Thursday, December 19, 2019

Mango - Leading retailer or absolute fraud?

With the temperatures in Cairo dropping overnight (about time for Fall/Winter already...), and being the lazy person that I am, I needed a quick fix. Enter online shopping. Lucky for me, it was around Black Friday and lots of items on sale. 

Sadly, I made the mistake of ordering from Mango's online website. I'm generally not a big fan of high street fashion because I'd rather splurge on some quality pieces, but there were actually some nice pieces as part of their winter collection (and were on sale) - so I figured why not. Little did I know, that this would be one of the biggest mistakes I ever made! 

The delivery time on the Mango website says that it's within 5-7 working days. I placed my order on November 30, and to date, I have not received my order, nor a reply from Mango despite my numerous emails. I received an email on December 9th saying my order was dispatched, but again, up until now the tracking number does not work and the courier company says they never received the parcel from Mango.

They clearly have the worst customer support; no replied to emails, incompetent people on the phone, and no replies on social media either.

And apparently, I'm not the only one! I wish I had checked their Facebook page before placing my order, because there are dozens of comments with people reporting the same problem. No orders, no replies.

Bottom line: no matter how tempting the items look, DO NOT even think about ordering from that website. Sadly, it's absolute fraud! I've already reported the issue to ICPEN and waiting for an update. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Hottest Bags from the Spring 2019 Runways

It's still a few months till Spring 2019 is officially there, but it's always a good time to start planning your essential shopping list. From playful sundresses to colorful sandals, bags were nothing short of exciting! From pretty pops of color to oversized totes, the Spring 2019 runways were full of arm candy we can’t wait to tote around. That white Alexander McQueen bag and Alberta Ferretti backpack are to die for! 





Giambattista Valli




Louis Vuitton


Salvatore Ferragamo


Tom Ford

And my favorites...

Alexander McQueen

Alberta Ferretti

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stella McCartney Fall 2017

Stella McCartney introduced quite a hybrid collection for the Autumn Winter 2017 season that exuded power and elegance. The collection was versatile and wearable, offering women some transitional style solutions.
McCartney articulated her social message through her designs without slogans or sacrificing a tiny bit of her signature practical chic. “Faith and love inspire the collection,” McCartney said after the show. “I want to reflect the good in people within my work. My message is clear. I want to bring people together in what I do, and politics, of course, are part of that.”
The collection portrayed a pictorial of “A Horse Frightened by a Lion,” by 18th-century painter George Stubbs, with the inclusion of animal motifs. A Balmoral-esque quilted coat was paired back to wide legged, wool trousers, producing a dynamic portrayal of styling. Paper bag overalls and sweaters directed toward a casual aesthetic.
As she has built joie de vivre into her brand DNA, it only made sense that she’s reprise the hit karaoke dance party from last season at the show. This time, the models paraded to George Michael’s “Faith”, “All You Need Is Love” by her dad, Paul McCartney and The Beatles, and “Brujas” by Princess Nokia.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bridal Looks to Copy from the Red Carpet

Watching the Oscars this year, I couldn't help but notice how some of the dresses had some serious potential to be some traffic-stopping wedding dresses. With the wedding season just around the corner, this is a round-up of dresses that can maybe help a few brides-to-be.

On Sofia Carson: Monique Lhuillier ball gown.

On Felicity Jones: Dior dress; Christian Louboutin shoes; Niwaka jewelry. 

On Isabelle Huppert: Armani Privé dress.

On Karlie Kloss: Stella McCartney gown; Nirav Modi choker and earrings; Roger Vivier bag.

Naomie Harris in a Calvin Klein dress

Sunday, March 12, 2017

For the love of midi skirts

It seems like spring is really just around the corner. With the perfect weather these days, midi skirts are the go-to for a chic and versatile outfit. Wear them casually with a pair of sneakers or dress them up with a pair of heels, these can go from office to night-out with just the right accessories.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Remembering Sonia Rykiel

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel died Thursday at the age of 86.

Rykiel, nicknamed the Queen of Knitwear, had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for some time before her death.

Born on May 25, 1930, Sonia started her career as a window dresser in 1948, with her first foray into design being when she knitted herself maternity dresses after marrying Sam Rykiel, the owner of a Paris boutique.

Rykiel made her breakthrough in 1962 with the so-called poor boy sweater, which had long sleeves and a fitted shape.

Nathalie Rykiel, managing and artistic director of the Sonia Rykiel fashion label, said: "My mother died at 05:00 this morning at her home in Paris from the effects of Parkinson's."

In her memory, check out some of the designer's pieces that made history: