Rtister Meets Joumana Soufi

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for a feature on Rtister.com, a global home for the savvy shopper who loves to own something contemporary, special, and unique. Based in London, Rtister nurtures and hones emerging designers and merges them with some of fashion’s most established names to create a global platform that showcases the very best in contemporary womenswear.

My feature is now available on Rtister, or you could check it out here! Don’t forget to shop a little and follow them on Instagram @Rtister

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Lush Kitchen: Exclusive Fresh Cosmetics

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This Springtime, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics are launching the Lush Kitchen to produce exclusive, pre-release and customer favorite products. A brand new concept, small batches of limited edition products will be made daily and available to purchase exclusively online. Products will then be sent out on the day they are made, fresh from the Kitchen!

You will also be able to view real-time updates from behind the scenes activity in the Lush Kitchen, with special events and expert Q&A’s streamed live through the new Lush.co.uk website.

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For the first time, fans of Lush will be able to see the inner workings of the factory and just how the Lush Compounders (aka, cosmetic chefs) hand make Lush’s products, using the best quality and ethically sourced ingredients at their freshest and most effective. Everything about Lush is about what’s inside – from the fresh ingredients and beautiful essential oils used in their products, to the way they make you feel on the inside. By showcasing and exploring the magic in the transformation from source to product, customers will have access to the Lush experts in their craft and see the real, transparent and engaging way the products are made.

Follow the @lushkitchen to find out what we’re cooking up!

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

I usually highly anticipate H&M’s designer collaborations, but this year, the H&M Conscious Exclusive collection is doing the job, keeping everyone around the world on their tip toes! Inspired by flamenco and bohemia, featuring embellishments, feminine silhouette and contrasting masculine details. Each piece is incredibly feminine, yet very powerful. I’m absolutely obsessed! The eco-fashion line is the brainchild of the Swedish retailer and eco-design think tank Ever Manifesto. The collection will hit stores on April 10, and will be available in 150 stores worldwide, including both H&M stores at the avenues. It will include items made of organic leather and silk, along with other sustainable materials. Make sure to drop by and get your hands on your favorite pieces. I know I will!

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BasharatyanV SS14 Lookbook

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Basharatyan V is a newly launched label by the talented & young fashion designer Veronica Basharatyan. The label specialises in creating outstanding, individually tailored women’s clothing using unique, luxurious fabrics. Collections are made of feminine and elegant pieces with silhouettes from simple cut dresses to over-sized shapes and body-con forms with some pieces featuring delicate prints of images and symbols.

The designer has recently took part in London Fashion Week 2014. She showcased Iceland-inspired, exquisitly fitted pieces featured in her AW2014 collection, which you can view through this link. You can also shop the label on the designer’s website, here, or through rtister.com

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Sheer Bliss for Glamistas

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From Hollywood to Hong Kong, from Dallas to Dubai… since launching in New York City in 1996, ladies all over the world have been pampered, achieving a higher state of happy. And the reason? bliss!

Yes, bliss is always here to make your life more relaxed, more fun and less stressful by offering out-of-the-ordinary products with colorful, upbeat designs. Urging you to enjoy yourself and not take life too seriously, bliss asks you, what good is perfect skin if it doesn’t make you smile?

As a very special treat for all subscribers to GlamBox, this February every Glamista will receive a limited-edition bliss GlamBox, featuring a total of six fun-filled products.

There are two variations of the bliss GlamBox, either lemon & sage or blood orange & white pepper, designed in bright summery shades of blue, orange and yellow. Waiting inside each box to make you happy will be:

• soapy suds (lemon+sage or blood orange+white pepper) 60ml – Paraben free liquid soap to whip up a luxe lather for supremely soft skin.
• body butter (lemon+sage or blood orange+white pepper) 50ml – Vibrantly scented and long lasting body moisturiser to leave skin smooth and supple.
• fabulous foaming face wash 60ml – A 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator that calms the skin with soothing botanicals.
• that’s incredi-‘peel’ 2ml packette – Magical spa-strength ‘peel’ to create an overnight facial that targets fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
• triple oxygen face mask 5ml – A super quick-fix for dull, tired skin, voted ‘Best Beauty Buy’ 5 years in a row by InStyle magazine.
• triple oxygen +c cream 10ml – A lightweight gel-cream that releases oxygen to instantly recharge dull skin to brighten it up and super-charged with vitamin-C

You won’t want to miss out on sheer bliss, will you? So how can you get your very own limited edition box?

Simple. You can subscribe to GlamBox by visiting glambox.me and purchasing either 3, 6 or 12 months from as little as AED 70 per month. The search for happiness has never been easier. Just be quick as February subscriptions close on the 20th February!

Achieve a higher state of happy today this February with bliss and GlamBox.me

Hot Label Alert: D’Albert

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D’Albert is the brainchild of Yorkshire-born and London-based Julia D’Albert. Having won the prestigious Silver Shears Award from the Merchant Taylor’s Company, Julia went to complete her post-graduate studies in Pattern Cutting at Central Saint Martin’s and Creative Couture in Paris. She Launched her first collection SS2014, and she is the one to watch in 2014! All her pieces are Made in England.

Her first collection features a Modernist take on paneling and the perfect fusion of leather, wool and silk. The mix of colors she used is definitely an eye-catcher. Shop her collection on rtister.com.

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My Sheena Sujan Barclay Tote

As one of the world’s most exclusive purveyors of luxury leather handbags and accessories, Sheena Sujan’s tradition of excellence shines through. Sheena Sujan, announced the release of her first collection last September 2013 in Los Angeles. Her leather goods are crafted in the same Italian province where the top global luxury brands have produced their accessories since the early 1900’s. Every Sheena Sujan design is constructed by expert artisans and masterfully cut and stitched together by hand, using only the finest Italian leathers and exotic skins. This heritage equates to an exquisite collection of simplistic-timeless elegance.

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I was so excited and lucky to be contacted by the designer, Sheena Sujan, herself, offering me one of her infamous Barclay totes in a color of my choice. I chose the camel brown, sent her office my shipping address, and waited.

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Few days after, I got a package delivered my the door, and I couldn’t wait to open it. I haven’t been familiar with the brand earlier to my communication with their team, however, with a bit of google, I was able to find amazing reviews on the quality and the designs. And I was not disappointed. The bag came in a beautiful black satin pouch with the Sheena Sujan emblem stamped on it in deep gold. The leather of the bag is clear to be of top-notch, fine skin, and the interior is made of what looks like gorgeous red chamoi.

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The details of the bag were of pure classic delicacy. The Sheena Sujan emblem, is the first little thing that caught my eyes while I unwrapped the tote. And I found the story behind that powerful emblem; The Sheena Sujan emblem is fabled in ancient history as a creature of regal beauty. The two-headed tiger stands strong; she’s the master of her own destiny, a legend in both the ancient and modern world. Her majesty and exclusivity foretell tales of royalty and might. A true representation of such a strong coming brand.

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I definitely wore the bag out the same night it arrived to its new home. It was a 9 degrees kind of freezing-cold night, so I styled it casually with my denim, and a salmon pink coat that covered a hundred layers under. I will be wearing out a lot and will share with you guys the different looks through my instagram page.

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For more details on the Sheena Sujan brand, visit her website, here, or check out her instagram page, here.

Go Gold: H&M’s Exclusive Capsule Collection Inspired by The Swedish Olympic Outfits

To celebrate the outfits designed by H&M in collaboration with the Swedish Winter Olympic team for Sochi 2014, H&M Sport has created a special capsule collection inspired by the Swedish Olympic outfits. The collection is made up of functional sports garments and casual items that are perfect for layering. Selected pieces from the collection have also been tested by the Swedish Olympic team.

Functionality is key, with easily packable lightweight down jackets, breathable running jackets and quick drying base layers. The collection also includes a women’s reversible down jacket with a rounded silhouette and a sporty update in down of the classic bomber for men. There are also accessories such as sneakers, backpacks and sunglasses.

Thesidetalk for Twinqueens AW14 Collection

As some of you may know, I recently collaborated with A Kuwaiti based online department store http://www.twinqueens.com, to be the face of @Twinqueens Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. Head over to their website to shop the collection.

– Face of Twin Queens AW2014: @thesidetalk
– Hair: @Azizaskaff @Blushkwt
– Makeup: @Monadbeauty
– Shoes: #KurtGeiger @Landmarkq8
– Photographer: @Lulualkhataf
– Products & Styling: @Twinqueens

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