My Week with Van Cleef and Tea with Missoni

February 24, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was invited to illustrate at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi in a gorgeous, spacious royal suite high up on the 60th floor. The occasion? High jewellery Week. Luxury jewellery brand Van Cleef & Arpels were having a week long event, promoting some of their rarest jewels and exclusive collections to a select few VIP clients. The idea was to make the event a very memorable experience, so a hair stylist and talented make up artist were on hand to pamper and preen the vip clients and teach them some amazing make up tips and tricks one-on-one. […]


Rose de Vauville Exhibition

February 18, 2015

When you think about vintage French couture what does your mind tend to conjure up? Gloves? Hats? Women tottering around impeccably dressed in opulent finery? Well, that is exactly what Parisian artist Rose de Vauville has managed to capture in her new art exhibition at 1×1 Art Gallery, Al Quoz. Her beautiful tactile images mix high fashion photography with feathers, fabrics and flowers finished off with sparkling brooches and jewellery. The end result? Decadent artwork that oozes Parisian glamour from every corner! Personally, my favorite pieces are the veiled ones that lend an air of aristocratic mystery and refinement. I […]


Tiger Translate

February 4, 2015

I don’t know if it’s something to do with getting older but sometimes, clubbing can be downright irritating. I find there are generally two camps – the obnoxious, pretentious,stuffy crowd or the overtly rowdy hooligans! Tiger Translate, however – that’s a different story. I met an acquaintance there and asked what he thought of the event. Bewildered and beffudled, he answered “I don’t know, Sara. It’s cool but it’s such an absolute RANDOM mix of people. It’s a bit bizarre.” Ah, but that is precisely WHY I like it. Bankers hanging out with hipsters; bourgeois hanging out with the elite. […]


Wings, Rings and Delicious Things

January 23, 2015

Ever had one of those days where you don’t fancy getting dressed to the absolute nines? In fact, let’s be honest, the truth is sometimes you yearn to shed that uncomfortably tight Herve Leger bandage dress for some slouchy boyfriend jeans, kind of like a butterfly from a restrictive cocoon. How about ditching that pretentious salad fork and those meagre canape portions for some simple, good old-fashioned, finger lickin’ grub that puts a smile on your face whilst keeping your stomach full and satisfied? You feel me? Well, I’ve got JUST the place for you! Original Wings and Rings in […]

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Winter Wedding Bells

January 17, 2015

This winter, I made a trip to Pakistan to attend my cousin’s wedding. I had an amazing break spending quality time with my family! The ceremony was gorgeous with various events and functions leading up to the main reception. One of these was a ladies “milad” which is a traditional event where a selection of religious hymns/poetry readings are performed at someones house and all the ladies are invited to listen to them. It’s considered auspicious to have this before the wedding to bless the new bride and groom. After that, people chill out, mingle, have lunch and cake pops […]

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Gallery hopping in Pakistan

January 9, 2015

I’m currently in Pakistan for a family wedding and now that the chaotic dust has settled, I finally got a chance to cruise a few galleries in the city with a talented native artist who, as an insider, knows all the ropes and kindly showed me around. I’ve always had a soft corner for Pakistani art and have been meaning to do a blog post on galleries in Karachi for a while now, so here goes … Our first stop was Canvas Gallery, where world renowned Pakistani photographer Arif Mahmood’s solo show, “Cross Roads” was taking place. Mahmood’s photography has […]

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