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After seeing the stylish people and stylish places in Doha, I’m just about ready to pack my bags for a fashionable Middle Eastern getaway!  
Before I go, though, I sat down with Carla of NomadStyle one more time to get the inside scoop on what to pack.  Here’s what she had to say!
1. Even though Qatar is a conservative country, there are certain places in which you can bathe in the sun in your bikini. So bring one or two!  This retro-style bikini is on trend, and a little more conservative than most.  A win-win!
2. Light clothing is also a must, it can get extremely hot outside!  Pack something like these Phillip Lim silk trousers.  Extra points for the funky print!
3. Scarves can keep you warm indoors and protect you from the sun, so bring one or two. You get extra bonus points if they’re in a pop, bold colour!  Try these from J. Crew!
4. If ever you get to buy your own abaya and would like to fit in, make sure you pack a pair of sky-high heels, a matching handbag and large sunglasses. You’ll blend right in!  When I want some extra large sunnies, Oliver Peoples is my go-to!
5. If you’d like to remain chic while out and about, a maxi dress can do just that!  This dress from Milly is the perfect piece to take you from day to night!
6. To go with your new abaya, try this trendy take on the classic Proenza Schouler PS1 in funky floral!
7. Sunscreen is essential.  My sock-tan agrees!  Try this water resistant SPF40 from Philosophy to keep stray tan lines at bay.
8. You’ve got to bring your camera along on this trip. There are plenty of sights to see in Qatar that you’ll want to remember!  And street style you’ll want to photograph!  Try this cool camo-print digital camera from Pentax!
9. Speaking of sky-high heels, a pair of neon sandals is a must and is on trend this season.  Try this pair from Zara!
10. A cardigan will help too. Even though it’s scorching hot outside, it is air-conditioned indoors and can get very cold.  This Rag & Bone cardi is the perfect transitional piece, and it will fit nicely in your new PS1!
Be sure to check out Carla’s blog and follow her Style Profile!  And, if you make it to Doha, take lots of pictures and add them to the “Stylish Places” section of your Style Profile so we can live vicariously through you!
Happy travels!

After seeing the stylish people and stylish places in Doha, I’m just about ready to pack my bags for a fashionable Middle Eastern getaway!  

Before I go, though, I sat down with Carla of NomadStyle one more time to get the inside scoop on what to pack.  Here’s what she had to say!

1. Even though Qatar is a conservative country, there are certain places in which you can bathe in the sun in your bikini. So bring one or two!  This retro-style bikini is on trend, and a little more conservative than most.  A win-win!

2. Light clothing is also a must, it can get extremely hot outside!  Pack something like these Phillip Lim silk trousers.  Extra points for the funky print!

3. Scarves can keep you warm indoors and protect you from the sun, so bring one or two. You get extra bonus points if they’re in a pop, bold colour!  Try these from J. Crew!

4. If ever you get to buy your own abaya and would like to fit in, make sure you pack a pair of sky-high heels, a matching handbag and large sunglasses. You’ll blend right in!  When I want some extra large sunnies, Oliver Peoples is my go-to!

5. If you’d like to remain chic while out and about, a maxi dress can do just that!  This dress from Milly is the perfect piece to take you from day to night!

6. To go with your new abaya, try this trendy take on the classic Proenza Schouler PS1 in funky floral!

7. Sunscreen is essential.  My sock-tan agrees!  Try this water resistant SPF40 from Philosophy to keep stray tan lines at bay.

8. You’ve got to bring your camera along on this trip. There are plenty of sights to see in Qatar that you’ll want to remember!  And street style you’ll want to photograph!  Try this cool camo-print digital camera from Pentax!

9. Speaking of sky-high heels, a pair of neon sandals is a must and is on trend this season.  Try this pair from Zara!

10. A cardigan will help too. Even though it’s scorching hot outside, it is air-conditioned indoors and can get very cold.  This Rag & Bone cardi is the perfect transitional piece, and it will fit nicely in your new PS1!

Be sure to check out Carla’s blog and follow her Style Profile!  And, if you make it to Doha, take lots of pictures and add them to the “Stylish Places” section of your Style Profile so we can live vicariously through you!

Happy travels!

Our Stylish Places: Doha Edition

After sharing the street style of Qatar with us, blogger and trendsetter Carla of NomadStyle, one of the first street style blogs in Qatar, also gave us the 4-1-1 on her fave fashionable hotspots in Doha!  

For those of you experiencing severe travel envy right now, this one’s for you.  So sit back, relax, and allow yourself to take a virtual vacay…

"The W Hotel in Doha is my favourite place to go for food and drinks."

Umm hello, that purple fountain is amazing!

"Souq Waqif is also a great place to have some shisha and people watch…"

"The Pearl Qatar boardwalk is great for grabbing a coffee!"

"The Mathaf Museum is great to see modern Arab art."

"Katara is also great, especially if there are art exhibitions going on and if the Qatar Philharmonic is doing a show."

Absolutely stunning!  This makes my annual summer weekend in Florida look slightly inadequate.  I might just have to pay Carla a visit…

What are your most stylish places this summer?  Tell us in the comments, and post them on your Stylitics Style Profile!

Our Favorite Looks: Street Style in Doha, Qatar

Since June is the month of summer travel, we decided to take a closer look at the stylishly savvy around the world.  We start our journey in Doha, Qatar, a true cultural mecca of style.  To get the inside scoop on the latest trends in Doha, we caught up with Carla Mallari, the writer of NomadStyle, one of the first ever street-style blogs in Qatar!  This girl has a knack for neon and ataste for some serious fashion.  Follow her Style Profile to stay up to date on her favorite trends!

Stylitics: What inspired you to create your blog? 

Carla: I spent a summer in New York about two years ago and noticed a number of street-style blogs. I thought it would be a great idea to bring the concept down to Doha to give people here some sort of inspiration from [the streets] that they could relate to. There aren’t many street-style blogs in Qatar because a lot of people have this misconception that fashion does not matter within this region since the culture dictates everyone to wear the traditional clothing.

How is street style different in Qatar than in other parts of the world?

There are plenty of people in Doha who come from all over the world, so there’s a mixture of different cultural backgrounds. A lot of people merge their modern twists into their traditional clothing which can be very cool.
We love purple pants!!

How would you describe your personal style?

It’s very eclectic! I’m quite the chameleon, but one thing’s for sure, I like wearing bold colours.
What are the hottest trends for summer in Qatar right now?

Neons! Everywhere! In accessories and in basics - as shirts, jeans and jackets.

What are some of the misconceptions of style in Qatar?

The biggest misconception from an outsider’s point of view is that everyone has to wear the traditional clothing, for example, the abaya for women.

Sure, the abaya is traditionally in black, but many locals nowadays are snazzing it up with colourful, elaborate embellishments and are customising it to their own taste. Shoes and bags play a huge role into their style, too. 

But, not everyone needs to wear the traditional clothing. Expatriates, like myself, can wear anything, as long as it respects the cultural views of the country.

What are the hottest brands and retailers in Qatar?  

Many of the locals go to their high-end multi-brand boutiques, where a lot of the European and American brands are. It’s all very new to locals and is exclusive! A lot of them have limited stock, and the locals love exclusive and limited items! They like to be one of the few people in the country to own these things.

As for myself, funnily enough I’m not a fan of shopping!  I find most of my clothes during my travels.

Be sure to check out NomadStyle, follow Carla’s Style Profile, and add items to your closet for your chance to win $100!!  Add the most by TOMORROW AT NOON and you win!

Like these looks?  Add them to the "My Favorite Looks" section of your Style Profile!

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