Travel Diary: Dubai Layover

Hello my loves!! As you’ve seen from my excessive Instagramming (Rihanna style!), I’m overseas right now! I’m currently in the Maldives; I am so excited and feel SO blessed to be here. This place is absolute perfection and it’s always been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful country. We’ll get to gushing over the Maldives in future posts though, let’s build up to it!
I am here for work and was actually supposed to come out last winter for this project. I had my husband take a week off of work and everything so we could enjoy all of this gorgeousness together. Plans fell through last year and I was sooo bummed!!! When the ball began rolling again this year I could hardly believe it and I started harassing Waseem to request that PTO asap lol. He wasn’t able to take off and I was absolutely terrified about making this journey alone, I didn’t even know how to begin asking friends to make that kind of a commitment to join me — let’s be real, it’s a serious flight. But let’s be real-er….. it’s an even more serious opportunity, right?! My boo, Sahar, was geeked from the moment I asked her and required no convincing. This is my first long haul trip without my family or husband so it’s a completely different experience, one that I’ve always wanted :) my friends in highschool all went on spring break without me and I never got to go on epic trips in college so this has been worth the wait; Sahar & I are also so similar that I’ve realized that she’s the perfect travel buddy!!! We cuddled and slept like a box of kittens on the plane and seriously were so rested by the time we landed for our layover in Dubai lol.
So anywho! Here’s a mini recap x photodiary of our night in Dubai, Maldives will be coming up nexttt!!
Huda picked our little butts up from the airport; we scooped up her sister, Mona, and they took us out to La Serre – a super yummy French restaurant.
Ugly food pictures because I was too hungry to take my time x care lol!!
How adorable are these tiny tea pots? Mint & chamomile tea, yummies!
LOVE these girls!
ATTEMPTING to use my GoPro for the first time (& failing!), I got much better though now, you’ll see in my next post!
puhleaseeeee follow Mona on Instagram and look at how amazing her apartment is!! It’s seriously girly heaven, she has the most amazing taste and is the most INCREDIBLE host. I don’t think i’ve ever met anyone so kind and hospitable.. Mona & Huda both! xoxoxox
& back to the airport we go!
byebye, Dubai – see you again soon! Off to the Maldives!


  1. Subhana23
    October 17, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Are u working with huda? Love your posts xx

  2. Sara
    October 18, 2014 / 3:30 am

    Did you get flown out for free??? What kind of work are you doing? I want to see the Maldives!

  3. Carmen Prinston
    October 18, 2014 / 8:05 am

    Love …. Love … Love it!!

  4. Hanna
    October 18, 2014 / 8:46 am

    FML. You are so lucky

  5. Sonia
    October 18, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    I know right? :/ how does she get to travel so much? And she makes every body! Dina, Farah, now huda and I saw Leyla Milani commenting on her dubai pictures too. I want this life

  6. Sonia
    October 18, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    *KNOWS every body

  7. October 19, 2014 / 1:05 am

    Wellll I’m working so I wouldn’t call it free. But all expenses paid, yes! It’s beautiful!! Everyone should see it at least once in their life! Xo

  8. Zara
    October 20, 2014 / 7:33 am

    Hi Sonia, Don’t gaze upon people’s lives. Just be grateful for yours 😊

  9. February 16, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Cool article, It was helpful.

  10. Sandra
    July 27, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Hey Irene,

    which bag size is the Louis Vuitton ? :-) I am in Loveeeeeeeee

    Greets from Germany



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