Geek Chic: Shoutout to Spongebob, Batman, Popaye and Co

18 Dec

‘Tis the season to geek out with these amazing T shirts from the brand new Dubaihero.com They’re the Middle East’s first online store for official and licensed Superhero and TV Series Merchandise. So here’s a chance to roll with Popaye and his crew, hang with Batman and his bad-ass nemesis or style a Spongebob Tee with your favorite shorts. I picked the ‘Geek of the Week’ T shirt feat. Mr Squarepants, for a casual weekend outfit in the park.

Geek of The Week Spongebob T shirt from Dubaihero.com

Geek of The Week Spongebob T shirt from Dubaihero.com

One of my favorite T shirts from the Batman collection at Dubaihero.com

One of my favorite T shirts from the Batman collection at Dubaihero.com

I styled my Geek T shirt from Dubaihero.com with a pair of skorts and sneakers.

I styled my Geek T shirt from Dubaihero.com with a pair of skorts and sneakers.

There are a zillion other ways to style these nerdy-cool Tees. For instance, the Superman Tee can be teamed with a lovely leather pencil skirt, as seen on celeb Naya Rivers here. I would also pair these cool, old-school Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tee with ripped jeans and heels- That’s one hot ninja look! Also, another favorite is the Batman T shirt which can be styled with a sharp skater skirt and boots for a normcore-meets-nerdycool look.

Naya Rivers styles her Superman T shirt with a leather pencil skirt

Naya Rivers styles her Superman T shirt with a leather pencil skirt and bright blue pumps.

Dubaihero.com even has some super cool Breaking Bad and Dexter Tshirts so be sure to grab them before they’re gone. Oh and cash-on-delivery as well as free shipping make the deal so much sweeter! These awesome Tees are for approximately AED 100 each – such a steal! There’s a geek revolution brewing in my closet already.

The Best Holiday Gift 2014: For The Style Maven

12 Dec

There’s always that one person you’re always worried about what to gift for Christmas. Well if they’re chic, sophisticated and have an eclectic, individual style, consider the very stylish Daniel Wellington watch as a present. The signature ‘Nato’ straps are a sartorial delight as are the sophisticated leather straps are simply perfect for the office. The ultra slim, round dials in rose gold and silver have a distinct, vintage-inspired look, which makes the watches even more alluring. When paired with the iconic Nato straps, they simply stand out as statement pieces for any outfit.

Daniel Wellington: The perfect Holiday gift

Daniel Wellington: The perfect Holiday gift

What I love most about Daniel Wellington watches, is that fact that they’re so uniquely different from any other watch brand in the market. The distinct look and feel makes them stand apart- something that I’ve been looking for. I actually don’t wear watches anymore, unless it doubles up as an elegant bracelet for a formal night out or a fun, cool watch that’s worn more as an accessory on a casual day. Daniel Wellington, however, changed that game around for me! I can’t wait to wear this gorgeous ‘Classic St Andrews’ watch with a rose gold dial that I just picked up!

Incase you’re still wondering, here’s a sign- YOU get a 15% discount on all Daniel Wellington products on their website www.danielwellington.com by using the holiday promotion code, holiday_fashionablyours

I love the Classic St Andrews Lady: Rosegold dial and leather straps!

I love the Classic St Andrews Lady: Rosegold dial and leather straps!

Moreover, they’re offering FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE and have another great holiday shopping offer: Buy a leather watch of your choice and get 50% off a NATO strap + free gift wrapping! Order before the 18th of December to receive your Christmas present on time.

Well, it’s time to be someone’s favorite Santa!

December Hotlist: SHOP, DO, EAT, GIFT!

9 Dec

We’re loving the holiday season in Dubai, not just for the gorgeous weather but for all the amazing new places to eat, shop and explore. Here’s is the ultimate list of things to do in the month of December- Be sure check them off!

Indulge at the Eclarium:
The holiday season is incomplete without a visit to the brand new Eclarium – a specialty boutique set up exclusively to offer every imaginable flavor of the French delicacy – The Éclair! From the exotic Japanese Green Matcha Tea to the signature Gold glazed Salted Caramel, the flavors aim to surprise and delight the senses.

Holiday cheer: Eclair, JLT Dubai

Holiday cheer: Eclair, JLT Dubai

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Originating in the 19th century from noble ranks, the delicate éclair pastry has been re-imagined by the team behind the boutique style café, ‘Éclair’. Headed by the master executive chef behind the stylish new brand is French native pâtissier, Bertrand Espouy. Under his direction, each éclair is carefully handcrafted, with the team utilizing pure fruit pulp for the fruity flavors, which include raspberry, lemon and blackcurrant and violet.  The other more traditional flavours such as vanilla are made using Tahitian vanilla beans, while the coffee flavoured éclair is made with pure Arabica coffee beans. Eclair sources its milk chocolate from Ghana, while dark chocolate is sourced from Valrhona.

Eclair offers its desserts in two sizes – a bite sized mini edition and a 13 inch, regular sized version so it’s really upto you to indulge or experiment! Pay a visit at the stylish boutique café, Éclair, At Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster Y, Dubai.  Find out more on their Facebook page HERE.

After Eight eclair: Must try, at JLT Dubai

After Eight eclair: Must try, at JLT Dubai

Gift a Glambox:
If you can’t think of a brilliant, beautiful holiday gift for your friends, here’s an idea – Why not gift a subscription to Glambox for either3 months, 6 months or the entire year? The receiver will have a pretty pink box delivered to her doorstep, packed with beauty goodies and vouchers from top beauty brands, new organic brands and her favorite salons in Dubai. And think of it this way- each time she unboxes her Glambox, she’ll think of thanking you for the best holiday gift throughout the year! Now that’s a gift with immense recall value.

Gift a Glambox subscription this holiday!

Gift a Glambox subscription this holiday!

Last month, Glambox teamed up with The FaceShop UAE, a beauty product line that is made from all-natural ingredients. I’m simply loving their face masks and cosmetic range!

Sign up for the Glambox or gift one HERE.

Shop at the new C Wonder Store @The Beach Dubai:
The very stylish C Wonder store has just opened its doors at one of my favorite hang outs in the city- The Beach, JBR! Filled with lots of surprises, gift ideas, monogrammed goodies and a very eclectic fashion and accessories collection, C Wonder takes the spotlight this month. I picked up a very pretty monogrammed necklace and earring set with the letter ‘P’! I also loved their festive collection in home décor. A lot of holiday bling is on display and I’m loving the vibe at C Wonder @The Beach! Don’t miss it when you’re in this side of town.

The C wonder store launch at The Beach, JBR

The C wonder store launch at The Beach, JBR

Figs & Rouge Lip balm:
This is no ordinary lip balm.  Firstly, I cannot get over the delicious flavors and the texture of the 100% natural balm! It’s perfect for the dry winters in more ways than one-
Apart from dry and chapped lips, the Figs & Rouge lip balm can be used to remedy dry ankles, elbows and knees. It can also be used to groom your eyebrows, cast a sexy, protective film  over your legs and even keep your hair in place by zapping stray fly-aways with a small swipe of the balm.  Oh, and did I mention the pretty vintage-inspired tinbox they come in? Multi-talented and extremely useful, this one’s definitely a keeper.

Figs & Rouge Lip Balms: Cant get better than this!

Figs & Rouge Lip Balms: Cant get better than this!

Hot tip: You can mix n’ match to create your own lipstick colors by using a small amount of the balm as base. Mix old lipstick colours and pigments from your previous powder makeup or pigment creams to come up with signature shades of lippies.  Since it has a thicker formula than petroleum jelly, it will glide on as a lipstick should and stay put for longer!

The Figs & Rouge multi-tasking lip and body balms retail for AED 30 at outlets including Boots the Pharmacy, Organic Foods & Café, The Change Initiative and Make-Up Etc.

Therapy Box: Unboxed!

4 Dec

“Everyone needs therapy… and now it comes in a box!”- So they say.  Naturally, I was very curious and excited to receive my very own Therapy box last week. Not knowing what to expect, I found a range of products within- from unique, double-wand mascara from Sephora to a best-selling book and even a small bag of delicious macaroons. Now that’s what a pleasant surprise looks like!

The November special edition Therapy Box arrives!

The November special edition Therapy Box arrives!

Upon further inspection, I realized what ‘Therapy’ is really about- It’s not just a service that offers beauty product samples every month- it’s a lifestyle subscription box service which may include things from categories such as electronics, literature, fitness, nutrition & cooking, home décor, fashion & beauty and even experiences. It contains items that the folks at Therapy love, and would like us to try something new each month.

The folks at Therapy want us to try something new each month!

The folks at Therapy want us to try something new each month!

I for one, absolutely love that the spectrum for this service is so broad that it un-boxes so many opportunities. For example, I used to be an avid reader (some ten years ago) but not anymore, because I just cannot seem to tear myself away from the internet for that good, old-fashioned ‘curl-up-in-bed-with-a-good-book’ session. The compelling and inspiring book based on a true story, ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand that came in the box this month, made me do just that. In that sense, it was really a ‘therapy’ of sorts for me!

Who is it for?
According to the folks at Therapy, their subscribers are intelligent, well-educated, and quality conscious women, who are open to new experiences.

What I found in my Therapy Box ( November special edition):

What's in my Therapy box this month?

What’s in my Therapy box?

For the home: Bath & Bodyworks scented candle in Dark Kiss – I’m not much of a candles person at all but this one smells so divine, I couldn’t help lighting it for a bit at home. Perfect for the holiday season too!

For Your Conscience: Whatever-it-takes Mug- This company’s products feature custom artwork drawn and signed by diverse international celebrities from fashion designers to chefs and movie stars to world leaders. All proceeds from the sales are donated to selected charity products for key global causes. My mug has a quirky shape for a handle but its cute, nevertheless.

For your time: Nstyle Manicure voucher- I don’t know a single lady who wouldn’t be happy about this one.

For your soul: Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand- Hailed as one of the top non-fiction books of the year by TIME magazine, this is a book based on a true story and aims to inspire – I’m halfway through right now and I’d highly recommend it.

What's in my Therapy box?

What’s in my Therapy box?

For your indulgence: Macaroons by Rich Café- These French delicacies have long been a favorite but the ones from Rich Café are to die for. I particularly loved the chocolate flavored ones.

For your look: Sephora upside down mascara- Having been a beauty blogger for over four years now, very few products are able to make me do a double take. This mascara actually has two wands shaped like a compass to let you coat the top and bottom lashes at the same time. Talk about a high-functioning multi-tasker!

For your beauty: Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 – Perfect for the dry winter in Dubai and a beauty essential in every makeup bag.

Therapy Box: Lifestyle subscription service, Dubai UAE

Therapy Box: Lifestyle subscription service, Dubai UAE

Whew! Now that’s like literally packaging the body, mind and soul into one slick Therapy Box. Great concept and gorgeous products – here’s to seeing more of these boxed beauties in the coming months.

Check out www.boxtherapy.com  for more details and how to subscribe.

FY Reviews: Level 43 Rooftop Lounge, Dubai

29 Nov

It’s easy to guess what you’ll like most about Level 43 Rooftop Lounge. At 43 floors above ground level with a sweeping view of the illuminated Shiekh Zayed Road and big city lights, it’s not a tough call. But there’s more to this upbeat, urban lounge than the spectacular urban-jungle view. It’s the eclectic vibe and the inventive, delicious cocktails.

Delve further into the lounge to find an exclusive cigar lounge with a fine selection of cigars from around the world, a busy, but gorgeous bar, lit up in LED lights and a friendly staff that certainly knows it’s cocktails. I went with the recommendation of white wine sangria, which is not my usual, but the mood was just right for adventure.

The gorgeous view from Level 43 Rooftop Bar & Lounge

The gorgeous view from Level 43 Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Cocktails hour at Level 43 Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Cocktails hour at Level 43 Rooftop Bar & Lounge

A delectable round of tapas included Fried blue cheese and risotto balls served with tomato basil sauce, crispy calamari with Thai basil and a portion of roasted light spicy chicken. While the latter was passable, what really hit home was the crispy calamari – it’s an absolute must-try here. Even the fried blue cheese and risotto balls score high on the flavor factor. But what really stole the show was the sangria cocktail with a twist unique to Level 43; creative, original and absolutely delicious.

The tapas selection at Level 43, Dubai

The tapas selection at Level 43, Dubai

 

Level 43 Rooftop bar and lounge, Dubai

Level 43 Rooftop bar and lounge, Dubai

Even though it was an early wrap for me, I could tell that the momentum at Level 43 was picking up at 11:00 pm. The ambience was just right for a glitzy night out with friends or an after work catch up with colleagues. Deep house tunes filled the crispy night air, as people enjoyed the gorgeous weather. In all, Level 43 is billed as an absolute must-do and a brilliant addition to my favorite night-out destinations in Dubai.

Check out their Facebook page here for more details.