Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A new Balmain edit has landed at TheOutnet.com

An edgy new edit from Balmain has arrived on TheOutnet.com this week – get ready for a shot of rock chic opulence! Known for its attention-grabbing statement pieces, the Parisian fashion house is a favorite of it-girls Rihanna and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Expect sharp-shouldered blazers, skin-tight jeans and form-fitting dresses that feature decadent details and extravagant embellishments – all at up to 60% off!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Outfit of the Day

You may have already seen me wearing this beautiful and airy caftan on my instagram account, but I though I'd share it here as well with an additional photo in an almost different angel. I bought it from a local designer Sharifa Al Falah of Shugar Collection. I loved the fact that it came with a thick cotton slip and had a semi-high-low style. I chose to pair it with a turquoise and gold necklace which my friend got for me from Beirut and a pair of red/turquoise slippers/Najdiyah by new Arabian Gulf footwear brand called Tamashee. They're currently my new obsession and been wearing them all Ramadan! Actually I'll be wearing them with jeans too once the weather get a little bit cooler. 

The photos were taken by the lovely Sarah Al Musallam of Blaq Concept store. Thank you love! xx

Outfit of the Day

Another day, another caftan, and I ain't complaining! I love wearing caftans, in fact I have decided to wear them all year long to friends and family gatherings. They're so comfortable and easy to wear. Let's just hope wearing caftans constantly doesn't translate to my waist getting wider gradually. I'm desperately trying to control my dessert and sweets intake during the month of Ramadan. I hope I'll fit into my eid outfit! 

Anyways, allow me to introduce you to one of my many favorite caftans this month, my Jallabiya caftan. It's probably one of the heaviest I have ever worn, I'm not an expert but it feels like it's been designed using at least 10 meters of fabric! The good thing is that although it's heavy on the hanger, it's actually quite light when worn. I love the color combination used and how it sways while I walk, swaying is my new flavor these days. 


I chose to accessorize my Jallabiya caftan with a classic Chanel shoulder bag. I can't seem to remember when exactly I purchased the below Chanel quilted bag, however I strongly remember how I got sucked into buying it simply for the cuteness of its charms. Of course the owl is something I added to personalize the look. I bought the owl charm from some outdoor market/bazaar in Florence in Italy back in 2005. I'm glad that it's still in a good shape! I should wear this bag more often...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cool Finds at Zara

Zara is among the few high-street store that allows you to stay on-trend without spending a fortune. TopShop used to be link that but the past year, its selection is not as strong as it used to be. I remember I used to shop at Topshop at least once a week when its main branch used to be in Salmiya opposite to Al Fanar Complex. Now, the last 3 times I've been to the store, I came out empty handed. I hope next season TopShop would bounce back. 

So back to Zara, I spotted this white pearl decorated hair accessory, which I posted on my insta recently, such a cute addition to an evening-wear attire, I must warn you though, it's kind of metal so expect some pressure and discomfort when worn for a long time. I also spotted this pair of Prada/Marni's inspired sandals. They looked so cute, wouldn't you say?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ESME VIE Fashion Show at Italian Couture Week AltaRoma


I just received by e-mail these beautiful images of an emerging brand called ESME VIE. The brand recently debuted its Summer 2015 collection preview at Italian Couture Week AltaRoma

According to the brand's press release, ESME VIE has been embraced from its first beginning by big names in the field of fashion. Already before the official brand launch, ESME VIE has been declared winner of the last year’s 2013 edition of the internationally renowned “Who Is On Next” contest for emerging fashion designers hosted by AltaRoma and Vogue Italia, and subsequently inserted in
the selection of Vogue Talents. The brand is already stocked at Moda Operandi and Harrods.

Inspired by the colours of summer, from shades of seaside and sky blue to the pink and violet hues of late spring and early summer flowers, the collection featured a combinations of cocktail dresses, some vintage-inspired, with a touch of couture thanks to the embellished rich flower decorations. Each single garment and accessory is exclusively hand-made and tailored in Italy.

I really liked some of the pieces featured in their preview, like the ones shown here. They kind of reminded me of Giambattista Valli's couture pieces.




Friday, July 18, 2014

Caftans Galore

If you have been following me on instagram, you have probably seen some of the images featured here posted on my insta. These were taken the second day of Ramadan when the entire family usually gathers to greet each other for the arrival of this blessed month. I don't know about you but I so enjoy our family gatherings, It really feels good to have a genuine family that supports you through think and thin, connecting with cousins, bonding moments, everybody talking at the same time, aunts complaining about our obsessive use of iPhones, kids running around causing chaos, so much love (and sarcasm) in the air! Besides, it's where you find all the good home-made food!

Anyhow, allow me to share with you what I wore on the first official Ramadan family gathering, I chose to wear a striped caftan designed by the talented local designer Reem Al Mudhaf of NoonoPink, as shown in the photo above. Scroll down for more photos of some of my family members and what they chose to wear. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just Like Edie Parker...

Spotted this acrylic clutch bag at Zara the other day and it instantly reminded me of Edie Parker's signature art-deco/glitter-finish and acrylic designs. A frugal find for dressing up your evening attire. However, if you live in Kuwait, you can shop and customize your Edie Parker at AlOthman Boutique.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mooiloop x Alison Van Autreve

I have an endless love for mixed and unmatched outfits, not the best wardrobe investment I'm telling you as you easily get tired from the look, that's why recently I started to think twice before I go for this look. It's my new approche to build a timeless wardrobe  However, it doesn't hurt to admire or window-shop such crazy and colorful looks. I came across this fun and summery look by a new brand called Mooiloop & Mooiloop x Alison Van Autreve from their Spring Summer 2015's lookbook. Doesn't it look so 60's?! Love it. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TheOutnet.com's Shoe Edit

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Coming Soon to a Wedding Near You..

Stephane Rolland Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014 presentation took place last Tuesday, 8th July during Paris Haute Couture Week. I wasn't too, dare I say, crazy about the collection. I actually only liked two looks from the entire collection, the one shown in the photo above with its conceal and reveal details, and the white long sleeves gown with the 3D Calla Lily-like detail on the side, which looks also hard to pull off as you'd need to be really skinny and tall to not be overwhelmed by the floral detail. I personally prefer the couturier's usual aesthetic of monochromic and semi-minimal gowns of previous seasons.

What are your thoughts?


Friday, July 11, 2014

Event: BLAQ Concept Store Launches its Special Ramadan Selection for BLAQ Night

What a night to kick start Qurqaian (Kuwait's equivalent of Halloween minus the costumes) in a chic manner! Last night was a welcoming wardrobe overhaul for every fashion-loving lady thanks to the launch of BLAQ Concept store's BLAQ Night. Guests were able to shop exclusive and limited edition selection by emerging and hot designers in the field of fashion and jewelry including Palmer Harding's shirts-turned maxi tops and perfect-for-ramadan caftans, Aamaya by Priyanka stunning jewelry, and the lovely Bahrain based brand Asia Jewellers.

It is worth mentioning that one of Palmer Harding's pieces, the sleeveless high-low top as shown on the charming co-owner of BLAQ Sarah Al Musallam in the photo below, was actually suggested by Sarah herself, knowing that the market needs flowy, easy breezy pieces to withstand our 10-months long summer and can be used as a refreshing alternative to the Ramadan caftan. 

The designer behind Aamaya by Priyanka also made a personal appearance.  I first met the designer in Bahrain over dinner through Dana of theoverdressed.com during Jewelry Arabia exhibition, and I instantly fell in love with her charming character and her sweet mother. Priyanka presented a selection of gorgeous everyday jewelry and accessories to compliment caftans and day-to-day looks. her head-pieces were a big hit too among guests, the headpieces were decorated with precious stones, colorful beads, and beautiful pearls. 

I also had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Mayyan of Asia Jewellers from Bahrain. She had a huge selection of bracelets to add to your arm-party and statement necklaces by LA-based brand Nialaya

Beautiful night, beautiful people, and beautiful pieces. If you haven't had the chance to pass by the event, make sure you pass by on Saturday to view some of the remaining items on display. For now, you can scroll down to get a quick re-cap of the amazing BLAQ Night.

 Some of my favorite accessories by Aamaya by Priyanka

In love with this statement necklace by Asia Jewellers 

Remember the Oscar de la Renta hair band I instagrammed a few days ago? Here it is as seen on the lovely Zainab Al Abdul Razzaq

 More from Asia Jewellers

A beautiful ambiance created by OccasionsKW 

And last but not least, the designer Priyanka with the co-owner of BLAQ Sarah Al Musallam.

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