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World Cup Frenzy

With the semi finals being held tomorrow, the world cup frenzy is at an all time high. I’m not exactly a fan of football, but it’s kind of hard to ignore it when everyone on your Facebook and Twitter are talking about it.

The teams that are still in the running for the World Cup are Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands and Germany. While the men support their teams in the usual ways, sporting jerseys and face paint, the women supporters have kicked it up a notch, by showing off what their mama’s gave them.

But the best part has to be the crazy fans. They are easy to spot, usually sporting a costume or full on face paint. Here are the wackiest fans spotted at the World Cup this time.












- Neha Prasad

Summer Getaways

It’s that time of the year again! Where expats and locals alike leave the country in droves for much needed rest and relaxation (as well as to mentally reboot before coming back to work).

Stumped and wondering where to go? Don’t worry we’ve got you, here’s our list of getaways!


For the Adventurer

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or more of a backpacking kind of person, these are my top picks!


Mountain trekking in Nepal



Scuba diving in Australia



Exploring caves in Borneo



For the Art and History Buff

If you are into Art and History, there’s a lot of places to choose from. Each country has it’s own history and culture. These are my favourites!


Mitte in Berlin, Germany



Palais de Versailles in France

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Machu Pichu in Peru




For the Luxurious Soul

There’s nothing better than an island getaway. Surrounded by the sun and ocean along with a private villa, that is true luxury. My top picks are Bali, Bora Bora and the Maldives!


Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Bali



Four Seasons in Bora Bora

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Anantara Kihavah Resort in the Maldives

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- Neha Prasad

Perfect Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. But, the majority celebrate it on the second Sunday of May every year. This time Mother’s Day is on May 11th. If you haven’t yet gotten your mum a gift or are stumped as to what to get her, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered!




A day at the spa – It’s the perfect way for her to unwind, relax and have some “me” time.

Her favourite perfume – If your mum is a very hard person to gift, give her things she already loves.

A shopping spree – Treat her to a shopping spree at her favourite store.

A beautiful bouquet – You can never go wrong with a big, beautifully arranged flower bouquet, especially when it’s her favourite flowers!

A delectable sweet treat – If your mum loves anything dessert related, macaroons are the way to go! Or red velvet cupcakes! Absolutely delish.

Organise a private photo shoot – Give your mum a once in a lifetime experience of a professional photo shoot! Email for enquiries.


- Neha Prasad

How to click the perfect #selfie

I’m not the only person who spends an outrageous amount of time trying to take a good “selfie”. The perfect #selfie isn’t as elusive as you think it is. Here are some tips that will definitely help you!


  • Lighting – Good lighting is essential for any good selfie. Natural light is the best but you can make do with any good source of lighting. The light source should be in front of you than behind.


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  •  Angles – The angle matters. Whether it’s the angle of your face, the angle of the camera or the angle at which the light hits. Find the good side of your face and work it for the camera. Holding up the camera a bit higher than the level of your face creates a pleasing angle.




  • Mood – Selfies are fun and light hearted, so don’t be serious. Try pulling a face, act silly or dorky. It’s all good fun. Take cue from supermodel Cara Delevingne, whose selfies are always enjoyable.


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  • Background – An interesting background for your selfie will always get you more likes. While it’s fun taking a #MirrorSelfie, avoid places like restrooms. Sure the lighting is good, but having a toilet in the background is never classy.




Want a model’s tips on selfie’s? Check out this cool video by W magazine


- Neha Prasad

Do’s and Don’ts Before the Big Day



  • Stay true to yourself – When it comes to make up, hair and the wedding dress, keep it classic and elegant. The idea is look beautiful while still looking like yourself.


  • Prepare a small bag with essentials – This bag is going to be your lifesaver on the big day. Stash it with make up for touch ups, like lip gloss, powder, waterproof mascara and anything else you might need.


  • Rehearsals – I’m not talking about only the wedding rehearsal, but rehearsals with the photographer, makeup and hair. Getting a trial makeup and hair look done before the wedding prevents any unwanted surprises. It also gives you a chance to change certain aspects of the hair or makeup.


  • Take dance classes – This one is a no brainer. Unless both you and your fiance have some training in Ballroom dancing, you can’t skip this step. Dance classes are fun and you learn something new as well.


  • Eat – You have to eat. Don’t think of skipping any meals, you’ll need the energy. You don’t want to faint and cause a scene.






  • Be adventurous and try out new products – Stick to your normal routine. Don’t try out any new products or facials in the days leading up to your wedding. Spray tans included.


  • Spend all your savings – Your wedding day is undoubtedly the most special day of your life, but it’s also the beginning of your life with someone else. You can have a over the top wedding, but you cannot spend all your savings on one momentous occasion.


  • Buy a dress in a smaller size than yours – You’ve practically had years to lose those pounds, if you couldn’t do it then, why is it possible with a wedding hanging over your head? Buy the dress in your size and in a silhouette that flatters your body shape.


  • Be a Bridezilla – Things go wrong, doesn’t matter how much planning you do. Be patient and kind. Being angry and demanding doesn’t help anyone.


  • Leave the itinerary to the last minute – The itinerary is the only thing that keeps everything and everyone on schedule. Make sure you have it done and dusted ahead of time.

Check out S.O’s Bridal Package!

- Neha Prasad

Practicing Yoga At Home

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After a long day at the office, sometimes by the time I get home  the last thing I want is to get back in the car and drive over anywhere for a yoga session. So recently I bought myself a nice yoga mat and decided to try yoga youtube workouts in the privacy of my own home, so I can still work out and stretch without having to leave the house and the results have been amazing. Here are some tips to consider in order to prevent injury and maximize the experience:

1) Create  your own space

Set aside a space in your room making sure  it is free from furniture and is clean and serene. I like to light a candle to create a peaceful atmosphere and I have a nice playlist of soothing music from Spirit Vogage and Shiva Rea has  compiled a collection of trance music suitable for Vinyasa flow. Keep the lighting low and relaxed.

2) Prevent Injury

Don’t force postures. Anything that is advanced is much better to do around a teacher who can watch you, but at home dont compete with your body -Be present, warm up, fully get into the poses you know…that is how an at home practice should be. Difficult poses should be in a class, where your teacher can make a safe environment for you.

3) Choose your youtube yoga style ( here are some of my favorite):

Hatha Yoga at Home

Weightloss Yoga with Tara Stiles

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4) Research!

The internet is a wealth of resources for an at home yoga practice.  Itunes has many yoga podcasts and  I Yoga Life has many videos  for a variety of levels.

7) Meditate

Sit with a straight spine, close your eyes and focus on your breath. The benefits of meditation include everything from lowering your blood pressure to improving your mood.

-Leila Antakly

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Guess Campaigns

Guess has always had iconic campaigns typically shot by one of our favorite photographers, Ellen Von Unwerth who knows how to capture a woman’s sensuality and playfulness without going overboard and vulgar. Back in the 90′s landing a Guess campaign meant a model had reached her iconic status which can be compared to landing the Victoria Secret Angel spot for their annual and highly celebrated fashion show today. Probably the two most memorable ads were shot with super model Claudia Schiffer and Ana Nicole Smith, but our favorite were the color ones with models Megan Ewing and Adriana LIma.



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The  recent superstar to be chosen to represent Guess is former Miss World and Bollywood actress  Priyanka Chopra who reminds us of a cross of the classic beauty of Sofia Loren and Eva Mendes.



KC Makeup on Graphic Eyes

We are excited to feature this post with our favorite beauty and international Makeup Artist, Karuna Chani on the TOP graphic eyeliner looks for Middle Eastern women. In 2014 we plan on bringing this star from New York to teach several workshops on makeup application so keep informed by liking our fb page for updates.

1. Double Line- Why have one winged line when you can have two? This look is designed to be edgy and grab for its bold and “in your face” look.

Double Line

Products: Nars Lipstick belle du jour in Nude and makeup forever flash color in white

2.Milly Eye Fashes are the base of this avant garde look. Paint a strong winged top liner then place the Milly Lashes on top!

Mily Flashes

Products: Milly Eye Flashes and Nars lipstick in Belle du Jour

3.Pop of Color-Add your favorite bright color to your traditional winged look. This is an easy way to mix up the look and add some brightness to your kohl eye by adding a dash of color along the top liner, then a little gold shimmer in the corner.

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Products: Gold shimmer makeup forever Star Powder #920 (inner eye corner), Maybelline New Vivids in Vivid Rose #875 (on lips) and Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Jolie Poupee (purple line on lid)

4. Classic Cat- What girl doesn’t love a cat eye. Create a sultry and mysterious look by extending the curve of your eyeliner past your tear duct and bringing it to a point with your bottom eyeliner!

Classic Cat

Products: Dolce & Gabbana in Devil #220 (on lips) and gold shimmer Makeup forever Star Powder #920 (inner eye corner)

5.Thick & Winged- Make that top liner THICK! And bring it to a point for an added dose of edge. Drawing the eyes up and making the shape of your eyes really stand out, this is a great look for every woman!

Thick Winged

Products: Maybelline New Vivid Rose #875 (on lips)

Products Basic for ALL Looks:

Nars Smudge proof eyeshadow base
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Ink Black
Laura Mercier Full Blown Mascara in Black
Giorgio Armani Eyebrow Pencil #2 and #3
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in El Dorado
Flawless Waterproof Airbrush foundation by Kett Cosmetics

S.O. Wedding Services

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S.O. is happy to introduce an entire package to beautify and prepare a bride and her bridal party for her wedding not only from the outside but inside as well.  Etiquette courses that will help build a bride’s confidence from walking down the aisle confidently and comfortably to ensuring her table etiquette is perfect for her big day and future ahead. S.O. aims to provide brides with skills on how to maintain looking their best and feeling their best long after the consultation has ended.  

Stefanie Ost a former International fashion model and CEO of S.O. partnered with The Finishing  Academy UK to provide extensive modules in etiquette and is hands on during her client’s one on one preparation for makeovers and photoshoots.  At S.O we only collaborate with professionals in makeovers and fashion photographers  to ensure clients reach their full and most stunning potential.  Wedding Modules include (but are not limited to):

Poise and Elegance

Walking in Heels Comfortably and with Confidence

Brush up on social decorum ( table and dining etiquette)

Pre Wedding and Wedding Photography

Image Consultations/Makeovers

Fashion Styling/Personal Shopping/Wardrobe Edit

Attendees are empowered with confidence and radiate beauty on their special day. Contact us for more information or to set up an appointment.