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Dubai has come a long way from being a little fishing village in the United Arab Emirates to being one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. Even with other destinations such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia in the vicinity, Dubai still grabs the headlines and sparks the curiosity of many around the world. From some of the tallest buildings in the world, to man made islands and underwater hotels, there is plenty to see and do in Dubai. If you are planning a trip to this sandy and sunny part of the world, there are a couple of things that you simply must do. There is no shortage of what to do and see in Dubai, but below are just a few of the things that might peak your interest.


#1 - The Dubai Creek


The Dubai Creek stands out as one of the most beautiful and oldest places around. Down at the creek, you can take a ride in an abra, which is a traditional boat made out of wood. The scenic views are definitely a great way to relax and soak up the city. The best time to do this is in the evening to catch the beautiful sunset as you float lazily on the water. The surrounding beauty, and Muslim calls to prayer make for an atmosphere like no other. Make sure to take a walk in Deira, an old beautiful area known for its incense and frankincense, beautiful old alleyways and an overall experience like no other.



#2 - Take in the Dubai culinary experience


The difference between the super wealthy and the poor in Dubai is almost like no other place in the world, and it doesn’t become any more obvious than in the culinary experiences. Dubai is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, including the Michelin Starred Raffles Hotel and Grosvenor House. Get a taste of exquisite cuisines from some of the best restaurateurs and chefs in the world who have an outpost here including notable names such as Gordon Ramsay and Gray Rhodes. On the other side of things, there is the Al Dhiyafah Road (now 2nd of December) where you can literally get a taste of the ‘real’ Dubai away from all the glitz and glamor. These roadside eateries offer Indian, Lebanese and Iranian cuisines that are both cheap and tasty. This diverse culinary experience will definitely be something to write home about.



#3 - Explore the Lost City


The Palm Jumeirah is a man made island created out of nothing. If that is not reason enough to visit, the Atlantis Hotel on the island is everything you would expect from Dubai and more. This 5-star resort in itself has plenty of activities to keep you occupied. There are plenty of 5-star restaurants to choose from here, and a nightclub to give you a taste of Emirati nightlife. There is also the chance to get up close and personal with dolphins. The world class water park (Aquaventure) is home to the Leap of Faith, which is one of the most exhilarating water slides you can find anywhere in the world. There is also a manmade beach, and the Lost World where you will find great aquariums if you have an interest in aquatic life.


#4 - Go on top of the Burj Khalifa


Dubai is synonymous with everything big. It is of course no surprise that the world’s tallest building is to be found here. The Burj Khalifa has a lot more to offer rather than just being tall. Start with the exhibit where you will get an interesting history lesson about the building. You of course have to take a ride in the fastest lift in the world, but be warned, it is extremely fast, getting you to the top in only a few seconds. At the very top of the building, you will get the sensation of being on top of the world. With sweeping views across the city, both amateur and professional photographers will have the time of their lives here. You want to go in the evening, just before sunset so you can get a bird’s eye view of what the city looks like during the day and at night.




#5 - Take a desert safari


While in Dubai, you have to take a desert safari. This involves getting into a four-wheel vehicle and driving across the desert, and possibly stopping over at a campsite for the night. You will get to try Shisha (hubbly bubbly) and get a little taste of what life might have been like in the years gone by. There are few things better than staying up late under the desert stars dreaming up adventures. You will get to see falcons in their natural habitat, and the simple pleasures that the desert brings. There are many companies that offer these tours, so you might want to be a little careful about whom you choose. Make sure that the stopovers, if any, are convenient for you. Also ask what food will be made available, as well as any extra charges that you may be expected to incur during the excursion.
  


#6 - The Dubai fountains


It is often said that the best things in life are free. Forget the Bellagio fountains, true to Dubai, the ones here are bigger, better, taller, louder and more dramatic. At night, you get a bonus light show that you will not forget anytime soon, and all this for free. The Dubai Mall and the base of the Burj Khalifa are the best places to see the show. There are also restaurant that line up the fountains, so dinner at the terrace as you enjoy the show will be an experience. The Dubai Mall in itself is an adventure on account of being the biggest mall in the world. The fountain show comes paired with an unforgettable music repertoire and the whole experience surreal and awe inspiring.



Make your trip to Dubai unforgettable


You will be spending quite a bit of money on airfare, meals, accommodation and generally experiencing Dubai, so you want to get your money’s worth as much as possible. You can save money in all these places by searching the internet for deals. Also book your trip as early as possible to ensure that you get bargain prices. One place you can potentially save tonnes of money is to get the best travel insurance possible. Depending on your cover, you can save on healthcare, emergency evacuation, cancelled flights, lost or delayed luggage and unforeseen interruptions to your trip. It is a good idea to get insured in case things don’t go as smoothly as you hoped. The devil is always in the details. It is these little ‘inconveniences’ such as falling ill or losing your luggage that may end in taking up a huge chunk of the travel budget, or worse, force you to go back to your pocket to spend additional money that you possibly don’t even have in the first place. 


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Written by: Ana Grgic
Yesterday, the designer Victoria Beckham celebrated her big 40th birthday peacefully with her family, as she tweeted "Good morning! Special day with my beautiful babies and wonderful husband, I love you all so much x vb"
I honestly have been in the process of dedicating a blog post on the fashion icon Victoria Beckham for quite some time now and thought that what better day to publish it then right after her big four zero birthday! to celebrate all the success and influence that she printed within the fashion industry.
I am personally a very big fan of Victoria Beckham. Especially her clothing line that she does work hard for and devotes so much time to. Her creations are absolutely classy and beautiful, and are yet very minimal and somehow basic. Pastel colors and black & white, leather pants, and most importantly: high heels! are her specialty, which really influenced me in what kind of clothes I personally prefer to wear!
Today, I'd like to share with my beloved readers style tips and secrets that I have learnt from Victoria Beckham throughout the years that I have been a fan of her sense of fashion. Without further discussion, let's get into it :D

Fur and basics

On right: Victoria is wearing a jacket by Antonio Berardi
One thing I noticed about posh spice, is that she really adores fur! - I am not in any shape or form enforcing the idea of wearing fur, it is absolutely your own personal choice whether you would choose to wear real fur or not. I just personally love to incorporate real fur into my outfits, and I am guilty of buying it and wearing it. The argument of how ethical wearing real fur is is certainly not my type of expertise.

One other thing I noticed about her is that she really likes wearing it with all black! making fur the main focus of the rest of the outfit, which is one of my all time favorite style trends!

All black everything!

Coco Chanel once said: “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
I honestly cannot agree more!

Victoria Beckham proved this right! I love how Mrs. Beckham is often seen with black, white or both! they are two of my favorite colors and I love seeing how Victoria pairs basic black items - such as the black blazer - with other basic black items and still makes it look effortlessly stylish! I believe that one style secret she uses to get away with using too much basics is wearing her signature high heels!

The black dress is also another iconic fashion piece that Victoria is frequently seen wearing. I have previously mentioned on albalsamlife.com that the LBD (little black dress) is an essential item in every woman's closet - click here to see what other items should you have in your closet!

Posh spice also pairs the basic short cardigan with many of the other clothes that she wears, transforming a more high-fashion kinda look into a more wearable one.


Experiment with fashion, and have fun!

On the left: Victoria Beckham in prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton wearing a Victoria Beckham dress.
Although Victoria Beckham is often seen with a very minimal type of style, focusing more on basic colors like pastels, black and white, posh spice is not afraid to experiment with bold and statement accessories and colors.


Appreciating the high waists & pencil skirts

Victoria Beckham wears pencil skirts (high-waist) quite frequently, and she also likes to wear dresses that empower the waist giving her a feminine figure. I have to say that Victoria Beckham really showed me - and many other i'm sure - how to wear high-waist fashion and pencil skirts.
Generally, Beckham likes to have loose high-waist pats, but her pencil skirts she likes them body hugging, keeping them classy with the length that is just under the knee. 

When she does make the exception and goes for tighter high-waste pants, she interchanges it with loose tops. Never allowing any item to be left ... 'trashy'.



Casual Chic

Adding a statement purse, sky high heels or some good shades will go a long way when it comes to your style! even if worn with a very basic sweater and jeans or black pants.


The long trench coat

On the right: Victoria is wearing a coat by Victoria Beckham
I looovvveee trench coats! and I really would like to wear the super long trench coat, however, I always find it difficult to style long trench coats because they can easily make you look older, bulkier, and somehow ... 'messy' !! 

Victoria Beckham is often seen with a long coat thrown on her shoulders, or worn with a short black dress! I just love it and think it always looks great :D


The Mommy Duty - Stylishly!

Last but not least: Victoria Beckham manages to find time for her family, which is something I admire her for. Her children are also often spotted effortlessly stylish and well dressed. 

When she's on mommy duty, Victoria does often opt towards the more comfortable option .. but since she 'can't concentrate on flats', high heels are of course never out of the picture.



Happy birthday Victoria, and I wish you many more stylish years that we can all learn from x

with love,

This week, Tommy Hilfiger premiered the Zooey Deschanel collection (you can view the collection here). This has got the fashion world thrilled: they're a collection of vintage-inspired, sporty dresses. Some are called tennis dresses, and others are called school girl dresses. So let's talk about this sporty dress style. How can you incorporate this into your wardrobe, and how do you wear sporty dresses?



Tip 1: For Inside, the Right Accessories


If you're sporting one of these sporty dresses for inside, go for chic, minimalist accessories. You can belt a shirt dress (though make sure that it's a thin belt and not, say, a corset belt) like with a belt from Express (this one has a bow on it, too). If the dress is as the center model and already has a belt, try adding coordinated bangles similar to these from Candy Apple. If you're going to a party and don't want to leave your purse unattended, try a cross body bag with a chain like these from AliExpress.



Tip 2: For Outside, the Right Accessories


If you're taking your sporty dresses for a day out, it's just as important to consider the right accessories. Try wearing a hat: whether you're going for the cowgirl look with a cowboy hat, the Diane Keaton look with the flat top hat, or a Derby look with a fedora, find your brims here and protect your face from the sun with style. Another way to protect your face from the sun is to get a great pair of aviators: honestly, they look good on everyone. Lastly, make sure you have good walking shoes for your day out. Kate Spade has designed a line of Keds that might match your sporty frock, you can go with a pair of gladiator sandals, or you can try a cute pair of Oxfords for a more vintage look.



Tip 3: Go Comfy with Leggings


Too windy outside? Too cold inside? Unpredictable weather? Night out on the town? If you're not sure you want to wear a skirt because of your comfort level, don't give in to a day in gym pants. No, instead, sport leggings underneath the dress to give yourself a little more security and comfort. Here's the best part: leggings slim your legs and provide a line at the ankle that coordinates wonderfully with Keds, Oxfords, flats, or if you're feeling adventurous, heels. 


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About Author:
Kristen Kauffman is fashion writer and blogger, and has written nationally-credited blogs on style trends, products, and weddings. Located in Prescott, Arizona, most blogs make fashion simple, affordable, and accessible. 
After the cold and damp of winter, spring is finally here and with that we can just about see summer around the corner. For many of us then, it’s time to put the thick coats and jumpers away and bring out our beautiful floaty dresses and skirts ready for the heat (hopefully!). But while we tend to swap our wardrobes around, how many of us switch up our jewelry?
With the warm summer months, naturally many of us will be reaching for gold necklaces and bangles, which have the perfect warm tones to reflect the weather. But while gold looks great, why not mix your jewelry up and flash a little silver?

First of all, for all you lovely bronzed ladies (and gentlemen), silver can really set off a tan. The combination of the cool tones of a silver necklace or bracelet and the warmer tones of your skin can really highlight your tan and even make it look better than what it is.

Summer is also the time when you can get your whites out and really show off the flesh with a crisp pair of white trousers and top. While gold jewelry can look stunning against a beautiful white dress, you sometimes have to be very careful about making your jewelry look cheap or tacky. This is where your best bet is stick with silver toned jewelry. Again the cool tones of silver and white will give your tan the ultimate boost, and create a perfect summer outfit.

Don’t worry if, like me, you’re one of those who’s ‘tan’ is more red than bronze. Silver jewelry works just as well on pale skin when worn with the right colours. Team your silver jewelry with warmer summer colours on your clothing, such as yellow and pink, and you’re good to go.


Finally, who says you have to stick to one kind of jewelry? Be a bit more daring and mix up your golds and silvers for a refreshing look for your summer wardrobe. The best way to pull off this look, is to combine several silver and gold necklaces together. Think varying lengths and widths for the ultimate mixed up look. If necklaces aren't your thing, try a selection of bracelets in various tones and styles stacked on your wrists. Add your watch into the mix too, to finish the look off.

So now you can see why you shouldn't ignore silver jewelry in the summer, go ahead and experiment!


This post has been written by Sarah for amber and silver jewelers Henryka.





So I read the news on Vogue.com about 4 hours ago that Alexander Wang is collaborating with H&M to launch a designer collection with affordable prices on the H&M stores! and that news is now CONFIRMED!!

Image source: http://theselby.com/media/8_07_08_alexander_wang1171.jpg
The young New York designer will be among a very honorable list of designers who previously launched collections for H&M, the list includes names such as the pop star Madonna, huge designers Victor & Rolf, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, as well as Versace!

Now that Alexander Wang - which happens to be one of my favorite young designers - is about to collaborate with H&M - which is also one of my favorite stores to find chic and affordable fashion! - I could not be more excited!

Vogue reportedly announced that the designer is "honoured to be a part of H&M's designer collaborations," and that he stated that "The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to pushing boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle."

As for me, I expect a very fashion forward collection from the designer, with "energy" and "passion" that we continuously see through Wang's work in every collection he creates. 

Alexander Wang pre Spring/Summer 2014


So are you guys excited? and what do you expect from this collaboration? x



with love,
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How do you dress for success? Do you dress for the job you want or the job you have? Are your shoes made for walking or climbing the ladder of success? Well, you know upward mobility is always on the mind of an avid blogger. This week we take the plunge into Spring and Summer trends, but not in the way of dressing down but more buttoning up. Does that mean we have work on the mind? Maybe. You'll just have to see for yourself. 


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