Happy Halloween

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image via marthastewart.com

Halloween is celebrated in a big way in the UAE..there are  always a lot of parties, and the kids  trick or treat in groups, gathering vast amounts of candy and no doubt keeping their parents up for hours while they get rid of their sugar rush!

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image via pinterest

I would love to decorate my house in honour of Halloween but it is simply too small,so I may just put up a wreath  to at least make an effort for the kids in my building…I would love to go all out and dress up with gorgeous make up and a really great costume, but I have been really busy with work , so I will have to be satisfied with salivating over all the wonderful images on Pinterest!

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Shock Factor…Rihanna at the Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

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image via http://www.telegraph.co.uk

This blog is predominantly my thoughts and notes on decoration but due to recent events I feel obliged to comment about Rihanna’s recent behaviour in Abu Dhabi.

I appreciate some of her music but I have absolutely no interest in the way she conducts her life in general..it’s her life and its her business and it has less than nothing to do with me and my life, however,when she recently visited the Sh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on her  tour to the Middle east, she (in my opinion) behaved with a complete lack of respect for the culture of the country she was visiting…a tolerant and welcoming country which I live in and which I respect and love.

The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi  welcomes people from all religions and it is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit but while there, it is impossible to forget that it is a place of worship, and as such, has to be respected. Women must cover themselves completely-no arms or legs visible and hair must be covered in a scarf. It adds to the feeling that you are preparing to enter a holy place. The staff help you get dressed in an abaya and headscarf and there are numerous signs with a list of rules on how to conduct yourself

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image via http://www.telegraph.co.uk

If you look at the photos which she posted on her Instagram account, Rihanna is dressed appropriately in an outfit which covers her arms and legs and she is wearing a scarf to cover her hair- this is all in accordance with the way one should dress when visiting a holy place such as a Masjid or Mosque but it astounds me that she was not informed,  by her own staff  of how inappropriate it was to pose in such a suggestive manner-lounging around on the marble …it is a church…a place of worship! Would she do the same in the Vatican, or a Hundu temple?

It also makes me wonder why these successful women, who are role models to millions of young girls would behave so inappropriately..look at the whole Mylie Cyrus  debacle at the AMA’s…what was she thinking? Are these women doing to this to get a reaction? Most definitely…is it the right one? No…I find it very sad that a woman of 25 is unaware of how to behave in a situation like this. It demonstrates, in its most basic form, a lack of consideration for other people and a lack of respect for the culture. Rihanna was eventually asked to leave the mosque and rightly so..when my mum and my sister and I visited the mosque a couple of years ago, I would never have done anything so disrespectful..we did take photos, but only at the appropriate time and certainly not posed photos such as these. If we had, I have no doubt whatsoever that we would have been asked to leave….perhaps because I have lived in the Middle East for so long, I am deeply aware of the local culture and I always dress appropriately, particularly in business situations, where I usually meet with people of different cultures.  I , as a Westerner, found Rihanna’s behaviour offensive and tacky and I hope that she takes the many comments on Instagram to heart…somehow, I doubt it.

Finally its Autumn…or a bit cooler at least!

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image via http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/

Well, this morning was the first morning with no humidity…Autumn is finally here in Dubai and winter will soon be on its way…thank goodness! Although none of our trees turn golden yellow, we can finally start spending time on the beach, playing tennis, walking in the evenings and generally enjoying the outdoors…the temperature has dropped (almost overnight) from 33 degrees C to 24 degrees C at night and by December we will be enjoying temperatures of around 13 degrees C and …..rain!!!

I for one am thrilled..I LOVE the cooler weather.

“Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorfs”

Has anyone seen this fascinating documentary/movie? It is a behind the scenes look at arguably the most famous department store in the world!

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image via insidemovies.ew.com

The film shows the team behind the extraordinary Christmas windows, which are worked on for months by a team of designers and merchandisers. The sales team are also interviewed and they tell stories of past sales like the tale of Yoko Ono who dropped in late one Christmas eve and bought 70 fur coats for her family and friends…the sale totaled $400 000 -a sum which today would be equivalent to about $2.5 million! Incredible! There were wonderful stories about famous celebrities of the past and many interviews with celebrities like Joan Rivers, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang …it is a delight to watch, even if only to see the creative process behind the spectacular windows.

the windows are absolutely mind boggling and are a yearly tradition….a must-see if visiting New York at Christmas time!

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October already!

I cannot believe that October is already here and the year is nearly over…I have neglected my blog due to work pressure but I had to reconnect to share some images from the new Rue magazine for this month…they are fabulous.

all images via rue magazine
all images via rue magazine

This combination of the green with the pale turquoise chairs is incredible!

image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine

Love the simplicity of this home..

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image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine

Full of lovely details and inspiration…

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image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine

This designer’s home really caught mu eye….green really is the “in ” colour at the moment..I am seeing it everywhere in interiors.

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image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine

This kitchen is absolutely gorgeous…small, but clearly efficient.

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image via rue magazine

Black doors…need I say more!

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image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine
image via rue magazine