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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 netaporter.com.

Leather

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 candyandcookie.com – 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 (www.bareface.com) 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…..

02/07/2012

This is a typical ”confused” Dubai summer outfit.

Why would I be wearing boots and a jersey when it’s a mere 45 degrees Celcius outside? (Shortly after this photo was taken me and Nikki, my photographer extraordinaire, ran inside screaming and gasping for air). Once inside air conditioned offices however I froze my little bum off and wished I had brought additional socks / pashmina / thermal underwear. Dubai summer in a nutshell in other words.

Skirt: Topshop (it’s ‘inspired’ by Burberry Prorsum pieces ca 2010 and is quite possibly as old)

Boots: Benetton (at some stage I did some visual merchandizing for the Dubai Mall Benetton outlet and as a kind bonus I received store vouchers. Now to be honest I wasn’t sure I would find anything there that I could possibly fancy but the boots were a pleasant surprise).

Sweater: Benetton

Bag: Louis Vuitton Galliera (that just looks better the older it gets, I love that about the LV leather)

Sunglasses: Burberry

Hair: Straight out of salt water as I started my day with a 2 hour paddle around Burj Al Arab. I even saw a turtle which supposedly means good luck!

When straight out of the shower I spray a hint of Bumble and Bumble’s Salt Water spray in my hair – for structure. This time I skipped the artificial stuff and went for the real deal!

Make up: Non existent.

Speaking of hair – mine is in the best shape it’s ever been and I suspect it’s due to frequent usage of a new at-home Keratin treatment I recently got gifted at a press preview at Belle Femme salon.

I need to write a beauty post about that ASAP – it’s rescued my baby hair and I have been getting numerous compliments on my hair lately.

Watch: GANT (I am really keen to lay my hands on a golden Michael Kors one but after seeing how incredibly overpriced they are in the UAE I have asked a friend from the US to get me one before she comes to visit later this month.

I think watches are investment pieces but Michael Kors qualifies more as bijouterie than a watch house so I don’t see a point in paying silly money for one. Now a nice aviation Breitling with mother-of-pearl face on the other hand: different story…)

Bracelet: House of Harlow at WEST L.A

Leather bracelet: Bottega Venetta.