Inspired by Brazil’s colours

As we bid farewell to a historic World Cup and are still savouring the highs of everything Brazilian , minus the Brazilian team’s humiliating defeat , our wardrobe over the past few weeks has been influenced by the colours of Brazil but without the carnival and folklore.

We’ve teamed shades of deep blue with a fresh twist of lime green and yellow.
Our jewellery was fluorescent and inspired by Brazilian friendship bracelets : Aloha bracelet by Vanessa Arizaga, tennis shoe lace bracelet available at Sauce Boutique Dubai, a wrap around turquoise and silver bracelet that comes in a very cool turquoise case by Marlu) and the all essential Fiji bracelet by Monica Vinader.

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We wore floral blue shorts by JCrew and a line green top by Tibi with the all essential turquoise mirrored Ray Bans and white Sergio Rossi sandals and a white satchel by Coccinelle. This look Was also reminiscent of my baby boy’s speedo Swim ring.

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For a city lunch, we wore Jodhpurs in a deep shade of blue with a flowy silk top by Zara, elasticised ballerinas and neon necklace by J Crew and our crush of the moment a yellow PS1 purse bag that keeps your minimum essentials in perfect order. We will be wearing our PS1 as a clutch, cross body or even a giant wallet for travelling.

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Washed out Denim look

The Eighties are still here , but with a softer grungier edge: we loved teaming up these bleached denim shorts , taken a size larger for a more relaxed fit and a matching washed out denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up (both by Stradivarius, Zara’s younger offshoot).
We kept the look fresh and 2014 with dashes of neon coloured jewellery from Dubai store Boom and Mellow , a fluo pink shoulder bag we’ve had from 2012 by Marc by Marc Jacobs and a wrap around bracelet we bought from a small store in Bellagio. We kept the look fresh and uncomplicated with old silver gladiator sandals by Sergio Rossi and our current sunglass obsession of the moment : mirror effect Ray-Bans.

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White Hot Summer at Work

For a long time, I had stuck to a uniform of dark pants and blazer or a monochrome look when meeting clients, however in 45 degree summers, black not only looks out of place but doesn’t actually help in staying cool.
So I tried out today a head to toe ensemble in white , which made for a more interesting take on the good old white shirt: teamed with cigarette pants by Zara , white stilettos by Sophia Webster and a silver tone mirror- effect choker by Topshop, this silk oversized shirt by The Kooples just looked brand new.
We also took this look from day to night with an oversized holographic clutch bag by Zara (shop similar by Milly)

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Isabel Marant for an Evening out: working the Boho blouse

In our part 2 of the Isabel Marant style. Series , we have found a boho flowy lace blouse in one of the small shops of Soho New York for literally a quarter of the price.
Teamed with shredded relaxed jeans by AG Adriano Goldschmied and towering lace up nude sandals by Aquazzura , this look works seamlessly from day to night.
Studded bag by Sara Berman , snakeskin belt by H&M
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Blush and Marl Grey for a casual evening

When you’re just too tired to dress up or wear heels , you need an outfit that will take you from lounging around at home to a casual dinner at a friend’s house.
We opted for a cropped sweatshirt in light jersey , which we’ve customised ourselves by chopping off the sleeves and scalloped edge shorts in a timeless shade of blush by Maje (shop similar here).
A simple nude envelope clutch by Marni or Victoria Beckham teamed a Swarovski crystal jewelled necklace by Erickson Beamon and jewelled gold ballerinas from 2009 by Miu Miu..

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The Art of Landscaping

Often we dress according to the places that we live in or to blend in better in our environment, think Breton stripes by the French Riviera or boho kaftans in India.
On a recent wedding weekend by Lake Como in Italy, we needed to dress smartly but casually. But with 2 different weather temperatures that were forecast , we had to pack for every possibility.
The only common basis for our wardrobe was the lush Green landscape and beautiful waters of Lake Como.

For a chilly lunch by the lake, we opted for cigarette white Baxter jeans by Topshop , snakeskin sandals by Alexandre Birman, a striped nautical cotton sweater by Gap and to add some contrast to the whole look a bright fiery orange scarf by Zara (shop bright scarf here by Lemlem) Accessories were kept classical with a Caviar Chanel bag that took us from day to night , and gold tone jewellery by Vitafede (arrow bracelet) and a YSL cocktail ring.

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On a warmer day strolling through the gardens of Villa Deste and the streets of Bellagio, we wore a volcanic landscape- inspired dress by our favourite designer 3.1 Phillip Lim and lace up ballerinas by Aquazzura.

Anything more restrictive or boho would have done injustice to Lake Como’s glorious hills.

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Isabel Marant style for less – Daytime Cool

In another ode to French Designer Isabel Marant , we have taken a good look at the Spring Summer 2014 collection and found a few ways to wear her looks for a fraction of the price , by finding high-street alternatives to her designs.

We love her clothes so much that we can go on and on trying to mimic every single piece on the runway. We kept it simple with a few tops and tried to team them with shorts and accessories that just echo boho chic. In this post we will show you 3 daytime looks based on: the charcoal ruffled top , the statement sweatshirt , shorts in a variety of styles and boho chic jewellery.

In this outfit below , we teamed a slate grey cotton top by Mango with a boyfriend cut for shorts by Stradivarius, a beaded belt from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection, strings of African beads bought on holiday in Zanzibar and red Converse shoes to run around town in.

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The second outfit shows a more neutral take on the boho ethnic feel, by teaming the Mango top with tribal print shorts by JCrew , studded tan sandals by River Island and a vintage blush pink studded hobo bag by Sara Berman.

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Last but not least , we took Isabel’s own signature sweatshirt and leather combo and paired it down to Dubai- friendly temperatures with a slogan sweatshirt “I’m not a Unicorn” by Pull and Bear , leather shorts by The Kooples (shop similar by Helmut Lang), a vintage satchel by Vanessa Bruno (circa 2002) and metallic wedge sneakers to elongate the legs.

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Next post, we will play with some night-time downtown looks.

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Spring Shoe Shopping : a Black Strappy Shoe

Impossibly high, terribly sexy and extremely versatile: here is our wishlist of the best strappy black high heels for Spring 2014.
you won’t regret these timeless shoes.
Beautysets - Black strappy heels

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Bloomingdale’s and Rolling Stone Fashion night at The Mine Dubai

Every once in a while, I get really surprised and excited by some of the events in Dubai, especially if they involve groovy music , great art and a dash of fashion.
Last week , The Mine Art Gallery in Al Quoz was host to a creative collaboration between Bloomingdales and Rolling Stone Magazine: an evening that celebrated fashion and New York street artists Pose and Revok.
We loved the psychedelic abstractions of Revok made of woven painted strips and dashes of neon paint and were transported to a comic book feel world by Pose.

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Bloomingdales showcased their latest street wear collection and the must have sneakers of the year. Whether studded , sparkly or neon coloured , it was impossible not to rethink those black and white sneakers that we all have at the back of our closets.

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We took a peak at the upper deck of the gallery where an exhibition by Iranian artist Arash Nazari was on display : playing card motifs were revisited with a Middle Eastern twist and a huge suspended sculpture reminiscent of a mountainous terrain took over most of the exhibition space.

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As for our outfit choice, we stuck to a monochrome palette to truly appreciate the colourful artwork on display : a bejewelled muscle tank top by 3.1 Phillip Lim, black skorts by Zara , a black blazer by Massimo Dutti and a black and white clutch we were given as a freebie on a recent shopping trips Saks 5th Avenue in New York. As for shoes we opted for sensible yet sexy Valentino Rockstud shoes.

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How to wear the new high waist skirt

For the past few years we had gotten used to wearing shorts and jeans and almost forgot the super feminine skirt , perhaps because it didn’t feel modern anymore.
We fell in love with a two tone high waist umbrella skirt in navy blue and putty silk by 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Casual enough to wear during the day going about the city in nude flats by Lanvin and a blush silk t-shirt by Phillip Lim as well, and smart enough to wear with the new crop tops that just about skim your waist line. We dressed up our navy umbrella skirt with a cream crop top by Alice and Olivia , a long gold tone pendant by Kenneth Jay Lane and nude lace up amazon sandals by our shoe designer crush of the moment Aquazzura.

Other items to shop for: Ray Ban aviators , friendship bracelets by Monica Vinader, Baylee bag by Chloe, box clutch by Bottega Veneta.

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