My Home is Manchester



Social travel writers, Mohammed and Peyman AlAwadhi, better known as ‘Peeta Planet‘  teamed with ‘Visit Britain’ to encourage visitors from the GCC countries to explore the Great British countryside and venture outside of London. The series ‘Dunes to Peaks’ features Manchester and the Peak District, just a 45 min drive from the city.

The series of 11 short videos includes fly fishing on the River Wye, horse riding on the Tissington Trail, a fashion documentary filmed in city centre, Manchester, and a visit to Chatsworth Hall, a stately home in Derbyshire.

Check out the intro video to the series. It captures for me what is essentially British.  The video explores Manchester’s vibrant city, from street culture, shopping and street carnivals to the home of football rivals, Manchester United and Manchester City and introduces a side of the Uk that most visitors from the GCC don’t realise exists, the Great British countryside. Every year Britain welcomes more than 600,000 visitors from the Gulf states but the majority don’t venture outside of London. The Al Awadhi brothers supported by ‘Visit Britain’ hope that they inspire more visitors from GCC countries to extend their city breaks and explore the beautiful countryside.

Check out the full video series on youtube

For more information on Peeta Planet visit their website here. peeta planet.com

See also http://www.visitbritain.com

Couscous with onion, feta and pine nuts


 

Ingredients

80g whole wheat couscous

1tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, peeled and sliced

30g sweet rocket leaves

1tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2tsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

60g feta

Method

Place couscous in a bowl and cover with 125ml boiled water. Leave for 5-10 mins until couscous swells.

Cook  the onion at medium heat slowly until partially caramelised.

Tear the salad leaves.

Seperate the couscous with a fork and stir through the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, onion and pine nuts.

Crumble in the feta, add the leaves, season and toss.

Adapted from womenshealthmag.co.uk

The Classic White Shirt

How to style classic white shirt

The white shirt is the epitome of the classic wardrobe statement. It’s the perfect neutral base for a classic look. Everyone should invest in at least one and the better the quality, the better the investment. In my opinion it’s the ultimate essential for every season. The go to piece for easy dressing.

I love the versatility of the classic shirt and it has to be the easiest way to make a simple statement. The right find can provide instant polish. I’ve spent months tracking down the perfect white shirt. Personally, I don’t think you can ever have too many.

But what defines the ‘perfect’ white shirt?

For me, it’s all about the quality and the fit. Invest in the highest quality you can afford. It’ll be worth it. Keep the details simple if you are petite, this will emphasise a slimmer figure. Keep it loose if you have a fuller figure. Be aware of gaping button holes if you are busty. It needs to look effortless. Fabric is a personal choice but my preference is a classic cotton or timeless silk. I prefer the crisp clean lines of a classic man’s shirt, however go more sheer for a casual, relaxed look.

How to wear it? A classic white shirt goes with everything. Dress it up, play it down. Button it high or wear with a few buttons undone. Throw on trainers or a classic heel. Skirt or jeans? Who cares! Wear it under a classic blazer or team with cut off denims. It really is that versatile.

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Go oversize for a cool summer look.
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A sheer, casual relaxed look.
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Pair with delicate colours for a pretty summer feel
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A classic designer look by Victoria Beckham
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Classic white shirt with denim shorts
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Roll the sleeves and lose the collar for individual styling
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Classic cotton shirt teamed denim and great accessories
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An elegant white shirt for evening elegance
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A neat summer shirt creates a polished summer look
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A classic shirt shirt creates effortless styleSee also previous post – Classic White Shirt – Style icons

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The Classic White Shirt – Style Icons


Bogart and Lauren Becall style classic white shirts in Key Largo1948
Bogart and Lauren Becall style classic white shirts in Key Largo1948
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Sharon Stone
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Alexa Chung styles the perfect classic white shirt for Vogue Uk
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Marion Cotillard wears her classic shirt with ease.
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Classic Audrey Hepburn
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Supermodels – Peter Lindbergh for Vogue
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Linda Evangelista styles the best boy cut ever with a classic white shirt – Peter Lindbergh for Vogue
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Evangelista by Pascal Chevallier for Vogue Australia

Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village

Alphabet Lifestyle visits Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar.

No visit to Doha would be complete without a visit to Katara Cultural Village.

Katara architecture
Discover traditional Qatari architecture

The village includes a theatre, art galleries – hosting modern and local Qatari art, an opera house and the piece de resistance; an open amphitheatre. The project was conceptualised to reflect the heritage of Qatar through traditional architecture.

Katara amphitheatre
Walkway to amphitheatre
Katara art sculptures
Katara art sculptures

The Katara Opera House is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the breathe-taking amphitheatre hosts world class events (Alphabet Lifestyle Top Tip: Take a cushion, as several hours seated on concrete steps can be seriously uncomfortable!). You will find some of the best cultural performances in Doha, so ensure that you make time to enjoy a performance at the opera house or visit the latest exhibitions. See the link for more details of upcoming events – Katara.net.

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Katara Amphitheatre
Katara Amphitheatre

As well as offering a diverse culture experience, you will also find some of the best restaurants in Doha within Katara. We recommend that anyone visiting Katara should experience L’wzaar sea food restaurant, or Saffron Lounge for an exceptional culinary experience. For a traditional Middle-Eastern food visit Chac late, or Mamig restaurant doha for casual authentic Armenian and Lebanese cuisine.

Watch this space for upcoming Doha restaurant reviews and click here for more photographs from our Katara visit.

BALI – Restauraunts, hotspots and places to see

Bali

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I was browsing through my photos of a recent trip to Bali and came across a few that I’d like to share. If you’re planning a trip to Bali I hope they help. Enjoy x

Also check out my previous posts on Ubud and Bali

Tanah Lot temple. A Hindu temple set on a rock formation in Tabanan Regency, west Bali
Tanah Lot temple. A Hindu temple set on a rock formation in Tabanan Regency, west Bali
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Sunset at the W Hotel. Live dj’s and a cool sunset vibe
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Sunset at Seminyak beach. Grab cocktails at Ku de Ta, a great sunset venue and awesome restaurant
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Durians, the king of fruits. A local Balinese favourite.
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Shopping in Bali. Don’t forget you really must barter. It’s expected!
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Watch the sunset and surfers with the locals on Seminyak beach
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A view over the Ayung river at Kapu Kapu Barong Villa and Spa Resort
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Temple and water gardens in Ubud
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Forest villas at Kapu Kapu Barong
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The Legian Hotel in Seminyak. Book a beachfront table at the restaurant and watch the sunset from this beautiful ocean location
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The Legian Hotel at sunset
Regal slang Rice Terraces in Ubud
Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud
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Dinner at the W Hotel
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Catch up with the monkeys at The Monkey Forest in Ubud
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Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud
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Dinner includes a live temple traditional dance show at The Lotus Restaurant, Ubud