Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Maki launches "The Makeup Maki" by Beauty guru Mai Al Moayed

The  Make-up Maki is the latest addition to Maki’s extensive menu. Maki approached Mai  AlmoayedBahrain’s very own make-­‐up guru who is also a make-­up artist. She founded The  Make-­up Manual and  hosts professional classes to educate women about  make-­up and skincare. Maki approached Mai to design her own maki.    
The Make-­up Maki is an explosion of flavors for one’s taste  buds, with ingredients that create a  harmony of decadent  taste. The  Make-­up Maki incorporates tempura prawn, avocado, rice pearl, wasabi flakes, drizzled extra virgin olive oil, topped  with chopped tempura, cherry tomato, cucumber, carrots, thakwan, spring onion, and  lastly,  a drizzle of mango and strawberry sauce. 
I personally loved the sushi as it wasn't too overpowering with the taste of raw fish and was just the way I like my sushi!
The concept of the maki is to portray the beauty of make-­up and colorful palettes,  with  a surprising twist of flavorful ingredients. In addition, the vibrant maki reflects Almoayed’s  lively and fun personality, which is essential in namesake dishes. The  Make-­up  Maki officially launched on Thursday, November 21.    

Visit Maki at World Trade Center to try The Make-­up Maki – which is not only visually beautiful, but will excite your taste buds!

With Mai al Moayed, Ali and Mohammed

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Style Talk at Stradivarius with TSCT

Hi guys! Here's your chance to meet me and ask any questions that you have, related to fashion and style at Stradivarius. I'll be hosting a talk on style and how to dress up basics which will be followed by a really cool contest and the winner gets a prize even I'm jealous of! So please do stop by Stradivarius this Monday at Bahrain City Centre opposite Forever 21 on the ground floor at 7 pm. Looking forward to the event.

See you there!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Rainy day!

 The weather has been incredible off late and I’ve been spending the long holidays at my favorite rooftop restaurants in Bahrain. (Follow me on instagram @askthestylecouncil to know what I’m talking about).

It was drizzling the other day so it was only fitting that I carry an umbrella for the outfit post! Here’s where I wish I had a cool umbrella with bunny or kitty ears. Yes, I saw a little girl carry one around and I wanted it! Don’t forget that rain doesn't have to be your enemy. As much as you enjoy the rain sitting indoors, sipping on warm tea, you can even enjoy it outside in the right attire. By this I mean light rain! Always wear an open cardigan as opposed to closed chunky knitwear if it’s a little chilly outside. The discomfort caused by the dampness of wool is much less when it’s an open sweater. Try sticking to flats and something that has a good grip. Heels are a complete NO-NO. So is suede and cloth-covered footwear. Then again, we all know that. Although I have my hair down in this post, I think it’s better to be tied up or loosely pleated so the dampness doesn't get into your hair and make it BIG and messy.

On another note, I hear there’s a storm hitting Bahrain.Is that true? I have mixed sources so was just wondering! Oh well, if it does, I hope it doesn't get too bad. Stay safe my darlings!

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Top: Mango, Cardi: Max, Leggings:Zara, Shoes:Kenneth Cole, Belt:HM, Bag and Necklace:Monsoon Accessorize

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Malibu Barbie

We're soaking up the last bit of summer now, and I'm putting all my summer dresses to use before I push them back into my closet for a 4 month hibernation period. As much as I'm going to miss sundresses, I'm waiting to wear trench coats and knee high boots.I wore this tropical printed dress to brunch with the bride to be, a.k.a my sister/photographer. We went to Tilly's and we loved it!They have great food, excellent ambiance and some seriously yummy and may I add, healthy drinks! I'll be doing a review on that soon so stay tuned.

The weather has been great off late but I cant tell whether I love it or not.It gets chilly at night and although it's not boot season yet, I'm pretty bummed out because I cant plan my outfits well. Last night was chillier than usual but then when I put on a decent jacket, I start feeling warm again. So while Mother nature is having her fun, I'm clearly not.Will you make up your mind already?

On another note, I'll be part of a very exciting project next week and I cant wait to disclose details about the event.

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Dress:Debenhams, Shoes:New Look, Bag:Monsoon Accessorize, Necklace:THM, Bangles:Assorted

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Bow Project by Reem Buqais- Rivera

 The Bow Project by Reem BuQais-Rivera is a line of carefully handcrafted bows designed to compliment a variety of different outfits to fit any style. The bows are sewn by Reem herself  and come in different colors and patterns and can easily be pinned on clothing and accessories.

The Bow Project is an initiative that aims to fulfill a social responsibility and commitment to support the revitalization of under served communities by using fashion mediums.

Everyone can make a positive difference in someone else’s life by giving what they can to those less fortunate. The Bow Project is proud to help foster the needs of orphans by donating a percentage of bow sales to Al Sanabel Orphans Care Society. Al Sanabel is the first society in Bahrain that takes care of the wholistic needs of orphans.

Al Sanabel Orphans Care Society ensures the comprehensive care for nearly 900 orphans and families, including providing proper nutrition, health care services, personal development projects, housing projects, and educational activities. In order to support the society give these families a new start and maintain its efforts in providing families with a good quality of life, The Bow Project will be donating a percentage of its proceeds to Al Sanabel Orphans Care Society.

To launch the campaign Reem BuQais as well as Duaa Zainal who helped her in organizing and planning the campaign, teamed up with eleven of Bahrain’s bloggers to introduce the interactive social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Bloggers were photographed in Vyu Studios located in Riffa. The Campaign launch was five days with three bloggers featured daily. Followers participated in trying to guess the bloggers from the teaser photos posted. Three teaser photos were posted per day with a clue from the bloggers’ blog or Instagram, followers had a day to try and guess the bloggers’ featured and the bloggers were revealed the next day.

To purchase a bow from The Bow Project you can contact Reem by email reembuqaisrivera@gmail.com or Whatsapp +973 35091727.

Al- Sanabel
Here are a few behind-the-scenes actions from the shoot! We had a lot of fun heling Reem out to come up with something so creative and thoughtful! You can follow Reem on instagam @reembuqaisrivera and even on twitter. To go see more pictures from the shoot and all the lovely bloggers, visit and like Reem's page here.
Reem is also the owner of a blog, Partner in Fashion. You can check out her page and follow her by simply clicking here.
Check out the bows and place an order NOW with Reem and then show us how you wear it by simply tagging Reem to your picture!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

What to wear - First Date

Did that cute guy you've been  eyeing ask you out on a lunch date? Confused about what to wear?

It's best to always find out where he's taking you before you decide on your outfit, but sometimes, he might want to keep it a surprise and you don't want to kill the excitement by pestering him to tell you where you're eating at. So first things first- If it's a dinner date, you can spice it up a notch by going heavy on the eyes and a simple dress that fits well, but that's not too clingly. That way, the make up and the dress are balanced and in sync. A dress in a solid color is safer than busy prints.
If it's a lunch date, you could wear jeans and a dressy top with heels but you could also opt for a cute skirt and a chic jacket over a blouse combo.
Remember to wow him every time you go out and always show skin in moderation.If you're going to show some leg, wear your hair up in a chic do and let the legs be the wow factor. The next time you go out , wear a pair of snug jeans a chiffon black strappy blouse and have big wavy, loose hair and let your hairdo wow him. Similarly- learn to wow him every time you go out and make sure you don't overdo it on the first date.

If you're very confused, invest in some Little Black Dresses. You're never too overdressed or underdressed in an LBD!

If you're still confused and worried about how you might look, ask him to give you a clue or at least get him to tell you the dress code of the venue. If he gives in after all you're pestering he might be worth seeing but if he starts getting annoyed , see him once and that's it. We are women. Our annoying levels go way up after a certain time frame.* LOL.

* Does not apply to all women.

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Blouse, Bag and cuff :Mango, Skirt:Forever 21, Jacket:New Look, Shoes:Zara, Ring:Monsoon, Neclace:Mom-made

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to-Glam up a dolly dress

 One of my favorite silhouettes for dresses this fall are dolly dresses. They're easy to wear and super classy. The best thing about a dolly dress is that you can either make it look cute by pairing it with flats and a cross body bag or glam it up a notch by adding in some statement accessories and of course some gorgeous shoes.
Here are my tips on glamming up a semi-plain dolly dress or a skater dress:

  • Wear a statement necklace or cuff , depending on the neckline of the dress. But don't do both. Big earrings would work too. Something chunky, not outdated chandelier earrings.
  • If there's detailing on the back, wear your hair up. a loose knot or a chic up-do would work well.
  • If the dress is a darker colour, keep your lips pale and pile on the shadow on the eyes and wear lots of mascara.
  • You can add a belt if you like, but I personally think it's not needed if you're neck piece is loud.
  • Carry a clutch. Clutches are always more glamorous than handbags.
  • And finally, kill it with some killer heels- the sparklier, the better!

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Dress: Zara, Shoes:Dune, Clutch: Lancome, Necklace:HM, Hairband:Max