Monday, September 28, 2015

Pics to like on a cloudy day

...Blue & grey and dusky tones proove to be a heartwarming colour palette too! ツ
↑ images by LOCALMILK and TUMBLR   "To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions." (Hugh Jackman)
images MARIKA GIACINTI + TUMBLR  ✪ "It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important." (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
↑ images by • Instagram• SWEET MABEL (@sweetmabeluk)  + LOCALMILK ✪  “Time spent with a cat is never wasted.”—Colette (author, Gigi)
↑ images by MARIANNA JAMADI + sarees by BUNGALOW 8

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Elegance in beige

This London apartment designed by KATRINA PHILLIPS feels like a small oasis of serenity and harmony! Soft shades of coffee with milk are livened up by occasional spots of berry colours. Well, something has definitely hooked me here!
Straight lines of classic European elegance are refined by the presence of Oriental pieces - a Moroccan ceiling lantern, a carved wooden wardrobe (i guess it's what it looks like) on the right and even a woman in pink makes her special contribution to the room's atmosphere.
I love bay windows! They not only allow in much light, but also provide a perfect space to arrange a comfortable lounge zone.
The niche, that might first have been a kind of architectural defect, is turned into a collector's display of favourite objects. ✪ The bedroom continues enveloping with peaceful vibes. Coffee & Milk tones of textiles, furniture and heavy, similar to stage drapes, curtains make a soothing but not dull colour palette with the light pistacchio of the walls. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Khaleeji style {countries of the Arabian Gulf}

... we'll be wearing beautiful clothes, adorn ourselves with fine gold jewelries, have chai and gahwa (tea and coffee), burn bakhoor and, as the fragrant fumes ascend, will dance to the hypnotyzing rythms of khaleeji music (switch on a player in the very bottom , enjoy sweets and mouthwatering khaleeji dishes, trace over whimsical henna patterns on our hands and feet...Well, in a word, you are welcome to my virtual Hafla! (=a social get-together, a party, in Arabic) [all photography via instagram & tumblr]
image credit: SHOT IN BAIT YADOOH RESTAURANT-COFFEE SHOP IN ABU DHABI. FEATURING A CUSHION AND AN iPHONE CASE FROM AMINA AL ABBASI. The skirt! Surprisingly! Don't you think these bright floral patterns that we love resemble so much Russian traditional prints used in PAVLOVO POSAD SHAWLS?!
image credit: AN EMIRATI DESIGNER FATMA AL MULLA. BAKHOORI won't describe what is it, as Wikipedia has done it very well already: - [In most Arab countries, bakhoor is the name given to scented bricks. These scented chips/bricks are burned in incense burners to perfume the home and clothing with a rich thick smoke. This is used specifically on special occasions like weddings or on Fridays or generally just to perfume the house.]

image credit: MAHA ABAYA. + more on the bakhoor [The bukhoor is usually burned in a mabkhara, a traditional incense burner. It is customary in many Arab countries to pass bukhoor amongst the guests in the majlis (Arabic مجلس, meaning congregation). This is done as a gesture of hospitality.]
... how gorgeous are all khaleeji outfits - ABAYAS, BISHT and DARA'A?!Forever my style!

image credit: MAAKU ABAYAs.
If you want to see more of mesmerizing Khaleeji style clothes, check ⓜⓨ ⓢⓣⓨⓛⓔ Khaleeji board @ my Pinterest.

image credit: MO'AMAR SWEET BAKED RICE PIC + THE COOKBOOK BY A UAE BASED TV presenter, cookbook author, food stylist-photographer, ASSIA OTHMAN + check Assia's blog for some of her famous recipes