Next month I will be on a plane headed to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  I must say I’m super excited. I haven’t really traveled and forever, so I am definitely looking forward to this trip. Our hotels are booked and the itinerary is almost finalized.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are known for their richness in Arabic and Islamic culture, so there are customs that they follow and as a sign of respect, visitors should follow as well.

abudhabi-dubai

Knowing a little something about culture it is important to dress and act accordingly. I’m sorry, but I’m not about that jail life and if you do not research and understand where you are going, you are risking your freedom in a foreign place. Yes it can be that serious. With that being said, I’ve come up with a list of things you should pack when visiting places in the UAE.

The key here is modesty, so leave the booty shorts home. Most places that you may visit require your legs and shoulders to be covered up. If you visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, men must wear long pants and women must have their head, legs, and shoulders covered. This is a non-negotiable.

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I know some may ask, “How do you dress modestly when it is extremely hot?!?” Although this place requires women to be modest in public places that represent the culture, you don’t have to forsake your style in the heat.

Here are some key items to pack if you are traveling to these places to show your style and remain cool

What to Wear in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

 

Now the nightlife in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will give way to more leniency when it comes to clothing. Most of the places have been “westernized,” so finding a cute party dress shouldn’t be that difficult.

I plan on packing all of the above. We plan on doing a lot of sight seeing, eating (yummm), and safaris, so I need to be comfortable. I will probably pack more printed pants than anything. I lived in light weight printed pants over the last few summers. They were low maintenance, but very stylish. So pack according to the activities you will be doing as well.

Special shoutout to my friend Kim. When I was in a blogging rut, she gave me an idea to do this post. That was back in December/January lol. Better late than never.

Have any of you traveled to a place with specific cultural norms when it came to clothing? What did you wear?

I am not always about dressing up and throwing on heels. Sometimes I just want to wear a pair of loose fitting jeans and some sneakers. I don’t get this feeling often, but when I do I try to look as polished as possible. It is great to want to be laid back and casual, but you should always look polished and well put together. One thing you don’t want to do is mistake “casual” for sloppy. So keep the ill-fitting sweatpants and sweatshirts at home in the back of your closet and check out this look

Casual Saturday

You can get this look with the items below

This year has gone by extremely fast. I can’t believe that it is almost over. Can you believe that it is Thanksgiving already?!?!? This is insane, but as always I have created some amazing looks that will have all eyes on you and not just the food.

Look #1: The Hostess

The Hostess

For this look I wanted something dressy if you were hosting a formal dinner. So I paired a raspberry colored long sleeve dress with black and gold accents. As the hostess you must greet your guest and make sure everyone is having a great time so you should look good doing it.

Look #2: Meet the Parents

Casual Chic

I created this look if you are going with your significant other to meet his family/parents for the very first time. You do not want to seem like you are trying to hard so a nice pair of black trousers with a bold top (hence the structured sleeves) a vest to add some personality, and of course a printed shoe. The shoes will definitely be a conversation piece. Wear neutral makeup to enhance your natural beauty, and gold accessories for a little bling.

Look #3: Family Fun

A Pop of Color goes a long way

 I paired a simple long sleeve shift dress with colored tights and riding boots if you are just having dinner with family and friends. The look is stylish and very comfortable. So if your family plays a lot of games you won’t be out of place. Don’t worry, you can still play Taboo and charades and not feel uncomfortable.

Stay tuned later this week to see the look I rocked for Thanksgiving. I hope these suggestions help you put together a fabulous outfit!

Although it was nearly 70 degrees this past weekend, the cold weather is in full effect. It is officially “cuffing season” as many people call it and just because it is now chilly doesn’t mean the romance has to stop. My friend, and fellow blogger, Melissa over at Amour and Apparel gave 6 awesome winter date ideas and I have the outfits to compliment them!

When it comes to dressing for chilly temperatures the key is too layer, especially if you are doing outdoor activities like ice skating or window shopping- during the holidays. Then you may have those warm and cozy dates where you just need a great jacket and a great dress. So here are some outfit ideas for those chilly winter days that can keep things a little spicy.

Look #1- Leggings, oversized sweater, lace up boots, winter coat, scarf and gloves

winter date inspired outfit

This look is relaxed yet stylish. Instead of going for traditional black leggings, try a pair of knit leggings in a novelty print (with snowflakes) or a geometric pattern. Pair with an oversized sweater that can be belted to cinch your waist, ankle boots, and a cute coat and you are read to go. Make sure that your hat, scarf, and gloves bold, to brighten up the dreary winter days. You can reverse this look by wearing a solid color bottom and printed sweater on top.

Look #2- Sweater dress, tights, knee boots, faux fur vest

Winter Date Inspired Outfit #2

This look is sexy yet chic. Rock a sweater dress with a faux fur vest or even a blazer for a more polished look. Because it is chilly always wear tights and for more warmth, opt for a knee-high boot or over the knee boot instead of pumps or ankle booties. This look is perfect if you are going to see a play or having dinner and drinks. You can opt for a sheath dress, paired with a long sleeve shirt and a vest if sweater dresses aren’t your thing. Make sure you add a pop of color and your evening bag is the perfect accessory to complete the look.

Look #3- winter shorts, patterned tights, over-the-knee boots, novelty sweater, bowler hat, satchel handbag.

Winter Date Inspired Look #3

This look is for the fun dates. If you are going to shoot pool, bowl, or even catch a movie have fun and put your jeans away. Choose a pair of shorts in a heavier material and pair with your favorite patterned or colored tights. Heels aren’t always a requirement so rock a pair of the over-the-knee riding boots with your favorite sweater to complete this look.

Look #4: skater skirt, pussy-bow blouse, ankle boots, envelope clutch, wool coat

Winter Date Inspired Out Look #4

This look is for elegant and sophisticated. Skater skirts are so versatile. They can be worn with t-shirts, blouses, denim shirts, or even sweaters. For this look, I paired the skater skirt with an embellished pussy-bow blouse to add a little femininity without the sex appeal overkill. This look is great for wine tasting.

If you want to snuggle and get close to your date, go for a sweater in a light weight material so that you won’t feel too hot and stuffy, making it uncomfortable for you to get close.

These are just a few outfit ideas. All looks can be altered, swap out leggings for jeans or shorts for a skirt. Just make sure you are comfortable!

Don’t forget to check out Melissa’s post on 6 Winter Date Ideas. Let us know which outfit you would rock on your winter date!

It’s that time of the year again-homecoming!!!! Homecoming is one of the most exciting times of the year on any college campus. During homecoming you get to have great food and catch up with people that you haven’t seen in years. You also get to tour the campus, chill at the parade, and much more. One of the most important events during homecoming is the football game. You get to tailgate and just enjoy great company. Some people that show up to the game just look out of place because they are not dressed for the occasion. You can be comfortable and chic without looking like you are going to the club, unless that’s the look you are going for.  Some people love to wear their school’s para, but if that’s not your thing I created four different looks that are definitely homecoming approved.

Look #1 Rocker Chic

Rocker Chic Look

Look #2 Downtown Chic

Military Chic Look

Look #3 Preppy Chic

Preppy Chic

Look #4 Military Chic

Military Chic 2