Sunday, September 20, 2015

Outfit of the Day

I love David Szeto. No one can argue the mastery of his creativity in presenting classic practical pieces in a modern and unique way and his talent of using ruched details in his designs. I remember I bought my first David Szeto piece maybe 8 years ago from AlOthman. It was a blush-pink ruched top and I still have it treasured in my closet! Obviously 2-years rule does not apply to this piece (the 2-years rule is to get rid of clothes that you haven't worn in two years). I must wear it more often..

The reason why I mentioned David Szeto is because last season I bought these volume structured-like shorts by the Canadian-born/Paris-based designer. They were (and still are) my summer staple. The other day I paired them with a plain white Clover Canyon top with golden foil-like details (so unlike Clover Canyon, right?!), and my Liberty London's Iphis Marlborough tote bag.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Outfit of the Day

I was scanning through AlOthman Boutique when my dear friend pointed out that my outfit colors match those of the displayed hats, which in blogesphere world it translates to "Hey! Here is the perfect setting to take a snap of my OOTD!!". I was wearing a bohemian chic dress by a brand called Carolina K, which I bought from Melange boutique, located at Burj Jassim. You can also find it online here, and paired it with my Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem gladiator sandals. The beauty of these gladiator sandals is that they transform in a snap from a low, casual style to a tall, boot-like silhouette. Two looks for the price of one!And finally topped the look off with Federica Moretti handmade hat.

Confashions Featured in Arabia

I just found out that last March I have been featured in Arabia as part of their Faces of Fashion feature, where they listed 20 of the best fashion instagram accounts from the Arab world. Thank you so much for your kind words and support! I'm honored! One slight typo though, my family name  is Al Suwaiti not Al Suwaidi. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bags at a Glance

Here's a quick review of some of the handbags that caught my attention the other day while shopping at Prestige, in the Avenues. Loving the color combo! I say yes to these timeless Chanel shoulder bags. Next....

Chanel bag... cute? Very!! Worth the investment? KD 990 for a fabric bag which hardly fits my junk? No thank you. Maybe it's best to invest in something of value like the ones here.

Another drool-worthy bag! The matryoshka bag of the season: Prada's Inside Bag. I'm still debating whether I should go for it or not. I love the color, the concept, and the feel of the leather it self! Keeping this one on my wish list for now.

The cutest mini monster bag charms by Fendi

Cute! But I would only buy thisstyle if it was on sale... for 50% off no less!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Here Comes The Hotstepper

Went shoe shopping the other day, my favorite kind of shopping, and found an assortment of shoes that ticked all the right boxes in my visual check-list: Stylish? Check. Comfy? Check. Styles not overly endorsed by not-so-super-instagrammers-who-think-they-are-super and international fashion magazines? (for some reason that's a turn-off for me) CHECK!

Manolos, Louboutins, and Fendi. I would so wear the styles featured here in the order shown too, listed by preference. And they're all available in their respective brand boutiques in Prestige, the Avenues.

Monday, September 14, 2015

If only furniture shopping was that easy and affordable...

I completely forgot sharing these photos which I took during my stay in London last month of Harrods' Furniture Department. This section boasts a massive selection of over 70 home furniture brands and the finest interiors to suit various styles and design tastes ranging from the ornately traditional to the ultra-modern and contemporary.

While walking through Harrods' Furniture Department, I was day dreaming and imagining shipping 8 bronze chandeliers back home for a fraction of a price (sigh!). I took some photos for inspiration since I'm currently decorating my home. I didn't even bother to check the price tags as I know for a fact they'd cost an arm and a leg. Appreciating beauty is free of charge, so I'll stick to that for now. You can view more selection online here.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Céline Pre Falling in Love

I am 100% dedicated Céline fan (and no this is not a sponsored or paid post, thank you). I could buy, use, and abuse almost all of its merchandise... If I had the spare money of course! I recently passed by the boutique to check out their pre-fall collection. It still amazes me how enthusiastic I get when I see Céline's regulars like the luggage bag and the box bag. Every season I tell myself I'm over the bag, but come new season, and I'm dragged again to that obsession hole. When the Céline box bag hit the scene, it quickly reached "It-bag" status. The shoulder/cross bag became highly coveted and highly carried by street style icons. To this day, I still find this box so appealing and classy! And the pre-fall designs offer new drool-worthy variations, like the burned dark chocolate one with the contrasting yellow stitching and the one with the exotic skin in a beautiful mustardy shade. The shoes? I oddly fell in love with the white leather square-toe pair emblazoned with vaguely heart-shaped gold details (last photo). I know that these would be very hard to pull-off, so my safer bet would be the slip-on sneakers I guess. Will be adding the shoes to my "maybe" shopping wish list.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Shopping Around

Time for some quick fall fashion fix! Some highlights of the very little shopping I did during my trip to London and Paris in the Summer, starting with this arty crafty Chanel shoulder bag.

Miu Miu sunnies, you can find online here.

Rochas embellished slippers, you can also find online here.

Those fringes loafers from Marni! Heart!Find them online here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Merci Paris

This Summer, I have finally managed to visit the much-hyped and hip store Merci. Located in the heart of the trendy Marais, the store has a variety of goods, from interior design, fashion, stationary, cafe and a restaurant. Honestly the fashion section didn't rock my world, I liked a couple of pieces, but I wouldn't visit the store if I wanted to shop for fashion items. I would however go there if I was looking for quirky cool and uber-chic home accessories. But honestly, my general impression of Merci? I felt that it didn't really live up to its hype. Anyhow, check out some of the pieces that I liked.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Inspo from the Centre Pompidou

September! My favorite month of the year! Not because of the kick-start of fashion weeks only, but also it's my birth month! So I decided to kick start the blog posts with some artistic mood board, mainly images which I have taken during my visit to Centre Pompidou in Paris, the largest museum for modern art in Europe.

The good thing about Centre Pompidou is that we didn't have to queue at all, which is something very unlikely in the Summer. It has a beautiful collection of modern art by the likes of Salvador Dalí, Kandinsky, and Picasso. It's so big that I highly recommend going to the 5th floor first as that is where all the famous pieces are.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Liberty London's Iphis Marlborough tote bag

Allow me to introduce you to one of my latest bags additions,  the Iphis Marlborough tote bag by Liberty. I came to know about it in Spring 2015, when Liberty London launched new bag styles from  the Iphis line. The Iphis collection with its roots firmly embedded in classic English design, has its signature coated canvas base fabric screen printed with the Iphis monogram like print by-hand in Italy.

Iphis is a modern reworking of the much-loved classic Liberty print ‘Ianthe’ which is a French Art-Nouveau wallpaper design dating back to c 1902. The print is named after Iphis who according to ancient Greek mythology was Ianthe's lover. 

It is worth mentioning that all the bags in the Iphis collection are named after the renowned streets that surround the Liberty store. My Iphis Marlborough tote bag was a perfect addition to my wardrobe because a) I fell in love with the creative and artistic use of colors and patterns, b) the leather felt strong and enduring for my everyday use, and c) it's sooo light to carry!

You can find the latest versions of my bag here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mona Hatoum at The Centre Pompidou

During our stay in Paris, we visited the Centre Pompidou, better known as the modern art museum of paris, to check out artist Mona Hatoum's most comprehensive exhibition to date, giving an overview of the diversity and scope of her work from the late 70s to present. It gathers together over 100 works in artistic media. 

Born in Beirut in 1952 to Palestinian parents, Hatoum was on a short visit to London in 1975 when the Lebanese civil war broke out. Unable to return, she attended art school in London. British by nationality, she remained in the UK after her studies and, since 2003, divides her time between London and Berlin. 

Below are some pieces that I liked from her exhibition. Mona Hatoum's exhibition will be on display at Centre Pompidou until 28th September. Check it out it's worth the visit. 

In this billboard-sized work, Hatoum depicts herself in profile, looking at a toy solider positioned on her nose. It is a humorous yet complex and contradictory image. It plays with scale to reverse the power relationships by reducing the symbol of masculinity to a small creature, like a fly, that one can flick off. 

This is a close-up of Mona Hatoum's work titled Twelve Windows. There twelve pieces of Palestinian embroidery are the work of Inaash, the Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps (a Lebanese NGO founded in 1969 to provide employment for Palestinian women in refugee camps in Lebanon). The act of embroidery here becomes like an act of resistance against the discontinuations of exile. Each window represents, through its motifs, stitches, and patterns, a key region of Palestine. Installed in a space that is crisscrossed by steel cables, they become like a visual map of Palestine and a metaphor for the divided territory. 

Undercurrent Red (2008). This is a floor piece made from electrical cables that have been woven to form a large square mat, and fringed strands with light bulbs, resembling a medusa-like creature. 


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