Face waxing is a nightmare for me. As soon as it’s done, my skin breaks out with nasty pimples. This time, I braved and went to Rose Al Arbaj to try their services and my favorite Annie was available for me. Despite the language barrier, I told her about the break-out problem and she asked me to get an ointment called Bepanthen as soon as I got done at the salon.

I quickly drove to the nearest local pharmacy and got the cream. I have been applying the creme from last 3 days, twice a day, and the result has been amazing. My pimples have gone down considerably - I think another 3 or 4 more days and it will be gone, sans scars :D

I wanted to share it with you all for I know many girls suffer from post waxing breakout, and the scars left behind can be seriously scary. But now, you have Bepanthen :)


  • Keep the creme under 25C at all times. I kept it in the refrigerator
  • Use it twice a day religiously
  • When you have creme on, do not go out in the sun

Event: Suhoor at ValleyDez

ValleyDez at Galleria Mall, Dubai

ValleyDez at Galleria Mall, Dubai

ValleyDez recently opened a new store at Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, and this one is quite different than their other stores. While the other stores exude femininity, the new boutique is chic and sophisticated. The collection has the same quirky undertone, and the accessories are to die for.

Last night, ValleyDez held a shunoor with LAtifa Al Shamsi, a prominent Emirati blogger and designer. She unveiled her latest Ramadan and Eid collection, comprising colorful kaftans and elegant abayas. She graciously gifted me one as well, and I will do a detailed post on it later.

Amongst the attendees were some of the who’s who of Emirati social scene – including Rosemin Manji, Ilham Abbas, Basma Al Fahim, Sarah Belhasa, etc. Besides Latifa’s collection, other highlights of the evening was Dalida Ayach’s shoes and apparel, Amina Al Abbasi’s arabesque collection of clutches, Dita Von Teese’s sunglasses, bishts by Saffi Fashion and Eid collections by Queen of Spades and Ada by Anjalee.

Here’s the colorful reminiscence from last night’s event – Hope you like them :)

Rosemin Manji with friends

Rosemin Manji with friends

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Invitation: Suhoor with Latifa Al Shamsi at ValleyDez

Calling out all the bloggers and fashionistas in Dubai – Come meet the Emirati blogger and Designer, Latifa Al Shamsi, as she unveils her Ramadan and Eid collection tonight at ValleyDez. Also check out the new collections and designers debuting tonight – including the stunning Dalida Ayach, Amina Al Abbasi, ATYPIK and Ada by Anjalee.

Suhoor with Latifa Al Shamsi at ValleyDez

See you tonight :)

DKNY Meets Bloggers and Ramadan

DKNY Ramadan Collection with Yada Golsharifi and Tamara Al Gabbani for Middle East

The holy month of Ramadan brought along a whole bunch of blessings AND the inaugural of DKNY’s Ramadan Collection. The first regional campaign for DKNY, the collection features conservative-yet-summer-appropriate pants, blouses, skirts and dresses in festive colors and prints. The campaign is styled by two beautiful fashion influencers from the region – Yada Golsharifi and Tamara Al Gabbani. These ladies infuse their own sophisticated sense of style to the campaign, making it a lot more appealing to the women in Middle East.

This capsule collection was specifically designed for the fashionistas in the Middle Eastern region, and acknowledges the huge potential for fashion houses in this particular market.

It is a pleasure to see power houses like DKNY expand and design exclusively for our part of the world – after all, this is where the money is, right? *wink wink*

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Addicted to ‘Jane by Design’

Jane by Design TV Series - Cherry CrossShorter work hours (well kind of) + sluggish social scene + hubby out-of-town = TIME FOR A NEW SERIES!

I have been watching a “certain” kind of series lately – this category focuses on two things: Fashion and Women. I started with Ugly Betty, then Lipstick Jungle, Cashmere Mafia and now Jane by Design.

My latest addiction, Jane by Design, is about a high school girl, Jane Quirby, who isn’t exactly the ‘nerve of the social scene at school’ and spends all her time with her only best friend – Billy. By a stroke of fate, she ends up working for a world-famous designer, Gray Chandler Murray. And this is how the story begins and evolves – Jane juggling two different lives, one at high school and one in high fashion.

I love Jane’s life, her friendship with Billy, Gray’s ice queen character, India’s dirty ways and Jeremy’s irritating charm. I feel like it’s my dream on TV – my dream of being involved in the fashion world like she. Be the person that she is. Smart, witty, intelligent, on her toes, and hands down GORGEOUS. I am down to the 4th episode and have paused ONLY because its 2 AM and I need to be at work at 9:30!

If you have already seen this series, do tell me how did you find it. And the rest – please just watch it. I can sneak you the address to watch it online *wink wink*

P.S. Jane’s wardrobe will blow you away!

Versace Couture FW14 – The Queen Takes Over the Fashion Reins!

I have never been a fan of Versace Couture but yesterday’s show had made me a convert. It was a consistently fab show, with one show-stopper after the other. I loved the solid colors, asymmetrical cuts, destructed silhouettes, metallic accents and silk soie drapes. The collection highlighted exquisitely pleated bodice, stark cutouts, striped mesh, strips of vinyl embroidered onto a transparent base and lots of pants. Donatella has the infamous J.Lo as her muse, dressed in a white Versace Couture dress. With pulled back hair, smokey eyes, gold earrings and white clutch and stilettos, she was a fashion vision to behold. Here’s Versace’s new approach to couture, hot from the runway:

Whatcha' Looking at Donnatella? :D

Whatcha’ Looking at Donnatella? :D

One of my Favorites from Versace Couture Fall Winter 2014, Fashion Show in Paris

One of my Favorites from Versace Couture Fall Winter 2014, Fashion Show in Paris

One of my Favorites from Versace Couture Fall Winter 2014, Fashion Show in Paris

One of my Favorites from Versace Couture Fall Winter 2014, Fashion Show in Paris

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Queen of Spades says “EHOI” to Ramadan

Lamya AbedinBring out your maracas as Queen of Spades goes all Latin with its latest Mexican-inspired collection. The vivacious collection was unveiled at the La Fiesta Grande, a private pre-Eid preview, held at the Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall.

The fashionable evening unfolded over a sit-down dinner, designed and styled by Lafayette Gourmet to present an epicurean experience fit for the Mexican bonhomie that designer Lamya Abedin presented.

Abedin’s exotic Latin designs once again celebrate folk art and traditions and represent it in an urban, modern style – the very elements that make up the core of the Queen of Spades brand. The newest creations keenly emphasise indigenous crafts and pre-Columbian art that has thrived over a wide timescale, from 1800 BC to AD 1500. Abedin has particularly drawn from certain artistic characteristics that were widely prevalent in the Latin-Spanish belt through the years, like a preference for angular, linear patterns, and three-dimensional ceramics. Continue Reading

Recipe: Glorified Instant Noodles

I love my friends who happily cook for me, and whip up amazing meals in the time it takes me to make coffee (from a sachet). I met Nats last night and she treated me to an amazing meal, made from INSTANT NOODLES! Yes, there were a handful of other ingredients involved but it took about 10-15 minutes to make it, and it tasted great. And I just had to share this recipe to help all those who are neither fond nor good at cooking (including moi).

So, here it goes!

Glorified Instant Noodles - Recipe on Cherry Cross

Glorified Instant Noodles – Recipe on Cherry Cross

WHAT YOU NEED (serves 2):

  • 3 packs of Instant Noodles (you can choose any brand and flavor you like – we went for Maggi)
  • 1 cup frozen veggies (peas, carrots, corns)
  • 3 mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 cup cabbage (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp black soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chicken powder
  •  Oil (to fry the chicken strips and stir fry veggies)
  • 6 frozen chicken strips

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Feast like a king - lavish futoor options - cherry crossIf you would like to go all out, and feast like a king, here are some options that will make your wish come true. These places have fantastic ambiance, great food and an unforgettable experience. Check out the lavish futoor options below, courtesy Time Out Dubai:

Al Falak Ballroom at Burj Al Arab Majlis-style tent, with a buffet serving mezze, Arabic desserts, cheeses, traditional gahwa (coffee) and Arabic ice cream. Dhs400 per person. Daily sunset-9.15pm. Burj al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).

At.Mosphere Iftar here has an unusual twist, since it is served as a high tea, but with a few Arabian twists. Dhs340. 7pm-10.30pm. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

BiCE Mare A four course menu of Italian cooking, including starter, pasta, main course and dessert. The terrace overlooks the Dubai Fountains. Dhs300. Daily from 7pm-midnight. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0982).


Iftar Options – Under AED100

Best places for Iftaar on a budget in Dubai - Cherry CrossLooking for an iftar out on a budget? Here some delicious options, courtesy Time Out Dubai:

Alchemia Tent at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort
This Ramadan tent serves fresh juices, mixed grills and light bites from an à la carte menu, as well as buffet options. The World Cup games will be shown here, and shisha is available. Private VIP lounges available for hire that can accommodate up to 15 people with private plasma TV screens or projectors.
Iftar and suhoor priced à la carte. Iftar: sunset-9pm. Suhoor: 9pm-3am. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort , Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).

Bastakiya Café
A buffet selection of international, Arabic, Indian, Pakistani and Asian dishes, including a selection of starters, salad, soup, main courses, desserts and juices. Arabic coffee and dates will also be served.
Dhs85 per person. Half price children aged six to 12. Daily sunset-10.30pm. Arabian Courtyard Hotel, Al Fahidi Street (04 351 9111).

Barbecue Delights
Over 60 dishes of Pakistani, Afghani and North Indian cuisines from the buffet, including barbecue grills, curries and desserts.
Dhs70 (Sat-Wed), Dhs75 (Thu and Fri). Dhs40 (children four-12 years). Daily sunset-9pm. Opposite Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha (04 335 9868). Other location: Dhs90. Dhs50 (children aged four to 12). Sunset-12.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 434 3443).

Bundoo Khan
Contemporary Pakistani cuisine and barbecue, plus traditional Arabic dishes, mocktails, karak chai and Peshawari kahwa.
From Dhs75 per person. Daily sunset-10pm. Xclusive Clover Hotel apartments, Rigga Al Buteen, Deira (04 233 6333).

A budget friendly option.
Iftar: Dhs90. 7pm-10pm. Suhoor: Dhs70. 2am-4am. Centro Al Barsha (04 704 0000).

City Cafe
Iftar Buffet with Benefits. With every Iftar, you get more than double the value back in vouchers; a free Fitness First day pass worth Dhs100 plus a free iCare Clinics voucher worth Dhs50. Plus, buy 4 Iftars and get 1 free.
Dhs 49-69. Daily from sunset to 8:30. At Citymax Hotels in Al Barsha (04 409 8000), Bur Dubai (050 100 7065) and Sharjah (05 598 5000).

Downtown tent
Arabic cooking, music and shisha.
Iftar and suhoor priced à la carte. Sun-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Sat 6pm-3am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 8883).

Fresh Restaurant
A traditional iftar buffet. From Dhs99 per person.
Dhs45 (children six-11 years). Free (kids aged below five years). Daily sunset-10pm. Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Barsha (04 501 6181).

Get the chance to win a five-night stay for two in Istanbul including flights.
Dhs99. Kids under six dine for free. Daily from sunset. Movenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A (04 438 0000).

Pizza Express
A family friendly iftar.
Dhs69 per person. Daily sunset-11pm. China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5134).

The Noodle House
Iftar menu includes a platter of dates, fruit and juices to begin, followed by roti canai, duck wonton soup, dim sum, grilled Javanese chicken, sweet and sour fish, kailan and fried tofu cooked with tomato chili paste, and much more.
Dhs90. 7pm-11.30pm. Various locations, (04 366 6730).

The Palace Courtyard
Atmospheric Arabic courtyard, hosts a suhoor with Arabic mezze, music and shisha.
Dhs50 per person (cover charge). 8pm-2.30am. One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina (04 399 9999).