Teri Hatcher wears AIISHA

A woman I looked forward to seeing every week for years, Teri Hatcher wore my very own couture draped green dress! I’m thrilled and honored as I truly love Teri. She’s so elegant and more importantly a human being that her fans look up to.

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The Desperate Housewives star attended the LA Children’s Hospital recently looking super glamorous, elegant and gorgeous. Teri wore an AIISHA Couture dress from our hand-draped collection in a rich green hue. Two people in particular made me so proud by wearing my draped collection, Raya Abirached and Meagan Good. Now Teri certainly is one of my very favorites!

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Thank you Teri for wearing AIISHA!

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Daniel Wellington Watches

If you’re still wondering what Christmas or New Year’s gift to buy your loved ones, check out Daniel Wellington watches. They are one of the fastest-growing watch brands in Europe, and a favorite among many celebrities and fashion bloggers. They are both elegant and truly trendy, with their classic Nato and leather straps, all of them interchangeable and inspired from the preppy trend.

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My absolute favorite is the Classic Glasgow lady watch. I know its a complete coincidence since we’ve just launched our campaign that was shot in Glasgow! I love it.

The good news for you is that now you can order your favorite Daniel Wellington watch(es) with 15% off until the 15th of January 2015 by simply entering the code “holidayaiisha”

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Enjoy your shopping!

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AIISHA COUTURE CAMPAIGN – Queen of Scott’s

“She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies and all that’s beat of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes”

Lord Byron 1814 

Legends and folklore, myths and tales, Scotland is the home of storytelling. Having inspired the imagination of some of the world’s most famous poets and authors from Robert Burns to Robert Louis Stephenson, this is the land where the peoples beauty shines through their traditions, history and heritage. A fascinating country where they walk proud, where individuality is strength and beauty is in abundance, the freedom to inspire and be inspired.

This is the story of my collection, representing the mystery and charm of this country and its people, where there are no limitations to creativity and where personalities shine. The movement of the landscape is as soft as the fabrics I have chosen, the colors of the land are as vivid as the jewels tones in each of my unique pieces and where we are free to wear what we want and where we want, there are no rules, just use your imagination.

 

This is me, this is who I am…..dare to dream.

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An incredible team worked on this campaign and gave us breathtaking results. A huge massive THANK YOU goes to each and every single one of the below:

Photographer: GERARDO JACONELLI          Film Director: RUPERT CHESMAN

Art Director:  MARCO BARROS

Assistant Producer: DEREK CROLLA             Lookbook/ Post prod.: LAURA JURJANE

Miss Scotland 2014

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Model: ZOE BEITH (from Superior Model Management) and EILIDH MAcDONALD

Makeup Artist: SAM JOHNSTON

Hair Stylist: MARC McCune                                    Nail Stylist: LAINI PAWSON

By Eutopia Hair, Beauty & Barbers

Special Thanks:

ROX DIAMONDS & THRILLS UK        and           JANIS SUE SMITH

Public Relations:

Lina Husri from Think Smart

 

Shooting Location:

Glasgow – SCOTLAND

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WIN a 500 AED Voucher with Centrepoint

WIN ONE OF THREE – 500 AED VOUCHERS: 

Centrepoint and I are happy to announce my new contest for all my fans around the Middle East. Simply follow @Centrepointme and @aiisharamadan on Instagram and answer the following question:

What gift would you buy one a family member from Centrepoint and why?

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Centrepoint is one of the largest retailers in the Middle East that is focused on Family, Fashion, One Destination.

Terms & Conditions:

- Each participant is entitled to one entry.

- Contest is open for everyone around the Middle East & Egypt

- Competition starts today, ends 11th December and I will select the winners with my favorite answers.

 

Good Luck!

 

 

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A food affair: Real Madrid Cafe

My husband and I enjoy exploring new restaurants, new recipes and exciting flavors. Our most recent exploration was to Real Madrid cafe at The Beach Mall in JBR, Dubai, the only international franchise of the main restaurant in Spain. At first look, you’ll only see a retail store for everything related to the Real Madrid football club. However, walk into that store and you’ll be at the restaurant which overlooks the beach, where you’ll also be able to watch all major football and rugby matches.

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Their British chef, who lived in Spain for 15 years, and Italian sous chef are behind the menu that has an international spirit, Italian Influence and a Spanish essense. Besides the espresso and water, below is what we had:

IMG_7522Real Madrid SaladSteak SkewersAranciniSeafood PaellaTiramisuI have to say that the food was delicious and I was particularly happy to have a seafood paella that didn’t cost a fortune (85 AED for 2 people). The bottom line is that one doesn’t have to love football to eat there.

The atmosphere is comfortable and their indoors is a perfect spot for football lovers. However, the lighting at night for their outdoors doesn’t invite for an intimate dinner or a cozy get together. On the other hand, the service is excellent. The staff was friendly and knowledgable of their products and that always appeals to me.

What I recommend: Steak Skewers, Seafood Paelle and Tiramisu

Bill for two: 306 AED

Overall Experience: Very good food, brilliant location, affordable prices. Loved it.

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Braun Facial Epilator & Cleansing Brush

If you’re an eyebrow lover, like myself, then this product is your must-have. I’ve been in love with cleaning & shaping my eyebrows since I was a teenager. I got so good at it that my relatives and friends would cue in line for me to get theirs done. I went through all traditional ways, threads and tweezers. Never did I think that there will be another, much better, alternative.

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Braun came up with an elegant invention that will clean your sensitive facial areas with the most precision. The extra slim head captures the finest hairs down to 0,02 mm. It is also considerably faster and more thorough than manual tweezers. However, it is not to be used for shaping your eyebrows.

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The Braun Facial Epilator & Cleansing Brush also strikes on what most of us women care about the most: cleaning our faces. Best advise is to make this a part of your shower routine as the brush gently removes the dead skin preparing your skin to absorb your creams.

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Prices start from 200 AED and its available in all hypermarkets, supermarkets and pharmacies.

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I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Gabriele Stahl, who’s responsible for The Braun Facial Epilator & Cleansing Brush, and who gave some valuable advise on our beauty regime:

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1. As a practical woman with minimum time for pampering herself, what is the best beauty/ facial regime that I, and every woman like me, should follow?

The key to a healthy skin is simply the result of a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. Just apply sunscreen, eat healthy, do not overdose on creams and make up, and make sure to clean your face in the evening after applying any cosmetics and before you apply your night cream.

Her answer reminded me of one my favourite speeches/ song: Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen by Laz Buhrmann . You should listen to it :)

2. Is it healthy to apply a face cream after using the Braun exfoliating option?

Depends on the type of cream, and the skin type. For example dry skin would best suit a thicker moisturizer, oily skin would benefit from a moisturizing gel – but for optimal results it’s better to use the Braun cleansing brush, then use the epilator at the end of the day and apply your care cosmetic product.

3. Could the Braun facial epilator cause the new hair to grow thicker or more intense?

Not at all; epilation has been proven to be the best hair removal method as it removes hair from the root and does not irritate the skin, It is much faster and more thorough than tweezers. It removes four times shorter hairs than wax, so you don’t have to wait for the hair to be completely visible. It is much longer lasting up to 4 weeks. And finally, you can epilate at home or on the go, no need to run to that threading appointment.

4. What product or technique should we follow in order to clean and what techniques should we follow in order to exfoliate since both use the same head brush?

Braun’s deep-pore cleansing brush is six times better than manual cleansing. The cleansing brush preps the skin to absorb products more efficiently and leaves women with visibly brighter skin. The brush can be used every day on cheeks, T-zone and chin for a more radiant skin. Apply soap, gel, cleansing milk or scrub on your wet skin. Switch on the brush and start on the forehead. You can move to the nose and then outward towards the cheeks on either side. Spend more time on oily zones. It can also be used on the neck and décolleté. Exfoliation can be done with your favorite cosmetic exfoliation product and we recommend only 1 x per week.

5. Is it safe to use the head brush after tanning?

Yes absolutely; it would help clean up your pores from all the oil and dirt which can accumulate when then skin is exposed to the sun. Make sure to regularly apply sunscreen not just when tanning.

6. Can the Braun epilator be used on body parts other than the face?

Mechanically, it will work on other sensitive areas. However, it is not recommended to use one device on multiple body areas due to hygiene reasons.

 

  1. كسيدة عملية ليس لديها الكثير من الوقت لتدليل نفسها، ما هو أفضل نظام للجمال والعناية بالوجه الذي يمكن لي وللسيدات مثلي اتباعه؟

أساس البشرة الجميلة والصحية هو أسلوب الحياة الصحي والمتوازن. استعملي مستحضرات الوقاية من الشمس وتناولي الطعام الصحي ولا تفرطي في استعمال الكريمات والمكياج، واحرصي على تنظيف الوجه دوماً في المساء قبل وضع كريم الليل.

  1. هل من الصحي وضع كريم الوجه بعد تقشير الوجه باستخدام براون؟

يعتمد ذلك على نوع الكريم ونوع البشرة. على سبيل المثال، يناسب المرطب السميك البشرة الجافة، بينما تستفيد البشرة الدهنية من جل الترطيب، ولكن للحصول على النتائج المثالية عليك استعمال فرشاة براون لتنظيف الوجه ثم استخدام آلة إزالة الشعر في نهاية اليوم، وبعدها وضع المستحضر الخاص بالعناية. 

  1. هل يمكن أن تسبب آلة براون لإزالة الشعر نمو الشعر أكثر سماكة او خشونة؟

أبداً. لإزالة الشعر بالجهاز مزايا عديدة، منها نزع أقصر وأنعم الشعرات من الجذور، كما أنها أسرع 200 مرة من الملقط اليدوي وأكثر شمولاً في تغطيتها، لتشمل الشعرات الأقصر بواقع 4 مرات مقارنة بالشمع، مما يعني أنه لن يكون عليك الانتظار حتى نمو الشعر كي يصبح مرئياً يمكن إزالته. تدوم فترة النعومة لمدة أطول بكثير (تصل إلى 4 أسابيع) مقارنة بكريمات إزالة الشعر. وأخيراً، يمكنك إزالة الشعر في المنزل أو خارجه، ودون الحاجة إلى تحديد مواعيد في مراكز التجميل.

  1. ما هي المنتجات أو الطريقة التي يجب اتباعها لتنظيف وتقشير الوجه بما أن كليهما يستخدمان نفس الفرشاة؟

فرشاة تنظيف المسامات من براون أفضل ست مرات من التنظيف العادي، وهي تنظّف البشرة بعمق ليسمح لها بامتصاص المستحضرات بكفاءة وسرعة، وبالتالي تتمتع المرأة ببشرة أكثر جمالاً ونضارة.   يمكن استعمال الفرشاة يومياً على الخدين والجبهة والأنف والذقن للحصول على بشرة أكثر نضارة. ضعي الصابون أو جل التنظيف أو الحليب المنظف أو المقشر على البشرة الرطبة. شغلي الفرشاة وابدئي من الجبهة، ثم انتقلي إلى الأنف وبعدها إلى الخدين من كلا الجانبين. خصصي وقتاً أطول للمناطق الدهنية، ويمكن استعمال الفرشاة أيضاً على العنق وأسفله.  يمكن إجراء التقشير باستخدام المنتج المفضّل لديك، وننصح به مرة واحدة فقط في الأسبوع.

  1. هل من الآمن استعمال الفرشاة بعد تسمير البشرة؟

نعم آمن تماماً، فهي ستساعد في تنظيف المسامات من الزيوت والأوساخ التي قد تتراكم على البشرة عند تعرضها للشمس. احرصي على وضع مستحضرات الوقاية من الشمس في كل وقت، وليس فقط عند تسمير البشرة.

  1. هل يمكن استعمال الآلة في مناطق أخرى من الجسم، إلى جانب الوجه؟

من ناحية ميكانيكية، تفيد الآلة عند استخدامها في المناطق الحساسة. ولكننا لا ننصح باستخدامها على أجزاء الجسم المختلفة لأسباب صحية.

 

Dr. Gabriele Stahl Biography:

Born in 1962 in Kassel, Dr. Gabriele Blumenstein-Stahl studied Nutrition Science in Marburg, Indiana and Munich.

She has worked in the health science industry since 1987 and for over ten years has been a part of the Procter & Gamble enterprise. Dr. Blumenstein-Stahl has a wide range of experience throughout the nutrition science sector. She started her career as Technical Brand Manager Beverages in 1991 and then went on to become Section Head Research & Development throughout different branch sections. After returning to Germany from the US in 2007, she became Section Head R&D Hair Care for Wella where she was responsible for leading the franchise team for retail styling brands and leading the development of new styling technology platforms.

In 2010 Dr. Blumenstein-Stahl switched to the department of research and development for beauty and grooming with BRAUN where she now leads the Silk Epil global business maintenance and Front End Innovation projects.

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Middle East Gems & Jewellery Forum

I was recently invited by, President & CEO of The Luxury Marketing Council,  Mac McClleland to participate in one of the Middle East Gems and Jewellery Forum, that took place on the 9th of November.

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I found the topic very interesting as it shed the light on Designs and Inspirations. The judges included names I enjoyed listening to: Paola De Luca – Creative Director of TrendVision, Carol Yaghi – Managing Edition MPP and Alex Popov – Board Chairman of World Diamond Mark.

That reminded me of my collaboration with jewellery brand Victoria Casal, where my entire collection was inspired by her so romantic and feminine designs that most revolved around mother of pearl with beautiful enlarged butterflies as well as snakes.

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The bottom line is, fashion and jewellery inspire one another as they do for all other sectors in our lives. Iconic figures, such as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the most beautiful example as Audrey not only inspired generations as a style icon, but also catapulted Tiffany’s as the ultimate desirable gift.

In the evening, I attended the dinner where I had the chance to choose my oyster from Arabian Pearl Holding and got a beautiful pearl inside! I love my pearl!

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Thank you DMCC and Arabian Pearl Holding for the beautiful opportunity.

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Lisa Marie Presley wears AIISHA

Lisa Marie Presley chose to wear an AIISHA gown at her latest photo shoot promoting her upcoming album and tour. Our gown “Dita” is yet again being loved and worn by another celebrity, this time in a red hand-embroidered version on sheer Italian tulle complimenting Lisa’s lovely skin complexion and hair color.

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Lisa Presley is an American singer-songwriter. An only child of Elvis Presley and previously married to Michael Jackson and to Nicolas Cage. She has conducted a long career in the music business and has released several albums and videos. Her work as a vocalist and lyricist has ranged across rock, country, blues and folk.

Thank you Lisa for choosing AIISHA!

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Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience

I had the pleasure of attending the talks hosted by Vogue Fashion Experience Dubai end of October 2014 with amazing speakers brought to us by Vogue Italia.

My favorite talks where the ones by Franca Sozanni, Sara Maino, Philipp Plein and Peter Dundas. Others I truly enjoyed as well were of Alberta Ferretti as well as Roberto Cavalli.

To give you a brief overview on how that goes, designers from around the world apply to a competition for scouting talents organized by Vogue Italia in collaboration with Emaar, who in their turn, select their favourite ones and then showcase these designers collections on the catwalk of The Dubai Mall at the event called Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience. After the shows, the public is invited to view these designers collections and attend the talks led by international fashion icons.

Below are some looks from the fashion shows that took place,  among whom is Stella Jeans, an incredible talent to watch:

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Loving Tommy Hilfiger AW15 collection!

The Tommy Hilfiger are opening their flagship store at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, UAE, beginning November 1, 2014. I’m pleased to have seen and tested a part of the Hilfiger Collection where its pieces are made with luxurious and premium quality textiles, such as Mohair and wool, and designs manufactured in Italy.

Here are some of my favorite looks, where I particularly love the styling:

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 “I am excited to introduce Hilfiger Collection in the Middle East at our Mall of the Emirates store,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Our consumers in the Middle East have always appreciated the quality, luxury, versatility and sophistication of our designs. Hilfiger Collection introduces an elevated interpretation of our ‘classic American cool’ spirit that further emphasizes our presence in the market as a premium designer brand.”

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The Hilfiger Collection is inspired by the great American outdoors, all evident in the collection’s luxurious reinterpretation for today’s adventurous young woman. The looks features an eclectic mix of technical mountaineering gear, western workwear and saturated plaids that take on a youthful, bohemian sensibility when mixed with rich velvet, suede, and leather. Rugged performance materials are used to create classic silhouettes for a look that’s tech meets trad with an adventure-ready spirit. This is one of my favorite Hilfiger collections to date.

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