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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

How to choose an evening dress.

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Just when I delivered a speech about how excited I was to start blogging again, the biggest assignment since I begun freelancing landed on my lap and for 17 days I was entirely preoccupied with work and too exhausted when done to create anything even remotely worthy of sharing.

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I was therefore rather thrilled to at the end of the work monstrosity receive a staycation invite from one of my very favourite Dubai hotels which is the Park Hyatt (more about that in the next post). As I had been there numerous times with high fashion brands to shoot editorial content I saw an opportunity to shoot the content for this post, namely a little feature on evening gowns and my thought process on choosing one.

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Firstly – evening dresses are statement pieces that aren’t very versatile or allow getting reinvented. They also tend to be costly which is why facilities like Designer24 (link HERE) have been a popular business model lately. The piece I am wearing in this spread comes from Lebanese designer Rani Zakhem and goes amongst the lines of my preferred style that my friends cutely refer to as the Space Mermaid Vibe. It may be down to the 10 years I have spent in the Middle East but I have a rather un-Scandinavian fondness of things that sparkle. ūüôā

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My rules to live by when finding a dress for a special occasion:

– Since I tend to be very casual in my day to day life I don’t mind going XXL on the BOOM BOOM POW POW on the occasions when I do dress up. It makes the experience feel more special and as long as teamed with tasteful make up and clean bouncy hair there is no risk of hitting NastyVille. As always when it comes to styling I am an avid fan of balance and equilibrium.

– Regardless of your figure, smartly placed cross belly drapings are to prefer. Even if you’re a proud owner of a toned tummy you will at some stage during the night eat, drink, laugh and relax amongst your friends. If your outfit is too restricting it will get in the way of you enjoying yourself, as you’ll be too self conscious about the possibility of getting caught on camera sporting a glutenous food baby.

РWork around your assets; in other words opt for shorter hemlines if you are a leggy girl, look for intricate shoulder cut out details if you are a swimmer or have enviable shoulders like one etc. (THIS Alex Perry piece is a great mini, whilst THIS bodice cut showcases a toned shoulder section well);

– Unless you are a red carpet celebrity making an appearance think of reasonably lengthy hemlines. Most nights out involve dancing, or at least gracefully walking across the venue during the mandatory cheek air kiss run and way too many couture gowns go to couture heaven due to stiletto pierced skirt lengths;

– Make sure to incorporate in your event budget that depending on the cut and transparency of the dress you may need to invest in new set of lingerie to wear with it. Visible lines of either panties or boob holders are a massive faux pas, and don’t get me started on the 1992 style clear acrylic bra straps; we can still see them. They are not good.

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David Goff from Analog Productions took the images and Jehnna Mahoney styled my hair. X

P.S I have notified the compression leggings giveaway winner in the comments field but let’s have the breakfast one run for one more week? X

3 x trend

This season following 3 trends have caught my eye (and they have been just as prominent on the catwalks as they have been on the international street style scene which I find just as inspiring).

– layering of animal prints. As illustrated in the photo above washed out snake skin is the ideal way to start. If you are going to double up on prints make sure that they aren’t loud in colour and ideally team them with whites and metallics.

Рthe new silhouette for the season: long chunky knits paired with  flowy midi skirts; ideally worn in a single colour ensemble. All white and all black are both great options, preferably worn with a strappy sandal where the open shoe balances up how covered and demure the outfit is up top.

– the every day sneaker (preferably with a retro look done well by brands like NIKE and New Balance). Note that a sneaker worthy of a gym floor won’t do.¬†I wear my retro NIKE with cocktail dresses and cropped suit trousers, a leather pencil skirt as illustrated in the photo is also a match made in heaven.

Whilst updating your closet make sure to stock this autumn / winter wardrobe with a camel hued cashmere knit – it doesn’t get more Sartorialist worthy than that.

Coachella a’la Style Drifter.

One of you lovelies asked in a previous comment for suggestions on what I would choose to wear to Coachella.

I thought that it was a brilliant little mood board to put together; Coachella is a festival that both fashion wise and music wise is very much right up my alley.

The starting point for me would naturally be the denim short; I still haven’t grown tired of those and I don’t think I ever will. Few pieces are as versatile and easy to wear. These come from Rag & Bone (link HERE) but I also find that American Eagle have great budget options that fit well and have a good ”worn” wash finish.

A crisp white shirt would instantly elevate your look to more ”fashion”. I really like this Marni one with it’s quirky tailoring. (Link HERE).

My rose gold watch from Marc Jacobs keeps getting noticed by everyone, I may even have inspired a few models on my last shoot to go on a little spree. Rose gold is great for ”beginners”; meaning you’ve never been a golden girl but want to move on from good ole’ sterling.

You may wonder about the wicker tote: Coachella or not, I have been studying old inspirational photographies of Jane Birkin and realised that that was her only bag of choice; and that although she had THE BIRKIN bag made in her honour. I am trawling the net for the right one as we speak and will share the link if / when I find one.

Espadrilles are the IT flat shoes this season and these Valentino ones are nothing short of fabulous (link HERE). For a more wallet friendly option check out Soludos (link HERE).

Top with a felt fedora and a slick of red lips: et voila, you are ready to join the IT crowds.

P.S Stay tuned as tomorrow I am giving away a GORGEOUS Replay clutch on the blog. Trust me, you don’t want to miss that one!