September 16, 2014

Kuwaiti alternative rock band: The Bee's Knees [Official Music Video]


I saw this on 248am and had to repost.  The Bee's Knees (minus the name) is so alternative rock and fresh for Kuwait's youth. They're also adorable and will probably have Kuwaiti girls screaming and chasing after them from mall to mall.

Anti-American camel ;) attacks US Soldiers in the Kuwaiti desert

                                                 Via Semo English [YouTube]

September 15, 2014

Visit Q8 Books in Kuwait

Q8 books is a used bookstore in Salmiya.  They accept cash and payment via Next Pay app. Various genres of books are available there.
It is located within Bayt Lothan in Salmiya next to Marina Mall overlooking the Arabian Gulf Street.
Opening hours:
Sunday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
Friday - Saturday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm.

September 12, 2014

How to wear the Ghutra like a Gulf Arab Guy


We went shopping for H at Salhiya and he picked out another Zegna suit (my favorite *whistles*).  We also went back to his favorite designer Ghutra shop, Al-Omara, for a few new fu-fu ones. He kills me with his overly expensive taste,  Kuwait men! Whatcha gonna do? ;p  Then we went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants in Kuwait:  the Terrace Grill.  So yum! Love the place. Love my Hayati.

September 11, 2014

Remembering September 11, 2001: We will never forget!

God bless all the victims and their loved ones.  Thank you to the heroes who rushed in to help others and save lives.  We will never forget your sacrifice and courage.

September 10, 2014

Brush Café in Kuwait

I found this cute little café in Adiliya.  As an artist and coffee addict how can I not love this place?

Brush Café is located in Adiliya, next to Kathma Stadium, sandwiched between Boubyan Bank and Giggles. 
Opening times are from 9am - 11:30pm.  Tel: 965 550 35666.

I love living in Kuwait and traveling the world!

September 7, 2014

US Navy Reservist indicted on attempted rape and brutal attack of Army Captain on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in 2010

They finally caught him!!! If he's guilty send him back to Kuwait for what he deserves: [YouTube]
Fingerprint plus a DNA match, and cold case gets hot

By Tim McGlone
The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk [repost]

Her attacker broke in through a back door while she was sleeping. He tied her up and held a knife to her throat. He said he wasn't going to rape her, that he was hungry and just wanted money.

But he did rape her. A month later, he returned in the middle of the night to the same house near Ocean View. He bound the woman and her teenage daughter with duct tape and raped the girl.

Norfolk police investigated, but the case went cold.

Two years later in Kuwait, in 2010, an Army captain was showering when a man whose face was covered by a shirt snuck up behind her holding a box cutter. She tried to fight him, but he began cutting and punching her. He turned her around, then suddenly ran away.

Through DNA testing, authorities discovered that the genetic profile matched in Norfolk and in Kuwait. But the attacker's DNA did not match anyone in the FBI's database.

About a year ago, Norfolk police discovered a match between a fingerprint found on a condom package at one of the 2008 attacks and a Norfolk man, Amin Jason Carl Garcia, according to court records.

Garcia was a Navy reservist who had lived in the Ocean View area in 2008 and who served in Kuwait in 2010.

On Jan. 2 of this year, a Norfolk Circuit Court grand jury indicted Garcia in the Norfolk attacks.

Authorities found him in Brooklyn, N.Y., seven days later. Last month, the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a federal charge of attempted rape against Garcia in the Kuwait attack.

Police were surprised when they learned that Garcia was their suspect. He was a track star at Norview High School who won numerous local and state meets. The Virginian-Pilot named him a top-10 track athlete in 2006.

A hamstring injury ended his career and cost him a scholarship. He joined the Navy right out of school, serving in India, Kuwait and Afghanistan. As a petty officer second class, he worked as a utilitiesman maintaining plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems. He had a clean record, collecting 10 awards and decorations.

During an interrogation in January, a Norfolk detective told Garcia he'd done a lot of positive things:

"Your character is not bad. This doesn't sound like the kind of thing you would do. Going back to your character, you're not a guy who's on the street. You're not on the street gangbanging, shooting and robbing.... You're a good, hardworking guy."

Detectives and agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service were careful in their pursuit of Garcia after finding the fingerprint match. They found him serving in a Navy Reserve unit in the Bronx.

On the weekend of Dec. 14, "NCIS investigators shadowed Garcia," Special Agent Samantha Martin wrote in a court affidavit.

They watched him eat a meal at the base galley. He walked away leaving behind two cups, a fork and a half-eaten banana. The agents seized the items and sent them to a lab in Norfolk for DNA testing. Court records say Garcia's DNA matched samples taken from the crime scenes in Kuwait and in the first rape in Norfolk. The records aren't clear as to whether there was a DNA match in the second Norfolk rape, but police had Garcia's fingerprint from that crime scene, lifted off a package of condoms left behind.

In 2008, Garcia was living about a mile from the rape victims' home. They suspect he spotted the woman and plotted an attack, court records say. At the time, the victim was a 38-year-old chief petty officer.

She described the attack to a detective while in a hospital emergency room during the early morning of Aug. 28, 2008.

He first tried to shove a pillow case in her mouth, then held a knife to her throat.

"He kept saying that all he wanted was money and he wasn't going to hurt me," she told the detective. "He put me on my stomach and tied my hands behind my back."

After he raped her, he started asking her all kinds of questions. He noticed her Navy uniforms hanging up and, inexplicably, called her a baby killer.

"He said he liked me and asked if he could come by and visit," she said in her statement. Then he tied her legs with the cord of an iron. She felt the water from the steamer drip on her body. He stole $200 and left. She managed to untie herself and call 911.

He returned the night of Sept. 23, 2008, while the woman and her teenage daughter were sleeping, according to court records. He bound both with tape and raped the teenager, the records say. (She was not home during the first attack.)

During his interrogation in New York in January, Garcia told a detective that the sex was consensual that August night, but he stopped the interview and asked for a lawyer. Later, while awaiting trial, he filed papers in court saying he had an alibi the night of the second attack. He was with two friends, each of whom backed him on it.

Garcia's case went to trial last week in Norfolk Circuit Court. He did not ask for a jury. A judge convicted him of all six counts: burglary, rape and robbery in the August attack and robbery, burglary and abduction with intent to defile in the September attack.

On Aug. 21, the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a complaint in federal court charging Garcia with attempted aggravated sexual abuse in the Kuwait attack.

At the scene of the April 29, 2010, crime in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, authorities recovered the tan shirt that the attacker wore over his head. It was covered in blood. Garcia's DNA was found in some of the samples, court records say.

Garcia, 25, remains in jail and will be sentenced for the Norfolk convictions Dec. 12. He does not yet have a date to be in federal court.

His attorney, James Garrett of Virginia Beach, did not respond to phone messages.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his victims.

Paris Hilton invades Kuwait?

Photo credit: TMZ Source: @gbanegas987
"No wonder they hate us!" TMZ Staff
So who's rushing out to the Gate mall to buy a Paris Hilton bag? ;p

September 2, 2014

Fashion Forward Dubai will take place October 4 - 6th, 2014

Entering its fourth season, Fashion Forward, the definitive fashion platform in the Middle East continues to showcase the best couture and ready-to-wear designers who are based in the region, or of Middle Eastern origin. Season Four presents the strongest line-up of designers to date, welcoming back stand-out names from its first three seasons and debuting talents that are new to the platform, but well established in the region.  Twenty three designers will present their latest collections on the FFWD runways this October 4th-6th at The Madinat Jumeirah.
 “Season Four is the coming together of our finest designers from across the first three seasons, and we are delighted that so many are returning to showcase their collections this October,” said Bong Guerrero, Founder and CEO of Fashion Forward. “The FFWD journey so far has highlighted what incredible talent and creativity we have in this region and you will certainly see the best of this at Season Four.”
In addition to the catwalk designers, also returning for Season Four will be The Garden, the retail space for accessory designers to showcase their collections to buyers and guests throughout the event. This season The Garden will house over 50 accessories designers from across the region. Guests will once again be able to browse and purchase fashion accessories and jewellery directly from selected regional designers in personalised retail spaces.
FFWD continues to build upon its strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) who has supported the fashion platform since its inception in April 2013. With d3’s focus and vision on nurturing regional design talent across diverse sectors, as well as becoming the centre of Dubai’s creative community, their valuable support bolsters and solidifies FFWD’s mission to showcase the finest design talent across the Middle East.
"We are delighted to see Fashion Forward returning for a fourth season,” said Lindsay Miller, Managing Director, Dubai Design District (d3). “As one of our key industry partners, one of the common goals Fashion Forward and d3 share is to support and showcase pioneering designers emerging from our region, while supporting the potential of the design, luxury and fashion industry.”

“Our core objective at d3 is to act as a catalyst for the region's Design community, so that the creative talents we have in the region can achieve their aspirations, both business and artistic, while also giving the industry a taste of what Dubai can offer. We are looking forward to further strengthening our collaboration with Fashion Forward to help shape our vision of enhancing our creative design community," added Miller.
The couture designers showing this season are:
Amato - The much-loved designer returns to FFWD for his fourth season. Known for his natural ability to craft extravagant and artistic designs, Dubai-based Furne One has rapidly worked his way up the fashion ladder, and is celebrated both regionally and internationally for his impressive couture creations.
Dany Tabet - Lebanese designer Dany Tabet opened the doors to his atelier in 2007. Tabet celebrates the shape and beauty of woman by creating one off, detailed pieces which ooze elegance so the woman feels beautiful from the inside to the out.
Jean Louis Sabaji - Lebanese couturier Sabaji first showed at FFWD in Season Three, with a dynamic collection. He returns for Season Four with his conceptual and daring pieces, influenced heavily by the strength and beauty of Mother Nature.
Michael Cinco – After wowing in Season One with his beautiful couture creations, Cinco returns for Season Four. The Dubai-based designer is best known for his fabulous gowns, demonstrating innate creativity and masterful technique and has amassed an army of international celebrity clientele.
Zareena – Returning after a hugely successful collection at Season Three, UAE National Zareena Yousef will once again showcase her luxurious and elegant pieces this October. Yousef uses sumptuous fabric combinations and rich embroidery to complement and enhance a woman’s beauty which is the trademark of her internationally acclaimed gowns.
Showing ready-to-wear collections at Season Four are:
Asudari StudioOriginally from Saudi Arabia, London based Lamia Asudari launched her label in 2007 and this season marks her second collection at FFWD. Lamia’s passion lies in her development and execution of intricate and emotionally driven hand crafted prints. She is constantly experimenting with a variety of fabrics against conflicting and bold silhouettes.
Bashar Assaf – Having showcased at Seasons One and Two under Rabih Kayrouz’s mentorship with The Starch Foundation, last season Bashar Assaf showcased a stand-out solo collection for Fall ’14. The Lebanese fashion designer returns this season to showcase his eponymous label. His signature is the ability to challenge the female body with brave geometry complimented with sensibility to material and craftsmanship.
Ceremony – Emirati designer Farha Al Shamsi will showcase her label Ceremony which uses eclectic materials to create modern yet traditional ready to wear.
Dima Ayad – Having showcased at Seasons One and Two, Dima Ayad returns to the FFWD runways this October. Lebanese designer Ayad launched her unique brand of eveningwear in 2010 and strives to provide women with ‘fashion that makes you feel good’ – stylish, sophisticated and stunning dresses with a ‘wear-and-go’ philosophy that accentuate and celebrate their bodies, no matter what shape or size.
Endemage - Omani sisters, Nadia and Lubna made their FFWD debut in Season Two and return this October with their ultra-feminine dresses and billowy evening gowns with Arabic-infused styles. The sisters draw inspiration from traditional Omani designs and they created Endemage, meaning “the merging of two”, in 2010.
Essa – Essa returns for his fourth consecutive season at Fashion Forward, bringing his eclectic collections which weave together the traditional and the modern, using materials and prints that have iconic cuts and are universally flattering, creating extraordinary, colourful and contemporary ready to wear pieces, inspired by his Indian origins and Arab sensibilities.
Hasan Hejazi – London based luxury label Hasan Hejazi specialises in glamourous yet contemporary eveningwear. Known for a powerful, ultra-feminine style Hejazi has also built up an enviable celebrity clientele having dressed Kylie Minogue, Eva Longoria, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole and Fergie.
House of Hâshé – Dubai-based Iranian designer Ava Hashemi creates structured high-end ready-to-wear clothing and accessory lines for women who intend to embrace sophistication and class, whilst staying on trend. 
House of Ronald – Having made his FFWD debut last season, Ronald Abdala returns to showcase at Season Four. Of Lebanese descent, London born Abdala trained in Los Angeles, Beirut and London before being appointed senior designer for Maison Rabih Kayrouz in 2004. Shortly after this he launched his own line of womenswear. Abdala’s designs focus closely on the human form, using bold and architectural cuts but delivered with fluidity, making for edgy yet sophisticated pieces.
Madiyah Al Sharqi – Returning for her second season at FFWD, Emirati designer Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi offers effortless eveningwear with an updated edge, evolving the traditional vision of elegance. Sharqi is the daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi.
Maral – Iranian designer Maral Yazaloo launched her label MARAL in Paris, before taking it to Rome and is now based in India. Fusionwear characterises her collections as she maintains the balance between modernity and culture. Her collections are a beautiful blend of Middle Eastern aesthetics, Asian tastes and Western flavour.
Starch Foundation – Under Rabih Kayrouz’s mentorship, young designers Timi Hayek and Joe Baaklini presented their first FFWD runway collections at Season Three to much acclaim.  As they continue their year under the tutelage of Kayrouz, they will show their second collections this October.
Also showing under the Starch Foundation is Starch alumni and 2014 Woolmark Prize winner for womenswear in the Middle East and India, Rayya Morcos with her label Bird on a Wire. Beirut based Morcos’ label features ready-to wear and jewellery using unexpected textures inspired by architecture and nature.
Tahir Sultan – Season Four will be Sultan’s fourth consecutive FFWD season. The Half Kuwaiti, half-Indian designer launched his own label in 2008 and in 2012 he became the first Kuwaiti designer to show at London Fashion Week. Sultan’s luxurious pieces pay particular attention to detail, are determinedly glamorous yet conservative, allowing women to feel empowered and sexy without necessarily being too showy and exposing too much.
Taller Marmo – Showing for their third season at FFWD, Taller Marmo are Dubai-based design duo Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goicoechea. The label merges European elegance with Middle Eastern charm and uses fine Italian tailoring with a minimal approach, fused with Arabic traditions.
The Emperor 1688 - The Golkar brothers return to FFWD for their fourth season to showing their stand-out luxury men and womenswear, following their recent success as menswear winners of the  2014 Woolmark Prize for the Middle East and India. The British- Iranian trio set up the label in 2007 and are based in Dubai. Their collections combine exquisite tailoring, with regal prints and classic cuts made of the finest European fabrics.
Velsvoir - Launched by brothers Zac, Zubair and Talha Timol in 2012, Velsvoir began by creating bespoke bowties and have since expanded to a range of men’s and women’s accessories and more recently a menswear line. Velsvoir made their FFWD debut at Season Three. The brand focuses on classic tailoring whilst offering quirky and interesting accents to showcase their signature style.
Fashion Forward Season Four will take place at The Madinat Jumeirah from 4th-6th October.

Registration for tickets will be online through the website and will be announced shortly.