The Food Byte: Iftar At Amiri Tent, The Address Hotel Montgomerie

Monday, May 29, 2017

When we welcome the month of Ramadan, we also welcome the lavish tents and the food spreads across the city of Dubai. While the holy month isn't really about the food, hotels have taken it upon themselves to create visually appealing and satisfying food whilst creating a menu featuring local and global cuisines.

It's nice to step out of the home once in a while and break the fast in a Ramadan tent. For those who aren't accustomed with what that is, it's not a tiny tent but one that is air-conditioned and can host upto 1,000 people. One of the best things about Ramadan tents is the fact that it welcomes all individuals (non-fasting included), regardless of caste and creed to dine with the rest and learn about the origins of this month. Top level info that you need to know about Ramadan is that we fast for a month (yes, "not even water"), iftar is known as the time we break our fast and suhoor is when we eat prior to fasting. We celebrate the end of Ramadan with Eid (that's one day when nobody cares about calories or gyms). 

While there are certain tents I always prefer, I love exploring new ones (i.e. those I haven't visited yet but have been around). I was invited to the Amiri tent located at The Address Hotel, Montgomerie, Emirates Hills. 

The Launch of Namshi's SpringSummer '17 Collection

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If you live in the GCC and aren't aware of, then you've been living under a rock. Having said that, I love Namshi. It's one of those online shopping websites that can do no wrong (atleast in my books). They are hassle and drama free, stock some of the best local and international brands (hello Topshop!) and have free (prompt) delivery + returns. Can they get any better than that?

Yes, they can and they did with the launch of their Spring/Summer '17 collection. Did I mention how much I love Namshi? I want almost everything from the new round of clothing, accessories and shoes. I love how they have incorporated some of the (intimidating) trends straight off the catwalk and made it easy to wear. I don't know who their styling team is. They do such a good job, it makes me want to impulse buy.

Summer is usually the time I tend to spring clean and buy a few pieces here and there. And Namshi makes it so much easier. Whether it's the beach or a dinner gathering, the online shopping site has you covered. From pastel tops to bright bottoms and everything in between, here's a look at the funky (and elegant) SS'17 collection. Also, find out how you can get a 10% discount off your order.

The Food Byte: Nay Restaurant, Barsha

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dubai does not have a dearth of restaurants and cafes with good food. In fact, we are blessed to have so much variety, it becomes a challenge when it comes down to agreeing on one. There are quaint cafes and unique restaurants that compete with each other aggressively.

Having tried my fair share of the eateries in the city and being a picky eater, I have my favorites that I always prefer and recommend. I was pretty excited when I received the invite to the launch of a new restaurant that specializes in Lebanese cuisine.

Nay Restaurant is located in Somewhere Hotel, Barsha and offers a handful of dishes that are unique to the restaurant.

The Food Byte: Brunch at The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill, Dubai

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I 'm a person who, when having a day off (hello, weekends!) like to laze in bed and wake up real late. Think 2.30pm. Yes, it's a fact. I work all week and I deserve to sleep in. A handful of my friends including including my cousin sis are early risers, no matter the day. It's like they take unicorn pills. They are up and running at about 10am and encourage me to do so as well. I despise it.

That was me until they started to drag me to brunch. I went to the first one, all miserable because I had to get out of bed 'early'. Then I went to the next one. And the next. It became a regular thing until I fell in love with brunches. I quite liked the concept, plus brunches had a different crowd all together. If you've been to one, you'll understand. 

Dubai is a city that prides itself in several things including unique brunches. Several hotels and restaurants are known to devise signature brunches that actually get people talking. I've been to several and I love them. Of late, I attended one and was pleasantly surprised at the offering.

You'd never imagine there's a satisfying brunch at a bar. After all, bars don't really specialize in 'proper food'. Huddles Bar & Grill located in City Max Hotel, Barsha is a completely different story, though.

Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Oud Satin Mood

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I love oud. And it's not because I live in a country where oud and oud based fragrances are the epitome of local Arab households when it comes to scents. In the UAE, oud has taken a rather interesting turn. While we have local perfumeries that create classic oud fragrances, established global brands have studied and understood our love for oud thereby, developing their own versions.

Oud is beautiful and luxurious. It gives off a wonderful and pleasing fragrance. For some, it is overwhelming and immediately disregarded. For the rest (like me), it is one of the most unique ingredients in a fragrance. Having said that, I buy only a few oud fragrances as opposed to the collection of oriental/woody fragrances I own. And I don't really deviate from the local brands that develop my favorite oud fragrances. Having said that, there's one particular French perfumerie that blew me away with their oud fragrance.

Launch of Max Factor Academy in Dubai

Friday, May 5, 2017

Max Factor is one of those brands that have, over the years upped their game. They've collaborated with celebrities across the globe, partnered with other brands (Disney for Star Wars, anyone?) and launched some exceptionally wonderful products. To top it all, they've released some grogeous looks which are easy to get done in the luxury of your home.

If you struggle with makeup or are looking to become a certified makeup artist, you will definitely want to consider Max Factor. Read on to find out why.

Summer Beauty Picks

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

On a daily basis, we are all inundated with beauty products and recommendations from magazine editors, friends, bloggers and the likes. It can get overwhelming especially for me. Let's face it, there are atleast 4 new beauty products launched every day. And each of them are marketed so well that you want to head straight to either Bloomingdale's or Sephora to buy it. I know, I know...I shouldn't give in, considering I'm in the media industry.

Nonetheless, there are a few that when discovered tend to gain brownie points either immediately or after a couple of uses. They either end up becoming a summer or winter favorites. I tend to change my skincare and beauty routine in the summer. I don't usually use heavy moisturizers or foundations and tend to skip products that aren't necessarily made for the summer.

Having said that, here's a round up of a few products I've discovered (and love) that are apt for the unforgiving summer season.

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