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28 Apr 2013


So the original plan this weekend was for Zara and I to stay at the St Regis Saadiyat Island and enjoy sunbathing/dinner/breakfast/sunbathing.

This almost went as scheduled - until the rain started coming down. It's a bit tragic to be at a lovely beach resort in the rain but on the plus side we replaced sunbathing with lots of eating and laughing at a hotel brunch.

...and this is what I wore.

Now the skirt is short. It's a length that requires careful maneuvering when reaching for something on the floor. And it's a length that only works when worn within a beach resort.

I would never, ever, ever wear this in a mall in Dubai/Abu Dhabi...it's just wouldn't feel right and if I did I think I would almost certainly get the red card (yes, there is an actual red card and they are dispensed by security staff apparently!)

Still the print and texture is lovely. It feels weighty and high quality.

I paired with white shirt and a soft blue Topshop blazer. The colour of this is just.....perfect. I love wearing soft, light blues because:

a) It's such a flattering tone that works when I am pale/tanned and
b) Goes with everything. This looks great with light pastels and dark khakis and blues.

To avoid fading into a light colour/pastel blur I wore a bold-ish raspberry red lip. I will do a separate post about this lip product because I L-O-V-E it - it reminds me of my Revlon Cherries in the Snow days :)

Shirt: Zara (old)
Skirt: Zara - Link!
Blazer: Topshop - Link!
Shoes: Zara - Link!
Bag: Celine
Sunglasses: Celine
Nail polish: Dior Diablotine
20 Apr 2013

Wearing my Zara Haul...

Wearing this outfit today was a bit of a mistake.

I love it but the weather is now officially "hot" and I was wearing a serious amount of sweat along with this Zara outfit.

The jacket is my favourite part. Yellow and white check in a shape that reminds me of classic Courreges - or this season Louis Vuitton. It's impossible to feel sad in this - it's such a bright, happy print. I love it.

The jeans were a total surprise. I tried them on in, expecting them to not fit properly, as per my previous experience with their denim, but they are so flattering and comfortable. God bless stretch!

Blouse: Zara - old
Jeans: Zara - Link!
Jacket: Zara (I can't find this online but it's definitely in stores!)
Shoes: Zara - Link!
Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli - Link!
Sunglasses: House of Harlow

If I am honest this has been a pretty good week for shopping. Many lunchtime expeditions to Zara and Forever 21 resulted in some great finds.

I particularly love some jeans I picked up in Forever 21 - these rose printed ones that I Instagram'd and this ombre finish version that will be premiered very soon! :)

My usual "photographer" is back now so I will be able to wear and share them with you properly!  I wish I had the balls to go outside with a tripod and photograph myself solo but I always feel like I need a partner-in-crime to make the whole OOTD experience just a little less embarrassing :)

See you tomorrow!
9 Apr 2013

The Vibrant Flats

Talk about bright. These flats literally glow orange. Subtle they are not but it's a nice injection of colour that feels very spring/summer appropriate.

I think I quite like Topshop flats. Those studded ones I blogged about last year are still going strong so there goes my theory that the only ones worth buying are from Tory Burch... :)

They do these in a few different shades - black/cream/fushcia - but orange was something new and something that I thought would look great with denim..whether jeans or shorts.

They are relatively comfortable (no blisters yet) but there isn't a lot of "give" on them as the material is polyurethane. This is important to note as its not exactly the most luxurious feel on your feet.

Still, I do love the little cut out detailing and combined with the colour - a close ringer for that Louboutin neon in the Spring/Summer collection - makes them a fun choice.

The outfit? 

Not much to write home about. Jeans and a white top but in the top's defence, the draped detail makes it a little more interesting. It is also bum covering which gets two thumbs up.

Topshop hasn't massively impressed me yet this season but these two items are simple and casual.

...and yay for me remembering to remove the label on the sole of the shoes :) 

Top: Topshop - Link!
Jeans: Current/Elliott
Shoes: Topshop - Link!
Bag: Celine
Sunglasses: Celine
Necklace: New Vintage by Kriss - Link!

If I can take a decent face picture I promise to give you the Diorskin BB creme review next. That's a big "if" mind you :) 

See you soon!
7 Apr 2013

The Reiss "Nia" Skirt

I had to fake a bit of happy today - the start of the working week doesn't always fill me with excitement.  

I know, I surprise you! :)

In order to boost my mood I came over all superficial (not that hard :) and put on an outfit that would make me feel "together": a Reiss skirt and a H&M top.

The skirt is a few weeks old. I originally got this to wear at a breakfast briefing that my company organised. I thought the midi length would be a safe/professional choice but I also liked the fact that the skirt's details  - belted high waist and front slit - ensured that it looked interesting/chic rather than plebby.

It's nicely fitted, lined (so no visible knicker line to worry about) and...it has pockets. Don't ask me why but the inclusion of pockets on a skirt/dress always get's me excited.

I wanted to keep things light in colour so paired it with my new H&M scalloped vest top. You really have to look into this. It cost about £15 and is such a great quality top from their new Conscious Collection.

I tucked it in to the skirt and bam - ready for the day as you can tell from my oh-so-cheery face :)

Skirt: Reiss - Link!
Top: H&M - Link!
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Soso
Bag: Celine
Sunglasses: Celine

PS. On my face is:

1) Aerin's lipstick in "Garden Path". I spent a lot of money hauling from that line and I can honestly say that my overall impression has been "meh". Nothing special/wouldn't seek out to repurchase but the lipstick itself is a wonderful dupe for YSL's discontinued Tea Rose.

2)  The Dioskin BB Creme. Holy cow this stuff is really nice. I apply it with a kabuki and get a pretty satin/natural skin finish.  I had such low expectations of this but it's a fantastic product that has properly distracted me from my beloved Chantecaille Just Skin. I might do a proper review of it this week.

Have a great Sunday wherever you are :) 
6 Apr 2013

Damn you Zara!

Another Zara-centric post. Yes, some serious retail therapy went down there this week. I admit it, I am weak when it comes to their summer collections and they have some stunning pieces in stock at the moment. Printed trousers, pretty shirts, bejewelled flats, heels, perfect blazers...

During my binge I did get two other items and I was desperate to put them on this weekend.

First of all - the applique collar top. 

How pretty is the detail on this? So okay, it might rip your hair out if you catch some strands on the jewels but it's just one of those tops that is worth the occasional pain. The detail also goes the whole way round the item - so it looks great from the back as well as the front. 

I must say that I really like the material on this. The neutral colour is light but it's not transparent so you don't have to worry about what bra colour to wear underneath. Seriously, this is something I occasionally angst about!


Top: Zara - Link!
Blazer: Zara
Jeans: Current/Elliott
Bag: Celine

Next up is a blazer.

Yeah, I really need another one... 

I saw this in the store from afar and thought "oooohhh".  I tried it on and loved the fit/weigh/fabric/look of it. There was just something about this that felt so luxurious. I think it's partly the colour. Wearing white and cream does everyone a lot of favours and it helps the skin appear more radiant and healthy. The other part was probably the finish and detail on this jacket. It's fantastic quality - although it has to be said that it really should be because this was not the cheapest item in the store. 

I am justifying this as my "spring coat" that I will wear when I pop back to the UK in May. And I will stubbornly wear this in Dubai, like I did this morning, with some mega strong anti-perspirant. :)

Top: H&M - current season, from the Conscious Collection and a really lovely scalloped edged vest top that I would recommend!
Blazer: Zara - Link! (FYI Topshop do a similar looking one - Link!
Jeans: Current/Elliott
Bag: Celine
Sunglasses: Celine
Necklace: New Vintage by Kriss - my new favourite dainty necklace :) - Link!

The haul stops here...although I am still thinking/longing for these ballerinas... it's probably best if I don't go in Zara for a while :)

Have you bought anything from there recently?

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!
2 Apr 2013

The Long Crossover Dress

I saw this in the TRF section of Zara and loved it. It's more bohemian than my usual gear but it just looked so light, fresh and easy to wear that I had to pick it up.

I underwent some preparation before putting this on - namely investing in a giant pair of nude pants (protection against revealing sunlight) - but that was totally unnecessary.

It's not transparent, it's very flattering and whilst it's difficult to walk in, the length and look of the dress makes you feel Princessy. I must like that feeling because I have worn it two days on the trot.

I think this would work really well (possibly better) at night paired with a biker jacket and a pair of killer heels to try and ensure that the material doesn't drag along the floor.

I prefer to wear sandals and sweep my local neighbourhood.

Dress: Zara/TRF - Link!
Sunglasses: House of Harlow
Necklace: Tiffany and Co

Apologies for the quick post - I am now off to finish a proposal for work. Living the dream, eh? :)

Happy Tuesday everyone! :)