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Edi t o r ’ s Letter
elcome to our lovely October issue. We have taken a bit of a different path in this month’s edition of Ohlala, wherein we look at the power of design and its influence on fashion. By taking architectural wonders around the world, we look to fresh inspiration for our wardrobes through key visionaries of the 21st century including Zaha Hadid and Ken Yeang. We also look back at the history of the most revered manufacturers of silverware: Christofle and Baccarat, who have given us the most sophisticated and chic ornaments for our homes. My personal favourite feature of this issue is the Plakinger photoshoot set in Shanghai’s Waldorf Astoria. It’s a completely flawless concept of melding daring fashion with decadent settings. And for your everyday style needs, you’ll find a variety of looks to choose from, whether that’s dinner party chic with sleek and silky LBDs or going back to the future with latex laden pieces. Elsewhere in the issue we have an exclusive chat with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, creative directors of KENZO, alongside Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor to H&M, who have paired up together for the highly anticipated KENZO x H&M collaboration. Their insight into the business of brand building via creative fusions is as telling and endearing as the collection itself. As ever we maintain a strong presence about town and enjoy the finer things in life at the best eateries and most luxurious spa havens - our lifestyle section has all the information you need to live unapologetically large.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m still patiently waiting for the so-called autumn season to arrive. I’m still burning from my house to my car, and the humidity is still playing games with my makeup’s longevity. On another, more stylist note, I’ve bought roughly, not exaggerating, three jackets already. In my mind, I still have hope that autumn will magically appear with a majestic and breezy entrance. But we all know, that, isn’t happening. But I’ll tell you what will happen: I’ll keep all of my jackets locked away until my next escape, OUT of Doha. That is for sure. And as I wait for the weather to get better, check out Sharq Village & Spa’s latest brunch at Al Liwan restaurant which I truly enjoyed. Also, for our readers who suffer from insomnia, anxiety or depression, discover how the Himalayan spa treatment at The St.Regis Doha can help make it better. Enjoy another great issue of Ohlala.
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Co ol Collaborations H&M has become one of the most powerful high street brands in the world of fashion. With every collaboration, the style stakes are raised to new heights. Now, Kenzo is at the helm of the latest H&M campaign. We talk to both sides of this dream team about the freedom of fashion, the creative process and the synergy between the brands
Kenzo’s Creative Directors Humberto Leon & Carol Lim What is it about H&M that sits well within the KENZO aesthetic? Humberto Leon: We were so excited to be asked to collaborate with H&M. They do such a great job of celebrating the brands that they work with, and don’t ever want any compromise on the collections – they want the true DNA of KENZO. H&M really understand the fun of fashion, and want to make style attainable for everyone. What kind of pieces can we expect? And what kind of person do you see wearing them? Carol Lim: KENZO x H&M is like a conversation between us and Kenzo Takada, who founded the brand. We wanted to look at the archives through our own eyes, clashing together prints, colours and global influences to create pieces that will only ever be available through KENZO x H&M. We’re so excited to see who buys which piece – we love that there’ll be people buying their first ever piece of KENZO through the collaboration, as well as those who may have bought Mr Takada’s designs the first time around. What is the a ultimate aim of this collaboration? Are you aiming to tap into a different market of customers? Perhaps younger? Why is that? CL: There are so many people who only know our take on KENZO. They don’t know about the history of the brand, or the incredible legacy of Mr Takada. He was such a visionary designer who broke all the rules in 70s and 80s Paris. He had such freedom in his attitude to style, and we wanted to share that sensibility with a whole new generation around the world. Tell us about the process and how this collaboration was approached in the first instance? HL: We’ve been in conversation with H&M about collaborating for a couple of years, and it was great that they were happy to wait till the time was right for us. The process has been really clear and straightforward. We talked about what the collection will be like, and then they left us alone to design it how we wanted. They produced the samples, which were so exciting to see for the first time. We then fitted the collection until we reached the final samples and the finished collection. What direction do you hope to take KENZO to via this collaboration? CL: This is the first time that we’ve ever truly played with the archives, making it a special one-off collection. Even if you regularly wear KENZO, you’re going to find pieces in KENZO x H&M that you’ve never seen anywhere else before. It’s a special chance for us to celebrate the brand, and give everyone the chance to play with their style.
H&M’s Creative Advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson How do you think this collaboration with KENZO will add more value to the H&M DNA - you’ve done many collaborations (namely with Balmain) so how will this particular brand bring out 46
the essence of H&M? We love to give our customers a totally new experience with our designer collaborations, something completely different. I love that in the past three years, we’ve had the urban sportswear of Alexander Wang, the new glamour of Balmain and now the playful energy of KENZO. From the beginning, our collaborations have been about breaking down the walls of fashion, giving people the chance to own clothes by designers they may not usually get to wear. We’re so happy with KENZO x H&M and can’t wait for it to reach the stores. H&M has always been seen as an accessible, high street brand. Are you wanting to create a more high fashion appeal by collaborating with luxury brands? It has been so exciting to be able to bring designer fashion to a whole new audience, and to break down the old barriers that used to exist. It’s been great to discover that what we all have in common is a love of fashion, and a desire to share that with the world. We love that our customers get to experience these different worlds, and to have in their wardrobe, pieces by designers they would never normally get to wear, all through their collaboration with H&M. What are you wanting to give the H&M customer out of this collaboration? Our designer collaborations are for anyone who loves fashion. It’s really exciting to think that there’ll be some teenagers who will be getting their first ever piece by KENZO, and maybe their first ever taste of designer fashion, through KENZO x H&M. Then there’ll be all the fans of KENZO around the world who have loved Carol and Humberto’s take on the brand since they started in 2011. They’ll want to get an exclusive design from KENZO x H&M that they’ll never be able to get anywhere else. It’s also exciting to think that there might be original customers of Kenzo Takada who will be buying pieces that will be like mementos for them of how they used to dress. We can’t wait to see how people wear KENZO x H&M in their own way. You’ve been doing brand collaborations for over a decade now. Why do you think they’ve been so successful? It’s amazing to think that when we started our designer collaborations, there were so many barriers in fashion. It’s been great to see those walls be broken down, and to let everyone in the world share in the experience. With each of our collaborations, we want to give our customers access to a whole new designer world, and to have pieces by designers they may not usually get to wear. What is the synergy between the two brands in terms of the aesthetics for this exclusive collection? How did this collaboration bring out the true H&M spirit? KENZO have been so generous in giving us a collection that goes deep into their archive. It’s amazing to be able to give our customers a piece of fashion history with our collaborations, and with KENZO x H&M, Carol and Humberto are mixing their own look with that of the brand’s founder, Kenzo Takada. The result is something very special, bringing fashion history to life and creating pieces that have both historical significance and also a present day sense of fun and energy.
Freedom & Femininity
Emirati brand, KAGE was born of Edie Sedgwick inspiration, the pop art icon and muse to Andy Warhol. We talk to designers, Basma Abu Ghazaleh and Arwa Abdelhadi about cat love and the cut-throat nature of the fashion industry How did you get started in fashion? My partner at the time and I were both at a point in our lives where we wanted to leave our jobs and embark on a new journey. We went through many ideas together, all creative. Travelling to London together inspired us. We shipped back fabric rolls and accessories which we collected from our trip and started designing. The KAGE brand was born and our first collection debut was A/W09. Why did you decide on creating such a contemporary aesthetic (micro-prints) in your clothing? ? For A/W16, we were inspired by fabric. While exploring, we came across 3D Tulip and Cat prints which mesmerised us and so we designed the collection based on the material. Describe the A/W16 collection for us? It’s combinations of streamlined silhouettes that are met with this season’s contemporary lengths concluding in an understated approach to winter dressing. Shades of hazy greys, earthy browns, twilight blues, soft reds and greens are incorporated with playful cat and tulip prints. Simplistic shapes and cuts are used with soft shirt cottons, giving an instant update that reinstates a light-hearted sprightly aura. What are the challenges you’ve faced in your work? Keeping up and working ahead of schedule is key and most challenging in the fashion industry which is a fast-paced, cut-throat industry. It’s also a very competitive business so making sure your brand is constantly evolving is very important and challenging as well. Are you focused exclusively on the Middle Eastern market or do you design in a way to gain a global reach? Our designs are well suited for the Middle Eastern as well as the Western market. While designing, the KAGE girl always comes first. She is a girl who loves to explore, travel and doesn’t take fashion too seriously. 48
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From Italy with Love
Italian design connoisseur, Sara Zuliani, gives Ohlala an insight into the world of design, décor, and how Qatari home style is moving in the right direction
elf-proclaimed globetrotter, this savvy Italian is always on the hunt for knowledge. Having moved to London at the age of 18, Sara Zuliani recalls being in need of something fresh and new. Willing to accept any challenge that came her way, the young and driven girl launched into a new culture, new language and new traditions without hesitation. The jetsetter dodged every bullet on her path and delivered. Having lived between Europe and the Middle East, this Italian beauty took over Doha as showroom manager of one of the most prestigious décor stores in the country, Poltrona Frau Design Center. And as if that wasn’t enough, she is now at the helm of the WAW Furniture showroom. Why did you decide to get into the décor field? For the first two years of my career I worked as the assistant of an event manager for one of the best hotels in London. I was 20 and organising events in one of the largest cities, for me, it was a dream that came true. Later I decided to go back to my beloved Venice, since I had been offered to manage a luxury glass showroom. This was the first time I was exposed to the infinite beauty of Italian design and architecture. Working together with creative minds became daily challenge, where I was assisting some of the most important Italian and international designers; choosing their master pieces from our collections, to decorate their residential and commercial luxury projects.
“I believe your house is the reflection of your soul”
Must-have pieces when designing and decorating a house? Well for sure an L shaped sofa with a nice relaxing chaise longue, and definitely one design piece from Cassina or Cappellini. I’m personally in love with the LC4 designed by Le Courbouise. Tips when choosing furniture? I believe your house is the reflection of your soul. This is why I always try to create a close relationship with my clients. I want to know them and be able to advise them accordingly and choose what best suits their villas, apartments or offices. I believe that you should follow your instincts but at the same time ask for professional support from an expert whilst designing your projects. Which décor style is in high demand at the moment? It’s very subjective; every day I’m visiting residential properties, governmental offices and commercial spaces. Our clients are businessmen and women, politicians and influencers. Everyone has his or her personal tastes and style. What I would say, based on my experience, is that the classic style is definitely not the only style in Qatar as it was a few years ago. Which celebrity’s house do you covet? I honestly don’t have any particular VIP I follow. I believe a house should be a place full of memories. Some of the houses I love the most are the houses belonging to art collectors with a passion to travel.
What are your thoughts on Middle Eastern décor style? During the past five years living in Qatar, I’ve noticed how my customer’s style has drastically evolved. I believe this is a natural process; people have started travelling more often and are therefore exposed to different influences from all over the 50
world. Internet and social media have also helped in developing people’s tastes. The classic style is still a fundamental element that you can find in a typical Qatari house, the symmetry and the pursuit for perfection, but compared to a few years ago it is more common today to find people appreciating a modern design piece together with a Louis XVI vintage armchair.
LOCAL Women Whose closet would you like to have for one day? It would be really cool to have a one-day access to the unlimited fashion archives of Vogue Milano. They have an area just filled with the entire vintage Salvatore Ferragamo shoes! Where do you see furniture design heading to in the next few years? I see design evolving very fast. Trends are changing in the same way fashion trends change. There are very few companies that are able to maintain their own identity and this is due to the strong history and background they have. Poltrona Grantorino Sofa @ Poltrona Showroom
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Designer Marcel Wanders by Anja Van Wijgerden
The proliferation of style over function when it comes to our home pieces is a mainstay of interior decorating. At the forefront of this new wave of design is Dutch Marcel Wanders who opens up conversation with every lamp, chair or table he creates. He talks to us about his collaboration with Christofle, where his ‘outside the box’ ideas come from and his favourite part of a home What is your design philosophy? Philosophy of life and design – it’s about eternal pieces. I create pieces that last a lifetime and more. I believe that designs that are created to capture the past and present will remain throughout life and will have more meaning than something created with a modern design.
Does your inspiration come from somewhere specific or is it all over the place?
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To me it’s very simple. It happens if you are honest and straightforward. We think and we have been shaped to think that we are rational beings, but we are not. We are emotional beings, and way more than just our brain. That is how we are human. That is the most important underlying ideal behind our work. Our work is truly spiritual, emotional, rational and a reflection of what we have to give.
What’s your favourite part of a home and why?
I love it when a home has nice large spaces. But I really do like small spaces as well. I think it’s important as a designer to create both; it’s really easy to create big ones and forget small ones. It’s very complex.
Which part of the world do you feel has the best sense of home design and décor and how do you feel about the Middle Eastern sense of home design and décor?
It’s hard to answer this question – I see people, around the world, but outside of their home environments. I have seen them in the US, Europe and Asia. On average I have seen 10-100 homes, which is really not measurable. Some 58
people really love to spend time and energy in their home, and they design their home as a place to celebrate. And some people care less. Some areas in the world are more equipped to do beautiful and wonderful designs. We make sure we touch the culture and tap into it and utilise the beauty of the place. As for the Middle Eastern sense of design, I think there is a beautiful sense of craft. People really find a way to put those qualities in their modern houses. Transparency in Middle Eastern homes is beautiful. The psychology is evident in the home.
Are you more of a traditionalist or modernist?
What is fundamental to my work is the context of modernism: the past is irrelevant to the future. To me, if that is the thinking, it means that the things I create today will be no longer be relevant tomorrow. I decided that I will incorporate living with the past and bringing it into the future, with all my work, linked to the past with innovation of the future. That is how my mom and daughter lives. And this is what my collections have been built on, such as the grandfather clock and Jardin D’eden (Garden of Eden) for Christofle.
What made you decide to partner with Christofle?
It was around 10 years ago that they asked me to do a project with them and I remember it took a few years till we got something we were both happy with. There were so many ideas and concepts being shared from both sides. Some that didn’t fit their vision and some that didn’t fit ours. We finally came up with the Jardin D’eden concept; we started working together based on that.
What is the inspiration behind the grandfather’s clock, what does the clock represent to you? Different, clocks have lost their functionality completely. Everyone has the time on their wrist, phone, iPad, etc.. It has now become completely functionless. We only have it because they are reflections of time and the
past. These are not easy; we are not trying to design easy products. It is very difficult, special and precious – it takes incredible craftsmanship to make this piece. The clock has three hours working in it, so you can customise what you want to measure on it. We live in an international world. I don’t have a specific person in mind, but I do feel that the piece I made is for the people who probably like and value showing that life is worth celebrating. And those objects express something to people - it shows that you care about them and that they really connect in a bigger part of your life. Give them something eternal. People who want to view this as an eternal piece are my clients for this piece.
LUXURY LIVING Personal space is an indulgence we love to explore. Both Christofle and Baccarat have always given our homes an injection of glamour and sophistication. We look at their most unique pieces through history and how they came to be through a visual chronology of their empires
Since its founding in 1830, the Christofle House has sustained its unique know-how of silvercraft, while continuously modernising techniques and applications throughout the years. Christofle’s exceptional pieces, which includes original creations by designers and artists, re-editions and reproductions of historic pieces, and custom orders are all produced in its Haute Orfèvrerie workshops, currently located in the Christofle factory in Yainville (Normandy), France. Internationally renowned designers and artists, some of whose pieces are exhibited in the world’s most prestigious museums, work with Christofle, expressing their creative talent through the unparalleled knowledge of Master Silversmiths. Artists who have left an indelible mark on the world, such as Italian architect Gio Ponti or Danish designer Christian Fjerdingstad, and, more recently, French designers Martin Szekely and Ora-Ito, American artist Michele Oka Doner and Dutch designer Marcel Wanders contribute to the stylistic evolution of the 62
brand’s Haute Orfèvrerie Collection. Christofle regularly re-edits pieces from its heritage collections, thereby perpetuating age-old gestures and manufacturing techniques. These exceptional objects, whether decorative or practical, are the privileged witnesses of an era and the embodiment of inspired creative minds. Beyond this exceptional production, Christofle remains loyal first and foremost to the spirit of its founders, who cherished modernity and innovation. With the soul of a pioneer, Christofle has always associated its name with major creative movements and with famous artists like Man Ray and Jean Cocteau, avant-garde architects like Gio Ponti, modernist silver designers like Lino Sabattini and Christian Fjerdingstad, today’s designers, such as Martin Szekely and Andrée Putman, and, more recently, Ora-Ïto and Karim Rashid. As the years pass, Christofle continues to distinguish itself through the spirit with which it imbues all its collections.
Since 1764 Baccarat has written the chapters of its remarkable history in sparkling letters. Founded in Lorraine, by permission of King Louis XV, the world’s most famous Crystalworks has, over the ages, become a symbol of superb craftsmanship and French Art de Vivre. The name Baccarat reverberates like an echo of outstanding pieces, extraordinary places and unforgettable parties. Baccarat’s prestigious pieces, which met with great acclaim and won a number of prizes at the various Paris Universal Exhibitions since 1867, to this day illuminate the most outstanding palaces and locations around the world. These range from the impressive collection of chandeliers for the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, to the pieces commissioned by Napoleon III for his royal apartments in the Louvre and the Tuileries. Baccarat has never ceased to amaze, turning every instant into a rare and precious moment. In addition to seducing such personalities as the Duke and
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Decadent Days & Nights There’s something gloriously vintage about shooting a lookbook in a hotel. It’s glamorous, dramatic and hauntingly beautiful. The Shanghai Waldorf Astoria stars alongside PLAKINGERS’S AW16/17 collection where the lavish suites match the strikingly elegant dresses while the hotel’s rich history chimes with the 1970s vibe of the collection. From the glossy Sicilian marble floors to the retro furniture to the chic fireplace, the romance of the collection shines through Words by PLAKINGER
“The Shanghai Waldorf Astoria is more than a hotel. It’s where the exclusive Shanghai Club, a British gentlemen’s club, was created in 1911” 64
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“We liked the hotel’s tasteful elegance. From our graphic red pieces to our metallic dresses, we wanted to play with the contrast between minimalist androgynous style and formal cosmopolitan elegance. It was easy for our collection to blend in with these sumptuous surroundings because of how they sublimated our silhouettes”
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our collection mixes sophisticated looks with fluffy knitwear pieces. The silk floral slip-on dress is very homely for instance, perfect to unwind by the fireâ&#x20AC;? 68
â&#x20AC;&#x153;We imagined Jerry Hall dancing barefoot in the alleyways wearing a glitzy gown, or lounging in her bed tucked in a red fur coatâ&#x20AC;?
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THE AUTUMN TRENDS Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the biggest beauty trends seen on the runways and what works best for this season
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Infatuated red velvet Matte, nars
Better than love waterproof mascara, Too faced
Nude Remix, Little Round pot, Bourjois
Star of social media and entrepreneurial fashion designer, Remi Sabbah has gone from taking baby steps to being a global icon with the launch of her brand, Mademoiselle Epaulette. Now the creative sensation has reached international levels of recognition, so she shares with us her favourite
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A first glimpse We took a fabulous trip to Dubai to be one of the exclusive guests in the region to try and test L’Occitane’s new approach to anti-ageing with their Divine Harmony collection 84
L’Occitane En Provence does it again for women in need for a younger look, battling wrinkles, fatigue, and in need of that elusive glow. The new collection focuses on enhancing harmony both inside and outside the body with the help of two signature products: Divine Harmony Serum and Divine Harmony Cream. The Lowdown
Divine Harmony Serum: With active ingredients held by 5,000 micro-drops of Immortelle Millésimée and enriched with Jania Rubens, both infused together melt into the skin, offering a lightweight effect. Also, to keep in mind, the bottle is eco-friendly which you can be refilled at any given time. The serum also offers a youthful plumpness, smoothness and adds definition to the contours of the face. Divine Harmony Cream: Revive radiance and slow signs of time with this uplifting cream. The cream is smooth in texture and melts into the skin with its active ingredients, which provides hydration and a comfort feeling to the skin. Use daily and night after cleansing the face. But for those with an oily skin type, forgo during the daytime and use only at night for a hydrating result. Did we mentioned it is also an eco-friendly packaging?
ALL YOU CAN EAT PASTA & PIZZA FOR QR 65 has arrived to LA PIAZZA! Chef Francesco is sharing his memories of Italian culinary journey in Rome by bringing the best of Pastas and Pizzas to the heart of Souq Waqif.
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Estée Lauder, pioneer in the beauty department, introduces the new advanced night repair recovery mask. Banish visible fatigue on the skin and jump onto the youth bandwagon with this groundbreaking product. Being the first of its kind and with a ‘dual-matrix’ foil-backed sheet mask, it will reset the look of your skin.
A wonderful spirit
Whimsical beauty and muse to Michael Kors, Lily Aldridge chats about his latest fragrance and what the scent means to her What do you love about the Wonderlust fragrance?
I love that it’s a very sophisticated floral scent. Which makes it versatile, it carries me from day to night. What does Wonderlust mean to you? To me, Wonderlust is all about living life with a sense of adventure! Paving your own path with confidence and allure. What has been the most memorable part of working on the campaign? Shooting the campaign with Mario Testino. We were on a gorgeous yacht off of a beautiful island. It was so glamorous! It’s something I’ll always remember. What is your first scent memory? I grew up in California so my first scent memory is the smell of the ocean mist. No matter where I go, that smell makes me feel at home. Why did you choose to be the face of Wonderlust? I’m so honoured to be the face of Wonderlust. I love being a Michael Kors woman! This campaign is all about adventure, glamour, and luxury – which is so inspiring. What more could you ask for! You and Michael are known for your great chemistry. What was the set of
the Wonderlust campaign like? We had so much fun! Between Michael and Mario, we were just laughing the whole time. I love them both very much and couldn’t ask for a better team to get to experience this with. What’s been the most Wonderlust-inspired thing you two have experienced together? Shooting this campaign was very Wonderlust! It was jet-set and spontaneous, something Michael and I really embraced. If you could go on a dream vacation, where would it be? I’ve always wanted to travel to Japan to explore a new part of the world. What do you think makes a woman beautiful? Confidence! That’s the most genuine and pure form of beauty. It’s so important for women to see their own beauty. It’s why I’m drawn to Wonderlust. How do you prepare physically and mentally for a shoot like this? There really is no way to prepare but to be ready for anything! It’s important to be able to have fun and enjoy the moments. I’m so grateful to be a part of the Wonderlust campaign. How spontaneous are you? Very! I love a good adventure, sometimes it’s the most fun when you decide to pick up and go without a lot of planning. Your career seems like quite the adventure. How has your life evoked the Wonderlust spirit? My world revolves around traveling the world at a moments notice! I love that about my job. You never know where tomorrow will take you!
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Upgrade Your Look Beauty editor, Sofia Graniello taps into how to undo summer damage to the skin and offers some autumn-approved tips
Q: I’ve never been a spender on eyeshadow, however, what are the must-try colours for the season?
A: Scrub, my friend. Make sure to cleanse your face every night and scrub three times a week for smoother skin. 90
A: Definitely! Double Trouble mascara is the new kid on the block. With an awesome applicator, your lashes will definitely reach the ceiling.
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A: Emerald green is a must; also iridescent shadows are hot on our beauty list.
Q: I’m so tired of black spots around my nose, how can I get rid of these and maintain healthier skin?
Q: I am fed up of my old mascara; I need something that will give me volume. A new mascara I should try?
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Q: I struggle with looking casual and wearing minimal makeup. How can I stay on trend and still look effortlessly put together?
A: Keep your makeup clean. Add a BB cream, or light foundation with a pop of colour to your lips. That will keep you looking chic, yet casual.
Q: I can’t decide if to go full blush or contour. What’s hot for autumn?
A: Contouring is a big deal at the moment. Forgo blush and keep it minimal. Nars has the perfect contour hues to create shadow. But remember, when contouring you want to go matte, never contour with shimmer.
The Digital Dilemma Angela Beitz dissects why the #bodygoals of 2016 are unattainable and unnecessary Maybe I’m just getting old, but I really feel sad that the classic, feminine beauty of icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn have been taken over by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner with their fake, pouty lips and breast cleavage peering out from under the crop top. Call me old fashioned but is this really what we want to look like? Have the likes of the Kardashians really taken over in place of good old fashion chic simplicity and natural beauty? Don’t get me wrong, I am all for an Instagram filter and I’m hardly going to post a picture where I look horrible but I still want to look like myself and not like a cartoon character or Snapchat filter. It’s part of my job (and my own personal pride) to look presentable and I like to look good. But that look is my best possible self not like someone else or a ‘mannequin’ version of me. Clearly social media is partly to blame, there are so many pressures in society to look ‘perfect’ or a certain way, not to mention maintaining a fabulous lifestyle. “I’m having a better time than you” blares from Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, we are all guilty of it. Most social media is all about FOMO, worrying that something better may be currently happening elsewhere. Social media constantly shows women with super toned bodies, long luscious locks, perfect eyelash extensions, carefully lined lips, contoured faces and more. It’s hard to keep up with the phenomenon. But here’s some food for thought….no amount of paleo diets, green smoothies, squats and crossfit will give you the combination of a Kardashian waist and bottom, Karlie Kloss’ legs or Olivia Palermo’s bird-like arms. The combination of D-cup breasts, tiny waists, sculpted abs, big butts and thigh gaps inches-wide are not achievable or realistic. Kim Kardashian often wears a corset for up to 15 hours a day and also tries to sleep in it to achieve a super tiny waist. There’s even been rumours about getting two of her ribs removed to make her waist smaller. There’s nothing wrong with looking and feeling great and eating well and exercising is so important, but you’ll never feel better than when you are being yourself. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Out of the ordinary Angela Beitz checks into one of Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest hotels to be dazzled by a world where old meets new
“We slide up to the hotel’s main doors in our Rolls Royce and our bags are quickly whisked away while our check-in is attended to flawlessly” When you are greeted at Hong Kong airport in a Rolls Royce Phantom, it instantly becomes clear
this is not going to be any old hotel stay. The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong is all about providing memorable experiences and we’re off to a good start. You can also be picked up at the airport by the hotel’s helicopter and arrive on the rooftop of the hotel and there’s a special rooftop lounge, exclusively for guests travelling by chopper. What a way to leave an impression on your guests before even arriving at the hotel. The Peninsula Hong Kong opened her doors in 1928 for the first time and has been welcoming guests and patrons from all over the world in true Peninsula fashion ever since. Every great lady has a history, and The Peninsula is no exception. Hers is a remarkable story of vision and evolution with the architects who, in the early 1920s drew plans for “the first hotel east of Suez”, doing so at the behest of men whose foresight and confidence in Hong Kong was considered audacious at the time. We slide up to the hotel’s main doors in our Rolls Royce and our bags are quickly whisked away while our check-in is attended
to flawlessly and we are in our room within about five minutes of arriving. One thing we love about this hotel is that it has a history, you can feel it as you walk through the front doors and are taken back to a whole different era. We are staying in the Grand Deluxe Harbour View Room and the views from Tsim Sha Tsui looking over Victoria Harbor to Central on Hong Kong Island are simply breathtaking. There is nothing better than being privy to a fabulous view that makes you feel you are really enjoying the best of the city you are visiting. It’s the small details that explain why The Peninsula Hong Kong is considered as one of the world’s best hotels. The Oscar de le Renta toiletries in the bathroom are such a nice touch along with free wifi and wireless VOIP phones but what we were seriously impressed with was the nail dryer. Yes, that’s right dear Ohlala readers, a nail dryer. The rooms have a gorgeous dressing table with a hairdryer and lit-mirror along with a nail dryer. It seems they’ve thought of everything. The rooms is controlled by a Samsung tablet that is super easy to use unlike other hotels where it takes half an hour to work out how to close the curtains or turn the lights off. The hotel has worked out how to blend the luxury combination of old world elegance with all the modern gadgets seamlessly. The rooms have been revamped in the last couple of years and are painfully chic with beige and dark timber furnishings, plush carpets and hints of Asian design. The huge bathrooms are original and decadent, there are twin sinks so you don’t have to share, a huge bathtub that you can watch TV in and a lovely rain
shower. There’s a wide selection of Asian teas, a big Nespresso machine, a wine chiller and fresh fruit is delivered daily. Another clever detail is the multi device charger next to the bed so none of your devices will ever go flat. No detail has been overlooked. There are a few must-dos when staying at this iconic hotel. The first is their high tea. It’s legendary worldwide and if you’re not a guest, there’s a long queue in the foyer that will have you waiting for an hour or two. Everyone should try it at least once. We sip our tea when a three-tier platter of scones with jam and cream, cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches and watercress quiche is delivered in front of us and the top tier is covered in petite fours and cakes. On our visit we were very lucky to be privy to a special Tiffany & Co themed high tea where the top layer of petite fours and cakes were themed in Tiffany & Co blue and small blue boxes. Perfection. This is a timeless and opulent high tea experience that we would highly recommend. Another must-do at The Peninsula is a visit to the spa. The Peninsula Spa offers guests a deeply personalised spa experience with over 12,000 square feet of the ultimate in luxury and tranquility. The space boasts spectacular views of Victoria Harbour with stylishly designed treatment rooms for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. Two exclusive ‘spas within a spa’ are available for a luxurious private spa experience and are ideal for couples. The Spa’s design fuses traditional Chinese elements with contemporary flair featuring warm tones of marble, rustic woods and textured granite. Men’s and women’s relaxation rooms are equally lavish, with hammam-style steam rooms, saunas www.ohlala-magazine.com
“It’s the small details that explain why The Peninsula Hong Kong is considered as one of the world’s best hotels” and crescent-shaped, aromatherapy experience showers. We were lucky enough to try a facial by Margy’s Monte Carlo during our stay. Launched exclusively at The Peninsula, Margy’s Monte Carlo is an anti-ageing programme created by renowned beauty expert Margie Lombard and used by a who’s who of the world’s most beautiful and famous women. Featuring four unique, highly effective facial treatments that incorporate a range of rare active ingredients and high-quality, Swiss-made products developed specifically to slow down the signs of ageing. We try the Ultimate Aesthetic Facial Treatment by Margy’s (1 hour, 40 minutes) which is a highly effective treatment that uses revolutionary technology to administer ultrasonic waves and controlled warmth to the skin’s deeper tissues. This pioneering treatment transforms the skin from the inside out by stimulating the growth of fresh new collagen and new elastin with collagen refill technology, tightening skin, reducing wrinkles and combating the signs of ageing, leaving skin looking and feeling smoother, visibly firmer and younger, where optimal results will be seen within three months. We can say hands down this is the best facial we have ever tried and it felt like we’d some sort of non-invasive fact lift. Our skin was plump, clear and bright. When visiting the spa we recommend using the facilities beforehand and the beautiful partially open air Roman-bath style pool, with waiter service. Both the pool and the state of the art fitness center have unobstructed views of the harbor. The plethora of restaurants at this iconic hotel is very impressive with lots of variety starting with fine dining at the Philippe Starck designed top floor Felix, again with amazing views, classic and upscale Cantonese at Spring Moon, romantic French at Gaddi’s, modern Japanese at Imasa, a cool speakeasy bar hidden below the lobby; and Chesa, serving Swiss alpine classics like spaetzle and fondue in a charming space. The Verandah is also a standout, with a beautiful breakfast spread with delicious options in a pretty setting which is such a refreshing experience to the usual tired buffet options. The Peninsula is a truly great hotel and we can almost guarantee you will be impressed. It’s certainly opulent and dear but it’s truly worth it and you’ll remember your stay for years to come. 98
The clash of cuisines
Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel promises a fabulous new Friday brunch, so naturally our expectations are very high. Sofia Graniello heads to Al Liwan Restaurant to sample its offerings
lorious Friday mornings are always superb when you’re able to wake up late, and when you happen to have a brunch at one of the most prestigious hotels in the country. Not knowing what to expect, I rejoiced just at the thought of eating good food. But would it be an impeccable experience? Many questions started to arise as I headed to the so called, ‘International Friday Brunch’. Having revamped its new and upbeat Friday brunch at Al Liwan Restaurant, the venue promises an array of choices and an alluring culinary journey around the world. And as I made my way to their appetisers and cold mezze section, I couldn’t say no to sushi first. With a myriad of sushi options, of all different kinds and of course, fresh salmon sashimi – I started my Friday on a positive note. The sushi was tasty with all the different and satisfying textures and the sashimi, fresh and safe to eat. Next up, I headed to the brunch’s green section, where I very much appreciated the healthy kick the hotel is trying to promote. From fattoush, fresh mozzarella to healthy fresh salads, I was in for a green dream. And not to mention, the venue’s décor pairs up nicely with the overall feel of the brunch, which makes it a joy to eat at and have a great time – Instagram certainly captured it well! As previously mentioned, the venue holds an impeccable selection of tasty dishes and different cuisines from around the world; I indulged all of the sections, including the live stations dedicated to seafood, alongside the homemade pasta for those who wish to go Italian. But what truly hit my heart were their natural and healthy juices the brunch has to offer. And in my honest opinion, I would head back just for that. As if that wasn’t enough, my main 100 www.ohlala-magazine.com
course consisted of a delicious and tasty chicken Biryani – I was ready to conquer the main course selection. I also made room for some steamed vegetables, perfectly paired with some white rice and fish. All was well seasoned and juicy. And to conclude my Friday brunch, I headed over to their dessert area, where you’ll find the ice cream man too; from chocolate mousse tarts to crepes with Nutella and mouthwatering cake slices, this brunch knows how to put on a good finale. Whether you come for a healthy bite, or for their wonderful main courses, or just to visit their dessert stand, make sure to put this brunch on your must-visit list. For more information or reservations call: 4425 6666
Our favourite hotspots creating lots of buzz in the city Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel If you’re looking for the next big seafood night, look no more, because Al Hubara is offering an exquisite seafood fiesta. Check in at 7pm every Wednesday and Thursday for QR295 per person with soft beverages. And it’s QR395 with a top-up package. Are you in for a seafood ride? For more information or reservations call: 4485 3000
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Who said brunch is only for Fridays? The hotel is now offering a Saturday brunch at Champions with live entertainment by Virtuoso, plus unlimited house beverages. Also pick your Champion’s all you can eat favourites for a pleasant meal. It all starts at noon for QR225. For more information or reservations call: 4419 5000
InterContinental Doha The City Gear up for a massive Filipino food fest as it will take place from the 4-25 October. Get ready to taste exotic flavours with a rich menu of dishes for a colourful evening, all happening at Hwang. For more information or reservations call: 4015 8888
InterContinental Doha Experience the authentic Bavarian festival as the hotel puts one of the best and most popular festivals on in the country. Enjoy great food, fantastic entertainment and traditional alpine folk music. The festival will run up from 5-7 and 13,14 102 www.ohlala-magazine.com
of the month. Tickets are available at the hotel’s lobby for the price of QR265. Above 21 years only with Qatari ID, or passport upon entrance. For more information or reservations call: 4484 4919
Grand Hyatt Doha
from Monday to Thursday starting at noon, up until 4.30pm. For more information or reservations call: 4446 0105
Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara
Are you in for some express lunch? It’s all happening at Majilis with an express lunch menu from 12.30pm until 3.30pm, including choice of chicken shawarma, kofta or a shisha tawouk sandwich for QR65. For more information or reservations call: 4448 1282
Get curried away at Q Lounge & Restaurant and try their new curry special menu. From chicken madras pizza to Malabar lobster curry and delicious prawn curry, it’s a must visit. For more information or reservations call: 4040 5050
Join The Cellar for some Tapas galore every Tuesday. Indulge into Spanish cuisine with unlimited selected bubble drinks for QR300 per person, and unlimited Tapas for QR160 (only food included). For more information or reservations call: 4402 3333
Steak happy hour is back, so hold on to your horses for this big one. Enjoy 20% discount on all steaks from 6.30pm until 8pm daily at JW’s Steakhouse. For more information or reservations call: 4429 8499
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha
Oryx Rotana Doha
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
Try the weekend brunch collection on Thursdays at Amwage. Enjoy a BBQ by the beach with a selection of starters, your choice of meat for the grill and some wonderful sweet treats. It starts at 6.30pm until 10.30pm for QR240 per person, including soft drinks. For more information or reservations call: 4035 5011
Discover how to cook great Thai cuisine with Sabai’s Thai cooking classes every Saturday for QR250. The challenge is on from 3pm until 5pm; plus get a complimentary selected beverage. Minimun of 4 people. For more information or reservations call: 4492 1555
The St.Regis Doha
Head to Shehrazad for a Bavarian fix. All month long the hotel will offer special snacks and beverages at a special prices - from 5pm until 1am. For more information or reservations call: 4428 1555
Experience the hotel’s latest trio lunch offerings at Al Sultan Brahim. For QR125 get food, soft drinks and shisha and experience a Lebanese adventure
Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
A Himalayan Experience What is a true Himalayan experience, you must be wondering? We indulged in this one of a kind spa treatment at the St. Regis Doha hotel, which definitely wasn’t your average spa day
We headed to Remède Spa at this luxurious hotel in the city and were truly
taken by their latest addition to the spa’s treatment menu, The Himalayan Experience. The name itself piqued our intrigue, as it holds very pure and peaceful associations. Needless to say, this Himalayan inspired journey offers traditions and techniques enveloped in spiritual beliefs in a 60-minute journey of pure wellness, which restores the body and mind. The spa treatment consists of Himalayan traditional bowls – which come in different sizes – allowing each vibration to work into different parts of the body; the bowls and its techniques are controlled by the therapist to restore balance lost through stress. This one of a kind treatment is highly recommended to those who suffer from severe fatigue, depression and insomnia. But how about we take you step by step into this wonderful treatment? We first changed into a more comfortable garment and enjoyed a 5-minute sauna experience and later a 10-minute Jacuzzi dip. The heat allowed our muscles to relax and loosen up. Next up, we made ourselves comfortable and changed into a traditional Himalayan garment and proceeded to our opulent room, where we first stepped into a gigantic bowl to start the ritual on a soothing note. And soon we had multiple bowls placed carefully in different areas of our bodies. Our muscles were relaxed and we were able to set our minds and troubles free. The sound of the bowls were captivating and hypnotising at the same time, allowing our mind and body to relax at the tempo of each vibration. Needless to say, it was a calming piece of music. And after we woke up from an endless dream, we made way to the spa’s relaxation area, where we also enjoyed a delightful green tea and some delicious nibbles. As we got ready to leave, we couldn’t wait to come back and try another one of a kind treatment that only this prominent hotel knows how to deliver. For more information or reservations call: 4446 0300 104 www.ohlala-magazine.com
A Wheel of colour
Colour is one of the major factors determining our relationship to our environment and how it looks and feels. When colours in our environment harmonise with our own colour vibrations, we can relax and feel ourselves, says Pallavi Patil
By using colour therapy, also known as chromothrapy - you can
bring healing energies into your space and enhance or diminish certain qualities while decorating your home. The art of chromotherapy revitalises, transforms, and inspires the mind, body, and spirit from within. As individuals, we are solely responsible for our own health and wellbeing. Are you aware that colour is pure energy and that each colour of the rainbow vibrates at a different frequency which reach you through light rays? Did you know that the deliberate use of colour in your home can help you heal or overcome obstacles and create personal power? Are you seeing red in the bedroom or feeling blue about your bathroom? This might have something to do with your interior décor. It is long being recognised that colours are connected with your emotions and it has also been proven that the colours of rooms you are frequently in can affect your frame of mind and concentration. The answer for grey moods could be a lack of paint! Getting a hint of the right tint could lead you to
a healthier, happier, more productive home. Our little guide to colour your abode Green - Supports love, harmony, balance, nature and communication. Blue / Indigo - Enhances calmness, peace, love, honesty, kindness, truth. Violet - Stimulates intuition, imagination, universal flow and artist qualities. Red - Increases physical energy, vitality, stamina, passion. Orange - Stimulates creativity, productivity, pleasure, optimism, enthusiasm. Yellow – Increases fun, humour, intellect, logic. Chromotherapy is a fun and creative way to bring balance and harmony into your life! Pallavi Patil is the Manager at Spa by Clarins at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha. For more information on the spa, call 4035 5555.
Doha’s Private Havens
Remede spa at The st. regis doha
Indulge in these coveted spas and enjoy some restored wellness and balance
The fantastic treatment is based on a seaweed mask that will give the face a glow. Book now and call: 4448 1065
Spa by Clarins at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha Pretty in Pink is the latest addition to the spa’s offerings in a 120 minute session. The treatment kicks off with an invigorating pink body scrub and later a Lomi Lomi back massage. Finish it all with a pink facial for that rosy glow. Book now and call: 4035 5555
Spa by Clarins, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha
Fitness at Sheraton Health & Recreation Center Join the fun at Martial Arts every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a grueling session of rewarding success, starting at QR80. Book now and call: 4485 4600
Saray Spa at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Indulge in a Moroccan hammam bath for a 75, or 90 minute journey of wellness. Discover the benefits of this tradition and rejuvenate your skin. Available from 9am until 9pm, it’s up for QR600.
Remede Spa at The St.Regis Doha Hotel Unwind and discover the power of the Himalaya sound therapy that will heal your energy through the power of vibration, conducted by a 3 to 7 piece Himalayan singing bowls. Make sure to be part of this experience and indulge away for the cost of QR980, 780, and 480. Book now and call: 4446 0300
Heavenly Spa at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa If you’re in need of a mani or pedi, the prominent hotel has got you covered. Enjoy some nourishing ‘me time’ for only QR200. Book now and call: 4492 1680
Book now and call: 4419 6090
The Bay Club Doha at Intercontinental Doha If you’re on the go, get pampered now in a 120 minute full body massage. Start with a 60 minute massage of your choice followed by a 30 minute reflexology massage, and top it off with a 30 minute head massage for only QR700. Book now and call: 4484 4852
Jaula Spa at Grand Hyatt Doha Stay young with Jaula’s detox facial that regulates, purifies and rebalances the skin.
spa treatment room at the westin doha hotel & Spa
If you’re an art aficionado and in need of a hit of some solid creativity, we caught up with artists Jacinthe Lamontagne-Lecomte and Sabah Arbilli, for an inside scoop on their love for art If you haven’t visited InterContinental Doha The City, then we’re giving you a good reason to visit now. The hotel not only houses Strata Lounge offering great evenings with colourful parties, but also, great fine dining – and incredible art thrown into the mix. Hwang and Square restaurant houses exceptional paintings from magnificent contemporary artists. Jacinthe, what inspired you to become an artist? Free time in sunny Doha! I started with clay classes at the Youth Creative Art Center with the artist Waleed R. Qaisi. But since it wasn’t well equipped when it came to glazing, I couldn’t apply the red colour on my pieces. So I looked up for something else to create and I came up with photo transfer combined with mixed media. I wanted to share with others the beautiful faces I encounter while travelling - especially Asian faces. How did Hwang inspired your paintings? When Chris Jung approached me to fill out the walls of his upcoming Asian restaurant, I didn’t know what Hwang was all about because I started the paintings before the opening of the restaurant. I was truly inspired by the staff at the hotel and the GM himself. Hwang is a Pan Asian restaurant offering meals from different Asian countries, countries I had visited. Inspiration just came along...
01. Asian restaurant, Hwang, houses the exceptional pieces by artist: Jacinthe lamontagne-Lecomte 02. Sabah Arbilli’s work can be found throughout the hotel’s lobby and Square restaurant 03. Sculpture by sabah arbilli Sabah, who inspires you as an artist? Many artists and periods inspire me from contemporary modern to classic. It is normally an artist, which thinks outside the box with a theme or method.
How important is art? Really important; it is not only a way of expression, it is like therapy. It makes you question yourself; it is up to you if you’re open minded or not. Art is for everyone. No discrimination. 02
Why Islamic calligraphy as your form of artistry? At an early age I was told I had beautiful writing. I use Islamic calligraphy as an engineer; I was fascinated by the composition and measurement of the letters in Arabic. What do you enjoy the most: sculpting or painting? To be honest both, as I see sometimes work executed in 3D or as a painting. When you have the idea you can also project its final placement and how it may look, however this may change during the process.
The Power of Pink
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara to host breast cancer fight
The prestigious and luxurious hotel is proud to host a charity event to raise breast cancer awareness. The event, Power of Pink, will be held on October 13 on a festive evening at the chic hotel aimed to raise awareness and support the Qatar Cancer Society, and to celebrate of course, the strong fighters who battle cancer. For this special occasion the hotel and Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels will join forces to prepare a medley of delectable dishes, offering the finest food and a selection of beverages. Ladies, wear your best pink for what will be an outstanding night. If you wish to attend the Power of Pink event you can purchase advanced tickets by heading over to Souq Waqif â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food and beverage outlets, or online: q-tickets.com www.ohlala-magazine.com 109
A Parisian Affair
October is here and so is the good weather. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold back from looking chic like a true Parisian, as we give you the lowdown on how to achieve this key look PROMOD @ Villaggio Mall
Delicate Shapes Drop Earring, Accesorize @Landmark Mall Minimal, but gold. Let go of heavy duty accessories.
Christian Louboutin @Villaggio Mall
stradivarius @Landmark MALL
stradivarius @Landmark MALL
Denim is always a good idea, especially for autumn.
For windy days, but always, glamorous.
SHISEIDO ROUGE @PARIS GALLERY Forgo heavy makeup and add a daring colour to your lips.
A look to kill, looking fly.
Bag @Centerpoint Seal the deal with a statement bag.
MULBERRY @LAGOONA MALL
stradivarius @LAGOONA MALL
Nothing beats an architectural accessory to finish off a look.
Keep it all tucked in, in one piece. Body suits are definitely in!
Lady in Black, OPI @ Sephora
Kate Moss by Rimmel @Boots splash @ City Centre Mall
It’s All Hocus Pocus Bebe @Lagoona Mall
It’s that time of year to channel your inner spooky side and we’ve got the memo that it’s all black. Here are the items we covet
Mulberry @lagoona mall
Bebe @Lagoona Mall
splash @ City Centre Mall
Promod @Villaggio mall
Hedkandi Hedkandi is back for season 2! Diego Rodriguez, DJ Carl Hanaghan, and Kami C were pumping at Strata Lounge. Are you in for their next season? Make sure to mark your calendar, happening at InterContinental Doha The City.
Masterclass with Burberry It was an all-makeup event at Blue Salon for the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exciting event in the city. an International runway makeup artist from Wendy Roweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team was present for a fantastic demonstration on all things Burberry making us lovely and beautiful
I’m still debating if I want kids in my life or not. But is it selfish of me to never want children of my own? It all started back in 10th grade when my English teacher, Beverly, became the only obstacle between an Ivy League University and me. She would always give me a mediocre grade because she believed I needed to learn on how to write a concise English essay. I highly disliked her because she made me attend the after school writing club, and miss the fun with high school boys at the parking lot. She was absolutely right about my writing skills, I was crap. But that is not the only reason why 15 years later, I still remember Beverly so clearly. She gave me one of the most profound pieces of advice that at 16, I wasn’t able to appreciate: “Travel alone because it is there when you truly find yourself. And never settle to what society asks of you.” What a gem. Beverly was a clever Caribbean woman, who had travelled the world doing what she loved best as an English teacher. She was tough and a hard working lady, but we all questioned if she ever had room for love. After she left El Salvador in her late 20s –single – she moved to Taiwan, where we reconnected via Facebook and where she was still single. Being a complete jerk, I thought to myself: “Gee, she is getting old, better move fast!” Three years later, she moved to Germany where she seemed to have adapted quite well and was living a full on European life. But now you’re wondering, why is Beverly’s life so vital to this story? As I
grew older and had disastrous experiences of my own, her advice and her story would always re-surface. And having hit 27 not too long ago, I understood why she took the path she took and how I’ve chosen to emulate her strengths (Minus the being single for too long part). Beverly is the perfect representation of an independent woman, someone who is strong in her decisions and doesn’t take any crap from nobody. Now Beverly is in her late 30s dating a nice German gentleman with zero kids. And she has made it abundantly clear that marriage and kids are not on the cards for her. Beverly has been a very indirect role model in my life and because of her and her journey, I feel at peace with my decision of maybe having kids one day. The truth is, society expects women to have kids by the late 20s mark and have a life sorted out by the time you’re in your mid 30s. And at times, as a woman, I feel guilty for not catching up to those standards. Perhaps the idea of wanting kids changes with time, and perhaps I’ll find someone I am willing to share children with. But Beverly’s story is to empower any woman out there who struggles with pleasing society because it is more than OK to live up to your own standards and needs. Miss Ohlala is still single; lets give her a big round of applause…
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