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The Intriguing Charm of Abu Dhabi

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The Intriguing Charm of Abu Dhabi

Fusing breath-taking skyscrapers, cosmopolitan scenes and luxury shopping, Abu Dhabi has an air of grandeur. Like many major cities around the world, this stunning location offers you an array of exquisite attractions, whether you’re searching for tranquillity, excitement, or elegance. If you’re planning your next escapade or have a layover, relish the opportunity to explore one of the most decadent places on earth and consider visiting these Abu Dhabi landmarks.

Things to do

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, adorned with marble, semi-precious stones and chandeliers could easily be the eighth wonder of the world. Holding space for 40,000 people, the mosque offers self-guided walks alongside free tours in both English and Arabic. The dress code is Arabic dress or you can loan an abaya on entrance. This magical experience is even more beautiful at night.

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Yas Island

For thrill-seekers, look no further than Yas Island. This exhilarating, adventure land promises attractions that you’ll find nowhere else in the city. Live concerts, formula 1 racing and the world’s largest waterpark are some of the key attractions to visit. Alternatively, head to a haven of serenity with a spa day or dine in one of the 90 restaurants. The stunning beaches and sensational hotels like the Yas Viceroy make the island an idyllic setting for a vacation.

The Galleria Mall

Located on Al Maryah Island, The Galleria is undoubtedly the home of luxury shopping in Abu Dhabi. Featuring the crème de la crème in designer fashion, brands like Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, and Lanvin are just a handful of notable names occupying the mall. Grab a coffee at Magnolia Bakery as you explore the finest in retail, or partake in a dining experience at Rosewood or Cafe Milano located inside of the four Seasons Hotel next door.

 

Art & Galleries

Art is a popular pastime in Dubai so the N2N Gallery is the perfect place to visit. Combining art collections from Abu Dhabi and Europe, the gallery showcases over 170 pieces from 13 artists. As well as viewing sculptures, contemporary art, and paintings, N2N also offers art classes, providing a pleasant opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the local art scene.
And The Louvre Abu Dhabi, opening in 2017 is a universal museum in the Arab world. It’s  intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education.

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Where to stay

The Emirates Palace

A regal, seven-star hotel, the Emirates Palace is set in 85 hectares of lush greenery and is the world’s most expensive hotel. Decorated in marble, silver, and gold with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, the 200 fountains, 114 domes and 2000 staff members make this hotel one of the grandest locations in the city. The world-class caviar bar (all though I don’t like caviar) serves a traditional caviar menu with champagne, set against a backdrop of live music, while each room boasts 24-hour butler service, iPad mini, and wi-fi of course. Experience fine dining at one of the 14 restaurants, or relax in the spa and swimming pool.

 

What to wear

The culture of Abu Dhabi is rooted in Arabic traditions. While nationals of UAE wear traditional dress, visitors are welcome to wear liberal clothing. However, any short or tight clothes may be deemed unwelcome so dress appropriately and respectful.

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Featured Lifestyle Travel

Ferrari World – Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi

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Speed, Thrills & Fun: Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg’s Championship victory and final race at Abu Dhabi last week wasn’t the only thing that travelled 100+mph. With some time off pre-race, I visited the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ and no, it’s not the Burj. Nestled on Yas Island, just 30 minutes by car from the city centre, Ferrari World is the world’s first and only Ferrari branded amusement park.

What is Ferrari World?

The park opened in 2010 and has quickly become a ‘must-visit’ for anyone travelling in the Middle East. The park is roughly the size of 7 football pitches and boasts not only the largest space frame structure ever built but also the world’s fastest roller coaster. The ‘Formula Rossa’ is the crowning jewel of the park with an exhilarating top (and world record holding) speed of 149 mph.
The park is quite surreally magnificent, mainly because everything you see, touch and ride is traditional racing car red with the iconic Ferrari stallion emblazoned across it. Everything is pristine and stylish in design as you would expect from a super-brand like Ferrari. Fortunately for me, on Grand Prix weekend the entire park access, so I was able to enjoy the park to quell my sorrows that Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the championship. Maybe next year…

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Lionel’s Show at Yasalam After Race concert, Abu Dhabi

A theme park for the whole family

If you’re after even more speed (as if a Formula 1 race wasn’t enough), Ferrari World has enough rides to satisfy all thrill seeking needs. If you want something a little slower, the park is surprisingly excellent for toddlers and teens with rides, shows and attractions to suit all ages and heights (be aware that height restrictions are strictly enforced so do some planning in advance to avoid waiting in a queue and being disappointed).

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Ferrari World’s Best Attractions

The park really has something for everyone, regardless if you even care about cars or not. My top attractions in no particular order were:
Galleria Ferrari – a Ferrari lover’s dreamland, this exhibition showcased a wide selection of classic and modern Ferraris. I can only describe it as somewhere between an art gallery, a motoring museum and a fashion show.
Tyre Change Show – this might not sound particularly glamorous but it was one of the highlights of my trip. This is an entertaining show with some Italian comics combined with a cpit stophance to try your hand at a F1 pit stop For the record, don’t wear heels when trying to change a formula 1 tyre!
Mamma Rossella – a lovely open-air trattoria for a relatively reasonable cost for lunch/dinner. There’s a wide range of Middle Eastern, African and European food available
Driving Experience – the highlight of the entire trip was a chance to get behind the wheel in a Ferrari California (in red of course) with a trained Ferrari driver. Family can sit in the back so you’re not on your own as you revel in the sheer beauty and opera of a 4.3 litre monster supercar.
Overall, the park is one of the best theme parks I’ve ever been to and had enough to keep everyone entertained.

 

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Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi UAE

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Lifestyle TECH TALK

Beauty & Wellness App Must-Have!

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PRiv Dream Design Discover Blog Lifestyle

Had to share this beauty secret…especially since it involves technology!

PRIV is a one-stop destination for all your beauty and wellness needs. PRIV brings your favorite services, along with our highly-vetted professionals directly to you; anytime, anywhere. Looking and feeling good has never been easier or more affordable.

You can PRIV one or more of these services at a time:
HAIRCUT | Regular grooming or a style shakeup
BLOWOUT | Whether you want a blowout, braid or updo
NAILS | A basic manicure to gel with nail art
MASSAGE | From a midday office break to full relaxation at home
MAKEUP | For your Saturday night or your Wedding day
FITNESS | From yoga to boxing
STRAIGHT SHAVE | A beard trim or a straight shave and style
SPRAY TAN | From a sunkissed glow to a beachy bronze

PRIV is available in following cities: London, Los Angeles, New York, Hamptons, OC and Austin…and I’m sure more to come!

I know you will absolutely love the experience…so try them out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

xoxolisa

 

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Sorry, Members Only Beauty Buzz!

Sorry Members only Hair Salon?… what does that even mean?

This is actually a super clever concept. Los Angeles is known for everything Über chic and Hollywood. So when I heard about this #membersonly salon I thought…”I have to check it out…”

I must admit, it’s a pretty brilliant idea. You sign up for a membership the same way you would at the gym (with the exception that you won’t find an excuse why you can’t go today). You can get as many blowouts as you wish per month. Unlimited Blowouts, unlimited hair cuts, unlimited color…

Visit them and enjoy:

Society Salon
8327 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323.655.4555

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ENTERTAINING Featured Lifestyle

007 Goldfinger Tablescape Accessories for the Holidays!

The table. This is where the serious conversations happen, where the memories are made. A great table delights the eye at least as much as the food! We’re encouraging to add a dash of gold to make a bright and bold statement for your next dinner party. A few tips to go gold correctly:

50 shades of gold.

Gold in the correct amount and shade, makes everything more glamorous. Remember to keep everything else on the table simple and not too busy.  Clean, minimalist and chic is what we are going for when it comes to gold.

All that glitters is not gold.

Find the correct shade of gold for your tablescape accessories. We love rose gold, as it’s always very inviting and elegant and it’s not too shiny nor over the top.

The classic touch.

A mix between old world charm with a dashing sense of fun works lovely with gold pieces. Mix and match modern and antique pieces together for a beautiful complement of texture, color and vibrancy.

Betsy Bloomingdale once told me…”The most important thing is the mix. It’s not what you put on the tables, it’s who you put in the chairs.”

Here are a few must-haves to tie in gold to your next dinner party:

These pieces can be found at Macy’s, click here.

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Featured Lifestyle

Holiday Gift Guide for Her, Under $200!

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Dear Santa,

Please let me explain.

I was thinking about helping you get all of these gifts, but then this is what happened…

I forgot to start early enough and well, I had all these other things to do. Then I postponed it for the next day and the next day…and the next week. But I have a plan for you…

If we order online it will get here just in time, so you and Rudolph don’t have to work so hard! Links to shop are below….haven’t I made it so simple? E voilà!

Coco Chanel Bath Soap Gift guide Dream Design Discover

 

Coco Chanel Bath Soap

BATH SOAP

$26.00

Creamy, long-lasting, hard-milled soap with Vitamin E provides gentle cleansing action, as it helps soothe and protect skin. Leaves skin lightly fragranced with the provocative scent of COCO. Gentle enough for the most delicate skin.
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LOUIS VUITTON: ART, FASHION AND ARCHITECTURE

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$130.00

Louis Vuitton has always been associated with art, architecture, design and photography. This large format book explores 80 collaborations with the likes of Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse.

 

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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT –
PINK CANDLE

$48.00

Jean-Michel Basquiat Pink Candle is a fruity blend of rasberries & strawberries, poured into a vessel motif that merges the conceptual with a multicultural perspective.

Ligne Blanche Paris, creators of fine tableware, has worked closely with the Jean-Michel Basquiat Foundation to create the Jean-Michel Basquiat Candles. Givaudan, the world-renown producer of fine fragrances created the scents honoring the acclaimed artist. Each Jean-Michel Basquiat Candle is housed in a yellow box featuring Basquiat’s crown motif. Made in France.

MOSAIQUE AU 24 GOLD
SUSHI TRAY

$175.00

 

The Mosaique Au 24 series by Hermes draws inspiration from art and architecture. The plates, bowls and saucers in the series are rimmed with geometric patterns and motifs, bearing the House’s signature carriage emblem. All these accents have been painstakingly created in the form of tiny mosaic tiles in shades of gray and ochre splashed with touches of gold. – See more at:

 

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HOLDEN SILVERPLATE TRINKET BOX
$95.00

The timeless Ralph Lauren Holden trinket box makes an elegant home to favorite jewelry, cufflinks or keepsakes.

 

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WATERFORD GIFTOLOGY Lismore Honey Bud Vase
$75.00

The Giftology collection features Waterford’s best crystal gifts in compelling gift boxes.  The Giftology Lismore Honey Bud Vase is simply a perfect gift for multiple gift solutions.

 

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Chanel, ROUGE ALLURE

INTENSE LONG-WEAR LIP COLOUR

$36.00

The next generation of ROUGE ALLURE dresses lips with unmistakable attitude. A new formula with concentrated, ultra-thin pigments offers radically intense, long-wearing color with full coverage and a satin finish. Leaves lips supple and protected with lasting comfort. BTW its the same lipstick that I personally wear!

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

xoxolisa

Featured Lifestyle Travel

Welcome to Dream.Design.Discover.

Dream.Design.Discover is the premier destination for tips and inspiration for living a chic lifestyle with simple and elegant ideas on decorating, entertaining and living life beautifully.

Inspired by travel and lust for life, I have started this blog to share my experiences. When sharing my little tips and tricks with my friends they would often ask me, “Why don’t you create a space so you can share with everyone?” This inspired me to create Dream.Design.Discover.

Please feel free to engage and leave your comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

Chat soon …

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