The Entertainer 2015 UAE: Let the fun begin!

25 Nov

Fashion, lifestyle, food and travel- that pretty much sums up what I blog about, think about and talk about. But stepping out in style, picking the best adventure sports and the finest restaurants can make the wallet a lot lighter. That’s exactly why I’ve been a fan of the Entertainer series for years now. Not only does it open up a whole lot of options to do, eat and experience, it also helps lighten the load on your budget. Their range of printed and mobile products offer more than 4,000 Buy-One-Get-One-Free offers for restaurants, cafés, nightspots, attractions, activities, waterparks and hotel accommodation which amount to a mind-boggling AED 2 million in savings for us!

I think it makes for an excellent holiday gift as well- which is both, thoughtful and useful throughout the next year.

Entertainer Dubai 2015 + Entertainer Travel 2015

Entertainer Dubai 2015 + Entertainer Travel 2015

Entertainer Fine Dining 2015

Entertainer Fine Dining 2015

They’ve just announced the launch of their products for the UAE for 2015, which include:
Entertainer Dubai, Entertainer Dubai Fine Dining, Entertainer Abu Dhabi and Entertainer Dubai Kids.

The new Entertainer App which was launched last year can now be downloaded on any smartphone. Since its launch, the Entertainer App has seen over 300,000 downloads and has saved the average Entertainer Dubai customer AED 4,695 so far this year. In 2015, the Entertainer’s mobile products will be available to purchase for a lower price than the printed books, allowing customers to save even more.

Entertainer Abu Dhabi 2015

Entertainer Abu Dhabi 2015

Entertainer Dubai Kids 2015

Entertainer Dubai Kids 2015

The Entertainer products can be bought directly from the Entertainer website, App or retail stores, to receive a complimentary copy of the Entertainer Travel 2015, which features over 250 ‘Buy One Room Night Get One Free’ offers at leading 4 and 5 star hotels across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Indian Ocean, including well established hotel brands such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental, Shangri-La, Hyatt, Marriott, Viceroy and many more.

For more info on pricing and products, visit the website: theentertainerme.com

Hand-written Holiday

23 Nov

I’ve always been a bit of an old-fashioned romantic. Flowers, hand-written letters and poems have an indelible effect on me… blame it on the steady diet of dreamy novels and rom-coms I’ve grown up on. The fact that I’m a writer myself, makes the written word even more special to me. So this year, I’ve decided to send hand-written greetings to all my loved ones, across the world and what better way to do it, than with my customized Parker pen?

My customized Parker pen for some thoughtful gifts, this holiday season

My customized Parker pen for some thoughtful gifts, this holiday season

This season, Parker reveals a selection of the finest pens from their luxurious Parker Premier and Parker Sonnet ranges – A perfect gift of inspiration for the festive season. The brand strongly values the art of gifting and has offered since 1888 unique and symbolic presents that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

The Parker Premier range offers the most prestigious fine pens from Parker’s collection. Made in France, the Parker Premier Luxury Editions feature soft touch rubber effect lacquer, geometrical ‘ciselé’ pattern and metal engraving on both the Black and Brown Editions to create an a contemporary contrast, reminiscent of European architecture with bold art-deco styling. Meanwhile, the fountain pen displays an 18K solid gold nib that complements the high-quality crafted materials and offers an exceptional writing experience.

Parker Premier and Parker Sonnet ranges

Parker Premier and Parker Sonnet ranges

The Parker Sonnet range display a timeless and elegant range, dressed in precious sterling silver and fine pink gold finish trims. The shimmering effect brings a chic twist to the brand’s iconic ‘ciselé’ facetted pattern with a unique and contemporary tactile rendering.

All set for the holiday season then – this year, let’s do it in our own words!

FY TOP FIVE: What’s on in Dubai!

10 Nov

Here’s what’s getting us all excited this season:

SOLE DXB, the annual festival of pop culture, fashion and what else, gorgeous soles is up this coming weekend on November 14 and 15 at Dubai Design District. Culture vultures, trendy hipsters and style lovers are in for a massive treat! This year will also see SOLE playing host to a 2-day round robin street-ball tournament with some of the region’s best teams.

SoleDXB: November 14 and 15: See you there!

SoleDXB: November 14 and 15: See you there!

Lookout for workshops and panel discussions from renowned regional and international streetwear brands, designers and artists. Sole will feature works by regional and international artists such as Remi Rough and Canadian pop artist TAVA (Antoine Tavaglione) will also make an appearance, creating large-scale murals as public art installations.Another highlight will be the “Sneaker Swap”, where collectors from all over the region can showcase their prized possessions.

Totally psyched for the coming weekend!

Alexander Wang  X H&M: Sport, Performance, Stye!

The capsule collection launched this week has a punchy, sporty and edgy feel, which I love. The women’s collection captures the speed of the city, mixing sports and performance for everyday life. The women’s collection includes 38 exclusively designed garments, as well as accessories and a playful take on everyday objects. The result is a collection to be worn on the street, in the gym, at the club ‒ the way women live their lives today.

Alexander Wang X H& M: Now in Dubai

Alexander Wang X H& M: Now in Dubai

Athletic performance wear- Wang’s debut performance wear pieces include quick-dry black running tops and perforated laser-cut shorts, each bonded and branded with Alexander Wang in silver mesh. Seamless performance T-shirts, tank tops and crop tops are knitted in a pointelle pattern with a hidden tongue-in-cheek message that becomes visible when worn. I love the accessories too- Long scuba gloves stamped with a reflective logo, jacquard beanies and compression socks with graphic logo treatment complete the outerwear look. Shoes include a high heel of folded down rubberized leather with a scuba sock, a box heel leather boot, or a high-top scuba sneaker. A leather backpack comes with a hidden branded rain cover in reflective silver and a padded drawstring satchel in rubberized leather. So sexy!

SKi Winter Vacay Destination

Don those skis, gloves and caps for a winter ski vacation on the exotic slopes of Azerbaijan. Here, in the shadow of the majestic Caucasus Mountains, experience pristine glaciers and deep ravines, stunning mountain lakes and canyons, and an ecological treasure trove of plants and animals. This is Shahdag in all its splendour.

Shahdag Ski Resort, Azerbaijan

Shahdag Ski Resort, Azerbaijan

Choose from the following packages:
Pure Ski: Your Pure Ski package includes your ski pass giving you access to more than 19 ski slopes

Fully equipped skiing: The package includes your ski pass and equipment hire.

The Ultimate Ski Experience: The package includes your ski pass, equipment hire and a private ski instructor to give you one to one tuition.

I, for one, simply cannot wait to experience this – a new destination to explore, a fantastic experience to unfold!

Skin Republic in now in the UAE!

Award-winning skincare brand, Skin Republic is now available in select Boots Pharmacies across the UAE! The dermatologist tested, hypo-allergenic range combines the latest advances in skin care to nourish, rejuvenate and hydrate this winter.

Skin Republic’s range of six face masks are highly effective at promoting the intense absorption of nutrient rich ingredients deep into the dermis. Thanks to the Transdermal Delivery System, the Skin Republic face masks act as a second skin helping the skin to absorb the serum faster and more effectively than traditional creams and masks.

Skin Republic face masks now in the UAE

Skin Republic face masks now in the UAE

The 6 iconic facemasks are:
Stem Cell Plant Protein Face Mask
: This mask regenerates and revitalises from deep within the dermis using Stem Cell Plant Protein.

Spots + Blemish Face Face Mask: This face mask helps cleanse the skin’s pores, clear spots and aids in preventing future breakouts with Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid. .

Platinum Lift Face Mask: A formidable anti-oxidant face mask that fights environmental damage.

Brightening Vitamin C Face Mask: Infused with brightening and radiance enhancing ingredients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and seven Plant extracts, this mask will gently reduce the visible appearance of freckles, age spots and imperfections for an even skin tone.

CoQ10 + Caviar Face Mask: This intense repairing and restorative mask will give skin the nutrition it needs. Caviar is rich in vitamins, micro-elements and amino acids, key elements in skin cell regeneration.

Collagen Infusion Face Mask: Moisture boosting Collagen and Elastin with Vitamin E, rejuvenate and revitalize the skin’s elasticity, tone and firmness.

Win Salon Styled Hair for a Year at JETSET, Dubai

Sometimes all a woman needs to instantly feel good is a professional wash and blow-dry. We all know nothing says glamorous like wavy, shiny locks. Unfortunately, around-the-clock beautiful hair can make a dent in your wallet. Which is why JetSet is thrilled to announce a competition whereby the lucky winner will receive a year’s worth (12 complimentary vouchers) of their Wash & Blowdry service.

Win Salon Styled Hair for a Year at JETSET

Win Salon Styled Hair for a Year at JETSET

All you have to do is snap a selfie in any JetSet salon while getting a service done or after you’re done, then tag @jetsetdubai and hashtag #getfestivewithjetset, and you’ve automatically entered the draw to win. Alright then, JetSet, GO!

 

 

November Hotlist: Must-do, Must-Try in Dubai

5 Nov

Dubai’s Beauty Connection
The biggest day spa in the UAE has officially arrived! Dubai-based Beauty Connection Spa, who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the maximum number of nails ever varnished in one go, is set to break yet another memorable record this month by opening the biggest day spa in the Middle East set over an incredible 30,000 square feet. Most amazing of all, there are no appointments, no waiting and everything inside the spa will be serviced by one-of-a-kind vending machines, custom designed and made overseas to the highest technological specifications.

Inside Spa Connection- The largest day spa in the middle East on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Inside Spa Connection- The largest day spa in the middle East on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Beauty Connection Spa Dubai: 04 3212888 and Tollfree 800BCSPA Website: www.beautyconnectionspa.com

Beauty Connection Spa Dubai: 04 3212888 and Tollfree 800BCSPA
Website: www.beautyconnectionspa.com

Beauty Connection Spa is designed like a London tube map, there are 6 specialized, color-coded departments providing in-depth professional treatments: Red nail Avenue (Red), Hair-a-cut (orange), facial room (green), hammam (Blue), i-Brows (purple), and the wax district (yellow).

I just checked it out myself to be absolutely blown away by the service- I’ve literally never been this happy about my brows – the staff is very efficient and in-the-know. I loved that there are these giant vending machines in every section for nail paint, disposable hair towels and combs (for blow drying) etc. which makes this salon so different, personalized and super hygienic.

Moi, after my awesome blow dry at Spa Connection's new Sheikh Zayed Road day spa

Moi, after my awesome blow dry at Spa Connection’s new Sheikh Zayed Road day spa

There’s also a cute little indoor café to relax and unwind with a selection of their homemade iced tea and fruit punches. I feel like I could live here!

The new Beauty Connection is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, near First Gulf Bank metro stop, above Lime Tree Cafe.
Beauty Connection Spa Dubai: 04 3212888 and Tollfree 800BCSPA Website: www.beautyconnectionspa.com

Spanx And The City

Exclusive shapewear brand Spanx threw a sexy soiree for Dubai’s ladies at the popular rooftop bar 40 Kong. I’ve always been a fan of their tights – a winter staple in Dubai for me but now, Spanx is soon to launch a collection of jeans with their signature fabric and a unique twist.

Spanx Middle East throws a soiree!

Spanx Middle East throws a soiree!

Spanx Middle East throws a soiree!

Spanx Middle East throws a soiree!

I’ve had a peek and all I can say is that skinny jeans has never looked sexier. Infact, its Spanx-tastic, I say! More details soon.

Keeping Up With the Birkenstocks

Birks are definitely having a big fashion moment right now, after everyone from style icons such as the Olsen twins to Alexa Chung and from supermodel Heidi Klum to Gossip Girl Leighton Meester have been spotted wearing them  in style. They’re everywhere and on everyone!  As I made my way up to the swanky Atelier M in Dubai for the press launch of the new collection of Birkenstocks, I was pretty excited to see what’s in-store and who will be spotted in these next.

The Olsen twins in their Birks

The Olsen twins in their Birks

Heidi Klum spotted shopping in LA in her Birks

Heidi Klum spotted shopping in LA in her Birks

I loved the BIRKENSTOCK classics which are versatile sandal lightweight, flexible and washable, whilst still featuring the anatomically shaped footbed. The exact 1:1 copy of the classics, which was launched onto the market some one hundred years ago, is made in Germany with the same BIRKENSTOCK quality for which the brand is renowned.

BIRKENSTOCK: Papillio

BIRKENSTOCK: Papillio

The new Papillio Collection is feminine and trendy with models in platform soles and wedge heels!

All hail the new fashion statement: #ILoveMyBirks

FY Reviews: The Asus Zenfone 5- The New Style Statement

2 Nov

What’s the first thing I look for in a phone? The camera, ofcourse! There’s nothing more impressive than a phone that not only looks good, but makes you look even better. Now, that’s exactly why I’m loving the new Asus Zenfone 5.

The Asus Zenfone 5: Style With Substance?

The Asus Zenfone 5: Style With Substance?


Looks and aesthetics:
This is one good-looker packed into a phone!  You can choose from options in white, black, red and purple colors that compliment the very slim and light handset with a 5.00-inch 720 x 1280 touchscreen display. What I love about it is that the back of the phone is curved and has a lovely matte finish to it, which makes it very easy to hold in your hand. Thoughtful design!

Features:
The phone has a bright and vibrant display and good viewing angles. The sound quality is excellent for a phone at this price point and I often use the phone speakers for music.

The fact that the phone offers expandable memory apart from its 8 GB and 16 GB means I’ve been storing my favorite episodes of Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls to watch on my phone! All those boring cab rides in Dubai traffic are actually fun now.

The Asus Zenfone 5 User Interface in Easy Mode

The Asus Zenfone 5 User Interface in Easy Mode

The dual sim card feature makes sure I don’t miss a thing from my work or personal numbers without having to lug around two phones. So full marks for convenience.

And of did I mention the battery life is absolutely amazing? I’ve had to suffer a lot of hassles with my previous android phone who’s battery life was ridiculous so the Asus Zenfone 5 is such a pleasure!  

In-built features and Apps:
Camera: As a blogger and journalist who’s always on the move, capturing anything that catches my fancy ( and a hardcore Instagram addict), I’m besotted by the camera in the Asus Zenfone 5. The 8 megapixel main camera and the 2 megapixel secondary camera have made such a huge difference to my blog pictures, selfies and Outfit of the day posts! The pictures are crystal clear, sharp and vibrant, (using the PixelMaster technology) which are further enhanced by the wide array of editing tools with some really unique and fun filters.

Day shot in Auto: Asus Zenfone 5 camera with PixelMaster technology

Day shot in Auto: Asus Zenfone 5 camera with PixelMaster technology

night shot in Auto: Asus Zenfone 5 camera with PixelMaster technology

night shot in Auto: Asus Zenfone 5 camera with PixelMaster technology

The camera options include specific modes for night photography, low light conditions, panoramas, and even a ‘miniature’ mode. The two most awesome camera features, according to me, are the ‘TIME REWIND’ feature, which lets you rewind frames after a picture is clicked, to be able to choose the best possible photo! For example, if you’ve blinked or shut your eyes in a picture, simply ‘rewind’ to a previous frame and voila, Blink gone, awesome on!

The second cool feature is the ‘SMART REMOVE’, which enables you to remove an object from a picture… anything like a photobomber, for example. Oh and if you take a selfie from the Asus Zenfone 5 camera using the ‘beautification mode, it will automatically take care of your skin, hair and overall beauty! Then you can choose to slim down your chin, add a blush on, lipstick  or even widen your eyes via the camera app! Vanity never killed anyone, right!

Camera modes and options in The Asus Zenfone 5

Camera modes and options in The Asus Zenfone 5

Selfie mode, which allows for editing and enhancing the picture

Selfie mode, which allows for editing and enhancing the picture

Oh and the GIF feature is another plus for the Zenfone camera- create cool and funny gifs in a jiffy! Also, if you’re on your way to Youtube stardom, the phone’s full HDD video recording will get you there even faster.

Overall, I’m loving the Asus Zenfone 5 – It’s smart, great looking and super efficient. At just AED 899, this is what I call style with substance!