Thursday, September 23, 2010
You've Know Been Dubai-ed When....
Don't get me wrong, Dubai has many facets, and it's not all glitz and glam. In fact we regularly eschew events and places that we think are going to be populated by the plastic fantastic set from the city.
But that said, there is something in Dubai's very DNA which ooozes glamour, charisma, sparkle and gloss. And you can fight it all you like, but sooner or later it gets you. It happened to me four months after I moved here. A friend was visiting from the UK (hello Roz!) and I took her on a shopping trip. Sunglasses were top of her list. We entered a shop and I gaily went about picking up and trying on a variety of (what I thought were) suitable options. Like an excited magpie I squeaked and squawked as I found pair after pair that I liked. I was sure she would like them too. After a few minutes I realised that she wasn't oohing and aahing with me. More like looking a little aghast at my choices. "Kelly!" she trilled. "They might work in Dubai, but they won't work in Manchester!". Oh.
It appeared that rhinestone-encrusted, logo-stamped, sunglasses-so-large-they-could-be-seen-from-the-moon had now become completely acceptable, nay NECESSARY to me. I'd been Dubai-ed.
This theme has continued throughout my wardrobe during my time here (hello strapless leopard print catsuit, hello skyscraper heels and wedges, hello accessories at the beach, the list goes on) with the peak of my Dubai bling purchases being...a tinfoil bikini. Yes you heard right. My hand would never have even hovered over such an item in good old Blighty, but here I virtually elbowed people out of the way here to get to it. I have to admit to feeling intense trepidation about wearing it, and it remained in the cupboard for almost a month gathering dust before the light switched on in my head: this is Dubai - if you can't wear it here where can you wear it?
Oh and - I'd like to think that I look like the picture above in it (it is exactly the same bikini) but as Miranda Kerr is a) 12 years old and b) hasn't eaten since 1990, it's not quite a mirror-image...If you'd like to see the bikini in action, head to any Dubai beach club at the weekend. I'll be the one burning out peoples' retinas...