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Fashion Round-Up: May Moments

May has been an extraordinary month filled with memorable events, glamorous parties, and international travels. From attending the launch of a new caftan brand to hosting a grand finale screening party for Palm Royale, and exploring the fashion capitals of London and Paris, my Instagram, and real life, has been a whirlwind of excitement. Below is a recap of my favorite fashion moments.

Semsem Palm Beach Début: 

At the end of April, I had the honor of attending the Palm Beach début of Semsem, an exquisite luxury clothing brand founded by Egyptian-born Abeer Al Otaiba. Inspired by the bond between herself and her daughter, Abeer,  formerly a civil engineer, turned her sites to her passions: Fashion and Social Responsibility. Every piece of clothing is entirely hand-made and incorporates two recurring Egyptian motifs:  a triangle and a lotus flower.   Building off her dedication to advancing women’s rights, each seasonal collection features a partnership with an organization dedicated to a cause surrounding SemSem’s philanthropic priorities.  I chose a beautiful very light pink pleated caftan with varying shades depending on the light, which  I never wanted to take off!

Palm Royale Finale Screening:

Hosting over 300 guests for the Palm Royale series finale was a glamorous success. Local icons donned couture, vintage, and caftans. I was lucky to wear a pink Carolina Herrera dress that hadn’t even hit the stores yet!  Stay tuned for more local events!


London and Paris:

End of May, ,I experienced two of the world’s most iconic fashion cities:  London and Paris. From the historic streets of London to the romantic boulevards of Paris, I left our little pink paradise and took to the streets of fashionable cities wearing Nina Ricci and tons of Norma Kamali. Kamali’s pieces are perfect to travel with and layer. I mixed and matched about 8 pieces during my 10-day trip, including a leather coat I used everyday.


I’m grateful for all the memories made along the way as I build my new life in Palm Beach. I also am thrilled to join the Altima Family and share my love for all things fancy, with a little caviar on the side! As we step into June, I look forward to more exciting fashion moments and sharing them with you all on Instagram and out and about in real life. Stay tuned for next month’s round-up and remember to celebrate the beauty of fashion and creativity everyday. Keep it fancy



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