M is all about: Delights to eat and wear for Eid
If you're going to visit family or friends this Eid, then we've found the perfect gift to take with you. These glass-and-steel tea cups have just the right amount of kitsch factor and practicality, and will make any tea time more fun with the help of the adorable pom-poms.
Dh70 each, Bloomingdale's, Dubai Mall, 04 350 5333
There's nothing we like better than a splash of colour with our LBD or even favourite pair of jeans and white shirt. This adorable crushed raspberry velvet clutch looks perfect tucked under our arm whether we are shopping after brunch or lounging before dinner.
Dh65, Cafe Arabia, 15th Street, opposite Mushrif Park, 02 643 9699
When we saw the latest collection from Kurt Geiger we couldn't help but fall head over stilettoes for this fabulous sparkly pair. Made of suede with sliver and black glitter, they are the perfect party shoe as you shimmer your way into Eid.
Dh599, Kurt Geiger, Dubai Mall, 04 339 9737; Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 3883; and elsewhere
Going for the gold
What better way to spruce up your outfit than with a pair of statement earrings, which have taken over as this season's vital accessory? These gold-and-ruby dazzlers caught our eye in Kani Home at the Central Market Souq, which is bursting with beautiful Indian-inspired jewellery, cashmere shawls and handmade rugs.
Dh600 at Kani Home, Central Market Souk, 02 658 8701
A skull case
Finding a gift for men is always a boring struggle for us. And surely the result is often boring for them, too. How many ties and cuff links can one man own? That's where this BlackBerry cover comes in - it's not an unwearable shade of lime green, but it's not a black blob that looks like the generic thing that everyone owns. The brown strip and classic McQueen skull add just the right amount of cool.
Dh775, Alexander McQueen, Dubai Mall, 04 339 8760
Die-hard chocoholics like us know that the stretch of Muroor Road between Delma Street and Defence Road means heaven, with half a dozen or more high-end shops catering to our sweet tooth. Now, just in time for Eid, there's another offering in the neighbourhood down the road a bit, between Delma and 15th Street. The newly opened Luxurious Chocolate, whose main branch is in Al Ain, offers delectable Belgian treats by the piece or in attractively packaged and beribboned gift baskets made of heavy metal painted gold or silver. Drop by to check things out and chances are the friendly staff will give you some free samples to help you choose.
Dh120 per kilogram, prepared baskets and trays Dh390-850, Luxurious Chocolate, Muroor Road near National Bank of Abu Dhabi, 02 679 8844
Dress to impress
One of our favourite things about Eid is the new clothes. Every time we get around to picking out the perfect item, we have to scope all of the malls before we settle on one - and this year it's this black-and-fluoro tassel dress by Manoush. The best thing about this purchase is the delicious additional "fortunate cookie" you can buy for Dh35, which, instead of containing your fortune, holds a gift for every customer. The grand prize is the set of rings by MarMar that was featured on these pages last week.
Dh2,890, Marina Mall, 02 681 8650; Village Mall, 04 344 7270; Dubai Mall, 04 339 9696
Published: August 17, 2011 04:00 AM