Monday, November 23, 2015


Before I started my current job, I got to treat myself to some 100% necessary retail therapy because my current gig is my only gig with a dress code.
 I headed straight to Banana and stocked up on some goodies including everything you see here.
 I had fun doing the whole business casual thing in the beginning, but now I think I'm over it. Ha! Or maybe I just need to go on another spree at Banana to get me excited about dressing up again.

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Monday, November 2, 2015


Back to outfit posts and starting fresh with a crisp white button down and an oldie but goodie, thrifted skirt in colors that are both fall and Halloween appropriate.
I got this skirt from my favorite Goodwill in Atlanta (Norcross) for $3. I thought I misplaced it during my move to California but low and behold I found at my spare closet at my parent's house! I love it when that happens. I feel like I went shopping without spending any money :)
And about the shirt, I believe when you find a white shirt that you like you need to buy it in multiples because you know they don't last very long. Or maybe that's just a problem I have because I wear them on repeat! How do you keep your white shirts bright and avoid those annoying armpit stains?

WEARING: gap white shirt (SIMILAR SIMILAR both $39) thrifted skirt & clutch (Goodwill), ISOLA BRIANNA SANDAL ON SALE FOR $60
WORN TO: work & church

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

As I said on INSTAGRAM the Grand Mosque is too beautiful for words, so please just enjoy the pictures. 

**Simply Chic Travel Tips: Sheikh Zayad Mosque**
Visit the mosque right around sunset. It's quite spectacular to watch against the white building and going around this time will allow you to see the mosque in all of its night time glory.

Also, women will be provided with an abaya to wear, but I think if you are fully covered from head to toe you don't have to wear what they give you. I wish I would have brought my own scarf for my head because the hood on the abaya kept blowing off.

 On another note, I HIGHLY recommend Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi. I'm a self proclaimed hotel snob and this was by far the most, luxurious and high tech hotel I have ever stayed in. The whole room from the curtains to the lights to the television was controlled by the touch of an iPad (see the video) and we won't even talk about how fabulous this tub is! I'd go back just to stay here. No lie. 

(room tour)
(iPod controlled rooms)

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Monday, October 19, 2015


Abu Dhabi is a cool little city! I only spent a day and half here so I didn't get to see much of it, but I did take time to indulge in Afternoon Tea at Emirates Palace. This hotel is not personally my taste. I like a more modern accommodations, but it's definitely worth a visit to check out this 5 star property. 

Emirates Palace is beautiful, but I was more impressed with the Bab Al Qasr Hotel being built across the street.

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The 24 karat gold sweet potato fries (breaded with cornflakes) are a must!  They were delicious and how many other opportunities will you get to eat gold?
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So much food! 
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This outfit makes me want to play tennis! Sans the heels of course. 
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Jumeirah Etihad Towers + Bab Al Qasr 

**Simply Chic Travel Tips: Emirates Palace**
They say the only way to get into Emirates Palace is with a reservation, but I don't think that's true. We walked right in and no one stopped us, or checked our names. So if you want to check out the hotel without being forced to spend money, just try walking in. 

The tea is affordable (around $45 compared to $109 at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai) and the food was good, but I've had better tea experiences, so I wouldn't say it's a must. But if you're feeling fancy, note that they don't allow same day reservations for tea, so book ahead or do what I did and make a reservation for lunch/dinner and ask if it's too late to switch to tea when you get there :) 

Lastly, there is a dress code, so be sure to ask ahead or check online. Women must cover their arms which I didn't know, so I just threw on a pashmina.

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WEARING: 1.State skirt set (love this brand & THIS SKIRT), ISOLA BRIANNA SANDAL ON SALE FOR $60

Monday, October 12, 2015


I didn't do a good job of taking pictures with my Canon this trip (except at the fabulous mosque I keep mentioning) but here's a look at Dubai via my iPhone/Instagram, along with a few Canon pictures sprinkled in. Enjoy! 
Desert Jump! My favorite part about the desert safari was the dune bashing! I thought it was going to be scary (I don't do roller coasters) but it's not scary at all, just pure fun! I booked with HORMUZ TOURISM
Before heading out into the desert we stopped at a little convenient store and the men in the store dressed me like this! I wish I would have bought the head scarf :-/ whomp whomp
Peace in the Middle East
Safari Sunset
Views for the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, tallest skycraper in the world. 
It's not that expensive to go to the top, but I found a Groupon deal for a really good price. 
The Burj Khalifa is fittingly connected to the largest mall in the world...the Mall of Dubai. I spent 6 hours in here and probably only saw 80% of it. 
I didn't eat at the Vogue Cafe but you should! 
Or if you're in the mood for Shake Shack, they have one of those in the mall too.
Selfie in the souks! They say whatever price they give you start negotiating at half that number and work your way up. It didn't work for me, but I didn't try that hard. It was too HOT outside to haggle.
You need several hours here. There's so much to see, and also go by the spice souk! O and if you wear extensions, this is also the place to get some good hair, for a good price. I wish I had brought some back :-/
I got to sight see on this yacht. Definitely a highlight of the trip!
I could get used to this life.  
The ladies of the boat. We did not intentionally plan our outfits to match :)
And last bit not least, another view from the boat. 

Overall, I say Dubai is a cool city and I am beyond grateful for the experience and I had a really, really good time but I don't feel the need to go back and I wouldn't say it's a place someone MUST go to. If it's on your list, keep it on there and make SURE you spend some time in Abu Dhabi, and if you're really lucky try to go to Qatar and if you're really, really lucky take the 4 hour flight to the Seychelles!