I'm not used to dressing up like this. If not for the Cosmo Awards, I would've been in my usual jeans and loose top on weekdays and comfy denim shorts on weekends. But I'm getting a lot of messages lately asking me where I got the full ensemble so I guess it is just reasonable to share it here, yes?
The Eid holidays got me all the spare time to hunt for that perfect LBD, I have a mood board in my mind that I carry with me all the time *winkwink*. And like I said on some outfit posts, finding my size is really hard for me because I'm somewhere in between S or XS. To be honest, I almost gambled my way to the children's section of H&M because nothing fits huhu. I searched, from Dubai Mall, Deira City Centre, even Dragon Mart for Christ's sake! I found my ideal night cocktail dress at Mall of the Emirates - the full ensemble from River Island.
This black mesh hem plunge dress was hidden in one corner when my room mate found it while I was trying to fit in a pink wrap bardot dress. It was a perfect fit, what I particularly loved about it is the V plunging neckline in front (good enough to show the sexy parts, if there's any) but not overly revealing and the asymmetric hem on the side that almost resemble a cape (SLAY). It's on limited edition collection though, I guess it won't be available for long now.
What made the ensemble more striking is the pair of glitter heels and clutch. Geez, it was actually the last pair and I got mine from the shelf! It might have been a complete disaster if there isn't any stock so huge thanks to the VMs in the store who offered their help in finding the best fit for me *with massive bear e-hugs*. River Island just opened another store at JBR recently so I guess there's gonna be another go-to shop for me this time.
Who did my make up? One of my roomies! My eye shadow is a mix of Bodyshop and The Face Shop shades, lip stick from MAC (Ruby Woo is my all time favourite shade of red). Others I don't even remember anymore because like I said, I don't do this regularly. Haha!
I was able to take a few outtakes before I headed to the awards night so here are the ones I took myself (yes, photographer and *trying-to-be* model in one) using my usual unit and a remote timer. What do you think, does it pass fashion blogger standards? ( #punintended , don't take it seriously!)
Tip: If you are using a Canon unit (700D or 70D), the Creative Auto function (Soft) comes in handy for self-portraits. Adjust the settings according to how you'd like it to be and remove the flash. Great with natural light and best processed on Lightroom.