Sunday, October 27, 2013

Glipmse into you: meet our readers

















About you...
Where are you originally from?
I’m half Iranian and half Sudanese and was born in San Francisco
and raised in Vancouver!

How long have you lived in Dubai?
I’ve lived in Dubai for 6 years and have loved every minute of it!

You are a very busy and successful entrepreneur, tell us a little about 
your businesses, fishfayce and moushii.com. 
fishyfayce was the first concept of its kind to launch in the region in 2010. The fishfayce 
digital photobooth is essentially a capsule that houses gadgets, gizmos, and software that 
enable those who interact with it to spontaneously and repetitively photograph themselves 
and others, on the fly. Guests step in front of fishfayce, frame their shot and click 
the remote. The pictures are stored digitally, and can be instantly projected on to any 
large surface. They can also be instantly printed as take-away mementos. 
Aside from the photo booth concept, we also offer; event photography and videography, 
fishfayce video booth, fishfayce animation; helping clients to customise their own videos, 
and fishfayce rovers; fishfaycers’ talented rovers blend into the crowd, taking great 
branded shots guests which can then be printed on the spot. In addition to this, fishfayce 
lite is a lighter version of the fishfayce photo booth; it offers clients an assortment of 
new filtering options, images and all at an affordable price, ideal for more intimate events 
and is perfect for kid’s birthday parities and celebrations. Finally fishfayce fishtogram, 
is a new and unique service that takes your one-of-a-kind instagram photos and prints 
them in the flesh and on the spot. 

As well as founding fishfayce, I am also co-founder of the online party shop Moushii.com
which I set up with my sister Zahra at the beginning of this year. Moushii is a one-stop-shop 
for all party necessities, to help people to celebrate life’s occasions. My sister and I came 
together to focus on offering individual customers and party/event planners unique party 
pieces that help to give every celebration a beautiful look and feel. Moushii provides 
consumers and planners with everything from all-inclusive party packs available to 
purchase off-the-rack, do-it-yourself party supplies and printables, right through to 
couture themes and personalised designs. 

Any business tips, advices or words of wisdom for aspiring woman 
entrepreneur out there?
Don’t stop being passionate about what you do. When your passionate about what you do, 
you’re on top of things, you’re programmed towards achievement. It’s incentive. When you 
see results, you work harder. Also there is plenty of support out there for start-ups you just 
have to search for it. I always try to stay as focused and organised as I can and really believe 
in work life balance  - “ don’t forget to step back and spend time with friends, family or 
even yourself - “ it helps to have balance.


About living in Dubai...
What inspire you in/ about Dubai?
Dubai and the UAE have played such a pivotal role in the success of fishfyace and now 
moushii too. What’s so great about living in Dubai is that you get to meet so many interesting, passionate and determined individuals and entrepreneurs that are in the same boat as you - 
“ facing the same challenges and enjoying working for themselves, and for something 
that they truly believe in.

Favorite thing to do in Dubai with the family?
Kite beach at the weekends when the weather is nice. Other than that I’m a huge fan 
of dinner parties at home or with friends. In fact at Moushii we are just in the process 
of launching a brand new ‘Come Dine with Me’ inspired dinner party pack for adults, 
so I can’t wait to try that out with friends, and get a little competitive in the kitchen! 

Do you have a Dubai secret to share with us?
Ostadi Iranian restaurant in Bur Dubai - “ they serve the best kebabs and delicious 
Iranian food.

Where would you go on a weekend getaway?
I’ve never been to Zighy Bay Resort but have heard great things from friends. 
That’s top of my list along with the Banyan Tree, Ras Al Khaimah. 


A little extra... 
Things you can't live without?
My husband and family for sure. They have all been extremely supportive over 
the years and I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without them. 

Do you have a beauty secret to share with us?
Not really a secret but I do have my favourite cult beauty products, which I always 
relay on to look fresh, these include; Chanel Foundation, cream blush, lip gloss 
and eye shadow. I’m also a big fan of YSL Touché Éclat, Diorshow Blackout
Mascara, Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser and Elizabeth Arden Beauty Flash Balm. 

How do you keep in shape, what's your healthy secret?
Physique 57 that is a barre based workout with intervals . They are based in Citywalk
in Jumeirah at the moment. I’ve been going there for several months now and can really 
feel the difference.

Do you have a life motto?
This quote says it perfectly. We are always focused on what won’t work and our fears 
that we forget about the positives. “Forget about all the reasons why something may
not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will."~ Dr. Robert Anthony 

Also, do what you love and do it well.




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mothercare surprise us!

After a Mothercare Media event yesterday, I am happy to say that Mothercare is stepping up a node! Something is happening in the style and marketing department within the brand. I was surprise to find more then the basic and classic items they usually offer. Some style and boldness came through in some really cool pieces.

The Baby K collection got inspiration in the world of retro to rock with a great use of colors like luxurious tones of gold, with a dash of vivid winter pink and cobalt blue for girls, and a mix of classic navy and bordeaux with a bright burst of autumn orange for the boys. Playful, practical and stylish! BabyK is a hit, creating an affordable and cool collection for kids.

Another surprise was the collaboration between two leading iconic British brands to create one amazing pram: The the Silver Cross Surf – Aston Martin Edition. Beautifully designed, the exclusive baby travel system is now available only at Mothercare. With Aston Martin detailing and Silver Cross design and experience, the award winning Silver Cross Surf has reached new heights. The Aston Martin marque features throughout this exquisite pram from the striking wheels through to the Alcantara lined seat pad to the super soft Italian leather trimmed handle and bumper bar. The Silver Cross air-ride suspension guarantees a smooth ride on all terrains and the multi-position handlebar ensures comfortable pushing for everyone. Only 800 of the model worldwide each with its own certificate of authenticity and an engraved brushed chrome plaque confirming that each pram is one of a kind. Feeling the love?! Yes its quite unique, stunning and so british! Love it.






Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Shopping idea: Pics 'n' Props for party


If you are hosting a halloween party, I recommande this really cool party kit from Hallmark that I saw today while browsing the shop. The set of props turn a little photoshoot into loads of fun and great memories for kids to cherish. The new line of Pics 'n' Props come with backdrops, thought bubbles, quirky accessories and chalkboards that can be updated with weekly, monthly or yearly milestones to hold during your photo shoots. I love the halloween scary-fun props pack but you can also find a birthday pack, wedding, baby pack, ...

Available at The Toy Store in Dubai, approx 185AED



What to do this weekend...



♥ StoryTime with Virgin and TimeoutKids, see here!

♥ Stellaween event at Stella McCartney store in The Dubai Mall. Stylish fun for kids. Friday, October 25 from 5pm to 7pm.

Ripe Markets are back this Saturday at The Courtyard in Al Quoz from 9am - 1pm.

♥ Cat and kitten adoption day at PoshPaws Animal Sanctuary, Saturday 26th from 9am to 5pm

♥ Join Bloomingdale's-Dubai in their Kidswear Department on the Second Floor for a spook-tacular afternoon of tricks and treats...and don't forget your costumes! Saturday 26th from 3pm
To RSVP for this event, follow this link: www.rsvp-invitation.com/trickortreat

Happy weekend everyone! Enjoy the beautiful season...



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nail polish for a cause

Mall of the Emirates has partnered with NStyle to produce a new limited edition nail polish named `Fashion Dome', a bright shade of red to match this season trends with a good cause in mind.

‘Fashion Dome’ nail polish was specially created for the charity campaign behind the notable Dubai Foundation for Women & Children, a non-profit shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, abuse and trafficking.

The glam polish is available across all NStyle outlets in the UAE with proceeds going towards the notable charity foundation.

You can also visit the NStyle Kiosk in Mall of the Emirates on selected dates from October - December each month where they will be offered free application of the Fashion Dome Nail Polish, along with a chance to win lots of free treatment vouchers from NStyle. 

NStyle Kiosk will be at Mall of the Emirates in the Central Galleria from 24-25 October, and in between Zara & Massimo Dutti on 21-23 November and 12-13 December.

Get the Fashion Dome Polish and extend your support to women and children! 


Some love for Dubai EXPO 2020

The excitement over the Expo 2020 host city announcement is growing. Just over a month until the representatives from the 167 member nations of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) cast their votes. We will know on November 27th if our amazing city is the official host of the World Expo, one of the most internationally renowned global exhibitions.

As you know, four cities have bid  for the world's fair in 2020: Dubai, UAE / Ekaterinburg, Russia /  Izmir, Turkey / Sao Paulo, Brazil. No matter the winer, it will be a first in the history of the World Expo. If Dubai or Izmir win, it will be the first Middle Eastern expo, or it can be the first Russian world's fair if Ekaterinburg wins or Sao Paulo victory would make it the first world's fair in South America. It's all very exciting. 

Have you seen "Ali’s Film"? It's a less then 5 minutes recap on Dubai and the expo 2020 through the eyes of 10 year old Emirati schoolboy Ali. He talks about ‘the greatest city in the world’, shows us some of the UAE’s most iconic landmarks, and answers the questions ‘Why Dubai?’ The video was produce has a boost to support the bid to host the expo. What do you think? 







Dubai is said to be a favorite in the nominees. Under the theme of "connecting minds, creating the future," Dubai aims to be winning city host. The proposed venue for the World Expo is located in Dubai World Central's exhibition district (Dubai Trade Centre - Jebel Ali) close to the Al Maktoum International Airport but also DWC's surrounding amenities and facilities to come. As a Dubai resident, a guest of many years, I wish Dubai the best of luck and sincerely hope it will be the winning city. I hope it will be a victory used wisely and a great event to showcases spectacular exhibitions, pavilions and cultural events by international organizations, businesses and nations from around the world. It's an opportunity to do something great and raise awareness toward many issues like sustainable development, global economy and the quality of life and so much more! Go Dubai!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

French goûter for kids... and you!

This is probably one the easiest and most kid friendly recipe ever. A 5 years old is "kind of" able to do it by herself with little supervision. We call it "gateau au yahourt", it's basically a simple yogurt cake that I sometime make on Saturday morning as a treat, served warm with butter and jam. Most french household makes (or use to) this kind of cake for "le goûter" (afternoon snack). It has pass on to generations because of it's simplicity and good taste...


You will need:
- 1 single plain yogurt pot like activia
keep the pot, it become your measurement for the recipe.
- 1 pot of yogurt
- 2 pots (or little less for my taste) of sugar
- 2 pots of flour
- 1 pot of vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- vanilla extract
- pinch of salt


Preheat oven 200°C
- Mix yogurt and sugar, then add the eggs, vanilla
- Add oil
- Add flour, baking powder and pinch of salt
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, and bake for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Serve warm with some butter and jam... just or plain with a cup of coffee. Enjoy, bon appetite!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A few things this week ...


♥ How cute is this idea for kids room! Cut out and put on top of the lamp shade to create a shadow. This neat Peter Pan idea has been seen a lot online recently but 
I don't seem to find the origin link to it.

♥ Japanese / Korean supermarket located on Sheik Zayed Rd next to Just Kidding. 
Great selection of japanese products. I came across innerB beauty drink, only 8Dhs!
Drink your self beautiful - read more here

♥ Have you been to Kids Connection playground in Wafi? Lots of fun for kids. 
Dhs35 to Dhs45 for two hours. 

♥ Are you planning your next holidays? Looking for vacation rental? 
Check out beautiful kidandcoe.com !
Kid & Coe is a vacation rental website featuring unique family friendly properties. 
Beautifully designed options, it will simplify modern family travel. A must!

Future Kids a new children’s learning centre first of its kind in the UAE,
with whole brain training program for children 6 month to 6 year old.
Learn more here

Build A Bear Workshop in Dubai Mall, launched make your own 
My Little Pony Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie. Gonna be a hit on every little princess list.

♥ Cute breakfast - Toasty bear.
Put a smile on your little one face next weekend.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Instaweekend


Great weekend!
Beach season is on and it's amazing. 
Morning in bed reading EmiratesWomen Mini magazine.
Fun at Adventure HQ wall climbing experience. Great fun!
xx



Friday, October 11, 2013

Launch Event Roberto Cavalli Junior




Mr Roberto Cavalli was in town for launch event of the ‘Roberto Cavalli Junior’ 
boutique in Dubai Mall. 

The well designed space represents the Roberto Cavalli Junior brand concept beautifully, 
using some decorative elements, which characterize the ‘Roberto Cavalli Junior’ brand. Loved the excessive use of leopard-print with some mother-of-pearl ivory finishings, 
shiny brass details and Swarovski crystals heart-shaped wall decor. 
Flamboyant, fun and glamourous, ... oh so Cavalli! Nothing to be disappointed with! 

Some really beautiful little girls outfits using floral patterns and animal prints in true Cavalli spirit.
Check out the collection here.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Halloween workshop at Caboodle


Luella had a fantastic afternoon at Caboodle today!

Don't miss the October’s special Halloween-Themed Workshops "Scary Mask Makers and 
Creepy T-Shirt Stamping". These workshops promise not only to keep the kids 
spooktacularly entertained, they will also encourage creativity in them 
with lots of crafting and imaginative activities! 

After some creative fun with paint, glitter and stamps, Luella enjoyed face painting 
and dressing up! 2 hours of great fun to get in the Halloween spirit! 

Scary Mask Makers on Wednesday, October 9, 16, 23 or 30, 2013 
Creepy T-Shirt Stamping on Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, or 26, 2013 
3:00 and 6:00 pm 
Caboodle Pamper & Play, The Dubai Mall
2hours of play for AED70
Check out facebook.com/caboodlepamperandplay for more info.


A special 30 Anniversary in the UAE - The Body Shop

Couple of days ago, I was very pleased to celebrate The Body Shop 30th anniversary of trading in the UAE. I grew up with The Body Shop, as a teenager I got my first eye make up from the brand. Lots of memories comes to mind when I look back. In 1995, when I arrived in Dubai with my parents, Dubai was not the shopping haven, it is now! The Body Shop store in Jumeirah was a beauty blessing for a teenager girl, a bit lost in the desert... I loved it! It's a family brand who appeal to different generations from mom to daughter.


The event celebrating The Body Shop 30 years achievement was hosted in their flagship store in Mall of The Emirates by Sultan Al Habtoor, Franchisee partner of The Body Shop in the UAE. The evening was also the occasion to launch the White Musk Smoky Rose Fragrance. A new signature fragrance based on the original iconic White Musk fragrance but this time the scent is more tantalising and floriental, an elegant and seductive approach created by the Sophie Labbé, the ‘nose’ behind the scent. I really enjoyed talking the the lovely Sophie, explaining with passion her take on the new fragrance, "fusion of bergamot, pink pepper and blackcurrant before rising to a floral-musky heart" and "bouquet of bittersweet tobacco flower and a unique black smoky rose accord is tempered by delicate orange flower".




The real emphasis should be put on the GOOD that stand for The Body Shop, the core values established by the brand. Pioneer of the time (70's) before organic and environment issues were some trendy marketing tools. 1/ The brand was already committed to reducing the impact on the environment by reducing the energy consumed and generating less waste and also changing attitudes around the world. 2/ The Body Shop source some of the finest raw ingredients from the four corners of the globe. They harness the skills of artisan farmers and add expertise to create effective products that are wonderful to use. They have 25 Community Fair Trade suppliers. 3/ All The Body Shop® products are certified by Cruelty Free International as meeting their Humane Cosmetics Standard. 4/ Ethical Trading is about brands, retailers and suppliers taking responsibility for the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell. It's about making sure that workers are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Those are just examples of the beautiful core values of the brand. Not to be forgotten and also incentive to the customer purchase.

The highlight of the evening was for me talking to Christina Archer about the Fair Trade suppliers of The Body Shop. This amazing lady had beautiful stories about places and people visited and deep passion for the Fair Trade process behind the brand. Very inspiring! And I love my personalized, engraved fragrance... A treat!






Tuesday, October 8, 2013

De La Mer Spa... an intimate spa retreat.

What a lovely morning yesterday... A real treat from De La Mer Spa, a boutique wellness spa located on Jumeirah Road, in beautiful a 14,000 square foot garden. The recently opened haven offers an array of facilities and treatments in a serene environment at very reasonable prices. Very convenient, this inviting sanctuary is a place to relax, get back in shape and get yourself all pampered, all under one roof! A one stop destination for busy moms on the go...


From a large repertoire of spa treatments (facials, massages, hammams, and hydro therapy), I decided to try VOYA Organic Lavender and Seaweed Sugar Glow Body Scrub Treatment. It's a unique experience, using VOYA brand, the world's first seaweed certified organic based product. I had a look at the range of products and the story behind it... "VOYA have used generations of acquired wisdom about the sea to bring you an organic beauty range designed to delight and purify your body. Based on our wonderful hand-harvested seaweed, certified organic and our knowledge of the local traditions of seaweed baths and seaweed treatments, we strive to bring you the full power of nature in its purest forms throughout our VOYA range." Absolutely one of my new favorite! The treatment itself was a real delight, sticky but so revitalizing. The very knowledgeable therapist explained to me the process and benefits. Very methodical with the scrub application, in a vigorous but luxurious way. A warm shower to rinse followed by an amazing massage with soothing body oil. My skin felt (still do) amazingly soft and glowy.



What makes De La Mer Spa so appealing to me is the intimate, very accessible, home away from home feel to it. I loved the serene non intimidating experience in very affordable but luxurious way. 

Guests can enjoy the private garden and pool area for the day, and practice outdoor yoga, it's a lovely way to unwind mommies! Or hire the VIP room for group of friends or a party and enjoy treatments, the Jacuzzi and relaxation with total privacy. So many possibility... ‘We want our members and guests to enjoy and treat the spa as if it’s their club. With all it has to offer we feel confident they can really benefit from the number of beauty, fitness and treatment options all under one roof. As the weather cools people are increasingly coming to enjoy the private space the garden offers; a real rarity in Dubai’, said spa owner, Moira Pirzad. 

Membership: a day pass to use the spa’s facilities (excluding treatments) is 80AED, and a monthly pass for the same is 300AED. The VOYA Organic Lavender and Seaweed Sugar Glow Body Scrub Treatment retail for AED300. Check out facebook.com/DeLaMerDubai for more details,  price list and special offers. The De La Mer Spa is a little Dubai gem.



Monday, October 7, 2013

New Generation of Skincare

It looks like, I have find my " magic cream"! You know the one you can rely on to cheer up your tired face in the morning, brighten up your complexion and protect you from the day ahead of you. Thanks to Dr Maurizio Viel's skincare line, I have a new beauty routine for my skin.

The London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery established in 1990 by brothers Doctors Maurizio and Roberto Viel, fully qualified surgeons with international certification in cosmetic surgery and Fellows of a number of renowned associations throughout Europe and the United States of America, is one of the top Centre for Aesthetic Surgery in Dubai. Providing "the highest standard of medical treatment with the aim of heightening the patients self esteem and inner confidence."


The Dr Viel Skincare Range, created by A-list dermatologists, offers new possibilities and hope in the anti aging world of skincare: “The biggest advance in dermatologist-created skincare products is that they now have a more direct link with the injections these professionals give. They contain ingredients …that mimic the effects you get from injectable fillers.”

I have been using Dr Viel's X118 Intense Hydrating Serum for three weeks and I am totally addicted to it! A fantastic oil-free moisture retaining lipid serum with Hyaluronic Acid. This tissue hydrating serum has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in moisture and is excellent for daily use to replace and lock in moisture. The main ingredient of hyaluronic acid is virtually unmatched in hydrating the skin because of its ability to retain water more effectively than any other natural substance. I can guaranty my skin appeares smoother, softer with more elasticity. The serum promise to prevent and revserse the skin's ageing process. The application is a real pleasure, like applying a very delicate and fast absorbing kind of oil to your face. The skin is imidiatly softer and firmer.

Also available Tinted Moisturisers X155, oil-free tinted moisturiser with total protection sunscreen that provides maximum protection against UVA and UVB rays. The tinted pigmentation provides sheer coverage for beautiful skin. The oil-free tinted moisturiser combines both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide a physical barrier between UV rays and skin thereby producing the greatest defense against sun damage. You feel like you are safe to face the day and the powerful and damaging Dubai sunlight.  I have been using it now and then during my morning routine, as sheer foundation, when I feel I need some coverage as it definately provides an even skin tone effect.

Overall a fantastic and very "intelligent" line of skincare created by trusted dermatologists and surgeons. Visit www.lcas.com to know more about Dr Viel Skincare Range available only through LCAS

London Center For Aesthetic Surgery
+971 4-375 2393
Gulf@LCAS.com






Saturday, October 5, 2013

Some Halloween love from h&m




Love this time of the year and love H&M... Look at at what's happening this fall in store... A very cool collection of Halloween costumes inspired by 18th century masquerade, includes boys and girls Halloween costumes such as: a Marie Antoinette dress, a mermaid costume, a pirate costume and black and white Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice look alike. Super cute!

The best part, H&M will be donating 25 percent of all retail sales from this fall’s All for Children collection in order to help UNICEF provide for children in Dhaka, Bangladesh with better access to education and basic rights. Check out www.unicefusa.org for more info.















Thursday, October 3, 2013

Let's get in the spooky mood already...



Halloween is just a few weeks away and stores are stocking up already on the festive items! From Park'nShop, Carrefour, Diso and Fida in Satwa... you can find pretty much anything you need to decorate the house, make costumes or find party tricks and treats... I am loving this time of the year.

What will you dress up as this year?! Luella has a very girly habit of choosing character book, princess or mermaid costumes. This year she picked a witch! But a PRETTY witch as she puts it. So will have to come up with some ideas... should not be too much of a challenge.

To get in the party mood check out lil'luna blog for DIY costumes ideas. You can also visit Caboodle at Dubai Mall for some Halloween arts&craft, Scary Mask Makers Workshop is on every Wednesday of October, 3 to 7 pm. The list of Halloween parties for kids around Dubai is long! Pretty much every playground is launching it's party from Mini Monsters, Favourite Things, Super Dooper ... Make sure to visit www.timeoutdubai.com/kids this month for all the listing.

More Halloween ideas check our previous posts...



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cosy up with some comforting but healthy hot drinks



I know temperature are not dropping that much that I am in need to warm up than with a piping hot mug of cocoa! It's just that recently I felt like getting cosy with some "sweet cuppa love". The only problem is that the calories, fat, and sugar can add up quickly and make it a bit of an healthy food choice. Here's selection of recipes that take in consideration health benefits and nutritional profile.



Coconut Hot Chocolate from www.thegraciouspantry.com

Almond Milk from www.indawagner.net

Homemade Chai from www.wholeliving.com

Ginger, Honey, Lemon remedy from http://www.abeachcottage.com




Mango kids

Not sure how I missed out on the news but MANGO has launched it's kids line other the summer! The spanish brand now cater for children aged 3 to 12. Cool and fun selection of stylish classic pieces for boys and girls. You can even find some of its best-selling women’s pieces in child-friendly "mini me" size.





Here’s a preview of their F/W 14 - great styling!