December Style Picks

If you are still to do your Christmas shopping and are looking for unique gifts, here is our selection of Style Picks this season!

1.Red Satin Kitty, Slippers, Eye Mask Set, Charlotte Olympia
2.Studio Collection, Living in Style
3.Riri loves mac, Rihanna for MAC
4.Miss Lanvin snow globe, Lanvin
5.Mickey+ Minnie Mouse Christmas Ornament, Swarovski
6.’Les Nécessaires d’Hermès’ collection by Philippe Nigro for Hermes
7.Lady Dior Precieuse Diamonds
8.Christmas Goodies, Cookie Man
9.Barbie by Stephen Jones, Selfridges
10.Coasters, 10am

Travel: Shangri-La “City Escapes”

This winter, family travel will be merrier and more memorable when Shangri-La’s city hotels, Kerry and Traders hotels around the world introduce “City Escapes”to start the season of celebration from 10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul,

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo,www.stylecity.inShangri-La Hotel, Paris,

While counting down to the holidays, guests can peruse a selection of over 70 Shangri-La properties located in key city destinations, namely Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Each City Escape, designed to welcome Christmas and New Year in style and elegance, will offer great value and the convenience of being close to sites of interest. Guests booking City Escapes for a room or suite at the Best Available Rate will be entitled to complimentary breakfast and upto USD200 credit per stay to use for hotel dining or for pampering treatments at the spa. Even children under the age of six (up to a maximum of two) who are accompanied by a paying adult can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all day dining and pool cafes.  For additional children aged between six and 12, staying at city hotels, a 50% discount off the buffet price will be included.

For booking or detailed information please visit

Get your spook on…

Here are some creative and interesting décor ideas I found across the web, a few Simple tricks to make your Halloween Party a roaring success…
First thing that has definitely been decided, Halloween doesn’t mean teen or tween or vulgar. It can be glamorous, dark, mysterious, funky and maybe even romantic…



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Shangri-la Dubai’s 10th anniversary celebrations

I know this is a little short notice but for all of my UAE readers it is a steal, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Shangri-la Dubai is selling ten rooms for only Dhs 10, valid for bookings on 10th July only.The Dhs 10 rate is limited to the first ten bookings made for the night of 10th July 2013 via the website booking engine at Guests may start bookings on 8th July 2013 at 9 a.m. using the special rate code SLDB10ANN. Furthermore, children born on 8th July 2003, the hotel’s official opening date, and residing in Dubai may enjoy a complimentary birthday lunch or dinner for a maximum of ten guests at Dunes Café.

Shangri-La Dubai,

Shangri-La Dubai,

So spread the word and make it a special anniversary, birthday or general night out with friends for your loved ones. It is a perfect gift, so wish I was in Dubai to avail this offer.

5 Best Tourist cities in the World

MariaTravel is still on everyone’s mind. Well it is constantly on mine. Those of you who did not get to travel during the holiday season will get another opportunity during spring, here we have guest writer Maria who gives us some tips for the 5 best tourist cities around the world.Maria is from Manchester,a passionate writer and a blogger.She writes about travel, technology, business, how to make money online and currently writing  on PPI Claims. Follow her at financeport and check out her site to learn more about insurance claims and how to help you with other insurance matters.

A tourist city is a place of interest where tourists visit, for its inherent ethical values, historical significance, natural or built beauty, or amusement opportunities. Some examples include historical places, monuments, zoos, aquariums, museums and art galleries, botanical gardens, buildings and structures, national parks and forests, theme parks and carnivals, living history museums, ethnic enclave communities, historic trains and cultural events. Many tourist attractions are also landmarks.
There are many tourist cities in the world; some of them are given below:

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris,

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is also called as city of romance. It is situated on the river Seine. Its metropolitan area is one of the largest centers in Europe, with 12 million on population. Today, Paris is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers. Every year it welcomes almost 1.51 million of sightseers.

Attractions in Paris

  • Notre-Dame, Eiffel tower sacre-coeur and the world-class Louvre and Musée d’Orsay museums offer a healthy dose of culture.
  • Famous French creamy cheeses, rich sauces and aromatic wines are served at any restaurant.
  • Add to this the spectacular scenery which is unforgettable; A simple stroll along the River Seine will lead to some memorable photo-ops.

London, UK

London is the capital city of England and United Kingdom. It is located on the river Thames. London is a leading global city in the world, with strengths in arts, science, education, entertainment, fashion, media, health etc. it has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries.

Attractions of London:

  • Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of river Thames.
  • Buckingham Palace is the principal work place of British monarch located in city of west minister.
  • Piccadilly Circus and Camden Town appeal to those looking for an edgier experience. Check out the original Madam Tussaud’s, along with various museums.
  • It has variety of restaurants which serves different varieties from Indian to Italian cuisine.

New York City, USA

New York skyline. stylecity.inNew York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States with 8.1 million of population in United States. It is America’s cultural hub. It is known for its status as a center for finance and culture and for its status as the largest gateway for immigration to the United States.

Attractions of New York:

  • Metropolitan museum of art is the largest museum, with significant art collections with more than 2 million works.Other tourist must visit are Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Centre,Brooklyn bridge and statue of Liberty to name some.
  • New York has prestigious shopping districts like Fifth Avenue and SoHo and is consistently ranked among the most expensive shopping streets in the world.
  • It has variety of gourmet restaurants and night clubs to enjoy. From Greenwich village food, to sophisticated bar at Four Seasons to the casual Old town bar and grill all is found in New York.

Singapore city, Singapore

Singapore is located on an island at the southern tip of Malay Peninsula. It is an island country made up of 63 islands. According to analysis 9.2 millions of people visited Singapore every year.

Attractions of Singapore:

  • It has stunning architecture, food and traditions, the various temples and museums are a must visit, like Sri Mariamman temple, Chang museum.
  • It has leafy forests with wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, flora etc. People often visit Singapore to mingle with its wild life sanctuary, like the Botanical gardens, Singapore zoo and Night Safari.
  • Sentosa Island, Universal Studios and Escape Theme Park

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and is located on Australia’s south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. It has 4.6 millions of population.

Attractions of Sydney:

  • Sydney Opera House is largely built by Danish architect; it is a multi-venue art center.
  • Manly Beach is located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Australia, with in walkable distance from there you can find shops, clubs, night dives etc. There are also a lot of other beaches like Cronula beach, Palm beach and Shelly beach to visit.
  • Sydney has a lot of museums to visit like Hyde Park Barrack museum which is a historical site, Sydney cricket ground and Sydney wildlife Sanctuary are other places to visit.

Enjoy an anxiety-free Luxurious holiday

Our current demanding lives and really long work days keep most of us quite stressed and anxious. Hence the ultimate goal of leaving behind all this strain and frustration can be accomplished through a luxurious holiday. The numerous hurdles and uncertainties involved in the cheap travel packages can now be avoided with luxury travel, as the chances of unforeseen situations to occur are very low. Here are some tips to assure that you experience a worry free luxurious travel.

Plan in advance: Basically, the plan that you think of should be made well in advance so that you are prepared with all the necessary things. To start with try to avoid peak seasons as much as possible. Not only are places really packed but everything is atleast 3-4 times more expensive and make sure that you grab all the details of the places that you are visiting. If you book in advance you have the opportunity to get a lot of good deals for when you do make the trip, including tables at the best restaurants as well as watching any plays or shows. This information is usually available online. There are never-ending lists of nature’s beauty and other recreational activities specific to the area you want to visit that are worth exploring to make your holiday filled with excitement.
Hotel accommodations: After the necessary planning about your travel and the places you want to visit, the next thing that you need to do is book accommodations. Select the hotel in such a manner that it doesn’t leave any area in providing luxury. This can be done easily through a simple research that can be done on internet. Here you can find various services and deals that are offered. A lot of good five-star hotels give great deals for travels. You can reserve your cabinet in advance; however, if you are planning it through a travel agency then you can take their advice. It would be better if you choose a resort option that is available at that place as it offers extra benefits such as peace of mind, customer satisfaction, leisure facilities and many more. And if you are looking into a hotel try to book a place that is not too far from the main centre of attraction of the place else you will spend too much time traveling.

Travel– After making necessary hotel and travel bookings keep in mind to make necessary arrangements for travel within the place. For instance if you will need to hire a car/bike while in the place or if public transport easily available. This helps avoid future hassles and inconvenience in terms of budget as most of us forget to include this in our budgets and end up paying extra. Mostly it works out more feasible to hire transport so you can visit various sites in the place and most resorts and hotels have these facilities available and can work out cheaper and are more comfortable.
Travel insurance policy: It is a bitter fact that most of the travellers make all necessary arrangements but fail in securing their trip. This safety assistance can be provided well through a travel insurance policy that covers unexpected medical emergencies. As it is usual that most of the tourists are vulnerable to unexpected injuries, illness and accidents especially while they are on a holiday. The policy provides necessary medical assistance, however if you don’t possess this policy and run out of funds then you can try considering payday loans that can assist you in meeting unexpected financial issues.
Packing all requirements: Always remember that it is important to pack all the requirements so that you don’t face any difficulty at the later stages. For example, if you are under certain medication then make sure that you carry all your medicines along with you. Depending upon the climatic conditions you can choose the right clothing. Nothing is worse than being stuck in a place with the wrong kind of clothes for the weather or less clothes. Check the weather conditions before you set to travel.

So follow these tips and start booking now for all your travel destinations during the upcoming holiday season. Read a few of the places mentioned by us here,here and here. Over all be safe and have a great Holiday.
Inputs from Alicia, financial guest blogger from Manchester, UK. Find out more about her and her finance related blogs at @financeport