Style knows no boundaries, as proven by international fashionistas Leena Khaliq Afridi and Nada Hameed Gokal. The former is a Dallas-based blogger and the latter the proprietor of Dubai’s popular floral studio, Vintage Bloom. Connected across thousands of miles through a common love for all things beautiful and fashionable, the two recently sat down to discuss what’s trending across the globe. DESTINATIONS brings you excerpts from the conversation as Leena quizzes Nada on her style choices.

LEENA: How would you describe your personal style?

NADA: I would say ‘comfortable chic’. I enjoy easy elegance, especially for the day since I am working with flowers and props and meeting people from all walks of life. I love silk palazzos and symmetrical tops and I usually add a cocktail ring or tribal bracelets for dramatic effect.

LEENA: How do you think fashion transcends into your floral arrangements?

NADA: One has to be always in tune with what’s trending on the fashion front; it’s an important way to keep floral design fresh and innovative. Colour palettes and textures all play a pivotal role when I am putting together ideas and choosing flowers for an event. As we know, lace is making a big come back for Spring 2016 and in floral artistry, this translates into more romantic design.


LEENA: Can you share with us your five must-haves this season?


  1. This drop shoulder, bias cut shirt in powder blue by Rosie Assoulin is casual yet elegant – totally me!
  2. Alexander McQueen’s embroidered skull clutch bag.
  3. My Nike sneakers that I simply live in. They pair off perfectly with my active wear.
  4. Ankle accent stilettos by Giovanni Rossi straight off the runway.
  5. A floral scent.

LEENA: Who is your current favorite designer and what is your most treasured item from their latest collection?

NADA: I would have to say Chloe’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which is very elegant yet sporty with a bohemian flair. It’s something I will be in most of this season.