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Denim series part 2.

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The bell bottoms are great for shawtys like myself – they give the illusion of endless legs. On a windy Dubai afternoon I photographed them worn with a classic striped tee (mine is just a high street one), a statement necklace and semi chunky suede heels.

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This pair will fade with time – wash them as rarely as you can and always inside out. A scent removal tip is to put your jeans in a freezer overnight in a plastic ziplock bag.

Here is a link to this 5 pocket bell jean by Mother. / XXX

The Denim series part 1.

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The first one out in my denim series is a post about the loose fit. This particular pair comes from Goldsign. (Click on the link to shop the Goldsign Mr. Right Jeans).

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These straight leg boyfriend trousers have a loose fit and a worn in look – in other words they are the perfect pair for a relaxed daytime look. I normally wear size 26 all across the denim brands and so these run true to size. Going one size up would mean wearing them lower on the hips which adds character but I personally like a bit of mid section support which these give.

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(I threw this image in to show how much fun we had shooting denim and wooly knits in the peak of the October heat / humidity combo :D)

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Because of the very casual nature of the boyfriend denim I like wearing mine with high heels. As I always say: dressing well is about the act of balance and so a daytime slip on heel makes the relaxed fit still look like a part of a thought through ensemble.

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Flats are an option if you keep them on the dressy side – in other words stay clear of the Birks and the Havaianas. Printed silk loafers however still kept this look intact.

These jeans could do with a bit more distressing and Youtube is brimming with tutorials about that – use your imagination here. When it comes to denim care it’s normally advised to wash your denim as little as possible; a statement I agree with somewhat when talking about black washes etc. Here the wear and tear however is welcome as it adds to the overall look so I’d say wash away! / XXX

Oud & Rose

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Oud & Rose is French L’occitanes latest creation; one that resonates very well with the Middle East. I have always been a fan of Oud based scents and I consume rose water by the gallon (in my tea, as a facial toner and in Arabic desserts). Needless to say I was thrilled to work with the brand on illustrating the theme of the perfume through a series of images.

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The warmth of the Oud marries well with rose from Grasse, a region in Provence known for it’s cultivation of aromatic plants. If Provence is too far of a journey our neighboring Oman hosts beautiful rose plantations too – a beautiful sight throughout mid to late August.

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Few things are as beautiful as pure undisturbed desert and so that’s where we decided to host the photo shoot.

If you wish to buy a bottle HERE is the shopping link. If the perfume is too strong for you to start with I recommend that you start with the lightly scented body lotion – bonus points come with the shimmery finish. / XXX

Copenhagen

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Copenhagen was the city I started this years summer holiday with. If you haven’t been; make sure to put it on top of your must-see-cities list and that pronto! I find Copenhagen cool in that typically Scandinavian way, but a lot less pretentious compared to Stockholm.

My Copenhagen musts would include a trip to Torvehallerne – 60 artisan food stands serving the freshest produce from all over the globe; closely followed by the experience of discovering the city on rented city bikes (the best way to move around in the cyclist friendly Scandinavia during the summer season). The Botanical Gardens are wonderfully picturesque and HotDogs & Champagne is a bar serving..well, the two items as stated in their name. Who would have thought that the simplest of street foods and the finest of bubbly made for such a good combo?

Shopping is not to be forgotten – Danish fashion really appeals to me. Yet again; it carries the Scandinavian simplicity but being closer to Europe the Danes don’t fear colours the way Swedes do. This, my Swedish readers is solely my recent and personal analysis so I aim not to offend. 🙂

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Cold cuts and Prosecco enjoyed on wooden chairs at Torvehallerne made for one of the nicest afternoons this summer.

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The outfit above was a bit of a hit on Instagram so I thought I would share the shopping links with you here.

My off shoulder crop comes from Dubai based Maarli boutique (link HERE). The skirt is from good old reliable ZARA although since it’s mostly sold out I have found alternative links below:

Now onto pointy toe footwear:

Happy shopping! X

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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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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