Category Archives: Shopping

Strange Days

So they ask my husband to take a pay cut the day after we buy ourselves a coffee machine.

Timing is everything!

Anybightme, here is a picture of the shiny new toy.  I can highly recommend this if anyone is thinking about getting a home machine.  It took us about a week to get it working well, but now we are making some kick-arse coffee!

It also makes great Chai Latte.

The Giotto Rocket Espresso Machine

The Giotto Rocket Espresso Machine


Heating Up

It’s now 7pm and its 38 degrees celcius. The car said the outside temperature was 46 while we were driving today but the weather report says it only reached 44.  Not a personal best for me but it’s getting there!

Despite the fact that I seem to be aclimitising better than most people (maybe being Australian helps?) I did notice it was hot today.  (When its in the high 30s I now describe it as ‘quite warm’.  Madness.)

We decided a trip to Dubai Mall was in order because I had heard there was a good cafe there called Kozi. Kozi is an African-themed cafe selling coffee from African beans, and staffed by Africans.  It’s quite a charming spot and the coffee was excellent… which is why we went searching for it.

Richard and myself at Kozi today

Richard and I at Kozi today

Also took some pics of a couple of stores with interesting retail desgn.

Kurt Geiger Shoe Store, Dubai Mall

Kurt Geiger Shoe Store, Dubai Mall

The Manolo Blahnik Store - designed to look like a fishtank with the shoes being the fish.

The Manolo Blahnik Store - designed to look like a fishtank with the shoes being the fish.

Yay!  Galleries Lafayette is finally open in Dubai Mall!

Yay! Galleries Lafayette is finally open in Dubai Mall!

The Dubai Mall Fountain

The Dubai Mall Fountain

Worker on break sleeping in window, Dubai Mall.

Worker on break sleeping in window, Dubai Mall.

Dubai Bag Watch

As some of my friends and regular readers know I share many of my fellow-gender’s fondness for beautiful handbags (or purses if you prefer).

I was chatting recently with a girlfriend of mine who shares this interest,  and made a throw-away comment that one day I would take a note of the bags worn by women shopping in the Mall of the Emirates.

Last week I was down there for some reason (forget why) and I happened to have my netbook with me so I grabbed a coffee and starting recording.

Here goes…

The most highly represented labels is without doubt Louis Vuitton, which for some reason I have never hankered for.  Maybe because they have only been doing funky designs since Marc Jacobs took the helm. But probably largely because they are so logo-focussed.

First up we have,

LV’s Damier Canvas Tate

Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Tote

This bag is not ugly per se.  But it is boring.

The Litmus Test: Would I use it if someone gave it to me? 

No. I’d probably give it to someone else.
(Probably what the person who gave it to me was thinking!)

On the other hand if you have a hankering for tasteful and safe… you can buy it at eLuxury (until they close down sometime soon).


LV’s Mahina

LV Mahina XL


 Now this is more like what I expect when parting with serious amount of cash! It has a luxe finish and sits nicely against the body. I also like the fact that the logo is not jumping out at you as much as some of their other designs.

The Litmus Test: Would I use it if someone gave it to me? 

Hell Yes.

Like it?  But It at eLuxury.


LV’s Monogram Canvas Neverfull

Monogram Canvas Neverfull

Okay. So you need a shopping bag, you want people to know you are not poor, and you have no imagination whatsoever. This is the bag for you!

The Litmus Test: Would I use it if someone gave it to me? 

No. No. And no.

Having an attack of madness? Buy it at eLuxury.


LV Damier Canvas Saleya

Damier Canvas Saleya MM

This is the Daimer version of the Logo Neverfull in my opinion.
It’s even uglier because the handles are too structured.

The Litmus Test: Would I use it if someone gave it to me? 

No.  Petite peeps like myself should not wear bags on their shoulders that have flat bases. They accentuate the height (or lack of).
Did I mention I hate it anyway?

Like it? Buy it at eLuxury.


LV’s Monogram ScubaLV Monogram Scuba MM

Massive in size and cyclamen pink. The Scuba puts paid to the myth that LV does not make bags that are fun!

The Litmus Test: Would I use it if someone gave it to me? 

Technically it is far to big for my frame and height.  But I love it so I would probably use it anyway. Maybe I would just sit it in the corner of my living room and fill it with magazines or something.

Like it? Buy it at eLuxury.


The bag in the Madonna Campaign


I don’t know what the name of this one is but i was impressed to see the woman sitting next to me had one on the chair beside her. The first thing I noticed was the MJ influence in the gorgeous red laquer toggles.

The Litmus Test: Would I use it if someone gave it to me? 

Despite the exquisite embellishments this bag doesn’t do it for me.

Like it? I imagine you have to be on the waiting list at your favourite LV Store for this one.  If you know Madonna ask her if you can borrow it.

I have a feeling Beyone is going to invest in one of these.

Chloe Saskia – Sling Version

Chloe Saskia

I like these multicoloured versions of Chloe’s saskia better in the sling style, than the satchel. Somehow the multicolours look more sporty on a sling.

The Litmus Test: Would I use it if someone gave it to me? 

It’s not my favourite Chloe but based on previous experience the smell and feel of the leather would have me drooling in seconds. So yes, I would probably wear it forever. But not with black. It would look great with the new neutrals; nudes and bones.

Like it? They are no longer listed on but you should be able to find one on eBay or other online retailers.  Just keep looking…

New Header

We have a new header image – exciterating!

The Corvette Club of Dubai runs these convoys of ‘vettes every month.  We ran across them once and they attract a lot of attention.  Our favourite was the 2 girls in Abayas driving a yellow one.  They were having a ball!

Wish I’d been able to capture it. It might have been my favourite Dubai image yet.

Richard test drove one of these. When he told me he was doing it I said, ‘But you don’t even LIKE muscle cars!’

He said it was lethal – all power and no handling – he could fishtail it at 30km/h. Needless to say, he didn’t buy it.


Corvettes at dusk


I’m thinking these places that allow you to hire ‘It Bags’ are genius. I was very excited when I read that there is one here in Dubai!

It’s called

They don’t have a large inventory of bags as yet but I’m sure that will grow.  I was thinking of purchasing a particular bag – albeit on eBay because I cannot afford the retail price – and I see it is for hire. It’s not in the same colour but that doesn’t really bother me. I was going to buy it in black anyway, so I just need to know if it fits my body and is easy to use.

For around 160USD I can try out the bag for one week to see if it works.  I think it’s a great idea!  Particularly if you are looking at spending a significant amount of money.

If you are in the US you can check out or if you are in the UK try

On the topic of bags I was just chatting with a friend of mine who lives in Amsterdam. She has a truly impressive collection of Chloes, Furlas, Balenciagas, etc.

When we met it was in Brussels at work, and I mentioned casually, ‘Nice Balenciaga Motorcycle bag’.  She laughed and replied, ‘Oh, you are the first person outside of the US who has known what this is!’

She was recently mugged in Brussels for the princely sum of 60 euros and the bastards stole her new Marc Jacob’s Stam Bag.


The Stam - may it rest in peace.

The Stam - may it rest in peace.

We were chatting online tonight and right while we were chatting she purchased a fabulous Chloe bag online via Yoox. The she told me it was my influence!  (which is a big fat lie!)

This is it. Gorgeous colour!


It’s 1am, only an hour after my last post.

I measured his sugars and he is 2.6.  That’s on the road to recovery and he looks fine.  Exhauted but fine. (He is always exhausted after a hypo.) I’ve put him to bed with Richard in his usual spot (under the arm) while I drink a cup of tea and check out if eBay has my dream handbag yet.

I don’t actually know what this bag is.  I hope I’ll know it when I see it.

And I hope that when I see it it will be within budget.

To aid in the budget part, I have a preselected search that removes anything with Hermes or Vuitton in it. That still leaves plenty of room for damage right?

If you like bags then check out PurseBlog.  I have kindly set the link to take you to the Chloe selection.  Me likey.

The Edith (which I love but which tends to take people out in the mall and therefore might get me arrested and possibly deported if I don't downgrade to something more aerodynamic).

The Edith, which I love but which tends to bang into people in the mall, and therefore might get me arrested and possibly deported. It's time to change to something more aerodynamic.

The best thing about being married is conversations like these….

Tonight Richard and I went out for a casual dinner with two guys that have just joined the company Richard works for. One is a South African from the UK, and the other is a Morrocan who has lived pretty much everywhere. Good guys! The Moroccan guy was also very good looking and single. Note to self: alert single girlfriends.

Afterwards we popped into the Carrefour to buy some fruit and we took a impromptu walk down one of the eletronics aisles. There were a selection of digital frames on display next to the portable media disks that Richard was looking at. This is the conversation that ensued…

Me: ‘I think I’d like to get a (electronic) FRAME’
Richard (affectionate voice): ‘Do you darling?’
Me: ‘Yes. I never thought I wanted one in the past. But the other day I was thinking about it, and I thought I might quite like to have one.’
Richard (still in affectionate voice): ‘…and what would you do with a BRAIN my love?’
Me: ‘Not brain….. FRAME!……………………..Just continue with what you’re looking at and forget about the whole conversation! Fuck!’