Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hello Guys and Gals, here I thought I would show you my look for when I went to the stunning Park Hyatt for the perfect late afternoon lunch and some cocktails. I wanted to wear something bright and colourful but, of course my Amsterdam self crept back in and made sure I wasn’t too bright making me tone down all my colour with favourite grey jeans. 

IMG_3045IMG_0057The afternoon ended up with a beautiful sunset with the Dubai Skyline in the background!

Do you like to Mix your colours and are you brave enough to make your outfit pop!?

T-Shirt: Topshop, Jeans: Amsterdam’s blauw, Shoes: Aldo, Bag: Celine

Ciao till next time xx

Paradise on a Golf Course – Park Hyatt Dubai

Hello Lovely people, for this 2nd edition of Trending Tuesday I wanted to talk about my love for long lunches and cocktails. This is always my favourite thing to do whenever I m away somewhere or if there is a perfect sunny afternoon. As you can see from the pictures below I had wonderful weather when I decided to pop along to the beautiful Park Hyatt for a late lunch that turned into sunset cocktails. The Park Hyatt is nestled amongst the Creek and Yacht club and sits amongst beautiful green gardens. The architecture of this property is a mix of Santorini inspired grecian style with a feel of an Middle Eastern 1001 nights palace. I just love the white stone walls that are off set by Dubai’s bright blue skies. As for the interiors, everything is clean cut and minimalist with careful Arabic lanterns places here and there for mood lighting. I think this has to be one of the most stunning hotels in Dubai with an sophisticated edge that attracts a elegant clientele …. sitting down at The Terrace with the Marina and Dubai skyline was perfect afternoon activity as you can see from the photos below.

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gorgeous beef thai saladBerry CocktailsBeautiful Arab Architecture

IMG_3105IMG_3118Next time I ll stay for a shisha on the terrace following my cocktails.

Do you enjoy long afternoon lunches and whats your favourite cocktail?

Ciao for now xx

B51

Hello Lovely People…. I wanted to tell you all about this fabulous Pop-up Store I discovered. I managed to catch the B51 pop-up store in Al Serkal Avenue before it closed up on Thursday. I am so happy I was able to go and browse through the racks of beautiful clothes and I can honestly say everything in the store was stunning and very unique for Dubai. Back in Amsterdam I love that pop-up stores that appear all the time, bringing with them something new, fresh and exciting. This is exactly what B51 managed to do for Dubai. The mix of designers was perfect for the Dubai fashion scene with lots of West meets East items. For me the interesing thing was that there was such a fresh take on the styles from the designers in fact one might say a avant grade meets glamour punk style.  The Western influence was very apparent with many designers from Europe however, for me my favourites were Umit Unal from Turkey and OTT from the UAE. The bad news is; I m afriad we will all have to wait with baited breath for the next B51 installement. You can go to their FB page to keep updated. B51Seeing GreenKaftan influencesThe perfect dresses for relaxing around the home or for dinner on vacationUmm KalthoumI am so in love with this scarf, the print is gorgeous and fabric print is pure art.Arabic CushionsQuirky Arabic Cushions, made from packaging materialIMG_0046The ombre fringing from the beautiful scarf.

Scarf: OTT, Top: DIY, Jeans: Gap

What do you love about Pop-up stores?

Ciao from Dubai xx

Wednesday was the much anticipated opening party of S*ucegifts at Al Wasl Square, Dubai. The store is a big white space that allows the colour of all the items to just pop and trust me when I say every corner of the store is just eyecandy! On offer is beautifully designed chairs by Zayan to kids kitsch t-shirts, lamps, tables and beautiful art pieces too. All the items are a mix of East and West with lots of cross over so the items can be perfect for Dubai or great gifts for friends back home. If you live in Dubai or are just visiting you must pop by this store. On top of all this they have a fabulous Gift Machine which is like a gift ATM and is the first in the region. See the pictures below for a taste of the gorgeous BoutiqueIMG_0008S*ucegifts shines bright on Al Wasl Square and in the store you can see the gift machine which is perfect for a last minute gift run (unorganised boyfriends and husbands take note).

SauceGiftsBeautiful people and beautiful items. The boutique was filled with people all swooning over the gorgeous items, I like the “Bathroom Guest Book” I think this would make for some interesting messages and far more entertaining than the usual Magazines.

IMG_5038These tables were just stunning and will be featured in my new place when I find it and the trays are the perfect house warming gifts

IMG_5040My favourite item above, the neon glow definitely had me falling in love.

Are you good at buying gifts or are you like me, always making the last minute dash?

To see more of what S*uce as to offer and find their location please visit their website.

Ciao for now xx

Trending Tuesday #2 Ripe Market!

Its still Tuesday so I m squeezing in the 2nd Trending Tuesday post. Last Saturday I finally made it to the Ripe market at The Courtyard in Al Quoz. I was so pleased I went down as the atmosphere was so terrific with lots of little stalls selling all sorts, along with great food stalls from Argentina to Italy and of course cake stalls as well (I managed to avoid those). All types of Dubai residents were there from famillies and Jumeriah Janes through to single guys and gals. I highly recommend coming down to see this market before it gets too hot …… however, see what I found when the heat became a little too much! The Beautiful Courtyard

The CourtyardAbout to step into a wonder world Stepping into the Interiors palace ….. Petals at The CourtyardIMG_5024IMG_5021 Beautiful Chandeliers adorn this interior extravaganza IMG_3370Beautiful Mosaic tiles and waterfalls are everywhere inside so when you need to cool down step inside Petals where the staff are so friendly and you can pick up some antique little nik naks! 
IMG_5030With my goodies from Ripe including a Thai basil which is delicious with curry, salads and in some juices. 
IMG_5027For my market day out I wore: Jeans by IRO, T-Shirt by Rag and Bone, Shoes DKNY

Remember you can follow me on Instagram to see my daily pics on username: sojustnice 

So you can get a little of the atmosphere here is a video of some fabulous music that these wonderful ladies were playing. 

Coachella

Mondaymoaning is back and this week I m fed up after seeing all the weekend pictures of people at Coachella! So please people just stop! Last year I nearly made it but instead I had to come back to Dubai. Well I have vowed to myself that next year I m going to be there. Palm Springs is my favourite place and actually I ve said I m going to retire there, you ll see me sunbathing and sipping cocktails in my final years (my favourite thing)Coachella

stephy-img_0727_GAalessandra-ambrosio Alessandra Ambrosio – I just love this look!

mitsuko-img_0517_GAFabulous Festival look

Coachella-2013-Live-Stream-Channel-1Next Year see me here!

Did you also want to be at Coachella and which of the looks above are your favourites?

Ciao for now xx

Meet Andraya

Meet Andraya a Designer hailing from the world class Central Saint Martin’s school in London. Whilst studying she kept up her expat lifestyle flying between her two homes of London and Dubai.The Middle Eastern influence could be seen all over her graduation collection.

Cages from Andraya / Farrag(One of Andraya’s designs from her Graduate show) See Andraya / Farrag graduation collection video 

Andraya’s first internship was at Matthew Willamson where she became fascinated by fabrics and embroidery from exotic places. Later in her course she would move to New York City to intern for Marchesa and others. Her life has been spent travelling and that continues to inspire her. With such a diverse background I wondered how travel and culture had influenced her fashion style.

Andraya wearing her collection in Dubai

Andraya wearing a dress from her collection

Andraya describes her style as leather jackets with layers, the occasional spike here and there and statement jewellery (mainly rings and necklaces). She mostly wears black but loves bright colour blocking too. Painting her nails to match her outfit or adding a splash of colour is her style statement. Her main concern though is wearing clothes that flatter the figure. She loves vintage and new and tries to mix that with pieces and styles that she is inspired by from the runway shows. However, the epitome of Andraya’s style is defined by which country she is living in at the time.

Andraya in India

Andraya’s time in India encouraged her to wear more colour (although black will never lose its charm for Andraya). She says “I think people in London are afraid to experiment with colour. Travel allows you to re-invent yourself a little and merge in with your new surroundings. Different culture interpret fashion and style in different ways which I find very exciting”

In her sandwhich year at Central Saint Martins she went to New York and of the infamous city she says “I love that city – its full of energy”. Andraya liked that all the different areas in New York have a different vibe much like London. Of course, the other must-see for Andraya was all the great places to eat and the bars that are so full of character. She highly recommends the bar at The Jane Hotel and is a must do for any visitor to the city who is looking for somewhere away from the tourist traps.

After graduating Andraya moved to India to work in the fashion industry. At first it was a total culture shock for her as she had never been to India before. However, she loved it the second she got there; the noise, chaos, colour and totally mental happenings. She says “there is always something incredible happening, whether it’s a 10 year old riding down the motorway on a horse or a random procession with drums and music. It’s a really inspiring place – if you haven’t been already and can handle a little madness I highly recommend it” When you need to escape the hustle and bustle then Andraya suggests visiting Hampi for ancient ruins in the beautiful countryside or the tea plantations in Munar and the backwaters of Kerala”

Travelling in India

I hope that Andraya’s trip summary has inspired you to look around you and be inspired by all sorts and of course to try some colour in your outfits, a little Asian style!

You can catch up with Andraya again when she tells Sojustnice her London Essentials for Travel Thursday.

Ciao for now XX