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Urban essentials – Charli London.

I was recently contacted by the team behind Charli London, a company based in the UK who describe themselves as a brand offering urban essentials with contemporary silhouettes.

I once read a quote by Anna Dello Russo who (supposedly) said that if your clothes are comfortable you aren’t dressed well enough. I disagree. There is very little challenge in wearing flamboyant and eye catching couture pieces. They are a standalone creation and the only person who gets the credit when you wear them (rightfully so) is the design house behind them. Then I read a quote by Alexander Wang who states that he judges how well dressed people are based on what they wear on their days off.

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The relaxed silhouettes of the high quality separates from the brand suit my lifestyle perfectly. I am wearing the ”Holly” jersey midi dress (link HERE); paired with the ”Rachel” printed V neck shirt (link HERE). Both pieces work perfectly well on their own and ”Rachel” will make for a great beach cover up in the summer months.

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They key when dressing with the intention to remain relaxed is to avoid looking like you’re wearing your jammies. Remember to accessorise and wear a pair of heels.

Photo credits Tala Soubra, the brain and beauty behind Fork It Over Dubai (link HERE).

Vida downtown.

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Located bang-in-the-middle of the trendy Downtown area is the VIDA hotel. Relatively new but very popular with the cool crowds due to contemporary vibe and the food and beverage outlets, VIDA is perfect for an urban staycation. And so I staycated!

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Fluffy bedding and all the comforts of a hotel suite aside, I had been hearing so much about the quirky breakfast and brunch options at VIDA that the saycation turned into a a less active one. Sleeping in and eating ourselves sleepy again was on the agenda. By no means was that perceived as a bad thing.

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Everything from the presentation of the meals (including drinks in Mason jars); to the selection of freshly squeezed green juices and gluten free baked goods was on point. What is it with Mason jars making everything taste better?

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To be fair we did some relaxing by the pool too…

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Because with a pool like that it would be a shame not to!

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But then it was pretty much all about the eating again. :)

If you’re an out-of-towner VIDA is a great alternative to the luxury resorts and appeals to a younger crowd. Reservations can be made at vida-hotels.com.

For my fellow Dubai residents however the urban poolside brunch is a must. This is coming from a girl who hates brunches with a passion! Spending the afternoon in a poolside cabana with my Special Someone, bottle of rose on ice and a picnic basket that we ourselves filled up with what felt like one-of-each from the abundant buffet on offer was one of the nicest afternoons I have had in a long time. An added bonus is that the venue is rather small and the brunch never really becomes as loud and rowdy as many of their bigger equivalents do (see the point above about me refusing to attend them for that very reason).

All and all, a great weekend and something I am looking forward to doing again. I hear their food truck is something extra too! XXX

Les Beiges

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I like CHANEL. This is no news to anyone. In fact I am convinced that the frequent exposure of the Double C’s on all my social media outlets has lead to me getting bumped off other beauty brands media lists. But I am like that, loyal to the bone and a creature of habit.

The new releases in the Les Beiges family have left me shrieking with joy – the entire range feels virtually made for the ”less is more” girls. Optimising the feeling of an outdoor glow, the CC cream provides medium coverage great for daytime, protects with an SPF of 50 and injects hydration.

The limited edition creamy blush stick (I use nr. 20 which is a muted bronze with a hint of shimmer) glides on rather sheer and may need to get topped up with a powder equivalent if you’re looking for a strong colour effect. I have also used mine on the eyelids, because a wise person skilled in the art of make up once told me that I could. :)

The 2015 Summer Collection also includes a healthy glow hydrating balm. The no.10 (which is the only colour released) is a rosy hue with shea-butter-like consistency. In other words you get 100 percent moisture and zero stickiness. Because the struggle of getting bouncy tresses stuck to your shiny lips is real.

Beige Pur and Precious Beige nail varnish shades are like cafe latte and almond nougat for your fingertips. Two applications suffice but three give solid coverage. (Remember to finish of the paint job off with a salon quality top coat for a prolonged result).

Last but not least  - the Les Beiges Multi Colour powder can be applied as 3 different products or as an all over face powder. Like everything else CHANEL, the packaging itself makes me feel a little posh when flipped open in a ladies bathroom to everyone else’s envy. Clean, luxe and timeless the beige containers ooze of effortless elegance. Because who does’t want to be effortlessly elegant. XXX

The collection will be released worldwide in June 2015.

It worked wonders for my hair.

It’s been slightly over a year since I started the slow and painful process of going back from a (fake) brunette to a natural sunbleached (mousy) blonde – operative word here being painful.

Despite going easy on the blow dries & styling appliances, slathering my hair with organic, artificial and everything in-between products as soon as on my lonesome and following every rule in the proverbial book, I am still struggling with split ends, visible dryness and breakage of hair (and heart) upon every brush stroke.

My hairdresser recommended that I try BioLustre – a ”revolutionary” treatment that enters the hair shaft and binds to the hair with a synthetic, restructuring polymer that is chemically simular to hair.

Once the hair is thoroughly washed, cleaned from product build up and covered with the repairing treatment, external heat is applied. Shortly after that you are sporting a firm and crisp ”hair helmet” as the product hardens. Once thoroughly rinsed out and dried, the hair reappears thicker, stronger and noticeably less frizzy. It’s the best thing I have done to my hair and I plan on repeating it in the next 3 months. Note that this isn’t a ”conditioning” treatment but one that rebuilds your strands from the inside as opposed to visually smoothing out the cuticles.

Where? At the Marquee Salon in Arabian Ranches, phone number: 04 – 420 7700. Untitled-1

Shop the edit: the 5 must have tee basics.

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As a personal shopper I always work towards helping my clients with utilising as much of their existing closet content as possible. Most women have a great selection of personal favourites and just lack the knowledge or interest in learning how to combine them. Now with a good set of basics in place you can optimise the mix / match opportunities of your existing apparel endlessly. The key is to invest in high quality / right-fit-for-your-figure pieces. (Note that high quality does’t always mean high price – we have the norm core trend to thank for that as it has spurred high fashion designers to invest in reasonably priced diffusion lines).

I have selected 5 basic tops from Dubai based SIVVI.COM (link HERE) which I suggest you invest in to revive and compliment your existing selection of separates:

1. A grey racer back tank from American Apparel (link HERE). Great worn with a power suit and flattering for pear-shaped ladies as it gives an illusion of broader shoulders. I have them in every colour and wear them to shreds.

2. Black short sleeved tee from LNA (link HERE). LNA is superior when it comes to the quality of their cotton and that is exactly what you need from a plain black top. The rounded bottom edge is a bonus – great for layering as the strip of fabric will show nicely from under whatever you choose to put on top.

3. The SPLENDID long sleeve top (link HERE) is my go to top when worn with relaxed boyfriend denim and a pair of strappy heels. The neckline is of perfect depth too.

4. The almighty Breton top (link HERE). They come in a multitude of finishes and cuts and you can never have too many. It is a well known fact.

5. Animal prints (link HERE) are considered basics in my book. White denim and a nude heel (black jacket optional) would match this well.