Sunday, July 31, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Children - A Film by Mohammad Fikree

Mohammad Fikree, whose short, animated film Mad Camel has been screened at various local and international film festivals such as the Gulf Film Festival, The Cannes' Short Film Corner, etc, is currently working on another animated short film called Children.

So what is the film all about? Here is the synopsis:
"In one of the nights, a beast wakes up from it's long slumber. It glows in the dark and preys on any living souls by transforming itself into any small, harmless creature to trap them. This short animated film will tell a story about a mother and both of her son and daughter of their desperate escape, as the beast preys on them."

Stills from the film

I love the ark work and animation style of all of Fikree's films and I have a feeling Children is going to be as impressive as my other favourite film oh his called Girl & It, which you can watch: here

The film is scheduled to be shown at various film festivals towards the end of the year. In the meanwhile, here is a little sneak peek at the film Children:

Mohammad Fikree is an Emirati artist, animator & music composer, based in Dubai, UAE.
Check out his website, or follow him on twitter @mohdfikree to keep yourself updated!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Niftee's Gold Collection

As a big fan of UAE based brand Niftee, I've been meaning to blog about their Gold Collection for quite a while now.

With this collection, the brand's creator Aljoud Lootah has really outdone herself, and I'm so impressed with her creativity and artistic instincts. As you can see, this gorgeous collection was inspired by traditional Emirati gold jewellery & Arabic calligraphy. The clothes are basically wearable pieces of art and that's what I love most about them! The collection consists of signature Niftee t-shirts and shawls, along with some other eye catching pieces such as this gorgeous shrug:

I especially love the shrug as it can be worn all year long depending on how you layer it. I think it really stands out and is easily my favourite piece! Its available in only one size that fits all, making it comfortable to wear.

Marriyyeh summer cashmere shawl

Apart from the Gold Collection, I really love Niftee's silver belt done in the Moroccan style. I love how the brand keeps tradition and culture alive via modern clothing.

Shop Niftee: HERE

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Empty Tissue Boxes

I've been a little sick these past couple of days. I had a slight fever and a very runny nose. But thankfully, my flu didn't last very long this time. I was even able to stay away from meds (almost) completely. As soon as I found out I had a fever, I took two panadols and an anti-allergy pill and that's it. After that, for the next two days, I just had more fluids than usual. Nothing special, just water, tea and soup. Thanks to that, I'm almost back to normal.

I noticed a real difference this time. Usually, whenever I get sick, my fever never really goes away before a week, and don't even get me started on how weak I feel. I have a feeling it might be due to all the extra vitamin and omega 3 supplements I've been taking more regularly recently. That's the only thing I've been doing differently.

Anyhow, I'm not complaining. I have a couple of unfinished blog posts waiting to be published. I'll do that soon!




Monday, July 25, 2011

Artist Melanie Gissing

Melanie Gissing is an artist based in Dubai, UAE. Having spent her childhood in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, Melanie then moved to the UK to study art & textile/fashion at university. After finishing her education she settled in Bahrain where she started painting professionally and was able to sell a lot of her work. During that time, she was also able to hold solo exhibitions of her paintings on more than one occasion.

"I began my painting career in Bahrain in 1990 using traditional Arab architecture and typical Bahrain scenes as my subject matter. I then moved forward onto painting details of carpets and as a very natural progression due to my love of all things textile, and especially my love of traditional Arabia." -

This talented artist has recently set up base in Dubai and has started painting again. Melanie is also a regular at the several art fairs and exhibitions that are held through out the city.

My favourites:

For more information on the author, her artwork and contact details click: here

Sunday, July 24, 2011

DIY: The Side Chignon

I'm honestly sick of wearing my hair down, and now that my hair is in the process of growing long again (albeit at a snail's pace) I want to experiment with it more!
I'm always on the look out for hair tutorials, and the easier the tutorial the better.
I recently came across this one for a side chignon on Martha Stewart Weddings. It looks simple enough, and the end result is stunning.

Hope you guys find it useful too!


1. Using a round brush, blow-dry hair smooth and straight, focusing on the top sections.
2. Once dry, use a large-barrel curling iron to create waves from the ears down.
3. Build height and volume at the crown by teasing hair gently with a fine-tooth comb.
4. Gather hair into a low ponytail. Twist it along the nape of your neck, pinning as you go.
5. Once you reach your ear, shape the remaining hair into curls, and pin them back over the twist.
6. Spritz strands in place.
7. To add texture, gently curl and scrunch the wispy ends with your fingertips.

Photos & Text: Source


In several African cultures, beads have not only been used as a form of adornment, but they have also been used as a means of communication. The colourful beads are strung in different patterns, each carrying its own significant meaning.

For example, according to this website on Zulu beadwork, the pattern on the necklace below is used to announce that a man and a woman have been engaged to get married with the consent of both their families.

Inspired by the tribal beadwork, Thorunn Arnadottir, a London based designer from Iceland, has used Swarovski crystals to communicate a more modern, personal messages through adornments. And what is the message that her crystal patterns deliver?

The QR code.

"Could traditional African beadcraft be used in its original function of communicating identity but used with modern technology in contemporary context?" -

This "super-self-promotional" dress has been designed for Steed Lord's band member Kali.
The design is composed of several QR codes that link to the band's online promotional material giving the fans instant access from their cell phones.

I've never seen QR codes look this beautiful!

Take a look at more creative work by the designer on her website:

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dareen Hakim SS12 Pre-Sale!

Very different from her previous collection (click: here), the SS12 bags are modern and edgy with their geometric shapes and gorgeous colours!

The one piece that stands out for me is the "V" clutch.
(Pictured above in yellow, and in orange below)

Get Dareen Hakim's new SS12 handbags at a discount!
The pre-sale launch will end on the 28th of July so hurry ladies.

Shop: Here

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

These last 24 hours...

have been a little difficult. I had a lot on my mind and I was feeling extremely depressed. But thanks to someone special, I'm smiling again. So, for that someone, and I hope he's reading:

Growing up, I've always kept journals. But after a while, I always ended up tearing them to pieces and throwing them away. I guess the thought of suddenly dying and someone reading about my deepest darkest secrets, hopes, dreams and wishes is a little unsettling. I'm hoping I won't do the same with my current moleskine.

Similarly, last night, I deleted most of my blog's older posts. As most of my old readers know, I had almost stopped blogging altogether for a while, and honestly, I didn't even recognize the old Sadia. After going through the posts I was like "what was I thinking?!" *giggles*

It's all part of the growing process I guess. Life's funny that way, isn't it?
When I was upset earlier today, that "someone" told me that it always gets better, and one day I will look back at this period of my life and laugh about it.
We all know that, don't we? And still we all need constant reminders!

And! As most of you may have noticed, I've made a new header for my blog! I hope you guys like it, I'm actually very proud of myself! :P
I was going to add a few more details, but I got impatient and lazy and couldn't wait to see what the header would look like on the blog.

I've also created a facebook page for the blog, so it makes it easy for my readers to follow me! ^_^

That's it for now.
I'm going to leave you with some words of wisdom:


Photos: Sorce

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Eye Candy by Fatma Bin Saifan

I have fallen in love with artist Fatma Bin Saifan's work. And I have especially fallen in love with these two pieces of eye candy:

Under Construction

Under Construction II

I love the colours, the technique and also the subject.

Find out more about Fatma on her website: here
You can take a look at her photos and other art work on flickr: here

Bastakiya Art Fair 2010

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lust for Lace: Amanda White Jewellery

Amanda White is a jewellery designer based in Los Angeles.

Her unique pieces are handmade, cast from vintage lace into sterling silver or gold, giving her jewellery a romantic feminine touch.

The cuffs and the earrings above are my favourites!

She also casts some of her designs from ribbon, satin and string.
Such as the sterling silver bracelet below, cast from string:

Click HERE for more!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bambi ♥

Spent the morning watching Bambi with Grandma.

My favourite scence is when Bambi first meets Faline:

I still can't believe the movie was first released in 1942!

Here's the original trailer:

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Orange Blossom Jewellery Collection By Sarah's Bag

The lovely ladies at Sarah's Bag sent me some pics of their first full jewellery collection to share with my readers. A beautiful collection of necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and clutches inspired by the beauty of the orange blossom. They say:

“Sarah’s Bag sees an inspiration not only in the smell of the Mediterranean orange blossom flower but also in its delicate beauty. Introducing the new jewelry collection from Sarah’s Bag, the orange blossom flower that takes the shape of a bag buckle, an ornamental necklace and bracelet, as well as the Orange blossom ring."

The collection is going to be shown in Paris in October after which it will be available at the different stores in this region!
The collection is currently on display at their boutique in Gemmayzeh

Click here for more:

Dear Photograph

Another brilliant website I had tweeted about a couple of weeks back is Dear Photograph.
Readers are encouraged to take a new photo in an old familiar place, holding a photograph that had previously been taken in the same place. The photographs are very nostalgic, and show how somethings might have changed, while the others may have remained the same.

I love the idea.

Here are a few of the photos from the website.

Click (here) for more!

The Burning House

What are your dearest possessions? What would you grab first if your house was burning down?
Money? Passports? Wallet? Your favourite teddy bear?

The Burning House (click here) is a website that asks you to take a pic of the things you'd take with yourself if your house ever did catch fire.

Here are some of their readers' entries

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Magic Of Ragmatazz

Ragmatazz is company based in Dubai, UAE, producing handmade handbags, belts and home accessories. Their handbags have gained a lot of popularity recently and I simply love them! I love the fact that they are unique & no two handbags are alike.
Good news is that they ship internationally!

Find out more on their website
Or find them on facebook: here