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Armani Exchange

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I read once that Anna Dello Russo said that if your clothes are comfortable they’re no longer fashion. Whilst I have nothing on the authority that is Anna I can’t level with her here. A lot of creativity goes into keeping relaxed outfits look stylized, perhaps even more than if you opt for a show stopping mini combined with bold structural (read painful) heels. Now by no means am I against dressing up; it’s just that per necessity, in my day to day life I have to 1. move freely; 2. work long hours; 3. respect the culture of the UAE and 4. protect myself from the desert heat whilst looking like someone who works in fashion.

On that note – I recently visited the Armani Exchange store at the Dubai Mall and found myself pleasantly surprised to how much of a revamp the brand has undergone. Screaming logos and shiny faux leathers were nowhere to be found; instead the brand focuses on quality tailoring, muted tones and pieces with a timeless relaxed fit.

On my list of must haves this season is the chambray wide trouser / top combo. When worn with just a white sneaker they feel like a ”grown up pajamas”. They don’t crease excessively either which was a pleasant surprise.

A beige fitted blazer (whilst sounding like a Kardashian staple) is ridiculously versatile and will be perfect for when the winter season sweeps over the region. In the photo above I wore it with black pencil trousers and a simple white tee but I am yet to wear it over a white maxi dress. Tres tres chic.

Last but not least – another wide leg fit, this time in grey suit material that looked nothing but pure class when worn with a loud metallic pointy toe heel. Basic but not basic – I am 100 percent behind that motto. / XXX

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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