ABU DHABI

 

I was really surprised by Abu Dhabi. We visited Dubai almost a year ago, and, as I already wrote in one of the blog posts on Dubai, it was hard for me to find a hotel that suited my taste, i.e. one that was minimalistic, European and modern. Thus, the reason that made us want to go to Abu Dhabi was not only the recently opened direct flight to Abu Dhabi, but also the fact that I was able to find beautiful and stylish hotels.

Since it is not of utmost importance for us to live by the water, but we do require a good and well-designed swimming-pool in the hotel, I found hotels that had just that. One of them also had a delightful beach with a great view of the magical Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

When arriving, the plan was to stay at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, which is located approximately ten minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The design of Yas Viceroy is very well thought out and it is located in the middle of a Formula 1 track. Yas Island also hosts Ferrari World, a huge waterpark, which will be great fun for those visiting Abu Dhabi with children, as well as Yas Mall. One thing that must be noted is that the hotel has a fantastic gym with a view of the pier and the Cipriani restaurant. However, one thing that was rather unpleasant was the regular air traffic over the swimming-pool of the hotel, as aeroplanes were descending to land at the nearby airport. There is also a possibility to use the hotel’s beach, although I can’t say that I enjoyed it a lot. Nevertheless, the hotel did match my expectations regarding what I was looking forward to most – a true aesthetic thrill.

The next hotel we tried out was the Fairmont – a Canadian classic that was once enjoyed by Marilyn Monroe, as well as ex-presidents of the United States. I must admit that the hotel might need a bit more minimalism, however, when arriving, we were delighted by the fact that our check in and room was on the 7th floor, which was only meant for club members. There was also breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner served specially for those staying on this floor. And all of it was fantastic! The view from the window, as well as the one from the beach to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, was outstanding. Thus, even though we were not fans of the hotel’s design, we did not want to leave.

We then proceeded to Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, which should be great for those going to Abu Dhabi for exhibitions, as it is located right next to the National Exhibition Centre. There is a SPA, gym and a swimming-pool with a wonderful view on the 19th floor. The hotel itself is modern and is included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower. I must say that the tower really does look impressive and uber stylish. Moreover, the modern suite also made me feel at home.

We’ve come to the conclusion that we do not like staying at one hotel for more than three days. Therefore, I chose the Rosewood, as it offered a gorgeous swimming pool with metal palms installed. Unfortunately, the swimming pool is in the shade during the day, but it is possible to sunbathe, or, as in my case, be under a sun umbrella (as I do not sunbathe), in a special area near the pool. Almost next to the hotel is the restaurant Zuma, as well as the luxury brand shopping mall The Galeria, where I visited the stylish Bulgari Pop-up Store and tried on a watch with a green crocodile-skin strap made specially for the Middle Eastern market. Now I know what kind of a watch I want to buy next… Definitely one with a green strap, however, not one from crocodile skin J

The Rosewood is located in the centre of town, near the recently opened museum Louvre Abu Dhabi. I could probably call it the biggest pleasure of the whole trip. It competes with the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in its grandeur, which I would recommend visiting in the afternoon at around 16:30, as you will be able to see it during daylight, as well as in the dark when it looks best in my opinion! However, I enjoyed the Louvre museum more. If you’re visiting Abu Dhabi, going to it is a must, as the museum itself is a piece of architecture that is worth admiring. Since I love minimalism, the experience I had was truly overwhelming.

 

Wish you peaceful pre Christmas time!

Yours,

Liga xox

 

PHOTOGRAPHY / with HUAWEI P10 PLUS / Canon 5D Mark II

COLLABORATION / Bvlgari / HUAWEI / HM Showroom Latvia / GS OPTIKA /

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“Feel free, be free, enjoy yourself!”

Yours,

Liga xox

 

COLLABORATION / H&M Showroom Latvia

PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

STYLE / CONCEPT /  MAKE UP / by me LIGA ZEMTURE

MAKE UP COLLABORATION / LANCOME

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Indigo Pearl is all about fusion – mystical and majestic with pyramid details and liana grown walls like from Lara Croft and Indiana Jones movies. Minimalistic concrete walls are also paired with various details from the Wild Wild West movie, as it seems that Will Smith will come and join you by the pool at any time.

We discovered this hidden paradise when we visited the Black Ginger restaurant on our first evening in Phuket. And I can say that this was one of the best Thai food experiences, if not the best, we have experienced in many years of global travel.

The first time we visited Black Ginger we sat inside, and it was a very sophisticated, minimalistic feeling, with a beyond-awesome fresh lemongrass aroma. The second time we sat outside, and I was glad we did because it offered a completely different experience: you could feel nature all around, with the loud and beautiful chorus of crickets.

We liked Black Ginger so much that we decided to stay at Indigo Pearl when we returned from Koh Pha-Ngan at the end of our trip.

Indigo Pearl hotel is a true fusion of design and architecture, and it has many awesome things for different tastes.

The jewel of Indigo Pearl is the gorgeous COQOON Spa – simply unmissable in Phuket. I was also very impressed by the hotel’s art gallery – the paintings of Queen Elizabeth were awesome!

There’s also a great little boutique selling design objects so you can bring a small flavour of Lara Croft, Indiana Jones and Wild Wild West home with you!

 

COLLABORATION / INDIGO PEARL

Photo / by myself and my beloved husband UGIS ZEMTURIS

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dress / earrings / jacket / shoes all H&M Conscious Exclusive 2016

 

The same as Julia’s Restoin Roitfeld, the face of this H&M Conscious Campaign, my favourite piece from the collection is the mini asymmetric dress that was inspired by a painting by Gustave Moreau. It is awesome mix of a conscious, sustainable fabric and an old painting. And I couldn’t agree more that these sustainable clothes look very red carpet. As well as I fell in love constantly with these gorgeous earrings and as I found out that they are made from Denimite − a material made out of recycled worn-out denim, which H&M is the first fashion company to use. I think it is so great that you can get something so beautiful and and conscious.

Read more about H&M Conscious collection:

The H&M design team has delved into the museum’s collections of archival fashions in order to pick up key pieces from the last three centuries of haute couture. The result is a contemporary and artistic collection that is soulful, progressive, conscious and truly unique. The collection will be available in approximately 180 stores worldwide and online from April 7.

“Working with innovative sustainable materials and ornate embellishment, the collection is a layering of references, shapes and textures topped off by intensely decorative accessories and deco-inspired bijoux,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

The fluid and easy silhouette revolves around languid dresses, arty kaftans and sculpted skirts. Prints add a dash of surprise, turning dresses into trompe l’oeil paintings or sculptures. A long ball gown with a deep neckline features a marble draping print; a liquid dress is adorned with a slice of Botticelli’s Three Graces. Short dresses and painter blouses ooze nonchalant sophistication, creating an electric and eclectic short-circuit between present and past.

Materials include organic silk, hemp, recycled linen and Tencel® blends as well as new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite − a material made out of recycled worn-out denim, which H&M is the first fashion company to use.

Also new for this season’s launch of Conscious Exclusive are three wedding dresses − a feast of lightness and embellishment materialised in dreamy, draped lines, for the bride wanting to be as beautifully dressed as she is conscious.

H&M will be the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming exhibition “Fashion Forward – 300 years of Fashion” at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Pamela Golbin is the Chief Curator of the exhibition.

 

Be conscious!

Yours,

Liga xox

 

COLLABORATION / H&M

PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

STYLE / CONCEPT /  MAKE UP / by LIGA ZEMTURE

CONSCIOUS HISTORIC CHARM / Marble Avenues by Liga Zemture

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pajama LA PERLA / clutch EMPORIO ARMANI / shoes LA PERLA / sleep mask H&M / champagne VEUVE CLICQUOT

 

I love this latest trend where you can wear your silky pajamas not only at home or in your bedroom but also to a party. DOLCE&GABBANA recently hosted an amazing evening with pajamas that I loved so much.

I remember when I worked for a year in China this trend was very common. You could see it very often on the streets of Shanghai – especially in the market areas.  I made some fun about it at that time but now it has quickly made its way here, to Europe ;D

Love wearing pajamas at my perfect five star weekend gateway Dome Hotel. And don’t take your sleeping mask off when you are going to the party later on!

 

P.S. Remember  – every pajama will look stunning with golden or silver heels 😉

and, of course, any color Louboutins ;)))

Yours,

Liga xox

 

 

COLLABORATION / DOME HOTEL / VEUVE CLICQUOT

PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

STYLE / CONCEPT /  MAKE UP / by LIGA ZEMTURE

 

 

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