New clutch bag!
With a cute little story behind it courtesy House of Fraser at World Trade Center Mall, who today hosted media for an exclusive look at their SS15 collection…
The event seemed innocent enough when I got there, a quaint afternoon tea spread, a bit of media/blogger schmoozing and adoration of the new pieces – and there are many to adore, trust me! – but after getting my nails done complimentary of the in-store Hello Kitty mother/daughter nail salon (Thank You!), I was quickly swooped up and told that four of us would be part of an impromptu style-off, choosing pieces from the collection – spread all over the multi-level department store! – and rocking out one mannequin in a fresh spring/summer look. In 20 minutes.
I was chosen.I did NOT stick to the memo – in my defense, spring pastels, pinks and florals, despite being all gorgeous, have just never really been my area (you know how chill I am…).
It’s true I had many a pink/floral/pastel item with me on the operating table … but with five minutes left and after much debate, drama and distress shredding across the floor space with an assistant in tow, I stumbled upon “The All Seeing Eye”! That clutch bag! …And decided to stick to my guns, stay true to me and devote my in-the-end mediocre efforts to it.
I chose ‘white’, ‘mesh’, ‘airy’ and ‘scary’ as my inspiration – my rational being that it SS15 translates to ‘damn hot weather’ in Abu Dhabi – and I added those cool slips everyone is wearing/wanting ..plus a night-time heel for later (thrown in for lack of much on my lady to begin with).
What can I say, I’m picky, it was stressful.
Above you can sort of see the other adorable looks from bloggers and fashion editors/contributors alike, and naturally that pink bombshell of a very Sex and the City meets House of Fraser getup won. As soon as I saw that fellow competitor racing across the room with that pouffy skirt – WHERE THE HELL DID SHE FIND IT?! I DIDN’T SEE IT!! – that’s when I knew it was all over.
Well played. And I would actually wear that to the races with a crazy pink hat. Sorted.
So yes, in an effort to make myself feel a little better, I looted my own mannequin and walked away Dh550 lighter. AND HEY, It’s green for St Paddy’s! You’ll definitely “SPY” me out in it somewhere across town tonight (check you, checkin’ me out checkin’ you out…)
Oh, and I went home only to realise that I may have a thing for garish bags with massive eyes on them (‘look at me, look at me!’ much?). Ah well, no regrets were had on what turned out to be a fabulous girly day out.
In the end… YOU MUST, YOU MUST, shop the SS15 collection at House of Fraser now, it is bangin’. There’s something in it for everyone.
PS. It was also brought to my attention today that HOF is launching their second flagship Abu Dhabi store in Yas Mall in May! It’s going to be quite something, and will really add even more exceptional retail oomph to Yas. I have yet to indulge in a spree at Yas Mall yet – it’s a very intimidating place! But I think I’ll wait for the HOF launch, suck it up and give it a go.