Floral Sheath Dress for Spring

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We dine at Shayan Persian Restaurant to celebrate Nowruz Festival or the first day of spring earlier this month.

I wore this red floral sheath dress I got from R&B Apparel. It is very comfortable and I love how it accentuates my voluptuous figure.

I paired it with my red wedged espadrille (not in the photo). For extra coverage since the dress is sleeveless, I wore a black top on top of it because the weather in Dubai is very unpredictable these days. I am always cold so I always need an extra layering piece.

Also wore it at work with a black cardigan with a flat sandals.

For a more dressy look to wear on night outs this spring, I was looking for a perfect pair of black strappy sandals to go with it. It can also be white or red and maybe a pretty jacket will be perfect as a layering piece. I went online and saw that Zalora has a broad range of stylish footwear for women. Click here to view the selection.

I have another dress for spring that is waiting for this particular shoes I was looking for. I don't know but my feet has changed and it suddenly became very sensitive. I favour comfort over looks so I take my time choosing my footwear these days. I have quite a few shoes I don't wear any more because it hurts to wear them. I'm really hoping to find that perfect pair real soon.

You know I seldom do an outfit post, I dress according to what's comfortable for me but I'd like to learn how to dress up for my body shape so I will try to do more fashion post, my daughter will also be having her own outfit post from time to time so watch this page for updates.

Do you have any suggestion on how I can style this floral dress? Let me know in the comments.
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Why Are All The Boys In My Yard?

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We were into a lot of quotable quotes lately and I've been giving mom the low-down of what I am learning at school. I guess it got into her, she bought me this pretty grey top from Max Fashion with "why are all the boys in my yard?" question. I find it too cute with that ice cream with a cherry on top. I wore it when we went to the mall.

I am also wearing my uber comfy blue stretchable jeans from H&M, shoes from converse and bag from H&M.

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A White Number

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So we came down to see the International Street Theatre and Comedy Fair at Al Ghurair Center, better known as DubFest 2015.

My daughter Micaela told me she wants to be a blogger like me, a fashion blogger to be exact. I have no objections, she is free whatever she wants to do as long as she is safe and keep school as her priority.

I asked her if she wants to co-author My Yellow Bells and she was ecstatic. I know it will not be easy but we can start with small steps until she is ready. She already shared too many ideas with me but for now she will be my model for each fashion post.

Dress: Forever21
Shoes: Max Fashion
Bag: H&M

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White and Red Stripes: DubFest2015

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It's funny, entertaining, amazing, and downright incredible at the same time.

Hosted by Al Ghurair Center, DubFest2015 is back, bigger and better with 45 performers and more than 400 shows over the 10 day festival.

Have you been? You should come down with friends or family and you will surely enjoy.

All shows are completely free and you can watch it all to your hearts content. Hurry and head down to Al Ghurair Center Deira, you still have tomorrow to see it before it's over.

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6 Facts About Nowruz Festival

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When an email landed on my inbox inviting me for a bloggers meet for Nowruz Festival, I was completely dumbfounded. I didn't know what Nowruz is so I made a quick reading about the subject.

Words like Persian calendar, Vernal Equinox and Zoroastrianism came flashing back to me, it was from my history teacher in high school that I have heard about all these words before when we were studying Persian history. I knew it but I must have stored it in the deepest chambers of my cerebrum. (d'oh! face palm-please don't hate me Ma'am Fabian, I love World History I promise)

So for the sake of refreshing my memories and for those who don't know what Nowruz is, here are the first six facts you should know about the Persian Spring Festival and how important it is in human history.

1. Nowruz means (The) New Day), Nowruz is the name of the Iranian New Year

2. It marks the first day of spring (vernal equinox) on the Persian calendar 

3. Nowruz usually occurs on the 21st of March of each year however it is a festival that is celebrated for 13 to 15 days in Iran.

4. It is believed to be invented by Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism, a religion that emphasizes broad concepts such as the corresponding work of good and evil in the world, and the connection of humans to nature.

5. Nowruz is officially registered on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The UN's General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it as a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. 

6. Food is always a part of New Year celebrations and just like any other New Year, there are certain Nowruz foods that Persians serve for good luck.

Dolme Barg E Mo is one. Grape leaves stuffed with rice, fresh herbs and lentils

Sabzi Polow ba Mahi. It is saffron rice tinted with green herbs accompanied by marinated fried hammour fish fillet.

Reshteh Polo. Aromatic noodle dish layered with with tender lamb meat. Traditionally served in Iranian homes on the night before the Spring Festival

 In case you are looking for a place to dine and celebrate Nowruz with family or friends, Shayan Persian Restaurant at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana has prepared a special Nowruz Set Menu for you reasonably priced at AED 110/person. Beautiful dishes with bold flavors from Nowruz Set Menu available from the 15-30 March 2015.

Also served with a sabzi platter, soup and of course a very pretty dessert. Golabi Zaferani Ba Bastani. Poached saffron pears served with rosewater-pistachio ice cream

Wishing that the Nowruz brings lots of warmth and strengths the bond between your family members! 

Sad Saal Be In Saal-Ha!

**My son was not feeling well and did not join us for dinner, he just wanted to go to sleep. We head home after this wonderful dinner to nurse the young one.
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BBQ Friday

Fridays in Dubai are meant for brunch, church mass (for my family ), mall hopping, shopping, movie time, beach days for many and dinner with your closest by night fall or just a relaxing day at home, it actually depends on how you want to spend your weekend.

We love BBQ brunch and the good news is there are plenty of places in Dubai that offer Friday brunch that includes pool access.

The kids want to go for a swim so we went to try Rihab Rotana's BBQ Friday last month.

The rooftop pool and snack bar was all prepped up for the afternoon happenings when we arrived.

Skewers of marinated meats and colorful veggies are already roasting on the grill, tables lined with pure white linen covers with huge umbrellas above them, blue sunbeds lined the side of the pool and the turquoise water was mirroring the sky. It was so enticing, it made the kids giddy and ask us if they can start swimming.

We allow them to enjoy the water for a few minutes before sharing a good meal

A platter of freshly grilled meats was served on our table. There was a decent buffet spread of spiced grilled corn-on-a-cob and skin-on grilled potatoes, fresh salads and cold mezze to go with the bbq and then some fresh fruits for a light and refreshing dessert.

Fresh juices are also available, this cucumber-lime-mint concoction is very refreshing, I love it.

After a hearty meal, I went to change and followed the kids in the pool. My eldest daughter Micaela knows how to swim but my little guy is still learning and his sister was more than happy to stay by his side while I change. The dad just recovered from flu and fever so he stayed by the pool side watching us and taking photos.

It was a beautiful day to relax and unwind, we had clear blue skies and cotton candy like puffy clouds and it wasn't that cold for me and the kids to go for a swim.

When the time is up, we went to take shower and change. There was a shower by the pool area but the changing room was at the gym down below where one has to go down a semi-spiral stairs. Honestly, it is cumbersome for parents to take the kids down the stairs while still soaking wet. I think a changing room in the pool side is necessary to make it more family friendly. There I said it but I don't have any other major concern except the above though.

There was a life guard by the pool while we were swimming, the place was well kept, we enjoyed a delicious meal, the staff was attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was great. I can't ask for more, it was a great family day indeed.

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