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Monthly Archives: March 2011
My mother cried on two occasions. The first is when Princess Diana of Wales got married on July 29, 1981 and the second was when she died in a tragic car crash in Paris on August 0f 1997. And so this mild obsession has been passed down from mother to daughter.
I’m giddy just thinking about the upcoming Royal Wedding. I’m very well aware that this may be the Disney culture that’s been intrinsically instilled in me, but I know I’m not the only one. The world waits eagerly as Kate Middleton, the average girl from next door will wed her Prince William Charming in a month’s time, on April 29. **sigh**
The Royal Wedding!
While most bride-to-be’s here choose between the classic vintage Mercedes or simply a convertible, no royal wedding is complete without a horse and carriage . It’s being reported that Kate will be traveling to and from the wedding in the same ornate carriage that Charles and Diana used for their wedding.
The religious ceremony will take place at the Westminster Abbey at 11am. A total of 1900 invitations have been distributed to world leaders, distinguished personalities, close relatives, and friends of the couple.
Following tea with the Queen, there will be a super-exclusive reception at Buckingham Palace. Only 300 of the 1900 guests are said to have been invited to the lavish dinner and dance hosted by Prince Charles. Men invited guests are expected to wear uniform, suit, or black tie. There’s no dress code for the women invited guests, but, reportedly, women are expected to wear a hat at the wedding ceremony.
The big day at Westminster Abbey will include performances from two choirs, one orchestra and a fanfare team. These include The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, The London Chamber Orchestra, The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air force and The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry.
All together there will be 76 performers for the wedding service.
Following the wedding service, Claire Jones, the official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales will perform at a reception hosted by the Queen.
The Wedding Cake
We may love cutting into fake wedding cakes around here, but if you’re Royalty, you don’t just have one wedding cake, but TWO, and that’s exactly what William and Kate plan to do. The first will be a multi-layered, traditional fruitcake with a “floral theme” that will serve as a centerpiece of the wedding celebration. The second will be a chocolate-cookie cake. The McVitie’s biscuit company is producing the dessert, made from a favorite recipe of the Windsors’. YUM!
Everyone is speculating like mad over who will design the dress of the century. The latest rumors to hit the mill: Sarah Burton, the designer for Alexander McQueen will be designing Kate’s dress but the McQueen’s spokespeople have denied this.
When the engagement was first announced critics thought that it may be Bruce Oldfield that may go home with the honor, since he was Princess Diana’s favorite designer, but it seems less likely as the big day heads closer. Awhile back however, a bunch of designers sent Kate sketches of what they would envision her wearing. Here are my favorites:
“We designed a ‘blossoming’ dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.” — Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino
“The royal wedding will be magical. Kate’s dress should be a modern mix of the traditional and contemporary.” — Monique Lhuillier
“The tradition of intricate hand-pieced lacework in the high-necked bodice with elbow-length sleeves, together with the voluminous skirt of a mixture of stiff and soft silk tulle, feels regal, yet poetic.” — Vera Wang
“We see Kate going completely classic. We love this off-the-shoulder silhouette for her. Her beauty and grace will make any gown look magnificent.” — Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka
Well, sort of. Come on guys, you didn’t think I would come out just like that now did you? Drama-free and all..
A special thanks to the lovely and oh-sooo talented artist Sareen Akharjalian from inkontheside.com for agreeing to create an avatar of me! She was also kind enough to make some generous enhancements ;)
If you guys haven’t checked out inkontheside yet, then you MUST, it’s an up’and coming blog ( just celebrated its 1 year anniversary) caricaturing the quirkiness of Lebanese social dynamics, a definitive addition to your daily blog dose! Bisoux
Their policies may not be your idea of a cup ‘of tea but these politicians sure know how to throw a party. Never mind if your tax dollars paid for it and you may have never gotten that invitation in the mail, nevertheless here’s a look at some of Lebanon’s most politically lavish weddings.
Exhibit A: The Berri’s
If you’re the daughter of one of Lebanon’s richest men, then expect nothing short of a fairly tale wedding and that’s exactly what Nabih Berri’s daughter got. She even got Elie Saab to custom make a dress for her. Lavish is an understatement.
Exhibit B: The Lahouds
When daddy’s the president, the sky’s the limit, so when Ralph Lahoud exchanged vows with his bride Sabine Mazloum he did it in style at the Presidential Palace in Baabda in 2007. I’m not a big fan of the ballerina look or flower arrangement on her head , but hey, its her big day not mine.
Exhibit C: The Geageas
She was getting wed to the head of the Lebanese Forces, but who would have thought that the shy girl Sethrida that appears in those wedding photos would one day become a Member of Parliament. Although I’m not crazy about the peacock look, I really like the long sleeve concept and lace on her dress. Feels like something Lady Gaga would wear on her wedding day. See Lady Geagea inspired Lady GaGa. (Always wanted to say that)
Exhibit D: The Aouns
Planning a wedding to an MP could not have been an easy task for Sarah Souhaid who said “I Do” to General Michel Aoun’s Nephew Alain Aoun in an outdoorsy ceremony. Her look was refreshing and simple and I’m a sucker for frills on an off-the-shoulder neckline.
Exhibit E: The Tuenis
As the youngest female MP in parliament, Nayla Tueni did the unconventional, she wed popular TV host Malek Maktabi in a civil ceremony in Cyprus. I think her Grecian goddess inspired dress and Roman setting go perfectly with the occasion, however his suit didn’t really go with the theme.
Exhibit F: The Hariris
When your the world’s youngest billionaire, you get married in Paris the city of love, and that’s exactly what Hind Hariri, daughter of the late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri did on her big day. In March 0f 2009, she wed her prince charming in a super blingy dress and diamond encrusted tiara-like crown, that looks it’s a secret weapon in disguise.
I haven’t come around to tasting all the recommended burgers, partly because I don’t review food as a profession ( although I wish I did) and partly because although I LOVE me some burgers, for me, burgers come with a certain mood, usually when I’m famished after a long night of partying.
I picked up a couple of freshly ground meat patties while doing some grocery shopping the other day and decided to put my money where my mouth is. So this may not be the best burger in town, but it’s as close as it gets to the real thing. Here are some five great tips for making a nice classic burger at home.
Step #1 The Right Bun
It’s gotta be fresh, none of that pre-packed nonsense, rather puffy single buns you can buy from a bakery. Whip-up some low-fat easy spread butter and give’em a nice crispy toastiness in the oven.
Step #2 High Heat
We all yearn for a juicy burger. That means no overcooking but not too much pinkness either- this isn’t a filet after all. So you have to cook your patties on high heat to ensure most of the juices stay inside. I like to pan-fry mine in some healthy 100% virgin olive oil.
Step # 3 Keep It Fresh
I can’t stand the sogginess of a veggie that’s been in the fridge for a week. So if you wanna make this process worthwhile you have to add only the freshest of ingredients. My favorites are iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and red onions.
Step #4 Real Cheddar Cheese and Caramelized Onions
If you’re gonna waste all your efforts by throwing in a slice of processed cheese then I suggest you just go to McDonald’s (mmm) We have great cheeses in our grocery stores so make sure you get some of that real cheddar cheese. Minutes before you think your burger is done cooking stack some slices over the patty while its in the pan. Now grab a handful of red onions, spray in some drops of sesame oil and caramelize away.
Step#5 Stack-It Like Its Hot
Don’t underestimate the importance of placing your toppings in a strategic way,any false move and everything couldl fall apart in an instant. Also, you gotta prioritize when it comes to taste. I suggest you work with both buns separately first and then make the heavenly merge. I like mayo on my lower bun, and mustard on the upper one. The ketchup will fall right on the cheddar and patty.
And there you have it- The Best Burger In Beirut ;) Bisoux