Al Bustan Centre participates in DSS 2013

DSMG and participating malls are teaming up for this year’s DSS promotion with a joint shop-and-win campaign with Dubai Festivals and Retail Sector Promotion Establishment (DFRSPE).

This year the DSMG’s mega promotional campaign called ‘Summer is Dubai’ will run for 3 seasons (from 7 July-7 September) starting with the legendary DSS.

Al Bustan Centre offers DSS shoppers great discounts and a chance to win 8 BMW cars and Dhs1m in cash and gift vouchers. For every Dhs200 spend at any participating retail shops, the shoppers will be entitled to one raffle coupon to enter the weekly and mega draw.

Every week, 2 lucky winners will take away home Dhs100,000 in cash and 2 winners will get a chance to win BMW cars. The mega draw will be held on July 7, 2013 where a winner will take home Dhs200,000.

Moussa El Hayek, Chief Operating Officer, Al Bustan Center Residence, said, “Al Bustan Centre Residence has been participating in DSS right from its very onset. We provide DSS shoppers and guests an attractive mix of family entertainment and youth-oriented attractions to keep the festive spirit of DSS alive. By our participation in the event, we demonstrate the property’s resolve to show solidarity with the Government of Dubai in promoting Dubai as the world’s leading family destination and attract 20 million visitors to Dubai by 2020.”

Designed with the convenience of modern day one-stop shopping and fun for the whole family, Al Bustan Centre provides leading brands in the market like Paris Gallery, well known for its wide array of international ladies cosmetics, luxurious perfumes and selection of elegant watches and internationally acclaimed jewelers.

Furthermore, Al Bustan Centre offers a wide selection of rich textile shops, offering rich laces and linens, ladies ready-to-wear clothes, evening gowns, and other fashionable clothing, making it one of the most popular destinations for fashion enthusiasts, children’s wear, leather goods like bags and shoes, and UAE souvenirs and a lot more.

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5 Shoe Essentials to Buy From Loeffler Randall’s New Collection

Inspired by “Frida Kahlo’s androgyny and personal style,” Jessie Randall, designer of Loeffler Randall, has created a pre-fall shoe collection full of cute masculine-meets-feminine flats, kitten heels, pumps, and booties worth investing in.


Tamsin classic pumps, $375,

These snakeskin pumps will look as good with leather shorts and a blazer as they will with black skinny jeans.


Simona plank sandals, $195,

A good leather sandal that matches everything is hard to find, but the ankle strap in gold, silver, and rose gold mirrored-leather toe straps make this pair one you can wear with anything.


Silvi wedge booties in cognac, $395,

You may think it’s silly to buy ankle booties in June, but come September (when you actually need them), I guarantee this pair will be sold out. Stylish insiders always say purchase wear-all-the-time pieces like these wedge boots as soon as possible.


Reina kitten heel sandals in jade, $295,

I’ve told you ladies how I’m all about a low-heel shoe for summer, so it’s no surprise this green sandal made the list. Imagine it with a white breezy sundresses—so adorable!


Damaris platform sandals, $425,

One word to describe my feeling toward these shoes is obsessed. For those gals who want some extra height, try ’em with bare legs and short-shorts over the summer and then with tights come wintertime.

What do you think of these picks? Sure, the shoes aren’t ultra cheap, but they’re worth the investment. Will you treat yourself?

Photos: Courtesy of Loeffler Randall

Pointed High Heels Pump in Sunny Sailboat Motif by J Crew

$10 off with code SEP10

Pink Bow High Heel Pumps by Edith & Ella in UK Size 8

Court Shoes, Zimmi Pink By Edith and Ella

Buy Them Here £121.99 at Spartoo

Not every girlie girl likes pink shoes, but still pink is widely seem as a feminine colour. Whilst the design can be described as an everyday shoes for those that like wearing high heel everyday, the colour pink cannot be worn everyday if you want to maintain the colour. It would make a nice alternative to wearing black shoes and can be paired to smarten up  your summer wardrobe.

What I really love about the shoes has to be the bow as it adds an air of girlish playfulness. It’s nice to see nice looking high heel pump without the platform heels as in most case,  can serve a distraction from appreciating the shoes. Don’t get me wrong, certain size of platform heels does have it’s place in the world of shoes but what I can’t really stand are the excessive ones.

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Win One of 12 Luxurious Crystal Embellished Pairs of Shoes and/or Handbags …

NICOLI is proud to offer shoe and handbag aficionados around the globe, 12 chances to become a part of the luxurious crystal embellished NICOLI family with their Love to Sparkle? competition on Facebook. Users simply Like the NICOLI Facebook page –, click the enter competition button, then ‘LOVE’ their favorite NICOLI shoe or handbag.

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Renowned worldwide for its fashion authority, Italian craftsmanship, Arabian elegance and unmatched quality; few fashion houses can boast as much mystique as NICOLI. The glamorous world of NICOLI is not just exclusive, it is elegant, unique and highly sought after too. Created as the perfect accessory to life’s most beautiful and memorable moments, Hollywood glamour and Italian styling is behind, and can be seen in everything NICOLI does; from the exquisite hand crafted evening handbags, purses and clutches to the glamorous Swarovski diamanté embellished shoes.

To celebrate and strengthen the bond with their valued clientele, NICOLI is proud to announce the launch of their first ever Facebook competition; ‘Love to Sparkle?’ “The competition is not only a way to celebrate the 1st Birthday of our Mirdif City Centre Boutique, but is way to thank all those amazing fashionistas out there who continue to support us throughout the GCC and online.” – Kate Weaver, Marketing and Business Development Director, NICOLI

The competition will run for a month and lucky entrants will get the chance to win one of 12 fabulous, crystal embellished handbags and/or pairs of shoes – one product for each month the boutique has been open.

To enter the “Love to Sparkle?” competition is a piece of cake. Users simply Like the NICOLI Facebook page, click the enter competition button, then ‘LOVE’ their favorite NICOLI shoe or handbag – it’s that easy. The more times a person loves their favorite product and shares the Love to Sparkle? promotion, the more chances they will have to win! Winners will be notified via email and products they have won will be shipped to them. Furthermore, the worldwide NICOLI – Love to Sparkle? promotion might just become a permanent monthly fixture for the brand on Facebook, thus, giving every shoe and handbag aficionado a chance to shine in NICOLI’s luxurious crystal embellished products for free!


Whether it’s their stunning boutiques, online flagship boutique or Facebook giveaways / competitions, NICOLI has always attracted a unique and sohisticated clientele by offering them a complete NICOLI lifestyle. The beautiful, limited edition crystal embellished collection of ladies’ shoes and handbags includes it all – from futuristic styles to retro give-aways and sorbet tones to earthy appeal – from gorgeous siren heels to cutting edge wedges, sparkling flats and more. The flairs and designs are an eclectic mix of dazzling metallic tones and consider the instincts and everyday needs of a practical life from crystal embellished stiletto heels to ballerinas, comfort slip-ons that transition from day to night, to a stunning array of unique limited edition must-haves.

Steeped in glamor and famed for fashionable yet timeless products, NICOLI continues to explore new grounds to reach its clientele even more conveniently. With the recent opening of a new flagship boutique at Al-Ain Mall, NICOLI stores have now reached the total number of seven throughout the GCC. In addition, NICOLI has recently launched their online ecommerce boutique –

With the NICOLI – Love to Sparkle? competition on Facebook, NICOLI is all set to tempt its customers’ toes into something fashionably fabulous! This superb Love to Sparkle? competition is available to NICOLI fans worldwide and anyone can enter by simply liking the NICOLI page and selecting their favorite NICOLI products on Facebook. It’s that simple! Just remember, participation is key – for a chance to win these luxurious crystal embellished shoes and handbags.

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Safety pins, lipstick, even duct tape for fashion – The Virginian

We’ve come to Part 2 of the quest to put together the best-ever fashion and beauty emergency kit.

Last month I began soliciting tips and stories on novelties you keep with you on the go. Some items are no-brainers, such as a mending kit, basic personal hygiene items and clear nail polish to stop pantyhose runs. We could all use some enlightenment on common items that can be used unconventionally or smartly as a quick fix.

Here’s a rundown of what’s been listed previously: heel caps, dryer sheets to reduce static on clothes and in hair; a Dryel On-the-Go Stain Removal Pen, which is safe to use on dry-clean-only items; and a mineral water spritz to reset makeup or rejuvenate tired skin. However, just because an item previously has been listed doesn’t automatically bar it from being suggested again, if you have an innovative use for it.

Here are a couple more of my FB essentials, and several others from readers:

Extra earring backs. You’d think it would be easy enough to look down and find an earring back as soon as one falls off. I never seem to be able to do that, but I have managed to look like a crazy woman on all fours searching for a teeny, clear earring bullet back. Too old for that now. I keep spares in my purse.

A neutral lip color. To keep from walking around with a mobile makeup counter in your purse, carrying a neutral lip glaze is sufficient. For those who want to keep their Glamour Shots look all day, heed the next tip.

Small makeup bag. Keep a little pouch of the basic makeup you use for quick touch-ups throughout the day or evening. – Darcy Blotch

Safety pins. I keep at least six safety pins tucked in my purse. A few years ago, I was in the ladies’ room right before church. An older lady rushed in, panicking. She was wearing an incredible sequined top, but it was completely open in the back – it had one large slit running from just below the neck to almost the bottom hem – and nothing under it except her bra. My six safety pins made me a friend for life that day. – Tracy Stoline

Cutting and measuring tools. Include a 2-inch Swiss Army knife that has a scissors and nail file for those pesky hanging strings and chipped fingernails, and 1-inch-wide tape measure that extends to 6 feet and has notes on my critical clothing measurements. This cuts trips to the dressing room by about 75 percent, since sizes vary so much by style and manufacturer. – Joyce Thompson

Travel-size container of hand lotion. This is not just for your hands. I also use this to rub into my shoes if they have gotten a little beat-up looking and it was not noticed until I got to work. Lotion also can be used to eliminate static cling. – Mary Bishop

Sewing needle. Everyone uses thread and needles, but I use the needle to fix the snags that might erupt from blouses or skirts getting hung up on furniture. Just put the “eye” end of the needle through the back side and thread with snag and pull through. Presto – fixed until you can get home. Hope this helps…. Also, instead of dryer sheets for static you can also use hand lotion or hairspray – placed on underside of clothing so as to not stain fabric. – M.B.

Duct tape. On overseas trips my list is bigger, but I’m known as a “go-to” person for emergency solutions. The most important addition then is a small “roll” of duct tape, created by taking it off a roll and making a smaller flat “roll” of about 3-5 feet for any emergency repair, from suitcases, to bathroom stall “locks,” to blisters. – Lisa Shea Kennedy, M.D.

Eyedrops. Another thing I carry is small disposable vials of preservative-free eye-wetting drops (they fit in the tiniest pocket), which really help avoid dry, tired eyes. – L.S.

Fantastic contributions.

Again, the question: What do you keep in your fashion emergency kit? Let me know. And if one of your tips is published, you could be among five readers who will receive a skin care or cosmetics gift.

Jamesetta M. Walker, 757-446-2211,



12 Summer Wedges You’ll Love

By | June 3rd, 2013 at 7:33 am

Give me the smooth, buttery leather of a knee-high boot or some wool socks and suede ankle booties any day — any day from mid-September to late-April. But as soon as the slightest warm breeze blows through my city (OK, some years, that’s in March, other years it is in late June), I am delighted to stash the boots away in under-bed boxes and pull out the summer shoes.

From my flip-flops to my rocker-girl dancing heels, the summer shoes I love best are wedges. That little bit of boost makes fake-tanned bare legs look great and wedge heels, even at five inches high, feel better from toes to heels than spiky styles. Lucky for me and other shoe whores who swear by them, this season is full of wedge styles.

Espadrilles are everywhere, cork continues to pop, and trendy colors, florals and stripes show up on straps, ties and even the heels. And if you’re not a high-heel lover? No worries. Lower-height and nearly flat wedges will work beautifully with your favorite little dresses, swimsuits with cute cover-ups and rompers.

From my closet to my online shopping cart to already-on-my-feet, here are the wedges I’m wooing this summer. And get this — every pair here is less than $150, most under $70 and even a few under $40. 

Which ones do you love best?

Wedges FINAL Collage

1. Pink lady. These are my shoes of the summer, which means that they are so fabulous on my feet that I will plan outfits around them so I can wear them every single day. Topped with a rosy-pink leather twist and a heel with vibrant what looks like a watercolor painting of a bird of paradise, these gorgeous ladies have already gotten me dozens of compliments. Love them with my bright-colored skinnies as well as my simple shift dresses. Nine West, $66.99

2. Sweet and snakey. The 2-1/2-inch-high sssilvery snakeskin sandals with pastel coral detail prove that you don’t have to slip on towering heels to pull off the look. Perfect for work, perhaps with a pencil skirt and sheer-ish blouse, these  wedges are also fine for the wallet. By Sam Libby, find them at Target for $34.99.

3. Dots! Love the polka-dot trend but want to cover your body in spotty denim or dresses? These girly espadrilles capture the fun in a simple style that is perfect for a lady who is headed to the beach, out on vacation or just to school pick-up. Seychelles, $74.99.

4. To a t(-strap). Pair these navy and grass-green t-strap Jessica Simpson wedges with your favorite vintage summer dress, buttoned-up nautical shorts or prim tied blouse for retro flair from head to toe. $89.

5. Eco-dorable. I love the Melissa brand’s dedication to vegan-friendly recyclable fashion that never sacrifices style. These, by sister line Mel by Melissa, are made of PVC with a plush insole. A slight wedge elevates the ballerina shoe to make it a little flirtier, animal prints make them a little fiercer. You will want to slip on the nude-and-black combo, but do consider the magenta and black, too! $39.

6. Sky-high and super-sexy. Show off your rocker chic style with these 5-1/2-inch high platform heels lined with gold metal studs and zipper detail. Wear them to turn up the volume on any backyard barbecue, night out on the town or event where Pat Benetar might be in attendance.


7.  Jaded (in the best way). UGG no longer stands for schlumpadinka sheepskin boots. Thankfully, the brand has branched out, adding the classic squishy-delicious insoles of the boots to new lines of heels. These emerald green ribbon-tie espadrilles get major points for comfort and girly-girl style. Heading to a beach wedding where you’ll be dancing all night or an outdoor cocktail party? Wear these with a simple, flirty dress. Also in bright orange, hot pink, camel and black. $150.

 8. Red hot. You can never, ever go wrong buying a pair of red patent shoes — trust me and the four pairs I have run into the ground wearing them day after day, summer after summer. These simple t-strap fabric-heeled sandals will compliment the dozens of stripey tees you own, stand out against dark denim and white linen, and add a bit of a kick to all the black maxis you still have from last year. $63.

9. Simple, strappy. These Lucky wonder wedges might be the perfect weekend sandal. The straps are stretchy enough to hold the foot snug to avoid too much flipping with the flop, the corky heels are comfy and the grommet detailing and many colors are so cute. The gold canvas is an easier match to everything you wear, but the orange, leopard, lipstick red and blue and white nautical stripe are pretty tough to resist. $79.

10. Yellow wow! These goring-strapped super-high stackers with zipper detail by Jessica Simpson will add a burst of sunshine and bit of tangerine to the summer wardrobe you already have. I’d wear them with a tight white tee and khaki shorts. $80.99.

 11. Whoah!ven. Don’t let the pastel uppers fool you in to thinking these Seychelles are demure. The rosy leather straps are light enough to elongate the leg and coordinate with all kinds of closet favorites. It’s the contrasting whispstiching at the edges and the divine zig-zag woven pattern on the heels, which as hot as the weather this summer,  are to-die. Class act from work to play. $99.

12. Flip-fab. All those cheapy flip-flops you got for a dollar a piece? They are going to get a lot less love this summer. These structured, shock-absorbant, highly-cushioned, podiatrist-designed sandals feel so incredibly good that you won’t mind whispering to your admiring friends that they are made by Orthaheel. The silver with rhinestone starfish detailing are perf for the beach, farmers market and running  out to yoga class. $49.99



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Deals at Burger King, Dress Barn and Old Navy

It’s getting more difficult to stay cool with each passing day as we head into June! Check out these deals that can help keep you cool – from your taste buds to what you wear.

In this week’s Local Steals Deals, we feature deals and coupon offers for ice cream and clothing from Burger King, Dress Barn and Old Navy!

  • Burger King: Staying cool just got easier. Now through August 5, Burger King is offering ice cream on a cone or in a cup for just $0.50. No coupon is necessary, just head over to a participating location.
  • Dress Barn: Offering women contemporary fashion, head to your local Dress Barn location for clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. It has sizes available for the petite, misses and plus size ladies. Use this coupon to save 20 to 25% off your entire regular priced purchase. The coupon expires on June 16.
  • Old Navy: If you’re in need of new tees, summer shorts, summer dresses, swimwear or sandals, you can find it all at Old Navy. Head to your nearby store this week to enjoy 10% off your entire purchase with this coupon offer on Facebook. The coupon is valid through June 5. Also check out its “Super Cash” offer that’s available through June 16. You can earn $10 when you spend $25, $20 when you spend $50 and $30 when you spend $75. The come-back dates to redeem your “Super Cash” are June 20 to 26.

Hope these savings help you stay cool and fashionable all summer long!

Come back each week for updates on new sales, deals as well as coupon offers available on Long Island that will help keep more money in your wallet.

Also, if you know of any great deals on Long Island you want to share, please let us know.

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