Fringe Twinge

Fringe Twinge

Nasty Gal ripped tee
nastygal.com

Vero Moda long top
$47 – nelly.com

See through tank top
bodycentral.com

Black velvet top
bodycentral.com

Monki black velvet top
$20 – monki.com

Oh My Love cami top
$66 – topshop.com

Fringe jewelry
bodycentral.com

Crystal jewellery
claires.com

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I’ve been away for quite some time now and for that I apologise but now I’m back, back again xoxoxo
So, recently I’ve been very, incredibly, positively leaning towards the fringe trend. It’s fun, it’s sassy and very pro-boho chic if you pair it with the right apparel and accessories. The fringe trend has been around for decades so to suddenly highlight it now would in no way downplay its significance in the past. One of the reasons I adore it so would be due to its spread during the flapper era – 1920’s. And what’s not to love about flappers? They openly flouted social and sexual norms and did so with great style whilst listening to American jazz music. I have half a mind to base my 3rd year dissertation on flapper’s characterised in great works of literature. I haven’t even started university yet but this is just me thinking ahead as always.
How exciting is it that summer is here? It doesn’t quite seem like it but it is!
I won’t lie, my main source of excitement at the moment is the World Cup… although Portugal’s first game had me clutching my sides in pain. You do have to credit Germany for their tactical team and unified strength though. In my opinion, I think this is Germany’s year to win it.
That being said, keep Portugal in your prayers because my mother and the rest of her side of the family (including me) would be over the moon if they were to get anywhere close to semi’s. Good luck to England too!
Hope the teams you’re supporting fare well XO

Tu aime ça?

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Woman:

White Blazer – Zara

Grey T-shirt – Zara

Black Mini alternatives – PrettyLittleThing/Boohoo

Black Buckled Boots with Straps – Alternatives – Ebay/London Rebel/Zara

Man:

Leather Jacket Alternatives – All Saints/H&M

Printed T-Shirt Alternatives – ASOS

Jeans Alternatives – ASOS

Black Plimsolls – Topman

This couple pretty much made my day and I may have, mayyy have (maybe have) followed up after first seeing them in order to take this picture for ModainLondres (I pretty much stalked them why lie). They just corresponded so well with one other both in terms of appearance and style. I love how smart casual the girl was dressed whereas her boyfriend was just exceedingly casual. They were such a good looking couple too! I think the man might have been French which makes him even more so attractive. Those damn French accents ugh.

So I haven’t been blogging regularly as some of you might have noticed but I do have my reasons, the main being exams which have thus led to all my energy being spent on revision leaving me quite lethargic at the end of the day. Only a few more weeks to go and then I’ll be back and better for it since it will be summer. Finally.

Hope y’all have a great weekend and coming week and to anyone else facing finals, Good Luck!

Nailah XO

DXB |3| XO

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Maxi Shirt Dress – Original Bershka – Alternatives – Boohoo /AliExpress

Spread Winged Eagle Necklace – AliExpress

Assorted Coloured Leather Bangles – Almari

I must have changed my outfit around four times on the last day I spent in Dubai. The first of which was this gorgeous maxi shirt dress from Bershka – which has got to be one of my favourite stores ever! I first discovered the brand in Portugal around 2008/9 and I must mention that the stock they have in Portugal is better than what their stores stock in the UK. Don’t shoot the messenger cause it’s pretty true. It’s the same with Zara and Desigual – the latter in which I can’t fathom ever buying anything in (it’s almost too messy a sight for my eyes.) The reason for which however I attribute to Portugal being so close to Spain, which is where the brands mentioned above originated from so it makes sense for the Portuguese stores to get the creme de crop in terms of stock.

However I did find this item of clothing in the Bershka store in Westfield! I’ve been biding my time to wear it since December, so of course jumped at the opportunity to get it out in the sunny streets of Dubai and let it take in some air and obtain much needed attention. Don’t you adore the bracelets by the way? (I do.) The ones with the snake print are probably my favourites. They’re adjustable as well so one could wear it as an arm cuff if wanted… which I think I probably will some day soon…

Have a good Bank Holiday or in other regions cases, just a really great weekend everyone!

Nailah XO

DXB |2| XO

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White Crop Top (Originally from Bershka) – Alternatives

Black Maxi Skirt – New Look

Khaki Green Cropped Jacket – Zara

Assorted Bangles: Almari.co.uk

Almari Gold Bangle

Almari Rose Gold Bangle

Almari Antique Thread Bangle

My outfit for the second day in Dubai was considerably more chilled than the first and I couldn’t help but feel extremely giddy at being able to wear a maxi skirt. What I’d give to live in a country with a warmer climate… sometimes I almost forget I did for sixteen years of my life (Shout out to Kenya!)

The green Zara jacket is one of my favourite pieces for the upcoming summer 2k14 (thought I’d say it like that because I find it hilarious) and the khaki threads reminds me of the colour theme present throughout Balmain’s A/W 14 collection, of the latter which I was and still am a great fan of. Pairing it together with the rest of the elements proved no great feat and the ensemble overall is one that’s very pleasant for a day during which you wish to do nothing but take in sights or relax in the warmth of the loveable suns rays.

Which is pretty much what I did.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Nailah XO

DXB |1| XO

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                  Baseball Top – Fenchurch – Bank Fashion

Striped Crop Top – Alternatives – Forever 21 / American Apparel

Black Slip Dress – Missguided / ASOS

White Leather Bangle – Almari

Two Toned Boots – ASOS

Holaaa everyone!

It’s been two weeks and then some since I left England and travelled to the Middle East. Hope everyone’s had a good Easter holiday and is as ready to delve back into reality and routine as I am. The primary part of my time away was spent in Iraq on a spiritual journey and it was surprisingly incredible! I couldn’t honestly start to express in words how amazing it was to experience the customs and culture of such a wondrous country and it’s kind people. One of my aims in life will always be to adopt a few children so as to give them the love and care that they duly deserve as well as to satisfy my own need to give to those that aren’t as fortunate as we all have been. After spending time with the street children in Iraq, I can honestly without a doubt say that I will in the future, God willing, adopt an iraqi child – they were some of the most adorable children I had ever had seen and had the pleasure to experience!

Now the second half of my holiday was spent in Dubai and that’s where I was able to work on something for my blog (I honestly missed posting on ModainLondres!)

This was the outfit for my first day in Dubai where the heat was fortunately not too stifling and the days were relaxing and carefree. I promise the next few outfits were a lot more colourful and I did stray from the monochrome colour pallet you’ve been seeing in my last few posts. >_<

Just look at the view I had from my hotel room!

(Granted the view from my parent’s room was 100% better lmao)

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Hope everyone had a great time whether it was spent away or in the comfort of your own home (which I had missed!)

Happy Easter!

Nailah XO

Bad boyZ Bad BoyZ

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Rabbit Hole London Bottoms

American Apparel Top – Alternatives – RH1 & RH2

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This man’s street style was so on point. From the leather sleeve panelled hooded sweatshirt to his brogue detailed Dr Martens. The two piece shorts + pants combo from Rabbit Hole London was a piece I knew all too well, having borrowed quite a lot of their apparel for a shoot last year. Sadly the site is down for maintenance right now so the links, although they will direct you to designated page may not allow you to check out the items at this current moment. Never fear, I’m sure it will be up soon enough!

There’s not a lot I can about this look apart from the fact that it was very well put together and very minimalist – all black, all day, every day. The style of the top/bottoms are one that a lot of up and coming london street wear brands are promoting as part of their collections lately so finding alternatives shouldn’t be a problem if need be.

I really do need to be putting up a lot more menswear posts for all the fashionable men out there (as well as the women that like to look at them). The moment I saw this man I had a sense of de-ja vu as I was certain I had seen him before – perhaps he’s a model? My friend almost melted when he took a drag of his cigarette for the photo and I couldn’t help but smile at how comfortable he seemed posing for the camera.

Alors I have a bit of sad news though, I will be away for two weeks come this Sunday and so there won’t be any posts up for quite some time. However I do have a few ventures I’m looking into for future posts while away and will be ecstatic to share them with you all as soon as I am back!

Don’t forget about me my lovelies!

Love,

Nailah

From the Hoods to Japan, Harajuku Girls ❤

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Flower Pin – Ebay 

Two Toned Monochrome Shirt – AliExpress

Sheer Black Kaftan – H&M

Black High-Waisted Skinnies – Topshop

Chunky Two Tone Camden Boots – ASOS (Out of Stock) Alternatives – River Island

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Bonjour mon petit fleurs,

I thought I’d be all charming and French for my first post in over 10 days(!) I admit that I have been quite bad but hopefully this look makes up for it ❤

I’m not quite sure how it worked out as well as it did but pictures don’t quite do this ensemble any justice. I got the blouse off the brilliant (and quite beautifully) priced Chinese retailer site AliExpress a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it as soon as I saw just how much better it looked in reality than in the pictures on the site. I’ve been going through a monochrome phase which more or less started when I had a day trip out to Birmingham with a couple of close friends, so this outfit is one of the few I’ve put together over the last week.

The kaftan which I’ve been using as a drape over on top of my bedtime cami slips (don’t judge me! I just like to look good for myself rather than only doll myself up when in the company of a man – scandalous eh?), worked well over the shirt and being of a sheer material didn’t overshadow the blouse letting the two tone panelled detailing shine through. It gave me a really refined feel, like I was a divine priestess or something of that calibre. The skinnies were a necessity – of course, when are they not? And the chunky camden boots are my babies forever and ever. I hope they never wear out!

I didn’t really know what to do with my hair so just put it into a bun and attached the flower pin on to encapsulate that 70’s hippie vibe – Lover of nature? That I am xo

P.S Did anyone else notice the OVO decal on the store front? For those that are interested in Drake merchandise – the store behind me stocks it! It’s called Browns Focus and is on the street directly behind the one that houses Bond Street station.

Hope y’all like the fusion of elements in this look, be sure to let me know what you think 🙂

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Happy Mother’s Day

Nailah XO

Summertime Feel Chill

Summertime Feel Chill

Zara black top
zara.com

Zara jacket
zara.com

Sass Bide maxi skirt
sassandbide.com

NIKE white sneaker
farfetch.com

Cameo necklace
boticca.com

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This set was pretty much inspired by the amazing weather we’ve been having in London these past two weeks. It’s odd how sunny and dry it’s been, really odd. As I write this, sunlight is filtering in through my blinds and caressing my skin, what a tease tsk. Now although the suns out and everything seems merry, the mornings are still quite chilly so the set that I put together today was more or less what I had originally wanted to wear myself until I felt how cold it really was outside. I bought the lovely khaki coloured cropped jacket yesterday and sought to wear it with a lacey monochrome crop top and maxi skirt. The crop top I included in the set is gorgeous with slight ribbed detail and would have been in my clutches if the Zara store I visited yesterday had had it in stock. Sigh.
I chose a maxi skirt with sheer polka dot detail to give this outfit a bit of Va Va Voom~ and the white Nike sneakers are a definite must have for this summer. They go perfectly with almost every kind of ensemble – I’ve even seen a few people wear them with party style dresses (not for me but they carried it off well enough!). I feel like almost every single person in this city has a pair of Ray bans – their sales margin must peak during Summer! And why not? They make great sunglasses after all.
A recurring pattern in previous posts must have highlighted my adoration for all necklaces that are of a choker design so adding the Cameo choker was foreseeable at the least. I kept the accessories minimal because this outfit really is one you chill in; to meet up with a few friends, walk around a park with them and just soak up the bountiful suns rays, all whilst listening to some Lana Del Rey<3 The headband was intrinsic to this look as I envisioned an up do to go with the vibe I was creating with this set. A bit sporty, a bit chic and a hell lot of cool. (I suddenly feel like the Fonz)
Hopefully we haven’t used up all our sunny day coupons this month and the good weather stays for as long as it possibly can!
Have a good week guys!
Nailah XO

I Killed The Prom Queen

Prom as we know it is, for most of us, is just around the corner – be it a few weeks away for those whose schools hold it at the end of March or a few months for those that hold it at the end of the summer term. And for us girls, being as we are – flawless creatures, need an equally flawless, breathtaking gown that will transform us into the belle of the ball – so to speak. I remember the process of picking out my own prom gown last year, it took me at least two months to narrow it down to a few possibilities and in the end I ended up purchasing something completely different. The dress I bought was a darling blue Ted Baker chiffon design with a cinched waist that I accessorised with a feather throw over and a demure looking up-do. Now I think about on it, I’m really glad I chose what I did because the attention and compliments I received that night gave me enough fuel to be as brazen as I wanted.

The most important factor involved in the dress picking process is the fit. It has to look right, feel right and flow right on your body. You need it to accentuate curves but not overdo it to avoid looking like a harlot. Different body types therefore require different prototype cuts to draw attention to and from the areas we seek to highlight/downplay.

For those of us who are more curvy, a full length gown with an adequate amount of embellishments/embroidery on the top half would be best so as to draw a more proportionate picture. Also you can never go wrong with chiffon (honestly it is one of the best fabrics ever! Chiffon Prom Dresses are incredible)

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Victoria Dress

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The Ruffled Halter Red

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The Aquamarine Slit

The empire waist, the halter neck appliqué detail, the way the chiffon runs over your body. It’s such an elegant and timeless look. The pastel tone of the two/three dresses is also perfect for an event such as prom which is held almost as a celebration of the warmer climate to come and the impending freedom that is Summer. My own prom dress was of a similar design and you can find many Halter Evening Dresses on Victoria Dress’ website!

For those with a more athletic slender body type, you can carry off most styles without faltering (so jealous!). The main emphasis here may be to create curves, which is why deep V neck lines and cinched waists are perfect! A gathered waistline and full skirt will also give the illusion of having a fuller, more feminine shape if that’s what you seek to do.

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A-line-V-neck-chiffon-pearl-pink-long-prom dress 

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The Red

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The White

And then of course there is the hourglass figure, which is the perceived societal embodiment of a ‘real’ woman. Embracing ones curves should be a priority for women with this body type as they really have it all – the slender waist, the ample chest and curvaceous hips. Some however, may wish to downplay these attributes and thus may prefer dresses of a shift like cut but a full length dress with a drawn in waist would be best to create appropriate proportions and draw attention to the best of ones form i.e. your slender waist and the symmetry of your chest to hip ratio. The best neckline would be also be of either a deep v-neck or sweetheart detail.

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The Burgundy 

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The Black

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The Beaded Pink

Looking at all these gorgeous Formal Evening Dresses makes me wish I could relive the prom experience and wear all of them to it! These dresses are all from www.victoriadress.co.uk and they all have the option of getting them custom made so as to offer the consumer their perfect fit. (I wish I had known about this site last year!)

There’s also a sale on right now – offering up to 65% off these ethereal looking vetements! So be sure to check these Cheap Prom Dresses out as soon as you can.

Happy Hunting XO

What’s In My Bag Marc B?

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VOGUE Beanie – AliExpress

Black Cami Slip Dress – Alternatives – Missguided/ASOS

Faux Leather Jacket – Alternative – BANK Fashion – Ribbon

Black Skinnies – UNIQLO

Chunky Monochrome Camden Boots – ASOS

Lucy Clutch Bag – BANK Fashion – Marc B

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Recently, BANK Fashion launched Marc B on their online site and sought out to collaborate with different bloggers on a ‘What’s in your bag’ sort of theme. Well guys, here you have it. This is what was in my Marc B Lucy Clutch bag – which I think is gorgeous – Burgundy always was one of my favourite colours!

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Barry M Smoking Hot Makeup Palette Dark as my soulYum!

Kate Moss 107 (One of the best shades of red I have ever come across!)

Mac DIVA – Perfection.

Rimmel Scandalous Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner (Can’t leave the house without it)

White Apple Earphones

White iPhone 

I have to confess. I’ve never really been a clutch bag kind of girl but I honestly do love this Marc B clutch, it’s so practical and minimalist in terms of it’s design and detail and yet undeniably stylish at the same time. Just my kind of man, I mean bag* (There could be a pun involved there). I chose to keep the colour scheme of this look as dark as I could with varying minimalist monochrome detail – you could say I was inspired to do so. The only pops of colour allowed were the Lucy Clutch Bag and my lipstick whose shade perfectly matched that of the clutch (Lord love me some Diva!) Alternatively I also picked out my gold choker to offset the gold detail on the zips of the clutch. What can I say? When I set out with styling an outfit, I really do pay attention to every little detail.

Hope you all dig this little outfit and have had a good start to the week!

Nailah XO