STAYCAY: VIDA HOTEL DOWNTOWN

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Location: Vida Hotel Downtown Dubai

There’s nothing better than escaping to a new city for a weekend retreat, however the hassle of dealing with airport check-ins and the cost of flights can often mean it’s just not time or cost effective. Whilst most cities don’t offer much in the way of a solution to this, Dubai truly has it covered and has created an entire micro-economy from the ‘staycation’ market. Recognising that tourism in the UAE slows down somewhat over the summer months, Dubai has actively marketed the staycation concept to its resident expat community in order to drive up occupancy rates in the hotels during the quieter season. It’s safe to say this pioneering initiative has been a massive success, with residents choosing to spend their weekends with friends & family in the comfort of some of the world’s most luxurious resorts… and just a stone’s throw from home. The hotels themselves enjoy a boost in off-season occupancy, the consumer gets a discounted rate on their stay and Dubai itself benefits by keeping its residents spending in and around the city instead of flying off to other lands to spend their hard earned cash.

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WEEKEND WITH BEBE

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Location: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Wearing | bebe Jumpsuit, Chloe Sunnies, Charming Charlie Earrings, Sandals from Stuart Weitzman

I am always drawn to chic and contemporary fashion. And when Bebe approached me to partner up with the brand, I exclaimed ‘of course!’ The brand has given me the opportunity to check their latest pieces and to wear some of my favorites whilst on a day out. I chose this jumpsuit as it’s perfect for brunch or a casual coffee catch up with friends. It’s comfortable, classy and versatile.

Prior to working with the brand however, other than I’m already a fan, I knew little about the brand’s history so I took some time to learn about it. It’s important to me that whatever brand I promote is aligned with TSG’s core values. Going back to my ‘research’ I found some exciting things about the brand.

The first Bebe boutique  opened on 1976 in San Francisco and it was done by Bebe’s Chairman and Founder Manny Mashouf. At that time, recognizing a demographic that was neither junior nor bridge, manny created the first contemporary fashion brand. Over 35 years later, Bebe has established itself as one of the world’s top fashion retailers.

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TREND ALERT: VELVET

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Love it or hate it, velvet is back! And it’s back with a bang! Spotted on the catwalk at Fendi, Dries Van Noten, Gucci and Prada during fashion week. This sumptuous and decadent fabric which is a  winter staple is now a summer must-have! Velvet in summer is now a thing so join the pack.

I’ve collected the best look to take inspiration from to rock this trend!

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BACK TO THE 60’S

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Back to the 60’s
Wearing| 
JollyChic Dress, Steve Madden Shoes, YSL Sling Bag

1960’s – the era where no beehive is too high and no skirt too short. If you love online shopping, you can get this look from JollyChic.com. Let your heart skip a beat when shopping, and get 10% off your orders when using the code ‘SAND’.

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FORTNUM & MASON WITH BARDOU

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Bardou High Tea Party
Location: Fortnum & Mason Downtown Dubai

An afternoon filled with tea, cake & unlimited banter happened in Fortnum & Mason. My friend Cosmin who handles the PR for Bardou arranged a tea party attended by some of Dubai’s top Social Media Influencers.

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OUT OF BED

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Location | JBR
Wearing| Tory Burch Firenza Metallic sandals and watch, Whistles top and trousers, Chanel Boy Bag, Chloe sunglasses

If you raid my wardrobe and this is not known to many other than my two cats, you’ll know that I have an affinity towards silk dressing gowns, bed sheets and pretty much anything with silk material. If for some, what it takes to have a good night sleep is a cup of tea or instrumental music, for me, however, it is the soft velvety feeling of a silk clothing. And It’s always thrilling to find pieces that has the same amount of comfort yet perfect to be worn outdoors like this Whistles ensemble. And for those who loves the brand, it’s time to celebrate as the first Whistles store has opened its doors in City Walk Dubai.

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MY TOP TIPS FOR HAIRCARE

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Location | Level Seven W Hotel Dubai
Wearing| Tory Burch fringe tweed skirt, Mango shoes from Namshi, Long Champ bag, Zara Top

When it comes to good genes, I think they all went straight to my hair and left my skin behind. Kidding.

I get compliments a lot about my hair so when Bospasa.com asked me to share my top tips for Haircare, I did not hesitate and I’ve listed them down.

Every woman has unique hair, and how to deal with it requires a serious strategy. Day-to-day care is very important of course, but personally, I have a routine down so I can always make sure my look is voluminous, sexy, and natural. It’s so important to know which products are the best for your hair type, especially in Dubai. The weather is so extreme and the humidity can make a good hair day change instantly. These are my top tips for avoiding any fly-aways, frizz, and any other hair troubles:

  1. I struggle constantly with avoiding an oily scalp. No matter how many times I wash my hair, the heat can make fresh hair turn oily super quick. The solution for me has always been to utilize hair colouring, as the process dries the hair. Most hair colouring products contain a mild ammonia, making the hair dry. Plus, using hair colour balances the oil giving the hair extra volume for a fierce look.
  1. Since my hairstyle is currently an ombre dye- it requires a bit of maintenance. However, ombre is a stylish and relatively easy way to do something new with your hair. By choosing an ombre colour, you reduce the amount of times you have to touch up your roots or colour your whole head. Excessive colouring can damage the hair and result in terrible split-ends. Ombre hair minimizing, plus it works well for Dubai with the beach lifestyle. The best part too is you can always colour your hair more if you feel like going full blonde, and not have to always have to do it right away.

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W HOTEL LEVEL SEVEN BRUNCH

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( Location / Level Seven W Hotel) 

If you love good food and enjoy exploring new places, chances are you’re familiar with the brunch culture in Dubai. According to Wikipedia; Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning but it can extend to as late as 3pm. In Dubai however, brunch takes on  a whole new meaning. It’s a place where people who love to eat and drink gather together and stay until a certain time depending on the timings of the venue, a brunch can even last up to 8pm!

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ALILA HOTEL JABAL AKHDAR

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This was my birthday weekend so we wanted to go somewhere extra special and we’d been advised to visit this mysterious land by many friends throughout our time in Dubai who had all returned with incredible tales and pictures of their adventures there. Two things stood out for me immediately from looking through their snaps and listening to their experiences. Firstly, was the beauty and diversity of the country’s natural landscape from the lush green mountain plateaus, to the technicolor coral kingdom’s in the South which bustles with aquatic life. The second was of the warmth and humility of the locals who are rich in culture yet humble & gracious in their ways. It was almost peak summer in Dubai so we opted to head for the cooler mountain region of Oman….the prospect of a chilled breeze running through my hair was sheer bliss!

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