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FEBRUARY Shopping 08 Editor’s Choice: Wear art 10 Pick of the Month: Moschino 12 Retail Therapy: What’s new on the retail scene
14 Fashion Forward: Top picks from SS2014 16 Style Radar: What the stars are wearing 18 Get the Look: Glam up for nights out 20 Trend: Glitter and dazzle 22 10 Tips: Know your shoes
32 News: The latest products in the stores 34 Review: By the neck 36 Advice: Your questions answered 38 5 Tips: Get beautiful skin overnight
28 Pragati Sawhney: Healthy chocolate 30 Miraya Verma: On music and modelling 40 Bhanumati Narasimhan: Leading women globally
42 Wellbeing: Understanding meditation 46 Ask the doctor: The effects of ultrasound scans 60 Parenting: How media affects children 64 Column: To scan or not to scan 66 Home: All-white homes 68 Community: A strong roof
50 Travel: Romantic getaways 52 Recipes: Dinner for two 77 Horoscope: What this month holds for you 79 He says: Is it love? 80 She says: Save the world
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n the February 2014 issue of Woman This Month, there’s something for everyone. Firstly, it’s hard to ignore the SS14 collections that have been seeping into some stores. So for the fashion forward amongst you, Fernanda has highlighted some of the trends to watch out for. She has also three exciting looks put together for the glamorous woman. And if you thought you knew your shoes, think again! Our 10 Tips page should give you a better idea of the must-haves and how to wear them best. We then focus on finding inner peace for the second instalment of our health and wellness campaign. And we’ve got Bhanumati Narasimhan from The Art of Living to lead the way. Behnaz speaks to experts across the Kingdom for a better understanding of meditation and its benefits. Thirdly, we take into consideration those who cannot seem to decide what to do for Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a weekend getaway that you’re looking for or an intimate dinner at home, we’ve got it covered. Yes, there’s a gift guide too! In our new Ask the Doctor section, an expert from Royal Bahrain Hospital answers our queries about the need for ultrasound scans during pregnancy and its effects. Our home feature will have you painting everything white! In Beauty, we deal with a region that is often neglected — the neck!
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THE SKY IS HER LIMIT WHAT’S IN!
Write Here Write Now FASHION | get the look
by Fernanda Langhammer
Take your sportswear out of the wardrobe for a sleek and minimal look. Get sporty chic this season with our best picks of the trend. 1. Top: Stradivarius; 2. Suit jacket: massimo dutti; 3. handbag: Kenzo; 4. Trousers: Oysho; 5. Bracelet: Parfois; 6. ankle boots: aldo
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cotton pair of trousers is the key to this look. When paired with high heels, a quirky top and a suit jacket, it takes you from chilling on your sofa to being ready to party! Pick modern slim fit cuts, a little bit loose at the leg, and painted preferably in shades of grey. This way, you get the perfect twist between a chilled out look and fashionable flair. add fun and eyecatching accessories to finish off with style. an oversized handbag ought to be the final touch. If you’re a fan of fun accessories, check out the unusual pieces like this Kenzo creation.
Make it stop I loved the first look Fernanda put together in the GTL pages. As an active person, it’s only expected that I am happy this sporty chic style is in! I can finally use my t-shirts while putting together an outfit. It’s hard to pull off something casual as something sophisticated. So it would be really helpful if you would offer some more tips on the how to do so in the next issue. I find it annoying when women walk around in matching velvet tracksuits and call it sporty! I can’t wait for the day when brands stop manufacturing them! Mitasha Read! Read! Read! I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm. It disappoints me that kids of today are screenobsessed. They’re either watching TV or staring at a computer or swiping away on a smartphone. If a child doesn’t catch her mom or dad nose deep in a book once in a while, he or she is not even going to try. I started reading when I got to college and I regret not having started sooner. Schools should take the initiative to get their students into the habit of reading. I just wrote to thank you for your feature on the need to read. I only found out about it because my friend dragged me along to pick some books for her daughter after she read the article. I’m glad she sees the importance of reading now. As they say, it’s never too late! Irene
1. Bomber jacket: mango; 2. necklace: accessorize; 3. Printed t-shirt: Pull & Bear; 4. gloves: marc by marc Jacobs, 5. Jeans: Salsa, 6. Shoes: Shoe mart
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ake a quick look back at the outfits you wore in the past he sweater dress can be worn with a pair of skinny year. I bet you spent at least 70 percent of the time in SIMI KAMBOJ jeans or in its most youthful form — by itself.by The jeans and a t-shirt — girls’ favourite uniform! The duo has piece is versatile and a great choice for those lazy days The sea was the last bastion lived through a long love story. But, as in all successful when you want to be stylish without much effort. conquered by women inrelationships, the armed it is important to spice things up from time to Whether you opt for bare or covered legs, a pair of On your next shopping trip, pick a different colour for forces worldwide. Royaltime. Navy’s 0-2 years boots complements the outfit. Colourful accessories jeans. a light wash can add interest to your wardrobe. as Commanderyour Eleanor offer an unpretentious look. The trick is to avoid Lieutenant fine or for the Stack gives us a peek into life t-shirt, inside forget the loose ones from the ‘90s; opt for elaborate heels and sandals. It will hardly speak with straight or tighter cuts. a biker jacket, trainers and striking the whole concept. a frontline warship. accessories will help you go with the flow.
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Inspired to change The women featured in Woman This Month are always so inspiring. I have never considered a career in the Navy. The truth is I made this decision without even doing any research on how hard it is going to be. After reading your story on Eleanor Stack, I was forced to wonder why I did not consider something daring or even dare to pursue what my true ambition was — to fly! I’ve always given myself reasons for not following up with things or taking risks. I have been so busy convincing myself that I can’t do things that I turned 34 without amounting to much, at least not even as much as I am capable of. As I went on to read Raha’s story, I was sure that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. I hate to admit that my negativity is the only reason that I am stuck in a job that I don’t enjoy and continue to go to. And I am the only one at fault for being unhappy with myself. I want to believe that I will bring change into my life. But old habits die hard. Thankfully, I have a great support system. I’ve started making a list of what I need to finish by the end of 2014 and what I should have accomplished five years from now. I need to tell myself every day that age has nothing to do with accomplishments. I want to thank you for opening my eyes. I hope to write to you when I have scratched off everything I’ve planned for 2014. Wish me luck! Laila
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FITNESS AND WELLBEING
1. glasses: Versace; 2. Sweater-dress: Lacoste; 3. Key ring: hobbs; 4. iPhone cover: Call It Spring; 5. Winter boots: Vincci; 6. handbag: Victoria Beckham
hirty-five-year old Lieutenant Commander Eleanor Stack runs a tight ship. Standing tall at 6’2”, this lady from Glasgow is in charge of the minehunter HMS Quorn, commanding a crew of 45 men, which includes clearance divers who identify and diffuse mines under Building a library the sea. for your children is perhaps Eleanor, or Elliedo as she’s known to the best thing you could for them. Here are joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare some titles colleagues, we recommend to get you started. Officer in 2000. In course of her 13-year career, she served on warships around the world in various roles until3-5 she years was elevated to the rank of Commanding Officer earlier this year. Ellie tells us about life at sea, its challenges and the rewards.
Woman This Month (WTM): What made you embark on this career path? Eleanor Stack (ES): Around the age of 14, I’d gone on a school trip to the Glasgow shipyard. My hometown has a great tradition of ship building and what I saw on my visit seemed quite challenging. Besides, I’d always had a close affinity to the sea. I spent my childhood 6-8 years swimming off the Scottish Islands, sailing with my father and fishing with my family. WTM: How did your family react with your decision? ES: With surprise. I’m the youngest in a family of academics and up until the night before my
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SHOPPING | editor's choice
WEARABLE ART Get inspired by artistsâ€™ masterpieces the next time you invent a creative wardrobe. Fashioning pieces like bracelet sculptures and shoe paintings, designers have shaped attention-grabbing accessories so you can put together an exceptional look.
1. Scarf: Timeless by Annada; 2. Bracelet: Paule Ka; 3. Sandals: CH Carolina Herrera; 4. Boots: Kenzo; 5. Ring: Carrera y Carrera; 6. Skirt: Mamas & Papas
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shopping | pick of the month
Junior Fashionistas Bahrain can now dive into the Moschino universe in a miniature version. The Fall/Winter 2014-15 collection rediscovers the brand’s symbols, writings, icons and colours.
heck out the Moschino Baby Kid Teen world, where contrasts and symbols take on a different, ironic and original look. The brand’s distinctive elements join part of the collection dedicated to children ages four to 14. In addition to the shades that have
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always coloured the brand’s DNA — red, white and black — the classic graphic elements are revisited. Dresses created for the most important occasions are featured in Moschino Kid and Teen for girls — garments covered in sequins, rhinestones and bows; tailored
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FASHION | fashion forward
Ready for Summer The calendar might say it's winter time, but the fashion industry has already tuned into summer. Here are our top six picks that are the wardrobe must-haves of the next season.
House of Fraser and many others are adding this iconic workwear to its spring and summer collections. The overall represents a young crowd with a free spirit. Fashion lovers may take offense for the return of this style. However, now that the option is here, turn it into something glam is a risk that all stylish girls would love to take.
The tribal vibe, popular in spring and summer collections, is very specific in the next season. It is represented by Aztec patterns. The clutch by M&Co, a combination of beads and threads in the colourful style, can be the cheerful element in a monochrome look.
A new silhouette will be explored with the waist being dropped a little, reviving a vintage concept. Mini tight dresses and long flowing options take the waistline to the hips. This cut not only elongates your top half, but also hides any undesirable lumps in the area. This colour blocking piece from Tommy Hilfiger gives a sporty vibe.
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Pool slides are next seasonâ€™s favourite footwear. Chloe introduced the style in its new collection; it seems the trend has spread to other brands. The slippers replace traditional flip-flops and add oomph to your laid-back style. The comfy shoes work equally well with a flowing dress and relaxed shorts.
Designers have decided that it is time to use words to express their creations. Kenzo found his inspiration in the ocean, featuring prints and words that reflect sea life. Take the catwalk to the streets and voice your style.
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Three fashion styles reigned this month: stripes, lace and laser cut! Which celebrity best dressed the contemporary trends?
For the LA premiere of American Hustle, Amy picked a David Koma black and white striped pencil dress. The designer transforms the simple mini-dress into a modern red carpet outfit with the sheer hem which adds length to the frock.
Wearing a Louis Vuitton outfit, this actor attended the brandâ€™s events hed during the 2013 Art Basel in Miami. The girly look became simpler when paired with neutral flat sandals that highlights her natural beauty. The geometrical orange clutch that complements the stripes on the ruffled skirt adds the final touch to her look.
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The model impressed onlookers wearing an all-white lace ensemble from Michael Kors at the designer’s store opening in Milan. While the top and trousers might be a safe choice, the boldness lies in the fabric. Sometimes, a dress can be replaced by a casual and traditional concept, provided the material stands out.
While in New York for the launch event of Stella Artois Crystal Chalice, Ahna opted for Tory Burch head to toe. The golden dress contrasts with the material under the laser cut for an oomph effect. The accessories represent the designer’s Victorian inspiration resulting in a ‘modern vintage’ look.
For the premiere of the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in LA, the actor chose a laser cut leather and silk gown from Catherine Deane and teamed it with Brian Atwood shoes. The princess look finds its modernity in the blend of two starkly different types of fabrics. February 2014
FASHION | get the look
1. Earrings: Parfois; 2. Watch: Chopard; 3. Jumpsuit: New Look; 4. Coat: Hobbs; 5. Shoulder bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors; 6. Pumps: Aldo
by Fernanda Langhammer
You can always trust in black when putting together an outfit for a night out. The challenge is to pull off the dark look creatively. Weâ€™ve selected some pieces from the AW 2013 and SS 2014 collections for the elegant and charming woman.
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void obvious choices by picking something less common yet equally dashing â€” like the jumpsuit. The one-piece outfit, which has found its way back into the fashion scene, suits most body types. Opt for ones that boast different shades on the top and bottom, or for those with a pattern on either half. These are more fun and give the impression of a two-piece ensemble. Singlecoloured jumpsuits work as a long dress, which is ideal if you want to stretch your figure.
1. Top: Debenhams; 2. Earrings: Next; 3. Skirt: Mango; 4. Bracelet: Massimo Dutti; 5. Clutch: Bershka; 6. Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
1. Collar: Clements Ribeiro; 2. Dress: H&M; 3. Earrings: Emporio Armani at A La Mode; 4. Belt: Marks & Spencer; 5. Wedges: Stradivarius; 6. Clutch: Saint Laurent
black skirt gets the perfect evening twist with bits of glitter. While knee-length works for all ages, a mini-skirt is better for younger legs. Make sure your choice of top is minimal with not more than one or two shades; avoid coloured patterns. To show off your trendy side, add pastel pink to your accessories. This look represents the modern woman. Paired with black boots and a biker jacket, the same shiny skirt gives you a rock and roll vibe. www.womanthismonth.com
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his reliable piece is a perennial item in every womanâ€™s wardrobe. The difference is in the cut. The mid-calf option with zero details is like a white canvas that gives you infinite possibilities, where the accessories define the style. For a contemporary look, add a striking collar. A belt along the waist creates an hourglass silhouette. Black wedges and pink clutch finalise this classic concept. February 2014
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1. Bracelet: Accessorize; 2. Necklace: Paul Smith; 3. Dress: Chloe at Saks Fifth Avenue; 4. Clutch: Debenhams; 5. Ring: Just Cavalli at A La Mode; 6. Necklace: Bershka; 7. Shoes: Lanvin; 8. Skirt: Mango
All that glitters may not be gold, but it certainly is pure glam! Sparkle up on a night out or use the trend as a focal point for a casual day look.
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FASHION | 10 tips
Vintage Vibe Ankle-strap shoes are a classic choice to pair with pencil skirts and straight-cut dresses. The retro-glam look can be achieved with a contemporary twist when teamed with ankle-cropped trousers. Always pick short lengths when wearing them!
Focused Shoes can make a big impact on your outfit. Make the best of each style with WTM’s amazing tips!
ometimes you go for comfortable options, sometimes it is all about glam. No matter the climate, mood or occasion, they are always there. Find out the designs you love and the ones that will never get into your wardrobe; however, remember that never can be a very strong word in the fashion world.
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Comfy Heels Wedges have been around for a few seasons, proving that they came to stay. These are best for those who find high heels uncomfortable. Wedges offer balance without compromising on sexiness. What’s better; they are all-season shoes!
Ground Level Flats are the perfect match for casual clothes. Pick funky ones and wear them with skirts, shorts and skinny jeans; show off your ankles. Loose pantaloons are not the best choice for this style.
Geek Chic Oxfords add a masculine touch to the feminine wardrobe and are a must-have item in the fashionista’s closet. They are best worn with skirts and dresses along with tights or knee-high socks. If you prefer to pair them with jeans, roll them up at the ankle and finalise the outfit with a basic white t-shirt.
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9. On Heights Platforms are magical tools that make you taller — a lot taller than you would be on normal high heels. The raised front part of the shoes adds extra height without making it uncomfortable for the feet. These shoes might topple the reign of stilettos.
10. Fresh and Free Sandals are to summer what boots are to winter. Some girls can pull off the ‘socks plus straps’ style, although they are very rare. The best choice is to keep them aside for warmer days. Girly dresses and flowing trousers are great companions for this concept. Avoid wearing them with coats or jumpers.
Best Warmers Boots are a great choice for most of our wardrobe’s items, when it is not high summer! Unlike what most people think, they do go well with short skirts and lightweight floral dresses. Consider getting them in black and brown to maximise your options.
Killer Mode Stilettos are usually meant for high-end events spent in evening gowns. For the regular woman, these beauties come out of the box perhaps twice a year and are worn for a short period of time. Braver girls wear them to work and still love them at the end of the day. Which team are you on?
Slight Elevation Kitten heels are mostly meant for tall women who want to add to their charm without calling too much attention. This ultrafeminine style works great with office wear. Thanks to its subtle design, you can try different colours and patterns to spice up the look.
Simply Stylish Espadrilles sum up the relaxed, chilled-out style. Comfortable and chic, they are the best pick for a French Riviera vibe. Don your nautical shorts or flowing dress and enjoy the sun. A Panama hat complements the laid-back flair.
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Desirable Bling Accessories are indispensable items when youâ€™d like to create stunning looks. These eye-catching pieces from a creative designer can rule a style.
ichael Kors is one of the most popular names in fashion today. His new jewellery collection, which can be found at A La Mode, features pieces that can transform a look into something entirely stylish. With the knack to turn any outfit from casual to chic, these fashionable accessories will help you stand out in a crowd. The brand is famous for its watches. Its alluring design and luxurious materials can complement any look. His attention to detail makes Korsâ€™ timepieces a collector item. Each wristwatch shares features such as water resistance as well as stainless steel and leather straps. You can opt for analog or chronograph models. The fine accessories in this range coordinate perfectly with his clothing line and iconic handbags. The value and quality of the brand are reflected in every piece, making it a gem to treasure. Call 17 179-854 (Bahrain City Centre) or 17 581-588 (Seef Mall).
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he Italian fashion line Ferre Milano has it all. As a world premiere, the brand has launched its first range of Swiss-made watches. Fans of fashion and timepieces can now shop for an exquisite wristwatch at A La Mode. Inspired by the Italian lifestyle, these watches feature flawless design in 88 distinct styles. You can opt for stainless steel, rose gold or yellow gold casing. Genuine leather straps and steel and gold-plated bracelets add sophistication to your look. Each timepiece boasts iconic elements of the brand, such as the Ferre â€˜Fâ€™ logo, the crocodile pattern and the technical details that bring to mind the perfection the brand practises. This unique line reinforces the fact that elegance is a matter of choice! Call 17 179-854 (Bahrain City Centre) or 17 581-588 (Seef Mall).
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Philips LED TV Launch Mohammed Fakhroo & Bros held a launch event for the all-new Philips DesignLine 3D Smart Ultra Slim LED TV at the Elements Pool & Lounge, InterContinetal Regency Bahrain
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Crafting Worlds of Flavour by SIMI KAMBOJ
Most dentists will tell you to cut down on chocolates, but Pragati Sawhney is of a different tribe.
entist-turned-entrepreneur Pragati Sawhney brews chocolate that’s healthy for your teeth. She was inspired to create a socially conscious business during a semester course in Social Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School while pursuing her Master’s degree. On her return from the US in 2011, she founded Chockriti, a boutique chocolate house in Delhi. Pragati explains the ethos behind her creations. Woman This Month: Did you have formal training as a chocolatier? Pragati Sawhney (PS): I learnt through chocolate tasting tours during travel in Germany, New York and California and did hands workshops at the International Culinary Institute, NY and at Barry Callebaut (glass desserts). WTM: From a nutritional aspect, chocolate is perceived as sinful and the first thing to avoid if you want to lose weight. What’s your take on this? PS: Natural dark chocolate with over 60 percent cocoa is low in sugar and contains
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more age-defying antioxidants than goji, acai and other berries. Dark chocolate has the second highest concentration of anti-oxidant rich resveratrol, next to red wine. Flavonoids in dark chocolate regulate blood pressure. Epicatechin is found to reduce heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Pure dark chocolate was found to delay formation of plaque on the teeth, so it actually helps in the prevention of cavities. I use high quality European couvertures with 56-71 percent cacao. Except for a teaspoon of cream for the fillings, no butter, sugar or corn syrup is added. However, ‘compound chocolate’ that’s made with cocoa powder, milk powder and sugar has no real nutritional benefit. So, please check labels before buying! WTM: Some of your flavours such as Shiitake Nori and Wasabi seem quirky. How do your clients respond to these? PS: My clients are people who enjoy world cuisine. In India, people who’re well travelled or foodies use ingredients like wasabi and Kaffir lime at home. Unconventional flavours are getting a good response. Recently, at an
event at Westin Hotel, a lady bought a whole box of the Zaatar Spice Truffles. WTM: What’s the social angle to your venture? PS: I wanted to help less privileged women so they could feel empowered to face their challenges. I found a local NGO which was looking to place its vocational training graduates. I took some women on board and trained them with fair wages. They’ve been working with me for almost a year. WTM: Tell us about your Bahrain connection. To what extent do you cater to the Arab palate? PS: I grew up in Bahrain and later worked there as dental faculty at College of Health Sciences. Arabic herbs and spices inspired me to create flavours such as Orange Blossom, Kahwa, Moroccan Mint, Date Rose and Hibiscus. I’ve tied up with a courier service for delivery in the Middle East within 72 hours. Given the local weather, we pack chocolates in ice gels so they stay cool during the transit. Visit www.chockriti.com. www.womanthismonth.com
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people | interview
Diva in the Making After a self-imposed exile of six years, Bahrain-based singer and actress Miraya Varma is back with her goals set in show business.
ahrain’s R&B singer and actress Miraya Varma is far from new in the entertainment business. Miraya began modelling when she was 14 and remained in the spotlight until she moved to the UK as a 19-year-old student. Last year, she marked her comeback with the Bahraini production Dead Sands, where her character ‘Samara’ was praised by critics. Miraya also released her first R&B single last year and bagged the JJ’s Karaoke Idol competition in December. She’ll soon get busy again with a sequel to Dead Sands. With offers from the South Indian film industry in hand, Miraya maintains that music is her first love. Woman This Month (WTM): Tell us about the latest on the work front. Miraya Verma (MV): I’m excited about some overseas developments, but I can't give details at this point. I’m working with a British producer and an international
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celebrity for a music video that’ll be shot in Bahrain this year. I also have an IndianArabic music video set to release this year. WTM: What’s been your greatest challenge? MV: Staying away from something that I love most — the stage. My parents wanted me to get professional degrees. I was away for five years, studying in the UK where I nearly gave up on myself. I had gained weight and didn’t care for my appearance or voice. Last year, when I decided to make a comeback, I shed 21 kilos in six months. I’ve done over a 100 photoshoots for fashion and make-up since then. WTM: Who has been your greatest personal inspiration? MV: My mother is an accomplished singer and danseuse. She’s immensely talented and I’ve admired her since early childhood. It was she who got me out of my non-caring phase. She told me: ‘Your talent is what God gave
you, but what you do with it is your gift to God.’ That really stayed with me. WTM: If there’s something you could change about Bahrain’s entertainment scene, what would it be? MV: Entertainers in Bahrain need a lot of support to make their mark internationally. This involves financial backing as well as media exposure. For instance, the music video I was doing required a lot of support and it's been a struggle for me to get that. It would be nice if someone took interest, appreciated and encouraged young talent, so that we can show the world what we're made of. WTM: What's your greatest ambition? MV: I love singing and want to make my mark in music. The only reason I got into the world of modelling and movies is because I want to be noticed as a singer. Music really defines me. I want to be singing even when I’m 70! www.womanthismonth.com
Yazi Store Event Yazi, a multibrand store in Seef Mall hosted an exclusive shopping event for customers to shop early for the festive season
Reem, Zain & Rahma Deena, Fatima, Hala, Eman & Fatima
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Beauty | news Bulgari Omnia Crystalline. This new fragrance brings a velvety and textured aroma with a balanced fusion of elements. The central scents are Italian mandarin and lotus flower. Available at all leading retailers.
Lancaster Suractif Fill & Perfect. Fighting against signs of ageing, the range smoothes and corrects wrinkles with a complex that slows down the appearance of new lines. The collection also adds radiance to your complexion. Available at all leading retailers.
Bassam Fattouh BB Cream. The multi-purpose beauty and blemish cream is the newest product from this Lebanese brand. The moisturiser works as a make-up base, offers deep hydration and protects the skin from UV rays. Available at leading retailers.
From make-up to fragrances, WTMâ€™s monthly selection brings new products worth adding to your beauty cabinet. Enjoy the latest hues and scents!
Beauty Editor's Pick
Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick. This light-weight lip colour glides along your pout allowing easy application. The hydratender complex softens and conditions the lips. Available at all leading retailers.
Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con Plush Shadow. The portable trio pack of eye shadows features advanced pigments that promote intense colour and long-wear results. Create iconic looks with the shimmering metallics, buttery mattes and lustrous sheens. Available at Sephora.
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Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener. For strong and healthy nails, this brand has developed a formula using a natural protein complex and anti-oxidants. In a single coat, the nail becomes sealed and the delicate layers bond together, avoiding peeling. This product also protects nails from bending and breaking. Available at leading retailers.
Clinique All About Shadow Primer for Eyes. Prep your lids with this primer which reduces creasing of your eye shadow and extends its wearability to up to 12 hours. The product can also be worn on its own for a natural result. Available at leading retailers
Roberto Cavalli Tiger Oud. Combining oud and rose, this perfume gives out an exotic scent. Belonging to the amber family, the oriental touch relies on floral and woody notes. Available at all leading retailers.
Rich in fruit extracts and seaweed that boosts the skin’s vital functions. LANGÉ’s unique formula gives brighter, smoother skin, reduced wrinkles, and makes pores less visible. Have you felt the LANGÉ effect yet ?
Gulf Pharmacy, Tubli, Tel: 17877107, Ibn Sina Pharmacy, Arad, Tel: 17677207, Zam Zam Pharmacy, Dana Mall,Tel: 17382454, Saar Pharmacy, Saar, Tel: 17794686, Arad Pharmacy, Arad, Tel: 17678124, Al Musawa Pharmacy, Muharaque, Tel: 17335666, Seha Pharmacy, Riffa, Tel: 17491241, Busaiteen Pharmacy, Busaiteen, Tel: 17104551, Diyar Pharmacy, Saar Mall, Tel: 17241710 www.womanthismonth.com
BEAUTY | review
Goodbye Turtlenecks! by Fernanda Langhammer
In the quest to achieve perfect skin, most women spend their precious time pampering their face and body; often neglecting an important area — the neck!
hat women don’t know and tend to forget is that the skin on your neck is really thin and more susceptible to damage. This means that it will wrinkle easily and give away your age, just like your hands do. Weak muscles magnify the flaws of loose skin. Although they may seem odd, practise neck exercises for a good-looking nape. Considering how much you stretch your skin when you move your neck and how exposed it is to pollution and harmful sunrays, you should certainly be paying more attention to it. Do you cleanse your neck as much as often as your face? Do you protect your neck with sunscreen? Here’s how you can begin to embrace V-necks! Special attention For a younger-looking neck, include it in your cleansing and moisturising routine, at least twice a day. During cold and dry weather, apply a smoother product to protect the skin. If your facial cream is meant for oily skin and you prefer a light-weight lotion, get a separate formula for your neck. This area has fewer oil glands and needs more hydration than your face. Anti-ageing products are recommended to avoid lines. Pick a product that delivers moisture; use it daily. Regular skin exfoliation is another way to fight undesirable lines. It also helps the development of new collagen, resulting in a healthier-looking skin. Homogeneous skin Too much exposure to UV rays stimulates pigment-producing cells, causing sun spots. Unfortunately this happens on the delicate neck area as well. To brighten it, use bleaching creams that contain acids or liquorice extracts as they lighten dark blotches. Results may take some time to appear. You need to be careful when you apply these products. The neck is drier and more sensitive; and thus can get irritated easily. The best way to achieve your goal is to consult a dermatologist. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunblock daily and not only when you go sun bathing helps in preventing skin damage. Don’t forget to include the exposed area of the chest as well. The time is now Laser, liposuction and surgery are a last resort if you’ve not found results after trying various creams and non-invasive aesthetic procedures. The best way to fight the ageing process is to prevent it. Thinking about the future of your skin helps you give it a little bit of attention now — when it really matters. The cosmetic industry has developed many products and home treatments that allow you to achieve healthy skin easily. This kind of care goes beyond vanity; you will thank your younger self later.
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On the shelves:
Dermatologica Daily Microfoliant Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes
Tried and Tested Until recently, I was confident that I didn’t need a specific product for my neck. I used to rely on my regular facial cream; that is when I would remember to apply it on my neck as well. Did I really need another product in my beauty cabinet? Was it worth carrying around the extra weight on my frequent travels? As a beauty product hunter, I had to find out! So I chose to try out Clarins’ Extra-Firming Neck Lotion. The fact that I had a product to apply exclusively on the neck itself reminded me about this area that needs just as much care as the rest of my body. The daily cleansing and moisturising routine of my neck was kept in check thanks to this new lotion. Another feature that made a big difference was the texture. This product does not leave the inevitable sticky feeling that regular facial creams do. It was due to this uncomfortable factor that I used to only apply the cream that was left over on my fingertips on my neck. The soft texture and quick absorption of the lotion are great features. After applying it for three weeks, my skin definitely looked better and was radiant. It has a velvety touch and it looks like the skin has slightly lifted. I’m very pleased with the results and yes, I’ve gladly added this new product to my beauty routine! What: Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Lotion How often: Twice a day Aim: To restore and even the skin on the neck Favourite feature: The texture! The quick absorption leaves the skin soft and smooth.
BEAUTY | advice
Your Questions Answered
Q: How can you use make-up to emphasise or reduce
face features? A: Make-up can help you with light illusion. The first rule is that dark shades recede, while light pigments highlight. Use a matte bronzer two tones darker when looking to diminish; choose a luminous highlighter for the opposite effect. For a thinner nose, apply the bronzer on the sides. Stop when you reach the nostrils and blend the luminous powder along the bridge of your nose. You can downplay the width of your face by applying highlighter in the centre of it. Start between the brows and follow down the bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow above your lips and centre of the chin. You’ll love the effect!
Q: How can I avoid the
clumps in my lashes? A: Even the most amazing brands and after all the technology invested in the beauty industry, the key to better results rely upon the application. There are many different wands on the market; pick one that you feel most comfortable with. As a final touch, use a clean wand to comb the lashes before they dry. The brushing doesn’t take the product out; instead it simply removes annoying clumps. You also get rid of excess mascara, giving you full, outstanding lashes.
Q: Is there a trick to braiding hair better?
A: There are several video tutorials that unveil the tricks of specific hairstyles. However some general tips may be useful. The easier way to braid your hair is when it is damp or wet. Add a little bit of spray to rebellious hair while wet to hold them in the right place. Pick easier techniques if you are a beginner. It is simpler to do ones that are on one side, like a fishtail, rather than doing a French braid straight down the neck. Don’t forget; the tighter the braid, the longer it will last. Our fashion and beauty editor will answer all your queries every month. Write to her at email@example.com for more tips and tricks.
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collections are arriving in stores. What are the winter pieces that are still worth the buy? A: If you think racks of winter collections at good prices may cross your path, make a list of items that will remain in trend in the next season. Forget thick coats; embrace thin jackets. Consider denim, biker and bomber options, especially in prints and solid colours. Mid-skirts and mid-dresses are also a good choice. They will continue to be in style; pick the ones in lighter fabrics. And last, but not least, add a jumpsuit to your wardrobe. Wear it with highheeled sandals in summer.
Q: Spring and summer
showcase GULF PHARMACY
Created from concentrated, highly active botanical and marine ingredients, these anti-ageing beauty products combine natural extracts and biotechnological innovations.
angé, a Parisian brand of nature-based, luxury skincare products, offers an advanced anti-ageing treatment programme for all skin types. Following the principle of ‘prevention, protection and stimulation’, this range offers three times the benefits of ordinary creams and serums. The Langé Anti-Ageing mini-cure line consists of four specific and fundamental skin care formulas. It is designed for dry skin, mature skin and premature wrinkles. The range has been specially formulated to deliver intensive moisturising and anti-oxidising benefits. The products contains a technologically-advanced, anti-ageing and protective ingredient called padina pavonica. This is a brown algae extract, which stimulates the internal moisturising mechanisms of the skin and improves elasticity. SOS Skin Night: A duo for strength Prevention Serum: is a powerful anti-ageing treatment and an integral part in maintaining the youthful appearance of the skin. Nourishing Night Cream: A highly effective formula, the nourishing and moisturising night cream revitalises dull, tired and over-stressed skin. It restores essential nutritive elements and maintains your skin’s softness, firmness and suppleness. SOS Skin Day: A duo for radiance Eye Contour Cream: is the perfect treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Specially formulated to protect the most delicate facial tissue, it corrects existing imperfections, leaving skin noticeably youthful and radiant. NutriProtection Day Cream: guards your skin against environmental damage and extreme conditions. It protects skin from harsh climates, pollution, air condition and dust particles. Available at all Gulf Pharmacy outlets. Call 17 877-107. www.womanthismonth.com
BEAUTY | 5 tips Estee Lauder
Pleasant Complexion Dark spots and blemishes can be diminished while you sleep. Some brands offer night creams that help brighten the skin, even your complexion and reduce discolouration. Most skin problems can be solved by applying trusted creams using your fingertips.
Walking on Clouds
Your feet are always holding you up during the day, taking you from one place to another and carrying all your weight. So treat them while they rest at bedtime. Find your favourite lotion, preferably ones that can heal cracks. Apply it gently avoiding the space between the toes. For better results, put on some socks and enjoy velvety soft skin after this night spa regime.
Your hair is exposed to harmful elements, such as sun rays and pollution. Several cosmetic brands have extended their range with haircare products. Repair oils applied to the ends of your hair overnight will certainly deliver better results than when used during the day.
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Night Repair The best time to treat your skin is while you’re asleep. Here are the tricks to waking up beautiful.
Anti-ageing products are gaining popularity and come in ‘day’ and ‘night’ sets. Technology has created specific formulas meant to be applied at night. Made with elements that can’t be exposed to sun rays, these are stronger and deliver the best results. The perfect brand is one that makes your skin feel moisturised comfortable.
Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy complexion. All women look forward to beauty sleep, but dreamland doesn’t always come so easily. Certain oils and teas can help you fall asleep and recover from a tiring day. Give it a shot. www.womanthismonth.com
JOZ SALON & SPA
For the Big Day For those of you tying the knot in the recent future, this salon offers tips on how to look your best on your wedding day.
ou might think you have it all figured out until it’s a few days before the wedding and you’ve got acne that won’t heal, bangs that didn’t grow out and your partner has opted for spikes as a hairstyle! The experts at Joz Salon & Spa have put together a checklist that should make your life much easier on the big day. After all, half the job is done when you look flawless. The beauty checklist • The first step is to make a list of the assets you want to flaunt. This gives you a clear picture of what you need to work on to preserve or enhance. Never assume that your best qualities will remain intact. Stress can cause your skin to break out and hair to fall. • Start from the top. Is your hair too frizzy? Does it need to grow to a certain length for your wedding? Do you want to try short fringes, but dread the result? An assessment of your locks will give you the time to choose a hairstyle and work towards it. If you have www.womanthismonth.com
dry hair, it needs to be treated as soon as possible. Give yourself time to experiment and improvise. • The next step is to take a good look at your skin. Do you suffer from acne? Do you have enlarged pores? Stress relief is significant during the planning stage. So if you think you’ve a lot on your hands. Stop and relax. Take a break to pamper yourself. If you’ve opted for major procedures like microdermabrasion, don’t wait for the last week. You do not want peeling and redness to show in those pictures! • Take a look at the condition of your skin on other parts of your body. Do you have back acne? Is the skin on your neck and cleavage scaly? Looking after such conditions in advance will ensure picture perfect skin at your wedding. • Do not forget to remove unwanted hair. Whether your treatment of choice is waxing, threading or laser, it is important to make an appointment in advance. Do not do it so
close to the wedding that you have rashes and redness or too far that the regrowth of hair has begun. A look at the groom The key to great pictures is looking good as a pair. So the hubby-to-be needs to do his homework. Joz Salon & Spa asks your partner to have a trial shave before the real deal. It is advised that the groom keeps it classic when it comes to his hairstyle. Steer clear of spikes and an overload of gel. Brides-to-be can treat their partner to a day of grooming with the special package offered at The Gentlemen’s Lounge by Top Cut at The Lagoon. This is a perfect way to show him that you care. Check out the pre-bridal packages at Joz Salon & Spa for beauty solutions that will turn you into a stunning bride. Call 17 369-133 (Juffair), 16 031-120 (Amwaj), 17 756-449 (Awali) and 16 031-126 (Top Cut at The Lagoon). February 2014
people | interview
Enriching Lives by SIMI KAMBOJ
The force behind this month’s International Women’s Conference in Bangalore, Bhanumathi Narasimhan builds bridges for women across cultures and traditions.
o the world outside, she is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s sister who sings devotional bhajans and conducts meditation classes for thousands. Insiders know her as ‘Bhanu didi’, the momentum behind the Art of Living’s (AOL) women and child welfare programmes. One of her pet projects as a social entrepreneur is the biennial International Women’s Conference that brings together inspirational women achievers and leaders across the world. On the eve of the conference, Bhanu didi tells us how the AOL programmes have enriched the happiness quotient in participants and enlivened human values. Woman This Month (WTM): What are the main principles involved in the Art of Living (AOL) practice? Bhanumathi Narasimhan (BN): We aim to bring a positive social transformation through individual blossoming. AOL has powerful tools like sudarshan kriya, a breathing technique that calms the mind and brings about health in every sphere — mind, body and outlook. Meditation is food for the soul. It brings creativity, intuition and clear communication skills. Pranayama (breathing exercises) help to maintain physical heath. All levels of our existence — body, breath, mind and spirit — are taken care of. It’s a holistic approach to healthy and happy living.
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WTM: What’s the objective behind the International Women’s Conference 2014? BN: The objective is to create a platform for women to come together and share common interests, achievements and success stories; to find solutions through dialogue and take home ideas from great thinkers. It’s also a bridge between the rural and educated women, how we can learn from each other and how we can appreciate life. It’s not necessary for learning to happen through educated women. A simple woman can teach you about value systems that are eroding today. It’s wonderful to have women from 100 countries under one roof exposed to different cultures. It leaves one with a sense of connectedness and contentment. That’s what our ancient seers spoke of — the one world family. Women from diverse backgrounds have the same aspirations, ambitions and concerns. One gets different perspectives to a challenge as solutions come from so many angles. It is an educative experience. WTM: Women are increasingly stressed as they juggle careers alongside duties towards their families. What’s your advice for career women? BN: We have to get our act together. As intelligent women, we need to manage our mind. A career woman is always looking outside to control situations and to achieve, but she seldom looks at managing her own mind, which is responsible for controlling situations outside. That’s why she needs to be more harmonious in coming to terms with herself. My experience has been that spirituality is the only answer to this. A few moments of quietude and mindfulness, focusing on one’s breath and some exercises will help career womento be stress-free. If you want to build higher, you have to dig deep. The deeper and stronger the foundation, the higher the building. Like an arrow that has to be pulled back before shooting, a few moments of focusing within can help you be successful in your career outside. At the end www.womanthismonth.com
of the day, however successful we are, success should be measured by the number of smiles and happiness quotient. WTM: There’s a lot of wisdom in books and many scriptures provide the secret to liberation. Is it necessary then to have a living guru? BN: You’re right. Libraries can provide us with information, but only a living master who walks the talk can put us on the path of experiential and practical wisdom. I’ve read many books, gathered much information and appreciated all of it, but it was only when I found my master that I was able to put scriptures into practice. When you have a living master, it enhances your belief and deepens your understanding. WTM: Have you considered making AOL techniques accessible to everyone through either lowering course fees or making enrolment free? BN: Most certainly. In fact, we have more free courses than paid courses. All the paid courses help provide free courses for the rural communities, prisoners and slums. Many of our service projects are supported by the contributions received from the AOL programmes. WTM: What does the term ‘women’s empowerment’ mean to you? BN: Women’s empowerment doesn’t necessarily mean only economic independence. It’s about having a mind that’s courageous, contented and comfortable. An
Bhanu didi with brother and Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Bhanu didi with girls from the AOL schools
empowered woman communicates effectively and has the zeal to work not only for herself, but for the progress of the community and society. Empowerment extends from oneself to others. The feeling of empowerment comes from the very fact that you feel useful to yourself and to others. WTM: Tell us about your project for educating the girl child in rural India. BN: This project was started by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and spearheaded by my father. I’ve continued this and we have 383 AOL free schools to be proud of, enrolling over 35,000 children. Everything is taken care of including transportation, school uniforms, supplies and books. Around 51 percent of the students are girls. Although everyone has the right to get educated, we’ve laid more emphasis on girls because they really need it in rural areas. We have free schools in 19 states of India, supported by well-wishers and volunteers. WTM: Can women really be the agents of change in today’s society? BN: Of course. I’d say that we have to take the power in our hands and move ahead for a harmonious and happy society. It’s our responsibility to move away from stress and violence and make a positive effort towards happiness, health and harmony. WTM: What’s the one sure sign of spiritual progress? BN: An undying smile, a kind heart and calm mind! g February 2014
LIFESTYLE | wellbeing
Say Hello to Your Real Self by BEHNAZ SANJANA
Yearning for a recharge? If you think shopping sprees and spa treatments will get you there, read on for the real deal.
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umerous gizmos keep us connected with our world and beyond. But it’s time we went beyond the superficial and got in touch with our core selves. Turn to meditation for an enriching experience of true happiness and stress relief that doesn’t leave you wanting for more. Understanding meditation Our expert: Ansuya Sunku, director, Bahrain Meditation Centre for Self Development Meditation is the deep relaxation of the mind. It is creating and feeling positive thoughts for yourself and others. It is not just a technique, but also a way of life. It prepares your mind to think in a certain way, which with practice comes naturally in one’s daily life. “The original way in which the spiritual being thinks is positive. Meditation takes you back to your normal state of positivism,” says Ansuya. The mind is the tool for experiencing peace, but until the mind is calm, peace is fleeting. With meditation the mind becomes so calm and serene that you are thinking only positive thoughts; there is no margin for negativity. The whole idea is that with consistent effort, the benefits of meditation are experienced throughout the day. Ansuya points out that consistency, practice and depth are essential in meditation to benefit from it. Meditation is not about thinking, but experiencing. It does not require any specific posture. Comfortable seating and stillness of the body allows the mind to just be, to settle. And then you can take your mind to any kind of positive experience you want [DASH] peace, joy or love. Having nothing to do with religion, meditation allows one to gain spiritual development and understand one’s religion more closely. It enables the good in each and every one of us to manifest. Well, isn’t the world in dire need of this? The how and why of meditation Our expert: Weam Zabar, founder, Namaste Bahrain Yoga master, Weam says that the mind is generally active, agitated and overused. A lot of mental energy is wasted on unnecessary thoughts. Meditation does not control, but diverts the mind from the past, anxiety or tension. It stills the mind to live in the present moment. “Meditation involves focusing on the breath, a www.womanthismonth.com
candle or a chant to redirect the mind from assorted thoughts to just focusing it on a spot. That alone is beneficial as you begin to understand the tendencies of your own mind, like fear, anxiety or perpetually planning for the future. It allows you to watch how your mind works and isolates your thoughts from yourself,” says Weam. So even while not meditating, you are able to recognise your thoughts clearly and then decide whether and how you want to react to them, instead of reacting on autopilot all the time. Meditation is a state of consciousness, which has a lot of healing benefits on the mental, physical and emotional self. “It helps you recognise your identity as a soul rather than as a body. It gets you closer to divinity, to your untainted soul,” she says. Everybody can meditate, although it may be
difficult at first to still a jumping mind. Let thoughts come to you and pass as you return to your point of concentration. As a result, one can filter one’s thoughts, which are conditioned with perception and background. “Once you recognise the rubbish you are carrying within, you can decide what to keep and what to drop,” says Weam. Meditation is best done at sunrise or sunset, but with time, you ultimately live your meditation. Your state is always that of focused relaxation, and contentment, like there’s nothing missing. You actually ‘live in the moment’. There are many methods to meditate, such as focusing on chants, a candle, a sound or the breath. Some even do walking meditation. The method is different for everyone, but the ultimate goal is the same. February 2014
LIFESTYLE | wellbeing
The best thing a parent can do is to sow the seeds of meditation in a child’s mind
Meditation for all walks of life Our expert: Jayashree Sharma, faculty, Art of Living “The whole world should meditate,” advises Jayashree, extolling the powers of this simple yet powerful practice. Meditation is food for the soul and a nourished soul can maintain harmonious relationships with the spouse, children, friends and superiors. She believes that the mind can be controlled through our breath. Breathing can still a wandering mind to go into the ‘wow’ state of meditation. If only we would pay more attention to our breathing, taking long, deep breaths instead of short, shallow ones. “Deep down, we are all brilliant diamonds. But we allow dust to settle on our inner diamond with years of accumulated stress, grudges and negativity,” she says. Meditation allows you to cleanse the soul and release these mental and emotional toxins through correct breathing. In a calm state of mind, one can see the situation as is, assess it and then take the right decision in any relationship. Parents can greatly benefit from meditation while tackling inevitable problems that arise with nurturing children and the strain of daily routine. Sincere meditation ensures boundless energy to deal with people, situations and never-ending tasks with a smile, making parenting a more joyful journey. Children can easily get into a meditative state due to their innocence and purity. It helps concentration and memory, and focuses their misdirected energies, teaching them to listen to their inner voice in this confusing world of right and wrong. They absorb wisdom and knowledge better. “The best thing a parent can do is to sow the seeds of meditation in a child’s mind,” Jayashree notes. Prison inmates, terrorists and drug addicts have taken up the path of love after experiencing the miracle of meditation. Prostitutes, labourers and the underprivileged have been made happier souls through meditation. With meditation the mind is more accepting and free to think higher thoughts, like our responsibilities, role in society and how we can make the world a better place. Happy vibes radiated from a peaceful mind, attracts and affects people around you in a positive way. Once the mind is in total control, nothing is impossible. g
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LIFESTYLE FASHION | ask the doctor
Understanding Ultrasound Scans
Q: When should an ultrasound be done during pregnancy? What is its purpose in each stage? A: There are few stages in pregnancy when an ultrasound should be done. These are: • Very early pregnancy (6-7 weeks): This is essential for documentation of viability and gestational age, but more importantly for the assessment of the continuity of pregnancy. • At 12 -14 weeks: This is called the genetic ultrasound. At this stage, the ‘nuchal thickness’ is measured, which can give us information on whether the baby is chromosomally normal or not. Other foetal parameters that are evaluated are the nasal bone, the ductus venosus and the maxillary length. This is one of the most important scans for a pregnant woman. • 20-22 weeks: By this time, the foetus is well developed and most of its organs, from head to toe, can be seen and examined for possible anomalies. • 28-36 weeks: This exam will evaluate the foetal growth. Q: Do ultrasound scans have side effects? Should I avoid unnecessary ultrasounds? A: Ultrasound scans have been shown to be free of foetal or maternal side effects. It has also shown that even when done routinely and for no medical reasons, it can detect many abnormalities, which if left undetected could result in catastrophic effects on the mother or the foetus.
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Dr Roland Moawad
Although many women are aware that an ultrasound is a routine part of pregnancy check-ups, very few know its frequency, results and significance. Dr Roland Moawad, consultant obstetrics and gynaecology and foetal medicine at Royal Bahrain Hospital sheds light on the matter.
After more than 60 years of use, the ultrasound has never been associated with any untoward effects for the mother or the foetus. Some authorities in various parts of the world are quite opposed to the unnecessary ultrasound as a majority of pregnant women expect to see their foetus on every prenatal visit. This practice, however, has never been reported to cause any harm. High risk pregnancies that may cause a significant risk to the foetus, or even the mother, may benefit tremendously by frequent ultrasound scans. Q: What is the importance of recent ultrasound techniques, such as vaginal ultrasound, 4D ultrasound and Doppler? A: Vaginal ultrasound is sometimes the nightmare of pregnant women. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that it is the only technique to make certain very through
this procedure. The most important aspect that pregnant women should understand is that vaginal ultrasound is extremely safe in pregnancy, and will, in no way, interfere in the foetal development. Since the development of 4D ultrasound, there is not a single pregnant woman who does not wish to see her baby in 4D or ‘a colour ultrasound’. There is no doubt that these pictures can be breathtaking. Parents should understand that results do not depend on the operator, but on the position of the foetus. Other techniques, such as Doppler, colour Doppler and biophysical profiles, are certainly essential in management and evaluation of high risk pregnancies. They should be performed if and when the occasion arises. Call 17 246-800. www.womanthismonth.com
showcase DIET MEALZ
Racing against the clock to complete a meal can soon become a thing of the past as this new service delivers professionally prepared nutritious meals to your doorstep.
ay goodbye to extra calories, unhealthy preservatives and saturated fats. Diet Mealz is your start to new healthy lifestyle. Diet Mealz, located in Adliya, is a unique concept that delivers nutritious meals, prepared under the supervision of qualified dieticians. The food is designed to maintain optimum energy levels, using fresh and healthy ingredients for your meals. This service is not just a diet plan, but it also takes care of your dietary needs with a daily supply of nourishing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, inclusive of snacks. After a careful assessment, a customised diet is prepared for each client. The process takes into account a number of factors, such as body water and the muscle to fat ratio. A diet that is low in sodium, sugar and fat is prepared based on these figures. Two months into its opening, the centre boasts a rapidly expanding customer base. Their most popular diet programmes are for weight management. The team is currently working on devising lactose- and gluten-free diets. They are also preparing diets for pregnant and lactating mothers and recuperating patients. Diet Mealz hopes to come up with their own line of detox juices and juice cleansers in the near future. Call 17 227-700.
showcase BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL
Treating Kidney Failure The BSH team at the course
There has been an increase in the prevalence of end stage renal disease globally. We speak to an expert in nephrology about haemodialysis and its relevance.
t is well documented that end stage renal disease patients are the highest in morbidity and mortality among the medical population. Haemodialysis is the most common method used to treat advanced and permanent kidney failure. Even with better procedures and equipment in recent days, it is still a complicated therapy that requires the coordinated effort of your whole healthcare team, including your nephrologist, dialysis nurse, dialysis technician and dietician. Dr Jafar Al-Said, nephrology and internal medicine consultant at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, gives us a better idea about haemodialysis. WTM: What is the role of haemodialysis in end stage renal disease? Dr Jafar: There are two kinds of dialysis. The first is haemodialysis, in which the blood is pumped out of the patient's body to an artificial kidney machine and returned to the patient's body by tubes that are connected to the machine. The second is peritoneal dialysis, in which the patient's abdominal lining acts as a natural filter. Wastes are taken out by means of a cleansing fluid called dialysate, which is washed out of the body. Haemodialysis is the most common modality of renal replacement therapy. In 2011 in
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United States alone, 101,683 end stage renal disease patients started haemodialysis while only 7,323 were put on peritoneal dialysis. The vascular access for about 80 percent of the patients was a haemodialysis catheter. Where only 16.8 percent had a functional fistula. WTM: What are the statistics for patients here in the Kingdom? Dr Jafar: Unfortunately representative statistic data from our region is lacking. We have published a statistical analysis on the population that had undergone haemodialysis in Bahrain Specialist Hospital for the past nine years. The vascular haemodialysis catheter was used in 60 percent of the cases. Of all the haemodialysis patients, 19 percent had fistula. WTM: What is the contribution of Bahrain Specialist Hospital to dialyses? Dr Jafar: From the start of our haemodialysis service over 10 years ago at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, we have spent great effort to reduce the medical morbidity and mortality for renal disease patients. The highly dedicated, qualified and updated medical team are aiming at delivering the highest quality of treatment and patient care. Our results from the infection control protocol are among the best all over the
world. The favourable outcome obtained in implementing strict infection control was published and presented in different international conferences and journals. Furthermore, as part of our responsibility toward the community and the patients with end stage renal disease, we started a biannual haemodialysis training course for physicians as well as nursing staff. WTM: Tell us more about the haemodialysis training course. Dr Jafar: The aim of this programme is to share the continuous medical education and provide the team serving haemodialysis patients in Bahrain with the most updated medical knowledge. We are distributing and sharing our experience with all the haemodialysis centres to improve the patient care. These training courses, due to their high educational and scientific value, were accredited by the American Association of Continuing Medical Education. The last training session that was held in December 2013 addressed vascular access for haemodialysis patients and its complications. The next course will be held in May 2014. Call 17 812-000. www.womanthismonth.com
LIFESTYLE | travel
Tickets for Two by ANKITA MAMGAIN
A pleasant surprise this year is that Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend. How about turning your romantic escapade into an intimate escape — just the two of you?
Kerala, India lose to four hours away lies what you must have read on Incredible India campaigns as ‘God’s own country’. As soon as you step out of the plane you’ll realise how true the title holds. Around an hour’s drive away from the airport is a crisscross of tranquil, palm-fringed, backwater canals at Allepey. Take a houseboat cruise here, which can last from 20 to 36 hours. After much research and several reviews by friends, I assure you, this is one of the most romantic experiences you’ll ever have. There isn’t a long list of activities. Enjoy some peaceful moments watching the ongoing life on the shore while you float away. These houseboats are well-equipped with all sort of modern amenities. You have your personal chef, who keeps dishing out the finest of his culinary repertoire. and a captain who’ll steer you towards some great sights and a magical sunset.
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Sofia, Bulgaria he Bulgarian capital and its largest city, Sofia boasts wonderful history and a number of touristy attractions. Approximately four hours by flight from Bahrain, this gateway to Europe preserves its old world charm and is one of best cities to walk in, due its compact design. Visitors exploring the city’s streets can see remnants of The Eastern Gate. In addition to the many monuments, there are quaint restaurants and shops in almost every corner. You can take a short bus ride to gorgeous sites like the Bansko, Malyovitsa and the Rila Mountains. This beautiful city has managed to remain untouched by heavy tourism. It is hence a great choice for a quiet yet delightful Valentine’s escape.
Cyprus ristine beaches, saline air and sun-kissed topography — there’s a reason why this Mediterranean haven is considered the birthplace of Aphrodite. And guess what…it’s less than three hours away from Bahrain. A direct flight takes you to Larnaca and we suggest a car ride to Paphos. Pissouri, a charming town, beckons all in love and looking for a respite from their concrete jungle lives. There are a number of boutique restaurants and not too far is the famous Aphrodite beach. Owing to its battered economy, the place is easy on the pocket. A wholesome restaurant meal for two, inclusive of great quality local wine will come up to around BD20. With art, local delicacies, architecture, scenic splendour and warm faces that welcome you wherever you go, the Cyprus way of life is calm, beautiful and full of love.
LIFESTYLE | food
Valentine’s Dinner by JAMES CLAIRE
This year I have put together a three-course meal which is both quick and easy. This can be cooked and served direct from the dishes they are cooked in, reducing dishes to be cleaned and adding to the romance and rustic approach of it all. The seafood starter can be enjoyed as the baby hammour cooks to perfection, allowing you to both relax and enjoy each others company. The chocolate coffee granita can be made a day or two in advance and hidden away in the freezer and served at the last minute.
750g fresh mussels 25g butter 1/2 white onion, finely diced 150g fresh calamari 150g fresh scallops 6 rashers beef or turkey bacon, chopped into small pieces 2 small leeks, sliced diagonally 1 tspn thyme sprigs 250ml apple juice
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STEAMED SEAFOOD WITH LEEKS AND HERBS • Scrub and de-beard the mussels. • Heat the butter in a large saucepan and gently fry the finely chopped onion. • Add the bacon pieces, frying for three-four minutes until it starts to brown. • Add the leeks, thyme, calamari and scallops. Cover with lid and sweat everything together for four-five minutes until soft.
• Turn the heat up. Add the mussels and apple juice. Cover and cook for four-five minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels have opened. • Discard any mussels that don’t open. Bring the saucepan straight to the table for a rustic approach and serve with crusty bread to soak up the juices. www.womanthismonth.com
CHOCOLATE COFFEE GRANITA 200g 50g 500ml 50g 1 tspn
sugar cocoa powder strong coffee dark chocolate, finely chopped vanilla extract
• Bring the coffee to the boil in a medium saucepan. • Whisk in the sugar and cocoa and simmer, uncovered, for five minutes, whisking occasionally. • Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and vanilla until the chocolate has melted. • Cool the mixture, then put in the fridge overnight. • Make the granita in a glass dish, preferably bowl-shaped, and freeze until frozen three to four centimetres from the edge. • Whisk to break down the ice crystals, then freeze again for one hour more. • Whisk and freeze again, then leave until completely frozen. • Before serving, break the ice crystals into small pieces and serve into glasses or dishes. • Serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.
400g ROAST small potatoes WHOLE BABY HAMMOUR 40g whole black olives, pitted 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tbspns parsley, roughly chopped 2 tbspns olive oil 1 lemon zest 1 lemon, sliced thinly 1 (about 400g-500g) whole hammour, cleaned, head on 250ml apple juice to taste salt to taste black pepper, freshly cracked • Heat oven to 220°C. • Cook the potatoes in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Cut into thick slices, then cool. • In a bowl, toss the potatoes with the olives, garlic, half the chopped parsley, half the olive oil, the lemon zest, salt and pepper. Tip this mix over the bottom of a large ceramic baking dish. • Season the inside and outside of the hammour with salt and pepper. Place the lemon slices into the cavity of the fish. Lay the fish on top of the potatoes and drizzle with the rest of the olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes. • Pour the apple juice over the fish and other ingredients and return to the oven for 10 minutes more until the potatoes have browned and the fish is cooked. • Remove the dish from the oven, scatter with remaining parsley and bring the dish to the table. • Serve hot with a salad and the sour cream as a dip. www.womanthismonth.com
LIFESTYLE | gift guide
What to buy..
Forever yours. Inspired by the most powerful of all emotions — love — Montblanc’s Infiniment Vôtre collection is a celebration of lasting commitments. This piece of jewellery will leave her breathless and be treasured forever.
Are you stuck for gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? Fret not! Here are some instant buys that can save the day.
For Her Naughty and nice. Take the guesswork out of gift giving by purchasing an online gift voucher from Agent Provacateur. The lucky recipient can purchase anything they desire from its online store or in any of the boutiques.
A statement piece. Whoever said it’s hard to shop for women has got to be lazy or unimaginative. If you’re going to get her something for the wardrobe, make sure it’s something she’s been saving up for. Anything from Carolina Herrera is the right choice.
Wrapped with love. Tory Burch’s hardshell iPhone case is a modern classic. An epitome of understated chic, the case is made of the highestquality scratch-resistant Italian leather. Designed to protect her phone and lend polish to her look, it makes a great gift.
Sinfully red . This timepiece by Escada is a symbol of both romance and glam. The red strap effortlessly syncs with the gold. It is centred on a mother-of-pearl dial that is encrusted with a ruby and 11 clear diamonds. You will find the watch at Asia Jewellers.
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For Him Stylish and unique Breitling has two limited edition pieces available, exclusive items any man would love to receive and wear. The Super Avenger Military chronograph is available in a 500-piece limited edition series. Also recently launched in the Middle East is the Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel, the first spacegoing wrist chronograph.
A gentleman’s companion. Uncharted territory of craftsmanship awaits your partner when he uncovers the writing instruments of Montblanc’s Starwalker collection. You could also invest in an organiser or card holder from their range of leather goods.
Unnaturally quick. Reebok has unveiled its latest running footwear collection — the ZSeries. This unique, natural motion product is inspired by the design of high-performance Z-rated tyres found on high-end sports cars. What are you waiting for? Hurry!
Around the clock From TAG Heuer comes its newest luxury advancement — the Meridiist II. The personal communication instrument is now thinner, lighter and more powerful, with dual SIM slots for maximum connectivity and an exclusive 24/7 worldwide personal concierge service.
Wearable technology A man can’t have enough gadgets. The joint launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Note 3 has got many gizmo fans glued to the windows of electronics stores. Get him the duo and he’ll love you forever! www.womanthismonth.com
showcase KEMPINSKI GRAND & IXIR HOTEL BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE
Love is in the Air Are you planning something romantic for you and your loved one? Find out what this five-star hotel has to offer to make this Valentine’s Day extra special.
oo your sweetheart with some of the dreamy packages that Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre has put together for Valentine’s Day. As the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Saveur restaurant helps you find out if this is true with a cooking class on February 8. Roll up your sleeves and learn how to prepare a quick three-course meal from 3-6pm. What could be a more romantic start to an unforgettable evening than an impressive feast for two? Men could also join in to surprise their partners with a homemade candlelight dinner. A weekend getaway With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year, you needn’t worry about applying for a day off. Whisk your partner away for the weekend to dreamland. Kempinski Grand Hotel’s diamond suites will be perked up with a romantic set-up and, as is customary, a
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bottle of champagne. If you’d rather spend the day at home and cosy up with your loved one, opt for T-Spoon’s special takeaways. Surprise your valentine with a box full of thoughtful goodies, gifts and offers that will make your beloved fall in love with you all over again. Included in the box is a personalised cake of your selected flavour, a picture and message of your choice on the cake and of course a red rose. The day of love Tune in to the mushy mood with Kempinski Ixir Hotel’s Friday brunch at Baharat. Not only will you both be treated to a lavish feast, you will be entitled to a 20 percent discount on the price. If you prefer to woo your sweetheart in the afternoon, pick the romantic afternoon tea at the Mezzanine Lounge at Kempinski Grand Hotel. Enjoy some tea, delicious cakes and sandwiches with an intimate conversation
in the privacy of your own ‘pod’ decorated with candles and roses to set the mood. If you prefer a dinner setting, then opt to spend the evening in this romantic ambience and indulge in the four-course dinner set especially for Valentine’s Day. Boudoir Lounge also offers a special fourcourse menu. With all booths decked out for couples, take delight in their selection of cocktails, while you treat your beloved to an evening of opulence. Saveur, winner of the most romantic restaurant award, will pleasure your taste buds with a four-course dinner accompanied by a glass of champagne , served amidst rose petals and candles. So what are you waiting for? Call the hotel to reserve a table or room (or both) for a memorable Valentine’s Day. Call 17 171-441, email restaurants. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kempinski.com/bahrain. www.womanthismonth.com
showcase CUCINA ITALIANA
Treat Your Valentine You might not be able to spend the weekend overseas this year, but Bahrain has the next best thing — an authentic Italian restaurant with the best Italy has to offer.
or an exceptional night out, treat your loved one to an unforgettable Valentine’s dinner at Cucina Italiana on February 14 with a three-course meal and a bottle of bubbly for two for BD28+ per couple. Located in Juffair, this Italian restaurant brings together the most renowned parts of Italian culture — food and art — to make diners feel as if they have been transported to this beautiful European country. The restaurant only offers the finest and handpicked ingredients. Enjoy a delicious dish of pasta, the tastiest wood-fired pizza, desserts, a wide selection of beverages, and of course, a quality cup of coffee in any of their dining areas. If you are looking for traditional Italian dining this Valentine’s, then Cucina Italiana will take you all the way. Whether you’re with a small group of friends or just with your significant other, great food and fine wine can make a truly memorable evening. New promotions The trattoria has an exciting lunch deal on offer. You can enjoy a starter, a main course and a soft drink at BD6. Pizza lovers are in for a treat as Cucina Italiana gives you a focaccia pizza free with every pizza you order. Both promotions are available from Sunday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm. Call 17 001-317 or email email@example.com.
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With designs that can be worn with elegant daywear and magnificent evening gowns, Liali Jewellery’s pendants make you the centre of attraction at any occasion. When it comes to gifts, there is no better ‘carat’ to dangle than a Liali pendant!
Let Her Shine If you’re stuck for a timeless gift, then a piece of jewellery will tick that box. This brand brings you a selection of beautiful pieces that will add a sparkle to her eye. Since time immemorial, women have had a penchant for flaunting rings. Liali Jewellery offers stunning options in diamonds, coloured stones, pearls and gold. The collection features both classic and contemporary choices for every occasion. This Valentine’s Day, you will get an extra gift from the jewellery house with every purchase, making the day memorable. From chocolates to teddy bears, there are many goodies waiting in store for your loved one aside from the piece of jewellery you’ve picked out for her. Call 17 178-160.
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showcase THE K HOTEL
All You Need is Love… ....the rest is all taken care of by this luxury hotel in Juffair, which brings you bespoke packages for the Valentine’s Day weekend.
he most romantic day of the year will no longer be the most stressful one with you trying to organise a fabulous experience for your special someone. Warming up the February air is The K Hotel with their extraordinary promotions. This year, the hotel’s Valentine’s Day activities are spread across the entire weekend with a few starting even earlier in the week. The K Hotel Romantic Package, a specially designed five-star service, is offered until the end of the month and includes The 'Art of Romance' couples treatment. The suite is decorated with candles, rose petals and has a selection of great music and films. This package is priced at BD110 per night, including a bottle of sparkling beverage, chocolate-dipped strawberries and other delectable bites. The Klouds restaurant is dressed for the occasion as well with rose petals and candlelight from February 13 to 15. It serves a Valentine’s Day buffet with housemade gourmet chocolates and two glasses of sparkling beverages for the couple. This decadent treat created by the executive chef is priced at BD25 per couple. Music duo Anett and Adam will fill the air with romantic tunes from 9-11pm. Call 17 360-000.
Bahraini Women's Day Ceremony at BIBF The Bahrain Society for Training & Development held an event to celebrate Baharini Women's Day at the BIBF's Seminar Hall in Juffair
Doris & Salma Kanika, Gopika & Salama
Amal, Ebtisam, Lulwa, Ebrahim Al Dossary & Isa
Luluwa & Bahija
Dr Arpita & Dr Mishra
Fay & Esra
LIFESTYLE | parenting
The Commercialisation of Children by DR CLARE BECKETT-MCINROY
Despite the rise of campaigns that aim to curb premature sexualisation of children, the younger generation continues to be influenced by what the media wants them to believe. Where do the media draw the line when it comes to selling a product? 60 February 2014
ro-active parents across the globe have raised concerns about the commercialisation and the sexualisation of children. The claim is that a shield of protection is needed to ensure that children are not bombarded with inappropriate images and content. This is not just a concern on the web through social media and on-line purchasing, it is also evident implicitly and often explicitly through services and goods, such as toys and clothes that are advertised with children and young people as their target market. It is felt that children should be protected from advertising, marketing and media content that expose them to sexual images or excessive pressure to consume. Meanwhile, slogans on children’s clothes, padded bras advertised for young girls aged as young as seven and Playboy logos on pencil cases appear to be in a different category of seriousness as compared to young girls playing with make-up, ‘violent’ games or boys walking around with their jeans worn way below the waist. Should children have the final say on their clothes once they hit double figures, which may mean dressing ‘provocatively’ or www.womanthismonth.com
children today are being prematurely induced into inappropriate forms of sexual behaviour
‘inappropriate for their age’? Both are subjective terms that mean different things depending on where you live in the world, what school you go to and which pop stars, if any, you like. There is no black and white area. Yet there appears to be a consensus on what is wrong — or is there? Has the media gone too far? Is capitalism more at play than values in progressive societies or has being politically correct made us all crazy? We are clearly swayed by our own cultural and other values. Most want their children to enjoy childhood and be safe. Research shows that, on the whole, parents see childhood as a time where innocence is present.
What they don’t see A poll for the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK said that the most common concern for parents is ‘inappropriate’ advertising during children’s television shows. More than 40 percent of parents are worried about the development of adult products for children, such as t-shirts with sexualised slogans, encouraging them to be materialistic and inappropriate language in
mainstream songs. Four out of 10 parents said they were concerned about marketing directed at children via Facebook. These concerns may be valid; in fact, marketing is only part of it. Placement of products and product design or development is a major concern as well as the rationale for the products in the first place. It may be that the culmination of all these facets are jeopardising parents’ relationships with their children and encouraging them to think adult thoughts too soon. Reputations may be tarnished along the way. Children, on the other hand, have expressed conflict or rebellion as a normal stage of development, where purchasing choice is an expression of their individuality and power. In the book So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualised Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids, Levin and Kilbourne explain how children today are being prematurely induced into inappropriate forms of sexual behaviour, particularly as a result of their February 2014
exposure to media and commercial marketing. The concern here relates partly to childrenâ€™s viewing of media material designed for an older audience (such as music videos) and to material explicitly targeting them (such as teen magazines, clothing and toys). Although the primary focus is on girls, viewed as being preoccupied with the need to appear sexually attractive at a younger age, material is also believed to affect boysâ€™ attitudes towards girls and their own selfimage. The authors argue that the sexualisation of childhood has a range of damaging consequences for childrenâ€™s mental and physical health. In extreme situations, they believe this can lead to depression and suicide, eating disorders and abuse, where children are victims and parents are sometimes powerless. The solution Talk to your children and share your views on right and wrong from an early age. Keep such conversations alive to ensure full transparency. Beaware of the type of marketing that is out there, whilst also knowing where your child spends his or her time and money both on and off line. If companies make a stance and embrace corporate social responsibility by making appropriate decisions when developing products and services for children, this certainly can help avoid parents, schools, agencies, societies, regulators and governments from complaining. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence thinks it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV. According to her, media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on the younger generation. Shocking statistics A study by University College London has found that around 10 percent of 13-year-old girls are terrified about putting on weight. Their findings, in the Journal of Adolescent Health, came from interviews with the parents of 7,082 13-year-olds. Nearly 12 percent of girls and five percent of boys were terrified by the thought of getting fat. Fifty-two percent of girls and a third of the boys said they were a little worried about gaining weight. The ratio of those distressed by their body shape was one for every three girls and one for every four boys. g
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AWA Snowflake Craft Fair
Kim & Dave
The American Women's Association (AWA) held its annual Snowflake Craft Fair at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa
Lisa Wahba, 4th from right, Bonnie Krajeski, 3rd from left, with officials
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Naz, Laila & Orayb
Rose & Faye
Lee & Mariam
To Scan or Not To Scan by DR JINAN DARWISH
Many parents feel they haven’t been provided adequate care if the doctor doesn’t prescribe a scan of any kind. We examine the significance and side effects of these procedures.
eing able to peer into the human body without making a single incision is unquestionably a key advancement of modern medicine. However, doctors and patients have been taking complete advantage of the latest techniques to scan internal organs as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imagining (MRI), ultrasound and other scans are easily available. The progress in medicine When paediatric radiology was in its infancy 113 years ago, children who required an x-ray were often sedated with ether to keep them restrained for lengthy exposure times of 15 seconds or more. Luckily, the dawn of faster film, computerised equipment and new methods of imaging has dramatically reduced the health risks for children undergoing diagnostic radiographic examinations. Children have greater amounts of growth and reproduction cells, which are more sensitive to radiation. Exposure to ionising radiation may yield cell damage due to direct or indirect action of the radiation over DNA strands, which could produce genetic mutations that can cause cancer. Therefore it is imperative for these procedures to be constantly regulated and optimised to decrease the likelihood of getting the disease.
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The after effects Not only are children’s developing tissues more vulnerable to radiation’s effects, but they have more years to live after their exposure, which surges their chances of developing cancers related to the radiation they received. Children were found to be more sensitive than adults for the development of 25 percent of tumour types including leukaemia, and thyroid, brain and breast cancer. Between 1996 and 2010, according to a study published in 2012, the use of CT scans nearly tripled, from 52 scans per 1,000 patients to 149 scans per 1,000 patients. Increased reliance on the scans could drive a slight bump in cancer risk from CT. Those who were scanned had a 24 percent greater risk of cancer than those who did not receive them, with the risk increasing by 16 percent for each additional CT. The risk was highest for children who received scans before age five. They showed a 35 percent increased chance of developing a cancer during the study period than those who
weren’t scanned at this age. Brain cancers were the most common among youngsters who had the scans. Two sides of a scan One in 50 children benefited from a head CT, compared to the one in 10,000 who might develop brain cancer or leukaemia from the same scan, according to calculations in the latest study. People need to realise that there is a 200-fold difference between the benefit of a scan and its risk. Therefore, concerns about radiation exposure are understandable. Questions by patients and their families should be encouraged. It is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to ensure if each scan is necessary. It is the responsibility of radiology personnel to ensure that radiation risk is minimised by using the correct technique. Parents will appreciate the relative safety of x-rays when it is explained that the amount of background radiation the child is exposed to in a year is roughly equivalent to more than 200 chest x-rays. www.womanthismonth.com
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LIFESTYLE | home
White Out! by ELMA BARTHOLOMEW
Some love white for its purity; others think it is the depiction of chic. We have taken a liking for the all-white dĂŠcor trend. 66 February 2014
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hite works in every setting and with the style of any period. However, as pristine and simple as it might look, this décor trend isn’t easy to master. Don’t believe me? Take a look around your room right now. What will it take to turn it into an all-white setting? That’s right — a lot! This deceivingly uncomplicated look requires a great amount of planning. The first step is to comb your home for all things white. You’ll be surprised by what you will find. The next step is to sort your findings to see what can be used and, more importantly, where it can be placed. This will give you an idea of what you will need to complete the look. Don’t put on your shopping shoes just yet. Take a closer look at the room. There might be some elements in the area that could use a quick fix — simply paint it white! Spend a weekend whitewashing the walls; give old wooden furniture a makeover. When all’s done, it’s easier to spot the not. If you’ve set aside a budget, then invest in a white sofa and other accessories to place around the home. Remember, it’s only difficult when you’re transforming a currently occupied room, because this involves stashing away bright colours and displaying everything white. The snowstorm effect is much easier to create if you’re starting from scratch. Whether it’s shabby chic, modern and minimalist, a blend of old and new, or classic and vintage, this is one décor trend where the only rules are the ones you establish. It’s perfect to bring the illusion of space in smaller rooms and it offers cohesion to larger spaces. So as long as the dominant hue is white, there’s no wrong move!
1. Paperchase; 2 & 4. THE One; 3. Debenhams; 5. Oliver Bonas; 6. Dot Com Gift Shop; 7. Freedom
Building Dreams by SIMI KAMBOJ
How do you involve young people in labour-intensive welfare projects? Make it fun and turn it into a competition!
yadi Relief Organisation is relatively new in the social welfare field in Bahrain. However, they’ve captured the imagination of the Kingdom’s youth with their home renovation project. Designed as a competition, the project is termed Baitkum Baitna, which in Arabic translates as ‘your house is our house’. “As youth, we want to leave our mark in Bahrain. Hence, we chose this project to adopt and renovate old and dilapidated homes, which don’t fall under the purview of the Ministry of Housing,” says Hala Ali, head of projects. Four teams are picked from a pool of applicants and team members have to rebuild, paint and furnish the home allotted to them within a month. Team members are encouraged to work as much as possible with their own hands for a closer involvement with the homes and families. The first three editions of Baitkum Baitna in 2013 saw the renovation of 12 houses. “Our aim is to build motivation in youth
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and engage them in something worthwhile. In order to ensure that they do the tasks with passion and perfection, we decided to turn it into a competition,” says Nisreen Al Maowdah, head of events. Volunteers are clubbed into four teams, each having 12 members. The team is provided a kit that comprises images of the house and BD500 in cash. They are allowed to raise funds independently through donations or sponsorship as each house entails an expenditure of BD3,000 to 7,000. Every team is allotted an engineer and supervisor, whose expertise they can count on. They’re also provided contact details of painters, contractors and building material suppliers, who they might need to consult in course of the renovation. There is an orientation day when the teams get an overview of the work before they begin. “Throughout the month there are surprise elements in the competition, wherein we provide teams with things they badly want,
such as an air conditioner or a sofa set. It turns into a sort of treasure hunt, where volunteers are rushing all over Bahrain to collect the merchandise that will beautify the house further,” says Hala. Volunteers have even driven down to Saudi Arabia to buy furniture for their house in order to save money. At the end of four weeks, judges visit the renovated homes and rate the teams on seven criteria — creativity, interior design, money management, media savvy factors, perfectionism in work, team work and best outstanding individual effort. Such has been the popularity of the project, which has received television coverage in Bahrain, that there’s now a waiting list of volunteers for the second edition of Baitkum Baitna in 2014. There will be three editions of the project this year, renovating 12 homes in all. Those wishing to donate or sponsor household items or materials can write to email@example.com. www.womanthismonth.com
Kane Kramer, Amina Al Hawaj & Abdulmajeed Al Hawaj
Amina Al Hawaj with her family & VIPs
Reception For Amina Al Hawaj Under the patronage of HE Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister, the Al Hawaj family hosted a reception to celebrate the appointment of Amina Abdulmajeed Al Hawaj as the first Arab Ambassador for Invention from the British Inventors Society and obtaining the Diamond Award as the Best Inventor in the World, London 2013. The event held at the Movenpick Hotel was attended by Al Hawaj family members, inventor Kane Kramer and a host of VIPs Abdulwahab Al Hawaj & Khalid Almoayed
Fauzia, Khulood, Ghaneya, Ahlam & Khadhem
Homa, Dr Alia & Emad
Ahmed Al Hawaj, Kane Kramer, Amina Al Hawaj, Philips & Ali Areej, Bidour & Sarah
Khalid Al Zayani www.womanthismonth.com
Jawad Y. Al Hawaj, Abdulwahab Al Hawaj & HE Salman bin Isa Bin Hindi, Muharraq Governor
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Joz Group Annual Staff Party
Vinny & Nawal
The Joz Group celebrated its third annual staff party at The K Hotel in Juffair. The theme of the party was Arabian Nights. Staff were treated to an evening full of festivities, entertainment and music, and were presented awards & certificates for their hard work Nawal & staff with 100% attendance
Nawal & Emmy
Sunanda, Dipal, Emmy, Falavia & Michael
Lucy & Debbie
Namesha, Sara, Sergio, Winnie & Shahid
Nawal & Vinny
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Toni&Guy 2nd Anniversary Along with the Joz Group, Toni&Guy held a celebration to mark its second anniversary. The event was held at the Toni&Guy Salon at Seef Mall's new extension
Nawal with Toni&Guy staff & guests
Cathy, Rowena, Sandra & Prabana Kaltham, Manu & Ayesha
Randa, Vinny & Nawal Cap
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Nawal & Manu
Soufaine & Debbie
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showcase BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE
Elizabeth Jones with her mum My mom is visiting so I thought I’d bring her here for coffee and a walk. I always feel like I’m going to spend too much here. The mall has everything under one roof! I especially like Debenhams for their duvets and Massimo Dutti for its quality. Mrs Jones: Coming from out of town, my immediate impression is that the mall is quite impressive in its size! It definitely covers everything under one roof. I personally love the mall’s palm trees and how friendly everyone is!
For the Love of Shopping We took a walk around one of Bahrain’s most popular mall — Bahrain City Centre — to find out what they loved best about it and why they keep coming back to it.
Ahlam Wahdan We come here from Saudi for the kids. We like the facilities for kids, such as Wahooo! Waterpark and Magic Planet. I mainly come here because there are changing rooms in the retail outlets, unlike Saudi.
Zainab Ali I love most of the brands at the mall, especially Home Centre and Centrepoint because they’re not too expensive; I always find what I need. I chose to work in the mall at Build-a-Bear because the environment is fun and I love working with kids and experiencing how they think. We laugh all the time.
Malak Lutfi and Huda Yaseen We love the food court at Bahrain City Centre since its full of people and a perfect place for us to meet up with friends.
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Al Fresco Dining Enjoy the pleasant weather and stunning city views at the new outdoor terrace of this popular restaurant.
t is said that a great outdoor restaurant is more than patio tables and umbrellas. The Kingdom has a great al fresco dining experience to fit every personality. Aroma Café in Seef adds its new terrace to the list of outdoor dining venues in Bahrain. While most of such bistros focus on being in tune with nature, Aroma’s terrace plays up its urban location. A favourite among both locals and expats alike, this restaurant is a relaxing place to unwind. In the style of true Arabian hospitality, the staff at this café treats you like family. Offering a winning combination of a comfortable atmosphere and delicious food and drinks, Aroma Café is the place to be. Sit back and enjoy the weather while you munch on one of their special dishes, take a sip of a www.womanthismonth.com
fresh juice or warm yourself up with some creamy hot cocoa. Known for their superb shisha options, Aroma Café is an abode of luxury and comfort. For those who would like to experience the Oriental ambience, walk inside and choose to be seated at one of the divans. The décor brings new life to the clichéd Middle Eastern shisha venue. The warm and inviting setting includes cosy private dining rooms complete with gaming consoles and media players. Other arabesque elements create a sense of home. Aroma Café offers a playing area for the kids in addition to a separate non-smoking section. Special activities are held on weekends to entertain the whole family. Call 17 582-711. February 2014
showcase UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
Dr Zahra Majeed
Dr Zahra Majeed, dentist at Saar Dental Specialists Center, speaks to Woman This Month about how her MBA from University of Strathclyde helped in her career. WTM: Why did you choose to study at University of Strathclyde? Dr Zahra: I was looking for a part-time course in management while working at American Mission Hospital as the chief of dental services. I had asked the HR manager at the time, Dr Graham Orme, about good UK-based MBA programmes. University of Strathclyde was his first choice. It is among the top MBA programmes and I did not need to look anywhere else. I knew I had chosen a good career path. WTM: How has studying at University of Strathclyde altered your future? Dr Zahra: As a healthcare professional, we have always been trained to look at facts and not make assumptions, ie evidence-based dentistry. The MBA programme has taught me to think outside the box and change the way I think. It has given me a broader perspective of the way I view things. I wanted an MBA degree to assist me in my position as a manager. Although it isnâ€™t unique to start a private practice, I learned from Strathclydeâ€™s MBA programme how to design my practice to make it distinct from others; I achieved it successfully. WTM: How do you think University of Strathclyde has updated itself? Dr Zahra: I think that hiring graduates to do local tutoring for current students is an excellent idea because they can share their experiences as alumni to prospective students and help them. Call 17 556-112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Splash/Shoe Mart Launch The Al Rashid Group, a division of Landmark, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new Splash outlet & Shoe Mart store in Seef Mall
Kamal & Zafar
Mario, Deepak & John
Shaikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa & Vikas Attri cut the ceremonial ribbon
Shaikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa & Vikas Attri with staff at the store
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showcase EURO MOTORS
Ready for Action The interplay of classical proportions and state-of-the-art technology defines the unmistakable character of this new car.
he new BMW Z4 represents a time-honoured and yet alluringly contemporary interpretation of the traditional roadster concept. It takes to the stage 25 years after the legendary BMW Z1 with which began the latest chapter in the history of BMW Roadsters — a tradition which stretches back to the 1930s. Modern character The sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, low beltline and low-slung rear end play a more vivid and uncompromising part in shaping the appearance of the BMW Z4. The low seating position just ahead of the rear axle gives the driver and passenger a particularly intense experience of the longitudinal and lateral forces working on the rear wheels. This sense of being ‘part of the car’ also allows the driver to grade the amount of power he or she is feeding through the rear axle with sensitivity and precision. That’s the recipe for the roadster feeling, BMW-style. The hardtop roof also blends seamlessly into the car’s form. As it closes, it seals a smoothly flowing roofline, while large window surfaces optimise all-round visibility and the feeling of www.womanthismonth.com
space inside the car. Once opened, the two roof elements are accommodated, one on top of the other, in a compact package inside the Roadster’s roadhugging rear. The optional BMW Individual hardtop — available in the two contrast colours Black non-metallic and Glacier Silver metallic — provides a feast for the eyes when the roof is closed. Striking touches A total of 11 external paint finishes are available for the new BMW Z4, including the new Mineral Grey metallic, Glacier Silver metallic and Valencia Orange metallic, which can only be ordered together with the Design Pure Traction option. This new equipment package lends the Roadster an extremely lively aura. Another exclusive element of the Design Pure Traction package is the metal weave trim strip, which can be combined with further decorative elements in high-gloss black for the door openers and the gearshift or selector lever. New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss black
surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the optional Professional navigation system. Elsewhere, exquisite Fineline Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim strips available as an option for the new BMW Z4. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology Customers can choose from three fourcylinder and two six-cylinder powerplants. Their most significant shared feature is BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which ensures an exceptionally effective balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption throughout the output range. In addition, all four-cylinder variants of the new BMW Z4 already meet the stipulations of the EU6 exhaust emissions standard. Drivers can use the standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch to select a configuration to suit the situation at hand and satisfy personal preferences. Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes can all be called up using the rocker switch on the centre console. Call 17 750-750. February 2014
#INSTACRUSH Scrolling through our Instagram account, here are a few of our favourite posts.
@thepurplebowtie_blog 1. We can't wait to try the Alia Approved Burger — yum! 2. Couldn't agree more, Karolina! 3. Khaleda Rajab and Fahad Almarzouq by Linda Farrow is a must-have for luxury eyewear lovers — check out this cat eye look. 4. We are loving this laid back look. 5. How beautifull is this installation by Rashid Al Khalifa — catch it at the Bahrain National Museum.
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Gazing by RAPHAEL
Find out what February has in store for youâ€Ś If you have just gone through a traumatic experience in life do not let it paralyse you. Enjoy a quieter, more domestic period. Spend quality time with your family and friends, paying particular attention to those who remain closest to you at heart.
Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20
A male figure with a level of importance in your life will influence you. If it is support you need at the moment, then this character is invaluable in a crisis. Times have been mixed for you of late, but finally you have the chance to move towards a balanced life.
Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20
Love is in the air this month. For your sign this signifies the opportunity to benefit from a long overdue break and there is every chance that a romantic getaway could be the order of the day. Just remember to leave any concerns or business issues back home.
Taurus Apr 21 - May 21
Ever the romantic your month could be dominated by a number of relationship concerns although they are going to be of a pleasant nature. Those of you who are thinking about asking a love interest out on a date should do as much groundwork as possible.
Gemini May 22 - Jun 21
You may find yourself in difficult waters. The sensible approach would be to swallow your pride and do the right thing. If there are children involved, then it is all the more important that you factor their feelings into the equation as well.
Cancer Jun 22 - Jul 23
For many of you, the curse of a boss or work colleague has made your days less than enjoyable and in some cases even left you www.womanthismonth.com
considering a change of career. Fortunately, this month will see someone else fight your corner for you. The impact is going to be impressive.
Leo Jul 24 - Aug 23
A good friend is going to come to you for assistance. You will have to confront matters of a very serious nature, but it will help cement an already well-established friendship. You could be in line to purchase a new vehicle, but you should take care before making your final choice.
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Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19
Virgo Aug 24 - Sept 23
The main focus for many of you this month will be children. Whatever the reason, you may have to exercise a little tact and patience before the truth finally surfaces. Once everything is out in the open, be quick to deal with it otherwise events could run away from you.
Libra Sept 24 - Oct 23
You can look forward to a positive time as health issues are finally resolved. Libra loves to be the centre of attention, but when your confidence is low then you often find it hard to operate. This promises to be a new dawn for your sign. Take advantage of the opportunity.
Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22
You are about to take on a fight that is going to test your resolve and could last for many months. Only consider engaging if you have the stamina and the belief in the cause. Enter into this half-heartedly and you will end up regretting it later on. Total commitment is required.
Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21
This month is all about cutting your losses and dealing with circumstances before they get any worse. Those of you with money issues may end up receiving help from an
unexpected source, but there will be conditions attached to any assistance provided.
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20
After a troubled start to the year, life will return to some form of normality for many of you. Work will be high on the agenda and a new vacancy that opens in your current company could prove to be just the incentive you need to move yourself out of a career rut. February 2014
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Schrödinger’s Valentine by JAMES CLAIRE
When did romance start feel like entrapment inside a lead-lined box?
here I was driving my car. Life was great. Romance was blooming and the day was as good as any. I had, just hours earlier, heard the words I had longed for, out loud, by the one who has my heart. The words ‘I love you’ had been reciprocated, verbalised and put out there into the universe for the heavens to hear. On leaving home, I had sent a text merely stating how nice it was to hear her voice. And then the day went grey. It was in the form of a text received from her: There’s a thin line between being nice and being truthful. Honesty I adore, but this truth hurt! The message surely pushed Humpty Dumpty off the ledge and shattered the already cracked outer shell. But as painful as those words were to read, I appreciated them and understood them too. My instant reaction was one of disbelief and in the seconds following, I may have attempted road rage on unsuspecting public. The more I thought about her text, I truly just felt like Schrödinger’s cat. The relationship was my lead-lined box; truthfulness and being nice were the radioactive vial and the poison within this relationship. Until I could see myself from the outside, I was trapped — caught between possible never-ending marital bliss and terminal disintegration. What did I want — the truth or niceness? And was reality either of them? Are we not all trapped inside relationships? Do we not all sometimes err on the side of being nice to avoid a fight, hurt feelings or a broken heart? When did ‘I love you’ become so ambiguous? Life lessons are truly daunting. When I was a child, they taught us to cut out red cardboard hearts, fill in the words ‘be mine’ and hand them out to the girl you liked for Valentine’s Day. I wish life had remained so ‘cut and paste’ simple. Sadly the premise of such innocence seems naive and fatally flawed now that I am older. Life truly is a continuing learning curve. Happy Valentine’s Day! www.womanthismonth.com
Love the Earth by BEHNAZ SANJANA
So, you’ve pampered yourself silly this month. You’ve bought lavish presents for loved ones. But the best things bestowed upon us are free. What does your thank you note to Mother Nature look like?
’ll leave the statistics to the textbooks. But clearly, it’s time to wake up and smell the greenhouse gases (going by the signs, blooming roses will probably be an extinct phenomenon). We know the drill. We know we should take more trips to the recycle bin. All that wrapping paper and bulky packaging shouldn’t be cluttering the landfills. We also know that the toxins from that giant shopping bag toting around one miniscule item will probably kill exotic marine life your offspring will probably never witness. But complacency and other ‘more important’ factors keep us from empathising with Planet Earth. As a selfish, spoilt species, we care more that our homes are cool when we return after a day’s work. Never mind that it is a criminal waste of precious energy when our natural resources are fast depleting. The thing is, we want more, more and then some more. We want new gizmos when existing ones perfectly serve the purpose. We want six polythene bags when two will suffice. We want all the lights on when what’s needed is an efficient reading lamp. Do we need them? Probably not! All it takes is a little prudence. Why not use the dryer only when the sun plays truant? Why do you need a bunch of tissues to dry two hands? Take a nanosecond to tighten that dripping tap. Combine two small loads of laundry to run one wash load. If each one of us resolves to reduce our waste, reuse our things and recycle our trash, we won’t be leaving behind an ugly carbon footprint, but instead a magical world for others to marvel at — a world with its wonders intact. Start with yourself and spread the awareness — to your kids, their friends and even the house help. Believe in the power of the collective. Let’s promise today to ensure a wondrous tomorrow. It’s a commitment we’ll be making to our future generations and to theirs.
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