Dubai Mall Welcomes First Maison Assouline Culture Concept Store

Are you a book lover? Then rejoice, because Maison Assouline’s first culture concept store is about to open in the Dubai Mall, bringing its wide range of collectible books to the vibrant city. Noting that it’s the second Maison Assouline worldwide, this store will be located in the Fashion Avenue section of the mall, near luxury boutiques such as Dior, Fendi and CHANEL.

Designed to create memories that go far beyond just books, Maison Assouline will take you on a journey like no other. From the stylish library to the big screens showcasing classic footage curated by Martine Assouline and the carefully curated playlist, this store is a world of its own. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves carry glossy books and bring brands to life in a retro yet contemporary style, while the chic vintage rounded vitrines are filled with unique items – making Maison Assouline the IT destination for sophisticated and unique gifts.

Monthly pop-up stores will allow guests to purchase exclusive items. And what makes this new book hub more special than ever is the glamorous Swans Bar – which is a stylish eatery that offers guests a tasteful menu of food and beverages inspired by the publishing house’s most captivated titles. This is not all, as at the heart of the store you’ll find a private room that allows you to discover private, custom-made books, as well as your dream bookshelves.

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7 Bucket List-Worthy Islands

Looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Search no more, as we’ve found the perfect destinations for you! How many times have you imagined yourself on a peaceful island, sitting on a hammock and reading a book that takes you to places only your mind can reach? In fact, this dream is about to come true. All you need to do is start writing a bucket list featuring the island that you must visit at least once in a lifetime. And since we’ve always helped you, this time will be no exception.

Join us and take a look at 7 of the islands that must be on your list.

Capri, Italy

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous and extraordinary places on earth. Enjoy the captivating views and don’t miss the chance to take a tour of the island in a boat. While there, visit the Blue Grotto, as well as Augustus Gardens, Villa San Michel and Piazzetta – among other touristic attractions – to make your trip more fun-filled.

Cayman Islands

Embraced by the Caribbean Sea, these 3 islands have so much in store for you. From swimming with turtles and feeding birds to snorkeling, watching colorful starfish at Starfish Point, visiting Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the Cayman Crystal Caves, your trip will be worth it once you get to discover the treasures this land offers.

Hawaii, USA

This American state is the haven that first comes to our minds once we think about islands. It invites you to discover its volcanic Diamond Head crater, rain forests, waterfalls, museums of local culture, Pearl Harbor and of course, its calm beaches.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

If you’re looking for a place to unwind and regain your energy, this is your place to be especially if you’re with your husband. This romantic haven will provide you with all the peace and relaxation you need.

Corsica, France

Besides its clear blue waters that invite you to dive in, this French island offers you hiking, fishing and camping activities. And for those of you who love culture, each of the Fesch museum, Maison Bonaparte and Genoese towers – among others, welcome you to enrich your knowledge.

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Here, it’s all about discovering nature and its creatures. Besides unwinding on an island surrounded by water and kissed by the sun, a lot of snorkeling awaits you to discover sea creatures. You can also go to Gam island and watch the birds-of-paradise.

Boracay, Philippines

For those who like kitesurfing and windsurfing, this place is for you. Besides its white sandy beaches, the island has an amusement park – which makes it an ideal destination for a vacation with the kids.

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Everything You Need to Know About Relieving Wedding Stress

Having wedding jitters is completely normal and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But there’s also a fine line between stressing and being completely out of your mind trying to bend over backwards to achieve perfection – because we all know that there’s no such thing as pleasing everyone.

And perhaps the most stress-inducing period is the time leading up to the big wedding day, when you’re so overwhelmed with last-minute preparations that you don’t really know what day it is, let alone your name. That’s why it’s always well advised that brides take a moment to relax and think about the bigger picture here: they’re celebrating the beginning of a very beautiful journey with their other-halves, and there’s really no reason as to why they should overthink anything. But since we know you, beautiful bride-to-be, we thought it best to highlight a few tips and tricks to get you through the tough period with zen and grace.

  1. Wedding preps are part of a journey you should be enjoying, because looking back, you will be longing for the “simpler times”. And so, keep in mind that losing sleep over your wedding day/night is never a good idea.  At the end of the day, all what matters is that you’re surrounded by your future husband, your family and friends and you will get through it all together.
  2. If all the “zen” talk is not doing it for you, remember that preparing a checklist can help you out. A lot. So take notes of all the things you need to do and prioritize the essentials by order of importance
  3. Delegating tasks doesn’t mean you’re a bad bride/planner. It just means that you’re smart enough not to overwhelm yourself with unnecessary shenanigans. Enter the maid of honor. Give her some tasks – which we’re sure she’ll be happy to do – and don’t forget that you can always count on the groom and on your family as well.
  4. If you want a stress-free planning period, then always allot time to your fiancé. Schedule date nights, squeeze in some quality time with him and make sure you share with him your worries and concerns to put him in the loop of the latest happenings. Who knows, maybe he can even help!
  5. Take some time to think about yourself as well. Put yourself first and pamper yourself with a spa day or a yoga session.


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Beach Fun – 5 Activities Your Kids Would Enjoy

School is over and your kids have become frequent visitors of the beach. Their visits are now a daily routine to enjoy the sun with their friends and have some fun. So, it’s your turn to play the superhero and guide them through some activities that bring out their sense of competition.

Want some ideas? Here are a few that will make this task easier on you! Keep in mind that competitions bring out the best in your children while teaching them to have a sense of sportsmanship.

  • Organize a castle building competition. Playing with sand is already a great pleasure for your kids and one could only imagine how enjoyable it would be for them to compete for building the most beautiful sand castle.
  • If your kids were old enough, encourage them to be adventurous and avoid being the kind of moms who transfer their fears to their children. Snorkeling, diving or even learning how to swim without floats can be some of their great pleasures!
  • If you feel that your little ones spend a lot of screen time at home, it’s good to take advantage of this beach trip to allow them to grow some muscle. Explain to them that tablets are for indoors and beach trips are for more exciting and fun activities. Hit the beach and take a walk on the sand with them as this will be a great exercise for their legs.
  • Back to the concept of competitions! Let them participate in a swimming competition in the pool with their friends, after which the winner gets a small reward. It’s all about the incentive!
  • Kids love jumping in the pool and watching the water splash everywhere, so why don’t you hire a professional to teach them how to jump in creative ways and watch them impress their friends.


Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Details that Would Make Your Summer Wedding Just Perfect!

When preparing for your wedding, perfection is something that can never be compromised. So, what if your wedding is in summer, when the sun shines so gloriously and temperatures are at an all-time high? Well, that definitely makes the task harder but here are some tips to make it easier on you!

  • First and foremost, an outdoor wedding in the GCC is quite impossible, so opt for a destination where the warm summer weather is bearable for you and your guests.
  • Take advantage of the refreshing and joyful summer colors – which will make you such a distinguished bride thanks to the colorful bouquet you’re carrying.
  • Nothing is more sophisticated and refined than lavender, so use the latter as a decoration or a flavor that sets the tone for your wedding cake.
  • In the scorching heat, nothing can make water fresher than the refreshing flavor of mint, lemon and strawberries when bottled in big dispensers. Quite a special way to keep your guests hydrated, don’t you agree?
  • Another detail that makes what you’re serving on this big day quite special is a gelato station!
  • Now it’s time to talk about the decoration. Summer rhymes with beach, so it would be a great idea to decorate the table with pieces related to this theme especially if you’re having a beach wedding.
  • Also ideal for summer is a welcome bag that you offer to your guests featuring items related to this season such as towels, sunglasses, an umbrella to protect them from the sun…
  • As for your beauty, avoid wearing your hair down and opting for heavy makeup that may get smudgy later on. Tell your hairdresser and makeup artist about the theme of your wedding and the location in order for him to do the necessary to keep your look perfect until the end of the day.
  • If the sun is out, alwayskeep a pair of sunglasses next to you in order to protect your eyes from the sun. And hey, choose ones that go well with the style of your dress!
  • If you’re into hair accessories, do not hesitate to flaunt your sophisticated style with an exquisite hat if your wedding happens to be during the day. However, a flower crown is always a good idea for the brides with bohemian taste.


Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Books We Love –Dior Set of Three: Fashion, Fine Jewelry and Perfume

Dior Fashion by Caroline Bongrand

Dior Fine Jewellery and Dior Perfume by Jérôme Hanover

Cover Photo Courtesy of Assouline

Dior is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated luxury brands and what better way to get immersed in its vision of haute couture and elegance than with this set of three books? Coming together in a slip case, these three volumes take you on a journey to the world of Dior through expressive images from each decade of the brand’s rich history.

From fashion to fine jewelry and perfume, these books will get you even more familiar with the marvels of Monsieur Christian Dior who once said: “I Think of my work as ephemeral architecture, dedicated to the beauty of the female body.”

While Dior Fashion is written by Caroline Bongrand, former editor in chief of L’Officiel de la Mode, novelist and screenwriter, Dior Fine Jewellery and Dior Perfume count in the words of Jérôme Hanover –who was the editor in chief of Double and Jewelry and watch editor for L’Officiel – the house’s extensive heritage in these fields.


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A New Story with Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper Novelties

Check out Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper novelties here.

Spring is the season of renewal and Bvlgari definitely knows a thing or two about this. So, the Italian high jewelry house unveils new Serpenti Viper marvels – adding charm and mystery to this iconic collection.

These novelties take snake scales, which constitute a cornerstone in the design and aesthetic of this line, to new levels through 3 bracelets crafted from 18-carat pink gold and colorful touches that recall the multi-colored skin of the snake. From the rich green of malachite to the fiery red of carnelian and the elegant black of onyx, you will get to explore its sources of inspiration that never cease to impress us.

Under the title of “Little Secrets of Seduction”, Bvlgari launches a new digital campaign that depicts the powerful and elegant personality of the Viper woman as it unfolds her irresistible charm. And for this campaign, the Roman jewelry house taps Nadine Nassib Njeim as 2019’s face of Serpenti Viper in the Middle East. The Lebanese actress embodies the spirit of the iconic collection through her outstanding beauty and her captivating charm.

In a series of short films, Bvlgari accompanies Nadine Njeim to different locations in order to capture the character of the Serpenti Viper woman. Her journey starts when she wakes up and turns off the alarm then starts preparing herself and wearing her jewelry as a true Bvlgari woman does. It continues with her passing through the hotel corridor, where she drops her necklace and a handsome man catches it and gets charmed by her elegance. As she sits in an Italian café and waits for her coffee, she realizes that her necklace has disappeared. Soon enough, the waiter comes and brings her the coffee along with the pendant. A bright smile illuminates her face when she discovers that the handsome man gave her back the pendant, predicting the start of a treasured love story. A true Bvlgari fairytale…

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