My name is Emily. I am the blogger (and maman of Luella and Josefin) behind this sunny little place on the web, called Dubai our Sandbox. I am on a mission to browse online, check magazines, talk to mums and girlfriends, be on the look out for kids 'goodies' to share with you. I hope to bring you useful and inspiring little finds for your family life in Dubai.
Back in Dubai and already at the mall shopping! Getting stuff for back to school is a way to get the children excited for the new school year. On the wish list, new lunch box and water bottles while the mandatory pit stop at the uniform shop is more daunting.
Sometime mums also need to get back to school ready, right? So this week we stopped by Birkenstock, our favourite summer family sandals brand is gearing up for the new season with a back to school offer. We had a peek at the collection...
Lots of good old classic in navy, black, beige and metallic silver... Luella picked a pair of silver slides and Josefin a pair of pink snake skin printed patter - both very cute but you would agree that the girls did not let go of the summer vibes... To my surprise Birkenstock also carry a range of school shoes. Definitely worth checking out.
I am so happy with my classic black slides. They are definitely the most comfortable mum shoes! Their well designed footbed sets them apart because it’s built for lasting comfort and told to your foot shape. Birkenstock can be so versatile, there is plenty ways to style them to avoid the frumpy hippie look.
Here's some basic tips on how to get the cool new effortless look with your birks. I will work it on the school run... hopefully, cause I am no expert! Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration...
♥ Always show your ankles! Pair it with cropped or cuffed jeans, shorts, dresses... to keep things feminine and light.
♥ Birkenstock is not the sexy shoe type so play with the feminine side to balance out the look. Experiment with fresh patterns, flower prints, nautical stripes, soft material, embroideries,...
♥ Accessories to lift the look to casual cool
♥ Perfect pedi! Yep sorry but freshly painted toes in bold or glossy neutral colours or are a must.
It might not be new on the block, but this is my new little gem in town. A convenient and affordable salon for mamas and their little ones! This week we tested Chloe's beauty salon located on Jumeirah Beach Road it's a bright, clean and friendly salon perfect for easy pampering. They do hair treatments, beauty treatments, massages, spray tan, eyelashes and more .... (list)
Chloe's open at 7.30am perfect after school drop off or early-bird emergency, while the afternoons are more busy with 'mommy and mini me' treatments, kids hair cuts and even little girls beauty parties (checkout their photo gallery for inspiration)
Took the girls for a hair cut, getting our self ready for summer holidays! Perfectly set up in the children corner with cute decor and all the iPads needed to keep the little ones still. The girls enjoyed cookies and juice while mama had a coffee - Thank you! A simple kids haircut is AED50, while the wash, cut and blow-dry package is about AED120.
Two happy little girls being pampered...
Getting myself ready for summer, I was in need of a facial, a good skin treatment to deep clean my congested pores and get back some healthy glow. Chloe's offer two kind of Dermalogica facial (475AED and AED550), your therapist can advise you. I absolutely enjoyed the treatment, from face analysis, cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, high-frequency treatment, massage, masque... I got exactly what I needed a deep clean and a more hydrated and luminous skin. Good to know, you will find this Dermalogica treatment from Chloe's in the Entertainer 2 for the price of 1! #DSBrecommends
The no makeup no filter shot! Feeling very happy about my deep cleaning and rehydrated skin.
Chloe's Beauty Salon Jumeirah Beach Road next to BurgerFuel, opposite Saga World.
Sunday to Thursday 7AM – 9PM Friday to Saturday 9AM – 9PM +971 4 388 4884 email@example.com
Yesterday, was the opening of Van Gogh Alive in D3. The Experience is an acclaimed art exhibition showcasing works by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. It's been been touring the world, and will be stopping off in Dubai for a six weeks. It's a great opportunity to explore the life and work of the artist. Van Gogh Alive is not your typical museum experience. You won't see the actual canvas painted by Vincent van Gogh, you will experience over 3000 images of his art displayed on the walls, the ceiling, and even the floor, with high-definition projectors. Along the visual experience, the guests will enjoy a beautifully curated classical soundtrack to accompany the exhibition. It works really well and create a multi sensory experience.
This is a fantastic way to introduce art to children, it's vibrant and engaging. Might be the perfect family outing for the weekend.