The Preen x Aldo Rise collection is finally in-stores at Aldo branches in Kuwait. I've been waiting for this collaberation to hit Kuwait's market ever since I saw the styles on Preen's A/W 2013 runways. I only found two styles actually, the ankle-strap pump and a triple-buckle zippered bootie (as shown in the photo above). Both styles are made out of leather, pony hair, and suede. I tried the red booties on, they didn't quite fit me well, but I loved the way they looked, a mix of punk-rock edginess with a touch of femininity. Check out photos of the Preen x Aldo Rise shoes on the runway, taken via style.com.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
The moment I saw Vika Gazinskaya un-stuffed animal stoles during fashion week and I have been contemplating whether I should get me one or not, would I be able to pull it off or would I look like a ridiculously gigantic 6 years old girl snuggling her fuzzy friend. Of course the always fashion-forward multi-brand boutique N has just received the raccoon stole and it looked soooo cute, however I didn't have the guts to buy or wear it. For some reason I didn't try it on either, maybe I should next time I shop there, that is if it's still not sold out.
Check out how cute they look on Vika Gazinskaya's lookbook on style.com.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I'm slightly obsessed with my recent purchase, ecru's alphabet charm. I wanted to buy the first letter of my last name as well but it was in silver too, I prefer to have them in clashing colors, so I settled for the first letter of my first name only. The embroidered alphabet charms make a great gift idea as well for people who love an appreciate the beauty of our language.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
As you may already know, last week Bahrain held one of the most prestigious jewellery exhibitions in the region Jewellery Arabia Show, which I was very lucky to attend it for the first time. You can view previous post here. The night I arrived to Bahrain, I was invited to Jewellery Arabia 2013 Gala Dinner, which was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. So around 9PM, TheOverdressed, one of my favorite fashion bloggers in the region, picked me up from the hotel and off we went to the gala dinner. Needless to say she looked absolutely gorgeous in her emerald green crepe wool dress with flounced hemline and decorative beaded button from Erdem. She cleverly paired it with a shrunken jacket by the same brand, and a matching Nancy Gonzalez clutch. As for me, I chose to go for my Simon Rocha gigantic one side ruffled skrit, paired with my favorite Alaia sandals, layered pearl necklaces, a crepe black top by COS, and my Tonya Hawks clutch.
The formal sit-down gala dinner attracted over 300 distinguished guests that included participants of the exhibition, members of the diplomatic community stationed in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and professionals from the jewellery and watches industry. The gala dinner also included several performances by Brazilian professional dancers, It felt like a preview of a Rio carnival. They were amazing. The food?! Yummy, I got carried away a bit with the lebanese appetizers, lost count of how many kubba's I had. Oh well, never count your claories when Im travelling, that would ruin the moment.
Anyhow, the below two photos were taken from TheOverdressed.com.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Cool and quirky is the name of the game for UK-based brand Cutler and Gross. I've been in love with the brand ever since I bought my first pair from former multi-brand boutique N.B. Boutique in Salhiya Complex. I turned the quirky retro chic sunglasses into my regular eyeglasses and I still wear them on lenses-free days. So when I received an e-mail about the launch of Bullets and Butterflies's online shopping site, the first brand that caught my attention was Cutler and Gross, where I found these lace sunglasses designed for Erdem. You can find other styles to drool over here.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I have been invited to Sheen Ghain's opening Sunday night, but due to my personal commitments that night, my friend and I came in a tad bit late. Fortunately for us, we did manage to meet the owners as well as the PR manager of Sheen Ghain the lovely Dima Al Dilham, who looked impeccable in her Acne skirt and black silk-chiffon button-down shirt, and statement necklaces. Dima, better known as Me_Capi, has managed to keep us all in suspense weeks before the official opening. Even when I received the actual invite I was still wondering what was it about.
So finally we managed to find out what it was. Basically, it's a very spacious and modern multi-purpose space available for short-term rental. Uses might include arts exhibitions, corporate and social gathering/meeting space, or public/private events such as book launches, catwalk shows, new brands launches... etc.
Because we came in late and missed the event, and only managed to take the first two photos of this post, Dima has kindly offered to send me photos of the attendees of the event. Let me tell, Kuwaiti girls really love to dress up and up the ante with their accessories. Scroll down for more.
Sheen Ghain Gallery is located in Shuwaikh Industrial Area, on the same strip as Boutique 4. Find out more by clicking here.
Dima's statement necklaces by Valentino and Dylan Lex
My favorite color combo of the evening.. cobalt blue and chocolate brown
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Jewellery Arabia Show, the exhibition for all those who are passionate about jewelry and the finest watches. I've heard about it before from friends and relatives, but I have never been to it until last week when the uber-chic fashion Blogger Dana of The Overdressed, invited me to visit the exhibition in Bahrain. So on Wednesday Dana picked me up from my hotel and drove to Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Center, where Jewellery Arabia Show is currently being held (last day is this Saturday). The exhibition is HUUUGE! 15,000 square meter of space to roam around, and it feature over 600 exhibitors from 30 nations, and it is spread on 3 huge halls. I only managed to go to Hall one and Hall two, where you will see world renowned watches and jewelry European and Asian brands. Some of the pieces on display felt as if they were waiting for me to drool, gaze and even try on. Here's a quick look of just a few of the many many pieces I fell in love with.
So if you have nothing planned for friday and Saturday, I strongly recommend you go check it out, even for a couple of hours. It's totally worth it. Happy browsing (and perhaps a little shopping too)!
Thank you so much Dana and your lovely family for your hospitality and giving me a tour of one of the best and largest jewelry exhibition in our region.
Bracelets and rosary-inspired necklaces by Gemme Couture.
Rubies and green sapphires embellished cuff bracelet from Tresor
More statement cuff bracelets by Tresor
Emerald earrings in their purest form.. they cost around 21,000 bahraini Dinars, which is around $56,000.
They're all real diamond earrings... beautiful!
The above rings are not diamonds but they look nice, they're by a london-based brand called Lucky Eyes.
Beirut-based jeweler Nsuoli had the best diamond solitaire necklaces at the exhibition, and probably the most crowded booth too!
The booth with the most creative designs goes to Wendy Yue, where you will find one-of-a-kind, meticulously crafted, and in limited edition statement pieces. You can view their collection at Bergdorf Goodman (NY), Neiman Marcus (USA), Annoushka at Harrods (UK), Harvey Nichols (UK), Selfridges (UK), and Liberty (UK). I felt like some of the pieces were not meant to be worn, but to be displayed in museums or objects of art, like the ones shown below.
Check out the stunning rings worn by one and only The Overdressed
The Overdressed looking super elegant and chic in her Erdem ensemble
Another booth with the most amazing vintage jewelry was Italian brand Veschatti. You would find unique pieces and collection by top brands such as Rolex, Chopard, Blancpain, Buccellati, David Webb, Scavia, and more.
Statement necklaces displayed at Bulgari's booth
I had to take a photo of Dana's elegant outfit, the mesh black heels are just killing me!
Another booth that had something new to offer is AlZain master jewelers. The designer Karima Sharabi uses arabic calligraphy to create tatto-inspired designs. She uses various arabic words such as: Unity, creativity, balance, confidence, to reflect women's empowerment.
In 1998, Karima was accepted to study at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. She later transferred to McGill University, Montreal where she completed a BA in Political Science.
And last but not least, the Charles Oudin diamond watches. I didn't bother to ask about its price tag. The craftsmanship of this piece is just amazing!