Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hitting the Beach in Sensi Style

With Summer in full swing and the swimming season upon us, I had to shop around for chic beach-ready accessoires to embrace the sun and the waves in style. One brand I always check out is Sensi Studio, a fun and colorful accessories brand hand-crafted by local artisans in Ecuador.  So I browsed the selection at Harvey Nichols Kuwait and fell in love with this straw hat with red paint-like doodles. You can never go wrong with a straw hat to protect your skin, especially that I stopped sun-tanning my face for a while now to protect it from unwanted early wrinkles. And where to keep your beach essentials? like mobile, lip balm, sun block, and co? In one of these adorable straw clutches by Sensi Studio too! I'd personally carry it on and off the beach! 

What about you? Any new purchases to update your beach look?


Kate Moss for Topshop is Launching Today!

The collection from the iconic model will be available exclusively at NET-A-PORTER and select TopShop branches, with key items expected to sell-out fast.

British supermodel and style icon Kate Moss’ eponymous range for TopShop is inspired by vintage finds and favorites from her personal wardrobe. From fringed leather jackets to pajama-style pants and tuxedo tailoring, each piece tells a story. My-must buy from this collection is the hand-beaded cocktail dress and the fringed gown.

You can shop the collection online here or go to TopShop The Avenues or Marina Mall. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Outnet.com is 5!


THEOUTNET.COM is 5 and they’re celebrating with some of their favorite fashion friends! If you haven’t done so already, go check out their exclusive video featuring Garance Doré, Leigh Lezark, Alexandra Richards, Harley Viera-Newton, Leandra Medine, Jessica Hart and Caroline Issa.

To mark our 5th birthday, THEOUTNET.COM has created an exclusive collection of reissued, limited-edition styles by 17 designers including Balmain, Equipment, J.W.Anderson and Nicholas Kirkwood! Shop the collection here.

Colorful Celine

This Summer season I'm loving the explosion of primary and secondary colours at Paris-based brand Celine. The vibrantly colored bags and the sporty designs of its shoes created pieces that popped with pop-art power. Not sure of the their longevity factor, but they look yummy enough to me to wear and tear this season without hesitation.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Blossoming in Prada

Take me to Hawaii! Hearts hearts hearts! This Prada shoulder/cross runway bag with prints of Hawaiian flowers is just PERFECTION! AND a rare treat in Kuwait's Prada as we don't always get the best of the selection here. I instantly fell in love with it, even though I mentioned previously I'm not a bag lady, but I just can imagine how to wear it. Paired with slim-cut white trousers, polka dots men's style button-down shirt, and a pair of summery loafers sans socks, this bold printed bag can hit all the right notes. And then I spotted this cotton lace covered Prada tee,  and I imagined pairing the printed bag with a denim skirt and wedge heels. 


Sunday, April 27, 2014

In My Closet: Celine Knotted Leather Slippers

Having perfect, close-up style feet for the most luxurious slippers of this season planet is not easy, and in my case impossible. I know that my toes do NOT have what it takes to model a pair of new shoes, but I'm hoping that you'd be too mesmerized by the beauty of these Celine knotted leather slippers. The leather looks fresh to death, and the best part is that they're beyond comfortable! 

I've searched for these babies everywhere and they were sold out, remember my previous post here? My sister was in London last month and found them in my size at Harrods! How cool is that?! I was over the moon! They're officially my Summer shoes this year.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Shop Rick Owens at a Major Discount!

This week, embrace gothic glamour with TheOutnet.com's latest edit of Rick Owens. With leather jackets, draped dresses and tailored vests at up to 60% off, now is your chance to get a piece by this cult label.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Webby: Wednesday: Maison du Maillot

Maison du Maillot, the Middle East’s first dedicated beachwear store today launched its contemporary e-boutique online. Bahrain-based site  Maison du Maillot will provide customers throughout the region with the latest swim and beachwear designs for men and women.  

Stocking contemporary international brands, Maison du Maillot offers their customers the latest collections of bikinis, swimsuits, sarongs and dresses from leading swimsuit designers such as Melissa Odabash, Tori Praver and Gypsy05.
   
As part of Maison du Maillot's commitment to social responsibility the company pledges to donate 1% of all sales to charitable causes. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Yoga Jeans?!

Ever tried to keep count of how many times you’ve complained about lack of movement in tight jeans? No matter the price point, the pairs were made to be sturdy, not ultra-comfy. That's a fact of life, the price we all have to pay to be fashionable. Well, it was.

I came to know about Second Denim's ultra comfortable Second Yoga jeans through ZINZIN boutique at Mercato Mall in Dubai. The jeans redefine the perceived limitations of wearing denim. Offering the same flexibility of yoga pants with the sturdiness of conventional denim, Second Yoga jeans are as comfortable as they sound. Apparently they come in regular, low and extra low cuts with flared, straight and skinny styles, and their comfy chic style also makes them a much better wardrobe choice for air travel than velour tracksuits.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

More Fashion Illustrations All The Way From Portugal

Remember when I posted about artist and illustrator António, who lives in Oporto city in Portugal, and work as a freelance illustrator? Previous post here. The illustrator has just sent me part of his new SS2014 illustration project, and they look absolutely pretty! Can you guess which fashion designer the illustrated clothes represent?



Friday, April 18, 2014

Outfit of the Day

I love mixing mismatched patterns in my outfits, they're not always easy to pull off, and not always something to invest in for years to come, so for such looks I usually browse high-street stores. I came across these boyfriend-cut peach and white striped shorts and striped/polka dots busson-down shirt at the GAP three weeks ago. I loved how the patterns complement each other, plus they're the perfect lazy/casual friday attire. I accessorized the look with my Chloe espadrilles, my Celine bag, and a panama hat. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Day in Doha

On my way from Kuwait to Doha-Qatar, I kept on re-organizing my agenda to plan what I'll be doing in the afternoon before heading to The Kayys event, since I'll arrived 3 hours before the event. Ironically I wasn't planning to go to any shopping mall, I guess I'm getting enough of retail therapy from my day job. So I was contemplating should I go to the Modern Islamic Museum, which I've been to previously, or go to Mathaf, since I haven't been to it yet but it takes longer to get there. By the time I  boarded the plane and checked-in to the hotel it was 2:30PM already, I was too exhausted and starving to leave the hotel, so I decided to explore the hotel, grab something to eat, and then get ready for the event. I stayed at Saint Regis, which I think it makes such a great family hotel because of its facilities, plus it offers the Michelin star cuisine of Gordon Ramsay and Hakkasan as part of its dinning facilities. 

Anyways, when I arrived to Katara where The Kayys event was being held, I spotted this gorgous painting with the "like" details of an instagram, photo above. Not sure who painted it but its colors and details are amazing. 

The view from my room at the Saint Regis in Doha

Giving my camera a quick test before heading to the event.

Mixing my Boutique Black Pearl necklaces with Mouzzanar and Lama Hourani's necklaces. Thankfully my layered necklaces look passed the security check points at the airports quietly 

And I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the lovely girls behind The Kayys and my invitation to their event was waiting for me too. 

Some photos of Katara, I wish I had the time to explore it properly. Basically, it's a Cultural Village aimed at increasing human interaction through art and cultural exchange. According to this site, Katara Cultural Village is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multi-cultural activities.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Emma Kuo and Her Favorite Clutch

It took me a while to focus on the details on these clutches because of the busy background. I have'nt seen them up-close, so my judgment and admiration are solely based on these photos. Allow me to introduce you to a New York-based brand called Emma Kuo. Founded in 2011, Emm Kuo's modern designs are inspired by architectural influences, strong textural contrasts and clean shapes. 

Her clutches offer a mix of the most luxurious European leathers, exotic skins and customized hardware in an intricate, but understated way. Don't they feel like a mix between Edie Parker clutches and Kotur? I wonder if the price point is reasonable or not. 




The Kayys

Last Saturday I was invited to the launch of The Kayys Spring/Summer 2014 collection in Doha, Qatar. I was excited about the event and meeting the sister-designer trio, especially that I've never seen their work up-close and I wanted to pick their brains out and find out what the inspiration behind their collections. I've seen photos of their Ramadan collection last year and some pieces looked just phenomenal!

I arrived on time to the Gallery where The Kayys's new collection was showcased. Invited guests were required to wear the wristband, which was included in the hologram-ish invite, in order to access the gallery, located in Katara, a beautiful place where cultural awareness is promoted through festivals, exhibitions, seminars, concerts, and all forms of artistic expression in a cultural village.

We first stayed in a hall, photo above, to mingle before we were guided to another connected hall where the collection was displayed. The hall had foil-like rain coats hanging from different points on the ceiling, will tell you why later, and a corner with props to take your selfie.  As soon as the first hall got busy with the fashion-forward crowd, we were directed to the other hall. Large plexiglass boxes were placed throughout the hall, inside them were the models who were meant to look and 'act' like showroom mannequins. They were dressed in The Kayys's sartorial pastel-colored pieces, bursting with elegance. There were bubble machines installed in semi-hidden corners, blowing zillions of bubbles all over the place, which explained to me why the foil-like raincoats were on display, a large number of guests wore them to protect their extravagant abayas from getting stained. My favorite looks of the collection were the blue satin pants paired with a cape-like cropped top, embellished with see-through/hologram-ish sequins, and the pink off-the-shoulders satin gown with fully embroidered cape. They looked absolutely gorgeous. The pieces were available for pre-order and should be available within 2-3 weeks of placing the order.   

As for the guests and ladies attending the event, they looked absolutely stunning dressed in their fancy abayas, I loved their choices of shoes, bags, and accessories, on-trend and extravagantly over-the-top. I wanted to take close-up photos of their pieces but I felt awkward and wasn't so sure of their reaction. So I admired their sense of style from a far.

Hend, Ghada, and Maha, The Kayys girls, thank you so much for your hospitality and your very warm welcome. I loved and enjoyed every minute of my short stay in Doha. I hope I'll get to see you soon in my hometown Kuwait.

For more information about the brand, please send an e-mail to Thekayys@gmail.com, or call +974 33436030, or follow them on instagram: @Thekayys.


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