Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Brand New Saint Laurent Handbag Reveal


*Takes a deep breathe and tries not to squeal*

Guys, I went and did it. I bought myself a brand new, Saint Laurent bag whilst I was back in the U.K. and I could not be happier about it. 

Saint Laurent Handbag Reveal Blog Post / Life in Excess Blog

Let's backtrack. Way back last year, I bought a Givenchy Antigona bag (see here) It's a bag that I've always fawned over. I love its classic design and shape; however, I stupidly opted for the 'Medium' (the largest size) which in reality, was far too big, and heavy, for me to carry and use on a day-to-day basis. Pretty shortly after I bought it, I knew I was going to sell it and put the money towards something that would better suit me and my lifestyle. 

So, this is where we are... I feel like we should have some sort of drum roll. 

After much deliberation and many hours of dragging my poor husband around the shopping malls, I opted for the Saint Laurent Monogram Chain Wallet in Pale Blush Textured Matalasse Leather with Silver Hardware.  

Saint Laurent Monogram Chain Wallet in Pale Blush Textured Matalasse Leather with Silver Hardware. / Life in Excess Blog
Saint Laurent Monogram Chain Wallet in Pale Blush Textured Matalasse Leather with Silver Hardware. / Life in Excess Blog
Saint Laurent Monogram Chain Wallet in Pale Blush Textured Matalasse Leather with Silver Hardware. / Life in Excess Blog

I knew I wanted a bag that was suitable to wear in the evening - the chain is detachable so the bag can be worn both as a clutch and as a crossbody, and I really wanted a light pink colour because it's a colour that fits in well with my wardrobe. I own several high street bags in a very similar shade of pink so I was confident it would work well with my style. 

In my eyes, it's an absolutely beautiful bag and I can't wait to start wearing it.  

Let me know what you think of my choice - was it what you guessed? Also, let me know if you would like a full review including where I purchased, my thoughts after using it and styling/modelling shots.  Your opinions and suggestions are always greatly appreciated. 

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Review: Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray Of Light


"I need another highlighter!" 

Yes, my husband laughed at me when those words came out of my mouth too. See, my problem is I'm a sucker for pretty packaging, so when I clapped eyes on Too Faced's new Love Light Highlighters, I snapped one up quicker than you could say, 'Hello Shiny Polly Pocket!" 

Review: Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray Of Light, Life in Excess Blog
Review: Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray Of Light, Life in Excess Blog

There are three Love Light highlighting shades to choose from; Blinded By The Light - a light champagne, Ray Of Light - a peachy rose gold and You Light Up My Life - a warm gold shade. 

I opted for Ray Of Light as I felt the other two were pretty dupable in my highlighter collection and the rose gold shade offered up something a little different for me.

Let's cut to the facts. Is it the best highlighter I've ever tried? In short, no. It's not the most pigmented and it's texture doesn't scream Lurpak, however I'm willing to overlook these minor niggles because I absolutely adore the way it looks against my skin tone. It's no secret that my love for peachy pink blush shades runs truer than a drunk girl in a bathroom, as does my love for a decent highlighter. Ray Of Light straddles both, being sheer enough to use all over as beautiful glow-giver and yet buildable enough to be used as a blush/blush topper, depending on your current skin tone. 

I've been using this highlighter almost exclusively since I purchased it back in June, and whilst it's not the 'best' product I own in the typical sense of the word, I just can't get enough of the natural, glowy finish it gives to my skin whenever I apply it. 

Review: Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray Of Light, Life in Excess Blog
Review: Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray Of Light, Life in Excess Blog
Review: Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray Of Light, Life in Excess Blog

Have you tried any new highlighters recently? If so, what are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them.  

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Visiting The U.K. - My Trip Home


Are people still reading blogs?

It's been... *aherm* a while since I last wrote a post. I could come up with several lame excuses but the reality is, I just couldn't really be bothered sitting down at my laptop every day, trying to drum up content. I'm back though, and with a slew of posts ready to go, but I thought I'd kick off with a, 'Where I've been and what I've been up to' post. 

I spent the last 3 weeks in the U.K. The main purpose for the trip was to attend my friend's wedding but we managed to cram a whole bunch of stuff in whilst we were there. Grab a beverage, it's going to be a lengthy one!

Visiting The U.K. - My Trip Home - Life in Excess Blog


The Hen Party - Take 11 girls, one sex den inspired house and enough prosecco to make America great again. What do you get? C'mon guys, you know what happens on a hen party, stays on a hen party, but I will say this, 'getting your money's worth' cocktails, 6:30am bedtimes and breast pumps probably aren't the best combination... they sure do make the funniest memories though!

Life In Excess Blog - Hen Party Ideas


Family - No trip home would be a trip home without doing the family visiting rounds. My brother graduated this Summer so we went out to celebrate, (I had pie and wine, it was glorious!) My grandparents regaled Scott with tales of the war and chocolate biscuits and I finally met my Mum's puppy Nixon, the Boston Terrier with territorial bed issues to rival my own and an arse so ripe I'm positive I'm missing several layers of nasal epithelia. 

Scotland - I took was forced to take the train *shudders* up to Edinburgh to meet Scott when he'd finally decided to grace us with his presence and we spent a few days eating and drinking our way around the city with his family. We visited a kilt shop so bizarre that it must have fallen straight out of  Diagon Alley and the pages of a Harry Potter novel, and spent a small fortune in Tesco on Mini Eggs to bring back to Dubai but all of which I scoffed before even making it to the end of our trip. Sidenote: Cadbury, if you're listening, I'm less than thrilled that the new Mini Eggs are yellow. I need colourful variety in my life and monochromatic chocolate eggs fail to provide this. 

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Lake District - To break up the drive between Edinburgh and my home town, we decided to stay at a The Daffodil, a Lake District hotel in the picturesque village of Grasmere. The hotel was beautiful but the service... I'll put it this way, if you freeze-dried excrement and decorated it with discarded chewing gum, it would probably invoke more pleasant feelings. As is mandatory in the Lake District, we walked, took lots of scenery pictures and tried our best not to drown in the unearthly quantity of water that was bucketed out of the sky. 

Grasmere Village, Lake District - Life in Excess Blog

Afternoon Tea at The Daffodil Hotel Grasmere, Life in Excess Blog

Grasmere Village Lake District - Life in Excess Blog

Rydal Lake Lake District - Life in Excess Blog


Shopping - No trip home would be complete without a shopping trip or ten, although I'm actually quite proud to say that I didn't do all that much. I hit Boots pretty hard, twice, although Scott someone probably Scott  managed to lose an entire bag, (£60's worth of stuff, sob) somewhere in Manchester. I bought a few basic tees from Zara, made an exciting purchase which I will reveal really soon, and acquired some false lashes that are either going to be life-changing or make me look like a washed up Drag race contestant. I'll keep you posted.

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Wedding - On a beautiful sunny day in Chester, I watched, well tried to watch through the tears, one of my best friends get married. It was an absolutely perfect day and I felt so privileged to be a bridesmaid with some of my most favourite people. There was ice cream, surprise singing waiters, a Great Wedding Cake Off and some seriously dodgy dancing... Joe, Scott, Dave... I'm looking at you!

Wedding Day - Life in Excess Blog
 

Back To Dubai - Finally, like every great egg and spoon race, our trip came to a exhausting, yet slightly dodgy end. I won't go into any great depth about the airport hotel we stayed in the evening before our flight - the suspicious stains on the curtains and amourous neighbours that ruined the finale of Broadchurch. We made it home to our villa in Dubai and were greeted with a melted kitchen cupboard, broken A/C in our bedroom and 3/4 of the Arabian desert covering every inch of our worldly possessions. Joys. Our family was reunited again when we picked up Daisy and Ralph from the boarding facility and after an entire day's worth of mopping, scrubbing and laundry, calm was finally restored to our little corner of the universe. 

Well, until we have family out to visit us next week and the madness commences all over again. 

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Monday, 12 June 2017

LVL Lash Lift Review - Before & After


Confession: I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to personal care. 

I'm sure if my husband is reading this, he's shaking his head and tutting right about now, but in all honesty, I rarely get a salon-based manicure, I typically tame my own brows and trips to the spa are, more often than not, saved for special occasions. So, when I decided to treat my lashes to my first LVL lash lift, I was pretty darn excited. 

LVL Lash Lift Review - Before and After Photos, Life in Excess Blog

Hang on, what is LVL?

LVL is a revolutionary lash treatment developed by Nouveau Lashes and stands for 'Length Volume and Lift'. It is dubbed as a 'Natural' solution to longer-looking, more fabulous lashes without the need for extensions, adhesives and mascara. Lashes are lifted from the root and tinted to give a mascara-like effect for a natural-looking, 'my lashes but better' finish.

What does the treatment entail?

LVL lashes take approximately 45 minutes to complete and the process is completely pain-free. You need to arrive to the salon eye makeup-free and most places require a patch test to be completed 48 hours prior to your treatment.

The lower lashes are pressed down and covered with a shield to avoid any of the perming solutions getting onto them and then a silicone pad is applied to the upper lid, just above your lash line. The upper lashes are combed through and 'lifted' onto the upper pads, whilst various perming serums and the tint are applied. You need to keep your eyes closed throughout the entire process but once done, you're pretty much good to go. You'll need to avoid getting your lashes wet for the first 24 hours, but after that, you can shower as normal. 

Before and After

LVL Lash Lift Review - Before and After Photos, Life in Excess Blog, LVL Lashes Dubai

LVL Lash Lift Review - Before and After Photos, Life in Excess Blog, LVL Lashes Dubai
All photos are taken without makeup. Please forgive my hairy, pre threading brows. 

As you can see, my natural lashes are pretty uninspiring. They have little to no natural curl and are quite fair, considering my naturally dark hair colour. 

After LVL, my lashes are much more noticeable without makeup, and appear longer and more curled. The effect is even more dramatic with the addition on mascara, giving off an almost false lash look. It's safe to say, I'm officially an LVL lash convert! 

LVL lashes are designed to last between 6-8 weeks, depending on how well you take care of your lashes post-treatment and your lash type. The longer you can leave your lashes untouched after treatment, the better. I was right in with the mascara 24 hours after I had my lashes done because I was going out, but even so, almost 2 weeks on, they're still looking as good as new. 

For me, LVL lashes are a no-brainer. They're not as expensive as lash extensions, nor as time-consuming to have done. The effects are plain to see and relatively easy to achieve. I haven't noticed any damage to my natural lashes, which I'll admit, was a concern of mine when researching LVL. I've had zero breakage and no lash fallout, other than what you would typically expect to see from your usual lash cycle. 

I would highly recommend LVL to anyone wanting a quick, low-maintenance solution to longer-looking, more naturally enhanced lashes. 

Have you had an LVL Lash Lift done before or is this treatment something you would consider having done yourself? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 



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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Detox Delight - Real Food To Glow


Ever since I moved to Dubai, the diet has fallen rather dramatically by the way side and I'm currently on first name terms with my local 800 Pizza delivery guy. Sorry not sorry. So when Detox Delight offered to send me a trial of their Eat Clean Detox diet plan, I practically snapped their hands off. 

Detox Delight are a health foods delivery company that serve up nutritious plant-based meals and juices, specially developed by nutritional experts and gourmet food chefs, freshly handmade each day and delivered right to your doorstep. The ultimate convenience food for the health-conscious. There's a whole range of packages to suit each individual need and you can opt for both short term, quick detox plans as well as longer term plans to give your body a total overhaul.

Detox Delight Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog
Detox Delight Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

All meals, snacks and juices are free from additives and preservatives and are packed full of vitamins and minerals to fuel the body and leave you glowing from the inside out. 

How does it work?

I spoke to Detox Delight over the phone to arrange a time and location that was convenient for the drop off of my Eat Clean Box. It arrived on time and packed full of goodies to see me through the day. 

What's on the menu?

Each day offers something new and tasty, from soups and salads to quiches, burgers and pizza - all catering to a vegan, plant-based diet. My box contained the following:

Breakfast - Strawberry Field Bowl made with strawberry, peach, banana, almond milk, white almond butter, vanilla, maple syrup, coconut flakes, chia seeds, sesame seeds and pistachio.

Lunch - Horatiki Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing made with cucumber, black olives, red onion, red bell pepper, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, sea salt and microgreens.

Dinner - Oriental Detox Dhal made with chili, garlic, red onion, coconut oil, turmeric, garam masala, red lentil, coconut milk, himalaya salt, homemade coconut flakes and parsley. 

As well as my main meals, the box also contained my snacks and pressed juices for the day which were jars of Coconut Choc Crisps and Spicy Crackers, plus a 'Pink' juice containing apple, carrot, beetroot, grape, strawberry and lemon, and an 'Orange' juice containing orange, carrot, pink grapefruit, ginger and cayenne. 

Detox Delight Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog
Detox Delight Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

Detox Delight don't just offer meal plans, you can also opt for a wide range of juice cleanses too - with specially made plans to combat the flu or shed a few extra pounds before a special event. They also offer a range of Beauty Shots, superfood boosters that rejuvenate the skin and help to purify the body.

Each plan comes with instructions and information on what to expect from your detox and how to get the best results from your chosen plan. There's also a handy guide to detox symptoms to look out for and information on how to manage any cravings that arise during your cleanse. 

With Detox Delight, eating well doesn't have to be a chore and it puts a whole new spin on convenience foods. I don't think I'm ready to fully sever ties with my 800 Pizza guy just yet but when I'm looking to give my body an extra health boost, I know who to call. 

For more information, visit the Detox Delight website or you can email info@detox-delight.ae
*Products sent to me for review. All words and opinions are my own. 
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review


Ahh, Huda Beauty. The Dubai-based beauty queen is at it again, this time dropping two stunning highlighter palettes to add to her ever increasing collection of beauty essentials - but are they any good?

I've waxed lyrical about her liquid lipsticks - in my opinion, they are some of the best formulas on the current market, comfortable and easy to reapply, the same goes for her lip liners or 'Lip Contours' as she dubs them. I'm also pretty die hard for her Samantha Lashes too, so I had high hopes for the launch of her 3D Highlighting Palette. I opted for the Pink Sands Edition

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review
Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review

Now, I'll be honest. I wasn't entirely convinced of the 3D highlighting concept. As Huda herself demonstrated on her Insta Stories, she's developed the palettes around a four step highlighting principle:

1. First you PREP with a cream highlighting base

2. Next you SET with the lightest shade to really bring out the glow and lock the cream base in place

3. Then you SCULPT using a darker highlighting powder underneath the cheekbones to add dimension

4 Finally, you FLUSH with a pink-toned blusher shade

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review

I wasn't sure if the whole concept was genius or a tad gimmicky. She's not the first beauty blogger to endorse using a powder highlighter over a luminous cream base to bring out a more intense glow so I was intrigued to see how her palette performed once all the steps were followed.

Here's my face without any highlighter or contour:

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review

Here it is after using the Pink Sands Edition Palette... FYI, I have scary brows right now!

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review

So here's my thoughts:

Firstly, I think the powders are really pretty swatched. They're very finely milled and have a beautifully soft texture that blends out well. Applied with a natural fibre brush, the highlighters aren't as intense as I anticipated them to be, which I don't necessarily mind, but it's something to consider if you like your glow to bounce off Jupiter. Santorini is the lightest powder in the Pink Sands palette and it has a subtle gold shift to it which works really well with my skin tone. Ibiza, the blusher shade is also stunning. It reminds me a lot of one of my all-time favourite MAC blusher shades, New Romance and sparks all the same wonderful feelings of joy. 

Okay, so here's where it gets confusing. 

Capri, the cream highlighting shade. It's a champagne-beige-toned glossy highlight. I don't know if it's because I live in Duabi and well, it's hotter than hell outside currently but the formula itself is very 'wet'. You only need the slightest touch to pick up ample product on your fingertips. Now I don't know if it's just my usual aversion to cream highlighters speaking, but I don't love the way this sits on my skin. It heavily emphasises texture and pores and doesn't give the flawless finish that I'd like. Layering the powders over the top just leaves everything looking choppy and so I've been forgoing the cream step altogther. 

I also don't really understand the inclusion of the 'Sculpt' shade, Azores. Whilst yes, it's a gorgeous pale gold highlight, putting it underneath my cheekbones feels weird - and involves adding way more shimmer to my face than I currently feel comfortable doing. Maybe that's the reason why they're not as intense as I'd anticipated! And then on top of all that, I don't think this palette alone is enough to give me the sculpted cheeks of a Victoria's Secret Angel so I still have to go in with a contour powder to chisel out what my mamma never gave me... and five steps later I'm wondering what happened to the good old days when you didn't need an hour to fake what 10 minutes standing out in the Dubai sun can offer you for free?

Maybe I'm just being cynical but for me, it's four steps too many. I can't be bothered. Plus, at AED 250 or roughly £50 a palette, I honestly don't think it's all that necessary. Yes, the powders are nice and yes, the packaging makes my ovaries tingle but unless you're an absolute highlighting palette junkie or you don't have anything similar to the shades on offer, I'd give this one a miss. 

Sorry Huda... I'll just stick to stockpiling your lipsticks instead. 

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The White Room Spa, Dubai


On Sunday, I was very kindly invited along to The White Room Spa in Dubai's Motor City to indulge in a relaxing, pamper day and try out some of the spa's essential beauty treatments. 

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

Its clean, white aesthetic sets the tone and the spa's extensive treatment menu offers something for everyone at really affordable prices.  Whether you're looking for a massage, skincare treatments, nail enhancements, hair styling or more, The White Room has it all. They even offer a variety of 'pick and mix' menus (check them out here) that allow you to create a tailor-made pamper package to suit your specific needs and budget. Plus with branches across Dubai, they're well worth checking out!

I kicked off my morning with a relaxing Back Massage. The treatment lasts 30 minutes and is designed to relieve tension in the upper back muscles as well as soothe lower back aches and stimulate blood flow to the area. The treatment room was simple, yet contained everything you would need. A fluffy robe to change into, candles, aromatherapy oil burners and ambient background music to set the scene plus a large, comfortable bed to relax on whilst the therapist works her magic. It was a decent massage too. The therapist was attentive and made me feel at ease right away. She was adept at soothing away the tension in my shoulders (which I always seem to carry) ensuring that I was comfortable with the pressure whilst working out all of my knots. 

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

After the massage, it was time to get dressed, (thankfully the therapist conducting my massage had offered to remove any excess oil from my skin to save my clothes - brill!) and choose my polish for my mani/pedi. The White Room Spa has a HUGE selection of nail products to choose from and carry brands such as Opi, Essie, Gelish and more. I opted for a Gelish manicure/pedicure in the shade 'Passion' which is a gorgeous, hot coral/pink. I was absolutely thrilled with how the colour turned out. Two technicians worked on my hands and feet simultaneously for maximum efficiency whilst I relaxed in the spa's large, comfy seating area.

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

Once my hands and feet were looking fabulous, it was time to hop into the hairdressers chair for a shampoo and blow dry. The White Room Spa offers all blow drys for just AED 65, regardless of hair length or style which is an absolute bargain! After a discussion with the stylist over what type of look I wanted to go for, I opted for big, bouncy blow dried curls which the stylist delivered whilst I kicked back with a magazine. 

The White Room Spa Dubai Review / Life in Excess Blog

And my transformation was complete. After a couple of hours, I was ready to walk out of The White Room Spa a brand-spanking new woman and feeling like I'd just been given an entire beauty overhaul. 

Whether you're looking for an express treatment or something a little more indulgent, I couldn't recommend The White Room Spa more. The staff are welcoming and the service friendly - and with a price list that you really can't argue with, I know I'll be back for more. 

For more information, visit The White Room Spa website. Branches are available in JLT, Motor City, Marina Plaza and IBN Batutta Mall. 

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Trying Yankee Candles


My Mother. Creator of fine, human specimens and scented candle habit facilitator. 

As I never made it home for Christmas last year, we held a small Christmas celebration when my family came to visit the other week... in April... we played carols. It was glorious.

Yankee Candle Votive Haul & Review - Life in Excess Blog

Anyway, my Mum came bearing gifts, which included a box stuffed with loads of Yankee Candle votive candles, in a whole range of scents so that, in her words, I could try them all and find out which ones are my favourites. 

Bless her. She's a good egg.

So that's just what I'm doing. Burning my way through Yankee Candles and giving them all the sniff test. Here's the scents that I'm loving so far:

Fluffy Towels - Smells like fresh laundry. A really clean, comforting scent that would work perfectly for the bedroom. I couldn't resist and lit this one straight away. 

Lavender - I'm not usually the biggest fan of lavender scents but this isn't too overpowering. It has a nice, spa-like feel about it which I think is really calming. 

Wedding Day - Again, a very fresh, floral scent with notes of citrus, mimosa, jasmine and rose to name but a few. 

Oud Oasis - This is a candle that I wouldn't typically pick out for myself but one that I actually really like. It's very apt, considering where I live and has a rich, warm scent with notes of oud, jasmine and amber. 

Champaca Blossom - This is another fragrance that has a spa-like vibe to it. It's a mix of fruity, floral scents with notes of orange, violet leaf, melon and cedarwood. 

Summer Scoop - This strawberry ice cream scented candle smells almost good enough to eat. It has a vanilla base with strawberry and pink cotton candy notes. 

I don't have a whole lot of experience with Yankee Candles but I have to say, I'm really impressed with the amount of fragrance these small votives give off when lit. They really do fill a room, despite their size, with each candle having a burn time of up to 15 hours; although you wouldn't need to have it going for that length of time in any one sitting. 

The votive size candles are such a great way to sample the various scents on offer from Yankee Candle, and I'd definitely like to try more in the near future. 

Well done Mum!

Let me know if you've tried the sample-size, votive candles from Yankee Candle and/or what your favourite scents are from the brand. I'd love some recommendations. 


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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Moving On

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Yes, would you believe I'm back with another blog post?

As it stands, we're T-minus 9 days until moving day, (I'm not sure if I've used that phrase correctly but I'm going to run with it) and I'm blighted with a mixed bag of emotions. Let me backtrack. Scott started a new job in Dubai back in January, and for the last four months has been making the 3 hour round commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, everyday. It's been a long slog and copious amounts of caffeine have been consumed along the way but moving day is finally around the corner, and with it comes a drastically reduced commute and the fact that we're going to have a whole new city to explore! 

*Does happy dance*

On the flipside, I'm properly gutted to be leaving Abu Dhabi. I may even shed a tear. From the very first time we stepped foot in Abu Dhabi, way back in 2013 just after Scott and I were engaged, I've been head over heels in love with the place and always knew we'd end up living here one day. So now that we are set to leave, part of me wants to dig my heels in and say I'm staying put. I'm not ready. Not because I'm not looking forward to the opportunities and experiences that Dubai will no doubt offer us, but because it will be really hard to walk away from a place that I feel at home in. 

And so here I am feeling all weird about it. If I'd had it my way, I'd have treated the move like ripping off a plaster. Quick and relatively painless. However, the fact that we've had to stay put in our current apartment until our lease expires means that the whole process has been long and drawn out. I've swung between pure excitement to move and nerves over whether we're making the right decision like a contestant on Golden Balls, trying to decide whether to split or steal the prize money.

When it boils down to it, Scott can't continue with his current commute, and a move is the only realistic option we have, and as much as it may not seem it through my negative Nancy waffling on, I am genuinely really looking forward it. I guess I just wanted to vocalise my uncertainty, or rather put it down on paper so to speak and be open about the fact that moving is and will always be a big deal. 

Plus packing... Having lived in four different countries in the past four and a half years, I can't express enough how strongly I detest packing. Thankfully, this time we're hiring a company to do the majority of it for us. Let's see how that pans out. I feel it may be the safest option for our marriage. 

Anyway, I'm very much aware that this post, which I initially intended to be a light-hearted poke at my dog (a story I will need to save for another day) has turned into a bit of an emotional outpouring so I shall promptly crawl back in my shell and, seeing as it's Wednesday and we have Scott's sister and her friends over visiting, indulge myself in ladies night freebie wine and continue to remind myself that Abu Dhabi will always be just a drive away...

Well, unless we move again! 
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