Category Archives: Diary of a Not-So-Single Girl In Beirut

20 Signs You’re Dating An Arab Girl

 

1. She’s the jealous type. The last time a hostess smiled and greeted you at a bar she threatened to “cut her”

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2. The first thing she’ll ask you when she’s sees a pretty girl is “do you think she’s pretty?”

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3. Yet  she’s self-obsessed. You never knew someone could love themselves so much.

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4. She’s constantly complaining. About anything and every little thing. Her life is a series of endless rants.

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5. You’re constantly reminded that she’s better than you and that you  should be grateful she chose you.

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6. Calling her “not nice” would be the understatement of the year. The girl makes Cruela de Vil deserve a halo.

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7. According to her and her mother, everyone is jealous… of her.

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8. She’s more judgmental than your 80 year old aunt.

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9. Yet she’s a major hypocrite. Apparently nothing applies to her.

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10. She hates all her friends. But they have no idea.

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11. She hates all your friends. They noticed.

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12. According to her, if  you really loved her like you said you did, then you would give her all your passwords.

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13. Tantrums are like second nature to her. She has no problem throwing them anywhere.

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14. And just when you’re about to win a point, she wins by crying.

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15. She’s constantly bragging about how all the guys want her hand in marriage.

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16. But the minute you threaten to leave her she’ll blackmail you with suicide.

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17. Part of loving her, means that you get to spend your entire income on her. Every month.

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 18. She’s always at war with someone.

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19. She basks in other people’s misfortunes. You’ve never seen her happier.

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20. Yet, somehow she’s managed to convince you to make her your wife.

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My Top 7 Favorite Things This October

shiseido perfect cleansing oil

This is the first makeup remover I try that doesn’t need tissue or cotton to use. Shiseido’s Perfect Cleansing oil is my latest discovery. It’s clear, super light and gentle but don’t be fooled by its subtle-ness, it will quickly dissolve your makeup (even the most waterproof) with a quick massage and will also give your face a really good thorough cleanse in itself. I really like how it instantly wears off after a rinse and won’t leave your face looking greasy.

Lindt Chocolate Praline bars

On my last trip to Switzerland I went a little overboard on my chocolate consumption. And though I was keen on trying some high quality local chocolatiers I was also on the prowl for some Lindt varieties we don’t usually find in Lebanon. 128,203,837 calories later I found CREATION pralines and I’ve never been the same since. This large chocolate bar contains a soft pocket of almond and hazelnut praline center that leave you in a dreamy haze. Perfect with a latte I’ve been munching on my small stock of these all week.

Superga Versus Sneakers

What happens with iconic Italian fashion house Versace joins forces with Italian sneaker superstar Superga? These haute stuff. The design features Versace’s signature baroque detailing, a pop of colors and their signature Versus logo on the back. Fun Fact: no pair is identical as they are all made out of one long roll of cotton canvas.

Lock and stock burger

One of my favorite bars/coffee shops in Mar Mikhael, Lock Stock serves one of the most outstanding cheese infused mini-burgers in town, hands down. Four little monster patties are served with a generous crisp golden portion of fries. Wash it down with their signature drink Lack of a Better Man.

Zara Home

Confession: Almost all the frames, dishes, bed sheets, coffee tables and glasses in my house are from Zara Home. Another confession: I have almost fifty frames in my linen cupboard still packed in boxes. But that hasn’t kept me from buying more. At my recent visit to Zara Home I picked up all these items on sale. It was a glorious moment in home décor for me.

Prune pain perdu retrouve

At Prune the Pain Perdu is not lost but found, Le Pain Retrouvé. After Blathzar’s this is one of the most celebrated sweet loafs of bread in town. Because the folks at Prune give it a shot of caramel and a heavenly scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can read my full review of Prune here

top shop necklace

Statement necklaces are here to stay for fall (thank goodness) and I’ve seriously worn out this beaded ethnic one from Topshop all summer. I especially love this because it almost works on all colors, from light pastels to blacks. In fact I loved it so much I bought my friend one too, though I maintain all shotgun privileges.

Indian night at le royal

Anybody who knows me well knows I’m a huge fan of Indian food. And although Butter Chicken makes me weak in the knees I also love variety and so when I found out Le Royal Hotel Beirut has been organizing an Indian night under the patronage of the Indian Embassy in Lebanon I just knew I had to join. The colorful themed night took place at Le Jardin with professional dancers flown to preform stunning shows while guests dine on an extravagant buffet and numerous live cooking stations from Biryani to barbequed tandoori and more. Just make sure you wear a sari and book in advance as places are usually limited.

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Miss Lebanon 2014 is Sally Greige and A Fall On Stage

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Hours ago, Sally Greige, 24,  was crowned as Miss Lebanon 2014. She was actually one of the strong contenders who spoke about women’s rights. She is also majoring in Civil Engineering

Sally goes home as the lucky winner of more than $500,000 in prizes including an apartment and a car.

Miss Lebanon Sally Greige 2014

Sally, along with the 13 other contenders was dressed exclusively by Lebanese and International designer Zuhair Murad. The event was hosted by TV Journalist Dima Sadek who also donned a monochrome number by the designer.

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Superstar Nancy Ajram  preformed two songs on stage in two different looks, the first in Dolce and Gabbana and for the second one she wore a low cut Elie Saab number

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But Twitter really exploded when former Miss Lebanon 2013 Karen Ghrawi made her final appearance on stage with the crown and then took and terrible slip and fall on stage. It must have been horrifying as she seemed visibly distraught with the ordeal and she struggled to overcome it.The video has gone viral since, you can watch it by clicking here

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As for the contestant levels this year and since this IS a beauty pageant where we can openly judge women based on their looks, I have to say it was definitely a big improvement from last year but still managed to maintain a very average level of contestants (both aesthetically and intellectually) that will not allow Lebanon to compete or stand a real chance at Miss Universe,  though I thought that out of the bunch Sally Greige deserved the win.

But what do you think will Sally Greige become just another forgettable beauty queen or will she join the ranks of Joelle Behlok, Georgina Rizk, Dina Azar, Nadine Njeim and other beauties who have left their marks on the scene?

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Profiling New Global Fashion Icon: Lebanon’s Amal Alamuddin

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The world is smitten by its latest fashion icon, Amal Alamuddin or the new Mrs. Clooney. She’s managed to not only snag one of the most-coveted bachelors in the world but she’s also landed herself in the same ranks as some of the world’s fashion royalty and to get the nod from just about every usually unimpressed fashion editor out there.

Yes, Amal Alamuddin has given The Duchess of Cambridge a run for her money this weekend with the understated yet perfectly chosen elegant outfits she donned to her star-studded wedding week celebration in Venice. Thanks to her, Lebanon is back in the headlines for all the right reasons again and just about every Lebanese is trying to prove they are related to her.

But before we take a look at her flawless style here’s a little profile on her.

She’s 36, and although she is indeed born in Beirut from Lebanese parents she actually moved to London at the tender age of 2. Her father is a retired American University of Beirut Professor and her mother is a journalist. She’s an Oxford and New York University law school graduate and worked as a Barrister some controversial cases high profile such as the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Julian Assange extradition case.

Almost every paparazzo camped out in Venice as word broke out of her wedding to George Clooney. The tasteful celebrations were attended by some major A-listers but it’s safe to say that Amal stole the show with her refined fashion sense. The theme was chic romantic Italian elegance. She broke stereotypes and proved to many Lebanese women that you don’t have to wear the flashiest biggest shiniest revealing dress to look magnificent.

Here’s a closer look at the full series of high fashion outfits looks she wore to the entire wedding week

First Pre-Wedding Sighting

Amal channeled her inner Jackie Kennedy in monochrome striped Dolce and Gabbana dress, thick framed Prada Glasses and a vintage style hat box which actually served as a lovely purse.

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First Post-Wedding Sighting

This was one of my favorite dresses she chose from Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Amal gave the world the first glimpse of her supper skinny long legs in this long- stiff hem-lined sleeved lace number with embroidered colorful flowers. She also chose the perfect shades to go with her outfit, these cat eye stunners by Heidi London.

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The wedding rehearsal dinner

Amal wore an Alexander McQueen scarlet waterfall dress with a black pattern from the design house’s Resort 2011 collection. Her signature big hair also made an appearance and she completed the look with simple pointy black pumps and a bold red lip.

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Civil Marriage Ceremony

This sophisticated look Amal chose left me in complete awe. Most women would usually want to wear dresses for this occasion but not Amal, she chose this cream Stella McCartney trouser suit with a nautical strip and a matching hat. She kept her makeup soft and day-time appropriate and her coiffed hair looked gorgeous. This was one of my favorite looks by far.

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The Wedding Gown

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And finally the wedding gown. Amal Alamuddin Clooney chose a dress by Oscar de la Renta from his fall 2014 collection. The ethereal and timeless  cream off-the-shoulder hand stitched creation came with fourteen yards of Chantilly Lace, an embroidered bodice and featured a classic circular train and a floor-length veil. She was reported to have worn pearl earrings with square-cut diamond accents from her parents by Lebanese jeweler Chatila. Amal’s hair? Again simple, as it fell on her shoulders. It did not in any way attempt to compete with the rest of her look, none of that chignon madness or diamond tiara’s you see at most Lebanese weddings. The makeup? As natural as can be, there was no dramatic fierce eyes or extra layers of foundation. As for George Clooney he looked dapper in a Giorgio Armani tuxedo and cufflinks gifted to him by Amal, which read “George” in Arabic.

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think we are all looking forward to watch what Amal will be wearing next as the world awaits her honeymoon sightings and how she will fashionably evolve to embrace her new role as Clooney’s wife.

 

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A Night at O Monot Boutique Hotel

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When it comes to hotels in Beirut, surprisingly your options are not as vast as one would expect from a country that relies so heavily on hospitality. You’d either have to check yourself into one of the usual larger five star suspects or take a gamble at one of the smaller less established “city” hotels with random, less comforting names that may leave you with a very bitter taste in your mouth, perhaps even literally.

Anyone who also travels to Europe frequently will truly appreciate the combination of location and trendy luxury. When you find a centered hotel that can actually offer both, you know you’re going to hang on it to it dearly. O Monot Luxury Boutique Hotel may have finally filled that gap in Beirut. It’s a true city hotel located on one of the most prime and convenient locations in the city, as the name suggests, Monot Street, especially for guests with limited time who don’t want to miss out on a thing. But it’s also a five star luxury boutique hotel, so there will be no need to compromise on service for location, whatsoever.

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The place looks like it has taken a page out of Architectural Digest, the optimization of space and design will have you appreciating it as soon as you walk in. Don’t expect any of that over-the-top middle eastern decadent glamor and crystal chandeliers O Monot’s lobby is all about the understated minimalistic modern elegance, decorated with rich natural materials earthy tones, and with meticulous attention paid to every detail.

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We were greeted by a courteous and well-spoken front desk clerk who gave us a quick tour of the hotel and showed us to our rooms. O Monot boasts 41 suites and we stayed at the very spacious and contemporary Deluxe Suite which came fully equipped with its very own Jacuzzi separated only by a glass wall with electronic blinds. The room was all-white and modern yet cozy and comforting.

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The string of LED lights under the bed gave it a floating illusion and its upholstered taupe leather back provided the perfect rest for some last minute-blogging before we headed up to the rooftop for dinner.

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O Monot’s Rooftop on 11th floor captivates. For starters the panoramic view is awe-inspiring, there’s no taking your eyes off the stellar chaotic urban vista that is so classically Beirut. But it’s the rooftop’s gorgeous setting that frames this scene so ideally. The zen furniture in light wood accents along with the purple and grey color combinations work so well with the background.  The laid back 5-seater bar facing the miniature turquoise pool help make this setting so earthy and intimate, almost as though you’re in your own private patio.

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A host of unfussy signature cocktails make their way to our table before dinner; with the Mojito and Margarita making lasting impressions. If you’re looking to enjoy a post-work sunset I definitely suggest you head there immediately.

The rooftop menu is mostly fusion food, with a creative variety of international favorites such as the marinated salmon with a side of greens, avocado and citron, the busy Thai Shrimp salad, the Filet de Boeuf with fries and a grilled seafood dish.

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The following morning we had breakfast at the serene restaurant on the 10th floor, which also boasted its fair share of the city’s views. After some sunny side ups, scrambled eggs and jam and toast we headed up to the rooftop again for some sun soaking.The pool was cool and crisp just perfect for a quick dip while we sipped on our morning orange juice.

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So whether you’re in Beirut for the weekend or got something special to celebrate or simply looking to kick back with friends over some sunset cocktails I highly recommend you head over to O Monot Luxury Boutique Hotel.

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La Petite Maison Beirut

Shiseido Day Spa

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6 More Arab Crimes Against Beauty

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Back in March I waged a full out war on the 9 crimes against beauty that have given us terrifying reputations and landed Arabs on some of the world’s most notorious beauty faux pas lists. Prior to that I launched the Online Petition Against Tattooed Eyebrows to counter the growing  pandemic of creepy crawlers taking over our Lebanon.

Sadly there still exists a long list of atrocities in the name of beauty and fashion that need to be address. Thank you to all those who have joined the cause, we may have won the battle but the war is not over my friends.

 

Exhibit K: Porn Star Nails

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If the dramatic gel half-white half-transparent nail wasn’t tragic enough they had to slap on those nasty embellishments. Let’s be real, no nails ever looked like that naturally, nobody is buying it. The French manicure was initially meant to be classic and subtle but leave it to us Arabs to take it to a whole new level. The entire look screams slutty and those razor sharp edges are a serious hazard. Do yourself a favor and soak them off.

Exhibit L: Matchy Matchy

It pains me when I hear a makeup artist or a sales assistant utter these words “what color is your dress?” Because what they’ll do next is attempt to match your eye shadow, lipstick, blush, nails, clutch, shoes and bra strap to the damn outfit. Color coordinating is one thing but looking like you’ve been hit by a fuchsia hurricane is not a very flattering look for anyone. This may have been a trend in the late 90s but I have never seen a people collectively hang on to a style so dearly.

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Exhibit M: Double D’s

I’m all for plunging necklines but I’m not a fan of racks on display. When you’re able to rest something on your cleavage or worse, lose something in there then it’s time for you to reconsider your shirt’s style and bra size. You can be the smartest candle on the cake and still be treated like a bimbo if you insist on covering up only half of your breasts. And if you’re small and skinny then D Cup implants are not for you. In fact implants are so passé, proof to that is Victoria Beckham got hers removed and she looks more stylish and better than ever.

Exhibit N: Extensions

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There’s a very thin line between long hair and tacky long hair. Sure the belly dancer looks sexy when her hair bounces on her hips but take her out of her context and she’ll look like a hobo. Nowadays most hairdressers will spend an hour on a woman’s hair and another on her hair extensions which is hanging right next to her. The entire scene is disturbing. Arab woman have some of the thickest most beautiful voluminous hair and yet they still think they need more? Go figure…

Exhibit O: Hooker Heels

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I heart heels. But I heart heels to dinner and I heart heels to weddings. I do not heart 9inch heels at 7am in the morning, unless you’re in that line of business. So when I see a bank teller or a notary public wobbling in sky high open-toe stilettos I don’t think they quite understand how inappropriate and out of place they look. It’s like they’re trying to prove some kind of point which is beyond me.

 

Exhibit P: Face Paint

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We are notorious for this. How much we love to use every single color in the eye shadow palette. How much we love our foundation, our compact powder and our bronzer. How much we hate to blend.

 

 

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UBER Beirut and Why I’m Never Taking A Taxi Ever Again

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I’ve been obsessing over UBER all weekend, making random people download the app, for two good reasons: the concept is brilliant and the service is practically flawless.

When I first heard about Uber coming to this city after being in more than 70 countries including KSA and Dubai my first thought was yeah right, it’s not like we don’t have enough cabs in Beirut. And I’m always skeptical about a technology orientated service in Lebanon in general. But here’s the common misconception, Uber is not a taxi company, it’s actually a private chauffeured car service that allows you to arrange every little detail of your ride though the mobile app.

How it Works:

It’s 7:40 pm and I’m at Pacifico in Monot having some drinks. I’m supposed to meet a friend in Deek Duke Ashrafieh at 8pm. But I’m really not in the mood to go through the hassle of getting on the phone and ordering a Taxi and giving him detailed directions and then unknowingly waiting for his “missed” call and passing on the phone to someone so they can give the right directions. And…and… and… Oh and one more thing, I don’t have any cash on me.

Uber cuts to the chase, the app allows you to pinpoint your location on a map and in a matter of seconds you will spot the driver closest to you on the screen. You will be able to view his photo and his vehicle model and make. It will show you exactly where he is and how long he needs to get to you. In fact you will be able to track him on a map as he approaches you. So you know exactly when to meet him outside. The app will even send you a notification once he’s arrived.

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Why I love it

First, it’s cashless. For someone who’s always out of cash, I can’t tell you how convenient and fast it is for me to just hop in and out of a ride without a money exchange. That and the fact that you know you’re getting a standard rate, no rip offs or extras depending on the driver’s mood. All you need is a credit card that will automatically be charged when the ride is complete. The prices are seriously competitive with an average ride in Beirut costing you around $6 to $7 only, so you’re basically being charged by kilometer and minute. If you’re traveling with a friend who’s also registered you can pick the Split Fare option, where the app allows you to both share the cost from your accounts.

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Safety

After a night out until 3am we need a ride home. In a matter of minutes, a driver in a Volkswagen Passat arrived to pick us up and drop us home safely for just $6. No waiting on the road, no drunk driving.

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It’s not a Taxi

What makes this service even more brilliant is that fact that the cars are not branded, so you don’t get the taxi ride feel, but rather, you get picked up by a private luxury car with an elegantly dressed and well-spoken driver who greets and drives you to your destination.

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Don’t forget to use my promo code “IvySays” to get $25 credit of your first ride here’s how

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