Cosmetic procedures are not uncommon anymore. Since they serve an aesthetic purpose, the psychological one is thus often overshadowed. People choose cosmetic procedures for various reasons. Some want to correct a birth defect, scarring or wounds caused by an illness. But then there are others who want to feel beautiful and enhance their features. However, the growing popularity of these types of medical practices often casts a shadow on the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic procedures, as well as the psychological state of the patients undertaking them – writer Victoria Lim digs deeper.
What can we expect in 2018? The ever-evolving world of technology, climate change, and the current political situation has made us realize that we need to adjust our frames of reference. And as a result, we are innovating and ‘radically reframing’ existing solutions. That said, in the world of flowers and plants, the social trends towards a radical reframing are being expressed in three floral style trends. These are the quest for fresh color, equilibrium (using unusual materials), and the new rules of the game when mixing florals.
It’s no secret; coconut oil’s popularity has increased drastically over the years, and it’s for a good reason too. Coconut oil benefits and uses range from cosmetic purposes to health. This is why it’s a must-have in your cupboard as it is in mine. And all these amazing coconut oil benefits get even better if you get a jar that has 100% organic, cold-pressed, unrefined and virgin coconut oil.
AMATO, which means ‘beloved’ in Italian, is UAE’s first global designer brand that has earned itself an international cult following – from royalty to international celebrities. Also, the AMATO Couture happens to be the brainchild of the much-awarded creative designer Furne One, who partnered with textile expert Rashid Ali, to build this Avant Garde label. From the very first unconventional yet outstandingly chic collection, AMATO Couture touched a chord with regional and international fashion elites from Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks to singing sensations such as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj, just to name a few. And, if you are as curious as we are about AMATO and the icon behind it, then worry not, because the man himself is giving us an inside snippet on AMATO Couture and himself.
The coloring-in book phenomena has brought adult “art as therapy” to almost every bookshop in the world. The trend is led by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford – her book Secret Garden has achieved sales exceeding 10 million units across 40 countries. In China alone, Basford’s book sold 3 million copies in its first three months after its publication there in 2015. Whilst the trend has cooled since its peak in 2016, the adult coloring-in trend is still very prevalent and has been instrumental in the revitalization of physical book sales and the slow-down of e-book sales. Even at my own stores (Gallery One) in the Gulf region, we have sold several thousand copies of Basford’s titles.
It’s never easy to lose your spouse. Their passing means you have lost a friend, confidant, partner, and more. But when a senior loses their spouse, it can be devastating. They spent decades together, making the loss much worse and without a healthy grieving process, it will be challenging to move forward, writes Hazel Bridges.
The holiday season is finally here with us. There is shopping to be done, gifts to be wrapped and parties to host. But in all this hullabaloo, are you getting your workouts in or trying to maintain your fitness a tad bit? It’s natural (unacceptable) to put your workouts on hold during the merry season. Starting with Halloween and all the way to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, most people put it off till the feasting season is over, and adding exercise and fitness to a long list of New Year resolutions. This is why Pilates expert – Reza Alavi – who’s also the Founder and Managing Director of Real Pilates, is sharing with us some on-the-go Pilates workouts, in addition to enjoying your holidays and maintaining your fitness routine.
Are you an art person? Well, here’s a little secret; the artwork you have in your living space can tell a lot about you as a person. Your traits, inclinations and some things in between can be ‘read’ if the person observing the artwork knows what to look for. To know what your artwork says about you, Gregg Sedgwick, CEO, and Founder of Gallery One shares more on this.