Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ma'a as-salaama 2013, marhaba 2014!

I have been working in the Middle East for more than 4 years and I have been grateful for the experiences and the things I have learned. I got to know more about different cultures and the people, got used to the hot and humid weather during summers, and explore more the fashion side of me! Another year is about to end and I want to welcome 2014 with high hopes! 

The cold winter days became chillier so its fitting to bundle up when I will watch the Burj Khalifa light up with fireworks tonight! I'm gonna be wearing this outfit throughout the day.
What I am wearing:
snapback - UCLA, gift from my sister
pullover - Mossimo, thrifted
scarf - Keffiyeh (a traditional Middle Eastern headdress)
double breasted, zip up, textured vest - Lee Cooper, Splash Fashions
 pants - Lee Cooper, Splash Fashions

Shoes - Max Fashions
Coffee to-go to beat the mid-day drowsiness, hehe, and the Keffiyeh was so wide and long that I had to coil it up around my neck twice!
 I love the texture of the vest which perfectly matched the textured shoes.
Credits to my friend who took these pictures. She certainly had the eye for photography and I encouraged her to pursue it.
The blog post title is in Arabic and if you guessed it right, it means goodbye 2013, hello 2014!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's Not Too Much If Things Make A Good Match

It's winter time again and cold gusts of wind have swept the Dubai sandpit. Though it doesn't snow, the mercury dips in the desert too. So it's high time to layer and bundle up!

What I am wearing:
beanie - bought from a souvenir store in a Baguio City, Philippines
striped green shirt - R&B
sleeveless button-up shirt - 
bought from a second hand shop 
in Baguio City, Philippines
skinny jeans - Splash Fashions
sweater jacket - Splash Fashions
hi top sneakers - Max Fashions
A colleague once told me that with clothes, we should stick to up to 3 colors. But sometimes, we can explore beyond 3 hues. And that is the time fashion and styling sense are challenged. It may be too much but if the colors make a good match then the outfit will not go wrong. With this outfit, I chose to combine light shades of brown, green, red and black. 

I didn't bring a digital camera or a DSLR so I relied on the iPhone 5S camera. Here is a closeup shot of the accessories I wore. Not bad isn't it?

rosary beads - souvenir shop in Baguio
watch - Seiko
braided bracelet - Penshoppe

With good lighting, the camera takes decent photos but the flash isn't reliable on low light areas and if the subject is too far. 

I hope to add more bursts of fun on my subsequent outfits. Until next post!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Red, Green, White and Black (Celebrating UAE's 42nd National Day)

Weeks ago, everyone in the UAE was in a festive mood, expats and locals alike. It's the nation's 42nd founding anniversary on the 2nd of December plus Dubai recently won the bid to host Expo 2020! UAE has opened its doors to expats like me, and I've been grateful since. 

During that time of the year, the UAE flag's colors of red, green, white and black are everywhere. Huge flags draping in front of houses, flag poles erected on buildings, flaglets adorning establishments, cars splashed with decorations, and even Burj Khalifa lighting up with the four colors! To join in the merriment, I decided to wear the flag's colors as I went around Dubai with friends.  

This is my first blog post, and I will do my best to update it regularly! :)

What I am wearing:
Shoes: Max Fashions
Shirt: New Camp Readymade Garment Trading, Murraqabat
Pants: Fashions 4Ever, Rigga
Cap: Ansar Gallery