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Celebrate the Holiday season with Centro Sharjah!

SEASONS’S GREETINGS FROM CENTRO SHARJAH!

Take a step back into true holiday enchantment and get entertained by Centro Sharjah’s winter wonderland with singing carols or meet Saint Nick himself. Experience the magic of Christmas and relive the tale of festivities!

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Here’s introducing our fantastic plans to keep you entertained with lots of seasonal promotions and irresistible delicious treats.

Centro Sharjah Christmas Goodies Take Away – 11th to 30th December

Enjoy the delectable tastes and artistic creations that our chefs prepare for you to take out; including different types of cookies, Yule log, cakes and more… Available at c.deli.

New Year Gala Dinner – 31st December

Join us to celebrate the last big dinner of the year with our lavish dinner buffet at c.taste restaurant. Start your night with our refreshing welcome mocktail and then savor the many delicacies from our international dinner buffet selection with live cooking stations for only AED 175 per person.

Turkey Take Away – 11th to 31st December

Let our chefs array their culinary expertise for you to have a perfect Christmas celebration. Enjoy the traditional roast Christmas Turkey, 5-6 kg glazed, with potato, buttered seasonal vegetable, chestnut stuffing, cranberry and giblet sauce.

For only AED 350, a turkey that suits your budget!

About Rotana

Rotana currently manages a portfolio of over 85 properties throughout the throughout the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe with an aggressive expansion plan in place. Rotana has chosen to acknowledge how precious time is by making all time spent in their range of hotels ‘Treasured Time’. This means Rotana has pledged to understand and meet the individual needs of all guests. In so doing, Rotana has evolved its product brands to include, Rotana Hotels & Resorts, Centro Hotels by Rotana, Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana and Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana. Treasured Time. The Rotana promise to you.

Further information on any Rotana property, its brands or reservations can be obtained by visiting rotana.com or by contacting one of the regional sales offices.

NOTE: Check out Centro Sharjah’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CentroSharjahHotel and stand a chance to win a New Year’s dinner for two!

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Sharjah International Book Fair 2014!

Hey guys!

Even though I have been a resident of Sharjah for more than three years, I had never been to Sharjah International Book Fair ever, until now. Being such a huge book lover, it’s a real shame admitting that I have never been there. Here are pix and more:

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This is the 34th edition of Sharjah book fair, which is held for 10 days, annually. This time it is from November 5th – 15th. It is held at the Sharjah Expo Center. It was last Friday that I went there. Being such a popular event and also being a Friday, it was so crowded there!.

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It’s so awesome being there. Love the huge array of books from all over the world. I saw some very interesting books like The Death of Archie Andrews – a Life Celebrated and an illustrated edition of Dan Brown’s Inferno. Both were priced AED135. I have got to say, the prices of these books were regular, not discounted. I have planned not to buy any books for a while since the number of unread books that I have, both physical and digital, is too many. I don’t want to just buy books and not read them. So, when I went there, I had a plan of not buying anything but just seeing this event. However, deep in mind I had thought if I could get deals, then I might buy some. God!. I just can’t stop it 😛

However, all books were regularly priced. My favorite authors’ books maintained their prices, falling between AED 30 – 85. So, I didn’t buy any. There was a really awesome display of rare books and manuscripts dating from 14th – 20th century.

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Many celebrities have been to this event so far and the day that I went, I got to see celebrity chef, Lakshmi Nair. She met her fans, which mainly comprised of Keralite housewives, who had bought her book. She signed those books and also chatted with them.

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There were also paintings displayed on one side.

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There were stalls that had children friendly activities and beautiful displays.

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SIBF11Overall, it was really awesome going to the Expo center and attending this event. There are only some more days left and if you are a book lover and would like to acquire titles that are not otherwise available here in UAE, rush there now.

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Stylish workout gear from global brands now available to Gulf residents thanks to TheHotBoxKit.com!

Exercise is such an important part of our lives, so why do we have so few options in Dubai when it comes to workout gear? The founder of local, online workout wardrobe boutique, TheHotBoxKit.com, Hannah Swales, had exactly the same problem when she first moved to Dubai, which is why she decided to create a platform where the most stylish, on-trend and highest quality workout brands from around the world could be found on one website and easily delivered to women around the Gulf.

One of the brands that TheHotBoxKit.com stocks is Los Angeles brand, Onzie. This brand is 100% made in the USA and has a cult following globally. Made from free flow fabric technology that is ultra durable and breathable, this fast drying material keeps bodies cool, dry and super comfortable. The entire collection can also be used in salt water and chlorine environments.

Beyond Yoga is another gorgeous brand that the online boutique stocks. All pieces are crafted from luxuriously soft, durable wash and wear fabrics and the elastic-free waistbands prevent uncomfortable digging and won’t roll down or up the waist, which is perfect for women of all shapes and sizes, who are trying to make the most of their active lifestyles. TheHotBoxKit.com also stocks sustainable Teeki products, Prana’s eco-friendly yoga mats and much-loved Australian brand, Vie Activewear is the newest addition to site.

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The ‘Wild & Free’ (AED 319) and fun ‘Elephant’ Leggings from Teeki, (AED 339) have high and low waistband options that are elastic-free meaning they wont cut into you, offering you the ultimate in comfort. Ultra-breathable, chafe resistant and antibacterial, these leggings, which are made in the USA out of 79% recycled plastic and 21% spandex, give a four way stretch to expand with your muscles during all forms of movement ensuring that your workout will be enhanced, rather than prohibited by this workout must-have!

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The vibrant, open square back tank top in Electric Violet from Beyond Yoga, (AED 279) will have you feeling fit and svelte thanks to the super smooth, cotton-like Supplex fabric and comfortably wide straps, which are designed to stretch and bend with you during your exercise routine.

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The ‘Gathered Sangria Leggings’ from Beyond Yoga, (AED 299) will have all eyes on your in the studio and gym! The capri-length cut makes these easy-to-wear, while the triangle gusset allows for greater movement and ensures that they won’t ride up during work outs. These leggings also offer the signature, ultra-comfortable Beyond Yoga waistband, reflective logo and matt finish, which helps to hide signs of cellulite, while they are also chafe resistant, quick drying and shrink and fade resistant.

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This elastic, Navy and Citron Tank Top from Onzie, (AED 229) is the perfect mix of functionality and style! The racer back design, made form 100% Free Flow Jersey fabric, includes a fun pop of colour, while the deep scoop sides add a sexy element to gym wear, allowing you to show off the built-in sports bra underneath. Made in the USA to ensure the highest standard of quality, the Onzie Tank Top is sure to become one of your new favorites.

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Blending art with fashion, these Jewels Graphic Leggings from Onzie, (AED 349) are definitely on our wish-list! Made in the USA from 100% Free Flow Fabric, these leggings are the ultimate statement piece and are sure to get you noticed whether in the gym or out and about!

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We love the relaxed feel of the Easy Crop Sweatshirt, in Heather Grey, from Beyond Yoga, (AED 299). Made from ultra-soft, baby striped Terry fabric, you’ll love the way it feels against your skin, while the lightweight fabric and easy-to-wear, wide scoop neck makes this the perfect piece to wear day and night, all summer long.

All items can be found on sale with GCC wide delivery at www.thehotboxkit.com, as well at a number of studios and outlets across Dubai.

About The Hot Box Kit :

The Hot Box Kit was launched when exercise-crazy, Hannah Swales moved to Dubai and discovered a serious lack of stylish workout gear in the region. She decided to create an online platform where some of the most desired, top quality exercise attire from around the globe could be available to women in the region at fair prices. The Hot Box Kit’s manifesto states:

  • We want women to dream big and live big
  • No half measures, no excuses, its all about grabbing the bull by the horns and absolutely going for it!!
  • Inspiring people to live their best lives possible. Being honest, kind and helpful to others along the way
  • Let’s not stay small, let us all become big, shiny and bright
  • We want the women of the world to look after themselves first so that from there they have the resources to be able to pass on their knowledge and passion for generations to come.

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The New Brooke Bond Red Label Tea!

Unilever has released its new Brooke Bond Red Label Tea in the region. Brooke Bond is one of Unilever’s oldest brands with a heritage of almost 145 years. The new blend of Red Label is considered to be one of the finest, carefully selected from some of the best tea gardens from around the world.

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The new tea has a number of special qualities, one of which is the Osmofilter Technology. The Osmofilter technology replaces the traditional tea bags with round tea bags which guarantee quick infusion, deep red color and great taste as well as a splendid aroma. Just bring fresh water to boil, rinse a tea bag in the boiling water for the best infusion and enjoy the great taste.

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Another special quality in the New Broke Bond Red Label are its natural flavonoids, which can also be found in fruits such as strawberries, apples, black raspberries and vegetables. It is proven that tea which is rich in flavonoids helps to improve blood circulation and keeps you healthy.

The world tea consumptions is around 4 tons per year, 2.7 tons black tea and 1.3 green tea.Tea consumption in the Middle East is very high, comparable to the UK and Ireland that have the highest per capita consumption in the world, roughly 3 kilos of tea per person per year. Brooke Bond Red Label understands the need for high quality tea, and hence selects only the finest tea leaves from the best tea gardens. These are then processed and carefully blended to offer a warm and rich tea experience that you can share with your entire family. To satisfy all tastes and demands, the new product can be found in three variants, round tea bags, loose tea and dust tea

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Rexona, Now With New Motion Sense™ Antiperspirant Technology!

Rexona, the world’s number 1 deodorant brand, has revamped its entire range for men and women in the Gulf with the new Motion Sense™ antiperspirant technology along with the brand’s new look-packaging.

MOTION ACTIVATED FRESHNESS

New Improved Rexona with Motion sense™, is the only antiperspirant that has microcapsules that release extra bursts of protection when you move better than the best protection ever from Rexona. The more you do, the more it works

HIGH-PERFORMANCE DESIGN

The new breakthrough formulation is combined with a packaging upgrade for both men and women packs.

Rexona_MotionSense_WomenThe Rexona Men spray packaging has been redesigned by Pininfarina – the Italian car design agency behind Ferrari. The new motorsports-inspired spray packs feature car tyre tread grips, a locking mechanism and high-performance rotational spray mechanics in matte brushed-aluminum cans.

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Rexona_MotionSense_XtracoolThe revamped Rexona range can be found in all major supermarkets across the UAE starting from AED 13.

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[Literally] At The Top!

Hey there!

I recently went to At The Top, the tallest observation deck in the world!. It’s situated on the 124th floor of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, Dubai!

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It was an absolutely stunning, once-in-a-lifetime experience!. So, let’s see some pix!

BurjKhalifaentrytktThis is my Fast Track (Let’s call it FT) ticket. FT tickets are priced at AED300 and gives you priority at the reception area and near the lifts. Regular adult entry tickets are priced at AED125. There are a lot of people visiting this place and thus FT tickets do save you a lot of time. It is definitely pricey however I am so delighted to tell you that I bought two tickets for AED115 each on Cobone, one of my all time fav couponing/deals sites!. It’s even lesser than the regular ticket!

The entry to At The Top is surprisingly situated in level LG of The Dubai Mall. First of all let me tell you that the staff there are just so amiable!. Once you enter, this is what you see: a lovely miniature form of the building itself.

BlogPix 100That long line of people you see consists of those who took the regular tickets. On the extreme right, you see a lady standing there, that’s the FT lane. That lane cuts to the right. You can’t see the people standing in front of her in this pic. There must be probably 4 or 5 people in front of her. That’s how short that lane is.

This queue leads to area that looks like it’s straight out of an airport. You have to drop your bags there and it’s scanned. You need to then walk through a metal detector. From there, you walk forward and pose for a photographer, against a green background. They later edit that and gives an amazing background to it. You can buy it if you wish to later on, once you are back from the observation deck, in different sizes with the price ranging from AED100 – AED350!.

Once the photo session is over, you step onto a 65-metre-long travelator. I loved this part!. On your right side, a multi – media presentation plays showing the history of Dubai. It’s really beautiful. 

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BlogPix 043You straight away head to the high speed elevator to the observation deck. It’s an amazing lift. From ground to 124th level in 60 seconds!. You don’t feel any movement at all except for that pressure you feel in your ears. A music plays that builds a suspense and culminates with a bang when you reach level 124.

Then you head on over to the deck and you can see floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide a breath-taking, unobstructed 360-degree view of the city.

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Burj Khalifa has 163 floors. Once you are on the 124th floor, you can look up and see the rest of the towering structure!

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There are special telescopes fixed throughout the place that was just so futuristic!. Absolutely loved how creative it is. You can focus on an area ahead of you and look at the display and view the same area as how it looks like in Daytime, Nighttime, Live (which is basically what you are looking at at that time) and Historic view, which shows that area from the past (There is barren land in most of the views and very few low rise buildings!). It was phenomenal!.

I spent about an hour there. That’s basically how much time you need to see it. There are souvenir shops on the 124th floor and also at the exit area once you reach back down to the LG level of Dubai Mall. Overall, what an amazing experience!.

Have you ever been to At The Top or would you like to go there one day?. Leave me a comment below 🙂

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Shop for Eid Gifts at Virgule!

The online gift boutique, Virgule, is offering 25% off this Eid-Al-Fitr

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Virgule is your online one-stop-shop for the perfect gift this Eid-Al-Fitr and with 25% off the entire collection why would you need to look anywhere else?.

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Gift your family and loved ones with something different this Eid from Virgule’s stunning collection of gifts including home wares, fashion, accessories and everything in between.

Virgule has the latest styles for you to update your look this Eid with handmade fashion pieces and accessories letting you stand out from the crowd this Summer – here are some of our favorite picks to keep you looking fabulous this Eid while impressing your loved ones with the perfect gift.

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Virgule Collection Ceramic Birds from AED150

iphoneShadras Handmade iPhone Case with Calligraphy AED 205

 cuffVirgule Collection Cuff with Semi-Precious Stone AED380 tunic Arabic Calligraphy Tunic – AED430 calligraphyNazz Gallery Persian Calligraphy Jewels from AED650 tee

Jordy Design by Ali Rouhani Tee AED180 &Virgule Collection Hand Beaded Bracelet AED80

Offering same day delivery in the UAE, Virgule is perfect for any last minute gifts and now offering worldwide shipping, Virgule allows you to gift your friends and family in the West with a taste of the East – use the code EID25% at the checkout from July 21 – July 31, 2014 to avail discount.

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Share A Touch Of Love this Ramadan with OMO and Comfort!

OMO AND COMFORT ACTIVATE THEIR RAMADAN CLOTHES DONATION CAMPAIGN ACROSS UAE – CONTINUING TO INCREASE THE SCALE OF ACTIVITY AND SUCCESS YEAR ON YEAR!

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For over 40 years, Omo and Comfort have been helping families to ‘share an extra dose of love’ and for the fifth year, the brands are rolling out their annual Ramadan community campaign across UAE in partnership with Emirates Red Crescent and other local charities.

”Share A Touch Of Love this Ramadan” with Omo and Comfort is a clothes donation campaign across UAE that encourages the people of the region to donate clothes to those less fortunate than themselves during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Omo and Comfort donation booths are being installed in four malls in collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent and local charities who will distribute the apparel collected to refugee camps around the region.

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“Unilever is delighted to continue its long-standing community event; encouraging the people of the region to share a touch of love this Ramadan with Omo and Comfort. The success of this campaign year on year has been incredible and with the increased scale of activity; tripling the size of the initial activation taking it to 28 additional days of collections in addition to a dedicated number for collecting clothes from people’s homes, we look forward to even more donations being received this year as part of the Ramadan charitable acts.” Waqas Javed, Marketing Director Foods, Refreshments & Home Care – Unilever Gulf.

“Since its launch, The Red Crescent works to promote the spirit of unity and compassion among community members, and thanks to the support of Omo and Comfort, for the fifth year in a row, we are collaborating together to assist those families who are in need during the Holy month of Ramadan. This year, we look forward to an increased number of donations and we encourage the public to participate in this charitable drive,” said Mr. Mohammad Abdullah Alhaj Al Zarouni, General Manager of the Dubai branch of the UAE Red Crescent.

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“Share A Touch Of Love this Ramadan” will be running across the following malls:

Mirdiff City Centre, Dubai 2nd – 15th July, 2014
Mall of the Emirates, Dubai 2nd – 22nd July, 2014
Deira City Centre, Dubai 2nd – 22nd July, 2014
Lamcy Plaza, Dubai 2nd – 22nd July, 2014

Community members can also call the dedicated mobile number +97155 3838 434 to have a representative pick up the apparel from their homes across the emirate.

To follow the success of the campaign, including milestones achieved in terms of donations, please log on to www.facebook.com/comfortzonearabia or www.facebook.com/omoarabia

ABOUT OMO:

Omo believes that children should feel free to explore, learn and develop – and sometimes getting a few stains along the way is part of that process. It’s how kids learn and express their creativity. Omo’s unique technology gives your family the freedom to get dirty, safe in the knowledge that Omo guarantees 100% effective stain removal.

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The new enhanced Omo has recently been introduced to meet the evolving consumer needs in the region. New OMO offers 100% effective stain removal so that positive experiences leave lasting impressions, not stains.  The micro enzyme formula dissolves rapidly, penetrating deeply to target the root of stains, lifting most common and tough stains away. Omo is a leading home cleaning brand across several developing and emerging markets.

Omo is available in both powder and liquid formats.

ABOUT COMFORT:

For over 40 years, Comfort has been helping mums and families to ‘Sharing an extra dose of love’. Comfort is one of the leading fabric conditioner’s in the world and one which has the ability to gives clothes superior freshness, unbeatable softness and clothes that look their best.**

Comfort_Aromatherapy RangeComfort’s thick creamy liquids gives back to clothes what detergents take out. The fresh, evocative fragrances deliver tangible enhancements to clothes by touch and smell clothes will look and feel great to wear. Comfort is available in a range of exciting fragrances:

–          Iris & Jasmine
–          Rose & Musk
–          Orange Flower & Aloe Vera
–          Lavender & Magnolia

–          Gardenia & Violet
–          Rose & Jasmine

–          Lotus & Jasmine

–          Comfort Baby

**Versus ordinary fabric conditioner.

ABOUT UNILEVER:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 171,000 colleagues around the world, and we are on track to generate annual sales of €50 billion in 2012. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (56% in 2011). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.

Unilever has been recognized in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2011 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and for the second year topped the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan / SustainAbility latest annual survey (2012). The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.

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Naz ♥

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Dazzle for Homecoming with DressV!

Hello!

Homecoming is that time of the year that most girls anticipate and plan ahead for.. In UAE, homecoming is not a celebrated event however, it would have been totally fun if it was here like in Western countries!.

For this amazing event, when you get together with your friends, you need to dazzle, attract some attention and most importantly look perfect together with your partner. To look perfect, you definitely need some amazing dresses and that’s where I am gonna help you with some ideas of cute homecoming dresses from DressV.com 🙂

dressvCheck out some of my favorites that are colorful, cute, fun and make any girl look pretty!

Dressv1This yellow mini dress will help you stand out in the crowd!. That band in the middle adds a whole new level of style ♥

dressv2OMG!. I am in love with this vibrant blue color and the detail on the hemline is eye-catching!

dressv3Just wow!. This is so cute and elegant..

dressv5This one is so charming!. I absolutely love the detailing on this dress.

dressv4Aiming to be crowned Homecoming Queen/Princess?. You can’t go wrong with this stunning gown!

These are just five of my absolute favorites. There are a lot more Homecoming dresses available on DressV.com. Whatever be the style, color or budget you are looking for, DressV offers it!. Click here to see the rest of the 2014 Homecoming dresses. If you fall in love with the design of a dress, but don’t like the color of it, do not despair since each dress is also offered in a number of different colors to your liking. Simply check out the drop down menu ‘Select color’ to see your options. Also, these stunning dresses/gowns are offered at only about 1/3rd the regular market price which means it’s affordable and you can still look stunning without breaking your bank.

Are you a little overweight and afraid to try on a dress like the ones shown above?. All dresses come in different dress sizes to suit just about anyone!. Did I mention, DressV.com ships worldwide too!!. Yay!

Now you know where to look for, when buying your Homecoming dress!

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