Back Again

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I am so excited to be back again; to start blogging once again. I know that I have been away for a while, but pregnancy had me with a serious case of writer’s block and too drained to do much after work. I was finally blessed with a gorgeous baby boy eight weeks a go :) The road to recovery post c-section and adjusting to my new role as a mother has been tough, yet rewarding & exciting in every way. I now appreciate every single activity that used to give me the slightest of gratitude before; such as a simple manicure, a coffee out with the girls or writing a post on my blog about something that I love!!

So, I would like to thank my readers, family and friends for their continuous support and for being patient with me & not giving up on me. Although handling a new born, a full time job & a blog may prove challenging, I can only promise to do my best!

Exclusive: Private Tour of the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa – Kuwait

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I finally got a chance to check out the much anticipated and awaited for; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa a couple of days a go on a private tour organized to reveal this ultra luxurious establishment. Let’s just say that the hotel is the epitomy of lavishness in Kuwait, with attention to even the smallest of details. It is huge, featuring over 480 rooms, including seaside villas and boasts the largest infinity pool with a pool bar. In addition, the hotel features a private beach, 2 other swimming pools, the Talise Spa, health club, banqueting facilities, children’s area & 6 restaurants. The Spa & Health Club are scheduled to open in July and will have a separate reveal event which I am eagerly looking forward to!  All in all, the hotel truly exceeded my expectations and I look forward to enjoying some of it’s facilities as it is one of the few places that made me feel like I wasn’t in Kuwait for a moment. Anyway, below are some pictures I took on the private tour of my favorite areas in the hotel.
The tour commenced in the Royal Grand Suite on the 5th floor, a truly spectacular affair grossing 350 sqm!!

View from the Royal Grand Suite

 

Royal Grand Suite Bedroom

 

 

Dining Room in the Royal Grand Suite

 

One of the highlights of the tour is their special Events Room –  Reef, which enjoys complete privacy and can be used to host gatherings, small parties/diwaneyas.

My all time favorite area – The Reef; a special events room….gorgeous!!

 

The Reef ceiling

 

The Reef walls up close

The hotel has introduced six exquisite restaurants to Kuwait’s dining scene that are truly appetizing just by their tasteful & unique interior design. Good luck getting reservations though as I was advised that some of them are fully booked days in advance, such as the popular steakhouse “Pepper“.

Arabesque Restaurant – an oriental themed restaurant

 

The definition of “unique”! Great for shisha on their outside terrace or even indoors.

 

The “Garden” Restaurant

 

Pepper Steakhouse

 

The Tea Room

 

Stunning silk custom made & hand made curtains

 

Brides to be; brace yourselves as the Jumeirah Beach Hotel unveils the largest ballroom in Kuwait to date. With a capacity to hold up to 2000 guests, a bridal suite with an en suite photography room, hairdressing/make up room, family room, fully equipped kitchen and a panoramic view of Al Badriya Ballroom, I don’t know what else a bride to be could ask for!

 

 

Al Badriya Wedding Ball Room – exquisite ceiling of the largest ball room in Kuwait

 

Snap shot of one corner of Al Badriya Ball Room

 

The “beauty” room in the Bridal Suite

 

Last but not least are the outdoor premises; the gorgeous infinity pool, beach & other pools are all collaboratively breath taking.

 

Pools

 

Infinity Pool

 

The perfect place to unwind & lounge

 

Pool Bar

The Oscars 2013/85th Annual Academy Awards: Red Carpet Picks – Best Dressed, Worst Dressed & Favorite Couples!

This year’s Oscars Awards were marked by stunning actresses who wowed us in soft pale pastel shades or who sparkled in metallic colors or sequins. Other notable trends from the night included strapless gowns & back jewelry. Here are some of my  picks from the most anticipated night in Hollywood!

 Best Dressed

Charlize Theron in a Dior Peplum Gown – Oscars 2013

 

This was Jennifer Lawrence’s biggest night! Not only did she win an oscar, she also won unanimous admiration for her stunning look in a drop waist Dior dress & a trend setting Chopard back necklace

 

The forever young Jane Fonda in a gorgeous canary yellow Atelier Versace gown – Oscars 2013

 

Sally Field in a gorgeous red Valentino number – Oscars 2013

 

Zoe Saldana looks stunningly different in Alexis Mabille Couture – Oscars 2013

 

Other Great & Not So Great Looks

 

Jennifer Hudson in Cavalli Couture looking HAUTE – Oscars 2013

 

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott – Oscars 2013

 

Kelly Rowland dazzles yet again in Donna Karen – Oscars 2013

 

I hated Anne Hathaway’s look in this Prada dress, unimpressed!- Oscars 2013

 

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab; just ok – Oscars 2013

 

Halle Berry in Versace leaves me with mixed emotions – Oscars 2013

 

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive – Oscars 2013

 

Salma Hayek looking dramatic in an Alexander McQueen gown – Oscars 2013

 

Kerry Washington gets a nod for her bold MiuMiu number – Oscars 2013

 

 

One of my least favorite looks; Jennifer Aniston in Valentino – prom anybody? – Oscars 2013

 

Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta; been there done that – Oscars 2013

 

Adele in Jenny Packham; gorgeous hair, not so gorgeous dress – Oscars 2013

 

Kristen Stewart won the “worst dressed” award hands down in Reem Acra – Oscars 2013

 

Favorite Couples

Channing Tatum & pregnant wife Jenna in Rachel Roy – Oscars 2013

 

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner in Gucci – Oscars 2013

 

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones in Zuhair Murad – Oscars 2013

 

Jamie Foxx takes his daughter as a date to the Oscars 2013

 

Bradley Cooper & his mother look great at the Oscars 2013

Event: Outlet Sale Next Week @ FA Gallery!

Q8’s best boutiques join together in their 1st massive outlet sale next week at FA Gallery, an event not to be missed!

 

Shopping Tips: Cyber Monday Deals!

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Thanksgiving is coming up this week and we all get super excited about the Turkey (of course) but also about the amazing sales that take place on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! If you aren’t living in the USA or live in the USA but don’t feel like dealing with the crowds, then Cyber Monday is for you; all you need is reliable internet connection and you are good to go :) So how do you find out about all these great deals? Here are some of my Cyber Monday Shopping Tips:

1. Download apps on your smart phone such as Fat Wallet Black Friday, TGI Black Friday and Black Friday App, which update you with all the latest deals and also allow you to create a shopping list.

2. Sign up for deal notifications online on CyberMonday2012, CyberMonday and Dealio.

 

Although most deals will go LIVE at 12 am on November 26th, here are some deals that are LIVE now:

1. Piperlime:  Piperlime is offering 20% off the entire site between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

2. Express: Express is offering 50% off the entire site starting today until Black Friday.

3. Last Call by Neiman Marcus: Extra 40% off site wide, stackable with clearance prices (best deal ever!).

American Music Awards 2012: Red Carpet’s Best & Worst Dressed

The AMAs 2012 brought out the best in music and was an okay night for fashion for a change. Some of the red carpet looks could actually be labelled as “elegant”! Minus a few disasters (an event wouldn’t be complete without those), the overall fashion tone was subdued. Here are some of our best dressed & worst dressed of the night:

Best Dressed

Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad

Taylor Swift not only stole the show on stage at the AMAs, she also stole it on the red carpet, strutting her stuff in her favorite evening gowns designer. The dress perfectly suited her, the heels complemented her outfit and the hair/makeup were a perfect 10 too.

 

Taylor Swift AMAs 2012

 

Kelly Rowland in Naeem Khan

Another popular red carpet designer choice worn beautifully by Kelly!

 

Kelly Rowland AMAs 2012

 

Nicki Minaj in Monique L’Huillier

Normally I wouldn’t consider this as a “best dressed” look. However, because it is Nicki Minaj afterall, looking like a normal elegant lady for a change, she gets 10/10 for effort and makes the cut!

 

Nicki Minaj AMAs 2012

 

Jenny McCarthy in Dolce & Gabbana

There’s something about her overall look that rocks!

 

Jenny McCarthy AMAs 2012

 

 

Worst Dressed

Jordin Sparks in Etro

What a hot mess in one of the most unflattering dresses ever!

 

Jordin Sparks AMAs 2012

 

Kerry Washington in Stella McCartney

Kerry has lately been disappointing us with her red carpet looks, making it on the worst dressed list almost every time! What is really going on?!

 

Kerry Washington AMAs 2012

 

 

 

Pink in Catherine Deane

A very strange choice for a very untraditional artist when it comes to fashion. It doesn’t get much more grand motherly than this.

Pink AMAs 2012

 

The Gents

Chris Brown

 

Chris Brown AMAs 2012

 

50 Cent

 

50 Cent AMAs 2012

 

Justin Bieber

 

Justin Bieber AMAs 2012

 

Swiss Beatz

 

Swiss Beatz AMAs 2012

 

Wil-I-Am

Will-I-Am AMAs 2012

 

Psy

 

PSY AMAs 2012

MTV EMA Awards 2012: Best & Worst Dressed – Worst Night in Fashion??!!

MTV’s European Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany  witnessed some of the hottest stars in the industry strutting their stuff on the red carpet in not so rocking fashion :// From a purely fashion & style stand point, the event was a huge disappointment, with some of the biggest fails on the red carpet. I honestly can not say that anyone got it right at this event!

Taylor Swift in J. Mendel

I am not usually a big fan of Taylor Swift’s fashion sense, but she rocked this dress at the EMA’s.

 

Taylor Swift @ The MTV EMAs 2012

 Heidi Klum in Versace

Can we say OVERKILL?! Embellishments here, slits there, asymmetrical outline, lace up pumps, too much skin…..geez!

 

Heidi Klum @ MTV EMAs 2012

 

Kim Kardashian in Stephane Rolland

Not sure what to make of the trash bag vinyl trail dress? Not only did she almost trip over the long trail as she made her way on stage, this fashion faux paux dress left us less than awed! Really??

 

Kim Kardashian @ MTV EMAs 2012

Rita Ora In Marchesa

Not sure how I can describe this; a bold & unique choice? But the color & skin tone are completely mismatched/overwhelming and I’m not feeling the ball gown effect.

 

Rita Ora @ MTV EMAs 2012

 

Alicia Keys in Stella McCartney 

Not the best choice for a RED CARPET event (maybe for a dinner) but I do love the green color & the choker. Mrs. Keys looked h-a-u-t-e!

 

Alicia Keys @ MTV EMAs 2012

Carly Rae Jensen in Helmut Lang

Bleak, bad posture, and non flattering color combinations. Enough said.

 

Carly Rae Jepsen @ MTV EMA’s 2012

 

Lana Del Ray in Shareen

A dress more fitted for a funeral not red carpet music awards, way too minimalistic!

 

Lana Del Rey @ MTV EMAs 2012

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M: In Stores Thursday November 15th!

So are you all ready for the LAUNCH of H&M‘s latest collaboration with the Belgian Maison Martin Margiela this Thursday November 15th at 8 am in the Grand Avenues & at Marina Mall; so exciting! If you had a look at the the clothing and accessories in the lookbook  (gentlemen you can view the men’s lookbook here)then you will know that they are true Maison Martin Margiela style. The clothing is mostly reissued pieces, embodying what this fashion house is most famous for; classic oversized silhouettes, fusion pieces of more than one type of clothing (ex. fusion skirt pants) and unique accessories. And the beauty of it all is that H&M will allow you to purchase these very same pieces that normally sell for thousands of dollars starting from $13.99 and up to $399, can’t beat that!

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook (love the wrap shirt dress!)

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook (love the red dress!)

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

 

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lookbook

Visiting Practitioner Katrina Valente@ Six Senses Spa: Nov 15-25; 9am – 9pm

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I haven’t personally tried any of her facials but I have heard and read some very favorable reviews that would make it worth trying.

“Holistic aesthetician Katrina Valente has devoted her life to health and wellness. She has been recoginized as one of the World’s Top Four Facialists. She is qualified in aromatherapy, reflexology, crystal healing, colour therapy, NLP Hypnosis and timeline therapy, coaching to excellence, Angelic Reiki and skincare aesthetics. Katrina will also be offering her famous Intraceuticals Oxygen Facials, a treatment popular with Hollywood celebraties.

Book Now:  2577 0077

 

Biography

Anti-aging was always her passion, but having learned many different modalities she decided to offer a different kind of facial treatment; one that incorporated crystals, colour therapy and reflexology, giving results that tantalize your mind, body, and spirit.

What to Expect?

Her consultations are thorough as she looks at not just your skin, but your whole being. The result: it’s not just a facial you may end up having! She simply wants to help you break free of your limitations to have the life of which you truly deserve.
– Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial
– Facial Reflexology Journey
– Katrina’s Bespoke Facial
– Katrina’s Bespoke Facial with collagen Mask
– Chakra Healing Massage
– Shamanic Reiki
– Katrina’s Signature Healing Therapy”

 

Election Night Style Off: Michelle Obama Rewears MK Dress

What did you all think of the First Lady’s  attire last night? As much as I love the First Lady, I did not love her choice for this monumental night. She stepped on stage wearing a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pin-tucked dress, which made her look like she packed on an additional 10lbs! Not only is the dress unflattering, but matching the deep burgundy dress with a black shrug just gave off very dull vibes on such a bright occasion. Overall, it wasn’t horrible but just not my favorite look for Michelle Obama.

It was reported that this is the 3rd time Mrs. Obama has sported this dress (obviously its one of her favorites); what a risky decision to make on such a critical night! I love the fact that she’s so humble but if this occasion does not call for a new outfit then what other occasion possibly would?! Just my two cents.

On the other hand, Mrs. Biden looked very simple but chic & pristine in her sleek sleeveless blue shift and matching statement on trend leather belt.

What did you all think?

 

Michelle Obama in Michael Kors Election Night 2012

 

Michelle Obama in the same Michael Kors dress at an honorary dinner in 2009

 

Michelle Obama in the same Michael Kors dress in 2010

 

Michelle Obama Election Night 2008 vs Election Night 2012

 

The 1st lady and the 2nd lady

 

 

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