Stefanie Ost’s Tips on Looking and Feeling Your Ultimate Best!

Stefanie Ost

Stefanie Ost,  Founder of Wilhelmina Models Dubai and SO,  was a former fashion model who has graced the covers and appeared in editorials for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire all over the world. She’s  walked the runway for Cavalli and Dior until she decided to settle in Dubai and had the opportunity to turn her modeling experience into a business helping women and men look and feel their best while also assisting the region’s aspiring young models achieve their dreams. In 2011, Stefanie entered The Big Start, a student entrepreneur competition run by Al Tamimi Investments, and her winning business idea scooped the top prize.

Every Wednesday Stefanie will feature her personal favorite beauty tips and advice on looking and feeling better. Today we ask Stefanie about “ juicing” and the benefits and disadvantages of this fad that is taking Dubai by storm.

What do you think about “ juicing” and how do you do it?

I absolutely love juicing! Every day I have at least 1 or 2 fresh veggie juices that keep me revitalized and glowing. Once in a while I might do a few days of a juice fast which can become addictive as you feel just fabulous afterwards. I do however feel that it is important  not to live on juices only (which is the side effect of this new trend that many young women stop eating solid food completely and just live off their juices). Personally, I consider juices as a great detox tool and as an easily digestible “supplement” to a balanced diet.

As a model did you ever juice to prepare for a show?

I was always quite lucky and never really had to diet much. Yet, if I had a big show coming up now and I had to lose some excess weight, I would do a 3-5 day juice fasting cleanse, which would not only help me to get back in shape, but will also leave me with a beautifully glowing skin. I want to add that one of the benefits of juicing is that it makes you aware of what you eat so once you start eating solid food again you are much more careful with what you put in your mouth and more often than not you become healthier.

What’s your best nutrition advice?

Its all about balance. I don’t think one should count calories and become obsessed with diets, its important to eat as much fresh vegetables and fruits as possible and definitely avoid sugar and sodas.A great sugar alternative is Stevia (it’s natural and has almost no calories). Artificial sweeteners such as Sweet and Low are the worst, the ingredients actually make you even fatter. Also, it is advisable to stay away from white flour (such as white bread, regular pasta, white rice) and instead opt for  healthy grains such as brown rice and whole grain). Finally try to stay away from dairy and too much animal protein – it’s  really not good for your beauty.

Stefanie Ost is trained under The Finishing Academy UK and conducts corporate and private social and business etiquette courses. Contact info@so-famous.com for more information.

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Our Favorite Beauty Products/ Wilhelmina Models Dubai Headbooker

Cynthia Gutierrez, Wilhelmina Models Dubai’s headbooker is responsible for bringing international models with different looks and style to the region and we asked her to share some of her favorite products.

Favorite Perfume?

Euphoria by Calvin Klein

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What is the one make up product you dont leave the house without?

My black or green eyeliner. I use Maybelline express liner.

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What color nailpolish are you currently wearing?

For the toes I like colorful colors, but for the hands I prefer dark ones. I love black nails

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Who are your favorite models Cynthia?

For the runway I have to say Naomi Campbel because her walk is amazing. For natural beauty I would have to say Christy Turlington. For male models I really like the look of Willie Carter and Sean O’Dry who has perfect cheek bones and amazing eyes.

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If you had to pick one brand that best represents your style which one would it be?

Its very difficult to pick just one brand I love to mix style so I’m not loyal to just one brand but for everyday I like Spanish brands such as Blanco, Lynx or Bimba & Lola.

What’s one fashion trend you don’t like?

Platform shoes! I hate them.

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Beauty Tips & Our Favorite Products

Every week we will be updating our blog with our own SO Famous team’s insider beauty tips with product information and much more. Today we share our General Manager Leila Antakly’s personal favorites.

Favorite Perfume?

Love in Black by Creed

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What is the one make up product you dont leave the house without?

Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzer

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Favorite Mascara?

Lancome’s Hypnose

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Favorite day cream and skincare products?

I love Obagi day moisturizer and I love my friend Jen Yen’s skincare line called Purlisse.

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Who are your favorite fashion models?

Lily Aldridge for her natural beauty and model turned yogi Cameron Alborzian.

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Which fashion brand best represents your style?

Zadig & Voltaire

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Is there a beauty trend you dont like?

Yes, feathered manicures!

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Beauty Tips From Cynthia Abdel Karim

Dior Addict

What are some of your favorite beauty products?
Revive-moisturizing renewal cream.  Its a moisturizing cream that you apply overnight and it does exactly what it says on the jar.. it gently exfoliates, evens out skin /wrinkles and gives you a great glow. When I use it, I wake up and my skin feels dewy, i love that word, fresh and glowing.

 

Dior- Lip glow : A friend told me about this one, it looks like a chap stick…but when you apply it on your lips magic happens. It basically brings out the color in your lips, like you’re not wearing lipstick…but have naturally red snow white type of au naturel lips. It looks different on each person that uses it as it enhances your lip color.

Cle de Peau -Foundation gives you fabulous even skin tone that lasts all day. Lasts being the operative word, no matter the weather or day you’re having it stays on and your skin looks flawless.  Whenever I travel to the states I load up on it and am always buying stock for my sister, friends etc. a great brand.

What are your tips to protect your skin from the hot summer months ahead?

One has to drink water, moisturize and use sunscreen. I’m good at the last two, I never drink enough water but you have to in Dubai.

How do you get ready for beach season?

Its beach time all year in Dubai, which actually forces you to stay fit all year long. I have a trainer that I’ve been working out with for several years that I swear by, Jane Head. She has a studio where you are max 4 people so she’s very attentive to you and makes sure you are doing everything right vs lost in a big class.  Her technique is core resistance training, so you isolate muscle and use a percentage of your own body weight to work out.

I also love yoga., its great for the mind and body.
And for the best results I just watch what I eat, basically cutting out wheat and dairy although I love food too much to diet.

How do you get the latest news on Fashion and Trends?

I never buy fashion magazines. I mainly go on online portals, websites or newsletters to see what’s new. In fact I even go online to shop cause I find stores too hectic and uninspiring


How do you keep a balance in your busy life?

I really need my downtime so I try not to make too many plans during the week and I need my 8 hours of sleep. Working out regularly is also really the key.

Interview with Amira Salaam Amro, Flywheel Dubai Partner & Creative Director, apple seeds Dubai Partner and Co- Owner

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What are your 3 favorite skin care products Amira?

Retinol night cream by NYC dermatologist Lori Polis, SkinPolish Facial Wash by Lori Polis, Brown Sugar body scrub by Fresh.

Tips to protect your skin from the hot summer months ahead?

I wear a moisturizer with SPF 15 every day, and a BB cream by Smashbox that also has SPF. When I’m at the beach, I wear SPF on my entire body of course, and always a hat to protect my face from the sun, as I am quite fair. But I do love getting a very gradual glow throughout the Summer months.

How do you prepare for beach time?

As one of the Flywheel Dubai owners, I am of course a huge Flywheel and FlyBarre addict, and I exercise 6 to 7 days a week. I mix my Flywheel /Flybarre routine with circuit training with my personal trainer, and in Summer I enjoy running outdoors too. I try to do one or two half marathons a year.

What are the colors or trends for Summer 2013?

There is a move from punk rock and late 80s neons to a more earthy feel this Spring/Summer. I feel like tribal prints, bohemian jet set, and western/native american looks are in this Summer, which I love, as I enjoy bringing in unique pieces, beading and fun accessories to an outfit. Strong colors are also in. Denim cut off shorts with cool tops, and fun summer dresses are my go to outfits. Maxi dresses are huge this summer also! And the color turquoise….my absolute favorite!

Must have accessories this summer?

I think we’ve moved away from one single it-bag. Women are showing their more unique side with tribal print bags, wedge sneakers by Nike in unique prints, and accessories that look like they were found on a trip or an adventure.

Summer recipes?

I eat a lot of salads,fruit and fish in the Summer. They are my favorite foods throughout the year, but when it gets warmer outside, light and flavorful in-season food is what I enjoy eating and cooking. I try to buy seasonal organic ingredients from the Union Square market, which isn’t too far from my house.

How do you keep a balance in your busy life and schedules?

The only way I make it work (and it doesn’t always work every day), is by being very disciplined and organized. I never make an excuse when it comes to my family, my duties as a mother, my duties toward my businesses in Dubai, and my exercise routine. I also volunteer at my sons’ school (the Lycee Francais de New York), and will be co-chairing the Spring Gala in 2014, which I am thrilled to do, as I love our school. I believe that keeping busy and getting involved whenever you can, is both the key to success and happiness. I love interacting with people, and working creatively, so I always enjoy meeting new and inspiring people, whether my riders at Flywheel, mothers at apple seeds or at my sons’ school, or the people I work with every day in my team. That being said, I’ve learnt to say no at times, as there are only so many hours in the day. I do all the majority of my work on my Blackberry (where I have been known to be able to type faster than anyone I know! Ha!) but I am sure to turn it off every day from 6pm to 11pm, when it’s time to be with my husband and children.

Other favorite wellness tips for our audience?

I have discovered drinking green juices over the last 3 years, and I drink one or 2 juices (kale, parsley, ginger, green apple, lemon and spinach) every single day. I also take whole food supplements like fish oil, chlorella (which is an algae that has amazing effects on sustaining our immune system and cleansing our bodies from toxins), astaxanthin (a derivative of an algae), E3Live, and Aloe Vera drinks which again strengthen our bodies. What you eat and drink is definitely reflected in your skin and body, and I’ve noticed a much healthier glow since I’ve been taking in more greens! I also drink gallons of water every day.

I enjoy working out almost every day, which keeps me strong, healthy of mind and body, and gives me confidence. I think the most important asset a woman can have is feeling confident and happy in her skin…..and a good blush, BB cream, and waterproof mascara!