Velvet at Stradivarius

19 Dec

Winter fabrics usually include wool, jersey, cashmere,  fleece, fur, leather, velvet… The grand quality of these materials is what make them successful than others at keeping us sufficiently warm.

Velvet, in particular, has long been associated with elegance, prestige  and nobility. Remember those fancy dresses wealthy ladies wore in the old days? The one that Kate Winslet wore in Titanic?

kate blue velvet

To give you some history check on velvet, it was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Haroon Al-Rasheed by Kashmiri merchants. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. Much of it was exported to Venice, Al-Andalus and the Mali Empire. Musa I of Mali, the ruler of the Mali Empire, visited Cairo on his pilgrimage to Mecca. Many Arab velvet makers accompanied him back to Timbuktu. Later Ibn Battuta mentions how Suleyman (mansa) the ruler of Mali wore a locally produced complete crimson Velvet caftan on Eid.

Additionally, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in velveto in 1399. “Source Wikipedia”

This winter, Stradivarius came up with unique velvet pieces that are a must buy… at least one of them 😉

Celebrities in LBD

16 Dec
Many many celebrities embraced the LBD as part of their red carpet regime; they trust it… Before I take you to some of their looks, I would like to share a few tips.
  1. Buy a dress that flatters your body shape. It is the key to wear it time and again.
  2. Invest in the maximum quality you could afford. It is better to have one good pieces that a lot of bad quality. (My optimum rule)
  3. Wool, cashmere or tweed  are ideal for winter while cold wool, silk or cotton work better for summer and mid-seasons.
  4. The simple the better. Bear in mind that the look will be built with the accessories you add so if you want a real “multipurpose dress” avoid ruffles, flowers or very deep décolleté (unless you’re specifically looking for that!!)
  5. The length should be at the knee or just one or two centimeter above… trust me shorter won’t be anymore sexy! 
Enjoy 🙂
Disney ABC Television Group's TCA "Winter Press Tour" Talent Arrivals
Maria Menunous
Marion Cotillard
Olivia P
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Sharon Stone
Alicia Keys
Angelina Jolie
Daisy Lowe
Diane Krueger
Dianna Agron
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Eva Mendes
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Lopez
Kate Moss
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Leighton Meester Promotes 'Herbal Essences' in Madrid
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29 Nov

How many LBD do you have in your wardrobe? I’m a super colorful person and have well over 12 of them!!

These three letters, immediately draw an image in the ladies’ heads – mainly associated with a sexy silhouette! Well… It better be! Wearing a LBD encompasses simple elegance and chic like no other fashion piece

The story of LBD started when Coco Chanel started wearing black after her lover Boy Capel died in 1919 (if you haven’t watched her movie, go do it now!)… and her designs thereafter were inspired by black mourning dresses worn by peasant women in small french villages she knew as a child. it wasn’t till 1961 when the young trendy Audrey Hepburn wore the famous Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (one of my fav movies)… Although the dress wasn’t a Chanel design (It was Hubert de Givenchy), she did  embody Chanel’s spirit and live up to coco’s famous quote “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!

Coco Chanel also said “you can never be over nor under dressed in a little black dress”
The Little Black Dress is an easy option for those who don’t want to think creatively to look good(I can point at many of my friends who belong to the category :))… Creative or not, every girl should have at least one statement LBD in her wardrobe… Its a never fading, seasonless style despite the fluctuation in trends.
Just like any other item, LBD can be dressed up or down and go from work to play depending on your style and mode… Hepburn associated her LBD with pearls, Victoria Bechham opted for skyrocket heels!

Audrey Hepburn

Victoria Beckham

Whatever you decide adding to a LBD, weather it was a statement necklace, tights, killer shoes, colorful clutch, hair piece…. it will make you feel beautiful and fashionable.

Hey… Don’r forget to put on your ravishing lipstick!!! 🙂 Enjoy the selection of LBDs available in the market these days.

Topshop Lace dress – AED 295

Topshop Crepe Mini Peplum Dress – AED 290

Topshop Embosed Skater Dress – AED 300

Mango A-Line lace Dress – AED 239

Mango Crystal Peplum Dress – AED 359

Topshop Bandeau prom Dress – AED 295

H&M Chiffon dress with sparkly stones on the shoulders – AED 179

H&M Figure-fit dress in jersey and chiffon with a seam at the waist – AED 79

H&M Figure-fit jersey dress with lightly padded shoulders and a low-cut back – AED 109

H&M Figure-fit sleeveless dress with sequins at the front and a visible zip at the back – AED 199

H&M Figure-fit jersey dress with lace at the top – AED 79

H&M Flared jersey dress with a deep neckline and bow at the front – AED 99

H&M Short figure-fit jersey dress with a decorative cut – AED 79

H&M Short, figure-fit dress in jersey with rivets at the top of both the front and back- AED 109

H&M Sleeveless, gently flared dress with a peplum – AED 149

H&M Sleeveless dress with a lace top and chiffon skirt section – AED 109

H&M Straight chiffon dress with beaded embroidery at the top – AED 99

H&M Straight lace dress with gently flared sleeves – AED 149

H&M Straight dress in mesh with beaded embroidery on the front AED 199

H&M Straight style dress with cut-out sections and sequin embroidery at the top – AED 199

Topshop Lattice Waist Flippy Dress – AED 210

Topshop Lace Skater Dress – AED 195

Zara Peplum Dress – AED 250

Topshop Pearl Peplum Dress – AED 390

mango Polka-Dots Peplum Dress – Mango AED 235

River Island Black Bow Back Ruffle Dress – AED 360

River Island Black Cap Sleeve Stud Bodycon Dress – AED 185

River Island Black Embellished Velvet Prom Dress – AED 420

River Island Black Cut Out Bodycon dress – AED 155

River Island Black lace Insert Bodycon Dress – AED 195

River Island Black One Shoulder Ruffle Pencil Dress – AED 180

River Island Black Scuba Peplum Dress – AED 185

Topshop Scoop Back Feather Prom Dress – AED 480

River Island Black Sleeveless Wrap Front Dress – AED 195

River Island Black V Neck Mini Peplum Dress – AED 180

River Island Black Stud Belted Skater Dress – AED 360

Topshop Sequin Illusion Dress – AED 330

Mango Strass Combi Dress – AED 235

Mango Velvet and Metallic Dress – AED 359

Topshop Stud Bust Dress – AED 210

Topshop Verona Dress – AED 255

Warehouse Chiffon Panel Dress – AED 510

Warehouse Devore Burn Out Bodycon Dress – AED 330

Warehouse Feather Hem Dress – AED 780

Warehouse Embellished Shoulder Bodycon Dress – AED 330

Warehouse Lace Shoulder Wrap Dress – AED 330

Warehouse Lattice Back Dress – AED 450

Warehouse Layered Detail Leather Dress – AED 780

Warehouse Necklace Peplum Dress – AED 450

Warehouse Military Button Flared Dress – AED 285

Warehouse Pleat Rib Dress – AED 300

Zara Dress with Frilled Hem – AED 250

Warehouse V Front Jacquard Lace Peplum Dress – AED 290

Zara Dress with Jewelled Collar – AED 425

Zara Lace Dress With Feather Skirt – AED 575

Ax Paris Black Sequin Peplum Dress – AED 180

New Look Black Textured Drop Waist Sleeveless Dress – AED 105

New Look Mela Black Embellished Shoulder Capped Sleeve Dress – AED 180

New Look Chi Chi Black Lace Sleeveless Peplum Dress – AED 295

Lipstick Boutique with Lydia Bright Georgia Black Lace Prom Dress – AED 450 (Available at New Look)

New Look Jumpo Black Dip Hem Ruffle Dress – AED 140

New Look Parisian Black Spike Stud Shoulder Peplum Dress – AED 150

Zuzi Zuzi Black and Gold Studded Shoulder Shift Dress – AED 150 (Available at New Look)

New Look Black Lace Long Sleeve Dress – AED 105

Colorful Scarves – Winter & Summer

22 Nov

English speakers call them scarves, Arabs say shawls, Indian refer to them as pashminas and French say foulard. The former names might have some effects on size, shape or material but the outcome is almost always the same.

 I promised you an intensive course in scarves, or whatever you choose to call them, and I’m keeping my promise.   

 The following collection is about trendiness, color, and sometimes freshness… These beautiful scarves can work for both winter and summer time as their material is soft… I hope you enjoy it 🙂


Zara wool scarf. AED 295


Zara printed scarf. AED 145


Zara jacquard pattern scarf. AED 325


Zara Fringed checked scarf. AED 145


Zara Tricolour jaquard pattern scarf. AED 295


Zara Jacquard pattern scarf. AED 295


Zara feather print scarf. AED 115


Zara Butterfly scarf. AED 125


Zara Printed scarf. AED 95


Uterque Foulard with small floral print. AED 450


Uterque Foulard flowers. AED 395


Uterque Foulard flowers and leaves contrast. AED 450


Uterque Foulard diagonal flowers. AED 450


Uterque Foulard birds and mushrooms. AED 325


Uterque Floral print foulard with double border. AED 395


Topshop Ostrich Print Scarf. AED 110


River Island yellow rose and heart print snood. AED 80


Pull & Bear Patchwork look foulard. AED 99


Pull & Bear Floral print foulard. AED 99


Pull & Bear Check & polka dot print foulard. AED 99


Pull & Bear Floral print foulard. AED 75


Pull & Bear bird print foulard. AED 75


Oasis Wild Floral. AED 79


Oasis Shoe Print Conversational Scarf. AED 115


Oasis Oversized Love Heart Print Scarf. AED 125


Oasis Lantern Print Scarf. AED 129


Oasis Bright Animal Scarf. AED 129


LOVE Promod Light print wool stole. AED 139


Miss Selfridge Navy Skull Scarf. AED 89


Miss Selfridge Floral Lace Snood. AED 89


Miss Selfridge Black Gypsy Floral Scarf. AED 89


Massimo Dutti Wool Magnolia scarf. AED 239


Massimo Dutti Wool floral scarf. AED 199


Massimo Dutti Three-colour scarf. AED 169


Massimo Dutti Python & polka dot print scarf. AED 169


Massimo Dutti Forest flowers scarf. AED 239


Massimo Dutti Diamond pattern silk scarf. AED 199


Massimo Dutti Cashmere print scarf. AED 169


Massimo Dutti Bottle green print scarf. AED 169


Massimo Dutti Blu print wool scarf. AED 199


Forever 21 Zig Zag Scarf. AED 39


Forever 21 Zig Zag Pattern Scarf. AED 39


Forever 21 Paisley & Floral Scarf. AED 45


Forever 21 Light & Easy Scarf. AED 35


H&M Shawl. AED 49


ASOS Warehouse Feather Print Multi Print Scarf. AED 129


ASOS Pieces Hawa Floral Long Scarf. AED 65


ASOS Mango Lindo Frayed Floral Scarf. AED 105


ASOS Pieces Paula Colour Block Scarf. AED 59


ASOS Ikkat Print Patchwork Scarf. AED 69


ASOS Oasis Love Heart Scarf. AED 119


ASOS Codello Silk Lace Pom Pom Scarf. AED 399


Accessorize Rose Floral Print Square Scarf. AED 99


LOVE Accessorize Lily Blurred Floral Stole. AED 119


Accessorize Moody Blues Print Scarf. AED119


Accessorize Half and Half Square Scarf. AED 139


Accessorize Abby Boho Patchwork Square Scarf. AED 105


Accessorize Floral Print Snood. AED 129


Accessorize Contrast Rose Jacquard Stole. AED 129


Accessorize Cherry Blossom Wool Stole. AED 205


Accessorize Bold Gypsy Paisley Stole. AED 119


Winter Accessory – Faux Fur

19 Nov

Scarves are usually a good investment even if they were slightly expensive ones. That’s because they tend to be a carried on item from season to season & year after year. It’s like a never-fading trend- despite the color, texture or style. Personally, I own around 40 scarves that I collected over the years. Some of them go back to my undergraduate years! Please don’t ask when was that :$

However, this season a new addition to scarves was introduced.  Fur is rocking this Winter & we see it big in vests, jackets & scarves… I need to stress that it’s important to make sure that the ones we decide to buy are faux fur regardless how big or small the item is… No need to kill to get warm and fashionable… Let’s be sensible!

Checkout some of the faux fur scarves availble in stores…


Zara fur stole. AED 125 (Also comes in Brown)


Zara Mongolian fur stole. AED 425




River Island orange faux fur scarf. AED 105


River Island dark grey marabou collar. AED 145


River Island yellow faux fur tippet. AED 105


River Island brown faux fur tippet scar. AED 129


River Island purple faux fur tippet scarf. AED 105


River Island grey faux fur tippet scarf. AED 89


River Island brown faux fur patch work scarf. AED 189


Promod Cross-over feather scarf. AED 150


Promod Faux fur scarf. AED 100


H&M Fake fur collar. AED 79


Forever 21 Faux Fur Scarf. AED 49


ASOS Premium Long Faux Fur Scarf. AED 189 --- GORGEOUS


ASOS Premium Long Fantasy Fur Scarf. AED 235


ASOS Faux Fur Red Scarf. AED 119


Accessorize Plush Faux Fur Tippet. AED 129


Accessorize Dinky Faux Fur Tippet. AED 119

Winter Accessory – Knitted Scarves

18 Nov

Almost all of us, at least once in our lives, have received a knitted item from our grandmas, moms, aunties… It’s usually a cute gift, very personal & with an effort behind it. In the past, knitted items were mainly hand-made & that sort of limited creativity & designs. Nowadays, knitting machines are producing beautiful products decorated with many details such as ruffles, extra crochet touches, color combinations…

Knitted scarves are easy to wear, warm, cozy and super comfortable. Lately, we have been seeing a large beautiful range of unique & modern scarves… It’s a simply a must have Winter accessory for both slightly warm & cold Winters.

The festive season is approaching; scarves could be a nice gift for your friends. With around 40 options below, I’m sure you will be able to find a couple that you will love 😉



Zara wise stripe scarf. AED 155


Zara scarf with fringes. AED 195


Topshop Cable Plait Snood. AED 130


Topshop Pumpkin Cable Scarf. AED 95

River Island black faux fur tippet scarf. AED 120


Pull & Bear aran stitch look scarf. AED 119 (Also comes in green, white & black)


Pull & Bear stripe print blend scarf. AED 129


Pull & Bear bufanda trenzada. AED 129


Promod Soft fringed scarf. AED 125


Promod Ribbed knit snood. AED 90


Promod Long mohair mix scarf white. AED 100


Miss Selfridge Camel Crochet Scarf. AED 119


Miss Selfridge Ochre Bobble Scarf. AED 105


Miss Selfridge Tartan Blanket Scarf. AED 119


Mango Openwork knit scarf. AED 149 (Also comes in Orange)


Mango Cable knit scarf. AED 175


Forever 21 Prism Knit Scarf. AED 50


Forever 21 Colorful Knitted scarf. AED 50


Forever 21 Cable Knit Scarf. AED 55


H&M Scarf. 109 AED


ASOS Whistles Orlena Loose Knit Scarf. AED 125


ASOS Warehouse Knit Leopard Scarf. AED 149


ASOS Warehouse Cable & Waffle Scarf. AED 95


ASOS Bright Intarsia Knit Snood. AED 119


ASOS Premium Wool Mix Cable and Bobble Knit Snood white. AED 175


ASOS Loose Rib Knitted Snood. AED 70


ASOS Pieces Huon Multi Knit Snood. AED 79


ASOS Metallic Geo Knit Snood. AED 95


ASOS Polka Dot Pom Pom Scarf. AED 149


ASOS Metallic Geo Knit Snood. AED 95


ASOS Alice Hannah Preppy College Scarf. AED 140


Accessorize Open Crochet Tassel Triangle Scarf. AED 130


Accessorize Lurex Ruffle Pom Pom Scarf. AED 119


Accessorize Pom Pom Scarf. AED 129


Accessorize Multi Crochet Triangle Scarf. AED 165


Accessorize Chunky Patchwork Cable Scarf. AED 140


Accessorize Chunky Ikat Tassel Snood. AED 140


Accessorize Asymmetric Lofty Ladder Snood. AED 129


Accessorize Two Tone Crochet Border Triangle Scarf. AED 165

And this is a generous knitted scarf; from soft acrylic yarn, with small crochet flowers & leaves. It’s very versatile & can be worn in many ways. It comes in several rich shades; soft raspberry, royal blue, turquoise, black, petrol blue, lemon grass, light brown, olive-green…  The designer promises that her scarves are made with love, Can’t you tell?

KnitsbyVara available at AED 149


Must Have Winter Accessory

17 Nov

Yayyyy, it’s finally time to update our wardrobes with the new season’s outfits! Change is good, refreshing, not to mention that it gives us a valid excuse to… hmmmm… shop! 😉

In the past, winter clothes were associated with dark colors; black, grey, navy blue and rarely burgundy.  I used to hate winter clothes for that but nowadays, designers are injecting more colors into their Winter collections and metallics are leading this season! 

Since it doesn’t really get that cold here, it’s sometime tricky to mix and match… Mastering layering is essential & helps you to stay away from the boring Winter looks. However, it can make accessorizing harder, hence I like to focus on the winter accessory; scarves.

Aside from the fact that they really help in keeping us warm, scarves add an elegant touch to any outfit. Bright scarves light up an outfit, silk ones are very classy for a formal look, knitted ones are cozy & designed cashmere ones can become THE outfit!  

I’m starting my posts on scarves with the animal print ones… Stay tuned for more 😉


Zara Zebra scarf. AED 115


Zara two-tone leopard print scarf (also comes in grey). AED 175


Zara snake print scarf. AED 145


Zara snake print scarf. AED 125


Zara printed scarf. AED 125


Zara leopard print scarf. AED 95


Zara animal print scarf. AED 75


Uterque multicoloured leopard foulard. AED 450


Topshop leopard print scarf. AED 95


Topshop leopard jacquard scarf. AED 105


River Island grey leopard print shimmer lurex scarf. AED 90


River Island black print scarf. AED 90


River Island grey leopard print scar. AED 80


River Island brown butterfly photographic print scarf. AED 90


Pull & Bear blue snake print scarf. AED 99


Pull & Bear leopard print foulard. AED 99


Oasis Small Print Leopard Scarf. AED 105


Love Oasis Snake Jacquard Scarf. AED 130


Miss Selfridge Animal Print Scarf. AED 95


Mango animal print scarf. AED 149


Forever 21 Metallic Animal Spot Scarf. AED 40


Forever 21 Leopard Print Scarf. AED 50


ASOS Whistles Tiger Feather Silk Scarf. AED 210


Warehouse Cheetah Print Scarf. AED 80


ASOS Pieces Lenna Multi Print Tube Scarf. AED 59


ASOS Mango Manchas Animal Print Scarf. AED 205


Accessorize Snow Leapord. AED 115


Accessorize Animal Print Imi Square Scarf. AED 85


Accessorize Animal Lurex Jacquard Stole. AED 90


Warehouse Baroque Animal Scarf. AED 130