Call It Spring Yacht Party

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!

Market OTB

Zizzle had a fabulous day out at Market OTB! Nestled amongst the skyscrapers in downtown Dubai, this little patch of serenity will have you feeling like you are in London or New York for the day. This park is frequented by local residents and the event makes for a nice family day out.

I enjoyed browsing the chic little boutiques such as West LA and Boom and Mellow and I loved that some online stores such as thehipster.com had physical pop up stores for 10 days of the event so you have the chance to actually see before you buy. The Market also has local eateries and coffee shops so you can grab a picnic table and take a break from the shopping. We relaxed by heading to the SOHDubai nail salon where their nailart is off the chain!! The talented artists transform your nails into a mini-canvas, I will be back to visit them in their Jumeirah salon for sure!

So far it all sounds very Dubai, chic boutiques, nails, coffee shops…however it is all designed with a green concept in mind, the shops are refurbished shipping containers and stalls made of recycled crates, the stage was jaw-dropping, from a distance it has a 70’s dancefloor vibe with the multicoloured flashing lights, however as you get up close you realise it is made from recycled water bottles! You can enjoy various performances and movie nights from the bean bags scattered around the stage.

I loved that they had a grafitti artist spraying one of the shops and a shiny cadillac which was also due to be sprayed entirely! The event just had a nice energy about it, something fresh and interesting while managing to please the Dubai crowd without being your typical “Dubai” event. It’s a lovely day out with friends and family, they even had a little fair for children with rides and games! Its on until the 24th January so free some space in your diaries to check it out!

Black Friday Discount Codes

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There are many things I am thankful to Americans for…actually they’re mostly food (mmm Reeses Peanut butter cups) but the thing I am most thankful for is BLACK FRIDAY! I think we should adopt every sale holiday from around the world actually!

If you don’t know Black Friday is the American equivalent of boxing day sales. Sales are on for 1 or 2 days in most places and here are the discount codes you need so that you can begin shopping online NOW 🙂

BooHoo
30% off and free delivery
No code
Starts on Friday, ends on Monday

Missguided
20% off
CODE: CYBER20
Starts Thursday, ends Monday

AllSaints
20% off
CODE: CYBER
Starts Friday, ends Monday

ASOS
20% off
CODE: CYBERWKND20
Starts Friday, ends Tuesday

River Island
20% off everything from 11am-3pm on Friday
CODE: TREAT28

French Connection
30% off
CODE: 30FCBF
Starts today, ends Friday
40% off
CODE: FC40B
Starts Friday, ends Monday

Gap
50% off
CODE: BLKFRIDAY
Starts Thursday, ends Friday

Topshop
Up to 50% off selected lines
Starts Thursday, ends Monday

Urban Outfitters
Up to 50% off
CODE: BFDELIVERY
Friday only
Whistles
30% off everything
No code
Starts Friday

And I saved the best for last! You can get 20% off Kurt Geiger with the code F&FKG20

Happy Shopping!

Zohra 🙂 x

Call It Spring Launch


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One of my favourite shoe shops opened its first ever International Flagship store in Ibn Battuta Mall. Call It Spring’s stunning new store was like walking into a dream. The new space blends sleek, contemporary materials and striking textures, with eye-catching colours and neon-lit designs. In this new concept, the product spaces are gender specific: the ladies shop amongst floral detailed walls, mint accents and playful bird statues, while the gents find their picks amid bold concrete-like shelves and glowing red neon accents. Both customers find each other in the seating area located under an impressive white, life-size tree fixture, hence the theme ‘A boy and a girl meet under a tree’.

I can’t think of a better love story, the key to my heart quite possibly hides in a pair of stilettos and I have to say the new collection was stunning. I realised I definitely have a thing for black shoes as you will see from my selection! I suppose I had a neon overload last season and autumns all about those neutral shades. Call It Spring have expanded their collection to include a shoe for everyone, I loved the selection of leather boots in store for this season, In Dubai you only feel the seasons changing when you go shopping  (any excuse…) I have shared some of my favourite shoes with you, don’t forget to check out your nearest store! (To my Londoners, there is also a flagship store in Oxford Street)  

London Fashion Week

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On the 19th September I went to London Fashion Week at Somerset house. I love attending Fashion events and this was so last minute I didn’t really get time to get an outfit together so I woke up bright and early and began viewing my options. My mum had this beautiful red vintage coat probably from when she was my age but it still looked brand new! I decided that would be my statement piece and I think monochrome really makes red pop so thats what I went with. I even managed to match one of my nails to my dress haha and then just finished off with some nice chunky jewellery.

I arrived at 11am and was supposed to watch the PPQ runway show however they cancelled it which was annoying 😦 they gave me tickets to a “Trends Show” instead which was pretty good so I was back in good spirits. As it was the end of fashion week they put together a show of the most popular trends, Pretty In Pink, Back to Nature, Victorian and Mixing Prints. My favourite was the brown ombre textured jumpsuit, I want it!!

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While watching the show, you could charge your phone under your seat! I love how they took all the bloggers and journalists into consideration, they even had phone charging stations all over the event which was sponsored by Vodafone.

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Somerset house had been transformed into a 2 storey shoppers paradise, labels such as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Prada were available at up to 50% off and they had some beautiful boutiques. The jewellery was stunning and I loved some of the hat and accessory boutiques. Of course I had the best time in the shoe and bag department, I was lucky enough to bump into Mo Helmi while I was admiring his sparkly creations. He recently opened a concession in Dubai Mall’s Shoe District and he really has some amazing pieces.

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I got lots of goodies which you can read about in the beauty section so I’ll finish with my highlight which was the talk by a few members of the Elle Team, it was inspiring and uplifting and they were so young and had already worked at all the biggest fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar! I got involved in the Q&A session and got to the bottom of  a few things, mapping out my next route in life as I write lol. I absolutely loved Antonia O’Briens satin get-up, she was at the top of my best dressed list, it was unusual and simple and classy which are 3 ingredients for a great outfit.

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I finished with a divine massage and chocolate bars in the Kinder Bueno lounge,definitely another highlight!

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It was a great day out filled with things I love, you can read reviews of my new Maybelline makeup, Label M hair products and Beauty in treats on the beauty page!

Sunsilk’s Seriously Silky Shampoo!

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Sunsilk Damage Hair Reconstruction Shampoo – AED16
Sunsilk Damage Hair Reconstruction Conditioner – AED19

A few weeks ago I was doing make up for the models at a Sunsilk sponsored Fashion show at the Mall Of The Emirates, to be honest the brand had never been on my radar before then. It was a pretty hectic day so I didn’t really get the chance to learn about the products but when I was leaving I was given some of their shampoos. I just tried one and t really is amazing! Since I went Ombre the ends of my hair are super dry, my hairs actually completely stripped and it was literally breaking off at the ends where its just been completely bleached out so I was in desperate need of a rescue remedy. I have been using argan oil and leave in conditioners which I do regularly because my hair is pretty dry even in its normal state but this shampoo has literally transformed it! Its co-created byThomas Taw of London, founder of Bobsoho Salon, famous for resuscitating damaged hair. I used their most advanced Damaged Hair Reconstruction formulation to give back extreme smoothness and health to your damaged hair and my hair feels like its been restored, its actually silkier then before the bleach!

Tom shared a tip, “check if you have any damage by pulling out a single strand of hair and submerging it into a glass of water. If it floats, your hair is healthy; if it sinks, you are in need of some repair.” If it sinks ladies, you know what you need!

I find the most effective test is to hold your hair between your thumb and index finger at the roots, then slide your fingers downwards.

If the hair is healthy, when you repeat this, but moving your finger in the opposite direction, the feeling will be the same. If the hair is damaged, however, you will feel roughness or even hear a squeak, because the cuticles of the outer layer of the hair are broken, open, and raised.

The main thing to know is that an open and rough cuticle allows factors that threaten the health of the hair to easily pass through to the inner part of the hair fibres. The structure of healthy hair is characterized by an intact cuticle that tightly surrounds the cortex; when these are closer together, the hair is better protected from external damage.

They have a whole new range of 8 shampoos so find the one most suitable for you, these can be found at most supermarkets and are a fraction of the price of premium shampoos like L’oreal’s Kerastase, Goldwell and TIGI!

Some Beautiful Michael Kors Watches

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MK has some stunning time-pieces in his latest collection. I love the way he incorporates different materials into each watch, the contrasts really make the designs stand out. The turtle shell looks beautiful with gold and the rose gold with white acrylic really stands out. I find gold watches a little too in your face sometimes so these contrasts break up the bling. These are priced between $200-$295 dollars, CLICK HERE to order yours!

Summer Swimwear

We’ve been soaking up the sun at the pool and theres no cuter swimwear then these high waisted bikini’s by likeherstyles.com

Make sure you snap up the 2 suits for $90 deal with free shipping and be sure to join the mailing list as her stock is pretty low already, next time you will be the first to know!

Uptown Lunch

Uptown Lunch
I love the way these pieces come together! I think this look is very Gossip Girl, I have been missing it lately so thats probably where the inspiration came from. The stripes really make the neon pop and the high waisted grey skirt neutralises it so its not too in your face! I love the floral statement necklace, simple but effective.

Long sleeve top
$23 – thehut.com

Satin shoes
debenhams.com

Lipsy zip top tote bag
$55 – debenhams.com

Factory anchor beach towel
factory.jcrew.com

Neon Accessories

Neon Accessories
My wardrobe has definitely brightened up this season! These are a few of my favourite neon accessories x