After five months of living in Dubai, I came home last night and was met with what can only be described as…HEAVEN.My husband asked me to come into the kitchen and open the fridge. The sight that awaited me was pure bliss. I’ll give you a clue. Orange and blue. Och, I’ve given it away haven’t I? Yes, you guessed it. It was IRN BRU. Often known as a substitute for water, Irn Bru is a stereotype that many Scottish people dislike being associated with. I am one of those people that actually epitomises that stereotype and my mum often suggested running an Irn Bru drip into me because I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.
For the last five months I have not had a drop. I was told that Park & Shop in Tecom sold Irn Bu but I just never got round to the place. Then yesterday my husband found it in Lulu Hypermarket of all places. Life = made. It doesn’t take a lot to make me a happy woman. Four cans of Irn Bru in the fridge is the equivalent to buying me a pair of shoes. I kid you not.
Right, let me get to today’s post. I can go on can’t I? You should know me by now though that no topic is ever introduced straight away.
This weekend I had a pretty busy schedule but I managed to do lots and I’m going to tell you a little bit about OTB Market at Burj Park which is currently running until the 30th of January.
Market OTB is a market which gives local talent a chance to showcase their stuff for over a week! There are also stage performances, free sports classes and guest speakers talking everyday. I went on Thursday which was the opening night and I had so much fun.
I went along to support my friend Hafsa Lodi (more on her in a minute) but had a good wander round the park and saw some pretty cool stuff! I was wearing these ridiculously high wedges though so I only really made the effort to take pictures of Hafsa’s stand which was a bit daft considering I’m doing a post on it now. How and ever, there’s an official Instagram page for the market and you can check that out to see some other pictures. Note to self: do not go to shopping festivals/markets in 6 inch high footwear which results in limited photography. One day when I am a millionaire I will have an assistant who will wheel me around places like Burj Park when my feet get sore whilst taking pictures. Now, you might think wouldn’t it make more sense to just hire a photographer? But I like taking pictures for my blog myself unless it’s pictures OF me then I have no choice in the matter. When I’m a millionaire and I start to change and think I’m too good to take photos then do tell me to pipe down and link this post back to me. Thanks. Anyway, so I mainly got pictures of Hafsa’s stand, a) because she is my friend, b) because she is my friend and c) because her stuff is so awesome! I actually love how quirky the girl is. My style is so boring in comparison. Her designs are an amalgamation of Western meets Middle Eastern meets Asian.
In one piece you will end up seeing, denim, pearls, luminous lace, florals, Aztec prints, tassels, paisley motifs, mini bells and some Arabic text for good measure. I’ve probably missed something out. But you get the idea.
That’s what I loved about all her pieces. I had seen a few bits and pieces here and there and she sent me a few things to wear also (more on those coming up) but when I saw her clothes all together I was squealing with excitement. They are just so quirky, unique and adventurous. Not every piece is as daring as the embellished waistcoat, she has simpler stuff like white cotton blouses with print collars.Every piece by Hafsa Lodi is hand embellished by herself meaning that nobody else will have the exact same piece as you. Her embellished collar blouses were also on my list of favourites.Hafsa is sharing her stand with a friend who runs Aina Dubai, a line of unique cushions and accessories hand-made in Dubai. I loved the ‘Mr Right’ Arab version the most! If you are intrigued by what you see and think you want to check it out then please do go along to Burj Park (next to Burj Khalifa) and check out the Market. Can I just clarify that I am not being paid to promote the event in case you think I’m being paid to plug something I don’t believe in. Rest assure everything I blog about is stuff that I know you guys will actually be interested in. I wasn’t planning on doing a big blog post or anything originally, I will be honest. I took my camera along to get some pictures for Instagram mainly. However, I was snapchatting from the event and got such a huge response with girls loving Hafsa’s stuff and wondering if she delivers around the world so I thought I would put up this post and let you decide whether you want to order anything or actually go and view her stuff in person if you are in Dubai. If you do go along to Hafsa Lodi then tell her this wild Scottish woman sent you. I’m sure she will know which one it is.
Right, let me show you some of the Hafsa Lodi goodies I wore and styled.
Outfit 1 I wore this cute, white blouse with hand sewn pearls and embellished sleeves the day that I went to the market. It was so cosy and comfortable but I went and wore those daft wedges which were anything but cosy but white always makes your legs look bigger than they are so I felt I needed something with a bit of height. My friend took these quick snaps before the market so unfortunately I don’t have any close ups or any of me ‘walking’ oh so casually like my usual blog pictures.
Outfit 2 I made the effort to go and shoot this on Saturday because the high low top was something so different for me. I don’t normally do casual that much on the blog and it’s something I’d like to share more often. I feel I’m always showing you girls super glam looks and that’s fine but perhaps you would like to see me do more every day looks? Of course I style every day looks for myself but these are never the looks that I end up shooting. More of these coming right up, Hafsa has inspired me! Top – Hafsa Lodi
Jeans and shoes – Topshop
Sunglasses, rings, earrings and arm candy– Aldo
Watch – Daniel Wellington
Necklace – Miss Selfridge Check out me in my Pat Butcher earrings. Okay fair enough I was doing casual but I still had to go and do purple (Rebel by MAC) lips and put on those chandeliers.The top was super comfortable, flowy and girly all at the same time. I paired it with denims which I thought was probably to best thing to wear it with? You can find more styles in the high low tops at the market if you go and visit. There’s some really cool food vans there too btw. I’m talking fresh popcorn made in 60 different flavours. What even?For more information on any of the pieces you have seen in this post check out @hafsalodi on Instagram and I’m sure she will let you know how to go about placing orders if you are not in Dubai.
If you want to know a bit more about the Dubai Shopping Festival or Market OTB then follow their two official pages on Instagram:
@dsfsocial and @dsfmarketotb
I have been following both pages to make sure I don’t miss out on any upcoming shopping related events in Dubai while the festival is still on.
Before I finish, I have also teamed up with Daniel Wellington watches and they have sent through a special code for my followers which gives you 15% off. Again, I don’t get paid for giving you the code or if you buy the watch. I just know a few girls were asking for it so pass them around and it should save someone a bit of money! Their watches are really nice and I wear mine to work every day! Simply type in missmulberry at the checkouts on http://www.danielwellington.com. Remember to share your pictures with me. I love seeing them!
This brings me to a wee story to finish up. The other day I clicked on the hashtag ‘missmulberry’ which I’ve barely ever used because I feel stupid but imagine my face when I saw that it had almost 700 posts under the hashtag. Well, I got so excited until I realised it was 700 pictures of the same tunics over and over again. To the Instagram business using my hashtag to sell lawn, please could you not?
Now, while you carry on flicking through these pictures, I am going to have a chilled can of Irn Bru. Oh yeah.
P.S. Thank you to the husband for being my photographer again. There’s hope for you yet pal, there’s hope for you yet.