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CONTENTS 52.

BEAUTY

16. Hyperpigmentation

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Kors Ad Campaign 58. Dress For Success 66. Top Picks By Yasmeen Alsalem 68. Fashion Updates 70. Fashion News By Abir Achkar 71. Diana Mahrach Couture 72. Stylist Forecasts By Abir Achkar

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44. Red Bull Car Park Drift

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FITNESS

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52. Marie Christine

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18. Power Couples 2019

59. Books Releasing In February 2019 60. Writing Movie Wrongs 61. Top Music Charts 62. Movies Releasing Soon

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51. In Permanent Pursuit Of

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78. CP Journal 80. Homework for Grownups 82. Horoscopes



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EVERYTHING’S ROSY! Gill Sherry

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t will come as no surprise to learn that more roses are sold during the month of February than in any other month of the year. St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated by millions annually on February 14th and has been recognised as the official day of love and romance for centuries. With keen romantics eager to show their love and appreciation to the object of their affection, it’s no wonder the demand for roses is at its highest at this time of year. However, St. Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason for the spike in rose sales. The month of February also plays host to Rose Day. Rose Day is celebrated by youngsters worldwide but is particularly popular in India where young adults declare their feelings for their loved one by gifting a rose. It is a joyous occasion which bears witness to blossoming new friendships and relationships. Many people believe more can be said with a single rose than by any number of spoken words. As the rose is the official flower of love and red is associated with love and passion, it goes without saying that red roses are the most popular choice when it comes to both Rose Day and St. Valentine’s Day. But what do the other colours signify? It’s useful to know when gifting roses that pink represents happiness and grace, yellow symbolises friendship and warmth, and white is indicative of purity and innocence. I must admit, white roses are my absolute favourite and I never tire of their fragrance or beauty. But when it comes to our senses, the appreciation of roses is not just limited to our eyes and nose. Our tongues can also benefit from this versatile bloom. Rose petals can be added to salads and are often used in desserts and cakes. Rose syrup can be used to make marshmallows and rose flavoured ice-cream. And rose hip is a popular ingredient in jam, jelly and marmalade. As well as the advantage of taste, rose hip is also considered one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C so it’s beneficial for health and wellbeing too. And let’s not forget rose water. Rose water has long since been considered a natural aid for headaches and migraines as well as offering relief from sunburn. It also boasts health benefits for men and women alike. Adding rose water to your bath will soften and freshen your skin. Massaging rose water into your hair

will leave it softer and shinier. You can use rose water as a natural make-up remover, a refreshing face mist or a skin moisturiser. It’s also perfect as an after-shave or an ingredient in aromatherapy. And the good news is, you can make it yourself! Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water. Whilst rose water is now produced on a commercial scale using modern machinery, it was traditionally made by hand and this method is still practiced by artisans in Iran, Oman and other Middle Eastern countries. The rose petals are heated in water under controlled heat. The steam is condensed and the water droplets are collected as rose water. Its value is in its purity so beware of chemically enhanced substitutes. Having already mentioned smell, sight and taste, I cannot neglect sound. This is not the most obvious of our senses to benefit from the rose but with so many poets (famous and otherwise) inspired by this beloved flower, it most definitely deserves a mention. The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, wrote ‘A Red, Red Rose’ way back in 1794 and W. B. Yeats penned ‘The Lover Tells of the Rose in His Heart’ in 1892. More recently, song titles and lyrics are based on the beautiful bloom, ‘Bed of Roses’ by Bon Jovi and ‘Kiss from a Rose’ by Seal, to name just two. Whatever your reason for buying roses, you should certainly have plenty of choice. There are literally, hundreds of different types of rose. When I was a child, I remember studying my grandfather’s book of roses. I would spend hours memorising the names, admiring the colours and then choosing my favourite, only to return the next day to start all over again. One day I would select my favourite based on colour, the next it would depend on the shape. Another day, I would choose the prettiest name, the next I would pick the one with the most petals. Decades later, I’m still unable to name my absolute favourite variety. The roses in my grandfather’s garden ranged from apricot, to violet to cherry. With such an abundance of colour, I often wonder why I still prefer white. One thing’s for sure, my love of roses has never died. In fact, to use Emma Goldman’s wise words, ‘I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.’ And not just in February! www.cpmagazine.net

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Making a Sustainable Transition with Joseph & Alexander Sustainability is no new subject on the global agenda. In the context of fashion it refers to clothing that does not put undue strain on the environment right from the harvesting of raw materials to end use. Speaking strictly from an environmental perspective, creating any type of clothing sustainably involves farming, harvesting, processing and transport of materials without the use of harmful pesticides, toxic dyes or fossil fuels. The idea may sound rather simple, but the process isn't. And nor is the transition for consumers. It isn't only designers who must change their production habits, it's a sticking point for shoppers and their purchasing habits, too. Reportedly topped only by oil, the fashion industry is contributing to major environmental destruction – mainly because consumers insist on buying so many clothes at such cheap prices. Alternatives do exist. The solution lies in buying less and choosing better quality items that are made as ethically as possible. With this in mind, keeping sustainability at the forefront of decision making has found its way to the heart of Alana Sorokin's life's work. Born of a deep love and respect for the ocean, and brought to life by the quirky, marine-inspired designs of talented street artists, Sorokin launched chic childrenswear brand Joseph & Alexander in 2018, with recycled fabrics made from ocean plastics. If you consciously decide to purchase a garment made using a recycled material derived from plastic waste or an exciting new fibre, such as cruelty-free leather made in a lab, you are supporting start-up companies creating new markets, and avoiding the toxic impacts associated with conventional textiles. Conceptualised to ignite curiosity within the minds of its youngest wearers, each piece is designed to spark an "educational conversation" around critical world issues. Championing environmental action is at the heart of the brand. Operating consciously using recycled fabric from ocean plastics, eco-friendly ink and reusable packaging, each collection depicts awareness-raising narratives of minimising our environmental footprint, and having fun whilst doing so. Switching to more ethical fashion options does take forethought, but the health and survival of the planet depends on it. 12

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MAI AL-AHMED Owner: Life Skills Academy

Meet the entrepreneur who’s putting children first. Mai AlAhmed’s Life Skills Academy is an academy with a difference. And with a varied curriculum, experienced staff and plans to expand, its future looks bright.

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Hi, please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi, I’m Mai AlAhmad. I’m the owner of Life Skills Academy.

Tell us about your education.

I have a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Kuwait University.

How and when did the idea of Life Skills Academy originate?

It started in 2012. I thought about the idea when I saw the kids around me who needed courses like the ones I now do.

When was Life Skills Academy established and what difficulties did you face during the establishment phase?

Life Skills Academy was established in January 2017. I faced a lot of difficulties but with determination and my love for the thing I’m doing I overcame these difficulties. It took a lot of time and hard work but thankfully, it was worth it.

How has the response been so far?

People loved the idea and liked the place. Some even said they wished they had found it sooner. I’m really happy with the feedback so far.

What are the timings of the academy and which days do you open?

The academy is open from 2pm till 10pm every day. If there were any school trips we would be open in the morning.

Do you have special programs during the summer?

Yes, we have courses for girls from ages 3 to 17, and courses for boys from ages 3 to 10. It includes all the training courses we give.

What exactly is Life Skills Academy and what does it offer? It’s an academy that provides training sessions for kids on basic life skills such as cooking, organization, etiquette, art, sewing and skin care. The academy is a complementary element to parents, so their child builds more life skills

Tell us about your staff? How do you select them?

They are teachers that have certificates and experience in the field of expertise they work in.

What are your future plans for the academy?

To expand and have one branch in each province of Kuwait so we would be in easy reach for all kids in all areas.

What is your biggest challenge now?

Getting the trust of the parents and the interest of the applicants.

What is your message for young people out there?

We provide something different that’s not available in schools or camps or any other academies. At Life Skills Academy we provide you with a life experience that you will enjoy learning.

Your message for us at CP magazine?

Thank you for your interest in our academy. We hope you will visit us on site to see our classes and curriculum.

Life Skills Academy

Discovery Mall, Kuwait Tel: 67616026 Instagram: @lifeskillsacademyq8

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The POWER COUPLES are back! CP Magazine is proud to announce its Power Couples for 2019. These inspirational couples have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and for their continued success in both a personal and professional capacity. Exceptional in their own right, each individual contributes to the extraordinary union deserved of the Power Couple title. CP Magazine is delighted to be able to share their stories and to congratulate each couple on their vast and varied accomplishments.

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Walid Khuraibet

Asya Alseayleek

Walid Khuraibet is an Insurance Agent and Personal Financial Advisor. Until two years ago, he owned and operated an advisory agency. He describes his decision to sell the business as one of the hardest he’s ever had to make. Currently, he is co-owner of The Sanctuary, a first-class Ladies Lounge in Kuwait. His inspiration comes not from a person, but from the desire to do the right thing. Asya Alseayleek is the founder and CEO of The Sanctuary, a first-class Ladies Lounge in Kuwait providing solutions for life and business. She enjoys learning from books, gaining experience from different projects and then passing her knowledge to others (especially women of all ages) to empower them. Asya is a happy wife and mother of a ten-year-old daughter.

Please tell us about your academic backgrounds: Walid: Graduated with a BS in Management from Southern Illinois University. Earned my MBA from Phoenix. I owned and managed an advisory agency targeting financial and insurance clients where we advised over four thousand contracts and over three million dollars in revenue. I sold my company two years ago. Asya: After getting my degree in health information administration, I went to the USA to pursue my passion of management and change management. Furthermore, I took courses in HR, leadership, project management, life and business coaching.

One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen? Walid: Yes. Families should be multilayered in their relationship. We discuss health issues, books, concepts, relationships and business. Asya: It happens all the time, especially because we have our own business together. I run The Sanctuary daily operations and he handles the financial issues, yet we brainstorm and plan almost everything together. We also consult each other on our clients’ projects.

How and where did the two of you meet? Walid: A semi-blind type of date arranged by a couple of lady cousins. Asya: Through my friend from a reading club, Amina Alattar.

How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home? Walid: Simple - she tells me what to do and I do it! Asya: Our wonderful house manger handles most of the responsibilities, such as the groceries, cooking, laundry etc. At the end of the day, Walid and I both have a say on how things are run in the house.

As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse? Walid: As a professional, I’m astonished by her networking skills, her ability to distinguish opportunities and most importantly her follow-up skills. Asya: I love the way he plays with numbers. He is simply charming and makes an excellent first impression. He is also very calm during business discussions and negotiations. He’s a good listener. Most importantly, he is a decent, honest man who refuses to trick others. Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other? Walid: Our basic life philosophy is similar in that we both believe that hard work transforms to luck when the opportunity showsup. We may differ in our approaches to relationships. She is the romantic type and I’m the idealistic type. Asya: We are both original, independent and have developed our own set of values and way of understanding the world around us. We are both courteous and like to socialize. We have the same business aspirations. We complement each other in so many ways. He enjoys numbers and formulas while I enjoy reading. Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage? Walid: Yes! Being friends is the foundation of long lasting relationships. Friendship transforms itself to love when the partners are friends and not enemies. Asya: I can’t be married to someone whom I can’t be friends with. We like each other’s company and feel very much comfortable around each other. We have so many common hobbies that guarantee us quality time together and a comfortable silence. How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment? Walid: It’s important to me to compartmentalize my life environments. I mention events to Asya but discuss them only if she expresses desire in the event. I don’t get disappointed if she does not want to listen. Asya: It is not easy for me, but with Walid being around, he tends to calm things for me and make me slow down and take a break every now and then. I also have an activity schedule for the family that will guarantee us a healthy work-life balance. Most importantly, we designed a business where we work together to make sure we spend more time enjoying each other’s company. When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind? Walid: A good movie night, quite meal and/or a staycation. Asya: The weekend is the time when we unwind as it is an unplanned free day. We visit the family and do other activities in Kuwait, like painting. What is the best gift you received from each other? Walid: She took me on a week-long trip to Thailand, a place I never visited before. Asya: A day trip to Dubai for my birthday. Any memorable holidays? Walid: Yes, our first trip together was our honeymoon. We went on a European road trip visiting several countries. Asya: Our trip to Thailand. I will never forget the long talks that we had in our fine resort. It was magical.

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Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship? Walid: We met two years ago and married a month later. All the significant events we experienced were shared decisions. I hope this sharing continues between us forever. Asya: Walid told me from the start that if, for whatever reason, I am not comfortable with anything and he can change it, he would do it without me having to explain why. He proved that the first time I asked him. This made me realize that this man will honor his word and that I am in a safe relationship where I can be myself. How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all? Walid: My time management is based on priority. Family first, work second. Asya: We make sure we have all our meals together as a family and we share our schedules along the day. Bedtime chat is an essential part of our day. We have other friends that we go out with. What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game? Walid: Currently we are in the process of the soft opening of The Sanctuary, our first class ladies lounge. Dealing with investors, financiers and government bureaucracy is a complex process. The market research, authoring the feasibility study, conducting the pilot program and analyzing all the above is time consuming and takes away from personal life. Asya’s support and encouragement is vital in this process. Asya: I believe we redefine power in our marriage. Powerful also means a win-win situation. I value Walid’s experience and judgment and his calm way of presenting it. He is a strong, wise and funny man who makes sense most of the time. What have been your most challenging moments in life? Walid: My most personal challenging moment was the Iraqi invasion in 1990. I scrambled to participate in the fight against that terror. On a professional level, selling my company was a very hard decision to make. The price was right and the time was right and yet selling it felt like selling my child. Asya: As anybody else, I’ve had my share of challenges. But the most recent one was retiring and having my own business. I believe it turned out very well. How do you motivate each other during tough times at work? Walid: Asya is a self-motivated person. I think what she needs from me is to rephrase the goals and the big picture. Asya: Getting back to basics is very important. We know that at the end of the day, our family is first and we will get through things no matter what. In fact, we enjoy challenges and we learn from them. Who’s your inspiration professionally? Walid: My inspiration is not a person. My inspiration comes from my desire to do the right thing. Asya: Any successful happy person is an inspiration for me. What have you learnt from each other? Walid: Cooking, relationship skills and love.

Asya: I have learned a lot, especially in business and finance. Most importantly, how to manage our financial plan together. I have also learned his wise way of choosing the right battles to fight and his family values and integrity. Some marriages are "passionate," some are "companionate": which fits you? Walid: Primely passionate. Secondary companionate. Asya: We are a little bit of both. Walid loves me and takes good care of me. He Supports me and is proud of me. I have the same for him. What are the keys to a successful relationship? Walid: Honesty, ability to communicate freely, creating good memories together. Asya: Honesty, integrity, trust, acceptance and growing together through mutual experiences. Do you have any common interests or hobbies? Walid: Watching documentaries, painting and cooking together. Asya: Watching documentaries, intellectual gatherings, painting. Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life? Walid: I have four grown children from a previous marriage. My children changed my life when I recognized that they can make their own good decisions. I became a better father and a better person when I became a support to them not a director. Asya: I have Remas from my previous marriage. Yet in this family, Remas treats Walid as her dad and he treats her as his daughter. He gives her emotional support and helps her grow healthy. They enjoy each other’s silly jokes and math homework. Having Remas always makes me want to be a better person for her to look up to. Advice for other couples: Walid: Always be honest. There is nothing worse than covering up a lie. Asya: Be committed to the success of the relationship. Support the other becoming a better person. Share your dreams and fears. Show daily gratitude for the blessing of marriage. How do you feel being selected one of the CP Magazine’s Power Couples? Walid: I’m truly honored. Asya: CP Magazine is doing a remarkable job with this article. We need to spread more of this image of happy couples to inspire others. It means a lot that we are doing this interview as we are launching or business in Kuwait.

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Favourite Colour: Walid: Blue - Asya: Blue Favourite Food: Walid: Authentic Kuwaiti Food - Asya: Chinese, sushi Tea or Coffee? Walid: Cup of Joe - Asya: Coffee Favourite Car: Walid: Volvo - Asya: Range Rover Favourite Book/Author: Walid: Love by Leo Buscaglia - Asya: Power of Habits Favourite Song: Walid: My Way - Asya: Time to say goodbye Favourite Movie: Walid: Avatar, A Few Good Men, Star Wars, Men in Black Asya: Amadeus, When Harry met Sally Greatest Fear: Walid: Being surrounded by stupid people. - Asya: Not achieving my goals. Favourite app on your phone: Walid: MS Office - Asya: Calendar What's the one thing you can't live without? Walid: Oxygen and maybe goals. - Asya: Books


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Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Saad

Hend Alawadhi

Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Saad describes himself as energetic and disciplined, ideal traits for a man committed to supporting and improving people to their highest potential. A strategic thinker with a creative touch, Hamad is Health Coach at Nature’s Market, a health food store making healthy eating as easy and convenient as possible. Hend Alawadhi’s roles include that of aircraft engineer, blogger, influencer and salon manager, not forgetting her role as a wife. Thankfully, she knows never to take frustration, stress or disappointment from one area of life to another. Please tell us about your academic backgrounds: Hamad: I graduated with a bachelor's degree in General Management. I hold a diploma in food psychology, health coaching and sport nutrition. Hend: An aircraft engineer holding EASA-part 66 both B1 & B2 license. Type rated on Embraer 170 & 190, A320 Family, A330. How and where did the two of you meet? Hamad: Through a mutual friend in Bahrain. Hend: Through my best friend’s sister in Bahrain. As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse? Hamad: Ambitious, determined, hardworking, confidence, leadership, good at managing a work-life balance alongside being a part time entrepreneur, plus her extraordinary unique sense of style. Hend: Maturity. I admire how understanding he is to my career responsibilities, supporting and encouraging me to continue to do better even if it sometimes gets in the way of our personal goals. Which takes me to his flexibility and openness to new ideas. Not forgetting the most important qualities for the success of any relationship: honesty, respect, determination to always do his best for himself and for us. Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other? Hamad: She’s the responsible, feet-on-the-ground kind of woman while I am a wild spirit, risk-taker kind of man. She is a very logical thinker and uses her mind when it comes to decision making, whereas I am a very follow-your-heart, gut-feeling believer. Hend: We concur our biggest dreams and vision for both wanting the other person to be the best version of themselves. We differ in the way we support each other and evaluate situations. Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage? Hamad: Definitely. We don’t believe in traditional marriage titling, we believe in a partnership and support system kind of relationship. We are each other's best friend as well. She’s my ‘ride or die.’ Hend: It’s the most important asset for a successful marriage, to be able to talk to your spouse about everything and anything and to have fun together. How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment? Hamad: Time management and prioritizing is key. Once we segregate and delegate the things we have between each other we cultivate a healthy work-life balance. This has been the case even when it gets hard because we manage to use positive stress to our advantage. Hend: The ability to separate work from other aspects in life is the key for a balanced life. Never take any frustration, stress and disappointment from one area of life to another. When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind? Hamad: We go to all events/celebrations together. We dedicate special occasions/date nights as well. The most common way for us to unwind is to travel. That’s when we are at the peak of our connection with each other away from any stressors. Hend: I try to get involved as much as I can with what he is doing, to be around giving love and support, but from time to time we stop all the work for some quality time, mostly when travelling, which we do very often. Travelling is my unwind tool along with exercising, reading a good book or spending quality time with an old friend. What is the best gift you received from each other? Hamad: Meeting her completed me. Hend: His continued support. Any memorable holidays? Hamad: Our wedding night was a miracle and one of our first challenges. Also our honeymoon, alongside all our other trips as we live to leave our footprints all over the world as one pair. Hend: The Maldives was an unforgettable trip as it was our first trip together for our mini honeymoon. The United States was definitely something to remember and cherish as it was finally our honeymoon after a two year delay. Spain is a place I would like to go with Hamad over and over again. I can go on and on. I think anywhere, as long as I’m with him, is a memorable holiday, even the places I used to visit often before I met him, such as Thailand, but it was totally different with him. One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen?

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Hamad: Yes, all the time. We have different personalities based on each situation. A spouse when she needs me as provider, a best friend when she needs a supporter, a partner when she needs a support system. This allows her to connect easily and openly. Hend: All the time and that’s where most of the problems in our relationship come from, when discussing business issues at the end of the day when you are so exhausted and drained. How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home? Hamad: I love cooking so I’m always in the kitchen or on the couch after a long day. She makes sure the whole house is spotless and organized and manages the house helpers. Hend: It is equally divided depending on our list of things to do. There is no boss at home, we each take care of our own duties. Mostly Hamad takes care of the kitchen as this is his specialty and hobby. I take care of cleaning and arranging. Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship? Hamad: Once we met, the whole relationship was based on no expectations. Both of us knew and respected the other’s goals and desires and instead of changing each other we embraced our differences and empowered our strength to support and help each other achieve our dreams. I believe this made our relationship much stronger. Once I shifted career I started being more socially active and being able to support her even more. Hend: Not really as I believe we entered this relationship very mature knowing exactly who we are and what we want from life and each other as partners. How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all? Hamad: We highly depend on time management when it comes to how we spend our time. We tend to get very busy, so we need to make sure we spend time on work, our time together, our time individually, and our time with family and friends. Once we spend our time together we make sure we don’t include anything from the other sections. We make sure we divide our life accordingly and have a healthy living balance. Hend: I’ll be very honest, it’s really hard to find time for any kind of relationship when you work full time, blog and manage a salon. So, as much as I can, I get involved in what Hamad has to do and get him involved in what I do, so we at least have some time together and have fun. That’s the most important thing and that’s why we have to put everything on hold from time to time and travel, just so we can have the time together. What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game? Hamad: There are no challenges. We empower each other with lifting and supporting each other. We come from two completely different backgrounds yet we both know the essence of a supporting partner. If one of us has an important event coming up the other makes sure the event has priority, allowing them to take ownership and give it 110%. Hend: Arguments. Nothing would be done if the other person is not convinced or if they find it difficult to fit in their schedule. You have to compromise a lot but also be very smart in knowing when to do so and when not. What have been your most challenging moments in life? Hamad: Convincing her to marry me at first, then persuading her dad to give me his blessing to marry her. Hend: Getting used to sharing everything. We were both very independent and as most new couples find, the financial aspect was a challenge until we got used to the idea of sharing. How do you motivate each other during tough times at work? Hamad: Taking full responsibility and ownership of being the person we need to be for each other, be it a friend, spouse or a partner, and being empathetic while being optimistic and logical but keeping an eye on the emotional factor and considering each other’s feelings at all times. Hend: By reminding each other how we got over a lot of obstacles previously and it’s just another one getting us closer to achieving our goals and dreams. Who’s your inspiration professionally? Hamad: Meeting my wife. She became an important factor in my life and she inspires me to be the best version of myself. Hend: Oprah Winfrey. What have you learnt from each other? Hamad: I learned to slow down a little. To take one task at a time to prefect it. To follow my heart but keep my mind close. Being considerate and caring about myself and who is around me. And

most importantly, patience. Hend: Mostly sharing everything, compromising and loving unconditionally. Some marriages are "passionate," some are "companionate": which fits you? Hamad: We are companions as a couple but share our own passion in life. We work together to support each other to fulfill our purpose in life. Hend: Companionate. What are the keys to a successful relationship? Hamad: Respect and communication are the essence and core value of each successful relationship. Hend: Honesty, respect, being there for your partner, showing affection and appreciation to all they do, dedicate time for each other. Do you have any common interests or hobbies? Hamad: Food - I love cooking it, she loves to eat it. Art - I love to create it, she loves to admire it. Fashion - she enjoys styling it while I love to wear it. Music - I love to play/compose it, she loves listening to it. Sports - I love to exercise, she likes the sports gear. The only thing we perform equally is travelling. Hend: Besides travelling, trying new things and finding ourselves. To be honest, we didn’t at the beginning but at later stages we found things we both loved to do like diving and cycling, things neither of us did earlier. Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life? Both: We don’t have kids yet. Advice for other couples: Hamad: Start first by being an individual, understand yourself and love yourself so that you will be able to identify your strength and weakness to be able to find your better half. Once you do, you will be able to love each other with full compassion as you learned to love yourself first. Hend: Understand yourself, know what you want first before trying to know and understand anyone else. It’s not easy to share a life with someone especially if you are both independent but once you reach that balance it will be the best thing you will ever have. It requires a lot of passion and sacrifice but will be worth it at the end. How do you feel being selected one of the CP magazine’s Power Couples for this year? Hamad: I feel it's a responsibility to motivate others when you have a good thing going. As humans our sole purpose is to serve others and with being chosen, I hope to inspire others to find their soul mates, as they do exist. You only need to be ready to accept to be able to receive. Hend: I was happy to be recognized as it’s one of my messages in social media to be a successful woman in her career and, at the same time, maintain a healthy, happy relationship.

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Favourite Colour: Hamad: Black - Hend: Red Favourite Food: Hamad: Mediterranean - Hend: Sushi and pizza Tea or Coffee? Hamad: Matcha tea - Hend: Coffee Favourite Car: Hamad: BMW M4 - Hend: Bentley Favourite Book/Author: Hamad: Napoleon Hill - Hend: The forty rules of love – Elif Shafak Favourite Song: Hamad: All of me - John Legend & Lindsey Stirling - Hend: Kadim Alsaher – All Favourite Movie: Hamad: Limitless - Hend: The Notebook Greatest Fear: Hamad: I have embraced and accepted them all, so I don’t really fear anything. - Hend: Cats Favourite app on your phone: Hamad: Note pad Hend: Instgram What's the one thing you can't live without? Hamad: Dignity - Hend: Passion


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Khaled Almakki

Fatima Alsaffar

Khaled Almakki has an impressive photography portfolio. It was his love of photography that led to the creation of MF Food, a leading brand driven by its mission to produce high quality food retail products. Once a self confessed junk food addict, Khaled thanks his wife for his reformed eating habits and admits he is better because of their healthier lifestyle. Fatima Alsaffar is driven by her desire to make healthy meals, something she practices both personally and professionally. She believes MF Food inspired her to cook better, healthier food and that it’s never too late to learn.

Please tell us about your academic backgrounds: Khaled: I studied accounting but my heart was in photography and video production. My hobby turned into my passion and I learned skills from workshops and programs around the world (Germany, Dubai, Kuwait). Fatima: I am still studying science and technology, majoring in IT. Meanwhile my hobby is to cook, anything and everything! I love trying new things. As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse? Khaled: I admire being with someone who values creativity and timeliness. Fatima: Skill. Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other? Khaled: We’re alike because we both love food and the craft of cooking. We go to supermarkets together for fun, to discover new ingredients. We also like to eat out together and elevate our palette. However, we do disagree on one thing. She loves healthy vegan power bowls but I love greasier food! Fatima: We both love to work together and we love to eat together. I try to push him to be healthier because I had health issues previously. Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage? Khaled: Of course. I believe that friendship comes first and marriage follows. Fatima: We would never agree on anything if we weren’t best friends to begin with. How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment? Khaled: Thankfully, we are both freelance so we can control our time and schedule. All week is like work for us. We have a planned schedule for every move we make. We take two days off a week to always make sure that we’re still having fun. Fatima: We share our weekly schedules with each other and then fit them into one. When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind? Khaled: We usually break routines by taking short weekend trips to neighboring countries. While we’re in Kuwait, as mentioned previously, we go out to eat. Fatima: We take short trips aboard or spend weekends with family. Sometimes we BBQ at home. Always we spend time together. What is the best gift you received from each other? Khaled: The best gift I received from Fatima was a creative meal. It was stuffed cabbage with all my favourite things. Fatima: His ethics. He made it possible for my business idea to come alive. He’s always pushing me to be more creative. Any memorable holidays? Khaled: Our most memorable holiday was our honeymoon in Germany and Austria. Fatima: Every trip is memorable in its own way, I remember most of them. One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen?

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Khaled: Naturally. When we encounter a problem, especially a large project with little time, we often find solutions together. It actually acts as a challenge because we are pressured. Fatima: Since most of our work is made at home, some issues are inevitably brought up. How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home? Khaled: We both equally participate in all of our household needs. There is no one boss. Fatima: This may seem cliché, but we both need each other equally. No one does more or less. Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship? Khaled: Yes. MF Brand changed our routine. We had an idea and we executed it. There was no company at the time doing this. The feedback was so positive that it pushed both of us to work harder and trust each other even more. Fatima: I think we owe our biggest progression to MF, both for Khaled’s photography and for my cooking. What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game? Khaled: Time and creativity. Sometimes, as humans, we face a creative block or don’t have enough time to innovate. It can be challenging. However, taking those little breaks always help. Fatima: Time. Mostly because we have a son and need to make sure he gets enough care while we’re doing enough work. This kind of stress causes creative blocks and we work hard to get out of that. What have been your most challenging moments in life? Khaled: The hardest thing I ever had to face was learning. Not only were their little opportunities to learn high quality production in Kuwait, anywhere else that offered it was out of my budget. Thankfully, continuously working brought these things closer. Fatima: The most challenging moments of my life were struggling to get an education. I regret not starting much earlier. However, it’s never too late! How do you motivate each other during tough times at work? Khaled: If I’m ever down, I don’t like to burden my wife with work issues. I often keep it in and she eventually realizes and provides emotional support. Otherwise, I like to keep work problems out of our marriage. Fatima: By giving each other our true and full opinions. We’re always showing each other better things, in order to push. Who’s your inspiration professionally? Khaled: My idol is my mother. Her work ethic is like that of a ruler. I will always try to be as magnificent as her. Fatima: Khaled. I easily fall into housewife mode and he constantly pushes me out. What have you learnt from each other? Khaled: So many things. I used to eat junk food and didn’t even know what was going into my body. She taught me how to eat better. She still gives me food education and I am better because of it. Fatima: The most valuable lesson taken from Khaled is organization, professionalism and creative composition.

Some marriages are "passionate," some are "companionate": which fits you? Khaled: I’ll choose companionate. Passion follows. Fatima: Being companionate and passionate come together. Both fit us. What are the keys to a successful relationship? Khaled: Being able to raise children on the same wavelength and learning together what qualities we wish to instill in them. Fatima: Understanding and commitment. Do you have any common interests or hobbies? Khaled: Food, food, food! Fatima: Exercise and making healthy meals. Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life? Khaled: Our son, Ali, has made our relationship stronger. He began to pick ingredients with us and join us in our kitchen festivities. Fatima: Our little Ali is three years old. He teaches me responsibility and unconditional love. Advice for other couples: Khaled: To each his own. Fatima: Find something in common, tie it together and let it grow. How do you feel being selected one of the CP Magazine’s Power Couples for this year? Khaled: I feel humbled and grateful that our craft is appreciated and that people may look up to us. I hope to continue to inspire those who need it. Fatima: It’s a huge thing that we were able to inspire people. It feels wonderful to be of help.

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Favourite Colour: Khaled: Blue & Grey - Fatima: Black Favourite Food: Khaled: Indian, all the way. - Fatima: Pasta! Tea or Coffee? Khaled: Tea, for sure. - Fatima: Coffee. Favourite Car: Khaled: Mercedes Benz - Fatima: None. Favourite Book/Author: Khaled: The Quran. - Fatima: All my cooking books. Favourite Song: Khaled: I don’t listen to much music. - Fatima: I’m not so musical. Favourite Movie: Khaled: The Green Mile. - Fatima: I can’t list one. Greatest Fear: Khaled: Heights. - Fatima: Sky Diving. Favourite app on your phone: Khaled: YouTube. - Fatima: Pinterest. What's the one thing you can't live without? Khaled: My camera. - Fatima: My kitchen.


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Rohit (Shalesh) Mirchandani

Kareena Mirchandani

When it comes to family values, Rohit (Shalesh) Mirchandani praises his father for the ethics instilled in him from an early age. He also cites his father as his inspiration, encouraging him to work hard in both business and personal environments. Kareena Mirchandani recognizes the importance of doing what is right and not worrying about the things she cannot change. When it comes to maintaining a healthy and happy relationship, she believes in showing respect and allowing one another the space to think freely and to grow.

Please tell us about your academic backgrounds: Rohit: MBA from Abilene Christian University, USA. Kareena: BBA from Symbiosis College, India. How and where did the two of you meet? Rohit: I was working for Petrochemical Industries Company, Kuwait and had taken leave to attend my younger sister’s wedding. Soon after the wedding, my relatives in Mumbai told my parents about a young, beautiful and intellectual girl whose parents were looking for a suitable husband for her. Deep down, I myself wanted to settle down and so agreed to meet the girl and her family at Juhu Ville Parle Club, Mumbai. To be honest, it was love at first sight. We clicked instantly, spoke about our histories, families and the future. We met and got married in a span of 15 days. It’s said that marriages are made in heaven. Well, we were destined to be soul mates. Kareena: The first meeting was unexpected. I was only 19 and still not sure about marriage. However, when I met Rohit, I was charmed. His attitude, respect for adults and humbleness were all evident. Deep down, I knew I could not say no to this man. As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse? Rohit: She is very humble, organized and critical in her thinking. She always helps me look at things from a different perspective and I really appreciate that about her. Kareena: He has always been a true entrepreneur. He knows when to take risks, how to take them and does a great job in completing the goals he has set for himself. He is very creative and constantly looks for new business ideas to pursue. For example, whenever we are on family holidays, he will constantly look for new business opportunities. He is a doer and I love that about him. Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other? Rohit/Kareena: We concur that we should value life and enjoy it. Every day is a new beginning and has to be lived to the fullest. It’s difficult to single out any differences. Like all couples there are always differing points of view. We do have them, but we respect each other’s view points. Having a maturity to resolve and move on is the foundation of our love and marriage. These are the vow’s we took during our marriage. This is the secret of our togetherness. Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage? Kareena: Gone are the days when an Indian bride follows her husband. Today’s educated men respect their women and want them to be equals. Friendship is the only relationship we value as equals and with ease. We have a carefree relationship. We can joke with each other and talk openly. We have differences but still remain the best of friends. Rohit: I completely agree. How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment? Rohit: Born into a business family and seeing my parents bring up four children, I have always witnessed how my father ensured a work-life balance. I have learned that it is important to split your day in such a way that you give time to all aspects of life i.e. work, spouse, children and social causes. It has all been possible because of my supporting wife, wonderful sons and a professional team in my company. I feel it is very important to have a supporting family that understands the work you do and so can help out in any way. Also, a supporting team that appreciates the love and support the company provides, reciprocating by caring for the company even more during our travel/absence. Kareena: Rohit is more focused on business growth and I support the marketing and creative teams. We have clearly outlined our objectives between our roles. For example, I only go to the office for a few hours a day as I ensure our children do not get neglected. When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind?

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Rohit: In the evenings, of course. We chat about the day, the family, watch a movie or just listen to music and chill out. Kareena: We have different groups of friends and make a point to meet up over the weekend and enjoy time together. We also ensure we take regular vacations and travel at least once every couple of months. What is the best gift you received from each other? Rohit: Kareena hosted my 50th birthday in Dubai. I couldn’t have asked for more. Kareena: Of course, a big diamond ring! Any memorable holidays? Rohit/Kareena: Goa. We love going to Goa whenever possible. We enjoy the relaxed atmosphere there.

What have you learnt from each other? Rohit: I have learnt how to be more cautious in my dealings. Women are blessed with a sixth sense. Kareena: Simplicity and to be courageous in front of adversity. Some marriages are "passionate," some are "companionate": which fits you? Rohit: Definitely passionate. We do the same at work and home. Kareena: I second that. Rohit and I always give our best whether at work or home. What are the keys to a successful relationship? Rohit: Love, compassion and honesty. Kareena: Respect for each other and giving each other the space to grow and think freely.

One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen?

Do you have any common interests or hobbies?

Both: We respect each other’s space and ensure we keep work at work and not at home. Limited discussions always happen, we cannot deny that, however, we know when to switch off from work mode.

Rohit: Travelling Kareena: Music

How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home?

Kareena: We have two boys, aged 23 and 18. The best thing we did is have them early. Being young parents makes life more beautiful as it allows us to be friends with them.

Rohit: Kareena is the boss at home. She looks after everything. She makes delicious food, takes care of the dogs and, with help, ensures the house is tidy at all times. When it comes to the kids, she definitely has more say than me.

Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life?

Rohit: Having kids is always a blessing, they both have been very lucky for us. Advice for other couples:

Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship?

Rohit: A woman should not step on a man’s ego and a man should not step on a woman’s emotions.

Rohit/Kareena: Definitely the birth of our son, Jay. Kareena was only 20, I was 27 and as we were parents for the first time, we felt this sudden hit of responsibility. It made us closer as we both knew we had a shared responsibility of giving our son a great childhood.

Kareena: Enjoy every moment of togetherness, there is no tomorrow.

How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all? Kareena: We are celebrating 25 years of marriage this year. We have both accepted each of our weaknesses and try our best to get the best from each other. We travel often and so get some time away from work which really helps us get closer. What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game? Rohit: Seriously, no challenges at all. We have our assigned responsibilities and ensure we complete them on time. What have been your most challenging moments in life? Rohit: When I started the safety business on my own 22 years ago with limited funding, I had only my ideas to back me up with a supporting wife and a new born son. Those initial days of struggle when I was on my own were the most challenging in life. Kareena: Yes, I remember this time. Rohit was courageous and never let these challenges come between of us. How do you motivate each other during tough times at work? Kareena: We remind each other of our goals in life and stick with doing what’s right by not worrying about the things we cannot change. Rohit: Yes we do and we work hard at it. Who’s your inspiration professionally? Rohit: My father first, as without him I wouldn’t be here. He was humble and kind with a strong personality. I can never forget the values and business tips he shared with me. Kareena: My parents. They made the perfect team.

How do you feel being selected one of the CP Magazine’s Power Couples for this year? Rohit: We are honored to have been selected and congratulate the other power couples too. Kareena: For me power comes from being humble, tolerant, compassionate and loving and if those values recognize us to be a Power Couple, we thank CP for the appreciation.

QUICK QUESTIONS: Favourite Colour: Rohit: Black - Kareena: Red Favourite Food: Rohit: Italian - Kareena: Indian Tea or Coffee? Rohit: Coffee - Kareena: Tea Favourite Car: Rohit: G Wagon Mercedes - Kareena: Rolls-Royce Favourite Book/Author: Rohit: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek - Kareena: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Favourite Song: Rohit: Hotel California - Kareena: My heart will go on Favourite Movie: Rohit: Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Kareena: Ghost Greatest Fear: Rohit: Losing my loved ones - Kareena: Spiders Favourite app on your phone: Rohit: LinkedIn - Kareena: Instagram What's the one thing you can't live without? Rohit: My Loved Ones - Kareena: Family


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Abdullah AbulQassim

Mariam Dashti

After graduating in finance, Abdullah AbulQassim went on to form an impressive career with roles at Gulf Bank, Global Investment House and Kuwait Investment Company. He is now the owner and managing director of LOSE/ GAIN Fitness Centre and takes inspiration from the American personal trainer, Tony Horton, creator of P90X Fitness Program. On top of that, he holds patents for two of his inventions and won a gold medal for Best Sport Invention at INPEX Invention Exhibition in Pittsburgh, USA. Following a six year career with Gulf Bank, Mariam Dashti is now an experienced fitness coach and certified P90X instructor. She is also a member of the Kuwait National Squash team and is committed to inspiring others to work for a better, healthier life.

Please tell us about your academic backgrounds: Abdullah: Bachelor degree in Finance and MBA in Finance. Mariam: Bachelor degree in Physical Education. How and where did the two of you meet? Abdullah: We met at Mariam’s workplace. I was the client and she was the manager. As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse? Abdullah: She is ambitious, smart, very positive, funny and dedicated. Mariam: He is smart, innovative, healthy, fit and enthusiastic. He’s also the best father. Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other? Both: We concur on almost everything but we differ on food. Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage? Both: Yes big time, it’s a major factor. How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment? Both: By managing time and setting priorities. When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind? Both: Every morning and after work. What is the best gift you received from each other? Both: Abdulrazzaq, our son. Any memorable holidays? Abdullah: In June 2017 myself and Mariam were chosen to coach 20,000+ people on stage with the creator of P90X fitness program. One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen? Both: Yes, very often. How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home? Both: Responsibilities are divided 50/50 and the boss is Razzaq!

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Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship? Both: Having Abdulrazzag in our life had a huge impact on our relationship. We became closer and stronger. How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all? Both: Since we work in the same field we spend most of the time together.

time - more responsibilities and less me, more them. Advice for other couples: Both: Find a common/mutual interest that you can do together and just simply do it. How do you feel being selected one of the CP Magazine’s Power Couples for this year? Both: We are thankful and feel encouraged.

What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game? Both: Being at the top is a big challenge. Being a fitness instructor is a bigger challenge where you are the role model for the trainers and responsible for the outcomes they are expecting to reach from you. What have been your most challenging moments in life? Both: Having a child. How do you motivate each other during tough times at work? Both: We workout together and discuss the tough matters. Who’s your inspiration professionally? Abdullah: Tony Horton, the creator of P90X Fitness Program. Mariam: Abdullah, my husband. What have you learnt from each other? Both: Every single detail in our fitness journey. Some marriages are "passionate," some are "companionate": which fits you? Both: We can say it’s a mix of both. What are the keys to a successful relationship? Both: Honesty, friendship and doing stuff together that you both like. Do you have any common interests or hobbies? Both: Yes, we have a lot of mutual interests and hobbies. Sport is no.1. Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life? Both: Being parents has changed our lives big

QUICK QUESTIONS: Favourite Colour: Abdullah – Grey. Mariam – Blue. Favourite Food: Both: Any healthy food. Tea or Coffee? Abdullah – Coffee. Mariam – Water. Favourite Car: Abdullah – Mercedes. Mariam - Range Rover Favourite Book/Author: Abdullah - The Big Picture,Tony Horton. Mariam - Any good book. Favourite Song: Abdullah - Any good song. Mariam - Any good song by Abdullah Rowaishid Favourite Movie: Abdullah - Forest Gump/Step Brothers. Mariam - Any good movie. Greatest Fear: Abdullah - Not working out. Mariam – Insects. Favourite app on your phone: Abdullah – Amazon. Mariam – ibook. What's the one thing you can't live without? Abdullah - Family and exercise. Mariam – Exercise.


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Aqeel Al-Raisi

Farah Al Hadi

Aqeel Al-Raisi is an actor, known for his work in Bibi (2017). Born in Kuwait to a Kuwaiti mother, he is the brother of actress, Shaima Ali, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Arts. His career began with the commercials of a juice company. He was best known for Yabila Shanab with the artist, Suad Abdullah, and director, Mohammed Daham Shammari (2014), where he spoke the Syrian dialect after spending time training. He also participated in several plays with the Arabian Gulf Band. In Ramadan 2017, he won the best duo with Farah Al Hadi at the Festival of Excellence. Farah Al Hadi is an actress best known for her work in Kalam Asfar (2018) and Saher Al-Lail (2010). Born in Kuwait, she has a Bachelor of Marketing degree. She started her career in 2007 in a TV series. She has acted in over twenty-five TV serials and several stage plays. She is the sister of actress Shawq Al Hadi. Aqeel and Farah were married on New Year's Eve 2017. They shared their wedding event through snapchat. Please tell us about your academic backgrounds: Farah AlHadi: Bachelors of Marketing degree. Aqeel AlRaisi: I hold a degree in acting and directing. How and where did the two of you meet? Farah AlHadi: We met on set during a shoot in 2016 and became really close friends. As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse? Farah AlHadi: I admire lots of his qualities. I like his sense of humour. I love the way he supports me and is always by my side. Aqeel AlRaisi: I like the way she is very kind and generous. I love her style.

during difficult times.

One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen? Farah AlHadi: This happens almost every day. We discuss business together. Aqeel AlRaisi: Yes, we love to discuss business together and take advice from each other on every project.

Some marriages are "passionate," "companionate": which fits you? Farah AlHadi: Passionate Aqeel AlRaisi: Both

How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home? Farah AlHadi: We divide our responsibilities according to our daily schedules. Aqeel is the boss at home. Aqeel AlRaisi: Of course, I am the boss at home. But we help each other in sharing responsibilities.

Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other? Farah AlHadi: We concur in the way we like to spend our time together. We both enjoy watching movies and enjoy working together. We differ in the way we react to issues. I am very easy and calm whereas he gets very nervous and aggressive on certain issues. I calm him down. Aqeel AlRaisi: I agree with Farah on this.

Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship? Farah AlHadi: Actually, all problems and issues related to business help us to come closer to each other. Aqeel AlRaisi: We have a strong trust for each other and difficult times help us care more and get stronger.

Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage? Farah AlHadi: Yes it's very important for couples to become best friends. Aqeel AlRaisi: Absolutely. Being friends, you never get bored. Our relationship is stronger because of our strong friendship.

Both: Luckily we work together most of the time and

How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment? Farah AlHadi: It’s very difficult to give proper or balanced time to my work and as a wife. I learn different and new ways daily to find the best way to maintain a balance. Aqeel AlRaisi: We try to spend time both with our work and also separately. We try to take proper breaks whenever possible to spend time together. When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind? Farah AlHadi: We always spend time together at work. Even if I am working alone, Aqeel is always by my side. We unwind by watching TV together. The best way is to have long conversations together. Aqeel AlRaisi: I try to always be with Farah, either for work or to support her. The best way to unwind is taking road trips, travelling or spending time at home together.

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and I also loved our holiday in Istanbul.

How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all?

even when we don't, we accompany each other and try to be together as much as possible.

What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game?

Both: We don't see this as a challenge as we work

together very closely and plan each project or assignment together. What have been your most challenging moments in life? Farah AlHadi: Finding time for myself, my life and my work. Aqeel AlRaisi: Yes, it’s a big challenge to find proper time for everything. How do you motivate each other during tough times at work? Farah AlHadi: I try to be with him during tough times and try to make things easier for him. Aqeel AlRaisi: I try to make the situation fun and to enjoy every moment of stress.

What is the best gift you received from each other? Farah AlHadi: My Bentley of course! It was the best gift I received from Aqeel on our anniversary, or rather, the best gift I received in my entire life. Aqeel AlRaisi: My Porsche. Farah gifted it to me on my birthday.

Who’s your inspiration professionally? Farah AlHadi: Every successful woman is my inspiration, even if they are not a celebrity or famous. If I can learn one good thing from each woman I meet, I really value it. Aqeel AlRaisi: Kanye West. I like his style. I like his professional approach to business and how he has created his brand. My dream is to have my own fashion brand one day.

Any memorable holidays? Farah AlHadi: Our trip to the Maldives was the best holiday. Aqeel AlRaisi: Yes, the Maldives was the best holiday

What have you learnt from each other? Farah AlHadi: To be more responsible about everything in my life, especially at work. Aqeel AlRaisi: To take everything easy and stay calm

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What are the keys to a successful relationship? Farah AlHadi: Honesty and being faithful to each other. And, of course, communication. Aqeel AlRaisi: Being good friends is the biggest key for a successful relationship. Do you have any common interests or hobbies? Farah AlHadi: Yes we both love watching TV, shopping and travelling. Aqeel AlRaisi: Not only do we share the same interests and hobbies, we have great similarities in our personalities too. Advice for other couples: Farah AlHadi: Stay honest to each other. Have proper communication together. Aqeel AlRaisi: Try to be good friends and do things together and talk about all issues with each other. How do you feel being selected one of the CP Magazine’s Power Couples for this year? Farah AlHadi: It is a great honour to be selected as one of the Power Couples of the year. Aqeel AlRaisi: I am very excited for this award and the event and we look forward to working on more projects together in the future.

QUICK QUESTIONS: Favourite Colour: Farah: Pink - Aqeel: Blue and black Favourite Food: Farah: Everything - Aqeel: Sweets Tea or Coffee? Farah: Coffee - Aqeel: Coffee Favourite Car: Farah: Bentley - Aqeel: Porsche Cayenne Favourite Book/Author: Farah: After (fiction) - Aqeel: I’m not into reading much Favourite Song: Farah: A Thousand Years - Aqeel: Insan Thani (Another Human) Favourite Movie: Farah: A Star is Born - Aqeel: Ashqui 2 (Bollywood) Greatest Fear: Farah: Being suffocated - Aqeel: Snakes Favourite app on your phone: Farah: Instagram - Aqeel: Snapchat What's the one thing you can't live without? Farah: Phone and internet - Aqeel: Same


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Abdullah Alaskari

Amani Abbassy

Abdullah Alaskari describes himself as a forward thinker and a health and life enthusiast. As an entrepreneur, he has built five market leading businesses with successful track records across the healthcare, fitness and sports industries. He is now managing partner at Life Beam, a specialized entity created to manage and operate various health and fitness facilities both locally and regionally. Inspired by his father, he strives to focus on the important things in life rather than the petty things. Amani Abbassy’s parents left their home country at a young age and created a life for themselves from very little. This inspired Amani and taught her the importance of patience, kindness and honesty. Amani studied international business marketing and economics but at the weekend, you’ll find her at the shooting range!

Please tell us about your academic backgrounds: Abdullah A: Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University and Masters in Sports Management from Cruyff Institute in Spain. Amani A: I have a Bachelors degree in International Business Marketing and a minor in Economics from George Mason University. How and where did the two of you meet? Abdullah A: 2001 Super Bowl Party in Richmond, Virginia. As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse? Abdullah A: She is extremely creative, committed and brilliant. Amani A: His dedication and passion for his work and always wanting to further educate himself and grow in the fitness/nutrition field. Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other? Abdullah A: She is more patient, where I am impulsive at times. Amani A: We have a lot of the same values especially in how we raise our children. I think our biggest difference is that he is impulsive with his decision making and I like to take my time to think things through. Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage? Abdullah A: Yes. Amani A: Yes, I believe that being friends is the most important aspect in a marriage. You marry your best friend, someone you can get along with and have a laugh with at the same time. How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment? Abdullah A: When it’s time for work, I try to make sure I focus solely on that and when I return home, I dedicate my time to our children. When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind? Abdullah A: At the weekend. We like to watch a movie or show together. Amani A: Friday is usually the day we hang out. We like to go to the shooting range and enjoy being active. What is the best gift you received from each other? Abdullah A: The best gift she gave me is our twin girls. Amani A: Definitely the first gift I received from him which was a journal with one of my favourite quotes on it. Also, my first pair of workout gloves. Any memorable holidays? Abdullah A: Going back to Richmond in the summertime is always memorable, as it brings back old memories of our college days. Amani A: When we went to my hometown in Virginia with the children for the first time, so they could see where we first met and where I grew up.

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One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen? Abdullah A: Sometimes, but we try to separate our business from our time at home. Amani A: It does, but we try to keep it at a minimum and keep work at work. How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home? Abdullah A: She usually runs things at home but we try to share equal responsibilities with our kids. Amani A: I am in charge of the house - my girls will say their dad is the boss but I have a different opinion on that! Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship? Both: There has been no significant event. However, there are always hardships in life and it’s how you deal with them. How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all? Abdullah A: We both have very busy schedules during the week. We always spend weekends together. Amani A: We try to plan dates during the week with each other to enjoy some ‘us’ time.

What are the keys to a successful relationship? Abdullah A: Plan ahead and always cherish your time together. Amani A: Patience, kindness and honesty. Do you have any common interests or hobbies? Abdullah A: Working out, shooting guns, travelling, reading. Amani A: Yes, the gym, working out, staying in shape. Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life? Abdullah A: They are truly the greatest gift in life. Amani A: They are funny, smart and full of life. They have changed everything in my life, everything I do is for them. They have added so much life into our lives, we never have a dull moment. Advice for other couples: Abdullah A: Focus on the important things in life rather than the petty things. How do you feel being selected one of the CP magazine’s Power Couples for this year? Abdullah A: Humbled and honored. Amani A: Humbled.

What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game? Abdullah A: The biggest challenge is to continue to stay on top and continue to evolve and grow as individuals. Amani A: To stay on top and have continuous success. What have been your most challenging moments in life? Abdullah A: Becoming an entrepreneur is challenging in general. Amani A: Moving to Kuwait and leaving all of my family, friends and life back in Virginia. How do you motivate each other during tough times at work? Abdullah A: Encourage each other. Amani A: Believing and supporting each other to get through tough times. Who’s your inspiration professionally? Abdullah A: My father. Amani A: My mother and father are my only inspiration. They left their country at such a young age and created a life for themselves from very little. What have you learnt from each other? Abdullah A: Patience. Amani A: To have patience. Some marriages are "passionate," "companionate": which fits you? Abdullah A: Probably a little bit of both. Amani A: Companionate.

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QUICK QUESTIONS: Favourite Colour: Abdullah Black - Amani Purple Favourite Food: Abdullah Sushi - Amani Peanut Butter M&Ms Tea or Coffee? Abdullah Coffee - Amani Coffee Favourite Car: Abdullah Porsche 911 - Amani I love how sleek Maseratis are Favourite Book/Author: Abdullah Omerta by Mario Puzo - Amani Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo Favourite Song: Abdullah Losing my Religion by REM - Amani I Turn To You by Melanie C Favourite Movie: Abdullah The Godfather - Amani The Count of Monte Cristo Greatest Fear: Abdullah Failure - Amani Losing a loved one Favourite app on your phone: Abdullah Instagram - Amani No favourite What's the one thing you can't live without? Abdullah My Family - Amani My children


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joseberrocoso Currently based in the GCC and exploring the Middle East, I have lived in three continents, four countries and have visited over 250 cities across the world. Join me in this adventure to find out more about the latest and coolest travel recommendations. ‘Embrace new cultures; be inspired; take a technological break; bring out your adventurous side; TRAVEL, it´s fun!’

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5 MOVIES THAT WILL INSPIRE YOUR WANDERLUST Thanks to an increasing interest in ‘film tourism’, travellers are now exploring the locations and inspiration of blockbusters more than ever before. Inspired by the flurry of major films set to be released in the coming months, or some masterpieces, hotels around the world are offering behind-the-scenes access and real life experiences of much-loved characters. From your very own Mary Poppins nanny in London to a real-life Lion King safari in Africa, an authentic Martian experience in Jordan, sunbathing Under the Tuscan Sun or walking around the coolest location of Game of Thrones in Extremadura, Spain. If you are looking for a good story or some travel inspiration then you’ll definitely find it in these films. These are great movies that will get you off the sofa and booking a trip to discover new destinations.

THE ULTIMATE MARY POPPINS INSPIRED GETAWAY Where: The Kensington Hotel, London

To celebrate the release of the new Mary Poppins Returns film starring Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, The Kensington Hotel in London has launched a new family package: ‘Suite Nannies’. Guests can book a stay in one of the hotel’s top suites to guarantee a city break to remember for the whole family. The package includes their very own ‘Mary Poppins’ style nanny from the renowned Imperial Nannies agency for 12 hours per day, as well as local excursions, games and tasty treats. In order to provide parents with some well-deserved respite, or for those visiting London on business with the family, the new ‘Suite Nannies’ package offers the ideal solution, whilst ensuring the little ones maximise their time in the city and are stimulated throughout. As part of the package, Sara Jane Ambrose, founder of the UK’s leading nanny agency, Kensington-based Imperial Nannies, will handpick the perfect companion for each family booking the package. They will act as the children’s very own ‘Mary Poppins’ and even come equipped with their very own Mary Poppins carpet bag, full of toys, games and surprises for the children to enjoy. The package also includes trips to local attractions with the nanny in the nearby area, catering to children of all ages. After a busy day exploring the city, the family can meet up at The Kensington once again and enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea together in the Drawing Room. www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-kensington-hotel

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LIVING THE ITALIAN DREAM

Where: Villa di Piazzano, Tuscany Under the Tuscan Sun, a film shot in 2003, put Italy as the center of its plot, with mythical and beautiful places like Cortana, Rome and Positano. The film is inspired by the homonym book of the writer Frances Mayes, and involves us in a story that goes from San Francisco to Italy. The small village of Cortona featured in the film is one that makes an amazing holiday destination. Located in the province of Arezzo in Tuscany, it is famous as a centre for goldsmithing, artistic endeavours and museums, and it makes a lovely base for a short holiday or a long-term stay. The Hotel Villa di Piazzano, a manor house of the 1400s located just outside of Cortona, member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is the perfect location to live the Italian dream. From the moment you’re greeted at the door, Villa di Piazzano begins to work its magic. Time seems to move more slowly. Wander from your peaceful, heritageinspired room to the sun-soaked pool. Or grab a bike and head out to tackle some of those Tuscan hills. When you’ve worked up an appetite, sit down to an ultra-local Italian feast at the restaurant, where the vegetables are plucked fresh from the hotel gardens. Set on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, Villa di Piazzano puts you in pride of place for discovering the region’s highlights. Explore captivating medieval cities like Siena or hop over the border to pretty Perugia. Cortona, with its Renaissance piazzas and ancient Etruscan heritage, is just 10 minutes away by car. https://www.slh.com/hotels/villa-di-piazzano/

GAME OF THRONE´S BEST KEPT SECRET: EXTREMADURA Where: Cáceres, Spain

Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay - HBO

You have not seen the best of Spain until you have visited Extremadura. Nestled in the southwest region of Spain, this rich destination can be considered an authentic film set. The excellent state of preservation of the Historic Heritage, combined with the conditions of the natural environment attracts the attention of movie producers worldwide. Cáceres proved to have a very Game of Thrones feel, with its odd-shaped rocks, classical buildings and wonderful plains. Most Spanish cities have an Old Town, but Cáceres’ Ciudad monumental is on a different level: nearly every church, tower and palace predates the 16th century, making the walled city one of Europe’s most impressive enclaves of medieval architecture. The medieval city of Cáceres was especially used for the scenes of King’s Landing in Season 7 of Game of Thrones. As all the fans of the show know, the King´s Landing is the place where most of the show unfolds. Not far from Cáceres is Los Barruecos National Park. The shallow lakes, grassy terrain and smoothed rock outcrops feel and look magical - perfect for a little escapism into the world of Westeros. The Castle of Trujillo was the perfect location for the scenes of Casterly Rock, the ancestral home of the Lannisters since it is located at the highest point. Also in Season 7, a gruesome battle between the Unsullied and the Lannister armies plays out at this iconic castle. http://extremadurafc.org

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THE BEAUTY OF MARS ON EARTH Where: Wadi Rum, Jordan

Ridley Scott’s blockbuster The Martian was filmed almost entirely in Jordan depicting the great landscape of Wadi Rum as the surface of Mars. The movie is about an astronaut who winds up stranded on the planet´s surface and must figure out a way to survive solo. This isn´t the first time Wadi Rum has played Mars on film. Scenes from Mission to Mars, The Last Days of Mars and the masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia, were also shot here. Also called the Valley of the Moon, the 278-square-mile protected area looks about as Martian as you’re likely to find on Earth. The Martian provided the inspiration for a wonderful brand new travel trend, the futuristic domes that are today eerily planted in the Jordan desert. The sandstone and granite rock formations amidst the desert allow tourists to feel as if they’ve travelled to the red planet. Usually, each dome includes a private bathroom and glass walls that provide visitors with panoramic views of the desert and surrounding mountains. Guests at the camp can take part in activities including Arabian horseback and camel riding, buggy and jeep adventures, hot air ballooning and rock climbing. So instead of going to Mars, you can see it there in Wadi Rum. Book your trip!

A GLIMPSE OF THE REAL-LIFE LION KING Where: Kenya

Celebrating the launch of the hotly anticipated Disney remake of the Lion King in July 2019, The Safari Collection is launching a privately guided safari to the Kenyan locations which inspired the original film. The safari will be privately guided by Robert Carr-Hartley, the original guide to the Disney animators for the creation of the Lion King in 1994. Robert was the animator’s guide during their research safari and provided inspiration prior to the film being made. He was also instrumental in changing the screenplay to include Pumba, choosing a warthog as Simba’s sidekick, and helped with songs and Kenyan sayings which played a part in the creation of 'Hakuna Matata'. This once-in-a-lifetime experience begins with one night at Giraffe Manor, renowned for its herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffe who join guests for breakfast and tea. Next up, guests will head off on a flight to Laikipa, well known for its nature reserve and national parks. This is the area that inspired the Pride Lands in the film, as well as Pride Rock. Guests will stay at Borana Lodge, where they will get to enjoy drinks as they look out over the rock itself and across the beautiful landscape where characters from the film such as the hyenas lived. The next stop on the trip is to Samburu, where guests will spend two nights in a lion conservation area. They can also go buffalo spotting at Buffalo Springs and will spend the night star-gazing – like Simba did in the film. After this, there’s a flight to Masai Mara, which is known as lion territory, and gives a final chance to watch lions in their natural habitat before the trip home. www.thesafaricollection.com

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Phuket, Thailand

WHERE TO DINE Blue Elephant Governor's Mansion

Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.

WHERE TO STAY

The Cove Phuket

Amari Phuket

This polished beachfront resort is 11 km from the Tiger Kingdom animal park and 23 km from the Wat Chalong temple complex.

Keemala Phuket

On a lush hillside property 3 km from Kamala Beach, this high-end resort with rainforest views is also 14 km from the Kathu Waterfall and 28 km from Phuket International Airport.

Suay Restaurant Cape Panwa Hotel

This elegant hotel on a verdant hillside overlooking the Andaman Sea is 1 km from the Phuket Aquarium and 16 km from Wat Chalong temple.

Holiday Inn Resort

Across rom Patong Beach, this upscale resort is 1 km from Jungceylon shopping mall and 20 km from Wat Chalong temple.

THINGS TO DO

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Take a Trip to Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi beach is a small bay just a short drive from Kata beach, it is a small beach but the scenery is breath taking, take some time to relax, walk along the beautiful sands or maybe go for a swim. From the Kata viewpoint you can look across at the bays of Karon, Kata and Kata Noi, The best time to visit the beach is between November and April as swimming can sometimes become dangerous during the monsoon season.

Come And See The Phuket Big Buddha

This huge Buddha is one of the most famous landmarks in all of Phuket, sitting at the top of the Nakkerd Hills and standing at forty five meters tall it is very difficult to miss. From the top of the hill you are able to get a panoramic view of the island. When you are at the Buddha you will notice that it is very quiet apart from the sound of dharma music and some little bells. The Buddha is made from white Burmese marble and sparkles elegantly in the sun.

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Take a Wander to Karon View Point

Sitting just to the south of Kata Noi Beach is Karon View Point, it is the most popular viewpoint in Phuket and is normally crowded with tourists on a daily basis. The viewpoint looks out over the Andaman Sea in one direction and the other direction points towards the three west coast beaches on the other side of the island. If you like looking at white sandy beaches and beautiful blue seas you will understand why it is so busy at the top.

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Hang Out at Tiger Kingdom

If you have ever wanted to get up close to a tiger this is the place to do it, the Phuket Tiger Kingdom hand raises Indochinese tigers in captivity from birth until their final days. The tigers typically get fed at around 19:00 hours but it is also worth a visit when they open first thing to avoid the crowds. The kingdom has two restaurants on site should you be hungry, one of which allows you to look out at the tigers.

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DELECTABLE DINING AT SAKURA: Sumptuous Saturday Brunch in Kuwait at Crowne Plaza Al Thuraya City

I had heard great reviews of the Saturday Brunch at Sakura restaurant, located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, but had never had the chance to visit. However, I recently discovered that they have re-launched it with an enhanced menu and I didn't want to miss out again! So, last Saturday I reserved a table and went for the buffet brunch. Brief Background on Sakura: A Top Place for Japanese Dining

Sakura has a solid reputation for being one of the best Japanese restaurants in Kuwait. Open for more than 20 years, the highly skilled chefs use fresh ingredients and artful presentation to appeal to diverse senses. Dishes are prepared according to ageold Japanese culinary traditions with added modern flair for even more appeal.

Relaxed Ambience and Attractive Appearance

Part of any great dining experience is the setting, and Sakura doesn’t disappoint. The restaurant has an understated elegance and stylish simplicity. The cushioned seats are soft and there’s plenty of space between tables to not worry about banging into people each time you get up to replenish your plate. With long tables of food at both sides, you don’t need to worry about a rush of diners at one time causing congestion. The atmosphere is unhurried and relaxed and you can take your time over brunch and enjoy good conversation with your companion(s).

Feast Till You’re Full

Sakura’s Saturday Brunch provides the opportunity to feast on as much as you can, with plenty of tempting dishes to sample. Make sure you come hungry as, if you’re anything like me, you’re sure to want to try everything … and then go back for more!

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Everything is labeled so you know exactly what you’re tucking into. Salivate over sushi and sashimi and savour various mouth-watering salads. Daikon, crab, seafood, and red cabbage with ramen and chicken are just a few of the flavourful salads you can pile up on your plate. Soups, grilled fish, and meaty skewers provide even more tasty diversity.

Watch Masters at Work

One thing that I especially loved at Sakura’s Saturday Brunch was the live cooking station. Guests can watch in awe and fascination as chefs prepare dishes in front of their eyes. Seeing how the raw ingredients are transformed into artfully presented dishes really is fantastic. Enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of cooking before sinking your teeth into the finished dish really gives you a whole new level of appreciation for the gastronomic delights. While the chefs certainly take pride in their creations and produce all items to an exemplary standard they do have a playful side too. Don’t be surprised if a chef puts on a little juggling performance while cooking, masterfully throwing implements and ingredients into the air to combine food preparation and entertainment.

Save Plenty of Space for Dessert

Although you’ll certainly be tempted to fill up on lots of delicious food, don’t forget to leave some space for dessert. Individual sweets fill a whole table, with delights like strawberry jelly, glutinous rice cake, matcha roll, and palitaw (a small, sweet rice cake) to satisfy any sweet tooth and sugar craving. Sakura is a fantastic place for a laid-back brunch, and I’m sure it would appeal equally to couples, families, and groups of friends. Why not treat yourself this Saturday to a delectable brunch at Sakura? Who knows, I may even see you there!

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Sakura’s Saturday Brunch buffet is open between 12 noon and 4pm. You should reserve your table in advance to avoid disappointment. For more information and to make a reservation, call the restaurant on +965 96961300.


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MICHELIN STAR MENU IN RIYADH

ULTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE IN THE GLOBE RESTAURANT

When you travel to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, you will be amazed by the variety of restaurants in the city. The most remarkable luxury dining point is The Globe at Al Faisaliah Hotel in the heart of town. The restaurant is located in the spectacular golden sphere that tops the Al Faisaliah Tower. This dramatic three-story dome restaurant offers a unique perspective of the Kingdom’s first city and serves delicious modern European cuisine which can be enjoyed with beautiful panoramic views, all coming together to create an unmatched, fine dining experience. And in 2019, The Globe is launching an exclusive pop-up dining experience. Kiko Moya, the chef of L’Escaletta, located in Alicante, Spain, is the proud owner of two Michelin stars. The celebrated Spanish chef is hosting two not-to-be-missed cameo dinners at the Saudi capital’s most prestigious hotel. Diners with chef Kiko Moya at The Globe will get the opportunity to sample fine Spanish fare without having to hop on an airplane. Chef Kiko offers gourmet travellers and Riyadh residents dishes that are full of delicacy, skill and, above all, traditional Spanish flavours. Riyadh these days is in a sharp age of food revolution and boasts an enormous selection of fine dining places allowing you to always choose carefully what you eat and where. www.cpmagazine.net

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FAHAD AL-JEDEI HITS THE PEDAL TO THE GOLD MEDAL, FOR THE FIRST TIME. Ultimately, Fahad Al Jadei, edged past the competition and clinched the title with a jaw-dropping performance collecting an impressive 270 points. He was beaming with pride as he held the trophy. Al Jadei will go on to represent Kuwait at the Series Final in September. Al Jadei will face a fierce challenge for the King of Drift title, competing against drifters from eleven other countries that have participated in the series. The 2019 series kicked off in Kuwait on February 1 and the competition will continue with qualifiers in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Algeria, Mauritius, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Georgia and Jordan. With only one drifter from each participating country, Turkey will welcome the 2019 Kuwait King of Drift at the Series Final this September 1 where he will compete to claim the Series Final throne.

In front of 2,500 spectators, Fahad Al Jedei managed to secure the 2019 Kuwait King of Drift title in an outstanding manner. Second place went to Abdulhadi Hjailan, followed by Saad Al Foudari who rounded the podium. In celebration of eleven years since the first ever Red Bull Car Park Drift event in Lebanon, drifters competed to clinch the crown. Having hosted a successful adrenaline-filled Series Final in 2017, Kuwait was, no doubt, in the position to impress thousands of drifting and motorsport fans alike. Red Bull Car Park Drift was organized by Basel Salem AlSabah Motor Racing Club and sponsored by Falken Tyres, Motul, Al Sayer Engineering, Platinum Gym, KTM and Acqua Eva. The day started with motorsport spectators lining up to witness the high adrenaline spectacle and throne-thirsty drifters going head-to-head for the coveted title. The drifters then began the first heat consisting of 14 drifters on a challenging track concocted by Abdo Feghali, previous Guinness World Book Record holder for the longest drift. In an expected turn of events, Ali Makhseed was unable to qualify to the 2nd round due to an unfortunate technical failure. The top eight to break through to round 2 were Fahad Al Jedei, Abdulhadi Hjailan, Saad Al Foudari, Mohammed Abdulrazzaq, Saad Al Mutayri, Dari Al Shammari, Mohammed Al Sabah and Ali Mussawi. This time, only four would make it to the next round. Spectators and drifters anxiously awaited the final round and action to resume, to ultimately crown the winner. The final four from round 2, Fahad Al Jedei, Abdulhadi Hjailan, Saad Al Foudari and Mohammed Abdulrazzaq all went head-to-head with one aim - to be crowned the 2019 Kuwait King of Drift. Consisting of top motorsport and drifting experts and athletes, the judging panel was assigned the task of evaluating the competitors. This year’s judging panel table was rounded up by Fouad Abu Arja, experienced motorsports organizer, Mishari Al Sabti, International Relations manager at BMRC, and Issam Al Najadi, rally veteran. This year the drifters’ performance was determined based on car look and design (40 points), drifting skills (120 points), boxes (50 points), spiral (20 points), gate (20 points), flipper (60 points), pendulum (50 points), car sound (20 points) and tire smoke (20 points).

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The competition, first hosted by Red Bull in Lebanon, provides drifting amateurs and professionals with the opportunity to highlight their skills and compete for the crown, while capturing the crowd’s attention. Last year’s Kuwait qualifier witnessed an exciting turnout with Ali Makhseed claiming Kuwait’s King of Drift title and continuing to the Series Final in Lebanon. Lebanese competitor, Oliver El Kik, secured the 2019 King of Drift crown after a stellar performance at the Series Final, hosted in Lebanon. On a global level, the story of drifting goes back to the 1960s on winding Japanese mountain roads. A bunch of likeminded racers set out to beat their A to B times by exceeding the grip limit of their tires when taking sharp corners. It did not do much to help their racing times but instead evolved into an entirely different discipline. Drifting was born, and a Red Bull manager discovered the sport in 2005 and decided to spark a fire in the Middle East, a fire that still burns to this very day.


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HOW DO YOU MEASURE YOUR

SUCCESS? Iman Metwally

For some people, success is measured by how much money they have. Others measure it by how happy they are. Some people compete with themselves and measure success by self-satisfaction in knowing they have made the effort to do the best they are capable of, while others measure it by the difference they make in peoples’ lives. For me, success is the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. I measure my success by the amount of people I have progressed and the number of steps I have taken towards my goals. A lot of articles speak about tools to success, including selfdiscipline, focus, energy, people skills, faith in ourselves, etc. All of these tools are great and might indeed lead to success. However, my favourites are always the odd ones. The ones that tell me not to follow what everyone else is doing and to think differently. The ones that tell me to focus on people in order to advance myself.

it. Some people see the things they want and others see the things that prevent them from getting what they want. It really depends on us and how we see it. You don’t have to wait in line and you don’t have to do it the way everyone else has done it. You can do it your own way. You can break the rules and do whatever it takes as long as you are not getting in the way of somebody else getting what they want and as long as you are not denying anyone else their right to go after what they want. • Turn pressure into excitement. The body experiences specific feelings when we are under pressure such as increased heart rate, sweat, etc. These feelings might lead us to pull back from a task or a mission which might affect success. When we are excited, the body experiences the same feelings as those felt when under pressure, but the difference is we will strive to push forward rather than pull back. This will lead to a positive change towards success. It’s worth a try next time you are facing a pressure to tell your mind that what your body is experiencing is actually excitement. It’s all about how you frame it in your mind.

I recently watched the amazing Simon Sinek and as always, he encouraged me with his thoughts and ideas that speak of and reflect our real life. Maybe that’s why he is very close to most peoples’ hearts. Some of his favourite tips towards success have made me stop and write this article so I can share it with as many people in the Middle East as possible. His success is not measured by how much money he makes or how smart and tough he can be. His success is measured by how far his steps took him towards his big goal in life. Two of the many tips Simon spoke about had an impact on the way I see success and the way I would like to reach to it. Simon says: • Go after the things you want and keep your eyes on

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HASSAN AL-ATTAR “Music was more than just a passion of mine, it was almost an obsession.”

Hassan Al-Attar is a young and upcoming singer from Kuwait. Five years ago he won first place in an interstate school opera competition in the USA. Since then, he’s been building his career as a singer and attracting fans from all over the world.

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Please introduce yourself to our readers. I am Hassan Al-Attar, a Kuwaiti singer/ songwriter. ‫ ‏‬ell us about your education. T I went to high school in USA and I’m currently doing my second year of engineering. ‫‏‬

How and when did you know you wanted to be a singer? Well, I started singing before I could talk and was listening to ‘Om Kalthoum’ and singing along ever since I can remember. ‫ ‏‬ow did you get your start in singing? H I performed for the first time at the age of 9 and released my first single in 2016. At 17 I was given many chances to showcase my talent and I am grateful for it. ‫ ‏‬hat has been the biggest challenge W for you? The ongoing fear of releasing a song people won't like as our market keeps evolving. ‫ ‏‬ho are the singers that inspire you? W All creative and talented artists who put effort into their work inspire me. I grew up listening to everyone and everything I could get my hands on. Music was more than just a passion of mine, it was almost an obsession.

What is your favourite thing about singing? The feeling of the lyrics as I sing them. ‫ ‏‬hat are the hardest things about W singing? Growing my vocal abilities and talent on a full-time engineering student’s schedule. ‫ ‏‬hat goals do you hope to accomplish W this year? I am very focused with both my career and studies. What advice would you give to young aspiring singers? Be true and real to your music and to yourself. ‫ ‏‬hat are you currently working on? W It’s Kuwait's national month so I have a few national songs coming out soon. ‫ ‏‬hat are some of your hobbies? W Horse riding and travelling. ‫‏‬ What is your favourite travel destination and why? I think the USA because of the memories I have there. ‫ ‏‬hat’s your favourite food? W I would go with sushi, always and forever. ‫ ‏‬ame three things on your bucket list? N I’m still working on that! ‫ ‏‬hich three songs are you listening to W on repeat at the moment? I'm putting the final touches on my album and while working on my songs I don't listen to music much. I‫‏‬s there a film that has stayed with you? No, I don’t think so. ‫ ‏‬o you have a message for our readers D and your fans? My fans are the reason I am doing this. ‫ ‏‬ell us a fun fact about you that might T surprise our readers. It surprises many that I just turned 21 this year. Maybe that can pass for a fun fact! Your message for us at CP magazine? Keep up the great work!

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BOUNDLESS BREXIT

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o matter where you live in the world, you can’t avoid the subject of Brexit. It is dominating world headlines and looks set to do so for some time yet. It’s hard to believe that some people may not know what Brexit actually is, but for the avoidance of doubt, I’ll explain.

After months of negotiations covering everything from farming to fishing and from immigration to transportation, the Prime Minister’s proposed withdrawal agreement was rejected by Parliament on 15th January 2019. A subsequent ‘no confidence’ vote by the Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corben, was defeated. So Mrs. May’s unenviable task continues.

Great Britain has been a member of the European Union since 1973. On 23rd June 2016, the British people voted in favour of leaving the EU by a majority of 51.9%. The British Government was given until 29th March 2019 to negotiate the conditions of their exit. In other words, to agree the terms of their separation and divorce from the common market.

Bored yet? Join the club. Unless you’re directly involved with or have a particular interest in politics, the subject of Brexit isn’t exactly stimulating. In fact, it’s downright tedious. Which is why, it is widely believed that if the 51.9% of Brits were asked to vote again, they would tick a very different box. Had they realised the implications of their vote in terms of both time and cost, the outcome of the original referendum would probably have been very different.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, inherited this task from her predecessor, David Cameron, who resigned immediately after the referendum in which the British public opted to turn their back on the EU and reject his plea to remain. Theresa May took over as the Conservative Party Leader on 13th July 2016 and in doing so took on, arguably, the most difficult job in modern politics. The main bone of contention, it would seem, is the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. At present, few restrictions apply to the trading of goods and services between the two jurisdictions. However, after Brexit, different customs and regulatory regimes could apply, resulting in compulsory border checks. For those who may not realise, Great Britain and Northern Ireland are united in Brexit but the Republic of Ireland remains a member of the EU.

Undeniably, the decision to leave the EU has seriously damaged the UK economy. Brexit is allegedly costing the UK £500million per week. So while politicians are arguing over a hard or a soft border, the people they represent are worrying about the longevity of their jobs, the cost of inflation and the future for a post-Brexit Britain. One could argue that they only have themselves to blame. It was, after all, the British public who voted to leave the EU in the first place. But did they really know (and understand) the significance of their vote? I think not. There is one thing that unites Great Britain with the rest of Europe and, indeed, the rest of the world. That is the desire to bring the Brexit negotiations to a swift and amicable conclusion. The day when the ‘B’ word is absent from world headlines will be a day worth celebrating, for sure. www.cpmagazine.net

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CHRISTINE “It took twenty-six years for me to realise I was worth it.”

Meet the newest member of the CP team. Marie Christine will be inspiring readers with her architecture expertise and fashion tips, two subjects linked by creativity and design.

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Please introduce yourself to our readers. I’m Marie Christine, a 26 year old Lebanese girl who loves life, is ambitious and driven. I surround myself with positive and happy people. I’m passionate about everything related to fashion, beauty, events, parties and especially travelling. I love to travel and discover new places, culture and traditions. I’m passionate about my work and I’m known for going after what I want. In short, I live life to the fullest. Tell us about your education. I did a master’s degree in architecture at ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts) and now I’m pursuing a MBA in luxury brand management in Paris How and why did you get interested in architecture? I got into architecture because the majority of my family works in this domain. Architecture also has a lot 54

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in common with fashion in terms of creativity and design. What was your first job? How did it feel? My first job was with Diffa Company. Working as a hostess helped me improve my communication and teamwork skills, and it has given me the opportunity to attend many PR events. What are some of your favourite projects you have worked on? One of my favourite projects was the renovation of BO18 during my internship with Bernard Khoury. What’s your beauty regime? My beauty regime is simple. I drink a lot of water and take care of my skin. I don’t use a lot of makeup products in my daily life. I also take care of my hair. I try not to dye it and I avoid heat to prevent damage. I take hair vitamins too.

How do you stay in shape? I eat healthy and in moderation because I’m not a fan of the gym. How would you define your personal style? I don’t have a personal style as I tend to dress according to my mood and the place I’m going to. However, my favourite colour to wear is black. How many languages do you speak? 4 - Arabic, French, English and Spanish. What are some of your hobbies? Painting, badminton, horseback riding, event planning. What are your favourite hang out spots in Beirut? Mar Mkhael and Badaro. What’s your favourite food? Sushi and seafood.


What is your favourite city and where do you like to hang out there? My favourite city is Paris and my favourite place to hang out is Bastille, rue de la Roquette. What’s your favourite book/film/music? I don’t have any favourites but I love horror movies and novels. As for music, I like hip hop and commercial. What are your future plans? I’d like to finish my MBA in luxury brand management, settle down in Paris and have my own business. And, of course, start a family and discover the world with them. Best advice you’ve ever received? Everything happens for a reason and life doesn’t stop for anyone. How do you feel being a member of the CP Magazine? I’m so happy to be a member of CP magazine. Thank you for choosing me. Your message for the readers of CP Magazine? Our insecurities make us beautiful in our own way. Nobody is perfect. The secret is to embrace your flaws and turn them into strengths. I know how hard it is to be confident because it’s something you have to learn by yourself. It took 26 years for me to realise I was worth it and I deserve to be happy. Stay strong, believe in yourself, don’t change for anyone and follow your dreams. Never give up.

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khaki cargos, sexy bodysuits and bikinis and dramatic denim on denim capture the jet setting spirit. While lashings of gold plated bracelets from the Michael Kors Mercer Link collection and the latest Michael Kors Access Smartwatch add to the IT factor. Complementing the take-you-anywhere energy of the collection, classic totes, backpacks and shoulder bags featuring the iconic Michael Kors signature have been reimagined in cool contemporary shapes. And meet Cece. Making her debut for Spring 2019, and destined to be the hero accessory of the season, the structured rectangle handbag features chic curved flap closure and heritage hardware including trunk-inspired pinch lock, leather-wrapped key charm, chain-link handle and detachable chainand-leather strap to add that all important touch of glamour to the street-inspired styles. The global campaign will debut in February, with print ads running in spring issues worldwide. The images will also appear in digital outlets, as well as on social media platforms and in traditional outdoor media placements.

MICHAEL KORS UNVEILS SPRING 2019 MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS AD CAMPAIGN STARRING BELLA HADID Michael Kors announces the launch of his new Spring 2019 MICHAEL Michael Kors ad campaign starring supermodel Bella Hadid shot by the legendary photographer David Sims. Heralding a bold new direction for the iconic luxury fashion brand, the campaign and collection - shot in a studio in Kors’ pulsating birthplace of New York - is inspired by the speed, energy and optimism of today’s global lifestyle. Starring supermodel of the moment Bella Hadid the campaign takes the timeless allure of the brands’ DNA and translates it into a dynamic, highly-contemporary, street-inspired, fast moving visual feast for the modern jet-setter. “Bella Hadid is the quintessential modern jet-setter,” says Michael Kors. “She is plugged-in, adventurous and on the go 24/7.” Offering a fresh take on the 21st century wardrobe the ready to wear collection reflects the lighting fast pace of life and newfound desire for an arsenal that is elevated yet totally versatile. Juxtaposing masculine and feminine, high glamour with a street edge, camo printed dresses and anoraks, chic black athleisure teamed with sneakers, utilitarian

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‫مايكل كورس يكشف عن‬ ‫حملة ‪Michael Michael‬‬ ‫‪ Kors‬اإلعالنية ملومس ربيع‬ ‫‪ 2019‬بطلتها بيال حديد‬

‫‪MICHAEL Michael Kors‬‬

‫يعلن مايكل كورس عن إطالق حملة ‪MICHAEL Michael Kors‬‬ ‫اإلعالنية اجلديدة ملومس ربيع ‪ ،2019‬اليت تلعب فيها السوبر موديل بيال‬ ‫حديد دور البطولة والتقط صورها املص ّور األسطوري دافيد سيمز‪.‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫إعالنا بتوجه جديد وجريء للعالمة التجارية الفاخرة واملمزية‪ ،‬استوحيت‬ ‫احلملة اإلعالنية واملجموعة – اليت مت تصويرها يف استوديو يف مدينة‬ ‫نيويورك‪ ،‬مهد كورس النابض باحلياة – من الرسعة‪ ،‬الطاقة وروح التفاؤل‬ ‫ألسلوب احلياة العاملي املعارص‪.‬‬ ‫تلعب بيال حديد‪ ،‬أبرز سوبر موديل حالية‪ ،‬دور البطولة يف هذه احلملة‬ ‫اإلعالنية اليت تأخذ اجلاذبية األزلية جلوهر قيم العالمة التجارية وترتجمها‬ ‫يف مهرجان من الصور الديناميكية‪ ،‬العرصية بشكل فائق‪ ،‬املستوحاة من‬ ‫الشوارع ورسيعة احلركة للشخص األنيق والعرصي‪.‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫حاليا الشخصية العرصية واألنيقة‬ ‫يقول مايكل كورس‪" :‬بيال حديد هي‬ ‫ِ‬ ‫املثالية‪ ".‬ويتابع‪" :‬هي مواكبة ألحدث صيحات املوضة‪ ،‬مغامرة وعالية‬ ‫النشاط ‪".24/7‬‬

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‫مع تقدمي توجه حديث خلزانة أزياء القرن احلادي والعرشين‪ ،‬تعكس مجموعة األزياء اجلاهزة إيقاع احلياة‬ ‫الرسيع كالربق والرغبة اجلديدة يف احلصول عىل ترسانة عالية املرونة ومع ذلك تكون بالكامل متعددة‬ ‫ً‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫وحدة الشوارع‪ ،‬فساتني بطبعة‬ ‫جنبا إىل جنب املذكر واملؤنث‪ ،‬السحر الفتّان‬ ‫االستخدامات‪ .‬مع وضع‬ ‫متويه ومعاطف األنوراك‪ ،‬األسود األنيق بتوجه ريايض مرح (‪ )athleisure‬الذي يرافقه سنيكرز‪ ،‬بناطيل‬ ‫حمولة (‪ )cargos‬كاكية كثرية املنافع‪ ،‬ألبسة للجزء العلوي من اجلمس (‪ّ )bodysuits‬‬ ‫جذابة وبيكيين‪،‬‬ ‫ودينيم مثري عىل دنيم‪ ،‬يتم جتسيد الروح األنيقة والعرصية‪ .‬كذلك‪ ،‬تتم إضافة عدد كبري من األساور‬ ‫املطلية بالذهب من مجموعة ‪ Michael Kors Mercer Link‬ومن أحدث نسخات ‪Michael Kors‬‬ ‫‪ Access Smartwatch‬إىل عامل تكنولوجيا املعلومات‪.‬‬

‫ً‬ ‫استكماال لطاقة "تأخذك‪-‬إىل‪ -‬أي مكان" اخلاصة باملجموعة‪ ،‬متت إعادة تص ّور حقائب يد ضخمة‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫متمية بإمضاء مايكل كورس املذهل يف تصاميم معارصة رائعة‪.‬‬ ‫(‪ ،)totes‬حقائب ظهر وحقائب كتف‬ ‫وتلتقي ‪ .Cece‬مع أول ظهور لها يف ربيع ‪ ،2019‬وإعدادها لتكون األكسسوار النجم للمومس‪ ،‬متتاز حقيبة‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫واملنظمة بقمس للتسكري أنيق‪ ،‬دائري وقابل للطي وبقطع تراثية من بينها قفل بالضغط‬ ‫اليد املستطيلة‬ ‫مستوحى من صندوق السيارة‪ ،‬مفتاح حلية ّ‬ ‫مغلف باجللد‪ ،‬مسكة مع وصلة من سلسلة‪ ،‬وحزام للحمل‬ ‫من سلسلة وجلد إلضافة ملسة فائقة األهمية من السحر الفتّان إىل التصاميم املستوحاة من الشوارع‪.‬‬ ‫سيبدأ عرض احلملة اإلعالنية العامليية يف فرباير‪ ،‬مع ظهور إعالنات مطبوعة يف أعداد املطبوعات عرب‬ ‫ً‬ ‫أيضا يف متاجر رقمية‪ ،‬باإلضافة إىل منصات مواقع التواصل االجتماعي واملواقع‬ ‫العامل‪ .‬وستظهر الصور‬ ‫التقليدية لإلعالنات اخلارجية‪.‬‬


AllAboutNili

Yes, it’s a cliché! But it’s time for us to pay more attention to details because those details can make or break and sometimes fake our chances to get ahead successfully in life. Or, at the end of the day, we might just find ourselves surviving on the niche outlines forever - and that would be a crying shame! Did you ever wonder why some people are super successful and have made it to the top, enjoying all the respect and money to go with it? And, at the same time, did you ask yourself, why not me? After all, you might share the same age and God given looks, plus the same college degrees. Of course you did! Other times, you may feel so down and so frustrated that you believe you could be the unluckiest person that walked this wide green earth. But have you ever asked yourself, what is their secret? What is the secret that many people follow to get to the top (and stay there)? We all know it's never just about the college degree you obtained or the number of years you spent behind the desk gaining that experience and know-how. The reason is much simpler. It just takes a choice. It’s the choice we make with our attire that can change the way people view us. The secret is a suitable but affordable choice of wardrobe that demands and commands respect. However, not so many people know the rules of the attire game and how to play it right to the doors of success. The rules may differ according to gender but the goals are always the same - to get ahead, to be heard and to be taken seriously. The rules require a whole set of courage and a budget set aside

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to achieve it. But don’t worry, it will not cost you a hand or a foot or even your whole salary. It’s a game of choosing and following a set of rules, three to be exact.

Rule number one - choose solid colours. No matter if you have dark, light or olive skin (or even green skin and come from Mars!) solid colours complement any skin and hair complexion with any choice of clothing, especially office attire. Rule number two - too much colour in your attire decreases the value of a garment, especially if you want people to focus more on your words than on the rainbow colours distracting them. Remember, multi-colour attires have a time and a place and it’s rarely at the office, no matter the season! Rule number three – cleanliness is truly next to godliness. Be

tidy with your attire choices. Be clean cut with the garments you shop for and try to be minimal while maintaining that confidence and appeal. And please, please, always keep your nails manicured, your body and breath fresh and your toes covered with simple and classical pumps or shoes. Because as we all know, footwear speaks volumes on personality. So remember, choose fashionable garments that will aid your attire game and allow you to reach the stars – which is right where you belong and surely deserve. Happy job hunting! Stay safe and fashionable.


Books Releasing in February 2019

GOLDEN CHILD

HERE AND NOW AND THEN

by Claire Adam

Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, thirteen years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness.

THIS IS MARKETING: YOU CAN'T BE SEEN UNTIL YOU LEARN TO SEE by Seth Godin Now, for the first time, Godin offers the core of his marketing wisdom in one accessible, timeless package. At the heart of his approach is a big idea: Great marketers don't use consumers to solve their company's problem; they use marketing to solve other people's problems. They don't just make noise; they make the world better. Truly powerful marketing is grounded in empathy, generosity, and emotional labour.

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botch.

YES, I'M HOT IN THIS: THE HILARIOUS TRUTH ABOUT LIFE IN A HIJAB by Huda Fahmy

In Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda navigates the sometimes-rocky waters of life from the unique perspective of a Muslim-American woman, breaking down misconceptions of her culture one comic at a time. From recounting the many questions she gets about her hijab every day (yes, she does have hair) and explaining how she runs in an abaya (just fine, thank you) to dealing with misconceptions about Muslims, Yes, I’m Hot in This tackles universal feelings from an point of view we don’t hear from nearly enough.

A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO

THE TEST

by Mike Chen

by Guy Gavriel Kay

by Sylvain Neuvel Britain, the not-too-distant future. Idir is sitting the British Citizenship Test. He wants his family to belong. Twenty-five questions to determine their fate. Twenty-five chances to impress. When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death. How do you value a life when all you have is multiple choice?

TWO MINUS ONE: A MEMOIR

International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay's latest work is set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count--and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast.

by Kathryn Taylor

THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN

“You can quit waiting for the other shoe to drop: I’m in it for life.” Those are the fateful, repeated words that help convince Kathryn Taylor to remarry, retire from her thirty-year profession, sell her home, and relocate in support of her new husband’s career. But five years later, in a car packed with food she has carefully prepared to nourish her husband’s dying brother, the other shoe does drop. Taylor’s husband unexpectedly proclaims he is, “done with the marriage and doesn’t want to talk about it.”

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

by Teri Wilson

A New Memoir Offers the Real Dirt About Not Getting By MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER'S WILL TO SURVIVE by Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich (Foreword)

Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. "My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter." While the gap between upper middle-class Americans and the working poor widens, grueling low-wage domestic and service work--primarily done by women--fuels the economic success of the wealthy. Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter's head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. While she worked hard to scratch her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labor jobs, higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told. The stories of overworked and underpaid Americans.

Few books have as powerful a first sentence as Maid, Stephanie Land’s memoir about living in poverty, working as a house cleaner and struggling to survive on $9 an hour. “My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter,” her story begins. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive describes the years that Land worked as a single mother, finding jobs in the gig economy and stretching food stamps and minimum wage to pay rent, buy food, secure childcare, and navigate a complicated and onerous system of government assistance. Land chronicles a life of cleaning and caseworkers with moments of normalcy that challenge stereotypes of homelessness and those living in poverty. She works constantly. Her mother, father, grandfather, brother, and former boyfriend celebrate her daughter Mia’s first birthday party in the homeless shelter. The two become transitional homeless after Land’s abusive relationship fails and family members don't have enough income themselves to account for one—or two—more.

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WRONGS moviewrongs.com by: JIM WEST

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan | Written by M. Night Shyamalan Unbreakable (2000) was a film that blended the thriller and superhero genres masterfully. Since that film M. Night Shyamalan has had hits, but mostly misses, at the box office. Then in 2016, he surprised many with his film Split. The ending of that film bridged Unbreakable to the events that unfold in Glass. Bruce Willis reprises his role as David Dunn, a man with superhuman strength and toughness. Samuel L Jackson is back as the evil mastermind, Mr. Glass. James McAvoy gets to display great acting range with much more personalities than he got to do in the previous film, Split, as the Horde. Other characters from the two previous films are on board to include Spencer Treat Clark, Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlayne Woodard. With one sole writer and a limited budget it’s easy to come up short.

Here come the spoilers. The film starts with an eerie reminder of who the Horde is. James McAvoy does a superb job displaying the mannerisms and distinct character traits of the various personalities. A quick jump and we are thrust into what David Dunn has been up to all these years since the events in Unbreakable. He and his now grown son are working together to fight crime and are tracking the Horde. Dunn eventually crosses paths with the Horde and ends up freeing the captive girls but, in his fight with the Beast, ends up getting captured by police and sent to a mental institution. The same institution that Mr. Glass is being held at. Next, the film goes very slow to prove the idea that superheroes can be explained and that it’s a mental delusion that is making them believe they are superheroes and villains. Dr. Staple, played as monotonous as it can get by Sarah Paulson, runs a series of tests and sessions with the three in an attempt to convince them they are delusional. Of course it doesn’t work and it isn’t long before all three escape. Before I go further let me address some serious issues with the film at this point. One: the security at this place is ridiculous. The staff cannot see what’s going on in the room before using a magnetic key card to open a door.

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Two: Toilets? Three: Why would you put pictures in Mr. Glass’s room with glass in the frames? Okay, moving on. Mr. Glass seemingly has a plan to escape. He let all three of them collide at the Osaka Tower in the city to show the whole world that superheroes and villains exist. Yet they end up in a showdown in front of the institution building. I feel a 20 million dollar budget is at fault for this. Split had a budget of 9 million and went on to make 278 million dollars at the box office. So why not bump up the budget for Glass? Shame. Just 10 million more could have resulted in a far superior film. Here is what I would have done to improve this film. What should have occurred is that all three make it to the Osaka Tower and have their climatic fight. Fire sprinklers get activated which weaken Dunn and he is almost beaten by the Beast. Dunn’s son rushes in to reveal to the Beast that Mr. Glass killed his father when the train derailed years ago. The Beast goes to Glass and injures him, but before he can kill him the girl intervenes and brings out Kevin’s personality. Dr. Staple shows up and brushes by Dunn who can see she is working for a secret society. She then starts to disclose that their plans to reveal heroes and villains to the world is going to fail because she (and the secret society she works for) has already flooded the news that this attack is an act of terrorism and nobody will ever know they existed. Glass starts to laugh loudly and reveals he is wearing a body-cam, streaming pictures from the hospital to everyone on the internet. Dr. Staple tells him nobody will believe this but Glass looks at her and says, ‘You think this is fake news? No. This is our reality and now everyone will believe superheroes and supervillains exist. This was never a limited edition. This is an original story.’ He then pushes a button and the building explodes. News footage details the aftermath. New stories of more people with superhuman abilities start to come in. Thanks for reading ‘Writing Movie ‘WRONGS’.


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Ariana Grande Scores Third No. 1 Album on U.K. Charts With 'Thank U, Next'

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It's a banner chart week in the U.K. for Ariana Grande, who debuts at No. 1 with both the Thank U, Next album and its latest single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend I'm Bored” (Republic/Universal).

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The album is Grande's third to top the U.K. chart, and records her best opening week with 65,000 combined units. Its 12 tracks received 59 million streams according to the Official Charts Company. Thank U, Next creates new records for most album streams ever by a female artist, and third overall, behind Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) and Drake's Scorpion.

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Dancing With A Stranger

The new singles chart also contains a 9-3 move for Lewis Capaldi with “Someone You Loved” (EMI/Universal). Sam Smith's “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol/Universal), featuring Normani, is down 3-4 and Mabel's “Don't Call Me Up” (Polydor/Universal) holds at No. 5.

The Chainsmokers Announce North American Tour With 5 Seconds Of Summer, Lennon Stella

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The Chainsmokers announced that they will embark on a 41-city tour across North America in the fall, with support from 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella.

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The electronic pop duo (comprised of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart) will kick off their extensive tour on Sept. 25. The tour's first stop is in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will continue to Boston, Toronto, Miami, Los Angeles and more before wrapping up in Vancouver, B.C. on Dec. 6.

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Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 15 at 10:00 a.m. via Live Nation. The group will also offer VIP packages that include premium seating, Q&A sessions and specially designed merchandise.

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MOVIES RELEASING SOON UNDER THE EIFFEL TOWER

ISN'T IT ROMANTIC

DIRECTED BY: Archie Borders

DIRECTED BY: Neil Burger

CAST: Judith Godreche, Ary Abittan, David Wain, Gary Cole

CAST: Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Brandon Scott Jones

GENRES: Comedy / Drama / Romance

GENRES: Comedy / Romantic Comedy

A VIOLENT MAN

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART

A bourbon salesman (Walsh) fighting off 50, unexpectedly proposes and is rejected by his best friend’s 24-year-old daughter under the Eiffel Tower. The soul crushing event sparks a wine-fueled ‘coming of middle age’ jaunt across the French countryside, a surprising friendship with a local footballer (Eggold) and sparks romantic possibilities with a beautiful and independent French woman (Godrèche).

An unknown MMA fighter, Ty Matthews, beats the undefeated champion at a local gym. Overnight, Ty becomes the underdog champion of the world - with a title fight on the horizon. But when the female reporter covering the story is found dead, Ty becomes the murder suspect; as he was last seen with her leaving a bar late at night. His only alibi is his girlfriend who is aware of him arriving home late that night. A blackout, a dead body, and incriminating circumstances puts Ty in the middle of a mystery. Like Bogart in “In a Lonely Place” he finds himself under the microscope of a murder, which he doesn’t know if he committed.

The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

DIRECTED BY: Rob Schrab, Mike Mitchell

CAST: Thomas Q. Jones, Isaach de Bankolé, Chuck Liddell, Bruce Davison, Khalilah Joi, Denise Richards, Felisha Terrell

CAST: Chris Pratt, Tiffany Haddish, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks , Stephanie Beatriz , Arturo Castro , Alison Brie , Nick Offerman , Arnett , Charlie Day

GENRES: Drama / Thriller

GENRES: Adventure / Family / 3D / Animation / CG / IMAX / Based on Toy / Sequel / Kids

RUN THE RACE

WHAT MEN WANT MOVIE

DIRECTED BY: Chris Dowling

DIRECTED BY: Adam Shankman

CAST: Tanner Stine, Kristoffer Polaha, Evan Hofer, Kelsey Reinhardt, Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher

CAST: Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield

GENRES: Drama

GENRES: Comedy / Sequel

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Reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt.

DIRECTED BY: Matthew Berkowitz

In Run The Race, two desperate brothers sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town. When a devastating injury puts Zach—and his dreams—on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

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New York City architect Natalie works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare—a romantic comedy—and she is the leading lady.

A female sports agent has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men's thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA's next superstar.

TO DUST

The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor, distraught by his wife’s untimely death, struggles to find religious solace while secretly obsessing over how her body will decay. As a clandestine partnership develops with Albert, a community college biology professor, the two embark on an increasingly literal undertaking into the underworld.

DIRECTED BY: Asghar Farhadi

DIRECTED BY: Shawn Snyder

CAST: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Ricardo Darin

CAST: Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick

GENRES: Drama / Thriller / Psychological

GENRES: Comedy / Drama


IN FEBRUARY 2019 THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

DIRECTED BY: Daniel Farrands

DIRECTED BY: Stephen Merchant

CAST: John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Diane Franklin, Paul Ben-Victor

CAST: Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden

GENRES: Horror / Spin-off

GENRES: Comedy / Drama / True Story

THE PRODIGY

COLD PURSUIT

DIRECTED BY: Nicholas McCarthy

DIRECTED BY: Hans Petter Molland

CAST: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Peter Mooney, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen

CAST: Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, Laura Dern, Julia Jones, Nathaniel Arcand, Elysia Rotaru, William Forsythe, Aleks Paunovic

GENRES: Horror / Thriller / Supernatural

GENRES: Action / Thriller

On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.

Taylor Schilling stars in The Prodigy as Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles in favor of investigating what - or who - is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality remains blurry.

Reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for the WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings.

Liam Neeson stars as Nels Coxman, a family man whose quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels' search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking (Tom Bateman), a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one each of Viking's associates "disappear," Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing and no one - get in his way.

MISS BALA

(Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

DIRECTED BY: Catherine Hardwicke CAST: Gina Rodriguez, Cruz Córdova, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Cristina Rodlo, Ricardo Abarca, GENRES: Action / Drama / Remake

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COOL GADGETS The coolest products curated especially for you 2

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1.Flow Air Quality Wearable: Conquer the world one deep breath at a time with the Flow Air Quality Wearable from Plume Labs. Effortlessly attaching to you and your gear, this attractive device conceals a powerful air sensor. The wearable can measure dust, exhaust fumes, harmful gases, and even household chemicals. 2. Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i: The PULSE SOUNDBAR delivers a fully immersive sonic experience that brings any soundtrack to life in vivid, cinematic detail. Designed specifically to fit perfectly under your HD TV, the PULSE SOUNDBAR is the world’s first multi-room high-res soundbar to feature crystal clear, 24-bit resolution and audiophile-grade bass response – without a subwoofer. This is the soundbar your TV deserves. 3.Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K HDR TV: Upgrade your home theater with the Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K HDR TV. This smart TV comes with Ultrabright 2900, providing 2,900 nits of peak brightness. Likewise, the P-Series Quantum X TV delivers impressively bright HDR highlights. In addition, the television also provides Quantum Color, which utilizes the latest form of quantum dot technology. 4.Lenovo Smart Clock: As a convenient smart home device, the Lenovo Smart Clock supports voice and touch controls on an unobtrusive 4-inch IPS screen to perform tasks that are regularly carried out before and after sleep. With its compact size built for sitting on nightstands, the Lenovo Smart Clock blends into your bedroom decor, with a full fabric soft-touch cover and a touch screen. 5.Philips Smartsleep Headband: SmartSleep is a wearable sleep headband and mobile app clinically proven to improve the quality of your sleep. Developed with doctors and researchers, SmartSleep increases your energy in the same sleep time. 70% of users reported feeling less tired during the day.* 6.Arlo Home Security System: Easily synchronize all of your safety devices at home with the Arlo Home Security System. Compatible with Arlo home security devices, this kit creates a complete home protection solution. The Arlo Home Security System allows you to set up, access and control all of the connected Arlo devices by yourself. ! 7.Kodak 43-inch UHD Smart TV : The latest TV from Kodak has a 43-inch panel with sleek bezels and resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. The UHD TV has a smart interface and comes preloaded with apps like Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, Hotstar, Netflix etc. It is powered by a dual core 1.4Ghz processor, 1GB RAM and has 8GB internal storage. 8.Mui Interactive Wooden Panel: Control your smart home devices in a subtle way with the Mui Interactive Wooden Panel. Made of natural wood material, this attractive device works as a smart home control hub. By simply swiping your hand, the digital display appears so you can send and receive messages, talk, check the weather and more. Likewise, Mui enables you to control smart devices in your home including thermostats and lighting. Afterward, the display disappears, resulting in a panel that looks like a normal piece of wood. Complete with integrated Google Assistant, Mui works as a smart display and speaker. Moreover, you can choose to use touch or voice to communicate with Mui. 9.Eve Aqua Smart Water Controller: Effortlessly take care of your garden with the Eve Aqua Smart Water Controller. This garden gadget turns your outdoor faucet into a smart water outlet, making it easy to keep your yard looking its best. You can control Eve Aqua using your voice, device or a touch. The water controller automatically turns off exactly when it needs to. 10.Lyric Round – The Second Generation Wi-Fi Thermostat: Automate the temperature in your home with Lyric Round, the second generation Wi-Fi thermostat. Another incredible device from Honeywell, this thermostat takes full control of the heating your home to keep you comfortable and save you money. Without the need for meticulous scheduling or a delay for a learning curve, Lyric Round connects to your in-home heating system via Wi-Fi and maintains an ideal temperature throughout the day. It can also sense when you’re on your way home with geofencing technology and can alert you via smartphone notifications if the temperature is too high or low based on environmental factors. When it needs to be adjusted, you simply scroll the wheel on the Lyric Round just like a traditional thermostat.

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It’s all about hair accessories!

Liven up your hair with hair accessories! Designers and hair stylists pay great attention to hair accessories this season. It’s obvious that hair accessories like headbands, tiaras, colourful scarves, pearls and lots of flowers are trending. The spring/summer 2019 fashion shows were all about hair and we saw great ideas and playful hair dos going wild with hair accessories! So play with your hair accessories this season and don’t forget to maintain femininity with girlie and princess-like designs.

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Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz A legacy of elegance

This is the watch that every young man dreams of wearing on his wrist: a piece that is passed on from generation to generation. Inspired by the 1950s collection, the Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz symbolises a smooth combination of sentimental classicism and youthful passion which is expressed in its design: a nostalgic dial with a modern twist, the Tissot logo in the original font, delicate facetted hour markers, the essential date counter at 3 o’clock and – a new feature – a quartz movement. The 1950s heralded the Tissot Heritage Visodate with its avant-garde design: a streamlined dial; crisp, angular lines; finesse in wear; an original style; and the essential date function at 3 o’clock. The Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz takes inspiration from its predecessor while adding elegant touches from its own time, including a domed case made statelier by a range of distinctive straps. The young man who wears it embodies the values, hopes and aspirations of the 21st century, while showing affection for a piece that makes reference to history. This piece could have belonged to his grandfather, and it possesses a unique patina; but it is also the ideal daily companion. From urban life to the office, from the airport terminal to weekends on the road, the Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz embodies all the qualities required for the pursuit of purity to which we all aspire. It has that surprising spirit – a blend of retro and modernity – that makes ordinary life extraordinary: a way of reminding us that in life, yes, there is always a new experience somewhere to be discovered. And a new chapter to write.

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AMERICAN EAGLE FURTHERS #AExME PLATFORM CELEBRATNG REAL KIDS, SELFEXPRESSION AND JEANS

American Eagle announces the launch of its multifaceted Spring Campaign, building on the foundation of its #AExME brand platform, celebrating freedom, individuality and difference. The empowering campaign, which is UGC (User Generated Content) driven, sees the cameras turned over to the cast; bringing #AExME to life, through the brands continued collaboration with real kids, for its first ever, real-time campaign. A first of its kind campaign, with a collection shot and styled entirely by the cast; a unique group of real kids, each sharing their style and stories, through their selfies. The campaign is Photoshop-free, highlighting the company’s commitment to providing unretouched imagery, and further driving the brands core message of ‘real’. It’s real people, real style and real selfies. The brand, who have long championed inclusivity and diversity, will offer extended sizing across its tops and bottoms, embracing the uniqueness of all bodies and recognizing

that no two people wear jeans the same way. Its inclusive assortment and True You Sizing (available up to a size 20 in women’s and waist 44 in men’s) shows how every single cut of its denim fits all body types. Denim trends for the season include: 90s inspired styles, vintage washes and shorts, of which key cuts for women include: the ‘HiRise Tomgirl Bermuda’ and ‘Paperbag Button Front’ trousers. Not to mention the brands favorite, high-waisted fit, the ‘Mom’ short. For men’s, the collection draws from 90s nostalgia, with destroyed denim, graphic tees and preppy, plaid shirts, made for layering under looks. Athleisure also continues to be key with hoodies and joggers, crafted in ultrasoft fleece, offering maximum comfort and fit. For what’s next, head over to @ americaneagleme, and check out the hashtag #AExME and #AEJeans on social, to follow along with the campaign cast and view our Spring collection.


Rado and Valentine’s Day

A love guaranteed to stand the test of time This Valentine’s Day, Rado is taking a thoroughly modern approach to romance, with two design-led, technical timepieces that will suit people with style and that are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Thanks to its innovative automatic movement with a silicon hairspring, the DiaMaster Petite Seconde COSC is an officially certified chronometer – a guarantee of precision.

SAVOUR THE AUTHENTIC FLAVOURS OF KUWAIT AT AMITI NOURA

Amiti Noura, a contemporary dining destination offering a culinary journey into the traditional Kuwaiti kitchen and home, has opened its doors at The Souk, The Avenues, inviting diners to enjoy a taste of classic Kuwaiti home flavours. Developed and operated by Alshaya Group, Amiti Noura, which translates to ‘Aunt Noura’, pays homage to authentic local recipes and Kuwait’s spirit of hospitality. Inspired by these traditions, guests at Amiti Noura are promised a journey that captures this generosity. Warm Kuwaiti hospitality is paired with a contemporary and chic ambience, to create a dining destination that nourishes the soul. Amiti Noura brings friends and families together for heartwarming meals that reflect the comfort and traditions of a Kuwaiti home kitchen. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests will discover a wide choice of classic home-style dishes that are defined by family recipes and offer a unique combination of distinct flavors and spices. Breakfast specials are served with Tanoor and Regag bread while classic staples like Hamsat and Sambusa are served all day long. Lunch and dinner options feature a wide selection of chicken, meat and seafood dishes, while the delicious range of desserts includes classics like Sab Al Gafsha and Lgaimat.

Is the one you love always late? Give the gift of accuracy – and a subtle hint you won’t wait forever. Are you planning to marry in 2019? Make sure you make it to the altar on time. Or maybe you’re single and focusing on the most important relationship of all – the one you have with yourself. Whatever your motivation, there’s more to the DiaMaster Petite Seconde COSC than an innovative movement with up to 80 hours of power reserve. The design-led DiaMaster collection is a minimalist masterpiece – no surprise given that Rado is the most forward thinking design player in the watch industry as well as an award-winning designer in its own right. For those looking for an eye-catching statement that is all about shine, the True Automatic Diamonds is made for Valentine’s Day. With a quality Swiss automatic movement inside and 60 shimmering diamonds on the outside of the mother-of-pearl dial, it’s sure to capture the heart of watch enthusiasts of all ages. Rose gold coloured accents add warmth to a super cool watch made in full high-tech ceramic.

The modern welcoming ambiance of Amiti Noura is created through a soft fusion of subtle and earthy tones and distinct decor that captures Kuwait’s heritage. Amiti Noura is located at The Souk at The Avenues and welcomes guests between 9:00AM and 11:30PM on week days and until 12 midnight on weekends. Follow @AmitiNoura on Instagram for the authentic Kuwaiti culinary experience and updates.

CELEBRATE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH MICHAEL KORS

MONTMARTRE

Elegant at all times with the new creations of Montmartre collection. Les Parisiennes collection embodies the charm of the cultural capital. Here, the Sacré- Coeur basilica, with its rounded and curved architecture, gives to this new creation its singularity. Montmartre is an ode to femininity with its flowing lines. The round case Ø25mm is highlighted by harmonious gadroons.

Romantic fine jewelry, vibrant colors and sparkles are all part of Michael Kors’ new Valentine’s Day collection, including leather goods and accessories for the most dreamy day of the year.

The most recognizable version is certainly the Roman numeral dial set with 64 diamonds (0.25ct) in the centre. The original applied Roman numeral indices make reading the time easy. The two-tone pink gold/steel strap adds an extra touch of refinement. Available also with a sumptuous mother-of-pearl dial printed with subtly volutes. 12 white diamonds (0.10ct) enhance the dial. A pleasant and elegant watch to wear. www.cpmagazine.net

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Hedi Slimane collaborated with artist Christian Marclay

Hedi Slimane collaborated with artist Christian Marclay for his first collection at Celine, where both were inspired by music and sound. The pumps and handbags boast a classic shape twisted in playful prints, courtesy of the visual artist and composer Christian Marclay.

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DIANA MAHRACH COUTURE FROM NEW YORK CITY THE GLORY OF DUBAI’S RUNWAY

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eady couture travels to the fashion capital of Arab culture under the exclusive name of Diana Mahrach Couture, showcasing during Arab Fashion Week in Dubai. Dresses were the most wanted pieces, traveling directly from New York City, where they were designed and made in the private studio of designer Diana. The eye-catching elegance of the Nicole Gown was as light and dusty as the morning desert and as sensual as the feelings of an Arabian princess. It was this dress that caught the eyes of most Dubai fashionistas during the fashion show. The waving pink feathers on the catwalk matched the evening mood of glamorous guests in the full house. Top models of the Middle East combined with Diana Mahrach Couture and displayed another great sample, the Alicia Gown. Its yellow and navy colour combination was a hit on dark skin with light shining from sequins, bringing fresh feelings to the minds of guests for the rest of the night. To represent romance, Diana presented the Bridal collection. White dresses were modelled alongside a male pure white suit, breaking down any conservative thoughts by the guests on the night. Diana Mahrach is a Moroccan designer based in New York. She considers Middle Eastern fashion as an honoured landmark when presenting her established brand. The extravagant ideas for her creations are inspired by her Arab roots. My personal choice from Diana Mahrach Couture has to be the golden gown named Elizabeth, looking glorious during Arab Fashion Week. It rocked the night with sparkling crystals, like magical stardust across the Dubai runway.

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Stylist Forecasts

Top Trends for SS 2019 Abir Achkar As a stylist and image consultant I spend a lot of time shopping and styling clothing. Even when I’m not looking at clothing, I’m probably thinking about it. One of my favourite fashion mania is trend forecasting and taking each trend to a new level to suit different skin tones, body shapes and personalities. This is my game! The end of Paris Fashion Week saw the closing of fashion month. A wide diversity of trends made their way down the runways from Milan to Paris, giving us a full and clear insight into what trends will trickle down into our wardrobes next spring/summer. But first let’s take a dive into Chanel’s SS19 couture collection. Well, it wouldn’t be a Chanel show without a wildly imaginative set up. To set the tone for this show, Chanel constructed a Mediterranean paradise inside the Grand Palais in central Paris, offering a dreamlike respite from the snowy climes outside. A grand Italian villa overlooked a pool edged with real grass, surrounded by palm and orange trees, and framed by high walls painted the colour of a Sicilian sky. Karl Lagerfeld, however, was notably absent from the show. Many of the models wore looks with a focus on feathers and all of them were wearing feather earrings and hair accessories. We've long predicted that feathers will be everywhere in 2019! While beige is set to be one of the biggest colours this spring, pastels and candy hues will also be in high demand over the next few months. We also noticed that every model was wearing pointed-toe stiletto boots with a thin strap at the back, so we guess this would be the ‘it’ shoe for SS19. More new season hits:

Eighties era

The eighties is the decade that keeps on giving! Consider power shoulders, balloon sleeves, bold primary-hued blazers and knee length dresses. Style Tip: If you’re a pear body shape and you need to elongate your shoulders to balance your lower and upper body, then this is your game! Wave goodbye to micro handbags Size matters when it comes to handbags in SS19. Move over micro bags, big handbags are making a comeback. Style tip: If you are petite, go for the medium size not the oversized.

Boiler suit

For effortless yet powerful style, there’s nothing like a boiler suit! Style tip: Boiler or jumpsuits complement mostly all body shapes and you can always accessorize it with a belt to show your waistline.

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Marigold yellow

Yellow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Integrate it into your wardrobe and invite it to brighten up any look, it’s guaranteed to deliver. Style tip: If yellow doesn’t complement your under skin tone or is not your bestie, then you can wear it away from your face.

Neons

Neon is another trend with surprising staying power. Fluorescent brights are very much on tap for 2019. Go bright or stay home! Style tip: Select one bright piece to pair with your outfit but don’t overdo it because you don’t want to glow in the dark! A bit of spark won’t hurt Sparkle and shine isn’t just a holiday trend. Style tip: Keep your sequined pieces in rotation in 2019 and pair them with casual wear to get extra mileage.

The dye

I know! We were all surprised at the recurrence of this 60s print but it seems tie-dye truly is back in fashion. So there you have it, plenty of runway proof that tie-dye might just replace your monochromatic palette. Style tip: If, like me, you’re not a big fan of this trend, then you might consider wearing a long tie-dyed beach dress on a sunny beach day.

Go bohemian

Rule number one this SS19, clashing patterns must be your mantra! Every print and every colour from geometric and crochet to check and floral, mash up and wear them all at once. Style tip: If you flow in the classic style personality, it’s hard on you to handle this patchwork style! Choose one piece to accessorize your classic outfit like a silk scarf to give your look a bohemian touch.

Suit yourself

Let’s face it, every single person should own at least one power suit. You might not be a suit person but it’s an essential piece you need to consider for SS19. Style tip: To break that corporate feeling, pair it with a tucked-in slogan sweater or tee. Add sneakers or slouchy high knee boots.

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FEBRUARY

THE MONTH OF LOVE!

Sandra Carina

Valentine’s Day is upon us and it’s the perfect excuse to get glamorous! What better time to dress up and enjoy a special night out with your loved one? Whether you're going out with your BFF, or on a romantic date night, make sure you make a clear statement with your style while looking and feeling your best! I’ve rounded up four outfit inspiration picks perfect for the V-day occasion - and no, it doesn’t include head to toe red! Make sure you find the best style that suits your body shape and flaunt it!

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Let’s begin with my first pick which is the cut-out slit or low back body-con dress. Dresses available at @ohpolly

Turn up the feminine vibes this V-day with flowy pleated flirty skirts. Match it with your basic cute top. Outfit by @rosso.it Let your dress do the talking! Show off your curves with a pattern body-con dress. Dress on the right is from @ohpolly Dress on the left from @rosso.it

If you’re in the mood for something more sophisticated and classy, this style inspiration features a flirty lace bralet top. My outfit is from @rosso.it Style on the right from @jluxlabel

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RIVER ISLAND LAUNCHES THE NEW SEASON WITH GREAT NEW PRICES enough to eat. Super soft and luxe separates are designed for comfort and practicality. For the River Island man, the Spring/Summer 2019 collection showcases the brands’ ability to effortlessly translate the season’s key trends into a refined range for the style-conscious gent. REGAL & REGATTA infuses sports luxe with sharp, sophisticated separates. Stonewash denim, inspired by the 90s, is elevated with fine regal illustrations, whilst lightweight knits are layered effortlessly for clean, sartorial styling. DARK TROPICS reinvents tailoring in daring pink, complemented with chic shirting in opulent, silky fabrics. Outerwear in varied textures teamed with classic western and bleached wash denim allows for a contemporary, versatile approach to smart-casual dressing. LA BREA introduces photographic Miami prints to summer essentials; slogan tees and satin shirts. MORROCAN fuses a plethora of tribal, paisley and geometric prints with neutral ecru and beige tones for a modern and masculine palette.

River Island’s Spring Summer collection launches with great new price points across women’s, kid’s and menswear, offering a seasonal refresh for the whole family. For Spring Summer, it’s all about mixing up your personal style and taking a step out of your comfort zone. There’s never been a better time to shop! Across the River Island womenswear edit, this season sees the introduction of subtle rainbow colours, print clashes and daring silhouettes that range from 80’s, over-sized to classic boyfriend. Red, white and blue form the foundation of NEW LEAGUE. This collection refreshes and reinvents print in a smarter way, achieved through a combination of over-sized chains and geo prints. For 80s DRESS TIME smart meets casual in the ultimate desk to dancefloor fashion. A staple black and white colour palette with flashes of neon green and print and colour blocking are combined with a nod to the 80s. Suit up with MODERN HERITAGE from full length trousers to short and chic, this trend offers a variation amongst print. CALI DREAMER offers utility denim in washed-out pastel pinks, neon orange and staple light blue for those classic dreamers. Added detailing helps give this trend the ultimate edge. For kidswear, get ready for sunshine-filled days in luxe-for-less looks that are effortlessly stylish whatever the occasion. Little ladies will love MODERN HERITAGE, a lighter take on tailoring for the season, this trend hones set dressing with the coolest head-to-toe looks. Sporty CRUISE is living the American dream, straight from the 90’s, bleached out denim is styled with a nautical palette of white, navy and red. Vacationready CALI DREAMER is ready for fun in the sun this summer, pops of colour from bubble-gum hues to fluro brights are joined by tropical prints and rainbow stripes. For the boys, sports inspired REGATTA fuses logo-luxe with vertical stripes on a palette of primary colours. Nautical blue, bold green and flaming scarlet are accented by neon yellow. Attention-seeking DARK TROPIC stands out from the crowd in statement prints rocked with a moody palette of jet black, violet and khaki. Sunshine toned MORROCCAN MIX is achingly cool, neutral palettes are spiced up with sun-baked hues from wine to ochre and styled with jacquards for a regal finish. The smallest members of your tribe can begin their style journey from new-born with RI BABY’s SS19 collection, neutral bases are revitalized with lemon and mint hues that are good

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adidas | Make a Run for It with the UltraBoost 19!

Runners need shoes that can handle it all and the new adidas UltraBoost 19 is your best fit. Whether you’re taking on the Desert Warrior Challenge, the RAK Half or maybe just a casual fun run? adidas UltraBoost 19 will withstand the wear and tear of any of your running adventures. Available in two energizing colourways, Laser Red and Dark Pixel, the UltraBoost 19 not only provides comfortable cushioning but also a feather light underfoot.

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PRESS RELEASES

BENTLEY RACES INTO CENTENARY YEAR AT BATHURST

THE GRAND REOPENING OF "DIET CARE" BRANCH IN SALMIYA WITH NEW LOOK

Bentley Motorsport embarks on a landmark racing campaign as the world’s most sought-after luxury car brand when it competes in the season-opening Bathurst 12 Hour for the fifth time. The opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) signals the first competitive outing in Bentley’s centenary year for the second-generation Continental GT3. The British squad returns to the challenging Mount Panorama circuit confident it can fight for victory in this year’s blue riband GT events, following a strong season of development in 2018. Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush: “Our founder Walter Owen Bentley’s mission statement was ‘to build a good car, a fast car, the best in class’, and we’re forging ahead in this spirit with the Continental GT3 after an encouraging debut year of development. Motor racing has been at the heart of Bentley since its inception 100 years ago. From the Le Mans-winning Speed 6 to the Continental GT3 of today, we have pushed our engineering expertise to the limit in the most challenging conditions to develop the world’s leading luxury performance cars that you see in our showrooms. The two Continental GT3s, resplendent in a new-for-2019 livery and making their Bathurst debut, normally carry the #7 and #8 race plates, but in honour of the centenary each will have an extra 100 added to their numbers. Car #107 will be driven by Bentley’s two-time Bathurst 12-Hour podium-finisher Steven Kane (GB) with team-mates Jordan Pepper (ZA) and Jules Gounon (FR). The sister #108 machine will carry long-standing Bentley racers Andy Soucek (ES), Maxime Soulet (BE) and Vince Abril (MC).

Porsche enthusiasts attend the ultimate driving experience

The revamped "Diet Care" branch was inaugurated in Salmiya with new look in the presence of media delegates and social media influencers as well as employees and healthy food lovers in Kuwait. “Diet Care” offers a selection of delicious, healthy meals and freshly cooked meals provided by a team of experienced dieticians who help clients choose the right meals to reach their healthy goals. Established in 2005, “Diet Care” is one of the first companies in Kuwait that is committed to helping people to live a healthier life by providing the full support and guidance they need with total excellence. In addition, a wide selection of healthy and appetizing weight management programs and plans that enable them to achieve their goals and reach the ideal weight, as well as providing high-quality, customized services and products to adopt a healthier lifestyle and achieve results. “Diet Care” owns around 100 branches across Kuwait, a fleet of 80 trucks delivering more than 25,000 meals a day to customers at their homes, offices and other locations, making it one of the leading diet care centres in Kuwait.

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Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, hosted the first ever Porsche World Roadshow to take place on a track in the country, giving Porsche enthusiasts the opportunity to get behind the wheel of models from the brand’s diverse line-up and as a result experience 70 years of Porsche performance heritage come to life. Taking place between January 31st – February 6th, the special event was the first of its kind to be held by an automotive manufacturer at the Kuwait Motor Town Circuit. The state-of-the-art facility, with its unique FIA grade 1 track, offered guests a controlled environment to experience the unrivalled credentials and driving dynamics of Porsche’s two-door and four-door models. Attendees were put through their paces with a range of driving scenarios and skillbased exercises both on and off the track. Hany Marie, Brand Manager of Porsche Centre Kuwait, said: “Driving a Porsche is a unique feeling that needs to be experienced first-hand. We are delighted to have been able to bring the Porsche World Roadshow to hundreds of passionate brand enthusiasts here in Kuwait, giving them the opportunity to get behind

the steering wheel of our latest model range in an environment where they were born to thrive – the racetrack. Over the seven days, participants were able to witness the dynamic performance of our line-up, whilst also enhancing their driving skills, with the Kuwait Motor Town Circuit providing the perfect backdrop for such an exhilarating experience. We are proud to be the first automotive manufacturer in the country to invite the people of Kuwait to this new exciting state-of-the-art motorsport destination.” During the event a selection of two-door and fourdoor sports cars from every Porsche series were made available for attendees to drive, including the latest addition to the brand’s SUV line-up, the Macan S. The new model boasts a new three-litre V6 turbocharged engine, delivering 354 hp and a maximum torque of 480 Nm, representing an increase of 14 hp and 20 Nm over the previous model. Completing the SUV lineup at the Porsche World Roadshow in Kuwait was the top variant in the Cayenne line-up, the 550 hp Cayenne Turbo.


THE SULTAN CENTER HOSTS “A TASTE OF FRANCE”

The Sultan Center (TSC) launched a “Taste of France” food festival event on January 30th through February 8th, 2019. The event which aims at highlighting and showcasing French products was inaugurated in presence of The French Ambassador to Kuwait Mrs. Marie Masdupuy, along with TSC Corporate Commercial Director Makram Malaeb. Attendees also included TSC Management team, partner suppliers and members of the Kuwait Community. Following the inauguration attendees toured the store alongside TSC Management, in which Malaeb showcased the extensive range of French products available within the store giving a main focus on the wide variety of fresh French products flown in weekly to Kuwait and distributed to all of TSC stores. Throughout the tour, attendees also tasted several French products being sampled on several stations. Following the tour, Malaeb welcomed H.E. in his speech and explained for the attendees the mutual collaboration between TSC and the French Embassy; and commented that this initiative is an opportunity to highlight and promote France’s most well-known food brands, while giving customers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with variety of French products and cuisines. In her opening speech, the French Ambassador to Kuwait, Mrs. Masdupuy outlined the outstanding initiative laid out by Sultan Center Sharq and the success it was due to be, given the passion of Kuwaitis for gastronomy. The Sultan Center is also offering TSC Rewards Card holders a chance to earn double points upon the purchase of any French product throughout the promotion while offering its customers the best of French products and a “palate-expanding experience” of French cuisine.

‫نجاح النسخة االولى لمعرض "مرزام " للتصميم الداخلي‬ ‫ الف زائر ومشاركة واسعة من الرعاة‬40 ‫اقبال متميز ألكثر من‬

‫ األول من نوعه في الكويت وأ كبر معرض للتصميم الداخلي في دولة الكويت يجمع خبرات أفضل خبراء الديكور والمصممين‬،‫اختتم معرض مرزام‬ ‫ أيام متكلال ً بالنجاح‬3 ‫ فعالياته التي استمرت على مدار‬،8 ‫ يناير بأرض المعارض قاعة‬26 ‫ الى‬24 ‫ والذي اقيم في الفترة من‬،‫والموردين والمقاولين‬ .‫غير المسبوق‬ ‫ والذي تم تنظيمه من قبل شركة "بريسنتيشن ارت" وبالتعاون مع‬،‫الحدث األول من نوعه في مجال التصميم الداخلي والديكور من األف الى الياء‬ ‫ وكذلك كافة المهتمين‬،‫ فتح أبوابه ليكون المقصد المفضل للمقبلين على الزواج أو الراغبين في تجديد منازلهم‬.‫أرض المعارض في منطقة مشرف‬ ‫ حيث سيتم تخصيص جناح خاص لطالب‬،‫بالتعلم وتطوير المهارات العلمية والعملية وا كتساب الخبرات من طالب الجامعات المحلية واإلقليمية‬ .‫المرحلة الثانوية من أجل التعرف على سبل اإلعداد للدراسة العلمية في هذا المجال‬ ‫ وبسيس‬،‫ وصفاة هوم وشركة الوزان‬،‫برعاية بالتينية من قبل شركة زين لالتصاالت وبيت التمويل الكويتي "بيتك" وشركة الجريوي كرعاة بالتينيين‬ ‫ كشف المعرض عن‬،‫ وأول وود ديزاين‬،‫ والبيت الخشبي‬،‫ وديزاين سيركل‬،‫ وفي فئة الرعاة الفضيين كا من يوسك‬،‫ وسيدز كرعاة ذهبيين‬،‫باي فرح‬ ‫ فضال ً عن‬،‫ وسيشهد العديد من الفعاليات والندوات النقاشية والمحاضرات‬،‫أسرار فن التصميم الداخلي وآخر صيحات الديكور وتجهيز المنازل‬ .‫ ليقدم للزائرين تجربة ال مثيل لها‬،‫مشاركة عدد كبير من المشاركين والخبراء والرعاة الذين تم اختيارهم بعناية وفقا ً لمتطلبات ومعايير عالية‬

Longines Boutique Opening Event with Aishwarya Rai

SHAKE SHACK® IS SHAKIN’ IT UP WITH A LIMITEDEDITION BBQ MENU

“After working on our Shack BBQ sauce for quite some time, we were so humbled by its popularity with fans across the Middle East. We’re pumped to bring back a favorite!”, said Mark Rosati, Culinary Director of Shake Shack. “Our Shack BBQ sauce takes inspiration from a few of our favorite regional BBQ styles from the US, from the thick and rich tomato-based Kansas City style to the tangy South Carolina mustard style, and adds wonderful flavor to our limited-time burger, chicken, and fries.”

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1. Monsieur Rapide (French), Don Ocupado (Spanish), Meneertje Druk (Dutch), Unser Herr Schnell (German), and Bay Hýzlý (Turkish) are international versions of which character, from a children's book series?

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2. What food can be a wheel and contain eyes or veins?

Tailoring; or Film-making?

Mount Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by its eruption in 79AD, are nearby which major modern city?

6. Electrum and Doré bullion are alloys of which two metals? 7. Strumming the open strings of a standard-tuned guitar produces the chord: C; G6; Dmajor7th; or Eminor7th(add11)?

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ANSWERS: 1.SHIFT, 2.PHOTO, 3.CACTUS, 4.EYEFUL, 5.VIEWED, 6.YIELD

Fowler's Vacola, Kilner, Mason, and Weck are brands/designs of what?

TEST YOUR VOCABULARY

The next day, when Willow handed her a detailed report on the incidence of infection from manicure and pedicure treatment, Pattie got angry. In this sentence, incidence means: a. illegality

c. reduction

b. compulsion

d. occurrence

9. Menchie's is a popular US international chain founded to supply what frozen product? 10.

The 'river herring' fish, or genus Alosa, which lives in sea and spawns in rivers, is popularly known as a: Fad; Shad; Lad; or Glad?

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9407 Mondopoint, Brannock, and Paris Point are systems for sizing: Pencils; Shoes; Horses; or Wigs?

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What term derived from French 'on equal terms' is a popular domestic job?

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Walt Disney unsuccessfully asked The Beatles to provide which creatures' voices in a famous 1967 film?

14. The famous Hallé symphony orchestra was founded and is based in which city: Berlin; Paris; Vienna; or Manchester?

15. 'Tam o' Shanter' in Scottish poet Robert Burns' 1790 poem of that name is a: Village; Farmer; Sword; or Soup?

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The US-English spelling of 'celiac' (disease, of gluten allergy) is spelled how in earlier UK-English?

You might confuse incidence and incident. They sound similar, but incident refers only to something that happened, not to the frequency with which it happens. After a car accident, the police file an incident report, which is a fancy way of saying they write down what happened. Looking at these reports grouped together can show you if the incidence of accidents at specific intersections in town is on the rise.

ANSWER: D. Incidence means the frequency with which something bad occurs. You’ll hear of “incidences of cancer” or “incidences of war." You hope the incidence is decreasing, not increasing.

17. Known as a 'jumper dress' in US-English what garment is named

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originally from its being attached to the front of a dress?

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Name the Soviet Russian orbiting space station, continuously occupied 1989-99 until its replacement by the International Space Station?

PRIME NUMBERS

19. Pinchbeck, a 1700s alloy of copper and zinc, was a popular alternative for: Lead; Gold; Snuff; or Baking foil?

What is the sum of one digit prime numbers?

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Originating in the 2nd World War aftermath, name the five member nations of the enduring and powerful 'Five Eyes' ('FVEY') intelligence alliance?

B. 13 C. 15 D. 17 ANSWERS: D

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ANSWERS: 1.Mr Busy (of Hargreaves' Mr Men), 2.Cheese (a circular block is a wheel; air bubbles/holes are eyes; and blue mold is veins), 3.Over 900 million, 4.Horticulture (especially green vegetables, herbs, and flowers that can be repeatedly harvested), 5.Naples (or Napoli), 6.Gold and Silver, 7.Eminor7th(add11), 8.Glass jars (or similar answer - they are airtight and re-useable, for preserving fruit, etc), 9.Yoghurt, 10.Shad, 11.Shoes, 12.Au pair, 13.Vultures (in The Jungle Book), 14.Manchester (first established by 1857 pianist and conductor Charles Hallé), 15.Farmer (the Tam o' Shanter cap is named after this character), 16.Coeliac (also meaning abdomen/intestine, from Latin coeliacus, and Greek koilia, belly), 17.Pinafore (or pinny - from 'pin' and 'afore'), 18.Mir, 19.Gold (especially 'gold' jewellery - Pinchbeck was originated by London clockmaker Christopher Pinchbeck), 20.Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA

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HOROSCOPES (March 21 - April 19)

(July 23 - August 22)

ARIES

LEO

Uranus in Aries has pushed your limits, awakening you to a greater force that lives through you. You’re at the end of a process now, and a new moon in Aquarius and a powerful Mars–Uranus conjunction mark a personal breakthrough, asking that you redefine aspirations and reevaluate goals in alignment with who you are today. So who are you and what do you want? This is a reality check awakening you to your true self, desires, and fears, and what drives and motivates you (consciously and unconsciously). You’re unique and have a valuable contribution to make. Avoid comparisons, accept yourself, and you can be liberated. You can live a life that is authentic, abundant, and sustaining. One that gives back to the world. You don’t have all the answers, but the full moon in Virgo is revealing the next steps to materializing a soul vision and where you need to heal. Life never turns out quite as planned, but let go of painful illusions and you’ll see things are better than you think. Be true to yourself and your values, and reach for the stars. You could surprise yourself.

(April 20 - May 20)

TAURUS It’s been a long road to get here, but your ability to surrender to a higher power is liberating you from a situation in which you’ve felt powerless. Your journey is far from over, but you reach a peak and milestone this month (personally, spiritually, and professionally), asking you to pause and realign with your noblest long-term vision and highest ideals. Professionally, you’re starting a new cycle, and this is your journey to the top. Practice what you preach and walk the path with humility. The higher you go, the greater the drop. What you’re attempting is revolutionary and unheard of. Lead by example and you can inspire others with your vision, wisdom, integrity, and dedication. You’re awakening to your true power, authority, and raison d’être. This isn’t just your dream but the universe’s dream for you. You have friends and partners on your side who want to help you materialize that dream. Your job is to have faith. Help will come just when you need it, as if from out of the blue. Trust you have what it takes. You’re learning the power of love to move mountains.

(May 21 - June 20)

GEMINI Professionally, things are brewing, and a new moon in Aquarius is asking you, above all, to keep your perspective this month. Unexpected opportunities that arise could greatly further your ambitions, and you’re free to explore them. Stay true to a longterm vision and you won’t get sidetracked. Sudden developments socially or in a friendship are asking for deeper levels of trust. You needn’t fear losing anything real, so avoid clinging, but dig deeper to become aware of your unconscious fears and desires. If something seems too good to be true, trust your instincts. You have worthy companions on your journey. Offer others freedom (that you also need) and you can deepen connections that go the distance. The Virgo full moon is asking you to rise above your insecurities as you step into the spotlight. This isn’t about your public image or an idea of success but your purest, most soulful vision. Know your bottom line and then you can walk away from what doesn’t align with your values (it’s never worth compromising them). You can materialize a vision, but you must be patient while it takes root deep underground.

(June 21 - July 22)

CANCER Since Uranus entered Aries in 2010, your career has pushed your boundaries, asking you to move past your parents’ limitations to discover what you are capable of. Life is changing rapidly, and unexpected developments suggest you’re nearing a breakthrough professionally and personally. As the Aquarius new moon aligns, things may be up in the air, but you have real support (emotional and financial) from friends and partners who are on your side. This is your chance to reclaim authority in a precarious professional situation. Have more faith in yourself and your abilities, and avoid worrying or clinging to some idea of success, your public image, or living up to expectations. Whatever unfolds, trust that you’re being liberated to live your life on your terms – authentically - as you reach for your dreams. As the Virgo full moon aligns, you’re seeing things in a new light. You’ll need a plan, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Answering your calling is not always easy, but the rewards far outweigh the effort. And there’s nothing more valuable than a life well lived that serves your noblest ideals.

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A new moon in your opposite sign of Aquarius marks a new cycle in your relationship, offering a chance to align with others who share your path. But unexpected developments in a relationship or at a distance are asking you to keep an open mind and have faith. It may push your boundaries, but trust that this is the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. Offer partners the freedom and acceptance that you also desire and you can deepen connections that want to help you succeed. Professionally, you’re going places, but as the Virgo full moon aligns, clarify your values, value yourself, and remember that only you can define your worth. Then you can have healthier boundaries where necessary and release what drains you - be it a lifestyle you’ve outgrown, unnecessary expenses, or toxic relationships. Take stock of your life and give to what matters most without any expectation of what you will receive. Lead by example. Then you can gain, not just materially but also the love and respect of all the hearts you touch. As the Beatles sing, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

(August 23 - September)

VIRGO You’re nearing the end of a phase of transformation that began in 2010 and asked you to confront your fears and let go of trying to control things. As you begin a new life now, ask yourself what brings meaning to your life every day. Do you love your life? What do you value above all else? What are your long-term goals? What do you need to heal and leave behind? You’re reaching a breakthrough in a situation that has taken you to the edge, awakening to a greater reality and greener pastures. The past is gone, but there’s plenty of hope and real love in your present. As the Virgo full moon aligns, your relationships are reflecting an important truth to you about yourself. You can have what you need, but only you are responsible for your happiness. Avoid projection or expectations. Acknowledge the need for healthier boundaries, and let go of toxic situations that deplete you. Even if it feels like a part of your heart is dying, you’re being liberated to invest in relationships that share your goals and values. Love need not feel like bondage. Love can feel like freedom.

(September 23 - October)

LIBRA Since 2010, your relationships have pushed your boundaries. Unexpected developments this month are asking for trust and surrender as you awaken to a deeper reality. You may be getting married, divorced, falling in love (perhaps all over again), or entering a financial partnership. As risky as it feels, you’re not a child anymore. You’re on solid ground, deepening in security. Offer others the freedom they need, and avoid clinging to what’s changing, which will only slow down a process of evolution. You can’t control or change anyone else or lose anything that is real or valuable. As the Virgo full moon aligns, go inward to rest, recharge, and contemplate the greater meaning of your life. You might be secretly worried about something, but you needn’t fear the past repeating itself if you’ve learned your lessons. You can heal what needs healing - be it work, your life, or a relationship – and live the life you dream of. Be honest with yourself and then you can pour your energy into what (and who) heals your heart, body, and soul and give back to the world in a meaningful way.

(October 23 - November)

SCORPIO Since Uranus entered Aries in 2010, you’ve awakened to your deeper purpose. You’re at the end of a healing process now. The Aquarius new moon suggests you’re entering a new cycle of feeling a greater sense of belonging and security – emotionally, financially, and within your commitments. Life is pushing your boundaries and asking you to be innovative. Be humble and unafraid to ask for help. It will require perhaps difficult conversations, but partners and friends are listening and want to help. Be honest with yourself and then you can be honest with others. This is a breakthrough, leveling the playing field and allowing you to create and live authentically with greater freedom and follow your passion daily. As the Virgo full moon aligns, you can have what you wish for, so be careful what you wish for. There’s an endless pool of love and creativity within you and you don’t need much. What you want is to share yourself, your heart, art, and sexuality without worrying about what others think. In truth, you are more lovable than you know. Love yourself and love life and life will love you back.

(November 22 - December)

SAGITTARIUS You’re on fire, creatively and romantically, and ready to take some risks. But unfolding unpredictable developments might feel like a jolt to the heart, awakening desires you never expected but cannot deny. Work on self-acceptance and love yourself, even the parts you consider weird. You’re expanding in self-awareness and have skills and talents you take for granted. Trust and have more faith in yourself and your abilities as you dare follow your passion. An idea is genius, but you needn’t rush. Life is sweet and meant to be savored. Take things one day at a time, put your heart into everything you do, and give to what brings you joy without expectations. A full moon in Virgo highlights a professional situation, reminding you of the real reason you do what you do. As you see the past in a new light, you’re realizing your power to live more authentically. Your fortunes are turning, but let go of superficial attachments to money, success, and recognition. Your hard work will pay off, but the reward of a life well lived while giving back to the world is priceless.

(December 22 - January 19)

CAPRICORN Uranus in your house of home, family, security, and belonging may have felt like you were walking through a minefield. Unpredictable developments on the home front are pushing you out of your comfort zone. But this is a final breakthrough, allowing you to leave a difficult chapter behind and rediscover your inner child. You’re growing in self-esteem and emotional and financial security, but it begins with you loving and valuing yourself more. Be honest about what you want and who you are today. Things are stabilizing amid upheaval. There is a way forward, and life can be sweeter and simpler if you let it. Push past your childhood insecurities and you can be freed to live more fearlessly and deeply in the present. The Virgo full moon suggests what you need is patience, perspective, and imagination. It’s all in the mind. Clarify your longterm goals, envision your most hopeful future, and have faith in a greater divine plan. With time, dedication, and effort, you can get there. But the way there is from here, and the journey is the destination. Be here, now.

(January 20 - February 18)

AQUARIUS Happy birthday, Aquarius! The annual new moon in Aquarius is a personal new cycle, offering you a chance to reinvent and redefine yourself. Who are you when you think no one is watching? What do you secretly dream of? What motivates your choices and actions? Be extremely honest with yourself – all flows from that. You’re learning information and coming to mind-blowing realizations. An idea is genius, but if something upsets you, avoid reacting in anger. Awareness can be painful, but you’re being freed of false perceptions, learning where you stand, on fertile ground. A financial situation, marriage, sexual relationship, or domestic partnership is evolving and stabilizing with the Virgo full moon to bring you the greater emotional and financial security you need. Learn your lessons, but forgive and forget. Let go of expectations, superficial attachments (especially to sex, money, poverty consciousness, parents’ values), and worrying about what’s out of your hands. Ultimately, everything material is transient. Only love is real and eternal. Be patient with the process. Nurture your roots, and the tree of your life will in time bear fruit for you, the greater world, and generations to come.

(February 19 - March 20)

PISCES It’s not what you know but who you know. You’re connecting with people who can help you further your goals, but if you’re not sure who to trust, move slowly until you have clarity. The Aquarius new moon is drawing you into a soul search. A dream isn’t impossible, but you must dare to acknowledge it. You’re nearing a breakthrough in a financial or personal commitment, asking you to be true to your values. What do you secretly and openly want and at what cost? Do you practice what you preach? You can lie to the world but not to yourself. Your word is your worth, and without integrity you have nothing. Selfish motives and desires will be your downfall. Altruistic goals will uplift you. The Virgo full moon is bringing your relationships to light. Someone or something is deep under your skin. The boundaries between you and another are being blurred, but avoid expectations and projections. Only you are responsible for your happiness. Ask for what you need and pay attention to who shows up. You aren’t alone. You are all one.


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