What’s not to love about Iris Apfel? The fearless, fascinating 97-year-old fashion icon is an inspiration to us all. Totally in awe of Apfel, I wrote an entire blog post on her earlier into my blogging life, all based on me stalking her online. Click here to read it.

This month, all eyes are on the Cannes Film Festival but I’ll be looking out for our girl Iris. At 97 she’s debuting as a movie star for Magnum. Imagine my excitement with the news that my all-time favorite fashion icon is now the face of one of my favorite ice-cream brands ever!

Magnum ice-cream and I go back a long time. I’ve had a love affair with this calorie-laden, Belgian chocolate coated yumminess for as long as I can remember. Back home in New Zealand, they’d come up with limited edition Magnum flavours, and I remember taking over the family freezer when they introduced the absolutely divine Honeycomb edit where the milk chocolate casing was bejewelled with crunchy hokeypokey and the inner ice-cream was this golden-hued honeycomb flavour. So glad they’ve made this flavour mainstream, my family can now share the freezer again.

 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of dining in the artfully psychedelic Izakaya Japanese restaurant in JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Apart from its groovy interiors and the ever-popular Wasabi Girl (who serves up freshly grated Wasabi at the shout of her name, has bright green hair she credits to Wasabi-eating, and even has an Instagram page of her own @izakayawasabigirl), I was quite enchanted with their Sake Cart.

We met the beautiful Kampai, who hosts the Sake Cart at Izakaya. Apart from giving us tasters of some of the world’s finest sakes, she was brimming with knowledge on this age-old Japanese rice wine, and I had to make notes to share these gems with you…

Although we are recommended a total of 8 hours of sleep each night, I’m lucky if I hit 6 on most weeknights. I am definitely not a morning person, but I’ve managed to stow away a few nifty tricks up my sleeves on how to fool the world into believing otherwise. Here’s my top 10:

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Health freaks have been drinking gallons of green tea for a while now, but have you heard of green coffee? Green coffee has become quite the buzzword in the world of weight-loss campaigns, yet this gimmick-like stance has a whole lot of scientific backing to go with it… as well as an impressive list of health-enhancing benefits.

I have been sipping on cups of Qafe Green Coffee, an instant green coffee scientifically developed by QNET, a health and wellness conglomerate based in Hong Kong. Read on to learn more about green coffee, and perhaps you would like to give it a go for yourself.

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There has been a whole lot of controversy in the recent past about the role of dairy foods in our diet. The orthodox vegan clan will tell you to give up cow’s milk altogether, and switch to plant-derived drinks. But, in my opinion, just because a drink has a milky appearance, it can never take over the place of actual milk. Take for example the whole controversy on soya milk; it has even been linked to many forms of cancer!

As a mother, I want the best for my child and stick to what we’ve been having for generations. But are all the cow’s milk on the market shelves alike? A week ago, two large cartons of Koita Organic Milk arrived at our doorstep, and we haven’t looked at another brand ever since.

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I’ve always been experimental with my teas, and have quite an assortment to boast of in my kitchen cabinet. By far, the little tin I have been reaching out to most often has been my prized stash of Japanese Matcha Green Tea.

This highly coveted powdered tea is far more superior than your average cup of green tea.

“One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.” – Tealand website.

Given its ‘superfood’ status, I was rather shocked at how hard it was to get my hands on some 100% pure Matcha powder in Dubai. I tried every nutrition shop in Dubai Mall, and was finally guided to a little stall on the basement level called Tealand.

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Tealand has all the possible kinds of teas you can think of, and horray! They had Matcha!

From time immemorial, diamonds have been the most coveted gemstone of all. Ancient sages proclaimed the gemstone has healing powers, and enriches the life of its wearer with health, wealth and an abundance of love.

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It’s sheer brilliance has made it a symbol for purity, and now you can actually illuminate your health and well-being by sipping on water enriched with real diamonds. Diamond Water is the most precious water ever bottled.

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“Diamond energy is regarded as the highest spiritual vibration. It brings balance to your soul, while uniting the body and mind, just like our water.” – Diamond Water website

This may sound like a brand new marketing gimmick, but Diamond Water really does more for your health than your ordinary glass of water. Read on for more.

We’ve been fed marketing gimmicks all our life, be it a toothpaste that promises the brightest smile (winning you the coveted job), or that ordinary bottle of shampoo that will unlock a mirror-like sheen to stubborn tresses. But how many brands actually live up to the challenge of falling back on their promises?

Pril is a well-known household name the world over. Fathered by global conglomerate Henkel, this is a dish-washing liquid that claims to be so powerfully efficient, that one drop is sufficient for a whole pile of dishes, no matter how stubborn the grease.

Taking on the challenge of their ‘one drop’ claim, the brand has come up with an adorably clever little way of proving its point. Introducing the Pril One Drop Bottle!

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