Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sweet Dreams in a Garden

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I have some great items in my closet, that I barely get a chance to wear these days. It is not often that I get a chance to play dress-up, so I decided to put some of my things together from my closet and take an amateur photo shoot at my home in Dubai. The outfit is supposed to be sweet and classic. I think I pulled it off, but you be the judge of that! Now I'm off to afternoon tea! xoxo

Trench Coat from KOTON in Mall of the Emirates/White dress was baught in St. Vincent on vacation in 2005/Tights are from Forever 21 at the Mall of the Emirates/Shoes are from Nine West in City Center Deira Dubai/Gold belt is from H&M/Red Ribbon is from one of my blouses/Pretty English Tabby cat…mine!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Skinny Jeans

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I love skinny jeans! But as much as I love them, I have a hard time finding a pair that fit me right. Either the waist is too big, or the thigh area too small, or the length is not long enough! Thank God, I was able to find a great pair at Stradivarius this past weekend. They are still a bit loose in the waist, but they fit right everywhere else. And I love the fact the fabric is stretchy. If you know where to get a great pair of skinnies or just have a fantastic pair of jeans....then please let me and the rest of us know. Share the wealth of fashion knowledge please! LOL

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kids on the Catwalk

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On December 29th, Samsaara Boutique will be presenting the new Spendthrift collection for Women and Children, by designers Falguni & Shane Peacock. Ten of Dubai’s cutest kids will walk the runway, hand in hand, with their socialite moms all dressed in Spendthrift!
The new Spendthrift collection is a bold and brash expression which only the Peacock’s can pull off; and by adding the kid’s collection they are presenting another dimension to their extensive repertoire. Unfortunately for some, this event is by invitation only, but if you happen to be one of the lucky one’s to have received an invite to this event…then this is one show you don’t want to miss!
I think it’s great to see young people getting involved in fashion. What do you think? Well, hope to see you there, at the cutest runway show of the season in Dubai!

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Look For The Grazia Shopping Diaries!

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So...Recently I had a photo shoot with Grazia Magazine for the Grazia Shopping Diaries feature! Here is a sneak preview of some of the items I chose from my closet. The dress, bag and necklace all came fro a fabulous new boutique in Dubai called “Valleydez” located in Wafi Center. You will love the couture and trendy collection Vallydez has for all you fashionistas who love to be different! Don’t forget to pick up Grazia Magazine to see/read all about the latest fashion, celebs, and local events happening in and around the UAE…Oh…and to see yours truly, “Dubai’s It Girl” of course! Let me know what you think! xoxo
(Dress, Foundation Addict (can be found in ValleyDez) / Shoes, New Look)

Kipling Fashion Show At Dubai Mall

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The other day, I just happened to be at Dubai Mall (shopping :), when I stumbled upon a fashion show in progress. I wasn't sure what exactly was going on, until I met the PR person for the show. I found out that this was a runway show for Kipling's new bag and luggage collection! The models looked very cute sporting the handbags and toting the luggage down the runway. The best part of all was when I received a gift bag with a sweet little green Kipling clutch inside, and I wasn’t even an official guest! I guess it pays to be in the right places at the right times! Check Kipling bags out in Dubai Mall, and let me know what you think. Here’s to shopping!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Emirates Woman: Rihanna in The Diamond Issue December '09

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If you haven’t picked up Emirates Woman December’s Diamond issue yet, then you are definitely missing out! This month the Queen of the Fashionista’s herself, Rihanna, is on the cover of EW, looking ever so fabulous. Not only is there an exclusive cover story featuring Rihanna, there is also 100 plus pages of “BLING” accessories that can fulfill every girl’s dreams! But Wait...Emirates Woman takes it even further by giving away a yellow diamond worth DHS 100,000 to one lucky reader. WOW…I don’t know about you, but I bought my issue already, so that I can win that yellow diamond and wear it to the Rihanna concert on New Years Eve in Abu Dhabi…
Hey dreams can come true!

Tc,
Nia B

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I'm Back with a Bang-Featuring Me in VIVA Magazine Dec 09 Issue


You all have no idea what I’ve been going through to finally start blogging again! Well, the HTML mess of it all is over, and I am back with a bang! LOL

This month I was featured in VIVA magazine (on the last page) as the December’s “Girl About Town.” I am so excited about this because this will invite new readers to my blog, (I hope), even though they forgot to mention the blog web address. I guess you can’t have it all, all the time! I’m just happy to have made it on the pages of VIVA. Make sure you guys pick one up. The issue has a lot of cool stuff in it for everyone to get inspired for the holiday party season. Let me know what you think…and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! xoxo

Friday, December 4, 2009

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY

Hey everyone,

I have been having some technical difficulties with my blog lately. I assure you that this problem will be taken care of very soon!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dubai's It Girl 2009 Holiday "Must-Have" Picks Features-Kanzi!

Hello everyone! The holiday season is upon us, and now is the time to shop for that perfect holiday frock! Over the next few weeks, I will be featuring my picks of “Must Have” holiday clothing/items from local designers in and around the UAE. The UAE/Gulf is filled with so many talented designers, and it’s time that the rest of the world be introduced to these fabulous talented designers that we know and love…don’t you think!

*Please note: The order of my picks does not reflect any preference of any kind. All featured designers are all fabulous and deserve to be on the Dubai’s It Girl “Must-Have” holiday list!

First Featured Designer on the Dubai’s It Girl “Must-Have” List is…Kanzi!


If you love wearing abayas or jalabiyas, then you will definitely love the creations by Kanzi.
Established in 2008 by Sheikha Amal Al Maktoum and Raghda Taryam, Kanzi, designs exclusive abayas, jalabiyas, evening wear and custom made wedding dresses. Meaning “my treasure” in Arabic, Kanzi symbolizes style and luxury. This highly successful brand was setup under Ruwad, a government entity that supports young businesses in the emirate of Sharjah.


On November 25, 2009, Kanzi showcased two beautiful shimmering Swarovski encrusted designs at the exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue’s ‘Snowflake Spectacular’ event.


The stunning royal blue jalabiya is made of chiffon and silk, boasting various shades of Swarovski crystals from light sapphire to silver satin. The exquisite abaya is made from a blend of silks, featuring complete crystallized shoulders of different shades and shapes of Swarovski crystals, including cosmic and galactic oval. Unique black leggings, also encrusted with different shapes of crystal, complete the look of the abaya.

Their collection is currently stocked at the Kanzi boutique, Sharjah, and Saks 5th Avenue Dubai and Bahrain.
For Kanzi purchase enquires or details please contact:
Kanzi Boutique
Catherine Teodoro
Email: info@kanziboutique.com
Telephone: 06-5441118
Fax: 06-5441119

Dolce & Gabbana's New Make-up Line & Legendary Make-up Artist Pat McGrath Comes to Paris Gallary, Dubai Mall

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Italian designer duo Dolce & Gabbana’s luxury make-up line at Paris Gallery, Dubai Mall. It was simply magic! I absolutely loved the different colors of eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, and nail lacquers. They also have a range of twelve different color foundations (wet or dry) to match the skin tone of any woman! The names of the products were also brilliantly labeled, with eyeshadows called "Guilty" or "Elegance" and lipsticks named "Drama" and "Devil." And did you know that the Dolce & Gabbana make-up line launched "only" in four countries/six locations around the world, and Dubai is one of them?!...and I dare not forget to mention that the line's packaging has pure metal gold! WOW!

This was definitely one of the best experience of the year thus far for me, as I also had the pleasure of meeting the #1 make-up artist in the world, Miss Pat McGrath (Above is a photo of me and Ms. McGrath chit-chatting.) I have been a fan of hers since the age of twelve! Pat McGrath, who has worked at the Dolce & Gabbana shows for more then 10 years, was instrumental in the development of the line, as she assisted Dolce & Gabbana with the creation of this luxurious make-up.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana‘s inspiration for this new venture is the modern 1050’s Hollywood starlet-glamorous and sensual, always with a confident and provocative edge. Without a doubt, they brought a fresh idea to the “make-up” table and have taken the definition of luxury cosmetics to a new level. EXTRODINARY!

http://www.dolcegabbanamakeup.com/

Monday, November 23, 2009

I needed to smile, so I called on Betsey Johnson's S/S 2010 Collection

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After a Dooms Day movie, a death of a supermodel, and bad Chinese food, I needed a pick-me-up to make me smile…so, I went back in Fashion Week time and found Betsey Johnson’s 2010 spring runway collection, which was held at The Plaza Hotel (NYC) this past September.

I absolutely love her work! Any girl can wear her clothes, plus they are fun, feminine and beautiful! How can you “not” feel good about yourself when wearing a Betsey Johnson creation? I only own one of her dresses, however I plan on adding more to my closet very soon! Anyway, the collection really gives me hope that there are still some things you can smile about, and there is still come originality in life! Thanks Betsey…I’ll love you forever!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Victoria Casal Couture Boutique Opening & Hello Kitty's 35th Birthday!

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Well, 35 years of Hello Kitty’s on-going success is a testament to how special the “Kitty” is herself, and now Victoria Casal has teamed up with this most famous feline to bring Dubai a fabulous collection of items for everyone! I know you will love the boutique, so drop by and visit…and don’t for get to take a little “Hello Kitty” gift home for yourself or for someone special!

Friday, November 20, 2009

R.I.P. Daul Kim

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Dust after Dawn Pictures, Images and Photos

"Korean model Daul Kim, 20, was found dead in Paris this morning, NY Mag's The Cut reports. Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but sources told the magazine she had committed suicide." So Sad!

We still don't know why this beautiful supermodel is dead, however we will remember her for all the beauty she brought to this world while alive. Suiside is never the answer...there is always a solution to every problem, but we will never really know "why" if this is the truth in Daul's case. She will be greatly missed!

Some of the last Blog thoughts of Daul:
"how can you be smart
when its love
i already accepted that i relate to nothing
past is heavy but past is past and
i can only try to understand
egoism
too much self importance
perhaps
luxury of time
perhaps just series of bad events which were only beautiful
the irony
the facade we put on
penetrating time.
but not egoism.
it is relative but different.
i just know
the more i gain
the more lonely it is
but when people grow together
its something that is not easy but is nice
and that is something,
relative.
staying relative is hard
staying honest is hard
i know i'm like a ghost
i have nothing
but myself
and potential, to me is the question of will
thats why i am present to you"
posted by daul at 7:34 AM November 5th 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Emirates Woman of The Year Awards 2009!

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I had a wonderful time at the Emirates Woman of the Year Awards ceremony last night. Here are a few pictures of the event and congrats to all the award winners. The winners were selected by Emirates Woman readers through a new online voting system, which represent the UAE’s most inspirational female talents from artists to visionaries, achievers to humanitarians. I will be posting some interviews I did with two of the nominees shortly. This was a great event, and I am so happy that women are being recognized in Dubai for their efforts. Thank you so much...Emirates Woman Magazine!

The winners of the Emirates Woman of the Year Awards 2009 are:
Emirates Woman of the Year 2009
Maria Conceicao - The Wings of Dhaka
The Achievers – Business Category (Sponsored by Philips Consumer Lifestyle)
Farah Foustok - The First Lady of Finance
Artists – Art and Culture (Sponsored by The London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery)
Sarah Belhasa - The Fashion Entrepreneur
Humanitarians – Charity (Sponsored by House of Portier)
Maria Conceicao - The Wings of Dhaka
Visionaries – Lifestyle (Sponsored by bareface)
Padma Coram – The Entertaining Philanthropist
ADCB ‘Ambition Award’
Emma Cresswell
www.emirateswoman.ae/awards