Vienna and Budapest; Hungary for more?

October 7, 2014

I’ve always fancied going to Vienna. It’s such a rich and indulgent city busting at the seams with theatre, art and culture. Plus, I dig Viennesse art – particularly Jugendstil. For the first day, we thought we’d get get LOST in “SCHLOSS” … Belvedere that is. A gorgeous palace and museum. The stunning grounds reminded me a bit of Versailles. I dunno … maybe it’s those shrubs. You just KNOW you’ve found a “good” palace when you see legit cone shaped shrubs like these. Am I right?? I was VERY keen visit because it is currently the home to my […]

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The hills are alive with the sights of Salzburg

September 28, 2014

Hands up if you’ve pretended you were Liesl from the Sound of Music when you were a kid, often LEAPING off benches attempting to re-enact the dance scene from “I am 16??” NO???? Just me then??? NAH. I’m not convinced. Nice try but I KNOW you did it. It’s an oldie but a classic; the timeless tale of a chirpy, free spirited nun in Austria who is hired as a governess for the Von Trapp family. She later falls in love with Captain Von Trapp and yada yada …we all know what happens next, everyone’s watched The Sound of Music. […]

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Summer nights in Prague

September 19, 2014

A famous quote states that travel is the only thing that you can buy which will make you richer. I couldn’t agree more. By the end of our two week trip, we were literally digging deep into our pockets to fish out whatever leftover change we had to buy ONE LAST precious pretzel at Munich airport. Quite literally broke but nonetheless fulfilled, replenished and “richer” from the sights we saw on our amazing Eastern Europe trip. Our plan was to start off in Prague, followed by Vienna, Budapest Salzburg and finally Munich. After we freshened up, we went to the […]

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Quentin Blake’s work at the House of Illustration

September 2, 2014

As I mentioned before in previous posts, I’ve always been an ardent fan of Roald Dahl books and, of course, Quentin Blake’s fabulous illustrations. They’re so detailed and atmospheric yet scribbly and impulsive. I always wondered how he manages to NAIL that quintessential balanced look every time. I had heard about the opening of “The House of Illustration” about a month ago. It’s inaugural exhibition is called “Inside Stories,” a landmark show by none other than Monsieur Blake himself. Whilst visiting London for my Summer break, I was hellbent on visiting this one by hook or by crook. I imagined […]

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Style ME Boutique

August 24, 2014

No offence, Holly Golightly but let’s face it. Sometimes a classic LBD doesn’t cut it. In a world full of generic Zaras and Mangos, it can be challenging to find an outfit that stands out from all the rest; something unique and memorable so when you put it on, you get that “Eureka” moment. Enter Style ME – an exciting new fashion destination that has recently opened up at Barsha Mall. This upscale women’s clothing boutique features glamorous ready-to-wear designer and haute couture contemporary clothing as well as chic accessories. Founded by Karima Samim and Asma Aloun, Style ME offers […]

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Introducing Lady Jean

August 17, 2014

Mad Men makes me drool …. but not for Don Draper! I’m more interested in Betty Draper’s impeccable wardrobe. If I had the option, I would live in those ultra feminine voluminous skirts that nip in so flatteringly at the waist. Well, guess what? Now, I DO have that option thanks to American/Lebanese designer Diana Shehady. She is releasing her new collection this season under her very own label, Lady Jean. Glancing through all the raves on her instagram photos, the comments speak for themselves! The skirts are, indeed, very popular! Expect lots of poodle skirts, ruffles, pencil skirts, Bardot […]

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