Lead, kindly light

sushmita@khaleejtimes.com Filed on November 17, 2017
Lead, kindly light

Five objects of desire that we thought we should pick up/try out right away - in case stores run out of them!

Ladies and gents, meet the Badal Candelabra by Uttermost: it's a luxury candle-holder, plated with brushed brass, and mounted on a black marble base (how regal is that!). It comes with three distressed off-white candles - to light up your life, as they glisten against the brass. A fantastic prop for the dining table or the centre-PreviewLead, kindly light (KT138871116.JPG)table or even atop a mantelpiece. 
Available at: Interiors/Price: Dh1,125

A rose is still a rose

Rose is so not an 'exclusive' scent, but it's been one of my faves. I caught a whiff of Rose Extase by Nina Ricci at a mall recently: rose, infused with something tart and musky, and altogether smelt divine. I looked it up online and realised it's a fusion-sillage - a wake-up call that'll leave you feeling all melty and weak in the knees.  Other than the notes of sumptuously scented rose petals, there's a hint of acidic raspberry (just a hint, mind you), and a whirl of vanilla musks. Voilà!
Available at: Wojooh, Sephora, Paris Gallery, Harvey Nichols, Debenhams, Areej. Price: Dh395

Coral secrets for the bathroom

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Towels have always been special: the first thing I check out when I check into a hotel (room) is
how they are neatly stacked up in the bathroom. There are so many kinds of them, neatly folded and ironed... the big-sized one that you can comfortably drape around you, the bath one that you pat yourself dry with, the face one to launch a thousand faces... and so on. Imagine getting a similar collection - in coral pink, made of Egyptian cotton - for home!  
Available at: Marks & Spencer/Price: Dh115 (bath); Dh175 (extra large); Dh65 (hand); Dh20 (face).

Putting on octagonal blinkers

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I've just lost a pair of lovely shades, so I'm on the lookout for a replacement (okay, I have quite a few pairs scattered around at home, but this seems like too good an opportunity to pass up - so I can get over the trauma of the loss and move on with life). This pair, with eight sides, is not the regular, everyday sort that I can rough use, but methinks, it'll draw the right looks towards me. I like how there's a "mind the gaps" design element to the shades - very chic, very French... But then, this is Chloé - what else  would you expect?  
Available at: Chloé/Price: Dh1,990

Choked by emotion

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I'm in the grip of chokers - wherever I see them, I stop to have a look and toy with ideas of purchase. This neckpiece is a thoughtful one because those who don't like being strangled around the neck, can simply loosen the bow. I, on the other hand, like being choked. Check out the colour combo: gold and black. Real pretty design too.    
Available at: Intropia (Mall of the Emirates, Dubai)/Price: Dh409


Sushmita Bose

Sushmita, who came to Dubai in September 2008 on a whim and swore to leave in a year's time (but then obviously didn't), edits wknd., the KT lifestyle mag, and writes the Freewheeling column on the Oped page every Friday. Before joining Khaleej Times, she'd worked for papers like Hindustan Times and Business Standard in New Delhi, and a now-defunct news magazine called Sunday in Calcutta. She likes meeting people, making friends, and Facebooking. And even though she can be spotted hanging out in Dubai's 'new town', she harbours a secret crush on the old quarters, and loves being 'ghetto-ised' in Bur Dubai where she is currently domiciled.


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