28 February, 2013

February Instagram diary








































My life this month:


I visited... Bastakiya, the older area of Dubai, to browse the souq
I left... work early and was lucky enough to catch a beautiful sunset on the way home
I received... a surprise package from a thoughtful friend, containing a gorgeous leather-bound notebook
I tanned... by my swimming pool and loved the different shades of blue
I watched... Dralion by Cirque du Soleil
I ate... a LOT at Zaroob, the "Levant Street Eatery"
I spent... my first paycheque on shoes, and bags, and more shoes
I studded... some ballerina flats (DIY tutorial coming soon)
I lay... on the beach at the weekends
I wore... neon bright accessories, and then grey monochrome
I acted... like a tourist and took a photo of the Burj Al Arab at sunset, then the Burj Khalifa and Dubai fountains too!
I braided... hair, more than once





27 February, 2013

Payday purchases


1. Leather-look skater skirt - Missguided
2. Kenzo lookalike tiger sweatshirt - eBay
3. Triangle patter iPhone 5 case - eBay
4. Midi dress in plum colour - Missguided
5. Wooden flatform brogues - Stylenanda
6. Lipstick in Vibrant Pink - Barry M via Missguided
7. Nail polish in Neon Yellow - Barry M via Missguided
8. Sheer peplum top - ASOS


Ker-ching! 
To me, payday means finally being able to move the items that I have sensibly saved into my "wishlist" throughout the month over into my shopping basket.



As you can see, Missguided have done well out of me this month! I know that I'm going to love the simple midi dress but I'm a bit nervous about the skater skirt for two reasons: one, I always feel like they aren't very flattering on me and, two, I'm scared the material will be tacky! I have a tight leather-look skirt already, though, and kind of want a more versatile version. I'll let you know what it's like when it arrives!



I've been seeing this Kenzo jumper everrrrywhere on the web recently (see here for an example) and have loved it for months. This one is a much cheaper alternative!



I discovered the ASOS top through Laura from buy now, blog later and can't wait to wear it with a nice pair of jeans!


The shoes... I met someone a little while ago who was wearing these, just with skinny jeans and a slouchy top, and she looked so incredible that I decided, then and there, that I just HAD to own these quirky brogue-flatforms. This girl was about a foot taller than me and had that kind of no-makeup-only-eyeliner beauty so I'm not sure I'll be able to pull them off as well as her, but i'll give it a go! On another side note, if you haven't checked out Stylenanda yet you absolutely have to, even if its just to see how beautiful all of the models are! 


The other items - lipstick, nail polish and iphone case - are all just little extras to fuel my current neon obsession!



So there you have it. 

I'm still trawling the web for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans, though. Any suggestions?


16 February, 2013

One weekend, one item, three ways


Perhaps slightly unfairly, I have always associated Marks and Spencer's with being unfashionable and frumpy - it's a place where my Granny shops and where I would only usually venture to to buy food or tights. However, sometimes there are a few items in stock that pleasantly surprise me, like this sheer striped shirt!

Here is the link for it (only in the apricot colour online unfortunately). 
[Also check out how cool this shirt is, I'm definitely going to look for it next time I go to the mall.]

Anyway, this weekend it was pretty much all I wore. Let me explain myself first though, before you think I'm disgusting and never wash my clothes! 

Thursday... I wore the shirt to work (my office has a very casual dress code) and then threw it in the wash that evening.
Friday... I spent the afternoon doing a fashion DIY (see here) in the garden and then was late in getting ready to meet friends for drinks in the evening. I frantically tried on about 10 different outfits before finally deciding that the exact item I needed was the shirt I'd worn the day before! So I pulled it off the washing line (clean!), gave it a quick iron, and was good to go.
Saturday... I woke up far too late, to my friend Joelle calling me and complaining that we were missing out on valuable tanning hours. So I yanked myself out of bed, threw on some shorts, flipflops and the first top I could find, which just so happened to be the one I wore the night before, and headed to the beach! Don't judge.


Thursday // Office 





Jeans: Topshop
Bandeau top (worn underneath): Koton
Shoes: Bershka
Bag: Mulberry 
Earrings and ring: both gifts


Friday // Rooftop bar


These photos don't show it, but there's a high slit at the back of this skirt







Skirt: Vintage
Necklace: H&M (no longer online but may still be in-store)
Wedge heels: New Look (old collection, but they tend to bring in similar versions all the time. These are almost identical to mine, and I'm also really into these.)
Clutch bag: Satwa


Saturday // Beach




Shirt: M&S
Shorts: Vintage
Belt: Vintage
Bag: Longchamp 
Flip-flops: Havaianas 
Sunglasses: H&M (no longer online but may still be in-store)


15 February, 2013

My stud affair - Episode 3 [Pointed ballerina flats]


I remember a time, not so long ago, when I wouldn't even think of picking a pointed toe over a rounded toe - they always seemed too witchy or serious for me - but now pointed shoes are seeing a real comeback and I can't get enough of them! 
I'm particularly in love with Valentino's studded heels and flats but, sadly, they are a little out of my price range right now. So, in a nod to that style, I decided to add some studs to my silver flats from a little shop in Satwa (I almost wish the toe on these was more pointed, to add extra drama, but I still love them). 
This was such a simple DIY but I really think its taken these flats from being nice to being edgy and amazing. Say hello to my new favourite footwear!

[Just FYI, you should all totally check out this incredible DIY tutorial, by Jenni from I Spy DIY, on how to create your own Valentino lookalikes]


Method:



1. Apply E600 glue to a cotton wool bud (remove the cotton from the end first)
2. Transfer the glue to a stud
3. Place the stud onto your shoes and press down hard
4. Repeat with the rest of the studs until your design is complete
5. Leave the glue to dry for 15mins at least (I would leave it overnight before wearing)

[See also my hi-tops and clutch]












12 February, 2013

Grayscale


Here are some snaps taken this morning... 

It was just one of those days where I didn't gravitate towards anything colourful. 

Only one more sleep until it's the weekend in Dubai though, wahooo! 
(Sorry to everyone with Saturday-Sunday weekends... but it'll be your turn to be smug on Sunday)




No idea what this symbol means but I like it!


Oops! Late for work!


Top: New Look (old collection; Missguided have lots of tops in a similar shape, like this one)
Skater skirt: Topshop
Ballerina flats: Satwa
Bag: Mulberry
Scarf: Alexander McQueen
Studded bracelet: Forever 21, similar here and here



09 February, 2013

My stud affair - Episode 2 [Neon clutch bag]



I bought this clutch bag about a month ago in H&M, during the Dubai Shopping Festival, for only 20dhs (~£3.50). It's made out of material that reminds me of a wetsuit, which is kind of strange, but I kinda like it! 

Neon seems to be everywhere at the moment and I'm embracing it whole-heartedly! Well, mostly just this yellow/green neon shade, but still.

Here is how I edited it to make it more interesting...


Method:


1. Apply E600 glue to a cotton wool bud (remove the cotton from the end first)
2. Transfer the glue to a stud
3. Place the stud onto your clutch bag and press down hard
4. Repeat with the rest of the studs until your design is complete
5. Leave the glue to dry for 15mins at least




I used studs in two different shades of silver - one light, one dark - although I'm not sure these photos really show the difference between them.







I'm definitely pleased with the end result after stud-ifying this bag - I feel like it makes it look more expensive than it was - but I'm not sure I'm quite finished with it yet. I'm considering covering up the rough edges by sewing slim silver ribbon around it, but maybe that will be too much? For now, this is good enough!


02 February, 2013

My stud affair - Episode 1 [Wedge trainers]




I know wedge trainers have been around for a while now but I've been um-ing and ah-ing about whether to embrace trend, before eventually deciding to go for it! 
I was tempted to buy these ones from Zara, which are adorned with gold studs, but I wasn't all that keen on the laces for some reason - I wanted them to be more like the Isabel Marant version, with velcro straps
I then stumbled across these very plain ones from Bershka, which rocked a significantly lower price tag, and snapped them up. Unfortunately they've just been taken down off their website but I am certain they are still in stores. If not, check Topshop as they have a very similar pair (I also love these oxblood coloured ones!)

Anyway, seeing as everyone seems to be sporting these hi-tops at the moment, I wanted to personalise mine and make them a bit more unique. I didn't go too wild (as I still want them to be easy to wear with everything) but these studs definitely do give them a bit of an extra "oomph"!



If you want to do this yourself...

You will need:




Wedge trainers

Studs (ask your local haberdashery for some or have a look on eBay)
E600 glue
Cotton buds


Method:


1. Apply E600 glue to a cotton wool bud (remove the cotton from the end first)

2. Transfer the glue to a stud

3. Place the stud onto your trainers and press down hard

4. Repeat with the rest of the studs until your design is complete

5. Leave the glue to dry for 15mins at least

6. Wear your trainers and look fabulous!



[Please excuse the terrible state my nails were in that day!]