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or most brides, picking out a wedding dress isn’t done on a whim. It can take months of planning/ perusing Pinterest and trying on gowns before finding the one you love. To narrow down that search, it helps to have a list of the up-and-coming bridal styles. That way, you know what to try on first! For 2018 brides especially, you will be pleased to find a range of options from floral appliqué tulle dresses to highneck Victorian-inspired designs. If you are the type who shuns tradition, an array of colourful hues are having a moment. Should you decide to follow the trends here or not, the dresses we showcase this month will definitely keep you on track for finding a winner for your big day. We give you an exclusive interview with Italian Wedding Designer Peter Langner taking you behind-the-scenes of the curation of such masterpieces. Being a Bride-to-be myself I have loved compiling this Bridal Issue and it has provided an abundance of inspiration from all aspects - some of which I hadn’t initially thought of, including catering! As an added bonus we have you covered for all the skin prep that you require to ensure that you are camera ready - whatever the weather! Wherever you decide to host your celebration, and whatever you decide to wear all I ask is that you be true to yourself as your confidence will exude when you are feeling comfortable, whether that be in a physical or mental capacity. Here’s to everlasting memories and the ultimate celebration of love.
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Focus SHINING BRIGHT For over a century, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS have been combining unparalleled craftsmanship, technical prowess and innovation in all its creations and they drew on a spirit of natural timeless beauty showcased at the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition, DECC, West Bay, Doha
“Thematically, the ‘Roaring Twenties’ have exerted a strong influence: much of the jewellery recalls the freedom, extravagance, and modernism which so marked that period” Admirers of beauty were invited to discover the Maison’s unique High Jewellery creations and timepieces, combining refinement and elegance at Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition. Renowned for its exceptional savoir-faire, Van Cleef & Arpels uses exceptional stones in a creative selection of ultrafeminine jewellery and timepieces – whilst gracing a world which is fluid, constantly evolving, and perpetually renewed. This year, the selection showcased itself laced with precious items inspired by Couture, highlighting the play of volume and style within the Maison’s High Jewellery and Watches creations. These masterpieces included an astonishing 46
zip necklace crafted in roundand baguette-cut diamonds, and mounted in platinum, credited to the Duchess of Windsor who was at the origin of its creation in the late 19th century. This necklace was considered an outstanding technical achievement that soon achieved iconic status. On display as well was the Liane necklace, an ode to elegance and femininity available in yellow gold with round diamonds, round citrines and malachite. A masterpiece embellished with different combinations of materials, and known for its adjustable clasp, that helps alter the necklace length. Van Cleef & Arpels also shone a light on the Pâquerette watch, a novelty recently launched at the Salon International of the Haute Horlogerie (Geneva, 15th – 19th January 2018), illustrating the talent of the Maison’s stone experts, who managed to successfully form an enchanting garden, rich in delicate shades of diamonds, sapphires and tsavorite garnets. Thematically, the ‘Roaring Twenties’ have exerted a strong influence: much of the jewellery recalls the freedom, extravagance, and modernism which so marked that period. Sumptuous textiles are evoked by creations that imitate the fabric of fine garments. Ornaments like buttons, zips, pom-poms,and ribbons are transformed into a glittering interplay of metal and precious stones. Consequently, the Maison has given pride of place to flora, contributing all the excellence of its savoir-faire to enrich its watchmaking universe that depicts the passage of the hours with a precious sparkle.
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the question. Overwhelmed with excitement you can’t conceal your happiness from the world. The fairy tale dreams from childhood and vision of the perfect wedding day is here at last. To prepare for this special day we need to establish the bride and groom’s theme because that will set some key ground rules on the selection of inclusions for the occasion. On this day you should look nothing less than a smashing star. It’s the only day you get to boss your best friend as well as be treated like the queen that you are. It’s key that you look and feel fresh and fabulous. Being a bride means being in bride to be confident and enjoy her day. It’s a day that requires a the spotlight which for most can be lot of planning and attention to detail. We have imagined this day quite stressful and overwhelming. for years and there is no reason not to achieve a vibrant, merry, We at JK Fashion Indulgence offer and memorable event. On this day we ensure the bride is feeling you bridal services which can be hugely comfortable in her own skin. The make-up is not too much rewarding and fulfilling by keeping in or too little ‘it’s just right’. Understated, so that family, friends, check your wedding woes and helping and groom can admire her real make your celebration trouble free. beauty. After all, beauty is a reflection of how you feel inside. Our main purpose is to help the It is not just something physical.
JK Fashion Indulgence International shares with us the services that they have available so that we can walk down the aisle feeling nothing short of perfection.
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to walk down the aisle in an amazing gown complemented with the appropriate jewellery and accessories. She wants to feel amazing and thus it’s fundamental choosing the right dress for her body shape and personality. A dress that is a fabulous, flattering outfit that enhances her body shape and personality. A dress that will everyone will talk about and remember the bride within it. The type of accessories will be determined by the type of the dress and its neckline which is
important for the body shape. It could be a ball gown, a line dress, empire line dress, sheath dress or a mermaid dress. As long as it’s for the right body type and the right fabric, it will boost the confidence and enhance elegance. Confidence style coaches will work with you to ensure nothing will be overlooked or will overshadow you. We work to perceive your challenges from other angles and overcome them efficiently. So relax and pamper your body you have nothing to worry about, we will take care of everything. So if your day is coming up, it’s advisable to start planning early to ensure there is enough time to work on all the details and to avoid mishaps. Give us a call and let us know how we can help you. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jkfindulgence.com, @ jkfindulgenceint
Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition brings together more than 250 designers and brands under one roof. The 13th edition of Heya will showcase abayas, jalabiyas, and gowns by designers from Qatar, the GCC and beyond. Heya will also include shoes, belts and bags, perfumes and cosmetic products for discerning ladies. www.heya.qa / www.dczqtr.com | IG: @dczstyle
When Debaj emerged there was nothing like it. The luxurious fabrics, the detailed-by-hand embroidery and the refreshing new cuts made Debaj one of the pioneer abaya brands in the GCC. How did Debaj as a brand start? Debaj was founded in 2009, in its first years our unique designs inspired by the timeless beauty of the regions Islamic architecture as well as the simplicity of the geometric designs found in Islamic art, the brand quickly became synonymous with quality, tradition, and glamour. What do you like your pieces to represent? Our pieces should represent elegance, a red carpet look is what we wish our customers to think of when they think of Debaj. What materials do you love using? We use many various fabrics from silks to velvet, we import all of our fabric from Europe and make sure they are of the finest quality. Why is your participation at the 13th Edition of HEYA important and beneficial for the brand? Heya represents fashion in Qatar and we are proud to have started our brand in Qatar and 50
grateful to all our clients and support from our customers, therefore, being part of HEYA is always on our list. When was your concept of creating this brand first ignited? When we started brainstorming about what Debaj would be we thought of couture abayas; real couture abayas since there were no true couture collection of abayas yet. We developed the plan and started gradually, first was introducing Debaj as a brand and creating more brand awareness, then we continued to improve each new collection bringing our brand to the level of couture pieces that are intricately made for our special client. What is your inspiration behind each piece? From the very start, each piece must fit itâ€™s owner like a glove. How far has the abaya come in terms of being a fashion rather than a cultural statement? Abayas have always been fashionable according to which generation were using them, we can remember many types of abayas and name them as well. What has changed is that abayas are now related to brands, before it did not matter which brand your abaya was as long as it was nice and in fashion, that has changed during the past nine years, now it is also very important to know which brand a particular abaya is from, it has become a symbol of status. Is there a particular country that has influenced your most successful collection of abayas? All of our collections have a special place in our hearts since each was unique and thought of with much love, but, we must say that the one that still stands out the most was the Masaco collection inspired by the cherry blossoms in Japan where we also had our photo shoot. What is the future vision for evolving your brand? We see Debaj soon being recognised as a couture brand internationally, this is one of our main goals and we do believe that if we put our mind to it we will be able to reach it. Debajcollection.com | @debajcollection
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Born out of the minds of Omani sisters, Lubna and Nadia, Endemage is focused on revolutionising the world of high end women’s wear and Arab fashion, offering a more edgy and modern take on upscale dressing.
ow did Endemage as a brand start? It started off as a college project when co founder and creative designer Lubna Al Zakwani was studying fashion design & business at Esmod Dubai. She was inspired and passionate about the Omani culture and heritage and its strong connection with art & design. In 2011, the brand came to light after she produced her first runway collection with an eastern vibe applying modern techniques in creating the pieces. What do you like your pieces to represent? The rich Omani culture that’s evident in interiors, nature, craftsmanship, & strong influence from neighbouring countries such as Yemen, India, & Zanzibar What materials do you love using? We love to experiment with different fabrics & materials. We’re always looking for fabrics that complement our intricate embroidery that is drawn from the Omani culture and seen in traditional garments Throughout your SPRING/SUMMER and/or your Fall/ Winter collection you reference style, luxury and comfort whilst travelling, how do you maintain this? Through designing & creating loose and flowing cuts. For previous collections, we created well thought out separates that are beautiful as well as comfortable. We designed a set of loose cut dresses with signature embroidered trims, in addition to loose culottes that are adorned with ultra elegant threads of embroidery shapes inspired by architecture & nature. In our abaya collections, we consider modest dressing and introduced exclusively made colourful pieces in pastels and soft tones, embellished elegantly. We are experimental with different loose and straight cuts such as kimono style abayas that fit within the modest dressing direction in fashion and complement streetwear in a unique way. How do you feel about minimalist jewellery becoming increasingly popular? Minimalism signifies symbols & natural looks, sometimes real & raw designs highlight the beauty of the person wearing these styles. We believe in simple dressing however we also carefully think about ways in adding our signature that makes us distinctive. Why is your participation at the 13th Edition of HEYA important and beneficial for the brand? Being at the HEYA exhibition adds great value to our brand. We enjoy a great relationship with our Qatari based clients and we are happy to be close to them and meet them to understand their tastes better and what they look for in fashion. What’s your future vision for the brand? We are extremely proud with our accomplishments and grateful and we hope to see the brand enjoying success globally and catering to the leading women of the future What is your inspiration behind each piece? 52
It primarily depends on the theme per season. We find beauty in everything related to our culture and identity How far has the abaya come in terms of being a fashion rather than a cultural statement? It’s is now officially a fashion statement and is appreciated by many that didn’t grow up with it as part of their culture. We have seen many looks inspired by abaya style and the khaleeji streetstyle scene during SS18 and FW18 fashion seasons. The abaya has evolved into a truly stylish staple piece that every wardrobe needs. The beauty in the fabrics, cuts, embellishments & colours added to the traditional abaya style transformed it into a luxurious item that adds a sense of unique style to your outfit. It’s a versatile piece that can be styled in many creative ways depending on the woman’s personality and taste. What is the key to a cutting-edge, unique and versatile abaya? All the details starting from the actual cut of the abaya that proves style & comfort, the type of fabric used that falls beautifully on the woman’s body, & of course we love adding embroidery that’s unique to us and we believe gives it a feminine feel Is there a particular country that has influenced your most successful collection of abayas? All our collections are inspired by khaleeji culture and influenced by Indian luxury bridal fashion seen in the intricate embellishments. Our abaya collections have been successful since the start of the brand Name some themes that might inspire upcoming collections? Anything linked to our Omani heritage. The sky’s the limit. Endemage.com | @endemage
â€œIn our abaya collections, we consider modest dressing and introduced exclusively made colourful pieces in pastels and soft tones, embellished elegantly.â€?
OHLALA Spotlight Congratulations on the official opening of ESPA Mondrian Doha! Tell us how you started out in the wellness industry? I’ve had a passion for health since childhood - my grandmother was a herbalist and my mother was in medicine, so it has always been an inherent interest of mine. My early career in the 60’s began in health and beauty journalism, though a deeper interest in spa therapies soon developed and I opened my first business, a salon in Toronto, in the 70’s, where I learnt therapy from a medical perspective through my Eastern European therapists. On my return to Europe in 1980 I managed a Thalassotherapy Resort in France and on my return to the UK I spent four years as General Manager of a destination wellness resort. I was MD of a spa company with 11,000 therapists at sea before I founded my own spa company in 1988 and launched ESPA the brand in 1993. The spa industry back then didn’t exist in the way that we know it today, and it was my early experiences that gave me the vision of combining health and beauty, mind and body, natural and scientific. It sounds so straightforward now, but back then it was quite revolutionary! What’s your advice for someone who wants to start a business in the wellness industry? It’s important to have a deep knowledge of the subject, not just an interest in health and wellbeing. It needs to be a passion and you need to have a strong interest in people and what makes them tick. You need to be able to choose very good and talented staff who can work together as a team sharing their knowledge and with a true passion for making people better and living a better life.
NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE Universally recognised as one of the world’s leading spa and wellbeing experts, JAYNE GREEN talks to SUSAN HARMSWORTH showcasing how her innovative, inspirational and forward thinking approach has shaped the luxury spa industry into what it is today and the official opening of ESPA at MONDRIAN DOHA.
How do you deal with negativity? Every day I wake up and am thankful for the things in my life that I love and have achieved. I have trained a lot with energy work; angry and negative people are usually unhappy with themselves and if you don’t rise to the bait and stay positive yourself, they usually back off. Positive energy deflects negativity. I try not to have negative people around me. There is a difference between negativity and times in your life when you have tragedy or difficulty. It is how you bounce back that is important - resilience. What would you declare as your number one beauty secret? My number one beauty secret is to be positive, be happy, be the best you can at every stage of your life, and to be thankful for what you have and not for what you haven’t got! Who is your favourite designer? Why? My favourite designer is Amanda Wakeley - she has wonderful business, casual and evening wear. Her clothes are glamorous and easy to wear. Tell us about a treatment that the Bride and her bridal party would benefit from before her big day to obtain that coveted dewy glow? It’s a good idea to start booking in for regular facials around 3-6months before the big day to ensure skin in the best condition it can be. The Advanced Skin Vitality Facial (90minutes - 975 QAR) is a supercharged facial to brighten and revitalise the skin, leaving it with an illuminated glow. It’s a must-have to banish lacklustre
“I have trained a lot with energy work; angry and negative people are usually unhappy with themselves and if you don’t rise to the bait and stay positive yourself, they usually back off.” complexions for a smoother, glowing complexion. For pre-wedding preparation with friends and family, the Bride-to-be (5 hours -1750 QAR) is the ultimate pre-wedding prep package with 5 hours of face and body treatments to melt away tension and prepare mind and body for the day of your life. How involved are you in the creative process of sourcing ingredients and finalising ESPA product formulas? I am still very involved and approve all products before they are released. I constantly learn through my travels and being with amazing therapists, chemists and clinical aromatherapists, as well
as on sites with wonderful flora and fauna. The inspiration for new products often still comes from me. How do you take time out of your busy schedule to relax and recharge? I regularly travel for work so I love to relax by spending time at home. I have spas at home and pools in both houses where I can exercise, be in the fresh air, eat organically and be with my growing family and friends. I always do my breath work. I’m lucky to be surrounded by trees at home so I open the doors to my garden and take several deep breaths, inhaling the good quality fresh air. I breathe in through the nose for four seconds and out through the mouth for eight seconds. During the winter months I try to spend more time in the warmer climates and am fortunate to have a second home abroad which makes this possible. What do you love about the Middle East? I love the glamour of the Middle East, the various cultures, the food, flavours and smells, the weather (other than summer). How would you describe a woman who visits ESPA? The ESPA woman is conscious of the ingredients she uses and chooses products that help her to achieve naturally beautiful skin. She is looking for results driven formulas and likes to take the time to apply her products and enjoy the emotional benefits of the aromatics in her skincare regime to help balance her body and mind. Tell us how you maintain consistency across the ESPA brand. Consistency is all about the training and the flow of the design and spaces. It’s important to recognise the strengths of each culture. Finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I am the only person to have received an MBE from the Queen for services to the Spa and Beauty industry.
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General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Doha, ERDEN KENDIGELEN, talks all things bridal and why they are honoured to host the first large Indian wedding at their prestigious premises. What sort of services do you offer (day-of coordination, fullservice event design or a la carte planning)? The Ritz-Carlton Doha offers all the arrangements from A to Z from the arrival at the airport, to the design of the interior and the culinary experience during the event from the food tasting to the actual food served during the event. All the ladies and gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha ensure that each of the weddings planned at the hotel is flawless. We have been working on the preparations of the Indian wedding for the past 12 months and it has been really important to plan and orchestrate the wedding in every intricate detail. Do you create the overall vision, or are you more of a producer who brings in an event designer? It really depends what the client is looking for. Many of the clients like to bring in a designer. Many events on the other hand are handled by our wedding planner team. How have you handled the event styling? We have been working hand-in-hand with luxury wedding 58
planner Divinity Weddings and famed décor designer Heena Patel of Amaahyaaj in Vadodara. What is your main speciality for both design and coordination? We don’t have a speciality as such. Our event wedding planner knows the trends and makes sure our clients receive the legendary Ritz-Carlton experience renowned for the impeccable service to deliver such unique memories. How many weddings have you planned? Close to 200 a year with 5 to 10 Royal Weddings being held on our island next to the hotel. Do you have a one wedding per day policy? Not really. It depends on the availability of the space. We want to make sure we cater the best services to provide our clientele with the most remarkable wedding. Will you be handling the invitations, from wording and ordering to the addressing and mailing? What about guest list coordination and RSVPs? On this occasion it has been handled by their wedding planner
from India who has been staying with us for the past 2 weeks. Why is The Ritz-Carlton Doha the perfect destination for a wedding in Qatar? The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is renowned for its brand excellence. When guests book their wedding in our hotel, they know they will have the most unforgettable, unique and memorable experience. Being in the market for the past 17 years, we are the ultimate landmark destination in Qatar. The new re-imagined rooms, suites, spa and club lounge make it the perfect location to host weddings and events. It gives also a great level of luxury when you compare with our competitors as we have the best product in the city. How is this wedding different compared to previous weddings you have held? We made first contact with the wedding party 12 months ago and we started serious planning 10 months back. It has been a great experience to organise this wedding in every bit of detail. All the ladies and gentlemen in The Ritz-Carlton, Doha have been involved, from the specific requirements in the rooms and
â€œThe new re-imagined rooms, suites, spa and club lounge make it the perfect location to host weddings and events. It gives also a great level of luxury when you compare with our competitors as we have the best product in the city.â€? suites, to the planning of the events in full alongside the airline and transfers arrangement. Not forgetting the organisation of the food preparation, of course! How do you ensure that traditions are maintained throughout the three day event? During the wedding arrangement, it has been really important to bring individuals who know the Indian traditions. From our Sales Leader, to our Executive Chef and Guest Relations Manager, many ladies and gentlemen from India have also been involved to make sure all the traditions are maintained and respected throughout the wedding. We also had the pleasure to go to India to attend one of the familyâ€™s weddings to experience a traditional Indian wedding ourselves first-hand which has allowed for a greater sense of authenticity and expectation.
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COLOUR TRIP YSL Beauty presents Pop Illusion - their Spring Beauty campaign. You’ll find a mirage of blues with accents of pink, like a modern artwork with shades that contrast, clash or complement according to how they’re played out. Solar gold becomes a highlighter, a pop of acid brightness to shock and awaken the senses; the blues, both light and dark, add a daring touch to this clash of colours; while the rose-pink is a gentle nod to sensuality. Not for the faint-hearted.
ALL EYES ON ME The experts over at Caudalie have created a new must-have skincare product - The Eye Cream. This ultra-effective and luxurious eye cream tackles all signs of ageing, whilst soft focus pigments instantly brightens and smoothes around the eye. The light, fragrance-free formula leaves skin feeling hydrated, smoothed and firmer whilst respecting the delicate eye area. Dark circles and puffiness fade away to reveal an eye area that is brightened with renewed youth. 64
WELL PREPPED M.A.C. has introduced a new version of their popular Prep + Prime Fix. A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. This fabulous product gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. You can spritz your brushes with it before applying shimmery eyeshadows or highlighter to amp up the illumination or spray it all over your face once you’re finished with your makeup to lock everything in place.
5 CRÈME DE LA CRÈME White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire from La Prairie is a lavish cream infused with Lumidose, the extraordinary molecule of light. It helps skin reach new levels of luminosity and evenness — measurable in two weeks, visible in four, extraordinary in eight. Recapture the luminosity of younger-looking, healthy skin with the White Caviar ritual. Leaves skin feeling firmer and refines its texture. Skin feels smoother, its elasticity and moisture levels are improved.
A B S O L U T E LY F L AW L E S S Charlotte Tilbury has introduced her latest magic-tech innovation, Hollywood Flawless Filter, for a superstar youth glow. Hollywood FlawlessFilter is a customisable, hybrid complexion booster that creates an instant flawless filter across the skin and is uniquely buildable and blendable, so that you can choose your level of glow filter. It has the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter and the perfecting properties of your favourite filter digital filter.
6 TOP OF THE MORNING Aveda have tapped into advanced science and Ayurvedic wisdom to formulate their new skincare range - Tulasāra. Tulasāra Renew Morning Crème inspired by Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India, this high-performance preparation promotes a youthful look (radiant, less lined, and well hydrated skin). The cream has a licorice root extract in addition to molasses extract, which help reduce visible discoloration and dark spots to promote a more even looking skin tone over time.
YOUR FRENCH CAFĂ‰ IN THE HEART OF SOUQ WAQIF Indulge in mouth-watering desserts and fresh-from-the-oven pastries. Pamper your senses with homemade croissants, macaroons, petit fours, gateaux and variations of pastries - these traditional French recipes promise a festival of flavours. Come by for a cup of perfectly roasted coffee or delicious special tea and take a patisserie or two away to savour home with your family.
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BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS INTRODUCES THE EXTRA GLOW COLLECTION – A BEAUTY DREAM TEAM OF PRODUCTS FOR CREATING FRESH AND GLOWING SKIN. DELIVERING THE PERFECT MIX OF SKINCARE AND COLOUR, THIS BRILLIANT COLLECTION STARTS WITH THE BELOVED EXTRA ILLUMINATING MOISTURE BALM IN NEW RADIANCE-REVVING SHADES. PAIRED WITH EXTRA LIP TINT AND HIGHLIGHTING POWDER FOR A HEALTHY AND FRESH-FACED LOOK. FOR A BOOST OF MOISTURE ON-THE-GO, THE EXTRA GLOW SKINCARE PALETTE FEATURES PORTABLE SKINCARE ESSENTIALS TO MAINTAIN SKIN’S RADIANCE. 66
BEAUTY Column PERFECT YOUR SKIN
This is the time to get your skincare regime into full gear. You should be cleansing you skin twice a day (no excuses) and exfoliating three times a week with a low irritant exfoliator. Invest in the highest quality anti-aging day and night creams you can afford and don’t forget that serums are your new best friend (you can even layer different ones for best results). You should also be wearing SPF everyday under your make-up and anywhere that the sun hits your skin. Chest, ears, neck, back of hands etc.
Regular facials will also boost your skin, have your skin looking luminous and glowy by the time the big day comes around and will address any areas of concern. Book one around every four to six weeks in the six months leading up to your wedding. Start with deep cleansing facials and ones that include light microdermabrasion and lead up to super hydrating and calming facials. If you aren’t used to having facials go for ones aimed at sensitive skin that will nourish and hydrate your skin. If you suffer from any major skin issues, think about seeing a dermatologist so you can identify any problems to rectify early. After all, it is a process!
Take your time to book your hair and make-up artist as this is a very key aspect of your look for the big day. Make sure you do a practice run of your hair and beauty look so that if you don’t like it, you still have time to change it. Be sure to speak up if you are unhappy about something, they want you to be happy as much as you do. Look for inspiration in magazines, Pinterest and Instagram but stick to styles that suit you and don’t go for anything drastic that you haven’t tried before.
WEDDING READY Angela Beitz explains all the best tips from when to schedule facials to the beauty basics guaranteed to give you that bridal glow 68
If you’re happy with your hair’s length get a trim so that it’s in in tip top shape come the big day. If you’re brave enough, do get an extra centimetre off so that when you reach the wedding date your tresses still look refreshed. If you can bear it, lay off the styling tools to give your hair a break and nourish your hair with a hair mask twice a week. Book your colour about two weeks before the wedding so that the colour has settled.
UP YOUR FITNESS REGIME & TAKE TIME OUT
Putting pressure on yourself and your body can be one of the biggest obstacles when preparing for such a big moment like your wedding day. Stress harms your body at a time when it needs to be nourished. Treat yourself to Epsom salt baths, body scrubs, meditation and yoga to keep your mind and body healthy while in planning mode. Similarly, nourish yourself from the inside out with healthy, organic whole foods. Coconut oil, green tea and omega-3 are the supermodel tools to fasttrack your way to ultimate radiance.
Renowned Make-Up Artist, EMILIA SUBAIH tells us what INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY meant to her and a celebration of women everywhere. What International Women’s Day Means To Me… International Women’s Day brings a beautiful and enigmatic wealth of inspiration for me. It is with ease that I am inspired. Women that transcend race, culture, age and their place in the world. Women who respond to adversity with defiant strength. These are the women that continue to invigorate my innovation. This year has been no exception. In true fashion, my visions have taken me on an imaginative journey of my own; one I continue to discover. For me – every day is a day to celebrate the undeniable resilience of women as they traverse a man’s world. Emiliamakeup.com / @Emilia_Makeup
Songkran Thai water festival Get ready to get soaked with Grand Hyatt Doha’s very own Songkran celebrations this April. Songkran –Thai Water Festival—is the most anticipated and delightful Thai celebration of the year which marks the new year according to the lunar calendar. Our award-winning Thai restaurant, Isaan will be commemorating Songkran with a Songkran Chatuchak Brunch on 13 April and closing with a celebratory New Year Garden Dinner on 15 April. QAR 299 with soft beverage QAR 399 with special beverage GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS West Bay Lagoon, P.O. Box 24010, Doha, State of Qatar Tel: 4448 1250 | Facebook: IsaanDoha | Instagram: isaandoha
THE ANTI-AGEING AUTHORITY
ince 2004, HydroPeptide has revolutionised skin care through the power of peptides as messenger molecules that work on a cellular level to increase hydration, visibly reduce lines and wrinkles, and enhance skin’s natural luminosity. With over 60 peptides, antioxidant rich botanical stem cells, growth factors and hyaluronic acid, their award-winning daily care and professional collections offer targeted customisable results-driven regimens for all skin types.
THE HYDROPEPTIDE BRAND:
HydroPeptide anti-ageing products, facials and body treatments are currently found in the most prestigious spas, medical spas and physician’s offices in 24 countries.Their unique vision of skin care appeals to the most discerning clients and retailers with an upscale experience and flawless results. Ohlala explores the key factors that make this revolutionary skincare brand one you should include in your regime. 72
HydroPeptide’s skin care formulations are unique in that they include clinical levels of more than sixty different peptides. Peptides are short chains of amino acids or “protein fragments” capable of cellular communication – they strengthen and feed skin in many different ways, resulting in a complexion that behaves and looks younger. HydroPeptide formulations not only feature peptides with wrinkle-reducing properties, they also contain peptide varieties shown to combat sagging, discoloration and all signs of skin aging. These peptide combinations are blended with a variety of proven, skin-enhancing ingredients that include hyaluronic acid, botanical stem cells and antioxidants to stabilise the delivery of the peptides and activate epidermal stem cells which ultimately restores and preserves skin’s youthfulness.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BRAND: First and foremost, HydroPeptide is about results however they also strive to provide a luxurious experience. The goal is to make skin care less of a chore and more of a pampering daily ritual. The products combine the best of science and nature to produce maximum results without causing irritation or downtime and they have proven that you don’t have to injure the skin to improve it.
MOST POPULAR PRODUCTS AND BEST SELLERS: The brand’s hero products are Anti-Wrinkle Polish and Plump Peel, Power Serum: Line Lifting Transformation and Eye Authority: Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines. These products are loved by celebrities, their makeup artists, Spa Directors and dermatologists. The Peel is a two-step zero down-time peel featuring Vitamin C-infused professional microdermabrasion crystals and moisturebinding peptides. It is a favourite of Spa Directors and celebrity makeup artists who want to get their client’s skin smooth and glowing on the day of a special event. Eye Authority works to diminish dark circles by day and boost collagen as a night repair eye cream. This eye cream features 13 peptides to do it all, from minimising dark circles and puffiness to optimising collagen and illuminating the eye area. Eye Authority is often used to put the post-facial finishing touch on a client’s skin and recommended as a home care product.
It is a favourite of Spa Directors and celebrity makeup artists who want to get their client’s skin smooth and glowing on the day of a special event
healthy cells leading to lines, wrinkles, dullness, photo damage and uneven texture. The entire HydroPeptide collection incorporates over 70 antioxidant rich botanicals that provide broad spectrum protection against the numerous environmental and internal aggressors we’re exposed to every day.
HYDROPEPTIDE AND ACNE: HydroPeptide’s Even Out Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector is ideal for fading all types of hyperpigmentation including post-acne scarring. Even Out has replaced hydroquinone with a blend of drug-free alternatives shown to create a more even skin tone. In particular, Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, has been shown to produce a more even skin tone and to mitigate acne and the red marks it leaves behind. The Beta White peptide is included to inhibit enzyme reactions that cause uneven pigmentation. Lactic acid is a milk-derived alpha hydroxy acid that helps fade post-acne pigmentation by sloughing off the top surface of the skin. This product helps fade and smooth the appearance of acne scarring by preventing the scar from darkening, gently exfoliating and lightening any remaining pigmentation.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS IN SKIN CARE: Antioxidants offer up numerous health benefits but are best known for their ability to neutralise free radicals. Free radicals and inflammation play a part in ageing. They are unstable oxygen molecules created both internally and externally from the sun, pollution and smoke that are missing an electron and look to take one from healthy cells which results in cellular damage.They initiate the inflammatory process which breaks down collagen, elastin and the functionality of
HydroPeptide has recently introduced Nimni Cream that includes a patented collagen support complex that offers targeted solutions for ‘problem’ areas. Nimni cream combines his revolutionary research combined with a time-release retinol that helps to optimise collagen production through an exclusive amino acid complex. Nimni Cream is perfect for those skin types that are not overly sensitive, and have expression lines and concerns with wrinkles and/or loss of facial volume. Use by applying a small amount to a clean face and neck at night twice a week to start and then increasing frequency as tolerated. www.hydropeptide.com
hat makes InterContinental Doha The City the perfect wedding venue in Qatar? The grand Al Jawhara Ballroom of InterContinental Doha The City is the perfect wedding venue in Doha, situated in the heart of West Bay. Featuring 1017 square meters of space and a ceiling height of 8 meters, the venue is in demand for events in need of a spacious location to accommodate large parties or for decoration and installation needs. The Al Jawhara Ballroom is also unique for catering especially to local brides. An adjacent bridal room complete with hair and makeup amenities for the bride and her family to prepare in is a much appreciated feature. A VIP entrance for exclusive use of the wedding party and their guests is in place with exclusive valet staff on hire, ensuring a secluded feeling for the guests and that their needs would be attended to immediately. Guests may also request allfemale security and banquet staff for their event. What is the best piece of advice you can give to an upcoming blushing bride? Plan ahead of time, and be very thorough with your research! The more time you give yourself to research on all of the things you need, the more prepared you will be. Planning ahead of time also gives you more of a chance of securing the location you want as bookings for large events are usually done ahead of time. Wedding Fairs are great places to meet with several suppliers at once, and there are usually special discounts on offer – a great way to save time and money! Creating a moodboard with your chosen theme in mind also gives you a better way of visualising your event and allows you to think of things for the event that you may not normally have thought of. It’s also a great way to show event managers and wedding specialists what you have in mind. How do weddings in Qatar differ from other parts of the world? InterContinental Doha The City offers up The unique cultural aspects of Weddings in bountiful amount of tips and trends with their Qatar are something to be experienced. Wedding celebrations are usually separate for women and Wedding Events Manager and showcases why they men. While the women celebrate and enjoy in the are a popular venue for weddings in Qatar. privacy of halls or ballrooms, the men traditionally have their weddings in tents in the desert (although nowadays the more modern grooms prefer to hold their celebrations in big halls!). The men also have a traditional sword dance called the ‘dabke’. Food is a main part of the event. Sumptuous buffet spreads featuring traditional Qatari and Middle Eastern spreads are the norm, with hosts ensuring all their guests are well fed. Chocolates and sweets are also brought and placed on the tables to share among guests during the celebration. Other traditional items on offer are lamb ouzi and sometimes even roast baby camel. The setup of a wedding event for the women usually features a stage for the bride at the head of the venue. On the stage you will find a Kosha or Sofa which is where the Bride sits and receives her guests, and also where the groom will come to pick up his bride at the end of the family. A catwalk or walkway is usually also placed in the center of the hall for the guests to walk to greet the bride, or dance on. During the summer months how do you ensure that the wedding party is comfortable on account of the humidity? The ballroom, and hotel in general, is well equipped for the high temperatures and humidity that Qatar faces every summer. The ballroom especially has continuous check-ups prior to events to ensure that everything is in working order, especially the air conditioning. The engineering team is also on hand to ensure that any glitches will be taken care of immediately.
PLAN YOUR DREAM
OHLALA Spotlight TIPS AND TRENDS While before, the style was classic with white floral settings, the designs lately have been all about black and white. The Black Stage is very on trend this season, with many guests choosing to have it as the main feature rather than the traditional white raised stage. The shape of the walkway has also moved away from the more traditional ‘runway’ shape and more interesting designs coming into play. White florals are still on trend and are usually paired with gold and bold coloured accessories to give a contrast.
“Creating a moodboard with your chosen theme in mind also gives you a better way of visualising your event and allows you to think of things for the event that you may not normally have thought of”
GIVE A LAST MINUTE CHECKLIST THAT BRIDES NEED TO BE AWARE OF A checklist is very important for every wedding – or any event for that matter. Though the checklist may differ from bride-to-bride, the important basics remain standard.Run through the day of the event in your head and take note of all actions and activities that need to be taken care of then add them to your checklist to make sure it is complete. Ensure all bookings have been made and contracts with suppliers signed. Call all suppliers to re-confirm plans and arrangements several days before and also the day before the event. If you haven’t yet, get samples of things like flower arrangements and cakes to ensure everything will be to your taste. A train run for hair and makeup a few days before the event would help quell any fears of what you would end up looking like on the day itself. Remember to also have a food tasting for your chosen menu! If you do not have a wedding or event planner, ensure you have the assistance of loved ones who will help tick off every action on your checklist. Also, don’t forget to RELAX! Take care of yourself and do not panic. Everything will go without a hitch with proper planning and forward thinking. For more information please call: +974 4015 8888
DO SHINE BRIGHT This season, PANDORA makes gold accessible with an exquisite new precious metal, PANDORA Shine which is guaranteed to create a buzz every occasion.
Crafted in 18k gold-plated sterling silver, PANDORA Shine is the latest addition to PANDORA’s selection of high-quality metals, building a fascinating story upon the best-loved sterling silver and PANDORA Rose jewellery. Inspired by the gorgeous glow of the sun, the beautiful golden tone of PANDORA Shine highlights the personality and uniqueness of its wearer, letting women feel creative in their selfexpression and shine from the inside out. Premiering in the Bee Mine and Rays of Sunshine jewellery series as well as iconic PANDORA designs and limited edition styles, PANDORA Shine is ideal for creating eye-catching, sun-kissed looks. Mix, match and style the new PANDORA Shine pieces in a unique way that enhances your natural radiance. DO shine in beautiful new hues.
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DECADENCE IS DIOR Dior opens its first perfume & beauty boutique in Doha Festival City Mall, Doha. With its team of experts, the parfums Christian Dior boutique has invented a privileged, new beauty experience
ust when you thought us girls had it all, Dior shimmers its beautiful wand over Qatar and allows us to be part of history with their eponymous brand. Iconic and timeless beauty is the epitome of everything here and I admonish you to visit at once! This 100m2 space brings together all of Dior fragrances, makeup and skincare, and provides exclusive new services with its team of experts, The Parfums Christian Dior Boutique has invented a privileged, new beauty experience, in a luxurious and graphic décor of black lacquer and fluorescent neon shades, the different Dior universes are clearly and stylishly defined. From ceiling to floor, rails of light delimit the distinct spaces, marking out a path between the different zones, screens continuously play films in which the Dior products shine forth, fully designed to offer to the Qatari public all the excellence and know-how of Dior, this new boutique is a grand premiere - a private consultation room - whereby clients are treated to an array of services by beauty specialists. And for those of you who want to find a maison closer to home, the “Maison Christian Dior” universe can also be found at dior.com.
“From ceiling to floor, rails of light delimit the distinct spaces, marking out a path between the different zones,”
UNVEILED JAYNE GREEN exclusively talks to PETER LANGNER who has been synonymous with excellence, imagination, and refinement about his Bridal Collection 2018 to jam and marmalade.
hat’s your favourite style from your latest collection? I love Sylvia as it is so unique and uncommon, but also Eva, which has become so popular because of ts fitting. We have experimented new cuts which have been very successful. How do you decide on the names of your collections? Every gown is dedicated to a woman. I choose only female names. The sound of the name or the face of a woman I’ve met in my career that inspires me allows me to choose that name and give it to a particular gown. How many Peter Langner brides are there every year? I meet many in my atelier in Milan, usually not during the first appointment as I do not want to influence the choice of the gown, however, I do like to be present during the fitting as I want to be sure the gown is perfectly made and fits perfectly. I love details. All my gowns are intricately detailed, and perfectly finished. The seams and hems of couture gowns are hand-finished, smooth, invisible and comfortable against the skin. Can you give a little overview of how you came to be a bridal designer? I graduated at L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de Paris, worked for Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, and Christian Lacroix. When I moved to Rome I felt it was the right time for me to start creating my own collections. It was due to my love of all things which are of the best quality. Fine fabrics, fine art, fine food, fine sculptures and so on. It is a natural outgrowth of who I am. Everything in my life is about fine quality and beauty so it was simply natural. 84
When you start to design a new collection, what is the process? Do you start with an overview of what you want to collection to be or a mood board with the elements you want to include? My team and I come up with the concept, and the next step is experimenting with materials in our workroom in Milan. Once the performance of the materials have been verified, what follows is the design and execution of the garments, in a continuous dialogue between all parties involved. This teamwork is essential and includes various intermediate stages: illustrating the idea on paper, iconographic research, making swatches of embroidery and other materials, having the fabric produced in our artisanal workroom and finally constructing the garment on the form, into an ideal synthesis of Peter Langner‘s femininity. It’s intense work on a daily basis, lasting for three or four months, until I give its approval. What part of the design process do you enjoy most? I love sourcing for new fabrics! We used over 170 different fabrics in the last collection. We do a lot of research and have different people creating our fabrics so that they are exclusive to us. What are your design influences right now? There is no specific inspiration to get started. I usually try to have a clear head, a focused mind, free from distractions
“My team and I come up with the concept, and the next step is experimenting with materials in our workroom in Milan. Once the performance of the materials have been verified, what follows is the design and execution of the garments, in a continuous dialogue between all parties involved.”
when I begin with a new collection.I’m a lover of great architecture and it translates into my bridal creations. Where do you look to spot ‘trends’ and keep abreast with what brides are looking for? I follow my inspiration and I work hard with my team on new techniques. We continuously reinvent materials. This is a very big part of the work: research and experimenting but always with an eye to the woman we want to dress and to her needs, which change from country to country and generation to generation. That’s why I try to travel as much as I can and meet my brides. I need a dialogue with them to understand what they want. What are your favourite materials/embellishments to work with? Most of our fabrics are Italian, even though I always look for something different and new. So, my eyes are always open for new fresh ideas. A fabric is very important to give the gown the right shape and body. You choose the wrong fabric and the most amazing idea is lost. Every 86
collection is different: last year we used porcelain petals, fringed raffia, small chiffon square fabrics folded in little cubes and then sewn on tulle fabrics. We invent new solutions every season. What, in your opinion, sets your brand apart? What are your core values? Our gowns are couture gowns. They are really done one by one and the hand work really shows in the final result. Our trims are silk satin or silk organza and not just an applied ribbon. The laces are all placed by hand and are ensured that they fall the right way. The gowns are cut and made in a way that they follow the movement of the woman. Very often brides tell me “I don’t want a gown which stands whilst I move”. Tell us what do you do to relax? How do you escape from the wedding world? My pets first of all: my dog Aladino and my cat Luna and then cooking – the art of being relaxed whilst enjoying genuine food directly from my countryside’s garden. What are the most important things brides should keep in mind whilst choosing their gown? Listen carefully but choose with your heart. Less is more. Simplicity is the essence of elegance. If you weren’t designing wedding dresses, what do you think you would be doing? I would be making jam and marmalade in my countryside’s house. What should we expect next from your label? We are now working on the 2019 Collection which will be showcased next month in Milan, New York and Barcelona. I’m so proud of it! It is the full expression of my creativity combined with the expertise of my seamstresses and unusual experiments and combinations of new materials and techniques. I will surprise you! Peter Langner Collections are available at Per Lei Couture. Peterlangner.com
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Doha provides a haven for all, but particularly a refuge for brides of all ages, cultures and denominations, who are all united by the tensity created as a result of being the focal point of matrimony. Idyllic relaxation awaits this Bride-to-be and this is one wedding plan that you cannot afford to leave off your checklist. 90
Every last detail has been painstakingly tweaked and timed,
gowns have been crafted, suits ordered and friends’ time reserved for months now. There’s just one very important element that you have neglected, allowed to become stressed and jaded, something central to the success of any wedding day...the bride. It is time to find a tranquil retreat to recharge and prepare for the big day and CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Doha is the perfect spot. Shangri-La has become a term synonymous with exceptional standards, exquisite service and luxuriance. The Shangri-La, Doha is home to the CHI Spa named after the physical and spiritual energy which dictates the health and wellbeing of a human. ‘Chi’ is found in one form or another throughout the world but predominantly in Asia where it manifests itself in all aspects of daily life. The treatments, surroundings and hand-picked staff at CHI Spa all combine to maximise your ‘life force’. As a Bride-to-be myself I was keen to explore the treatments and ‘journeys’ available prior to the ‘Big Day’. Throughout the process, from the initial contact on arrival at CHI Spa a lot of emphasis was placed upon myself as an individual and my hopes and expectations for my time at CHI manifested themselves in an unobtrusive manner as I completed a consultation with my therapist. Before I had even begun to enjoy the Spa experience I felt nurtured and important. The term ‘clients’ is too impersonal and sterile for those visiting the CHI Spa, therefore, I will use the term ‘guests’ as this hints at the level of care afforded to everyone. Guests are welcomed with Peppermint Tea upon arrival as it is renowned for its ability to improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, aid in weight loss and boost the immune system. As you can imagine I began to feel better immediately!
“The use of dark and light throughout the reception area and treatment rooms, smooth lines and elemental furnishings sets the tone for your sanctuary experience. After an initial consultation session designed to sculpt my ‘journey’ through CHI, I was escorted to the Hydrotonic Pool.” The use of dark and light throughout the reception area and treatment rooms, smooth lines and elemental furnishings sets the tone for your sanctuary experience. After an initial consultation session designed to sculpt my ‘journey’ through CHI, I was escorted to the Hydrotonic Pool. The pool is recommended pretreatment and lasts 30 minutes. The outdoor pool is set amidst a large naya surrounded by herbaceous planted areas. It can offer as exhilarating an experience as you desire and combined with the warmth of the sun and aromatics of the plants it begins to refuel your physical and emotional self. A little reluctantly, I left the pool and settled into my suite with adjoining steam room which was my next destination. Many of the benefits of the treatments are subcutaneous and therefore open pores are the order of the day. Having been enveloped in a cashmere robe and thoroughly hydrated I queried whether or not it would be possible to heighten my senses and levels of relaxation any further. The Ku Nye Massage and facial which followed settled my quandary. The consultation process plays an important part in determining the finer details of each treatment and I settled upon the ORE aroma which combines Clove, Orris and Ylang Ylang to stimulate a sense of euphoria. You may choose to take the ‘calming and comforting’ experience or equally remove scent completely. The massage tables seemed to cocoon my body providing support and comfort. Each knotted muscle, representing a portion of wedding planning, daily chores and pressures of work were kneaded precisely whilst Empa, the therapist, was careful not to lose the sense of relaxation I had requested. She expertly activated my ‘chakra’ . I was then transported to the tropical rainforest for my rejuvenating facial. Organic products are used to exfoliate, cleanse and purify the skin. The ingredients and techniques are combined to nourish and stimulate circulation in order to restore your ‘glow’ and as I looked in the mirror after the treatment I knew that said glow was also a restoration of myself after lack of ‘me-time’. Escape, alone or invite your closest friends and family to reboot and recharge amidst exquisite facilities and unrivalled professionalism. When thinking of others and orchestrating the perfect day becomes a little too much, turn to the Shangri-La Hotel, Doha for the peerless perfection of their products, therapists and treatments For reservations please call CHI, The Spa : +974 4429 5000 www.ohlala-magazine.com
THE VAMPIRE FACIAL Talking all things aesthetic we sit down with SILKOR Laser & Aesthetic Center to discover the truth behind the non-invasive PRP treatment.
WHAT IS PLATELET-RICH-PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY? The best way to summarise PRP is that it is a new form of regenerative medicine that utilises nothing but the patient’s own blood. WHAT ARE PLATELETS? Platelets are a crucial part of the body’s ability to stop bleeding and to repair damaged blood vessels and cells in the body. A good way to think of them is as ‘little powerhouses’ which release proteins (called growth factors) when they become activated by contact with the body’s tissue. This activation promotes tissue repair and collagen production. WHICH AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH PRP THERAPY? 1. Fine lines & creases on the forehead 2. Hair loss 3. Crepiness of the upper eyelid 4. Dark circles 5. Smile lines & open pores 6. Nasolabial folds 7. Poor skin texture 8. Back of the hands 9. Necklace lines & turkey neck 10. Crepiness of the décolletage •One of the real strengths of PRP is for rejuvenation of the under-eye area. This is a notoriously difficult area to treat and there are very few effective treatments available. PRP can improve the skin quality and decrease dark circles in this area. • You can inject PRP into any areas where you would inject dermal filler. It won’t have the same effect as filler, as the two treatments work in different ways. However it will stimulate collagen production in this area which will plump this area with time. •Open pores bother many people and are 92
again a very difficult problem to treat. PRP helps to tighten these stubborn pores as well as improving the overall skin quality. • With age many people notice the texture of the skin on their chin changes and looks quite coarse, which can be greatly improved with PRP. • Hair loss is a very exciting area for treatment with PRP. Provided the hair follicles are intact PRP can stimulate new hair growth. This is particularly noticeable with treatment around the eye areas, where patients report increased lash growth. It can also be injected directly into the eyebrow and into the scalp to treat hair loss in these areas. • PRP can be used to firm a turkey neck, and can be injected into the lines that run horizontally around our neck (necklace lines), for which there are very few other treatment options. • The backs of the hands and décolletage can be plumped and the skin quality improved with PRP. • There is increasing evidence for PRP as a treatment for stretch marks, with patients reporting decreased size of their stretch marks. • PRP can be injected into any scars and will improve appearance by stimulating collagen production.
HOW MANY PRP TREATMENTS WILL I NEED? Treatment protocols will vary from patient to patient. We generally advise that patients over the age of 40 will need a course of 3 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Younger patients may only need 1, and some patients may require more dependent on their indications.
IS PRP THERAPY PAINFUL? Because the local anesthetic cream is left to work for a long time, most patients don’t find the treatment painful.
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD AVOID AFTER MY PRP TREATMENT? Routinely, we apply a layer of PPP to the face as a serum at the end of the treatment. This means that you will be leaving with this on your skin. Try to avoid touching your face for the rest of the day, and avoid cleansing or moisturising your skin until the morning after treatment. Avoid applying makeup until the morning after your treatment too.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM PRP THERAPY? Patients of any age can benefit from PRP therapy. Younger patients will notice an improvement in their skin quality, as well as targeting any early concerns they may have. As patients get older and show more signs of ageing there will be more specific areas to target.
WILL I NOTICE RESULTS IMMEDIATELY? Most people start to notice results themselves around 3-4 weeks with continuous improvements upto 6-12 months after treatment. ARE THE RESULTS OF PRP THERAPY PERMANENT? They are long-lived but not permanent. We advise people to have a maintenance treatment once a year after their initial course. WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF PRP TREATMENTS? Because the treatment involves only injection of your own blood with nothing added to it, it is very safe. Side-effects, if they occur at all, are usually mild to moderate.
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Ozone Gym & Spa is a leading recreational centre ideally nestled in the heart of Doha City, located at LA CIGALE Hotel M2 Floor and houses a portfolio of treatments ideal for preparing the canvas that is the beautiful Bride-to-be.
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you strive to look your best and no day amplifies this concern more than your big day. Ozone Spa is Doha’s most relaxing retreat that offers world-class health and wellness activities for exquisite relaxation and renewal for your body and soul to ensure that you are at your optimum best. You can indulge with Ozone Spa and experience their rejuvenating Body and Facial Treatments that include a diverse range of Relaxation Massage, Skin Care and LPG Slimming Treatments such as Herbal Permanent Contour, Anti-tension and Volcanic Stone Healing Massages to Peeling, Scrubbing, Wrapping, Anti-Cellulite and Hydra Facial Treatments, in addition to the most luxurious Traditional Arabic Hammam. Grab your bridal party and give your girls a pamper to ensure that you’re all prepped and photo worthy, after all, you will covet your photo album for eternity and you deserve nothing less than perfection.
“Grab your bridal party and give your girls a pamper to ensure that you’re all prepped and photo worthy” As leaders in using state-of-the-art Spa technology in their treatments, Ozone Spa has recently added the latest innovative LPG Slimming Machine “New Cellu M6 Alliance Patent”. The Cellu M6 revolution fights for natural beauty, it works through a cell stimulating mechanism action and intensively conditions the skin tissue, firms and lifts the body and face to reduce cellulite and break down the deposit fat with immediate results. No need to worry about those extra inches on your final dress fitting after all - phewf ! For more information please call: +974 442 88100/01 www.lacigalehotel.com
DINING Our round up of the best chic eats venues
Say Aloha to the weekend with the ALL NEW Friday Brunch (12:30 â€“ 16:00), with the menu featuring a blend of your favourite casual food and the Vicâ€™s Asian-Polynesian signature dishes. Moreover have unlimited servings of your favourite signature drinks from the original Mai Tai to Tiki Puka Puka, served in festive party libation while you hoola with the new resident Cuban live band. Spend your Fridays in Paradise! Call 4423 3118
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
Escape to Lagoon Garden with your girlfriends to savour a large selection of a la carte healthy lunch menu prepared to perfection by The Ritz-Carlton Doha culinary team. After lunch, spend the afternoon relaxing by the infinity pool sipping on refreshing drinks. Call 4484 8000
Take Fridays to a new level with The St. Regis Grand Brunch. Celebrate this culinary journey with more than 2,500 square meters of lavish offerings prepared by our leading Chefs from Astor Grill, Opal by Gordon Ramsay and Vine with live entertainment and activities for children. Call: 4446 0105 96
Jwalaâ€™s dining experience promises a tasteful journey through the world of Indian flavors and spices, all complemented with the perfect blend of authenticity and innovation. The vibrant street art and interior sets the ideal stage for a relaxed and joyful dining experience.
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CHIC Eats InterContinental Doha, The City
Located sky high on Levels 55 and 56 with stunning views of the Doha skyline, Strata Lounge offers a light menu with innovative creations best shared with friends and even better accompanied by our Signature cocktails. With its modern décor, seductive lighting, and the right mix of music, Strata is a sleek and inviting space for socialising throughout the evening or dancing the night away. Call: 4015 8888
Enjoy a fun filled day with their Friday Brunch, re-launched at Choices restaurant. Indulge in over 100 sumptuous delicacies, experience the live cooking stations, soak in the outdoor BBQ terrace, sip at the drinks stations, be mesmerised by the jazz band while kids busy themselves at the kids’ zone and much more. Call: 4402 3333
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Start the weekend on a leisurely note with the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel Doha Friday Brunch, extended buffet stations in Elements, Il Teatro and Arabica. Savour a wide array of offerings – from fresh seafood to sushi, Asian food favourites. Arabic and Western selection, Peking Duck station and sumptuous desserts including matched by an all new setting of action stations that serve up an unforgettable backdrop for flavourful cuisine. Call: 4494 8600
Shangri-La Hotel Doha
Shanghai Club is the first of its kind and the highest Chinese restaurant in Doha. This new-age of chic restaurant with a 100% Chinese brigade is the new venue to savour authentic Cantonese, Sichuan and Shanghinese cuisines while admiring the Doha skyline from the 43rd and 44th floors. Open for dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Lounge bar & Balcony: 5:30 p.m. until late. DJ & Entertainment. Call: 4429 5295
Enjoy Sunset Chocolate Afternoon Tea at SKY LOUNGE with their exceptional chocolate and freshly made pastries creating a bespoke combination of flavours to accompany Doha’s majestic sunset from the heights of The Torch Doha. Each individual pastry contains different elements of cocoa to entice the palette and blend together to celebrate the very best of chocolate, combining sugar and spice whilst ensuring that the content of ingredients is fully balanced. Available Monday to Friday, 5:00pm - 7:00pm upon reservations. Call: 4446 5600
Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
Spring is here and Luxe Lounge is invited all of you to try their Blossom Afternoon Tea, perfect for all who enjoys a relaxing afternoon. Enjoy the high tea together with Luxe Lounge famous savoury specials and sweet treats. Available every day from 2PM till 6PM Call: 3359 8514
Marsa Malaz Kempinski - The Pearl, Doha
The most delicate and the only golden afternoon tea in the city at the grand setting of Café Murano. A collection of delicious sweet and savoury miniatures along with carefully selected range of tea and coffees, overlooking a splendid sea view. The secret is in the golden touches! Call: 4035 5555 98
“Because the stomach and the heart aren’t too far apart.” Anonymous Doha Marriott Hotel
Perfectly located in their grand lobby, their lobby café will provide you with the best coffees and snacks for your mood. From Americanos to Turkish coffee, their professional baristas are always here to brew your unique cup of coffee to start the day well or just enjoy some relaxing time in their lobby sofas all day long.Enjoy the coolest coffee break in town at the Lobby Café of the Doha Marriott Hotel. Only in April, try the best brews in their iced version and beat the heat. Call: 4429 8888
Bringing sophistication to a maximum level with its AFTERNOON Tea. An exquisite selection of sweet and savoury Asian delights, following with the most wide and traditional Asian teas, or you can choose a package that includes bubbles. Situated on the impressive 61st Floor at Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay from Sunday to Thursday, 3pm to 6pm Call: 4405 3560
Sheraton Grand Doha
Indulge in all the prestigious privacy and the elegant luxury you need for the most treasured moments of your life with an unforgettable private experience. Nothing beats dining under the stars at the lush green resort of Sheraton with the majestic view of the Arabian Gulf.Featuring a private violin performance, 3 course menu designed to perfection, exclusive seating, special decorations and a private butler. Call: 4485 3000
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? Well breakfast hotspot Santa Monica Breakfast Club is offering Doha residents a daily breakfast buffet. Come and enjoy the delights on offer, whether it is before work or before a day packed full of activities. Call: 4448 1240
InterContinental Doha Mykonos, notably Doha’s best Mediterranean restaurant offers authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Their Greek chef sources only the best ingredients which are complimented by a selection of Greek and Mediterranean drinks for an ultimate dining experience .Experience a Greek Orthodox Easter buffet including one glass of bubbly. Exciting activities such as egg hunting and face painting await the little ones on the 8th April. Call: 4484 4919
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THE PERFECT MATCH Prime Steakhouse located at the InterContinental Doha - The City didn’t disappoint in their dining offerings, as it peacocked its feathers as the ultimate steakhouse destination amidst a relaxed and comfortable setting. Well, our classy carnivorous side just couldn’t resist such a temptation and we’re glad that we did.
hen it comes to going out for steak, I often find myself in two minds. On the one hand I think; why bother? I can cook a mean cut myself at home and on the other hand I think, well, it is a rather classy way to spend an evening and a treat. I say treat because it’s usually pricey paying for prime meat imported from Australia or America. From the moment you arrive at Prime, the quality is of a high standard. Excellent service is complimented by quality food and ingredients. Gorgeous fresh bread adorned the table as we chose our dishes and they were accompanied by three butters; a mixed herb, tomato and a salted butter respectively. The appetizers were award worthy and astonishingly impressive. The signature dish par excellence must surely be the braised short ribs which have been slow cooked for thirty six hours! Yes, you could fly to London and back three times and they’d still be sitting in that oven! They were punctuated in a roasted butternut and wasabi spinach sauce. The end result was the tastiest ribs I have ever eaten. Prime has recently overhauled its menu by stripping back the pages of options and decluttered it down to a simple one paged board that you can see all at a mere glance. It’s introduced some new items and optimised its classic signature pieces. It’s a kind of back-to-basics approach or put another way, trying to do what they do really well, even better! One of their new dishes is the sous vide red chilli prawns from their appetisers list. The prawns are served with coconut infused butternut squash and carrot and a not too hot but wholly complimentary Thai red chilli sauce. And old favourite - the five spice and coriander duck cooked at fifty degrees remains firmly on the menu. We could see the chef preparing the steaks in a glass box. They care deeply about their steak and are keen to convey that to you. They show you in the menu the degree to which they can prepare your steak in six stages from blue to well done via medium and medium rare. Sauces were on point. To be different I went for Tennessee bourbon BBQ which added a smoky texture to my meat. They offer three excellent choices, striploin, tenderloin and rib eye. I rather liked that simplicity across the menu. You’re given a choice but not burdened by it. If the steak itself did not leave me speechless, then the sides definitely did. The truffle mash is superb and the crispy shiitake mushrooms were so moreish that 100 www.ohlala-magazine.com
“They care deeply about their steak and are keen to convey that to you. They show you in the menu the degree to which they can prepare your steak in six stages from blue to well done via medium and medium rare.” if Prime were to get a patent on this item, I’m quite sure they could sell it in supermarkets as a delicious snack. Not like your average soggy mushroom, these were crisp, salty and had just a slight kick to get you addicted! In the end, a steakhouse has to really offer something extra to justify the cost and to avoid being, well, just another steak house. Prime is an example of somewhere that knows how to really bring it. It’s a definitive escapism where you’ll be treated especially well and where you are in for more than just a prime cooked steak. For reservations please call: +974 40158888
SAVE THE DATE Choosing your wedding venue will undoubtedly be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make, so, it’s good to start considering your options right away. If you’re not sure where to hold your wedding, don’t worry, we have compiled the perfect list of wedding venues across Qatar to assist with your planning.
CHIC Eats DOHA MARRIOTT HOTEL
THE TORCH, DOHA
From start to finish, The Torch exemplary staff work hard to ensure the perfect celebration for your special day. An unforgettable wedding is their promise of excellence to you. There is a Complimentary Junior Suite for the Wedding Couple if the booked event has minimum 150 guests (Terms & Conditions apply). For more information, please contact +974 4446 5600
CITY CENTRE ROTANA
A 5-star hotel located in the trendy West Bay area of Doha, City Centre Rotana offers an unforgettably stylish setting to mark your big day. The right setting makes all the difference, they have all the facilities required to host intimate and grand weddings at their 842 m2 Almas Ballroom. In order to make your event even more special,their venue is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities. With chefs specialising in International, Oriental, American, Italian, Indian, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, you can enjoy customised menus. Their in-house pastry chef can also prepare a delectable wedding cake designed to your liking. For more information, please contact +974 4445 8888 ext 1008
SOUQ WAQIF BOUTIQUE HOTELS
Fully immerse yourself in cultural beauty and allow Souq Waqif Boutique Hotelâ€™s to provide you with the perfect location in emblematic and fashionable surroundings. Have your wedding in the amazing and eclectic location of Souq Waqif, a traditional market in the cosmopolitan city of Doha. For more information, please contact +974 4433 6666
Their spectacular 2,000 square meter ballroom space is the perfect place to host an extravagant wedding and can be customised according to your taste. Full-length curtains in gold, red maroon and royal blue combine with the impressive crystal chandeliers to create a sense of luxury for your special day. The ballroom is directly connected to the Opal Suite by a one-of-a-kind 24K gold-sculpted caged elevator and a gleaming marble suitcase with golden handrail, allowing the bride to make her grand entrance in the most glamorous way possible. For more information, please contact +974 4045 5700 104 www.ohlala-magazine.com
THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA
The enriching Diamond package offers the most exclusive services and facilities that The Westin has to offer. With bespoke culinary experiences, a premium stay at the Presidential Suite, luxury amenities & gifts, pampering spa experiences and the best service in Doha, the Diamond package is for those brides looking for something that extra special. Why not indulge yourself in the Heavenly Signature Hammam Ritual, beginning with a relaxing scalp massage followed by a body cleanse then exfoliation through a body polish. Your hair will be cleansed by the AMRA hair ritual together with a full body mask. You will then enjoy a full body massage and the treatment will finish with an application of body butter - bliss! For more information, please contact +974 4492 1515
THE ST.REGIS DOHA
The timeless tradition of a St. Regis wedding is becoming part of the fabric of Doha society. At the most sought-after address and location in Doha, everything for the most memorable wedding possible can be effortlessly arranged; from exceptional catering to breathtaking flower arrangements. The St. Regis Doha will be honored to have you as guests and help make your best day as memorable as imaginable. For more information, please contact +974 4446 0000
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA
A prestigious waterfront setting for wedding celebrations in Doha, Qatar, Four Seasons welcomes your guests with beautiful resort-like ambience. From their grand Al Mirqab Ballroom to the beachfront Garden Terrace, their indoor and outdoor settings are flexible for every style of event, including ladies-only wedding celebrations. For more information, please contact +974 4494 8888
THE TORCH, DOHA
CITY CENTRE ROTANA, DOHA
Set the stage for a memorable Doha wedding in their elegantly styled venues, on the waterfront. Enjoy a relaxing pre-wedding massage at their luxury spa and take advantage of their dressing suite. You will collaborate with their catering experts to craft a customised wedding menu that reflects your theme. Trust the expertise of their seasoned wedding planners to coordinate the details of your Doha wedding, where you can host a lavish wedding reception in Doha at the Al-Fayrouz Ballroom, which can accommodate 800 guests. Getting married is a very important step in the life of a woman, and you can never celebrate enough! You can enjoy a QR200 voucher at The Spa for facials, massage, bath rituals or any treatment above one hour. Visit them within one year of your wedding, with a certificate, and let them take good care of you. And again, congratulations! For more information, please contact +974 4429 8888
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CHIC Eats SHANGRI-LA HOTEL DOHA
The regal Shangri-La Ballroom, with its opulent chandeliers, pillarless, open floor plan, and high ceiling is the perfect venue for a magnificent wedding. It can be converted into three smaller, but no less elegant, event spaces for intimate celebrations with family and friends. The ballroom features an adjacent bridal room and is accessed easily through a private entrance. With expert attention to detail, their team will deliver warm and professional service, and make sure your special day goes smoothly. For more information, please contact
and etiquettes have proved invaluable in the planning and hosting of many memorable events. They fulfill every cultural consideration and their Executive Chef with a team of experts will make sure your tailor made menu will be of superior quality. Their expertise for Arabic, Indian and continental cuisine with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will delight you. For more information, please contact +974 3346 6756
GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS
W Doha Hotel & Residences provides a brilliant backdrop for a wedding or commitment ceremony. And sensationally styled spaces are just the beginning. When you wed at W Doha, you’ll get to enjoy exclusive Whatever/Whenever® services so your wedding experience is exactly how you’ve always imagined. Now, get set for your big day with big-time style, stress-free. They will make sure every moment happens without a hitch. For more information, please contact +974 4429 5203
Grand Hyatt Doha offers flexible indoor and outdoor function spaces, making it the ideal wedding venue in Doha. Get inspired and host a unique wedding at their immaculate gardens, outdoor poolside and lush lawns, or choose Al Silia Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1000 guests for the ultimate regal experience - not to mention their separate VIP entrance! Whether you dream of a lavish banquet for hundreds of guests, or an intimate gathering with your closest family and friends Grand Hyatt provides tailored food menus to ensure everyone is happy. Also, they are offering a limited rate per person until the end of August 2018. For more information, please contact +974 4448 1234
THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA
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Luxury weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha marry breathtaking natural beauty with flawless planning and seamless execution. From intimate outdoor ceremonies along shimmering coastal waters to large ceremonies in elegant wedding halls, each experience is planned to perfection. With three dazzling fountains and 300 swaying palm trees, The Fountain Courtyard is an enchanting outdoor space for ceremonies and celebrations. For traditional wedding galas, the Al Wosail Ballroom divides into four individual venues for pre-function spaces or smaller gathering areas. For more information, please contact +974 4484 8000
Sheraton Grand Doha is where families gather. For the past 30 years, the Sheraton Grand Doha has been honored to be the first choice for Qatari families for wedding celebrations in Doha. They understand that the most important day in your life is not only about fancy trimmings and nice food, but also, about the timeless and endearing memories you share with your loved ones, and the assuring sense of belonging you would normally experience in your own home. For more information, please contact +974 4485 4444
CROWNE PLAZA DOHA – THE BUSINESS PARK
This venue is the perfect setting for your wedding celebration with its grand ballrooms, tailor-made menus and their experienced, professional and friendly staff. The unique venues at the Event Centre can host bespoke weddings, civil ceremonies, henna parties, ladies and gentlemen engagement parties for 100 to 400 guests. The centre has four levels that cover all your event needs. The ballrooms feature natural daylight; built-in audio-visual equipment and wireless Internet access to keep you stay connected. It has a basement for VIP arrival, private relaxing rooms and private parking. All ballrooms have lounge and pre-function areas ideal for receptions and preevent cocktails. For more information, please contact +974 3346 6756
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One of the most luxurious and spacious venues in Doha; 907sqm pillarless ballroom with built in state of the art lighting and sound system. Their team’s experience and sensitive understanding of traditional ceremonies 106 www.ohlala-magazine.com
CROWNE PLAZA - THE BUSINESS PARK
As a premier integrated lifestyle destination in the heart of Doha, Oryx Rotana is the ideal location for your wedding day. With a spectacular ballroom, luxuriously-appointed guest rooms, exquisite culinary experiences and experts who are skilled at orchestrating weddings, you have all the makings of a treasured occasion that will be remembered forever. For more information, please contact +974 4402 3333
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Founder and Event Planner, Nyla Maharaj-Ramkalawan, talks about the importance of planning an event or a wedding and why the experience of Events by Nyla sets the tone for any event worth talking about.
ow long have you been in the business as an Events Coordinator? Officially for just over 12 years, but I have been assisting friends and some institutions pro-bono before registering Events by Nyla in Denmark. Yes, Events by Nyla was founded in Denmark where I lived for six years before relocating to Doha in 2011. When I started working in Qatar, I operated under the name Balloon DĂŠcor & More as I was introducing a totally new concept in balloons 108 www.ohlala-magazine.com
which, up until then, Qatar did not yet have the privilege of experiencing. Most other companies only knew of simple balloon arches, columns and helium-inflated balloons either loosely arranged into bouquets or flown to the ceiling. I am often referred to as the Pioneer in WOW Factor Balloon Creations in Doha, and this is a title which I hold with great pride! In order to give equal justice to all the services that I offer, extensive rebranding was undertaken to relaunch Events by Nyla in Doha last December. What factors do you consider when choosing an event venue?
I would say that the event budget is one of the first considerations to take into account! Once this is established, I would then assess feasibility of hosting based on current reputation regarding catering, security especially if there will be many high-profile guests, venue capacity, travel and parking convenience for guests, suitability of the venue for the type of event, current reputation of the venue with regards to their customer service and support. These are just a handful of the factors that I start with. It is extremely important that the event venue matches the tone of the event. As an example, I would most probably
never consider hosting a Qatari wedding or a “Black-Tie” function in a hotel or other event hall that has less than a 5-Star rating. You have to set the tone from the very beginning. What are your strategies for dealing with irate clients? As a professional, I aim to always maintain a level of calm and try to transfer this psyche to my clients. To be brutally honest though, I haven’t had to deal with more than two irate clients during my 12 plus years in this field. There are many possible causes of a client’s anger and I try not to take their comments personally and to be sincerely sympathetic to them. You have to put yourself in their shoes at times. This is their special day and they would like every element of their event to be perfect. What are some of the ways you measure event success? The look on my client’s face after I have delivered his/her event is my greatest marker of success! Another significant marker for me is whether I have grown in my professional capabilities from the event in question. Were there challenges that I was able to overcome with ease? Was I able to translate my client’s dream into a reality? If I were able to answer in the affirmative to these two questions following the event, then it was indeed successful, and I can continue soaring to greater heights. Have you ever planned multiple events at the same time? How did you prioritise your time and resources to meet critical deadlines? Oh yes, I have done this on several occasions! However, I rarely commit to more than one large-scale event for the same day, as I am always on hand for such events to ensure that each element is being executed with precision and up to the standards of Events by Nyla. Proper planning eases the stress of coordinating multiple events that are taking place on the same day; and this helps significantly with timescheduling to deliver all that has been promised. How many weddings have you participated in? You’ve taken me back to circa 19 years ago when I planned each and every detail of my very own fairytale wedding! We hosted just about 350 guests and since then I have been considering entering the niche of Wedding Planners! I contributed to the concept for a few weddings but not as the official Wedding Coordinator. Do you have a portfolio of weddings that you’ve recently done that Brides-to-be can browse? Unfortunately, not at the moment as I am now adding Weddings to my portfolio. Stay tuned
“Proper planning eases the stress of coordinating multiple events that are taking place on the same day; and this helps significantly with timescheduling to deliver all that has been promised.”
as I will soon be creating samples of wedding settings that promises to WOW brides-to-be and take weddings in Doha to the next level. My slogan is ‘Everlasting Moments’ and I pride myself in delivering this to my clients by applying luxury in every intricate detail! How would you describe your design style? (e.g. traditional, modern, rustic, organic) I would definitely say traditional for my personal style, but at times one may see me as a bit eclectic. I am a bit of a chameleon, adapting easily to meet the needs/tastes of my clients. At
the end of the day, I feel that it’s not really about my style but moreover the style of my clients. The organic design style is quite trendy at the moment, and I quite enjoy delivering setups that follow its respective principles. Which flowers would you recommend based on the time of year/season and colour palette? The colour palette which are perfect for Spring and Summer weddings comprise of pastel hues of pinks, purples/lilac, orange/coral, green, blue, and yellow. Although roses are still the universal example of the flower which symbolizes “love” and hence, widely used for weddings; I like to combine with other blooms such as hyacinths and orchids as highlighted in today’s setting. My all-time favorite “pick” is still the Calla Lily which I used in my bridal bouquet. There’s just something so graceful about this species! If I gave you a picture of a bouquet and/or centerpiece that I like, can you recreate it? Of course, I can! However, I will discourage you from recreating it exactly as your sample image. I would use it as a guideline but put “my twist’ on it. I like to create unique pieces for all my décor items. Whilst I think that it’s ok to take inspiration from other artists, I sway from supporting exact replicas. With the explosion of social media platforms in recent years, I feel that there’s too much copying of other people’s work. What other décor elements can you provide (aisle runner, candelabras, trees, chuppah, votives, mirrors, etc.)? Whatever you need in the line of accent décor, I can provide! Events by Nyla handles the A to Z of Events. Do you create sample arrangements before signing a contract? Depending on the scale of the event, yes, I do! If it is not feasible, I may show images of similar setups/arrangements. Will you work with a cake designer if there is a decision to add flowers to the wedding cake? I am hands-on with each of my vendors and work closely with them to ensure that we are matching all the requests of my clients. Can you assist with the preservation of the bouquet after the wedding? If not, can you recommend someone? Yes, we definitely can! I know how important it is to many brides to preserve their wedding bouquets as their personal memento from their special day! For more information please contact +974 3319 8817 /email@example.com EventsbyNyla.com www.ohlala-magazine.com 109
Whimsical Formality BOOM ART STUDIO, whose professional approach, flawless working ethics, and deep respect for the Qatari tradition and culture, have quickly gained them a respectable reputation and a well-known brand name have offered up this ‘Soft Blush Spring Garden Wedding Stylised Shoot’, and we’re officially in love. The Story… in the words of BOOM ART STUDIO.
Through networking with the best wedding vendors and collaborating at a staged wedding, we wanted to explore, experiment and have the creative freedom to produce the best work according to the newest trends in wedding industry. Clean and classic theme ensures timeless elegance and lushness, while garden areacombined with 2018 top-trends, romance and grandeur gives a special spark. Neutral colours combine beautifully - they are minimalistic, but they feel grand. Coordination of a beautiful and cohesive palette that fits an unique aesthetic, pleases every eye and stands the test of time. Lushness, grandeur and above all, romance! In the heart of bustling Doha, we have found a green oasis to create a magical love story. Instagram: @boomartstudio Whatsapp: +974 3311 0482, Telephone: +974 4411 1070
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I’M NOT A BRIDEZILLA Never a one to follow the norm, Miss Ohlala bucks the stereotypical trend of a woman who is planning her own wedding in an erratic fashion. Last Winter some lovely self-preserving impulse came over my blushing partner, and one golden afternoon in Scotland he got down on one knee and proposed to the woman he loves...me. Yeah, that could have been awkward. He says I’m matter-of-fact, funny and strong - the kind of person you can trust to rescue you from your usual daily spiral of pettiness and self-loathing. Like I said: self-preservation. I can remember every detail of the proposal - what he said, or attempted to say; what the light looked like all around and the celebration of food and drink that we enjoyed together in a daze afterwards. The question arose as to whether he had asked my Father’s ‘permission’ to be able to offer me his hand in marriage. He did. My Father accepting such a renouncing of ownership rather frivolously if you ask me. Now, I don’t know about you but this gesture of goodwill sounds rather archaic, but, alas, I’m still waiting for such a loving display of self-mutilation and/or affection - will a high-five do? One of my friends has previously called me up to have an actual melt down because her so-called-friend got engaged as well and was planning to get married in the same year as she was. Apparently it was her special year and not just a day. She threw a huge fit that this girl was only getting married to “steal her thunder”. May I add that there weddings weren’t even being held in the same season never mind the same month. Brides sometimes don’t think rationally and I for one don’t need the excuse of a wedding to be referenced as such. 114 www.ohlala-magazine.com
Don’t even get me started on the altercations of asking friends to be bridesmaids. It opens up a whole can of worms to those friends who haven’t been selected, with a barrage of questions as to why and a level of self-questioning as to why they didn’t make the final cut. Once when I was a bridesmaid I was told to go to the hairdressers to ‘dye my hair’ and the bride would cover the cost. Of course I questioned said outlandish command, the brides response? My hair was quite ‘attention-grabbing’ and wouldn’t fit with the cohesiveness of the group. Okay then. Moving back to the hubby-to-be, I started calling him the bride and this began as a joke between us. My joke. I’ve since realised that I’ve been trying to tell him something that he had yet to hear, which is that I have no intention on performing whatever role the woman is usually forced to perform in this situation. He gets it. It’s something he likes about me (a possible first) and the way I go through life - skepticism, independence in abundance and my ongoing distrust of authority. I think he’s marrying me precisely because I’m not the type of girl who’s super into weddings. I do love cake though...
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