From high-end doughnuts to Paperless Post, this week's round-up of the things we can't live without.
What we're loving: doughnuts, adopt a turtle and paperless post
I haven’t been this excited about a new shop in Abu Dhabi in a long, long time. Love Doughnuts has managed to make me not only love its doughnuts, but also its gelato, its graphics, its packaging (the doughnuts are wrapped up in a tiffin-style container) and its ambience. Aesthetics aside (the doughnuts really do have an artisan feel), it has come up with the most imaginative combinations for both the doughnuts and the gelatos that I’ve seen anywhere to date. So far, it’s a toss-up between Peanut Butter & Banana and Cheesecake Wasabi for my favourite. As for gelato, the white chocolate and chilli flavour is my number one. I’m in love.
Open from 6am to midnight, Shop No 10, Guardian Towers (2nd right turn past 29th Street on Muroor Road). Tel 02 446 6230 or visit www.lovedoughnuts.com.
* Kerri Abrams
Zayan retro tunic
Zayan’s collection for autumn/winter is full of large doses of sugar (florals and tulle skirts) and spice (spiked belts and cuffs), but this retro tunic in multirose-print trimmed with gold embroidery is my must-have: the silk is so soft I want to sleep in it. It costs US$375 (Dh1,377) at zayan.com and is also available at S*uce in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, and The Dubai Mall and Village Mall in Dubai.
* Mo Gannon
Adopt a turtle
I can’t think of a better way to teach children about endangered species and the changing and precious nature of the world around them (while passing on something cuddly and fun) than the Turtle Adoption Pack from Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF). The pack, which helps parents in the UAE support the society’s work in marine conservation, includes a cuddly toy turtle, an adoption certificate, a sticker, a photo card with turtle facts and a brochure about the organisation’s three-year Marine Turtle Conservation Project, which is tracking 75 hawksbill turtles across the region. All proceeds from the pack go towards the Marine Turtle Conservation Project. Packs are Dh200 each and available at various outlets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well as online at www.thegreenecostore.com.
* Ann Marie McQueen
I recently used Paperless Post (www.paperlesspost.com) for the first time and was thoroughly impressed. For those who haven’t heard of it, this is a stylish online site for sending out invitations, greetings cards and notes, via email.
You choose from an array of different designs and then customise them to your needs, changing the colour, font and even adding a photo, if you so wish. Many of the cards even come with an envelope, which opens up to reveal the invitation inside; you can also attach a location map and send reminders to anyone who is being a bit slow in responding.
The tracking element of the site is also excellent; you’re able to see who has and hasn’t opened the email and send guests private messages – and it provides a tally of who can and cannot attend.
As well as saving on time and paper, the site is also very reasonably priced. I sent out 60 save-the-date cards and it came to less than US$24 (Dh88) which, compared with the cost of sending the same number from the UAE to (primarily) the UK, is a bit of a bargain.
* Emily Shardlow