Life’s a picnic

A picnic on the lawn overlooking a lake, you say? How very twee! Reform Social & Grill is going all out with a quintessential Royal Family Picnic. A soft tartan rug will be rolled out next to a wicker basket brimming with finger-food goodies and yummy treats – delicate sandwiches, ploughman’s lunch, fresh strawberries and scones with lashings of cream. Dubai’s British foodie trend is thriving! Saturdays 12pm to 5pm. Dh400 for two people. Make your reservation 24 hours in advance. Call 04 454 2638 or email


All about the base

We’ve spent years trying to match our skin to the perfect foundation. A daunting task. But now Sephora’s Pantone Colour Profile does the work for you. A portable device, it scans the skin and identifies the exact skin tone code. The code is punched into an iPad to reveal a list of bases from different brands in seconds. Foundation, BB creams, powders – they have all bases covered. The service is free of charge at Sephora stores across the UAE.

Human nature

We love a wonder cream that promises to aid all our skin ailments in one tube. Human+Kind Family Remedy Cream tackles pretty much all skin problems – sunburn, chapped lips, insect bites, stretch marks and scars. With naturally derived anaesthetic it also aids eczema, psoriasis and acne. From Dh70 at United Pharmacies.

Power lunch

Bored of teasing sandwich crumbs out of your keyboard each lunchtime? We thought so. Try a new business lunch at Clé Dubai from Michelin-starred chef Greg Malouf. The Australian-Lebanese kitchen wizard (and author of New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian) has curated a delicious menu. We loved the passion-fruit tart with saffron orange jelly and camel-shaped wafers eaten al fresco on the terrace. And from Dh95 for a two-course set menu you don’t need a raise to enjoy it. Weekdays 12pm-3pm. Call 04 352 5150 or email reservations@clé

Ice, ice baby

It’s the colour of the moment, and it’s squashy and roomy enough to carry everything we need for work, stylish evenings out or even weekends away. We’re drooling over this elegant bag from Marc Jacobs’ Spring Summer 2015 collection. It’s worth splurging on as it’s a modern classic. We need it now! Dh11,410, available at Marc Jacobs.

Playing with classics

Trends come and go, but we love how Carolina Herrera has gone back to classic shapes, nautical colours and playful styles for the Kids’ Collection 2015, while staying true to grown-up sporty and nature-inspired trends for spring/summer. The tailored shorts, tennis dresses and polka-dot tops are so cute. If only the butterfly-print dress was in adult sizes. From Dh400 at Carolina Herrera stores across the UAE.

Child stars

It’s not too late to enter your child into the Kidzania Superstarz 2015 talent competition. There are loads of exciting prizes to be won as well as a chance for your little ones to hog the limelight singing, dancing or acting on stage. The grand finale will be held on February 27 with winners selected from age groups of four to nine and 10 to 16 years. Entry is free, but hurry, auditions for season three run until tomorrow at KidZania, The Dubai Mall. To register your superstar call 04 4485 252, visit or email

Vanilla ice

We can’t wait to make a beeline to Scoopi Café – the new gourmet ice cream parlour in Dubai with flavours like Medjool date, ambrosial saffron, wild strawberry and tropical coconut. Tempted? Yes! And the fact that liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the mixture in less than 60 seconds means each scoop has a super-smooth texture and deliciously intense flavour. The ice cream costs from Dh15, while the handcrafted chocs (yes, it just gets better right?) start at Dh126. Scoopi Café, Jumeirah Beach Road. Call 04 279 0300 ext:306.

Fit club

Ever wanted a body to rival Kendall Jenner’s – the new model on everyone’s lips? It’ll take time, let’s not deny, but Fitrepublik will help you step (or lunge) closer to your dream body with a range of 350 must-try-hot-right-now fitness classes – capoeira, Crossfit, anti-gravity yoga, and bootcamps aplenty. There’s also an Olympic-size swimming pool, martial-arts cage and all the state-of-the-art gym equipment you need to blast that flab. Call 052 742 4555 or visit for details.

Bake off

Give your children’s creativity a boost at Pascal Tepper French Bakery. Enrol the kids in Le Petit Pascal baking class hosted by top pastry chefs, while you enjoy French-inspired baked goodies, cheeses, and an irresistible chocolate fountain. Roll your sleeves up and get stuck in. Fridays 11am-3pm, Dh69 children, Dh99 adults, Dubai Media City. Call 04 454 2408 or visit