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Katrine Hanna unveils shoes collection in Dubai

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  • A unique style inspired by the unknown world of Australian flora

Katrine Hanna, the young shoe designer who established her luxurious eponymous label in Dubai since 2017, has introduced her shoe collection inspired by the unknown world of Australian flora.

With her design ethos to transform women into an allegory of fantastical nature, Katrine Hanna expresses her inspirations through the use of unique material combinations and silhouettes. Starting with the Australian bush, Katrine’s first collection translated elements of its botanical makeup through embroidery details focusing on the Banksia heel.

Katrine Hanna said: “The Banksia grows on a tree as a yellow flower that eventually dries up into a nut, like a pinecone. It is then handpicked from the Australian bush and carved into a heel with an exotic pattern. Native and unique to Australia, the Banksia has never been sculptured into a heel before. Each pair is unique to the wearer, and it is perfect for both casual and elegant look.”

The collection also features the Baby Obelia line inspired by the vibrant coloured fronds of the Eucalyptus gum nut blossoms, with laces caressing the ankle. Baby Obelia carries you through to the evening, accentuating a casual and elegant outfit.

Glinda style is delightfully subversive with its fluid and rhythmic straps to caress and wind around the foot elegantly. The right and left differ, flowing from one to the other. Glinda comes in three vibrant colors of suede.

Ragged Blossom style is ideal for a night of samba and salsa. The bedazzled lacing caresses the ankle tantalizing the viewer. It is also inspired by the Eucalyptus gum nut blossoms, while Mimica style will accentuate any look, attracting attention, with its folded paillet sequined embroidery of Mimica ‘mimics” the open valves on the unique Banskia nut.

The young shoe designer has shown her transformative power to escape the ordinary, where the contrast between the surreal and real is where she seeks inspiration. It is one name: “Katrine Hanna” who just popped up and created the eponymous label that has already garnered success since its launch in Dubai in 2017, partnering with Level Shoes for the release of her latest Collection.

Katrine’s designs are a fantastical symbol featuring unique textures and material combinations. She respects tradition art of shoe-making by stressing on the importance of the process and fabrication in the creative evolution of the shoes, where all her fantastical designs are handcrafted in Italy by local artisans experts.

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It’s time to renew your beauty regimen – Himalaya

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The chill in the air brings a welcome change after the harsh summer months. However, bear in mind that along with the nature, our skin too is making space for the change. So, just like you swap your wardrobe as the weather changes, it’s time to switch your skincare products too to survive the winter months.

Unlike summers, when the humidity levels are high leading to sweat and excessive oil production, the low humidity levels and dry winds in winter take away all the natural moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and more susceptible to damage. While summer beauty products will have ingredients that are light on the skin, winter beauty products will be richer with a long lasting effect. Therefore, your skincare regimen may remain the same, while the products you use will differ.

The experts at Himalaya suggest winter specific products that should be making way to your new season skincare regimen.

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MR PORTER’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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MRPORTER.COM offers the best selection of gift items from the world’s best menswear brands including Brioni, Givenchy, Gucci, Acne Studios, Lanvin and Saint Laurent alongside luxury watches and over 32 specialist grooming brands.

For more great gift ideas and advice visit the MRPORTER.COM Gift Finder – http://www.mrporter.com/gifts

And for the man who knows his own mind, gift vouchers are available at http://mrporter.com/gifts/giftcards

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Make a Sophisticated Style Statement With Splendid Sofa Sets at 2XL Furniture & Home Décor

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Living rooms need to be both stylish and functional. Make a sleek and sophisticated style statement with the stunning range of sofa sets at 2XL Furniture & Home Décor. These are not only luxurious but also very comfortable and easy to maintain. Use of rich fabrics and exquisite accessories anchor the arrangements for a perfect balance.

Amit Yadav, Head of Marketing at 2XL, said, “Whether your personal style leans towards the traditional, the contemporary or a blend of the two, at 2XL Furniture & Home Décor we have the perfect piece waiting for you. Our latest range of sofas – be it classic or modern – reflects elegance and comfort. With a palette of soothing neutrals and rich textures you can create beautiful living rooms perfect for relaxation and entertainment.”

Here’s what’s on offer:

 Henrieta 4-Seater Beige Sofa: AED 8,396

Henrieta Beige Armchair: AED 3,496

Viviane Cream Side Table: AED 3,010

Viviane Cream Coffee Table: AED 5,315

Beige is Beautiful

When it comes to living room designs, beige is the new black. Varying shades of cream and ivory with strategic pops of gold and perfect maroon tones on the pillows creates a spectacular setting. The striking walls complement the opulent couch while adding a sense of space. Enrich the palette with striking accessories that enhance the overall look and add a final touch of glamour with a stunning chandelier.

Anastasia 4-Seater Cream Sofa: AED 4,978

Anastasia Cream Armchair: AED 1,833

Hector Etagere LtChm: AED 1,644

 Calm and Collected

Let the sophistication of silver and grey with a hint of black add instant impact to your living room. Ivory couch with matching arm chairs looks stunning against a backdrop of patterned accent wall in a darker shade with matching cushions. The soft hues beautifully contrast with the black lampshade. Abundance of white décor makes the room feel spacious yet cozy with the sunlight beaming in. The focal point of the setting are the silver chandeliers that echo the patterns on the wall and cushions and look striking against the mirrors in the backdrop.

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Make a Sophisticated Style Statement With Splendid Sofa Sets at 2XL Furniture & Home Décor

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Living rooms need to be both stylish and functional. Make a sleek and sophisticated style statement with the stunning range of sofa sets at 2XL Furniture & Home Décor. These are not only luxurious but also very comfortable and easy to maintain. Use of rich fabrics and exquisite accessories anchor the arrangements for a perfect balance.

Amit Yadav, Head of Marketing at 2XL, said, “Whether your personal style leans towards the traditional, the contemporary or a blend of the two, at 2XL Furniture & Home Décor we have the perfect piece waiting for you. Our latest range of sofas – be it classic or modern – reflects elegance and comfort. With a palette of soothing neutrals and rich textures you can create beautiful living rooms perfect for relaxation and entertainment.”

Here’s what’s on offer:

 

Henrieta 4-Seater Beige Sofa: AED 8,396

Henrieta Beige Armchair: AED 3,496

Viviane Cream Side Table: AED 3,010

Viviane Cream Coffee Table: AED 5,315

 

Beige is Beautiful

When it comes to living room designs, beige is the new black. Varying shades of cream and ivory with strategic pops of gold and perfect maroon tones on the pillows creates a spectacular setting. The striking walls complement the opulent couch while adding a sense of space. Enrich the palette with striking accessories that enhance the overall look and add a final touch of glamour with a stunning chandelier.

Anastasia 4-Seater Cream Sofa: AED 4,978

Anastasia Cream Armchair: AED 1,833

Hector Etagere LtChm: AED 1,644

 

Calm and Collected

Let the sophistication of silver and grey with a hint of black add instant impact to your living room. Ivory couch with matching arm chairs looks stunning against a backdrop of patterned accent wall in a darker shade with matching cushions. The soft hues beautifully contrast with the black lampshade. Abundance of white décor makes the room feel spacious yet cozy with the sunlight beaming in. The focal point of the setting are the silver chandeliers that echo the patterns on the wall and cushions and look striking against the mirrors in the backdrop.

 

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NOVEMBER LIMITED-EDITION BANANA PUDDING    

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  • Magnolia Bakery launches Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

The  final “new flavor” launch in the banana pudding three-month trilogy bonanza. Introducing the Salted Caramel banana pudding flavor available for one month only from the 1st November. Enjoy the perfect combo of sweet and salty with layers of dulce de leche pudding, bananas and homemade salted caramel made with Maldon sea salt. One word: delicious!

Stop by any Magnolia Bakery locations to try it before it’s too late! Available at the Magnolia Bakery Cafe (Dubai Festival City Mall), in Bloomingdale’s Home (The Dubai Mall), and The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, or to buy via Deliveroo across the UAE.

Reese’s Pieces Banana Pudding -Mini – 18 AED

Reese’s Pieces Banana Pudding – Medium – 28 AED

Reese’s Pieces Banana Pudding – Large – 38 AED

Sampling available on request; product delivery can be arranged or product can be put aside for you to try in store.

 

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Big Bonanza!

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Here’s a novel idea for the weekend – get yourself down to Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Dubai this weekend and shop for your favourite reads and the chance to score even bigger discounts. Everyone’s  favourite book-reading wolf has a big heart and he’s offering a Big Bad Bonanza for the final few days of the show, with select books starting from AED 5! Spread the word, what you waiting for?

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MR PORTER AND LULULEMON TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE CAPSULE COLLECTION

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MR PORTER, the award-winning online destination for men’s style, and leading technical athletic apparel company lululemon, are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of an exclusive capsule collection made to live life on the move. The collection is now available in select lululemon stores internationally, and online globally at MR PORTER.

The collection features a sophisticated color palette designed specifically for MR PORTER, spanning 18 pieces of lululemon’s best-of-the-best men’s apparel, as well as a signature yoga mat. The gear features premium fabrics with functional designs to deliver a comprehensive layering system with details like added reflectivity, for training and life on the go. With a clean aesthetic, the versatile collection is designed to take you from city streets to wooded trails and represents MR PORTER’s continued commitment to its ever-expanding sportswear category, MR PORTER Sport.

Standout items include: the waterproof Outpour Waterproof Glyde Hooded Jacket featuring strategic venting and functional details; the Metal Vent Tech, available in long sleeve, short sleeve and tank, featuring anti-stink technology and strategic venting; the 5 Year Washed Vitasea T-Shirt made with super soft high-stretch Vitasea™ fabric and known for its great recovery and shape retention; the In Mind Yoga Pant that is four-way stretch, sweat-wicking and quick-drying; the Commission Slim-Fit Warpstreme Twill Trousers with sweat-wicking and four-way stretch Warpstreme™ fabric; and the Surge Mesh-Panelled Stretch-Shell Shorts and Active Printed Stretch-Glyde Hooded Jacket, which introduce a pixilated digital camo reflective print for the ultimate low-light visibility. Prices from the MR PORTER x lululemon capsule collection range from $60 – $250 USD.

Modern men look to MR PORTER as the ultimate purveyor in premium attire, and men on the move look to lululemon for functional, performance-driven gear. The MR PORTER x lululemon capsule provides an all-encompassing collection that merges fashion and function, to take on an active life in style,” says Ben Stubbington, SVP, Men’s Design, lululemon.

 “Since launching MR PORTER Sport, we know that sport and fitness are integral to our customers’ day to day lives. We’re proud to work with lululemon to offer sportswear from one of the most technical and stylish athletic companies in the world,” says Mr. Daniel Todd, Buyer, MR PORTER.

The MR PORTER x lululemon capsule collection marks the introduction of lululemon to the MR PORTER site. In addition to the 19 exclusive items, MR PORTER will carry a selection of items from lululemon’s mainline collection. To celebrate the partnership, MR PORTER will launch a dedicated Journal story on Thursday, October 25.

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The Ultimate Winter Skincare Saviour – Himalaya Olive Extra Nourishing Cream

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  • Natural skincare for winter; with Middle East’s favourite herb

The onset of winters doesn’t just mean packing away your summer clothes for the winter ones. Coupled with the dryness of our air-conditioned environments, the air outside also goes dry. This twin effect has a harsh impact on the skin, making it much more prone to dryness throughout the winter season. This increase in dryness can wreak havoc on one’s skin as the dry air sucks out all the moisture. This is the leading skin care worry of most people at the onset of winter.

The skin needs a much richer and intensive product to take care of its moisturisation needs during such times. Regular creams are not up to the mark, as they fail to provide deep nourishment and moisturisation to the skin. This results in moisture loss and skin getting dry again. It is here that ‘butters’ come into the picture; as these formulations are able to provide intensive moisturization to very dry skin.

Beauty trends have recently been racing back in time, veering towards traditional herbal remedies that naturally care for our bodies. Here in the Middle East, the rich and velvety hues of Olive comes immediately to mind. Dating back to 2000 BC and known locally as Zaitoon, Olive has a rich heritage of being used to cleanse and moisturise, as muscle relaxants in massages, and even as anti-aging solutions. Clearly, Olive is a wonder herb whose health benefits our skin has been missing for so long!

Himalaya is known for expertly combining the goodness of herbal actives in order to design healthy skincare solutions. Therefore, the brand set their finest to create a luxurious, silky moisturising solution using the humble Olive and voilà, the much-awaited Olive Extra Nourishing Cream was created! Surprisingly lightweight and hydrating, the cream combines the richness of Olive Butter fortified by proprietary Plant Ceramides to deliver the perfect skincare companion for winter.

Olive Butter, the main nourishing agent in the skin cream, addresses skin dryness by flooding it with silky moisture and penetrates deeply beyond the skin’s surface layer. This buttery goodness also acts as a protective layer and its preventive moisture-loss effects are long-term.

Getting to know Plant Ceramides a little better, they are Himalaya’s proprietary formulation. With rice bran as the base active, it enhances skin’s moisture absorption and retention capabilities. Plant Ceramides fused with Olive butter simply sinks into the skin like silk, leaving behind a refreshingly soft and subtle lit-from-within glow.

Regular application of Himalaya Olive Extra Nourishing Cream ensures twice the moisturised skin in a single week compared to without usage. It increases suppleness as skin elasticity improves to smoothen and even protect skin from accelerated ageing. So remember to keep your hydrating Himalaya Olive Extra Nourishing Cream within reach and fight skin dryness all winter long.

 

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Sprüngli’s handcrafted chocolates are the perfect way to treat your loved ones this festive season

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Confiserie Sprüngli, the Swiss heritage chocolatier launches bespoke Diwali gift sets in the UAE. There is no better way to surprise your loved ones during the festival than with a bright and colourful box of luxury Swiss chocolates starting from AED 110 per box.

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights is a world-wide five-day celebration symbolizing the victory of light over darkness. The Diwali Gift Collection starts with the Anmol Dibba. The ‘Amnol Dibba’ is a festive orange box with a gold embossed pattern, filled with nine of Sprüngli’s finest truffles and pralines.

For the traditionalists, the ‘Sundar Dibba’ is a timeless Diwali gift box adorned with a festive paisley pattern and filled with handcrafted pralines and truffles. Sprüngli is also offering the ‘Classic Cube’ gift box with a classic style design, each layer filled with nine pralines & truffles,

For those looking for a more extravagant gift there is the chocolatier’s ‘Surprise Bonbonnière’. This is a double-tray gift box filled with a wide variety of 50 hand-crafted chocolates, pralines, and truffles; perfect for sharing with the whole family this Diwali.

Using only the finest ingredients, Sprüngli imports its handmade products to Dubai and Abu Dhabi on a regular basis, ensuring that customers receive the same quality as in Switzerland. Apart from Switzerland, the UAE is the only country in the world where customers can purchasethe products within a Sprüngli boutique.

Prices:

  • Anmol Dibba – AED 110
  • Sundar Dibba – AED 240
  • Classic Cube  – AED 370
  • Surprise Bonbonnière– AED 650
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