THE ESSENCE OF STYLE Abu dhabi
RED HOT Beauty Insights
Ode To Longchamp
Sophie Delafontaine On Elegance
A Portrait Of Parisian Greatness
Plus A Chic Gift
Guide For The Festive Season
Style Notes For Instant Glamour www.ohlala-magazine.com
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et the revelry begin. Our December issue is nothing short of fun, thoughtful and beautiful. It’s all about saying goodbye to 2016 with a true bang of glitter, shimmer and extravagance on all accounts: outfits, beauty, parties and luxury hotel stays. This time of year always seems to involve a frantic dash from the office to evening celebrations, so we have a wide range of versatile outfits for instant glamour. The wonderful part of it, is that you can be as out-there as you want via some heavy-duty metallics or winter florals or even a severely sharp suit for the androgynous among you. And of course, having some style inspiration from revered designers Arwa Al Banawi and Reem Acra goes a long way with their must-have pieces, favourite looks for the season and the best places to visit to ring in the new year. Not forgetting all our friends and family who’ve been good this year, we have a gift guide filled with stunning wardrobe and lifestyle pieces that are sure to put the biggest smile on someone’s face. Our designer focus section includes two of the most established names in Parisian fashion history: Roland Mouret and Sophie Delafontaine of Longchamp, the purveyors of trailblazing style who lend some brilliant talking points on what it means to be a modern woman who strives to be her own self – decked out in the most telling fashion of our time. As for the rest of the issue, you’ll find that we’ve been the ultimate gadabouts taking great pleasure in sampling spectacular spreads of food in our monthly chic eats as well as exploring the best of what’s on offer during the festive period – there’s no five-star property that’s not putting on a production of luxury fare for one and all. So take the time to enjoy the best of what Abu Dhabi has in store and join us in living to the max. See you in 2017!
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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
There’s so much to love about our fair city this time of year. The weather is finally perfect after what felt like an endless summer and the whole city moves outdoors to enjoy everything that Abu Dhabi has to offer. I wish we could bottle this time of year and have it all the time! There’s also such a great buzz this time of year with so many exciting events happening and the lead up to the festive season with a social calendar so full it’s hard to keep up with. Whether you are travelling home or abroad this month or staying put, be sure to take some time for yourself as lots of social gatherings and partying can really take its toll. 2016 has certainly been an interesting year and I’m happy to put it to bed in the hope that next year is going to be the best one yet. Have a wonderful month and see you next year.
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Strong separates: a feminine skirt, a sleek top, and smart heels.
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Mr. Mouret Known as The Master of Drapery, Angela Beitz catches up with French designer Roland Mouret
â€œMouret has an innate understanding of women and the female formâ€?
’m in the Boulevard Suite at Vida Hotel, Dubai and am greeted by Roland Mouret with a kiss on each cheek. He’s the George Clooney of the fashion world: tall, dark and incredibly handsome. This is not the first time I’ve met Mouret, yet his charm wins me over again and I’m left feeling like a giddy schoolgirl. For over a decade, Mouret has created some of the most coveted womenswear collections. The designer has defined the era of the iconic dresses, which have become known as a single name – Galaxy, Titanium, Moon. These dresses have earned Mouret the reputation of a magician, master of structure and silhouette and as a man with an intuitive understanding of the female form. Mouret is in Dubai to promote his Resort 17 collection, which is bold, yet colourful and looks towards the beauty behind botanical gardens for inspiration. The eponymous collection is injected with geometric silhouettes and a kaleidoscopic colour scheme of fuschia pink, aqua blue and pastel
accents set against monochromatic tones of black, crisp whites, grey and shiny metallics. “The whole inspiration for the Resort collection was the Chelsea Flower Show in London,’ he tells me matter-of-factly. “Flowers, flowers, flowers, I’m a big fan of that show and I loved the contrast of the contradiction between strong bold coloured florals and soft, pastel blooms. I was really attracted to that.” For this collection, Mouret introduces the new cape for the season; free-spirited, sleeves slip off the shoulder and generous straps sit on the collarbone - it takes you from the freedom of the day to the mystery of the night, a most versatile piece that should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
“These dresses have earned Mouret the reputation of a magician, master of structure and silhouette”
“The eponymous collection is injected with geometric silhouettes and a kaleidoscopic colour scheme” When describing who the Roland Mouret woman of today is, the designer explains she’s the same woman from over 10 years ago. “She’s a woman who enjoys to be a woman and who loves to try on clothes. She has her struggles on a day-to-day basis but she deals with it and gets on with things. She is every woman, I have no specific woman in mind, only her qualities, her independence and her style brings them all together. She has evolved beautifully, she knows who she is,” he explains. Mouret has an innate understanding of women and the female form. He instinctively drapes fabric on the body rather than drawing sketches. He likes to be close to the shape of the body, interacting with fabric and form with his hands. He has a very intimate and technical purity when putting a collection together. The essence of his success, he insists, is the physicality of knowing how a person 44
wants to undress. “Dresses are for undressing. We all dress up to undress.” Behind every successful designer, is a host of predecessors who once lent their magic and sartorial secrets to budding designers at a time when their names were yet to be up in lights. When talking about designers who he looks up to, Mouret speaks of two in particular. “I’ve had some true masters teach me such as Yohji Yamamoto and Azzedine Alaia. I admire Alaia’s integrity, his attitude and even his temper. He knows how to dress women and they love it. He is my absolute idol (along with Yohji Yamamoto) and he even inspired me when it came to my first store. I’m also a huge fan of Chanel. I also really like Christopher Kane and what he’s doing for fashion, I’ve watched his career from the beginning,” he says. Mouret has been to Dubai several times and describes it as an interesting emerging market. “I think you can see from the young designers here that they are really trying to establish themselves with an identity and are trying to find ways to export their product, which was a similar struggle I had in the 90s,” he recalls. But from that struggle unfolded a glittering raft of celebrity names attached to his own, after years of hard work and dedication. From Cameron Diaz to Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Cambridge, they are all huge fans of his designs and have been regularly seen dressed to the nines in his pieces. “I don’t have anyone in particular in mind who I’d like to see wearing my dresses. I’m not trying to run after the ones I don’t have, especially when I am so lucky that I get to dress so many celebrities. I don’t worry about the ones I don’t have, I don’t care, one day she will come. I just feel so lucky and I must be doing something right.”
â€œDresses are for undressing. We all dress up to undressâ€?
Family Values Longchamp’s story is one of rich history. Not only does it date back to 1948, it’s evolved through the hands of family members. Sophie Delafontaine, the artistic director of Longchamp, tells Georgie Bradley how she adds her own flair to the brand and why it’s funkier than ever
nder a thickly striped umbrella, staged in the middle of an outdoor café table, imagine a smart and sophisticated Longchamp bag (perhaps punctuated with print) sitting glamorously among a chic trio of croissants, coffee and pastries. The bag’s owner is donned in a supple calfskin jacket, straight black trousers and feline sunglasses that rest angularly on her razor-sharp cheekbones. She is what you’d conjure up in your mind as a campaign for the brand – her and the hyper-dynamic Alexa Chung, as she’s come to be THE Longchamp woman over the years. The brand, despite being innately Parisian and thereby seen as a classic, is edging towards a more funky identity of late. You’ll always find a clean tote in a warm, natural hue but you should expect the unexpected, too. But there’s no one more knowledgeable of the brand’s evolution from its tobacco store days when it was first founded in 1948 by Sophie Delafontaine’s grandfather, Jean Cassegrain. Sophie, the current artistic director of Longchamp, stepped into the multi-generational brand alongside her father, Philippe Cassegrain in 1995, having lived and breathed it her entire life. Now, at the helm of the brand, she has upped its style stakes and continues to revolutionise the Longchamp pieces to suit any wearer – the bolder, the better. 46
How do you continue to meld your grandfather’s vision for Longchamp with your own artistic touch? This is my daily challenge! I want to maintain the ‘savoir-faire’ and high quality of our products that have always been our strength. At the same time I want to create collections for women of our modern times. When I joined the company, I did not want to do a revolution. I think that I brought a more feminine touch and more colours into the collections and the alchemy works quite well! What do you think allows Longchamp to continuously be a classic brand? I don’t really consider Longchamp as a classic brand. I learn from existing ‘savoir-faire’ and go on innovating and show more and more fashion oriented collections. Longchamp is in a creative process, trying new technics, new materials etc. The challenge is to design new exciting lines each season, new exclusive prints, new colours and modernise or reinvent timeless classic lines.
What kind of woman carries a Longchamp bag? The Longchamp woman likes fashion but is not a victim of fashion. She is an elegant woman with a French flair. She is confident and ready to take up daily challenges from work to family. She is a dynamic cosmopolitan city dweller. More recently the bags have a more youthful appeal with fun prints. How adventurous and dynamic do you aim to be with the designs? Colours and prints are in the Longchamp DNA. In the 70s my father, Philippe Cassegrain, already worked with artist Serge Mendjiski on luggage that became a complete piece of art realised with patches of different leathers and colours. We still love to play with all the technics available, inkjet print, embroideries, patches of material and each season an exclusive print sets the tone of the season. What piece is your absolute favourite? For this A/W 16 season, my favourite is of course the new Paris Premier bag. I love its graphic and pure lines as much as the beautiful soft touch leather. What does it mean for Longchamp to have Alexa Chung as the face of the campaigns over the last few seasons? What does she represent for the brand? Her spontaneous and energetic personality made her a natural choice. She is a woman with a natural elegance and style, for whom fashion is a reality. She perfectly embodies the Longchamp woman. She is an international woman. She has the style and elegance of a Parisian with a little Rock n Roll touch of an English woman and the character of a New Yorker. Why do you feel a Longchamp bag is the definitive professional womanâ€™s bag, as itâ€™s come to be? Some of the Longchamp handbags can be aimed at professional businesswomen. I really pay attention to the proportions and other details that make the bag the companion of the day. For example, I try to create tote bags that are not too heavy even if they are made with leather. 48
THE EXTRAS Time I Wake Up
6:00am. Fail-Safe Outfit
A leather jacket and a silk blouse.
A good moisturising cream and a weekly manicure. Life Motto Shiseido
Never give up and don’t be afraid to try. Role Model
My father. Always creative, curious and generous. Handbag Essentials
iPhone, keys, pencils and a Longchamp wallet.
I’m very proud when I’m walking on the streets and see a woman wearing a Longchamp bag. Favourite Quote
“Never fear being vulgar, just boring” - Diana Vreeland.
Zone Embellishments, colour and sequins - but not as you know it. Rami Kadiâ€™s autumnwinter 2016 capsule collection gives you all the right reasons to twirl, whirl and dance the night away and be a radiant beauty
Refining Makeup Primer
Luminizing Satin Eye Colour Trio
‘Tis the Season to Wear Red
Get the look with Shiseido’s Lead Makeup Artist, Noriko Okubo, who shares her favourite beauty products to look your best for those glittery events
It’s Prime Time
For a smoother finish, apply a primer before foundation and glow.
“It is recommended to counter-balance dramatic lips with more subtle, soft eye make-up, opting for lighter colours in a metallic or shimmering texture,” says Norkio
Ubuki Quick Fix Mist
Keep your skin hydrated. Mist away after your makeup is done.
“Foundation is very sheer this season, offering clean and light complexion. Slightly glowy but not too shiny,” says Norkio.
Eyebrow Styling Compact
Keep It Real
Shimmery Cream Eye Colour
Luminizing Satin Face Colour
Keep your brows on fleek but don’t go overboard. Apply and fill in their natural shape. Full Lash Volume Mascara
Shiseido’s newly launched range, Rouge Rouge is the go-to collection of creamy and moisturising lipsticks.
Age Is Just A Number
This is a game-changing product. Apply generously before your makeup routine.
Keep your eye makeup looking fab with the help of an eye base. Apply generously and blend; later apply your favourite eye shadow for a long-lasting look. 60
In search of plumper lips? Line your natural lips and if feeling adventurous, line them barely outside for a powfactor effect.
Smoothing Lip Pencil
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Add colour to your cheeks with a natural looking blush. Keep it clean and classy by applying to the apple of your cheeks.
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On How To Recover From The Aftermath The party might have been great, but has it left you in bad shape? Beauty Editor, Sofia Graniello shares tips for a shameless look
Nurture your skin with hydrating products, especially if you’re one to use a lot of makeup. If you ask me, green tea is just the perfect match since it flushes out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes, and soothes the complexion.
Add A Pop Of Colour
You got home late and now you’re in a rush for brunch? Relax, we’ve got your covered. Apply a bit of concealer, especially in those areas of need and add a pop of colour to your lips. No matter what state you’re in, a bit of colour to your face will deliver the: “I’m ok, ready to go” look.
Even Skin Tone Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, Shiseido
Power Puffed Eyes
It’s the morning after and you’re probably in search for those big sunglasses. Look great in five minutes by applying this cult beauty product before heading out the door. Re-apply during the evening for a brighter complexion. 62
Exfoliate Till You Drop
Who said exfoliating is only for summer? Wrong. During this time of forever changing weather, exfoliating comes in very handy. Get rid of dead skin by scrubbing twice a week. And if you’re not into BHA, or AHA – then this is the perfect time to start packing on these retinols.
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Stop The Break Out, Please
It’s that time of the year to look your very best, but you’re obviously breaking out. There a number of factors that could be triggering your skin with unwanted visitors. Stress being one, dirty bed sheets are definitely another – yes, clean your sheets! Dirty makeup up brushes, makeup that clogs your pores. I’d say: get rid of old makeup utensils and start clean.
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The Dark Flask
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Beauty Column It’s that time of year again where we pull out our cocktail dresses and gowns and dust off the nutribullet… that’s right, it’s party season. After a long, hot summer it seems someone has switched the lights back on and invitations to dinner parties, drinks and festive celebrations are arriving quicker than we can keep up with. Well, fear not, I’m here to help through this busy time so you can look and feel your best. Organisation Is Key
Book all your pampering appointments now. Being organised is so important and will save you from lots of stress and give you more time for partying. Time slots fill up super quickly towards the end of the year so book all your hair appointments, mani/pedis, spray tans and blow-dries now to avoid being disappointed. It pays to book now right up until new years.
Keep Up Your Skincare Regime
You’ll probably be very tired around this time but don’t let your skin down as there’s only so much that make up can hide, so be sure to wash your face thoroughly and treat yourself to a deep cleanse facial if time permits so that your complexion won’t suffer. Load up on serums, eye cream and hydrating moisturisers to get you through. A good moisturising mask will do wonders also.
Invest In Clever Products
Make up wipes, illuminating concealer, longwear foundation, dry shampoo and anything hydrating and glowing are your best friends for party season. This also goes for any type of product that doubles as something else, like a lip tint that can also be used as blush, so that you can take it with you in your small but fabulous party clutch.
Keep It Simple
Take the stress out of getting party ready by hiring someone to come to your house to do your blow-dry or your make up. If doing your own hair and make-up is really not your thing then outsource it to the professionals. There are a few great companies that can even come to your house to get you red carpet ready. Speaking of keeping things simple, this can also relate to makeup and hair if you are doing it yourself. You don’t need to go overboard with major hairstyling or loads of make up; a chic ponytail and a simple make-up look with a slick of gloss and lots of mascara can look just as good as a full-on hair and makeup style.
Don’t Skip The Gym
Your body will thank you come new year’s day if you’ve managed to keep up your fitness regime. It’s so easy to say “oh but I’m so tired” or to just be lazy while stuffing that 15th mince pie in your gorgeous face but exercise will actually boost your energy and give you a better quality of sleep. Be sure to also drink loads of water. Last year I told you all not to overindulge on the party food and then preceded to eat numerous amounts of deep fried Arancini balls - this year I’m not saying anything (if anyone sees me out please come and prise the canapes out of my hands).
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I have to say, it was nothing I expected it to be. Having flown with Qatar Airways in their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the airline knows how to bring the luxe factor to the skies. The new model is all about comfort and efficiency for its loyal costumers. Not only that, Qatar Airways is the first Middle Eastern airline to launch the 787 Dreamliner with an all-new airplane design to increase efficiency while improving the flying experience. Having also flown in their one of a kind (and super opulent) Business Class cabin, the Boeing 787 holds up to 254 passengers with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 in Economy – it’s definitely something out of this world. The many advanced technologies such as their latest feature of tinted photoelectric windows and a unique humidifier (preventing fatigue) offer a state-of-the-art experience. And with all of the above luxuries, the journey was smooth and spacious with impeccable dining throughout. After landing on Swiss soil with not a hint of fatigue or exhaustion, InterContinental Geneve became my home for several days. And when I say home, its friendly and discrete staff made my stay a pleasant one – I can’t say I felt homesick at all. It really didn’t
surprise me, what with all the professionalism and prestige of this hotel, that it is ranked among the world’s highest luxury 5-star hotels. It’s worth also noting that its worldly heritage is cemented by its proximity to the United Nations district and beyond that, you have outstanding views of Lake Leman and the majestic mountains of Mont Blanc and Jura which offer the best of nature. Staying in one the hotel’s spacious and modern rooms and waking up to a view filled with nature, was something that never got old. The prominent hotel is also popular among the elite, who take great pride in holding many events on the premises where it’s come to be a hub for political and social engagement. Famous world leaders have left their mark on the hotel over the years, such as four presidents of the United States of America, Kings and Queens from the world over (including from the Middle East) and countless ministers and ambassadors. The hotel interiors matches its unique history. Its renovation, under the helm of New York designer, Tony Chi, has caught welldeserved attention. The acclaimed and talented designer brought a new and fresh look to the venue with a more zen ambience and a modern twist. And as my stay was more pleasant and relaxing by the minute, the true cherry on top was visiting – without a doubt – one of the most tantilising resident spaces I will ever encounter in my life, and that is, The Residence. Located at the top of the hotel with a 360 degree view of the city, it is reserved for special stays for the most discerning guests. And when I say, discerning guests, I am of course referring to the Saudi Royal family and other leaders in the Gulf. Having had dinner at this magical place, also reworked by Tony Chi, it was as spectacular as I imagined it to be. From Christofle silver www.ohlala-magazine.com
“Staying in one the hotel’s spacious and modern rooms and waking up to a view filled with nature, was something that never got old” cutlery to artifacts from the George Smith Ottoman collection, The Residence was an unforgettable experience. But if your interests lie outside the realm of a hotel (like me), you’ll find that Geneva has a plethora of places to visit – where you can get that all important selfie with a stunning backdrop. My first stop with Geneva Tourism, was at the Victorinox boutique, where I made my own and personal Victorinox knife while taking a carving class. If you like challenges, then this will definitely be something for you, as you get to assemble your own personal knife to take home with an engraving, too. And for a more relaxed and family-oriented experience, Courage was my next stop: a place to purchase local food, flowers and other goods with a Mediterranean vibe to it. But the true stars of Geneva are the many chocolate ateliers the city offers. Of course I paid a welldeserved visit to Philippe Pascoët, an award winning chocolatier who knows how to combine the very best for an exotic bite. There I had the opportunity to taste the many chocolates they have to offer and learn about the history of chocolate and take my own creation home. This is seriously a must visit place, even if you’re late for your flight! But enough of eateries, Geneva is also known for its acclaimed watch making industry and luxurious shopping - all found at their famous Rue du Rhône with a myriad of jewellery boutiques, exclusive watch stores and other notable stores to make a shopping experience a worthwhile one. Geneva is also popular for its location and its accessibility for quick getaways to Milan, Lake Como, and France – all within a 2 hour journey. The city and its history unifies the local and outside visitors for a true understanding of what Geneva represents, having said that, the International Red Cross Crescent Museum and International District are experiences not to be missed when travelling to this beautiful city. Whether you visit for business purposes or you just want to unwind and enjoy nature at its best, the city of Geneva offers countless things to do. www.ohlala-magazine.com
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When you’re staying by the Corniche, there’s only one way to see the Arabian Gulf… from sky high. We checked into Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche and experienced panArabic opulence with a French-inspired welcome www.ohlala-magazine.com 75
As a massive skyscraper with rooms overlooking the
fabulous waters surrounding Abu Dhabi, our expectations were high for Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche – there’s nothing we love more than sophisticated living in one of the trendiest cities in the world. For a start, the hotel is super grand on the outside where it practically dominates the Corniche. The lobby is an expansive chic space with heavenly décor (the purple really makes us feel regal) and being a French hotel, it’s very haute, indeed! Although the space is rather roomy, you never feel like you’re swamped by crowds, or that it’s impersonal. Every corner is unique and the attention to detail is intimately curated. After a more than welcoming, smooth check-in, we got acquainted with our new home for the next few days. Let’s start by saying that the rooms at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche are more than impressive and certainly live up to their superior reputation. They’re classy and inviting yet retain stylish contemporary touches. The superior room provided incredible, far-reaching views of the water and the dhow harbour. The art deco elements in the room such as the trendy lamps, the chic furniture
and the genius sliding partition between the spacious bathroom and the room, all added to the comfort of being there. There’s complimentary WiFi, a BOSE wave interactive TV with lots of great channels, a great working space right by the window, and, more importantly, a cushionsoft luxurious bed that was more than a treat to take rest in after a day spent exploring the hotel and its surroundings – and shopping, lots and lots of shopping. This is the wonderful thing about the location, you’re never too far from a trendy mall. And since shopping can be such tiring work (especially with the way we shop at least – sorry credit cards!) we made up for all the burnt calories by dining at the many venues at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. But one that stood out for us was Silk & Spice; a stunning venue that even offers the traditional, sunken, Thai-style seating with kneel-down service. It’s worth getting comfortable on one of these for a real authentic touch to your dinner experience. If you’re a firsttimer looking to explore Thai cuisine or if you want to dabble in a number of different dishes, opt for the chef ’s signature menu. A few
“Let’s start by saying that the rooms at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche are more than impressive and certainly live up to their superior reputation”
“More importantly, there’s a cushion-soft luxurious bed that was more than a treat to take rest in”
â€œSo Spa is a prime spot for some peace and renewalâ€?
â€œSofitel puts an emphasis on French art de recevoir, offering luxurious amenities to its guestsâ€?
of the standouts include Thai style dim sum with prawn and chicken; Thai green papaya salad with grilled prawn; Stir fried beef with bell pepper and hot basil leaves; and the delicious mango sago in coconut milk. Service is fast and friendly, the food delicious, and the atmosphere very relaxed. Don’t forget to try one of the fruity mocktails (or five, no one’s counting here!) you’ll easily spend a few hours here enjoying good Thai fare – we highly recommend bringing along your girlfriends for a fabulous night out, it’s totally worth it. If there is one thing we always look forward to in our hotel stays around the capital, it’s visiting the spa. Living a luxurious life is hard, you know! So what’s a trip to one of the city’s best 5-star hotels without a visit to the spa? And So Spa at Sofitel is a prime spot for some peace and renewal. There are separate hammams and Jacuzzis for ladies and gents, and we’d highly recommend a signature spa treatment. What’s great is that after filling in your consultation form, your therapist will likely tailor the massage techniques and choose an essential oil to fulfill your requirements. We asked for more concentration on the upper back and felt that our therapist spent a considerable amount of time working out all the tense muscles and kinks in that area; it was easy to get relaxed and we soon drifted off into a peaceful sleep. Hotel guests have complimentary access to the sauna, steam room, and the fitness facilities at SO FIT (there’s even a personal trainer at hand to inspire your workout – cannot say no to that!). Everything under one mighty roof, rejuvenating your mind and body couldn’t get easier or more calming than this. We honestly felt like we had left the world for a few hours, only to come back brighter, energised and beaming with happiness. And If you want to take the relaxation party outside, there’s a fabulous (and huge) outdoor pool on the 8th floor with sunbeds and refreshments waiting to be enjoyed. Remember, Sofitel puts an emphasis on French art de recevoir, offering luxurious amenities to its guests and we were more than happy to be the recipients of said luxury. You can truly experience this warm hospitality whilst topping up your tan and taking some time out by the pool. Not only is it a great way to get your vitamin D boost, there’s friendly staff at hand who are more than happy to bring you cold towels, drinks, and snacks on request. Note: there’s also a florist, beautician and hairdresser on-site if you wish to use these services, wonderful, yes? In all, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche fulfills everything you could ever want in a hotel stay. From the outset, you’re taking care of in the most personable way, with an innate sense of guest satisfaction and we can tell you, hand on heart, that this will not be our last time indulging in a staycation here. For more information or reservations call: 2813 7777 www.ohlala-magazine.com
Escape to the city We check into the Four Seasons to DIFC to find a stunning hotel with a difference While we adore our fair capital, sometimes there’s
nothing better than a fun weekend in the bright lights of Dubai. Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre is a boutique-style sanctuary tucked away in one of the coolest areas of Dubai. The hotel is in building 9 of DIFC’s Gate Village, accessed by car from the ground floor at Al Saada Street. Here, there’s a small, businesslike lobby. My car is swiftly valeted, I’m checked in promptly, then escorted to my fourth-floor room. There’s a more homely reception area linked to a majlis-style lounge on the podium level. This a beautiful hotel is in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) district, so it’s handy for business trips but also great for an urban weekend stay. Unlike many of Dubai’s hotels, you don’t have to hop in a taxi to find additional restaurants, galleries and bars which here are within short walking distance, as is Emirates Towers metro station. The hotel has two separate entrances- one entrance goes straight into the DIFC district, where you will find art galleries and auctioneers such as Christie’s and eateries like Zuma and Roberto’s. On arrival we were greeted with cold towels and friendly smiles all round. We were ushered up to our room and were welcomed with a lovely note (in Turkish) from the Managing Director welcoming our stay, as well as a homemade rosewater juice and a freshly made Muesli slice which was amazing and a really nice www.ohlala-magazine.com
“A well-edited selection of modern classic novels and coffee-table books further elevate the experience” touch. The hotel has 106 bedrooms (of which 28 are suites) and there is a distinct boutique feel to the beautiful property. Lead-in rooms are a compact 34 square-metres but don’t seem small: space is used cleverly (each room has a chaise longue and work desk), with muted brown tones and clean lines. We loved the large curved sofa, art deco touches, a tree in the corner of the room, and very cool downlights which were a great industrial touch to a corporate type room. Even though the hotel has a corporate feel, this room certainly played around with the interiors which was such a great aspect of the hotel and so much more interesting than your typical business type hotel room and gave us a sense of relaxation and comfort. We also loved the bathroom, with a huge walk in rain shower and gorgeous products from Roja. Be sure to look your best when heading to rooftop pool. The 84
raised, glass-sided pool allows for close analysis of your front crawl from those working on their tans. The pool is a work of art and to be able to create an area with different levels, plush trees, and a glass swimming pool is genius, making it feel a lot bigger than it actually is. The pool area overlooks other rooftops and buildings surrounding you, and even though you’re in the middle of it all, the space felt very intimate and private. Be sure to make a trip to the spa while you are there. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our lovely host, whom welcomed us with their specialty tea- a combination of alovera and subtle rose water, which tasted like a pure cleanse for the soul. The five spacious treatment rooms - all have large windows and one with a private shower. Once showed to the treatment room, our therapist showed us all the different massage oils. These oils are naturally sourced in Africa- Terres D’Afique, which also shows a detailed map on each product of where the ingredients were sourced from in Africa. We opted for the Recharge Full Body Massage, The Therapist started off with a Rock Salt Foot Scrub and the amazing massage continued for 60 minutes. The Firebird Diner is an absolute must visit while staying here. We loved the black and white checkered floors, a juke box playing
“We loved the black and white checkered floors and the juke box playing a rockin tune” rockin tunes, and the big red 50’s diner style cushy chairs. It’s an upscale, all-day American eatery with a and outdoor courtyard for balmier evenings. At breakfast you can try the Elvis American Toast with cinnamon custard, cane sugar crust, spiced peanuts and banana along with other options such as the bagel with scrambled egg and melted American cheese with a side of avocado, polished off with a coffee and chocolate thick shake. The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, 4 506 000. www.ohlala-magazine.com
We try the new range of Clinical Skin treatments at Anantara Spa, to reveal a bright and refreshed complexion
e all struggle with different skin issues here in the UAE due to environmental factors such as extreme heat, humidity and spending too much time in air-conditioning which can result in many problems such as dryness, congestion, pigmentation and ageing. Sometimes we need a more tailored treatment to solve these issues. The Anantara Spa at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa has just introduced a new range of Clinical Skincare Facials. There are a few different types to choose from including a Customised Mesotherapy, 3-MAX, Professional PCA peels and the Oxygen Concentrator. Since our skin is very dry we choose the HydraCool facial. The HydraCool machine uses the power of water and oxygen to reveal super hydrated skin with different techniques; for face and eyes (skin rejuvenation), skin cleansing (to increase the absorption of active ingredients into the skin) and waterspraying (anti-oxidant refreshing). Water spraying is an advanced technique applied to ensure that the infusion of water and O2 at high speed penetrates deep into the skin layers, regenerates and revitalises skinâ€™s natural elasticity. Rapid improvement is observed even after a single treatment. 86
Our skin is assessed and our knowledgeable therapist suggests two applications of the oxygen and a mix of vitamins to boost our skin. She starts by thoroughly cleansing our skin and then applies the oxygen with the machine, it feels like cool, fat air being applied over our face. She then performs the exfoliating technique with the machine which uses
ultra sound and clears the face of dead skin and impurities. After this she does some extractions to clear out our complexion. A hydrating mask is then applied while we are treated to a dreamy scalp massage. Our skin is then boosted by a range of vitamins applied in a serum form which is penetrated into our skin by Mesotherapy,. We then experience the Stress Release Massage and Foot Reflexology. Both treatments are designed to relax and rejuvenate our tired body and our therapist is a real pro at soothing our knotted and achy muscles. This tailor-made massage incorporates a blend of essential oils to remove lactic acid build-up and relieve pain and stiffness caused by physical stress on the body. We finish with the Foot Reviver where our therapist applies Reflexology with specific thumb and finger techniques to various reflex points on the feet, which effectively stimulate corresponding organs in the upper body. The whole experience has been totally rejuvenating and we are thoroughly impressed with the results. HydraCool Facial, AED for 690 minutes, Stress Release Massage, AED 475 for 60 minutes, Foot Reviver, AED 300 for 30 minutes. Anantara Spa at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa 2656 1146.
... And Relax Our picks for the best treatments for the party season
Jumeirah at Ethiad Towers, Talise Spa Couple Treatments Spa Room
Rosewood Abu Dhabi Spa
The Nail Spa Drop a dress size in 90 minutes with Shrinking Violet, the revolutionary non-invasive body inch loss wrap. The Shrinking Violet Wrap successfully removes fat from all over the body especially problem areas using a method called lipolysis. It works by breaking down fat stored within your fat cells. This process continues over 72 hours, seeing you lose more inches from your body for an instantly slimmer and detoxified you. Â For information or reservations call: Various locations, 600 544 001 Sense Spa, The Rosewood Abu Dhabi Unique to any other facial, world renowned Intraceuticals infusions use therapeutic grade oxygen and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver specialised active serums to the skin. This facial will have your skin looking noticeably brighter, firmer and more flawless immediately following. An amazing 60 minute treatment originally priced at AED 800 is offered for the month of December for AED 640. For information or reservations call: 2 813 5537 Emirates Palace Spa This December, when you give, you truly do receive at Emirates Palace. With every gift voucher purchase over AED 1500 from 1-17 December, you will receive an additional AED100 voucher to use towards your next spa treatment. Treat the ones you love with an array of indulgent experiences. Choose from one of the luxurious spa treatments, refined Gentlemenâ€™s Tonic experiences or beautify your nails on the inside and out in the Bastien Gonzalez nail studio. For information or reservations call: 2 690 9000 Talise Spa, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Treat yourself and celebrate the festive season with Talise Spa at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Book a 60 minute Intensive Skin Candle Body Treatment and receive a 90 minutes upgrade for just AED 45 which will revive you for the party season. If you are looking for the perfect present, Talise Spa offers gift vouchers, the perfect gift for your loved ones. For information or reservations call: 2 677 7014
Emirates Palace Spa Iridium Spa,The St Regis Saadiyat Island Give a gift of serenity and relaxation this festive season with a bespoke pampering experience at Iridium Spa. Guests can choose from a bespoke selection of the 90 minute Iridium Massages to include a relaxing Aromatherapy massage, an intense Deep Muscle or a Hot Stone massage to release the tension in muscles. Alternatively, guests can enjoy a Thai Massage, Asian Spell or a Classical Swedish Massage that will increase their flexibility and leaving them energised. Guests can enjoy a 25% discount when booking before 11am. For information or reservations call: 2 498 8888 Dahlia Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi The Swiss Perfection high tech and high touch exclusive Anti-Aging facials are focused on immediate and lasting visible results. Try the Cellular Exclusive Lift Concept, inspired from Anti-Aging medical techniques, this five-step lifting treatment offers spectacular immediate results. Specific and highly concentrated formulas working in symbiosis targeting loss of firmness, sagging, and wrinkles. AED 2,700 for 60 minutes, AED 3,300 for 90 minutes. For information or reservations call: 2 333 2222 www.ohlala-magazine.com
Circo continues to impress with its excellent food and fun atmosphere
he competition in our fair capital for good Italian fare is tight with the likes of BICE and Roberto’s and many more, so it’s fair to say our expectations were high when visiting Circo at Abu Dhabi’s InterContinental Hotel. In keeping with the other cities where Circo exists, such as New York and Las Vegas, the décor at InterContinental is fun, bright and intimate. We walk through the circus-themed restaurant, with its red, yellow and blue low-hanging lamps and bright interiors, and head to the outside terrace area. The terrace at the InterContinental is an absolute must during the winter months whether you are eating at Circo or any of their other excellent venues. The menu at Circo offers traditional Italian cuisine and every month they also offer a special menu from a particular part of Italy with dishes true to the particular region. These menus are great and they offer something different to the diner. The starters menu boasts everything from soup, salad and antipasto. We opt for the antipasto dish which is perfect for two people to share. Circo has a pork license so this is a true Antipasto platter made up of many delicious meats such as prosciutto, speck, mortadella and salami with goats cheese, parmesan, a hard cheese made from sheeps milk and grilled vegetables such as peppers, zucchini and eggplant. This dish is super fresh and is served as a generous portion which we hope is a good sign of things to come for our mains. For our main dishes there are so many options to choose from with everything from risotto, delicious pastas, seafood options and hearty protein choices such as veal and tenderloin steak. We can’t go past a classic pasta, so we choose the Tagliatelle with Slow Cooked Wagyu Bolognese Sauce. This homely dish is perfectly cooked with just the right amount of sauce and excellent flavour. Another fantastic dish that we try is the pan-seared Mediterranean sea bass with mussels, clams, saffron cream, sautéed baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and purple potato. Both dishes are rich in flavour and presented beautifully on the plate. We simply can’t go past dessert with dishes such as the Tiramisu Sphere with Dark Chocolate Shell, Mascarpone Cheese, Coffee and Ladyfingers calling out our name. We find much joy in cracking the chocolate sphere to reveal layers of tasty tiramisu filling with a decedent coffee flavour that delightfully packed a punch. We also try the classic Illy Espresso Poured Over Vanilla Gelato, Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Espresso Bean which is super tasty and the perfect end to a satisfying meal.
Circo, InterContinental Abu Dhabi 2 666 6888 88
We round up the best dining spots for festive fare Nahaam at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Create the perfect start of the magical Christmas day and gather all the family together for a spectacular brunch at Nahaam featuring traditional favourites such as Christmas ham, glazed turkey, roasted beef with all the trimmings along with a large selection of Christmas-inspired desserts, accompanied with chilled beverages and premium pink bubbly, topped off with PreDestinations Jazz and Pop band. 23rd December, 12.30 – 3:30pm, AED 285 – AED 495. For information or reservations call: 2 811 5666
Spaccanapoli, Crowne Plaza
Looking for an Italian Christmas feast? Bring your family and friends to Spaccanapoli and celebrate Christmas the Italian way – by indulging in award winning cuisine with an antipasti buffet, choice of pizza or pasta, and beverages are all yours for 3 hours any time of the day. December 25th, noon to 11pm. AED 199 including unlimited brew or grape beverages. For information or reservations call: 2 616 6261
Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, the galleria mall
Emirates Palace Christmas brunch
Emirates Palace has pulled all the stops to make your Christmas dinner one to remember. The buffet and beverages will leave the adults full and jolly, and the desserts and visit from Santa Claus and his elves will have your children buzzing about having had the best Christmas ever. Christmas is just one day a year, so make it memorable, sharing festive fare with the ones you love. Le Vendome, December 25th from 12.30pm-3.30pm. AED 450 – AED 700. For information or reservations call: 2 690 7999
Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, The Galleria Mall
The Roberto’s team has developed a festive calendar filled with experiences to be shared with your friends and family. From their gourmet Christmas lunch to their lovely Christmas Eve dinner, the team is committed to providing you with the perfect holiday memory. Christmas Eve Dinner, Saturday 24th December, A la carte or set menu starting from AED350, Christmas Day Lunch, Sunday 25th December, A la carte or set menu starting from AED350, Christmas Day Dinner, Sunday 25th December A la carte or set menu starting from AED350. For information or reservations call: 2 627 9009
Giornotte, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal Oléa, St. Regis Saadiyat Island
Indulge in myriad festive delicacies from succulent seafood, generous carving stations to scrumptious rotisserie stations and the enchanting desserts area, while you enjoy a luxurious Christmas feast at Olea. You can make the most of your day, by visiting the cheese room area that features more than 40 kinds of cheese with an enticing selection from France, Italy and the UK. December 25th, 1pm-4pm, AED 500 – AED 700, children of ages 6 to 12 - AED 250 per child (complimentary for children under 5 years). For information or reservations call: 2 498 8996
Giornotte’s Christmas Day brunch boasts over 30 live cooking stations including slow roasted wagyu beef leg carving with cranberry sauce and Yorkshire pudding, seafood and oyster bar and Dolce dessert room offering panettone, chocolate fondue, Christmas cookies, minced pies, yule logs and more. Entertainment - courtesy of the live band - adds to the atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. 25th December, 1pm-4pm. AED 600 – AED 900 for adults, no charge for children aged under four years. Children aged four to 12 years: AED 160. For information or reservations call: 2 818 8881 www.ohlala-magazine.com
Let’s Get Shopping
Our pick of the best offerings for our favourite time of year
The Ultimate Christmas Gift
RITUALS proudly introduces this season’s Gift Boxes, the ultimate gift from the heart. For the occasion, RITUALS has developed a new range of beautifully wrapped gift boxes. With one of these gift boxes, your loved ones are sure to receive the ultimate gift from the heart.
Festive Season With The Galleria
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabiâ€™s luxury shopping and dining destination, has curated a list of exquisite gifts from a variety of luxury and contemporary brands within the shopping centre. From breath-taking pendants to luxury watches and accessories, these elegant pieces will add a final sophisticated touch to any look.
Set To Sparkle Make an entrance this party season with H&M. With lots of embellished and sequined pieces you are sure to set heads turning with satin dresses, glitter jumpers, strappy tops and bodysuits.
Track Is Back
This season sees the Juicy Couture girl chasing towards a renewed sense of glam with a closet full of track basics and her favourite fashion staples. Mixing casual with luxe, she favours the ease of modern track with the glamour of high-impact embellishments and embroidered de tails. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Knowledge Is Free Manar Al Hinai explains the importance of sharing knowledge and supporting other women rather than tearing them down
One of the most enjoyable
things in my entrepreneurship journey is witnessing writers recommend fellow writersâ€™ books, or businesses recommending other businesses to deal with when they are overwhelmed with work. A friend of mine is a couture designer. She designs beautiful gowns that often take a few months to finish as a result of the fine hand-made work that goes into them. Because of that, she often has to apologetically turn some customers down. She believes that every gown she designs is a piece of art, and she would be cheating her clients if she did not grant each gown the attention it requires. So what does she do when she faces such situations? She recommends other great designers in the field who would be able to assist her clients out. I remember a friend advising my friend against that, warning her that if she continued with that approach she would be losing her clients to the competition. But would that really happen? Not necessarily. You see with globalisation, and the ability for us to engage with businesses from around the world from the comfort of our sofa and at the touch of our smartphones, we have never been more spoiled with choice. Instagram for instance, now allows you to buy directly from a businessâ€™s page, which means the markets have expanded more than ever. What would that mean? Conducting a business and managing it has become so easy. It has helped many talented people - especially women who share their talents. I am at a point in my life right now, where I have never heard
as much as I do now about people starting their own businesses. As a result of this, that means we are offered with more choices. Our culture gets richer. Our experiences broaden. More people enter the market, and we have more good things to enjoy. Applauding other businesses would not mean that you would be losing to your competition. On the contrary, it would mean you would get the same goodness rubbed back on you. People would recommend your business too. When I am approached by clients whom I cannot help with a certain request, I turn them to my sister agency, or another consultant that I trust. With time, my business acquaintances and I formed a network where we recommend each other for services that we could not offer at the time, or that we do not offer to begin with. The challenge is not to avoid the competition and not mention it. The real challenge would be inaction. In a buzzing business world like ours, applauding other businesses and acknowledging those who are doing great things, even if they operate within your same field, is actually the smart thing to do. It costs nothing to be kind and we need to start supporting each other as women, not competing against each other. Manar Al Hinai is award-winning Emirati writer and entrepreneur. She manages her branding and marketing consultancy in Abu Dhabi. Twitter: @manar_alhinai/ website: www.manaralhinai.com
Ermenegildo Zegna And Maserati At The Galleria
Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati opened a special display at The Galleria. On this special occasion, the two Italian brands unveiled the new Zegna â€“ Maserati SS17 Capsule Collection, which was exclusively displayed at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island leading up to the 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The shopping centre will be showcased seven Maserati models along with the new Zegna capsule collection for visitors to admire.
Tamba Terrace Opening Tamba opened their stunning terrace just in time for the gorgeous winter weather. Since its opening Tamba has made a name for itself across the UAE by offering groundbreaking Indian inspired cuisine and a lounge and bar serving up incredible concoctions all of which can now be enjoyed on their terrace.
Roland Mouret Dinner Symphony hosted a beautiful VIP customer dinner whilst French designer, Roland Mouret was in Dubai. The lavish affair took place at XVA gallery in old Dubai, with a model presentation for the REsort17 collection and was followed by a seated dinner with guests such as Tala Samman and Lina Samman, Maha Gordon, Rosemin Manji, Aya Tabari and Nez Gebreal.
Paule Ka’s SS17 Preview Paule Ka’s SS17 collection press day was an affair to remember -with Creative Director Alithia Spuri Zampetti flying in specially to launch the new collection in the region. The city’s key editors, influencers and TV networks were present to celebrate the House’s latest offerings. Guests were invited to Gold on 27, at the Burj Al Arab to discover pieces from Maison Paule Ka’s strictly chic and vibrantly graphic SS17 collection.
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Christmas. . .” sanna valentina and alexander for vanity fair italia december 2013
As the Christmas party season is nearly upon us, our Miss Ohlala gives us the low-down on how to make the best of a busy social calendar for the season ahead It’s the most wonderful time of the year for socialising with friends and family, but it can leave one feeling a bit lack-lustre come January, without prior preparation and planning. My number one tip is to organise your party outfits in advance to avoid a last-minute panic. Sequins and sparkles are a must for Christmas, so leave your austere black outfits in the wardrobe. This year you will want to be pairing velvet OTN or knee high boots with shift dresses, and Brian Atwood or Sophia Webster Chiara winged sandals with evening dresses. Aquazzura Firenze’s velvet boots are the angel at the top of my wish list. In terms of accessories, it is the one time of the year when chandelier earrings can never be too big or too sparkly. A faux fur stole or coat will keep you wonderfully warm for outdoor evening events and looks fabulous when nonchalantly thrown over a slinky evening gown. Procure yourself a clutch bag that looks like it wants to party the night away. Every year I pull out my Anya Hindmarch snow globe clutch and I feel like I’m looking at the world through the eyes of a child as I give it a shake and watch it snow. Don’t be afraid to experiment with mirror, chrome or glitter nails as this is the season to have fun! Treat yourself to diamante or pearl hair accessories from Lelet NY for a more modern, refreshing take on up-dos. The Lelet NY dash dot and calder pearl bobbi pins are my favourites. If you have been wearing the same perfume for years, now is a good time to try out some new scents and find yourself one that can last the night. My current obsession is the My Burberry fragrance, but perfume is a very personal thing. Always take a well thought out gift to your hostess (or host). A gift for a girlfriend of a scented candle from Jo Malone will always be a treat. Alternatively, a makeup palette by NARS (such as Bronzing Powder, Laguna) or Urban Decay (Naked eye shadow or Naked Flushed for cheeks) will surely be appreciated. Bubbles and chocolates are always acceptable, but please ensure they are of good calibre. Otherwise you may find that they are regifted back to you at a later date! Remember to take some party snaps as mementos. Whilst iPhones 98
may be great for selfies, I sorely miss the Polaroid days. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera is on my Christmas wish list. Please do however refrain from narcissistic tendencies of taking constant selfies rather than enjoying the party, as it can be thoroughly irritating for people around you. The whirlwind of social gatherings can leave one feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, so plan your calendar carefully to build in some recovery time. A post-Christmas spa day is a must. Whilst I know it is never going to happen, I’m still dreaming of a white Christmas... “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Happy holidays everyone!
FESTIVE SEASON Share the spirit of the holidays at the Palace
This year celebrate a snowy holiday season with culinary delights, unparalleled hospitality and a calendar full of festive activities. December 8:
Snowy Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Dome
Festive hampers, Christmas goodies and turkeys can be ordered at Le Café
Junior Cooking Club: Gingerbread House making, AED 200* per child
Festive reception and Christmas Eve Dinner in our restaurants starting from AED 450*
Christmas Day Lunch in Le Vendôme starting from AED 450*
Welcome reception in the Dome and festive menus in Le Vendôme, Mezzaluna, Mezlai, Sayad and BBQ Al Qasr starting from AED 450*
Elegant gala buffet at Etihad Ballroom including welcome reception and beverages with entertainment programme, live music, DJ and fireworks, AED 2750*
New Year’s Day Brunch at Las Brisas starting from AED 450* For more information or reservations, please call +971 (0) 2 690 7999 or email email@example.com For our New Year’s Eve overnight package, please call +971 (0) 2 690 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *Prices are subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.
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