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Finally received my 3 volume set collection! A must for all collector’s.

Here is what it entails:

This 3-volume set illustrates the history of the most famous brand in the world, written by ELLE contributor Francois Baudot. Titles are: Chanel, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume. * By Francois Baudot * Hardcover, 80 pages * 9″ x 6.5″ x 1.5″ * Imprint: Assouline * ISBN-13: 978-2843235184 – No Color

Rozan Ahmed has become internationally renowned as an innovative personality in public relations, special events management, motivational speaking and writing. Her skills, passion and dedication to her craft have gained her unprecedented achievements over a successful 12 year career. Her work has taken her around the world, working with the likes of Emmanuel Jal, Jay Z, Reem Al Khalifa, The Princes Trust, Juliani, Chanel, Mouwad, the United Nations, P Diddy, Tamara Al Gabbani, Justin Timberlake, Akala, Dana Al Khalifa, and many more!
In 2008, she set up her own boutique firm specialising in what she likes to call ‘the best in pace-setting activity’. As well as client services in PR & events, Rozan Ahmed’s consultancy encompasses the ever popular lifestyle network bougi. How does she do it all? We’ll soon find out.

How long have you been in the middleeast?

Just over 2 years now, but have been a regular visitor my entire life. It’s definitely a second home for me.

What were you doing before you set up your own business?
I was a public information officer at the United Nations, a most fascinating and eye-opening experience. I find myself always returning to development initiatives, using my skills for the betterment of others, so who knows, I may end up in politics one day.

What made you choose the island of Bahrain to set up your PR Consulting boutique?
In short, I loved it. While stationed at the UN mission in Sudan, I wanted to visit surrounding countries in the MENA region and came across Bahrain through Michael Jackson’s stint in the Kingdom. I came, fell in love, came back another 10 times (I know! Let’s just say it was a like-minded haven for me), then finally decided to make the bold move.

How did you get into the PR Consulting business?
Well, during my days at university I worked as a freelance journalist, before becoming deputy editor at RWD magazine (the UK’s biggest music & lifestyle publication). Journalism managed to lead me into a number of different fields, specifically entertainment PR. I soon found myself consulting on a number of fashion related campaigns, strategising festivals, researching content for documentaries, I was literally all over the place! A multi-tasking workaholic, which is pretty much the fundamental requirement for anyone wanting to successfully work in PR. I need to be utilising ALL of my skills, at all times, and that never changes. From there, I developed an interest in politics, and humanitarian work, and soon found myself in the UN. Then, I took a rather huge risk and decided to go it alone, tap into everything I love and see where God takes me, basically.

What makes you different to other PR firms?
My individual approach, scope, reach, understanding, foresight and dedication. I choose who I work with and so our client base is always small, concentrated and focused on messages that compliment one another. Passion is key in effective PR. One has to love what it is they represent. Honesty, reliability, education. I like to enlighten myself, and others, as I work. Rozan Ahmed and her team are fantastic pace-setters. We simply make it happen, with passion, and meaning, every time.

What is your most memorable moment?
Seeing my work in action is always a pleasure, whether it be the people’s satisfaction at a great event, a unique campaign in play, reading letters of appreciation in reference to my articles, enlightening and inspiring through conversation and dialogue, it’s all memorable. I also love seeing my friends succeed. It’s not always about your own achievements, but those around you, particularly if you played a part in their glory.

You have met quite a few high profile people, does anyone in specific pop to mind and why?
I’d say Quincy Jones. I only realised just how prolific my conversation with him was, after I had it! I felt like I met a few other of my idols through him, he was open and honest, indescribably interesting. Stevie Wonder was amazing too, more so because I got to meet him with my parents, which literally left them speechless. Politicians are always fun, they always have stories to tell. Always!
If you could choose any client or event to work with who would it be and why?
Locally, Bahrain’s Crown Prince. Bahrain is my Middle East pearl, and I want to see it heal from this tragic period effectively and positively. Internationally, I’d love to work with Oprah Winfrey, her everything inspires me. 

It only makes sense for Gisele Bundchen to create her own natural skin care line as she is well known for her role as an environmental activist.

Her Line is called “Sejaa” which simply means “to be”. It consists of three products: day cream, night cream, and a mud mask. Gisele wanted to create a natural skin care line that has very little impact on the environment as possible.

“As she became more deeply involved in environmental outreach, Gisele began to be more aware of what she was putting in and on her body. She began to think of her ideal skincare collection, which would be made without any harmful chemicals or excessive packaging, and began testing and researching formulations.
Now, after years of development, Gisele is happy to share Sejaa Pure Skincare: A superior skincare line as pure as the earth and rain itself.”

All Sejaa packaging adheres to the following standards:

* Manufactured using post-consumer waste paper.
* 100% recyclable Forest Stewardship Council certified fibers.
* Rainforest Alliance certified manufacturing processes.
* Manufactured carbon neutral.
* Chlorine-free processing.
* Manufactured with Green-e Certified Renewable Electricity (windpower).
* Manufactured with clean hydroelectric power.
* Printed with soy-based VOC-free inks.

The Seeja skin care: “All Sejaa ingredients are not only natural, they are free of any parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic or genetically modified ingredients. We use only cosmetic-grade emulsifiers. Sejaa formulas don’t contain synthetic preservatives.

Thanks to Stylecaster:

Kanye West Kills It In Celine Spring 2011 At Coachella

By Alyssa Vingan
April 18, 2011 3:45 pm
Kanye West Kills It In Celine Spring 2011 At CoachellaKanye West has made his love for Phobe Philo known through the lyrics of his song “Dark Fantasy” from the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and last night he paid homage to the designer again by wearing a Céline Spring 2011 piece during his Coachella-closing performance. The rapper blew the crowd away during his 100 minute set—which included fan favorites like “Monster,” “Through The Wire” and “Jesus Walks”—and he looked damn good while doing it. Yes, the silk shirt is from the women’s collection, but ‘Ye really wears it well with a simple pair of jeans and a hefty gold chain. I’m going to go so far as to say that I like the look better onhim than on the runway model.

Photos: Imaxtree; Chelsea Lauren, Getty Images

With the commence of Dubai Fashion Week tomorrow many emerging talents will get the opportunity to showcase their designs.  Two very special sisters who have started their label back in 2009 are getting the chance to do just that! Marayem is an abaya label that focuses on intricate designs, details and flow of the beautiful black fabric that is adorned by the women in the Middle East.  Their designs are for the modern, young woman who is versatile and stylish.  If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to watch their show great but if you’re like many who dont; you can visit Ush Gallery to see their collection there.

Marayem Abbayas:
Formed in mid-2009, Marayem Abbayas was the brainchild of two creative
and fashion loving sisters; Mariam and Fatima Mostafa. The two Emirati
sisters formed the brand with one goal in mind: to fuse the latest
fashion trends of Europe with the traditional abbayas of the Arabian
Gulf without losing the essence of the abbaya, its modesty.

The two sisters come from diverse educational backgrounds. Mariam, the
creative designer of the brand makes use of her visual communications
degree, while Fatima ensures the brands sound financials with the help
of her Finance degree.

Marayem Abbayas started off with the two sisters exhibiting their
pieces to close friends and families from the comfort of their home,
however with new and ambitious plans Marayam Abbayas will soon be show
piecing their latest collection at the prestigious USH Gallery.

Contact information

http://www.ushboutique.com

Tele. +97143440735 (Jumeira)

Email: Marayem.Abbayas@gmail.com

Dubai Fashion Week with its all up and coming new designers are ready to hit the catwalk starting tomorrow.  You can follow which designers will be showcasing on which dates on DFW official website.  The events are by invitation only and there will be soo much for the invitees to see.   Grab your invites ladies and keep them close as the rest will be green with envy …

DFW:

Dubai Fashion Week® (DFW) is a ‘By Invitation Only’ fashion trade event aimed at bringing together major advocates of the fashion design industry. It has positioned itself as the definitive destination in Middle East for fashion designers to showcase their seasonal collections with focus on building relationships, opportunities and growing the industry.

Dubai Fashion Week offers participating designers a business presence and a series of marketing tools all aimed at informing and updating buyers, investors, corporate houses and the media.

It brings together brilliant collections from designers in and across the Middle East on the runway and the exhibition area. DFW offers five enthralling days of enthusiasm, creativity and imagination allied with beneficial business opportunities. It is indeed a platform for all the talented designers to reveal their extraordinary work on the runway and shows that are multicultural in nature, along with great commercial appeal all under one roof.

It aims at encouraging and endorsing designers to grow their brands nationally and internationally as also to widen their cliental base every year, DFW allows fashion designers to showcase their collection to domestic and international buyers and the media.

Dubai Fashion Week which is now 8 seasons old, it does not only included a variety of designers, but it also includes models, choreographers and make-up artists who work in congruence towards advertising and promoting fashion and alter the runway into a power packed marketplace.

Over the years, DFW has encouraged and emphasized on fresh and innovative talent. Dubai Fashion Week with it’s ‘Emerging Talents’ initiative will provide an exclusive platform for the young and upcoming designers, and/or graduating final year students. This will enable designers from across the UAE and the Middle East region to interact with domestic and international fashion delegates from the buying industry and the media world.

(Heba Al Hassan)

Here is an interview I did with a friend/Bahraini fashion designer Heba Al Hassan that I wanted to share with you.  She has her own unique sense of style and her designs can best be described as traditional fabrics in boho chic designs.  She is a spirited fun character and someone very dear. I am so proud of you Hebsters 🙂

1. How did you get into designing clothes?

When I was living in NYC studying Fashion I was so inspired by the fashion world that was all around me ~ NYC being one of the fashion capitals of the world. So when I came back to Bahrain in 2002 I started designing my own clothes. I had made myself a Ramadan Funky Jalabiya in Ramadan from gitrah fabric (Which I am still renowned for), and got my very first order from Muna Fakhro. When Formula One was coming to Bahrain for the first time I got so excited, and in one month created my very first 250 piece novelty-gitrah/t-shirt fabvric collection.. It had tops, dresses, shirts…Mash’Allah it was a Huge Success, and added so much love and meaning to my life!

2. What inspires you when you start a collection?

I get my inspiration from anywhere honestly…whether it be the latest designer or a flower in nature..but always always I am true to one thing ~ Retro boho chic. I am boho to the core. I love the 1960’s -70’s era of fashion..the colors, the comfort, the hip cool look of it all!

3. How long does it take to get a collection out?

It all depends…in the beginning my pieces were much more simple so I could get away with a couple of months of hard-work…now with the added handwork it takes almost a year to work on…I used very intricate hand-made embroidery in my last Ramadan Collection…very time consuming but gorgeous Mash’Allah in its intricate detailing…it’s like a work of are ~ Hand-work!

4. Describe the Women who wears your designs?

The clothes I design are timeless pieces. I always follow the trends in terms of shapes, cut, and colors, but there is something about the pieces that doesn’t make them stuck to a certain season. They are extremely feminine, and non-constraining. They have a bygone era feel about them.Therefore the women who are attracted to my clothes are the more free-spirited (boho), and young at heart sorts..My clothes are very fun, and spirited. They are conservative, yet attract attention in their uniqueness. So I guess you have to be the kind of woman who is not afraid of being a wall-flower;)

5. Where can we get your designs?

I have a small quaint shop called Darjee tailor-House which is burrowed in the magical side of Umm Al-Hassam. I chose this location for the very reason that it is homey and cosy. It allows me the relaxation of being able to create without being disturbed. I have annual collections which one can choose from, and I design as per order. I welcome everyone with open arms, and enjoy working with all sorts of back-grounds..makes the challenge of creativity much more exciting!

6. Whose style do you admire?

I definitely am a boho Queen at heart. I admire any woman who is not a slave to fashion. A woman who can mix different pieces, and come up with her own style. From the past I adore Brigette Bardott, and from the modern day stars..her modern counter-part Sienna Miller. I love Nicole Richie and Kate Moss too:)

7. If you could do anything else other than designing what would you do?

That’s a funny question, because like a kid in a candy shop…My ideologies keep changing. I am always me..artistic and free-spirited, but where I am at keeps definitely changing. If I could go back…I definitely would have gotten a degree in special needs. Back then, there wasn’t this increase in autism as we see it now. I would have loved to have a degree in special needs. I love and adore children, and believe these kids are so so so special, and would of loved the honor to work with them. Insh’Allah I still will be able to have this chance. It’s never too late. Also…don’t laugh..but I am fascinated with Dolphins..I would so have loved to be a part-time Dolphin Trainer! Nowadays I am tapping into Healing. I have discovered Al-Hamdulil’Allah that I am energetically intuned..and this is something which can allow me to connect and help other people. I am definitely looking into it:)

*images belong to darjee

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

Read this on a friend’s facebook wall and loved it to enough to share with you all.. ❤

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,  reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the  figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Sam Levenson

Contrary to what some may think, Audrey Hepburn did not write this beautiful poem, Sam Levenson did. Levenson wrote “Time Tested Beauty Tips” for his grandchild, and it just so happened to be one of Audrey’s favorite poems. She read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent with us here on Earth.

Special thanks to Nicholas Darrell for author information.

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I generally have very combination skin but there are times where it starts to get really dry especially now that I am pregnant.  I like moisturizers to do it’s job and not take forever to sink in and leave a feeling of thick gunk on my face.  This product is amazing and they are all about natural ingredients.

The second you put it on your skin it feels soothing.  The scent is fresh ! The cream sinks in instantly and leaves your skin nourished and soft.  What more can I ask for 🙂 I love it

This is what Origins has to say:

This botanical breakthrough proves that not all visible skin damage is forever. Origins found a team of skin redeemers. The Rose of Jericho (a “resurrection” plant that can survive and thrive after decades of drought), cell-reviving Trehalose from corn sugar and Sea Haricots help skin rebound from dramatic dehydration. And a resourceful, ancient Oceanic Flora helps repair an aging appearance due to UV and environmental exposure. And Sage wisely rebuilds skin’s barrier to avert future damage. Used twice daily, wrinkled, weathered, potentially leathered skin resumes a youthfully-smooth look and feel. Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested.

Have you heard of Kale?? This leafy green is sooo yummy and unbelievably full of sooo much goodness it is not even funny!!

I just got back from the UK and everyday I made sure I made myself a Kale Salad ( Lots of Kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, sea salt, pepper and lots of lemon) because Kale unfortunately is not something we get back in Bahrain.

What is so different about Kale than any other greens? You’re about to learn a lot!! Make sure you add Kale to your family’s grocery shopping the next time you’re at the supermarket.

Kale although leafy is a member of the cabbage family

kale is an excellent source of

  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Calcium
  • Dietry Fibre
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B6
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • excellent source of beta carotene

“Just one portion of kale is only 36 calories but it provides a massive 192% of your daily vitamin A needs”

“Kale absolutely rich and abundant in calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. Kale is rich in Vitamin C not to mention the much needed fiber. The “Icing on the Kale” are the natural occurring all important phytochemicals sulforaphane and indoles which research suggests may protect against cancer. Let’s not forget the all important antioxidant Vitamin E. Rest assured kale spares nothing in providing one with much needed nutrients and associated health benefits.”

Theres more:

“If you want protection against lung diseases, and are exposed to a lot of smoke with the risk of emphysema, then you need to be consuming vitamin A rich foods…kale to the rescue, as mentioned above, it is very high in vitamin A.”

“But it doesn’t stop there, kale is also an excellent source of Vitamin C too. A daily portion of the green stuff provides a whopping 89% of your daily vitamin C requirement.
Vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. In addition it is also connected with reducing free radicals that trigger inflammatorydiseases and is therefore associated with the reduction of severe problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma.

One portion of kale will cater for 10.5% of your daily fibre requirements.

Our bodies definitely need plenty of fiber, as it helps to reduce cholesterol and prevents arteries from becoming clogged up. It also aids in keeping blood sugars under control, so great for diabetics.  Fiber can also give relief to people with irritable bowel syndrome as it aids constipation and diarrhea. Also fibre helps provide protection against colon cancer, as mentioned above.”

“If you need calcium but are allergic or intollerant to dairy products then kale could be the answer as is a great source of calcium. It’s not as high in calcium as cow’s milk, but it does not have the saturated fat associated with cow’s dairy milk…..so it is excellent for kids helping with their bone development and of course, adults too.

Kale is also famous for its carotenoids, especially zeaxanthin and lutein, as these can be a great protector against cataracts.

Lutein is a very powerful antioxidant, it has a yellow pigment (the yellow is covered up by chlorophyll in green leaves) with newly discovered powers to fight disease.”

Kale contains sulphorane…which only becomes apparent when cruciferous veggies such as kale, cabbage and broccoli are chewed or chopped (that’s what gives the sulphorous cabbagy taste).

But it’s what sulphorane does that’s the significant thing. It encourages the liver to produce enzymes that detoxify cancer causing chemicals, especially those connected to chemically-induced breast cancer and colon cancer.

Studies have also shown that sulphorane may protect against genetic cancers too.(i.e cancer caused by a genetic predisposition).” (http://www.antioxidants-guide.com/health_benefit_of_kale.html)

 

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