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Somewhere between a hotel and your own home

Believe it or not, there are those of us who are not fond of lodging in five star hotels, and no it’s not about being finicky. To the grounded, more down-to-earth of the wealthy human race, the joy of traveling, or treating oneself to a getaway weekend, resides in a certain type of comfort, one …

Heba El-Sherif

Dublin's Docklands showcase a new, hip quarter

There is arguably no place more central to Ireland s capital than the River Liffey, which snakes its way through the city and divides Dublin into north and south sides before emptying into the Irish Sea at the city s edge. It is along the banks of the Liffey that many of Dublin s most …

Daily News Egypt

Exercise Magic Shoes? Perhaps

Over the past few years, a certain trend began to take form: exercise shoes that are meant to maximize the benefits of your day’s regular walking activities. Designed according to scientific standards, the body of the shoe increases the efficiency of your foot’s movement, affecting the rest of your body’s muscles more positively. The craze …

Heba Elkayal

Chanel does climate change, with real icebergs

PARIS: Models in head-to-toe yeti suits picked their way around towering but quickly melting icebergs, sloshing through a deep puddle of Arctic melt in their shaggy fake fur. Call it climate change chic, Chanel style. Designer Karl Lagerfeld looked Tuesday to global warming, turning the melting of the polar ice caps into fodder for Chanel …

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Lifestyle Highlight: And All that Jazz

I will let my newest secret out of the bag because I am generous and really hope to see this place become alive: The Supper Club at the Fairmont Nile City hotel on the Maspero Corniche is the most charming little place to open up in Cairo recently. In the words of a friend, “It’s …

Heba Elkayal

Study finds part-time mums have healthier kids

Mothers who work part-time are more likely to have healthier children than those who work full-time or who are not in the workforce, the author of an Australian study said Wednesday. Children whose mothers worked part-time watched about an hour less television per week and had a healthier lifestyle, Jan Nicholson of Melbourne s Murdoch …

AFP

Winter yet again, but designers upbeat

With a long, grueling winter barely over, it is hard to drum up enthusiasm yet for fashion for next autumn. Mercifully the designers showing on the first full day of Paris ready-to-wear week for winter 2011 on Wednesday were in upbeat mood, with injections of color and touches of frivolity to lift the spirits. Dutch …

AFP

Gene test claims to show what diet works best

Diet not working? Blame your genes. That s the pitch behind a new test that claims to show whether people will do better on a low-fat or a low-carbohydrate weight loss plan. We re all hard-wired with DNA that controls how we burn and store calories from various foods, and the test claims to sort …

AP

A new body image?

Reading Daily News Egypt’s opinion piece on the V Magazine feature “Curves Ahead, I was struck by the tone of the article itself as well as the comments elicited online. The highly publicized Dove campaign to show “real women represents an earlier assault of skinny model-dom, the women in “Curves Ahead don’t look how women …

Annelle Sheline

Dublin's Docklands showcase a new, hip quarter

There is arguably no place more central to Ireland s capital than the River Liffey, snaking its way through the city and dividing Dublin into north and south sides before emptying into the Irish Sea at the city s edge. It is along the Liffey riverbanks that many of Dublin s most iconic sites can …

Daily News Egypt

Kempinski to open Nile-side boutique hotel

By mid-2010, Cairo will welcome a new Nile-side boutique hotel in Garden City: Kempinski Nile Hotel. Reto Wittwer, CEO and president of the hotel group, announced the expected opening date on a recent trip to Cairo, where he was accompanied by Kempinski’s corporate and regional team. Owned Talaat Mostafa Group (TMG), the boutique hotel is …

Daily News Egypt

Azza Fahmy and Preen create sensation on NY catwalk

Mere seconds after the Preen catwalk show was over, updates on Twitter and fashion blogs sprang up: Preen showed a sublime collection at New York’s Fashion Week in early February. Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune applauded it and Cathy Horyn of the New York Times wrote that it was “different in the best …

Heba Elkayal

Art of Form defines the art of living

As if a large showroom at the new furniture mall Designopolis isn’t enough, a new concept store has opened up in Beymen on the second floor. People have been clamoring for pieces from the furniture store since it opened last June, so much so that owner Shaden Abdel Hak opened a second outlet for her …

Heba Elkayal

A ritzy beach affair: Gouna for a weekend

It is a golfer’s paradise, a spa enthusiast’s dream and a surprising delight for foodies who have high expectations when dining. And oh yes, the beach experience isn’t too shabby either. Gouna, approximately 450 kilometers south of Cairo, is situated on the Red Sea en route to Hurghada, an easy four-hour drive from the capital …

Heba Elkayal

Interval training can cut exercise hours sharply

People who complain they have no time to exercise may soon need another excuse. Some experts say intense exercise sessions could help people squeeze an entire week s workout into less than an hour. Intense exercise regimens, or interval training, was originally developed for Olympic athletes and thought to be too strenuous for normal people. …

AP

Online games and quizzes to test your travel IQ

Do you know how many islands make up Hong Kong? I didn t, and I had never heard of the Eritrean currency Nakfa, either, until I started taking travel quizzes online. Online quizzes test your knowledge of geography, culture, history, landmarks and an array of other details you might not even realize you don t …

Daily News Egypt

Ben & Jerry's to make all products fair trade

Ben & Jerry s is stepping up its commitment to ethical business, announcing Thursday that all its 58 flavors of ice-cream – sold in 39 countries around the world – will be sourced from fair trade certified products by the end of 2013. The pledge extends an existing commitment by Vermont-based Ben & Jerry s …

Daily News Egypt

Longer hemlines make comeback at NY Fashion Week

So long, miniskirts. The up-to-there trend gave way to longer hemlines at New York Fashion Week. There were more pants, too, than in recent seasons when the dress ruled the runways. Even designers who showed shorter dresses paired them with leg-warmers for a less leggy look. On Wednesday, Oscar de la Renta showed long slim …

AP

US toys in 2010 are 'green,' high-tech… and cheap

US toy makers are coming out of a long recession tunnel this year, hoping to ride the recovery wave with new lines of classic, green and high-tech toys, and a sales pitch centered on affordability. The American International Toy Fair 2010, underway in New York until Wednesday, is sounding out market tendencies after a disastrous …

AFP

French politicians find halal hamburgers hard to swallow

A move by a French fast-food chain to offer halal menus at a handful of restaurants has some politicians fuming, in the latest row over France s increasingly visible Muslim minority. The Quick chain has taken pork off its menu in eateries in Roubaix, northern France, as well as in Marseille and in the Paris …

AFP

A deli you can't forget

It is not just a deli; Le Marché at the Farimont Heliopolis packs a great gastronomic punch for something as simple as sandwiches and salads, in addition to its novel L’Entrecôte lunch concept. Head Chef Hishem Lahreche, a French chef with Spanish and Algerian roots, and considerable experience in the kitchens of Lenôtre in France …

Heba Elkayal

Peru seeks tourists for Cuzco Machu Picchu gateway

Peru s government is cutting air fares and hotel rates hoping to draw tourists to the Incan city of Cuzco even though the country s top tourist destination, the nearby Machu Picchu fortress, remains inaccessible. Tourism Minister Martin Perez says the promotion begins Thursday and will be extended first to domestic tourists before being offered …

AP

Happiness helps when it comes to the heart

You ve heard it before: to avoid a heart attack don t smoke, eat right and exercise. But it also may help to be happy, a new study says. Even if you re grumpy by nature, just try to be cheerful. Researchers at Columbia University rated the happiness levels of more than 1,700 adults in …

AP

SI swimsuit edition puts Roddick's wife on cover

Model Brooklyn Decker landed the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover this year. The 22-year-old wife of tennis star Andy Roddick said being chosen for the front is the news of a lifetime. The cover photo of Decker smiling in a yellow bikini is a departure from the more sultry look that SI had gone for …

AP

Epitome of decadence? Becoming a chocolate dip

My mother would often tell me as a child never to play with my food; but I think this time around, I would be let off the hook considering I was on assignment – albeit a much appreciated assignment. To find out what’s on offer in Cairo this Valentine’s Day, I visited the Four Season …

Heba Elkayal

London to open 1st exercise area for older people

Swinging London will take on a whole new connotation for the capital s aging baby boomers, who will soon get their own specially designed outdoor playground. The park will offer low-impact exercise equipment to help older people improve their balance and flexibility and tone muscles that may not have been tested for decades. Every park …

AP