one of the many amazing things of doing what i do is being able to experience working alongside some of the best international brands. i mean, before i would just look at them at magazines and drool over their beautiful collection season after season. fast forward years in this industry and the rise of personal style blogging and social media, i have been so blessed to have worked with some of my personal favourite brands.
this year, i am so honoured to have worked with SWAROVSKI [ read more about this editorial story at the official site – here ] for their #NEOARABIA campaign featuring a selection of style influencers based here in the middle east. we took off for the 3-day photoshoot in the beautiful grounds of ANATANTARA QASR AL SARAB in the middle of the liwa desert, about 5 hours from duba,i next to the saudi border. i have lived here all my life but never have i seen such a beautiful desert. it was a hectic shoot but super fun. from the team lunches and dinners, the hair and makeup sessions and outfit fittings, and the intense shooting at different locations. it was definitely an experience.
SHOT ON LOCATION AT QASR AL SARAB ANANTARA, LIWA DESERT
producer: wafa tajdin | photographer: tanya aranautov | stylist: vasil bazhilav | hair & makeup: anne sofie schmidt
oh and i never thought i could look so ultra glam.
mind you, it was not so easy. i had to stand on sand dunes in 7inch heels with wild winds blowing. in all honesty, i am not exactly sure how i actually did it. the group shot was painful in the sense that i had to literally stay put in that position without moving, in an outfit that was so tight, i literally had to hold my breathe for each click of the camera. i say, respect for all the models out there. this was not easy. but darn it, the photo turned out so good, who cares if it one of the most difficult pose i had to do. and the last set? gosh. we were shooting at high noon and the heat was absolutely burning in the desert, and feeling pretty is not something you normally feel when its that hot and you are worried as hell coz your makeup is melting.
the best part of this though was playing dress up for the shoot. being styled with beautiful creations from some of the most amazing designers from all over the world was just priceless. i am inlove with each and every single look. the clothes were simply divine and i adore all the accessories and jewellery we got to wear for the entire shoot.
[ Jacket and pants from Maria B. @mariabofficial | Top from Aavva @AavvaFashion | All with crystals from SWAROVSKI @swarovski ]
[ Top by MEHTAP ELAIDI @mehtapelaidiofficial | Skirt by AAVVA @AavvaFashion | Bracelets by BALU JOIÁS @balujoias | Sandals by PEDRO GARCIA @pedrogarciashoes | All with crystals from SWAROVSKI @swarovski ]
[ Skirt by AAVVA @ AavvaFashion | Earrings, necklace and bracelets by HALO& CO @haloandco | Sunglasses by JIMMYCRYSTAL NEW YORK @jimmycrystalny | Shirt by MARIMEKKO @marimekkodesignhouse | All with crystals from SWAROVSKI @swarovski ]
to the entire team of SWAROVSKI and crew of the shoot, thank you so much for this amazing experience. and to the beautiful ladies i got to work with for this shoot, it was an honour to be with you.
so what do you guys think? do share some of that love and leave your thoughts below. i would love to read them.