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Issue 67 - November 2014

Two Year Journey



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ou know when no matter how old we grow we are still considered children in the eyes of our parents? This is exactly how I feel today. THETALK is officially six years old and I have watched it grow, change and evolve throughout the years. In my eyes, it is still a baby; my baby. During the growth of a child, different stages mark new eras and developments in their life. I believe it is time for THETALK as well to do the same. As it grows older and stronger, it is time that it develops and evolves too. Now, we celebrate six years of success and embark on a new era of change. I would like to thank all our readers and supporters who have made this journey a pleasant and enjoyable one. I am so excited for all the changes that will be happening soon and cannot wait for all of ya’ll to see them. Until next time, Hind Nassar

Operations Manager


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Contents November 2014

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Local Features Local Female Interview: 24. Nejoud Al-Yagout 26. Sarah Hermez and Sarah Hunaidi 30. Qout Al-Qloop Al Turaif 34. Fouz AlFahad 40. Hessa Al Ameeri Local Male Interview: 32. Ali Cha’aban 36. Musaed Al-Mutairi

110. Kuwait Exclusives

International Features 18. Cover Story International 80. 70. 96. 72. 46. 42.

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Trends 50. Her Trends 68. Beauty 88. His Trends 90. Grooming 92. Car Trends 82. Setting Watch Trends



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Interview Georges Kern Her Style Icon His Style Icon Celebrity PICKS International Street Styles Kuwait Street Styles

98. Hair loss – why it happens and how to prevent it


102. The world’s best 6 destinations!


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Restaurant Review Book Reviews Movie Reviews Horoscopes


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Harvey Nichols Kuwait Two years of success and many more to come!

Harvey Nichols Kuwait celebrates two years of success, accomplishments and celebrated developments. In the course of two years, Harvey Nichols Kuwait has positioned itself to be the ultimate fashion destination for luxury shopping primarily catering to women. To complement the luxury fashion experience, one must indulge in fine-dining at Veranda on the store’s first floor. Veranda’s culinary concept captures the flavours of the rich heritage of the Middle East and fuses them with the best of European cuisine, making for unique unforgettable dining.


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The Fur Boutique corner Throughout the two-year journey, Harvey Nichols Kuwait has had the privilege of carrying approximately 450 brands in fashion, footwear, accessories and jewellery. Since the launch, the store has been successful in entertaining wellknown celebrities from all over the Middle East and many other VIP customers. The array of services that Harvey Nichols Kuwait has been offering is endless. When customers need a style tip for a new look, a dress for a special occasion or a fascinating wardrobe, the store’s fashion experts are a call away.An exclusive Personal Shopping area awaits you adjacent to the eveningwear department with qualified Personal Shoppers at your service. They understand your full scope of styling and brand preference and are the go-to team to choose the perfect outfit. Apart from the thriving international brands, Harvey Nichols Kuwait has also flourished by discovering a number of local designers with


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remarkable talent, all of whom offer exclusive designs and collections. They include brands such as I Love Dara3a, Montaha Couture, Sheen Collection, Antikana, Elegant by Laila, and Folklore handbags to name a few. Harvey Nichols Kuwait takes pride in having the designers as part of their ever-growing portfolio, working closely with them and sharing the same vision of offering designs of the highest standards. For the past two years, Harvey Nichols Kuwait has also been a destination for premium cosmetics. Whether it’s an exclusive fragrance like House of Silage Private Collection, or a limited edition makeup line like Laura Mercier, Harvey Nichols Kuwait has always been first to launch them in the country. The store also carries a full range of Elemis – the most exclusive luxury British spa and skincare brand, and offers five different anti-

MOTHER OF PEARL ageing power booster facials that customers can indulge in to help the skin become more radiant, supple, firm and smooth. The luxury service includes but is not limited to Clarins and Chantecaille spa suite where facial sessions and consultations are given. Apart from the premium services provided by Harvey Nichols Kuwait, its team has shown exceptional comprehension of what local customers look for in fashion whether it’s readyto-wear or accessories. The overall environment at Harvey Nichols Kuwait is visually inviting to customers eager to shop the latest collections. The recently launched Autumn/Winter collection includes many of the key pieces that you have seen on Fashion Week catwalks as well as the famous “street style” looks. Needless to say to all the trend-setters, the main Autumn/Winter trends include embellishment, capes, colourblocking, knitwear, graphics and prints.




Designer Sheikha Al-Ahmed - Sheen Collection

Designer Haya Al-Abdul Kareem- Folklore

Designer Dalal Maarafi - I_LOVE_DARA3A

Designer Laila Al-Hanbali - Elegant By Laila

Designer Montaha Al-Ajeel - Montaha Couture

The dedicated buyers of Harvey Nichols Kuwait have made sure these fashions are available to their customers. Surely, the main element of the Autumn/ Winter seasonal trend – fur, has also been heavily invested in by creating a designated Fur Boutique within the store. The fur collection has an incomparable variety – all of which are exclusive to Harvey Nichols Kuwait customers. The fur brand mix consists of names such as Ava Adore, Forte Couture, Meteo By Yves Salomon, Xoudoux, Adrienne Landau, Blancha, Choyo, Ines & Marechal, Vladimiro Gioia, Moncler, Cutuli Cult, Rizal Bazar Deluxe, Eugenia Kim and local designer Mali-Mo. Since its launch two years ago, Harvey Nichols Kuwait has been continuously growing as the destination spot for luxury shopping, offering the greatest fashion, cosmetics, accessories, and fine dining concept – Veranda, under one roof. The distinguished store promises to move onwards and upwards, developing further in the years to come with an individuality that outshines all.


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Fur collection by MALI-MO






LOCAL interview

Nejoud Al-Yagout is captured in full devotion

This is an Imprint Nejoud Al-Yagout

“Love can either break us or make us ”

by her calling – writing poetry. Her personable new collection, This is an imprint, evokes the mind, provokes the feelings and conveys a message. Injy Refaie gets a glimpse in an interview with Nejoud.

What is the reason behind the name “This is an Imprint”? When I was a teenager, I read a book called “Native Son” by Richard Wright and I fell in love with the phrase ‘indelible imprint’. Also, I want to leave an imprint behind with poetry, simultaneously. Why poetry in particular? I have always been passionate about reading and writing poetry. It is very cathartic and therapeutic for me. It is an inner manifestation, I suppose. What inspired you to write this book? Actually, it wasn’t inspiration as much as pressure from my friends and family! This is because I have been writing for over 20 years and my friends were getting restless and tired because I was not sharing my poems publicly. So, my resolution this year was to finally publish the book. How did you compile the book? The book consists of 116 poems, which are divided into two sets. The first poem in each set


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is written on a frequency of angst, confusion or identity crisis, and the poem that immediately follows it is written from a higher level of awareness or consciousness. This is the case for all 58 sets in the book. Also, a grand love of mine, who resides in my heart, passed away this year and I wanted to immortalize him through some of the poems. So I snuck him in somehow while I was compiling the collection of poems. I am elated that he is imprinted in my book. What themes are the poems revolving around? The main theme is grief and the alleviation of it, for that matter. One more theme is how love can either break us or make us. Yet another important theme is the dichotomy between darkness and light, and the lower and higher self. Let me quit before I start ‘creating’ new themes! (joking). Why did you choose these themes in particular? We thirst for love, don’t we? Also, I am very interested in spirituality, so a lot of the themes reflect that interest. The metamorphosis we go through and the possibility of transcending pain is intriguing. Many spiritual teachers have discussed this freedom and it is exhilarating to experiment with their definitions of truth.

What message are you trying to convey through these poems? Instead of seeing suffering as a part of life, we can switch our perspective and view it as a part of spiritual progress. How can we evolve without being in an actual state that we wish to escape from, essentially? Who are your role models? My role models are kind, fearless souls who have transcended the illusion of life. My role models are souls whose priority is love. Which is your favorite poem of all time? This is a very difficult question as there are a lot of poems which I consider favorites. One poem – on the tope of my head – is “The Moon Versus Us Ever Sleeping Together Again” by Richard Brautigan. It is simply written, but very profound in terms of its underlying message.Maybe next month, I will have another favorite but I have loved this poem for years now. It is always the first one that pops into my mind.

Towards the end of our meeting, I ask her if her life was a poem, what the title would be called.“Would I be cheating if I said ‘Life’?”, she replied, with a genuine smile of utter satisfaction, straight from the heart. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


LOCAL interview

Make designers not clothes Creative Space Beirut Sarah Hermez and Sarah Al-Hunaidi

“We believe in making

education accessible & teaching people regardless of their background!

No fashion exhibition has made a bigger

impact than this fall’s “Make Designers Not Clothes” exhibition by Creative Space Beirut in collaboration with Pretty Little Things at the Contemporary Art Platform. The fabulously designed, eclectic collection is a high form of art, one that’s astonishingly unique and exceptional. Sarah Hermez and Sarah Al-Hunaidi tell Injy Refaie all about it. What inspired you to start Creative Space Beirut? Hermez: At the time, I was living in New York and studying fashion design & media and culture studies. It was a great experience and it was when I met Caroline Simonelli, who is the co-founder of Creative Space Beirut and my professor. At the same time, I did a few study abroad programs where I got to go to Cambodia and Tibet and those were life changing experiences that made me realize I wanted to find a way to merge two of my passions which are creativity and social justice. Later, I moved to Lebanon and decided to launch Creative Space in June 2011 and Sarah joined me a year later. What is the method behind Creative Space Beirut? Hunaidi: We know that there are a lot of


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talented people out there who have vision and passion, but cannot afford to get into fashion schools. Make designers not clothes is our mission; we want to lead those students into a creative design process as opposed to the way the design programs are now – that everything is divided in skills classes. The way we teach is we go through the creative process and all the technical skills are embedded in. Hence, the students immediately touch fabric. We are giving them the chance to learn the technical skills through experimentation. We have teachers who volunteer to teach courses, so that the students get holistic education by the time their three years are over. Hermez: In the beginning, we had to go to the NGOs and to the refugee camps and the centers would lead you because they know where to find them. Today though, people are starting to reach out to us in Lebanon due to the impact of the media. People always apply and we do a screening process to make sure they have the talent and dedication because they come every day from 9 am to 4 pm. We make sure that, for whatever reason, they cannot afford to enroll at a design institute and we take them in.

What is your success formula? Hermez: First of all, this is over 5th exhibition and it was successful because our students have the capabilities to design every year and sell them! They work with different clients, so they get to build relationships with different clients as well. Also, they get into design competitions and travel and meet high end local and international designers. Hunaidi: This year we have our first graduates. We provide them with opportunities to work in different places once they’ve graduated. We want to be certified, but at the end of the day, in the fashion industry, your portfolio is the most important. We are trying to break these patterns that exist today and hire someone because they have the skill for it as opposed to the fact that they only studied it. What were some of the obstacles that you faced while starting this initiative? Hermez: Because we’re a non-profit organization, sponsorship is our biggest challenge. We get funded through individual sponsors and though a fundraising strategy which includes fundraiser events and exhibitions, and all the money goes back to the school. Because it takes a long time to build a brand, in the meantime, we apply for grants. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


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However, we get in-kind sponsorship, so, all of our fabric is donated by Donna Karen, Derek Lam, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Monetary sponsorship is harder. Hunaidi: Another challenge is that we’re new to this and in order to get funding, they want to see numbers as opposed to quality. Because we have 12 students instead of 400, it’s hard to get funded. Tell is more about your exhibition “Make Designers Not Clothes”. Hermez: This is the first event outside of Lebanon. We just created the Creative Space Ready-To-Wear fall 2014 collection which is from both the students and the teachers and it was inspired by surrealism. We also have “Second Street” which is a newly launched forprofit brand of which 30% of the profits go back to the Creative Space; we are sharing the space together so all the expenses are cut in half. Do you believe that fashion and art are growing in the Arab world? Hermez: I think there is a lot of potential, but it’s hard because in terms of the actual market, you don’t have a lot of local support. Most of the stores only feature international designers which doesn’t leave much room for the local ones to flourish. The problem is once you become successful abroad, you become accepted locally. We think it should be the other way around. What would you want the readers to know about your initiative? Hermez: We believe in making education accessible and teaching people who want to be there – people who are talented and dedicated – regardless of their background. It’s very beautiful to see because now they’ve become like family!


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LOCal interview Jacket: Mali-mo Dress: Enza Costa Necklace: Mami Shoes: Charlotte Olympia Bag: Mark Cross Available at Harvey Nichols, The Grand Avenue.

Qout Al-Qloop Al Turaif (@qoutaalturaif ) (@qouturebyq)

“Satisfaction can be the end of creativity”

The determined, ambitious and fabulous Qout

sets a great example for a fashionista who is not only beautiful but has also got a good intellect. Being a Fashion Designer, Qout designs a prêtà-porter (ready-to-wear) line signed by her brand QoutureByQ. Qout believes that in order to be unique, one must thrive to try new styles and dare to keep up with what is trending. THETALK took pleasure in interviewing Qout and revealing more about her interesting personality. Can you tell us about your personal instagram blog, and what inspired you to start it? The reason why I chose to open a personal account - besides my QoutureByQ account - is because I wanted people to know who I am and learn more about me as a person and about my life, and so that I can connect with them in another level.

How would you describe your own personal style? I mostly like to be different and unique. I love to try new things and not wear things according to what’s trending because I like to stand out. I like to mix and match and I love wearing pieces by designers 30

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who are not quite well-known because they always seem to have their own unique touch.

collections and that I always push myself to the limits without having to restrict my imagination.

Being a fashion designer, where do you find the inspiration for your designs? I find inspiration in everything around me. You can find inspiration in the smallest details, for example, like the color of the sky during sunset or the colors of the leaves during the autumn – you kind of get a hint of what combinations of colors work together.

What do you think are the positive and negative aspects of being a social media celebrity? When people get to know you, look up to you, ask you for advice and always look forward to what you have to offer.

Once you’ve got the followers how do you keep them? By simply being me! I think the reason why followers love me is because I’m always honest and I never lost my credibility with them – I do it spontaneously. What’s the difference between style and design? Style is how you decide to wear the outfit and how you add on to it or accessorise it according to your own personal taste, design or fashion is what collections and lines designers offer every season. What keeps your creativity fresh? The fact that I’m not satisfied with my past

To me as a fashion designer, this helped me in promoting my brand. On the other hand, the negative side of being a social media celebrity and the one I really get annoyed by is the loss of privacy. How do you balance between your posts about your personal life and your QouturByQ collection? My personal account includes my daily routine and what I do in my personal life while my brand profile is just posts about my designs and exhibitions. What is your life motto? In order to do better, never be satisfied about anything you do because satisfaction can be the end of creativity. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


LOCal interview Shirt- Helmut Lang Jacket: Carven Shoes: Dries Van Noten Available at Harvey Nichols, The Grand Avenue.

Ali Cha’aban is an instagram icon whose talent is both exotic and controversial. He serves art as a Senior Art Director, in BBDO Advertising Agency. In charge of creative campaign production, to market and promote a product, service or a brand; whether visually, virally or orally. Ali describes himself as unconventional and controversial, keeping his followers enlightened, inspired and entertained. THETALK interviewed Ali Cha’aban and discovered more about him.

What your blog is about? Mainstream contemporary meets Arabian nostalgia with a hint of industrial coup d’etat. Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? It’s mostly about contemporary art and its reflection on the thinking majority. Certain fashion items find its way to my posts, when I feel they’re very impacting or carry a strong statement.

Ali Cha’aban (@alichaaban)

“Don’t fear what you don’t understand”

How would you describe your own personal style? Bauhaus attire, mixed with a little bit of grunge or an industrial feel. The dependence on metal in clothing is very essential; it gives you the futuristic bionic sense. Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? Travelling and discovering new cultures. Visiting galleries, museums and pavilions. Architecture. Gradually, finding that all these are connected through a vicious circle. Once you’ve got the followers how do you keep them? Staying relevant, up to date, trying to find new means to evolve yourself and your education of new hypes. Be interesting, weird, abnormal, and break free from the norm. What’s the best tip for anyone wanting to start a blog or website? Be prepared for criticism and lots of it. Build a tougher skin; the audience can be vicious and heartless.


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What is the biggest challenge about blogging? Relevance. I try to always be relevant to what’s happening in the modern day. Events too, such as politics, socioeconomic or plain ol’ celebrity gossip are very important to what helps you be connected and relatable. What do you think are the positive and negative aspects of blogging? Believe it or not, it helps you build character and confidence, the way people perceive you or constantly judge you on whatever you do, becomes a burden that can be dealt with either positively or negatively. It’s your choice to rise above the fray.

Why is social media important to you? Connectivity. It keeps you connected with what’s new, what’s “in” and if used correctly, culturally educated. What is your life motto? Laugh, and grow fat. (Hypothetically of course). Is there any advice or advice in general that you would like to give our readers? Don’t fear what you don’t understand, try to welcome it, accept it, and question it if you have to.



LOCal interview Jacket: Vladimiro Gioia Clutch: Proenza Schouler Shoes: Oscar de la Renta Available at Harvey Nichols, The Grand Avenue.

The realistic, simple and humble Fouz AlFahad

seems to radiate both beauty and an amazing approach towards it, from hair care to skin care and cosmetics, whoever keeps up with her posts can tell that she does it with passion and love as she believes that beauty is a sort of power. Working with the vice president of Kuwait University and being a Kuwaiti woman, she highly supports the women of her country and the region to achieve their dreams and thrive for more. THETALK met Fouz AlFahad and explored more about her personality and perceptions. What your blog is about? My blog is about beauty, which include everything from skin care to cosmetics, hair tips and anything that I can contribute to empowering women in Kuwait and the region. Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? Starting my blog was very random, I just wanted to share some techniques and products that I used to come up with the look that I went for, and everything just started from there.   How would you describe your own personal style? I’m very simple and urban, I prefer the basic blacks, whites and nudes – sometimes just adding a pop of color.

Fouz AlFahad (@therealfouz)

“Being yourself is the best image you can put out there ”


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Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? It would be from anything I see, whether it was at a mall, online or just from buying new products to use which make you think outside the box when it comes to new makeup looks. Once you’ve got the followers how do you keep them? You let them in, by taking them through the process of your lifestyle. It’s only when they relate that they start to actually like you for who you are, nothing else.

What’s the best tip for anyone wanting to start a blog or website? Just be yourself and stay original!   What is the biggest challenge about blogging? The challenge is to always keep yourself updated with what is new and what is trendy.   What do you think are the positive and negative aspects of blogging? What is positive is that when you have a huge amount of people following you, you can get a certain message across easier or faster but sometimes, this can backfire, and you need to accept that not everyone will agree with you.

Why is social media important to you? Social media is a very powerful medium for people to communicate, promote and talk about personal issues. It’s the channel used to get a range of people to understand you and what you are about.   What is your life motto? Less is more.    Is there any advice or advice in general that you would like to give our readers? Be original in your taste, not everything is meant for anyone to do, wear or use. Sometimes, being yourself is the best image you can put out there.



LOCal interview Coat: Masnada Shirt: Balenciaga Pants: Balenciaga Bag: Balenciaga Shoes: Balenciaga Available at Harvey Nichols, The Grand Avenue.


usaed Al-Mutairi sets a perfect example for a person who loves what he does. He is selfdisciplined and incredibly social. Musaed works at Harvey Nichols as personal shopper who helps VIP clients choose their outfits and polish their attire, which acts as a time-saver and a guide for clients to spend their shopping budget wisely and effectively.

Musaed Al-Mutairi (@musaed_1980)

elegant “Always look good and elegant, for you never know who you may encounter ”


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What your blog is about? I use my own instagram account as a blog through which I share everything I love, everything I do and eat. Besides, I share positive posts inspired by people’s experiences because I truly believe in their influence on our lives. Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? I started my blog when I first started working as a personal shopper 5 years ago. People began to seek my advice and instructions on succesful shopping. I found this to be an effective and easy way for this information to reach a wider range of people.    How would you describe your own personal style? I have an appreciation for uniqueness and an equal amount of rejection towards routine. I’m a very sensitive and social person who loves to share my thoughts with people, I’m also understanding and deal with everyone based on their ethics and their way of thinking.   Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? I find it everywhere; in the sky, on earth, in food, in reading, in art exhibitions, online and in magazines.   Once you’ve got the followers how do you keep them? I think this can only be achieved by selfdevelopment, which means one should constantly think of a new way to keep your followers interested in your blogs. Another way is to maintain a high quality of the pictures posted,

besides, I personally try to read all the questions and comments that people post on my pictures so that I can detect what could be missing or what I could possibly consider in my future posts. What’s the best tip for anyone wanting to start a blog or website? The first tip is to move from the thought of wanting to start a blog to actually making it happen. First, be yourself and set your goals. Next, put a strategy and a time schedule as to when and how you plan to achieve your goal.   What is the biggest challenge about blogging? Keeping up-to-date with trends , being creative and innovative and posting about topics that people can relate to and find interest in.   What do you think are the positive and negative aspects of blogging? What is positive is that blogging allows competition and that it shortens the distance

between a blogger and their users, allowing them to communicate effectively. The negative aspect is that a blogger sometimes feels that they spend more time on this virtual life than they do in their real life which includes their family and friends too. Why is social media important to you? It is because social media offers an easy and smooth way to publish and post on the blog through a smartphone.   What is your life motto? Be yourself and never change for anyone. Always look good and elegant, for you never know who you may encounter.   Is there any advice or advice in general that you would like to give our readers? Before you begin your shopping, always ask the right questions like “What am I going to wear?” and “To where am I going to be wearing it?”. These are the key questions for successful shopping.



LOCal interview Jacket: Dsquared Top: Helmut Lang Skirt: Raoul Clutch: Kotur Necklace: Hervé Van Der Straeten Boots: Rene Coavilla Available at Harvey Nichols, The Grand Avenue.


Hessa Al Ameeri (@the.hha)

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essa Al Ameeri is a fashion and beauty video blogger (vlogger), a traveler and a beauty enthusiast. Her blog is mostly about fashion and beauty, quotes of wisdom and occasionally humorous jokes to make her followers’s day. Hessa describes herself as simple honest, which she believes is what keeps people around. THETALK interviewed Hessa Al Ameeri and revealed an even more interesting side of her personality. Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? I have always had a passion for fashion and beauty. I love communicating with people, learning from other people and sharing my experiences. So choosing youtube as my means of comminucation fit quite well with what I wanted.   How would you describe your own personal style? Simple, classic – no fuss!   Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? Inspiration is everywhere; whether it’s a launch of a new product, a new trend, a post by other bloggers or simply learning something new. If you are truly passionate about what your blogging about, posting becomes the easy part of the process.   Once you’ve got the followers how do you keep them? By being honest, giving your genuine opinion and simply being yourself.   What’s the best tip for anyone wanting to start a blog or website? Just be yourself. Some People are going to love you and some are going to hate you – this is that something every blogger deals with.  

What is the biggest challenge about blogging? Simply, finding the time to blog! With work, society and family responsibilities, it gets very challenging to find the time. Sometimes I film my videos in the middle of the night because I would be busy with friends and family all day. What do you think are the positive and negative aspects of blogging? The positives are sharing your opinion and experience with the world and consequently having people relate to your posts. Interacting with the readers and communicating with them. What is negative is that it can be very timeconsuming, besides being a target to certain people who hate for no reason.

Why is social media important to you? Connecting people all over the world, social media made it so easy for people to communicate with each other. It’s where I interact with my followers and know what they like and don’t like. I make it my mission to reply to everyone who leaves me a comment. If they took time off their valuable day to write me a sweet comment, the least I can do is save some time from my day to reply. What is your life motto? “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” by Bernard M. Baruch.




Kuwait street styles Time and time again we bring you Street Style inspirations from across the globe. However, we cannot steer away from the fashionable crowd here in Kuwait. Whether it is how they dress to work, lunch, events or parties, whichever the occasion, these trendsetters always look stylishly chic!


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the street styles collective A new season and a new dose of inspiration! This time we have hit all the major capitals around the world; not just London, New York & Paris but Copenhagen, Tokyo, Milan and more. From local to international, we are bringing you an assortment of fashion styles and combinations. As with every season, do not miss out on the fun of experimenting!


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international interview


“It’s about

playing with details & adding a twist through experimentation!


he collection has landed and it is exactly the sporty, edgy imagery we were hoping for! Alexander Wang discusses the collection in an exclusive interview for THETALK. What distinguishes the Alexander Wang X H&M collection from other collaborations that have been done in the past? I’m so excited by the ALEXANDER WANG X H&M collection. H&M have done a great job in the past with archived based collaborations, that made affordable versions of expensive items. I wanted to do something different, and create a collection that was made up of mostly new designs – there are only a couple of pieces which are updates of my previous work. It’s a collection based on performance and sportswear, and I’ve designed it within its natural price parameters. It means that the collection offers the best version of performance and sportswear, each piece with the Alexander Wang sensibility. What colour is dominant in your Alexander Wang X H&M collection? Why? The dominant colour is my favourite colour: matte black. To me, matte black always looks fresh and modern. I love how different fabrics take black in different ways, particularly with the technical fabrics in this collection. There’s also many different shades of grey in the collection, especially the different bands of grey in the compression knit pieces, and also some amazing reflective material too. How would you describe the Alexander Wang X H&M woman? The thing about performance and sportswear today is that it’s part of every woman’s life. Performance and sportswear is now mixed into every woman’s wardrobe, whether it’s gym pieces, or sportswear classics like sweatshirts, which are now an everyday alternative to the knit sweater. In the city, everyone wears performance outerwear pieces to protect from the elements. There’s something in this collection that every woman can connect with.


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What inspired this collaboration with H&M? I’ve always been inspired by performance and sportswear. For me it’s the most advanced in terms of make and manufacture, and the techniques that are used. It’s a field that’s always innovating and pushing forwards, and which has functionality at its heart. I’m obsessed with functionality, not just for the performance aspect, but also the look. It’s about playing with the details, finding new techniques, and adding a twist through experimentation and humour. What does the Alexander Wang X H&M collection deliver? The collection is a full wardrobe for urban

survival. The outerwear pieces are amazing, like the grey jacquard scuba coat with an oversized hood with a brim shaped like a baseball cap, or the motorbike jacket in quilted leather. I love it when new techniques are used to elevate something familiar, like the sweatshirt that’s been foam-injected to create a 3D croc pattern, or the sweatshirt that’s embossed with WANG. The performance pieces not just for the gym, like the seamless quick-dry T-shirts, tank tops and crop tops that are perforated with a message that’s only revealed when it’s next to skin. There are also pieces that take inspiration from sportswear, such as the cutaway scuba multistrap scuba dress, or the WANG elasticated bra. There’s a full range of accessories, like the leather backpack with a hidden reflective silver rain cover, and high heel leather and scuba booties. And to give a full sense of the Alexander Wang lifestyle, there’s a range of Objects, such as yoga mats, boxing gloves – both as a key-ring, and in actual size.



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Stella McCartney

Parosh Moschino Cheap and Chic

Sara Battaglia

Printed Mysteries

Alexander McQueen

Take on winter with a mysterious edge. Dark prints are perfect for this season, injected with a splash of bright color to add freshness. Slim silhouettes and classic motifs like flowers, polka dots, and butterflies add a touch of familiarity with a twist.


Junya Watanabe Emmanuel Ungaro


Moschino Cheap and Chic

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia


Moschino Cheap and Chic

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia Stella McCartney Robert Clergerie Stella McCartney

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Extravagantly Yours - Lanvin

Fun With Patterns

For a more contemporary take on fashion this season, go the way of quirky patterns and motifs. Sporty and slim silhouettes are the perfect way to work this trend.

Alber Elbaz’s presentation for Lanvin’s Fall Winter 2014/15 collection had all the hallmarks of the brand’s style. the keywords seemed to be fierce and extravagant, as the clothes were displayed with a cinematic shadow play vibe. Many of the elegant pieces had trendy fringes in fabrics like duchesse satin. Slim fitting pleated dresses, chunky heels, and sleek bags made the rest of the lineup.


The Lanvin boutique is located at Thuraya Mall. Love Moschino

See By Chloe


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Chez Heezin Fall Winter 2014/15 Marc By Marc Jacobs


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Fall-winter 2014 collection A raw freshness – earthy & untamed – dipped in mystery – windswept urban landscape – naked legs – a peculiar magnetism


The new icons of Versace – sensual, feminine, provocative, proud. The luxurious allure of bias-cut dresses in silk and satin, with asymmetric hems and seams provocatively left open as they cross the body.

Attitudes • Sweatshirt attitude for unstructured coats. • Butterfly sleeves. • Drop-panelled skirts. • Wrapped and over-belted coats. • Misty shades anchored with warm white & graphic black. • Wildcat furs and tangled fringing. • Folded collars. • Air-fi lled fabrics. • Knee-length culottes. • Gauzy cashmere. • Powdered lilac. • Rainbow cat jacquard. • Kaleidoscopic mesh knits. • Spongy double-face wools. • Long column dresses in matte georgette. • Pillowy padded leathers. • Shadow dots, geometric prints and metal shapes.

Long sleeve bias-cut dresses are detailed on the front with military frogging and buttons, the back slashed open to reveal the skin beneath. The juxtaposition of a tailored coat with pony skin sleeves contrasted with the fluidity of a silk satin dress. Trapeze coats in vibrant yellow and red duchesse silk satin have their own cocooning sensuality, especially when worn with ornate thigh-high boots. Jackets like parade uniforms sit cropped on the body, the sleeves ornately embroidered. Silk dresses and leather jackets have inserts of heraldic patterns in suede and leather, like tattoos on the body. Furs are a celebration of colour, either short blue minks with bi-colour inserts, or thigh-length alpaca coats in vivid red.

Accessories • Supple and sensual bags. • Oversized shoulder clutch with extended zips. • Velvet-touch deerskin in powdered pastels. • Overscaled twist lock on long-strapped bags. • Patterned python in soft colour washes • Heavy soles and mid heels. • Folded over-the-knee boots. • Patchworked leathers. • Gold jewellery with draped chains. 54

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The Signature bag is noble in vivid colours of exotic skin, while the new compact “D.Signature” style is elaborately decorated with gold frogging. “This is a collection about the power of a woman, not just her inner strength, but the attitude she presents to the world. Every woman can find that power in Versace.” Donatella Versace.



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Top international model Emily Didonato models the Atelier Pronovias and Pronovias 2015 collections Leading bridal firm Pronovias has launched its new 2015 collection with the help of American top model Emily Didonato, well-known for her work for fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Balmain, Chanel, Loewe and Givenchy. This fresh, natural campaign focuses entirely on the bride and features the Atelier Pronovias and Pronovias 2015 collections. Throughout its rich 50 year history, Pronovias has worked with celebrated international models like Karolina Kurkova, Miranda Kerr, Irina Shayk and Bar Refaeli, not to mention Spanish beauties like Vanesa Lorenzo, Martina Klein and Verónica Blume. Next season’s Atelier Pronovias collection is full


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of surprises, such as - Our separates dresses, with designs comprising of skirt and bodice combinations. - Our jewelled dresses, with delicate sequin and micro-grain appliqués. - The firm has created a range of chic designs with feather and petal appliqués on the skirts. - This collection uses sumptuous fabrics like crystal tulle to achieve a magical tattoo effect on the skin with sheer details on long sleeves, necklines and backs. The shirt dress, a hallmark of the firm, features heavily in this new Pronovias 2015 collection. This style is perfect for urban brides and looks especially beautiful with a wide skirt for a spectacular effect.

The new Pronovias 2015 collection also features: - Mini dresses for daring brides as well as plunging backs and floral lace bodices. - Choose from stunning fabrics like French lace, Chantilly, mikado, crepe, satin and soft satin. Artistic direction and styling for the new campaign is by Pronovias with photography by Carles Alsina. These beautiful collections are now available at the company’s 164 stores and 4,000 points of sale in over 105 countries.”



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Swarovski Fall/ Winter Collection 2014/15 Facets of Light

If Swarovski creations personify glamour, refinement, and innovation, it is largely due to the wealth of expertise and knowledge that the company maintains and passionately reinterprets each season. Swarovski is, after all, a master of facets and light. It is this heart of the company’s DNA that Nathalie Colin, Creative Director, has drawn upon for the inspiration behind the Fall/ Winter 2014/15 collection: “This season I really wanted to bring together art and light, which seemed only natural for a company whose crystal sets the ultimate standard in brilliance and sparkle. This new collection connects our heritage with another value of great importance to us – the desire to always reinvent and modernize.” LED effects, holograms, kaleidoscopic and moving-


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image inspired motifs all feature in this futuristic new collection. It plays with the refraction of light to produce easy-to-wear, everyday pieces, as well as bold designs that make a real fashion statement. The first innovation that features in this collection is the use of different metallic effects, a fantastic opportunity for Swarovski to reinterpret the mixed metals trend. Whether precious gold, delicate rose, or stylish rhodium, metal acts as a mirror and wonderful framework for minimalist lines and crystal facets to create mesmerizing, sparkling reflections. In this spirit of urban chic, fresh ideas and classic Swarovski designs have been revisited and combined to create wonderful new harmonies.

bursts of color and clean, graphic lines are brought together to form sublime pieces. The “Buzz” necklace features incredible crystal embroidery pattern, applied by hand using the Pointiage® technique, with opulent crystals producing an ultra modern, sophisticated 3D effect.

Featuring tiny cut crystals encapsulated in tubes of colored nylon, the “Crystal Dust” bracelet has a unique brilliance, with each of its diverse tones appearing even more vibrant than the last. Worn alone or stacked, night or day, this new wardrobe staple will add an instant style injection to any look.

Ruthenium studded with mini crystals is the key element of the “Blossom” bangle, crafted to evoke a cage-like structure embellished with crystals in shades of gray, amethyst, ruby, and emerald. More fluid, the long matching earrings are brought to life by the shimmering reflections of shifting crystals, a look completed by the “Billion” ring with its generous yet refined lines.

Dark, mysterious, and seductive, black light permeates the last part of the Fall/Winter 2014/15 collection. The pieces have a romantic yet rock influence, with an oxidized filigree look that epitomizes Swarovski’s unparalleled crystal expertise.

The “Brancusi” necklace features a lightweight setting illuminated by baguette-cut crystals, while the matching bangle merges the purity of gold PVD openwork with the glamour of a statement maxi crystal at its center. The “Bonus” theme couples stainless steel and crystal links in a structured design, creating a beautiful necklace and bracelet that can be worn with a range of looks. For the “Spiral,” “Bolt,” and “Tactic” bracelets, clean lines are given a touch of femininity with pavé crystals, fantastic pieces to mix and contrast different metals. From the nude end of the metallic palette, we move on to highly colorful and vibrant tones. Intense



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Noir Jewelry_Gunmetalplated crystal ring

Elizabeth Cole_Goldplated Swarovski crystal bracelet

Elizabeth Cole Mohawk Earring Vicki Sarge Half moon clip earring

Noir Gold plated necklace with clear stones

Lulu Frost_ Midnight gold-tone, bronze and Swarovski crystal bracelet

Monica Vinader Riva Diamond and Moonstone Cocktail Ring


Unveils an exclusive collaboration with seven iconic jewelry designers as part of its holiday collection THE OUTNET.COM unveils an exclusive collaboration with seven iconic jewelry designers as part of its holiday collection THE OUTNET.COM is pleased to announce the launch of its holiday shop. With something for everyone, from party dresses and cashmere to small leather goods and sparkly stocking stuffers, THE OUTNET.COM is the perfect one-stop shop for gifts for everyone – including yourself! As part of its holiday offering and for the very first time, THE OUTNET.COM unveils an exclusive jewelry collection of pieces by seven of today’s most celebrated designers: DANNIJO, Noir Jewelry, Kenneth Jay Lane, VICKISARGE, Elizabeth Cole, Lulu Frost and Monica Vinader. The limited-edition jewelry collection will feature pieces developed exclusively for THE OUTNET. COM as well as classic styles reworked with a twist. Highlights include an iconic teardrop earring in a new, vibrant berry hue by legendary jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, a statement chain mail bib necklace by contemporary jewelry designers DANNIJO, and playful animal rings by eclectic label Noir Jewelry. The collection will arrive on site on October 30th, with prices ranging from £38 - £225. “Everyone loves the holiday season and I think 60

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Monica Vinader Riva Stacking Ring Amethyst + Riva Stacking Ring Moonstone + Siren Small Stacking Ring - Moonstone

Noir Jewelry_Set of three gunmetal-plated and goldplated rings

DANNIJO_Amira oxidized silverplated crystal earrings DANNIJO_Lizabeth oxidized silver, Swarovski crystal and resin earrings

Kenneth Jay Lane_ Pearl necklace

Elizabeth Cole Bacall Earring

the collection we’ve done for THE OUTNET. COM really evokes the excitement and glamour of the holidays.” — Kenneth Jay Lane, Founder, Kenneth Jay Lane

Kenneth Jay Lane Berry teardrop stone pierced earrings

“We’re delighted to have created an exclusive collection for THE OUTNET.COM. Whether you’re escaping to the sun for winter or attending party after party, this holiday edit is all about instantly wearable, fail-safe pieces that will add a unique pop of color to your little black dress.”

pieces for us. We’re especially pleased that the collection includes designer Vicki Sarge, as this marks her debut at THE OUTNET.COM.” — Shira Suveyke, Vice President of Global Buying, THE OUTNET.COM

— Lisa Salzer, Founder, Lulu Frost DANNIJO Oliana necklace

“The exclusive collection features some of our signature styles in unexpected color combinations. Whether they are worn with jeans and a T-shirt or a great dress, the pieces add just the right amount of glamour to any outfit.”

— Monica Vinader, Founder, Monica Vinader “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with THE OUTNET.COM for this exclusive holiday collection. For this line I wanted to design pieces that were glamorous but also easy to wear. The holidays are such a busy time and I often find myself heading straight from the office to an

evening event – these styles make for an easy day-to-night look. Throw your hair up with a pair of Art Deco-inspired crystal drop studs after hours or take one of the statement necklaces from a button-up collared shirt to a plunging neckline to feel effortlessly beautiful.”

— Stephanie Owen, Designer, Elizabeth Cole DANNIJO Everly earrings

“Our customers love the jewelry currently available on THE OUTNET.COM and we wanted to ensure they have something extra special this holiday season, so we asked seven of our top fashion jewelry brands to create exclusive

VICKISARGE_ Hematite-plated crystal earrings



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Celebrities’ Pick: Carla Amorim Jewelry What connects celebrities like Michelle Obama, Sandra Bullock, Hillary Swank, Uma Thurman, Sofia Vergara, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, and Katherine Heigl? Each one of these iconic trendsetters has been spotted in the latest jewelry designs by acclaimed Brazilian jeweler Carla Amorim. Her distinctive creations have taken Hollywood and the red carpet by storm. Born in Brasilia, Carla discovered her passion and artistic talent for designing jewelry, and first pursued it as a hobby. The Carla Amorim brand was founded in 1992, and is today a reputed name in the international market offering


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necklaces, rings and earrings for lovers of jewels. Contemporary, fresh, feminine, and delicate are words that would be apt to describe the beauty of a Carla Amorim creation. Carla’s designs are inspired by three major Brazilian elements: Architecture, Nature, and Culture. As a native of Brasilia, Carla is continually moved by the work of famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. His influence is evident in the structural composition of her jewels. The motifs in her pieces such as flowers, wind, and water are a tribute to nature at its best. Carla gives great consideration to the flora and fauna of

Brazil in her work. The cultural charms of Brazil too, are well represented in her creations such as the Bossa Nova collection of jewelry. Colorful and precious gemstones add brilliance to the 18-karat gold she uses to craft each dainty piece. The finishing is mostly matte in yellow, white, rose or black gold. These dazzling pieces have already created a buzz in Kuwait and the Middle East, with a discerning fan following. So go ahead and pick a piece of sparkling jewelry from this must-have brand to call your very own. Carla Amorim jewels are now available in Kuwait at Al Ostoura Jewelry, Thuraya Mall.

IVANKA TRUMP FINE JEWELRY DEBUTS THE EMPIRE COLLECTION Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry today announced Empire, the latest collection from Trump’s namesake brand. Empire, inspired by architectural silhouettes and iconic skyscrapers, evokes the strength and style that today’s modern woman embodies. The art deco details of the collection are reminiscent of romantic architecture prevalent during the art deco era and seen in Manhattan’s quintessential skyline. The pieces are alluring and bold, like the city itself and the women who wear them. “New York City continues to be a great source of inspiration for the Ivanka Trump brand. At times, the city can seem larger than life, but some of the most impressive aspects are the small details and the same can be true of style.” said Founder and CEO Ivanka Trump. “The

Empire collection captures some of the beautiful, architectural details of the city, perfectly suited for the strong, glamorous women who inhabit it.” Cosmopolitan shapes were combined to make stylized cube designs, much like the art deco designs seen on some of New York’s most iconic structures. The Empire collection is set in 18kt gold and incorporates colored stones such as prasiolite and amethyst. This 24 piece collection starts at $3,100 and is highlighted with breathtaking diamonds. “With Empire, we have created a collection of jewelry inspired by great symbols built during a historic period,” said Geoffrey Hess, President of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry. “It is as elegant as anything our company has ever designed.”



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This champagne tulle Oscar de la Renta gown was amongst his fall 2010 collection, covered with gold paillette embroidery – simply breathtaking!

Those two amazing dresses are from Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2013 collection, the designs were produced under the collaboration with John Galliano.

This is gorgeous gown by Oscar de La Renta was a totally new twist on prints with its beautiful golden sequins and halter silhouette.


This pale silver Oscar de la Renta gown with a huge fluffy ruffled skirt, a fitted sweetheart bodice and a train was a fantastic royalbride-like fairytale.

Our Oscar de la Renta top 6 favorite designs!

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you. ” Oscar de la Renta

The fashion world received sad news about the legendary American designer Oscar de la Renta who passed away at the age of 82. The designer passed away after a long, onand-off battle with cancer which began in 2006 and had made a final public appearance in September, during the runway show for his Spring/ Summer 2015 womenswear collection in


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New York – a the collection that is sadly his last. Oscar de la Renta who was born on 22 July 1932 and passed away on 20 October 2014 was a Dominican-American fashion designer who was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo and he became internationally known in the 1960’s for dressing Jacqueline Kennedy and every

first lady later on. The award-winning designer eponymous fashion house continued to dress leading figures, rolaylty and film stars like Nancy Reagan, Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker. His iconic, ultra-feminine designs will be truly missed. In tribute to Oscar de la Renta’s incredible legacy, we have chosen 6 of our favorite Oscar de la Renta’s designs...

This strapless melon-hued confection is from Oscar de la Renta’s PreFall 2013 collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress was not only designed by Oscar de la Renta, but also signed by the designer himself – a gown to remember!

“The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward. ”




6 tips for a better selfie! How long has it been since you have last taken a selfie? Mine most recent was taken today and while you are reading this article, can you think of the number of selfies that are being clicked now? The selfie trend perhaps comes from how easy they are to create a picture and share it on spot, and the control they give self-photographers over how they present themselves and how they know their faces best. There are few tips that you can remember the next time you take a selfie and you will notice how it is going to work for you. Look good Give yourself a once-over before you take the picture. You do not want to take a picture of your current self on a bad hair day or after you have had a sleepless night. Of course, you can always delete the picture and take another, but how about having more options that you can pick from?

a blurry picture after all. This is challenging because when someone else is taking care of clicking the picture, they have their both hands to control the camera or the phone, whereas you will have to pose, check yourself out and click the photo at the same time. It takes some practice but you can master it. Be awesome You probably take selfies because you see something in yourself that you love and wish to portray. When you take a picture of yourself, you should be able to know your face features

so well that you can decide how you look your best in pictures. There is no harm in showing a little extra dose of confidence too – it will show in your eyes. Edit Most probably, this is where the fun begins. Today, applications offer their users endless editing tools that can make any picture look better. A good selfie will look even better with proper editing of the sharpness, brightness, some blur and other awesome effects that are only a touch, swipe or a tap away!

Fix the lights Any photo requires proper lighting in order to come out clear. In order to show off your makeup, hair or outfit, you need to lighten up the room or the angle in which you pose. Do not choose a dark room even if your flash is on. Always hold your phone in an upright angle and never from below since upper postures highlight your cheekbones and radiance of light on your teazone, which gives your features their best form. Background An important factor in taking pictures is to choose a good, plain background. A number one reason why a selfie can fail is because someone has taken a selfie in a messy bedroom with loads of clothes. For example, always check the surroundings so that the background serves your picture. Stay still Practice standing still without moving so that you can get the best results – you do not want 66

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This fall, Marc Jacobs Beauty introduces products for the woman whose love of efficiency is matched only by her eye for quality. Invest in Marc’s take on portable luxury, and get inspired by your makeup, not ruled by it. With four cleverly designed color cosmetic products, Marc Jacobs Beauty has re-imagined beauty basics, crafting each with breakthrough technologies and ingredients for unparalleled performance. Chic, chrome packaging and portability is signature to the fall collection and Marc’s design. “Beauty is something you’re attracted to. It’s kind of fun and unexpected—I think it’s what surprises you. It’s what’s done with style and confidence and a sense of urgency and youth. I hope we have continued to create a very desirable, modern product that really illustrates how I feel about beauty.” - Marc Jacobs The Marc Jacobs Beauty Fall 2014 launches will be available as of October 2014 exclusively at SEPHORA.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Re-imagines Portable Luxury With Clever Design and Curated Color EXCLUSIVELY AT SEPHORA


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he newly married Mrs. Clooney has definitely been THETALK of the town for the past year. In fact, not only was it about tying Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor down, it was about the bride too. Amal got engaged to George Cloony in 2014 after dating for only nine months – a good question arises: what could be special about her?

Here comes the bride Amal Alamuddin

Amal Alamuddin was born on 3 February 1978 in war-torn Beirut to Ramzi Alamuddin and Bariaa Miknass. The family moved to London when Amal was two years-old. Amal is a London-based BritishLebanese lawyer, activist, and author. She is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specializing in international law, criminal law, human rights, and extradition. Her clients include Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in his fight against extradition. She has also represented the former prime minister of Ukraine. Beyond doubt, there is nothing more attractive than an attractive lady who is successful, intelligent and elegant, and Amal seems to have it all. Beauty wise, the dark hair, the fit body and the Mediterranean beauty is applauded worldwide, and Amal radiates the brunette beauty that stands out on the streets of Europe and the US.


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Style wise, Amal Alamuddin has proven that she is a well-dressed lawyer, appearing in almost all outfits as elegant as a Mrs. Clooney is expected to be, stepping out in a crisp cream outfit that coordinated with George’s debonair style perfectly. Likewise, Amal looks great in dresses, mastering the wave in a striking red-printed dress for an outing at night, and looking chic a sleek mint skater dress with fun printed shades in London on a morning. The human rights lawyer also whipped out a red ensemble with yet another pair of quirky floralprint shoes at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in London. Amal also appeared in casual, arriving back home in London from a trip to Malibu, the newly married lawyer looked relaxed in a nude cardigan and distressed jeans. Looking pretty in pink, Amal once made her way out of a NYC hotel wearing a bubblegum pink coat over an all-black outfit. Those who know Amal speak of her brilliant mind, elegance and intellect, three ingredients in the recipe of a true lady who earns every bit of praise she receives. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


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Heidi Klum in Roberto Cavalli

Elegant Heidi Klum was seen at the Roberto Cavalli’s Fashion Show in Milan dressed up in a Roberto Cavalli black and white patterned shirt and matching boot-leg cut trousers.


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q8 BALANCE Saleh Al-Duwaisan

“Do more of what makes you awesome. ”

Inspired by the love of “sea life” and a healthy active lifestyle, Q8 Balance is the product of a water sports group harvesting multi-talented individuals promoting group activities and a healthy body image to all ages. “Do more of what makes you awesome.”Stated Saleh Al-Duwaisan, one of the founders of Q8 Balance. He, along side his partner Bader Almuchaimy, took on the exciting and professional field of water sports and turned it into an everyday fun getaway that is accessible and available in our own Kuwaiti waters.

Tell us about yourself and the group. In 2008, the idea of Q8 Balance was initiated by 3 players who represented Kuwait in QATAR as the National Team in a small wakeboarding competition. More specifically, the whole thing goes back to when we were casually wakeboarding and displaying our tricks and challenging each other just between us friends in Kheiran (chalet area) at that time, you would not hear of anything such as a watersports event, let alone a wakeboarding championship. One of our friends mentioned a watersports championship happening in QATAR and we were pretty excited! Because it was very rare to hear that things like this are getting adopted in the region. So we decided to enter the competition. It was a small competition with a few other Arab countries… We landed the 4th spot for the team with the best display points on techniques. It was a humble start; but we got to meet the [Watersports Federation Committee] members and they were very helpful with showing us what’s right & wrong with our moves because it was obvious at the time that we were more or less armatures of the sport. Towards the end, the committee requested that we integrate Kuwait into the International watersports federation- So we took on the liberty to approach Kuwait’s Sea Club and did what is necessary and now Kuwait is part of the International Watersports Federation, under the authority of Kuwait’s Sea Club.


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Why did you start Q8 Balance? We instantly realized the weak watersports market in Kuwait when it came to equipment’s. Not only were the models sold are outdated, but they were also too pricey. We also started getting approached by so many people that wanted us to show them how to wakeboard and explain techniques through lessons… etc. That’s when we decided to initiate q8Balance. There is a lack in the market that we saw in our ability to fill in with lessons, training, providing the right equipment at a good price and to also hold championships like WAKYDAY to further encourage the progress of the participants and to ensure they have a safe place to show off their love of the sport and skills. What does Q8 Balance offer? Professional training for WakeboardingSponsorship for potential champions in the field (provide more training hours- free equipment)provide professional boat brands and raise awareness on types of boards and boats needed for the watersports field.

What types of boards and boats that best fit the sport? The best in field and the one we own that fits our area of expertise is a brand called “Nautique”- our boat is the Super Air Nautique 230. For the boat we look into a combination of things like the pull power- the rope- speed- and the waves it makes because that’s what we ride on as wakeboarders. For the boards, the brand we practice on is called Ronix. When you come in to buy a board you have to look into the edges - the cut - the material it’s made of.. etc. to assign a board for a trainee, you take in consideration their gender and weight; how much pressure they are able to put on the board. You also look into their height and how far they want to get… do they want to do tricks and jumps or do they just want to glide? If they are fast, they need a light board to cut through the waves with them and so on. What does it take to master wakeboarding? Start from zero, learn the basic tricks and learn how to master it before trying big tricks. There



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are a lot of videos on youtube that can teach you these tricks, a lot of people try big tricks as soon as they start wakeboarding which results in injury. The most important thing when taking up a sport such as wakeboarding is you being prepared that it will become a lifestyle. You, of course, need to be fit. Our physical training, away from the sea, happens in our off season which is two months during winter. We go out on boot camps- crossfit- muscle memory training on trampolines… etc. We use trampoline to do tricks for the muscle memory and to correct our body position before we hit the water. Again, it also depends on where you want to reach in wakeboarding. I’d say you have to for the most part eat moderately and make sure you include high-energy foods like protein bars, fruits and nuts. I would say most important thing is to be surrounded by positive and good wakeboarder is the key to develop your level on wakeboard. Is Kuwait supportive? Can a trainer pursue professionalism in the field? Yes, in a way. Kuwait’s sea club takes the responsibility of sending out our pro players in the game to international competitions with fully covered costs and expenses. And I’d like to thank Kuwait Sea Club’s secretary for his stand with us. Regarding pursuing professionalism under the sea club’s umbrella, the path is open for participants to get noticed and sponsored by any viewing company that attends those international competitions! It all depends on how good the player is, but if the opportunity comes, there are no restrictions to cease it. Where do you guys train? And Is a school for wakeboarding a plan in the future? Right now, our official location for practice and training is Alkhieran we were assigned this location by the authority of Major General Mohammad Al-Yousif . We also have our old location in Khieran. But


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the problem we face is yet to come when 3-5 years from now all the residential investors complete their chalets. The place will no longer be open for our use only. Which means the range of how far we can moves our boats and do our flips will decrease. Our only hope at this point is to negotiate the reestablishment of a wakeboarding location. A place we can call our own or our paradise. There is plenty of land that can be put into good investment and we are aiming for that in our future. We want people to have interest in our field, not to say that they have to like the water and be wakeboarders but come watch our competitions and cheer for their peers. If this happens, we can safely transit into putting solid grounds for a wakeboarding school. We want to give the Kuwaiti youth something to do; a place to invest their energy in and what is a better way to do that than an investment in sports?

Does Q8 Balance have any future plans to raise awareness and expand its platform? Yes! We have something planned in the summer. We haven’t issued a press release yet and it’s still in a work in progress. It’s a teamwork project by the Q8 Balance team and a cooperation with Kuwait’s Sea Club that will hopefully launch in September; we will be put together a kinds camp, a group of 10 kid that we will train on wakeboarding basics, provide swimming classes and sailing classes by professionals and that’s basically to plant a small but comprehensive experience of what Q8 Balance is about and what watersports are, besides, it’s also to raise kids’ awareness on an active lifestyle at a young age. Credits: Shaikha AlNoori- Haitham- (AlHadaad family)- Khalid AlAwadhi- Mohammad AlSultan - Barrak- Noora Al-Hajiry-Fatima AlMutar – Mohammed Al-Aryan – Najat and Tareq helped in (WAKYDAY) event.

International interview

There is good taste and then, in a

stratosphere all on its own, there is IWC Schaffhausen taste. Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, proves this abundantly so in a one-on-one interview with Injy Refaie for THETALK magazine, as he talks brand identity, new collections, and future plans.

What is your definition of fine watch-making? It’s a combination of technology, handmade crafts, and emotion. It’s very inspirational and emotional when you see what can be done in such a small space. It always surprises me how men with a lot of money wear cheap watches. I think a watch is one of the few luxury items a man can wear; it’s a cultural element that each man should own – it gives a statement to one’s character.

Impeccable Timing With Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

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IWC has major success today; what were the challenges that you faced throughout your career to reach this point? The luxury industry isn’t just about the function; you have to create a dream. You have to create an attraction for the brand. If there were rules, everybody would have the recipe and would be successful. You have to be able to know what is nice and what fits the brand. It’s like cooking; a good chef cooks with his emotion because he just feels it. That’s basically what you’re doing in the watch industry. Tell us more about the latest collections of IWC. We’re launching now the Portofino Midsize collection both for men and women. However, it’s targeted to a female audience. For the first time, we have such a product in our collection. We have a great campaign with Peter Lindbergh photographing stars that represent the brand such as Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Waltz, and Zhou Xun. We had the launch in Dubai with Adriana Lima, so it’s quite amazing. 60% of the watch market is female, so I think it’s a huge market. The interesting thing is that IWC is a male’s brand, yet female customers often like to wear a male’s watch.

How did this year’s Aquatimer collection get revamped? This is what we’ve launched at the beginning of the year in Geneva. It’s a typical man’s sports watch, and one which has been doing very well. It’s a niche product because it’s for diving and not everybody would choose to wear it. It’s more of an outdoor watch, so it’s very much for everyday use. Which collection has been the most successful in the market? The most successful lines for IWC in the world are the Portuguese, the Portofino, and the Pilot lines; they are the strongest in the market. What makes IWC successful in a market like Kuwait? Today we shouldn’t think about countries in that sense; we should think about social categories. The Kuwaiti client is the same as a Parisian client. People have the same information and you don’t have those borders anymore; people are traveling and they see what is going on all over the world – what is in and what isn’t. Kuwait is a part of that and that’s why we wanted to have a boutique that offers the same collection that you would find in New York or Hong Kong, or in any other place. Hence, it’s not segmentation by countries. How would you describe IWC’s relationship with the Behbehani Group? We’ve been working together for 15 years now and they are a very charming family. We’re business partners and friends, and this is why we’ve been doing so well. A brand is a living organism not a stand-still situation. We have to constantly evolve and they understand that. They’re not conservative, which means they accept change and we appreciate this.

Tell us more about the marketing strategy of IWC for 2015. We won’t be changing strategies; we’re remaining what we are because we have great roots and history. We have our re-launches and this is the strategy of IWC. We have products and styles, but we constantly have to adapt it to cultural change. Do you see new target markets growing for IWC? With the Portofino Midsize, obviously women are a new target. 25% of female customers buy male products; they love big watches. What makes IWC stand out in the watch industry? We have our style. The biggest challenge for a CEO is to understand what is beautiful and what fits the brand. Sometimes, there are beautiful things that don’t match the concept of the brand. You need to have the gut feeling to set trends. I don’t think that Karl Lagerfeld or Tom Ford have ever done any market research; I think they just do what they feel is right! They are trendsetters and we are trying to do the same thing – at a very modest level! The IWC has always been targeted to the connoisseur; what is your take on that? It’s absolutely true! We’re not a mainstream brand; I always say that we are the biggest niche brand in the market. I think it’s always about the taste and we have our own identity and authenticity. On parting, I ask him what time means to him personally. “It’s about enjoying the moment; it’s the only thing I can say about life and about time,” he tells me. “Any moment in life should be enjoyed because you never know what will happen. Capture the moment!” WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


setting the watch trends

Lady 8 Shiny

When Jaquet Droz thought about women and their feminity, a sparkling and shiny eight came to mind. The figure eight, Jaquet Droz’s lucky number, has been regarded as the ultimate touchstone by the watchmaker from La Chaux-de-Fonds since the Age of Enlightenment. Making its first appearance in the Jaquet Droz collection in 2013, the Lady 8 is today a symbolic feminine timepiece and a highly precious jewel. While the Lady 8’s general architecture remains true to its original design - an uncluttered dial crowned with a precious stone - the craftsmen have given themselves complete freedom in a veritable extravaganza of different materials. The Lady 8 Shiny plays on curves for women who appreciate the sensuality of time. The timepiece reveals a true painting; a dial in gemstones with grey gold and diamonds (1.49 carats) . Proof of the jewelry workshops’ extraordinary technical mastery, Jaquet Droz has had a coquettish touch: at its summit, a pearl of diamonds (1.4 carats) that its owner finds herself irresistibly drawn to touch and turn with her finger.    In order to give the Lady 8 Shiny more fluid lines, the lugs have given way to an alligator strap attached to the case which comes in gemset white gold for a total of 4.92 carats. The new folding clasp, specially created for this model, also takes the shape of a figure eight and is made of grey gold and diamonds (1.51 carats), reaffirming the striking identity of the Lady 8 on the inside of the wrist.   It’s an invitation to reflect, to reveal, and as such define the spirit of glamor and luxury that imbues the new Lady 8.


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Hermès Médor Design is sometimes about reinventing fi ne objects and the Médor watch is a perfect example of this principle. First created in 1993, the Médor watch originated from one of the fi rst objects produced friend, it has also always – just like horses – been a source of inspiration for the venerable House. Initially intended for hunting parties, dog collars were adapted to serve as belts during the 1930s. From there it was but a short step from the waists of elegant women to their wrists, which Médor thus adorned in the form of a bracelet. Since one creative idea often leads to another, the leather strap with its iconic “Clous de Paris” pyramid-shaped studs was then transformed into a ‘secret’ watch. The ingenious and slightly mischievous Médor watch has fun with the passing of time by alternately concealing it under a domed cover or discreetly revealing it. This inspired creation comes in several colourful versions. Available in two sizes and graced with gold or steel pyramid studs, the Médor watch may be gem-set along its edges or entirely paved with diamonds, further underscoring the precious nature of this jealously safeguarded time.



setting the watch trends

Roger Dubuis Sparkles & Shines at Watches&Wonders 2014

At the close of the second edition of Asia’s finest Haute Horlogerie Exhibition held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday September 30th to Thursday October 2nd 2014, Roger Dubuis was delighted to confirm that what is fast becoming a can’t-miss event on the watch industry calendar once again lived up to its promises. Headlined by the presentation of the sparkling Velvet Haute Couture collection and of its unique Hommage Minute Repeater model, the Roger Dubuis offerings attracted considerable interest and admiration among an eager public.

OMEGA introduces an upgraded version of a late 1940s classic: the De Ville Trésor

Characterised by its thin golden case, the De Ville Trésor of 1949 was named such because it safeguarded the legendary 30 mm calibre within. More than half a century later, the De Ville Trésor is reintroduced with one of the most advanced mechanical movements the brand has ever unveiled. Available in polished 18K OMEGA Sedna™ gold, 18K yellow gold or 18K white gold, this treasure features a thin case with a height of just


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10.6 mm – a distinctive characteristic borrowed from its predecessor. The silvery opaline dial is decorated with a vintage “clous de Paris” structure, domed 18K gold indexes and a date window at 6 o’clock. The hour hand and domed minute and seconds hands are crafted from the same metallic material as the elegant case. A box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides protects this

understated dial. This exquisite timepiece is presented on a classic black or brown leather strap with a polished gold buckle. It is attached to the case with slightly curved 18K gold lugs. The De Ville Trésor is offered with a full fouryear warranty and is water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres / 100 feet).



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MANERO PowerReserve The Course of time at a glance

Classic design meets technical know-how. With an integrated power reserve indication and the highprecision CFB A1011 Manufacture caliber, the Manero PowerReserve from the Lucerne-based watch brand Carl F. Bucherer combines high functionality and sophisticated technology –indicating at all times power is remaining. The power reserve indication is a classic design element with a tradition of its own. Originally used in marine chronometers, it soon became an established feature of wristwatches too. The power reserve indication displays the current state of tension in the mainspring and the residual power in terms of hours. In the Manero PowerReserve, the functionality and design of the power reserve indication are perfectly combined, creating a striking and unique watch face.


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Setting His Trends


#madlock Dsquared2 Men’s


FW 2014

Through the mad eyes of this bad boy, Dsquared2 takes inspiration for its fall winter 2014 collection from the unique world of a correctional institute. The unconventional influence lends motifs, colors and attire of life behind bars, via the uniforms of the inmates and those who patronize them: prison guards, psychiatrists, priests and lawyers. The style story that unfolds begins with a simple cotton tunic and pants – mandatory clothes of someone being committed. Intense prison orange – the hue that makes escape difficult — quilted nylon teamed with worsted wool jackets fitted with zippers that converts into a new “pieces”. Dsquared2’s DNA, mastery in denim and leather, are key to the hard knock life looks. Shades of indigo and black denim are given bleached out, destroyed and ripped treatments, cut into a jumpsuit, or straightjacket-style jackets, some trimmed with buckles, and paired with curved baggy jeans.

institution’s psychoanalysts. Ankle boots are heavy duty style signatures of the inmates and their guards. With rounded toes in black, ochre and prison yellow leather and layered leather or rubber soles. Knitted short tuque hats add a tough guy attitude.

Régate infuses LACOSTE’s authentic sailing DNA and nautical functionality into key winter staples for city swag. This sport-inspired functional collection features strong visual codes and graphics adapted from the fast paced world of yachting to the multi-tasking wardrobe of an urban adventurer. Polos and protective garments are branded with latitude and longitude geographic coordinates: think N43° for Chantaco. Fresh stripes and clean lines exude a sharp yet relaxed elegance that perfectly suits both the sea and city streets, in a subtle and versatile color palette of navy, white and burgundy. The collection

focuses on bold graphic effects and a cleanline design that allows great freedom of movement at all times. Heat-welded taping adds extra value to technical men’s pieces. It is used to replace stitching or visually brand parkas, hoodies, the back of a T-shirt’s neck or piqué sleeve ends — another innovation seen throughout the line. A new coat in water-repellent doublefaced cotton reveals urban navy on the outside and chic burgundy on the inside, and a windbreaker gets a premium treatment in taffetas, ideal for the start of season.

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New Kiehl’s regimen battles oil in 3 steps! It’s game over for greasy and dirty skin

“Kiehl’s New Oil Eliminator regimen formulated to defeat shine and oil to advance to the next level of refreshing clean, weightless hydration” A universal issue: men around the world cite oily skin as a top concern and in Asia it is the most common skin type. Men have more sebaceous glands than women, which can lead to excess shine, oil, and enlarged pores. Men also sweat more than women, which exacerbates the sensation of greasy residue on skin. Those sebum related factors plus environmental pollution combine to make men more likely to feel that they have greasy, dirty skin. As a result, men with oily skin can be hesitant to apply any 90

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skincare products for fear of making the situation worse. Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash– This soap-free and sulfate-free cleanser is designed for daily use to wash away dirt and excess oil without stripping skin. Formulated with crushed Apricot Seeds, it sloughs off dead skin cells, removing debris to reduce the appearance of pores. It rinses clean to leave skin texture feeling smooth and virtually shine-free. Refreshing Shine Control Toner – The ultrafine toning mist helps to reduce excess oil on contact. The refreshing formulation provides a

cooling sensation upon contact while vegetablederived Capryloyl Glycine helps reduce the appearance of excess sweat and oil. A “single handed” spray application allows for instant, any-time refreshment and a clean, matte, healthy-looking appearance. 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men – Coupled with oil-absorbing Aerolite TechnologyTM, this formula also contains Totara Wood Extract to help reduce the visibility of pores. Skin feels soft, hydrated and comfortable with a smooth, virtually shine-free appearance. With continued use, skin looks less shiny and pores appear smaller. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


Setting the car trend trendS



Armed with an even more potent design presence and outstanding performance, the new BMW X6 strengthens its position as a leading exponent of exclusive driving pleasure. The second generation of the Sports Activity Coupe, which has already posted global sales of almost 250,000, enjoys a special status among BMW X model rivals thanks to its irresistible allure, intoxicating performance attributes and innovative luxury. The extrovert design of the new BMW X6 blends the robustness and versatility of a BMW X model with the sporting elegance typical of the brand’s Coupes. The interior combines generous space with model-specific sports features and a luxurious ambience, while attractive design and equipment packages further highlight the exclusive style of the new BMW X6. The Design Pure Extravagance equipment package adds striking, high-quality accents to both the interior and the exterior. 92

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The M Sport package, meanwhile, includes specially selected features that enhance the vehicle’s dynamic character to immediately eye-catching effect. Also available from launch are model-specific features from BMW Individual. The new BMW X6 additionally comes with a suitably exclusive roster of standard equipment which goes well beyond that of the previous model: bixenon headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation and the 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission with steering wheel shift paddles are all included, as are leather trim, two-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and the Driving Assistant safety package from BMW ConnectedDrive. Lending functionality an extra boost are the 40 : 20 : 40 split/folding rear seat backrests, which allow load compartment capacity to expand from 580 litres to as much as 1,525 litres (75 litres more than the predecessor model). WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


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FORD F-150 V

Should the executive team at Ford feel confidence or concern over such a radical redesign of the company’s preeminent model? The new truck goes on sale at the start of 2015, with high hopes and a saleswinning streak it’s expected to maintain. Will it? Let’s take a look at the 2015 Ford F-150’s top 6 innovative features, then you tell us.

as an alternative to the traditional V8 found in most trucks. For 2015 the company is doubling down on its EcoBoost technology, adding a new 2.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. The 2.7 features advanced technologies like a compressed graphite iron block (normally reserved for diesel engines) and twin turbocharges integrated into the exhaust manifold.

Aluminum Body: The biggest piece of news surrounding the 2015 F-150 centers on its aluminum body. Normally reserved for sports or luxury cars, the new aluminum body allows the F-150 to cut weight without sacrificing strength. Ford’s extensive durability testing has verified its increased strength (and corrosion resistance) while the aluminum body has cut weight by up to 700 pounds.

Electronic Display: The 2015 Ford F-150’s interior is all-new, with more space, improved climate and touchscreen controls and an updated seating position with superior outward visibility. But the single most impressive feature is the optional 8-inch digital MyView gauge cluster, which Ford describes as a “productivity screen.”

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Exterior Cameras: Exterior cameras have gone from exotic to commonplace in premium segments, but with the exception of rear

cameras they remain rare in the full-size truck segment. Now Ford has introduced birds-eyeview, 360-degree camera technology on the new F-150, making parking and low-speed maneuvers in tight quarters much easier. Driver Assist: The new F-150 has caught up with premium sedans by offering high-tech items like blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist, curve control, forward collision warning, radar cruise control, hill descent control and Ford’s patented Active Park Assist system. LED Lighting: LED headlights and taillights improve nighttime visibility, and the technology is now available on the new F-150. Ford further ups the illumination ante with available LED lighting in the cargo bed, LED lighting in the tailgate handle, LED lighting in the exterior mirrors’ puddle lamps and LED lighting on the exterior mirrors’ spotlight locations. WWW.THETALK-ONLINE.COM


his style icon


ugh Michael Jackman was born on 12 October 1968, he is an Australian actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre, and television. Jackman has also won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. Good-looking, charming and smart, Hugh Jackman is known for being elegant in every situation. After studying journalism and appearing on TV, the actor catapulted to international fame in his role as Wolverine in the first “X-Men,” released in 2000. Now an established A-list movie star with a slew of theater and musical appearances under his belt as well, Jackman is unquestionably a style icon. As well as being a talented actor and singer, Jackman is also a dedicated philanthropist. Jackman is a global advisor of the Global Poverty Project, for which he narrated a documentary and he and the project’s founder Hugh Evans visited the UN for the cause in 2009.Jackman hosted a preview of the Global Poverty Project Presentation in New York together with Donna Karan, Lisa Fox and his wife Deborra-Lee.He is also a World Vision ambassador and participated in the climate week NYC ceremony on 21 September 2009.

A true gentleman Hugh Jackman

Style is something that is individual to a man – a unique trait and a reflection of his personality and taste. Hugh Jackman is the stylish and sophisticated hollywood celebrity the public so often talk about. It is often considered a rarity to find the qualities of an intelligent and sophisticated man combined with a successful career and good appearance! Hugh Jackman is just a man who radiates a rare fusion of all the characteristics associated with masculinity - be it charisma-wise or style-wise - taking in everything trendsetters appreciate in someone who understands style and carries himself like a true gentleman.


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Hair loss – why it happens and how to prevent it Losing hair is perhaps a woman’s worst nightmare – perhaps every man’s too. While we all know it is normal to lose hair, we dread the idea of having thinner hair, visible scalp or in worst case: baldness. Dermatologists argue that hair loss is more likely to happen during shower, blow drying, or when given a quick brush, agreeing that it is completely normal. On average, we lose fifty to a hundred hairs a day and it is just hair going through its cycles, and there will be a new one to replace it. It is crucial to know, however, that hair loss can be a sign of a more serious problem which requires medical attention and a change in a diet or lifestyle. Here are the symptoms that indicate a hair loss problem, causes of hair loss and tips on how to deal with them. Gradual thinning on top of head is the most common type of hair loss that affects both men and women. In a man’s case, hair often begins to recede from the forehead in a line that resembles the letter M, whereas women typically retain a line of hair at the forehead but experience a broadening of the part in their hair. Sudden loosening of hair is also very common among men and women. Typically, physical and/or emotional shocks can cause hair to loosen and handfuls of hair may come out during regular actions like combing or washing the hair. This type of hair loss normally causes the hair to thin. Circular or patchy bald spot is a type of hair loss usually affects the scalp only, but it sometimes occurs in beards or eyebrows. In some cases, the skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.


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Causes The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. In genetically susceptible people, certain sex hormones trigger a particular pattern of permanent hair loss. Most common in men, this type of hair thinning can begin as early as puberty. Hormonal changes and imbalances can also cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation of birth control pills or the onset of menopause. A variety of medical conditions can cause hair loss too, including thyroid problems, alopecia areata, scalp infections and other skin disorders. Additionally, hair loss can be caused by drugs used to treat like cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure. Other causes of hair loss can be a result of certain hairstyle and a traction hair loss can occur if the hair is pulled too tightly into hairstyles such as pigtails or cornrows. Prevention Maintain a healthy lifestyle Like nails and skin, hair is often a good indicator of general health and wellbeing. The healthier you are, the better hair will look. Eat your fruits and vegetables (Vitamin B, Iron, Calcium and Zinc have especially been linked to healthy hair); always consume a protein-rich diet, keeping in mind that hair is made of proteins, and drink adequate water. Avoid hair enemies Things that are bad for your hair are obvious and

need not to be listed. But it apparently does need to be told again because many of us unknowingly take on several unhealthy hair-practices like wearing styles that pull the hair tight, besides chemical products used on hair designed to drastically change the way the hair looks. Not to mention blow drying your hair – this dries out the scalp and damages hair follicles but cannot be avoided. Instead, you can allow your hair to air dry at least part of the time, or change the heat setting on your blower to the lowest. Last but not least, combing your hair or rough toweling when it’s wet will only put out some hair strands from the roots and stretch and break others. Be gentle with your hair. Choose your shampoo Before you choose shampoo it’s important to know what shampoo, how to use it, and how that relates to your hair and scalp type. Shampoo is meant to clean your hair and scalp of dirt, oil, and hair products. While it’s common to think of shampoo as a hair cleansing agent, it’s more important to consider your scalp when choosing a shampoo. Home remedies Home remedies, including mixtures of hair masks that are prepared and used at home can be very useful, providing hair follicles with the nourishing elements for the hair, scalp and roots. Some of the ingredients may include extra virgin olive oil, eggs, avocado, coconut oil, almond oil and even bananas. Take care of your hair They say, just like plants flourish and flowers bloom as a result of love and care, you might want to love yourself enough to consider your emotional wellbeing a top priority, and to love your hair enough to do all it takes to keep it healthy.





Versace presents an exclusive limited version of its new iconic Via Gesù family, the style debuted at this year’s Salone del Mobile.

At the heart of the sofa is the V of Versace, from the V stitching at the back, to the sloping angle of the arms.

The Atelier edition of the Via Gesù sofa has been upholstered in luxurious black and white leather, with gold metal finishes.

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The base of the sofa is also in gold metal. This special edition of the Via Gesù sofa is exclusively available in the Versace Home Boutique on Via Borgospesso, Milan.




The world’s best

6 destinations!

As joyful as it is to be a traveler, it is always difficult to decide which experience is the best and most overwhelming; there are always great discoveries in all travels! To choose our top favorite destinations, we looked up the world’s most favored destinations throughout 2014. In the coming pages, we share our top six destination in tribute to our six year anniversary! Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts - we wish you a safe trip!


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Almaty - Kazakhstan Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan – a city that is certainly a full of life. It also used to be the former capital of the country, until 1997 when it moved to Astana. Almaty literally means ‘city of apple trees’, and, because of its relatively mild climate, it has a wide range of apple trees.   The Almaty area is said to be the genetic home for many varieties of apples and the area is often visited by researchers and scientists from around the world, in order to learn more about the complex systems of genetics, and also to discover the true beginnings of the domestic apple.   The beauty of this old wooden cathedral should make it a must-see for any visit to Almaty. It provides a great photo opportunity. Just head to Panfilov Park and walk towards the centre and you›ll find the cathedral. There is no fee to


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walk around the outside taking photos. Almaty is also famous for being a home for The Museum of Musical Instruments, housed in a beautiful 1907 wooden building with traditional Kazakh decoration on the inside. It became a museum in 1980. Rooms are full of traditional Kazakh instruments, as well as some from around the world. There are many dombras, from early to modern, some stringed instruments I’d never heard of, horse hoof rhythm instruments, and even a bagpipe made from a goat stomach. One room has an electronic wall where you could point to an instrument and hear how it sounds. It is a wonderful gateway to this undiscovered and distinctive country. Kazakh people are very kind and welcoming, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the hospitality.

Fact Sheet Location: Kazakhstan Currency: Tenge (KZT) Cuisine: Italian, Korean and Chinese food  along with a strong selection of Indian and traditional Central Asian cuisine Population:  341,848 Climate:  Humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season. The hottest month is August (31°C) and the coldest is January (-2°C). Dialing code: +7 - 727 

Rio De Janeiro – Brazil Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and the state capital of Rio de Janeiro and is best known for its beaches, carnivals, football, music and its well preserved tropical forests. Commonly known just as Rio and once a Portuguese colony, it was also the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries during the 1800s. Brasilia became the capital in 1960 when Brazil achieved independence. Rio de Janeiro never fails to impress us with its modern outlook that reflects its progression through the times of yore. The historic sites, sparkling beaches, green belts and jubilant attitude of the locals embrace the tourists to the world where heaven meets the earth. Rio’s carnival with its effervescent samba dancers jiggling their hips attracts thousands of tourists around the world. The rain-forests, museums,

beaches and the glitz of the city have made Rio what it is today - Brazil’s top-notch tourist attraction. Because of its many cultural and historical attractions, Rio has implemented fabulous infrastructure to cater to the needs of its visitors. This includes world-class accommodation and plenty of tours. Rio de Janeiro is set to be one of the Host Cities™ for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, welcoming millions of people as they make their way to this international sporting event. In addition, it will host the 2016 Summer Olympics™, inviting sportsmen and –women, as well as their millions of fans, to focus their attention on this bustling destination. Major efforts have been made to minimise social inequality and modernise the economy of Rio de Janeiro to further improve its global standing. This makes for a very special destination!

Fact Sheet Capital: Capital of Brazil Currency: Euros (EUR) Cuisine: Traditional Brazilian and international Population: 6.35 million Climate: Tropical. The hottest month is January 27°C and the coldest is July 21°C  Dialing code: +55








Istanbul – Turkey Istanbul, the world center of great value in the past as well as in the present, Istanbul is special for embracing Asia on the one hand and Europe on the other. With its historical peninsula, numerous scenic and historical beauties is a magnificently unique city that has been capital to many civilizations from past to present and still continues to be home to residents from all over the world. This rooted city, with a history dating back to 300 thousand years before, constitutes a mosaic of many civilizations and cultures combined. Istanbul is one of the important tourism destinations in the world, with dazzling landscapes and rich historic legacy to visit and explore, in addition to the beautiful coastline and exciting events and cultural festivals.


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You may begin your tour at the Grand Bazaar that will enchant you with its bright and pleasant environment while a sense of peace and security will wrap you tightly in Hagia Sophia. A tour of the pearl of the Bosporus, Ortaköy, Beşiktaş and Kabataş shall allow you to enjoy the wonderful views along the deep blue coast. Istanbul could keep you happily occupied for your entire stay, giving you an eyeful of remarkable architecture, a sight of a beautiful carpet there and a bite of the delicious Turkish Shawerma sandwich – a taste you will not forget all your life. Kick your trip off soon as there is a lot to experience and share in Istanbul. If you have not already, are you ready to explore this magical city?

Cinque-Terre - Italy Fact Sheet Capital: Capital of Turkey Currency: Real (BRL) Cuisine: Ottoman cuisine (Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisine) Population: 13,255,685 Climate: Humid subtropical climate. The hottest month is July of ( 24°C) and the coldest is February at (6°C) Dialing code: +90 212

The people who have been there were so satisfied with the experience that they labelled Cinque-Terre as a “therapy” that must be fulfilled for those who are tired of their life. Rooted in antiquity, Cinque Terre’s five villages date from the early medieval period. Monterosso, the oldest, was founded in AD 643, when beleaguered hill dwellers moved down to the coast to escape from invading barbarians. Riomaggiore came next, purportedly established in the 8th century by Greek settlers fleeing persecution in Byzantium. The others are Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. Much of what remains in the villages today dates from the late High Middle Ages, including several castles and a quintet of illustrious parish churches. Buildings aside, Cinque Terre’s unique historical feature are the steeply terraced cliffs

bisected by a complicated system of fields and gardens that have been hacked, chiselled, shaped and layered over the course of nearly two millennia. So marked are these artificial contours that some scholars have compared the extensive muretti (low stone walls) to the Great Wall of China in their grandeur and scope. The Cinque Terre — as this stretch of five towns along the Italian Riviera is called — is located in northern Italy between Pisa and Genoa, and it’s the lowbrow, under-appreciated alternative to the French Riviera. There’s not a museum in sight, just sun, sea, sand (well, pebbles), wine, swimming, hiking, and pure, unadulterated Italy. Each town fills a ravine with a lazy hive of human activity — callused locals and sunburned visitors. While the Cinque Terre is now well discovered, I’ve never seen happier, more relaxed travellers.

Fact Sheet Location: It i portion of coast on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia Currency: Euros (EUR) Cuisine: Italian Climate: Mediterranean. The hottest months are July and August (28°C) and the coldest is December (5°C). Dialing code: 0187








Santorini – Greece Santorini has certainly been the tourists’ most favorite destination for the last couple of years, a city that has made it hard for its visitor not to pack their luggage at least twice a year heading to the same destination in order to reminisce their previous vacation. The volcanic island provides an unspoilt landscape created by the volcanic activity thousands of years ago. Today, Santorini is a unique attraction itself with astonishing rock formations and traditional whitewashed settlements built at the edge of the caldera. It is visited by thousands of tourists and Greeks in the summer. Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland. Santorini was named by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth


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century, and is a reference to Saint Irene, from the name of the old cathedral in the village of Perissa - the name Santorini is a contraction of the name Santa Irini. Before then, it was known as Kallístē “the most beautiful one” or Strongýlē “the circular one”. Santorini is no secret and draws crowds for most of the year, yet it wears its tourism well and its offerings make it worth the bustle. The island›s intrigue reaches deep into the past, with the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri and the gorgeous traditional hilltop village of Oia. It also glides effortlessly into the future with accomplished artists, excellent architecture, a unique brewery, and some of the Cyclades finest dining experiences. The sandy, multicolored beaches are simply the icing on the cake.

Fact Sheet Capital: Fira Currency : Euros (EUR) Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Asian, Italian, Mexican and international Population: 15,550 Climate: Hot in summer (26°C) and cold in winter (12°C) Dialing code: +3022860

The Maldives islands The name alone is enough to set your imagination on the beauty mode – you might as well see yourself in your mind’s eye, swinging between two palm trees on a white sandy beach overlooking the prettiest ocean you eyes will ever see. The Maldives islands is a destination which has always been sought after by those who seek tranquillity and relaxation in their travels. In addition, it has been the world’s best backdrop for an ideal honeymoon for decades. The Maldives, a group of about 1,200 islands, separated into a series of coral atolls, is just north of theEquator in the Indian Ocean. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited.  There is more to do than just relax on the Maldives, many of these tropical atolls and

islands are simply gorgeous, with swaying palms, white sandy beaches and deep-blue lagoons; none of the islands rise higher than 7.8 ft. above sea level. Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. The monsoon tides of the Indian Ocean create a collection of small marine creatures as well as microscopic plant cells. This in turn creates a hub for all kinds of underwater species who gather in these waters lured by the abundance of food. In the Maldives you will get to see everything. From tiny shrimp and groups of colourful swimmers to the magnificent mantas and sharks, a careful eye will give you enough to enchant you for a lifetime.

Fact Sheet Capital: Malé Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR) Cuisine: Maldivian, Asian and international Population: 341,848 Climate:  Tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain Dialing code: +960



Kuwait Exclusives

Balmain and Behbehani Group Launch the Balmain Event with Balmain Brand Ambassador, also Miss Switzerland, Dominique Rinderknecht Balmain and Behbehani Group announce their new event welcoming the Balmain brand ambassador and also Miss Switzerland, Dominique Rinderknecht, on September 21st, 2014 at the TIKTOK showroom, the Avenues Mall. Tik Tok is the newest addition to Behbehani Group; it is an innovative concept that brings together all the brands that Swiss watch lovers prefer, all in a trendy, non-classic ambiance that transforms its clientele to a world of novelty. The event commenced with a press gathering where it Balmain Instagram competition was announced encouraging the shoppers and the media to try on the Balmain Beleganza Chrono watch next to Miss Swiss and upload it to their Instagram accounts. 3 competitors with the highest number of likes shall win Balmain watches. Since 2005, Balmain Watches has enhanced this corporate tradition with its sponsorship of the Miss Switzerland contest. This year’s Miss Swiss is the 24-year-old Dominique Rinderknecht whose blond good looks, bright personality and brighter smile belong to an enthusiastic, sports aficionado. Miss Switzerland 2013 is striking Balmain wristwatch called Beleganza Chrono Lady. Like every chronograph, it measures short time spans – up to 30 minutes here – as well as showing the time of the day. But unlike typical chronographs, this design displays a full measure of engaging charm. Born in the exclusive world of Parisian High Fashion and founded by Pierre Balmain, the noted Haute Couture master, Balmain brings to time longstanding traditions of taste and elegance. Today its distinctively original spirit drives a watch brand backed by a leading Swiss watchmaking group – the source of invaluable technical and marketing advantages benefiting Balmain timepieces. With over 75 years of expertise in retail, the Behbehani Group owns and manages a series of


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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN AND BEHBEHANI GROUP CELEBRATE REOPENING OF IWC BOUTIQUE 360 MALL Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen and the Behbehani Group celebrated the reopening of the IWC boutique in Kuwait’s 360 Mall with a select group of VIP guests and press representatives on Thursday night. Held at the boutique in the mall, the event also heralded the launch of IWC’s new Portofino Midsize collection in Kuwait in the presence of IWC CEO Georges Kern, Behbehani Group President Ali Morad Behbehani and IWC Brand Director Middle East & India Karoline Huber.

showrooms and stores exclusively for international watch brands as well as jewelry. These showrooms are located in prestigious malls around Kuwait such as Marinamall, Souq Sharq, Al Kout, Laila Gallery, Al Hamra Luxury Center, Behbehani complex and Tiktok (Souk, The Avenues).



Kuwait Exclusives

BATH & BODY WORKS MAKES AN EXCITING DEBUT WITH IT’S NEW SIGNATURE Dark Kiss™ Eau de Parfum! The Middle East’s favorite fragrance now lasts even longer with the exciting debut of Dark Kiss™ Eau de Parfum. The inimitable exotic blend of Blackberry, plum and smoky dark vanilla is one of the most unique fragrances to grace the region.

Fashion Blossom, the official distributor of PANDORA jewellery in Kuwait, announces the opening of the first PANDORA concept store in Kuwait City, at Salhia Complex, Mezzanine1. To celebrate this special occasion, Fashion Blossom hosted a press & media event at the boutique followed by a cocktailin the presence of PANDORA Middle East Region General Manager Mr. Thomas Knudsen.

The Daily Trio brings you the ultimate experience! After a lathering, sumptuous Shower Gel cleansing, layer on the moisturizing, pampering Lotion and add the finishing fragrance touches with the incredible Fine Fragrance Mist! Want the electric aroma to dazzle through the day or night? Add that extra touch of elegance and sophistication with a few sprays of the NEW Dark Kiss Eau de Parfum. Key Fragrance Notes: Top Notes: Bergamot, Incense, Mirabelle Plum, Black Raspberry Mid Notes: Amber, Burgundy Rose, Geranium, Peony

Launch of the first PANDORA store in Kuwait at Salhia Complex

To introduce the brand’s unique universe of highquality, accessible jewellery and its latest creation of the Autumn 2014 PANDORA collection, the venue was transformed into an enchanting mystical autumn garden. The event evolved in a friendly and elegant atmosphere under the melody of the saxophonist “Mike Khayat”, making these moments unforgettable. Dry Notes: Dark Vanilla Bean, Labdanum, Vetiver, Sensual Balsam, Musks It’s time to experience the most daring fragrance at Bath & Body Works!

The PANDORA shop is located in the heart of the renowned Salhia Complex revealing through its charming façade the latest magnificent PANDORA concept store.

The new PANDORA shop in Kuwait City is the latest addition to the company’s more than 10,000 points of sale on six continents. PANDORA, with its unique concept of fashionable yet accessible

jewellery of the highest quality, is today the world’s third largest jewellery brand at retail value within genuine silver and gold.

“Saiid Kobeisy Flagship Store in Kuwait” Saiid Kobeisy, in association with TM Group, proudly announced the official opening of their flagship store in Kuwait. The opening ceremony took place at the store’s location in Zahra Complex, Salmiya, Kuwait, one of the most prestigious and renowned shopping complexes in the state of Kuwait, in the presence of society figures, bloggers, media representatives, and the designer’s esteemed followers. The designer hosted a reception ceremony to celebrate the opening with guests and presented to them his latest Ready to Wear Collection. The house of Saiid Kobeisy continues to grow as the latest Kuwait branch is the fifth for the designer following Beirut, Dubai, Michigan, and Libya.


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Restaurant REVIEW

An exotic interior garden Kafé Lavička

As soon as your eyes spot the place, you are likely to feel like you are nowhere close to an ordinary interior. The place is literally more of a fascinating garden centered in the heart of a mall, surrounded by glass walls and green plants. There is no wonder that the owner of the café, Aisha AlSane’ has dreamt of the most fabulous gardens around the world during her travels and transposed her fantasies into a café and called it Lavička – a Czech word which means “the garden bench”. As you walk into the café, you will soon lay your eyes on the greenery and flowers that are almost everywhere, decorating the walls, the wooden floorings in plant pots, the tables and even the couches – a decoration that translates a deep passion towards flowers and their effect on the mood of the café’s guests. When asked about the reasons, the owner told us that her inspiration was drawn from her visits to Hide Park in London, where she would spent hours just gazing at the beauty of fresh green grass and blossoming flowers.


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Therefore, she decided that the concept of a café should go beyond merely being a place where one would have a cup of tea and leave. Rather, a visitor ought to enjoy an experience where their five senses would indulge in a whole experience by truly enjoying their food and drinks, feeling the atmosphere around, listening to relaxing music and sighting a pleasant view of the place they are in. On every table at the café, the guest will first spot a welcoming note hung on a wooden stand that says: “May the start carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears, And above all, may silence make you strong”. Then, the message continues with a letter written by the owner herself that says: “Hello! I am Veronica and this is my story.. I love flowers and gardens! I love to sit on my garden bench, amongst the beauty of nature, watching God’s canvas explode all around me with beauty and life – the dancing blossoms with their delicate faces turned up to the sun, the colourful butterflies that flirt with each other, the

humming bees, busy collecting nectar, the soft, wet grass against my face, as I lie back watching the clouds roll by in the clear, blue sky, and, finally the warmth of the sun as it bathes me in a golden glow! I love being outdoors, in a garden, stretched out on a warm wooden bench, and I wish the whole world were a garden, all year round! But, alas! Such is not the case, especially in my city, where we are blessed with the excess warmth of the sun, the extra chill of the winter winds, and the swirling sands that blow across the desert! The joys of sitting in a garden are all but fleeting! And so, I decided to make my own garden, protected from the elements. A garden that would bloom all year round, a garden for all to enjoy! This is my garden, and I am happy to share it with you. Relax and enjoy your time here, be rested! You now have a garden to come to, anytime of the year, a garden filled with joy and beauty! Welcome to my garden, welcome to Kafé Lavička!” Decorated with birds and flowers, the tea

and coffee cups are only an extension of the garden’s concept. Kafé Lavička offers its guests a range of delicious salads and sandwiches that are prepared with fresh and healthy ingredients, with mayonnaise substituted with yogurt. Desserts, too, like carrot cake, German cake and chocolate raspberry cake are made with quality ingredients and decorated to serve the guest’s eyes before their sense of taste. More interestingly, and out of true appreciation towards nature and seasons, Kafé Lavička’s menu is unsettled; it constantly changes according to the season – an unusual theory that is not usually found in ordinary restaurants or cafés. Kafé Lavička is a whole new and unique experience that is worth the visit. I personally ensure that the guests are more likely to lose sense of time while there and would definitely want to come back soon, and this is exactly what the owner has foreseen while working on her haven where she loves to be present and welcome her guests herself. Kafé Lavička is located in Jassem tower in Kuwait City.




The season’s best selling Books Leaving Time

Some Luck

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Some Luck delivers on everything we look for in a work of fiction. Taking us through cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out, it is a tour de force that stands wholly on its own. But it is also the first part of a dazzling epic trilogy—a literary adventure that will span a century in America: an astonishing feat of storytelling by a beloved writer at the height of her powers.

Stop the Coming Civil War In his trademark in-your-face style, bestselling author and top conservative talk-show host, Michael Savage has a lot to say about the state of the country in STOP THE COMING CIVIL WAR. According to Michael Savage, OUR NATION IS IN REAL TROUBLE and the seeds of a second conflagration have been sown. Not between the states - but between true patriots who believe in our nation’s founding principles and those he believes are working every day to undermine them and change the very nature of the country.


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As You Wish The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

I’m Too Young For this

Tory Burch

If you’re in your thirties or forties, your body is changing, and so are your moods, sleep, health, and weight. Tired of being at the mercy of your hormones? Armed with the knowledge in this book, you don’t have to be. Perimenopause can be enjoyable if you know what to do. I’m Too Young for This! details how you can get your body and mind back on track, safely and without drugs  

Tory Burch sees the world in color, inspired by people, places, and ideas—all of which influence her brand, synonymous with print and color. In her first book, she explores what living in color means to her. The book is organized by color, each one brought to life through images of her own collections and travels; how she entertains; style icons; the works of artists, authors, and interior designers she admires; and the advice of business leaders—many of whom are interviewed within.



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movie RevIEws


movies showing this month

(Oct. 24-Nov. 22)


GEMINI (May 22-June 21)

The Penguins of Madagascar Cast Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy Synopsis: Super spy teams aren’t born...they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. 118

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Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly Genre: Comedy Synopsis: 20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Director: Francis Lawrence Genre: Adventure | Sci-Fi


Cast Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain Director: Christopher Nolan Genre: Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Synopsis: A group of Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen explorers make use of a newly discovered is in District 13 after she wormhole to surpass shatters the games forever. the limitations on human Under the leadership of space travel and conquer President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

The Drop

Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini Director: Michaël R. Roskam Genre: Crime | Drama Synopsis: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Chase money matters and all mental activities for this month with ease. Combine the long and short, big and small in your life. New relationships or a marriage are on the cards. Envision it, and go on your way. Continue with projects started a month ago. Do not trade any gossiping for your precious time and skills for this period.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 23) Withdraw from the frenetic world out there this month, Virgo. Look ahead and plan your campaign. Bolster your savings, increase your security, and lie low when it comes to unwanted extravaganza in life. Be courageous in life and pursue goals that can be attained without much stress and strain on your part.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Romance soars and an old flame might appear from nowhere this month. This is good, if for no other reason than wisdom. Don’t stand on pride. But do not start any new romances nor any new creative, speculative, artistic, decoration projects. More money flow is also promised for the month ahead.

Believe no promises and make none, now through the month of November, being your month, circumstances, business factors, and personal feelings will change. An important person might return in your life and make a difference.You will re-examine your relationships or other partnerships this month. Stay tuned to something unusual – a surprise, maybe! Happy birthday dear Scorpio!

ARIES (Mar. 21-April 20) Don’t start any new earnings or spending projects for this month. Old bills and money owed to you arrive from the past. Hence، there would be financial satisfaction for this month. Your physical charms shine all through the month, especially during the middle period of the month. You’ll attract love and can fall in love all of a sudden much to your surprise.

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your charisma, luck and effectiveness are high, powerful and luck surrounds you for most of the month ahead. Make your mark, start important projects and be ambitious in this period. You might meet with unstable atmosphere in personal and professional life. Healing of your physical and psychological wounds is also on the cards for this period.


(Sept. 24-Oct. 23) Be honest in your career and protect your money but don’t chase these mundane things now when temptations and pitfalls lurk around everywhere, particularly this month. Instead, pursue friendship and romance. Have an ideal in life and chase it with much cautious approach.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) Happiness shall come for you easily this month. Buy a small luxury, treat yourself. Ask for a raise or charge more and you’ll get it. Travel, communications, paperwork, details and appointments run into glitches this month and generally until the end of the month. Do not overindulge yourself with food as some health concerns are probable for this time period.

TAURUS (Apr. 21-May 21) Chase security in some form or the other for this month, Taurus. Buy or sell real estate, and go in for some financial deals as well. This is the best month of the year for you in terms of finances and personal life. Financial and personal themes play a lucky secondary role. Tackle chores with tact and diplomacy all through the year.


(June 22-July 22) Find money anywhere and everywhere and within moral bounds this month. Some finances might come in through luck and fortune. Stick with what’s solid and real, because glossy presentations may hide negative schemes behind them. Lean toward a money path that would be beneficial and straightforward for the whole future.


(Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Don’t start new work or renovation issues for this month. Major danger lurks around. On the good side, an old job might return to save you in a stressful money situation. Stay safe and keep your map open and your wallet closed. You’re restless now through most part of the month.

PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) The emphasis this month remains on romance, creativity, pleasure, speculation. These are favoured for the weeks ahead. This month brings in a period of lightness and freedom which will allow happiness, pleasure and creativity to blossom more fully in the days of your life. Happy tidings and news might come from afar.




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Issue 67 november 2014  
Issue 67 november 2014