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Is It The End Of The World?

Alluring Creations

Walla’s Taking The Gulf By Storm

Winter Chic High Fashion

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Who Said Romance Was Dead?

Comme Une Fille

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Ohlala!’s Editor-at-Large,

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delightfully plush Imperial Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, London, for a chat with Jules, Stephen and Humphrey from the man-band Blake — about new wardrobes, Take That and how to create a magical first date.

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Ohlala! highlights the

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Fresh-Faced

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Gulf region, Walla is a glamorous and determined, luxury fashion designer with a unique sense of style. Kirsty Edwards-Harris chats with her about life, passion and new couture line.

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ventured inside from the cold. The ultra-feminine statement — pink lips and rosy cheeks — is a trend hot off the catwalk, and very popular with celebrities.

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Editor-in-Chief Kirsty Edwards-Harris

Is it the end of the world? ecember 21, 2012, is regarded as the end-date of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar from Maya history. There are a varying range of beliefs on the topic of the 2012 phenomenon, some considering that it is marked as the end of the world, or a similar catastrophe, which scholars from various disciplines have dismissed. But can they dismiss the possibility of a Third World War, and the Earth being destroyed by human hands? Another interpretation of the date is that it marks the time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, the beginning of a new era. Whether you believe the speculation surrounding the event, or not, it does offer good food for thought. The Ohlala! team adore the idea of a positive transformation; we are all, the world over, in much need of this right now. Everyone can do their own part in making the world a better place by being compassionate towards others, taking care of their environment, and simply smiling. Go on, you know you want to. Watch out for fantastic events happening across the region, and make sure to party like it’s the end of the world! Happy holidays, and see you in the New Year.

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Publisher & Chairman John Hughes Chief Operations Officer Rami Khalil

Publishing Director Edward Smith

Editor-in-Chief Kirsty Edwards-Harris

Business Associate Talal Yacoub Aldoub

Editorial Assistant Karina Lazarraga

Publishing Consultant Jameel Arif

Editor-at-Large Ben Whittaker

Sales & Marketing Director Leslie Garduque

Art Director Syed Muhammed Raihan

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Sales Executive Pauline Marcombe

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STYLE We love fashion, oh yes we do!

What chic pieces are you adding to your Wish List?

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Iconic Inspiration

Oh so adorably fun with a sophisticated touch, Salvatore Ferragamo Jewels presents Miniature Preziose, a collection of pendants that take inspiration from the iconic footwear created by Salvatore Ferragamo from the ’30s to the ’60s. The collection includes pendants based on legendary shoe styles created for Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Carmen Miranda, and other iconic inspirations.

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Timeless Style

We’re loving Coach’s Legacy Collection of handbags, rendered in pebbled leather with a prominent grain, haircalf with glove-tanned leather trims, and graphic ocelot-printed fabric, tipped with primary-coloured leather. The new Flap Carryall silhouette is particularly appealing.

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Opulent Shades

These stunning, deep pink satin pumps with gold detailing by Ralph Lauren are perfect for the holiday season and will certainly add zest to your evening soiree ensemble. Pair with a little black dress and statement gold jewellery to confidently strut your stuff. 18

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Rugged Elegance

Inspired by rugged elegance, Michael Kors’ runway collection is certainly a must see. We adore this bold, crimson beaded lace dress, which you can dress up or down with accessories, depending on the occasion.


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Glittering Wonder

Roberto’s Coin’s Haute Couture collection of fascinating fine jewellery creations, appeals to discerning jewellery buyers; those who appreciate the beauty of rare gems and unique pieces. The Fantasia pieces in the Roberto Coin Fashion line of jewellery make large use of colour, such as brilliant arcs of blue sapphires and cascades of rubies.

The Haute Couture Project is centred on eccentricity and purity of lines. With diamonds weighing up to a half-karat, the creations are masterpieces of art and preciousness. Haute Couture pays tribute to high fashion in unique jewels crafted in pink and white gold, and lavishly adorned with diamonds and choice gems.

“I rediscovered the added value of creativity in the search for beauty.” ~ Roberto Coin

In the Fantasia Cluster pieces, diamonds are gathered together on delicate prongs as though they are flowers in a bouquet.

The use of black sapphires and brown diamonds give the collection a very fresh, new, and edgy look. Roberto Coin jewellery is available through dedicated Roberto Coin Boutiques: Damas Les Exclusives Boutique, The Mall Doha, Damas Les Exclusives Boutique, Landmark Shopping Centre, Doha, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Bahrain.

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Whether out and about town, or attending high profile events, celebrities always aim to look chic and stylish.

Emma Stone

Indian actress and model, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star, Freida Pinto, looks radiant at the gala dinner hosted by JaegerLeCoultre celebrating The Rendez-Vous Collection at Giustinian Palace in Venice during the sixty-ninth Venice Film Festival. She wears a stunning black and gold printed Alexander McQueen gown with cut-out panelling to her midriff and an open back from the Resort 2013 collection, teamed with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous watch. Freida explains, the new watch inspired her to choose a dress with a motif to complement the watch. “I love the pink gold Rendez-Vous version for the evening.”

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American actress, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ star, Emma Stone looks the epitome of style at the ninth annual CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York. She shows off her petite waist in this skintight, short sequined emerald green skirt, matched with a blue peplum top — both from the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2013 collection. The awards dinner announced this year's winner of the fund, established by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue to identify and support emerging designers. Introduced by Chelsea Clinton, Christopher Bailey was the keynote speaker of the evening and presented the Award to the winner Greg Chait of the Elder statesman together with Emma Stone.


With trendy winter appeal, Fergie, an American songwriter, fashion designer, television host, actress and female vocalist for the hip hop group, ‘The Black Eyed Peas’ dons an all black look featuring a golden fringe bag. Her military-style, wool-blend coat with breitschwanz details and gold buttons is by Salvatore Ferragamo from the Fall 2012 collection. She completes the look with Bella battle boots from Fergie Footwear, Versace sunglasses and a knuckle-ring by Loree Rodkin.

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On the occasion of the premiere of 'Fun Size' held at the Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot, starring actress, Victoria Justice, chose to wear Versace. It’s great to add bold colours to your winter wardrobe and this stunning young actress certainly turns heads in this eye-popping look from the Versace Fall 2012 collection. The chic, fitted yellow cocktail dress with a metallic peplum detail at the left hip is paired with black pointed-toe Versace pumps. She completes the look with bright red lipstick and nails to match.

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Chic Soirees

As the holiday season approaches, Ohlala! showcases stylish and alluring looks to make a statement in, with fancy cars to go with them.

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Uniqueness

A Penchant for

Samar Al Mutawa is a bright, gregarious and determined Kuwaiti fashion designer who has her eyes firmly planted on the goal. Not one to be fooled, this rising young designer has her head placed firmly on her shoulders, with a refreshing devil may care attitude.

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graduate of Art from New England School of Art and Design Suffolk University, Samar later went on to take a course in fashion from the London College of Fashion. She refers to herself as an artist because, “I like everything related to art, and it’s all a natural progression.” After marrying and in between having children, five boys to be precise, Samar decided she wanted to go back to what she knew best. She started designing fashion-wear, and to her delight, found that her label ‘Spontaneous by Samar’ was warmly welcomed. Her material is home-sourced and made locally, something Samar is very proud of. Her labels, which are fabricated of metal and sewn on, feature a ‘Made in Kuwait’ stamp on the back. “You have to put your heritage into your work and image,” she explains. Currently Samar is concentrating on her jewellery line, pieces that are “timeless, trendy and inexpensive”, something that she firmly believes should be the case for fashion. Her love of all things unique and trendy has landed her in the small segment of the market consisting of very fashion-forward yet not label-sensitive types, the ones who keep a look out for the latest in trends. Samar’s inspiration comes to her spontaneously, and mostly when she takes her walks in the ‘blokkat’; a famous fabrics and accessories destination in Kuwait City that caters to anything fashion and dressmaking related. She also admits that she sometimes gets inspired while exercising and feels no pressure to come up with ideas. “When I’m designing jewellery I usually have butterflies in my stomach,” as she clearly is excited by designing and mixing colours, Samar goes on to say, “I love everything I do, I put my soul into things, and that’s probably what sets my designs apart from others.” This is why her lines sell at Fortune Cookie Boutique in Kuwait, a very well known store that stocks her pieces exclusively. She is flattered when she sees adaptations of her designs on people, and states that this is a sign of success, as “imitation is the greatest form of flattery”. “You can get away with versatility at affordable prices in fashion nowadays, and it’s quite hip for fashion icons to carry a Zara clutch as opposed to the de rigueur designer handbags, which can get boring,” she quips. Samar has a unique take on women’s success in Kuwait and this makes complete sense. “Women here have already achieved greatness, but just don’t know it. It could be due to a lack of constructive encouragement, or simply because they’re not told enough. Role models don’t even know that they are one. If you don’t have a goal in life, it’s a waste of a life.” As for her own success, Samar’s distinct vantage point is that, “You need to have something useful to fall back on. You only live once and having goals makes you more interesting to your family, to your kids and it helps keep your marriage strong as it promotes conversation and ensures a healthy interaction, which is vital. Your kids will leave you one day, so you can’t neglect yourself. I’m not going to live my life without me in it.” These are encouraging words coming from someone as young as Samar, who has clearly positioned herself as one person to keep an eye out for.

“If you don’t have a goal in life, it’s a waste of a life.”

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The Quintessential Artist & Renaissance Man

Bader Al Bassam is a truly exceptional, gifted artist and photographer who genuinely suffers for his work. Dark, brooding, seemingly detached yet incredibly humble.

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ader is the epitome of great artists past, similar to those who lived and breathed their work, who were either driven to madness, or became critically acclaimed in their time, who evolved stylistically and left behind some of the world’s most coveted and recognised work. Bader falls into that realm previously inhabited by those same artists in qualities such as temperament, dedication, technique and finally by the art he has beautifully created but is never satisfied with. Creation for him is a painful process, which he describes as a vicious cycle likening it to “drinking water from the sea”, he tells us, “I can never be satisfied, as I attempt to quench my thirst — that is what the process is like for me.” Born in Kuwait, Bader was raised just like any other of his peers; his path diverged much later to the one less travelled by. Although his calling was apparently innate, it didn’t materialise until after experiencing a taste of the good life first. He served in the Navy for five long years, and during his days on duty in isolation, confides that he would think so deeply that he would develop splitting headaches. “I would sit and think for hours, I had these questions and no answers to them.” Once out, Bader sought distraction by becoming a professional rally car driver, and rode his Ducatti motorbike around town. In an unexpected turn of events, he injured his leg, and stayed in hospital for thirty-five days. He was forced to spend a year in a wheelchair recovering from his accident. This is when he started pondering life again expressing himself through art and photography. Incredibly intelligent and wise as a man twice his age, Bader is a Renaissance man who probably can’t enjoy idle chit-chat with someone of average IQ, and neither should he, because in all likelihood there wouldn’t be too much common ground. He swims in the opposite direction of the tide, and it would take great patience and commitment to be able to decipher the language that he speaks. Yet once a person is there, if he lets you in, it can be a rich and fulfilling learning experience. He will ask and answer the existential questions, he will talk in great depth about, not only art, but also mathematics, astronomy, physics, and his knowledge only grows richer by the day. Bader is an insatiable reader and now would much rather spend his cash on the things that he derives inspiration from. Referring to his art he states, “I love to read and have spent so much money on experiments in my work. I need to develop and grow from these, and my art comes along in its own time, allowing me time to sit and really calculate my steps.” A thirst for stimulation has sent Bader off the beaten path to countries such as Russia, Cuba and Yemen where he spent his days roughing it outdoors. At one point, his work was seen by the Dupliss brothers and he was personally invited to fly to the US to create art for an art film project they produced. These experiences enriched him in ways the average traveller may never experience. His mood dictates the media that he utilises, yet his style remains as modern-abstract. He is one of those who naturally lays down order and composition making sense within chaos quite exquisitely, but only a trained eye can tell. He uses various media on canvas and cleverly first started painting with coffee instead of paint. He has invented techniques using mixed media and he hopes to incorporate more organic material in upcoming projects. He uses coal, acrylics, oils, and will be creating still life on canvas. His photography is just another tool of expression, which when noticed, produced an invitation to meet the inner circle of the Bolshoi Ballet Troupe where he was allowed to photograph some of the world’s highly trained ballerinas in some of the most magnificent black and white shots ever captured by a Kuwaiti photographer. Bader Al Bassam will one day be recognised as one of the most prolific artists of this era. When asked where he will be in twenty years, he thinks very long and hard: “In a place God knows, but it will be a beautiful place.” Not once did he utter the word fame, recognition or fortune, but rather tells us, “If you wish for beauty you’ll get beauty, for if you believe in something you’ll manifest it.” That’s all what he wants for himself. Bader is now working painstakingly on the finishing touches to his current work which will be unveiled in due time.

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Woman in Power

An Image of the Future

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he Al Mulla family are recognised contributors to Kuwaiti society, building the merchant arena to great heights by laying a firm foundation from which Kuwait’s merchant families have led the country’s economy successfully even prior to the implementation of a constitution. The daughter of NabeelBader Al Mulla, Shaimaa was born into the merchant dynasty, Al Mulla Group, one of the largest privately owned businesses in Kuwait founded by her grandfather. Yet instead of working within the family business, she opted to later pursue a project, which has become close to her heart — a project that is exceptionally unique in its proposition and which will most likely be a pioneering concept in the very near future. Shaimaa majored in media and production and minored in political science, hoping to find a way to integrate the two very different fields into a job that simply didn’t exist. Her hobby is photography, which she has chosen to pursue as a part of life. She went on to get married and have four children. Later on she was able to determine how she could finally apply her passion for her hobby and her qualifications, joining Sadeem United Group, a holding company, as chairman. Shaimaa went on to establish a unique concept that integrates new technology the (PlayStation) with physical activity (stationary bike) called Kids Club Fitness. Her firm belief is that children need to stay active in their youth and use their intellect. Using that experience as a bouncing board, she went on to establish and launch Sadeem’s pilot Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative ‘Sadeem Expo’, which at first seems like a simple photography contest but is in fact an incredibly clever idea that will serve the youth for generations to come. Based on the premise that talented young photographers ought to put their talents to good use, she came up with a specific theme, that of ‘construction-related’ photography. Seeing that Sadeem was closely linked to construction, and that there are very few photographers who offer specialty photography, she designed the contest with a firm belief that talented youth should benefit from their gifts. “Getting the youth to utilise their hobby in a constructive manner will help ensure that they aren’t flitting about life aimlessly. It also ensures that our future generations benefit from opportunities related to specialty photography,” she says. Shaima’s secondary goal is to break the stereotype that photography is simply a hobby and cannot be translated into a job opportunity, which has in the past hindered creativity and limited the career arena. Partnering with the well-known photographer, Baha El Deen Ghazweeni, a judging committee was formed and workshops are being sponsored leading up to the day when the best photography prize will be announced. “The winner receives a cash prize and will be featured in an art gallery set up under the sponsorship of Sadeem Group, while 2013 will bring bigger surprises,” Shaimaa adds excitedly. Being a firm believer that children must explore their passions until they find a calling, Shaimaa encourages her own children to partake in extracurricular hobbies and activities. She is pleased to announce that her daughter has followed in her footsteps and has become quite the avid photographer. “She borrows my camera thinking that I don’t know, but I turn a blind eye because I’m glad to see her so passionate about this,” shares Shaimaa. Asked how she handles her position as chairman of the company she states that, “Giving back to our community is a very important aspect of running any company, and it is the responsibility of those who hold the reigns to encourage it.” An ardent loyalist to Kuwait, Shaimaa is a woman who sets her goals and follows them. But her loyalty is not just to the country but duly aims to improve socio economicstagnation, and to do this she has systematically found small ways to achieve her greater goals. Refreshingly, she has allowed her job description to contribute to a corporate strategy in one of the most progressive endeavours that has ever been seen in Kuwait. She has singlehandedly built a premise, which is a clear indication that she has the family bloodline that gives back to Kuwait just as successfully into the future just as it has in the past.

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Celebrity Scoop

Who Said Romance Was Dead?

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Ohlala!’s Editor-atLarge, Ben Whittaker heads to the delightfully plush Imperial Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, London, for a chat with Jules, Stephen and Humphrey from the manband Blake — about new wardrobes, Take That and how to create a magical first date.


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hey barely need an introduction. The women of Britain have been lovingly serenaded by this classical-crossover four-piece over the span of six years and three albums. Most of you will be conjuring a similar image — four dashing young men, brown-suited and be-pocketsquared, dropped into a rather blustery beach scene and belting out ‘Yo Te Voy A Amar.’ Prepare to have your dreamy, soft focus scene disrupted. The boys are back with a fourth album, Start Over, but this time there’s a twist. Forget ‘Nessun Dorma’, ‘Nella Fantasia’ or any other crooning of the semi-operatic variety. The Blake boys are treading a new path. One that is modern, catchy and, importantly, of their own choosing. For a start, “We’re never going to wear brown suits again,” says Stephen, “that was somebody else’s idea.” “We were with a major label,” Jules pitches in, “who steered us down a very specific route. We felt we had to live up to the expectations and desires of the product that they were trying to launch. We had to be very ‘on message’.”

“What we are trying to show now, is actually what’s always been there,” adds Humphrey, “that we are young guys, who do have a classical influence, but who have a contemporary taste in music.” So, this latest album is a departure from several things — from their classical vocal quality, from the styling that went with it, and from the label that gave them their big break. “We’ve gone independent,” says Jules, “and it has given us the ability to express ourselves in a way that we are much more comfortable with.” If they’re leaving behind the classics and stepping onto Gary Barlow’s territory, it remains to be seen how they will significantly distinguish themselves from the other big man-bands. “It’s our vocals and harmony that will set us apart,” asserts Humphrey. “We are using four-part harmony,” continues Jules, “in a contemporary setting, with original pop material and actually, that hasn’t been done so much since groups like The Bee Gees and The Beach Boys.” “What we are trying to do,” says Stephen, “is reinterpret what harmony singing is and how it can be used. A lot of the songs wouldn’t sound out of place on a Take That album, but I don’t think even Take

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Celebrity Scoop That would apply as much vocal harmony as us. That is our unique sound; it’s what we do.” Blake are keen that no member is to become the so-called ‘lead singer’. “That works when you’ve got one really great voice and three not so good ones,” says Humphrey, “or when you have one particularly good-looking person. But we have four equally strong voices and four individually strong characters and I guess we’re all about as good-looking as each other.” It’s all very democratic, you see. The first three albums have seen them attract an astonishing number of female fans. They’ve not quite been of the Beatles-mania variety, but the hysteria levels have been remarkably high nonetheless. You’d think they might be worried that a change in direction would lose them some of the original support. “We have differently aged fans all over the world,” says Stephen, “from 18 through to 80, but a large proportion of them, especially in Britain, are women in their 40s and over.” “A lot of people who bought the first album,” continues Jules, “were about 15 years old in the 1960s, which means they have a wide range of musical tastes. The people who came to hear us sing ‘Nessun Dorma’ were also Beatles fans and fans of music that we are not a million miles away from on this album.” What may surely worry some women, however, is a possible change in tone and theme. These boys have become known as ‘romance’ personified. They are the embodiment of passionate vibrato, intense stares and lyrics about love, lust and how best to cherish a woman. Have no fear, because on this latest album, if you can believe it, the songs have become even more imbued with romantic sentiment. “We Brits can sometimes be a bit cold and calculated when it comes to love and romance,” insists Stephen, “Love is what we all want in our lives. I have a wonderful girlfriend who is incredibly romantic with me and it is what keeps me interested. We may not all experience love all of the time, but these songs inspire us to imagine

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the thing that we want the most.” “We’ve all been through highs and lows,” continues Jules, “even within the time that we’ve been in the group, but we are all optimists. Some of the songs might touch on heartbreak, but they are largely about being positive and looking forward.” “We are all romantics at heart,” says Humphrey, “Just look at the most successful songs of all time. They are nearly always about love, passion and romance.” With this in mind, it seemed only fitting to ask the boys for their views on just what it takes to master the art of romance in everyday life. “I’m very proud of one particular date,” says Humphrey, “I took her for dinner and then we hopped in my old smashed up Land Rover and headed up to the coast. I filled the whole car with candles and we sat with a blanket over us, eating chocolates and drinking champagne in front of the sea.” “If I could arrange anything, I think my plan would be to get a cable car to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa and have a private dinner at the top. It has a beautiful view,” Jules explains, “That, or I’d take a girl on safari and have dinner under the stars with the roar of a distant lion.” “I actually got married in my early 20s,” reveals Stephen, “When I proposed, it was in the Austrian mountains and I pulled out a ring at the top. I intend to better that some day.” “Actually, you know what,” thinks Stephen suddenly, “I want to go on a date on Virgin Galactic, in space. If this album does really well I’m going to get a ticket to go up there!” So there you have it. They might have had a change of direction, but they sure haven’t had a change of heart. The new album, Start Over, is released on February 11, 2013. Be sure to order your copy in advance! Keep up with all the Blake news at www.blakeofficial.com


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“I think fashion is a great way to express your personality through what you are wearing.”

aking the Gulf by storm, the talented fashion designer, Walla is imbued with a passion for her work that is rare to find, and driven by her very own love for the field. With an exclusive clientele, Walla is rapidly expanding the brand through her diffusion range and talks with boutiques in London, Paris, Milan and New York City. The WALLA brand incorporates the designer’s adoration for luxury that introduces traditional Arabian outfits combined with on-season Western influences; an interplay of style and tradition. Inspired by the timeless glamour of vintage fashion, the Autumn Winter collection presents exclusive, high-end pieces created in opulent fabrics. Entering into Walla’s fashion studio is a fasionista’s dream, with rails bursting full of stunning and unique pieces, sumptuous

materials and sketches of beautiful creations laid out on her desk. Ohlala! introduces you to WALLA…

What was your childhood dream? Walla. Since I was very young, my dream has always been to be a fashion designer. I would often draw sketches of women wearing different outfits, or play with Barbies and create outfits for them, and also enjoyed playing dress up. Why fashion design? W. Fashion is what drives me. I can't see myself doing anything else. I think it's a great way to express your personality through what you are wearing.

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From where do you draw your inspiration? W. My inspirations come from everything around me; sometimes it will be a piece of jewellery, a colourful bird, or a pretty garden while enjoying afternoon tea. What materials do you work with? W. I work with all kinds of materials, but I’ve got to say that lace is one of my favourites; I usually incorporate lace in all my collections. My materials are sourced in Italy or France. I like using only the best. I also really enjoy working with exotic leathers for the couture pieces.

Where is the collection made? W. I do the sample pieces here in my studio in Bahrain as well as bespoke pieces. When I have a large quantity from buyers, we send the technical drawings to our production team in Italy. They usually cut the material then send it here for us to do the embroidery and beading. Then we send it back to complete the production.

How do you design your creations? W. It always starts with ideas in my head from inspirations I see. Then we create a sketch. From that I start playing with material on the mannequin. When I start to design a piece I will always make adjustments and changes, which is usually a pain for the technical drawers and production team, because they can never get a result until the last day before a shoot or a fashion show. Usually a piece will change completely from the first idea. What trends can be seen throughout your Autumn Winter Collection? W. Combining and paneling different materials: Laser-cut, sheer, velvet and metallic leather. Is there one piece that encapsulates who you are as a designer? W. The long black laser-cut leather dress with gold lace is one that translates my brand. It is extravagant yet very chic and elegant.

“The WALLA woman is glamorous and elegant. She stands out from the crowd with her unique, sophisticated and chic sense of style.”

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What is your personal style? W. I am all about glamour, being unique and having my own style to be the centre of attention.

What kind of women buys WALLA creations? W. The WALLA woman is glamorous, elegant, and has a unique style, allowing her to transform from work to play with ease. She stands out from the crowd with her sophisticated and chic sense of style, which she likes to exhibit. Her keen eye for detailed, luxurious and welltailored dresses makes her the centre of attention. She is confident and independent with a strong personality that appreciates fashion and expects nothing but the best. Do you design bespoke pieces? W. Yes, I started out the brand by only creating bespoke pieces. As time passed and I felt I had more to give, so I decided to create the ready-to-wear / couture line.

Which celebrity would you most like to design for and why? W. I would really love to dress Sarah Jessica Parker; she is a fashion icon who loves to take risks, and she turns everything she wears into a trend. What do you keep close to your heart? W. My wonderful family.

Is there anything that you would like to add? W. I would like to thank my family, friends, and everyone that supported me to reach where I am today. I still have so much more to give and will have to work much harder to reach where I want to be. It can be extremely difficult to be a successful fashion brand, but with determination, motivation, and support nothing is impossible.

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Fall in love with Chloé’s newest fragrance. Staying true to the original composition, Love, Chloé, Eau Florale is a fresh and powdery floral scent that combines style with femininity. Enriched with maté leaves and flowers with a sweet pea accord at its heart, Love, Chloé’s iconic powdery signature gradually rises to the surface of the skin.

DIVINE ODYSSEY

This season, Clarins ushers in the look of a Greek goddess. Majestic, radiant and flamboyant, the Odyssey Makeup collection sports a truly luminous complexion, coppery gold eyes and beautiful, warm brown lips. Splendour and natural refinement are key words for this festive makeup collection of sumptuous matte and metallic tones and irresistible jewel-like powders!

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L’Occitane has just created its new limited-edition collection capturing the delicate scents of ‘fortune flowers’ in its perfumed shea butter products. The collection draws inspiration from two West African traditions: basket weaving and storytelling, whereby the products are decorated with striking motifs that evoke the culture.

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Let the Good Times Roll As the festive season rolls around again, it is very easy for weeks, months, or even a year’s worth of hard work to go down the drain if a certain level of order is not maintained. Fitness expert, Craig Bunting, offers some tips on keeping overindulgence under control. 66

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t takes a sustained, high level of effort to burn only two, or three hundred calories. In contrast, you can consume four, five or even ten times more than that in a fraction of the period. The festive season is associated with parties, gatherings, happiness and joy to all; with that often means a lot of high calorie food and beverage choices on offer. This month we’re going to give you some prevention strategies to help you avoid excessive weight gain during the holiday period. Four Top Tips to Avoid the Holiday Bulge

Shorten Your Workouts A great way to maintain exercise adherence is to shorten your workouts to 30 minutes. A 30-minute workout is a lot more attractive to someone who is tired through work, or excessive socialising than a 60 plus minute workout. Make sure that your exercise program consists of effective activities such as interval training, circuits, resistance exercises using super-sets, and most importantly, stretching. Performing a variety of useful exercises will give you the chance to stay on track while all of the external influences around you appear to be working against you! Partner Up It’s no secret that training with a friend or exercise partner can help keep training fun, and relieve tension from the day’s stresses, while providing an opportunity to socialise. It’s very easy to get over not going yourself, if you really don’t want to train after a day’s work; letting down your training partner is a different story. Most of us would have been on both sides of that coin at one time or another in our lives, but having that pressure to stick to your word will help keep you focused and on track.

Self-Control It is really important that you maintain a level of self-control over the festive period. Using a friend or partner to help avoid a lot of potentially dangerous situations is also useful when socialising. You can help encourage each other to stay on track and provide strength in moments of weakness. When you do decide to fall off the wagon, you can also share in the joy of whatever it is you are eating or drinking, but be careful not to use this as a regular excuse. Driving to social events is highly advised. This means that you cannot consume alcoholic bervages, which are useless calories anyway. Alcohol usually leads to poor decision-making and food choices too, so it’s a win-win all round. Reward Yourself Make sure that you enjoy the season and allow yourself some of the pleasures that go along with it. Remember not to go overboard however and limit your indulgence of calorie-ridden items. An even better alternative is treating yourself to a day at the spa, or going shopping with friends, that way you know that your indulgence is of the healthier kind. Maintaining self-control is always key.

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ighting is about controlling and shaping light and shadows, reflections, refractions and even colour, to set the ambiance of a place, or an event. Every time a light is turned on, a room can come alive in an instant with a unique and lovely glow. Each lamp or lighting fixture should be an object of beauty that lifts your spirits — one that creates a feeling of warmth and provides a joyous mood in this festive period of the year; a time to say goodbye to the year that’s past and to welcome the New Year with style and beauty. All rooms need a variety of lighting: ambient or background lighting, task lighting for close-up work, or accent lighting to highlight special features. Poor lighting can wash out colour


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and texture, and make the room look less than ordinary. For example, the use of low voltage lighting systems has become very popular over the past several years. Low voltage halogen and low voltage xenon, or LED lighting systems can be found in almost any setting and are often used by interior designers to enhance and highlight their scheme. These types of lighting systems usually come in the form of cabinet lighting, cove lighting, landscape lighting, picture lights, regular track lighting, flexible track lighting, cable lighting and under cabinet lighting. Table Chandeliers that are often hung over a dining or a central table should be more or less about 25 centimetres narrower than the table on each side. If you go for a crystal chandelier, be aware that grades of crystal vary immensely, so it's important to know your budget before you start shopping. An average crystal chandelier is going to impress almost everybody, but if you have discerning guests that you entertain on a regular basis, or if you are a connoisseur and prefer higher quality items, you might want to look into some higher-end quality crystal chandeliers. To really go over-the-top, you can look into rock crystal chandeliers made of the finest manufactured crystal quartz. Whilst chandeliers made of crystal are by far the most popular use of crystal for lighting solutions, they are by no means your only options. Crystal sconces, crystal candelabras and crystal table lamps can also light up a room and add a sense of style and grace to a living area. Why not show off your unique and creative flair and choose bespoke-made, porcelain chandeliers, such as the one shown in the image. Whatever your inclination, always keep in mind that lighting, either direct or indirect, low voltage or incandescent, should be consistent throughout as well as flattering and must also minimise glare. Equitable lighting across an entire space is recommended and adaptable lighting with a dimmer plays a big part in the total effect. For this time of year, when celebrations and gatherings are on everybody’s mind, the right lighting definitely sets the mood for your dinner parties and get-togethers. Here’s wishing one and all a Happy December and New Year — one that’s full of light and glory! GK & Partners is an interior design practice operating for both private and contract sectors throughout the Middle East with an international portfolio and a solid, experienced team trained to achieve the highest standards in conceptual design and project management. The philosophy of the design is mainly initiated by Georges Karam, privileged to have collaborated with some of the most successful international firms in the design industry in Paris and London. GK & Partners Interior Design : PO Box 10462, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain: +973 17251697 info@gkinterior.com : www.gkinterior.com 69


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Diva Drives

With stylish wow-factor the Maserati GranTurismo Sport 2013 perfectly combines absolute beauty, power and speed in an elegant Italian package. Images by Aila Asu

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’m in love… But I have to confess that I have a bias towards Italian sports cars. They just have that stylish wow-factor that many others try to imitate, some succeeding better than others. As soon as you get into the GranTurismo Sport, you feel that you’re stepping into a dreamy movie from the 1960s, romantically cruising down the winding mountain roads with the lovely deep blue Mediterranean Sea glittering ahead of you… So does that reverie translate into reality in the Gulf, and does it translate today? Certainly the Maserati GTS, as it is also known, is a dream to drive — absolute beauty, power and speed, perfectly combined in an elegant Italian package. With the GTS, Maserati’s glorious past is translated into 2013 with panache. Undeniably, the GranTurismo Sport is one of the most beautiful cars — inside and out — on the market today. The exterior look is sportily aggressive but not overly so. It also has an air of striking, voluptuous chic about it. It definitely attracts attention and opens the fast lane when you hit the highway. Inside, you are greeted by a luxurious mix of leather, wood and metal. You can personalise your GTS with a plethora of options to tailor the exterior, interior and the driving dynamics to your exact liking. And of course, the infotainment systems are up to the level of today’s requirements and expectations of a car in this segment. The model that I had the pleasure to experience came fitted with two buttons for changing the gears instead of a traditional stick gearshift (which is also an available option if you wish). The two buttons, one with number ‘1’ on it and the other with letter ‘R’, are found where you would normally find the gear stick. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that ‘1’ means drive and ‘R’ means reverse. You have three driving modes to choose from: Automatic, Automatic Sport and Manual Sport, which you control from buttons on the centre console. The Automatic mode is perfect for every day city driving with creamy smooth handling. Changing to Sport mode, the suspension and gear changes are calibrated for maximum performance and it wakes up the engine noise as the exhaust valves open up. The real roaring sounds are achieved with the Manual Sport mode. I put the skills that I learned from the Ferrari F1 test drivers to use with the Manual Sport mode. Changing the gears with the paddle shifts is so much fun and seeing heads turn on the sidewalks with the bellowing sounds from under the bonnet is enough to get the adrenaline pumping and make any sports car junkie happy. The GTS is powered by a 4.7-litre Ferrari derived V8 engine with up to 454 horse powers; capable of catapulting the car from zero to 100-kilometres an hour in 4.8-seconds. Lovely! Both active and passive safety systems employ the latest safety

technology available in the motoring field. Among the many systems, it comes standard fitted with stability and traction controls, ABS and hydraulic braking assistance, parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring systems, a series of airbags and many more. Child seat anchors are also built-in on the back seats for the benefit of those with young offspring. Talking of which, you can actually fit bigger kids (and adults) on the back seats quite comfortably without having to chop off their legs like in some other supposedly fourseater GTs. The Maserati GranTurismo Sport is a fantastic choice for sports car loving ladies. Its effortless style and poise, as well as the ease and excitement of driving, will surely satisfy even the most demanding diva. Assolutamente perfetto as they say in Italy…

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Jordan

A Journey in History

Have you been to Jordan? Not yet? Well, it's you’re missing out because since old times, prophets and many civilisations have visited Jordan, and some have lingered. They built temples, churches, mosques, theatres, castles and many more things to explore‌ Images & words by Aqeel Al Mosawi & Hussain Al Sairafi

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elive history by trekking in old settlements and explore the religions that have shaped the region. Jordan's topography is amazing for nature lovers. Irrespective of your faith, an hour trip from Amman can take you to religious wonders. Visit Mount Nepo where Prophet Moses stood and viewed the Holy Land. Continue eastward and, like popes and many millions of Christian pilgrims, visit the site where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist at Bethany Beyond the Jordan. On your way back to Amman, stop at Ma'adaba and visit St George's Greek Orthodox Church. The church is small but contains a remarkable mosaic map, dating from 560 AD, which portrays the entire ancient Holy Land; one of the earliest maps in human history made of mosaic. As you wander in the church around the map, orient yourself correctly because the top of the map is East from where the sun shines, not North. The small town is a workshop of mosaics. All souvenir shops are filled with different mosaics and handcrafts. For a few dinars, you can take a piece of that town with you. In their golden times in the third century, Nabataeans controlled part of modern day Jordan. Unlike Romans, they were great stone carvers not builders. They carved the stone mountains into livable cities. The best of their artwork is at Petra. Allow a full day to explore the large stone city, along with a good trekking stamina and expect to ride on donkeys, camels and horses to do your exploring. Walk down the Siq in the afternoon to appreciate the colours of the rock formations.

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Nabataeans couldn't stop the ambitions of the Romans from conquering the region and adding it to their empire in the fifth century. In Amman, Romans built the temple of Hercules on the highest hill. Nowadays, it is called the Citadel. A large part of Amman can be viewed from above there, but the best part is that of the Roman Ampitheatre. The sheer size of it highlights the cultural complexity of Roman life. Yet, this is not the best Roman building in Jordan. Jarash is the grand formal provincial Roman urbanism found in the Middle East. It has colonnaded streets, elegant theaters, temples, and spacious public squares. Don't miss a souvenir picture of Hadrian's Arch at the entrance of the old city. Jarash can be done as a day trip from Amman. Following the Muslims' conquest of the Levant region in the seventh century, Jordan was quiet but a prosperous province during the Ummayad and Abbasid dynasties. When Crusaders made their way to Jerusalem in the early eleventh century, Jordan became the war grounds. Saladin built many castles for his long-term wars against crusaders. Karak castle is one of these that you can visit in Jordan. It is located south of Amman, on the way to Petra. Karak is like all medieval castles, set on top of a hill for military advantage. In Karak, view the valleys in the West and imagine how Saladin awaited the crusaders' army to leave Jerusalem before he beat them in the famous battle of Hittin. 74

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“You can sleep in a tent, drink Arabic coffee and listen to an Oud player at night. Simply, you can live like Lawrence of Arabia for a day or two.� From the fifteenth century, like all Arab worlds, Jordan became part of the Ottoman Empire. In WWII Arabs sided with the allied countries and revolted against the Ottomans. Lawrence of Arabia, the English officer, led the Arab forces and did the unthinkable by moving an army through the desert, crossed Wadi Rum and attacked the Ottoman garrison in Aqaba. In his book 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', Lawrence describes the Arabian desert and Wadi Rum. Nowadays, one doesn't need an army, nor Lawrence's book, to enjoy the desert. Bedouins can take you on a fourwheel drive, or a stylish camel to the heart of Wadi Rum. You can sleep in a tent, drink Arabic coffee and listen to an Oud player at night. Simply, you can live like Lawrence for a day or two. Nothing has really changed since his time. As a souvenir, buy a coloured sand bottle from the Bedouins. When you are finally in Aqaba enjoy a walk by the sea like the locals, or maybe take a glass-bottom boat ride in the Gulf of Aqaba. You can see houses in Elat on the Israeli side. Diving in the Red Sea is a must for all certified divers. Don't miss it and allow a few extra days for that experience. While you can dive in the Red Sea, you can only float in the Dead Sea. The thick syrup-like salty water is an amazing phenomenon. Be careful though, not to get any water drops in your eyes, otherwise a red eye is going to be your souvenir.

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Steak and barbecue delight…

The Regency Hotel is holding a very popular barbeque, set against the hotel’s stunning backdrop of the Arabian Gulf. On the grill is a wide array of Middle Eastern and international items, from Iranian kebabs and Kofta to the irresistible Lebanese Shawarma. The hotel’s expert Syrian Butcher, Meydan, has specially marinated and seasoned the meats as well as a rich variety of seafood. Off the grill, expect delicious Latin, Asian and European favourites. Vegetarian foodies will be thrilled with the Salad Bar and a wonderful assortment of breads. You can also indulge in an array of delectable desserts. 

The Sahara Kuwait Resort, a popular resort for golf and other fun activities, is now open to offer guests a wonderful, specially cooked meal. Visit Sahara Lounge and Terrace for Steak Night every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for tasty meats cooked by specialised chefs. There are also other tantalising dishes for your dining pleasure. Their full barbeque buffet is open to both Resort members and walk-in guests.

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WHERE? Gulf Road, across from Kuwait Towers

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Authentic Lebanese cuisine and more…

The Cheesecake Factory has made its much-anticipated debut in Kuwait. The innovative menu provides a wonderful selection of food and drinks, which include salads, soups, steaks, burgers, sandwiches and pastas — all prepared in-house and using only the freshest ingredients. It offers a full line of award-winning desserts, with more than 30 varieties of cheesecakes and other baked goods. For crab lovers, sample the delicious Warm Crab and Artichoke dip, or savour the tasty Crispy Crab Bites. Staunch vegetarians can dive right into the delectable salads; Endive, Arugula and Fresh Kale. Other delicacies are Caramel Chicken, Chicken Di Pana and the Famous Factory Meatloaf, plus of course the heavenly cheesecakes, such as the Pumpkin Pecan and Red Velvet cheesecakes. The Cheesecake Factory is open Sundays to Wednesdays, 11am to 11pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 11am to 12midnight and Saturdays, 10am till 11pm.

Mais Alghanim has a rich history of providing excellent service and good quality food. Their meals are homemade, incorporating fresh ingredients in traditional recipes. Enjoy amazing Lebanese food such as a selection of lunch boxes — the Kabab Khiskhash or the Tikka and Shish Taouk Combo. The restaurant also has a nice range of international delicacies such as Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Strips and Chicken Breast Pané. Also choose from their wide pastry selections like Fried Potato Kibbeh, Fried Kibbeh, Cheese Fatayer or Meat Sambousak. 

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Festive Shopping Made Easy Sarar Weaves into Kuwait Sarar, the international menswear brand will be introducing its new collection to Kuwait customers this season with the opening of their first store in the Middle East in the new extension of The Avenues mall, in partnership MH Alshaya.

From Paris with Love Bath & Body Works introduces an ode to Parisian fragrances; the Signature Collection ‘From Paris, with Love’, which offers three unique fragrances — ‘Paris in Bloom’, ‘Sweet on Paris’ and ‘Paris Nights’. The new fragrances also feature in creamy body lotions, shower gels, perfumed body splashes and shimmering fragrance mists.

Incredibly Stylish Certina's new DS First Chronograph is modest and unpretentious yet incredibly stylish. With a rounded sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating, generous amounts of Superluminova, which ensure excellent readability in all lighting conditions and other outstanding features, this classy timepiece is available in a leather-strap and full-titanium versions to match your specific lifestyle.

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Trendy & Contemporary Unveiled in a recent print ad campaign, Jimmy Choo unveils its much-anticipated capsule collection created in collaboration with contemporary artist Rob Pruitt. Launching this month, the collection features Pruitt’s signature use of dégradé colour in orange, pink and yellow hues of mirrored leather overlaid with French lace and a heel in glitter zebra.

Skin Transformed The Body Shop’s latest All-In-One BB Cream features an innovative recipe: pigment-filled capsules that burst when applied to skin, releasing the colour inside and transforming the pearly white cream to a colour that perfectly adapts to your skin tone. It provides 24-hour hydration in a lightweight formula, and it colour-adapts for a perfect match and a smooth, undetectable finish.

A Touch of Wimsy With signature creamy gourmand notes lingering in the background and enveloping your skin, Juicy Couture introduces Viva la Juicy La Fleur, a softer, sheer side of the original Viva la Juicy fragrance, which embodies modern femininity. The bright eau de toilette combines a sparkle of mandarin and wild berries with a hedonic blend of dewy honeysuckle, gardenia petals and jasmine.

A Graceful Ode to Time The OMEGA Ladymatic wristwatch combines feminine grace and elegance with the technological innovation. To celebrate this festive season, the Ladymatic’s bezel is paved with snow-set diamonds, as are the inner links of the 18-carat red gold bracelet. There are also diamonds in a wave pattern artfully set on the side of the watch.

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The perfect holiday party outfit is on top of every girl's winter shopping list, from gorgeous skirts and beautiful dresses to eye-catching accessories. Über Chic Calling all fashion lovers, trendsetters and chic fashionistas. Saks Fifth Avenue’s stunning collections from some of the biggest names in fashion will simply leave you spell-bound.

Shopping Heaven London’s upmarket department store, Harrods, will delight shoppers for the holidays as the choices for gifts abound this festive season — perfect for spoiling your nearest and dearest, and of course yourself.

Androgynous Subtlety Lacoste’s collection of sharp and sporty lines allows for weightless layering and subtle textural effects. With zippers to be played with — a hood can morph into a large collar and sleeves can be split right up to the shoulder. With comfortable and luxurious pieces the new Lacoste collection is for the modern woman’s wardrobe.

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Bejewelled Silhouttes The Alberta Ferretti season lineup sees translucent blouses and bejewelled dresses — with the jewels mixed in with woven leather ribbons and feathers fashioned into flowers.


Iconic Pieces This season, Tod’s’ special Limited Edition celebrates the Gommino and the D Bag, timeless classics synonymous for the brand. The collection makes everyday accessories special and unique, with its contemporary design combined with precious leathers and perfect embroideries.

A Nod to the Seventies BCBG’s collection plays with variations on layering on sleeved blouses, dresses, loose sheer tops and jackets. Fabrics are lightweight and supple, think silk crepe de chine, silk chiffon, satin and thin wool. Each piece emphasises the waist or hips with skinny belts, piping or inset bands of colour.

Delightfully Feminine Styled up, as ever, Moschino’s season collection is cheerful and upbeat. It features perfect day-to-night dresses, well-tailored coats and miniskirt suits with some kitsch accessories and silvery embellishment thrown alongside.

Easy Elegance Carolina Herrera’s Resort 2013 collection is straightforwardly pretty — with chartreuse, dusky blue, cayenne red, and a slate grey radiating a warm sensuousness in fun, adorable prints. Fresh, simple but utterly beautiful and charming, Carolina Herrera never fails to impress.

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Shopping Structured Femininity Massimo Dutti’s ‘Goddess’ collection explores touches of newness with its texture driven fabrics — shimmering sequins, metallic snake prints and quilted leather feature in wardrobe staples such as classic jackets, coated denims and billowing blouses.

Chic Abode Available at Seef Mall and featuring a wide selection of trendy gift ideas, Images D’Orient lets you reflect your creative flair with unique and beautiful pieces that are guaranteed to be a talking piece for the holidays. A perfect gift idea, they are exquisitely designed decorative but functional items such as coasters, place mats, trivets and more — all reflecting the richness of Mediterranean culture. Fun Ensembles With a gazillion of wow-worthy, season-appropriate pieces, Bershka will keep you warm and cosy for the cold winter days. Think cosy knits and faux fur coats, studded denim jackets, shirts, beautifully printed leggings, skirts and shorts, and an array of accessories and fun layering.

Reaching New Heights Amp your style for the holidays with Steve Madden’s new collection for the season. Treat yourself to sexy stacked heels and fabulous flats adorned with embellishments. Be your own fashion icon with aggressive platforms, bright prints and treated leathers. 82

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Decadent Detailing Get your hands on this super stylish maxi dresses from Jane Norman London and get ready to party!


Stunning Ensembles Showing one of their most gorgeous fashion range to date, H&M’s Holiday Collection are perfect for this festive time. You’ll seriously want everything — the palette of colours are stunning, the unique accessories are perfect must-haves and the range of dresses and ensembles will simply leave you speechless.

Textured Frills Mango’s new collection has a clear military influence, with rich wool structures mainly in natural and black tones incorporated with epaulettes, patch pockets, contrast piping, leather adornments, buttons with military motifs and padded garments.

Sweet Dreams women’secret’s Tinkerbell collection is full of soft colours: pale pink, grey tones and light yellows. Find them in comfortable pyjamas, fun pieces of corsetry and an endless supply of pretty accessories.

Merry and Bright Cosy yet trendy, Gap’s Holiday 2012 collection promises to take you through the winter months in style. Expect a lot of colour block, cowl neck cable knit sweaters and colourful jackets. Skinny also dominates as a fit with a wide range of coloured denims.

Sophisticated Femininity Coccinelle unveils the season’s covetable collection of shoulder, shopper and barrel bags. With both formal and casual styles, details like deerskin prints, smooth calfskin leather, shiny studs and gold-tone buckles make for a sophisticated feminine look. New shades also feature like cream, ash grey, black cherry and ochre.

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For the Gents Exceptional and Extraordinary A world first, the innovative Lexus LS 2013 has just debuted in Bahrain. Reflecting a bold new exterior and interior design, the model feature the world’s first eightspeed automatic transmission with five driving modes maximising fuel efficiency, comfort and dynamic performance. From Paddock to Catwalk From the racing track to the fashion pit, Geox, the official outfitters of Red Bull Racing, lets you get your hands on their faithful reproduction of the footwear worn by drivers on the track.

Racing-Inspired Gifts An assortment of beautifully crafted items reflecting a heritage of speed, endurance and true team spirit have been created by Bentley in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of their victory at the Le Mans 24-hour race. The collection includes the timeless Bentley boys and girls range. Contemporary Styles With a focus on contemporary styles and fabrics with strong, modern and detailed tailoring, PS by Paul Smith features narrower silhouettes with shoulder lines brought in and sleeves slimmed.

Prestigious Perfumery Porsche Design introduces TITAN, the new fragrance with a distinguished woody citrus scent. Encased in a hightech design that fuses aesthetics with functionality, the perfume also comes with an essential daily care range. 84

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Geometric Finishes Lanvin’s Fall Winter collection modernises the essentials of the urban masculine wardrobe. Think double-breasted jackets and suits with rounded shoulders and fitted waists in warm colours and jackets and cable-knit jumpers with silicone inserts.

Luxury and Elegance Defined Fashion that is truly iconic, Ralph Lauren’s season line-up for fellas details luxury and elegance with classic lines and cuts. Taking fashion to another level, the brand is for the modern man with exquisite taste.

‘Fragrance of the Nation’ Specially created to commemorate the kingdom’s Founding Day celebrations, Ajmal has launched ‘Fragrance of the Nation’ a limited-edition collection which includes a bottle each of Dahn Al Oudh crafted to reflect premium Indian and Cambodian notes, captivating Mukhallat with Sandalwood, Rose, Musk and a touch of Dahn Al Oudh, and enchanting Musk oil.


For Your Little Angels Oh Baby Baby! Get your tiny tots looking even more adorable with the launch of Mamas and Papas’ new collection. The girls’ ‘Gypsy Rose’ range have strong clashing shades, floral prints and bold stripes; whilst for the little gentlemen, there’s a sophisticated palette of charcoal grey, navy and wine, with key details such as fairisle knits, colour blocked cardigans and printed shirts create a dapper.

Happy as can be… The festive season is most special for children. Okaidi and Obaibi gives them a treat with their latest collections of vivid colours and trendy pieces that are comfortable and playful.

Preppy Classics For boys and girls this winter season, Ralph Lauren presents authentic, reimagined preppy classics with autumn-hued palettes that are focused and clean, with luxurious fabrics and patterns that stand out.

The Trendy Ones H&M’s trendy kids’ collection for the season is so fashion already. They offer something for everyone from newborn to 14 plus years. From four months and older, you will be spoilt for choice for affordable outfits for your little ones whatever their age.

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IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR EVENT FEATURED IN Ohlala! Email events@ohlala-magazine.com Kuwait Transport Infrastructure Summit December 11 WHY GO? The Kuwait Transport Infrastructure Summit aims to transform Kuwait into a regional hub for trade and logistics through delivering a world-class transport infrastructure. The international conference will cover exclusive case studies and topics such as ‘Increasing airport capacity in Kuwait to accommodate for growing trade and logistic demands’, and ‘Generating a solid urban development strategy to ensure proposed projects are suited for long term extensions’. Speakers at the conference include Dr Fadhel Safar Ali Safar (Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait), Captain Tawfiq Shwab (Director of Marine Operations), Dr Kim Jraiw (Project Manager, UN National and Integrated Transport Strategy 2010-2020)

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Jack & The Beanstalk Pantomime December 11 to 15

WHY GO? It’s a perfect way to start the festive Christmas season with fun and laughter and an opportunity for you to spend a day with your family. Stages in Kuwait (SIK) Production presents ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’, a pantomime of the beloved fairytale. The show will be filled with lots of slapstick comedy and great music and children will love the spectacle of lively colours and energetic characters. The evening shows start at 7.45pm with 3pm matinees at the Performing Arts Centre at The English School, located in Salmiya. Single Tickets cost KD7.5 and discounted family tickets are available for two adults and children.

Performing Arts Centre, The English School, Salmiya

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Go Karting In Exhilaration December 14 WHY GO? The GulfRun team are organising the second Karting Endurance Race offering enthusiastic racers a chance to participate and drive wild and free. The minimum drivers in a team will be four and the maximum is 12. Teams can be sponsored by a company or organisation, and the brand name can be featured on the Go-Kart, Pit Garage and Team apparel. All participants must be local drivers, and must be aged 18 years and above. Part of the package of the race is the Go Kart, pit garage, mechanics and fuel. The endurance race will be regulated by UK Marshalls according to FIA regulations. If you want to hop into a cool car to race around a sleek track, then register quickly to grab a spot.

Kuwait International Fair Ground

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Kuwait International Fair Auto Show December 16 to 22

WHY GO? It’s one of the oldest automobile exhibitions in the Middle East. The Auto Show is growing remarkably and has positioned itself as one of the foremost automobile exhibitions in the region. The event provides a wealth of opportunities for exhibitors, sponsors and partner organisations and is a great business platform for local, regional and international organisations to showcase automobiles, commercial vehicles and products such as their tuning and automotive accessories.

Kuwait International Fair Ground

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Ron Kaufman’s Service Leadership Talk December 18 WHY GO? Want to grow your company? Book a spot in this highly interactive seminar. For over two decades Ron Kaufman has helped companies globally to build a culture of uplifting service that delivers real business results year after year. He will speak in Kuwait about ‘Service Leadership’, inviting members of senior leadership and management from private and governmental organisations to embrace a common service vision and commit to take strong action as role models for superior service. During the seminar, the attendees will learn proven strategies, best practices, case studies and techniques to build and reinforce an uplifting service culture.

Holiday Inn, Salmiya

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A Fantastic Comedy Show December 20 WHY GO?‘The Comedy Hangout’ is expected to be Kuwait's largest stand-up comedy show of all time. Organised by ALGAS Events and MAD STAND Entertainment, the two companies are sponsoring the show after a couple of experiences in the entertainment business in Kuwait and following the success of the First Stand Up Comedy Series in Kuwait, ‘That Comedy Show’, produced by the ALGAS Events. Performing are six comedians who come from different backgrounds and countries namely Bader Saleh, Wonho Chung, Firas Alola, Bashar AlJazzaf, Mohammed Aqua and Ahmed AlShemmeri, who will all attempt to give you the best Stand up Comedy show in the country.

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Kuwait's 50th Constitution Anniversary Earning a place in the Guiness Book of World Records, Kuwait’s spectacular fireworks display earned admiration the world over. Thousands of happy revelers turned up to watch the celebrations, waving national flags and spreading good cheer to mark the nation’s 50-year Constitution Anniversary. Photos by Ahmed Al Salem

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The Arraya Ballroom Re-launch The majestic Arraya Ballroom is a true epitome of luxury in the heart of downtown Kuwait City. Kuwait Marriott Hotels recently held a grand cocktail reception to celebrate the re-launch of the country’s most iconic events venue.

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Emporio Armani Private event The fashion brand held a private event to showcase their season collection, to the delight of loyal customers and guests alike.

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MH AlShaya Launches New Brands The retail giant MH Alshaya has recently introduced big name international brands to their portfolio at The Avenues Mall.

Let’s Popcorn’s ‘Year of Success’ The first Kuwaiti Gourmet Popcorn rolled out the red carpet for the expansion phase of its business and celebrated the ‘Year of Success’, revealing many surprises for guests at the event.

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Texas Roadhouse's Opening Legendary food and legendary service has arrived in Kuwait with the recent opening of Texas Roadhouse in the country.

First Starbucks Reserve Coffee Shop Starbucks has just opened their first Reserve Coffee Shop in the MENA region at the Grand Avenue.

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Business Sculptor’s Coffee Chat

Starbucks and Diwan Book Club, hosted Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohammad Al Shbab for a Coffee Chat at their Behbehani store. The famed artist shared his success story and his thoughts with club members, Starbucks customers and management team. Throughout the evening, Al Shbab captivated guests with his talk, which encompassed topics related to his journey as an artist. Speaking at the event, Rana Shaheen, regional communications and CSR manager of Starbucks, MENA region, said that the Coffee Chat series is meant to shed more light on Kuwaiti talent and distinguished individuals for members of the Diwan Book Club and customers of Starbucks. The last Coffee Chat took place in April and featured daring bikers Ali Jafar Al-Bairami and Muhanad Hisham Al-Sultan who spoke about their thrilling adventures.

KidZania Cements Deal with Abyat Megastore

KidZania Kuwait has announced its marketing partnership with the Middle East’s largest home improvement showroom, Abyat Megastore. In keeping with KidZania’s ideas for edutainment, Abyat will sponsor the Construction Site Zone, which will consist of establishments that provide children with a fun hands-on experience. Children will then be able to see the construction process from design through to building a house using safe materials, learn how to paint walls and wash windows. Abyat’s three safe establishments within the Construction Site Zone will help KidZania’s young crew members understand what it takes to design, construct and maintain a house. Kindah Yacob-Agha, marketing manager at KidZania Kuwait, said, “We are pleased to partner with Abyat Megastore, whose establishment will help children understand the importance of teamwork and time management within a construction environment.”

IKEA International Squash Tournament

IKEA Kuwait recently sponsored the IKEA International Squash Tournament 2012 in collaboration with Kuwait Squash Federation (KSF) and Professional Squash Association (PSA). The tournament took place from November 6 to 10 at the KSF Head Office and courts in South Surra. The one-of-a-kind event brought together many internationally ranked professional squash players from 15 different countries, some of whom proudly represented Kuwait. Abdullah Al Muzain, a national squash champion, currently ranking 51st among the top world champions said, “This tournament will showcase Kuwait’s determination to inspire the youth of today that hold so much potential in various fields.”

KidZania Forms Alliance with KAICO

KidZania Kuwait welcomed the Kuwait Automotives Imports Company (KAICO), the exclusive distributor of Mobil and Michelin, as its latest marketing partner for the new edutainment centre, soon to be opened at The Avenues. KAICO will sponsor the Auto Repair Shop establishment where children will perform safe and exciting car repair activities. Children will work as the shop’s mechanics and earn kidZos (KidZania’s currency) to perform safe and interactive repair functions on a scaled-down automobile. KAICO’s Auto Repair Shop will feature internationally renowned brands, Mobil and Michelin, through fun and interactive repair activities, which include changing a tyre and replacing mechanical parts. Children will work in groups and discover the many different components of a vehicle, how it runs, and ultimately how to resolve problems and work effectively as part of a team. Children aged four to fourteen will be able to enjoy KAICO’s activities within a realistic setting when KidZania Kuwait opens soon in The Avenues.

Pearl Initiative Releases Report

The Pearl Initiative, the not-for-profit organisation, launched the first report in its series on Corporate Good Practices. This independent report featured eight good practice case studies from across the GCC including those at Abraaj Capital, Agility, Aluminium Bahrain, Aramex, Gulftainer, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Savola and TDIC. The good practice examples illustrate efforts made by a selection of companies that appear to be working and are therefore worth sharing, with the wider business community. The research indicated a number of success factors that other companies would be well advised to adopt. Regarding the implementation of integrity-related practices, common themes include; visionary leadership, stakeholder viewpoints, local and cultural context and accessibility. Badr Jafar, Co-Founder of the Pearl Initiative, said, “In order for the Pearl Initiative to make a difference to the public and private sector companies operating across Kuwait, we must show clear business benefits for introducing integrated reporting, integrity-related policies, higher standards of corporate accountability and transparency.” 96

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Giovanni unveils your future for December… Happy Birthday Ms Sagittarius! Your usually bubbly nature is somewhat subdued this month as you find your thoughts distracted by other more pressing issues, many of which relate to relationships and the stresses of work. Those of you who are going through a sticky time emotionally would probably do best to think about sitting down with a loved one or partner in an effort to resolve longstanding problems that appear to have now grown beyond your control. Additionally, if you are struggling with pressures at work then sit down with your superior and get the matter resolved. You don’t usually suffer fools gladly but you appear to have taken your eye off the ball of late. If you want to enjoy your birthday month and also the approaching festive season then don’t put things off any longer!

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Sagittarius — at a glance

Generally lucky by nature, Sagittarians usually demonstrate a cheerful and positive disposition and it takes a lot to bring them down. Being so optimistic makes them genuinely nice people to be around. With curious and enquiring minds, their focus is often on what is happening tomorrow rather than today and that can sometimes make them a little frustrating to deal with. They thrive in a state of constant change and transition and are fiercely independent. On the flip side, they don’t hold secrets and can be quite straightforward with their talking, so they can often ruffle feathers as they do not always act with diplomacy. They are also verbose to the point of being annoying and can be awfully pushy when they want their own way. Their changeable nature also means they have a problem with commitment, which makes relationships difficult and gives them an often cavalier and careless attitude to life.

Famous Sagittarians Walt Disney Frank Sinatra Steven Spielberg Christina Aguilera Britney Spears

Mark Twain John Milton Josef Stalin John F Kennedy Jr Woody Allen

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Your thoughts around this time of year are naturally occupied by a loved one who is far from home but though you might have concerns, you can be comforted by the fact that are in safe hands and enjoying themselves. On the home front, the festive season may bring some challenges for you to overcome in relation to family disputes meaning you cannot enjoy the holiday with everyone under the same roof. However, there is every chance that a little simple diplomacy on your part will sort everything out ahead of the big day. Just employ some wisdom at the right moment.

Aries (March 20 – April 19) This month is going to be a period of immense celebration and rewarding times spent with loved ones and friends, and you will not only better organised but also have much more time to relax and enjoy the festive season. On the work front, a project for the New Year is going to be presented to you around December 27 and you will be full of excitement at the opportunities this presents. Just don’t get too carried away as there is only so much of tomorrow you should be worrying about when you still have ‘today’ to deal with.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) For many of you looking to move home or finalise your plans ahead of a career move in the New Year, the last few weeks of 2012 could end up being quite frantic and you may find yourself tied up with work until the very last day before the holidays. There could be some wisdom in delaying matters until early January but knowing your generally impatient nature, this seems unlikely. Therefore, if you pass through the holidays without actually feeling like you have relaxed at all then there’s no one to blame but yourself this time around. LEO (July 23 – August 22) There is clearly something on your mind this month and it could have something to do with your suspicions concerning a relationship. Your sign is not normally known for its fidelity if opportunity arises but at the same time this also makes you better equipped than most to realise when someone is not being completely faithful to you. A discovery around December 15 is going to surprise you and force an open confrontation that just might get messy. How this is going to impact on your month remains unclear at the moment but the omens aren’t brilliant!

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Libra September 23 – October 22 No one would blame you for thinking the world has been plotting against you of late so you won’t get any accusations of paranoia cast in your direction if you start to plead your case for some change in fortunes this month. The good news is that you will have plenty of reasons to celebrate before December is over. However, a lot of this will be down to the efforts of a parent and you should quickly acknowledge their assistance because without it, you might not be enjoying the benefits coming your way.

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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) You will have a lot to celebrate this month as you embrace the festive season with an enthusiasm and desire that has been lost from you of late. Much of this has to do with a renewed sense of confidence and a new romantic interest that will lift your spirits. Those around you will notice the change and it will have a positive knock-on effect in other areas. Just ensure that you take things slowly if a relationship does start to develop. The last thing you want to appear is desperate! Pisces (February 19 – March 19) This time of year is all about getting together with loved ones but something you have said has caused offence because you are certainly not the ‘flavour of the month’ presently. You can be quite cavalier with your language on occasion and it might be something you didn’t think was upsetting that has been taken the wrong way. Address the matter quickly, to prevent a trivial mistake from escalating into something much bigger.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) It’s fair to say that you have gone through a fairly turbulent year and as 2012 draws to a close you can look back on the period and give yourself a hefty pat on the back because despite all the obstacles and challenges, you’ve certainly achieved a lot more than you realise. Good news will reach you around December 13 and you could even find yourself planning a trip overseas for the New Year as a consequence. You’ve a lot to look forward to, so get ready for a positive turnaround in your life because it starts now. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Many of you could enter the festive period with a great deal of optimism after hearing some good news regarding an illness. Clearly your mood has been dominated by perceptions of the outcome and this will certainly put you at ease. For those of you who made a rash decision involving a parent, the outlook this month may not be quite so positive, and you only have yourself to blame for this. If you can swallow your pride and apologise, then you could still salvage the situation, but you have to be quick if you still want to feature in their plans.

Virgo (August 23 — September 22) The end to your year is going to provide you with a wonderful experience, especially if you are celebrating the season in a new location. The signs suggest that a few of you will be far from those you love and whilst this is going to leave you with a feeling of sadness, it will be compensated by the promise of a fresh romance. Where this leads remains unclear but rather than focus on the future just enjoy the moment for what it is. December 18 to 31 is likely to be a high point of your month and you may even come into a little luck before the year is out that you can take with you into 2013!

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) Love is in the air and in quite a big way, as that huge grin on your face will testify to this month. Everyone is going to notice it so there’s no sense in hiding it (not that you are). There is a feeling about you that suggests this could be different to some of the romances you’ve enjoyed before and there is every chance this could develop into something very serious, very quickly over the coming weeks. Usually a sign to play it cautiously, this looks like the first time in ages you might actually let your hair down! It’s going to be an eye-opener for everyone!


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’m on a plane. En route to Dubai after almost a month of New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, presidential elections, memorable forums, marvellous galas, random ‘Bond’ nights, momentary shopping and unexpected hurricanes. T’was an interesting time, with many, many wondrous moments. Some of which were mildly aggravated by this American school of thought that tips are somehow compulsory? (Sorry, but I need to talk about this for just a minute). As far as I know, the concept of tipping is based on choice. When did so many waiters come to the conclusion that it was ever some kind of mandatory obligation? I am not to blame for your Government/boss’ decisions to keep you on minimum wage. Nope. Not me. Not the one. Rant over. Back to the moments… Sandy decided to unleash her wrath during my time in the Big Apple. That wasn’t so fun. I did see large chunks of NYC in complete darkness though. Very ‘I Am Legend’. A bit surreal. Brooklyn's energy, always on point. Halloween was taken VERY seriously. Costumes and dancing amidst natural disasters. Commendable spirits. Finally got my nails done by the city’s Naomi (I did wait, quite some time, for this glorious occasion). Loved the Angel Ball. And my Orkalia gown. And Denise Rich. And my friends. And Smokey Robinson. And Natalie Cole. And Ms Mama Knowles. And Solange's dress. And the boom boom room. Grateful to The Mark Hotel — turned Sandy refugee camp — for such a wonderful stay. LA was LA Crazy, relaxed, random, same same, fun, yet dull, beautiful, and ugly (not many places can do all this at the same time). Went to Inglewood. Joined the cast of ‘ABG’ on filming of their last ever episode. That… was just… excellent. London pride on the debut of Kesh's photo exhibition. Also, brilliant. One’s Hollywood abode remained as gorgeous as it always is. The marquis, I thank you. My one stand with Miami did not include South Beach. Yes... shocking I know, considering the infamously ratchet environment. I was

actually there for ABC’s Continuity Forum, which took place at Coconut Grove’s Ritz Hotel. A gathering of social entrepreneurs from across the Americas intermingled with an impressive mix of investors and global experts, all with a common purpose to conscientiously innovate. Environmentally expand. aomi Humanitarianly (is that a word?) harness ous N notori e business opportunity for the greater good… h t esy of you should catch my drift at this point. Court ames: g l i a N Saudi's Prince Fahd Al Saud joined forces with the ever-inspiring Emmanuel Jal during the forum’s cultural session, an enlightening and never-before-seen pairing of Africa and Arabia. The two young leaders shared on common challenges when it comes to community development in their home regions. They drew upon similarities in tribal lifestyle, and shed light on the importance of technology when relating to youth generations. Monumental things. That’s just how we operate. Onto 2013. Happy New Year. Stay bougi with it. Remember the key. One love on the advance. Brook lyn str olls: A

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