There are two types of people in the world; the people who talk about making it happen and the people who actually make it happen. That’s Roula Nahas for you, the beauty and brains behind paRs, an inspirational (by-order only) line of charms that carry a series of empowering words you can keep next to your heart at all times: Dream, Faith, Love, Believe, Blessed, Success and Love, all towards one powerful underlying message; “Make it Happen”
And Roula sure did last weekend by throwing the brand’s advocates a delightful and intimate paRs-themed Champagne Brunch that was nothing short of fabulous. Guests indulged in a sugar feast by Vanilla Bean while we each rocked our favorite personalized paRs charms, mine being “Believe” in yellow gold surrounded by semi-precious stones. We also each got to go home with our own little chocolate jars designed as replicas of the charms. If you haven’t gotten your charm yet you can order it to anywhere in the world by getting in touch with the paRs through it’s Facebook page here.
As some of the people who’ve been following this blog early on know, not only am I a major foodie, I’m actually also obsessed with cooking. Yes I’m a woman of many talents.
And although slaving over a hot oven may not sound like the sexiest thing in the world it is actually one of my most loved pastimes.
So when Maggi Arabia invited me to cook this week at the Beirut Cooking Festival I was over the moon. On Friday November 8 and 9 from 12-2pm. I’ll be over at the Maggi stand whipping up a storm at the live cooking station. I’m not going to tell you what’s on the menu at the Cooking Festival just yet but I will share a quick and easy one I prepared in my own kitchen.
This is one of my favorite dishes called Chicken Parmigiana that I used to prepare during the cold winter days in Toronto, comfort food at its best. The dish is essentially comprised of breaded baked chicken breast that you can prepare from scratch with breadcrumbs or ready-made ones that you can get from your local grocery store. But the secret lies in the sauce. I usually use a box of strained tomatoes and then add in a couple of pureed fresh ones. I cook it over the stove with some olive oil, sautéed garlic and onions with a dash of honey and oregano and then add in two cubes of Maggi Chicken Stock, this is what will transform the otherwise bland sauce and give it a real hearty kick.
When the breaded chicken is cooked, I’ll just pour the tomato sauce over them in a shallow casserole and top it off with a very generous portion of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, finally I’ll throw it back into the over again until the cheese gets golden.
Garnish with some oregano and enjoy!
See you at the Beirut Cooking Festival!
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been thrilled to be invited to guest present a frequent segment on the hit prime time show Talk of the Town hosted by the gorgeous multi-award winning Lebanese host Mona Abou Hamzeh on MTV Lebanon. The segment I present (in Arabic) is Talk of the World where I share with guests, live studio audience members and viewers some of the world’s most talked about entertainment news and gossip. It’s been a whirlwind and I’m having a ball!
I’m also delighted about my latest collaboration with Chouchic.com a cutting-edge member only online store where you can get your hands on discounted designer brands delivered right to your door.
The fabulous Chouchic team styled and dressed me for my second appearance this week on Talk of the Town. I wore a silk jumpsuit by Day Birger et Mikkelsen with silver sequin embellished shoulders and waistband which will be available starting today here.
I also accessorized the look with the Ombre Stone Funky Junque by Amrita Singh which you can get your hands on here.
I’ll be sharing links with you as they come. For now you can follow me on Instagram here
In case you missed it you can watch my segment on this link
I always thought that if I were to reveal my identity one day, I’d like to do it in style. Turns out a girl can think BIG because I’ve landed myself one of the hottest dream teams in town.
Yes, in a couple of days you’ll be putting a face to this blog in my latest and biggest collaboration to date with RAGMAG and VEROMODA. I’m featured in RAGMAG’s August Issue (did I mention Johnny Depp is on the cover!) dressed exclusively by the super chic and trendy VEROMODA.
But wait there’s more! On Tuesday August 13th VERO MODA and RAGMAG are throwing one of the hottest fashion events of 2013; #IVYSBIGREVEAL (which btw has been trending on Twitter since yesterday) at THE swankiest hotel in the city and my personal favorite Le Gray.
That’s right; we’re having a PARTY with sound experience exclusively by DJ Jack Sleiman ,wings courtesy of Red Bull Lebanon with the kind support of Champagne Pommery, Chopin Vodka, and Label 5 Scotch Whiskey.
I can’t tell you how exciting all this is to me and how grateful I am for the outpouring love and support I’ve been receiving from everyone during the past couple of days. I’m truly blessed and thankful for the people who believe in the power of a single blog and who are making it all happen!
See you there!
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I attended the grand opening of both Topshop and Miss Selfridge on Thursday and Friday of last week at the new Beirut City Center. I visit the Topshop store at City Mall regularly but I loved the retro electro-pop look and feel of the new store. I also used to shop endlessly at Miss Selfridge as a teenager but I was happy to see that I didn’t outgrow the collection, heavily inspired by the 60′s icons and adorned in lace, satin, ruffles, frill, sugar,spice and everything nice.
The openings were nothing short of fabulous and everything you would expect from these high-street fashion powerhouses. I took the liberty of snapping up some of my favorite moments and items from both days. Bisoux
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I’m honored to announce that Ivysays.com has been nominated and selected by a panel of judges SMA and has now made it to the final round in the BEST FASHION BLOG category in the first edition of the Social Media Awards Beirut this year.
It all comes down to numbers now and I’m gonna need you guys to show me some love by voting today until April 25. You can vote by signing up through your Facebook or Twitter accounts HERE
And yes, if I win, I’ll be picking it up.