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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.
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.
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’.
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:
Phone: +971 4 4161 800
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.
Emirates Golf Club
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
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
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
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:
Lobster Carpaccio with Caviar, Candied Cherry & Citrus Dressing
Goat Cheese Agnolotti with Saffron, Tomato & Mint
Grilled Beef Fillet with Honey Glazed Carrot, Truffle Potato, Cep’s Jus
Pan Fried Red Mullet with Ratatouille, Tomato Saffron Sauce
Mango Coconut Mousse Bar, Chocolate Almond Sponge, Mango Sorbet
Italian Macarons with Tea or Coffee
Phone: +971 4 430 9466
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:
Phone: +971 4 4161 800
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.
Phone: + 971 4 4161 8000
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!
Phone: +971 4 432 2300
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!
Phone: +971 4 295 6000
Le Classique Contact:
Phone: +971 4 417 9999
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
Phone: +971 4 441 9262
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!
Phone: + 971 (0) 4 501 8777
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.
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.
Inclusive of the 4-course menu as well as spirits, grape and hops for AED1,050 per person
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.
Phone: +971 4 430 9466
Wishing you a wonderful new year from Team Sept PR xx
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
- 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
- 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
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
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.”
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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
“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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully this blog post has inspired you to find that perfect gift and we wish you a Valentine’s Day full of romance!