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EDITOR’S LETTER We at OHLALA are all about living life to the fullest, be it in the great outdoors or within the four walls of our home. Home – the people we love, the spaces we seek refuge in. And while we accept our loved ones for who they are, our homes sometimes need help. And that’s why our November edition is dedicated to interior design. Tackling both style and substance, we’ve curated a selection of statement home accessories (p.28) and tapped feng shui expert Simone Osswald (p.30) to help make your home your happy place. And of course, your monthly fashion and beauty fix is not forgotten. Not only are we introducing you to an emerging designer worth discovering (p.24), but we’re also exploring the ultimate beauty shortcut on page 52: supplements. Elsewhere in the issue, we do what we do best, reviewing the chicest eateries and indulging in the finer things of life! Happy reading!
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RUNWAY REPORT AUTUMN/WINTER 2020: The New Fashion Looks You Need to Know
Cardigan Comeback DOLCE & GABBANA
THIS GEEK-CHIC TREND IS BACK IN A BIG WAY, BUT DID IT EVER REALLY LEAVE?
PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI
Brown and Black
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The Thigh-High Boot
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
IF YOU HAVEN’T TRIED THIGH-HIGH BOOTS YET, NOW IS THE TIME TO GET ON BOARD – AND BOTTEGA VENETA, VICTORIA BECKHAM, AND BALMAIN AGREE. 18
GIA COUTURE FIRENZE
The Chunky Wellington SURPRISE! MADE OF RUBBER, THE WELLINGTON BOOT EMERGED AS A PERSISTENT PRESENCE IN THE AUTUMN/ WINTER 2020 COLLECTIONS.
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EMILIO PUCCI FALL/WINTER 2020-21 Guest Designer Christelle Kocher Of Koché
collection at the crossroad of a sophisticated heritage, a search for design innovation, the power of youth, self-expression, and palpable emotions. A reinterpretation of the extraordinary archives of the Florentine Maison, starting with a new logo welcoming KOCHÉ within the artistic universe of Emilio Pucci. Equilibrium is reached through the shared sensitivity of the two creative entities at play. A duo of iconic prints from the Palio Collection (designed by Emilio Pucci in 1957) namely Lupa and Selva. A new interpretation of the monogram becomes an integral part of the collection. The precise language of colors liberated in a swirl of soft lilac, fuchsia and electric blues so inherent to the Pucci vocabulary. Womanhood makes room for menswear within a gender bending narrative. “I owe my career to a woman, so I will make my job to make them more beautiful, to make their lives easier, and their closets so much more colourful,” once declared the Marquis Emilio Pucci. Christelle Kocher truthfully incorporated and reinterpreted such mindset into the design process. A collection opening the doors for the Pucci aesthetic to transcend time and decipher the zeitgeist. Emilio Pucci is exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, City Centre Bahrain.
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PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE FALL WINTER 2020 RHYTHM
his season, the Pleats Please Issey Miyake collection is inspired by rhythm. Steps to
respond to the sounds of trees and the city. Beats that echo softly in the body. Air that swings and races through the space inside the cloth. These vibrant rhythms are transmitted to the cloth, and they begin to bounce lightly. The Monthly Colors series is all about cool color tones. It gives off a feeling of transparency and an impression of sporty lightness, with short pants and designs with deep slits. The Stone Gradation series is a collection of horizontal pleated pieces in grey color tones. The top and skirt are made in two colors using separate fabrics which create volume. The shape of the pieces can be altered and restyled using the waist strings. Pleats Please Issey Miyake is exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, City Centre Bahrain.
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ODD MAN OUT What does it mean when an emerging designer’s pieces are seemingly everywhere – that, too, in the midst of a pandemic? It means he’s too good to ignore! The young and talented TAYFUN KABA is not about to let a force of nature impede his growth, doing whatever it takes to ensure the fashion industry knows his name, OHLALA included. Here, we chat with the Turkish designer about arrogance, creativity, and more. 24
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Ruffles, pleats, embroidery, lace-up, draping, and even corsets – you’re obviously very detail-oriented when it comes to your design aesthetic. What do your clothes stand for? What are such details meant to convey? Actually, the details already showcase my designs. I have always dressed women and have a certain woman in my imagination. With this collection, I wanted to picture and highlight a woman at her most beautiful– that is why I used certain forms and shapes to give space for such details. We were instantly intrigued by the name of your new collection. Why Arrogant? ‘Arrogant’ is a word that has been with me ever since I was a little child. My family and friends used to tell me how arrogant I am to an extent where it even affected me in my work and private life, but there’s a positive side about it is: my own new collection was born. Long story short, Arrogant is and always has been inside of me. Describe the Tayfun Kaba woman in three words. Dramatic, brave, attitude...
Launching your own brand in the middle of a pandemic sounds downright daunting. What can you tell us about the experience? I have been working in the fashion sector for many years and even gave consultancy to several companies. Launching my own brand – and therefore my own collection – has always been a dream of mine, but I never found the time to do so. While being forced to stay home due to the pandemic, I finally had the time and turned the situation into something positive for me. I do not want to generalise, but, in my opinion, anyone who did not come up with anything during quarantine is not creative. The time during lockdown gave me the needed energy, and I had to use it in order to accomplish something that’s been in me for so long.
One glance at your Instagram account, and it’s evident you’re an avid traveller. How does that factor into who you are a designer and a person? I was born and raised in Germany, and decided to continue my profession in Turkey. Due to the fact that I grew up with two different cultures and have travelled back and forth a lot of times, seeing and learning from new cultures became a passion of mine.The places I go and the people I meet constantly inspire me.
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Say Something Why invest time, money, and effort into replacing your furniture when all it takes is a handful of statement pieces to breathe new life into your home?
change of scenery is the order of the day. You’ve spent most of 2020 cooped up within the four walls of your home, and you’ve now earned the right to spruce it up a little, courtesy of statement accessories. After scouring some of our favourite sites, OHLALA has curated an edit of statement home accessories ranging from elegant to sculptural and quirky to antique-inspired across a spectrum of price points. Go forth and shop.
For the Bedroom
For the Bathroom This curated candle selection by Evermore London features three signature scents: Flore, Light, and Tides. Citrus and floral-scented, they’re expertly hand-poured in the UK using rapeseed and soy wax and inspired by the awakening of spring and the warmth of the summer sun. Daybreak Gift Set by Evermore London Ounass.com 28
Gilded and glamorous, this table lamp looks to antiques for inspiration and is perfect for the bedroom. Verdure Table Lamp by Anthropolgie Anthropologie.com
For the Living Room Featuring a rectangular body and finished edges, the sculptural Low Plinth marble table from Menu will add a touch of industrial chic to any living room. Low Plinth marble table by Menu Farfetch.com
For the Kitchen L’Objet’s expert craftsmanship meets the creative world of Haas Brothers in this limitededition Haas Lynda box and plates set. Equal parts playful and functional, it’s made with porcelain and features 24kt gold detailing. Haas Lynda Box & Plates by L’Objet Ounass.com
For the Entryway A statement mirror is the easiest way to jazz up an entryway, and we love this handcarved polyresin version spotted at Anthropologie. Foglia Arched Mirror by Anthropologie Antrophologie.com www.ohlala-magazine.com
Off Balance? Amidst the challenging events of 2020 were countless lessons to be learned, one being the impact of our home, our surroundings, on our well-being. To that end, OHLALA taps a feng shui expert who combines her expertise in and passion for the ancient practice with interior design and wellness to create spaces that are in harmony with their dwellers.
hile the concept of feng shui is a novelty on the pages of OHLALA, it’s anything but new – experts suggest it has been around for over 6,000 years. But for those still wondering what it is, let us break it down. Feng shui – literally “wind-water” – is a pseudoscientific practice originating in ancient China that claims to use energy forces to harmonise individuals with their environment. How? By arranging the pieces in living spaces in order to create balance with the natural world. And at a time when we’ve mastered the art of staying in, feng shui is more important than ever. Elaborating on how the role of feng shui has evolved over the course of 2020, Simone Osswald of SO Feng Shui Design says, “This year has indeed made people more conscious of their home surroundings. Being forced to stay at home and spending more time inside their four walls has changed the operations of their daily lives and shifted their attention towards arranging their homes to their new operational needs. People decluttered their rooms, redecorated their homes, and set up home offices. Even those unfamiliar with the concept of feng shui have unconsciously and naturally applied this ancient technique for themselves. Feng shui is indeed about creating a feel-good home with positive energies.” www.ohlala-magazine.com
And speaking of feeling good, we can’t help but discuss how mental health has been a hot-button issue for the last few months. “Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression can have a variety of causes and, in some cases, one’s physical environment can contribute to these health issues,” she says. “Blockages such as overwhelmingly cluttered spaces and unsuitable furniture placements can simply be remedied by decluttering and rearranging furniture pieces in a way that supports the positive energy flow throughout the entire home. Feng shui for the home can be compared to the practice of acupuncture for the body – once the blockages are removed, positive energy can flow again and bring us back to balance and harmony.” As for the execution of feng shui principles? “We first need to understand the existing energies,” says Simone. “This is an exercise carried out by a professional feng shui practitioner, who has studied the calculation of energies through compass readings and formulas, and knows how to address serious and harmful imbalances in health, life, and financial matters. Just like a physiotherapist who has studied how to unlock bodies and ease pain, feng shui does not follow a one-size-fits-all formula when it comes to life-changing solutions. However, there are universal rules for spaces that can improve the overall energy flow in our homes to support general well-being – without pretending to change our lives.” 32
She suggests that we start by decluttering, one of the most popular and effective methods to facilitate a smooth flow of energy. “Clutter hinders an even qi flow, blocking our personal energy. Like acupuncture for the body, good feng shui ensures a smooth flow of energy in our homes, resulting in ease of mind and spirit. With everyone staying at home these days, clutter can accumulate easily and quickly, resulting in stress and an overwhelming state of mind. Feng shui advocates decluttering as a major home detox at least once a year. However, we can use our current time at home for thorough spring-cleaning sessions and an ongoing decluttering regimen.” Simone also brings our attention to drawers, bookshelves, and wardrobes, all of which tend to contain too many things, thereby hindering the flow of qi throughout the entire space. “The rule of thumb is don’t keep items that you haven’t used for the last 12 months in your home. This is a good time to give away what you no longer need to those in need. Sort and tidy up the things you’re keeping and carry out five-minute ‘clutter checks’ throughout the day to ensure your home supports a positive state of mind at all times.” Furthermore, she advises us to avoid furniture with sharp edges, keep walkways unobstructed, opt for natural materials, and decorate with plants in order to uplift the overall mood of a space. “You could compare this approach to the practice of yoga, which might not cure acute pain, but generally helps you stay flexible.”
As for taking self-care to the next step? Simone explains that we can actually create our very own “wellness oasis” at home as opposed to heading to a spa or retreat. “Based on my Second Nature© concept, there are a few tips on how to incorporate feng shui wellness into your home: • Put on some relaxing background music with the volume on low. • Put on your favourite ‘comfort’ clothes, especially if they’re freshly washed. • Open the doors and windows to refresh the qi in all rooms. • Turn on an air diffuser with your favourite essential oil in the rooms where you spend most of the day. • Turn off all electronic devices in the bedroom, including the Wi-Fi router, at night for radiation-free and therefore deeply regenerating sleep. • Make your home beautiful by decorating with items that are meaningful to you or those you simply find pleasing and uplifting.” Head to www.so-fengshui.com to contact Simone Osswald and learn more.
CHOPARD Driven by Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele’s passion for cinema, Maison Chopard has been an official partner to the Cannes Film Festival since 1998, with nature serving as the main theme of this year’s Red Carpet Collection.
aroline Scheufele, Artistic Director and CoPresident of Chopard, looks to the beauty of nature to inspire the latest Red Carpet Collection, and it comes as no surprise – her love of nature is well-documented. The annual collection honours the historic partnership between the storied luxury brand and the Cannes Film Festival, which has been in place since 1998. This year, Caroline will unveil a jaw-dropping range of 73 treasures as part of the 13th collection, all of which celebrate the environment, along with its flora and fauna. There’s an owl jewellery watch featuring two dials surrounded by multicoloured sapphires forming the eyes of the nocturnal creature, an eagle necklace whose outstretched wings are paved entirely with diamonds, a clover necklace set with tsavorites, and orchid earrings featuring incredibly natural-looking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds. There’s also ginkgo earrings and a ring composed of pear-shaped emeralds, tsavorites, and yellow sapphires in shades evoking the foliage of this majestic tree, as well as a series of polar bear and panda diamond rings for the young at heart.
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Denim with a
Difference Bringing together our two favourite fashion staples is Maison Boucheron’s unexpected new capsule collection.
jewellery style leader now more than ever, Boucheron has reinvented the legendary Quatre motif for an innovative capsule collection. Creative Director Claire Choisne has chosen to combine denim, that universal material, with the preciousness of diamonds. The result is two unique pieces: a high jewellery ring and a cuff bracelet made of white gold, diamonds, and denim. A contrasting mix of materials and colours, this rare collection is like a modern-day jewellery fable that begins in Kurashiki, the mythical birthplace of denim in Japan, and ends in the workshops of 26 Place Vendôme. It’s inspired by the Boucheron woman – elegant, adventurous, dynamic, free – and designed for the woman who wears high jewellery with flair and jeans with style.
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Quatre Cuff Bracelet The Quatre Cuff Bracelet is a technical marvel. In a geometric structure paved with round diamonds and lined with white gold, flat areas of denim create contrast and depth. The deep-blue denim fabric reveals the iconic motifs of the Quatre collection. The whole story of Maison Boucheron is told in this piece.
Quatre Ring The Quatre Ring plays on contrasts. It’s iconic but original, sophisticated and unisex, faithful to the jewellery tradition yet ultra-contemporary. Boucheron’s architectural codes – Grosgrain, Double Godron, and Clou de Paris – are sculpted into this material made of real denim fabric and resin. With three rings of denim and one of round diamonds nestled in between, this ring is casually stylish, just like the denim it’s made of.
Messika What happens when a fashion icon crosses paths with a diamond heritage?
et’s talk about Kate Moss and Valérie Messika. At the heart of a unique high jewellery collection, these two strong and spirited women work together, using one simple word: freedom. By one harnessing the other’s art, they have created a collection that is expressively eclectic and defiantly diverse. The movement of the stones, the fluidity of the lines, the suppleness of the jewellery, the boldness of the wearer – together, they found a common language within the mixture of types of gold, various diamond cuts, and even the way the precious materials were used. The collection is lively, brightly coloured, and anything but boring. A daring decision? Probably. But an assured one, nonetheless.
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SET 2 SET 1 This set pays homage to femininity and sensuality. The diamonds shift voluminously in step with the movement of the wearer. XXL sizes, designs inspired by art deco and contemporary wear. Tie necklaces, ankle bracelets, ear cuffs, hat jewellery – the diamond tassel has been a consistent source of inspiration for the duo.
Honouring Kate’s favourite hues, the designer duo has created a vibrantly coloured collection. Malachite, mother-of-pearl, and turquoise are all stars of the show on sumptuous plastrons, XXL earrings, a three-finger ring. These unprecedented combinations of coloured gold and precious materials make for pieces that simply can’t be matched.
SET 3 For a sensual touch, the duo dreamt a set in which the diamonds would be worn like a cherished tattoo. The set is impressive; it brings together pear, triangle, emerald, and brilliant cuts in a sparkling symphony.
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formula designed to fight the five signs of natural ageing. The lightweight serum blends Micro Hyaluronic Acid and Q10, which delivers intensive hydration to reduce dehydration, a dull complexion, fines lines and wrinkles, age spots, and a loss of firmness. Continue on to the Regenerating Face Cream that complements the serum and stimulates your skin into a natural renewal process while firming and improving texture.
WILD Thing Cartierâ€™s La PanthĂ¨re Parfum dares to revisit its legendary predecessor, created in 2014, with an innovative felinefloral accord born out of pure, mesmerising gardenia and sensual notes of musk.
he panther awaits within, the sensual heroine of a solar sillage, floral yet feral, like a love trap set by the most irresistible of creatures. Greats such as Theophrastus and Dante celebrated its scent, the most seductive in the animal kingdom. The new fragrance, designed by in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent at Cartier, is a new addition to the La PanthĂ¨re olfactory repertoire, intensifying the feline, floral accord of the original. A wave of added warmth enhances the aura of this radiant icon. The velvety gardenia, with its musky sensuality, is diffused and amplified with a note of apricot-coloured osmanthus. More sensual than ever, the panther proudly makes its appearance, filled with warm tones, the royal highness of a magnetic wake.
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About Tonight… Designed for our modern (read: stressful) lifestyles, the Chanel Le Lift line aims to relieve skin that’s overworked during the day and welcomes a new addition for nights.
deally, cellular proliferation reaches its peak at night, when its renewal is 30 times more active than during the day. While we sleep, the skin works silently, transforming itself so that it can look new every morning. However, when days are long and intense, external aggressors (such as pollution or temperature changes) and internal aggressors (such as stress) can saturate the activity of the skin’s nerve fibres. Skin is no longer able to renew itself. It becomes more reactive, more uncomfortable, more sensitive – and can no longer calm itself in the evening. As the days pass, this neuronal overstimulation leads to
increased rates of NGF (Nerve Growth Factor), causing inflammation and discomfort. The skin’s natural cycles are disturbed, its nocturnal renewal is less effective. This is where Le Lift Crème de Nuit comes in. It’s formulated with 94 percent natural-origin ingredients, including the Neuractive Night Complex that unites two natural-origin active ingredients: Silver Needle tea and Epidermist. Le Lift Crème de Nuit supports the skin to renew itself during the night by comforting the skin and stimulating skin renewal, all in an enveloping texture that soothes skin at night so that it can glow bright and early the following day.
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Back to BASICS The right hair care routine is important for a lustrous mane, especially during winter. Here, we share the most important tips for strong, healthy strands in the months ahead.
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LIFE ISN’T PERFECT BUT YOUR HAIR CAN BE.
Get Trims Regularly
Regular trims can immensely improve the look and feel of your hair. By trimming unhealthy split ends, your hair will have less breakage and flyaways, looking thicker and shinier with little effort on your part.
Wash Your Hair Wisely
Don’t over-wash your hair because your natural oils are healthy for your hair. Admittedly, every hair type has its own limit on how long it can go unwashed, but if possible, wash it only once or twice per week.
Do a Weekly Treatment
Heat styling, new hairstyles, exposure to the elements – we put our hair through a lot of stress, to say the least, causing more hair damage than we realise. A hair mask will nourish your hair deeply and keep it strong and shiny. It’s particularly important to do a hair mask treatment if you have dry or damaged hair.
Improve Your Diet
The healthiest diet for your hair is one that is based on whole foods and mostly plant-based. Foods rich in iron, zinc, vitamin C and B, and omega-3 are most commonly linked to stronger hair.
Turn to Supplements
Hair thrives on proteins, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, all of which support hair structure and promote growth, leading to strong hair. If you are not getting enough nutrients from your diet, supplements can increase low levels and improve the overall health of your hair.
Invest in Quality Products
Don’t skimp on shampoo and conditioner. A lot of cheap brands will cause build-up in your hair, and make it dull and dry over time. If you’ve been using the wrong shampoo and conditioner for a long time, go to a local salon and ask for a clarifying treatment. This will strip your hair of all that build-up, and you’ll notice how much shinier and softer it feels immediately. 50
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PROMOTING HEALTHY SKIN FROM DEEP WITHIN, ADVANCED NUTRITION PROGRAMME IS A SCIENCE-LED, RESULTS-DRIVEN RANGE OF SUPPLEMENTS DESIGNED TO BOOST THE EFFICACY OF YOUR SKINCARE AND WELL-BEING ROUTINES WHERE TOPICAL FORMULAS CANNOT. USING PREMIUM INGREDIENTS WITH FULL TRACEABILITY BACK TO THEIR ORIGINS, THESE ‘CLEAN’ SUPPLEMENTS ARE EASILY ABSORBED INTO THE BODY TO SUPPORT CLEAR, RADIANT, YOUTHPROLONGING SKIN.
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COMBEAU, L’ESSENTIEL PEAU L’ESSENTIEL PEAU JUST HIT SHELVES AND IS ALREADY ONE OF OUR FAVOURITES. SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT, THIS MULTI-ACTIVE CONCENTRATE IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT ON A DAILY BASIS. NATURE, SCIENCE, AND INNOVATION COMBINE IN ONE PRODUCT THAT REPAIRS YOUR SKIN BY TAKING CARE OF IRREGULARITY, STRESS, AND MICROINFLAMMATION. www.ohlala-magazine.com
ROSES ARE RED, WATER IS BLUE… … and when you mix them together, it gives you glowing skin! Rosewater is known to hydrate, heal, and maintain the skin’s pH balance – just about everything we want for our skin. As for the easiest way to use rosewater? A toner or facial mist. And you don’t have to go buy that expensive brand – you can make your own! Here’s how.
YOUâ€™LL NEED: 3 SCENTED ROSES / ROSEHEADS AND WATER. 1. Pluck off all the petals and collect them in a bowl. 2. Wash them carefully with water to get rid of dirt. 3. Simmer the petals in a pot of water for 30 minutes. The ratio is 3:1, so use three cups of water with one cup of rose petals. Just make sure the water is simmering, not boiling. 4. You know your rosewater is ready when you see the petals and water change colour slightly. Take off the pot and let the rosewater cool. 5. Strain the rosewater in an empty spray bottle. This formula contains no preservatives and therefore has a very short shelf life, so keep it in the fridge for about a week. Happy spritzing! www.ohlala-magazine.com
Metamorphosis 101 As cooler temperatures return and life in Bahrain returns to normal(ish), weâ€™re taking a cue from nature and getting serious about grooming again. Enter: DESSANGE BAHRAIN. 56
dmit it: there was a time during the lockdown when you and your friends practically bragged about how unkempt you were – your eyebrows had gone wild, your nails were neglected, your skin perpetually felt parched, and your hair seemed to have a mind of its own. But things are slightly different now. Not only has Bahrain recently celebrated the return of indoor dining and large-scale events, but the humidity that haunted us all summer has virtually disappeared. Translation: you can’t hide out at home anymore. But before you practice contouring techniques and perfect the cateye flick, it’s time to groom, groom, groom in preparation of the new season. Our partner in crime? Dessange Bahrain, of course. We start from the top down, giving the new Kérastase K Water treatment a try. Set to be a total hair game-changer and offered exclusively by salons, this treatment features ground-breaking lamellar technology designed to instantly transform the look, feel, and texture of the hair for softness and shine. Yes, please! Activated by water, it starts working the second it comes into contact with wet hair.
After the hair gets washed, the K Water treatment is applied and within next-to-no wait time, it is washed out again – the perfect solution for the time-pressed woman seeking a bit of self-care. The result is glossy, lustrous hair that doesn’t weigh down, and we are deeply impressed by the results, considering how quick this treatment was! Dry, straw-like strands are no longer a concern as colder days slowly make an appearance. Next on the grooming agenda is a little topto-toe TLC, courtesy of SOS Réconfort by Dessange Paris. Not only is this versatile balm suited to your lips, face, and body – making it perfect for your handbag – but it’s also ultranourishing in nature. And all it takes is one glance at the details of its formula to see why. Vitaskin E, a complex of agents that blends
raspberry seed oil extract with vitamin E, strengthens the skin’s cutaneous barrier while decreasing the loss in water. Musk rose oil, meanwhile, softens the skin as it’s rife with essential fatty acids. The oily extract of sunflower seeds reduces dryness and skin peeling, while squalane comforts the skin. Comfort – just what our skin was screaming out for after months of stressinduced damage. Hands, lips, knees, nasal wings – we’ve already applied this balm everywhere and dubbed it a musthave for winter. Another staple for tending to skin during the autumn/winter season also resides in Dessange’s SOS Réconfort range. Meet the Nourishing Soothing Cream. Just as its name applies, this foam-texture facial is a veritable shield, ideal for dry or sensitive skin that reacts to the slightest stress. Sounds familiar, unfortunately. The experts at Dessange have incorporated Vitaskin E into its formula, too, complementing it with panthenol and allantoin to calm the skin and boost moisture levels. The infusion of both shea butter and coconut oil serves to nourish and soothe the skin, while a complex of “intelligent” sugars instantly moisturises it. In fact, of the 22 women who gave the Nourishing www.ohlala-magazine.com
BEAUTY Boutique BOOSTER DE BEAUTÉ, COMFORTING OIL SERUM SOS RÉCONFORT ULTRA-NOURISHING BALM FOR LIPS, FACE AND BODY Soothing Cream a try twice daily for 28 days in a row, a whopping 100 percent reported hydrated skin that is less to external aggressions. Sold. But if you have a preference for serums over creams and lotions, think Booster de Beauté. Our first observation? Just how lightweight this comforting oil serum feels. Unlike the aforementioned Nourishing Soothing Cream, it contains musk rose oil that is rich in essential fatty acids, thereby nourishing and softening the skin as cooler weather translates to dryness and irritation. Like its counterparts, the formula also contains raspberry seed oil extract, Vitamin E, allantoin, and skin sugars, each doing its part to envelop the skin in softness. If you’re seeking the beauty equivalent of a comforting hug, this is it. You can apply it before your usual cream or on its own – either way, apply it to cleansed skin morning and night.
SOS RÉCONFORT, NOURISHING SOOTHING CREAM
Skincare for the upcoming months taken care of, we turn our attention to our fingertips, especially as we’re already at the fingertips of Bahrain’s top beauty specialists and all. Considering that our social calendars are suddenly filling up, we opt for a CND Shellac manicure and pedicure, complete with a pearl-white nail polish. After the cuticles have been pushed back and the nails have been shaped, it’s time for one of the technicians to prepare the nail surface, which entails of a base coat and placing your hands under a CND (UV ) lamp. Next comes two layers of nail polish and, lastly, a layer of topcoat, with the CND lamp sealing in everything. No wonder a CND Shellac manicure will last for two weeks – or longer. We leave the salon with glass-like tresses, deeply nourished skin, and perfectly groomed nails, ready to emerge out of our apartments like a caterpillar-turned-butterfly, like a deciduous tree shedding its leaves in time for winter. If you, too, want to stay on top of your beauty game for the new season ahead, start here. 58
For reservations and more information, please call 1771 3999. @dessangebahrain
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS
Meet Arrogant, a collection of dresses, and shirts that emphasises feminine lines accompanied by Baroque and Art Nouveau inspirations alongside androgynous suits and shorts. All the pieces in the collection and their details – be they haute couture or prêtà-porter – are a manifestation of the soul’s maturation process, prompting the wearer to accept who she is. Do you?
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Buon Appetito, Bahrain The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain brings its famous Italian restaurant Primavera back as an al fresco pop-up by the beach, inviting diners for a culinary journey to Italy. OHLALA takes a seat…
taly is more than a place – it’s a mood, it’s magical. And The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain knows that, relocating Primavera to a spot just off the marina beach. Here, the restaurant serves now not only authentic Italian food with a modern twist, but also a little slice of Sicily. As we enter the new setting of Primavera, we forget that we are still in Bahrain. From a colourful chain of lights to a romantic little water fountain, white-and-red checkered tablecloths, and old-fashioned tableware – they say the truth is in the details, and our truth is that we’re transported to Italy instantly. Chef Oliver Glowig may be at the helm of Primavera, but it’s Chef Delfino Chiarello responsible for all the delicious dishes at this pop-up. We start our culinary journey with two delicious appetisers, Caponata Siciliana and Vitello tonnato. The Caponata Siciliana is a delicious Sicilian salad with creamy eggplant and other Mediterranean
vegetables seasoned with a tangy tomato sauce. It makes for the perfect starter. The Vitello tonnato also hits our taste buds right. This Piedmontese dish entails cold, thinly sliced veal covered with capers and a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce that has been flavoured with tuna. Who can have enough of this? Next, we indulge in the hearty Arancini con aroma al tartufo, deep-fried rice balls with sharp parmesan cheese and truffle aroma. There’s something incredibly comforting about this signature dish by Chef Delfino and we’re tempted to order a second round, but we move on to the Insalata Toscana. This Tuscan salad consists of fresh cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, black olives, and sourdough bread croutons. The combination is tossed in a vinaigrette dressing that, paired with the juices from the vegetables, lends the croutons a frothy yet crisp texture. Delicious. Next up is our main course: Guazzetto di pesce alla mediterranea cotto in www.ohlala-magazine.com
CHIC Eats “terracotta”. Part stew, part sauce, this Mediterranean dish is cooked in a clay pot with hammour, prawns, clams, cherry tomatoes, garlic, red onions, and basil leaves. It’s as good as it sounds, and reminds us of the merits that come with living on an island: great seafood. But nothing stands out in our memory quite like this meal’s sweet ending. The desserts section brings with it the usual suspects – tiramisu, panna cotta – but we make a beeline for the Cannoli al cioccolato. Not your typical Sicilian version, these cannoli aren’t filled with ricotta cheese, but a light chocolate cream instead. Oh, and both ends are dipped into chopped pistachios from Bronte, Sicily. For the uninitiated: the green pistachios that hail from this Sicilian town are the most prized in the world, and just one bite of the cannoli at Primavera Al Fresco tells us why. Our jaunt to Italy really is the best of both worlds. Jet lag? No. Culinary satisfaction? Absolutely yes.
Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information.
DINING Meet the very best dining deals across Bahrain this month. Art Rotana Rosso
Why sit around craving killer Italian food? Chef Enrico of Rosso restaurant has whipped up a special takeaway menu brimming with authentic Italian dishes to enjoy from the comfort of your home. They’re available daily from 12pm to 10pm – that’s lunch and dinner sorted. GO: Call 3358 0044 for more information or to place an order.
WU Restaurant and Lounge,
Head over to WU Restaurant on Tuesdays from 7pm until 10pm and experience the aptly named Sushi Night for BD 14 net per person. You’ll be able to feast on a delicious assortment of sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls along with a glass of grape – now that’s a steal, right? GO: Call 1600 0111 for more details or to make a reservation.
Crowne Plaza Bahrain Harvesters
A new vision has materialised as The Backyard at Harvesters, an exciting new outdoor venue at Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Here, you can roll up your sleeves and dive into the all-you-can-eat Ribs and Wings offer every Thursday from 6pm to midnight. Imagine St. Louis ribs (the best in the market) being slow-cooked before adding a final touch on the grill: perfection! You also get to choose whether you like your chicken wings crispy or basted in one of the signature sauces. The offer is priced at BD18 net. GO: Call 1753 1122 or 3992 0163 for more information.
Crowne Plaza Bahrain La Mosaique
Is there anything more comforting than a Friday Roast in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere? Hint: no. The feast consists of a three-course meal consisting of starters, meat roasts that include beef, lamb, and chicken alongside all the traditional trimmings, dessert, and drinks. The Friday Roast is priced at BD15 net and takes place every Friday from noon to 4pm. GO: Call 1753 1122 for more information or to make a booking. 74
CHIC Eats Downtown Rotana
Jumeirah Royal Saray
Soak in the sun, enjoy your favourite bites, and take a dip in the pool while you visit Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club at Downtown Rotana. Avail your daily access to the amazing outdoor rooftop swimming pool and indulge in a free lunch specially designed for you with options from the customised Sundeck Pool Bar menu for BD 9.5 net. Available on weekdays and weekends. GO: Call 1313 9999 for more details or to make a booking.
Afternoon tea is a good idea, but the A Berry Good Moment afternoon tea in the terrace of The Palm Lounge? Even better. The lounge will serve an assortment of bright, berry-flavoured pastries alongside delicious savouries and warm, mouth-watering scones daily from 2pm to 7pm. GO: WhatsApp 6672 0062 for more information or to make a reservation.
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Downtown Rotana Flavours on 2
Celebrating the return of indoor dining in Bahrain is the Weekdays Welcome Back Lunch taking place from 12pm until 3pm during weekdays. The set menu here is a great one and includes soft drinks for only BD 7 net for adults. Bonus: a complimentary lunch voucher is given to all adult guests dining in to use on their next visit. Children between the ages of six and 12 years obtain a 50 percent discount, while kids below the age of six dine for free. GO: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1313 9999 to make a booking.
InterContinental Bahrain Legendz Steakhouse
Calling all meat eaters! Summer Steak Brunchism is currently on at Legendz, featuring succulent prime cuts, live cooking stations, and live entertainment. The soft beverage package is priced at BD22 per person, while the housebeverages package is priced at BD29. This brunch is offered every Friday from 12:30pm to 4pm, and kids below six eat for free. GO: Call 1722 7777 for more details or to make a reservation.
The Palm Lounge
Jumeirah Royal Saray Brasserie Royale
Taking place daily is The T-Bone Experience at Brasserie Royale Terrace. Here, you can indulge in a tender, full-flavoured Florentine beef tagliata that is good for two people and priced at BD35 net for two. And if something heartier is what you’re after, a four-course set menu including homemade ravioli and vanilla crème brûlée is also available for a full Italian experience. The latter is priced at BD55 net for two. GO: WhatsApp 6672 0062 for more information or to make a reservation.
Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre Baharat
Wednesday BBQ night is back at Baharat, serving barbeque ribs and Wagyu prime rib steak at your table for BD 22 net. This includes starters, desserts, soft drinks, and water. Prefer the adult package? It’s priced at BD 28 net including selected free-flow beverages. It takes place every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm – just be sure to reserve in advance. GO: Call 1717 1441 for more information or to make a reservation.
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Silk’s
Experience a unique medley of super succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch on Seafood Night at Silk’s restaurant. So what makes it an ideal night out for seafood lovers? The finest and freshest selection of popular, traditional seafood cuisines! Explore a vast range of aquatic delicacies from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum, tempura, oysters, slipper lobster, and tiger prawns to popular dishes such as grouper and red snapper – the talented team of chefs will prepare your favourite catch just the way you like it. Seafood Night is on offer every Monday from 7pm to 11pm for BD25 per person inclusive of unlimited soft drinks, and BD30 per person inclusive of unlimited select adult beverages and soft drinks. Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information.
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Le Grand Brunch du Soir
Introducing Le Grand Brunch du Soir, which kicks off at Sofitel Bahrain for the very first time on October 1. Not only will you dine on a sumptuous spread of culinary sensations in a certified #ALLsafe setting under Zallaq’s scintillating skies, but you’ll also be treated to live entertainment. Discover luxe al fresco dining at its best and enjoy a fine selection of Italian, Indian, and seafood live cooking stations along with a delightful combination of international sweet and savoury dishes – all of which are bound to pique your gastronomic curiosity. The brunch will be served every Thursday and Friday from 7:30pm to 11pm, and is priced at BD30 net with soft beverages or BD35 net with unlimited selected beverages. GO: Call or WhatsApp 3888 5789 for reservations and more information. 76
NEW FERRARI ROMA FERRARI SHOWCASES ITS CLASS – YET AGAIN – WITH THE NEW FERRARI ROMA. 78
here are few motorcar brands that can hold a candle to the world-famous Ferrari. Perfecting its trade since 1929 and producing nearly untouchable road sports cars since 1940, this storied Italian label has enjoyed massive success and shows no signs of slowing down. When we at Ohlala were offered the opportunity to test drive the stunning new Ferrari Roma, we were delighted and quickly accepted the invitation extended to us by the team at Ferrari Centre Bahrain. As soon as we laid eyes on the new Roma, we were in love. The exterior of this magnificent vehicle is flawless with its long, ultra-sleek lines and harmonious proportions. It embodies a modern design language with authentic refined styling that takes inspiration from Ferrari classics like the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and 250 GT 2+2. All unnecessary detailing has been removed, leaving behind a formal minimalism that personifies refinement and sophistication. The clean lines of the body sweep from
the front bonnet to the rear, emphasising the slim silhouette of the flanks. The full-LED adaptive headlights are traversed by a horizontal light strip, whilst the twin tail light assembly sits like jewels at the back end. One of the Romaâ€™s defining characteristics is its mobile rear spoiler, integrated into the rear screen that has been designed to retain the vehicleâ€™s elegance when retracted as well as guarantee sufficient downforce essential for the Romaâ€™s extraordinary performance. A practical aspect of this vehicle is the luggage compartment that has a capacity of 272 litres, which can be increased to 345 litres with the rear seats folded down. Once inside the cabin, we had to sit in silence for a few minutes in order to take in the sheer luxury and attention to detail. No expense has been spared on the materials, trims, and finishes, resulting in an interior fit for royalty. The driver and front passenger spaces have been designed as two separate cells. This dual-cockpit concept takes advantage of all the space www.ohlala-magazine.com
hold is extremely exciting, to say the least. We thoroughly enjoyed driving around in this vehicle. With its responsive handling, unbelievable traction control, and superior braking system, we always felt in complete control of the driving experience and received more than our fair share of envious looks from fellow drivers as we passed by. Lastly, the optional Ferrari Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including adaptive cruise control, will ensure that day-to-day and longer journeys are equally relaxing. The new Ferrari Roma proved to be an exceptional sports car in every sense of the word. From its beautifully designed exterior to the luxurious interior and exceptional performance capabilities, we were hard-pressed to find a single fault with this deluxe motor vehicle.
“All unnecessary detailing has been removed, leaving behind a formal minimalism that personifies refinement and sophistication.”
on offer and is not focused solely on the dashboard area. The state-of-the-art steering wheel houses all of the car’s main commands, actioned by touch-sensitive controls. This removes the need for the driver to take her eyes off of the road or hands off of the wheel – a useful feature, especially at high speeds. A 16-inch instrument cluster provides all necessary information, whilst the central display (complete with a 8.4-inch vertical screen and new passenger display) offers an intuitive and user-friendly experience. As impressed as we were by the aesthetics of this outstanding creation, it was the performance that we were most eager to experience. The new Ferrari Roma boasts a V8 - 90° turbo engine that produces 456 kW at 5750 – 7500 rpm and 760 Nm of torque at 3000 – 5750 rpm. This beast of an engine combined with the 8-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox, translates to a top speed of 320km/h and allows the Roma to surge from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. Believe us when we tell you that this engine sounds exactly like any sports car enthusiast would want it to sound and the feeling of being pushed back into your seat as the g-forces take 80
See what all the hype is about by contacting Ferrari Centre Bahrain on 1773 4734 for more information and to book a test drive of your very own.
LUXURY OR NECESSITY? Miss Ohlala ponders the importance of interior design.
The existence of interior designers might be a result of our eagerness to incorporate luxury into our homes minus the resources and expertise – but the industry has come a very long way since. Not only does today’s tech-savvy world help us keep in touch with interior design trends as they emerge, but the purchasing of furniture and home accessories is now easier than ever before. Between Instagram, Pinterest, and the world wide web in general, design inspiration is ours for the taking, helping us transform a house into a home. 82
But isn’t decorating your home about so much more than luxury? Think about how its various elements help you feel safe, stable, organised, and grounded. Analyse what they say about you as a person. Celebrate all the treasures that your home holds within its four walls. Reflect on the role it has played over the course of the past few months, when stepping out wasn’t even an option. That’s right, interior design is about so much more than just style; it’s a necessity.
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