Mom We Love: Angela Deviatova-Hageali of Mommy Plays Dress Up

If you’re like us, your love affair with stylish women you love has often started on Instagram. Our #girlcrush on Angela Deviatova-Hageali is a prime example. The Dubai-based mother of two caught our eye as we found her active within our beloved community of emerging designers. Along with admiring her sophisticated and eclectic sense of style, we often found her outfit credits representing some of our mutual pals. Suffice it to say, we knew we had to be friends. Lucky for us, we got the chance to sit down with Angela to talk about style, motherhood and those late night Instagram edits that keep our midnight scrolling filled with constant inspiration.


TELL US ALL ABOUT YOU. My name is Angela Deviatova-Hageali. I live in Dubai with my husband, two boys – Aiden (5) and Leo (4) – and our pets, all of which were rescued locally. We moved to Dubai three years ago from London, our home. I’m originally Russian and my husband is originally Lebanese, so we are quite an international family, which is fun in many ways. The fact that kids get to bounce between Dubai, London, Beirut and Moscow is definitely one of them! My husband and I met through work, we were both in banking at the time. Since moving to Dubai I’ve been a full time mother, an opportunity I’m eternally grateful for. Mommyplaysdressup was born as a creative outlet which was much needed to break up my parenting routine. As mothers, we all have days when the going gets a little tough, I know I do. Children may be unwell or just plain cranky; this is where Mommyplaysdressup comes in – it’s my therapy if you like. Mommyplaysdressup and my beloved pets. If all else fails there is very little a good long dog walk can’t solve. I mean it!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? My personal style is a mix of classic and minimalist. This said, I like to play with unusual color combinations and textures to make my outfits stand out. My personal style may look put together or dressed up at times but in reality it’s fast, thrown together and easy. On average, it takes me all of five minutes to get ready.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER? Hmmmm, I have so many! I’m a huge supporter of the so-called slow fashion movement – independent emerging designers with a good story behind them. Caron Callahan, Miranda Bennett, Mr. Larkin, Sunja Link and Rennes are among my firm favorites. As for the long-established brands, Celine, The Row, Lemaire and, more recently, a Slovakian brand Nehera all get my vote.

WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY GO-TO OUTFIT? A loose fitting silk or linen dress with Martiniano glove flats and a pinky ring. I feel naked without my pinky rings.


WHAT’S THE BEST STYLE ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? I’m not sure if this qualifies as a styling advice but my grandmother told me to keep my eye brows thick and my shoulders and back straight. It’s all about your presence and first impression, she told me. Now, the eye brows are very much a personal preference, but a good posture takes you good places, just like good shoes do!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR KIDS. Oh they are wonderful, even if they drive me borderline insane at times! They are 18 months apart in age so they are very close, it’s lovely. Aiden makes me laugh a lot (apparently I am not allowed to correct his grammar because he is not a ‘GROWL UP’ yet) and Leo gives the best cuddles and has a special way with animals.

HAVE THEY STARTED DEVELOPING THEIR OWN SENSE OF STYLE? I think they have! They definitely like their clothes comfortable and non fussy.


BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOM? So many things I don’t think I can pick just one. Hearing my children say “I love you” to me without me having said it first. Seeing the kindness in their hearts everyday. Feeling confident that I am responsible for who they are becoming and their values. Knowing that I am raising them to be the very best they can! I love that I learn from them something new every day. And of course all the cuddles and kisses, how did I ever survive without them before?

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY? Multitasking and prioritizing are key! Most of my Instagram posts are edited while I’m putting the kids to bed, after our nighttime reading is done. It also helps immensely that my husband is extremely supportive of me and my work – we work good as a team! This said, I don’t always get the balance right. Hand on heart I would love to be even more active on Instagram, but while the children are still small, I have to put a limit to how much time I spend online. I want my children to remember me as a mother who showed up.


HAS BEING A MOM CHANGED YOUR OWN SENSE OF STYLE OR APPROACH TO FASHION? Definitely. Once you have children whether you want to or not you become more aware of dressing for comfort and practicality. Flats over high heels, cross body or shoulder bags over totes kind of thing. I’m very hands-on when it comes to raising my boys and this very much dictates my day to day outfits. Funnily enough when I was younger I assumed my style would become more conservative once I became a mother, but the reality is I’m more likely to take risks now than ever before. I guess it’s because I’m getting more and more comfortable in my skin and I am less worried about what other people will think.

WHAT STYLE ADVICE WILL YOU GIVE THEM AS THEY GROW UP? Don’t be afraid of being different.


We highly recommend following Angela over at @mommyplaysdressup.

16 Uncomplicated Picks for Fall 2016

This season, we’re all about keeping things easy. Translation: no-effort-required dressing. Just wake up and go. Just the way we like it.

1. Building Block Box Bag



The shape of this leather Building Block Box Bag is minimal in both shape and fuss.

2. Building Block Rucksack 


Just throw this leather backpack over your shoulder and go.

3. Mari Giudicelli Gavea Loafer 


Neutral colored, slip on and with a wooden block heel — this loafer gives a polished touch to any look.



We’ll take them in black, too.

4. Jesse Kamm Sailor Pant 


The Sailor Pant is one of our all-time faves and this season, it’s coming in a rich tobacco flavor.


And black, of course.

5. Elise Ballegeer Kimono Coat 


One of our fave shapes for fall — the kimono. Streamlined, elegant AND comfy. Triple win.

6. LOQ Villa 


This square-toed pump is easy on the feet and comes in all sorts of candy colors. We can’t get enough of the green hue.

7. Jesse Kamm Modal Trench 


A good trench coat is a Fall must-have and this one from Jesse Kamm, with simple draping, is simply perfect.

8. Objects Without Meaning Knife Pleat Dress 


Sleeveless and pleated with side slits, this dress looks good layered or all on its own.

9. Objects Without Meaning Mock Neck Long Sleeve 


A light turtleneck is one of the easiest ways to get that cool-girl sophistication this season.

10. Black Crane Quilted Long Dress 


Simple, yes, but this dress doesn’t skimp on details — subtle quilts, a voluminous body and raw edges at the hem.

11. Elise Ballegeer Ribbed Mock Top 


Made from hemp and cotton knit, this Mock Top has ribbing and a drape that doesn’t compromise on style when you go from the office straight to the cocktail bar.

12. Black Crane Slim Dress 


A slim, straight fit and dropped shoulder make this Black Crane dress as versatile as it is chic.

13. Jesse Kamm Stack Dress 


A v-cut out at the back of this shift dress means that the accessorizing has already been done for you.

14. SVILU Lab Coat 


This 100% wool coat is an elegant topper, from its collar to its ankle-grazing hem.

15. Rachel Comey Burdan Pant 


Cropped and flared, the Burdan Pant makes it easy to rock that wide leg trend without looking overwhelmed.



Scandi style and minimalist with My Scandinavian Home

We love the classy interior design found in Scandinavian homes. There’s something distinct and minimal about the style that keeps us wanting to see more. We go to My Scandinavian Home for inspiration on the regular. If you haven’t been on this blog, you’re missing out. Blogger Niki always shows off the best Scandinavian interiors she comes across. We were crazy excited to get the chance to chat with her where we found that answer to that question that everyone always wonders. Why do most Scandinavian-styled interiors tend to be white?


Scandinavian homes are unique in that they often have a minimalist look and feel with clean lines and a neutral colour palette. Since light in the winter is a scarce resource Scandinavians strive to create as much light in the home as possible. For this reason, the walls and ceilings are often kept white and the floors a light colored wood. This is done in order to bounce the light around as much as possible.

Candles are also a popular feature, especially in the darker months. The other amazing thing about Scandinavian homes is the organizational aspect. A minimalist style home can only be achieved with incredible organization. From what I’ve seen, people work under the rule of ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. Just don’t open that cupboard they choose not to show you!


Probably this home which is located here in Skåne. Isn’t it amazing? I love the mix of vintage and contemporary. It was for sale last year and I was so tempted, if only it came with all of the furniture too!


I think storage and organization is the key (I’m still working on this myself!). Today’s home tour is a great example of how the owners have managed to keep the look clean and relatively minimalistic despite owning quite a lot of possessions. Take a look here.