In the kids’ minds London is a mythical place where the Queen drives a double decker bus (thanks, Peppa Pig) and Big Ben isn’t shrouded in scaffolding (thanks, people in charge of Big Ben). In my mind it’s a hellhole of potential catastrophe for my Dubai-raised kids who cross roads as frequently as they wear shoes (basically never) and please don’t get me started on managing a buggy on the Tube. How? I can barely manage myself on the Tube.
How I gave up my job as a fashion magazine editor and discovered my personal style. Uncovering along the way the best pair of jeans, ultimate white T-shirt and high-impact tops that won’t look too try-hard.
What I wore to Goodwood Festival ladies day this summer, including wear-all-day shoes (and yes they have a heel), the suit-anyone hat and the perfect dress for races, weddings and pretty much any summer bash that's just fashion enough.
I was honoured to be asked by Thrive Woman to talk at their ‘Fashion Redefined’ event held in Dubai at the end of April 2019. Thrive shares personal stories of ‘founders, leaders and innovators’ in the UAE with the aim of hopefully inspiring others.
What to wear to the beach can be a perennially taxing question. Although not if you’re six, apparently. It was hard to argue with Leo’s decision to dress like an owl for a beach trip in a onesie-esque costume.
The polka dot obsession continues… a little bit Princess Diana, a little bit Vivian from Pretty Woman, a lot fun, flirty and frivolous. We didn’t actually do any stomping of the divots at this weekend’s Lancôme'spolo at Dubai Equestrian & Polo Club…
Note the word buy, singular. The shops have left me a bit cold this month. It’s a tricky time for smart shopping: the weather in Dubai is divine and I am happiest in jeans (J Brand ‘Maude’) and a tee (Rag & Bone ‘Vee’).
It says a lot about my list of priorities that there are zero pictures of what we ate at The Beach House at Anantara on The Palm in Dubai (other than Leo licking the remnants of my raspberry, meringue, ice-cream concoction).
Some cities are too mythological for their own good. The promise of heart-wrenching architecture, fashion shoot-worthy streets and food you’ll remember till your dying day is often an expectation too far.
Growing up in the South of England, Halloween was not a thing. But now I am an adult with a functioning Amazon account and even some bonus kids to use as a front for getting dressed up, it’s most definitely a thing.
Hunky surf instructors, the kids out at sea (and out of your hair) for an hour, coffee on the beach… the Kite N’ Surf/Park House birthday party combo on Nessnass beach in Dubai is pretty much the dream.