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Katara trunk show; post-event

15 Nov

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Katara Cultural Village was surprising! I didn’t expect it to be so…Beautiful! Having not been there previously; I was taken back by the detail there.

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The trunk show was great! People were lovely, designs are creative and over all atmosphere was welcoming, a lovely evening. I got an instant feeling of calm entering the art center, I felt right at home. The pop up reminsicent of the Chelsea Market Pop Ups in NYC.

Chelsea Market Pop Up:

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and:

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These are from yesterday’s trunk show:

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Here are some snaps from the trunk show:

What I wore to the event in the end:

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Some of the designs on offer:

Love the body and shoulder chains:

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Beautiful patterns and colours:

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Some pieces by Carla Malari at CALA MARI, and of NOMAD* fame. Innovative and bold.

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(I have bags just like the below from my Boutique: Tribe of Mannequins’ – launch: TBC.: In Silver, red and gold).

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A piece from FRQ called ‘Billy the Bulldog’. I asked them if they had a similar one, but a ring with less bling, they did not – but this one is a cutie for sure. Love the pink tongue detail:Image

I ended up actually purchasing another of their pieces from their collection, a pink skull ring. It’s so well made and is a base of gold with pink on, and…Wait for it…Glitter!: (all other rings I am wearing below are all from my boutique: Tribe of Mannequins. Launch date: TBC):

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Pink skull ring below from FRQ. The sandlewood prayer beads I sourced from Thailand. All other items featured here are from my Boutique ‘Tribe of Mannequins’ – launch date: TBC:

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Broken mirror designs by L.A.S:

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Some pieces from Dominika at Les Chérubins (Artist/Illustrator)

https://www.facebook.com/LesCherubinsArt

I’m a fan of the Russian Dolls, very cute:

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I want to go back and get one of the cute snowmen in a cupcake case. Adorable:

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Another piece from FRQ:

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Following the trunk show, we wandered around the rest of the site; from art exhibitions to photography shows, from installations to a Dhow Festival on the beach; it was bustling down in Doha, by The Pearl last night, and a good time was had by all, I’m sure.

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A beautifully golden mosque:

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One of the grand doors to the amphitheater. I believe Jeremy Irons has been here:

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An exhibition. Elizabeth Taylor in Iran:

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This is from an exhibition from Iranian-American artist Eric Parnes. It’s titled called ‘I dream of Jeanie: I see demons’:

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http://islamicartsmagazine.com/magazine/view/i_dream_of_jeannie_i_see_demons_by_eric_parnes/

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I hope to get my collection and Boutique up and running for the next trunk show!

Check out these artists/illustrators/fashion designers:

 

Katara trunk show, opening night!

13 Nov

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At Katara Cultural Village; the Art Center(re) specifically; tonight you will find the launch of the ‘Common Thread’ pop up shops; an exclusive trunk show featuring 16 local artists and designers, each of whom designs or makes their own products.

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According to the Gulf Times; designers participating in this month’s trunk show include Cala Mari, Fufi Design, Dana Jewelry, two4joy, Common Thread, Moda Key, Twenty30Forty, Nikki Newman, Roqaya al-Thani, Selina Farooqi, Ardoin Collection, Michella, Gabi, White Stain, Giovanile, Veil Art and Dana Riad.

I aim to get my own Boutique: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’ up and running by the next trunk show, where I shall be showcasing my jewelry collection and wares.

I am currently working on the branding and website; I already have stock ready to go!

This blog, of the same title will then be the sister blog to the products website.

Here is a top secret, sneak peek of some of my collection/s for my boutique’ Tribe of Mannequins. I also am working on my cute pieces with themes; such as ‘Fairytale’, which, for example – are chunky necklaces featuring castles, carriages and princesses on them.

And of course a range of cupcake related pieces.

There are also larger pieces such as clutch bags and some other surprises, yet to come – so stay tuned!

Some special beads I sourced personally in Thailand ready to custom create pieces with, some rings and knuckle-duster rings:

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Some more beads:

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Some stock and pieces already created!:

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Katara Art Centre launched in 2011, it’s aim being to foster and and encourage creativity. The Art Centre has provided gallery spaces for several successful exhibitions including Desine Espoir, which brought together the biggest names in fashion for a humanitarian project.

Designers included Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent and Emmanuel Ungaro *drooool!* – two of my favourites there!

I am very much looking forward to heading on down there and meeting local creatives, networking and eyeballin’ all the eye candy on offer – clothes, bags, custom, one of a kinds, wheee! :)

A blog-spot post I came across earlier led me to Les Cherubins; who showcased some handmade crafts in May 2012. Check these cuties out!: http://les-cherubins.blogspot.com/2012/05/common-thread-pop-up-boutique.html

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The pop up in May 2012:

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Another of the showcaswers/contributors is ‘Fashion Rocks Qatar’; http://www.fashionrocksqatar.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/FashionRocksQatar

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Another one of the showcasers, is also the creator of the infamous NOMAD* Blog, Carla Mallari.

http://nomadstyle.tumblr.com/

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I contacted her yesterday, to branch out network and she let me know she’s also showcasing her clothing collection: Cala Mari.

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This is one of her bold pieces:

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http://calamaribycarlamallari.tumblr.com/

I LOVE her tornado skirt designs. Gorgeous. Maybe I can bag me oneuv’ ’em!

Here is one of them featured bottom left:

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I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to wear down to the trunk show all day! I wish I had my branding for the boutique up and running as I’d love to bring some business cards with me; but hey-ho. I’m donning some of my own designs and usually when people ask me where I got something from, I can tell them! It’s wearing your own billboard, in the form of a jacket/ring/bag – perfect!

This is what I’ve decided on wearing:

  • – Yellow peplum half sleeve top
  • – Orange ‘Hand of Hamsa/Fatima’ rosary bead style necklace; from my collection ‘Tribe of Mannequins’,
  • – All rings from my boutique: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’.
  • – All bracelets from my collection: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’.
  • – Black standard leggings
  • – Black boots
  • – Black studded shoulder ‘Kayley’ jacket from Celeb Boutique, USA. (I have purchased many studs like this now so shall be custom-making pieces featuring them).
  • Pink large Chanel quilted bag, with added ‘Paul’s Boutique’ keychain.
  • My Canon EOS 60D!

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Statement nails

19 Oct

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From Caviar (microbead) manicures, to funky transfers, from hand-painted pinstripes to kawaii adornments; statement nails have never been more cool.
This is a look-book of ideas post…And whilst I await my Ciate Caviar bead mini bar set, I shall plan my next manicure ahead. Check back at Tribe of Mannequins and see the ‘How to’ follow-up article.

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Geek Chic: Glasses

20 Aug

Everyone…Okay, maybe not everyone, but a lot of people are aware of the Meme ‘Hipster Glasses’:

I’m not saying that copying this is tre cool. But I am saying that funky, usually shaped glasses ARE cool.

Geek chic is awesome. And if Dita Von Teese says it’s okay…Then it’s okay, people!

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(I picked these bad boys up from TopShop’s MALE section) ‘tortoise Shell effect’

Claire's Accessories

Claire’s Accessories



(These are directly from China via ebay)

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(The black ones I ordered from Ebay, from Japan, but the Colt blue coloured ones I got from Claire’s Accesssorie’s. Apparently my friend in the UK with the same ones say they glow in the dark!)

The great thing about Wayfarer type glasses, geek chic-inspired glasses, 50’s or 60’s-inspired glasses, or just giant glasses is that they suit almost any face shape, you can mix and match them to your mood, and they come in so many different colours and types, you can match them to almost any outfit! :)

Embellished shoulders

8 Jul

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The 80s make a comeback…Again…Yes!

They haven’t yet stopped making a comeback, they’ve been ‘coming back’ some time as we’ve seen the return of –

  • Neons
  • Brights/bold colours
  • Acid wash! Add in the infamous smiley face and it becomes 90s!)
  • Wayfarers!
  • Leggings (and indeed jeggings)
  • Shoulder pads
  • Peplums
  • Floral prom dresses
  • And more!
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Embellished tops can jazz up an otherwise plain outfit. I can envision this paired up with dark blue jeans and strappy shoes. Pretty!
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The ‘Kayley’ jacket from Celeb Boutique. Those of you who have stumbled passed this blog before are aware of my love for this jacket and so I had to purchase it!
I haven’t worn it with a LBD like the model pictured above in one of the smaller pictures. But I like it paired with jeans.
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Gok Wan styling one of his wonderful outfits. I love it when he jazzes up an outfit by adding an uber embellished alice band as a shoulder embellishment! Amazing.
The pictured outfit is very romantic and pretty.
I have a pale pink tee with faux-feathered shoulders from Koton which is quite similar.
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What a gorgeous outfit! My favourite way to wear studded features is which paired down pieces such as grey/neutral sweaters and cardigans. Lovely.
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Militant! You can carry the style through to the boardroom, yes please!
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Sexy LBD with these shoulder pieces create a beautiful silhouette.
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Embellishments go casual – practical, workable and pretty.
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VB makes a statement!
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Amazing!! The shoulder embellishments are attached to your bag!
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If anyone pulls it off, CC does!
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Love this look! Carrying the trend down the arm? Why not?!
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Kim K wearing the look down her mac arms. CelebBoutique stock a great version of this!
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Many Moore donning a beautiful sticthed embellished shoulder with sleek, simple pony updo. Casual but pretty, A perfect day look for the office, or evening look.
Dinner date anyone?
One of the reasons I love this shoulder trend, isn;t just because it’s funky and unique, not just becuase it;s pretty and stands out – but because it does wonders for body shapes.
It can also balance out a pear-shape – the embellishment of the shoulders evens out visually the hips – creating an hourglass effect.

Vintage swimsuits

23 May

 

Vintage swimsuits are so beautiful to see on the beach…Or by the pool…Or in the backyard! Pretty much anywhere it’s legal to bare flesh (reminder to those of us in Middle-Eastern locals! ;) )


I went on the search for a vintage 50s style swimming costume…That’s right; a one-piece. I hadn’t worn a one-piece since, well since I was about 9…In fact I literally have a picture on the last one-piece I’ve ever worn

But I knew I would search for the right one until I found it.

And find it I did!

Thank you to Debenhams! Surprisingly, I found the one I was searching for in Debenhams. I rarely shop in this store. I pick up some nice homewards, such as bedding etc sometimes in here but never clothing.

 

But I knew, they often stock bathing suits for older women, and this meant, one pieces had to be there!

As I approached the bathing costume isle/section/cluster of racks, I held my breath as I poked my head around the corner – Hurrah! One pieces, and not just any ol’ one-pieces…Retro-looking ones!

I tried on a couple and although I saw a nice looking two-piece bikini set, still in he 50s vibe/decoration; I stayed true to my plan and opted for the one-piece.

It’s not that flattering on the bottom though.  I don’t have a particularly massive bottom, but it is not very flattering, clings to the wrong parts and is too tight around the bum cheek areas – pulling in he material to emphaise the unflattering parts. But the front makes up for it.

Having a smaller bust and being of a pear-shaped nature, I always opt for low-rise jeans, for boot cut trousers, I seldom use belts around my hips and emphasize the smallest part of a women – the waister just below the boobs. I use a thin belt around this area.

I stick to my body shape rules because that’s what we muss do – know our boundaries ad rules and obey them.

But this costume breaks my rules. And as that seems to be the general rule of the 50s swimsuit, the break the body shape rule…It seems my rule WAS meant to b broken.

Anyway, back to my point about the front making up the it – having a smaller busy, I usually opt for two-piece bikini’s, the triangle ones. Usually with padding if I can! Tis one-piece answered my padding dreams!

Not only did it give me padding, it gave me the tie that comes from the front and wraps around the neck – pulling the breast area up…Perfect for smaller busted ladies who happen to be pear shaped – we need a little balancing out sometimes.

The colour is wonderful, red and white polka dots!

I turned around and saw a gorgeous sun hat…Not just any sunhat…A J-Lo looking massive retro kinda sunhat! With a small thing brown belted details on it.

It had to be mine!

I said out loud “I must wear this to the beach with large sunglasses and be Coco Chanel!”

Now Summer is coming…(I feel like a non-Stark…Winter is Coming…Game of Thrones reference to those of you that watch it…And those of you who don’t…Get out.)

…Just kiddin’ :)

Now that the temperature is heating up, sun hats are important, so is sunscreen – check out my post on fake tans.

I will not be sunbathing for a tan, I’ll fake-it-up if I want a glow. But I pictured myself relaxing with a good book, and that large sunhat and it makes me happy :).

 



There are so many gorgeous 50s inspired swim suits out there right now! I’ve put together a little visual candy for you below!

 

 

Studded!

22 May

I am obsessed with the studded look right now.

I see it everywhere; Topshop, River Island, Celebboutique, in magazines, on TV. I have been visualising a pale, thin sweater (perhaps pastel pink/cream) with studded shoulders, worn with frayed, cut-off denim shorts. If they were paired with dusty old biker boots..My gosh! What an outfit!

(I have seen some gorgeous shorts on Misguided.co.uk – http://www.missguided.co.uk/paella-studded-denim-shorts-5)

I came across this blog today when searching for hand-held stud-machines  for clothing: http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2011/05/diy-studded-trench-coat.html

It has really inspired me to obtain some studs and sparkley things and stud my clothes! I am all about studded and spiked shoulders right now; even better if the shoulders are raised/padded.

I got this studded shoulder, faux leather jacket from Celebboutique a couple of weeks ago. It’s called ‘Kayley’ (by them, not me!), and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love.

It was on a waiting list as it was so popular, I had to have it – it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.

(pictured below: the jacket arrived!)

I then started seeing it crop up on many of the cast members of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ (TOWIE), some footballers wives, and cast members from ‘Scouse Wives’ wives in the UK, Jennifer Elllison and Katie Price (AKA: Jordan); I don’t know if this takes away from the coolness, or makes it less unique, but nevertheless- it’s beautiful, makes me feel fierce and not to be messed with :)

 

This is how the jacket looks in real life!:

 

As modelled by my ol’ friend, the gorgeous Kerry:

 

And I got one too, as pictured below!

 

 

I have yet to try the jacket with hair down, and as you can see it works well with updo’s, of various styles, to really showcase the shoulder detail…And not get your hair stuck to the studs, youch!

 

 

Then Kerry, as pictured above introduced me to these amazing boots from Missguided.co.uk – http://www.missguided.co.uk/whitney-leather-spiked-ankle-boots#.T7ihtb6UMoI.facebook

I had not heard of this website before…But now I seem to have a full ‘Wish list/bag’ :( Sadface.

STUDS!! RAAWWWR!

 

Are you rocking studs at the moment? Be it in jewelry, on clothes, or on bags? Or is it a look you’d rather avoid?

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