Exotic Hairstyles for the perfect summer wedding

I love getting hair styling tips from Hairstylist to the stars, Asgar Saboo. Summer is a lovely time to have the perfect wedding – it’s sunny, the flowers are blooming and everyone is in an uplifted mood. But summer does tend to make the hair dry and limp, especially if you tend to have thick or curly hair, plus the high humidity levels can add stress leading up to the preparations for your special day.

Asgar shares some perfect hairstyles you can sport during your big day which won’t transform into frizzy, limp locks when you step outside. He also explains how you can use exotic influences to modernise and add a twist to your beautiful wedding look.

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1. Side parted braid bun

This is a very popular hairdo which shows off great facial features and is especially perfect for those with straight hair. It is a very easy style and barely takes five minutes – all you have to do is part your hair on the side and braid it tightly. If you want to make the braid look more intricate and elaborate, try the fishtail braid or the mermaid braid, which brings a great modern twist. Then wrap the braid around and pin it neatly into a bun with several bobby pins. If you want to add an additional oomph factor, use bedazzled bobby pins or fresh flowers which match your bouquet. This hairdo works best for those that don’t have bangs, so that the side partition will be more evident. If however you do have bangs, then pin them neatly to the side and make sure you use lots of hair spray to keep in place. In order to look extra polished, make sure that you comb your hair and keep it tangle free. A hair accessory like a hair comb can also be pinned on the top of the bun for a nice sophisticated effect.

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2. Half up –do

This is a lovely romantic hairdo that’s elegant but actually very low maintenance, hardly taking two minutes to create. Loosely gather the top half of your hair and pin it in place. Make sure there is a little volume at the top, otherwise it will end up looking flat and limp, so do some gentle backcombing if necessary. For this style, I recommend using bobby pins that are similar to your hair colour, so that the effect is more subtle and don’t forget to use hairspray to keep the hair in place and avoid humidity. Add a flower chain or a string of pearls to add to that romantic bohemian vibe, which is something we are seeing more on celebrities who want to bring a fresh take to their wedding look.

3. The Head wrap chain

If you want to add an exotic vibe to your look, wear a head wrap chain. The style options are endless, ranging from the styles with big stones and crystal to the delicate ones with small chains and bells. If you have smaller facial features, then I recommend opting for the more delicate and subtle head chain, whilst those with bigger features can get away with a more extravagant look. You can choose to wear the chain with your hair tied up in a bun, but this accessory looks best when the hair is left down and flowing. Also make sure that the hair is parted in the middle, since symmetry is important for this accessory to look glamorous and exotic.

4. Messy twisted braid

This hairstyle is perfect for women with thick hair, which is very common with my clients from the Middle East and India. While it can look great, humidity and sweat means that it can be troublesome during the summer. To get this look, gather all your hair and braid it loosely. Don’t be worried if you have a lot of flyways, it adds to the charm of the hair style, but make sure that you add bobby pins so the braid stays in place. If you really want to take the hair style a step further, go into the garden and pluck some flowers. You can find brightly coloured flowers all over the world that look gorgeous when you braid them into your hair. Make sure that when you pick the flowers that they have a small stem at the bottom for you to use. This is a very bold hair style, so pair it with some subtle earrings and let the hair make a gorgeous statement by itself.

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5. French Twist

This is a hairstyle that suits all hair textures and brings glamour to any bride’s look. Grab all your hair into a low pony and twist it all around, twice. Tuck the ends inside the twist and secure it firmly with bobby pins – that’s how simple this style is to do. You can customise this hairstyle according to how much volume you want around your face, and you can accessorize by wearing a headband or a hair comb at the back. If you want, you can even tuck some flowers beneath the twist, which gives the style a little edge and modernity. However, it’s really important to ensure that you use enough bobby pins to place your locks firmly in place, otherwise you will be fiddling with your hair throughout your big day. Adding some hairspray is all you need to fix the hair once this is done, leaving you to relax and enjoy your wedding day in style.

Nimble Storage solutions delivers true business value

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Santosh Varghese of  Toshiba Gulf FZE

We are excited about Toshiba partnering up with Nimble Storage, a world-leading provider of flash-optimised data storage solutions based in California. As a distributor of Nimble Storage solutions in the Middle East, Toshiba is launching the Adaptive Flash platform, the latest in hybrid storage innovation.

 

Using hybrid storage architecture, Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform is engineered to address the industry’s most pressing storage issues by delivering better performance and capacity at a reasonable price; providing integrated protection with rapid backup and recovery; and reining in storage complexity.

The platform combines flash-optimised architecture with InfoSight™, a cloud-based management service that delivers predictive support and operational simplicity through deep data analytics. InfoSight™ ensures the peak health of storage infrastructure by identifying problems and offering solutions in real time.

Through Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™), a CPU-driven storage solution that is non-dependent on spindle count, the platform combines the unique properties of flash and disk to provide high performance and capacity.

Together, Infosight™ and CASL™ make Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform the first storage solution in the market that eliminates the need for businesses to choose between performance and capacity.

 

Santosh Varghese, General Manager of Digital Products and Services, Toshiba Gulf FZE, shares, “In today’s world, IT departments have transformed into service-oriented organisations, with the need to satisfy different interests. Understanding this concern, Toshiba sees the Adaptive Flash platform as a necessary innovative B2B solution for enterprises, big or small, especially here in the Middle East.”

“We are delighted to add Toshiba as a distributor in the MEA.  As a leading value added distributor, Toshiba is ideally qualified to join Nimble’s rapidly-expanding partner program,” said Clare Loveridge, VP EMEA, Nimble Storage. Toshiba has the expertise, local market knowledge and dedication required to support Nimble’s rapid growth.”

We have been promised a second more detailed demo again and looking forward to it.

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Elegant Clothes at Reveal Fashion for Eid

Reveal Fashion Abu Dhabi

Contemporary style revealed at Khalidiyah Mall Boutique for Eid Celebrations

In preparation for the summer holidays and the Ramadan and Eid festive season, Reveal Fashion is showcasing the latest elegant and high quality women’s wear featuring fresh trends, International brands and attractive style options at the Khalidiyah Mall in Abu Dhabi.

With a wide selection of Ready-to-Wear (RTW) custom and knitted apparel for women, Reveal fashion places style at the forefront with the objective to provide clients a variety of quality clothing that fits each costumer like it was tailored just for them. The current collection of casual and eveningwear has beads, lace and stones to bring out the confidence and sensuality of Fashionistas in the UAE.

According to Manar Bustani, Partner, Reveal Fashion LLC, the brand offers patrons an opportunity to redefine their wardrobe with ready to wear pieces that are comfortable yet unique in design and the outlet strives to bring in collections that are timeless yet trendy.

“Our collections suit the tastes of patrons who like to stand out in the crowd as the overall brand personality of Reveal Fashion aspires to be fashionable, customer-oriented, innovative, refreshing and stylish,” adds Honey Luague, Manager at Reveal Fashion.

The Reveal Fashion boutique is a place where women can go and transform themselves with beautiful clothes and determine the right style for every occasion whether it’s a private party, a wedding.

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Eid Festive Fashion at Reveal Fashion Abu Dhabi

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Contemporary style revealed at Khalidiyah Mall Boutique

  In preparation for the summer holidays and the Ramadan and Eid festive season, Reveal Fashion is showcasing the latest elegant and high quality women’s wear featuring fresh trends, International brands and attractive style options at the Khalidiyah Mall in Abu Dhabi.

With a wide selection of Ready-to-Wear (RTW) custom and knitted apparel for women, Reveal fashion places style at the forefront with the objective to provide clients a variety of quality clothing that fits each costumer like it was tailored just for them.

The current collection of casual and eveningwear has beads, lace and stones to bring out the confidence and sensuality of Fashionistas in the UAE.

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According to Manar Boston, Partner, Reveal Fashion LLC, the brand offers patrons an opportunity to redefine their wardrobe with ready to wear pieces that are comfortable yet unique in design and the outlet strives to bring in collections that are timeless yet trendy.

“Our collections suit the tastes of patrons who like to stand out in the crowd as the overall brand personality of Reveal Fashion aspires to be fashionable, customer-oriented, innovative, refreshing and stylish,” adds Honey Luague, Manager at Reveal Fashion.

The Reveal Fashion boutique is a place where women can go and transform themselves with beautiful clothes and determine the right style for every occasion whether it’s a private party, a wedding or a night out.

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Festive Hampers from Mastihashop

Gift boxes at Mastihashop

Gift boxes at Mastihashop

Mastihashop presents a wide range of gift boxes and hampers for Ramadan, Eid, for corporate giveaways and for all the popular festive occasions like birthdays, house warming and picnics. Gift hampers can be customized and presented with the company’s branding.

The exotic Mastihashop collection reflects the modernization of traditional food remedies and include Mastihq infused chocolates, sweets, savoury products, cosmetics and skincare, pharmaceuticals, gifts as well as exotic coffee, ice cream, desserts and milkshakes.

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Mastihashop, offers clients the perfect bite, the perfect gift and a cosy hangout for coffee, is located in the Aswaaq Building in Jumeirah 1, Al Wasl Road.

Mansoor Al Bastaki of Mastihashop

Mansoor Al Bastaki of Mastihashop

Under the creative direction of the parent brand, Mastihashop in the UAE has evolved with Mansoor Al Bastaki, Founder and Director of Mastihashop in UAE at the helm. According to him, patrons and discerning UAE residents like to experience exotic food and products they normally find during their travels at their doorstep.

Mastiha/Mastic is a natural and rare tree resin, which has proven to have health benefits with its anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Any raw Mastiha found around the world originates in only one place in Greece, in Chios Islands and Mastiha Shop is the sole supplier of the Mastiha raw resins.

 

Toshiba awards top-performing KSA channel partners

Sequoia Sherif Abd Al Fatah of Al HASOOB; Mr. Santosh Varghese , General Manager, Toshiba Gulf FZE; Mr. Hany Mohammed, Regional Sales Manager – Egypt & KSA, Toshiba Gulf FZE

Toshiba Gulf FZE held an award ceremony on 28th June, during the company’s Iftar celebration in Riyadh, KSA. The ceremony served to congratulate the company’s top-performing channel partners in the 1st Quarter of 2015 sales in the country.

As part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations for its mobile computing products, Toshiba Gulf Free Zone announced a channel promotion for CYQ1-15 sales; this is in addition to its award-winning P4P Channel program. Select Saudi Arabia dealer channel partners had an opportunity to win a Toyota Sequoia in platinum category and a Toyota Camry in gold category.

Camry Toshiba  Fouad Abd Al Kader of Fan Al Turath; Mr. Santosh Varghese, General Manager, Toshiba Gulf FZE; Mr. Hany Mohammed, Regional Sales Manager – Egypt & KSA, Toshiba Gulf FZE

Sherif Abd Al Fatah of Al Hasoob, Riyadh took home the Toyota Sequoia and Fouad Abd Al Kader of Fan Al Turath, Riyadh won the Toyota Camry

Being a leading PC brand in Saudi Arabia with No.1 market share in KSA for the 1st Quarter of 2015, reflects the brand’s growth strategy is sustainable and meets the product standards of customers in the region and their preferred PC requirements.

With the successful incentive related activities in Saudi Arabia, Toshiba hopes to further launch many new channel programmes as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

A Jazzy Culinary Affair

Abu Dhabi is hitting all the right notes with the launch of JazzArabia the Middle East’s first jazz radio station at p&c by Sergi Arola, creating a unique ambience at the hotel as the new restaurant complements food and beverage offerings with distinct sounds that gets guests in the mood before their arrival with the sounds of the night and then following them home.

Top radio talent broadcast live from a custom-built studio inside this Spanish tapas restaurant by acclaimed two-starred Michelin chef, Sergi Arola. Through broadcasting a blend of mainstream, Arabic and Latin jazz music, JazzArabia can be streamed live or via the JazzArabia app, which is available for download from the app store on all smart devices.

As a Fijian I love dining with live easy music and welcome JazzArabia.com bringing a new element to the overall dining experience that perfectly complements the sharing concept at the restaurant.

The quirky infusions served at p&c by Sergi Arola certainly goes well with the casual, easy listening blend of music. With the growing social dining concept in the Emirate, trying new experiences with food and music is always welcome for food connoisseurs.

JazzArabia will also air the works of jazz legends, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and the more contemporary Michael Bublé and Diana Krall, meaning there is something for everyone. Leslie Nachmann, a world gold medal winner at the New York International Radio Awards, will be chief presenter. She currently presents on JazzRadio Berlin and on regional and national TV in Germany.

Artists featured on JazzArabia include all-time greats Frank Sinatra, alongside such contemporary jazz stars as Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole. Crossover artists will include Amy Winehouse and Sade.

Latin greats will include Gilberto Gil, Brazil’s former culture minister, Tito Puente, Astrud Gilberto and Chick Corea. Arabic jazz will feature such artists as Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Anouar Brahem and Rabih Abou-Khalil. Rather than having separate programmes for each genre, JazzArabia will mix the different music styles.

p&c by Sergi Arola is a signature restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. A first in the Middle East for the Michelin-starred Chef Sergi Arola, the standalone restaurant brings an eclectic experience, pitting cutting-edge modernity against a traditional backdrop of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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