I met this amazing girl Shantel Payne in India 3 years ago who I ended up travelling with and taking back to Dubai. She was really ill when I met her and between our adventures we spent lots of time making hospital visits. She has Ulcerative Colitis and after trying countless treatments had to get a colostomy bag.
I saw her go through some really hard days and she always laughed everything off even though I know she was suffering…she has always had a wonderful positive spirit which I think masked half of what she went through. She is smart, hilarious and just an amazing girl and after spending so much time with her she felt like a little sister to me.
Since her op, she is turning her life around and this year she plans to walk the great wall of China which is a challenge for anyone but particularly with her condition, her muscles are weaker and she is gonna have to work twice as hard. She is raising money to help other people with Crohns disease and Ulcerative Collitis and today is her birthday so it would be amazing if you could help her reach her target and donate to her cause here because nobody deserves it more!! If you can’t donate you can still follow her incredible story by clicking here.
I was lucky enough to go and preview the new expansion in the Mall of the Emirates. For the last 18 months a 3000 strong team worked tirelessly to create an extension of 36,000 square metres. The expansion houses over 20 Fashion outlets, 12 new restaurants and the new Vox Cinema.
The extension has some of my favourite shops in it such as All Saints and Paperchase, it was a great experience having a floor of the mall all to ourselves. We walked around the shops and refuelled at Yo Sushi! with some yummy California rolls, dragon rolls and various other dishes.
There was a press conference and a tour of the new biggest cinema complex in the Middle East. The Vox houses 24 screens including the only IMAX with a Laser Screen in the region and the largest 4DX auditorium. There is also the Theatre by Rhodes experience where you can combine fine foods with film. The tour culminated with Gary Rhodes himself cooking us lunch! It was a fantastic way to experience the malls newest addition.
Dune previews are always highly anticipated for me, I don’t know whether that’s just the London girl in me but I think its because they always have really nice collections that are always conceptual and completely different to the last. This season had an apparent seventies influence with rounded saddle bags in rich chestnut and berry croc. The different shapes and textures were also reminiscent of the seventies. The deep auburn, navy and brown tones were suggestive of autumn and the beautiful nude hues played with the idea of bareness in an opulent season.
The collection has something for everyone, whether your a modern girl who loves colour blocking and in your face prints or a classic girl looking for a brushed saffiano leather tote. The beautiful velvet clutches embellished with brooches and feathers may speak to the flapper girl within, its a must see collection and you are likely to find a bag perfect for you.
The shoes very much mirror the bag trends, from casual ankle boots to embellished stilettos and mesh detailed pumps. A predominantly autumn palette however this collection spoke to the all-year-round open shoe wearing Dubai girl in me. There were wedges, platform stilettos and even clogs…I don’t think I could pull of the clogs but they would definitely look great on the right girl.
Plums and burgundies are my favourite autumn hues and I love my customised Zizzleblog croc bag, its small but has pockets for EVERYTHING and it comes in a variety of prints and textures, head to your nearest Dune store to find your perfect accessory!
Elle has launched their make-up range right here in Dubai! You can get your hand on the goodies above at Splash stores across the region. Inspired by the glamorous Parisien woman, this make-up collection will unleash your inner glamour puss giving you that effortless beauty. There are 123 make-up products available that will help you capture looks that translate across night and day. The range is very affordable and priced between 45-90 Dhs, we can’t wait to get our hands on those babies!
I have had my eye on this bag since I saw it at the Call It Spring SS15 launch and both times I went to get it, it was out of stock and then last week I was in Abu Dhabi and I saw it AND it was on sale!!! See…everything happens for a reason. I love it, tassels are all the rage this season and I love that it’s a backpack because let’s face it cute backpacks are rare. Wooooooooohoooooo!
Call It Spring is one of my favourite shoe shops, affordable, trendy and most importantly comfortable!! Their new collection was my favourite one yet and it was unveiled in the most amazing setting. We were aboard a beautiful yacht in Dubai Marina and as we sailed into the sunset we got to walk around and look at the wonderful displays. The collaborative collection with Mike Perry was so colourful and perfect for Spring. Some of my favourite pieces from the SS15 collection included the knee length Gladiator sandals and of course the amazing rucksack with fringing and a multicoloured eagle embellishment (Pictured above)-can’t wait to get my hands on that bag! It reminds me of something Peruvian given a rockstar makeover and Its such a wearable, versatile piece.
Lets talk about the party, I arrived on the yacht to be greeted by paparazzi happy snapping away and soon the yacht was full with Dubai’s glitterati, the DJ was on deck playing smooth R&B grooves and as the sun went down everybody got up on the dance floor and there was some amazing dance-offs! Some professional dancers also performed for us and I also got my groove on for a bit. It was a really nice opportunity to get to know the other bloggers a bit better, most of the time you come to an event, get your info and pics, see whoever is there while you are, and leave but this one was nice because you got to mingle, all the bloggers and brand managers were there and being on a yacht…nobody could leave haha. I don’t think anybody wanted to, my only criticism was that it ended too soon, I think we all had a wonderful time and wanted to party longer. For me it was one of the best collection launches I have attended in my four years of blogging, I can’t wait for the next one!
Nine West’s gorgeous SS15 launch was a breath of fresh air and really got us in the mood for Spring. The terrace was transformed into a summery garden adorned with fabulous women’s shoes. Whatever the occasion, we love that Nine West is sure to have something suitable, be it wedding shoes, office shoes, party wedges or a cute pair of summer sandals. The dancers injected more fun into the event and the key trend pieces certainly did the same for Nine West’s SS15 collection.
The La Feme theme had great pieces for a night out on the town. Stiletto spikes embellished with crystals or the statement 3D florals were mesmerizing. The Apprentice style had great shoes for the office or to complete a classic look, they were definitely our favourite and we could not get enough of our customised pair pictured below initialled Z.B. The World Tour pieces definitely spoke to the traveller within, the braided details and buckled booties certainly had an artisanal touch. The Exhibitionist shoes were exactly that, loud and screaming for all eyes on them, they were like leather and canvas Toms shoes, the prints and playful slip-ons will be sure have you standing out from the crowd. We enjoyed trying on the array of hats, if you still haven’t found your head-gear for the races, head to Nine West!