The Countess in Dubai…Part Three

As I look outside, the splendiferous view of the English Countryside greets me with a familiar view. Sadly my trip to Dubai has ended and I am back home in England once again. Dubai is an incredible City and a place that will always be in my heart, so to be able to come home and still feel happy is a good sign and one that I am truly grateful for.

The last part of my trip was focused on attending the Wedding of a dear friend. Whilst many people loathe Weddings, I have to admit that I love them and cannot see why anyone would not. This is a day that two people are committing their lives to one another in the name of Love. It is a day full of celebration and happiness and a time where everyone in attendance can be thankful for their loved ones. I know when I attend a Wedding I always feel a sense of gratitude for being able to share my life and love with my husband, the Earl.

This Wedding was one of the most fabulous Weddings I have ever had the pleasure of attending. The success of a Wedding is largely down to impeccable organisation and this Wedding ran exceptionally smoothly. It is important that throughout the day all guests are kept entertained and never left to stand around. I have been to many Weddings where there have been long delays between each stage. For example, I have attended Weddings where guests have been left to entertain themselves whilst the Bride and Groom spend hours having photographs taken. When planning my own Wedding, this was something I made very clear was not to happen. I wanted to ensure that guests were entertained from the very first moment of arriving to my reception. I did hire a reputable event planner to assist me with this and I would highly recommend any future bride to do so also. On your Wedding Day you will be far too busy to worry about logistics, instead you should be allowed to enjoy your day and pay someone else to do this professionally.

The Bride of this Wedding had obviously considered the importance of keeping guests entertained as there was not a time throughout the day that we had the opportunity to be bored. Whilst the Bride and Groom were having photographs taken, guests were seated in a magnificent room where a small ballet production was shown. This was a fantastic way to entertain guests rather than leaving them to stand around without a seat. Once the ballet had ended we were immediately seated for Dinner. As I mentioned earlier, organisation is key and this is why this Wedding was so successful.

The Wedding was the perfect end to my Dubai trip, although I have to admit I am now left feeling somewhat exhausted! Dubai is not a place to visit if you want to relax. Yes the weather is perfect but there is so much to do and experience, one would waste time worshipping the Sun all day. For me, I am now glad to be back to normality and cannot wait for tomorrow when I shall walk my Dogs amongst England’s green and pleasant land.

Yours,

The Countess x

The Countess in Dubai…Part One

As I speak to you now, I am sitting aboard the deck of a pristine white yacht eating breakfast whilst the Sun brightly shines creating a sparkling flicker on the surrounding Sea. I am once again in Dubai, perhaps one of my favourite destinations, especially at this time of year when the British weather leaves little to be desired; Unfortunately, I am only visiting for four days, after which I shall be returning to good old Blighty. I am here, with the Earl, to attend a Wedding of a close friend, which is taking place on Monday. Said friend has been extremely hospitable and is the reason why we are residing on a Yacht instead of the usual, Royal Mirage Hotel, which is by no means roughing it!

We arrived in the City early this morning after a long albeit pleasant flight. I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of air travel, I have flown many times, in fact last year the Earl and I flew forty eight times but still, every time we experienced even slight turbulence I was convinced we were going to die! I do manage to relax slightly after cruising for four hours or so, but I cannot tell you the relief one feels when the aircraft has safely landed and my Jimmy Choo’s are treading concrete once again.

For this short trip it is ridiculous how much luggage one has had to bring, however everything I have brought is completely necessary. We are attending many dinners and meetings during the trip not to mention the outfits required for the Wedding day. As we are staying on a Yacht I have also had to bring a rather large entourage including hair stylist, cook, house maid(s), cleaners, dressing assistant, and a driver. It may seem excessive to most but without these important people, trips like this would not be so smooth.

After breakfast the Earl is to play golf with the groom party whilst I shall be attending an Afternoon Tea at the Brides private residence in Emirates Hills. Emirates Hills is Dubai’s version of Beverly Hills, except perhaps not as fabulous. This is because Emirates Hills is still relatively new and needs time for the surrounding foliage and landscape to bloom. However it is still an incredibly serene, exclusive location and the Villas are rather spectacular. It is not a place I would like to live as the villas are quite close together; In Dubai though, this is all you can expect. Only his Highness the Sheikh has a residency with no neighbours.

This evening the Earl and I will have dinner together. This is the only time during the entire trip that we will have the opportunity to dine alone. We were considering eating at the atmosphere restaurant in the Burj Khalifa but eventually decided that we would eat on the yacht which will be more private and intimate. I truly believe in the importance of making the effort of spending quality time with your significant other. It is a time where you can talk about any issues you may have or just to enjoy each other one on one. Communication is after all the key to any successful relationship.

Join me again tomorrow where I will be sharing with you part two of our trip.

Dubai Marina where we are residing

Dubai Marina where we are residing, picture taken with my iPhone

Yours,

The Countess x

It’s been a busy week for the Duchess Of Cambridge

The Duchess Of Cambridge has proved her style credentials once again this week, showing us all how to exude elegance whilst pregnant. Attending engagements almost every day this week, Kate has managed to look flawless and glowing, proving that she is Britain’s style Queen.

Radiant- The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a peach £375 Tara Jarmon coat yesterday

Radiant- The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a peach £375 Tara Jarmon coat yesterday

The three Royals having fun!

The three Royals having fun!

Kate wears dress by Topshop and jacket by Ralph Lauren

Kate wears dress by Topshop and jacket by Ralph Lauren

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, showing visible signs of pregnancy, meets scouts at Windsor Castle in Berkshire wearing Mulberry

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, showing visible signs of pregnancy, meets scouts at Windsor Castle in Berkshire wearing Mulberry

In a pretty Erdem print dress

In a pretty Erdem print dress

Radiant in Emilia Wickstead

Radiant in Emilia Wickstead

Duchess of Cambridge glowing in Emilia Wickstead

The Duchess of Cambridge looked resplendent wearing one of my favourite designers, Emilia Wickstead, to an engagement at the National Portrait Gallery London. In my recent article, Elegant Day Dresses, I featured a selection of gowns by the designer, similar to the one worn by the Duchess. Emilia Wickstead creates the most stunningly sophisticated dresses, which are perfect for the discerning lady. 

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Best Dressed of The Week. 11.04.13 – 18.04.13

Each week I present my favourite looks worn by the Rich and Famous. Only 7 managed to catch my eye this week, here they are..

Uma Thurman attending the HRC Marriage For Equality USA Celebration in NYC.

Uma Thurman attending the HRC Marriage For Equality USA Celebration in NYC.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Iron Man 3 Premiere in London

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Iron Man 3 Premiere in London

Emma Roberts at the Adult World Premiere in NYC

Emma Roberts at the Adult World Premiere in NYC

Irina Shayk MTV Beautiful People Party, Greece

Irina Shayk MTV Beautiful People Party, Greece

Victoria Beckham arriving at LAX

Victoria Beckham arriving at LAX

Sarah Jessica Parker calzedonia show in Rimini

Sarah Jessica Parker calzedonia show in Rimini

Tali Lennox attended the Calzedonia swimwear show in Rimini, Italy, wearing a floor-sweeping black dress.

Tali Lennox attended the Calzedonia swimwear show in Rimini, Italy, wearing a floor-sweeping black dress.

Yours,

The Countess x

Stunning Blue Gowns are the order at the Tiffany & CO. Party

Hollywoods finest last night attended the Tiffany & Co. Party at the Rockefeller Centre in New York. Here are some of the AMAZING dresses worn.

Kate Hudson looking Darling in a Tiffany blue Reem Acra gown

Kate Hudson looking Darling in a Tiffany blue Reem Acra gown

Gwyneth Paltrow exudes timeless sophistication in a satin Ralph Lauren gown

Gwyneth Paltrow exudes timeless sophistication in a satin Ralph Lauren gown

Sarah Jessica Parker opting to incorporate  incredible blue diamonds into her outfit. Dress by Alice Eve

Sarah Jessica Parker opting to incorporate incredible blue diamonds into her outfit. Dress by Lamé

Michelle Williams lookin resplendent as ever in a midnight blue boxy gown.

Michelle Williams looking resplendent as ever in a midnight blue boxy gown.

Jessica Biel opting for floral decadence in her gown by Elie Saab

Jessica Biel opting for floral decadence in her gown by Elie Saab

Let me know what you think, do you like what they are wearing? Comment below…

Yours,

The Countess x

Favourite Country House of The Week..Blenheim Palace

This week I introduce to you the splendiferous Blenheim Palace. The Palace, situated in Woodstock Oxfordshire, is the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and is the only non-Royal house in the United Kingdom to hold the title of Palace. Its construction was originally intended to be a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough from a grateful nation in return for military triumph against the French and Bavarians at the Battle of Blenheim. However, it soon became the subject of political infighting, which led to Marlborough’s exile, the fall from power of his duchess, and irreparable damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh. The palace remains the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, the present incumbent of the title being John George Vanderbilt Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough. Like his forebears he lives for part of the year in the palace, his family occupying the same suite of rooms as the 1st Duke and Duchess.The palace, park, and gardens are open to the public on payment of an entry fee (maximum £20 as of December 2012). To read a full, detailed history of the house click here, otherwise please enjoy the gallery.

Yours,

The Countess x

The Countess shares her favourite Hotels

I have been lucky enough to travel the World and visit some of the most beautiful places imaginable. I do have to be honest and admit that when it comes to travelling, I like all the comforts of Home and would not have fun ‘roughing it’ to say the least. The Four Seasons have provided me with some of the most exquisite accommodations over the years and they feature heavily in this post. I know with a Four Seasons Hotel I am going to get incredible accommodation, impeccable service and a superb location. Some of the trips I have been on with the Earl have been last minute and I have not had time to research a Hotel, when this happens I simply book a Four Seasons knowing it will be perfect. When in London my favourite place to stay is The Ritz. My family have been staying at this establishment for generations and I too adore it’s regal charm and luxurious comfort. My Husband and I often considered investing in a Townhouse in Belgravia but eventually realised that it would have been pointless as we would only pine for our second home, The Ritz. We also adore the Ritz in Paris and whilst here I cannot resist the Coco Chanel Suite. I find it very moving to think that Chanel spent most of her days here creating a legacy. Unfortunately it is now closed for refurbishment and will be sorely missed. I attend the Dubai World Cup every year and whilst in the fabulous city, I reside at the One & Only Royal Mirage. The hotel named after a Prince travelling the Desert who had a mirage of a luxurious Palace. This dream was realised and is embodied in this establishment. This Hotel is a real Arabian delight with luscious surroundings and pristine accommodation. Nearby in Abu Dhabi I decided to stay at the Emirates Palace. I had read about this Hotel in the news and had to experience it for myself. The Palace cost £3.9 Billion to build and the Suites are decorated with Gold and Marble. It would not be an exaggeration to say that one felt like the Queen, residing here! In the Gallery below you will see the Four Seasons Hotel located in the Serengeti. This is a new establishment and next on my list to visit. The villas overlook the National Park with a view of African wildlife, it is almost like a picture of Heaven. Enjoy the gallery and please do comment and let me know some of your favourite Hotels and destinations.

Yours,

The Countess x

Lady Thatcher Style File

Many people are  remembering the late Lady Thatcher for her powerful nature and ability to make change. As the first female Prime Minister in Britain, it was also important for Mrs.Thatcher to dress in a way that conveyed her position and authority to the rest of the World. I have always admired Lady Thatchers elegant style and ability to ‘power dress.’ In old age Lady Thatcher managed to exude elegance always having immaculate hair and wearing beautifully tailored clothing. Here I take a look at her sense of style and some of her most elegant ensembles.

Yours,

The Countess x

Best Dressed of The Week 04.04.13 – 11.04.13

Taking a look back on the most stylish people of the week…