Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Color Run 2017 - We have signed up to the Happiest 5k on the Planet! Join us!



We have signed up for The Color Run 2017! Very excited to take part for the first time in the Happiest 5k on the Planet! The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife returns to the UAE this November and we are ready for the fun family challenge. The Color Run, will take place on Saturday 11th November at the Dubai Autodrome. After a surprise visit from the Runicorn, the girls and I are so looking forward to this fun family day! Join us it's gonna be wild and colourful! We won't be running much with little Jo but we will skip, hop and dance our way to the finish line... (and I'll have the buggy because realistically no way my 3 years old is gonna walk 5k).



What’s The Color Run?
A fun family event part of the The Color Run Dream World Tour. Dr. Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer at Daman, presenting partner of the event said: “The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife is the perfect event to encourage the community to come together, have fun and exercise. Aligned with our ongoing ActiveLife initiatives that seeks to empower the UAE community to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, this fun 5k is accessible to all.”

What’s all the fun about?
The Color Run participants will be covered from head to toe in an array of colour in the Color Zones along the 5k route. Runners can show their aspirations on the Dream Wall, snap selfies with giant unicorns, and enjoy the ultimate color party with family and friends at the Finish Festival...including the famous color throws! New this year, the Foam Zone, where foam clouds make everything better and more fun! Kids are gonna love it!

Get ready!
Each Color Runner will receive a fun participant kit, which includes; a limited‐edition Dream World Tour race shirt, embroidered headband, a fun temporary tattoo, welcome card, rainbow pencil and some awesome goodies from sponsors. Deluxe Runners will receive the kit plus a Gold bib for VIP Parking, a wristband, tutu, party socks and sunglasses for the ultimate Color Runner look on the day. Luella and Josefin are very excited to get ready in their tutus and most colorful outfit, for a fun day with friends, family and unicorns.

Join us and how to!
The Color Run has become a global phenomenon, continuing to innovate the 5k paint race genre each year. The Color Run has been experienced by over 6 million people worldwide in 35+ countries and has donated a staggering $5 million dollars to charity to date.

Tickets are on sale at www.colorrun.ae and Reebok stores in Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, Mirdif City Centre and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi.
Doors open at 7am
Saturday November 11th, 2017
Dubai Autodrome
www.thecolorrun.ae
See you there!!!!



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A few things this week...


La Mer by Meraas
La Mer, really cool beachfront development is finally open. We had a stroll around to check it out. Stretching out into the ocean from Jumeira 1 neighbourhood, La Mer takes it's inspiration from the way the sea embraces driftwood, timber, rusted metal, barrels and other items, brought by the tide to shore, many of which form the main elements of the built-up environment. It creates a cool and easy going vibe. We loved the hammocks in the sea, the colourful little beach huts, children’s playground and pathways leading to the beach. The first phase comprises La Mer North and La Mer South, which has over 130 hundred shops, cafés, restaurants, and beach activities, that act as a meeting point for people to enjoy a great time, whether they are visiting La Mer to eat, play or unwind. It's still a work in progress with many shops, cafés, restaurants soon to open. We are so excited for this new Dubai family destination. La Mer will also be home to ‘Hawa Hawa’, a new air-filled trampoline concept that was first created and installed in public parks in Japan. Let's stay tune...

‘Wellness Wednesday’ at Heavenly Spa
If you are looking for a treat or some pampering "me time", you must check the special offer from Heavenly Spa at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. ‘Wellness Wednesday’ is a pampering day when guests can choose from a unique selection of wellness and leisure offerings that are designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul and enjoy a 50% discount. Yes mamas, 50% discount on a selection of over 20 unique spa experiences and treatments booked on the day. I experience the Papaya Facial for soft and glowing skin, and it was just perfect. The experience doesn't end there. Whether looking to relax, refresh or simply treat yourself, with ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ at The Heavenly Spa, guests are granted complimentary access to the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio as well as the breath-taking rooftop swimming pool. Things just got heavenly on Wednesdays.
Every Wednesday, from 9am to 9pm
The Heavenly Spa is located at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City
+971 4 437 3300
heavenlyspaalhabtoorcity@westin.com

Holster, cute Jelly footwear for the family 
Shout out to Australia’s leading jelly footwear, Holster. I received a cute pair of comfortable black flat sandals with studs while the girls totally loved their bright pink embellished funky jelly beach shoes. We love that Holster is eco conscience and take pride to reduce their ecological footprint. This extends to using vegan-friendly components in all holster footwear, non-toxic PVC, recycled materials in packaging and absolutely no production waste.

Salla.ae
Getting in the Halloween spirit with super cute Halloween lights. We already love the marquee letters from salla.ae but now we get to play with the pumpkin and the ghost light to add some fun dimension to our Halloween decoration. Only AED40! Salla.ae has recently introduced a new product, a very sweet Dream Catcher, perfect addition to bedroom or nursery. #stuffwelove

Florette.ae
Gorgeous blooms available on newly launch Florette.ae, Dubai best new online flower market. You will love the selection of foliage like eucalyptus, monster leaves, palm leaves, acacia mimosa. The flowers and composed bouquets are elegant with a focus on garden roses, which as well as being incredibly good quality they have beautiful perfumes and colors that are reminiscent of vintage rose gardens or beautiful romantic peonies. The market flowers are shipped straight from Holland and arrived on Thursday morning. When sold out, the market closed until next shipment. Its fresh!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oli Oli, Dubai's first children's play museum



Last weekend, we had a fantastic sneak peek into Oli Oli. It’s a one-of-a-kind venue curating truly innovative content from the most successful children’s museums, makerspaces, science centres, and art studios from North America, Asia and Europe to create ‘Tomorrow’s Playground’.

I was so impressed and excited to see the girls exploring the experiential play museum. It was a fantastic, whimsical and education environment for children. Josefin (3 years old) had equally as much fun as Luella (nearly 9 years old), which makes a great family experience.



The beauty of Oli Oli is the focus on hands-on activities that nurture curiosity, imagination and exploration. It’s also very well designed with an artist feeling to it. For example, OliOli has engaged with globally acclaimed artists like Toshiko MacAdam, who has built the region’s first “textile playground” (one of less than 10 in the world), a large-scale textile structure made from brightly-coloured crocheted and knotted nylon weighing 1,000 kilos. Truly amazing!

The play museum has 8 separate galleries spread over two floors with over 40 different activities applying a genuine love of learning as principal: Toshi’s Nets , Future Park Air, Water, Forts & Dens, Cars & Ramps, Creative Lab and Toddler Space. All the different experiences will nurture our children imagination. The girls favourite attractions were Toshi's Nets, the water gallery specially washing the life size car and finally building cars out of Lego type bricks and testing them out on the car ramp. Mama loved the beautifully design space, innovating content and very cute coffee shop.  Oli Oli is a fantastic new addition to indoor play for Dubai families. Very excited to come visit again.

OliOli (translates as ‘joy’ in Hawaiian)
Next to Oasis Center, Al Quoz
9am to 7pm from Saturdays to Wednesdays
9am to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
Prices start from 120 AED per child and 40 AED for adults


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tested this week: Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa & LVL from Nouveau Lashes



Rossano Ferretti
Last week, I was invited to experience the recently opened ROSSANO FERRETTI Hair Spa on Jumeirah Beach Road just across the Four Seasons Hotel. I was very excited to get a much need haircut to refresh my locks after a long summer away. Even more excited to experience “The Method” (said to be the most expensive haircut in the world when performed by the man himself). Celebrity hairdresser Rossano Ferretti, has beautifully created haircut for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kate Moss to name a few. The highly trained stylists from his team around the world can apply his method to a much more reasonable price.

The Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa located in a converted villa, is gorgeous. It’s like walking into a beautiful house well decorated in shades of greys. The salon offers hair services but also manicures, pedicures, and waxing. I enjoyed a fantastic head massage after the shampoo, followed by a deep conditioning mask. Totally at easy with the lovely stylist Christina, I felt comfortable to let her do her magic. The method used is based on this fundamental principle (which revolutionized hair industry), the natural fall of the hair to create an invisible haircut. The Method is about enhancing the natural beauty of the hair, creating harmony in order to achieve the most natural effect. The hair is cut vertically rather than horizontally using specially designed scissors. It creates a more natural flow. Christina, was like dancing with the scissors, never still giving the impression to create a piece of art.

The result was lovely, I kept most of my length but my hair got much lighter and flowy. I could see some natural movement to it. I loved the place for the cosy European elegance, the lovely stylist with “magic scissors”, the best head massage and Italian coffee.

The Method haircut ( include blow-dry) start from AED450 on short to AED550 on medium length and AED650 for long hair.

rossanoferretti.com/world
rossanoferretti.com/world/salon-dubai




LVL by Nouveau Lashes
Here’s another beauty treatment I got to experience this week. The LVL treatment by Nouveau Lashes. I have never done anything to my lashes, never felt the need or just a bit worried about the maintenance involved in lashes extensions.

Now, this is different and absolutely what I was ready to try… LVL: Lift, Volume and Length. Who would not want that. If you love the idea of beautiful, fluttering eye lashes but are not so keen on the time and regular upkeep that eyelash extensions demand, not to mention the adhesives used, LVL could fast become your new best friend! It naturally lift eyelashes at the root, creating the effect of longer, thicker and lifted lashes.

What I like
- The gentle product formulations used, are carefully manufactured to prevent any damage to your natural lashes
- Last hopefully about 4 to 6 weeks, let’s see…
- It also include eyelashes tint. Mimic the mascara effect, perfect for pool and beach season.
- The result is great

What you need to know
- It takes 45 minutes, eyes closed.
- Took me about 5min to get comfortable and relaxed. 
Specially with my watery eyes, I kept wanting to blink.
- Checkout the line of maintenance products - loved the eyelash conditioner serum
- LVL treatments are available at Pastels, Kozma & Kozma and The Nail Pavilion with prices starting at AED 300.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Kickstart your day with a morning routine!


photos from pinterest.com

I truly believe in the benefit of a positive morning routine. I have talked about it before on the blog : Miracle Morning: 6 minutes to change your life , have you read it? Do you apply a certain routine to start your day with good vibes and positive energy? If you are not a morning person, it seems difficult to set up your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier, but with little effort and disciple it can become your "your sanity time", "me time" and something to look forward to.

If you decide to kick start your day the best possible way try to set aside time and space for yourself to follow a routine that works for you. Here's my current morning "ritual" during the week. It really helps me set my mood for the entire day. Annoyances and irritations don’t get to me as much, I feel more grounded. Well most of the time, it's still a work in progress...

Lemon water
I drink a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning before eating anything. I have a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon and 2 ginger slices. I think it’s an excellent way to get your body going, to help the body wake up, the digestive system to be ready for the coming meals. It supposed to help flush toxins and remind you to keep hydrated all day. I’m convinced that a lot of people looking for anti-aging creams are actually just dehydrated! If I make sure to drink 1.5L of water a day, within a few days the lines on my forehead are much less visible and my skin more supple. 

Stretch /yoga
I apply some very simple moves to feel good, gently wake up and stretch my body. Nothing too time consuming, just enough to get in tune with the body. Side stretch, cow and cat pose, downward dog, low lunge stretch, seated twist and forward bends. That's it! Similar to this routine : eatingbirdfood.com/10-minute-morning-yoga-routine

Meditate
Currently learning to sit still, cross-legged on my mat for 3 minutes. I am using the app "HeadSpace" to guide me into easy meditation. It's perfect for beginner with easy step to follow. Have a look into it, you might love it too. headspace.com : Headspace is meditation made simple. It will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Worth a try.

Grateful and intentions
I wrap up my 3 minutes of stillness and mindfulness with some grateful words and I set some intentions for my day. It's hard to start the day off wrong if you make a point to remind yourself of things you are grateful for, even the "little things". Then to kick start my productivity and give me the motivation to seize the day, I set myself some intentions and goals to achieve.

Drink liquid collagen
This a beauty routine, that I started before summer. I have been using Gold Collagen , a collagen-enriched formula. It combines a unique powerful blend of anti-oxidants which work from within to reinforce your skin by providing protection against oxidative stress, one of the key factors in ageing.

Recently, I was introduce to multi award winning Skinade. The collagen drink which contains a formulation of active ingredients that aims to boost your body's natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Skinade collagen drinks aim to improve the way your skin looks and feels in as little as 30 days. Skin experts now recognize the importance of working from within, thereby supporting vital functions in the lower layers of the dermis. Look forward to try out Skinade and get back to you on the results.

So that's my little routine, that I try to apply during the week, not necessarily during the weekend but most days. It takes between 10 to 15 minutes, nothing more. If some days, I am running out of time and can't do it all, I don't bit myself up about it.  I just do one or two pointers and get the day going.