Denim LOVE

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Outfit (or just shirt) from Zara

 

Hey!!! I ended my weekend in a super cool vibe, and went for an outdoor lunch at WDoha. To be honest it was a bit too hot but I realized once it was too late. I must say that I was happy to be wearing my denim shirt, and here is why:

The Fabric

As denim is constituted of cotton it makes it a very breathable fabric which is exactly what you should be looking for in a shirt for hot days. Finding good cotton shirt became more accessible than it was in the past, you don’t have to spend so much for a good denim light and airy shirt. What I love the most is the soft feel the fabric has. Sometimes it almost feels like silk on the skin, without all the inconvenient of it.

The Cut

I had to be smart about dressing up because I knew I was going to eat like a monster. I didn’t want to feel uncomfortable when my belly would start sending me signs of distress from the amount of food it is getting. So in order to eat as much as I wanted I picked a super oversized shirt. In seriousness a loose silhouette was perfect just for such hot days to guarantee good air circulation and benefit 100% from the fabric’s attributes.

The Look

Unfortunately I was too full to stand up and take full pictures of the outfit, but you can see from the pics that it is a bit more than just a simple jeans shirt. I didn’t want the look to be too plain and needed to have some sort of interest from head to toe. The side ruffle was the perfect touch of interest and made a denim shirt a bit feminine. I paired it with a cropped and loose black pants to show my printed black and white trainers (which I forgot to photograph).

I ended up as much as I mentioned and finished the day with a 1h30 nap to be able to continue my day. It was all worth it and I wished I had a jeans overall from how comfy and soft that fabric was.

Bisous!!

M

Shopping Time!!!

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Outfit: legging and black sweater from Nike

Oversized denim jacket from Zara

Shoes from Jimmy Choo

Bag from Gucci

 

Hey!!! I had a few errands to run yesterday which included grocery shopping. You may understand that achieving this goal required some serious motivation, and was the key to a happy and successful weekend. To create the needed energy, I picked a sporty look as if I was going to the gym to motivate myself. Here are the reasons why I think it is this style is the best for running errands:

Looking healthy

Not to kid anyone I have been saying to myself, for probably 4 months now, that I should go back to exercising. I at least try to eat as healthy as possible during the week. To match what was in my shopping cart, I had to wear my gym outfit (because my body doesn’t support me much on that side). Since I do the grocery shopping for the week, I have to go through almost every alley. Can we agree it is a workout?

Print matters

I picked my geometric camouflage legging for a few reasons, apart from being the most comfortable thing in my closet. First it added a bit of life in my very plain outfit, which would have ended up being all black if I had picked something else. I really try to stay away from black, because I love it so much that I wouldn’t mind wearing it every day. The second is that I am very clumsy. So as I knew I was going to have some sort of food break (which is beyond a must) it saves me in case something falls of while I am eating. That’s how you test how good your camouflage print is.

Jeans forever

Wearing jeans will always be a good idea. It is the kind of fabric that matches everything. I felt I needed that extra layer because malls in Qatar tend to be beyond freezing, and I really didn’t want to risk being sick during the weekend. And that jeans oversized jacket is just too cool. This way I look like a cool person who exercises, which makes me even more cool!! Ahaha

Even though wearing active wear outside going to the gym is slowly fading off, I still truly believe it is super practical. Since comfort is important to me, I don’t really care. I also don’t care if a trend is over. I will always wear what makes me feel good and what I like.

Back At It

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Pictures taken at Souq Al Dera (next to Souq Waqif)

Jeans & Jacket from Zara

Shoes are from Adidas

 

Hey!!! I am happily writing this blog from my balcony under Doha’s sun (which is finally back). I kind of want to go the beach though but work first, because I am working on an exciting project for myself. As some of you may know, I graduated from VCU’s Fashion department almost 5 years ago. I left the design aspect of this industry, or took a break from it because I wanted to understand better the business side of it. But I have been seriously missing designing for a few reasons:

Being a buyer

Being a fashion buyer for a big department store is amazing because I am traveling every other week, to decide on what we will have in store in the coming months. To be honest it is a dream job, but it makes shopping so boring. I am sure you are wondering why? Well, when you are exposed to new clothes and therefore next year’s trends, you are ready to wear them now. But guess what? There are not in store yet anywhere!!! It is the nightmare of being a buyer. If only I could steal of the clothes I see in showrooms ahaha just kidding.

Being a messenger

Not being able to find what makes me happy in store, made me realize how much I missed designing. I miss expressing myself through my designs and share my emotions in some way. I am true believer that Fashion is the best way to express yourself. The beauty of this industry is that there are no rules and many mediums through which you can do so, and mine is by making clothes and taking photos.

Self-project

I didn’t think I was going to be working in a company for this long, and that by now I would have my platform to share my passion. Of course I can’t really leave my job, because I need to eat (because food is way too important to me) but most importantly because I love it. So I have decided to try and do both. I started designing again, and will be making a few pieces that I have been thinking about for a while. These pieces are way to complete my wardrobe. Every day when I dress up, I feel I am missing something and so why not make them then?

The Souq

I am lucky to live in Doha, where we have a fantastic fabric souq. There is literally every kind of fabrics and prints you could imagine. I love going there because it inspires me so much and I feel so good when I am surrounded by fabrics. It is my element. I went there last night and just bought a few meters of fabrics to start with. As mentioned earlier I haven’t designed for 5 years and so don’t want to go too crazy or make it too complicated from the beginning. Hopefully it will turn out as I have imagined!!

I am really excited about this and sharing it, but I am a shy person too. That’s why I express myself through my designs and I really hope you will understand and appreciate them.

 

Bisous!!

M

 

 

Kaki Is The New Black

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Outfit: leggings from Mango

Tank top from Gap

Oversized top from Zara

Sneaker from Jimmy Choo

Hey!!! One of my favorite style of the last few seasons is Sport Luxe. Sport Luxe is basically the combination of active wear and street wear in a stylish, relaxed and comfortable approach. What is amazing with this trend is that it has been constantly evolving during the last few months and even traditional fashion houses are embracing it. It has no boundaries and gives you full room for experimenting which is why I love it. I try to keep a few “rules” when I style up a Sport Luxe look and here are my tips:

Keep it simple

Sport Luxe is all about being minimalist with a straight forward statement. Think about it as a sophisticated street wear look. If you realized I just picked a black pair of legging, a black tank top and an oversized baseball lace sweater. I paired the look with total white sneakers to breakout from the black which added a point of interest. This way you are guaranteed that people will look from head to toe!

Monochrome

Active wear really rhymes with black. The simple reason for it, is that you will appear slimmer than you are and still be super stylish and elegant. The base of my outfit was total black and since kaki is the new black, can we agree that it still falls under the monochrome category?? Hehe

Be bold

Since Sport Luxe is very minimalist, so don’t hesitate to take risks. At the end of the day remember that you are trying to share a fashion statement. For this look I focused on two things: the lace and the knit rib. I really liked how the lace was clashing with the active wear feel and added a touch of femininity, especially because it is an oversized top. The second one is the rib. This detail is a nice recall of the sport feel and in particular baseball. It also added a touch of white, which lighted up the look and added a new texture.

I must admit that I had a super cool day in this outfit as it mixes functionality and coolness. The dynamic of the look melted onto my mood and I was super productive at work. As you may know by now, comfort is really important to me, and I must say that Sport Luxe is made for Sanguesita!!!! It is a match made in heaven.

Bisous!!

M

 

 

Back To Basics

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Outfit: Shirt and Jacket from Zara

Denim from 7 For All Mankind

Shoes from Chiara Ferragni

Hey!!! Today I decided to tell you why I am the ambassador of BASIC looks. As Coco Chanel said “SIMPLICITY is the key of all true elegance”. I really don’t believe in over trying or over doing, to look and feel good. To be honest, if you pick your basics well, you will end up with endless options because everything goes together. However, there are a few tricks in how to pick your basics when you go shopping. The one thing to focus on is colors. For basics stay in the neutral color palette (beige, nude, grey, kaki…) and avoid trendy or seasonal colors. You will love them when you are in the store because they are everywhere, and you will also think that you will love them forever. Trust me, you won’t.

These days the weather has been so weird in the Qatar, as we are transferring from winter (if we can call it winter) to spring. One day is hot, the other is cold and same story with the sun. My solution was to go basic, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong and used my Fashion Formula:

+1 Basic (this time I used 2: jeans + white shirt)

+1 Interest piece (textured and shiny shoes)

+1 Completer piece (a cotton kaki jacket)

To make the look standout a bit, there two items to focus on. First, the shoes. I truly believe that people will judge you or have a quick idea of you are when they see your shoes. And it is a nice way to add a bit of fun in a settle way. The other item is the “complete piece”, which in this case was the kaki jacket. It adds structure to the look and some sort of formality which is perfect for work. Of course fashion isn’t just about formulas and rules. It is a way to construct your look if needed, but I am true believer in following your instincts as well. Eventually I ended up having a very good day because I felt good in what I was wearing. It is important to me because my moods get affected by how I feel in my skin, but hey that’s just me and it works for me! Let me know if you think it works for you or what is your way of building a simple basic outfit.

Bisous!!

M