Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sipping in Style

My apologies for the radio silence. I'm sure you haven't noticed, but still — I apologize anyway. A combination of busy calendar, work, moving, and kids testing my limits, have buried my will to blog to the bottom of my priority list. But I will survive.

I read once that If you buy most of your clothes and accessories for a fantasy version of your life, instead of the reality, you’ll end up with a lot of clothes to store and nothing to wear, and not to mention a bigger outstanding balance. When I reflect on these words I find that many of my purchases unfortunately fall under that category, and now that I'm practicing some self-control, I'm always second-guessing my shopping's wish list. Take for example these flask bracelet by Cynthia Rowley, I first spotted them on instgram during the Spring 2013 NYC fashion shows and presentations, and I wanted them ever since! But what would I possibly do with a flask bracelet! Am I suddenly going to take a sip in the middle of a mall or a reception from my bracelet? How easy it is to clean anyway?! And if I'm buying it, it has to be at least two of them worn stacked. The good bad news is that I couldn't find them anywhere online or offline. So I forgot about them. Fast forward two years later, I get an e-mail in my inbox from online e-tailor ahalife.com announcing that the flask bracelet by Cynthia Rowley are available to purchase online. What?!! That's a sign! I must buy them!!! So much for sticking to the reality version of myself!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Outfit of the Day

Another lazy summer ootd post. I can't help it! The heat is unbearable so don't expect a proper ootd photoshoot anytime soon. I chose to wear this for our last week's family gathering, a pair of boyfriend jeans by GAP, a striped button-down shirt with little bugs details by C x Faconnable, a pair of Tamashee najdiya slippers in red leather (you can shop for them online here), and layered necklaces by Tiffany's and Amman-based jewelry Lama Hourani

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Video: The Making of Dior's Fusion Sneakers


Dior Fusion sneakers. The most talked about sneakers in social media accounts. They made their runway debut during the Spring 2014 couture show, and I instantly fell in love with both Dior's and Chanel's sneakers, which unfortunately won't go into production. And now that the Dior sneakers have finally landed at the brand's boutique world wide, for some reason my passion suddenly fizzled out. Could it be that the sneakers have been overly exposed on the social media? Or maybe the thought of dishing our KD 330+ on a pair of sneakers is not sitting well with me (yup I'm trying to get wiser with my purchases, especially with all the "shopping mistakes" I've done past seasons). That said, I do strongly appreciate their beauty and the couture craftsmanship behind them, especially after seeing this video.

Thoughts?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet Adriana

Acne Studio's 'Adriana' sneakers are on the top of my must-buy list for Fall 2014. The playful enameled plaque is what got me attracted in the shoes. I wanted to buy them last season actually but of course my size was sold out. This season I'm in luck! Found a couple of e-tailers which I could buy them from. Now all I need to do is decide on the color. How about those?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Outfit of the Day

Sometime if I really like a piece of clothing and it doesn't fit, nothing stops me from buying it. There're always a way to have it altered to fit my body. Take for example this summery dress by Zero+Maria Cornejo, which by the way, I never imagined myself buying from this brand because its design aesthetic usually does not appeal to my taste. Anyhow, I saw this perfect-for-our-long-summer dress with beautifully pleated wide sleeve on one side and the other sleeve was narrow and ruched. I really liked it and it was on sale 50% off at AlOthman Boutique, the only problem is that it didn't fit. So instead of letting it go, and being the stubborn shopper that I am, I took it to the tailor, made it slightly longer in length and slightly wider, made it as loose as possible without looking frumpy using black cotton fabric, and voila it fits! I'm happy with the results, and I think it's a piece I'll end up wearing for years to come!

I paired my Zero+Maria Cornejo dress with a pair of Loeffler Randall raffia sandals, and my new and limited edition summer shopper bag from Celine, which I bought from ShopBop.com as part of an exclusive collection that was formed in collaboration with the e-tailer, Vogue, and 22 top designers, to benefit non-profit organization Born Free’s goal to end mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth. The bag is priced at $225 only!! Great deal for a greater cause, wouldn't you say? You can buy it here.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Level Shoe District Showcases Aennis Eunis' Unique Creations

Remember when I first posted about Aennis Eunis back in 2011 (previous post here)? The designer, who graduated with an architecture degree, has recently set up a pop-up store at Level till the end of August, inspired by Arabic Calligraphy. Using various structural elements combined with calligraphy, Anas introduced new dimensions to his work and, as he stated, is ‘a call from the past’.

Featured here are two styles from the Aennis Eunis FW14 collection available at Level Shoe District.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Alaïa has landed at TheOutnet.com!

This week TheOutnet.com has a new edit from the ‘King of Cling’ Azzedine Alaïa, who shot to fame in the 1980s for his form-fitting designs.  A supermodel favorite, the brand’s signature aesthetic is evident in avant-garde accessories that really pack a punch. Expect fierce heels, must-have totes and waist-cinching belts – all at up to 55% off! Shop here now!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sparkly Feet

How pretty are those sparkly details and meticulous embroidery on this pair of flat shoes, spotted at Uterqüe store in the Avenues Phase II. I'm sure it comes with a budget-friendly price tag!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Just Like Stella McCartney...

Spotted this a-line full skirt at H&M the other day and it reminded me of Stella McCartney's print, which she has used for her pre-fall 2014 collection. Stella McCartney collaborated with artist Gary Hume to use the artist's signature screen prints on her sweatshirt. Click here to check out similarities. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Outfit of the Day

The caftan and the panama hat. An essential addition to any beach bag. However, I wasn't vacationing at an exotic beach destination. What I had was a major bad hair day. So I decided to to wear my newly purchased Tarsila Schubert hat, she's an artist based in Dubai-UAE and did some customized limited edition panama hats for Sauce Boutique in Dubai and La Pausa home accessories Shop in Kuwait. I wore my colorful Jallabiya poncho caftan, and a pair of Loeffler Randall raffia sandals. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summa Summa Summer Style

Messy high-bun? Sleek ponytail? undone side fish braid? Been there, done that. So, this summer I'm going to try out these fun and unexpected ways to keep my hair off my face when the humidity is on or when I have a really super duper bad hair day, which is 90% of the time. 

What's your go-to hairstyle for this Summer?

Photo credit: Style.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Webby Wednesday: Craft and Co

One of the prettiest and most neatly wrapped packages I have ever seen was delivered to my doorstep the other day. It was from a newly-launched Kuwait-based online business called Craft and Co. 

Craft and Co offers a carefully curated selection of stationary products, home accessories, jewelry and other bits and bobs which are everything but ordinary. A great source for gift ideas I must add. Shop for gifts you'll love to give. No matter the occasion or recipient, you're sure to find the perfectly unique gift here. I've added my name to the waiting list to be notified for the Booksi dock, an iPhone charger made from old books (sold out already), among other cool things. 

Check out the site by clicking here.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Outfit of the Day

I know Ramadan is over, but I can't seem to stop wearing caftans! There's something so effortlessly chic about them. They're also one of the most comfortable garments a girl can wear, especially in the summer!  I love the way my caftan moves with the air and with the body. So I decided to keep on wearing my caftans until the end of the summer. 

I chose to wear another amazing creation by Salma Musab, whom I posted about a few days ago. The caftan can be worn with or without the tassel belt and also you can choose to make it sleeveless or short sleeves depending on the ruching on the shoulders and how tight you'd want to tie them. I accessorized my caftan with the bananas embroidered clutch Sophia203 made in collaboration with Kuwait-based brand ecru, and of course layered-up on the necklaces.

Speaking of caftans, who is your current favorite caftan designer and why?


Monday, August 4, 2014

New Designer: Pallas

I recently came across this new brand which really appealed to me in the sense of practicality, wearablity, and shelf life. Allow me to introduce you to Pallas, a family-owned Paris-based atelier that specializes in a single, intricate craft: Le Smoking. Established by Daniel Pallas in 1961, Pallas initially worked with Céline and Balenciaga on their prototypes for coats and jackets, but no one wanted to produce with Pallas because the work was too expensive. To cut a long story short, now the company is emerging from behind the scenes with a collection of “chic minimalist” silhouettes based on le smoking

It's so refreshing to see an updated version of le smoking. I'm dying to get this floor-length white cape-like blazer (regional designers, please do not attempt to re-create this look, thank you), and accessorize it with a pair of killer Alaïa's heels a tiny clutch, and minimal jewelry. According to The Wall Street Journal, their brand's price points range between  $1,310 and $2,300.



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Outfit of the Day

You have probably already seen a post of this caftan on my instagram @confashions, but I though I'd shed some light on a new local talent I discovered this Ramadan thanks to my super stylish friend Soos. 

Allow me to introduce you to Salma Musab, a new Kuwaiti designer in the caftans scene. I have never seen her designs before and I think this is her debut collection. For Ramadan, Salma blended patterns and details of Middle East with modern and sleek western design aesthetics, creating beautiful selection of modern-day caftans that would stand the test of time. I instantly fell in love with the golden/pompom tassel details on this sleeveless white and red caftan. I decided to pair it with my two-tone Balenciaga basket woven raffia clutch, and minimal golden accessories.    

What I loved about Salma Musab's caftans, is that they came in beautifully packaged bags, and each had its own silk padded hanger and a scented potpourri in a decorative bag. I love it when designers/retailers think of all those small little details that make big impressions. 


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