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Banana Republic Global Ambassador: Olivia Palermo

Banana Republic Global Ambassador: Olivia Palermo

 Banana Republic is excited to announce that international style icon Olivia Palermo is the brand’s first women’s global style ambassador. Through the partnership, Palermo will be integrated throughout Banana Republic’s global marketing, starting in Fall 2016 and will extend through 2017. Palermo brings a fresh […]

When Brunch Becomes Art

When Brunch Becomes Art

How many ex-pats have had to say sorry following one of their long Dubai brunches? I’d predict that figure surpassing thousands or more. This Western ex-pat diner needs to apologise from the outset of this review for upsetting nearly every creed and colour. Entitled somewhat […]

Pretty In Pink: Sketch London

Pretty In Pink: Sketch London

You don’t always start a blog post with a lead image of a bathroom.  But at Sketch, you can kind of get away with it. There are several parts to the restaurant – the Gallery is probably what most people think of when they thing […]

Heavenly Junk In A Hell Of A Location

Heavenly Junk In A Hell Of A Location

I first saw a post about “God’s Own Junkyard” on Buzzfeed and thought “this can’t be real!”. It’s a warehouse / garage / workshop that specialises in crafting made-to-order neon signs – and they’ve had clients from Hollywood all the way to Saudi Arabia. Fair […]

Into The Orbit: My Drop From ArcelorMittal Orbit

Into The Orbit: My Drop From ArcelorMittal Orbit

The second biggest highlight of my trip to London would be the visit to ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Lucky enough that my friends sneakily gave me the ticket (As birthday gift) of the opening day. It was the perfect place to catch […]

It’s hip to be (pocket) square

It’s hip to be (pocket) square

When is a gentleman’s handkerchief not a handkerchief? When it’s called a ‘pocket square’, of course. Drawing their design inspiration from the historical collections of the National Gallery, English Heritage and the Wallace Collection, among other arty institutions, Rampley & Co of London are master retailers […]

PUNJABI BY NATURE – IFTAR BUFFET

PUNJABI BY NATURE – IFTAR BUFFET

As another Ramadan sun sets on Dubai, approximately 10,000 eateries spring to life offering opportunity for hungry customers to break their fast. Many of these restaurants offer their own version of an Iftar dining experience, even if Iftar has no traditional place in their culinary schedule or […]

AL-MAEDA RESTAURANT IFTAR BUFFET

AL-MAEDA RESTAURANT IFTAR BUFFET

“Wanna go to Iftar?” Having arrived in Dubai post-Ramadan of July 2015, I had no idea what ‘Iftar’ was/is but I readily agreed to the offer, thinking it might be a newly released movie. For newbies to the Middle East and for the non-Muslims among […]

72 Hours In Jaipur “Pink City”

72 Hours In Jaipur “Pink City”

Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels, leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes, and everywhere […]

COS x SOU FUJIMOTO ‘FOREST OF LIGHT’

COS x SOU FUJIMOTO ‘FOREST OF LIGHT’

  COS has returned to Salone del Mobile with a newly commissioned installation by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Taking inspiration from the COS Spring Summer 2016 collection, ‘Forest of Light’ explores ideas of interaction and perspective; the darkened space is illuminated by towering cones of […]

Review: Gazebo & Kamat

Review: Gazebo & Kamat

The formula says: one restaurant, one review. However, within days of each other, I had the good fortune to be invited to visit two adjacent Indian restaurants and have opted to write a neighbourly combined summary. Gazebo and Kamat are stalwarts of the local Indian […]