The Little Gingham Ruffle Dress

Bonjour Chiara Wears // Gingham ruffle dress

H&M gingham ruffle dress | Marc Jacobs shoes (old, but also these are perfect) |
Dolce&Gabbana Sicily bag | Cath Kidston shoulder strap ℅

I have another not-so-easy-post to write.

As you probably noticed (did you, right?!), I haven’t been so active in the last three weeks. But I had to face a lot of changes that happened in my life – most of them I’m still facing to!

Ok, I’m gonna hold my breath and say it quickly and loudly: I left Qatar. Omg, saying that loudly – or better – writing down your thoughts is even harder than what I thought.

And where did I move to? I moved to Dubai!

Before explaining everything, I need to start by saying that, if you read my blog often, you probably remember this post, when I wrote about what happened in Qatar and the crisis in Middle East. Well, my move is not related to the crisis at all! I didn’t leave Qatar because we were running out of food, it isn’t safe anymore or for any other fake news that you can read on the website. The decision was taken many months before.

Ok, so basically, Massimo, who is an engineer (when he doesn’t work with me on Bonjour Chiara lol) was moved to Dubai last February. We waited a little bit before deciding that I would have moved as well because we wanted to be sure that he was confirmed on the project he’s working on. And honestly, I also tried to postpone that moment as long as possible, because I was, I AM, sooooo sad to leave Qatar!

I spent four years in Qatar and they were amazing! Every single day spent in Qatar is unforgettable. I felt at home, I found a group of friends that I could call family. I started Bonjour Chiara, which brought me so many adventures and satisfactions. Especially for Bonjour Chiara, I think that everything happened related to the blog, was possible only because I was in Qatar!

So, thank you Doha. Thank you Qatar. I consider these last 4 years a precious gift.


Bonjour Chiara Wears // Gingham ruffle dress

Now, talking about Dubai…I’ll be honest with you, guys. As much as I’m sad to leave Qatar, I’m super excited for this new chapter of my life. Dubai is fantastic. I loved it before when I used to visit it for short getaways or for business, so I’m sure I’m gonna love it even more now that I can explore it as a resident.

Obviously, this is not the best moment of the year to arrive in Dubai. The summer is a hell, like in Qatar, so I can’t really go out or visit the city as much as I want. But, honestly, at the moment I’m spending my days trying to put the house together. A house that I totally felt in love with!!! Now I have a garden, a walking-in closet and a studio for Bonjour Chiara HQ!! If this is not happiness, I don’t know how to call this feeling 🙂

Dolce&Gabbana Sicily Bag

Bonjour Chiara Wears // Gingham ruffle dress

I can’t hide the fact, that I’m also a bit scared of Dubai. Dubai is huge!!! I’m feeling like a tiny ant in a big city, ahahah. But I have already a long list of Instagram friends that I can finally meet personally. I have some plans for the next months that are pretty exciting. So, I can’t really wait to see what Dubai will bring in my life.

Plus, my goodbye to Qatar is not a real goodbye. And I think this is also the reason why I haven’t said nothing until now. I’ll go back and forth to Doha, because I still have a lot of projects to bring on. Events to attend. Friends to visit. So I guess that this new chapter is bringing an even more busy and hectic life than before, for my husband’s happiness!

Bonjour Chiara Wears // Gingham ruffle dress

Just few more words, but I can’t end this post without saying something about this cute gingham ruffle dress that I’m wearing! I spotted the gingham ruffle dress online and then I finally found it the other day at the Dubai Mall. It’s in cotton, super fresh for the summer. I think I can already declare it one of my summer staple.

What it’s gonne be my new staple for sure is this shoulder strap, that I found at Cath Kidston (Mall of Emirates – as you can notice, I’m already visiting all the malls in town, doing A LOT OF shopping!). I already used it with three of my designer bags, and they all looked fabulous!!

Bonjour Chiara Wears // Gingham ruffle dress

Bonjour Chiara Wears // Gingham ruffle dress

H&M gingham ruffle dress | Marc Jacobs shoes (old, but also these are perfect) |
Dolce&Gabbana Sicily bag | Cath Kidston shoulder strap ℅


Chiara Amodeo
About me

Chiara is a quirky and funny Italian girl currently living in Middle East. She is a dreamer, a blogger, a shopaholic, Paris and cats lover. She spends her days with her husband and their three cats, creating outfits with Mrs B. and writing about what she loves!


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Joy Quint
Reply July 10, 2017

It will be wonderful to read about your new adventures for sure! This look is low-key sexy I must add! Hope to see some home decor inspiration! All the best!

Angelique de Lange
Reply July 10, 2017

This post makes me so so happy! You are going to be great in Dubai, and Dubai is super lucky to have you! We will miss you but hope to see you soon beautiful!
Reply July 10, 2017

today i'm wearing the same print on my blog !
i'm back !

kisses !

Federica Di Nardo
Reply July 11, 2017

Stai benissimo <3


Reply July 11, 2017

Your outfit looks amazing!
Have an awesome day!
xx Kris

Reply July 11, 2017

Love your dress so much and that pop of orange is so perfect with it! You look adorable!

xo, Jennifer

Reply July 11, 2017

I lived five years in Dubai and enjoyed the time before returning to Switzerland. I'm sure you will also love living there once you have settled in.You can shop until you drop, haha! That dress is so gorgeous on young love the bag!
xo Yvonne

Reply July 11, 2017

Will miss you so much but really looking forward to when you are back again! Au revoir Chiara! Until we meet again xx

Reply July 11, 2017

These are big news, wow! Gingham is one of my favourite pattern, too. So cute that dress!
Have a wonderful time in Dubai.
Love ♥
Claudine /

Reply July 11, 2017

Oh my goodness! I am so in love with this dress - perfect for summer and spring

Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

Sandra - More Style Than Fashion
Reply July 11, 2017

What a wonderful dress!
And all the best in Dubai!

x Sandra

Reply July 11, 2017

The dress is so lovely dear!!! The location stunning as well :)



Reply July 11, 2017

That dress is spectacular!


Reply July 11, 2017

Is your dress really from HM? It looks simply fantastico <3 In love with all the details!


Reply July 11, 2017

U look so beautiful your outfit sweetie....Kisses, Neha


Reply July 11, 2017

That dress is soooo pretty!! Love it!!
Can't wait to read about your new life in Dubai!!! I'm sure it's going to be super exciting!


Seize your Style

Catherine X
Reply July 11, 2017

This is my first visit to your blog, but the move sounds soo exciting! I can sense both the sadness and excitement through your writing. Love this look too, that dress is gorgeous. : )


Reply July 11, 2017

This dress is so gorgeous on you!!!
Have a happy day babe!!
Xx Brandi

Reply July 11, 2017

Congrats on the move. LOVE this pretty dress. I am such a sucker for gingham and the one shoulder is great.

Amy Ann
Straight A Style

Reply July 11, 2017

The off shoulder and gingham make this dress super trendy and cute! I love how you paired it your coral bag for a pop of color. Great look!

Reply July 11, 2017

This is gorgeous - such a beautiful outfit!!! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Layla xx

Reply July 12, 2017

This dress is beyond gorgeous! Love the gingham and one shoulder detail!

Jessica |

Reply July 12, 2017

What a beautiful dress, it is perfect for the summer and the bag makes the perfect compliment!

My Vogue Style |

Reply July 12, 2017

Love this gingham look! super cute!!!
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Reply July 12, 2017

Oh, thanks for sharing these impressing news! Wish you all the best for your time in Dubai and it is wonderful you do looking forward in this context. Love also the dress you show here!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

Reply July 12, 2017

My best friend lives in Qatar and LOVES it too! However my flatmate lives in Dubai and loves it there too! It seems like both places are awesome (and on the top of my to-visit list!

xx Pia

Reply July 12, 2017

What a fun fun dress! Truly is stunning on you :)


Reply July 16, 2017

LOVE the top!! So cute!

Reply July 29, 2017

I love your outfit
Style to Love


Reply November 2, 2017

Gosh, this is fabulous!! You look incredible and that dress is stunning on you!

I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other on social media?

Deepti xx

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