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.

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– Neha Prasad

Steal Her Style: Olivia Palermo

Recently Olivia Palermo got married in a somewhat unconventional wedding “dress”. Instead of opting for a gown as one would usually do, she decided to do something different. She wore a cream cashmere sweater, white shorts along with a full tulle satin and silk skirt and blue Manolo Blahnik shoes.

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Colour me obsessed…with her style! If you’re into Oliva Palermo and love her style like me, here’s how you can get her style without hurting your wallet. Click on the collage to find out where to buy from.

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– Neha Prasad

Get Gorgeous Skin Using Honey

Sometimes the things you find in the kitchen tend to be better than the goo you get in bottles. If it isn’t already obvious, I’m pro natural remedies as opposed to slapping something on my skin that has so many ingredients, most I have no clue what they really are.

One major benefit of using natural ingredients is that there is no side effects (unless you are allergic to it) but natural remedies take a long time for visible results to be seen. However, the results are long lasting.

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“Raw, unheated, organic honey has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds, including acne. It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin”.

It also helps with :-

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
  • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Some of my favourite recipes are

Honey Almond Scrub – Mix equal parts of ground almonds and honey. This helps in removing all the dead cells and softening your skin.

Honey Exfoliator – Mix two parts honey and one part baking soda. This helps in gently exfoliating your face and body.

Honey Facial Cleanser – Mix honey with either coconut or jojoba oil. This helps in removing make up and unclogging your pores.

 

– Neha

Style Crush! Blake Lively

Blake Lively is probably one of many, flawless women that both guys and girls love. Blonde locks, a lithe figure and an arm candy husband, what’s not to love? To be honest, I think I love her and feel a tiny bit envious at the same time. But hey, she’s definitely worth the envy!

Jumping straight to fashion, It’s Blake’s year. All of her red carpet outfits were fabulous (Most of them were Gucci, so obviously fabulosity is guaranteed!). Here are some of my all time favourite looks on her!

 

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– Neha Prasad

Why Juicing Is A Must

Everyone has probably heard of juicing. When I first heard of it, I was skeptical. Mostly because I really didn’t like the sound (and taste) of liquified veggies and fruits together. But the more I read about the benefits, I was getting really interested in giving it a try.

A few tips about juicing. Invest in a good juicer. Start off by juicing fruits and veggies you actually like eating whole. Juicing isn’t a full meal, you have to incorporate into your daily food intake.

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Juicing has a lot of benefits like,

– Weight Loss

– Improving overall health

– Increasing intake of vegetables/ fruits

– Consuming a wider variety of vegetables/ fruits

– Absorbing all the nutrients from the vegetables/ fruits

 

I started off by juicing green apples, carrots and mint leaves. It tasted quite good so I’ll be looking out for new recipes to try. Here are some recipes that caught my eye.

 

Morning Glory – It contains beetroot, carrot and orange. It helps in cleansing the liver and blood. It also helps in weight loss.

Heart Beet – It contains apple, beetroot, carrot, lemon and orange. It improves digestion and your complexion.

For more recipes, check out juicerecipes.com

 

– Neha Prasad

Insta Obsessed

We’re all guilty of it. Call us obsessed! Whether it’s posting a picture of our latest meal/ outfit/ selfie or obsessing over our favourite celeb’s new Instagram post. Celebs aside, don’t know who else to follow? Here’s our list of must follows!

 

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The Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine. Our favourite posts of hers always involves shoes and bags.

 

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A fashion writer/Editor, best selling New York Times author. He’s the Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar, VMagazine and VMAN.

 

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They give us a look into the closets of the famous variety, along with homes and everything in between.

 

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Marriam Mossalli is a Saudi fashion writer/editor. She also has her own luxury and fashion consulting firm called Niche Arabia. The most fun part of her posts? Her comments!

 

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Jonathan Paciullo is a street style photographer and contributes to Glamour Magazine’s French edition. This is a one stop destination for our style inspiration.

 

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Wilhelmina Models’ Instagram posts are pretty much equal parts of eye candy, fierce modelling and fashion. One of our favourites!

 

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Victoria Siemer is a Graphic Designer based in New York. Her works are always profound and makes you think.

 

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A well known Visual Artist/ Illustrator and, wait for it, Head Creative Developer for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

 

– Neha Prasad

Interview: Nathalie Trad

Nathalie Trad doesn’t need much of an introduction. She designs absolutely stunning clutches and is a well known name in every fashionable household in the Middle East region and abroad. Her clutches are a definite must have for every fashionista’s wardrobe.

 

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Tell us a bit about yourself, Nathalie.

I was born in Lebanon and grew up in Dubai. I developed a strong penchant for asymmetric designs, which today forms the basis my line of clutches, whilst earning a BA from Paris’ ESMOD International. It was then, in 2007, that I discovered my personal design ethos: to take classic shapes – ubiquitous in our natural environment – and radically transform them, deconstructing and always trying to redefine the boundaries of fashion aesthetics.

In 2008, I relocated to New York to further pursue this vision. There, I studied Design and Management at Parsons The New School for Design and worked under the mentorship of an industry-leading accessories designer at Proenza Schouler. There, I gained experience of working in a growing fashion business and focused on gaining hands on experience designing accessories.

My time spent in two fashion capitals – Paris and New York – coupled with the expertise gained through my degrees and my quest to re-examine the foundations of traditional accessory design, helped me forge a unique signature style laying the foundation for my brand.

 

When was the brand founded and what is the inspiration behind the brand?

I was browsing through various books at my favorite bookstore in New York (“Strand”) I came across Albertus Seba’s book of illustrations, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.
Considered one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements, the book features images of a variety of insects drawn by illustrators. Believe it or not, seeing the kaleidoscope of colors on these insects’ carcasses immediately triggered in me a creative outpouring. I vividly remember being completely mesmerized by the complex forms, shapes and patterns captured in the book. Then while on an impromptu trip around South East Asia, my fascination with nature only grew stronger, I was completely taken aback by their natural wealth.
I started to go by the motto “smell with your eyes, hear with your nose, see with your ears and taste with your hands.” In doing so, I saw it all from a different perspective, which allowed me to reinterpret what I saw and led to the creation of my 2013 inaugural collection.

 

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What was the source of inspiration for your latest collection?

Drawing inspiration from cubism and futurism, I took a moment to look at the world from different viewpoints, as a series of fractured perspectives and lines. A universe assembled from smaller shapes, overlapping geometric planes that crystallize into a gestalt, a unified whole.

The leitmotif of my Fall 2014 collection is filtering the world through a prism, deconstructing two dimensional shapes and morphing them into three dimensional bold, exotic sculptures. Marked by elegant decadence, opulent colors and eclectic patterns.

 

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What were some of the challenges you faced when you started your brand?

Until now, the most challenging part is being the creative driver of the business while at the same time running it on a day to day basis. The best part for me is being able to decide on the creative direction of the season and shaping the business in line with my vision. Nevertheless being a small business owner also means that I need to play several roles sometimes all in the span of a day. I can go from being a graphic designer, logistics, marketing, retail, finance manager, and now that I am finally starting to hire a proper team, an HR manager. Being a small business owner requires being hands on every possible front which is not an easy task.

 

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What do you love most about Dubai?

Dubai is a vibrant, thriving city and a gateway between the East and West. This perfectly mirrors the essence of my line of handbags and accessories: each and every one of my pieces draws on both Eastern and Western aesthetics, from my design background and creative process, to my contemporary influences, cultural heritage, and the different natural materials that I have used. Dubai represents a city that will never cease to evolve, recreate and outdo itself  and thus serves as the perfect example for me. It pushes me to expand the realm of possibilities with my designs and create truly innovative pieces.

 

Any exciting news about the brand you would like to share with us?

We have some very exciting collaborations in the pipeline!

 

– Neha Prasad

Introducing Our Latest Fitness Obsession: Twerkout!

Today we interview twerkout instructor Johana O from Miami, who’s discussing why  twerking is all the rage and the next best workout in Dubai!

 

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What is Twerkout and why should everyone try it?

Twerkout is the new – women only – funnest workout dance party in Dubai designed to get you more fit, toned, and sexy. Twerkout is a unique cardio dance class that disguises the feeling of working out because you are dancing to popular hip hop and electronic songs that you love such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kate Perry, etc all in a fun club-like atmosphere. You gain so much more than just losing weight! It’s an experience like no other, and that’s why every women (of all ages 18 and older) become part of the Twerkout community in Dubai.

 

Can you tell us how Twerkout become a fitness work out?

My passion for dancing and performing inspired the Twerkout class. Working out can be extremely boring and monotonous so I wanted to create a fun and dynamic workout specifically designed to shape the female physique, something that women would actually enjoy. Twerkout connects dancing and working out in a fun club atmosphere with a classy and sassy twist along with clever routines that will keep you dancing for hours. The Twerkout regular attendees say they prefer this workout over any other because it’s easy, fun, and productive (in many ways other than getting an awesome workout).

 

How does it get someone in shape?

You can expect to burn anywhere from 400 – 1,000 calories each Twerkout class (FYI: running one mile burns around 100 calories). Keeping in mind that results differ from person to person depending on activity level and eating habits. If you are a regular Twerkout member you can expect to see results particularly in the right areas that women typically target, such as waistline, legs, arms, and buttocks.

 

Do you have to be a good dancer to do twerkout?

You don’t have be a dancer at all to Twerkout. The class has easy combination routines that are quick to pick up. The class is designed to not only lose weight but also to improve your dancing skills one step at a time with one-on-one tips from instructors on how to move your body to get a better workout, and look and feel sexier at the same time. Yes, it’s possible to do both with Twerkout!

 

How is it different to Zumba?

The difference between Twerkout and Zumba is that Zumba uses more traditional dance moves you’ve seen over and over in infomercials mainly using Latin American music which in general carry a low to moderate tempo. Twerkout uses moves that challenge your body and exploits your inner diva mainly using hip hop and electronic music which carry a much more intense and faster tempo, and include disco lights and dimmed lights to infuse a dance party feeling. In a Zumba class you will feel like you are “working out”, but Twerkout disguises the “workout” mindset to “Twerkout” to bass pumping, heart throbbing, best jamming music you’ve ever experienced. Once you have tried one Twerkout class you will instantly notice the difference.

 

Since twerking is a type of dance, have you changed it to make it a intense workout?

Yes, but don’t let the Twerk in Twerkout scare you off into thinking it’s anything related to a Miley Cyrus type of dance. In general terms, Twerking is a dance movement typically thrusting or shaking your buttocks, but there’s very little of that in the Twerkout class. Yes, you shake your bum but the dance moves are eloquently designed to keep it classy and fun targeting the most wanted areas for women. The word Twerk to me signifies new age boldness, confidence, and freedom of expression and this is something I want to give to all the Twerkout community of women in Dubai.

Best twerkers in your opinion?

Beyonce would probably take the cake for best twerking moves in my opinion.

 

Why is it exclusive to only women?

I wanted to create a judgement free class where women can let loose, release their inner inhibitions and feel comfortable in their own skin. Women love to dance but hate working out, so the birth of Twerkout materialized; uniquely combining the two with a fun & friendly party atmosphere. This class will have you doing Twerkout moves in dance clubs and even at work during your lunch hour with your girlfriends. It’s a community of fierce and confident women who encourage one another and aim at being happy and comfortable with themselves while pushing the envelope to become the best they can become.

 

What should you wear to a Twerkout class?

You should wear clothes that you are comfortable dancing in. Tank top, leggings, and sneakers are perfectly ok. Lipstick and loose hair are encouraged to help you feel more Twerkalicious.

 

What should you expect from a Twerkout class?

Expect to break out of your shell and get a great workout while improving flexibility, dancing skills, and a ego boost. The old mindset of traditional gyms are dying down because of their lack of innovation and motivation. Your body deserves a new type of workout and your soul demands it.

 

Join the Twerkout community of women who are fearless and sassy and experience the funnest dance workout party in Dubai! For more info, Contact Leila at leila@so-famous.com.

Makeup Tips and Tricks

Who doesn’t love makeup? I feel absolutely naked leaving home without applying my mascara or lip tint! On other days, I’ve got to do a full makeup look, if I’m going out for an event. Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve found useful!

 

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– Before applying foundation, It’s important that you apply primer. It helps by making your makeup last longer.

– Apply your foundation before your concealer. If there are blemishes or spots still visible after you apply the foundation, cover them up with concealer.

– It is very important that your foundation matches your skin tone. Your concealer should be a shade lighter.

– Use a stippling brush to apply foundation on your face. This ensures that you don’t have any streaks on your face.

 

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– To avoid your eyeshadow from creasing, it’s essential that you apply an eye primer. The eye primer prevents the eyeshadow from creasing.

– The eyeshadow needs to complement your eye colour. If you have brown eyes, you can pull off almost any colour, but the best colours would be blue and purple. If you have green eyes, then it’s deep plum or colours with red undertones. If you have blue eyes then peach or colours with an orange undertone.

– Make sure you curl your eyelashes before applying mascara.

– If you have small eyes, it’s better to avoid lining inside your lower lash line. Your eyes would look bigger with a cat eye.

 

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– Eyebrows frame your face. Your eyebrows should be well groomed. It’s essential that you do your eyebrows since it’s one of the major features of your face.

– Your brows should start from the inner corner of your eye and should end at the outer corner of your eye.

– The arch of your eyebrow should be a diagonal line going through your pupil and ending at the tip of your nose.

– To fill in your brows, opt for brown or dark brown brow pencil, it’s more natural than black.

 

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– To make your lips soft, use a scrub made of granulated sugar and olive oil to remove the dead cells.

– If you are wearing lipstick, apply a lip liner, to the edges of your lips and then colouring them in, it will make the lipstick last longer.

– If you’re planning on applying a red lipstick or other dark colours, keep your eye makeup simple so that it balances out.

– The best shade of lipstick is a colour that’s two shades darker than your natural lip colour.

 

 

– Neha Prasad

 

Comfy and Chic Airport Dressing

Comfort is key while travelling. Well, so is style! Unless you’re a jetsetter, you probably haven’t perfected that comfy and chic look. Personally my look consists of a loose white tee, a black leather jacket, dark wash skinny jeans and my favourite pair of converse shoes.

 

Here are some of my favourite looks of high fliers!

 

The Tomboy Look

 

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The Lady Look

 

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The Relaxed Look

 

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– Neha Prasad