I begin my Fridays early at 8am, with a big breakfast with my family. When the weather is nice, we enjoy it outdoors in our garden in Jumeirah. My weekends are spent with my kids Ahmad (9), Zayd (4) and Ameer (2) in the pool, playing a game of basketball or bowling. It’s a house full of boys so weekends are packed with different activities!
MAKE-UP FIX UP
I can’t live without the Caudalie Beauty Elixir! It’s perfect for freshening up my face – and my mood – in the summer. And Benetint by Benefit acts like a quick fix on weekends and weekdays alike. It adds a rosy glow to my cheeks and lips and I love it!
JACK OF ALL TRADES
I don’t stick to one medium of designing, I dabble in everything, from home decor to accessories to clothing. I’m an artist first, then a designer. When I see an empty canvas, I feel a strong urge to fill it.
My husband, Ali, and I have the same taste in movies and TV shows so we spend evenings relaxing in front of the telly. We’re addicted to Game of Thrones. One of my favourite films is The Great Gatsby. The 1920s fashion, the quixotic nature of Gatsby and Daisy’s love – everything inspires me.
STROKES OF ELEGANCE
I am inspired by everything around me. My latest collection draws from the poised twirls of ballerinas, artist Frida Kahlo’s colour palette and my muse Audrey Hepburn, who inspires me with her everlasting grace and beauty. I’m also a big fan of Andy Warhol’s art. It has liberated me as an artist to convey my art through divergent styles.
The gadget I’m head-over-heels in love with is the Wacom tablet which was gifted to me by my husband on our wedding anniversary. It’s perfect for unleashing my creativity.
My favourite meal of the day is lunch as I get to spend time with my kids and I love cooking for them. Food in our home varies from huge meals for lunch to salads and roast in the evenings. On weekends we often dine at the China Club in DIFC and Fume, Pier 7.
I’ve always been a big fan of yesteryear Bollywood star Zeenat Aman, which is why I chose her to be my brand ambassador. I would love to style Deepika Padukone, Mahira Khan and Emma Thompson. To me, these women are the epitome of beauty.
Music, for me, is the best way to relax, as well as work. It’s all I need to unwind and focus. I love going for long drives with good music, especially along the beach. The sound of the waves and the serene atmosphere make me feel peaceful.