Monthly Archives: October 2013


#BookCrush: Women of the UAE by fashion photographer, Charney Magri

For my very first #BookCrush feature, I chose to talk about a very special one which I recently discovered.

I don’t know about you but I never thought of myself as an ‘abstract/visual person’ and although I can appreciate a beautiful photograph as much as the next person I never experienced the whole ’emotional connection’ to it… that was until I opened Women of the UAE, a photo-book by fashion photographer Charney Magri!

Women of the UAE is a celebration of the inner beauty and contribution of all women, from all walks of life including both Emirati and expatriates.

Women of the UAE is a visual time capsule showcasing how the role of the woman has evolved, voice grown and the achievements accomplished over the past 40 years.

It features beautifully styled & shot images of local influencers, celebrities, cancer survivors etc… have a look at these:

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I was very lucky to have been gifted a signed copy of the book and will be sure to treasure it. This has to be one of the most prestigious coffee table books ever!


Charney Magri is an award-winning Photographer known for her striking fashion, beauty, advertising and luxurious lifestyle imagery. Hailing from Australia, Charney relocated to the UK in 2001 where she worked alongside many of the biggest & most influencial names in fashion including designing for British Vogue and assisting Nick Knight.

In 2005, Charney began to pursue her own Photographic career, later moving to the Middle East in 2008. Her exceptional work both regionally
and internationally has seen her win 2 gold and 2 bronze awards at the Dubai Lynx 2010 awards and also a nomination for the Colour Masters 4th Annual Awards 2010. Charney’s talent continues and has seen her shoot for big names such as British Vogue, L’Oreal Professional, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Volvo and Mattel.

For more info, check out The book can be purchased from Kinokuniya, Jashanmal and Magrudy’s for AED295.

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#NetworkCrush: Here comes the Dubai Fashion & Lifestyle Bloggers Group!

Last weekend I attended the launch of the Dubai Fashion & Lifestyle Bloggers Meetup.

Created & organised by the lovely Shaheen, blogger at Cherry Cross, this  new networking group aims to provide a platform for all of those who are interested in fashion, beauty & lifestyle things. A great way for bloggers, designers, brands & the rest to connect & create opportunities.

The first event was kindly hosted by Sisters Beauty Lounge at the Village Mall and we were ALL treated to relaxing manis & pedis. A great way for the host to showcase their salon and services!

FLBG Event

I opted to try out the new CND Vinylux (see blog post here) which lasts up to 7 days! I went for Scarlet Letter, a really gorgeous shade of red… 6 days later, I can report that it did chip a little bit BUT lasted much much longer than regular polish! I shall be stocking up on these over the weekend…



It was actually really good fun and I got to meet some of my fellow bloggers & fashionistas. I see this as an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded gals, sharing experience/tips/knowledge/contacts and I am very much looking forward to the next meetup! 
Wanna join in the fun? Check out!

Don’t forget to give Cherry Cross a like on Facebook.

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#PerfumeCrush: The Body Shop’s new White Musk Smoky Rose Fragrance collection


Yesterday I attended the  launch of The Body Shop‘s new fragrance, White Musk Smoky Rose at their flagship store in Mall of the Emirates, in celebration of the brand’s 30th anniversary. The event was hosted by Sultan Al Habtoor, franchisee partner of The Body Shop in the UAE and his son. Sophie Labbé, the ‘nose’ behind the ground breaking new scent, also attended as part of the celebrations.


Sultan Al Habtoor' son

Sultan Al Habtoor’ son

For 24 hours only from the 8th October, 10am-11pm, and for the delight of consumers across the UAE, the flagship store has been transformed into a White Musk Smoky Rose Wonderland. Customers’ senses will be stimulated as they are taken on a journey of The Body Shop new signature fragrance and they will be challenged to ‘dare to wear’. An engraver will be in store to personalise all purchases of the new fragrance and customers will have the chance to win lots of gifts with purchase.


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WHITE MUSK SMOKY ROSE: A Daring Evening Scent #WhiteMusk

 This bold new addition to The Body Shop iconic cruelty-free White Musk range, White Musk Smoky Rose is a tantalising and floriental fragrance. This darkly seductive scent opens with an elegant fusion of bergamot, pink pepper and blackcurrant before rising to a floral-musky heart. Here, a beguiling bouquet of bittersweet tobacco flower and a unique black smoky rose accord is tempered by delicate orange flower. This melts into a sophisticated blend of cruelty-free sensual musks, immortelle flower and olibanum to create a daring fragrance like no other.


New White Smoky Rose Range

White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette – 60ml – AED 149

White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette – 30ml – AED 90

White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Parfum – 30ml- AED 135

White Musk Smoky Rose Body Mist –  AED75

White Musk Smoky Rose Body Lotion – AED72

White Musk Smoky Rose Shower Gel- AED62

Now available in stores accross the UAE! Give The Body Shop UAE a like on Facebook here.

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#FashionCrush: The launch of Baruni Brand A/W13 Collection an instant success!

What an exciting few weeks it has been what with all the designers (local & international, couture & high-street) launching their Autumn/Winter Collections!

Although I wasn’t quite invited to attend London or Paris Fashion Week (one day my darlings, one day!), I still was privileged enough to sit front row at a few Fashion shows here in Dubai!

One I particularly enjoyed is the Baruni Brand Fashion Show. For one, Fadwa Baruni’s S/S13 show as the very first catwalk event I attended when I first started blogging and so the brand is very close to my heart. But I also genuinely LOVE her designs!

The A/W13 Collection is just so feminine, glamorous, flirty but also has a hint of middle eastern flavour and I just really like that she manages to mix both modern silhouettes with her fascinating North African heritage (Fadwa is originally from Libya).

Her latest designs boldly display sophistication, clean lines & sharp tailoring.

The theme is “A New Independence”. The collection is inspired and dedicated to those who took part in the Arab Spring revolution. It also celebrates the fact that Fadwa is one of the first Libyan designers to enter the fashion scene in the UAE and through this collection she intends to capture that distinct individuality and share it with those wearing the designs.

Check out some of the looks showcased at the show:

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I also “instagrammed” my favourite pieces so do check out my Instagram account! All of these can be purchased from Rivaage Boutique which is located in The Sunset Mall, Salam Studios and stores in Mirdif City Centre, Bebe e Mio in Jumeirah Beach Road and Fifty One East Boutique in Qatar.

For more information about Baruni Fashion Collection or Fadwa Baruni, herself, log onto:

I am actually eyeing up the dress n28 to wear at the upcoming MEPRA Awards gala which I’ll be hosting on 27th November, so stay tuned for that outfit post ;)!

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