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Glamorama:

Katy Perry’s Retro Style + Zoe Saldana’s Fashion Evolution

Pump Up The Volume:

THE SECRET LIFE OF JANUARY JONES

Big Hair Is Back Beyond The Beach Poolside Chic + Hot High-Street Buys

Life Advice From Ultra-Successful (And Happy) Women

SUMMER OF STYLE

JET SET: BEAUTY TRAVEL TOOL KIT | CHIC ON THE STREETS OF SPAIN THE BEST OF BRAZILIAN FASHION | ROMANTIC RUSTIC RETREATS

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ON THE ROAD WITH EW

Clutch Amanda Navai at Saks Fifth Avenue

Spain Editor, Sophia Serin

Cherith Nicholl enjoying the museums in Madrid

France Senior art director Jan Stoop on a sunset cruize in the Maldives

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Elle Timms in the gardens of the historic Vichy mineral water springs

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ost of us are given advice every day, sometimes without even noticing it. Whether it be from a partner, friend, television show or even magazine feature, advice on how to eat, dress and live can be found everywhere (whether you like it or not), and for me, giving advice is part of my job. Some of my favourite words of wisdom come from the author Robin Sharma who said: “The purpose of work is to help people. The other rewards are inevitable by-products of this singular focus.” This is a working piece of advice I keep close that impacts on all areas of my life. Another pearl of wisdom comes from our controversial cover star January Jones who lives by the mantra: “You have to have fun and take risks, otherwise it becomes boring. I approach the way I work similarly. The jobs I take, the movies I make; I always want to challenge myself.” This month, we turned the tables and asked women in the UAE (and with a few celebrities thrown in) what was the best advice they have ever received (page 51) and the results are as thoughtful as they are functional.

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34 Hot Under The Collar Seriously hot style buys for the summer 37 Pump Up The Volume Big hair is back and means business 41 Get Packing Be holiday-ready with these suitcase essentials 44 Mad About The Girl The enigma that is January Jones 51 Get The Message Rules for life you need now 82 Celeb Style File Tips from the top

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Cinderella Story Chopard shoes Fashion Moment Zoe Saldana Fashion Column Pump up the volume Black Book Of Beauty Beauty Box Get Packing Summer suitcase essentials Hair Trend Wash ’n’ go

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54 Life Aquatic We’re all at sea with the most glamorous of summer gowns 64 Beyond The Beach Why Brazilian style is much more than just samba and swimwear 67 The Pin-up Behind the beauty scenes on Katy Perry’s ghd shoot with David LaChapelle 70 Competition Win a signature fragrance by Chloé 72 A Floral Tribute On location in Provence to uncover L’Occitane’s latest fragrance 20

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STAY OF THE MONTH THE LYALL, MELBOURNE

Melbourne is the cooler, more cosmopolitan city to Sydney’s touristy haven – full of boutiques, cafÊ culture and laid-back living. For a hotel that does boutique to perfection, it’s the impeccably turned out The Lyall in South Yarra. With only 40 suites, the emphasis is very much on a low-key but highly personalised experience – one that oozes sophistication. Each suite comes complete with a fully-kitted out kitchen and sitting room, with all the little personal touches that make it feel like home. The spa is quite the lure for locals (which gives you an idea of its reputation), while the Champagne Bar is also a delicious draw. Perched within walking, or short tram, distance to the centre of town, the beach (St.Kilda) and Brunswick (boutique shopping), it is one of Melbourne’s elite resting places. www.thelyall.com

ON THE EDGE It was great to see rising singing sensation Florrie on the pages of EW. I have been following her music for a few months and thought it would be at least a year before our region caught wind of this talent. The Renaissance Girl fashion shoot was equal parts edgy and chic and I found it refreshing to see something a little alternative in the local fashion scene. Ajmanna Al-Khoury, Dubai

SECRET SCENTS I really enjoyed reading The Secret Garden beauty feature. Now more than ever it seems we are scent-obsessed, searching the shelves to ďŹ nd a fragrance to perfectly suit our style. Hermès is my favourite brand for handbags and other accessories. It’s the epitome of beautiful, quality craftsmanship and to learn more about its perfumes and the people behind them in your article was really interesting. I will deďŹ nitely pop out to purchase the new Un Jardin Sur Le Toit fragrance! Abigail Schuman, Abu Dhabi



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WANDERLUST

Unleash your inner

adventurer with this coffee table tome from CondĂŠ Nast Traveler. Guess the destination of the 100 anonymous vistas or simply admire the stunning images shot by world-class photographers. www.shopatassouline.com

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For a twist on the traditional safari, sign up for an ‘art safari’ – perfect for those who can wield a paintbrush with panache and a love of the great outdoors. With all the usual trappings of a safari – exotic animals, luxury-eco lodges, and breathtaking vistas – an art safari allows you to indulge your imagination while committing your memories to canvas, rather than just a camera. Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia‌ Africa is your oasis. www.spencerscotttravel .com Ol Pejeta Conservancy, an art safari highlight with Spencer Travel

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ROMANCE IN RIO

The colourful capital of Rio de Janeiro boasts beautiful views, beaches and bodies, while the atmosphere refuses to be anything other than electric. That said,

GREEDY GETAWAYS

As a self-confessed foodie, I’ll admit that when picking out my yearly getaway I do tend to steer towards locations where I know the food will be delicious (I have enjoyed pasta in Italy more times than I care to share). So I was more than a little excited to come across the Globetrotting Gourmet feature in your June issue. I found the piece informative and personal, enough to encourage me to start saving for a trip to Shanghai so I can chow down on your recommendations. Thanks EW. Megan Tinsley, Dubai even the hardiest of party-lovers needs a recluse to recharge at and La Maison is the perfect place to do just that. Perched on a hill in GavÊa, La Maison is a guesthouse exclusive, stylish and charming in equal measure. With just five bedrooms, a luxurious lounge and a garden boasting monkeys and toucans, it’s an insider secret well worth shouting about. www.lamaisonario.com

SUITCASE ESSENTIALS

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SUMMER DEAL

Hotels that cater for both kids and adults are vital for family summer holidays. Set in a tropical paradise, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is making it an even more perfect choice of destination by offering three complimentary nights with every four consecutive nights booked in a pool villa. With breakfast, dinner, golf and water sports thrown in for free, we know where your Louis Vuitton luggage will be heading! www.fourseasons.com

Beauty and the beach

Wrist-candy alert courtesy of Longine’s Dolce Vista

Bulgari’s Tubogas bracelet is perfect eveningwear

Omega’s Ladymatic sits pretty and timeless

THE FORD AFFECT Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing a little exposĂŠ on my favourite designer in your Tom Ford’s Femmes Fatale feature. There is not nearly enough written on him and he is a true talent in the ďŹ eld of fashion. His S/S 11 collection was pure glamour and I will most deďŹ nitely be picking up a few items, if there is anything left! Concessa Ghandian, Dubai

THIS MONTH’S STAR LETTER RECEIVES A ONE-MONTH FITNESS MEMBERSHIP AT NATURAL ELEMENTS SPA & FITNESS, LE MÉRIDIEN DUBAI, WORTH OVER DHS1,500. Looking to beat the heat and get your fitness fix this summer? Natural Elements Spa & Fitness is the place to be. With a leading edge fitness centre overlooking landscaped gardens, four outdoor swimming pools and flood-lit tennis courts all under one roof, staying firm and fit is just a step away. Your membership also entitles you to various discounts for pampering spa and beauty treatments at the Natural Elements Spa and Finishing Touches Salon. For more information, log on to www.lemeridien-dubai.com To take advantage of a one-month membership simply write to The Editor, Emirates Woman, PO Box 2331, Dubai, UAE or send an email to emirateswoman@ motivate.ae. Name and address must be supplied but a non de plume may be used for publication. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and suitability.


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Known for his showstopping eveningwear, Lebanese designer Elie Saab has launched a new line of fragrances and cosmetics. The designer’s first fragrance is available in selected UAE stores this month.

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Head to the recently opened Istanbul EDITION hotel, located within the city’s Levent neighbourhood and featuring a Cipriani restaurant and ESPA spa. Celebrity guests attended the glamorous launch party, including style aficionado Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson. www.editionhotels.com

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Modesh World is back (June 20 - Sept 20, Dubai Expo Centre), which basically means the summer is well and truly here, along with the largest indoor ‘edutainment’ event in the region. This summer’s shopping festival (Dubai Summer Surprises) also runs throughout July. Fast-fashion store Iconic is offering up to 60 per cent off selected items this month – shop for quirky accessories, short shorts and other high summer staples. Iconic, Deira City Centre (04) 2943444

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During July, Thai Privilege Spa is offering Emirates Woman readers Dhs200 off a Themed Spa Journey package. Quote ‘Emirates Woman’ when booking and take your EW July issue with you when visiting the spa. Thai Privilege Spa (04) 3489679

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With bite-sized edible accessories including miniature white chocolate evening bags and key lime sun hats, the new Fashion Afternoon Tea at Raffles Dubai is not only scrumptious but it also reflects the key colour-blocking trends of the season. Deliciously irresistible. Raffles Dubai (04) 3248888

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During July, August and September Ritz-Carlton members can choose from 10 adult weekly fitness classes including spinning, circuit training and boot camp for only Dhs1,500 per month. For further details, call (04) 3186184, www.ritzcarlton.com

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Recently opened in Dubai’s Oasis Centre, Balance Café boasts food charts detailing the benefits of what you’re about to eat, making for a welcome alternative to the city’s overpopulated fast-food chains. Located on the third Level of the Oasis Centre

Previewed during the Burberry Prorsum S/S11 show, the new foldable Burberry Brights eyewear comes in a myriad of colours, including fuchsia, beetroot and lime. At selected Burberry stores and Burberry.com


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COVETABLE POSSESSIONS

A-list actress Jessica Alba has been named as the new face of Swiss jewellers Piaget for the launch of their new collection, Possession. The campaign, shot by famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, highlights the brand’s exquisite white, yellow and rose gold pieces with plenty of layering and chain designs. Available at Piaget stores

A NEW CLASSIC Cartier is not just a one-stop shop for fabulous gems, it offers the finest leatherware, too. The lightweight Marcello de Cartier collection mixes beautifully rustic canvas and exotic leathers to create the ideal holdalls for summer. They will also take you through the winter months due to a special rain-resistant treatment, officially making them the perfect fashion investment. We love the Classic Feminine Dhs6,100 and the Marcello tote bag Dhs2,950, available at Cartier stores.

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TIME FOR A CHANGE

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The 12.5cm-high pink satin sandals displayed a staggering 600 precious gems, comprising of 22 carats of diamonds, 199 carats of pink sapphires and 134 carats of rubellites, strung together by rose gold chains at the ankle. The shoes were set off by Anja’s sky-blue ostrich feather cocktail dress by Emilio Pucci with a matching pair of briolette-cut stone hoop earrings.

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Zoe steals the limelight in a backless, crimson Prabal Gurung creation teamed with Ferragamo heels to provide a fun pop of colour. Rarely shying away from bright hues, Zoe often opts for red carpet ensembles that will get her noticed.

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sought-after advertising campaigns as she was made the face of Calvin Klein lingerie, joining the ranks of some of the fashion crowd’s most noted members, such as Kate Moss, Lara Stone and Scarlett Johansson. Having dabbled in fashion design in the past with fledgling label Arasmaci, set up with her two sisters, it looks like the red carpet’s hottest recruit could be turning her attention to extending that passion in the future. Inspired by the designs of close friend Prabal Gurung a collaboration could be in the pipeline, allowing the less fashion savvy to emulate her ever evolving style.

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Giving the LBD an architectural spin, Zoe shows off her dancer’s legs in lacy Vionnet. Statement cocktail rings and YSL Trib Two pumps give her an edge without detracting from the dress.


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here has been a trending ‘look’ that has reared its head in recent weeks, and thanks to a couple of outings from the itsy bitsy likes of Cheryl Cole and Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s caused quite a debate. However you choose to take it, the days of a Dynasty backcombed bouffant are back, and I, for one, am smiling about it. Big time. Hair matters; it’s by far the best image transformation tactic a woman has in her arsenal when it comes to getting ready for a night out. Dress and make-up alterations obviously make a difference, yes, but couple either with hair that looks as dull as dishwater and you may as well have not bothered at all. It ain’t called your ‘crowning glory’ for nothing, ladies. In fact, one of the few pieces of fashion and beauty advice I swear by (along with wearing all black on days when your brain and wardrobe are united in malfunction) is that so long as your hair looks great, the rest will fall into place. And what says über-feminine glam more than a big old swish of salon-fresh hair? Nothing, that’s what. Luckily, we have landed in a location where blow-dry stylists are masters of their trade and salon staff rarely stray from the ‘bigger is better’ rule. If a new salon is what you need, try out Ted Morgan, Palm Jumeirah (04 4308190 / www.tedmorganhair.com) that offers a Ladies Night Special every Tuesday with 30-minute appointments starting from Dhs100; ideal for any sudden office-tooccasion panics. Regarding our locks, though regionally rich in diverse expert help, we lack in a summer climate that cares. Even with the best will in the world, a simple trip to the salon isn’t enough to make volumised hair work – you need a full can of L’Oréal’s Elnett spray, everyone’s favourite golden oldie, to stand half a chance. More often than not, the temperature will bring on the frizz and your attempt will become an epic hair fail. A good way to create dramatic height in this instance is to reach for a doughnut – the netted, structured bouffant-bun, up-do creating variety, available from all good pharmacies. However, the only way to make

big hair work is, simply, to have lots of it. If you must fake it to make it, ensure your salon supplies Great Lengths (04 3211423 / www.greatlengthsuae.com) – the most natural looking, simply applied human hair extensions on the market. From the days of Brigitte Bardot and Aretha “I’m a big woman, I need big hair.” Franklin the foundation of a voluminous

‘do’ has meant fabulous glamour. The key to avoid tacky connotations being, quite simply, how one combines it with the rest of the look. As a good friend states, echoing Aretha’s wise words, “Bigger the hair, smaller the body.” Not exactly a problem for the diminutive likes of SJP and Cheryl, nevertheless, in the real world it’s essentially physics – and to me, that’s a no brainer. ■ JULY 2011

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The Organic Macadamia hair treatment (Dhs150) at Vanilla By Jelena spa is the secret in taming unruly hair. An elixir of macadamia oil, argan oil and algae extracts is slicked through damp hair and, after working its magic for just seven minutes, a super glossy mane emerges. www.vanillabyjelena.com

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As high heel addicts, our feet are always at the mercy of our fashion follies. Reflexologists state that the soles of our feet are a reflection of the internal organs of the body. Put your feet up for an hour (Dhs120) at The Mary Foot Spa where therapists will knead away any tension. www.maryfootspa.com

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It’s great to find facial fixes that ensure a quick, refreshing result just in time for those summer rays. Enter the Diamond Peel (Dhs700) at Eternel Medspa. The three-step application of ‘good acids’ to the skin via an exfoliating, gunk-extracting, diamond-encrusted vacuum tube will leave your skin feeling ultraclean, not to mention radiant. www.eternelmedspa.com

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Nothing says, ‘I’m all woman’ like a little Dolce&Gabbana, and the brand’s S/S11 make-up line lives up to its reputation. Animalier is a sensual palette of chocolate, red hues and nudes. Inspired by traditional Sicilian culture, the collection is filled with must-have leopard print bronzers and deep berry lipsticks. “What I love about the Animalier collection is that it is so versatile – there are no rules because the palette is so compatible,” says make-up guru, Pat McGrath.

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SKIN SCIENCE Dubbed the M.A.C of the skincare industry, Euoko, (named after a statue in Cambodia) is now available in Dubai. A hit in the US, Euoko was created after years of scientific research on bio, peptide and nano-technologies. Five different colour-coded collections are available that fight wrinkles, dark circles, pigmentation, acne, skin fatigue and more. Euoko is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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In-the-know Parisian beauty brand Nuxe has recently launched a new body care line that promises both efficacy and pleasure. Included in the range is the brilliant Body Contouring Serum For Embedded Cellulite, which makes baring your beach body a little less daunting. Body scrubs, shower gels and body moisturisers are also on offer packed with trustworthy, paraben-free ingredients. Prices start at around Dhs50, available at pharmacies across the UAE.

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Sisley has us swooning over its new Nutritive Handcare treatment (Dhs320). This rich cream is packed with nourishing plant extracts such as shea butter, sunflower oil and guava. With temperatures rising, we are now firmly in the grip of an Arabian summer, so keep dehydrated paws moisturised by keeping a Nivea’s new suncare range. The tube of this long-lasting and sweet smelling emollient in formula makes us reminisce about our favourite beach your bag at all holidays, while the very high times. factor keeps those pesky Sisley is available wrinkle-inducing UV at Harvey Nichols. rays at bay.

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Enjoy the scents of summer this season with Revlon’s new scented nail polish collection, which are infused with classic summertime fragrances such as Coconut Crush, Ocean Breeze and Mad About Mango. These limited edition polishes are available at Lifestyle, Dhs30 each.


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Top Dubai-based hairstylist Maria Dowling explains the secret to perfecting summer’s ‘unstyled’ look. “Wash and go hair is a great look any time of the year, especially when the heat and humidity rises and hair is best left to its own devices. If you’re blessed with naturally wavy hair, you don’t need to do much to achieve the Thakoon look. Whether your hair has little or lots of movement, start off with a body building shampoo to crank up the volume. Dry upside down using your hands to ‘rake’ through the hair. When dry, blast hair with cool air to set and finish off with a little styling wax. “Whatever the trend, make the summer as ‘product–free’ as possible; keep hair maintenance simple. If it’s curly, don’t spend hours trying to tease it straight – go with the curl. Keep the special effects for special events and stick to simple for everyday. Always start with the very best shampoo you can afford, and remember that the best shampoos treat the hair and scalp. To make sure hair looks its best, have regular trims.� ■ THAKOON

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THE GIRL Candid, controversial and something of an enigma, Mad Men’s January Jones is the silver screen’s bright young thing. The question is, who exactly is she? Emily Baxter unravels the mystery… nless you’ve been on an extended sabbatical in the Himalayas for the past few years, you couldn’t have failed to notice the impact of Mad Men, the TV series set in a 1960s advertising company centred around Don Draper, the agency’s dashing go-to guy. However, it’s Don’s wife, Betty, who has caught the attention of the show’s female viewers. The job of playing Betty’s mysterious, repressed and rebellious suburban housewife fell to virtual unknown January Jones. The last four series of the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning drama have been the slow undoing of Betty – all unravelling breakdowns and break-ups, beautifully executed by January. But as mysterious and contrary as Betty is, the equally mysterious, and perhaps equally rebellious, January sees her and raises her at that game. Having flown low under Hollywood’s radar since her acting career began in 1999, the last four years have afforded 33-year-old January the spotlight – but perhaps not for all the right reasons. For someone who’s been in the game for over a decade, one might assume she’d learnt a thing or two about handling herself ‘out there’, but January ever-so demurely marches to her own tune and says what’s on her mind – but only when it pleases her, of course. “I come from a family of very outspoken women, who speak their mind,” she says, “So I can’t imagine living in a time when you couldn’t express what you felt, or having the lack of choices women had back then.”

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January, who is due to give birth this autumn and also the star of movie-of-the-moment X-Men: First Class, is charming, mysterious and outspoken in equal measure – and the very fact we know so little about her makes us want to know her all the more. Subtly sweeping into Hollywood and onto the set of Mad Men amid a sea of red lips, floral frocks and blonde locks, viewers and critics were left wondering ‘who’s that girl?’ Google searches throw up little in terms of back story while tabloid gossip focuses very much on the ‘now’, and bar the few interviews she’s done with the likes of GQ, Allure and W magazines, she keeps fairly tight-lipped about her life – past and present. However, the complicated conundrum about January Jones is that when she does finally pipe up, she likes to flirt with controversy. Not quite Megan Fox or Lindsay Lohan proportions, but neither the ‘butterwouldn’t-melt’ you might expect; she’s clearly no dumb blonde and won’t be told what to do. Take her role in Richard Curtis’ comedy Love Actually in 2003, for example. Having been cast as a dizzy American, when it came to her scene she took control of the script and, unimpressed with the material, started ad-libbing. Considering this was one of her first big feature films, it was a bold move. “The minute I got on set, I started improvising,” she says coyly, “and before long the producer took me to one side, saying I can’t do that to Mr Curtis’ script!” Fortunately for January, her play on boldness didn’t backfire. Another, perhaps more scathing, revelation is the tête-à-tête she had with Zach Galifianakis last month at a party in LA. They hadn’t met before and according to Zach, the story goes: “She was like, ‘come and

“I FELT MISERABLE, I HATED MODELLING. WHEN I MOVED BACK TO NEW YORK I LEFT MY AGENCY AND DECIDED TO GO TO LA AND TRY ACTING. WITHOUT ANY TRAINING” sit down’. So, I sit at her table and we talked for 10 minutes. Next thing, she says, ‘I think it’s time for you to leave now.’ I told her that she’s an actress in a show and everybody’s going to forget about her in a few years, so she should be nice. I then got up and left.” Not the smartest move considering The Hangover star is the golden boy of the moment. For every person in the anti-January camp, including critics who sniped hard after her Saturday Night Live show in 2009, there are plenty in the pro-January camp. Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men, said: “January has an athletic intensity to her acting. She found a way to make Betty’s lack of self awareness so believable.” Donatella Versace, who asked January to be the face of Versace’s S/S11 campaign, called her “the perfect Versace woman of the 21st century”. So who is this woman who has polarised opinion in such a short space of time? To unravel the mystery of January Jones, the easiest place to start is with her name – it sounds almost too glamorous to be true, rolls deliciously off the tongue, and oozes Hollywood potential. “It comes from a novel my mother once read called Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann,” she explains. “The main character was January Wayne and my father liked the way her name sounded with Jones.” Her childhood in Sioux Falls, Dakota, was more ordinary than one might expect. Her two younger sisters kept her in check, while an after-school job at Dairy Queen and a “dream of becoming a storm chaser” kept her out of trouble. “I didn’t really act up until my early teens as I was always babysitting, so I think I was a pretty sweet kid. But,” she laughs, “I didn’t have parents like Betty!” Her next role aged 18 was as a model – most prominently for Abercrombie and Fitch – but her desire to play a clotheshorse was short-lived. An epiphany at 60’s icon Jim Morrison’s graveside in Paris provided January with her light bulb moment. “I felt miserable, I hated modelling. When I moved back 46

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to New York I left my agency and decided to go to LA and try acting. Without any training.” This move saw January bounce from casting to casting, emotions worn on her sleeve and vulnerabilities barely buffered. Her next smart move was to date teen pin-up Ashton Kutcher. However, by the end of the relationship he unceremoniously criticised her acting credentials. “He was like, I don’t think you’re going to be good at this,” she explains. “Of course, he only has nice things to say now – but, if anything, I should thank him. Because the minute you tell me I can’t do something, that’s when I’m most motivated.” It is with this determination and an ability to portray raw emotions that landed her the role of her lifetime as Betty Draper – a true tour de force. And for anyone who doubts that a pretty face won’t necessarily get you far in Hollywood, just remember Cameron Diaz and Charlize Theron – both ex-models and now award-winning actresses. Cynics be silenced. After four years playing Betty, January is under no illusion how easily she can be typecast. “The writing gets more interesting and more bizarre – it’s phenomenal. I’m very protective of Betty but I’m also aware that my character can be very ugly and unattractive. That said, when it came to X-Men, I was also coming off the back of two dramatic movies (Unknown and The Hungry Rabbit Jumps), and another season of Mad Men… I’ve always been very choosy about the roles I take, but I was ready to do something a bit more fun.” However, as fate would have it, this instalment of X-Men was also set in the 60s. “When I heard that, I was like ‘Oh my goodness, you must be kidding me!’” She laughs. “But I read the script and familiarised myself with the character [Emma Frost] and realised she’s so, so far from Betty and the movie isn’t a period film.” The only pressure January put on herself for the role in X-Men was physical. “The costumes are insane and it’s a lot of body conscious stuff,” she laughs. “If you look at the comic book, she’s barely dressed! She’s got quite the bod, which is very intimidating.” And so to the figure that’s seen January regularly rate in mens’ magazine’s Hot 100 lists – how does she maintain it? A self-confessed gym-loather, it takes something more ‘creative’ to get January to workout. “Hula hooping, yoga, hiking, dancing, tennis – anything that doesn’t feel like punishment!” As for her diet, well, she does as she pleases. “I eat healthily, especially now, but if I feel like a cheeseburger I’ll get one and not feel guilty. I just don’t do anything routinely.” It’s clear that January’s not all about diva-like outbursts – it’s just another piece to add to the jigsaw. Away from the cameras, talking about her off-duty look, she says, “You know what, I don’t get recognised that often because I wander around in jeans and T-shirts with my hair in a 48

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ponytail.” That said, when a red-carpet occasion does beckon, she gladly obliges, telling GQ magazine: “The fashion, the dressing up… that’s the stuff I really enjoy.” However, she sometimes worries how she’ll continue to up the ante. “I love the whole finding a dress and feeling glamorous, but the judgement that goes along with what you’re going to wear is silly. You have to have fun and take risks, otherwise it becomes boring.” With a similar outlook to work, she says: “I approach the way I work similarly. The jobs I take, the movies I make; I always want to challenge myself.” There’s no doubting January’s one tough cookie, but even cookies crumble. And so to whom does she turn when in need of a sympathetic shoulder? “Family. My parents and my sisters. Every once in a while, if it’s something work-related, I’ll talk to my co-stars, because sometimes my family doesn’t understand that aspect of my life,” she explains. A typical homebody who likes to sleep, dine out, see friends and do up her house, January is clearly enjoying her pregnancy. “I’m just kind of in that nesting phase – preparing my house and stuff.” With no weird cravings to date? “No! I wish I could tell you something interesting, but I can’t!” And so to baby names. Perhaps September or after one of the X-Men characters? “That would certainly make headlines, wouldn’t it!” she laughs. With babies ticked off, where does she see herself in 10 years? “Well, ideally I’ll still be doing this job, challenging myself and taking risks but just not be doing it quite as much. I want to do more for my personal life – something just for me. I need some sort of creative outlet.” The question all die-hard Betty fans want to know is how Mad Men’s writers will work her bump into the show. “I have no idea yet,” she laughs. “I guess they might hide it or maybe write it in that my character has put on a lot of weight!” If it’s a case of divide (opinion) and conquer (Hollywood), it seems it’s the critics who are doing the dividing, while she’s doing the conquering. And love her or hate her, January refuses to let others have the last word. “I don’t fear judgement or the critiques. I don’t let it affect me.” And, with the level of whirlwind success she’s had, why should she? “Success for me is to feel happy 80 per cent of the time – that’s been my goal in life. I want to know how to be happy. But then there’s the feeling that I’m not always satisfied. I have that thing in my stomach where I just need to keep striving for things. In my mind, I want the fairytale.” X-MEN: FIRST CLASS IS IN CINEMAS NOW ACROSS THE UAE, OMAN, BAHRAIN, QATAR AND KUWAIT.

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DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY As simple as it sounds, my father always said to me, “If you are happy, you will never go wrong.” This was particularly right when it came to my career. While my cousins and friends were forced into certain fields, I was given the freedom to choose my path and was supported all the way. When I moved to the Middle East almost 10 years ago, many of my family and friends said it was a bad move, but I did exactly what made me feel good and it was the best decision I have ever made. SOPHIA SERIN, Editor, Emirates Woman

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YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE When I was about 16 I had an amazing basketball coach, who is still a very dear friend today. I was going though a rough period and felt very low. Things always seemed black or white and I was yet to learn that there are grey areas, and that the way one deals with a difficult situation defines and shapes your character and the outcome. I had an eyeopening conversation over the phone with my coach. He dissected my situation, showing me how, in the entire helplessness of a situation, I still had a choice. He taught me that being helpless is only a state of mind, in most cases at least, and that although not always ideal, you will always have a choice. RANIA KFOURY, account manager, Image Nation

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE I remember my brother, Alberto, saying this piece of advice to me when our father had passed away from cancer and we had just launched our brand in September 2007 – everything seemed impossible. “Be patient and have a clear vision. Don’t dwell on the negatives. Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your victories.” NATALIA BARBIERI, co-founder of Bionda Castana

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WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? My mum often uses the old adage, “what’s the worst that could happen?” and nine times out of 10, it’s to persuade me to take risks and leaps of faith. She said it to me just a few weeks ago when I was making the decision whether to change jobs. I love that she will always be the one convincing me to just ‘jump’, in matters of both life and love. After all, your 20s should be about having adventures! EMILY HOULTRAM, marketing manager for Caprice Holdings

When I was young, I remember my father being very careful with money – and I’ll never forget his words telling me that it doesn’t come easy so we all need to work hard for it. He also said that we should appreciate and be thankful for every blessing we receive. Now that I have my own business, I have learned how the real world works and I truly understand the weight of his words. He instilled in me a strong, and tough, work ethic that means I push myself to succeed even when I face problems. I learnt a lot from my dad, and I hope I can share his knowledge with my children. RAHIL HESAN, owner and designer of Warda Haute Couture

AGE IS NOTHING BUT A NUMBER I have a feelgood phrase that I’ve often heard my 95-year-old grandmother say.

On her birthday takes a long time to each year she says: “It phrase says it all grow young.” I think the and live your life – stay happy, feel happy is still alive and to the fullest. And yes, she with an incredible kicking and mighty strong, zest for life. ner and partner Muskan Taurani, ow of C’est Moi

GIVE A LITTLE RESPECT Okay, it’s a little schmaltzy, but this one piece of advice has resonated loudest and longest with me – treat others as you’d expect to be treated. Sure, nobody’s ‘nice’ 100 per cent of the time, but there’s no excuse for treating people with disrespect or discourtesy. In life, you get out what you put in – if you’re rude or disrespectful to others, how can you expect anything else in return? I know life doesn’t always work like that, but we’ve all got to start somewhere. EMILY BAXTER, deputy editor, Emirates Woman


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ALWAYS STAY TRUE TO YOUR PERSONAL STYLE The greatest advice I’ve ever received works for both my personal and professional life – always stay true to your own, unique sense of style. As a fashion stylist, I’m constantly surrounded

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There’s not enough time to look back and think ‘what if’ – you always have to move forward. I never want look back on my life at 80 and think ‘ah, if only I’d done that…’. You only get one chance to live life and there’s no time for regrets. When faced with difficult decisions, I always bear this in mind. When I was first offered the chance to move to Dubai, I faced all the ‘what ifs’ of moving abroad, but realised that I could just as easily stay in England and end up thinking ‘what if I had moved to Dubai’. So I packed up and went. There’s always a ‘what if ’ waiting

around the corner, but I would much rather say I tried something even if it didn’t work out rather than live with never knowing. ALEXANDRA SCHUMACKER, beauty PR, EuroRSCG

WITH ACCEPTANCE COMES PEACE In my mid 20s I underwent a time of worry, questioning my career goals and financial position. I left my job as a lifestyle PR for one in a corporate environment, thinking this was the key to ‘moving up’. Only after nine months of misery did I realise I was far better suited to a fashion and luxury environment. I moved back to my old position and it truly felt like coming home. Modern life offers a myriad of options, but understanding and accepting who you are and what makes you tick will stop the endless mental questions and inner angst and allow you to get on with it! In moments of self-doubt, I hear my old colleague, Tam, saying, ‘with acceptance comes peace’. I laughed at the time, but I remember the moment and I think she had a point. SOPHIE TOH, director, Toh PR

ADVICE FROM THE A-LIST PENELOPE CRUZ “You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else’s point of view.” JENNIFER GARNER “If you have a tough road in front of you, it’s your responsibility to make it as joyful for yourself as you possibly can.” ALEXA CHUNG “It’s old, but there’s so much truth in it. My mum said, ‘Always be nice to people on the way up because you’re sure to meet them on the way down.’”

HELENA BONHAM CARTER “The wisest words came from my mother who told me to ‘never put your self-esteem in the hands of strangers’. Put simply, you should never read your critics.” BEYONCÉ “Beauty fades, but inner beauty is forever.”

ZOOEY DESCHANEL “The advice my mom gave me was to put on lipstick, and that would solve the problems of the world.”

JENNIFER LOPEZ “My mum told me that if ‘you want to be in this business, you gotta be tough. You gotta have a thick skin and not worry about what people say and just do all the beautiful things I know you can do.’” RACHEL MCADAMS “I’ve admired Diane Keaton for always looking so fabulous in the mornings in fantastic high heels and dresses, whereas as I like to ‘save my good stuff’. She once said to me: ‘There’s no time like the present to break out all your best things. It’s there to be used and you need to treat every day that way.’” JULY 2011

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LOVING WHAT YOU DO IS THE ONLY WAY TO BECOME GOOD AT IT... This advice came to me at a very pivotal time in my career when I had a choice to opt for the easy option or take a leap of faith and start my own business. It came from an old school friend who told me to ‘love what you do, as that is the only way you will become good at it’. He had also just started up his own business, which is now one of the most reputable graphic design companies in Australia. I followed his advice, opened my own business and found it the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. As long as I’m passionate about something, I know I can do it. SACHA PLUMBRIDGE, director, Sublime Models & Events Management

by the latest trends, colours and collections so it’s hard not to buy into every look that graces the runways. The truth is, not all of these trends suit my frame and it would be insane to bounce from one to the other every five minutes. The trick is to reference these trends while maintaining your very own ‘look’, so you always represent your personality. I have a feeling that following this advice is the work of a lifetime, but I’m willing to work on it... NATALIE TREVIS, fashion stylist, www.stylephilesdubai.com


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razil might have some of the world’s best beaches, gorgeous weather and a carnival atmosphere that resonates around every city, but when it comes to fashion it is not all gold lamé hot pants, exotic beachwear and those off-duty staple of the shoe world – Havaianas (made in Brazil – naturally). Until you’ve experienced what this incredible country has to offer, it is easy to dismiss Brazilian fashion – which is worth an incredible $52 billion a year – as anything more than samba and swimwear. But attending the Minas Trend Preview – one of the biggest fashion events in the country – was not only a chance to see the forthcoming S/S11 collections (summer starts in December), but also to witness what the Brazilian’s do best – creative catwalks infused with a happy local spirit and a lot of excellent designs that wouldn’t be out of place in the UAE. In fact, many of the designers brought their collections to the Emirates for last years Who’s Next fashion event and received a positive reaction from shoppers. The Minas Trend trade show, held in the industrial city of Belo Horizonte, is a preview of what to expect at the large runway shows held at Fashion Rio and São Paulo Fashion Week. Now in its eighth year, the event hosted 31 brands and 19 catwalk shows and was curated by well known Brazilian designer Ronaldo Fraga. Under this edition’s theme of Oxygen, Fraga chose different looks from the various collections and built an amazing opening show featuring vibrant hues, colour blocking and a lot of sheer fabrics. Highlight collections included Alessa – renowned for her modern prints that would suit both the Copacabana beach set as well as Dubai’s high society ladies – and Gig by Gina Guerra – a relatively young brand that makes very wearable clothes with a modern and feminine edge. Here’s our pick of the best shows…

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ALESSA Founded in 2002 by Carioca Alessa, the label sticks to its South American roots but adds a touch of modern day sophistication. The S/S11 collection has a very Brazilian touch with fun, flair and florals ruling the runway. Models were adorned in shimmering silk metallic midi dresses (very now), printed kaftans inspired by the Amazon and bold floral print maxis tied at the waist with bright yellow leather belts. Hair was worn up and accessorised with elaborate embellished hair pieces which cascaded down the models’ faces.

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Inspired by Brazil’s Japanese population, the designers – Barbara Maciel and Louise Cristine – mixed contemporary Japanese design and traditional crafts from the Far East, such as origami, to produce a chic tailored collection for modern women. Red, pink and white dominated the collection and kimono style maxi-dresses, worn with large belts that looked like exotic lilies, created a stylish silhouette. But the biggest runway wow factor was the fan effect dress worn with highwaisted pure silk shorts in midnight blue, teamed with red Mary Janes.

VIVAZ Bringing together the many characteristics of the Brazilian people, Elizabeth Faria, the designer behind Vivaz, closed day three with a glitzy show of glorious eveningwear. Frou frou frocks, gold and fawn coloured lamé dresses, turquoise one shoulder gowns and staggeringly high heels were in abundance. Elizabeth is not ashamed to exploit what Brazil does best – party – and showed the audience that fun doesn’t have to mean fast fashion. The luxury line, which is exported to the Middle East, did show some chic casual wear, but it’s this collection of feminine frocks that really brought the house down.

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The 70s influence was a huge trend at the international S/S11 shows and that was no different in Brazil. Large floppy hats, tailored flared trousers, highwasited shorts and crochet waistcoats adorned the open air catwalk set within 3,000 acres of Brazil’s finest parkland. Snakeskin is also a huge trend for S/S11 and Patricia Motta incorporated it into everything from vest tops, to mini skirts, to jackets and belts, in a variety of neons and rainbow brights. A beautiful, sophisticated and very on trend collection from the woman whose name has become a byword for quality.

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only artist to have spent an entire year in the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Whether it was her out-there lyrics or kitsch stage outfits (best described as a fruity cocktail of colour) that put her on the radar of hair conglomerate ghd, (good hair day) she certainly attracted its attention, and has since become the new face of the brand. Photographed by world-renowned David LaChapelle for the ghd campaign, Katy showcases the latest hair trends in a

whirlwind of colour and dream-like sets, adopting different characters as the shoot unfurled from bohemian goddess to glamorous vixen. The ghd shoot was perhaps a nod to her own electrifying stage personas, but then there aren’t many women who can stand shoulder to shoulder with leggy Victoria’s Secret models and proudly hold their own, as she did whilst performing Firework at the lingerie brand’s annual fashion show. JULY 2011

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e role h t n o s e k a t y Kat vixen of a red-lipped because it’s something I’ve done before, and it’s something I know I can do well. The 1980s look was really hilarious and fun. It was a very bold move. I’m even using that look in an upcoming music video, which is going to be exciting. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WAY TO WEAR YOUR HAIR?

Curls and colour-blocking rock for new wave Katy CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE THE NEW FACE OF GHD!

Thank you! I was really excited to work with ghd because I’m always changing my style and keeping it fresh. When ghd approached me to be its new face, I looked at its range of products and saw how spontaneous they are, from the hot pink flat iron to its work with David LaChapelle. It’s a very fashion-forward and bold brand, so I want to be associated with them. YOU ARE VERY CONFIDENT AND SUCCESSFUL – WHAT’S YOUR SECRET?

It’s really all about developing who you are inside, first and foremost. I believe in integrity, respect and independence. I can be a feminine woman without being a male hater.

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Well, my hairdresser was using the hot pink flat iron, and I had never seen a hot pink one. I was really amused by the packaging and learnt that it’s one of the best styling tools out there. Flat irons are fantastic because it’s an easy way to look like you’re fresh out of a salon.

day, rather than every single day, so it doesn’t dry out too much. Your natural oils are friends, not foes.

I’ve always really loved the 1940s, from the pin-up girls to the Stepford Wives. I love the timelessness and classic feeling of that era. All the women were well manicured and very prim and proper. Even though they weren’t quite as independent as we are now, the way that they presented themselves was practically perfect. I love that about the 1940s.

I think sleep is the key – eight hours is a must for me. I think that hygiene is also really important – I’m a big teeth/breath hygiene person. I think bronzer and a little bit of mascara go a long way, too. I love trying different types of mascara. The blue mascara from Dior is really fun – it gives you a whole different look.

WHO DO YOU COUNT AMONG YOUR OWN STYLE ICONS?

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There’s a big range of women who have influenced my style, from fictional to real life characters. Lolita, for instance, because of the way I imagine her and the way I’ve seen her in both black and white and colour movies. For cartoon influences, it’s Judy Jetson, Betty Boop and Wonder Woman. And, of course, the real people: Dita Von Teese, Daphne Guinness, Agyness Deyn, Chlöe Sevigny. These women are my style icons.

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THE GHD SHOOT IS BASED ON BYGONE DECADES – WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE?

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EW gives you a sneak peek through the lens at the backstage production of the photoshoot

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Katy is poised and ready for her close-up, cue famed fashion photographer David La Chapelle.

Katy is transformed into a bohemian goddess

DRESSING ROOM SECRETS A rail bursting with neon brights, accompanied by seriously high statement shoes, makes for a wardrobe ready for fashion play

GIRL ON SCREEN With her big personality and equally impressive pout, Katy lights up the small screen

THE SET RULES From the boudoir to the swimming pool, intricate sets are the key to creating a dream like scenario

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PERFUME RULES Whether you are captured by the bold colour palette or fresh sweet scent, the peony, with its plethora of petals, is having its moment in the spotlight. The peony takes the leading role in the new L’Occitane Eau de parfum, Pivoine Flora.

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helm of global beauty brand L’Occitane En Provence. At L’Occitane, its beauty philosophy pays homage to all things organic. Led by modern day eco warrior Olivier, the company prides itself on safeguarding Mediterranean tradition and the environment. For L’Occitane it is nature that bestows the secret of eternal youth. Considered as the go-to brand for natural beauties in the know, L’Occitane’s fans get ahead of their contemporaries in the beauty stakes by arming themselves with best-selling products like the Almond Supple Skin Oil, Shea Butter Hand Cream and Lavender Extra Gentle Soap. The latest fragrance launch, Pivoine Flora, unveils a new star ingredient; enter the peony.


INTERVIEW WITH... FOUNDER OF L’OCCITANE, OLIVIER BAUSSAN

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WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR LOVE OF PERFUMES?

My first memory was when I was walking to school with my brother. I was seven years old and loved the smell of the honeysuckle. The hotel Couvent des Minimes is set in the breathtaking hills of Provence

After a fragrance masterclass with nose of the newest scent, Sidonie Lancesseur, we set about creating our own version of the fragrance

WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU HAD AN APTITUDE TO CREATE FRAGRANCE?

I bought a very old distiller machine, I repaired it then I made my first essential oil out of rosemary, which was plentiful where we lived. HOW DID YOU START THE BRAND L’OCCITANE?

One day I was walking by an old run down soap factory, the sign outside attracted me so I went inside. There I met an elderly gentleman who owned the factory. We spent an entire day talking and he gathered that I was very passionate about fragrance. The gentleman had no children to pass on his legacy to, so he gave me the factory. That was where everything began. WHICH MOTTO DO YOU LIVE BY?

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The raw materials in nature inspire me, but what I really aim to do is to translate a story through each product – there should be a different story every time. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE L’OCCITANE WOMAN?

She is sensitive and concerned with tradition. She is always respectful of culture, astute and knowledgeable.

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It was from a dear friend, a famous photographer called Henri Cartier-Bresson who lived nearby. He once told me: ‘Each time you have one franc, invest it in your brand, even when you come up against adversity.’ I have always kept his advice in mind. ■ The L’Oc

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herbaceous and officinalis. ● L’Occitane uses the root of the

peony rather than the flower to make its essential oils. ● The peonies in France bloom in

the month of May and there is a three-week window before they must be cut. ● The fragrance of the peony is a distinctive rustic scent reminiscent of freshly cut grass. ● The flower was cultivated in

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HOTEL OF THE MONTH BAROS, THE MALDIVES Just a short hop, skip and four-hour flight away lies the betwitching Baros Island Resort in the Maldives. The sights, sounds and smells of the hotel are a welcome assault on the senses – eyes dance over dazzling seas, ears caress the sounds of tropical birds chattering in treetops, and tastebuds linger over sumptuous feasts fit for royalty. All the usual trappings of a luxury resort apply, but Baros pushes the boat out when it comes to service and its connection with nature. From outdoor bathrooms and deep-sea diving, to sunset dolphin trips and romantic dinners under the stars – this is getting back to nature the five-star way. Water villas and discreetly nestled beach villas will be your home away from home, while you have nothing more taxing on your daily list of chores than to relax in the spa, lounge by your pool or soak up the sun on the private beach. Oh, it’s such a hard life‌ www.baros.com



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SUMMER NIGHTS Pack your Missoni bikinis and make a staycation reservation at Qasr Al Sarab or the Desert Island Resort & Spa on Sir Bani Yas Island, as luxury stalwarts Anantara have some scorching summer deals. Book a stay between May 31 to August 31 and receive complimentary credit, starting at Dhs300 per room per night, to splurge in your chosent resort’s restaurants, spas, shopping or activities. For more details, email infoqas@anantara.com or dirs@anantara.com. www.anantara.com The ultimate desert dwelling

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inspired meal at Arola. Recognising that my group and I were new in town, our waiter embraced his inner tutor and showed us how to make a traditional Catalan starter which included fresh garlic, tomato and olive oil on crusty bread – with no cooking required, this is my kind of food! On to the main course, where I devour a succulent piece of beef cooked in the true European style of lightly searing on each side to lock in the flavour, accompanied by Arola’s signature potatoes. Giving in to my yawns, it was time to crawl into bed. With the harbour glittering below me, sleep comes easily, while my first impressions of Barcelona exceeds what I had imagined.


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BARCELONA: EL BORN Being a history geek, I am desperate to see the many sights of Barcelona. Wandering around the Gothic Quarter I am transported back to another time with ancient cathedrals, old galleries and boutiques lining every street. Those in search of shops rife with quirky fashion and local designers should head for the El Born district, which is also home to bakeries and confectionary shops that satisfied my sweet tooth. As a well-known face in the malls of Dubai, I confidentently navigated my way to the famous Passeig de Gràcia where Barcelona’s elite shop. A trip to Spain is never complete without a visit to Loewe to ogle this season’s ‘it’ bag and beautiful calfskin leather jackets, while my next stop was a department store with a difference. Santa Eulàlia has been in business for 168 years and encourages hours of the most relaxing retail therapy you could imagine. Oh, and one vital USP is the in-house tailor who will nip/tuck and deliver your purchases directly to your hotel. Alongside its lavish changingroom boudoirs, sweeping staircases, and sigh-

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inducing gowns, this store really does encourage princess behaviour. After a quick change I am ready to do some more exploring – bravely without a guide, especially as I have never been blessed with navigational skills. Not veering too far from the El Born quarter, I stumble across the Picasso museum on Montcada Street. With a queue stretching the length of the street (it is best to get there early) I walk on to discover art behind every door of this quarter. Then, with my feet pointing towards a resting place, I end the afternoon in Plaça de les Olles – one of El Born’s most bustling squares and the perfect place for a spot of people watching over a delicious gelato.

BARCELONA TO MADRID Not being a girl used to walking (ahem), a bit of a break was well and truly needed. Having heard rave reviews from girlfriends about the quirky W Hotel’s Bliss spas I decide to treat my travel weary hands to a manicure. On arrival I am encouraged to indulge in the chocolate brownie buffet (had rumours of my sugar addictions reached Spanish shores?) followed by a truly The ultr excellent a blissfu Bliss Sp l manicure. After a working on my cuticles, my hands are placed into plastic bags containing warm hand cream and then

massaged – an unusual, but relaxing, feeling. My lovely therapist, Laura, is Barcelona’s answer to Carrie Bradshaw, with the real scoop on the city. Swapping tales of life in the UAE versus Spain, Laura gives me an insider’s insight into real Barcelona living. With my hands transformed and my nails kissed a ruby colour, I skip out of out of the spa with a whole list of places to visit on my next trip. The next stop on the itinerary is Madrid. A mere three-hour high-speed train ride later I enter the world of old fashioned glamour at the Westin Palace Hotel (www.westinpalacemadrid.com). Originally one of the city’s oldest banks, it recently reopened its doors with crystal chandeliers and touches of marble, which makes me feel like I’ve walked onto a movie set. With views of Madrid from my room giving me a taster of what i lying in store for tomorrow, it ’s off to bed to rest and prepare.

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USBWFMEJBSZ TOLEDO An early start sees us set off to visit the historic city of Toledo where we are treated to spectacular views of the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, the River Tagus. As we walk further into the city, which is made up of a labyrinth of winding streets, I am immediately struck by the amount of Middle Eastern style architecture, which dates back to Toledo’s early Arabic rule. We round off our tour with lunch at Adolfo, a family-run restaurant in a 14th century townhouse. It’s an incredibly special experience, with attention to detail a priority. The restaurant’s recipes, which have been handed down the generations, produce mouthwatering delicascies such as

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lightly fried zucchini flower in tomato purée. To truly see Toledo at its best, Adolfo’s roof terrace is a must-visit – the best views, and the best marzipan! With the clock ticking, it is time to reluctantly return to Madrid to pack one last time. As we relive our trip on the way to the airport, everyone vows to return – and soon. Whether you’re after a city break filled with fashion, art or history, Madrid and Barcelona are the perfect setting for a break in the Spanish sunshine. ■

MADRID: PASEO DEL ARTE Once again the heels are kicked off in favour of flats as the day begins with a tour of Madrid’s art district, which boasts three of the world’s best art museums: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia Museum. The arrival of the Caixa Forum in 2008 is also a fantastic example of how Madrid blends old buildings with new, as it was originally a power station before being converted into a post-modern work of art. It also boasts a Patrick Blanc designed vertical garden comprised of more than 15,000 plants – food for thought for the less green fingered among us! The day ends with dinner at the twoMichelin starred restaurant Ramon Freixa (www.ramon freixa.com). With a twomonth waiting list, I have a feeling we are in for something special. Lavish is the key word here, and stepping into the intimate dining room is a true experience with its mosaic floors, black goblets and mirrored ceilings. Our first course is a variety of canapés and freshly baked bread, followed by the famous ‘Big Duck’ burger. After some cheese and coffee, it is time to call it a night as my last day in Spain beckons.

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Kuwait welcomed heritage fashion company Missoni for the launch of their second hotel, with the first located in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Missoni family were out in full force, mingling with guests and chatting animatedly about their latest venture. With the company’s founder Rosita Missoni plumping pillows upon arrival, it was clear the family were not just silent figureheads, this is a brand with strong morals and memories behind it. With their famed zig-zag print plastered across everything from teacups to towels, billowing fringe chandeliers and matte SHEIKHA gold accents, the Missoni Hotel is far from just another plush hotel. AL-MUNAIFI With character oozing from every wall, the family was keen to stick to the classic Missoni signature style of colour, texture and pattern. As guests piled into the new hotel, a surprise Missoni treasure hunt awaited, offering guests a full view of the grounds with little gifts to pick up along the way, including miniature bottles of olive oil. Celebrated chef Giorgio Locatelli and his team treated the Kuwaiti glitterati to a generous spread with the very best of Italian cuisine, including lobster, risotto and tiramisu. This memorable soirée will not be forgotten; filled with an eclectic crowd, fabulous food and plenty of laughter, it had all the ingredients for a perfect event.

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A major dose of fun is on the cards, but the question is are you in the right frame of mind to handle it? Bowing out gracefully is perfectly acceptable, but look at this as a time to truly let your hair down. When good news arrives on Sunday 24th, make sure you know the difference between bragging and modesty. PISCES (FEB 20 – MAR 20)

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A long overdue discussion will come to the fore by Wednesday 20th, but it’s up to you how you handle the situation. Play chicken and bury your head once more, or battle it out bravely? Either way, lessons can be learnt here. Now, on to brighter things… look to the middle of the month for hidden messages that are all about pleasure.

LEO (JULY 24 – AUG 23)

LIBRA (SEPT 24 – OCT 23 )

SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23 – DEC 21)

You’re flailing around like a fish out of water at the moment. Is it a loss of focus or a misplaced raison d’etre? Embrace the cliché and remember you only get out of life what you put in. Use Wednesday 6th as your new start; write a list of your goals – romantic, professional and personal – and start ticking them off one by one.

Some say talk is cheap, but it will cost you dearly if words laced with venom are thrown around blindly. Say what you mean, but think before you speak – especially on Monday 31st .With the sun in the sky, take advantage of cheap deals and book yourself a mini-break – some time out of the city will reinvigorate you at just the right time.

Your domestic set up might bring about frustrations this month, but the end results are all positive. An unusual opportunity presents itself on Friday 1st and you won’t be short of interested parties to help you investigate it further. Let go of inhibitions when a need to be footloose calls.

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SCORPIO (OCT 24 – NOV 22)

CAPRICORN (DEC 22 – JAN 20)

No matter how much you change your hair, clothes or colour of your nails, it’s your outlook that needs a makeover most. Listen up, a sunny disposition only goes so far, but true positivity pays – you’ve just never persevered long enough to prove it! Monday 4th is when you’ll get to put this into practice. Are you ready?

Two big decisions loom this month – one financial and one business. Focusing your energies on both may feel like your soul is being sapped, but all will come good in the end. Knowledge is power, so put yours to good use on Monday 18th. Being in charge will bring out the inner empowerment you’ve been seeking of late.

A life less ordinary may sound extraordinary, but a lot can be said for the comfortable familiarity of routine. However, if you’re after something a little more ‘ooh la la’ look to expanding your horizons one at a time. A rendezvous on Sunday 24th will deliver just the right amount of intrigue you need to get started.

No good deed goes unrewarded and it’s high time you got to collect your prize. You’ll be pleased to know you’ll be paid back in dividends by Tuesday 19th. Taking into consideration that friends come and go, you’d be wise to invest more time in the ones you want to keep hold of this month. ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20)

Batten down the hatches – summer’s officially here. It’s never pleasant being stuck indoors 24/7, but use this time to get one over on your ever-increasing life admin come Tuesday 5th. But fear not, it’s about more than just tedious tasks, because this is also an opportunity to develop, or discover, extracurricular pursuits. Away you go… TAURUS (APR 21 – MAY 21)

It’s a given that the fairer sex are complicated creatures. So, your other half can’t blame you when ‘no’ really means ‘yes’ and ‘maybe’ usually means ‘no’. However, clear instructions are needed by Saturday 9th if you’re going to make any headway in a relationship. It’s time to go back to the basics. GEMINI (MAY 22 – JUN 21)

Starting off on the wrong foot has potential to rock the boat on Sunday 3rd, but not all first impressions count. Here, it’s a more a case of second time lucky. With plans afoot for celebrations towards the middle of the month, you’ll need to dip into your energy reserves to last the distance – but it will be worth it. ■ JULY 2011

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