My First Purchase Went Smoothly!

Monday, May 28, 2012

I got my very first shipment from and all I can say is: YES, I will definitely be purchasing from the site more often!

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Location: Hong Kong

The website is very easy to use and it divided by categories like Women, Men, Beauty, Jewelery, etc...
In all sections, you will find a "ready-to-ship" heading which means that all items are readily available and can be at your door in 1 - 2 days. The other headings may include items that need up to two weeks to ship.

There are a wide range of products. In fact, there are so many it might take you DAYS to see the entire collection. As I write this, there are a whopping 18,839 items in the "ready to ship" category.

When the it comes to the pictures of the products, what you see is what you get. Each item can be seen in high-resolution so you can really see what you are purchasing. In my case, the pictures I saw are the same as the items I got.

To be honest, the sizing was really tricky. This site is made for Asian women, so the sizes run really small. In addition to that, most of the shirts I got were "one size fits all". They give you the dimensions of each item in inches and centimeters so you can measure yourself and I think it will be fine. In short, if you are a bit on the heavy side, I don't think you will find a lot of items your size.

When it comes to quality, the one thing I can say is: you get what you pay for. Obviously, a $10 shirt will not be Gucci quality. But I was really impressed by all of my purchases. None of them looked as cheap as $15. I don't think anyone (including my co-workers) could tell they are that cheap.

In my opinion, and the opinions on this site, is secure. You can either pay them directly or use Pay Pal. Since I am using a United Arab Emirates credit card, I had to wait for my card to be verified. It only took them a few hours to proceed with my transaction. They, of course, accept all major credit cards and send you an email confirmation immediately after you click the "check out" button.

Don't forget to use the coupon code for $5 off your purchase. Just type in FACEBOOK5NC and save!

The shipping costs for my goods was USD40, which isn't bad but isn't that cheap either. Unfortunately, U.A.E falls in the RegionIV, which has a pretty high rate. If you live in China/Asia, Canada or the US, shipping dirt cheap. Otherwise, it can be costly for some.

My Delivered Goods
The timing of the package was more than I expected. I ordered it May 20th and received it on May 24th. I though it would be here in 1 - 2 days. In any case, 4 days isn't that long.

The packaging was really tiny. I was seriously shocked that TWELVE shirts fit in this tiny little plastic bag. As I said before, the small packaging is there to ensure the lowest possible shipping rate.  

Customer Service
Since my purchase went smoothly, I did not communicate with the customer service hotline. But I saw that they had two lines, one in Hong Kong and one in the U.K. After 2 days passed and not a sign of my package, I emailed them and got a reply within 24 hours. They were ere very detailed in their answer and I was impressed with their know-how and promptness. For that, they get an A+ in my books.

Return Policy
Again, no need to return anything because I was happy with their purchase. But if you need to know what to do if you need to return something, click here

L.K. Bennett Opens at the Dubai Mall

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Crocus Bag ($390)
L.K. Bennett, the leading British-based women's fashion brand, is opening two new branches in Dubai. The first will be at the Dubai Mall and the second at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall.

To be honest, I've never heard of them before. But looking at their website, I am starting to really dig some of their new arrival bags, especially the clutches. Everything is really classic and in earth tones, but the prices.... EEEK!

This classic leather tote, called the Gowan Bag, costs almost $600! That's a bit steep for a bag so simple! I've seen used Gucci and Vuitton that cost much less than that.
Gowan Bag $588

Hopefully, there will be sales where we can get these goods for a bit less.
What do you think of L.K. Bennett? Let us know in the comments section!

Loboutin Collection Drops at the Mall of the Emirates

If you haven't visited the Louboutin store in Mall of the Emirates, here's what you've been missing.

As always, there's a little something for the fashion-forward males!

Hair & Nails Spa Review: Hairzotic In Dubai Marina is Worth Every Penny!

Friday, May 25, 2012

I had moved to the Dubai Marina with my husband 6 months ago and I have yet to find a decent hair and nails place that didn't cost me half a salary.

But finally, Hairzotic opened it's doors last month and I have become one of their most loyal customers. I visit them on a weekly basis for a manicure and pedicure so I have gotten to know their entire staff and I assure you, you will love getting your hair and nails done there.

As far as nails go, they are really good. The use sterilized instruments during the cleaning, they have a wide range of colors to choose from and the seating is really comfortable. As for hair, I got a trim there about a month ago and I was impressed (although I just got a trim, nothing fancy). The hairdresser did exactly as I said and didn't go overboard with her suggestions (most hairdressers do that and it's so annoying!)

All in all, I highly recommend them if you are living in the area!

Check out their price list below... I thought they were quite expensive at first but I ended up feeling like they were worth every penny.

The List of All Major Malls, Outlets, Souks and Markets in Dubai

Wondering where to shop in Dubai? Here's a complete list of all centers, outlets, markets and malls, with their opening hours and contact information.

let us know which venue is your favorite and if we've missed a venue, please let us know in the comments section.

Enjoy the Dubai shopping experience!
                   Name      Contact Information                   Opening Hours
The Mall of the Emirates (MOE) 04-4099000 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
The Dubai Mall  04-3627500 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Dubai Marina Mall 04-4361000 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
BurJuman 04-3520222 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Wafi Mall 04-3244100 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Mirdif City Center 800-6422 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Diera City Center 04-2954486 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Ibn Battuta Mall 04-3621900 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Souk Madinat Jumeira 04-3668888 Sunday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Mercato Mall 04-3444161 Sunday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Friday: 2pm - 10pm
Times Square Center 04-3418020 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Sunset Mall 04-3307500 Sunday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard 04-3300000 Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Friday: 5pm - 12am
Dubai Outlet Mall 04-4234666 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Dragon Mart 04-4285665 Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday: 10am - 11pm
Friday: 2pm - 11pm
Festival Center 04-2325444 Sunday - Wednesday: 10am - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Oasis Center 04-5154000 Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Friday: 2pm - 10pm
Souk Al Bahar 04-3627011 Wednesday - Sunday: 10am - 10pm
Saturday: 10am - 12am
Dubai Flea Market 050-2969680 N/A
ARTE Arts & Crafts Market 050-4567481 First Friday of Every Month 2pm - 9pm
Bur Dubai Souk N/A Daily: 10 am - 10pm
Covent Garden Market 050-4250543 Wednesday - Thursday: 5pm - 12am
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm

Top 5 Handbags From the Kate Spade Summer Collection

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As you may know, Kate Spade New York - a leading American designer brand -has opened its doors at the Dubai Mall... And the store looks fantastic! This is their second Middle Eastern location, the other being in Kuwait.

I just love how bright and "happy" it is. I really liked the staff because they were so smiley and helpful (I am used to two kinds of salespeople: those who bombard me and ruin the shopping experience or those who couldn't care less if I lived or died.)

The new store is such a welcome change because, to be quite honest, I am really sick of the Chanels and Vuittons that seem to be plaguing this country.  I want something new and that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

In comes Kate Spade, and these are my top 5 handbags from the new collection - now available at the Dubai Mall:
A La Vita Geri in Flame Red - USD298
Palm Groves Melinda in Gold- USD278

Primrose Hill Little Kaelin Fushcia - USD318

Shoreline Perry in Chino - USD348

Tiki Bar Cocktail Clutch - USD 358

Is Eva Knox a Fraud?

When it comes to reviewing websites, Eva Knox's blog, is where you want to be. She knows all there is to know about buying designer bags online. She's tried them all, judging from her vast collection of purses on her Facebook page.

From the comments on her website, it seems that Ms. Knox has thousands of readers and fans (me included) because she gives us all what we really need: good first hand advice about shopping online.

Her site, although extremely helpful, reviews buying REPLICA designer bags online. Some might not condone this behavior as it is illegal. But in her defense, I believe she's providing an invaluable service because I would like to know if any retailer, whether replica or not, is going to rip me off.Or if a website is going to send me sub-par products.

She has about 90 replica website reviews, which is quite impressive. Some are written by her from her own experiences, while others are emailed in by her readers. Out of all these reviews, one thing is pretty obvious: the only site that gets an A+ in Eva's books is PurseValley (P.V).

She has written countless times that P.V is by far the best in customer service, quality and reliability. Check out this article as one of the many examples of her constant adulation of the site.

During the time when I was thinking of buying a knock-off bag, I was so convinced that my first purchase will be from there because of her rave reviews. But I wanted to make sure that the conclusion of P.V as a reliable website was unanimous.

Defendant 155: Eva Knox!
And turns out, it's not! According to this blog post, Eva Knox, or Sofia Nolan, OWNS PurseValley. Initially, I didn't believe it at all since it seemed so genuine. But I dug a little deeper and found that on page 17 of this serving notice, Spotbags is also known as PurseValley.

(Just FYI - serving notices come up when a brand, like Chanel or Vuitton, sues a replica website and forces it to shut down.)

There are many reviews of women who have been cheated by P.V and Nolan. I am just glad I wasn't duped like the rest of her readers who aren't aware of her ulterior motives. I don't want to call her a scam artist, but the serving notice doesn't lie.

Since then I decided that the replica handbag business is extremely shady and, of course, illegal. Not to mention that it's a bit embarrassing because people can spot a replicas a mile away.

Where do you stand on the replica debate? Let me know in the comments section!

Has Anyone Seen Mischa Barton's Dubai Fashion Collection?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mischa at the Rivaage Boutiqe - Dubai
Apparently, Miz Barton recently launched her clothing line in Dubai and it drew in a big crowd. Check out the Youtube video interview here on where the star gets her inspiration.

The clothing line is excursively at the Rivaage Boutique at the Dubai Mall, which I will definitely check out the next time I am there. Judging from the video, the place looks super trendy but super expensive. It's still worth a look, though.

If you've been there, let us know what you think in the comments section!

Christian Louboutin's Latest Arrivals in Mall of the Emirates

Check out their latest collection now at the Mall of the Emirates.

Looking at the shoes, I see that they've brought in a lot of classics. That's probably because they never ever have sizes for their traditional black and tan heels! I've been to their store at least once every two months with the intention to purchase my first Loubou's and they are always out of my size (38).

So, if you've been suffering too, now is the best time to check out the collection.  

I've also included the new collection for men if you have a husband, brother or boyfriend who's a show addict. On a personal note, my husband would never be caught dead wearing any of them. 

Stars Who Recycle Their Clothes

Even A-list celebrities wear the same thing twice, or even three times!

So, if you are spotted on Facebook in the same outfit on several different occasions, don't fret... these stars do it too!

Sarah Jessica Parker

Nicole Kidman

Keira Knightley Never Disappoints!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I made my very first purchase at last week and I must say I am so incredibly impressed by the quality and timely delivery of the shipment.

This site has it all: from shoes, to accessories to clothes ranging from USD30 to USD500. So there’s something for everyone.

The website is so easy to use and the pictures of the products are high-res and can be zoomed to see the tiniest of details.

Since my experience was excellent, I didn’t use the customer service. If you have, please leave your experience in the comments section.

I bought three dresses from them, all for the total of USD192 without shipping (keep in mind that USD192 wouldn't buy 3 dresses if you were shopping at any mall in Dubai or the Middle East!)

Since it was the first time using the site, I decided to take the expedited shipping option because I didn't want to wait for my package and worry that I made a horrible mistake. The shipping was a standard USD36.36 and it was supposed to be in Dubai in 2-3 business days. If 36USD is too steep for you and you can wait 7-9 business days, then choose the free shipping option - that's what I am going to do the next time I buy from Asos since they are so reliable.

I placed my order on May 8 and I received it May 10! They said that was the estimated time in the email confirmation I received seconds after checking out. For me, if I receive an email confirmation much later or not at all, I get incredibly worried.

The packaging wasn't at all glamorous and was small (35cm wide) considering it was holding 3 dresses in it. I believe they make it that way to get the lowest shipping rate possible, which is more than fine by me.

Now, let's talk quality and sizing, the two things I most worried about when I go online shopping. 

The quality was really good for the price. All my dresses were below USD100 each and looked more expensive (but not by a lot). If you want to check the quality of the dress, you should scrutinize the high-resolution pictures the site provides. Those are vital during the shopping process. Asos is great at these pictures since they also provide a "catwalk" view, where you can see a model strutting on a catwalk wearing the dress you want to buy. This is beneficial for anyone who wants to see how it looks "live".

Sizing, however, was much trickier. Out of the three dresses, I had to give away one to my sister since it was HUGE. Even though they were all the same brand (Asos brand and not anything else) and all of them were the same size (12UK), not all of them fit! I was so upset that the white dress I bought (pictured below) was too big, even though I followed their size chart to the tee. My advice is to be very careful when you choose a size if you shop at Asos or any other website.  

All in all, it is an amazing site and I will definitely be making more purchases from them in the future!

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