What to do this month
Make your own necklace with Monica Vinader
Top jewellery brand Monica Vinader has just launched a new online necklace builder tool on the website, where you can choose your own chain and layer up to 4 pendants to make a unique piece. I’m a sucker for anything original and loved the fact that the pendants had an antique/Arabian feel to it – not to mention that the visuals and tools are just insane. I made a Rose Gold piece featuring 3 pendants that – starting with a base of the Atlantis coin followed by two cobalt blue circles. The best part of it all is that I’ve never had any issues with shipping from Monica Vinader – The packages (which come boxed beautifully) arrive within 5 working days, free express shipping with duties paid.
Try it out http://www.monicavinader.com/ae/necklacebuilder#25-2c658
Take a Bobbi Brown Make up class
Not many people know that Bobbi Brown offer free make up classes, but Bobbi herself created the make up lessons to make it easy for any woman to look and feel her best. The brand offer an extensive menu of complimentary make up lessons, which range from 10-20 minutes – these include everything from how to skincare, how to concealer to how to smokey eye as well as look of the season. If you want something more, they have special occasion make up for AED350, or you can go for a full day look or full evening look, which is a redeemable AED500 – bridal is redeemable too!) If you’d like a birthday activity, they also offer beauty workshops for minimum 4 people for AED250 per person. Learning how to do your make up goes a long way…
Get healthy with a pressed juice and snowball vegan truffle at Raw UAE
Being a Pressed juices fan, I’m always on the look out for concepts starting up in the UAE. I’ve had my fair share of good and bad ones. A recent favourite is Abu Dhabi based, Raw. They make some of the best pressed juices, (my favourite is the Green Gold, which includes pineapple, pear, mint, lemon and ginger) cleanses, smoothies, coffee and snacks such as acai bowls, chia puddings and my favourite, the snowball truffle (made out of coconut flakes, dates, cashews, cacao powder, cacao butter, and almond butter). This has got to be one of my top favourites in the country – highly suggest you check them out.
Let your hair down and go out for Toko’s Ladies night – Temptation by Toko
With all that Dubai has to offer, it’s easy to forget about the fab ladies night options around town. I recently went out to Toko with some girlfriends for their Temptation by Toko on Wednesday nights. Taking place at their lounge, they have a fab DJ, Ladies get a cute temptation card, which gives girls four free drinks – from wine to their Temptation cocktails (my personal favourite is the Passion fruit martini) and if you’re planning to nibble or have dinner, you get 30% off your bill. Sounds like the perfect night at one of the hottest spots in town.
Challenge your mind and with a game at Escape Quest.
Instead of a typical night out, challenge your mind and try out a challenge game (these are getting more and more popular in Europe and slowly growing in the region), with this being the 3rd after Hint Hunt and Challenge Chambers. Based in JLT, the newly launched concept features two identical rooms known as ‘The Explorers Library’ (where you can also compete between friends), and you need to escape in the shortest time possible. Proud to say I went with friends a few weeks ago, and we smashed the record by escaping in 47 minutes with 0 clues!
Get festive with Christmas treats at Magnolia Bakery
If you’re planning a Christmas gathering or visiting a friend’s Christmas party and not sure how to contribute to the Christmas table, I’m loving the festive selection NYC’s Magnolia Bakery have for this month. Everything from Gingerbread cupcakes (topped with Vanilla bean meringue icing), Peppermint icebox cake, Chocolate crinkled cookies and best of all sno-balls (buttery pecan cookies rolled in powder)
Magnolia’s bakery is at JBR The Beach and Bloomingdale’s Home.