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The Beach Bags You Have to Own

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Are you really a beach-lover if you haven’t already thought about what beach bag you’re going to carry once you hit the pool? We all know the straw bags we love and cherish once the sun sets, but what we’ve failed to notice is the galore of other styles we can also adopt during summertime.

So imagine you’re going on a little weekend getaway with your family, your friends or your other half. You’ve got everything sorted out, from the outfits you’re going to don oh-so-glamorously, to the swimsuits you’re going to dazzle with, the accessories you’re going to wear and the destinations you’re going to go to. You’ve even handled the suitcase-part of the whole conundrum. But our question is, where are you going to store your sunscreen, towel, sunglasses and other miscellaneous accessories? Well fear not, milady. We’ve got just the solution for you. If you want to have a stress-free vacation, all you need to do is pick a fabulous beach bag to go with all your swimwear, and you’re golden!

That said, we’ve picked out the best beach bags to hit the market as we speak. Scroll away!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

Muun
Available at Bloomingdale’s – Dubai
 
Valentino
Via Matches Fashion
 
Rosie Assoulin
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Gucci
Via Mytheresa.com
 
Karl Lagerfeld
 
Altuzarra
Via Matches Fashion
 
Sensi Studio
Via Matches Fashion
 
Kayu
Via Mytheresa.com
 
Loewe
Via Matches Fashion
 
Stella McCartney
Via Net-A-Porter

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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!

Dior
 
Valentino
 
Balenciaga
 
Dolce & Gabbana
 
Gucci
 
Saint Laurent
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Versace
 
Chloé
 
Tom Ford
 
Atelier Swarovski
 
Fendi
 
Acne Studios
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Liu Jo
 
Dior
 
Valentino

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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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.

Max Mara
 
Valentino
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Chloé
 
Gianvito Rossi
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Dior
 
Malone Souliers
Via Matches Fashion
 
Gucci
 
Salvatore Ferragamo
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Kate Spade
Via Shopbop.com
 
Proenza Schouler
Via Net-A-Porter
 
Cult Gaia
Via Net-A-Porter
 

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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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Meticulous Artistry Behind the Savoir-Faire of the J’Adior Pumps

For as long as we can remember, human kind has resorted to the wear of classic pieces In fact, there are many beautiful pieces that are and will always be at the forefront of the “classic” level. With that “classic” in mind, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Fall 2019, reintroduces Dior’s J’Adior pumps, but this time around, they come with her magic touch. 

The reinvented pumps are adorned with the moniker white "J'Adior" ribbon, revealing a pair of fabulously black embroidered shoes. Speaking of, the pumps require no less than 230,000 embroidery stitches using a unique and innovative technique. But that’s not all, as for the first time ever, they’re made using a single, seamless piece of fabric - exactly like the shoes that Dior custom-made for Chiara Ferragni for her wedding. Considered as the expression of the couture savoir-faire in the House’s ateliers, this style in particular takes more than 9 hours to produce.

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Unique Gifts for Father’s Day

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/Johnlegend

He used to pick you up and swirl you around, he used to wipe away your tears and he taught you how to ride a bike for the very first time. Yes, not all heroes wear capes and your father is living proof!

So for all the years he spent spoiling you and making sure you got through the difficult years of life, don’t you think it’s time to return the favor? That said, on this very special occasion, we thought it best to pamper all the great fathers out there, from first-time daddies to older ones! The great thing about this is that there are so many options out there to show your father or the male figure in your life that you love him, we can’t seem to settle on one single gift! But fear not, we’ve scoured the best father’s day gifts ranging from summer-ish swimsuits, to dapper ties, cool shades, trendy shoes and unique bags.

This time around, the daddies of the world won’t even know what hit them!

Berluti travel bag
 
Valentino swimsuit
Via Matches Fashion
 
Dior Homme sunglasses
Via Matches Fashion
 
Bally belt
Via Moda Operandi
 
Lanvin cufflinks
Via MRPORTER
 
Dunhill weekender bag
 
Paul Smith cufflinks
Via MRPORTER
 
Berluti swimsuit
 
Gucci briefcase
Via MRPORTER
 
Prada boat shoes
Via Matches Fashion
 
Tom Ford tie
Via MRPORTER
 
Dunhill blouse
 
Gucci sunglasses
Via Matches Fashion
 
Missoni Mare swimsuit
Via Matches Fashion
 
Prada wallet
Via Moda Operandi
 
Amiri cardigan
Via Moda Operandi
 
Dunhill sneakers
 
Jacques Marie Mage sunglasses
Via Moda Operandi

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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A New Story with Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper Novelties

Check out Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper novelties here.

Spring is the season of renewal and Bvlgari definitely knows a thing or two about this. So, the Italian high jewelry house unveils new Serpenti Viper marvels – adding charm and mystery to this iconic collection.

These novelties take snake scales, which constitute a cornerstone in the design and aesthetic of this line, to new levels through 3 bracelets crafted from 18-carat pink gold and colorful touches that recall the multi-colored skin of the snake. From the rich green of malachite to the fiery red of carnelian and the elegant black of onyx, you will get to explore its sources of inspiration that never cease to impress us.

Under the title of “Little Secrets of Seduction”, Bvlgari launches a new digital campaign that depicts the powerful and elegant personality of the Viper woman as it unfolds her irresistible charm. And for this campaign, the Roman jewelry house taps Nadine Nassib Njeim as 2019’s face of Serpenti Viper in the Middle East. The Lebanese actress embodies the spirit of the iconic collection through her outstanding beauty and her captivating charm.

In a series of short films, Bvlgari accompanies Nadine Njeim to different locations in order to capture the character of the Serpenti Viper woman. Her journey starts when she wakes up and turns off the alarm then starts preparing herself and wearing her jewelry as a true Bvlgari woman does. It continues with her passing through the hotel corridor, where she drops her necklace and a handsome man catches it and gets charmed by her elegance. As she sits in an Italian café and waits for her coffee, she realizes that her necklace has disappeared. Soon enough, the waiter comes and brings her the coffee along with the pendant. A bright smile illuminates her face when she discovers that the handsome man gave her back the pendant, predicting the start of a treasured love story. A true Bvlgari fairytale…

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