School work has started to cool down after my mock exams, which means I have more time to do what I love most, blog here on Niedsano! Niedsano isn’t only a fashion blog, but also a travel blog where I share my adventures. This post is dedicated to an adventure I had at the start of the year to a place in the middle of nowhere in between Dubai and Abu Dhabi called Fossil Rock. The place is filled with fossils of sea creatures and shells that were on the ocean floor millions of years ago when water was actually found in the Middle East.
The place itself is so beautiful. We set off early morning in order to get there at a time that wasn’t too hot, but what did we expect, it was still extremely hot. As a group, we walked from where we parked our car to all the way up to the fossil rocks. Other than getting third degree burns under our feet, we also had to carry everything that we brought with us: our bags, food, speakers, and a football that everyone wanted to leave behind. So here’s tip #1: always pack light, and #2: make sure you wear appropriate shoes for the desert where sand can’t get inside.
On the way up, I was also boiling in the clothes I chose to wear. (Isn’t a velvet skirt and a black top the perfect combo for the desert though?!) So #3: dress in comfortable, open, and light colored clothes. I would also recommend a hat!
Finally when we got up there, we didn’t have enough water. Tip #4: pack water if you don’t want to die! Instead of bringing pancakes like I did, thinking we would have a cute breakfast at the top, bring light snacks like chips, cookies, or granola bars.
Regardless of the heat and sweat, the view from the top of the rocks was incredible and totally worth it! Tip #5: Put the phone or camera down and just take a few moments to enjoy not only the view but life in general.
Fossil Rock was another incredible hidden gem and definitely worth the (third degree and sun) burns! Here are a few of my favorite shots from my mini adventure.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a post on here but I’m back and ready to share all of what I’ve missed these past few weeks. I’m excited for what’s coming up and hope you are too!
This post is a little throwback to a collaboration a while back that I never got around to actually post. Despite having to wake up at 5:30am and running on high heels (and coffee of course), I had so much fun shooting on empty streets with only runners around, exploring the different places on the corniche in Abu Dhabi, and finally collaborating with an amazing photographer. I also got my sister to tag along and be my personal bag and coffee holder; I mean what else are siblings needed for?? Hiding the endless yawns, creepy stares, and mini falls, here are some of my favourite shots from that morning.
Heels or flats? Boots or Wedges? Shoes can play a huge part in your final look and what kind of mood you’re going for. The shoes can be in the same style group as your outfit, or they can be a complete opposite style. Sometimes you can have a very elegant dress on and pair it with converse for a smart casual look. Or you can pair that dress with heels, making it a look for a formal outing. You just have to think about two things: 1) The style you’re going for, and 2) The level of comfort based on where you are going. In today’s post, I paired an outfit, inspired by the movie Clueless, with 5 different shoes to try to show you how only changing the shoes can give a whole new vibe to your outfit.
Get out your favourite high heels and you’re ready for a night out in the city!
Heels by Mario Bruni
Casual wedges are perfect for a day time look in between meetings
Wedges by Mario Bruni
Flats give you a comfy yet elegant look, perfect for days when you’re walking long distances
Flats by Paprika
Style your outfit up with a pair of easy walkable boots that are either tight or loose around the ankle
Boots by Gallery
Contrast your outfit and go for a sporty look with a pair of sneakers or jogging shoes
Sometimes, it just takes a map and the right people to find something unique out there in the world! This past weekend, my friends and I, with their cat Panda, got to explore a hidden place outside of Abu Dhabi. It was quite the discovery, finding old rock formations and animal skulls in the middle of nowhere. We also found this area that was filled with salt, kind of like a frozen salt lake (I got to keep a piece for myself!). I was a little nervous about getting lost because our google map wasn’t working, but like always, you find your way back home. Here are some of the pictures from our trip off the grid in Abu Dhabi. I’ll be sharing my UAE adventures with you every step of the way!
Are you someone who just can’t pick outfits for school? Or don’t know what to combine with what in your closet? Sometimes it takes me hours, with my whole closet spread out on the floor, to pick an outfit for school. With tough decisions and confusion, I usually end up picking the first outfit I tried on and still leave the room in a mess. If you are confused about what to wear, here are my 8 simple school outfit ideas (within dress code) you can re-create to start your school day on the right and stylish foot!
A preppy look can be a plaid skirt and a nice blouse, or a button down shirt with elegant pants. If you want to get more ideas about what preppy looks like, search Gossip Girl outfits on google and you’ll find a whole lot of preppy!
To me, a girly girl outfit is composed of a nice dress with simple flats paired with a cardigan, or a pink skirt with a white shirt. To go for this style, Pink and flowers are always a good idea
Sweatpants and a comfy shirt always pave the way to a sporty styled look. Yoga pants can also be a substitute for sweatpants, worn with a simple shirt and sporty shoes (Like my Stan Smiths)
Go back in time with a Vintage piece from your closet(or your moms)! My tip is to pair your vintage piece with another modern styled piece. For example a modern cardigan with a vintage dress, or jeans with a vintage button down shirt
You can never go wrong with denim. I paired a long denim shirt with simple leggings and vans. You could even be a little risky and go for that Britney and Justin denim on denim look, but if not, then just pick one piece of clothing thats denim and the other not
Smart Casual: Blazers and more Blazers. This is the piece of clothing you can wear with any bottoms to give you that smart causal look. I would recommend to also have a pair of Chelsea boots or Oxford shoes to give you that extra smart boost!
This look is perfect for a day where you have a class where the teacher puts the AC down to the negatives and you’re always cold!(me in Biology) Grab your favourite sweater, pair it up with leggings or tight jeans, and wrap around a scarf to complete that sweater weather look
Patterns are the best way to make a statement and get noticed for your unique style. The patterned pieces can be the only thing that is popping with colour while the rest of the outfit is toned down and neutral. This can be a patterned dress with a one-color cardigan, or patterned jeans with a black/white shirt
7 girls, 6 days, 5 nights, 1 big city. Responsibilities but no expectations, Welcome to Barcelona.
This unforgettable trip to a beautiful Spanish city was definitely one of the best things that has happened this summer. As much fun as I had fun travelling around Holland and Brussels, nothing can compare to my time spent with the friends I love the most.
Us 7 girls stayed in an apartment right in the center. This was a huge benefit because we were able to mostly walk everywhere (even I wanted to die the second day already). At the early stages of our trip, we decided to trade our sleeping hours for more fun moments shared together, which could be considered as a bad thing because sleep is important, but when you’re out with your friends alone in a city like Barcelona, sleep is last on the to-do list. Sharing clothes, fighting over mirror spaces, running out of towels, and grabbing coffee in the morning to not die during the day are only some parts of this vacation.
From days where we ate Spanish food at fancy restaurants, to making pesto pasta at home, exploring a city with your friends should be a must-do on everyone’s bucket list. So much laughter, inside jokes, deep conversations, and funny moments consume you, creating memories lasting a lifetime! The important thing is not about what you do specifically, but rather with whom you spend your precious time with.
In this short amount of time, my friends and I got to see so many things. Thankfully one of my friends is from Barcelona, so we were lucky to have our own tour guide that showed us some of the top spots in town. From very touristy things like taking a walk down La Rambla, seeing Gaudi’s work around town, visiting the Sagrada Família and Güell’s beautiful park, to doing local things like going to the beach a bit farther from the city, lounging at a rooftop with the sunset’s view or hanging around in small pubs.
Barcelona is also known for its amazing nightlife. This crazy nightlife can include going out for a nice dinner, dancing in a club, or just laughing around a table at a local bar. For the clubs, the most known are located along La Barceloneta on the beach. However, in those places, there are SO many tourists, causing it to always be packed, but the music is usually really good so it’s worth to try for a night. Be careful with your things though and watch out for people trying to get too close to you! If you’re planning on going out for dinner, plan on going no earlier than 8:30. In Spain dinner is a late affair, almost always served after 9!
After a wild 6 days, our feet truly took a beating and so did our voices. We weren’t ready to leave but all good things must come to an end somewhere. With warm hugs and kisses, we say good-bye to each other and to beautiful Barcelona. It has been quite the adventure. Here’s to hopefully many more to come! Enjoy x
Niedsano’s Travel Tips When In Barcelona:
Barcelona is kind of like a hill, with the mountains at the top and the sea down at the bottom. So if you’re ever lost, orientate yourself based on where the location is in comparison to the upper side closer to the mountains or the lower side closer to the sea. Don’t be afraid to ask around as well, the locals don’t bite!
If you’re planning on walking around the city and visit the different monuments, wear comfortable shoes! We almost fell apart when we walked more than planned in shoes not made for long travels.
FOOD TIP: If you want to find a brunch spot, visit the restaurant Travel & Cake. They have amazing food that not only tastes good but also looks good. You really won’t regret it.
When walking around especially in very touristy places, hold on to your bags very tightly or even put it over your shoulder. There are plenty of purse-snatchers and pickpockets who can snatch your things in a millisecond. The perfect bag for this kind of city is a Fanny Pack, better safe than sorry! If you don’t have a fanny pack, then just bring a bag that can be zipped up and worn around your shoulder.
If you’re going out to a club or a bar, always keep your drink in your hand. Never leave it on the counter to then come back to it after a few moments. You never know who’s around.
When in Barcelona, treat yourself with some local foods like Tapas and Paella!
Why wear ordinary black leggings when you can wear extraordinary, holey ones? I truly respect and love those people who dare to wear things that are out of the usual look you see around. It’s not only fun to be the different one out of the group but you get this kind of confidence and power as everyone is watching you. Wearing something unusual means you’re brave enough to be fresh and start your own trend.
In my opinion, in fashion it’s important to find your own unique look and style. You should show your own DNA and personality. That’s why clothes and fashion are used as a way for people to show who they truly are. Like Rachel Zoe once said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
I paired my out of the ordinary leggins with a jeans jacket from Together and a tube top from Stradivarius. This look is perfect for a normal day out in the city, especially when it’s super hot! Create your own unique look and make the people stare.
A new week and new post! I’m sad that my summer is almost over but also happy to share with you all the second part of my collaboration with The Visual Difference!
Sometimes when someone describes someone’s style, they often create categories like preppy, girly, goth, or sporty. But the idea of only sticking to one ‘style’ can get a little boring, so why not combine two different distinct styles or textures to create a whole new look?
That was my challenge for the second part of my photoshoot. I wanted to find a way to pair up my Zebra printed skirt with a different top that will contrast yet merge well together at the same time. I decided to first have a solid coloured base as my top, which was my Calvin Klein body suit. Then for the first part I wore a jeans jacket from the boutique P & T, and ended with my favourite custom embroidered jacket from Morocco. I loved how the Zebra pattern and the beaded jacket worked in harmony despite being completely different pieces. This challenge took some time but here are my key points for mixing styles in an outfit:
Be extraordinary: Wear something unexpected, something out of the normal or the typical ‘ look of the day’. Mixing styles in an outfit means changing the norms and rules of the game, creating an never before seen outfit only you can wear.
Work with Textures and Prints: If you’re wearing one kind of print as a top, try pairing it with a completely different print at the bottom or a similar one but in a different size. Polka dots and stripes can work very well together, and so does inverting the colours of the same pattern. Playing around with your prints and textures, you never know what you might put together!
Watch for Contrasts: Contrasting two different colours with the same print, or vice versa is another great idea for an outfit. Find things that are on the “extreme level” paired with things more casual and down-to-earth. For example, go for a printed t-shirt paired with a pencil skirt and heels or a ripped jeans with a blazer and blouse.
High-Low Fashion: Experimenting with price ranges can also be another way to help you get that ideal combination look. Pair an expensive piece, like a jacket you’ve been saving up to wear, with a pair of jeans purchased at a local market.
Be Confident: You may be looked at and stared by others, but there are people around the world who still don’t understand fashion freedom. Wear what you want to wear and know that you’re doing something different than everyone else!
Turning points from the outfit, the location for this photoshoot is actually one of my favourite places in Abu Dhabi because it’s an abandoned area hidden from the public eye, but once you’re at the top, you can see the whole city. You feel so small compared to the high buildings surrounding you. We started shooting in an area that looked a lot like the woods in Europe, which gave out this mysterious atmosphere. Then we moved on to shooting at the top of this abandoned area in Abu Dhabi that had an old rusty tank. Even though it was a super hot day with no water, it didn’t stop us from continuing with the project and having fun along the way. Now it’s your turn to explore with your own textures and prints! Enjoy xx
Delft was the last city I visited in Holland, but it was actually my favourite. It’s one of the cities known for producing beautiful pottery know has Delftware, perhaps their most famous pieces are the cute little houses people can get on the KLM planes (Would definitely recommend to get a few for yourself!) However, that’s not the only beautiful thing that can be found in this small Dutch city.
There is so much culture captivated in every building, from old churches to streets followed by houses right after each other. There are traditions still continued by the local people who are very proud of their country and city. As always, food is amazing and I highly recommend you walk a bit further from the center to find the tasty local restaurants.
One thing I love about European cities is that they always have some sort of markets during the weekend. We were lucky enough to visit Delft when their markets were open. There are so many things you can get, you can spend hours searching and walking through them all. I got myself some typical snacks like Stroopwafles and some pieces of art to remind me of my trip to Delft. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat for the ride back home and a new painting on the wall?
For the outfit, I got to wear a new vintage shirt I got at one of the vintage stores in Amsterdam, with a normal pair of shorts by Pull & Bear. I love bringing a couple pairs of shorts on vacation and just mix and match them with different tops, which is great when space is very limited!
Instead of flying in Business class to get those little houses, come to Delft and see the beauty for yourself!
So many flowers at the Markets it’s unbelievable!
A few paintings of an Artist at the Market selling his Art
Sitting in a huge Klomp, a clog from the Netherlands, which is still worn everyday in some places especially in the countryside
Love the houses around Holland. Dreaming of getting one when I’m old!
The Delft City Hall, where a couple got married on the day we visited!
In the middle of the main Square in front of the Old Church
A perfectly dressed tour guide explaining her city and it’s culture to others
Canals, Trees, and Flowers are filled all over this beautiful city!
Many Pieces from the Poetry Market!
And here are the famous house pieces from Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, that are still given out on KLM Business Class flights. The houses are actually replica’s of real houses around the Netherlands!
I fell INLOVE with goat cheese salad’s in Holland. So delicious the cheese just melts in my mouth!
The full view of my family’s lunch at a local restaurant in Delft (forgot it’s name!)
For the second part of my Holland trip series, I got to visit a cute town called Utrecht. This city is mostly known for being a student-based city, with more than 20,000 students. It’s surrounded by colorful buildings, flowers, kind people, and amazing food. We took a walk around the center, exploring the different parts of Utrecht until we were so hungry that had to stop at the first restaurant we saw, named Quignon. It was a lucky pick because the restaurant ended up being excellent with good food and service. I was also surprised to find Russian tourists in this city in Holland, joking around that my other half people are everywhere.
My outfit was a simple summer look: Topshop shirt, Bershka shorts, and Stan Smith’s. This outfit was where I questioned myself, to lace or not to lace? At the moment, one of the biggest trends is lace, ranging from lace bras to lace dresses. This look was first introduced in the late 70’s, where lace bras were the “it” look worn by celebrities, on the runway, and in lingerie specifically. I believe that fashion is like a cycle, where trends come and go at different moments in time, and now it has come around the clock to bring back the lace look!
It’s a nice touch to an outfit when the lace bra is a different color than the shirt and can be slightly seen when worn. It’s a little cheeky but when worn correctly and not too revealingly, it can enhance the overall look. However, it’s also nice when the shirt is black and so is the lace bra. It all depends on the kind of lace and the color combo. When in Europe, you can experiment and go out of your comfort zone. In Abu Dhabi, wearing shorts and a spaghetti strapped top with a lace bra out in public is uncommon, so summer is where I can dress a bit openly and be casually accepted in public as normal.
So get out your favorite lace bra, pair it up with the same colored shirt or even a completely contrasting color, a pair of shorts, and go own those streets!