This is so me.

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I had the pleasure of being photographed by the talented Banan Alawneh last week as part of one of her personal projects. This is one of the shots she took and dabbled with! We love the result.

Making a statement.

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Erickson Beamon

I think the greatest thing about statement necklaces is how versatile they are. If you pair a big chunky necklace with a pair of skinnies and t-shirt you’re going to look effortlessly fab. Kick off your sneakers, add some pumps and you’re ready for  a night out on the town! My favourite statement necklace ensemble though, would have to be a tailored trouser suit and crisp white shirt. You can make an investment or you can skim your pockets, either way no matter what you end up going for, you’re bound to make a statement.

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Topshop

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Shourouk

Winter Essentials.

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1. Leather jackets – check

2. Black skinnies – check

3. Chunky knits – check

4. Beanies – check

5. Chunky boots – check

6. Super sunglasses – check

7. Loads of scarves – check

8. Bottles of Merlot – check

9. Norah Jones  album – check

10. Chapstick – check

 

Existential Bummer.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-Dylan Thomas

Bags that will stand the test of time! My top 5 favourites.

Make like Carrie Bradshaw and always keep your money where you can see it- hanging in your closet. I’ve been asked several times what the most classic bags worth investing in are and I’ve came up with my personal top 5 favourites. What’s great about these handbags is that they won’t ever go out of style and that’s really what you want to look for when you’re paying an arm and a leg.
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1. Chanel 2.55 quilted flap bag. 

The 2.55 Chanel quilted flap bag has become the most timeless bag in history. It has been replicated over and over because it’s just that gorgeous. Even the biggest designers in the world have tried to imitate “the flap,” so you’re much better off buying the original. No, it’s not too “traditional” and no it hasn’t “saturated” the market. If anything it might just be your greatest wardrobe investment; Chanel increases its MSRPs every six months to a year by up to $500.
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2. The Classic Alexander McQueen Knuckle duster clutch

I personally think that this bag is very underrated. If you’re looking for the perfect evening clutch that will never go out of fashion and will keep coming back season after season with bigger and bolder designs of the same style, this is the one. With its beautiful and intricate detailing, it’s a statement piece that’s sure to stand the test of time. And if you bought yours before the tragic passing of the great Alexander McQueen back in 2010, then you’ve probably got yourself a family heirloom right there. Go for a versatile colour, like black or cream.

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3. The Lady Dior

Dubbed the “IT” bag since 1995, the Lady Dior has become the most iconic leather good in the history of the Dior House. Each one of these babies requires a minimum of eight hours to construct and the work of seven craftsmen! Being the epitome of French design, this bag was made famous when it was given to Princess Diana as a gift by France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac, back in 1995. And the most amazing part of this bag? The cannage pattern featured on the bags is inspired by the Napolean chairs used during Christian Dior’s very first fashion show back in 1947. There you go: you’ve even got your self a good conversation starter too.

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4.  The Kelly by Hermes (formerly known as the Sac à dépêches)

The Kelly bag requires 18 to 25 hours of handicraft made by a single artisan. Isn’t that enough to want to buy this beautiful work of art? The metal-wear is all made of solid gold too. Back in 1954, Alfred Hitchcock allowed his costume designer to purchase Hermes accessories for his film “To Catch a Thief,” starring Grace Kelly. Apparently, she fell in love with the bag and within months, a pregnant Kelly was shielding off Paparazzi with it to hide her growing bump! This picture was featured in Life Magazine and immediately became the most popular handbag in the world. It wasn’t officially renamed until 1977 though. It’s practical too- oh wait. Who cares?

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5. The Alma bag by Louis Vuitton

For those of you who aren’t big fans of monogrammed prints like myself should know that the Alma bag comes in an array of colours and skins. It was created back in 1934 and has recently been given a facelift! It was designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton and was originally named “The Squire”. It later became known as “Champs-Élysées” before finally settling on “Alma”. If you’re looking for a bag that’s practical and will complement your entire daywear wardrobe with a touch of elegance, then this beauty is sure to do the job.

Cutouts by Shatha Al Dabbass.

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Yesterday, I got to play dress up with the talented Shatha Al Dabbass, AKA queen of the cutouts. I fell in love with this figure hugging silhouette and the cheeky cutout that flashes just enough skin, if you know what I mean. She makes to order, so you’ll know it’ll fit you like a glove. Her contact deets are on her wesbite, click here to browse through her Spring collection.

Winter Whites.

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If you follow my instagram, you’d know of my obsession with winter whites! There is something so incredibly chic about wearing white in winter. I have a white fur bomber jacket that I can’t wait to wear as soon as it gets cold enough. These textured-leather Burberry Prorsum wedge boots are just to die for. I would style them with an over-sized white coat!

Lines I love: Anita Ko

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I‘m really obsessing over Anita Ko Jewelry. The designer graduated NYU with a degree in art history and decided to launch her own jewelry line in 2006. Demi Moore, Nicole Richie, Rihanna, Rachel Zoe, Kate Hudson and Victoria Beckham are a few of her biggest clients! Her best work features micro-pave diamonds, 18 karat gold, and vibrant semi-precious stones.

Check me out in the November issue of Marie Claire Arabia!

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Hey guys! Guess what? I was featured in the November issue of Marie Claire Arabia as well as the Lower Gulf Edition. I love the MC team. Pick up your copy!

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