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Trending Tuesday #13 Beauty

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As NYFW wrapped up I had to check out the details from the shows. During the Fashion Week’s I am mainly concentrating on the trends you can see on the catwalks. I often think beauty trends are the hardest to follow. What we mortals have to remember is that models are models because of their versatility and the fact they can have anything done with their face or hair and still look amazing. I for sure am not one of these people. For a start, having darker skin means I have to be careful of what colours I use ….. do you have that too? I always hear people saying “I could never wear that colour it would make me look to yellow/pale/dark etc”. What you all don’t know about me, is that when I was a student I worked for Estee Lauder on the counter and of course, every season we received new products but, what I noticed was that everyone usually came in for their ‘products’.

Well for the past season and it looks like future ones too, I am able to emulate some of the beauty looks from the Catwalk into my own make-up bag and routine. Wet hair is something I have been doing forever, it all came about when I went to the hairdresser in my local town when I was about 10 and clearly she didn’t know about about my Middle Eastern type hair and has she blow dried my hair I just saw it getting bigger and bigger! Basically, I looked like someone from the Soul Train and since then I have never blow dried my hair unless its a blow out and then I go a little crazy and ask the hair dresser to run the GHD’s over it just in case. At Derek Lam, incase your hair does go bad you can wear a turban and if your looking for good ones don’t forget to check out Malaak from Dubai.

Top line from Left to Right: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag and Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Derek Lam

Bottom line from Left to Right: Prabal Garuny, Tommy Ton street style photo for style.com, Rag and Bone 

Essentials

Aside from the wet hair the trend on lips seemed to be to wear Orange! I have been wearing this from time to time, mostly when I m in Dubai and it calls for more make-up than my regular look in Amsterdam. So next season I will for sure be embracing orange lips and mixing it up with my white outfits!

My Beauty Essentials: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, Juliette Has a Gun Romanitca, Chanel Mascara 10, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 56, Mac Mineralize power, Mac lipstick Amplified

What beauty trends do you want to see more of?

Ciao for now xx

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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 😉

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

Meet Elaine

ElaineElaine Ching spent a part of her childhood as an expat in Taiwan and now lives in Amsterdam, quite different from each other but in some way her new store Trunk V is all about merging the two.

Living in Taiwan Elaine had early exposure to the Asian Fashion scene through her fashion bibles that were actually in a language she couldn’t understand; Japanese. However, I think many readers here can associate with reading or should I say “flicking” through fashion magazines that you can not comprehend in your own language but, at the same time you have a complete understanding of what the fashion in those pages are communicating to you. This is where Elaine realised that Asian Fashion was definitely an industry that was fun, quirky but, also would have to be taken seriously.

As I have talked about before here on the blog that one of my favourite things when I travel is to buy key, unique pieces to bring back home with me. Well this concept is what Trunk V is all about. Elaine was searching for unique pieces for herself and found she was constantly buying good quality, individual clothes to bring back to Holland on her trips to Asia. Well that personal buying soon became her business as she went on trips to Asia and was filling up her trunk and bringing it back to Amsterdam. The picture below is just an example of the individual pieces you can find at Trunk V right now and note its all limited collections so once its sold its gone!

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The explanation of the V in the name is fantastic and one everyone can understand or perhaps has been intrigued by. You may or may not have noticed that Asian’s often make a V sign or the peace sign when taking pictures …. well since its so fashionable right now why not put it in the name of a fashion store to well “jazz it up”

Since the conception of Trunk V the business has been growing from strength-to-strength whilst the concept started online Elaine opened her first Bricks and Mortar store in the form of a pop-up store on the Zeedijk in Amsterdam. Since Trunk V has been open over a month ago Elaine has had to place more orders from her suppliers in Asia as apparently she wasn’t the only one who was looking for unique, individual clothes in Amsterdam … tourists and residents alike needed to have something that their friends and colleagues wouldn’t be wearing.

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I asked Elaine how she thinks travel has influenced her fashion style and she like many other of the people I interviewed have said that seeing what others are wearing in different environments can often give you the confidence to try new styles that your eyes suddenly see and this would have only been possible because of traveling.

Elaine asked me to take a photo of the dress below as it was a style that was Vintage. When her grandmother was first in Holland she would make these “shift” dress designs and have the sequins sent to her from China so she could create these beautiful hand embroidery dresses, and it was her grandmothers style that kick-started Elaine’s love of fashion.

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So its Saturday and if your in Amsterdam and have a party or dinner to go to then I suggest making a bee-line for Trunk V to find a unique outfit that you can guarantee your friends won’t have and that will be classic enough but, also so in fashion right now and that for me is what makes the styles at Trunk V special and absolute must-have’s. If your not in the city or are a reader from further-a-field then have no fear you can also shop on line. Here is my favourite outfit for this weekend.

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One thing is for sure, Asian fashion is here to stay and will continue to make its growth on the international fashion market and if your in Holland then Trunk V is the place to go to get your hands on the best of what you can find right now in Asia (without having to suffer the Jetlag, Elaine does that for you). Find Trunk V at Zeedijk 60 and they are open 7 days a week. If you can’t get to the pop-up then shop online here.

What do you think of Asian fashion scene?

Ciao for now xx

Trending Tuesday #6 Freej

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You are all probably trying to understand what this pictures is all about ….. well all over the world Muslims will begin to fast tomorrow for Ramadan. Its a time to reflect, connect with your spiritual side and take time to get back to essentials in life. It also means that Freej is back on our TV screens.

Freej is based on the four grandmothers above, who made their way on to the small screen in 2006. For those of you that don’t know, Freej is about the grandmothers who live in a neighbourhood of Dubai and have to deal with all the changes that are going on around them as Dubai grows as a city. The creation of Mohammed Saeed Harib  the show has been a success with all the family and not just children and was the first animated show in Middle East. I will bring you a “Meet Mohammed” post this weekend so you can hear all about the inspiration behind the show and the what the future holds for our favourite grandmothers.

Since the grandmothers appeared to TV you can now see them trying to take care of everyone appearing in safety video’s ….. so here is a little clip of the safety video to give you a small insight into the show ….. Enjoy!

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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

Hey people, I m back in Dubai and the sun is shining and luckily it’s not too hot yet! Sadly though my luggage didn’t come with me and is left behind in Schiphol …. not a happy girl! So I thought to cheer us all up it was once again time to share another favourite place of mine…… One & Only Royal Mirage.

This has got to be the most beautiful place in Dubai! I fell in love the first time I came here over 10 years ago, in those days it was the place to be, especially the Kasbar! Nowadays, everyone goes there to get some green because as you can see from below the gardens are lush and gorgeous. For me, I come here to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and excellent food and beverages. I have already blogged about the latest outlet to have joined the Royal Mirage. This time though I m going to tell you all about the Roof Top bar.

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If you’re looking for a place to hang out with friends accompanied by a perfect view of the Palm Jumeriah and a refreshing drink to help the conversation flow then look no further than the Rooftop bar. This time I was here I went for happy hour at 4’o’clock and the staff even went and fetched my favourite selection of Mezza from the main kitchen for me …. what good service is that. As the sun goes down the lights come up and the lounge music creates the perfect relaxed atmosphere for a long cocktail evening ahead.
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As you can see from the photos The Royal Mirage is a haven of Arabic Architecture with beautiful Moroccan colours such as amber and copper with water features and earthy plants all over the hotel. Mosaic tile patterns adorn the hallways and help to make the atmosphere feel like you have stepped back into Ancient Greek times too.

I kept my outfit suitably casual for my afternoon at the Rooftop. This cape has a loose fitting reminding me of a Kaftan.

My Cape love! IMG_0034IMG_0165Jeans: Gap, Top: Maje, Bag: Balenciaga, Shoes: Massimo Dutti

What do you like to wear to cocktail hour?

Ciao from Dubai 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