And the winner is…

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I love hosting giveaways and sharing the love with you all.

While hosting is fun, validating and picking a winner sucks a sizable chunk of pleasure out of the process. You can already tell how well do I fare with numbers and tech, right?

Anywho. So we do have a winner – drumrolls please – and the lucky person to walk away with 16 items is: Continue Reading

Online Shopping with Lifestyle

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News flash for all my shopaholic cherries – Lifestyle store is now online!

Yes, that means you can get a range of bags, makeup, accessories, fragrances and home décor essentials in a few click. No more trolling around the mall and carrying god awfully heavy bags. Click click and you are done.

The launch was announced at a media event held at Andreas, Habtoor Grand Resort – Autograph Collection, last week.

Commenting on the launch of online store, Lifestyle CEO Sachin Mundhwa said: “For the last 17 years, Lifestyle has been at the forefront offering customers with exclusive value-for-money home furnishing, décor, beauty and fashion accessories from leading brands for our MENA customers.

“The opening of our online store starting with UAE, solidifies our commitment to our customers in offering convenience, quality and service at their fingertips amidst a superior shopping experience through multiple touch points.”

Customers have the option of paying by credit card or cash-on-delivery; also, the website offers ‘returns via store’ facility to further build on customer convenience and leverage the concept’s store network.  Continue Reading

All the shoes you will ever need…

Michael Kors. Jet Set Six_Collection ImageMichael Kors has launched the Michael Kors Jet Set 6 Shoe Collection in Spring 2015, which includes six essential pairs that are designed for busy jetsetters who need practical yet glamorous shoes to fit their on-the-go lifestyles.

The capsule collection includes shoes ideal for any occasion and any location. The Spring 2015 edit features: Irving sneakers, Odessa platform sandals, Kristen mid-heel sandals, jelly sandals, Somerly wedges and Walton ankle boots all in multiple colors. A luxe croc-embossed suitcase designed to house the collection will be available for sale at select stores.

“Every woman I know is shoe-obsessed,” said Michael Kors. “The Jet Set Six Collection makes it easy to take the season’s six must-have pairs everywhere you need to go, from St. Barths to Shanghai.”

The collection will debut at Michael Kors stores, MichaelKors.com as well as wholesale stores in the US, Asia, Europe and South America in Spring 2015. A new edit of the Jet Set 6 collection will be released in the following fall and spring seasons.

To know more, stay tuned to the hashtag #JetSetGo.

Here’s a closeup of all the shoes inside Michael Kors Jet Set 6 Shoe Collection Continue Reading

TAKE 5 with Jaya Misra

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Jaya Misra’s bridal collection.

I had the pleasure of meeting the designer behind the eponymous label Jaya Misra last evening at the launch of her summer bridal and resort 2015 collection at an intimate gathering. Hailing from Kolkota, India, she currently stocks at Aara Fashion Boutique, Dubai, while producing back home in Bengal.

Misra quickly gave me an overview of the collection, inspirations and all that’s in between. Buzz words from our conversation about the bridal collection were light fabrics, flowy silhouette, equal love for bright and pastels. She has mostly used zardozi and sequences for embellishment, and experimented with contemporary cuts.

Amongst the racks of beautifully tailored dresses, cocktail saree was my absolute favourite. It combines the seductiveness of a cocktail dress with the elegance of a traditional saree, and the result is a gorgeous, 21st-century-appropriate ensemble. It’s not novel but it still seems to tickle my fancy.

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Jaya Misra’s resort collection.

Misra’s resort collection is themed ‘Go Candy’, with obvious pop of neon here and there. Moreover, she continues to use light fabrics (mostly Georgette and chiffon) in view of the blazing summers ahead.

Lastly, Misra’s top three tips for brides-to-be are: Continue Reading

Hate Mail: H&H Salon

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What hair style and colour should I go for next?

It took me a long time to convince myself to write this post. Earlier, I thought to keep my experience to myself, but then I reminded myself that the whole idea of Cherry Cross is to voice my opinions and share my experiences – good and bad both.

So here it is.

I bought a voucher for hair colour and protein treatment at H&H Salon from Groupon. I had never heard of this salon before and my only reason to buy it was the close proximity. It is located in JLT (cluster W, Tiffany Towers), and is a mere 5 minutes’ drive from my office.

I finally made an appointment and arrived at the salon. A man (who I later found out was the hair stylist) was at the reception and made absolutely no attempt to greet or serve. Next to the reception was a nail station and I told the Filipino lady there that I have a hair colour appointment. She called another girl to escort me to the hair wash station.

I tried to strike a conversation with the lady, and she told me that the salon has been running for almost a year and is owned by a Sudanese woman. After a little bit of burn with the hot water (she didn’t know it would get so hot) and a session of tug of war, I was finally done with the first step. Can you tell I am already anxious?

Looking back, I can only say that I was certainly possessed when I decided to get a haircut as well while I was at a salon. I told the disinterested gentleman, who I had a not-so-impressive encounter at the reception, that I want a haircut, followed by change of colour to absolute black.

He picked up his scissors and got to work. And guess what? They couldn’t cut worth a dime. He was struggling to cut through my tresses, and then nonchalantly asked for a replacement. Obviously nobody gave two hoots and he continued with his mission to give me split ends with a paper-cutting pair of scissors.

Then came the colour. My only brief was about the colour — that it needs to be black for I wanted to overwrite the remains of ombre. The usual process followed, colouring and washing, and then the blow dry. Continue Reading

Designers for FFWD Season 5 Announced

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It’s that time of the year again, where fashion’s who and who in the region embarks go on crash diets, wardrobe makeovers and cancel all their appointments between April 10 – 13 2015 because they can’t be anywhere else but at the Fashion Forward.

Region’s most prominent fashion event, it hosts exceptional designers from the Middle East, conducts workshops, presentations and panel discussions and offers great networking opportunities.

Today, Fashion Forward has announced the line up of designers participating in the fifth season, and they are:

COUTURE COLLECTIONS

READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTIONS

1) Aiisha Ramadan     2) Amber Feroz     3) Bougouessa     4) Daneh     5) Dima Ayad

6) Hashe     7) Hussein Bazaza     8) House of Nomad     9) Lama Jouni     10) Madiyah Al Sharqi Continue Reading

News: Ayyan Ali arrested for money laundering

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Media reported that Pakistani model Ayyan Ali arrested at #Islamabad Airport boarding a flight to Dubai when $500,000 were recovered from her.

I personally don’t think its a publicity stunt – 5 years in jail doesn’t seem worth it. She’s well travelled and must have known better. Then why… I guess we’d have to wait for more updates. For more information, stay tuned to Cherry Cross’ Facebook and Instagram channels.

GIVEAWAY!

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Alright ladies and gentlemen, I know you are quite keen to find out how can you get your hands on this enviable stash of beauty goodies, with a fashionable ear cuff to round it off perfectly.

It’s quite simple really – All you have to do is:

  1. Tell me, in the comment box below, how many items you see in this picture. Commenting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will not be counted.
  2. Subscribe to Cherry Cross – simply enter your email in the box on top right for CC Newsletter.

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Eye Love – best eyeliners ever!

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Picture courtesy – Makeup Forever

There were days, back when I was a teenage rebel with kohl rimmed eyes, dusky tan and hair tangled for a permanent beachy look. I used to smear black eye pencil, hurting while putting on and more so when taking them off.

I did not intend to go all nostalgic or reminiscent days gone by (I am all but 26!). What I wanted to share was two of my absolute favourite eyeliners with you beautiful girls.

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1. Makeup Forever’s Artist Liner

If I didn’t know better, I would have been convinced that it has butter inside — given the ultra-creamy texture. The application will blow your socks off. It is super soft and glides on like a dream. It is a twist-up pencil which means you never need to sharpen it (brownie points for that).

It works splendidly to line your bottom and UPPER lash line – yes ma’am. Also, it is equally good to define your upper and lower lash line, and can be smudged for smokey eyes.

CC rating: 4.5/5

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2. Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner

Now this was a game changer. This liner is best known for its easy application, allowing makeup junkies like myself to create a winged look in no time. This effortless application is made possible as Benefit has filled gen formula in a pen, with twist-up

And the staying power is fantastic – it actually goes through an entire day. It comes in matte finish, which makes it day time appropriate as well.

CC rating: 4/5

Do tell me if you’d like me to review any other eyeliners and I shall oblige. Cheerios! Continue Reading

GCE General English and I – A love hate affair

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At Madame Tussauds Berlin – Anne Frank

Against all my teachers and parents’ expectations, I did get a bad grade in A-Levels’ General English.

How did that happen? I actually understood the reason and solved the mystery a decade later.

I was a decent orator, and my English teacher was ever so confident that I will be her twinkling (not shining) star. When I first appeared in the exam, I ended up a bad grade – no, I won’t tell you what it was. Just know that it was a BAD grade.

I was stunned. My teacher was shocked. She couldn’t believe it. She kept on interrogating, asking me what I had done so wrong to end up with this embarrassing result. I was lost and heart broken, and clueless. She was so confident in my abilities = so much so that she convinced me to reappear. Continue Reading