Aug 27, 2008

living out of a suitcase


i'm finally back "home".. homesick yes..but mostly nephewsick. i love my baby lawi so much i can't begin to explain i'll have moments where i beg my sister to send him over and those make up the 20 hours i am awake yes i hardly sleep.. im redecorating my room and have moved into the guest room complete with my portable custom made hello kitty shoe closet and atleast 15 suitcases and boxes with my clothes. i've not settled in. my room is taking forever it started out with a closet expansion but now i want to change everything i want a little garden patio next to a white jaccuzi i want a sunroom with a breakfast table i want a chandelier and lots of vases with bundles of pink peonies..

& i want to do it all by myself ..but you see where i'm going being the meticulous person that i am it's taking forever (an understatement) and i dont think i can carry on living in the haunted part of the house anymore. which i must add has no wireless coverage.

bottom line: i'm way beyond stressed..and will be taking a blogging mini break..i promise to post my spanish & turkish escapades someday..bs for now a shout out to my favorite bloggers:

- inmychoos - i miss you girls so so so MUCH. please update tra the internet is rainbow-less without u girls x
- retronista yay!! finally apost lak t2breny i luv u so much merci 3al ehda2
- nyxxie 7ob 7ayaty lol COME to dubai ASAP
- Kitten we are still waiting!!! >.<;

xx
noora

Aug 24, 2008

super comfy!

ramdan 3alebwab..and my toes freeze when i fast ..alas something worth investing in..

cashmere Sock box @ vivre.com

with delish shades to match tout mon jalabiyas <3

Aug 23, 2008

Bluebell by Penhaligons



makes me smell delicious <3

sharshabeel

the must have men's tee. for the 80's gal who loves to lounge around @ home wearing last year' green -pink by VS trackers. messy bun. cherry gloss and flipflops.


Aug 17, 2008

i *heart* boutique hotels

A serene haven just off the tourist beat but centrally located..this mansion dates back to the 16th century and has a series of courtyards planted with jasmine, orange and lemon trees..the most amazing thing about it though is this building is built on roman remains & 16th century murals..find out more.

the roman ruins beneath a glass ceiling underneath the main dining area..it's not visible but the mosaic floor is beautiful and all in one piece.

my super comfy bed with an assortment of pillows (yes they have a pillow menu lol)


it's pretty hard to imagine that once upon a time Cordoba aka قرطبة was the thriving capital of the Caliphate (خلافة i've come to regard it as a ghost town. apart from the great mosque (which at one point housed 40,000 people for prayer) imagine!! the gastronomical scene was not anything i was impressed with, maybe due to the fact that august (hotttttttest moth) is not the peak season & every major restaurant is closed for vacation, nonetheless cordoba needed a day's worth of sightseeing i spent the other 2 days pampering myself @ bodyna the hotel spa ...&  yes it's true i have a newly professed love for boutique hotels.

i leave you with Clicks from Cordoba x


cross in mosque signifies triumph of the christian faith in Spain over islam


my green fan vs. mummys beige one - much prettier than the MZ ruins/remains (not lol)

walking around the jewish quarters with Marcel Khalifa for company 

Next: Granada x

Aug 16, 2008

snapshots from seville


"if I could only spend one more night between pool and garden,
in the olive-grooves, a legacy of grandeur,
where turtle doves sing and little birds warble;
in the Zahir, sheltering in a gentle rain,
while the Pleiades wink at us and we wink at them,
and the Zahi with its Sud al-Suud hall, watching us with envy,
because envy is love's constant companion;
it may be easy, it may be difficult;
everything depends upon the will of God"

Abbad-al Mutamid on his "blessed palace" during the sad days of his exile in Agmat - the takeover and fall of Seville 1248



moments: BBQ lunches at my grandfather's house in seville with family. catching a late night (occasionally funny) flamenco show at Los Gallos (Plaza Santa Cruz 11). Experiencing the local arabic hamam. horse driven carriage rides on the banks of seville. siting in my teeny balcony at the hotel during siestas, eating peaches and taking to my best friend.


the driveway leading to my granparent's house

the view from my balcony

Aire de Sevilla - (C/ Aire 15)
 Arabic style bathhouse with Morrocan tea room & delish sweets 
(ps. forget the concept of sharing i would gulf down each piece and open my mouth to ask if anyone had wanted it gably LOL) lootyih!


Next: Cordoba x

Aug 15, 2008

As far as i'm concerned,

the XShot  is the most fabulous invention ever. - especially when only a few of this trip's pictures contain all three of us together..

Aug 12, 2008

getting here..

remember my infamous breakdown in june? we'll here's the lowdown. every sumer i am in charge of our family's travel itenerary, along with eric our agent for the last decade or more we set on about planning months in advance trips that would feed into everyone's need for leisure and relaxation. from the time i planned the alaskan cruise for dad to the time before my sister's wedding (where the theme was centered around -shopping metropolitans of the world- i dragged everyone to paris,milan,los angeles and finaly newyork for her wedding gown appointments with vera) and as always everything was about everyone else. (insert long pause. for readers. to sympathize with me) lol ..

anyways this summer sans sister i was left to plan a getaway for just me and my parents (a first) everyone else made other plans. and to feed into my meltdown i decided to make it all about me. lol they are cute they trust me and alas have given me the green light to "explore the islamic history of arabs from the great andalusian era and beyond" yes i'm quite the history buff.. soaring weather aside (maxi-dresses* as per best friend's advice, leather sandals, sunglasses (HUGE) and spf - on hand, we have set on to explore the south of spain aka Andalucia..

first of Seville, et voila a picto documentation of getting to what is one of the most beautiful cities i have ever (ever) been to.. 

7 august 2008
1:42pm check-in at the lufthansa counter - Munich
i never travel without my TimeOut & wallpaper guides (as well as farid ;)

travel outfit of choice bubblegum pink velour juicy trackers and tod's sneakers

travel snack of choice - retro bubblegum

sometime between 3:00 and 5:30 pm. somewhere up above the french alps...

starving > forced to eat pineapple themed horrid airplane food

bookmarking elle while mommy slept - she's wearing the zebra paul & joe tunic i picked out for her (kawaii)


5:49 pm - arrived at Aeroport de Barcelona. transit time 1 hour 30 minutes

dad safeguarding our stuff while we shopped aimlessly ..

our finds included..

spanish phone + number 

Chanel beauty products avec haute barcelona Red polish..


et voila matches my new spanish fone lol (mtfayga i know)  ;p


9:16 pm arrived @  the  San Pablo Airport in Seville ..
9:54 pm while my parents finalize car rental paperwork..my best friend decided to indulge me in a deep philosophical bbm (blackberry messenger) convo. snippits of which included:

F: Nwair never agree to an arranged marriage
N: Hable enty
N:There is no other kind in our family lol
F:Y
F:U start the trend
F:Ur different

*she is crazy sometimes but that's why i love her lol. call me old fashioned but i believe in arranged marriages..

anyways back to what this post is really all about. picto-documenting the mundane details of my life lol
10:19 pm - fixing the navigation while singing out loud .." woowwoooo heaven is a place on earth" 
(Belinda Carlisle, circa 1987) vintage i know e7m- my philipino toned volume escalates higher than navigation woman -much to dad's annoyance lol
our rental turns out to be in gold. super retro and tres mr.beanish. i plea in favor of keeping it!
 i win ;p
10:57 pm arrived at Hotel Alfonso XIII - Casa San Fernando
11:30 pm headed to the central courtyard that surrounds the patio to have dinner. 
..it is a charming Mudeja courtyard with a gorgeous central fountain (refrence previous post where i set alarm super early to have breakfast there..
by night & day..
12:38 pm we head back to the hotel after a stroll around the area..i unpack..unwind in my oscar d. kaftan..spray my floral scent du jour and wait for tomorrow to come..soon..

until my adventures unravel. i leave you with warm sevillian kisses from room 147. x 

Aug 10, 2008

room 147


Its 2am ..I've been restless for the past couple of hours ..also I don´t remember the last time ive slept alone and here I am in this huge hotel suite with my parents connected but still 4 doors far apart..I'm blogging from my fone and listening to umkulthoum's ghanely shwayih shwayih..let's hope there r no J's here that flock to loud singing insomniacs ( I can't type their name let's just call them Jojoz that live in toilets and are super scary-to be safe ya3ny)
Anyways once I get a decent wifi signal I will update ..and reply to ur Q's I promise bs for now I shall savour the fact that I'm spending the next few (lonely) nights @ King alfonso's castle in one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to..truly as Rafael Cansinos-Assens once said "it is the city where all men wish they had been born"..& if I don't sleep now ill miss out on the early morning freshly squeezed orange juice and daddy's chitchats overlooking the most gorgeously lush patio x
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Aug 5, 2008

yesterday


i rode "seppi" a teal powerboat. i sat in the back put my legs up high and pretended  the sky formations were all shoe designs. nature was showcasing next seasons fluffy prima ballerina winter booties..or so it seemed. the weather was perfect. the scenery pristine. it was one of those moments where if only i could've..i would have made time stop.



today. i bought the cutest lanvin olive green ballerinas with black velvet bows (for those of you who know me u can understand my fionka fascination) anyways they were on sale. comfy. and super cute. i wore them on purchase and walked out of the store hugging them with my eyes and tossing my gold flats in a bag. a couple of hours later it started to rain and i was sharing an umbrella with my mother she was soaked. we both were lol she kept on tugging the umbrella backwards and i was pushing it forwards until she was like what are you doing im soaking wet from the back..i looked at her with a tearful pout & protested: bs omy na3aly ydeed!! LOL alors she made me wear my old ones then and there. lets pray tomorrow is a sunny sunshine day and i can run.skip and floric in full-on olive cuteness.

until then. be safe bella ragazzas x