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Habibi West Coast

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Hey Guys and Gals, these photos were taken on the gorgeous beach in Santa Barbara during my road trip from Los Angeles on California Highway 1. Of course, when your road tripping you want to be in something that you can just hop out onto beach stops in, especially when your driving! Here was my outfit for the first day on the road, I love this t-shirt and I have been waiting to share this t-shirt on a style post for a while. I am sure you have all seen the “Homies, South Central” t-shirts, well now you can see the Dubai version including camels and the Burj Khalifa …… “Habibi Dubai” Head to S*uce to buy yours and choose from 3 different colours.

T-shirt: S*uce Dubai, Shorts: Zara, Sandals: Istanbul Bazaar, Turkey, Cap: Personalised in Santa Monica LA,

Phone Case: Cliche at De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam

Hope you like the outfit!

Ciao for now xx

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Travel Thursday #6 Venice and Santa Monica

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Hey all, well this is the first post of quite a few from my recent trip to the West Coast of America. If you follow me on twiiter or instagram then you would know I did a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Well, I didn’t make it to San Francisco as I ran out of time so I will be back soon and starting from north to south next time.

Here is a post on one of my favourite areas of Los Angeles; Venice and Santa Monica. What I love about Venice is the scenery and the people watching. I can spend hours sitting on the Venice boardwalk just watching people and being a little nosy and listening in on people’s conversations. When I go to Venice I love to go to Danny’s Deli as they have the best French Toast….. just so you get the picture, imagine sitting in the sun watching skate boarders go by and surfers coming back from their morning surf and then digging into french toast tossed with fresh fruit …. yes this is the best way to spend a morning!

Following filling your tummy walk along the Board Walk and head onto the beach to do some more people watching. All along the boardwalk there are street performers and plenty of kitch shops to keep you enterained. My favourite thing though about being in Venice is to look at all the houses on the beach front and then walk up South Venice Boulevard and head towards the Venice Canals. In my opinion this is the most architecturally stylish area in Los Angeles, the houses are all so different and it is quiet which makes it the most relaxing place to walk around. If you guys love Californication as much as I do you’ll know Hank and Becca often take walks around the canals …. I guess also because they sometimes need time out from their slightly crazy lives.

After my morning stroll it was time to head to Santa Monica, and I went via Shutters on the beach ….. this is one of the most elegant hotels that has an old colonial feel to it. I like to spend my meal times in hotel lounges and the best thing about this one is that you can sit on the terrace delve into a delicious burger with a cocktail and an uniterrupted view of Santa Monica pier. After lunch, walk up and down the pier and take in the atmosphere and if you have time chill out on a bench and sit and listen to the sea. I don’t know if you guys have a happy place but mine is listening to the rythm of the waves and I also love the salty smell of the sea so for me I could spend a couple of hours doing nothing here.

From the pier you can head onto 3rd Street Promenade which is a mini shopping heaven. Head to Bloomigdales and Barney’s of New York in the mini mall area and then head to Kitson for cute gift ideas and gorgeous t-shirts. Recently I have been going crazy for t-shirts because they are so simple and paired with my skinny jeans they just make the perfect outfit.

After this, cross the road  walk down 3rd street and wonder in and out of stores and try if you can to keep your credit card in your wallet. After you’ve done enough shopping on 3rd, then head to my shopping must-stop; Fred Segal. This must be one of the best concept stores I have ever been too. Whenever, I am in LA I make a bee-line for this store and usually spend at least an hour in the fitting rooms because they are so many amazing brands, IRO, Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang and JET to name a few. This time I picked up some t-shirts and a great pair of limited design Nike’s …. I  m sure you’ll see them on the blog soon.

Aside from these essentials I recommend just walking and cruising in your car around both Venice and Santa Monica. There are so many places to see and the street art in Venice is inspiring and for the European eye it has a retro feel that makes it feel so different. Next time I promise to bring you a whole new set of photos to show you just how diverse the area is. One thing is for sure though I won’t miss my french toast 😉

Have you been to Venice or Santa Monica or do you live there? Send me and other readers your tips and tricks in the comments box.

T-shirt by  Sandro, Hat: Venice Boardwalk

Ciao for now xx

Big City

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Hey guys, well here I am back from California now and I have some jet lag (Surprise) so I thought I would show you another look from my recent stop over in London. I was heading out for a catch up dinner with friends and loved this easy going outfit so thought I must share.

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Before I headed for dinner, I did some quick pics so I could share my London outfit for you. I am so in love with this t-shirt/dress. I actually bought it in a size M and considering I usually wear a XS you can understand just how oversized I wanted this to fit! As for the necklace it has received lots of compliments and I hope you like it too!

When I am in London or Amsterdam I always have to pack lots for my days out including an umbrella, jacket, notebook, my camera and make up essentials so this denim bag is perfect. It fits everything in, goes well with most outfits and is light too.

T-shirt/dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Skirt: HMnederland, Necklace: Topshop, Earrings: Tiffany & Co, Shoes: Dune, Bag: Marc By Marc Jacobs

Do you like a big bag? What’s your favourite as I am looking for a new one.

Ciao for now xx

Monday Mood

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I adore this summer jacket from By Malene Birger. The anchor print makes me think of sunny shores and I am an addict of blue. As I told you in my birthday post I have lots of trips coming up this month so I m in holiday mode and I think this is the perfect jacket for jeans coordinates or over the top of an all white outfit.

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I love the silhouette  this jacket creates on the shoulders and the nipped in waist. Makes you have a very feminine look.

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What I wore: Jacket: By Malene Birger. Top: Massimo Dutti, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: French Connection

What item in your wardrobe makes you think of holiday!

Ciao for now xx

Easy Dressing

IMG_5201Liliaiya is a new brand being launched from Dubai by two gorgeous girls who wanted to bring something different for women who wear the hijab but, also for those that can style the items a little different. Of course, that ethos fits perfectly with my style of mixing things from my Arab background with my European lifestyle ….. in other words the perfect East meets West.

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I just loved this piece, a twist on a LBD that could be dressed up with heels or as I think I’ll be using mine for running around I teamed mine with my favourite pair of gladiator sandals. What I liked most about this design was also the way the pattern can be seen at the inside on the back …. a real twist.

I’m wearing: Dress: Liliaiya, Neckalce: Kurt Geiger Bag: Celine also seen here Shoes: Gladiators

P.S look for more Liliaiya coming soon including interview from Amsterdam!

Ciao for now xx

Meet Malaak

This week I m introducing a wonderful Half Emariti Half British Designer by the name of Huda. Her designer label Malaak Angelology specialises in Abaya designs and turbans. I have always been inspired by Sheikha Mozah wearing turbans and so I was intrigued to go behind the scenes of an Abaya and turban designer brand.

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I wore Abaya while at university and for when the occasions required. However, in going back and forth between Amsterdam and Dubai I saw Abaya designs evolving and beginning to start following trends such as adding lace in certain colours, colour blocking and style shapes following those seen on international runways. During my interview with Huda I understood that we had a modern woman who was talented and understood what her fashion conscious customers needed. This is something she learnt from one of her teachers at LCF who told her that you must always think of your customer. This is advice Huda has not forgotten. For those readers who haven’t been to the Gulf region I’ll just let you know that women from this area are extremely feminine, style conscious and fashion savvy.

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After graduating from London College of Fashion, Huda came back to Dubai with a vision to make the Abaya more modern. After learning pattern making she realised there were ways the Abaya could be cut and appear more feminine, so with that vision she created Malaak in 2010. She made the Abaya’s a bit more edgy adding good cuts and in turn helped make women look and feel better wearing the Abaya. Huda explains “There are small things that can make or break a pattern, seams in the right places just help to make it work”. This is Huda’s theory on creating her successful patterns for her beautiful Abaya’s. I seem to be focusing a lot on the pattern cutting but this is key to the success of Malaak and for me it is one of the most important things you can have in a garment that will make it look good on you!

As women have become more prominent in the UAE with many now sitting in very important positions the Abaya is also a way to express their individuality. Huda realised this and introduced shoulder pads, studs and tailoring around the ankles. This of course has given women the feeling of having something to wear that makes them more confident and gives them an edge.

For each season Huda looks at the trends and she takes inspiration from Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. It’s in the details for example Huda says “I see the details McQueen uses the way they put lace and cut it very messy”. I believe these details make her Abaya’s really modern and different. As we walked through the studio I could see international designer inspiration all over the garments.

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In Dubai we have so many nationalities living all in one city but I have never seen a Western Expat wear the Abaya well and the one thing I liked about Malaak Abaya’s is that they could also be worn as evening gowns. I think this is one of the ways in which Western Expats could branch into trying to wear an Abaya and still being able to feel comfortable and confident. “wearing the turban also shows your merging two cultures and it’s how you wear something at the end of the day”.

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When Huda travels she wears the turban and dresses them up and down with earrings. We also discussed the merits of having a turban at the pool or beach as it can come in handy for hiding hair that doesn’t like natures elements of sun, sand and sea! If we look it back in history the Turban is very chic with Audrey Heburn wearing them and now they are making a huge come back on the runways too. Of course, the international runways also look at where their main customers are and the Middle East is becoming a driving force for fashion brands with high consumer spending amongst the trendy Gulf nationals.

As with all my interviews chat ended up turning to Travel which is important for Huda especially for her inspiration. It can be a great break for her and she says “just to see different colours is important”. Without inspiration a designer can become stuck in a rut and for someone who is so set on creating cutting edge style changes of scenery really help to give Huda fresh takes on her designs. Travel also gives you adventure and creates stories and changes moods so those moods can be carried into the designs.

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Huda has grown up around fashion and design with her mum winning awards for her textile design for Liberty of London and was making clothes when Huda was young. On her father’s side the family used to make tents and therefore, fabric was a part of the culture of her family. Growing up in Dubai and being surrounded by a cosmopolitan society has also been important for Huda and this lifestyle continues to inspire her designs.

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This was one of the most inspiring interviews for me and I left with so many ideas on changes in style and fashion. Also Huda and I had so many things we discussed and I had a great time spending the couple of hours with her. As you’ll see from the photos of my styling of Malaak designs she is a fabulous designer with an amazing future ahead of her.

Have you worn an Abaya or turban are you willing to try? They are gorgeous and I don’t believe you would regret the way it makes you feel so feminine. I love to wear my Abaya’s and I am so excited about now incorporating many turbans into my wardrobe. Look out for my Abaya looks coming soon but just as a teaser and to show you me channeling my inner Sheikha Mozah me trying this gorgeous velvet Abaya.

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Ciao for now xx

Tune for Tuesday

I have been playing this tune non-stop and I m so happy Daft Punk are back in my life again! Of course, it’s not just this one track but the whole Album that is awesome.

I don’t know about you but whenever I need a pick me up I feel music always helps. I’m super busy these days (lots of exciting things coming up) so Daft Punk is on in the background to keep me going.

Do you like this tune?

Ciao for now xx