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ISSUE 17 DECEMBER 2012
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Interview 15 The Journey Between Family and Law
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63 A Time for Giving
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87 Christmas With…
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80 The Baroque Equestrian A must-try look for winter
82 Things of Beauty
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Follow Jo on Twitter at twitter.com/jocaruana, and Style on Facebook by searching for Style on Sunday Magazine “The world is not interested in what we do for a living. What they are interested in is what we have to offer freely – hope, strength, love and the power to make a difference!” – Sasha Azevedo – entertainer Making a difference is such a brilliant part of the festive season. We collect food for the less fortunate, send gifts to children who wouldn’t otherwise receive them and attend fêtes that raise money for worthy causes. Christmas gives us the time and inspiration to take stock of all the things we’re grateful for and to give back. And that’s fantastic. But this issue, Style is celebrating some of the people who take giving back that little bit further. On page 63 we meet members of three non-profits who all dedicate a lot of their time to worthy causes and have helped to change lives for the better. The theme of celebrating those who make a difference continues with our charming cover interviewee Nickie Vella De Fremeaux – a celebrated lawyer who’s known for fighting out against causes that threaten families. She has also spoken about her experience of postnatal depression in the hope of raising awareness. And then there’s the fact that’s she’s a dedicated mum of five! Her story is on page 15. So, with all of them in mind, we’re determined to take our festive desire to make a difference out there into the real world and keep it going all year long. That’s the Style challenge for 2013 – we hope you’ll join us! And as for this issue, of course it’s packed with all your favourites: our beautiful home and fashion pages overflowing with festive cheer, delicious recipes, page-turning stories, Christmas inspiration and pictures from the latest events. On behalf of absolutely everyone on the Style team, I’d like to wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
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Between Family and Law A dazzling mum-of-five, Nickie Vella de Fremeaux is also a wellknown family lawyer and chairperson of the Board of Appeals on Adoptions. Here she chats to Jo Caruana about her trademark blend of style, organisedchaos and passionate determination, as well as why being a mum will always come first.
“Work keeps me sane, but being a mummy comes first.”
Imagine the home of Nickie Vella de Fremeaux as we meet to photograph her for our cover. There’s a delightful sense of excitement in the air – her five children (the youngest just over a year old) marvel at the cameras and excitedly get their hair done for their own starring moment, while the latest additions to the family (two sprightly kittens) run all around us. Meanwhile, we add to the chaos with our multitude of equipment and demanding schedule. At the centre, though, Nickie is as calm as can be – choosing her outfits and simultaneously managing the household with a wide smile. It sums her up perfectly – a glam mum and lawyer with a very strong character, coupled with the enviable ability to take everything in her stride. As she smiles for the camera while concurrently ensuring afternoon snacks are handed out to her brood of five, you can’t help but admire her. This, in her words, is her story.
I think of myself as a multi-faceted person – I’m a very serious hands-on mummy, yet I like to have lots of fun with my children and this has kept me young at heart. On the flip side, I am a lawyer dedicated to my work and have a no-nonsense policy. Either way, I have firm values and beliefs, and I go ahead with this no matter what it entails. It hasn’t always been easy, though. Back when I was Appogg’s lawyer for four years, I was physically assaulted in court on a few occasions. It was daunting, but I wasn’t afraid, in fact I couldn’t have cared less. I am perpetually driven by a desire to stick up for the weaker person in any situation. I genuinely care about my clients and try to make a difference. Of course, my most important role is being a wife to my husband Adrian (Delia), also a lawyer but in commercial litigation, and a mum to Alexandra, 9, Francesca, 8, Christian, 6, Benjamin, 4, and Nicholas, who just turned one. I can’t say that I longed for motherhood before it came my way. Adrian and I got married when I was 28, at which point I felt completely fulfilled. I loved my career and my life, adored spending time with my four dogs, and enjoyed travelling at the drop of a hat. I felt complete. But when I had Ally a year-and-a-half later, I became completely addicted to being a mummy and I couldn’t get enough of it! Having five children is crazy and very chaotic, but I absolutely love it. When we knew we were going to have Ally I had to make the decision whether I wanted to leave her with a nanny and go back to work, or be a stay-at-home mum as much as possible. As soon as I got pregnant I knew I didn’t want someone else to raise my children, and while I do get a little bit of help, no one takes over my role as mother. There’s no leaving my children at home sick to go to court, or missing special occasions with my children for the sake of work. They come first and foremost – even if it sometimes comes at a personal price. I believe you reap what you sow and that the solid relationship I have with my children is proof of that fact. Work keeps me sane, but being a mummy comes first and I feel very fortunate to have the people around me to make that happen, such as my parents, my husband’s family and, of course, Adrian himself. Adrian is my complete rock. He’s the only person I know with a stronger character than mine and that’s what works. He knows me so well and does everything he can to make me happy. We niggle like other couples, but I know he loves me to bits. I may have always thought of marriage as being all about love and romance, but in addition we’re such good friends and have so much fun together – that’s what it is really about. It’s a true partnership and works on all angles. When I hit rock bottom – with post-natal depression after the birth of my second daughter – he was there every step of the way. Often people are embarrassed to talk about the condition, but it’s so important to turn to the people around you and to understand
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“Having five children is crazy and very chaotic, but I absolutely love it.”
what’s happening. Motherhood is such an incredible transition in your life; you need all the support you can get and post-natal depression is nothing to be ashamed of. It needs to be dealt with and overcome. Even today there are challenging days, when nothing seems to go to plan, but I work on balancing my time as carefully as possible – if I’m late by just five minutes everything goes bonkers! I’m a big believer in finding time for everything, including family meals. We sit around the table every day, to talk, joke and discuss. It’s a huge part of who we are. And that just gets even more wonderful at Christmas time, as I absolutely adore family gatherings. We always hold the
festivities at our house, with around 28 people around the table. I make the turkey and wake up at 4am to ensure it’s just right, and everyone else contributes something lovely. It’s such a fun day and I really do look forward to it. I hope Christmas will be a lovely mix of glamour and comfort – and I think in many ways that sums up my own way of doing things. Even when it comes to fashion, I am just as happy in loungewear as I am dressing up in a designer outfit and heading out to a party. It’s all about my mood, but the older I get, the more I enjoy dressing up. I’ve reached a point in my life when I no longer feel it necessary to try to dress to impress, so I just go with my
own flow. And now that I’m not having any more children, I look forward to increasing our contingent with more wonderful pets – to join our two dogs and two kittens. I can’t wait to travel more and show the children the world, and to watch them grow up and become the people they want to be. In addition, I want to do as much as I can to ensure that children, and other victims of any form of abuse, are adequately protected, both in the legal circle and outside it. Once my kids are grown, I will go back to fighting for victims of society in the fearless way I did in my pre-mummy days! I am very excited, though daunted, by the future.
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NICKIE’s My favourite designers are Cavalli and D&G; they’re just very me and I adore their fit, prints and style. I believe a carefree fashion sense comes with age. Venice and New York are my favourite shopping destinations, simply because the atmosphere is so delightful. It’s all there to be explored on foot and very romantic, so you don’t mind spending an extra buck! My wardrobe staples include my Levi’s jeans, the track suits I live in and a really ghastly Etna cardigan that I bought over a decade ago and which keeps me so warm. On the flip side, there are my lovely animal patterned dresses, my Lagerfeld 60s-style prints and Galliano outfits, which I am happy to wear again and again. While I tend towards the designer dress code in the evening, by day it’s a completely different story. When pregnancy adds 38kg – like it did with mine! – clothing can be an issue. But my maternity style advice would be to enjoy it and flaunt it. Being pregnant is so beautiful. What’s my hobby? Sleep! I wish I had more time for it and miss it so much. My husband does give me a lie-in on a Sunday though – it’s such a luxury. My favourite place in the world would have to be Alaska. Adrian and I went there on our honeymoon and I was bowled over by the nature. I wanted to dive right in with the whales! An African safari is next on my dream list. My family is definitely something I can’t live without, though a few years ago I would have said ‘being a lawyer’. I’m also so grateful for my health – I lost a friend recently and it is a huge trauma to this day. She left two young children – Cesco, 9, and Gianni, 6 – behind and they lived with us for a while; watching them go through it is heart-breaking. They have become very important members of our extended family. Health is something we all take for granted until it’s gone, and I really value it every day.
“I have reached a stage in life when I no longer feel that it is necessary to dress to impress but to be comfortable in MY skin.”
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From chic simplicity to the whacky allure of molecular gastronomy, Style on Sunday meets six of Malta’s top chef patrons for a taste of the good life. Photography by briangrech
Chef patron Marvin Gauci runs Tarragon Restaurant in St Paul’s Bay. Food is my whole world. I inherited a love for it from my grandparents, who ran a bakery in Qormi. By the time I was 13, I had already started helping out in industrial kitchens and would move from place to place learning as much as
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I could. I started training when I was 16 and then travelled and worked in many top kitchens in Europe. They inspired me so much and I have never looked back. In fact, in January an international molecular gastronomy specialist will be joining Tarragon for six months, which will be our next exciting step.
I always try to create something unusual – we think outside the box so as to combine special ingredients and infuse them in ways people wouldn’t have seen before. As a chef patron I ensure the laundry is clean, the kitchen spot on, the tax paid and ingredients top quality. The list is endless! I have a lot of admiration for
“I think we are on par with the rest of Europe now. We may not have the finance or volume, but we have the quality and talent.” – Marvin
international chef patrons, including Ferran Adrià and his brother Albert. I have tasted their food and it was incredible. The local restaurant scene has improved drastically, especially in the last two years. I think we are on par with the rest of Europe now. We may not have the finance or volume, but we have the quality and talent. I absolutely love cooking for anyone who loves food. People who are interested in what we do really inspire me and they encourage me to be my best. Opening Tarragon has been a definite highlight of my career – although refusing Kevin Costner was pretty unique too! We were full, there was nothing I could do. In this job it’s easy to burn the candle at both ends, but I do need to relax to be inspired. That’s when I finally clear my head and disconnect – a bottle of wine helps! Of course that won’t be happening
“We’re already looking forward to Christmas by playing carols while we make sweets!” – Ramona & Roberta
much over the festive season, although I try to find as much time with my family, wife and three children as possible. After Christmas Day lunch I am all theirs – I’m really looking forward to it! Marvin’s gourmet tip: Never freeze food – it changes its taste, texture and natural oils. Sisters Ramona and Roberta Preca run Palazzo Preca in Valletta, and are involved in the running of family restaurant Tal-Familja in Marsascala. Food is so much to us: satisfaction, love, power, passion, happiness and more. It’s something we both grew up surrounded by. So it comes so naturally to be involved in this business, and our whole world now revolves around it. Our food ethos is always to keep things simple and easy, but we love experimenting with new ingredients. The ‘wow factor’ is vital and we like our food
to excite our patrons as much as possible. Our favourite ingredients are garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil, rucola, good quality chocolate, good quality butter and nuts. We take our ingredients very seriously and always try to choose the freshest and the best. It’s better to spend a bit more than to buy cheap, lower quality produce. Being a chef patron means taking the restaurant from start to finish – from the maintenance of the place to coming up with practical (yet rousing) recipes. It’s all about blending business with food, but pleasing our clients comes first. Building on the family business and developing it has been a highlight, and we look forward to doing more in the future. We’d love to open some sort of foodie chain. I think Malta has come such a long way recently – it’s almost unbelievable. We’re proud to be part of that. We admire several international
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chefs, especially those in the molecular gastronomy movement – such as Heston Blumenthal. We’d also love to cook for Gordon Ramsay, as he’d be sure to give us an honest critique! Foreign chefs inspire us, as does travel. We could never accept that we were good enough and just rest on our laurels. As for Christmas, we’re already looking forward to it by playing carols while we make sweets! Although we’re working, we try to get into the spirit of it. We have never had a full family Christmas (although we make up for it in January), but we are working on that for the future! Ramona and Roberta’s gourmet tip: Use the best ingredients you possibly can – you’ll taste the difference. Michael Diacono is chef patron at Giuseppi’s Restaurant in Mellieha and Rubino’s in Valletta. Aside from family, food means everything to me. I know it’s a bit of a cliché but it’s true. I grew up in a well-known foodie family and it’s always been a major part of my life. I suppose I am addicted to it. When it comes to cooking my style is simple, but good. I believe it’s important to promote our region and I like to use
Maltese produce whenever possible. I love cooking with pasta and fish, but when it comes to the latter we’re not as spoilt for choice as we’d like to be and we’re overfishing. I do think the restaurant industry needs to consider sustainability in its choices; awareness is important. I’m proud to see how the local gourmet scene has changed and improved since I started. The markets have opened up more, people are spending more on food as a form of entertainment and they have become more demanding and discerning. In turn, we are offering better options and venues. As a chef patron the buck really stops with you – it’s not all negative; there’s huge satisfaction that comes from being recognised for the food you create but it is hard. The business side is a killer – and the festive season is especially tough to juggle, though I do take Christmas Day off now. At the end of the day, it’s a genuine comment from a happy customer that really makes it all worthwhile. There are several international chefs I admire, but I was always most drawn to French chef Raymond Blanc who runs Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, England. He was one of the first chefs I ever saw on TV, and I admired his calm
and collected approach. That’s just what I used to be like – but not so much these days, unfortunately! My own inspiration isn’t always easy to find, but regular breaks help. There’s nothing worse than burnout, as being stale is never a good thing. Travel is a great source of motivation. The people I’d most like to cook for in the world? My father and sister – just one more time. They passed away a while ago, but I’ll never forget how much they loved Jerusalem artichokes, so they’d definitely be on the menu! Michael’s gourmet tip: Don’t overdo it or try to impress. Simplicity is always best. Marvin Schembri is the chef patron at Sicilian eatery Sciacca in St Julian’s. Food is literally my whole life – several of my family members are chefs so it’s in my blood. I appreciate food and love eating it too, probably even more than I enjoy cooking it! In my restaurant we focus on simple flavours and the very best ingredients. I am creating Sicilian food, which is all about the concentration of the finest things that the region has to offer. Summed up, the role of a chef patron is
“It’s a genuine comment from a happy customer that really makes it all worthwhile.” – Michael
literally ‘stress’! It takes up 24 hours a day, from the running of the business to the cooking, of course. It’s A-Z, but the flip side is that it is very satisfying. Opening the restaurant has been a real highlight for me, as has been the success I have enjoyed since. I definitely think Malta’s foodie scene has improved no end. Our clients are so much more educated now – they know what they want and are curious about what they’re eating. The standard has shot up and we’re easily on par with the rest of Europe. When it comes to international chefs I admire, my choice falls on Angela Heartner – she was Gordon Ramsay’s protégé and is English with Sicilian roots. I respect her creations – really simple, ingredients-focused dishes. I also really like the owners of the River Café in London. I have eaten there and loved the ‘wow factor’ of their food. Just like me they don’t believe it should be all about plating and the ‘look’, but about the taste and flavour. With that in mind I feel very honoured to have hosted some very special people at Sciacca – although I treat absolutely everyone with equal importance. Recently I was thrilled when President George Abela – a family friend – dined at the restaurant. As for our menu, it just happens – although my fabulous team also provides much of the inspiration. My favourite ingredients are olive oil and good salt; I believe they can transform any recipe. As for Christmas? Well, it’s just like any other period but even busier. We don’t cut corners so we have to work harder, but I do have a lovely family Christmas celebration on 26 December to make up for it! Marvin’s gourmet tip: Inject passion into everything you cook. You can taste it when it’s there! Mark Zerafa is chef patron at Zeri’s in St Julian’s. Food is one of life’s fundamental pleasures – people’s joke that it is as good as sex is for a reason! There’s an art in understanding what flavours work well together and what blends best.
“For me it’s not just about plating and the ‘look’, but about the taste and flavour.” – Marvin Experimentation is so important. My food ethos revolves around simplicity, because I believe that fresh, delicious ingredients deserve to be given the space to shine. I don’t use butter but am a big believer that the right olive oil can really enhance food and bring out its flavour without overpowering it. As a chef patron I believe in trusting the people around me – knowing they are following up on what you’ve asked them to do and keeping the team together. If you keep your people happy, then they are going to produce something good. Once the chain breaks, it’s time to move on.
Making a success of Zeri’s (both the first, smaller Zeri’s, and this one at Portomaso) has been a definite career highlight. I never went to ITS, but started as a dishwasher in a restaurant and worked my way up. It’s been a long but pleasant journey, with the help of my family and team. Today the whole industry has improved tremendously. It partly stems from the fact that chefs today have gotten their local training at ITS, and then moved on to work at hotels and restaurants around the world. But clients have also become more demanding. They know what they want and are even experimenting more in
STYLE In-DEPtH their own cooking at home. I have a lot of respect for Jamie Oliver on the international scene. He’s on a completely different level and is spurred on by wanting people to eat better. He is casual and aims to please, both in his own kitchen, and by encouraging people to recreate his dishes at home. My own inspiration definitely comes from travelling. I’m a real Mediterranean chef at heart – I love anything from the sea – but there’s a lot out there too. Next up is Zanzibar. I find so much inspiration in the exotic – like being able to buy something unusual at a market and to cook it on a beach. This Christmas will be hectic, but I do enjoy the atmosphere. Knowing you’ve played a part in your guests having a great night makes up for the hard work. I take Christmas Day off though and enjoy it with my family. They are, after all, more important than anything else. Who would I most like to cook for? Obama. I would love to meet him and tell him I think he’s done an amazing job. Mark’s gourmet tip: Don’t use butter if you can help it! Let a food’s real flavours shine through.
“I find so much inspiration in the exotic – like being able to buy something unusual at a market and to cook it on a beach.” – Mark
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The equestrian luxe trend is one of the biggest for early 2013 and we think it’s fabulous for all outdoorsy pursuits. There’s no need to add the riding crop though – just get yourself a great pair of knee-high boots, jodhpurs and a cleancut riding jacket, and you’re set – just like this beautiful black outfit by Asmar Equestrian. asmarequestrian.com
Loungewear – really lovely loungewear – is the talk of the town. And who wouldn’t want something comfy to curl up in after munching on mince pies all day? Made from the softest fabrics and with a (pleasingly) elasticated waistband, stylish-yetsnug clothing is the latest must-have. And if Victoria Beckham was seen out in an outfit just like this one, then we’re on board! thepyjamastore.com
If there’s one colour to be seen in this season, it’s berry (which incorporates claret, burgundy and grape). The hue is an opulent blend of rosy red and moody purple, and we’re hooked on it for festive fashion. Go the extra mile in velvet or cashmere, for true luxury you’ll want to wear again and again. lineafashion.com
In Your Clutches
Bothered by annoying shoulder straps while working the room at a party? Well, we’ve got you sorted – with these striking clutch bags that you can literally clutch on to. Perfect for adding a little shine this festive season, it’s literally your rings and bag in one. vestryonline.com
The Animal In You
Pick a Print
Floral? Gothic? Or something a little more abstract? Either way, everywhere you looked on the A/W catwalk there was a print to fall in love with. Prada have really outdone themselves on this front and we’ll be taking inspiration from their collection all season long.
Tales From the Orient
Oriental motifs and kimono-style touches were a big hit on the A/W catwalks this year, adding both mystery and glamour. Going that one step further to incorporate a touch of vintage style, this pretty skirt really hits the mark for work or evening wear.
Animal print comes and goes, but somehow remains one of the ultimate fashion statements. This winter is all about adding individual touches that show the real you – and with a touch of bright pink and orange mixed in with zebra print, this stunning pair certainly has plenty to showcase! shoesofprey.com
Halloween may be long gone, but our love for all-thingsmacabre is going to be hanging around for a while. The gothic trend is embodied by stormcloud colours, long silhouettes and dark leather – making this ghoulish bag the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe. suicide-blonde.co.uk
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Top notes of Alien Eau de Toilette bring us mandarin essences which tingle and wrap the aura just like sunlight of Mugler’s goddess. Bitter accords of citruses’ skin improve luminousness and freshness of the composition. A heart is dominated by Moroccan jasmine with intensive notes of white flowers.
The Dahlia Noir Eau de Parfum. The quintessence of a fleur fatale. Expressing the power of a fragile woman, the enticing softness of the Dahlia Noir woman, inspired by an imaginary flower that is a scentless fantasy. Its powdery notes evoke maternal gentleness and femininity. This floral chypre fragrance is based on rose, iris and mimosa, enriched with woody facets. Sandalwood and patchouli lend a woody depth blended with tonka bean.
Aura Eau de Parfum translates the aura of light that Swarovski creates through crystals into the language of fragrance. What makes this fragrance so special and unique is its three sensual ingredients that fuse together to form a prism of energy: amber, benzoin and white musk.
Mon Jasmin Noir L’Eau Exquise is a new edition of Mon Jasmin Noir fragrance. The fragrance is fresh, airy and designed for spring, made of pomelo and almond notes in the top of the composition. The heart celebrates jasmine and white tea, laid on the musky base.
Narciso Rodriguez’s fragrance for her is a story of musk. Musk is at the heart of for her and unfolds into three sensuous, luscious pulsations before achieving perfect harmony.
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Firstly, a pulsation of flower honey with orange blossoms and osmanthus. Then a second pulsation of amber light with amberlyn and vanilla. The last pulsation is of tactile woods with vetiver. Available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml.
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Dazzle & Shine! It’s the Style pick of fabulous festive fashion.
 GOLDEN POINT Everyone needs a little black dress (LBD) that fits them perfectly – and this is our choice for those chic festive parties. €40.
 CARPISA With just the right amount of shine, this handy clutch will be the perfect companion for any Christmas party. €22.90.
 GOLDEN POINT This neutral triangle bra and bottoms set sets the tone for any outfit. Bra €27, pants €13, g-string €15.
2] DIESEL This ‘Arctic Warrior’ Esti Mate handbag is a statement piece if ever we saw one! €206.
 TAMARIS Berry red is the hue to be seen in this season. Jazz up any black outfit with this highheeled patent pair from King Shoe Shop. €59.95.
 CARPISA Sleek and sophisticated, this clutch effortlessly adds that finishing touch. €22.90.
 ECCO With a wearable heel and an on-trend round toe, this patent pair is our choice for boots that were made for walking this winter. Available from King Shoe Shop. €124.90.
 DIESEL With metalic jumpers holding their own into the New Year, why not shine, in this Gold M-Galaxy Sweater by Diesel? €116.
 CARPISA Sequins have been all over the catwalks lately for good reason – they’re fabulous! If you don’t fancy a full-on sequin outfit, try this pretty shoulder bag instead. Stunning! €22.90.
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Sterling Group Opens New Bulgari Boutique on Republic Street As Valletta gears up to start welcoming thousands of shoppers for the festive season, the city can boast a new jewel in its retail crown – the new Bulgari Boutique, the first on the island solely dedicated to the global Italian brand. Located in the heart of Valletta, The Bulgari Boutique can be found at Sterling Diamonds on Republic Street, Valletta. The store has been fully re-designed and re-fitted by Bulgari’s internal design department to complement the brand’s distinctive architectural and decorative style. “Announcing the opening of this new Bulgari Boutique is a source of great satisfaction, knowing that Sterling Group represents one of the most successful and coveted iconic luxury brands in the world,” says Romina Grech Fenech, managing director of Sterling Group. “Besides being delighted to launch this latest project in time for the Christmas season, this investment affirms Sterling Group’s belief that Valletta’s Republic Street will always be Malta’s prime destination for high street shopping and a very sought after location for leading luxury brands,” Ms Grech Fenech adds. Displaying the latest creations by Bulgari, namely one-of-a-kind precious jewels, contemporary jewellery collections and watches for men and women, the Bulgari Boutique @ Sterling Diamonds also features an enticing collection of accessories such as handbags and small leather goods for men and women, as well as scarves, ties and belts. The boutique includes VIP facilities for private client appointments.
A Historical Note Bulgari was founded by Sotirio Bulgari, a Greek silversmith who, having moved to Italy in 1884, opened his first shop on Via Sistina in Rome. In 1905, with the help of his sons Costantino and Giorgio, he inaugurated the shop on Via Condotti, which today remains Bulgari’s flagship store. After the second world war, Giorgio and Costantino decided to move away from the dominant disciplines of the French goldsmith school to create a unique style inspired by Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th century Roman school of
goldsmiths. By the 1950s-60s, the bold and innovative style of Bulgari had gained success within the jet-set and movie world. International fame triggered Bulgari’s first phase of global expansion in the 1970s, and saw them opening stores in New York, Geneva, Monte Carlo and Paris. In 1977 Bulgari launched the BVLGARI BVLGARI watch, a worldwide success story, which is now considered an all-time classic. The 1980s saw Bulgari’s diversification into other sectors such as frangrances, textiles and hotels. In 2009, Bulgari celebrated its 125th anniversary.
The Bulgari Boutique @ Sterling Diamonds, Republic Street, Valletta,will be open all day, including Sundays and public holidays, throughout December.
STYLE TREND REPORT
The one print to embrace in your home this season? A geometric one. Eye-catching and lots of fun, geometrics instantly add texture and interest to your room. We love this placemat and laundry basket, although the sky’s the limit when it comes to the items that fit the zany, geometric bill. storynorth.com
The Gourmet Dazzler
Bored of your usual white/wood kitchen counters and cupboards? Fear not! The latest trend for truly standout kitchens is sparkle – in hues that include silver, gold and bronze. Made from unique metallic finishes, they promise to be as durable as they are stylish – so it really is time for your foodie creations to shine! roundhousedesign.com
TREND REPORT Style’s pick of the latest international must-haves for standout trendsetters.
Let’s face it: we all need that extra push to get us out of bed in the morning. And what could provide that better than this stunning espresso machine? Taking things back-tobasics in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible, this manually-powered gizmo is the brainchild of British designer Patrick Hunt. Portable, electricity-free and with yummy results? We’re impressed. rokkitchentools.com
The ‘keep things simple’ trend is still very much out there for our homes as we hurtle towards 2013, but that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate a little splash of fun. Colour blocking – whether on the walls or on the furniture, such as with this great bookcase – is effective, bright and instantly adds that modern touch. coucoumanou.com
Planning to hit the slopes this winter but hoping to stay in touch with life back home or at the office? Well, this is a nifty invention – a wireless headphone and mic that keep your ears warm at the same. Simply pair it up via Bluetooth and take to the mountains! nevadaradio.co.uk
The New Man Bag
We all know and love the man bag – usually a canvas over-theshoulder number that’s home to all the stuff your partner/dad/ brother carries around day after day. However that bag has had its day. The modern man bag is so much more – über stylish, leather and with plenty of pockets (just like this chic specimen) for his laptop, mobile, tablet, keys, wallet and… moisturiser. twenty8leather.com
Got a Dr Who fan in the family? Don’t move a muscle – we’ve got Christmas sorted! The BBC – the production company behind the world-famous series – recently released a rather fashionable home range in homage of the programme, and we’re hooked. bbcshop.com
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Cisk Is… The Time to Cheer With Your Beer
If you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, Jos. Debono Jewellers could create an item to your specifications, using gemstone varieties in several colours and shapes. Each piece is crafted and strung by hand using genuine materials, and is ideal for every occasion. Their collection also features jewellery made from a diverse array of gemstones and pearls. T. 2123 6858.
It’s that time of the year again and Farsons has launched a new Limited Edition Fridge Pack for Cisk Lager 33cl cans just in time for the festive season. This special pack rewards Cisk consumers for their loyal custom throughout the year by offering one free can within the eight-pack. It is available until stocks last in leading supermarkets and stores across Malta and Gozo. Enjoy Responsibly. Facebook.com/cisklager
New Collections Available at GABA Gioielli
New collections by Ziio are now available on the ‘silver floor’ at GABA. Masterfully combining stones and different materials with a sophisticated touch, Ziio’s creations stand out for their essential elegance. So much so, that Ziio’s collections have been seducing and fascinating women for over 20 years. Gabagioielli.com
Let’s Party Like It’s The End – at the BMAs 89.7 Bay presents the 9th edition of the Bay Music Awards at the Bay Arena on 12 December. This year’s event, will, for the very first time, feature live performances including seven bands and live vocals for the solo artists. The event will be hosted by the popular Bay presenters Ben Glover, Nathan D and Dorian Cassar. Bay.com.mt/bmas.html
Feel Extra Sexy This Christmas
This Christmas BACI Lingerie is offering a large selection of sexy lingerie, including its new Dreams Collection. We all know that buying and wearing lingerie can add a little spice, so why not surprise your partner? Throughout December BACI will be carrying out various promotions. Baci-lingerie.com.mt
On the Pulse of Style The latest style news we couldn’t wait to share
From the perfect party dress to gorgeous items to give friends or loved ones, Oasis certainly tops the style list this Christmas. With a collection that includes showstopping floor-length gowns and sequin-embellished peplum tops, Oasis has every party trend covered – as well as delightful accessories to go with it.
The perfect present awaits you at Oasis this festive season. From new gift ideas to dazzling partywear, Oasis is sure to top every stylish girl’s Christmas list!
McDonald’s Malta has just launched its new delicious burger, the McItaly Asiago – a 100 per cent pure beef patty, topped with Asiago Cheese, radish and mushroom sauce, and all placed in a ciabatta bun. And now, when purchasing a McItaly Asiago McMenu meal, customers could win one of over 3,330 instant prizes including 30 exclusive trips to Rome with return flights for two people and five-star luxury accommodation. Mcdonalds.com.mt
You’re never too old or too young to have a bit of fun in the snow! This winter, experience Bay Street’s new attraction: a giant snowplay igloo that’s great fun to play in. Make mini snowmen, lie down in it or even have a snow ball challenge with your family and friends. Wrap up warm, stick on your Santa hat and throw some snowballs around in this wintery wonderland. Baystreet.com.mt Facebook.com/baystreetmalta
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From show-stopping floor length gowns, stunning jacquard dresses and sequin embellish peplum tops, Oasis has every party trend covered. To complete the look, accessorise with beaded evening bags, sequin adorned clutches and statement jewellery.
It’s the season to Costa!
Costa Coffee has launched a selection of festive flavours, including hot drinks and desserts, that are now available in-store. Whether it’s deliciously decadent Black Forest Hot Chocolate, sweetly smooth Festive Caramella or temptingly tasty Coffee Nut Latte, they’ve got the perfect flavours to get you geared up for Christmas! Open 24/7 at the Malta International Airport, Luqa or visit their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/ costacoffeemalta to find out more.
Swatch Lights Up Christmas!
Swatch greets the holiday season with glittering gifts. The two new gentlacquered models offer fascinating views of the precise Swiss movement through a cut-away window at the centre of the dial. The components on view are coloured in shimmering gold or silver and crystals mark the hours.
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At Home in Malta
As the expat community continues to blossom, Style on Sunday meets three sets of successful foreigners who have all chosen to make the islands their home.
“There’s plenty to keep young internationals happy here – and there’s so much bubbling under the surface.” – Ashley Head of writing for TRC, the international family entertainment company, all-American girl Ashley Mansour has made herself at home in Malta. This will be her first Christmas on the island. “I was living in London when I heard about the job at TRC,” smiles Ashley. “I admit I didn’t know much about Malta at all when I signed up, but I quickly fell in love.” Now heading the team responsible for
creating the story behind TRC’s new family entertainment product, which will be launched globally next year, Ashley first made a name for herself writing a young adult book series. “I love writing for young people and that’s what led me to TRC and Malta. I couldn’t resist the chance to write the story that underpins everything this new product will be.” Almost a year later she’s very happy with
her choice, and now lives in Sliema. “I adore the weather. I’m originally from southern California, so I’m used to the heat and feel very much at home. But it was actually the history of the islands that blew my mind most of all! I found it fascinating and have loved exploring the highlights.” Ashley definitely thinks there’s enough to keep young internationals in Malta, especially as the technology and digital
“The weather is better and our social life more spontaneous – what’s not to love?” – Remco
sectors are set to blossom even further. “It’s all bubbling under the surface and I think we’ll see huge changes soon. “It’s also easy to get to know people and I have made great friends. I’m not even slightly bored; in fact I never have the time to do all the things I want to! Of course it’s never going to feel like a big city and I’ve come to accept that things won’t always work perfectly, but you have to get into that vibe and go with it.” This will be Ashley’s first Christmas in Malta and she’ll be spending it here, while also popping to London for a few days. “I went home for Thanksgiving which was great but I’m looking forward to a Maltese Christmas. I love the traditions that underpin life here and can’t wait to experience them. I’m even starting to feel like a real local – ID card and all!”
Although they are both Dutch, Jessica and Remco Slik met and fell in love in Malta around ten years ago. Simultaneously, they also fell in love with the island. They subsequently decided to stay and raise a family here. “It was while on holiday in Malta that I met Remco. We fell in love and that was it. Before long I moved to Malta so that we could be together,” Jessica recalls, as we chat in the kitchen of their new boutique hotel in Birgu, Palazzo Vittoriosa. Some time after they got married (in 2006) Remco sold his business and they had to reassess their situation. “We decided to stay in Malta. Our dream was to restore an old building in Birgu or Valletta – we saw over 100 houses, but nothing we particularly liked. Disheartened, we set off on a ninemonth trip around the world.
“Once back, Remco passed by this house on his way to buy the paper and we checked it out. Empty for 30 years, it was in a disastrous state but we fell in love with it. Built by the Knights, we felt it would be selfish to keep the house to ourselves. So, as we both love entertaining, it seemed natural to rent out some rooms.” After meeting with the Malta Tourism Authority, which “was extremely supportive”, they went ahead and started their new business venture. Both love the island and agree that it is the best place to bring up their young son. “What’s more, the weather is better and our social lives are more spontaneous. “I found it really easy to blend in from day one,” Remco concludes, adding that the weather contributes to a more relaxed atmosphere.
“I love the fact that you always know someone who knows someone.” – Martin
“In our daily life we don’t miss Holland; however there are times when we feel that Malta’s size is a bit restrictive. Back home we could just set off to Paris, which I do miss at times. “At this time of year I also miss the traditionally cold and snowy Christmas; family, friends, the cold weather and dark nights,” Jessica admits. “But our son will have the opportunity to go to a very good school, in a safe environment and be exposed to different languages. The downside is that we can’t really take him over to nanna and nannu for the afternoon. Missing family and friends is definitely the major drawback, as other than that Malta is perfect,” they agree. Martin Pettersson is head of partnerships at Highlight Media Group, as well as a popular event photographer. Originally from Sweden, he now lives in Swieqi with his fiancée Susan Ismajlova and her daughter. “Back in 2007 my business partner and I were planning to open a company in
Barcelona when we popped to Malta for a holiday,” Martin recalls. “We were instantly struck by the islands and our trip changed everything. We loved the fact that we could communicate so easily in English here. Plus we were taken in by the warmth of the people – and the weather! So we set up the office here instead, opening a telecoms business in 2008.” Although that Malta office didn’t stay open for long, and Martin moved back to Sweden for a spell in 2009, it wasn’t long before he was back. “I was miserable,” he says. “Before I knew it I had quit the telecoms industry, moved here and gotten an apartment – even before I had a job! That was four years ago, and everything since has fallen into place.” Now very successful in the gaming industry, Martin is completely immersed in the Maltese way of life. “I have lots of local friends and make the most of what the islands have to offer. I love the fact that you always know someone who knows someone; it makes it so much easier to sort things out.”
Martin also enjoys the easy connections to the rest of Europe. “I know I can pop to Italy or Spain if I want to. But I’m rarely bored, especially as I make the most of life here. I love heading for lunch in Valletta, exploring Senglea or getting lost in Gozo. The culture is also brilliant and there’s so much to do. On the downside, things often don’t go as smoothly as you’d like them to, but I believe the benefits outweigh that. “I’m also a fan of the nightlife, especially in summer when the options are endless. I’d like to see more upmarket outdoor clubs opening their doors, as well as better facilities for those who come here by yacht, but we’re doing OK.” Martin also finds Malta a great place to bring up children. “My fiancée and her daughter are very happy here. It’s safe and there’s lots to entertain children. We do miss the nature and forests, but that’s why we travel – I’ll be off to Stockholm in the New Year and somewhere further afield after that. But in the interim, I’ll be enjoying a great Maltese Christmas – hopefully with lunch outside in the sun!”
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A TIME FOR GIVING
The Maltese are often characterised as a generous and giving nation, willing to offer their time and money to help those in a less fortunate situation. Chiara Bonello speaks to five individuals who have found the time to work for a cause close to their hearts. Photography by briangrech
Simon Zammit is a businessman who, in his free time, set up SwimAid – an organisation that encourages individuals to give back. “We’ll do whatever it takes, as long as we enjoy doing it and are helping other people in the process, as that is what keeps us going. We encourage people who have some time to spare to do something they enjoy, while at the same time giving something back to society,” Simon says resolutely.
Last September SwimAid organised a swim to raise funds for Joseph Bugeja, a man who was electrocuted while working on the Cirkewwa bypass. He lost both legs and his right arm, as well as sustaining serious damage to his left arm. “When I heard Joseph’s story it touched me and I wanted to do something to help,” Simon says. “I had already participated in a swim around Gozo, with my friend Sammy Attard, to raise funds for the Malta
Guide Dogs Foundation in 2011. “We immediately spoke to the head of prosthetics and were told that Joseph needed a state-of-the-art prosthetic arm, which would set him back around €40,000. “On 8 September 2012, myself, Sammy Attard, Roberto Demicoli, Gilbert Bartolo, Kurt Arrigo and Josef Cardona set off on our swim around Gozo. Unfortunately I did have to stop, as I had just been unwell, although I did try my hardest to keep going. So far we have raised €33,000. The arm has been ordered and Joseph is receiving therapy. “My ethos is that if we’re lucky enough to be fit and healthy, then we should be helping out – nobody forces me to wake up at 5.30am daily! Hopefully we will find a cause to raise money for next year.” The support Sarah Kennard and Natacha Zammit have found since launching ‘Little Gestures, Great Results’ has been tremendous, so much so that it has encouraged them to continue to work for this cause. Chances are that, if you’re sitting at a table with three other people, three out of four of you will have been affected, directly or indirectly, by cancer. “Our idea is to raise funds on a micro scale, and channel them to various cancer charities and foundations,” Sarah explains. “Both Tacha and I have lost a parent to cancer, and felt the desire to contribute in some small way. After much discussion and visions of major events, we came back to reality and realised there is no need for grand gestures.” Thus, ‘Little Gestures, Great Results’ was born. “We wanted to host small events, as cheaply as possible, so as to make a difference in our community. As a result, our first event was a private party among friends, but rather than bringing a bottle of wine or gift as usual, we asked for a small fee for food.” Fortunately, people responded
immediately; and offers to prepare food and donate raffle gifts came pouring in. “Before we knew it we had enough food and booze for 60 people, who all enjoyed a great night out with friends. We also organised a hilarious raffle, thanks to the gifts donated,” Tacha explains. “Following on from this success, we were invited to host a summer party on a larger scale, again through generous offers from people. At this point we officially roped in Helena (Mamo) and Francesca (Ganado), who had already lent a hand during the first party. Again, the feedback was overwhelming and before we knew it we had a summer porchetta for 200 people,” she smiles. In the three instances a small entrance fee was charged, and a raffle was held at the first two events. “In the time since we set out, our foremost point of pride has been that our overheads were incredibly low – all down to the bigheartedness of people. We recently held our third event, a quiz night for 40 people in conjunction with Chez Philippe, and
From left: Francesca Ganado, Natacha Zammit, Helena Mamo and Sarah Kennard
plan to hold more. We simply want to do our bit to help ease a painful, exhausting and stressful experience – in whatever small way we can. “We always make a presentation board thanking all our donors. Although our events are small and low key, we have so far managed to buy TVs for the UK flats belonging to Puttinu Cares and helped buy equipment for the Cancer Foundation at Sir Paul Boffa.” Twelve years ago Petra and Peter Ellul Vincenti, who have been married for 28 years, returned to Malta keen to share the benefits of ‘The Marriage Course’. “Many couples say the fun stops after marriage, but this doesn’t have to be the case if they continue to put each other first and make time for fun weekly date nights,” Petra explains. “This is precisely what we insist on with couples following our Relationship Skills course. We try to give them the opportunity to make their marriage work
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because we understand how tough it can be. After all, it was after seven years of marriage that myself, and a reluctant Peter, attended the first session of The Marriage Course while living in London. “Despite his unwillingness, Peter’s immediate reaction was that we needed to share what we’d learnt with as many people as possible.” She points out that the course is also open to those who simply want to protect something dear to them. “People were sceptical, as they were afraid the course was akin to attending counselling or Alcoholics Anonymous,
but eventually realised it gave them a bag of skills they could use in their relationship,” Peter explains. “Although men are often dragged along by their wives, by the second or third week, they are often enjoying themselves even more than their spouses! It helps them to get in touch with their feelings and start communicating effectively with their wives.” Petra adds that their first participants were close friends, who they were at school with and who still help them on the course today. As leaders for Cana Marriage Preparation courses held at St Julian’s Parish Church, they also work
closely with Fr Joe Mizzi and Fr Claude Portelli. “Personally, I do it because I really believe marriage is the backbone of a healthy society. I think very little is done to protect the institution of marriage these days,” Peter says, as Petra nods in agreement. “Marrying the right person is not a matter of luck, but something you have to work hard at. The harder you work, the better it is.” Petra and Peter’s Top Tip Make time for fun, and a weekly date night.
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promises long-lasting results. With i-Light Pro, there’s no need to worry about waxing, pulling or plucking. It’s the ultimate in easy to use at-home hair removal, so you can liberate your skin and act on impulse – anytime, anywhere.  The Drury Collection Exclusive top quality leather wallets and purses are available in a range of colours, styles and finishes at The Drury Collection. €25.95 for him and €24.95 for her.  Raphael Azzopardi This beautiful set of four crystal votive candles ‘Quartet’ from Orrefors is all yours for €110.  Patrón XO Patrón XO Cafe is an extraordinary blend of ultra-premium Patrón Silver tequila and the pure, natural essence
of fine coffee. Patrón XO Cafe is excellent for sipping, as a premium cocktail ingredient or as a unique and delicious dessert topping. Available from Capt. A. Caruana. €25.90.
 LSD LifeStyle Design A wide range of original candle light holders in glass and nickel are exclusively available from LSD. Prices starting from €12.50.
 PUPA The Deco Christmas Collection is all about old time elegance – which is so stylish right now! The collection includes the Diamond eye-shadow, lipstick and eyeliner, which all add the subtle shine we’re after this season. The lasting-colour nail polishes and Diamond All-Over complete the look.
 C. Camilleri & Sons Hampers from this shop are always brimming with the best products the trade offers. They comprise the most renowned brands of chocolates, confectionery, biscuits, foreign wines and spirits. And, for the first time, you could also choose from a distinct selection of fine gourmet food hampers.
 Gifts & More The ‘little black dress’ is a hanging double-sided canvas storage solution for jewellery, beauty items and all of life’s curiosities. €26.50. As a special Christmas promotion, free gifts will be given with every €100 spent at Gifts & More.
 One Two One Interiors These acrylic lamps by CIMC form part of the exceptional range of lamps at One Two One Interiors. Table lamp with shade – €33.90.
THE ATRIUM This stylish collection consists of many patterns to suit all types of interiors, be it classical or modern. Pimpernel’s quality place mats and coasters use a 5mm board which is topped with a unique art print and is totally sealed with a high quality lacquer finish that is both stain and heat resistant to 100°C. A very practical present!
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PETROLEA Looking for an innovative Christmas decoration or gift this festive season? View the full range of Alessi Christmas items at Petrolea. Prices start from €16.
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ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS Acrobat sculptured figurine by Silea forms part of a hand picked-collection of unique home decorations for the truly discerning. €73.90.
ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS ‘Lovers’ crystal decanters by Silea come as a stylish set of two. €109.90.
The Lawn Company What do you give someone who’s got everything? A Yankee candle of course – a range of gorgeous colours and scents are available. The Christmas flower large shade is €17.50, large tray is €10.85 and the Yankee Candle large jar is €20.75.
Cabouxon A generous range of South Sea, cultured and freshwater pearls from 6mm to 26mm sizes are available. Carefully picked and restrung to make a perfect collier to last you a lifetime.
The ix 35
Stylish Yet Affordable… Style on Sunday test drives the Hyundai iX35 Gone are the days when sophistication, class and comfort were the exclusive domain of European car manufacturers. Over the past decades, Japanese car manufacturers have made significant inroads by providing reliable and economical cars that cost less than those produced elsewhere, particularly in Europe. Now, even major South Korean manufacturers are making large strides in this segment. It is not simply an issue of producing cheaper and more economical cars. They are also delivering classy, sophisticated vehicles equipped with all the trim and extras that are found in the executive range manufactured by some of Europe’s renowned brands. Certainly, the ix35 is yet another bold
statement by car giant Hyundai that the Korean car manufacturer is not only able to deliver safe, economical and affordable cars – it can also compete on the level of sophistication, quality, road handling and trim level. Hyundai have produced various successful crossovers or SUVs but perhaps their bestever SUV is the ix35… and its achievements are noticeable on many levels. First of all, it is aesthetically an eye catcher – it’s a cool car to be seen in. Secondly, the refinement in the cabin and the quality of its interiors are of a very high standard; the same can be said about the features and the equipment on the ix35. The model comes in three different levels:
STYLE LIVING the ix35GL Classic Pack, the ix35GLS Comfort Pack and the ix35GLS Style Pack. All three levels are very well equipped; obviously the level of trim and features reach an optimum level with the Style Pack and it is at this level that the car can also be ordered with a 4x4 transmission. The entry level pack, namely the ix35GL Classic Pack, nonetheless includes many features and is very well equipped with extras – that are frankly still listed as expensive optionals by other brands – including air conditioning, a number of air bags, electric mirrors, sound system with six speakers, steering remote controls, remote control central locking with alarm, trip computer, tinted glass, alloy wheels and many others. The entry level engine is a 1.6-litre petrol and the price tag is indeed more than competitive at a starting price of €21,500. The Hyundai ix35 is available in four line-up engines: 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines, and 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines. We test drove the second tier level of the ix35,
the GLS Comfort Pack, equipped with a 1.7-litre diesel engine, and the road handling as well as the drive were remarkable. First of all the car takes bumps very well – it really is well suited to the local environment as it handles excellently on turbulent surfaces, even if the car is accelerating. Road handling, even in sharp corners, is also a definitive plus point for the ix35 as notwithstanding the height of the vehicle, it is very much glued to the ground. The acceleration was equally surprising as the ix35 is fast and quiet. Only if you open the windows do you realise that you are indeed driving a diesel engine powered vehicle. The level of sophistication – even at this level – is also commendable: climate control, leather steering wheel and leather and cloth seats, steering remote controls, automatic light controls… all in all the ix35 Comfort Pack gives you the sensation that you are in an executive car. The only difference is the price tag. Again, gone are the days when only the few could afford to buy a luxury and stylish, well-equipped SUV.
You can view and test-drive the ix35 at the Hyundai Showroom in Valley Road, Birkirkara.
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Model: Cristina@models.com.mt Make-up: Krista Paris Hair: Privé Photography: briangrech Products: Givenchy
This festive season the lips really do have it – and while berry is all the rage for clothing, crimson is the make-up colour to be seen in. Here’s the step-by-step guide to seeing red this Christmas.
STEP 1 Create a flawless finish with foundation and
powder. We achieved this using Givenchy’s Eclat Matissime – a light, liquid foundation that gives a matte, radiant, natural and unified complexion, and is easily applied with your fingertips or a foundation brush. We topped that with Le Prism Visage – a pressed powder with an ultra-fine, light texture.
STEP 2 Next, dust the cheeks with a light coloured blusher, contouring as necessary to bring out those cheekbones. Givenchy’s CROISIÈRE Healthy Glow Powder, which illuminates the skin with light sunlit shades, is ideal for this. STEP 3 Keep the eyes simple, so as not to compete with the bold lips. Use light earth tones and a dash of 78
mascara to get the right definition, without overdoing it. We love Noir Couture, a mascara that conditions, curls, lengthens and gives volume to lashes (available in black and brown). Top tip! For lash perfection, place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently twirl towards the tips for lush curl, volume and length. Repeat for added drama.
STEP 4 This look is all about the lips so let’s get to it. Your perfect crimson pout is just a few steps away… - Make sure your lips are soft and hydrated before applying a heavy pigment. This can be achieved with a good quality lip balm, scrub or lip primer. - In order to enhance the true colour of your lip pigment, block out your natural lip colour by applying concealer over
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the lips and blot. - Apply the lipstick using a lip brush, starting at the centre of the lips, working your way to the corners, slowing building both shape and intensity of colour as you go along. - Outline the lips with a matching lip liner, blending it into the lipstick. This will create a defined, precise shape. We absolutely recommend Rouge Interdit – so much more than a lipstick, it’s a must-have accessory, especially in this season’s iconic shades. Top tip! For an even more professional pout, accentuate the threedimensionality of your lips by contouring them with a slightly darker lip liner. Slightly darken the corner of the lips, as well as the lower lip line, to give the illusion of larger, fuller lips. Now get ready to pucker up under that mistletoe!
Model: Susan@models.com.mt Make-up: Krista Paris Hair: Privé Photography: briangrech Products: Guerlain from X-Treme Co. Ltd
The Baroque Equestrian
For this look we’ve combined two of the hottest trends for winter: the simple, crisp elegance of the equestrian look and the lavish, decadent allure of the baroque trend. Follow our step-by-step guide to achieve it too.
Start with a clean, crisp base. First, use a good concealer to cover any problem areas or pigmentation. Then, apply a really good foundation – such as Guerlain’s Parure de Lumière, which keeps skin smooth and hydrated. Then set with a matte translucent powder.
Accentuate your cheekbones with a bronzer or brown blush applied right along the natural shadow line. We’ve used
Guerlain Duo Blush (in shade number 1 – Peach Boy) – which is made up of two colours that work perfectly together. Bring the shadow upwards for stronger definition.
For the baroque-inspired aspect of the look, use a palette of jewel-toned shimmery eye-shadows in shades such as jade, amethyst, sapphire and topaz. Our favourite is Guerlain 4-Colour Eyeshadow (shade number 11), which looks gorgeous and is long-lasting and crease-proof. Start with the amethyst tones on the innermost
corner of your eye and blend out into jade tones. Use darker topaz or bronze hues in the crease and along the outer corner of your eye, extending outwards to form a soft point. Finish the eyes off with a slick of good, black mascara. We recommend Guerlain Noir G mascara, which adds volume and definition while helping to fortify lashes at the same time.
Keep lips simple with a nude or pale lipstick and clear gloss, such as Guerlain Kiss Kiss gloss (in shade number 871). It glides on to
your lips making them shiny and plump, in a beautiful mother-of-pearl hue.
To really capture the equestrian vibe, sweep your hair into a sleek, low ponytail and tie up with a leather or black bow to embellish.
Mini-trend alert! Get yourself a scifi manicure in metallic colours such as midnight blue or gold. These are on-trend and will complement your baroque smoky eyes to perfection.
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THINGS OF BEAUTY  CHANEL Chanel N°5 is still one of the must-have fragrances for every woman. Make it the perfect present in two new ways: the N°5 Eau de Parfum, which comes in a new, majestic and iconic spray for an even more intense experience of the N°5 legend and the limited-edition bath soap, with a curved shape that reminds us of Mademoiselle Chanel’s early creations. Lovely!  SHAKIRA Elixir, the new fragrance by Shakira, is as captivating as the global star herself. We have been totally taken in by this oriental fragrance with its feminine top notes. A truly special scent.  NINA RICCI This floral and woody fragrance is a must for women who are after
a more sophisticated scent. Notes include rose, oleander, pink pepper, musk and white wood. It’s the ultimate addition to your perfume collection.  CHANEL Rouge Allure, the new lipstick by Chanel, stands out for its singular shine and unique presence. We love its high concentration of fine pigments, which produce intense colour from the first stroke and radiate all day.  PRADA Prada’s new masculine fragrance, Luna Rossa, evolved from the pursuit of excellence. The composition is developed around the main note of lavender, with classical notes including bitter orange, sage and spearmint. Prada Luna Rossa is available as 50ml and 100ml Eau de Toilette.
 GUCCI Gucci’s new fragrance, Gucci Première, is sophisticated and timeless. Inspired by the magic of the iconic Hollywood stars of the past, it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Now experience Gucci Première for the first time, and receive a chic Gucci handbag mirror when purchasing the Eau de Parfum 75ml.  DOLCE & GABBANA The classic Pour Femme is reborn and we love it just as much as we did before – if not more! Epitomising style, it is the perfect synthesis between our innate love for tradition and a natural yearning for the contemporary. And now, with every purchase of Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Eau de Parfum 100ml, you’ll receive a beautiful Dolce & Gabbana vintage clutch bag.
 JAMES BOND 007 The essence of glamour, charm and elegance of the iconic 007 has been encapsulated in the world’s first male fragrance dedicated to the legendary British spy – James Bond 007. The fragrance is a unique fusion of traditionally authentic and unmistakably British ingredients. It’s the must-have for the hero in all our lives!  THE BODY SHOP We’re all set to dazzle thanks to this new edition make-up range. It truly is a festive feast of earthy metallic hues sprinkled with iridescent flickers of glitter and glimmer, and teamed with contrasting accents of ruby and coral. It’s ideal for creating that smoky-eye look, too.
GOOD THINGS Good Things Deep Clean Blackhead Exfoliator is a gentle, everyday cleanser with smooth micro-beads and superfruit extracts that will whisk away dead skin cells that threaten to block pores and create blackheads. Good Things skincare is now available in leading supermarkets and pharmacies. For further info kindly call Alfred Gera & Sons Ltd.
PANTENE Do you change your hairstyle every day? So do we – especially during the festive season. From up to down and curly to straight, we need a hair range that can keep up. That’s where Pantene’s new Repair and Protect steps in, mending, protecting and leaving hair looking healthy and shiny.
THE BODY SHOP Cranberry is the flavour we love most this season and the Body Shop collection spans bath, body and home. We love the berry scents, zingy ginger and sweet vanilla, in products such as the lip dome, heart-shaped soap, home fragrance, bath crystals and body butter.
GOOD THINGS Good Things have created the new Face The Day Moisturiser SPF 15, specially formulated to help protect the skin from harmful UVB rays. Light and hydrating, this lotion is packed full with goji berry extracts, a powerful antioxidant to fight ageing and soothe skin along with papaya, which works to improve and brighten skin tone. Good Things skincare with beautyboosting superfruit extracts is available in leading supermarkets and pharmacies. For further info kindly call Alfred Gera & Sons Ltd.
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The festive season means so many wonderful things to so many different people. Here Style on Sunday chats to three wellknown individuals to discover the intricate nuances, and delightful traditions, that go hand-in-hand with their Christmases.
Wherever I am in the world, I fly back for Christmas to spend time with my family. We always have a lovely sit-down meal that starts at 1pm and goes on long into the night. Traditionally I host New Year, but this year I am doing Christmas. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen to start preparing! Every year I make ravioli stuffed with Jerusalem artichokes and porcini mushrooms in a truffle sauce – it’s my signature dish. I make other things too – everything but the sweets, because I don’t eat them. My advice would always be to plan ahead. A soup is a great starter – I make hopscotch soup, which always seems to be a hit. I also serve duck with pancakes for the children. They may not be Christmas traditions as such, but they’re our traditions.
The entrepreneur behind Orienta balances her time between Malta and Bali, and is about to launch a new jewellery e-business. As always, Christmas for Mariella will be about family – and great food!
I believe Christmas is very personal, as is festive decoration. Nothing is too much or too little when it’s done to your liking. Fairy lights make me happy to go home, so I put them up as early as possible – usually by the 8th, so I can enjoy them for a full month. My favourite Christmas decorations are the crystal ones on the tree because they shimmer so prettily. But I change things a little each year. I choose the festive collection for the shop at a massive fair in Germany every February, and keep a few hand-picked items for myself.
“I’m hosting Christmas lunch this year and I can’t wait to start whipping up a storm in the kitchen.”
I did spend Christmas in Bali once, but it didn’t feel much like Christmas (especially because of the heat!). The highlight was mass – celebrated with hundreds of Catholics and really evocative of the true meaning of the season. I do get inspired by my travels though – the festivities in both New York and London are incredible. Being dressed in cosy attire, snuggled up by the fire and looking out at the city’s lights is just magical.
STYLE LIVING My father passed away when I was nine, before which I remember Christmas was great fun. My birthday falls on 21 December so it was always a ‘curious’ time – my birthday presents would arrive in Christmas wrapping and my cake was a Christmas one in disguise. I guess I always felt a little hard done by! After Daddy died it was a little dismal, but I’ll never forget one Christmas memory dating back to when I was four. My friends were round but I had gone into the bathroom so I could read quietly. Suddenly my father burst in and furiously started dressing into a red costume. That’s when he spotted me and I realised that Father Christmas was actually Daddy dressed up. After that, it became our little secret. Now the festive season changes year on year. As an only child, I’m never sure what family will be visiting from abroad, so we tend to decide quite late. This year my mother, Mollie, and I plan to host things at home.
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The celebrated artist and writer is also a renowned host. He tells us why, for him, Christmas is all about culture, tradition and… timpana.
We certainly have our traditions though. The Rosenthal dinner service makes its annual appearance. Back in the 1950s, when my mother got married, nearly every young lady would have a Rosenthal dinner service on her wedding list, purchased from Balbi on Cathedral Street. Ours – in the Sans Souci design – is very much a treasure. Timpana also goes hand-in-hand and I think I would be shot if I decided to dispense with it! It’s literally death-by-cholesterol but I have been making this cake-like version for years. The recipe is inherited from the Sicilian cucina baroniale, which, sadly, has all but disappeared in its homeland.
“I think I’d be shot if I tried to dispense with the timpana – it’s one of our best-loved Christmas traditions!” Our house is pretty chock-a-block as is, so there’s only so much decorating I can do. The Christmas tree has a designated space and we keep it chic, simple and silver. The large dining table is also a focus. We do have one Christmas ‘touch’ that stays with us all year round. This beautiful wax Baby Jesus was bought by my mother at a house sale decades ago and was given some muchneeded love and attention. It’s one of her favourite pieces.
In our family we’re true to both our British and Italian roots, which sometimes makes for an interesting menu! Christmas dinner will start with smoked salmon or brodu with tortellini, followed by turkey with all the trimmings, and will finish with Christmas pudding and cassatella Siciliana – and then there’s the stuffed dates and date tart! I believe that a real Maltese Christmas lunch embodies so many different places in the most extraordinary way – and that’s wonderful.
STYLE LIVING Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love the festive season and the excitement that comes with it, especially for the kids. It also evokes such wonderful memories of my childhood. If it were a white Christmas, it would be perfect! We usually spend Christmas with family and friends. Traditionally it’s a big, long Christmas lunch at my parents’ but the last few years have been spent at home. We are usually about 25 in total, with friends popping by throughout the afternoon. It is the one time of year that my husband contributes in the kitchen. He’s in charge of the turkey and does a great job. I usually cook the ham and veg, and that’s where Jamie Oliver comes in.
Here the creative director behind The House Shop Interiors in Ta’ Xbiex talks about the decorative touches and family time that make her Christmas special.
Christmas Eve mass is a tradition, and all the children come along. Plus we’re usually woken up at 6am to see what Santa’s brought! All six kids get a stocking – including the 17- and 18-year-olds! When it comes to decorations, we plant poinsettias outside, all the way up to the front door, and put fairy lights in the tall trees. Inside an eight-foot Christmas tree takes up most of the front hall… I love the smell of the fresh pine leaves, although they’re a nightmare when the needles drop off. When we lived in Ireland we used to take the kids to the garden nursery to pick the tree out of the ground. They would cut it there and then, and bundle it in the back of the car. I always buy baubles when I travel and each one has a story to tell.
My favourite Christmas item would have to be scented candles with cinnamon, cloves and fresh orange. Another must-have? My mother’s chicken soup – nobody makes it better! She prepares it weeks in advance and freezes it.
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LUXE COLLECTION Autumn/Winter 12
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It’s the little touches that make a house a home. At HomeTrends you’ll find a unique selection of trendy, classic and chic furniture to add that touch of class – whether for the kitchen, bathroom, dining or living room.
Colourful delight with that perfect festive touch – cushions and throws make great Christmas gifts! These items are just part of the sensational new autumn/winter ranges from carréblanc @ Biggie Best. Cushion covers from €29 and throws from €114.
There’s nothing like the warmth of a real fireplace at Christmas time – so why not have one installed in time for Santa? Il Camino offer a range of gas and wood fireplaces, with quality and functionality guaranteed.
Imagine a room for mindfulness – a space for well-being that provides all the calm and relaxation you could ever dream of. This Christmas, treat yourself and make it real, with a Stressless® all of your own.
Great-looking accessories are sure to make preparing food and eating even more enjoyable. These items from Koziol are all made from topquality materials and in superbly practical designs that are 100 per cent melamine-free and guaranteed to be free from softening agents. Available from Mediterran.
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Style’s pick of the latest items for the home.
For the most covetable gifts this Christmas, look no further than The Rug Company’s new Studio Collection, with prices starting at €90 for cushions and €220 for hand woven dhurries. Focusing on simplicity over intricacy, they are suitable for the most modern or traditional of interiors.
WHERE THE HEART IS
Add interest and excitement to your room with these suspended lights, which are available in purple, amber and clear glass.
We can’t wait to curl up by the fire and make the most of the cold weather! HomeTrends offers a wide variety of gas, ethanol and electric fireplaces in various styles and models at competitive prices. You’ll even get 10 per cent back in vouchers, redeemable in January when spending €100 or more.
The right lighting can make all the difference… especially when creating a delightful festive ambience. These ceiling lights, with their pretty flower crystals, make the perfect addition to any room.
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Entertain in Style
We all love to entertain – so why not do SO in style? From scrumptious canapés to the festive touches that will transform your home, this is the Style Entertainment Special. Christmas tree, angels, mantelpiece wreath, stars – Qronfla; Sid Dickens tablets, rectangular map cushions, green velvet cushion, yellow pots, birds – camilleriparismode; white tree decorations, white baubles, black and white frame – HomeTrends; wooden nest, tea light holders – Zara Home; striped velvet cushion, Christmas crackers – BHS; taupe and teal armchairs, coffee table, yellow metal chair, ladder – Loft; purple, white, blue stockings – LD Designs @ luisadiacono.com; hummingbird cushion by Alexander McQueen, Key Aqua cushion - Studio Collection, Key Sand cushion - Studio Collection, Key Turquoise rug by Suzanne Sharp – The Rug Company.
It’s the little touches that count at Christmas. Your tree will doubtlessly provide the focus, so clear the clutter away and hone your style this festive season. A few throw cushions will add a sense of comfort for when you have guests over and some meaningful Christmas treasures – like these pretty tablets – make for great conversation starters.
Metal mirror – HomeTrends; turquoise urn, spotted mustard cushion, birds, Sid Dickens tablets – camilleriparismode; sofa – Idea Casa; yellow satin cushion, leaf plate – Zara Home; green throw – BHS; Key Emerald cushion - Studio Collection, Toubkal Pale cushion - Studio Collection, Key Sand cushion - Studio Collection, Key Turquoise rug by Suzanne Sharp – The Rug Company.
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Make your home the main feature and remember that less is often more at Christmas too. You don’t need to turn your home into Santa’s workshop. Sometimes all it takes is a perfectly placed cushion. Pick some focal points that you love and choose a few items to accentuate them – highlighting the playful pieces that are especially poignant at Christmas. Console table, black chair, wicker round baskets, recycled glass bottles – Loft; two black vases – Idea Casa; candle sticks – HomeTrends; two reindeer – BHS; yellow velvet cushion – Zara Home.
When you’re having people over, try to have everything ship-shape. Pick an accent colour and go with it, utilising it to bring out the best in other items that may otherwise be forgotten. The odd family heirloom or statement piece won’t go amiss either!
Clay planter – Loft; horse, lanterns – camilleriparismode; artificial plant – HomeTrends; silver lamp, ashtray, gilded decanters, side plate, white serving plate, champagne flutes – Zara Home; snow globe decorations – BHS; biscuit look-alike decorations – Qronfla; wooden table – Idea Casa.
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Studies have shown that clutter can lead to chaos in your life, so keeping your decor simple will help alleviate some of the stresses that you feel – especially at Christmas. If you have a favourite space in your home – such as your reading area or desk – then take the time to sort it before the madness hits. It’s bound to be your haven in the coming weeks!
Framed print, turquoise chair – Loft; desk, globe, owl bookends, desk lamp, penholder – HomeTrends; black magazine holder – Idea Casa.
Gold and silver always evoke a feeling of restrained luxury and create a shimmering, glittering effect. You can choose glass decorations in a palette of pure silver mixed with white, or opt for antique gold and bronze baubles. Think about alternative ways of decorating too – a vase filled with baubles, a bowl overflowing with Christmas crackers or a wreath around candles could provide the perfect, modern touch.
Cocktail parties always go down a treat – and one of the highlights is definitely the food. Canapés are ideal, as everyone is bound to like something. Bite-sized eats, like the ones here, ensure every one can nibble at their leisure while enjoying a drink and some great conversation. Keep things simple, as always – focusing your presentation skills on a few pretty plates or stand-out serving platters.
Marble dining room table – Loft; cream leather chairs – Idea Casa; dinner set, napkin ring, salad servers, glass container, gold tablemats – camilleriparismode; purple leaf plate, birds’ nest, tea lights – Zara Home; baubles – HomeTrends; Christmas crackers – BHS; Zebra Pale rug by Neisha Crosland – The Rug Company.
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Chicken & Port Pâté on Toast Makes 10/12 pieces 400g chicken liver, 150g butter, 1 medium to large onion – diced or finely sliced, thyme – fresh or dried to taste, 5-6 cloves garlic – roughly chopped or crushed, salt and pepper to taste, 100ml port, brioche or French baguette – sliced, handful of berries Melt the butter. Fry the chicken liver in half of the butter along with the onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook for three minutes on each side. Once cooked, whiz the mixture in a food processor, adding the rest of the butter and the port. Mix together and place in a bowl, then leave to chill until set. Lightly toast the bread, top with a spoonful of the mixture and decorate with one of the berries. Serve.
East Meets West Roll with Smoked Eel and Salmon Makes 6/8 pieces 200g cooked sushi rice, 20g smoked eel, 80g thinly sliced salmon, 1tsp salmon roe, 1tsp black tobiko (flying fish roe), 1tsp Japanese mayo, 1 sheet Nori seaweed Lay the seaweed out flat and spread the rice out on the sheet. Carefully place the eel, salmon and mayo in the middle of the sheet and roll, using a bamboo mat. Once rolled, slice horizontally to make individual portions. Top with the two types of roe and serve.
Spicy Salmon with Tempura Batter Flakes on Cucumber Per canapé 1 piece of cucumber – cut to a 1cm thickness, olive oil, salt, 5ml Japanese mayo, 30g minced salmon, dash chilli oil, 5g tempura batter flakes (bought from an Asian food store), 5g black tobiko (flying fish roe) Mix the minced salmon with the chilli oil, salt and Japanese mayo. Take the mixture and place it on top of the cucumber slice. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, the batter flakes and the fish roe. Serve with a dipping sauce made from a tsp of soy sauce, chopped ginger and ½ a tsp of wasabi.
Roast Beef with a Horseradish Cream and Chilli Jam Makes 12 pieces 1 onion baguette – cut in 12 diagonal slices, 12 slices roasted beef, horseradish sauce, fresh basil – finely chopped, chilli jam Toast the bread and lightly heat the roast beef (this should be served pink). When the bread is lightly browned, top with ½ a tsp horseradish sauce, ½ a tsp jam and the beef. Sprinkle with basil and serve.
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The opening of Baci on Level 2, Bay street
BAY STREET FUNDRAISER FOR L-ISTRINA
Sam Belli, Rosalla, Valentina Belli; Kateryna Lavreniuk, David Debono, Maria Debono; Elena Vishniakova, Irina Tselisheva, Kristina Debono, Kateryna Lupalenko, Elena Galea; Inna Atrepyeva, Natalya Uskova, Valentina Belli, Alla Karelina
David Debono, Paul Camilleri, George Muscat, Phillip Galea; Tenishia with Santa Claus; Phillip Galea, Mrs Margaret Abela; Freddie Portelli
THE STYLE AWARDS 2012
Noelene Miggiani, Yvonne Desira Buttigieg, Giannella de Marco, Marisa Grima; Raissa Cachia, Madeleine Baldacchino, Kristina Critien; Brian Grech, Marisa Grima; Gaby Mifsud, Amy Zahra (SuperNova Model)
The opening of Bortex on Level 2, Bay street David Debono, Sam Borg, George Muscat, Peter Borg, Paul Camilleri, Jason Robinson, Anna Camilleri; Sam Borg, Jason Robinson, Kevin de Cesare
LAUNCH OF THE NEW BULGARI COLLECTIONS By STERLING Alfred Fenech, Doris Zahra, Winston Zahra; Marlene Xuereb, Paul Xuereb, Denise Bonello Fenech; Laura Meroni, Romina Grech Fenech, Claudia Andreini, Alessia Bonanni; Paul Camilleri, Violet de Marco, Fiorella de Marco
VASCAS LAUNCH OF JEWELLERY COLLECTIONS IN AID OF THE MALTA COMMUNITY CHEST FUND Mario Hamett, Tina Camenzuli, Yvonne Desira Buttigieg, Joe Camenzuli; Mark Vassallo, Arthur Castillo, Emiliano De Maria, Tamara, Alessandro Fiorentino, Alessandro Braga, Sandro Azzopardi, Andy Bassalian; Desmond Mizzi, Mark Vassallo, Annalise Muscat Azzopardi
LAUNCH OF THE BAY mUSIC AWARDS
Nathan Darmanin, Carlo Gerada; Matt James Borg, Peter Borg – Red Electrick, Anthony Meachen, Steve Psaila, Lara Borg – Lost Emotions; Aaron Sammut, David Grech Urpani, Clint Spiteri, Kurt Kind, Joshua Briffa
Launch of Pippa Toledo’s Latest Bag and Accessory Collection
Terese Sullivan, Rita Diacono, Pippa Toledo, Bobby Formosa; Moira Delia, Yvonne Desira Buttigieg; Bojana Boric, Noelene Miggiani, Victoria Miggiani
Luisa Spagnoli Store Now Open at Piazza Tigné Unit 4 - Piazza Tigné - Sliema Tel: 20604444