I am back from the dead silence that was the end of my pregnancy. I "gave birth" (aka got sliced up by a team of surgeons the lazy way) about three weeks ago to my little boy and am now at home losing more and more sleep/sanity by the minute. Throw in a toddler and it's crazy as shit at my house at the moment. Oh, the joys of life.
At the moment I have five items waiting to be reviewed from various companies, so expect to see one review after the other here (as well as an ultra cool giveaway) in the next two weeks on the blog because I have a lot of catching up to do before anything new comes in and completely bombards me. It's funny how pre-kids blogging was fun, carefree and easy and now it is a major dilemma just finding enough kid-free time in the day to take/edit pics, blog, breathe, eat and everything else that used to be natural and stress-free. I love my babies but OMG they really take all the energy and time you have.
Enough about my dramas. Let's focus on why we are really here.
This abaya was sent to me from a Perth/Dubai based company founded on Facebook; E.Z. Khaliji Boutique. I went with their black lace abaya for the review and was a little bit worried it would look too similar to The Abaya Company piece I reviewed back in December. Although similar in design (the lace tinged style is very current in the Gulf right now) the blue to black variation was enough to satisfy me that I wasn't offering up to you guys a review of basically the same design. Plus, both gowns being accessorised completely differently makes all the difference. There were other styles to choose from but I just couldn't go past it purely for the fact that anything girly and old fashioned (such as lace) really draws me in.
The design on their Facebook page displays a different version of lace to the one I received (although I do prefer mine) and I found the lace bodice did not reach around my waist as it was meant to according to their pic. As you can see it doesn't quite cover all of my bust which means I had to unloop the belt from the belt attachments and simply tie it around my waist. It doesn't look bad but it does mean I have to later unstitch the unneeded belt loops from the bust because it looks a bit awkward just sitting on there. I think the fault here is me needing a longer abaya for my height, which the tailors did perfectly length-wise but forgot to add that extra bit of length on when taking the bodice into consideration. If I was shorter I don't think this would have been an issue at all.
Despite that hiccup I'm fine with the way the abaya looks. The overall length is good and it is quite loose without the help of the belt; I just tied mine in more at the waist because I like a bit more shape to my abayas as opposed to a tent-shaped dress. I know other women out there don't like any curves showing, but I am not one of them.
I love the lace on the sleeves and how it extends past the actual black material of the dress. It adds quite a delicate touch; you know how I'm all about the feminine.
Abaya ~ E.Z. Khaliji Boutique
Nails ~ Maybelline Turquoise
Necklace ~ Colette
Bracelet ~ Kenya
Bag ~ Palestyle
Rings ~ Egypt