THE ESSENCE OF STYLE Bahrain
Travel In Style
Get The Glow
Tumiâ€™s Creative Director Tells You How
Beauty Hacks Uncovered
Summer Issue Fresh & Fun Fashion + The Ultimate Jet-Set List
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Checking In Finally, Itâ€™s Here Welcome To The July Issue A Note From The Editor
The Lounge The Wish List The Jet-Set Wardrobe 10 Things You Need
In-Flight Entertainment Designer Focus: Paule Ka The Art of Travel: TUMI Feeling That Heat: Lama Jouni
Freshen Up Summer Beauty Revealed Top Tips From Laura Mercier Golden Shimmer Via Guerlain chopard phillip plein
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L e t t e r
f you read last month’s editor’s letter, you will have noted that I’ve been a little pressed of late. I vowed (and beseeched you all as well) to dial down the stress levels via the default calm that ensues during Ramadan. Lo and behold, that, I did. The intent is always perfectly placed year
upon year but never do I normally follow through. Now that the batteries are fully recharged, I am ready for more slow-paced days this summer. Best not to get used to it as come September, our fingers will be relentlessly tap dancing on the keyboards.
After a delayed drop, welcome to our July issue! The heart of the summer and the best of high and street fashion combined, getting you ready for a season of jet-set travel itineraries and wardrobes. Flick through our style and beauty pages and be inspired by our carefully crafted looks with expert tips and tricks on how to get that all-important summer glow. I have a particular penchant for Laura Mercier and love the step-by-step guide on mastering the it-look for sun-kissed days with the Joie de Vivre collection. You can find that on our beauty insight pages. Elsewhere in the issue we have words and strong visuals from both the creative director of Paule Ka and TUMI, two brands which epitomise the essence of summer with their fun, functional and unique collections, perfect for a powerful woman set to take on any part of the world with panache.
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THE Wish List
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T h e S u m m e r Ess e n t i a l s
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For all your style needs, this hot mix will definitely get you season-ready.
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All the boxes are ticked with these savvy, multicultural options. onia; stylebop
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Tousled hair, don’t care? We’ll be lapping up the shores with these breezy pieces coupled with a tall drink of something zesty.
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T h e Co u n t r y Bumpkin We want all these numbers and all at once. Take to the endless fields and hop, skip and dance like no one’s watching.
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The City Slicker
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Urban minimalism works best with oversized and fluid cottons with an occasional splash of colour elsewhere – a side of attitude is recommended.
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T h e S tat e m e n t Shoes
These trailblazers are an outfit in themselves. Weâ€™re all over showstopper footwear this summer â€“ the brighter, the fluffier, the more embellished, the better.
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The Handy It e m s
Be the right kind of bag lady with oodles of style and panache. We love the ease of a-wrap-around your hand clutch.
The Funky Jewellery
Take on a spectrum of hues from head to toe with these bold and delicate pieces.
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A Breath of FreshAir
Never has a brand garnered more intrigue than Paule Ka. The raw-edged and delicate cuts see a marriage of sophisticated style where the notion of grace is reworked to be punchy, unexpected and eye-popping. Visionary creative director, Alithia SpuriZampetti speaks to us of the confidence and contemporary attitude true to the Paule Ka woman and how Japan inspired the spring-summer 2017 collection.
hat inspired the SS17 collection? My main inspiration for the spring-summer 17 collection was Japan - its culture and aesthetic.
Who is the Paule Ka woman? The Paule Ka woman is a contemporary cosmopolitan girl with a busy agenda. Work, cocktails, weekend, travel and ceremony. The Paule Ka woman wants to be chic and comfortable in every occasion of her daily life, without giving up femininity and style. How technical vs. creative are you during the designing process? I would say I am more technical. I work in 3D, which means I draw the pieces. A mock up is made and my studio team work and rework on the mock up until the result I want is obtained. Once I am satisfied, we make the prototype that I can still work on. Choosing the fabric and how it will be worked is a very technical process. The Paule Ka presentations in Paris are typically very ethereal and production-like. Why is this important to you? With this kind of presentation, I want to give the opportunity to the audience to feel completely in the Paule Ka world and to take their time to discover and even touch the clothes. 30
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â€œI want to give the opportunity to the audience to feel completely in the Paule Ka world and to take their time to discover and even touch the clothes.â€?
Who in your career most influenced your trajectory and success? I worked for six years under Alber Elbaz’s direction at Lanvin before standing on my own feet. I learned a lot from Alber because he gave me the chance to be at his side and the opportunity to make mistakes. He has immensely influenced my way of working and I see him as my mentor. What’s your personal style for everyday wear? I like to feel comfortable at work so I often wear light trousers or long skirts with a simple top and ballerina pumps. Which country’s fashion are you most drawn to? Definitely France, I am a big fan of the fifties and sixties look. No country loves women’s clothes than France. What direction is Paule Ka heading to in the future? Next year (2018) will be a big year for us as it is the 30-year anniversary for the brand, so there will be lots of surprises and upcoming events. And who knows, maybe a show at Paris fashion week? On a general note, I will continue developing a new style vocabulary with new shapes and fabrics.
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â€œThe Paule Ka woman wants to be chic and comfortable in every occasion of her daily life, without giving up femininity and style.â€?
Designer Focus All About Alithia Style icon? My best friend Camille. Favourite type of jewellery? I am not really a jewellery girl.
Staple SS17 pieces from Paule Ka? The SS17 Show staple was the evening pyjama look, made of light printed silk. Perfect for a cosy chic night.
Must-have beauty product? My pastel coloured lipstick. maison souliers
Flats or heels? Flats, I am tall enough without heels though I love wearing them for an evening out. What canâ€™t you leave the house without? My camera. I always want to be ready to capture an inspiring moment. canon
What are you reading at the moment? Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Appleâ€™s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney.
The perfect day starts with... ...a cup of cappuccino ...and ends with...a glass of red wine.
Personal mantra? Live and let live.
The Art of Travel We are as mobile as weâ€™ve ever been. We can
get to any corner of the globe at warp speed. But, style considerations must be taken into account as well. Luxury luggage brand, TUMI has all the products you need for a smooth journey. Creative director Victor Sanz tells us how to master travel chic.
Can you describe your role as TUMI’s Creative Director? My role at TUMI has evolved over the years but it has consistently been the same. The design team is a small team that continues to develop solutions day in and day out and continues to fix issues and solve the ever-changing needs that arise with our customers. Tell us about your latest collection and why we should travel with TUMI in tow? For the AW17 season, we were inspired by the juxtaposition of New York; the city vs. country aesthetics. It’s here where we found inspiration between the differences in energy and the beauty in finding balance between the two. Who is the TUMI traveller? I think the customer who is carrying TUMI is either a current or future Global Citizen. They’re someone that is put together, they’re ambitious, and they’re someone who’s confident, that understands who they are and where they’re going. They appreciate not only the way something looks, but how well it’s made and how it works. What should any stylish, modern and fashion focused woman invest in? TUMI has always strived to understand its consumer and how they live their lives; whether it’s someone looking for a casual, yet beautiful travel piece or a multi-tasking CEO at a leading company who’s searching for a new bag for work. The more we are able to understand our customers, the more we are able to develop products that meet their needs and lifestyles. We’ve learned that our female customers have the same, if not more needs than our male customers—women want the same functionality that is offered in our male-driven collections, in a more understated and feminine silhouette; and we’re giving it to them. TUMI offers many collections for her to choose from such as our new Voyageur Leather and Mariella collections (to name a few!) that are fashionably versatile for each individual to use and style in their own personal ways. What can you say about fashion over function - especially with packed summer holidays where we need lots of space! TUMI is known for its strength, durability, quality, and function. As we set out in developing any collection, we ensure that every detail and design element that goes into it will help support these principles—all the while remaining on trend for what we see are the needs within the market. The most important part of a good design is to truly understand the user and their needs. The more that we can do to make the journey pleasurable, we should do it. This involves all aspects of the design function, quality, durability, materials and aesthetics. TUMI is very utilitarian in appearance. Would you ever go off-piste and create a vibrant, print heavy collection? We offer a variety of colour and prints across many of our seasonal collections - specifically within our hard side luggage (V3, Tegra Lite Max, 19 Degree) as well as our soft side collection (Arrive, Alpha Bravo, Voyageur, and Larkin). The use of colour and print is typically juxtaposed with neutral tones that infuse excitement into the overall assortment and sets the overall mood for the collection. What’s your favourite piece of luggage to travel with for a long weekend? Over the course of my tenure at TUMI, I’ve accumulated bags and accessories that span all of our assortments. For me, it depends on the trip I am taking. If I’m doing a quick business trip, I may stick with my trusted 19 Degree Aluminum carry-on or you can usually find me with a new prototype in hand when I travel. 38
Where are your favourite places to travel to in the summer and in the winter? During the year I am always on the move - so for the summer and winter I really enjoy being at home with my family since that’s the time when my kids are off from school. In the summer, we’re outside a lot whether that’s at one of their soccer games or at the pool. When it’s colder we like to go snowboarding. I’m still waiting for my youngest to join us on the slopes and my daughter is trying to get me into ice skating! What are some essential, maybe unusual, things you have to pack on any trip? I have my go-to items/uniform when travelling. It makes the trip much more enjoyable and effortless. Keeping it simple and flexible makes the trip much easier. But the must haves that I never travel without are my iPhone, SketchBook, pens, sunglasses, sneakers, and some music. What are your goals with TUMI over the next few seasons? My overall goal as the brand’s Creative Director is to continue pushing the brand forward and creating inspirational products. I’m really looking forward to all of the innovation that we’re engaging in and continuing to push our premium collections and our women’s business forward. I think there’s tremendous opportunity for us to surprise our customers with new and exciting products that are both fashionable and functional.
How do you pack your suitcase? Do you have a particular method or art to it? There are definitely differences to how I pack depending on the length of the trip. I travel a lot, so I have a pretty set checklist when it comes to packing: Don’t wait until the last minute to pack as you will tend to forget something important. Keep your colour palette simple, make sure you can mix and match pieces easily. Know the weather where you are going, this can make a trip much more enjoyable when you arrive. Bring plenty of power for your electronics. Layout everything you think you will need and cut that in half. We have a tendency to over pack. Stay calm, there are many bumps in the road when we travel; try and enjoy the journey even when things go a bit sideways.
Designer Focus “They’re someone that is put together, they’re ambitious, and they’re someone who’s confident.”
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itâ€™s summer time The whole gamut of how to get the glow (while being safe) and knowing the best products for your skin fill our beauty pages this month.
multi-active yeux, clarins lipstick, ilia
bronzing mist, hampton sun
parsley cleansing masque, AESOP
body fit contouring expert, clarins
Escape with style this summer with these fabulous products that will make your trip all the more glamourous. volupte tint, YSL
bronzer, laura mercier super tips travel
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Editor’s picks S oot h i n g C l e a n s i n g M i l k , B obb i B r ow n
L i p M a e st r o , Giorgio Armani
B r ow D e f i n e r , C h r i st i a n l o u bo u t i n
Bobbi Brown Cosmetic’s new Soothing Cleansing Milk, is infused with Chia Seed Oil – a major superfood that works wonders as a skincare ingredient – and a unique blend of Narcissus and Lavender Flower Complex, Soothing Cleansing Milk gently cleanses and conditions skin, leaving it instantly refreshed, rehydrated and supple.
Lip Maestro, the star lipstick from Giorgio Armani Beauty, is back and reinvented as a new collection of lipsticks inspired by Hollywood star glamour. An ode to powerful, matte colours, a tribute to the elegant, confident woman who effortlessly captures the light.
This fabulous brow pencil by Christian Louboutin creates thin lines that shape and define your brows. You can use the in-built spoolie brush to blend and keep stray hairs in place. Perfect for achieving beautiful, natural brows.
T e n d e r Mo m e n ts Co l l e c t i o n , C l a r i n s
Orchidée Impériale, Guerlain
The Clarins Tender Moments Collection includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm. The entire collection is filled with love and kisses, the packaging is adorable and not only is this limited edition collection extremely pretty makeup, but it also doubles up as skincare giving you beautifully nourished and radiant lips and cheeks all year round.
Orchidée Impériale has now taken this one step further with the creation of its Orchidée Impériale Black treatment course. Using revolutionary ‘cellular immunity’ technology, the Orchidée Impériale Black treatment course targets cell longevity to reinforce the skin’s powers of self-defence to the maximum to reveal your best skin yet.
Myrrh & Tonka Limited Edition, Jo Malone Jo Malone has released a limited edition of their delicious Myrrh & Tonka fragrance. The rich, potent sap of the Namibian myrrh tree, harvested by hand, is mixed with whispers of warm almond and lush vanilla and tonka bean.
VERNIS À LÈVRES VINYL CREAM طالء الشفاه الكريمي لون غني يدوم طويال .تركيبة كريمية
summer glow We speak to Benjamin Ruiz, Director & Global Creative Artist from Laura Mercier to get the step-by-step tips on how to achieve the perfect summer look with their Joie de Vivre collection.
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Prep skin for makeup with Primer Radiance and massage onto face before applying foundation. Apply Candleglow Foundation in Butterscotch with a sponge. Press and roll sponge into skin to create a ‘second skin’ finish. For more coverage, apply more, only where you need it then apply Camouflage concealer. Use Translucent Loose Setting Powder and a puff to set foundation. Add instant colour to cheeks and eyes with Windflush Powder. This particular shade of coral is a soft veil of peach that is very wearable and awakens the skin; it gives the perfect amount of warmth that our skin needs after coming out of winter. Many peach and coral tones have too much white pigment that inevitably restricts who can wear it. Windflush leans more to neutral so it captures more skin tones. It is the perfect product to wear when your skin is transitioning from spring to summer before jumping into a bronzer. Just sweep Windflush across the apples of the cheeks and pull back towards the ear and fade out. If you have dark circles under the eyes, bring the colour slightly higher and cut in with a circular motion, just under the eyes, this will help neutralise some of the darkness. Finish the look by applying a wash of Windflush across the eyelids then add depth to the crease with Matte Eye Colour in Truffle with a crease brush. Line the eyes at the root of the lashes with Black Ebony Cake liner and finish the look with Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara in Black Onyx.
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translucent, setting powder
candleglow soft, luminous foundation
eyeshadow, bleu marine
mascara, black onyx
lip pencil, punch
Highlight cheekbones, brow bone (just under eyebrow) and Cupid’s bow with Face Illuminator in Indiscretion, use fingertips or creme cheek brush. If you’re not oily in the T-Zone, apply Illuminator down the center of nose. Line and fill in lips with Lip Pencil in Punch and follow with an application of Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Smile.
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A n A z u r e A f fa i r The depth of every summer in the Middle East has us longing for a cool dunk in a pool and dreaming of travel to faraway exotic locales. An Azure Affair celebrates the idea of a romantic honeymoon trip to a faraway island with days lounging in beachwear, eating succulent tropical fruits, and staring at endless blue oceans and skies and exotic blooms. No more dark moody tones. Give us all the bold monochromatic hues, all the patterns, and all the flowers! Concept, Styling, and Florals: Singapore Flower | Photography: Moe Ramadan Outfits: Maison Maillot | Makeup: SkinSealed Jewellery: Azza Al Hujairi | All Businesses 100% Bahrain Based
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As much as we advocate the bronzed look, we donâ€™t want unsightly burns beforehand. So, in the spirit of fake-it-till-you-make-it, we are embracing the new limited-edition Terracotta Chic Tropic from Guerlain. In true Guerlain decadence, this product merges the dazzling with the extravagant with the golden. 64
On The Move
Angela Beitz explains the key points to keeping your skin hydrated and glowing for the perfect holiday arrival.
It’s officially the summer holidays and if your bags aren’t already packed, now is the time to get sorted but first thing’s first. Luggage packing aside, the very act of flying depletes moisture from your skin and it’s super important to ensure you don’t arrive at your destination with dry skin, cracked lips, and an impending breakout. I’ve got you sorted to ensure you remain fresh-faced from one time zone to the next.
Use Products That Multi-Task
Nothing ruins your hair light a long haul flight. Am I rights ladies? But a full-size aerosol spray bottle of your favourite formula won’t make it past security so instead, try a dry shampoo that comes in a powder formula to avoid the hassle of running out to buy the travel size. Just sprinkle a little bit at the roots and use your fingers to work it in.
Moisture is key so whether you prep your skin before you hit the airport or after the plane’s taken off, adding this one product into your skin care regimen will help your skin to stay hydrated. Using a serum under your moisturiser helps lock in extra moisture that you will need on a long-haul flight.
Thick Creams Are Your Friend
Apply a heavy moisturiser or even a night cream when you’re flying so that your skin soaks in as much moisture as it can and it will also help to create a sort of barrier. Then about 30 minutes before landing freshen up with a makeup wipe and apply a quick coat of makeup and you will arrive glowing. 66
SPF is super important, even on a flight, even though you are on the plane and not outside, you still need SPF on your skin as keeping your window blind open during daytime flights can cause skin damage, too. Apply a moisturiser with SPF pre-flight to protect your skin. Hand cream is a real saviour on a flight, lather it all over your hands and then use the excess on your neck. It also works as a great hair pick-me-up too for dry and static hair. Hydrating face mists are also a lifesaver to combat dehydrated skin mid-flight and this can work on your hands too not just your face.
Refresh With Dry Shampoo
Opt For Cream Make-up
Cream make-up products are more hydrating and are much easier to apply in your seat and take away the need for brushes. Pack a few key cream makeup products (concealer, blush and eye shadow) and everything can be easily applied using fingers or a Beautyblender from Sephora which saves space and makes it easy to reapply before landing. Swipe on a quick, fresh make-up look and you are good to go.
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Out And About in Athens Centrally located within just a few kilometres to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Apollo and Plaka, The Athenaeum InterContinental makes staying in Athens a breeze. Entering the hotel, we are greeted by the ‘Blue Man’ art sculpture - a large blue glass man lit from within, holding what could be described as a break dancing pose. Throughout the hotel you will find many interesting sculptures, as the hotel’s owners also own a large art collection where they display certain pieces, within the hotel throughout the year. After a swift check-in at reception we are led to our spacious room. Once settled in, we opened the blinds to see an amazing view of the Acropolis which stood proudly in the distance during the day, but was even more spectacular as darkness fell over the city and the monument sat glowing on top of the hill. In the morning, we ventured into the historical neighbourhood of Plaka, with its beautiful cobblestone streets, colourful houses and
“A spectacular way to end the day, soaking in the view of the setting sun across the city whilst gazing at the Acropolis.” selection of local restaurants. We spent the morning wandering around and then decided to head back to the hotel for a little R&R. Once back at the hotel we decided to cool off down by taking a swim in the 120-square meter pool surrounded by the terrace garden. After our swim, we visited i-Spa – Asian Spa, to unwind with one of their signature Asian style massages performed by highly qualified and experienced spa therapists who managed to release all the tightness and tension from the flight, followed by more unwinding in the beautifully designed steam rooms. Once we were feeling refreshed we ventured to the Acropolis, wandering through the ancient sites of the Parthenon, down to Dionysus Theatre, further on to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and finishing at The Arch of Hadrian. As the sun was setting we headed to the rooftop terrace on the 10th floor of the hotel, a spectacular way to end the day, soaking in the view of the setting sun across the city whilst gazing at the Acropolis. After a few cocktails; dinner was served inside the award-winning ‘Premiere’ restaurant. The gastronomic adventure began with a wax sealed envelope delivered to the table, inside were wafer thin pieces of lavash to be eaten with the first course. The meal was a visual delight created by Chef Michalis Nourloglou, each ingredient wearing a disguise, the fettuccini was actually squid, the bone marrow was really tender lamb fillet and the dessert was part of a plant. Each course was perfectly balanced with a combination of textures and rich flavours. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Travel Escapes Perched Atop Arriving from the high-speed ferry in Mykonos, we were greeted by our driver with a luxury SUV to transport us through the narrow winding roads to our private villa. Located 15 minutes out of the town centre our private 3-bedroom villa, one of the ‘Blue Villas’ extensive collections of luxury villas, situated on the hillside was the ultimate secluded paradise. The beautifully decorated living and dining room opened out onto a huge terrace with an uninterrupted view of the Mediterranean Sea. Downstairs the three bedrooms were equally spacious with beautiful traditionally designed bathrooms with a modern twist. Outside we had our own large private infinity pool surrounded by sun loungers and a huge outdoor entertaining area with an inbuilt table to seat 12, all with that incredible view of the sea. Once we had explored the villa we sat down with our private concierge Christie (the only Mykonos local to be a concierge on the island) who after getting to know our tastes explained what we might prefer on the island and referred us to the best beaches and restaurants. We ventured into Mykonos’ town centre and spent hours wandering the picturesque streets lined with the classic white houses adorned with coloured railings and beautiful flowers, stopping only to step into the quaint boutiques. For sunset, we visited little venice, luckily getting a seat by the water at one of the many restaurants to enjoy our delicious mixed drinks while the sky put on a show. The next morning our personal chefs visited our villa to prepare a traditional Greek breakfast for us, with plates full of tomatoes, fruit, olives, bread, eggs and an assortment of cheese all arranged for us to sit and enjoy that amazing view once again while relaxing in our own living room. The chefs explained that they can customise the menu to suit any taste and could also prepare lunch and dinner if we chose to stay in the villa for meals. On our final day in Mykonos we took one of Christie’s suggestions and headed to Scorpios, a beach club and restaurant built around a contemporary interpretation of the ancient Greek agora (market), incredibly designed with driftwood daybeds, wicker terraces and weathered stone walls all giving you the sense of being a world away from the chic white and blue colours of Mykonos. With delicious food and incredibly attentive staff Scorpios is a relaxed escape by day and vibrant social party spot at night.
“We ventured into Mykonos’ town centre and spent hours wandering the picturesque streets lined with the classic white houses adorned with coloured railings and beautiful flowers.” 70
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The spectacular cliffs of Santorini greeted us as we pulled into the port aboard the high-speed ferry, a nerve wracking drive tightly winding up said cliffs while negotiating buses and cars was the start of our Santorini adventure. Once we reached the beautiful town of Oia (cue manic photo taking!) we easily found the entrance to our hotel: Hotel Santorini Secret Suites & Spa located on the main walkway. Luckily the staff were very helpful in carrying our luggage down all the stairs to our room as the hotel is situated on the picturesque cliffs covered in the classic white cave houses. Our room was spacious with modern decoration featuring touches of natural wood, a comfortable sitting area at one end and a large cosy bed at the other, divided by a tall wooden feature wall. The bathroom was exceptionally huge! The gigantic jacuzzi bathtub was big enough for four or more people. Stepping out of the room we found ourselves on our large private terrace with a spectacular view of the caldera, fitted with a private hot tub and sun loungers it was the perfect place to relax and watch the boats go by. We ventured down the stairs to the hotel’s infinity pool and bar, it was stunning! We spent the day relaxing on the day beds, drinking the most delicious cocktails and swimming in the warm water enjoying the uninterrupted view of the caldera. In the morning, we were welcomed by our made to order breakfast which we had filled out the night before and designated our delivery time - with so many incredible options on the menu we were overwhelmed! Each treat was tastier than the last. After feasting on fresh baked croissants, eggs benedict, local sausages, cucumber and tomato salad, fresh Greek yogurt, fruit and a bounty of Greek treats (the best loukoumades of our trip!) we decided it was time for some exploring! The hotel is perfectly located to walk around Oia and take in those picture-perfect views, we ventured over to Imerovigli and watched the sunset from Grace Hotel’s 363 champagne lounge. With chilled tunes and tasty canapes, washed down with Grace’s signature cocktail, the sun set front of us, turning every shade of red and pink. As our trip ended it was so hard to leave; it was made even tougher by the fact that the staff at Santorini Secret were so incredibly attentive, by the end of our three days we felt like old friends. In particular the hotel’s food and beverage manager, Manos, was there to help us with everything, he took time to explain the island to us, where to visit and where to avoid, arranged tours and restaurant bookings and even created custom cocktails for each of us.
TOP TIPS Take the High-Speed ferry between islands – or Lux it up and take a helicopter. Book hotel transfers or arrange a car rental for your arrival in Mykonos - There are NO taxis from the ports. Book restaurants in advance for sunset on the islands as the best seats run out quickly. Accommodations: for Mykonos: www.bluevillascollection.com & for Santorini: www.santorini-secret.com www.ohlala-magazine.com
The Door To Luxury At Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, you get urban sophistication with beach chic in equal measure. Jo Brett checks in and explores every corner of the property.
Centrally located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Maqta area, the iconic Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, which is part of the AccorHotels Group, is a modern luxurious hotel that offers guests beautifully appointed comfortable rooms, first-rate cuisine choices and a prime spot from which to explore the capital. The striking angular designed building is iconic, a contemporary masterpiece inside and out, the lobby is reminiscent of an art gallery with artworks, funky furniture, statement cloud lighting, floral displays and a distinct scent that evokes memories of past visits. A show-stopping black marble and chrome staircase leads down to the restaurant concourse and provides access to an outdoor seating area and oversized water features, the glass lifts give you the first glimpse of the hotel’s stunning waterfront vista. A fervent supporter of local artists, the hotel hosts regular exhibitions, including the annual ‘No 74
White Walls’ show, and its corridors act as a permanent gallery for bespoke pieces. Each of the 369 elegant rooms and suites are decorated in neutral tones offset by patterned carpets and vibrant artwork. Alongside the king sized bed the spacious sea view rooms have a separate living space with a sofa, a desk and plenty of wardrobe space. The bathroom is divided into three areas with double sinks, a large free-standing bathtub housed in a wet room with an overhead shower and separate toilet. The expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows affords guests superb panoramic views day and night across the hotel’s private beach and pools, the Khor Al Maqta channel, the three bridges that connect the area to the mainland and the incredible Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Designed to fulfil the needs of the discerning guest, Fairmont Gold is for both the leisure and business traveller. The experience
“Designed to fulfil the needs of the discerning guest, Fairmont Gold is for both the leisure and business traveller.”
starts with private check-in on the private Fairmont Gold floor, rooms are located on the top three floors along with the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge where continental breakfast, afternoon canapés and an honour bar are available. The dedicated Gold team extends a personalised service to ensure that all guest requirements are fulfilled. The multitude of high-end dining options includes eight outlets as well as outdoor poolside options. Colourful all-day dining affair CuiScene is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sits alongside Frankie’s Italian restaurant, a collaboration between famous jockey Frankie Dettori and Michelin-star chef Marco Pierre White. Classic dishes are offered as well as drinks in its elegant dining room and outdoor courtyard, an air of sophistication is provided with live music in its piano bar. The Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse & Grill (MPW), the eponymous of the aforementioned British celebrity chef caters for the more discerning diner. With both indoor and outdoor spaces, The Cedar Lounge on the opposite side of the corridor serves Lebanese cuisine and attracts a loyal clientele. New outlets include the modern lobby level Cafe Sushi, an American style upmarket Sports Bar, the Lobby Lounge www.ohlala-magazine.com
“The multitude of high-end dining options includes eight outlets as well as outdoor poolside options.” that serves 80 different teas and Puesta del Sol, an alfresco bar and restaurant serving Spanish favourites (closed in the summer). MPW is a classy restaurant with chic interiors and a feature flame wall that wouldn’t look out of place in a ski lodge. The menu offers diners steaks and seafood paired with an extensive wine list, while it may initially not seem the best for vegetarians they offer the neighbouring Frankie’s menu with its specific dietary requirements sections. The restaurant has popular theme nights like the Great Steakout every Wednesday that’s designed for meat lovers with a big appetite. Those who like to test themselves can try the Tomahawk Challenge, 1kg of prime steak to be consumed in its entirety with numerous sides and a litre beverage of choice within thirty minutes, complete it and your meal is free. The Great Saturday Roast, a three-course gourmet journey started with a soup followed by the signature Salmon Experience, diners cook the thinly sliced fish at the table with hot salt and then garnish to taste. Unlimited cuts of roast lamb, beef and chicken are then served with all trimmings and sauces. After dinner aperitifs were expertly prepared at our table from the restaurant’s well stocked gin trolley, the extensive range of the juniper based beverages were mixed with various fruits and berries. I can confirm that on-trend gin craze is alive and well at MPW. Under the direction of Executive chef Gianluca, Frankie’s is back to its former glory with a renewed emphasis on fresh and seasonal Italian cuisine. All the classics like antipasti, pizza, pasta, lasagne, ravioli, tiramisu are featured on the menu alongside signature dishes, regular deliveries from Italy ensuring the authentic flavours. A wooden trolley laden with creamy buffalo mozzarella, seasonal colourful tomatoes and flavoured olive oils was wheeled to our table so my Caprese could be constructed by the chef, some may call this is a gimmick but I enjoyed the interactive experience. Guests can relax by the poolside or on the white sandy private beach, plenty of loungers and cabanas are available and for those more active there’s watersports and separate male and female gyms. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr meets the luxury traveller’s requirements for a memorable stay, whether you are looking for the ultimate destination to discover more of Abu Dhabi, relax beachside, enjoy the variety of fine dining cuisine or even catch the latest sports fixture. For more information or reservations call: +971 2 654 3333 76
Like A Duchess Put together an all-women’s floor and British heritage design and you’ve got a uniquely tasteful set up. Jo Brett discovers an exclusive experience at Dukes Dubai and indulges in the finest fare and service about town. Fancy some traditional British hospitality in the UAE? Newly opened Dukes Dubai offers guests classic elegance with a slice of quintessential hospitality on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. While the emphasis maybe on tradition there is nothing formal or stuffy about this establishment; this large charming hotel features a collection of over 500 rooms, suites and long-term apartments with something extra special for the lady traveller. Akin to its sister property in London, Dukes Dubai offers an upmarket experience that embraces the past but still provides guests with a first-rate modern-day experience. The Duchess rooms on the fourth-floor offers solo lady travellers or those travelling as a women only group, a dedicated private floor where only female guests and members of staff are permitted. Each of the twenty sumptuous Duchess rooms are furnished with a range of beautiful Liberty art fabrics from the famous Liberty of London store. The renowned distinctive and ornate patterned fabrics are a combination of vibrant colours, rich velvets and pretty florals. Various designs adorn the cushions and throws in perfect contrast to the crisp white bed linen in the comfortable rooms and suites. Large well-equipped bathrooms, many with sea and skyline views, are stocked with toiletries from independent British family perfumer Floris, the brand made famous for creating the scent worn by James Bond. Female staff are on hand to attend to any Duchess room service and housekeeping requests, guests can also enjoy a private ladies only breakfast in the brightly coloured Champagne and Tea Lounge on the third floor. Also, the venue for the hotel’s traditional afternoon tea, The Lounge is open every afternoon from noon. A delightful menu of finger sandwiches, hot beverages and bubbles, miniature cakes and scones with jam, cream and a very moreish lemon curd is on offer, totally worth a visit if you are a fan of high tea. The food is delicious and plentiful complemented by an extensive selection of teas and everything is served on bespoke personalised William Edwards china inlaid with delicate pastel floral patterns. Other dining options include the Great British Restaurant (GBR) with its menu of British classics. This is not your standard all-day dining venue but a classy monochrome affair that serves 78
“A tailored experience specifically for women travelling alone, with a focus on comfort, service, style and quality.” everything from a tasty full English breakfast to seasonally inspired dishes and favourites like pea soup, cauliflower cheese, fish and chips and a rather indulgent walnut whip available for lunch and dinner. Fancy a Martini? Dukes Bar, acclaimed in London as a favourite of 007 creator Ian Fleming has been reinvented above GBR. Gentlemen can indulge in an after-dinner tipple and cigar in the Cigar & Whisky Lounge on the third floor where ladies are welcomed too. Steak lovers can feast at the Beachfront American style steakhouse and bar, West 14th and for those who enjoy Indian cuisine the spacious Khyber restaurant is due to open on the fifteenth floor. An abundance of good old fashioned British charm and attention to detail is reflected throughout, from the magnificent Swarovski chandelier in the lobby to the framed photographs of London scenes on the bedroom walls. Extra touches include welcome notes held by cute ceramic dachshunds, you can even spot more of these canine statues living on shelves below austere vintage paintings in the reception area. Outside the large pool is located adjacent to a strip of private beach with a popular lazy river ride, once fully operational later this summer additional amenities will include an indoor pool, a spa and a Toni and Guy Hair Salon. Guests will even be able to hitch a ride around Dubai in one of two London black cabs. Dukes Dubai offers an all-round refined experience from arrival to departure, the hotel is tasteful in every way with courteous and helpful staff. Visitors to Dubai have a new stylish option to consider and residents can enjoy a staycation with just the right amount of British luxury to satisfy even the most discerning guests. For more information or to make a reservations visit: www.dukesdubai. com or call: +971 4 455 1111
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Down To A Tee Café T at The Royal Golf Club Bahrain, has had a lick of paint in every sense of the word. Chef Paul Gindra unpacks the menu while we have the ‘hard task’ of tasting it.
he Royal Golf Club feels exclusive on all accounts, far beyond your regular expat oriented club. The location for a start is far enough away from the beaten path to feel exclusive but near enough to be accessible. The décor and feel give an air of luxury as well - something we always look out for as we roam the island. Café T, en route to the golf course, has unveiled a new identity with a new and improved menu. Sitting with Chef Paul in Links (the much-loved brunch venue – make sure to indulge in that when you can!) he discusses with us the new menu. “Café T is one of the busiest coffee shops in Bahrain with both golfers and outside drop in guests. We have updated the menu with everything from quick and easy items such as the ‘grab and go’ packages including granola, sandwiches and wrap as well as house favourites like the Angus Burger. And there’s an emphasis on healthy eating with fun and detoxifying salads, fresh smoothies, deactivated nuts and vegan, gluten-free options. Normally you wouldn’t associate a golf club with a totally healthy lifestyle, the default idea is hotdogs and burgers but we have introduced a substantial menu with a variety of trendy options like banana and date muffins too,” says Chef Paul. Café T has partnered up with BMMI and now have a Strongbow Garden for the perfect garden fun meets lively atmosphere. There are benches, umbrellas and flowers strung together to make it a family oriented setting. Interestingly, we weren’t too sure what the ‘T’ stood for in Café T. Chef Paul explained that a tee-off during golf, is when the game of golf begins, thus Café T is “a great way to start your day”. As far as the menu goes, the firm favourites remain. Pulled pork tacos are a choice option for anyone who loves their sour cream, avocado and shredded pork, all enveloped in a crispy taco. We had a share and can confirm that they are the best kind of comfort food but funnily enough, it didn’t leave us feeling bloated. There is a lightness to Chef Paul’s tacos and a fusion of cultural cooking. He introduced this item to the menu after a trip to Beijing last September where he visited a little taco shop that sealed his love for pork and tacos. Chef Paul has decided to honour the diversity of the club’s members and visiting guests with a menu that goes far and wide around the world. He travels a lot and loves nothing more than taking a few things here and 82
“There’s an emphasis on healthy eating with fun and detoxifying salads.” there and adding them to the mix of his growing menus. We sat down to a plate of Yellow Tuna salad: pink in the middle with free range boiled eggs, Kenya green beans, crushed new potatoes, red onion and Kalamata olives. Beautifully presented and well portioned, this salad will give you all the energy you need but still make you feel light on your toes afterwards. Coupled with a basket of true home comforts (we aren’t above a few naughty nibbles!) The Full Monty is exactly as it sounds. Filled with buffalo chicken wings, fried frankfurters, pork ribs (that fall so elegantly off the bone), French fries and German mustard, this is a basket that is actually quite hard to share! In all, Café T has revved up excitement with their new menu and look. The menu is truly packed with options and Chef Paul’s passion is cooked into every last dish. For more information call: 1775 1266
july Dining “A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.”- Barbara Johnson
Crowne Plaza Bahrain
Get into the tropical spirit as you welcome the warmer weather with Crowne Plaza’s Hawaiian Themed Brunch on 28th July! Wear your Hawaiian shirts and your grass skirts and head over to La Mosaique Restaurant for the perfect start to summer. Celebrate the on-set of summer with their Hawaiian themed brunch and dig into an array of traditional delicacies at just BD35 per person from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. Time to get your hula on! Call: 17531122
Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre
Indulge your sweet tooth with Le Merdien City Centre’s “The Sweetest Brunch” at Baharat awarded Best Brunch by popular vote by Citi Fact Awards- the decadent delights aim to engage your senses in every way with an array of flavours, scents and sights. Embark on a sensorial and savoury experience as you enjoy the live music presented by the vibrant South African duo, The Duex Sons at just BD18++ per person! Or enjoy free flow of selected beverages at BD30++ per person from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. Book for over 10 people and receive a 20% discount! Call: 17171144
The Westin Bahrain City Centre
Start your weekend on a bubbly note with The Westin’s Margarita Nights! Relax and unwind as you sip into vibrant cocktails and dance to the tunes of hip shaking music- the perfect after work event to be at! Head over to their Mezzanine Lounge and dig into mouthwatering Tapas as you enjoy the delicious concoctions, every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm. Ladies enjoy free margaritas! Call: 17171441
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Take your weekend brunch to a whole another level with the Four Seasons’ scrumptious Friday Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. Delight your taste buds with their elaborate spread of lavish culinary offerings, including five unique food stations serving Arabic, Western, Indian and Asian delicacies. Featuring everything from shawarma and kibbeh to hand rolled sushi and dim sum- they’ll certainly have you spoiled for choice! Dig in at just BD25++ inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages and BD35++ inclusive of alcoholic beverages. Every Friday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm! Call: 17115500
ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands
Calling all seafood fanatics! Enjoy the freshest and tastiest seafood with ART Rotana’s ‘Fisherman’s Voyage’ Seafood Night at Choices. Get ready to embark on a Fisherman’s Voyage of seafood discovery stretching to the four corners of the world. Feast on a bounty of seafood offerings and delicious island drinks as you enjoy the live entertainment at just 84
BD25++ with house beverages and BD16++ with soft drinks includedevery Thursday evening from 7 pm to 10:30 pm. With a simply outrageous spread of seafood offerings, this is certainly the night all seafood lovers have always dreamt of ! Call: 16000111
Put on your dancing shoes and head over to Meisei for a night full of good food, drinks and some banging music! Learn the hottest new dance moves that are taking the island by storm and step back in time to the 1930s, every Saturday with The Shakedown Club. Relax and enjoy the music or join in and try a new dance style- beginners’ dance lessons will be from 7-8 pm, while the improvers’ will be from 8-9 pm! Plus complimentary sparkling for ladies between 8:30-9:30 pm and no entry fee- need we say more?! Call: 17007770
The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain
Dig into some mouthwatering Italian delicacies as you get the work done with Dining Pleasures Meet Business Success at Primavera! The signature Italian restaurant offers a delectable three-course business set lunch prepared exclusively by two Michelin starred chef, Oliver Glowig. Choose one starter or one first course and one main and one dessert at just BD15++ per person, including soft beverages. Enjoy a relaxing lunch with stunning views of the landscaped gardens and the poolside- Sundays to Thursdays from 12 pm to 3 pm! Call: 17586499
Turn up your Tuesdays with Teatro’s Sushi and Sax Night. The awardwinning restaurant knows how to turn your Tuesday evenings into an enchanting experience with some yummy sushi and amazing music. Tuck into authentic Japanese food and tempt your senses with the mellow tunes, every Tuesday from 6 pm to 10 pm. Indulge in a free flow of your favourite Sushi and Maki all throughout the evening at just BD15++ per person. Head over to Downtown Rotana for an unforgettable experience! Call: 13119999
Royal Golf Club Bahrain
There’s nothing better than an afternoon of delicious food and some soothing music. The Royal Golf Club Bahrain gives you just that and more with its Jazzy a la Carte brunch at Links. Sample a fabulous array of tasty dishes delivered freshly cooked to your table as you take in the spectacular golf course views. Enjoy unlimited selected beverages as you relax to a live performance of contemporary jazz and blues by Ahmed Al Qasim. Every Friday from noon to 4 pm at just BD30 per person- get your jazz on! Call: 17751262
T h e 2 0 1 7 IN F INI T I Q 6 0 S p o r ts C o u p é INFINTI have created a strong foothold for themselves in the Sports Coupé segment with their latest offering, which is designed to impress.
est driving vehicles of all persuasions has been part of our lives at Ohlala for many years now. From grand 4x4’s to luxury leisure vehicles, we have tried and tested many of the top motorcar brands available on the market today. Needless to say, when we get the opportunity to test drive something a little different, we are always excited by the prospect. This month, courtesy of Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons, we had the privilege of trying out the new 2017 INFINITI Q60 Sports Coupé. When it comes to motor vehicles first impressions do count and with the new INFINITI, a positive one is delivered. Her silhouette is striking, with graceful sculptural lines highlighting her robust muscular proportions. Both the luxurious and powerful natures of this automobile are on display long before one slips inside. When facing the vehicle front on, it’s sleekly designed headlights make it look as if the car is staring right back at you, daring you to get inside and drive. One instantly recognises the car as an INFINITI as the double-arch 86
grille and the forward arching crescent-cut C-pillars emphasise this car’s dynamic quality. 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with wider wheels at the rear contributing to its aggressive posture. The great first impression given by the exterior is matched within. The low slung, heated seating is comfortable and beautifully designed. Leather stitching on both the upper and lower dash board and door panels contribute to a great finish. The steering wheel also boasts high quality leather and feels just right in your hands, offering a sense of control. A decent sized, soft leather, felt interior, centre console, complete with USB ports is situated conveniently for easy access. The glove compartment is also nicely sized, with felt interior. One touch automatic front windows have been included for your convenience. A standard sunroof is another appreciated feature. The INFINITI InTouch dual screen layout, present in the Q60, has good touch response. Through entering the INFINITI drive mode selector and choosing the direct adaptive steer technology option, one can alter the
suspension, steering, engine/transmission and more. If you are not partial to using the touchscreen feature, there is a controller behind the gear lever as a second option. A 360 degree round view reverse camera system and parking sensors have been included. A pull lever on the shoulder of the front seats allows for rear access, with a press button to slide the seat forward and back into place. The space is sufficient, with good room for the feet and enough space above the head. The back is designed for two people, with a cup holder divider in-between. The boot offers nine cubic feet of space, increased significantly when the back seats are folded down, in a single piece. The true test of a car however, comes when it is on the road and the INFINITI Q60 was all too keen to get us there! As soon as one applies pressure to the pedal, one can feel the torque pushing their body back into the seat. This car is fast! One cannot help but smile like a child as the vehicle surges forward with powerful intent. With the advanced all-new 400hp, 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine making all the right noises, this is
one fun ride. The seven speed automatic transmission allows for one to concentrate on the road ahead instead of shifting gears. Admittedly, the new and improved ‘steer-by-wire’ system takes a little getting used to, but this is not a bad thing, it’s just a little different. We found the Q60 to handle exceptionally well on the corners, offering plenty of grip and control. Safety features include Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Moving Object Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Breaking, Back-up Collision Intervention and more. You can feel safe in the knowledge INFINITI has done its utmost to offer protection to you and your loved ones. There is a lot more to be said about this impressive vehicle and many more exciting features on offer. Our advice is to get behind the wheel of the new INFINITI Q60 Sports Coupé and experience the joy for yourself. For more information or to book a test drive call: 1773 1773 www.ohlala-magazine.com
ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands Iftar
Ramadan Happenings As the island twinkled and shone during The Holy Month, the five-star hotel circuit put on a production of Iftars and Ghabgas to the joy of the media.
City Centre Bahrain Ghabga
Downtown Rotana Iftar
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Ghabga
Gallery 21 Iftar
Maserati, Euro Motors Bahrain Ghabga
InterContinental Regency Bahrain Iftar
YBA Kanoo Ghabga
Al Hawaj Ghabga
Capital Club Ghabga
ARG Group Ghabga
Crowne Plaza Bahrain Iftar
Diyar Al Muharraq Ghabga Gargaoon
Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa Gargaoon
Bahrain International Circuit Ghabga
HV Holistic Networking Event Holistic Health & Corrective Training held a networking event for health and wellness professionals last month in Seef where some of Bahrainâ€™s top health specialists came together to learn about achieving the best outcome for patients and clients from treatments.
“Before you judge me, make sure you’re perfect” Miss Ohlala resolves to turn over a new leaf by only offering advice to friends when asked.
A lady recently approached me to tell me that babies suffocate in slings. That sort of interfering advice is always unwanted. Aside from the fact that I didn’t consider it to be any of her business, I have read relevant advice on baby wearing safety and taken what I consider to be an informed decision to wear my baby in a sling. Unfortunately, it seems that from the moment you have a pregnancy bump, strangers will feel compelled to question your parenting skills and foist their opinions on you. A friend of mine was recently scathing of parents who brought a lunchbox for their toddler to a BBQ. It occurred to me afterwards that perhaps the toddler has a gluten or other allergy. She might even have a pathological fear of BBQ food. I know I shudder at the thought of cremated sausages which are common in BBQ season. Whatever the reason, I know it was not appropriate for us to judge the parents, especially without full knowledge of the circumstances. As a result, I’ve resolved to try to only offer advice to friends when asked, and to be less judgmental generally. I’m less than a week into my new resolution and have already struggled to refrain from giving unsolicited advice on numerous occasions. My first instinct upon hearing of someone’s difficulties is always to launch in and offer what I consider to be helpful solutions with the genuine aim of assisting others. I’ve come to realise that this approach can be patronising and annoying. When a close friend whatsapped me this week regarding a personal family matter, I forced myself to take a step back and realised that she is fully aware of the potential actions she could take and the merits of each, but what she needs from me is an outlet to rant. My role should be to listen and sympathise rather than assume the role of agony aunt. This resolution is proving much harder to keep than I anticipated! Food for thought.
I don’t take criticism well. Having recently received some unwanted and unsolicited advice from a family member that was hard to swallow, I am live to the fact that unwelcome advice can be very annoying and hurtful – especially when it feels more like criticism than help. In fact, “hard to swallow” is an understatement. On this particular occasion, I stormed out of the house in a fit of anger, took hours to calm down and swore never to forgive or forget such unsolicited comments. Getting unwelcome input from people you don›t know is plain annoying. Receiving the same remarks from close friends or family can feel mortally wounding. When there is something bothering you and you reach out to friends or loved ones for consolation, the last thing you need is a barrage of advice that leaves you feeling worse than before. We live in a very judgmental world. I know I am guilty of making snap judgments, particularly when it relates to parenting. And that’s not something I am proud of. Unless you are living a person’s life, you don’t know what decision is appropriate for them to take in any given scenario. 98
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