Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Designer: Rodrigo Massot Jewelry

I have a confession to make, I sometimes, not quite very often but still I do, buy fashion magazines in foreign languages to scout for international talents. Even though I don't understand a word in the, the photos are enough to say a thousand words, of course and then I have to scan the article for the designer's name, google it, read more about it to understand the story behind the brand or the special piece featured in the magazine. Rodrigo Massot is one of my recent foreign finds. He's s a young Brazilian jewelry designer who's fascinated by the art of the ancient world. He makes fine jewelry with the most exceptional designs using beautiful precious stones and diamonds. I couldn't find much about him online. His instagram account though had some real eye candy. I fell in lust with his earrings, they look like they're a one of a kind pieces that will leave people talking, in a good way. I hope they don't break the bank… I'll leave you now with some eye candy...

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mood Interiors in Dubai's JBR

During a recent visit to Dubai, I came across a furniture and home accessories boutique at Dubai's JBR The Walk. The uber-cool space is called Mood and it stocks a wide range of brands from Italy, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, France, Belgium and China. Mood is the kind of place where you will find the perfect combination for a unique and inspirational environment, the coolest homeware and accessories for your home, and probably the most stylish house-warming gifts for the perfect present.

I loved so many things on display but had to settle for only one piece, I bought sculpture of a man, best known as The Visitor. It's handcrafted by Belgian artist Guido Deleu. The Visitor Sculpture is a series of ceramic figurines finished with only natural elements like clay and color pigments. I thought it would make a striking addition to our TV Room. I'm planning to buy more of it once we move as it would look great in a grouping of multiples.

I can't say enough good things about Mood, and I would have continued to buy more pieces there, but unfortunately my home have run out of space, and I didn't want to worry about shipping to Kuwait and the fees that come with the shipping and handling, at least not for now, maybe when I move to my permeant home. 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Designer: Sopho Gongliashvili

Just when I thought everything has been done and seen in the jewelry design industry, the instagram world throws me one extremely delicious bone, we're talking about every girl's best friends: hard-to-find jewelry. A few months ago I came across a new designer called Sopho Gongliashvili, thanks to the instagram account of facehunter. The Georgia-based Jewelry and furniture designer Sopho Gongliashvili uses an ancient jewellery-making technique with enamel and fine silver to create her gigantic rings and brooches. According to the designer's insta, everything that is made with this technology is created with the help of love, bearing parts of stories and tales. 

What caught my attention in her designs are the female characters wearing burqa (a mask that covers their faces revealing only the eyes). Apparently one of these characters has a name and it's Gürcü Hatun (however her original name is Tamar Bagrationi), a Georgian royal princess from Bagrationi dynasty and Queen consort of Sultanate of Rum. She was the favorite wife of sultan Kaykhusraw II. After his death in 1246 she married the Anatolian strongman Pervane. Her title Gürcü Hatun means "Georgian Lady". 

Gürcü Hatun, or Tamar, initially remained an Eastern Orthodox Christian but is known to have converted to Islam at a later point. She is known to have patronized science and art, and have been on friendly terms with the famous Sufi Poet Rumi. (Don't you just love Wikipedia!?!).

After knowing the story behind this particular design, I want this ring/brooch more than ever. This is the kind of accessory I'd like to rock with my caftans. 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's All About the Beads

I was walking randomly around Souk Mubarakiya the other day, which is one of my favorite things to do recently, and came across these bright beaded necklaces. I was more interested in the neutral colored ones with the vintage-like metal charm. "They're not for sale", told me the sales guy referring to the ones with the mental charms which of course I fell in love with the most. "What do you mean?!! You have to sell them! To me!". The guys shook his head in refusal. I was only able to buy the rest of the colored beads. Oh well... I shrugged my shoulders, took these photos for future reference in case I change my mind and left in peace.

Note to retailers, please don't display something in your store that cannot be purchased by a client, not a very pleasant experience for a hard core shopper.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Charlotte Olympia

Everybody who knows me, knows that I fully support footwear lust—especially when the shoes have a hint of quirky-coolness to their design. And no one does quirky cool shoes quite like Charlotte Olympia. Check out the flat sandals featured here, they take the designer's spider motif to unexpected new heights. And I love the new season's theme where the designer took inspiration down Mexico way, with their cute colored skulls. If only their prices were more budget friendly! Sigh...

Featured Charlotte Olympia shoes are available at Harvey Nichols Kuwait. You may find them online here.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Exotic Bags by Alexander Wang

The weather has already started to warm up! But don't let your fashionable self to cool down any time soon. Your best bet to take on the season in style? These brand new selection of Alexander Wang bags with beautiful textured exotic leather. Whether you're headed to work or to a fancy dinner, these clutches and bags will keep your look effortlessly chic. I think they easily incorporates into your everyday look.

These Alexander Wang bags were spotted at Harvey Nichols Kuwait and you can also find them here.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Outfit of the Day

Sometime I just like to keep my outfits simple an fuss-free, especially on lazy weekends. Last Friday I chose to pair my TopShop jeans with long sleeves top with ruched detail from the front by Elizabeth and James, and a clean-cut long navy wool vest with contrast back by Victoria Beckham Denim. I finished the look with a pair of plaid Golden Goose sneakers and a quirky cool lego man brooch by one of my close and lovely super stylish friend which she bought from the Far East.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I've Got My Eyes on You

Anya Hindmarch got her groove back with her designs this year, wouldn't you say? Last season I bought the red clutch with the gigantic tassel detail, similar to the one shown here minus the eyes, and now after seeing this design I kind of want to get this one too but it doesn't make sense to buy the exact same style! Well unless it was a Celine nano bag, then that's a whole different story, I wouldn't mind buying one every season! Yes. That's how obsessed I am with it. I guess for now I'll just have to settle for window shopping when it comes to these funky fresh clutches.

These Anya Hindmarch clutches were spotted at Harvey Nichols Kuwait but you can also find them online here and here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Saadiyat Beach Club

You know that feeling you get when you find the most amazing spot for your vacation and don't feel like sharing it to the world? You just want to keep this place for yourself, in fear of it getting polluted or ruined by the society and overexposure?? That's exactly the feeling I got when I first stepped into Saadiyat Beach Club in Abu Dhabi, formerly known as The Monte-Carlo Beach Club. I have heard about it from my friend in Kuwait once, and then AD local and entrepreneur Alia Al Qassimi swore by it. I'm glad we had the time to squeeze in a visit during our mini Abu Dhabi tour. The place is so serene and beautiful in every possible way. It had the most pristine beach I have ever seen. The club has four restaurants and lounges, a 650 square-metre pool, a spa and a gym, and private access to Saadiyat’s nine-kilometre breathtaking natural beach. I wish it was a hotel so that I couls stay there as long as I want to!

Unfortunately for me, this is an exclusive members-only kind of club. I'm not sure if they allow for one-day passes, will need to ask about that.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Outfit of the Day

Excuse the mess in my hotel room, that's what usually happens when I dress up for an occasion. I was glad to finally settle for this outfit for the private dinner hosted by FarFetch and Style.com Arabia. I chose to wear a Maison Rabih Kayrouz sleeveless shirtdress with massive ruffle detail on the front, topped it off with nude blazer by TopShop, Alexander Wang's nude heels, and my bespoke Edie Parker clutch.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Manarat Al Saadiyat

In my previous post I promised to elaborate more on Manarat Al Saadiyat, a 15,400 square metre arts and culture centre in Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. I couldn't help but feel proud of this place rich of culture and art (and I'm not even an Emirati!). Manarat Al Saadiyat constitutes of permanent spaces for a series of exhibitions, international art collections, and educational programmes organized by Tourism Development Investment Company (TDIC). This is part of an ongoing cultural programme dedicated to developing awareness and understanding of art and culture prior to the launch of the Saadiyat Cultural District (I want to live there!). 

So the lovely AD local Alia Al Qassimi took us on this mini tour around the place. and below you will find highlights of the tour. 

Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s Et tu, Duchamp? (2009-10) sculpture displayed on the entrance Manarat Al Saadiyat, is inspired by Marcel Ducham, a French painter and sculptor, specifically the infamous moustachioed Mona Lisa in 1919. He created a larger-than-life three-dimensional bronze sculpture of the bearded beauty. 

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat introduces the future museum’s curatorial vision through a theme-based collection presentation. Comprised of sixteen artworks acquired specifically for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection, Seeing through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection examines the theme of light as a primary aesthetic principle in art. 

Took this photo at the infinity mirrored room, part of Seeing through Light exhibition, by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (remember the LV polka dots collection? Yup that's her!). Basically it's a mirror-paneled instillation with LED lights and water. It felt so magical standing in the middle of this installation.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2017. 

An art piece by artist Ghada Amer titled "The Words I Love the Most", created in 2012. Also part of the soon-to-open Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Rachid Koraichi, selected from Le Chemin des Roses (Path of Roses), 1995-2005. Part of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.  

Saadiyat Island is like a cultural hub, so in the next 5 years, 3 major museums will open, starting with Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will be the first universal museum in the Arab world. Shaped as a giant mushroom with cutout patterns, the museum will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. The museum is due to open late 2015.

And then there is the prototype of Zayed National Museum, which is set to open in 2016. Fittingly elevated above the rest of the cultural district at its highest point, the museum tells the story of the region’s history and the unification of the United Arab Emirates through the life and person of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. According to their website, The Zayed National Museum’s distinctive towers are reminiscent of the wing tips of the falcon - a powerful symbol of the cultural heritage of the UAE. The building is designed to minimise energy usage by incorporating natural ventilation and lighting in the five towers. The museum is designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Lord Norman Foster.

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