hotel living

It’s officially been two months since we moved to Abu Dhabi and we are still living at a hotel. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; it is a brand new five star property, 24 hour room service, staff around the clock and 4 different restaurants within the property. It’s also attached to the best mall in Abu Dhabi. Do I like it? Yes…it’s fun! Is it home? Not at all.  As most of our clothes are still unpacked and the hotel logo keeps showing up every time I turn the TV, I can’t help to feel we are simply living in an extended vacation. All of this made me reflect about where ‘home’ is or what makes a place home. Thoughts?

Here’s a few pictures of the hotel:

Lounge area: I actually spend a lot of time here, I love the natural light that comes in and the internet also works faster in the public area of the hotel…haha.

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Residence: We’ve been staying in the residence part of the hotel in a one bedroom, with a full kitchen and  fully furnished.

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The good thing is that we have actually found an apartment and we are hoping to move in within the next two weeks. The apartment is unfurnished, so I will have to do a fair amount of shopping. I look forward to buying our own furniture, art work and décor to make the space as we would like. The truth is I am lucky to be experiencing this new adventure with my husband and look forward to slowly making Abu Dhabi our new home. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and thank you for reading!

black skater dress

asos skater dress

black skater dress

alexis bittar gold necklace

pleated dress

Dress/Vestido: ASOS,  Necklace/Cadena: Alexis Bittar ( similar),  Shoes/Zapatos: Christian Louboutin

You will rarely see me dressed in black, but when I saw this skater dress on ASOS I knew this LBD was something else. I absolutely love the movement this dress creates when walking, the pleated skirt makes this dress sway as soon as you make a single step. I added a pop of color to this dress with this delicate and thin gold necklace from Alexis Bittar. I originally saw a similar necklace on Kat from WithLoveFromKat and I knew I had to get something similar to it. This collar necklace is an easy and sophisticated way to add some “flavour” to any outfit, such as I did on the pictures above or even pairing it with a white simple button down shirt. Hope everyone is having  a great week so far!  Let me know what you think about this black skater dress in the comment section below…thank you for reading!

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La verdad es que muy poco uso el color negro pero cuando vi este vestido de ASOS supe que el vestido tenia algo diferente que lo hacia resaltar de otros vestidos negros. Me encanta el movimiento que el vestido tiene cada vez que camino. Como pueden ver en las fotos la falda del vestido tiene unos pliegues que crea un movimiento con tan solo un paso. Le agregue un poco de color al look con esta collar dorado de la marca Alexis Bittar. La verdad es que vi una cadena similar a la bloquear Kat y me encanto y me compre una similar. Esta cadena es ideal para agregarle un poco de “flavour” a cualquier look. Que les parece? Les gusta este look?

Pictures by: Jovana Obradevic, Location: Bastakiya, Dubai

bohemian beach coverup

L Space coverup

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samudra beach bag

beach coverup

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 Beach dress/Vestido: L.Space (also love this one and this one),  Purse/Cartera: Samudra (also love the smaller version),

I knew that the UAE was surrounded by the Persian Gulf before moving to Abu Dhabi but I was unaware of how beautiful the beaches would actually be. The beaches are extremely clear and clean. I also didn’t expect to spend as much time at the beach as we currently do.  Therefore while most of my friends in Chicago are buying winter boots and jackets I find myself buying beach coverups, swimsuits and more. I love the bohemian flair of this LSpace beach coverup and the lace sleeves make this dress romantic and delicate. I was in the hunt for spacious beach bag and I was absolutely thrilled when I found this Samudra bag. I love the beach graphics and the leather straps are strong enough to hold any magazines, towels you might be carrying. I added a little “flavour”to the look with this beaded long necklace with neon tassel. Thank you so much for reading and hope everyone has a great week!

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Yo sabia que los Emiratos Arabes estában bordiados por el Golfo Persico antes de mudarnos a Abu Dhabi pero jamas pense que las playas fueran hacer tan bonitas como lo son. Son sumamente claras y limpias. Y también pasamos mas tiempo en la playa de lo esperado, por eso mientras la mayoría de mis amigos en Chicago están comprando botas, chaquetas, y ropa de invierno yo estoy comprando vestido y ropa de playa. Me encanta las mangas de este vestido como tiene un toque de bohemio. Estando acá  me di cuenta que iba a necesitar una cartera de playa y me compre esta cartera de la maraca Samudra. Me encanta que es super colorida y tiene imágenes de la playa. Le agregue un poco de “flavour” al look con esta cadena larga. Muchas gracias por leer y espero que todos tengan un buena semana.

Pictures by Jovana Obradovic, Location: Dubai

backpack

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clover canyon dress

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clover canyon dress and backpack

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Dress/Vestido: Clover Canyon ( similar, similar),  Backpack/Bulto: Madewell (also love this one),  Shoes/Zapatos: Converse (leather) also here

I love the colorful print and formfitting silhouette of this Clover Canyon dress. I’ve always been a fan of the Clover Canyon’s “scuba” stretchy and comfortable signature designs. I paired the dress down with these Converse leather sneakers and this fun backpack from Madewell. I have to say this backpack might be one of my favorite purchases so far, it’s so practical and roomy. I can easily pack my laptop, makeup back,magazines and so on! Its perfect for traveling and the on the go woman! What I love the most is the beautiful color, definitely worth its price! What do you think of this outfit? Do you like how I paired this dress up with sneakers? On other hand how amazing is the last picture overlooking the tallest building in the world?  Dubai has quickly become one of my favorite cities in the world and I love playing tourist every time I make the quick drive over from Abu Dhabi.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and thank you so much for reading!

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Siempre me ha gustado el material y los colores que ofrece la marca Clover Canyon. Combine este vestido con estas zapatos deportivos de la marca Converse y esta bulto de la marca Madewell. La verdad que haber comprado este bulto podra haber sido unas de mis compras preferidas.  Me cabe todo desde la computadora, las revistas, mi bolsa maquillaje y todo lo demás. Es perfecto para cuando uno viaje o simplemente para cuando uno salga y tenga muchas cosas en la cartera. Me encanta el color del cuero, y la verdad es que la calidad es muy buena. Que les parece? Les gusta como combine el vestido con estos zapatos? Que les parece la ultima foto con el edificio mas alto del mundo? Dubai es una ciudad increíble y simplemente hay demasiadas cosas que hacer y ver. Muchas gracias por leer y les deseo un buen fin de semana!

Photos by: Jovana Obradovic,  Location: Souk Al Bahar, Dubai

J.Crew sales

J.Crew is offering 25% of full-price items!! Wanted to share a few of my favorite items below…enjoy!

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pink mini dress

line & dot pink dress

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Dress/Vestido: Line & Dot (also love this one),  Shoes/Zapatos: Jimmy Choo,  Earrings/Aretes: BCBG (absolutely love these)

Hello Amigos! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I took these beautiful pictures earlier this week in Dubai around the Burj Al Arab. I had a few errands to run that afternoon so I knew I wanted to be comfortable, hint this loose fit dress from Line & Dot. I love the pleats of the dress and they way it moves with the wind, especially as I walked around the beach. I love the delicate gold-tone tassels on the back, which adds to the overall flirty look. This dress also comes in white and lime and the maxi version has an elegant flair to it. If you’re looking for a more fitted look I would recommend to size down. Jovana ( my photographer) and I waited for the sun to set over the Gulf and as you can see by the last picture I was having way too much fun. The pier on the back is a popular restaurant in Dubai called The Pier Chic which offers some espectacular sunset views. Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think of the dress on the comments below—

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Hola Amigos! Me tome estas fotos en Dubai alrededor del Burj Al Arab. Tenia varias deligencias que hacer ese día así que quería estar cómoda y este vestido de la marca Line & Dot es super comodo y colorido. Me encantan los pliegues del vestido y como se mueve con el viento, en especial mientras caminaba en la playa. El vestido se amarra por atrás y tiene unos pequeños detalles dorados que le dan un toque coqueto al look. Este vestido cambien viene en blanco y verde y también vienen en largo que lo hace ver much mas elegante. Jovana ( mi fotógrafa) y yo esperamos hasta el atardecer y como pueden ver por la ultima foto yo  estaba disfrutando de la playa. El muelle que ven atrás es uno de los restaurantes mas populares en Abu Dhabi ya que tiene tremenda vista y es super romántico. Muchas gracias por leer! Déjenme saber que les parece este look abajo en los comentarios—

Pictures by Jovana Obradovic  

 

it’s always summer somewhere

BCBG colorful dress

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Dress/Vestido: BCBG,  Shoes/Zapatos: Anzo Anglioni (similar),  Hat/Sombrero: ZARA (similar)

Someone asked me the other day what I missed the most about Chicago…and besides my family and friends (of course) one of the things I miss the most about Chicago are the seasons. Even though I have only been in Abu Dhabi for a little bit over a month I miss feeling the cold morning breeze…I miss wearing some killer fall boots and dressing with layers. That being said, I am not complaining about the endless summer weather in the UAE or being able to wear such cute and colorful dresses as the one below. I wore this very tropical dress for lunch with my husband in Dubai. I love that the dress is form fitting and still classic and chic. The delicate high-low bottom adds a little “flavour” to the outfit and love the way it moves when I move. I added my signature accessory: an oversize fedora for a fun and vibrant look. Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone has a great start to their week!!

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Hace poco alguien me pregunta que es lo que mas extraño de Chicago…y aparte de mi familia y amigos (claro) lo que mas extraño es el cambio de temporadas. Aunque solo he estado en Abu Dhabi por un mes todavía extraño el frío viento de la mañana, usar unas botas altas para el otoño y mas. No es que me este quejando de Abu Dhabi, ya que me encanta el calor y siempre poder usar vestido como este. Use este vestido super tropical para un almuerzo con mi esposo. Me encanta que el vestido es justo al cuerpo pero todavía es clásico. Los pliegues del  vestido son super modernos y le dan un toque de “flavour” al look. Agregue mi accesorio preferido; este sombrero para un look divertido y vibrante. Muchas gracias por leer!!

Grocery shopping in Abu Dhabi

Happy Friday Amigos! I’m excited to share another lifestyle post with all of you. One of the first things we did after landing in Abu Dhabi was visit a few grocery stores and see what the type of food we would be able to find. After visiting at least 5 different groceries stores, I can tell you that grocery shopping in Abu Dhabi is an experience. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to find everything you’re looking for in just one location so therefore you end up visiting 2 or even 3 different stores to cross off your entire list. I frequently stop by Waitrose (British brand), though their fresh fruits are more on the higher price range. Secondly is Carrefour: it’s much bigger and a bit intimidating when you first go in, but it is also the place where you can buy your potato chips and then shop for a plasma TV all in one day. Let me show you a few pictures…

Strawberries = $7:    $1 = 3.6 Dirham. So yes…those are $7 strawberries.

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Pork: Pork is only sold in selected supermarkets. As I made my way around Spinnys (another supermarket) I noticed a sliding door with the words “non Muslim” on the top. Of course my curiosity got the best of me, so I pressed the button to the left and made my way in. Sure enough there it was…a separate section for pork. You can find your usual items such as bacon, pork ribs and sausages, but what I didn’t understand was some of the other items they had stocked …for example pop tarts! Haha

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Magazine stand: There is definitely not a lack of magazines. I am usually able to find the Australia, American, Middle East and British version of any magazine.

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Camel Milk: need to say more?

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Spices: Don’t know what half of these spices are but they sure photograph well! haha  I will make it my mission to learn where all these spices come from and how to use them…

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Thank you so much for reading! What do you think about my grocery experience? haha –

Shopbop Friend and Family

Shopbop is easily my number one destination when it comes to online shopping. They offer free express shipping, no sales tax and countless of brands. As I get ready to start shopping for the holiday season I like making a list of all the presents and personal items I want to purchase. First on my list are some cute beanies or fedoras for winter and a new winter jacket. I’ll be taking advantage of Shopbop’s sale- they are  offering 25% OFF of your entire purchase with the code Family25 — Happy Shopping!

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amanda uprichard dress

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amanda uprichard silk dress

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Dress/Vestido: Amanda Uprichard (love this one), Shoes/Zapatos: Jimmy Choo ( similar)

I took these fun pictures outside the famous and the wonderful Palace Hotel in Dubai. I wore this Amanda Uprichard later that night for the first day of Middle East Fashion Week and received tons of compliments. I’ve always been a fan of the bright bold colors Amanda Uprichard has to offer. This color  in particular reminded me of the blue waters of Aruba…doesn’t it? I love the flirty pleats and the shoulder pads add a little “flavour” to this comfortable mini dress. I added these colorful Jimmy Choos that went perfectly with the dress. Below are some of my favorite Amanda Uprichard dresses…which color do you like the most? Thank you so much for reading and I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

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Me tome estas fotos afuera del famoso y espectacular Palace Hotel en Dubai. Despues en la noche use este mismo vestido de Amanda Uprichard para el primer dia de la semana de la moda en Dubai. Siempre me han gustodo los colores que la disenadora Amanda Uprichard ofrece; son siempre bastante llamativos. Este color en particular me acuerda las playas de Aruba…no les parece? Me encanta los pliegues del vestido y los hombros le dan un poco de “flavour” al vestido. Combine el vestido con estos tacones tri-colores de Jimmy Choo que van perfecto con el vestido. Abajo estan unos de mis vestidos preferidos de Amanda Uprichard…que color les gusta mas? Muchas gracias por leer.

 

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