June 9, 2017

The first time I ever flew on a plane, I was about 2-3 years old. One of the great perks of growing up as an expat kid means that you're not only instilled with a love for travel from a young age, but also that you do tend to grow up with a certain level of savvy for it. By the age of 10, I had a list of my favourite airports in the world already picked o...

June 1, 2017

When it comes to shopping in the high street part of the mall (which is by no means a sign of bad taste, as long as you stay clear of stores that specialise in cocktail dresses made out of highly flammable materials or footwear made of acrylic leather substitutes that guarantee Athlete's Foot – here's looking at you, Lipsy) - there are tricks you can use...

May 24, 2017

Earlier this year, I was invited to give a talk as part of the inaugural Harvey Nichols Wellness Week. My topic? Motivation. While most of this is mental (that's another post for another day), there are still some actually practical tips you can use to get your butt out the door when you need to exercise. Here are some I've used.

Always keep a spare gym ki...

May 19, 2017

At the young age of 24, Tanvi Malik has already accomplished more than most would have dreamed of by that age: Tanvi, who is Indian, was born in Dubai and raised between Dubai and New York City, is a freelance designer who juggles a lot of different creative disciplines. She's an Interior Designer for Spear Head Architecture and Design in New York, and ju...

May 10, 2017

Located in one of the furthest, most remote spots of the Maasai Mara (very close to the border between Kenya and Tanzania), Sala’s Camp is a a tranquil haven located in the heart of the Mara. For someone like me – who loves nature just as much as I love high heels and lipstick – this is camping made perfect. A cozy spread of luxurious tents dotted between...

April 28, 2017

Ok, the title of this post is a little misleading. You see, it harks to the now ubiquitous expression #SorryNotSorry, which as well all know is used to feistily symbolize someone feeling completely unapologetic for whatever they've just said or done preceding that phrase (or post, since it's an #InstagramFavourite). And while I could probably write a whol...

April 14, 2017

I really love a good craft market. Something about the buzzing energy in the air, the excitement of the possibility of unearthing some sort of buried treasure (maybe even at a bargain), and the happy hustle and bustle of it all, just puts a smile on my face. I also think it has something to do with the fact that I tend to associate markets with festive se...

April 11, 2017

This kebab place is not for the faint-hearted, appetite-wise anyway. Several summers ago while in Istanbul, Turkey, I stumbled across this amazing little kebab place that was just up the road from my hotel in the Galata/Taksim area and what a find it was! This tiny little hole in the wall may look unassuming and simple from the outside (there isn’t even a...

April 11, 2017

I can't even remember the first time I learned how to swim. My parents like to joke that they tossed me into a pool and hoped for the best, but what I do know is this: I grew up directly across from the beach (on Sharjah's Corniche Road, to be exact); I was taught how to swim by a stern-with-a-heart-of-gold Finnish woman called Mrs. Turner (I was so young...

April 3, 2017

Hello, my name is Yi-Hwa and I'm a microblading addict. No, that's not some strange knife-related obsession - it's a beauty treatment that involves adding semi-permanent pigment to your eyebrows using high-tech devices and expertly trained technique. 

Despite the fact that I have dark hair and olive skin, I've always had light eyebrows. And as someone...

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