Monday, February 25, 2013

Tuesdays Child feature



Thank you tuesdayschild.me for having us featured on your beautiful blog! 
Fun girly time.
 ♥

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Effective beauty with a conscience

A tube of Human+Kind, "All in one Family Remedy Cream" find it's way to my bedside table. And it's a keeper!

Created for today’s time pressed woman by simplifying their beauty routines. Human+Kind promote a return to high quality all-natural ingredients renowned for their restorative, healing and preventative properties. The range offer multi-functional products developed to work synergistically.

The "All-in-one Family Remedy Cream", is a real problem solver for skin concerns of the entire family. It is a multifunctional product designed to work as: eczema prone skin, minor burns, itching and razor burn, acne prone skin, stretch marks and scars , athlete’s foot, insect bites & stings, brittle nails, sunburn, hydrates dry, cracked and sensitive skin and probably more... It worked on insect bite with Luella, from tears to smile in no time... So moving it from the bedroom to the beach / park bag as the new SOS cream.

Super-charged with naturally active ingredients Human+Kind Family Remedy Cream is free from all no good chemical. Formulated with a moisture-retaining blend of aloe vera, natural vitamin E and restorative essential oils:
Broccoli Extract - protects the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation
Aloe Vera - soothes, hydrates and nourishes
Marshmallow - soothes and calms with active anti-inflammatory properties
Rosehip Oil - a potent source of vitamin A, has a strong regenerative action reducing dermatitis, acne and eczema and sun burn
Centella - heals and treats scars and blemishes
White Lily - heals burns and wounds

The brand's philosophy is one of guilt free pure indulgence with lovely texture, fresh herbal aroma and instant soothing effect. We also love the retro but so modern packaging.

The Human+Kind skincare line is currently available at Milk & Honey, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc. in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah and selected Boots outlets in the UAE, as well as online through Glambox.me.  All-in-one Family Remedy Cream, AED120.

Also need to try "All in one Body Oil", multi-tasking body oil, specially formulated to hydrate, tone and rejuvenate dry or lacklustre body skin. It's said to make skin instantly soft and luminous.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

it's BookMunch time































If you are around Safa Park area... wondering where to spend one hour... Look no further and push the door open to BookMunch. The new bookstore / café located in Al Wasl Square is a little delightful spot.

Colorful and cosy it's pleasing to children and welcoming to mummies. Feel free to brows the book collection, the walls are filled with a large selection for children and adults. The playful tent is a great spot for kids to browse through the books.

Between two lovely stories book, Luella and I got to cosy up on a sofa with coffee and croissant. The menu offers a large selection of breakfast items, light bites, sandwiches, salads and more. The kids menu made us smile and tickled our appetite. We will try "Charlie and Lola's ocean nibbles with cloud fluff and moon squirters", or "Humpty Dumpty egg omelet" next time...
www.bookmunchcafe.com




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

COS it's coming to Dubai





Happy to announce that COS is opening in Dubai this Spring! 
A great fashion news for us girls who love high fashion with good quality at affordable price. 
COS is part of the H&M group, a sister brand with a more high-end feel to it. 
Collections are usually contemporary, minimal in style, and good quality for both men, women. Carefully designed clothing with subtle color palette, we like! 
Also available a line for children, cute and comfy. Don't miss the selection of urban cool accessories... A great shopping destination... very Scandinavian!

Monday, February 18, 2013

tiny art / s*uce / art week





I love those kind of Artsy initiative for kids to get involved in!

Coming back again this year the A to the R to the T (Am so Ridiculously Talented) campaign aims to celebrate and nurture the artistic talent of young children. All children are little experimenting artist!

Anyone from 4 to 15 years old can participate. Draw your family in any style and medium you choose on a A4 paper landscape format. Don't forget name and contact details. You must also complete the sentence "I like art because..." Email to art@shopatsauce.comor drop off at one of S*uce boutique.

The artwork will be uploaded to shopatsauce.com all through February and March. To be considered to be featured on gift hampers sold at s*uce you need to submit by February 20th! Quick, get the kids paint out and let them be creatively wild... 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A few good things...

This week little finds... Wishing you a lovely sunday!

doodleclick.com, UAE's first online greetings card company which allows you to personalise a card and have it couriered. Simple website to use, just choose a card, add your photos, name and message, then Doodleclick prints it and asks a courier to deliver it.

♥ Need to sucks some yolks check out this cool gadget the yolkr. It’s an easy, mess free way to seperate the yolks from your egg whites. Soon to launch...

♥ Did you know that baby powder easily removes sand at the beach... 24 more tricks to know!

♥ Simple DIY kids play tent made from hula-hoop and shower curtain. Fun!
doityourselfpin.com

♥ Packing for kids made easy! package up one outfit for each day--including undies and hair accessory--in a zipper bag. Check it out.

♥ Hayley’s Comet is a theatre company for children located in Dubai Media City. From drama, dance and singing... the place for little one to become shining stars.
hayleyscomet.com

♥ photo "Wear your heart on your sleeve" via cool website kirtsy.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A perfect 'caboodle' afternoon

How do you treat a little girl to something special? Take her for a fun afternoon at Caboodle Dubai Mall. The pamper & play experience dedicated to offering a fun, educational, and stimulating environment where children can learn through play and exploration. It's also a spa where mothers and daughters can get pampered together and share special time.

Today, we had a lovely time celebrating Valentine's day with the very friendly staff and other delighted children. It was just perfect, from arts&craft with a love theme, to princess dress up, to manicure, to face painting and delicious treats.

Luella had a fantastic time while I sipped my coffee and watched her socializing, getting pampered and overhaul having a great playtime.

Caboodle is a treat for mums and children, it is a wining formula and we love it! Next time we might have to get Luella her first haircut at their super stylish salon.

Valentine's day event is still on tomorrow February 14th. Or visit anytime for some guaranteed fun!





Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love contest + cool shop = ♥





Have you heard about Wamli ? The online shopping experience with a "geeky" twist. Wamli has a fabulous selection of crazy cool products. Gadget you might not need but too cool not to want to have. Have a look it's gift shopping made easy.

Until tomorrow, they are running a sweet contest to celebrate love this Valentine's day.To participate, you’ll have to take a picture of yourself with the one you love - this could be your partner, your parents, your child, a pet, or even your car, and share it with wamli! The contest will end on 13 February 2013, 2.30pm UAE time. Check out wamli.com for more info

Good luck!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Paperman



Paperman - This is a short Disney animated cartoon nominated at the Oscars this year. A lovely romantic comedy set in New York City in the 1940's.

When you get 6min of your time, watch it. Very sweet.

Happy weekend everyone!



Little luxuries for online shopper

The lovely event held at VOI restaurant in Jumeirah Zabel Saray hotel was a delightful tea party and a beautiful showcase of some key items from clothing lines, shoes and toys available at www.alexandalexa.com. 

We were treated to some beautiful pastries, delicate finger food and colorful fresh fruits cocktails. We had a chat with lovely fellow blogger Heidi from tuesdayschild.me and dreamed picked Luella's favorite summer wardrobe...

This online shopping heaven for kids is the ‘NET-A-PORTER for under 14 year olds’. It is a Global Style Destination for kids, offering over 200 coveted international fashion, sportswear and toy brands, from the prestigious to the cutting-edge, via worldwide express delivery. The children’s boutique from the UK is now launching in the Middle East, the website will soon feature prices in AED and shipping is approx $12.

Next week, I will need to do another blog post to show you some of the beautiful dresses from Stella McCartney Kids, Paul Smith Junior, Marni, Little Marc Jacobs,... all available on www.alexandalexa.com.  (watch this space).


Monday, February 4, 2013

Beauty Basic we ♥ from Johnson

Last week, I was invited to a lovely breakfast event, "Beauty 101" showcasing Johnson Beauty Brands. It was great to re-discover and get more familiar with brands like Johnson&Jonhson, Clean&Clear and Neutrogena. We all have our skin care routine pretty much established and know our favorites products but sometime a back to basic and value for money is just what we need to revamp our beauty routine.

The interactive stations and mini workshops provided me with some tricks and tips. I got to try out products that will now be keepers in my handbag, beach bag and bathroom counters.

Here's my 3 favorites:
JOHNSON'S® 24 Hour Moisture, the 100ml jar is perfectly small and convenient for my handbag. An all in one, multi function product for me and Luella. This hydrating and nourishing shea butter formula is a treat for your face, hands, body. It left my skin feeling smooth and nurtured. The lightly scented, silky texture is quickly absorbs into the skin. This is a skin saver for the whole family. Less than 10AED, a steal.

Cleansing wipes have been a big hit for years, due to their multi-functional purpose and easy to use propriety. JOHNSON'S® 24 Hour Facial Cleansing Wipes removed my make-up with so much ease. It's the quick way to go, to remove "raccoon eye" at the beach, or refresh after a gym session. They gently wipe away impurities and effectively remove make-up, even waterproof mascara, leaving your skin hydrated and refreshed. Also an efficient make-up tool, to rectify application and create a more define look, it works just like an eraser. Another keeper, for just AED 25!

My new best friend, Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit. I like the gentle foaming scrub texture, the micro beads and Salicylic Acid helps clear blemishes and blackheads, without irritating your skin. The unique formula contains 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract plus vitamin C, which makes it not only effective but also gives it an uplifting freshness! The grapefruit scent is such a ‘wake-me-up’ in the morning! Around AED 44, well spent.

Those beauty buys available at supermarkets are not your deluxe treats but definitely some great valuable products. Now go splurge on something else, you won't feel the guilt... Happy shopping!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sharing some bloging love

Being "a blogger" also means that I spend time reading other people blogs. I have mentioned the Dubai blogging community previously....

Today, I though I will share with you the 3 Dubai based fashion/ style blogs that I am currently reading. There is something comforting about drinking a cup of tea and looking into blog editorials. In a very informal way you get into the industry and get the 'scoop' on many things such as specific items of clothing and accessories, trends in various apparel markets, celebrity fashion choices and street fashion trends.You get into the life of someone via posts and conversation.

Today no one can really denied the power of blogging in the fashion industry.
"Fashion is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has considerable impact on the way ordinary people dress and present themselves. But there is more to fashion than the different articles of clothing, fashion is made up of designers, buyers, retailers, editors, and columnists. While all parties work together to create an image, all of these parties can simultaneously be affected by outside forces, especially blogs. Fashion is trend-driven and fashion blogs provide a new way to follow and oversee these fast-paced trends, it is likely that the blogoshepere will have a considerable long-term influence on the industry, as the number of fashion based blogs continue to grow." "New York Times Style section write, Eric Wilson did an extensive study on the impact of fashion bloggers on the fashion industry for one of his style columns. Wilson wrote that these bloggers have ascended ‘from the nosebleed seats to the front row’ in the past year and that the divide between the ‘high code’ editors with a professional opinion and the ‘amateur’ fashion bloggers is beginning to disintegrate." wikipedia

styledrifter.com
You might have come across Theresa Karpinska profile on various women magazine recently like Harper Bazaar, Emirates Women, Savoir Flair,... The successful Swedish stylist and fashion / lifestyle blogger shares her shopping likes, her favorite outfits du jour, healthy life choice and love for the surf... Style Drifter is nothing pretentious, she portrait the cool girl next door, the friend you want to go shopping with...

tuesdayschild.me
Heidi is radiant and it comes through her blog! The lovely photography, beautiful imagery and choice of editorial portrait her enthusiasm for stylish things.  It's always dreamy and inspirational  to read about the stylish, successful and driven mums she interviews. You get to visit the home of Dubai Crème de la crème....

emirateswoman.com
If you like the magazine you will love the blog format of Emirates Woman Magazine website. The bite size posts are just the right combination of social party scene, fashion display, gourmet suggestion, travel ideas, beauty tips. Subscribe to the newsletter... and enjoy the daily candy bits of info right into your mailbox.

Also hellwafashion.compintsizedfashionista.com and as a resource for blog search have a look ar bloglovin.com. Happy reading!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Re-post: Smile, it's pancake day !

Tomorrow (giving you a heads up) we will make Crêpes and flip coins to celebrate Pancake day... Happy Pancake Day! Check out our post from last year.

In France we celebrated Crêpes Day - "Chandeleur" on February 2nd. Not only we eat a lot of crêpes on Chandeleur, but it is traditional to hold a coin in your hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year. I like traditions...

Anyway... I am ready for more pancakes... 

Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday in the Christian calendar, and is celebrated as Carnival and Mardi Gras elsewhere in the world. It falls just before Lent, and was traditionally a day of fun and feasting before the fasting during 40 days of Lent.
Looking for a classic pancake recipe, here it is!