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The Dream Catcher Collection By Mukhi Sisters

I attended the launch of the latest collection by the Mukhi Sisters, the “Dream Catcher


Originally conceived by the Native American Ojibwe people, Dream catchers were made to represent Asibikaashi, the Spider Woman, who took care of people and especially children across the land. Made of a circle, which was then weaved across in a web-like pattern and then decorated with feathers, the dream catcher was hung from a bed, “catching” all bad dreams and letting only good ones through, allowing the dreamer a peaceful and serene slumber.

From this original inspiration the Mukhi Sisters have created a collection that represents the chasing of good dreams and making these dreams into a reality.

Pictures courtesy of Patrick Sawaya

The Dream Catcher Collection, which includes earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and body pieces, for both men and women, is a symbol of the persevering passion to make good things happen; to strive for a dream and make it happen. Designed in both yellow and rose gold, the collection mostly incorporates the use of diamonds and turquoise, in fluid movement that symbolizes the energy of optimism.

It’s such a unique and lovely collection, dominated by feather designs, including colored stones. These splendid items, chic and simple, will add a touch of brightness to your outfits.

Did you check the lovely collection? Which is your favorite item? 




Since the 18th century the Mouzannar Family has been established as leading fine jewelers in the Middle East. In the 1950s the late Aziz Mouzannar and his brother Walid made significant contributions to the transformation of Beirut’s Jeweler’s Souk, positioning it as a main jewelry destination for the entire Middle East.
The Lebanese Civil War destroyed the Souk, but it did not affect the prestige of the Mouzannar family whose name remains as an absolute reference in the jewelry industry.
The creations made by the house of Aziz and Walid Mouzannar are inspired by Middle Eastern tradition and antiquity with a contemporary feel, making them timeless classics, sought for their high value and emotional substance.


And next week, internationally acclaimed jewelry designer, Dori Mouzannar and award-winning jeweler designer Alia Mouzannar are passing by Dubai for 3 days!

Dori & Alia Mouzannar will be showing their unique and limited edition pieces from their latest work that have been featured in the likes of Elle France and L’Officiel.

Join them for 3 days of fashion and glamour at Comptoir 102.

And don’t forget to check their instagram account for the wonderful jewelry creations.

Chef Prabakaran Manickam wins Taste New Zealand 2014 culinary cook-off


Taste New Zealand 2014 was an adrenaline fuelled and glamorous affair, with Prabakaran Manickam, Area Head Chef for Food Fund International announced as the winner of this year’s culinary competition at a New Zealand themed awards evening at the Park Hyatt, Dubai on Saturday 26 April 2014.

Prabakaran Manickam - Taste New Zealand 2014 Winner

Chef Prabakaran won the competition following a cook-off earlier in the day where 10 finalist chefs prepared one dish in one hour, using a range of mystery New Zealand ingredients, which were revealed on the day.

Trade Commisioner Steve Jones, Prabakaran Manickam, Minister Tim Groser

New Zealand Trade Commissioner and competition judge Steve Jones, said that all 10 chefs impressed on the day:

“This is a demanding competition that culminated in a high-stress cook-off, where all chefs took some risks, with many using new and unfamiliar products. I congratulate all of them for being open to the challenge, and for helping to make this competition such as success.


“Chef Prabakaran’s dish, featuring Firstlight Venison French Rack encrusted with pistachio, impressed the judges in a number of ways, but particularly its texture and flavour.


“I congratulate Chef Prabakaran on winning this competition, and we look forward to hosting him in New Zealand later this year. I have no doubt that this trip will benefit his career as well as offering him an experience to remember.”


The Taste New Zealand chef competition awards evening was attended by over 350 guests, who enjoyed New Zealand food, beverage and traditional haka performances throughout the evening. The winner was announced by New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser.


As the winner of the now annual event, Chef Prabakaran will travel on a business and leisure trip to New Zealand later this year along with a guest, courtesy of Emirates Airline, where he will visit a range of New Zealand food and beverage producers.


The competition was judged by some of the UAE’s best known food professionals: Reif Othman, Executive Chef at ZUMA; Robin Padgett, Senior Vice President Aircraft Catering at Emirates Airline; celebrity chef Andy Campbell; Samantha Wood, founder of the ‘FooDiva’ blog; Jessie Kirkness Parker, food writer and consultant; and Steve Jones, New Zealand Trade Commissioner.


Organised by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the New Zealand Government’s international business development agency, the Taste New Zealand chef competition aims to raise awareness of the diversity and quality of New Zealand food and drink products available in the UAE among participating chefs as well as buyers, food service and retail industry leaders. The competition is open to all professional chefs in the UAE.

The competition and awards evening was supported by MMI and Emirates and featured a wide range of New Zealand food and beverage products from Alliance, Angel Bay, Anchor, ANZCO Foods, Barker’s, Blue River, Firstlight, Greenmount Foods, Killinchy Gold, Lee Fish, Manuka Health, Omega Seafood,  Phoenix Organics, Piper, Silver Fern Farms, Tegel, Ti Tonics, Whittaker’s, and Wild Honey.

Taste New Zealand finalists

For more information about the competition please visit Taste New Zealand’s website.

S’N’B Unveils Luxury Collection of Natural Halal Nail Polishes



Safe ‘N’ Beautiful LC, the specialist natural nail care beauty house, has unveiled its newest range – a luxury collection of breathable, water-based and water-removable nail polishes. The patented formulas, free of alcohol and animal-derived products are also ‘five-free’ of the controversial chemicals DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde and its resins. And unlike traditional nail polishes the Halal S’N’B formulation is aqueous and oxygen permeable.

S'N'B Unveils Luxury Collection of Natural Halal Nail Polishes

With a gorgeous palette of modern and refined colours the S’N’B collection is the newest innovation in natural beauty products first showcased in the company’s world-renowned signature line Snails (Safe Nails), designed especially for children and expectant mothers.

S’N’B debuted the new product range at the Middle East’s foremost and influential trade show – Beauty World ME, that took place at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center from the 27th through the 29th May.

To discover more about Safe ‘N’ Beautiful LC., Snails and the new S’N’B collection you can visit their website http://www.safe-nails.com/ and follow them on Twitter @Snails4Kids.

Iftar at Khaymet Burj El Hamam!

Ramadan is here and I had to go for an Iftar!

I heard that Burj El Hamam in Movenpick Hotel is having a special Khaymet for Ramadan, so I went to check it out with my friend N.



The tent was already there, they usually have weddings in it, but this month it’s garnished in a very nice way to have the spirit of Ramadan.

We arrived there at sunset, waited for the prayers and started to discover the rich menu.

Of course we started with Lentils soup (there was also chicken soup) and then we starting tasting the traditional Lebanese mezzeh…


Then we moved to taste the wide variety of main dishes, from chicken, to fish, to kharouf me7che… and we made sure to keep place for the yummy dessert, kellaj, fruits, beklewa…

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Photo Courtesy of Beiruting!

It was so delicious, I recommend everyone to try it this month, and you can also pass by for souhour.

Ramadan Kareem



MAISON RANA Showcasing “DUSK” Capsule Collection


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DUSK, the darker stage of twilight, is the perfect description of this special capsule collection by MAISON RANA®. Summer is remembered not only by its sunny days at the beach, but also by its night life, its party plans, and its gorgeous dusky chats with someone close to your heart!

This capsule collection brings the perfect pieces for those dusky nights, featuring MAISON RANA® ’s trademark minimalistic aesthetic. Here are the campaign images for “Dusk” by MAISON RANA®.

Dubai based designer, Rana Al-Basri Mouawad, feels that this collection caters to the many layers each woman have, be it in style or personality. With the use of silk chiffon, jersey, cotton and fabrics from Paris, this collection brings a mixture of designs suitable for the typical woman always on the go. They are guaranteed to be a wardrobe staple, and a must have!

“This is a very exciting season for me; I truly enjoyed designing this collection,” comments Mouawad. “I intentionally decided to make a capsule collection for this season to ensure that I concentrate on the right designs and pieces that are truly a Must-Have!”


It’s such a simple and classy collection! I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it 🙂

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MAISON RANA® is a fashion label that brings femininity, freshness, and style in its lines. Designed to be distinctive, resembling the young daring woman of today, the clothes give the chance for every woman to carry and enjoy masterpieces with her. Every piece from MAISON RANA® has a story.

MAISON RANA® is a young label inspired by beautiful things; art, music, architecture, culture, travel, and film… all attracting the designer, Rana Al-Basri Mouawad, and inspiring collections that come to life.

Following the success of “The Carnival” S/S12 Collection, MAISON RANA® proudly announces the preview launch of the new A/W12 Collection. Under the name of “OPES”, this new collection is inspired by women, for women… translating the theme into hand-embroidered metal detailing with the MAISON RANA® trademark of minimalistic design.


Dubai based designer, Rana Al-Basri Mouawad, feels that this collection caters to the many layers each woman have, be it in style or personality. With the use of silk lace, jersey, cotton and fabrics from Paris, this collection brings a mixture of designs suitable for the typical Middle Eastern pre-fall and fall weather.





I liked her designs, they’re simple and chic at the same time. You just put on a dress and you’re ready to go 


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