Accessories

Take Extra Care of your Suede Shoes

Not that we’re saying your other shoes don’t need your undivided attention, but suede shoes need that extra care and all the loving you can give them, especially during winter, where they’re a regular standing base. The thing is, with frequency of wear comes a little something called “weariness”. I mean how can you, a perfectly normal human being, go on about your day without staining or marking your shoes – let alone your suede shoes? The answer is, you can’t. Not unless you have a protective spell on them. So on the off-chance you still haven’t perfected that matter, scroll below to see how you can take care of your precious suede shoes.

  1. Suede is a very delicate material. And so, while you might think you’re doing your suede shoes well, you might also be damaging them even more. That being said, make sure you clean them by hand – and only by hand.
  2. But before we jump to the cleaning process, let it be clear that your suede shoes should be protected before being worn. Meaning, apply protective spray on them that will help repel dirt and its derivatives. Also, brush your shoes with a brush after spraying them to ensure the spray’s functionality.
  3. Let’s be honest here, water will somehow find its way to your suede shoes – it’s inevitable. But what you can do here is learn how to treat them; use a dry cloth to pat the damaged area and apply talcum powder on it so it can all set overnight. Brush it all off with a suede brush the following day.
  4. Do not, in any way whatsoever, clean your suede shoes with water…you’ll only damage them further. If there’s a dry stain on your shoes, then proceed by cleaning said stain with white vinegar and brush it off with a dry cloth.

If you want to know more about keeping your shoes clean, discover here how you can also keep them intact inside and out!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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The New Hair Pins

You’ve chosen your clothes and you’ve picked out your accessories, but how will you tie in said accessories with your final look? After all, we all know one single detail can turn you from fashion zero to fashion hero.

This time around, it’s the ever-so fabulous hair pin(s). This nineties staple is all everyone can talk about and think about right now – we’ve seen it on so many Spring-Summer 2019 runways, not to mention on our favorite celebs, from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowsky, amongst others. But when choosing a hair pin, you should also factor in the style you want to adopt. If you’re in the mood for a vacation-oriented vibe, then you might as well go for fun hair pins. If you’re going on a fancy night out, then the best way to make the most out of it is to pick pearl hairpins or rhinestone-encrusted ones.

The trick here is not to let things become overwhelming – i.e., stick to one accessory and tone down the rest of your bijoux, from your earrings to your necklaces. But worry not ladies, we’ve scoured the best hair pins that will make your summer even more fun.

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The Ultimate Beach Accessories

Photo Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Are you on a holiday high? Well so are we and the only way to keep on flying is to get carried away in all the vacation madness ahead of us. That said, one of the many perks of summer is most definitely all the beach plans you’ve made and are still making.

Going to the beach means many things: first, it means you’re going to sit by the pool, relax and tan. Second, it probably means you’re going to feast yourselves in all the fruits and cocktails summer has to offer you. Last but not least, it most definitely means you’re going to dress like a true mermaid and show off your irreverent style to all your fellow beach-goers. And in order to do so, you’re going to want to accessorize the right way – from your choice of sandals to your choice of beach bag, sunnies, towel and so much more. From shells and starfish motifs to more pared-down patterns, the beach vibes are there and fun in the sun is just one step away. Join us in this sun-kissed trip as we show you all the must-have accessories for a lovely day in the sun.

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The Bvlgari Serpenti Bags You Know You Want

If you’re an avid fashion endorser like us, then odds are your mother taught you that a woman can never have too many bags. Well guess what, mother was right. If there’s something that can turn you from fashion zero to fashion hero in a matter of seconds, it’s most definitely a bag. So you can only expect wonders that Bvlgari’s Serpenti bags can do for your look, can’t you?

Made exclusively for the Middle East and featuring the iconic Serpenti heads, the brand’s Ramadan collection is a treat for sore eyes that comes in the form of luscious colors, from classic green hues to burgundy tones. But what makes these bags so special that we can’t seem to get enough of them? Well, not only do they feature sleek details and an exquisite color palette, but they also feature a timeless design that guarantees a good investment and most of all a certifiably fabulous style. After all, nothing quite beats the thrill of having to style your clothes according to your bag, especially if said bag takes part of Bvlgari’s uncanny knack of imagining the unimaginable. Whether you’re looking to channel a pared down and modest look or you’d much rather go big or go home, Bvlgari’s iconic collection has got you covered. See all the bags you need to feast on this season and repeat after us: Bvlgari, we have a crush on you!

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Shade on You

Cover Photo Courtesy of Tom Ford

There’s no better time than summertime to bring forward your most avant-gardist side with a couple of unique sunglasses and a whole lot of attitude.

After all, the warm season is enough reason to get you binge-shopping on shades and everything that falls in between – from swimsuits, to fresh pieces and so forth. But if there’s anything we can’t get enough of, it’s definitely the hoard of sunglasses, where different styles meet plenty of colors. This season in particular we’ve spotted a lot of retro styles filling up the runways, from cat-eye shades to oval ones and big mirrored sunglasses as well. But at the end of the day, it all depends on the shape of your face, because you really want to accentuate your best features here. Sunglasses can truly take you from fashion zero to fashion hero, but only if you choose the right ones.

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you behind…we’ve rounded up a series of must-have shades for summer that will have you looking as fashion forward as ever. Ready, set, go!

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Shoes Beyond 9 to 5

Cover Photo Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

It’s a story as old as time: corporate life can be quite daunting if you don’t master the art of dressing right. But what does “Dressing right” mean within the threshold of a 9 to 5 job? Ultimately, it means dressing appropriately as per the dress code of your company and it means respecting the codes and values of the environment.

But dressing appropriately doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to lose your fashion sense. And that’s where workplace attires come to life – attires that can also take you from your office hours to nights out with your friends in sheer style, elegance and modesty. But perhaps the best way to top your 9-to-5 attire is with fabulously appropriate shoes – because how else will you channel the Carrie Bradshaw in you?

Of course, your choices here are somewhat restricted, what with the unspoken rule of “no sandals allowed”, but nonetheless, you still have a lot of styles to choose from. Whether you’re a classic pumps kind of girl or more of a minimalistic mules type of person, the only thing that matters is that you fit within the dress code of your job and your soirée! To help you out, we’ve scoured a series of unique shoes to take you from day to night in style.

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My Life is In This Bag – A Celebration of Tod’s Finest D-Styling Bag

Every woman has a little something she simply must carry with her wherever she goes. For some, it might be their phone and for others, their makeup kit. And so, Tod’s takes us on a delightful journey with it-girls Alaa Balkhy and Lana El Sahely to celebrate Tod’s D-Styling bag #mylifeisinthisbag. The D-Styling pegs itself as an evolution of the D Bag – Lady Diana’s beloved Tod’s purse.

Indeed, as it turns out, entrepreneur Alaa Balkhy has a couple of things she literally must carry in her Tod’s bag. The beautiful Saudi it-girl celebrates the bag with a short film shot in her native city of Jeddah and as she opens her blue D-Styling tote, she reveals various facets of her personality and takes on an exploration of the city through her eyes. 

Lebanese blogger Lana El Sahely, on the other hand, celebrates the tote in her second home Dubai. As she shows us that her life is indeed in her bag, we discover the ever-so evolving relationship between her hectic life and motherhood.

So what’s in your bag?

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