MK Livin & Lovin

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lovin My Plate: Yummiest Guacamole Ever!

I have posted this a recipe for guacamole previously, but this has a little twist. My favorite place to have chips and guacamole is at Loca in Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa. This recipe comes pretty close to tasting as yummy as the one they make at Loca.

In addition to using a nice avocado, bell pepper, roasted corn, onion, a green chili, one lime, you will need a 1 tsp of cumin powder, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder or even 1 tsp if you like and salt to taste. 

All chopped and diced!

Add the roasted corn. You can roast the corn on a grill on even on a lightly oil pan, which makes it more toasted I guess. 

Add the spices and chopped up avocado and mix it up.

Serve up with some plain or lime flavored tortilla chips. Makes a good dinner as well ;)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lovin : ideer, Camera Accessories Galore

There is nothing more exciting than someone pursing their passion. ideer, is exactly that a passion for photography and style personified. My friend Navin Khianey, who is an avid photographer himself, realized that there was a market in ever so fashionable UAE for vintage camera accessories. Originally from Hong Kong, ideer is now available in the Middle East.

ideer is a range of vintage camera accessories and cases, I especially love the canvas bag. The bags are ideal for the avid photographers and bloggers alike. 

The best part of ideer is you can buy their collection online so do check out their site and like their page on Facebook .

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lovin: My Favorite Finds at ARTE!

My house is straight out of an IKEA catalogue, the couch, the shelves, the shoe rack and lets not forget those coffee mugs! So, in a bid to add some color and some much needed personality of its own, I decided to hit to up Arte one Friday afternoon in Time Square, Sheikh Zayed Road. ARTE is basically a platform where artists from the UAE get a chance to display and sell their products or master pieces. Yours truly participated once with her baking!! Shout out to all my friends who were awesome enough to make it!
Note: ARTE happens on the first Friday of every month at Dubai Festival City and the second Friday of every month at Time Square.

While there are such a massive array of talent just brewing here in Dubai, here is a look at my five favorite finds from my recent trip to ARTE!

1.Decoupaged Camels by Darcy Harris

I am sure we all have at some point in time either bought a camel or gifted a camel as house decor. Rather than the typical brown finish, I decided to get one of these super pretty decoupaged camels that are made by Darcy Harris. Unfortunately she does not have a Facebook page but you can email her at Some of her creations are so funky and pretty and they make amazing gifts as well.

I picked up this super colorful guy and to be honest I am really tempted to get a horse the next time!

2. Dawn Kyra Blessing Ceramics

Dawn's collection of glazed pottery. All these pretty pieces are made in Dubai and she ships them as well around the world and does a gorgeous array of colors.  I wish I got a better pic but you can check out her Facebook page. 

3. Coastal Chic

I love the whole Keep Calm phrases and the interestingly all the boards are made of driftwood.

I decided to pun it up by getting this sign.....punny and profound at the same time! Order one for yourself here!


These guys are one of my favorite. Home-grown pretty bespoke clutches and jewelry...I am a proud owner of two of their creations. Currently loving their Masaba-ish scarves!!

5. Well Preserved

Finally, how can I forget food! My favorite stop would be Well Preserved. A variety of homemade preserves in some really fun combinations such as strawberry and chilli, sweet chilli jelly and the intense Vampire Relish.  It is run by two friends who work full time and I should commend them on their dedication.

If you have a free Friday morning during the beginning of the month, be sure to drop by to ARTE and support local artisans!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lovin 2014 Academy Awards Gowns

Another Oscars come to a close and can I say selfies and this awesome photobomb or should I say cumberbomb probably trumped the fashion this year. 

While there were a lot of nudes and blings on the red carpet, I think these were my favs of the night..

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

 Love everything about this look from color, to the makeup to the jewelry!

Cate Blanchatt in Armani Prive

Jennifer Garner in Oscar De Le Renta

Lupita in Prada

 Images: All from Google, none of the pictures are mine.

Lovin My Plate : Angelina at Dubai Mall

To say my New Years started off on a sweet note would be an understatement. After a night of partying and ringing in 2014 and staring at the DXB skyline followed by spending majority of the day curled up in bed; I decided the first day of a new year cannot be uneventful. So, off I went to Angelina in Dubai Mall.

This French establishment is known for this thick decadent hot chocolate and desserts. The most popular dessert being the MontBlanc, which is a meringue filled with cream and top with chestnut cream noodles.

New Years Day and there was line up and so we decided lets wait, best point in time to highlight that one of the waiters let the people behind is get a table despite two of us and four other people waiting. The head waitress on the other hand was far professional and ensured we got seated. Sadly, they were out of MontBlanc; since it is flown in from Paris. Damn it!!

We settled for their Signature hot chocolate and an éclair. Let me just say, I do not have a strong sweet tooth and love coffees more than hot chocolate. The signature hot chocolate is the most divine thing I have had with deep dark chocolate flavor that is mellowed only by the whipped cream that is served on the side. Most importantly, the hot chocolate is really HOT!, a blessing for a cold December evening that is even more cold thanks to the air conditioning in the malls of Dubai.

If you love chocolate, this is a must try for sure. Now the MontBlanc on the other hand took another two trips before I finally tried it! The meringue is delicious, one of the best I have and its a different taste with the whipped cream and chestnut cream. However, this is a dessert for person who has an insane sweet tooth.

If you do have to try something from this famous Parisian tearoom that has opened its doors in Dubai Mall, have that Hot Chocolate!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Lovin ♥ Chanel Rose Moire

This is by far the prettiest and most office safe nail color I have ever come across. The best part is tht it is not mattee or entirely nude, the Chanel Rose Moire (593) gives my nails a light rosy taupe pearl finish. Its is perfect for work or play and goes with everything. I love Chanel nail colors for their longevity, its been over a week and my color is yet to chip. The downside, the Rose Moire is a limited edition!


Source: Chanel