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

Ivy Says x Adidas Outdoor Yoga

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A year ago Yoga didn’t mean much to me- back then it was a strange “boring” practice reserved for the barefoot hippies and elderly. Body Pump and calorie-busting classes were more my thing.

But then I had my first Hot Yoga class and everything changed. Before I knew it I signed up for Vinyasa, Yin Yang and even Nia Yoga. I’m not going to pretend like I’m really good at it, I’m not there yet. But I will say this- I totally underestimated it. And I don’t just mean it from a wellness perspective, I mean it gave me a new core strength, it improved my terrible posture and it helped me find my balance and focus better. It also gave me a kick-ass workout, and yes I underestimated that one too. While everyone was planking and pulling gravity defying poses there I  was struggling to grab my feet with both hands.

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Now I’m officially hooked. So on the long Easter weekend I decided to pack up my yoga mat and have an outdoor yoga session in the Jabal. And I’m always on the lookout for a cotton pair of pants or a comfortable colorful outfit that can add vibrancy to my Yoga sessions and put me in the mood.

Here I’m wearing brand new Spring 2015 Adidas Originals Hawaii Tee shirt and Leggings available in stores very soon!

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Namaste

IvySays x Adidas IT BEGINS

IvySays x Adidas Rita Ora Superstar 80s Sneakers

IvySays x Adidas Rita Ora Superstar 80s Sneakers

Ivy-Adidas Superstar 80s shoes by Rita Ora

Once again Adidas Originals unites with style icon and musician Rita Ora for Spring Summer 2015 and as part of my collaboration with Adidas this year I’m lucky enough to get my hands on some of these pieces before their official release in Lebanon, only a couple of weeks away!

This collection finds inspiration in pop art, Asian symbols and futuristic X Rays. Rita’s take on the much-loved range of classic silhouettes is all about bold Technicolour adding punch of 80’s pop art graphics to the three stripes we love and the result? Unstoppable! Adidas’s iconic Superstar Series look like they’ve been dipped in comic books.

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Here I styled the Rita O-ray super girl track jacket with a comfy pair of boyfriend jeans and these Rita Ora Superstar 80s shoes which I’m obsessing over. You can take a look at another way I wore this look to an event here. Browse the entire collection here.

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Happy Long Easter Weekends!

IvySays x Adidas IT BEGINS

The Ivy Says Radio Show on NRJ Lebanon 99.1

A Makeup Look By Yves Saint Laurent

GAP styld.by + IvySays = Pop Art

About Ivy

20 Signs You Need Instagram Rehab

1. The number of likes you get on a photo is directly proportional to how happy/accomplished/confident you feel for the rest of the day.

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2. Having lots of followers has led you to seriously believe you’re a local celebrity.

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3. You’ll only befriend other either equally or more popular Instagram people. Anyone else is beneath you.

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4. You’re suspicious of those who want to befriend you. You’re convinced it’s your Instagram popularity they’re after.

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5.You get all dressed up. Even if you’re staying home, yes it’s just for Instagram.

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6. You feel lost/irrelevant when you’ve gone more than a day without posting something. 

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7. You find yourself name dropping the number of followers you have more times than the actual degree you’ve earned.

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8. You now designate at least an hour by the door for an Instagram photo shoot before you head out.

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9. Your family and/or better half dread the moment you ask them to take shots of you.

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10. A selfie is serious business, it can take anywhere from 20 to 150 attempts. All in a day’s work.

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11.You have more Photoshop skills than your graphic designer friend.

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12. You now shop exclusively for Instagram not for actual real life eventsill take everything

13. You no longer have any control over how many times you click refresh for notifications. It’s like your index finger has a mind of its own.

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14.You’ve been given the Instagram ultimatum by your better half. You’re seriously considering choosing Instagram.

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15. The only way to get you to put your phone down is if you’re in a straitjacket.

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16. You refer to other personal accounts as “the competition”

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17. When people ask you what you do, you actually mention Instagram like it’s a workplace.

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18. Coming up with catchy captions is not as easy as it looks.

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19. Sometimes the pressure is too much, you need to take a “day”.

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20. The last time Instagram was down, you almost didn’t make it.

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IvySays x Adidas IT BEGINS

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I’m very excited to finally announce my Spring/Winter 2015 collaboration with Adidas. It’s no secret it’s always been my favorite brand and my entire work out gear has forever been exclusively from Adidas. Well now it’s official, this year I’m so proud to be chosen to showcase their latest collections even before they hit stores! But it’s not just Adidas sports outfits I’ve chosen but everything from their Originals collection some of which are designed by Rita Ora and Jeremy Scott.

So join me in this new IvySaysxAdidas adventure in my journey towards fashionable fitness and general well-being. You can catch the looks first on my Instagram account.

For my first look I chose this Brazilian patterned zip up jacket from their Originals collection with a matching bowling bag. Now although I don’t usually play matchy matchy I loved this pattern so much I made an exception, and it worked. Because it’s such bold color the pair made for fabulous Spring statements.

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Head to your nearest Adidas store in the next couple of weeks to get yours.

Photography by Patrick Sawaya who today launches his new blog

One Year After #IVYsBigReveal and A New Ambassadorship

The Ivy Says Radio Show on NRJ Lebanon 99.1

A Makeup Look By Yves Saint Laurent

GAP styld.by + IvySays = Pop Art

About Ivy

 

 

10 Tips To Becoming A Happier Person

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1. Drop a grudge. It doesn’t mean you should befriend someone who hurt you it just means you should rid yourself of the hatred you’re harboring. It takes up too much energy. Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.

2. Quit your job. especially if you hate it so much. No plan B? Yeah that happens too. Something better will come along, trust me on this one.

3.Get a pet. even if you grew up in a house that absolutely forbade them. They really are the gift that keeps on giving, provided you train them well. The sheer joy and comical behavior and most importantly unconditional friendship that comes with owning one can is priceless, any god pet owner can attest to that.

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4. Take up an exercise class; Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Trampoline, Body Pump anything that requires you to establish a healthy routine and allows you to get moving. It’s not just about getting fit, it’s about dedication and a sense of community. Even when you don’t know anyone in the class, you are all still feeding off each others energy and working as a team towards a common goal- and that’s well being. There’s also nothing like earning a guilt-free dinner.

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5. Clean out your closet. Face it, you’re probably never going to wear (or fit in) to that dress from 4 summers ago but every time you open your closet and see it there it makes you feel miserable. Get rid of it and make some room for the new.

6. Get gutsy and get that hairstyle you always wanted but never dared to. Get out of your comfort zone, change things up. If you find your hair dull and boring, then make it exciting and new. It’s a major confidence booster that will suddenly make you want to try out new makeup and new styles.

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7. Speaking of makeup, no matter how many “I hate makeup” declarations you’ve made trust me when I tell you it can change your entire perspective and cover up some major flaws you’ve been hating on forever. Have your beauty expert friend take you on a makeup spree, and watch how you will LOVE discovering that there really is a product for every inch of your face- and they work!

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8. Stop seeing the same people. I don’t mean you should stop talking to your friends all together, just widen the circle. Be more sociable in your approach, you’re never too old for new friends.

9. Spoil yourself especially if you work hard. For some that’s a day at the spa for others it’s a handbag with a hefty price tag but either way go for it.

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10. Quit comparing yourself to others. Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook can be deceiving, and keeping a keen eye on someone’s “perfect” life can make you begin to despise your own.

 

 

 

Avoiding Valentine’s Day Clichés For Kotex’s TheMakeOver.me

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I know a lot of us both in relationships and single are kind of over Valentine’s day. It can feel so outdated at times. So as one of Lebanon’s first online and radio relationship experts KOTEX has asked me to come up with some new ideas that could shake things up a little this V-Day .

Click here to read my guest post on TheMakeover.me and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

10 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Married

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1. You don’t trust each other, even when you’re together. This kind of relationship is toxic-trust me. You know he has a wandering eye but you’re hoping marriage will fix that, because then he’ll only be yours. Nice try… Why spend your life trying to catch him instead of just going with your gut?

2. You can’t agree on anything. You both thought it was cute when you couldn’t decide on which mini-appetizer roles to order, but it’s not that cute anymore when it involves life-altering decisions like whether you want to move to KSA or pull out a mortgage on a house.

3. You’re at that age where your parents would really like to see you married, so they’re putting on the pressure. And you want to make them happy and proud. So you keep ignoring the signs and just settle hoping it will all work out. You just gambled your life, good luck.

4. You’ve succumbed to life-altering decisions because you were over powered. And no I don’t mean you had a gun held to your head, you just couldn’t win the argument so you just gave in to your own unhappiness- for the next fifteen years!

5. You’ve spent so much time together already, sharing your life together doesn’t even sound that appealing anymore to you.  The spark is gone. That’s bad. No matter how long you’ve been together for, you should ALWAYS get excited at the idea of being together-and yes forever. So if that thought makes you queasy, think thrice. 6. You’ve spent so much time together, it’s only correct you do the right thing and tie the knot. Everyone is expecting you to, especially her parents. Otherwise, it will look like you just dated for fun and wasted her time. GASP

7. You already share an apartment, a car and the same friends what’s an official paper going to do right? Well, not if you’re not convinced he/she is your soul mate. Convenience will slowly evolve into burden and misery and only then you’ll realize what that paper really means.

8. You have totally different outlooks/lifestyles. While you want to save up for the yacht and cruise the Mediterranean, your partner wants to grow veggies on a farm and enjoy the simple life. While he wants to travel the world with his hot-shot consulting job you’re happy just having 3 children right way. You want different things from life – the sooner you come to terms with it, the less difficult you make it on each other.

9. You’re constantly trying to change each other. You think he can be more generous and he thinks you spend too much. It’s all fun and games when you’re just dating but unless you accept each other the way you are, your marriage will become a constant barrage. Throw some children in the mix and you can join the divorce statistics.

10. You want to get married your partner doesn’t. So you keep giving him/her the ultimatum until they give in. Is that really how you want to base your marriage, on blackmail? Think long and hard about it. Read More

How To Find Your Soul Mate

5 Reasons You’re Still Single; The Arab Men Edition

6 Reasons Why He Didn’t Call You Back

8 Reasons Why Arab Men Won’t Marry You

What Men Really Want- Especially Lebanese Men

The 6 Annoying Dating Habits of Middle Eastern Women

The 6 Annoying Dating Habits Of Middle Eastern Men