Thursday, December 11, 2014

A little help from … SPANX.

The holiday season is party season… and a high light in women calendar. It's a fun time to play dress up and glam up! If you have already find your party outfits or the perfect LBD, it's great! But you must know that what you wear under your dress is as important, than the dress itself? The most amazing frock need the best underwear to show it off to its best effect. No one wants to see unflattering bumps or irritating lines.

What's your best option? SPANX, a favorite shape wear to smooth muffin tops, cinches in your waist, avoids the dreaded visible panty line and create a seamless figure. I have been hearing about SPANX for years but I have been, up to now, SPANX virgin. I needed an initiation into the world of shape wear.  And apparently there is no shame, with plenty of A-listers proudly declaring their allegiance to the brand. SPANX has become a cool brand with a sense of humor : “Don’t worry, we’ve got your butt covered!” The slogan paints the picture of a company that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and this is probably the main reason people aren’t ashamed to admit wearing shape wear anymore.

With a little help from K-Lynn shop, at MOE, I picked up three of the new best sellers: Haute Contour® Shorty, Haute Contour® Tights and Trust Your Thinstincts® Booty Bra, with the promess to feel more comfortable and confident in my newly bought sequins pencil skirt. Some before and after.

Haute Contour® Shorty (price: 195AED)
It's the solution to slim all around your mid section, perfect for the short dress. The shorty stay puts and hidden no matter your hemline. The belly bandeau flatten the tummy while remaining completely invisible under clothes. Very soft fabric, super comfortable yet supportive, and it really does nip and tuck you in. I think it also give a little boost to your derriere, just enough to add some oomph. It's a SPANX staple, a safe buy for your wardrobe to use on any occasion.

Haute Contour® Tights (price: 220AED) 
If you are looking to invest in a really good pair of stockings, you no longer need to look. Living in Dubai, I hardly buy any tights, and if I do, I would get M&S or H&M, nothing fancy. Well, I will no longer go back to inexpensive tights… I am hooked on those " luxury hosiery ". What a difference… a little magic for your legs. Soft and flattering they enhance your legs and slim your waist with a No-Show Belly Bandeau. A worthy investment.

Trust Your Thinstincts® Booty Bra (price: 315AED)
It’s a bra…for your butt! With a tag line like this : “You won’t believe these buns are real!” I could not wait to try it on. Kind of a little secret you want to keep behind closed door and definitely out of hubby's sight. This bra for the butt is constructed with a microfiber panel that is supposed to flatten the tummy and a non-compression fabric along the backside to keep your posterior perky! It's a little lift to the backside area. It's not a miracle for your bum but it definitely help - creating a round, smooth and cheeky derriere.

Feeling ready to squeeze into my little party outfit and enjoy the night… Now, would you like to get yourself some SPANX goodies? K-Lynn and Dubai our Sandbox teamed up to bring you the chance to win those three shape wear staples from SPANX. It's a fantastic prize! We are so excited to share this competition with you… don't miss out.

For your chance to win Haute Contour® Shorty, Haute Contour® Tights and, Trust Your Thinstincts® Booty Bra all you need to do is:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page
2/ Share the contest post with your friends on Facebook
3/ Leave a comment with "DONE" on Facebook
4/ Follow K-Lynn and Dubai our Sandbox on Facebook

Winners will be announced via Facebook on Monday December 15th. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Festive Market and Brunch for two to win!!

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas… so many markets, events and parties happening. We are loving this time of the year. 

Something for the weekend: This Saturday, check out Urban Bistro in Media City. Santa and the sounds of Christmas will be there celebrating the holidays at their intimate Xmas market. Enjoy the chef's special mince pies and signature festive drinks, and just as the sun dips they will bring the tree to life. 

Market vendors include tasty treats, crafts and festive goodies, and there will be activities and face painting for the kids.

Date: Saturday, 13 December 2014
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Venue: CNN Building 2, Media City 

For your chance to win a Friday Brunch for two at Urban Bistro, all you need to do is:
1/ "Like" the competition post on Dubai our SandboxFacebook page
2/ Share the contest post with your friends on Facebook
3/ Leave a comment with "DONE" on Facebook
4/ Follow Urban Bistro and Dubai our Sandbox on Facebook

Winners will be announced via Facebook on Sunday December 14th. 
Terms & Conditions: Valid until 31 January 2014, Not in conjunction with any other offer.
Good luck!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Party planning made easy

Luella's 6th birthday is coming up. It's always exciting to organize a party but it can also be time consuming and frustrating. Dubai offers many great locations to host a birthday bash and there is a long list of party planners and suppliers to help you organize the perfect celebration.

mood board: Pinterest images

I came across Sweet Life Parties, a stylish one-stop-shop for all your party need. A friendly and professional event planner providing unique ideas for children parties. The list of party themes is sure to please and suit every children from Ballerina, Mermaid, Pirates, Circus, Jungle, Disney, Ferrari and so much more.

I look forward to work with Sweet Life to create a birthday party full of wonderful memories to cherish for years. I trust that with their help, I will be able to put together a relatively stress free event. Thanks to their experience, Sweet Life knows how to take care of all aspects for busy parents to take away the stress of organizing and preparing for the special day. Watch this space more updates on the party planning AND THE PARTY itself. Can't wait!

Tips for a successful birthday party: Preparing for the party, choosing the theme, decoration, activities and the food should be half the fun. From big elaborate bash to small gathering, what's important for your child is to feel special. Taking your child's age into account when making your plans will help ensure a successful day. For a 6 years old, friends becomes increasingly important, parties take on greater meaning. Start planning early…

♥ Pick a theme: It helps to narrow the set up and aesthetic, from invitations, decorations, location and even the menu. Choose a theme that suits your child personality and taste. For an adventurous child, a pirate party with a treasure hunt or for an athletic child a baseball or football party, ensure that her birthday party represents her interests. Be creative!

♥ Guest list: If possible make sure your child's best friends are free before you set the date. Choose your number, the whole class or close friends only. Discuss with your child what will work best for you and the family. Invite can be designed online and sent via email. or Nice and easy!

♥ Entertaining the guests: You can hire some help from face painters, balloon artists and magicians, but really you don't have too spend too much money on entertainment! Games, activities and crafts can help keep kids occupied. Kids will also enjoy more simple activities like art&craft, creating bracelets using beads, bubbles, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, music games… 

♥ When you send invitations to your child friends, be clear about what time the party begins and ends. Early afternoon parties are ideal for young children and should last for around two hours, enough time for kids to play games and have snack and cake.

♥ Food and drink: If you can, home made cake are special and thoughtful. Make a cake that matches your child's interests. They love cakes with imaginative designs. If the party theme is trucks, clean up a few of your child's toy trucks and place them around the cake in brown icing so that they appear muddy. If your theme is crawling creatures, decorate the cake with gummy worms, and use green and brown icings to depict grass and dirt. For a princess create a pretty cake featuring toy lipstick and a mini purse or whatever little props you might have… fun and creative. Don't worry if the cake looks less than perfect, chances are your 6-year-old won't notice. But make sure it tastes good.
You can use a cater but it's also nice and easy to prepare snack yourself. You can find plenty of inspiring recipes online or use pre-pack treats from the store. Serve the snacks in creative containers, like individual boxes or baskets (Daiso for inexpensive options).

♥ Party favors: Trinkets and candy are popular but you can think out of the box and give out a single more substantial favor, such as a book or find a matching item from your theme party like a teacup for a tea party, or flash light for an adventure themed bash.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

#UnitedBloggersofBenetton - Kids Winter 14

I am totally honoured to be part of #unitedbloggersofbenetton again this season! Benetton is truly a family brand: authentic, classic, and quality at democratic prices. I remember as a child wearing Benetton, and I am happy now as a mother to bring up Luella into the Benetton brand. She like I did can learn to embrace their colors, contemporary cuts and quality materials.

This season, United Colors of Benetton and sister brand Sisley offer a large selection of cool and practical clothes for boys and girls. We picked some playful and urban outfits for your winter in Dubai. From ultra washed denim pants, jeans with patches, printed sweatshirts with "cool American mood", padded jackets, plaid flannel shirts, hats with with numbers and pom pom and a “handmade” effect, stars and trips and some touch of sequins and glitter for the girls, you are sure to find something to match their style. Get into a retro 90's touch with the high top sneakers and high leather boots. So much to choose from...

Thank you Benetton for the opportunity to style this blog feature and huge thumbs up to Aleks and Luella for the "hardwork" as little models. Special thanks to Katarina for your help and high spirit. To see more of the Collection visit Benetton stores across the UAE.

Friday, December 5, 2014

FROZEN magical wonderland at Ski Dubai

There is a new attraction in town, just in time for the festive season! Ski Dubai and Disney have collaborate to create a new Frozen experience for children to enjoy. A magical Frozen setting within Ski Dubai, from traditional Nordic chalets, market stalls, workshops, snowman-building, sing-along, face painting, story tailing and more attractions. Come and play in the Snow park and enjoy the Frozen themed environment. The Disney hit fairy tale is brought to life for children entertainment. A winter wonderland for the little one and a great way to get into the festive mood this holiday season.

We had a lovely morning at the launch this week. Luella and I along some media, school and family got to enjoy a private tour of a magical ‘FROZEN’ Winter Wonderland experience, created by Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment and Disney.The magical setting, the glittery lights, fun attractions from the snow parks makes the Frozen experience memorable for the littles one.

With an array of themed elements from the Disney movie, you will witness glimpses of the favorite movie scenes, and experience the opportunity to live your own movie moments in a truly FROZEN setting. Running till February, we recommend visiting Ski Dubai and experience this winter wonderland.