Halston dresses with display escada jewelry mariamquevedo

Some girls have all the luck.  This week that was us here at Real Housewives of Abu Dhabi.  We were invited to view the VIP Lounge at the Dubai International Film Festival.  This lounge is the gift suite for all the celebrities to enjoy the ultimate VIP experience.  As it is the festivals 10th anniversary, it only seems fitting that this is the largest gift suite to date with international brands as Halston,Tom Ford, Escada,Juicy Couture, Reiss just to name a few.  Haircare brand Mariam Quevedo and Forever Makeup are on hand to make sure celebrities are looking picture perfect for the red carpet.

David Morris display  David Morris diamond set  david morris bracelet

Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend.  We stopped by David Morris Jewelery who are providing exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful  one of a kind pieces for the red carpet. Celebrating 50 years David Morris is established as one of the world’s finest luxury jewelers. His pieces have been worn by royalty, celebrities, and now by this housewife (if only for a moment).

This year Reiss dressed Martin Sheen in an elegant black tuxedo as he collected his Lifetime Achievement Award, however, for me it is all about the leather dresses in the Winter 2013 collection.   The cuts and design were very classy and the leather was so soft to touch.  Most importantly it looked comfortable to wear.  Reiss knows how to dress celebrities and their new collection will make any housewife look fabulous this holiday season.

reiss viola Reiss tennyson dress


Cup of tea anyone? Tea swag in a VIP Lounge?  My initial thought which made me want to find out more.  Tavalon Tea is no ordinary tea.  This is luxury tea.  The different varieties of tea have been created with a Tea Sommelier to ensure only the finest tea leaves are used in their special blends.  This tea can be drunk hot, cold, in mocktails, cocktails and even used in cake. Now that is not your average tea cake! They teamed up with Jarful to create the cakes for this event. Tavalon has managed to make tea hip and interesting.

Tavalon tea sign Tavalon tea cake

I love regional brands that represent UAE at events such as these.  There are several that are worth mentioning.  First is Al Nassma Chocolate.  This premium chocolate is made from camel milk which is known to be rich in vitamins and minerals.  During the festival Al Nassma will be exhibiting to all the VIP visitors.  Another brand T Junction is owned by two Emirati sisters who design and create T shirts with funny arabic sayings.  They also do designs on request. Of course, I loved the Abu Dhabi shirt the best!

Nassma chocolate T junction love ad cropped

Regional artist Yasemin Richie was on hand with her Storylines creations. Her art is capturing the essence of a film using every single frame from a movie compressed into a thin line.  The result shows the color palette of the movie.  These were so unique and would look great anywhere.

Yasemin richie RHWAD Storylines

Overall this year’s VIP Lounge is going to impress anyone who walks through the door.   Keep an eye out who comes through the lounge by following VIP Lounge on facebook or twitter.