Highlights of the Month: The Bridal manicure, a Hair Academy, Early Blowdries & a Knafe Cheesecake.
Hair Academy: Salon Educators, JLT
For all my readers that are budding hair stylists, this is for you. I recently got my hair done at Salon Educators at The Tiffany Tower in JLT – partly salon and partly hair academy (It takes 4 months for the first level, and 6 months for the second) – perfect because as soon as you’ve been educated and trained by the best, you get to test your skills on real clients. The other part of the concept is an actual salon so you can come in and get your hair done by the professional stylists there, whilst they educate you about your own hair along the way. I was booked in with Senior stylist, Kimberley for the full deal – cut, colour and styling. I ended up going for a little trim as I wanted to keep my long locks for the Summer, lightened my ombre – went for something a little cooler as Kimberley suggested as blonde dye eventually starts to look more brassy. I was super happy with my finish and was ready for the Summer. Whether you’d like a hair look or want to get into the hair industry, I definitely suggest you give Salon Educators a visit.
Car: Audi A5
If you’re looking for your next car, I recently drove the Audi A5 convertible in the most beautiful plum color for a weekend and must say, I fell in love with it. A two door car, a smooth ride with a luxurious feel – I didn’t get enough time to use the car but here are my thoughts:
+Music lowers when you’re close to something so you can focus.
+Beautiful, luxurious interiors.
+Ilumination lights in deep amber during night time makes the car look super pretty from the inside.
-Quite long and large for a small two door car.
Nail Spa: The Nail Spa Lakes Club
For my readers living close to the Emirates Hills and Lakes area, One of my new favourite nail spas just opened in the Lakes Club – The Nail Spa. Chic looking like their other branches, quality service – they offer a full range of their treatments within 10 mani/pedi stations and space for massages and facials. For the mommies, it is conveniently located next to The Lakes Club! I suggest getting a mani/pedi with an added treat of Zone Therapy, which is a deep reflexology and pressure point healing massage.
Only pointer, I wish they had more variety of magazines….
Brides: Essie Bridal collection 2014
For the brides that are getting ready for your weddings – I got ya sorted… for the nails at least. Essie, one of my favourite nail polish brands have just launched their bridal collection in the most subtle and sweet colours, and the most hilarious names. I recently tried the collection at Loft Fitfth Avenue, City Walk. They have the most beautiful sheer white, or a classic pastel pink or you can be a little quirky and go for something sweet yet slightly different with a gorgeous blue or Summer pastel orange.
Early Blow dries: Early bird @ JetSet
I always tend to struggle if I need my hair done for an early breakfast event or an early shoot so I’m excited to share this news piece. JetSet, one of my ultimate favourite salons in Dubai have just launched early blow-dries starting from 8 am at Emirates Towers – not only is it such a gem to not have to get your hair done late at night and sleep on it, but the fact that the salon is nice and quiet in the mornings so you can really enjoy your email reads and a cup of coffee whilst getting your hair blown out. I recently had an early shoot followed by the Chanel Cruise 2015 show… Thanks to JetSet, I was all sorted.
Blowdries start at AED105.
Rings: Caroline Creba
If there’s one accessory I wear on a daily basis, it’s rings. I’ve recently introduced UK based jewellery designer, Caroline Creba (who loves her gems!) to my accessories collection. My personal favourite is the Pettia collection – here’s a shot of a few of the rings. http://www.carolinecreba.com
Beauty: Dolce & Gabbana at Harvey Nichols, Dubai
I swear by Dolce & Gabbana beauty products! They just opened a section at Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates. I had the opportunity to speak to Massimilliano Della Maggesa, Dolce & Gabbana make up artist who flew down from Milano and get my make up personally done by him. The artist is proud and loves working with such an iconic brand, “Dolce&Gabbana is lead by two wonderful designers. They live together, they still work together and they are alive.”
He spoke to me about his favorite products from the Matte foundation (that is perfect for the Middle East’s weather) to the Luminous foundation (a luxurious foundation that makes your face feel like ‘real skin’), the matte concealer, the matte blush (According to Massimilliano, they are the only company that make this) and of course their brand new mascara which he swears by for curled lashes. He said something really interesting that when applying make up, you need to ‘recognize yourself and not have make up as something that makes you different.’ But something worth getting excited about? Their brand new skincare range, which he mentions will give the same result as Creme de la Mer, if not better.
Cheesecakes: Sukar Desserts
I’m constantly on the look out for cake bakeries – Birthdays, occasions, and get togethers. I was recently introduced to Sukar House of Desserts, a boutique bakery in JLT. A local homegrown brand that specialise in cakes, cupcakes and baked goods. Their best sellers include Molten chocolate cake, Banoffee pie, and Red Velvet Chunks cheesecake. I recently tried the Knafe cheesecake – a perfect twist on the Middle Eastern dessert and Kitat cheesecake, a delicious chocolate treat. www.facebook.com/sukardesserts