Caramel and Burgundy

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I am loving Autumn so far: the pumpkin spice, the rain, the turtlenecks and ankle boots…what’s not to love? Being a September baby, Autumn has always been my favourite season, and everything about it makes me happy.

Fashion-wise, I like to bust out the warmer tones – the mustards, the hunter-greens, the ambers, and – hence the title of this post – caramel and burgundy!

 

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Brown and red don’t go at all, but their warmer, fall-appropriate shades complement each other.

To make sure, I used black as the base colour and gold accents throughout. Then, the pop of caramel, and the burgundy clutch to add a berry-bright element.

 

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What’s really great about this outfit is that it’s day-to-night transitional! So, you can go to work on Friday morning, with the shirt-and-jumpsuit combo, plus a tote. Come 6pm dinner-and-drinks, you swap the tote for the clutch, remove the shirt, and add a pair of statement earrings!

 

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Which brings me to the jumpsuit: I bought this to wear at my graduation ceremony in July, and I’ve worn it pretty much everywhere ever since: during the summer with sandals, on the airplane, and out to an evening dinner!

 

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It’s so multi-functional, and with the right accessories or even using it as a pair of dungarees and adding a shirt underneath, it makes the perfect closet must-have!

Plus, the layering aspect is great for Autumn and Winter when you need the extra warmth!

 

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OUTFIT: TopStradivarius / JumpsuitNew Look / ShoesTopshop / ClutchWhite Rose / WatchPierre Cardin / Earrings & RingsNew Look

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Colourful Khaki

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Middle-Eastern summers burn you up and tire you out and, to be honest, the heat’s making my brain a little fuzzy. It’s hard to think about shooting your next blog post when really all you want is the air conditioner turned up! But it got done, so here it is.

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We got back to Lebanon nearly ten days ago, and we’re staying until the 30th, which means lots more time for new blog posts (I hope! Being here can get pretty chaotic with all the running-around). But this post had all its pictures done when we were still in Jeddah so putting it up right now is really all but a baby’s job.

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Short and sleeveless are really the only two words that spring to mind when planning an outfit in the dead of summer. Anything long and tight all but stops the blood in your veins. So, r.e. that pair of frumpy short you probably own and have stuffed in the back of your wardrobe? Here’s a not-so-frumpy outfit idea! (and me pretending I’m not sweltering)

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Let’s talk accessories. First, these glasses: they’re Nicole Miller and one of the only pairs (aside from another set a few years ago) that I’ve ever really loved and suited my face shape 100%.

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The bag (and lipstick) offer a much-needed pop of colour to a more earth-toned outfit.

As for the jewellery, I forget where I got them from – it’s hard to keep track when you bought some of them a few years ago!

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OUTFIT: TopNext / ShortsPull & Bear / ShoesDorothy Perkins / BagSuite Blanco / WatchPierre Cardin / Jewelleryold, unknown / Lipstick  – The Body Shop

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Mad For Mustard

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It’s official – as of July 14th, I’m a university graduate! Journalism with, yes, a second class degree (2.1), but I’m honestly just glad it’s over. University was an emotional rollercoaster and it really just taught me what areas I don’t want to work in.

So, there’s that big pot of confusion I’ve got simmering these summer months! I’ve got to work out what I do want to do when I go back to England in September, so fingers crossed I don’t buckle.

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Summer is in full swing and the heat is on. We’re in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) now, but going back to Lebanon tomorrow, and it’s a respectable (if slightly uncomfortable) 39°C.

Yellow is a colour I love and so easily lifts the tone of an outfit. It goes with so much and, though I only used to wear mustard shades in Autumn, I’ve managed to find pieces that are easy and comfortable to wear in the heat.

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Let’s talk accessories: these bee-inspired earrings are little wonders I found in H&M in the beginning of July. I’ve scoured the H&M website for the exact ones but can’t seem to find them – as soon as I do, though, I’ll be linking them at the bottom so stay tuned!

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These slippers are ones my uncle bought me during a business trip to Kenya a couple of weeks ago, and I love the metallic golden yellow tones!

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I’ve been been compiling a very specific playlist for Summer ’17 and it features lots of Lana Del Rey, The Atomics, Sarah Darling, Jesse Jo Stark, and Sara Evans; all I can think is Palm Springs, California, and a soft ’90s aesthetic. And – I hope it shows – this photoshoot conveys that, in my mind.

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OUTFIT: DressZara / Shoesgift / BagElle / EarringsH&M / WatchPierre Cardin

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50 Shades of Green

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Hello, and welcome to my first post in two months! I feel so ashamed that I’ve let myself fall behind with regular posting, but it’s all good now.

 

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The weather’s been so turbulent for a while, now, sunshine and blue skies one day, then rainstorms and cold nights the next. Though, Mother Nature has never been a tame soul, so I guess we can’t resent her wild spirit.

 

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Green’s such a wonderful colour, and its many different hues make a ’50 Shades of Green’ post one of the easiest! It can be calm when pastel, and vibrant when lime or forest, and all outfits—in fact, what makes fashion so fun—have varying, opposing elements in their make-up.

 

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Florals might hark back to Spring—which is long over—but the brightness of the bag and earrings bring it all straight into summer.

 

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And speaking of summer, I’m so excited for Lebanon—where we’ll be travelling in less than 2 weeks!—and the insane, Middle-Eastern heat. But at least I’ll get a tan, because I’ve gotten quite pasty in the sun-less weather since Dubai!

 

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OUTFIT: DressPeacocks / ShoesBaklash / BagPrimarkScarfMooch Vintage / EarringsVintage

Vintage Photoshoot: Four retro, floral, fashion looks

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My dream of having a vintage-style photoshoot has finally been fulfilled! Okay, in part, but this has come very close.

One of my closest friends, Emma, is doing a fashion journalism portfolio for university, and asked me to be her model for the day—to which, of course, I said ‘yes’!

We took the pictures in and around her house since her interior designing skills are kind of goals.

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Look 1: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

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Check out that floral wallpaper! Though we haven’t really had proper spring weather here, it’s getting a bit warmer now.

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I feel like this look leans a bit towards Breakfast At Tiffany’s; what do you think? The evening gloves, the cat on the bed…(that’s Emma’s cat, Bob—he’s nearly one year old—and he’s a pretty good model!).

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OUTFIT: DressZara / ShoesTopshop / BagArkwright’s Emporium / GlovesVintage / RingNew Look / Necklace – gift / EarringsMiss Selfridge

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LOOK 2: Riviera Reverie

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This look makes me think of summer on the French Riviera—or something I’d wear on a cruise in the forties or fifties. Also, that belt is actually from the strap of a handbag! You do what you’ve got to do, right?

I want to mention: this is my first time with cat-eye liner in six five years, and now I wish I did it more often!

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OUTFIT: DressBaklash / ShoesTopshop / HatH&M / (Photo 1) EarringsMiss Selfridge / (Photo 2) Earringsgift / NecklaceClaire’s Accessories

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LOOK 3: Dressed For Dinner

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Going glam for this look, with the demure black and flashy white and gold. And I am so in love with those chandelier earrings from New Look!

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Vintage queen, Audrey Hepburn, being my inspiration, today and everyday. Obviously.

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OUTFIT: DressDorothy Perkins / BoleroAmisu x New Yorker / ShoesTopshop / BagVintage / MaskMolly Limpet’s / EarringsNew Look / BraceletPrimark

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LOOK 4: Girl About Town

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Channeling Faye Dunaway in ‘Bonnie and Clyde‘ and Suzy Bishop in Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ for this part of the photoshoot. Also, I wish I wore a beret more often.

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OUTFIT: DressForever 21 / ShoesTopshop / BeretRed Herring x Debenhams / ChokerExtravagance 

1970s-Inspired Look: Keep it classic with fringe, gilet, and a-line skirt

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Happy Monday! Today needs to be easy and low maintenance; it needs to be something to ease you into the first day of a long week, but it can’t be unstylish. My style, before it became classic, colourful, and quite feminine, it used to be 100% bohemian. Think fringe, flared jeans, patterns, and layered jewellery. Then, it changed as I got older, and I did away with most of my boho pieces—something I actually deeply regret. Sometimes you’re just in that flower child, Woodstock hippie vibe, right?

Thankfully, I didn’t get rid of all of them. I kept the pieces I knew could give a look a little something-something, but not hurl it under the ‘boho’ category.

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This shirt from Reiss, for example, has the cool, graphic pattern, but still the classic, silken structure of a more put-together look. With just the skirt and shoes, you could wear it to the office. Add the fringe bag and the gilet, and it makes a pretty cool, semi-relaxed Sunday look.

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These necklaces are two of my favourites, I’ve got to say. The beaded one is slightly lower-sitting than your average choker, but it still sits comfortable under the choker umbrella, which keeps it way on trend. The necklace (it’s gold, by the way, but the grey sky sucks any and all colour out of pictures!) my parents got custom-made for my 21st from a jewellery store in my dad’s hometown in Lebanon. It’s my name in Arabic, and keeps a little of my heritage with me even when I’m feeling the full weight of my mum’s English side.

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OUTFIT: ShirtReiss / Skirt + GiletDorothy Perkins / ShoesClarks / BagStradivarius / Beaded necklacevintage / Gold necklacecustom-made

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Taste For Turquoise: how to style stripes with a midi skirt

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With all the grey and gloomy weather—and the horrible hair day I’m currently having—it’s important to wear an outfit that takes your mind off the negative. And how can you be mad when you’re wearing turquoise? It’s the colour of the ocean, of summer, and of all things good—plus, it always makes me feel happy and calm (VERY important when you’re having a bad hair day!)

Also, another Summer essential of mine is the classic striped top—in black and white, of course. It’s so preppy yet Parisian chic, and is the one pattern that goes with everything. See how I styled it in my Valentine’s Day post!

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This jersey midi skirt from Topshop is my favourite. It goes with nearly everything, it’s stretchy, and it’s super comfy! A little too warm to wear during the hot summer months when I go to Lebanon, but perfect for this 11ºC weather!

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Let’s talk ACCESSORIES. The great thing with figuring out outfits for this blog is that it’s pushed me to dig out all my jewellery that—for some reason—I stopped wearing altogether. I LOVE the chunky beads (and the turquoise!) on these necklaces.

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This bag might just be my lifeline. Yes, it can be a little on the small side when I’ve got a chunky purse to stuff inside, but it’s perfect for all-day shopping trips and for touristing during the holidays. It’s light and compact, and ultra-feminine with the big bow! It’s also red, one of my favourite colours, and the fact that it goes with nearly everything makes it a perfect suitcase/travel essential!

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OUTFIT: TopBHS / SkirtTopshop / CardiganSuite Blanco / Bag – Stradivarius / SocksNew Look / SneakersJennyfer / Necklaces / EarringsI AM