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Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun

Mar 16, 2014

Beach weather, here it comes! And if you’re not uber sensitive to the sun’s UV rays like I am, now is the time to get a good tan before the scorching heat of Summer makes it impossible. This weekend, I went on a road trip with my family to Ras Al Khaimah. Compared to Dubai, the weather in Ras Al Khaimah was much cooler with a pleasant sea breeze that made it ideal for a picnic on the beach.

Here Comes The Sun

I wore a wide brim straw hat that I had bought on holiday last year from a street vendor in Beijing. It was a hit among my cousins who had tried it on for size and for selfies! I wore a tie-dye maxi dress with hues of pink, blue and purple. I’ve never worn a tie-dye dress before, mainly because I never found a color combination I liked or felt that the patterns were a bit too big, over-powering my petite frame. Then I found this dress, and the rest is history. Tie-dye is synonymous with beachwear so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of it in the coming months.

Here Comes The Sun

To complete my look I wore tan embellished sandals and a tan tote bag, which matched my beach hat. Keeping it neutral with accessories lets the dress steal the spotlight, and if you’re going for a standout dress, it’s always best to keep accessories to a bare minimum.

Here Comes The Sun

Wear: Tan, Multicolor
What: Hat – From Beijing / Dress – Paprika from ASOS / Shoes – Fiore from Payless / Bag – New Look
When: Beach

Here Comes The Sun

Photographed by Sam Malimban.

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Floral And Lavender

Mar 10, 2014

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Summer in Dubai as the weather has risen to 30 degrees celsius in just a matter of two weeks, but the nights are still quite pleasant. Before Summer hits us in full swing, I’m celebrating Spring with Marks & Spencer with my fourth and final look. Nothing identifies with Spring more than pretty florals and pastel colors such as lavender. And of course Spring is the time to take advantage of basking in the sunlight, running barefoot on the grass and smelling the flowers in bloom.

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

I love maxi dresses, the only minor issue I have with maxis is that they are more often than not too long for me, given my petite frame. It’s a good thing that most high street brands I favor have already introduced a ‘Petite’ line, though if I see something I really must have that is not available otherwise, off to the tailors I go! Luckily, this floral chiffon maxi dress from the Marks & Spencer new Spring 2014 collection falls right at my ankle, which is the perfect length.

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

For this look I wanted to go for ‘boho chic’, since I have already covered night, day, and versatile with my previous three looks. I accessorized with a lightweight crochet detail scarf which you can wear around your neck or your shoulders, and a blush pink satchel bag. The outfit is easy breezy for weekends at the park or if you’re on holiday it’s perfect for a day of sightseeing. And on the plus side, I can keep wearing this dress throughout my nine months of pregnancy! :)

Marks and Spencer - Look 4

Join in the Spring fever with Marks & Spencer and shop for wardrobe staples at your nearby store. Enjoy! :)

Photo Credit: Look book photographed by Sheldon Rodriguez. Location: Burj Views Residences, Downtown Dubai.

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Versatility In Style

Mar 10, 2014

Oh, how time flies! Since I posted my second look in collaboration with Marks & Spencer three weeks have past, and in that short amount of time my lovely baby bump has grown. I have officially begun my ‘Pregnancy without Maternity Challenge’ which means I shall go through the whole nine months without any maternity wear, and I’m calling the segment ‘Baby Mama Lookbook’.

As most of my readers know, I often choose key wardrobe pieces based on versatility. I like to be able to carry an outfit from the office to a press event, transition a look from day to night, and right now it has become my mission to find apparel that will work with and without my pregnant belly.

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

So as I was browsing through the Marks & Spencer’s new Spring 2014 collection, I found this navy blue empire cut dress with a metal plate tie-back belt, that strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and elegance.

It is made of soft stretch jersey material that will mould to my figure as my belly starts to grow and though the dress has a modest cut, the breathable fabric makes it good enough for summer days as well. What’s more, this dress can take me from a daytime brunch to a dinner party, as well as from work to any blog-related extracurricular activity in the evening.

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

Sometimes the best color is not really a color at all. ‘Nude’ or ‘skin tone’ is akin to the neutral black or white that can typically lend itself to almost any outfit. I paired an understated nude clutch and court shoes with the navy blue dress, to create a minimalistic but polished third look.

Many people have asked me whether I still wear high heels while I’m pregnant. I do on occasion, but only to events where I have to make an appearance for 2 hours or preferably less. The good news is that Marks & Spencer has a great collection of shoes with mid-size heels that can still give you a bit of height, but lets you walk in comfort without the ‘high’ risk of tripping!

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

Marks and Spencer - Versatility In Style

The Spring 2014 collection is available now. So, come on and head over to your nearest Marks & Spencer store today, before I raid the place and grab everything that catches my eye! :) Stay tuned for my fourth and final look this week.

Photo Credit: Look book photographed by Sheldon Rodriguez. Location: The Old Town, Downtown Dubai.

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Spring Into Action, It’s A Beautiful Day!

Feb 19, 2014

Spring has sprung, and I’m loving the weather in Dubai. It’s still quite cool, but the sun is shining brightly. And I’m welcoming Spring with this second look that I styled in collaboration with Marks & Spencer from the Spring 2014 collection. Spring means letting your legs run free after months of cozy stockings and boots, so it’s time to slip into short skirts and breathable tops that will have you feeling carefree and ready to kickstart a brand new day.

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Marks & Spencer Day Look

For this day look I chose a loose chiffon top with tribal pattern embroidery at the neckline and shoulder, and this detail works perfectly with the geometric shapes on the wrap knit skirt. For a pop of color, because Spring promises bursts of bright hues, I picked a pink shoulder bag which I absolutely adore, and to add a little bit of bling to my simply chic ensemble I wore a pair of silver pumps.

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Get the look from the latest Spring collection at your nearest Marks & Spencer store. You’ll find a wide range of apparel that will suit all body types, made of high quality but low maintenance material, which means you don’t have to worry so much about creasing. Be spoilt for choice with a variety of bags for every occasion and shoes thats are affordable as well as comfortable.

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Marks & Spencer Day Look

Photo Credit: Look book photographed by Sheldon Rodriguez | Behind-the-scenes shot by Sam Malimban. Location: Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.

Marks & Spencer Night Look

Red Lips. Red Dress. The Look Of Love.

Feb 15, 2014

I teamed up with Marks & Spencer to style two looks from the new Spring collection. The first is a night look that can take you from a morning power meeting to an intimate evening rendezvous with your special someone.

Whenever I choose an outfit for the evening, I always think first if I could make it work for day and night, especially if I have to head straight to an event right after work. Dressing with this in mind saves me the hassle of carrying an extra bag of clothes to work and rushing to do an outfit change at the end of the day.

Marks & Spencer Night Look Red Dress

While I was browsing through the new collection at Marks & Spencer, I was immediately drawn to this little red dress. I suppose you could say it was love at first sight! The dress is made of good quality material that doesn’t wrinkle which makes it a perfect dress to transition from day to night. It’s also very flattering to the female form as it’s quite slimming. It has a front zipper so it’s easy to slip into without needing anyone to help zip you up.

Marks & Spencer Night Look Red Dress

Marks & Spencer Night Look

This look was inspired by the Day of Hearts – the annual Valentine’s Day tradition. And what better way to attract your man’s attention the whole night through than to be clad in this sexy, yet sophisticated red dress.

To finish the look I paired the red dress with a black laser cut bowling bag that’s a great size to keep in all your essentials, and suede pumps lined with zipper detail at the sole.

Marks & Spencer Night Look Red Dress

Marks & Spencer Night Look Red Dress

Marks & Spencer Night Look

Get the look from the latest Spring collection at your nearest Marks & Spencer store, and stayed tuned for my second look soon on The Look Bureau.

Marks & Spencer Night Look Red Dress

Marks & Spencer Night Look Red Dress

Marks & Spencer Night Look

Photo Credit: Look book photographed by Sheldon Rodriguez | Behind-the-scenes shot by Sam Malimban. Location: Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.

About Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’s leading retailers. M&S sells high quality, great value clothing and home products as well as outstanding quality food. 20 million customers visit its stores each week and has 81,000 employees across the UK and 51 territories globally.

Marks & Spencer was founded over 128 years ago and currently has over 760 UK stores and over 410 international stores across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Marks & Spencer Innovation

The Marks & Spencer brand has built a strong reputation for innovation over the years, across all business divisions and to meet the needs of all customers. The brand’s focus has been on understanding what customers really need and want, then finding innovative ways of delivering it. Passion for innovation has led to breakthroughs in the development of fabric, styles, cooking techniques and flavors and will continue to govern the development of new products and services.

You can see M&S innovations in many of their products, seamlessly adding that little extra to the garment. Here are a few examples of ways in which their innovations add value to your clothing.

  • Their ‘bum lift’ technology in the jeans uses sling technology to lift and sculpt giving the jeans great fit and shape retention.
  • They work on making your day easier with their range of 100% cotton non-iron garments so you can wash, tumble dry and wear.
  • Their machine washable silks and suits save you both time and money at the cleaners so you can enjoy the luxury without the fuss.
  • In the summer heat their moisture wicking fabrics keep you cool by drawing moisture to the outer surfaces where it evaporates, keeping you cooler and fresher.
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