I took Reem to Ripe Market this past Friday for the first time. Friday’s in Dubai pretty much guarantee that everyone is there, or at least that’s what the 45 minute endless circles in the car park indicate, but the wait is oh so worth it. The array of homemade, up-and-coming and even some well established food stands and fresh produce will leave you spoiled for choice, but my Lebanese roots always take me straight to Ka’ak Al Manara for some good old authentic Ka’ak (a traditional Lebanese bread). It’s seriously becoming something of a Friday ritual, I like to have mine filled with cheese and spicy sauce, but next time I might satisfy my sweet tooth instead.
I love being at Ripe Market on Friday mornings, it’s so different to everything else that Dubai offers, and leaves the side of me which misses my weekly strolls through Columbia Road or Borough Market with Reem on a chilly Sunday afternoon, satisfied. If you head over there next week I’d recommend arriving as early as possible to avoid traffic (and a frantic mess in the car park), definitely try Ka’ak Al Manara and ‘splurge’ on a 10 dirham cup of fresh lemonade. It will keep you smiling until Sunday.
Photography- Reem Kanj
There’s something about living in a city like London that can excite you and make you feel like you have the world at your fingertips, but it’s not much fun exploring this vibrant land when you have no idea what to wear. With the cold, it’s so difficult to feel inspired when it comes to getting dressed, and in a bid to really get out of my annual sartorial ruts which usually develop this time of year, I’ve decided to push myself out of my comfort zone.
For me, that means wearing more skirts and dresses. I love referring to my Pinterest board when I’m lost for ideas and one look I’ve really wanted to try out is a chunky knit paired with patterned tights and some killer boots. Since I’m one of the proud judges of the LYCRA® fibre brand legfie™ competition next month, I thought this would be the perfect time to style up this look and let you all know about this exciting photo competition which could win you, (1st prize) a week-long trip to Australia, (2nd prize) a weekend for two at the Ushuaïa Beach Hotel in Ibiza, or (3rd prize) a year-long supply of Pretty Polly hosiery made with LYCRA® fibre.
To enter this exciting competition, visit the LYCRA® fibre’s Facebook page and upload a legfie™ that shows your interpretation of the LYCRA® brand: Freedom, Movement and Comfort between the 12th of January and the 1st of February. All the photos that get more than 15 votes or likes, will go to the next round of the competition, where a jury made up of three fashion industry professionals, (including yours truly) will choose the winners from each country (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK).
-Disclosure- There will be a winner for each category (1st, 2nd & 3rd prize) from each country. You must be over 18 to enter and be a resident of one of the six participating countries.
I can’t wait to see all the entries, good luck!
Photographs by Carrie.
We’re welcoming in this new year with open arms. Reem and I are so excited to embrace another beautiful year full of wonderful opportunities and continued collaborations with some of our favourite brands. Sometimes it’s very necessary to take a step back and just want to pinch yourself because 2014 really was a special year. Personally speaking, being able to be a part of my sisters engagement in Portugal was one of my highlights, and now I get to look forward to planning a beautiful wedding with Reem as her maid of honour. It’s been so hard taking a step back from Five Five Fabulous, purely due to my other career in global sales for some of Dubai’s most exciting names with Faux Consultancy. This year however, I’m excited to be much more present as Reem and I have so many exciting plans for the next few months that we just can’t wait to share with you.