Zahra Lyla, Graphic Designer & Editor, Just Lyla

Born and raised in Dubai where she honed her skills as a graphic designer, Zahra Lyla is not your average blogger. The Iranian Emirati’s deep-rooted passion for art and design set her apart from the rest when she first started blogging back in 2009. Fast forward eight years and her following has grown, as has global recognition for her eclectic style.

Responsible for pioneering the personal style wave in the Middle East and part of the launch team at Vogue Arabia, Zahra is well set for global domination. We took some time out of Zahra’s hectic schedule to find out how she cheats the week.


My friends call me:

You split your time between London and Dubai. Where in the world are you right now?

How would you describe your style in one word?

When you feel like you have nothing to wear, what is your closet go-to?

Fill in the blank: ‘I couldn’t function in my career without______.’

Draw your favorite item of clothing right now.

What’s at the top of your to-do list this summer?

Congratulations on your engagement! What three words would you use to describe your approach to balancing wedding planning with running your site?

What are your favorite colors to wear in the summer?

As a graphic designer, do you have a favorite print for summer?

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you read:

What’s your not-so-guilty pleasure?

Tell us your week in numbers:
Cups of coffee/tea…

Tell us your week in numbers:

Tell us your week in numbers:
Alarm time (weekdays)…

Tell us your week in numbers:
Alarm time (weekends)…

Signing off!

Zahra’s classic yet edgy style features an expert mix of high luxury and affordable fashion pieces and her take on staying chic in the Dubai heat.