Monday, September 30, 2013

Pets Make Better Kids, a message from Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre

Today, I would like to share this message from Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre (RAKAWC) about "Pets Make Better Kids". From my experience I truly believe in it... If you are considaring adopting a pet please read more... 

" October 1, 2013 marks the beginning of Adoption month at Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre (RAKAWC). While adopting a pet can offer animals a second chance at a better life, research also shows that having a pet can improve your child’s social, emotional and physical development. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably experienced those big pleading eyes looking up and begging “can we take it home?” Whether it’s a puppy, kitten or hamster, kids just want a friend to play with. Smart parents know that getting a pet is a lifelong commitment to the animal and requires patience, effort and time. It’s a decision that takes a great deal of thought. If you have ever thought of adopting a pet, here are some facts that may encourage you to take the plunge:

♥ Kids with pets get outside more and enjoy all the associated health benefits. They enjoy walks, runs and play, maybe even dog paddling with their furry friend.

♥ The focus of family activities can often be centered on the pet, helping families to grow closer. Sharing the love and care of a family pet also forges an additional common bond among siblings.

♥ At school having a pet gives children something to talk about and a shared interest with other kids.

♥ Children who grow up with pets have less risk of developing allergies and asthma.

♥ Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility and discipline.

♥ Nurturing a pet is a more acceptable way for boys to ‘parent play’ and practice being caregivers.

♥ Emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet.

♥ A pet offers a special kind of companionship for children. It is a nonjudgmental pal with paws who they can turn to.

♥ Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. They are also more likely to interpret non verbal communication and body language correctly.

♥ Caring for a pet fosters empathy in children and adults alike and cuddling a pet reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.

♥ Pets often also offer children the first lessons of the life cycle: birth, reproduction, illness, accidents and death.

Ellen Quanjer, Centre Manager at RAKAWC: “A pet can never be the sole responsibility of a child. They are not mature enough to take care of the pet alone and to be pack leaders in the case of dogs, but they can certainly help with feeding, grooming, playing and walking.”

“Children should always be made aware of the seriousness of the commitment of adopting an animal. Anyone who takes an animal from us should take it for life, so always do your research and make sure it’s definitely what the whole family wants, not just the kids”.

During adoption month all new adopters at RAKAWC will receive a voucher for one free grooming session as well as an additional 20% discount on our vet subscription package.
The cats and dogs at RAKAWC are all vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and registered. All the animals undergo a behavior assessment and are socialized with people and other dogs or cats. Dogs also undergo a basic obedience course. If you would like to adopt a furry friend or find out more visit www.rakawc.com or contact Jenna on 0504321873 or info@rakawc.com.


Classic revisited: Christian Lacroix + Petit Bateau



A new collaboration is about to hit the shopping sphere... Christian Lacroix + Petit Bateau. + Palais Garnier opera house, a mini capsule collection for women and their "mini me". It’s part of a five-piece mini collection that comprises a striped dress, skirt and top for women and an equally adorable mini-Breton top and dress for girls, inspired by – in the words of Monsieur Lacroix himself – ‘a combination of little boats, the sea and fresh air, the Palais Garnier opera house, the ballet and operatic arias’.

I always loved little breton t-shirts, a classic white and navy cotton stripes top. This time Lacroix has injected his famous touch of colour with new shades of purple, coral, fuchsia, and a touch of gold, as well as pretty velvet bows.

Available from 6 December 2013, in a selection of Petit Bateau stores, on www.petit-bateau.fr and at the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris. It's perfect gift idea for Christmas and New Year, a mixture of summer and winter, with a magnificent theatre as a gift box.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

♥ Marant for H&M ♥

I have been very excited about the H&M collaboration with Isabel Marant since its announcement! Now the first images of the collection are now available online! It looks true to the Isabel Marant brand and will definately be a success! Love the textures and paterns mixture, the printed jeans, fringy boots, sequins pants, embellished jacket all very Marant! Very Parisian cool, glamour with a rock 'n' roll edge.
Check out some of the images from the look book featuring some big names modeling the looks: Milla Jovovich, Alek Wek, Lou Doillon, and Malgosia Bela.

Says Marant: 'I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality.'






On my wish list!
The collection hits the stores on November 14!
As well as women's and teenger's lines, Marant is making her first try into menswear
with the project. Exciting!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Comedy Club with a punch!

Looking for a date night idea!? I suggest Punchline Comedy Club, a really cool stand-up comedy show brought to the Dubai crowd by Urban Event. Hubby and I had a good laugh and really enjoyed the performance. The place was packed with a great bunch of people from couples, to groups of friends, to after work colleagues, ... We enjoyed the show at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, you can also pick from other locations like Emirates Golf Course, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Hilton Al Ain or Sharjah Rugby Club. Show starts at 9pm, arrive earlier to secure a good sit and grab some food and drinks.

Punchline’s live performances have reached major locations including Shanghai, Bangkok, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vietnam... and, of course, all over the GCC. It's already a big success and here to stay! Each month the line up is different, this September featured three top class witty comedians John Lenahan, Simon Bligh and Fox Klein. All very good and punchy!

Check out facebook.com/punchlinemiddleeast line up and schedule for October.
Tickets can be purchased from Urban Events and Time Out Tickets, so hurry now to avoid disappointment! Visit www.timeouttickets.com or www.urbanevents.ae

Tickets are priced at AED 200 inclusive of food at Emirates Golf Course; AED 150 at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Sharjah Rugby Club and Abu Dhabi Golf Club shows, exclusive of food. The new lineup  and dates will be released very soon keep an eye on facebook.com/punchlinemiddleeast


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A few things this week...



♥ Something I will be cooking this week. The yummy looking Spanish Fish and Chorizo Soup from Jamie Oliver

♥ Very cute decor idea : Branch Swing Shelves for all the cuddly toys. Bringing the outdoor in! Sweet!

♥ There is a new fresh, seasonal, local organic shopping option available. The Farm House offers products from the local farms directly to people - vegetables, fruits, meats dairy, eggs and chickens. Check out The Farm House Souk Al Manzil, Down Town Dubai Welcomes you every day from 8 am until 10 pm.

♥ Boost your energy  - Tips for your Perfect Day of Eating. 

momsouq.com, the moms online bazaar and community is organizing for the second year, Cardboard Challenge in Dubai. A perfect family project to get crafty, imaginative and have fun! October 5th Cardboard Challenge Day is part of the Imagination Foundation's 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge - inspired by 'Caine's Arcade " which invites kids from all around the world show their imagination and talent by creating their favorite game out of cardboard." To know more on this really cool event visit 

♥ Here's a list of 25 ideas to simplify your life from thedailybuzz.com

images from online, websites described above.


Monday, September 23, 2013

This Dude Knows Food




There is a Dude in town that knows how to cook! This new online lifestyle show is all about healthy, quick, and delicious food on the go. The Concept is the brainchild of UAE based Chef and International Model Paul Frangie. What we like about it.... the really cute and charismatic Chef and his passion for food while keeping in mind a healthy lifestyle. 

This season show or  online videos will start on October the 8th; with 6 episodes airing online two weeks apart. Each episode will feature a meal, snack, or dessert - with top tips and skills.
Check it out and get ready to be hungry... 




Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ossigeno, big bite of Italy for food lover




Last week, I was not feeling well and missed out on the launch of Ossigeno, the stylish Italian restaurant in Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa. I sent my little spies, my guest bloggers J and K to check it out for us… Not disappointed, the lovely ladies loved it!

They experienced the new menu from Italian Chef Amedeo, who has created an impressive sharing menu, featuring a range of dishes which embrace the flavours and simplicity of authentic Italian cuisine.

From refreshing Aperol Spritzer or Proseco with antipasti  designed as sharing dishes. Embracing the true Italian style of family dining and allowing guests to enjoy as many tastes of Italy as possible. It's a great way to get into the food in a very friendly manner.

Main dishes are also very appealing like Double Boned Lamb Chops with Vegetable Caponata, Fish Stew “Livornese Style” with Tomato, Garlic, Chilli and Vegetables as well as the Spice Marinated Grilled Prawns with Fennel, Broccoli and Orange Salad. Probably my choice would go for the Homemade Pasta with Lobster, Chili, Parsley, Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes or the Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms and Black Truffle Sauce, For pizza lover, no worries, the menu offer some nice options like Norma pizza with tomato sauce, eggplant, mozzarella salted ricotta, basil and olive oil.

Let's not forget desert like Limoncello Tart with Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate Drops. Heard it was a successful delightful little bite. The tiramisu might be the only downer but my little spy is tiramisu pro, so expectation are high! :)

I will go make a point to go myself and try out the Ossigenos’ brand new fresh and exciting sharing menu.

Ossigeno is open 7pm – 12 midnight daily and is closed on Saturday. To find out more and for restaurant reservations please call 04 316 5550. For further information visit: Ossigeno-dubai.com 


Friday, September 20, 2013

Crazy Glow in the dark 18-hole miniature golf



Looking for something to do this weekend? A family time, just a bit different... head down to Wafi mall for a game of mini golf. This really cool glow in the dark miniature golf with a space and aliens theme is a perfect attraction for family fun, birthday party or corporate event.

The staff will set you up with putter, glow in the dark ball and the rules. It's great fun and challenging, thanks to the obstacles, divots, bunkers and weird meteorite or alien's foot in the way... Each hole is different and miniature golfers of all ages and abilities find it entertaining. The dark environment, music, fun light and challenging fun game makes it a top family entertainment and amusement facility.

It’s Dhs.75 per person or Dhs.65 per person if there’s three or more players. There is package available with extra activities like face painting and sand art available as well. Check out the tournament on offer and their special offer. www.teeandputt.com and www.facebook.com/minigolfdubai


Thursday, September 19, 2013

On set with Johnson's

The two adorable little models, Talia Itani and Jan Abou Chacra are camera shy but not for long.


The camera crew and presenter from MBC TV Manal Arekat getting the job done.


Two lovely hair Stylists from super indoor play and pamper, caboodle, working on set today.


Luella enjoying life behind the scene... watching the action roll on and happy for 
her Johnson's goody bag!


The show is called Sabah Al Kheir Ya Arab on MBC and it will air on September 22.
Insider tips on haircare suitable for children, such as the new range from Johnson’s Baby, which features ‘no tangles’ shampoos, spray and leave in conditioners, especially formulated for children hair, so they’re gentle, mild and effective.




Love from sunny LA



Last week, I experienced some NCLA love. Some sweet pampering from sunny LA, thanks to the expose-communications team. Crazy fabulous nail wraps art is a totally easy and very creative way to wear your nails. Easy to apply, ultra-thin and long lasting you will love all the possibilities. The brand is truly inspired by it's origins in California, fresh, fun, sunny, young and wild at heart. The high quality product line also include luxury nail lacquers, all formulas are 100% free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor.... all those bad toxins you want to have nothing to do with! And it's non tested on animal! High shine and chip resistant, it's our new favorite!



NCLA retails at West LA, Sunset Mall, Belle Femme Salon and Etoile La Boutique.
The nail wraps arepriced at 75Dhs and the nail Laquers are priced at 70Dhs.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Style & Crafts at Apple Seeds with local super star Tala Samman



Oh I wish I was 13 again... This is a really cool event for the little fashionistas out there. The beautiful and very talented fashion, style and socialist blogger Tala Samman ( Nominated for EW woman of the year this month) is launching with Apple Seeds Dubai a Style and Crafts workshop. All about finding your style, learning about culture, use of colors, making moodboards, and so much more. Here's the chance for your little miss to graduate with a "Style & Craft" certificate.

To register your daughter, contact talasamman@myfashdiary.com or hello@appleseedsdubai.com


Shopping made easier with Beam Wallet

There is a new must in town! Beam the mobile App that changes the way you pay. It's a mobile wallet service which allows you to pay and manage your receipts all on your smartphone. Imagine, payments made by mobile phones as an alternative to cash, credit or debit cards. User friendly and safe, Beam Wallet will change your shopping experience. What makes the process so appeal to customers is also the rewards and exclusive offers you get by using Beam.

Those rewards are gonna be the sugar on your sweet shopping experience. You will be able to collect credits (free credits can be gifted to you by stores), earn credits (credits you receive just by paying with Beam) or buy credits (stores often offer you discounted credits, for example you can buy AED 200 of credit for AED 180 only. So you save AED 20). This is how you accumulate and store credit in your Beam Wallet until you want to use it. Fantastically easy and definitely good value for money.

Beam Wallet, is available in over 300 outlets in the UAE. From Tim Hortons coffee shops, Subway, Cold Stone Creamery, select Géant and Al Maya supermarkets, Aldo, Nine West, Borders, Vox Cinema.... and the list goes on. View all the promotions available and all shopping outlets and restaurants across Dubai offering Beam Wallet as a mode of payment on www.beamwallet.com or Facebook




Some examples of very attractive offers previously available on Beam Wallet. 
Check out www.beamwallet.com/how-it-works to get started and enjoy your smart shopping!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Voted! I have cast my votes for the EW of the year, did you?


Did you vote yet!? From humanitarians, visionaries, artists and achievers, 21 women have made it to the ninth Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year nominee list.
Have look, get inspired and vote!

You have until September 30th to vote for for your Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year.


Monday, September 16, 2013

This week on Dubai our Sandbox Instagram



What are we up to? 

We were invited to play at MasterChef trying out the new menu available at The Noodle house. 

 I am getting addicted to the anti-aging skin care line from Dr Viel from London Center of Asthetic Surgery - watch this space for a product review. 

 We collected boxes at Radisson Royal Dubai for The Box Appeal campaign. 
Just like last year (see blog post), we will feel up the boxes with essentials, which will be distributed across the region to the one most in need. 

Making smoothies for breakfast, clean healthy eating for a morning boost.

Glimpse into you: Meet our readers

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Totally OTT and we love it!

I am more on the 'minimal kinda girl' side but sometime you need something flashy, to pop and be totally other the top for the fun of it! OTT is the funky fabulous brand that do just that!



OTT launched with a bang in summer 2005 when two ‘hyper charged’ best friends began collaborating and designing T-SHIRTS as a hobby in Starbucks. Through their nomadic childhood between the Gulf and Europe and their blend of Eastern heritage with personal eccentric expression, a passion to create clothes defined by sophisticated luxury resulted.

I think the name or acronym Over The Top is a perfect expression of it's fabulously eccentricity. I love the mix of style, mix of bright colors and eccentric patterns in a luxurious way. All very vibrant!

From 2007 OTT has launched collections seasonally in Paris. Through high demand and continued credibility OTT is stocked within respected stores and premium boutiques worldwide. Recently OTT has launched OTT cupcakes, a capsule collection for kids. Great gift idea for someone special from someone cool with an edge. Those adorable bodysuits retails for AED85. Check out OTT in Bloomingdale, S*uce and on their facebook page!




Saturday, September 14, 2013

‘Back to School Boxes’ to help student in need

Deira & Mirdif City Centre partner with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority to provide school essentials for students in need. The two malls have partnered with Dubai’s education regulator, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to give shoppers the opportunity to donate boxes of stationery and school supplies to needy children in the UAE and abroad.

From September 16th-22nd, at the Metro Link at Deira City Centre, shoppers can collect empty ‘Back to School Boxes’ complete with a checklist of items, such as lunch boxes, colouring pencils and paints, pens, rulers, geometry sets and folders, as suggestions for donations. Boxes are labelled into three groups: kindergarten, primary and secondary.

Once filled and returned, the ‘Back to School Boxes’ will be distributed to families and students in need by KHDA and the Department of Islamic Affairs. With an aim to collect 5,000 boxes, Deira and Mirdif City Centres are doing their part in helping to promote equal opportunity for the world’s future scholars.

A great initiative to help students less fortunate and a chance to teach our children about charity and the beauty of helping the ones in need. For more info check out For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/DeiraCityCentre  and www.facebook.com/MirdifCityCentre 



Friday, September 13, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Some cool stuff...



Lovely event yesterday in DIFC, a press day organized by the lovely Expose-Communications team showcasing some really cool brands! I discovered new labels and find out more about some other ones. I can't wait to share with you those little treasures like OTT the funky fabulous fashion brand, NCLA fab nail polish from sunny LA,  MrandMrs8 cool sneakers, AVEEM chocolate treats, Garderobe super vintage boutique and so much more... Watch this space!



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Meet the "DustBuster" from The Healthy Home

Super excited to share with you our experience with The Healthy Home® team today! The very professional and friendly crew arrived well equipped with two machines, ready to give our mattresses a real spa treatment. It took around 40 min for them to do Luella and our mattress with duvet covers and pillows. Very efficient! The cost for king bed with cover and cushions is AED350 and AED150 for a child bed.

The Healthy Home® provides a deep cleaning and sanitizing treatment to get reed off dust mites and all sort of impurities in your mattresses but also carpets, rugs, upholstery, window curtains and even soft toys. Medically proven, the dry and chemical-free sanitizing treatment is a very effective method.
 



So what's the process? First the team used a specialized industrial-strength pulsating vacuum device that provides extreme vibration and suction to both sides of the mattress, removing dust particles, fungal spores and other debris. This machine has 11 times the suction power of your regular off-the-shelf product. Then, it's time to proceed with the sanitizing device remUVe®, the world first technology in Mattress UVc sanitization. It uses powerful Ultra Violet light to destroy DNA, eliminating any remaining dust mites, bacteria, mould and other pathogens, leaving the mattress 100% sanitized. UV light mirrors the natural outdoor purification system of the sun. The The Healthy Home® exclusive sanitization guarantee the total removal of particles containing dead skin, dust mites, hair, food,.. Ok, it's been gross but a demonstration will convince you.

“The Healthy Home® is the only company using remUVe® device in the Middle East”. For a free demonstration to show you the amount of impurities in your mattress, book a time at www.thehealthyhome.me, then you can decide to proceed and start living in a cleaner and healthier breathing environment. It might just be the solution for many potential serious illnesses such as: Asthma, Bronchitis, Conjunctivitis, Eczema, Rhinitis (Hay Fever), Sinusitis (Sinus Congestion).

Highly recommended. We were sold! And look forward to have our carpets done as well! 






Saturday, September 7, 2013

THE One Fusion is into kids

If you are looking for cool gifts for kids, something different, I suggest a trip the the really stunning concept store The One Fusion, located near junction 3 on Sheikh Zayed Road. A mix of fun, well design and unique kids toys and objects to please the little ones... and their mommies. We ♥ the rag dolls and the stylish wooden toy from Playsam.

The "home theater" to get inspired by, also showcase a collection of home furniture and decor for children room. www.theone.com Happy Shopping!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Something "Fraiche" to try in JLT

This week, I ventured all the way down to JLT, out of my "comfort zone" for the launch of Fraiche.
The newly opened Café and Bistro is a good mix of Brooklyn warehouse vibe withe french Parisian twist. But it's actually French-Canadian. Loved the brick wall, industrial lights and simple no fuss wooden seating creating a warm atmosphere.
We were served a sample of canapes representative of the menu like Charnwood Smoked Cheddar serve with home-made tomato chutney, roasted chicken breast with cranberry, risotto in Parmesan wraps, all very tasty. On the menu you can find a selection of starters, salads, sandwiches, mains and sides. I would love to try the beetroot carpaccio, ox cheek cottage pie, the crepes suzette and and lemon meringue specially. I think, the success behind Fraiche will be in the home-cooked feel with a twist. Another good breakfast and lunch option to the Dubai scene. I look forward to come back to try out the breakfast on a Friday.

Fraiche Café & Bistro is located at Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lake Towers, ground level.
Open daily 8am to 10pm. facebook.com/FraicheCafe
photo from my iPhone and Fraiche Cafe & Bistro


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New app in town : Appy Animal

Totally impressed with the work of the team behind Growl Media Ltd. Dubai based they have developed some cool apps for children. They are on a mission to help kids have fun while they explore cultures and learn languages. Thanks to the app developers and story tellers, Appy Animal is a cool tool for kids to play and learn languages like arabic and hindi. We liked the sweet design and animal kingdom adventure theme. Have a look, it's available on iTunes and it's free!


We ♥ September: time for new healthy routine



At this time of the year, I am all work up on fixing the house, eating healthy and starting my fitness routine again... Hope the September buzz doesn't fizzle out too quickly! 

To start up my "wellness journey", I will be inspired by simplegreensmoothies.com. Have a look, it's full of infos on colorful smoothies packed full of leafy greens, fresh fruits and hydrating liquids that keep you nourished. I need all the antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals I can get.

To keep it up, I will be looking up daily on instagram at healthyfoodandexercise and fitfluential_AE. There is so much on the social media platform to get inspired by. And in my shopping trolley, I will make sure to add chia seeds, acai berries, available at Organic Foods And Cafe. And on monday I will start my yoga routine again, twice a week at yogalatesblissindubai.com. Happy September everyone!