Friends, when I tell you that I was pretty darn excited last week, I mean it. Like, there are times when living in a huge city like Dubai can feel frustrating; but then when free events happen, with people you would never have the chance to see or meet, you get giddy, and you GO TO ALL OF THEM! I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to Harpers Bazaar Arabia for creating this event. It was beautiful and upscale fashion event for anyone and everyone to attend. It was really inclusive, and an interesting way of showing how fashion and technology connect and collide in such fascinating ways!
A special thanks to Rosemin who responded to my questions about this event super fast, despite the fact that she was a major part in hosting at this Harpers Bazaar Arabia event all throughout the week. I always so appreciate your kindness and friendly face! Here’s to many more fashion evenings spent together! Here’s the highlight reel!
Victoria was interviewed in the Bazaar Capsule by Harpers Bazaar Arabia Editor Olivia Phillips and she did an amazing job. Her questions were great making the entire hour engaging and full of fun style and life chit chat! Victoria is pretty darn cool by the way. She’s fun AND funny, great sense of humor and really down to earth. She is totally someone you could enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine with, while laughing about life, fashion, marriage and momming. Or anything in between! I’ve got a whole new level of appreciation for her after this event.
WHEN YOUR STYLE INSPO IS STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU
If you’ve seen my Pinterest over the last 6-8 months, you will see a very consistent influence of style from Victoria Beckham. I love, LOVE her personal style, and it has really inspired me to evolve my own since being in Dubai. I am all about how modesty is created with a combination of flow mixed with tailoring.
Looking back at her style, it’s been that way for years, so I have no hesitation that I can embrace this, in my own way, for seasons to come. This is another example of why I think it’s such a great idea for you to create a Pinterest board for the styles you really love. Not only to see a pattern in what you are pinning; but also because of repetition, you know what you want when you see it!
While in Houston over the summer, my sister in law (@penunuri4) and I went shopping at TJ Maxx. I go straight to the designer section, and find a rack full of this dress by Joie (I’ve also got this dress from there). YES!! I LOVE this brand! And to find it here, in my size, in my ideal colors and a pattern I can get on board with, AND a style that just screams TARYN, was awesome. We live for those shopping moments, right??!
And it happens when we don’t actually need the garments….can I get an AMEN?! It was regular price $460, and I got it for $58. SOLD. I knew it fit the style I was embracing back in Dubai, I knew that dressing up for an event was more likely to happen in Dubai than anywhere else I’d lived! When I tried it on, it fit like a glove so it was a no brainer. It hung in my closet for 2 months before I heard Victoria Beckham was coming to the World of Fashion event; but I knew it was the piece I’d be wearing to see one of my favorite designers.
HOW I MADE IT MINE
This dress came with matching silk sash for a belt. It totally disappeared in the garment, so I added a textured black leather belt with a gold buckle. I do have gold bangles on; but the balloon sleeve hid them some of the time. The asymmetrical / layered skirt made me so happy, because it just floated around when I walked, so the black pointed toe bootie was a good pairing especially for Fall. Truth be told, I was hoping for a really great of knee high black pointed toe boots to wear; but, because I was specifically looking for them, they were nowhere to be found! HA!
A style tip I will share, is to make sure you are comfortable in what you have on. For this event, I was not going to be sitting the entire time, and I didn’t want to have to constantly be adjusting my outfit when I was standing. I wanted to know that everything was in it’s place, not riding up or too tight, so could use my hands to reach out and shake others. To make connections.
And also, save those new heels or the really high ones for events where you don’t need to be on your feet much. There’s nothing worse than trying to walk tall in shoes that feel like they are chewing on your feet! Or even worse, walking to your car resembling a baby giraffe because every step hurts and your knees want to buckle!
Here’s a few more pics of the evening:
WHEN WE WEAR SOMETHING WE FEEL GREAT IN, IT SHOWS
I firmly believe this. When we get dressed up for any event and really like what we see, we walk taller and smile more. It’s not self centered or narcissistic, it’s just, “Dang girl, you clean up NICE” kind of attitude! I know I felt comfortable, it was a new look for me that I felt fit and flattered in all the right places, and gave me confidence to go and say hello and strike up conversation with a number of people. And, well, I was within 6 inches of Victoria Beckham when she walked off stage, and pretty sure she said hi to me…sooooo, you couldn’t wipe the fan girl smile off my face if you tried. Haha!
P.S. In light of all of that, here’s the rest of the pics I have from that fun evening: