The changing face of Fashion Forward Dubai

Roni Helou

As this year’s Fashion Forward four-day event came to an end, I feel that the fashion industry is no longer what it used to be. This year FFWD organizers decided to face the challenges of changing global fashion industry by making this event free-to-attend for public and launching a digital platform to enable “shop the […]

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Michael Cinco’s jaw-dropping spectacle at FFWD 2019

Michael Cinco FFWD 2019

We waited, it started late, they walked- they SLAYED. I’m wowed with yet another spectacular show of this designer. Yesterday evening Dubai-based couture Michael Cinco presented his latest array of opulent designs in a jaw-dropping spectacle which gave me goosebumps and a mind-blowing experience. The catwalk display started with atmospheric music. The crowd waited for […]

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Fashion Extravaganza at FFWD 2019

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Fashion Forward Dubai has just opened its door on the four-day of catwalks and presentations featuring emerging local and international designers. The return of this event helps celebrate the best of fashion in the UAE elevating the city’s role as a hub for fashion in the Middle East. Taking place at Dubai Design District (d3) […]

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My l’été indien

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I love Autumn. It’s my favourite season. Autumn brings me so many good memories and emotions, a mix of peace and happiness. For me, it’s the most beautiful and thoughtful season of the year. My kids were born in October, and I met the love of my life in Autumn. I fall in love with […]

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IS THIS TOMORROW?

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What awaits us in the future? Have you ever wondered how the world will change in 60 years? I remember 1992 when the first mobile phone was released in Poland and how it transformed all aspects of our life and community. The wireless telephone was winning over the landline at our homes because the world […]

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Buy Less But Better

Tips on how to build a lasting and luxurious wardrobe

I came across the article, and I thought it was worth a share. It’s about how to build a lasting and luxurious wardrobe according to Alex Eagle the founder of Alex Eagle Studio. So if you have a wardrobe that makes you feel like you have nothing to wear, then keep on reading. According to Alex, […]

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Music I Play Loud!

If you know me, you’ll know that I can’t get enough music. It all started with a rock band Faith No More. Through my teen years, I was all over their songs like Epic or Evidence, where I seriously thought I was in love with vocalist/lyricist Mike Patton. Consequently, I moved on to funk metal- […]

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Green Olive Realness

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There is something about green olive, a type of environmentally, eco- warrior coolness that I’m really loving for the colder season. Green Olive inspired many of the fall/winter 2019 fashion trends; Richard Malone spring/summer 2020, Marta Jakubowski, Stella McCartney, Prada and Miumiu. We have to agree that with the current climate change and temperatures on […]

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Dress for less

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I’m a huge fan of Amale Clooney’s stylish outfits. She is a lawyer, author and activist, so the way she dresses plays a major role in how people perceive her. When imagining a lawyer’s closet I could be under impression that it’s full of dark grey and black pantsuits. Amal’s closet is far from this. […]

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Exploring Dubai’s Old Quarter

I love combining my two favourite pastimes- exploring new places and shopping. While modern Dubai has plenty to offer, it cannot beat Old Dubai’s authenticity. I realised that despite living in Dubai for many years now, I have been neglecting the old part of town. So I decided to re-visit the old trading quarter of […]

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Happiness is…CHANEL BAG

Have you ever considered spending $2-$5k on a handbag? Yes, I agree it’s a lot of money that could be used to pay off the mortgage to the house or any of that! I have no justification for owning any of my Chanel bags other than my pure indulgence. Naturally, I have always wanted to […]

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OKRA- My Colourful Superfood

Okra's health benefits

There are lots of reasons to eat fruits and vegetables, but for me, the best reason is that it makes me happy. I feel energised just looking at intensely pigmented vegetables. When we eat colourful foods, we consume more micronutrients crucial for disease prevention and well-being. Okra is one of my colourful superfoods. It’s known […]

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Quick Makeover Fun

I’m a huge fan of luxury makeup and I always like to try new products. But figuring out which product is right for me is sometimes frustrating and trial and error. I’ve spent years wasting money on a foundation that didn’t work for my skin making my face protest or mascaras that were too heavy […]

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Design-conscious co-working spaces

Back in 2006, when I came to Dubai, I didn’t hear about co-working spaces. Nowadays, community spaces are having a moment. So what are they and why so many people are attracted to them? For those not familiar with the concept of community space, it is as a well-designed open space which is a shared […]

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Celebrate Colour!

Did you know that there is a place in Dubai where you can go and surround yourself with feel-good colours? And it is thanks to Elmarsa Gallery in Alserkal Avenue that is showing works by the most renowned Algerian female artist Baya Mahieddine. Baya’s vibrant paintings talk to me folkloric women, flowers, butterflies and birds, but […]

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The Importance Of Asking

For those who are not familiar with Amanda Palmer, here is a little background. Amanda has been a lot of things: an artist, Dresden Dolls singer, songwriter, musician, and crowdfunding pioneer. She is a lead singer and songwriter of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra. I sometimes find her public persona troubling, but I […]

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My positivity pill

Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful. L.R. […]

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Game of Thrones is finally back!

Yesterday evening was our Monday night special. After many months of waiting and wondering who lives and who dies we finally we get to watch the premiere of the final season of our favourite show Game of Thrones, Season 8. We had everything planned from turning off cell phones, banning multitasking during the show to […]

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Merry Monday and a happy new week!

How’s your week been so far?  It looks like cold and flu season is raging across the country and no matter how strong our immune systems are we’re bound to catch some sniffle, cough or sore throat. Below are a few links for your reading pleasure this week What you should eat when you are […]

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Our desert oasis vacation

How is your spring break going on so far? Have you managed to get some time off work and head for a special family getaway? As my twins are still school age kids, and out of school on a spring break, we decided to plan for a family vacation. Making a holiday budget and sticking […]

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Homemade Lebanese stuffed grape leaves

Eating home-cooked meals has become a habit in our family.  At weekends we cook together. We divvy up responsibilities and tackle the tasks like a true dream team meant to be. Most of the time we’re opting for healthier food which gives us the freedom to choose healthier ingredients over processed meals.   As my […]

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Live to ride, ride to live!

Ladies and Gems I present to you my Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 CVO. After giving birth to our twins, my husband gave me this sweetheart for my birthday and at the same time saved me from living a conventional mommy life. I love being a mother and taking care of Benjamin and Sophie, but I […]

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Grocery shopping but make it fashion!

As I’m a busy mum, I don’t feel like putting lots of effort in than my usual relaxed and effortless look when leaving the house. My primary driver is to feel comfortable in the clothing I wear, but l also like to look cool and fashionable in a kind of youthful style. If I could […]

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Polish pierogi conga style

  As a Polish native, I’m expected to know how to make homemade pierogi. For those unfamiliar with the term pierogi, I’m referring to dumplings. Well, sometimes I wish I could forget because the process is time-consuming, and quite tedious but my twins love eating them, so I have to stop with the ‘no excuses’ […]

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We are our homes

Have you already found your home away from home?   I left my childhood home when I was in my early twenties; I travelled through Europe went to Italy, Greece, Spain, France and lived in Ireland, Jersey, Holland, and Oman to finally settle in Dubai, UAE  – 6,225 km away from my childhood home.   […]

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