Out and About STYLE Mag Issue 2 Vol. 2

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Welcome to the March-April issue of Out and About STYLE Magazine. We are proudly a celebrity-free, gossip-free magazine celebrating real people living extraordinary lives.

Issue 2 Volume 2

March 2020

BEHIND THE BRAND

FIRAS

AL MSADDI

CEO OF FÄM PROPERTIES

TALENT POOL

KHALED

ALSAADI

EMIRATI CHEF,

CO-FOUNDER OF

FA’E CAFE

Gulnora

Mukhedinova

BOOK

REVIEW

YOU ARE A BADASS

BY JEN SINCERO

INCREASE YOUR

METABOLISM

NATURALLY

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THAT

EVENING

ROUTINES

WILL CHANGE

YOUR MORNINGS

PHOTOGRAPHER:

ANASTASSIYA NASSYROVA

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If you want to live

a life you’ve never

lived, you have to

do things you’ve

never done.

~ Jen Sincero

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EDITOR’S

WELCOME

A woman is like a teabag: you never know

how strong she is until she gets in hot

water.


~ Eleanor Roosevelt

March is a uniquely special month of the year,

especially for women. The International

Women’s Day is a shining reminder to

all of us about love, empowerment and

equal rights, not only for women, but for

all genders across the world. We must

remember that the true purpose of this

celebration needs to be in our hearts

forever: equality and progress for a better

world.

A woman can be a mother, a teacher, a

doctor or even a soldier, and whatever

path she decides to follow, we at Out and

About STYLE Magazine are always here to

proudly support!

Features and Highlights

In our Fashion section, meet Gulnora

Mukhedinova, a fashion designer and

a businesswoman who is determined to

showcase her talents and goals. She is also

a doting mother and a perfect example

that passion and family can be equally

balanced. If you want to make a difference

in your lifestyle, read Less is More: The

Rising Trend of Minimalist Fashion, a

helpful guide for us towards a clutter-free

and more organized life.

Our innate beauty is amazing, especially

if it’s all-natural! Katrina gives us a list of

Clean, Ethical Brands and Products from

Head to Toe in our Beauty section, proving

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that beauty can be clean and all-natural without

the added cruelty. In another article, we dedicate

praises to the classic red lipstick: learn the tricks

on How to Slay With Red Lipstick: A Complete

Guide.

Firas Al Msaddi, the CEO of Fäm Properties,

gives us the honour to be featured in our Behind

the Brand section. He shared with us his life

struggles and his journey towards success. It is

a very inspiring article for all of us, especially if

you’re starting up your own business.

Khaled Alsaadi, a young and health-conscious

chef, is featured in our Talent Pool section. In

our exclusive interview with Khaled, he shared his

insights about how a major change in his life led

him to his passion.

Are you tired of repeating cycles in your everyday

life? In our Lifestyle section, we gather 8 Evening

Routines That Will Change Your Mornings that

can definitely help the quality of our daily living.

Of course, together with that wonderful change

we are looking for, we need to learn the secrets

of leading thankful, positive lives. We need to be

Hacking Gratitude to feed our minds and souls.

Sometimes, we are fed up with fast food meals

and we just want simple, healthy diets, so we

created the list, A Match Made at Mealtime: 10

Food Pairing Ideas that can be found in our Food

section. Together with this healthy treat, here’s

another yummy find: Five Must-Try Jamaican

Recipes!

Fitness is another key ingredient for us to live

longer, so catch up on new learnings in our Fitness

section to Increase Your Metabolism Naturally.

Travel is life! If you’re looking for the next

destination, check out Travel to Zanzibar with

Monique Spearman. She shared her amazing

experiences with the wonderful local people and

the beautiful place of Zanzibar, Tanzania. In our

Travel section, we also feature a great article for

trivia hunters. Word meaning can differ depending

on which country you’re visiting, so brush up on

Things People Say Differently Around the

World if you love travel and culture!

Finally, in our Culture section, we provide you

with well-thought articles that will shape your

mindset for the better you. Yvonne Mtengwa spills

her advice on 10 “Must-Knows” for Developing

Brand “You”, which tackles attaining the growth

that we want. Are you still in the process of

achieving the life you wanted? You might as

well be Investing your Present to Get up and

Live your Passion. Last but not least, with every

Edition we issue, we want to suggest good reads

for everyone. We feature a Book Review on You

are a Badass by Jen Sincero, who discusses

important life lessons, goals and overcoming

failures.

Equality and Happiness: Whoever and

Wherever You Are.

Be proud of what makes YOU. We all have

differences, a precious thing that should be

accepted by all. Out and About STYLE Magazine,

with the team that made this Edition possible,

wishes you the best to celebrate this wonderful

month. All together, let’s raise the women’s flag!

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FASHION

• Fashion Feature: Gulnora Mukhedinova 9

• Less is More: The Rising Trend of Minimalist Fashion 20

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BEAUTY

• Makeup Madness with Katrina:

Clean, Ethical Brands and Products from Head to Toe 26

• How to Slay With Red Lipstick: A Complete Guide! 31

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BEHIND THE BRAND

• Firas Al Msaddi,

CEO and Executive Chairman of Fäm Properties 43

CONTENTS

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TALENT POOL

• Khaled Alsaadi,

Emirati Chef, Co-founder of Fa’e Cafe 50

LIFESTYLE

• 8 Evening Routines That Will Change Your Mornings 56

• Hacking Gratitudes 60

FOOD

• A Match Made at Mealtime: 10 Food Pairing Ideas 64

• Five Must-Try Jamaican Recipes 68

FITNESS

• Increase your Metabolism Naturally 71

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TRAVEL

• Travel to Zanzibar with Monique Spearman 74

• Things People Say Differently Around the World 82

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FOR THE CULTURE

• The Reinvented Chronicles with Yvonne C Mtengwa:

10 “Must-Knows” for Developing Brand “You”87

• Investing your Present: Get up and Live your Passion90

• Book Review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero 94

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FASHION

GULNORA

MUKHEDINOVA

Company: Baravia Fashion, Baravia Beauty Centre

gulnarbaravia, baraviafashion

YouTube: Gulnar Baravia Fashion

www.baraviafashion.com

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1. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a mother of three beautiful kids and an

entrepreneur who has a great love for fashion

and beauty.

2. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN

FASHION?

My passion for fashion led me to open up a

business in the fashion industry. I wanted to create

my style and share it with others, especially those

who are stuck and have a hard time choosing

what kind of dress fits them.

3. HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD AN

INTEREST IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY?

Yes, it’s been my long-time dream to open a

fashion house.

4. WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT

BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

Helping clients by bringing them the reality of

wearing their dream dresses with confidence.

Their smiles with complete satisfaction are an

amazing and rewarding part of being a designer.

5. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS?

I actually get inspired by everything I see, and

from that, I set an image in my mind and put my

ideas to work. My clients are also my sources of

inspiration. You have to listen to what they truly

want and willing to spend their money on.

6. WHO ARE YOUR TARGET CUSTOMERS?

My target market is the fashion-forward, the

bold, young people, and mature women who are

not afraid to stand out and break the norm.

7. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR

PERSONAL STYLE?

I am bold; I like to stand out in a crowd and wear

striking clothes that make a statement. I don’t

want to step my foot outside without looking my

best. I want elegance and glamour in my pieces.

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8. WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST ROOKIE

MISTAKE YOU MADE WHEN JUST

STARTING OUT?

As a beginner, I made a lot of mistakes, but

they are not really deal-breakers. In most cases,

it’s about simply deciding “which is which”, and

I’m glad I’ve learned a lot from those mistakes.

9. BIGGEST FASHION NO-NO?

For me, there is no “no-no” in fashion, because

I believe that you should create what you feel

you are comfortable wearing and you feel you

are at your best when you wear it.

10. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE

THING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY,

WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

It’s the phenomenon of fast fashion. Due to the

desire of people to have the latest fashion as

quickly as possible, it compresses the timeline

for designers or manufacturers, and it could

result in poor quality.

11. HOW HAS SOCIAL MEDIA

IMPACTED THE FASHION INDUSTRY?

Social media made a great impact on the

fashion industry. You can see posts and vlogs

of the fashion forward here and there wearing

the latest fashion trends. So, it somehow plays

a big role in the fashion business as a way of

promotion and brand awareness.

12. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF

FASHION?

Aside from my fashion business, I also manage

my beauty centre. On top of that, I am the

mother of three amazing kids, so I make sure

that I provide them with bonding time. I also

enrolled in a fashion school to enhance my

knowledge more.

13. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR

BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?

I am proud to be a part of prestigious fashion

shows such as Arab Fashion Week, Catwalk

International, Fashion League Series, Catwalk

International Fashion Show Dubai Edition,

and International Fashion Week Dubai. I also

received prestigious awards for having the best

collection, the most promising designer and

the best new fashion designer. As a rookie in

the fashion industry, those are big things to me.

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14. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE

TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN THE

FASHION INDUSTRY

My advice to beginners is that they should not

be afraid to try and try even if they fail on their

attempts. Just keep on going. Getting into business

and on top of the competition is not an easy thing.

You have to work hard and sacrifice for you to get

what you want.

15. WHY DUBAI PEOPLE?

Dubai People offers a platform for

entrepreneurs to communicate, network and

socialise with like-minded individuals.

16. WHAT’S THAT ONE QUOTE YOU

LIVE BY?

I always believe in the saying, “If you can

dream it, you can do it”.

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LESS IS

MORE

THE RISING TREND OF

MINIMALIST FASHION

Minimalist fashion is defined by

less is more. It is about styling with

the bare minimum and making use

of what you already have instead

of buying unnecessary items you

do not need. Also, it focuses on

skipping seasonal trends and

opting for what’s going to stay

in fashion for years to come:

classic, staple, and basic needs.

Embracing minimalism fashionably

limits sartorial excess clears the

mind, and you no longer have to

worry about what to wear the next

day. Fewer clothes equals less

decision-making. Implying less

mess, to begin with.

If you want an upgrade or

something new to rebuild yourself,

trust us you need a closet purge

and fashion minimalism in life

including your wardrobe. If you’re

up for this project, we have put

down everything on how to be

a fashion minimalist. You will

become more aware of your needs

and wants, which is a bonus.

However, fashion minimalism does

not mean to buy cheap, wear

cheap and head out the door

looking cheap. No! Quality over

quantity is more like the broader

sense of this term.

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BEGIN THE

PURGE

According to a study, the average

person wears only 20% of their closet

on a regular basis. While the other 80%

we spend our entire lives hoarding,

stays in the wardrobe collecting dust.

Imagine how useful your unused clothes

could be for a person in need? While

the idea of having a closet filled with

only a few belongings you love sounds

too exciting, beginning the purge is the

dreadful part. More so, if you have stuff

that needs its own fashion store!

Start by taking down all the clothes from your

wardrobe. Once everything is onto your bed,

section the clothes into piles of four categories:

loves, hates, not sure, and seasonal. Your “loves”

would be all those clothes you cannot live without

and almost wear all the time.

“Hates” would include clothes you don’t like, that

are old or not in good shape. “Not Sure” should

include clothes that you loved once, but no longer

do now. On the other hand, those that do not fit

and need to be altered and some with which you

have special attachments. Lastly, seasonal would

include clothes for special occasions, and all sorts

of outerwear. Seasonal clothing is dependent upon

the weather in your country, so keep that in mind

while creating such a pile.

STRIPPING

THE WARDROBE

BARE

Store the seasonal pile away for the seasonal use.

Pick only those clothes from your “loves” and “not

sure” pile which bear a pattern, colour or maybe

fabric that attracts you. Concentrate on clothes

that can be altered and complete the required task.

Finally, donate, sell or recycle clothes that you no

longer use. If a certain piece of clothing is very dear

to you, keep it for some months to see if you’ll wear

it again. If not, give them away.

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BID ADIEU

There’s another way to stay fashionably minimalist,

but before you do this, your wardrobe needs to be

decluttered. Minimalist fashion also concentrates

on neutrals, streamlined patterns, clean lines

and simplicity. You can create a theme of such

colours and patterns that are aesthetic and shout

minimalism.

Though not everyone is a fan of minimalism and

fancy loud patterns and staying colourful. In that

case, you can choose one bright piece of clothing

and pair it with a saturated base, such as a coral

top with beige trousers, or any other bright top

with dark wash vintage jeans for a muted effect.

Much like a capsule wardrobe, a fashionably

minimalist wardrobe is the same. You keep

some, you throw some, and this cycle goes on.

A wardrobe is no longer minimalist when you

keep adding to it instead of giving it a weekly or

monthly purge. To keep your closet minimal all

the time, either go for a one in, one out policy

to achieve balance. Or, declutter your closet from

time to time for a curated wardrobe always.

FASHION

MINIMALISM

MAKES YOU

RESPONSIBLE

Just like people are becoming conscious of eating organic food, fashion

minimalism is cut from the same cloth. It’s a lifestyle that’s seeped into food,

home decor, habits, beauty and now fashion, too. Acquiring more and

more, then decluttering only results as waste in our landfills.

Fashion minimalism opens your eyes to acquiring less, so that you dump

less and buy only those clothes that are sustainable, high quality gives value

for money and have a long life. Adapting this is convenient not only for you,

but the entire ecosystem. In addition to being a helpful and kind gesture for

people in need.

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START CHANGING

We do know the impulse of shopping is hard to

resist, plus the brands don’t do any better with their

new clothing launches and glamourous ads. But

having an edited wardrobe is much less burden to

bear. When you have less stuff to wear, you are more

creative with your choices.

Create a wardrobe according to a work week. Put up

different looks on hangers, so you can grab one and

go. But make sure your closet reflects your personal

style and taste. Otherwise, you’d very quickly lose

sight of your objective and become bored with the

few combinations you have.

Plan how many shirts, pants, trousers, dresses,

jackets and so on you wear during the whole month.

What number of each you should have, to keep it

strict and at the same time plenty for one month or

year?

It takes an effort to build a wardrobe that’s filled with

a few beloved items. But once you make this a habit,

it won’t take long to get there. Trust us, part of the

reason why some people are successful is because

they’re more frugal. They believe there’s more to life

than shopping and owning things you don’t need.

See the bigger picture and soon wasting

mere seconds getting dressed would feel

like a joyous relief. Particularly, when you

have no time to waste!

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Model: Alekszandra Molnar

Photo: Jozsef Balogh

Retouch: Gabor Ory

Makeup: Koszeri Izabella and Liv Rideg

Styling: Liv Rideg

Location: Livs Atelier, Subotica, Serbia.

GLAMOUR IN CRE-

ATIVE STYLE

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Model: Virag Babel - Avantage Models

Photo and retouch: Andrea Marton

Hair and makeup: Liv Rideg

Location: Studio Madison, Budapest, Hungary.

IT’S ALL IN

THE EYES

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M A K E U P

M A D N E S S

WITH

CLEAN, ETHICAL

BRANDS AND PRODUCTS

FROM HEAD TO TOE

HOW DO YOU DEFINE A ‘CLEAN’

BEAUTY PRODUCT?

A product is considered ‘clean’ if

the ingredients used to create it are

determined to be ethically sourced, and

can be used by people with no harm in the

environment. Cruelty-free, on the other

hand, is labelled on any products, and or

ingredients used that are not tested on

animals.

I’m sure you want to know how long it

took me to find all of these ethical and

sustainable products and brands, right?

To be honest, it took me less than an hour

because I actually use most of them. I also

have a saved tab on my Instagram account

that is titled “Clean Beauty”. I create a

new tab every year with new products

and brands. I actually do this for almost

everything I find on IG simply because I’ve

been a researcher and analyst since birth.

I like trying new things and I am obsessed

with ingredients and seeing how well they

work together to bring awesome results.

Obviously, as an esthetician, this is a part

of my job, right?

Anyway, let’s jump right into these

sustainable and clean products. Don’t

forget to write to us and let us know if and

when you try any of the products or tools

we recommend.

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HAIR

MIELLE ORGANICS:

Pomade

Oil Treatment

Pre Shampoo

Treatment

Exfoliating

Shampoo

Hydrating

Conditioner

Style Setting

Spray

Thermal & Heat

Protectant amy

Matte Lip Crayon

Glitter: Earth Shine

Glitter (Biodegradable)

Brushes: Clove +

Hallow Brush Set Trio

BODY

Deodorant: Merci

Handy (Paris)

Clean Deodorant

Namaste

Body Wash: Tata

Harper Skincare

Clarifying Cleanser

Oil Cleanser: Tata

Harper Skincare

Nourishing Oil

Cleanser

Bath: Sensatia

Botanicals Seaside

Citrus Sea Salt Bath

Soap: FYSHA

Coco-Castile

Soap (Fragrance-

Free

Perfume: Fiele

Fragrance Vetiveria

Body Oil: Tata Harper

Revitalising Body Oil

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UNDERGARMENTS

Robe: Luk Linen

Mete Lounge Gown

Pyjamas: Olivia von Halle

Pink Bella Silk Camisole

and French Knicker Set

CLOTHING:

Bikini: Wood Stark

Janice Bikini Made

with Econyl

ACCESSORIES:

Trousers: Dauntless

Nicole Black Vegan

Leather Culottes

T-shirt: The

Natural Edition

Organic Cotton

V-neck T-shirt

Trench Coat:

Agenda By July

Slouchy Trench in

Beige

Boots: Taylor +

Thomas Debbie

Vegan Leather Boot

In Golden Python

Handbag: Hosek

Vegan Leather

Drawstring Bag

Backpack: Fablou

Cosmopolitan

Vegan Backpack

in Blush

Watch: Solios

Watched Gamma

S.O.L.A.R. Watch

with Blue Mesh Strap

NAILS

Polish: Zoya Nail Polish

10 Formula Free,

Vegan & Toxin Free

Cuticle Oil:

French Girl Nail

+ Cuticle Oil

Treatment: WelleCo’s Super

Booster Aquatic Collagen Skin

+ Hair + Nails

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SKIN:

Cream Cleanser:

Ranavat Botanic

Luminous

Ceremony Cream

Antioxidant Cleanser:

Biossance Squalane

+ Antioxidant

Cleansing Oil

Toner: Caudalie

Beauty Elixir

Peptide: Disciple

Balancing Mist

(Geranium &

Copper Peptide)

Moisturiser: Thrive

Causemetics Defying

Gravity Moisturisers

Glow: Farmach

Honeymoon Glow

Treatment: Good

Genes Lactic Acid

Essence: Fresh

Black Tea Instant

Perfecting Mask

Enzymes &

Hyaluronic Acid:

Odacite Bioactive

Rose Gommage

Facial Oil:

Herbivore CBD

& Adaptogens

Glow Oil

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MAKEUP:

Skin prep: Lilah Beauty

Aglow Cleansing Butter

& Aglow Priming Oil

Foundation:

Haley’s Beauty RE:

SET Liquid Matte

Eyeshadows: Mellow

Cosmetics Glitter

Chrome Eyeshadows

Highlighter: RMS

Beauty Living

Glow Face & Body

Powder

Blush: Hourglass

Cosmetics Ambient

Lighting Blush

Bronzer: Jouer

Sunswept

Bronzer Duo

Mascara: Honest

Beauty Extreme

Length Mascara &

Lash Primer

Lips: Bite Beauty

Power More Cre

Katrina is the Creative

Director at The Beauty

Studio, Middle East.. In

this article, she shares

clean and ethical brands

and products for you’ll

need from head to toe.

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HOW TO SLAY WITH

RED

LIPSTICK:

A COMPLETE GUIDE!

There’s a red for every woman! For you to

understand the impact of this statement, you

have to own the perfect red for your skin

tone. If you’re thinking something is wrong

with you, just because many of the red

lippies you’ve hoarded over time never seem

to work on you is a way of self-deprecating

yourself. All it takes is a bit of research and

knowledge about undertones, because

the perfect shade of red bears the same

undertone as with your skin colour.

Finding the perfect red lipstick doesn’t

have to be a struggle, and it’s absolutely

fine if you don’t know what undertone

means; it happens to most of us! With our

complete guide, you’ll get information about

everything related to red lipsticks and the

rules of wearing it.

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MEDIUM AND OLIVE

SKIN TONES

For medium to olive skin tones, classic reds suit well.

Also, there are reds with orange, pink, burgundy,

cherry, and deeper undertones that look equally

gorgeous on such skin tones. The shade of your

teeth also comes into play. If you have yellow teeth,

wearing an orange-toned red is a big no as it could

aggravate the yellowness even further.

PALE AND LIGHT

SKIN TONES

A wrong skincare product can give you pimples

overnight, same as wearing a wrong shade of red

takes seconds to turn you from fab to drab. Red takes

an iota of confidence to work. If you’re not up for the

dare, red would never suit you, believe us! But if you

take the heat and love to enjoy a proper lipstick, red

would always look gorgeous.

DARK SKIN TONES

For darker skin tones, deeper hues of reds go beautifully.

Berry-toned reds or brown-tinged reds, brick reds,

and maroon reds look awesome. Try to find a really

pigmented red lipstick for a brilliant pop of red.

Pale skin tones could opt for red with blue hues.

Blue undertone reds and generally cool-toned reds

will not only bring out the white of your teeth, but

overall brighten up your complexion without being

aggressive.

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DETERMINING

UNDERTONES

If you cannot tell whether your skin tone belongs to

cooler or warmer undertones, do a metallic test. Wear

both gold and silver jewellery, and check which one

complements your skin tone more.

WEARING RED LIPSTICK

Long gone are those days when red lips needed a

special occasion and a certain gown to flaunt it. Red

lipsticks have gone viral and look as lovely on a woman

in casual jeans and shirt as on any woman in a dress,

but rules of thumb need to be applied. A single swipe

of red lipstick adds a youthful glow to your complexion,

and can also add brightness in your face any time of the

day. When and where to wear red lips doesn’t matter

as long as you know which shade of red suits you.

If gold jewellery looks better on you than silver, you have

a warm undertone; thus concluding red lipsticks with

warm hues would suit you. Examples are natural red,

classic tomato red, orangy red, and so on and so forth.

In case of silver jewellery complementing your

complexion more than gold, cold reds would do you

good. Try the bluish reds, cool pink reds or purplish reds!

However, complexions with a natural yellow tinge and

those on whom silver and golden jewellery both look

nice, win the red lipstick challenge because they can

wear any shade of red without fail. You’re spared from

this entire guide, but don’t forget to learn which clothes

to wear with red lipstick.

WEARING RED LIPSTICK

WITH METALLIC

Styling red lips with a silver top or a golden maxi is the

perfect way to dress up for the festive season. Not to

mention this is the easiest and fool-proof method to

slay on special occasions.

Keep in mind when you have something metallic on, you

wouldn’t want to do anything else than create flawless

skin with red lips. Too much makeup could almost look

too jarring with a bold red pout. Since metallic clothes

itself are so attention-grabbing, you wouldn’t want to

be too distracting.

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WEARING RED LIPSTICK

WITH BRIGHTS AND NEONS

Now, a tricky one, but this goes for a look that stands

out and such looks go well in the club, or if you’re

attending a really fashionable event. If you are a big

fan of wearing red lipstick with bright clothing, but you

still want a subtle look, tone down the flashy guise with

neutral shoes and a neutral bag, or anything to take the

brightness down a notch.

Red lipstick could also be coupled with a red dress for

a matchy-matchy effect or with shades of blue, yellow,

orange and even bright pink for contrast. Make sure

you know the rules of colour-blocking when you style

bright outfits with a red lip.

WEARING RED LIPSTICK

WITH BLACK

The Little Black Dress was created for a reason, and

paired with red lips becomes all too obvious. An LBD

with a swipe of red lipstick is a lovely way to spruce

up for formal occasions or meeting up with friends.

Even for a date night, this look is impeccable.

WEARING RED LIPSTICK

WITH WHITE

There’s no better way to look regal than to pair red lips

with white clothing. All-white attire with red lips gives an

instant pop. Hence, you look more awake and ready to

take on your day or any formal event. Red compliments

white like nothing else. It brings forward an aura of chastity

and makes you look a lot sexier in an innocent manner.

If you don’t want to show much skin, combining red

lips with any black outfit, such as jumpsuits, skirts,

and maxis would do. Black could be dull on some

complexions and a layer of red lipstick instantly pulls

your look together. Besides, any red shade could

be used with black, though keep the rest of your

makeup to a minimum for a sleek and sophisticated

appearance.

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WEARING RED WITH

NEUTRALS AND PASTELS

If there’s a fail-safe method to wear red lipstick,

aside from black and white, it’s the neutrals. Yes,

fawn, light pink, light yellow, light blue, lavender,

grey, cream, coral, and so much more. Red lips with

pastels are such a fun and soft vibe for summer. You

don’t necessarily have to apply a full-on matte red; a

tinge of red would do just as well. Also, if you’re paleskinned

with blonde hair, pastels with red lips may

not be for you.

WEARING RED WITH PRINTS

If you want to be a trendsetter and a statement-maker

at the same time, combine red lips with an animal

print shirt, and plain black pants or red lips with a

black and white polka dot dress. Even red lips with

plaids, stripes, floral prints, and lace are one of the

best ways to wear red lipstick. Pulling off these looks

requires loads of confidence, and there’s no shying

away about it, so consider this before you wear red

lipstick with printed clothes.

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THE CORRECT RULES OF WEARING RED LIPSTICK

Red is a dominant shade; it immediately attracts attention, and

if you’re not wearing it the right way, you become the centre

of attention even more. Our tips help you avoid a red lipstick

glitch wherever you are.

• Always exfoliate and moisturise your lips before you apply

a matte red lipstick. Otherwise, your dry lips would show

through, and that isn’t a very pleasant sight.

• If you have thin lips, especially the upper lip, avoid wearing

stark matte reds, go for a creamier formula, or add gloss to

your red lipstick to make your lips appear plumper. A red tint

also works in your favour.

• Always line your lips with a nude lip liner before applying red

lipstick. A lip liner keeps the boundaries and your lipstick

from bleeding. While filling in your lips with red, a lip-liner

post-application helps with longevity.

• If you’re scared of trying out a crimson red, no problem, most

of us do. Instead, go for brick or cranberry reds for a softer

appearance.

• Don’t hesitate to retouch and freshen up your lipstick. Wornout

red looks awful.

• Instead of applying straight from the tube, apply with a

lip brush and slowly build up the colour. A lip brush would

provide a precise application, and red lips need to look neat.

• Always keep the rest of your makeup mute with red lips, or

you might turn into a clown with dramatic eye makeup and

a tan blush.

WEARING RED LIPSTICK

WITH WHITE

Red lips are gorgeous, and every woman

should at least own a signature red lipstick.

Red is a powerful colour that speaks of glamour

and femininity, so don’t forget to stash one in

your makeup set.

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Model: Linda Nikoletta Zelei

Hair, makeup and styling: Liv Rideg

Location: Studio Madison, Budapest, Hungary.

EVENING

GLAM

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BEAUTY GCC 2020

Photos by Out and About STYLE Magazine and The Beauty Studio ME

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BEAUTY GCC 2020

Photos by Out and About STYLE Magazine and The Beauty Studio ME

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DREAMY

BRIDAL

Model: Czegledy Agnes

Photo: Jozsef Balogh

Hair: Izabella Koszeri

Headpiece: Millasonjacouture - Eva Kelemen

Dress: Zhoja Budapest

Makeup: Liv Rideg

Location: Studio Madison, Budapest, Hungary

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Model: Patricia Szalai - New Day Casting and Model Agency

Photo and retouch: Jozsef Balogh

Hair, makeup and styling: Liv Rideg

Assistance: Elvira Janosi and Boglarka Ivezic

Location: Livs Atelier, Subotica Serbia

FLORAL

DREAM

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FIRAS AL MSADDI

Company name: Fäm Properties

www.famproperties.com

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1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR

CAREER.

I’m Firas Al Msaddi, and I currently live in Dubai with my family.

I was born in 1984, and I’m happily married. My wife and I are

parents to two young sons and twin girls. I am originally from

Syria, and I moved to Dubai in 2005 because I got a job as a

sales executive. With the help and support of my family, I was

able to overcome the challenges and hardships I encountered.

I’m the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of Fäm

Properties. It is one of the largest and most successful real estate

firms in the UAE. I’m an entrepreneur and an extreme sports

fan. Aside from the firm I mentioned, I have other businesses

within the Fäm Group as well.

2. TELL US ABOUT FÄM PROPERTIES. HOW DID

IT COME ABOUT, AND WHERE IS IT NOW?

After my move from Syria, I studied and developed my English

language proficiency by working double shifts. Within 18

months, I saw myself in the real estate industry. In 2007, I got a

job in a small boutique real estate agency in Dubai Marina and

was then headhunted by another agency for a sales manager

position by the end of that same year. After two years, I was

running the office and decided to study Business Administration

in Dubai.

Fäm Properties was founded when I was 25 years old. It was

in 2009 and it was in the middle of the global economic crisis.

Even though we experienced hardships back then, I had a

strong belief that Dubai can definitely endure the crisis.

Since 2012, on a yearly basis, our firm has been recognised

as the best top sales performing brokerage for all major mega

master developers. We are also recognised by the Dubai Land

Department (DLD) as the highest transacting agency in Dubai

for two consecutive years, which was in 2017 - 2018 and 2018

- 2019. We employ more than 200 hardworking staff; we do

have a Business Bay headquarters and operate an additional

four other retail outlets.

3. WHAT OTHER BUSINESS VENTURES HAVE

YOU ENGAGED IN SINCE FÄM PROPERTIES?

Under the Fäm Group, these are the other ventures that I

manage: Fäm Properties Dubai, Fäm Properties Abu Dhabi,

Fäm Snagging and Inspection, Fäm Interiors, Fäm Outdoor

Media, Fäm Living (a holiday home business), Fäm Development

Advisory and Fäm Asset Management.

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4. HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?

There is no right and wrong about defining success, but

for me, it is an on-going process: a life-time process of

setting goals that gives you the sense of contentment and

happiness once these goals are achieved or exceeded.

Do it by way of being a monk, a top real estate agent, a

humanitarian activist, or even being a father of a happy

family. So, your success is not defined by the size of your

goal nor by how ambitious it is. What defines your success

is your consistency in reaching or exceeding your own

goals that lead to your self-contentment and joy in life.

5. WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?

I am passionate about raising and living with my loving and

supportive family, managing the business that I worked

hard for, and enjoying the sports that I find exciting.

6. WHO AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

I believe that being motivated is a responsibility that

every individual has to live up to. I always say: if you don’t

figure it out by yourself, no one will figure it out for you.

Every one of us can be motivated by different things, and

we have to figure out these things and then take actions

to own them. Nevertheless, there is one thing to do with

motivation that applies to all of us: it is our surroundings

and the people we decide to spend most of our time

with.

7. “MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO

ROUND.” TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE

WITH THIS QUOTE?

Money is very important, but only because it is a necessity

and not an end-goal or purpose. When our aim is to deploy

whoever we got to succeed in our business, money will

be just one of the natural results of winning in business.

You will, maybe, never see a successful businessman who

is running a successful business but is bankrupt.

8. WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST LIFE LESSONS

YOU’VE LEARNED FROM BEING AN

ENTREPRENEUR?

Hard work is a must, and smart work is just common

sense because no one decides to work mindless today

and smart tomorrow. It is not a decision that people make

before they start their day. But hard work, perseverance

and consistency requires a firm rational decision.

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9. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO

WANTS TO QUIT THEIR 9-5 TO WORK ON THEIR PASSION?

The vast majority of successful entrepreneurs are outstanding employees or

individuals with specific skill sets or capacities. All you need to win in business

is experience, and to gain experience, you need to learn and to practice your

learning. That is the formula in a short brief.

What are you willing to compromise in order to make it come true? Will you listen

to those who don’t believe in you? Believe it or not, the people around you will

definitely affect you eventually. Choose to be around positive people, so that you

will have the same outlook with them.

10. WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU KNEW

EARLIER?

Everything. I will never say no to any head start when it comes to my knowledge.

11. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR 20-YEAR-OLD

SELF?

Dream big always. Be rational. Be objective. Assess the risks well, then qualify the

maximum upside potentials. Work harder than everybody else in your industry.

12. WHAT ARE YOUR MAJOR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Family is number one, spending quality time with my parents, my wife and my four

kids.

13. HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER AND FAMILY?

Working hard is a decision to start, it’s a decision to slow down, and it’s a decision

to stop. We just need to always be self-aware that the results we get when we do

a focused eight hours and six days a week will not be the same if we do six hours

and five days a week. As long as we are rational about that, we will be able to live

a happy life prioritising what comes first. At the beginning, I had to compromise

massively on my family time, and my main motive was to build something for me

and my family that will provide me with the freedom of choice when it comes to

how much time I spend with my family. The time has come and I am 100 times

more family-focused than I was at the start of my entrepreneurial journey.

14. WHAT’S THAT ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“If the opportunity is known to everyone, it is no longer called an opportunity.”

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TALENT

POOL

KHALED

ALSAADI

Emirati Chef,

Co-founder of Fa’e Cafe

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1. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.

I’m a 29 years old Emirati chef. I started cooking

after I lost weight around five years ago and I was

able to learn more about healthy and delicious

food. I eventually developed a passion for it and

continued pursuing a path in the arts of fine dining.

2. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP AN

INTEREST IN FOOD?

Before, I weighed around 150 kg and I always loved

food, but when I was losing weight, I did not like any

healthy restaurant meals out there which led me to

prepare my own meals. In that process, I started

learning more and more about how to perfect the

cooking technique of each ingredient.

3. BEING A CHEF IS AN UNLIKELY

CAREER FOR A YOUNG EMIRATI, TELL US

ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY.

I graduated from the States with a double major

in Accounting and Finance, but decided on a

different career path. I was lucky enough to have

a very supportive family. It was definitely a shock

to them at first, but eventually, when they saw the

effort and how serious I was about being a chef,

they accepted my decision. It was obvious that I

wanted to reach specific goals in this newfound

passion.

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4. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF COOKING?

It would definitely have to be related to the flavours I grew up with and the traditional food

in my hometown. However, I work in the method of fine dining, where food is executed at a

higher standard than your average cooking method.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CUISINE TO COOK?

Definitely Asian cuisines. It is very diverse- infused with rich and beautiful culture. I love the

authenticity of every dish and ingredient.

6. IF YOU WERE NOT A CHEF, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

It would still be something related to the food industry. Since food is one of the primary needs

of people, it is one that will continue to exist no matter what.

7. WHAT’S THE MODERN KITCHEN GADGET YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

My sous-vide machine, because it helps me create amazing dishes all the time. It will let you

cook dishes in a much more natural and healthy way.

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8. DO YOU HAVE A “SIGNATURE DISH” OR

FAVOURITE DISH YOU ENJOY COOKING?

I’m a big fan of seafood dishes. Seafood is very

versatile. Creating unique and delicious dishes is

always possible. I always enjoy cooking and working

with freshly caught fish.

9. WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION

COME FROM?

The people, my family, nature- everything,

especially when I turn a memory into a delicious and

mouthwatering dish.

10. WHAT ARE YOUR ESSENTIAL

INGREDIENTS, THE THINGS YOU COULDN’T

LIVE WITHOUT?

Salt, spice and everything nice.

11. IS THERE A SECRET FOR A SUCCESSFUL

RESTAURANT?

A successful restaurant has massive patience because

success is not an easy process. For you to stand out,

you need to create a unique flavour that people will

always remember. Execution is needed to make plans

into reality. Lastly, consistency is the key for you to be

on top of the competition.

12. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO

SOMEONE WANTING TO BECOME A CHEF?

If you don’t have passion for it and you’re not happy

doing it, don’t waste your time. Persistence and

determination is needed to reach your goals.

13. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FROM THE

KITCHEN THAT YOU’VE PICKED UP THAT

COULD BE USEFUL TO HOME COOKS?

Practice makes perfect. Try again even if you fail, things

will be better, and you’ll learn from every mistake.

14. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY EAT?

I always like grilled chicken with hot sauce.

15. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE

OF THE KITCHEN?

I like going to the gym. I work out about three hours

a day, five days a week. Mainly because I eat a lot

and I’m prone to getting fat, I need to burn the fats

regularly to remain healthy.

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LIFESTYLE

8 EVENING ROUTINES THAT WILL

CHANGE YOUR MORNINGS

You wake up an hour before work, groggy-eyed and

lethargic. You take a shower at lightning speed and rush

to get ready. You grab the essentials and run out the door.

Some days, there is time to fetch a coffee and some days,

not even that. You start work feeling overwhelmed and

discombobulated. Mid-week, you’re already burnt out

and can’t wait for the weekend before the same process

repeats itself again.

How do you get out of this miserable cycle? The answer

is to develop a routine. A routine is the first step that can

either make or break you. Having a healthy routine helps

you achieve more, work efficiently and not drain yourself

in the process.

Morning and nighttime routines take a bit of this discipline,

but they go a long way in setting you up for success. Both

of them are important. While having a morning routine

means that you know exactly what to do each morning, a

nighttime routine has the following benefits:

• You will have a high-quality rest and full deep

sleep.

• Your brain will be fresher when you wake up and

follow through your morning routine.

• You will be able to deal with your day in a much

organised and productive manner.

The best way to incorporate routine in your life is to start

with a nighttime routine, because we are more relaxed

and freer to try new practices at bedtime rather than the

mornings when we are hurrying to work.

We have put together eight (8) effective nighttime routines

to change your mornings for the better.

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HAVE A HEALTHY AND EARLY DINNER

Have your dinner at a comfortably early time.

Heavy meals at dinner or overeating may

cause you to feel bloated and unfocused. If

you do feel like having a snack before bedtime,

go for a hydrating drink like infused water or

some herbal tea. Take the time immediately

after dinner to sort and pack your lunch for

the next day. Store the rest appropriately, so

you are well prepared for tomorrow’s dinner

as well.

TIDY UP YOUR LIVING SPACE

Nobody likes waking up to clothes strewn

over the floor and dirty dishes in the sink.

Give about 30 minutes for clearing up your

living spaces. Do the dishes and sort your

laundry. This way, when you wake up, you will

find a fully organised area through which you

can manoeuvre much more comfortably.

BE MINDFUL OF YOUR NIGHTTIME

ROUTINE

Build a mindful nighttime routine by taking a

few minutes to prepare for the next morning.

Laying out your clothes, packing your bag

and shining your shoes are all activities that

will help you be prepared for a less hectic

morning.

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TAKE TIME TO UNWIND BEFORE YOU

HIT THE BED

By unwind, we don’t mean browse on your

phone until your eyelids drop. Spend time

with your family or take a relaxing bubble

bath. A happy mind is always able to sleep

better and perform to its potential. You will

find meditating or involving yourself in prayer

before bedtime calms all your senses after an

over-stimulated day.

READY YOUR BED FOR SLEEPING

Freshen your sheets, pillowcases and quilts

for a more luxurious sleep. Maybe add a few

extra pillows to make your bed feel more

inviting. Invest in sheets of soothing colours

and patterns to make you mentally relaxed

when in bed. Weighted blankets are a great

option for those who struggle with falling into

a deep sleep and find themselves waking up

startled to the slightest noise.

UNPLUG AND DISCONNECT

Several sleep studies suggest that light and

radiation emitted from electronic devices

hampers the quality of REM sleep. We

cannot stress enough the importance of

disconnecting from devices before bedtime.

If you set your alarm on your phone, place

it across the room from where you sleep,

preferably on flight mode. This helps in so

many ways. Firstly, the radiation from the

phone won’t reach you. Secondly, you won’t

have to deal with the constant buzzing on the

phone. Thirdly, you will have to get out of

bed and walk to your alarm in the morning to

switch it off, which will reduce the urge to go

back to sleep.

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BUILD CONSISTENT SLEEP RITUALS

Bedtime rituals help signal your brain to get

ready to sleep. These rituals should ideally be

short, calming activities that help ease your

mind into winding down. Brew yourself a cup

of chamomile tea or read a book, even listen

to some soothing music or self-affirmations to

help tune your mind and body positively.

BE CONSISTENT

The secret to success is not to avoid failure,

but to keep taking a step forward. Be

consistent with your bedtime routines. Do not

punish yourself for skipping a night or two but

do your absolute best to stick to them. The

best way to do it is to start early so you have

ample time to complete each step at your

pace and not hurry through the process. The

whole point of developing a bedtime routine

is to relax after the rush of the day and be

energised for the next!

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HACKING GRATITUDE

So first things first, what do we mean by gratitude?

Gratitude simply means thankfulness and gratefulness.

Most of us have a roof over our heads; we have good

health, we have beautiful families, have enough money

to put food on the table and enough to buy clothes for

ourselves and our family. Most people already have

more aside from these basic needs. Yet most of us are

not yet content. We always want more, we want to do

more, and achieve more, of course, you’re not alone.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs talks about five levels we

humans want to attain (in order of priority):

1. Physiological needs –

i.e. food, water, shelter, clothing etc

2. Safety needs – i.e. personal security,

employment, resources, health, property

3. Love and Belonging – i.e. friendship, intimacy,

family, sense of belonging

4. Esteem – i.e. respect, status, self-esteem,

recognition, strength and freedom

5. Self-actualisation – i.e. desire to be the most

that one can be

This has been taught in MBAs around the world for

decades and when I studied this, (many moons ago),

I could really connect with it, and it was almost like

a ‘to do’ list for me at first as I was young, ambitious

and wanted to achieve certain things in life, (another

topic for another time perhaps). I was also aware that

this model depicts a certain lifestyle that almost says:

it is ok to want more; it is ok to be greedy and never

be contented.

However, you quickly realise that this hierarchy

of needs is not the be-all and end-all. It’s a good

baseline to start with if you want it to be. So what

happens when you can’t relate to or agree with these

needs or wants (depending on which way you look

at it)? What happens when you achieve level 5 and

then what? What is next? After a little pondering and

a lot of soul searching, I came to the conclusion that

there is no magic formula for what is next or what

else; it all depends on you, on what your purpose

in life is, what is important to you, what difference

do you want to make in this world, what legacy do

you want to leave behind? This would, of course, be

different for different people as we all have different

maps of the world.

We are all wired to think that it is those ‘things’ that make

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us happy, we will be happier when we have our own house,

when we have more money, when we are slimmer, when we

have the latest car or the latest phone, or the salary hike or

that promotion and then when we get what we wanted, we

are happy for a short while and… until we are not. Then we

wonder what is wrong, why are we not happy?

Happiness comes from within you; you get to decide

what and who makes you happy. Things don’t make

you happy. Be happy and be grateful for what you have

already, not what you will get or achieve, or what you

‘think’ will make you happy.

Have you ever seen a young child playing with toys at

home or in daycare, perhaps this has been your child

or a friend’s child? Have you ever noticed that despite

giving the child the latest, the most expensive toy with

all the bells and whistles, after a few minutes of play with

it, all they want to do is take a kitchen pot or a pan and

a wooden spoon and bang the spoon on the pan and

be content with the noise it makes? It’s true, isn’t it? It’s

the simplest, most basic of things that entertain a child

at that age and they are happy, why? Because they don’t

know any better, or worse as the case may be!

What happened, or what changed as we grew into

adults? We want more; we want the latest gadget

because our friends have it, we want the latest designer

outfit because our competitor is wearing it, we want

to look like that person on that TV commercial or that

‘beautiful person’ on that fashion magazine cover.

The pressures, the standards and the expectations we

strive to achieve for ourselves and our loved ones!

There are some of us that started on this path of striving

for success (based on our own meaning of success that

is) for different reasons, myself included. But generally

speaking, we are so easily sucked into this worldly ‘wants’

of life and materialism, which is so beautifully portrayed

by large corporations worth trillions in their tantalising,

mouth-watering and enticing ads, that’s why they

manage to sell us both what we need and what we want.

Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing wrong with treating

yourself with ‘wants’ once in a while, the real question is,

do you have an awareness of your wants vs needs?

We sometimes forget to be happy and grateful for

what we already have and who we are. So let’s stop

comparing ourselves to others, let’s stop doing what

others do. Let’s stop buying into what others are buying

into. Listen to your inner self. Do what feels right for

you, do what feels good for you, be YOU!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having

more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you

will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Like most people, I used to be aware that I needed to

be more grateful for what I already have, what I had

already achieved, but there was always something else

that got in the way. I soon realised I was not alone; we

have all been there, we are all so occupied with the fast

pace of ‘doing’ life, that we forget to ‘enjoy’ life. We live

and do so much for the future that we forget to be really

‘present’ in the present.

So here are top seven gratitude hacks to try today:

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PRACTISE GRATEFULNESS

Don’t just try and feel grateful, practise it -

pray, meditate, be happy, be appreciative,

making it a thing to do on your to-do list and

if you practise it every day, it will become a

habit, and over time it will become a part of

you. Start today!

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QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY

It’s the quality of life that’s important, not

what you have, want or need. Who or what

do you have in your life today, and what if it

was not there tomorrow? Do you tell them

or appreciate them enough? Have you told

them this? Try it today!

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3

LEGACY

If you were to die tomorrow, what is the

legacy you want to leave behind? We all hope

that we live ‘till we are in our 70s/80/90s, but

there is no guarantee, is there? What if you

live even longer than that, and the people

that you love go before you do? What regrets

would you have, or what regrets would you

not want to have? Start today!

4

GIVING BACK

I struggled, you struggled, our parents and

ancestors struggled with one thing or another,

how can we give back and help others instead,

how can we make a difference to someone’s

life? Try it today!

5

VALUES

What are your values? How can you work,

live and be happy with the values that you

have? Do you try and make an effort to work

with people with similar values? If money was

not an issue, would you work with someone

where your values were not aligned? Do

people around you know and understand your

values? Do they understand who you are and

what you stand for? Try it today!

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APPRECIATION

Part of gratitude is being thankful and being

appreciative of everything, everyone, and

every day. Just simple things go a long way,

from saying thank you to a waiter serving you

at a restaurant, thank you to your spouse for

remembering your birthday, thank you to your

boss for letting you go and take time off to

attend a workshop. Thank you to someone in

front of you, who simply holds the door for you

as you approach it. Try it today!

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7

RELATIONSHIPS

We humans crave communication, we are a relational species. Research shows that if we have people

and relationships in our lives, we are happier, hey we even live longer! It can’t get better than that right?

After all, if like me, you are based in the UAE, where there is so much culture, people from different walks

of life, so many opportunities to network and meet people, don’t put it off like I initially did, start today!

With increased gratitude, you will feel happier, energised, have a greater degree of empathy and optimism

with a renewed zest for life, come what may! Who doesn’t want an extra dose of dopamine today?

Farzana is a multiple award-winning “Human Capital Leader” 2018 and a

“Women of Substance” Award winner 2020. An experienced and qualified NLP

Master Coach, a Woman Entrepreneur, Mentor and an Advocate for Women

Empowerment.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

(CIPD), holds a Post Graduate Diploma in HR from Wolverhampton University

in the UK, is certified with British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Institute

of Legal Executives (CiLEX), is a Certified Coach with International Coaching

Federation (ICF) and a Professional Member and NLP Practitioner with the

International Association of NLP (ANLP) in the UK.

FARZANA KAZEMI

FCIPD, MANLP, ICF Coach

Founder/CEO, NLP Master Coach

& HR Consultant

She is the founder and CEO of Trailblazer Consulting and helps individuals and

particularly women in becoming masterful in their craft through NLP Coaching,

helping them explore and better understand their identity, overcome any limiting

beliefs, set and achieve their goals, whilst improving their quality of life, through

a transformational journey. Farzana has helped dozens of clients already through

executive coaching, business coaching and women leadership coaching.

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FOOD

A MATCH

MADE AT

MEALTIME:

10 FOOD

PAIRING

IDEAS

Beyond simply the taste, some foods blend well

when paired especially in terms of increasing

the benefits we get from them. By combining

certain foods, you can enjoy more nutrition.

Check out the following for the top 10 mealtime

food pairing ideas.

1. PEANUT BUTTER, TOMATO, CHEESE

AND BASIL

They are made for each other, especially if you’re

looking to get a nutritious meal even with just

a small serving. The powerful combination of

these foods allows your body to consume more

vitamins and minerals in one sitting.

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2. STEAK WITH BROCCOLI ON THE SIDE

Steak and vegetables is a perfect food pair on any given day,

with or without an occasion. One of the most complementary

veggies to combine with steak is broccoli. Did you know that

pairing an iron-rich food, like steak, with a Vitamin C dense

veggie, such as broccoli, could increase your body’s absorption

of iron? So if you want to get more out of your steak lunch or

dinner, you could add the Vitamin C rich broccoli into it as a

side dish. Pan sear the steak and then roast the broccoli for the

best results.

3. CHICKPEAS/BEANS WITH RICE

This meal is a bomb when it comes to its explosive levels of

vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. You can pair them up for

a complete meal. Chickpeas and beans are potent sources

of protein, while rice is with energy-giving carbohydrates. By

including beans into this meal, you can control your body’s need

for carbohydrates. As a result, you can also prevent blood sugar

spikes, which later lead to an energy drain. You can have this

meal as a lunch or dinner, and make it healthier! This perfect

food combination can also help you stay full for a longer period

of time, and that is thanks to the protein in the beans.

4. ROAST VEGETABLES AND OLIVE OIL

Roast vegetables are already sumptuous and healthy at the

same time. They are packed with vitamins and minerals that

your body and waistline love. You can up its taste and nutrition

by a notch by drizzling them with olive oil. At the very least,

adding olive oil or another fat source for that matter increases

your body’s ability to absorb beta-carotene. If you want an

alternative to olive oil, though, you can use avocado or butter

instead.

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5. EGG ON A SALAD

Amp up the nutrition to get from a salad by adding eggs into it.

Combine your favourite raw vegetables and top it with scrambled

eggs. Did you know that people who eat a salad with eggs could

up their body’s carotenoids, like beta carotene and lycopene,

nine times higher than those who eat their salad without eggs?

The fat content in the eggs is readily available for the body’s

absorption.

6. SALMON AND SESAME SEEDS

If you want to stay healthy while also boosting your mood, you

should include salmon in your diet. It is not just with protein

but also omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t know yet, salmon is

also rich in Vitamin D. So if you’re not getting your sunlight

exposure daily, you should think about including salmon into

meal planning. Plus, this nutrient is advisable, especially in

lowering your risk of PMS. Pairing salmon with sesame seeds,

you can also get your daily source of calcium.

7. OLIVE OIL AND TOMATOES

One of the heaven-sent food matches that we all love is tomatoes

and olive oil! If you’re trying to eat healthily, you might want to

add it to your diet. For one, tomatoes are packed with lycopene,

which possesses a great cancer-fighting property. It also contains

antioxidants that can help in reducing body inflammation.

On the other hand, olive oil is a great skin food. It is loaded with

Vitamin E and antioxidants that keep skin healthy. It is also an

amazing moisturiser that maintains hydration for young-looking

skin, longer.

Cooking both together, you can benefit from an optimal level

of photochemical absorption. You can combine both, or add

to your favourite naan pizza, which is an excellent summer treat.

If you want tomato in a different form and combination, you

might also want tomato soup with grilled cheese. It is a creamfree,

hearty, warm soup and to get the most out of your meal,

pair it with grilled cheese. The classic childhood favourite food

pair goes well while also supplying your body with high nutrition.

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8. GARLIC AND ONIONS WITH WILD RICE

Increase the bioavailability of the iron and zinc from grains by

adding onions and garlic to it. So as a suggestion, you might

want to try having cooked wild rice with garlic and onions.

9. TOFU AND BELL PEPPERS

Aside from meat, tofu is also an excellent source of iron, about

6.6 milligrams per one-half cup. To increase the nutrients to

get from this staple tofu food, you might want to pair it with

bell peppers, which contain a higher level of Vitamin C than

citrus fruits like oranges do. Tofu can also be substituted with

beans, as another great protein source.

10. AVOCADOS AND SPINACH

Improve eye health by pairing up these two superfoods! Spinach

packs lutein, which is good for the eyes, while avocado with

healthy fats. Together, they work to improve vision and could

prevent blindness. Let food help you avoid impaired vision by

adding avocados and spinach into your diet.

Avocado is rich in fibre, which accounts for most of its

carbohydrate content. Just half of it can supply your body with

4.5 grams of fibre, which is one of its main health benefits. This

fruit is a great appetite regulator and can feed the gut’s friendly

bacteria, too. With enough supply of fibre in your body, you can

also lower your risk of many diseases.

There you have the perfect food pairs that you might want to consider adding in your diet for a happier and healthier life!

After all, food choices affect your emotions and can lift your mood too; the bottom line is that choosing food wisely can help

boost your immune system and health as well as make you feel and look good.

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FOOD

FIVE MUST-TRY

JAMAICAN

RECIPES

Jamaica is not only known for being the

birthplace of reggae music, its beautiful

beaches, or producing the fastest athletes

on the planet; food is also a big hit on the

Caribbean island.

Jamaican food is influenced by different

people who live on their land. Most of their

cuisine is changed based on the availability

of ingredients in the area. Needless to say,

Jamaica is blessed with amazing culture,

people and food.

Are you looking for Jamaican recipe ideas?

Whether you’re a Jamaican or not, you

might be interested to know what recipes

are a mark of Jamaica. The national dish in

the country is saltfish and ackee, but there

are a lot more delectable dishes that many

may not know. Find out the five popular

Jamaican recipes that you should try at

home.

1. JERK CHICKEN

For its smoky flavour and spiciness, jerk chicken is loved

by most Jamaicans and those who visit the island. Many

think that this unique characteristic is due to the secret

seasoning ingredients. Pimento berries, scotch bonnet

pepper, ginger, thyme and onion, are a staple in this

dish, but for best results, you might want to marinate the

meat evenly and for a longer time to let the meat absorb

all the flavours.

The hours of marinating the meat will bring out the fine

flavours of this delicious dish. Then, you slow cook jerk

chicken on the grill. But if you don’t have pimento wood,

you can also cook jerk chicken in the oven or on a grill.

Don’t forget the jerk sauce, though.

If you love Jamaican food, you should try cooking this

marinade recipe at home. For sure, even your kids will

love the fresh but spicy flavour. All the ingredients and

spices create a well-balanced and incredible dish. Are

you planning for a party this weekend? Add jerk chicken

on your list!

However, you might be asking, “Can I use boneless

chicken?” Yes, you can use boneless chicken breast,

but make sure that you don’t marinate for more than

six hours. On the other hand, some people also use

chicken thighs for roasting or grilling. You can marinate

the chicken thigh meat for up to 12 hours.

For the locals, they pair it with rice and peas or festivals

for that fine Caribbean meal. Feel inspired in this video

for a homemade jerk chicken recipe.

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2. ACKEE AND SALTFISH

Feel Jamaica wherever you are! Add this dish to the menu if

you’re having some Jamaican guests this weekend. Try it with

flour dumpling, yam, fried plantains, boiled green bananas

and steamed cabbage.

This easy and sumptuous dish is simple! It’s been gaining fans

from around the world. It is the country’s national dish that

you might want to try. And if you’re a Jamaican, the more that

you need to know how to make it.

When you start cooking, you boil the ackee and saltfish

separately. Once done boiling, you debone, flake and sauté

the saltfish in scallion, onions, black pepper and thyme.

Afterwards, you can combine it with ackee to make a lovely

and delicious dish.

In case you don’t know yet, ackee is a fruit that abounds in

Jamaica and other warm climates. As it ripens, it turns bright

red to yellow-orange before splitting open and revealing

three black seeds. They are surrounded by soft and white/

yellow flesh. Today, canned ackee is one of the country’s

major exports.

To prepare it, salted fish is sautéed in the boiled onions,

peppers, spices, tomatoes and ackee. Typically, this dish is

served as a breakfast or dinner with hard dough bread, too.

You can also have it with plain rice or rice and peas. Here is a

video for recipe inspiration.

3. JAMAICAN PATTIES

The traditional patties are filled with beef. However, you

can also choose other meat, including lamb or chicken.

You can also use lobster, shrimp, ackee, cheese, mixed

veggies, soy, fish and other choice ingredients.

are many versions of this recipe. You can prepare them

with veggies, meats or any kind of fillings that your heart

desires. You can serve miniature patties for an appetiser.

If you’re making the cocktail size, you must cut the dough

only in three-inch circles.

The patty is baked inside a delicious and flaky shell, and

its finished product is golden yellow due to the mixture of

turmeric or egg yolk.

You can also keep some uncooked patties in the fridge,

and bake them for a quick snack at any time of day. There

You can serve these patties for a snack or lunch. The spiced

meat is a favourite among most Jamaican. In fact, you can

find them in every corner of the country. The locals usually

have it along with a box drink or soda. Check out this video

for an inspiration on Jamaican Beef Patties

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4. CURRY GOAT

This dish is special. It is often made and served at

celebrations and parties. It is a must-have Jamaican

recipe that you should know how to cook. The dish

is flavourful and tender, and some people also find it

more sumptuous than other stews that they have tried.

The curry dishes in Jamaica were brought by the

Indians. They were brought to the island to work on the

plantations. Over the generations, they have intermarried

with the other races Jamaican. Today, the Indian-

Jamaican community still exists, influencing many

Jamaican cuisines and dishes like curry goat.

If you live in communities having ethnic populations,

you might be able to find goat meat in the market.

However, you might have to go to a butcher to buy

goat meat in other places. Check out this video for a

curry goat recipe to try at home.

5. STEW PEAS AND RICE

Even if it is hot in Jamaica, people here are in

love with soups and stews. Stew peas and rice is

a favourite combination among the locals. This

recipe is a Jamaican favourite; a comfort food

that is quick and easy to prepare for the whole

family. They use smoked turkey or salted beef.

Salted beef makes the dish salty; however, make

sure to remove some of the salt in the beef by

soaking it overnight. This dish also works very

well without meat. Here is a video for inspiration

on how to make this hearty soup.

These Jamaican recipes are easy to prepare and delicious. Don’t miss any of them when planning for a weekend party or

a get-together. These five dishes will add life to any meal or celebration and are a mark of true Jamaican cuisine. Try them

today!

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FITNESS

INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM NATURALLY

Many of us have wondered how to increase our

metabolism to help us live a healthier life and

gain more energy. There are many ways to do so,

but it is extremely important to do it in a natural

way to prevent consequences in our health.

Everything good comes with a price, and it’s the

same with our health and metabolism. For us

to gain more energy, stay healthy and increase

our metabolism, we have to do certain things

that are not easy. However, once we start eating

healthy and working on those things, everything

else will come naturally and rather easily. The

hardest part is to start and stay focused on your

goal. There are multiple ways to increase your

metabolism, but only a couple of them come

naturally to our bodies.

WHAT IS METABOLISM ANYWAY, AND WHY IS IT SO

IMPORTANT?

Let’s start off by explaining what metabolism represents to

us. Metabolism is often referred to as chemical reactions that

keep us alive. However, it is also connected to the calories

we burn. The main work of metabolism is to convert food to

energy. It is the building blocks of proteins, lipids, nucleic

acids and carbohydrates. It also helps remove nitrogenous

wastes in our body. Those metabolic reactions are often

divided into two categories:

• Catabolic

• Anabolic

The main difference between those two reactions is that

catabolic reactions usually release energy and anabolic

reactions consume energy. The actual metabolic rate is

equal to the number of calories we burn. There are plenty

of advantages to having a high metabolism, and we will try

and explain some of them.

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PROS OF HAVING A HIGH METABOLISM

There are a lot of advantages that people with high

metabolism have compared to others. That is why most

people are trying to increase their metabolism. However,

some of them succeed; some of them don’t.

Later, we will cover the best ways to increase your

metabolism naturally, but let me tell you first WHY you

should do it. One of the things most people lack nowadays

is energy. You come home from work, and you are not able

to do anything else. While waiting for the weekend to do

something useful or something nice for yourself, you often

don’t have the time to think about your productivity.

One of the best things with people with higher metabolism

is that they have tons of energy. They can come home from

work and still have the time for themselves and do some

chores. Not only do they have much more energy, but they

also feel a lot better. The other advantage of having a high

metabolism is that you can reduce weight more easily and

keep it off with no effort at all. What’s the catch, you may

ask yourself? In the next chapter, we will introduce to you

ways to increase your metabolism in the most natural way

possible.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM

There are multiple ways to do so, but it’s important to keep

in mind that all you do should be natural for your body.

First of all, let’s explain which are the factors that have the

most impact on our metabolism. The factor that we have

no control over surely are genetics, age, and sex, but there

are some factors that we can control. Those are body fat,

muscle mass and the most important one – activity level.

Metabolism is all about processing calories and we can

teach our body how to do that faster.

• HAVE ENOUGH CALORIE INTAKE

Some may think that in order to lose

weight you have to decrease the

number of calories you take every day.

However, that is far from the truth. For

your metabolism to work well and to

produce enough energy, you have to

intake enough calories.

• REGULAR MEALS

Like everything in life, our metabolism

also requires balance. When you do

not eat regularly, your body takes

starvation as a signal to preserve

energy by burning calories slowly, and

that is why your metabolism is slowing

down as well.

• COLD WATER

Cold water actually increases your

metabolic rate when you drink it.

Why? Because your body spends more

calories on heating up the water in

order to have the same temperature

and your metabolism also tends to

speed up.

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• EXERCISING

Undeniably the least liked the way

of increasing your metabolism, but

unavoidable one is exercising. It has

a strong impact on your metabolism

and even after you have finished

working out your metabolism is still

racing up.

• GREEN TEA

If you could manage to have green

tea on your routine list, then it will

help increase your metabolism, and

it will be another way to stay healthy.

It’s way better than to drink juices

that are full of sugar.

There are plenty of ways to

increase your metabolic rate;

we have named some of them.

The most important thing to

keep in mind is that you should

do it in a natural way without

any artificial substances that

can do more harm than good.

Boosting metabolism can have

a great effect on your wellbeing,

and after some time, you

will start to feel much better

and have much more energy.

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TRAVEL


TRAVEL TO ZANZIBAR WITH

MONIQUE SPEARMAN

It is no secret how much I love Zanzibar, Tanzania! The pristine beaches,

fresh seafood, African Arabian culture and friendly people have stolen

my heart since the first time I visited in December 2016. Zanzibar holds

a special place in my heart because it's one of the few hidden islands

on the eastern part of the African continent that will give you the most

bang for your buck. This city has something to offer anyone looking for a

good time. It doesn't matter if you're a solo traveller looking to meet new

friends, the couple yearning for a peaceful getaway, the family with kids

who want to explore a new culture or a large group ready for adventure,

this is the destination for you!

Here are six (6) reasons why Zanzibar, Tanzania needs to be your next

destination:

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1. STONE TOWN

Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar. A city of

prominent historical and artistic importance in East

Africa, Zanzibar’s architecture, mostly dating back

to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences of

the Swahili culture. The city dons a unique mixture

of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements

that stand out almost immediately the moment you

step foot in Stone Town. Designated as a UNESCO

World Heritage Site in 2000, the heart of Stone

Town mostly consists of a maze of narrow alleys

lined by houses, shops, bazaars and mosques.

Since most streets are too narrow for cars, the town

is crowded with bicycles, motorbikes and relatively

easy to navigate by foot. The seafront has wider

streets and larger, more regularly placed buildings

from neat, sustainable fashion boutiques, to the

loud, chaotic market on Creek Street.

2. THE CUISINE

It’s no surprise that Zanzibar has very flavorful food.

Known for its spice trade, Zanzibar was once one

of the world’s leading producers of spices like

clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black

pepper, and vanilla. These iconic spices have made

their mark on Zanzibar’s cuisine, giving it a unique

taste you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

The island’s mouthwatering dishes include, fresh

seafood, fresh fruit, curries, tender mutton, Indian

biryani, Middle Eastern style grilled meat and more.

One of the most budget-friendly ways to really

experience Zanzibar food and culture is to visit

Forodhani Gardens night market. There’s an array

of food to choose from like Zanzibar pizza (must

try), fresh sugar cane juice, seafood kebabs, grilled

meat, fried potatoes, chapatis and salads.

If you’re looking for a more upscale way to

experience Zanzibar cuisine, I recommend a visit

to the Rooftop Tea House Restaurant at Emerson

Spice or Emerson on Hurumzi. Both restaurants

offer seafood-based, five-course set- ‘Taste Safari’

degustation menu, prepared daily by Zanzibari

Chefs. The Tea House at Emerson Spice has a

smaller, more intimate rooftop feel while Emerson

on Hurumzi has Swahili style seating on thick Persian

Rugs with low tables. Both restaurants are very

popular, so call ahead to make reservations. Dinner

is typically served promptly at 7 pm, but make sure

you get there at around 6 pm to watch the sunset

with a cocktail. The rooftop view is unforgettable!

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3. THE BEACHES

Not only is Zanzibar known for Stone Town and its

culture, but it’s also known for its gorgeous beaches.

There are several different beaches to choose from

in Zanzibar but my favourite beach to visit is Nungwi.

Situated on the North Coast of the Island, Nungwi has

pristine clear water and stunning white sands for miles

on end. This is the perfect place to have your lazy days

to sunbathe, read a book and indulge in fresh seafood. I

highly recommend visiting Nungwi or hopping to other

beaches in Zanzibar for at least a couple of days.

4. THE SHOPPING

If you love shopping as much as I do, you will love

Zanzibar. Stone Town is shopping heaven with loads

of goods such as jewellery, bags, accessories, clothes,

local crafts and much more. Zanzibar has something for

everyone! One of my favourite things to do in Stone

Town is to explore the alleyways. You can admire the

gorgeous architecture and culture while you shop till

you drop. It’s great to have a guided walking tour of

Stone Town or explore alone; either way, you will truly

enjoy the hustle and bustle of the streets while you shop.

Stone Town has plenty to offer to the shopaholic, look

out for brightly-coloured kanga and kikois (traditional

wrap-around clothing), silver and tanzanite jewellery,

handmade leather bags, sandals and shoes, an endless

range of woven baskets, wooden carvings, throws, wall

hangings, rugs, antiques and ornaments of all shapes

and sizes. There are plenty of keepsake souvenirs to

bring home.

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5. THE ACCOMMODATIONS

Finding accommodation in Zanzibar

to suit all your needs and wants is no

problem. There are lots of guesthouses,

self-catering apartments, luxurious

hotels and resorts, campsite retreat and

beach rentals for every choice and price

point.

Those people who are looking for a more

luxurious experience will like Emerson

Spice and Emerson Humurzi. These sister

hotels are one of the popular places to

stay and obviously the perfect aesthetic

to get the best Instagram/blog photos.

Both hotels are centred in the heart of

Stone Town and are only a 5-minute

walk from each other. These sister hotels

were founded by the late Emerson

Skeens, who converted and restored

traditional Zanzibari merchant’s homes

into two boutique hotels. Both hotels

were designed with every single detail

in mind, from the colour-washed walls,

the locally produced soaps and towels,

to the refreshing local hibiscus juice you

receive at check-in. You can choose from

a variety of rooms that are filled with

rich textiles, vibrant colours and antique

furniture. Every single room is a work of

art in its own unique way.

I recommend Al Minar in Stone Town

if you’re looking for a more budgetfriendly

hotel. Al Minar is the first hotel

I stayed in on my solo trip to Zanzibar

in 2016; this hidden gem is extremely

cheap and clean with excellent customer

service! During my stay, I enjoyed

lounging on the antique furniture in the

spacious rooms, while listening to the

winter rains. Right in the centre of Stone

Town, I was able to explore the alleyways

and Forodhani Gardens within minutes.

Al Minar is definitely one of the places in

Zanzibar you will get the best value for

your money!

If you’re looking to get away from the

hustle and bustle of Stone Town, Baladin

is the place to be! Baladin beach hotel

and restaurant is a boutique hotel resort

surrounded by turquoise tropical waters,

palm trees and a white sandy shoreline. The hotel is located in Pingwe

on the South-Eastern part of the island. Baladin resort has 8 spacious,

two-story bungalows each with a traditional makuti palmed roof. On the

top level there is a bed with a view out to the tropical sea. On the ground

floor there are 2 single beds and an open-air bathroom where you can

enjoy the luxury of a tropical open-air shower with the comfort of privacy.

Each bungalow also has its own terrace with a view to the sea. Although

this hotel isn’t situated on the most gorgeous beach in Zanzibar, I truly

enjoyed my stay here and felt extremely refreshed and relaxed.

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6. VARIETY OF THINGS TO DO

Zanzibar has a variety of things to do for the solo traveller,

couple or family. You can get lost in the maze of streets

in Stone Town or jump in the middle of the Indian Ocean

and swim. Take a day trip to Chumbe Island or Prison Island

to explore. Prison Island is the home to over a hundred

gigantic tortoises that you can interact closely with, while

Chumbe Island is a small private island known for its

ecological innovation and exceptional coral reefs. You

can visit the former slave market and learn about its very

sobering history. Go to one of the gorgeous beaches and

take a Dhow boat cruise out to snorkel or simply relax at

your resort and fellowship with travellers from all around the

world.

extremely safe with him. Travel with common sense and

precautions.

Since this is a predominantly Muslim country, women may

want to keep their shoulders and legs covered when they’re

not on the beach. Like travelling to any country, you want

to be respectful of the cultural norms and practices. You do

not want to draw unwanted attention to yourself.

The perfect time to visit Zanzibar is in the months June to

October or December to February. The weather is best

during those months with minimal rain.

MY FINAL TIPS AND THOUGHTS

The main language in Zanzibar is Swahili. However, English

is the second language and widely spoken.

The local currency is Tanzanian Shilling. As with most African

cities, they always carry cash. USD and Euro are widely

accepted as well as the local currency.

When buying anything in the market, always haggle and

negotiate, never accept the first price given to you.

Zanzibar is safe for solo travel as a woman, but I personally

wouldn’t wander the streets at night, alone. It’s very easy

to get lost. My guide took me around at night, and I felt

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About the author

MONIQUE L. SPEARMAN

is a freelance multi-faceted, writer,

curator and creator. Blending a passion

for content creating, social media

marketing, photography and travel,

Monique created her blog website

RaineyAmore.com in the spring of

2017 as a hobby. Raineyamore.com is

a lifestyle, fashion, beauty and travel

brand that encourages men and women

from around the world to live their best

lives, out-loud. Inspired by the aesthetics

of different cultures, Monique wants to

show the world, "Everything has beauty,

but not everyone sees it!"

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THINGS PEOPLE SAY

DIFFERENTLY AROUND

THE WORLD

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.”

-Unknown

The world is the stage in which all partake in the beautiful

experience of existing. On this steady-swift journey, many

are fortunate to taste and see the vivacity of various cultures

across the globe. Language is a cultural aspect that truly

speaks for itself, and unique or alternative vocabularies is a

fascinating subject to delve on.

Without further ado, here are words that are meant

differently around the world.

1. ‘ROBOT’ AND ‘TRAFFIC LIGHT’

What is thought of as a machine built to carry out

complex tasks and sometimes suggested to be an

intelligent mechanical being is, in fact, the equivalent

of the word ‘traffic light’ in South Africa.

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2. ‘GARAGE’ AND ‘PETROL STATION’

A garage predominantly known for housing

vehicles is also known as a petrol station where

vehicles are repaired and receive fuel.

3. ‘ICE CREAM SPRINKLES’ AND

‘HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS’

These sweet bits of joy have a more affluent

alias according to British English; so when

necessary one shouldn’t ask for sprinkles on

their ice cream, it’s best to request for hundreds

and thousands.

4. ‘CILANTRO’ AND ‘CORIANDER’

This aromatic plant is so favoured that it has

been adorned with two names that one can be

identified in many recipes.

5. ‘TOMATO SAUCE’ AND ‘KETCHUP’

The ultimate border between British and

American English, equally adorned across the

world.

6. ‘DUMMY’ AND ‘PACIFIER’

Due to its modern connotation, it only makes

sense that dummy isn’t as popular as its

counterpart, the pacifier.

7. ‘GARBAGE’ AND ‘TRASH’

For some odd reason, either word gives rubbish

a different intention. Garbage rings more

wholesome than its belligerent equivalent.

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8. ‘BISCUITS’ AND ‘COOKIES’

The renowned flat baked good is referred to

as a cookie in the USA and a biscuit in the UK.

However, in the USA, a biscuit is a different

type of baked goods falling under the family

of scones.

9. ‘CRISPS’ AND ‘CHIPS’

In British English, crisps are normally associated

with the store-bought, sealed and packet kind,

but in the USA they refer to as chips.

10. ‘SWEETS’ AND ‘CANDY’

Instead of the collective ‘sweets’ the broader

term ‘candy’ is used mainly by English-speaking

Americans.

11. ’BONNET’ AND ‘HOOD’

The equivalent of a hood is a word also used to

describe the front of a car holding the engine;

the bonnet.

12. ‘GLOVE COMPARTMENT’ AND

‘CUBBYHOLE’

The compartment recessed in a vehicle’s

dashboard is known as a cubbyhole in some

parts of the world.

13. ‘BOOT’ AND ‘TRUNK’

A trunk doesn’t refer to an elephant snout

alone; it also describes a storage compartment

located at the back of a vehicle, also known as

the boot in some parts of the world.

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14. ‘GAS’ AND ‘PETROL’

When referring to gas, one must look beyond

formless matter, for it is another world for petrol

used mostly by American English-speakers.

15. ‘FRINGE’ AND ‘BANGS’

Forelocks are popularly described as either

word; fringe and/or bangs.

16. ‘FLAT’ AND ‘APARTMENT’

This modest living space can also be referred

to by its physical appearance; flat. The world

flat is mainly used in Britain.

17. ‘HIGHWAY’ AND ‘MOTORWAY’

A highway is referred to as the less euphoric;

motorway in Western European countries.

18. ‘VILLA’ AND ‘HOUSE’

In many middle-class streets outside of the

UK, villas are spoken of taking the place of the

word house.

19. ‘BAKKIE’ AND ‘VAN’

A bakkie is a South African spin on the modern

pick-up truck/van.

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20. ‘TAKKIES’, ‘TRAINERS’ AND

SNEAKERS

A rule of thumb with athletic footwear in South

Africa; they speak of takkies the equivalent of

trainers in the UK and sneakers in the Englishspeaking

Americas.

21. ‘BROIL’ AND ‘GRILL’

To broil is to grill, simply; to cook by direct heat.

22. ‘CHUTES AND LADDERS’ AND

‘SNAKES AND LADDERS’

The game of Indian origin is referred to as

chutes and ladders by American Englishspeakers.

23. ‘FLANNEL’ AND ‘FACECLOTH’

When in West Europe flannels aren’t apparel;

they are used on the face - the equivalent of a

facecloth.

24. ‘BRACES’ AND ‘SUSPENDERS’

This iconic fashion accessory is known as braces

in some parts of the world and suspenders in

other parts.

This list could carry on because human beings are creative; striving to give meaning to words

whilst simultaneously coining new meanings. Hence, why the world is such a vivid depth, always

being filled but never full.

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FOR THE CULTURE

THE REINVENTED CHRONICLES

WITH YVONNE C MTENGWA

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10 “MUST-KNOWS” FOR

DEVELOPING BRAND “YOU”

I’ve been in the final stages of editing an anthological

project that myself and a group of 13 ladies across five

different countries have been working on since the end of

last year. As we challenged each other to dig deep during

the process of writing our stories, what became apparent

to me was the inherent desire that each of us carried to

better define who we were and what we stood for. How

do we separate who we are from what we do? Was there

even a need to do this? What did we want to be known

for and what legacy did we want to leave behind for the

generations after us. How is this all presented to the world

outside our walls?

My interest in personal branding peaked just from

watching the evolution of some of the personalities that

inspire me. Whether it was Oprah, Michelle Obama, the

high-powered woman at the office we called “the boss”

every day or the entrepreneurial big-shot that appears in

local newspapers back home on the daily, there was a lot

to be said about how they have positioned themselves

within the ecosystems they operate.

How others have grown to view them and their exploits

over the years in which they’ve been public-facing is a

huge contributor to their brand equity. I mean let’s face

it, very few people want to associate themselves with

something or someone that is classically messy, right? As I

help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their own brands, I’ve

come to appreciate certain elements that birth a personal

brand to be proud of. And so if you are ready to embark

on the process of building your personal brand, take heed

of the following:

1. AUTHENTICITY IS THE NEW PERFECTION. Simply

put, be who you say you are and be unapologetic about

it. In the world that coaxes us to portray perfection, it’s

the individuals that speak their strengths and weaknesses

truthfully that connect to their audiences. So what if you

are having a bad day or the barber botched your haircut!?

It’s talking about the good and the bad that makes us all

human–and these are the stories we all love.

2. OWN YOUR STORY. Your story is yours and that’s

what makes you so special. That is your differentiator.

Building a personal brand is about connecting people to

the essence of who you are, and that comes in part through

being able to speak our truth confidently. That story of Bill

Gates starting his business from his garage or yours with

$100 in savings – that’s the real hook! Share that! There’s

something to be said about living on the other side of some

real struggle. We all start at the bottom before we make our

way up the ladders of success.

3. OPERATE IN YOUR GIFT. I love writing and building

brands through storytelling and have been fortunate to now

make a living from that. I am old enough to now know what

works for me and what doesn’t. In short, you will not find me

trying to open a restaurant if I have to run it day in and out.

Develop that which you are passionate about and focus on

that. As you excel in your gift, people will begin to notice.

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4. GET ON YOUR MARKETING 101 GRIND. You may

not know how to do a lot of things, but marketing shouldn’t

be one of them. In fact – if you are looking to create and

grow a personal brand – get on Udemy or Coursera and

take basic courses so you aren’t clueless when folks ask

you about your marketing, communications or social media

strategy. There are tons of free resources out there to help

you with ideas of how to promote yourself and what you do.

Knowing a little marketing will help you keep a good deal of

your promotional costs low.

5. LET YOUR PERSONALITY SHINE. You want people

to enjoy you as much as you hope they will enjoy connecting

or collaborating with you. No one enjoys a grump. Lighten

up a little bit as your delivery will go a long way with growing

your followership.

6. CONTENT IS KING AND CONSISTENCY IS KEY.

The quality of your content and the consistency by which

you publish will help set the tone of your messaging. You

want people to after a little while, come to appreciate who

you are and what you are really about. If you don’t share

anything about yourself, no one will know, and if they don’t

know who you are, where’s the buy-in?

7. DON’T COMPROMISE FOR “LIKES”. Be clear

about what you stand for. Unless it’s an attempt at a bad

PR stunt and there is real reasoning for the madness,

you should never find yourself in spaces that contradict

the essence of who you are and what you stand for. Let’s

organise ourselves, please. The threat of smartphones and

lurking cameras is real, and once sharing takes place, it can

very well be the end of you.

8. FOCUS ON YOUR INTERESTS. Much like point

No. 3, true winners focus on what they excel in and the

areas that invoke real interest in them. You will not catch

me talking about space because I can’t be asked about the

solar system, asteroid, rocket launches and so on. Similarly

for you, your best shot a success will come if your platform

for engagement is tied to your interests.

9. CONNECT TO COLLABORATE. I credit a good bit

of my growth over the years to my desire to connect with

like minds and individuals with similar interests. Pursuing

opportunities to collaborate is a great way to tap into new

audiences. Brands need people. People need brands.

Collaborations work wonders in showcasing the people

behind the brand.

10. HAVE FUN. I’ve had some of my most enjoyable

moments creatively as I worked on my brands. From

writing articles and blogs to designing visual assets for a

social media campaign, I like to look at it as having fun as

opposed to “doing work”. It’s your brand so you enjoy the

great privilege of going wild within reason. Have fun!

ABOUT

THE AUTHOR

Yvonne Chiedza Mtengwa is the author

of “Reinvented: Challenging insecurity to

live authentically through faith”, a book

encouraging women to confront their

issues with relationships, insecurities and

self-fulfilling prophesies, in an effort to

truly discover who they were created

to be. It’s available for download on

https://payhip.com/b/Oi7Y#!

She is also a co-author of Amazon Bestseller

“Dear Fear Volume 2: 18 Powerful Lessons

on Living your best life on the other side

of Fear”- a compilation of short stories by

American visionary author Tiana Patrice.

Passionate about travelling, writing about

and experiencing leisure and lifestyle

brands, Yvonne is a marketing and

communications strategist, is the Cofounder

of www.Quintessentialf.com, a

Christian lifestyle movement for women,

and also runs www.yournarratives.com,

a boutique communications agency

specialising in entrepreneurial design

and shaping the narrative of women-led

lifestyle and social development brands.

Check her out on IG on @quintessentially_yvonne or visit and subscribe to her website

on www.ReinventedToday.com for more tips on everyday reinvention.

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INVESTING YOUR PRESENT:

GET UP AND LIVE YOUR PASSION

BY JEROME DOUGLAS

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Globalisation is defined by people who have different

cultures, races and insights—people living and

interacting with one another. That’s why people are

more prone to feel isolated and underappreciated.

However, it still depends on the perception of an

individual on how this situation will affect their lives.

Most people are focused on earning money and

taking care of their financial needs that they tend to

forget about their personal goals and cultural values.

People are more concerned about how another

person will judge them, which is causing for most of

us to rob their own dreams and desires.

Dreams become a reality with courage and strength.

Being afraid will not get you anywhere. When a man

loses the fight, he loses not because of being unable

to achieve success; he loses because he did not

believe in his strengths, ability and passion.

We are the ones responsible for our own success.

Some will choose to stand up after thousands of

failures, some will accept the failure after the first

attempt, but again, it depends on us how we will

perceive the challenges in life and how we are going

to cope with it. So how are we going to live our life

with passion while fighting our own battles?

First, let us not be afraid to express what we enjoy

doing, especially when you find some people that

are not agreeing with your actions and decisions. For

example, a person who does not want to be a doctor

becomes one; it is considered as a “professional

death sentence”. The end goal is to combine your

passion into your hobby so that you will never find

yourself exhausted from everyday’s work.

When your passion is blended with the career path

you have chosen, you will not faze about doing long

hours of work; hence your social, cultural and spiritual

lifestyle will not be affected. Once you really enjoy

what you do, nothing will stop you from getting your

work done. You will feel unstoppable, and nothing

can prevent you from achieving success. Passion

will help you for the betterment of your professional

life, and it will also help lessen the hardships you

will encounter. Since you’re happy with what you

do, you will be more creative and flexible to think of

more accurate solutions.

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Second, invest in your passion for leading a more

stress free and wholesome life. Mental and physical

health these days are being set aside because people

are more focused on grabbing any opportunities, not

their own passion. Investing in your passion means

you are willing to take risks.

If a woman believes that she can be the best aircraft

engineer in the world, she must be ready for the

challenges since this is being considered by most

people as generally a male occupation. She needs to

believe in herself so that other people will believe in

her capabilities as well.

Life is a continuing process; results mean nothing if

you don’t value experiences. It is said that “practice

makes perfect”, but I believe that “perfect practice

provides a perfect performance.” You are what you

invest in, with that, invest in your passion.

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Third, investing in your passion easily quenches your

thirst for money. When you’re living your passion, you

will realise that being financially stable is not your

priority, because you’re happy and content even if

you’re doing your daily work. Your job becomes a walk

in the park, obstacles are easily solved, since there

are no hindrances that will destroy your positivity and

made up mind. People who are unhappy with their

career path usually regret everything in the end. You

only live once, so don’t waste your time doing things

you don’t like or doing something just because of

financial gain; trust me, you will regret it.

A popular reggae artist, said in a hit song, “raise to

the occasion, look at yourself and say you are strong;

no one can stop you. It is for you to do the best thing

in your life, know that you got the chance.” This artist

is giving us a message that the best thing for us is

within our lives, but we need to choose to achieve it.

Investing in your passion needs to be your core value.

Don’t let other people influence you in a negative

way. You must seek advice, but you need to assess

if it will be helpful for you or not. Creating a positive

mindset gives you great results. It really depends on

you to get up and live your passion.

Finally, remember to dream big, but do not stay

asleep. Wake up and stand up to make your dream

and passion your reality. Never take no for an answer;

if a door closes, that means another chance has

opened. Get up and be strong; appreciate your flaws,

take them as pieces of chance. Embrace change and

never take them as a hindrance. Be a forward thinker

and be proactive so that you will expect what will go

wrong . Learn to mix your passion for life and work.

Always remember that when investing in your passion,

it is always a long process and journey, but in the end,

your happiness and contentment in life are secured.

JEROME

DOUGLAS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jerome Douglas is a 27-year old trained teacher, poet and writer from the

beautiful island of Jamaica. His personal philosophy is “If it is for me to

be, then it is up to me.” He attended the Catholic College of Mandeville

in Jamaica. Additionally, he is a community builder and humanitarian who

volunteers his time to help with the academic and social well-being of people

in his Central Jamaica community and surrounding areas.

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BOOK

REVIEW:

YOU ARE A BADASS

BY JEN SINCERO

This book with quite a scandalous

name is written by Jen Sincero.

It is a short read which was

published in 2013. The book

seems to have made a comeback

because of its subject. You are

a Badass is all about self-help, a

technique that is appearing all

over social media these days.

Jen Sincero is a New York Times

bestselling author and a career,

life and success coach. Personal

development or self-help is a

very healthy practice for one’s

growth and she talks about this in

the book.

You are a Badass is a collection

of short narrative stories from

the author’s life, which she shares

so the readers can also use the

information to help themselves

in life. The book is about how

she learnt from her struggles and

indecisiveness, and tips and tricks

for you to not make the same

misjudgments. Let us see what

this book has in store for us.

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“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you

have to do things you’ve never done.”

At the start of the book, Jen Sincero tells us to

buckle up, and be bold. If you want to experience

a changed life, we need to do new things and try

new ways. She believes we are all a part of a higher

connection: that we are energy moving along in the

universe. We need to understand that like attracts

like. To tap into the vibration you desire, you need

to raise your vibration to the same level.

Some hard facts of life that Sincero highlights in the

book are:

• Everybody makes mistakes in their lives, and

you are not special for doing it.

• To make a change, you don’t have to hit rock

bottom. Just decide to make a change.

• To kick ass, you have to lift your foot off the

ground.

• Never apologise for being you. Respect

yourself.

What I liked about this book was that Sincero makes

us face some harsh realities. “We always have more

time than we think we have. For example, someone

may say they don’t have time to clean their office, but

they have the time to waste looking for something

lost in that office”, she says. This rings true for most

of us. All we need is some motivation and value for

the job at hand to make time for it.

In the next half, the book talks about important

lessons. The first one is to learn to love and forgive

yourself much and to stop caring about what people

think.

The author rightly goes on to say, “Most answers

reveal themselves through doing, not thinking.”

But mindful thinking or meditation, of course, is

important to be more present and learn to hear our

inner voices.

Many of us struggle to make decisions on important

matters. Sincero encourages us to be strongheaded

in decision-making. She advises us against

taking too long to come to a decision because even

if you fail, that is completely OK. The questions you

should ask yourself when making a decision are:

• Who you surround yourself with matters a lot,

so ignore the negative people in your life.

• Your thoughts and beliefs will dictate your

reality. If you don’t like your reality, change

your thoughts and beliefs.

• Sometimes it is better to be happy and wrong

than be right and miserable.

• It’s OK to want nice things in life.

• If you quit, you fail. As long as you keep going,

you will make progress.

• Procrastination is a form of self-sabotage.

People either find a way or find an excuse.

Is this something I want?

Is this taking me in the direction that I want to go?

Is this going to hurt someone in the process?

Towards the end, You are a Badass talks about how

it is not wrong to go after money. It recommends

making a detailed plan of how much money you

want to earn and making a move towards it.

Jen Sincero is a straight shooter and has a great way

with words. She gives several pull-out quotes that

visually stand out so you can focus on them. There

are numbered to-do lists in every section, which

makes it easier to know for sure what the author

wants us to do. You are a Badass wants you to take

big risks without the sugarcoat!

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