The Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft) which is three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and almost twice as tall as the Empire State Building. Not only does it hold the World Record for being the Tallest building in the world, it holds a whooping 6 other records: 1) Tallest free-standing structure in the world. 2) Highest number of stories in the world. 3) Highest occupied floor in the world. 4) Highest outdoor observation deck in the world. 5) Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world and 6) tallest service elevator in the world.

It towers over the skyline of downtown Dubai and I found myself constantly looking for it whenever I stepped out of my hotel, as the tip of the sphere of the Burj Khalifa can be seen up to 95 kilometers away! The construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004 with the exterior completed 5 years later in 2009. It took more than 110,000 tons of concrete, 55,000 tons of steel rebar, and 22 million man-hours to complete the Burj Khalifa and the tower is designed to resemble the Hymenocallis flower.

The observation deck is accessed from the lower level of the Dubai Mall so after we’d had a little browse of the best shopping center I have ever been to we headed for the Khalifa tower. We were taken to a little room where we were offered dates and Arabic coffee before getting a little explanation about the burj Khalifa and the floor we were going to. We then got lead towards the elevator. There are 3 different observation areas: Floor 124, 125 and at the top 148 which is where we headed to first. A special elevator whizzes you up in ear popping seconds and at 555 meters, you can now access the world’s highest outdoor observation deck with the most amazing views over the city, ocean and desert!

I did a lot of research before I went to Dubai and there were some conflicting opinions on whether or not it is worth the extra money to go up to the 148th floor rather than just 125/124….

October Beauty Faves!

I can’t believe we’re in November and there are only 37 days until Christmas! Here are the bits i’ve been loving for the last couple of months…

New CID Cosmetics i-Glow Coral Crush
My new favourite blusher! I got this last month and have been using it on a daily basis ever since. Love the golden, shimmery effect that leaves you with a really radiant look.

Jaclyn Hill x Becca – Champagne Pop
Love Jaclyn and love Becca so it was almost a given that i’d love this highlighter too! and boy do i! It just melts into the skin. The shimmer (not too glittery) shade and pigment is all amazing. Fave highlighter fo’ sho!

Davines OI All in One Milk
I love this leave in treatment! It’s full of rich roucou oil, this cream supports hair growth and protects it from harmful UV radiation, while ellagic acid fights off free radicals and cell damage. The smell is absolutely amazing and my hair felt so soft and manageable afterwards. I use it with the OI shampoo and conditioner and it certainly packs a punch!

Shangri-La Hotel, Istanbul

A few weeks ago I was invited to stay at the Shangri-La hotel in Istanbul and I jumped at the chance. I have never been to any of the Shangri-La hotels but have heard good things, and let me tell you – it did not disappoint!

The Shangri-La Hotel, Bosphorus is located in an area of Istanbul called Besiktas. It’s a 45 minute drive from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport and a short taxi ride away from the hustle and bustle of Taksim Square and the famous Istiklal street. Right next to the hotel you’ll find the Besiktas ferry terminal where you can catch regular ferries over to Kadikoy and Uskudar. We caught the Uskudar ferry and walked along the seafront to watch the sunset over the Kız Kulesi. (Maiden’s Tower)