August 20, 2012

How To Spend A Friday 10.0

Have you ever heard about the cliche of being a foreigner in your own land? I kind of feel like that towards Sharjah, the city that I've been living in for the past 2 years, until just recently when I have finally braved the odds and explore the places that are literally just within my reach. I have always been upfront about my Keep Calm and Go To Dubai drama and while that still holds true, I actually love living in Sharjah on a daily basis. It's a break from a city of millions like Dubai but it's not even close to being deserted compared to the rest of the Emirates. It's like someplace in between, kind of feels like being in two places at once.

So when I had the chance in the form of yet another visit from my Abu Dhabi-based friend, Teen. I asked her to ditch Dubai for a change and walk around Sharjah instead. And since I have been hearing a lot of good things about the newest attraction in town, Al Majaz Waterfront, it's about time we give it a try! The corniche area is just a 10 minute walk from our place which is actually ideal save for the high humidity that night but it was bearable so off we go. Our first stop is along the Corniche Plaza where we chased fireworks - literally. As we were walking our way towards the waterfront, we talked and laughed and talked nonstop! The waterfront show is an awesome and refreshing sight! During that time, they were showing a film which is basically for kids, who outnumbered the adults around the venue that night! I love the thought of kids hanging around recreational parks with parents on weekends, I'm a cheeseball like that. We stood there among the sea of people, drank in the sight of the wonderful landscape and when the show's done, we checked out the restaurants around the place after and decided on TGIFriday's since we both could really use a "drink". And here comes the rest of the night in photos!

T.G.I.Friday's | Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah

And since from where we were, you can easily spot the Eye of the Emirates already and us being the crazy spontaneous girls that we are, we decided to keep on walking - towards the eye this time! And it's very rewarding to have seen a smile on Teen's face when we were finally there! Aside from the Keep Calm jazz, you probably have heard about my other claim too, about how London Eye Can Wait. And this is why. It also doesn't help that there's a Water Fountain that looks exactly like that of UST Quad Park's so we shared a very brief yet sentimental moment watching the midnight fountain display for a bit! There's also an array of restaurants and coffee shops, even ice cream and gelato parlors around but we were still full so we just went around walking and talking and laughing, standard. There's just so much you can do around the area but we just had enough time for the eye and the fountains that night so that's all I can share for now! There's also a scheduled fireworks display on Fridays, 10P. Here's how the place looks like!

Eye of the Emirates | Al Qasba, Sharjah

So it was safe to say that at the end of our day, I ended up with another theory: never ever underestimate the power of the city you are in. Mine happens to be Sharjah and I couldn't be happier to have these new and not-so-new attractions around me. Sometimes, you need not look far. Most of the time, the things you're looking for are just within your reach but you're too stubborn and too distracted looking the other way, the further one, that you fail to appreciate what's right in front of you. True with Sharjah, true in life.

You can follow Al Majaz Waterfront on twitter here. Announcement of the shows and whatnots are posted there so it'll be a huge help if and ever you decide on spending a Friday of yours in the area.

Cutoffs and Platforms

Eid Mubarak greetings to all of you who are celebrating! May all your sacrifices be rewarded and my the desires of your heart be granted. I hope you're enjoying the celebrations with your loved ones!

This is yet another almost outfit of the day. Almost being the keyword because I had to change last minute as we weren't sure about the implementation of the UAE Dress Code quite yet. If violated, you will be charged by a whopping 2000AED plus one month imprisonment, at least that's what I have been told, and I wouldn't want to risk that -- who would? Anyone in here who can shed some light on this? I'm totally clueless!

I opted for a laid back look since we were just off to have a breakfast date after a month of not being able to. I felt like it was appropriate to literally break the fast on the first morning of Eid Al Fatr so I asked the fam out for an Ikea breakfast! The linen shirt is from Zara, acquired during the DSS for only 25AED! By now, you all probably know about my statement tee obsession and this one is no exception. So I ask of you, do you? If not, kind of works too! I love the length and the ruggedness of this pair of denim cutoffs! It's not too tight, not too lousy nor too short, it's just the perfect fit, at least by my standards! I also need not to pull down the pockets because it shows by default which adds a certain ooomph! And finally, the platforms! It was a hand-me-down and so when I have recently seen photos all over the internet resembling the same style, I already wrapped my thoughts around this pair to complete my look. And since it's still basically summer out there, I cannot bear the thought of wearing my hair down, so I top it all off with a messy bun and surprisingly, it fits!

This will pass for my go-to outfit every time IF ONLY I'm not here in the sandpit. HAHA! I know you get my drift. But hey, not complaining! Although seriously Dubai, go easy on us about the dress code. C'mon now! 

August 10, 2012

My Collar Me Maybe Nails.

I personally call it Collar Me Maybe! As another sun-soaked season is about to come to an end, I thought I'd grab its remaining days to try out the trends that came with it -- one of which is the nail art trend! I posted about my Bourjois Paris Blogger Afternoon Tea Party experience a couple of weeks back and I finally had the chance to try out their new collection! I had to grow my nails first as I have unusually tiny knuckles and my nail surface area won't be enough for any art by default. Never thought I'd live to see the day I'd post something about my nails. I am one of those girls who's got man hands so having them featured isn't exactly appealing to me but these nail arts made me change my mind! It can get pretty addictive and one good way of channeling my limited artsy self. I picked out this amongst the other designs, which I will be sharing in the future as I want to personally try each of them first, as it tickles my fancy for some unknown reason.

I was hesitant to go all the way as I do not trust my fidgety hands enough to succeed but it was surprisingly easy! I have to say the Bourjois double-ended nail art brush did help and made everything else so easy! I also had the help of an arm rest whilst applying especially when it's the right hand's turn, I'm right-handed so there. I applied 2 coats of the base, a pale shade of Abricot ouate and went all crazy with the designing using the Vert chlorohylle, a perfect shade of green to accentuate the details aka collar and buttons! The result is so pretty I couldn't get my eyes off them. I swear I took a lot of photos, can't get enough ha! And since I got a comment from a friend asking how I managed to do it on my own, thought I'd share...

Are you a fan of nail arts too? What do you think about this design?
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