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August/September 2017 | Issue 174 | BD1 / SR10

HALA AL TURK EXCLUSIVE

The teen star on new music and life in the spotlight

LIFESTYLE BLOGGER

Roshini Daswani on being true to yourself

PARENTING Back to School tips

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DJ Katrin Love

of Bahrain Underground Music Movement

FOOD

Jazzy dining

TRAVEL

Adult Options Tri training in Italy


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AUGUST/ SEPTEMBER 8 Over to You 10 The Month in Focus

SHOPPING

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14 Pick of the Month: The Right Shoes 16 Editor's Choice: Time of Your Life

FASHION

20 Fashion Trend: Warm and Fuzzy 22 Fashion Forward: Backstage Pass 26 Get the Look: White Out

PEOPLE

30 Hala al Turk: Growing Up in the Spotlight 34 Roshini Daswani: Couture Chats 36 Katrin Love: Girl Power

FEATURE BEAUTY

40-52 Words of wisdom, trends, treatments and the lastest news from the world of beauty

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54-55 Wellbeing: First Aid 64 Food: Chef's Special 67 Food: Review 68-69 Homes: Purr Like a Sophisti-cat 72 Travel: Forza Italia 74 Travel: Adult Escapes

FEATURE BACK TO SCHOOL

80-81 Products and tips for the return to the classroom

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83 Tech Kids: Online learning 84 Advice: Dr Jinan Harith Darwish 85 Kids' Playground: First Class Plans 86 Opinion: Ouiam Charkani El Hassani 87 Horoscope: What to expect this month 88 Last Word: In Her Shoes – Gabrielle Angeli Sol of Al Areen Palace & Spa

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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e're feeling hot, hot, hot. I'm sure it won't come as news to anyone that we're living through one of the hottest summers on record, so it feels a bit strange seeing all the autumn-winter fashions dropping into my inbox. However, it's a nice reminder that the cooler weather's not far away, so check out this month's fashion trend for a taste of what's to come. Our big feature this month takes a look at the world of beauty and, I must admit, some of the treatments unearthed by writer Puja Tiwari came as a shock even to me - fancy having your skin shaved anyone? No, me neither, but that's not to say I wouldn't try it if someone could guarantee to remove the wrinkles along with the shorn dermis! Our interview section this month includes an exclusive chat with singing sensation Hala al Turk - remember her as the sweet little girl with the big voice on Arabs Got Talent? Well, as you can see from our cover, she's all grown up and has plenty to say for herself. We also spoke to blogger Roshini Daswani, whose luxury lifestyle has left me feeling more than a little envious, and DJ Katrin Love, co-founder of the Bahrain Underground Music Movement. In travel Anastasia Ageeva takes us on an athletic journey through southern Italy, which sounds gorgeous but rather tiring, and, with the kids back at school, we take a look at some fabulous 'adult' destinations to consider if you're planning a late summer break Bora Bora looks right up my street (though I'm not sure my bank manager would agree). Speaking of the new school term, we've got loads of tips to help the return to class go smoothly, from products to educational websites and non-uniform style ideas. And, of course, there's our usual round-up of news, upcoming events and your views. Plus, make sure you check out our website and social media pages for chances to win lots of great prizes throughout the month!

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Contents copyrighted 2017© Reproduction in whole or in part by any means without the express written consent of the publisher is prohibited. ISBN No: 1 899348 11 5. Licensed by the Ministry of Information, Directorate of Publication and Press. Code: SWTM 410 Woman This Month is here for the modern woman of substance and aspiration, embodying a personal style while exploring the best of all worlds: fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Bahrain office address Red House Marketing P. O. Box: 20461, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain telephone: (17) 813-777 fax: (17) 813-700 email: editor@womanthismonth.com website: www.womanthismonth.com Published monthly by Red House Marketing (Jersey) Ltd. P. O. Box 641, No. 1 Seaton Place, St. Helier, Jersey JE4 8JJ Channel Islands, U.K. in association with Al-Hilal Publishing P. O. Box 1100, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

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BEAUTY | FASHION | HOME | WELLBEING | PARENTING | LOCAL ISSUES

August/September 2017 | Issue 174 | BD1 / SR10

HALA AL TURK EXCLUSIVE

The teen star on new music and life in the spotlight

LIFE STYLE BLOGGER

Roshini Daswani on being true to yourself

PARENTING Back to School tips

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DJ Katrin Love

August/September 2017, Issue 174 On the cover: Hala Al Turk

of Bahrain Undergroung Music Movement

FOOD

Jazzy dining

TRAVEL

Adult Options Tri training in Italy

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YOUR LOOK YOUR STYLE OUR PASSION


news

Best Reaction on Twitter On twitter, the post on clean and healthy eating, an article from Woman This Month’s July issue got the highest number of hits.

Most Liked Post on Instagram

On Instagram, the post about Sisters Phoebe and Sophie Middleton’s plans to cater to the island’s conscious chocoholics got the highest likes and comments.

Your Shout I buy this magazine for two reasons - the cool giveaways in your competitions and the reading material. It is also a breath of fresh air to read about topics that pertain to women in Bahrain. Sure, I can pick up Vogue or Cosmopolitan for more saucy topics, but they won’t be able to fill me in on local issues and topics related to health, restaurants and beauty that are specific to this country. Keep up the good work. Layla

Win, Win, Win! The nose-tickling olfactory notes of pungent herbs and spices give Figment by Amouage its alluring fragrance. The preliminary spicy fireworks step aside as floral hues take charge. Top notes are Sichuan pepper, saffron and gardenia; middle notes are tuberose, jasmine, orange blossom, lily, ylang-ylang and cassia bourbon; base notes are orris, papyrus, incense and patchouli. For a chance to win a 100ml eau de parfum, worth almost BD120, keep an eye on our social media page to participate.

Just putting out some food for thought for restaurants on the island. I wish the summer was pleasant enough for us to dine on the terrace or garden areas in restaurants. Why not cover the outdoors with temporary plexiglass gazebos and install a few ACs to emulate the lovely outdoor experience? When the cool weather sets in, remove the gazebo. Basmah

Most Liked Post on Facebook On Facebook, our competition post to win the Little Black Box by Lifestyle got the highest likes, comments, and shares.

# Trending

What’s caught our eye in the news this month. HIV researchers announced that a nine-year-old child from South Africa has been living with HIV in remission for almost nine years, without continuing the use of HIV drugs. The study adds to new but growing evidence that early treatment may bring the virus to undetectable levels and potentially lower the need for lifelong drug therapy. Time.com

Taylor Swift won a court proceeding where she accused a radio host of groping her right before a show in Denver. She won the requested one dollar and hopes to inspire victims of assault to seek justice. Cbsnews.com

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September in Focus What’s on our radar this month?

Record-Breaking Ribbon As Breast Cancer Awareness month approaches, Think Pink is preparing for one of the biggest community engagement initiatives the Kingdom has ever seen #howfarforpink. Supporters will be making a world record attempt for the longest ribbon, using 20cm pieces of pink branded icheck ribbon, physically tied together by members of the community, to achieve two laps around the F1 track at Bahrain International Circuit with the aim of covering 10km! Think Pink spokeswoman Julie Sprakel says: “We have been thankful to have the support of our hosts, the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and that of the Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister for this event. “Bahrain Breast Cancer Society: Think Pink Bahrain will

be launching its 2017 national campaign for breast cancer awareness with the support of Bahrain International Circuit chief executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa and his team. “The community challenge will be to build the largest pink chain ribbon with pieces of

ribbon tied together, to reach our goal. This would be the first national scale community initiative in the Kingdom, with both individuals and corporate entities participating together, raising awareness for breast cancer whilst also donating to Bahrain Breast Cancer Society.

Disney Princesses Girl Up The Walt Disney Company Middle East has debuted inspiring images of Jordanian schoolgirls as part of its global #dreambigprincess campaign. Renowned female photographers, including Banan Alawneh from Jordan, created inspiring images to kick-off a USD1 million fundraising effort for Girl Up the United Nations Foundation’s programme supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment. The photographic campaign is aimed at encouraging kids everywhere to dream big. Banan, who works across the Middle East and is based in Amman, Jordan, photoprofiled little girls from the Queen Rania Family and Child Center, to showcase their inspiring stories. Nineteen female photographers from fifteen countries have created a series of empowering images showcasing real-world girls and women, as part of Disney’s Dream Big, Princess initiative launched in 2016, which taps into the power of Disney Princess stories to inspire kids. Photographs will be shared on social media to help raise funds for Girl Up.

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It is the team’s belief that this would heighten breast cancer awareness to another level in Bahrain and the GCC.” Supporting the drive has been the ever supportive team at MullenLowe MENA who came up with the catchy headline written with pink ribbons that are knotted together. The record attempt will take place on September 23 from 3pm and, as a variety of collaborative partnerships will be needed to help hold the ribbon to form the unbroken chain, Think Pink Bahrain is calling on societies and community groups to support this record. Parties interested in both sponsorship and or support can email registration@ thinkpinkbahrain.com stating how you would like to get involved and support. How far will you go for Pink?

A Family Affair

Prepare for the ultimate family experience with new spa treatments at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay – parentchild bonding sessions tailored to relaxation and indulgence. On arrival, kids from six to 15 years of age are treated to a customised spa robe as well a decadent welcome treat sure to satisfy a sweet craving. Children and parents are then introduced to the gift of touch, wellness and healing at The Spa. There are three packages to choose from which include side-by-side massages, a facial or an indulgent full-body treatments with special scrubs and lotions. Prices start at BD80 for 45 minutes. www.womanthismonth.com


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A DAY IN THE LIFE As an institution that has changed the lives of hundreds of children celebrates its 30th anniversary, we take a look behind the scenes.

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n 1987, four members of the Indian Ladies Association came up with the idea of starting a play school for special needs children and, lo and behold, Sneha was born – a name meaning love. Since then, what began as an informal group has grown into a bustling, busy and vibrant school where children with special needs are lovingly nurtured, cared for and taught. The beauty of this centre is that it is, in the true sense, a melting pot where children from different nationalities and backgrounds are accepted, completely free of cost. Staffed by qualified teachers, alongside a group of dedicated volunteers, a typical day at Sneha is an eclectic mix of activities designed to stimulate the students’ minds and bodies in order to tap their full potential and challenge their abilities. The day begins with a prayer song, followed by other motivational songs. Simple exercises, scientifically designed to stimulate the metabolism, are followed by yoga. When it’s time for study, the students are split into classes according to their learning levels, aptitude and abilities. A prescribed syllabus, specially designed to suit individual requirements, includes functional literacy and numerical, social and self-help skills as well as arts and crafts. Each day is designed in such a way that there are different activities to look forward to; there are painting days, cooking days, singing and dancing days and games days. To stimulate motor skills and sharpen brain activity, the children are regularly given quizzes and puzzles to solve using a regularly updated stock of educational toys.

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Mrs Al Wazzan at a celebratory event

A spokesman says: “At Sneha we believe that education should not be restricted to the four walls of the classroom and hence students are taken once a month on educational trips and outings. Students keenly look forward to these picnics where they get a chance to broaden their scope of learning and channel their excess energy.” Students receive vocational training and experts also train the volunteers and teachers. The youngsters are exposed to the joys of nature and the rhythm of life outside the centre. They are encouraged to explore their minds and feelings and transfer their thoughts to canvas with the paintings transformed into greetings cards. Sneha regularly holds exhibitions of the

students’ work and the sale of the paintings and greeting cards helps pay towards the upkeep of the centre. Sneha’s costs are covered entirely through fund raising activities and events and donations from both private individuals and corporate bodies, such as Intercol. Lynne Al Wazzan, the company’s charity chairperson, has been a longterm supporter and champion of the centre. In celebration of the landmark 30th anniversary, the Sneha team has a powerpacked agenda spread over the entire year. There was a fun-filled family day for students and their loved ones earlier on in the year, which was attended by Mrs Al Wazzan, and the children also marked Green Day by planting seeds in painted pots they had made themselves. After the long summer break the youngsters will then be involved in several events - the Sneha Writing Competition, Sneha Sports Day, Sneha Art Exhibition and finally the Sneha Annual Day. The essay competition is scheduled to be held in September 2017 and various schools from Bahrain will be taking part. Next in line is the drawing competition for children from special needs schools, which will be held in October. An Assisted Art Painting Exhibition is scheduled for November 3, which will showcase and sell around 80 paintings, and the festivities will culminate with the Sneha Annual Day on December 7. www.womanthismonth.com


P.O. Box: 584, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. Tel: +973 17291537 / 17727600, Email: fmcg@intercol.com


SHOPPING | pick of the month

The Right Shoes

Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” And we reckon these sparkling confections from the Karl Lagerfeld A/W 17 collection would definitely have met with the blonde bombshell’s approval. Kaiser Karl tugs at our heartstrings once again with vertiginous heels coupled with a chunky platform for comfort and lots and lots of glitter. What’s not to love? Available in Bahrain at Karl Lagerfeld, Bahrain City Centre, 17 112-715.

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SHOPPING | editor's choice

Time of Your Life Old Father Time, time on your side, time waits for no man – time, we’re obsessed with it! These days many of us check the time on our phones which, let’s face it, are never far away. But, in terms of style, a phone will never match up to a beautiful, craftsman-made watch. They may not be cheap but if you look at it as an investment, you’ll get your money’s worth over the years in terms of both reliability and undeniable class. Check out some of our favourites (Clockwise from top).

Bubble by Corum – Leaf-style hands outlined in superluminova, mother of pearl face and truly exclusive with a limited edition of just 88 pieces. Gilda by Eberhard – Something a little different and Gaudiesque here with 11 and 5 picked out in red rather than the usual 12 and 6. Stardance Moonphase by Louis Moinet – An out-of-this-world experience, the moon is made from an authentic fragment of the Enstatite EH3 meteorite. Repetto Shine by Raymond Weil – Inspired by the world of ballet, the shine “Etoile” appears attired in the spirit of tulle and has two interchangeable straps crafted in Repetto leather. Charisma Twist by Saint Honore – A pretty watch with the added “twist” of an extra-long strap which forms a funky bracelet. Da Vinci with Moon Phase by IWC Schaffhausen - Leonardo da Vinci’s contribution to the common understanding of aesthetics during the Renaissance is honoured with an engraving of the “Flower of Life” on the back of this watch. Jade Lionfish by Ulysse Nardin – A unique Cloisonné enamel timepiece that takes into account your manicure with easy-to-adjust workings. Michael by Michael Kors – Lock up your wrist with this padlock inspired piece from the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection.

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SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Sadiq & Majid Randa, Bindhya, Sadiq, Apple & Farheen

Asia Jewellers Reopening

Asia Jewellers reopened its store at City Centre Bahrain.

Mukhtar, Zubair, Sadiq, Jamal & Salim

The ambassador with the Al Areen team

Randa & Bindhya

Zaran & Aileen

Independence Celebration Al Areen Palace & Spa hosted the

Indian Ambassador, HE Alok Kumar Sinha, and wife Mamta to launch a week of celebrations marking Indian Independence Day.

Ali, Anand Prakash, Anil & Madhu

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FASHION | trend

WARM AND FUZZY

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Kenzo Longchamp

Replay

Bershka

Longchamp

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DSquared2

Yes, we know we’re in the middle of the hottest summer in more than a hundred years but that doesn’t stop the autumn-winter collections dropping into our inboxes and it seems there’s one trend that can’t be ignored – the return of fur. From Teddy bear-style jackets to full-on yeti coats, via the subtlety of a classic collar, it’s there in all shapes and forms, colours and textures and, since the majority of the big houses long ago eschewed the use of the real thing, it’s a trend we can embrace. If you’re not travelling to cooler climes any time soon, adapt the trend with cuffs, wraps, key-rings and handbag decorations.

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FASHION | fashion forward

FASHION COMPASSION

Dsquared2 and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation united again for “Voices Of Haiti” in which young Haitian choristers from the foundation’s music project made their European debut at the inauguration of the Fondazione Zeffirelli in Florence. The project, which debuted last year in New York, provides opportunities for disadvantaged young Haitians to enhance and

showcase their talent and the youngsters also performed for the “Teatro del Silenzio” in Bocelli’s birthplace Lajatico, Pisa. Designers Dean and Dan Caten created customised dresses and tuxedos saying: “We met these talented and passionate children for the first time last year in New York. It is such a blessing and a great pleasure to be part of this special journey again.

WOOLY WINNERS Designers Antar-Agni and Bodice announced winners of the 2017/18 international Woolmark Prize Indian Subcontinent and The Middle East regional final. The judging panel included designers and members of the fashion media as well as industry insiders with Manish Malhotra of Esquire Middle East saying: “The International Woolmark Prize is always a great experience; the judging gets tougher every year as the quality of work from designers nominated keeps getting better. “Young designers are now expressing themselves through their work in a way like never before. While womenswear winner Bodice scored high on adaptability, commercial viability and creativity of the look, menswear winner Antar-Agni created something true to his belief. We are keen to see how these designs will be received in the global market.” The event has been a stepping stone for some big name talent, including Karl Lagerfeld, and the winners will now go through to the global final which takes place early next year.

Shopping Goes Android The Luxury Closet (LC), the Middle East’s largest online luxury marketplace, has launched its first ever Android mobile app targeting the Middle East and US markets. The leading Dubai-based online fashion boutique hopes the new app, which features the company’s popular buy in instalments feature as well as access to a range of limited edition items, will bring its unique e-commerce concept to new markets in the Middle East and globally. Kunal Kapoor, CEO of The Luxury Closet, said the launch was a natural step for the company, given the success of its iOS app, which has witnessed “tremendous growth” since its launch in October last year. “Everything that can be done on web, can be done through our new Android app,” says Kapoor.

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“We created something that could emphasise the strength and the beauty of the Haitian singers. “Through their amazing singing,

the young choristers spread pure love and joy and we are truly honoured to support this noble project once again.”

E G A T S BACK

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l, trending o o c ’s t a h w Our take on able and fashion

STYLE SOUNDS

In collaboration with Soulwax and Michel Gaubert, fashion brand Loewe has launched a special summer musical track Close to Paradise. To further expand on the house’s revival collection with Paula’s Ibiza Boutique and celebrate the third edition of its annual summer shop in the island’s Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACE), the track Is an infectious summer anthem that transports listeners back to the wild nights of Ibiza in the seventies and eighties. Written and produced by Soulwax and curated by prolific sound director Michel Gaubert, the eclectic, escalating tempo is narrated by four local characters, providing four unique perspectives on the island’s esoteric allure. Digital downloads are available on iTunes and Spotify. www.womanthismonth.com


New Designer Collabo H&M has announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with Erdem, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. And visionary film maker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling. Erdem x H&M will be in stores in November. The designer has created a brand-new collection for women and, for the first time ever, a collection for men. Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes and this collection will reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with the prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship that have made his name.

Lo n d o n S h owc as e The region’s style and culture was highlighted in the British capital with the launch of the London Arabia Art and Fashion Week. Alongside an exhibition featuring the works of regional artists, there was a fashion show curated by Faris Al-Shehri, founder of the Jeddahbased Saudi Fashion Council which supports Saudi fashion designers and assists international designers in their bid to explore the market. He told Arab News: “It is one of my

HE Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, HE Zayed Al Zayani & Anton

goals to support Middle Eastern designers as a follow on from my work as fashion programme mentor on ‘Project Runway Middle East’. “Art and fashion are very important mediums for people to express themselves. I hope art and fashion will bring people closer together.” The show featured the designs of Moroccans Albert Oiknine and Safae Ibrahimi, Hanan Heidari from Tunisia and Corrie Nielsen from UK.

Yousef & Abdulla

STACK Lego Fans Event

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority launched the STACK Lego Fans event at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Faisal & Talia

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SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Ayesha, Haya, Sarah, Zamam, Zubaida, Lynne, Mahin, Aneisha & Nimfa

The birthday cake from Le Chocolate

Zubaida’s Birthday

Lynne Alwazzan celebrated the birthday of her sister-in-law Zubaida with an evening for family and friends at Senor Paco’s.

Mahin, Aneisha & Nimfa

Ayesha, Haya & Sarah

Performers on stage

Shaikha Hala & HE William Roebuck

As part of the Bahrain Summer Festival, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, in collaboration with the US Embassy, presented the American classic children’s play, Sleeping Beauty, at the Cultural Hall.

Sleeping Beauty Play

Marjan & Majeed

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Claudia, Eva & Tim

Trisha & Bijoy

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showcase YORKS TAILORS & TEXTILE

THE BEST FIT

Great sartorial style makes for a favourable first impression. Cinch the deal with bespoke fashion from this tailoring boutique.

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hen it comes to dapper business suits for men and women, nothing comes close to customised tailoring. Bahrain has numerous shops that provide custom-made clothes, but one that is a cut above the rest is Yorks Tailors & Textile. Your search for the perfect fit and fall of formal garments ends at this shop that has served its loyal clientele for over a decade. This is thanks to the skilled team of tailors who not only create smart garments but are also tuned in to what the customer needs and expects. Yorks Tailors & Textile is a one-stop shop – you can choose from a wide range of premium fabrics according to your budget, material type, colour and design.

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The master outfitters will then measure you up, taking into account nuances like your body shape, posture and height, to sew clothing that is truly made just for you.

The store, conveniently located in Manama Souq, includes a fitting room. This spells ultimate convenience, as clients can try on their piece and alterations can be made without the hassle of

multiple commutes to and from the shop. If you find it difficult to get to the location, Yorks will come to your doorstep, so you can have the best bespoke clothing without leaving the comfort of home. The shop also accommodates international shipping and quick turn-around times. Call: 17 210-406.

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FASHION | get the look

WHITE OUT

This summer is shaping up to be the hottest on record, which means it’s the ideal time to dig out the palest shades and loosest garments for a style that’s both cool and elegant. Add pops of colour to keep the look interesting or go for all white with a bold red lip or the latest peeka-boo or unicorn hair. However you wear this look, match it with a healthy tan (fake, of course) and you can’t help but look chilled.

Round sun glasses, Michael Michael Kors 17 178-630. Twig earrings, Desigual 17 178-059.

Alice + Olivia SS17

Twig necklace, Desigual 17 178-059.

Spaghetti-strap jump suit, ba&sh ba-sh.com

Unicorn clutch, Call It Spring 16 686-203.

Aimee Song

Desigual SS17

Metallic on white flat sandals, Shoe Express 17 178-959.

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Simply Stylish An all-in-one might not seem like the perfect pick for not weather but, choose a loose fit and the lack of sweaty seams and pinching buttons may just make it your new weekend ‘go-to’. Add funky retro shades and some statement jewellery to avoid fading into the background. This cute unicorn clutch is our latest favourite thing, it matches the office lust-have hairdo. www.womanthismonth.com


FASHION | get the look

Blue round sun glasses, H&M 17 223-031. Sun glasses, Parfois 17 178-054.

Cutaway linen top, Longchamp longchamp.com

Earrings, Parfois 17 178-054.

Cropped biker jacket, Bershka 17 172-303.

Embroidered denim jacket, Desigual 17 178-059. White print dress, Desigual 17 178-059.

Watch with diamante bezel, Parfois 17 178-054.

Orange box bag, Jimmy Choo 17 582-807.

Blue two-tone bag, Michael Michael Kors, 17 178-630.

White fitted pants, Purificacion Garcia purificaciongarcia.com

Silver platform wedge sandals, Ballin farfetch.com

Appliqued Kinza pumps, Aldo 17 179-245.

Beautifully Boho A loose full-length dress will take you from beach or pool to bar (just make sure you have right bra to do it justice). Top it off with a cropped biker like this one or just a casual wrap around your shoulders for when the evenings get a little cooler. Clunky sandals are still hot on the catwalks for the coming season and something along these lines will ensure comfort as well as style. Finish your outfit with a touch of blingy arm candy. www.womanthismonth.com

Classic Fun Daub classic shapes with bright painterly colours for a fun take on this all white look. A cut away top will allow you to show off toned arms but adding a jacket means you can always cover up if needed. Flats make for a comfy option but some serious arm candy from Jimmy Choo keeps this look edgy and interesting as does the addition of funky coloured shades. August/September 2017

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amaha digital pianos have a reputation for being the world’s largest and finest; so it comes as no surprise that there are many options to choose from. Clavinova is an innovative line-up that utilises state-of-the-art technology to achieve grand piano quality, emulating the touch and tone to make the transition from digital to acoustic piano a seamless and enjoyable one. The mid-range CLP-645 is a popular choice that offers an inviting experience perfect for players of all levels. In a grand piano, sound resonates throughout the body of the instrument producing a rich reverberation that envelops the listener. This is reproduced perfectly in the Clavinova range through enhanced Virtual Resonance Modelling (VRM), which reproduces the complicated interaction of both string and soundboard resonance faithfully using a virtual musical instrument (physical modelling), and makes the sound more like a real acoustic piano.

Natural Wood X (NWX) keyboards are created using unrivalled expertise and feature an escapement mechanism that reproduces the feel of an acoustic piano as it goes through the let-off and drop of the hammer when a key is played very softly. The action has been designed in such a way that the escapement is discernible only on the lightest keystrokes, similar to that of a grand piano. Yamaha’s advanced binaural sampling technology is now available on the Clavinova for the first time. It uses samples from the CFX concert grand piano – recorded with specialised microphones – to capture locational information and other nuances. Once you choose the Yamaha CFX Grand Voice and put headphones on, the binaural sampled sound is automatically ready and no additional

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PEOPLE | interview

Growing Up in the Spotlight Arab’s Got Talent star Hala Al Turk has grown up in the public eye, known for her colourful life both on stage and off. Now, with a new record deal and a photoshoot that shows the more mature side of her nature, she tells WTM what’s in store for the future.

When did you first start singing? I started singing at a very young age. I was maybe four years old when I discovered that I could sing and that I love singing. And when did you first perform? Was it at family events or something grander? I was around four or five years old and I remember performing for family members and realising that they really enjoyed listening to me. You’ve come a long way since Arabs Got Talent. How did it feel to hit the international stage at such a young age? I loved it from the beginning. Of course there were times I would get anxious and nervous, like anyone else would when they first try something new and in front of a lot of people, but I definitely loved it. How have you coped with growing up in the spotlight? To be honest, it came very naturally to me. I feel I was born for it. I love the feeling of entertaining people and hearing them sing along with me.

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You seem to have courted controversy a little and were, at one stage, labelled a ‘wild child’. Is that behind you now? I think people will always find ways to label me, whether I was wild or not. It’s part of human nature to label, especially when you’re in the spotlight. I don’t consider myself wild now; I’m just myself. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen reported about yourself? The craziest thing was hearing that I’m married and that my little brother is actually my son! I found that shocking! There was also a well-publicised custody battle which saw you going to live with your mother, despite petitioning the court that you would rather be with your dad. Are things all sorted out on the home front now and do you manage to maintain a relationship with both parents, particularly since your dad was so important in your early career? This specific topic is behind me now as I’ve opened a new chapter in my life. What happened, happened, and now its time to turn

a new page. I love both my parents and I always wish them well. You’ve just re-signed with Platinum. What’s in store for the future? When can we expect to see new music from you? We are working on new music, for sure, and you will be hearing from me very soon. I will leave it as a surprise and keep everyone on their toes. I can say, however, that with this new Hala chapter comes a new flavour for my music as well. Do you write or collaborate on writing any of your own music – or is this something you would like to develop? No, I don’t write my own music but I would definitely love to. Perhaps in the next few years; you never know. It is something I’ve thought about for sure because I feel I have a lot to express through my music. Are there any plans to take the ‘Hala sound’ out of the region? Yes, for sure. That’s always an option and part of the plan. It all depends on timing and which markets would love my kind of music. www.womanthismonth.com


PEOPLE | interview

HALA IN BRIEF • The young Bahraini singer got through to the finals on the popular TV show Arabs Got Talent in 2011, when she was just nine years old! • Her song Happy Happy, released in 2013, has had more than 100 million views on YouTube. • In March 2015 her dad suspended her Instagram account over slightly risqué posts. • In February 2016 she was nominated for Favourite Arab Act at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. • Her December 2016 video for Why I’m So Afraid has drawn comparisons with Rihanna. • In March this year she was among six artists to perform at a free Celebrate My Country event in Seef. She’s also played to packed crowds in Dubai. • To date she’s released 13 songs in a mixture of both Arabic and English. • Born on May 15, 2002, she is still only 15!

You’ve also reportedly auditioned for a film role with Disney. Can you tell us more? Yes, I did. It was to play Jasmine in the Disney movie Aladdin. I really enjoyed the audition process but the role had already been taken by someone else. I’m sure I will have other opportunities to come. Do you still live in Bahrain, or manage to get back often? I still live in Bahrain. You recently performed a very popular free concert on the island. How did it feel to be on stage in front of a home crowd? I loved it because it’s my home and I love my fans. It’s a beautiful feeling entertaining on home ground. When will your Bahrain fans get another chance to see you? My Bahrain fans see me every day on the streets, in the malls and on social media. I always stay connected to them one way or another. As for concerts, that will be soon as well. Anything else you would like to add? Just a big thanks to all the fans that have www.womanthismonth.com

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ESPECIALLY FOR LADIES There’s no doubt that women, both figuratively and literally, hold the purse strings. So it comes as no surprise that this leading company is now offering a credit card just for them.

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s part of its continuous efforts to provide the best and most innovative financial solutions, Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company has revealed its developed credit card – ‘Imtiaz for Her’. WTM met with brand managers Fatema Bastaki and Noor Al Saati to find out more. Can you start by telling us why you decided to develop a card for women? Bahrain Credit introduced its flagship Imtiaz credit card in late 2009 and, since then, we have seen our customers excited about the card and the benefits it provides. This inspired us to segment our cards based on gender needs. It is important to mention that this card has grown into a large-scale business over the years, and today we are proud to say that we have an excess of 60,000 cards and we are considered one of the top two credit card providers in the market. Our Imtiaz for Her platinum MasterCard came about after comprehensive research into women in Bahrain, including their purchasing power, habits, and empowerment. Accordingly, we have uniquely packaged the card for them in terms of its design, offers, and benefits in a way that other companies do not, which puts as in the lead when it comes to segmentation of cards based on gender.

a memorable experience when dealing with Bahrain Credit. Customers will receive the card in an elegantly designed box along with a pair of complimentary earrings. The cardholder will also enjoy exclusive discounts and offers from top merchants, in fields such as entertainment, dermatology, dental clinics, restaurants and hotels. Further, they will receive free airline miles with Gulf Air's Falcon Flyer programme.

What differentiates the card from others? Imtiaz For Her has several significant features, starting with the design. The colour – Rose Gold – was selected to reflect the personality of modern females, along with pride and power. We believe that every customer must have

Is the card aimed at a specific type of customer? It is available for all women in the Kingdom. They can apply by visiting any branch, or by calling the company's hotline on 80 008-000. All features are available for

CEO Dr. Adel Hubail, Brand Managers Noor Al Saati and Fatema Bastaki, Head of Credit and Marketing Fadhel Al Mahoozi

Crowds at the launch at City Centre Bahrain

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main and supplementary credit card holders, and they will be developed and updated in a way that meets the needs and requirements of all female customers. How are you adding value to the merchants and will you add more brands to your offers? We deal with merchants as partners, that is why we personally handle the marketing and PR of all participating brands when it comes to their products and services to all our current customers, we aim to attract more customers to their shops or outlets and promote more sales. We look at these partnerships as a winwin situation for all sides, that is why we will continue to add more brands and offers on a monthly basis and cater the different needs to all women. Can you tell us more about the mobile application designed for the card? We successfully launched a specialised smartphone application – Imtiaz for Her – compatible for both iPhone and Android, which shows all the offers and discounts provided to female customers. The app will enable users to identify the offers based on their location, and will be the window for any suggestions. The company will support all merchants and partners by providing marketing support on social media, such as Instagram, @imtiazforher, and traditional media. www.womanthismonth.com


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PEOPLE | interview

Couture Chats WTM gets candid with a talented Bahrain-based blogger who is breaking down conventions with her superb styling inspiration.

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oshini Daswani is the founder of thatgirlposh, a blog that chronicles her journey in fashion, lifestyle and travel to inspire women around the world. “I aim to provide a daily lookbook of outfit inspirations to women who simply don’t know what to wear, how to be on trend and try new silhouettes on an affordable budget,” she says. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Roshini graduated in graphic design from Central Saint Martins in London before moving to Bahrain to be with her husband in 2015. “My early experience involves work at a media agency, but I was always a fashion enthusiast at my core. So here I am in search of a way to make my mark in this new place, but also to discover myself in a new society. Her biggest challenge in Bahrain comes in upholding her voice for her website.

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“Maintaining my style is essential for success, as is building relationships with the right brands. I don’t put anything out there that I don’t actually like or support. “So, sometimes having to politely pass on an opportunity so that I remain genuine to myself and my readers can be tricky. “A lot of people think that bloggers just receive free things all the time, but it’s actually a very curated and strategic alignment process,” she states. She created her online journal to solidify her love for styling and inspire viewers through photography, beauty and travel. “I’ve been blogging since the Xanga days, but at that time it was about my social life, “I would style myself in the latest outfits which I shopped for from America and the UK,” she says.

Whether it be styling herself for parties, weddings, anniversaries or holidays, she enjoyed the concept of going along with the theme. “When in London, I found that I wanted to capture my style on the streets of the city, with this passion and search for a creative outlet, thatgirlposh was born,” Explains Roshini. When asked about what factors influence her personal style, she says: “My style is dependent on my mood. It can be anything from chic to modern, Bohemian to rocker. It is an evolving representation of my international background.” Roshini believes that fashion is a language of its own, one that communicates without barriers. “It is more than just clothes and accessories. It’s the way we walk, the way we smile, the sparkle in our eyes and our lifestyle. I use this as a medium to connect with myself and it gives me the power to converse to the world without having to speak.” For the summer, the blogger is particularly infatuated with the off-shoulder trend. “The neckline is definitely one that I am fond of. Shoulder-baring is sensual whilst still being subtle.” Her top beauty picks include the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter, Mac Kinda Sexy lipstick and the Mac Pro long wear concealer For aspiring bloggers, Roshini has a few words of advice: “Stay true to yourself and work with brands that are a reflection of your personality." Visit www.thatgirlposh.com or @thatgirlposh on Instagram www.womanthismonth.com


PEOPLE | interview

Girl Power This eminent female disc jockey gets candid about her ambitions and a collective she founded for local musical talent.

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ussian DJ Katrin Love has gained recognition for her infectious, foot-tapping electronic music and is now resident at one of the island’s popular five-star venues. Her affair with sound began in her teenage years when she chose to study digital music production and the piano. “After graduating in 2006, I started helping musicians in studio recordings while simultaneously hanging out with them at bigscale events to get a feel for the industry, “I never wanted to just be stuck in a studio. With some perseverance, I started performing live later that year,” explains Katrin. After touring within Russia, she decided to showcase her talent beyond its borders. “As much as I enjoyed playing in my country, the scope there is limited. I signed up for overseas tours and began exploring the world in 2008. “I played in the UAE, Morocco, Switzerland, France, Spain, Armenia, Cyprus, India, Egypt, Oman, Belarus, Greece and Monaco, to name a few.” She first visited Bahrain in 2010 as part of a Middle East tour, and instantly fell in love with the Kingdom. “The fun-loving atmosphere and vibrant

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'The pleasure of creating and playing tunes for the people around me is what inspires me the most and motivates me to fulfilling my dreams' social life had me hooked. I bagged a couple of gigs and eventually a residency with a nightclub here. I consider the island as my home now,” says Katrin. When asked about her inspiration, she says: “The pleasure of creating and playing tunes for the people around me is what inspires me the most and motivates me to fulfilling my dreams.” Being a female in a male-dominated industry requires determination and courage, but Katrin is not one to back off. “It takes a lot of guts to stand up for what you believe in and be accepted for it. But Bahrain is great because everyone is helping each other to grow and take the nightlife forward. “Sometimes people still doubt if I am cut out to do a certain job because of my gender. But this is a common misconception widespread in all professions.”

Katrin is the co-founder of the Bahrain Underground Music Movement (BUMM), a pioneer community that provides a platform for electronic music disc jockeys to showcase their tunes at various venues on a monthly basis. “The concept was created by DJ Mysterioo Arif and me to fill a gap. It is very challenging to run such a concept as local musicians hardly get any support, unlike in the West. “Surprisingly, the movement garnered significant attention as participants started to get recognised outside of the Kingdom through our projects.” For the future, Katrin is working to make BUMM an independent record label. She encourages aspiring artists to take the risk and follow their passion. “Ignore the negativity and continue doing what you love. Eventually, you will make it. Nine years ago I had to make the toughest decision of my life – to do what I love or get sucked into the daily grind of a mundane job. It took lots of hard work and sleepless nights, but I am proud of where I am and the road ahead only leads upwards,” she says. You can find Katrin at ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands. Her music is on Soundcloud at: dj-katrin-love www.womanthismonth.com


SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Layal & Rami Christalyn & Bambie

Sheraton Arabian Nights Sheraton Bahrain

Hotel held an exclusive launch of its Arabian Nights at Al Safir restaurant.

Zaheer & Kumar

Sameer & Abdulla

Shaz & Aniqa

Ameena & Maryam

Cake-cutting with Roshini’s friends

Roya, Jameela & Deema

Graduation Party Roshini Raja

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Rahamathullah, student of British School of Bahrain from Kindergarden, celebrated her graduation party at the Sheraton Hotel which was graced by HRH Sheikha Thaijbha bint Salman Al Khalifa, Indian Ambassador HE Alok Kumar Sinha and wife Mamta. Roshini is heading towards Arizona State University in the US to do her graduation to study business data analytics.

Anne, Raja, Roshini, Shanthini & George

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FEATURE | beauty

Beauty in the Spotlight Keeping up with new products, fads and technologies hitting the market can be challenging, so WTM has rounded the latest innovative services that are changing the beauty sphere. Would you try any of these?

Microneedling Microneedling involves using a handheld device to poke microscopic holes in the skin. Before you gasp in utter shock at the thought of giving your face dozens of tiny wounds, there are benefits to the process. The pinpricks stimulate your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produce collagen and elastin. It also increases the absorption of products you apply, and is known to reduce scarring and stretch marks of any kind. Joz Salon has this treatment. Dermaplaning This is a form of exfoliation that removes dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin and peachfuzz using a small, sterile blade while holding the skin taut, swiping the blade in gentle motions. The scrapes stimulate collagen production and have mild anti-ageing benefits. Laser Tattoo Removal Giving new purpose to technology that has been around for years, tattooremoval lasers are now being used to treat hyper-pigmentation. It can reduce sun spots and discoloration purging your skin in a few sittings.

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Microblading If you're ready to throw out all of your brow gels, powders and pencils, microblading may be the semi-permanent solution for you. This technique creates the appearance of fuller brows by depositing pigment under the skin, taking away the need to fill in the brows daily by adding ink that looks just like hair. It last for about a year. Ingestible Concoctions People around the world are starting to realise that proper diet and great skin are directly related and beauty comes from the inside out. Several products on the market claim to have the necessary antioxidants, collagen and enzymes needed for glowing skin, and are enjoying plenty of fame for quick and easy results.

Probiotic creams Friendly bacteria aren’t just great for your insides - they’re a huge trend in skincare this year too. Just as they strengthen your gut lining, probiotics also strengthen your skin barrier and help calm inflammation and increase the good flora in your dermis. Neck Lift Plastic and cosmetic surgery to tuck loose skin around the neck can add years of youthfulness to your face, not to mention the boost in selfesteem. American Mission and Bahrain Specialist Hospital have a repertoire of expert surgeons to aid with all kinds of beauty procedures. www.womanthismonth.com


FEATURE | beauty

Trends Chrome and mirror nails The trend for these metallic, spaceage nails gets bigger each year and 2017 has seen some amazing developments. Mirror and chrome powder nails are all the rage, and Joz Salon and Dessange Paris Bahrain offer these sparkly manicures. Pastel and unicorn hair Dye your hair in fantastic shades like lilac, blush pink, aqua, pistachio and sunset yellow which are perfect for summer and give you a mystical, fairylike mane. Design-wise, you might rock balayage highlights or opt for a root-totip colour melt blend. Prior consultations are required for proper results Joz Salon, Dessange Paris Bahrain and Toni & Guy salon offer this service. No-heat beach waves If you hate the idea of having to use a hair dryer, this technique is definitely going to save you some major time and effort. Just twist your hair in a bun with some styling cream and sleep with it. Untie it in the morning and enjoy seductively wavy hair all day. Holographic makeup The rainbow metallic craze is gaining popularity and make-up is becoming whimsical with it. Choose eyeshadow, lipsticks, polish and lip gloss in all shades possible. www.womanthismonth.com

Glitter lipstick Let your lips resemble the gateway to the milky way with these uber-cool lipsticks infused with specks of shimmer. The pigments stand out and the glitter makes it pop, making it an especially cool choice for parties.

Floating liner This is not for the faint-hearted. Line a couple of centimetres above your lash line and team it with barely there makeup and a dark crimson lip for a daring, elegant look. Use colours like baby blue and gold to make a statement.

Embellished braid Festooning your braid with mini metal cuffs, winding silver chains or little trinkets lets you accessorise your hair, giving it a Bohemian feel.

Rainbow highlighter Apply five shiny pastel colours to your cheek for a mystical touch to your everyday makeup. Unconventional, but dazzling in its own way.

Dark matte eyes Instead of doing a fullface feature, just choose one feature to emphasise. Use dark colours like ebony, deep purple and brown with a matte finish for an alluring day-to-night look.

Peel-off charcoal masks Men and women around the world are raving about the purifying and toxindrawing properties of charcoal peel-off masks, with several thousand videos on social media swearing by its results. Several major beauty shops in the Kingdom sell it. August/September 2017

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FEATURE | beauty

Beauty Talks Successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, Nawal Joz, gives an insight into running a beauty empire. Please tell us a little about yourself – what is your background and how long have you been with Joz Salon & Spa? I’m the managing director of Joz Group and I’ve been with the company for the past 10 years. I have 15 years of experience as an organisational developer, businesswoman, coach, consultant and trainer. I completed my MBA with Summa Cum Laude Honors from NYIT New York and my core responsibilities have been in profit maximisation, quality control, lean management, company growth and development.

one more branch for Joz men’s salon in Juffair, which has been operational since June. We’ve also renovated our Top Cut barber’s shop in Hamala, which is now fully operational with additional services for nails and body. Furthermore, we’re working on adding mobile spa services to our menu and we hope to start it on a trial basis by this quarter end. What is your business philosophy and what makes it so successful? To do something important! As a business endeavour, I’ve always believed to make the world a better place, even if your world is only local and your idea helps a relatively small number of people or organisations. Put forward a vision, a mission, a passion that you, your employees, suppliers, business partners, customers and everyone, can really rally around.

What made you go into the salon business and why? Today, making the best of yourself is a requirement, professionally. You need to be able to rival Kim Kardashian on the red carpet – big hair, perfect skin and nails, and flawlessly applied make-up. Being an entrepreneur runs in my blood. This business is not only my passion but it also helps me take care of my social responsibility of fulfilling all the community needs. What products and services does Joz offer? How many branches do you have in Bahrain? We have a total of seven branches: four for Joz Salon & Spa; two for our men’s brand Top Cut, all of which provide services for nails, skin, hair, body and barber; and one for TONI&GUY – hairdressing only. What is Joz’s unique selling point – what makes it standout from the competition? One of our favourite unique selling points is respect for our customers. I’ve instructed my staff to treat clients like they were guests in my own home. It reflects the gratitude that transcends

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Nawal Joz.

a simple business transaction and seeks to foster a long-term relationship with others. Respect for your employees is equally important. The best employers provide a work environment where each staff member feels the organisation and their direct leader respects their dignity and the value of their contributions to the business. And what makes us different from others is that we always strive to be the leader in our

business. We believe in real innovation, whether it’s in products, services or a business model; we as a pioneer in the beauty industry are constantly re-inventing the market. What is your aim for this year? Are there plans of expansion, in terms of services or branches? Definitely our aim for expansion has been drastic and I’m working very passionately with my team. As a result, we have already added

What advice would you give to young, women entrepreneurs in Bahrain? Grow your business. Focus and execute. Get out of bed every day, get to work and make progress. And remember the goal of a business is to make money. Growth and profits fund jobs for you, your people and suppliers, great products and services that help your customers succeed. Do your best every day and never, ever give up. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. What are your three tips for women to look and feel their best? No matter how many birthdays you’ve had, age is just a number. What matters most is to feel and look your best. Protect your skin and hair; watch your diet and sleep well; stay active and manage stress. g www.womanthismonth.com


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BRINGING OUT YOUR BEAUTY The new department at this stalwart medical institution can help boost your confidence and self-esteem by enabling you to flaunt a perfect body.

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he need for an ideal body is a recent trend in this competitive age, thanks to the widened exposure people have to advanced technology and communication. Although numerous cultures make up the world, globalisation has made it possible for everyone to follow the latest lifestyle trends. Also, shifting mindsets about ageing have compelled people to challenge the natural changes the body goes through with time, to look far more youthful than their chronological age might dictate. The goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve a person's appearance and, thereby, selfesteem, by enhancing their looks. It can be performed on any part of the face or body. Aesthetic treatments include surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape the body’s structures to improve one’s appearance and poise. Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for self-affirmatiom – not to meet someone else’s expectations or to try to fit into an ideal image. Because it is elective, cosmetic modifications are usually not covered by health insurance. Some of the common procedures for women are Botox, fillers for the face, breast augmentation and reduction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction for body contouring, buttock lifts and implants, vaginoplasty and fat grafting amongst others.

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Dr Madhusudana Naik.

Men usually opt for Botox, fillers, hair transplantation, gynaecomastia excision (removal of overdeveloped breasts), liposuction, abdominoplasty and penile implants. American Mission Hospital’s (AMH’s) new plastic surgery department is dedicated to enhancing people’s physical features with the latest state-of-the-art equipment in the cosmetic medicinal field. Plastic surgeon Dr Madhusudana Naik is a skilled expert at AMH who understands that alteration to the body's ‘image’ is a means not

only to change the way we appear, but also of shaping our psyches for more confidence and greater self-esteem. Dr Madhu has a wide range of experience. Having completed his MBBS from Kurnool Medical College, India, in the year 2000, he worked as civil assistant surgeon for the state government of Andhra Pradesh, serving at various hospitals and carrying out basic surgeries at the primary level. He completed his master’s in general surgery in 2010 and practised as a general and laparoscopic surgeon. His work in the field of laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgeries is prolific. His zeal to further his skills in the fine art of surgical procedures led him to pursue a super-speciality in plastic surgery, for which he studied at one of India’s biggest and oldest institutions – the prestigious Osmania Medical College. From 2012 onwards he has been involved in performing many reconstructive and cosmetic operations and has been instrumental in giving several patients immense happiness and satisfaction by remedying their physical shortcomings. While working as assistant professor at Osmania Medical College up to 2017, Dr Madhu performed countless operations as well as trained several postgraduates in his sphere of expertise. Call 17 177-711.

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RADIANCE-REVIVING CARE Apple Sharma tried and tested this popular salon’s hair products to see what makes them stand out from the pack.

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ver wondered why it’s so difficult to have salon-perfect hair? Could it be that we are not using the right products? I’ve been colouring my hair for years now, and one of the main challenges I face is maintaining it – retouching the roots et cetera but, most importantly, keeping it healthy from the inside out. Any sort of colour or other treatments take a huge toll on your tresses; hence it’s all the more important to give extra care. I met with Dessange Paris Bahrain’s salon manager, Amie, to see what goodies she had in store for me to try. Knowing I had short, blonde hair, she chose the items perfectly to match my needs. At the risk of sounding a little bonkers, I tend to have at least two or three different shampoos on the go at the same time. And if you’re one of those people who have their bathroom trolleys overflowing with products, you’ll understand my excitement when I rushed home to add four more to my loot. Amie had given me Dessange Paris Couleur Collection Radiance Shampoo and Mask as well as one of my favourites – Natural Pigma’s Colour Optimizer Shampoo and Pigma Fix Color-Setting Mask. She explained that the items were made in Paris and exclusive to Dessange, saying: “They’re all sulphates- and paraben-free, so the customers prefer them to other products. Our clients

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are very aware and conscious about the ingredients used.” I couldn’t wait to try them and jumped straight in the shower as soon as I reached home. For intense toning, first wash hair once with regular shampoo and towel dry it to remove excess water. Then apply the optimiser shampoo generously. The trick here is to not lather or foam it and leave it on for anything between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the desired intensity. Then start lathering by adding a little water and rinse. Follow this with Pigma Fix mask on toweldried hair, leave for three to five minutes, rinse, et voila! My locks felt squeaky (yes, I actually heard the ‘squeak’ sound) clean and silky smooth. I used Natural Pigma Pearl, which is ideal for neutralising and toning blonde hair. It can be used as a regular shampoo to maintain colour and eliminate brassiness. Other hues include brown, copper, black, red and chestnut and each can be mixed and customised for the client. The Dessange Radiance Shampoo is ideal for fine hair that is colour-treated or highlighted, giving a lustrous, intense shade. Its rare ingredients of

black pearl, tamanu oil, anti-fading polymer and sulfate-free cleansing base derived from cotton, mean that it’s easy on the environment and your locks, keeping superb colour and luminous highlights for longer. Just apply to wet hair, gently work up a lather and rinse thoroughly. The Dessange Radiance Mask has the same ingredients with the added benefit of tara gum, which helps to moisturise and energise your tresses, leaving hair soft and shiny with a stunning shade to last until your next appointment at the salon. Of all the treatments the optimiser shampoo remains my all-time favourite and it’s one I use regularly. However, having had the chance to sample the rest of the range, my hair feels better than ever and I will certainly be going back for more and would strongly recommend you do too! The new ready-to-wear range is available at Dessange Paris Bahrain. Call 17 713-999.

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SHAPE UP!

With summer in full swing, it’s time to show off your bikini body with a little help from LPG Endermologie treatment, writes Apple Sharma

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aving given up smoking only a few months ago, for the first time in my life I’ve started to struggle with losing weight, rather than putting it on! So, I’ve been hitting the gym hard to shed those additional unwanted kilos. I was hoping the hot, sultry weather of Bahrain would come to my rescue and I might perspire the extra pounds off, but we all know that’s wishful thinking as it does little to that effect. Instead, what did land in my lap was an LPG session at Dessange Paris Bahrain, about which I was both excited and apprehensive as I prefer doing things the old-fashioned way – burning calories by exercising and eating right. At the spa, my lovely therapist, Chenda, enlightened me on the procedure – a 100 per cent non-invasive, completely natural and pain-free mechanical massage that stimulates the natural breaking down of fats to re-sculpt the figure, smooth cellulite, firm the skin and slim fat cells. After quickly signing a consent form, I was introduced to the LPG machine, which had what looked like a mini vacuum cleaner hose with a head on it. I imagined it would magically make me slimmer, get rid of cellulite and tone my body. I did, however, think it was too good to be true to achieve this in a single 35-minute session. Chenda proceeded to take my measurements, starting with my arms, chest, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. She then helped me don an endermowear – a stretch bodysuit that provides essential support for lipozoning, easy manoeuvring, optimum tissue grabs and maximum hygiene. With repeated sessions, LPG promises significant inch loss and offers different types of Lipomassage treatments including Android for upper body/ apple type; Gynoid for lower body/ pear type; and Shorty for waist, stomach, buttocks, thighs and saddle bags. Chenda suggested the latter for me and punched in the programme. Visual instructions for the massage popped up on the screen, and I could see exactly which parts she would be concentrating on. She started on my right side, moving the head in a rolling in and out action, combined with circular motions. I switched sides, and then lay on my front and back, as she continued focusing on all the hot spots. I have a very low threshold for pain and, to my relief, it didn’t hurt at all. Only in certain sensitive parts I felt the skin pull a little, which gave me a slight tingling sensation. In fact, I found the whole process fairly relaxing. Chenda explained that although this was a great procedure for toning and reducing cellulite, it was also essential to undergo the treatments alongside an exercise programme. Two to three sessions per week with a gap of one or two days are recommended for the best possible results. Most people see benefits in six to eight sittings, with optimum results after 12, combined with exercise. You can opt for a classic (which is what I tried) or an express treatment. For those interested in looking younger, there’s also Endermolift for the face, boasting anti-ageing redensification, firming and detox benefits. Call 17 713-999. www.womanthismonth.com

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ALOE FRESH SKIN! People have used pure aloe vera for centuries to help get a beautiful, healthy and youthful complexion. Try this special facial and knock years off your age!

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he Egyptians, renowned for their continuous quest for physical beauty, as epitomised by Cleopatra, used aloe vera for its moisturising qualities in their efforts to fight ageing. Today, Forever Living Products has captured the full strength of the plant and blended it into one of the best facial skin care regimes in the form of Fleur De Jouvence – a fine collection of six wonderful components. Displayed in an elegant container, with mixing spoon and application brush, each element is available separately. However, it is only through the combined use of all six that the full benefits can be enjoyed. The package, which can give about 30 facials, includes: • Exfoliating Cleanser: First step – use in the morning and evening • Rehydrating Toner: Alcohol-free and contains aloe vera – apply morning and evening • Firming Foundation Lotion: Hydrating moisturiser that helps skin retain its appearance – apply in the morning • Aloe Activator Recovering Night Crème: Use generously after cleansing, before bedtime • Facial Contour Mask Powder • Instruction booklet explaining how to use the kit. This facial regime is recommended two to three times a week to smooth, cleanse and tighten the skin while revitalising your appearance. Aloe Activator is a superb

moisturising agent and is the ideal partner that works in combination with the Mask Powder. It is also extremely effective as a cleanser and freshener. Combine equal parts (one mixing spoon) of Mask Powder and Aloe Activator in a bowl until the mixture has the consistency of lotion. Use the applicator brush to apply a thin, even film from the neck upward. Relax in a reclining

position, limiting facial movement for approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Put a moist towel on the face to soften the mask, then gently remove it and rinse with warm water. Follow with toner and your favourite cream. For additional benefits, use Forever Living’s Facial Fabrique Tissue. This revolutionary product heightens exfoliation by refining the pores and tightening the skin. Its unique layering design also helps to better absorb the many wonderful nutrients found in the brand’s aloe vera-rich moisturisers. Who should consider and use this aloe vera facial kit? Many people start to notice age-related changes on their faces, such as around the neck, mouth or under the eyes. Localised use of injectable fillers in those areas can address the issue. However, some people have concerns about the consequences and side-effects. This non-surgical facelift and firming, natural facial kit is a real solution and many are starting to consider it. Fleur De Jouvence is available at Joz Salon & Spa. Call 17 369-133, 16 031-120 or 17 756-449.

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A NOSE FOR BEAUTY

Dr Salil Bharadwaj, consultant plastic surgeon, explains a popular cosmetic procedure.

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asal surgery (rhinoplasty), is one of the most common forms of plastic surgery. It alters the framework of the nose, manipulating the bone, cartilage structure and the skin to improve the appearance. It can be used to change the overall appearance of the face, drawing attention away from the nose and towards the eyes, a more natural, pleasing occurrence. Rhinoplasty surgery, when performed correctly, improves the harmony of the facial features. Common defects corrected through the use of rhinoplasty surgery include, but are not limited to, a nose that is too large, too small, crooked or may contain an unwanted hump, birth defect or other deformity. If the nose has been damaged by physical trauma, the surgery may be more extensive than a mere straightening or reduction, and may involve an area wider than the nose to fully reconstruct the damage. Patients should discuss the desired outcome and how it will be achieved fully with their doctor. Remember this: rhinoplasty surgery

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is both a science and an art, as is any plastic surgery. Any other surgeon has to be only competent – a plastic surgeon has to be competent and have artistic talent. It is important that the final result creates a harmonious balance with the rest of your face, looks natural and is medically sound. Rhinoplasty is different from the surgical procedure used to repair a deviated septum to improve a patient’s breathing, although the two are quite often done simultaneously. The operation can be performed with or without any external incisions. Many uncomplicated rhinoplasties can be performed as day care, but more typically hospitalisation is for a day. A splint is placed around the outside of the nose for protection and is usually removed after about a week. There is typically some swelling after the procedure; however, after about a week the new nose will be completely presentable. Call 17 812-000 or email salil.bharadwaj@bsh.com.bh

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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held a fun general knowledge quiz to raise funds for its animal shelter.

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BEAUTY | news

Teadora. A new range of ecofriendly, vegan beauty products from former Apple exec Valeria Cole. A native Brazilian, Cole is passionate about preserving the Amazon rain forest and says her in-demand anti-ageing beauty products are made with secret recipes of super fruits and other ingredients that can only be found there. Even better, one per cent of sales will be dedicated to replanting a million trees and preserving 75,000 acres of rain forest. Available at teadorabeauty.com Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. It looks like the long wait for singer Rihanna’s much anticipated beauty line could at last be over with the star taking to Instagram to announce that Fenty Beauty will launch on September 8 and will be available worldwide from the get go. She hasn’t officially given details of what will be included but has been teasing various items on her Valerian press tour over the last few weeks and it looks like there’ll be a rather special highlighter plus plummy lip shades. Available at Sephora.

Urban Decay Goes to the Dogs. We probably shouldn’t love this quite as much as we do but it seems beauty brands have spotted the marketing power of pet influencers (yes you read that correctly) and are hiring canine social media stars to drive their message home. In the case of Urban Decay, which has collaborated with Chloe the Mini Frenchie, the brand’s not only pushing its latest wares but also making a strong anti-animal-testing statement. Available at leading retailers.

Shiseido Bio-Performance. This range was first launched in 1988 and quickly became a hallmark of the brand’s advanced bio-technology expertise, dedicated to developing state-of-the-art formulas with outstanding textures and benefits. Super Hyaluronic Acid Bio, Bio Epo, Bio Regenerating Complex, are all assets that make Bio Performance a market leader in anti-ageing.Today, Shiseido combines this heritage with advanced and new skincare technologies, to target the three main areas of concern: wrinkles and sagging; uneven skin tone, dark spots, redness and visible pores; and roughness and dryness.

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Products, scents and news from the world of beauty YSL Night 54. The first of the new season’s make-up releases has emerged from YSL Beauté and it’s taking its cue from the infamous Studio 54. Mascara promises massive volume, eyeliner will light up the dance floor in shades of silver and bronze or bold black. Nails, too, sparkle in silver and bronze and high voltage couture hologram powder will give skin the ultimate disco shimmer on cheeks, brows, décolleté or anywhere else you dare to wear it. Now all we need’s a white horse! Available at leading retailers.

Molton Brown Seabourn Collection. The London-based fragrance expert has introduced a limited edition in collaboration with award-winning luxury cruise line, Seabourn. There are two completely bespoke fragrances – Immersive Samphire & Eucalyptus and Inspiring Basil & Vetiver – which would usually be available exclusively for Seabourn’s on-board guests. They will be offered in Molton Brown stores for a limited time. Available at Molton Brown stores in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and at moltonbrown.co.uk www.womanthismonth.com


BEAUTY | news

Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing and Blush Compact. The sun in a compact, with skin care benefits. To warm the complexion, this powder comes in a harmony of three matte shades and an iridescent coral blush hue. Arranged in the form of a setting sun, they ensure ultra-easy, tailor-made application. Pure sun, in a brushstroke! Available at leading retailers

Guerlain Eye-Stay Primer. Say goodbye to drooping eyes after late nights and back-toback meetings. Adios to running eyeliner and eye shadow. Apply this eye primer before make-up and miracles happen: your cosmetics stay in place all day long and the eyes remain fresh and radiant. Applied alone, the primer smoothes the eyelid, fills in irregularities and minor fine lines and evens skin colour for more open and rested eyes. Used as a clever base, it improves eye make-up hold throughout the day. Available at leading retailers.

YSL names brand ambassador. Trend-setting actress Zoë Kravitz has teamed up with YSL Beauté as the brand’s latest “face”. Following her mesmerising performance in the TV miniseries Big Little Lies, she’s been using social media to give on-the-go style tips and will appear in the brand’s Before the Light project which showcases up-and-coming musical talents from around the world with Zoë using make-up to reveal their personalities on stage.

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Dolce & Gabbana Summer Dance Collection. Journey to a land where the bronzed earth is cooled by a coastal breeze – that’s the inspiration for the latest make-up line from the Italian fashion duo which features a bronzer and shadow quad to give a sun-kissed look, vivid pinks to adorn lips, cheeks and nails and unexpected colour pops of green and blue in eyeliners and nail lacquers. Available at leading retailers.

Lancôme Paris Énergie De Vie. Counter the first signs of ageing with this new category of skincare: Liquid Care. The result of Lancôme's formulatory expertise, it allows for a combination of water-based and fresh textures that easily penetrates the skin for ultra-effectiveness. The line uses active vegetal ingredients and two new products – an exfoliating mask and an eye gel – alongside a lotion, serum and cream, so there’s something to suit every taste. Available at leading retailers.

L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime skin-perfecting range. Stay cool in the heat with the latest offering from the French brand. The Perfecting Essence prepares the skin while Perfecting Cream blurs imperfections for a fresh and radiant complexion. Peony Petal-Cleansing Oil gently removes make-up and impurities to leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated. And if you have a special date or event, try the Overnight Perfect Mask or the Flash Moisture Mask, which both promise added radiance. The line also includes hair treatments and the delicious Almond Milk Concentrate and Shower Oil ensuring you’re pampered from head to toe. Available at L’Occitane.

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LIFESTYLE | wellbeing

To the Rescue It’s a regular day at home, work, school, playing sport or driving. But in the eventuality of a situation that endangers your own, or someone else’s, life what’s the course of action, Behnaz Sanjana ponders.

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ccidents and medical mishaps don’t always happen to ‘other people’. Are you equipped to effectively deal with emergency situations? Founder of the First Aid Box in Bahrain, Pamela Kamal, is an authority on all things first aid. She has been a registered nurse and midwife, as well as a first aid instructor and reflexologist. She gives us pointers on how we can make a difference to someone in medical need by knowing simple techniques, and outlines why everyone should be familiar with the basics. Pamela says: “The average time it takes an ambulance to arrive at the scene of a medical emergency can be around eight minutes, but in reality, it could well be 20 minutes at a busy time of day. Quickly responding to a medical emergency can make the difference between life and death. Take, for example, someone choking on their food in a restaurant, a child pulled out of the swimming pool not breathing, a family member collapsing, unresponsive. There’s no time to refer to a first aid manual or wait for an ambulance – a blocked airway can kill in three to four minutes. Brain and organ damage can occur at any point in those four minutes. Simply knowing the right thing to do in such situations gives the patient a fighting chance.”

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Road accidents are not uncommon in Bahrain, and onlookers who are willing to help fear that they may do the wrong thing, causing further injury to a casualty, or be harmed themselves. These reactions can often result in delayed aid or the quality of the treatment being compromised. Pamela gives us some basic first aid tips to keep in mind for emergencies (although

Statistics from British charity St John Ambulance, show that in the UK alone around 140,000 people die each year in situations where basic first aid could have been beneficial. she states that these are not a substitute for equipping yourself with a proper training course).

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LIFESTYLE | wellbeing When someone is unresponsive and not breathing Deliver chest compressions 1. Check breathing by tilting their head backwards, and looking and feeling for breaths. 2. Push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release. 3. Push at a regular rate until help arrives. If the person is breathing, simply move them onto their side and tilt their head back before you call emergency services. Choking Deliver back blows 1. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades to dislodge the object. Drowning Deliver breaths and chest compressions 1. Once the person is on dry land, check breathing by tilting their head backwards and looking and feeling for breaths. 2. If they are unresponsive and not breathing give five initial rescue breaths. 3. Push firmly downward in the middle of the chest and then release. 4. Continue with two rescue breaths then 30 chest compressions until help arrives or they become responsive. Severe Bleeding Put pressure on the wound 1. Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood. 2. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives. Burns Cool the affected area 1. Cool the burn under cool running water for at least ten minutes. 2. Loosely cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag. Fractures Immobilise the affected part 1. Encourage the person to support the injury with their hand, or use a cushion or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement. 2. Continue supporting the injury until help arrives. Heart Attack Ensure they are sitting and call 999 immediately 1. The person may have persistent, vicewww.womanthismonth.com

The average survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases is only five to 10 per cent. However, with immediate, quality CPR and defibrillation, their chances of survival can be improved dramatically. like chest pain, which may spread to their arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach. Call 999/112 immediately. 2. Make sure the person is in a position that is comfortable for them (on the floor, leaning against a wall or chair). 3. Give them constant reassurance while waiting for the ambulance. Stroke Carry out the FAST test 1. Think FAST. Face: is there weakness on one side of the face? Arms: can they raise both arms? Speech: is their speech easily understood? Time: to call 999. 2. Immediately call 999/112. Heatstroke Remove from heat and cool down 1. Symptoms are hot dry skin, headache and confusion. 2. Quickly move them to a cool place and remove outer clothing. 3. Wrap them in a cold, wet sheet and keep pouring cold water over or fan/sponge down with cold water to keep cool.

It is imperative to have an easily accessible first aid kit at home, work and when you travel, to help you to help others. Contents of a basic first aid box: 1. An easily identifiable watertight first aid container 2. Antiseptic wipes / solution and cream 3. Sterile gauze dressings 4. Adhesive dressings and tape 5. Triangular bandages and crepe roll bandages 6. Sterile eye pads 7. Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (for children and adults) and antihistamines 7. Cotton, scissors, tweezers, disposable gloves, thermometer and safety pins. Road Accident Assess/make safe/get help/ give first aid 1. Park safely and put hazard-warning lights on. Consider road safety and look out for dangers such as traffic, leaking petrol and broken glass. 2. Immediately call 999/112. 3. If there is more than one injured person, check on the quiet ones first – they may be unconscious and need immediate attention. 4. Control bleeding with whatever is available, for example, a T-shirt. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives. In all circumstances, call 999/112 to summon help as soon as possible. August/September 2017

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TAKING THE WELLNESS OPTION This five-star resort has introduced a new range of wellbeing packages including spa treatments, healthy and dietary advice.

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he new wellness and retreat programme at Al Areen Palace & Spa offers a wide range of services including therapeutic massages, body and facial treatments, holistic body works and purification programmes. The re-energising programme offers a range of holistic spa treatments including yoga, a wellness assessment and consultation with a wellness master. The detoxification is a balanced approach to restoration including daily healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, lymphatic drainage massages and skin purification. The weight optimisation programme focuses on burning more calories than intake, inclusive of daily power burn, stretching, limb treatment, healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and more. Al Areen has designed dietary regimes that focus on different health objectives for the duration of your stay and contain a variety of fruits, vegetables and protein. They can be adjusted to accommodate preferences or allergies. Prices for the programme start at BD180 and are inclusive of two nights’ accommodation at Al Areen Palace & Spa, round-trip transportation from the airport, personal training, unlimited use of fitness facilities and water therapy garden, a private session in the Hydro Vitality Garden and Oriental pedicure and manicure. Less intense programmes include a day retreat and healing which is available for groups of five to 20 people and provide access to the fitness facilities and water therapy garden plus

discount on all spa treatments, gift vouchers and restaurants. The Corporate Wellbeing programmes include wellness assessment, wellness activities, team building activities and games, seminar and workshop with nutritionist, healthy lunch and DIY spa treatment. The programme is particularly relevant for spa enthusiasts, travellers, and health and wellness practitioners between 20 and 60 years of age, though everyone is welcome. Dr Essa Faqeeh, CEO of Al Areen Investment Company, hailed this initiative saying: “Al Areen Palace & Spa is the ideal location in the Gulf to

become the flag bearer for health and wellness programmes. With its lush landscapes, beautiful and expansive gardens and its possession of the largest spa in Bahrain, Al Areen is truly the ideal destination for spa enthusiasts, health conscious individuals and healthcare professionals. Al Areen is more than just an entertaining family destination, it is an investment in the health of the nation and the region.” Al Areen Palace & Spa is an enchanting resort which is the Kingdom’s first luxury all-villa property. It furthers Bahrain's reputation as a friendly destination for family and healthoriented tourists. The resort is a 35-minute drive from the Bahrain International Airport, 25 minutes away from the city centre of Manama and 20 minutes away from King Fahad causeway. It is adjacent to the Bahrain International Circuit, the Middle East's firstever Grand Prix circuit and the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary. For more information and to stay up-to-date with the latest news on Al Areen Palace & Spa, visit the website www.alareenpalace.com Call 17 845-000.

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Al Areen Spa & Wellness offers the unique Al Areen services of integrated healthcare that seamlessly combined Western and Eastern medicines, with the latest technologies & conveniences, practiced by a group of internationally certified therapist and health professionals. Al Areen Spa & Wellness can offer a wide range of purification, detoxification and weight optimize programs; all treatments performed under relaxing and splendid atmosphere.

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REFRESHED EYES, ENHANCED STYLE When your vision needs help but you don’t always want to wear glasses, this optical specialist has the answer.

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hile branded eyeglasses play a role in helping us make a fashion statement, most of us prefer a look sans glasses. As a leading eye care solutions provider in the GCC, Optica makes looking good while seeing clearly really simple, with a revolutionary contact lens product called Open 30 by Safilens, that releases a natural tear substitute for maximum all-day comfort. Open 30 is an innovative, monthly silicone hydrogel lens based on the patented fusion technology by the company Safilens. Perfect for those with near or far sightedness, these lenses are made of new biomaterials and release a natural tear substitute which can improve the wellbeing of contact lens users. The technology used to make the lenses ensures that there is an increased hydrating, lubricating and protective effect. This means more moist eyes and clear vision even on long or stressful workdays. Even cleaning your contact lenses is made more effective with the use of the Sonic Wave Generator combined with the lens care solution Open Reload, which ensures that deposit build-up is removed so you can enjoy a better-looking day with regenerated lenses. Open 30 is available at all Optica stores, and makes for lenses that are comfortable, easy to use and that provide relief from dry eyes. Optica has a five-decade heritage of being a true visionary in the optical field, providing customers across the GCC access to a wide portfolio of premium eyecare products and eyewear solutions backed by exceptional instore and after-sales services. Visit Optica today to find your lifestyle fit and look forward to looking good and feeling great all day.

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A SURGICAL SOLUTION

Dr Syed Mohsin Ali, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, explains how surgical intervention helped give a teenager his life back.

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he 15-year-old boy from Sudan was born with a club foot on his right leg. The condition, known as congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV), is a deformity involving one or both feet in which the affected foot appears to have been rotated internally at the ankle. Without treatment, people with club feet often appear to walk on their ankles or on the sides of their feet. During his early life the youngster underwent multiple castings and surgeries in an attempt to correct the problem. Unfortunately the treatments were not completely successful and gradually, as he grew, the deformity became worse and in the last few years he was experiencing difficulty in walking and taking part in sporting activities. Finding suitable footwear was also an issue. The child was seen by various different doctors who advised physiotherapy and braces but these methods didn’t work. Eventually he visited King Abdullah Medical

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City University Medical Centre and, after a detailed assessment and investigations, was recommended to undergo surgical correction Surgery was carried out and the patient went home the next day with a cast. Two weeks later his stitches were removed and he was advised to start walking in the cast. After four weeks he was able to walk without the cast using only a plastic splint for a further

Patient is unable to touch his heel to the ground with foot rotation. In orthopaedic terms this is known as equinus-cavus foot deformity.

Post-operative correction. Now the heel is touching the ground with satisfactory alignment of the foot.

two weeks and now he can walk with a much improved gait. He can play any sport he wants and finds it easy to buy footwear. I am very thankful to the parents and patient that they showed full confidence on our centre and Alhamdulillah both family and patient are very pleased with the outcome. Call 77 310-000.

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REVIVE YOUR MIND AND BODY

This summer, indulge in the health benefits of seawater at one of the most idyllic resorts on the island.

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ofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa shelters a glorious getaway with a state-of-the-art spa facility. It harbours the only Thalassa in the entire Middle East, covering a sprawling area of 2,000 square metres. It is the first and only spa to offer Thalassotherapy - a treatment that uses salt water to detoxify your body. Woman This Month readers are in for a treat. Quote WTMWC17 and get complete access to all Thalassa facilities when you purchase any of the wellness club memberships at the hotel. With a strong emphasis on purity, the salt water used is taken from the deep waters of the open sea, filtered then heated to 33 degrees Celsius to promote the relaxation of muscles, stimulate

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the blood-flow and help the absorption of active ingredients. The complex has 14 different rooms, six of which are used for massages and eight for seawaterbased treatments. Each space is infused with an aroma that further highlights the natural element of the therapies. The spa also boasts cutting edge hydrotherapy and freshwater pools, saunas, salons for men and women, steam rooms and a yoga studio. Let your skin reap the benefits from organic ointments and elixirs made from seaweed and other marine derivatives. Cosmetics for the face and shower and bath preparations for both genders are available from Anne Semonin and Skinceuticals. Call 17 636-391. www.womanthismonth.com


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AVOIDING EPILEPTIC TRAGEDIES Neurology specialist Dr Piyush Ostwal on Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

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UDEP is the sudden demise of epilepsy sufferers who are otherwise healthy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder resulting in repeated seizures. It affects males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. For reasons that are poorly understood, people with epilepsy have an increased risk of dying suddenly for no discernible reason. Studies suggest that each year approximately one case of SUDEP occurs for every 1,000 people with the condition. For some, this risk can be higher, such as those with more difficult to control seizures. Research also points to abnormal heart and respiratory function due to gene abnormalities as a contributory factor. SUDEP accounts for 10 per cent

affecting the whole brain. • Taking two or more antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). • Not taking AEDs as recommended. Autopsies of SUDEP victims showed that 50 per cent had blood concentrations either below therapeutic levels or in completely undetectable amounts. • Alcohol abuse. • Being alone during a seizure or having seizures during sleep. Dr Piyush Ostwal

of all epilepsy-related deaths. The increased risk factors include: • Uncontrolled or poorly controlled epilepsy. • A long history of generalised tonic clonic seizures – those

Controlling seizures is the most important step to avoid SUDEP. • Keep appointments so your doctor can monitor any changes and adjust your AEDs as necessary. • Take prescribed medications regularly.

• Avoid sudden changes to your medication regimen without first speaking with your physician. • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular and adequate sleep patterns, regular exercise and regular, nutritious meals. • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs. • Family members, friends and caregivers should be informed to call an ambulance if a seizure lasts more than five minutes or repeats without full recovery. Also, they should remain with the person for at least 15-20 minutes after the seizure to monitor complete recovery. Call 17 812-000 or email piyush.ostwal@bsh.com.bh

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ARG Ghabga

The Al Rashid Group held a Ghabga night at Downtown Rotana.

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LIFESTYLE | food

CHEF’S SPECIAL Overseeing this resort's kitchens is a labour of love and passion.

GRILLED SALMON WITH BRAISED FENNEL, WILTED SPINACH, BUTTERNUT SQUASH PUREE AND TRUFFLE LEMON BUTTER SAUCE Ingredients • 200g salmon steak • 30ml lemon • 40g butter • 5ml truffle oil • 300g butternut squash • 40g fennel • 5g salt • 3g pepper • 20ml olive oil

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ith a quarter century of kitchen experience under his toque, this executive chef still has the same passion for food as when he started out. A Kolkata native, chef Janardan Das is responsible for the impressive catering operations at Al Areen Palace & Spa. Before coming to Bahrain he was with Ritz-Carlton at the Sharq Village & Spa in Doha for several years and also worked at various other five-star properties and he is a senior member of the UAE Culinary Guild. On the choice of a culinary career, he says: “I have basically been a foodie since childhood. I cannot think of anything other than food! I thought cooking would always keep me smiling because that’s my passion. I believe that: ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’.” He is not much impressed by superstar cooks saying: “Honestly, I am not inspired by any celebrity chefs, though they are very talented and professional. I am inspired by an old lady who sells tea for her living beside my house back in Kolkata. There are hardly any people who don’t stop and have a cup of tea from her. Later, I discovered it’s not the tea which makes money for her. The secret of the recipe is her attention to detail for her customers and, above all, her language and behaviour. I guess language and behaviour are

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equally important as talent in our industry.” A keen gardener, chef Janardan adds: “I love to use all the fresh herbs grown in my own kitchen garden. It gives you a different pleasure when you use the herbs from your own garden. I love to use different types of oils like extra virgin olive oil, fresh mustard oil etcetera, which always enhance giving a different touch to your dish.” The recipe chef Janardan shares is not on the Al Areen menu but can be made on request.

Method • Cut the butternut squash into big chunks with the skin on. Roast it over medium heat until very tender. Let cool a little. Scoop out the flesh and discard the skin. Put the flesh in a mixer blender and make a puree. Season according to taste and set aside in a hot place. • Season the salmon with salt, pepper and lemon and grill for five to six minutes. As it becomes cooked add a little butter over the top and set aside. Braise the fennel and quickly wilt the spinach. • Put the butternut squash on the plate and place the grilled salmon over it. Arrange the braised fennel and vegetables. Garnish with baked cherry tomatoes if desired. • To make the truffle lemon butter sauce reduce lemon juice and water in a pan over a low flame. Pour in soft butter gradually and whisk until it reaches a smooth texture. Season with a dash of truffle oil. www.womanthismonth.com


showcase THE K HOTEL

CULINARY MASTER

WTM speaks to a dynamic sous chef about his adventures in the kitchen of this four-star property in Juffair.

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aving been in the profession for 12 years, The K Hotel’s sous chef Kuldeep Mishra knows his way around food. Hailing from Uttarakhand in India, Kuldeep joined the establishment five months ago. “My friends told me about vacancies in Bahrain and I got an offer at The K Hotel soon after applying. This is my first overseas venture and I am thoroughly enjoying it,” he says. His career started in 2005, and he has worked with Carlson Rezidor Group, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and The Leela, in India. The chef is particularly fond of cooking red meat, saying: “Lamb and Wagyu beef need a special kind of expertise in order to be grilled to perfection. I enjoy

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challenging myself to do it right every single time.” At The K Hotel, Kuldeep’s responsibilities include

overseeing the kitchen operations and assisting with the menu planning for all the food and beverage outlets.

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“Another aspect I work on is conceptualising the cuisine for the theme nights. Talks of introducing a Caribbean night and a Sri Lankan food festival are in the pipeline,” he explains. He is also keen to highlight the current theme nights, which run daily from 7-11pm. “Hearty American gastronomy can be enjoyed from Sunday to Tuesday and Asian delicacies on Wednesdays. “Thursdays feature ‘Flavours of the Gulf’, where diners can relish the finest local delights and seafood,” he adds. A sumptuous brunch is hosted every Friday starting from BD16.500++. Call 17 360-000.

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City Centre Bahrain Ghabga

City Centre Bahrain hosted a Ghabga party for the media at Furn Bistro at The Westin Hotel.

Nawal, Rawia, Sara, Nada, Dipti, Warda, & Marie

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showcase DELMON POULTRY

IN WITH THE NEW With hopes of appealing to a wider consumer base, this renowned poultry company has evolved with a fresh new look for one of its bestselling products.

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aving been a pioneer in the poultry industry since the early 1980s, Delmon Poultry Company has been enjoying renewed success with the rebranding of its flagship product, ‘Farm Chicken’. The effort is part of a comprehensive six-month agenda to reintroduce the item to a new generation of buyers, through extensive outdoor, print and social media marketing campaigns. The iconic chicken brand, which has been on Bahrain’s supermarket shelves since 1982, revealed its new identity during a glittering ceremony held at Crowne Plaza Bahrain, which was attended by senior government officials, business partners, major clients and other dignitaries. There was a performance by Russian sand artist Anna Strelkova, who drew the company’s logo onto a sand board, which was magnified on a large screen for the audience to watch. Since then, the products have been enjoying growing popularity among new and younger customer demographics.

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The rebranding, which was tasked to design agency Miracle Graphics, embraces some modern elements while still retaining the more familiar aspects that have long been associated with the previous incarnation. This was done in the hope of creating a new, refreshing look that patrons can still recognise as something they have trusted over the years. The company’s general manager, Abdul Hadi Merza Jaafar, says: “When you have gained a reputation of trust over the years, customers will continue to be loyal to your brand. Farm Chicken has been providing families and businesses with the highest quality of naturally grown fowl that are raised on local and independently owned farms. "It’s a local product and is well-known throughout the Kingdom. Our new identity simply allows us to deliver the same excellence to new segments of the market.” The process to create the flagship product starts in Delmon Poultry Company’s hatchery where eggs are incubated and chicks are

nurtured. They are then distributed to around 20 local farms for raising, along with a special type of chicken feed. The chickens are then bought back from the farms for packaging and distribution, thereby offering a significant contribution to the growth of Bahrain’s economy and the livelihoods of hundreds of farm workers. The company has announced partnership agreements with Mandilicious, a Saudi-based restaurant chain which recently opened its first branch in Bahrain, and Texas Chicken, a US-based fried chicken restaurant with a branch in the Kingdom owned by Ali Bin Rajab & Sons WLL. Delmon Poultry has also teamed up with Nando’s, a South African casual diner, known for its flavoursome poultry dishes, which opened its first branch in Bahrain in 2008. Delmon Poultry currently boasts 65 per cent of the fresh chicken market share in the Kingdom. Visit: www.dawajen.bh www.womanthismonth.com


review ATIRAM PREMIER HOTEL

A TREAT FOR ALL SENSES This gem of a lounge will thrill your senses with its delectable cuisine and mesmerising setting says Puja Tiwari.

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oda Jazz Lounge at Atiram Premier Hotel, Juffair, is undoubtedly one of the trendiest social spots in town right now. It has, in a very short while, gained an almost legendary reputation for its ambience and music. What most don’t know is that the food served here rivals that of any fine-dining eatery. The décor is swanky and lavish, with dim lighting and dark, plush seating as an ode to the classy, historical jazz bars in America. And DJ Danzel spins soulful beats till Dihann Moore & The SheGroovee band take over the stage from 9pm onwards. Coda is the brainchild of manager Damian D’Costa who took his inspiration from bistros in New York. He says: “Being true to our concept, we feature menus that are short and sweet, but strong. We only use the finest quality ingredients for each dish. “We are not a fine dining venue but the excellent, overall experience is what keeps people coming back.” The menu, a work of art in its own right, has a fine selection of starters, mains and desserts. Each item is cleverly named after a popular jazz tune. A list of sophisticated beverages with rather enticing illustrations conveys mixology as an equally important aspect of the place. Our supper started with a glass of sweet and crisp house grape. After a few suggestions from Damian and the food and beverage manager, Sandeep, we made our choices. A passion fruit and watermelon mix, a Manhattan and the signature Puka Puka cocktail were brought to the table. The presentation of each is nothing short of theatrical. Their fruity, zesty notes make the perfect counterbalance to the summer heat. Steaming pots of smoked red pepper soup with hints of onion, garlic and celery made for delicious appetisers. A bowl of classic Caesar

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salad with iceberg lettuce, grilled chicken, bacon bits and parmesan cheese was next. The dressing was decadent, yet light enough to leave room for more. Batter fried tempura shrimp with Cajun spices was nothing but crispy goodness, probably one of the best of its kind I’ve ever tasted. It’s also ideal as a bar snack and a separate menu for small eats such as zucchini fritters and chicken quesadilla is available to pair with drinks. I swayed to zippy melodies and let the relaxing vibes set in, and within minutes the rest of the meal was served. We had the grilled salmon, cheekily named ‘Lazy River – Pete Fountain’, consisting of fish marinated in salt, black pepper, mustard and lemon juice, with a side of jasmine rice and baby steamed vegetables. It was astoundingly flavourful and tangy. Bacon-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with dry apricot and pistachios with a chicken liver reduction sauce was the most interesting dish. The stuffing was savoury with a touch of sweetness while the meat was delectably tender.

Angus tenderloin with truffle and parmesan potato wedges is a must-try for steak lovers. The meat was perfectly seared with a melt-in-themouth consistency and the chimichuri sauce only added to the overall palatability. The feast ended with the sweetness of the indulgent chocolate mousse and blueberry cheesecake – the perfect conclusion. For those who don’t want to go à la carte, an unlimited sushi promotion runs every Monday for BD15 from 7-11pm for seafood lovers. At Coda, you can enjoy a great evening out with a full scope of entertainment and dining without burning a hole in your wallet. The impeccable service, elegant atmosphere and scintillating music will surely put this spot at the top of your list of favourites. Call 34 342-828.

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LIFESTYLE | home Talking Textures. Image Courtesy: The One.

PURR LIKE A SOPHISTI- CAT

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ou Only Live Once’ is the mantra of millennials (and plenty of others). And this adage has swept across all aspects of being – fashion, health and home. While gifting yourself the chance to revel in luxury (at least every once in a while, if not always), don’t leave your personal sanctum sanctorum behind. Parties, cruises and holidays are all very well – but it is possible to feel celeb-snug and pampered every single day just by adding some soul to your space. Let’s begin to live the suave life!

Beauty in Details Leaf plate Marina Home

A Bit of Bling Table accent Lifestyle Lounge in style Leather sofa Phoenicia Decor

Arm Candy Comfy armchair The One

Muted Metallic Feather vase Lifestyle

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Secret Garden Dreams Floral bed linen Zara Home

Made for Monarchs Vintage crockery Zara Home

Sophisticated Storage Ornate cellar Marina Home

Wonder Wall Ornamental mirror Home Centre

Luxe Lighting Selection of lamps Home Centre Luxe decor inspiration as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, channel 357.

An Oriental Take Cylindrical jar Marina Home Take a Seat Frame bench Lifestyle

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SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Participants enjoying the event

Yoga Talk

The Rotary Club of Sulmaniya welcomed yoga therapist Fatima Al Mansoori at its August meeting for a talk on holistic wellbeing and office yoga.

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Sebehat, Adnan Fakhro, Ameera, Waleed Kanoo & Akram

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Dr Sal and Mo’ Muzic playing some tunes

DJ Contest

Local DJ favourites went head to head on the decks for a DJ competition at Al Areen Palace & Spa.

Felix, Michelle & Aladin

Volkswagen Ghabga Arif, Arp & Ali Al Majid

Behbehani Brothers held a Volkswagen Ghabga at Al Areen Palace and Spa.

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showcase CASA CUCINA

INNOVATIVE STYLE

A visit to this store will enable you to make a remarkable impression with a selection from the unique collections available.

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ecently opened in Seef, Casa Cucina reveals a world of new possibilities for those with a passion for interiors, offering luxurious and stylish options that are elegantly designed to perfection. The store’s unique, artistic gift articles, sourced from a range of renowned brands, bear distinctive craftsmanship and style; a personal option for loved ones that will certainly capture hearts. When seeking gifts, everyone has that one person on their list who is impossible to shop for or the one who seems to already have everything. The perfect gift for that loved one is a choice that will enable them to make a lasting impression on their home, office, school, hotel or restaurant.

A company spokesman says: “Casa Cucina believes the lives we make with the people we love are what make life truly special. To us, the simple daily pleasures of home, friendships and family are as important as life’s big milestones. We want to give our valued customers outstanding high-quality products and guaranteed satisfaction for recommendations that lead to repeat orders.” Build your home and kitchen with a personal touch of unique and modern style with a visit to Casa Cucina. The showroom is situated in a prestigious location in the heart of Seef District, opposite Starbucks, The Courtyard. For more updates on what’s

available at the shop, follow the store on Facebook and Instagram @casacucinabahrain. Call 17 840-707 / 17 296-363.

HOME & KITCHEN COLLECTIONS

Seef District, Opposite The Courtyard www.womanthismonth.com

(+973) 17840707

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PEOPLE | interview

Forza Italia Businesswoman, model and triathlete Anastasia Ageeva heads to Italy for some off-season training and sightseeing. Here, she tells us what the country has to offer for sporting enthusiasts.

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pinning (cycling) along the Adriatic coastline, having left dresses and high heels back home, we are heading towards the heel of Italy – Apulia and the famous city of Vieste. Eyes focused on the views opening up as we traverse each bend of the road; stopping to take in the sights of jade green seas between the groves of olive trees on either side of the autostrada. Bellissimo! A visual boost to help us endure another epic hill climb. However, the reward of the lush vineyards and a welcoming sign – grape tasting beckons, mmmm. We gladly take this break and roll into the cosy hut of a local vintner and his warm welcome: “Bongiorno signorinas!” Feeling the warm breeze through the sanctuary, the rustle of the leaves, and having a few sips of vino rosso Italiano – its deep, fruity, playful notes brighten our spirits – we say “grazie” to the keeper. Rehydrated and socialised we head off, completely convinced "in vino veritas". It's my first time in Italy, Bari and the Apulia region. After a challenging and successful year in the world of real estate and an intensive Bahrain Triathlon season, I’m taking this escape to discover the hidden jewels of rural Italy and keep tri fit through the off-season. It’s a perfect setting for both, and I am delving into

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the treasures of this serendipitous journey! We are staying in a traditional Italian famiglia house and spa around 7km from the seafront with delightful vistas and a gorgeous garden, complete with a frog-filled terrarium. At dawn the cacophony of sounds breaks into the quiet of the estate with accelerating intensity as more amphibian voices join the chorus. We are off for a run up the Foresta Umbra in the morning, fresh oxygenated air making us dizzy and, going all the way uphill, we come across gorgeous animals in their natural habitat, exotic birds and breathtaking scenery – truly Bella Italia! A quick dip in the pool before breakfast is on the agenda for today – however, first we must rescue one of the frogs, it having made an expedition into la piscina last night, much to the excitement of the children and amusement of their parents and fellow hotel guests. Eventually the aquatic interloper is retrieved by the lifeguard and the little explorer is returned to its home to contemplate its next adventure. A sumptuous Mediterranean, carb-loading breakfast spree follows – donuts, rolls, croissants, buns, chocolate cakes, twists and marmalade-filled turnovers – oh Dolce Vita! A boat trip for the day turns out to be a

Travel Advice Turkish Airlines flies from Bahrain to Bari. Hire a car to explore. Average hotel prices: BD20 per night for two people in a four-star with breakfast. Average restaurant bill for two: BD8.6 (Euro 20). Visa: Fast track with MVA, Bahrain, located in Aali Mall. rather jolly event with a horde of Italian tourists on board as we get under way to the Tremiti Islands, about a 90-minute trip with a boat change at Peschici. We arrive amidst turquoise-coloured waters and beaches perfect for tanning in this Mezzogiorno area of Italy, aptly named from the word ‘midday’ because of the intensity of the sunshine which glares down for nearly 300 days per year. We track along sun-hugged hills for a breathtaking view of the San Nicola church and the panorama of the islands beyond. Looking down the hill the water is inviting and, indeed, we dip into the cool of the Adriatic to enjoy the snorkelling followed by a sumptuous al fresco meal served www.womanthismonth.com


PEOPLE | interview to us on the boat back to Vieste. The light of a new dawn breaks through our windows heralding the day's event, a magnificent drive through the Gargano National Park and onward towards Monte Sant'Angelo. Trekking through the park is undoubtedly a desirable adventure. A bike ride culminating in an 800m ascent is totally worth the pain and we are welcomed by unrivalled views that stretch over the valleys and sea. We recharge with a local fromaggio caciocavallo (cheese), fresh bread and olive oil and sample limoncello from a friendly local vendor – che bello! For dolce we are offered the local speciality of wafers filled with caramelised locally grown almonds – very sweet and welcome. Next stop is a farmhouse 30km from our current location and it's a lovely bike ride along relatively flat and well-surfaced roads. With dogs rushing to greet us, the smell of the farmhouse cooking wafting on the air and the sounds of chickens running around, a kind farmer exchanges greetings as he watches the day unfold, whilst leaning casually against the farmyard gate. Lovely scenery towards twilight calls for a meadow walk uphill, with wild strawberries at our feet, as red and mellow as the setting sun. We head back to a wholesome dinner of artisan foods, prepared with love by the farmer's brother, and vino rosso della casa, chatting into the small hours, our conversation aided with expressive Italian body language. One always sleeps so contently in the country after a long walk and a healthy meal. The following morning the crowing of the rooster awakens us, to discover that the dog has kept a vigil beside the door overnight.

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Running shoes on and out into the fields of poppies and a myriad of colourful flowers, we are greeted by lovely fresh air as we traverse the undulating landscape and venture deeper into the greenery, soaking it all in. You will always find natural nutrition on your run here – this time of the year we were snacking on ripe sweet cherries and plump purple and green figs. A perfect start to a day! Later we took mountain bikes and cycled into the fields of cattle, feeling at one and in total harmony with nature. From the farmhouse we drive towards our final stop in the city of Manfredonia on the sun-baked coast with the lovely resort of Pugnochiuso along the way offering the pleasure of a long swims to grottos and wild beaches. The local castle, church and a long

Places of Interest Gargano National Park Coves and sandy beaches Monte Sant’Angelo Trulli in Alberobello Pugnochiuso Resort Fotress in Lucera Castellana Grotte City of Vieste central street are a hive of bustling activity and the intoxicating sound of life can be heard from every corner as children play, after their siesta, well into the night. Delightful gelato shops and the faces of happy holidaymakers add to the occasion. We take a long morning run from the old marina along the promenade, sprinting into the new town with its modern port and numerous restaurants tucked into the main buildings. It's wonderful to take a swim in water with a temperature that refreshes and, afterwards, indulge in traditional Italian Lavazza coffee with chocolate! There are cycling tours along the coast as well as day boat trips making for great long swims with captivating grottos to snorkel in and explore for a couple of hours - that's Bella Italia! Pizzette, orecchiette pasta, velvet-red juicy tomatoes, friselle, zeppole, vinello – the culinary delights are to die for, so you'd better live it and love it! Italia Amore Mio! If you have any questions please feel free to email anastasia.ageeva@gmail.com

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r o f e p a c s E An s p U n Grow If you spent your summer cooped up taking the kids to camp and drowning in back-to-school buzz, treat yourself to a well-earned holiday at one of these stunning destinations. These spots have plenty of adults-only options that are popular with couples and groups of friends who enjoy a carefree environment – whether you choose to lounge by the pool at sunset, join a cultural excursion or take a diving expedition.

Calasfonts Cales Fonts Port sunset in Mahon at Balearic islands, Spain.

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LIFESTYLE | travel The whopping 798-metre high Gros Piton mountains offer great views and hikes filled with lush greenery.

Get a dose of the colourful, eccentric pieces that sit in the St. Lucia Art Gallery.

Order a savoury Creole fish soup at Trios, one of the best Caribbean eateries on the island.

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With its tranquil beaches and diverse terrain, this idyllic Caribbean island provides the perfect backdrop for both adventure and relaxation. Take a lofty, laid back ride above the rainforest canopy, rejuvenate under the cascade of a refreshing waterfall or take a stroll through the lush parks. Adrenaline seekers can sign up for Segway rides or

Splash Island waterpark provides a fun escape from the summer sun.

climb the Gros Pitons mountain range. Fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, sea trekking and snorkelling are some of the many water sports on offer. The Jade Mountain Resort in the southwest is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. It is a popular destination for those seeking a serene getaway.

The adult-only Jade Mountain Resort is a sanctuary for the senses. Relax by the beach, enjoy the view from the infinity pool or book a rejuvenating spa treatment.

White Owl's vegan burger features a beet, wakame and hazelnut patty, pea shoots, carrot ribbons and a combination of miso and mayo sauce.

Sign up for a diving tour and explore the beautiful marine life beneath the island's crystal-clear waters.

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Head to Gros Islet on a Friday night to join in with the biggest street fiesta in the Caribbean.

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LIFESTYLE | travel Stroll along the lanes to find vibrant, giant murals like this in every corner.

Travel back in history by visiting the majestic Catedral de Ciutadella.

Try delectable scallops at a country-house fusion restaurant named Pan Y Vino.

This ancient Talayotic site has three hilltop talayots, rambling circular dwellings and deep underground storage chambers.

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Being part of Spain‘s Balearic islands, Menorca boasts endless beaches, sandy crescents and a tree-fringed coast. Its twinset of sea-splashed cities and Medinalike citadel were declared as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993. The place is known for its delicious tapas and fresh seafood. Browse the century-old fish market for the catch of the day. Reach the highest point of the island by driving the winding route of Monte Toro or explore the gothic and baroque architecture of the churches in the capital. The adultsonly Barcelo Hamilton Hotel, located in El Castell, combines urban chic architecture with the best facilities of a holiday resort.

Paragliding is a popular adrenaline-filled sport for the adventurous traveller in Menorca.

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Visit a local market for bargains on clothes, spices, olives and crafts.

Tapas are popular as a mid-evening snack and can be had at one of the many restaurants by the beach.

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LIFESTYLE | travel Catch 'Tamure', a traditional Polynesian dance, characterised by its symbolic body movements, at several hotels throughout the year.

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Book a helicopter ride and take in breathtaking views.

Mai Kai at the Bora Bora Yacht Club offers fine French and Polynesian delicacies. Order the tuna tartare if you enjoy seafood.

Find natural and cultivated pearls at the Tahiti Pearl Market in the city.

Bora Bora is a small island in French Polynesia northwest of Tahiti in the South Pacific. It is hard not to be mesmerised by the stunning palette of sapphire, indigo and turquoise. You can mix slow-paced sun-and-sand holidays with actionpacked adventure sports like hiking, cycling and zip lining. It is surrounded by tiny islets fringed with sparkling white sand and a blue lagoon surrounded by a barrier coral reef. If you want to witness real local living, head to Vaitape Village. When done, stroll over to Bloody Mary’s for delicious eats and perhaps some celebrity spotting. Stay at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui for a luxurious experience.

Private villa accommodations at Conrad Bora Bora Nui let you dive right into the blue sea from your patio.

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Famous artist Alain Despert's studio is located near Matira Beach and can be visited by booking an appointment in advance.

Rent an aquabike on Maurice Island to explore underwater flora and fauna.

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showcase EURO MOTORS

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

The latest lifestyle items from this iconic global marque are the perfect companions for all your travel plans.

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nyone who is travelling this Eid is bound to appreciate reliable, cleverly designed travel gear. The MINI Lifestyle collection includes a wealth of products and a colourful range of robust and chic luggage. Shopping splurge, business trip, Eid vacation or long-haul journey, the new collection covers every base with its extensive line-up. Alongside their striking design, the luggage items offer excellent functionality and a host of well-thought-out details. Practical compartments in the bags and the intelligently designed interior of the suitcases provide flexible storage for keeping everything tidy. The products’ design is pared down to the essentials, yet always surprises in recognisable MINI fashion, with contrasting shapes and materials. Further, aqua and lemon shades

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combine with black, white and grey tones for a compelling colour scheme to smarten up any trip. MINI Lifestyle items are available in the Euro Motors MINI showroom. Call 17 750-750.

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showcase BMW

LIMITED EDITION MODEL The latest offering from this renowned marque pays homage to a rich heritage.

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he BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre will make its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Models are being produced in a limited quantity of 200 units and tailored to individual customer specifications at the BMW Dingolfing plant, which has served as the birthplace of these luxury sedans since 1977. The know-how gained there in the production of high-class premium automobiles offers the ideal prerequisites for the production of the anniversary edition. The models will be available with either a standard or a long wheelbase in conjunction with all six, eight and 12-cylinder engines available for the BMW 7 Series as well as with optional intelligent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive and in the BMW iPerformance Automobile version with a plugin hybrid drive system. Sporting elegance and emotionally appealing aesthetics characterise the exterior design of the current BMW 7 Series. In addition to the generous amount of space and modern functionality, the meticulously processed materials contribute towards a feel-good ambience, its makers say. The BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre enhances the fascinating aura of these luxury sedans first and foremost through expressive body colours, namely Frozen Silver metallic and Petrol Mica metallic. A further exterior design feature is the edition signet designed exclusively for the model anniversary and located on the B pillar coverings and on the doorsills. Inside, the combination of selected materials, exclusive design and high-precision workmanship provides an outstandingly

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sophisticated appearance. The BMW Individual full leather trim Merino fine grain in the colour combination Smoke White/ Cohiba or Smoke White/Black with hand woven piping in Smoke White harmonises perfectly with the BMW Individual Alcantara Smoke White roof liner. BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre models are all fitted with comfort seats both at the front and rear. BMW Individual interior trim strips are offered either in a black piano lacquer finish or in the high-grade wood finish Eucalyptus straight-grained Smoke Brown high gloss, depending on the upholstery colour. All options from the range of special equipment for the BMW 7 Series are available for an upgraded configuration to meet the customer’s personal preferences. With systems such as the steering and lane guidance assistant, which can be activated up to a speed of 210kmph, and the lane departure

assistant, available at speeds between 70 and 180kmph, the current BMW 7 Series achieves an unrivalled level of functionality for the optimisation of comfort and safety in varying traffic situations. The remote parking function, which made its world debut in the current BMW 7 Series, is yet a further innovation underlining BMW’s development expertise in the field of automated driving. Additionally, the personal digital mobility assistant BMW Connected offers a networking technology that is unique in the automotive sector and facilitates connectivity between the vehicle and individual end devices such as the smartphone and smartwatch via the flexible platform Open Mobility Cloud, helping the driver reach his or her destination comfortably and stress-free. Euro Motors is the Kingdom’s BMW dealer. Call 17 750-750.

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The Return of Routine The days of summer are numbered and now’s the time to plan a smooth transition into the new school year. Follow our pointers to make it an easy one.

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he countdown to resuming classes has begun. It’s the time when mums and dads review the calendar to check just how many carefree days remain. Or, for that matter, to badger the brain for ways to keep youngsters constructively busy. Parents and children experience mixed emotions as they bustle about in preparation for the new academic term. While excitement to return to the classrooms is palpable, there are also butterflies in the stomach in anticipation of how the year will unfold. School supplies, personal essentials and crisp new uniforms need to be bought. Now’s the time to make your lists and check them twice – so you and your kids are in the right frame of mind on the first day of school.

includes trousers, shorts, cotton-rich shirts and jumpers. Cooler climes will be upon us before we know it, so it might be a good idea to source winter staples for little ones while you’re at it. SHOW OFF YOUR SUPPLIES When it comes to school supplies, a single trip to Centrepoint will have all aspects on

your shopping list checked. The outlets at City Centre Bahrain and at the Riffa and Muharraq branches of Oasis Mall are choc-full of school items under one roof – backpacks sporting various well-known characters and designs, matching pencil cases and snack bags as well as BPA-free lunch-time essentials. The value for money that the brand offers is a bonus.

U IS FOR UNIFORM The uniform imparts a sense of pride and belonging towards the school community. Children must be encouraged to wear theirs with pride to instill discipline and the importance of good grooming for a lifetime. Marks & Spencer has a great stock of school attire. Box-pleated skirts, blouses, pinafores, hooded sweatshirts, joggers and cardigans are up for grabs for girls. Boys’ school wear

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PEOPLE | interview Cath Kidston is another great option for pouches, satchels and slingbags for boys and girls who prefer a more classic feel to their belongings. Pastel shades, small animal prints and florals characterise the collection. You might be tempted to snap up some pretty paraphernalia for yourself too. ON THE RUN Good quality footwear is imperative for young feet to develop correctly. Puma offers footwear that is durable and optimally supports the growth of tender toes. There is a range of running shoes, sneakers and suede classics for boys and girls. The label’s factory outlet is located at Jannusan and offers exceptional value for money on footwear and other sports accessories. Yateem Centre in Manama Souq houses a factory outlet for Adidas, which is also a forerunner when it comes to activewear. It might be worth a look-see for shoes that stand the test of time, available at reduced prices. Centrepoint’s Shoemart, as well as Shoeciti outlets stock well known footwear brands to suit every taste and pocket. And UK favourite Clark’s offers fitting to make sure back-toschool shoes hit the spot for both comfort and style. GET CRAFTY We all know how hectic it can get once we plunge in to the regular weekday routine and going out to purchase art and craft material mid-week can eat into precious time and energy. A good idea is to envisage what items the teacher might send for and have them at hand. Bahrain’s bargain spaces such as Al Anwar Discount Centre and Kingdom Pride are treasure troves of school project requirements. Not only will you have fun trawling their labyrinth of party essentials, daily-use items, handy homeware and art and craft gold, you’ll also be struck with brilliant ideas for DIY projects. All this is available at a fraction of the cost compared to more upmarket outlets. You’ll also find a collection of organisers – boxes, files and folders in varied designs and sizes to provide a place for everything, and everything in its place. Bid goodbye to misplaced documents forever! For more product-specific or branded items, Things-To-Do has a range of quality raw materials to fuel hobbies, ranging from pottery and calligraphy to needlework and creative art activities. The store has thousands of topquality brands and its staff can offer clients advice, too. www.womanthismonth.com

ALL IN ONE If you don’t want to run from one place to another, check out the major supermarkets, such as Lulu and Carrefour, for school staples, from socks and shoes to sports gear, as well as everything from lunch boxes to pencil cases.

BEFORE DAY 1… - Make your remaining free days count. The next long break won’t be till next year, so try to cram in everything you had set out to do at the start of the holidays. - Partake in activities with the kids – be it baking, simple DIY or even just a ball game. - Involve children with shopping for school items. Empower them make a few guided decisions, depending on their age. - Gently ease into the school day routine two weeks before school starts. - If it’s a new school, a trip around the campus can familiarise them with classrooms and pick-up points to ease the jitters. - For kindergarteners, incorporate a positive idea of school in stories and conversations to lessen the first-day intimidation. - Set aside time for reading and creative writing; it gets kids into school mode easily after a long break. - Set agendas for homework, play and gadget time beforehand, to ensure a smooth school year. - Designate a place for school items and homework to encourage kids to be organised. - Make meal plans for the week ahead and shop for ingredients well in advance. - Jointly discuss breakfast ideas to avoid morning melt-downs. - Be ready for the run two nights before – iron uniforms, label books and keep identity cards handy. And on the first day back, wave them off with confidence and head to the spa! August/September 2017

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SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Jeans for Refugees Ghabga Johny Dar and Jeans for Refugees held a Ghabga night at the Sheraton Hotel.

Thomas, Kashi, Celine & Kelvin

Imogen & Stan

Ola

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain conferred 200 healthcare RCSI-MUB Graduation The graduates during a ceremony held at its premises.

RCSI Faculty with prominent guests

Around Town

Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj held a blood donation drive for staff.

The Domain Hotel Celebrated its fourth anniversary with a party for staff.

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Bahrain Credit management at the launch of its Imtiaz for Her women’s credit card at City Centre Bahrain.

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PARENTING | tech kids

There are plenty of websites that make learning fun and interactive, helping your child get over that dreaded back-to-school slump. WTM has come up with a few options to help the transition back to the classroom.

Borenson.com

Demystify the equations of algebra with helpful knowledge through a supplementary programme that can be used with any maths curriculum to provide students with a concrete foundation. It uses the visual instructional approach developed by Dr Henry Borenson to make concepts easier to grasp, which is proven to increase interest. The site can be used by kids from grade three onwards.

Playnormous.com

This website encourages children to lead a healthy lifestyle by educating them through a host of online games. It combines interactivity with immersive stories in a whimsical land of friendly monsters. Nutrition and exercise topics include eating fruits and veggies, meal balance, portion size, beverage content, food groups, nutrition labels and aerobic activity.

Spellingcity.com

With a variety of study tools for developing strong vocabulary skills, this website ensures that your child will be the next spelling bee star. It was initially created to save teachers time by automating spelling tests and to empower students to study independently through engaging gamebased learning activities.

FruitPhonics.com

FruitPhonics makes learning a fun adventure. Phonics based literacy schemes have proved to be effective methods of early literacy education for kids. Using online video and an interactive 3D animation platform, FruitPhonics has designed a way to aid conceptual and psychological development from a young age. www.womanthismonth.com

Dltk-kids.com

Need something fun to do with your tot on the weekend? DLTK features a variety of printable children's crafts, colouring pages, worksheets and activities, including projects for holidays, educational themes and a plethora of favourite cartoon characters. August/September 2017

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PARENTING | advice

Need to Know!

Dr Jinan Harith Darwish is a paediatric allergy specialist and clinical immunology fellow at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. Each month she answers your health questions.

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I love sailing and plan to get out on the water as the weather cools but I suffer dreadfully from motion sickness. I take pills, which help, but is there anything more natural I can do to help myself?

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These are a couple of options: • Ginger: Try chewing on ginger candies or even eating ginger cookies. Slowly sipping ginger tea or all-natural ginger soda may quell nausea. Ginger tablets or capsules, 1,000mg to 2,000mg supplement, can help and work best if taken about an hour before travelling. Cardamom: Smell and chew a couple of cardamom, this should also stop the sensation of nausea. Saffron: Add a few threads to two teaspoons of rose water and soak overnight. Then add that to mineral water and crushed ice and sugar to taste. Arabic coffee: To hit two birds with one stone as it is rich in cardamom and saffron. Acupressure wristbands: The bands such as Sea-Band motion-sickness wristbands work by applying pressure to the inside of the wrist at the Nei-Kuan point. According to Chinese medicine, acupressure can balance the flow of energy in the body, or chi, and nausea is a sign of disharmony of chi. According to a 1995 study published in the journal Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, people who performed acupressure on their wrists reported reduced motion sickness. Use your thumb to press your inner arm three finger widths down from your wrist crease. Hold for a few minutes, until symptoms subside.

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My little girl recently got stung while out in the garden. Her hand swelled up and was very sore for a few days and, even now, she is still left

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with a bump. I didn’t see what got her but I’ve never seen a reaction like this before. Would you have any idea what it might have been and is there any immediate action I should take if it happens again?

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Most insect bites and stings result in a localised itch and swelling that settles within a few days. Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insects are usually due to the black samsum ants (Pachycondyla sennaarensis) in the Gulf region. Black samsum ant reactions range from mild allergic reactions to severe anaphylactic shock. Although the ant is a scavenger in nature, it stings human beings as a defensive behaviour. It does not bite; instead, it injects venom through a stinger like fire ants and other Hymenoptera. The mechanism of the reaction to the sting of the black samsum ant is a type I IgE-mediated hypersensitivity and the diagnosis can be confirmed by skin tests and specific IgE determination. Bees usually leave their barbed sting in the skin and die. Flicking the sting out as soon as possible

(preferably within 30 seconds) will reduce the amount of venom injected. Use the edge of your fingernail, a car key or credit card. If possible try not to squeeze the venom sac, as this may increase the amount of venom injected. By contrast, wasps and ants rarely leave their sting in the skin. Cold packs and soothing creams often help for minor reactions. Oral antihistamines can be useful for treating itch. Very large and uncomfortable local reactions may sometimes need cortisone tablets to settle the swelling. Symptoms include an all over rash, swelling of tongue or throat, trouble breathing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting or a drop in blood pressure (shock). Effective emergency treatment for anaphylaxis is available. Individuals at risk of anaphylaxis are usually advised to: Have an action plan for anaphylaxis and adrenaline autoinjector (eg EpiPen) readily available to treat anaphylaxis. Wear medical identification jewellery, which will increase the likelihood that adrenaline will be administered in an emergency. Lastly, and very importantly, seek urgent medical assistance if stung or bitten. www.womanthismonth.com


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PARENTING | kids' playground

FIRST CLASS PLANS

The end of the long summer break is almost here and kids both big and little will soon be heading back to the classroom. If your youngsters wear uniform, you’ll, no doubt, already have stocked up on the necessities for the new term. If, however, they are at a school where mufti is the order of the day, it can feel like a bit of a chore sorting out what they’re going to wear each day. Hackett Little Britons Shoemart

Tees

Splash Centrepoint

Shoemart

Mix a selection of funky, slightly costlier T-shirts with a good supply of cheap and cheerful brightly coloured cotton polos or round-neck basics. The posher options will give your youngster the chance to express their individuality while the more pocketfriendly everyday items will help keep costs down and are easily replaceable. Lacoste Hackett Little Britons

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Bags

A funky school bag can really help if a child is experiencing anxiety about heading back to school. Whether you go for plain and functional, superheroes, something sport inspired or a truly girlyfabulous option, make sure it’s something that fits well, is a good enough size to carry books, lunches etc and is something your child is OK with toting around. Also look for something that’s good value as there’s a strong chance you’ll be replacing it before the school year is out. www.womanthismonth.com

Shoes

H&M

Scotch & Soda

With growing feet, you can’t afford to compromise on fit but they don’t have to cost the earth and making sure your child has more than one pair of shoes they’re happy to spend the day in will ensure they last longer in the long run. Give them the option of having something a bit more fun alongside their regular school shoes to avoid morning arguments and demands for highly priced trainers which many schools do not encourage. August/September 2017

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PARENTING | opinion

When You Parent Differently

Chanelmama blogger Ouiam Charkani El Hassani on standing your mummy ground.

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any women nowadays choose to parent differently than the way they were parented. Many new mothers feel separated and detached from the community they live in. It gets even harder when their own families and friends do not understand or perceive their parenting style, because without the support and the backing of family or friends, the challenging job of caring for our children gets a whole lot tougher. When you are constantly subject to judgement and harsh comments, because you have chosen to parent the way you think is right – with respect, dignity and love – it sometimes can make you feel lonely or can even make you doubt yourself and your inner wisdom as a mother. Most families (or even friends) tend to give their own opinions about how they think you should do things: breastfeeding or bottle feeding, to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, school or home-school, to punish or to connect and every other thing on the list. This is most definitely coming from a space of love and care, yet, as parents, this might leave us feeling uncomfortable, judged and definitely not at ease. It can make us doubt our strong instincts as parents. So many parents facing this kind of ordeal find themselves with a dilemma, between pleasing the community they live in – their own village of support and love – or parenting exactly how they see fit, even if other people, no matter how close they may be, feel they are wrong. But it doesn’t have to be this way. When you become a mother, you are the one in charge of this innocent, little human being. So your job for the first few weeks/months is to find the best way to adapt to your new role, then, from there, to figure out what works best for your family and household. This might not suit everyone else, but that shouldn’t matter, as

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long as you and your family are happy and content. While trying to ‘mother’ the way you feel right, you can also ease yourself and your parenting style into the world. Slowly yet surely you can conquer both worlds – the one where you are the person making the decisions and the one where your community and loved ones give you the space and support you need, on your own terms. First of all, you need to trust your parenting style. When we are constantly being judged for the way we parent, it is normal that we start to worry. The well-known question: “Am I good enough as a parent?” will start to arise. The first thing we should start with is to become knowledgeable. The more we know, the more confident we can be about our choices. What goes hand in hand with this is to get a new 'village'. You don’t need to ditch your family, but it is very important to look for parents who embrace the same philosophies as you, when it comes to child rearing. Talking about the things that worry you can also be very beneficial. Choose someone you trust, your partner for example, and verbalise your worries and fears. It’s a great way to feel

more comfortable and at ease and is a great source of support and love. Another thing that might help greatly is to start noticing your own automatic reactions whenever a member of the family or a friend throws in a comment not in favour of your parenting style. See what happens to you. Do you get defensive? Do you keep quiet? Do you leave the room? Do you actually listen? Sometimes we get way too defensive and we might miss a good point. If you listen, instead of jumping into a response, you might change the way you deal with the whole situation. Regular listening time can be a powerful way to shift our knee-jerk reactions and figure out new ways to respond in the face of judgement. Trying to persuade those around you to convert to your parenting style is usually pointless. Trying to prove you are right (and they are wrong) seldom works. Finding the common ground is always the best solution. Simply pointing out how much you both love your kids, how you both want the kids to do well in life, or how much you want to enjoy their company, is something that can help bridge the gap with those around you and can make everyone content and focused on what matters the most. g www.womanthismonth.com


Star

Gazing Raphael tells us what’s written in the stars this month

Scorpio

Gemini Capricorn

Unusually for your sign, you have been living in a bit of a bubble and whilst that has kept you isolated from the real world, you’ve also lost touch with some of the more serious issues that impact on your life. You need to re-focus and get yourself back on track. You are at your best when operating on a practical level and though this temporary dip into the unknown has been exciting, it’s not really you.

Aquarius

Don’t let your stubbornness over a petty dispute ruin the potential for a wonderful holiday. Just because you can’t have everything your own way, it isn’t fair to allow those closest to you to suffer as well. Swallow your pride and try to get things back on track otherwise it could turn out to be a very long September. Sometimes there is more than just your own opinion to take into account.

You’ve made great strides with a business deal this month and the outlook for the next few weeks is positive. However, you need to ensure all parties involved who’ve contributed to the overall success get the recognition they deserve. If not you could have a minimutiny on your hands when it comes time to celebrate. The key to your success here will be communication. Get the right message out to the right people.

Sagittarius

Pisces

Be careful in matters of finance this month, especially if someone is pusing you to commit to a loan or some other expensive agreement. Sometimes your sign can be easily led. Before you sign anything, think through whether you can afford it. There could be a deeper issue that needs to be addressed around your general state of mind and whether you are as happy inside as you lead others to believe. www.womanthismonth.com

You can sometimes be accused of indecision, especially when it comes to relationships, and this month may bring complications because you are not prepared to commit to a partner as they expect. Unless you want to see the end of a rewarding union, be assertive! Sometimes the very best things in life are right in front of you and if you let them go, you never realise the mistake until it is too late. Of late you have been dissatisfied in life and you are becoming restless. You are on the lookout for new challenges and, for once, you may even be prepared to step out of your comfort zone to find them! Just be careful what you wish for because, on occasions, even your capable figure can bite off more than it can chew. If you have to take the risk, try to make it a calculated one.

September is traditionally when you are at your most productive. Lady luck also appears to have blessed you and if you fancy taking a gamble on a long shot around the 23rd, you could be handsomely rewarded. On the relationship front, try to keep a partner’s interest in mind when making a major decision that will impact on you both. If there’s a failing you need to address it’s your tendency to operate as though you are single! You may find yourself in quite a reflective mood and much of this could be in connection to some crossed words with a loved one that have hit home and hurt. The problem is that the truth can be painful and it might just be a case of you having to listen and trying to learn from the experience. You’re not always right and, though you might like to argue that point, you have to accept there are other opinions out there.

Aries

Taurus

Virgo

Libra

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Your sign always needs to have something going on or you can become frustrated or bored. So if you’re thinking about home improvements, make sure you have a plan and you’re doing it for the right reasons. Don’t attempt this without a proper structure or it could all blow up in your lap! On a more positive note, you have an admirer and they will reveal themselves before month end!

Business negotiations from July will show fruit in September and you can look forward to some positive developments that will deliver for you financially. Of course nothing comes easy and you must work hard to achieve what you want but this could be the start of something significant and long term. You should already be starting to prepare a plan and if you need to engage with others on this project, then start sooner rather than later.

Cancer

Family is at the heart of everything your sign does and this month won’t be any different. Those of you with children need to consider how to better organise your time because at the moment you are allowing over-demanding teenagers to dictate your agenda and this is affecting other relationships in your life. You need to take control of your existence and ignore the manipulations put before you. You have a right to enjoy yourself too!

Leo

You have made a spur of the minute decision and now you are going to have to live with the consequences. Over-enthusiasm and lack of thought will see you delivered into a situation that will not be easy to escape. You are one of the Zodiac’s most resourceful signs but this challenge won’t be easy! On the health front you may need to check that slightly increasing waistline as recent over indulgence is starting to become a little more evident! August/September 2017

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last word

In Her Shoes Gabrielle Angeli Sol, assistant marketing manager at Al Areen Palace & Spa, lets us into her world.

All-time favourite book or film? The Kite Runner and The Notebook.

Early bird or night owl? Night owl.

Gabrielle Angeli Sol

What would you sing at karaoke? I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.

Fantasy holiday destination? Caribbean!

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Favourite ice cream flavour? Pralines and cream.

Special necklace from my mother-in-law.

Countryside or city?

Last splurge on your credit card?

Countryside.

Ticket to Africa.

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Best gift you’ve ever been given?

Most valuable piece of advice? There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. www.womanthismonth.com


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Issue 174 - Celebrating the experience of womanhood