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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

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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

End of an Era

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Black Sheer Kaftan – H&M

Lace Top – BANK Fashion – Glamorous

High Waisted Jeans – BANK Fashion – Glamorous

Two Toned Chunky Camden Boots – ASOS – New Look

Similar Eagle Necklace – Boohoo Outlet- Ebay

Pork Pie Hat – Topshop

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Lace Headband – Similar – Luulla

Floral Swing Dress – BANK Fashion – Glamorous

Similar Cut Out Wedges – Ebay1 and Ebay2 (Practically identical to the ones above!)

Say heyyy Ms Carterrr *waits for response*

I’ve been awful these last few weeks, disappearing without a word and practically abandoning my blog but I needed the break from reality and I’m well and truly back now! Today I thought I’d share two outfits I put together – seeing as I owe you this much at the least- Bank Fashion (love them) sent me a few samples earlier last week and now I get to share them with you all 🙂

The lace top is the cutest thing and as I have a bit of an obsession with the fabric and its texture, I adored it almost instantly. The high waisted jeans are super comfy and fit just right although not as tight as I would have liked around the ankles but that’s mainly because I have really skinny ankles compared to the rest of well, you get it. Don’t you just adore and covet my two toned boots? I’d been looking for a monochrome pair to go with my seemingly all black wardrobe (shout out to BEGS XO) and they are just perfect in every single way, be it the fit, the length and width of the heel, the laces, the zip details – EVERYTHING! Also how adorable is the sheer kaftan? Can you believe it’s only £6?! I couldn’t at all. I think it works perfectly as throw over for most outfits and love that I found it when I did – thank you H&M<3

I can’t really tell what was going through my head when I put together the second outfit. I just sort of threw things on and had a general direction of what kind of look I was aiming for. I have to say, it worked out pretty well. I’ve never really owned a swing styled dress in such a bold print before and was a bit unsure of how it would look on me but I’m kind of crazy about this piece now. The material is like imitation silk and the asymmetrical hemming of the dress as well as it’s fit – the way it flows and drapes ones form – is different to most that I have seen worn by people and for that reason it has captured my heart all the more. The accessories I paired it with gave off a slightly dark yet earthy vibe which I feel enveloped a lot of different styles – sort of a mess of the hippie 70’s and grunge 80’s, sixties’s vie de boheme with slight 1920’s flapper tendencies (never could say no to a lace headband – one of my weaknesses shh)

Hope everyone’s had a good start to the week!

Paz E Amor – Nailah **

Fenchurch Womenswear

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Necklace – H&M

Black Turtleneck – Pink Queen (original from American Apparel)

Baseball Top – BANK Fashion – Fenchurch

Black High waisted Skinnies – Topshop

Black Pumps – Newlook

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Cat Ear Beanie – Alternative – Ebay

Leaf Print T-Shirt – BANK Fashion – Fenchurch

Bank Fashion Clare Lace Up Boots – Alternative – Newlook

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Recently got sent a few items from BANK Fashion’s new Fenchurch womenswear line and I have to say, I am in love! It is street wear at it’s finest and most flattering. The baseball top, I was initially going to pair with a slip dress and pinstripe tights to show how it could be worn as a nightwear look and compare it against a day look but my tights ripped and it ruined the outfit for me. There are a lot of different ways the top could be worn and I adore its versatility in this area. I assembled it with my Topshop Joni high waisted jeans (love, love, love them) and a turtleneck as well as a few Gold accessories and my high heels to give it an air of sophistication – (Just cause it’s street wear, doesn’t mean you have to play it down and be casual!)

The controversial Marijuana leaf print top is one of the coolest items in my wardrobe right now and I’ve already got a friend asking to borrow it (she can get her own to be honest xoxo). I created a laid back look around the top and paired it with a quirky cat ear beanie as well as my favourite boots (also from BANK!). At some point during shooting these pictures I picked up a block of wood lying around and pretended to be a hoodlum for a bit – I don’t really know why… but love my imagination guys!

The FENCHURCH brand recently released its womenswear line and I have been crazy about it since the S/S 14 Bank Press Day when I saw a few of the pieces for the first time. The cuts, patterns and fabric are perfect in my opinion and I can find no fault with any of the three (the material of the items I got sent is so incredibly soft!). I feel like I really need more pieces from the line and whats even more exciting is that they keep putting new stuff up on the site, so I likely will get more soon!

BANK #SS14 Collections & Trends

Yesterday I attended my first press day and was lucky enough to preview BANK’s new collection for their in-house brands; Ribbon and Blonde + Blonde as well as their two new and exclusive for SS14 brands; Pink Soda and Fenchurch (pour femme this time!)

Pink Soda for SS14 is the epitome of femininity! The collection’s colour palette features mainly pastels with bold embellishments, articulate beadwork and lots and lots of sequins. The dresses are drop dead gorgeous and so sweet and girly looking, it’s almost like they’ve been dipped in sugar. Take a look for yourself!

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I do love the inclusion of the bright oranges and splashed white in all it’s lacey and intricately embellished beauty. One of BANK’s key trends ‘Spice Trail’ resides within the Pink Soda brand and the design team have taken inspiration from the far and middle east, embodying the influences in the forms of statement jackets and jewelled accessories (which I forgot to take pictures of, sorry guys!)

The second newly established collection is Fenchurch’s exclusive collection for women and that collection, take my word for it, is amazing. I am in love with most of the pieces from the capsule collection! The muse for Fenchurch’s womenswear line is the notion of ‘girls wearing guys clothing’ and also the apparent influx of such from celebrity pop culture i.e. Rihanna, Rihanna, Rihanna. It’s a wonderful collection and I honestly couldn’t stop myself from reaching out to it from amongst the rest of the beautiful clothing/trends, maybe it’s cause I’m secretly hood? Or just very, very into fierce street style looks which this collection embodies well. The American baseball shirts/vests/Varsity style shirts/appliqued bomber jackets are all given an androgynous edge when worn by females and I like that Fenchurch’s collection for women upholds the same base template as the original menswear collection did (which attracted women to buy Fenchurch’s mens clothing in the first place! At least before this collection was created.) Teamed with chunky jewellery, edgy accessories such as see through fanny pack bags and controversial marijuana leaf prints, this collection is fun and fierce (forever linking this word to Beyonce!) and assertive in its right to be seen and heard. And I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it!

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(How very Versace! This shirt needs to be mine ASAP!)

Two other exciting trends present in BANK’s in-house brand Ribbon are Geo Mod and Botanical Garden. Bold gorgeous floral prints and patterns for S/S14 but with 60’s inspired silhouettes and digital and depth adding grid-like prints on skater and shift dresses, need I say more? I’m starting to wonder whether it’s not too early to start shopping for Spring/Summer…

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Also, how bad are these shoes begging to be bought by you?

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(The futuristic looking and neon green clutch have stolen my heart!)

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(The two toned neon block heels<3)

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The block heeled monochrome boot was probably my favourite from shoe wear, and that was definitely a hard decision to make from so many uber cool shoes (flatforms, sandals, heels you name it) to choose from.

I’m already excited for S/S14 and it’s not even here yet! It’s definitely tempting to max out your credit card or spend your newly acquired pay check on the new trends and collections that BANK has to offer, so maybe it’s a good thing that they don’t get released for a few more months? Maybe, talvez, peut-être…

Abe’s Gone Street

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Scarf – Vintage

Abe Sweatshirt – Forever 21

Black contrast leggings with ribbed panel – River Island

Fringe side bag – Jane Norman – Similar found Here and Here

Clare Lace Up Boots – BANK Fashion

My sister bought this amazing sweatshirt during the weekend and hasn’t seen it since… I may be to blame for that. I saw it peeking out of the corner of the Forever 21 carrier bag on Saturday evening and just haven’t been able to let it go. I guess I’ve got too much love for my homie Abe here. I’ve been looking for a statement sweatshirt for quite some time now and I think finding this one – albeit in my sisters clutches, is nothing short of a miracle! It’s so nice and warm as well as just being really cool. I teamed it with the contrast leggings and Clare boots to give off a really relaxing and chill vibe and the vintage scarf just added the allure of a 1970’s hippie-delic love child. The look was set up around the sweatshirt and using it as inspiration I decided to create an ensemble that existed between the 1970’s-80’s so with the inclusion of a few accessories (tasselled fringe bag and wooden necklace I got in Kenya) + incredibly messy hair the end result looked like a early 80’s grunge skater kid who see’s the world through rose tinted glasses (hippie influenced in other terms) but still has an edge.

I’d love to hear your opinions on the look 🙂

Paz e Amor,

Nailah ***

BANK Goodies

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KARAH – Faux Fur Hat  –  Ted Baker

White Oversized ShirtMiss Selfridge

Long Line Leather Look Biker JacketBANK – Ribbon

HaremsEu Nao Sei (literally have no idea!)

Clare Lace Up BootsBANK – Blonde & Blonde

Aztec Embossed Weave SatchelASOS

So a few days ago I received a much awaited parcel from BANK in the mail and and due to my impulsive nature and lack of patience I all but ripped it open to reveal the faux leather jacket and the amazing heeled boots I’m wearing in the pictures above.

The faux leather biker jacket is from one of BANK’s in-house brands; Ribbon and I honestly do wish I had gotten it a lot sooner! It’s length is longer than the norm for most leather jackets so it ends just above mid-thigh for me, a factor that had increased my adoration for it. The outer material of the jacket is smooth to touch and quite soft whereas the inner material is more so sleek and even softer! The jacket doesn’t showcase a skin tight silhouette when zipped up but that’s because it allows one to wear layers with it if they so wished to without making the person look like they’re bursting at the seams. It’s been quite a chilly week and this jacket has definitely helped to protect me from the cold front so overall I think it would be a great investment to ones autumn/winter wardrobe! Also have I mentioned it looks great? (My mother wants one too now!)

Now for the boots, eurgh I love, love, love these shoes so much already. I’ve never been one to wear boots and if I were to purchase some they’d always be wedge boots or a sort with a really high heel. This was not the case for these ones. Originally I had wanted a really high pair of wedged sneaker like shoes from BANK but they weren’t in stock and I settled for the ones I now have. I am honestly so glad the others weren’t in stock! These boots are not only incredibly comfortable but they also look amazing with everything I own! Seriously speaking I could pair these with a maxi dress and add some dark coloured accessories/makeup and it would work (I have tried this, you have my word.)

I got the Clare Lace Up Boots – complements of  another of  BANK’s in-house brands; Blonde&Blonde, in a size up (so a size 6) because I aimed to wear really furry socks with them (and also because I saw that size 5 was out of stock on the website – I’m sneaky I know!) They legit fit like a charm, ever so slightly bigger than usual because of the increased sizing but when I wear them with socks I can hardly even tell. The block heel on the boots has won over my heart from all other past heels and  I’ve worn these boots every day since I’ve gotten them! THAT should be saying a lot about their quality, comfort and endurance!

They keep your feet warm all whilst looking stylishly ultra retro grunge… Why haven’t you got your own pair yet?

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

Bjs Nailah **