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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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So You’ve Chosen a Fall Wedding?

Fall weddings are as magical as they sound. They’re the subjects of one-too many fairytale stories and most of them do live up to their reputation – if planned correctly.

We know what you’re thinking – why would anyone want to walk down the aisle when it’s not as warm as a summery day in August? Well, simply put, some couples are not big fans of breaking out in hives just to tie the knot. After all, to each his own! So basically, the cool and crisp weather of fall can truly make the bride’s day and the ideas behind a fall wedding are by the dozen, no matter the destination – because let’s face it, a Fall wedding in the Gulf is no different than a summery one. Of course, no wedding is perfect, there will always be glitches and bumps down the road, but the most important thing to keep in mind here is that the number one priority is the bride and groom’s happiness and satisfaction. That said, there are one too many ways to plan a fall destination wedding and here are a couple of tips and tricks that can make the preparations a lot less chaotic.

 

  1. Sure, outdoors-y fall weddings look incredibly gorgeous on Instagram, but there’s one thing you forgot about: the weather. What if it rains cats and dogs and you ruin your wedding day because you failed to prepare for an indoor wedding? Fall is home to unexpected showers and winds, so the best thing to do here is to plan an indoor wedding worthy of a royal celebration!
  2. But of course, you’ll want pictures in the great outdoors and we totally understand! Just don’t let your bridesmaids and yourself freeze to death by doing so. That’s why pashminas are always a good idea! Pick ones that match the theme and you won’t notice a difference in the pictures – and your bride tribe won’t end up with a cold.
  3. The themes can vary from colors to styles and so on. But your best bet is the earth-toned color palette – which will ultimately lend your wedding a certain Fall-sy je ne sais quoi!
  4. Keep in mind that the temperature and weather may change at any given moment. So make sure your wedding guests are well prepared during your party with pashminas as well!
  5. The décor should be really reminiscent of fall. That said, you can never go wrong with romantic candles and lanterns.
  6. The flowers decorating the venue and your bouquet can also include warm colors – something you should definitely discuss with your wedding planner.
  7. Finally, since the sun sets earlier in fall, it might be a good idea to do the wedding events an hour earlier or so, early enough to watch the sun set!

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Are You Ready for a Hike in Europe?

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Fall is the perfect time to go on a hiking trip. With the crisp weather offering us the opportunity to enjoy a nice hike in nature, it’s hard to keep ourselves from planning one with friends or family. You might think that some mountains might be hard for a family trip but nature is home to some easy and moderate trails.

Below, we’re going to tell you about 5 hiking trails that will let you discover European nature’s treasures.

West Highland Way
This easy to moderate hike with a distance of 151 km requires 7 days of fun and breathtaking views. Besides giving you the opportunity to visit both Scotland and the United Kingdom, it’s a perfect destination for a hike in September and October before it gets really cold.
Walker’s Haute Route
Discover a new side of France and Switzerland, one that takes you on a difficult and challenging hike from Mont Blanc to Matterhorn. With a distance of 180 km, this trail requires 14 days to be accomplished but will give you the opportunity to feast your eyes on the scenery that brings together snow peaks, lush green valleys and charming European villages.
El Caminito Del Rey
If you’re looking for a small hike while you’re in Spain, this one is just perfect! Requiring half a day, this easy trail is located in Andalucía and filled with blooming orchids, whitewashed villages and ancient mountain towns with history. But hey, don’t let that “easy” fool you, as this hike will require bravery and mental endurance.
Alta Via 1
Get amazed by the pictorial rock formation in the north east of Italy by hiking this moderate trail. 150 km, 8 days and endless awe-inspiring scenes will make this experience pretty special.
North Cape
Enjoy this moderate hike in Norway and let the stunning scenes take your breath away for up to 5 days. Yes, this trail can be extended and it will take you from 1 to 5 days to accomplish depending on the distance you choose.
 
Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Let Your Kids Enjoy Fall

Your kids are now exhausted from all the activities that filled their summer with fun and joy. However, each season offers us loads of activities to enjoy. As the temperatures go down and your kids are back to school, you need to find new activities to occupy them with and allow them to enjoy this wonderful season. To help you, we’ve come up with 5 activities that will surely draw a big smile on their faces.

1 – As the tree leaves turn orange, yellow and brown, nothing beats a little walk in the garden – or an exploration journey for your kid while he/she discovers the beauty of this season.

2 – If your child is into crafts, take him or her for a walk to gather tree leaves of all colors and bring them back home to come up with an art piece using these leaves. From flowers to butterflies, a lot can be done with these colorful autumn offerings.

3 – Fall activities should calm your children instead of filling them with excitement. Therefore, board games will encourage your little ones to think harder and improve their intellectual skills from the comfort of your own home.

4 – If your kids are into cooking, a lot of fun awaits you in the kitchen. Apples are most probably one of autumn’s most delicious fruits so why don’t they join you and enjoy baking some yummy treats?

5 – Last but not least, painting is a children’s favorite activity. Therefore, it would be a great idea if you sit with your little angels and watch them draw using fall’s warm colors. This will give them the chance to let their creativity run wild and discover the hues that make this season all the more charming.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Books We Love – Gaetano Savini: The Man Who Was Brioni

By Gigliola Savini

Cover Photo Courtesy of Assouline

Rare are the books about men’s style, which makes this one a definite must-have. Entitled “Gaetano Savini: The Man Who Was Brioni”, this book counts the story of Gaetano Savini, the designer who has put his country on the map of men’s fashion world. Through his innovative Italian spirit, he reinvented menswear from the first men’s fashion show at Florence’s Palazzo Pitti in 1952.

With this history in mind, it’s only natural for his creativity and craftsmanship to remain a source of inspiration for today’s styles. His legacy made Brioni, the luxury brand he co-founded, a cornerstone in the world of men’s fashion and there’s nothing better than this book to celebrate it. Examples of this legendary designer’s innovative cuts, bold colors and psychedelic patterns come together with sketches, newspaper articles, letters, photographs and personal anecdotes from Savini’s daughter and Brioni heir, to count in detail the brand’s influence.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Post-Wedding Shenanigans

You’ve been dreaming about this day for as long as you can remember, and it finally happened. It was truly a night to remember and you managed to get yourself and the groom to seal the deal. You are indescribably happy yet oh-so tired. But what about all the post-wedding shenanigans?

Experts take you step by step through all the pre-wedding concerns, yet fail to highlight one simple but obvious issue: what’s after the wedding? Some would say a marriage, but we’re here to discuss the little steps that will take you from a bride to a newlywed.

After all the wedding festivities wind down, you’ll want that post-wedding high to last you a lifetime. Not to burst your sweet bubble, but as soon as reality sets in you’re going to have to deal with a whole lot of things. But fear not, allow us to guide you through all the expected issues after your magical wedding day.

  1. After all the mayhem, you must be irreverently exhausted and brain-dead. We get it. And since the wedding is over, you’re going to want to deal with a few things…but first things first, relax. Take some time to unwind and to let it all sink in: you’re a happily married woman!
  2. After reflecting on how awesome your wedding day was, you can now proceed to the next step: have your wedding dress cleaned. Whether you want to keep it or you would rather some other bride enjoy it, have it cleaned so you can finally tick off that chore from your checklist.
  3. Once you have that out of the way, you can finally begin packing for your long-awaited honeymoon! By now, you surely know the destination, so pack according to the weather and prepare yourself for an adventure like no other with your hubby!
  4. After the honeymoon comes the exciting issue of your wedding photos and videos. Get that sorted out with your photographer and make sure you retrieve everything before you all drown in the deep, deep pool that is married life.
  5. Finally, hold on tight as you embark on a roller coaster of experiences and emotions!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Express Your Appreciation with a House-Warming Gift

Cover Photo Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

If there is one tradition that we can’t let go of in Arab countries, it’s definitely inviting people over for meals and reunions. And in exchange for your thoughtful invitations, you rarely find a free date on your event calendar. So whether you’re visiting a friend or a family member, alone or with company, it’s always nice to bring a gift with you to wherever you’re going, and finding the perfect gift is often a hassle. But fret not, we’ve got the ideal solution for you: a house-warming gift that impresses the ones who are receiving you with their elegance and sophistication.

In fact, nothing beats a luxurious vase which can be filled with a stunning bouquet of flowers, or an ornament that the lady of the house can add to her collection and remember you by. Luckily for you, the world of interior design offers you plenty of options to choose from and prove yourself as a thoughtful guest. From modern items to décor classics and from small gestures to big gifts, our round-up of the best pieces out there will certainly provide you with some inspiration. Check out our picks and let the gifting begin!

Tip: even if you don’t have a gathering anytime soon, getting one ready for your next possible invitation is such a life savior.

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Louis Vuitton, Blossom vase
 
Dior Maison, glasses with lily-of-the-valley pattern
 
Baccarat, Bloom set
Available at Tanagra
 
Guerlain, Bois des Indes scented candle
 
Assouline, Rolex The Impossible Collection book by Fabienne Reybaud
 
Versace Home, Medusa Rhapsody coffee set
 
Bernardaud, Jardin Indien tea cup set
Available at Tanagra
 
Acqua Di Parma, Bergamotto Di Calabria room diffuser
 
Dolce & Gabbana, Pino Mediterraneo scented candle
 
Peter Pilotto x Matchesfashion.com plate
 
Bottega Veneta woven container
 
Louis Vuitton, Mandala
 
Dior Maison, Macassar frames

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