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RAsha Yousif

I have always loved and appreciated photography but this photgrapher has gotten all my 5 senses hightened with every image and with every audio slideshow. Her images have so much life behind them; they are ‘not just a photo’. Rasha Yousif is an aspiring travel photographer and has already shot in quite a few countries. She is a dear friend and a member of Bahrain Bloggers. It’s about time she edit the ‘aspiring’ part and give her self the title she well deserves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Down to Earth is a cafe/market on High Street Kensington, London that sells organic, vegetarian, vegan and raw food.  I am always on the look out for great bites to eat out in London that cater to food requirements.  Walking into Down to Earth you are greeted with a welcoming menu and colorful food behind the glass.  I was not that hungry but my stomach wouldn’t listen and my eyes were taking over.  I couldn’t decide between the Shepherd’s pie or the Raw Lasagne, so I had both! (face palm).  I am so glad I did because I am the type that would lay in bed late at night wondering what it may have tasted like and I got it out of my system.   Read the rest of this entry »

Back in March my Bahrain Blogger‘s group got together with award winning photographer  Ali Sharaf to get some individual shots and group photos taken.  It was a lovely ‘hot’ morning in muharraq at the Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House.  The architecture was beautiful and it was the prefect setting, if you haven’t been it is worth the visit.  We had lots of fun messing around and taking our own shots while waiting for our turns.  Here is a peak of how the day went.

Who are we?

Ali Fareed, Amy, Bahrainipreneur,  Bahrainivents, Mara, Rana- Fun to be a Mom, My 2 Thumz,  Rasha- Not Just a Photo, Nazli- Bahraini Dining Scene , Reem- RT Views

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dr doom

Have you ever wanted to learn from a pro how to draw comics, learn the technique and know more about the tools?  For all you comic lovers and artists there is an awesome workshop in town.  Don’t miss this opportunity on learning from a very talented Emirati artist, Saeed Arjumand. Read the rest of this entry »

louise nichol

Since moving to the Middle East in 2005, Louise Nichol has helmed the region’s two leading fashion publications: Grazia Middle East and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Louise, 34, has over 13 years experience as a journalist, starting her career on UK fashion industry publication Drapers in London. Currently editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, over the course of her career Louise has interviewed the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford and Kim Kardashian.

1.       Who is your current favorite local designer and why?

From an entirely personal perspective there are two locally-based designers whose pieces I have hanging in my wardrobe: Ayesha Depala and Madiyah Al Sharqi. For me, they produce the most commercially compelling collections. I only wish I had the lifestyle to accommodate pieces by some of the region’s talented eveningwear designers!

2.       what are your 3 wardrobe essentials as a new mum?

Anita nursing bras (from Figleaves.com), cotton T-shirts (I like James Perse) and my Anya Hindmarch ‘Oakley’ nappy bag.

3.       How important is it to have a platform like Fashion Forward in the region?

It is always important to nurture and foster young talent, but it is vital to do so within the context of creating viable design businesses. This is what Fashion Forward has recognised, with its mix of educational talks and panel discussions alongside the catwalk shows. I like the acknowledgement of driving forward towards a sustainable design industry rather than launching yet another Dubai Fashion Week, without a credible industry behind it. We’re not there yet, but with initiatives like Fashion Forward, we will be soon.

4.       As a blogger who focuses on conservative stylish/trendy fashion.  We have stylish icons like Sheikha Moza and Dsaaks (Indonesian Blogger) to look to for conservative fashion inspiration.  Conservative/modest fashion is an untapped niche in a region where women are mostly covered or dress modestly.  What is your view on the importance on tapping into this market?

We photograph a wide mix of women who live in the region, many of whom are covered to varying degrees. We would like to photograph more, but often cultural restrictions prevent us from doing so. I feel passionately about bringing Middle Eastern women into the pages of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia wherever possible. Ultimately we are an international title, with responsibilities to international advertisers, but our heartbeat is most definitely local.

5.       If you could visit any decade which would it be and why?

The 2030s would be cool. My daughter will be 18-years-old in 2030 and the world will be a different place by then. I’d love to get a head start so I can prepare her!

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Screen shot 2013-05-07 at 2.00.26 AM Dubai-based Dima Ayad, is a young Lebanese fashion designer. She established her eponymous label in April 2010. Her clothes, which have been featured on the pages of ELLE Arabia, Grazia Middle East, OK!, Hello! and Ahlan!, are a celebration of the female form. Her Autumn Winter 2011 collection was shown off-schedule at London Fashion Week, which led to her nomination as Best Regional Designer at the Grazia Middle East Style Awards 2011, designing a capsule Prom collection for Saks Fifth Avenue and a Ramadan AbayaCollection for Harvey Nichols Dubai.

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IMG_3213 How to Start Your Own Fashion Label: London College of Fashion (Toby Meadows) 

The last day of Fashion Forward and I got to attend some great shows; Tresors Sauvages, Amira Haroon, Zayan the Label, Amato and Ayesha Depala.  It was a fun fashion filled 3 days and am so glad I got to attend the very first one.  I am looking forward to the next one later this year in October, it can only get better!   Read the rest of this entry »

Lama

In September 2009, fashion designer, Lama El-Moatassem, launches Toujouri’s first collection, after studying at London’s Central St Martins, London College of Fashion and working for international design houses such as Chloe.

Aesthetic interpretations of travel and culture, vintage textiles, embroideries, brocades and modern design inspire her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Middle Eastern Fashion: An Identity in the Making- Panel Discussion

I was off to a fresh start at Day 2 of Fashion Forward and was ready for as much fashion dosage as I could get! It was hard to limit myself to a few number of shows and panel discussions as I had baby duty as well, but better some than none at all eh! I go to attend the Middle Eastern Fashion: Identity in the Making panel discussion which was very interesting and they tapped on to a lot of interesting points.  I wish I got the chance to bring up the point of modest/conservative fashion for the majority of women in our region; next time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zayan Ghandour was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She began designing limited edition one-off T-shirts while writing for the Daily Star newspaper (an affiliate of the Herald Tribune), before moving to Dubai in 2000 and retailing at one of the most prominent multi-brand boutiques.

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