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Monday Mood #7 Princess

main-1.originalI am sure that you just like me, often dream of finding the perfect outfit that just makes you walk gracefully, feel ultra feminine and ultimately make you feel like a princess. For me, I have had that a few times when wearing Abaya as it makes you walk that little bit slower and walk a little bit taller. If you have ever visited Dubai you will know what I mean but, if not I can tell you the beautiful girls moving through the Malls look like something in Swan lake and I envy their femininity. Something you don’t know about me is that when I was growing up I was such a tom boy and I didn’t really discover a feminine style until I was about 18! I am sure as hell making up for it now ūüėČ

I saw this picture on Who What Wear which is my digital mood board ….. I usually love everything they post. This picture of Jessica Alba just made me realise I need to try and mix some of my favourite long skirts for Fall and I just love that she looks so lady-like. I am even loving the lipstick. As I had this picture in my head and thought about being able to soon wear my dainty heels once I am back in Dubai, I was catching up with the shows from LFW when I also saw these fabulous Princess-esq dresses from Alice Temperley for SS 14.

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00090h_426x639As I have always loved Alice Temperley’s designs as I think they can often have an Eastern feel through the fabrics or designs. I was not disappointed by the Catwalk show today and honestly Alice Temperley has inspired my holiday choice for next summer and the suitcase essentials that I will WANT and NEED…….A girl can dream!

What would give you that Princess feeling?

Ciao for Now xx

Photo’s from Who What Wear and Vogue.co.uk

Wang!

Alexander-Wang-Spring-2014-Handbags-2LFW has started and I have finally got round to finding all my favourite looks from NYFW which I will share with you over the weekend. First, some arm candy from my favourite show; Alexander Wang. I loved the entire collection I feel like I m constantly a stuck record as I just keep going on about it but, I just was and am infatuated.

The soft pastels reminded me of childhood summers and cotton candy and so since I am now at the age I have to look after my teeth I will happily swap cotton candy for Arm Candy in the form of this gorgeous Alexander Wang clutch. I think it will look perfect with a sherbet colour outfit or all white.

Happy Friday all and have an awesome evening xx

P.S I also loved all the branding and details at Alexander Wang show.

Dream Dress

MW1MW2DSC_0233Hey All, Here is my last look I wanted to show you from Portugal. This has to be one of my favourite dresses. I found it at Harvey Nichols at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai where Matthew Williamson’s best pieces are sold in Dubai. I love this dress because it fits just perfect and this is often hard to find when your petite. I didn’t have to take it to the tailor or make any adjustments.

Before on the blog I have talked about my love of Matthew Williamson’s designs and its because each season his pieces always could fit into my travel plans for the year with his typically Eastern influences on his Western dresses, perfect for the UAE. From when I saw this dress on the catwalk, I had been dreaming about it. To add a little simplicity to the dress I get the jewellery minimal with just my evil eye bracelet (colours match perfectly) and some simple white shoes. I have been loving the white shoe trend this season and I think they definitely made my tan look much stronger!

What I wore: Dress: Matthew Williamson, Shoes: Zara and Bracelet: By Sophie 

What’s your dream dress?

Ciao for now xx

East but West OTT

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Above I m wearing: Top: Gap, Trousers: Zara, Shoes, Zara, Bag: OTT Jewellery: OTT

I loved how the silk screen bag really made the denim more fun!

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Hello lovely people, yesterday I introduced you to the wonderful brand OTT. As promised here is the photo shoot January and I put together after we fell dramatically in love with every pieces from OTT. We had difficulty narrowing it down to the ones we would show you. However, here are the pictures of the beautiful designs and I m sure you agree that they make you want to wrap yourself up in the beautiful fabrics and wear bright colours and maybe step out of your style comfort zone. I think everyone needs some OTT in their lives to make them bright and fabulous.

The design above is a inspired by the Japanese Kimono and the Morrocan Jalabiya and I think you’ll agree the outcome is fabulous!

Which one was your favourite?

Ciao for now xx

P.S The photos were shot at the Palace hotel Downtown Dubai

 

Meet OTT

Ladies and Gentleman, I have been waiting to make this post for a while but traveling and everyday life has slowed by blogging down but now I m back and here to hit you with a visual punch. Today’s post is all about the wonderful OTT designer brand that originated in Dubai but has cast its colourful lines around the globe. ¬†The genius duo behind the brand stay anonymous so that the fans of OTT are truly fans of the products, and as you can see from the pictures below that’s not hard to become (I’m a convert).

The ethos of the brand has remained since its establishment in 2005 in London after one of the dynamic duo had been to Central Saint Martins and quite soon after they came back to their home hub of Dubai. They have remained underground since their beginning and they are not participating in the fashion weeks that are happening in and around the Middle East. OTT say they don’t create show pieces but, they are designing for their customers and I believe that it is this ethos that keeps their gorgeous pieces beautiful . I can honestly say there wasn’t one piece that was shown to myself and January where we didn’t fall head over heels.

At their first fashion week in Germany which they won a competition to participate in they had come with their bright colours and everything else around them was black. So the following year they toned down their colours to try and fit in, but then they realised that Germany was not the place for them. The next stop was Paris and this was where OTT had found their customer. For budding designers the advice from OTT is trial and error but ultimately its your product and focus.

The great thing about OTT is their products, when you touch the clothes the fabrics feels wonderful ¬† and as you’ll see from the photos the prints are also beautiful, original and different which makes them stand out from the crowd. I really believe that OTT’s designs are the perfect mix of Eastern style with the colours and cuts but can also be Western with their laid back styles. OTT says “I try to Westernize¬†the Eastern Pieces and Easternize¬†the Western pieces.

As January and I began to play dress up and touch the clothes the only thing you could hear was two girls totally coo-ing over clothes “oh Jan feel this, Oh Jan, see how this falls” “Sophia try this, look how beautiful this one is, I wish we could wear clothes like this more often” And so it went on, OTT definitely is true to the Gulf Style of opulence but January and I both said how fab these pieces would be for holiday clothes to Ibiza, Latin American, Thailand or; see we were just looking for excuses ….. basically where them anywhere. I suggested I would wear OTT kaftan’s at home when I had people for dinner (look out for an invitation soon)!

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The emphasis is really on the fabrics for OTT, when the accessories were pulled out such as the bag and scarfs seen above we fell head over heels. The bag is a bag in a bag, so you can use the clutch by itself or the bag without the clutch. My immediate reaction was, “I could use this here but I could then have this scarf with my leather jacket in Amsterdam” These are perfect pieces for me, when I m living between two places.

OTT is inspired by their travels and the world around them. Last year they travelled to Mexico and were inspired by the Latin colours and fringing. Therefore, the previous collection featured images of Frida Kahlo and what an amazing look that was (see pics above). This year they were influenced by the Arab Spring and freedom so the collection features images of the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and Soad Hosny as well as flowers and of course colour. The collections tell stories and this makes their customer know they will have these pieces in their wardrobes for many years to come and whilst they are relevant now they will also be pieces you have truly invested in.

Now OTT is reaching a bigger fan base by producing beautiful phone cases and Ipad covers which are price sensitive and  are not the same as the clothes. This constant evolving of the products and the markets they reach is what is helping OTT to stay successful year after year.

Do you love to wear colour or are you afraid of colour?

Ciao for now xx

P.S I found OTT at B51 but you can also buy it from Bloomingdales Dubai and S*uce

P.P.S look out for the exclusive Sojustnice photo shoot for OTT

Chanel Cruise (CC)

Karl Lagerfeld had his loyal followers come all way to Singapore this week which is really bringing Western brands all the way East. Chanel showcased its Cruise collection in Singapore and although the collection wasn’t inspired by the city there were hints of the showcase country. I think everyone will agree it was¬†worth the journey! I m loving most of the looks and the intricate details that have gone into the ensembles is of course Karl’s stamp on classic but cutting edge Chanel. I used to play cricket and trust me, my kit did not look like this but it has definitely sparked the fire for my love of the game again. I hate his/hers but if I saw a couple decked out in Chanel I might forgive them. I think I ve gone Chanel crazy this week, maybe that’s what the double CC is for ūüėČCHANEL_030_1366.450x675CHANEL_054_1366.450x675CHANEL_006_1366.450x675CHANEL_042_1366.450x675CCCHANEL_081_1366.450x675

Do you like Cruise Collections and do you buy into them?

Ciao for now xx

Little Black Jacket

Something exciting has been happening Downtown in Dubai! While I was back in Amsterdam celebrating us having a new King which I blogged about Dubai was having the best party for the opening of a Chanel exhibition. As I’m sure you have already read about this on other’s blogs this is just a little bit of an elbow in the side or a kick up the a*$& to say get yourselves down to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd ASAP to catch the last view days of this exhibition.

Like many of you I am a die-hard fan of Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld’s work. The man is nothing but a genius and he is so clever to protect the style ethos of the house that Coco Chanel spent years cultivating. However, although Chanel designs can arguably ¬† be classics Karl Lagerfeld makes them so current. I believe one of the keys to his success is that he understands you need to stay present and at the same time look to the future as fashion is always 6 months ahead of us at least. With this in mind I think the Little Black Jacket exhibition was the epitome of classic Chanel Style but showing its adaptability to today’s global world. On planet earth today we live in such a connected world where celebrities every move is watched and the desire to be successful is on every continent. As you can imagine there was not much that could go wrong with Karl Lagerfeld behind the lens and styling by Carine Roitfeld. Every individual from SJP to Yoko One and the unknown Artist that was photographed for this exhibition was different and diverse and I think this was the statement of the photos; Any one can wear a Chanel Little Black Jacket and it will give you some kind of magical confidence.

The exhibition is on Downtown until 11th May ….. catch it while you can. See a sneak peak of the behind the scenes video

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The ExhibitionA snap shot of the photos by Karl Lagerfeld at the LBJ exhibitionYoko OnoYoko OnoThe exhibition bookThe book carrying all the photos ….. utterly gorgeous and classically Chanel!

What do you love about Chanel?

Ciao for now xx

P.S Photos in exhibition Karl Lagerfeld. Others by Lynn Farrag