It’s always so liberating to get out of the bustling city and away from the madding crowds; to roll down the window and feel the wind in your face. For me, a road trip out of town is the best way to spend a birthday… and that’s exactly what I did this week. Yup, I’m officially old enough to device ways to dodge that much dreaded question, “Happy birthday! So how old are you now?”
So, the road trip was amazing. Apparently, the UAE has seven different colors of sand and the trip from Dubai to Fujairah shows a stunning array of yellows and reds and in-betweens. Tremendously hot at this time though, we did take a couple of breaks to take pictures against the backdrop of the rugged and handsome cliffs and mountains of the beautiful Emirate.
Part of the fun is, ofcourse, dressing up for the drive. Industrial strength sunblock- check! A cute mini I picked up from the mall on sale – check! My new favorite- a pair of my rose tinted aviators from Sunglassjunkie.com – Double check!
I really am a sunglasses junkie of sorts, with more than 12 pairs in my closet right now, but when I checked out what they had in store, I simply couldn’t resist picking up a few more. The thing with sunglasses is that not every shape and style goes with every outfit- so one simply needs options to mix and match. Dubai problems, I know… but when one is compelled to wear sunglasses every single day of the year, one is faced with quite a sartorial dilemma.
The pair I picked for this outfit from Sunglassjunkie.com is my favorite. It has a personality of its own – very laid back, spontaneous, free-spirited and fun – the very essence of a road trip, for me.
Another very special accessory in the outfit is the silver and turquoise pendant from my trip to Ladakh in India, earlier this summer. It is inscribed with a Buddhist mantra, Om mane padme hum which is very commonly used in the region. I wear it every time I travel, even if its just a few hundred kilometers away, because it reminds me that wherever I go, I’m never too far from my roots.