April 26, 2009

Are you stuck in an all-beige world?

If you walk through any Kuwaiti house, you will notice that most of the walls (if not all) are in either beige or shades of beige (rosey beige, greenish beige, yellowish beige, light brown, camel, tan, sand, biscuit, cream...etc.)

I know that beige is a neutral color and i know that it combines the warmth of brown and the coolness of white; HOWEVER, what people don't understand is that too much beige can be really dull and boring! So why don't we add more color to our lives than the boring beige that we surround ourselves with?!

My advice: Color can make a room look larger, smaller, warmer or cooler. When choosing a color for a room, it is important to take into consideration the size of the room and the amount of natural light that goes into it. You should also take into consideration the mood that you want the room to reflect... do you want it to be serene and peaceful or bright and fun?

But with so many color choices, picking just the right color can be really hard. Better Homes and Gardens offers a cool online tool where you can choose colors and patterns to walls, furniture and flooring which gives you an overview of what your room would look like!


I used this tool to add color to a livingroom, check this before/after picture...

April 24, 2009

Couture water!

This may sound weird but every year, Evian partners with a different French designer to create a haute couture and ready-to-wear designer bottle! This year's Limited Edition Evian Bottle was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

The Limited Edition Evian Bottle by Gaultier has already found its way into the most high-end restaurants and hotels. If you're is interested, check http://www.shopevian.com/

April 22, 2009

Her Majesty, The Queen!

Looking for a unique gift for the special lady in your life?

Whether this special lady is your mother or the mother of your children, your sister or just a good friend... she deserves a royal treatment!

My advice: Women love to be pampered so instead of buying a gift, why don't you provide your loved one with a pampering treat? Make her feel special with a day of pampering and relaxation right in the comfort of her own home! Send her a skilled staff from http://www.queenails.com/ and melt away her stress with manicure, pedicure, foot and shoulder massage.

April 19, 2009

Need something to make your boring outfit pop?

Hair bands have become a big fashion trend in recent years and the most popular accessory amongst fashion-conscious women of all ages.

Whether you are young or old, dressing for a party or just a gathering with friends, wearing hair accessories will give you a nice touch and a complementary color to your outfit.

Accessory Obsession offers a wide range of hairbands in different designs, various shapes, sizes and colours. Whether you like skinny hair bands or thick ones, feathered hairbands or big bows, whether you want a couture look or a modern look, Accessory Obsession is the place to visit!

Check out their facebook page:

Make a statement today, stand out from the crowd and wear an Accessory Obsession hair band!

April 17, 2009

Simple, chic and affordable wedding!

A few simple touches are normally enough to change an ordinary room into something wonderful for your special day. The decorations don't have to be expensive in order to be beautiful; however, you should always make sure that you budget correctly and that you shop around for the best deals.

First thing you should do is pick a color scheme and follow a theme. Use the same colors for your wedding invitations, flowers and decorations. Make sure that your wedding decorations are placed in the wedding hall, the dinner buffet and also the bathrooms.

After picking the color and theme, start choosing your decorations and dare to be different! You don't have to follow traditional wedding decorations, however, give your wedding an individual feel or create your own decorations.

Check this beautiful black, white and pink wedding theme which was featured in http://www.brides.com/ it's different, it's simple and very chic!

April 16, 2009

Your wedding anniversary and you're stuck for ideas?

An anniversary is a celebration of the extra special day when you and your partner got together.
Why don't you renew your commitment with a RING every 5 years? A ring is a classic anniversary gift; It has a sentimental value and makes a great gift for both men and women.

In the years in between, give each other personal and romantic gifts (they don't have to be expensive) something like a slideshow of your photos together would be really sweet. You can also dine in a nice restaurant, go to a concert together or (if you want to spend a little more) go on a trip together!

Maldives is a wonderful romantic retreat. I went there for my honeymoon, we stayed in the Four Seasons Hotel Landaa Giraavaru; I really recommend it! From the minute we stepped out of the sea plane, it was like a dream. It was everything we were looking for and more...

I will leave you with pictures of this resort and believe me... it's as beautiful as in the pics!

A quick tip: Make your spa reservations way in advance and take the time to plan out what treatments you'd like. I recommend the Shirodhara in which warm herbal oil is gently poured on the forehead and the scalp is tenderly massaged.

April 15, 2009

Kids birthday parties

When selecting a birthday party theme for your child, put in mind what's your child's favorite color, hobby, sport, character…etc.

After picking a theme, you should start working on the invitations, decorations, games, activities, food and favors!

Here's an idea of a butterfly theme for a girly birthday party



Butterfly plates

Matching napkins


Butterfly banners

Butterfly blowers

Butterfly cone hats

Butterfly candles

Butterfly centerpieces

[Favors and gifts]

Butterfly wings

Butterfly gift set

Butterfly headbands


Butterfly ice cream sandwiches

Butterfly chocolates on sticks

Butterfly cake


Butterfly relay: Break your butterfly birthday party group in 2 teams. Line them up behind the starting line. Place a bunch of toy butterflies about 20 feet from a starting line. Hand nets to first two players in line. They must run to the butterflies, pick as many as they can with their nets, run back, and pass the nets to the next players in line. The team that catches the most butterflies wins.

Kite flying: If the weather permits, take the kids outside to fly their butterfly shaped kites.

Butterfly piñata: Hang a butterfly shaped piñata and fill it with small plastic butterfly rings, mini butterfly hairclips and toys. Give each child a little butterfly bag or net to use for catching the goodies from the piñata.

April 14, 2009

Snackers' delight!

Your place is a mess, you need to get yourself ready and someone's coming to dinner? Don't worry Munch will accommodate you!

Munch offers a wonderful assortment of delicious appetizers arranged in the most pleasing manner and the cool thing is that you can pick anything on their menu to fit in the platter..

Whether it's a large event, a small gathering or just a break from everyday cooking… Munch is the answer!

You can visit Munch in Dar Al-Awadhy or place an order by phone 22322747

Baby favors and more...

Whether you're having a baby reception in hospital or at home, baby favors are essential!

Give cute, bookmarks, picture frames or personalized chocolate bars! Make a beautiful centerpiece with an arrangement of favors.

In www.herbabyshower.com/ you can find favor boxes, favor bags and ribbons available in different sizes, styles and colors to match your theme!

April 13, 2009

We all want a celebrity closet!

Have you ever envisioned yourself having one of these amazing celebrity closets where everything is organized and in place?

You won't believe how easy it is to have a celebrity-like closet! Each person has unique needs and space requirements so don't worry if you have a small space, it's still achievable.

The first thing you should do is ORGANIZE, determine what to keep and what to toss. Ask yourself, does it fit? do you wear it? is it in good shape? If you answer no to any of these questions… please do yourself a favor and GET RID OF IT!

Next thing you should do is look for a well-designed group of ACCESSORIES that would add a touch of functionality and elegance to your closet.

Here are some ideas:

DRAWER ORGANIZERS will help you keep your stuff visible and accessible!

PANT RACKS will offer you more space in your closet.. Exactly what you need right?

STORAGE BOXES AND BASKETS to keep the valuable things you don't usually use dust-free and safe.

With these simple tips, you can make the most out of your small space.

For more ideas, please visit www.organize.com where you can find everything you need in order to turn a regular closet into something that is so amazing you never want to shut the door on it!

It's raining cupcakes!

Cupcakes aren't a dessert anymore! They're everywhere nowadays…

Cupcake onesies!

Each box includes high-quality onesies folded into a cupcake shape and decorated with a removable appliqué.

The gift box is completely ready for giving; it arrives tied with a bow and a matching gift tag.

You can find this in http://www.ultimatebabyboutique.com/ (The site offers international shipping wee!)

Cupcake earrings!

Juicy Couture offers this too-cute cupcake earrings

And a cuter box that sweetens the deal!

Cupcake towels!

These cotton towels are curled up to look like vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with a strawberry and cherry magnets on top!

Each "cupcake" is wrapped around with designer-print bakery paper which adds a beautiful touch.

This item can be found in http://www.wrapables.com/

Cupcake placecard holders!

These cupcake placecard holders also make a cute take-home gift!

This item can be found in http://www.wrapables.com/

April 12, 2009

Serve your guests tea and enjoy the show!

I know there are a lot of crystal-clear glassware in the markets but this one is really unique…

This tea set comes with handcrafted fusions of silver needle tea plus flowers that blossom when immersed in hot water!

The flowers used are jasmine, lily, calendula, rose, amaranth and carnation.

You can find this item in http://www.vat19.com/ which offers international shipping.

Give him a gift he will enjoy for years to come!

Whether you are looking for a gift for your dad, your husband, your brother or that special man… you should always think of a gift that he will enjoy for many years to come.

A watch is an excellent idea! It is an essential accessory for every man and with so many options available nowadays, it is easy to find the perfect watch for your man. Just put in mind his style, use and need!

My suggestion: Breitling and Bentley Motors have signed a joint-venture agreement recently and came up with a special series of watches that combine an admirable blend of style and performance.

"Breitling for Bentley" watches are available in Al-Nibras Showroom in Salhiya Complex

Check them out!

April 11, 2009

Don't lose your keys!

I always lose my keys at the most inappropriate moment! When I come home, I just toss my keys somewhere and I would totally forget where i left them and have to search for them later when I'm in a hurry to go out! I hate it!

But now I don't think I will ever forget my keys again with these human key holders! What a cool idea!

Check www.wrapables.com/ for this item

Irresistible baby socks!

The creators of Trumpette socks came up with new sets of delightful one-size socks packaged in fun gift boxes!

You can find these items in http://www.ultimatebabyboutique.com/

April 10, 2009

Be unique!

Are you constantly losing your glass or ceramic dishes after bringing food to friends or to a party?

Some people would use a name label on the bottom of the dish, others would simply put their name on the dish with a permanent marker.

My suggestion is… Why not do it with style? http://www.invitationjane.com/ offers a wide selection of customizable fun, fresh and stylish stickers!

Unfortunately, this site only ships within the USA but I'm sure the idea is easy to make.

Little fashionista!

Make your little girl wear her first high heel right at 6 months of age!

http://www.judeelala.com/ offers the cutest ever, completely soft high heel shoes for your baby girl! They come packaged in a beautiful purse-shaped gift box.

I bought those heels for my baby girl and let me tell you, they were.. HEELARIOUS!

You can also find in this site a selection of hats and lace leggings that will make your daughter look absolutely gorgeous!

The hat would make an adorable gift since it comes in a cool collectable gift box.

April 9, 2009

Jewelry is a universal language that all women understand!

For centuries, jewelry has been the object of every woman's desire; it is the perfect gift suitable for every occasion.

Bracelets are very hot nowadays! Whether they're fashionable, fun or elegant, they add a unique sense of style to an outfit.

You can find gorgeous bracelets in almost all the fine jewelry shops. Believe me, she will appreciate your gift!

Here are some ideas:

Dinh Van

Val Cleef & Arples





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