Jun 23, 2011

UNDER YOUR ABAYA will be taking a break!

UNDER YOUR ABAYA will be taking a one month break as I head off to Cairo for my annual family vacation! I hope you've enjoyed reading my posts...your comments and your support make it all worthwhile! Please keep on spreading the word about UNDER YOUR ABAYA and inshallah I will be back in August with Autumn/Winter 2011's biggest trends!

The Print Lowdown S/S'11: No.3 Tribal Print


Red Herring brown top
£28 - debenhams.com

Miss Selfridge animal print pants
£17 - missselfridge.com

Rupert Sanderson leather sandals
$1,095 - rupertsanderson.com

Miu miu handbag
$995 - miumiu.com


Crochet tank
$20 - tillys.com

Paul Smith Black pleated pants
£110 - harveynichols.com

Flat shoes
$50 - topshop.com

Antik Batik vintage clutch
$120 - net-a-porter.com

Miss Selfridge wooden bracelet
£14 - missselfridge.com


T Bags scoop neck top
$175 - net-a-porter.com

Dorothy Perkins tall linen pants
£26 - dorothyperkins.com

G by Guess high heel sandals
$70 - gbyguess.com

Savanna clutch bag
$86 - endless.com

Oscar de la Renta magnetic bangle
£205 - net-a-porter.com

Engraved earrings
$88 - kylerdesigns.com


Lanvin buckle shoes
$635 - ssense.com

Citrine By The Stones cuff bangle
$175 - charmandchain.com

Dannijo bohemian necklace
£250 - theoutnet.com

Yves Saint Laurent brass bangle
$1,665 - net-a-porter.com


Dorothy Perkins tribal print dress
£35 - dorothyperkins.com

TopShop tall legging
$24 - topshop.com

Casadei platform sandals
$445 - thecorner.com

Forever21 fringe handbag
$23 - forever21.com

Copper jewelry
$98 - nordstrom.com

Antik Batik cuff jewelry
$95 - calypsostbarth.com

Jun 21, 2011

Have you checked out Urban Souq's boutique?

Have you checked out one of my personal favorite Middle Eastern trendsetting websites, Urban Souq 's newly launched online boutique?

The boutique brings together some of the region's hottest and hippest bag and accessories designers and labels, both established and emerging, including Amina Khalil, Shanta (previously featured here on Under Your Abaya), Kahramana and Ctrl-Z by Zinab Chahine, and many more will be added to the boutique in the future.

If you're looking for bold accessories infused with a bit of Arabic flavor, this is the place for you!

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

"Torri Necklace" by Designs by Tala

"Madame Bag" by Shanta

"Soad Hosny Ring" by Kahramana

"Tribal Velvet Bag" by LIGLIG

"Sammoura Gold Belt" by Nazeeka

"Third Time Lucky Bag" by Pupee Couture

"Evil Eye Bag" by Mojo

As you see, I have many favorites!

An added plus? 5% of sales are donated to charity. Now that's guilt-free shopping.

To check out the boutique, click here.

Bras for a Cause Middle East: Deadline for design contest has been extended!

If you've been following my blog, you may know that popular Middle Eastern trendsetting website Fustany is running a campaign for breast cancer survivors called Bras for a Cause Middle East, supporting breast cancer survivors across the region by running a design contest which gives both established designers and the public the chance to design their very own t-shirt and bra and the winning entries will be then produced and sold with the proceeds going to breast cancer charities and organizations across the region. The contest also involves designing special bras which take into consideration women who have had mastectomies and wear prostheses.

As well as winning some amazing prizes, if your entry wins, not only will it be actually manufactured and sold, but it will also be catwalked in one of two upcoming fashion shows in Dubai and Beirut.

The original deadline for the design contest was June 26, 2011 but the kind folks at Fustany have given us all a four day extension - the new deadline is June 30, 2011, 11:59pm GMT and the voting period will be between July 2 and July 12 2011.

So if you are freaking out because you haven't finished or submitted your entry yet, there is still some time left!

To find out more information about the contest, download templates and guidelines, find out about the judges and prizes and submit your entry, visit the Bras for a Cause Middle East website. There is also a fun game where you can design your own virtual bra!

Here are a few of the amazing designers who have submitted entries to the established designers category:

Jun 17, 2011

TREND ALERT S/S '11: Colour Popping Lace!

neon lace 1

neon lace 2

neon lace 3

neon lace 4

neon lace 5

TopShop lace blouse
$56 - topshop.com

Dorothy Perkins tapered pants
£30 - dorothyperkins.com

Miss KG high heels
£75 - debenhams.com

Kendra Scott gold bangle bracelet
$90 - stefanibags.com

Dorothy Perkins lace top
£15 - dorothyperkins.com

D&g dolce and gabbana black jeans
£113 - vanmildert.com

High heels
$92 - topshop.com

Miu miu handbag
$1,150 - net-a-porter.com

Dorothy Perkins evening party dress
£26 - dorothyperkins.com

Vintage wash jeans
$75 - topshop.com

Brian Atwood slip on shoes
$580 - net-a-porter.com

Marc Jacobs shoulder strap handbag
$1,395 - barneys.com

Dorothy Perkins heart bracelet
£13 - dorothyperkins.com

Beading earrings
$12 - topshop.com

French Connection lace dress
€156 - welikefashion.com

Denim legging
$40 - topshop.com

ALDO high heels
$100 - aldoshoes.com

Dorothy Perkins cross body shoulder bag
£10 - dorothyperkins.com

Kookai lace sleeve dress
£95 - houseoffraser.co.uk

TopShop legging
$24 - topshop.com

Dune shoes
£39 - debenhams.com

Leather clutch
$50 - topshop.com

Yves Saint Laurent enamel ring
$275 - cultstatus.com.au

Annina Vogel fine jewelry
$1,520 - net-a-porter.com

Did I mention that this is my 100th post? Thank you all for your continual support of UNDER YOUR ABAYA, and for all the lovely comments and emails! Please keep spreading the word!