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Dear Diary, I am on the beautiful island of Hvar, I got the catamaran here from Split, it takes about an hour. It’s a yachties paradise and a party animals kryptonite, this island does not sleep. Not only is it famed for the night life and beach parties, it also has some of the most beautiful […]

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The Konjac Sponge

I had no idea about the Konjac plant until I found The Konjac Sponge and I found it fascinating so I thought I would share a little info with you guys about it.

Firstly, what is the Konjac plant?

The Konjac plant is native to Asian countries including South Korea, Japan and China. Many people have compared it to a yam in terms of its looks and texture and it is incredibly versatile. With a history of over 1,500 years dating back to the sixth century in Japan when it was used as a medicinal food, it’s clear that it’s held its own over the years.

What makes the Konjac plant so special?

Apart from being 100% sustainable, the plant is rich in vitamins (not to show off, but a casual abundance of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E) and lots of essential protein.  It is also jam packed with natural minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium and iron.

Konjac is made up of almost 90% water so it doesn’t hurt to injest some when you need a dose of hydration.

How can Konjac be used to boost your health?

Konjac is a fan with those keeping an eye on their weight as a small portion will make you feel full very quickly. Glucomannan (a sugar made from the root of the Konjac plant) will increase up to a whopping 200 times of its original volume after absorption. Konjac also balances salinity, cleans the stomach and intestine and removes toxins from the body.

Diabetics in particular can benefit from Konjac as glucomannan has fantastic supporting effects such as lowering blood sugar and increasing insulin in the blood.

How can you bring Konjac into your beauty regime?

Prepare yourself for one little sponge that will change the way you look at cleansing your skin in the most natural and gentle way possible.

Each of these special hand made sponges are perfect for not only delivering a really deep skin clean but also gives cell regeneration a kick start, meaning skin looks radiant and free from dead skin cells.

Given that Konjac is naturally alkaline, it is super kind to even the most sensitive skin. Konjac sponges are free from chemicals, colouring and irritants and completely biodegradable meaning you can do your bit for the planet through your beauty routine. The sponges proudly carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbol as part of the Konjac Sponge Company’s commitment to cruelty free skincare.

The Konjac Sponge Company is stocked at Wojooh stores in all major shopping malls, Holland and Barrett, The Nail Spa, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser. Prices start at 75 dhs, visit www.facebook.com/thekonjacspongecompanymiddleeast to find out more.

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Once You Go Black…

 

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I went to the Belle Femme salon in JBR, they have a very professional service and they use my favourite L’oreal products so I always feel confident putting my hair in their hands. The colourist Najat had a look at my hair and told me it would be almost impossible to lift it to the previous ash blonde and she did a colour test…after the bleach my hair had become weaker so we decided to just get it to a nice brown with some highlights.

Najat was amazing, a lot of colourists would just bleach it regardless of the condition and that is one of the things I love about Belle Femme! She took 6 hours to do my hair because she lightened it gradually 3 times. A lot of places just want clients in and out for a fast turnaround but she took the time to ensure she did my hair the best possible way. I was really happy with my hair and highly recommend Najat for a colour, Belle Femme have never disappointed me.

This years hair trends are a toned down version of last year, hair contouring with very natural highlights and gradual ombres with less of a contrast. L’oreals pro fibre treatment is great if your lightening your hair to strengthen it again and get it in good condition.

Summer Tips:

  • I try to put coconut oil in my hair once a week overnight.
  • Avoid ammonia in hair dye when colouring your hair, the new inoa colour from L’oreal is a great alternative.
  • I have a habit of washing my hair daily which is actually really bad for your hair because it strips it of natural oils, in summer I try to do it once every couple of days instead and use heat protecting spray.
  • When I’m going to the beach I leave my conditioner in, its great if you have naturally dry hair because when the salt gets in your hair you get beachy waves instead of a hot frizzy mess.

 

Olay Regenerist Review

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Skincare is such an essential part of our daily routine and prevention is always better then cure which is why I started using anti-ageing products in my 20’s. I never recommend skincare until it is tried and tested for a substantial amount of time. I have been using the micro-sculpting cream for 3 months and I physically see a difference in my skin. I saw my mum after a few months and she asked if I had used collagen or botox (which I never have) but I actually noticed it instantly too and overtime there has been a visible difference. I noticed it most on my forehead which is the only place where I had a feint line previously but now it has gone!!

How?

Olay Regenerist’s upgraded formula  helps fight the look of skin fatigue, enhance skin’s responsiveness to anti-aging ingredients, and energize skin’s appearance for visibly firmer, younger looking skin that’s full of energy

Results:

I attended the Olay masterclass in March where they demonstrated how to massage cream into the skin and under cheekbones and areas you wish to sculpt and I have been doing that since and I really feel that it has made a difference. I never had wrinkles or anything like that but I just feel my skin is fuller, more awake and plumper and it has a really smooth feel. I have oily skin so to be honest I am not fond of the residue the cream leaves, you really do need to massage to get it all rubbed in but I guess that’s why I have done it so consistently. My skin instantly feels hydrated and plumped up making that little bit of shine worth it.

I definitely recommend this range, I bought it for my mum and she loved it too so its great for more mature skin as well.

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Win 10,000 AED with Pizza Express

In the spirit of giving back this Ramadan, PizzaExpress has launched their ‘Golden Ticket’ campaign, where every pizza delivery box is accompanied by a gold, silver, bronze or white ticket to reveal prizes such as a free brunch for four people, your height in pizza or an iPhone 6s.

The first ‘Golden Ticket’ winner, Laura Chamberlain, 40, a British marketing expert living in Dubai, was announced by PizzaExpress yesterday. Winning the top prize from the Jumeirah branch following a delivery order for the classic ‘Margherita Romana’, Chamberlain was ecstatic to see she was the first of the possible two winners to pick up 10,000 AED in holiday vouchers.

“I just couldn’t believe it; this is the biggest prize I have ever won! It’s mine and my husband’s 12-year anniversary so an Eid trip is definitely on the cards and then we are going to use the rest for a trip to South Africa’: – said Chamberlain, who collected the prize at the branch yesterday.

Well folks, there are two more Golden Tickets left to be won, one for a year’s supply of pizza and the other is for the second 10,000 AED holiday voucher. The campaign will run until the end of Ramadan and deliveries are available in all areas of Dubai so get ordering!

RAMADAN OPENING HOURS: 12pm – 12am

LOCATIONS: Jazz@PizzaExpress – Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers open all day

PizzaExpress – Al Safa, Al Wasl Road (open until 11.30pm) only deliveries and takeout available during the day

PizzaExpress – Near Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd only deliveries and takeout available during the day

PizzaExpress – Ibn Battuta Mall (open until 1am) only deliveries and takeout available during the day

CONTACT DETAILS: www.pizzaexpressuae.com
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Instagram: @PizzaExpressuae / Facebook: PizzaExpressUAE / Snapchat @PizzaExpressuae

Ana Bella Millinery

millinery Hattalk photo _Fotor 1 (1)Ana Pribylova started her millinery business 3 years ago in Australia, her headgear was often at the centre of conversations. Sewing had been passed down her family through the generations and she began mastering her craft since the tender age of seven.

Ana was a social worker for 10 years however a few years ago she won a competition where she had to make a fascinator out of newspaper, with her prize money she set up a small studio in the back of her flat and Ana Bella Millinery was born. She continued winning awards through her clients and also won many for pieces worn by her, she won Longines Most Elegant Lady at the Dubai 20th Anniversary and last year she won best hat at Kempton Park Race day in London. She placed as a finalist at the prestigious invitation only Myer Millinery awards at Melbourne Cup Carnival, which was really special because it was judged by renowned milliner Mr Stephen Jones and she stood beside milliners who had trained her. She has been in the top 5 best dressed at races around the world.

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I wore one of Ana’s incredible pieces to the Dubai Gold Cup this year, it was very classic in lace and finished my outfit beautifully. I wanted to know what inspires her incredible creations,

“I love nature and patterns that mother natures hold within flowers and natural objects like shells. I also think about symmetry, color and the type of materials I use. I start a piece from a vision in my mind that has been swirling around for a few months. I don’t use sketches too much, I work quite organically and like to find out how a material can be moulded, stiched and manipulated to my desired shape first in my studio, and then I go with that process. Like my Dubai world cup piece, I had melted plastic to form an acrylic rose. Everything that surrounds me, can potentially be made into a hat, and no material seems to be safe! I love lace, and use vintage pieces to make a lot of my headwear from it. I create a sample and tweak it to perfection, moulding it around my face and eyes. Inspiration usually comes from something I have seen, such as a flower, a dress, a color. Vintage and the 1920’s are big inspiration for my styling, and I like to bring it up to a modern stage by sewing my own dresses as well or adding on to a outfit. My last piece, which was the mirror fascinator for the Myer Millinery Award was inspired by the material- which was mirror. I love the shine and reflection of the mirror, and wanted to create a piece that was also elegant and forward thinking. It was a very hard piece to make, it’s not heavy, and as a milliner you need to think about the weight and comfort of a hat, especially when its worn all day. I had a few prototypes, and the original actually looked nothing like the piece you see today which has been worn around the world in the USA and the UK.”

Since her win in Dubai last year, she has gone on to win best hat at this years Gold Cup and Latoyah Asha was the runner up for best dressed while sporting one of Ana’s creations, she has definitely made quite the impression here. These wins have brought her an international audience, despite being based in London, Ana travels for race season so if you want an incredible headpiece make sure you drop her an email on ana_bella_millinery@outlook.com. You can follow her on instagram @anabellamillenery and view her website here.

 

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Al Serkal Avenue Iftar

 

The pop-up restaurant is called #thisisnotabuffet which already prepares you for a culinary experience. Our booking was for 6.45 and we made it in good time however it was not easy to find the pop-up venue. There were no signs but a security guard directed us to warehouse 90 which is by the yard.

I loved the venue, as expected in Al Serkal, they had transformed a warehouse into a restaurant and they had done a good job. The majority of the furnishings were recycled from the tables to the menus and for decoration they just had pieces of paper hanging from the ceiling but it all worked and it was pretty chic.

I was fasting so they took my order first and my appetizer arrived just before iftar which is when they took the rest of the groups order (there were 10 of us). My 3 courses came out seamlessly however the rest of the group had major issues…some had finished mains while others had not even had starters and it was all a bit of a mess. I thought my second course would sync with everyone else’s but we all ended up eating as our food came and half the group had not even had their mains by 9pm (2 hours later).

On the plus side the food was unbelievable, it was really delicious, small plates made up of elements that were magical together. I had the lobster tacos which were to die for! For mains I had the lamb which was cooked to perfection with a beautiful pink like through the middle and a delicious herb and pistachio crust. Then I finished with the kheer cheesecake which was very interesting, it came with a strong saffron sauce which was a little overwhelming but I loved all the other elements on the plate, a crumble, a dark chocolate truffle, edible flowers amongst other things.

Due to the time delays we got quite a few free plates to sample and the crab was divine, I would definitely order it next time…yes I am actually still quite happy to go back despite the service, they were very apologetic but mainly because the food was off the chain! It was only the second day of the pop-up so it must be really difficult to get into the flow of things with such a sophisticated menu. You could choose either 2 course for 90, 5 courses for 210 or a range of small plates which were about 40dhs each (way better value) but I think these caused havoc in the kitchen.

I loved the vibe, we sat on a taller table with stools which got uncomfortable after the first course but the majority were low tables which I would request in future. I think its a great concept and they had a live Oud player which was nice. They have themed nights so Saturday they have a boardgame space, Sunday is games night, Monday is trivia night, Tuesday is live music and Wednesday is gallery tours from 8.30pm. 5% of all proceeds go to charity and I would highly recommend an iftar at #thisisnotabuffet. You can find plenty of parking inside Al Serkal Avenue and remember to book in advance.

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Al Maeda Iftar

Zizzle went down to the Al Maeda restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai to try the delicious Iftar Buffet.

The dishes were traditionally inspired and included an array of the most delectable North African and Levant dishes. We were spoilt for choice with Chef Lawrence crafting over 20 dishes to choose from. The Emirati Artist Ahmed Al Muhairi is showcasing his work throughout the month which also adds to the authentic cultural and traditional experience of this iftar. For every 100dhs spent you will be entered into a draw to win a Mussandam Dhow Cruise for two.

A Ramadan room package is available for travellers planning to visit Dubai during Ramadan. Prices for a one bedroom suite inclusive of Iftar and Sohour start at AED440 per person (rates are subject to 10% tourism fee, 10% service charge and AED15 tourism dirham per bedroom per night) and can be booked at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach website.

Al Maeda restaurant will be offering Iftar buffet and Sohour every day during the month of Ramadan with live cooking station, live entertainment during Iftar, boarding games available upon request, TV screens and shisha offered in the terrace. The iftar buffet will be served every day from sunset to 9:00pm, Sohour will be available from 9:00pm to 2:00am. It is inclusive of Ramadan drinks AED 139. Sohour A-la-carte menu offers Standard Platter AED 69 and Premium Platter AED 89.

A special rate of AED119 will be offered to guests booking before 6th of May and to all guest dining during the first week of Ramadan. Special Group Iftars rates are also available.

Often buffets lack quality but the dishes were well seasoned and cooked to perfection with a great selection. You definitely need more then one visit to sample all the dishes, the ambience was spot on and we will definitely be going back for more!