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Spoil your footsies April 6, 2011

Filed under: Fashion,Latest trends — shabbychicfashion @ 10:22 pm

Having been raised in Australia, I was bound to the culture of thongs (flip flops, not g strings;P) the beach and fish n chips. When I was young I had a problem with my feet I always sprained my ankle when walking so I needed those foot padding things that go in shoes and I hated it, so from a very young age I would wear thongs or open toed shoes, after 10 or so years, when I would need to wear closed shoes my toes would just ache with pain they would get red and so irritated so I would dread when I would need to wear anything closed for sports or long walks up hills etc.

 



Nicole Richie looking cute as in her converse shoes

Anyway long story short it’s been 25 years since I have purchased a pair of sneakers voluntarily  but because it was getting harder and harder for me to wear anything but thongs I decided to invest in a pair of converse shoes and this is something I recommend for everyone!! They are so freakin comfortable! Even though they are slightly pricey, I feel like they are a perfect alternative for people who have the same problem as me. It’s also a great look celebrities can pull off and look effortlessly chic and cute, don’t hate me but it seriously peeves me when socialites and celebrities like Kim K wear nothing but Christian Louboutin’s, (we get it you’re rich, snob).

 

I tend to pair them with jeans /shorts and a casual t shirt but I am sure there are many other ways to wear them, ( I don’t think I can pull off a pair of Chuck Taylor’s with a dress like M. Cyrus!) and since I’m new to wearing sneakers if any of you fashionistas have any other suggestions on how to wear them let me know that’d be great!

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Nudes all the rage March 9, 2011

Filed under: Accessories,Fashion,Latest trends — shabbychicfashion @ 10:38 pm

So I’ve wanted to blog about this since I got back from Australia but there was always something else on my mind. While I was back home, I noticed an overwhelming fashion trend and that is everything nude, for those who don’t know what I mean I am referring to really sweet soft romantic tones from white beige and soft pinks, from day wear to night time attire, from shoes to bags and everything in between.

One reason why I believe it was such an overwhelmingly beautiful trend in Australia is because of a store called Forever New, you can say that all the “IT” girls shop at, as their style is up to date, shabby chic and sexy without going over the top. Mind you, forever new only opened it’s doors in 2006 in Melbourne and now operates more than 100 stores internationally, so that may be why this trend hasn’t hit Kuwait yet, or if it ever will, but this trend is one that I am just crazy about. When I went back home I actually did 70% of my shopping there!

I did notice this trend in Hollywood over the awards season, Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Jo Hanson and Hally Steinfeld just to name a few were embracing this romantic trend and I feel it just makes a woman look so classy and effortless!

my nude shoes

On NYE I went to a party thrown by Fashion TV and the theme was “A White Party” so everyone had to dress in light breezy colors and ofcourse the guys would either go all out and wear white from head to toe or do what many guys did and wear jeans with a white shirt white shoes and a funky little hat to top off the outfit (I must say he did me proud that night, looking smashing!) I got a dress from Forever New and gorgeous pink/beige pumps for the night which I am in love with. Everyone looked amazing that night, it was a sea of white and really allowed that fashion to come alive. I really hope that this trend comes to Kuwait hopefully over the summer, it is simply too cute a trend to miss out on!

 

What’s happening to the world!! March 5, 2011

Filed under: Latest trends,Makeover shows,TV & Movies,Weird things out there — shabbychicfashion @ 10:03 pm

Hollywood's latest insane idea

I think reality TV has hit an all time low!! A couple of days ago a show called “BridalPlasty”aired on E! Basically, what it is, is a group of engaged chicks competing for the chance to win their dream wedding and all the surgeries they want, lipo, botox, boob jobs etc etc. I mean ok, I understand that people behind the scenes have ratings to reach so they can make a few more millions but really, what does a show like this tell us about what’s to come in the future, what our kids will be watching and talking about and the really sad thing is, we are becoming so desensitized to this rubbish, it’s just accepted in our society.

 

 

Undoubtedly,in this day and age reality TV has completely taken over, from American Idol, dancing with the stars, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Jersey Shore & Big Brother (the ”mother”) of all reality television, and we are completely hooked, so what can be said about the quality of what airs on TV and is there really anything good on anymore? Thankfully, there are some kick ASS shows on the box like breaking bad, lie to me, big bang theory, community, how I met your mother, two and a half men, and glee, fingers crossed these shows air for a long time coming.

Anyway, even though I am slamming trashy reality TV, I, in no way am denying that I enjoy and look forward to seeing everyday people venturing into insane projects and wicked arguments. Hey, everyone needs a break from “our” reality;)

 

AU vs KW. What do U think? December 9, 2010

Filed under: Fashion,Latest trends — shabbychicfashion @ 8:20 pm

Hi all!

Sorry it’s been a while I’ve been insanely busy I just arrived in Australia for a family visit! It’s December now which means summer, but I am NOT impressed with the weather:( It’s a nice cool breeze which most people love but I’m here for the gorgeous beaches and lazy days at the park, booo! Anyway, I’m here for another 5 weeks so hopefully summer will arrive soon.

Now for all those who have been or live in Kuwait, may agree with me when I say the ladies can be really over the top when it comes to fashion, but they do keep up with the latest trends, but having been here in Australia, I’ve noticed that people aren’t really up to date, it’s not that there aren’t amazzzing fashion musts available, but I think the overly relaxed atmosphere that comes with being in Australia over shadows the fact that sometimes, putting in a little bit of effort can really go a long way in lifting a persons spirit. I’am talking about the girls fashion sense more than the guys, since guys here are always in board shorts and surfer t shirts which looks neat and cool, but some of the girls I see at the shops are wearing these overly tight short shorts and extremely low cut blouses with this hideous  hairstyle I call the “skunk look”. They dye their hair black and then a huge streak of blonde just underneath, it looks disastrous!

Having lived in both countries, I can see why Kuwait and Australia are different when it comes to style, and don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of either, but I think the fact that girls in AU don’t bother putting in effort when they go shopping (they go all out for clubbing tho!!) is because here, there are taxes, 9 to 5 jobs, uni, life is generally a bit more difficult and there are no maids to go out to do their grocery shopping so life is busy and more stressful, a vast difference to the lifestyle most have in Kuwait.

I really love the laid back feeling of OZ, but sometimes I wish girls could put a little more effort to look good because it will lift their spirit even if they don’t think so, and Australia has some incredible bargains! So there is no excuse about cost, and I do wish that some girls could take it down a notch in Kuwait and not dress like their going to a party at 10am.

 

Gotta have it! December 1, 2010

Filed under: Fashion,Latest trends,TV & Movies — shabbychicfashion @ 11:31 pm

E!s fashion police

For all those who have OSN, and I’m sure any chick that already does, watches E! & the Style network. Both channels air the show “fashion police” starring Joan Rivers and in one of their episodes they were showing one of the latest trends, coloured shoes.

Now, for some reason this seems to be a trend that not everyone is in love with and I don’t get it! It’s just gorgeous! Since the shoes must be bright (not neon!) and colourful I will obviously suggest wearing a single coloured or a nude coloured dress. The thing I adore about this trend is how cost affective it can be. There is no need to wander the malls looking for a colourful trendy funky dress, and instead invest in a pair (s) of fabulous heels with any boring dress you have hanging in your wardrobe and instantly set the trend! Like those on fashion police, investing in a pair of heels or flats is never a waste because unlike our dress size, our shoe size will never change:D

Given, some people really don’t know how to pull this look off and I don’t know how you can get this wrong, I was

Fabulousness

surprised to see SJP get it wrong, she’s like a fashion icon, but the Vivienne Westwood mess of a dress and those blue heels looked sloppy but anyway, it’s quite simple, and if you’re scared to look like you’ve just stepped out of a clown car, remember this, get a simple dress, not too much detail, glitter beading etc but go ALL out on the shoes! Get something insanely stylish funky gorgeous and try to suffer through the pain, because lets face it, when have YOU ever bought a pair that managed to look hot and be comfortable? Cause if you did, please tell me:(!

Don’t fret, you don’t need to go to Christian Louboutin, because not every average joe can splurge on a pair of $600 shoes, visit Topshop or River Island or go on-line and check out Zappos, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for! Remember you don’t have to be in a dress to follow this trend, go ahead and find a pair of flats along with jeans or tights, it’ll look just as stylish;) Embrace this trend, it’s fabulous!!!

 

In love with fashion November 29, 2010

Filed under: Fashion,Latest trends — shabbychicfashion @ 7:03 pm

So do you remember my post bout harem pants? I mentioned they need to be a certain quality matched with the perfect top etc, well today I went into Topshop in Avenues shopping centre (Kuwait) and as soon as you enter there are black harem pants hanging so I decided to give it a shot, and I loved them! The material is stretch so it’s superbly comfortable, there is a big bow on the left and there are zippers near the leg, they are so cute!

Harem pants from Topshop

I was hesitant to purchase them cause I got myself a butt and they tend to make the butt a bit bigger but then I found a pair of shoes that I fell in love with too (I fall in love a lot with clothes and shoes) they are black and gold, I love that the gold is minimal but still visible. The pants matched together with heels pulled my posture upright as heels do!

I loved the top I was wearing (not very clear here) it was loose and had a pocket on the right with a fake zipper, very chic but it was 18KD and I thought since I’m going to Australia soon, I’d better stick to buying a top from there since it’ll probably be a whole lot cheaper and it’s not very hard to find one that will look good, unlike the pants.

black & gold heels from Topshop

 

 

The thing I recommend if anyone wants to buy these pants is to match it with a light coloured top, avoid black, navy, grey and go for red yellow green purple etc. The pants are 24KD and the fabulous shoes (on left) are 37KD.

 

Pamper yourself! November 22, 2010

Filed under: Beauty,Latest trends — shabbychicfashion @ 11:36 pm

This is for all you ladies! Winter is here, and I’m sure you’ve got your wardrobe ready but that’s no excuse to forget about your nails. I don’t like to paint my nails on a regular basis because I am always aware that they might yellow too quickly but I found this amazing incredible new line by Zoya called “FLAME” available at Bubbles Nail Spa in Kuwait. The collection has six different colours all that make that winter outfit look so much more hotter!

ZOYA “FLAME” ‘nail polish collection
The great thing about Zoya and this particular collection is that according to their website (www.zoya.com) is that it is free of “toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – chemicals that are known to cause cancer and birth defects”. The colours are deep sexy and fresh and they have a tint of glitter but WAIT! don’t freak, I don’t like tacky glittery nail polish but this collection has a gorgeous subtle tint of glitter to it that just makes it look so stylish so if your local nail spa doesn’t have this collection get on their website mentioned above and be sure to check out the different colours available and hurry up and order!


Now, for all those residing in Kuwait I would strongly suggest visiting  Bubbles Nail Spa in the city even though it’s pricey be sure to treat  yourself even if it’s just once. Their collection of nail polish is  incredible there is every single shade you could want and the staff is  great. They are super cautious when it comes to hygiene so  everything they use on you that day is sent back with you to use at  home which is great. There are lots of different kinds of mani pedis I  usually go for the stone massage mani and pedi which comes up to  about 27 kd if I remember correctly, even the hot stones are a one  time use only thing! (Still doesn’t excuse the somewhat high price tag)  but I always go back to someone if their service is great.

Bubbles nail spa interior

The interior of the place is super cool and decked out in a stylish metal industrial kind of way with a lot of natural light which feels fresh and bright. Their chairs are comfortable and the sinks are sunk into the ground which is so much nicer than having someone bring you a bucket of water to dip your feet into! I love that they always bring me a heat pack to rest on my shoulders while I relax in the comfortable recliner. If you ask, they can bring you an eye mask to help you rest while getting your treatment. The best thing about Bubbles is that after you are done, they bring you a machine which allows you to put your hands and feet in for about 7 minutes that will completely dry the polish! Finally, we ladies can leave the spa with our polish still in tact even when we take out our purses to pay!

Two things I hate about this place is the freakin location! It’s in the city so getting there and back will almost always cause you to be stuck in traffic, and the parking is insane!! The other thing I don’t like about it is it is hard to get a reservation if you are calling on the same day. I know that you should always book a day before but sometimes you just feel like getting your nails done and not being able to is a bit annoying, I guess there is always a down side to being popular.

Be sure to check out their website http://www.bubblesns.com. Their address is Jasim Tower Al Sour Street and their phone number is 22960929 OR 22960930. Their website also has a map for directions. Try out their Zoya flame/fire & ice collection!!