Monthly Archives: May 2013

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#FashionCrush: I pre-viewed Banana Republic’s new Milly Collection!

Oh and was the 1st one to purchase one of their items!! As you do…

So, on yesterday morning, I was very lucky to be one of the bloggers invited to preview the new Milly Collection at the Banana Republic store in Dubai Mall! Some really cool pieces, lots of colours, really quirky accessories, perfect for the Summer!

One of the items I tried on was a dress previously spotted on Mariana Menounos (obviously she looks MUCH much better than I do!). At AED550 it’s a real bargain and a piece which will take you from the beach to an evening out! LOVE IT! Other pieces were sported by celebs including the super stylish Olivia Palermo & the fabulous Zoe Saldana!


I treated myself to a lovely coral flowy shirt which I can wear with tailored trousers to work or with lose pants over the weekend. So versatile and on-trend! Again, massive CRUSH!

A little bit about this fabulous collaboration:

Banana Republic and Milly founder and designer Michelle Smith introduced the Banana Republic Milly Collection – a limited-edition capsule inspired by the summer sophistication of the Hamptons. The women’s collection is a natural extension for Milly – a unique innovation for the design partnership.

The Banana Republic Milly Collection marries the iconic Banana Republic sense of modern style with Milly’s signature vintage-inspired prints and patterns for a collection that feels equal parts sophisticated and playful. The Banana Republic Milly Collection includes pieces for women and men, such as feminine silhouettes in splashes of neon for her and tailored separates in bold prints for him.

The more than 30-piece collection of women apparel and accessories features original designs that incorporate a new print created exclusively for the capsule as well as six beloved Milly prints that have been updated specifically for these collaborative designs.

Covetable women’s pieces range from maxi dresses to shorts in a rainbow of on-trend colors, including lime, coral, and navy, to versatile poolside totes and summer scarves. Apparel pieces range in price from 195 – 550 aed; jewelry and accessory pieces range from 150 –595 aed.

View the collection:

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Banana Republic is a global accessible luxury brand that delivers modern, soulful and effortless style. Banana Republic’s lifestyle collections are characterized by elevated design and luxurious fabrications at approachable prices. Banana Republic collections include apparel, handbags, jewelry, fragrance and eyewear.


Smart, sexy and beautiful, the Milly by Michelle Smith collection has defined spirited luxury since 2001.  Born out of designer Michelle Smith’s lifelong love of art and fashion, Milly is renowned for its lush prints, colors and fabrics and sharp attention to detail. Milly is recognized throughout the globe with a devoted following.  The collection is sold at the finest specialty and department stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods and Takashimaya. Milly has successfully expanded into categories beyond ready-to-wear, including handbags, small leather goods, swimwear, and for budding fashionistas, the Milly Minis children swear collection.  The ultimate world of Milly is located within their new flagship boutique at 900 Madison Avenue in New York City.

The Banana Republic store is located at The Dubai Mall so get those little plastic cards ready and go check it out!!

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#FashionCrush: hosted an exclusive AW’13 preview at Pinko

On Sunday, Tala Samman from, hosted an exclusive preview for her readers (I’m a fan!) of her top picks for Pinko’s AW’13 collection.

We all got a chance to take an exclusive first look at selected Pinko items  for next season and were  given the chance to pre-book pieces on the evening from the AW13 collection.

I did see a few nice things so will defo visit the store in Dubai Mall again soon!

The Glam Crush babes! I'm with Make-Up Artist Kathryn Pardoe & Fashion Stylist Haya Yatim

The Glam Crush babes! I’m with Make-Up Artist Kathryn Pardoe & Fashion Stylist Haya Yatim

AW Tala's top picks


AW Tala's top picks (1)

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#BeautyCrush: Fabulous toner!

You know, I’ve gotta admit, I always liked the idea of ‘natural/organic’ beauty products BUT I’ve always been a little sceptical about whether they actually work and, perhaps a bit scared of how my skin might react to them.

But, I do like a challenge and so when I received a bottle of Herbline Essentials Cucumber & Rose Water Tonic in my VIVA Beauty Awards GlamBox, I decided to give it a try for a least a week (the time it usually takes my skin to say yay or nay).

And well, it has now been a week exactly and both my skin and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

Skin Tonic_Herbline Essentials

The tonic smells divine and feels so fresh! Apply a little bit on a cotton pad, dab it all over your face, apply your usual moisturiser and you’re good to go! I use it morning & night.

Herbline Essentials is a beauty range that advocates a return to nature, offering consumers Ayurvedic products . All their products are made from 100% natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas, are paraben, paraffin and cruelty free and provide long term benefits for a healthy body and mind.

Herbline Essentials products are currently available in over 100 pharmacies in the UAE, including Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United Pharmacies; and online through,, and

Check out their website here. & don’t forget to ‘Like’ them on Facebook!

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#FashionSalesCrush: Baruni Exclusive Summer Sale, up to 75% off!!


One of my favorite local designers, Baruni is hosting an exclusive sale on Saturday 8th & 9th June!  Check out my previous post on Baruni

What ‘s more? 5 prize vouchers of AED750 will be up for grabs!!


 See you at their Studio in Al Barsha! And just to make it even easier for you to find, here is a map!


You’re welcome ;)!

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#FashionCrush: Best red carpet dresses of all time via

The iconic Style & Fashion Magazine recently published this beautiful feature which I though I would share with you all glammies!!

Check it out here.

A pure moment of retro-fashion bliss. Let me know which ones you like/dislike?!

My personal favorite is Nicole Kidman’s Balenciaga hot red dress she wore to the 2007 Oscars.

Audrey Hepburn In Givenchy at the Oscars, 1954

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy at the Oscars, 1954

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