Rouge d’Armani

This post started off as an outfit post but became all about Le Lipstick!

The jeans are from ZARA and the reason why I’ve cut them off and left them frayed is:

1: because I think it looks cooler, natch..

2: because at my 159 cm jeans are ALWAYS too long for me and I’ve just given up on altering everything I buy. So do we write this off as nonchalant chic or just plain nonchalant? 🙂

The blushy lacey top is from Reiss…

and the shoes are Ted Baker. The heel is high enough so it doesn’t get classified as ”kitten” (which I hate) but it’s low enough to be an ok daytime shoe, wearability wise.

Before I let the lipstick talk take over this entire post  – today’s impromptu outfit shoot took place en route to Dubai Marina Yacht club and the sunset light was oh-so-pretty!

I am used to the strong red lip look as I have worn it for a solid few years (it took some getting used to but now it’s one of my favourite way of spicing up an ensamble) and after having worn almost everything that there is to do in classic red (we’re talking Ruby Woo and Russian Red by MAC and all the other iconic shades) I decided that I was ready for something new.

Enter Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani lipstick in #401 – a lush orange shade of red.

I have read somewhere that the shade was made famous by songstress Rihanna. I’ve also read that it’s a great ”beginners shade” of orange and was guaranteed to suit almost all complexions  – unsure if that’s entirely the case but compared to other orange tints I’ve tried (that looked like abstract art on my lips) this hue felt really flattering.

Have you attempted the orange lippy?

Je voudrais…

Cartier LOVE bracelet eat your  heart out – we are all craving the grungy chic Juste Un Clou in 18 K yellow gold.

Slouchy knits are always welcome into my closet and this week I really like the star motif jumper from Topshop. It would look tres cool with a pair of denim cut offs and nude Isabel Marant – esque boots.

Delicate and colorful underwear from Calvin Klein (one of my favourite underwear brands and surprisingly affordable here in the UAE compared to Europe) looks great when seen under a sheer lacey top. I find that the Mall of the Emirates outlet whilst price competitive carries limited selection so occasionally I splurge on some CK undies from


Yesterday started with a breakfast with Paco Rabanne perfume creators held at the One And Only Royal Mirage hotel. The team behind the brand talked about their latest scents : the luxurious 1 Million and  Lady Million.

With it’s notes of saffron, tobacco and rose the perfume was a tad too overwhelming for my taste but both the opulent and heavy scents will do great in the Middle East I am sure. Even the limited edition golden bottles seemed designed with Middle Eastern consumers in mind.

(Whilst at the One And Only I decided to get some work done in their beautiful lobby bar before I was off to my next part of the day – part 2 of working for Camilla Skovgaard). I didn’t manage to take any photos but I was tres eager on Instagram yesterday so look me up on there under Style Drifter.

Now to the outfit:

My tee is from Zadig & Voltaire, leather trousers from Ben Sherman and ballerinas from French Sole. (In Dubai available at Harvey Nichols).

The cuff is a piece from a market stall in India, purchased during the days when I was a full time world traveler.

Needless to say I came close to death by heatstroke whilst taking the photos. The sunset light was totally worth it though. 🙂

Sequins and brocade.

Today’s outfit was a little brocade / sequin bonanza that for some reason felt a bit 50’s inspired and so I may have gotten too excited with the ‘vintage’ filters whilst retouching them.

How do we feel about enhanced outfit photos on fashion blogs btw?

I am torn in between thinking that it’s cute and artsy whilst getting drawn to blogs that post nothing but raw high quality images with loads of close ups and details.

To my defense Dubai was rather gloomy today and the original images were rather deprived of light and warmth so the tweaking perked them up.

I wore sequin shorts from ZARA (I had been looking for a pair for ages and when I saw these I bought them immediately despite that they were the wrong size. Nothing a tailor in Satwa couldn’t fix).

The shoes are Christian Louboutin and the jacket is H&M ca 1997 – in other words I have had it for ages.

The sunnies are Burberry and the little frangipani was a little last minute styling twist, courtesy of Dubai Municipality. 🙂


New in….

I saw this morning that overnight I got around 300 new followers on bloglovin’ – how is that for amazing way to start your day?

With the flow of new readers I feel the need to reintroduce myself.

I am not new to fashion blogging – most of you will probably know me as the author of – a site that I started 3 years ago whilst changing career paths and entering the world of styling / fashion journalism.

Candy & Cookie was well received by the Dubai scene and I was fortunate enough to get media exposure (and features on my personal style) via publications such as Harpers Bazaar, Savoir Flair etc. (You will find a few of the press clippings under Featured In on the landing page).

At the same token I managed to spread my stylist wings (cringe worthy expression but you catch my drift) and work for several TV shows (Dubai One and MBC) as well as commercial clients and printed media – recently working as the Fashion  / BeautyEditor of POSE Magazine (a selection of my portfolio is available under Portfolio on the landing page).

1 month ago I was offered representation by bareface – Dubai’s premier talent agency ( and decided to venture out as a freelance stylist and so the need for a new online portfolio / blog came up.

As much as Candy & Cookie served me well as a quirky name for a personal blog, I found that it wasn’t entirely ‘grown up enough’ when dealing with high end fashion clients. Besides at the end of the day I work with style and not baked goods – ENTER STYLE DRIFTER. 🙂

Here’s to new beginnings…..