10 sites to shop on

No time for the shops, then stock up online sweetie...


Have you always looked at Kate Moss’s wardrobe with green eyes, but you just don’t have the dirhams, or perhaps you’re a retro chick at heart, and you want to rock the look of icon Debbie Harry, but haven’t been able to find the right pieces. Well, ASOS (formerly As Seen On Screen) specialises in supplying styles favoured by the stars. Type in a celeb name in the search engine and up will pop an array of ‘as seen on’ items. Or just browse by price, item or brand and get your credit card at the ready to purchase some pieces that aren’t cheap, but they will certainly make you cheerful.


With a motto of ‘No sweat! No Salik! No jams! Shop online!’ it’s quite clear who Inner Circle Life is aimed at – the fashion-conscious Dubaian suffering from overexposure to shopping malls and traffic. Visitors to the site will find a short-but-sweet selection of T-shirts, skirts, cotton jerseys and pyjamas, all at very reasonable prices. The really impressive thing here is that this site shuns the pile-’em-high attitude of other online retailers; each item featured has been manufactured in limited quantities. Delivery is free for Dubai residents and your new purchases should be with you within two working days.


If you’re a fan of Marni’s quirky clothing and exclusive local stockist Villa Moda has sold out of your object of lust, help is now at hand. The famous fashion house has launched an online store meaning that accessories and more are now available at the click of a button.


How much it cost the owners to nab this domain name is anyone’s guess, but as you would expect from such an ambitious moniker you can pretty much get anything you want from shopping.com. Expect all the usual selection of CDs, books, fashion and DVDs that you see elsewhere, alongside some truly odd online fare. Tap anything in to their search engine and, hey presto: mortgages, chairlifts, humane mousetraps and garden gnomes (with flutes) are all present. In fact, the only thing they didn’t have was a video of weasel wrestling. Shame.


If your pet needs a wardrobe makeover, then this is the place to go. Online site Pucci allows animal owners everywhere to turn their pets into extroverted, four-legged reflections of their own hopes, dreams and insecurities. And although Time Out refuses to condone such behaviour, this brand – seemingly inspired by canine-cuddling celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Jordan, Caprice and Penny Lancaster – has tapped into this niche market with considerable panache. We love the security vests for vicious breeds of dog and the snowman-covered fabrics for the festive season. Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend… surely your best mate deserves better than a dodgy waxed jacket?


Designer Josh Rubin posts a handpicked daily update of the very best new bits and bobs the net has to offer, from the achingly hip urban camouflage laptop sleeve to frankly ingenious iPod subway maps. Recently the site has become increasingly fuelled by contributions from readers, making for an ever-expanding range of up-to-the-moment food, music, fashion and gift ideas. The multi-purpose site also has links to events and arty happenings around the globe such as the Aichi Expo in Tokyo.


Lookfantastic.com offers some fab discounts, a wide range of products plus advice on how to use make-up, shampoo and conditioners; in fact, virtually everything a girl needs. Products can be shipped to the UAE for a small fee and usually take around 14 days.


We love this attractive-looking site that is not only easy to use, but is packed with information on the latest fashions, plus catwalk reports and shopping, where you can browse by designer or product type. Delivery costs vary according to what you buy.


Lots of holiday days left to use? Then it’s time to see the world (or some of it) to ensure full holiday bragging rights. This website offers well-written reviews on unique and colourful hotels and guest houses in destinations ranging from Brazil to Iceland. Or, if you want to stay closer to home, it has some sound commentary on accommodation in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Not only does it allow you to book your hotels online, it also distinguishes itself from other travel websites by listing the lows as well as the highs of each place, with overviews of each area and practical advice on its favourite spots. You may find yourself visiting it often to live vicariously through its parade of beautiful pictures.


This website is perfect for that hastily planned lost weekend in Mumbai, or the annual trip to Europe to escape the sizzling summer heat. Uflyonline.com offers up-to-the-minute deals on nearly any regional or international flight leaving the Middle East.

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