Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Good,The Bad and The Ugly At The Oscars Red Carpet

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He’s Muslim; She’s Christian, All They Need Is Love, Right! Right?…?…?

Maya and Karim were inseparable. They were just one of those couples that we were sure would never break up. And then without warning- they break up and he gets engaged, to a girl from his own religion.

Typical right? Maya the Christian girl from Jbeil and Karim the Muslim guy from Beirut.  We’ve all heard this story many many times. But when it happens to one of your closest friends, you really start to rethink things.

He called her his “wifey” all the time.  Not once- would you ever look at these two and think they’re “different”- because, well, they just weren’t.  I wouldn’t say they practiced religion, but occasionally Maya would go to a mass with her parents and Karim would fast a few days in Ramadan.

They’re relationship was an intimate one. Both couple’s parents knew about it. There were rumors that Maya’s parents weren’t exactly happy, but they knew they couldn’t do anything about it. Karim’s parents on the other hand, always welcomed Maya, and Maya felt right at home with them.

After 4 years going strong, they both wanted more. So they decided they would do what any interfaith Lebanese couple would have to do, a civil marriage in Cyprus. That’s when things started to go wrong. Maya’s mother was heartbroken; she vowed that Maya would “regret” never walking down the aisle. Karim’s parents seemed OK with it all, until they mentioned a small religious ceremony (Katb Al Kitab) upon the couple’s return from Cyprus. “Just for formalities” his dad kept saying.

And that’s when shit hit the fan. Maya felt betrayed that Karim had bought into his dad’s suggestion. When Maya’s parents got word of this, they freaked out. And with communication down the drain, the couple took some “time-off.”  One minute we’re shopping for a “silky simple off-white dress” the next Maya’s lying on her bedroom floor crying her heart out.

The girls and I kept trying to explain to Maya that all this shouldn’t matter, what matters is that she loves Karim and they should do what they have to do to make it work. My boyfriend called me such a hopeless romantic, “things don’t work that way”, he kept saying.

Indeed they don’t. Karim felt just as betrayed that Maya wouldn’t do such a “small formality” to be with him. Both parents convinced them they were better off without each other.  And today, a month later, Kairm’s Facebook status changed to “Engaged.”

For once, I’m completely out of words. Bisoux

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What The Drink You Order Says About You- The Lebanese Version- Round 2

Local Wine:

2 reasons.  After long years of abuse, your hard liquor days are over and you now have managed to regularly order a drink that you can sip at a constant pace, without getting drunk and silly. Best ordered for a drink out with colleagues.  You’ve even come to enjoy its tipsy effect only because you’re usually asleep before you can do anything silly.

Or, you spent all your money on hard liquor and local wine is the cheapest and fastest way you can get drunk without burning a hole in your pocket.


You’re either broke or super-hungover.  If you allow yourself 6 or more, there’s a high probability you’ll be switching to hard liquor very soon.  Which defeats the entire purpose of why you had beer in the first place. If you’re a girl and you’re ordering it “Mexcian” style  you actually can’t stand beer but it looks good at the beach so whatever….

Vodka 7 Up

It took you years to evolve into this drink. You first did the whole screwdriver thing. Then you joined the vodka Redbull wagon, but after numerous drunken episodes, losing a bunch of friends, switching from Medicine to Business,  and wrecking daddy’s car along the way you finally realized it wasn’t the best mix.  You didn’t wanna give up the Vodka all together, but needed a good companion. Then you saw an older friend drink it with a Seven-Up and it’s been love ever since. When you’re feeling sophisticated you order it with a slice of lemon.

Rum and Coke:

You first ordered rum cause you wanted to stand out and frankly you liked the way it sounds. Then when you hit your twenties you outgrew it. But if you’re still drinking it, you do it cause you consider yourself a bit of a lefty, you like to hang out at hippy-ish pubs in Hamra where foreigners hang out in packs and girls don’t brush their hair or because you’re still friends with those who didn’t outgrow rum.


You enjoy torturing bartenders. You wanna see him chop those mints, manually mix-in that brown sugar all the whilst making the final product look good.  Yet, you still ask the waiter why the  drink you ordered is taking so long. Cause you’re annoying that’s why! Bisoux

If you missed What The Drink You Order Says About You Round One Click here

IVY’s Red Carpet Watch At The 2011 Grammy Awards

IVY’s Red Carpet Watch At The Pre-Oscars Luncheon

Wondering what to wear to a star-studded lunch? Here are some DO’S and DON’T’S…