Monday, 31 August 2015

Nova's Red Room: Adam Lambert & Jason Derulo

Cutie patootie Adam Lambert

Jason Derulo

My girl CC <3

DRESS: Daniel Avakian  |  HEELS: Guess

What's up, lovelies! I've been back in Australia for a couple of weeks now, but am only just getting around to posting these puppies!
A day or two after I flew home from Dubai, I hit up another fun Nova's Red Room private gig, with performances by Adam Lambert and Jason Derulo. I actually saw Jason the night before, when I went to a preview performance of Matilda the Musical at The Star Hotel and Casino, exited the lift, and smacked straight into him riding a segway through the lobby. What a world we live in.

April xx

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Dubai 2015: part three

Super obsessed with my henna!

JEWELLERY: Claire Aristides  |  ON FINGERS: Face of Australia 'Backstage Beauty'

DRESS: Suboo (similar HERE & HERE)  |  JEWELLERY: Claire Aristides

Atlantis, The Palm

Aquaventure waterpark!

That isn't me in the tube, but I did go through there!

DRESS: Free People (similar HERE & HERE)

JUMPSUIT: Seduce  |  CLUTCH: ALILA  |  HEELS: Jimmy Choo (affordable versions HERE & HERE)

And so ends this tour of Dubai! While the trip was brief, and the restrictive dress code threw me a little (you all know that it's not as if I constantly wear miniskirts or boob-baring tops, but when it's that hot, you naturally want to air out your shoulders and throw on some above-the-knee shorts!), I loved it and would definitely return to the United Arab Emirates; perhaps Abu Dhabi, which is considered more fashionable and trendy, or Dubai again, once the enormous Universal Studios theme park is open (it will have a big Jurassic World section... Hello)!

April xx

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Dubai 2015: part two

TOP: Seduce  |  EAR CUFF: Fiel Sol  |  ON NAILS: Face of Australia in Beauty Queen

Mouth-watering colours at the spice market

Dubai's old town (the original coral stone was all rendered over during its restoration)

Picking up some local shoe flavour

DRESS: Suboo (similar HERE and HERE)  |  SNEAKERS: Superga  |  
HAT: Richard Anderson (similar HERE and HERE)

SLIDES: River Island (similar HERE)

Delightful hotel room towel swan

There is an enormous aquarium inside Dubai Mall and it's incredible!

So I visited Dubai's Old Town, which unfortunately isn't all that "old" anymore; it's virtually deserted and consists of a few rendered buildings, with one or two patches revealing the original coral stone (which is thousands of years old, so I'll admit that that is rather impressive!). I then swung by the famous spice market, which was sadly also pretty quiet (I unfortunately visited the city during the EID Festival, which follows the Ramadan month of fasting/avoidance of anything considered celebratory). Although I did manage to find an open store selling beautiful bejewelled flats and snapped up a cute pair in pale pink silk. Hopefully they don't become one of those impulse holiday purchases that suddenly seem ridiculous once you try to fit them into your real-life closet!
I also checked out Dubai Mall, which I was admittedly VERY excited about. Um, there is a giant aquarium inside the mall! Full of sharks and stingrays! I actually really enjoy immersing myself in generic areas like malls and supermarkets when I am overseas, as it allows me to get an idea of what the locals are like, the trends that are popular and, best of all, which crazy foods and products are for sale! I noted that elaborate, coloured eye make-up products took up great deal of retail space and I became obsessed with the flawless, matte skin sported by the Emirati women, despite the overwhelming heat. I've since discovered that there is a specific make-up primer and a certain setting spray that are hugely popular in the U.A.E. and I am going nuts trying to find out which brands they are (please Comment below if you know)!
I have one more Dubai post to come after this, so check back soon and please feel free to Comment if you have any questions about my experience there!

April xx