Yeah, summer's done and you're back in the blistering heat. But there's a ton of fun stuff happening right here in the city.
1. Awww Pitchou!
Teeny tiny, chic and oh so girly, this vibrant new bag by Simon Porte Jacquemus is pretty much all we need every day. Worn as a necklace, it’s our new ‘obsessory’ du jour!
Dhs695, Jacquemus’ Le Pitchou; matchesfashion.com
2. Road Trippin’
Time literally goes backwards when we do cardio. Seriously, it’s actually a phenomenon. BUT! 40 minutes of this spin class turned our usual sweating, burning thighs and panting into an interactive experience. We cycled through Santorini and the Amazon and yeah, we’re sane and completely HOOKED.
“The Trip” by Les Mills.
Dhs60, Inspire (Abu Dhabi), inspiresports.ae; Dhs95, GFX (Dubai), gfx.ae
3. Slay That Selfie!
You’re selfie-prepped with pearly whites and pout at the ready for the perf Instastory. Thing is, it’s kind of tough getting that video right when you’ve got to balance your phone with an arm raised for eons (unless you’re all about fitspo and have the biceps to take the shot). Enter The Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal – not only does it give you the arm muscle you need, it’s got tricks that will rack those likes up in no time. Think slo-mo, time and hyper lapse, all without you killing yourself.
From Dhs399, Virgin Megastores, dji.com
4. Wake Up!
Sad you didn’t make it to Glastonbury? Well, Dubai’s got its very own festival and it looks smokin’. Just check out the line-up: Rita Ora, Disclosure, Bob Moses... Tickets go on sale in September, so get yours fast and get googling for festival outfit inspo.
October 10-12, W Dubai, tickets from Dhs100 for a day pass and Dhs295 for packages, wakeupcallfest.com
To the airport ladies! Here’s your chance to get your ‘Dosha’ condition diagnosed. Say what? Well, basically, you work with the resort’s resident Ayurvedic Doctor to figure out what you can do naturally to address every day issues like stress, anxiety and digestive issues. They had us at “mountainside luxury”.
Santani Ayurveda Retreats in Sri Lanka. Nightly rates from Dhs1,100 for full board based on double occupancy, price does not include flights, santani.lk
6. Vegans Who Tea
Brambles Café Healthy Vegan Afternoon Tea. This totally guilt-free binge is just what every girl needs. Forget calorie counting; we gorged on coconut scones, beetroot hummus and apple sandwiches and focused on getting our posh pinky-stick-out right.
Dhs250 for 2 people, Brambles Café, @BramblesDubai
7. Sprinkles in the Forest
OTT Bling is so over – well, at least when it comes to nails. We’re totally crushing on this pared down glitter mani that still packs a punch without killing the environment with stacks of cotton pads (which, FYI can’t be recycled). Do your bit for the world, girls and still look fabulous!
From Dhs160, tipsandtoes.com
8. Surf’s Up!
So we finally got to use the word gnarly without raised microbladed brows when we found our inner surfer girl at Abu Dhabi’s stunning Eastern Mangroves. We’ve never seen a non-Jamaican pull off dreadlocks so well like Wake Evo’s Pro instructor. Seriously, take a weekend to head on one of their retreats for an experience you’ll never forget. We’re feeling zen already.
Next retreat September 27-28; Packages from Dhs750, firstname.lastname@example.org to book; @WakeEvo
Christian Louboutin’s new collection needs no explanation for being on our list. Just look at the new multi-coloured Nancy bootie and you’ll understand our complete loss for words. Slip ‘em on and strut your stuff into a style-stacked Fall!
10. Life Proof
TGFH (Thank Goodness For Huda)! We’ve just started using it and we’re obsessed. I mean NOTHING budges that line – not even salt water swimming or the crying that followed getting salt water in our eyes. Sold.
Dhs110, Available September 12 onwards, shophudabeauty.com, sephora.ae