Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Day in Doha

On my way from Kuwait to Doha-Qatar, I kept on re-organizing my agenda to plan what I'll be doing in the afternoon before heading to The Kayys event, since I'll arrived 3 hours before the event. Ironically I wasn't planning to go to any shopping mall, I guess I'm getting enough of retail therapy from my day job. So I was contemplating should I go to the Modern Islamic Museum, which I've been to previously, or go to Mathaf, since I haven't been to it yet but it takes longer to get there. By the time I  boarded the plane and checked-in to the hotel it was 2:30PM already, I was too exhausted and starving to leave the hotel, so I decided to explore the hotel, grab something to eat, and then get ready for the event. I stayed at Saint Regis, which I think it makes such a great family hotel because of its facilities, plus it offers the Michelin star cuisine of Gordon Ramsay and Hakkasan as part of its dinning facilities. 

Anyways, when I arrived to Katara where The Kayys event was being held, I spotted this gorgous painting with the "like" details of an instagram, photo above. Not sure who painted it but its colors and details are amazing. 

The view from my room at the Saint Regis in Doha

Giving my camera a quick test before heading to the event.

Mixing my Boutique Black Pearl necklaces with Mouzzanar and Lama Hourani's necklaces. Thankfully my layered necklaces look passed the security check points at the airports quietly 

And I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the lovely girls behind The Kayys and my invitation to their event was waiting for me too. 

Some photos of Katara, I wish I had the time to explore it properly. Basically, it's a Cultural Village aimed at increasing human interaction through art and cultural exchange. According to this site, Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multi-cultural activities.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Emma Kuo and Her Favorite Clutch

It took me a while to focus on the details on these clutches because of the busy background. I have'nt seen them up-close, so my judgment and admiration are solely based on these photos. Allow me to introduce you to a New York-based brand called Emma Kuo. Founded in 2011, Emm Kuo's modern designs are inspired by architectural influences, strong textural contrasts and clean shapes. 

Her clutches offer a mix of the most luxurious European leathers, exotic skins and customized hardware in an intricate, but understated way. Don't they feel like a mix between Edie Parker clutches and Kotur? I wonder if the price point is reasonable or not. 




The Kayys

Last Saturday I was invited to the launch of The Kayys Spring/Summer 2014 collection in Doha, Qatar. I was excited about the event and meeting the sister-designer trio, especially that I've never seen their work up-close and I wanted to pick their brains out and find out what the inspiration behind their collections. I've seen photos of their Ramadan collection last year and some pieces looked just phenomenal!

I arrived on time to the Gallery where The Kayys's new collection was showcased. Invited guests were required to wear the wristband, which was included in the hologram-ish invite, in order to access the gallery, located in Katara, a beautiful place where cultural awareness is promoted through festivals, exhibitions, seminars, concerts, and all forms of artistic expression in a cultural village.

We first stayed in a hall, photo above, to mingle before we were guided to another connected hall where the collection was displayed. The hall had foil-like rain coats hanging from different points on the ceiling, will tell you why later, and a corner with props to take your selfie.  As soon as the first hall got busy with the fashion-forward crowd, we were directed to the other hall. Large plexiglass boxes were placed throughout the hall, inside them were the models who were meant to look and 'act' like showroom mannequins. They were dressed in The Kayys's sartorial pastel-colored pieces, bursting with elegance. There were bubble machines installed in semi-hidden corners, blowing zillions of bubbles all over the place, which explained to me why the foil-like raincoats were on display, a large number of guests wore them to protect their extravagant abayas from getting stained. My favorite looks of the collection were the blue satin pants paired with a cape-like cropped top, embellished with see-through/hologram-ish sequins, and the pink off-the-shoulders satin gown with fully embroidered cape. They looked absolutely gorgeous. The pieces were available for pre-order and should be available within 2-3 weeks of placing the order.   

As for the guests and ladies attending the event, they looked absolutely stunning dressed in their fancy abayas, I loved their choices of shoes, bags, and accessories, on-trend and extravagantly over-the-top. I wanted to take close-up photos of their pieces but I felt awkward and wasn't so sure of their reaction. So I admired their sense of style from a far.

Hend, Ghada, and Maha, The Kayys girls, thank you so much for your hospitality and your very warm welcome. I loved and enjoyed every minute of my short stay in Doha. I hope I'll get to see you soon in my hometown Kuwait.

For more information about the brand, please send an e-mail to Thekayys@gmail.com, or call +974 33436030, or follow them on instagram: @Thekayys.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shop M Missoni at TheOutnet.com

TheOutnet.com's latest edit of M Missoni has arrived! Shop gorgeous maxi dresses, multi-hued playsuits and more from the iconic diffusion line. Click here.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Eat and Glow

The other day I got the loveliest surprise from Eat and Glow, a Kuwait-based business that makes nutritious food and healthy snacks to fuel up the right way. Inside the recyclable wooden box, they’ve beautifully arranged some of their favorite gourmet/organic treats, including super nutty granola,  energy bars, a box of yummy truffles, Arachidi spread, and Gianduia spread. I've never heard of the last two spreads, so the first thing I did was called my family members and gave them a quick test.

The Gianduia spread actually tasted like a mix of dates and chocolate but not so sweet, after further research I came to know that the Gianduia is an Italian dessert paste made from hazelnuts, cacao and natural sweetener. We tried it with fruits and crispy bread and it tasteed so good! Actually, if you like Nutella, you will love this healthier version. As for Arachidi spread, it was more peanut-buttery type, and it tasteed just as good. I have also tried the granola and the rose covered truffles, and they were equally AMAZING.


According to Maha of Eat and Glow, they use mostly organic products and no sugar at all except for natural sugar from dates or other dried fruit. The packaging looked soooo pretty and fresh! I think it makes a great and memorable gift for foodies in your life. And that's not all! They also encourage their customers to recycle their jars by offering a special discount on their next order.

Follow Eat and Glow through instagram on @eatandglow for their latest updates and for placing orders. 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Slippers Go Bling

Spotted these Zara slippers with swarowski crystals the other day and I really liked them surprisingly, not a fan of crystals but when I tried them on they were so comfy and looked kind of cool, plus they're soooo budget-friendly. So what more can one ask?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Outfit of the Day

The laziest way to post an Outfit of the Day post is via instagram, and I've been meaning to blog about this for a while now, but thanks to my never-ending to-do list, I only got around to do it now. 

Plaid button-down shirt by Forever 21, long sleeves cotton striped shirt by Proenza Schouler, plaid scarf by Zara, cropped waxed jeans by J Brand, and heels by Gianvito Rossi. I was trying on this gorgeous hologram-ish oversized clutch by Roksanda Ilincic. No I didn't get it, priorities priorities. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Exclusive: L’Officiel Mexico's Editorial on H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

L’Officiel Mexico has done an editorial shooting for the Conscious Exclusive Collection. And I'm excited to be chosen by H&M as the only and sole media in the region to exclusively have these images to share with you all. 

I have previously posted about the collection here, and today was the official launch of the collection at H&M's branch in the Grand Avenue only, according to my sources, the embellished heels flew off the shelves within 5 minutes! And I;m not surprised, the heels were the trophy piece of the entire collection, and selling for around KD 50, makes them worth the queue. Where else would you buy heels with that much details for two figures only?!

What was your favorite piece of the collection? Would love to know your thoughts. 


Credits:
Produce by L’OFFICIEL MEXICO
Photographer: juan pablo espinosa
Styling: GUSTAVO GARC√ćA-VILLA
Models: Marian y Kristin from Paragon, Lorena from New Icon
Make Up: Maripili Senderos
Hair: Gerardo Maldonado
Photographer assistant: Jaime Posada

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Video: The Beauty Patch


Inside every woman is the power to feel beautiful, confident and radiant, according to a first-of-its-kind social experiment conducted by Dove. The social experiment illustrates the ongoing conflict women have with recognizing their beauty and the results are documented in the short film Dove Patches that you can view here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Event: Petals and Metals at Bayt Lothan

Bayt Lothan is currently hosting an event which showcases talented young Kuwaiti florists and jewelers. I passed by the event on the day of its launch, and even though it was not a huge exhibition, it was definitely rich in terms of display. I first headed to The'hba's booth to check out Abdallah Al Awadhi's exclusive collaboration with the jewelry brand. The talented entrepreneur used verses of the holy Qura'an as well as famous quotes as part of his designs on necklaces, rings, and bracelets. You may already have seen them on my instagram account @confashions. They looked pretty amazing and make a perfect gift idea for someone special. I also loved the "Daughters of the moon" collection of necklaces, rings, and bracelets by the super talented Kuwaiti designer Muneera Al Sharhan. She cleverly mixed yellow gold pieces with opal stones, one of my favorite. I'm eyeing one piece already. I also liked the enamel girls charms dressed in Kuwaiti traditional clothes by new jewelry designer Nadia Al Harbi. According to the designer, she tries to reinterpret traditional designs into modern everyday wearable jewelry. You will find patterns of old sadu used in her designs as well. 

As for the florists, I loved all of their arrangements  I'm not an expert in flower arrangements anyways, but they all looked so pretty and added a touch of romance to the exhibition's display. Among florists who participated were Ward Hessa and Lily Fleur

The lovely designer Abrar Al Ibrahim of The'hba. 

The sweetest smile by jewelry designer Muneera Al Sharhan



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