Monday, September 30, 2013

Summer with Ashi

I just found out that Beirut-based Saudi designer Ashi has unvelied his S/S 2014 collection during Milan Fashion Week. Keeping true to his signature designs, Ashi went for tulle, feathers, and lots of ruffle details. Almost all of the photos published for this collection looked so damn gorgeous. Thankfully to me, they all look more suitable for a party host than a party guest, so these gorgeous over-the-top gowns and cocktail dresses are just a reminder that the least I can do is dream, and save money for items that'll wear and tear this season. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Heart In My Hands

I got this beautiful surprise all the way from Beirut, a golden necklace with hands holding a red heart detail. Such quirky cool accessoires not only brighten my wardrobe but also my day! Thank you to the talented Beirut-based designer Dina Khalifé for your nice gesture. L.O.V.E it!

You can find out more about Dina Khalifé by clicking on my previous post here

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The New Celine

I promised myself not to buy a Celine bag this season. Yes their quality is impeccable, and yes  they're definitely beautiful bags, but I also don’t want a fancy shmancy bag that celebrities have played out, and everyone and their mamas has (luggage bag?), no thanks you. Of course all that was suddenly forgotten the moment I stepped inside the Celine store the other day. My eyes fell on the most on gorgeous fold-over tri-color shoulder bag I have seen in a while. It was easy to carry, not heavy, and the leather/suede were sooo soft. I loved every bit of it, AND it's not the luggage bag, which by the way I saw a new version of it and I LOVED it because it had a check-woven detail in red, white and black, but no, I won't fall for it again..... for now. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Watch Giorgio Armani SS14 Womenswear Show Live from Milan on Confashions

Another day, another exclusive live stream. I'm pleased to announce that Giorgio Armani has selected Confashions from Kuwait to live stream its S/S 2014 Womenswear show live on Confashions. The show should start on Monday morning. Enjoy the show.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

B Journal's Photoshoot

In a previous post I mentioned that we worked with B Journal, a lifestyle quarterly printed magazine with carefully curated in-depth reports and engaging stories from Kuwait and around the world, on a special fashion editorial. The theme of the editorial was about nature and all clothes, shoes, and handbags were provided by AlOthman Boutique, being surrounded by the most stylish high-end designer pieces and the prettiest shoes, I really felt like a kid in a candy store. I had to remind myself that all this is for the photoshoot, we're not shopping here! Anyhow, the model was Tunisian designer Jihene Bin Jazia, you can find out more about her and her lovely caftan designs by clicking here. The jewelry and the watches were provided by Behbehani Group, so lots of fine things  by Van Cleef and Arpels and Korloff. Actually we had to have someone guarding the pieces the whole time while doing the shoot, especially that one Van Cleef and Arpels watch costs like something around KD 65,000 (that's around $228,390!!!). You can see it in the photos shown below. 

The photoshoot took place at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. I'll only share one look from the editorial, I like the combination of this look, the different textures compliment each other, we had the designer wear Maison Rabih Kayrouz's dress as a skirt and paired it with a Maison Rabih Kayrouz leather front top and ribbed back and sleeves. The Sophie Hulme bag, which you can barely see in the first photo on the side table, came in the same shade as the dress. And finally we went for the Aperlai textured heels to add an element of surprise to the warm-colored outfit. All available at AlOthman Boutique

B Journal should be out soon, I think sometime in October, and I can't wait to see the final results of the editorial. 

Those Aperlai textured shoes are TDF! Must decide which Aperlai heels I'm getting from AlOthman this season. 

The lovely Jihene striking a pose to the camera

THE KD65,000 Van Cleef and Arpels watch is shown here on the left...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Confashions' Picks on Net-a-Porter

This season, my Fall/Winter wish list is longer and pricer than ever! Everything looks so good and my closet is in desperate need of a shake-up. I must re-visit my basics and try to prioritize what I need as opposed to what I want. Anyhow, have you checked out some of my favorite Net-a-porter items of the season on Confashions' Picks, a dedicated page on Net-a-porter where you’ll get to see my absolute favorite buys and picks on Net-a-porter. Click here to start shopping. I'm sure you'll find something that piques your interest...

What's New on Dear Confashion

Find out what's new on Dear Confashions page by clicking here

Friday, September 20, 2013

Exclusive: Watch Emporio Armani SS14 Womenswear Show Live from Milan on Confashions

So excited to announce that Emporio Armani  has selected Confashions from Kuwait to live stream its S/S 2014 Womenswear show live on Confashions. Your front row seat at the comfort of your home. Enjoy the show and Watch out for another livestream this Monday. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In the News: MiraDuma's Buro 24/7 to launch Middle East Version of the Site

It has been just announced that Buro 24/7 Middle East is to launch in October 2013, in both English and Arabic. If you're not too familiar with the site, Buro 24/7 is a Russia-based lifestyle online news portal founded by global style icon Miroslava Duma. The Middle Eastern version will be launched with Emirati entrepreneur Salama Alabbar, better known as the owner of multi-brand luxury Dubai-based boutique BySymphony. Holly Williams, who's also the creative force behind BySymphony, will act as Buro 24/7 Middle East's Editor-in-Chief. Mira recently shared this news with her instagram followers.

Buro 24/7 Middle East will host up-to-the-minute news from the world of fashion, beauty, automobiles, travel, film, art, current affairs, literature, music, sports, restaurants, culture, and much more. Buro 24/7 will also launch in London in the first quarter of 2014 with plans to spread to China and Singapore in the pipeline too.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Video: Moda Operandi How It Works

Moda Operandi have appointed LA based, cult illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin to animate the online trunk show experience from start to finish. Like a mini-fairytale, her impossibly elegant protagonist sees the runway show, whose front-row is complete with charming renditions of some of the industries most illustrious characters (I spy TTH). She naturally desires the dress, later logs on to Moda Operandi and clicks to buy in her size. On delivery of her coveted piece, just a few months later, she gives the camera a contagious wink! Moda Operandi s message; don’t dilly-dally; there is nothing to fear but the tragedy of missing that must-have piece.

Talise Spa

I was invited to a private tour of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel's recently open spa, Talise. The spa has exactly what you need to truly relax and unwind; including saunas, massage rooms, hot tubs, jacuzzi, steam room, plunge pool, ice room, and salt room, which I'll explain more about in a few. The place smelled nice and I felt instantly transformed into a serene and tranquil environment. At the reception area of the spa, they had 3 line of beauty products on display, and if my memory serves me right, I think they're exclusively sold at Talise spa: Natura Bisse, which is a complete beauty cure that greatly improves the skin's ability to protect itself from stress and help prevent the damages caused by our modern lifestyle, Aromatherapy Associates, which is known as the world's leading expert in creating aromatherapy treatments and products at a professional and therapeutic standard for your complete physical and emotional well-being, and finally ila, an organic handmade luxury skincare and spa products from the finest ingredients. 

And then the Spa's assistant manager and the hotel's PR manager walked me through the spa and it's services. They offer you massage treatments and facials, aromatherapy, and sports massage to soothe, stimulate, refresh and heal your body. I was most intrigues by the ice room and salt room. The ice room is a small freezing room which you go to for a couple of minutes after the sauna to cool down and to invigorate the senses. The salt room, shown in the last two photos here, is the first of its kind in the Middle East. Basically the floors, ceiling and walls are all covered with blocks of Himalayan salt and rocks to create a sterilized and negative ion environment. The benefit of the slat room is to treat respiratory conditions such as allergy, asthma, and sinus infection, and eczema. All you have to do in the salt room is sink into a water bed, relax and breathe in the salt air. They also had real tree branches in one corner sprayed with salt water to give a natural smell to soothe the senses. The salt room can be accessed after completing your massage/facial treatment. 

They also had a private couple treatment room, with built in Hydro bath services (more photos below), and one of the most grand Hammam table I've seen. It also had its own private salt room. 

After the tour I tried the De-stress Oil Message, which took around 85 minutes, and time just slipped away. I honestly felt like I was the only person in the spa. The massus was extremely professional and very friendly. And after the treatment, the felt completely rejuvenated. 

I have looked at the price list, and I have to admit that some treatments were quite pricey, probably because they use diamond-based products for it. The rest were reasonably priced. Overall, the spa is so worth a visit for those special occasions, and a must if you want to pamper yourself. 

To book appointments at Talise Spa, please call (965) 2226-9688. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I Heart CDG for Converse

I squealed with excitement when my friend sent me photos of Comme des Garcons Play's latest collab with Converse! She spotted them at Harvey Nichols Kuwait recently. I do own the pair with the one CDG heart and wear them the whole time when I'm running errands. They're so comfortable e and practical that I would never travel without them. The new version is entirely covered with CDG's hearts and they look super awesome. I'm contemplating whether it's worth it to buy the newer version too, Maybe just in case my converse gets damaged or torn? 

It's amazing how I can instantly find a reason to justify shopping....

Monday, September 16, 2013

Outfit of the Day

My go-to outfit this summer was this grey t-shirt with rolled up sleeves by H&M and a Rihanna for River Island black cotton skirt with an illusion tie-shirt detail at the waist, going for that 90's grungy look. I paired my outfit with my Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals, and a statement necklace. This was taken during a photoshoot session for B-Journal quarterly magazine where I did the styling for a fashion editorial, will share more photos soon.  For one of the looks I picked this cool Alexander Wang rocco bag with rose gold studded detail from AlOthman boutique. Hmmm I liked it so much with my outfit that I'm wondering now if I should buy one. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Video: Karl Lagerfeld's video for FENDI

I have just received this teaser video from Fendi's team of Karl Lagerfeld's film starring Cara Delevingne, Saskia De Brauw and Lady Harlech. The story takes places on a still evening, two elegant young women arrive at a grand, time-peeled mansion to attend a black tie dinner party, invited by a mysterious host. I'm in love with how Cara's hair was styled, would definitely go for this look for a change if I have a wedding to attend. 

The Fendi film will be featured on the site in the coming days.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Diet Address

Being a mother with a full time job and a blog, sometimes I have a hard time making time to eat healthy. So when I was approached by The Diet Address, to get a one-day free trial of their meals, I was like, sure why not, let's give it a go.

Franchised from Lebanon, the company offers various diet plans for diabetes, normal weight loss,  detox, gaining weight, kids program, gluten free, and down syndrome. I compared their prices for the normal weight loss plan specifically to other existing local competitors and found their rates to be the lowest. I was impressed, but I had to test the food first before I made my final judgement, I tried their normal weight loss diet so they delivered breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks plus dessert. Unfortunately on that day I was too hungry to wait and take proper photo of each meal. But trust me when I say, every meal I had was simply perfect in terms of taste (yummy), quality (the meat used was so good), and quantity. I felt comfortably full the entire day, in fact I didn't feel the need to have the dessert. The only thing that I wish it was different was the breakfast, I had a croissant and I'm not a croissant kind of person. I'm sure they have other alternatives to suit your preferences. So the verdict? I would definitely try them out, maybe start with their Office Plan. 

To find out more about The Diet Address, please visit their website here.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dazed by Delpozo

Ever since Spanish house Delpozo's S/S 2014 designs were shown on the runway and I've been constantly checking  Moda Operandi's trunk show, trying to decide which look should my so-called savings will be spent on, every piece is simply divine. The designer sent out an array of beautifully voluminous ethereal dresses, some adorned with a variety of floral appliqués. According to the site, the designer was Inspired by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's portrait of a Gypsy woman. And of course a look like that wouldn't b complete without a pair of perfectly pointed toe pump with a jaw-dropping basket woven details with a swirl, HEART!

Delpozo is currently Available for preorder on Moda Operandi only until September 17.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Event: 4 Concept Boutique's Fall Launch

Last night I had the pleasure to attend 4's event to celebrate the launch of its AW 2013 collection. If you've been living under a rock and never heard of 4 Concept store, then you're missing out big time. This place is the go-to destination for any avant-garde fashion lover. 

I was secretly hoping that the place won't be fully-packed so I could get a good look at the merchandise and not get side-tracked from my main objective of my visit, aka shopping. But of course, I was kind of pushing my luck, it's an event after all, the place should be at full capacity. And what a crowd and an event it was, I was feasting my eyes on their amazing merchandise, they had good selection of Rick Owens, CDG, Demeulemeester, the two Charlottes (Olympia and le Tan) and so much more, they also had visits by some of our best dressed ladies in K-town, as you can see from the photos below. I like the fact that 4's team was also supporting local talents, they had live music performance by a local band, the drinks served were mixed by the super talented photographer and future restauranteur Faisal Al Nashmi, famously known as Zubaneen, and AJ's food truck was at our service, parked right outside of the store. 

Another visit is a must to thoroughly go through the selection. Until then, scroll down for some highlights of the event. 


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