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Destination Maldives.

 

 

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This week I have put together a little edit of things I would like to take with me for my upcoming trip to the Maldives (counting days!).It’s been 6 weeks since I returned from Paris and I am feeling the travel itch again. I would use the word wanderlust but instagram ruined it for me. :)

Things I am looking forward to the most (apart from getting dizzy from taking in all the beautiful surroundings):

  1. The snorkeling and the diving (the latter for the adventurous ones as shark sightings are not unheard of in the Maldives). The marine life around the little islands (or even a short boat ride away) is really abundant and bursting with colours magnified by the clarity of the turquoise waters.
  2. Catching up on my fashion reads – the island life style is a little slow paced and I am really longing for lazy falling in and out of afternoon naps whilst reading a good book. I am recently into biographies of fashion icons as well as books about marketing for small scale businesses. (Such as my own, bien sur).
  3. Eating well is easy as the menus tend to offer freshly caught sea food, fiery chillies and coconut water. All aboard the train (boat) to a better fitter me.
  4. Treating great content for you, naturally. You don’t need to be a good photographer to come home with an album brimming with picturesque cliches. I will try to stay clear of too many sunsets and sandy hot dog legs but I am not making any promises.

Right – lets talk island holiday wardrobe starting from top left.

  • A loose Tibi dress in a flirty, off-shoulder profile (link HERE). The flirty showing-off-thy-shoulder trend is going nowhere it seems.
  • A casual Solid & Striped romper, composed of textured knit (link HERE). Because rompers have nothing but good things to offer (apart from being a pain when you really have to pee haha).
  • A beach-ready Hat Attack backpack in lightweight straw (link HERE). Because so cute!
  • This one-shoulder Alix swimsuit with a sexy back cutout (link HERE).
  • Handmade Janessa Leone straw hat (link HERE).
  • A striped, crocheted Lemlem bikini set (link HERE).
  • Spotted fur crisscross Raye sandals (link HERE). You’ll be too sandy / sunburnt/ lazy to tie up a gladiator sandal so slides are the way forward.
  • A contrast platform / braided jute leather Matt Bernson sandals (link HERE).
  • Exceptions can be made for pom poms (link HERE). Because pom poms are always a good idea.

Happy shopping! X

How to do Paris like a fashion blogger.

As you may have seen on Instagram I recently came back from a trip to Paris. During that time I did a fair amount fashion week related activities but I also had heaps of “me time” to do exploring and wanderlusting and creating Instagram content.

I will only be mentioning names of venues (anything else would take me a week haha). They’re all tried and road – tested by me personally so when you google them they take you to the Google Map pin. Don’t you just love technology the days *she said sounding like a really old person.

Right – first things first.

Accommodation: I used Trivago.com to book my hotel (it was a self sponsored trip so I looked for something cheap(ish)). I looked for something that was new, had good reviews and was walking distance to the central parts of the city. I ended up at Hotel Le Malown in the 8th arr. (right next door to Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. (http://www.lemalown.com/en/).

The hotel turned out to be a GREAT find! The rooms were tiny but I was’t really going to be spending any time in the room apart from the zzzz. Crisp white sheets and beige walls (none of the dated plush velour nonsence many hotels in Paris insist on), little balcony, friendly staff, bargain rate of under 500 aed / night and a location that allowed me to walk everywhere plus take the metro from the Opera station which connects all the metro lines going through the city. Score!

This leads me to the next discovery:

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Could this be the best (free) rooftop for aerial views?

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Both these shots are taken at the rooftop floor of Printemps – free for public access as a little lunch cafeteria / coffee house is located up there.

Save your calories for ground floor however: thats where Cafe Pushkin is located. Hands down prettiest cakes in Paris if you ask me.

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Walking distance from the hotel, opposite the Opera is Cafe De La Paix – excellent for a Parisian croissant / espresso breakfast.

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As you can see I threw all gluten caution to the wind. Parisian bread is just the tastiest though!

Another breakfast place often voted the best bakery in town is Du Pain et Des Idée (easily allocated on google maps as is everything else I mentioned). Noone speaks english and there are no tourists and it’s just warm, authentic and wonderful.

For more restaurant options I recommend:

  • Miss Ko – Nearby the Champs Elysée on Avenue George V. Very hip crowd, the the affordable sushi is AMAZING, and at night the music is great. The decor with Japanese murals is photo friendly bonus.
  • Alcazar Restaurant – This restaurant just re-opened after a major refurbishment and is one of the most popular places in Paris at the moment. Très Instagram friendly.
  • Les Bain Paris – It’s a bar/restaurant with amazing truffle popcorn accompanying the drinks. The interiors are incredible, and the staff actually isn’t arrogant (very rare for a trendy place in Paris). Dior hosted their perfume launch party here last season, and in general, it attracts a fashion-forward crowd. Downstairs turns into a nightclub in the late hours for Parisian style debauchery (there is even a small pool in the middle, a’la a 1970s Saint Laurent party)
  • Hotel Costes: It’s expensive and smoky and yet all kinds of wonderful. Crammed with good looking / influential people, with the worlds most instagrammed french fries and every single dish on the menu is a taste experience. I would know, I ate there daily for a week and tried one of everything in a tres indulgent manner.

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Nearby (3 minutes walk) is the infamous Colette department store where you dive into a world of all things eclectic and edgy. I get my fix of newly released sneakers, Byredo and Diptyque products in limited editions and cute electronic gadgets from there.

Otherwise my shopping go to district is Le Marais  – brimming with vintage stores, cheap eats, French designers like Sandro, Maje and Zadie & Voltaire (with selections far better to the Dubai ones sadly) as well as the newly opened Anine Bing store.

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How about the beautifully taupe Aesop store with pump flask testers on the street? Or mixing your own Le Labo scent with a customized label – all these can found on the streets of Marais. In general: if you’re looking for anything specific there are plenty of Time Out style articles that provide deep insight in the topic (such as vintage shopping which many might be into). I myself am not (strangely enough as it’s kinda expected from a fashion blogger). I like my things brand spanking new and still smelling of the fancy box they came in. 😀

On the topic of shopping and fancy boxes: the worlds only Louboutin beauty store (with the lipsticks and the nail polishes and oh the lipsticks, I am so in love with them all) is located in a covered passage close to Palais Royal. It’s called Galerie Vero-Dodat and is a beautiful old space with black and white floors. The Louboutin head office is located there so many ladies with red soles will swish past you when you’re around.

Across the road is my favorite breakfast place in the whole wide world called Claus (also on google maps like everything else). I was told that Claus himself was an ex high fashion PR executive that got tired of the fashion PR-ing game and launched the finest fanciest breakfast joint of them all. The male waiters will charm the crap out of you and you can have all day breakfast with a side of bubbly. Booking is essential or else there is a 45 min waiting list. Daily.

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For a morning of indulgence treat yourself to a one time breakfast at The Peninsula Hotel. It oozes luxury, serves the best Raspberry Brioche in town and has unparalleled Instagram values. It’s simply exquisite.

I could go on and on and on and if there is anything else you need to know just drop a comment below!

In the meantime: don’t overplan. Make time to do nothing – Parisian style. One of the nicest things about Paris to me is the sitting outside in a bistro (with none imposing a minimum spend or forcing you to commit to dining whilst there) and breathing in the atmosphere.

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Bisous! XXX

The one about skin care.

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Hello after a little (long) break!

Skincare is one of my favorite topics – I try to (more or less successfully) aspire to have skin so good that make up is a fun bonus and not a daily necessity.

Now to be very honest with you (I like being able to be honest with you); a few things have to be mentioned before I venture out onto the ”product territory”.

  • No product will work if used half heartedly. No matter the price tag. If you (like me) occasionally forget to cleanse before going to bed (and don’t get me started on the instant wipes that do very little else but move the dirt around); no miracle cream will work to it’s full potential. It’s only when I became religiously strike on the good old daily cleanse / tone / moisturize that I noticed a positive difference.
  • The cliches are cliches for a reason – in other words sleep matters. Drinking sufficient amounts of water matters. (I personally also find that Bikram yoga gives me a long lasting glow. There are no scientific reports that I can wisearsedly quote here (neither do I want to), but all the sweating and the moving and the hydrating afterwards always makes me feel ”pure” skin-wise.)
  • I use Botox twice a year. It obviously prevents the wrinkles from appearing (I started with Botox at the age of 32 as a preventative measure) but it doesn’t mean it secures a good complexion. I still feel obliged to mention it as I don’t want to be “selling you” creams when in fact I also use the heavier ammo.
  • The proverbial ‘eat your greens’; is a big one – every time I go on a cleanse I bathe in compliments on the clarity of my skin. I don’t really believe in cleanses to the extent that they’ve been declared a magical cure of illnesses, obesity and fatique BUT they do mean that for whatever period you’re on them you stay away from nasties and get a fruit and veggie fix that many of us are in deficit of. If you apply that into your daily habits the results should mimic the one of a cleanse.

Now let’s talk lotions and potions and creams.

  1. I am currently using a lot os Shiseido. Yes – they were gifted to me in exchange for a review but so are many many other products (and I am being transparent, not Braggy McBrag here). I have chosen to stick to theirs because I like that they are not overly fragrant (why add ingredients that have no purpose but may end up irritating your skin); that the brand invests in a lot of scientific research and really goes deep on a cellular level with their products. They agree with my skin and if I stick to the: A.) Gentle Cleansing Cream B.) Future Solution Softener C.) Future Solution Radiance Serum and D.) Bio Performance eye and face cream my skin is balanced, moisturized without feeling oily and radiant with or without make up.
  2. I treat myself to weekly face masks – when pottering around the house or listening to music. Aesop makes a GREAT cleaning Primrose / white clay one and NUXE has a lovely soothing balm called Creme Fraiche De Beaute.
  3. For night I love Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I know other bloggers have raved about it too.
  4. Since I recently discovered that I have pigmentation spots (and I have never suffered from those before but I am taking a lot of hormones related to female troublezzzz) I also added a Dark Spot Solution from Kiehls into the mix.
  5. Household ingredients like Kefir and Coconut Oil make for great moisturizers – our mums were onto something with the unknowingly holistic approach to beauty.

Last but not least – SPF is essential but surely you knew that already? I seriously see a big difference between myself and my sun worshiping friends who are a lot younger. I don’t want my décolletage to look like a leather purse when I am 50!

Feel free to recommend a good / non greasy facial SPF inn the comments below or on social media; I am currently on the lookout for one. Big hugs X

The Legacy

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It’s finally here: the first editorial piece conceptualized, art directed and styled by me. I could not be any happier with the results or the process.

I explained earlier on social media why I wanted to start shooting unique content for my site. I also have been really lucky to meet a bunch of like minded creatives and this month we were hosted by the newly opened St. Regis hotel where we had the opportunity to (with the marble magnificence for a backdrop) shoot a series of trends that I find worthy of highlighting. I will go deeper into individual trends from next month onwards but for now I wanted to start this part of the blog by focusing on timeless concepts I rely a lot on when styling / working with personal clients / dressing myself.

As I have a very soft spot for the heritage of the St. Regis and the historical legacy that it carries (and with age I have begun to appreciate learning in depth about brands I work with and understanding their ethos), a legacy thats well mirrored in the interiors, I have chosen to name the editorial just that: The Legacy.

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The tonal dressing: coat 3.1 Phillip Lim; top ACNE; trousers Paul & Joe. All Boutique 1. Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti.

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The double stripe: pants Rag & Bone, sweater Theory. Both Boutique 1. Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti.

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The GUCCI: (because since the new creative direction of Allesandro Michele it’s a power house): pants and shoes GUCCI, sweater Raoul at Boutique 1.

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The daytime metallics: dress and shoes Stine Goya from DULAAB.

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One more GUCCI because it’s just so good.

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The statement outerwear: coat from Sakspotts at DULAAB.

Photography Francesco Scotti; make up Nadine Elias; hair Jehnna Mahoney; model Kate C. from Wilhelmina Models Dubai.

 

Mint Velvet

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Originally from the UK, contemporary brand MINT VELVET has arrived in the UAE, opening of their first store in Festival City.

The Mint Velvet story began in 2009 with three women who, inspired by a desire for something new, set about creating a collection which was contemporary, stylish and had a luxe everyday feel to it, without the matching price tag.

I had a browse through their current in-store selection and below are the key pieces that I think make the trek to the far end of town worth while:

  • MINT VELVET footwear (somewhat inspired by the high end designs) delivers quality without the price tag. (See the lace up pointy ballerinas as well as high heeled booties).
  • Suede pieces are seen everywhere due to the 70’s fashion influx. Suede is as 70’s as it gets!
  • Wooly scarves in the hue du jour, camel beige.
  • Jumpsuits, with or without patterns, are going nowhere. Perfect on their own or layered, I find many women think of jumpsuits as an unforgiving piece which could not be further from the truth. MINT VELVET has a strong selection of boho ones, with a flattering draping over mid section, a problem area for many.

Happy shopping! X

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