At only 24 years old, Lina Mustafa is leading the way in the street style stakes with her lethal combination of urban cool meets high-end. As the founder and buyer of Abu Dhabi’s retail store The Luxury Arcade this Palestinian beauty’s chic edit of cool designers has made her store a go-to for the style-savvy women of this region and beyond. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Lina’s stunning good looks, petite physique and eye for chic dressing makes her a walking advertisement for the store and a new, more laid-back way of dressing.
This in part is why I wanted to open The Luxury Arcade to grow along with the fashion scene in the UAE. I felt there was a gap in the market for a mid-range multi-brand boutique. I wanted to incorporate my style into my buying and try to combine a mix of contemporary with luxury. I think overall people want to be more daring in what they wear nowadays. I like to combine sportswear with slightly more upscale pieces, for example cool sneakers, paired with leggings and a leather jacket look good and are also comfortable too. My favorite brands include Alexander Wang, Acne and Helmet Lang. I also love LAAIN for working out in and running errands.
I’ve always loved going to the gym and staying active, whether it’s working out, hitting the beach or yoga and pilates. I work out two or three times a week and do yoga three times a week. My trainer is really good at switching up my workouts so I don’t get bored. I love to go paddle boarding and from time to time mix it up with a circuit or Xtend Barre class.
Whatever I do I have to apply serum to my face day and night, my favorite product to use is Clarins Double Serum. It keeps my face hydrated and gives it a slight glow. I also exfoliate my face once a week and have just started using this Pumpkin Enzyme Mask by Peter Thomas Roth that I bought at Sephora and it is amazing!
I don’t completely restrict myself from eating what I feel like (I have the biggest sweet tooth) but I always try and eat clean and have a lot of protein. I tend to eat small portions throughout the day. I buy my snacks from a juice bar in Abu Dhabi called Nectar, they have the best kale chips and granolas to snack on throughout the day. A cheat day would probably involve a burger.
No.57 Cafe in Abu Dhabi is a great place to eat and The Body Tree Studio is my favorite place to workout and where I practice yoga. They have loads of great classes.
Hot water with lemon every morning
Drink as much water as possible everyday
Try and get at least eight hours sleep a night
Photography by Juliet Dunne www.retrospect-photography.com