CC Exclusive Inspiration: Jo Malone, Dyslexic Perfumer Par Excellence

Jo Malone at Cherry Cross

It came to me as a surprise that the woman behind the infamous label, Jo Malone, was actually a dyslexic who dropped out of school to care for her ailing mother at a very young age. She couldn’t read or write, and learnt to translate her perception of people and personalities to fragrances. Her signature perfumes are coveted by royalties and celebrities, including Duchess Kate Middleton and Jennifer Lopez, and is a name synonymous with classic elegance and timeless impression.

Furthermore, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, and sold her company in entirety to Estee Lauder in 2006. After struggling with her disease and dealing with lemons life had thrown her way (and did she love lemons or what?) she came out healthy and decided to again pursue what she did best – mixing scents to create luxury and indulgence – with a new label, Jo Loves.

When she launched Jo Loves in 2011, she said it is ‘all about memories’. It immediately started getting attention, with a cult following like her former eponymous company, Jo Malone.

Jo Loves Store Hoarding comp

Have you had a whiff of Jo Malone’s Jo Loves? I am sure it is as tantalizing as ever. Now, what inspired us at Cherry Cross about Jo Malone:

  • Her humbling beginnings didn’t deter her dreams of a ‘better life’
  • She figured out what she was really good at, i.e. mixing scents, and made a career out of it (how many of us can say the same?)
  • She made mistakes and took risks, but was never beaten down
  • She wasn’t an MBA from Oxford yet is a founder of a multi-million dollar business – so, if you got it, you got it.
  • Breast cancer could devastate any woman, and rightly so. She came out of it as a victorious survivor
  • Selling your brand, which is an extension to your very being, isn’t easy, unless you have a very wise and stable head on your shoulders, and a supportive husband by your side
  • She reinvented herself at 46 with a new label and a new name, ignited by an old love affair

Inspirational much cherries??

How about you – anyone who has blown your socks off recently? We are listening love  – comment box below please *muah*

Credits: CNN’s Leading Women

2B Chill or 2B Thrill?

2B_Trhill_and_ChillWhat an interesting name for an energy drink!!

Launched a couple of weeks ago in Dubai, at Armani Hotel, ‘2B Active’ and ‘2B Relaxed’ are two natural and refreshing fruit-flavored carbonated drinks, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

The event was attended by movers and shakers from different sectors, and was hosted by Nargis Fakhri and Kris Fade. Along with entertaining gigs, there was a delicious three course dinner, served along 2B drinks.

Personally, I like 2B Chill, with its tangy flavor and soothing undertones. You can also try these for they are now available at Al Maya, Choithrams,Al Safeer, Lifco, All day Minimart, E-mart, F-mart, Istanbul, Emarat, Abu Dhabi Co-op Society , and soon they will be available in Spinneys, Geant, Union Co-op Society, Eppco-ENOC, Ramla, Al Douri, Milestone, Waitrose, Cinemas and all major vending machines across UAE.

Some moments from the night, via our Instagram account:

Here’s What I Wore at the Launch of 2B Swirl

Drumming it loud and clear at Armani Hotel, Dubai

Shaheen Nouman with Shahd Al Jumaily (Zanajeel)Kris Fade and Anastasia

Nagris Fakhri and Kris Fade in the house

2BChill, Nargis Fakhri, 2B Thrill     Anastasiya Golovatenko, Hanna Kraskouskaya, Valeriya Erimeevich, Svetlana Vasilyeva     Kris Fade

Movie Recommendation: Gone Girl

Gone Girl - Movie Review - Cherry Cross

I am a notorious couch potato, but often you will see me off my royal throne (read: couch), only to be seated on plush leather seats at Vox Cinemas. Nachos with salsa and jalapenos (no cheese please) only work as an unnecessary motivator. This weekend was no different.

This time we went to watch a delayed release, featuring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, called Gone Girl. It’s adapted from Gillian Flynn’s thriller novel under the same title, and revolves around a marriage gone bad. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. As an infamous writer, Amy’s disappearance causes a frenzy, unearthing secrets of infidelity and cleverly woven web of lies. Soon, family, friends and media are pointing fingers at Dunne, blaming him for disappearance of his beautiful, perfect American wife.

Did Dunne really kill his wife to pursue his secret love affair with one of his twenty something student? And if he did, how is Amy spotted in a distant town, with badly dyed short hair, shabby clothes and a different identity?

It’s a thriller that will have you on the edge throughout, and an end while leaving you for more. Ben Affleck is fantastic (as usual) but it’s Rosamund that will draw out your emotions.

Super recommended – and if you have seen it already, what did you think?

Street Style….The Bollywood Way!

Sonakshi Sinha doesn’t make it to news often for her fashion sense and style. She’s spotted mostly in unflattering saris or wrap dresses and palazzos that don’t do her beauty justice. She has come a long way though, and Action Jackson shows the dusky in all her glam glory…

Sonakshi Sinha Glam Avatar - Cherry Cross

This effortless chic look is one of the best from Sonakshi, and makes me excited about her upcoming film, Action Jackson, starring Ajay Devgan. Yes, I watch movies for fashion quotient – why else do you think I never miss Sonam Kapoor’s flicks? *wink*

How to get Sonakshi’s look? All you need is:

  • Fedora – Available at H&M, New Look and Forever 21
  • Jersey dress – Check out H&M, Splash and Forever 21
  • Plaid shirt – Splash, men’s section please
  • Ankle boots – Now this one is a fab find. I saw similar ones at Carrefour (yes!) at Mall of the Emirates. My size was out of stock already – go before yours is gone too.

Your other best friends for this look are fake tan and MAC bronzer.

Cheers to all things inspirational and beautiful!

Physio Radiance’s Power Pack

Physio Radiance Skincare Collection - Cherry CrossPhysio Radiance recently launched their latest beauty range which consists a complete skin care collection and a facial toning device, and I had the privilege to try on their products before they are made available on Little Majlis Website.

A brief intro for those who are not be familiar with the brand – Developed in Paris, this breakthrough skin care range is an effective and all natural way to pamper and regenerate your skin at the cellular level. Its unique formulation is an exclusive combination of ingredients to activate your skin cells to work naturally at their best, assisting in restoring your skin’s youthfulness and radiance. The skin care range is complemented by Visage+, a facial device developed by skin care experts, based on Korean technology.

Foreo Luna Facial Brush for Cleansing - Cherry CrossI tried Physio Radiance’s Comfort Emulsion Cleanser, the Remineralising Toner Lotion, Extreme Anti-Oxidant Serum and Radiance Enhancer Day & Night Fluid and loved it. My absolute favorite would have to the cleanser, which I used with my Foreo  Luna (a silicone facial brush for sensitive to normal skin for deep and gentle cleansing, and lower-frequency pulsations to reduce the signs of aging – it’s a bomb) and Day & Night fluid (which also makes a great primer).

This is a beauty range that you must try to feel the difference in your skin. It has made my skin soft and clear, and is so gentle I can barely feel it working – but it does work wonders!

Have you tried it cherries? Reviews? Comment bx below (and I) await your messages :)

Shoegasm with Stuart Weitzman

I came across Stuart Weitzman’s latest collect during our fashion shoot for Ahlan! Arabia. Their luxe material and craftsmanship is truly commendable, and their (little) obsession with shoes creates pairs that ignite a woman’s imagination and make her feel glamorous.

Stuart, the man behind this label, committed to creating shoes that caress, adorn and adore a woman’s foot 25 years ago and since then, his creation has walked around royalties, celebrities, socialites and fashionistas around the world.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection; you can check out the entire range at Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall, or their online store.

Wanna see which celebrities have been spotted wearing Stuart Weitzman? Check it out:

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KHOOBSURAT

Khoobsurat Movie 2014

Yes, I finally watched Fawad Khan’s Bollywood début film Khoobsurat last night. Featuring Sonam Kapoor and Kirron Kher, it’s a light-hearted rom-com, produced by Anil Kapoor production.

I love Sonam’s fashion sense and she looks street-style-meets-urban-dehliite-amazing throughout the film. Her wardrobe is dominated by colourful, clashing prints and mismatched sportswear. From smiley face socks to paisley printed rainbow scarves, bright painted nails and funky accessories, you just can’t fault her wardrobe. There wasn’t a look I didn’t like (yea, that doesn’t happen often). She kept her hair understated, with kohl lined eyes, scandalous eyelashes, bright pink blush and purple-pink lips. Again, a ten on ten. Now if you talk about her acting skills…. Rather, let’s not.

Instead, let’s talk about the ever-so-handsome Fawad Khan. A Pakistani heart-throb, he fit the role of a Rathore Prince quite naturally; I mean that eyebrow arching skill doesn’t come easy. In all due honesty, his acting skills didn’t blow me away, but he earned my absolute respect for on-screen display of our culture. I am not prude but I do not appreciate Veena Malik or Umaima Malik’s item numbers in micro minies and unabashed lip locking. I loved how there were no such scenes in Khoobsurat and Fawad didn’t succumb to Bollywood pressures of masala.

If you still haven’t watched the movie, do go out to watch it and support the cast. It’s a decent watch!

Talking about cast, had Anil Kapoor casted Parineeti instead of Sonam for Mili’s role, this movie could have done wonders! Just saying….

Here are some of my favorite Sonam looks from the movie – there were many more but I can’t find pictures :/ Another reason for you to go and watch the movie, and get some serious wardrobe inspiration!

LUSH CHRISTMAS AFFAIR

Lush Christmas Collection 2014

I am sure most of you already know about LUSH. They are known for their heavenly scented handmade soaps, bubble baths and shower gels. They smell divine and the idea of creating pampering products by hands with organic ingredients is absolutely fantastic to me.

Recently, LUSH launched their Christmas collection at Media One Hotel. You could feel the LUSH fragrance as soon as the elevator doors opened on the 42nd floor. The collection was displayed thematically, with a teaser of new services to come and a photobooth!!

Lush’s christmas collection has something for everyone. From 12 days of christmas box of goodies to tambourine, Santa Claus and Christmas trees, the variety of shapes and fragrances will blow your mind away. There are some with floral undertones while others have rich spicy-woody fragrances. I loved the one in bubblegum flavour – nostalgic and yum!

A darling woman from LUSH gave me some insider news on soon-to-launch services, exclusively for UAE. They are introducing pampering sessions at home! Yes, they will come over with their goodies and help you throw a fab pyjama party for your girlies, with services by LUSH beauty experts. How exciting!

Cherries, do check the collection out – you will fall in love as I did :)

Oh, I did some late-gram, and you can check it out here!

WARNING: THIS CAN BE ‘FATALE’

Agent_Provocateur_Fatale_Eau_de_Parfum_Cherry_CrossAgent Provocateur symbolizes all things fun and sexy. I have loved their racy lingerie since a friend introduced me to the brand, and have followed the collections ever since.

I was super excited when I got to try their latest fragrance, Fatale Black. Here’s our low down on this seducing fragrance:

Packaging – Agent Provocateur revamped the bottle, leaving glass completely transparent and glittery, additionally highlighted with smooth facettes. Fragrance flacon is crowned with a transparent stopper following the same flacon form, similar to a skillfully polished gem. It’s a bit on the heavy side, but as they say, the more the merrier!!

Fragrance Composition – Composition of the new fragrance Fatale provokes with pink pepper and black currant announcing a seductive heart of creamy gardenia gently sweetened with mango. Base of the composition warms the skin in sensual way with vanilla orchid and velvety musk.

Verdict: I love the fragrance; it’s sensuous without being overly feminine. I wish it would stay for a bit longer than it does, and comes in a sleeker packaging.

So now if you are wondering what I have been sporting recently, you know now that its Agent Provocateur’s Fatale Black :)

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Marks and Spencer Launches a Thunderous AW’14 Collections

I do love a good fashion show – for me, whether you put your collection in front of an editorial camera or on fashion runway, it needs to make a statement. Styling and choreography are extremely important, and lack of focus on these can make a fab collection look drab. There should be a dramatic edge to it. Or an ethereal romance. Whichever route you take, there has to be a statement.

I recently attended Marks & Spencer’s AW’14 Fashion Show, held at Waldorf Astoria. I loved how the show opened with thunder and rain, and music to set the pace. Lots of drama – yummy! Gorgeous models walked in with clear shiny umbrellas and rain coats, and I got all excited for the show to follow. Unfortunately, nothing came after that. The collection was signature M&S, classic with sharp cuts and edgy silhouettes, and some very interesting trench coats and wraps. Colour palette was predictably fall, with lots of black, grey and red. I loved the collection, and the set-up. What I found missing was the styling, the edge, that statement a fashion show must have!!

Regardless, I am sure I will be heading down to MoE to shop some of the fabulous pieces I spotted during the Marks and Spencer AW ’14 Fashion Show, including a sequined pencil skit and magenta gloves!

Here are a few pictures to give you a flavour of the show – Enjoy!

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