SIMPLY Dubai Conference Recap

 
 SIMPLY Founder Sarah Boyd kicking off the conference!

SIMPLY Founder Sarah Boyd kicking off the conference!

What a whirlwind! Last week we traveled halfway around the globe to Dubai for our second annual SIMPLY Dubai Conference at the Mall of the Emirates in partnership with AZDEF, and now we're already back in our LA offices! Dubai was an unforgettable experience, and we hope to be back there very soon. 

Since not all of our SIMPLY fans were able to make the trek to the UAE, we wanted to share with you all the highlights from our time in Dubai. So come on and head on a little armchair travel adventure with us!

THE PANELS

 FROM LEFT: Louise Nichol, Jacey Duprie, and Karen Wazen

FROM LEFT: Louise Nichol, Jacey Duprie, and Karen Wazen

The conference kicked off with our first keynote conversation, featuring Jacey Duprie of Damsel In Dior and Karen WazenHarper's Bazaar Arabia editor-in-chief Louise Nichol interviewed the two fashion bloggers about their careers.

 FROM LEFT: Kavita Srinivasan, Chris Dylan, Nina Ubhi, and AlReem Saif

FROM LEFT: Kavita Srinivasan, Chris Dylan, Nina Ubhi, and AlReem Saif

Next up was our panel of beauty experts, moderated by Cosmopolitan Middle East editor-in-chief Kavita Srinivasan.

 FROM LEFT: Kelly Lundberg, Nour Aldin, Tamara Al Gabbani, and Zeynab El-Helw

FROM LEFT: Kelly Lundberg, Nour Aldin, Tamara Al Gabbani, and Zeynab El-Helw

Our panel of fashion influencers brought their style A game. 

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Lunch break! Speakers and VIP ticket holders were treated to a delicious meal, presented by Maison BMore. It was the perfect way to mingle and refuel for the afternoon.

 FROM LEFT: Kelly Lundberg, Teresa Karpinska, Vasil Boshilov, Aram Kabbani, and Ugo Mozie

FROM LEFT: Kelly Lundberg, Teresa Karpinska, Vasil Boshilov, Aram Kabbani, and Ugo Mozie

Our stylist panel provided so much insight on what goes on in the life of a stylist. And also so many different TYPES of stylists, there are countless career paths! 

 FROM LEFT: Alia Fawad, Mariam Yeya, Fatma Al Mulla, Bodour Al Hilali, and Sara Al Madani

FROM LEFT: Alia Fawad, Mariam Yeya, Fatma Al Mulla, Bodour Al Hilali, and Sara Al Madani

Talk about total #bosses! From fashion designers to salon founders, our panel of entrepreneurs provided us with enough business—and life—advice to inspire us to follow all of our wildest entrepreneurial dreams.

 Sam Safavi

Sam Safavi

STYLED. founder Sam Safavi led a breakout session on business basics.

 FROM LEFT: Ashley Al Busmait, Kelsey Johnson, Maricel Mansano, Soraya Pena de Hennessy, Kat Lebrasse, Tala Samman, and Graziella Kamel

FROM LEFT: Ashley Al Busmait, Kelsey Johnson, Maricel Mansano, Soraya Pena de Hennessy, Kat Lebrasse, Tala Samman, and Graziella Kamel

The last panel of the day featured an all-star lineup of fashion bloggers from around the world. 

 Rosemin and Catt Sadler

Rosemin and Catt Sadler

To finish off an incredible day of panels and breakout sessions, entrepreneur Rosemin interviewed E! News host and TheCATTWALK founder Catt Sadler about her incredible career in the world of entertainment journalism, her love of fashion, and more. It was the perfect way to end an afternoon of inspiring panels and breakout sessions.

BRAND EXPERIENCE

 Speaker Nina Ubhi spinning the GLAMGLOW Wheel!

Speaker Nina Ubhi spinning the GLAMGLOW Wheel!

Of course, the panels weren't all that were going on! SIMPLY Dubai attendees could head over to the brand experience area and interact with some of our favorite brands. 

From learning about the latest and most luxurious face masks from GLAMGLOW to receiving hair and makeup touch ups at the Sisters Beauty Lounge set-up, there was no shortage of activities at the conference! 

Special Thanks to Our Partners:

Mall of the Emirates
AZDEF
GLAMGLOW
Maison BMore
FMM Dubai
Sisters Beauty Lounge
You Boutique
Coordinates Collection

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We can't believe the trip is already over, but we had a great time and hope to be back in Dubai soon! Thanks for having us, Dubai!

P.S. Want to hear more about our adventures in Dubai? Be sure to read Jacey's travel diary!

 

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