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Ivy Says x Adidas Festive Fitness

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Who said running shoes can’t sparkle too?

Just in time for the holiday season adidas Originals have once again teamed up with Rita Ora for the F/W2015 to bring a monochrome palette with lots of vibrant contrasts. This has to be my favorite favorite collaboration to date, I still can’t get over my S/S15 Superstar 80s sneakers which I wear religiously you can check out the full shoot here.

As you know I’m lucky enough to view and receive pieces from the collection before they hit stores and this time I fell for this glittery tweed version of the ZX Flux. As you can tell they have the soul of an iconic adidas runner from the ’80s with a whole new look. I absolutely love how the ZX Flux has evolved throughout the years while still preserving it’s original DNA. It’s minimal yet trendy, it’s available in some incredible prints, and you don’t have to run to wear it.

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In fact, I styled my ZX Flux with a regular silky Zara top and plain black track pants but then I threw on this statement metallic blazer from a Paul and Joe and my black Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour. It’s comfortable, stylish and festive.

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You can grab these babies at adidas Originals in Saad Zaghloul Street in downtown Beirut.

Don’t forget to  to get the first look at all the hottest release from adidas this season first.

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The Ivy Says Show On NRJ 99.1 Returns for Season 2

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And we’re back! After a short break to have my baby boy, the IvySays show will be back live on Wednesdays at 7pm on the number one hit music station in Lebanon, NRJ 99.1.

Following the big success of season one, we have an even bigger and better season planned.

I’ll be returning to NRJ Lebanon with all the original segments including a round-up of the hottest happenings from around town, my little black book of celebrity gossip, fun lists, relationship questions with Dear Ivy and one of the most popular segments I know many of you enjoyed; Instafamous.

Last season we welcomed Instastars, influencers and bloggers such as Riri_dada, Rima Fakih, Whatsuplebanon, Lebanese Memes, L’Armoire de Lana, StreetStyleDubai, Lebanese Beauty Queens, Blog Baladi, Imperial Twist, Travel Junkie Diary, Nadia Mneinme, Gino’s Blog, Roulixa, No Garlic No Onions, Mario Bassil and many more amazing peeps.

I want to thank everyone who’s contributed in making this show the big hit it was and invite you all to tune in again this year to hear me blabber away! We’ll also be doing many more live road shows and big giveaways this time around so get in touch for all your bookings.

Tune in to NRJ 99.1 FM tonight at 7pm as I welcome your favorite digital influencer and my dearest friend the very outspoken, unapologetic Riri_Dada from Instagram and don’t forget to follow my Snap Chat story at IvySays.

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Baby Luca’s Chocolates by Boite Sucrée

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I was very much looking forward to picking out Baby Luca’s chocolate and favors as my due date approached. We’re huge on chocolates and party favors in Lebanon especially for weddings, births and baptisms and now even more for engagements, graduations, proposals and birthdays. This was an extra special occasion for me, the birth of my first child, and I had put a lot of thought into the sort of look and feel I wanted. Many of my friends had also given birth recently and although I thought some of their displays were beautiful, I couldn’t help but notice just how similar they all were, even using identical props and themes from the same store.

So I knew I wanted to find a chocolate design boutique that was unique and I also knew I wanted to collaborate with a designer who was flexible and approachable yet inspiring. I wasn’t looking for something over-the-top or complicated, but at the same time I definitely didn’t want someone to sell me a design that was recycled over and over again. So after doing my rounds on the usual suspects I fell on a gem in Kfarhbeb (Jounieh) run by the lovely mother and daughter duo, Dana and Ghada Nakhoul, the creative directors and managing partners behind Boite Sucrée.

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Upon entering the lovely boutique I was immediately taken by the chocolates and decor on display, ready to be delivered to clients. Take a look at some of the gorgeous set ups below.

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For our first meeting, we developed a lovely mood board of the theme I had envisioned. I wanted it to flow with Baby Luca’s nursery which was full of teddy bears, with the color scheme of grey and beige. And since the set up would be on display in my living area I also wanted to incorporate white which makes a major appearance in our home.

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Besides, the creativity of Boite Sucrée. they weren’t just about the looks, their candy and chocolate range is absolutely delicious. We did a tasting and I picked my finalists though it was not easy. For the chocolates, we would have two different designs on a plain bar and another wafer one, both from the Belgian gourmet chocolate the delicious Callebaut.

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I also fell madly in love with the white chocolate coated dates stuffed with walnuts and the delicious Oreo cookies coated with Callebaut milk chocolate. I added the calisson printed cookies, with Luca’s name and sugared almonds in white and a matte silver which would be placed in convenient jars as favors. I loved the concept of “Meghleh” chocolate spoons and a bucket of iced hand decorated cookies shaped like baby boots and bibs on a stick. And finally the divine white chocolate coconut balls that would hang on a little tree.

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The process was easy and straight forward, I was invited back to the store to take a look at the design options Dana had prepared. It was exactly what I had in mind, and I really appreciated that there would be no backs and forths since at the time I was heavily in my final trimester.

The best part? Boite Sucrée also gives clients the add-on of delivery and set-up when you’re at the hospital so when you’re home with baby everything is perfect and ready for celebrations.

I plan on commissioning Boite Sucrée and the team for all our upcoming occasions especially Baby Luca’s milestones. You can follow them on Instagram here or get in touch at 03788178.

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8 Things To Do Before Having a Baby

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On September 5th, the hubby and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. Yes, although we welcomed our first child 3 weeks ago, we will still technically have been married for that long without procreating, something that is considered a fail or tragedy in Middle Eastern society. You bet we’ve been pressured, by all sorts of people, some close to us and others who’ve simply installed electrical appliances in our home.

We’ve been successful at dodging the question thus far although some wildly inappropriate remarks from mere acquaintances have been relentlessly persistent  throughout the years, mind you, I’m still not entirely sure what sort of added value a child of ours would bring into their lives. Nevertheless, we took our sweet, sweet time, we didn’t succumb, and now I can honestly say we are overjoyed and more than ready to embark on this journey with our baby Luca.

You see we didn’t marry with the traditional idea “starting a family.” We married because we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. I was adamant on going through a marriage bucket list that I had updated as we went along, desperate to make the most memories out of our marriage before we shared and dedicated a huge portion of our lives to our much loved little third wheeler.

So if you’ve tied the knot now or have been wed for some time, my advice to you is to get to spend as much time as possible with your other half before making babies. And here are 8 things to do

1. Travel together, anywhere and everywhere. I don’t just mean go on a honeymoon, I mean go on adventures, visit as many countries as you can, take long road trips and endless train rides, try different cuisines and drink lots of wine. It’s about getting to know each other in as many different settings as possible. Don’t just be husband and wife, be fun travel companions outside the norm making memories that will last a lifetime.

2. Make a home. I don’t just mean buy one and hire an interior decorator to fix it up. I mean make a home that looks and feels like the both of you, let it embody the character of your relationship. If your hubby wants his own smoking room or billiards table go for it and if you’ve always dreamt of designing a dressing room or having a home gym, do it, even if space is limited, don’t leave it empty because it may one day be for your child,

3. Go out, for dinners, drinks and hit up as many dance floors as you can until the wee of hours of the morning. Party together, get wasted together, go through hangovers together, experiment together. Become regulars at a spot together. Marriage doesn’t mean growing up it means growing old together. So if you still feeling like doing all the things you did while you were single, by all means do them together and do them a lot. Do them until you feel something is missing. Then have a baby.

4. Support each other to quit the jobs you hate and find the jobs or start the business you love, even if you have a mortgage to pay off. If you don’t do it now you’re very less likely to do it when you have children and tuitions. Watch your relationship become happier and stronger and the quality of  your lives improve once you’re finally in your element, waking up every day to something you love and the rest of the pieces will fall into place.

5. Make friends. I don’t mean with others I mean with each other. It’s one thing to be husband and wife and a total different thing to become best friends. Friends have fun together doing absolutely nothing without having to be constantly surrounded by other people all the time. Learn to truly enjoy each others company. Be partners in crime, attraction is great but spending a lifetime together requires true friendship and seasoned companionship.

6. Get a hobby together. Some couples like to hit the gym together and others prefer to ride on motorbikes , but whatever it is, make it your thing and make it sacred. My hubby and I love to throw champagne brunches for friends on our balcony during weekends and cook up storms in the kitchen in the evening with our favorite bottle(s) of wine and watch our favorite series for hours on end.

7. Splurge and live a little. Ok live a lot. Whether it’s a new car he loves or high-end spa sessions are you’re thing, make sure you spoil yourselves and enjoy the finer things in life. You will have plenty of time to play it safe, sacrifice (and save) once the kids come into the picture.

8. And finally, share a pet. Not only are those furry things entertaining but they’ll also give you a taste of responsibility to come. Pets need to be fed, walked, played with, nurtured and loved and sharing that form of dependability may help you consider whether or not you’re at a place in your lives where you’re ready to split your attention and efforts. It’s will also give you a glimpse of what type of parent your partner will make or not make.

Have I missed any? What’s on your married bucket list?

An All Italian Look

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What happens when two very Italian things come together? Fashion.

That’s right. I was one of the first few to get my hands on the new Superga raffia flatform sneakers, as part of the brand’s latest collaboration with famous street style blogger Gala Gonzalez, and these multicolored half-espadrille half wedge hotties proved to be the perfect staple to my wardrobe this season.

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It also happens that I was invited to preview Italian house Furla latest Pre-fall 2015 collection this summer and had fallen for this Stacy drawstring bag blue in which I’ve been endlessly styling ever since, you can view another look here

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I’ve been sporting a baby bump all summer in case you’ve mistaken my round midsection for a big lunch… and I’ve opted for loose and casual wear, especially with the scorching heat.  I loved accessorizing these two Italian beauties with a comfortable short dress for a day out.  I’ll be pairing these two in more ways than one so don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.

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A special thank you to for sending over this colorful encrusted statement necklace and whose accessories I always love!

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Floral Sunglasses by Bana Sunglasses,

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A Bohemian Summer

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Summer.. what’s not to love about this season. The flowy dresses, the light and bright colors and just how easy and breezy everything feels. Exotic fruits, morning swims and golden sunsets.

This summer is a special one for me, I’m expecting my first in September and though I have to say at times, the heat feels overwhelming, I’ve been having some fun styling my baby bump. I’m definitely not one to shop at maternity stores, and these days you really don’t need to, with the right cut and style, going one size larger will do the trick.

But what you do come to also realize when you sport a round belly, is you can no longer follow seasonal trends, especially when they encompass midriff-bearing tops and sheer cut out panels, so you stick to the good old basics. Floor length gowns that don’t necessarily feel like tents, there’s no shame in hiding those new curves but at the same time, something that won’t add discomfort to your ever growing bump.

I plan on writing a post on how I’ve managed to stay fit during pregnancy, and believe me when I say it’s not easy, I’ve had my ups and downs, days when I feel like tossing those organic veggies for a chocolate binge, and sometimes I do. But that’s for a later post.

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I styled two of my favorite items this summer in two different looks. I was happy to discover Bana Sunglasses, boho-style customized sunglasses inspired by summer’s most epic adventures. I am obsessed with my pair, they make me feel like I’m on one long vacation and go with almost everything. I don’t plan on taking them off this summer so you’ve been warned. You can check out the many different styles here

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Furla also invited me to discover their latest Pre-Fall 15 Collection and one of (the many) bags I fell in love with is the new Stacy bucket bag in blue. I’m a huge fan of Saffiano Leather and I’m usually an even bigger fan of bags that can hold their form and this one does so flawlessly even after a lot of wear. There are endless ways to style the bucket bag which I’ll be doing all season long.

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I styled them with this cotton dress from Oysho, who have spoiled me this summer  and a pair of navy and white Chanel Espadrilles.

Happy August!


Ivy Says in Special Magazine

I’m very happy to be featured in the August 2015 issue of Special Magazine out this Saturday. In the interview I’m attaching we discuss the idea behind Ivy Says, how it has evolved throughout the years and why City Centre Beirut is my preferred shopping destination in Lebanon.

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Check it out below and don’t forget to grab your copy!

A special thank you to the wonderful Special Magazine Team!

Read about my Big Reveal

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