Striped and Spotted’s Christmas Picks in the December Issue of V Magazine!

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Cuddle Weather

My favourite season is just around the corner! Bring on the chunky knits, leather skinnies and “clomping about in” boots. Fall, to me, is actually a warm season.. Bringing people together in intimate and cosy environments. I’m looking forward to chestnuts by the fireplace and gulping down carafes of mulled wine! I think over the past couple of days, we’ve experienced the first glimpses of Winter in Amman, so here’s to the festive months ahead with loved ones and friends to be made. As the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

I’m wearing a Cargo Jacket by Burberry, leather pants by Marc Jacobs, Isabel Marant sneakers and a Sandro top.

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Fall Trend: The Mono Earring

 

Mono earrings are all the rage at the moment and a key trend for this fall. Angelina Jolie and Rihanna have been seen pulling this edgy look off. It’s a refreshing change to the earcuff! Wear your hair to one side and pair your mono earring with a simple stud for a sexy asymmetrical look!

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My Favourite Looks from the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Show

Here are my favourite looks from the Chanel Haute couture Fall show. Karl Lagerfeld never fails to impress me with how clear-cut his visions are. I say this with a lot of hesitation, but there was a beautiful kitschy aspect to this collection. The models strutted down the runways in beautifully tailored overcoats that were thrown over shorts and paired with flipflops. “The models can walk in those dresses like they’re nothing,” he said.

There was mindblowing contrast between the exquisite embroidery and the punk hair, Between the elegance and the vulgarity, between the young and the old. I really feel Chanel is being reborn again. No wonder Karl chose the 7-month pregnant Ashleigh Good to close the show. Fresh new beginnings!

 

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My Net-a-Porter Sale Picks!

 PROENZA SCHOULER Minaudière silver-tone box clutch Was £1,954.11 Now £1,367.87


PROENZA SCHOULER
Minaudière silver-tone box clutch
Was £1,954.11 Now £1,367.87

ALAÏA Lace-up cutout suede pumps Was £1,038.20 Now £519.10

ALAÏA
Lace-up cutout suede pumps
Was £1,038.20 Now £519.10

 VICTORIA BECKHAM The Victoria matte-leather tote Was £2,745.81 Now £1,647.49


VICTORIA BECKHAM
The Victoria matte-leather tote
Was £2,745.81 Now £1,647.49

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ Gloss-paneled wool and silk-blend jacket Was £1,966.20 Now £786.48

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
Gloss-paneled wool and silk-blend jacket
Was £1,966.20 Now £786.48

PROENZA SCHOULER Embellished leather sandals Was £534.09 Now £267.05

PROENZA SCHOULER
Embellished leather sandals
Was £534.09 Now £267.05

 THEYSKENS' THEORY Leather biker jacket Was £1,332.06 Now £799.24


THEYSKENS’ THEORY
Leather biker jacket
Was £1,332.06 Now £799.24

What to wear in this Ramadan heat.

The holy month of Ramadan is time of self-reflection for many of us. Muslims all around the world fast from sunrise to sunset to help us train our self-restraint and feel with the needy. It is a month dedicated to charity and kindness unto others. I feel that although for most of the year I don’t think about it twice, Ramadan is a month in which I dress a little conservatively- out of respect to others. Most of the Middle East has dealt with quite an early summer, with heat waves reaching as high as 39 degrees in Amman. To those of you living in the Gulf, this might seem normal. However for us living in Jordan, it’s sometimes intolerable. We’re not used to weather like this you see, our bodies do not adapt well to this type of heat. But nonetheless, we’re grateful for the sunny weather because our winters have been blistering cold and icy over the past couple of years.

So in this scorching heat, what do you wear? I’ve opted for blouses over lightweight jeans. Today I wore a maxi dress under a little denim jacket with cropped sleeves. I feel that a white blazer is a Ramadan essential in this heat because it’s casual and it’ll keep you cool enough at the office, and you can also dress it up with heels for a chic iftar outfit. I especially like this Zara one below.

Zara

Zara

Kaftans and abayas are also an option, especially if they’re made out of lightweight silk. They’ll keep you cool and you’ll look like you’re dressing for the occasion, which is always a good thing. Invest in a good quality Kaftan because it will come in handy for a friend’s henna night or Katb Ktab celebration.

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

Compartmentalization.

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If you know me at all, you know I can’t handle a mess.  I’ll admit to getting flustered and untidy sometimes, but its organized chaos and tends not too last more than a few hours. I’m the type of person who can’t go to sleep if my suitcase is unpacked or a drawer in the dresser is left open. So you can imagine the little piece of heaven this Marni oxblood leather bag is to me. It has 5 internal compartments AND an front pocket too!

I’ve already begun compartmentalizing:

1st compartment: Cash, credit cards, and coin pouch.
2nd Compartment: Lipstick, hand cream and comb.
3rd Compartment: Panadol, chewing gum, and the occasional Mentos.
4th Compartment: Sunglasses.
5th Compartment: iPhone, earphones, and Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Front pocket: Pen. (A pen always comes in handy)

The bag also comes with a detachable strap so you can change up your carrying style.

Heaven? I think so.

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Spaced Out

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Acne

Acne

I’m obsessing over the Sophia Wesbter lace up perspex boots with silver toe caps! I always stop myself from buying stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong- I’m just worried I’ll never be able to take them off.

Yellow Dressed Afternoons.

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I was feeling very “little house on the prairie” this afternoon. I think yellow suits almost every skin tone, (except for yellow skin tones maybe). I bought this Marc Jacobs dress back in 2006, and I still manage to get some wear out of it every year. My shoes are Manolo blahnik.

“The yellow glistens. It glistens with various yellows, citrons, oranges and greens.. Flowering over the skin” – Wallace Stevens

The Dream Weaver Collection!

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I’m obsessed with Whitney Eve’s Dream Weaver collection! The print is bright and bold, like the great summer that will be two thousand and fourteen’s. My favourite piece? The cropped boyfriend shirt!

The collection is available at The Rail, Amman (06-5856082)

Poolside with Stella.

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Nothing says easy breezy like a pair of espadrilles. I love this Silver mesh Stella Mccartney pair because they can air out and the metallic tone matches practically any beach kaftan or bikini. I hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday afternoon! X

Topshop Skater Girl

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Check out this two-toned metallic skater dress from Topshop! I think it would really cute with this pair of strappy cobalt blue sandals by Alexander Wang. High street statement buys are the best kind of buys!
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