Review: Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Fragrance

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I'm going to start off by saying that I'm late to the Diptyque game. Being a fragrance enthusiast (read: addict), I'm surprised it's taken me so long to discover the world of Diptyque. While I've always heard a thing or two about their incredibly amazing candles and skincare products, I never quite ventured into the store.

So when a Diptyque fragrance arrived home, I thought of it as another Parisian fragrance but I stand corrected. It's quite a unique one and something that is a far cry from the ones I own.

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Gap

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I love Gap's 2014 Holiday collection- it is fun, versatile and a breathe of fresh air into the wardrobe. Featuring themes such as Crazy Stripes, Fair Isle Shine and Party, the collection is a palette of vibrant colors, airy fabrics, glamorous and sophisticated pieces for both men and women.

If you are looking to shake things up in your wardrobe (because the new year is approaching!) or simply want to gift your best friends or siblings with something different for a change, you might want to check this collection. 

The Crazy Stripes theme exhibits just that- hip, colorful and fun stripes in knit top dresses, knit pants, puffer vests and cashmere crewneck jumpers. The Fair Isle Shine themed clothing offers a pop and sparkle in sweatshirts, pants and accessories. It seems to be the best choice for this holiday season. 

I quite like the dark floral print dress (part of the Party theme collection) and the silver sweatshirt. They'll fit into the different seasons without any effort. 

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Caron La Selection Discovery Perfume Set

Those who know me are aware of my penchant for fragrances. I have a few all time favorites that I use on special occasions. I'm not a fan of overpowering floral fragrances, I like the subtle version and appreciate the woody and (to some extent) oriental kind.

My vast fragrance collection is due to the fact that I usually purchase them when launched rendering my friends attempts to gift them to me futile. Once a friend told me that he had planned to get me a fragrance for my birthday and discovered through another friend that he should look for something else.

Having said that, when I step into the likes of Galeries Lafayette, Paris Gallery or Areej, it can get a bit difficult to find a perfect fragrance for friends or family (cousin, I'm talking about you!). What if they don't quite like it? What if they changed their minds in terms of oriental vs. the fresh florals? To nip the problem at the bud, you need to gift wrap a perfume box that houses an assortment of mini fragrances of different kinds.

Caron's La Selection Discovery Set for women is perfect for the season and for the fragrance lover in your life. It literally helps you discover which Caron fragrance you will fall in love with and comes with an empty purse spray.

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Crate & Barrel

Monday, December 22, 2014

Say hello to the third part of the holiday gift guide! At this time of the year, several people look to either revamp their homes (most of the stores have promotions in full swing) or are moving into a new home. And that means new furniture! I love furniture shopping but hate going from one store to another if I can't find my ideal/dream pieces.

Crate & Barrel in Dubai makes it so much easier- I've spotted a few coffee tables, mugs and accessories that became an instant favorite. And to make things even better, they are offering 25% off on select furniture.

If you are visiting a friend who just moved into their new apartment or are looking to breathe life into your home, here are a few ideas.

Do you see the trunk shaped tables in the picture on the top left? They are actual trunks of acacia trees polished and refined to perfection. It's quite unique and my favorite. Look how fab those cute festive cups are. And those glorious candle holders? It is things like these that make up a room.

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Mamas & Papas

As part of the second holiday gift guide series, I bring you some festive goodies for your little one. While the holiday season means finding the perfect gift for friends and family, it also means gifting the kids something they will like or look good in.

Mamas & Papas is the new destination to shop for the mini-you. The Holiday Collection treats them to casual and formal wear that is inspired by the colors of the season and things festive. There are also mini tuxedos and party dresses for those who love to emulate their dad's or mom's style. Apart from that, there are a number of accessories that will fit snugly into their rooms, the Christmas tree and their hearts. 

How awesome is that hanging silver star? It's a perfect customized gift. Also makes a brilliant desk accessory (for me). And the passport holders? I have a penchant for them, the fancier, the better! I might just go pick that one for myself. 

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: C.Wonder, JBR Dubai

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's a few days before the holidays and if you are still scurrying around trying to figure what to buy, here's the first bit from my quick gift guide series. First up is one of my favorite stores in Dubai- C.Wonder.

Mall of the Emirates houses their first store in the Middle East, followed by Bloomingdale's and now they've opened at The Beach, JBR, Dubai. The  store has a wonderful atmosphere and enough things to keep you busy. C. Wonder's Holiday 2014 Collection is perfect for the festive season- either for yourself or friends, families and the likes.

From clothing and jewelry inspired by the latest trends to footwear and homeware, the collection doesn't fail to impress. Here are your gifting options- there's something for everyone!

I for one, love the dainty jewelry- how gorgeous are these bracelet? I'd like one!

Fortnum & Mason's Savoury Afternoon Tea In Dubai

One of my favorite places in the city, Fortnum & Mason located in Downtown Dubai added a new item to their glorious menu- the Savoury Afternoon Tea. I prefer tea over coffee any day- I cannot recall the last time I've consumed coffee. And I take my tea seriously, just as you do your coffee. The idea of high tea has always captured my interest and when I was made aware of the new version at Fortnum's, I had to try it!

Fortnum's instantly takes me back to London and the Dubai branch has done an incredible job of capturing the essence of the British store (take a look at the Piccadilly store pictures and you'll know what I mean). As always, my experience at this little piece of London in Dubai was nothing short of praise.

Competition: Win AED 250 Jergens Gift Hamper

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Updated (2 Jan, 2015): The winner of the competition is: Mary Ann Sangga.

Please shoot me a Facebook message with your email address and mobile in order to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated.


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The hamper is filled with products such as the Jergens Enriching Shea Butter body cream, the Ultra Healing cream, the Skin Firming cream, the Hydrating Coconut Milk, the Cooling Sensation cream and much more! Say goodbye to your winter skin woes.

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Review: Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serums

Monday, December 8, 2014

One of things that caused a long queue of women outside Boots Pharmacy in the UK in 2007 was an anti-ageing serum. The product sold out quickly and a waiting list was created for women who couldn't get their hands on the product. Eventually it made its way on eBay with a 288% markup which women purchased anyway. Such was the influence of the product.

Dubbed as the mircale anti-ageing serum, Boots Pharmacy has launched an improved version known as the No.7 Protect and Perfect Advanced serums and it come in 2 forms.

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