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January 2015

Fashion & Lifestyle

The 90’s Craze is back

What’s inside his SEX mind

The power of robe coats!

Ask DR.Durex. Ask Dr.Alyaa

2015 wardrobe resolutions


Contents JANUARY 2015 Fashion

12 LB loves Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell 14 Steal Kim Kardashian’s Style 16 shopping pages : One stop winter shop 22 2015 wardrobe resolutions 26 Robe coats that will make winter a cinch 28 Photo Shoot: The 90’s craze is back

BEAUTY

36 Latest Trends in Skincare Cleansing 37 Tanning skin in winter 38 The Hair Cream or Hair Oil Dilemma Solved! 39 How to get the perfect lipstick

Home

42 Carpet Trends 2015 46 Power of Aroma: 9 ways to make your home smell great

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ESCAPE

48 Escape to Egypt’s Ecolodges 50 Quiet Cairo: Quiet hideouts in Cairo to escape to

Health

55 How to Cure a Cold in 24 Hours 56 All Alone: The Benefits of Taking Some Time for Yourself

cover outfit Pink Studio Hounds tooth pullover Clue Hounds tooth skirt Utopia Hounds tooth wedge

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LOVE & RELATIONSHips 72 74

8 Sex Cravings that All Men Have Odd Hollywood couples

FITNESS

Mother&Child

Cooking

Features

62 The 12 Days of Christmas 76 Working Mothers: Ways that you will have to to beat the guilt and make up for in the next keep kids from feeling 12 months! neglected 78 Home from School: How to keep your kids Nutrition busy and yourself sane 67 Fad Diet during the holidays

70 Chicken breast and Banoffee pie

80 The Most Dangerous Foods for Pets


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On Spot

91 European Bazaar at the Conrad/ SODIC Christmas Bazar at westown 92 Miss Belgium 2015 at Baron Palace Sahl hasheesh/Azza Fahmy Jewelry celebrate their 45th Anniversary 93 Reception ceremony at Wojouh,Mohandsein 94 Joe Fresh and Retail Group Egypt 95 Nespresso / Massimo Dutti 96 Le Meridien Cairo airport / Ralph Lauren open first polo store 97 Buche de Noel at Sofitel el Gezirah/ Novo Nordisk Egypt 98 Sonesta Hotel,Tower and Casino / Social gathering at Abu Ali café at Hilton Zamalek 99 Uptown Cairo Christmas festival. 100 Kempinski hotel soma bay./ Fairmont Nile city lights its Christmas tree.

In every issue: Editor’s letter P.10 Shopping Cart P.20 Spotted P.34 Pieces we love P.42 Ladybird’s Q&A P.60 Why eat this? P.66 The best, the top & the must do! P.84 Reviews P85 Horoscope P.90 Happenings P.88

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Contributors

Noura Hassaballa

Nutritional Consultant Bachelor of Science in dietetics & nutrition, Northern Illinois University, USA. With great passion, she decided to pursue her successful career here in Egypt as a nutritionist, with the mission of raising awareness for a better healthy eating, in addition to being one of the presenters of Dr. Chef on MBC 4. Noura is also the founder of diet rite nutrition center. For more advice, please contact: noura.hassaballa@gmail.com Facebook: Noura Hassaballa

Alyaa Gad Medical Doctor Graduated at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University in Cairo with a medical degree. She worked for UNICEF in the healthcare-deprived areas of Upper Egypt, then acquired her degree in health education from University of Groningen in The Netherlands,she also received teaching courses at the University of Amsterdam.

Natascia Paolucci

Soha Kamel

Stylist BSC of marketing Loughborugh university, former Karen Millen Stylist.

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Professional Fitness Coach Between 1983 and 1989 she won several fitness competitions in the Netherlands, later she started to work as a model, made the cover of the first Marie Claire in Turkey. She became GO for the fabulous Club MĂŠditerranĂŠe. Now she coaches in Katameya Heights and Palm Hills. For (private) classes, please contact: natascia.paolucci@hotmail.com

Ghadir Al agabany

Fashion Marketing Consultant She has an extended diversified experience in fashion business, commerce and retail. For advice, please contact: ghadir@alagabany.com alagabany.com


Samira Khalil

Heba Ezz

Cooking Expert She has lived most of her life abroad between Rome and London were her love for cooking   all started there. She studied fine arts and nutrition, in which she beleives that they both compliment each other,  as she defines cooking as an art. Recently joined CBC channel in a cooking show.

Fitness Coach She decided to quit her office job and follow her passion as a fitness coach. Now she is the first Egyptian Cheerobics Instructor. She has two fitness certificates from the leading certification programs: Gold’s Academy and the International Sports Science Association. She is currently studying for a Sport Yoga Certificate from the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). For advice, please contact: khalilsamira1@gmail.com

Basma Shams

Beauty Blogger A product junkie, avid beauty reviewer and DIY obsessed! A graduate of the Univesity of Ottawa with a MA in IMC. For advice, please contact: basmashams@gmail.com Facebook: Natural Beauty Secrets

Sally El Bardesy Kiki ismail

Makeup artist Kiki Is a professional makeup artist and body painter based between Cairo and New York, Studied at Make Up for Ever New York academy, was one of the eight makeup artists picked from all around the work to join battle of the brushes beauty competition NYC 2014,worked with several fashion designers locally and internationally most known Stella McCartney, Magazines Most known Garage London, Photographers; Peabody Award winning photographer Platon, Models like Cara Delevingne, Lui Wen, Jessica Stam ...etc.  8 | January 2015

Interior and Furniture Designer For advice, please contact: Sally.elbardesy@live.com Facebook: Inbox - the pampered little storage


Winter Dinner

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For the better Physically, you’re just one person, of course, with one head and one heart. But think about yourself through time and suddenly it looks like “there are many versions of you” There was you as an untroubled care free child, as a high school Goth, the young person with supreme confidence, the confused and dispirited twenty-something, and so on. Details differ among individuals, but take a long enough perspective look and most of us have the uncanny experience of feeling our unitary identity splinter into several very distinct personas. This experience can sometimes be good for forgiving ourselves for past faults. “That was in a different lifetime,” we say of early slipups, but it can also be put to use to improve our current decision-making. GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

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Fashion

LADYBIRD LOVES

Jourdan Dunn And Naomi Campbell Cuddle Up For New Burberry Campaign

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   ust when you thought no Burberry ad could get more iconic than Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, Burberry has gone and paired together Naomi Campbell and Jourdann Dunn. The British retailer, who obviously has one of the better casting agents in the industry, recruited Mario Testino for the occasion and, looking at the images, you’ll get a sense of why he’s one of the most famous fashion photographers.

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The ad series slays. Not only are Naomi and Jourdan giving their fiercest looks, despite the 20 years between them--eternal youth elixir drinker Naomi is 44 while Jourdan is 24—they look more like sisters than a mom and daughter January 2015 | 13


Fashion

Steal

Kim Kardashian’s

*All prices are subject to change

Style!

TOPSHOP V Neck Cutaway Crop Top 71 LE

American Vintage Mustard Yellow Grayson Coat 2690 LE

RANCINE PENCIL SKIRT 126 LE

Steve Madden Insaniti 358 LE

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Fashion

Holiday Shop

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January is full with cocoa and movies, and maybe spent lounging in the very same spot all day long. Others feel fancy, with multiple forks at the dinner table, heirloom china and separate courses for soup and salad. But for some of us, shopping is the right thing to do!

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*All prices are subject to change

Fashion

JEWELED GLITTER PLATFORM PUMPS CharlotteRusse.com 380 LE

River Island Gold Embellished Round Clutch Asos.com 390 LE

Danielle’ rose gold bandage dress Celebboutique.com 1409 LE

JADE SLING BACK CLEATED PLATFORM MULE Asos.com 245 LE

Two Piece Cut Out Societyofchic.com 536 LE 20 | January 2015

ALDO Beaded Box Clutch With Chain Shoulder Strap Asos.com 502 LE

GRACE DEEP PLUNGE VELVET SKORT PLAYSUIT Boohoo.com 279 LE


FASHION NEWS Ron’s Bags Rich and refined in quality yet daring and flamboyant is one way to look at Ron’s line of portable fashion statements. From hand-painted, graffiti inspired sprays to elegant fabrics mixed with the finest leather. Each bag is inspired inspirable from the entrepreneur behind these exquisite productions who seeks to bring the authenticity of true Egyptian workmanship to internationally stature.

“SHE” Collection

Our features exclusive leather bags and statement silver and brass jewelry pieces crafted with custom made acrylic stones inspired by the beautiful geometric structures of Nubian art and architecture. This collection is about empowering women to feel their inner beauty and strength that were long suppressed by societal forces. The intention by our line is to free women from insecurity and get women in touch with the beauty that lies within, so that we can inspire and lead a happier, fruitful existence that we truly deserve.

Gym Apparel Egypt Gym Apparel Egypt is a homegrown Egyptian brand that targets fitness fanatics and athletes of all ages and genders. They provide the best quality at the best Market price. Whether you’re in the gym, doing cross fit, or just outside on the track. They cater to your taste based on international fashion trends. Gym Apparel Egypt is the first most unique brand dedicated ONLY to the athletic scene in Egypt.

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Fashion

ROBE COATS THAT WILL MAKE WINTER A CINCH

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By: Soha Kamel

obe coats are fall 2014 master pieces, which are tailored in comfortable shapes and convertible twists. These outerwear encrusts are highly practical and matches a divergent range of outfits and can be worn in any special outings and occasions, wear it on a date, party it on or take it seriously to the office. It’s the designer`s and brands choice for this season`s must haves as Hermes appoints we are always on for it . you will find a diverse selections of silhouettes, lengths and colors to choose from. Robe coats can be worn in many gripping compelling styles which would give you a final refined, polished, warm and cozy look. One of the captivating features of these outer wear looks is the versatility, which grants you the possibility of styling them in compliance of your needs whether you style them with LBDs, edgy leather looks, pantsuits, various denim cuts as well as casual everyday essentials. To make more appealing never miss accessorizing your robe coat with statement bags and appealing tempting jewelry. Regardless your outfit colors your cover-up and outerwear will find its way to delight and flatter your look. If you are seeking a comfortable, urban, luxury look then keep your eye on the following updates

1. It Looks Great with a Leather Belt Belting your coat has never been easier and tricky as it is with a robe coat. Apply any belt and here you go! As the fabric softness will allow it to fit, and the silhouette won’t be deviated.

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2. You can wear it Oversized An oversized robe coat is a style essential in addition to its socially acceptable image. It’s the most comfy piece you would wear all day long, and will transform its underneath pieces into a contemporary chic outfit.

3. It Will Always Be Suitable for Work Regardless how strictly formal your office is, you’ll be always find the ideal robe coat that will keep you warm, comfy and stylish at your meetings.


4. Despite its Name, it Can Look Immaculate – The throw-off If you are always on for a crispy looking style then a throw off robe coat that’s tailored in a thick and luxe fabric will drape alluringly and perfectly.

7. Winter whites Make it simple, minimal, classic and fresh .yes you can wear white at winter.

5. Animal Prints Keep it sophisticated with animal prints style it with pointy heels and pretty accesories.

8. The teddy Bear There is nothing more comfy, elegant, luxury and warming than The Max Mara teddy bear coat style. This is getting more exposure than a Rolls Royce in London.

6. Statement Fur Fur will always be a statement luxury touch for an elegant classy chic look. Convenient at all times.

9. The camel Camel Robe coats of different styles are conquering the runways. Mix them with denim, leather or LBDs for a trendy urban look.

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Fashion

2015 Wardrobe Resolutions BY: Ghadir Al agabany

Shop the Essentials & Buy Smart

Spend the least money on shopping for the most fashionable items that come and go frequently, crazy colours, bizarre styles, funky outfits and fads that don’t last more than a season. However you can spend a fortune on basics that will not go out of fashion soon. Essential basics start from white collar shirts, black classic-cut trousers, denims, black stilettos, designer bags, black leather jacket and another that’s chic and fitted. So to shop smart, you need to have a strategy, a plan consisting of your needs, minimum available budget, good pre-purchase research, attentively watch for magnificent sale bargains and then follow your own individual style and buy. Remember, if you work hard on your styling abilities, you will still be able to impress for less.

Improve Your Styling Skills

The fast, easiest and most efficient way is to hire a personal shopper/stylist. Yes they are available in Egypt and not only for stars and celebrities. Other methods could include reading many various selected fashion magazines, analysing trend publications, reviewing boutique merchandised window vitrines, following trending street styles or now you could even just simply attend saavy stylish sessions and events!!! 26 | January 2015


Comfy & Cool

Make use of it, it’s the years of comfy fashion. Wedges, sneakers, boyfriend jeans, loose collar shirts, denim shirts, A-Line dresses, full pleated skirts and flair pants. The bohomean 70s look mixed with the 50s avantgarde touches definitely will be a lending hand in the coming years. Advantages of wearing comfortable and loose items is beneficial specially when you’re travelling, working or all day running errands and must still look fab. BUT BE-AWARE; always wearing too much comfy clothes might lead to weight gain due to undefined body shape and not seeing the changes in your body contour.

Colour Your Life

Colour your wardrobe up with vibrant tones & prints and take my word for this, it will gradually colour your life, lift your mood and boost your ego. When orange means social communiqué and optimism, blue is trust and peace while green represents balance, then you’ll know the mood of your surroundings and yourself for better communication, bonding and relating. >>

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Accessorize to the Next Level

Next level means next level. Go Go Go, accessorize big time. This will make any outfit look fabulous. Never ever underestimate the super power of accessories when complimenting a look. As a matter of fact, sometimes you could even select a centrepiece accessory and then decide what you want to wear with it.

Flatter Your Body & Feel Good

Not everyone should wear anything they want. Well yes they absolutely can, but I mean, everyone should wear what looks great on them or at least what they feel looks good on them. The same exact outfit could look absolutely different on two different people. Therefore, you should acknowledge the fact that your body shape is different from other body shapes, your height, your weight and your sizes will automatically change the look of the outfit. For instance, if you’re very tall with broad shoulders, don’t wear power puffed sleeves, or if you’re an apple shape don’t wear textured balloon skirts. This is the year I will get fit or get fat!!!

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The 90’s

Craze is back photo shoot credits Photographer: Daniel Salib Photography Model: Fatma Hassan Makeup: Kiki Ismail Hair: kriss beauty salon Stylist: Hadeer Hameed Venue: Eat & Barrel

For the Rest of the photo shoot check www.jumiachic.com All outfits are available at www.Jumiachic.com

Vero Moda Only Top Agu Mini Skirt Agu Checkered Shirt Spring Sneakers

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IABES Denim Jacket Ethina Gold Studs dress Auren Metallic Sneakers

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Agu Cashmere Head Warmer Clue Flannel Shirt Giro Floral Dress Agu Leg Warmers Spring Sneakers

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Toi & Moi Black Top Clue Plaided Pants Spring Oxford Shoes

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Pink Studio Checkered Top Agu straight cut skirt Spring Sneakers

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SPOTTED CELEBS LATEST NEWS & GOSSIP

Diddy punches Drake in the face!

There sure have been a lot of rumors about this, but here’s what we know so far. Diddy and Drake reportedly got into a fight early Monday morning outside of LIV nightclub in Miami, Florida. At first we were hearing that Diddy punched Drake in the face because of a feud over a lady…but, now it seems as though love had nothing to do with the altercation because the rappers were actually yelling over a money dispute. According to witnesses at the club, Diddy told Drake to never disrespect him, and then promptly clocked him. If they want to take their rivalry to a violent level, that’s their own decision, but we’re pretty sure they’re both rich enough to not be getting into fights over money.

Nick Cannon Confirms It’s Over Between Him & Mariah Carey! Well, we can’t say we’re surprised! While it’s common knowledge that Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s marriage ended back in August, Nick revealed the two are officially separated during a Monday morning chat with Good Morning America host, Lara Spencer. Considering the 34-year-old was at GMA to promote his Christmas book, Roc and Roe’s 12 Days of Christmas, based on Monroe and Morocco, we believe he’s sincere about keeping his family together no matter what!

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Stevie Wonder got his Christmas present early!

The 64-year-old legendary musician welcomed his ninth child, and second child with girlfriend Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, a baby girl named Nia. The soul singer has eight children with five different women. His children range in age from 12 months to 39 years. And while Wonder may have debunked the triplet reports, the musician did reveal that he was preparing to grow his family. 


ASK DR.DUREX ASK DR ALYAA Join the Conversation

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lyaa Gad is an Egyptian medical doctor, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University in Cairo with a medical degree. She worked for UNICEF in the healthcare-deprived areas of Upper Egypt, then acquired her degree in health education from University of Groningen in The Netherlands, and also received teaching courses from the University of Amsterdam.

What should i expect on my wedding night and first time sex?

Why are condoms better than birth control pills?

Before marriage, you have to discuss family planning with your partner. Do a premarital check-up, visit a gynecologist, and read books together. Also, a dental check-up is very important so that you both make sure that your breath is pleasant. Be ready with towels, tissues and perhaps lubricant lotion next to your bed. Do not expect to land on the moon in the wedding night! You both will be exhausted after a long wedding day, and a full sexual intercourse will probably have to wait for another day. Remember to breath deeply whenever you feel confused or anxious. Explore each other’s bodies with your senses.

Condoms are mechanical means to prevent pregnancy, while birth control pills are hormonal methods. They work in different ways. Many people consider condoms as better means to use due to the following reasons: • Condoms are used only during sexual intercourse and do not require an extra effort to remember using them every day like the pills. • Condoms do not affect the hormones of the woman or her feelings. • Condoms do not cause pain during sexual intercourse when used properly. • Condoms are suitable for the breastfeeding mother. • Condoms prevent pregnancy by 98% when used properly. • Condoms do not affect the woman’s fertility. • In some cases, condoms help delay premature ejaculation. • They prevent the transmission of most sexually transmitted diseases.

How do I make my wife enjoy our intercourse session and orgasm fast? The most important thing is patience, and knowing the erogenous zones outside as well as the inside the vagina. Remember that the most sensual point in a woman’s body is the clitoris, which is located outside of the vagina, and usually cannot be stimulated by contact with the penis only. It often requires the use of the mouth and fingers for ultimate pleasure. If the wife is circumcised, you can particularly try to stimulate her body at the breast area and between the thighs, or wherever she likes on her body. Start the foreplay, which includes kissing, hugging, and oral sex.

Durex for Him


How do I make my husband more excited during our intercourse?

How do I communicate with my husband concerning my sexual needs?

The first and most important thing you must be consistent with, is to always pay attention to your personal hygiene. Choose a body fragrance that is as light as possible; strong perfumes turn men off. Men love encouragement and praise. Also, try to change locations and positions of sexual intercourse. Men also like receiving light massage on the testicles during the penetration process. I repeat, very gently. You can also press with the back of your fingers on the perineum (the area between the penis and the anus); something that causes stimulation to the internal part of the penis as well as the prostate, which will leave the husband feeling extra pleasure. During full penetration; you can try squeezing your pelvic floor muscles several times (Kegel exercise). Finally, the use of lubricants can facilitate the experience and make it more enjoyable for some couples.

Communication between couples to talk about sex is one of the most difficult aspects of the marriage in the eastern cultures. In order for the husband to please his wife, he needs to hear from her what she likes and what makes her enjoy sex. The woman can start finding out what makes her happy while exploring her own body by touching her own erogenous zones. You must speak with your husband about your wishes and concerns, using a positive and encouraging approach. Not talking about the subject will certainly lead to the failure of this important aspect of marriage. So, do not hesitate to approach your spouse using a friendly and loving attitude. I would also suggest that you buy a couple of sex education books and read them together and to try to apply the information. Commercial pornographic material is the worst source of information you can have, and may even cause several problems, so try to avoid them as an educational guide.

What are the side effects of birth control pills? Birth control pills contain hormones, hence might not be suitable for everyone. There are two types of contraceptive pills; the compound pill that contains estrogen (female hormone) and progestin (pregnancy hormone), and another that contains only progestin (POP). Possible side effects of the birth control pills may be one or more of the following:Headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, nausea, breakthrough bleeding, decreased libido, mood swings and weight gain.

How do I solve premature ejaculation? This often leaves men feeling frustrated to the point that they would be avoiding sexual intimacy as a result. Many men feel embarrassed to talk about premature ejaculation, but it is a common and treatable condition. The causes are mainly due to stress, and having the wrong beliefs and attitudes towards sexuality. Common treatment options for premature ejaculation include behavioral techniques, counseling and psychotherapy, and medications (topical or oral). Keep in mind that it takes time and patience to find the treatment or combination of treatments that will work for you.

I have an IUD. Intercourse makes me get tired so easily and I don't reach my orgasm fast, and the friction causes infections, how do I solve this issue? Feeling exhausted after normal physical exertion like sexual intercourse is often related to deficiency of iron (anemia) or another essential element, such as vitamin D. A general checkup done by an internist can help you find out about other possible causes of fatigue, such as hypothyroidism or diabetes. Not climaxing at the same pace with your husband is a natural phenomenon in women. But it reaching orgasm may be further delayed due to fatigue and stress. The presence of infections may be a sign that the IUD is not suitable for you. Please refer to your gynecologist about this issue and decide together whether there could be a better birth control method for you. It is worth mentioning that vaginal infections may be caused by weak immunity due to malnutrition, particularly when we overindulge in eating sugars, or with the lack of sleep, the use of antibiotics, and the use of soap to clean the genital area. Do not delay seeking medical help to find a solution before the problem gets worse.

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Beauty

How to get perfect

red lipstick BY: kiki ISMAIL

1. Exfoliate: Use any lip scrub 15 minutes before starting, or you could use sugar and coconut oil scrub; Mix sugar with coconut oil and exfoliate your lips.Scrub your lips for about 2-3 minutes and wipe off with a tissue paper. 2. Moisturize your lips: you always have to keep your lips moisturized and before adding anything on your lips make sure they are moist, not cracked or have any wounds that would be a good environment to the bacteria. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water during the day. 3. Lip Liner: Don’t use a darker or a different color; it has to be the same color as your lipstick. Outline your lips with the liner noting the shape of your lips, don’t forget to fill the rest of your lips with the liner. 4. Lipstick color: people with thin lips shouldn’t be using darker colors as their lips look smaller, and should use the liner outside the lips line. Just a line over it not more, otherwise it will look weird. For fuller lips you could use any color, but avoid bright colors.

Tips:

• Pro tip- take a small brush dipped in a tiny bit of concealer and trace around the outside edge of your lip line to act as an eraser and fix any goofs. This makes your lip line look clean and professional. • Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color. Trick: Repairing Broken Lipstick: This might be my favorite tip! Instead of throwing away a broken lipstick, melt the broken off piece with a lit match. When it has melted a bit (only takes a few seconds), put the broken piece back on top of the base, and swivel it down. Let it harden in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before using.

Now you can apply your lipstick. Fact: If you think it looks wrong, you’re probably right! 40 | January 2015


Beauty

Tanned Skin in Winter 5 tips to stay bronzed and beautiful without the sun

The lack of sun brings out the worst in our skin-tones, where we often look pale, unhealthy, blotchy, and plain dull. There are a few things you can do during the winter months to keep from looking sallow, without jumping on a plane to the Southern hemisphere into the sunshine – most solutions are right at your fingertips! 1. Use a self-tanning lotion or foam. These are easily found over the counter at any good pharmacy. Exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying self-tanner to make sure it absorbs evenly. Reapply every few days until you achieve the desired color. Don’t overdo it to avoid an orange tint on your skin. 2. Buy tinted moisturizer. This is commonly used on your face, but you can also buy body lotions that have a slight tint in them. Use these as you would any moisturizers, but make sure you apply to your whole body, so you don’t end up with streaks and uneven coloring. 3. Hello cocoa.This technique gives you a perfectly sun kissed, bronzed look in an instant. Simply mix your favorite lotion with 100% pure cocoa powder and apply to your skin. You can easily adjust for skin tone, by gradually adding more or less cocoa power. But remember, it will only last until your next shower. 4. It’s all in the tea. Seep 3 or 4 bags of black tea in a cup of hot water until dark. Mix the tea with half a cup of sesame or coconut oil and half a cup of cocoa-butter in a blender until smooth, and apply sparingly to your skin for a hint of golden color. The longer the tea is left to brew before adding to your mixture, the darker the pigment will be. TIP: For a red-orange tan, you can add half a teaspoon of henna to your tea mixture. 5. Carrot and sugar solution.Yum. Try not to eat this one – you’ll need half a kilo of carrots (chopped or grated) and 2 cups of brown sugar, which you’ll simmer on low heat for 3 hours in half a gallon of water. Strain the liquid to remove the lumps when it’s cool, and put the liquid into spray bottle. Use solution once a week for a natural bronzed tone.

Or you could always go for the easy way, Head to a Tanning Lounge! Suggested tanning lounges: • Itann Lounge in Sheraton Heliopolis • Kriss beauty salon in 22 Baghdad street , Heliopolis 01007693938 01001151360 • Veevame in new Cairo • Power house gym in Arkan, Sheikh zayed 01014402000 02-38514675 January 2015 | 41


Beauty

Hair

The Hair Cream or Hair Oil Dilemma Solved!

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BY: BASMA SHAMS

ello there beautiful women! This month we will tackle yet another dilemma that we all face when choosing or updating our hair care regimen. With all the products currently in the market, it is sometimes hard to decipher which is the right one for your hair type. The question is always; should I use hair cream or hair oil? Well below are some tips on how to match your hair type with the right treatment along with some product recommendations. Just a little 101 on hair creams; they all contain some sort of plant derived oil in them!

Thick Hair

Thick hair screams hair cream! The thick consistency of hair cream ensures that enough moisture is delivered to every hair follicle by coating it from root to tip; this ensures that all the goodness is absorbed into the hair shaft. The trick here is to choose a coconut oil based hair cream and distribute it evenly throughout your hair. For best results apply the cream, cover your hair with a shower cap, cover your head with a warm towel, and rinse your hair after an hour or two.

Fine Hair This is a bit tricky! I have thin hair myself and I always struggle to find the best hair cream that will moisturize my hair without weighing it done. The best routine I have tried is using both hair cream and oil on my hair; surprisingly it does wonders! The drill is to apply hair cream to my hair strands starting from my ears all the way down to my ends and apply warm oil just to my roots. I then cover my hair with a shower cap and a warm towel. I rinse my hair 1 hour later and only use shampoo. This routine will leave your hair nourished, soft, manageable and not oily!

Normal Hair Those with normal hair are blessed! Whether you choose to apply hair cream or hair oil, it really does not matter! My recommendation is to alternate your routine every week. Use a deep nourishing Argan Oil treatment once a week, two weeks in a row and then use a deep moisture cream once a week for two weeks in a row. Look for a hair cream containing bone marrow extract.

Oily Hair (Thick/Fine/Normal) The trickiest hair type ever! Balancing your scalp secretions is key here! You need to start with a good clean base so using a clarifying shampoo is key. After cleansing 42 | January 2015

your hair and scalp properly; I recommend you use either pure almond oil and massage it onto your scalp and take it all the way down to your ends or using a hair cream with almond oil extract. Almond oil contains no fat; therefore, it is great for oily hair! It will nourish your hair without leaving an oily residue. Please send your requests/feedback to basmashams@gmail.com or post on my page www.facebook.com/Natural Beauty Secrets


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Skin

Latest Trends in Skin Care Cleansing

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BY: BASMA SHAMS

ver the past six months, a new generation of skin cleansers were launched in the market. The new skin cleansers are in the form of natural oils, that are either in liquid or solid form. The cleanser magically turns into a foam once mixed with water. This gives your skin the ultimate hydration and ensures that every little bit of makeup and dirt are removed, revealing naturally healthy and hydrated skin. The cleansing oils do not block your pores nor do they leave your skin greasy; on the contrary, it helps balance the PH balance of your skin. Below are some of my personal favorite cleansing oils that will do wonders for your face!

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. This cleanser is formulated with the purest ingredients and is parabens and sulfate free. It will purify and condition your skin while breaking down all makeup and pollutants in your skin. It contains Jojoba oil, Palm oil and Eucalyptus oil.

Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil. This cleanser contains Pure Lily Extract to prevent skin inflammation, which is great for acne-prone skin.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Cleansing Balm. This multitasking cleanser melts on contact, transforming into luxurious oil that gently and effortlessly dissolves the long-lasting, waterproof makeup and cleanses away impurities, leaving skin superbly hydrated, soft, and radiant. Rich in vitamin C, rose hip, and virgin cherry oils, this concentrated formula brightens, repairs, and nourishes the skin. Water activated, the unique oil emulsifies to milk that rinses clean, leaving skin refreshed, healthy, and luminous.

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil. This cleanser is made with soothing jasmine flower extract that is sourced directly from France, moisturizing Kukui Nut oil, and a blend of Italian Olives, organic Sunflower and Jojoba oils to dissolve surface impurities and makeup without leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil. This cleanser contains pure organic Argan oil, which repairs and replenishes skin cells and Grape Seed oil, which aids in improving elasticity to the skin and Grapefruit oil that energizes and awakens the skin. January 2015 | 43


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Carpet Trends 2015

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BY: Sally El Bardesy

 hen speaking about décor or interior design, it’s always a challenge and a mission to put everything into balance. Balance is what drives us and also maintain the visual stability needed. So here comes one of the most important sources of balance and it is the base! Base in furniture is the carpet. 98 % you are never done with a room without a carpet. Just like the pyramid (the most stable shape in geometry) a carpet has the same roll. However a carpet could ruin it all if not chosen properly. Usually people give less attention to rugs, carpets and flooring in general, so here is a quick guide to help.

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1. Hang small carpets on wall to add pattern, color and statement. It’s always unique! 2. Round carpets are for attention, usually used for entrances, a lobby or waiting areas. 3. Use a colorful one for a neutral interior and furniture, and vise versa 4. Very small patterned carpets makes the space look wider, but if you have very stylish furniture it’s the best choice. 5. Big patterned carpets are either used in wide spaces and rooms or for a wild style. Also if you think your space looks empty it’s a good choice. 6. The classic carpets people refer to are the traditional ones. Mostly Arabian themes and wool material. Usually they are expensive with non changing colors and designs 7. Runners, mats and small carpets should be either neutral or matching. Only bold if it’s a statement 8. Don’t use carpets beside doors or corners. They are not practical. It will also get over used and look ugly.

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The Power of Aroma

9 Ways to make your home smell amazing

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ou can always go for the store-bought air-fresheners but you risk things like allergies and chemical residue on your furniture and food. Try something different this time, and indulge in the power of aromas by playing with natural ingredients. The beauty of these tips is that they are all easy, allergy-free, and also leave your home smelling clean, cozy, warm, and thriving with happiness.

1) DIY Deoderizer spray: All you need is a spray bottle, some water, a teaspoon of baking soda, and 12 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender or eucalyptus are good ones). Mix essential oil into the baking soda in a bowl, then pour the mixture through a funnel into the spray bottle. Top the bottle off with distilled water, shake it up, and spray away. Use this on fabric, carpet, upholstery, or in the air for a lovely fresh smell in your home.

2) No More Stinky Fridge: Cut an orange in half. Remove (and eat!) the orange sections and 48 | January 2015

pulp, then fill the orange shell halfway with salt or baking soda. Place shell in a small bowl, and put it in the back of your fridge to freshen things up – the salt or soda absorbs stale, yucky odors while the orange shell infuses the entire fridge with a fresh, citrus scent.

3) Simmering Stovetops: One of the fastest ways to infuse your home with a great smell is from the stovetop. Add cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, almond extract, apple cider, rosemary, lemons (or any other scented item you desire) to a cup of water in a saucepan on low heat on your

stovetop. Feel free to get creative with the scents, especially when the weather begins to chill in evenings.

4) Burn it: Sugar doesn’t smell like much, but the minute it is burnt, there is an unmistakable delicious toffee smell that kills of the stink of pretty much anything. Quite simply, grab a square piece of foil and gently fold the sides to form a cup-like holder, fill it with two tablespoons of white sugar, and set it on the stove on low heat. As the heat melts the sugar, it’ll bubble away into a blissfully black mass that smells heavenly. Add a touch of vanilla for extra ‘oumph’.


5) Fragrance bowls: To beat stale odors in any room, simply fill a bowl with clean sand and then top it off with peelings from various citrus fruits. You can also add cinnamon sticks, fresh herbs and spices or even aromatic flowers to the bowl. You will get a nice, clean and natural aroma and a beautiful decoration for the room.

6) Homemade Potpourri: You can easily make your own wonderfully smelling potpourri with things that you find outside such as pinecones, acorns and even leaves, or around the house, like pebbles, a drying bouquet of flowers, or dried fruit or herbs. Then just add things like cinnamon or orange peelings with a few drops of essential oil to give it a clean scent and put a little out in every room.

7)Hanging Pouches:

Sachets

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Cheesecloth (or a pantyhose foot), is perfect for making sachets that can help you to eliminate odors in dresser drawers, closets or entire rooms. Just fill the cloth with fresh, whole spices, herbs or homemade potpourri and a few drops of essential oil and hang them wherever you need a little room freshening. These are great to hide under pillows to make bedrooms smell wonderful or you could use them in any room you want.

8) Hot vapor: You’d be surprised how potent essential oils are. In a small bowl of steaming hot water, add one teaspoon of your favorite essential oils. The vapor will immediately fill the room – quite useful if you have

a cold or congestion, especially if you’re using mint or eucalyptus oils. Wipe down sinks, walls, and floors with the water when it cools down for a long lingering scent in your kitchen, bathroom, or hallways.

9) Throw it in the oven: This technique totally de-stinks your house in minutes, and makes it smell like a bakery in heaven. Put two caps full of vanilla extract (you can use other oils, such as lemon and lavender) in a coffee cup (or oven proof dish), then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. The smell will start to spread after around twenty minutes and encompass the whole house after the hour duration. Should last for at least a day.

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Escape

Escape to Egypt’s Eco-lodges

Return to Mother Nature

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eyond Egypt’s ancient civilization, modern history, architectural wonders, and deep rich culture, Egypt has another incredible side – Nature. Often underrated, Egypt has vast and highly noteworthy deserts, oases, beaches, mountains, and greenery that are a sight for sore eyes. If you need escape the claustrophobia of the city and desperately want to feel like you’ve become one with Mother Nature, then Ladybird has the places for you! Check these out.

1. Adrère Amellal, Siwa The UK tabloid The Daily Mail said the following: "Egypt's stunning desert hotel where mobiles are banned" – they were talking about Siwa’s Adrère Amellal, situated at the foot of the White Mountain. While a bit on the pricy side, this place is the ultimate getaway – 40 hand-built rooms uniquely fashioned to blend with the mountainous landscape, where dozens of beeswax candles substitute electricity. Experience silence and serenity, pure water flowing from beneath the earth, and the great sand sea and horse-back riding through the star-lit sky in the desert… you cant go wrong with this place! Rates: Up to LE 5000 per night Tel: (202) 2736 7879 E-mail: info@siwa.com

2. AnaKato Nubian Houses, Aswan AnaKato Nubian Houses are located in Gharb Soheil Nubian Village on the west bank of  the River Nile - only a 1-hour flight from Cairo and 15 minutes from Aswan International Airport. Delve into the colorful world of Nubia, with its modestly luxurious rooms and a mind-blowing view of the Nile in all of it’s blue glory, and Aswan’s glorious green nature. Truly a lodge of relaxation, meditation, and adventure, indulge in spell-binding Nubian nights, safaris, Nile cruises, and natural therapy in the lodge’s range of healing packages. Winter Rates: Double rooms at $ 140, single rooms at $110 Tel: +20973451745 / +201000818833 E-mail: info@anakato.com 50 | January 2015


3. Basata Ecolodge, Sinai Basata is labeled as the first eco-lodge in Egypt, built in 1986. The resort is located in South Sinai between Taba and Nuweiba, and is know to have one of best five beaches in the world. You wont find air-conditioners, radios and TVs here – instead, you’ll find buildings and huts constructed in harmony with the Sinai landscape.  Each is uniquely designed and constructed using only natural materials endemic to the region by Egyptian architects and workers using traditional methods and reflecting traditional Egyptian architecture.  Revel in snorkeling at sunrise, interacting with the eclectic clientele, and admiring the moonrise and stars. Rates: Up to LE 400 per night for chalets, huts at LE 95, camping areas LE 45. Tel: 0020 69 3500481 / 0020 69 3500480 E-mail: basata@basata.com

4. El Hammra, Wadi El Natrun Home to some of the oldest monestaries in the world, this eco-lodge resides between Cairo and Alexandria in Wadi El Natrun, known for its salt-lakes and healing properties; it is said that swimming in the ElHammra late is meant to cure skin diseases and contribute to overall wellbeing. Indulge in leisurely walks around the lake, or ride on horses and donkeys for fun. The lodge provides 8 differently designed and decorated cottages, as well as a number of rooms in the main building – or if you prefer the great outdoors, you can indulge in the bungalows or set up in the camping areas in the garden. Known for its family-like atmosphere, it’s a great choice. Rates: LE 200 per night on full board basis Tel: (+2) (02)33053081     E-mail: info@elhammraeco-lodge.com January 2015 | 51


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QUIET CAIRO?

Quiet Hideouts in Cairo to Escape to.

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On the East side of Cairo, there is a very underrated rocky mountain. There are no tourists, hardly any noise except for something barely audible in the distance, and you can sit in a café right on the edge of the mountain. Smoke shisha if that’s your thing, or drink tea, but moreover, escape the crowds and the pollution from way up above the city. The view of Cairo is glorious from up there, and if the air is clear enough you can spot the Pyramids on the horizon.

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ometimes you just want to get away, don’t you? You’ve had it with traffic, honking cars, work, your house, and absolutely everything, and the only thing you crave is a bit of time alone, where you can relax and where no one will bother you. Sounds too good to be true? Not anymore! We’ve found the perfect escape places in Cairo where you can spend an afternoon on your own or with a companion, and enjoy some quiet time.

El Sawy Culture Wheel 

The Sawy Culture Wheel has grown very popular in recent years. While known for its festivals, concerts, exhibits and events all year round, they happen to have an exceptional cafe that’s located right beneath the 15th of May Bridge. If you sit there, you are literally under the bridge’s pillars and practically immersed in a 5000 m2 area right on the Nile river. The noises are all a far echo from this quiet smoking-free zone that’s a true getaway.

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The Opera House Grounds

A lot of people overlook this spectacular spot in the heart of Cairo’s hustle and bustle. With perfectly groomed gardens littered with statues and works of art, the Opera House Grounds are just lovely to stroll through. Visit the art museums, attend concerts, or just sit in the public seating areas amidst the greenery. No one will bother you here. Also, if you’re hungry, the Hanager Gallery has an amazing outdoor café. Either way, you’ll be far away from noises, crowds, bothersome people, and given a chance to relax in one of Cairos most prestigious cultural hubs.

The Cave Church

First, you need a car to get there. And you also have to cross through the not so wonderful “Garbage City”, where people literally live in the garbage, separating and recycling it. When you get there however, you’ll be lost for words. The Cave Church is the biggest church in the Middle East (it can seat up to 20,000 people), and is absolutely enchanting. Carved into the rock-formations of the mountain, you can kiss the world goodbye here… if you want to be alone, this is the place to go

Sufi Bookstore

In the heart of Zamalek resides this unique café / restaurant / bookstore that offers you a serious escape from the city. Indulge in some coffee while reading from a selection of new or used books, in an ethereal atmosphere inspired by Sufism and spirituality. You’ll definitely keep coming back here, if you need a place to think or simply pass time.

Other Bookstores

There is a new bookstore culture around Cairo that is emerging. Most stores now have sitting areas where you can quietly work, read, or simply ‘chill’ with a cup of coffee and a donut if you desperately need an escape. All of the Diwan Bookstores (Zamalek, Maadi, and Heliopolis) have seating areas, as does Al-Kotob Khan in Maadi. The AUC Bookstore in Tahrir is also a great escape, especially since it is located in the historical and beautifullybuilt downtown campus, which is an escape in itself. >> January 2015 | 53


The El-Moez Mosques

El-Moez Street is one of the most enchanting streets in Islamic Cairo, dating back to the Fatimid era. The street itself is for pedestrians only, so no cars, and is littered with sitting areas. However, the bigger treasure resides in the mosques – they are gigantic and currently unused architectural wonders, preserved with their glorious stone work, filigree, and colored roofs and arches. You can easily get transported to another place and time in these quiet and airy spaces, open to the public with no restrictions whatsoever.

Harawi Cafe 

In old Islamic Cairo and not far from the renowned Khan el Khalili market, you’ll find this lovely and quiet café that seems to be free of beggars and tourists. it’s a great place to simply relax, chill out, smoke shisha and listen to some traditional Egyptian music while you escape the oppression of the city for a while.

Street 9, Maadi

Now completely traffic free on Fridays, you’ll find a vast array of quiet-town cafes and restaurants where no one will bother you – enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the morning or evening, where most of the cafes and restaurants have outdoor seating. The street is scattered with unique places if you want to do some shopping, but also provides a great place for a quiet stroll. 54 | January 2015


Editorial Features

Discover CHINOIX at The Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel

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empt your palate at our Chinese restaurant, renowned amongst the latest signature restaurants in town, step into a world of a refined Chinese experience with stylishly decorated interiors, flaunting Chinese art and elegant antiques. Bright red double doors with golden handles, leading the way into the Chinese themed restaurant, rich dark wood furniture, ornate screens and contrasting grey and red seating puts a modern twist on the traditional ambience. The Far Eastern concept continues with decorative art pieces, ethnic background music and silk uniforms for the servers. Treat yourself to a fine dining experience and sample one of the world’s divine cuisines in a warm and traditionally elegant setting brought to you from Mainland China. Begin your culinary affair with an array of authentic Dim Sum. Indulge in a world of popular Chinese dishes; appetizers, soup, seafood mains, poultry, red meat and vegetables alongside a selection of rice or noodles followed by a scrumptious dessert menu. Discover

our signature appetizing Beijing Duck and get the opportunity to interact with Chef Yan as he prepares your duck and serves it to you at the table rolled in pancakes and cucumber sticks. If you’re seeking a private dining experience, Chinoix features a secluded dining room for private functions to suit your every need accommodating up to 10 guests in a picturesque surrounding of handmade art and opulent chandeliers.


Health

HOW TO CURE A COLD IN

24 HOURS When you catch a cold, staying in bed seems likes the only option. But with Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, it doesn’t really seem that staying in bed will work for most of us. Here’s how you can knock off a cold in just 24 hours:

CALL IN SICK If you have the flu or a bad cold, take time off to recover at home, and avoid infecting others.

TAKE A HOT SHOWER A steaming hot shower can ease your throbbing limbs, while the steam can help clear your sinuses.

HAVE A HEALTHY BREAKFAST Drink orange juice for vitamin C, and eat fruits like apples, bananas, and grapefruit, because they’re packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

STEAM YOUR FACE Try putting your head over a steaming bowl of hot water for five minutes to help soothe and clear the airways as well as coat and soothe a sore throat.

GO FOR A WALK A gentle short walk before lunchtime can defiantly improve your mood and boost your immune system. CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD AND SOUP At lunchtime, ditch the usual and go for the chicken ceaser salad. Protein helps to prompt the immune response. Meanwhile

chicken soup with lemon loosens congestion and prevents dehydration.

REST AND HYDRATE Take mom’s advice: get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. Mommy knows best!

KETTLE, KETTLE, AND KETTLE Herbal teas and other hot liquids (green tea, ginger, mint) help thin mucus and expel it from the body and are also antiviral and antiinflammatory.

EAT CURRY Ingredients in curry like ginger, garlic and chili-peppers are renowned for their anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, as well as their ability to clear the sinuses.

BATHE THOSE ACHY LIMBS End your day by giving those tired and aching muscles a soak in a nice hot bath. A final steam can knock the cold virus on the head by helping to expel it from the body.

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All Alone

The Benefits of Taking Some Time for Yourself

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t is important every now and then to indulge in some time alone away from the daily grind, whether it’s to pamper yourself or come to terms with your decisions, or just to catch up with the one person that’s really important – you! Do something (or nothing) that completely allows you to let go of responsibilities and releases your mind, allowing you to be alone with your thoughts. Here are some benefits of alone-time:

Allows you to clear your mind: There’ so much clutter in your head, isn’t there? Taking time out to let your mind breath is essential for your mental health, and grants you the ability to ‘switch off ’. The constant turning wheel of your mind is bound to malfunction if you don’t take give it a break. Sweep your mind clean every now and then and let it rest.

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all of that mental pollution that clouds your judgment and keeps you from making the right decisions, particularly if you’re inundated by stress or anxiety. Clarity is essential and can be achieved if you’re far away from the chatter of the masses.

Helps you maintain an accurate perception: Resting your mind lets you slow your pace and set things straight, particularly if you are at a time in your life where you are overwhelmed by your duties or need to make life-changing decisions. Clarity is quintessential for you to have an accurate perception, and alone-time slows you down long enough to both stop and smell the flowers, and take note of the things you’d otherwise be too busy to notice.

Allows for insight and self awareness: Maybe there’s something you’ve always enjoyed doing but have always been too busy to really give it some thought. Perhaps there are bad habits you’ve picked up along the way because of your highly stressful lifestyle – and perhaps that lifestyle needs some tweaking or major changes. Some alone time lets you take a look at yourself as you are, away from the judgments, opinions, and influences of others that contribute to shaping a ‘you’ that isn’t entirely ‘you’.

Removes you from unnecessary information: Gossip can be a killer, and there are some things out there that you are simple better off not knowing. An


overdose of information can leave you feeling stressed, depressed, or angry, and will inevitably encourage your mind to conjure situations and scenarios that never happened to begin with – leading to more frustration. Time alone is meditative if you use it constructively to ignore unnecessary information or avoid it altogether.

Things you can do on your own: Start Blogging: Writing about things often helps with clarity of thought – and blogging is the perfect arena for this sort of thing. With a multitude of free blogging websites, you can start anything from an online journal, a hobby-related blog such as cooking, arts, or parenting, or an

online community where people like you can pitch-in and share things that relate to each-other. Many incredible things have evolved from blogging, so start checking out what others have done and then begin your own. You won’t regret it.

Take Classes: Learning something new is always beneficial – firstly because you expand your knowledge and secondly, because you will be forced to focus on something else. There are a multitude of online classes that you can choose from, or you can take up something that involves being present, a sport, a language, or jewelry-making – anything that suits your fancy. You’ll meet new people and have the time of your life.

Meditate: Take up yoga or Tai-Chi, or simply settle somewhere quiet and comfortable and let your mind drift, uninterrupted for however long you like. That sort of break is essential to your brain health, where like any machine, you need to switch off and simply rest.

Pamper yourself: Make this a weekly ritual if you can – either go to a day spa and get them to squeeze the stress out of you, or, you can lock yourself in the bathroom with candles, your favorite scented bath oils, and some gentle music – and soak away as you clear your mind. Warn everyone at home not to disturb you though.

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Spices that will spice-up your love life

Looking for a little boost in the bedroom? We’ve got some spicy advice for you – incorporate these spices into your daily diets. They are known to reduce stress, increase blood flow or positively affect neurotransmitters, all of which can drastically improve your libido and make those sensual nights even spicier.

Cinnamon: cinnamon heats up your body and your sex drive. Try this warming spice sprinkled on a warm glass of almond milk.

Chilli:

It increases blood-flow and also helps the brain to release endorphins, which are a feel-good chemical. Chilli also has temporary external effects that cause the outer appearance of sexual desire, such as flushed skin and swollen lips.

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Ginger:

Just like chili peppers, ginger spices things up and increases circulation and body temperature. Famous in France for increasing sexual desire and improving pleasure, try mixing ginger tea or adding it to your next stir-fry.

Nutmeg:

This sweet spice’s aphrodisiac reputation dates centuries, where nutmeg’s warming properties stimulated sexual appetites sweetens breath. It takes a few hours for it to kick in, so try grating a little fresh nutmeg into your tea in the afternoon for a hot night in the bedroom.

Did you know?

Aniseed:

Girls, this one is for you! With a sweet licorice flavor, ancient Greek and Roman civilizations believed anise strengthened female sexual arousal. It also helps flattens your stomach – double win! 60 | January 2015

That pure dark chocolate has a centuries old reputation as an aphrodisiac? Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the same hormone your body releases during sex. It also sparks dopamine production in the brain.


Q&A

LADYBIRD’S You Ask, Experts Answer! 1

Dr. Norman Chideckel

Vascular Surgery

One calf is bigger than the other, and I’m told I have swelling from a blood clot. What can I do? Doctor’s Answer:

Swelling is the most common symptom of a blood-clot, pain is another, and this might be an ER situation. Once the diagnosis is made blood thinners are started which will stabilize the clot the body will break down the clot over time. Using compression stockings will also help.

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi Retinal Surgery

My eyes are constantly itchy. Any remedies? Doctor’s Answer:

It depends on the cause and you may need to see a doctor. But generally, artificial tears for dry eye, antihistamine eye drops for allergy, warm compresses for blepharitis all work fine.

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Dr. Monib Zirvi Dermatology

How can I treat a coldsore? Doctor’s Answer:

Initially, the cold sore appears as a cluster or single vesicle or blister on a red base. Over a few days, the blister opens and becomes crusted and then heals over the course of 1-2 weeks. The severity and length of the outbreak can be reduced using topical anti-viral creams, or oral prescription anti-viral medications.

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen

Allergy and Immunology

I have a bruise that’s been there for a month and won’t go away. Should I be concerned? Doctor’s Answer:

A bruise should not last that long. It can be either hyperpigmentation changes, but you should definitely check with your local physician to make sure that you don’t have bleeding disorder.


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Dr. David Miller Family Medicine

What is the best medication to take for water retention? Doctor’s Answer:

Water retention is a symptom of some underlying problem. The trick is to figure out what that is and treat it. The answer is often diuretics (“water pills”) but the cause will determine what kinds of diuretics or even a different treatment entirely. Definitely need to see your doctor for this

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Dr. Jennifer Haley

Dermatology

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum Family Medicine

Is it better to take vitamins in the morning or at night? Doctor’s Answer:

That decision should be based on what you’re taking and eating at that time. Calcium-containing vitamins, including multivitamin tablets, should be taken apart from a meal, particularly a dairy or high calcium meal. My basic advice is that it is probably a waste to take a supplement that is present in high levels in the meal you’re eating.

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Victoria Sanchez-Lincoln ‘Real Simple Fashion’ Director

My hair is very weak, falls and breaks a lot. I’m 24 and I have some grey hair already, Why? And what can I do to make my hair healthy and strong again?

I’m just starting work, and I’d like to know what is the stylish, classy professional look to wear to the office these days?

Doctor’s Answer:

Expert’s Answer:

There are entire books written on hair loss but a few thoughts without seeing you: take biotin, if you are iron deficient (I’d check ferritin levels), recommend OTC iron with 500 mg vitamin C 3-5 times a week. Also, have your thyroid and ANA (lupus test) checked. A study showed that a small handful of almonds a day can delay grey hair. Avoid heat and chemicals.

Look for materials that are comfortable but have an inherently dressier feel (jersey, chiffon, cashmere). Try pairing, say, a flowy jersey top with relaxed trousers or nice jeans (if your work environment permits) for an outfit that toes the line between office-appropriate and easygoing polish. Chic accessories will make a big difference, too: Tying on a beautiful printed silk scarf will elevate virtually any outfit

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Fitness

The 12 days of Christmas…

that you will have to make up for in the next 12 months!

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BY: NATASCIA PAOLUCCI agazines have two imperatives in January: Horoscope and Resolutions. We will concentrate on the second option. Indeed the beginning of the year is always a favorable time to reflect on our achievements, our goals, make an honest assessment and take (more or less) honest resolutions. To help you in the first part, here is a short quiz:

Nutrition :

1)How many calories were there in 100g of Christmas pudding? 329 Calories (of which there is 18% fat and 18% carbs). And when you think that a pudding the size of fist weighs about 10 pounds – I may be exaggerating, but not much – let me tell you that a typical service size is not 100g. Fortunately, this happens once a year!

2)How many calories were there in 100g of oven roasted turkey? 115 calories (with only carbs). Rich in protein, this may not be such a bad idea after all!

5)What food is richest in vitamin D (against the decrease in sunlight)? Cod liver oil (100g have 10 000 international units, which represent 1667% of the daily value recommended). Tastes awful, fortunately they exist in supplement pills.

6)What food did Santa want for a snack beside the chimney? Cookies and milk, what else? Now that you think of it, the man has a belly large enough to hide his feet.

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3)How many calories were there in 1 glass champagne? 91 calories and pure party happiness in every bubble.

4)What food is richest in vitamin C (against the cold season)? Yellow bell peppers (100g have 183.5 mg vitamin C, which represents 306% of the daily recommended value)


Exercise :

1)How many calories were burnt in 10 minutes of Christmas shopping? 11 calories. So be generous!

2)How many calories were burnt in 10 minutes of dancing? 37 calories. And the more crazy the dance, the higher the calorie burning.

3)How many calories were burnt in 10 minutes of laughing? 7 calories. As if you needed any more excuse to laugh out loud.

4)How many calories were burnt in 10 minutes singing carols? 20 calories. Regardless of whether you sing in tune or completely out of it.

5)How many calories were burnt in 10 minutes writing your New Year’s resolution List? 5 calories. And more in bonus if you hold them!

6)What muscles did Santa’s reindeers flex for flying? That’s a trick question. Every body knows reindeers don’t have wings. It’s all-magical. Calories 1500 stars an hour.

Now, to help you with the second part, here is a short advice: 1. Eat a little less but each a lot better. 2. Have fun working out and hard but, more importantly, work out and very hard to have fun. And, what about the Horoscope, you may ask? Well, remember Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:

Don’t underestimate the power of small changes, especially when you stick with them.

The Future is not something that you can predict. It is something that you make possible. January 2015 | 65


We are all busy handling endless tasks everyday, from work to traffic to family, and the list goes on and on. However no matter how busy you are, you can still find a way to move your body 15-30 minutes a day. Squeezing in sometime for physical exercise has a big impact on your general health.

It will help you:

• Control your weight • Improve your mood & mental health • Increase your energy • Strengthen your muscles & bones

Tips for doing physical exercise on a busy day

1. Wake up earlier: Take advantage of the good weather & wake up 1 hour early. Go to the gym, go for a nice walk or even do some exercises at home before your day gets super busy. 2. Log out from facebook & instagram: If you record how much time we waste on social media, you will be surprised! Cut out this time & do something for yourself. 1 minute of face booking can be equal to 30-40 sit-ups. • Take the stairs: instead of the elevator or even park your car 10 minutes away from work. • Or try these 4 moves whenever you allocate the time, Repeat them 3-5 rounds for an effective small workout.

1-Squat-20 Counts • Feet hip width apart • Lower yourself down until your quads are parallel to ground • Don’t let your knees come out over your toes • Hold for a beat,exhale,press back up to starting position

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2-Push up-20 counts • Place your palms on the floor out to the sides of your chest • Bend your elbows & lower your entire body • Push back up to the starting position & repeat

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Fast Workout Routines for Busy Women

3- Crunches -20 counts • Lie on your back with knees bent and off the floor • Curl up & forward • Lower yourself back & repeat

4-Plank-20 Counts • Start in a push up position keeping your hands directly under the floor. • Balance on your palms & balls of your feet • Hold this position & count 20 seconds

In the end, exercise should be considered on your priority list everyday. It will give you the energy that you need to keep you going through your busy life. Think of exercising as a long-term plan for your health maintenance and a way to disconnect from all the stress. Stay active


Nutrition

Why Eat This? Sweet Potato

• • Sweet potatoes are considered low as well as artery, blood, bone, muscle on the glycemic index scale, and and nerve health recent research suggests they may • Plant foods like sweet potatoes that reduce episodes of low blood sugar are high in both vitamin C and betacarotene offer an immunity boost and insulin resistance in people with from their powerful combination of diabetes. nutrients. • Because of its high fiber content, sweet potatoes help to prevent constipation • Vitamins C and E in sweet potatoes have and promote regularity for a healthy been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage. They are digestive tract. also high in vitamin B6, which helps • The vitamin A in sweet potatoes (consumed as beta-carotene then reduce the chemical homocysteine in converted to vitamin A in the body) our bodies. Homocysteine has been is essential during pregnancy and linked with degenerative diseases, lactation for hormone synthesis, and including heart attacks. is great for fertility. • Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in sweet potatoes that • They contain magnesium, the go-to helps with sleep, muscle movement, mineral for de-stressing. It promotes relaxation, calmness and a good mood, learning and memory.

Super Food...

Coconut Oil • Coconut oil can increase your energy expenditure, helping you burn more fat, and can kill your hunger, making you eat less without even trying. • The fatty acids in coconut oil are turned into ketones, which can reduce seizures. • Loaded with saturated fats that actually raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease. • The Lauric acid (about 50%) in coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, helping to stave off infections including candida, herpes, and influenza. • It offers major protection to skin and prevents dryness, 68 | January 2015

sagging, wrinkles, and flaking. It moisturizes and conditions skin to help regeneration, serving also as a sunscreen. • Recent studies suggest that the fatty acids in coconut oil can boost brain function of Alzheimer’s patients and protect against the disease. • It helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including IBS. It also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. • Aids digestion by helping in the absorption of nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals.

5 Word Answer

What can I eat to keep me warm in Winter? Lentils, dark chocolate, ginger, cabbage, and chili

Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?

Fix with Food

Stay away from energy drinks, and focus on getting an adequate intake of proteins, complex carbs, and fiber. Without these to sustain blood sugars, the body loses steam. Start with breakfast and include whole-grain breads or cereals and oatmeal for complex carbs. Include protein-packed foods such as yogurt, peanut-butter, cheese, and eggs. Dried fruit and nuts are also packed with essential energy-boosting nutrients that are essential, and finally, iron-rich foods such as spinach, dates, lentils, and beets. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins that cause lethargy, and remember a cup of good coffee (caffeine fix) once a day will work wonders.


Nutrition

FAD DIET BY: Noura Hassaballa

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eight loss and body image have become the topic of every woman’s gathering. Every now and then I hear about a new diet trend that everyone follows for the season, but what really took me by surprise was hearing a couple of clients telling me about the Lemon & Yogurt Diet. Obviously it’s been going around the internet that if you squeeze half a lemon on your yogurt before bedtime, it will magically melt belly fat!!! Whether it’s Atkins, detox, cabbage soup, south beach, baby food, the juice diet, or you name it, they will all take you to the same path; you will lose the weight so fast, then gain it all back even more.

How Fad Diet’s work: • • • • • •

Following a very low calorie diet that causes loss of fluids You are only allowed certain foods Very low or no carbs Limited amount of fruits per day You are promised to lose X amount of pounds in X amount days It doesn’t specify the weight loss nature (e.g. are you losing fats or losing muscles and water) • Starving yourself • Some warn you about physical activity while doing a specific type of diet Unfortunately these diets have become more popular to the public than being knowledgeable about sensible and mindful eating. Most programs that emphasize the “too good to be true” results will have potential side effects, or the results may only apply to few people. Cutting calories will help you lose weight, but being active is essential for keeping it off. Researches have shown that, people who were successful at keeping their weigh off, got an hour or more of moderate exercise 3-4 times per week. Be careful with diets that don’t promote obvious healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes. Also, if you are asked to invest in supplements, herbs, pills, or patches you should definitely ask your dietitian before consuming such things without knowing the side effects, because it can be deadly. There is no magic formula that makes you drop the extra weight in no time. Just like it took you sometime to gain the weight, it may take you the same amount of time may be more to lose it, so be patient.

How to Avoid Fad Diets • • • • • • • • •

Your body is like an engine, it needs fuel to run efficiently Know the benefits of healthy weight loss and overall health Eat everything in moderation; no food is ever prohibited Form and maintain healthy eating habits Include a wide variety of nutritious food Avoid processed food Make small changes in your eating habits Start packing your lunch and snacks to work Drink 1 cup of water before you eat anything January 2015 | 69


5 foods that will flush out nicotine from your system

According to healthy food house, these are the best foods that will help you remove the nicotine from your body..

Broccoli It is rich in vitamin C and B5. Smoking reduces the levels of vitamin C in the body. Eat more broccoli to eliminate the nicotine from your organism.

Bulletins/Nutrition

For All smokers

Spinach

Spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables, because it is not only rich in vitamins, but also contains large amounts of folic acid.

Water

Smoking dehydrates your body. According to many researchers, by drinking plenty of water you can stop smoking and eliminate the nicotine from your body.

Kiwi Fruit

This miracle fruit will help you eliminate the nicotine from your body. Kiwi fruit is a rich source of vitamins A, C and E. When you smoke, the levels of these vitamins reduce.

Oranges

Orange juice is rich in vitamin C. Regular consumption of oranges will boost your metabolism and relieve stress.

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Editorial Features

AQUA e LUCE REVIEW

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f you enjoy a touch of style and sophistication without the large helping of ‘stuffy’, the latest renaissance of Aqua e Luce at the Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers will prove too much of a temptation to resist.

The accent is on Modern European cuisine – with the accent on European rather than just French. After all, the restaurant’s name, meaning ‘Water and Light’, is Italian. Aqua e Luce, open for lunch and dinner, creates an aura of easy-going elegance among the lobby’s radiant natural brightness, water features and greenery. The new concept uses French techniques and principles, but expanded to take in the flexibility of neo-classical European cuisine. Combinations within each dish are creative and imaginative, bordering on the adventurous. The presentation is perfection, showcasing vivid and subtle colors with textures, fragrances and tastes plated in a happy harmony. It is certainly up-market with a strict and solid view of itself … featuring a structured menu where every item has its role. And don’t think you can stumble in with a crowd looking for some quick nosh. Clinton says: “Eight diners to a table will be the max, because the dishes will be prepared and timed to the minute. The dishes taken to the table have to be the best they can possibly be; otherwise we will be sending out the wrong message.” There will be no “Well I like this main dish, but could I have it with this instead of that …” Try that on and chef de cuisine Christian Cilia may come to your table to have a word. “Don’t mess with the chef!” is a jokey warning from Clinton who continues: “Everything is on the plate for a purpose.” Christian and Clinton avoid ingredients that can only make sporadic appearances on the menu. “We use Egyptian and local products wherever possible, as we want sustainability in our selection. We are making the most of what is here and the best of what Europe has to offer,” says Clinton. Each dish has stylishly simplicity, but with a substance that totally satisfies … and yet, as Christian says “I always want my diners to feel they want one more bite, one more taste.”

Christian orchestrated our meal, of course, beginning with white onion and thyme veloute and caviar nestling on its tiny spoon at the side of the dish. Terrine of duck liver and foiegras, a brioche feuilleté (that dissolved on the tongue) and Granny Smith apple butter was followed by tortellini filled with the classic Italian fontina cheese, plus chestnut puree and white truffle foam. The appeal of the menu is in exciting your sense of exploration. Christian’s choices were faultless, but I could as easily have been tempted by the olive oil poached hammour with caviar beurre blanc … butter poached lobster with leek fricassee … glazed saddle of lamb or French poularde chicken. Our main course was a parcel of veal fillet with pan-fried foiegras and the gorgeously crimson-hued red wine braised shallots. The textures and flavours of vegetables adorn the centre piece of the dishes, with subtle sensations on the tongue and surprising blends. Whatever the combination, each distinct flavour reveals its unique quality; no single taste is smothered or overwhelmed by another. Christian says: “For me, less is more. The dish should not be overpowered with excessive ingredients. The magic of food is in its simplicity. I want to share my passion for European culinary art.”


Cooking

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breasts BY: Heba Ezz

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came across this recipe a while ago, but thought I would keep it for the New Year’s dinner. I was at the store over the weekend and saw a bag of pistachios which immediately brought my memory back to this special, easy, healthy and divine dish. So enjoy this New Year’s with the crispy crusted chicken and Happy New Year to everyone.

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min. MAKES: 6 servings Ingredients: • • • • • • • •

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups pistachios, finely chopped 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup butter, cubed

Sauce: • • • • • • •

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups chicken broth 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 table spoons musturd

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Directions: • Flatten chicken breasts to 1/2-in. thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. • In a shallow bowl, combine pistachios and basil. Place flour and eggs in separate bowls. Coat chicken with flour, then dip in eggs and coat with pistachio mixture. • In a large skillet, cook chicken in butter in batches over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm. • In the same skillet, stir in flour until blended. Gradually cream, basil, salt, pepper and musturd. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken.


Banoffee Pie

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anoffee Pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also include chocolate, coffee or both. Its name is constructed from the words “banana” and “toffee”.

Ingredients: Serves: 12 

For the toffee sauce • 1 (405g) tin of condensed milk Base • 350g of digestives or biscuits of your choice • 150g of butter, melted • 1 (284ml) pot of double cream • 3 bananas, sliced • Instant coffee (optional) • Chocolate shavings for decoration

Directions: Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:3hr  • To make the toffee sauce, remove the label of the condensed milk and immerse it in boiling water. Boil the tin for 2 - 3 hours. The longer you boil it, the darker and thicker the toffee will be. Make sure that the tin is FULLY immersed in water, otherwise, the tin will explode. • For the base, crush the digestives and mix it with melted butter. Using a fork, press the digestives onto the pan. Make sure that there are no holes. Chill. Meanwhile, whip the cream until it’s stiff. • There are three ways to arrange: • Simple: Mix toffee and banana then pour onto the base. Sprinkle instant coffee then spread cream on top. • Layer - spread cream onto the base, sprinkle a little bit of instant coffee then arrange the sliced banana, spread toffee then repeat. • Layer 2 - spread cream onto the base, arrange the sliced banana then add another layer of cream. Sprinkle some coffee powder and drizzle it with toffee. January 2015 | 73


Love & Relationships

Inside His Mind

8 Sex Cravings All Guys Have

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ant to know the workings of your guy’s mind? We’ve made our efforts to find out what makes him tick and we’re sharing it with you!

1.He wants to watch Men lust after what they see, so make sure to give him an appealing eyeful. Keep some clothes on after a sexy-striptease or wear some sexy lingerie – this is just as arousing as being nude because it builds anticipation. Sometimes men prefer when you leave a little to the imagination.

2.He wants you to be naughty What little tricks can you play? Well, anything that shows him how much you enjoy sex and how much you want it with him. Let him know you’re into him - grab his butt hard when he’s climaxing or gently nip his shoulder. Or, do something unexpected like switching positions or playing with ‘toys’.

3.He wants a ‘wow, what was that?!’ experience Ladies, pull a move so wild, he won’t be able to stop thinking about it the next day. If you’ve mastered one particular technique that’s really hot and different,

the entire erotic memory will stand out in his mind. You can do this by tweaking an old trick or technique - for example, switching between oral sex and intercourse ... with him blindfolded or handcuffed.

4.He wants a woman that can turn herself on Although your man may be more than willing to do what it takes to get you hot, he wouldn’t mind if you gave yourself a running start. A number of women still believe that it’s solely a man’s job to arouse them – but this isn’t true. Give your libido a head-start and draw on the sources of inspiration that turn you on or that you use during solo selfpleasuring.

5.He wants to know what turns you on Face it – your libido is baffling to men. That’s why a guy loves it when you’re able to guide him without being bossy (unless he’s into that!). Also, while giving erotic instruction, throw in some positive reinforcement by telling him how good it feels when he does something right, or remind him of a technique that always makes you ‘happy’.

6.He wants variety Repetition gets boring, so be open to varying things in bed. Any change in speed, pressure, or position will make the act more exciting, interesting, and pleasurable. Variety keeps him guessing and in a heightened state of arousal because he never knows what to expect from you.

7.He wants sex out of nowhere He doesn’t always have to be the one to initiate sex – he wants to be seduced out of nowhere too, and it gives him a huge ego boost by reinforcing the fact that you’re really hot for him. Make it spontaneous and unexpected - ask him to pull over to a deserted spot for some fun as you’re driving home for example.

8.He wants to indulge in his animalistic instincts The best way to bring out the sexy beast in your guy is to let him initiate some take-me-I’m-yours action. He’d love to be raw and animalistic with you, but he needs to know you want it too, as long as you’re comfortable with it. January 2015 | 75


Love & Relationships

odd hollywood couples Jennifer Aniston and Adam Duritz

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko

She: Former Friends star and successful film actress; originator of “The Rachel” hairstyle; consumer of SmartWater. He: Lead singer for the Counting Crows. Status: Jen and Adam dated for a split second in 1995 before he went on to date Jen’s Friends co-star and BFF Courteney Cox. After marrying and divorcing Brad Pitt, dating Vince Vaughn, and getting involved with John Mayer, Jen’s now engaged to actor Justin Theroux.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

She: A 24-year-old, 5’2” actress who skyrocketed to fame on the NBC drama Heroes and now stars on ABC’s Nashville, has been critically panned for performances in films like Bring It On: All or Nothing and I Love You Beth Cooper. She: 44-year-old five-time Grammy Award-winning songstress; the third best-selling female artist in the United States; holder of the longest running #1 song in U.S. chart history. He: 33-year-old actor, comedian, and rapper who got started on Nickelodeon's All That, before moving on to such cinematic features as Drumline and Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Status: The duo met in 2008 on the set of Mariah’s video for “Bye Bye,” and they married less than three months later. They’re still going strong today and have since become proud parents to “Dem Babies” — twins Moroccan and Monroe. 76 | January 2015

He: A 37-year-old, 6’6” actor and professional boxer from the Ukraine; sixthlongest reigning heavyweight champion of all time. Status: The couple began dating in 2009, and Hayden appeared at many of Klitschok’s most important fights. Their 1’4” height difference seemed to prove to be too much, however, and the duo split in May 2011. But — twist! — they not only got back together, but got engaged!


Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

She: 51-year-old actress and producer with over 30 years in the entertainment industry; nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and People’s Choice Awards; previously married to Bruce Willis; the mother of three daughters ages 24, 21, and 19. He: 36-year-old actor known for his portrayal of moronic goofballs like Kelso on That ‘70s Show and Jesse in Dude Where’s My Car; avid Twitter user; previously linked to January Jones and Brittany Murphy. Status: Demi and Ashton announced they were dating in May 2003 and married two and a half years later. In October 2011, it was revealed that Ashton had cheated on Demi with 22-year-old Sara Leal on the night of their sixth wedding anniversary. Shortly thereafter, Demi revealed her intent to file for divorce. Ashton is currently married to his former ’70s Show co-star Mila Kunis and just had their first baby girl.

Brody Jenner and Avril Lavigne

She: Canadian singer-songwriter known for hits such as “Complicated” and “Sk8r Boi”; designer of the punk rock-inspired clothing line Abbey Dawn; ex-wife of Sum 41 lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley. He: Son of  Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner; stepbrother to the Kardashian sisters; starred on the MTV reality shows Princes of Malibu and The Hills; dated fellow reality stars Kristin Cavallari, Nicole Richie, and Lauren Conrad. Status: Brody and Avril began dating in February 2010, but broke up in early 2012. Though their affinity for hoodies and trucker hats once brought them back together, the two have officially gone their separate ways. Avril is now married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy

She: 27-year-old former child actress and one-half of America’s most famous set of twins; catapulted into stardom at the age of nine months on TV’s Full House; now an accomplished fashion designer whose empire is worth over $1 billion. (Sound familiar?) He: The 44-year-old half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Status: Nope, that’s not her dad. These two have been PDA-ing it up since May 2012, and rumor has it that they got engaged in February 2014. January 2015 | 77


Mother & Child

Working Mothers

Ways to beat the guilt and keep kids from feeling neglected

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ome people still think that a “good mother” is one who gives up work to stay home with her children. But no scientific evidence says children are harmed when their mothers work. A mother who successfully manages both a job and a home provides a role model for her child. A child’s development is influenced more by the emotional health of the family and the quality of child care. A child who is emotionally well adjusted, well loved, and well cared for, will thrive regardless of whether the mother works outside the home or not. However, it’s never easy being a mom trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. Being a full-time working mother can lead to feelings of guilt and stress because of divided attention between work and family. The key is to focus on a plan, get organized, and find the right balance between profession and parenthood. Here are a few ways to help make sure both your career and your family flourish.

1. Let the Guilt Go. Rather than panic about how you’re not with your child, think about how your work is benefitting the family. Perhaps you can afford certain classes or educational opportunities for your children or you’re able to put away savings for college. Accept that there will be good and bad days. Mothers should know they are not alone and they should discuss their feelings with partners or support groups. 2. Find Quality Childcare. Ask your network of friends and family for references to nannies, babysitters, and daycare centers. Create a list of criteria that are important and then schedule time to interview qualified childcare providers or to tour local daycares. A good childcare provider should have extensive experience, excellent references, and a record to prove it. A good daycare facility should have flexible hours, outdoor

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space, up-to-date licenses, and employees who have had their backgrounds checked. 3. Make the Mornings Easier. Avoid a crazy morning by getting organized the night before. Pack the kids’ lunches, lay out their clothes (plus your own), and have everyone shower. You should also decide in advance what to make for breakfast, and repack the diaper bag, backpacks, purses, or work bags to be placed by the door, right next to your keys, so you can grab them and lock up on your way out. Knowing that the chunk of your morning tasks are completed will allow you to spend more time eating breakfast with the kids without rushing out of the house.


4. Create and Organize a Family Calendar. Figure out your family’s priorities. A calendar can include dates when bills are due, a list of school and family events, extracurricular activities, birthdays, and more. Set aside 15 minutes each Saturday night to review and prepare for the upcoming week’s schedule and share it with other family memebers. 5. Communicate with Your Employer. Every employer is different, but most should be aware that you have a child and hence can be called off for emergencies at any given moment. Try to be as open and honest as possible, and be prepared to present alternative solutions, such as a trial period of your projected work schedule so you can show how any arrangement in the benefit of your child won’t restrict productivity. Also, moms seeking maternity leave should ask two questions when speaking with a supervisor: “How much time can I take off ?” and “How much of that time will be paid?” Discuss using short-term vacation/sick time to cover some of your time away from the office. 6. Stay Connected During the Day. Stay connected with your children even when you’re not together. For moms with younger kids, consider recording yourself talking or singing on a video or record your voice reading along to a children’s story. If you’re going to miss or be late to an older child’s event, give him/her something special in the morning, like a good-luck charm or a personal note. Look into options for filming the event so you can watch it later and not miss a moment. During your breaks at work, call your child if possible.

9. Create Special Family Activities. Making time for your kids is crucial, both during the week and on the weekends, to nurture your family dynamic and allow everyone to bond. If you’re pressed for time, have a family breakfast or a family night with board games or movies. Create activities that regularly fit into your schedule so everyone knows what to expect and what to look forward to. During family outings, avoid talking about work or checking your phone. Instead, focus on your child’s interests, friends, classes, and hobbies. With older children, ask for their activity suggestions and try to meet their needs. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do it together. 10. Create Moments for Yourself. By managing time wisely, you can fit in valuable “me” time regularly. A refreshing break will help you recharge while taking care of personal needs. Lose yourself in a book before you go to sleep, take a bubble bath once a week, or treat yourself to a spa day. Fit in time for exercise (like a yoga class) or focus on a hobby. Remember to eat well and get enough rest -- simple things that even the smartest moms neglect.

7. Kill the TV. Or at least dismember it, especially during meals. The result, not surprisingly, is better table talk and a less circus-like atmosphere at dinner. Sitting down to watch a particular show or video can be a great way for families to relax together, but having the TV on in the background all the time just adds another level of noise and stress. Or consider this: No TV Monday through Thursday nights. More time for homework, reading, talking, playing. Sounds better, doesn’t it? 8. Take a day off every now and then. If you aren’t saving up for a long vacation this year, take off a day a month instead, or use one of your sick-leave days. If school is in session, allow your child to miss the day, so you can spend it together. Sleep in late, cook breakfast together, head to the zoo or park or mall, then go out to eat. At home, you can read together, play a video game, or just chill out on the couch and watch a movie. You don’t have to do anything special or expensive to make your children feel loved. January 2015 | 79


Mother & Child

Home from School

How to keep your kids busy and yourself sane during the holidays

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he holidays are here! While this might be a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together, we understand that there will be times when you really wish you could keep them occupied while you did your own thing. We’re here to help you! Ladybird’s maternal staff have put their heads together and come up with sure ways to keep you and the kids sane during the holidays with minimal damage.

Make their own characters You can’t go wrong with arts and crafts. Stock up on paper, material, glue, beads, play-dough, glitter, lace, buttons, anything – even broken gadgets – and have your kids work on making characters out of them. You’ll be surprised at their creative genius, particularly when you ask them to give their characters a name and make up a story about them. You might even want to join in the fun yourself!

Let them make an artsy mess: Kids will be kids – it’s unrealistic to expect they’ll mind the furniture and carpets, so stay ahead of the game and cover your furniture with old bed sheets, newspapers, or plastic – and pull out the art supplies! Invest in large sheets of paper, crayons, pens, markers, and let them go crazy. This will not only occupy them for hours, but will give them the indulgence of expressing themselves without limitation.

TIP Take it a step further and let them design their own t-shirts or keep a ‘creations’ book.

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Word-search puzzles These are extremely easy to make or buy from a local bookstore, and will not only keep your kids occupied for ages, but will also enhance their observation and determination skills.

Lego Lego bits are only a pain if you accidentally step on them, but otherwise, they’re the most harmless toys ever. Suitable to ages 3 and up, your kids can create worlds with Lego – arches and bridges and buildings and cities. Clear an area where they can spend their time building and working out architectural


Movie Marathon Screen one film after the other – but not just anything! Focus on sequels that have 2, 3 or even 4 parts, or general themes. Ask your kids what they’d like to see and make an age-appropriate selection together. You can set up your viewing area with beanbags and comfy blankets and pillows just to set the scene, and turn up the volume. Have a big supply of popcorn ready though – it might take all day!

Bake together Keep them away from the knives of course, but there’s no harm in inviting them into your kitchen, giving them a bowl with flour and milk and sugar and butter and asking them to help you make a batch of cookies or a cake. Decorating the end product is also a part of the fun.

Work-out video Speaking of videos, there’s actually a lot of fun in having your kids try the latest workout. Pop in a DVD or a downloaded minimal impact aerobics workout and have them follow the moves. This is a fun activity that you can do together or let them do on their own – either way, they physical activity is great for them in the absence of PE classes at school.

Ladybird suggests these movie sequels: • Shrek (1 & 2) • Toy story (1, 2 & 3) • Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) • Night at the Museum (1 & 2) • The Never Ending Story (1, 2, & 3) • Spiderman (1, 2 & 3)

Where to leave your kids during the day in Cairo? If you have children around or under 2 years of age and you’d like to leave them somewhere safe where they can both learn and have fun during the day, Ladybird has found a few places that might be of interest to you. Check these out: • Kindermusik with Suzy: The American kindermusik program is available in Heliopolis, Cairo. During the class, your baby will get the opportunity to develop language, motor, social, cognitive, emotional, and music skills. All instructors are trained and licensed and will guide moms and babies through the class. In class, moms and babies will play, listen, sing, move, dance and giggle. It is plenty of fun. For more information, call 012 73155993. • Dados Early Stimulation Center:  Previously located in Zamalek and now in the 6th of October city. Take your little one to a music class where he/ she will enjoy interacting with other babies, move to, and enjoy the music. For more information, call 012 23155521 • Artomania: A Mohandessin-based art center specializing in children’s fine arts such as drawing, crafts and sculpting. ArtoManiA triggers the little ones’ imagination with new techniques and ideas that help them to develop and enrich their talents and artistic skills in all fine arts fields under the supervision of professional instructors and trainers. For more information, call 014-1661166 January 2015 | 81


Features

The Most Dangerous Foods for Pets

Can a little reward from the table really hurt your pet animal?

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BY: DR. IBRAHEM SABRY TAG EL DIN

ecause they are such picky eaters, we sometimes think they know what they should eat. But for example, did you know that a chip with guacamole can cause your pet some real problems? In fact, there are lots of foods people eat that your pet should NEVER eat. And it is not just because of weight. Some foods are downright dangerous for pets and some of these common foods may surprise you.

The world’s most dangerous food for pets

1-cooked bones (stomach lacerations) 2-too much dairy (diarrhea) 3-some types of mushrooms (shock , death) 4- caffine (vomiting , diarrhea , toxic to heart and nervous system) 5-walnuts and macadamia nuts (nervous system and muscle damage) 6- xylitol, such as found in gum and candy (liver failure, hypoglycemia, death) 7- raisins or currants (kidney failure) 8- too much onion or garlic (blood cell damage, anemia) 9- grapes (kidney failure) 10- too much fatty food (pancreatitis) 11- chocolate (toxic to heart &nervous system, death) 12- bread dough (gastric distention, metabolic acidosis, CNS depression) 13- alcohol (coma, intoxication, death )

• Keep your pets safe and healthy - In case of accidental ingestion of any of these mentioned foods, consult your vet as soon as possible. 82 | January 2015


The Best, The Top & the must do

Your Getaway Lujo’s Fresh Junk Take away restaurant Who says Fast Food can’t be Gourmet? Lujo’s have defied the rules of gastronomy and are bringing to you for the first time in Egypt, fast food, all gourmet, all fresh and all made from the highest quality of ingredients. Get ready to enlighten your taste buds; ordering food will never be the same again.The latest eatery to hit Zamalek brings you a downright delicious fusion of fast-food made with super-fresh ingredients, they combine years of experience, local produce and international influences for a bite like no other.

Must try Givenchy Le Soin Noir Cream aka Black Magic! Givenchy Le Soin Noir contains an extremely precious, natural age-defying ingredient that will secure its status in your antiaging routine. Used for the first time in cosmetics, Vital Black Algae Sap Concentrate restores communication between the skin’s cells. Givenchy’s researchers have developed a method to infuse this potion with a rare black algae extract to help maintain and prolong cellular longevity. Parched skin drinks in the hydration it needs leaving your complexion firm, glowing, and even-toned.

Did You Know? There is a bra that doubles as a gas mask. It’s meant to be snapped off and put over the mouth in the event of an emergency.

Not to be missed! Magrabi Opens the Biggest Optical Shop in Egypt From Chanel and Prada to Bvlgari, Ray Ban and Burbery, customers will have access to it all at Magrabi’s biggest optical shop in Egypt. The shop also provides customized optical care and services to a growing customer base. Located in Marghani street, the new showroom includes the latest and most prestigious brands of lenses, eyeglasses and sunglasses, in addition to professional optical medical staff specialized in the eye care world. January 2015 | 83


Reviews

album

Three years after breaking out with ‘212,’ Banks makes a bold EDM-rap statement After a two-year standoff with Interscope, Azealia Banks triumphs with her self-released debut. She nods to club kids of all ages by infusing elements of jazz, deep house and U.K. garage into tracks like “Desperado” and “Chasing Time.” Her most impressive fusion, “Gimme a Chance,” starts with the bubblegum of Tom Tom Club and turns into a bilingual hip-hop joint brimming with AfroCaribbean tumbao rhythms. This just might be the year’s boldest release.

movie ‘Al-Sefr - A documentary film about the human rights for the poor in egypt Salma Sarhan directed the documentary film ‘Al-Sefr, which she wanted to represent the undermined rights of the unknown and misunderstood who reached rock bottom, and who believe that they’re not rights, they’re just unneeded luxury and that’s why she called the film ‘Al-Sefr where one guy said that he reached rock bottom that he was ‘Al-Sefr. The film focuses on substantive rights, freedom of expression and torture in prison . Salma Sarhan graduated from MIU University and was trained at Sky News Arabia. She then went to the USA where she worked as an assistant director in some of the documentary films.

book How To Be Both: A Novel By Ali Smith There are two published editions of this odd, bifurcated novel. Depending on which copy you end up with, you’ll either start with the story of the artist Francesco del Cossa, a Renaissance Italian fresco painter, or that of George, short for Georgia, a ‘60s teenager who recently lost her mother. Either way you will have the delightful experience of reading something truly innovative. The stories illuminate each other differently based on the order in which you encounter them. And the writing isn’t outpaced by the inventiveness of the structure — it’s vivid and tender and funny. And what a feat! a book so tightly constructed that it contains not just two narratives that themselves explore duality, but two wholly different encounters with the book itself.

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resturant & cafés

“Shakespeare and Co.” to be Launched Soon in Egypt Shakespeare and Co., the Dubai-based franchise that was recently awarded the “2014 Best Middle East and North Africa Franchise Brand”, has decided to inaugurate its first branch in Egypt. They currently have 37 branches in the Middle East, and an aspiring plan to launch 10 branches across Egypt over the upcoming period with investments worth EGP 100 Million. The café restaurant concept of Shakespeare and Co. is a proven and winning combination that satisfies customers’ desires for great food, delicious beverages and a truly unique experience and ambience.

A performance evolution: the new Porsche Cayenne Firmly cemented in its position as a sports car amongst SUVs, the new Porsche Cayenne is poised to redefine the segment with a sharpened design, enhanced efficiency and an extensive selection of exciting features as standard. With more power and comfort than ever before, the new Cayenne is extending the brand’s heritage of performance excellence and showcasing the latest evolution of Porsche design DNA.

Mercedes-Benz adopts a more “Fuel Efficient”, responsible power train and energy saving technologies for the Egyptian market The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a perfect example of the benefits of the advanced BlueEFFICIENCY technologies which return a more than economical fuel consumption figure of just 5.0 litres/100 km for the C180. Yet BlueEFFICIENCY is more than just an engine, it also includes countless systems, such as ECO start/stop function which shuts down the engine when the vehicle is stationary and switches it on again when the brake is released, in practice the ECO start/stop system operates virtually unnoticed by the drive reducing fuel consumption by average of 15%.

stores

BHS opens first store in Egypt in Citystars The renowned British retailer, British Home Stores (BHS), opened its doors for the first time in Egypt in Citystars, Cairo. The store, which carries a modern and stylish décor, boasts a space of nearly 900sqm offering a range of departments for Women, Men, Kids, Lingerie and Home.

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Now open, Mavi Jeans at Cairo Festival City Mall. Mavi Jeans is a brand of denim jeans founded in 1991, based in Istanbul, Turkey. The company manufactures jeans for both women and men, targeting a younger age group.

Ode to Our True Selves “Ode to Our True Selves”, a group art exhibition hosted by the SODIC Art Initiative and Artist and Curator Nihal Wahby took place at SODIC’s Westown Hub. The exhibition showcased artworks by renowned artists Adel El Siwi, Gazbia Sirry, Mohamed Abla, Tharwat El Bahr, Mohamed Monaiseer and Nihal Wahby, as part of a series of art exhibitions using unconventional spaces in Cairo to encourage liberating one’s mind and soul. Several of the pieces were contributed by the Pharos Art Collection. Study: TV’s tastemakers are on Twitter Ipsos MediaCT released their new whitepaper “The Twitter Effect: Understanding Twitter’s Role in TV Behaviors,”which details how Twitter users “exert more influence upon a spectrum on behaviors related to viewing TV shows than non-users.” The findings show that Twitter users are TV influencers across every measure analyzed: what to watch, how to watch and where to watch. 86 | January 2015

Now Open: Located in New Cairo, “Palestra” is more than a health and Fitness center. It is simply your visa for wellbeing. Enjoy a friendly and convenient environment with variety of programs including fitness and dance classes, massage therapies, makeup and tattooing, and much more!

Provision of distinctive services in the field of physical therapy & Alternative Medicine with different techniques from our counterparts of other centers, through the provision of Modern and distinctive therapeutic Services at the highest professional & technical level, via elite cadres trained to provide discriminative care & concern in the scope of confidence and comfort between us & our honorable guest.


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Dusit Thani Lake View Cairo appointed Nairy Hagopian as the new Public Relations Manager.

A Spa Soirée was held at the Fairmont Nile City’s Willow Stream Spa with music, training, and cuisine for its members.

Oriental Weavers will invest 90 Million In 2015 to expand its production and efficiency through launching a new automated warehouse and 3 new production lines. Google’s 2014 ‘Year in Search’ showcased the people, topics, events, and places that captured the world’s attention in 2014. 88 | January 2015

Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino in Cairo gave out their Employee and Manager of the year awards . Conrad Cairo threw a cocktail reception welcoming the Michelin star Chef Thierry Verrat, attended by ambassadors, high society personalities, & the press. Indian “Rakhshan” Cinema Company announced the details of filming its new movie “Love in Cairo in a press conference at Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel. The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a 13week intensive startup program launched to support new businesses.

Hilton Taba Resort & Nelson Village Marked 25 Years of Success and Hospitality in 2014.

FORTUNE at Cairo Festival City Celebrated it’s 1st Anniversary. Fairmont’s Saigon Lounge hosted a “Sinatra” night in celebration of the legend’s birthday with Egypt’s number one jazz entertainer Ahmed Harfoush.

The Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan welcomed the annual Quality Tourism Alliance (QTA), Germany’s biggest tourism fair 2014.

MARCEL OOSTENBRINK WAS APPOINTED AS THE NEW RESORT MANAGER AT THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT HOTEL IN SHARM EL SHEIKH.


A new cooperation is celebrated between Jeep and Harley. Hilton Worldwide hosted a Gala Dinner at the Ramsis Hilton celebrating another Year of Achievements in Egypt. InterContinental Cairo Citystars Front office team has celebrated the 10 years anniversary of InterContinental® Ambassador loyalty program.

THE FIRST EVER ISADORE SHARP AWARD OF EXCELLENCE WENT TO THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL CAIRO AT NILE PLAZA. DHL Express flew 15 tones of blankets and clothes to Egypt for the campaign in support of the ‘Egypt is Warm’ Campaign.

OSN AND VIACOM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA NETWORKS PARTNER TOGETHER TO LAUNCH THREE NEW CHILD AND YOUTH CHANNELS IN MENA.

The InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the new Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi, on the Banks of the Nile River. Juhayna “Zabado” joined the Egyptian adventurer Galal Chatila on his tour “Egypt on 2 wheels”, a journey to support the youth.

Cairo Marriott announced the promotion of Yasmine El Gammal from Marketing Coordinator to Assistant Marketing Communication Manager. Radisson Blu Hotel in Alexandria hosts it’s new ‘Radisson Got Talent’ competition for their employees.

The Egyptian Junior Chef Team of InterContinental Hotels Group Citystars won the title of African Culinary Champions 2014 at the African Culinary Cup competition held in Johannesburg. SODIC: The Allegria raises EGP 100,000 in its annual Cancer Awareness charity Golf Tournament. Ministry of Sound came to Cairo in December with “Music above All,” a unique music event. The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme Launched its $100m programme to empower next generation of African entrepreneur, including Egyptians.

Samsung Electronics Egypt Launched its First Samsung SONO School in Egypt’s Ultrasound Fetal Care Unit at Ain Shams University Hospital. Emaar charity group ended the year by handing out blankets to those in need. Palm Hills Club in 6th of October Welcomed the Football Legend Xavi Hernandez and a team of 15 Spanish trainers.

Ariel hosted its First “Art of Home Hospitality” Day with actress Dalia El Beheiry and Etiquette Experts. January 2015 | 89


Capricorn December 22 - January 19

Life: Paying attention to your look and attitude will show you where you can make adjustments to raise your game. This is an excellent time for you to focus on healing emotional or psychological issues that might be holding you back from enjoying your life. Love: There are no disappointments this month. Harmony will prevail in your love life and you’ll want to spend as much time as possible with your beloved. A new relationship is highly indicated for single Capricorns. Career: If you are thinking of a career change or wanting more from your current role, you should make bold moves right away. Right now you have a real chance to change the balance in your favor and end a long-lasting stand-off.

Pisces Now is the time to go into art, dedicate yourself to something greater than just solving day-today problems. Try to separate yourself from everything trivial this month and dive into yourself for a change. Aries Do only what you think is the acceptable and correct thing to do. Your conscience should be the measure of all your actions. Just note that the results of your actions and decisions will always stay with you, so think it through first. Taurus Listen to your intuition this month. Do not worry if you made a mistake somewhere and lost track something important. Just step back, and regroup your energy; move forward once you carefully and fully analyze your situation.

Fashion Tip: You’ll always look best with a bit of soft hair about the face, so have your hair cut in a way that hits the shoulders and face with bangs. For your closet, stick with classic styles and earthy tones – the same with your make-up

Gemini During this month, you have a unique opportunity to gaze at your life with a clear eye and realize some truths that you’ve been avoiding. Consult your inner voice, and be happy doing what you think needs doing – it’ll be fine.

Aquarius You will face a new branch of growth for your relationships with relatives, close ones and your second half. Nothing will be required of you, as everything will fall into place precisely the way you wanted it to.

Cancer Don’t lose your temper; concentration and self-control are your allies. It is not the time to solve everything by brute force and through unyielding and irreversible decisions. Be flexible and easygoing, and do not take everything to heart.

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Leo Do not be afraid to widen the horizons of your competency. If awareness and your level of mastery permit you do something, then do it. You just need the desire and a little bravery to take a leap. Be strong, but flexible. Virgo Your life energy will be as strong as ever this month, and undoubtedly you should use it! Your empathic abilities will multiply, which means that you have a chance to surpass your enemies and achieve your desired goal in the shortest of time. Libra Your doubts are your worse enemies – do not lose confidence in yourself and others. Sympathize, love, be amazed. If you are able to maintain this until the end of the month, expect a surprise that might change your life forever. Scorpio you’ll be grantecd several moments that you will never forget; positive situations when your wishes will finally obtain their real manifestation. You should surround yourself by your most trustworthy friends and actively take on challenges. Sagittarius Don’t be afraid to say the truth out in the open this month, no matter how sharp the truth might be. While conflicts at work may arise, do not be afraid to be victorious, even if you think the situation could have been handled more softly.


On Spot European Bazaar

at The Conrad

For the fifth consecutive year, The Cairo Conrad hosted the awaited annual European Embassies Charity Bazaar. Each embassy offered the best their countries had to offer from local beverages to artifacts for sale.

SODIC -Winter Festival

at Westown Hub

SODIC has welcomed the festive holiday season this year at Westown Hub, SODIC’s latest addition to its developments. The Winter Festival was filled with various activities for the whole family ranging from the magical experience of meeting Santa, playing in the snow, a joyous kids area, live entertainment, delicious food, and various markets.

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On Spot Reception ceremony at

Wojouh, Mohandsen in the mids of Christmas and new years celebrations, the Monhadsein branch of Wojouh stores. Not only celebrated Christmas but also the change their global name from Faces to Wojouh. The celebration was attended by many women of Egypt’s elite community as well as member of the media and businessmen.

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On Spot Uptown Cairo

Christmas festival Santa is coming Uptown A jolly Christmas celebration at the Uptown Cairo Clubhouse. Exciting variety of kids’ activities brought to you by lego. Parents also enjoyed live entertainment by The Riff Band and a Christmas bazaar by United Group.

January 2015 | 93


On Spot Kempinski Hotel

Soma Bay hosts Mr. and Mrs. Germany After a fierce catwalk competition, photo shoot and spectacular show, the guests of Kempinski Soma Bay, Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay management, and a jury with representatives from the international show business, crowned Babette Kronauas as Miss Germany 2015.

Fairmont Nile City

Lights up its Christmas Tree Fairmont Nile City hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event at Onyx Lounge. Decked with a life-size gingerbread house and a towering Christmas tree, the event kick-started the festive season celebrations. The event had the ultimate Christmas spirit. Santa Claus’s appearance with his elves added a magical flair, giving out Christmas stockings full of gifts and treats, leaving the kids star-struck.

94 | January 2015


On Spot Joe Fresh And Retail Group Egypt Announce Opening Of First Stores In Egypt Loblaw Companies Limited (“Loblaw”) and its affiliates, the owners of the Joe Fresh® brand, in partnership with Retail Group Egypt, (a subsidiary of Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co.) , celebrated the opening of the first Joe Fresh store in Cairo Festival City.

January 2015 | 95


On Spot Nespresso

offered a unique and enjoyable experience during

“HACE HOTEL EXPO 2014” Nespresso participated in HACE HOTEL EXPO 2014; one of the biggest and most important exhibitions for hotel supplies and restaurant equipment, held in Cairo International Conference Center from 11th to 14th of November, 2014.

Massimo Dutti

Unveils Expanded Men’s Section at CityStars Massimo Dutti invited fashion bloggers and lifestyle media to the sophisticated opening of the newly expanded men’s section of the luxury brand’s CityStars location. In line with the store itself, the expanded section invokes a sense of exclusivity, specially designed to provide the most refined customer experience.

96 | January 2015


On Spot Miss Belgium 2015 at Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh

Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh hosted the 30 final contestants of Miss Belgium 2015, where one of them will be crowned as “Miss Belgium” for year 2015. The event took place for a week at the Palace, where the final competitions and photo shooting sessions took place in the Luxurious Palace settings.

Azza Fahmy Jewellery

Celebrate Their 45Th Anniversary In Collaboration With The Cairo Marriott Hotel Azza Fahmy Jewellery celebrated their 45th anniversary at the Cairo Marriott Hotel with the launch of its ‘Mini Series’ collection on December 8th, 2014.

January 2015 | 97


On Spot Sonesta Hotel Tower & Casino Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo has recently hosted the subscribed teams of the Middle East and North Africa Special Olympics Championship, for special needs people that was held in Cairo. It took place at the Cairo International Stadium and all the players enjoyed their stay and the great ambience of the hotel.

Social Gathering at Abu Ali Café

Hilton Zamalek

The newest and trendiest meeting spot in the heart of Zamalek is Abu Ali café and restaurant. The café is serving local food and beverages and shisha in a style, and provides famous games such as backgammon, dominos and play station.

98 | January 2015


On Spot B没che de No毛l at

Sofitel El Gezirah

Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo organized the annual B没che de No毛l cocktail reception, celebrating 50 years of Sofitel luxury. Cairo's elite were in attendance to celebrate and enjoy their delicious buffet & entertainment.

Novo Nordisk (NN) Egypt celebrates

the launch of the new breakthrough, Liraglutide In a spectacular event at the Citadel, NN celebrated the launch of the new breakthrough Liraglutide in the Egyptian market, giving new hope to the Egyptian diabetics to live normal lives. The event was moderated by Prof. Salah Shelabya, former head of the Department of Internal Medicine at Ain Shams University. Dr. Mohamed El Dababy gave the opening speech, followed by a speech by the Ambassador of Denmark in Egypt, H.E. Pernille DahlerKardel.

January 2015 | 99


On Spot Le Meridien Cairo Airport “Frida Kahlos” Event Launches Mezzeh and Indochine in Style

Le Meridien Cairo Airport welcomed the holiday season with a special event at two of the latest additions to its extensive repertoire of F&B outlets: Mezzeh, a modern Lebanese restaurant and Indochine, an Asian-Fusion restaurant.

Ralph Lauren

Opens First Polo Store in Cairo, Egypt Ralph Lauren is pleased to announce the opening of its first Polo store in Cairo. On the ground floor of the Downtown Katameya Mall, the new store is fully dedicated to the Polo Ralph Lauren men’s collection. Spanning over 210 square meters, the space will celebrate the heritage and youthful appeal of the iconic brand and feature a full assortment of Polo apparel and accessories.

100 | January 2015


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