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Be Mine

Our special guide to the month of love

Keep Calm & Wear TemperlEy

Goddess of Inspiration

The distinctive voice in British fashion

Bold & Beautiful

An exclusive with Arizona Muse

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Editor’s Letter

Loved Up

It’s that time of year again! The month of love has begun… Whether you’re single, or with a partner, it’s a great time of year to share your joy with family, friends and other loved ones. Browse through our special Valentine’s section for a wide variety of unique places to celebrate, as well as be inspired by chic outfits and luxurious gift ideas. The Ohlala! team has also lined up an exciting range of features for you to indulge in. So make sure you take full advantage by treating yourself to some me-time; curl up on the sofa wrapped in a cosy blanket, or soak in a warm soapy bath complete with relaxing essential oils for a great read with your favourite glossy – Ohlala! of course! We sit down with one of the most distinctive voices in British fashion, Alice Temperley MBE, on growing up in good old Blighty, English eccentricity and The Royals. In celebrity scoop we chat with the internationally renowned Soprano, Sarah Brightman, pioneer of the classical crossover music movement, who shares her vision for inspiring a new world order. Our beauty interview divulges the secrets of a new distinctively feminine scent, Modern Muse, which celebrates the vibrant, confident woman who inspires others with her independent spirit and creative style. Get the lowdown from the team who made it all happen, including Arizona Muse, the new global spokesmodel for Estee Lauder. Our local, homegrown star this month is none other than the bold and the beautiful fashion designer Khaleda Rajab, who has shot to international stardom. Find out about her outrageous sense of style and living life in the limelight. ‘till next time! Kirsty Edwards-Harris Editor-in-Chief

hot picks

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STYLE The Hot List 125 of Lanvin Fashion of the Stars A Tradition of Excellence Little Black Book

ART & CULTURE 34 Grand Gestures: Ali Al Mahmeed WOMEN TALKING 36 Escape From Cubicle Nation: Rawia Beyhum CELEBRITY SCOOP 38 Sarah Brightman BEAUTY 54 Beauty Buzz 56 Celebs’ Secrets 58 Get The Look


DINING 67 Ohlala! Valentine’s Exclusive SHOPPING 78 Valentine’s Shopping Guide


SOCIETY 84 Bahrain Hotspots 86 Shot-On-Site 94 Obusiness

Fashion designer Alice Temperley MBE talks about growing up in good old Blighty, English eccentricity and The Royals.

ohlala!Stars 97 Happy Birthday Ms. Aquarius



MOTORING 64 Diva Drives Ferrari Ff


The Column 98 Love’s illusions




credits Publisher & Chairman John Hughes Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes

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The Hot List Work your look ladies with these stylish fashion pieces‌


Feminine Feel


It was the intricate detailing of woodland-inspired gold thread embroidery that caught our attention on this chic Mulberry dress with fluid lines, a nod to the English countryside, from the Fall-Winter collection.


Stand Out

Add a splash of colour to your outfit with these vibrant peach pumps from the Salvatore Ferragamo Fall/Winter collection definitely a head turner.


It was love at first sight when the Ohlala! team set their eyes on the March Jacob’s Resort 2014 collection! Luxurious, sensual fabrics embellished with glittering sequins in metallic shades.


Black & White

This sophisticated and trendy, black and white bag from the Michael Kors Resort 2014 collection will keep you on trend from winter to spring.



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125 of Lanvin You’re invited on a journey through the times and trends of the oldest French fashion house still in business, founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889. Celebrate 125 years of LANVIN by revisiting its fascinating history…

Journey through fashion

In 1889, on the corner of rue Boissy d’Anglas and rue du Faubourg SaintHonoré, Jeanne Lanvin founded her fashion house. Eight years later, her only daughter Marguerite Marie Blanche was born, and soon became her muse and main source of inspiration. Delighted with motherhood, the businesswoman had a brilliant new business idea: children’s wear. Little by little, she designed a wonderful wardrobe for Marguerite. Jeanne Lanvin had just invented children’s fashion. The shop’s customers, the mothers of the little girls who were in the same private class, fell instantly in love with the designs, asking Jeanne Lanvin to make the same outfits for their own children. Amid the excitement of the orders placed by her customers for their own daughters, Jeanne Lanvin opened a ‘Children’s Suits’ department in 1908. A year later, she opened the ‘Young Ladies and Women’s’ departments. Jeanne Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, the designers’ union, and entered into the very closed world of French Fashion Houses.

Enjoy photos of the Lanvin heritage unveiled for the first time, archive video footage and original Jeanne Lanvin gouaches from the time that are unique in the history of fashion and will recount 125 years of design. Pinterest: lanvinofficial Facebook: facebook. com/LANVINofficial – Instagram: @lanvinofficial / hashtag #Lanvin125 18





Blake Lively

Actress Blake Lively is a floral vision in this beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown from the brand’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection. Blake attended the 2013 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s event in New York City, looking fabulously feminine in this off-shoulder, A-line ensemble – a fresh change from her usual slinky outfits. She gets the look down to a tee with her sun-kissed complexion and a glossy down-do swept back off her face. More akin to older ladies, Blake works the floral gown bringing it up-todate by wearing an extreme pink necklace and a pair of very pointed snakeskin nude Louboutins.

Emma Watson

The young actress, Emma Watson, looks stunning at the premiere of Gravity in New York City in a white J Mendel dress from the designer’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection. This chic and sophisticated number is super simple but has a lot of style. The British star shined in this silk gazaar off-the-shoulder dress, pairing the look with Manolo Blahnik for J Mendel ‘Shela’ patent metallic booties. Emma elevates her look with her makeup and accessories. We are loving her berry lips and metallic shoes. The lips add a pop of colour, whilst the shoes give her clean look a little edge.

Fashion of the Stars

These celebrities are willing to prove their fashion credentials. We pick out some of our favourite looks.



Nicole Richie Nicole Richie is seen here attending the Second Annual Baby2Baby Gala wearing a white crop top with floral embroidery and a multicolour striped skirt from the Spring-Summer 2014 collection by Alberta Ferretti. The actress and entrepreneur stood out from the pack with her embrace of this carefree collection’s more folkloric side of fashion. This bold statement could have easily overwhelmed Nicole’s petite frame, so she accounted for the complexity of her look by simplifying her styling, only wearing a few stacks of rings and a black clutch. Her less-is-more approach is also evident in her hairstyle, which was slicked back into a low ‘do, and her barelythere, nude-toned makeup.



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Burberry Prorsum



A calm and refreshing palette for the winter season, embrace the softer side of sartorial life with camel-coloured pieces for instant chic-ness. Lanvin

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style From warm toffee tones to sweet honey shades, whatever your complexion, there’s a camel hue for you. Blondes should always go for a darker shade while brunettes should stick to lighter tones to offset their rich manes.

Rebecca Minkoff


Celine Victoria Beckham

Camel goes with everything but we love it with black, white and grey. Don’t hold back and invest now, this is a timeless shade that you’re guaranteed to wear forever.


Nina Ricci

Carolina Herrera

Light tanned accessories will add instant glamour.


Viktor & Rolf OHLALA!


SEEING DOUBLE Clean, two-tone shades give sleek a new meaning with accessories being key to rocking this trend.



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Michael Kors


Saint Laurent

Roger Vivier



Melissa Kandiyoti

Victoria Beckham





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Ermanno Scervino




Gleaming and matte metal steal the spotlight making polished accessories a musthave.

Alexander McQueen





Style Model Cara Delevingne in Chopard

A tradition of excellence

Ohlala! sat down with Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the man behind Chopard, to talk about timepieces, the Middle East and of course, his vintage car collection. 26



favourite amongst Hollywood celebrities, Chopard is not only famous as the jeweller to the stars, but also as the jeweller to Royalty, and that includes those from our region. Their presence in the Middle East dates back almost 50 years, and the brand has since built a bevy of clientele who only go to the Swiss luxury jeweller when it’s glamour they’re looking for. Founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the Swiss watchmaker brought the blend of artistry and functionality to beautiful timepieces, and soon had Chopard’s watches gain a solid reputation among enthusiasts and buyers on an international base. In 1963 the luxury brand changed hands when Karl Scheufele, descendant of a dynasty of watchmakers and jewellers from Pforzheim, Germany, bought Chopard. Since, under the driving force of the Scheufele family, Chopard has experienced spectacular development, becoming world renowned for its creativity, its state-of-the-art technology and the excellence of its craftsmen. Nowadays Chopard is pursuing a time-honoured family tradition, producing spectacular timepieces and stunning jewellery. Today standing behind the controls of the house is Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the copresident of Chopard, who has proven time and again just how much he reveres classic watch-making and sharing his passion with this side of the world. “I remember the first

Actress Kate Beckinsale in Chopard

Chopard is available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre

time my father came to the region, it was about 45 years ago,” says Scheufele, “Now we have over 70 points of sale with our top markets being Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.” The brand has noticed that two of their lines have grown to become the most popular - the quintessence of style and elegance, the Imperial line has proven a favourite amongst the ladies, while the Classic Racing line has quite a large male following. Scheufele says: “Our clients are always looking for something interesting, new and different so it’s challenging for us and we like it. They are quite the sophisticated buyer.” And to please such a buyer the Swiss brand offers their services to create bespoke pieces, giving clients the chance to create their own visions while still sticking to the DNA of the brand. These days in the Middle East the brand has found itself up against quite a few competitors, but as Scheufele put it “Competition is great, it makes you strive to be better.” And we couldn’t agree more.

Having moved up the luxury ladder, Chopard now stands at the top - leaders of their market. More than fifty years after his father Karl Scheufele purchased Chopard, the family tradition at the Swiss manufacture is stronger than ever with collectors and those interested in watchmaking turning to them for the best timepieces. A collector himself of watches as well as antiques, Scheufele has managed to find himself an even bigger, pricier, hobby. “I collect and race classic cars,” he says with a sly smile, “I’ve lost track of how many cars I have now, even my wife doesn’t know about quite a few of them – I think though that’s for the best.” The avid collector also belongs to both the Aston Martin and Bentley club, and prefers classic cars more than modern cars. And with such fervour, it’s not difficult to see that for KarlFriedrich Scheufele, haute horlogerie is in his blood, where he has brought passion and a collector’s eye to Chopard. OHLALA!



Bold &


The stunning and gifted fashion designer Khaleda Rajab is local, homegrown talent who has shot to international stardom. Kirsty Edwards-Harris chats with Khaleda about her outrageous sense of style and life in the limelight.


ow did style feature as part of your life as a little girl? Khaleda Rajab. I’m surrounded by fashion in my everyday life; I grew up knowing I would end up being a part of the fashion industry. Apparently, I was addicted to fashion from a very young age. My mum had numerous stories to tell on how unique my outfits had to be from other kids. I used have a suitcase full of clothes instead of toys and I would just play dress up (Khaleda laughs).

pieces that you will be able to keep in your wardrobe for years to come.

Which celebrity/style icon would you most like to design a one-off piece for? KR. Elisabetta Canalis, Hofit Golan, Jessica Lowndes, Noelle Reno, Preeyas Kalidas, Jacqueline Fernandez and Joyce Bonelli. For the cat eye sunglasses, I’m crossing my fingers it’s a celebrity I love but can’t discuss it right now. You will find out soon… watch this space…

Tell us about your collaboration with Fahad Almarzouq… KR. It’s a fabulous one! We are now the most sold out

What’s your signature style? KR. My style is loud; it’s fierce. I’m seriously crazy with my everyday looks but know that’s what makes me and I would never change my personal sense of style. People may love it or hate it but it won’t break me! It’s all about having personal style and the guts to go with it – the major point is confidence! This you got to have it! That’s what makes a stylish woman stand out from a crowd.

of must-have items of the season, and we’re stocked in the best and most well known boutiques (Eye Boutique, Dubai Mall, UAE; Eye Boutique, Avenues Kuwait; Retail Therapy, Saudi Arabia; Impression Boutique, Qatar) with more to come!

What kind of woman wears these sunglasses? KR. A woman that’s confident, that doesn’t care if

Where do you hang out? KR. Well, I’m barely in Bahrain. I’m always on the go... being a fashion designer and working in the industry is seriously a busy lifestyle. There’s always something going on, especially since I distribute my own line of clothing all over the GCC and I’m also currently stocking in Europe. When I’m in Bahrain I really enjoy catching up with family and friends. I mostly hang out at The Domain, Bahrain, as I’m their brand ambassador.

What can we expect from the SpringSummer 2014 fashion collection? KR. The 2014 collection will be very interesting. I’m

people will love or hate her outfit; a woman that dresses up with confidence and is definitely a fashion killer. Our glasses are now carried as an art piece in contemporary art museums, so that tells you how outrageous they are. So, yes, girl, if you’re fierce, daring and love clothes that have no rules, purchase them quick because they are quirky but classic – a wardrobe staple.

“The concept of the shades was an exaggerated cat eye – a recanted shape in the sunglasses family that is considered a classic.”

using a new procedure in embroidery and I just have to say it’s a showstopper – very modern and fresh. You have to be a strong and confident woman to be able to pull these garments off. The inspiration behind the collections is ancient. Keep an eye on the collection, it will definitely offer investment-buy 28


Can you explain the concept of the eclectic designs and your vision of ‘The Cat’s Eye’? KR. The concept of the shades was an exaggerated

cat eye – a recanted shape in the sunglasses family that is considered a classic. We basically added four lenses and exaggerated the size of the cat eye to make them actually give a real cat eye effect. The glasses are fierce and daring, so not everyone can pull them off, except if you’re daring with your everyday wardrobe.



Fashionista Lowdown


Name Manal Al Khayat Profession Manager for Broadband & Data at Viva Bahrain My Style is Unique, conservative yet modern Designer quote you live by “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” ~ Coco Chanel


Style icon Kate Middleton & Taylor Swift Most-worn brands Moschino, D&G & Gucci. For evening dresses: Fendi, Prada & Dior.

Style-savvy business lady, Manal shares her love for fashion…

What Spring-Summer 2014 trend are you all over? Open inverse shirts in light colours, abstract art in clean patterns, word prints are funky if not done in a busy way. Dots still remain in and boyfriend shirts or shirt-dresses are a must for 2014. Metallic, shiny dresses and tops will be perfect this season for evening occasions. Let’s not forget the floral beauty on dresses and skirts.

Image by Shobin Joseph, Location: Boudoir, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre


What do you wear most often? Formal elegant gowns and stylish trousers with sophisticated shirts. I also love to accessorise with colourful bags and shoes or sandals with catchy designs.

What are your essential must-buys this season? The combination of black and white – Coco Chanel essentials, stunning orange outfits, head-totoe red twin pieces, beautifully painted, flowered satin jackets. Prada

Describe your work style I dress up with elegant formal outfits in different colours, patterns, cuts, lengths and fabrics, or skirts with a unique design touch.





Your style advice? Don’t go after fashion trends blindly. You need to pick the right one which suits your figure, represents your personality and boosts your confidence.



the cause


eet Hassan Ali Abdullah, Ahmed Sheikh Ali and Ali Hassan. Hassan works as an assistant at People Services (Human Resources) Department; Ahmed is a general accountant at the Finance Department whilst Ali is an administrative assistant at the Engineering Department. For people with disabilities finding a job isn’t always easy, it’s even harder when people ‘see’ you have a disability. “When I go out for a job interview, I am confident because I know I am qualified and I can do the job. But… they just say, ‘We’ll call you.’ They never really say it to your face, but deep inside, I know that my disability is a barrier for them to hire me,” shares Ahmed. “But we work more than ‘normal’ people do, because I think we have a lot more to prove,” Hassan chimes in. “But we are very glad that society is now more accepting of people like us and we are grateful for Kempinski for having given us the chance to prove that we are capable.” Ali adds that, “Kempinski has seen past our disability and employed us because we are skilled and we work really hard.” As a responsible employer, Kempinski aims to promote equal opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, civil and marital status, pregnancy, or disability. Kempinski also promotes a safe and healthy working environment without discrimination. As companies such as Kempinski can attest, disabled workers can be a great asset. “These employees are eager to work and are very motivated,” Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre general manager Puneet Singh tells us. “These are the kind of people who contribute to the business and do a great job.” Because of this initiative, the hotel has recently received an important recognition from the Ministry of Social Development for promoting an inclusive working environment. The Ministry assists those with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment. Nader Abbas Al-Markhi, head of the Ministry’s Disabled Services Centre and his team explore job leads and then match the interests and skills of a candidate with the employer’s needs ­– at no cost to the employer. 32


Even Grounds

Hiring people with disabilities creates a real win-win situation for companies. Read on as Ohlala! gets to meet some truly inspirational figures for this interview.

“Ability is not only in your body. More importantly, it is in your mind.”

“We are thankful to companies like Kempinski and we hope that this encourages more and more companies to become an equal opportunity employer. We have different types of programs at the Centre,” explains Nader. “Some are short-term – connecting people with the right job, and others provide longer-term help.” “It is our goal to assist people in finding jobs where they’ll be successful and happy,” Nader adds. “We also maintain relationships with employers to make sure everything is going well from their perspective.” Hassan, Ahmed and Ali are not only happy with where they are now. They all dream of doing bigger and greater things in the future. As Ahmed says, “Ability is not only in your body. More importantly, it is in your mind.” Contact the Ministry of Social Development – Disabled Services Centre by visiting to learn how it can benefit your business.

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Grand Gestures

Ali Al Mahmeed is a prolific sculptor and an inventive printmaker. A distinctive presence on the Bahrain arts scene, his work is at times playful, poignant and certainly moving. Ali is a grand master of the creative sublime. Words by KARINA LAZARRAGA, IMAGES by GEORGE MATHEW



With a career path that has seen him transcend from artisan to fine artist, Ali’s creative beginnings date back to his early childhood years. Watching his mother expertly create embroidery, Ali would sketch some designs for her, which she would then translate into beautiful pieces of work. Spanning over 30 years, he has carved out a career as an artist, eventually becoming one of the founding members of the distinguished Bahrain Arts Society, which was established back in 1983. With humour and poignancy, his evocative sculptures made out of brass, bronze or wood, both large and diminutive – explore nature, relationships, social transition and everything else that happens around him. Depictions of human figures, as well as his love and fascination for birds commonly feature in his work. His art revels in the joys and contradictions one finds in life. Ali’s vision however never has the harshness of social satire; instead, his work has an aura of mystery, and participates in the simplicity as well as complexity of whichever subject he explores. Ali’s printed works on the other hand manifest a language of ornamentation, a retrospective commentary on the world around him. He draws inspiration from personal circumstances, a poem, a song, another artist’s work – leading to a

huge collective and reflective body of work. As you peer in for a closer inspection, many small tales unfold within the big picture. Intensely detailed, Ali’s print masterpieces offer challenges as well as pure retinal pleasure. Ali is a consummate artist. He has been working consistently since the 1960s, first as an Arts Teacher from 1964 to 1982. Aside from helping establish the Bahrain Arts Society, which he is currently the president of, representing the society at cultural events and exhibitions in Bahrain and internationally. Ali is also the general commissioner for the Bahrain International Sculptures Symposium – establishing the First Bahrain International Sculpture Symposium in 2003 – seeing participation by artists from 15 countries. The bi-annual symposium continues and will be staged again sometime this year. Accolades and recognition abound for Ali – his sculptures and print works are displayed at the Bahrain National Museum, as well as at private collections not just in Bahrain but also in Kuwait, London, Beirut, Dubai, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Russia, France, Cyprus, Oman, Jordan and China. Ali’s creations brilliantly convey the trajectory of art – from the moment an idea forms, through to its final creation and enshrinement. This creative artist is a maestro – orchestrating small vignettes into large, yet intricate works.

“With humour and poignancy, his evocative sculptures… explore nature, relationships, social transition and everything else that happens around him.” For details email Ali Al Mahmeed on: or see more of his work at Hend Gallery in Muharraq (



women talking


CUBicle nation Leaving her corporate job in 2010, Rawia Beyhum went to New York City to do a course, resolving never to become an employee ever again. Ohlala’s Karina Lazarraga chats with this ambitious, driven and determined lady who has set out to redefine her role in the corporate, working world.

As a PR Consultant, what challenges does the role pose for you? PR holds the challenge of incorporating various components together, creating a PR campaign or activity that generates curiosity and word-ofmouth, getting a demanding and time-conscious audience engaged, sticking to the facts without over embellishing, finding the unique gem in the story that makes it strikingly memorable. I believe that the way to approach the field is in first assuming that PR holds a strong responsibility in developing people’s perceptions regarding a subject. The application should be ethical and must meet people’s needs. It’s a high point for me when I get the media calling in for information on a certain topic. I take glory in the fact that the activity behind the PR is truly engaging and one that the publishers and community benefit from. You are also the founder of TalentFreeFlow Ltd. (TFF). How and why did you establish the company? I have always had an interest in people’s strengths and how to uncover these, dispelling fears along their path to success. I see so many talents out there and am aware of so many hidden talents within each one of us. I also see that we sometimes lose sight of ourselves and have to make changes in our environment in order to enhance wanted skills and behaviours. Through High Performance Leadership Training (HPLT), TFF aims to be a catalyst for change, coaching individual or group talent towards their integrity as self-sustainable entrepreneurs, awakening their awareness of what 36


each, individually or collectively, has to contribute to the world. Our unique process is known as the TFF Participatory Approach, an in-house developed philosophy and guided practice for combining together multiple disciplines in a spirit of teamwork, collaboration, inclusion and development, incorporating the skill-sets of various industry stakeholders and facilitating teams who learn from one another and collaborate easily and effectively. TFF envisions on-going PR-savvy performances and showcase events promoting TFF Talents, supported and guided through our services in HPLT with globally recognised leadership qualifications (where applicable), work opportunity on various projects managed via TFF, and with high-profile visibility on www. What is your philosophy in life? I follow my personal motto: ‘Keep on keeping on.’ Why Bahrain? Bahrain has afforded me a playground to launch TFF. The people of Bahrain have always been supportive and conscientious leaders ideally suited for the TFF pursuit for Integrating Cultures and for facilitating change and innovation. Any dreams for the future? Currently, with the launch of TFF and the recent birth of my son, I can honestly say that I am living my dream. One radical vision I have is to see TFF up in lights in Central NYC, Times Square! Contact Rawia Beyhum at 3976 5868 or visit

IMAGE BY George Mathew, Location: Capital Club Bahrain

“The art of the field is in the rapid diffusion of information. Skillful work in providing accurate, consistent and engaging targeted messaging is the reoccurring aim.�



Celebrity Scoop

Sarah Brightman Chasing Dreams



Internationally renowned Soprano Sarah Brightman, who pioneered the classical crossover music movement and has sold more than 30 million records globally, shares her vision for inspiring a new world order with Ohlala!’s Josie Hill.




nown for her exceptional musical talents, for being discovered by and then married to the famous British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more recently for spending ÂŁ20million on a proposed trip into space, Sarah is nothing short of exceptional. Brightman, who began her career as a member of the dance troupe Hot, made her jump to stardom with her West End musical theatre debut in Cats. She went on to star in several West End and Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera. After retiring from the stage she resumed her music career with former Enigma producer Frank Peterson, but this time as a classical crossover artist. Brightman is often credited as the creator of this genre and is considered among the most famous performers, with



Celebrity Scoop

worldwide sales of more than 30 million records. Now, on top of her success on stage and her upcoming space mission, Sarah has recently been nominated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace. She says: “It was a wonderful thing, I felt experienced as a person at the age that I am so I felt that this was something that I could fulfil. We are chosen as artists because we travel around the world and are constantly in the public eye, so we can help spread the name of UNESCO, and highlight its work.” She adds: “This has been interesting for me because by travelling to space I am also hoping that I can bring focus to areas of the earth that I will see from that perspective, such as deforestation, plastic pollution in the ocean, and war zones. It’ll be an eye-opener and reminder to people of what is happening on our planet.” So why the focus on space travel and where does it come from? “I grew up in the 1960s and it was a time when everyone was talking about space exploration. Physicists were very relevant at that time, and I started to get interested in how many women were working in this area. I realised that they still make up a small percentage in the sciences in general so I set up various funds to help women who are studying these subjects to further their education.” Sarah’s passion for music and love of the outer hemisphere and the physics of life are seen clearly on her Dreamchaser album cover with its huge amazing sky-like star-covered backdrop. Sarah speaks about working with the composer Mike Hedges and the violinist and cellist Sally Herbet on the album Dreamchaser.

“I’ve known Mike since I was 18, but this is the first album that I’ve collaborated with him. I was interested to see what would happen because I knew that his experience as an engineer and a producer would be good in helping me create the right soundscape and to bring all these pieces from different times and genres together.” Sarah describes herself and Mike as similar, both having a “gothic” and a “spiritual” soul. She says: “As soon as we started working I knew that this would be a challenging but very good journey that we would take together, and it has been.” Sarah also gives credit to Sally Herbet who she says: “works very well with classical musicians in creating wonderful arrangement – as well as understanding totally the rock and pop world that we are often working within.” Dreamchaser, which many critics consider to be Brightman’s strongest work to date, reached No. 1 on the Classical Crossover Albums chart making it the seventh album for the world renowned soprano to reach this chart.

“Mike has a gothic soul and a spiritual soul and so have I so I knew that we would work well together.”

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Open shoulder gown with pleated over-wrap details in Hibiscus pink double silk crepe; Sayda t-strap sandals with a 8.5 cm heel with gold plated buckles in Qatar Ahja leather; Tabeeay ring in pink gold. 42


True Romance With a relaxed femininity keeping it light and delicate, Qela’s Spring Summer 14 collection explores the house codes to create a modern sweet silhouette.Today’s contemporary woman is captured through a rich mix of textural fabrics, clean lines and re-proportioned shapes. Classic shades of ivory, ebony, and beige are accented with powdered nudes and Hibiscus pink, while velvet Shafallah flowers and beaded masharabiya patterns reflect the house’s signature eastern touch.




Draped neck sleeveless top in ivory silk crepe and asymmetrically draped skirt in Hibiscus pink silk crepe; Wahmi ankle strap sandals with a 13.5 cm heel in Foundation Ahja leather; Tohfaniya bracelet in pink and white gold; Tabeeay ring in pink gold.



Silk shantung tailored jacket with hand applied velvet Shafallah flowers and classic slim pant in ivory silk shantung; Lulu clutch in Hibiscus Mataya leather; Sayda t-strap sandals with a 8.5 cm heel with gold plated buckles in Qatar Ahja leather; Romanci ring in white gold with white diamonds.



Evening gown with draped neckline and all-over hand Oriental embroidery of silver metal thread on black cotton tulle; Amal earrings in white gold with asymmetric rings and drops in white gold covered in white pavĂŠ diamonds.



Evening gown in beige silk satin with silver thread bisht embroidered details; Melaki evening sandals with a 10 cm heel in Silver Lamaah leather; Helem earrings in white gold with white diamonds; Shiar ring in white gold covered in white pavĂŠ diamonds with a 1 carat centre diamond; Jouthour bracelet in white gold with white diamonds.



Ivory silk organza kaftan with all-over beaded masharabiya and silver thread bisht embroidered details, draped neck sleeveless top in ivory silk crepe and classic slim pant in ivory silk shantung; Ghada t-strap sandals with a 12.5 cm heel in Qatar Ahja leather; Sadeen earrings in pink gold with amethyst, citrine, smoky quartz and brown diamonds; Tabeeay ring in pink gold.



Beige waterproof silk trench coat with pleated detail at the back; Elyah Ravan structured handbag in Brandy/Ebony Haras leather; Rawya open-toe pumps with a 12.5 cm heel in Brandy Haras leather.




Keep Calm & Wear Temperley

Globally renowned as one of the most distinctive voices in British fashion, Alice Temperley MBE, chats with Ohlala!’s Kirsty Edwards-Harris on growing up in good old Blighty, English eccentricity and The Royals.






“Dress for your body, find out what works on you and stick to it, rather than following trends for the sake of it.” ˜ Alice Temperley

London-based designer, Alice Temperley’s timeless, feminine creations combine meticulous detail and embellishments with an English eccentricity and personality drawing on everything British. Temperley London is the modern day ‘Cool Britannia’ offering exquisite seasonal collections, which embody effortless luxury, with an ethereal spirit. This quirky and unique designer boasts an impressive award portfolio, including the prestigious appointment as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, for services to the fashion industry. She trained at London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art before finishing her studies with a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art, specialising in fabric technology and print. Temperley London’s look for SpringSummer 2014 is “Temperley dipped in heady, ethereal romance… with new trapeze shapes and rich voluminous silhouettes with minimal accessories, in a warm and gentle colour palette of burgundy, pink, blush, lilac, black, mint and white,” shares Alice Temperley. Where does your flair for fashion originate from? Did you enjoy playing ‘dress up’ as a little girl? 52


Alice Temperley. I have always loved creating, from a very, very young age. I was always making things, I was fascinated by patterns, sewing, painting, cutting things up to make textile pieces or clothing - I remember being in trouble for constantly breaking my mother’s sewing machine. I had a real urge to create and would spend hours drawing and making things that I would sometimes sell at local village shops. You’re known to be a fan of The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Why do you think she chooses Temperley London? What is it you admire about her? AT. We are very honoured that the Duchess of Cambridge chooses to wear our clothes; in fact I am honoured when any woman chooses to wear Temperley when there is so much to choose from out there. She is a great ambassador for Britain. What other celebrities, past or present, would you like to dress and why? AT. Marion Cotillard, her acting in La Vie en Rose was an inspiration. Are there any style icons, past or present, who you admire and why? AT. Coco Chanel - exceptional on all levels.

In your opinion, what’s the key to ‘making it’ in the fashion world? AT. Work ethic - you have to truly love and have a passion for what you are doing. The fashion industry is tough; I live by the motto…‘be focused, strong and keep calm and carry on.’ What is the signature of your style? AT. I aim to create timeless, feminine, sensual designs with an ethereal spirit. Clothing that makes the wearer look and feel beautiful, the best version of themselves. I like to think of it as effortless luxury - focus on detail and fabrics. Dresses memories are made in. I aim to create designs that are simultaneously relaxed and formal. You want to look like it comes effortlessly and easily. Who is the Temperley woman?

“You have to truly love and have a passion for what you are doing. The fashion industry is tough; I live by the motto…‘be focused, strong and keep calm and carry on.”

AT. She is someone who is independent, strong, appreciates her femininity and pays attention to detail and appreciates timeless pieces. Where would she wear your creations? AT. Everywhere! She has a zest for life and likes to enjoy her clothes. How do you manage to be unique while still staying true to the heart of the brand in the fast-paced world of fashion? AT. We are a British brand and I am incredibly proud of that. I like to think that British design is a bi-word for quality and craftsmanship and I think British designers exhibit an eclectic way of mixing influences. Incredible craftsmanship in timeless pieces with historical references is what keeps us true to our heritage and also makes us unique. Temperley London is available at Saks Fifth Avenue Dubai & Bahrain OHLALA!


Beauty “Makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.” ~ Bobbi Brown

Beauty Buzz Start the new month off with a fresh new look with this season’s latest beauty essentials.

Fairy Queen

Bobbi Brown’s Nude Glow Spring 2014 collection includes shades that give you a natural magical glow and enhance your features. Choose from a mix of bronze, pink and metallic shades. It also includes the Eye Palette, Brightening Finishing Powder, Sheer Lip Colour and Nail Polish.

springtime muse

Tangy pinks, delicate blues and crisp greens herald spring in Guerlain’s new collection for the season. With a sweet violet scent, coloured powders illuminate the complexion, whilst coloured beads sprinkle pink arpeggios on delicate cheekbones.

Fountain of Youth

New from Chanel, this soft, creamy formula, part of the innovative LE LIFT skincare range features among others, the ultra-powerful ingredient 3.5-DA (a highly effective molecule that promotes skin elasticity) that recontours, tones and refines the complexion to reveal skin’s optimal firmness. 

Skin So Perfect

New from Bourjois, the 123 Perfect CC Cream combines the benefits of a hydrating lotion with the correcting and concealing power of a foundation; whilst the 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream is a remedy for dark under-eye circles and also acts as a concealer to camouflage imperfections, reduce puffiness and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

a pop of colour The Body Shop’s new lipstick collection, ‘Colour Crush’ offers 24 high-impact shades blended with silky Community Fair Trade marula oil. Choose from pretty pinks, stylish nudes and knockout reds infused with a subtle rose scent. 54





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Get the Look Smouldering Date-Night Look

‘Girls’ star Allison Williams looks classic, sophisticated and trendy on the red carpet at the recent Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. She provides the perfect inspiration for your Valentine date with her chic makeup, which was perfectly complemented by her edgy Alexander McQueen gown. Here’s how you can steal her look.

1. Achieve that healthy glow by first applying illuminating foundation to create a good base. 2. For this look, start by grooming the brows with a brow definer. 3. Next, create a classic smokey eye using a blue and black eyeshadow quad palette. 4. Get Allison’s dramatic eyes by applying liquid black eyeliner followed by fine-glitter silver shadow done all the way around too. 5. Finish the eye makeup by applying black mascara on the top and bottom lashes. 6. Go easy on the cheeks by applying just a touch of colour with a shade of peach cream blush, on the apples of the cheeks. 7. Top off the look by putting on a moisturising lipstick in a similar hue. 58







Modern Muse: Goddess of Inspiration Composed of subtle contrasts and bold contradictions, Modern Muse reveals layers of strength and softness in an appealing creative tension. Ohlala! divulges the secrets of this distinctively feminine scent – which celebrates the vibrant, confident woman who inspires others with her independent spirit and creative, irreverent style – from the team who made it all happen…




Karyn Khoury

Senior Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development Worldwide, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. What is a Modern Muse? Throughout history, Muses were the goddesses of inspiration in poetry, literature, music and the arts. More recent Muses continue to inspire art, fashion and style. A Modern Muse embodies the intriguing duality of today’s woman - soft and feminine yet strong and dynamic, all at the same time. She’s the woman who inspires with a contagious, natural magnetism, which speaks to others without saying a word. Her presence, in fact the very thought of her, draws people in and motivates them to greater creativity and achievement. Tell us more about the fragrance’s “dualimpression” construction? Because Modern Muse was inspired by the complexity of a modern woman, its construction reflects the same dynamic tension as her life and her personality. People generally think of tension as a negative word, yet in the world of art, including the art of fragrance creation, creative tension can be a great source of inspiration – the influence of two seemingly contradictory qualities leading to new heights of creativity and emotional resonance. This response to dynamic tension is also something every woman lives, as she balances energy and softness with strength and focus in order to manage the many, often conflicting demands in her life.

Harry Frémont Master Perfumer, Firmenich

How is Modern Muse a “dual impression” fragrance and what makes this unique? How you connect emotionally with a fragrance can be different from one person to another. I like to say that this is a “dual impression” fragrance because one woman may fall in love with its lush floral dewiness, while another woman may experience the woody, musky aspect first. Someone might connect right away with its sparkling floral quality, while another may be attracted to its warm, rich woody signature. Modern Muse celebrates this creative tension between the florals and the woods. It’s what makes the fragrance interesting and intriguing. 62


“She’s the woman who inspires with a contagious, natural magnetism, which speaks to others without saying a word.” ˜ Karyn Khoury

Arizona Muse

Global Spokesmodel for Estée Lauder

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How does the fragrance make you feel? Modern Muse makes me feel elevated - like a better version of me. Who do you think of as iconic muses? I think Joan of Arc is iconic. She was a woman who maintained her femininity but was strong enough to lead an army of men into battle. All the models before me as muses, particularly Carolyn Murphy. She has been in the industry for so long and has had such a long career with Estée Lauder. I find that really inspiring. And Angelina Jolie. She is beautiful, talented, she protects her children which, as a mother, is so important for me, and she gives so much back. Who are your own personal muses? I’d say my personal muses are my friends and my mum! Who inspires you? The person I find most inspiring is my son. And mothers around the world. We all have a mother and they always have the best advice and do so much for

everyone else. They are very inspiring. How do you juggle single motherhood and modeling? It is really hard. You have to find a balance. I like to take Nikko with me when I can. Motherhood has brought so much to my life and I wouldn’t change anything. But sometimes it is challenging and I am lucky to have great support from family and friends. What is your favourite thing about motherhood? Watching my son grow and hearing how he thinks. Bedtime is my favourite time with him because it is the only time during the day that he is still! I love listening to what he talks about. Best advice from your mother Always be kind and understanding of others. Best beauty advice from your mother Don’t pluck your eyebrows! You are famous for your eyebrows. Any tips? I fill in the gaps with a pencil. I love the Estée Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil Duo.

“Modern Muse makes me feel elevated - like a better version of me.” ˜ Arizona Muse




Diva Drives Ferrari FF

Ohlala! was lucky to receive an invitation to attend yet another electrifying Ferrari event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi – this time to experience the charming Ferrari FF. What a car, and not only charming, it is incredibly powerful and amazingly fast! Words by Sari Mabire




t has been a while since my last review but when Ferrari calls I’ll follow! I have to confess – as some of you might remember from before – that I am biased towards Italian sports cars. They have that elegant and sexy attractiveness and pull that most other cars just can’t emulate. The name FF is inspired by the car’s four generous, body-hugging seats and, more significantly, the new Ferrari-patented fourwheel drive system. This makes the FF the most versatile of all Ferraris; you can drive it anywhere, in any weather or road conditions. Ferrari says that it has been designed specifically to tackle the toughest, most complex and ambitious of driving challenges, including snow, not that we have to worry about that in the GCC. As for the interior, it really is a proper four-seater and even tall people can sit on the rear seats comfortably without having to be contortionists. The FF also sets a new benchmark in terms of absolutely unprecedented cabin and luggage space for

a car in its category. Perhaps another name for this car could be Family Ferrari, as the boot is spacious enough to accommodate pushchairs and family shopping! I started off the day with an introduction to the FF by a Ferrari Corse Pilota instructor, who showed me the entire car explaining the details. Beautiful car it is, inside and outside, modern, elegant and muscular at the same time, but you wouldn’t expect anything less of a Ferrari, would you? The interior is swathed in sublimely luxurious leather with chic and sophisticated trims and detailing, creating an impression of comfort and refined exclusivity. Next in turn was a theoretical lesson on how to best drive the car. I had of course done this before but it’s always good to get a refresher from a professional. I’m happy to say that I remembered the previous lesson pretty well and had even applied some of the techniques to my daily driving. (I just wish I was driving a Ferrari every day…) Next was an exhilarating spin around the circuit by the Corse Pilota, who really knows how The wonderful thing about the FF is that it is as much a car for day-to-day driving with the family or friends, as it is for extraordinarily exclusive occasions, which demand an exotic car. You can drive easily and relaxed, or really push it to the limits.

to demonstrate the absolutely awesome power, acceleration and speed delivery of the 6.3-litre V12 engine, with a whopping 651 horsepower. The FF has a top speed of 335km per hour and dashes from zero to 100-km per hour in just 3.7-seconds. Ferrari states that the FF is the world’s most powerful fourseater car, and who am I to argue that? Then the moment I had been waiting for came – time to get behind the wheel. Instead of driving on the circuit I was asked to take it out on the public roads to see how it is in the real world and I happily complied. The FF is a four-seater GT but drives like a dedicated two-seater sports car. It thrills on straight roads nearly as much as it does on curvaceous ones, as the V12’s wail rises and falls while you swiftly boom through the short-spaced gears. And as is usual for Ferraris, it turns heads on the road and opens the fast lane. The FF manages to be both practical and exotic at the same time, an accomplishment not so easy to achieve. It’s superbly comfortable to drive with amazing poise and capability. The wonderful thing about the FF is that it is as much a car for day-to-day driving with the family or friends, as it is for extraordinarily exclusive occasions, which demand an exotic car. You can drive easily and relaxed, or really push it to the limits. It is a car for all occasions, a car that dreams are made of. Can I have one please… OHLALA!


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Dining Hotspots This month’s dining guide will prove most useful if you’re planning that romantic date for the one you love.

Cooking up a Valentine’s Treat Kempinski grand & ixir hotel Bahrain city centre Love is in the air… Prepare something special for Valentine’s and come to Kempinski’s cooking class to learn a fabulously romantic three-course meal for your darling! The class on February 8 is on from 3pm to 6pm at Saveur for BD25++ and limited to ten participants, so prior booking is required. Pick up some amorous treats from T-Spoon with their Valentine’s Surprise Box filled with a heart shaped cake, special vouchers for Pure Spa, Tagz and a BD10 shopping voucher (with limited availability) for Bahrain City Centre, all for BD18; or order a personalised cake for BD9 only! Order from February 1 and collect on Feb 13 or 14. What’s more, Baharat is offering a ‘Love-ly’ Friday 68


Brunch where your companion will not only enjoy a heart-warming romantic treat but will also get a 20 percent discount on the brunch price! Book before February 12 and your lady gets a gift from Al Zain Jewellery. Even better, you may also win an Al Zain Jewellery Valentine’s white gold, diamond and ruby pendant worth BD300 to be raffled during the brunch! Brunch cost is BD28++, including selected beverages. Children aged six to 12 years eat for half price, whilst below six years old eat for free. Go for the Ultimate Romantic Dinner on February 14 in your own private pod at Mezzanine Lounge and enjoy a magnificent four-course menu with a bottle of sparkling wine plus gifts from Al Zain Jewellery for all the ladies! Cost is BD120++ for two persons. RESERVATIONS 1717 1441 or email: restaurants.


Desert Dreams

Al Areen Palace & Spa Dining Under the Stars… Al Areen Palace & Spa unveils its special offers for the month of love, starting with its ‘Be My valentine – Special Romantic Dinner’ offered at three of its fine dining restaurants. Book the evening for a four-course gastronomic journey at Rimal, Keizo and Saffron restaurants and sweep your darling off her feet with their irresistible Valentine’s creations. Another option is the ‘Romantic Getaway in Villa Packages’ where you can dine under the stars in one of Al Areen’s luxurious Royal or Desert Pool villas, dine under the stars and experience a truly romantic escapade! An allinclusive overnight stay at any of the elegantly prepared villas includes being ushered in with rose petals, exquisite heart chocolates and charming candles; dining under the stars where passion meets fusion through a delectable set menu, topped off with a 150-minute Romantic Couples Spa treatment from the Royal Spa. RESERVATIONS: 1784 5000; 3604 8647 or email alareen@alareenpalaceandspa



Celebrating Love Upstairs downstairs Michael Bublé Tribute and other specials…

Get in the mood for romance at Upstairs Downstairs on the eve of Valentine’s Day as the UK’s Number One Michael Buble tribute singer will be performing live for an unforgettable night! With a welcome drink included, the cost for the evening is only BD12. On the special day itself, Upstairs Downstairs is preparing a magnificent four-course gourmet dinner to share with your partner. From 7pm on February 14, the offer comes complete with roses, chocolates, balloons, live music, romance, welcome bubbly for BD22 plus government levy. There’s plenty going in February at this lovely restaurant. On February 1,



Rhonda’s Gourmet Kitchen with renowned restaurateur and restaurant consultant Rhonda Daoud is on. The live cooking class starts at 12noon followed by a two-course set menu for BD10 per person every Friday, come for brunch from 12noon to 3 pm and sample their four-course set menu, which includes unlimited select drinks for BD15++. There’s live music from 8.30pm starring TWO BLUE (Adel Fairouz and Ahmed AlQassim) who play jazz and popular rock. Every Thursdays, it’s ‘Special Live Music Night’ featuring Frankie’s friends with Christine Gordon from 8.30pm. Reservations: 1758 6499


Memorable moments Gulf Hotel Celebrate Valentine’s Day & Chinese New Year…

Head to The Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s Fusions Restaurant, where they’re offering an exceptional three-course menu, alongside complimentary sparkling bubbly and a red rose for your lady amidst the soulful tunes of love to spice up the evening for BD28++ per person. Outdoors, you can book a ‘Waterside Romance’ on the pool deck for BD28++ per person for a three-course set menu inclusive of one glass of bubbly and an acoustic musical performance. Enjoy the VIP Garden Dinner Package set at the hotel’s lush gardens for BD100++ per couple inclusive of a bottle of sparkling wine, private butler, live flambé dish and an acoustic personalised musical performance. Book an Arabian Night experience Zahle Lebanese restaurant for BD22++ and savour the delicious set menu, complimentary welcome beverage, a rose for the lady and earthy Lebanese music and belly dancing. RESERVATIONS: Call 1771 3000

Sweet Temptations The Domain Passionate about making a difference…

Things are heating up at The Domain Bahrain as Executive Chef Bengt Carlsson puts together a special menu for Valentine’s. It all starts with chocolate as his team of pâttisiers, headed by Executive Pastry Chef Serge Decrauzat, will be preparing handcrafted chocolate bonbons to start the romantic culinary journey for guests. Chef Bengt will be offering a romantic threecourse dinner for the beautiful restaurants on Level 34. For BD56++ per couple, it includes a bottle of fine wine. For BD149++, you will be accommodated in a Panorama junior suite.. The package includes red roses, a heart-shaped cake, a bottle of bubbly or sparkling date juice, breakfast in bed, a 45-minute couple’s massage and guaranteed late check-out (4PM). RESERVATIONS: 1600 0222 or visit




Romantic Links

Royal Golf Club Special Treats from St Valentine’s… Treat your loved one to a superb dinner at the Royal Golf Club’s award-winning Links Restaurant this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a spectacular four-course dinner including “Amuse Bouche” and a delicious range of appetisers, entrées and desserts, all for just BD34 net per person, inclusive of live romantic music, a rose for the ladies and a sparkling welcome drink for all. The Club’s Prego Italian restaurant is launching a new business lunch menu from February 2. Enjoy any pasta, risotto or 9’-inch pizza with a soft drink and tea or coffee for just BD5 net per person. Tuck in on their tasty seafood risotto with salmon, hammour, prawns, calamari and mussels; or check out the homemade ravioli or fettuccini with your choice of sauce or one of the fantastic range of pizzas, which include seafood, Hawaiian, tandoori chicken and lots more. The Prego business lunch is available from Sundays to Thursdays from 11.30am to 3pm (except on public holidays). RESERVATIONS: 1775 1262 (Links); 1775 1263 (Prego)

Love at First Sight

Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa Valentine’s Specials on… The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa are offering a variety of romantic delights. Head to Overlook for a ‘Party for 2’ where you can have a private ‘Cabanon’ for BD140++ per couple; or savour the Special Truffle menu at Primavera and enjoy a glass of the private cuvée (white or red) of Montevibiano’s special wine. There’s also an exclusive Valentine’s brunch menu and a special ‘Cupidon’ Seafood Night happening at the same time. You can also choose an a la carte option and discover the Valentine’s creations at Plums (four-course set menu at BD30++ per person), Primavera (four-course set menu at BD30++ per person) and Nirvana (four-course set menu at BD22++ per person). Sweeten things up by indulging at The Ritz Gourmet Shop where you can get luxurious edible pieces of art, along with bubbly or a mimosa cocktail, roses and a heart-shaped chocolate. RESERVATIONS: 1758 6499 72





Love-filled Month

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel New offers and promotions… It’s a love-filled special at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel at Golestan Restaurant where there’s Valentine’s Day Dinner, which features a special set menu for BD19++ per person including a half bottle of wine. Soie Restaurant is also doing a similar offer with a special set menu for Valentine’s Day for only BD22++ per person including half a bottle of wine. Roses and heart-shape cookies will be given to the ladies as well at both restaurants. Starting this month, Sheraton will also be launching its New Business Lunch offering at Golestan Restaurant where you can sample a selection of classic dishes and freshly oven-baked bread. For BD12 net it includes Masht-o Khiyar yoghurt mixed with chopped cucumbers, Green Salad with Feta Cheese, starters, your favourite grills, selected desserts and beverages. Also try out their Japanese Maki Roll promotion, which is on throughout February at An Nada Lounge. RESERVATIONS 1753 3533 or visit

A Month of Romance

Sofitel Bahrain zallaq thalassa sea & Spa Unique dining experiences… Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa’s major highlight for the month is Fiamma Restaurant’s unique Italian gastronomic festival from February 12 to 21. Feast on a tempting variety throughout the week from a special a la carte menu and beverages from different Italian regions served every evening of the festival from 7pm till 11pm. Straight from Italy, soprano and tenor singers, Vincenzo Sanso and Carla Mazzarella, will provide entertainment for the week-long festival. Price is BD62 per couple inclusive of a bottle of house wine. Sofitel’s Luxury Moonlit Romance lets you treat your loved one to a unique beachfront dining experience with their exclusive and romantic dinner. Book a private tent on the beach and enjoy a dinner under the stars. Cost is BD205 net for a set menu for two inclusive of a bottle of champagne. Only eight tents are available so book at least a week in advance. RESERVATIONS: 1763 6363 or email 74


Valentine’s treats

Intercontinental Regency Bahrain A love-filled month… Intercontinental Regency Bahrain is offering great deals and meals to its guests, with a two-day Valentine’s special. Head to Legendz SteakHouse for a special four-course menu inclusive of wine pairing, rose and chocolates for BD25++ per person. Shake things up a bit and head to Elements Pool & Lounge where they offer two glasses of bubbly per person with chocolate-dipped strawberries for BD19++ per couple. (Champagne available by the glass and bottle). Aside from these specials, the Intercontinental Regency have their regular monthly promotions on. Check out ‘Meat your Match’ every Tuesdays at Legendz Steakhouse, which is a five-course steak dinner with unlimited wines for BD22++. Every Sunday enjoy Jam Night with the resident band, where you can sing or play an instrument plus a complimentary drink from 9pm to 12am at Downtown Bar. Medzo offers Business Lunch with a twocourse menu and one soft beverage at BD7.5++ from 11.30am to 3.30pm. RESERVATIONS: 1722 7777



Two Venues Set to Enchant Bushido Uniquely romantic…

Bushido creates an instinctively romantic and intimate Valentine’s dinner in the softly lit pagoda, surrounded by beautiful lagoon and opulent décor. Bushido’s executive chef Chong Yoong Kiong, has expertly created a fourcourse Valentine’s menu. For a uniquely romantic celebration on February 14, you can choose a four-course set menu for BD26++ or opt for a four-course vegetarian menu for BD19++. For a truly romantic experience, Bushido’s private-island dining experience, with personal staff attention is also available to hire for the evening. For BD100 net it includes a Valentine’s Set Menu along with free-flowing champagne for the evening; Private Captain Waiter Service and a visit from the executive chef to your table. Meanwhile at Trader Vic’s, executive chef Andy Hoppe has created a romantic six-course set menu for BD45++ per couple to enjoy this Valentine’s Day for lunch or dinner, either on Trader Vic’s beautiful lagoon-terrace, or in the spacious restaurant. RESERVATIONS: 1758 3555 (Bushido); 1758 6555 (Trader Vic’s)

Win a Valentine’s Treat!

MoevenpicK Delicious and elaborate menus… Couples can savour a special five-course menu which includes unlimited paired beverages for BD24 ++ February 14 at Silk’s restaurant. Dine and win a threenight stay at the Moevenpick Dead Sea or Beirut for you and your partner. Remember to check out regular themed culinary nights at the hotel too: Every Third Sunday of the month is Belgian Mussels Night for BD15++ or with a bottle of house wine for BD21++; Fondues Around Switzerland every Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for BD12.5++; Monday’s Seafood Night for BD18.2++ or opt for the Seafood Night ‘Plus’ for BD22.3++ which includes beverages. Tuesday Nights is ‘Discover Asia’ buffet priced at BD15++, or BD19++ inclusive of unlimited beverages. Come for BBQ Table every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for only BD9.9++ per person, including beverages; or for the Thursday Night Brunch which is BD22++ per person. RESERVATIONS 1746 0000 or email: hotel.bahrain.fb@ 76


Valentine’s Saint Laurent

Nina Ricci

Bobbi Brown Loewe Lanvin

Love Notes

From flirty silk dresses to an injection of blood red accessories into your wardrobe – here’s all the things a girl could want on love day.

Carolina Herrera

Marc by Marc Jacobs Versace






Dressed for...

Ethereal and Sensual

Get gorgeous for Valentine’s with Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring-Summer collection. With minimalist lines and perfect structures softened by the quest for volume; the result is a series of opposing effects – straight lines and curves, light contracted by shade and density by transparency.

Elegant Silhouettes Stella McCartney Spring-Summer 2014 collection an energetic ode to femininity – one that’s romantic and modern – perfect for Valentine’s or for any occasion really. Warm peach and sienna, navy and cream prevents the feminine from being remotely girlish, while the shapes are simple. Stella McCartney is available at Saks Fifth Avenue. 78


Irresistible Gifts

The Carolina Herrera woman is a classy, cosmopolitan character. These covetable Valentine’s Day specials are just lovely and sure to be welcome gifts any time of the year!


No Ordinary Love Straight from the heart, get the best gifts for Valentine’s Day from Tory Burch. In rich red hues to celebrate the special day, you can treat someone special, including yourself, with the hardshell iPhone case as well as the Robinson bag, which comes in several designs.

‘Markedly’ Chic

Marc Jacobs polishes things off fabulously with his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection for Spring Summer 2014 – providing plenty of eclectic inspiration for Valentine’s.

Gimme Some Lovin’

Find the perfect pair of jeans available in fashionable colours and washes with Salsa’s collection for the season. This Valentine’s, the brand also has a range of gorgeous dresses and accessories to get you ready for your date night.




Gift Guide

Have your heart set on this month’s loved-up, must have buys. A Secret ‘Rendez-Vous’

For Valentine’s Day, Jaeger-LeCoultre dresses its Rendez-Vous watch in a new patent leather strap with a secret dedicated inside pocket serving to hold no less than an impassioned declaration of love. Available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre

A Token of Affection

The Happy Diamonds collection feature two tenderly entwined hearts poetically interpreting loving ties. Available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre

A Time of Romance

Piaget offer collections brimming with charm, perfect for celebrating a romantic event. Gift suggestions include the Piaget heart, rose and the new icon for the brand – Limelight Gala. Whichever piece you choose, it’s sure to offer a sparkling and impassioned Valentine’s Day. Available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre



Say ‘I Love You’ in Many Ways

This Valentine’s Day, there’s a thousand and one ways to say ‘I love you.’ AGATHA jewellery brand fuses the fashionable with the affordable with ‘I love you,’ ‘Te quiero,’ and ‘Je t’aime’ pendants and openwork cuff bracelets. Beautiful drop earrings come in metal, pink, silver and gold; and you can also create a customised heart bracelet for your Valentine.

A Luxuriant Valentine

This Valentine’s Cacharel takes you to a fairy-tale land where delicate, floral designs blossom in abundance and brilliance. The collection of silver necklaces, bracelets and rings designed in a subtle play of perforated curves, with flower arrangements done in an artistic and modern way are delicately linked to each other and arranged asymmetrically on a body that is original and graphic. Available at Paris Gallery.

Unified in Love This Valentine’s Ebel complements a couple’s unique styles. For him, the EBEL X-1 Chronograph 43mm and the smaller EBEL X-1 34mm automatic for her share the same dynamic, sporty edge. Available at Al Mudaifa Jewels

Luxury Communication

With the Meridiist II now thinner, lighter and more powerful, with dual SIM slots for maximum connectivity and an exclusive 247/ worldwide personal concierge service; TAG Heuer pushes performance and prestige to the next level and beyond.

Valentine Rouge

This charming timepiece by ESCADA pouts romance and glam. The red strap effortlessly syncs with the adventurous gold to create a sizzling romance between the bold and the beautiful. Available at Paris Gallery

Expressions of Love

Montblanc has created special gifts for Valentine’s Day. Expressing the true meaning of love and modern elegance, gift him with the iconic Montblanc writing instrument. For ladies, the Montblanc Infiniment Vôtre Bangle makes for the ultimate style statement.




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Be My Valentine

Silky... Sexy and Brilliant. Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss combines sheer colour and intense moisture with light-reflecting spheres to create an amazing shine. Created with a nonsticky feel; the silky gloss boosts hydration and plumps lips with moisture for a glamorous shine. Available in 12 gorgeous shades.

For Ladies

Intense Sensuality

Bold. Powerful. Sexy. Introducing Calvin Klein’s Dark Obsession for men, a modern oriental fragrance with a powerful masculinity and intense sensuality.

Incredible Freshness

For Gents

The rose is at the heart of the Chloé signature house. Its new fragrance Roses de Chloé, takes on a new poetic dimension to deliver an incredible freshness. Gentle and graceful, the fragrance tries to capture a walk down the Parisian rose gardens. It includes fresh top notes of bergamot, developing into essence of damask rose at its heart and ending with musk and amber base.

Cause for Jubilation

Vintage Inspiration

A luxurious fragrance to wear for Valentine’s, the House of Amouage’s special edition commemorative twenty-fifth anniversary fragrance, unveils rare and unusual top notes of ylang ylang, lemon and tarragon.

Taking its inspiration from the Mille Miglia vintage car race and Mille Miglia watch collection, the House of Chopard introduces the Mille Miglia fragrance for men. It speeds off with a heady contrast unfurling in an oriental base of amber, wood and coffee beans, leaving behind an intensely warm, addictive trail.

The Joy of Love

The Lalique Azalée perfume launched in time for Valentine›s, gets its inspiration from the ‘Lys Noir’ motif which adorned the bottle designed by the artist René Lalique in 1924, based on the lotus blossoms of Egyptian frescoes. The Azalée scent is as radiant as a sunny garden, named after a flower that symbolises the joy of love.


This explosive fragrance is simultaneously tonic, aromatic and sensual. AZZARO CLUB Men unravels in a bold fusion of energising lemon sorbet and biting green papaya, the voluptuous woody notes of Hinoki wood (native to Japan) and the radiance of crystal musk.



500 Years of Islamic Calligraphy February to April

Bahrain National Museum

Fifty Years of Printmaking February 1 to 15

Albareh Art Gallery

The Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with Turkish Sakip Sabanci Museum is organising an exhibition showcasing exceptional masterworks of Islamic calligraphy, which was officially opened by H.E Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammad Al-Khalifa, at the Bahrain National Museum recently. Sakip Sabancı Museum’s collection consists of a documentation of different historical periods, state and Sultans heritage, Turkish writer’s, select samples from the early Turkish painting, and works of foreign artists who had worked in Istanbul during the last period of the Ottoman Empire. The Sakıp Sabancı Museum Collection of the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy consists of more than 200 examples illuminated Korans, prayer books, calligraphic compositions, albums and panels written by wellknown calligraphers.Website:

Albareh is presenting ‘Fifty Years of Printmaking’, an exhibition under the patronage of HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa AlKhalifa by the prominent Sudanese painter Mohammed Omar Khalil, showcasing for the first time, a retrospective of his print-making work in etching, between the mid 1960s and the late 2000s. Opened on January 19, it will run ‘til February 15. Albareh will also be launching a book on the artist, showcasing his artistic production in printmaking. Applying a traditional technique acquired from European print-makers from earlier centuries, Khalil’s etchings on black represent with vividness all his pictorial periods, from the early student days investigating modern art through his numerous travels, the experiments with abstract figures, and ultimately renditions of tributes to modern music and classical painting. Call: 1771 7707

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BAB Art Market 2nd Week of February Bal Al Bahrain Souq Talented and creative Bahraini artists are animating the Bab Al Bahrain Suoq for the monthly Art Market and will showcase the creations of the nation’s next generation of artistic minds on the second weekend of each month for the entire year, giving the public the chance to snap up everything from paintings, to handicrafts, furniture, accessories, graphics, woodworks, prints, photographs, and much, much more. Website:




EFG Sailing Arabia February 9 to 24 Amwaj Marina The fourth edition of the prestigious EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, the Gulf region’s only annual long distance offshore sailing event is scheduled to start on February 9 to 24 as announced by organisers, Oman Sail. Following the most successful edition in the tour’s history in 2013, this year’s race returns with EFG International, the leading global private banking group as title sponsor and dates of exhilarating 15-day, 760 nautical mile Gulf coast challenge. The tour will again be using identical Farr 30 one-design keelboats, calling in at eight stopover world class marinas from Bahrain to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates with the finish in Muscat, Oman. Local sailing enthusiasts will be able to catch the world-class fleet departing from Amwaj Marina, as Manama hosts the traditional starting point of the tour with the Bahrain to Qatar leg following the official opening ceremony on February 9. Website: www.

Bahrain International Garden Show 2014 February 26 to March 1

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) The National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) is once again organising the tenth Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) from February 26 to March 1 at the Bahrain International Convention & Exhibition Centre. This much-awaited annual garden show will be held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and the support of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa,, President of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development. Website:

Third Annual Netball Boot Camp February 17 to 21

Bahrain Rugby Football Club The DHL Bahrain Netball League will hold the Third Annual Netball Boot Camp to raise funds for Carly Taylor, a former netball superstar in the UK who was paralysed in a tragic accident. All proceeds raised will go to Carly to help her in her fight to recovery. England-based coaches, Gilly Salter, Sue Wainwright and Katie Noonan will again be coming to Bahrain to put netball players through their paces over five training days. Cost is BD25 for the DHL Bahrain Intergulf Netball Squad, BD20 for non-squad players aged 14 and over and BD5 for players in the junior sessions. Email: Melanie Edwards:

‘Muharraqi: Father & Son’ Art Exhibition March 4 to April Bin Mattar House, in Muharraq Under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman AlKhalifa, the Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture and Research is staging the ‘Muharraqi: Father & Son’ exhibition March 4 to April at the Bin Mattar House, in Muharraq. For the first time in Bahrain, the exhibition will consist of pieces by both artists that not only continue to have a profound impact on culture but those that have never been seen before. The exhibition will feature for the first time, an artistic masterpiece that both artists, Abdulla and Khalid Al Muharraqi, have collaborated on, as father and son. Call: 1732 2549; Visit OHLALA!


DHL at Bahrain International Air Show DHLÂ Bahrain, the Official Logistics Partner of the Third Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS), participated during the show at Sakhir Air Base with a threeelement aerobatic display comprising of three aircraft: TeamExtra 200, TeamExtra 300S and Aviation Boeing 757/200 Freighter. The breathtaking show concluded with a solo demonstration from the DHL757, which ended in a high-speed fly past and broke into a climbing line before departing the airfield. 86






Bahrain Air show

YK Almoayyed & Sons Launch New Nissan Patrol 2014 at Third Bahrain International Airshow

The third Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) held at Sakhir Air Base, witnessed a three-fold increase in values of business agreements. The event was organised by the Ministry of Transportation and Royal Bahraini Air Force, in partnership with Farnborough International Ltd.



Air Show Party

The InterContinental Regency Bahrain hosted the Closing Party for the Third Bahrain International Air Show, where VIP guests and the media were invited for an exclusive opportunity to meet the officials and participants of the event.




ARG & Landmark GrouP

Al Rashid Group recently marked 40 years of its existence in Bahrain and celebrated its USD6 billion partnership with Dubaibased Landmark Group in a grand event at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel and Spa.



Stella McCartney

Saks Fifth Avenue held an exclusive media preview for the Stella McCartney Spring-Summer 2014 Collection to showcase the brand’s elegant and chic pieces.






Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs Downstairs restaurant organised a host of cocktail evenings, bringing in classic performances and acts for guests, such as the Freddie Mercury/ Brian May Tribute, along with their delectable culinary delights.

Porsche Centre Bahrain

Porsche Centre Bahrain reopened its flagship showroom following six months of major refurbishment. Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, CEO of Bahrain International Circuit, officially opened the event in front of 250 VIP guests, unveiling the fifth generation Porsche 911 GT3.




OBU˜ SINE˜ SS All the latest industry news from the luxury sector in the Middle East

Zumbathon Raises BD7,500 for Bahrain Cancer Society

Gulf Hotels Group Appoints new GM

A BD7,500 cheque, raised by Dessange Spa, Salon & Health Club, was handed over to Bahrain Cancer Society, Children’s ward. The amount was raised by the first annual ‘Zumba for Charity’ event held at Al Bander Hotel & Resort in December last year. Close to 500 people attended the 12 hours of continuous spinning and Zumba fitness classes – helping to raise money and awareness for the charitable cause. ‘Zumba for Charity’ was part of Al Ghalia’s annual fund raising drive where, each year, Al Ghalia organises a series of charity events (known as the ‘Give Back’ Campaign). All seven of Al Ghalia’s outlets each take a turn to donate a day’s revenue to seven children’s charities in Bahrain.

The Gulf Hotels Group has appointed Rahim Abu Omar as general manager for The Gulf Hotel and Gulf Convention Centre. The Jordanian brings more than 29 years of international hotel management experience, having worked in the UAE, the UK and Lebanon. He played an instrumental role in opening five hotels including Metropolitan and Habtoor Grand in Dubai and Beirut. Rahim will be responsible for running the historic five-star hotel and overall day-to-day operations, said Gulf Hotels Group’s CEO Aqeel Raees: “His visionary compelling style has proven to be highly profitable in the hospitality industry and exceptional leadership skills and superlative business acumen, Rahim’s overall experience is a wonderful addition.”



ROYAL GOLF CLUB Honoured RGC has received the “Troon Golf Facility of the Year 2013,” by the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing. “This award is a huge accolade and a tribute to the team’s hard work and supportive membership,” said DJ Flanders, general manager, “receiving such a prestigious award will bring the Club and Bahrain as a whole to the attention of the world’s golfing community.” Shaikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of Bahrain International Golf Course Company, the owning company of the Royal Golf Club added, “I would also like to thank the members, Troon golf management, board members and shareholders for their support. This award puts our golf club with a select group of golf facilities from around the world.”




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There’s a lot going on in your world at the moment and much of it is linked to health matters that have dominated your life for the last few months. The good news is that things are progressing and you will soon find the cure to your problem, although it will involve some time in surgery. However, once completed this will finally put the issue to rest and you can then concentrate on more important matters. Those of you who are looking forward to a romantic date may find February 15 more important that Valentine’s Day itself, so don’t lose heart if nothing happens immediately. It will be more rewarding when it does come.

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Ms Aquarius

Giovanni reveals your destiny … Libra

Sometimes life can be a bit of an uphill struggle and very often we forget about the good times that make it all worthwhile when we are embroiled in problems that overshadow everything else – no matter how trivial they may seem. February could turn out to be one of those months when things won’t quite go to plan and you might start feeling there is a higher purpose at work, conspiring against your ambitions. Should the moment arrive, clear your head, take a deep breath and focus on the positive; you have a lot going for you, you just need to be reminded of the fact.


You’ve been through one of the most difficult times in your life over the last few months but fortunately much of that is finally over and as you move into 2014 you will be a much more relaxed person, better able to enjoy the fruits of your endeavours. This month will also see a return to more romantic themes for many of you and a loved one will demonstrate his or her commitment to you in an unexpected and surprising way. On the career front you should also look to re-evaluate your plans and ambitions because whilst 2013 was all about consolidation, this year is about expansion and development.


February is going to be a month when you start to appreciate what it is you have achieved and how you should start to focus for the months ahead to reward you in the best way possible. There is a lot of promise and potential in your world and when you start to let the momentum of your ambition drive you, then you will soon discover that anything is possible. This is a good month for you Taurus, so use what it offers wisely!


If you feel lucky and in the mood to take a chance then go with your instincts and gamble on whatever opportunity comes your way this month. The seeds you plant now will take root and offer growth and stability for the future, so ignore the disjointed advice of a friend who may not have your best interests at heart. Your sign is not averse to taking a chance, so fear of the unexpected shouldn’t be a factor. The only challenge is going to be convincing those closest to you that your plans are achievable and if anyone can make them happen it’s going to be you!


The well-ordered structure of your life is about to be severely disrupted this month as you battle to come to terms with the consequences of your own impetuous actions from the last few weeks. A relationship that has recently come to an end will still be



It’s often a subject of irony to find the time of Aquarius, a sign traditionally more associated with matters mental than emotional, shouldering Valentine’s Day. However, what is often forgotten about your sign is its enormous capacity to need love, understand love and demonstrate love. But this is something you’re only prepared to show someone who means a great deal to you. This month, whilst many of you will be celebrating birthdays, a large number will also be celebrating Valentine’s Day alone, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Love doesn’t conform to convention and you will discover it again this year, just not when everyone else will be looking for it.

Aquarius At A Glance

Aquarians are usually friendly and humanitarian, and are honest, loyal, original and inventive. Often fiercely independent and intellectually inclined, with strong, attractive personalities; this sign falls into two principal types – the shy, sensitive, patient kind and the exuberant, lively, exhibitionist type. Both are humane, frank, serious-minded and practical and but also of a philosophical, spiritual vent. They do like the company of others but they also need space to find themselves and are equally at home in their own skin.

dominating your thoughts and you may be kicking yourself for not having dealt with a difficult matter in a more sensible fashion. The only thing you can do now is to move forward in the hope that things will improve over the coming months. The signs are good so long as you remain optimistic.


Business plans are going to get into full swing this month as you seek to take a new venture forward onto the next level, with some very positive results. A friend may also offer to help you out and his or her involvement will spur you on even more, so that by the end of the month you may be a lot further along than you had first believed possible. It’s set to be a hectic but fun time for you but in all of the turmoil you may find that a partnership suffers slightly. In fact it could be some time before you can enjoy a normal relationship of any kind, so you should perhaps make that fact clear to a current partner now.


A wealthy lady of influence with whom you have a long history will return to you after a considerable time abroad and she may bring good fortune and equally good prospects to your life at a time when you might be feeling particularly low. It could be that a general apathy falls over you this month and the only way out is for the woman in question to help you rediscover the inspiration that used to fire you so potently in the past. Find the key and the rewards – financially and more importantly emotionally, will be vast. A dinner event on the 23rd will see a commitment made that could raise your profile at work!

You need to be cautious in two areas this month – finance and romance – because February could end up being a rocky time for you as far as these two subjects are concerned. On the relationship front you need to restrain yourself when it comes to a new partnership that has sprung up because you are best advised to take things slowly. You cannot rush matters of the heart and that has perhaps been the root of many problems for you in the past. You have been unable to contain your excitement and this has forced things to run out of steam because past romances have been choked by your enthusiasm for something more permanent.


Oh what a monetary mess you’ve got yourself into. It seems that you have difficulty deciding who you want to be and what you want from life so now there is a general feeling that you have run up these significant debts out of unhappiness with your current state of mind more than anything else. Still, for those of you who want to make amends, there is plenty of opportunity for you to reach a solution, so try and look on the bright side.


A destructive force enters your life this month in the shape of a disgruntled relative who appears to have decided you are to blame for a long-running feud in the family. Try not to rise to their bait and put the record straight as soon as possible since your best option here is tackling the problem head-on... Curb the cutting tongue rather than encourage it or you may end up the victim of this unruly person’s intentions. On the financial side, tighten your money belt, as there could be a hefty expense coming your way around the 17th. OHLALA!


The column

Love’s illusions

Illustration By Vault49

Contemplating the illusions of perception, Ohlala!’s resident philosopher Sophie, offers her interpretations of reality…

Love is perceived as a universal concept, its abstractness is created by a wide variety of words, thoughts, actions and experiences. Love can be observed as multiple moments of beautiful loving creation overlapping each other and building upon one another. The person we fancy from our own perception becomes more beautiful and kind as we spend more thoughts on them. Every encounter, whether personally or in imagination, we see something beautiful and if not, we beautify it, we create beauty where others see it not, because it is our own personal creation that gives us pleasure. It is not what others see that is important, it is what you see. Imagine a deck of cards, where each card resembles a certain abstract of love, and when we meet someone we place a card of love, related thought and/ or experience on the table. The table resembles “Love can be observed the realm of openness; as multiple moments of sometimes the cards are beautiful loving creation…” open to be seen by the



other party to whom the love is directed, at other times the card is placed on the table face-side down in secrecy, with the feeling of love present but unanswered. Love is built, a cognitive construct that we give life too, nurture and express, we observe, notice the kind smiles, the tender touches, the humour or whatever builds up our fancy that creates our perception of love, and ignore the snoring, the grumpiness, the beer belly and see it as being cute. We are focused on love and placing loving cards on the table with only one purpose, expanding our creation of love, experiencing the feeling of love, and wanting to embrace it even more.


Illusions of Perception

Sophie is a psychologist, a philosopher at heart, and a businesswoman who has travelled the globe, living most of her life in the Gulf region.




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