In the recent months since they’ve launched in the UAE, I’ve become pretty addicted to shopping on the lookfantastic.ae website. This online beauty store stocks everything from skincare, haircare, bath & body and more, and what makes this site more fascinating for me is the fact that they stock so many well-reputed brands that were previously unavailable in our region.

One of these brands happens to be REN Skincare. I’ve seen rave reviews about this brand, and was super excited to find them on lookfantastic.ae

Eating out needn’t be unhealthy. At The Marketplace, Marriott Al Jaddaf the culinary team have created a very special vegan menu for health conscious diners.

Post a very pampering session at Saray Spa on the 7th floor, it only seemed apt that I treat myself to a vegan lunch and give the brand-new menu a try.

Last week I treated myself to some much-needed me time at Marriott Al Jaddaf. Located in a quiet, secluded spot in Downtown Dubai, this 5-star property is minutes away from the city’s main attractions including Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, and the bustling streets of Bur Dubai.

I made an appointment at Saray Spa. Located on the 7th floor of Marriott Al Jadaf, this health and wellness center caters to both men and women and has some amazing deals on offer for this festive season.

You already know it’s going to be a fine-dining experience when the venue is Atlantis, The Palm Dubai and as a hard-core steak lover, Seafire Steakhouse & Bar has been on my wish-list for a while. With moody lighting and a carnivorous display of specialized cuts of meat in a stylized freezer right at the reception, I knew I was in a meat eater’s paradise right from the start.

When it comes to an authentic Pakistani meal, Barbeque Delights always comes up as a family restaurant I’d recommend. I’ve dined at their Downtown Dubai branch a number of times and was recently invited to visit their newest branch at The Walk, JBR.

It was a lazy Friday afternoon, and armed with two girlfriends and two kiddies in tow, we ordered an entire table-full of divinely delicious delicacies.

I never knew beards were so high maintenance till I met my friend Falah Ud Din Sheryar. His meticulously shaped beard requires a weekly barber’s visit, and he’s honed some insightful skills on how to blow-dry it to perfection.

Sheryar (or Sheru as we like to call him) was kind enough to give me a demo on how its done, and talked me through some daily beard-care routines.

No, I’m not planning to grow a beard! But here it is, all caught on camera for my bearded followers. Hope you enjoy it, click below!

Last weekend was spent in the heart of the capital city, Abu Dhabi. We booked a Junior Suite at 5-star hotel Millenium Al Wahda. The hotel is located in the midst of the city, offering a great vantage point of urban life. A large, modern structure with Arabesque detailing, the hotel is conjoined with Al Wahda Mall and the residential side of Millenium Al Wahda.

Being an expert at getting lost with Google Maps, I drove into the residential side of the hotel yet the valet was kind enough to accept my car there. We dropped our luggage at the concierge, and headed to the hotel lobby to check in.

Last weekend, my baby girl Farasha and I headed out to spend a weekend of leisure, pool time and great food at newly opened Hyatt Place, Wasl District Dubai.

Being over-confident with directions and over-trusting Google Maps, I ended up at Hyatt Place Jumeirah instead! I was assuming ‘Wasl District’ was in Jumeirah, but it turns out this branch is bang opposite Al Ghurair Centre in the heart of busy, bustling Deira, Dubai.

Taking inspiration from the beauty of Islamic art and calligraphy, the beautiful interiors of Bab Al Mansour transports its diners to an exotic palatial setting in faraway Morocco.

Located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in downtown Dubai, opposite the Dubai Opera, the restaurant specializes in both Moroccan and Turkish cuisines and all the ingredients used are sourced from organic-certified farms of Morocco.

We stepped into the gilded doors of Bab Al Mansour a few weeks back, and were greeted by a young man in a deep blue ethnic robe with a warm smile and hot cups of sweet Moroccan tea.