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AW must haves.

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Shop bop (link HERE) have yet again nailed with with speedy delivery – from pressing ”place order” on my laptop to my doorstep in Dubai in 48 hours. Just as well because I am working solidly every day until my departure and have to pack little snippets daily.

I bought a few fall essentials; my wardrobe is very Dubai accustomed at the moment and I can’t help but feel I need to get back into the Scandi groove of things a little. Hopefully my closet and my inspiration will get an XL sized refill after this long overdue holiday!

Right – here are a few shopping links if you liked any of the pieces above:

  • Mega cool grey wedge mules from Vince (link HERE). The mule frenzy is far from over and these are really versatile.
  •  These Current / Elliott Stiletto jeans detailed with a crackled, photoreal print look like liquid marble and fit like the proverbial glove (link HERE).
  • I have been looking for the perfect fedora for ages and I keep buying high street versions even thought I know better than to do so. Without having tried one on I guessed that the Rag & Bone felt hats were something extra. I am in love with the olive medium wide brimmed one that arrived but there are loads of colors and sizes to choose from. Generally the rule is that round faces (like mine) should opt for a medium brim. HERE is a link to all their hat fabulosity anyhow. Happy shopping!

 

Alila Jebel Akhdar

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Located on the top of Jebel Akhdar (approximately an 8 h drive from Dubai) is the wonderful little Alila resort. I have had the privilege to visit most luxury resorts in the Middle East and whilst all have been impressive the Alila Jebel Akhdar has by far been my favorite. (Did you btw know that Jebel Akhdar means ”the green mountain”? The amount of juniper and olive trees as well as rose and pomegranate plantations makes this a unique region. I guess living in Dubai we are starved for flora and fauna which is partially why I enjoyed this particular getaway so much.)

Anyway first things first.

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I didn’t know what to expect from the interiors or the facilities at the hotel upon arriving. It turned out to be mindblowingly stylish – a perfect morph between sustainable, contemporary clean design and Arabic heritage; with loads of wood, carved stone and muted earthy tones throughout.

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The outside was just as impressive – the hotel is resting on the very edge of a canyon and no filters were needed to showcase the magnificent afternoon light sipping through.

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Those mountain sunsets though! 😉

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Being the outdoors type I really enjoyed the hiking part of the trip. Ali (our guide) has been with Oman Tourism for years and was really pleasant to be around. I learned a lot about the agriculture, the heritage of the region as well as the governments take on tourism. Polar opposite to the one in the UAE, the concept is to host a limited amount of carefully selected resorts and aside from the existing Alila only one more hotel will open up atop the Jebel Akhdar. An Anantara resort (picked for it’s eco friendly mentality) will be located on a camping site once visited by the late Princess Diana.

Right; now so some stone cold facts:

  • When is it best to go? All year around – we went amidst the Dubai summer scorch and enjoyed 15 degrees Celsius, light rainy drizzle and a nightly storm which made the experience ultra cosy.
  • Food and drink is well prepared and the restaurant hosts a good selection of Arabic and international dishes. You are on top of a mountain though so you would mostly be relying on the hotels solo restaurant. Fussy eaters might need to bring a snack or two. We brought nibbles like chocolate and fresh berries. P.S The hotel at this stage does’t have an alcohol license but you can consume your own.
  • What to do? HIKE! Explore! Chill. Read. Spa.
  • What to bring? Good footwear for the above mentioned hiking; sunblock as the mountain air is considerably cooler but the sun is just as strong. I ended up with a mini sunstroke after 9 hours outdoors as I was trying to prove to my ginger boyfriend what a thug I am.

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Did I mention the poolside sunsets? :)

I can’t wait to go back and visit the blooming rose plantations down the hills of the mountain as well as try the local pomegranates that the area is known for. I hope that I convinced you to venture out and if you have any further questions about transport etc the hotel staff are good at responding to emails and well informed if you give them a call. Happy exploring! XXX Teresa

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09.08.2015

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Dressing for 40+ degrees Celsius and insane humidity is a daily challenge. Denim is out of the question until at least October if you live in the UAE and culturally (and in corporate environments) longer hemlines are advisable.

This summer I am living in dresses – dip dye, lace, seersucker, A – line, wrap and what-have-ya. Worn with booties or a dainty sandal they get me through most daytime scenarios.

This particular number was a steal from American Eagle in Dubai Mall but I have listed a few favorites HERE, HERE and HERE (click for links).

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The marble boots are Alexander Wang but sold out all across the cyberspace so here are a few options for a good day time heel: HERE, HERE and HERE.

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Image credits Lizzie O’Byrne. X

The one with all the shoes.

pickerimage-2These lace up Alexandre Birman caused quite the stirrrr on my Instagram. I have promised to share with you where I bought them and whilst at it I have lined up a list of my current online shoe favorites: all affordable, all mega stylish and all from one destination, which in this case is Shopbop.com. Now the very ones in the photo seem to have sold out but I have found some gorgeous alternatives, complete with shopping links below:

  • Schutz nubuck sandals. The nude strappy heel is seen everywhere right now (rightfully so as it’s versatile and universally flattering). This cross strap makes them a tad different to all the rest however. (Link HERE).
  • Mustard hued, pointy toe, every day pumps (link HERE). Mustard is a great shade when worn with jeans so these would look great with a double denim shirt / boyfriend jean combo.
  • Belle by Sigerson Morrison suede flats. Wear them with your simple t-shirt dresses. They feel a bit more ”current” than gladiators and have a cool urban vibe to them because of the ankle cuff detail. The nude color makes them leg elongators as opposed to leg shorteners. That part Ladies is VERY important when buying flat shoes. (link HERE).
  • More lace ups; this time in aqua blue. To be worn with a juicy palm leaf printed kaftan – imagination going wild! (Link HERE).
  • I am not personally feeling the slides that all the cool kids are fashionably dragging their feet around in at the moment – there is something a tad too physio nurse about them. (That in it’s turn could originate from the time when I whilst putting myself through uni worked as one); but personal stories aside I much prefer classical toe ring sandals. They’re a tad more feminine whilst just as comfy. (Link HERE).
  • Ultra similar to my red ones, these strappies come from Brazilian label Shutz who kind of are the ZARA of footwear. They make decent quality imitations of designer shoes and are very comfortable to wear – same cannot be said about most designer heels sadly! (Link HERE).

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The white lace creation I wore with the shoes is from a label called Endless Rose and can be found HERE. / XXX

TOMO Dubai

When it comes to evening time entertainment I am very much of a civilized dinner / sunset drinks kinda girl. Whilst the pure thought of setting my foot in a night club makes me shiver, I am ALL KINDS of ok with a classy lounge where I can stamp my foot and sway my hips side to side to some ambient tunes and have a flavorsome cocktail or two.

I recently discovered TOMO at the Raffles hotel.

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Whilst the concept of fine Japanese food is no news to Dubai (in fact we are quite spoiled in that department), what TOMO has that others don’t is

– a sensational skyline and

– to die for yuzu Bellinis. Oh, and did I mention the homemade mochi ice cream?

Would I go to TOMO again? Definitely – it’s a great place to take a few health conscious girlfriends to, seeing as Japanese food is quite lean and Paleo / gluten free. The outside terrace is the spot to be at so late September onwards the venue will be one of my preferred after work turfs. / XXX