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Turtleneck Top – New Look/ASOS

Skirt – ASOS 

Sneakers – Nike 

Bonjour mes amis,

I was in Paris at the end of the month for my best friend’s birthday and thought I’d try to rustle together a blog post to commemorate the trip (and her birthday ofc). Firstly, I just want to say that button up skirts are some of the cutest articles of clothing ever! They make me feel like I live in the countryside, on a prairie like Dorothy – or maybe that’s just the feel that this skirt in particular gave me with its rust colouring and two toned stripes. Either way, I need to invest in more of this particular style of skirt. This outfit was very conservative with its high neck and tights but I quite enjoyed it, it not only made me feel quite mature but gave me these later 80 campus feels (like Clueless but with a longer skirt)

Another thing I became aware of after arriving in Paris – apart from how well I seemed to blend in – mostly because I was wearing mostly black, was how undeniably chic the women there were. There is definitely a cultural appeal about Parisian women, namely that they are immaculately, effortlessly, becomingly stylish and chic, carry themselves with poise and have an explicit presence. More than how they dress, it is not their style that gives them that presence (although it definitely doesn’t hurt) but their attitude.

“You have this ‘Je ne sais quoi’ quality about you”

“She has this Joie de vivre”

Are both French qualities that are constrained within the French language and although they can be prescribed to others outside of the nationality, they cannot be translated. In a way, it is the French attitude that is unable to be transformed or transfigured into any other kind that is not what it first was (French). I feel like that got a bit complicated whilst I was trying to figure out what it was that I was trying to say but ultimately, the French have this sexy confidence that is expressed through their style and the way they carry themselves. Something I both admire and attempt to emulate within my day to day life.

Another interesting element of my trip was the discovery of Paul Signac’s work. So, if I remember correctly, he was an early 20th century Neo-impressionist French painter who painted in dots of pure colour. His paintings were not only fun to look at but incredibly breathtaking when peered closely at. It was crazy to view all the dots that made up the trunk of a tree or the sea – oh wow, the way this man painted the sea! I was in awe truth be told, not only because he was so talented but also because I’m so lazy that to think that someone would take hours on end to paint in dots and create such a masterpiece stirs all sorts of emotions within me. Mostly  it makes me wish I wasn’t so lazy haha.

I’ve included some pictures of his work below for you all to have a look for yourself, although if you want the real deal – Go to Musee D’Orsay if ever in Paris, you will not regret it. Asides from Signac, there is a lot of incredible art (Van Gogh, Picasso etc etc) to enjoy 🙂

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And last but not least, here is a picture of my bezzie’s cute butt, Happy (now Belated) 21rst Birthday beautiful!

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As always, let me know what you think and I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

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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

A little R&R before NYE

Relax and Rewind before the New Year

Black shirt
glamzelle.com

Miss Selfridge jeans
missselfridge.com

Black shoes
celebboutique.com

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Does anyone else feel a little strung out (more than a little) after all the festivities and mush that this time of year involves? Don’t get me wrong, I do love it! But after two weeks of constant moving and shaking and God knows I can’t dance so we’ll leave that one out. I feel the need, now more than ever to present myself with a little holiday, a weekend away, something like that but it’s not possible at the moment so instead I daydream about what I’d wear on this ‘weekend away’.
I’d want to be comfortable that’s for sure and what better a way to both be comfortable and look stylish in than a bold Chanel No.5 Sweatshirt print? Yeah I didn’t think anyone would disagree. I added a little vintage touch to this set by including mom jeans, hello 80′s influence! Once again comfort was key, then of course the little backpack because one really does need a purse/bag big enough to keep all the miscellaneous items that would not fit into the actual suitcase. (Plus it was shiny and stripy thus cute!)
The six inch heels come in because I firstly didn’t want this set to get too comfortable and secondly because I was tailoring it for myself, they were a necessity. Not only does it add a little sexy sophistication into the mix of otherwise lazy pieces but it also gives you that little bit of extra confidence along with the added height and great posture! + I also loved the gold chain link ankle cuff on them – need those shoes now.
This is what I’d wear on a weekend getaway. Well on the first day anyway and that does not involve the evening or nightwear!
What’s your take on the perfect R&R weekend ensemble?
Bjs Nailah **