I just received all of the images of Qatar-based brand The Kayys's SS15 collection, I'm always anticipating what these creative girls come up with. There was an undeniable innocence and a hint of glam to this collection, with its mid-calf hemlines, full A-line silhouettes, and covered-up arms and shoulders. The color palette featured lots of creams, blacks and greys, which makes this collection easier to wear and more appealing to the masses. One piece that took my breath away is the caftan-esque long and loose abaya/silk card that was striped on one side and plainer on the other. This piece is just something I can see myself wearing with ripped jeans, leather leggings, or even skirts. And how about that long top with 3/4 sleeves and slits on the sides?? Beyond beautiful!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Christian Louboutin's S/S 2015 collection looks very promising after seasons of…. blah designs. According to the e-mail I have received from their team, the collection is inspired by cultural touchstones ranging from Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita to the art and architecture of the American Southwest.
As I skimmed through the images, I find myself loving not one, nor two, but at least 4 different styles from the collection, which is in my case rare when it comes to the red-soled brand. The new shoe styles join returning favorites, with updated colours, materials, and details energizing the product mix. It really felt like Louboutin is back with its amazing designs which we fell in love with when he first started. Here are some of my favorites, the striped heels and the pineapple loafers are just to-die-for.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
A Webby Wednesday on a Saturday, I know I know... but this just couldn't wait! Allow me to introduce you to WOLFF, a newly launched online boutique based in Berlin by Bedour Al-Saleh, a Kuwaiti who has worked in the fashion industry for several years in Istanbul and now resides in Berlin as well.
With carefully selected unique pieces from new and emerging designers from around the globe, WOLFF is THE fashion destination for e-shoppers who are after unique, fresh, and trendy fashion pieces that won't break the bank.
I took a tour around the online boutique and fell in love with a black wide-neck sweater with vegan leather fringe detailing and a slightly longer back. Price tag? €93!! What?!?! That's it??! That's around KD 33 only?!!! I'm so buying this!
According to Bedour's e-mail, The highlight on the website is not on brands but to shift the publics opinion from name to substance - the focus is on the pieces and how they are styled and the purpose of that is to inspire the client to move beyond labels. WOLFF Apparel offers pieces from a wide range of prices from 26 EUR for a skirt to 400 EUR for a leather bag - the point here is to offer someone for everyone and to create a true and true mid-range boutique. Amen to that!
Friday, January 9, 2015
The weather is finally and officially cold, which means some serious fashionable ammunition is needed! At this moment I'm loving this striped wool poncho kaftan by the uber-cool Kuwait-based brand 43artisan.You might want to check out their instagram for some other eye candy, it's one of those instagram accounts that you instantly get hooked on and want everything featured on it. You've been warned.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Forget about Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi heels, the satin pumps with square rhinestone detail at the toes, the shoes to rock for seasons to come and will stand the test of time are Manolo Blahnik's Chaos leather ankle-strap sandals. This minimalistic design have been seen a lot worn by fashion muses on the sheets during major fashion weeks. I got excited when I finally saw them at Harvey Nichols Kuwait. I was too tired to try them on, boots are not the most practical thing to wear when shopping, but will pass by soon to invest in a pair.
Which color you would go for? I wish they had the nude pair, that would make my selection easier.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
In yesterday's post I mentioned that fashion has become somewhat boring, however, this statement does not apply to Céline. The brand just knows how to keep it exciting, for me at least, every season! I went weak on the knees when I saw the deep tiers of fringe at the hem of a sleeveless knitted sweater, the dress version (in black) was to-die-for and would look absolutely stunning paired with african inspired chunky accessories. As for the bags selection, I was hoping to see the rainbow striped bags, which the majority hated on instagram, but the Kuwait brand hasn't received them yet. Instead, there were these new color combos of the small luggage bag and the nano bag, I was thiiiiis close to purchase the nano bag but the price tag held me off, and the fact that I own two already! But I love them so much! They're the most practical bags I have ever carried. Now as I look at the photo of me carrying the nano, I think I'm giving in, the color combo is just beautiful and easy to match. As for the trio bag, I loved that rug-like version with furry polka dots! It's actually part of the winter collection, and it looks so wacko and kind of fugly but for some reason I warmed up to it!
Must pay the store a visit soon to check if they have received any new additions. Will keep you posted!
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Day by day, I'm starting to believe that
Fashion designers are becoming boring. Look at this!! Kind of, dare I say, monotonous and barely inciting. Wouldn't you say?!? Where are the glamorous and dramatic gowns and pieces I used to see on Valentino's window display! Come back! We miss you!
Monday, January 5, 2015
I have a soft spot for middle eastern inspired designs, so I was thrilled when Beirut-based jewelry designer Ralph Masri got in touch with me to introduce me to his brand and to inform me that by mid January, his collection will be available at Qirdala boutique, a modern jewelry store located at Al Tilal Complex.
Ralph Masri moved to London to train as a jeweller at Central Saint Martins. His first major milestone occurred when he won the Swarovski Award as a first-year student, which gave him the opportunity to work for the global brand. During his second year he received widespread recognition for his talent by being nominated for a UK Jewellery Award – aged 20 he was the youngest to be nominated.
As I browsed through his website to get a closer look at his designs, I found myself intrigued with one specific line inspired by the geometric Arabesque patterns and motifs prevalent in Middle Eastern art and architecture. The pieces are infused with a touch of Art Deco. Here are some of the pieces which caught my fashion radar. To find out more, click here.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Now this is beyond adorable! "I'm fine" stitched on a pretty and super feminine ruffled button-down white shirt by Tzipporah, a ready-to-wear brand which was launched in 2011 by Russian style icon Natasha Goldenberg. I spotted it at Boutique N in Burj Jassim and my heart just melted! I would have snatched it immediately but ruffles on my neck is a bad combo. Howeverrrr, the store also had something similar by the brand but in a classic cut olive-colored shirt, which looked AH-MAY-ZINGGG. It currently sits on top of my must-buy list…..
damn you priorities!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
I've been craving fringed boots ever since I saw Isabel Marant's Fall 2011 knee-high ruched and fringed pair. I remember I looked for them everywhere! They were a big hit and got sold out like hot cakes!! So this season when Aquazzura introduced a new fringed pair of boots, I just had to have them (and I did!)! They add a little fun and boho-flair to any outfit! Of course because this year the weather hasn't been as cold as we were hoping for it to be, I didn't get to wear mine as much.
The Aquazzura fringed boots are pointy, but quite comfy because of their loose-cut. And they're flattering too! which makes them perfect to wear with skirts, grungy dresses, leggings, and skinny jeans.
Friday, January 2, 2015
Thanks to Dior's new creative director, Raf Simons, my interest to the brand has increasingly spiked. I have always been inspired by Raf Simons's work and the moment I saw his first collection at Dior, I was in complete state of awe and admiration. He really made the house of Dior into something new, modern, and definitly better.
Anyhow, I paid a quick visit to the store the other day at the Grand Avenue/Prestige. I could't check out the ready-to-wear selection as my little boys were with me and I didn't want to cause a havoc! But the ground floor had some real eye candy! They had new colors of Dior's signature "Mise En Dior" earrings, quite the "IT" piece in the fashion world. And the funny thing is that I saw a couple of replicas at MANGO and here too! tsk tsk tsk!
I also loved the brand's new resort lace-up sandals, loved the fact that they had similar soles as the Dior sneakers, they looked comfy! Scroll down for a few more images...
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I wish you a happy, fabulous, and fashionable New Year!
I'm sharing with you one of my favorite outfits for 2014, which you will find all its details here. So they age-old question which must be asked now is, what is your new year's resolution?
I have so many that I'm sure I'll end up sticking to none. However, the ones related to my blog would be to post more Outfit of the Day posts. I love dressing up and experimenting with clothes, but I don't always have the time to photograph myself with the automated option on my camera, nor do I have a professional photographer hired to follow me around 24/7. Plus the fact that I'm not blessed with photogenic poses (selfies are a nightmare to me!). You may roll your eyes now, such a first world problem! huh? Anyhow, will work on that.
A big hug to all of you for all your support and dedication. It’s going to be a very, very exciting 2015…. promise!
Photo credit: @meemalessa
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I was walking around Burj Jassim the other day and decided to check out La Pausa Gifts Shop, which sells the quirkiest and coolest knick-knacks and chic home accessories, to see their latest collection in-store. I came across these oriental inspired hand painted baskets and was instantly hooked! They're hand painted by this fairly new local concept called Red Sofa, which I strongly recommend you check out their instagram for the coolest gift ideas. The baskets can be used for anything, bread basket, jewelry basket, or in my case, just an empty basket to decorate one of my side tables. They truly are one of a kind.
Check them out at La Pausa, they make a great home welcoming/birdthday gifts.