Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's All About the Beads

I was walking randomly around Souk Mubarakiya the other day, which is one of my favorite things to do recently, and came across these bright beaded necklaces. I was more interested in the neutral colored ones with the vintage-like metal charm. "They're not for sale", told me the sales guy referring to the ones with the mental charms which of course I fell in love with the most. "What do you mean?!! You have to sell them! To me!". The guys shook his head in refusal. I was only able to buy the rest of the colored beads. Oh well... I shrugged my shoulders, took these photos for future reference in case I change my mind and left in peace.

Note to retailers, please don't display something in your store that cannot be purchased by a client, not a very pleasant experience for a hard core shopper.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Charlotte Olympia

Everybody who knows me, knows that I fully support footwear lust—especially when the shoes have a hint of quirky-coolness to their design. And no one does quirky cool shoes quite like Charlotte Olympia. Check out the flat sandals featured here, they take the designer's spider motif to unexpected new heights. And I love the new season's theme where the designer took inspiration down Mexico way, with their cute colored skulls. If only their prices were more budget friendly! Sigh...

Featured Charlotte Olympia shoes are available at Harvey Nichols Kuwait. You may find them online here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Exotic Bags by Alexander Wang

The weather has already started to warm up! But don't let your fashionable self to cool down any time soon. Your best bet to take on the season in style? These brand new selection of Alexander Wang bags with beautiful textured exotic leather. Whether you're headed to work or to a fancy dinner, these clutches and bags will keep your look effortlessly chic. I think they easily incorporates into your everyday look.

These Alexander Wang bags were spotted at Harvey Nichols Kuwait and you can also find them here.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Outfit of the Day

Sometime I just like to keep my outfits simple an fuss-free, especially on lazy weekends. Last Friday I chose to pair my TopShop jeans with long sleeves top with ruched detail from the front by Elizabeth and James, and a clean-cut long navy wool vest with contrast back by Victoria Beckham Denim. I finished the look with a pair of plaid Golden Goose sneakers and a quirky cool lego man brooch by one of my close and lovely super stylish friend which she bought from the Far East.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I've Got My Eyes on You

Anya Hindmarch got her groove back with her designs this year, wouldn't you say? Last season I bought the red clutch with the gigantic tassel detail, similar to the one shown here minus the eyes, and now after seeing this design I kind of want to get this one too but it doesn't make sense to buy the exact same style! Well unless it was a Celine nano bag, then that's a whole different story, I wouldn't mind buying one every season! Yes. That's how obsessed I am with it. I guess for now I'll just have to settle for window shopping when it comes to these funky fresh clutches.

These Anya Hindmarch clutches were spotted at Harvey Nichols Kuwait but you can also find them online here and here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Saadiyat Beach Club

You know that feeling you get when you find the most amazing spot for your vacation and don't feel like sharing it to the world? You just want to keep this place for yourself, in fear of it getting polluted or ruined by the society and overexposure?? That's exactly the feeling I got when I first stepped into Saadiyat Beach Club in Abu Dhabi, formerly known as The Monte-Carlo Beach Club. I have heard about it from my friend in Kuwait once, and then AD local and entrepreneur Alia Al Qassimi swore by it. I'm glad we had the time to squeeze in a visit during our mini Abu Dhabi tour. The place is so serene and beautiful in every possible way. It had the most pristine beach I have ever seen. The club has four restaurants and lounges, a 650 square-metre pool, a spa and a gym, and private access to Saadiyat’s nine-kilometre breathtaking natural beach. I wish it was a hotel so that I couls stay there as long as I want to!

Unfortunately for me, this is an exclusive members-only kind of club. I'm not sure if they allow for one-day passes, will need to ask about that.

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 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 in a private dinner hosted by 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 Arabia x FetFetch for AlOthman


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