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Launch of Dr Vranjes in Dubai Mall and short review!

Luxury Home Fragrance Brand Dr. Vranjes Firenze Opens doors at The Dubai Mall!

Dr Vranjes media event

Dr Vranjes

Dr Vranjes

Bringing their exclusive artisan range of perfumed accessories to UAE, Italian Luxury Home Fragrance brand Dr. Vranjes Firenze opened its second Middle East store at The Dubai Mall in an event that attended by officials from Dr. Vranjes Firenze and members of the media.

Created by Dr. Paolo Vranjes and his wife Anna Maria, the brand is inspired by his artistic home city of Florence and the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany in Italy. Founded in Italy in 1983, Dr. Vranjes Firenze is the result of Dr. Paolo Vranjes’ quest to create the finest fragrances, which stimulate the senses and emotions and add warmth to any household.

Dr Vranjes media event

Located on the first floor of the Mall, the store welcomes customers with its elegant interiors, which showcase a bespoke selection of over 18 home fragrances and candles carefully selected to appeal to Middle East preferences. Highlighting elements of musk, oud, light florals and warm spicy notes, the collection includes best-selling choices such as Oud Nobile and Rosso Nobile to name a few.

The opening also marked the global launch of Milano – a spicy, loungy, sophisticated fragrance, where the intense notes of patchouli are reinvigorated by pepper and sandalwood to give energy to living spaces.

Dr Vranjes Milano

Dr. Vranjes Firenze artfully blends pure natural ingredients with the world’s finest essential oils to create stimulating and evocative fragrances for every room. Each ‘Scented Décor’ is a unique creation. Customers are encouraged to ‘decorate’ their rooms with the right scent, based on room size, sunlight, and furniture, as well as the properties contained in the natural oils of Dr.Vranjes home fragrances, and the emotions which they evoke.

“Selecting a home fragrance is an exercise in self-reflection. The important thing is finding something that gives customers a sense of well-being, whatever that means to them as an individual. Objectively there are no bad olfactory notes; the art is in finding a balance between them. The final goal is harmony,” explains Dr. Vranjes.

Finished in glass bottles for optimum decadence, Dr. Vranjes Firenze home fragrances are the perfect answer to modern living. All Dr. Vranjes fragrances are packaged in beautiful glass bottles and are available in the following sizes: 100ml, 250 ml, 500 ml, 1250 ml, 1.5 liters, 2.5 liters and 5 liters. Each bottle comes with diffusion sticks. Refills are available in 500 ml and 2.5 liters with diffusion sticks, as well as Lamparfum refills.

Dr Vranjes media event

I got this set of reed diffuser as a gift, in the scent Ginger Lime. It’s so refreshing and delightful!. I had a lovely time at the event. The ambiance in the store is one of being tranquil and quite a treat to our olfactory nerve!.. Dr Vranjes is a quality, luxurious product you should consider gifting to a loved one or buy as a way to treat yourself to something special..

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Review : Iftar at Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai!

Hey friends,

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina is welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan with a stunning Iftar and Suhoor offering, at the Serdaal Ballroom & Terrace. The property itself is breathtakingly beautiful with a gorgeous interior too.

Westin

Westin

Serdaal ballroom

Serdaal ballroom

Recently, I was invited to review the iftar there. I’ve been to many buffets in my life (being such a foodie that I am) but frankly I’ve never seen a buffet with such an extensive variety of food. It’s lavish & simply stunning, to say the least.

Westin iftar

Ramadan Kareem

Bread section

The generous buffet features an array of Middle Eastern dishes such as traditional hot and cold mezze items, succulent mixed grills, a dedicated shawarma corner and lamb ouzi. There are also European and Indian selections on offer, plus a sushi and pasta station. Save room for dessert, as an abundance of Arabic sweets, including a dedicated Turkish delight corner and an entertaining live Turkish ice-cream station.

Westin iftar

Westin iftar

Westin iftar

Chicken shawarma station

Westin iftar

All dishes were absolutely delicious, a feast for the taste buds!. I couldn’t try some items simply because I didn’t have room for it. The number of dishes were that many. The chefs have done an excellent job putting forth such a diverse range of cuisines. I even got to try out certain things that I’ve heard of before but never had had yet, namely scallops, gnocchi & seared tuna.

I was delighted to find a live pasta station. Pasta is my weakness 😉. I got a penne pasta with turkey, mushrooms and cheese in tomato sauce. It was really great.

Pasta

The dessert section was decadent and rich. Be it the Arabic ones or the others, the selection as amazing.

Arabic sweets

Chocolate fountain

Chocolate fountain, marshmallows, fruits and more

There was live entertainment (music) that was soothing and mesmerising. There is also a henna corner.

Musician

My son absolutely loved the Turkish ice cream station. We got him a chocolate ice cream. The guy serving was playing around with him, not handing him the ice cream from the get go. Finally, my 3 year old got frustrated and tried to run away. Lol!. It was hilarious. He definitely loved the ice cream. It’s texture is so different from the regular ice cream. I tried some from my son’s. If I had space in my stomach I would have gotten one for myself but I just didn’t. I was so full.

Turkish ice cream

The Iftar will be offered daily from sunset to 9.30pm throughout Ramadan. It’s all priced at just AED 155 for adults and AED 55 for children under 12 (kids under 6 dine for free). I think it’s a steal for this price.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Westin at +971 04 511 7373.

There is Shisha service 8pm onwards on the Serdaal terrace. Suhoor is offered from 9pm – 1 am on week days and 9 pm – 2 am on weekends.

I highly recommend iftar at Westin. It’s something to definitely experience and rave about!

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Note : I was not paid to do this review. However, myself and my family were given free entry in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Tips for oral hygiene during Ramadan!

A Healthpoint orthodontist gives tips for fresh breath and oral health while fasting

Healthpoint

Oral hygiene is particularly important during Ramadan as fasting can cause bacteria to build up, says the Head of the Dental Clinic at Healthpoint.

Dr. Khalid Alameri, Consultant Orthodontist and Head of the Dental Clinic at Healthpoint, explains that fasting and therefore abstaining from liquids can lead to the development of oral bacteria, a prime culprit in bad breath, cavities and gum disease.

Dr Khalid says, “People need to adapt their oral hygiene routine during Ramadan, being sure to brush their teeth after both iftar and suhoor to prevent bacteria from forming. Most mouth odor originates from the tongue, so using a tongue scraper twice a day will also help.”

Combatting dehydration is particularly important in avoiding bad breath, Dr Khalid points out. In addition to drinking plenty of liquids and avoiding salt, caffeine and diuretics during non-fasting hours, there are measures to prevent a dry mouth.

“If care is taken not to swallow any liquid, then the use of mouthwash or rinsing with water will not break the fast. However, some people are uncomfortable with this, so they can use miswak sticks, a natural tooth-cleaning twig, to stimulate salivary flow.”

Dr Khalid’s top-four tips for fresh breath while fasting

1. Brush and floss after iftar and suhoor

2. During the fasting hours, use a tongue scraper, miswak sticks and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash

3. Use an oral pro-biotic to replenish healthy bacteria that may be lost through using too much mouthwash

4. When breaking your fast, avoid onions, garlic, smoking and other common causes of bad breath.

About Healthpoint

Healthpoint, part of Mubadala’s integrated network of world-class healthcare providers, is a premium hospital with three specialty centers – the Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Centre, the Dentistry Clinic and Musculoskeletal. Based in Abu Dhabi and accepting patients throughout the UAE and GCC, the hospital provides community care, grounded in the latest internationally recognized medical approaches.

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