Swarovski Picks For Mother's Day

Monday, February 24, 2014

I've grown to love Swarovski; they have some of the best jewelry when it comes to pendants and bracelets. For Mother's Day, the brand offers an array of beautiful creations that will make your mum fall in love with whatever you choose.

Here are my favorites:

How pretty does Miranda Kerr look here? And even more gorgeous is that slake bracelet and bangle combination.

These are a handful of the pretty accessories. Make sure to head down to Swarovski to view the full collection and get your mum that special gift!

The Swarovski Mother's Day Collection is available across stores in the UAE.

Banana Republic Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Launches In Dubai

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I said it before and I'll say it again. Banana Republic is one of my favorite brands. I love their collections and each happens to surpass the other in terms design, collaboration and other factors.

I recently attended the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection launch at the Montgomerie Golf Club, The Address, Emirates Hills. I had shopped the collection earlier on after I spotted a particular skirt (featured below), so I had an idea of what I was in for. Nonetheless, I loved how each outfit was paired with complimenting pieces of clothing and accessories.

The Banana Republic Spring/Summer 2014 Collection is all about the laid back, chic California style with chinos, jackets, shirts and denims for the men and beautiful dresses, skirts, embellished tops and silk shirts for the women.

Accessories include monochrome clutches and leather handbags. If you spot something that catches your eye, hurry to Banana Republic today. Chances are, you may still be able to get what you want (some pieces are limited in quantity!).

How absolutely gorgeous is this mint blazer? Love the detailing and the cross body bag.

I love these dresses and the floral shoes. I'm eyeing those black and white floral heels. They would go with almost everything in my wardrobe.

This collection offers men some exceptional clothing from well tailored shirts to blazers. No more excuses to dress sloppy!

And here's the skirt that I hopped, skipped (more like ran lest it be sold out) and bought.

The Banana Republic Spring/Summer 2014 Collection is now available across stores in the UAE.

Keeping Up With N x Marks & Spencer Collaboration

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I collaborated with Marks & Spencer to feature a few pieces from their collection. One of my friends frequently shops at Marks & Spencer when it comes to formal clothing. I have never stepped foot into the store up until now and surprisingly, liked some of their dresses and vibrant colored tops.

I put together three different looks that you can take from day to evening with a little bit of accessorizing.

Special thanks to:

Model: Farah M
Makeup artist: Farah K
Creative Consultant: Muhammed A

The first look is a favorite of mine. Leopard print will always have a special place in my heart (ask my friends and they will spell it out for you, 'Obsessed'). I love maxi dresses and think this is perfect for the upcoming summer season.

I teamed this number with a metallic gold belt and a statement necklace to give it a glam look.

The second outfit is quite versatile. If you plan on wearing this to work (I would!), team it up with a cropped blazer. To dress down, eliminate the blazer and add a dash of color as it is done here with the mustard colored clutch.

I absolutely love the blue stripes detailing on this dress. Can you spot them?

The final outfit is this pretty apt-for-spring/summer dress. Love the combination of blue against white. This dress was paired  with a skinny red belt and cobalt blue heels.

If I had to pick a favorite, I'd choose the second look. While the leopard print maxi is great, I love the monochrome dress with dashes of blue. The fit and fall is perfect and the barely there blue stripes are the best thing!

All pieces photographed (by your's truly!) are available at Marks and Spencer (except for the sunglasses and clutch). Did you know that the branch at the Dubai Festival Centre is one of M&S' largest international stores?

Which outfit look do you like? Post your comments below!

Be Part Of Dubai's World Record + Free Manicure

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Don't you just love well manicured nails? And what's better than having glossy nails and being part of a world record?

Beauty Connection Spa and KOKO Nails are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for 50,000 manicures! The previous record is held by Sally Hansen for completing 2,572 manis.

How do you get a free mini mani and take home a special edition KOKO Nails polish bottle?

Where: Dubai Mall (Star Atrium area)
When: 14 February 2014, 2pm - 10pm
What: A free mini manicure and a special edition KOKO nail polish bottle.

Have fun!

Pretty Eyes With Bourjois

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bourjois' latest for the eyes are a hydrating concealer and an eyeliner that will help you achieve the perfect cat eye. If you are looking to revamp your eye makeup collection or want a quick change, then read on.

Part of the new 123 Perfect collection, Bourjois' CC Eye Cream & Concealer is designed to smooth out, brighten and hydrate the under eye area whilst covering up those pesky dark circles.

It comes with a tip that will help you get the concealer into the tricky corners of the eye area. The texture is thin and hence blends quickly. I recommend using a small quantity under the eyes and lightly dusting it off with powder.

Next up is the Liner Feurte. The one I have comes in 14 Noir Moka and is a rich deep brown. Complete your look by using this with Bourjois' Smokey Eyes Palette in soft pinks (reviewed here).

All of the eyeliners I purchase come with a felt-tip applicator. I find it easy to use such as opposed to the ones that have an extremely thin brush. Think control and precision for the perfect cat eye.

The eyeliner lasts for hours without smudging. It isn't resistant to water (I'm glad because I'm not a fan of waterproof make-up); unless you use a make-up remover, the eyeliner will stay put.

Both products are available at Bourjois stockists across the UAE.

Have you tried this? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

*The product was sent by the brand/ its reps for a review. All reviews are based on my personal experience & outcome thereby presenting an honest opinion to the readers.

The Positive Plan

Friday, February 7, 2014

One thing I've learnt from everyone around me is that girls worry a lot about their weight. A LOT. There were times when I couldn't choose a certain restaurant because my friends just didn't want to eat there. Why? Because of the temptation. Here's one (paraphrased) conversation from years ago:

Me: "So, let's go eat at Chili's. Neither of us have had desserts for a week or so and Chili's has the molten ca-"
Friend: "NO"

Such convos were a regular, even fruit yogurt was off the table. I believe you can eat anything you want as long as it is done in moderation. People assume they can cut of certain food from their diet and lose weight. No. You need to workout regularly and focus on key aspects of your workout plan. Some of my friends get upset when they don't witness results in 2 weeks' time. They are being impatient. The results will start to show but you need to give it some time. When you are down, you need a a plan that boosts positive thoughts.

This particular plan known as the Special K Positivity Plan has been developed in conjunction with Kellogg's and coach, Miriam. Have a read:
  1. Train your brain: Your brain has negativity bias, so it's crucial to focus on your positive assets- great sense of humor, lovely smile- to help you aim for success every day.
  2. Stay kind: When you perform an act of kindness for someone, both you and the recipient feel good which leads to positivity bouncing back and forth between you.
  3. Be an optimist: Recognize that temporary set backs are just that- temporary. Thinking this way helps build a more positive state of mind. 
  4. Think small: Build confidence by making small goals and recognizing every single achievement.
  5. Live your life purpose: Look ahead and make plans. Making progress towards your vision will give you a sense of satisfaction and boost your positivity. 

  1. Get perspective: Think about life in more flexible terms. Negative beliefs can turn into monsters, so do your best to put them in perspective and think of what action you can take. 
  2. Cherish love: Love is the queen of positive emotions, but for a relationship to truly flourish you need a ratio of 5:1 positive to negative emotions. Boost your well-being by being as social as you can and nurturing your life affirming relationships. 
  3. Thank you therapy: Take some time at the end of everyday to think about what's gone well, what's good in your life and what you are grateful for.
  4. Bring the fun factor: Do what you love- the fun, enjoyable and healthy things in life maximize the joy in your positivity machine. 
  5. Do it for you: Having positive motivations for success maximizes your chances. Intrinsic motivation is where you're motivated to do something for its own sake and is more likely to work than an extrinsic motivation. 
Use these tips for everything in life and you will soon have a 'can do' attitude! Remember, patience is the key.

Image credit: Pinterest

Competition: Max Factor Creme Puff

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Updated (Feb 13, 2014): The winners are:

Basmah Salman
Diala Haddad

You will soon receive a message on how to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated!


I'm starting the new year (albeit a month late) by gifting my readers the chance to win radiant, flawless complexion.

What is Hollywood's best kept beauty secret? Why, it's Max Factor's Creme Puff, of course! The classic all-in-one product is a medium to high coverage powder that promises to deliver radiant, luminous and flawless finish. The Creme Puff also doubles up as a moisturizer and foundation that reflects light to give you that glowing complexion.

And the best part? The Creme Puff celebrates its 60th anniversary with a revamped package to feature a gold case.

This multi-tasking product is brilliant and thanks to Max Factor, I'm giving two of my lucky readers a chance to take this home!

Here's how to enter:

1) Like my Facebook page & Max Factor Arabia's Facebook page.
2) Post your answer to this question in the comments section below- What is your best kept beauty secret?
3) Mention your Facebook name along with your comment/answer.

You must follow all the steps to be eligible to win.

Prizes must be collected from Dubai. Winners will be chosen on random through an automated system.

Competition open to UAE residents only. Good luck!

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