Saturday, May 31, 2014

Out & About: La Maison Du Chocolat Introduces Ramadan & Eid Gift Box

Creator of legendary deluxe chocolates La Maison du Chocolat is marking it's first Ramadan in the Middle East with an offering of it's signature range of ganaches and pralines presented in a beautiful gift box decorated with exquisite fabric.Available in various sizes, the special occasion gift box is filled with the delicious chocolates that the Maison is acclaimed for.

Showcasing an assortment of it's most emblematic chocolates, the collection is certain to excite taste buds.There are the plain ganaches such as Caracas, Quito and Guayaquil, intense, semi-sweet or infused with Bourbon vanilla; the flavoured ganaches as Salvador, Andalousie and Zagora with fresh raspberry pulp, infusion of lemon zest or infusion of fresh mint leaves and the pralines such as Traviata, Figaro and Rocher with roasted or caramelized almonds or hazelnuts.

With strong global presence, the deluxe Parisian chocolatier is proud to celebrate local moments and the holy month of Ramadan is no exception.The beautiful fabric boxes also make for a perfect gesture for Eid celebrations.Gift boxes can be customised to include personal favourites, with prices ranging from AED 1,400 to AED 4,000.

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*Photo: Courtesy of La Maison Du Chocolat

MV News: Versace Presents The F. Signature Limited Edition Bag

Versace presents the exclusive new F.Signature, a limited-edition style in the iconic Signature bag family.F is for the fringes that lavishly decorate this special edition of the Signature, adding a fresh and elaborate twist.

The top is trimmed in gold studs, and trimmed in hand-woven leather for a further artisan touch.These details enhance the key motifs of the Signature, such as the leather straps and gold Medusa heads.The F.Signature is crafted from soft nappa leather and suede fringe and comes in a variety of colours including the classic black or white, as well as vivid colours such as fuchsia and blue.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Versace

First Look: Reebok's Essentials Collection

Whether you're embarking on a running regime for the first time or seeking to reintroduce one into your lifestyle, Reebok's Essentials collection is just the range of apparel to help you get started.This price-friendly clothing collection, for both men and women, includes everything from shorts and pants of varying lengths and fits to long and short bra tops and sleeved and sleeveless tops.

The collection is designed to offer wearers comfort, support, breathability and ease of movement and all clothing features PlayDry technology that wicks moisture to help keep skin dry and comfortable.  

The Essentials range isn't short on style either, with a multitude of colours and designs to satisfy the tastes of all runners.Block colours of black, white, blue, red and green dominate the men's range, whilst the women's wear includes basic black and navy blue together with colour pops of coral, turquoise, yellow and pink.For those looking for a slightly more eye-catching running outfit, items featuring stripes and ombre patterns should do the trick.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Reebok

Save The Date

As an integral part of Beirut's dynamic creative community, this is the third year that Sarah's Bag participates in Beirut Design Week, which features exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studies showcasing the talents of local and international designers from all disciplines.

Sarah's Bag will present "Tropique C'est Chic".A special tropical inspired collection of beach bags, tote, hats and caftans awash in the bright colours and uplifting hues of summer. 

Date     : 11 June, 2014

Timings: 4PM -10PM

Venue  : Sarah's Bag Boutique Tabaris

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Exclusive: Launch Of Elio Ferraro Vintage Collection At O-Concept Store

Dubai's celebrated boutique gallery and cafe O-Concept Store wowed hundreds of fashionistas as it welcomed into it's privileged premises Elio Ferraro's vintage collection on 26 May 2014.

No less than Elio Ferraro himself graced the highly-anticipated launch which also drew a host of Dubai VIPs and members of the media.The collection was showcased during a trunk show and included unique pieces by renowned international designers like Fendi, Gucci, Tom Ford, Prada, Christian Dior, Versace and Valentino, among others.The featured astonishing period looks from the 30s to the 80s were masterfully complemented with special set design and  musical score.

Elio Ferarro, the expert curator of vintage fashion, accessories and luxury items, was the shining star of the occasion.His smile got even brighter as he spoke about his collection's arrival in Dubai.He said, “It was heart-warming to know that many of the guests came with excited anticipation.Our collections are beloved everywhere we are and our Dubai arrival underlines our universal appeal.”

The launch at O-Concept Store in Dubai marked Elio Ferraro's foray into the Middle East market.Ferraro explained, “Our coming to Dubai had been long overdue.In fact, some of the guests we had at the launch have already visited our branches abroad.We knew we would be here.It was a matter of picking the right partner and we could not have chosen a better host than O-Concept store.”

Elio Ferraro

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Beauty Buzz: Take Care Of Your Beauty Needs At Hermione Boutique's In-House Beauty Parlor

Situated within the picturesque fashion haven of Hermione Boutique in Magrudy Mall, Tigerlily Beauty Salon is the premier destination for all your beauty needs, making Hermione Boutique the ideal one-stop shop for both your fashion and beauty needs.With the salon offering a wide range of services ranging from hair care to nail care and professional make up, there's something for everyone at this gem in the heart of Jumeirah.

Pamper yourself with a day of luxurious treatments in a relaxing environment while sipping on the many refreshing beverages offered at the salon.Tigerlily's qualified team of beauty therapists will have you looking and feeling your best in no time and will make you feel at home as they run you through the process of the treatments to keep you informed on everything that is happening.

You can choose from standard hair treatments like cutting, styling and coloring or benefit from the salon's one-of-a-kind treatments, such as the Joico Treatment and the Nanokeratine Treatment.The salon also offers a myriad of nail care and waxing services that will keep you looking pristine.

The salon's exclusive Joico Treatment is carried out with the Joico range of hair products that are also retailed at Tigerlily and contain the finest most beneficial ingredients for your hair, including shea butter from Africa and orchid oil from Asia.The salon also retails the Seavite range of body and hair care products, which utilize organic seaweed extracts as the core ingredient for a natural skin and hair care remedy.Tigerlily also offers the Heliocare range of topical and oral sun protection products, which are based on a natural extract from the fern Polypodium leucotomos, proven to effectively protect skin from sun-related damage and ageing.

Whether you fancy a full glamorous salon experience for a special occasion, or simply a small reprieve from shopping at the trendy Hermione Boutique, Tigerlily is well-suited to get you ready for whatever day you have planned.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Tigerlily Beauty Salon

Exclusive: S*uce On Sea Launch Party

Friends and fashion folk flocked to JBR last Tuesday to celebrate the launch of the newest concept store, S*uce On-Sea (SOS)! Guests were welcomed with a ''Milkshake Rescue'' hut serving ice cold vanilla and strawberry milkshake shots and treated to an SOS hat and Magic Mist beach sprays.

The party featured delicious beach-themed snacks by culinary creatives Fait Maison Cuisine such as the Bears on the Beach jello pots, SOS doughnuts, Flippy Floppy sandwiches and Naughty but Nice Pina Coladas.The guests were also treated to Itsy Bitsy Bikini cookies by Petites Choses by Yasmine. 

DJ NJ rocked the joint with awesome reggae inspired beach tunes and everyone walked away with a S*uce 10 year anniversary beach pouch and a customised Braided Tales X S*uce Love struck bracelet.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Beauty Flash: Nivea Powder Touch Deodorant

Today, NIVEA the leader in deoderant in the region  launches it's latest innovation in female personal care; new Powder Touch Deoderant.By combining the highly effective anti perspirant formula with precious Kaolin powder, NIVEA developed a unique deoderant that dries quickly and provides a soft skin feeling.

NIVEA Powder Touch Deodorant's key ingredient kaolin powder – a natural, versatile clay mineral known for it's soft and absorbent qualities leaves the skin feeling irresistibly silky soft, smooth to the touch and with a powdery fragrance.

Studies show that 98% of the female consumers who have tried NIVEA Powder Touch Deodorant would recommend it; as it turns application into a perfect moment of enjoyment as a result of it's unique long lasting powdery fragrance.

The NIVEA Powder Touch Deodorant combines refreshing citrus notes of bergamot and orange with special ingredients such as rose and lily of the valley to deliver the perfect balance of protection and confidence and a sense of freshness and care.

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*Photo: Courtesy of Nivea

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shout Out Of The Day: Net-A-Porter Supports ''Cash & Rocket On Tour'' 2014 Charity Event

NET-A-PORTER.COM, the world's premier online luxury fashion retailer, will be launching seven limited edition pieces from the Valentino Rouge Absolute Signature collection.The red apparel, handbags and shoes have been especially created by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for the 2014 Cash & Rocket Tour and will be on sale at NET-A-PORTER.COM from June 4th, 2014.

Cash & Rocket's 2014 drive-of-a-lifetime will challenge and unite a group of 70 hand-picked women from the worlds of film, fashion, television, business, art and music.Traveling in a convoy of identically wrapped and branded vintage and luxury cars, the European four day tour begins in Venice and ends in London, with overnight stops in Geneva and Paris.

In support of “Cash & Rocket on Tour” 2014, NET-A-PORTER.COM will donate 20% of proceeds from the sale of the Valentino Rouge Absolute Signature pieces.“Cash & Rocket's chosen charities, Shine on Sierra Leone, OrphanAid Africa and Sumbandila believe in women empowering women, which is something NET-A-PORTER.COM is proud to support. 

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*Photo: Courtesy of Net=-A-Porter

Out & About: Simply Retro Kicks Off In Dubai

Held on the last Friday of every month, Simply Retro is Dubai's newest dance party at Bā Lounge, Fairmont The Palm - paying tribute to decades gone by, all night long.Take a time machine; tighten your side pony-tail, dust off the neon legwarmers and party like it's 1999 as each party takes you back to a different decade.
Each month Simply Retro will rotate between three thrilling decades: 70s, 80s, and the 90s.The first Simply Retro event on 30th May celebrates the best of the 80's, with retro décor and nostalgic touches including disco balls, projections of the era's best films and giant Rubik's Cubes, transforming Bā Lounge to the "I Want My MTV" decade.Let's hear it for the girls and boys who just want to have fun on a glittering dance floor as Bā Lounge’s specialist DJ spins groove-your-heart-out 80's favourites, whilst the bar staff will entertain with Tom Cruise-style tricks over classic cocktails.
Show off your break-dancing skills or rub shoulder pads with Madonna, Boy George and The Hoff – all rumoured to be on the guest list and have a no-no-notoriously good time at Bā Restaurant & Lounge.Guests born in the 80's receive two complimentary drinks.So wake me up before you go-go!

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*Photo: Courtesy of Bā Restaurant & Lounge

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Exclusive: The 7th Annual VIVA Beauty Awards

VIVA, the home-grown, biggest selling women's monthly glossy magazine across the GCC, announced the winners of the 7th VIVA Beauty Awards, during a dazzling event which was held on Thursday night at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.The beauty extravaganza celebrated eternal beauty icons who continue to fascinate us and inspire the worlds of beauty and fashion and was hosted by the glamorous TV presenter and savvy entrepreneur Zahirah Variawa, with hundreds of stylish guests in attendance, all gathered to honour the best products across the entire beauty spectrum.

This year there were 23 VIVA Beauty Awards presented across the prestige and mass market and special categories, from Best Face Moisturiser and Best Foundation, to Best Hair Salon and Best Nail Spa, along with Editor's Seal of Approval and Editor's Choice Cult Classic.

In the prestige market, the night's highest accolades went to Chanel, a winner in 3 categories:  Best Foundation, Best Perfume and Editor's Choice Cult Classic; and Kiehl's, winner of Best Body Product for the 2nd consecutive year.In the mass category Max Factor scooped 2 awards: Best Foundation and Editor's Seal of Approval.JetSet was awarded Best Hair Salon and N.Bar Best Nail Salon.

Created in 2006, the VIVA Beauty Awards have played a key role in supporting the region's beauty industry, whilst the VIVA Beauty Awards badge has become a recognizable and sought-after token for high-end prestige brands, and mass and speciality brands alike.Earlier this year, VIVA celebrated its 10-year anniversary and debuted a new look in a handbag-friendly format, which makes the magazine the perfect accompaniment for the woman on the go, whilst it reaffirmed it's focus on readers with a new slogan, ‘All About You’.

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