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Gingerbread Scrub

I have a weakness for all things sweet and when it comes to do-it-yourself beauty tricks a sweet scent is all the more pleasing!

To get rid of dead skin cells and leave your skin super smooth try the following simple scrub.

Note the pic below is prior to adding the almond oil then it turns a gorgeous chocolate fudgey brown hue!

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Ingredients
Dark soft brown sugar
Granulated white sugar
Coffee granules
Generous amount of cinnamon
Few drops of an essential oil of your choice (i like lavender)
Sweet almond oil

Warning: You WILL smell delicious!

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Maisha Creations

Founder of Maisha Creations, Mehwish Afzal may not be a name many of you are familiar with but she’s definitely a designer you’ll be hearing more of.

Derived from Arabic word meaning ‘New Life’ Maisha Creations are breathing life into Dubai’s ever evolving fashion scene.

Having moved to the UAE from Pakistan at the tender age of three, Mehwish has an unparalleled appreciation of fabric, its minutiae & intricacities.

Luscious infusions of silk, chiffon and swarovski paired with breathtaking drapes and a cocktail of striking and subtle hues – it’s no surprise Mehwish is making a name for herself on the run way…and speaking of runways, Maisha creations have graced plenty.

Her graceful designs have strutted down the catwalks of some of the UAE’s most anticipated fashion shows including both the prestigious Dubai and Abu Dhabi Bride Show!

Maisha Creations

Though Maisha Creations specialise in Jalabiyas the glamour doesn’t stop there. Unique cocktail dresses, evening gowns and even a made-to-order wedding dress service is available!

How would you rock these glam dresses? Would you dare to wear?

Check out Maisha Creations on Facebook
– you can also purchase these Jalabiyat online from 3abaya.com

Making Change: One Abaya at a Time

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We’ve all seen it before.
The patronising smiles…the snide news reports.

We’ve read the multitude of articles waxing lyrical about the conservative attire of Muslim, and in particular Saudi women. Taunts such as ‘shapeless’ and ‘morbid’ were widespread. The most frequent outcry of the heinous oppression these women in their modest robes faced was

‘Well its suppressing their fashion sense and individuality – they all bloody look the same’

as someone once succinctly said.

Not any more.

Whilst that may have rang true; in KSA things are well changing. Theres a murmur of reform afoot.

Yes, wearing the Abaya may be viewed as a form of compulsory dress and a religious obligation, but it also happens to be the Saudi woman’s essential accessory. Say what you like – but a Hermes Birkin just doesn’t look as suave with an untailored ‘Abaya!

The next time you see a gaggle of Abaya clad woman (they always travel in groups lol) take a closer look; kimono sleeves, a clinched in waist, a play on fabric – I can guarantee you it’ll all be there and more.

Jeddah based Rawan Azhar (anyone noticed how much talent Jeddah is churning out?) Abaya designer of Ta Marbota is one of the many designers heralding this savvy-fashion shift in Saudi Arabia – one Abaya at a time.

Ta Marbota is the name given to the suffix added to feminise nouns in the Arabic language – I couldn’t have chosen a better name myself!

Womanhood personified Ta Marbota abayas are wholly female – we know that women appreciate the finer things in life – and Ta Marbota caters exactly to the whims of a woman. There’s beauty in every element from their fabrics and designs, to their finishings and textures.

Simple but chic, her newest collection dubbed ‘The Whimsical Butterfly’ is aptly named.

Just as a butterfly is flighty, free spirited and unrestrained her ‘Abayas emanate an unrestrained amount of chic.

Incredibly feminine, its clear what sort of a woman would opt for a Ta Marbota abaya – one who is self assured, refuses to be subject to mundane trends and boundaries – to put it simply a pioneer of fashion.


Which one is your favourite piece?

An eclectic fusion of aqua, stripes and retro polka dots, there’s sure to be an abaya you’ll be dotty about…

Don’t forget to follow Rawan on instagram @ta_marbota