Introducing New Family Experiences for 2016 at Cheval Blanc Randheli

May 18th, 2016

 

Cheval Blanc Randheli, the secluded Maldivian paradise located in the Noonu Atoll, is a haven for families seeking the holiday of a lifetime.

The well-being of families has always been a key element of Cheval Blanc Randheli’s Art de Recevoir. From tailored amenities to made-to-measure events and bespoke food and beverage menus, there is something special for every guest from the young to the young-at-heart.

This year, an exciting new range of Family Experiences are unveiled by the Maison, with many designed for the whole family to enjoy together.  From cookery and wellness, to adventure and sport, the new experiences feature activities to nourish and enchant young minds, turning an extraordinary holiday into the ultimate family adventure.

Alongside the charming Le Carrousel kids’ club, with a dedicated arts & crafts room and private pool welcoming children aged 3-12 years, and Le Paddock for teenagers, these tailored experiences ensure Cheval Blanc Randheli remains a family playground like no other…

Little Chef Experiences

Budding foodies can get hands-on with the Maison’s master chefs and learn exciting new skills in a range of culinary ateliers.

Family Culinary Afternoon

Show off a pizza dough spin and cookie decorating skills! From pizza to macarons, to smoothies and cookies, the Maison chefs will tailor a lesson completely to each participants’ taste buds. Hosted in the White, Diptyque, in-villa or at La Table de Partage, kids’ culinary skills will blossom in these hands-on interactive workshops.  Children can follow the Maison’s chefs to a behind-the-scenes peek in Randheli’s magical kitchens! Aprons and chef hats provided.

Beachfront Picnic and Barbecue

Families can learn how the Maison’s masterful chefs prepare freshly caught fish (even the kids’ own catch of the day!), local island delicacies or classic favourites before indulging in a feet-in-the-sand beach barbecue and picnic with unparalleled views of the Maldivian sunset.

Family Health and Wellness

Creative family bonding is spurred with a Cheval Blanc Randheli Family Well-being Journey, including dedicated spa treatments for kids and a range of healthy activities to burn energy and feel fabulous!

Well-being Journey for Families

Always advocating family unity, Cheval Blanc Randheli has cleverly designed a Family Well-being Journey, the first of its kind in the Maldives.

An all-encompassing healthful and stimulating programme first brings families together for a daily sport activity, followed by festive fitness challenges such as Family Team Training or Beach Obstacle courses – a blast of friendly-competition taking place on the beach or in the Maison’s lush gardens.

After a day of movement and stimulation, families are invited to partake in one-of-a-kind spa and relaxation rituals, with treatment aiming to provide an interactive wellness education for all.

To ignite family-bonding and encourage teamwork, the Maison’s chefs host private in-kitchen lessons. From dough-throwing competitions and giant clouds of flour created in a Pizza Workshop to a Father-Son Barbecue Stand-off, these culinary experiences inspire creativity whilst teaching about healthful food choices.

Jungle Island Bootcamp

Guests can get fit, get strong, and get in touch with the inner commando at Maakurandhoo Jungle Bootcamp! Designed with a ‘raw’ approach to fitness, this session tests strength and cardiovascular fitness in the beautiful jungle setting of Maakurandhoo Island. The Maison’s Personal Trainer leads this captivating outdoor experience that gets the heart pumping in a most entertaining style. From kettle ball lifts to tire throws, every muscle is tested in this feet-in-the-sand workout.

Family Olympic Games

Let’s get moving together! Parents and children are invited to a fun-filled Olympic games on the beach! From ‘Pop my Balloon’ to Beach Races and Tug-of-War, Randheli’s beach comes alive with friendly competition.

Discovery with a Marine Biologist

Every year, the Maison welcomes a marine biologist extraordinaire to show guests the magic of the underwater world of the Noonu Atoll.

With a series of special events including nature survival walks, snorkel and dive safaris and interactive lectures, guests are encouraged the dive deeper into the beautiful Maldivian environment and discover the dazzling seabed and neighbouring jungles for an unparalleled island discovery.

 

Action and Adventure

Kids can learn new skills and experience heart-racing water-sports, creating extraordinary memories to take home…

Fishing Excursion

Little fishermen and women can test the waters and learn new fishing skills! Kids and parents can try their hand at local-style fishing in the sparkling Noonu Atoll waters. From big game fishing to relaxed, small fish catch-and-release, the skilled Maison Ambassadeurs will teach the ins-and-outs of the tackle box.

Family Jet Ski Adventure

Hop-on and ride away on a family jet-ski adventure with the Cheval Blanc Randheli Watersports Team! The tour jets off to Five-Island destination where soft sandbanks and spectacular experiences await! From swimming, to basking in the Maldivian sun, to photoshoots, a picnic or manta ray spotting, Five-Island is truly an unmissable spot.

 

A World of Attentions

At Cheval Blanc Randheli, the friendly team of Alchemists are always on hand to prepare specific requests and recommendations for children, teens and families.  Varied daily activity programmes are always available to younger guests, including creative activities such as Kite Flying on the beach and Flip-Flop painting.  The fun continues into the evening with night activities such as Ghost Crab Hunting, Mini-Disco Parties or Outdoor Movie Nights at Le Carrousel!

Teens will discover their own programme of fun at Le Paddock, with daily activities such as French Bowls or Table Tennis Challenges plus an exciting range of new adrenaline-infused motorised watersports for speed junkies!

The Maison hosts a line of tailored babies’ and kids’ menus and a complete line of children’s amenities, including special bathroom products and nightly turn-down gifts. The Cheval Blanc Spa welcomes children to discover carefully tailored treatments – alone or alongside a parent during Mother-Daughter rituals or Father-Son treatments – from mini-Guerlain facials to mini-mani-pedis.  At Cheval Blanc Randheli, little guests always feel special!

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GET IN ON THE FOOTBALL ACTION WITH SEPT PR’S EURO CUP 2016 ROUND-UP

May 16th, 2016

We at the Sept PR headquarters are catching football fever with the upcoming Euro Cup and where better to watch the matches than at the top venues in Dubai – CLAW, Casa de Tapas and Emirates Golf Club.

 CASA DE TAPAS

Watch all the Action from Europe’s Football Greats as Casa de Tapas Showcases UEFA Eurocup 2016

Casa de Tapas is gearing up to the biggest sporting event of the year, all UEFA’s Eurocup 2016 matches are to be screened live in the venue, direct from France. All eyes will be on Group D at this renowned Spanish favorite and as the nation’s play out the competition, Casa de Tapas will be offering guests a variety of drinks specials to match the action, alongside signature tasty tapas and home style Spanish dishes.

Fans of all national teams will be able to enjoy all the matches across Casa de Tapas’ 14 screens, including one large projection screen which is sure to transport guests right to the centre of the game.  From Friday 10th June to Sunday 10th July all Eurocup fans can take advantage of the Casa de Tapas promotions including five bottles of beer for only AED 99 and a jug of Spanish sangria for AED 90 throughout the 90 minutes of the game.

In addition, Casa de Tapas offers seven private booths within the restaurant that have individual TV screens, the perfect option for groups of friends these can be pre-booked for a preferred game at any time. Get in early for the football event of the year at Casa de Tapas, a celebration of sports, food, fun and entertainment.

Casa de Tapas Contact:
Email: reservations@casadetapas.ae

Phone: +971 4 4161 800

CLAW

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON, JOIN THE TEAM AND GET READY TO TURN ON THE EURO 2016 FOOTBALL FEVER AT CLAW

Football Fanatics Can Catch All Games Live Alongside Delicious Promotions

This summer sees UEFA’s highly anticipated Euro 2016 kick into action, and to mark the momentous championship, CLAW will be pulling out the team jerseys and turning up the volume for a bumper month of on-pitch antics, live from France’s leading cities, on all 15 TV’s. Throughout the tournament, every match will be screened live and teamed up with not one but several food and drinks promotions.

CLAW’s private gaming den The Barn, will be exclusively opening its doors (Sunday – Tuesday) for footie enthusiasts to have even more space to revel in the beautiful game and admire the ball skills of Europe’s leading players.  Gents (and cowgirls) doning their team shirts can receive a free shot every time their team scores a goal – just shout out the team name and CLAW’s bar boys will be right on hand! That’s not all….to quench a thirst and satisfy a craving; match watchers can buy a bucket of beer and devour a portion of its best-selling Buffalo/BBQ Wings for a CLAW-dropping  AED 145!

CLAW will be throwing a footie themed night to remember on Friday 10th June to mark the very first game of the competition. Viewers can catch the first match between France and Romania at 11.00pm, and why not head to The Barn – the ultimate games room – for full commentary, cold beers and CLAWsome cocktails.

Support your team, and enjoy every nail biting moment of this summer’s most important games, all shown live at CLAW from Friday 10th June through to the final on Sunday 10th July. For reservations or more information contact 04 4322300 or email info@clawbbq.com

CLAW Contact:
Email: reservations@clawbbq.com
Phone: +971 4 432 2300

EMIRATES GOLF CLUB

Catch all the Big Match Football Action and More at
Emirates Golf Club’s Football Central

Non-stop Live Football Action served up with Delicious Food, Giant Jenga and a Host of Competitions

Starting on June 10th, the ultimate destination in Dubai to soak up the game’s electric atmosphere is the designated football fan zone at Emirates Golf Club. Catch all the Euros matches live at Football Central, a dedicated venue for people who love football!

With 22 television screens and two big screens, indoors and outdoors, football fanatics needn’t worry about missing a moment of the action – be it a goal, red card or penalty.  Whilst soaking up the game, guests can head dive into a selection of food and drink offers, including a ‘Pint & Burger’ for AED99 and a host of sharing platters, salads and quesadillas to fuel them through a night of cheering on their team.

The optional fan package, priced at AED80, will not only give access to round the clock football but a ‘fan-tastic’ T-shirt, two beverages and a tasty snack.  For those wishing to enjoy shisha on the sidelines, head outdoors to one of the impressive large screens where diners can keep their eyes glued to the coverage.

The larger group of supporters can opt for one of the corporate package options; which can be snapped in anything from five to fifteen game packages, all including a generous food and drink offering and a guaranteed table in prime locations.  Table packages are available for groups of four or ten with the option of indulging in a full buffet or a tasty tray of snacks.

Half time activities during the evenings include giant Jenga, floor foosball, predict the score and the dribble challenge, as well as ongoing competitions throughout the tournament to win a table for four at the final match on 10th July, inclusive of F&B vouchers.

All guests are welcome to turn up on the night however table reservations are highly recommended for those not wanting to miss out.  To reserve your table and guarantee seats, please call +971 4 417 9999 or email football@dubaigolf.com.

Grab your friends, sport your team’s colours and celebrate the biggest tournament in European football with help from official sports media partner Sport 360 and official beverage partner MMI at Dubai’s central football hotspot at Emirates Golf Club.

Emirates Golf Club Contact:

Phone: +971 4 417 9999

Email: football@dubaigolf.com

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Celebrate Mother’s day with Sept PR’s Mother’s day Round Up

March 21st, 2016

Greetings Everyone!

Mother’s day is today and we at SEPT PR would like to honor all the mother’s out there and to do so, we compiled a Mother’s Day special at the top venues in Dubai to spend it with the fambam! (family)

Dubai Golf – The Boardwalk

Have a Mother’s Day out every Monday to Thursday between 12noon and 5pm and enjoy Boardwalk’s special offer allowing Mums to relax and dine whilst the little ones visit our fully supervised kid’s zone!

Mums can indulge in their delicious lunch buffet with two soft beverages for just AED 90 whilst children enjoy a kids meal and up to three hours access to Boardwalk kids zone for AED 50.

The Boardwalk contact

Email: boardwalk@dubaigolf.com

Phone: +971 4 295 6000

RIVA

Award-winning Ristorante and Beach Club RIVA has launched Pizza Per Tutti, its new Monday night experience, ideal for families and great value; diners will receive a free kids pizza for every regular pizza purchased.

 

Save time cooking and treat the little ones to a delicious Mother’s day  out that’s packed with fresh ingredients, all curated by Head Chef Rashid. Located on the Palm Jumeirah and known for its homemade pizzas, RIVA is the perfect neighbourhood eatery for everything from a spontaneous week-night meal to a family celebration.

Guests who prefer to keep to the classics can choose from a variety of signature pizzas from the The Frutti Di Mare topped with a range of seafood favourites or the Quattro Formaggi, ideal for cheese lovers. For guests looking after something a little more experimental, the artisan pizzas such as The Aragosta, with juicy tomatoes, mozzarella and a whole fresh Canadian lobster, and the Tartufo with tomatoes, mozzarella and black truffles are set to satisfy. Each handmade pizza is also available to order with a 100% gluten free base.

 

RIVA’s Contact

Phone: +971 4 430 9466

Casa de Tapas

Celebrate Mother’s Day the Spanish way at Casa de Tapas, the only place in town that can give you a true essence of Spain.

Transporting guests to the cobble-stoned streets of España one delicious dish at a time, Casa De Tapas, since its inception has become a home away from home.

In celebration, Casa de Tapas will be hosting ‘Tasty Tapas Mondays’ where Families will delight in an array of new delectable dishes, including Ensalada De Cangrejo, Crab salad in homemade mayonnaise, Tomate Aliña, Heirloom tomatoes dressed with garlic, parsley, tomato vinegar and sea salt, Albondigas De Pollo Con Salsa De Tomate, Chicken meatballs in tomato sauce and Paella The Cordero Y Alcachofas with rice, lamb, artichokes and vegetables.

Casa de Tapas Contact:

Email: reservations@casadetapas.ae

Phone: +971 4 4161 800

Apples & Drawers

Looking for the perfect mother’s day gift? Look no further because we, at Sept PR, have the perfect present for all mums in town. Apples & Drawers is your ultimate online shopping destination for the most fashionable and stylish lingerie and sleepwear. Exclusively stocking the hottest international brands and hidden gems from around the world, the curated collection offers everything from flirty intimates, comfortable every day underwear, distinctive sleepwear, pretty maternity choices and sensual bridal sets.

For Mother’s Day this year, luxury brands that fall under the spotlight are Deshabille for comfortable everyday sleepwear to chic and contemporary Australian sleepwear from Masini & Chern. 

They also have a little something for expecting mothers and it’s the perfect gift for new mums celebrating their first mother days.

Apples&Drawers collections come elegantly wrapped boxed and without price tags, making them ideal gifts for friends or loved ones.

Apples&Drawers Website:

www.applesanddrawers.com

 

Glamonyou

Little girls often play pretend by dressing up as their moms. Glamonyou has a collection that will turn little girls into little princesses by looking just as glamorous as their moms. Perfect for a day at the beach, birthday celebrations, elegant play dates, parties, weddings or Mother’s Day, – ‘Little Miss’ by GlamOnYou features an eclectic selection of basics and occasion wear for young girls. This Mother’s Day, Glamonyou allows you to choose just the perfect unique gift for your unique daughter.

For further information please visit www.glamonyou.com

Deema Jewelry

What better way to celebrate and remember Mother’s Day than with our favorite Luxury Design House, Deema.

Award winning design house Deema specializes in the creation of bespoke luxury jewelry, chinaware, and fine artefacts. The brand, led by Mother and Daughter design duo Shadya Al Ismaily and Suad Al Riyami which is perfect reason why this brand is so special for Mother’s Day this year.

Featuring one of a kind, handmade creations inspired by arts, heritage, nature and culture; Deema’s new collection comprising of the finest jewelry and homeware will be available in the new boutique and available to order online www.deemaoman.com. The highly anticipated new collection boasts unique pieces of the highest quality; with an emphasis on excellent craftsmanship and an innovative twist on traditions, the brand reflects the very essence of luxury.

Four distinct lines make up the Deema brand; Islamic Heritage, Heritage, Architecture, and Nature, each including its own beautiful assortments, with individual inspirations and telling their own exceptional story.

Prices start from AED 1746

Other Deema collections include Butterfly, Eqaam, Deco Art and exclusively for men, Opera and Riyam.

 

Deema Oman has recently launched their very first stand-alone boutique in Muscat, Oman. All of the collections will be available for purchase at the boutique. Opening hours are 10 am – 2pm and 4pm – 9pm from Saturday to Thursday and 5pm – 9pm on Friday.

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/Deema0man?ref=hl

https://instagram.com/deemaoman/

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s day from Team Sept PR!

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Spread the Love with Sept PR’s Valentine’s Day Round Up

January 14th, 2016

 

We at the Sept PR headquarters are getting in the mood for love and what better way than at the top venues in Dubai to spend Valentine’s Day; CLAW, Casa de Tapas, Dubai Golf and RIVA.

To make things easier, we have compiled a Valentine’s Day round-up with all the information you will need below.

CLAW

Single, married or in the honeymoon phase, CLAW’s Love Shack is bound to tick a box or two… From Friday 12th through to Sunday 14th February, guests can expect to see CLAW like never before as it’s transformed into the Love Shack; one side will be cupid’s haven, with the other half appealing to those  who welcome Valentine’s as much as a pending deadline.

The Love Shack is a little old place where food lovers (we) can get together, with diners encouraged to dress in the colours of love or deep and dark if part of Team Anti to enjoy its renowned Rock Star Brunch.  Diners will be sat depending on which colours are worn, so it’s up to the guests to decide on which section best fits – red or black. To make sure it’s well and truly a memorable brunch, Calvin and the gang will be installing a photobooth to capture all of those magic moments. Brunch packages start from AED 229 through to AED 399 for The Professional, expect CLAW-some signature dishes, drinks a-plenty as well as a range of cocktails and shooters.

Headin’ on down to the Love Shack, Calvin and the kitchen heroes have also rustled up the ‘Lovers’ and ‘Anti-Valentine’s’ set-menus, which include three courses and a beverage. Both menus are available from 7pm Friday through to Sunday, all of this for a yummy price of AED 250 per person, whether that be a BFF, crush, the team or special someone.

That’s not all, as the funky little shack, a.k.a CLAW’s now infamous Barn will be screening a series of rom-com box office hits ‘Drive In’ style. Guests can expect tear jerkers to sweet happy endings, films will be announced on CLAW’s Facebook on the run-up to the Love Shack takeover.

Huggin’ and a-kissin’, dancin’ and a-lovin CLAW’s Love Shack is set to be the ultimate haven for those looking to embrace the love or run a mile from it.

Best read while listening to this song

CLAW Contact:
Email: reservations@clawbbq.com
Phone: +971 4 432 2300

 Casa de Tapas

The Spanish are known for romantic gestures and excellent cuisine, so where better to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than Dubai’s renowned Spanish favourite, Casa de Tapas. Couples dining at the Creekside venue can enjoy a famous Spanish love affair, the perfect match of Paella and Sangria.

All perfectly matched couples can dine on a delicious 2-4-1 menu of signature Spanish picks, Paella complimented with sangria on Sunday 14th February all. Couples will also be entered to win a complimentary Padel Tennis lesson; famous in Spain as the most fashionable sport to play as a couple. Winners can visit Emirates Golf Club to book the prize to ensure its game, set and match this Valentine’s Day.

With a romantic candlelit setting, live band playing classic love songs and stunning views across Dubai’s skyline, choose Casa de Tapas for a memorable evening with your ‘mi amor’.

Anti-Valentine’s Disclaimer

On 12th February, things are set to heat up as Casa de Tapas hosts the most sizzling fiesta in town with its Latin Lover’s Brunch. With all the usual Friday favorites’ plus a playful dress code of Red, Amber or Green, hinting if you are taken, open for discussion or available; expect a mischievous brunch party where cupid is nowhere to be found…

Casa de Tapas Contact:

Email: reservations@casadetapas.ae

Phone: +971 4 4161 800

Dubai Golf

Love is in the air and Dubai Golf understands that no couple is the same so between the offerings at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Emirates Golf Club, guests will have plenty of lavish options to choose from. Whether wishing to fine dine with loved ones or try something new with close friends, the day is guaranteed to be memorable one.

On Sunday 14th February from 7pm, go on an enchanting journey with Le Classique and indulge in a decedent six course menu with French flair prepared by Chef Remi. Choose to dine indoors or enjoy the weather on the terrace with stunning views over the Dubai skyline.

Down at Dubai Creek, guests can dine under the stars at Boardwalk between 7pm and 11:30pm while enjoying a fresh five-course Mediterranean dinner on the deck, guaranteed to be nothing short of magical.

Those looking to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a difference can hop on board on one of the BBQ Donuts. From noon to 9pm impress loved ones with a private journey along the renowned Dubai Creek. Enjoy the serene surroundings and sensational views while relishing in a special menu customised to specific preferences by the Chef.

Prices:

Emirates Golf Club

Le Classique
AED 850 per couple for six course set sharing menu with a glass of bubbly on arrival and Valentine’s chocolates to take away

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Boardwalk
AED 260 per person inclusive of three course menu and a welcome drink
AED 720 per couple inclusive of three course menu and a bottle of sparkling

BBQ Donut
AED 1,000 per couple including personalised menu with soft beverages and two hours sailing

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Contact:
Phone: +971 4 295 6000
Email: creekdining@dubaigolf.com

Emirates Golf Club Contact:

Phone: +971 4 417 9999
Email: emiratesdining@dubaigolf.com

RIVA

Cupid’s month is just around the corner and for those looking to treat a loved one this Valentine’s Day, the award-winning RIVA Ristorante has created a bespoke, Italian inspired set menu.

The Valentine’s menu begins with fresh Lobster Carpaccio and Caviar, followed by Goats Cheese Agnolotti with Saffron and Tomato. Guests can then choose from either RIVA’s popular Grilled Beef Fillet with Truffle Potato or fresh Pan Fried Red Mullet with Ratatouille. The menu ends with a selection of desserts followed by a digestif and is priced at AED 650 per couple. For diners wishing to pair the menu with a his and hers welcome cocktail and bottle of Rose the price is AED 999 per couple.

Diners can choose to dine in RIVA’s contemporary and cool toned ristorante or al fresco to enjoy the views.  The evening’s chill-out soundtrack will be provided by resident DJ Pascal, who be playing out on RIVA’s famed Gazebo Bar. Following dinner, couples and friends alike can unwind in the outdoor shisha terrace or gazebo bar and continue the night with signature cocktails under the stars.

The menu is exclusively available on Sunday 14th February from 6.00pm through to 11.30pm, with reservations advised.

Notes To Editors

RIVA’s Valentine Menu:

Starter

Lobster Carpaccio with Caviar, Candied Cherry & Citrus Dressing

Pasta

Goat Cheese Agnolotti with Saffron, Tomato & Mint

Mains

Grilled Beef Fillet with Honey Glazed Carrot, Truffle Potato, Cep’s Jus

Or

Pan Fried Red Mullet with Ratatouille, Tomato Saffron Sauce

Dessert

Mango Coconut Mousse Bar, Chocolate Almond Sponge, Mango Sorbet

Digestif

Italian Macarons with Tea or Coffee

RIVA’s Contact

Phone: +971 4 430 9466

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Ring in the New Year in Style with Sept PR’s Festive Round-Up

December 28th, 2015


We at the Sept PR headquarters are gearing up for all the exciting things 2016 holds, but of course, we need to send 2015 off in style and what better way to do this than with our favourite venues; Casa de Tapas, Cielo, CLAW, Dubai Golf, Kanpai, OKKU and RIVA.

To make things easier, we have compiled a New Year’s round-up with all the information you will need below.  Please do let us know if you need any further details and/or imagery.

Casa de Tapas 

New Year’s Eve

For the biggest party night of the year, Casa de Tapas is hosting a truly entertaining fiesta.  The night will host a celebratory brunch party full of Spanish dishes and signature Casa de Tapas favourites.

Dance to the tunes of the live house band and talented DJ Antonio, and welcome in the New Year in true Spanish style with the 12 grapes tradition, eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight. To top it all off, enjoy breathtaking views across Dubai Creek with a prime view of Park Hyatt and Burj Khalifa fireworks. The celebrations start at 8pm where guests can choose from two options, the house spirits package for AED549 and the sparkling package at AED699.

New Year’s Day

Casa de Tapas welcomes all guests back to continue the celebrations for the first chapter of 2016. Guests in need of a recovery brunch can enjoy a selection of signatures, but the real treat will be its DIY Bloody Mary’s. Lovers of the classic cocktail will be equipped with everything they need to create the ideal Bloody Mary, from celery sticks to a dash of red grape; with all the ingredients on the table guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the start of the year. Three packages are on offer for the January 1st party – food & Soft drinks at 249 AED, food & house Spirits at 299 AED and food, sparkling cava & house spirits at 349 AED.

Casa de Tapas Contact:

Email: reservations@casadetapas.ae

Phone: +971 4 4161 800

Cielo

To celebrate everything that was 2015 and welcome in the New Year, Cielo will be hosting internationally recognized DJ Vassili Tsilichristos as he brings the latest chapter of his Made In Mykonos party to Dubai. The globally celebrated event will transport revellers into 2016 to the sounds of hedonistic house music against Cielo’s stunning panoramic backdrop of Dubai’s skyline, as well as offer premier views of the Burj Khalifa’s famed fireworks.

The rooftop bar and lounge will be open from 10.00pm through to 4.00am, offering welcome cocktails and canapes on arrival. Guests can choose from a number of packages, from table reservations starting at AED 4,000 through to it to its open bar offering at AED 499 – tickets are limited and will be available on an early bird basis -  guests can enjoy a range of celebratory house beverages, hops and cocktails.  In addition Cielo’s recently launched Latin American A La Carte menu will also be available throughout the evening.

Cielo is set to be the perfect location for Dubai residents and visitors to dance under the stars and witness the magnificent fireworks; all to a mix of upbeat sounds to ensure 2016 gets off to the ultimate start.

Cielo Contact:

Email: reservations@cielodubai.com

Phone: + 971 4 4161 8000 

CLAW

See in the New Year in star-spangling style with Calvin’s CLAW-some NYE brunch! From 7.00pm all the way through till 1am, cowboys and cowgirls are in for one rodeo ride of gut busting, mouthwatering, thirst quenching treats.  Packages for the night include:

AED 449 – Soft drinks and full buffet of signature sizzling & BBQ favourites, with an elaborate seafood bath and two roasted-to-perfection beef and turkey carvery options.

AED 499 – House beverages, grapes, hops, cocktails and bubbles with a full buffet of signature sizzling and BBQ favourites, with an elaborate seafood bath and two roasted-to-perfection beef & turkey carvery options.

CLAW’s resident DJ will be keeping the decks spinning, with back-to-back guilty pleasure inspired party anthems throughout the ages, to bring in a brand spanking New Year – have those dancing shoes at the ready! The venue itself will be decked out with the brightest balloons, tickertape, streamers, party poppers and a whole load of celebratory props to make those snap-happy moments pop. Don’t forget to listen out to the team hollering in the arrival of CLAW’s shot train, which will make stops at all tables throughout the night.

CLAW’s New Year’s Eve brunch must be pre-booked and paid for in advance, diners will have the tables for the full night. Entrance passes must be collected from the venue by Wednesday 30th December, full event guide lines for entrance to Downtown and Souk Al Bahar will also be provided.  Party revelers and firework lovers, fear not as re-entry following the Burj Khalifa’s spectacular display will be welcomed to ensure 2016 gets off to a CLAW-tastic start! Let the good times roll!

CLAW Contact:
Email: reservations@clawbbq.com
Phone: +971 4 432 2300

Dubai Golf

Toast the New Year with an extra sparkle and class at the Legendary Snow Party in Legends from 8pm to 2am. Enjoy an extensive dinner buffet with a glass of bubbly on arrival, live entertainment from an awesome four piece band and live DJ all evening long at the Club’s most glamorous party celebration!

For a Parisian chic New Year the Moulin Rouge Gala Dinner at Le Classique will be the place to be. Enjoy an extensive gourmet buffet with a glass of premium bubbly on arrive and unlimited selected beverages all evening long at the Club’s most glamorous party celebration!

Legends Contact:

Phone: +971 4 295 6000

Email: creekdining@dubaigolf.com

Le Classique Contact:

Phone: +971 4 417 9999

Email: emiratesdining@dubaigolf.com

Kanpai 

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIVE-COURSE SET MENU

Located in the heart of Souk Al Bahar, the centre of Dubai New Year celebrations, Kanpai is set to be the perfect location to see in 2016 with friends and loved ones. Offering several exclusive menus to suit every party-goer and palate, guests can choose from Kanpai’s five-course tasting menu; which includes smoked miso salmon, syphon bonito flavored soy soup, Blackmore wagyu beef ending with the sweet notes of the  ‘Fire’ element  from the dessert menu, priced from Aed 349 per person on Aed 599 per couple including soft drinks. Executive Chef Song, has also created a vegetarian five-course set-menu option with dishes ranging from Betonamu Nama Harumaki, seared tofu steak, as well as assorted mochi and macaroons priced from Aed 299 per person to Aed 499 including soft drinks. Kanpai’s resident DJ will be mixing feel-good beats alongside a live percussionist to ensure guests are dancing their way into 2016.  Both menus all offer an unlimited bubbles package, to ensure the New Year is seen in, in sparkling style, priced from Aed 649 per person or Aed 599 per person with the vegetarian tasting menu.   Guests choosing from the set-menu will each receive a gold wrist-band allowing for re-entry to Souk Al Bahar following the fireworks.

NEW YEAR’S EVE FINGER FOOD AND BEVERAGE MENU

For guests who are looking for a lighter option or for larger groups, Kanpai has created its Lounge Finger Food and Unlimited Beverage menu. Priced at Aed 399 per person guests can enjoy a selection of unlimited house beverages and a signature Kanpai platter made up of miso salmon, octopus ball with soy vinegar and bonito flakes, slow cooked shrimp and soy marinated cherry tomato, micro herbs and yuzu citrus miso.

In addition to the Lounge menu, Kanpai will also be offering a premium party pass at Aed150, which can be bought following the purchase of an earlier package and offers five premium drinks. For those who are lovers of spontaneity and late night celebrating Kanpai has its Late Night New Year’s Eve beverage menu, available after the fireworks through to 2.00am. Guests can enjoy the start of 2016 with free flowing house beverages for Aed 299 per person.

NYE PACKAGE BREAKDOWN

Five Course New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu

Non Alcoholic Package – Aed 349 per person or Aed 599 per couple

House Pouring Package – Aed 449 per person or Aed 799 per couple

Bubbly & House pouring Package – Aed 649 per person or Aed 1,199 per couple

Five Course New Year’s Eve Vegetarian Tasting Menu

Non Alcoholic Package – Aed 299 per person or Aed 499 per couple

House Pouring Package – Aed 399 per person or Aed 699 per couple

Bubbly & House pouring Package – Aed 599 per person or Aed 1,099

For Walk-Ins and Additional Options

Aed 399 – Two hour package of free flowing house beverages and a selection of canapes in Kanpai’s Lounge (reservations preferable)

Aed 299 – For walk-in guests after the fireworks display a free-flowing house beverages drinks-only package

Aed 150, Premium Party Package – Upgrade and a enjoy a further five premium spirit based drinks

Kanpai Contact:

Email: reserve@kanpaime.com

Phone: +971 4 441 9262

OKKU

OKKU will be journeying back through time this New Year’s Eve bringing the definitive ‘Back to the Future’ party to welcome in 2016.  Partygoers will be taken through a jukebox of 80’s, 90’s and current tunes by superstar resident DJ Yiannis, while indulging on an incredible menu of OKKU’s renowned first class food and drinks.

With two seatings available on the night, there is a gastronomic offering to suit all: one kicking off at 7pm-9.30pm, tailored towards those who are looking to spoil themselves to a lavish early evening dinner before embracing the night ahead and a second seating 9.30pm-late for celebrators looking to dine and OKKU in welcoming the New Year in with a bang!

Guests will be wowed by a beautiful menu full of signature OKKU dishes from their multi-award winning menu, including classics such as the sumptuous Yuzu-Saikyo Miso Black Cod, Wasabi Rock Shrimp and not forgetting star creations like the ‘O’ Style Avocado Volcano and the all-time favourite Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice alongside a prime selection of sushi.  The first seating, costing AED595, will include bubbles, spirits and Italian grape and the second seating, costing AED795, will include spirits, Italian grape as well as premium French bubbles.

 

Beautiful food, incredible drinks and an unstoppable stylish party crowd will guarantee OKKU to be the place to wave goodbye to 2015 and say hello to an exciting 2016!

OKKU Contact:

Email: reservations@okkudubai.com

Phone: + 971 (0) 4 501 8777

RIVA

End the year in spectacular style celebrating under the stars at the award-winning boutique RIVA Beach Club and Ristorante. In addition to offering a number of party packages from dinner to drinks, guests will have stunning views of Dubai’s renowned and globally recognized fireworks. Resident DJ Carlos will be transporting revelers right through to the new year.

Located on the Shoreline, Building 8, Palm Jumierah, RIVA has designed three exclusive packages for guests to enjoy while celebrating the New Year. From 8pm until 12am, guests can choose from the Food, Gold and Platinum packages.

The Food Package

Consisting of a 4-course menu with specially crafted dishes such as Creamed Pea, Leek and Potato Soup with Truffle, Marinated Beef Carpaccio with Quail Eggs, Rucola, Parmesan and Horseradish Mayo, Herb Crusted Salmon with Cauliflower Puree & Steamed Veggies and a Trio of Desserts – Coconut Pannacotta, Gianduja Chocolate Tart, Tiramisu for AED 550 per person.

Vegetarian Menu

For the herbivores, RIVA has curated a special menu consisting of Balsamic Marinated Beetroot, Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Asian Mix & Orange, Vegetable, Mushroom Wellington with Creamy Potato Mash, and Wild Mushroom Risotto – everyone is guaranteed to leave happy.

Gold package

Inclusive of the 4-course menu as well as spirits, grape and hops for AED1,050 per person

Platinum package

Including everything from the Gold package with the addition of bubbly for AED1,250 per person

Guests also have the option to relax in the outdoor Gazebo Lounge from 7pm until 2am. Book a 5-seater lounger for AED2,500, which includes two bottles from the bottle menu or AED3,200 which includes 2 bottles and some antipasti to share.

Those who prefer to keep it casual can choose to walk in and enjoy the open bar from 8pm to midnight for AED600 per person.

With the Italian style Ristorante, open air terrace, Gazebo poolside bar and the private beach, there is no better place to host a party this New Year’s Eve.

RIVA’s Contact

Phone: +971 4 430 9466

Wishing you a wonderful new year from Team Sept PR xx

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Enjoy A Family Feast with Poco Loco’s Bespoke Day of the Dead Menu

September 27th, 2015

To mark the much heralded Mexican Holiday, Day of the Dead, Poco Loco has created a three course set-menu for friends and families to enjoy. Diners can experience a truly authentic, colourful experience as Poco Loco’s team lead the celebrations in traditional fancy dress and live music provided by the vibrant resident band throughout the evening.

The Dia de los Muertos menu (Day of the Dead), will be exclusively available from 6.00pm on Saturday 31st October, to kick-start the celebrations and time of reflection. Priced at AED 185 per person the menu includes Quasadilla Rustica, four cheese, habanero roasted tomoto and chimichuuri, Patagonian Tooth Fish through to Tres Leches for dessert. Poco Loco’s selection of contemporary and refreshing mocktails will also be available from its Copa Verde to its signature Sangria, a selection of red fruits sparkled up with ginger ale.

For those who love dressing up for an occasion Poco Loco will be offering complimentary face painting for diners of any age.

Poco Loco located at The Beach opposite JBR, brings a mix of sophisticated and fun Latin American inspired dishes and drinks, all inspired by revered Chef Neil Witney and his travels across South America.

Website: www.pocoloco.ae

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New International Tropical Handbag Brand Launches in the UAE

June 2nd, 2015

Aranaz, an international fashion accessories label that celebrates luxury tropical lifestyles, has entered the UAE market by debuting its classic collection of handmade, carefully crafted beach bags and clutches.

The Aranaz collections are designed and created in the Philippines and sold worldwide, from New York to London, and now in the UAE. Each bag is crafted using locally sourced products and specialised techniques such as woven sea grass, wood engravings and mother of pearl inlay. The intricate and eye-catching designs make Aranaz bags a favorite among royals, celebrities and the jet-set.

 

Amina Aranaz, part of the mother-daughters trio behind the Aranaz brand and its collections, said: “We are thrilled to have a presence in the UAE. The country offers a great lifestyle for its residents and visitors with so many fashionable people who I think will be drawn to the unique offerings of our bags.

“What we offer are fun, statement pieces with functionality – a great addition to enhance any summer outfit,” she added.

 The Aranaz collection is now available at select S*uce boutiques or by emailing info@hightide-trading.com. 

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Marie Laurent Architecture Presents an Innovation in Design ‘The Pet Project’

February 23rd, 2015

Marie Laurent Architecture’s signature chic, minimalistic and clean design master pieces have been translated into a new and exciting concept for the smaller and furrier members of our families. Through the exceptional use of space and design, MLA presents – The Pet Project, a chic and unique home for our four legged friends.

Offering 360 degree views, plush bespoke cushion and individually personalized roof colours, the sturdy structure also comes with wheels for easy maneuverability and relocation. Handcrafted bespoke in Dubai and individually numbered, the Pet Project offers small, medium and appropriate sizes – expertly fashioned for your pets comfort and inject some signature MLA style in your home.

Marie Laurent Architecture follows your pets as they distribute worldwide, with happy and satisfied companions being added to the ‘Paw of Approval List’.

As Marie herself says, “What would we not do for them?”

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And That’s a Wrap! Our Top Tips for the Perfect Present

December 22nd, 2014

Greetings, everyone!

It’s that time of the year again where we’re switching our strappy tops and short shorts for  boots and furry coats. This desert land surely does surprise us with winter every year. It’s also the time of the year where you buy gifts for your near and dear ones yes, it’s Christmas month! With only a couple of days to go until the big day we thought why not make life simpler for everyone and write about our TOP 5 DIY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS? It’s creative, pretty and made by you start feeling the Christmas spirit and let’s get wrapping.

Idea #1 Easy peasy brown paper gift wrapping 

It’s as simple it looks. All you need is:

  • Pencil with an eraser top
  • White or any color stamp pad
  • Brown paper roll
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers – for decoration

Just follow the steps as shown in the picture and voila – a pretty and elegant gift wrap result

Idea #2 Quirky chalkboard packaging

You will need:

  • Black craft paper roll
  • Chalk/White paint marker/Color pencil/White pen
  • Some fun images

Put them all together and end up with a cute, quirky and fun Christmas wrapping idea.

Idea #3 Chic gift wrapping idea with cinnamon sticks for a Christmas touch

You will need:

  • Brown paper roll
  • Ribbons
  • Decorative leaves
  • Cherry beads/any decorative beads
  • Cinnamon sticks

Put them all together and what have you got? A chic Christmas inspired wrapped gift

Idea #4 Fall inspired feather gift wrap idea

All you need:

  • Paper feathers (tutorial below)
  • Colorful woolen yarn
  • Colored paper roll

Paper feather tutorial:

Idea #5 BOW – yes, the classic bow – you can never go wrong with a bow. Below is a step by step tutorial to achieve the perfect bow.

And that’s a wrap!  We hope we have given you enough ideas to make your gift special, meaningful and perfect.

Let the countdown begin!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Love, Team Sept x

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Louise Kragh Launches Limited Edition Collection to Celebrate UAE National Day

November 24th, 2014

Leading Danish jewellery brand Louise Kragh has created an exclusive limited edition collection to celebrate UAE’s National Day.

The limited edition collection features a range of styles including rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all in 24 carat gold.  The UAE and Pan-Arab colours of red, green, white and black are featured throughout the range, symbolizing Arabian unity. The national holiday and festivities leading up to the National Day are the perfect occasion to celebrate and proudly wear this exclusive limited collection.

 

Louise Kragh is the leading porcelain jewellery designer in Denmark. Louise has been creating her unique handmade pieces since 2004, delivering stylish Danish fashion jewellery, with shapes and colours inspired by the shifting fashion trends. All of Louise Kragh’s jewellery is made in Denmark and the materials used are of the highest possible quality and environmental friendly. The designer recently visited Dubai to celebrate the launch of her collection in the Middle East.

For all stockist details: www.ocbjewellery.com

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Happy 1st Birthday Fishfayce!

September 26th, 2011

The Fishfayce photo booth concept was founded by the stunning Zeina Abdalla and has been doing well not just in Dubai but around the region, popping up at all kind of events, weddings and birthday parties. Fishfayce’s 1 year anniversary spelled nothing but voguish elegance.

Hosted at OKKU , one of the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai, on the 25th September the lively event took place in the mezzanine area radiating a Japanese Geisha feel, and with kimonos, cherry blossom designs and soft lights the place looked absolutely divine and flamboyant. Pretty, soft pink Japanese lanterns patterned with red prints hung from the ceiling and the signature OKKU white leather chairs lined up the space to allow guests to rest their well-heeled feet.  An endless display of some of the hottest Fishfayce photo booth pictures were on display amongst the logos of the many sponsors  and supporters. The Carousel girls were responsible for decorating the space which looked wonderful. Let’s not forget to mention the candy bar filled with scrumptious treats and chocolates, the place was far from dull.

Guests included VIPS, community bloggers, designers, media photographers and Dubai-based socialites and trendsetters; graciously sponsored by Circus Studies, Vintage Bloom Dubai, B.Beautiful, Okku and New Age Beverages. New Age Beverages was also responsible for the tailored cocktails being served throughout the night!  The event media partner was online magazine Savoir Flair.

As for the finishing touches, what fabulous event is complete without a goodie bag? Fishfayce gave away one of the best goodie bags we have seen this year and included gifts from Benefit, Sensasia, Xocolart, Nstyle, Urban Male Lounge, Human + Kind, Wrigley’s 5 gum  and Palestyle.

Check out the official party pics on the Fishfayce FB page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/fishfayce

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Your Fashion & Design Calling!

September 29th, 2011



Know how you are always thinking maybe I need to do something with myself or start something new? Just add a little bit more to my life? Learn a new skill?  Well we are thinking maybe your answer is coming up next month!

London College of Fashion and Chelsea College of Art & Design are bringing their world renowned expertise and some of their best instructors to Dubai to offer a series of short courses suited for all.  LCF  has been to Dubai a couple of times before however this is the first time that CCAD will be offering its short courses in the Middle East hoping to boost the level of interior design and fashion education in the region!

If you are interested in the industry then these courses are something great to take and add to your knowledge and even resume! Plus you will be gain the experience to do a great job decorating your home on your own! Interior design is becoming the next hot thing in the creative world so do not miss out on the opportunity to learn from an internationally recognized leader in the field.

As for LCF you do not want to miss out for numerous reasons. The great, late Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo – both prominent names in the fashion world – were LCF alumni. The instructors coming include the fabulous Richard Sorger, who has a collection in Harvey Nichols and whose designs have been seen on Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford and Kate Beckinsale. Toby Meadows, the bestselling author of ‘Hot to Set up and Run a Fashion Label’, will also be in Dubai along with the fantastic fashion journalist Paul Teirney who has written for French Vogue and Vogue Hommes International!

We urge all of you to pick a course, sign up, and add you will not regret the experience! (Also something to boast about!)

The 14 courses and consultancy sessions on offer for the LCF October 2011 programme cover the full spectrum of fashion education:

  • The Essentials of the Fashion Industry (2 Days)
  • Principles of Fashion Styling (4 Days)
  • Luxury Brand Management and Product Design (5 Days)
  • Fashion Media Workshop (3 Days)
  • Online Fashion Marketing and Social Media (1 Day)
  • Retail Branding, Promotions and Visual Merchandising (3 Days)
  • Fashion Design (4 Days)
  • Starting Your Own Fashion Label (4 Days)
  • Managing Your Own Shoes or Accessories Business (4 Days)
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising 1 (3 Days)
  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising 2 (3 Days)
  • Business Start Up Consultancy Sessions (90 Minute Workshop)
  • Media and PR Consultancy Sessions (90 Minute Workshop)
  • Fashion Marketing and Online Marketing Consultancy Sessions (90 Minute Workshop)

The seven courses being offered by CCAD are:

  • The Principles of Interior Design (5 days)
  • Decorating your Villa or Apartment (3 days)
  • Create a Colour Scheme for your Home (2 days)
  • Designing Bespoke fitted Furniture (4 evenings)
  • Lighting Design for interiors (2 days)
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Design (3 days)
  • Perspective Drawing for Interior Design (2 evenings)

 

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Tricks and Treats from Sept PR HQ

October 17th, 2011

Halloween is coming up and even if you are not a believer of this holiday it is alright to indulge and have fun with your outfit! Halloween is not just about dressing up as your favorite cartoon character or in some bizarre creation; there are going to be a lot of themed parties, providing the perfect opportunity for you to add your stylish twist to celebrations.  Whatever the dress code make sure you always add your own personal touch to the occasion.

During some plotting and planning at the Sept PR headquarters we decided it would be our duties to share some Halloween tips with you that will give you  inspiration or at the very least, a nod to the right direction.

What to wear?

Glam it up this Halloween with this black dress splattered with gold from GlamOnYou paired with a pair of patent leather heels – you are sure to be the sparkle of the party!

Dare to be adventurous with your outfit choice!  Tired of dressing up as witch, cat or devil?  Halloween costumes don’t need to be cliché, consider investing in bold statement pieces which add the spook factor to an elegant ensemble.  We love Alexander McQueen’s peep toe skull heels – the ultimate in gothic glamour!

If you’re going for a 50s, 60s or 70s, inspired look do not over do it. Pick one particular strong style and focus on it. Keeping make up to a minimal, use nude colors and focus on creating the ultimate hair style or wowing with on-trend make up – we’re thinking beehives and Bardot eyes.

If you are going to create your own costume please be creative and stay away from squeezing yourself into children’s costumers. Please.

Where to go?

Celebrate All Hallows  Eve with friends!  Choose a fun venue to party the night away with your favorite ghosts and goblins.  Our sources tell us that OKKU luxury restaurant and lounge is set to host another legendary Halloween party this year so watch this space!

Trick or treating maybe? (Forever young).

Host a party at your home, but don’t forget to invite your neighbours too or they may get a fright when they see your costumed friends arrive at your building.

If you’re not in the mood to party (hmmm…) then you can always have a night in and enjoy a scary movie marathon.

What to eat?

Chocolate cobweb cupcakes

Pumpkin cheesecake

A cauldron full of punch

Chocolate, ice cream and candy

Candy corn

Black & orange colored anything

Have a happy Halloween all and do send us some pics from your night.

Love, the Sept PR Team

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Destination Unknown

October 26th, 2011

 

 

At Sept PR we firmly believe that  Eid should be celebrated with your friends and family and it also offers the opportunity to  treat yourself to a fabulous holiday!

We have gladly come up with a lst of travel destinations (some close and some far) for you to indulge in this Eid holiday or for your next break. Check out or top locations and travel tips.

Destination; Oman – Muscat

We are anticipating the opening of Missoni hotel in Muscat, but in the meantime one of our favorite resorts to stay at there is the Shangri La Barr Al Jissah, made up of 3 different resorts ( 4-5-7 star) all up to impeccable standards . The hotel is nestled between the rugged mountains of Oman alongside the Al Jissah bay and it’s a great place to relax, unwind and just enjoy nature and the beautiful oceans of Muscat. Nearby there is a sea activities center where you can go out on excursions; fishing, snorkeling, diving, jet skiing and such. Otherwise you can enjoy the many services the spas at the hotels offer or just chill out at the beach or by the pool. What we love about this place is that there are so many different activities, shops, cafes and restaurants all around you that you don’t really have to leave the resort! All you need is a great group of friends and you are bound to have one of the best holidays ever!

As for exploring the city we urge you to head out to Muttrah Souq and why not visit the incredible Royal Oprah house that just opened? www.rohmuscat.org.om

P.S We hear that Kate Moss actually went there with a group of girl friends recently and had a blast!

Destination : South East Asia

Despite the flooding in the north, Southeast Asia is still a great destination for an amazing holiday. Only five and a half hours into BKK Airport and then Asia is your proverbial oyster.

Head to the southern part of Thailand; Krabi, Phuket, Phi Phi for some incredible beaches, excellent food, diving, rock climbing or just to chill out and read a good book. There are some fantastic boutique hotels down there and a personal Sept favorite is The Cliff in Krabi (www.k-bi.com ); voted ‘One of the top 50 most beautiful resorts in Thailand’. It’s an incredible boutique hotel with a limestone pool, Thai style villas and superb service! What more could you want!?

Destination : Staycation ?

If you’re trying to save some Dirhams or the thought of hours spent travelling does not appeal, why not opt for a cozy staycation this Eid break?  A staycation is essentially where you spend time relaxing in your own home and provides the ideal opportunity to reconnect with your city and explore.  Plan an itinerary of sights, galleries, shops or restaurants you want to visit, friends you’ve been meaning to catch up with, errands you want to run, but most of all – enjoy the chance to simply chill.

Staycationing has been the choice of Recessionistas for a couple of seasons now so give it a try; you never know what treasures you’ll uncover on your own doorstep!

Sept PR Travel Tips

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  Water, coconut water, watermelon etc  whatever is high in water and low in sugar is a good and delicious choice!
  2. Wear loose & comfortable clothing. Yes you can look very cute and be comfortable at the same time. You do not want to be uncomfortable wearing tight clothes whilst travelling.
  3. Use moisturizers, mists  and  lip balms to keep your skin hydrated in the air. A lot of people recommend Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream as the perfect travel potion.
  4. Always have gum on hand.
  5. Please try to smell good all the time while flying. The plane is a small, closed place and a spritz of perfume or cologne will have you feeling fresh. Not too much though, or you’ll have your fellow passengers reaching for the oxygen masks!
  6. Have a book or magazine with you  for instant entertainment whenever, wherever.
  7. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride with a smile on your face.

 

Love and safe travels.

The Sept PR Team x

 

 

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We ♥ UAE

November 17th, 2011

 

December 2 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the unification of the United Arab Emirates – a reason to celebrate the place we all call home. The team at Sept HQ pulled together some of the reasons why we adore this place, here are our top 7:

  • The sun always shines!  Yes the summer is typically off-the-chart hot but the cooler winters are worth the wait.  As well as aiding us in topping up our healthy glow sunshine has other hidden benefits—like protecting against depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system – making us happy, tanned and healthy! (Just don’t forget your sunscreen!)
  • Food, glorious food!  We are always amazed at the array of wonderful eateries across the UAE, ranging from 5-star luxury cuisine to the tasty treats sold by vendors in the souqs.  At Sept HQ we work with some of the leading restaurants in the region and have developed a passion for food so Dubai provides us with the ideal setting to get our culinary fix.
  • A cultural melting pot, the UAE has a diverse history and is called home by scores of different nationalities.  We love the wide spectrum of people living and working across the Emirates and are always learning about new languages, cultures, cuisines…and dare I say driving methods!
  • You can dive, dive and dive – OK so the UAE doesn’t boast the best dive sites in the world, but at least you can still get wet pretty much all year just to keep the skills up. We are lucky enough to have a few decent wrecks around and the dive company’s here (Al Boom and Pavillion in particular) offer courses, specialties and local dives pretty much 365, 24/7 so get signed up for your Open Water if you haven’t done so already and then the underwater world is your proverbial oyster.
  • You can drive, drive, drive – let’s face it there is something really fun about taking a 4×4 out to the desert and testing your mettle against the ever shifting sands. It’s nice that you can still drive out of the main city for 20 minutes and be completely alone (the equivalent of a country walk or drive anywhere else I guess) to enjoy some of the desert scenery. Deserts can be quite beautiful and the hypnotic dunes are a great place to get out of the hustle and bustle and mess around with friends. Now that the weather is good, take a picnic or bbq and enjoy what is almost quite literally on most of our back doors!
  • An international hub for all, the UAE is   conveniently located between the East and West, so jet settting, easy access to well-loved tourism destinations, communications and seeing different people from all over the world is the norm.
  • Childhood memories – This is the country we witnessed grow under his patronage Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace. We witnessed the UAE’s transformation over the past four decades and we are proud to be part of its history.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday UAE!

 

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Glam Bloggeristas of Dubai

December 13th, 2011

 

Fabulous Dubai fashion house GlamOnYou hosted an exclusive bloggers night for our favourite Bloggeristas. Designer Nadine Arton was shimmering in one of her own creations showing the bloggers select pieces from her latest collections which include bathing suits and kaftans from the Resort collection as well as some gorgeous, figure hugging gowns and sparkling cocktail dresses. Let us not forget the line of accessories that GlamOnYou have co-designed with the infamous sisters behind Reinking Jewelry, a popular European brand.

New Age Beverages generously supported the event by providing the fashionable night with delicious Alo drinks filled with real Aloe Vera bits to accompany delicious, mini canapés and cute cupcakes for the event.

As for the bloggeristas, we were delighted to host Zubaida Jacob creator of fashion blog Butter Hot Shoes, Leila Najjar of Fashion Fifth, Lisa Lööf Strannesten fashion stylist and person behind In Between the Contrasts and photographer Mariyah Gaspacho creator of Mahryska.

Sept recommends you check out the fantastic blogs:

www.inbetweenthecontrasts.com

www.mahryska.com

www.fashionfifth.com

www.butterhotshoes.com

Watch this space for our next Bloggerista event! X

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New Year New Trends !

January 2nd, 2012


 

The Sept PR Team brings you our list of what we think the hottest trends and must have gadgets, cars, holidays and gizmos of 2012 will be. In other words, we are going to tell you what we believe all you fabulous people should be doing or getting in the next year. If someone claims you are so “last year” we will not be held responsible!

Fashion

These two fashion trends are our top pick for 2012! So let us know what you think…

  • What do these three things have in common? Coco Chanel, Jazz , The Great Gatsby? Most probably the style influencers of the 1920s! 1920’s style trends look like they’re going to be hot this year too. From flapper dresses as seen on the Dior and Reem Acra runways to beading, fringing, short bobs and feathered head bands – we love this look!
  • We hear fashion styles from the 1960s are making a comeback for 2012 too! As seen in Burberry’s latest collection think mod dresses, bright block colors, geometric and art deco patterns, coats and capes and peter pan collars. As for the shoes, ladies we can make masculine penny loafers look gorgeous any time of the day!

Beauty Trends

  • It’s all about looking effortlessly sexy this year as seen by models and socialites like Bridget Bardot, Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. You want to focus on neutral colors, sun kissed skin, pink lips and a strong dramatic eye.
  • For eyes line the top lid with black kohl baring in mind that you want a simple flick at the end for the cat eye look then cover with two coats of mascara. Focus on highlighting the eye sockets with a beige, gold khaki color. As for the lips a light pink. Check out Burberry Iconic runway make up look tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NOeTuCkB7jE
  • For hair we are seeing a lot of French twists, wavy bouncy hair, side parts, mod bobs and afros! Something to suit every personality, 2012 looks like it is going to be one exciting year for hair trends.

Health

  • Not too cliché to be your New Year resolution,  you know you want to be healthier this coming year or at least try to have better eating habits. What do we recommend?  Japanese food and diet! Research shows that it is one of the best diets around the world. Japanese food is naturally low in fat, rich in nutrients and contains plenty of fish so you will be getting your healthy dose of Omega 3 and 6 oils.
  • Our favorite restaurant destination? OKKU Luxury Japanese Restaurant & Lounge. You will thank us after trying their selections of fish carpaccio and their miso glazed black cod!

Sports

  • January marks the month whereby most people resolve to pick up a new hobby, and stick to it.  With so much pressure to find a sport that you actually enjoy why not look beyond buying a simple gym membership and committing to a more exciting activity? The team at Sept HQ is loving dancing away the calories to Zumba beats, playing horse polo in the desert, combining pilates and boxing in ‘Piloxing’, or attending a ‘Kangaroo Jumps’ class – complete with specially created pogo trainers.

Travel

  • We predict that when it comes to holidays, mini-breaks will feature heavily in our 2012 travel plans.  The rise of low cost airplane carriers here in the Middle East means that it has never been easier to hop on a flight and be transported to a new world in just a couple of hours. On our doorstep are places such as Doha – the Museum of Islamic Art is a must see, Muscat – the Royal Opera House will have you singing with delight and Beirut – the region’s ever popular party destination.

Technology

  • After being spoilt rotten with gadgets this Christmas there’s been quite a lot of Googling about what new techy bits and pieces are coming up for 2012, so here’s a quick list of what we have to look forward to over the coming few months. Keep eyes peeled for the new iPad 3 that is set to launch in the first half of this year following the launch of the official iPhone 5 this February. These will take a little longer to filter down into the smaller markets such as ours, but there will be some grey market goods for sale in no time, undoubtedly at a massive premium. Both are supposed to be big leaps forward in terms of performance and functions with the iPad having improved resolution, processing power and an SD card slot! The iPhone will have an 8MP flash camera, better memory and a rumoured three antennas no less, which is probably to safeguard against the previous models that were plagued by the ‘antenna death grip’ whereby if they were held a certain way you wouldn’t get any reception.

Auto

  • Speaking of improved tech, 2012 will be an interesting year in the auto world as all the big players seem to be bringing out hybrid cars. OK, there is definitely something to be said about lowering emissions, but I think a little bit of the magic is lost in a car that purrs instead of roars…Look out for the following on the Sheikh Zayed Road, or cruising down the beach road of a weekend, which promise some exhaust note opera; the new Audi S8 that will feature a smaller force fed V8 as opposed to the Lambo derived V10, which was a peach, the new McLaren MP4-12C, which is now on sale in the Middle East and the four door Ferrari FF with four seats and four wheel drive!
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Foods we L❤VE

January 10th, 2012

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food”

George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

Since it is the start of the New Year and we are feeling super generous we decided to share with you some of our favorite foods! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Bubble Tea: Bubble tea a fun tea drink made with different variations of tea, fruit syrups or even milk. The most popular bubble tea drink the “Pearl Milk Tea” which has small chewy bits of tapioca in them therefore the name “Pearls”!

Did you know that Dubai is getting its own independent Bubble tea shop? Bubbles & Boba is opening soon at our favorite shopping destination Dubai Mall, and is going to have a fantastic range of Bubble tea flavors that will not disappoint! We have a feeling that the bubble tea craze will get massive and the drink is going to be Dubai’s most sought out beverage for 2012 ….counting days till the opening check out their website at http://bubblesandboba.com !

Chocolate: Where do we begin with the wonderful things chocolate can do to you? From being such a delightful treat in your mouth to the wonderful effects it can have to your heart and mind! Did you know that most chocolates (especially dark) are made from cocoa, a type of plant, and contain falvanoids which act like anti-oxidants. This has also been proven to help reduce blood pressure and protects your heart from disease.  Other than that, did you know that pure chocolate simulates our endorphin production hormone which gives us a feel good vibe and also acts like an anti-depressant! (Always have chocolate in your office drawer and indulge in your guilty pleasure on a regular basis, it’s good for you!).

Sept PR top chocolate picks: Any kind of good quality dark chocolate! We like Green & Blacks organic chocolates.

Japanese food: Yes, Sept HQ has voted and we all love Japanese cuisine! There’s something about its simplicity, delicacy and the ingredients used that makes it almost everybody’s favorite.  What makes Japanese food more appealing is that it is one of the healthiest types of cuisines out there. Japanese dishes usually consist of rice which is a low-fat complex carb (better alternative than bread or pasta) and helps fill you up! Japanese cuisine also uses a variation of vegetables, not to forget types of seaweed, which are very nutritious. One other benefit of Japanese cuisine is its heavy dependence on fish! Most Japanese dishes consist of a fish base, usually salmon, mackerel or fresh tuna – all a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are wonderful for your heart and mind.

Our top pick? Best in town has to be OKKU Luxury Japanese Restaurant and Lounge. We love the eclectic menu of dishes with a modern twist and the Supper Club vibe on Sundays and Thursdays is electric.

Seafood: The French call seafood “fruits de mer”, fruits of the sea, and they have every reason to do so! Fish is one of the healthiest types of proteins out there – lean, low in fat and types like tuna and salmon are rich in essential Omega 3 and 6 oils which are crucial for good health. Fish is also the best type of protein for fat burning and has other essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium! Now what if we told you there is one spot that combines divine of Italian cuisine with sea food!

Our Pick : BiCE Mare Souq Al Bahar

Steaks: From our beginnings as cave people grilling meat over a fire, our fondness for steak is still going strong. Beef is an excellent source of protein, selenium, zinc and vitamin B12.  Making the perfect steak is harder than it looks, it comes down to having the freshest and best quality meat, perfect preparation, and the cooking technique. Then we have the process and the way it is cooked and more importantly using the right sauce!

Our pick:  Legends Steak House at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club. The main focus of the restaurant’s recent transformation has been to ensure that the menu offers an unforgettable dining experience with great emphasis being placed on sourcing the best quality ingredients and produce.The wide range of beef available is complimented by additional specials from the butchery block!

Sept’s Favorite Fruits: Delicious and super healthy what’s not to love

Rambutans! Grown in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia rambutans are small, reddish and hairy! But once you peel their skin off your for a juicy, delish treat! Rambutans are similar lychees and are our favorite treat to eat all year round. Especially when they are cold! Rambutans are also high in Vitamin C, manganese, copper and have traces of iron and calcium.

Mangosteen fever! Can never get enough of these delicious fruits! Sources say that mangosteens have been used in traditional South East Asian medicine for hundreds of years! Rich in anti-oxidants this fleshy fruit is also rich in Vitamin C, a modern source of B-complex vitamins and also contains potassium, magnesium and manganese.

Bon appetit from Sept HQ! x

 

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Bitten By The Love Bug

January 24th, 2012

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day, what’s not to love? It is after all the day of love and all things sugar and spice. Make sure Valentine’s Day this year is not just a day for your loved one or spouse but a day to pamper and love yourself. In the end it is all about you. Sept PR V-day tips are as follows:

-          Try to wear something bright red, hot pink, bright coral or even pretty pastel for the occasion. It is fun, cute and you deserve to stand out on this day! If you are not comfortable with doing a full on red shirt or skirt opt for a bright red accessory like shoes, bow tie, head scarf , bag…you get the picture. Carry around a red or pink flower all day if you must! (Men - check out Kanye West rocking a red bow).

Our Picks:

1. We love the Nino dress from GlamOnYou baby pink, one shoulder cuteness.

2.  Two Words ; Christian Louboutin

3. The Monte Carlo Rouge lipstick from Chanel

-          Pick the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one and avoid clichés if you can. If you are short on time chocolates and flowers will do, but please make them super special from a florist like Bliss on Palm Jumeirah. Why not gift a loved one an iPad adorned with a red cover, a Valentine’s Day hamper for your best friend! (complete with soppy chick flick DVD, pink truffle chocolates, cashmere socks and perhaps even a framed photo of you two together)

Our Gift Picks:  Charbonnel et walker truffles – http://www.charbonnel.co.uk/products/for-her-1/mini-pink-truffle-hearts.html

-          If you have no plans to go out; cook at home or, better yet, head to your local delicatessen and pick up some tapas for your very own at home picnic..  This applies to everyone, whether you are spending V-day sprawled up on your couch or going out to party hard. Our top recipe for this special day Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies!

Our recipe pick:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/12/valentines-day-desserts-treats-trecipes_n_822371.html#s239035&title=Salted_Double_Chocolate

-          Who said Valentine’s Day was a couple’s thing? It can be between two best friends,  or for just you! Why not book a spa date with your best friend or book a scrumptious dinner somewhere fabulous ensuring you look fantastic decked out in red and wearing a flirty smile.

 

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Bubble Tea Craze with Bubbles & Boba!

February 7th, 2012

 

 

They say good things come to those who wait. Finally after much anticipation Bubbles & Boba has officially launched in Dubai Mall! Dubai’s first stand alone Bubble Tea shop is now open offering a range of different bubble tea flavors including Apple Green Tea , Coconut and Pineapple mix and of course the traditional milky tea amongst other different delicious flavors! Did we mention the sweet surprises that come inside your tea too? The magic addition of the traditional tapioca pearls allow you to ‘eat what you drink’… yum!

Do not miss out on trying out what will become your favorite drink of the year – head over to the Dubai Mall and check out Bubble & Boba on the cinema level for a sweet surprise!

Check out the Bubbles & Boba website for more info: http://bubblesandboba.com/

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Frow Sneak Peak from DSF Fashion Show!

February 8th, 2012

 

 

GlamOnYou designer Nadine Arton wowed crowds at the Dubai Mall on the 2nd of February. Showcasing the latest collections, GlamOnYou put on a spectacular display during the annual Dubai Fashion shows to celebrate DSF 2012. Stunning models graced the catwalk wearing the cutest and most striking designs including looks featuring hot pink skirt and silk blouses to floor length sparkly gowns; we love the brand’s ability to create something fabulous to fit any occasion.

Luckily for us we got to see the show from the front row and are happy to share some exciting, exclusive images with you lucky bloggeristas!

 

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Buon Appetito!

February 12th, 2012


 

Who would have thought cooking could be so fun and therapeutic? Team Sept was at the BiCE Mare Pasta Master Class on Wednesday and it was one unforgettable, fun filled day! We will even go as far as to say that we are fully–fledged pasta connoisseurs.

BiCE Mare’s award winning Executive Chef Francesco Guarracino leads the cooking classes – which will now take place on a monthly basis – teaching food lovers how to cook exquisite Italian dishes with passion. The class we took part in was all about making pasta from scratch (three ingredients – Tipo ’00′ flour, eggs and a pinch of salt) and learning the different techniques and shapes that one can make with pasta dough. The Chef was on site making sure no one got into any major gastronomical catastrophes! The monthly cooking classes will continue with something new to learn every single time!

After all the cooking, the kneading of dough and messes made, we were treated to a fine Italian meal prepared specially by the Chef. Oh “ La Vita e Bella”!

 

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What Is A Girl To Wear?

February 29th, 2012

 

 

Dubai World Cup, Concerts, Festivals and more! What is a girl to wear? We pick out our top 4 looks!

Stand out from the crowds in floral, bright prints like those seen on DKNY’s 2012 runway collection and recently spotted on Tala Samman at London Fashion Week. ( Check out Tala here http://myfashdiary.com/2012/02/look-of-the-day-346/)

Getting inspiration from the latest March issue of Elle Sweden; Mona Johansson looks stunning in all of the wardrobe choices. Our pick is this skirt, crop top and jacket combo. Go for something unconventional and add a 50s glam hair style!

Preppy is always adorable so why not try this unconventional look? Inspired by Australian fashion house Gorman their Summer collection is just too cute! Try a colorful stripy dress paired with a structured blazer and cute matching socks under your sandals! (Honestly, we are not as daring to try it out but looks good on the Gorman model)

Like to keep it plain and simple? Opt for fitted structured pieces; our inspiration is the Daniella Christina S/S ’12 look book with this cute white and a black structured blazer!

 

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Calling All Budding Dubai Fashionistas and Designers!

March 7th, 2012

 

 

We are excited to announce that two of the world’s best known and prestigious UK based fashion and interior design colleges, London College of Fashion (LCF) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (Chelsea), are returning to the Middle East between the 17th – 31st May 2012 to hold another series of Short Courses in response to the overwhelming demand following the successful programmes already held in Dubai.

LCF will have a special seminar ‘Your Future in Fashion’ that will act as an intro to the fashion industry so you can explore the different facets of fashion to get a better idea of where to start a career in this competitive environment.  LCF will also offer the Special Occasion Makeup course, which will be taught by international celebrity makeup artist Lucy Wearing, who has worked with some of the world’s top magazines including Vogue and Elle as well as celebrities including singer Ellie Goulding.

Being held at the Pullman Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, the courses have been designed for those seeking international standards of tuition from lecturers who will be travelling from the UK to teach the courses.

Both colleges aim to support the development of the fashion and interior design industries in the Middle East and have designed the courses to offer something to both professionals already within these fields or people who are interested in joining them.

High profile tutors for LCF include designer Richard Sorger, whose collection is worn by stars like Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford and Kate Beckinsale, and international bestselling author of ‘How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label,’ Toby Meadows.

The 14 LCF courses and consultancy sessions on offer for the May 2012 programme cover the full spectrum of fashion education:

  • Your Future in Fashion: One Day Seminar
  • Essential Guide to the Fashion Industry (2 Days)
  • Fashion: History, Culture & Society (4 Days)
  • Fashion Buying & Merchandising (4 Evenings)
  • Fashion Buying for your own Retail Business (3 Days)
  • Special Occasion Makeup (3Days)
  • Principles of Fashion Styling 1 (5 Days)
  • Principles of Fashion Styling 2 (4 Days)
  • Fashion Design 1 (4Days)
  • Fibres & Fabrics (2 Days)
  • Manufacturing Methods (1 Day)
  • Starting your own Fashion Label (5 Evenings)
  • Globalising your Fashion Brand (3 Days)
  • Luxury Fashion Brand Management (5 Evenings)
  • Fashion PR (2 Days)
  • Business Start-Up Consultancy (90 Minutes)

Tutors from Chelsea include Lyndall Fernie who has run her own successful interior design company, consulted and designed many high end residential projects and specialises in remodeling exiting projects, Sue McGregor an interior designer for leading consultant Interior Statements Ltd. that specialises in projects for hotels, residential developments, private and commercial properties and Debbie Blandford who holds a Masters Degree in Furniture Design and has worked across numerous multi-sector interiors projects for clients including the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The eight courses being offered by CCAD are:

  • The Principles of Interior Design 1 (5 days)
  • The Principles of Interior Design 2 (5 Days)
  • Starting an Interior Design Business (2 Evenings)
  • Lighting Design for interiors (2 days)
  • Designing Bespoke Fitted Furniture (4 evenings)
  • Creating a Colour Scheme for your Home (2 days)
  • Decorating your Villa or Apartment (3 days)
  • Interior Design Project Management Consultancy (90 Minutes)

Exciting news – Both colleges are offering a 10% discount on the courses if booked online by the 17th April using the code DUBAI10.

Check out the information on the following sites:

www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses/middle-east or call; + 44 (0)20 7514 7552

www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses/middle-east or call; + 44 (0)20 7514 2104

 

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Chocol’art Announces Art and Chocolate Inspired Charity Fundraising Event

March 12th, 2012

Artists,designers, fashionistas, photographers and creative souls will gather later this month in Dubai at an exclusive and ticketed event to raise funds for Make-A-Wish UAE www.makeawish.ae.

The much anticipated ‘Chocol’art’ initiative will feature the magic ingredients of Chocolate, Charity and Creativity in order to raise awareness and funding for children’s causes, with the goal of supporting 20 regional and international charities over the next 5 years.

Chocol’art is a CSR brand where ‘chocolate meets art for a cause.’ The event will have an interactive and fully immersive experience where exhibitors from the world of fashion, design, photography and art are invited to create spontaneous, unique and original works to exhibit and auction off throughout the evening, taking inspiration from the theme for 2012  ‘Chocol’art at the movies!’

Around 1,000 guests are expected at the Chocol’art Dubai edition on Friday 30th of March 2012 which will take place at The Towers Terrace, Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Key sponsoring partners include MINI, Sayidaty magazine, Integrity Media, Garnier, SEPHORA, Custard Communications, Kippreport, Fustany.com,  Mistile, stylendubai.com, and of course Sept PR – how could we miss the opportunity to get involved in such a great event!

For more information check out the Chocol’Art Facebook page: www.facebook.com/chocolart.ME

 

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O.N.E Coconut Water Craze!

March 15th, 2012

Celebs are crazy for it and now so are we! Refreshing, hydrating, healthy, low calories, rich in potassium need we say more? With the potassium levels that you would expect from a banana, it has been shown to be more effective than plain water for hydrating.

O.N.E coconut water is hitting shelves in Dubai brought to us by New Age Beverages and we cannot wait to stock our fridges!

Want more information? Get in touch and follow us on twitter @SeptPR

Read more at http://www.onedrinks.com/one-coconut-water-benefits/

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Spring break in the USA? Why not!

April 15th, 2012

 

Blog post by Nouf Al Bastaki, Sept PR’s Intern Extraordinaire!

One week, nine students and three states, a memorable experience indeed. New York, Washington DC and Delaware are three spectacular states, each unique and different. The Global Agenda course at Zayed University Dubai focuses on video conferencing with a class at the University of Delaware, on political and media related topics such as perceptions of the US and Middle East. As part of the course we had the chance to visit the United States and attend a few lectures at the University of Delaware. Sounds like a boring trip? Not at all! We visited a number of iconic places, from the tallest building in New York, the Empire State Building, to the open greenery of Central park.

New York was one of my favourite places to visit. The city that never sleeps. Wouldn’t you love having the view of Time Square from your hotel room window! I miss that! Surely a location you’d never get bored of, seeing new faces and people doing the most random things. Taking pictures with people dressed up like Spiderman or Batman, it’s just so much fun!

Visiting Washington DC was amazing too. The sweet feeling of walking through the European themed city, planned and designed by the French architect, Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The White House, the UAE Embassy and the Lincoln Memorial are places worth visiting. “The Lincoln Memorial is not a playground!” a security guard says in anger, while some of my classmates used a slope as a slide.

Did you know that Delaware is the first state to sign the Union for the United States? Delaware is one of the smallest states, given the name the “university town”, because most of the population living in Delaware are students attending the university. Delaware is a nice, quiet place, it’s very different from New York and Washington.

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Ooh La La Oscar!

April 16th, 2012

 

The team at Sept HQ was treated this week to a preview tasting of the new menu dishes at Oscar’s Vine Society at Crowne Plaza, lucky us!

And from April 23rd you too can create your own escape to the South of France as Oscar’s Dubai has revamped their space to evoke traditional  Provencal charm right here in Dubai! The quaint restaurant provides a charming setting inspired by the South of France and offers a wide range of different foods that will surely satisfy your taste buds and make you come back for more!  All the produce, the aromas, tastes and colors that inspire Provencal cuisine have been brought into town by Oscar’s to offer you a unique experience.

Fresh artisan bread baked in house, a wide range of goat’s cheeses shipped from the Provence and roasted corn fed chicken all bursting with color and flavor are just some of the options! Did we mention there’s an olive tree inside there too?

Bon appétit!

 

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The Life of an Intern

April 19th, 2012

Blog post by Nouf Al Bastaki, Sept PR’s Intern Extraordinaire!

Let’s get right to it; shuffling between internship and university studies is a tough one!

Each day is planned accordingly and having a list of tasks, whether on paper or mentally in your head, is necessary to get as much done during the day. Being a senior in university, all I want is to end this experience with good grades, especially since the final courses are all advanced and require a lot of effort. But having internship three times a week and classes two times a week, makes it slightly more difficult to manage between them. I woke up today, got ready and drove myself half way to university, realizing it was an internship day… true story!

Majoring in Public Relations and interning at Sept PR is exciting! Getting a chance to see how things work in the PR world is great in learning more about the job. It’s important to choose an internship that matches your major or career interests. Observing what goes on around you helps in understanding the way things work.

Internships are a great experience; it’s like putting your toe into the pool to check its temperature before completely jumping in, but in this case, the pool is the real world of work. The big tip when being an intern; don’t hide behind your desk and laptop, instead, move around and take on different tasks and ask questions; because this is the time you learn and experience what will happen in the world of work. At the end, internship will be on your resume, but it’s up to you to decide on what you want to learn from the experience and go for it!

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Pretty in Pastels!

April 22nd, 2012

 

 

One trend that we adore this season is the lovely hues of pastels that are gracing both catwalk and Dubai’s Fashionistas.  Taking inspiration from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Mulberry, soft pinks, lilacs, baby blues and mint greens are our must have colour fix of choice.  Pretty, delicate and feminine with a nostalgic nod to our favourite things (like macaroons, ice cream and summer) we are wearing the colours from head to toe including nail varnish, denim capris, wedges, hair bows and tote bags.

Sept loves!

 

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A Night of Fashion & Fun with Reemami at RIVA, Palm Jumeirah

May 17th, 2012

UAE-based fashion designer Reema Al Banna recently launched her latest Fall 2012/13 collection at an exclusive ‘Compassion Show’ catwalk event at the RIVA Beach Club in Dubai. Guests included the who’s who of the Dubai social scene including fashion journalists and bloggers, photographers and VIP guests.

The stunning models wore designs featuring Reemami’s statement vibrant colors and bold patterns – the style which evokes the young, fresh and fun identity of the brand.

RIVA beach club provided a perfect chilled out and stylish location for the glamorous show which was held al fresco on the palm lined terrace area.

What’s more, Reema focused her fashion show event on helping raise awareness about the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, PCRF. The non-profit institution is a humanitarian and medical organization that helps treat sick and injured children in the Middle East who do not have access to the necessary and specialized care in their homelands.

After the fashion show guests had the chance to look at Reemami’s key designs up close as the models mingled with the invitees. It was great to see two completely different organizations work together and create an exciting and fun event, all in aid of a wonderful cause… Sept loves!

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Play, Learn and Explore at apple seeds Dubai

May 24th, 2012

apple seeds play space opened its doors this week in Gold & Diamond Park, Dubai. The Sept PR team couldn’t wait to check it out and share these photos of the new play space with you.

As we all know, summer is coming up and now there’s no need to worry that your kids are going to be bored just watching cartoons on television. apple seeds Dubai is ready for some summer fun! From the 24th of June to the 30th of August, apple seeds will have an award winning summer camp program that includes fun activities for children aged 2 to 4 years. The safe play space offers various educational and joyful things to do for kids, including art, music, science, cooking, gym and much more! These weekly scheduled activities are not only enjoyable, but help improve children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Children can explore, learn new skills and make friends at apple seeds.

Relax this summer by signing your kids up for summer camp and apple seeds will do the rest. Simply call 04 380 6064 or email hello@appleseedsdubai.com. You can also find apple seeds Dubai on Facebook page for more information.

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How To Start The Day The Sept PR Way

June 27th, 2012

 

Your morning routine is pretty important and can determine how the rest of your day goes. Here at Sept HQ we try our best to make sure everyone has a balanced, morning ritual that puts a smile on their face and helps make their day!

We went around the office and did some research and came up with a list of tips on how to have a great start to your day:

  • Get up, do some stretches, smile and tell yourself today is going to be a great day and be thankful for everything you have.
  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up this will help hydrate your cells. You may also like to try a glass of hot water with the juice of half a lemon. It helps alkalize your system, cleans up your intestines and helps wake up your brain. Make sure you stay hydrated during the day – drinking water is not enough remember to eat lots of fruits and vegetables as well!
  • If you are feeling super sleepy and lazy hop in for a cold shower use a minty soap or shower gel which will help wake you up. Singing in the shower is fun too!
  • Make sure that you protect your skin by putting on sun lotion after your shower or use a moisturizer with SPF.
  • Take your beautiful dog out for a walk on the beach, preferably bare foot. No dog? Take yourself out for a brisk morning walk on the beach!
  • We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and will provide you with the energy to take you through to lunch.  Try a bowl of porridge with berries or indulge in scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.
  • The clothes you wear can boost your mood and make you feel fabulous.  So put on those new heels or shoes  and dress or suit and make the world your runway!

Love, Sept HQ x

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Inspiration

July 30th, 2012

Ph. Pinterest

During the hot summer months in Dubai, our mind starts wondering off. Picking a holiday location is not easy, especially if you look through some of these inspiration pics from all over the world. Wouldn’t you like to see them all? We sure would!

Everyone looks for something different when it comes to choosing their dream holiday destination but we all have one thing in common; we want to get away from our daily, hectic lives. Whether enjoy soaking up the culture in Taiwan or relaxing on a beach in the Maldives, make sure to switch your mind off and relish every second of it.

Tip: Not going anywhere this summer? Live through inspirational holiday images like these on Pinterest, be sure to get lost in the beauty of the world for a good while.

Happy Holidays from the SeptPR team!

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Fall / Winter Trends

September 9th, 2012


Baroque


Velvet and Silk


Leather



The key trends this Fall/Winter are definitely baroque, velvet and leather.
Golden details and rich fabrics are key if you want to channel the baroque look. Wear this trend for a night out as it might be a bit much during the day, unless you are planning on going to Fashion Week of course! The best brand out there doing baroque this season is Dolce and Gabanna.

Velvet this season doesn’t have to be associated with Gothic fashion, it’s for everybody. Velvet is feminine and soft and complements the baroque trend perfectly giving it an even more luxurious look.

Leather is always in fashion but just gets trendier each season. This Fall/Winter expect a lot of leather coats and skirts, and for the true fashionista why not try an all leather look mixing different types of leather?

Sept Loves!

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Stimulate The Mind

October 2nd, 2012

The highly anticipated ‘Rest Upon the Wind’ will be wowing audiences in Dubai this month following a sold out stint on London’s West End, and we for one are extremely excited.

The play written by famed Jordanian writer Nadim Sawalha is based on the life and times of one of the Middle East’s most influential writers, Khalil Gibran. The main focus being his struggle to deliver a message of peace and virtuous living to his fellow man during times of personal turmoil. The play is set in Boston, where Gibran’s family is dealing with the huge transition from a very troubled Lebanon, whilst Gibran is also facing financial difficulties and a struggle to succeed as both a writer and a painter.

Considering the multi-cultural hub that is Dubai, the concept of being immersed in a new culture, and feeling like a fish out of water should strike true for most audience members. The performances have received compliments for the close-knit family ties and humor one would expect of a typical Arabic family, displayed in the relationship between Gibran and his sister.

As the third best selling poet of all time and writer of ‘The Prophet’, audience members are sure to be enlightened by gaining an insight into his life. BOLDtalks events are renowned for bringing thought-provoking, intellectual entertainment options to the region, and this play is guaranteed to promote discussion.

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Keep Halloween Happy!

October 23rd, 2012

Halloween is nearly upon us and we are super excited here in the Sept PR office. As residents of Dubai rarely require a reason to get their party shoes out, when there is an actual occasion, we go all out! So don’t be shy, this is your time to shine like the bright star that you are – whether you want to be a princess, scary witch or a super villain!

Many of you, the ones who are as Halloween obsessed as us, will have already picked out your outfits or at least have an idea of what you are going to rock up to your party of choice wearing. If you are still undecided however, let us give you a little inspiration and more importantly a list of what NOT to wear.

Halloween Tips from Sept HQ
As regulars on the Halloween party circuit, we have seen just about everything here at Sept PR HQ, so we have compiled a list to fill you in on some of the cringe worthy choices that it’s best to avoid.

Dress to suit your body shape: Yes we know Halle Berry looked amazing in her Catwoman outfit, but keep in mind she probably trained for a year to fit into it. So, if you have had one too many naughty treats it’s best to stay clear of the Britney Spears outfit that fit you when you were 16.

Dressing as a Celebrity: So this is one of the simpler options that requires little effort, however it’s best to think old Hollywood glamour and avoid dressing like Kim Kardashian or Snooki from Jersey Shore. Keep in mind that people rarely want to see these celebrities themselves, so they surely don’t care if you dress as one.

Predictability: It’s always best to show your creativity at this time of year, don’t be predictable. If you went as a corpse bride last year with a face covered in white face paint, go glamorous this year, let your outfit do the talking and keep the make-up to a minimum. Check out the gorgeous dress above, a bit of gothic inspired style from one of our favorite Dubai boutiques, GlamOnYou, that is sure to attract attention for all the right reasons.

Make it a Weekend: This year All Hallow’s Eve falls on a Wednesday, so this is the perfect opportunity to make a weekend of it. Why not party right on through to Saturday. Our favorite award-winning luxury Japanese restaurant and lounge, OKKU, will be serving up their famous delicacies and some very interesting cocktails in a Halloween inspired setting on both Wednesday and Thursday night. Guarantee yourself a night of fun and frolics mingling with some of Dubai’s elite.

Happy Trick or Treating,
Love from all at Sept HQ.
XXX

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This Seasons’s Secrets

November 7th, 2012

Dubai is infamous for its fabulous weather whilst being synonymous with a luxurious lifestyle where there are a million things to do in one of the most idyllic settings in the world. However, over the course of the summer when temperatures soar we can find ourselves locked indoors with the relative comfort of the AC blasting.

Well it’s time to get OUT, the temperatures have finally abated and the weather is once again glorious. So let the SEPT PR Team fill you in on the best ways to enjoy this marvelous season.

What to Wear:  Everybody loves a good beach party and what can be more relaxing than sunbathing with your nearest and dearest whilst cruising around on a yacht? This is the perfect time of year to soak up the wonderful weather by chilling out with family and friends and it’s the perfect opportunity to show everyone how fabulously stylish you are!

GlamOnYou, the Dubai based fashion house that has taken Dubai by storm, has the most glamorous resort collection for 2013. This collection features stunning bikinis, gorgeous kaftans and glorious maxi dresses which are guaranteed to make the wearer feel like a globetrotting goddess. We are currently obsessed with their lust-worthy crisp white kaftans! Sept loves…

What to do:  What better way to spend your evenings than getting some feel good endorphins from a touch of outdoor exercise. Emirates Golf Club on the Dubai Creek offer energetic Padel Tennis classes on three different courts. Combining the skills of tennis and squash but using a smaller court, you are sure to feel the burn after this strenuous exercise. Whether you want to hone the skills you already possess, or get the know-how from one of their trained professionals, this is one not to miss. Feel the Burn…

Where to Go: Treks to the beach with the whole family in tow can be quite stressful, lack of proper toilet facilities, showers and nice places to eat being just some of the difficulties. Now that the weather is so stunning, we suggest that you take a trip to RIVA on the Palm, which is Dubai’s first all-inclusive beach club. Bring along the whole family and with no entrance fee, you are simply paying for your sun loungers for the day in one of the most idyllic settings in Dubai. The food options are delicious and there is a temperature controlled pool if you don’t fancy getting covered in sand. Why not go there as early as possible and hit up Sophie’s Gastro cafe for a delectable, healthy breakfast that will kick start your day. To the Palm…

What to Eat: If you have guests over to visit or you simply want to switch up your habitual dining schedule, make sure to check out Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. They are now offering many new concepts which are sure to delight, namely The Boardwalk BBQ Donut and The Terrace Table Grill. The BBQ Donut is Dubai’s newest culinary delight, offering you the opportunity to dine with friends and family whilst soaking up the beautiful views floating on the creek.  The Terrace Table Grill allows guests the option of either grilling their own food or having a professional chef prepare your meal. Revive your Dining Routine…

We have given you all of our knowledge because we love you! Now it’s up to you to use it! Get outdoors, dine in amazing settings, mingle with your nearest and dearest and remind yourself why you love this great city!

Lots of Love,

All at Sept HQ

XXX

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Distinctive Delicious Aromas in Dubai Mall

December 5th, 2012

It’s the most recognizable smell in the world, vital for the smooth day to day running of many offices the world over and most of us can admit that we would be lost without it, it is of course coffee!

There are innumerable options available for a standard cup of coffee in this city, however keep in mind that when coffee is done properly it can be heavenly.

That’s where Caffé Vergnano 1882 steps in as the outlet has officially opened its doors in Dubai with a bang, following a fantastic launch in Dubai Mall last week. This is not just any café, it is Italy’s oldest privately owned roaster with a rich 130 year history.

Its award winning anniversary 1882 blend of coffee contains seven different single origin beans from across the globe, including the highly sought after Nicaraguan Maragogype, which is known for its bold flavour with citrus and chocolate notes.

What’s more, the delicious coffee has been commended by top chefs and food critics around the world. Giles Coren has given them the ultimate compliment, he wrote: “Caffè Vergnano sells the best coffee I’ve ever drunk, anywhere.” Gordon Ramsay has described it as “a remarkably sublime coffee.”

The new store is stunning and is in keeping with the traditional Italian concept whilst also being harmonious with Dubai Mall’s modern architecture.  “The Dubai boutique stays true to its Italian heritage with all of the furniture and equipment coming over from specialist manufacturers in Italy and the sleek and modern interiors are ideal for such a dynamic and design focused city,” said Camille E. Aoun, Director of Business Development of Al Jassim Group – which owns and operates multiple international hospitality brands around the Middle East including Caffè Vergnano 1882.

To say that we were impressed by the techniques of their Baristas would be an understatement, we watched in awe as they created stunning designs on the most delicious coffee in Dubai. Heaven in a cup…

There is also a delectable selection of Italian treats to devour, from salads to pastas and desserts. If you are only in the mood for a light bite, there are a number of pastries and cakes. For something more substantial there are pastas, sandwiches and a number of Italian specialities that are sure to go down a treat!  Ciao Bella…..

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The Stylish London College of Fashion is Back in Dubai This Month!

January 9th, 2013

When it comes to all things fashionably fabulous you know that Sept PR will be all over it! We can’t wait for the prestigious London College of Fashion to host its next collection of Dubai Short Courses.

Starting on the 27th of January to the 5th of February LCF is bringing more amazing courses and some of the top names in the world of fashion and design  including celebrity makeup artist Lucy Wearing, former design director of iconic Brit label Hackett Sanjeev Davidson and author of ‘How to Set Up and Run a Fashion Label’ Toby Meadows.

With a total of 9 courses there is something for everyone including  Fashion Design 2, where you’ll get the chance to develop advanced skills, as well as an amazing makeup work shop with Lucy Wearing, who has worked with Vogue, ELLE and celebrities like Ellie Goulding and M.I.A.

If you love fashion you can’t miss these fantastic courses. What better way to start the New Year than learn and develop your skills with some of the top fashion professionals.

To find detailed descriptions of each course and how to book please visit:

www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/ middle-east  or call; + 971 50 915 0759

 

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Lunch with Dubai-Based Online Fashion and Lifestyle Boutique Zahr Art

March 24th, 2013

A unique online fashion and lifestyle boutique launched this month showcasing an eclectic mix of accessories and fashion items from different established and emerging designers from the Middle East and across the world.  To celebrate the launch of the website, Zahr Art hosted an intimate lunch at a very stylish hidden gem – Circle Café in Jumeirah.

If you are looking for an eye catching item to complete your outfit, look no further! Zahr Art offers customers in the Middle East, as well as worldwide, a wide range of products including bags, accessories, jewelry, women’s apparel and home ware. Most of the pieces are exquisitely handmade selected because of their uniqueness and special design.

It was a fun afternoon full of talks about unique fashion items and good food – yes all fashion lovers are obsessed with food too!

www.zahrart.com

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Matches Fashion Ignites Dubai

April 28th, 2013

Just recently the Matchesfashion.com team came to Middle East to get a taste of the region where a large number of their fans reside. Matches was founded by Tom and Ruth Chapman in 1984 and started as a luxury  fashion store in London. Matches now operates 14 stores as well as having a huge international online presence showcasing  pieces from some of the most iconic designers in the world from Alexander McQueen  to YSL. It is safe to say that even after all this time,  Matches still keeps the customer close to its heart

Over with the Matches team was the wonderful Natalie Kingham  (a senior buyer for matchesfashion.com) as well as the talented  Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos of Peter Pilotto.  It was an extremely busy few days with a packed media schedule from photo shoots to interviews to even more interviews! In the end though, the hard work truly did pay off!

The Official Launch party  for the Middle East was held at the elegant and fashionable Art Space Gallery in DIFC. Star guests Pete Pilotto and Christopher De Vos joined us on this wonderful evening and showed off some gorgeous pieces from their Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection.

The room was filled with luxuriously crafted  signature Pilotto prints which guests enjoyed admiring whilst they eagerly waited for a photo opportunity with the design duo.

The atmosphere  was buzzing, the beats were pumping and the Champagne was flowing. We went a little overboard with the canapés but apart from that it was an extremely enjoyable and successful evening!

 

Matchefashion.com official launch event, Dubai.

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L.O.V.E For Leger!

May 16th, 2013

We do L.O.V.E. our Sunday nights at OKKU and this week we got to experience a luxurious and unique fashion showcase featuring pieces from the Spring / Summer 13 collection from the Herve Leger By Max Azria.

The Herve Leger fashion house was founded in 1985 by the French designer Hervé L. Leroux and is most famous for designing the “body conscious” or ‘bandage dresses” where stretchy fabric is used to give emphasis to a woman’s figure.

It was great to have the chance to view the collection and the edgy, bold designs really captured the modern, powerful woman of today. From light greys to sharp blues, graphic shapes to intricate weaves the pieces were absolutely stunning.

Along with the eye candy our taste buds were also treated to the tastiest Japanese delicacies from an award winning menu. We particularly enjoyed the Salmon Tartar and the Hamachi Tataki Maki and we were spoilt for choice with ‘O’ style cocktails!

We would like to thank everybody that came down for making it a wonderful evening!

 

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Which summer scent are you?

August 15th, 2013

With so many perfumes in store now it can be difficult selecting one for you. We have put together some of our favourite scents from this season. Simply match a scent to the personality most like you.

  1. GLAM – Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum Spray by Jimmy Choo – This perfume conveys strength, beauty, glamour and confidence. The perfume is rich in scent with exotic tiger orchid surrounding sweet toffee base notes. The opulent jewel-toned bottle would sit well on any glam girl’s dressing table.
  2. Girlie – Miss Dior Eau de Parfum by Dior – This scent is inspired by love and romance. This fresh fragrance is bursting the citrus and jasmine. The pretty pink bottle with bow is perfect for someone who loves all things pretty!
  3. Fun-Loving – Viva la Juicy Eau de Parfum Spray by Juicy Couture – This vibrant scent combines delicious wild berries, creamy vanilla and bright jasmine for a great smelling scent. If you love anything bright and are always on the go then this is the fragrance for you.
  4. Boyish – Boyfriend by Kate Walsh – Kate Walsh wanted to capture a man’s cologne mixed with perfume. An alluring balance of vanilla, jasmine blossoms and amber makes this the perfect perfume for anyone that doesn’t like anything too girlie or sweet.

All perfumes are available at Sephora

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If you don’t know … HE knows!

October 30th, 2013

Dubai-based model and chef, Paul Frangie hosted a launch event for his new online lifestyle show, covering food, fitness, travel and style. The new show premiered, making a delicious debut on the outdoor terrace of the Maya Mexican Restaurant, Le Meridien Dubai Marina.

The event was sponsored by Cointreau, providing guests with delicious strawberry margaritas and cucumber and basil cocktails throughout the evening.

Guests included local personalities, artists and media professionals including Dubai’s own Spielberg – Ali Mostafa! Following a ‘soultastic’ performance by local singer Hamdan Abri, Paul gave the audience a brief speech about his journey and how the awesome and quirky brand name and idea came about.

To finish, everyone was treated to an exclusive screening of the first episode of the online series together with samples of food and canapés. We even got to take home a tasty mini-brownie!

Sept PR would like to thank everyone that came down and supported local talent! A launch has never tasted so sweet!

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2014 – A Year for Travel

December 30th, 2013

With 2014 just a day away our thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions.  For many of the Sept PR team our goal for the new year is to travel more and we wanted to share with you our most desired destinations to inspire you to do the same.

San Blas Islands, Panama

The San Blas Islands are a group of islands located just off the Caribbean coast of Eastern Panama. They are comprised of approximately 378 Islands, only 49 of which are inhabited. A haven for ancient ways, these magnificent islands are known for their breathtaking beauty and are popular for sailing trips. For a holiday that takes you back to basics, we recommend spending your days on the quiet, lazy beaches of Playón Chico, sampling the freshest sea food, or finding solace snorkeling in the tranquil waters. You can visit the indigenous Kuna Indians and at night choose to camp in this magical paradise where after dark, the moon and stars provide the only light.

Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya’s capital and the safari capital of the Africa, Nairobi  has become one of the continent’s largest, dynamic and most interesting cities.  The city has a boundless energy, and is thriving place with vibrancy and a melting pot of cultures.  This modern capital is surrounded by great wilderness that surrounds it and outside the city is Nairobi National Park, featuring 113 sq. km of plains, cliffs and forest.  The park is home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe rhino, cheetah, and a large number of Lions can all be found, living wild within 20 minutes of the center of Nairobi.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ echoing the waterways and architecture of the Italian city.  Stockholm is fashionable and dynamic and seamlessly encompasses history and tradition with the height of new design and technology.  We love wandering around Gamla Stan ‘Old Town’ with its cobbled streets, outdoor cafes, shops and beautifully coloured houses in shades of gold, red and orange.  For shopping our top tip is to head to Södermalm, a district of small boutiques, and SoFo – the area south of Folkungagatan – is great for vintage fashion and design pieces.

Santorini, Greece

The volcanic island of Santorini off the coast of Greece is our ideal summer getaway featuring the ultimate mix of stunning architecture, crystal clear waters, energetic yet not chaotic nightlife, and divine cuisine. The Santorini and the surrounding islands are infamous for picturesque towns of cubed white-washed homes and blue-domed churches. Santoríni is especially famous for the towns of Firá and Oía, whose white and pastel-colored homes and churches, seemingly stacked on top of each other, are perched on the cliffs.

Puerto Viejo , Costa Rica

The Central American country of Costa Rica has abundant tourist attractions and ranked as one of the most visited destinations on the globe. In the northern sector of the country – our dream destination – the main attractions include the green tortoises nesting grounds along the beaches of the Tortugero National Park and the Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge featuring stunning tropical plants. The area features an awesome mix of beach, natural beauty and Afro-Caribbean culture in the surrounding areas like Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, and Gandoca-Manzanillo. You’ll discover multi-coloured beaches where you can find a mix of activities including adventure and natural history, which uniquely complement the local culture, food, and music.

So pack your bags and jet off in 2014!

Team Sept x

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Sweat in Style!

January 6th, 2014

A New Year is with us and that inevitable goal to get fit and transform the body you’ve had in hibernation over the past month ready for the fast approaching bikini season.

One of our motivational tips to kick start your exercise regime is to treat yourself to cute workout gear that will help you get fit and stay looking fabulous. While none of us expect to look like a supermodel while we’re pounding away on the treadmill, feeling good while working out can help to boost your confidence, which can in turn help you to work harder and get better results.

One of the best parts of fitness clothing is that you don’t have to try hard, you can be creative to mix and match fun prints and colours. You can wear whatever it is that puts you in a good mood and makes you feel confident.

Within the Sept PR team we are all into range of sports and classes from running, yoga, body combat to our serious addiction to Physique 57. These are some of our current favourite pieces to sweat it out in. And remember, shopping also counts as cardio!

 

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Bigger Bags are Best

January 8th, 2014

We all love it when a trend is not only aesthetically appealing but practical too. Most women adore an oversized bag which doesn’t only look fabulous but can also hold all of your essentials items, making them very useful! Big bags are versatile and are a great look from day to night. They look great whether you are heading out for a business meeting, shopping or just having a dinner with friends – the perfect accessory to any outfit.

All walks of fashionista can be seen carrying large clutches and totes from Olivia Palermo to Kourtney Kardashian and the list goes on. And each celebrity has their different take on the trend with Olivia looking chic with a tailored outfit and square clutch while Victoria Beckham pairs her oversized box bag with a slouchy knit for a more casual look.

Most designers have created their version of the oversized bag with popular designs coming from Celine and Hermes. Fendi designed a contrasting multi-coloured doctor bag in felted wool, pony skin and corduroy which has been seen among other designs this season. If you want to go bold and are a little more daring when it comes to style, Blumarine offer bean bag sized bags in a selection of neon colors.

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Boost Your Skin this Season!

January 20th, 2014

With 2014 here it’s time to be thinking about healthy living! An area that is often overlooked is skin care, and with so many new products and treatments it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are some handy tips and product information to kick start your 2014 beauty regime!

Start and end your day with the Liz Earle cleanse and polish which is a gentle cleanser and makes it easy to remove even the most stubborn make up. Follow this with a good moisturizer, L’Oreal has an extensive range of products that come in a variety of formulas for age and skin type. Remember to exfoliate or use a facemask twice a week to remove all the dead skin from your face which can often clog your pores. The Body Shop has a great vitamin E skincare range which is gentle on the skin and is available in both an exfoliator and face mask. For those puffy eyes after the party season use Elizabeth Arden visible difference moisturising eye cream to nourish the delicate skin under your eyes.

Daytime make-up should be simple and easy to achieve each morning. Clinique Anti Blemish Solution foundation and concealer acts as a good base but for those that prefer something lighter, use mineral powders or tinted moisturizers such as Bare Minerals powder or Chanel hydramax tinted moisturiser. YSL touche éclat is great at covering any dark circles under your eyes too. Finish off with a mineral blusher which will be light on your face, Neal’s Yard Remedies offer a range of colours in powder. For amazing yet simple make up tutorials visit Lisa Eldridge’s blog which has video tutorials and make up tips. http://lisaeldridge.com/video/

Obviously, a healthy lifestyle is important to having healthy skin so this New Year try to drink 8 glasses of water a day and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. When exercising make sure you have a shower afterwards (at least a quick rinse if you’re short on time) as by not doing so can clog pores and create spots – this is especially true on your back. Finally, try and allow some you time to relax, a good way of doing this is a few drops of lavender oil in a bath as stress can be one of the main causes of bad skin.

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Detox Made Delicious!

February 5th, 2014

We were all well behaved in January and pledged to become healthier, however now the month is over we still want to keep up good habits so the Sept PR team will be focusing on Detox.

For those of us who don’t always have time to shop for the right ingredients and undertake healthy cooking, delivery can be the easiest option.  We take a look at some of the best detox delivery programmes on offer here in Dubai; these companies promise to rid us of toxins, restore balance to the body and help enhance our general well being, all by simply drinking super sexy fruit and veggie juices delivered to your door every morning.

Detox Delight is ideal for detox beginners, they have a fabulous friendly website and easy to follow programmes. The daily menus follow a well-founded, balanced nutrition plan, which contains everything you need for a successful first time detox.  Detox Delight offer delicious gourmet recipes developed by renowned international rawfood chefs and detox experts, using only the freshest ingredients and seasonal products. We like the Juice and Soup Delight programme, 4 different fruit and vegetable juices and 1 delicious pureed vegan vegetable soup such as pea and spearmint with cashew cream, delivered daily to an address of your choice and ready to be devoured.  Also don’t miss their special detox tea or ‘liquid wisdom’ that perfectly complements all detox treatments.http://www.detox-delight.ae/program/treatment.html

Essentially promotes nourishing juice cleanses and supplements offering different levels of intensity; their juices are 100% organic, delightful and energizing. Pressed daily from the finest vegetables and fruits and delivered straight to your doorstep, you don’t get fresher than this. Essentially offers three different levels of cleansing, for those advanced detox pros amongst us we recommend the Transformation Pro cleanse. Heavily vegetable based for maximum results, Transformation takes you deeper; it digs down to a cellular level, and leaves you feeling brand new. This is the most intense option on offer and not for the faint hearted! http://essentially.ae/cleanse-programs

Café Baroque offers a good value for money detox cleanse;  the 3 day Juice Cleanse Program comprises of 4 flasks of either hot soup or juice delivered to your office or home for just Dhs 100 per day. Juices combine tangy lemons, ginger, cucumber and apple and their smoothies have the usual berries but some extra energy boosting ingredients as well. http://www.cafebaroque.co/

Sophie’s  is a health lovers paradise and a must visit, an innovative gastro-café concept serving made to order fresh juices, wheatgrass shots, their very own healthy range of smoothies and handcrafted organic tea blends – divine! Plus if the intensity of the liquid diet is a little too much to handle Sophie’s offers an array of home-style fresh and natural food, including mains, salads, dips and a health focused a la carte breakfast menu. Take a day off deliveries and head to Sophie’s, Lower Ground Floor, RIVA Beach Club, Buidling 8, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah.

Let’s stay healthy in 2014, good luck!

Team Sept x

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Valentine’s Day Gifts – A Guy’s Guide

February 13th, 2014


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and can pose a bit of a minefield when choosing a gift for that special man in your life. Men are notoriously hard to buy for and don’t always give much assistance with suggesting ideas for gifts. With this in mind, we spoke to the token male in the office and tasked him with cracking the code and coming up with a few ideas for what to get your man this Valentine’s Day:

Cleopatra’s Spa and Wellness in WAFI – I like to pretend that it is because I’m working in an office full of women and that their femininity has somehow rubbed off on me, but truth be told I’ve always loved spas! Even the most macho guy loves being pampered and what better way than indulging in a massage and a dip in a spa pool.

An ex-girlfriend of mine treated me to a day at Cleopatra’s spa in WIFI and it was amazing. I felt like Mark Anthony – the Shakespearean one not the Latin pop sensation / JLo’s ex-husband – and I didn’t want to leave. Check out the website for details and special Valentine’s Day offers.

http://www.cleopatrasspaandwellness.com/cleopatras-spa-dubai/

MVMT watches – Buying a watch for a man can be tricky, as they vary immensely in style and size and reflect his personality. I personally don’t like chunky watches which weigh down the arm and look like they belong on the dash board of a spaceship, so these pieces from crowd-sourced initiative MVMT are ideal. They are simple, stylish and affordable and are shipped over from the US for free in a matter of days.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, they are offering a 10% discount on all purchases. Log on to www.mvmtwatches.com for details.

Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label Aftershave – a bit of a cliché but aftershave is always a winner, as most guys will wear it every day (and some really should). I love Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label, as girls have said I smell nice when I have worn it and that is the perfect barometer for me! I deviated from this recently and someone said I smelt like their dad, so I advise to stick with what you know!

Givenchy aftershave is available in most department stores and malls in Dubai.

DVDs – again a bit of a cliché, but us guys love a good TV series. Don’t tell anyone, but we are all partial to a bit of a download in Dubai, but what you don’t get with a download is all the fantastic special features loaded on as a bonus. From behind the scenes documentaries, deleted scenes and actor commentary, most box-sets are crammed with hours of interesting (for us anyway!) information.

There are some fantastic ones to choose from, but if you are looking for a timeless classic seek out Band of Brothers, which is basically Saving Private Ryan but across 10 episodes. For something more up to date get hold of Game of Thrones; one of the best shows on TV recently and packed full of interesting special features.

Virgin megastore located in malls across Dubai should be able to find you what you are looking for.

Phantom 2 Vision flying camera – My friend has recently purchased one of these which is basically a camera attached to a mini-helicopter and the pictures have been awesome. Capable of recording video and taking pictures up to an altitude of over 600 metres, the Phantom 2 Vision is packed full of special features including an in-built GPS so it flies back to a specific location if it goes out of range.

For more details log onto http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2-vision/ or email the local supplier “Ultimate Hobby” on shop@ultimate-hobby.com

Hopefully this blog post has inspired you to find that perfect gift and we wish you a Valentine’s Day full of romance!
Team Sept

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We’re Head Over Heels for Statement Shoes this Season

March 6th, 2014

“A woman can carry a bag but it’s the shoe that carries the woman – Christian Louboutin” A master in both words and all things shoes. We are true believers here in the office that the statement shoe is an ingenious item for any wardrobe and its showiness is exactly what makes it so versatile. A show stopper of a heel will turn an all-black, inconspicuous outfit into a paparazzi’s dream.

For those of you more daring and playful with fashion like myself then I highly recommend to go all out and wear them with a riot of colour and patterns, creating a total mish-mash. It’s all about having fun and let’s face it, if you have a pair of statement shoes on the are chances are you aren’t trying to hide under the radar so just go all out.
The brilliant news is that it’s not just about heels either – although there are never ending amounts of fabulous pairs. Fashionistas can swap their stilettos for far more practical pairs of slippers, sneakers, preppy mannish loafers and tough-girl boots but still look hot to trot.

It was a hard job but someone had to do it and I slaved away to bring you some of the hottest heels around this season.

1) Pollini 2) Carven 3) Zara 4) Maison Martin Margiela 5) Jimmy Choo 6) Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem 7) Charlotte Olympia 8)Sophia Webster 9) Miu Miu

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City Socialistas Enjoy Cielo Sunset

April 9th, 2014

This month we saw the launch of Cielo Sky Lounge where the VIP crowd gathered to celebrate in style at the Dubai Creek Marina. The glittering event saw the city’s social set, party the night away while overlooking the stunning waters of the Creek, with panoramic views across Dubai’s cityscape. Guests enjoyed innovative cocktail creations created by an award-winning team, a delicious mix of tapas canapés, and live beats from DJ Carlos and international DJ & Producer Sylvain Armand.

With crowds queuing around the building, the must-attend event saw Dubai’s celebrated fashion, music, media and industry leaders in attendance, including DJs, TV presenters and fashion designers.

Delicious canapés were served to guests such as cured and marinated sea bass with fresh tomato and olive tapenade, brochette of chicken, chilled shots of almond and tomato soup, paella, mushroom croquettes and beef bacon wrapped dates. These were all accompanied by refreshing cocktails, such as Agua de Valencia – the Spanish version of Mimosa featuring Cava, Paloma – the classic Mexican drink featuring tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, sugar and soda, G&T Cucumber and Rosemary – a Cielo special and Batida Fresa – classic Brazilian drink featuring rum, strawberry and coconut.

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Say Hello to Sunshine!

May 22nd, 2014

This week our intern, Fatima Anwar took to writing a blog post about finding her perfect pair of sunglasses and here’s what she found…

Living in a city that hosts the largest mall and the biggest brands in the world it’s quite normal to find yourself browsing for hours. This weekend I was caught enjoying shopping in Dubai but this time it wasn’t about clothes, shoes or jewellery instead I wanted to find the perfect pair of sunglasses. I tried hundreds of sunglasses on until I found the perfect pair. To avoid you doing the same, today I will share with you what I learnt through my three day exploration.

Apart from protecting our eyes, sunglasses play a huge role in modifying our identity and glamourising our looks. With the enormous growth in fashion industry there is a remarkable change in the designs and colours available that complement our face shape and our style perfectly.

Whether you have a wide forehead, apple cheeks or pointed chin there is a style for everyone. A prominent jawline and a broad forehead are typical characteristics of a square shaped face. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie are often spotted in round sunglasses as they beautifully complement the square face features.

A round face signifies proportionate jawline and forehead with cheeks being the widest area on the face, giving you a youthful appearance. For such faces aviators and wayfarers are always the best choices. This summer black and bold Raybans and mirrored sunglasses with vibrant blue, sunshine yellow, fiery orange and soothing blue are on trend.

The obvious features of a heart shaped face are narrow jaw and high cheekbones with a wide forehead. Aviators are the safest option for you but I would always recommend the fashionistas to indulge in Marilyn Monroe cat-eye sunglasses.  Extremely in fashion, the upward angle of the frame will harmoniously complement your jaw line.

Oval face shape is the ideal face shape due to its perfect proportions with prominent cheekbones. Whether, aviators, D- shaped, round or cat-eyed- these lucky people can carry all styles flawlessly. Just play around a little and you might find the perfect pair for yourself.

This summer embrace the sun with your rose tinted shades. Always remember your sunglasses never go unnoticed, so deck yourself up with a pair that speaks volumes about you.

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Summer Days in Dubai

June 10th, 2014

Things are heating up in the Sept PR office! Temperatures are rising fast in Dubai and the intense summer sunshine calls for effortless, easy dressing whilst still exuding amazing style. We decided to share some of our picks of the latest summer trends, from cute romantic, to tailored chic, to Ramadan covers ups, taking Dubai fashionistas from office meetings to beachfront sundowners.

If you are a lover of the pretty romantic trend, think Isabel Marant, Chloe and Dolce & Gabbana – floral print dresses, lace sleeve t-shirts, tailored cotton shorts and satin camis are must have items this summer; wear with strappy heels or sandles in earthy tones and a stylish tote to take you naturally from day to night.

Those wishing for a tailored desk to dinner look should channel Alexander Wang and Michael Kors, teaming our go to item – the cropped trouser with a silk shirt, or opting for a seamless shirt dress for smart-summer couture; add a bright colored court shoe and statement clutch and you’re ready to rock work and play.

Keep your cool and respect the traditions of the Holy Month of Ramadan with loose fitting trousers and beautiful blouses both on our agenda this July. Float with ease through the soaring heat with a relaxed yet glam kaftan, stick to cottons, silks and breathable materials to stay elegant, tasteful and cool in the summer sun.

Summer frills are an essential part of any outfit; whether you’re a fan of gold or silver it’s all in the details – pastel shade gemstones, design your own charm bracelets and chain link luxe will take any outfit from fun to fabulous.

We have chosen some of our summer favorites below… happy shopping!

The Sept PR team

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1. Joseph 2.Valentino 3.Ippolita 4.Dolce&Gabbana

5. Michael Kors 6.Chloe 7.Diane Von Furstenberg 8.Valetino

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Fall 2014 Men’s Trends Wish List

July 31st, 2014

WHY IT GOTTA BE GRAY?

Starting off with a classic, it’s fall’s favorite neutral. You can go gray for the complete look taking advantage of its different shades (yes, we all know there are at least 50 of them) or rather as a base to play with. For the mild winter of the Middle East the silk and cashmere Brunello Cucinelli double-breasted jacket comes as a superb coating option, and the chest pocket adds the opportunity for some color with a lively handkerchief. I’m in love with the woven leather vamp in the Bottega Veneta driver, a clever mix of driving and boat shoe.

And some good news for workoutaholics and hoarders alike – big bags are back. Like the Santiago Gonzalez genuine crocodile duffle bag. Also, extra-large, pashmina-like swathes of fabric, that GQ magazine cleverly named “manket”. Consider the Alexander McQueen felt blanket scarf that offers many ways to drape, wrap, and knot.

 

BOOTS ARE IN, BUT CHELSEA BOOTS ARE INNER

This very special ankle boot made it to most of the men’s runway shows in London, Milan and Paris. Change the clothes and keep the boots on, because their versatility allows you to dress up a more casual get-up, like denim, and dress down an uptight suit, for an especially cool and still smart look for work.

You can’t go wrong with these Jimmy Choo Linton men’s leather boots that come with a very classy brogue trim, also a strong trend in this year’s shows. And from Prada another bold option would be the burnished leather double-buckle boot, in a beautiful coffee color that always looks good in the fall.

 

GOOD THINGS COME IN 3s: CHECKS, PLAIDS & PATTERNS

Checks transitioned from last fall, so you might be in luck if you already made the investment a year ago. Trousers are particularly devoted to in this trend, and we will see patterned slacks taking the streets more than ever. Now, the best part is that they are here to mix! (but never, never match.) I can’t wait to put my hands on these Etro checked skinny wool trousers – they are a particularly tasteful epitome of the trend. Givenchy took it to the accessories, giving us a cool (and ultra-functional) obsedia men’s plaid wool backpack. The final proof this style is no longer relegated to the classroom.

And for the unafraid, the tonal signature Alexander McQueen skull jacquard represents the definite must-have of the season, especially if you consider that blue hues will also be very hip in the fall. And what goes best with it? The Chelsea boots, of course!

All products available at www.neimanmarcus.com

1. Brunello Cucinelli 2. Bottega Veneta 3. Santiago Gonzalez 4. Alexander McQueen 5. Jimmy Choo 6. Prada 7. Givenchy 8. Etro 9. Alexander McQueen

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Summer Days with Blue Hues

September 30th, 2014

Luxury jewelry brand IPPOLITA has delighted us with a refreshing collection for this beach season. Inspired by the sizzling summers on the coast of Italy, Ippolita’s designs naturally convey the atmosphere of those warm and peaceful everlasting summer days, with the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea as a constant backdrop.

It comes as no surprise that such background marks IPPOLITA’s latest collection, favoring blue as one of the most cherished tones. Because it matches various other colors, it makes it easy to coordinate with other jewelry and many ensemble options.

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Alanoud Badr “Lady Fozaza” Debuts Her Own YouTube Show

October 27th, 2014

Alanoud Badr, internationally acclaimed designer and stylist renowned for her Lady Fozaza fashion line of statement blazers, worn by celebrities like Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Lebanese pop singer Nancy Ajram, has announced the launch of her new YouTube channel, FozazaTV youtube.com/fozazatv

Alanoud, who is in the top five most popular local fashion figures on social media, teamed up with YouTube to offer the first online ‘reality fashion’ channel of its kind in the region that will deliver recurring shows and episodes directly to passionate fan communities.

FozazaTV will offer  ‘behind the scenes’ content of the young Arab designer’s day-to-day life as she teams up with international and local brands and launches new product lines, like her latest venture designing Lady Fozaza abayas and women’s jewelry collection with L’Azurde.

“I see more and more brands creating compelling content on YouTube and people with creative ambitions become stars in their own right” said Alanoud. I’m very happy that I’m now part of that global community. I have the chance to continue doing what I love and share that with people in a whole new way.”

Follow Alanoud online;

http://instagram.com/fozaza / @Fozaza

https://www.facebook.com/ladyfozaza

https://twitter.com/Fozaza@Fozaza

 

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