A few months back, the leading makeup and perfume retailer in the middle east asked fellow blogger Mara Mostafa, and I to answer a few questions with regards to our perfume obsessions and favorites.
Be sure to check out the brief interview on their website WOJOOH.COM under the news section. Images above show Eros by Versace & Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier as they were my answer for two questions.
Well, with the leak of Ariana Grande’s “My Everything Album” it did cause a tad bit of frenzy to all Grande fans, including myself. Listening to the four leaked tracks before, I surely knew that it would be an album that I’ll be listening to all day and all night.
This weekends music playlist will include Grande’s entire “My Everything” album as well as a couple of tracks from Versace’s most iconic shows, it’s Spring Summer 2008 collection had the best music list.
- Yeah Yeah by Bodyroxx Ft.Luciana
- Sleep Deprivation by Simian Mobile Disco
Anyways, this is this weekends playlist – Enjoy tuning to these tracks and never forget to have a glammed up night, staying in all the time isn’t as good for you nor for your S P A R K L E, or that’s what Carrie Bradshaw would say.
For quite sometime now, I come across art pieces that involve odd facial figures that are either blurred by some transcending color, or a shaded contrasting one – behind these odd facial figures is artist Khaled Al Najdi. A Kuwaiti, artist, and dreamer.
Featuring him for this months شَباب Here & There segment, I wanted someone with a feature that I could relate to, art. Check out Khaled’s answers in the brief feature in this months segment.
Name: Khaled Al Najdi
Horoscope Sign: Virgo
Favorite material to use while sketching: Charcoal/ Oil
Favorite artist: Salvador Dali
Q1. Art, disregarding its various forms, each has its own allure; In your opinion, what is alluring behind art and the whole creative process of it?
My outlook on art hasn’t changed much since I was a child, I view it as an escape from reality first and foremost, a place where my imagination can be free without limits. For this, art and by extension the creative process can be wild, harsh, chaotic, or calming and peaceful. It’s hasn’t lost its thrill to me.
Q2. Being a constant sketcher and artist yourself, managing time with a job and hobby is bound to be time consuming. How do you keep up with it?
There is no struggle really my working hours are set and predictable, so I can easily work around them and make time for the things that make me happy (like art in this case).
Q3. How do you feel towards art in the Middle East, or in Kuwait to be exact? Is it being appreciated, or unacknowledged and put on the side just for display?
Art is in its infancy here in the Middle East now, but it is easily growing with the support of many influential patrons especially in Kuwait, Dubai and Bahrain. It’s an exciting time to be an artist now.
Q4. Accompanying a second form of art, do you listen to music while sketching? If so, name three tracks that are always on replay?
At risk of sounding strange, I’d rather have my TV on while I’m sketching.
Q5. They say the more complex the art, the better. What was the oddest or the most unusual piece of art you have ever come up with?
I really can’t specify, each one of my drawings has own oddity to it, and I’m just starting, so who knows how crazy and odd it will get.
Q6. As Cliché as this question sounds, do you see a career in art for your self? Or would you rather just have it as a hobby? Why?
Depends on the opportunities that are in store for me, I prefer to cross that bridge when I get to it honestly. Either way, I’ll still be my art though regardless of the label
I can honestly say that Khaled is one of the most interesting people I have ever met, No Jk… I mean you can tell that there’s a story line being played behind every answer.Any ways, hope you enjoyed this months feature! If you’re interested in being featured or have any theme ideas with regards to the segment please don’t hesitate and send me an email!
So Ella Eyre's “Comeback" video is finally out!
Talking about a guys usual relationship scheme in messing up and being a jerk. In the video, Ella doesn’t cares and believes that the guys always comes back.. So, she decides to let that mother f*cker burn.
Another killer track as well as video by Ella, stay tuned for more on Ella Eyre right here on The Sartori Ali.
Statement Making, Artistic, And Stuck To Its Roots; Abagwena
Abagwena, A brand that’s inspired by tribal wear, with a modern twist.
Scrolling through my explore page, I see a tribal inspired print shirt, in blue and green, with a hint of monochrome. I immediately fell in love with the shirt.
I wanted to discover more about the brand, the designers, and artists behind it. The Sartori Ali got the opportunity to interview Ali Al Sharji and his creative team who work behind the statement making garments from the brand Abagwena.
Q1. Abagwena; what does the name mean?
Abagwena is an Angolan Tribal name, also known as Gwena.
Q2. Where did the idea of all the prints come? Being in Oman, did you incorporate local prints within the pieces you have designed?
The African blood runs in all of our families, and the African tribal prints are well known worldwide. In Oman though, the concept of tribal prints and patterns is a bit ruined, as with the modern prints which hold different types of animals in one fabric.
So we felt that the value of real tribal prints is lost, and we thought that it was our jobs to bring it back. Other than that, we all know the good-will connections Oman had and are still present, with parts of African countries. Although that, we still had to approach it in an interesting way. Through Abagwena we made it happen.
Q3. Who runs Abagwena? Ex. Creative director, designer, group of artists, etc.
Abagwena is ran by Ali Al Sharji, a young artist, Mazin Al Harrasi, Oman’s known DJ - As well as Fahad Al Harthy, who’s a Network Engineer.
Q4. Have you received any local or (Middle eastern based) support and praise?
Yes we did, boutiques in Oman really liked what we had to offer to its clientele. Also, people from around several countries in the GCC raved over a few of our items, countries like U.A.E, Bahrain, and so on.
Q5. Names of famous people you have dressed so far?
So far, we have dressed Fatma Al Bakri (Novemberus) who’s a photographer and stylist. Also. TahirMajid who’s a DJ, also known as DJ Dove.
Q6. Where can we find Abagwena?
At the moment, through Totem botique, in the future we’ll try to provide them online.
Q7. What can we see from Abagwena in the next few years?
In the future, Abagwena will provide fresh ideas that wouldn’t be repeated, and worldwide branches; there’s way more to come inshalla.
Q8. Describe Abagwena in three words.
Funky, classy, and different. Each one goes by the character of the three of us…
If you’re interested in purchasing an Abagwena piece, contact them via their Instagram page “Abagwena”! Hope you enjoyed this interview as I did, it’s always interesting to discover upcoming, and relatively culture filled brands.
(Ali in a white and crimson top by Abagwena entitled “Aneeq” meaning stylish or dapper)
Stay tuned for more interview right here on The Sartori Ali.
Many of you know her as the lady in all the dazzling pearls, and exotic feathers… now you’ll know her as the heartless, ignorant, un human woman.
Defending the Gaza conflict rant, Joan Rivers stated “Palestinian civilians deserve to die” I’m sorry but how daft are you? Why on earth would someone say that, to what inhuman level have you embarked on? Trying to defend her controversial statement, she says that her claims were taken out of context – Despite that, it’s recorded on film.
Besides that remark, she also said “Good. Good. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that.”
She then followed up with “They were told to get out. They didn’t get out. You don’t get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with low IQs.”
The entire world has been up with Gaza the protests, the marches, the on going media campaigns, and the numerous artistic pieces done with regards to that matter. So for someone with no such knowledge as to what is happening behind the Israeli locked fences, to say that… she’s nothing but an ignorant bitch. (Excuse the fowl language use)
Getting caked by the oh so Fab Miss Piggy, Rivers got what she least deserved. I for one, will definitely not be watching any Fashion Police for a while, She should honestly just apologize for what she said.
Getting notified by the news around 1:30 AM, I felt nothing but remorse and the huge loss that has struck the Hollywood industry.
The Oscar winning actor and comedian dies from a suspected suicide at the age of 63. Never hearing back from him since Sunday, his wife Susan Schneider told Us Weekly in a statement: ”This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Battling depression and a long going addiction, Williams couldn’t bare with it all. A Mrs.Doubtfire, once said “But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind" Growing up with movies like Mrs.Doubtfire, Flubber, and many more – I honestly don’t think my childhood would’ve been the same without them.
Leaving behind laughs, and impeccable acting skills… You will not be forgotten.
Robin Williams 1951 – 2014
May he rest in peace.
How often is it that you see a very stylishly dressed man, who’s handsome, maybe too handsome - with an up to date interest in everything fashionable, and self-care related? In your head, he’s obviously not straight; PLOT TWIST, he is. Metro sexuality, a term that came and rescued all of the misunderstood fashionable men.
Over the past decades, it was commonly known and acknowledged that any man involved into the fashion industry, was homosexual – or commonly known as (Gay). From the damask patterned suits, to the feather adorned hats, to the slightly hidden foundation on that pimple – you could say it was how fashionably gay men in the industry were approached, or that was and still is the common stereotype that people have.
Along side the fashionably homo, came the fashionably straight; also known as metrosexual men. So what does metrosexual mean? Is it someone who looks gay, but isn’t? Or is it someone who cares about everything fashionable, and an acts like a straight – queen, if that’s even possible? Metrosexuality as to what Urban dictionary says, is when an alleged “straight” man enjoys being feminine in a non-flamboyant way.
A metro sexual man may be perceived as a homosexual man except he’s a 100% straight, Maybe… Getting dressed in designer clothes, being well groomed, knowledgeable on everything trendy, and fashionable, Metrosexuals have been somewhat introduced into the fashion industry, and not to forget “Society”.
Back then, metro sexuality didn’t exist. Perceiving it now may be a bit difficult for people who aren’t used to it. They’re bound to judge, they’re bound to make it uneasy, why should someone straight get it easier than someone who isn’t? Not to be judgmental or a hater, but Metrosexuals don’t have it harder than Homosexuals. Away from that, now that time has moved on and people’s minds have been opened, metro sexuality as well as homosexuality is somewhat accepted and proudly shown.
Other than fashionable men, we have the celebrity status. We have models, movie stars, and sports persons that are somewhat into the field, mark the football pun. With money that they may have gained, one must, or is influenced by getting into the legacy of glamour, style, fame and fortune. Other than the two terms, homo and metro sexual, we have one not so serious term (Bromance). A close, non-sexual relationship in which two men can share a sort of mutual adoration.
So what can we say or determine about straight men that “look” gay, or gay men that look straight? One of the most important things to do is to never assume nor judge. I mean it’s exactly how Marcus Schenkenberg said it “… it’s okay for men to become a bit more vain.. If women can do it, why not men?”
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So between the 300 degree weather and the indoor haven that we call “Air conditioning” Don’t miss out on having a productive weekend, or one where you end up watching series and gossiping over Skype with your closest friend…
Anyways, here’s this weekends music playlist:
- Lights by Ellie Goulding (Bassnectar Remix)
- F For You by Disclosure ft. Mary J Blige
- Pull Up The People by M.I.A Ft. ALESIA
- Think About It by Naughty Boy Ft.Ella Eyre & Hotel Cabana
- Boom Clap by Charlie XCX
- Us by Movement
- Adagio for Strings by Bastille
- Ready For Your Love by Gorgon City Ft.Mnek
- Pathetic by Erik Hassle
That’s it for this weekend, enjoy tuning in to these few tracks and hit me up with your feedback or suggestions for next weeks playlist either on my Ask box or on my email: email@example.com!
SBTRKT “Where We Land” - Album & First Single Release
Hearing them for the first time during the Chanel Fall Winter 2010 couture show, in a dark and alluring ambiance, SBTRKT’s “Trials of The Past” & “Something Goes Right” were an instant hook. Ever since, I have been up to date with all of their tracks, mix tapes, and featured tracks.
Prior to my up to date attempts, Uk producer SBTRKT has announced that the release of “Wonder Where We Land” his highly anticipated album and follow-up to 2011’s excellent self titled debut.
Surfing through sound cloud, I got the chance to hear the album’s first single “New Dorp, New York” featuring Vampire Weekend front man Ezra Koenig. Other than that, “Temporary View” was another track that happened to be collaboration with Sampha.
The album is set to be released in October 2014, alongside a UK tour.
Make sure to checkout the new track and stayed tuned for their album release, right here on The Sartori Ali
I’m Not The Only One - Sam Smith’s video release
Being on track with the countdown on his twitter account, Sam Smith released the video of his upcoming next single “I’m Not The Only One” featuring Glee star Dianna Agron and Mindy Project actor Chris Messina.
His new album “In The Lonely Hour” is somewhat a savior to all inner 3 AM sad heartaches, personally speaking. The video views the relationship of an unhappy married couple. While the couple’s life seemed perfectly matrimonial, Agron’s character knows that she’s “Not The Only one” in her husband’s monogamous life.
The husband was involved in a steamy affair with a red head at a bar; when away, Agrons character spends time in agony, drinking liquor, having a smoke, and torching all of his fine attire belongings; can you blame her?
Smith sings on the track: “You say I’m crazy, Cause you don’t think I know what you’ve done. But when you call me baby, I know I’m not the only one,” in despite of the onscreen fuming relationship, Agron tweeted that she was joyed to be working with co-star Messina).
Check the video on YouTube, it’s not to be missed – Stay tuned for more exclusive reports right here on The Sartori Ali.