Monday, May 18, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
I have recently paid a visit to Ricardas Blazukas 'Geometry of Colour' exhibition at Almakan in Kuwait City. Blazukas is a published artist amongst UK design magazines. His latest work is displayed and sold on Saatchi Art online platform, where he received attention from Saatchi Art curators and was consecutively selected as part of their featured collections. He has been in Kuwait for only 9 months and has managed to line up his first ever solo exhibition.
According to Saatchi Art online platform, Ricardas Blazukas is an independent artist and professional architect, who was born and raised in post-soviet Lithuania, currently based between Kuwait and London. Ricardas’ work is highly influenced by architectural - geometrical and sculptural qualities combined with urban influences / graffiti, typography and colour.
My favorite of his work has to be the Pyramid sculptures, as shown in the featured photos. There is something captivating in the design that make you want to look at its core and break it down into a million pieces visually of course.
His exhibition is till going on at Almakan located in Kuwait City, opposite to Fabrics Market.
Friday, May 15, 2015
I was browsing the collection at high-street store Bimba and Lola, and spotted these tassels decorated sandals. These look very familiar, I thought to myself. Wait!!! These are very much "inspired" by Isabel Marant's Clay tassel leather sandals. You can compare for yourself here.
I haven't done this "Just like…" exercise for a while! I'm glad it's kick starting with this post. More to come.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
I haven't been to a lot of exhibitions lately mainly because I dread crowded places, and there hasn't been something specific that I needed that was only sold at an exhibition. Thanks to instagram and online shopping sites, everything is accessible and easy to get. That said, I did go to The White Expo, mainly because my family was participating in it. So I did a quick tour around and I liked several booths, some I managed to take photos of like Ghain Ghada's modern caftans, Royalzz silver accessories, and Fann home accessories. And some I shamefully forgot to take photos of like Haremlique's turkish home accessories and loungewear, Leenoda's cute mobile straps, and Qamar's preppy chic caftans.
I'll leave you now with some highlights of The White Expo.
Indian accessories by Royalzz, You can follow them on instagram for more variety of jewelry accessories to pair with your Ramadan Caftans.
One of my favorite White Expo finds was this hand painted clutch with golden embroidered detail by the talented Reem Al Bader of Fann, a Kuwait-based home accessories and lifestyle concept which focuses on their original artistic details.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Today I passed by ecru's latest pop-up, ecru x Africa, which was held at Sadu House. I was thrilled when I first found out that they chose the much-ignoried continent for inspiration. Not only because my son is obsessed with african animals, especially elephants, but also I rarely come across African inspired home accessories and fashion that I really like. But now thanks to ecru, the lively African continent and its captivating prints, artifacts and designs are under the spotlight.
The first thing that I did was buy the elephant decorated notebooks for my sons with matching stickers, I wish I captured the moment when I handed the notebook and stickers to my elephant-obsessed son! He had the same expression I usually have when I buy something that I've been searching ages for! It was a priceless moment! Then I moved on to the loungewear and bought a bunch of caftans for my sisters, they were priced at KD 25 ONLY! And one Noon by Noor x ecru caftan for your truly. I wanted to buy the trays and serving plates too, but decided to keep them on my wish list for now, until I can figure out the space in my kitchen and declutter its contents.
Check out some of my favorite ecru pieces in the photos below.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
I had the pleasure of attending a charity photography exhibit today, held at Al Tilal Gallery, showcasing a collection of photos taken by The 11, an active group of eleven Kuwaiti photographers, during a trip to Vietnam in 2014. The groups of 11 photographers were selling all photographs, including a coffee table book featuring the full photo library during the exhibit. What's very nice a generous about their charitable event is that all proceeds from sales will be donated to The Kuwait Center for Autism.
What I loved about their portrait photos of the people living in that part of the world, is that you can actually feel the mood of each photo, they're something surreal about seeing people with a completely different culture in their natural habitat, observing their surroundings, and in my case, getting a close look at their traditional fashion. Everything, from the silver hand-made jewelry, to the embroidered details of the clothes, was quite captivating to me. I would love to visit Vietnam one day and explore such places.
Scroll down for some of my favorite photos.
Monday, May 11, 2015
After the positive feedback Seham Studio received during its first showcase at The White Expo, almost all of the brand's merchandise was sold out according to our trusty resources ;), I have decided to write a proper post about Seham Studio's debut collection.
Kuwait-based brand Seham Studio is the brainchild of four focused, passionate and hands-on sisters with a single focus: to deliver trendy, budget-friendly, and fun kids kaftans, all while making sure they're having some fun doing it. The fabrics used in their designs are sourced from Kuwait, Europe, and USA. What I like about their designs is that most of the creations presented during the exhibition are good enough for both Ramadan and the entire summer. The separates can easily be paired with other wardrobe-staples. And all of their designs are accessories with either a necklace, a brooch, or cute motifs.
Scroll down to have a closer look at their designs. You can find out more of Seham Studio images by visiting their instagram account @SehamStudio.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
This is definitely one of the most fun eveningwear outfit I have ever had! I was invited to a day wedding and chose to wear Rosie Assoulin's super fun tiered straw skirt, paired with a sleeveless white top. Surprisingly, the shabby chic theme of the wedding complimented my outfit well. I'm so obsessed with the skirt that I asked the tailor to add zip fastenings. This way, I could wear the first two top tiers solo for casual chic and semi-formal dinners, and add the last tier for big weddings. Of course this cleaver idea is not mine, obviously. The designer had similar style with that zip fastenings option, so I thought to myself why not replicate that? I hope it works well! I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
ILIA, the contemporary line of natural and organic beauty products that combine superior color performance and nourishing organics, has launched in Debenhams in the Avenues! I'm currently loving my shimmery bronze stick called Sway, it doubles as a beautiful cream shadow to illuminate the eyelids and contour the face. You can apply to cheekbones and bridge of nose, I personally use it as a highlighter because it has a good staying power and gives that warm nice color to tanned skins.
Friday, May 8, 2015
I can't get over the playfulness and the quirky coolness of Phoebe Philo's Céline collection for pre-fall 2015 pieces. The wool-like tank top was layered over a one-shoulder vest, and the long oversized white top was decorated with red tribal-like embroidered motifs are on my top of my wish list for the next season, and they're exactly what I would want to wear. Practical, overly chic, and easy to incorporate to my wardrobe. What else could I ask for?
Thursday, May 7, 2015
There's nothing as powerful, in the fashion world standards that is, as much as putting your best foot forward in a pair of killer pumps, especially when you're at a formal or fancy event. They have this magical appeal that boosting one’s own self-confidence and they can do wonders for the modern day corporate woman, and in situations like these I'm mostly drawn to pointy pumps. They cover and protect your toes, flatter any feet type, elongate the legs, and just work well with almost any outfit. Take for example this beauty by Sergio Rossi. I spotted this style at Harvey Nichols Kuwait. The exotic skin details add a whole lot of chic factor to the heel. It would definitely work with your corporate attire as well as a pair of ripped jeans and khaki vest.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
I have recently received an e-mail from an emerging designer and artist, ReeM Al-Rawi. She has recently launched an exclusive statement design items of artistic identity, as you can see from the featured images. Her objective of her designs is to allow Middle Eastern women to make a statement using designs inspired by their historical background and rich heritage, especially now a days with our region suffering from an identity crisis issues.
ReeM Al-Rawi completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Architecture at Carleton University. Her style in art tends to follow the mixture between the architectural style mixed with forms of Arabic calligraphy to complete the art pieces with references of Social and Cultural context. I loved the artistic work done on the clutch below, I would wear it all year around and especially with caftans.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Denim-on-denim is a look I never tire from! I was too lazy to dress-up for work, so I grabbed my Zara jeans, paired it with Isabel Marant denim button-down shirt (similar style here), Isabel Marant fringed sandals (my favorite casual chic sandals for the summer), and a whole lot of beaded and leather accessories.
Monday, May 4, 2015
This season, in addition to my Nº21 layered mules and slippers, these Aquazzura heels, called the Queen, re one pair I can't seem to shake from my mind!! Everything about this heel is HAWT! The golden metallic leather ankle straps, which look like ankle bracelets, those silver mirror-like discs, which gives that magical Middle Eastern touch, and the statement effect it has when worn with perfectly pedicured toes! I can just imagine wearing them with my Ramadan caftans, culottes, and maxi skirts. Of course my size is sold out everywhere, you mat try your luck here online or at Harvey Nichols Kuwait.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
When we’re on the hunt for loungewear and lingerie that won’t make you snooze, make Madame Bijouxx your first stop. Madame Bijouxx is Kuwait's first one of a kind boutique of exquisite collection of alluring lingerie that won't break the bank. Their price range is between KD 30 and up to KD 100 more or less.
It was my first time at Madame Bijouxx, and I'm so glad the owner Sara Al Abdul Kareem invited me to her newly-open store. There are so many beautiful undergarments and lingerie at Madame Bijouxx, and even though it may just be you (and your hubby) who get to see them, I really think that they can actually make you feel just as pretty as your normal or dressy clothes. The boutique carries a host of other essentials, such as night gowns, hosiery, comfy and light-as-air lounge wear (must check out a brand called Skin), slippers, lingerie bags, fuss-free camisoles and slips, and most importantly—a whole lot of body shapers. It also is the place to go for brides-to-be to stock up for their honeymoon and beyond, and also you can find some really classy and nice sets to buy as a a bridal or a bachelorette gift. There were many cute and sizzling hot bra sets that I wanted to photograph and share here, but I didn't want to cause a commotion, I think it's best if you check out the place for yourself. In the mean time, scroll down for bits of what's in-store.
Madame Bijouxx is located at Shuwaikh, Al Tilal Mall, Mezzanine. For inquiries, please call (965) 97663210. They're open Saturdays to Thursdays from 11am-7pm.
Loved how beautiful the wall paper is in the fitting room! It felt so vintage like and retro.