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Summer trends by GAP.

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When it comes to day to day basics I have always strongly relied on Gap. Their boyfriend denim (playfully named Sexy Boyfriend), as well as white Oxford shirts are timelessly cut and a solid core of my day to day warderobe. This summer however I am learning that there is more to Gap and here are a few key trends that I am welcoming into my closet:

- Crisp whites. My most recent purchase is a laser cut trimmed floaty skirt in the most summer appropriate of hues. White on white has an understated elegance to it that is surprisingly easy to pull off. The only catch is to remain crisply white, something I personally struggle with. The solution to tomato juice stains is to buy two of your favourite white pieces and research stain removal potions way in advance.

- Chambray. Playful and easy on the skin, chambray shorts and dresses are great for day wear. Add a gladiator sandal or an espadrille for effortless comfort, elevate the look by wearing a wedge. Accessories are essential, the more the better and don’t be afraid to intentionally mismatch your jewelry. It adds character to your look.

-  Shorts. Find a length that suits your shape, wear with the above mentioned white Oxford shirt and a Fedorahat. Honed limbs are a must and make for the best accessory.

-  Playsuits. Often perceived as a daytime piece, the playsuit is really versatile and looks the part when worn as evening wear, with a statement pair of heels. Blazers add on to the sharp evening look and as a bonus protect you from the blasting ACs we get exposed to in the summer.

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St. Regis Abu Dhabi

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Located in the central part of Abu Dhabi, overlooking the neighbouring seaside Corniche is the St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

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As expected from a brand with so much heritage (St. Regis is known for their signature butler service), the entire experience was nothing less than premium. The lobby is very regal looking and the staff are very attentive.

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Even though The Boy is a pale ginger who dreads excessive sun exposure we spent a lot of time at the beach – located an air conditioned walk away, the Nation Beach Club is all kinds of dreamy. What I really liked about it was that the sun loungers were elegantly interspaced, in other words there was a fair amount of healthy distance between ourselves and the neighbours. My biggest pet peeve is the congested beach clubs of tourist trap destinations like the Canary Islands. Exclusivity is all gone when the beach resembles a morning metro ride.

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The highlight of the trip was the Italian brunch at the Veranda restaurant. Served at the table (no manky buffets in sight); the food came on chefs recommendation. There was an aged Chianti in the picture too, exclusive for the hotel that elevated the experience to fuzzy new levels.

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An unforgettable weekend / XXX

 

 

Kerastase Elixir Ultime

kerastaseI always say that as an adult, once you have a good dentist / tailor and hairdresser in your life you can take on pretty much anything. Up until meeting Vesna (who works at Pastels at the Ritz Carlton JBR), me and my fine Scandinavian hair were feeling very misunderstood by most UAE hairdressers. Blonde hair is a nightmare to maintain and Dubai’s harsh tap water situation contributes to an ongoing struggle with limp tresses, itchy scalp, thinning hair and generic ugliness.

Whilst I once ventured over to the dark side and really liked myself as a brunette, step one in regaining a somewhat acceptable hair quality was to make peace with my natural hair colour. Step two was making usage of dry shampoo a habit, in order to avoid daily wear and tear and step three was regularly consulting Vesna on a range of products that suit my hair type.

Just like your skin, your hair goes through stages and has different needs depending on it’s current state, time of the year and most importantly your lifestyle. Consistent usage of protein packed products have restored my hair quality to a somewhat decent one and now I was looking for something that would add my strands that extra oomph – enter the luxe Kerastase Elixir Ultime Collection. (Read all the technical facts about the products HERE).

I have purchased the mask and the creme and they have quickly become a fixed part of my hair care regimen. The creme in particular smells divine, (optically) repairs and seals dry sections and lives up to it’s promise of being weightless so my glamour curls stay nice and bouncy. The mask comes to it’s fullest potential when applied in a salon under a steamer, or the at-home version of a warm towel wrap. / XXX

Pastels Salon: phone nr. 04 388 3534/3397

 

SeaFu

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The Four Season in Dubai is a strong personal favourite of mine. The Jumeirah Beach Road location is a stone cast away from my home, it hosts some of Dubai’s finest food and beverage outlets and I have always had a soft spot for the heritage of the Four Seasons brand. It oozes timeless elegance.

I am yet to go to COYA which I hear is amazing and I sure know my way around a ceviche. I already know and love Nusret; being a solid carnivore I knew that was going to be the case. What really baffles me is that I had not discovered the seaside gem that is Sea Fu, until now that is.

Perfect for a date night, Sea Fu serves modern, well prepared sea food dishes in an intimate setting. Whilst this is nothing new on the Dubai restaurant scene what differentiates this venue from others is how well the concept of simple is executed. The Sea Fu staff actually know their wine pairings and it turns out that you CAN drink red wine with your scallops (the scallops in question being perfectly underdone the way they are meant to be served).

All and all, I always sum up my reviews to myself by thinking: is this an actual place I would come to and pay for the experience? In all fairness as a blogger / journalist you tend to get preferential treatment and hardly ever have a negative experience so most restaurant visits turn out nothing short of pleasant. Nevertheless I cannot wait to ”incognito” go back to Sea Fu and try their signature paella.

* What to eat? The miso black cod (which is as good as the one at Nobu if not better); the seafood platter (either the cold crustaceans or the cooked catch of the day served with lemon beurre blanc and sweet potato mash); the dim sum and the foie gras on toast, unconventionally served with a sliver of a giant mollusk that is the abalone.

* Finish your night off with an Earl Grey martini and regal views of Dubai at the neighbouring Mercury Lounge. XXX

 

Exotic escapes with Dorothy Perkins.

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I was recently approached by UK based DorothyPerkins.com to share my Dubai summer hot spots with their readers.

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True to my style the story ended up having a nautical vibe to it, although I managed to convey a little of Dubai’s glitz and glam by taking a drip to DIFC.

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Read the entire piece HERE. P.S There is also a little shopping edit with pieces I have curated for you to check out. XXX