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Hi, my name is Balsam Awlad Wadair; I was born in Muscat, Oman in 1995. Growing up, I have always found my Barbie doll fascinating, as I had the complete power to transform her into whatever I wished to become. Expectedly, my Barbie doll always appeared as a clothing store owner, beautifully dressed from head to toe, independent with a well-kept home and is always in search for adventure! Unknowingly, I ended up growing striving to become exactly like the woman I have pictured my Barbie doll to be at the age of 6.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The importance of maintaining friendships

My very good friend Rona and I during a day at university


Friendship; one of my favorite words, and is one thing that I truly believe deserves more attention.

I find myself surrounded by people talking romance, education, travel, expressing their importance to humanity, but seldom regarding one of the best things that ever happened to me: Friendship

Monday, February 8, 2016

Femmes d'Oman: a collection of vintage photographs of Omani women

I almost want to hate myself for not realizing the importance in looking back at the history of fashion in my very own motherland: the Sultanate of Oman at an earlier time.

Ever wondered how each region in Oman managed to develop its own idea of beauty and sense of style, making each city almost immediately distinguishable only by its people's external appearance: through their clothing? The variety of clothing style across my homeland Oman serves as proof that we - as an Omani nation - really do take care of fashion; we have always been looking at the extreme details when it comes to the way we dressed as a nation.

As a lover of history, and a person with severe passion towards fashion, I decided to bring the two together to showcase a collection of beautiful vintage photographs of women around Oman.

Photograph of Omani woman on the left wearing traditional clothing; On the right are traditional silver jewelry from Oman often worn on the ankles of a woman

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Balsam's Picks: Valentines day gifts for HIM!

Image source (edited by myself): http://36.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m27oj99Rln1qcbreoo1_1280.jpg 

I am not sure if I belong to the valentines party or not, as I am a big believer in love but I do not wish to only celebrate it one day a year. The cliche romantic gestures honestly get me annoyed faster than a noisy child, and red roses aren't a favorite of mine either. I fully understand the struggle of choosing gifts for your significant other, and pledge to attempt making it easier for my readers today by providing a list of Balsam Picks for the 14th of February, 2016 coming up the following weekend.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Interview: Sara Al-Hashar

Shot taken by Sara Al-Hashar for Wedad couture

Sara Al Hashar is one of my best friends whose talent I truly admire! she is the person behind my 2015 relaunch photographs that you can view here. Originally from Sur, but born and raised in Muscat, Sara has an interesting and vibrant personality, and is always a good person to be with for a good chat! Currently at the age of 21 she is pursuing her career in photography, after several 'changes in plan' since she was a child. "As a little girl, I wanted to be a doctor. But then I started getting into knitting so I wanted to be a tailor. After that I wanted to be a chef (I love cooking and I still do)", Sara says about herself.

Al-Balsam Life invited Sara to be featured for an interview. I asked her several questions that I was curious about - some of which I truly did not know the answer to, although she is my best friend!


Why Vienna is dear to my heart

"When will you realize ... Vienna waits for you?"