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THE ESSENCE OF STYLE BAHRAIN

BEAUTY REVIVAL DEFY THE NORM

FINAL NOMINEES

OHLALA SPA & WELLNESS AWARDS 2020

THE SS20

REPORT TRENDS OF THE SEASON

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MARCH 2020 ISSUE 180

PUBLISHER & CHAIRMAN John Hughes

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Greg Hughes

Jayne Houghton

CONTRIBUTORS Shabana Adam

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Jyoti Rawat

PUBLISHERS Edward Smith Rami Khalil

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CONTENTS Ohlala

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PHOTOGRAPHY: FERHAN KHAN PHOTOGRAPHY | MODEL: OKSANA YAREMENKO | HAIR AND MAKEUP: LUCKY ALLURE

E D I T O R ’ S L E T T E R

With summer getaways high on our agendas and wedding season approaching perfecting that outfit has never been more important. While the dark depths of winter can feel like a gloomy place, it is the perfect excuse to look ahead to what the year ahead has to offer. It can be tricky to get it right, but we’re here to help you bring those legs out of hibernation. Kick back, relax and peruse through the fashion staples to be seen in this season. And while another few weeks of brisk weather and yet more storms poses a slightly bleak start, we’re already eagerly anticipating our new wardrobe. The good news? Spring kicks off officially this 20 March, and we have been ogling Spring Summer 20 Collections intently. Just as we were mourning the loss of sunshine and rediscovering our fondness for a cardigan, along came fashion week to indulge us in a whole host of drool-worthy fair-weather pieces as brands showcased SS20 in style. However, in this new decade, throwaway trends are becoming increasingly outdated, and we are all looking for clothes that will have a lasting impact within a capsule wardrobe. The Spring Summer 2020 runways were notably more commercial than usual, with a focus on classic legacy buys rather than whimsical and artistic creations, which could potentially fall into the fad or impractical category. We have you covered with the lingo too in our A to Z of fashion that will have you ‘vocab savvy’ in all things, well... fashion! Not to mention our lashings (’gettit?’) of beauty coverage since we are always about that glow-up life. Our Beauty Insight this month is with the new face of Givenchy Beauty, Blanca Padilla where we talk everything from the House that has gave us couture collections to bold beauty products. Speaking of all things beautiful, I’m wishing you all a fabulous Mother’s Day and lots of kind affirmations for this month. Now, get out there and wear your crown high...like your heels.

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THE

SS20

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LOOKING AT THE TRENDS OF THE SEASON.

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STYLE

Focus REJINA PYO HUISHAN ZHANG

MOSCHINO

ZIMMERMANN

RICHARD QUINN ERDEM

RICHARD QUINN

PUFFED SLEEVES HUISHAN ZHANG

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You’ll see Victorian-style puff shoulders, and also puff and volume in other parts of the sleeves. However you choose to do it, a voluminous sleeve will help you stand at the forefront of this trend.

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STYLE

Focus BURBERRY BY MALENE BIRGER PAUL SMITH

TOM FORD

JW ANDERSON

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

POWER DRESSING Pantsuits, skirts, and and other office-ready pieces like blazers are all the rage. Look for bold, padded shoulders, and be prepared to show off your boss babe vibes in the new roaring 20s.

PROENZA SCHOULER

CHLOÉ

BURBERRY

VICTORIA BECKHAM

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STYLE

Focus HERMÈS

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO GANNI

ANNAKIKI BOTTEGA VENETA

LIGHTER LEATHERS This season the trend evolves from leggings to lighter pieces, like skirts. You’ll also see DROME

light and bright coloured leather making an appearance. The edgy and fashion forward will be rocking all-leather looks.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

PRADA

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STYLE

Focus HELMUT LANG

HELMUT LANG

BOSS

AFTERHOMEWORK

LOEWE

ACNE STUDIOS

GABRIELA HEARST

MAX MARA

GABRIELA HEARST

MINIMAL MOOD On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, minimalist pieces, shapes, and colours also have a place in SS20 fashion. We are loving the sleek, straight neutrals that showcase their realms of versatility this season.

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STYLE

Focus

Cis for Camisole

In the 19th century a camisole was a waist length undergarment worn over a corset. Generally it had broad straps, and tied at the upper edge with a drawstring. Often it was trimmed with lace or eyelet embroidery. In modern usage, the term may refer to any undergarment worn over a brassiere and ending at the waist. Blouses or tops that are cut in a style similar to the historic camisole are called camisole tops.

Dis for D’orsay Shoe

Refers to any shoe that has a closed heel and toe but which is cut down to the sole at the sides. It can be made with a heel of any type and any style of vamp (front). The style is one of several fashions named after the Count d’Orsay, a fashionable dandy living Paris in the mid-1800s.

Eis for Empire Waist

Location of the waistline just under the bustline. The name of this style comes from the high-waisted styles popular during the reign of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1804-1814).

Fis for Fashion Tribes

Current fashion has moved away from one universal style for all and instead various segments of the consuming public, especially the young, are likely to dress in fashions that show that they belong to a particular group or a style tribe.

Gis for Gathers

A to Z of FASHION We’ve plucked terminology that you can find all over the fashion scene - season in, season out - for you to impress your style tribe this SS20. 22

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Ais for A-line

Style line for apparel in which the dress fits at the shoulder or the skirt at the waist and gradually flares out to a wider hemline, causing it to resemble the letter A. The earliest A-line designs were created by Christian Dior in the 1950s.

Bis for Batwing

Sleeve that fits closely at the wrist but widens to be very full under the arm. From the back, the sleeve resembles a cape. Its name comes from its resemblance to the wing of a bat or its similarity to a type of coat worn in the late 1800s that had a cape-like sleeve.

A means of distributing fullness in some part of a garment by sewing a loose row of stitches, pulling the thread, and sliding the fabric along the thread to make soft folds in order to decrease the width of the fabric. n shirring three or more rows of gathers are placed parallel lines to achieve a decorative effect while also manipulating fullness.

His for Hems

The lower edge of a part of a garment that has been finished off with some type of sewing to cover the raw edge. Among the more common types of hems are: plain hem that is turned up and sewn into place; rolled hem used on sheer or delicate fabrics and rolled up by hand into a narrow hem that is sewn with small hand stitches; and faced hem, which is finished with a piece of fabric sewn to the bottom of the garment edge and then turned up to the underside and sewn into place.


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STYLE

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Kis for Knit

A knit is a type of fabric that’s created using a technique where yarn is looped around. As compared to woven fabrics, a knit tends to be more malleable and stretches more easily.

Lis for Loafer

Moccasin-style classic slip on shoe that has a slotted strap at the front. The strap is stitched to the front (vamp) of the shoe. If the strap has a coin inserted in the slot, the shoe is called a penny loafer. If it has a tassel at the front, it is a tassel-top loafer. Sometimes a metal chain is fastened to the strap, and the shoe is called a chain loafer.

Mis for Macrame

A hand technique for making small pieces of fabric and trimmings by knotting from two to four or more yarns, strings, or cords into a variety of decorative patterns. Macram™ has been fashionable periodically and is most often seen in belts, handbags, vests, or as trimmings. Sometimes beads are incorporated into the design of the fabric.

SIMONE ROCHA

I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” — Alexander McQueen

Iis for Influencers

Influencers, or sometimes referred to as key opinion leaders, are a group of individuals that have risen among the ranks (mostly through social media) based on the number of followers they have and many of which have become brand ambassadors for a variety of fashion labels.

Jis for Jacquard

Jacquard fabrics have raised patterns that are woven into the fabric, instead of patterns that are merely printed on. Depending on the types of yarns used, a jacquard can vary from minimallooking variations to more ostentatious designs with the use of metallic yarns

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Nis for Niche

Niche fashion caters to only a specific group in society. Types of niche fashion can include gender-blurring fashion, vegan clothing and even haute couture—all catering to a small segment of the community at large.

O f for Oxford

i A basic shoe style that either laces shut or is closed with some other fastening. Details of styling and cut will vary. Originally, the term was used by shoemakers to distinguish between low cut shoes and boots. Today the major distinction is in the fact that the shoe has a closing.

Pis for Pagoda Sleeve

A sleeve that is shaped much like an Asian building called a pagoda. Like a pagoda, the sleeve is narrow at the top where it fits the upper arm closely, then gradually flares out to become wide at the bottom. The shape is similar to a funnel, and so this sleeve style may also be called a funnel sleeve.

Qis for Quality Fashions fade, style is eternal.” — Yves Saint Laurent

The mark of true luxury fashion is the quality. This refers to the way that the garment is made from the creation of the fabric to the final finishing of the piece. A quality piece of work is one that could potentially last for a very long time.

Ris for Ruching

Current fashion descriptions use the term ruching to refer to clothing with large areas of fullness gathered in to form a rippled effect. Historically, ruching was a trimming made by pleating bands of fabric and stitching the pleats in place. These bands were sewn onto various parts of the garment.

Sis for Shift

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NINA RICCI

A basic dress style that has simple, straight lines and does not fit close to the body. Very popular in the 1960s and in other periods when unfitted styles are popular. One innovation in this style in the 1960s was the incorporation of a diagonal dart running from the side seam to the bustline. In comparison, a sheath is a simple, straight, but fitted dress in which vertical darts, bust darts, and shaping from side seams provide the fit.


Tis for Tie Dye

A method of decorating a garment or fabric by tying string or other material around pre-selected areas in order to prevent dye from being absorbed by these areas. The unprotected area takes up the dye, the tied area does not. To get multicolored effects, the fabric can be tied in other areas and dipped in another colored dye. This process can be repeated as often as desired.

Uis for Unstructured

A garment that is unstructured means that it has no structural design support such as boning and padding. An unstructured garment, when hung, should drop instead of appearing stiff.

Vis for Vintage

Fashion items that are at least 20 years old are considered vintage. The act of buying vintage can be seen as the most environmentally friendly way of buying fashion. And if something has been in pristine condition for the past 20 years or so, it would probably last much longer.

Wis for Watteau Back

The back of a garment in which box pleats are placed at the center back and the fabric released by these pleats falls loosely to the bottom of the garment. The name of this style derives from Jean Antoine Watteau, a French artist of the 18th century, in whose paintings women wore dresses with this design feature. The name was not applied to these designs until the 19th century.Today the style continues to be popular, especially in nightgowns and robes.

Xis for X

In fashion, X denotes a collaboration between two brands. It is incorrect to refer to the X as ‘by’, since in a collaboration, there shouldn’t be one party that’s more significant than the other.

Yis for Yoke

A yoke is a shaped pattern piece which forms part of a garment, usually fitting around the neck and shoulders, or around the hips to provide support for looser parts of the garment, such as a gathered skirt or the body of a shirt.

Zis for Zip

A zip is a fastener formerly known as a clasp locker, is a commonly used device for binding the edges of an opening of fabric or other flexible material, such as on a garment or a bag.

PETER PILOTTO

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ROYAL SELECTION With origins tracing back to 1735, the House of

THE HOUSE OF GARRARD SHOWCASES SOME OF ITS EXQUISITE HIGH JEWELLERY SUITES AND LATEST COLLECTIONS.

Garrard is the longest serving jeweller in the world. In its first year, it received its first royal commission and has since had a long and fruitful relationship with the British Royal family, which saw Garrard appointed as the first official Crown Jeweller in 1843. The House has served every subsequent British monarch since, as well as many other royal families around the world. Every piece is created in London with a delicate balance between tradition and design.

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The jewellery house continues to create iconic jewels that are still worn to this day. Fresh interpretations of these historic royal designs weave throughout the contemporary creations, which have been designed in London and handcrafted with care in the specialist workshop. Amongst these was the White Rose high jewellery suite - a magnificent creation that harks back to a unique and royal gift from Garrard’s rich heritage. Inspired by the setting of the Cullinan V diamond for Queen Mary in 1911, the White Rose is centred around a pear-shape diamond surrounded by a series of radiating white gold lines. Showcasing the versatility of Garrard designs , the diamond centre can be detached and worn as an elegant and delicate brooch. Sitting alongside was the Kensington suite , consisting of a necklace, earrings and ring, all magnificently set with yellow and white Asscher and round cut diamonds. Also on display was the Albemarle Abstract suite, comprising over 30 carats of white diamonds; an exception creation and a true embodiment of extraordinary heritage and stories that the House continues to represent. In an international exclusive preview, Garrard was also delighted to showcase its new 2020 collection, Aloria. Guests had the chance to purchase exquisite jewels bearing Garrard’s quintessentially British hallmark of history, craft and quality.


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MESMERIZING BEAUTY TIFFANY & CO. SHOWCASED EXTRAORDINARY MASTERPIECES IN A GLITTERING DISPLAY OF THEIR COLLECTIONS.

The exhibition featured

everything from exquisite diamonds and rare gemstones, as well as elegant timepieces and gold jewellery. Guests experienced Tiffany’s innovation in high jewellery first hand, with ingenious designs by Chief Artistic Officer, Reed Krakoff, taking center stage. Platinum pendants resembling hydrangeas with custom-cut round diamonds of over 39 carats is only a small example of the brilliance the showcase displayed. The iconic Butterfly necklace also made an appearance, with its platinum and cushion-cut morganite of over 11 carats, pink sapphires and diamonds totaling 52 carats, giving views and an inside look into the intricacies of Tiffany’s exquisite craftsmanship. The exhibition also displayed incredibly rare diamond rings, including designs by one of the most iconic and revered designers, Jean Schlunberger. His timeless Bird on a Rock clip and diamond bracelet afforded visitors a glimpse into the artist’s legendary ingenuity and his ability to transform nature’s wonder into objects of mesmerizing beauty.

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“The exhibition also displayed incredibly rare diamond rings, including designs by one of the most iconic and revered designers, Jean Schlunberger.�

Tiffany & Co. collections are available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre (BJC) @tiffanyandco @bahrainjewellerycentre

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Masterful in its jewellery savoir-faire, Pomellato is proud to have presented some of its most exquisite pieces ever created exalting goldsmithing tradition and sophisticated craftsmanship, Pomellato represents Milanese design with over 48 pieces of brightly coloured gems, meticulous pavé diamonds, and audacious goldsmith genius. BOLD SENSUALITY AND COLOURED GEM EXPERTISE.

Pomellato designed the concept of the prêt-à-porter jewel for the independent woman in the 1960s. More than fifty years later, this concept has evolved, as has its exquisite jewellery savoir-faire. This is evidenced especially in Pomellato’s new high-end masterpieces, such as the special Sabbia parure designed to be worn separately or in tandem: the shimmering ring, earrings and necklace in white gold with a pavé of emeralds all sourced sustainably from Gemfields, with white and brown diamonds. Flowing from green to white gemstones like a precious waterfall, the ring is carved into a modern rectangle design, then squared on the finger with audacious appeal. To pair and complement, circle earrings with similar colour gradation round up to 168 emeralds 32

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RICH WITH MILANESE HERITAGE AND SHIMMERING WITH EXQUISITE GEMS, POMELLATO PREVIEWS SOME OF ITS MOST PRECIOUS JEWELLERY MASTERPIECES.

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Tango necklace in white gold with white diamonds by Pomellato

and 118 white and brown diamonds. Dangling from the neck in rectangle and circle from a bold white gold chain, a statement-piece necklace boasts 360 emeralds and 146 white and brown diamonds. Sculpted for queens of resplendence, Pomellato also introduces its white gold Iconica choker, entirely covered with diamond pavé for a high-shine finishing touch. Smooth to the touch with gem-setting mastery, the shimmering choker incorporates 1,706 diamonds for a total of 25.8 ct. of true preciousness. A voluptuous 3.9 ct. Brazilian emerald cocktail ring in white gold with 328 white pavé diamonds embracing its bright green central stone, which twist design dances with sensuality. Never to be outdone, magnificent Tango clinks as a necklace with sculpted white gold links, as it combines over 2,920 pavé diamonds for a grand total of 65.3 ct. of sparkling perfection.


POMELLATO 2020 COLLECTIONS

Iconic traits from signature Pomellato collections are evidenced throughout the precious display. Among them, the beloved, ever-iconic Nudo ring in both maxi and classic sizes, each shining brightly with hand-cut deep blue doublets such as London blue topaz, agate, turquoise gemstones and precious diamond pavé. The same Nudo parure is presented in pink quartz and pink chalcedony with brown diamonds. The Nudo sautoirs feature masterful double-sided Clessidra-cut gems, dangling asymmetrically from delicate, often adjustable chains in rose and white gold featuring sky blue topaz with chrysoprase or pink quartz with pink chalcedony and pavé diamonds to add a highshine splash to the necklace, worn doubly or singly around the neck. For a more daywear look, the same colored gems are set onto the Nudo lariat necklace in rose and white gold, with pavé diamonds and an ingenious hidden circular clasp that acts as a feature of the necklace. The brand new Fantina collection includes a voluptuous diamond-edged ring in rose gold or white gold and 61 diamonds, to pair with a cuff bracelet of the same sensualcurves design (133 diamonds) and bold pendant earrings of 134 diamonds, topped off by a spectacular statement piece tear-drop pendant that features 59 diamonds or 150 diamonds set in the white gold version. For two layers that reveal both Pomellato’s goldsmith and diamond prowess, the Milanese maison presents a parure of rose gold in the form of an Iconica two-layer ring – one of gold and one of 32 diamond pavé gems. To complement, a shining solid gold bangle accentuated by a small 18 diamond circle accent, or, in a reverse design, with the pavé diamonds set into the entirety of the bracelet with 251 pavé diamonds. Instead or as well, Iconica drop earrings shimmer from the ears encrusted with 136 pavé diamonds, to complete the look.

With its Sabbia collection, Pomellato was exquisitely inspired this year, producing several pieces that play on the volume of its simple circle or rectangle design. The new bracelet with mesh gold links seems to almost recall a precious ‘chain mail’ design, graced with asymmetric circles of precious pavé, as 539 brown, white and black diamonds render the wearer truly unforgettable. To match, the choker necklace incorporates 970 diamonds of similar hues with a sassy circle clasp design that drops behind the neck. Four circles of diamond pavé are encrusted atop the finger in a fantastic ring with 111 diamonds in total. As complement, the necklace version combining white, brown and black diamond circles and rectangles can be singly, doubled or even tripled around the neck, depending on the look. For more musicality in movement, the sautoir pairs with any other piece from the collection, featuring 225 brown, white and black diamonds held by multi-sized chain links of eccentricity. Spectacular drop pendant earrings low from the lobes with 606 black and brown diamonds that fade to white – almost like precious charcoal dipped in the snow. With Tango, Pomellato demonstrates its gem-setting mastery in a white gold ring with 126 smoothly-set diamonds. For the wrist and neck, a matching bracelet (915 diamonds) and necklace (2021 diamonds), with shimmering pavé set into each diamond chain masterpiece. Revealing the colours of its true nature, Pomellato displays brightly coloured bracelets, each set with 744 gemstones of either chromo tourmaline, red spinel, blue sapphire, purple sapphire, ruby or emeralds.

Fantina earrings in rose gold with diamonds by Pomellato

Iconica bangle in rose gold and full white diamonds by Pomellato Nudo Classic ring in rose gold with chalcedony, rose quartz and brown diamonds by Pomellato

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E T H I C A L LY CHARGED IT IS NOW WELL-ESTABLISHED THAT ORIS HAS A STRONG COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THE SEAS AND WATERS AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY, THE BRAND HAS A NEW SPECIAL PROJECT WATCH, DEDICATED TO PRESERVING THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOURCE OF FRESHWATER, THE “BAIKAL”. MEET THE NEW ORIS AQUIS LAKE BAIKAL LIMITED EDITION.

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“The unique features of the Oris Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition are the dial and the bezel, which have been made using the colours found on Lake Baikal when it is frozen.” ORIS’S MISSION TO PROTECT WATER MOVES TO SIBERIA

Water is “the source of life” and, in our mission of protecting the environment, water plays a crucial role. It is thus vital to take care of water in general, whether to clean the oceans, to protect the poles or to make sure people can access clean water. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, 785 million people still don’t have clean water close to home. After joint ventures with multiple non-profit organizations, such as the Clean Water project, the Reef Restoration Foundation or the Coral Restoration Foundation, this Oris travels to Siberia with a mission to protect the world’s largest reserve of freshwater, the deepest lake on Earth with a depth of 1,642 metres, which also contains a staggering 20% of freshwater on Earth: Lake Baikal. Some 300 rivers flow into Lake Baikal, and it’s home to thousands of species of endemic plants and animals. But it’s under threat from man-made pollution, much of it created by careless industries. For this reason, Oris has started a partnership with the Lake Baikal Foundation. Sales of the watch will help raise funds in support of “Point No.1”, a Lake Baikal conservation project run by the Scientific Research Institute of Biology at Irkutsk State University that’s also the longestrunning and most detailed environmental watermonitoring project in scientific history. “Point No.1” is supported by the foundation.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS CASE: 43.50MM DIAMETER - MULTI-PIECE STAINLESS STEEL CASE, BRUSHED AND POLISHED - UNIDIRECTIONAL BEZEL WITH BLUE CERAMIC INSERT, 60-MINUTE SCALE - SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL DIAL-SIDE - SCREWED CASEBACK WITH SPECIAL LAKE BAIKAL INSERT - SCREW-IN CROWN - 300M WATER-RESISTANT DIAL: GRADIENT BLUE DIAL - APPLIED INDEXES AND HANDS, RHODIUM-PLATED, FILLED WITH SUPER-LUMINOVA MOVEMENT: ORIS CALIBRE 733, BASED ON SELLITA SW 200 - AUTOMATIC - 28,800 VIBRATIONS/HOUR - 38H POWER RESERVE - 25 JEWELS - HOURS, MINUTES, SECONDS, DATE BRACELET: MULTI-PIECE STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET, BRUSHED AND POLISHED - FOLDING CLASP WITH EXTENSION

Oris collections are available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre (BJC) @oris @bahrainjewellerycentre

THE ORIS AQUIS LAKE BAIKAL LIMITED EDITION

Naturally, as a watch dedicated to a project of this nature, this new edition is based on a dive watch, the classic, technical and robust Aquis Date model – which has been revamped in 2017. For the occasion, the base model is the men’s version, with a 43.50mm diameter stainless steel case, brushed and polished. The unique features of the Oris Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition are the dial and the bezel, which have been made using the colours found on Lake Baikal when it is frozen. In this instance, the ceramic bezel’s insert is presented in polished dark blue with an engraved 60-minute diving scale. Even more noticeable is the gradient dial, which is “frozen” light blue in its centre and dark blue on the edges. The dial features metallic hands and applied markers, all filled with Super-LumiNova. Powering this Oris Aquis Lake Baikal is the classic, well-known and robust Calibre 733, based on the Sellita SW 200 ébauche. It runs at 4Hz and provides energy to the watch for 38 hours. It displays H-M-S and the date. The watch is worn on a 3-link stainless bracelet with folding clasp and diving extension. Finally, another unique feature on this Oris Aquis Lake Baikal is its caseback. In addition to the special engravings and limited edition number, the caseback features a Lake Baikal insert, which depicts a recreation of icy water. The Oris Aquis Lake Baikal Limited Edition is a limited edition of 1,999 pieces – a reference to the year Russia passed the Baikal Law. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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WHEN A LASH EXTENSION JOB GOES AWRY OR YOUR FALSIES JUST WON’T COOPERATE, THERE’S ONE BEAUTY STAPLE THAT WILL NEVER FAIL YOU: MASCARA. THE ULTIMATE ICON FOR THAT WIDE-AWAKE LOOK TO CARRY YOU FROM DUSK TO DAWN.

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PURE COLOR ENVY LASH MASCARA, VARIOUS SHADES, ESTÉE LAUDER

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DON’T WALK AN UNEVEN LINE

yeliner, specifically, can really perk up your peepers when wielded properly. But, on the flip side, it can also really drag down your makeup look when used incorrectly. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind before you grab that eye pencil or liquid liner.

While no one is calling for absolute perfection when it comes to your eye makeup, there’s a fine line between sophisticated and sloppy. Jagged, uneven eyeliner can ruin an otherwise good look. The biggest offender is liquid liner as it requires an ever-sosteady hand and it can be quite the challenge to apply smoothly. Of course, it also delivers a strong, fluid line which means drama in spades. To keep a liquid liner straight, avoid tugging at the outer corners of the eyes. When you let go of the eye, the line will appear distorted. Plus, that tugging over time can lead to wrinkles. On the other hand, a pencil or gel product is far more forgiving if you’re in a rush.

DO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOUR If you’re stuck on black eyeliner only, then you’re missing out on a range of hues that can really boost your eye colour. For example, a brown shade is a less harsh option that creates a softer, more subtle effect. A deep, jewel-toned eyeliner such as an emerald green or sapphire blue can work wonders to bring out the colour of your eyes whereas a white or nude eyeliner on the lower lid works to brighten the eye, creating a refreshed, awake appearance.

DO MAKE IT LAST

DON’T GET TOO BOTTOM-HEAVY

EYE CONCUR

Like many things in life, there is too much of a good thing when it comes to eyeliner, especially if you’re painting too much product on the lower lid. Overdoing it with a thick line under the eye is too bottom-heavy and can actually make your eyes look smaller rather than enhancing them. You’re also more likely to end up with undereye smudges if you go this route. Better to swap the dark, thick liner for a lighter line and a subtler shade of taupe or light brown. And avoid using liquid liner on the bottom lid, too; it’s just too dense and will be dripping down your face by midday.

As much as we’d like to tell you that there is a miracle way to make your eye makeup and eyeliner stay perfectly in place from morning until night, at the end of the day, you will still have to reapply and touch it up. For an extra dose of staying power, waterproof gel liners are often your best bet for liner longevity, especially for the bottom lid. They also have less chance of smearing or running. But not even DON’T SKIP THE SMUDGE-PROOFING waterproof products will stay as The smudge-proof is in the pudding PHOTOGRAPHY: FERHAN KHAN PHOTOGRAPHY fresh and strong as when you first when it comes to your eyeliner. It’s a MODEL: OKSANA YAREMENKO applied it. So, pack your pencils common oversight to skip this step HAIR AND MAKEUP: LUCKY ALLURE with you, and refresh the line when of eye makeup application. But in needed. It shouldn’t take but a order for your eye makeup to last from sunup to sundown, you’ll want to combat the smudge. It’s not enough second if you’re starting from a solid foundation. Blotting papers for your lids are also a great idea, as they will take care of the eye makeup that may to just apply liner. First, you’ll want to prep your lids by brushing them with a translucent powder. You’ll also want to avoid putting any lotions or creams on have smudged into the creases without ruining your liner. the lids, as that can cause a good deal of smudging. Then, trace over the eyeliner line with a matching powder eye shadow. And for an even more dramatic effect, DO USE A SHARP PENCIL While this may seem like a no-brainer, don’t slack on keeping your eye retrace more liner over the powder for double impact. To make it last even pencils sharpened. Dull pencils with flat tips at the end will only yield a messy longer, wet the shadow brush with some eye-drop formula (or a drop of water) first - this also works for intensifying the pigment of your eyeshadow. application of product when smooth and precise is what you want.

You know what they say: Eyes are the windows to the soul, and as such, they can be one of the most captivating parts of your face.Thus, the role of makeup should be to enhance your eyes and give them definition and impact - not take away from their power.

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Instagrammable Lipstick

Hermès, the luxury French fashion house behind the iconic Birkin bag and logo jewellery collection, has announced its first foray into makeup with the launch of Rouge Hermès, a brand new lipstick line. Leaping into makeup for the first time in its 183-year history, with lipstick colours drawn from an archive of 75,000 silk swatches and packaging made from the same metals it uses for handbag hardware. Hermès is set to unveil this 24-strong lipstick collection in intense shades such as deep red, rose and coral. Manufactured in Italy, the lipsticks will be available in two popular finishes – matte and satin – with the latter said to take inspiration from the sumptuous leather finish of Hermès’ world-famous Kelly bag.

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INTENSIFY THE TRAIL GIVENCHY PARFUMS BRINGS THE ADDICTIVE OLFACTORY SIGNATURE OF L’INTERDIT EAU DE PARFUM IN AN EXCLUSIVE FORMULA: L’INTERDIT HAIR MIST. INSPIRED BY THE WHITE FLOWER CROSSED WITH A DARK WOODY ACCORD, L’INTERDIT HAIR MIST BEAUTIFIES AND ENHANCES THE HAIR. THE LIGHT-WEIGHT TEXTURE LEAVES THE HAIR SHINY AND SILKY-SOFT.

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-Youth ProofRich and luscious, this L’Occitane mask provides all the comfort, softness, smoothness and protection that the skin needs. Ultra-rich texture of Immortelle Cream Mask boasts truly nourishing properties and keeps your skin comfortable whatever the weather, particularly during very cold periods. Its specific formulation combines pure immortelle essential oil - for instant action - with the same essential oil concentrated in microcapsules, for action that lasts all day. It also contains moisturising agents, restructuring vitamin A, vitamin E with anti-free radical action and rice peptides for improved cellular nutrition and oxygenation. The skin is smooth, moisturised, intensively nourished and comfortable. It stays youthful and fresh even longer. The complexion is fresh, radiant and even. 50

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SPA Spotlight

CELEBRATING HER WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE IN PLACE FOR PAMPERING IDEAS THIS MOTHER’S DAY? HERE’S A ROUND-UP OF SOME FABULOUS SPA TREATMENTS THAT SHE WILL LOVE.

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN Women’s Month @ Harvesters, Spices, Waves, La Mosaique For the entire month of March, all ladies ordering a main course in any of our outlets, will receive a free dessert to celebrate International Women’s Day. Girls? Save room for dessert! Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.

DOWNTOWN ROTANA BAHRAIN Mother’s Day Lunch @ Flavours Spoil your mom by taking her out for a spectacular celebratory lunch at a fivestar hotel on March 21. Enjoy all you can eat from the extravagant spread and don’t worry much about the bill as they are treating all mothers accompanied by their children with a complimentary meal that day. Priced at BHD 11 inclusive of soft drinks and BHD 22 inclusive of house beverages. Call 1311 9999 for reservations and or more information.

FLORENCE & DAR ZOWAYED AL AREEN PALACE & SPA BY ACCOR Gossip at Al Areen @ Keizo Restaurant March 14 between 8:30am and 1:30pm is when you can take your girls to Al Areen and enjoy a chat to a variety of teas, coffee, juice, sweets, pastries and baked delights in Keizo Restaurant.Pamper yourself with their manicure and foot massage station. Get it all for only BHD15 per person. If you want to enjoy the day even more, then you can use the 20% discount on food and beverages or the 30% discount on any spa treatment. Call 1784 5000 for reservations and more information.

ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Mother’s Day Brunch @ Choices Restaurant Treat your mother to a lavish Friday brunch at Choices’ Terrace with their lovely indoor garden setup. Enjoy the extraordinary spread of popular dishes and wide range of livencooking stations perfectly designed for the occasion. Their fabulous in-house band “Soneando” will play some of the greatest hits whilst you enjoy an unlimited flow of drinks. Of course flowers will be gifted to all mothers dining in! On March 20 at BHD 25 with soft drinks and juices or BHD 36 with house beverages. International Women Day Promotion @ ART Rotana’s Wellness Spa Where there is a woman, there is magic, and Art Rotana knows that. The beautiful hotel is opening their beach doors complimentary for all ladies on March 8, along with a 50% discount on all their spa treatments! Celebrate International Women’s Day and benefit from this one-day promotion. Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

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Mothers’ Day @ Florence & Dar Zowayed Florence & Dar Zowayed offers you the perfect space to celebrate Mother’s Day! Enjoy anight out with your mother in a cosy atmosphere complemented with a live performancewhilst relishing a meal from their Mother’s Day special menu. Call 1733 6373 for reservations and more information.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and Flower Bouquet @ Bay View Lounge Flowers, afternoon tea, time with Mum – what better way to treat your mother than inviting her to Four Seasons Hotel? The delightful luxury of afternoon tea with all the frills includes a glass of sparkling juice and a chocolate box to take home. And it is made all the more memorable with a stunning bouquet of fragrant flowers. Take your mother from March 20 to 27 and enjoy Mother’s Day at Four Seasons at BHD 48 net for two! Call 1711 5044 for reservations and more information. Sp’Afternoon Tea Package @ The Spa What could possibly be better than spa treatments, pool and beach time? Adding in some indulgent cuisine of course! Sp’Afternoon Tea curates a delectable menu of relaxing massages followed by a skin rejuvenating express facial, with Four Seasons Afternoon Tea experience as dessert. Thick layers of delicious snacks from freshly made finger sandwiches to sweet delicacies washed down with soothing teas. Of course there’s pool and beach time whenever you want them. Any relaxing 60-minute Massage treatment, 30minute Express facial, and day use of spa facilities, pool and beach at BHD 95 in March (instead of BHD 155). Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.


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SPA Spotlight JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY Mother’s Day @ The Palm Lounge In appreciation to mothers across the island, Jumeirah Royal Saray is hosting a very special Afternoon Tea on March 21 at The Palm Lounge specially designed to pamper, indulge and spoil mothers, while children are fully entertained by the Bulbul Kids Club professionals. Relax and enjoy a blissful afternoon together with family or friends over an assortment of delicious pastries, savouries and mouth-watering warm scones with a rich homemade chocolate hazelnut spread and cream. Get it at only BHD 10 inclusive of one hot beverage. Call 6672 0026 for reservations and more information. Ladies Offer @ Jumeirah Royal Saray Spa All women out there can enjoy lavish relaxation and receive 15% off on any one hour spa treatment at the Jumeirah Royal Saray Spa. Available only on International Women’s Day (March 8) and Mother’s Day (March 21). Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information.

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Mother’s Day Al-Sofra Friday Brunch @ Neyran Restaurant ALL MUMS DINE FOR FREE! That’s a Mother’s Day offer we can’t resist. Treat the most special lady in your life to an exquisite brunch affair with Mercure Seef ’s special Mother’s Day Al-Sofra Friday Brunch and savour perfectly presented international and Mediterranean spread bound to satiate your appetite. Join Neyran Hotel’s delectable Friday affair boasting rustic vibes and finest gastronomy, starting from BHD 12++ including soft beverages or BHD 14++ for bottomless brunch with selected beverages. Call 1758 4400 for reservations and more information.

Mother’s Day @ Rasoi, Zahle, Al Waha Treat the most caring, loving and selfless woman in your life on Mother’s Day. Show your gratitude with a sumptuous menu at selected restaurants. Get 50% off for your mother on the whole buffet at the Al Waha Waleema Brunch on March 21 or enjoy a very special set menu at Rasoi on March 19, 20 and 21. Zahle as well gives 50% discount on a special dinner set menu on March 20. Your mum will love it! Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.

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Inhibit Face-Lift Treatment @ The Ritz-Carlton Spa Minimise wrinkles without using micro-injections with this lifting and expression line correcting treatment. Thanks to its powerful revitalizing action and effective plumping effect, this professional lifting not only diminishes expression lines and corrects the signs of aging but also achieves extraordinarily firm and hydrated skin. Enjoy 75 minutes of skin rejuvenation at BHD 90. Call 1758 6808 for reservations or more information.

Mother’s Day @ The Gallery Lobby Lounge Treat your Mum to our special Mother’s Day afternoon tea including unlimited sparkling grapes at BHD 20 for you and your Mum. Or take advantage of the high tea and spa package which includes an additional half an hour massage - voucher for two at BHD 50. Also available in March is a tempting café gourmand, where you can experience the feeling of mystery and surprise with your choice of coffee and mini desserts. Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information. Mother’s Day Treat @ Rimal Spa Give your mother this year Rimal’s Signature Princess Facial and let her skin glow on her day with this treatment. A deluxe anti-ageing treatment, using the unique Harley Street microdermabrasion mask with crushed diamonds and pearls to remove dead cells, followed by a combination of massage and serums, resulting in a brightened, rejuvenated smooth complexion. Enjoy the Signature Princess Facial for 90 mins at BHD 45 only including a complimentary Harley Street product. Your mum will not forget this Mother’s Day! Woman’s Day Special @ Rimal Spa Rimal wishes a happy Women’s Day and invites to the world’s most hygienic paraffin treatment, the ‘PerfectSense’ paraffin treatment. Offered within its own sanitary disposable mitts and booties, the treatment gives an antiageing effect from its white and green teas, grape seed oil and a potent mix of cranberry, blueberry and goji berry, followed by a 10 minute complimentary hand massage. Only at BHD 8, this an offer you don’t want to miss for sure! Call 1746 0051 for reservations and more information. 54

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International Women’s Day Super Brunch Friday, March 6, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm In celebration of the International Women’s Day, all ladies get a treat of 10% savings on their famous Friday Brunch between 12:30pm to 3:30pm on 6 March. Just a small token of appreciation to all the great mothers, daughters, sisters and friends who make all the difference in the world.BHD 30 with soft beverages, BHD 38 with select beverages at La Med Call 1758 6499 for reservations or more information

THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Heavenly Spa by Westin Step into a calming spa environment of the Heavenly Spa that provides the perfect escape from the arduous city life. Whether you’re seeking to wind down after an exhilarating day of meetings, looking to relax before an evening out or be simply to be pampered by massages, wraps, scrubs and Hammam treatments at the biggest Turkish Hammam in Bahrain, Heavenly Spa offers you the opportunity to embrace bliss. Their experienced therapists will ensure that your time at the Heavenly Spa is all about you. Call 1717 1122 for reservations and more information.


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BEAUTY Insight

DEFY THE NORM GIVENCHY HAS BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH AVANT-GARDE ELEGANCE SINCE ITS CONCEPTION. FROM COUTURE COLLECTIONS TO BOLD BEAUTY PRODUCTS, THE HOUSE CONTINUALLY DEFIES CONVENTIONS. OHLALA TALKS EXCLUSIVELY TO BLANCA PADILLA, THE FACE OF GIVENCHY MAKE UP.

How did you feel when you were asked to be the face of Givenchy make up? To be very honest, I couldn’t believe it. This is my first beauty campaign. To me, Givenchy has always embodied women’s elegance, chic and strength. I could not have hoped for a more exciting partnership... Givenchy has always been a brand that caught my attention, first with the beautiful masterpieces Givenchy Fashion House created every season, soon after that with the relationship I developed with the people inside it, the team I got to work with for three years now and who have always welcomed me with such warmth and love. I feel very comfortable with the beauty team and Nicolas Degennes is a very special human being. Do you remember when you first discovered the Givenchy brand? If I remember correctly, the first time I laid eyes on a Givenchy collection was when I entered my agency and my agents were working on models for the new fashion show – it was amazing. I instantly wanted to walk for the brand... and I eventually did! What does wearing makeup mean to you? Makeup offers infinite possibilities. Most of the time, I just want to be myself. I don’t like my everyday makeup to be too showy. There are excellent tools available to achieve a natural, yet enhanced, look. It’s important for me to be able to recognise myself in the mirror. What makes women beautiful? Their self-assurance, definitely. In my professional experience, what makes women stand out is their approach to life, what they believe in, what they think of their everyday existence. There are no universal beauty criteria... Women’s beauty comes in different forms, and working with Nicolas has made me want to discover more of this beauty. His portraits of Asian women from his shoots in Asia are absolutely stunning.

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Can you describe your beauty routine? I’d say my routine is quite minimal. For the daytime I like to keep it clean: a bit of Teint Couture Everwear Concealer wherever is needed (usually jet lag asks for some under the eyes!), highlighter on the top of the cheeks, eyelids and a touch on the nose, and some brown golden loose powder on the cheekbones for that sunkissed look. Lashes curled and a touch of mascara Volume Disturbia. That’s all for a healthy and natural glow. For a night look I usually stick to terrain and nude tones that go well with my olive skin, creating a light smokey eye, then maybe a strong red on the lip, or I play with a more unexpected colorful lip. I think the more you play around with the different products, the more you discover how they can be used in creative ways. And for your lips, what is your favorite Le Rouge colour? It’s so hard to choose. I love the classic Le Rouge but I think Le Rouge Deep Velvet has some of my favorite shades from all the products that have been released lately. I love the classic, timeless, strong red Le Rouge L’Interdit No.333 and some more bold and innovative ones such as Le Rouge Deep Velvet No.37 Rouge Grainé and Le Rouge Night Noir No.1 Night in Light. The texture that

I love most is definitely Le Rouge Deep Velvet. I think it is revolutionary in a way because I have not seen a product that is able to hold this texture for so long. You can get this texture in the market but it will dry out your lips and won’t be long lasting, making you re- apply many times throughout the day. I love that it lasts, moisturises and has a very unique finish to it while doing all that. What makeup tips can you share with us? Of course I have learned a lot from watching Nicolas and his team! Especially about preparing the skin, because we always follow the same routine before every shoot. For instance, before doing my makeup, his team applies a moisturising mask to my face, which gives me an incredibly luminous complexion once the makeup is on. After the base has been applied, the skin grain is literally transformed. It’s things like that, like learning how to thoroughly moisturise your skin before applying makeup, using the right methods to apply the products, and sometimes even knowing how to apply them differently for a more surprising makeup result. @givenchybeauty / @ndegennes

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THE GREAT

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The enchanting interior of The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay pulled us into an oasis of serenity as we experienced Anne Sémonin’s Precious Pearl Ultra Lift Facial for the ultimate glow-up.

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After changing into my swimming costume I was enrobed in a luxurious white gown and I deposited my belongings in an electronic locker, allowing my feet to snuggle into the cloud-like slippers. The Spa’s vast array of facilities, treatment rooms, saunas, pools and salt room ensured that my soul was well sustained throughout my visit. My journey started in their salt room and trust me, this is not just a trending spa fad as the benefits of salt therapy are wide-ranging. Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy and blood sugar levels. The calming and detoxifying effects can support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. I unwound here for 10 minutes before jumping into their steam room and then finally their whirlpool. This pool has a range of pulsating hydrotherapy jets to stimulate your circulation and blood flow, but, more importantly it elevates your relaxed state to additional heights. I’d highly recommend that you arrive early to your appointment to enjoy these facilities prior to your treatment as it really makes for the ultimate experience. As I showered I couldn’t help but acknowledge that each element is so thoughtfully organised and designed to make guests feel cherished. Lounge areas are also tailored to the individual needs of each client. You have the option of a variety of lounge areas in which to unwind prior to your treatment or to enjoy the afterglow, whether that be basking in the lounge illuminated by bright sunshine or the peaceful sanctuary of a more dimly lit relaxation area.


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At this point you could have knocked me over with a feather as I felt that I was personifying the very meaning of ‘zen’, but the surprises kept on coming! After this initial insight into the spa and its repertoire, nothing could have calmed me for the next wave of relaxation. I was further welcomed and escorted off to one of their treatment rooms that was beautifully prepared and ready for my arrival by their senior therapist Olga. Now, this lady is incredible, as is the treatment. After our consultation, we delved into more delectable enjoyment as my Anne Sémonin’s Precious Pearl Ultra Lift facial commenced. This particular facial is revered for its anti-ageing, regenerating and radiance enhancing properties to benefit even the dullest of skin. Here I was treated to an entire array of natural, beautifully scented products from the Anne Sémonin range. Starting with a Botanical Milk facial cleanse, the laminaria seaweed and hazelnut oil allowed for any impurities to be removed easily. Next up, was the Botanical Toner with deionised water and witch hazel concentrate that gently toned, soothed and rebalanced my temperamental skin. Now, this next stage of the process is truly impressive as they combine three different peels into one powerful mask; chemical, mechanical and biological elements from fruit acids, marine extracts and enzymes for that refined yet glowing complexion. The good times didn’t stop there as my skin drank in their Firming Intensive Complex Essential Oils that is enriched with a concoction of some of the most powerful essential oils to leave your skin feeling refreshed, firmer and fully moisturised. This

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part was beautifully hedonistic to the senses. Olga ensured that every stroke and product used was to optimise and complement my specific skin type, including a series of comprehensive lifting and drainage massage techniques to uplift my tired complexion. The accompanying shoulder and decolletage massage ensured that any tension that had been built-up over the working week was deliciously unravelled over the course of the next hour and a half. This ultimate wrinkle-fighting spa facial treatment restores the skin’s lack of firmness and tone leaving your skin and face contours in top condition. I honestly felt like I could cut someone with my chiseled cheekbones post-treatment! The Super Active Serum is a natural resin or myrrh that plumps wrinkles and fine lines, whereas the marine spring water further firms and hydrates that will have you looking like a teenager again. Living in Bahrain we all know the heritage of pearls and its presence in historical trading, but not everyone knows the beauty properties that they also encompass. Scientific studies show pure cultured pearls produce pearl powder that is rich in amino acids and contains a combination of aragonite (form of calcium carbonate) and a protein called conchiolin that stimulates the skin functions to increase its elasticity and radiance. This and the use of acacia gum that derives from the sap of arabic native trees within this Firm and Lift Peel-off Mask allows for additional strong lifting and firming actions. Precious Pearl Ice Cubes made with hyaluronic acid, alpine edelweiss flower extract and pearl extract will have you looking as radiant as a bride with its cooling anti-inflammatory properties monopolising on the benefits of cryotherapy. This infusion further enhances the efficiency of the ingredients to promote firmness and vitality. The final stages of the facial included removing, or should I say peeling the mask off, was the application of their Youth Radiance Elixir with its double benefits of high and low molecular weight to allow for a long term plumping anti-wrinkle effect and immediate results. Their Super Active

Contour Serum and Super Active Cream were then applied as to allow an additional infusion of collagen and anti-ageing properties, a must for all us women who want to keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay. The generous application of said products ensured that I was suitably moisturised and hydrated throughout the day. With soft supple hands that just melted into my skin my therapist had clearly been well-trained, knowing exactly how much pressure to apply on different parts of my face to stimulate collagen and give me that coveted youthful glow. I was sinking into a semi-conscious state and feeling wonderfully pampered. The sensitivity in my neck, and the large knots in my shoulders were now reduced greatly and I’d felt very different to the woman who walked through The Spa doors only a couple of hours ago!

“This ultimate wrinkle-fighting spa facial treatment restores the skin’s lack of firmness and tone leaving your skin and face contours in top condition.” This really was such a great way to spend my afternoon and something I most definitely need to schedule into my calendar more often.The wonderful state of peace and calm that I felt is something I’d like to keep with me throughout my day. I suppose I’ll just have to return on a regular basis to help me maintain not only beautiful, well-cared for skin but also to bring my body back to a balanced, glowing state - and you should too! For reservations or more information please call 1711 5045 @fsbahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com

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THE EXCELLENCE

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Looking for the perfect treat this Mother’s Day? Whatever the occasion, sashay your way to Dessange Salon and Spa for all your pampering needs.

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essange believes in quality and this is apparent throughout all of their services. One thing that is always for sure when you visit is that they want to make sure that every client that walks through their doors, walks back out feeling amazing. With this in mind, they always focus on the quality of the hairstyle and beauty service that they give everyone. They truly want to make sure that you feel as amazing as possible - because you are and sometimes you just need a polite nudge in the right direction.

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I indulged myself in their ‘Mum on the go’ package which had my ‘glow up’ firing on all cylinders; mani, pedi and a blowdry all within an hour! Even though this is done at lightning speed you are never at a position where you feel rushed, rather you feel incredulously catered for and pampered in the acute time that you have squeezed into your calendar. After all, we are all guilty of not finding the time to find some ‘me time’, and creating an abundance of excuses, but no more! Your time is precious and here at Dessange they value that time. Aside from making sure that your hair looks amazing when you leave, they can also help you to try and keep your hair in the best condition possible in-between appointments. They host a plethora of helpful advice which will ensure that you can take proper care of your hair. As I sat back at the washing hair station prior to my blow dry, shampooing my hair with their deliciously fragrant Phytodess range of products amidst their scalp massage, I opted for their addon service of Pigma that thankfully has my ginger locks forever looking refreshed and packing a punch in its vibrancy. My hands and tootsies were soaked, scrubbed, preened and beautified to showcase an overhaul to my former questionable nails. My technicians were swift, efficient and precise in their application of the white lacquer I’d decided on after ensuring my cuticles and nail bed were prepared to execute an even application. Meanwhile, my hair enjoyed being tamed into a beautiful bouncy blow dry that even the hubby commented on later that day… Dessange really is a miracle worker!


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MOTHER’S DAY MARCH PACKAGES BEFORE Whilst they like to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere, that doesn’t mean that they don’t know how to be professional. Every single member of their team is dedicated to providing the very best service and making sure that they always approach their customers in the right way. As well as being great with customer care, the members of their team are all trained and experienced to a high standard. This means that they are always going to know what they are doing or what they need to do for you and your beauty needs. Including regular workshops and training from industry masters to maintain their strong game as one of the leading salon and spas in Bahrain. Sure there are plenty of other salons out there that want to get as many customers as possible through their doors on a daily basis, however, this is not the case with Dessange. Sure, they get busy, but it is always their aim to take their time with every single person who comes to them, and inevitably returns to them. Once you’ve walked through those doors you’ll find it hard to go anywhere else. They never rush through your experience as they want you to feel that you have been truly taken care of. Everyone deserves a spot of pampering and

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“Everyone deserves a spot of pampering and relaxation from time to time and this is definitely something that Dessange offers.” relaxation from time to time and this is definitely something that Dessange offers. You can’t help but forget all your worries, at least for a short while and simply enjoy some time which is all about you, which in my case is certainly a rare occurrence. Mother’s Day? Maybe you are off to a wedding? Fancy treating yourself? Or perhaps you are heading to a job interview and you want to impress? It doesn’t matter what the occasion, with Dessange you will be able to find exactly the style, service and/or treatment that you are looking for. Embrace their warm, welcoming and friendly environment that ladies love to visit time and time again. Want to see for yourself just how amazing they can be? Get yourself and your loved ones along to the beautiful face of Adliya pronto.

“MUM ON THE GO” When? 21st March (1 day only) What? Manicure, Pedicure and a Bouncy Blow Dry Price: 20BD Duration: 60 mins “WONDER WOMEN” When? 21st March (1 day only) What? Aroma Massage and a Bouncy Blow dry Price: 60BD for 2 people Duration: 60 mins “HOT MAMA” When? March (The full month) What? Hot Stone Back Massage and a mini Pro-Skin Derma Facial Price: 35bd Duration: 60 mins

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HERITAGE OF LUXURY Al Areen Palace & Spa Bahrain by Accor encompassed us in its understated charm and Arabian elegance from the moment we arrived. Truly living up to its name, Al Areen Palace & Spa is a spectacular sight without even setting foot into the gorgeous Arabian architectural mastery. Providing you with space for relaxation and privacy, the hotel grounds mirror Arabian Elegance from the swaying palm trees to the design of the villas. Upon setting foot in this luxurious and serene place, it is almost hard to miss the fact that Al Areen emulates an aura of magical and mystical far away Arabian lands. Bordering the spectacular grounds of the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary, Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park and the Bahrain International F1 Circuit, the resort is a perfect retreat that spans over 131,000 square meters. There is an authentic atmosphere of tranquility, distinct luxury and exclusivity to meet the needs of their sophisticated client base. I had decided to treat myself to an overnight staycation in one of their seventyeight intricately decorated private villas; the first luxury in-villa styled hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain. As I was shown around my 740sqm of paradise I couldn’t believe my eyes at the two king size bedded rooms, outdoor showers, private majilis (accommodating up to 10 guests), steam rooms and dining room. My hedonistic journey commenced as I was introduced to Gossip @ Al Areen which allows for a special breakfast followed by spa treatments for ladies. The pastries were so beautifully presented I couldn’t help but capture that all important instagram moment. Ladies, the next one is Saturday 14th March from 8:30am to 1:30pm, so, get the girls together and enjoy a decadent day full of high tea, manicure and foot massages… girly giggles guaranteed. After check-in I allowed myself to unwind in the private villa making use of all the facilities. Later I immersed myself in their bath that truly epitomises the meaning of luxury. So much so that I’d even brought a bath bomb in anticipation of this delight. After a day of girly bliss, my husband joined the staycation after he had finished work. Once we’d freshened up, we were escorted onto an artfully painted golf-buggy from the pre-arranged buggy-service that is available and chauffeured to Keizo, a romantic setting with picturesque views of the lake alongside the whole resort. You couldn’t help but take in the surroundings where everything is decorated with a delicate flourish of lights. The interior itself when we walked into Keizo is something of grandeur and is simply mesmerising. Our evening host warmly welcomed us and proved very attentive and escorted us to our table within the Keizo tent. This really was a breathtaking moment as we sat down and cast our eyes over the lake. Their in-house violinist further amplified the ambience providing the perfect backdrop for this coveted romantic setting.

You cannot help but awe over the presentation of each dish that is brought to your table. Keeping with the restaurant theme each meal was served Japanese style which further added to the authenticity of the Asian restaurant. The kanafeh prawns were truly the highlight for us and we admonish you to visit at once! After harboring our food babies, we ended up in a food-induced coma after we walked back to our villa we passed out on the extremely comfy luxurious king-sized beds. A personal butler is allocated to you on arrival to cater to all of your needs, be it to arrange for a buggy, in-room dining or to arrange an incredible floating breakfast in your private pool. Trust me, this was such a beautiful touch when I woke up from a blissful sleep and wanted to make the most of the sunshine and my surroundings - a unique experience that everyone must try. If you don’t want to take the plunge, you can arrange to enjoy a healthy breakfast in the confines of your villa wearing one of their plush dressing gowns and slippers, or visit Keizo and enjoy their bountiful international buffet breakfast with dishes from around the world. After a full day of relaxation and making the most of my complimentary use of the largest Spa and Wellness Centre in Bahrain, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Live Your Life’s, Al Areen Spa & Wellness’ Ice Igloo and also the largest hammam in Bahrain. The Igloo is a one-of-a-kind facility in Bahrain - the unique and refreshing experience helps boost blood circulation. Rubbing fresh ice on your body lightens your skin whilst also enhancing your circulatory system, so it comes as no surprise that it is highly recommended for those who wish to address a specific cellulite-prone area! After such an immersive day I decided on pampering myself further. After all, it’s only fair that I make the most of my staycation and maximise my time here, right? I decided on The Remedy www.ohlala-magazine.com

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REGIONAL Escapes Massage Treatment as it is ideal for anyone suffering from stress from work with frequent shoulder and back pain. The massage itself aims on relieving and healing people having a sedentary lifestyle related to stress and office work such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulders, knee pain, office syndrome and it can even help alleviate the pressure from migraines, trigger finger and cramps. With all the typing I do in my job role, I definitely needed this and I was willing to try anything! As I sipped on the complimentary Butterfly Pea Flower Tea which is rich in beneficial health properties - I filled out my consultation form. The tea is one of many nutritional benefits offered here as guests can liaise with the Spa and Wellness Centre’s certified nutritionist, again, the only Spa and Wellness Centre that has this. After my consultation I was warmly whisked off to my own slice of haven. After enjoying their foot ritual with a scrub mask my massage commenced. My certified therapist through a variety of pressure and technical strokes unknotted me and alleviated the stress that I was allowing to burden my posture. At one point, I could have swore that I fell asleep as I was so relaxed. The aroma of essential oils filled the air and cocooned me. You truly do not realise how beneficial and important a massage is until you realise the difference posttreatment where you reap the rewards. I hadn’t noticed how stiff I was or how dull my pain was until the pressure was alleviated. You can also indulge in a variety of wellness and detox activities such as Aqua Zumba in the private indoor pool-area with a qualified personal trainer if you wish, but this visit I was all about immersing myself into full relaxation mode. Everything about Live Your Life spa allows for a seamlessly effortless but impressive experience.

“A personal butler is allocated to you on arrival to cater to all of your needs, be it to arrange for a buggy, in-room dining or to arrange an incredible floating breakfast in your private pool.” Speaking of beauty, you cannot help but allow Al Areen’s Convention Centre to steal a piece of your heart as you are captivated in the regality and stunning architecture that it projects in abundance. The golden fixture that encompasses the ceiling is breathtakingly stunning that it is no surprise that this is host to an array of weddings and events. Al Areen Palace and Spa is the perfect wedding destination and backdrop for those lifelong memories and special photos. Since I’m forever guided by my stomach next up on the lunch agenda was Saffron restaurant that serves Khaleeji and Indian fusion cuisine. After tucking into some fresh bread we were presented with two of their signature dishes; Mixed Grill and Bamboo Biryani Rice with Chicken. The grill was served with a selection of mixed mezze accompanied by the delectable mixture of kofta, chicken and lamb cutlets. They really know how to tenderise and marinade their meat, I must say! Now, I am not exaggerating when I say this but this is the best biryani that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The sauce danced over the tender chicken so beautifully I could cry tears of joy. One cannot talk about this dish without also mentioning the presentation where it is unearthed from a bamboo device… perfect for that Instagram boomerang moment! During check-out we both agreed that Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor never fails to impress no matter the occasion and further noted that it always leaves a lasting memory with all the attributes of a dear friends’ embrace. For reservations or more information, please call 1784 5000 @alareenpalaceandspa 68

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LUXURY REDEFINED vibrancy and comfort in kind of a modern Tell us a little bit about yourself. looking yet minimalistic way. I am a pure hotelier and I have always been You’re evidently very passionate about your a hotelier. I studied hotel school and decided work. How do you stay motivated? very early on in life that I did not want to be When I walk into the hotel and see the staff a corporate hotelier, working in a corporate motivated this is what excites me. The team in environment. After my school and training I had the end is what makes it work. What motivates my very first hotel at the age of 28. It was a small me as well is my goal to make sure we’re busy hotel in England and that was the beginning of and to make sure it works as a business. I feel the next part of my life. I could do what I wanted like all components are right, since people come to do, without having a board of corporate and love it here. What I want next is to boost directors telling me what to do. I am really antithe awareness of the hotel and its offerings. corporate as I have always been a free spirit. What does the word luxury mean to you? If you had to outline your ‘typical’ day, what would it look like? JAYNE HOUGHTON talks Well, first of all I hate the word luxury, because I think it’s been so exploited. You hear the Well, I wake up at a normal time, I’m definitely to GORDON CAMPBELL word luxury everywhere and for everything and not the one that wakes up at 5:30 am to go to GRAY - the founder and mostly, for the wrong things. Luxury to me is the gym. I still wake up early, but the first thing simplicity. I don’t need to see a luxury branded I like to do is enjoy a coffee and go through the creative force behind the soap in a hotel bathroom, because I know papers. I am much more creative when working Merchant House. in the end it’s still a chemical soap, expensive in my office at home. But most of the time I am and over packaged. That’s not luxury. The word heading to one of the hotels, as I really love the luxury really needs to be redefined. Simplicity, whole aspect of service, exquisiteness and detail. environmental consideration and no waste is a The Merchant House has now reached its first big luxury. In a grand hotel you get your bed anniversary. Tell us about your thought process sheets or towels changed every day. Who would with regards to its location and concept. think that was luxury? We’ve spent quite a long time looking for a Since you have several hotels around the world property and we really looked everywhere. do you have a particular favourite in your We even flew over in a helicopter looking at group? Why? prospective sites. This building was available and I genuinely love the Merchant House as a lot we thought it was an unusual location however of effort has been put into this place. I also love it was very interesting. We chose it and it was Scotland as it is my hometown. really challenging, because the building itself Tell us why everyone should visit The Merchant House. was very ugly, but, I think we could agree that it’s certainly not ugly now! We made something quite unique out of it and we already won awards for I think that the Merchant House is a little bit special and unusual. I don’t think it’s a typical ‘hotel’. When I walk in, I don’t feel stressed. Especially the best hotel lobby design. Every aspect of this boutique hotel has been designed under your watchful having breakfast here is very lovely, because you’re served at the table and you’re not walking around a buffet, as it is served à la carte. I have stayed eye. What inspires your creative process? We always start with a blank canvas. We never use the same furniture or in so many big five star hotels around the world and they only have these concept from a previous hotel. For this hotel our inspiration came from huge buffets. I rather like the idea of being looked after and I think the the fact that the building needed softening. So for example, in the library quality of this service at the Merchant House is rather special. The whole we introduced velvet and comfort. In general I love the concept of colour, experience is just more like a proper hotel should be. 70

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“We’ve spent quite a long time looking for a property and we really looked everywhere. We even flew over in a helicopter looking at prospective sites.”

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EXPERIMENT 9 For Spring/Summer 2020, IAM MAI introduces a collection inspired by the simplicity of structure. The graphic lines of a staircase defines ‘Experiment 9’, where the sequence of stairs is reflected through the creative use of pleating. Shot at the dynamic location of Al Safa Art and Design Library, a platform that stems far beyond a traditional library, IAM MAI’s SS’20 collection exudes unconventional styles procured from traditional silhouettes. Merging structure with shadows is portrayed through the art of pleating fused with asymmetrical patterns in pleated light taffeta. Meanwhile, playing with the way the sunlight falls on structured elements is brought out with metallic dotted chiffon in matte and glossy finish. A strong colour palette featuring earthy tones of stone and black is fused with delicate shades of white, light blue and faded pink. While introducing a glaze-effect silk blend organza emphasising the clarity of each design. Voluminous culottes, skirts and tops feature hints of tonal dressing while double layer dresses are introduced for a feminine touch. Experimenting with minimal colour blocking, unique details lie in Mai’s incorporation of hidden belts and pleated sleeves. Experiment 9 reflects a crisp aesthetic focusing on effortless silhouettes complementing a sense of understated poise. @iammai.design / www.iam-mai.com

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OHLALA SPA & WELLNESS AWARDS BAHRAIN HONOUR THE LEADERS AND PIONEERS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS. OUR PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS CEREMONY IN APRIL CELEBRATES THE HOTELS, SPAS, BEAUTY SALONS, TREATMENTS, SKINCARE AND WELLNESS BRANDS THAT DRIVE THE REMARKABLE LUXURY STANDARD WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN. QUALITY, TRANSPARENCY AND ORIGINALITY ARE FUNDAMENTAL CRITERIA AS WE RECOGNISE AND PRAISE THE CHANGE-MAKERS OF TODAY WHO GO BEYOND SET BOUNDARIES AND INNOVATE ON A DAILY BASIS.

HOW IT WORKS

ONLINE VOTING BEGINS

ONLINE VOTING CLOSES

THE AWARDS CEREMONY

Through a mix of Print, Social, Web & Direct media channels, we will announce nominees and drive traffic to the Online Voting Page. Check it out on: www.ohlalamag.net

Voting decides the Favourite winners in their categories. A panel of bloggers, influencers and our editorial team decide the Best winners in their categories.

All participants are invited to a luxury soirée where you are guaranteed to have a lovely time.

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OHLALA Awards BEAUTY SALON

ROMANTIC COUPLE ESCAPE, THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

MOMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA

ULTIMATE INDULGENCE FOR TWO, THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

THE DIPLOMAT SPA, THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA

JOZ SALON AND SPA

TWO’S COMPANY, THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

LAFEMME BELLE SALON, SAAR MALL

TIME TOGETHER, HEAVENLY SPA, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

BEAUTOPIA BEAUTY LOUNGE DESSANGE PARIS GLOSS SALON & SPA

LUEUR BEAUTY SALON SASH SPA YARA BEAUTY LOUNGE

CITY SPA BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, DOWNTOWN ROTANA

DAY SPA DESSANGE PARIS MOMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA RIMAL SPA, MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN SASH SPA

SASH SPA

FITNESS CENTRE COBRA FITNESS BAHRAIN CROSSFIT DELMON FITNESS FIRST LIFT BAHRAIN BOXING CLUB OXYGEN GYM

SPA INTERCONTINENTAL, INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN

THE DIPLOMAT SPA, THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA

JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY SPA, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY

THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

THE DIPLOMAT SPA, THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA

HEAVENLY SPA, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

UFC GYM

DENTAL SPA

HAIR SALON

CERAM DENTAL

BEAUTY MASTERS, RAMEE GRAND HOTEL & SPA

PUREGRAY SPA, THE MERCHANT HOUSE

DENTAL SPECIALIST CENTRE

DESSANGE PARIS

TAQAH SPA, RAMADA MANAMA CITY CENTRE

ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL

GLOSS SALON & SPA

VIE LIFESTYLE LAB, THE DOMAIN HOTEL AND SPA THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

BODY & MIND SPA, WYNDHAM GARDEN MANAMA SEEF DENTAL SMILE DENTAL CLINIC

COUPLE’S TREATMENT RITUAL OF ROMANCE, LIVE YOUR LIFE AL AREEN SPA & WELLNESS, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA COUPLES’ ESCAPE, THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

THE ROYAL COUNTRY CLUB, ROYAL GOLF CLUB BAHRAIN TRAINING FOR WARRIORS

HEADS UP SALON JOHNNY & CO. JOZ SALON AND SPA

FEMALE SPA

LUEUR BEAUTY SALON

DESSANGE PARIS

SASH SPA

THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

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AMERICAN MISSION HOSPITAL

MALE SPA

MOROCCAN BATH, LIVE YOUR LIFE AL AREEN SPA BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL & WELLNESS, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA IBN AL-NAFEES HOSPITAL INDULGENT HAMMAM, THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY MIDDLE EAST HOSPITAL

THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

TURKISH BATH CEREMONY, RIMAL SPA, MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN

ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL

VIE LIFESTYLE LAB, THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA

ROYAL HAMMAM, REBORN SPA, SALON & SLIMMING WELLNESS CENTRE, RAMEE GRAND HOTEL AND SPA

HOTEL SPA

TRADITIONAL ROSE HAMMAM, THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA SPECIAL MOMENTS HAMMAM, HEAVENLY SPA, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, DOWNTOWN ROTANA THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

RIMAL SPA, MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN REEF AQUA SPA, REEF RESORT, REEF ISLAND

THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

MEDICAL SPA °CRYO BAHRAIN .DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL

HEALTH CLUB

JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY SPA, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY

BFIT HEALTH CLUB, CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

REEF AQUA SPA, REEF RESORT, REEF ISLAND

HOSPITALIA BY YARA

DESSANGE PARIS

THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

MARAFIE CLINIC

THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

SYMMETRIA MIDDLE EAST

BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, DOWNTOWN ROTANA FITNESS FIRST THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY RIMAL SPA, MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN REEF CLUBHOUSE BAHRAIN HEALTH CLUB, THE GROVE HOTEL BAHRAIN, AMWAJ THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA ROYAL BEACH CLUB, THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

GERMAN MEDICAL CENTRE

ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL

NAIL STUDIO BEAUTY SPOT SALON & SPA DESSANGE PARIS GLOSS SALON & SPA N.SPA NSTYLE BEAUTY LOUNGE

HOSPITAL

NON INVASIVE SURGICAL TREATMENT

ALSALAM SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

°CRYO BODY, °CRYO BAHRAIN

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SPA SIGNATURE TREATMENT

MICRODERMABRASION, DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL HYDRA FACIAL, GERMAN MEDICAL CENTRE

OFFICE SYNDROME REMEDY MASSAGE, LIVE YOUR LIFE AL AREEN SPA & WELLNESS, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA

CARBON FACIAL, HOSPITALIA BY YARA

THE ULTIMATE AROMATHERAPY EXPERIENCE, BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS

SKIN TIGHTENING, MARAFIE CLINIC CACI SYNERGY NON-SURGICAL FACIAL, RIMAL SPA, MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN

SPA DESIGN

°CRYO SLIM, °CRYO BAHRAIN

MESOTHERAPY, ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL

°CRYO, °CRYO BAHRAIN

INVIGORATING OUD MASSAGE, THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

RESORT SPA LIVE YOUR LIFE AL AREEN SPA & WELLNESS, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY IN BALANCE SPA, NOVOTEL BAHRAIN AL DANA RESORT HOTEL REEF AQUA SPA, REEF RESORT, REEF ISLAND THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

SPA BRAND

THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

ROYAL THAI MASSAGE, REBORN SPA, SALON & SLIMMING WELLNESS CENTRE, RAMEE GRAND HOTEL AND SPA

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

SIGNATURE OLIGOMER SPA REPLENISHING HOLISTIC TREATMENT, THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

HEAVENLY SPA, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

HEAVENLY ROSE RITUAL, THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

ELEMIS, BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS

AWAKEN FACIAL & BODY GUASHA, PUREGRAY SPA, THE MERCHANT HOUSE

111SKIN, DESSANGE PARIS

HERBAL POULTICE MASSAGE, THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

ANNE SÉMONIN PARIS, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY PAOLO REFLEX, GLOSS SALON & SPA, BAHRAIN HYDROPEPTIDE, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY SPA, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY

THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

PHYTOMER, THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN HEAVENLY SPA, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

VIE VITALITY MASSAGE, VIE LIFESTYLE LAB, THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA

SPA PRODUCTS

DESSANGE PARIS

THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

HYDROPEPTIDE FACIAL, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY SPA, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM LIVE YOUR LIFE AL AREEN SPA & WELLNESS, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA CAMBRIDGE WEIGHT PLAN

NATURA BISSÉ, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

CARLTON NUTRITION CENTER

GREEN BAR, PUREGRAY SPA, THE MERCHANT HOUSE

HEALTH WATCHERS BAHRAIN

ESPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

DIET MEALZ

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A R T I S T R Y FUSIONS by Tala are self-proclaimed ‘enemies of the conventional, the foes of mediocrity, those that create upon the plate’ and we couldn’t agree more.

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he Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention and Spa is one of the most fascinating resorts I have had the pleasure of visiting as it is a spectacular series of structures and levels which house an array of microcosms showcase the very best in cuisine and entertainment from Asia, the Middle East and beyond. Vast lobbies and lounges adorned with sculpted marble and glistening chandeliers lead on to host some of the 10 restaurants that The Gulf Hotel proudly boasts. The most exciting gastronomic addition as of late is undoubtedly Fusions by Tala. Vivacious Bahraini Head Chef Tala Bashmi is at the helm of this culinary venture and is proving herself as the catalyst behind the international fine dining aspect of modern Middle Eastern cuisine. Tala is a passionate woman who is evidently very disciplined in her art which is no surprise as she trained at the Culinary Arts Academy, Cesar Ritz in Lucerne, Switzerland and showcases said expertise in abundance at Fusions by Tala. The décor is earthy and stripped back-to-basics in the most sophisticated and modish way. Table tops are crafted from slices of wood with sleek glassware and cutlery adorning them. Distressed plasterwork and industrial light fittings illustrate perfectly the theme of fusing contrasting elements just as the menu

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here does. The restaurant offers views across the Bahraini skyline, both inside and at their seasonal terrace. Whichever backdrop you decide on it will prove the perfect setting for intimate dining, business gatherings or indeed, any catchup with friends and family. Chef Tala runs an open kitchen which adds an additional layer of difficulty to any busy service. Organisation and seamless teamwork of the five positioned here are essential to create a professional fluidity as dishes are constructed as diners look on, and Chef Tala executes this vision seamlessly. The philosophy is creating an immersive atmosphere so that guests are included in the composure of each dish before devouring it. This method is reflective of the honesty component that flows throughout everything here at Fusions by Tala. A dedication to sourcing local products from the various produce markets across Bahrain and a mix of modern and traditional techniques such as a charcoal grill which finishes off dishes perfectly as they are taken from the sous-vide. Contemporary techniques prepare meat and fish exquisitely alongside traditional methods that exude that authentic bite and taste, especially that of the charcoal grill that can also utilise wood dependent on the desired cooking fusion. As we were shown to our table we were presented with a hot towel infused with lemon grass enhancing the experience from the first moment. Simple touches of finesse such as this throughout the meal left us feeling spoiled and content. This concept is further reflected in their Liquid Courage menu with the artisanal approach to the muddled drinks and mocktails. Signature crafts are housed in an array of mixology based talisman, such as a bird and an apple further amplifying the immersive atmosphere. We decided on Chef ’s Surprise Five Course Tasting Menu which includes rare ingredients and hidden surprises. Let’s begin with their bread selection - that included some gluten free rice bread - that paved the way for our tasting extravaganza. The Bahraini bread with fennel seeds was


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the perfect vessel with which to load the Date Molasses butter with its sweet and salty notes. Presentation is carefully thought out and not at all expected. The butter was presented in a dish which looked like a highly polished coconut shell further highlighting the natural undertone of everything here at Fusions by Tala. The presentation of each dish exudes raw, natural tones and aspects whilst reflecting the artistry and heritage of Bahraini culture throughout the fresh ingredients. The vibe here is unpretentious and the key component is to enjoy food to its very core. The most luxuriant and flavoursome chicken liver pate was served with dates and caviar which proved the perfect accompaniment to its delicious chicken skin. Next up, we were served an off-the-menu delicacy of Sous-vide egg which was adorned with squid ink crumble, Japanese mushrooms (two types - shimeji white and brown) and truffle foam. It looked so intrinsically beautiful that we had to admire it for a minute or two before devouring it. Despite the fact that we did not want this to come to an end the introduction of a palate cleanser before the main course was inspired. Pomegranate and mint sorbet prepared us for our next tantalising treat. As described on their food menu, The Main Event comprises a selection of Sea, Land and Earth elements, or rather dishes for you to select. As we had chosen the Tasting Menu we left it up to Chef Tala’s creativity. We were not disappointed. As the Tikka was served, the aroma of tender meat filled the air. The seared cuts of beef tenderloin were complemented perfectly with the different composition of foie gras, khubiz, black lime and also edible activated charcoal. My dining partner and I continued to converse in ramblings of ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhs’ with every moreish bite. This was certainly

my dining highlight and I advise you all to try this delectable icon. All good things must come to an end and that it did with their Sweet Finale. There was certainly no protruding bottom lips when the Baklawa arrived! As it plumed its filo encasement garnished with edible gold, the saffron ice cream, mango and orange blossom intertwined in its sweet culinary melody. An exemplary dining experience with multi-faceted beauty will have us returning time and time again. Unpretentious, unparalleled and unique. For reservations or more information, please call 1771 3000 @fusionsbytala / @thegulfhotelbahrain

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“Il Mese Della Grigliata” - The Month of Barbeque @ Rosso

Is there any better way to enjoy the amazing weather of March than to have a delicious barbeque at the beach? Well of course there is, when you get to enjoy the food while someone else prepares it. Head to Rosso Restaurant on every Saturday of March and celebrate an Italian brunch feast with an enticing Barbeque section that will have you licking your fingers. Priced at BHD 20 with soft drinks, BHD 26 with house beverages. Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

Crowne Plaza Bahrain

Cheese & Vino Night @ Cappuccinos

Two of life’s truest pleasures are good food and good grapes. On March 26, they will serve tables laden with exceptional cheeses, artisanal breads and charcuterie, expertly paired with fine grapes. Come and indulge in this informal tasting for BD15 net! Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.

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Infinite Sushi @ Teatro Downtown

This place knows how to turn Tuesday evenings into an infinite experience. Enjoy authentic Japanese delicacies and tempt your senses with the Infinite Sushi Night. Feast on all your favourites such as Volcano Maki, Lobster Maki, Rainbow Rolls, Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi, Salmon Nigiri and more for only BD18 inclusive of soft drinks and BD30 inclusive of house beverages. Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Tasting Menu @ Re/Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck

Are you looking for a unique dining experience? Executive Chef Brian Becher and his culinary team have prepared a special five-course tasting menu of dishes that have never been served at re/ Asian Cuisine before! Visit them on Fridays and be the first to taste the new dishes. At BD35 net per person. Call 1711 5046 for reservations and more information.

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It‘s happening in March of course! Shkoon (Thorben) for the first time in Bahrain, will grace Hazel’s stage representing Shkoon’s signature mix of Arabic scales, oriental and traditional folk songs on March 5. We can’t wait for this! Call 1723 1231 for reservations and more information.

Intercontinental Regency Bahrain Legends Steakhouse

The award-winning steakhouse shares their passion for prime meat cuts, fine grapesand the art of cooking. Family friendly and professional service complements the stylish, contemporary setting. Indulge in an impressive array of premium cuts, grills and signature dishes cooked to perfection! Legends promises an amazing experience in Manama for family gatherings or romantic evenings with your loved ones. Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.


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The T-Bone Experience @ Brasserie Royale

Every day in March indulge in a full flavoured and tender angus T-bone steak at Brasserie Royale. The Florentine beef tagliata is the perfect option for meat lovers and with 1Kg good for two people. It is accompanied by your choice of garnish from truffle mashed potato or oriental saffron rice to sautéed mushrooms along with your favourite sauce. A four-course menu including homemade ravioli and a vanilla crème brûlée is also available for a full Italian experience. At BD35 for two including the steak and BD55 for two including the four-course set menu. Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information.

Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain Thursday Seafood Night

Seafood is always a good idea! Indulge in a wide selection of fresh oysters, prawns, lobster thermidor, sushi, clams, fresh fish filleted & mussels cooked to your liking. Enjoy the seafood buffet including soft drinks and water at BD28 and selected free flow beverages at BD36. Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

Mercure Grand Hotel Seef

St. Patricks Al-Sofra Friday Brunch @ Neyran Restaurant

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day extravagantly this year on March 13 with a lavish Irishthemed St. Patrick’s Al-Sofra Friday Brunch, full of mouthwatering culinary delights infused with local flavours for a day filled with good fortune and festive vibes. The luck of the Irish is with you as all guests dining receive a 50% OFF on the day! Your little ones are in for a special treat with fun-filled games and activities that will keep them entertained throughout the celebrations. At BD12++ inclusive of soft beverages and BD14++ inclusive of selected beverages. Call 1758 4400 for reservations and more information.

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

your way with flavorful toppings of your choice. This unique al fresco dining experience also features relaxing live music to keep the good vibes flowing. Definitely a must-go place for March! Priced at BD20 inclusive of soft beverages and BD25 inclusive of selected beverages. Call 3888 5789 for reservations and more information.

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa Gulf Night Out

The first season of Gulf Night Out 2020 is happening on March 24 and 31. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s speciality restaurants showcase a spectacular buffet, with live cooking stations, fun games and energetic entertainment. Go and experience this famous poolside event in Bahrain. Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.

The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain

The Great Indian Thali @ Nirvana

Welcome to the Land of Sensory Delights- Dine like a Maharajah in Nirvana, where a culinary journey awaits and authentic Indian cuisine transports your palate to new heavens. Available for lunch and dinner at BD18 including two selected beverages. Call 1758 6499 for reservations or more information.

The Westin City Centre Bahrain Friday Bistro Dinner @ Furn Bistro

Explore a mouthwatering international buffet, freshly prepared by Furn’s talented chefs. Kids aged from six to 12 years old get 50% discount. Every Friday at only BD8 net per person! Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” - Julia Child

Monday Seafood Night @ Silk‘s Restaurant

Be a part of a new journey of elegant dining experience at newly launched Silk’s Restaurant. On the buffet table is a vast range of aquatic delicacies, from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum, tempura, oysters, slipper lobster and tiger prawns to popular fish such as grouper and red snapper. Silk‘s talented team of chefs will prepare your favourite catch, just the way you like it. Priced at BD25 inclusive of soft drinks and water or at BD30 inclusive of unlimited selected hops and grapes. Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information.

Royal Golf Club Bahrain

Taco Thursday @ Links Restaurant

In March you can savour unlimited Tacos while enjoying live entertainment at only BD12 (instead of BD26!) inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. Every Thursday this is available in the award-winning Links Restaurant. Call 1775 1262 for reservations and more information.

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea And Spa Seafood Under The Stars @ Saraya Restaurant

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PORSCHE

EXPAND THEIR RANGE OF COMPACT SUVS WITH THE NEW MACAN S.

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to be one of the best known and most highly prized sports car brands in the world. Since releasing their very first production automobile, the Prototype 356, in 1948, this German vehicle manufacturer has gone from strength-to-strength and provided us with a multitude of ever more impressive offerings over the decades. Most recently, the brand has released the 2020 model of the already highly prized Porsche Macan S. We at Ohlala recently received the privilege of test driving this new version, compliments of the great team at Porsche Middle East & Africa FZE. As expected from Porsche, the new streamlined 90

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PORSCHE REAFFIRM THEIR PRESENCE IN THE LUXURY SUV SEGMENT WITH THE 2020 PORSCHE MACAN S. exterior of this five-door luxury crossover SUV is sublime. Its flowing lines and curves ensure the entire body looks magnificent, providing a visual harmony of power and panache. The Macan’s latest facelift includes a threedimensional rear LED light bar that extends across the width of the vehicle, giving it an overall wider appearance. At the front end,

the newly shaped LED headlights are fitted as standard whilst the car bonnet, designed to wrap around them, adds a novel touch. The Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), used to control light distribution, is offered as an optional extra. The standard dual, double exhaust system is another feature that hints at the performance capabilities of this outstanding vehicle. The Macan’s chassis has been overhauled to ensure maximum comfort and overall efficiency. It features mixed-sized tyres, ranging from 18 to 21-inches, that allow a dynamic driving style to be adopted when combined with the


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DIVA Drives intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system. These tyres have been designed with superior capabilities to ensure ultimate performance on the roads. The Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) active damper control system, heightadjustable air suspension with optimised rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics, as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), are all available as optional extras, and have been designed to improve the model’s driving dynamics and handling even further. More than impressed with the outer beauty and functional design of the Macan S, we turned our collective attention to the interior. We sighed as we slipped into the comfortable front seats, instantly enveloped in a sense of luxury and relaxation. Throughout the interior, the designers have used the highestend materials and trimmings with every finish highlighting the perfection of their

craftsmanship. The front seats are heated and cooled and allow for pre-set settings for both the driver and front passenger. The rear seating offers a decent amount of leg and head room, whilst the cargo area provides ample space for an entire family’s luggage. The optional GT sports steering wheel, borrowed from the Porsche 911, feels great in hand. The new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system comes complete with a 10.9inch, full-HD touchscreen and includes, as standard, navigation, mobile phone connection, two audio interfaces and intelligent voice control. This system can be adjusted to suit an individual’s personal preferences. Having completed our internal inspection, it was time to engage the ignition. The new Porsche Macan S boasts a freshly developed 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine and it sounds superb. This high-performance machine delivers 354 hp (260 kW ) and has a

maximum torque of 480 Nm. This translates to a top speed of 254 km/h and when equipped with the optional Sports Chrono Package, can shoot from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Pretty impressive for a vehicle weighing in at 1870 kgs. Weaving along the roads, we found the Macan S to carry its weight very well, providing a comfortable, well-balanced, agile and efficient performance. Importantly, the designers have managed to reduce the vehicle’s emissions to ensure it is friendlier to the environment. The performance of the 2020 Macan S is strengthened by its impressive handling, ample traction and superior braking system, ensuring the driver is in full control throughout the duration of the drive. These components along with an array of safety features allow one to feel at ease knowing the safety of you and your loved ones have been at the heart of the design of this family orientated vehicle.

“Its flowing lines and curves ensure the entire body looks magnificent, providing a visual harmony of power and panache.”

To arrange a test drive please contact Porsche Centre Bahrain on 1745 9911 @porschecentrebahrain www.porschebahrain.com www.ohlala-magazine.com

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MEET & GREET WITH ALESSANDRO GUALTIERI, CO-FOUNDER OF ORTO PARISI & NASOMATTO, AL HAWAJ - NICHE GARDEN, THE AVENUES, BAHRAIN

MEET & GREET WITH ERWIN CREED, CO-OWNER OF CREED PERFUMES, AL HAWAJ - NICHE GARDEN, SEEF MALL, BAHRAIN

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MATERNAL

INSTINCT WHILE WE GIVE THE MOTHERS IN OUR LIVES THEIR WELL DESERVED THANKS AND RECOGNITION, THIS MOTHER’S DAY, MISS OHLALA EXPLORES THE IMPORTANCE OF MOTHERHOOD AND WHY IT IS NOT ALWAYS A GIVEN. 98

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If women were really born with a maternal instinct, we would see birth rates stay the same through the years. Even the feminist movement of the 1960s and ‘70s that expanded educational and workforce opportunities for many women shouldn’t change which women decide to be parents. But childfree adulthood has been on the rise since then. What we think of as maternal instinct comes from our culture rather than our nature. Children – and girls in particular – are taught from a very young age that one of the most important things they can do when they grow up is to become parents. A web search for “girls’ toys” and “boys’ toys” quickly reveals that parenthood is girls’ domain. Perpetuating the myth of maternal instinct harms all women, whether they have children or not. Women who choose to have children are told that it’s the most important thing they do. It is no accident that pressure on mothers to intensively nurture their children increased at the very time more women began working outside the home. As women’s labour force participation grew, their share of the work at home did not decline. Instead, women became subject to an ideology which holds that good mothering means labour-intensive mothering. While mothers are pressured to intensively parent, women who opt out of parenthood are treated as social pariahs. We’re told that the most important job any woman can hold is motherhood, that childfree women are selfish, and even that they’re bad for society. Nevertheless, some women do feel compelled for reasons they cannot always articulate to have children. And, in the absence of an easy explanation, it’s understandable to believe that natural instinct is the reason. But the more we look into it, the more we find that’s not the case. This month, let’s recognise the women who have opted to take on the difficult work of good mothering by giving them credit for their choice and their efforts. Our gratitude will be appreciated much more than were we to discount motherhood as what happens naturally without their intentional effort.


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