Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Portable Coffee Maker

For you coffee lovers out there, this will definately excite you!

Not much of a coffee fan myself, just the occassional arabic coffee, I hate coffee and it smell, which most people adore, gives me migranes. I sound like an old person.

Anyways, I was flipping through Martha Stewart's Living magazine when I saw this absolutely must have gadget. It made me wish I loved espresso.

It's called Mypressi Twist Portable Espresso Maker.

No electricity needed. You just need boiling water, ground espresso, and a gas cartridge.

This is perfect for people who hate their office coffee, plus IT IS portable, could be easily carried with no hassle.

If you plan on getting one, go to mypressi.  Its just $169 (48KD). Makes a good gift for a coffee lover.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Virtue Boutique's Shatoosh & Designer Dresses

Pure shatoosh shawls available now in Virtue Boutique showroom. Lots of colors and patterns; Plain shawls, embroidered and Kany.

Also available new collection from young and exquisite designers like Rime Arodaky, Nicola Finetti and Lili Petrus.

On Monday (tomorrow), Tuesday and Wednesday. Please call 99900087 or 99900047 for more info.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Signor Sassi

Having lunch at the newly opened Signor Sassi, I was disappointed that it was very different than the one in London. I'm not talking about food. I meant the atmosphere and decor setting. Its supposed to be more posh and elegant than what it is. The one we has a hotel breakfast buffet feel to it. But it still looks good. And by the end of our meal the place was packed!  Nonetheless, the food was amazing. Really good and really good service.  All my friends who went there said the food was amazing and recommended I order the escalope milanese or the risotto al funghi. I tried tiger prawn with a chilli sauce for appetizers, escalope milanese for main dish, and creme brulee, my favorite for dessert. One of my friends loved their sole with lemon sauce.
You have to call for reservations. Reserve ahead, you last minute callers, for those of you who like to have a Saturday lunch, its always fully booked. Call them at 22418893.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi

The countdown is on. 22 days left for the Grand Prix.

Yas Marina Circuit 2009 Etihad Airways Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The last race of the season!

31st October-1st November 2009.

Situated on Yas Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit is a short drive from the capital city of the UAE and adjacent to the international airport.

The cars will be racing through a 5-Star hotel, The Yas Hotel. No such thing was ever seen in any formula 1 race! So its a must if you're planning to attend the race to stay at the hotel for easy access and best of all to not worry about car parking. The hotel has one of the best modern interiors! And the restaurants look amazing! Has one sushi restaurant, Kazu.

If the hotel is fully booked, no worries, its for the best. That's an excuse to stay at Emirates Palace, part of The Kempinski hotel group, and world's most expensively built hotel. I stayed there for two nights earlier this year when I attended Coldplay's concert in the hotel. Huge hotel! Very expensive! But very elegant and beautiful. Only thing we hated is that we had to walk  to our room was really a long one, we joked that if we forgot something in the room there was no way we'de go back and get it!! Our room was actually facing the mini aquapark-like swimming area plus the huge grass area where our concert was held in. The concert was a funny story by itself what we have been through, needs an essay to explain what happened to us throughout that music event. To make story short, rain poured, we had no cover, survived, one of us left, then more rain poured again, we left concert early, we continued to watch and listen from our spacious balcony. Check out Emirates Palace's pics (sorry not too clear, taken with my blackberry).
                                                            Exterior. Main Entrance.

Room Halls.

Pool(s) Area. Its even bigger.

Bedroom. Sorry for the mess:P

Bedroom (another angle). Cuboards and hall to bathroom.

To check for availability and book a room visit Emirates Palace
Back to the Grand Prix. You still have time to purchase your tickets online on the official Yas Marina Circuit website.
For more information visit their website at: Yas Marina Circuit

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is the month of awareness to one of the most feared of diseases! Breat Cancer.

Not that you shouldn't be going for a checkup earlier. Its just people are still thinking its too early or have this huge fear of that they might actually have it. These people include me. I once found a lump and went through the scariest ordeal ever that lasted for up to two weeks in which to my relief it turned out to be not the cancer type. That has been years ago when I studied at a university abroad. To make matters worse there was not a great deal of comforters. My friend was as agitated as I was, my uncle who is a doctor thought I was making a big deal, and my mother who payed me a visit for "support" wasn't of much help much either. I didn't do a mammogram at the time. After being checked manually for 5-6 times and one sonar I said enough was enough, the pain was unbearable.

But now, I'm seriously thinking of having a mammogram. I lost my father to cancer and I've seen what he went through. Its not easy, it turned ou lives upside down going through it all and you can never ever forget such a tragedy when you see someone in so much pain you wished you could obtain that pain and let him be. It haunts me to this day. I'm still afraid about the checkup, but better safe than sorry. I hope.

If you want to be a supporter you can help by purchasing various cool stuff. A fraction of the price is used up for donation. So its for a good cause you guys.

There's this cute charming bracelet, and a few celebs have been seen wearing it. Lisa for Loft's breast cancer awareness bracelet (by Lisa Salzer). It's just $24.50 ($5 will go to donations).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Louis Vuitton Spring '10

Backpacks are definately making a comeback this year as seen in many brands.

Louis Vuitton's spring 2010 featured huge bags. Messenger, duffle, backpacks, and shoulder bags. Wire handles, pastels, fringes.

Didn't like the show, the clothes were so urban and too sporty. Models were sporting a huge afro wig. The shoes were a no-no with their fur (dont know if its part of the show or really how the shoes were going to be sold). In the other hand, I loved the fall collection, the one on display now worldwide. Its one of my top brands for this fall and so like LV.

I'm not a big fan of the brand when it comes to LV bags, but some of you divas may be interested in getting a. overpriced duffle or messenger bag with a twist.

Check them out.

Architecture Files 2: Yacht by Hermes

I don't usually post anything I get from an email, just one previous post, but I loved this so much I had to share it with you people.

Forget the Birkin and the Kelly, this yacht rocks!

WHY Villa Yacht by Hermes

A new for of living art, this yacht is perfect to soothe all your senses. And most importantly its environment friendly. Here's to simplicity.

The yacht is made up of three floors. Sliding windows. NAtural lighting.

A 200 square meter bedroom suite with a private terrace situated on the third floor to overlook the huge ocean.

The second floor has 5 suites, two of which have access to a terrace. Living rooms also available same floor.

First floor has the all the action in it. Living room, spa area, amazing dining room, music room, and a pool.

The interiors were done by Denis Montel.

The design team made up of the following:
Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director, Hermès
Luca Bassani Antivari, President and CEO, Wally
Gabriele Pezzini, Design Director, Hermès
Mauro Sculli, Naval Architect

(Update: the yacht costs 90 million pounds- approx. 144 million dollars- approx. 41 million KD)

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Yellow Spring inthe 1950s

Bottega Veneta is  another old time favorite both in clothing and bags. Their collections of non-printed bags are always a classic, not as classic as Chanel and Hermes, but one is allowed to splurge on a Bottega Veneta without feeling guilty.  Most people would never go for their clothing line as they are seen too minimalist and plain with their nude colors. Personally, I think every piece is inspired by a year from the 1940-50s, hence, looking vintage and beautiful.

This show for example, has a lot of casual summer dresses. Sporty shorts and dresses. Featherweight cottons, a lot of baring arms for that Shades of creams and light yellows dominate the show. The Cabat bag is still making a comeback in pastel creams and yellows! And I'm in love with the strappy shoes (not the platform ones though).

When I saw the show, I imagined it to be worn for a honeymoom perhaps in Sicily, Tuscany, Cannes, Nice, Greece! There has to be a summery breeze and maybe a beach, a sophisticated one. You judge.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Spring Fling

I was checking out the September springs fashion shows here and there. Everything seemed so blah and we've all seen it before.

I have to say Antonio Berardi was one of the few good ones. The designer has been a long time favorite, all designs are safe bets and nothing can go wrong there.

In the London Fashion Weeks show, there were lots of structured party miniskirts and pretty non-vulgar courset tops. Whites, pale pinks, greys, blacks, a hint of striking blue and bright orange.

It's a shame the pieces I've liked are too tiny to be worn at a party or wedding.