A passion for prints
Did you know "stand of flamingoes" is the collective term for a group of the elegant-necked, pink birds? Or that a group of doves is called a "prettying"? We didn't, until we saw these vibrant bird prints that are the brainchild of Woop Studios, a new UK-graphic arts studio set up by a team of graphic designers from the Harry Potter films. As well as their love for wizards and Hogwarts, they have indulged their passion for words and images intended to bring the "fascinating collective of nouns to life". Whether you want to improve your knowledge or just appreciate good artwork, this collection is a delight. Each limited edition print is numbered, signed and embossed. Plus, they use pigment inks on pure cotton, acid-free paper to ensure a durability of 200 years, so you can adorn a wall with confidence.
Collective nouns in pictures, from small prints at Dh400 to extra large at Dh980, Woop Studios, www.woopstudios.com
If you're looking for something fun and fabulous to spice up your living room, then we have found the perfect thing. This unusual Alexander McQueen hummingbird print cushion is the perfect finishing touch. Traditionally handmade from wool and metallic thread, this cushion is not just a pretty face; stuffed with goose down, it is sure to be delightfully comfortable.
Alexander McQueen The Hummingbird Cushion, Dh3,376, The Rug Company, Dubai International Financial Centre, The Gate Village, 02 04 323 1161
Falling into our clutches
When it comes to the Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 runway trends, we have to say that the classic black-and-white colour combination is our favourite. Not only does it validate our fail-safe formula but it also always looks impeccably chic. This clutch by Jessica Kagan Cushman (the same woman who brought us Nantucket bangles) gives a nod to the monochrome as well as the animal trend (also seen at Miu Miu). The oversized tassel does a great job at lending the piece a bohemian feel, to make it stand out from the rest of the plainer versions out there.
Dh605, S*uce, Marina Mall, 02 681 8650; Village Mall, 04 344 7270; Dubai Mall, 04 339 9696
Wings of change
Feather earrings are all the rage this year - mismatched, coloured, big or small, we've worn them all and we're getting a little bored of them. That is, until we saw these gold-plated, hand-carved hoops by Zoe & Morgan. The five-year-old brand specialises in simple but beautifully crafted jewellery and accessories, which have been spotted on the likes of Alexa Chung and Emma Watson.
Dh915, Boutique 1, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, 04 425 7888 and elsewhere; www.boutique1.com
Solange Azagury Partridge is better known for her graphic enamel lips accessories, which is why we found the Mardi's Animals range a refreshing change. The collection includes all sorts of miniature creatures such as ladybirds, bees and snails, but this little blue bird caught our eye. The 18-carat, yellow-gold-and-enamel piece is whimsical without being silly, and makes a fashion statement without going overboard.
Approximately Dh8,920, check www.net-a-porter.com for availability
The prospect of cooler autumn weather has us yearning to rush home and light candles to create a chic yet cosy evening ambiance. Inspired by travels to exotic locations such as India, Costa
Rica and Thailand, these gorgeous soy Skeem candles have mesmerised us with their pretty
glass containers and 50-plus hours of heady scent.
Skeem candles, Dh75, available at Symphony, Dubai Mall, 04 330 8050