Whoever said modesty can never be fashionable needs to pay a visit to the UAE. The humble Arabic Abaya is worn here with so much style and panache. Traditionally a long, black cloak that covers its wearer from the shoulder to the ankles, this simple, loose-fitting garmet has morphed into a whole new array of styles and colours.
I really enjoyed playing dressup in the closet of Anisha Lalani, the creative genius behind the swimwear label Blue Ink Beachwear. We showed you how to expand the use of swimwear beyond the pool and the beach. With a little clever styling, you can take your swimwear to the boardroom, for a night out, and even make a fashion statement while lounging by the pool. Three looks down, I begged the girls to do a fourth. A boho chic at heart, I wanted to extend our play into this genre. It is really interesting to see how very different each of our 3 looks turned out to be!
I have always had a fascination with the eye-catching embroidery that comes from the North-Western Indian state of Rajasthan.
Would you wear beachwear for a night about town? With the beautiful pieces from Blue Ink Beachwear, this is absolutely a ‘can do’. We showed you how to take swimwear to the boardroom (click here) and how to cover it up stylishly by the pool (click here). The girls and I are now back with the Night Out edition 🙂
When I first got introduced to Blue Ink Beachwear, I was rather psyched by the eye-catching prints and colour combinations on the swimsuits. These pieces are so gorgeous, that I’m willing to wear one of these swimsuits to work! (Check out my last post on how to wear swimwear to work by clicking here).
But how do you dress up a swimsuit when lounging around a pool or at the beach? During my recent trip to Tilal Liwa Hotel, I saw quite a few ladies coming down to the pool wearing the complimentary housecoat over their swimwear, not a great look! C’mon ladies, let’s jazz it up! With the help of Anisha Lalani (founder of the Blue Ink Beachwear brand) and the lovely Rosa Bullock from the Sociate PR agency, we came up with three trendy ways to cover up in style.
I am a scarf hoarder, and can’t resist picking up pieces with particularly eye-catching prints and colour combinations. A scarf is a versatile summer wardrobe must-have, and I just wanted to do a recap on how I manage to wear one of my favorites in three totally different styles:
As a scarf.
As a Bolero.
As a Halterneck Dress.
We are in the age of advocating recycling, and here I am recycling an old post you might have missed 🙂 I bought this scarf from Zara about a year ago, and love its funky leopard print and gorgeous turquoise hue. So fresh and summery without being a cliche floral I’d say!
Would you wear beachwear to work? I am willing to wear a swimsuit to work, go on and dare me! Crazy as it may sound, with the right pieces and a few creative wardrobe edits, it really is possible to take poolside fun to the boardroom! I spent a really fun, girlie afternoon raiding the personal closet of Anisha Lalani, founder and designer behind the very spunky beachwear label Blue Ink Beachwear.
It’s not every day that you get to play around in the walk-in closet of a fashion designer, and joining me was the absolutely stunning PR maven Rosa Bullock. Anisha helped us choose a variety of key Blue Ink pieces, and let us go crazy mixing and matching it up with her wardrobe essentials. Whether you have to dress up prim and ‘corporate’ proper, or can get away with a little quirk at work, we have come up with a few fun, fashionable looks you can try out for yourself (and trust me, no one will even second guess you’re wearing beachwear to work!).
My beautiful young friend Darshana is visiting from Australia this month. How time flies! I saw her last as a frisky little toddler, and here she is, on the threshold of womanhood. Britney Spears’ “I’m Not a Girl” blares loud and clear in my head.
I was at the Numaish Winter Show last Saturday, and spent a good deal of time (and money!) on the colourful designer items up for sale. Have a browse through the Numaish gallery to see some highlights from the event by clicking here.
A number of upcoming designers had stalls at the Numish Winter Show, many of whom had come down from overseas.
However, Suchita Pandey from the Suchita’s Stylista brand is a UAE resident! This is great news for us UAE dwellers as you can choose from her extensive range of Indian and Indo-Western outfits, and have them tailored to your individual size and tastes, and local delivery ensures you get your parcel super fast 🙂
As you can see from my recent posts, December has been a very indulgent month. The foodie in me is taking center stage, and its starting to show around the midriff big time!
The colour black really does hide a multitude of sins, and an LBD (‘Little Black Dress’) in my opinion, is a closet essential every girl should own.
I found this gem of a dress at Anotah, the rather quirky, outlandish fashion label hailing from Kuwait. Their collections are far from mainstream, and they never shy away from the use of unusual colour combinations. My kind of place I tell you!
This however, one is a plain, plain black.