January 27, 2013


Bonjour! Yes, I feel guilty not catching up on my posts and comment replies. Forgive me. It has been a busy January travelling around for work. I am so glad to be back to share about my experiences and a load of stuffs bought along the way. Dubai also happens to be the more exciting part of my business trip this time. Obviously, I took 1001 photos but cannot possibly show them all here. Just some highlights of Dubai will do. Such as Armani Cafe, Fabulous chocolate displays, Khan Murjan dining restaurant. 

Part of my job was doing market survey at the prominent malls in the city. And of course I had to visit THE DUBAI MALL - the world's largest. Its a combination of 6 malls with over 2000 boutiques. They have just about every brand you can name from USA, UK, Canada, Paris and Tokyo. Amazing.
I was also told by my dubai buyer that there were rules to follow when entering the mall. 
- no kissing
- no hugging
- no holding hands
- no wearing mini skirts
- no showing your shoulders
They called it the "Respectful Dressing". My jaw dropped instantly. Im like NO WAY. Women had to be dressed in black kebaya from head to toe. And underneath those kebaya, they are wearing from Herve Leger dresses to Louboutin shoes and Prada handbag. Just like in the movies Sex in the City about Abu Dabhi. Unbelievable. As much as the women needs to be conservative and religious, the men are allowed 4-5 wives and consume alcohol when not allowed. Hmm...contradicting much!

// Givenchy shark tooth collier //
// American Apparel top //
// Mini City Balenciaga //
// Hermes 'H' Bracelet'//
// Comme des Garcons nail art //
// Kenzo teesh (bought) //


Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, Dubai looks amazing!! Hope you had a good time.

R A R E I L L U S I O N S C L O T H I N G said...

so amazing!


StaceyKo said...

love that bag! and pics from the trip are amazing! But i'd really love to see more!


theiconiccat said...

beautiful post!

Rachel Pheasant said...

You look really lovely in the top two posts--I love your outfit! The neon bag nicely adds some color to the relatively monochromatic scheme of the outfit.


Nora said...

All your pictures made ​​me dream.

moiminnie said...

Finally a new post!!! You look amazing, I love the jacket and the pop of neon. Btw those rules are so weird and very contradicting as you said. Well, you're back and ready for more frequent posting I hope :) www.moiminnie.blogspot.com x

| l e n e r d | said...

1of all WELCOME HOME ahah
2nd I LOVE when u comment my blag ahha u the sweetest right?

3rd BET u had an amazing time Paris/Dubai trippin' u da BOMB with those new purchases and u always kick some asses with ur evolvin style.

4th Id like to say WTF abt those contradictory rules over there..but ok we hv to hv some respect but WEIRD!

so what else?

oh yesssss u look amazing n I love u hottie. oh and I'll be trippin next thruday to Uruguay - punta del este..that shoulkd be fun rite? ahah loooove

MILEX said...

so orginal, love love love how unsecpected is your style.

BackOfTheOne said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH yeahhhhhhhhhh here you go! :O
this is beyond words
you are unexpected always :O
what a huge surprise about your new mini balenciaga bag jesus
stop it breathless my girl
you are such an amazing stylist girl
you always amazed me with your posts
they are like ohhhhh such a nice quiality and great photos
the perfct ones and the rights ones you know.
very it looks very elegant :P even the girls with the whole black things lol
i know is funny even for u that u hab seem a lot of them on singapore lol
I wont say anything about the necklace lol AWESOME........ and more lol
the kenzo one oh lalal that is such an amaing sweater you have to wear it soon.
I bougth one too on Paris u will see it
Hi 5 my sexy queen. we need to talk soon queen of my lifeeeeeeeeeeee
you rock always very high fahion everywehre seriously
you are beyond world
like fashion week every day
inst? lol

Unknown said...


Andini Ria said...

Your outfit is flawless! Love your balenciaga bag, such an eye-catching shade!


maggie said...

Dubai looks gorgeous! Yeah, the standards they have on women are sexist and archaic, but it'd take some serious social revolution to change anything.

You look great, too! Love your jacket.

xx maggie

Anonymous said...

nice pic

Katrina Bay said...

awesome outfit! love it from head to toe!



Unknown said...

Must be so different to go to Dubai. I do agree that everything there is a bit contradictory ! But at least it was a cool trip !

Love your new items ! And as always what a killin' outfit ! COOL COOL COOL !
Besides that your makeup looks different ! <3

Hope that everything went as planned !

It's nice to have you back ! We missed you ! <3


xoxo from Japan

The Dragonfruit said...

Wow, you got to travel too! What a cool place to go.
Also, LOVE that neon yellow satchel. Its awesome <3

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Absolutely Mrs. K said...

yep you are right about their dress code, i once saw a group of ladies leaving the dior store in brussels! the moment they left the store they dropped their kebaya but i could see what was underneath it!! never been to dubai and i must say it is not my cup of tea, it all looks so artificial.

Unknown said...

that bag is amazing!!

Sveva said...

the biggest mall wow!!!
great look and funny nails!


Anne said...

Great post, your blog is amazing dear <3
Would you like to follow each other?
love, Anna


Daniella said...

Everything about outfit is simply amazing! LOVE your Givenchy Necklace! Wonderful photos, hope you had a good time on your travels :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

Christin said...

Your haircolor suits you really well! Dubai seems to be pretty interesting, my dad had been there a few times for working too, i was always so envious : o

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures and purchases!

Carmen said...

You look great, love your bag and jacket! And also these pics are lovely, looks like you had an amazing time!

Ksenia said...

all ıs pıctures very ınterestıng!


how ridiculously cool is that necklace?!


Maiken said...

oh wow, looks like quite an adventure! I just read about Dubai so several things in your post I already knew but several are new too. looks spectacular anyway. and your outfit follows "the rules" really well ;) brilliant, Issa!

Maikeni blogi - part of me

M said...

amazing photos! lucky girl!


R's Rue said...

Great photos!

ThefashionFlite said...

yes, they are so rigid and I don't know who designed these rules in their country ? But women are pretty much happy with the same. Love ur hair, ur bag and ur nails so much !
Btw, just created a facebook page and would love if you like that too !

margaret cruzemark said...

We missed u our favorite style icon. You look greater than ever thought. Inspire us with your fashion sense.
Kisses and hugs!!!
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Chiara Yaya Gentile said...

Great Post!

hiPop said...

stunning detailing, as usual! so jealous of that givenchy necklace! <3333


Adriana Carmen said...

I wish I'll visit dubai too someday! you look great!


Im glad to find your blog! Love your style and looking forward to read your next post!
Im your newest follower now, im happy if you mind to visit my blog and follow :D

Dust & Swallow said...

Great look! I love your pictures! :) And your bag is really gorgeous!

Irene said...

Beautiful pictures and your look is STUNNING! Love the yellow bag in combination with the long purple skirt <3 Started following you, hope we'll stay in contact (:

Anonymous said...

amazing photos, and your outfit is just perfect
Lucia x

Unknown said...

Thank you for your comment!! I love the yelow bag!! is amazing!!! XoXo from http://a-little-look-to-my-looks.blogspot.com.es

Levi (tlnique) said...

Nice outfit! Your nails are so cool i totally love it!


Catita said...

great pictures! I love your yellow Balenciaga a lot and manicure!


Unknown said...

pictures looks amazing! always wanted to visit both countries! so jealous of you hope you had a great time!


xo lala

Unknown said...

Me encanta el bolso!!! Dubai debe de ser impresionante!!!

S A R A H. said...

woah your photos made me wanna go to dubai and paris. love your buys.


Jessica said...

what a cool experience! it is so neat seeing other cultures and how their everyday life is compared to ours!


Jaimie said...

Omg I love your blog! I'm going to follow you. Keep up the good work. Love, Jaimie

trendiing said...

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yiqin; said...

LOV the bag <3

Anika Tomislavova said...

Hi star blogger!
Looks like you had a great time! Wow Dubai!
This Balenciaga bag and CdG nail are perfect!!!
Love this Laduree patisserie in the big mall, but don't understand these rules - women wearing beautiful clothes but must be covered so they can't show off...

Anyway, just would like to tell you that my blogger account was blacking out so I am at wordpress now, but still have google+ and facebook so we can be in touch :)

Have a great time and enjoy!!!


ice pandora said...

Oh my goodness, your job
sounds AMAZING! I always
want to visit Dubai mall,
and yes I've heard they
have a strict houserules
about you present yourself..
Lovely pictures c: great


sonia // daring coco said...

Beautiful photos, especially of that chocolate place! Loving the Kenzo top and your job honestly sounds amazing! I need one where I get to travel around too!


melissa said...

wow you are so lucky paris and dubai I can just imagine all the pretty things you saw and bought! x

Aleksandra said...

AMAZING necklace !
Cool photos !


twoplicates said...

that macaroon ball thingy made out of macaroons looks so amazing omggg

xo; L&M

. said...

Love all your outfit, the jacket is awesome <3<3. Olivia


Unknown said...

WOW thank you so much it means a lot to me :) your pictures are fantastic thanks for sharing them with us !


Coline !

Kat said...

wow dubai looks sooo amazing! i LOVE your outfit!!! its sooo sleek and amazing :D and your bag is absolutley gorgeous :D


Unknown said...

beautiful !!!!:)

Lyriel Bee said...

Wow, beautiful styling !!
And the pictures are amazing !!
Good job girl :)

Chidiogo Maxwell said...

fabulous outfit!...i love your hair.
Great post :)

lizchewy said...

That necklace is gorgeous!!! I love your nail designs~~~


Fashion Pad said...

Fabulous photos!!! I love your bag and your nails are so cute!

RaindropsofSapphire said...

I love that bag! And the photos look beautiful! I really like your blog! I'm glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes and much more :) :)


Unknown said...

Gorgeous photos, and you look fabulous!


Unknown said...

your nails are awesome!


Unknown said...

your nails are awesome!


Katie Frank said...

wow you look amazing + these places and stuff. wow! breathtaking <3

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful look!!! nice post!!!
I follow you by facebook, too!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Unknown said...

you look fantastic Issa! love this mix of colors: grey-blue, burgundy and citrus-yellow. wow!!! and your Comme des Garcons nails are also so cool!
I think that people attract to prohibit things, that's why morality in the Arab world is an illusion.
great pics, thanks :D

Greetings from Berlin


LyddieGal said...

your neon bag totally steals the show!
Chic on the Cheap

June said...

Stunning pics Melissa! Love the new haircolor/hairstyle :D Yeah that place has some weird rules!
Love from India

tiebow-tie.com said...

You look so great and cool!
Dubai is rally little bit weird place)

kerrin said...


sharpenstyle said...

These photos are amazing1
How different cultures can be, right?? But it´s always nice learning from other countries and cultures....althought a bit contradictory may be it is!

Love your mini Balenciaga.
We invite you to visit our blog!

b e a t r i c e said...

Great blog and nice post! I will be here more often, I'm ur new follower!
Don't forget to check out my blog and fb page too!

Unknown said...

WOW you blog look great! Big Like!
If you are interesting we can follow each other, let me know!

Viola said...

Amazing photos!! I love Dubai!!!


Lily Fang said...

I just love all the photos and your glam look! You have the coolest nails ever!
P.S. Liked your FB page!

elpuntodelola said...

Preciosas fotografias, la sudadera de Kenzo es ideal. Besos

JustJaslin said...

Oohh I love that pop of yellow color and your outer wear!!

♡ Jaslin from http://justjaslin.blogspot.sg/

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Unknown said...

Great look and as you said very contradicting rules.
Looks wonderful though!
Will love to visit!

Unknown said...

oh wow, that place is sooo gorgeous!! i'd love to visit it some day, look like alot of fun too :)

i adore your bag by the way, i'm obsessed with the colour!

I hope you're having a beautiful day ~ XO
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Mica said...

beautiful photos, and I love your balenciaga mini city bag, so cute! :)


Marzipan said...

Great pictures!

Ivana Split said...

what a great outfit, you look great! I love the manicure, those nails with hearts look fab!

Gita said...

I have to go to Dubai and see all this, it looks like a dream. Well, a dream that is disturbed by the impact of the oil, right ;)?
The thing you bought are awesome, I would probably buy the same stuff :)! Kenzo, aaaaaa <3!
Hey, thanks for your comment, it means a lot. And yes, water resistant make-up goes off compeletely with Bioderma :).


Bani said...

auch wonderful photos!

i had a friend who's aunt lives in dubai so she would go visit almost yearly

i was so jealous!


Yulia Sidorenko said...

amazing pics and your outfit, dear <3

love, Yulia

Unknown said...

love that Balenciaga and I'm so jealous of your trip to Dubai!

Unknown said...

holy cow that mall is not only huge, but gorgeous! I had a layover in Dubai and even shopping at the airport was crazy. That sucks that there are all those rules though. You look so sophisticated yet edgy at the same time in that outfit

Mili from call me, Maeby

Sixth Tractate said...

Lovely post and blog! I'm your newest follower :) Would you mind checking out our blog & following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Let me know xo


styletraces said...

Amazing pics!! Loved your jacket and loved your blog and style!!

Thanks for visiting my blog!


amalie said...

just found your blog, do not know why i haven't seen it before?? following. your style is awesome xx


Amazing post, outfit and whole blog! What do you say about following each other?...let me know or just follow and I'll follow back. Kisses


Anonymous said...

Wooow it looks amazing love all these pictures!


Angelops said...

You look gorgeous :)
delicious cake :)

Kiss my dear :*

Melanie Hunt said...

:O Ilove your nails here!!!!!!!!!! + that macaroon stand looks better than the one in selfridges :)


Emmylou said...

Lovely pics. And wow on the rules in Dubai...that's crazy!
You look fab btw:)

Mary M. said...

WOW, this outfit is so amazing and unique, I love the color combination! I have just discovered your blog and I'm charmed , great fashion sense.

Have a nice weekend,
Mary x

Lejla said...

Aaaaaa...i want to go as well :O
Kenzo <3
Come check out my blog if you have some time and follow via GFC or facebook if you'd like :)
I already follow you so it would mean a lot to me if you'd follow back :)
I would definitely come bact to your blog :)
Greatings from Sarajevo :D
Lejla <3

Unknown said...

Amazing outfit! I love the bag:)

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Unknown said...

wow, that looks amazingg! Love Paris!
thank you for your lovely comment! Yeah it's pretty interesting , trendwatching. I'll write something about it with more information ;)
xo Charlotte - aliceroxy

Denisa said...

So nice pics and you look great. Have a nice weekend.


Viktoria said...

wow! amazing post!

wanna follow each other?

Ileana said...

Love these pics! Ur bag and kenzo top...are amazing :D
Vine is kind of like keek. Shorter, and a good way of having videoson twitter. U should check it out :D


: Green Chic Life : said...

"Respectful dressing," huh? Thanks for the culture update! I'm headed out East soon and can use all the cultural tips I can get! These photos are lovely. Those macaroons look delightful!

: signe

Walking In May said...

Love the maxi skirt and cute nails...looking fabulous as usual! Must have been an interesting trip...I had to take a second look at the last photo...Laduree with a different style of audience...interesting!
May x

Unknown said...

That bag is so fab! Obsessed!



Loving the color of your Bal. never saw the mini version before.

Unknown said...

Amazing pictures!


Anonymous said...

Dubai is amazing and yeah double standards are there, but it's really not as bad as people think it is Women are not suffering or anything! And I really don't know why you were told holding hands wasn't permissble...I've seen people holding hands at the malls when I was there.
It's just a different culture so it's natural for you to be surprised.
Great outfit:=)

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