As one of the first of the Middle East’s fashion bloggers, Philippines-born Mariyah Gaspacho has seen the appetite for fashion commentary explode in the region. A reason she has remained so popular is her simple, refined signature style with a twist: “I stick to classics: blacks, nudes, grays and white. However, I like to play around with them, incorporating trends, patterns and colors that blend well.” And she concurs with all our bloggers that creating a pitch-perfect image is never as simple as it looks, with consistent high quality and integrity being the biggest challenge. “Sending a positive message has always been important to me,” she explains, and goes on to talk enthusiastically about modeling for the Swarovski shoot: “Wearing heels on a dune was a huge challenge, and it was so hot, but there will always be challenges on any shoot, and no matter how hard it may be I make sure I enjoy every minute—the entire crew was so nice; the location breathtaking; and the end result will be so sweet.” It’s a typical upbeat, can-do response, and one that has helped propel Mariyah’s blog to the top.
Favorite piece from the shoot? “The huge statement ring from Halo & Co—absolutely gorgeous.”
Ultimate wardrobe essential? “A basic white shirt.”