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16 May 2013

The Contrast Panel Skirt

A belated OOTD post for you!

This week summer has finally hit Dubai and it's all about 100 degree temperatures and sweating whilst waiting for a taxi to take you to work.

This outfit was absolutely perfect. Light colours and light fabrics.

I really love the skirt. It's a perfect work appropriate length. The orange stripe, contrasted with a super soft grey is a nice touch. The fact that it's offset by the split at the bottom makes it stand out even more. I got a couple of compliments from random strangers when wearing this which I always take as a good sign!

I wore it with a plain light silk tee, silver shoes and my Philip Lim bag which is now my preferred work bag of choice due to it's durability (READ: Fact it can carry a ton). I like to think that it's heaviness helps me build arm muscles :)






Skirt: Reiss - Link!
Top: Reiss - Link!
Shoes: Zara - Link!
Bag: Philip Lim Pashli - Link!
Sunglasses: Celine

Beauty wise...

As you will see I did colour my hair with the help of a Phyto dye in Dark Brown.

I have heard that this is not available in all countries but if you like the idea of getting a true cool dark brown hair dye on your head then it's worth the effort to track this down.

I originally tried this in Singapore - I prefer to ruin hotel towels rather than my own - loving the fact that it didn't make my scalp tingle. This might be down to the fact that it is supposed to be quite gentle in formulation.

That wasn't the most impressive factor though - what I loved was that the end result was completely cool. There were absolutely no red tones at all. It reminded me of an all-time favourite dye by Clairol that has been discontinued (Moroccan Night).

I have since used it to touch up/darken my roots but after a while I wanted to reboot my hairstyle and say a short goodbye to the ombre. I say short because the only downside of this product is that it does seem to wash out quickly.

In a couple of weeks my hair will not be as dark and my lightened ombre will come through. This I don't actually mind. It makes the colour feel like less of a commitment and when it starts to fade my hair just ends up looking like it's got more dimension. Of course the reveal of the greys is a little less welcome...

So if you hanker after dark brown hair (they do other colours but I cannot vouch for them) I know for sure that you can buy it in some European countries, across Asia and in the Middle East. I have seen it on this UK site - Link! - but that's all that Google gave me.

Hope you all have a great Thursday! Lots of posts coming this weekend :) 

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    1. I love it! It feels so light to wear and has a nice movement to it as well. Thanks Lisa

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  2. This outfit is perfect for those hot, sweaty summer days! Perfectly light and breezy! I'm loving these longer length skirts right now. They just feel so ladylike and summery :)

    www.dressingroomdiaries.com

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    1. It really is...and it's seriously sweaty round here at the moment :)

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  3. Love the skirt! I can never find a great cool toned brown dye till last week. I think it was Clairol funny enough! Will have to hunt this one down though :)

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    1. Oooh you don't remember the name/range do you?

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  4. I use the Garnier Belle Color hair dyes and I have never ever ruined a towel with them! I don't know how but it washes out so easily and yet the colour lasts forever :D

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    1. Ooh not sure if I have ever tried them before.

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  5. Cute skirt! I like the bright strip color down the front. Ah, I could do with some heat .. it's so over cast here (coastal, San Diego).

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. I would love that right now :) It's way too sweaty this way :)

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  6. Girl you've got the comfy yet polished look down! Love that silky, comfy tee with the girly skirt :) I agree the Pashli holds a ton and is super durable, but I HATED the flap and clasp and had to return it :( I'm still on the hunt for the perfect work bag!

    xo
    Alyson
    www.crushingonclothes.com

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    1. I know what you mean about the clasp. I am getting to grips with it but if I overstuff the bag there is no way that I will be able to close it or even get it open. It's definitely annoying so I don't know why I like this bag so much but I really gravitate towards it lately :) Good luck on your search Alyson!

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  7. That is such a great summer work outfit! Lovely as always!

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    1. It's really easy and comfortable to wear. Thanks so much for reading! :)

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  8. Love the skirt! This look is perfect for summer!

    heyniki.wordpress.com

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    1. :) Thanks so much for reading!

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  9. LOL. Hotels have enough towels. You can ruin one. Actually, for the price we pay, we can ruin a few, and not feel guilty :O)

    Yes, the orange stripe brings something different to the skirt. It's a good choice. Thanks for sharing your outfit with us.

    When you get a chance, please take a look at my beauty and skin care blog. Have a great weekend!

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    1. :) it actually didn't ruin the towel in the end but I am always paranoid when it comes to dark brown dye...so easy to get all over the damn place! :)

      Will check out your blog :)

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    1. It was love at first sight for me. Something about that orange stripe...haha

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  11. Hahaha!!! I completely agree with you about when your hair starts to fade and highlights show through....it's nice to get them different colours minus the greys! :)

    I absolutely love your outfit and agree...its lovely when you get compliments of strangers...you know something is right!! :)

    Layla xxx

    http://www.laylasmakeup.com - Beauty Blog

    http://www.layladbeauty.co.uk - Natural Skincare & Mineral Makeup

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    1. This stuff also acts as a bit of a toner...so when my ombre starts to get brassy (which happens a fair bit :) this tones it down. LOVE! But yes, don't love the greys haha :)

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  12. Such a lovely outfit! Love the skirt!

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  13. This is so lovely! It looks so good on you :)

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  14. I adore this outfit! so simple just makes such a statement with the bright orange!
    I love you style!

    xx
    tinypollypocket.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Oh I adore this skirt! So lovely..and you pull it off so amazingly! x

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  16. Oh my gosh, that skirt is fantastic! There is just something about it that is truly amazing.

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  17. In love with your skirt. I have a white Pashli & it's my preferred bag for blog events as it can carry my DSLR & a spare pair of flats!!
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  18. I really LOVE the skirt! Most of the time I wear skirts that are just above the knee and I tend to find skirts like this one a little bit too long (I think it makes me look older), but this is seriously such a beautiful item. I really like your look :) Great post!

    X Valérie
    scribblesofvalerie.com

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  19. That skirt is gorgeous!! Great outfit!

    Ramblings Of Hannah

    xx

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  20. I really like your skirt, it's so different :)

    Louisa's Notebook

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  21. Love your outfit! The skirt is so simple yet unusual!

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  22. Such a pretty skirt, love the colours! :) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Such a gorgeous skirt, Laura you look stunning :-)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. I'm loving the skirt! the length is perfect and the cut is unique. You look great and your darker hair looks mega chic, as well. So excited to go shopping this summer!! xxxx

    curlsandmindy.blogspot.com

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  26. Thanks to you I'm now obsessed with Reiss. You look fabulous in this skirt!
    x
    http://revolvingstyle.blogspot.com/

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