And for some more of my Pearl Fetish

I just cannot get enough of pearls…and lets face it, which woman can? (think Breakfast at Tiffanys’)

Remember that drop-dead gorgeous pearl table centrepiece I blogged about here?

Well I’ve found the perfect shoes to match.

Wait for it.

*Cue golden light – chorus of angelic voices hymning*

Tad too much? Yes
Oestentatious? Pretty much
Completely unneccessary…guilty as charged

Still beautiful though.

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|| Hesseh Abayas || What Fairy Tales Are Made Of

Being a woman who wears an ‘Abaya herself I like to keep on top of Abaya & Hijab trends.

Just as I can spend hours and hours traipsing around town shopping till my feet scream in agony, I can similarly squander away hours browsing through online Abaya fashion –  and I must confess, more often than not I find myself in a familiar sticky situation.

Ever recall yourself as a young child with your nose pressed tight against the ominous glass windows of a glorious sweet shop? Tummy growling, eyes as large as saucers gazing onto an array of colourful sweet treats – that exhilarating sense of excitement, trepidation and longing buzzing through your entire being?

Well…with the advent of the internet and the evolution of Abaya fashion I find myself in exactly the same situation. Yes i’ve grown up but not much has changed – except that  Abayas are my new object of desire..

Just when you thought you had seen it all along comes a designer with a new ideology concept and principles – and that’s exactly what I adore about fashion. There’s no boundaries. it’s wholely versatile.

Hesseh Abaya Couture
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My recent object…perhaps I should says objects…of desire are the Abaayaat from the newest Hesseh Haute Couture Collection. Like many other homegrown couture designers Hessa al-Obaidilis journey began at home in 2008.

“I realized that wherever I go, women would constantly ask me where I made my Abaya.” says Hessa.

Since then she’s progressed beyond expectations. Whilst I loved her previous collections her latest Spring Summer 2011 collection is simply…delicious.
Shot in the picturesque Gardens of Ninfa (Rome) everything is picture perfect – greenery, foliage, roses and ruins…looking through the photos you can just envision gorgeous nymphs and seductive sirens dancing around. I couldn’t help but notice her tweet revealing that these babies are the fruits of 5 months of hard labour; God you can tell – they’re divine.It took me a very long time to select my favourites and after much deliberating I was able to narrow it down to these beauties.

Yes you can be the belle of the ball!
This black silk abaya layered with a nude and lace accent will leave you feeling just like a princess…

Gold with a pop of turqoise chiffon. I dare you to find a fault.

This is definitely one of my favourites..no wait, thats a lie, all of the ones i’ve shortpicked are my favourites. I love the black lace complimenting the grey silk and drape. Classy!

I can’t even string up a comment for this. Just breath-taking.

What do you think of Hessehs’ Abayas? Which one is your favourite?To view the entire collection click here

Death By Sugar

Salam alaykum, Peace, Marhaba and welcome!

I’ve been absent and lurking due to other commitments for what seems like forever but now I’m back!

Funnily enough I’ve noticed a huge influx of hits and traffic in the past week or so – Hallelujah!

Welcome Dear Friends! O Ye who stumbled across my humble virtual budoir don’t be shy – relax – mi casa es tu casa…feel free to leave me a message or something sometime 😉

Having extended warm welcomes & tied up the niceties, allow me to show you what my taste buds have been partying to, BOY have they been living it up.

A teeny tiny part of me is saying ‘Reem, are you mad?’

‘Do you really want to show the whole world what a fatty you are?’

Are you seriously going to show how you and a friend massacred not merely a single desert but three?’

The answer: yes I am

Huge thanks to my friend without whom the day would have been totally boring ❤ love you!

I could barely move an inch after.
Heck, I couldn’t even sleep.

My tummy was in pain as I rolled around and had a muted sugar rush.
I was on a Halal High.
Was it worth it? HELL YES!!!

P.S We didn’t just binge on sweets we had lunch too.
P. P. S Namely crispy chilli chicken, garlic prawns, steak, chips and schezwan noodles
P.P.P.S I’m on a diet from tomorrow.

Romantic Textures – A Love Affair With Lace

I love the texture, beauty and femininity that intricate nets and lace can present..

What with all the designers embracing lace (think Louise Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana) and the fact that its everywhere on our high streets (jackets/dresses/bags & jewellery) its no wonder they’ve also been incorporated into abayas..and with much success if I may say!

There’s just three words that come to mind – Pure unadulterated class.

True parisian glamour.

Designed by Anood al Hammadi from Beyonceh Abayas
Telephone: 0503893999
Blackberry: 27A23569
Prices range from 700 AED to 1000

Ladies, what do you think? Would you wear a lace abaya combination? Or is it one step too far? Thoughts please!