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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Useful Office Accessory

I got the Office Survival Kit (Hers) by Touch of Ginger from my friend who just came back from London.  Such a unique gift and so me! This hand size kit is in my opinion so useful and can be kept in your handbag for emergencies.  It contains a nail file, lip balm, refreshing wipe, mints, moisturizer, sewing kit, cotton buds, cotton pads, make-up remover, and elastic hair band.  There's also a "His" version of the Office Survival Kit and many other useful Urban Kits available on their website. I want to collect all the Urban Kits!  This would make a nice gift or a gift add on.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Travel Advice: Dogana Del Buongusto - Milan, Italy

We visited a very old and well known rustic Italian restaurant called Dogana Del Buongusto based on various online reviews.  Its around a 10-15 min walk from Duoumo Cathedral.  The building itself is said to be historical and have been through a lot from war.  I have never seen an excellent service as the one we have been showed in this restaurant, the waiters were extremeley nice and patient with us, one even translated the whole Italian language menu.  The dishes are very unique, so unique that it was hard for me to choose anything and I'm not THAT adventurous when it comes to dishes.  What I loved the most is the their burrata.  I have never had one like it in the whole of Italy!
Address: Via Molino delle Armi
Tel.: 0283242444
Opening times: 6:00pm - 2:00am
Closed Sundays
restaurant website

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Travel Advice: My Stay at Starhotels Rosa Grand - Milan, Italy

One of two hotels I've stayed in during my stay in Milan, Italy was Starhotels Rosa Grand, a very touristy boutique hotel and it was far from being a hotel of my choice, but I had to stay in it because of my work.  The prices were extremely reasonable.  Just recently renovated, make sure that you ask for the newly renovated rooms, which are the deluxe and executive and above, otherwise you will be very disappointed.  This hotel overlooks Piazza Fontana and is exactly at Piazza Duomo, takes a minute to reach the famous cathdral.  Closeby is Milan's best department store, La Rinscente, and one of the beautiful malls in the world, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Lots of restaurants and cafes nearby also.  Overall, excellent location.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monopoly Deal

I just recieved my Monopoly Deal including the shuffler shaker. I fell in love with the game when I was first introduced to it in Eid time after all my friends were saying how "happening" the game was, althought its been around for decades.  So we've been playing the card game ever since and I got so hooked that even when I lost I still wanted to continue playing the game.  Keep in mind that I hate card games and if I lost I would usually get pissed and leavein the middle of the game.  But not with Deal, I thought I would dislike it like I did with the original Monopoly game.  I keep hearing people say whats the deal with Deal and comment about how they think its overrated after playing a game or two. Those who think this did not master the game well.  Its fun and very competitive, I even catch myself making allies with another player to make another player lose!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Claridge's Hotel Christmas Tree by....

The Christmas tree was unvieled today in Claridge's Hotel in London. The last two years the tree was designed by Dior's John Galliano (post on last year's tree), but due to the racist controversy, my favorite designer of all time, Alber Elbez of Lanvin jumped into the picture and created a magnificent Christmas tree. It will be on display for people to watch until January 2nd, 2012.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vera Wang LOVE

The best thing about any engagement and wedding is the jewelery part especially the wearing of rings.  And I love diamonds. Who doesn't? After all a diamond is a girl's best friend. A new collection out now is the Vera Wang LOVE diamond bridal collection sold exclusively at Zales. The collection includes engagement rings, wedding bands, and solitaire jewelry. The prices are pretty reasonable.  Wish we had the collection here.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thank You Velvet Butterflies

A couple of days ago, I was pampered by the new beauty home business Velvet Butterflies (post with brochure).  As a thank you for writing a post about them previously, I got a complimentary session of either a relaxing massage or a manicure/pedicure, and I chose the latter.  The manicurist came a few minutes earlier than the booking time to set up the pretty lavender themed nail spa complete with candles and loose petals.  She was super sweet and her work was pretty thorough! She made sure that my nails were more than perfect while giving me the Velvet Manicure & Pedicure. Their nail polish was all Zoya and she used O.P.I. base and top coats.  If you're interested you can purchase O.P.I. and Zoya nail polish colors.   The treatments used on my nails were some of the best products I have come across not even supplied in most nail salons in Kuwait.  Overall, my impression was that I thought the services provided were really good and the manicurist did an excellent job on my nail.  Thank you very much Velvet Butterflies.
Tel.: 65868080

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Travel Advice: Venice

Venice, once known as one of the most romantic places on the planet, is a tourist crowded Italian island now.  If you ever plan to visit the city on water, avoid November and December, because it is known to flood at the time.  And definately avoid high seasons.  At the time of my visit it wasn't even a high season but the place was crowded with tourists that you feel bad for the Italians.  Its so noisy and its far from romantic.  And always be on the watchout for pickpockets! Its so crowded you will never be aware of who's trying to rob you.  Venice is very famous for glass and mirror making since the 16th centure, so you have to visit some of the Murano glass shops and factories made into museums.

In my opinion, 2-3 days is more than enough to stay in Venice, nothing more than that.  And avoid bringing more than one bag per person, as you will have to be taken on top of a boat to visit the main land, plus if your hotel is not directly on the banks, then you will have a hard time carrying your bags all the way to your hotel.  Plan ahead with your travel agent on hotel location.

Recommended hotels:
Hotel Danieli - of the Luxury Collection Hotels (Starwood Hotels) and its where Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie stayed in the movie "The Tourist".  Perfect location, and within walking distance of the famous San Marco Piazza and the luxury shopping brands like Chanel, Hermes, Prada and other well known big names.
Ca' Nigra - modern and Venetian with a beautiful garden and is easy to acces.
The glass used in street lights is Venetian Murano glass

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Popcornopolis

My friend got me this comfort food from the recently opened Popcornopolis! Am I glad she brought me the caramel/cashew (I think it was just cashew nuts) kind of popcorn because I'm not a fan of popcorn except if it was the caramel one.  In my opinion, I think this popcorn is better than Garett.  The dipped strawberries they are huge and very juicy!
Location: Baroue, Avenues Mall.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Snow White & the Huntsman

Snow White & the Huntsman is an upcoming epic fantasy adventure movie starring Kristen Stewart (of the Twilight Saga) as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the evil queen. It is currently in production and is set to be released in the US on June 1, 2012. I'm looking forward to this movie.

My Beauty Cabinet: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Products

Kiehl's beauty products are known worldwide and are extremely on demand by consumers.  Proof of that is found in the Avenues phase II branch, all products I need are always out of stock! 

I have naturally curly hair, and because of too many styling products and hair coloring, my hair is definaed as damaged dry hair.  So I'm always testing new products for my hair type.  The Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner is the only conditioner that I can say that suits my hair perfectly.  My hair feels smoother and feels healthier.  Not only that but it smells so good!  And when I go natural, as leave my tresses curly, I have to use this conditioner for a tamed curls look.  I just started using a similar product, Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairitive Hair Pak.  To be honest, I think I get the exact same effect I get from the conditioner, so I tend to use it as an alternative once a week (7amam zait).

I will be reviewing more of Kiehl's products in the near future, so stay tuned.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Homeslice

Pizza means only one thing, too many calories. I had to ignore that fact and try the new pizza place in Al Shaab AlBahri area called Homeslice.  I have to thank eb6ainiya blog for that, after readin the post I just had to grab me a piece. So I went for takeaway.  We ordered a half & half pizza, which you can do, half of which was "Orginal" and half " Tri Cheese".  The takeaway pizza box was humongous thus making up for the expensive price of 6 KD for a whole pizza.  The pizza crust was just perfect. I loved the Original so much! The tomato sauce was just enough and so was the mozzarella cheese.  The Tri Cheese wasn't that bad, more on the creamy cheesy side. The best part of the cheese pizza was that it had ricotta which added flavor and made it a salty in a good way.  I could only eat 2.5 pizzas because the size of one pizza slice is huge.  The box in my opinion is enough for a party of  4 people. You can grab a bite in their place located behind Meli Melo.  Homeslice does delivery.  Next time I will try the Tartufo (original with truffle oil).
Location: Al Shaab AlBahri, Block 8, Nafae Ibn Alrazaq St
Tel.: 22615025

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Valentino RTW Spring 2012

Victorian vintage best describes Valentino's ready-to-wear spring 2012 collection.  Lots of lace, chiffon, soft embroidery, pastels, long flowy dresses, blacks, and ofcourse the Valentino red.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Burger Company BBQ Service

The weather has cooled and those left in town during the Eid break are either heading to the chalet or having outdoor gatherings at their homes.  Most importantly it seems as if everyone's having a barbeque to celebrate the arrival of winter. Earlier this year we had a barbeque at the chalet, and rather than having the usual do-it-yourself BBQ, a BBQ mobile business called Burger Company has been brought.  Its more of classic BBQ-ing in contrast to the gourmet-like Munch (Munch BBQ post).  We all loved it and highly recommended it to everyone we came across.
Tel.: 94411888

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Style.com on Print Now

All fashionistas have heard or are hooked on to Style.com, the famous fashion webzine.  They've just published their first issue of Style.com/Print.  Sold now.  You can order your copy through their website.



Monday, November 7, 2011

Barnes & Noble's New Nook Tablet


The Barnes & Noble Nook is here to kill Amazon's Kindle. The new lighter in weight Nook Tablet is unvieled in a press conference by Barnes & Noble CEO today. The big advantage is has over the new Kindle Fire, which will be releasing by Amazon next week, is that it has greater memory, an expansion slot, Netflix, Hulu Plus for videos, Pandora for music, and more applications although more expensive, costing $249. The first Nook generation devices cost a lot less than that.