We all know that Dubai is the shopping haven of the Middle East. Tourists and residents alike flock here in their millions each year to trawl the malls in all their designer and High street glory for some much needed shopping therapy. But what say for when one wants the unique, the trendy and the "not everyone will be seen wearing it piece" (**Zara, Mango, Topshop take note!)!?
Well, I was fortunate to come across one special boutique with just that, Mirabelle Boutique nestled in a quiet family residential enclose rightly titled, Bloom Gardens. Mirabelle, named after Salma's daughter, was created a little over a year ago and is owned and ran by the stunning and down to earth, Salma, who dresses a mix clientele of Local and Western expatriates looking for an alternative to the mall frenzy pack.
Right in the comfort of Salma's own home with the front reception acting as the retail come part ladies parlor, make yourself at home, have a Perrier to wash down your Cadbury's chocolate before diving into the wardrobe of the LA hippy chic!
My assistant and I took this as an opportunity to personal shop for two clients of ours, Dubai Top Model contestant 2013 Mimi Guapita and friend Stefanie.
Noticing there was a niche for women wanting trendy LA meets London style street chic, and not mass fashion, Salma during one of her visits to Vegas decided to take the plunge and turn her passion for shopping into opening a Boutique, as if being a full time Mother and Interior Designer for one of Abu Dhabi's renowned design firms wasn't enough!
"Women were always asking where I bought my jeans from or my summer dresses," Salma states, "so on one of trips to Vegas,my husband suggested why don't I buy some pieces for the ladies back in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, small at first and then see how it goes" and the rest you can say is history!
Upon entering Mirabelle, your eye succumbs to the racks of summer frocks screaming beach ready and the skinny jeans that guarantee a bum lift without undergoing your local Jumeirah surgeons knife. "The jeans promote themselves, I only have to update each day which celebrity is wearing" and indeed the proof is in the pudding with a press poster featuring A-list celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba being papped in their Level 99 skinnies.
From the cutest of summer shorts and cotton combed t-shirts to block colour blouses bearing brazen prints, there are chic on trend pieces to add to your work wardrobe.
Salma ensures a one-stop-shop for the fashion hungry yet time deprived It-girl.
Shoes, offer enough of a selection from platform leather thongs, to gladiator sandals and kitsch flats that can be worn all year round.
For the Ultimate It-girl look , be sure to finish your ensemble off with a selection from Mirabelles jeweled chains, gemstone rings and chunky bracelets. Grab one of the cotton candy colored hand bags and you'll be cool sailing through summer or sure to make a style statement in any capital on your holiday calender!
|Stefanie gets dolled up in Nadia Tarr Nautical dress|
|*WARNING* Stylist at work|
|For that effortless LA look, layer up on the bracelet charms|
in beads, precious stones and metals
|Prints & block colors don the luscious of summer fabrics!|
|Mimi and Assistant Stylist Eva dig in..|
|Mimi is so delighted with choices she channels a salsa moment!|
|Yellow & Prints are a Yes!|
|Beach shorts in this seasons neon colours|
|...Salma sizes up our client|
|Top by LA label Bella Luxe & Level 99 skinny jeans, Boots Models own|
|Jessica Alba rocks Level 99 denim available at Mirabelle!|
|Graphics make great for the Street Urban travel look|
|Maxi dress by Eight-Sixty and Wedges by Dolce Vita|
**Style Note: Wear this maxi with a shawl and flats for the day
and then pump it up to this for sundowners!
|Necklace, Ring and Bag available at Mirabelle, Bracelets; Models own|
|COLOUR BLOCKING!-STILL IN!|
Nautical Stripes- a Jet Set Must!
|Possessed by Hippy Chic; Top by SW3, Jeans by Genetic Denim|