Castro placed an additional flag on the Israeli Fashion map, when it exposed its Autumn-Winter Collection 2014-15 in an amazingly beautiful display.

Castro's experienced model, Gal Gadot, was not present on the exhibition lane due to previous commitments in Hollywood. The exhibit opened with the model Liraz Dror, and the men collection was led by Omer Dror. It was an aesthetic feast reflecting on all senses.

Castro is Israel's response to world fashion. In its designs, it displays love and respect for its customers by fashion, quality and design; while stressing out Israel's special way of life. When Castro build a new collection and design new models, they don't compromise for Israel's lifestyle, favorite outfits for work and recreation, favorite colors, comfortable and updated dressing patterns.

The solution for Castro's customers, is expressed in three main lines:

· Red line - casual and young-age fashion for high school and university students.

· Black line - sophisticated and elegant line for people in the career world.

 · Blue line - Jeans line in different patterns that upgrade the body look.

 

 

 Moreover, if this is not enough, there are complementary collections, from shoes to bags, passing through inner clothing, eye-glasses, jewelry, and even bicycles and accessories; this, along with Castro's children line. The variety and richness of the collections, enables Castro to accompany its customers during the day and in the evening, during vacation and at work, from student to carrier outfits, in the small moments and grand events.

The inspiration for the exhibit lane collection selected this season, by Castro's fashion designers, is a combination of eastern and western cultures, while integrating their own point of view. The astonishing textiles used in the collection design derived from near and far places (such as Turkey, India and China), but the design is carried out in Castro's studio in Israel.

In the women collection, the designers chose to create a winning combination: ethnic, oriental and bohemian look, with a modern and sportive touch. The patterns are based on traditional and basic lines, such as rectangles and squares, kimonos, binding technique, envelopes, and square sleeves combined with flowered prints, oriental elements combined with embroidery in cloth. The collection coloring includes caramel, olive and mustard, combined with patterns, with a look that varies from oriental to kaleidoscope and stained glass.

In the men collection, the shapes, textures and materials, are based on the Levant world of concepts. Coloring varies from marine blue and petrol to shades of Boudreaux, olive green and mustard, combined with textures, and black with stone, with touches of white. For the silhouettes, classical and oriental shapes were used, such as "basic work kimono"; these become updated items using a variety of lengths and shades, which creates a western interpretation to oriental clothing and vice versa.

 

 

Castro designers learn their lessons and reach conclusions. Following the success achieved by their exhibit lane collection in the summer, they enlarged their unique collection, which is manufactured in limited editions.

How about acquisition possibilities?

Immediately after the fashion show, most of the exhibit lane collection is provided for online acquisition in Castro's website, and it is also displayed for sale in Castro's main store in Tel Aviv and its store in Ramat Aviv. The exhibition lane collection is sold online in the website using a new, friendly and easy-to-use technology, which enables quick viewing and acquisition of each item, while viewing the exhibit video.

Congratulations to Castro, pride of Israel, for the continued renewal, and for leading the world fashion adapted to its customer needs, in all kinds of fashion and lifestyle, while keeping fair prices.

 

 

 Photos : Silvia G.Golan

 

 

 

A Czech, a Kenyan, a Costa Rican and a Canadian meet at an Israeli wedding. Who has the most fun? That's easy – the Australian of course!

 

Diplomats reading this know that www.diplomacy.co.il would never reveal the answer and thus risk favoring (or insulting) someone. For the non-diplomats, let me reveal that .... uhhh you need to have more information.

 

The truth of the matter is that it's not a joke, and that it all depends on where the wedding was held. The standard answer to the question concerning real estate – and in this case, event venues – is location, location, location.

 

This August alone, no less than 14 weddings for couples with French roots were held at one of Israel's premier wedding and event locations, "The Villa at Gan Oranim". Without going into the whys and wherefores of French culinary arts and chic, 14 events for French people in one month at one location has to tell us something about the place. 14 events where the hosts discovered the location only by word of mouth.

 

It's the background. Gourmet meals and haute cuisine are the hallmarks of French culinary artistry and hospitality, and herein lies the secret: Firstly, Chef Colin Gillon, Israeli born but French trained, orchestrates every event at The Villa. Chef Colin trained at the renowned Paris culinary institution "Le Cordon Bleu", where he was subsequently awarded "Le Grande Diplome" (the highest ranking for graduates). He later gained experienced at the 3-Michelin-star "Taillevent" restaurant, the 2-star Apicius (no small achievement) and worked at Fouchon and the very prestigious George V Hotel, also in Paris.

 

It was at Taillevent that he first met, rather casually, the present owner of "The Villa", Norbert Attali, who was then still a resident of Paris. In their wildest dreams, neither Chef Colin nor psychiatrist Dr. Attali foresaw them cooperating in Tel Aviv at an events location. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.

 

When he retired some 6 years ago, Dr. Attali (he prefers to be called Norbert) and his family immigrated to Israel. Norbert, who was born and raised in Algeria but lived in France from age 11, became the silent partner of the then owners of Gan Oranim, a successful wedding venue in North Tel Aviv. Through a quirk of fate (ask Norbert one day, he'll tell you the details) he suddenly found himself to be the sole owner and active manager! The psychiatrist began a catering business; is it any wonder that he soon engaged the likes of Chef Colin and a team of experts to help him?

 

Norbert's classical, exclusive European finesse, with just an elegant touch of Algiers – a touch that highlights the venue's prestige – is everywhere at the Villa,. Norbert is one of those rare personalities who put you at ease at once. (Did we mention psychiatrist?) His has published several books (alas, in French only) in which he examines such issues as "Judaism and Sexuality" "Psychiatry and the Cinema" and – how not? – issues of food and satisfaction. A self-made man, he and his wife are at the forefront of aiding those less fortunate than themselves or in need of support – at this very time his social welfare efforts are magnificently directed at soldiers fighting on the front lines in Israel's struggle against terrorists.

We were delighted at the exalted standards of every aspect of the "Villa". It seemed casually extravagant, but befitting the Villa's slogan "The Best or Nothing".

 

Isn't that what Diplomacy is all about?

 

 

 

 

 

 Photos  Silvia G Golan

 

 

 

 

How does it work? How many times in life can you afford to enjoy the most prestigious and desired fashion brands in the world?

Much more than you think!!

What makes more sense to you: Spending a monthly salary on a known designer's dress or handbag, to go out with once or twice, and then push them deep inside the closet so that, in no way or circumstance, you will be seen recycling the same appearance once again?

Or just renting the same items, either for a one-time event, or for a period of your choice, and at a reasonable and affordable price? I bet you would choose the renting solution, right? We think so too.

FNBrally allow you to rent breathtaking exclusive high fashion products and the best accessories of the leading top designers in the world at very convenient prices, for a memorable evening, or for a short period of your choice.
To complete the total look, you can also purchase on our website at exclusive prices, luxurious lingerie and unique items which are not for rent.

So how does it work?

The FNBrally website offers different fashion items, for rent and for sale in several ways. Below we shall detail these ways. If you have any questions about the procedures involved in the rental or purchase processes, you are more than welcome to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Products Rental Process:
If you wish to rent the items displayed on the website, you can place your order through the website, or alternatively you can access our showroom, following the details on the "Contact Us" page, and place your order with us.

Order through the website:
1. The list of items available for rent is divided into different categories. Clicking on the "Rent" link will display the categories under which you can browse the various products.

2. After selecting and clicking on the item you wish to view, you will be transferred to the item's page. This page shows additional information about the product, its availability and price for the desired renting period.

You can rent an item for different time periods. The mode of supplying the item to the customer can also be chosen. Rental categories and modes of supply are as follows:

· 2 days-1 night: Personally collecting and returning: Renting under this category is conditional to personally collecting the item from the showroom from 12:00 on the first day of the rental period, and personally returning the item to our showroom until 14:00 on the last day of the rental period.
· 4 days-3 nights: Personally collecting and returning: Renting under this category is conditional to personally collecting the item from the showroom from 12:00 on the first day of the rental period, and personally returning the item to our showroom until 14:00 on the last day of the rental period.
· 7 days-6 nights: Personally collecting and returning: Renting under this category is conditional to personally collecting the item from the showroom from 12:00 on the first day of the rental period, and personally returning the item to our showroom until 14:00 on the last day of the rental period.
· 7 days-6 nights: Delivering and returning by courier: Supplying the item under this category will be carried out by courier to the address specified by the customer on the order form. The supply by the courier will be made on the first day of the rental period, until 16:00, with precise timing coordinated by phone. Gathering the item back by the courier will take place on the last day of the rental period, until 18:00, with precise timing coordinated by phone.
Under this category, the one week order can be done only on Tuesdays.
The deliveries and collections times and schedules, to settlements beyond the Green Line / Judea and Samaria, the Arab communities, and some Golan Heights and Arab towns, may be different than usual. In these cases, the site representative will contact the customer to coordinate dates for delivery and collection.
· 14 days- 13 nights: Personally collecting and returning: Renting under this category is conditional to personally collecting the item from the showroom from 12:00 on the first day of the rental period, and personally returning the item to our showroom until 14:00 on the last day of the rental period.
· 14 days- 13 nights: Delivering and returning by courier: Supplying the item under this category will be carried out by courier to the address specified by the customer on the order form. The supply by the courier will be made on the first day of the rental period, until 16:00, with precise timing coordinated by phone. Gathering the item back by the courier will take place on the last day of the rental period, until 18:00, with precise timing coordinated by phone.
Under this category, the two weeks order can be done only on Tuesdays.
The deliveries and collections times and schedules, to settlements beyond the Green Line / Judea and Samaria, the Arab communities, and some Golan Heights and Arab towns, may be different than usual. In these cases, the site representative will contact the customer to coordinate dates for delivery and collection.
Renting will be not possible for a period exceeding 14 days. In case a customer wants to extend this period, she/he would have to fill out a new order, as long as the additional renting period would not be less then 7 days and would not exceed 14 days.

3. Booking can be made, not later than 48 hours before the required delivery date.
4. Payment on the website can be made via credit card only in accordance with the guidelines on the paying page.

5. An electronic payment confirmation will reach the customer with the payment, and in any case, not later than one business day.

6. Each item offered for rent needs to be in a separate order form, so that in case of ordering more than one item, it is necessary to have equal number of orders and items.

Order in the showroom:
1. You can also place an order in the website's showroom located at the address stated in the "Contact Us" link.

2. Payment in the showroom can be made either by credit card or in cash.

Return of rented products:
At the end of the rental period the client needs to return the rented item to the site at the time and place specified in the product's order form, whereas the item is undamaged, clean and sound and in the same condition it was delivered from the site, excluding reasonable wear and tear resulting from normal and reasonable use.

Client responsibility:
Client agrees to be present at the time and place specified in the order form, both while receiving the product from the courier on behalf of the site, and while returning it to the courier. Customer shall bear the cost of an additional courier in the amount of 100 IS in case of not being present at the time and place prescribed, all without derogating the site's entitlement to compensation for failure to return the item on time, as stated in the site's "Terms and Conditions".

Process of selling / purchasing products:
Alongside rental of products, the site invites its users to purchase 100% original products and various prestigious fashion items, which will be offered on the website for sale from time to time. Among the items offered for sale are brand new products, as well as gently used discounted products which were rented to others, but are in excellent condition.

All products, whether new or gently used, will be marked and noted prominently as such.

In case you are interested in purchasing the due for sale items, displayed on the website, you can place your order through the website, or alternatively, you can visit our showroom and make the purchase there.

Purchasing through the website:

1. The Items offered for sale are divided into different categories. Clicking on the "Sale" link will display the categories under which you can browse the various products.

2. After selecting and clicking on the item you wish to purchase, you will be transferred to the product's page. This page shows additional information about the product.

3. After reviewing the product, and by clicking "Add to shopping bag", the product will be saved for you for a limited time.

4. After selecting the product for purchase, you can return and explore other products and add them to the shopping bag as well.

5. After examining the products, and gathering them to the "shopping bag", by clicking the "shopping bag" link, the client will be able to go through the products selected in the shopping bag once again, and confirm or remove them from the list.

6. After confirming the products and by clicking the "Proceed to purchase" you will be transferred to an order form page that has to be filled in carefully.

7. Payment on the website can be made via credit card only, in accordance with the guidelines on the payment page.

8. An electronic payment confirmation will be sent to the client with the completion of the payment, and in any case, not later than one business day.

Purchasing at the showroom:
1. You can also place an order and collect it personally from website's showroom at the address stated in the "Contact Us" link.

2. Payment in the showroom can be made either by credit card or in cash.

Supplying the acquired products:
1. The delivery will be carried out either by courier on behalf of the site, or by post mail.

2. Delivery to all parts of the country will be made within 5 business days.

3. Deliveries to settlements beyond the Green Line / Judea and Samaria, the Arab communities, and some Golan Heights and Arab towns, may be different than usual. In these cases, the site representative will contact the client to coordinate dates of delivery.

Visit our show room!
Sunday - Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 / Friday and Holidays Eves 10:00 - 14:00
We invite our clients to visit us at our Showroom at 58 Yehoshua Ben Nun Street (Ground Level) in Hertzelia Pituah. In the Showroom our clients can get the feeling about all our products being offered for rent or purchase on the FNBrally website, to review the products, or just to have a social conversation about the most updated fashion trends and issues. The Showroom is opened from Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00. On Fridays and Holidays eves from 10:00 to 14:00. In case of interest, private meeting can be scheduled by phone.

FAQ
Q. How can I be assured that all items on the website are authentic?
A. All items offered on the website, or in our show room, are 100% guaranteed authentic. The authenticity is evidenced by official certificates as it is being done in fashion industry all over the world. You can be assured you will demonstrate only 100% complete and unquestionable authenticity while using our products.
Q. Are all items on the website are brand new?
A. The items on the website, or in our show room, are new, or "pre loved" (after being offered for renting). All items are being fully inspected prior, and right after, every renting period, and if needed are being treated to look at their best. In case of sale, brand new item will be marked as new, while "pre loved" item will be marked as such and will be offered at a special discounted price.
Q. What are the benefits of making transactions on the website?
A. Designers Brand Names items are generally costly. Although we pay high price for such items, we find ourselves, more than once, in the dilemma, of whether to use the item over again, on an event on which we may meet people, who have already seen us with this item. Renting allows us to make an impressive statement by appearing every time with fashionable and luxury items, without worrying whether we were already seen with this item on a previous occasion. Furthermore, the items being offered for purchase on the website are offered at special and attractive prices, lower than prices in the stores.
Q. Can I rent or purchase items not through the website?
A. Yes. You can see, choose and if needed to measure the items in our showroom. Additional information in this regard can be found by visiting the "Contact Us".

 

Photo Goy Cohen

 

 

 

A Passage to India     A look at Indian Culinary at its best through Tandoori Restaurant

The chain of Tandoori Restaurants in Herzliya and Tel Aviv serves authentic Indian food prepared by the loving hands with the charming laugh of Chef Reena Pushkarna.

The traditional dishes, the kind service and the unique design of the restaurants, make the visit a feast of taste, color, and exotic aesthetics.

 

Chef Reena Pushkarna serves authentic Indian food, which doesn't change with fashions, and doesn't try to flatter the guests. She is strict with the selection of the quality of the raw materials, the traditional cooking techniques and the precision of the rich food taste.

The rich menu includes dishes from different regions in the country, and it seems that even ten visits to the restaurant won't be enough to taste the great variety of delicacies prepared by the skilled hands of the chef.

Tandoori is the perfect place for an indulging lunch, wrk meeting, rich dinner and family meals, in a different atmosphere. The kind and attentive staff will turn the visit to an even more pleasant occasion. The fans of Indian food will be able to fulfill all their culinary and vegetarian dreams. Vegans and health-food fans will find here a gastronomic paradise of rich tastes.

Tandoori offers as well delivery services, preparation of private events on site, and catering services, which will bring the eastern fragrance an tastes to all private and business events.

For more information, see our website: www.tandoori.co.il.

 

Photos provided by Reena Pushkarna  /  Tandoori 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "Desert Oasis", beautiful estate of Health and Spa, provides:

· 9 large and especially designed treatment rooms, and beautiful lobby.
· Large variety of health treatments, among the most advanced in Israel, provided by specialized masseurs.
· 2 special treatment rooms for couples, which include private Jacuzzi tubs that provide intimate, romantic and relaxing atmosphere.


· VIP Spa site - private Spa facilities and especially designed lawn, which includes sun-tanning terrace, comfortable sun tanning with outdoor Jacuzzi and Spa.

· "Spa in the Desert" is suitable for private events, fun days and social celebrations.
· Culinary experience, lead by the chef chain of Guy Peretz, Eli Uzan – a variety of traditional and new menus per order.

 

"Desert Oasis", the estate of Health and Spa, is located in the Ramat Negev region, 20-minute drive south of Beer-Sheva, and covers an area of 8000 square meters. It launches these days the "Spa in the Desert", a new and elegant Spa site. This new site has a unique design, which provides its visitors with a feeling of entrance to a calm, harmonic and charming world. This Spa site was built with an investment of 3 million NIS.

 

"Spa in the Desert" is a secluded site within the "Desert Oasis" estate, and the entrance to this site is allowed to the Spa visitors only. This site is roofed, and has a vast parlor at its center. It includes 9 especially designed treatment rooms that inspire a relaxing atmosphere, where light food and refreshment are served. Two of the treatment rooms are dedicated to couples, and include private 2 beds and Jacuzzi tubs that provide intimate and romantic atmosphere for a few hours.

 

The Spa treatments include: Medicinal massage, massage with hot stones, massage with hot sesame oil, Ayurveda massage, massage of body extremities, and body massage combined with feet massage.

 

The VIP Spa site is located outside the roofed "Spa in the Desert" site. It is open and limited to the VIP guests. It includes private Jacuzzi and sauna, sitting spots and sun-tanning terrace in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The Spa guests are provided with personal dressing rooms, which include two bathing rooms and personal lockers, so they can walk around comfortably within the site. Each VIP guest receives at the entrance an elegant robe and personal Spa shoes.

 

Among the first guests at the VIP Spa site inauguration, was President Shimon Peres, who invited the president house workers and their families, about 70 people, to a charming and relaxing evening that included a variety of indulgences, dinner and public singing in the "Desert Oasis" estate and the new Spa site.

Udi Zilberstein, "Desert Oasis" CEO, said: "This new Spa site is one of the most prestigious in Israel and we invested millions of NIS in its construction. The site was planned and designed to provide the Spa guests a special physical and spiritual experience, so that along with the professional treatments, they can enjoy the unique, inviting and relaxing design. The site provides suitable solutions for guests interested in privacy and enjoyment of personal Spa facility, and for others that prefer social celebrations in this estate."

 

I strongly recommend it !!!

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of  Spa in the Desert