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Her Little Black Book | Helene Helffer | Founder of Birdsn’Bees

Sunuva children’s beachwear uses Italian fabrics guaranteed 50+ UPF.

Little Bu water based wash-off nail polish. Non-toxic, odorless and safe for children.

Helene Helfer is originally from France and lived in London for  7 years before basing herself in Dubai. Mother of two beautiful boys – Gabriel 5 and Edgar 3, Helene was disappointed with the options offered when it would come to shopping for her children. 

That’s when she decided to create her own business and booked a table as a business vendor for the Baby Bazaar and there Birdsn’Bees was born.  Helen received a huge response from the public and she has recently added two new brands to her business – Mustachifier Baby Opticals and Les Ultra-Violettes. Check Birdsn’Bees Facebook page for more products.

Helene shares with us some tips and her favourite places in Dubai to enjoy with her family.

# Favourite designer

I don’t have any favourite designer. My wardrobe is just a mixed of high street brand and designers clothes. I go for shopping twice a year but come back at home like pretty women with my hands full!

I hate shopping in the mall to be honest. I miss Paris and London so much for the shopping trip with best friends…

So I only go to 3 stores in Dubai: Zara, Scotch and Soda and Marc by Marc Jacobs!

# Best restaurant in Dubai for the family

The Bench, brunch at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai.  I love to go there with the kids to enjoy an almost quiet family brunch! They have a brunch called “The Bench” from 10:30 am-2:30 pm.

The Bench features an extensive array of in-house made savory tarts and pastries, healthy salads, rolls, sandwiches, yogurt, fresh juices, seeds and nuts, cheeses, cold cuts and fresh juices.

As opposed to the “traditional” brunch in Dubai, I like that this brunch is kept simple and minimal so the kids don’t crazy in front of an unusual amount of food!

The price of AED 99 all included.

# Name us three grassroot retailers that you highly recommend for children

Okaidi, Zara Kids and in France: Bout’Chou kids’ collection for Monoprix!

# Describe Birdsn’Bees in one word

I need two words! Chic & Affordable.

# Best playdate with the children

Safa 2 Public Park.

It’s a very family friendly park with a good size for the kids to be free to run and hide without getting lost… I am planning to organize the birthday’s party of my two boys there. You can rent tables and chairs for a very reasonable price.

# Number one lipstick

Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm from CLINIQUE.

Favorite colors: Heftiest Hibiscus for party time and Curviest Caramel for an everyday nude make-up.

# Perfect holiday escape

With or without kids?!

Not sure to have the same answer!

We do have a perfect weekend escape with the kids when we get all tired of Dubai’s craziness. We just go for a 2 days private dhow cruise in Musandam. Nothing else to do apart watching the wildlife: dolphins, turtles, sharks, birds and fishes!

No network so free of our mobile phone addiction and 100% available for the kids.

We always sleep for one or two nights under the stars. Love the feeling of being just the four of us in a middle of nowhere…

# Best place in Dubai for a massage

Relax Specialized Rehabilitation Center – 1st floor of Aswaaq in Umm Suqueim 3

I always go there for Thai Massage or reflexology. It is not the most glamorous place in town but I do like the old style of this traditional Thai Spa. The therapists are very professional. It’s mixed so I usually go once a month with my husband for a reflexology.

 # Favorite bedtime storybook

Tiddler – The Story telling fish by the duo Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (author and illustrator of the famous Gruffalo)

Tiddler is a little fish that “blows small bubbles but tells tall tales”. Every day he arrives late for fish school and every day his excuses is a taller tale. At school nobody really believes him except impressionable Little Johnny Dory, who is excited by his stories that he tells his granny, who in turn tells them to a plaice, and thus the stories are spread across the ocean. One day while dreaming up his next fantasy, he gets to live a real adventure of his own.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015