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1 Dec 2012

As cold as it gets

Happy 1st December all!

I marked the date by opening the first window on my Selfridges advent calendar. This was an early Xmas gift from my parents and I literally leapt out of bed early and prised open door number 1. Behind it was a mini Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb, a late friends very favourite perfume on me so it holds a special place in my heart and was a comforting start to the day.

Dubai is currently experiencing its Winter. This means thunderstorms, torrential rain and grey gloom. You know you have lived here too long when this absolutely fills you with joy. I really went overboard with the wrapping up but I could not help myself. Plus I can never say no to a collared shirt/chunky knit combo.

The Wang bag was worn cross-body and further cemented itself as a favourite in my mind. It's so, so handy. It fits a lot, can be worn multiple ways and still remains fairly light. <3

Jeans: Topshop - Link!
Jumper: Brandy Melville (bought in West LA in Dubai but I think it could be this one - Link!)
Shirt: Zara (old)
Boots: Isabel Marant Dickers
Bag: Alexander Wang - Link!
Sunglasses: House of Harlow Chelsea (LOVE these....I paid a fortune for my Celine cat eye shades but these babies are the ones I would recommend to friends, at under £90. They have an extreme curve but despite the drama they are still wearable) - Link!

I am off to the hairdressers tomorrow - no work because it is National Day in the UAE (yay!)

I am not prepared mentally - as usual. All I know is that I need to cover some greys (sadly, yes this is my reality particularly on one side of my head) and chop some dead ends off but whether I go chocolate all over again or ombre it up is currently undecided. Right this very moment I am thinking dark brown and glossy. Then again a big part of me is itching for a dramatic change so I could just as easily return with some Olivia Palermo-esque mid length wavy action! :)

Let's see what happens. 


  1. You look lovely as always, Laura, great bag x

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  3. So cute!! I really like this outfit on you.

  4. I really regret not getting one of those beauty advent calendars now. I'm sure, it would have made it a lot easier to get up and deice the car this morning!! Looking forward to your hair update. How did you find the swedish(?) shampoo and conditioner, you mentioned starting a few weeks back? :)

  5. Love the rockie! Such a cute crossbody. Can't wait to see your new hairstyle :)

  6. Gorgeous outfit as always :) xx


  7. What a gorgeous bag! I also really like the little details on your top!

    1. thanks Alissa. The top is one of my Zara favs...studded collars? Can't go wrong :)

  8. I love this outfit!! Great bag, one of my favourites!



    1. I see myself using this ALOT! I really really love it :)

      Thanks Maria

  9. That's the mini Rocco, right? It's so cute! Excited to see how your hair turns out... I can see you totally rocking an OP-esque bob, btw :)

    xo, alison*elle

  10. I have these sunglasses and LOVE them, but I have them in black. I especially love the tortoise on you, gorgeous! What is the name/number of your Celine ones? Happy December Laura!


  11. i can already vision you with olivia palermo cut! would really suit your petite face!

  12. Alexander Wang is my favourite! Love the shirt and jumper too :)


  13. I just wanted to say I really love your style! I've lived in the Middle East for years and spent a lot of time in Dubai and so many people were badly/inappropriately dressed, so to see you dress so classy is really refreshing! Hope you enjoy National Day tomorrow!
    Nina from little nomad

  14. Gorgeous as usual, wonderful sun glasses. XO

  15. Great look and fabulous shades! :-)

    Always look forward to your posts!

    Jo x amomentwithjo

  16. Love the look, if you google Amy Huberman, she had being sporting the EXACT look @ 6 months pregnant!

  17. you look so beautiful!!
    kisses from Milano

  18. wow you look really beautifil dear, i love your outfit :) and the location too!!!!



  19. Another great look! Those topshop jeans are just perfection, the colour and style, I only ever wear topshop jeans! x

  20. I love that jumper, the collar look so cute too.


  21. Stylish and comfortable .. great look!!

    I just had my hair colored today! Went with the chocolate brown and decided to nix the red highlights.


  22. So much class! Loved the way you put this together :)

    Hope the hairdressers goes well! I've been putting it off for ages x


  23. Happy 1st of December to you too! this is a fantastic outfit for the cold weather thats become routine over here. love the sweater and the bag most! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  24. The sunglasses are amazing! *heads to the link*

  25. Lovely outfit, chilled but very put together at the same time :) I picked up the same jeans but in the Leigh style at Dubai Mall the other day after seeing your posts!

    How scary was that thunderstorm though?! I was at the Dubai Sevens but luckily got to the hotel just in time for a nap... eek!

  26. Love the outfit, and that bag is amazing! Love how it looks crossbody!

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

  27. Another beautiful outfit from you Laura

  28. I still love that bag! Isn't it strange how strongly scent relates to memory? The smell of hot, freshly-cut grass always reminds me of playing in the back yard of my grandmother's house as a child, and in that moment I'm five years old, and my grandmum is calling me in to rub sunscreen on my back. I can see her surprisingly smooth hand, and her rings glimmering in the sunlight.

  29. Love this outfit, so chic... also NEED this bag! Look forward to seeing your hair x

  30. Great look!

  31. I've been seeing that bag all over, I'm so sad to see that it's an incredibly expensive bag that I can't afford! Wahh!
    Great outfit though! :)

    Lynette @ lynette marie

  32. Have I been living under a rock?! Just found your blog and love it! You have amazing style--newest follower! xo.

    I'd love for you to check out my fashion blog, too!

  33. That advent calendar sounds so amazing! I want daily updates, lady! ;)

  34. I need those sunglasses!!!!!! <3


  35. Love your collar and the advent calendar sounds amazing!


  36. Can't wait to see your new hairdo. The Rocky bag looks gorgeous!
    Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo

  37. Excellent photography, all the photographs are looking very nice, looking gorgeous in this attractive outfit, you have described everything which is related to this photo-season like the weather of Dubai it is currently experiencing its Winter. This means thunderstorms, torrential rain and grey gloom and the detail of the outfits. Thanks for sharing this exceptional photography.

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  38. I love your outfit, you look beautiful! And i love your hair!!!



  39. I have the selfridges advent calendar too :) The bag is gorgeous!


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