Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Webby Wednesday: other-shop.com

Thanks to my e-mail inbox, I came to know about a new online shopping destination called OTHER/shopThe site was founded in 2012 by former B Store directors Matthew Murphy and Kirk Beattie. Joined now, at the helm of the OTHER/woman collection, by Loukia Hay, formally of Matthew Williamson and Paul Smith.

Based on Kingly Street W1 and set over 2 floors the shop’s ethos is to support and nourish young and emerging talent from the fashion industry, continually looking for graduate collections that shine above the rest. It also sells its own brand OTHER/woman and established designer brands such as Peter Jensen, Cedric Charlier, Sophie Hulme, and Derek Lam.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Céline Shoes

The quality of craftsmanship of Céline is simply incredible. For me it's like a prerequisite to buy from their accessories department, be it an everyday bag or clutch, or a pair of amazing minimal shoes. As shallow and as materialistic this may sound, but I can’t have Céline missing in my wardrobe! I recently passed by their boutique in Prestige the Avenues and fell in love with their new season's shoes selection, especially the pointy flat heels and the knotted leather sandals. I bought a pair which I'll share its photos in a proper dedicated post, welcoming its arrival to my family of loved accessories.

Scroll down for some feet candy.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Chic Happens

The perfect sweat top for lazy Fridays and not-in-the-mood kind of days from TopShop in Marina Mall.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Visit to Dar Al Funoon's Affordable Art Show

Just before the long Eid Vacation, I passed by Dar Al-Funoon to check out its “Affordable Art Show”. It's one of those events which I try not to miss. Especially that I'm trying to collection paintings for my on-going home improvement projects. It was kind of quiet when I passed by, probably because everyone was already traveling for Eid. I was also slightly disappointed as I imagened it to display more options, like they did in their previous events. The selection was kind of limited. I did find two paintings that i really liked by William Anderson but I was too little too late as they were already sold out.

The “Affordable Art Show”, which is usually held 3-4 times a year, features a wide range of impressive works on paper, limited editions and originals by emerging artists from the Middle East and the world in general.

Loved the blue and white paintings by artist William Anderson. They were priced at KD 70 each and unfortunately for me they were both sold out already.

Water color painting titled "Billie Holiday" by artist Philip Kamble, known for his passion to painting music-related subjects. It was priced at KD 90 and I think you can still find it at Dar Al Funoon.

A beautiful set of paintings with Arabic calligraphy, oil on canvas, by artist Waleed Hassaniyah, KD 70 each.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Marques' Almeida x TopShop

I was surprised to find Topshop's designer collaboration with the masters of ripped and shredded denim brand Marques' Almeida on display in Kuwait. There was no local media buzz, or it could be that I've been out of the loop so haven't heard about it. On the 9th of October, I made sure to pass by TopShop, just to check if we were receiving this limited edition collaboration or not. And to my surprised, we did! Woohoo!

I first found out about this new denim brand when I spotted street style icons Yasmin Sewell and Elena Perminova wearing the most ridiculously shredded and ripped jeans I've ever seen, and of course I instantly fell in love and started to hunt for Marques' Almeida online, and finally found them on MatchesFashion.com. I bought the cropped pants and loved their fit and quality, I wanted to get the denim dress too, but I changed my mind as I thought to myself, I wouldn't get much wearability out of it especially for the price I was paying. And THEN earlier this week I found out about the high-street collaboration, and found a style among the collection similar to the denim dress I originally wanted to get for a fraction of its price. Ain't that cool ha?

You can shop Marques' Almeida x TopShop online here, and you can shop the main line for Marques' Almeida here



Friday, October 10, 2014

Effortless Shopping: FatFetch's The Boutique Finder

Shop Boutiques at Farfetch.com

The above Boutique Finder will help to guide you to the best boutique’s to suit your personal style. Try it out! It's fun! Point the cursor on the gender and start discovering your favorite boutiques on Farfetch.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mashmoom Design Shop

Have you ever wished you had the luxury to fly to all those really cool furniture trade shows and fairs and have someone there to help you pick out the very best of chic furniture, or you know, just for gift giving in general? Well wish no more, because Mashmoom Design Shop is making interior dreams come true.

I have finally managed to visit Mashmoom boutique, founded by my fellow blogger who goes by the same name. Located at Sun City in Shuwaikh, the relaxed space is adorned with retro-inspired furniture and the most unique collectibles and home accessories. I literally felt like I wanted to take everything with me back home! Or better yet, lock up the place and let no soul shops there except for yours truly. yeah I can be quite obsessive when I see something that I really like. I'm planning on a second visit since my hubby who was with me then, has zero tolerance to shopping.

Mashmoom Design Shop is located at Sun City Mall. For inquiries, please call (965) 24915313. Their opening hours are from 9.30am - 1.30pm and 5pm - 9pm.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Webby Wednesday: MoroccanBazaar.co.uk

Who needs to travel to Morocco (I do.), when its souks and Bazaars are just a click way?! (I do). 

Well get to know MoroccanBazaar.co.uk, a leading UK supplier of luxury Moroccan lighting and home accessories. A modern home can add a touch of glamour with a traditional hand- made Moroccan ceiling pendant or floor lamp. The company has a huge range of brass and antique finish lamps hand-crafted in Morocco by master craftsman. MoroccanBazaar.co.uk supplies over 3,000 hand-sourced products from Morocco online and in a London. So if you're like me, revamping or redecorating your home, you might want to have a look for inspiration or maybe buy a thing or two.

#TemperleyxTHEOUTNET Has Arrived!

TheOutnet.com's latest designer collaboration lands on site today! Temperley London: The Exclusive Edit for TheOutnet.com combines the label's signature feminine aesthetic with classic tailoring. Expect pieces for every occasion, including elegant workwear pieces, leather separates for the weekend and evening dresses that are perfect for cocktail hour. Shop by clicking here!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rock Fusion Rock

When it comes to rings, two or three or four is definitely better than one, and everyone who knows me, knows that I'm all about pairing off my rings. For fall, I'm feeling a mismatched-slash-lord-of-the-rings vibe. Case in point: wear a ring on every finger and go for the statement type.

To shake things up, allow me to introduce you to Rock Fusion Rock, a new brand created by 4 sisters of Brazilian/Italian background. Each playing an important part in the family run business, with the eldest (twins) having studied fashion design in Milan. They wanted to design a line of contemporary pieces using natural gemstones, affluent in their native Brazil, infusing them with various elements/minerals combined with impeccable craftsmanship traditional of their beautiful Italy.

Their jewellery is handmade by a team of talented artisans who transform each gem into a unique ring. No two rings will be exactly the same size, shape, color or cut since each gemstone is cut from a rough stone, adding character and a unique look to each piece.

Their jewellery is exclusively carried by Sauce in the UAE, Cynthia Rowley in the U.S. and soon it will be available online. For more info, you can contact them by e-mail info@rockfusionrock.com.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Neon Gifts New Collection

Emailing, whatsapping, and texting is fine, but there's something so beautiful and personal about handwritten notes. In this day and age,  I find it odd and such a rare experience to pick up a pen and write. That's why I always make it a point to send my family and close friends a handwritten note, it makes the experience of receiving a gift more thoughtful. And of course a handwritten note has to be done on a beautiful stationary, which brings us to The Neon Gifts, the UAE-based stationary brand by the talented Hessa Al Mulla, founder and Creative Director of The Neon Gifts. The designer has recently shared with me her new collection, her whimsical designs are something we can relate to in our region, especially the oud perfume bottle.

To order from the collection please visit theneongifts.com.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

When Art and Traditional fashion Collide

I recently received an e-mail from Fatima Al Absi,  a Bahraini emerging fashion designer who started her label F Couture in 2010 after graduating from The Royal University for Women majoring in fashion design.

She has started designing eveningwear but then found her calling in caftans. "I was raised by a mother that taught me that being different is the right way to be and standing out is a must in fashion! And that’s not all that made me who I am my father is a Bahraini artist with an eye for color and everything traditional.", expressed Fatima in her e-mail.

For this year’s Ramadan collection, Fatima collided her fashion design with her father’s art, making it one of the closest creations to her heart, and the most creative collaboration for us caftan/art lovers. I love the idea of wearing something traditional, like the beautifully painted featured bishts, with ripped jeans or anything contempo. I wonder what the designer has for us next, as we wouldn't settle for anything less beautiful than this.

You can find out more about F Couture, by clicking here.




Friday, October 3, 2014

Zaha Hadid Gallery Welcomes Dori & Alia Mouzannar

Oh the joy of reciving fashion news from around the world straight to my e-mail inbox! Love it! I got an e-mail annoucning that The 6th generation of the Mouzannar legacy, Beirut-based fine jewelry creators Dori Mouzannar and Alia Mouzannar are welcomed this October by client and fan Iraqi-British international architect Zaha Hadid to showcase their work at the Zaha Hadid Gallery in London – where the celebrated architect frequently receives fellow talented designers. Zaha Hadid will be designing a piece in collaboration with the House of Aziz and Walid Mouzannar for this event.

Dori will be presenting his Meteor collection and a re-edition of his Gothic line, Alia her Modular collection, as well as a concise retrospective of their previous designs. A cocktail party will mark the launch of their residency at the Zaha Hadid Gallery on the 9th of October with the exhibition running until the 11th of October 2014.

Here's a sneak peak of the kind of modular jewellery Alia will be exhibiting. What's beyond amazing is that this is actually a one pair of earrings from her new modular line, which can be worn in 12 different ways!! Plain genius, wouldn't you say?!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Opal Jewelry Reveal Their New Collection

While I love statement accessories and jewelry, I often find comfort in the small, chic, and functional everyday jewelry that goes with everything. Opal is not new to my blog. I have featured the Kuwait-based jewelry brand previously on my blog here. I recently got a call from the beautiful and creative souls behind Opal, to get a first look at their new collection for the new season. of course I squealed with excitement, playing dress-up with jewelry for blogging?? Call me any day now!  As I examined the pieces up close and personal, I could't help not categorizing them into two groups "to buy" and "wish list". You can't get just one! The beauty of this line is that you can easily mix-and-match all the amazing colors and pieces they have to add some sparkle to your everyday. They're really powerful, pretty little pieces that you'll want to add to your wardrobe mix right now.

You can shop Opal's new collection now at BLAQ Concept, located at Al Tilal Complex in Shuwaikh. 


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