A Hollywood diva pillow, a kitschy ring and the perfect winter boot.
M is all about: literary wallpaper
The new year is fast approaching so our mantra is out with the old and in with the new. And what could be more refreshing than revamping your home? We love Andrew Martin's contemporary designs, and this literary-looking wallpaper is bound to breathe new life into any interior wall.
The Library wallpaper, Dh520 per 10 metre roll available at Andrew Martin, DIFC, Gate 7, 04 323 1388 or log on at www.andrewmartin.ae
Give an understated look a dash of attitude with these Alexis Bittar pave accented gunmetal gem clustered earrings. Perfect with both fine knits and cocktail dresses.
Dh1,750 available at Boom & Mellow, Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 3993; Mirdif City Centre, 04 284 0609
Film buffs will want to make a feature of this sultry close-up of actress Ava Gardner. One of Hollywood's leading ladies in the 1950s, the star who appeared in Show Boat and The Killers was considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. She'll certainly add a splash of colour and character to your cream sofa.
Dh211 available at www.stylechapel.com
Glide through the Christmas shopping crowds with this gorgeous limited edition envelope style clutch. Not only is it picture perfect and handmade in Uganda, but also for every bag bought, 10 per cent of profits will be donated to The Global Fund - an organisation committed to fighting Aids. The rest of the profits will be reinvested into ethical muse, a social enterprise and part of the Cathy Liebman foundation, which helps create sustainable industries for women and artisans in emerging countries. So now, not only will you look fabulous with your new arm candy, but also you'll be helping many people in need at the same time. However, you had better grab one quick as only 50 pieces of this Koko clutch were made for the collection.
The Koko clutch, Dh1,565 available from www.ethicalmuse.com or call 050 106 1983
We love kitschy accessories, full stop. Yes, they may be a waste of money and we will probably get bored of wearing them after six months, but that doesn't stop us. What's great about this finger ring from Juko is that this time we're sure we won't tire of it too soon. Why? Because it's not trying to make a statement, nor is it overdesigned. Great for all ages and occasions, this reasonably priced piece is coming everywhere with us.
Dh95, Bloomingdale's, Dubai Mall, 04 350 5333
Stylish goodies are the new candles when it comes to hostess gifts, and what could be more fabulous than these festive treats from the Lime Tree Cafe? Here at M we've had an exclusive peek at their new seasonal range and the sight alone gave us a sugar rush. Choose from traditional fudge, handmade biscotti, macaroons, truffles and iced cookies. Plus, if you are looking for the perfect foodie gift, you can't go wrong with their hampers, which are filled to the brim with gourmet delights. And the best thing, you can choose from a wide range of deluxe hampers online or contact the catering team to design your own.
The Lime Tree Cafe & Kitchen, 04 325 6325 www.thelimetreecafe.com
Wedge of wonder
What happens when you combine a knee-high boot with a wedge heel? You get one of the most stable and comfortable shoes for this winter. California-born, Paris-based designer Rick Owens is known for his futuristic shapes, expert draping and understated palette. These boots are going to be our choice from his A/W 2011-2012 collection, and like most of his pieces we're sure they won't fall out of fashion anytime soon. Wear with tights and chunky leg warmers if you're travelling to cooler climates or with bare legs and denim cut-offs for the city.
Approximately Dh5,025, www.net-a-porter.com