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Issue 198 / September 2018

Dana Al Shamlan Neighborhood Baker Turned Entrepreneur




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Issue 198 / September 2018

Dana Al Shamlan Neighborhood Baker Turned Entrepreneur

On the cover: Dana Al Shamlan Creative director: DoubleA Studio Photographer: Faisal Al Bisher September 2018

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14. Creative Workwear 16. “The Backpack” 18. Christian Louboutin 20. Creative Workwear 22. & Other Stories 24. ETRO 26. Givenchy 28. Cartier 30. H&M Fall 2018 32. H&M Studio

60. Boucheron Nature Triomphante 62. Giambattista Valli x Chopard 64. Van Cleef & Arpels 66. Messika

84. Charlotte Tilbury Announces 86. Fenty Beauty 88. Giorgio Armani 90. The new beautyblender Sapphire 92. Laura Mercier Launches 94. Marc Jacobs Beauty

108. Dana Al Shamlan Talks J’s Bakery 116. CINDY CHAO 118. The Bed Shop

124. Cadillac 126. Ferrari Turbo-charged V8 134. Horoscopes







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letter/ Hello September, a beautiful month of new beginnings, weather-wise and fashion-wise. Fall fashion has our attention, after all, Spring/Summer collections are always the most anticipated in the fashion industry. Aren’t you ready for post-vacation wardrobe cleanses, and beautiful weather to go with it, we sure are! We’re not saying goodbye to summer yet so don’t put away those dresses! Just a simple upgrade for work. Creative workwear? We got you covered! It’s time to experiment with your creative side. You’ve been showing off those smoky eyes and red lips haven’t you? We now have the perfect corporate makeup look for you to revert to for going back to work to show them you mean business. We’re done with the bouncy beach waves look, it’s time to try out a professional blow dry… at home! So many beauty products to try - so little time. We’ve picked out our favorites for you to try this season. Never shying away from indulgences, whether it comes to fashion, or food, we all know J’s Bakery and treat ourselves to the sumptuous desserts, but who is the brains behind the concept? And what does she have in store for us for their 10th year anniversary? Dana Al Shamlan tells us all about how she started and gives away a few of her upcoming plans that we’re really excited about. A little bit of fashion, or a lot of it, a fair amount of makeup, some good hair days, topped up with sweet delights, seems like we have it all covered, but do not forget to add the most important ingredient of kindness inwardly and a broad smile outwardly to prepare yourselves to dive back into life with passion and style! Now put away those flip flops, put on your backpacks, it’s time to go back to the school of life, fashionably and oh so comfortably! Till next time, the talk Team

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Creative Workwear Graphic designer lost within all these corporate offices? Fashion editor heading to a professional interview? We have all experienced different fashion dilemmas but this is one a lot of working people struggle with - trying to look professionally chic. Workwear is a very diverse area of fashion and there are numerous options. However, what if the interview you’re heading to or workplace tolerates a bit of casual wear. We’re not talking about heading to work in your Lulu Lemons (leave your yoga mat at home), but sometimes you have to meet halfway. How to do that? A few simple rules to follow. Let’s say it’s a beautiful fall morning and you feel like putting on a pair of jeans with a few rips. How to dress it up? Put on a simple tee and a dressy jacket. If you opt for simple sneakers, go for a well-fitted formal blazer, and if your shoes are more formal, you can opt for a relaxed fit jacket. Putting on a printed dress? Throw on a pair of converse sneakers but keep your makeup light and basic. It’s all about balance. Now go work it!

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“The Backpack” While you’re thinking back to school, we’re thinking straight from the runway. The backpack trend is not going away anywhere soon. Whether they’re oversized or mini, printed or classic leather, this practice piece will become your personal favorite! Brands such as Chanel, Gucci, and Valentino have all started launching backpacks every season and they keep increasing in popularity every season. From high end brands to high street stores you’ll find the perfect backpack for your style and needs. Lots of people don’t really like to carry it the traditional way, we say you don’t have to! Throw it over one shoulder or hold it by the handle, it’s still as fab as can be. Styling backpacks is super-easy. You can literally wear it everywhere… except maybe work, or to an evening gala, or… well, you guys get the point. These pieces look as gorgeous paired with dresses as they do with a pair of jeans and a white tee, it’s all about being practical and what’s more practical than having a bag that can fit all your things! This is a trend we’re praying for to last.

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Christian Louboutin Space Oddity Fall/Winter 2018

Inspired by outer space, Christian Louboutin’s Fall-Winter 2018 collection brings back edginess to Earth with pure shapes and a minimal palette of colors. It’s time for us to hop on a trip aboard the Louboutin space shuttle!

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OFF-WHITE x RIMOWA Building on the inaugural OFF-WHITE x RIMOWA collaboration that created a one-of-a-kind transparent case, the partnership officially launched at the OFFWHITE fashion show for Men’s Spring/Summer 2019 at Paris Fashion Week. During the show, the fashion world got an exclusive first look for the collaboration. An alternative take on the classic backpack, the event sought to rethink the way you travel and what you wear on your back. The OFF-WHITE Paris runway show was a tribute to famed 1970s New York graffiti writer, Dondi White, who was lost to the AIDS epidemic in 1998 at the age of 37. The event showcased an expanded line-up of the original OFF-WHITE x RIMOWA suitcase – transparent hard-shell backpacks that were exclusively designed for the runway and will not be for sale.

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& Other Stories City Dressing

Embrace the city heat with & Other Stories’ refreshing new summer style guide. Featuring crisp whites and paradise greens in playful midi-lengths and ultralight fabrics, the Summer City Dressing edit will keep you cool in the sunshine. Step up your game this summer with a selection of unique accessories, bags and footwear styles that exude effortless style, while promising ultimate comfort for a day out in the city.

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Folk Deco For Autumn 2018 Etro takes a journey to the land of the endless horizon. For this collection, Veronica Etro found inspiration in the long shadows and dusty colorscapes of wide western landscapes wrapped up in the graphic sensibilities of European decorative arts. Bold patterns are inspired by the intricate art deco tapestries, the enameled jewelry boxes and the color blocking of Italian postmodern architecture. This collection exists in a cosmic prairie dream world unlocked only by Etro’s bohemian wonder. This collection relies largely on print for visual complexity. The patterns on each garment were mapped with mathematical precision and 3D modeled by hand to achieve the exact placement of every geometric ruffle, graphic border and billowing printed scarf. Weightless silk georgette and crêpe are elevated to the architectural via the intensely complicated processes used to create these fluttering, ethereal gowns. Printed chenille is used on fringed cardigans and wraparound dresses. Knitwear is the highlight of the season with masterfully crafted coats, capes, dresses and ponchos. The weight of suede and faux fur coats is broken up with panels of intarsia knit patterned wool. Chunky knits are flipped inside out on cropped jumpers to expose intricate stitching; jacquard stripes on fluid blanket coats are trimmed with suede fringe.

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Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2018 For the Givenchy Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection, Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller wished to create an homage to Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy, not only for the timelessness of his creations, but as a tribute to the innate elegance of the man himself and the grace with which he lived.

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With refinement and restraint, the Fall-Winter 2018-2019 Givenchy Haute Couture collection mirrors the personality of the house’s founder. Sleek, graphic and slightly futuristic shapes echo those of Monsieur de Givenchy in the Sixties and Seventies, renewing the purist’s vision of effortlessness. Men’s tailoring techniques inform capes and coats, contrasting with the poise of flou in draped silk cady or georgette and crystalline shades of aquamarine, coral, verdigris, or deeper, subterranean shades of blue, purple and faux black. Mysterious, monolithic embroideries recall cave formations and slices of minerals, infusing silhouettes with frost, shine and the modern attitude that is Clare Waight Keller’s signature. Bijoux de corps crystal and metallic elements enhance duality, while supple, embroidered leather, velvet and the sheen of goose, ostrich and coq feathers are worked with the ease of faux fur, infusing looks with a mystical sensuality. In homage to his beloved muse, M. de Givenchy’s iconic little black dress nods to timeless glamour with an of-the-moment twist. the talk - page 27

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Fall/Winter 2018 Eyewear Collection The timeless aesthetic of the Santos de Cartier Eyewear Collection is reinterpreted this season with the introduction of new materials and refined contrasts. Cartier’s emblematic metal screws, appearing on every design, are inspired by the airplane rivets featured on the iconic Santos watch. This motif has become a signature. The combination of different colors of golden finishes represents the Maison’s savoir-faire and constant quest for perfection in style. For this new season, noble materials – wood and horn – are crafted through a meticulous multi-step process that ensures maximum stability and resistance. Sleek lacquered decorations add the final touch to this style manifesto for a contemporary allure. Available in three versions: in brushed and smooth golden champagne finish with brown chêne des marais wood and brushed carbon fiber rims, smooth platinum finish screws, brown leather nose and green polarized lenses; in brushed and smooth golden champagne finish with brown horn and brushed carbon fiber rims, smooth platinum finish screws, burgundy leather nose and burgundy polarized lenses; in smooth platinum finish with black horn and brushed carbon fiber rims, smooth platinum finish screws, brown leather nose and brown polarized lenses.

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H&M Fall 2018 “For Every You”

This fall, H&M’s womenswear is all about the different facets of being a modern woman, exploring and embracing variability in personal style. It fuses tailoring with softness and delicacy in autumnal hues. The overall feeling, however, is always confident, relaxed and a bit romantic. “This season we’re celebrating the different sides of womanhood. The collection has something ‘for every you’ so there’s a focus on separates that can easily be mixed and matched – within the collection and with a woman’s existing wardrobe. It could be the Bohemian you, the Business you, the Comfy you or the Party you.” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design. Overall, the color palette of the Fall 2018 collection features camel and offwhite with touches of powder pink, dusty rose, lilac, mauve and burgundy. Feminine silhouettes dominate, with high necklines, ruffled hems, tie-up closures, voluminous sleeves and high waists providing some drama and accentuating a woman’s form.

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Taking the dream logic aesthetic of the cult series Twin Peaks as inspiration, the H&M Studio AW 2018 collection is a mix of ladylike statement pieces and borrowedfrom-the-boys wardrobe classics. Fifties movie icons, with their era-defining looks, provide further nostalgic stimulus. Opt for the chic precision of a sculpting wool dress and a cropped wool cardigan, worn under a nipped-in coated cotton trench coat. Or embrace your inner lumberjack, with the must-have indigo precision denim jacket and sturdy turn-up jeans, a jersey turtleneck lingering underneath. Then there’s the enlivening neon pop of a fuchsia-red feminine pleated skirt, set against the subversive wood grain print on a grungy viscose-silk suit. “A distinctive look,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Design Director. Why choose just one look when you can play with an entire spectrum? From square-toed boots to college kid cardigans; rough-and-ready selvedge denim to super-slick suiting; hard-edged biker jackets to bow-tied blouses, the H&M Studio collection has a neo-noir impulse this autumn, but there are multiple modern ways to wear it now.

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Boots “to Die for” Longchamp has made boots the must-have accessory for Winter 2018 with two suede calfskin versions that will satisfy every desire for elegance and femininity. Following in the iconic line’s footsteps, Amazone has given its shoes a vivacious and premier look. These must-have, elegant, thigh-high boots are perfect for style changes. Go for flat or a 3” heel, with or without fringes with folksy details that are also found on the ankle boots with a more discreet heel. They all don winter’s flagship colors: black, ebony, camel, beige, pink, khaki, etc. The Mary version is taking the girlygirl route with a 3” heel and laces that wrap around the leather on ankle or high boots in black, burgundy, khaki or ebony. This black mock croc cowhide and calfskin ankle boots adds yet another dose of sensuality and sophistication to this footwear collection designed for a luxurious yet adventurous winter.

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AW18: IL MIO CAPPOTTO Introducing this season’s Il Mio Cappotto outerwear collection. These hero designs see timeless silhouettes reimagined with contemporary flair. With thoughtful design details and luxe fabrications, these are your true wear now love forever pieces. Which one will you choose?

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THE NEW WRAP: In sumptuous cream, this long wool coat with waist-tie belt exudes modern luxury. The wrap coat has its roots in sporting history. With its nipped in, belted waist, it’s no surprise that Marilyn Monroe was a fan. THE NEW MASCULINE: A sharply tailored pea coat, this double-breasted style comes in a monochrome Herringbone wool blend and in a luxurious 100% cashmere version. The tomboyish style was beloved by ’60s it-girls like Twiggy and Jane Birkin. THE NEW FEMININE: Rich berry tones add a hint of romance to this otherwise perfectly practical wool coat. Originally a riding style favored by aristocratic equestrians in the 18th century, the silhouette – a form-flattering nipped in waist and full skirt – is eternally flattering. THE NEW COCOON: The mid-century silhouette is revived for AW18 in a fine heritage check. Sleeves are cropped and trimmed with plush to contrast with the volume at the back. Its roots date back to the early 20th century when the couturier Paul Poiret reimagined classic kimono styles as opera coats. THE NEW MILITARY: In muted khaki tones, this minimal overcoat with exaggerated lapels calls to mind the chicest uniforms. Modern icons adore it for its blend of toughness and a polished, sharp silhouette. COMFORT ZONE: The big news in knitwear now? It’s no longer just about jumpers. This season’s there’s a surprising array of nouveau knits to embrace, from ribbed skirts to luxe lounge pants to the essential sweater dress. And if you do need another sweater? Loose fit roll necks and fine, off the shoulder styles are your new go-to. So what are the trends to seek out? Tonal white-on-white layering feels particularly fresh now; opt for different fabrics for modern texture play. Or go for bold color block styles – abstract prints add oomph to slouchier styles. Ticking the cozy and cool boxes, these are your new win/win buys. the talk - page 37

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Michael Michael Kors Rory Capsule Collection

Michael Kors announces an upcoming capsule collection of watches, handbags and footwear embellished with an original piece of hardware — named ‘Rory’ — that celebrates the Leo astrological sign. Inspired by Michael’s astrological sign and his signature style, the Rory detailing is a lionhead shaped motif wearing aviator sunglasses. Ruled by the sun, Leos are known for their charismatic personality, playful energy and confidence, making them the most expressive sign of the zodiac. The Rory hardware brings this distinctive character to various styles of handbags and footwear, ranging from backpacks to pumps. The Rory capsule collection will be available in Michael Kors stores worldwide from August.

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MONCLER/VALENTINO Moncler’s know-how meets the style of Maison Valentino for the Fall/Winter 18-19 Collection. From the collaboration with the two brands, under the Creative Direction of Pierpaolo Piccioli, winter items for men and for women, created by Moncler, have been conceived. For the Women’s Valentino Fall 18 Pre-Collection, that will be presented in New York, two down jackets have been created that convey the two important themes of the collection. The items created from the collaboration between Moncler and Valentino will be on sale exclusively in 65 worldwide Valentino boutiques and on

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NET-A-PORTER Trends From Copenhagen Fashion Week With the closing of Copenhagen Fashion Week, here’s a guide on street style trends that are the perfect way to start building up your fall/winter wardrobe. The style guide highlights key street trends seen at Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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Paul Smith Autumn/Winter 2018 Looking to a bright future, Paul Smith’s autumn/winter’ 18 collection escapes to a more peaceful and positive place with dreamlike colors and motifs, fantastical embroidery and a softening of traditional sartorial codes. With tailoring forever at the heart of Paul Smith, the collection celebrates the suit and reasserts its relevance. In the opening look smooth satin lapels roll into dense pleats with jacquard wool sleeves woven with dancing fairies. On single pieces, houndstooth is paneled alongside Prince of Wales check and leather juxtaposed with hardy British tailoring cloths. The added length in jackets is a nod to Paul’s own past when in the Eighties he led a confident movement to relax the suit again reasserting its relevance. Suit jackets are deconstructed but follow the female figure, hugging at the waist to give a naturally confident shape that is never masculine. Satin dresses have an effortless elegance and appliquéd ribbon bows give detail and are inspired by Paul’s own drawings of flowers. In outerwear length is again accentuated. The perfect timeless Epsom coat in a traditional English fabric is given an unexpected burst of vibrancy in turquoise and heavy leather coats appear in the Dulacinspired jewel-tones. Leather engineering boots and tool bags further contrast the softened, relaxed tailoring. Friendship bracelets and charms on necklaces and earrings bring to life the theme of escapism and a sense of individuality and self-expression.

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Paule Ka Fall/Winter 2018 Paule Ka opens a new chapter with a definitive first stroke on a clean slate for Fall-Winter 2018, one that reads as a bridge thrown between heritage and future. To best serve this renewal and to ensure a creative transition that stays true to the Parisian house while developing a new perspective of luxury today, Xavier Marie, new owner of the brand, has called upon Serge Ca jfinger, founder of Paule Ka to manage a transition and build a new creative era cemented around the ateliers and a renewed studio team. Underlying any of the creations are the crafts that give Paule Ka its indomitable spirit, today as much as 30 years ago.

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In fashion as in architecture, a perennial source of inspiration, the driving force is the line, always the line. In a garment, it translates as a readily legible outline in which materials echo volumes, an alchemy between object and body. Everywhere, tension between geometric and organic shapes can be found. Rigorous cuts and shapes form a dialog with the softness of feather elements and draping. Playing with lengths becomes the by-word of modernity itself, a discreet reminder of feminine emancipation through movement. Long or short, dresses are expressions of their wearer: a spirited soul in a trapeze dress decked in asymmetrical bows, a femme fatale in silk lamÊ, all glamorous informality in a shapely pair of trousers. The season’s muse is dual, equally Diane Keaton and Diana Ross: intellectual but never pedantic, a diva but never without self- deprecation. A woman of many facets, rather than an out-of-reach goddess, she inhabits her life and her garments. In them can be read the irreverence of a supremely elegant lean silhouette paired with triumphant, scene-stealing femininity. The first page of a new chapter, Fall 2018 is the manifesto of the Paule Ka spirit.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Autumn/Winter 2018 Ferragamo Autumn/Winter 2018 marks a new chapter for the historic fashion house. Paul Andrew presents his inaugural collection as women’s creative director, joining Guillaume Meilland as design director for men’s. This collection finds motivation in the frayed edges of modern decadence: a party once thought endless in the twilight hours jolting to reality at the first light of dawn. A new construct of dressing emerges: familiar forms are stripped back, loosened and elongated with ease and elevated functionality. Traditional silhouettes are expertly dissolved for a contemporary take on formal codes. Materials are unrivaled: from plush leathers to Italian wool fabrics, to heavy silk twill and soft cottons. Broad strokes of color were the starting point; merlot reds and mustard yellows mix expertly with parakeet green and deep Vatican blue between hints of nude and blush. Footwear, the keystone of Ferragamo’s storied history, is the seed of a collection that was purposefully visualized from the ground up.

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Tommy Hilfiger TOMMYNOW World Tour in Shanghai for Fall 2018 Tommy Hilfiger, announces that the Fall 2018 TOMMYNOW experiential runway event will travel to Shanghai, China on September 4th as a new concept that celebrates the brand’s commitment to reinvention and focus on Asia Pacific, its highest growth potential market. Tommy Hilfiger’s unique “See Now, Buy Now” global platform will continue to evolve through innovative and immersive digital content fused with real-life experiences accessible to both virtual audiences globally and those attending the live event. This approach reflects Tommy Hilfiger’s continued dedication to bringing TOMMYNOW to new cities and audiences worldwide, following high-powered productions with “TOMMYNOW DRIVE” in Milan for Spring 2018, “ROCKCIRCUS” at London’s iconic Roundhouse concert venue for Fall 2017, “TOMMYLAND” in Los Angeles for Spring 2017, and “TOMMY PIER” in New York City for the Fall 2016 debut. The Fall 2018 TOMMYNOW experiential fashion show will present the first TommyXLewis collaborative collection designed by Tommy Hilfiger with British Formula Oneâ racing driver, four-time Formula One® World Champion and global brand ambassador for TOMMY HILFIGER men’s, Lewis Hamilton. Additional collections, including HILFIGER COLLECTION styles for men and women and the TOMMY ICONS capsule collection will also feature on the runway. The event will celebrate icons of tomorrow in the world of fashion, art, music and entertainment whose powerful drive and inner fire pushes them to lead the way and inspire the next generation of consumers globally.

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Valentino Fall 2018 Novelty is what one is not familiar with. Novelty is the past, if discovered to remain in present times. The gaze traces the path; the eye detects and connects. Very Valentino. Glamour. Individualism. Hedonism. The values that have defined a decisive moment of the Maison, today. Deciphering the combination to picture modern times. An exploration of the iconographies of the Maison’s archive: the tiger from 1967, the dragon from 1968, the snake from 1971. An extravagant bestiary: a change in perspective cadenced by pois, enlightened by crystals. The personality of the looks as an affirmation of oneself. Clubbing as a frame. Present genres in the mix, in the spontaneous conversion of rules. Furs and tracksuits, dresses and boots, the nonchalant ballgown. Embroideries and logos mark the down jackets created in collaboration with Moncler. The glimmer and the volant. Rouches on sportswear and patent leather for the t-shirts. Lace on sweaters. Black that overflows and shots of decisive colors. Fashion as a personal and liberating pleasure, that glimmers while it seizes the moment. Blending to surprise and to amuse. Spontaneous glamour: presence in the moment, not an escape from reality.

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Floating Diamonds There is a certain unmistakeable beauty in simplicity. We at times get overwhelmed with going overboard especially when it comes to diamonds. This trend is for those of us who love to frost ourselves with diamonds but can’t seem to find the perfect every day piece. Floating diamonds are reasonably sized solitaires beautifully set and attached to clear rubber or any clear material. The floating diamond collections include rings with one diamonds, bracelets with one or three diamonds, and also necklaces with one solitaire. Most local jewelry stores have them specifically made as they are in high demand. Stack them up or just go for one beautiful piece. Either way it’s a beautiful every day piece that will forever be in style! If you get bored of the clear rubber over the years you can easily replace it with a gold band or bangle.

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The Lira The Lira is the name of several currency units (in many countries). Currently, it is the currency in Turkey and the local name of the currency in Lebanon and Syria. It also used to be the currency in countries such as Italy where it is now Euro. Since this is not a lesson in politics or money, let’s get down to business, shall we? The Lira as a jewelry piece! The beautiful gold coin has been used for years as a gift or bought to keep, as it is made out of gold and can be sold for cash or kept as an investment. For years a lot of the older generation have been wearing Lira necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, you name it! This year we’re seeing it trending on international runways and sold by famous jewelry brands. The Lira, not just a beautiful piece of jewelry, but also an investment. We love layering necklaces with smaller coin pieces. If you’re opting for just one, we suggest getting matching earrings to go with it. Heading to a beach destination? A Lira coin anklet is just the piece you need to complement your look.

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Boucheron Nature Triomphante To honor 160 years of creation and innovation, Boucheron has pursued a dream - to push the limits of High Jewelry by granting eternal life to the beauty and vitality of nature. This vision comes to light in the collection “Nature Triomphante”, in which cutting edge scientific techniques combined with the ancestral expertise of the Maison’s workshops usher High Jewelry into a bold new era of creativity. The “Nature Triomphante” collection is a tribute, first to the beauty of nature, whose diversity, ideal aesthetic and symbolic abundance offer endless sources of inspiration to Boucheron. Next, it is a tribute to the innovative and free spirit of the Maison, which has never ceased transcending the conventions of jewelry to craft unique pieces of stunning audacity. the talk - page 60

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Giambattista Valli x Chopard The Haute Couture Models Get Jeweled up by Chopard Haute Joaillerie As a “jeweler” member of the Fédération Française de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the Maison Chopard regularly presents its Haute Joaillerie creations at the Paris Couture Week. The latter provides an opportunity to highlight the synergies between these two artistic crafts. Haute Couture and Haute Joaillerie share inspired creativity, exceptional materials, unique artisanal expertise and a ceaseless quest for perfection. For the first time, Chopard jewelry models adorned Giambattista Valli’s models during his Haute Couture runway show. The Haute Joaillerie models selected by Giambattista Valli include several exceptional creations. Having fallen under the spell of a set of incredibly rare 17 non-oil Colombian emeralds, ardent gem-lover Caroline Scheufele designed a stunning necklace alternating these emeralds with equally pure D-flawless diamonds – the largest of which is an over 20-carat pear-shaped gem. This collection piece testifies to Chopard’s and its artistic director’s devotion to rare stones.

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Volume and radiance mingle in the Perlée collection True to its style of refined curves, the Perlée collection introduces new bracelet aesthetics to accentuate both hard stones and diamonds. A revival of the tradition of golden beads, these joyful creations shine in varied tones, suggesting infinite associations. In the spirit of the Maison’s Between the Finger Ring, three new bracelets display diverse harmonies of color. Diamonds and cabochons of hard stones are placed opposite on an open shank, exhibiting an original aesthetic design. Yellow gold complements the singular beauty of malachite and white gold accents the glow of turquoise, while the warmth of pink gold echoes the radiant hue of carnelian. To complement the Perlée diamonds creations, three delicate bracelets exhibit a row of round diamonds surrounded by two rows of gold beads. With their owing lines, these creations sparkle with every movement, tenderly caressing the wrist with their graceful dance.

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Introducing the Kashmir Set Messika Paris presents pieces from the latest High Jewelry; the Kashmir collection as part of Arabian Nights collection. Kashmir Collier: Inspired by the flowing movements of precious fabrics, ValĂŠrie Messika has brought to life a stole of oval-cut diamonds. In a sumptuously inverted arrangement, the cloth of diamonds drapes over the skin with delicate grace. The metaphor is accentuated by the addition of an X-ct trilliant-cut diamond set on the side of the necklace, creating the appearance of a brooch holding the folds of material in place. Continuing the structured style, this necklace is accompanied by a bracelet, two pairs of earrings and a two-finger ring.

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Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial Limited to 100 watches, the special variation of the 1815 Tourbillon melds traditional craftsmanship with modern micromechanics. At first sight, the lucidly designed watch with the white enamel dial is a case study of understatement. But the large aperture at 6 o’clock alone provides a modest impression of its complexity: it reveals the one-minute tourbillon, suspended beneath a black polished bridge, in action. However, this tourbillon doesn’t just offset the influence of gravity. Lange’s experts have engineered a logical refinement of the intricate filigreed complication by adding two patented mechanisms. First introduced in 1997 with the Langematik model, the ZeroReset mechanism interacts with the stop-seconds mechanism for the tourbillon – patented in 2008 – to assure one-second accuracy when stopping and setting the timepiece. The mechanical precision of the lavishly finished manufacture calibre L102.1 can be admired through the sapphire-crystal caseback. The exquisite movement decoration is crowned by a diamond endstone in a screwed gold chaton on the fourth-wheel bridge, which is adorned with a freehand engraving.

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IWC Schaffhausen A SUMMER TWIST FOR YOUR WRIST IWC Schaffhausen is bringing a touch of summer to your wrist. The Swiss watch manufacture is launching a new edition of the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph as part of its “Summer Editions” collection. With a water-resistant stainless-steel case, a blue dial and a resilient blue rubber strap, this sporty chronograph is the perfect watch for the warmer months of the year. IWC is also launching a special collection of matching fabric straps, offered in fashionable blue and light grey and available in all IWC boutiques. These trendy straps are designed to accessorize selected watches from the Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser and Portofino ranges and will only be available for a limited amount of time.

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Official Timing Partner of the Goodwood Festival of Speed As Official Timing Partner for the second year running, Montblanc will lend its timekeeping expertise to the numerous races that take place over the four-day event. As is customary each year, the festival will culminate in a spectacular 1.16mile timed Hillclimb Shootout, which will determine the champion of the 2018 Festival of Speed and the winner of a Montblanc timepiece — The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph “Cappuccino” edition. During the event, Montblanc will host a special Pavilion where guests can come and relax and discover the Montblanc collections. The Duke of Richmond will also be joining Montblanc and its guests for a special preview of the collection and a sneak peek at the winner’s timepiece. Paying tribute to the Minerva legacy, Montblanc continues 160 years of fine watchmaking heritage with its collections. The Minerva Manufacture was known as an exclusive workshop producing high-quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision — for example, the 1/100th of second counter that was presented in 1916. A perfect example of this heritage is the “Rally Timer”, a stopwatch that was created to time motor racing with utmost precision and which has been the source of inspiration for the TimeWalker collection. During the Goodwood event, and in a few selected boutiques, Montblanc will present two new limited edition models that have been inspired by the color of the tropical dial effect – a Manufacture Chronograph and an Automatic Date. The dials are beige with brown counters and brown flanges and have been fondly nicknamed the “Cappuccinos” thanks to their warm and harmonious color scheme. the talk - page 70

Ulysse Nardin

CLASSIC SAMOURAÏ “Samurai” comes from the word “saburai,” which means to serve or stand by an important person. On the dial of the CLASSIC SAMOURAÏ, Ulysse Nardin’s craftsmen have used Japanese prints to recreate a famous sword duel between two legendary samurai, Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro. Equipped with a rare automatic movement – one of the most sophisticated in mechanical watchmaking, the Hourstriker CLASSIC SAMOURAÏ rings on the hour on request but can also be programmed to ring on the hour and half-hour. Each time the hammer hits the gong, the Jaquemarts samurai simultaneously perform the spectacular duel between Musashi and Kojiro. Each release from this 18-piece collection in 18 carats rose gold or platinum is embellished with hand-sculpted Jaquemarts in rose gold or gray gold. Ulysse Nardin remains one of the few manufacturers to master the use of Jaquemarts, and one of the first to have contributed to the revival of the striking mechanism.

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Versus Versace Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour is a young, bold twist on a jewelry watch. Channeling glamour, with that “look at me, now� attitude, this is a watch that boasts iconic details: the 3D Lion Heads on the central lugs, Swarovski crystals on the rehaut, the logo, and the raised Lion on the bracelet links. A soleil finish dial is enriched by a floral guilloche pattern. The Versus Victoria Harbour is available in seven different versions, including a statement, single-tone IP rose gold look, a breezy monochromatic sky blue, and a laid-back nude version.

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The New Selleria Stitches Edition Faithful to the spirit of the iconic Selleria line, the new Selleria Stitches Edition pays homage to the FENDI heritage featuring a bezel adorned with a stitching pattern giving a couture look to the watch. Complemented with the interchangeable double tour straps in a mix of materials and colors, the timepiece reveals a more playful side. Celebrating the FENDI origins, the Selleria Stitches case design draws inspiration from the renowned Selleria hand-made stitching technique replicating the practices of Roman master saddlers. Distinguished by its bezel decorated with delicate stitched details, the new finely crafted Selleria timepiece demonstrates the FENDI savoir-faire and attention to detail. The timeless design is enhanced with a white mother-of-pearl dial immediately recognized for the geometric pattern inspired by a Karl Lagerfeld sketch realized in 1971 for the iconic Astuccio fur. The Roman numerals and indexes on the dial are also stitched-like, to subtly recall the Selleria codes. Elegant yet with a touch of creativity, the Selleria Collection offers women the fun option to easily change the strap to any color or style by simply turning the case back. the talk - page 73

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Tissot Chrono XL Asian Games Special Edition 2018 The big case on the Tissot Chrono XL Asian Games Special Edition, which has a diameter of 45mm, means this watch really is larger than life. Enabling sports fans alike to wear a piece of the lifestyle on their wrist, it celebrates everything that is great about the cycling life. The cool street feel of the watch tells of health, fresh air and independence. Its large dial is enhanced with contemporary Arabic numerals. The handy chronograph function adds a touch to the urban style. The Tissot Chrono XL collection comes in many styles, but this special edition is one of the most exceptional yet. It combines sophisticated details, including a stainless steel case and bracelet, with vibrant pops of color. Touches of red on the hands, will give the wearer a jolt of adrenalin, much like the sportsman himself experiences. A printed caseback with the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 logo will make this a fitting gift for fans of the iconic sport event.

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Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Asian Games Special Edition 2018

The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar ranks alongside professional sports equipment with functions such as meteo, compass, different chronographs, dual time zones, two alarms, a backlight and a perpetual calendar to complete the feature line-up, all protected by water-resistance to 10 bar (100 m/330 ft). The rays of light on the dial not only allow the Super-LumiNova® indices and hands to glow in the dark but also to recharge the watch. It equips its wearer to tackle nearly every lifestyle situation. A light touch of the crown and scratch-resistant crystal represents the key to the wide spectrum of functionality, making operation easy and fast for individuals with action-packed schedules. This special edition comes with a smooth red bracelet and provides the watch with a sporty and dynamic style. It represents willpower and action, which only seemed fitting for such an impressive sports event. These are all the qualities that Tissot hopes to bring to wearers of this special edition 2018. The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Asian Games Special Edition 2018 caseback is engraved with the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 logo. the talk - page 75

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Marking the Passing of Time Across All Four Seasons The EBEL Discovery FOUR SEASONS edition delivers an array of splendid and dazzling tones to grace every season of the year. To everything there is a season, and every season has its own distinct mood and colors – filled with beauty, charm, and emotion. In 2018, women for all seasons will be offered a unique opportunity to celebrate these vibrant colors through the 33 mm EBEL DISCOVERY LADY 4 SEASONS EDITION. In these delightfully feminine models, EBEL subtly interprets new beginnings with spring cherry blossom, summer breezes in fresh green, hazy autumn days through a glowing brown shade and the chill of winter in a pale pink sky. These colorful and striking dials come with pairs of matching alligator or snake leather straps to further enrich the emotions and sentiments of the four different passing seasons of the year. Four seasons, four lustrous galvanic dials with two-tone or stainless steel detail as appropriate. From the delicate pink of Spring Cherry Blossom to on-trend Fresh Summer Green, Hazy Brown Autumn or Pale Pink Winter Sky. Each galvanic dial in these stunning discoveries has its own additional touch of sparkle with 11 diamond hour markers encircling EBEL’s trademark symbol at 12 o’clock. The romantic Pale Pink Winter Sky is adorned with diamonds around the bezel. In keeping with versatility of the DISCOVERY line, a stainless steel and warm red gold case and bracelet perfectly offset the green of summer and brown of autumn, while spring and summer shine in brushed and polished stainless steel. the talk - page 76

Oris First Stripes The long-standing partnership between Oris and the Williams F1 Team is brought to life once again in a limited edition piece that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Martini Racing Team, Williams’ current major sponsor. The watch is a high-performance chronograph based on the Oris Williams Chronograph, and showcases the design, technology and engineering values shared by both companies. It features the iconic dark blue, light blue and red stripes of Martini race cars on the dial, while the case back carries Martini Racing’s 50th anniversary logo. Only 500 pieces will be made available.

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The Perfect Blow dry A blow dry a day keeps bad hair days away! Well, that would be the ultimate luxury for most of us, but fact being we just do not have the time to head to the salon after every shower for a blow dry. The quickest option would be to opt for straighteners which can make your hair brittle and dull over time, or a curling iron for different looks, but also the same damage. Sometimes, just sometimes, you just want that perfect blow dry that will last for days. And we’re here to tell you how! First you have to have the right tools. You’ll need a quality hairdryer, the appropriate nozzle, a round brush (size depends on the thickness and length of your hair) as well as a hair clip to section your hair. Some begin with applying products such as mousse to give the hair more volume and texture but don’t do that after every shower as it is not the healthiest option for your hair. However, do not forget your heat protecting spray! After towel-drying your hair, let it air-dry for a while, then blast your hair with a dryer on medium heat setting until it is nearly 80% dry. Follow by sectioning your hair and start blow drying the lower sections with a round brush and work your way upwards. For the top part, concentrate on the roots as it gives your hair beautiful volume. Finish off with a medium hold hair spray! Voila!

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Corporate Makeup Many of us have overloaded makeup drawers full of products that we bought just because “the packaging looks cute” or “it looked good on my friend”. However, at the end of the day we stick to a few products that we truly rely upon, unless you’re a makeup junkie then that’s a different story! It is a fact we often overlook that there are certain unsaid rules when it comes to the amount of makeup that is appropriate for certain occasions. For example, at job interviews and at work. Here are a few tips to go by! When it comes to your morning routine before work, make sure you tone, moisturize, and apply SPF. After that you can go for a BB cream or a lightweight foundation depending on how much coverage you need. Your concealer shouldn’t be too bright but not dull, ideally the same shade as your foundation or one shade lighter, set your makeup with a loose powder to allow it to make it through the day. Sometimes a simple mascara is just what you need, but others may like to take it up a notch with eyeliner. Both are fine as long as you don’t go overboard with the cat-eye. As for blusher, a bit of color is a good idea but do be careful not to go too hard on the bronzer. Last, but not least, your lips should be a proper neutral or blush shade or something glossy – done but not too flashy for your 9 a.m. meeting.

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Charlotte Tilbury Announces New Online Exclusive Bar of Gold Trio

As teased on Instagram, the skin-gilding sensation is back as Charlotte Tilbury announced the launch of her brand-new Bar of Gold Trio, launching exclusive to Born from Charlotte’s best-selling Bar of Gold that is constantly selling out, the highlighter returns with three sublime shades of showstopping gold bringing instant magic to your summer makeup looks. The new trio treasure combines the most beautiful tones of one of the world’s most precious minerals into one luxurious portable palette so you can dress your skin in gold any way you choose, from your eyes to your cheeks, your décolletage or even pressed onto the lips.

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Fenty Beauty

The Moroccan Spice Collection Mild, medium, or spicy? This fall, Fenty Beauty serves up a sultry collection for every craving. The Moroccan Spice Collection was inspired by the pink and gold sands of the Sahara and the metallic-blues of Morocco. Rihanna curated every shade in the Moroccan Spice Palette, and has been wearing these products for months on the red carpet and behind the scenes. Fire up your look from mild to wild and everything in between—this versatile and universal palette, filled with smoky bolds, spicy brights, and sultry neutrals, was made for all skin tones to savor.

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Giorgio Armani LIP VIBES

Giorgio Armani unveils LIP VIBES, a collection of exceptional new shades for LIP MAESTRO and LIP MAGNET, its revolutionary, highly-pigmented liquid lip colors. Drawing inspiration from the language of color – and its power to convey emotion - the LIP VIBES collection pulses with all the energy of these eight bold tones. In a collection of four neon hues for LIP MAESTRO and four sophisticated red tones for LIP MAGNET, the colors of LIP VIBES allow women to express themselves and their emotions, with the modern elegance that characterize the Giorgio Armani brand. Indeed, the collection draws on the luxurious colors and textures that are the hallmarks of Giorgio Armani’s designs.

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The new beautyblender Sapphire Why blend in when you can blend boldly? Introducing the new beautyblenderŽ sapphire: the same exclusive, aqua-activated material, now in a dazzling new jewel tone hue. It’s everything you need to inspire the artist in you. The gorgeous new limited-edition blender stands out beautifully on any vanity, while you stand out with your flawless fresh face. Why even use a beautyblender? Ensures flawless makeup application in three easy steps: wet.squeeze.bounce!

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Laura Mercier Launches Flawless Fusion UltraLongwear Foundation A foundation that will be at the top of our must-try list is this beauty product. All the wear, all the coverage, without the weight. Laura’s longest wearing foundation of flawless full coverage and 15 hours of wear fused into one weightless formula.

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High-performance wear that’s sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant. Color stays true all day and won’t oxidize. Coated pigments glide on to create buildable medium to full color that beautifully evens out skin tone and minimizes the look of pores and imperfections. Controls oil immediately and throughout the day. Matte finish is never dull, flat or cakey. Weightless texture looks, fits and feels like a second skin. Skin-fusion technology provides ultimate longwear with comfortable, breathable ease. Medium-to-full weightless coverage, matte finish and ideal for all skin types, especially normal to oily.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy

Marc Jacobs Beauty introduces Coconut Fantasy, the new, limited edition collection for sensual skin that demands human touch. Lust becomes a must with coconut-infused, radiance-enhancing essentials that give skin the glow-ahead to take fantasies beyond reality. The Inspiration behind this whole collection was actually Marc’s love of coconut water and the glow of youthful, radiant, well-hydrated skin. Coconut and Provitamin B5 both help hydrate and nourish skin, both of which are key ingredients in the collection.

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Too Faced

Life’s a Festival Collection Too Faced’s founders created Life’s a Festival because every day should be full of good vibes, good music, and amazing makeup. Live your best life, celebrate yourself, and be free with a beautiful collection of iridescent formulas and rainbow pigments that were created to be cool, sweet and festival chic.

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Dolce & Gabbana Italian Zest

This Summer Dolce&Gabbana adds a fresh twist to its cult scents Light Blue and Light Blue Pour Homme with a new Limited Edition: Italian Zest, inspired by the Italian scorza di limone – lemon zest. This new fragrance celebrates the joyfulness of a sunny Summer day in Capri. Brightened with lavish essences of Italian best quality citruses harvested in flourishing fields – lemon for her, bergamot for him – the Italian Zest Limited Edition offers a rich olfactive experience that evokes their unique fizzy smell.
As Summer brings vibrant colors and life to Capri, the island welcomes a dazzling atmosphere filled with joy, love and sensuality. Light Blue Italian Zest is an invitation to make Summer sparkle and zesty.

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Gucci Bloom Diverse expressions of modern femininity create the nuances of the Gucci Bloom fragrance story. For the final chapter of the first women’s portfolio of fragrances by Alessandro Michele, the original Gucci Bloom essence is deepened in sensuality and intensity. Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori explores the mysterious and intimate character of a woman, her authenticity, confidence and unconventionality. Starting from the original Gucci Bloom, the rich, blooming floral perfume is heightened to an intense Chypre essence. Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori captures flowers at the fullness of their bloom, radiating their most powerful fragrance and allure. Developed in creative collaboration with Alberto Morillas, the original Gucci Bloom scent is blended into a Chypre Floral version. Feminine notes of Rose and the Osmanthus flower are intensified in the original olfactory structure featuring the accord of Jasmine, Rangoon Creeper and Tuberose at the heart of the fragrance. Overtly floral, the scent conveys a deeper sense of femininity in the woodier, sensual blend with Ginger and Rose in the top notes, and a soft, enigmatic finish in base notes of Patchouli, Musks and Osmanthus.

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Royale Hayat Hospital

Dr. Sura j V. Davis Dr. Sura j V. Davis has been a specialist, clinical, and cosmetic dermatologist at the Royale Hayat Hospital since 2014. He started his studies at one of the top international universities in India. After his post-grad at the same university, he did his fellowship in India. After that he moved to Kuwait, Australia, and then back here.

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A lot of people have been investigating new technologies that would “shed off years” other than Botox. What are your thoughts on that? Botox has never been a final answer for anti-aging or shedding off years. But definitely it has been one of our very important tools to solve the issue with dynamic wrinkles, especially on the forehead and crow’s feet. A comprehensive non-surgical anti-aging treatment of the face could involve a combination of procedures including Botox, fillers, 4D thread lift, HIFU, fractional lasers, fractional micro-needling, to name a few. Skin damage in this region is a recurring problem even when using SPF. What are the precautions we can take to avoid that? Most common mistake most of us do is presuming the degree of SPF (Sun-protective Factor) present in make-up or foundations or anti-aging creams is sufficient. For the intensity of sun we experience here in Kuwait we ideally require at least 30+ SPF for optimal protection. Many of the anti-aging creams and anti-pigmentation creams make your skin vulnerable to photo damage or sun damage by adding certain ingredients and improper advise regarding the risk during sun exposure and sun protection. Certain skin types may not tolerate chemical sunscreens as they cause allergic reactions and have irritating potentials. For them, the alternative is a physical sunblock. The first fifteen years of life is crucial in terms of the skin damage caused by sun. Educate our youth and children regarding early intervention to prevent photo damage and inculcate a habit of using sun protection during outdoors at an early age. This will prevent premature aging of skin, sunlight induced disorders and skin cancers to an extent. Other than precautions, what after-sun care can we turn to for reversing some of this damage? Do not stop the use of sunscreens/sunblock. Regular exfoliation of accumulated dead cells by using creams containing peeling agents, tretinoin or office procedures for peeling by acids/ microdermabrasion helps in restoring the luminosity of the photo damaged skin. Daily care by moisturizers depending on the type of skin and additional application of hyaluronic acid serum helps in restoring the suppleness of skin. Nutraceuticals like oral collagen supplements also helps in boosting the luminosity of skin. Hyperpigmentation of the skin caused by photo damage can be reduced by skin lighteners or bleaching agents in combination with tretinoin and peeling agents.

Dr. Suraj V. Davis Position: Specialist in Clinical & Cosmetic Dermatology Department: Department of Dermatology Qualifications: Post Graduate Masters in Clinical & Cosmetic Dermatology. Board Certifications: Board Certified in American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. How does drinking water affect our skin , and what are the solutions for dehydrated skin? Water and sufficient hydration is essential for normal cellular processes and regeneration. But at the same time drinking excess water is not a solution for dry and dehydrated skin nor it cures. Dry or dehydrated skin can be caused by a multitude of reasons, both internal and external. Hence its important if you have an excessive dry/dehydrated skin, to consult your dermatologist in order to analyze the causes. Sometimes you would require a combination of different moisturizers to obtain substantial results. What are the most popular ingredients that we should be looking for in our skin care? There has been an array of new skin care products containing “breakthrough” molecules in the recent times. As most of them vanish into obscurity, some of the timetested skin care products are still holding true to its value and worth. For anti-aging treatments the most important ingredients are Vitamin C, Alpha Hydroxy acids, Retinol, Hyaluronic acid, Squalene, Ceramides, Niacinamide, Co Enzyme Q10, DMAE, Alpha Lipoic acid, Copper peptide and Kojic acid.

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Health Tip The Truth About Probiotics We’ve all heard about how we should avoid antibiotics and/ or get enough nutrients after taking a course because they wipe out the bad and the beneficial bacteria in your body. However, no one ever tells us why or how. Most importantly, how probiotics can help restore balance in your body. Probiotics promote a healthy balance of bacteria especially in your gut which can lead to many health benefits. We’re going to start with the one that gets everyone’s attention: weight loss. Probiotics prevent the absorption of dietary fat in the intestine which allows fat to be excreted rather than being stored. They also keep you feeling full faster! Another benefit is boosting your immune system. Probiotics produce natural antibodies in the body which can directly lead to a better immune system. Another important benefit is reducing certain allergies and eczema especially in children. Even if a pregnant mother ingests probiotics during her pregnancy, the child would have a lower risk of eczema in the first few years of life. Now that we’ve learned the benefits, some of us want to fast track it and take supplements while others prefer eating foods such as probiotic yogurts and apple cider vinegars. In the end you’re getting the same benefits!

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Your Neighborhood Baker Turned Entrepreneur Dana Al Shamlan Talks J’s Bakery Dana Al Shamlan is a Boston University, College of Communication graduate who ma jored in Advertising and Mass Communications (concentration in Visual Arts & Women’s Studies). After three and a half years of hard work she came back to Kuwait ready to conquer and her choice of industry was Fashion. She began at Villa Moda’s creative department right away. She loved the energy and the owner - Ma jed Al Sabah’s vision. Dana trained and assisted in almost all the departments including the creative side, buying trips, runway shows, visual merchandising, styling, events, etc. She recalls a substantial work experience, observing the team translate runway pieces to wearable looks that are suitable for Kuwait. Dana tells us that this is where she learnt skills like problem-solving and multi-tasking. These skills beautifully woven into and not unlike ‘the art baking’, requiring vision and long hours, creating dessert trends and translating those to the local palate, portion sizes and retail prices.

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How did you come up with the idea of J’s Bakery and what was your inspiration behind the idea? I have been a home baker from a very young age, I loved the focus and concentration that baking involves. You have to be meticulous in your measurements, temperatures and ingredients. It is pure chemistry and you need to follow a recipe correctly for a successful end product. I love the smell of baking, the process of testing a recipe and waiting for the end result; and then sharing it with family and friends and having them reflect back the love you put into it. Feeding people something sweet is love to me. I was pregnant with my first daughter Jude and I realized that I wanted to work for myself, to create something that made me happy. Jude was a huge inspiration behind this endeavor, as it allowed me to follow my passion as well as be a hands-on mother, it all clicked. This was back in 2005 when I started J’s as a home business. I remain extremely appreciative of all the love from my early supporters; my family, friends, customers and companies that believed in J’s as a home business which lead me to open the Bakery in Surra in October 2008. Personally, I can live on baked goods all day, every day. Yes, I am very health conscious and have a fit lifestyle, but I believe in balance and at the same time I didn’t want to limit my treats and wanted to have 2 cookies instead of one. I started breaking down recipes and studying and testing fat-to-sugar ratios in my favorite baked goods and realized that it’s possible to literally cut the fat by manipulating the recipe, ingredients and baking techniques without sacrificing taste and texture. This doesn’t work with all recipes unfortunately some are better left full-fat and fabulous… believe me I’ve tried! Why “J”? J - Jude and Jenna my two daughters! My youngest is Tala, and I am constantly reminded by her that I owe her a business! What was your vision when you first opened up J’s Bakery? I wanted to create a neighborhood bakery that serves wholesome, lighter versions of everyone’s favorite baked goods, desserts and treats, and it became the J’s Bakery’s mission. I wanted people to feel a sense of nostalgia and a guilt free pleasure when enjoying our updated twist on some childhood favorites. I wanted to offer treats the the whole family enjoyed. In addition, I wanted to be

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able to wholesale to local cafes and outlets so everyone can enjoy our treats with their coffee on the go! I love providing snack solutions for local concepts that want something sweet to complement their menu or what they are serving. Over the years, what changed and what influenced the change? In the beginning I was very focused and strict on being a niche bakery that only offers low-fat or lighter versions of traditional baked goods. I started getting feedback from customers requesting ‘something good’ irrespective of calories or fat, and I realized I needed to adapt our offerings and serve the best of both worlds, the lighter version and the classic. This was 10 years ago when people were not as calorie and lifestyle conscious and not many cared about the “macros” in a product! So I adapted the menu. And this is when we introduced our Chocolate Indulgence treats like our best-selling Love Bites and Chocolate Balls. Food and lifestyle trends started changing and awareness grew, the demand for healthier options was back, and at the same time I was creating desserts for my personal consumption that I loved and were based on my lifestyle. The very same lifestyle trends, like low-carb, high-protein, dairy and gluten-free and most recently paleo, vegan and keto were introduced on the menu and we got a great response back, customers started appreciating them. Now about those cookies… and well everything else, who customizes the recipes and finalizes the product before being offered? I do it, I make the recipes, deconstruct them and recreate them. When I first started I had to actually test the recipe out, go through trials to understand how I can manipulate it or adjust it. But after years of experience I can look at a recipe and work it out on pen and paper, manipulate and edit it and then it goes to testing. I have a great team of bakers, some who have been with me since the beginning. I hand it over to them and I work with them until we get it to the point that I’m very happy with. We work very hard, not compromising quality, taste and texture. Some recipes work out the very first time and I know it’s going to be a winner! And other times I go back to what I did on day one, I send it to family and friends and even some day 1 customers and get their feedback which is extremely valuable. Once it passes, the costing has to be worked out, we conduct a photo-shoot and launch it. I also test it out on my wholesale clients who are always looking for something new to offer their customers.

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We love the re-branding! What surprises should we expect from J’s Bakery this year? Thank you! I love it too. It was time, we were coming up to our 10th year and I knew I wanted to grow the retail side of the business. It was time to grow up from being a neighborhood bakery. For rebranding, I knew I wanted something more minimalist, mature, feminine but strong, a new look for our vision to expand. I wanted to work with cool creative women to help me realize the new look. So I worked with Lujain Al Fulaij (FB Branding Consultant) and Dana Abdal ( Graphic Designer). Also, as this October marks the 10-year anniversary of our J’s Bakery store in Surra, we will be opening our doors to our new location in “Vibes” Abu Al Hasaniya. It’s going to offer delivery, pickup, and a small café serving coffee, drinks and treats for everyone to enjoy in-store with a cozy seating area. We’re excited for our customers to enjoy the J’s experience with us in our new store. Now for a harder question, what is your favorite snack from J’s Bakery? That’s like asking who is your favorite child, because I truly do eat and enjoy all our products almost exclusively, they are my go-to snack, treat or dessert. However, I can never get enough of a nut butter / dark chocolate combo so I always have our stuffed dates and sugar-free peanut butter cups or protein bombs with me. A recent obsession that I’m super excited about launching in September is a line of protein bars that I collaborated on with @thedietninja. They are so good, I have one every day! Those Instagram posts and stories have been showcasing a fashionable side of the people indulging in J’s baked goods. Yes, I see it as J’s lifestyle. How does J’s fit into your life? I say a little J’s everyday! Our new branding is so cool it looks great with everything, I have so much fun creating social media content around it. And I love it when our stylish customers share their J’s! Talking about style, what are the items in your closet you would never let go off? Definitely my Mala and Rudraksha meditation beads, and fine and chunky gold jewelry, I love stacking and layering them. My vintage stuff as well, and of course Jeans as they always keep me in check and also my branded custom J’s t-shirts, they are my uniform. I like not having to think what to wear to work, one less decision I have to make.

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CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel

CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel Black Label Masterpieces are inspired by architecture, sculpture, travel and nature, where Chao hand sculpts organic forms that are as vibrant as real-life. Her philosophy is to create high jewelry as pieces of art and through this to redefine the perception of high jewelry. CINDY CHAO’S jeweled sculptures reflect light and color from every angle, with no surface left untouched by gems. The Black Label Masterpieces are the most prestigious and exclusive creations that bear the CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel name. They are the ultimate expressions of her savour-faire as a sculptor and artist. Original, innovative and technically challenging, on a limited number of these one-of-a-kind masterpieces are created annually, and each is named, numbered and dated. Each precious gem, including some large and breathtaking stones, is attached with meticulous care and patience requiring more than 10,000 hours to complete.

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Since its founding in 2004, CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel has been known for its artistic interpretations as well as the intricate and refined craftsmanship that brings its stunningly realized creations to life. Each 360-degree work of art is created using the delicate craft of 18th century artisan wax molding, individually sculpting life into each of the brand’s pieces before setting the gemstones. In expanding her international presence, Masterpiece London serves as a standout artistic setting for the brand to share its Eastern influence and origins, while continuing to explore a Western sensibility. This year, CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel unveils its 2018 Black Label Masterpieces globally at Masterpiece London – the first time the brand has been shown in London and is proud to unveil Cindy’s Black Label Masterpieces. The only Asian high jeweler present at this year’s fair, CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel is delighted The Peony Brooch has been awarded ‘Outstanding Object’ by the Masterpiece 2018 Awards Committee. the talk - page 117

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The Bed Shop The Bed Shop is one of Kuwait’s leading stores, evidently when it comes to beds and beddings. It was founded in the year 1995 and has been one of the top ever since. The products found at The Bed Shop are distinctive and unique. In addition, they provide high standards of quality assurance. Their customer service is absolutely unparalleled and praise-worthy. Some brands that can be found at The Bed Shop are King Koil, Tempur, Yatsan, Colunex, Delix, Temprakon and Reverie.

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The Bedshop introduces it’s newly renovated showroom in Hawalli, in which a new line of home accessories have been added to it’s earlier stellar selection of products. All photographed products are exclusively available in Kuwait at showrooms: Tilal Complex - Shuwaikh, Hamra Tower - Sharq, Madouh Complex – Hawally, Dalal Complex - Dajeej and Yaal Mall - Fahaheel. Contact: 22444160

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lifestyle - Automotive


The Sophisticated, and techoutfitted 2018 XT5 in Kuwait The 2018 Cadillac XT5, combining spacious luxury and high-tech convenience features to create an ideal Crossover Touring vehicle. The 2018 model features new enhancements on both the exterior and interior offerings, including a rear camera mirror, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibilities, auto-heated steering wheel and front and rear-seat USB capabilities. With high levels of fuel economy, driving dynamics and interior space, the XT5 is a lightweight crossover with a unique lightweight design structure. Cadillac’s crossover embodies the brand’s expertise for lightweight and agile driving dynamics. This was achieved using innovative techniques including the use of laser welding, ultra-high-strength steel and advanced analytics that ensure a stronger structure, excellent crash performance, yet less overall bulk. The XT5’s reputation for connectivity is further bolstered by additional USB ports, which will be available in the 2018 model. The XT5’s mobile friendliness is evident with storage for both phones and tablets in the center console and charging ports conveniently accessible in the front and rear seats.

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Ferrari Turbo-charged V8: Voted the Best Engine of the last 20 years The latest iteration of Ferrari’s turbo-charged V8 that equips, in various forms, all Ferrari’s V8-engined cars, has been nominated the best engine in the world for the third year running in the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. In this, the award’s 20th anniversary edition, Ferrari took no fewer than six awards, the highest number for any manufacturer in any one year, bringing the total of Ferrari’s trophies up to 27, a record number of wins for any sports car company. Along with the overall Engine of the Year honor, the 720-cv 3.9-litre V8 that powers the new 488 Pista also took the 3-litre to 4-litre class, the Performance Engine category and the special nomination for the ‘Best of the Best’, with the 68 international judges asked to vote for the top engine from among all the winners over the last 20 years. Crowning Ferrari’s record-breaking year, the naturally-aspirated 800-cv 6.5-litre V12 powering the 812 Superfast also won two awards: The above 4-litre class and, due to it being comprehensively re-engineered from the 6.3-litre unit that equipped the F12berlinetta with 75% new components, the Best New Engine category.

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Trending on Taking a look at the latest stories to catch up on from the past month on the talk’s online home at Follow us on Instagram @passions.arabia for your daily dose of style and inspiration, what’s trending, the Maisons and the Marques... along with stories of the passionate individuals who are making it happen.

Faisal Fahad Al Nashmi, Kuwait’s very own Culinary Explorer Chef Faisal Al Nashmi, co-owner and executive chef of AlMakan United Co. has been at the forefront of the food revolution in Kuwait. We get up close and personal with him, about the chefs he admires, the food he loves and what he fears most in the kitchen.

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Bibi Al Abdulmohsen Redefines Fashion

Amer Ejjeh – Sartorial Eloquence

Collaborating with high-fashion international brands Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co. and Esposa Privé, Kuwait’s most entertaining influencer Bibi Al Abdulmohsen displayed the latest oriental evening and bridal fashion at the Zabeel Saray Hotel, Dubai.

If you’re a Middle Eastern man of style, the chances are you already know of Beirut’s Jawdat Ejjeh & Sons and its Managing Director, Amer Ejjeh – he’s well-known throughout the region and the world as being a gentleman elegant to his core.

Audi’s Elevating Experience – the new A8 Now, with its fourth generation A8, Audi has again provided the benchmark for “Vorsprung durch Technik” – with a new design language, an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a systematically electrified drive.

Form follows emotion – A. Lange & Söhne

Shurooq Salmeen at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

At the Geneva Salon early this year, A. Lange & Söhne presented five debuts in elegant black. Berlin-based photographer Attila Hartwig took the opportunity to focus on the design of the watches with a series of architecturally inspired stills.

The Four Seasons brand has become synonymous with ultimate luxury. It is no surprise that Kuwaiti fashion designer Shurooq Salmeen experienced hospitality at its finest when she was invited to spend a few days at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya.

Boucheron Quatre Classique, White, Black or Radiant, the Quatre collection is being constantly enriched with new icons, for both men and women, to be worn separately or together, after all, each of the hand’s five fingers is entitled to its own Quatre ring.

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The summer internship program is an extension to the bank’s continuous learning and development efforts that equip future leaders with up-to-date market trends and professional expertise to succeed in a competitive environment. Burgan Bank will continue to develop local talent and foster local development through various educational initiatives, further reinforcing its role as a contributor to all segments of the Kuwaiti society.

Burgan Bank, a sought-after career destination, will soon welcome a new group of interns to the annual summer internship program. Organized by Burgan Bank’s Learning and Development Department, the extensive program combines both practical and theoretical training and will bring together 20 top students selected among a large pool of applicants. The trainees will gain unique insights into the banking industry and will be exposed to a wide array of topics ranging from leadership skills, teamwork, creative thinking, public speaking and modern banking. Students will be inducted into the basics of banking operations and gain practical experience in customer service at various branches under the supervision of the branch managers and employees.

Interns Gear Up for Burgan Bank’s 2018 Summer Internship Program lifestyle - events

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In celebration of the legendary poet responsible for Iliad and the Odyssey, two monumental epics widely regarded as the foundation of Western literature, Montblanc unveiled its annual Writers Edition: Homage to Homer, at a regional launch in Greece this week. Hosted by Franck Juhel, President of Montblanc Middle East, India and Africa (MEIA), VIP guests and media enjoyed an immersive cultural experience in Costa Navarino, southern Greece, and the region where much of Homer’s Odyssey took place. Instrumental in taking oral verse to the then new technique of alphabetic writing, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are among the most enduring legends known to the western world. Exploring Greek history, guests enjoyed a scenic visit to the seaside town of Pylos, where they visited Nestor’s Palace and learned of King Nestor, who fought alongside Odysseus in the Trojan War. In the evening, guests enjoyed Mediterranean gastronomic traditions interpreted with a creative contemporary flair at Pero restaurant at the Romanos Hotel, while being entertained by a spectacular fire show. With design elements inspired by the equine silhouette of the Trojan horse and the legendary spear of Achilles, the Montblanc Writers Edition, Homage to Homer includes the Montblanc Writers Edition, Homage to Homer and Montblanc Writers Edition, Homage to Homer Limited Edition 1581, with a limitation number that references the year of the first translation of Homer’s Iliad in English. Completing the Writers Edition Collection, a fine stationery Greek blue leather notebook with embossed Trojan horse silhouette and a special ink in Greek Blue are also available.

Montblanc pays homage to rich literary legacy at regional launch of Homer Writers Edition

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TOUS, the Spanish jewelry and accessories brand, leader in the affordable luxury sector, has opened an iconic flagship store at a prime location at Phase 4, The Avenues, in Kuwait, strengthening its international presence. It is their first store in the state of Kuwait, launched under the Trafalgar umbrella of brands. Kuwait is a key shopping destination in the Middle Eastern region, known in the global arena as a hub for fashion and luxury brands looking to enter this dynamic market. The opening of the first TOUS store together with Trafalgar in this country demonstrates a strong commitment to the Kuwaiti market, with a vision to cater to the expatriate crowd as well. With this new opening, TOUS now has a presence in one of the leading commercial districts in the region.

The grand opening of an iconic flagship store in a prime location in Kuwait strengthens TOUS’s international presence

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lifestyle - horoscopes

horoscopes Aries (Mar. 21-April 20)

Taurus (Apr. 21-May 21)

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Health and vitality of Aries zodiac sign will be wonderful till the 23rd of September 2018. Singles have a chance to find partners at social events, workplace etc. Career progress will be sluggish and gradual. Monetary progress will be facilitated by social connections.

Career progress of Taurus sun sign is dictated by their social contacts. Movement of Mercury is not beneficial for the monetary earnings. There will be temporary difficulties in love relationships of both the married and singles. Health is the only bright spot in a complex month.

Love relationships of Gemini star sign will show marked improvement. You will be fostering the careers of others which will help you in the long run. Mars will introduce an element of carelessness in financial activities. Health will be somewhat irritating for most part of the month.

Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 23) Financial growth of Libra star sign is healthy and you have the support of your partner. Love equation with your spouse is excellent, but you have to be careful with family affairs. Health shows signs of improvement. Do not worry about career too much.

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Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Career prospects of Scorpio sun sign can be improved by social networking. Jupiter will help your monetary progress and more effort is required. Love relationships will be good and more idealistic. Health is excellent and good diet will improve it further.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Career prosperity of Sagittarius zodiac will be superb with promotions and financial rewards. Earnings are splendid, but your expectations are higher. Love relationships are not showing any progress and movement of Mercury is not helping. Health prospects are not very bright.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Leo (July 23-Aug 22)

Monetary situation is quite good for Cancer astrology sign and earnings come from sales and marketing. Singles can get romantic partners with the help of family or social contacts. Health will be excellent till the 23rd. Professional matters are on the back burner.

Leo zodiac sign will have superb health in September 2018. Finances will be superb till the 23rd and retrograde of Mercury will pull them down after that. Relationship with your spouse will be volatile and singles are not lucky to get love mates easily. You can help others to progress in their careers.

Health of Virgo sun sign will be wonderful and vitality will be superb. You will be more interested in the career growth of others. Financial development is complex due to the retrograde of Mercury. Nothing much is happening on the relationship front.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19)

Pisces (Feb. 20-Mar. 20)

Aquarius star sign people will reach great heights in their career lives. The Moon will boost your health and it will be superb. Retrograde of Mercury is limiting your fiscal growth and even your partner has to be watchful in making new investments. Singles can look for love partners in strange locations.

Professional growth of Pisces zodiac sign will be impacted negatively due to the influence of Uranus and Pluto. Financially you will be better off helping others to make money. Marital relationships are under stress, but singles will have more romance with their love mates. Health is very fragile.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Professional prosperity of Capricorn zodiac sign will be extremely good. Health will be splendid and can be enhanced with more relaxation. Financially this is not a good month. Love prospects are not great and even the Moon is not helpful.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 23)

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