Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sunshine shopping

Summer shopping at La Plage! Today I came across this pop up shop on the 1st floor of Mercato Mall. Lots of beach accessories from colorful Hipanema Brazilian-style bracelets, KeenBags pochettes, straw beach bags, and super practical foutas. Traditionally used as a hammam towel in Tunisia, foutas are now widely used, perfect for the beach: very light, absorbent, fast drying and comes in many fun colours!

Definitely a place for gift shopping as well... Check it out. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Instagram close up


What happened on Dubai our Sandbox instagram this week? We had fun at SkiDubai with the kids, we experience glow in the dark mini golf, we came up with a chocolate bread&butter pudding recipe, we mingled with the cool crowd at the opening of Vogue Café @LevelShoedistrict Dubai Mall and star spotted Didier Drogba and Karolina Kurkova. I also made sure to tell my mum how special she is to me on Mother's day!


The whatever... 5min meal idea

It was one of those evening, we needed diner quick and there was not much in the fridge... That's how I came up with this "veggie Thai laksa soup". Using some all time pantry classics and whatever vegetables I had in the fridge. I took the fast Asian noodle soup road and it was good...

I don't measure, I just poor and mix, hoping for the best taste... that's my kind of cooking here!

Ingredients:
1tbs Thai curry sauce / paste
Soya sauce
Coconut cream / milk in can
1 Bouillon cube / veg or chicken
Pack of instant noodle
Vegetables finely slice in stick shape (asparagus, 1 courgette, 1 paprika,...)
I had ginger and red chili - not a must but nice
Whatever green leaves you have... coriander, basil, ...

Directions:
Heat up some vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add curry paste and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add vegetables, grated ginger, finely shopped chili... Stir fry 2min. Add soya sauce. Add  bouillon and coconut milk. Simmer and add noodles. Ready. Serve with lime and top with fresh coriander or what's available... Bon appetit!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mini Golf Adventure... a glowing idea

It feels like we have been lucky with the weather this year. It's been hot but we have managed to play outdoor, enjoying the beach and the park much longer then previous years. But today we needed to venture into the indoor playing option... Summer is definitely here! So if you are looking for some fun indoor time with the kids, head down to the Marina at "Play a Round @ Some Place Nice".


The indoor glow in the dark mini golf is a must try! We loved the under water theme, the neon light and overall golfing experience. The staff was very attentive and helpful with the rules and technique. Not over priced, for AED45/ 1hour, you can play as many rounds of mini golf as you wish and get to participate in one art&craft activity of your choice (sand art, scratch card, paint on canvas...)

There is also a soft play area for toddlers to enjoy while you get a cup of coffee (not so good though) or a bit to eat. Free wifi available.

Location easy when you know! The Jewels Tower in the Marina. From Sheikh Zyd twrds Abu Dhabi, exit 29, immediately after Marina Mall. Follow signs for JBR. Come Down the flyover (Jewels Building is on the right hand) and make a u-turn at the traffic lights. Turn right onto the service road/sand area. Follow the path, it will take you on the other side of the Jewels Tower, by the retail area. Lots of parking: bonus!!

Have fun!
www.playaround.ae


Friday, May 24, 2013

Dubai deals...

Happy Weekend!
Did you pick up your TimeOut this week?! Lots of great deals in this voucher issue. I have already picked my favorites ready to be redeemed...

2 for 1 N.BAR manicure
2 for 1 coffee cupcake combo at Kitsch
2 for 1 Breakfast at Pantry Café
2 for 1 Offers from Ripe Farm Market
2 for 1 from Millions of Milshakes
2 for 1 main course from More
2 for 1 Dog Grooming at Shampooch
And lot more...
www.timeoutdubai.com
Vouchers validity varies from June 2013 to December 2013. Enjoy!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pregnancy Style

This morning breakfast at Saks Fifth Avenue ME was a real treat! Thank you to the Queen of Style Heidi Raeside from Tuesdayschildme for all her pregnancy style tips! The gorgeous style blogger in collaboration with SaksME was the host of fabulous event for mum to be. She defiantly proved us that it's possible (even made it look easy) to be pregnant, stylish and gorgeous.

A few things to keep in mind:
★ looking good starts with feeling good, so comfort is key!
★ Invest in a few key items like good looking and comfortable jeans, black pants, pencil skirt it will make the basis of your pregnancy wardrobe (with an expandable waistline).
★ Work the maxi dress, it's a great option for a stylish pregnancy wardrobe
★ Love your heels but feel like you can trade your stilettos for more comfortable wedges or rock some cool flats, so many options available...
★ Jackets can make an outfit more sophisticated and define your waist
★ Accessories, bright coloured scarves, chunky necklaces, large bags... use them in pregnancy to sharpen your look and bring a sense of individual style. Work with proportions.
★ Magic of a wrap dress like Diane von Furstenberg's version is a pregnancy staple. Comfortable, flattering plunging necklines, great way to show off the bump in a sexy way.
★ pamper yourself... Blow dry for your hair, facial and massage will help restoring your energy and confidence during pregnancy. Check out the beauty line mama mio for pregnancy, also available at SaksME.

For more inspiration visit Saks Fifth Avenue ME and keep reading Tuesdayschildme you will be inspiraded by all the featured moms and more tips.





Monday, May 20, 2013

Moushii gets ready for Father's Day



With Father’s Day just around the corner, on June 16th, Moushii the one-stop-shop for party necessities launches the “Manly” party kit just in time to put together the perfect celebration! If you feel like "daddy" need a little thank you treat, why not surprise him with a family brunch, or simply watching a game together or creating an action-packed movie night with lashings of popcorn.

How cute is this party kit decorated with checked, stripped and polka dot bow ties and of course, the occasional moustache, each designed with a palette of blues, greens, and hues of brown.

Check out our facebook page for a chance to win this really cool all-inclusive free printable kit - pennant banners, party invitations, favour tags, stickers, cupcake toppers and wrappers, bag toppers, water bottle wrappers, table signs, buffet tent cards, napkin wraps, place mats and favour cones! The printable kit is easy to use just bring the provided PDF designs files to a printer. Done!

Looks like there is no excuse to give that special man in your life a day to remember!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

VIVA Beauty Awards 2013

I was asked to cast my vote for the Viva Beauty Awards 2013, the most highly regarded beauty awards across the GCC, to showcased the newest, best and most coveted products and brands in the business. You can appreciate that the Awards recognise the best of both words, mass and prestige.

The shortlisted categories are voted for by thousands of avid beauty consumers, via public voting  online. Also with the help of a judging panel including make-up artist Zareen Shah and the stunning beauty blogger Huda Kattan.

 Looking forward to discover the 2013 winners of each category next week. The event is held on May 22nd, Fairmont The Palm.

Here's my selection, based on my experience and preferences.
Best Perfume: Daisy Marc Jacobs
Best Mascara: The Colossal Volum' Express Maybelline
Best Nail Polish: Essie Nail Colors
Best Hair Salon: Jetset salon
Best Anti-Ageing Product: Clarins Double Serum
Best Hair Product: Pantene Clinicare
Best Face Moisturiser: Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream SPF15
Best Lipstick: Dior Addict Lip Maximizer
Best Body Product: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy

I was also quizzed on my tips and tricks and where do I splurge and save?! I actually don't splurge much! After years of buying mascara, I will not splurge on designer brands anymore. I always go back to Maybelline, currently "The Colossal Volum' Express" is my favorite. I am not loyal to many brands specially with my hair but Pantene Clinicare has really help my tress feeling less damaged right away. When it comes to Anti-Ageing Products, that's where I splurge. Currently fascinated by all the great reviews on Clarins Double Serum. I love using a body oil after showering, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy is a new miracle oil. This vitamin E, cocoa butter and rosehip enriched oil sinks quickly into the skin. Instantly hydrates, smoothes, softens skin and improve skin tone. It's a must, value for money.

www.ahlanlive.com/viva/beautyawards2013
Running alongside the Awards, during May 19- 23, is the very first VIVA Beauty Week: 5 jam-packed days of pampering and exclusive offers from some of our favourite beauty brands. Tune in to 92FM or checkout facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MyVivaMagazine) for more details!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

good ... magazine...

News Alert!!! A new magazine is about to hit the town.
good the new lifestyle magazine that's gonna make our life in the UAE easier, better and simpler, changing the way you shop, eat and live. Just like Dubai our Sandbox right??!! :)

"good magazine is the essential companion to expat professionals and household decision-makers who want to live life well. The reader mixes labels with high street brands, shops for convenience as well as price and is happy to pay Salik because it makes commuting easier. They seek out new cultural experiences such as farmer’s markets and art fairs and they’re just as likely to drive a Ford Focus as they are a 7 Series BMW – because to them, value is a mind set, not a salary."


Can't wait to check it out! On stand June 2013.
www.facebook.com/GoodMagazineUAE



A few things this week





♥ If you are in the process of setting up a nursery or updating your little one bedroom, you are gonna love AlexandAlexa’s Home and Décor debuts. The children’s e-retailer has been at the forefront of fashion for over five years, now expending its stylish portfolio into homewares, bedroom and playroom decoration and lifestyle designs for kids. Love the wallpaper and wall-design options, such as Hibou Home’s Scandinavian-inspired paper in soft, muted tones. You will also find storage solution with Ferm Living’s ‘Studio’. We discovered and loved Sew Heart Felt, animal rugs designed in England and hand crafted by women in rural Nepal, this brand is completely chemical-free, eco-friendly and organic. Don't miss the chic collection of party ware for your little one's garden party.
The Home & Décor collection at AlexandAlexa allows parents to access the cream of interior styling for kids without having to hit the high street. Their website is available now in both Arabic and English. www.alexandalexa.com/home-school

♥ Leila one of our favorite Lebanese restaurant has on ongoing competition at the moment. Simply take a photo of you enjoying your favorite Leila dish and upload it on our Facebook page. Leila and her team will then select their favorite photo to win a dinner for two at Leila Mirdif City Centre! Don't miss this occasion to try this amazing culinary experience. " Its friendly ambience is matched by its authentic traditional cooking – the kind of cooking that takes each and every diner back to the rural kitchen of the Lebanese grandma they may or may not have ever had. It is the perfect blend of contemporary comforts and traditional tastes." www.facebook.com/leilarestaurants

♥ You already know www.mamaknowsdubai.com, now introducing mamacademy from mamavents. Designed specifically for mums, mamacademy provides the opportunity to learn something different, in one off sampler sessions, without the hassle or expense of committing to a full course. Also an opportunity to socialise in the knowledge they are in the company of like minded women. I had a look at the schedule, it offers a great selection of activities like pole dancing, and photography, to sewing and Pilate's via the expert providers at venues across Dubai. Check out the new and unique concept in collaboration with www.thecurve-me.com. 

♥ Barbara Crouthamel is the founder of "Lovin My Bags by Barbara" the premier handbag spa that offers exclusive products and services exclusively for designer handbags. The company has created specific leather care products and services exclusively for your designer handbags. The promise is a customer care for your luxury leather pieces from cleaning services, stain removal, restoration, Water and Stain Proofing, Oil Extraction... You are sure to find a solution to your need. "Lovin My Bags by Barbara" boutique is located in Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah. www.lovinmybags.com

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Drink yourself beautiful with OCÓO


Let me tell you about OCÓO, The Beauty Drink. I was introduced to the world's first natural and functional Beauty Drink last week. A German innovation packaged in a sleek 100 % recyclable aluminum fusion bottle which contain
the world‘s most powerful & natural ingredients for effective beauty enhancement.

 OCÓO is proven to address the following beauty benefits: Anti-Aging ( Zinc and Selenium contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative damage),
Skin Care (Vitamin B3, Iodine and Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal skin), 
Collagen  (Vitamin C contributes to generation of collagen), Hair  (Copper contributes to normal hair pigmentation and Biotin to the maintenance of normal hair).

Too good to be true, can you really drink yourself beautiful?! I (would like to) think so! Unlike other beauty & skin care products which only function temporarily on the surface of the skin, OCÓO works from within by circulating through the blood, nourishing each cell with the vitamins & nutrients needed to enhance a natural glow from the inside out.

OCÓO taste really good, we loved the refreshing berry taste. Cranberry, Pomegranate, Red Grapes, Aronia, Black Currant & Acai, OCÓO's mix of exotic red and blue berries is a delicious blend containing a healthy dose of vitamins that are scientifically proven to rejuvenate from within, and promote healthy hair and skin, with only 48 calories per bottle. Might just be our new morning ritual.

To fully benefit from it's active ingredients, one serving daily is the recommended intake with visible results after only 6 to 8 weeks. Retailing at AED49, beauty comes at a cost. OCÓO is now available to order online with free delivery on www.ocoobeauty.com. OCÓO is currently served in Zuma Dubai, and retails in Galleries Lafayette, Dubai Mall and more location soon to be introduced.

While at Zuma, will I skip my favorite cocktail for a serving of OCÓO? Probably not! But I like the option. Will I spend AED49 daily on my beauty routine on top of my already extensive collection of cream and lotion? I might just do that on a detox/8 weeks program. Can't go wrong with all those super food ingredients! 



Sunday, May 5, 2013

A few things this week...

♥ Converse All-Star Wonder Woman shoes, super fun power. On amazon.com.

♥ The eclectic Arabic-themed boutique O' de rose in Umm Suqiem launched an initiative supporting emerging Emirati artistic talent. The collections of 16 up-and-coming Emirati designers is exhibited via pop-up shops in the lovely boutique. The campaign is named ‘Local on Board’ and supports a new generation of local creative talent by giving them a platform to shine. Some really pretty things, check it out before the end of month... For more on o’de rose and the ‘Local on Board’ initiative: www.o-derose.com.

♥ As part of the gastronomic delights experience this May at The Dubai Mall, Caboodle is joining the celebration with the launch of two special activities for the month of May – Mummy & Me Tea Party and Cookie Creations: Cookie Decorating. Both culinary activities are offered at special rates that come with a two-hour play pass on top of themed activities for the guests to enjoy. Cookie Creations: Cookie Decorating will be held every Saturdays from 10 am to 3pm, offering little wanna-be chefs unlimited cookie decorating activities for a special rate of AED 90 per child. And the Mummy & Me Tea Party is offered at a special rate of AED 135 for mum and child, with High Tea Tower snacks and refreshments, as well as exciting Tea Party activities, such as tea party hat decorating, dress up and, arts and crafts. www.caboodle.ae

♥ Looking for a cool gift for kids? Check out this clever scratch card world map. We love the idea of scratching off the places you have visited to revealed underneath facts about different countries and cities. Great fun and a learning tool, it's a winner in our book! www.sandypants.com

♥ I was introduce to a new "world wide innovation" in hair product: "uniq one, the first leave in spray on the market that offers the 10 main benefits that the hair needs." I was very appeal to a product that does it all. My high expectations were not quite met at first but, after a few usages, it seems to work and my hair got smoother, silkier and blow drying got easier. In the long run , I hope it will as promised protect and repair my long hair. The Uniq One All-in-One Treatment retails for AED 100 at numerous professional hair care salons.

♥ Easy recipe: Popsicle for breakfast! Banana dipped in yogurt and then rolled in Cheerios, popped in freezer... More ideas.

littlesouq.com online shopping experience provides moms a one-stop shop where they can get the best products for herself and her children. It is an online store created by moms for moms. Now not only online, Little Souq shop has just opened. Located in Al Wasl Square, by Safa Park.

Have a great week!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A pink surprise: GlamBOX

A surprise delivery... The GlamBOX experience for me to try!

You must have seen around or heard about GlamBOX. The pink beauty box delivered monthly to your house, filled with beauty goodies for you to try. The press coverage has been everywhere, and GlamBOX is a success. It allows subscribers to try out new products, rediscover all time favourites or experiment with expensive creams before committing to full price product. It's a fun and useful option for consumers stock in the over size choice of today's cosmetic market.

Thanks to GlamBOX, I had the opportunity to try products from Gatineau, something I would not even think about before. The Gatineau expertise and innovation come to a price. I was please to sample 5 of their products. My favorite was definitely, Gatineau DefiLIFT 3D Perfect Design Revolumising Lipcare. Applied over the lips, it kept them soft and hydrated the all day. Hopefully also a little bit more plump and defined... So it's a keeper.

Conclusion, I went and check out the product range and decided to invest in the Revolumising Lipcare and got GlamBOX subscription for a friend as a birthday present!

www.glambox.me
Special offer this month: Not a subscriber yet? Glambox is giving away a Free Travel Essentials Glampouch packed full of summer treats with every subscription all through May! www.facebook.com/GlamBoxME