OOTD

Golden Feet

October 2, 2014

While summer is over in Dubai, it’s nowhere close to being chilly so I’m currently working in heat proof Autumn Winter trends because as usual, the weather refuses to cooperate with my fashion needs. This outfit would look so cute with tights and a leather jacket (sigh).

Anyway, the shoes are comfortable and gorgeous. I have wide feet and they stretch out a bit. The dress is lovely and they also have a midi option on the website. The bag was worth the 2 week wait because it’s just so beautiful in person, Zatchels have really impressed me with their quality.

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Events, Style Inspiration

New Look AW ’14 Collection Preview

September 21, 2014

I’m always excited to see what’s new with New Look (I obviously shop there a lot) and I’m happy to say I left their Autumn Winter ’14 collection preview event more excited, they got some of my favorite trends right. I love that houndstooth and tartan is back again and the whole mod trend is too cute to pass up. I was surprised to see a whole boho section- everything was beautiful! I don’t need anymore fringed floral kimonos but they had some beautiful ones that are currently stuck in my mind. Apart from some stunning statement necklaces, sleek backpacks, and a variety of skorts, they also featured a lovely range of shoes- I’m particularly taken with the cut out ankle boots. And that donut clutch, I need that in my life!

I was disappointed that the Inspire range wasn’t featured but oh well. I hope you like the pictures!

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OOTD

A Little Bit Retro

September 16, 2014

This dress turned out to be a lot cuter than I expected and a lot less modern too, which is so unlike me! I know everyone loves ModCloth but I’ve never been into the whole pin up or retro look, I’m so surprised that I fell in love with this dress. I picked it up (or added it to my cart) because I loved the Wednesday Addams vibe, only this was a cuter/ flirty adaptation and I never noticed the pleats on the website. It turns out the pleats are everything because they really give a nice flattering shape to the dress.

The shoes are new and were purchased because I really needed comfortable heels, I’ve had a whole day of events and errands in these shoes and they don’t hurt. And they’re cute, right? I like the pastel blue. And this bag… I mean. It is perfection. Ridiculously adorable and beautiful at the same time. Zatchels sales scores are the best!

Once again, I could not bring my A game to this photo shoot. It’s still hot, everyone seems to stare even more and it’s really, really hot. I’m in this confused state of not wanting summer to end because I still have so many summer outfits to post on the blog, and wanting summer to end because I don’t think I can pose in this humidity anymore. #dubaibloggerproblems

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Asos Curve Dress (OOS) similar here (sizes S to 4x) and here / New Look shoes / Zatchels bag / Michael Kors watch

Reviews, Skin

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay- a miracle worker for oily skin & acne

September 11, 2014

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing

Thanks to my hormones, I’ve been battling with my skin for the past few months. While I’ve dealt with oily skin and the occasional pimple since I was in high school, this whole PCOS- messed up hormones scenario left me with a crazy amount of acne clusters and scars that are my hidden shame (thank god for make up). While the acne has calmed down considerably, I still get a few spots once a month and they seem to stay on forever. Add this to the fact that I live in an extremely humid city, have oily skin and I’m prone to blackheads too- sounds pretty, no?

I was beauty grazing over on Amazon when I came across the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, the reviews were amazing and the price tag wasn’t much so I wouldn’t feel stupid for buying it if it didn’t work. I am not exaggerating when I say this mask has changed my skin. After I wash it off, my pores are visibly smaller and the spots are noticeably smaller too, if not completely gone. I tried it as a spot treatment last week, applying it only to the spots and I kept it on for an hour instead of the usual twenty minutes. Some of the spots I’ve had for months vanished and the other newer ones are practically gone. Like magic!

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing

So, here are a few things you should know about the Aztec Indian Healing Clay mask:

  • The mask is 100% natural calcium bentonite clay and it free of additives, fragrances and animal products
  • You create the mask by adding equal parts of water or organic apple cider vinegar and the clay powder. I prefer to use it with the clay powder, water and apple cider vinegar. I didn’t find the mask as effective with water, the apple cider vinegar makes a huge difference but I have sensitive skin so I add water to the mix
  • It can be a little tricky to get the right consistency on your first try, you want to aim for a mousse like texture
  • Don’t use anything metal to create the mixture, I mix it in a cheap plastic container and make a lot at once so I can store it in the fridge for whenever I want to use it later
  • You can feel your skin pulsating under it. It kind of feels like your skin is heating up and throbbing a bit, but don’t worry, it’s not painful at all
  • The mask hardens and tightens on your face as it dries, it’s quite uncomfortable and you can’t move your face easily. Once, I tried to eat a Subway sandwich with this thing on and the mask starting cracking off. It got messy…
  • It can be hard to wash off, so you have to be patient. Also, make sure your sink has a strainer as lots of reviewers complained about it clogging their drains after they washed their face
  • Your skin will be red and warm after you wash it off. This lasts for about 10 minutes on me and I just make sure to slather on a good moisturizer
  • If you’re in the US, it’s should be available at your local supermarket. I haven’t seen it in stores in Dubai but you can purchase it online from souq.com and desert cart.ae
  • This mask sucks the oil and impurities from your skin, which is great for oily- combination skin but I think it would be too harsh for someone with dry skin

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing I’ve tried so many products over the past few months and none of them were as effective as this mask. I have to stop myself from using it more than twice a week because that instantly smoother and cleaner skin is such an addictive feeling. I want my skin to feel like that everyday.

If you’re struggling with oily skin or acne, or just want an overnight spot treatment for the occasional pimple, I’d highly recommend this. I’ve tried Glamglow and in my opinion, this isn’t just cheaper, it’s way more effective as well.

 

OOTD

A Floral Shift

September 6, 2014

Shift dresses are usually not my thing, I feel like if you’re busty, they tend to float over the rest of your body and you lose all definition of your curves. However, I made an exception with this dress because I love the color and print a lot. I’m actually surprised by the fit of the dress. I sized up two sizes because I did not want it to be body con on me, so it skims over but I don’t feel like my shape is hidden. I’m only concerned about the sleeve length making me look broader on top, but I’m so in love with the cheerful colors and print, it’s fine. Not everything has to be flattering, and we’re not aiming to look thin when we’re not, right?

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Boohoo Plus shift dress / Asos silver shoes / Michael Kors bag and watch / New Look necklace

 

 

Events

H&M Studio Autumn/Winter 2014

August 26, 2014

I got a sneaky little preview of what to expect from H&M for the upcoming season, the Studio collection shows of the luxe side of H&M with lots of cashmere, chiffon, faux fur and leather.  As usual, I fell in love with the shoes, the patchwork leather boots are beautiful, and the red knee high boots? Uufff.

The make up collection was quite exciting too, I got a little swatch crazy with their new lip tints and lipsticks- I will definitely be stocking up on the lip tints, they were gorgeous!

Hope you like the pictures!


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The H&M Studio A/W ’14 collection will be sold in 260 stores worldwide and online from September 4.