Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dubai 2015 - The City Tour

Dropping by to show some photos during Dubai city tour. So many nice places to see there, enough said! Glad to be able to do that with extra legroom in the car. Wouldn't want to see the town feeling all cramped.

A picture with Burj Al-Arab, the most cliche photo to take! Typical tourist, haha! The city tour includes a tour on Dubai waters around the Palm Island.

That's all folks! Will send you some more love in a bit!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Safilo's S/S 2015 Collection Launch

Hello everyone! Hope you guys are alive and kicking! I'm writing to today to share with you guys the importance of protecting your eyes!

There's a saying that goes - your eyes are the windows to the world. I couldn't agree more. Protecting your eyes is so important because you would want to have your vision for your entire life. You need your eyes to see the world. There are so many ways to protect your eyes. It starts from healthy eating. Consuming enough Vitamin A is also an ally to potent vision. That includes eating vegetables like carrot and cod fish oil for pristine eyesight. Is eating healthy food though, enough to keep your sight healthy?

We also need to do eye massage and I remember vividly doing eye exercise in school after recess. My eyes never felt more relaxed after half a day in school back then. Today, eye exercise and eating right does not only do. I can't possibly put on SPF lotion on my retina! That would be so sick. So, what other better way than putting on a pair of a well designed shades?

I love wearing shades! It does only accentuate my facial features, but also helps to accessorize a part of the outfit of the day. It is an amazing way to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays apart from looking fashionable. I was really grateful to grace the launch of Safilo's S/S 2015 collection yesterday.

Who are they?

Safilo Group is a fully integrated Italian eyewear creator and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, leader in the premium sector for sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. Design inspired and brand driven, Safilo translates extraordinary design into excellent products created. As a result of superior craftsmanship expertise dating back to 1878, Safilo’s portfolio encompasses proprietary brands – Carrera, Polaroid, Smith, Safilo and Oxydo – and licensed brands Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Banana Republic and many more.

In other words, these designer labels have turned to Safilo to turn their ideas into real products, and assist in the distribution.

There were so many brands showcased and I was in love with most of them, from future inspired to vintage ones. Unfortunately, not all designs suit my face. What's important though is to get a pair that is matching to your outfit, skin color and of course your facial features. That is more important than getting a pair of shades that you find beautiful but does not sit well on the face.

Here are some of men's favorite that were showcased at the collection launch!

Alexander McQueen explores creative interpretations of signature detailing seen on the brand’s accessories and ready-to-wear pieces. With references to the body anatomy, the spine and bone are reworked to create innovative eyewear designs.

An iconic image and design of the house, the spins of the skeleton, is used as a decorative and functional metal element on the leg of the temples. The style features the spine encapsulated in two layers of acetate, transparent on the front and coloured on the back of a tridimensional effect. This easy to wear model is available in black/crystal with grey lenses, blue/crystal with black lenses, havana/crystal with multilayered gold lenses and burgundy/crystal with grey/brown lenses.

With a flexible structure, the design ensures balance and shape mixing innovation with a fashion forward look. The acetate temple is embellished with five metal vertebras adding a tough yet trendy touch to this style. This aviator sunglass is available in semi matte brass/havana with shaded brown lenses and semi matte silver/black with shaded grey lenses.

BOSS eyewear presents an outstanding luxury collection featuring exquisite details. The collection incorporates two sunglasses and two optical frames, in complete black look for a bold and enigmatic style.

These styles feature two variations of the caravan shape – one soft squared and one slightly rectangular - with double bridge, titanium front and gunmetal temples. Both models are characterized by the Zeiss Imparto Polaroid lenses for superior impact resistance and performance.

The colour palette, purposely chosen to be total black, enriched by a special non-reflecting coating inspired by the same technique used on professional DSLR cameras.

Carerra - “We own a shape.” How many brands in the world can say that without fear of contradiction? Owning an iconic, original shape is a privilege reserved only to a few and Carrera has earned its place among these elites. Unique and unmistakable, the Champion sunglasses, which date back to 1979, have since then set new standards in the eyewear industry, boasting countless imitations but nonetheless maintaining their distinctiveness.

Today, these iconic sunglasses undergo an extensive remastering process and are now presented with new, perfectly balanced proportions and a revisited, snug Asian fit. The front is slightly smaller, its profiles sleeker and its design lighter, thanks to the newly reshaped double bridge and well-balanced proportions.

Carrera’s New Champion becomes distinctive but easy‐to‐wear, in line with today’s natural, norm core style, which meets Millennials’ tastes. Its material, however, remains unchanged. The new glasses are made from Optyl, a Safilo registered trademark; a thermo adjustable plastic material composed of epoxy resin, with unparalleled physical and chemical features delivering a multitude of advantages such as a lightweight feel, climatic adaptation, a shape‐memory effect, as well as brilliance and strength.

The front in Optyl is perfectly matched with steel temples, for a sporty look and a strong personality. The colorations and finishes also veer towards a more natural look, playing with delicate nuances ranging from havana to bronze and black, with tone‐on‐tone mirrored lenses.

Tommy Hilfiger, is pleased to introduce the Spring/Summer 2015 men’s eyewear collection, adapted with a dedicated Asian fit. The new collection of sunglasses for men features eclectic details that fuse functionality, comfort, versatility and style. The collection, reflects the relaxed vibe, youthful spirit and irreverent attitude at the core of the Tommy Hilfiger brand.

With a lightweight metal frame and a double bridge designed in a wood-effect finish for a cool vintage look, the unisex aviator style comes in soft shades of ruthenium/Havana/black with shaded gray lenses, gold Havana/military green with green lenses, blue/Havana with shaded dark blue lenses and green Havana/gold green with shaded brown lenses.

Finally, a brand that needs no further introduction, Saint Laurent launched its precious and distinctive men's vintage-inspired pilot sunglasses in shiny black, steel with soft detachable black leather sides and grey lenses. Its subtle details include comfortable silicone nose pads, temple tips and engraved Saint Laurent logo on the upper part of the temples. Really chic if you're driving a convertible fast!

Thank you for Accesscoms for the invite! Stay tuned for the next update!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dubai 2015 - Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort

Howdy all!

The previous night after 2015 countdown in Dubai was spent on a long walk back to our hotel. I felt accomplished upon reaching the hotel and my feelings were all mixed up. New year, so many things to look forward to yet quite nervous about it!

Dubai is an Amazon of superior lofty concrete structures that overshadows the streets of Dubai and looking at them has never been amazing. In a short span of time, Dubai has grown from a small trading port to a mammoth city.

Given the barren dunes of sand, it is actually hard to get in touch with mother nature. Hence, it is unsurprising for the city to be very artificial and faux. That though, is forgiven because I was surrounded by so many beautifully designed buildings that never seem to lose its charm.

However, I need to get in touch with nature! I just want soak my feet under the beach sand, enjoy the sun and connect with nature at one of the best beaches at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort! Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort is a five star luxury beach resort located Dubai Marina. It's amazing because across, you could see the largest man-made Palm Island.

I love everything at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort because of its exclusive location. It is close to The Walk, Dubai's beachfront promenade, Dubai Marina and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown life. You can get close to nature with the perfectly clean stretch of beach, acres of palm tree and shaded gardens.

If it gets too hot, you can lie down at the garden drinking ice tea.

One of the many places that you should enjoy and I am delighted to share is their amazing sunny and long stretch of beach! Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resorts has an extensive private beach perfect for kids who may want to play watersports like banana ride or even adults who may want to get wet from wake boarding or simply lying by the pool chair to get their holiday glow.

The timing I went to the beach was perfect because it was still cold and windy in the morning despite the sun so it didn't make me sweat, otherwise it would be so uncomfortable. The dry weather keeps the sunblock prime on my skin.

As I was so tired from the celebration the night before, I put on my shades and thought of napping for half hour to catch some sleep. I didn't even hear my alarm and forgot to flip. Kinda look odd being tanned just on the front!

The beach was so serene and clean I just can't get enough! I even dared to take off my flip flops and run around the beach without fearing I'd step on glasses or seashells. It could have hurt if there is.

Best of all, the service I got at Sheraton was impeccable.

It was afternoon and almost time for lunch. I was famished after lying down at the beach for so long I wanted to eat. The butler was ever ready at the side of the beach ready to be called upon! Very attentive! I asked for the menu and I ordered my favorite snack on the menu - cheese sticks with fries. To keep the beach comfortably clean and spotless, no food is allowed to be consumed on the sandy beach. At first I find it quite ridiculous but I can't imagine stepping on someone else's leftovers or food litters on beach. That made me grateful and ever more willing to oblige.

I sat on the bench by the pool under the shady palm trees and was really delighted by the personalised attendance. They even offered to help to take photos of yours truly. How sweet was that! You know how some of these luxury hotels go all the way out when it comes to service it started to feel a little bit too overwhelming and a little intruding? I can't say the same for this.

Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort is indeed a beautiful personification of classic Starwoods honeypot. The five star beach resort is donned with lots of earth colors and wooden trims which is very pertinent to classic American beach resort.

Getting a cab from the marina can be quite a challenge but fret not, you'll be dazzled by the array of designer stores that dots along the boulevard. The Walk will lead you to the tram that will send you to the nearest metro station.

So, by car or by public transport, it's all so convenient. Public transport like this are the best to explore the area as it passes by many wonderful landmarks and well designed architecture. Dubai is a playground for architects to an extent the city provide architecture tours.

Till then, hope everyone enjoys their long weekend!

Find out more about Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort here.