The FESTIVE Checklist
Planning for New Year’s Eve is always a headache in this city. People plan last minute (and with the traffic & congestion, last minute plans are not fun.) and most nightclubs/lounges are overly priced. Last year, I went to Sandance (Rita Ora and Elie Goulding performed) followed by a friend’s house party. I must say I wasn’t super excited when getting my tickets because I wanted to dress up for NYE but what’s great about Sandance is the fact that you can dress up (just don’t wear stilettos! Keep them in your car if you have post plans), you listen to amazing music (This year, they have a line up of Emile Sande, Axwell, and Paul Oakenfold to name a few.), you end up bumping into people you know (as it’s a full house!), you still have your place (it’s quite spacious, yet you’re still partying on the beach!), and this year – They have the largest firework display on the palm for Guiness world records. & the best part of all? You still spend a decent amount on New Year’s – AED450 (regular – at the door), and AED600 (VIP tickets)
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VISIT: Madinat Jumeirah’s Winter Wonderland
Every year, Dubai try to add as much of the festive spirit within shopping centres and restaurants but it never really feels like Christmas. This year, I’ve been super impressed with Madinat Jumeirah. Head out with your children because it feels like a Winter Wonderland (the weather is chilly enough to make it feel like it is too.) Roasted Chestnuts, Gingerbread treats, Christmas treats, 8 metre tall Christmas tree, Giant snow globe, ice rink, Santa’s grotto, reindeer rodeo and the North Pole Train are enough to make any kid excited.
DRESSES: L’wren Scott for Banana Republic
This is the time of the year where I take out my statement dressers for Christmas lunches, Christmas parties and New Years Eve. If you’ve left the dress shopping till the last minute, I suggest you check out the fashion collaboration L’wren Scott did with Banana Republic which features a range of festive pieces from sequin cardigans to brocade dresses.
-Bliss package – Let It Glow available at Debenhams & Faces across the UAE
Personally, I find buying great beauty sets a fail safe choice. You can never go wrong, especially if you know your beauty quite well. Bliss, one of my favourite skincare brands have come out with a ‘Let it Glow’ set which includes four power products to give you that festive glow.
-Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (Their classic fail safe rinse off cleanser)
-Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask (One of my favourite Bliss products, I use this before a night out for a pick me up)
-Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream (Their best selling moisturiser)
-Fabulips (Everyone needs a good luxe lip balm.)
-Philosophy Spiced Gingerbread cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
I love waiting for Philosophy’s Festive collection every year. This year, I got myself the Spiced Gingerbread Cookie scent. Reminds me of Christmas and the perfect Gift idea, with adorable packaging.