Ezra Slays the Fashion Forward Runway


I always eagerly  anticipate what I will witness from Ezra Santos as he has always wowed me with his romantic creations. He showcased his Weave of Love collection at Fashion Forward SS17 and it was stunning. A combination of neoprene, leather and buri with a weaving of ribbon. Inspired by his roots, Ezra drew from the weaving industry in the Philippines which combines buri (palm) and pandan on sea grass leaves which are dried and woven intricately into mats.

His pieces always evoke this feeling of wonder as they are formed in the depths of his imagination, his last collection was so ethereal and this one was rooted in nature, Banig is not even considered a textile however this didn’t hinder his stunning collection which he dedicated to his Artisans who have been with him for 12 years.

Ezra absolutely slayed the runway, his pieces were wearable, current, creative and told a story. What sets Ezra apart for me is that he is consistent, he has a very distinct style. A couple of the other shows lacked a common thread, the pieces were great but not stylised and the story lacked. If you think of all the great designers you can usually look at a piece and know who its by and that is what we need to see more of in the region. There is also the other side of the coin, some designers who have collections that are very samey and although they are distinct…they are boring, its the same every season, new fabrics …same designs. I hope we see more amazing collections born in Dubai!



Becca Cosmetics Highlighter


Since Becca landed in Dubai earlier this year, you may have heard me raving about it. I have a handful of items that I cannot live without and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector compact has joined my “can’t live without” list. It is one of those magic products, every SINGLE time I wear it, I get comments on my skin, or people ask what product I’m wearing. The crushed pearls in Becca products blur your imperfections and make your skin look almost airbrushed. I have tried and tested around 40 different highlighters on the market and so far nothing has come close to this one.

The beauty with these highlighters are the colour theory. Many highlighters end up looking too white or too shiny, I personally like natural make-up and that strobe look is a little OTT for me. When someone asks you if you are wearing highlighter or if you are glowing you know the highlighter is working! Becca was founded on a range of complexion products for women of all skin tones. Their years of research have made them experts in shade development. Their shades cover the fairest to the deepest skin tones and you will be sure to find a tone that looks natural on you.

For evenings looks, I love to mix the backlight priming filter with my foundation to give me a luminous base. I finish my makeup by applying the Becca shimmering skin perfector with an angled brush above my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and in my cupids bow.


The limited edition palette is one of my favourite palettes, I actually went back and bought another before they run out as I know I will be using it a lot! It has two highlighter shades (one being c-pop), two mineral blush shades and one luminous blush shade. You can mix and match to create endless looks and the luminosity makes all the shades look great with any skintone.

You can buy Becca Cosmetics in any Sephora Middle East Outlet’s!

Fish Beach Taverna, Dubai

Since its opening 2 weeks ago, I have already been to this gem of a restaurant twice and I am pretty sure you will find me there often. In Dubai its difficult to get excited about things because we are so used to hearing “the tallest building in the world just opened down the road!”, “The biggest shopping mall in the world is almost ready!”, “Have you stayed in an underwater hotel room?”. We are pretty difficult to wow but Fish Beach Taverna wowed me! The setting is what makes it so beautiful, you feel like you have escaped to a Greek island for the night. The blue and white decor is simple and tasteful and the lanterns, fairy-lights and candle lit tables on the beach add a touch of magic.

The menu is inspired by Turkey, Fish Beach Taverna has a team of fishermen in Turkey and  experienced Turkish Chefs who are dedicated to serving the freshest wild, cold water fish from the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea, and the Marmara Sea. You can taste how fresh it is and the simple but beautiful ingredients give it that taste of the Mediterranean. I enjoyed the homeliness of the place, the servers were so friendly and going for a sunset meal there is unrivalled.

Dishes range from 40 AED for appetisers, to 160 for mains which is pretty good value for the authentic food and beautiful beach-side dining experience.


Shangri-La Chi Spa


I had a blissful day at the Shangri-La Chi Spa, I tried the new Pumpkin Spice Body Peel and Wrap and explored the various facilities.

The 60-minute aromatic peel contains pumpkin extract and malic acid to smooth away any rough areas of skin and restore a youthful complexion. A cinnamon vanilla brown sugar scrub then melts into your skin, sealing in the properties of the peel and quenching any dehydration. It smelled good enough to eat and the therapist was so attentive, she made sure the room was a comfortable temperature and that I was happy with the pressure. Then I was wrapped in a warm cocoon, while she gave me a luxurious scalp massage. My skin was silky smooth and soft and it was literally glowing, I would definitely go back to have this treatment to regularly exfoliate my skin. It costs 540 AED for the hours treatment and you can go a little earlier to enjoy the 3 hot tubs, sauna and steam room.

Although it isn’t the swankiest Spa in Dubai, I would definitely come back because their attention to detail is what made it amazing. They had extra soft towels, extra powerful showers, product stations and lovely facilities to get ready and even a mini-dryer for your swimming stuff so you don’t have to take home wet clothes. The therapists are really friendly and attentive and very professional. I have been to many swanky Spas which forget all the things that really matter and I loved the service and homeliness at Chi.

They also offer a Gentlemens Urban Retreat for 550AED. It appeals to the distinguished gentleman in the heart of the bustling city. The journey begins with a restorative 60-minute, therapeutic, tension relief massage that helps combat stress and restores the body’s natural chi. Relaxation continues with full access to all Health Club and Spa facilities including the gym, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pool. Gentlemen can end their night with a complimentary whisky and cigar at The Balcony Bar.

They offer a multitude of treatments which you can enquire about below

Call 00971 (0)4 405 2441 for bookings  or email spa.sldb@shangri-la.com








Lipstick Queen

Get kissed by the moon and travel to intergalactic gorgeousness with Ice
Queen, a shimmering white lipstick flecked with silver and gold; perfect for adding a touch of magic to your Halloween look this season.

This cool icy shade will tint your lips a sparkly and transparent snowy
white, bringing an ethereal beauty to your look 
and is still transparent
enough to allow the natural pink of your lips to shine through. Enhanced with
ultra-flattering shimmer particles that catch the light to create an ice cool
look, Ice Queen will leave your lips feeling sleek, magical and modern whilst
anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing oils will ensure they remain comfortable,
soft and super hydrated.

You can also wear this colour on top of your favourite shade, adding a touch of sparkle to your favourite colour!


Lipstick Queen is available in Dubai from Bloomingdales, Harvey
Nichols, Areej and Paris Gallery branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, or
online at


Nip+Fab anti-acne products

In Dubai’s desert heat our pores open when we step outside and the dust and sand sits on our skin, going back inside the AC causes our pores to close and those dust particles get trapped in them leading to breakouts. Although we all suffer from breakouts from time to time, fighting acne is never easy.

Nip+Fab’s hydrating and anti-acne products contain gentle ingredients that do not strip the skin of essential oils and moisture. From a hydrating cleansing cream and pads to a gentle and exfoliating serum and mask, these products help to keep your break outs under control and promise to leave you with glowing and blemish free skin.

Deep Cleansing Fix (AED 69):

A multi-purpose cleansing cream that is equipped to remove make-up, banish blemishes and purify skin. Ingredients include tea tree oil, which has natural anti-bacterial properties and penetrates deep into the skin to unblock and disinfect pores. The luxurious creamy formula of the cleanser leaves your skin feeling nourished and supple.

Glycolic Fix Pads (AED 99):

Touted to be one of the favorite products of Kylie Jenner and Mario Dedivanovic, these cleansing pads are perfect for surface exfoliation and reducing the appearance of acne scarring. Soaked in glycolic acid, these pads help control oiliness and keep pores clean for longer. While ingredients such as hyaluronic acid help to maintain hydration levels of the skin, others such as blue daisy extracts help in calming and soothing skin that is stressed out by acne.

Dragons Blood Fix Mask (AED 119):

A re-hydrating gel mask that prevents skin dryness through its unique Dragon Blood formula and other skin perfecting complexes. When applied, the mask in itself forms a second skin like barrier and helps in soothing and moisturizing dry skin and in reducing redness. Also perfect for those with combination skin issues, as the hyaluronic acid helps with not only hydration, but also balancing skin’s pH levels.

 Glycolic Fix Serum (AED 109):

An overnight serum that contains a high concentration of glycolic acid that helps in exfoliation and decongestion of pores, thereby preventing breakouts from occurring. Aloe Vera contained in the product helps in calming acne prone skin and facilitates faster fading of blemishes. The product is also designed with an innovative pore-refining ingredient called PoreAway, which helps in improving skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores.

You can find Nip+Fab products in Spinney’s, Waitrose, Sivvi.com, Basharacare and Beauty Solutions.

Sea-Me Restaurant, W Dubai


The W-Hotel has landed in Dubai and we went down to try the new seafood restaurant called Sea-Me. It is a buffet style restaurant with the biggest spread of seafood that I have ever seen! Oyster Bar, Lobsters on ice, Scallops galore and the most delectable seafood Paella! 


We began at the oyster bar with ceviche which is all served on a conveyor belt so it keeps coming! There is a pink coloured ceviche which was to die for, it was marinated in passion fruit juice and the combination was incredible, flavours I had never imagined together but they were perfect

I did try an oyster and the salsa they drizzle on is tasty but I am just not an oyster person, I don’t like the texture. There are some beautiful canapes in the fridge which were all delicious but my favourite were the scallops and salmon with caviar.

For mains we went to the cold food bar which had lobster, crab and various prawns. The king prawns and lobster with apple chunks were my favourite. It was all extremely fresh and chilled in ice. Then we went over to the hot food and tried the Paella and Lobster rice, the Lobster rice reminded me of one of my grandmas dishes, it was so comforting and homely. At the live cooking station I tried the fresh scallops, red mullet and red snapper, the snapper was under-seasoned and the red mullet was over cooked but the scallops were cooked to perfection.

The desserts were divine! The choux pastry puffs with chocolate were my favourite, they were like an explosion of happiness in your mouth and the ice cream station is fun as you can add your own toppings. The rest of the desserts weren’t amazing but that probably had something to do with the fact that I was bursting at the seams.

The buffet is priced at 295 and drinks are billed separately, I would 100% go back, it is hands down the best selection of seafood I have ever seen in Dubai and well worth your money!

City Of Gold Dubai

One of our favourite events of the season is coming back and we cannot wait!!! Sole DXB is on the 18th and 19th of November in D3. It brings together a very cool crowd fusing together footwear, fashion and lifestyle with live music and great food. Checkout their awesome City of Gold Video:


Last week I managed to get water in my phone and the screen eventually faded to black😦 I literally replaced my screen two weeks ago in London because it had smashed and it cost me £140 (650AED)! I wanted to do it on the cheap as I will be getting a new phone soon I just needed to access the data on it so I called some of those little electronic shops in Bur Dubai for a screen quotation and they all said it would be around 650AED which is the same price. I don’t drive so by the time I get a taxi there and back it will cost me 750/800.

I Googled places nearby and found that there is this amazing repair service called Geeks!! They collect your device, fix it in 1-2 working days and bring it back. To top it all off the screens are genuine and come with a 2 year warranty (which you can never guarantee in those little shops in Bur Dubai). They quoted 680 so it was a bit more but well worth it!

I got my phone back and it was fine but after a few days it started flashing and then it would go black…uh oh!! I called the Geeks to tell them and they picked it up straight away and replaced it again and got it back to me within a day!

They have such a fast and reliable service which is so convenient as you literally don’t have to leave your house, I highly recommend them🙂