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Fashion & Lifestyle

Save Money, Time & Fights! Pick from our Sexy Bedroom Tips & Pictures!


Tips & Bits You Don’t Want To Miss

Kempinski Nile Hotel & Ladybird Present “For the Love of Fashion” Photo Shoot p.24

Best Ideas for

MINI-MOONS! “I want a husband that goes with everything!” Inside>>

“The BrideMaid’s Hunt For The Perfect Wedding Look”

With The Master of Photography Fadi Gwanny, The Shining Fashion Designer Rafik Zaki, The Startling Make-Up Artist Heba El Kaissy & The Outstanding Hairdresser Abdallah Halim


I’m getting married!” Your Detailed Guide for Everything you Need!


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October Competitions! For all brides & grooms to be!

Win a complimentary voucher with double room for 3 nights on all-inclusive basis in one of their properties valid for 1 year! All you have to do is answer the below question on

How many resorts does Jaz operate in Sharm El Sheikh? And what is the name of the famous romantic restaurant of Iberotel Lido?

Win with! All you have to do is send on info@ the price of the below item as written on the website and subscribe to Jumia Newsletter to win it!

Find the price of MB300 Turbomix

For 3 lucky brides to be! Win boxed bachelorette mini veils; all you have to do is share your opinion on what product or feature you would like to see on

The first 3 to send a constructive paragraph about what product or feature they would like to see on would be the lucky winners! Send now on


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Contents October ’12 Fashion

Tip of the month:

12 Steal her style 14 “The bride maid’s hunt for the perfect wedding look” 20 Photo shoot making 22 Fashion news 24 “For the love of fashion” photo shoot 28 Must have color this fall! Lady in red wine! 30 Ladybird Loves Egyptian Designers for Fall ’12 34 PRE-FALL! Let’s do some shopping! 36 “OMG, I’m Getting Married!” Your Detailed Guide For Everything You Need!

Make sure your makeup is going to stay looking great! Don’t curl your lashes right after washing your face (the curl holds much better when lashes are dry) and skip cream blushes, eyeliners and eyeshadows, which tend to absorb into skin over time (powders last longer).


46 Avoid these mishaps on your day!

Faces of Egypt

48 Garen Berge; Gemologist & Owner of Berge Jewellery 50 DJ Lyon Avakian 52 DJ Fiko 54 Fadi Gwanny; The Master of Photography in Egypt & Founder of Gwannian Photography 56 Dina Faltas; The Splendid Wedding Planner & Owner of “Zeena” 58 The Faces Behind; Sarah Aclimandos and Karim Atalla


62 Save money, time & fights! Pick from our sexy bedroom tips & pictures!


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Cover Credits

Photography: Fadi Gwanny Dress by fashion designer: Rafik Zaki Make-up by: Heba El Kaissy Haiy by hairdresser: Abdallah Halim Jewelry by: IRAM Jewelry Model: Miriam George

Statistic & Fact not to be missed! • Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds! • 7% of brides don’t wear a wedding ring!

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66 How To Plan Your Perfect Honeymoon? Your Getaway, Your Style! 68 Best Ideas For A Short Honeymoon! Mini-moons!


Spot it

On Spot 108 Celebrating the Mexican Revolution 110 Corporate Media Sohour at Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers

74 What your pee says about your health?

112 T&D Design Koleksiyon Launched their First Showroom in Egypt


Bride & Groom 114 Zainab & Mohamad

76 Puffy dress syndrome!


80 Her diet, his diet! Bride Vs Groom! 82 Dr. Sameh Mohsen’s ultimate bridal bootcamp program!

Party 116 ID Vodka Black Onyx Edition Debuts in Top Bars and Clubs in Barcelona


84 Cook To Entertain! Savior Tips, Tricks & Recipes For Preparing A Party!

Love & Relationships

88 I want a husband who goes with everything!

Mother & Child

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90 Stress free kids!


What’s hot this issue? “The bride maid’s hunt for the perfect wedding look” “OMG, I’m Getting Married!” Your Detailed Guide For Everything You Need! How To Plan Your Perfect Honeymoon? Your Getaway, Your Style! “I want a husband who goes with everything!” Bizarre wedding moments!

92 Bizarre wedding moments!

In every issue: Editor’s letter P.10 Spotted P.40 Shopping cart P.42 Ask Ladybird P.44 Pieces we love! P.60 LB Dr. P.72 Why eat this? P.78 The best, the top & the must do P.94 Reviews 96 From the readers 100 Happenings P.102 Offers & Promotions P.104 Horoscope P.106 6|

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“Marriage: that I call the will of two to create the one who is more than those who created it.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Ladybird CEO Zeyad Sorour Editor-in-chief Ismail Marzouk Managing Director CaroliNe Coussa PR & Marketing Naira El lamei Project Manager Samar Zaki Art Director Faris Hassanein Editor FARAH ASFOUR Designers Eman Salama Karim Hedwan Financial Director Haitham Hamouda Distribution Magdy Abdel Moneim Ahmed Ibrahim Amr Selim AHMED ABU EL EILA AHMED FAWZY Contributors Professional Fitness Coach Natascia Paolucci Professional Caterer Maha Alfy Nutrition Therapist Dr. Sameh Mohsen Nutritional Consultant Noura hassaballa Fashion Contributor alaa essam el garhy Photographer Nouran khalifa Makeup Artists Jolanda Bakker Reham Khalifa Fashion Designers deana Shaaban Nehal Khalifa Rafik Zaki

Follow us on: Ladybird Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine @Ladybirdmag

Distributed by Al-Ahram Association 23 Emad El Din Kamel St., Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt Tel/Fax: (+202) 22627533

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Contributors Maha Alfy

Rafik Zaki

Fashion Designer For appointments, visit facebook group: Rafik Zaki

Professional Caterer Owner of Home Made Catering. For more than 15 years, offering a wide range of food in the finest quality and the most exquisite sense of tastefulness.

Deana Shaaban Fashion Designer

For more info, please contact: contact@deanashaa-

For orders, please visit facebook fanpage: Home Made Catering

Dr. Sameh Mohsen

A Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist Earned a Master degree in nutritional science and clinical nutrition from Sophie Madison Medical School. A member of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic practice group. For advice, please contact:

Alaa Essam El Garhy Fashion Contributor

Nouran Khalifa Photographer For appointments, visit facebook group: Nouran Khalifa’s Photography


Fashion Designer For appointments, visit facebook fanpage: Nehal khalifa couture

Noura Hassaballa

Nutritional Consultant Bachelor of Science in dietetics and nutrition, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, USA. Specialized in weight loss and promoting a healthy lifestyle. For advice, please contact:

Jolanda Bakker

Makeup Artist A Dutch beauty and effect makeup artist, professionally educated at London’s Delamar Academy.

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Natascia Paolucci

Professional Fitness Coach Her biography is active as she is; between 1983 and 1989 she won several fitness competitions in the Netherlands, started to work as a model, made the cover of the first Marie Claire in Turkey. She coaches now in Katameya Heights and Palm Hills. For (private) classes, please contact: natascia.paolucci@

Reham Khalifa

Makeup Artist For advice or makeup sessions, visit facebook group: Reham Khalifa Make up artist

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Steal Milla Jovovich’s Style

At the ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Premiere at Roppongi Hills Tokyo, Japan

Bvlgari earrings

MAC Fall 2012 mascara available at beauty retailers

* All prices are subjected to change

Erin by Erin Fetherston Fall 2012 dress available on

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick

Prada Jeweled Clutch available on EGP 12,852

Oscar De La Renta 24-karat gold-plated ring available on netaporter. com for EGP 1,840

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Tribute’ Pumps available on for EGP 5,811

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-plated Swarovski crystal cuff available on EGP 2,228

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The BridesMai “ for the Perfect Weddi Start with picking your dress, frost yourself with diamonds, end up by selecting your perfect pair of shoes, and have fun with the bride!

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d’s Hunt ng Look� The master of photography: Fadi Gwanny The shining fashion designer: Rafik Zaki The startling make-up artist: Heba El Kaissy The outstanding hairdresser: Abdallah Halim Jewelry by: IRAM Jewelry Models: Former Miss Egypt Miriam George Ingi Shaker Organized & managed by: Caroline Coussa

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Every girl’s hunt for the perfect dress! Start by selecting your favorite color, fabric and style. Consider your body shape while hunting for your dress

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Never underestimate the power of diamonds! Make IRAM your diamond destination.

Finally, It’s “Shoe Time”! End up by picking the ultimate pair of shoes that goes with your overall look and style. Pick a comfy, good looking pair!

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Editorial Features

TIFFANY & CO. A Legacy of Love

The engagement ring as we know it today was introduced by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1886. Named the Tiffany速 Setting, the innovative design of six platinum prongs lifted the stone off the band into the light. The combination of stone and setting produces a ring of dazzling charisma. To this day, the Tiffany速 Setting is the most sought-after symbol of true love.






TIFFANY SOLESTE DIAMOND RING TIFFANY BEZET DIAMOND RING The Tiffany Engagement Rings collection can be ordered at The First Mall, First Residence, Giza, telephone: (02) 37766621, and Fifth Avenue, Mohandessin, telephone: (02) 33055054.


Behind The Scenes!

Enjoying a quick break with a picture!

Heba El Kaissy putting her touch on the amazing Miriam George

Fadi doing his magical touch!


Abdallah Halim putting final touches before shooting Heba El Kaissy putting her touch on the amazing model Ingi Shaker

Some serious discussion between Fadi and Caroline!

Beautiful Heba smiling in the middle of the 11 hour shoot!

Fadi & Abdallah having fun while the team prepares the setup! 20 |

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Former Miss Egypt doing her pose for the cover shoot

Final touches by Heba and Abdallah!

Editorial Features

Dusit Gourmet The Laboratoire of Lusciousness


atching the chocolatier make chocolates and prepare waffles from behind the glass vitrine (they call it the laboratoire) and seeing the display of colorful macaroons clustered together inside glass jars is enough to lure you inside Dusit Gourmet. And when you think that’s all, you go in to realize that the place has yet more to offer by smelling the aroma of fresh bakeries and pastries that confirms that you entered the right place. Dusit Gourmet revolves around four main concepts; the first being the boulangerie concept which is fulfilled by producing different types of bread and a wide range of canapés. The second concept is the bar concept. Bar here means a place that serves all kinds of Italian coffee such as cappuccino, espresso, macchiato, mokaccino, etc. To achieve the purpose of rewarding customers’ senses, Dusit Gourmet uses Italy’s favorite coffee Lavazza. Then comes the third concept that is the retail boutique that will take you through a journey into the taste of an array of food items. The food boutique hasn’t been fully launched yet, it will soon be selling very special types of spices and pasta, sparkling fruit juices, French pastry, praline, macaroons, mini patisserie and oriental sweets too. The boutique will also sell recipe books and even luxurious glassware. Lastly, there’s the concept of a Thai style café in a relaxing, tranquil, pollution-free ambience. The café serves bakery, pastries, light snacks, soups, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks. For breakfast, they have Swiss breakfast, continental breakfast and French breakfast. People at Dusit Gourmet believe that one eats with one’s five senses; thus, they follow a gourmet approach to food and they greatly focus on the presentation. All food is prepared from fine ingredients, most of which is imported. For making chocolate, the renowned Belgium chocolate Valrhona is used. Vegetables are imported from the biggest vegetable market in Holland but they originally come from all over the world, and some of course are local. Dusit Gourmet is famous for their à la minute waffles that are presented with a variety of sauces. Another specialty is the tramezzini; a northern Italian sandwich that takes the shape of a shell and is stuffed with fillings such as tuna, mozzarella and smoked salmon. Moreover, there’s “Eat well, feel well” corner for light and dietary food. Also the ice cream served at Dusit Gourmet is the luxury ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs. Dusit Gourmet is open daily from 7am till 11pm. So you can enjoy the scrumptious taste in the outdoor area where shisha is also available. There are big screens for customers to watch the important sports events or their favorite TV series during Ramadan as the theme and the setup of the place changes according to different events and occasions. The place is also suitable for holding private parties for which there’s a special menu. Dusit Gourmet also provides catering for special events. They are planning to be soon offering a home delivery service in the neighboring area. October 2012 |

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‘Teal On’

With An Aim To Raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness This year CanSurvive and have joined forces to launch ‘Teal On’, an initiative to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, the 9th most common cancer that hits women and the 5th leading cause of cancer death globally. Amira Azzouz, Founder and Editor in Chief of said, “Our aim with ‘Teal On’ is to increase awareness about ovarian cancer and highlight the importance of early detection as the survival rate is more than 93% if the disease was identified at an early stage. We are also pleased to have young and successful businesses in Egypt collaborate together to spread awareness about such an important cause, a great way to start a Teal movement!”

Boutique Basha

now open in Heliopolis! Boutique Basha is an upscale boutique offering products carefully and uniquely designed by top local designers in Egypt. The boutique, mainly targeting women, includes the latest collections of home accessories and women accessories, including bags, jewelry, and clothing, in a tastefully decorated atmosphere. Check it out now!

Anna Dello Russo

To Design An Over-The-Top Accessories Collection For H&M H&M proudly announced a special collaboration with fashion icon and legendary Fashion Director Anna Dello Russo. Available from October 4, 2012, at the peak of the global fashion weeks tour, in around 140 stores worldwide and online. The collection features jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags, and a trolley allowing H&M customers uniqueness at an affordable price. 22 |

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Kempinski Nile Hotel & Ladybird present

For the Love of Fashion, Beauty & Jewelry

Venue: Kempinski Nile Hotel (10th floor and Imperial suite) Make-up artist: Reham khalifa Fashion designer: Nehal Khalifa Photographer: Nouran Khalifa Hair dresser: Moahmed Saeed Chocolate and marshmallow pops: Facebook page: B.E.E. (Basket for Every Event) Jewelry: Iram Jewelry Models: Pakinam Farah Magdy Farida Magdy Special thanks to Photographer: Mahmoud Saad Flowers by: M&A, Mayar Abdullah flowers Facebook page: soirĂŠe Maison du Mayar 24 |

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The Bridal Look!

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Behind The Scenes! Hana owner of the delicious Basket for Every Event (B.E.E.)

The Khalifa’s

Serious arrangements! Still smiling after 12 hour shoot! Special Thanks to Mahmoud Saad for the great assistance

Reham’s magical make up touch!

Saeed doing Pakinam’s hair

The whole team behind the photoshoot

Special thanks to Ayman, of Kempinski Nile Hotel for the great assistance

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Must Have Color This Fall!







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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry


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Egyptian Designers For Fall’12

Rafik Zaki Fall ’12

available at Rafik Zaki showroom

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Deana Shaaban Fall’12 collection available at,Theodor’s, Posh Boutique, and

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Amina K

Fall’12 collection available on

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*All prices are subjected to change


Available at Tica’s New Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil Replacement Leave-In Treatment

Nada Akram Designs available at Boho Gallery and Posh Boutique Cairo Louli’s Crafts available on

PRE-FALL! Rosenthal Versace available at Fifth Avenue

Let’s do some shopping! Route 961 (Lebanese Designers Forum) now available on

Dibbern available at Fifth Avenue

Weladna Room In A Box Animal Theme available on 34 |

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Orlane Thermo Lift Firming Care

Weladna Room In A Box Pirates available on

Zanetto available at Fifth Avenue

Wooden and Metal Cheese Platter with its Knife Kalla available on for EGP 350

BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector

'Joseph Joseph' Magnetic Measuring Spoon Cozy Casa available on TheGiftery. com for EGP 36.28

New Wave Chip+Dip 5-pcs Villeroy & Boch available on TheGiftery. com for EGP 533

Hulay Junior Ethnic Harem Pants available on

Zanetto available at Fifth Avenue ZeinAya Bags available on

‘Joseph Joseph’ Y-Grinder Salt & Pepper Mill Cozy Casa available on for EGP 328 Medium White Vase by Kalla available on for EGP 175 Crest 3D White Deluxe toothpaste

Eco Bamboo Serving Bowl Eklego Design available on for EGP 395

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OMG, I’m Getting Married!


Your Detailed Guide For Everything You Need By: Farah Asfour Alaa Essam El Garhy

The Veil Dilemma: Choosing The Right Veil For Your Face • For a diamond or oval-shaped face: Choices are unlimited, as long as they complement your gown. • For a round, full face: Choose a veil that falls along the sides of the face. • For a square jawline: A longer veil will work better than a short wide one. • For an oblong face: Look for waterfall veils paired with a wide tiara, wreath, or bun wrap. • For heart-shaped or triangular face: The best choice is a back piece. • For a rectangular face: Try more voluminous veils.

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3 Savior Bridal Shoes • High heels will make your legs look more toned (keeping your calves flexed) and they’ll also ensure better posture. • If you want a bit of added height but aren’t used to stilettos, you can consider platform heels, or lower kitten heels. • If you prefer a flat, satin ballet slippers make beautiful bridal shoes. TIP! Buy gel pads for all sort of shoes for a comfy feeling all night!

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Love The Sexy Details

Hairstyles & Accessories Matching your Dress One-shoulder/Halter neck: An up-hair do, wear nice big earrings, a statement bracelet or ring and don’t wear a necklace. Sleeveless/Strapless: Hair down, tie it elegantly on one side and add a clip on flower, braided whether loose or not, wear killer earrings and skip the necklace or vice versa. V-neck: Hair up or down, wear a long necklace, any earring as long as it’s not dangling till your shoulder, a big bracelet or ring. Puffed sleeves: Hair up, wear simple pearl or diamond earrings and a short necklace, with a small pendant. Backless: Up hair do, wear an outstanding earring and don’t wear a necklace.

Every bride’s must-have lingerie: Babydolls, camisole, garter and suspender belts, stockings, robes and night gowns, bras and panties with sexy prints, edible lingerie and a chemise.

Can Your Wedding Wars Predict Your Future Fights?

Fights over Wedding cake The size of your wedding

Elle Macpherson Intimates

Stella McCartney Rosamosario Agent Provocateur

We love Deana Shaaban wedding dresses!

Future Struggles over Home décor Where you live

Seating chart or guest list How you’ll prioritize the key people in your life (friends vs family) Wedding song How romantic you are Your honeymoon How you’ll spend your free time together >>

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For The Love Of ! Classic Weddings Flowers: Always in style, classic wedding flowers have endured the test of time for many brides and grooms. Types of classic wedding flowers are: Rose, Stock, Lisianthus, Ranunculus, Stephanotis, Lily of the Valley, Orchids and Gardenia. Food: A traditional wedding menu includes starters, main courses and desserts. The starters’ section has a wide array of cold cuts, salads and mezzah. Don’t forget the cheese platters, smoked salmon and cold shrimps. Any classic wedding usually has on its menu beef sirloin, beef tenderloin, lemon chicken, grilled chicken, lamb, turkey, mix grill, pasta with tomato sauce and cream sauce, fish and rice. And then there’s a selection of dessert itmes like éclair, black forest, fruit tarts, mille feuille, tiramisu, crème caramel, om ali, etc. Venue: Takes place in exquisite ballrooms.

Modern Weddings Flowers: Modern weddings often utilize monochromatic color schemes and one type of flower. The result is a very clean and chic look. Types of modern wedding flowers are: Calla Lily, Stargazer Lily, Tulip, Bamboo, Amaranthus and Star of Bethlehem. Food: Food at wedding receptions has become more fun, practical, and destined to please your guests. Giving them options and miniaturizing portions is a fun and creative way to feed your family and friends. Sushi is the latest addition! Venue: Usually held in open areas and sometimes it takes place in daylight.

Mother of The Bride! Don’t wear black since most people will be wearing it, don’t be afraid to choose a nice color. Never wear cream or beige colors, as they are very close to the brides dress. Pant suits and dress suits are very popular nowadays. Gowns are ideal whether you are fit or plus size. The trend now is flowy gowns. They will give you a glamorous and elegant look and make you look younger and thinner. 38 |

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Save The Drama! Wedding Emergency Kit • • • • • • • •

Small sewing kit Wipes Pair of ballet flats Hair pins Eye make-up remover cotton Mini tissue paper pack Over-the-counter headache pills LAST BUT NOT LEAST!!! A PAD

We love Dina Karam cakes!

We love Mofida Mahmoud We love Nesma Helmy dreses wedding guestbooks in Alex Chic & Fashionable at Every Wedding You Go! Safe Zone Evening Dresses • Don’t wear a dress that is too revealing. Wearing a dress that is too revealing can send off the wrong message. • If you try on a dress and look in the mirror and think, “Hmm... is this really OK to wear?”, then don’t wear it. • If you want to wear black, then make it unique. When wearing a black dress, make sure your accessories stand, go with bright and bold colors. • Obviously, accessorizing is always a definite do! Adding a little bit of extra glitter and sparkle to your ensemble is almost always encouraged and is a great way to really make yourself stand out and add a little extra of your own unique personality to an evening gown. Also, adding the correct amount of jewels could turn your outfit into elegant-casual to royalty with the simple closure of a necklace clasp. October 2012 |

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Congratulations! Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Officially Tied The Knot! After nearly a year of dating and so many rumors about their romance, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have officially tied the knot! The wedding took place at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, with a reception featuring a three-song set by Florence Welch. The bride wore a one-of-a-kind couture Marchesa bridal gown with hand-draped silk tulle bodice adorned with crystal and rose gold embroidery. This is Ryan’s second marriage, after previously being married to Scarlett Johansson and Blake’s very first.

WOW! Rihanna’s New Short Haircut! Rihanna changes her hair color and style the way most women change their clothes. In recent memory, she’s worn blonde, black and red, and experimented with straight hair, full fros, asymmetrical cuts and blunt bobs. Now she’s cut off her long wavy black hair and gone super short.

Kate Middleton & Prince William Win Case Against French Mag Over Topless Photos A French court ruled in favor of Prince William and Kate Middleton on in their case against French magazine Closer, which published topless photos of the Duchess.

Congratulations! Shakira Is Pregnant! Shakira announced on her Facebook page that she and boyfriend Gerard Pique are expecting. “Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby!” she wrote. “At this time, we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next few days.” Shakira has been dating the FC Barcelona soccer star for more than a year and a half.

Lady Gaga Sleeps in Perfume Bottle and Gets Tattooed Live at Fragrance Launch! The 26-year-old singer celebrated the release of her perfume, FAME, at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Gaga arrived to her event in style in a convertible Rolls Royce wearing a gold crown and black Prabul Gurung dress. She continued the spectacle by sleeping inside a giant replica of her perfume bottle. When Gaga awoke nearly an hour later, she got a new tattoo on the back of her shaved head: the image of a winged cherub. 40 |

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*All prices are subjected to change

Lanvin Crystal-Brooch Shearling Jacket available on for EGP 50,748

Agent Provocateur Gene Guipure Lace And Silk-Satin Corset available on netaporter. com for EGP 12,440

J.Crew Victoria feather-skirt linen dress available on for EGP 7,605

Available on facebook fanpage D.Diamonds

Christian Louboutin Mini Loubi Lula Satin Frame Clutch available on for EGP 6,524

Anya Hindmarch Lucky Sixpence Leather Coin Purse Keyfob available on for EGP 1,556 Giuseppe Zanotti Satin Platform Peep-Toe Pumps available on shopstyle. com for EGP 4917

Bridal White Satin Ballet Shoe available on for EGP 153

Maison Martin Margiela By L’atelier D’exercices Goose Feather Pen & Ostrich Feather Pen available on netaporter. com for EGP 472

Available at Koleksiyon

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*All products mentioned are available at beauty retailers and pharmacies





1.My makeup always looks shiny in photographs. How can I avoid this happening? You need to start using an oil-controlling skincare routine straightaway. This means cleansing and toning daily with specially formulated oil-free products and only using a moisturizer on dry areas. Use an oil-free foundation and powder and blot at regular intervals with absorbing sheets rather than reapplying powder, which can leave your skin looking caked. Use: Neutrogena Oil-Free range, L’Oreal Visible Lift Minimizing Oil Free Foundation144 Natural Ivory, and Lancôme ‘Blush Subtil’ Sheer Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush. 2.What’s the number-one makeup trick for my dreamy wedding-day glow? A glint of pale shine at the inner corners of the eyes! Create it with a light metallic shadow or liner, or some highlighter, this move not only brings light to the eye area for a look of wide-eyed charm, it also adds just a hint of fairy-princess etherealness to your makeup. Feature some shine on the bridge of the nose as well. Use: Revlon Magic Eye Liner Pencil Seductive Silver 92. 3.I need a quick list of honeymoon makeup essentials, any ideas? You need SPF foundation, waterproof mascara, powder bronzer/blusher, powder compact, shimmer cream, 5 eye shadow colors, candy flavored lip glosses in different shades, demure and bright shades of lipsticks, tweezers, an angled blush/bronzer brush, a brush for applying eye shadow, sun screen with SPF, after sun lotion, cleanser, moisturizer, frizzease, curler, hair dryer, large paddle brush, hair bands, manicure set, pedicure set, small nail clippers, blister plasters and razors/shavers. Buy a brand ready-made makeup kit. Use: Clarins, Pupa & Elizabeth Arden. Or opt for a nice, spacious makeup bag that can carry all your essentials like: Anya Hindmarch studded leather cosmetics case or Lanvin quilted leather cosmetics case.

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Avoid These Mishaps

On Your Day!


By: Jolanda Bakker

our big day is the one day you don’t want to risk looking like one of the following: a clown! A ghost. A mime. So how can a blushing bride get her makeup just right? Start by avoiding a few key mistakes. We tapped beauty pros with beaucoup experience making brides gorgeous for their expertise on what not to do and what products can help you avoid them.


Mistake :

Wearing too little coverage

Depending on the bride’s skin type, you want more of a matte finish for the oilier skins and a radiant finish for a drier skin. The most important part of photography is the finish to the skin. You want the face to look flawless. For example: If under eye circles are not concealed properly, the eyes will get lost in the photo. Try this product: Clinique’s Airbrush concealer. Every bride wants to look fresh and awake. This under eye concealer diffuses light to hide dark circles and reduces puffiness. Not only does it hide shadows but it also illuminates and perfects your complexion and eye area.


Mistake :


Mistake :

Skimping on the blush

Wear more blush than you think you should, because that’s usually the first thing to go, aside from lips. Usually when I look at my pictures, I could use more blush. If you ever see a celebrity in person, they’re always wearing more makeup than they look like they do in magazines. A little bit of extra blush can go a long way to adding color to the face and giving that warm glow without looking too bronze. Try this product: MAC Powder Blush. If you pinch the end of your finger so the blood pools in the tip, whatever color that is going to be the most naturallooking color on you.

Sticking with a too natural lip gloss

People say, ‘I love the natural look,’ but you can still pick a nice color that’s a shade deeper than your lip tone. Wear something on your lips a little darker than normal, because it’s going to make the pictures so fantastic. Choose a shade darker than your lip tone in the beige family, or you can line the lip and fill it in with a liner, then wear the gloss you always wear. Try this product: Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Naked. It’s very natural. Especially if you’re fair skinned. 46 |

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Bonus Bridal Makeup Tip Stay away from bold eye shadows. Now is not the time to experiment. Maybe you’re having a holiday wedding and think silver and gold may be appropriate, but let’s leave that to holiday ornaments. Or those trendy new colors from your favorite cosmetics company are all the rage, but save them for another day. Keep your eye shadow simple, clean and neutral toned.


Mistake :

Not having products to retouch

If you have a professional artist do your makeup, you want to make sure you have the same products on hand to touch up with throughout the day. One reason for this is to control shine, and the other reason is you want to make sure your skin tone looks the same throughout the night in photos. The same applies with your lip color; you want to make sure your lips are touched up with the same color all day or night long. Try this product: Jane Iredale Lip Fixation. This stain will last all day long, through kisses and conversation, with minimal touch-ups needed. It’s great for photography and can be worn with or without the gloss.


Mistake :

Letting eye makeup melt and smudge

I hate to see a bride with raccoon eyes. There are so many budge-proof products out there nowadays, no need for any mishaps here. Try this product: MAC Fluidline Gel eyeliner and Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. Use all waterproof products.

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Bonus Bridal Makeup Tip Wear a white top when you have a makeup trial run. A color or a black shirt changes the whole color palette. Or if you don’t have a white top, put a white towel around your neck and take a few pictures like that. It gives a nice feel for how the palette is going to come out.

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The last thing a bride wants to see in her photographs is shine! When the skin is shiny, you lose the true features of the face. Try this product: bareMinerals Prime Time. Primers help with the longevity of your makeup, help to control oil and shine, and also help even out skin’s texture. It also creates a radiant finish. Great for oily, sensitive, or problemprone skin. October 2012 |

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Berge Jewellery By: Farah Asfour


ocated in the prestigious district El Korba, Heliopolis is Berge Jewellery; one of the oldest jewellers that is still present until today with its long history in the jewellery industry. Established in 1952, Berge Jewellery started by acquiring a workshop in Khan el-Khalili area serving the Egyptian and tourist communities. In 1956, Berge Jewellery evolved to include jewellery design, manufacturing and retail by opening a shop in Tanta Street, Heliopolis. During the years, the location of the shop changed several times. Today Berge has two shops; one in El Korba, Heliopolis and the other is in Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Garen Berge, the owner of Berge Jewellery and the son of its founder Mr. Berge Touloumbadjian, on the occasion of Berge’s 60th anniversary. TELL US ABOUT YOUR START IN THE JEWELLERY INDUSTRY. When I was a kid, I used to go with my father to work during the vacations as kids are always curious to watch their fathers at work and know what they 48 |

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do. Gradually I started to like the jewellery industry. Afterwards when I grew up and started working with him, the beginning was at the workshop where I spent two years with the craftsmen to gain experience and learn the basics and origins of jewellery making. Then I got my Diploma of Gemmology from HRD Antwerp, Institute of Gemmology in Belgium. HRD is the Diamond High Council in Belgium. After getting my diploma, I returned to Egypt and I gradually became responsible for all the work. Today, I enjoy every second of what I’m doing and I’m proud that I followed my father’s path and was able to enhance the brand and keep its good reputation.

DID YOU ENCOUNTER ANY DIFFICULTIES AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR WORK? Of course, I did. At the beginning I was a little bit naïve and I didn’t have enough experience in knowing how to deal with the Egyptian market. Also as a result of studying in Europe, I had ideas that I realized afterwards weren’t suitable for the Egyptian market. However, this was of great benefit to me. It made me think about how to adapt my ideas to the Egyptian market and I started to combine Berge’s taste with the Middle Eastern taste. So you can say that Berge’s designs are a mix of oriental taste and European taste with the touch of Berge added to them. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT DISTINGUISHES BERGE FROM OTHER JEWELLERS? One of the most important characteristics of Berge is that we are specialized in custom made jewellery. We have our own designers who create special designs only for our shop. Our products are known for their high quality, unique taste, elegance, sophistication and classiness. At Berge, you can find beautiful pieces of jewellery in all price ranges, which is generally difficult in jewellery. We never deliver any jewellery piece without being 100% convinced with its quality, design and taste. HOW LONG DOES MANUFACTURING A CUSTOM MADE PIECE TAKE? It depends on how complicated the design is but the average is three months. WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S FASHION TREND IN DIAMOND? I believe that diamond has no fashion; it’s always classic and you can wear it for so many years. Diamond is not like clothing where one year a color, for example, is in style and the year after, it becomes out of fashion. When it’s a nice piece of jewellery, it stays forever. And that’s why we always tell our clients, “A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.” This year, there’s a trend towards semi-precious colored stones with the three colors of gold; white, yellow and rose. But people here in Egypt appreciate diamonds more than semi-precious stones. HOW DID YOUR PROFESSION AS A JEWELLER AFFECT YOUR PERSONAL LIFE? I have a meticulous job which has made me a perfectionist, I have great attention to detail and I can easily notice imperfections. Unfortunately, this can be

sometimes irritating to me and to others. On the other hand, my job has taught me to have a great deal of patience because I have to be extremely patient with ladies when they buy jewellery. FINALLY, WHAT ARE THE TIPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO LADIES ON BUYING JEWELLERY? Ladies, be confident and base your decision on your own taste and not on other people’s taste. You buy jewellery to satisfy yourself and you’re the one who’ll wear it all the time, so you have to both enjoy choosing it and wearing it. Always buy jewellery when you are in a good mood so that you make the right choice. If you’re not in a good mood, it’s Berge’s duty to put you in a good mood. AND WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM ON CHOOSING THEIR WEDDING RINGS? The bride and groom should set their budget beforehand. Needless to say, they should be in love with each other.

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I love keeping the crowd satisfied while adding my character to the music, showing my milestones and my own taste.

Lyon Avakian

DJ Lyon Avakian When and why did you choose to become a DJ? Since I was 14 my mum encouraged me and made me listen to lots of music while she was working at home, that was how I loved music. I started working in this field when I became 18 with someone who was supportive of me, helped me in getting deeper in this field, and pushed me forward. What do you think are the drawbacks of your work as a DJ? Every job has its own drawbacks but I believe that when someone loves his/her job, the drawbacks automatically become invisible to him/her. Plus, success, people’s love and their encouragement helps me overcome any barriers that face me. Who are your favorite DJs? And what music genre do you like most? My favorite local DJs are Hany Wahba, Khaled Abdel Rahman, Amr Hosny, Feedo, Ramy Yacout and Hany Sadek (Samba). The music genre that I like most is the real funky vocal house music and of course, some old 80s and 90s remixed songs. In your opinion, what distinguishes you from other DJs here in Egypt? From my point of view, the first thing is my name which is a catchy one, what’s also different is the technique of choosing the music and its sequence while making people dance and wait for the next mix. And it’s also about adding your character and own taste in the music, I love keeping the crowd satisfied, it’s all about loving what you 50 |

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do and being unique. When someone hears the music without seeing who’s on the decks and knows that the song is being played and mixed by a certain DJ, that makes a DJ unique. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing their wedding’s DJ and songs? My advice to them is not to only go with friends’ recommendations, but there should also be a clear understanding of music concept between the couples (bride and groom) and the DJ. Accordingly, there should be several meetings before the wedding, this has a positive impact on both the couples and the DJ, and a friendship relation should be created between them. Choosing their songs is the easiest part as long as they don’t choose the song “From this moment” for their first dance! The most important thing is to feel the vibe while the music is being played as if it’s their party and not a regular routine wedding party. Another advice for couples is to be themselves, not leave the dance floor and not waste too much time greeting people. Tell us about an awkward wedding moment. One day I was playing at a wedding and it was so crowded, people were dancing, it was a real peak time, I work with something called Serato Scratch live software and it’s connected to the laptop, a friend of mine came and he wanted to say hello, I was busy mixing the other song and when he felt that I was ignoring him, he closed the laptop and the whole music stopped for two minutes. It was so shocking to me and to the audience as well!

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Faces of Egypt

DJ Fiko A Bright Face in the World of Music

When and why did you choose to become a DJ? I chose to be a DJ when I was 17 years old. I was inspired by my dad who is a musician; he plays the guitar since he was 12 years old and he also owns a private business for DJ equipment. What do you think are the drawbacks of your work as a DJ? Working late at night, standing all the time, but my passion for my job makes me forget all the drawbacks. Who are your favorite DJs and what music genre do you like most? My favorite Egyptian DJ is Samba. My favorite music is funky house. In your opinion, what distinguishes you from other DJs here in Egypt? Each has his own unique talent and it’s very hard for me to asses my work so I guess you should ask this question to my fans and clients. 52 |

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What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing their wedding’s DJ and songs? They should choose a DJ whom they have listened to his music before the wedding, they should share their favorite music with him and they should work on satisfying the crowd which is the role of the DJ. Tell us about an awkward wedding moment. The groom’s car was stolen from the hotel half an hour before the wedding! Worse that at the end of the wedding, the groom who was familiar with playing music spilled his drink on the mixer and the CD player!

passion for my job makes “My me forget all its drawbacks. ” DJ Fiko

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Fadi Gwanny The Master of Photography in Egypt & Founder of Gwannian Photography By: Caroline Coussa


hen it comes to photography, just one, distinctive name rings a bell! Fadi Gwanny, the photographer who introduced a new aspect to traditional pictures in Egypt. The one who took a given, classic aspect of weddings and turned it to a whole new experience, making memorable moments a masterpiece too… Years and years back, I met him and since then I knew that there is something special about his passion to photography. I was glad to have a chance to catch up and work with him! Want to have an inspirational glimpse on photography, read on… Fadi Gwanny graduated from the AUD in 2003, he worked in Dubai for some time then he decided to come back to Egypt and start his own private business; specialized wedding photography and portraits. Using the latest techniques, preserved lightings and his magical touch of capturing pictures, his name became soon easily recognized for every bride and groom seeking perfection on their big day. Now Fadi Gwanny presents “Gwannian School of Photography” which offers elementary and advanced classes

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for everyone interested in photography. Fadi expresses his optimum enjoyment in teaching photography both theoretically and practically. He offers support for all his students, along with critique sessions, and personal coaching as well. For more info you can check facebook fanpage “ Gwannian School of Photography.” With all the flood of new photographers nowadays and for all those who think that it’s all about owning a professional camera, I quote Fadi saying, “People think photography is easy, but as a matter of fact after they try practicing it, they discover it’s science and art. Sadly it is part of our engraved system that photography is a minor thing.” With all his endless weddings, I couldn’t miss asking him about a wedding he can’t forget! After some serious thinking, he told us about a Greek wedding he attended where guests broke over 150 plates, as a part of their tradition of celebrating weddings. To him, the most enjoyable part was seeing the old and the young having equal pleasure in the wedding; where the old and the young both danced their night out… Another funny incident was witnessing the groom lose control and completely refuse to attend the wedding due to bad arrangements and decoration! After some time they succeeded in calming him down and starting the wedding after this awkward situation! Asking Fadi about a notable wedding moment, he said, “Regardless of its repetition, the father and daughter dance never fails to touch me.” For all brides and grooms on the verge of marriage, Fadi offers you his ultimate tips for a wedding to remember, “Plan for your big day as much as you want, but on the wedding day let it all go. Don’t worry about details or stress yourself about them because you will miss the chance of enjoying it, so just let it go on your

big day.” He added, “Having a nice wedding depends on many factors; most importantly how calm the couple is, how much they are willing to let go of the stress on this day. So have fun and enjoy!” Asking Fadi about something he wishes to see in Egyptian weddings, he said, “I hope to see more themed weddings, where couples aren’t afraid to go out of the safe zone and try new things.” Last but not least, he offered his MAGICAL tip for enjoying a boring wedding! “Stop the music in your head, start imagining everyone on the dance floor in an empty, silent room and watch the people do their moves in such a funny way! It works for me!”

I travel around photographing what comes in my way... Fadi Gwanny

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yourself, don’t try to imitate what “Be other people are doing. Dina Faltas ”

Dina Faltas The Splendid Wedding Planner & Owner of “Zeena”

What attracted you to become a wedding planner? I love arts in general, I studied Fine Arts and I grew up to be specifically attracted to floral and interior design. Beside this, I find a great pleasure in organizing a special event and seeing it come to life, it gives me such a great fulfillment. What do you do to stand out among other wedding planners especially that now there are lots of them? Yes, lots of people have been joining the market recently, I think this is a good sign and eventually only the best will remain in business. However, in Zeena we love what we do, also we tend to give more space for good taste and creating new themes against financials and normal business rules. But the one thing we totally dig is our customer loyalty. The best thing that happens to us is to find a bride, whom we decorated her wedding, coming to us again and bringing a friend or a relative to do their special event with us. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on deciding on their wedding decorations? Be yourself, don’t try to imitate what other people are doing or what seems to be the trend and don’t stick to traditional ideas only, think out of the box. This is your special day and it should reflect who you are. Also try to look at the bigger picture to create a nice atmosphere and don’t be dragged into focusing on one detail only. Tell us about an awkward wedding moment. Well, it is not particularly awkward, but I find it very strange and different. I planned a wedding for two couples at the same night in the same ballroom. They were two brothers marrying two sisters and they wanted to get married together. The tricky part here was to be able to satisfy the requests of both brides at the same time! 56 |

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Sarah Aclimandos &Karim Atalla The Faces Behind TheGiftery.Com

How did you get the idea of is cofounded by us (Sarah Aclimandos and KarimAtalla). While I (sarah) was studying abroad I missed a lot of weddings and special occasions and had no access of sending anything to anyone in Egypt from a credible source. I was also doing studies on ecommerce in Egypt which all led to concept a platform where people could create their gift lists and shop from stores they already know and trust. I partnered with Karimand turned this idea into a real functional business model. It then occurred to us: how many times did you go to a wedding and didn’t send a gift and then wish you wouldn’t bump into the couple before you do? How many times did your friends have babies and you remember to send them a gift when the kid is actually almost going to school? How many times do you suddenly remember you’re invited for dinner and the last thing you want to do is stop at a store and buy a gift? … This is where comes to the rescue. We do same day and next day delivery anywhere in Egypt, selling at the exact same prices as the stores.

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Did you face any obstacles when you started to implement your idea? Of course, the concept of buying online in Egypt is still feared by many people, we found solutions to ease people in like having a phone ordering service, cash on delivery services and gift idea and suggestion services for people who are not very comfortable searching and browsing. The biggest obstacle is to have people trust the system, once they do and once they see how convenient it is they always come back.

I’ve always believed that www. TheGiftery.comwas the natural evolution of the gift list concept, turning it from a taboo to the most practical method for buying gifts. I’m glad that we were the first people to realize it.

Sarah Aclimandos

How many brands do you have on sells for more than 85 stores, like Table Royale, Cozy Casa, Alex Toys, Villeroy&Boch, Bose … etc. Each store carrying a range of different brands making a one stop shop for any gift needed.

Don’t you think that most people in Egypt are still not used to the idea of online shopping and that they prefer to see first what they are buying? The whole idea of revolves around shopping from stores you already know but online; stores that have high credibility already established and high standards. Online shopping is relatively new in Egypt, and if you are buying a gift, you need to be assured that it will be the way you expect it to be. You don’t want to buy a fake Montblanc pen and get ripped off. At you can take your pen and exchange it at the store if you want to because we are dealing directly with them. You also need to know where and how to exchange your gifts. Going online was mainly to solve a lot of problems we face

while shopping like traffic, parking, waiting till the gift is wrapped, then taking the gift and delivering it yourself. Who has time for this these days? The major advantage of being online and selling products from existing shops in Egypt is to convenience shoppers to shop from home or from the office and have gifts and products delivered anywhere in Egypt. As more shops or department stores offer their products online, the benefit of having more than 85 brands on one site will be highly valued as it is similar to shopping at a mall. Moreover, the fast pace of life in Egypt with traffic to keep in mind and the less time available for Instore shopping, will draw more shoppers to online shopping. And so, we think one of the benefits TheGiftery. com has to offer is being able to shop your favorite stores on your lunch break from the office or on your free time from the comfort of your living room while ensuring fast and safe delivery that is insured. We also offer different modes of payment; cash or credit card. For those still not accustomed to online payments, cash collections can be made even if you are sending the gift to someone else, to make the experience as convenient as possible. Credit card payments are secured by the Arab African international Bank.

I can assure you that it is never a bad time to start on great business idea, it all comes down to how you manage your resources and deal with the uncertain factors around you to make them work to your favor. We launched one month before the revolution and still managed to a have considerable growth figures.

Karim Atalla

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Folio Salad Bowl by Table Royale available on for EGP 560

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Bedroom Tips &Pictures!


ou are about to tie the knot and now it’s time to share everything with him, including decorating your new home. These tips will help you to bring your unique styles together and get the job done, especially when it comes to your bedroom, where you are forced to share your personal living space with your spouse. Look through design and decorating magazines. Tear out photos of interiors that you like, then make two piles, his and yours. 62 |

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Be dramatic: Don’t be afraid to add a little drama with a deep wall color like rich chocolate. You’ll feel enveloped at night, which will ease you into your zzz’s a lot faster. Keep the room from feeling too heavy by balancing it with a white headboard. You can pick up the wall color again with plush throw pillows.

Share your decorating ideas with the designer. The more information you can provide the designer, the quicker and more accurately s/he will be able to help you. This is when you pull out that pile of photos you both ripped out of the decorating magazines. The entire plan and inspiration for a room usually revolves around an area carpet, fabric swatch or a piece of artwork that you both agree on (this is the key element, you both need to love it). >> October 2012 |

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Add luxe linens and pillow. Buy a set of soft sheets that make you want to climb into them at night. Most sheets top off at softness when you reach a 500 thread count. Cover the bed with a fluffy down duvet, a heavy wool blanket, or a soft cotton quilt. Then, toss a gorgeous throw onto the foot of the bed.

Snag hotel-suite style. If you have room, add a chair to a corner of your bedroom, which will make your room seem larger. (And hey, you need someplace other than the floor to toss your outfit outtakes!) Or consider an upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. Be sure to buy a headboard to give your bedroom a hotel-chic look that a bed frame can’t do on its own. Add eye-catching accents. When you wake up, why not see beautiful things? It could be a painting on your wall or an antique quilt that’s draped over a chair. Put your favorite items on display on bedroom shelves, along with art books, glassware, and anything with a burst of color. Soften the lighting. To make your bedroom calm, a dimmer is a lighting must-have. Use it for everything from overhead ceiling lights to pendant and bedside table lamps. For an eclectic bedroom look, mix and match by going with different bases with matching color.

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The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world Napoleon Bonaparte

Pick your bed! • A bed with storage, or with two storage drawers, is the perfect option for couples who live in a small house or apartment, where you need to maximize space. Using lively colors and bold graphics on your sheets and bedding will hide the simplicity of most beds with storage. And you will be able to keep extra blankets or your clothes in the drawers. If you like romance then no bed screams romance quite like one with a canopy. There’s something about getting cozy under a tented bed that puts love in the air. • Couples that want to feel like they live in a fairy tale should pick a canopy bed, keep fresh flowers on their nightstand, and wear flowy, frilly lingerie to bed. • For the modern zen couples, go for clean lines and uncomplicated design. A platform bed offers modern appeal and also fits well into homes with Asian design. The two styles mesh well together, which is why a platform bed can work in many different kinds of homes. If you are the type of couple that keeps the table tops clutter free and likes symmetry in your design, you should consider a platform bed. They’re low to the ground and provide a pleasing aesthetic. October 2012 |

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How To Plan Your Perfect Honeymoon?

Your Getaway,Your Style! 1. Set Your Budget









75,000 EGP -up

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3. Select A Destination


Asia/South Pacific Islands




Romantic Beaches

Prepare your documents and consider the weather

America/the Caribbean

4. Choose Your Style

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Make some surprises!


Or select a prepared package from a travel agent according to your preferred style!


5. Personalize Your Honeymoon

Try something new together!


Do something crazy!

Seclusion/ Isolation

Bring some souvenirs back home!

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Best Ideas For A Short Honeymoon!



our dream dress is here, your ceremony is a dream come true and your happily ever after is about to start right after your honeymoon! HONEYMOON! Your first trip as Mr. & Mrs. and you want a trip of endless enjoyment and exploration. It doesn’t have to be One Thousand and One Nights to call it a honeymoon! In just 7 days, you can enjoy an exquisite honeymoon even more than you’ve imagined! We’ve called it the “minimoon,” which is ideal for a couple who can’t spare the time or cash for a whole month honeymoon. Want some ideas? Check the below!

Sahl Hasheesh Enjoy serenity and beauty at Sahl Hasheesh! Enjoy the wonderful weather while you relax on the beach by the amazing Red Sea. With romantic dinners followed by cozy beach walks, this is a perfect place for newlyweds. Enjoy the crystal blue water with coral reefs and fish of all the colors of the rainbow. It is a perfect spot for diving or snorkeling.

Jordan Romantic, charming, relaxing, and diverse; Jordan is a surprising and an unusual honeymoon destination. Enjoy the fabulous resorts, the Dead Sea, the majestic desert of Wadi Rum and visit Petra the world wonder!

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Paris The City of Light is away by 4 hours and 45 minutes! Take your own sweet time to explore the city, there are just too many things to see; the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, the Seine River, Ch창teau de Versailles, Moulin Rouge, the Louvre and much more.

Antalya 60 minutes and you are there! From its magnificent cliff top position overlooking a crescent-shaped bay and surrounded by the rugged Taurus Mountains, Antalya offers all the ingredients you need for a honeymoon in Turkey. >>

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Florence It is 3 hours far. All it takes is a stroll through the ancient city of Florence, the gentle wind whispering the same natural endearments as in the Renaissance, to conjure romantics. Admire the art, tour cathedrals and tombs, explore palaces and gardens, have a gelato and shop for souvenirs.

Malaga There are many wonderful beaches such as El Palo, Las Acacias Beach and Playa de la Malagueta just 4 hours, 20 minutes away. Besides, visit the great attractions such as the Historic Quarter. There are also some fantastic day trips that you both can enjoy in the Malaga Region.

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Santorini It is worth a trip of 1 hour 40 minutes to be there. With its Oia sunsets, whitewashed villages, pretty blue domed churches, welcoming locals and views to die for, you cannot but fail to fall in love with Santorini; the most romantic of the Greek islands.

El Gouna With miles of beaches, dozens of uninhabited islands, entertainment options galore and the highest-class hotels and dining services, El Gouna is truly a honeymooner’s paradise. Spend your evenings taking a beautiful sunset walk on the beach followed by a romantic dinner at one of El Gouna’s many restaurants.

There’s no reason a minimoon can’t be as glamorous or indulgent as a traditional honeymoon. The trick is to partner a great location with a short travelling time.

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Treatment will depend on what’s causing the bleeding.

How frequent should I wash my hands?

Is it true that antibiotics won’t work if I have a cold or flu? Yes, it is true. Colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses, and antibiotics do not help fight viruses. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment. When you are prescribed an antibiotic, take it exactly as the doctor tells you. Complete the prescribed course even if you are feeling better. If treatment stops too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect you.

* Check with your doctor before taking any medication

When are periods considered heavy? Periods are considered heavy if there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours. Other symptoms of a heavy period can include nighttime bleeding that requires getting up to change pads or tampons, passing large blood clots during menstruation, or a period that lasts longer than seven days. In severe cases, heavy menstruation can interfere with sleep and daily activities. Blood loss from heavy periods can also lead to anemia, causing symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. If you are having heavy menstrual bleeding, it is important to see your doctor to determine the cause. 72 |

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Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Wash your hands before, during and after preparing food, before eating food, before and after caring for someone who is sick, and before and after treating a cut or wound. Also wash your hands after using the toilet, changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, after touching an animal or animal waste, handling pet food or pet treats, and after touching garbage.

walking to your daily routine, you could burn about 150 more calories a day. At that rate, you’d lose about another 0.15 kilogram a week. The more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you’ll burn. While any physical activity is good, you’ll get the most benefit in terms of weight loss from activity that is moderately intense.

Do bed bugs spread diseases? No, bed bugs are not known to spread disease and they shouldn’t be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.

How long will it take to toilet train my child? Can I lose weight if my only exercise is walking? You might be able to lose weight that way, depending on the duration and intensity of your walking and what your diet is like. But consuming fewer calories through dietary changes seems to promote weight loss more effectively than does exercise and physical activity. That’s not to say physical activity such as walking isn’t important for weight control, it is. The key to weight loss is burning more calories than you consume. So if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’d lose about 0.45 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). If you add 30 minutes of brisk

Every child is different. It may take as long as 3 to 6 months for your child to be toilet trained during daytime. It may take longer to teach your child to use the toilet during nighttime when her/his bladder control is reduced. It is important for you to be patient and supportive. If after a few months, your child is still resisting or having difficulties with toilet training, talk to your family doctor. The most likely reason your child has not learned to use the potty is that your child is not yet ready for toilet training.

Atopic eczema commonly occurs in areas with folds of skin such as behind the knees, on the front of the elbows, on the side of the neck and around the eyes and ears. It can occur in small patches all over the body. It is most common in infants: on the face and scalp, and on the outer surface of the arms and legs; in children: around joints on the arms and legs, such as the folds of the elbows or the backs of the knees; and in adults: in the joints, such as inside the elbows or the backs of the knees, and on the hands.

Where does eczema usually appear? Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It is a long-term or chronic condition. Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema. It mainly affects children, but can continue into adulthood.

explain in a brief way (a lengthy explanation will lose their interest) why they can't hurt others. Go down to eye level and encourage them to hug and/or apologize to the victim. Lastly support the victim and involve your toddler in the child's recovery.

What should I do if my child is biting or hitting other children? Although these behaviors are common and linked to the inability to communicate, children need to learn that this is unacceptable. Instantly say no in a firm voice. When things have calmed down,

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What Your Pee Says About Your Health


A Trip To The Toilet May Be More Revealing Than You Think!

he appearance and smell of your urine can provide many clues to what else is going on in your body. If you notice something unusual and persistent in your pee, it is highly recommended that you see a doctor and undergo the needed tests. Here is some information to help you in knowing what’s normal and what’s abnormal about your pee.

What Color Says! • If your urine is blue-green, it can mean you’re changing medication or vitamins. If you’re not on medications or taking vitamins, go see a doctor. • If your urine is fluorescent yellow or orange, it can mean you’ve had a lot of vitamin C, carrots, beets, or any food that is orange. Some medications may turn your urine orange too. • If your urine is dark orange or brown, it may mean you have bile in your urine. If you haven’t taken vitamin C or had orange colored food, you may want to see a doctor. • If your urine is brown, it can reveal that you’ve had beans, rhubarb, or medications. Brown urine can suggest liver problems as well. Go see a doctor. • If your urine is pink or red, it may mean you’ve had blueberries, or any reddish type food. Again, medication may be the reason your urine changes color. It could also mean there is blood in your 74 |

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urine, either from vigorous exercise or due to an infection. If you’re urine doesn’t clear up in 24 hours, go see a doctor. • A spot of blood! Seeing a splash of red in the toilet can mean many things, some quite benign, others quite serious. For that reason, you should always have your doctor check your urine if you see blood. In an otherwise healthy young woman, the chances are overwhelmingly in favor of it being a sign of a urinary tract infection, but blood in the urine is also one of the seven deadly signs of bladder cancer in both women and in men. Beyond the possibilities of infection or worst-case scenario cancer. Blood in the urine can also be caused by microscopic trauma or tears (not uncommon after an endurance event like a marathon), kidney stones, or as a side effect of taking blood-thinning medication or daily aspirin therapy.

What Odor Says! • Sweet smelling: A sugary smell might indicate the presence of blood sugar that’s being excreted in the urine. And a high concentration of blood sugar in the urine is one sign of diabetes. The kidney acts as a filter for all sorts of waste that flows through the body. But if your filter is damaged, things can leak out of it and end up being excreted in the urine. In the case of diabetes, excess blood sugar sneaks out through a leaky filter and shows up in the urine. If you are pregnant, changes in the kidney filtration system can result in the presence of sugar in the urine. Whether pregnant or not, if a doctor finds sugar in your urine, s/he should order further tests to determine if diabetes is a concern. • Funny smelling: Certain foods, (asparagus, most notoriously), produce a sulfur-containing amino acid. So when the food is broken down in the digestive system, those smelly substances are released, filtered through the kidney, and then make their way into the urine where they create an unpleasant scent. As soon as the food responsible has been fully digested and flushed from your system completely, the smell will vanish as well. What Do You See & How Do You Feel About Your Pee?! • If your urine is cloudy, it can mean that you have some phosphate in your urine, which can lead to kidney stones. If your urine is constantly cloudy, it can mean you have an infection. If cloudiness gets worse and you experience burning or urgency, go see a doctor. • You feel always wanting to pee! Unless it’s truly affecting your life, frequent bathroom urges probably are not cause for concern. Look first at your diet and lifestyle. If you’ve suddenly increased your H2O intake, the reason could be as simple as the fact that you’re filling your bladder up more often and more quickly than you used to, and consequently, it needs to be emptied more frequently than it used to. Or maybe you’ve recently changed your diet to include foods that contain more water (such as fruits and vegetables) and act as diuretics, or begun taking medications (like drugs used to treat high blood pressure) which are also diuretics. One of the common symptoms of a urinary tract infection is an urgent need to pee (often without being able to once you get to the toilet). Growing older can also be to blame for increased frequency and urgency in both men and women; as the way the kidney and the bladder make and discharge urine

changes with age. For men, however, the prostate may play a role. It’s not uncommon as men age for the prostate to become enlarged and cause an obstruction that causes weak urine flow and prevents the bladder from emptying effectively, which then creates the need to go more often. • A little leakage! Stress incontinence is a condition in which the muscles of the pelvic floor can’t handle the increased pressure of high impact activities like running or gymnastics, or even something like coughing or sneezing. When the pelvic floor is too weak to withstand that sort of pressure, the result is that a small amount of urine will leak out. The situation often begins, or gets significantly worse after a woman gives birth. The best solution is to strengthen the pelvic floor by regularly doing Kegel exercises (in which you repeatedly contract and release those muscles as if you were trying to stop your flow of urine). Another type of urinary incontinence is called urge incontinence, and it is characterized, not by weak muscles, but by a bladder malfunction. The bladder will fire without your permission, so you won’t necessarily get the signal to head to the bathroom before your bladder decides it’s time to empty itself. See a doctor! • A burning sensation! If you are suddenly experiencing pain when you pee, it’s highly likely that you are experiencing one of the first signs of a urinary tract infection. Such infections are common among sexually active, pre-menopausal women. That proximity makes it very easy for bacteria to find its way into the urethra and up the urinary canal. Oral antibiotics can clear the infection up within days, and increasing fluids can help flush out bacteria to shorten the duration of the infection. The male anatomy makes urinary tract infections a much rarer event for men, but they can happen and similar signs and symptoms in men can also signal an infection of the prostate. Overall general good health will improve bladder health, including eating fruits and vegetables, drinking enough water, exercising and maintaining a healthy body weight. The classic advice is to drink eight glasses of water each day. The most important thing is to monitor the color of your urine, make sure you never feel thirsty, maintain a healthy body mass index and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Who would have thought your urine could say that much?! October 2012 |

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Fitness Nutrition

Puffy Dress Syndrome! By: Natascia Paolucci


our special day is coming and you are ready as can be. You have followed a strict diet, exercised regularly, rearranged the flowers so many times the petals have started to fall, changed your mind on the menu until the caterer threatened to develop a nervous breakdown... As I said, ready as can be. This being said, the puffy dress syndrome over shows. Dare I word it? What if you bloated on your wedding day? ... (heavy silence) Yes, I know... Well my dear friend, here is a set of ten tips to make sure that Damocles’ sword does not eventually fall on your head. 1) Watch your sodium intake and make sure you get enough potassium. Sodium (salt) and potassium play a key role together in maintaining water balance in the body. While sodium attracts fluid into the cells, potassium drives the water molecules out of the cells. In order for the body to maintain an optimal water balance, a relatively high concentration of potassium and a low concentration of sodium are required. Indeed, too high an intake of sodium is probably the most common cause of water retention around the abdominal area (which manifests itself as a bloated belly). Often enough, excess sodium also results in bloating and puffiness in other parts of the body, such as the face. To combat bloating caused by salty foods, eat plenty of potassium rich foods such as root vegetables and bananas. Of course, it is also advisable to avoid excess salt in the first place. If you feel low-salt food is lacking flavor, try using spices and herbs instead of excessive amounts of salt. Be aware of the “hidden� salt that is present in many packaged and processed foods.

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2) Get some B6. If water retention is the cause of your bloating, you may benefit from eating foods rich in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Vitamin B6 acts as a natural diuretic which helps eliminate excess water and reduce bloating. Vitamin B6 is found in a wide range of foods, including tuna, bananas, poultry, and fish. 3) Rule out allergies, intolerance, and indigestions. Bloating may also be caused by food intolerance or sensitivity, which in turn typically results from the absence or lack of specific chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a certain food. What causes a reaction manifesting itself as bloating in someone, however, may not cause the same reaction in another person. Nevertheless, it is possible to point to some foods that are more likely to cause reactions. These foods and food substances include dairy (lactose intolerance), gluten (celiac disease), and fructose (fructose mal absorption). People with food sensitivities have different sensitivity thresholds, which means that some less sensitive people may be able to handle the substance in small to moderate amounts. 4) Reduce the bubbles. Indeed, the fizz in carbonated drinks (even diet ones) can cause gas to get trapped in your belly. Instead, drink water flavored with lemon, lime, or cucumber. Or just reduce the number of fizzy drinks you consume each day. Try some peppermint tea for a soothing beverage that may help reduce bloating. 5) Really, reduce the bubble! Even chewing gum can also lead to swallowing air, which can cause bloating. If you’ve got a gum habit, alternate chewing gum with sucking on a piece of hard candy or eating a healthy,

high-fiber snack like fruit, vegetables, or lower-fat popcorn. 6) Don’t be late about it. Experts recommend consuming no more than 2-3 servings per day of artificially sweetened foods and drinks. 7) Select your veggies. If you’re not used to eating beans, they can cause that gassy feeling. So can the cruciferous family of vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. That doesn’t mean you should give up on these super-nutritious, high-fiber vegetables. Just be careful about introducing them into your diet slowly and progressively or maybe postpone them for after the white day. 8) Treat your metabolism. Instead of three big meals per day, try eating smaller meals more often. This can keep you free of the bloated feeling that often follows large meals. Eating more frequently can also help control blood sugar and manage hunger. So go for five to six small meals each day, but make sure the quantity of food and calories are proportionate to your needs. 9) Acceptable doping. A few studies suggest that peppermint tea, ginger, pineapple, parsley, and yogurts containing probiotics (“good” bacteria) may help reduce bloating. 10) Relax and reduce stress. I know, that’s easier said than done, especially now but the endocrine system does not negotiate. The stress hormone (corticosteroids) is linked to bloating. As such, sleep plenty, laugh even more and have fun. After all, the wedding is also a party. October 2012 |

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Why Eat This? Caviar, the healthful bite of elegancy • Caviar is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is required by the body for maintaining healthy skin and promotes growth, bone development and vision. • Since caviar lacks trans fats and carbohydrates, it is extremely healthy and sets itself apart from other foods in the modern diet. • The potassium and magnesium content in caviar is in fairly good amount which helps the body in process of regulating heart function, maintaining healthy blood pressure and other body processes. • The omega 3 fatty acid in caviar helps in lowering the risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer and provides a shield against heart attack and stroke.

• The good amount of Vitamin D present in caviar helps the body in the formation of blood teeth and bones. • Caviar is recommended to patients recovering from surgery and chemotherapy as it is an excellent source of hemoglobin content. • Consumption & Storage Tips: Unopened caviar can be kept fresh for 18 months from date of production when strictly stored at a temperature below zero degree Celsius. • Tip: Never eat the caviar in silver utensil as it alters its taste. In addition, other spices and herbs should not be added to the caviar.

Super Food...

Capers • Being flower buds, capers are in fact very low in calories, 23 calories per 100 g. However, the spice contains many phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins essential for optimum health. • The spicy buds contain healthy levels of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin K, niacin, and riboflavin. Niacin helps lower LDL cholesterol. • Minerals like calcium, and copper are present in them. High sodium levels are because of added granular sea salt. • The spicy caper pickles traditionally added to recipes as appetite stimulant. In addition, they help relieve 78 |

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5 Word Answer What are the best foods for losing fat? Almonds, berries, low fat dairy products, grapefruit and green tea

stomachache and flatulence conditions. • A 4-tablespoon serving of capers provides 0.6 mg iron, or 3% of the 18 mg daily requirement. Restoring the body’s stores of iron is particularly important for women of childbearing age who deplete iron stores each month through menstruation. Iron is responsible for providing oxygen to the body’s tissues. • Adding extra vegetablebased ingredients, such as capers, can bring your dietary fiber intake closer to the daily requirement from the average 14 g daily that most people consume, according to the Colorado State University Extension Service.

Fix with Food

Beat heart burns! Rich and spicy dishes can trigger heart burn so if you find you are suffering then avoid curries, chilies, sugary foods, fatty foods and any acidic foods such as citrus fruit. Digestive herbal teas can help with digestion and relieve heart burn. Fennel and peppermint can aid digestion although it’s important to see what works for you as some people find peppermint in particular can actually trigger heart burn. Many people find that ginger tea not only eases heart burn but can actually be a cure for morning sickness symptoms such as nausea.

Editorial Features

Left Bank Announces Alternative Mondays A calendar of weekly evening events, every Monday

Left Bank is excited to reveal Alternative Mondays, its flagship events night every Monday of the week. Since it opened in January, Left Bank has hosted many unique events to reflect the newfound freedom of self-expression and artistic liberation in Egypt. These have included evening sessions on different forms of art, music and film, as well as weekly cooking classes with Executive Chef Benoit Laboureux. Now with Alternative Mondays, Left Bank brings a weekly Monday night activity.

Express yourself with Art, October 1st A collective art workshop about getting creative and doodling what’s on your mind at 7:30pm LE 75 Awesome Secret Cinema, October 8th at 8:00pm LE 20 Twitter @leftbankonline


HER DIET, HIS DIET! Bride Vs Groom!

By: Noura Hassaballa Bride’s Diet

Breakfast: Spinach and Mushroom Omelet. Sauté 1/2 cup chopped baby Portobello mushrooms in 1 tsp. olive oil; add 1/2 cup baby spinach and cook until wilted; then add 1 beaten egg and 3 beaten egg whites. Cook until just set (2 to 3 minutes). Serve with 2 whole-wheat toast. AM Snack (pick one): 30g string cheese and 5 baby carrots- 355g nonfat latte- 177g chocolate soy milk- 118g plain nonfat yogurt mixed with 1 tbsp. granola- 1 medium pear. Lunch: Chili-Spiced Salmon Salad. Canned salmon gets dressed up with avocado, grapefruit sections, onions, beets, and pistachios over a bed of bibb lettuce. PM Snack (pick one): 1 green apple- 7 plain almonds½ grapefruit. Dinner: 1 cup sautéed vegetables, 89g cooked meat, fish, or chicken and ½ cup steamed rice.

Groom’s Diet Breakfast: Morning Boost. ½ cup oatmeal with 1 cup nonfat milk. Add 30g meat or egg made without added fat, or substitute an equal amount of cheese. Choose 2 slices whole wheat or rye toast and spread it with 1 tsp. margarine. 1 cup unsweetened fruit juice. AM Snack (pick one): 1/3 cup hummus with 15 baby carrots, 1 small whole-wheat tortilla spread with 1 tbsp. reduced-fat cream cheese and rolled with 1/4 cup cubed avocado and 2 slices tomato. Turkey roll-ups: Spread 2 slices turkey breast with 2 tbsp. hummus each. Roll each with 1/2 slice reduced-fat Swiss cheese. Lunch: Chicken Wrap. Spread 2 teaspoons of any light spreadable cheese over a medium tortilla (20cm), add 89g grilled chicken breast, 4 lettuce leaves, and 2 teaspoons of shredded carrots. Roll up tightly and enjoy the taste. PM Snack (pick one): 30 grapes - 1 medium pear- 1 green apple with 1 tbsp. reduced fat peanut butter. Dinner: Steak & Broccoli. 118g steak, 1 cup steamed broccoli, 1 cup steamed rice and 1 small garden salad.

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Editorial Features

Gc’s Moments Of Smart Luxury Captured By Pino Gomes Gc watches are fashionable, classic, luxurious and affordable. Gc targets smart, successful, sophisticated, mature people in the age of 30-45. It offers substance, value and fine craftsmanship to fulfill dreams of selfexpression and success reflecting personal achievement. It stands for people who are successful, are proud of it and feel good about themselves. The chosen rising stars are photographed while they are performing their talent or doing their work and wearing their Gc watch; that is in their moments of smart luxury. Gc gives those talents exposure and helps them become celebrities while they express the meaning of Gc’s moments of smart luxury.


has recently launched a worldwide campaign called “Moments of Smart Luxury;” it is an artistic photography project which aims to celebrate moments of smart luxury around the world and infuse emotion into the brand. Gc campaign tours more than twenty countries and in each of them 4-6 talents are chosen to be part of the campaign. Those talents or “rising stars” represent their countries’ people and culture through their talent. In Gc’s campaign, more than eighty rising stars have been selected to represent the concept of moments of smart luxury. These moments reflect individual expressions of joy, emotional moments of achievement or personal success. Smart Luxury is the essence of the Gc brand; it’s an intelligent way to live luxury by offering smart luxury vs. luxury. In other words, rather than having to pay a huge amount of money in order to enjoy luxury, Gc gives you the opportunity to find luxury “smartly” by obtaining one of Gc watches at an affordable price. Gc represents a perfect unique fusion of timeless fashion and quality Swiss Made watch making. Each timepiece is an expression of luxurious sophisticated aesthetics and refined European design.

An example of a rising star is Pino Gomes, a Brazilian Swiss photographer, who was selected as one of the rising stars in Switzerland and now he is the official photographer of Gc. Pino has been a photographer for 20 years and he is a well-known upcoming name in the photography field, undertaking both editorial and commercial assignments for important European and Brazilian clients, including many major names from the world of fashion such as GQ , Rolling Stone and Homem Vogue Brazil. Egypt is one of the countries in Gc’s campaign. Gc has chosen four Egyptian rising stars; fashion designer Amina K., golf player Taymour Scarello, sand artist Michael Romany and tabla drummer Sabrine Darbuka, to represent the Egyptian culture in the campaign. Gc will hold an event in Egypt on October 11th where the Egyptian rising stars will show their work or perform their talents. Their pictures captured by Pino will be on display along with the watches each rising star has chosen. Gc will produce a biography book including the most creative and best artwork collected from around the globe. The book will be launched in April 2013 in Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show and will be distributed in 7o countries where Gc watches are available. October 2012 |

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Dr. Sameh Mohsen’s ultimate Bridal Bootcamp Program! By: Dr. Sameh Mohsen Registered dietitian and nutrition therapist


his program is especially designed for women who want to get in shape for their wedding. It focuses on improving the appearance of the areas of the body that most women are concerned about, with a special emphasis on looking great in a wedding dress. This program will help brides-to-be build muscle, shape up, burn fat and get started on leading a healthy lifestyle. The program includes six-month, three-month, and four-week regimes, depending on how much time you have until your wedding date. Each regime includes a specific diet, fitness program, supplement advice, and other information.

Sample Diet Plan Breakfast 1 ½ cup low calorie breakfast cereal 1 cup low fat milk Morning Snack 1 cup strawberries 170g low fat yogurt Lunch 1 whole-wheat pita bread 85g tuna fish in water 1 tablespoon low calorie mayonnaise 1 apple Afternoon Snack Peanut Butter Paradise Smoothie: 227g vanilla soymilk ½ tablespoon peanut butter 1 banana 1 scoop protein powder Dinner 1 ½ cup long grain brown rice 113g grilled chicken breast 1 cup steamed broccoli 2 tablespoons low calorie Italian dressing

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First you will determine the amount of calories required by your body and then you can select from a 1300, 1500 or a 1900 calorie plan. The diet plans provide an intake of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in a ratio of 50:30:20. You will divide your calorie needs into five small meals each day. Recommended Foods: Spinach, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, watercress, sweet potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin, carrots, potato, apples, berries, peach, pear, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, soy milk, low fat milk, yogurt, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, lentils, chickpeas, low fat salad dressing and low fat mayonnaise. Exercise Recommendations: The fitness plans on this program are quite demanding and must be followed as outlined for optimal results. All dieters commence on level one, which involves an hour of military style training, four times a week. There is also the option of doing a more intense, two-hour session twice per week. This schedule should be followed for at least six weeks. Dieters can then progress to level two which incorporates functional training that uses your own body weight to build core strength and create a lean and fit body. The level two program involves one hour, three times a week. Bridal Bootcamp involves an intense regime of exercise combined with reduced calorie dieting. What makes this program unique is that it is targeted to suit the individual needs of brides-to-be with a customized program that concentrates on improving the appearance of specific trouble spots.

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To Entertain!

Savior Tips, Tricks & Recipes For Preparing A Party! By: Maha Alfy

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hether you are preparing for a henna night, a katb ketab celebration, or a post wedding gathering, you need smart tips to help you entertain your guests with delicious, presentable bites. You need quick time management techniques, smart food choices and my tricks to get it perfectly done in no time! First, consider your budget and guest list. Determine the number of people you’re having to the buffet. This figure affects your budget and your menu greatly. It’s one thing to do a jumbo shrimp bites or a crab dip recipe made with expensive crab for an intimate gathering of 5-6 people, but something very different to serve the same thing to 25 people! Before you get your heart set on a particular dish, get realistic: how much do you really have to spend?

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Once you know how many people you’re inviting, step two is giving yourself a reasonable budget within which to work. Remember that if your guests are bringing some of the dishes, that decreases what you have to spend (or gives you the option of spending the same amount with one or two dazzling items).

Then create a buffet theme or concept. The best buffet party food ideas come when you have a recipe or food theme for your party. Yes, coming up with a buffet food theme can be difficult, and it will limit the kinds of foods you can make. But in some ways, that’s a good thing, it’ll help you make wise decisions and really put together some impressive, and cohesive party recipes for your buffet food. Example: seated proper dinner, finger foods, mini sandwiches and cold bites, etc. Probably the easiest kind of theme for your buffet party food ideas is a food-type. You’ll pick one type of food, and choose all of your buffet appetizers and finger foods, main dishes, sides, and desserts from that theme. The bonus? Generally, all of the flavors will go together beautifully without having to over-think it. Putting it all together! Hot and cold foods. If you’ve planned your buffet party food ideas wisely you’ll be able to make some of them ahead and freeze them. That will certainly decrease party-day stress. One word of caution: figure out how to keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Food safety is very important. Don’t get sloppy on this step. If you haven’t been able to maintain a consistent temperature, swap out the foods every two hours, less if it’s very hot out.

Then set up the space. This requirement means you have to think about how you’re setting up the buffet space so that electrical items have adequate outlets. You also need a good space for plates, utensils, condiments, and seasonings. I recommend keeping beverages separate, it’s far too easy to accidentally bump people in a buffet line and have the drinks land on the carpet or people’s clothing. Once you set up the buffet give it a dry run. Can you reach everything easily? Does the setting make sense in terms of placement (for example, are the condiments adjacent to the food for which they’re intended)? Do items that need to be sliced have suitable space (if not, pre-slice them)? Just look with a critical eye knowing how crowded your party is going to be. Last but not least it’s time to dress up your table. If you want simple and elegant, just a few flower petals sprinkled around dishes work wonders. Having bread bowls, colorful baskets, napkins in a highlight color and some type of centerpiece also brings out more character. >>

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Bonus Bites For Every Party Night! Deviled Eggs A good buffet includes several finger foods so that people can move around and socialize easily without making a mess. Here are some ideas for classic buffet appetizers with easy “step by step” steps to get it done!



Place your eggs in a pot and put in just enough water to cover them.



After 12 minutes rinse them under cold water


Add a couple tablespoon of mayo and a bit of Dijon mustard to your yolks.



A tablespoon of olive oil

2 cloves of minced garlic

Carefully crack and peel away the shell. Running water helps wash away any stubborn shell.


Now fill in your eggs with your lovely yolk mixture and set them aside.


Now slice your eggs in half and carefully pop out those perfect yellow yolks into a bowl.


On a platter arrange dressing: Start some butter lettuce, with one cup of radicchio, sliced cher- mayo ry tomatoes.


And the juice of half a lemon.


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Half a cup of buttermilk


Give everything a good And a handful stir, then throw in a bit of parmesan of fresh cracked pepper cheese.


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Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • •

1 cup flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick unsalted room temperature butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 egg yolk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup buttermilk



In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.


In a larger bowl beat butter until creamy then add egg, egg yolk and vanilla.



divide your batter into 12 cupcake molds. Pop this into a 350 degree oven for 20 to 23 minutes

And 2 tablespoons of cold butter.

Now slowly mix in your dry ingredients…


Get some water boiling in a pan, and then top it with a metal bowl…


Add buttermilk to your bowl.



Take your double boiler off heat then melt 85g of bittersweet chocolate


To your melted chocolate add 1 tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar…


When your cupcakes are cool, Wipe off the excess marshfill the bag with your marshmal- mallow and frost the tops of low fluff and squeeze some in! your cupcakes. October 2012 |

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Love & Relationships

I Want A Husband Who Goes With Everything! By: Caroline Coussa


ouldn’t be any more true! I really want a husband that goes with everything! Selfish of me? Maybe. Demanding? Yes! impossible? That’s for sure! But also my reasons are so justified to the extent that by the end of this article you will feel the same way! Wanna bet? Read till the end!

I want him as masculine as he gets! Most men I know use Gillette and they own each and every gadget that belongs to world of men, but that’s not enough to make them real men! Some of them from the inside, lack the true essence of the word. The attitude, the power of a man’s word, the power of a promise. The power of men doesn’t lie in muscles only; it lies in keeping his word, being up to what he says, fulfilling his promises. Not only this; add up all the below too! 88 |

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I don’t want him as handsome as Omar El Sherif (although would love to!), but I would want him to be as masculine as Roshy Abaza! I’m realistic I know he wouldn’t seat me first in a restaurant, or open the car’s door for me (which is depressing by the way!), but I wouldn’t accept him telling “enti akalty batates!” or ask me to pay the bill! I will take his head off ! Not literally but I will find a way to!

I want him experienced in life, a playboy until he meets me! So I don’t feel like I’m leading the relationship or dominant. Worse, to feel like I’m with “Soma el Ashee2!” The key is for the man to always be superior in my eyes, so I look forward to his vision and believe in him. It’s priceless how it feels… I want him stable and mature! I want him to treat the child in me as a loving father, and the woman in me like lady, and the wildness like Tarazan! I want him stable mentally and emotionally. To be able to envelope me inside his life and heart, wrap me in his protective shell of love, tenderness, and dedication. I want him flexible and outgoing. When I tell him “Yala nerou7 Dream Park” I don’t want to see that look of disgust! I want him fearless and ready to do crazy, unplanned things! I want him secure, not afraid of my success… Not afraid of my dreams, my ambitiousness, my self-development progress. He is secured enough to push me forward, not try to drag me away from my dreams… I want him loyal! I wouldn’t ever imagine myself putting it on my list! But eventually it made it to the list of requirements due to its scarcity! Sad but true! I want him trustful… I want him to mingle with my family and friends, not only but love them too!☺ That’s a pure female request! Only women would understand this! A real man would be a plus to any family, not just a bed companion who shows up on celebrations and funerals! Or tries to take you and drift away with you while blocking you in a golden cage of his existence. I want him responsible, appreciative, caring, and cooperative. I don’t want to change the bulb myself ! I don’t want to stay with house workers alone! I don’t want to do all our household errands alone. I don’t want my car to break and find him solving the problem with “Babe handle it yourself, I’m busy now.” I want to be able to depend on him. A wall I can lean on and would never fail to carry me…

I want to be able to share, freely… Share dreams and plans, share fears, share ideas, share crazy things, and share my day all with welcoming ears. Interactive words and true care… I want him giving and generous. He cares for the people around him, engaged in charity and loves to offer help and advice when needed. Generosity, a trait if that lacked turn a man to a useless creature. I want him a respectable idol father for my kids. Period! I want him to give me my space to do my hobbies and interests without completely letting me go, and at the same time, share common interest but not the extent of feeling inseparable twins! I want my space, his space and OUR space! Plus of course ME time! I want him a so passionate about his work, not a workaholic, but dedicated to his work and career, especially if it carries a message. Last but not least, I want him funny!!! Sense of humor is essential in any relationship, especially if it’s planned to continue for a life time! I want to be able to laugh genuinely and joke with him freely, without the famous Egyptian “Booz”! YES guy have this too!!! At least we have PMSing excuse! I would add up just little requests too, minor ones I promise! He doesn’t get pissed off from my shopping, he loves me the way I am (this means minor to no criticism), when we fight he either makes it up really well or get it all out once and for all, so we don’t have to go through it pointless over and over! Umm anything else? YUP! In laws intrusion in our lives! That’s it! I want him a true gentleman; who knows what is it like to treat a lady. In terms of tender attitude, elegancy in conversation and respect in treatment. I don’t want him to “babe” me by word, but the attitude! I want him affectionate but firm, respectable but negotiable, masculine but tender, I want him everything and its contradiction on the right time! Is that too much to ask for?!

Ohh I forgot to tell you what’s that “him” is called! “Impossible!” It feels like I woke up now and found this impossible is possible only in text on papers!!!

Mother & Child

By School Season!

Stress free Your Kids

Kids have plenty to get stressed about: homework, friends, and sibling rivalry. And as news about the economy, natural disasters, and terrorism fills the airwaves and dinner-table conversations, it's almost impossible for children not to pick up on their parents' stress as well. Stress may lead to lots of problems, including unhealthy eating, inactivity and disrupted sleep patterns, all of which can lead to and become long-term health problems.


survey was done by the American Psychological Association and found out that One third of the 1,206 children ages 8 to 17 said they were more stressed now than a year ago. And parents seem to be missing those clues: 30% of children said they worried about their family's financial problems, but only 18 % of the parents thought this was a source of stress for the child. Almost half of children worried about doing well in school, while just one third of parents thought that was an issue for their child. Twenty29% of teenagers said they worried about getting into a good college or getting a job after high school, while only 5% of teenagers' parents thought that was a source of stress. Two thirds of parents

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thought their own stress levels had no impact on their children, but 80% of the children said they learn healthy living habits from their parents. So how do you know when your kid is not coping and stress is taking a toll? Here are some common signs that your child could be stressed out. Younger kids Bedwetting, Crying, Irritability, Pouting, Yelling, pushing, talking back, temper tantrums, Sleep disturbances (includes nightmares and night terrors), Lack of appetite, tummy aches and headaches, Chest pains and Nervous habits like chewing fingernails or twisting and twirling hair.

Older Kids Headaches and stomach aches, Lightheadedness, Bedwetting, Sleep disturbances (includes nightmares and night terrors), Changes in appetite, Stuttering, Worries, new or reoccurring fears, Restlessness, Finding it hard to focus on tasks, Schoolwork suffering, Withdrawal from school, friends, family, Moodiness, highly emotional, Nervous habits like chewing fingernails or twisting and twirling hair, Acting out; aggressive behaviors, Reverting to younger behaviors If you believe that your child may be suffering from anxiety, what do you do? Of course, first and foremost, make it clear you are there for your child by talking to them and creating some sort of dialogue about coping with stress. Tell your child what the problem is, whether it's unemployment or marital issues. Explain that Mom and/or Dad are working on it and that it's not going to mean a major change in their lives. If it is back to school that is stressing them out discuss their concerns and their expectations or fears prior to the first day of school. Try to arrange to visit the school with your child prior to the first day. And always encourage your kids to talk about their school day. Make sure they are getting plenty of exercise and eating well. Inactivity and junk food is a terrible idea in this case. Spend more time together as a family. Eat and play together. A little family time goes a long way. Know that headaches, stomachaches, lack of appetite, trouble sleeping, and lack of interest in activities are common manifestations of stress in children. Take some time to tuck your kid into bed at night. They often tumble out when they feel secured and tucked into bed. Dinnertime and driving in the car are also good times to bring up something like "We might not be able to do some of the fun stuff we used to do because Dad lost his job." If stress continues and anxiety becomes more significant, talk to teachers and family doctors and read up on the issue.


Troubleshoot your own stress The economy is a significant source of stress in our lives these days and those fears can definitely spread to our kids.

Children turn to parents in order to get a sense of what's going to happen. Taking a time out, whether it's a walk or a long hot bath, will calm you down and offer an example of a healthy reaction to stress. Put off difficult conversations with your spouse until after your kids have gone to bed.


Be firm about activity-overload Kids are way overbooked these days. Kids are involved in a dozen different activities and that could result in stress for the kid. It is best recommended that kids get involved in one sport, one other activity, plus any religious education your child may be taking.


Bump bedtime up by half an hour A 2006 National Sleep Foundation poll found that children hit the sheets about 30 minutes past their official bedtime and they may need much more sleep than you think. Preschoolers need 11 to 13 hours a night, 5- to 12-year-olds require 9 to 11 hours, and kids 13 and up need about 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours. If there's a TV in your child's room, yank it. The light suppresses production of relaxing melatonin and makes them less sleepy.


Encourage kids to move more Inactivity decreases production of the hormones that help regulate stress. If your children don't play team sports or run around outside with friends, institute family activities such as an after-dinner walk or a weekend bike ride.


Bizarre Wedding Moments By: Farah Asfour


e all go to weddings, don’t we? And we just can’t but notice and remember some incidents that some might consider awkward when others might see them very normal. I just want to shed the light on a number of occurrences that are related to weddings.

Facebook invitations! People, don’t depend ONLY on facebook. I mean can’t you see that firstly, it’s inappropriate not to call besides facebook. Secondly, what if some of the guests are not regular users of Facebook. There’s a high probability they’ll miss the wedding.

gentlemen, I know that at weddings we all get excited and we dance till we drop which means that we inevitably sweat. But I highly advise you to keep your jacket on. You don’t wanna look messy in front of the girls by having that circle of underarm sweat on your shirt ;)

Girls, concentrate! when you take your shoes off you don’t look sexy as you might think you do. Believe me, it’s neither cool nor sexy. If you can’t bear the pain of high heels and you eventually take them off, then wear low heels or flat ballerinas from the start to avoid the pain. Ah… and avoid your feet getting dirty!

The BUTs! No matter how amazing the wedding was, there has to be at least one “but.” The wedding was bla bla bla (all the positive stuff) but the music sucked…but the food was terrible…but I didn’t like the bride’s dress, etc. KILL THE BUTS! Wedding gossip! ENOUGH!!!

long endless buffet queues! There are usually long queues of guests waiting for their turn to fill their plates with food as if they haven’t eaten in ages. Is it because food is for FREE?

there’s one part of the wedding that I always failed to understand; when the groom’s friends toss him up in the air! Is it a sign that shows how happy they are that their friend is getting married?! Maybe. Who knows!

Kissing kissing kissing! Cute quick kisses are reallyyyyy nice, while endless French kisses in front of everyone is hmmmm NOT very nice. Guys, we know you two are in love with each. The wedding is enough evidence; you don’t have to prove more.

Imagine if the moment of here comes the bride (and groom) becomes here comes the bride (and groom and mother of the groom)! In some weddings, mother of the groom is always with her son as if she refuses to let go of him. Mother of the groom; LET GO. Mama’s boy, a doomed marriage!!!

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Editorial Features

Matchless Ballrooms


At Grand Nile Tower

anoramic Nile views, elegant, shimmering ballrooms, magnificent decoration, and celebratory menus make your wedding the event of your dreams. Now every event of any size can be an unforgettable and exhilarating experience. Grand Nile Tower is the most exciting and desirable event venue in Egypt offering luxurious ballrooms and outdoor venues with such spectacular views. The elegantly appointed state-of-the-art facilities can accommodate gatherings of any size. With over 3,000 square meter of banqueting space situated on two floors overlooking the Nile and outfitted with high-tech multimedia facilities, lighting systems and sound equipment, Grand Nile Tower caters to all requirements.

Farhaty Ballroom, the largest ballroom at Grand Nile Tower, ac-

commodates up to 800 guests with a breathtaking floor to ceiling panoramic windows overlooking the most spectacular view of the Nile and a magnificent backdrop of the entire city of Cairo. Featuring the same stunning Nile view is Akhnaton Ballroom, Laylaty Ballroom, and Nile Expo for mid-sized events, accommodating from 100 to 220 guests. For a completely different ambiance, the luxurious King Tut Ballroom is considered the most unique ballroom in town, with its royal interiors and exceptional two level set up, upper circle and stage. Grand Nile Tower’s wedding specialists are skilled to look after your big day with a full range of professional services, including flexible and diverse menus to suit all tastes. With its 715 rooms and suites,

Grand Nile Tower did not forget the bride and groom's accommodation. Bride and groom staying in the hotel’s suites will enjoy a special bridal breakfast in addition to the comfortable suite design that includes a large bedroom and an ample seating room for the bride and groom to feel at ease hosting outside visitors. Suite accommodation will grant the bride and groom an access to the Grand Club Lounge for an all day tea, coffee and soft drinks in addition to a happy hour from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Revolving Restaurant Lounge. Breathtaking views, flexible and exquisitely appointed facilities, superb support services make Grand Nile Tower the ideal venue for any event; large, medium or small, wedding or themed parties, gala dinners or receptions. Grand Nile Tower offers matchless banquet venues in Egypt.

The Best, The Top & the must do!

Your getaway Sonesta Beach Resort - Taba The 440 rooms at Sonesta Beach Resort - Taba overlook the legendary beauty of the Red Sea on Egypt’s famed “Riviera,” the Gulf of Aqaba. You will find panoramic views of dramatic sunsets, beaches and mountains, and lagoons brimming with beautiful coral. Beyond the wide and picturesque golden beach, the five star resort offers two swimming pools for adults, each with separate children’s area. For sport enthusiasts, there are two flood-lit tennis courts, a beach volleyball court and table tennis. The health club offers a gym and a wet area with sauna, steam bath, two Jacuzzis, and massage treatments.

Not to be missed! “Dr Foz & Friends” on OSN The live call-in show brought to viewers from OSN studios in Dubai has opened the floodgates for viewers everywhere to talk about issues such as family, relationships and health led through discussions and live chats with viewers. The weekly show features the hugely popular Dr. Fozia and a panel of guests who explore a wide range of topical issues, challenges, triumphs and aspirations that women and men face in their everyday lives. The show broadcasts live every Wednesday at 20:00 Egypt time on OSN Yahala! HD and repeats on Thursday at 23:30 and 00:30 Egypt time. In each episode Dr. Fozia, the specialist in emotional affairs, hosts a group of experts in different fields to cover all angles of a certain topic providing a wealth of information to the viewers and answering their questions through live calls.

Did You Know!

1 out of every 10 brides doesn’t wear white or ivory! Must Try Basket For Every Event - B.E.E Get ready for the most stick-tacular treats that ever popped up at any event! B.E.E offers great chocolate and marshmallow pops for birthdays, baby showers, special occasions and more, for an impressive party presentation or gift. They offer traditional favorites like chocolate and marshmallow in an untraditional way, ON STICKS! Find the perfect sweets on a stick for your celebration from their exclusive and delicious chocolate and marshmallow pop designs. Customize your basket according to the event theme with their scrumptious chocolate and marshmallow pops. For orders check facebook fanpage: B.E.E. (Basket for Every Event) 94 |

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Editorial Features

Your Dream Wedding

at Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino


airo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino is well known for being a venue for a true wedding to remember through the years. What distinguishes Cairo Marriott from other wedding venues in Cairo is that their grand ballroom, Aida Ballroom is 8000 square feet, designed and set in the heart of an 18th century palace. Their palatial setting will guarantee a night full of sparkle and romance whether you dream of a grand wedding, an elegant reception, or an intimate dinner. The Cairo Marriott Hotel has endless new facilities and offers to make your wedding a distinctive one. They are proudly delighted to offer the following complimentary

services to add to the charm of the wedding experience: • Two night stay in Ambassador Suite for the bride and groom • A day use room for the groom on the day of the wedding • A traditional 5 tier wedding cake • An exclusive array of VIP amenities • A special room rate for friends and family applicable on the day of the wedding Besides Aida ballroom, the hotel has Salon Vert that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Additional to the open area (Almaz) overlooking the Nile and can accommodate up to 220 persons. The Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar

Khayyam Casino advises every bride and groom on the verge of marriage the following tips: They should ask themselves these questions: • How do we want the wedding to be like? • Where shall we book? • What about the menu; should it be a seated menu or a lavish buffet? • What will be the color theme? You are not only having your dream royal wedding at the palace, but the Cairo Marriott also offers you a free romantic getaway to recharge your marriage battery. Earn Marriott rewards points for the money you spent on your wedding and redeem for a free romantic escape anywhere in the world. It is all about how much and how you spend your money to ensure how and where you will spend your romantic escape. So many more questions will spin around the head once you start planning for the big day… The Cairo Marriott events team will help you make your day so special.



Ladybird Recommends! A hit new album “Men Alby Baghany” by Mohamed Hamaki! Hamaki’s new album is a big hit. Most of the songs are very nice. The only comment we have is that the sad songs in the album could’ve been less and replaced by more fun songs.

books Everyone is talking about “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James! When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Want to know more? Buy the book from Virgin Megastore. N.B. This book is intended for mature audiences ONLY!

For all ladies, single or not, read “How to Be Single” by Liz Tuccillo! The name “How to Be Single” made me curious to know what it actually meant. It made me ask myself, “Is it a book that gives tips or steps that women should follow to be single?” And if that’s the case, why on earth would a woman have a target of being single? But it turned out completely different! A good read, available at Diwan Bookstore. 96 |

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movie Not only series, but now movies too! Turkey comes to us in movies too: “Fetih 1453” The most expensive film in Turkish cinema history is now in Egyptian theaters. It’s a historical movie about the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmet II in 1453.


Zumba at Bodyworks; all it took us to dance & lose weight! I’m sure you all know Shakira’s famous Waka Waka dance, but do you know what kind of dance is it? ZUMBA! Bodyworks in Heliopolis introduced the Zumba class about three months ago and since the first day it has been a blast. The instructor, Lina Lotayef, is amazing, the spirit is WOW and the music rocks. In short, the class is all you need to get crazy. You MUST give it a shot. The class has a capacity of 30 persons, so try to be there 15-20 minutes before. Class timing changes so check the schedule every month on or facebook fan page: Body Works Studio.

iPhone 5; the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone! iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever. It has a 4-inch retina display, A6 chip which means performance and graphics are twice as fast, ultrafast wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera, and iOS 6; the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. Hurry up! Apple said that demand for the iPhone 5 has already outstripped its initial supply.

Worth a try! Massage at Sheraton Miramar! Sheraton Miramar has 5 new treatment rooms offering variety of treatments including aromatherapy, neck & back, face & head, foot reflex, and also the body scrub treatments which are Egyptian herbal, Sandal wood, Moroccan bath, Rose Mary, coconut and after sun treatment. All 5 rooms are fully equipped with individual sound, light and air-conditioning controls to create a personalized environment to suit everyone’s desire.

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stores Not only you can have fun at Citystars! You car too can get pampered! Want to save time and have your car washed while you are watching a movie at the cinema or doing your shopping? Then Car Spa is meant for you. Car Spa (at City Stars: phase 2, level -3 below the cinema) enables you to have your car cleaned without being moved from its place in the parking. Car Spa offers the services of full body wash, tires and wheels wash, windows and mirrors cleaning, interior vacuum, mats wash, dashboard and doors cleaning, and waxing that protects the paint from scratches up to 1 month. Try it! It’s open 7 days a week from 10am to 11pm.

barS and clubs

If you are a Jazz lover, then definitely this is the place for you! Enjoy Jazz songs like nowhere else with singer Michelle Rounds exclusively at Kempinski Nile Hotel’s Jazz bar while being pampered with the culinary team impressive repertoire of innovative delectable creations guaranteed to delight you. Rounds’ music produces simple pleasures, allowing you to indulge in the music as much as the setting itself.

Great news for Heliopolocians! Amici now in Heliopolis! For Heliopolis residents, now Amici is closer to you at 100 Hegaz Street, Heliopark Hotel.

Rock your nights at the romantic, nostalgic, yet striking atmosphere at Casablanca Supper Club at Blue Nile!

restaurants Belino Restaurant & Cafe, The Place You Want To Be! Have you been having a bad day, can’t get the right meal at work, in need of relaxation? Just drop by at Belino Cafe located in Nozha and indulge in a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy yourself ! Shisha, great mouthwatering dishes, diet variety, fresh juices, you name it! Try their fried icecream, you will love it! 98 |

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Ahwak Salon de Thé in Zamalek, we love it With its high ceiling, old style windows, large golden mirror and classic chandeliers, it made me feel as if I were sitting in a home in the heart of Zamalek in the past, which is an amazing feeling. I tried Om Ali, it was one of the best I have ever tasted and it was fresh and came very hot. I also liked the presentation of the Turkish coffee and tea, it makes you enjoy drinking them. It’s a must visit spot in Zamalek for it offers a combination of delicious food, nice ambiance and friendly staff. It’s an indoor shisha café, so it’s not recommended if the smell of shisha irritates you.

For the love of Lebanon! Abdel Wahab now in Heliopolis! After its success in Zamalek, Lebanese restaurant Abdel Wahab will open a new branch in Heliopolis at Citystars. New! Splendid Esplanade at InterContinental Citystars Esplanade Lounge at InterContinental Citystars is the ideal venue – even if it really has to be a ‘quick bite’ before you head back to the office! Spacious and airy, the Esplanade sits conveniently alongside the InterContinental’s spectacular lobby and boasts an attractive array of buffet displays and live cooking stations, plus the option of an à la carte menu. Now out! HTC DESIRE X A seriously entertaining, powerful and social smartphone with a state of the art camera that includes VideoPic™ for simultaneous image and video capture.

Blaze; a new casual café in the heart of Heliopolis! Nice casual atmosphere. We only tried grilled chicken; it was very ordinary, not bad but nothing special. The service needs improvement; I wanted an empty glass and I had to order it four times! The outdoor area is dim, more light please. Parking is disastrous, but they have valets.

La Gourmandise The ground floor is a retail shop for selling French bakeries and pastries and the first floor is a café and restaurant serving light meals, salads and sandwiches. We visited La Gourmandise restaurant, Maadi branch. The interior is in chic pastel colors which makes the place bright and there’s a mix between classic and modern décor. The place is clean and the staff is friendly. Don’t miss the chicken soup with black mushrooms and lemon grass, and their homemade ice cream. However, finding a place to park your car is a challenge; a problem that is not there at 6th of October branch in Arkan mall and the First Mall branch.

For fashionistas! Michael Kors soon in Citystars!

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From The Readers By: Mahmoud Medhat


spent my youth seeking the truth; I didn’t even know what truth I was looking for. After days and nights of struggling with life and with myself I realized numerous things, but let’s focus now on passing through the ‘Gate’ to reach inner peace, and that came right after the first spiritual awakening I have experienced. This gate is a symbol, it’s virtual; but it means a lot. To me peace with the self started with accepting my destiny regardless if I’m satisfied with it or not, and then high faith in God came right after. Life has a lot of exciting secrets, and the more you get close to God the more the shells of those secrets will be broken. Up till now I said acceptance and faith, the third is good deed and tenderness, as we all know “what goes around comes around” and the more we’ll do to others the more we’ll get in opposite, but let’s talk on a higher level of love and compassion, a kind heart does everything good without accepting a reward, a kind heart does that to cleanse the self from sins and also to tame the self and develop the peace we’re talking about. Meditation is the joy and happiness I get which connects me to God and to the world we’re living; it reliefs anger and generates inner peace and satisfaction. Now comes love, which I see is the essence of life; love cures, let’s love everything and everyone and they will love us in return. Finally I’ll talk about hope, hope is the flame that lights up the mind and makes it able to think clearly and positively; if there isn’t hope there won’t be something to live for. Hope, Hope and Hope. I spoke about 6; acceptance, faith, tenderness, meditation, love, and hope; those are the keys to inner peace or peace with the self, and once you’ll be able to achieve those you’ll have inner peace and thus will believe in yourself and your abilities, and yourself will believe in you as well. Don’t hesitate and enter the ‘Gate’.

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OSN named official media partner of the WWE® World Tour in Egypt

Yasmine El Gawhary New Director of Rooms for Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

2013 Ford Taurus and Explorer, Lincoln MKS Earn NHTSA’s Highest NCAP Overall Vehicle Score

Bridgestone launches its second “Tire Safety and Eco Station” campaign

For the first time in Egypt and the Middle East, Vodafone exclusively offers the Google Maps™ with Navigation Beta

Samsung to Construct its First MEA Factory in Egypt

Sixt named Best Vehicle Rental Company 2012

Emirates Inaugurates Non-Stop Daily Service to Washington, DC Emirates and Qantas Announce Major Global Aviation Partnership MasterPeace; the international bottomup peace movement aiming to bridge world conflicts, hosts Peace Capital 2012 in Cairo for the 3rd consecutive year. Samsung Unveils their Latest Creative Innovations at IFA 2012 102 |

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“Brazuca” is the name of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Official Match Ball. adidas took inspiration from elements of national culture. Fekrety, the national business idea competition organized by The American University in Cairo– Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program in cooperation with Intel, saw forty three finalists battle it out for the ten valuable prizes on offer

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Celebrates International Youth Week in Egypt

Hazem Ashry named as new Managing Director & Vice Chairman at Citystars Properties

FAIRMONT HELIOPOLIS & TOWERS HOSTS IBM SOFTWARE DAY Vodafone Egypt is now offering its postpaid line customers a new detailed bill with an innovative design and unprecedented details that meet the customers’ needs.

YouTube and Emirates Name “The Guilt” Director David Victori Your Film Festival $500K Grand Prize Winner

Marking One Year Following “Olympic Group” Acquisition Deal. Electrolux CEO meets with Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, key Industry and Media figures

No updating or downloads: Google Maps™ with Navigation Beta is always fresh with the most recent Google Maps information

OSN Brings a World of Exclusive Experiences for Subscribers with the Launch of OSN Privileges

Nadia El Ansari Multi Property Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Cairo and Renaissance Cairo Mirage City

Kingdom Dialogues Hosts Second Episode with President of Saudi Anti Corruption Commission. Citizens Talk Directly with Leaders through YouTube ID Vodka Takes The World By Storm With 12 International Awards

The Red Bull BC One Crowned The B-Boy Champion Of Middle East And Africa In Marrakech.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria brings you marvelous love celebration in a luxurious manner Grand Nile Tower in cooperation with CIB (Commercial International Bank) presents many surprises to their clients till end of this year.

Appointment of Chef Remo Berdux as Director of Kitchens, InterContinental Cairo Citystars, Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars and Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay in cooperation with The Egyptian Tourism Authorities office in Germany, hosted recently the popular German Travel Trade Press event FVW Workshop.

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*All prices are subjected to taxes, service and availability

Sonesta Beach Resort – Taba Eid El Adha Package for EGP 600 • Per double room per night • Based on half board basis • For all inclusive supplement EGP 125.00 per person per night • Sea view supplement EGP 50.00 per room per night • Valid during Eid El Adha period

SAVE EGP 16.50

Gourmet Italian Mild Pecorino Cheese with Black Truffle, 150g for EGP 24.75 instead of EGP 41.25 104 |

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Unforgettable Honey Moon at Sheraton Miramar! Enjoy our hotel package with only EGP 2800 for 3 nights on HB and pamper your lover with: • “Bed of Roses,” a special flower arrangement complementary upon arrival • “Adam & Eve massage,” complementary for 30 minutes • Special discount of 25% on other massage treatments. • Free access to health club, sauna and steam • Free in-room coffee and tea making facilities • Complementary wedding cake • In case your stay is through Wednesday, enjoy the “Oasis Night” with only EGP 70.00 per person above the package rate • “Lazy checkout” till 4:00 PM upon availability

SAVE EGP 10.40

Gourmet Dragon Mix, Vegetable Stirfry, 800gm for EGP 15.60 instead of EGP 26.00

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Element: Air Ruling planet: Venus Gemstone: Diamond, Bloodstone, Kunzite and Aventurine Lucky number: 1, 2 and 4 Lucky color: Blue, jade green and white Compatible with: Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius Incompatible with: Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces and Taurus Variable: Libra and Aries Famous Libra: Julio Inglesias, Michael Douglas, Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Alfred Nobel, Gwen Stefani and Kate Winslet.


The month ahead may prove to be beneficial for you on the financial front, as you are likely to take some pretty sound decisions. Your partner will aid and support you both emotionally and financially in your endeavours. Don’t remain fixed on only one aspect of your life. Get out and get in touch with people. Socialising and building new contacts will come handy. Libra Woman in Love Libra woman is enchanting and charming; she is the master of the art of seduction. Give her compliments and tell her how much she is appreciated. Once the initial seduction is over with and the relationship has become more stable, she will stop her sweet seductive ways, not because she has completely lost interest, but it is because she is lazy in love. Be dramatically romantic, sweet love notes tucked in her pocket, flowers, these things bring great joy to the Libra woman and they make her feel special, which is essentially important to the Libra woman.

Libra Man in Love The Libra man is very popular with women because he is charming, harmonious and can relate to women on their level. Libra men do this to seduce the girl and it always works. He always seems to be on the search for the perfect woman, unfortunately, that does not exist. Look up to him, admire him, he is a sucker for flattery. Do not nag or pick on his inability to make a decision, it will simply put pressure on him. You make the decision if he cannot, he will happily go along with you and deep inside will be happy that you took control.

Libra Positive Traits People born under the zodiac sign Libra show a strong trait of being well balanced and stable in their lives. These people are diplomatic individuals who loathe conflict of any sort and try their best to bring in harmony. They are cheerful and optimistic and love to look at the brighter side of life even in the worst situations. Their sense of justice overpowers every other emotion they might have and they are extremely just and fair in their own deeds. Libra people are simple people with an extremely humble mind. The best possible trait of people born under Libra is that they crave for unity among the people who matter to them. Main positive traits: Diplomatic, graceful, romantic, peaceful, idealistic, easygoing, sociable and hospitable.

Libra Negative Traits Libra people in their negative form can often tend to be extravagant about their spending habits and would squander their wealth without much restraint. They are flirtatious. They are peace loving and do not get angry or annoyed easily. Libra people are poor judges of character and they cannot understand when a person is taking advantage of them. These individuals trust everyone blindly and believe whatever they say. People born under Libra are timid and easy going. They cannot work under stress and pressure and fail to take charge under any situation. Indecisiveness is another trait displayed by them. Main negative traits: Superficial, flirtatious, self-indulgent, vain, indecisive and unreliable.

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Celebrating the Mexican Revolution On the occasion of the Mexican independence debut and the Mexican revolution, the Mexican Embassy in Cairo hosted a reception under the auspices of H.E. Maria Carmen Munoz, the Mexican ambassador to Egypt. The event was held at the lavish Mexican ambassador’s Maadi residence, and was embellished with national Mexican traits such as entertainment by a Mariachi band, Mexican buffet and true Mexican Margaritas made with 100% agave Olmeca tequila. The event was attended by the diplomatic community in Egypt as well as official dignitaries and prominent members of the business community.

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La Cite Bazar Has Just Launched Its First Welcome Fall Bazaar! The bazaar was one of the classiest shopping events taking place recently in Cairo; it gathered all the “high end� Arab designers in a unique place, the British clubhouse in Maadi. Maha Okail, manager of the event, did an amazing job gathering the perfect crowd and participants at the same place. La Cite Bazar enjoyed the success and is looking forward to its next bazaar!

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Launched their First Showroom in Egypt In cooperation with T&D, Design Koleksiyon launched their first showroom in Egypt located at the forty seventh office building, northern 90th street, 5th settlement, on an area of over 1500 sqm.

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Zainab Shakib & Mohamad Yehia Engagement The couple enjoyed their engagement celebration with friends and families in Katameya Heights.

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ID Vodka Black Onyx Edition Debuts in Top Bars and Clubs in Barcelona Clubbers at Barcelona’s hottest nightspot, Shoko, were blown away on July 7, 2012 when the multi-award winning ID Vodka Black Onyx Edition made its debut in Spain’s trendiest city. Following the critical acclaim of the launch in Beirut a few weeks earlier, the ID Vodka Black Onyx launch party was a highly anticipated affair with a guest list comprised of a who’s who of Barcelona’s world famous glitterati. The Vodka which recently won its eighth consecutive gold international award at the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Awards, wowed guests who attended the event with all the style and glamour we’ve come to expect from ID Premium Vodka.

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Ladybird October 2012  

The wedding issue