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Shop the edit: the 5 must have tee basics.

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As a personal shopper I always work towards helping my clients with utilising as much of their existing closet content as possible. Most women have a great selection of personal favourites and just lack the knowledge or interest in learning how to combine them. Now with a good set of basics in place you can optimise the mix / match opportunities of your existing apparel endlessly. The key is to invest in high quality / right-fit-for-your-figure pieces. (Note that high quality does’t always mean high price – we have the norm core trend to thank for that as it has spurred high fashion designers to invest in reasonably priced diffusion lines).

I have selected 5 basic tops from Dubai based SIVVI.COM (link HERE) which I suggest you invest in to revive and compliment your existing selection of separates:

1. A grey racer back tank from American Apparel (link HERE). Great worn with a power suit and flattering for pear-shaped ladies as it gives an illusion of broader shoulders. I have them in every colour and wear them to shreds.

2. Black short sleeved tee from LNA (link HERE). LNA is superior when it comes to the quality of their cotton and that is exactly what you need from a plain black top. The rounded bottom edge is a bonus – great for layering as the strip of fabric will show nicely from under whatever you choose to put on top.

3. The SPLENDID long sleeve top (link HERE) is my go to top when worn with relaxed boyfriend denim and a pair of strappy heels. The neckline is of perfect depth too.

4. The almighty Breton top (link HERE). They come in a multitude of finishes and cuts and you can never have too many. It is a well known fact.

5. Animal prints (link HERE) are considered basics in my book. White denim and a nude heel (black jacket optional) would match this well.

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If you have been following me on Instagram lately you will surely have noticed the presence of the keffiyeh printed fabric in an array of colours and shapes.

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Many brands have jumped on this trend but Cecilie Copenhagen (link HERE) are by far the most versatile ones in terms of design.

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I am hoping that the boutique buyers in the UAE will be savvy enough to pick this brand up as every time I leave the house wearing it I get stopped by numerous women asking where my outfit it’s from. Until then the brand has international delivery on their web shop. X

Glow made easy,

Are you a sun kissed glow kinda person like me, but struggle finding the perfect self tanner? I find that most of them come with an iffy smell and / or a base that causes congested pores.

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CLARINS have resolved that by creating a ”glow booster” – it’s as straight forward as a concentrated self tanner that you add to your regular moisturiser of choice. I have tried it over the course of the last two weeks and I really like it. Added bonus is the ability to control the intensity of the tan. 2-3 drops take you far! / Teresa

Italian done the guilt free way.

A common question I get asked by people who have picked up on my wellness habits is about where to go out for a ”healthy meal”. My instant reply tends to be that healthy is a vast and non descriptive word I would rather stay clear of – amongst the latest clean eating fads I see girls embarking on eating raw (and consuming a kilos worth of cashew nuts in one slice of a raw cheesecake which whilst deprived of suspicious additives still is a calorie bomb). This topic is brilliantly explained by Diya, one of the Fitness Dorks (found at fitnessdorks.ae).

Most fine dining venues cater to everyones needs as long as you’re educated on the right choices FOR YOU and your diet, disciplined about making them and not too bothered with at times being perceived as the fussy one. :)

Fitness fads aside, I genuinely and legitimately suffer from gluten allergies to the extent that they at times cause a nasty onset of asthma. Does it stop me from munching my way through the entire content of a La Serre bread basket at breakfast? I shall diplomatically answer that it does, most of the times.

The one type of cuisine I have struggled with has mostly been Italian food – a girl can only eat that much carpaccio. I was therefore rather chuffed to hear that Roberto’s – the trendy DIFC based watering hole with killer terrace views was offering gluten free options to ALL the dishes on their menu.

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The gluten free bread tasted like real bread and not the crumbly weird chalky stuff you get served elsewhere. The carpaccio and Insalata Di Mare made for great lean starters especially when rinsed down with some fine Chianti.

I had a glutenfree Carbonara that with its salty creaminess and al dente wonderland left me wondering why it’s been 8 months or more since the last time I had pasta. The Italians sure are onto something!

I did totally stray and sampled one of each on the desert menu, luckily The Boy ate the remaining 90 percent of it. If you were to continue down the lean path however gluten free options of cake were available. If all else fails sorbets and fruit platters tend to be my choice to round up a healthy meal. / Teresa

CHANEL Rouge Coco

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With 16 new shades of the iconic Rouge CoCo lipsticks by CHANEL I could’t help myself but experiment with one out of each of the colour families in a little beauty post.

(The above breakfast flatly is an impromptu idea after my Instagram was saturated with the images from the Parisian Brasserie CHANEL which was the setting for the Fall Winter 15 show.)

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I have never thought of myself as a girl who can pull off a beige tone on my lips. The nougat hued ”ADRIENNE” however turned out to be warm enough to stand out and compliment my face without making my lips visually ”disappear”.

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Pink is a shade I have dabbed into in the past without making it a reoccurring favourite. ”EMILIENNE” however has the right amount of warmth to suit an olive complexion like mine. It glides on light and creamy for a barely-there-effect.

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As we headed towards orange tones I was more at ease; I have made different shades of red and orange signature look of mine over the years. I have worn ”COCO” everyday since.

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Lastly the grand finale – ”GABRIELLE” is a cool(ish) seductive red that leaves a glossy effect that needs no further a-dos. My personal favourite. #IloveCoCO

(Image credits Analog PHQ).