation with LED lights and water. It felt so magical standing in the middle of this installation.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2017. 

An art piece by artist Ghada Amer titled "The Words I Love the Most", created in 2012. Also part of the soon-to-open Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Rachid Koraichi, selected from Le Chemin des Roses (Path of Roses), 1995-2005. Part of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.  

Saadiyat Island is like a cultural hub, so in the next 5 years, 3 major museums will open, starting with Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will be the first universal museum in the Arab world. Shaped as a giant mushroom with cutout patterns, the museum will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. The museum is due to open late 2015.

And then there is the prototype of Zayed National Museum, which is set to open in 2016. Fittingly elevated above the rest of the cultural district at its highest point, the museum tells the story of the region’s history and the unification of the United Arab Emirates through the life and person of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. According to their website, The Zayed National Museum’s distinctive towers are reminiscent of the wing tips of the falcon - a powerful symbol of the cultural heritage of the UAE. The building is designed to minimise energy usage by incorporating natural ventilation and lighting in the five towers. The museum is designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Lord Norman Foster.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

No. 57 Boutique Cafe

I've been wanting to try out Cafe No. 57 in Abu Dhabi ever since their launch last year, and especially after I heard and read about the hype of the owner's dinner club. So the next day we decided to go to  Cafe No. 57  for brunch. The space is stunning with calm and relaxed surroundings, great sea view, and beautifully executed interior down to the littlest details and aesthetics. 

The food was good. We ordered the scrambeled eggs with bacon and pancake. The eggs were fluffy and yummy, the pancakes were OK, they could work more on that. My friend ordered avocado with lemon cream cheese on pumpernickel bread, which tastes sooo good. Their cappuccino was a work of art, as you can see from the photos below. I would have loved to try their quinoa salad and dessert but I was kind of full and we were kind of running late. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and I would definitely pass by again soon and try out their lunch menu. 

No. 57 Boutique Cafe is located at Building Two, Al Marasy, Al Bateen Harbour, Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Abu Dhabi.. I Love You.

You know that constant Dubai/Abu Dhabi argument you have with your friends? Which city is nicer/better/stronger? Well, I was always Team Dubai all the way. I based my Abu Dhabi judgement on a one visit a couple years a go to Ferrari World and F1 (shame on me I know). For some reason I thought that there wasn't much you can do in Abu Dhabi! Little did I know.

Last week I visited Abu Dhabi for a couple of days to celebrate the launch of AlOthman Boutique on FarFetch.com in a private dinner hosted by Style.com Arabia at the extravagant 7-stars hotel Emirates Palace. And what an eye-opener that visit was to me.

We stayed at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, which had the most scenic views of the beach and Emirates Palace Hotel. On the day of the dinner I had little time to explore the city. I had lunch at a French restaurant called Brasserie Angélique. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in an art-deco kind of style, I felt like I was really having lunch in Paris! The food was very tasty, original French, quality of ingredients in the food was of a high standard, and the service very attentive.

The next day we had 3-4 hours to spend on a mini tour around the city, there are so many things you can do! And thanks to the amazing Abu Dhabi local Alia Al Qassimi, I wouldn't have known about all these hidden gems: The water park (for kids), kayaking tour through Mangrove Lagoon National Park, which looked absolutely breathtaking and it's on top of my to-do list next time I travel, visiting Manarat al Saadiyat (more on that in a separate post), the amazing beach clubs, and so much more!

So now I'm team Dubai AND team Abu Dhabi. I realized that these magical cities compliment each other. Actually I'm inclined to believe that Abu Dhabi will be the next top touristic destination for people who want to feel UAE's rich culture and to feed their minds on the creativity and the educational stuff being showcased at they current and soon-to-come museums.

Abu Dhabi.. I heart you.

The view from my room at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers


The all lemon menu at a cafe in Emirates Palace Hotel


ATM machine that dispenses gold... The rich life!


Part of the "souk-like" theme of the private dinner event held by Style.com Arabia x FetFetch for AlOthman





Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Designer: Bazza Alzouman

Kuwaiti fashion designer Bazza Alzouman is probably not a new name by now. The designer's stylishly cut styles were previously showcased at Boutique 4 last year and got a lot of approval from the local fashion scene, unfortunately I haven't had the chance to view them up close but a close friend spoke highly of her designs. Months later, I found an e-mail from the talented designer sharing with me photos of her new collection. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection offers modern-day women a more feminine and elegant set of wardrobe options for weddings and parties. There is little more pinks and lace in her current spring line, offering a slight hint of youth and sensuality, which I like. There is no fuss, no over-embellishment, no "everything hanging out" kind of designs, just much-needed simple beauty.

Bazza Alzouman is Kuwait's most promising new fashion talent, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. To contact the designer you may send an e-mail to Bazza.alzouman@gmail.com.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Final Countdown

The Net-a-Porter International sale clearance is now on! Don't miss out on your favorite designers in their final markdowns, including Valentino, Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang, J.Crew and many more. 

I know it gets overwhelming browsing the sale online, my tip is to start with the shoes first, you can filter them with your size and they're easier to buy online than any other category, wouldn't you say? Oh! And you might want to know that new items have also been added to the sale. So sale away here.

Friday, January 16, 2015

And here is my FarFetch Insta Feature for AlOthman...

Here's a screen capture of my FarFetch.com instastore feature. What can I say... I'm proud of myself! And a little shameless self promotion won't hurt.

Again, thank you FarFetch.com and AlOthman for this amazing opportunity! You may read the feature here, and you can start shopping AlOthman Online here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Confashions Collaberates with FarFetch.com and AlOthman Boutique

Remember the secret project I posted about previously on instagram about me working with two of my favorite retailers on a small project? Well it's finally out now!! I was approached by FarFetch.com, an online marketplace for independent fashion boutiques, to do an Instastore feature to celebrate the launch of Kuwait-based high-end boutique AlOthman on Farfetch. Of course I immediately jumped to this opportunity, which is a really great way of visually portraying the setting and amazing products in one of my favorite local boutiques.

It felt really amazing to be recognized by one of the top international online shopping websites in the world, I know it's not my first, I have work with many other international online/offline retailers years ago, but it excites me every single time!

Thank you FarFetch.com and AlOthman for this amazing opportunity! You may read the feature here, and you can start shopping AlOthman Online here.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dolce & Gabbana's Exclusive Capsule Collection

Dolce and Gabbana has created their first-ever dedicated capsule collection exclusively for NET-A-PORTER.COM. The eight-piece capsule collection is inspired by the Mediterranean summer and features florals and lace, two of the house's signature romantic aesthetics.

I have gone through the collection and found myself loving the 60's inspired/very retro mini dress, crafted from two different types of floral-jacquard - one woven with gold and silver, the other printed with painterly blooms. It would look so pretty for a summer night out in an exotic location.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Keeping Up With The Kayys

I just received all of the images of Qatar-based brand The Kayys's SS15 collection, I'm always anticipating what these creative girls come up with. There was an undeniable innocence and a hint of glam to this collection, with its mid-calf hemlines, full A-line silhouettes, and covered-up arms and shoulders. The color palette featured lots of creams, blacks and greys, which makes this collection easier to wear and more appealing to the masses. One piece that took my breath away is the caftan-esque long and loose abaya/silk card that was striped on one side and plainer on the other. This piece is just something I can see myself wearing with ripped jeans, leather leggings, or even skirts. And how about that long top with 3/4 sleeves and slits on the sides?? Beyond beautiful! 

Scroll down for more eye candy. If interested, contact them on info@thekayys.com or call +974 3343 6030.


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