An editor’s wish list is a carefully curated selection of the month’s (and often the week’s) most in-demand, on-trend, and hard-to-find pieces. Add to that a good dose of impulse purchases and things that one buys just out of simple curiosity, and there you have it: the Savoir Flair team’s October shopping list. Browse through the gallery below and get inspired to add one, two, or all of these items to your own virtual shopping cart.
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At this point, about half my office wardrobe consists of statement Ellery pieces. Kym [Ellery], who I had the pleasure of meeting this week in Paris, is a phenomenal designer who understands femininity like few others do. I love the way the flouncy ruffled sleeves are offset against the crisp tailoring of the blazer. Design genius.
A crisp white blazer calls for an exquisite pair of earrings, and this Aurélie Bidermann style fits the bill perfectly. Plus, they’re an immaculate work-to-play option for those long October workweeks.
It’s been raining quite heavily here in Paris this week, and this clever little “raincoat” for my Valextra ‘Iside’ bag has come to the rescue. It’s a practical – and aesthetically pleasing – way to protect my new bag from those (glorious) Paris raindrops.
We often forget just how much incredible talent we have right here in the Middle East. This high-quality, on-trend moto jacket by Taller Marmo is the perfect investment piece for the fall/winter season. I’ll be wearing it with a simple jeans-and-tee combo or over maxi dresses during the cooler months.
Donna Hourani is one of the newer and most talented jewelry designers in the region. Her new collection ‘Jaroor El Teta’, which means grandma’s drawer, is imbued with so much nostalgia. This necklace features an antique Lebanese gold coin from 1936 that is adorned with a deep-green emerald.
Midi skirts are such a forgiving silhouette and easy to style for work or an evening out. This particular one from Elizabeth and James boasts beautiful ornate embellishment and works with a T-shirt during the day or its matching top at night. Both are on my to-buy list.
While going through my closet trying to determine what’s winter-worthy, I realized that I have no fashionable coats – only functional ones that are rather plain and outdated. Fortunately, cult label Ganni has a great selection of totally gorgeous outerwear for the fall/winter season at prices that won’t break the bank.
As a six-foot-tall woman, heels are the bane of my existence. However, kitten heels give me the ladylike feeling that comes with wearing stilettos without hurting my feet or making me significantly taller than my significant other. Thankfully, they’re back in style for the season.
I absolutely love the retro feel of this & Other Stories T-shirt. Slogan tees are big for Fall/Winter 2017 and so are futuristic feels – plus it has my middle name on it. I’m planning to wear it with jeans, heels, and heaps of dainty gold jewelry.
Roxanne Assoulin, mother-in-law of Rosie Assoulin, has taken Fashion Week by storm with her super-fun take on the friendship bracelet. Available in rainbow, gold, and silver combinations, the bracelets and chokers are the perfect examples of having fun with fashion and not taking yourself too seriously.
Selling super trendy pieces globally, Pixie Market is fast becoming my new go-to for pieces with cool-girl factor. This dress is great for Dubai as ecru fabric means it’s breathable, while the big buttons and subtly oversized sleeves don’t compromise on style.
After finally accepting that I can no longer blame “summer vacation mode” for being rather lax with my workouts and eating the world, I’m back on it and booking into Barry’s Bootcamp and Define Barre classes with a vengeance. It also helps that I’ve found the most comfortable workout leggings ever, courtesy of GapFit. They’re made of a very clever breathable knit with special “gDry Moisture Wicking” lining that keeps the skin dry whilst you sweat. They also hold everything in place, so they’re super flattering. What’s even better is that Gap has just launched its online store in the GCC, which offers same-day delivery in Dubai. No more excuses now…
Being a Brit, I’m a big tea drinker, so when I heard that Gucci had just launched its own homeware line that includes seriously pretty porcelain mugs, I was sold. I’ve got my eye on this mug, which features the new Gucci ‘Herbarium’ motif and is adorned with beautiful green blooms. It even comes with a big butterfly-topped lid, making for the chicest cuppa you’ll ever have.
I’m a sucker for a good spa treatment, but unfortunately, I often don’t have the time to treat myself to one. So, when Rituals launched its brand new ‘Ritual of Hammam’ collection – a complete range of products that allow you to create your own at-home hammam – I was all over it. Not only are they scented like a spa, but there’s also anything and everything you need to treat your skin to the ultimate scrub and softening treatment. From a deep-cleansing ‘Black Soap’ and ‘Hot Scrub’ made with sea salt, warming ginger, and eucalyptus to the mineral-rich ‘Body Mud’ rhassoul clay and toning ‘Body Cream’, it’s the ultimate way to give yourself, and your body, a big dose of TLC.
Somewhere at the intersection of my perpetual wanderlust and Grace Gordon’s guide to creating the perfect bath, I discovered this home fragrance set by Buly 1803. The perfect upgrade from your everyday candle, it features a porous stone diffuser in a printed porcelain dish and a vial of concentrated perfume that has a combination of amber and vanilla at its base. I chose the warming ‘Retour d’Egypte’ variety because it’s designed to evoke the scent of Egyptian ruins (which I visited plenty of in 2016) and travel nostalgia is always a “yes” in my world.
The fashion world may still be abuzz with the runways of Spring/Summer 2018, but I’ve still got my feet planted firmly in all things 60s – and this is how I’m paying tribute to my favorite decade. The ‘F+’ is a twist on the Diana camera that was first produced during the early 1960s, and currently a Lomography best-seller. Having just completed an intense ten-hour DSLR workshop at Gulf Photo Plus, I’m ready to experiment with more unpredictable results through this adorable analogue classic.
I have no qualms about being brutally honest with my friends and family – and myself – which is why this card game has me really intrigued. It was created by The School of Life, an organization often described as the global headquarters of developing emotional intelligence. There’s categories such as relationships, career, money, and more, so I imagine it prompting some witty yet deeply insightful conversations.