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feature/psychologythePERFECTION                                                                                           ...
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Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
Fashion and Features Portfolio
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  1. 1. feature/psychologythePERFECTION The occupation of just being female Doctor Alice Domar, author, psychologist turned into being an A-grade mum, and executive director of the Domar Centre wife and entrepreneur all at once, not to for Mind/Body Health in the United States, mention the other things that one could has undertaken many studies into the health classify themselves as in those few spare and happiness of women. In her new book, MYTH waking moments we have left in the day: Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How To friend, chef, superwoman? Break Free From The Perfection Deception, But when did wanting to have it all turn Dr Alice examines why women constantly into a constant battle? When did we start feel the need to want to do well when it to wake up in the morning and decide that comes to their job, family, friends, their happiness was something that must be home, body and everything in between. earned? Sure, it doesn’t grow on trees, but “After years of exposure to completely do we really need the perfect partner, job, unrealistic expectations being passed off as house or life to measure our own worth? attainable, we create an image of what we should be, how our houses should look, how we should raise our children, how we should do our jobs,” she says. “We live in a pretty flawed world – who can blame us Are you trying to be the perfect wife? Mother? Employee? Friend? Shannon Wylie for wanting to make our little corner of it discovers why the ‘Perfection Deception’ makes women miserable perfect?” But how perfect is too perfect? “I expect to be the Stacey Herbertson, an Australian fashion best and be perfect at marketing executive, struggles on a daily basis with the idea of striving for that everything I do. My never-ending search for perfection, both in and out of the office and home. goals in life are to be “I expect to be the best and be perfect at T everything I do,” the 25-year-old says. “My here are certain things in life that remain successful, to look goals in life are to be successful, to look perfect, be happy and to have it all.” measures of happiness, bringing that added perfect, be happy and Between living the high life in fashion and continuing further study, Stacey is touch of perfection to to have it all.” highly focused on securing the perfect life. PhotogrAPhy by LindA rosewALL www.LindArosewALL.com our everyday lives. “I go to extremes with exercising and under From that fabulously fitting shoe, eating when it comes to looking perfect andpreferably high-tailing the name of Blahnikor Choo, to the rock that says ‘I love you’,today it seems we are all on the hunt forthat perfect piece of happiness. But somewhere along the line, perhapsbetween the 1950s housewife and the 1990spower woman, women all around the worlddeveloped a sense of wanting to have it alland, in turn, made perfection more thana measure of happiness – they made it ameasure of themselves as a person.68 emirates woman August 2009 August 2009 emirates woman 69
  2. 2. feature/psychologyI spend all my money on the very best clothes and accessories to better than us. Then there is competition in the workplace wheremake sure I look the best.” The problem Stacey and many others face is the constant spiral survival of the fittest is inevitable.” It would seem that no matter which direction we take in life ALice domAr’sof dissatisfaction that comes with being a perfectionist. “Whenever there is a constant battle to maintain our ideal circumstances. But tiPs for AI don’t reach my expectations I become emotionally depressed,” shesays. “I avoid people, socialising and with these choices come some very serious consequences. The physical health of hAPPy evereven going outside. In the past, my high perfectionists often leads to increased Afterexpectations of myself have also affectedmy physical health. I became too skinny “In the past, my cortisol and stress hormones. These are fine in small amounts and are Distortion: All-or-nothing thinkingand would often not eat for up to 10days at a time.” high expectations designed to protect us. However, over a long period of time, this you look at everything in extremes so that things are either good or bad, with So how does she maintain not onlya hectic lifestyle, but perfectionist- of myself have self-induced stress is unhelpful and will often contribute to weakened nothing in between. Example: if you find yourself in theinduced plans? “I often have long termand short term goals, including daily also affected my i m m u n i t y. In t h e l o n g te r m , constant worry and unrelenting high slowest line at the supermarket you say, “i always pick the wrong line.”goals that I write in a book,” she says.“I read or refer to them all day if I need physical health. standards can lead to cardiovascular problems, especially if someone can’t Tell yourself: “how nice to have a I became too few minutes with nothing to do andto so I stay on track with what I want keep up with the lifestyle they have nothing bothering me. i think i’ll read skinny and wouldto achieve. This can often distract me set for themselves. a magazine.”from other things going on in my life “Trying to be too perfect shows often not eat for upand I become disinterested in anything that someone is unhappy with Distortion: Mental filterbut achieving my goals. I will never be themself or the things around them,” believing you have to be the best, to 10 days at a time.”happy until I am the best I can be.” says Dr Melanie. “It also shows a otherwise you’re a failure. Ahlaam Ali, Lifestyle and Nutrition sense of not feeling in control so they Example: you miss one exerciseconsultant at Powwer Living in Dubai, do things to supposedly give them class out of 10 and you criticiseknows first hand the extremes women that control. In the end, though, they yourself for not being able to stickare willing to go to in their quest to combat being imperfect are never satisfied, never happy and have no idea how to live in the to a workout plan.in a physical sense. “We get requests all the time from women moment. This often results in their quality of life going out the Tell yourself: “i’m doing great becausewho want to look like Hollywood and Bollywood stars,” she says. window. They are like a mouse on a wheel but don’t know how to i made it to 90 per cent of my classes.”“These are the women who constantly look for new methods of get off and appreciate the life that they do have.”looking younger, thinner, sexier and prettier. They will try all the Kelly Grant, who set up home nine years ago in Bahrain, is Distortion: ‘Should’ statementsprocedures and will be the first to trial them as well.” someone who is learning to adjust to a life that allows her to Putting too much onus on your abilities But the endless drive for perfection extends a long way past work and enjoy her family. A full-time mother to son Noah, two, and managing realistic expectations.physical appearance. Belinda Silling, 32, admits that her need to and daughter Jude, eleven months, wife, full-time student and Examples: you tell yourself: “i shouldexcel in every facet of her life has left her not only exhausted, but professional, she says, “I don’t have it all, but certainly want it. be able to keep the house lookingbitter. “I work in a very competitive industry,” says the graphic When I was pregnant with my daughter I didn’t get to complete my clean and neat all the time. it shoulddesigner. “I know that I’m only as good as my last design, so I university course. I still berate myself over it because I would be so never be messy.”spend every moment in the office trying to create something to much further along if I hadn’t [fallen pregnant].” Tell yourself: “maybe my house isblow my bosses away. I feel personally insulted when someone else Behind the 31-year-old’s door there is a lot of planning, juggling messy, but at least it’s clean.”is praised for their work and I read it as a message to me that I and serious time management. “I have a calendar on the kitchenmust work harder.” And things don’t get any easier when she signs wall with time limits for everything. My husband laughs at me, Distortion: Mind readingoff for the day. “I race home to have the children bathed before my but it works. Whenever I am cooking I am able to go over things Always thinking that the fault lies withhusband gets home,” the mother of three admits. “We have a maid, and work things out in my head, my plan of attack. It’s all about you, regardless of the situation.but I know that my mother-in-law used to cook every night and I perspective; if you think you can’t do it, you won’t be able to.” Example: your partner, who’s usuallydon’t want my husband to think I’m less than perfect as a wife. So, I Dr Alice says that whether women are striving for perfection very sociable after dinner, says he wantsdo have dinner ready and on the table by the time he walks through in the home, at work, with friends, family or loved ones, there is a to be alone. you assume it’s because hethe door in the evening and I won’t cook the same thing twice.” certain stage of realisation. She says women need to know that “you is annoyed with you. PhotogrAPhy by LindA rosewALL www.LindArosewALL.comEven when dinner is served, Belinda laments, her day isn’t over. can be happier, yet it isnt always about being perfect”. Tell yourself: “i’ll ask him if we’re oK,“While my husband is showering, I quickly phone my girlfriends to “You can take better care of yourself. You can feel healthier, and if he says yes, i’ll assume he’s upsetcatch up on their days so they have no reason to think I’m anything more content, and more satisfied. These may sound like pie-in- about something that has nothing to doless than the perfect friend.” And is she happy? “I’m sure I could be the-sky goals, but you can achieve them far more easily than you with me. i can’t assume that i’m the onlydoing more,” she says. realise,” she advises. And how does she suggest we do this? “You person he gets annoyed with.” The assumption that women need to be perfect often stems from can be happier by re-framing your expectations and embracing ana common thread, Dr Melanie Schlatter from the Well Woman imperfect life. You can be happy without being perfect.” nClinic, Dubai, notes. She explains that women will often say thatwhat they are now is not good enough and not acceptable, so they Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How To Break Free From Thefeel they have to do more, be more, have more. Perfection Deception by Dr Alice Domar is available at Kinokuniya “From school where the pressure is on to get high grades, to Books, Dhs90. For more information on dealing with perfection contactcompeting for a place at the right university, we gain a sense that Powwer Living, (04) 3411040 or Well Woman Clinic, (04) 3327117.anything less than perfect is unacceptable,” says Dr Melanie. “Wehave friends around us who have more than us or who we feel are70 emirates woman August 2009 August 2009 emirates woman 71
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  4. 4. o one seems to be able to get enough of Scarlett Johansson. The New Yorker who grew up in front of the camera and cemented her name in the Hollywood Hills is now more than ever making her mark in show business and there aren’t many who don’t want a piece of the action. But don’t label her merely a movie star with the usual cash cow qualities just yet. While she may be the subject of Woody Allen’s attention and an awardwinning actress she has spread her glamorous reach to the world offashion and music, too. Starring as the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s newmake-up collection and honing her vocals as a blossoming musician,Ms Johansson isn’t about to disappear behind the curtains, like manya child star, anytime soon. With the spotlight firmly fixed on themodern-day Marilyn, 24-year-old Scarlett is embracing her new foundsuccess with a slow and steady salute to stardom. Born November 22, 1984, to a Danish father and an Americanmother, Scarlett was the third out of four siblings to take to the stage She speaks of being able to “capture all of women’s graces. That toalongside her twin brother, Hunter. “I never struggled with trying to me, is what makes this campaign so special.” Domenico Dolce andfigure out what it was I wanted to do or what made the sparks go for Stefano Gabbana reflect on this though and identify why they chooseme. I always had that huge ‘laaa’ aspect to me.” And so Scarlett began Scarlett as the face of their new cosmetics collection.her career aged nine in the feature film, North. While the movie “She is a simple and objective young woman and she has her feet welldidn’t skyrocket her career it certainly positioned her as one to watch. planted on the ground, maybe because her success did not come all ofIn 1996, only two years after hitting the big screen, Scarlett earned a sudden, but she has built it up step by step. A little bit like it happenedherself a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead to us, we have never had a proper boom,” said Dolce & Gabbana.Female in Manny & Lo. She had a few minor roles in If Lucy Fell, Aside from Scarlett’s subtle approach to fame and fortune theHome Alone 3 and Fall before being nominated again in 1998 for designers identify this as being a perfect entry level for universalthe Most Promising Newcomer in The Horse Whisperer. Ghost World appeal. “Scarlett is a woman that women like. She is beautiful, butwas her next big hit in 2001 which saw her nominated for three Best not perfect, she is glamorous because of her job, but in her everydaySupporting Actress Awards. It was Lost in Translation, which won life she could easily resemble your girl next door,” says Domenico.the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, however, that cemented Stefano continues with, “that’s what we like about her. She interpretsher name as Hollywood hot property. The then 18-year-old, a role and she is very good at it, but at the same time she manages towho played a 25-year-old opposite Bill Murray, took home the stay real.”BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Several critically The collection itself symbolises a characteristic charm of modernacclaimed roles followed in Girl with a Pearl Earring, A Love Song make-up, striking and unforgettable. And from the campaign to thefor Bobby Long and Match Point which was her first lead role in a formulation of a brand, Scarlett screams success. “We have carefullyWoody Allen flick. Scarlett’s roles following The Nanny Diaries made chosen with whom we collaborate to develop the technical aspectssure her reputation was rich with success. She went on to share the of the products, but choosing Scarlett was an instinctive choice,”screen with Natalie Portman and Eric Bana in The Other Boleyn Girl, explains Stefano. While the men of the iconic label are undoubtedlyand Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in Vicki Christina Barcelona, fans of the starlet, don’t be mistaken for thinking she is their muse.before being cast in the all-star films He’s Just Not that Into You and “We do not have a muse. The time for muses is long gone,” says IMAGE ROBERT BELLAMYIron Man 2. With 30 movies strongly secured under her fashionable Stefano. “As far as we are concerned, we loved her being a strongbelt and a bright future on the acting horizon this classic beauty woman with a very well-defined personality. She knows what sherefocused her attentions and took to testing the waters in other areas. wants, but she does not take herself too seriously.” Domenico With an obvious sense of style and a face for fashion, Scarlett chimes “we immediately loved her being ironic as well as the waytook advantage of her ability to transform in front of the camera, she plays being a young diva. One day femme fatale, the day afterbecoming the face of Dolce and Gabbana’s new cosmetics collection. she’s the girl next door.”108 emirates woman October 2009 October 2009 emirates woman 109
  5. 5. Even Scarlett herself identifies with the importance of knowing From musical men to making noise of her own, Scarlett haswho you are as a woman and enveloping that essence. So she says extended her range of talents to include budding singer. Her debutof being the face of Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up, “it’s album Anywhere I Lay My Head was released last year to mixeda celebration of femininity. I enjoy being a girl. I like being feminine reviews and failed to make an impression on the music scene. Theand celebrating that part of myself. Some girls are uncomfortable collection of songs includes one original score and 10 covers of Tomwith being girls. They don’t know how to be in their bodies but that Waits tunes with guest vocals by a number of musicians includingwas never for me.” Scarlett even goes so far as to say that women David Bowie. So what made Scarlett decide to leap into music? “I hadshouldn’t be scared of embracing being able to have fun doing all this golden opportunity to record and thought I would do maybe anthings girly. “I think some girls are afraid of make-up because they album of standards, because I’m not a songwriter. I’m a vocalist.”don’t know how to apply it properly, so they just don’t wear it,” she Second time around she teamed up with Pete Yorn, an American popsays. “I always tell my friends that if the make-up doesn’t look good, singer to release her second album titled Break Up, and it seems thatyou can always just wash it off.” Josh Harnett was the catalyst for the album. The songs which were Scarlett certainly knows the importance of relating to a brand and actually recorded in 2006 cast memories back on her time spent withDolce and Gabbana quite clearly saw this trait. “We wanted to capture the heart-throb. So with two albums under her belt the star reflectsthe essence of the glamour of Hollywood and at the same time we on the projects and whether it would be worthwhile to idly continuewanted to have a face with whom women could easily identify,” ambling down the music path. “I don’t think I’d do covers again,said Domenico. “Elegant, sophisticated, beautiful.” The inspiration so it’d be a project that I have to dedicate myself to. I feel like that’sis a mix of the modern Marilyn together with the Dolce&Gabbana something for the future.”woman, who is glamourous, confident and somewhat sensual. With no signs of slowing down it seems inevitable that this Scarlett seems to be oozing Marilyn-esque appeal of late. She’s highly talented musician, model and movie star is on track toset to play the Hollywood star in My Week with Marilyn. While becoming the next iconic name in Hollywood. “No, being an iconwith those luscious lips, blonde bob, curvaceous body and blue eyes to me is something that comes from time and years, and I thinkshe may look a lot like Marilyn, does Scarlett relate to the famous I feel probably 50 years away from,” she pauses. “From being an icon.actress? “Personally? No, no, no, no.” The film, which focuses on the Hopefully!”making of The Prince and the Showgirl, will see Scarlett personify thevulnerable Ms Monroe. This is perhaps why Scarlett doesn’t associatewith the actress herself, considering that off screen she is highlyconfident and self-possesed, which she attributes to her upbringing. “My mother is a very confident woman. She’s beautiful and shealways loved fixing herself up and wearing make-up and doing herhair. I wanted to be like her. And since nobody made me feel self-conscious, I was a confident kid.” Fortunately this allowed Scarlettto maintain a semi-structured life off camera as well as maintainingsome form of normality at home. As far as Scarlett is concernedthis means keeping her private life private which recently causeda media frenzy. After a whirlwind romance with Canadian actor RyanReynolds, Scarlett tied the knot in September last year which set thepaparazzi and gossip queens’ tongues a-wagging. But as far as she isconcerned it is nobody else’s business. “I guess I try to be under theradar. I’m not a flashy kind of person. I don’t walk around town infive-inch heels, I try and live as normal a life as possible.” Which inScarlett’s eyes means not opening up about life and love as a celebrity.In the past she has been linked with fellow actor Josh Hartnettas well as Jack Antonoff. A member of the band Steel Train, Jackis notoriously known for his song Better Love, which is about piningfor the actress. Rumours also surfaced about a relationship withmusician Justin Timberlake, after she starred as his love interest inhis What Goes Around Comes music video, but whom she refuses toadmit any romantic connection with.110 emirates woman October 2009
  6. 6. BEAUTY Insider knowledge Long live beauty Ever wondered how starlets manage to always look red carpet-ready? There are a few long lasting tips that will have you glowing for weeks. We check out the experts in the Middle East that can help you fake it. The seven-day glow Being glamorously golden can be as much a part of a Luscious celebrity’s CV as their acting credentials. All you have to do is scan the red carpet. The best bit is you too can get locks a gorgeous glow that will set you in stead with the likes Ever wondered how Katrina Kaif, of Jennifer Aniston. But don’t be mistaken for thinking Cheryl Cole or Heidi Klum always any old faux tan will do the trick, one false decision and manage to have picture perfect hair in you could very well be sporting the colour of a just the right shade? Maria Dowling basketball. knows their secrets. Straight from the US, Fantasy Tan is one of the A hairdresser for 21 years, Maria original and leading spray tans on the market. The knows a thing or two about colour, bronzing mist is so good it is contracted by Disney, Sony and she delivers every time. Working and Universal Studios for their celebrities making it one Luminous skin from her salon in Dubai she continues of the hottest spray tan products available. Introduced to transform the looks and lifestyles of Hollywood blonde Kate Bosworth is known to Pastels Salon, Dubai by Ferne Lategan, Fantasy Tan is women with colour and style. That is to have one of the most luminous leading the airbrushing trade in the city. “The difference if you can get in to see her. The rich complexions in Tinseltown – always treading WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY ShANNON WYLIE AND ANITA quADE. PhOTOS: AfP PhOTO. gETTY IMAgES is you can actually choose what colour you want. Most and famous of Dubai have her on the red carpet with a flawless face. fake tans are available in medium to dark but with speed dial and the fashion crowd wait Everyone needs a helping hand when it Fantasy Tan you can custom mix your own months for an appointment. But ask comes to looking their best and the key is colour,”she explains. Lasting around seven days, the anyone who’s been there, it is well keeping skin in tip-top shape with regular tan will be perfect for a light winter glow or a worth the wait. visits to a skin professional. bronzed beach beauty look, whatever the season. The beauty of a good colourist is Many of the social set and Bollywood Forget bottle sprays and while the hot summer sun that they can recreate your whole stars have Dr Maria Khattar, from Dubai’s may have retreated leaving a serious temptation to look to perfection and this season Aesthetica Clinic, on speed dial. She is the bake on the beach in the cooler light of day but in the colours of choice are blonde or woman wonder acclaimed around town fact the search for that perfect golden anything dark. If you’re not for reviving dull complexions and turning tan has stopped at Pastels. naturally these shades, it takes the back the clock. www.pastels-salon.com work of a master hairdresser to She appraises a client’s age and skin maintain. Although colours don’t Month-long lashes type and devises a plan to get them glowing, which can include treatments fade as fast, you won’t end up with rusty orange instead of that auburn Perhaps the only real secret to longer, thicker and curlier lashes are false ones. Forget mascaras, including peels and mesotherapy to help redness you so richly desired and Hollywood’s most glamorous know how to do it properly with the least amount of hassle and fuss but maintain a natural lustre. she’ll even match the correct shade with maximum results. Think of Jennifer Lopez’s perfect batting lashes and Victoria Beckham’s For those who need a little more help of colour to your face. But don’t be stunning stare. It’s no wonder these women constantly look perfect. All they do is wake up and walk with problem skin including open pores fooled into thinking that a fresh out the door, with minimal make-up required. Voila. Yes, you can apply your own lashes, which leave and pigmentation, she recommends dose of dye will fix all of your hair clumps of glue stuck to your lids and that only last one occasion but why bother? It’s amazing the fractional resurfacing lasers. dilemmas and have you looking like difference false eyelashes can make to your appearance and Sisters Beauty Lounge in Dubai knows “I would recommend the Pixel xl by Nicole Kidman. “Looking after your how to make it happen. Their trained staff are able to create the lash factor you require. Not only does Alma lasers and RF Pixel which are a hair and scalp is as important as wearing false lashes open the eye, they also enhance your look from a washed out housewife to a prime treatment for acne scars,” she says looking after your skin,” says Maria. brazen beauty depending on the type of lash you get. While getting a helping hand from an With winter encroaching and the tendency for hair to Sisters Beauty Salon use Lash Perfect from the UK. The false eyelashes come in various colours and expert is ideal, Dr Maria says the basics of dry out it is vital to give your locks the nutrients they require. lengths to suit any individual eye shape and colour. Individual lashes are adhered to your original a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition and Coming highly recommended by Maria Dowling are the Kerastase In- lashes and for six weeks you’ll have perfect bat-worthy lids. That and you’ll notice a significant proper hydration play a role in salon treatments designed to nourish and moisturise your hair as is the decrease in the time you need to spend applying make-up. For a dramatic look the full fit is used maintaining healthy, radiant looking 47 Panpuri Detox treatment which deeply cleanses and removes any build starting at Dhs600 while a half fit starting at Dhs200 will ensure your lashes look skin as well. Contact Dr Maria at up of products. Your locks will be forever preened and lush. natural yet full of volume. www.aesthetica.com www.mariadowling.com www.sistersbeautylounge.com

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