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Lanna's 18th Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

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Mica is 18! 

Our daughter is now a young adult. Our baby girl is officially a lady. 

Mica's 18th Birthday Outfit

Although you are now 18, to me, you are still and will always be my baby girl. I want you to remember my love that you can always call mommy for anything and everything anywhere in the world you are (in the future) just like you always do now.

Anyhow drama aside...

To celebrate this huge milestone, we rented a 70-foot yacht and invited her closest for a sunset Dubai Marina cruise.

Yacht Cruise in Dubai

18th Birthday Party Ideas

We wanted Mica to have a unique and unforgettable 18th birthday celebration experience worth remembering for the rest of her adult years. The most "very-Dubai" party idea we had in mind was to have a private yacht birthday party.

For the cake, she asked for a simple white carrot cake with yellow roses and streaks of gold

Floral Birthday Cake

Beautifully made and deliciously baked by our friend Mae of Yamyam Cheesecake.

Lanna's 18th Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

Lanna's 18th Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

Yacht Cruise Birthday Party

White and Khaki dress code to which we all happily obliged. Don't they all look so chic?

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

Our guests were her closest and long-time friends in Dubai and just a few family members and friends.

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

White Birthday Party

18 white roses from Dad

White Birthday Party-Father and Daughter

18 White Roses

Decorations of green, white, and gold balloon garland outside the yacht. Unfortunately, we were not able to take any photos before it sailed but the inside simply looks like this. Her friends helped us with it.

18th Birthday Party Yacht Decorations

And the food is catered by Salt & Pepper. Refreshments were provided by the yacht operator. Had I known the sea would be a little rough that day, I would have ordered dry food and given our guest some motion sickness pill before we sailed on to the sea. 
 
18th Birthday Filipino Party Food

The yacht cruise was a total of four hours including an hour of swimming which our teenage guests enjoyed.
  

Yacht Cruise in Dubai with Swimming

Just as the sun is setting, we sailed back to the Marina with all its golden hue. Took some more photos to remember this great day. 

Yacht Cruise in Dubai-Ain Dubai

Yacht Cruise in Dubai-Ain Dubai

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Choosing a Ball Gown for Desert Rose Parade

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Blue Satin Gown

Out of probably 20+ gowns we tried, she only liked one. A simple blue satin gown. I was hoping she would want something more lavish. Although we were thrifting since it is going to be a one-time use, there are many nice gowns to choose from at the thrift shop. Borrowing was another option but we found it difficult due to size constraints. The blue gown cost 65 dirhams only. Not bad for the price but design-wise, it was not good enough for me. I was actually hoping she would choose the green one as it has a nicer cut but nope, my persuasion was in vain.
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Tape a'loeil Original Kids

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School holidays is in full swing and both my kids are at home with limited play resources. With play I mean the ones that will make them move and sweat and not the games on their tablets or smart phones. The problem is we can't take them out to the park nor the beach this time because it is summer in Dubai and it is very hot outside. I'm talking about 40-50 degrees here (no kidding). Options are mostly limited to just the mall or any indoor play area.

Ferald and I will have our local annual vacations very soon (yipeee!!!) which means more time with the kids. We normally take them out on weekends (after work during weekdays is difficult and not practical at all) and when we take the kids out, we wanted them to enjoy. We let them be kids, playful, silly and fun just like this very nice video of original kids I saw on YouTube. Reminds me of the days when I was growing up in the Philippines.



Kids are playful and imaginative more than us adults. They see things a lot differently.

The picture below was taken at Tape a'loeil's flagship store at Mall of the Emirates launched recently.

Tape a'loeil is a French fashion brand for new born children to age 14, exclusively distributed in the region by Jawad Business Group.

I found their clothing line edgy and fashionable at great prices. Not only suits my kids personality but also my pocket.

They have a wide variety of colors in clothes and accessories for your young ones from rompers to dresses, pants, jeans, T-shirts, shorts. jackets and accessories






That's my son Prince, running around the store with other kids shopping with their moms and dads.


Since it's summer, shorts and light color clothing are what we wanted Prince to wear. He can move freely with it and his body can breath. Apart from that, we wanted him to look cute and fashionable.



On the other hand, my daughter Mica wanted a faded jean shorts and a cute top with some artsy design in front. Not my choice anymore, gone are the days when mommy chooses her clothes but I do love what she chose.



Tape a'loeil Ramadan special range are also in store if you are looking for your kids outfit this Eid.




Tape a'loeil flagship store is located at the first floor of Mall of the Emirates. Other stores are located at Al Wahda Mall, Marina Mall, Mushrif Mall and Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi, Bawadi Mall in Al Ain, Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Center and Arabian Center in Dubai and Mega Mall in Sharjah.


*The clothes used in this post are provided by the brand however all pictures and opinions are those of the author except otherwise stated.
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ESPRIT Spring Summer '15 Collection

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Esprit launched its new spring summer 2015 collection at a fashion show held at XL Beach Club, Al Habtoor Grand Beach Resort, Dubai.

Like Guess, Esprit is one of the clothing brands I grew up with. It is just so nice to see the new collection first hand before it hits the stores. 

This year's Esprit Spring Summer collection is inspired by the laid back California style which is all about sharing, enjoying, and embracing community, family and friends. 


The Esprit Women Collection is big on black and white, working contemporary graphics together with stripes, color blocks, lace details, contrast piping and some reworked masculine shapes. You will also find feminine corps of military inspired garments like the romper above, mixing very functional styles and details with more romantic silhouettes in lively shades of green plus white and beige.

Esprit also got accessories to compliment your look. They have roomy bucket bags, large cross-body bags, backpacks and shopper. This season will also see bags come alive in stripes, hand painted flowers, paisleys and modern ethno patterns, often accented with embellishments including gem stones, fringes, tassels, printed faux leather and handcrafted details.

On the other hand, the Esprit Men Casual collection is inspired by real vintage clothing, easygoing clothes with a soft and informal attitude that nonetheless standout from the look-alike crowd.

Esprit have 12 stores in GCC with 3 stores in UAE at Deira City Center, Al Ghurair Center Dubai and Marina Mall Abu Dhabi.
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GUESS SS15

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Guess caught me off guard when their invitation for the SS15 Exclusive Fashion Show and Party to be held at the picturesque Bab Al Shams Desert Resort arrived on my inbox. I palpitated for a minute before coming back to my senses.

I didn't know what to wear!!! I don't have anything to wear!!! I am officially panicking.

Then I remember that I have this new maxi dress I've been saving for some event that I don't even know what is.

Yes I am very excited, it's GUESS and I don't know anyone who doesn't love Guess!!!

Although I have received a few invites for spring and summer fashion shows, this is the first fashion event I am attending this year. Thankfully, Krissy of K Vanity Project accepted to join me.



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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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