24 January, 2013

Haberdashery heaven

A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I drove down to Satwa for a little adventure. 
We made a beeline for Fida, an incredible store that sells everything from gold buttons, to sequins, to shoulder pads. I was in my element, practically running from one tray of shiny things to the next, grabbing one (or five!) of everything that caught my eye and throwing them into a fast-growing pile on the counter. In the end, I left with a multitude of studs, embroidered patches, gems and buttons; a definite success!

So watch this space, a number of fashion DIY projects are on the horizon.

Before heading home, we ordered dinner from this little cafeteria: fresh juices and some of the best (and cheapest!) shawarmas in Dubai. 
Phones through the ages?
One of my Fida purchases, a beautiful hamsa pendant. A perfect gift for my friend's upcoming birthday!

18 January, 2013

Hello goodbye

View from Koubba bar, Madinat Jumeirah, where I spent last night sipping on cocktails, laughing and reminiscing with close friends.

Growing up in a city like Dubai has, perhaps inevitably, forced me to become very accustomed to goodbyes; by its very nature, Dubai is a place of transience. However, for some reason, this goodbye was more difficult than usual. Possibly because the Christmas/New Year season in Dubai is always such an enjoyable one; the weather is perfect, family-time is paramount, our friend group reunites and everything slots right back into place, as if no-one had never left.  But this goodbye is also different for me because, for the first time, whilst all my friends are returning to their university/job in the UK or the US, I am staying put. I'm being left behind to return to the daily grind of working life, with the perpetual sunshine as my only solace. 

I know I know, I'm being far too melodramatic about this and there are a multitude of things to be thankful for and look forward to, this blog being one of them! It is my hope that will develop organically (and I wouldn't want to limit myself in terms of content) but I'm hoping to cover everything from fashion to food, from literature to travel, from creativity to procrastination!  

Essentially, I aim to create a vibrant outlet through which I can share some of the goings-on in my life. So whether you're an old friend or new acquaintance, hello, welcome, and I hope you find something that you like here!