I love spotting pieces with middle eastern feel at modern furniture stores. The other day I was browsing The One in the Avenues and noticed a set of pillows covered in traditional patterns used in Palestinian embroidery. My friend, of palestinian origins, once told me that these patterns symbolize good health, hope, prosperity and protection, among other attributes of positive beliefs. Can you just imagine placing these pillows on retro-inspired plain arm chairs and couches? Beautiful.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
I spotted these eye-catching embellishment in the form of jeweled flowers on two different denim pants the other day, the first was by Pinko at Harvey Nichols Kuwait, and the second by good ol' Zara. Then days later, I spotted Stella McCartney's version of the embellished denim here, which kind of looked like a copy of Tu Es Mon Tresor's.
I instantly remembered when I first wore my Tu Es Mon Tresor Pearl Embellished Boyfriend Jean, I bought them from Browns Fashion in Dec 2013. There were, still are, my ultimate casual-luxe look. Sometimes I wonder how would a small brand or an emerging designer feel when they see their original designs and creativity being copied by big brands. There's nothing much they can do, too exhausting and time/money consuming to take things to the courts. Besides, in the design and creative filed, be it fashion or art, copyrights barely exist, which is good and bad. Good? So that it won't constrict or limit creativity. Bad? because of the same reason why Pinko, Zara, and Stella did what they did.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Call me insane but I find these Fendi monster furry heels so cute! They kind of remind me of my favorite characters in Sesame street. I wouldn't go for the style shown in the above photo, but I would definitly go for the pumps below with the yellowish fur details (hearts hearts), of course, they just had to sell out in my size and I couldn't find them online either. What a bummer!! The search is still on though so any leading tips are appreciated. Thanks!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Najeeba Hayat is ready to shake things up and claim the spotlight with her brand new footwear brand Liudmila.
According to AlOthman's blog, which will be stocking Liudmila Summer 2015 naturally, the brand Liudmila is focused on creating desire and fantasy while respecting a woman’s mobility. All of its heel designs are lower-heeled styles and fall under the 100mm range with the majority of the collection using a 50mm heel. Najeeba's debut collection is inspired by cartoon heroines like Cinderella (check out the black silk flats in the photo below), a Minnie Mouse pump, and mermaid-green exotics.
What really impressed me about the designer is that she actually studied shoes design for a year, so that's no monkey business, and also the fact that she had her shoes manufactured in the same factory as Louboutin and Manolo. I've heard from a lot of fashion insiders that it's very difficult to find the right place to produce someone's collection in the standards required, because many of the best factories in Italy don't have availability for small productions or emerging talents.
I've gone through the images featured on AlOthman's blog, and the pink rabbit fur pompom sandals got my highest vote, the navy wedge heels are also very innovative in design. The gladiators look nice in the photo too, I hope their fit is adjustable.
You can find out more about Liudmila here, you may also contact the designer here. Najeeba will be presenting her debut collection during Milan Fashion Week on 17th September. Best of luck to the talented footwear-designer.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I get asked a lot about which bag to buy this season, or more precisely about the "it" bag of the season. I stopped believing in "it" bags a while ago (I feel like as if a small weight has been lifted off my shoulders!!). Last month as I started de-cluttering my closets in preparation for our move, it hit me hard how gullible I was the past I don't know how many years, in searching and hunting for the "it" bag of the season. I had a closet dedicated for handbags, some I wore maybe twice or three times max!! I started questioning my shopping habits and the desire to be defined by a status bag. I'm not saying that I'll never buy a handbag again, but I don't want to be influenced by the fashion media and get me all worked up about a bag and fight over it..... on the waiting list! It's not worth it. So I decided that If I see a bag that I like, I'll buy it. Not because it was mentioned on the pages of Vogue magazine or some celeb wore it. Besides, we still need to carry our junk around, so we'll always carry bags and clutches.
That said, I'll share with you some of the bags that I liked this season. From statement oversized clutches and modern backpacks, to fringed totes, and mini hands-free cross bags. This season there's something for everyone. Here, all the best, chicest bags I want to grab onto. Starting from top, Chanel's fringed bag from Chanel Dallas collection, Tod's two-tone D-cube bag (similar styles here), a mini cross bag by Tod's, Alexander Wang's backpack, Mark Cross vintage-inspired bags (also here), Anya Hindmarch clutch with leather tassel charm, and surprisingly, West Elm's budget-friendly leather oversized clutches in beautiful colored stripes and polka dots.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Sometimes I keep forgetting that to have a well-built closet, you need a pair (or three!) of comfortable heels in neutral colors. I think the past seasons I've been so into colorful statement shoes that I didn't pay attending to the basics of a wardrobe, every girls needs a pair of black, tan, and chocolate brown shoes. And I found my calling with these chunky block heeled sandals by Tod's in a beautiful shade of chocloatey brown. The heels ensure a comfortable fit, and they can be worn with thick ribbed knit socks for winter or with your bare foot for the summer. I can't wait to wear these with skirts and dresses.
These heels were spotted at Tod's boutique in Salhiya Complex.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Spotted this gorgeous golden hairband by Jennifer Behr at Harvey Nichols Kuwait the other day. I liked how this Grecian headband is adorned with a vine of gold-tone brass leaves and tiny pearls, now that the weddings seasons have kicked in, I'm thinking of getting it to style my hair with it. I think will work beautifully with loose tresses or a tousled messy updo.
You can find similar styles here.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
These Charlotte Olympia porcelain vase pumps are the kinds of shoes that make you stop in your tracks and admire! How insanely beautiful are they?!! I'd say, irreplaceable.... a collectible... just like fiiiiiiiine china. I spotted the Chinoiserie pupms at Boutique 4 the other day. Actually the entire collection on display stopped me dead in my tracks, in a good way! The small bag shaped as a chinese noodles takeaway box is stunning! I'm very happy that Boutique 4 actually got this collection and was daring with their buys. Definitely on top of my wish list for the new season. Even though I know for a fact I'll end up wearing it once or twice... and in graceful pain.
Monday, September 1, 2014
I think I've been out of touch with the real world, or else how could I have possibly missed on IKEA's paper shop?! Why haven't I heard about it before! I was shopping around IKEA over the weekend, mental note... never ever go to IKEA on weekends, it was beyond crowded, and just as I reached the kitchen utensils section, I came across the new, fun, and colorful paper shop. Finally! Pretty gift wrap that's not dusty nor will it break the bank!
I found all sorts of pretty things, party sets, paper blocks, notepads, notebooks, decoration, gift boxes, gift bags, and paper napkins. All were really reasonably priced. I bought a couple of notepads for my office use. The patterns and illustrations used are really nice and refreshing. I hope they'll keep introducing new designs every season.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
My apologies for the radio silence. I'm sure you haven't noticed, but still — I apologize anyway. A combination of busy calendar, work, moving, and kids testing my limits, have buried my will to blog to the bottom of my priority list. But I will survive.
I read once that If you buy most of your clothes and accessories for a fantasy version of your life, instead of the reality, you’ll end up with a lot of clothes to store and nothing to wear, and not to mention a bigger outstanding balance. When I reflect on these words I find that many of my purchases unfortunately fall under that category, and now that I'm practicing some self-control, I'm always second-guessing my shopping's wish list. Take for example these flask bracelet by Cynthia Rowley, I first spotted them on instgram during the Spring 2013 NYC fashion shows and presentations, and I wanted them ever since! But what would I possibly do with a flask bracelet! Am I suddenly going to take a sip in the middle of a mall or a reception from my bracelet? How easy it is to clean anyway?! And if I'm buying it, it has to be at least two of them worn stacked. The
good bad news is that I couldn't find them anywhere online or offline. So I forgot about them. Fast forward two years later, I get an e-mail in my inbox from online e-tailor ahalife.com announcing that the flask bracelet by Cynthia Rowley are available to purchase online. What?!! That's a sign! I must buy them!!! So much for sticking to the reality version of myself!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Acne Studio's 'Adriana' sneakers are on the top of my must-buy list for Fall 2014. The playful enameled plaque is what got me attracted in the shoes. I wanted to buy them last season actually but of course my size was sold out. This season I'm in luck! Found a couple of e-tailers which I could buy them from. Now all I need to do is decide on the color. How about those?
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
How pretty are those sparkly details and meticulous embroidery on this pair of flat shoes, spotted at Uterqüe store in the Avenues Phase II. I'm sure it comes with a budget-friendly price tag!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Spotted this a-line full skirt at H&M the other day and it reminded me of Stella McCartney's print, which she has used for her pre-fall 2014 collection. Stella McCartney collaborated with artist Gary Hume to use the artist's signature screen prints on her sweatshirt. Click here to check out similarities.
Friday, August 1, 2014
The elaborate decoration and details on this beyond stunning Giambattista Valli's haute-couture dress are just INSANE!! I spotted it while browsing the eveningwear selection at AlOthman Boutique. It was like nothing I've seen before, in terms of craftsmanship and quality. It was as if every pearly-like sequin was carefully studied before sewn into the garment. Truly a piece of art! Perfectly suited for a glamorous winter wedding. I didn't bother to look at the price tag, why ruin this beautiful moment?!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Zara is among the few high-street store that allows you to stay on-trend without spending a fortune. TopShop used to be link that but the past year, its selection is not as strong as it used to be. I remember I used to shop at Topshop at least once a week when its main branch used to be in Salmiya opposite to Al Fanar Complex. Now, the last 3 times I've been to the store, I came out empty handed. I hope next season TopShop would bounce back.
So back to Zara, I spotted this white pearl decorated hair accessory, which I posted on my insta recently, such a cute addition to an evening-wear attire, I must warn you though, it's kind of metal so expect some pressure and discomfort when worn for a long time. I also spotted this pair of Prada/Marni's inspired sandals. They looked so cute, wouldn't you say?
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Spotted this acrylic clutch bag at Zara the other day and it instantly reminded me of Edie Parker's signature art-deco/glitter-finish and acrylic designs. A frugal find for dressing up your evening attire. However, if you live in Kuwait, you can shop and customize your Edie Parker at AlOthman Boutique.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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