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The 8 Must-Have Items in Your Closet This Summer

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1) The Crop Top


This piece was an absolute Spring favorite and it’s not going anywhere this summer either. The good news is you don’t have to be a supermodel to wear one, as it shows off your midriff not your abs, just style it with a high-waist pair of pants or midi or maxi skirt and you’re go to go. If you’re top heavy then I recommend you keep it loose and boxy.

2) The Midi Skirt

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Just below the knee and inches above the ankle sits the midi-skirt ( or mid-length skirt). It’s a super feminine piece inspired by the ladylike style of the 50’s that can be dressed up or down fairly simply. But keep one rule in mind, if it’s tight at the bottom pair it was something loose atop but if it’s puffy then by all means style it with that teeny tiny crop top. I also love this item styled with a classic pair of pointy pumps and a statement clutch.

3) The One-Piece Swimsuit or Monokini

The one Piece suitI personally couldn’t wait for the one-piece to make a splash again on the fashion scene. I have two of these babies in my closet that are just begging to be worn. The designs are endless, some are very simple and others are major fashion statements. The best part is you don’t have to wear it with a top to the beach just slip on a pair or shorts or a skirt and you’re good to go!

4) The PVC Pump

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Put some summer in your step with this pretty translucent heels that can go perfectly with almost any outfit especially boyfriend jeans. I haven’t included any high street alternatives because honestly the finishing on some are just plain terrible. So if you’re going to make an investment this summer, I suggest you make it on these.

5) The Fringe Bag

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No longer just for the boho types, the Fringe is now making it’s appearance on even the most luxurious of designer labels. From cross-body bags to clutches everywhere we look we see tassels. But hold off on that luxury splurge this design is way too trendy to ever become a classic.

6) The Statement Ring

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First came the statement necklace and now comes the big bulky ring. Personally no outfit of mine is complete without at least one or two, especially knuckle rings. They can accessorize even the simplest of outfits so make sure you’re all stocked up with these pretty things this summer.

7) The Pastel Polish

the nail polishWhat better way to compliment a statement ring then with the perfect pastel polish. Unlike bright neon shades you don’t really have to be all that tanned to pull these colors off. Nothing puts me in a better mood than happy nails.

8) The Light Lip Gloss


Sure, bold bright colors are hot right now, but when the temperature is rising you’re going to wish you were wearing a lip color that’s sheer, light, nourishing and sexy. I hate goopy sticky glosses so here are my three recommendations to keep your lips full and luscious this summer.

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Profiling Lebanon’s Next First Lady: Sethrida Geagea

Her husband’s presidential candidacy may be the most contested issue of the moment, but there’s no denying his Ghanaian-born wife and Lebanese American University (LAU) graduate Sethrida Geagea’s (47), high-key approach and mark on the political scene. She’s one of 4 women who currently occupy a seat in Lebanon’s male-dominated 128 seat parliament and she’s not afraid to speak her mind, advocating for a number of issues most notably electoral quota for women and domestic violence.

She’s a topic of intrigue in the media, with her stand-offish attitude, and demure yet outspoken demeanor. Her indisputable good looks have also made Sethrida Geagea somewhat of a local tabloid obsession, known for her bold fashion choices and at times controversial ones.

Love her or hate her Sethrida Geagea may be Lebanon’s next first lady and there’s no denying how well she would handle that role from a fashion perspective. If there’s one thing we look forward to is watching her style evolve at the presidential palace as it has done throughout the years. Here is a compilation of Sethrida Geagea’s most memorable fashion moments.

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And finally the iconic

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GAP + IvySays = Edgy Denim


I’m happy to be featured today on GAP For this look I chose this GAP Chambray Floral Denim shirt and layered it with a Dolce & Gabbana roman print tank and patent black Calzedonia Biker Leggings and my favorite leather boots by Luiza Barcelos and Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Tote I bought online from ShopBop. To complete the look I wore a classic pair of Ray Ban aviators.


I wanted to create a look that was edgy but appropriate for day meetings or running errands around town, one that also worked for Happy Hour drinks at the neighborhood bar.

The shoot by Mokhtar Beirut took place in the main bar street of Jounieh.

Check out my feature on GAP here

More looks from my GAP Collaboration

Beirut Street Pop Art

Under The Bridge

Spring Statements

Weekend Walks


GAP + IvySays = Weekend Walks

Finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans doesn’t come easy for a girl, what works on your legs doesn’t always work on your hips. So when do finally land on the right ones, you hang on to them.


I loved these GAP 1969 Ashore washed always skinny jeans I wore for my Spring Statements Look for GAP so much I decided to wear them down this time with a cream crop pull over from Zara, a pair of sequined-print sneakers from Marc by Marc Jacobs and my calf-skin navy blue satchel by Marc Jacobs. I accessorized the look with my favorite animal print gold bracelet courtesy of Juicy Couture and a statement pair of Dior sunnies.

GAP_IvySays_Spring-900px-19This shoot took place right outside the very Lebanese vintage Beriz Café in Old Souk Jounieh, who were such enthusiasts and really made us feel welcome.

Photos by Mokhtar Beirut.


Check out my feature on GAP Global Page

GAP + IvySays = Spring Statements


My ultimate spring outfit fix is a crisp white shirt and a flattering pair of cut-out blue jeans, it’s a versatile and simple combo that can be dressed up or down. For my most recent collaboration with GAP I wanted to add as many statement pieces as possible to this classic favorite.


I chose these GAP 1969 Ashore washed always skinny jeans and styled them with this Zara white netted polo and a statement necklace. I also fell in love with these color blocked, white, pastel pink and black Zara pumps and this embossed snakeskin clutch courtesy of Uterqüe. I accessorized with a gorgeous calf-hair animal print gold bracelet courtesy of Juicy Couture. Finally I completed the look with  a statement pair of sunnies I picked up on my recent trip to Paris, the new “Dior Eyes” in gold and ivory by Christian Dior.


The shoot took place in the beautiful streets of the old souk in Jounieh by Mokhtar Beirut who’s always such a pleasure to work with.


Check out more of my looks with GAP below

Beirut Street Pop Art

Under The Bridge

GAP + IvySays = Under The Bridge

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Part Two of my latest collaboration with GAP took place this time right under the bridge where Souk el Ahad (Sunday Market) sets up every week.

I chose this crimson pleated GAP print skirt and styled it with a casual black DKNY crew neck pullover and opaque black stockings and my cream and black leather Celine Luggage bag and Marc Jacob cat eye glasses. I dressed it down with my favorite comfortable pair of black belted Maria Pino Uggs. To complete this punk-chic look I matched my lips to the crimson on the skirt with MAC’s Dreaming Dahlia lipstick.

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The look transformed into a dressier one instantly as soon as I switched it up with a pair of black Zara platform pumps.


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Photographed by Mokhtar Beirut.

Check out Part One of this collaboration HERE

GAP + IvySays = Beirut Street Pop Art

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Now that I’m no longer anonymous I’ve been having some fun as you can probably tell!

My latest collaboration is with GAP as part of their international digital campaign which entails a global platform that showcases a catalog of personal/street style outfits and looks by fashion bloggers and artists from all walks of life.

What I loved about this initiative is the incorporation of a few GAP items of clothing into my everyday wardrobe rather than a full look from head to toe, which allowed me to stay true to my personal style.

As someone who favors comfort over style any day of the week, I chose this warm dark powder blue and crimson GAP  mix-stripe boatneck sweater and paired it with my favorite pair of American Eagle distressed jeans and a classic Tory Burch Saffiano belt. It went perfectly well with my Zara Badic Envelope clutch and a pair of color-blocked suede kitten heels also from Zara. I accessorized the look with my favorite ballerina Thomas Sabo Charm.

The pictures were shot by the very talented Mokhtar Beirut and took place right by Beirut’s Art Center.

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I’ll be sharing more looks from GAP’s collaboration in the upcoming weeks!

Mes Obsessions du Jour

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For the past couple of seasons I’ve been hopelessly obsessed with animal phone cases and flats. Marc Jacobs was the first to give it a go with his iconic Marc by Marc Jacobs mouse flats and everyone was quick to follow suit. For those of you that thought this goofy trend would fade away, you’re wrong; they are back this season with some more of our cute furry friends. Even Moschino jumped on board with their soft duck and bear cases. The good news, you can get them all online at with  free shipping for all orders over $100 in three days, and yes even to Lebanon.  The bad news is they stopped producing them for the iphone 4.

MET Gala 2013 Best and Worst Dressed


Christina Ricci looked perfect in plaid in this creation by quirky Vivienne Westwood, I loved the way the strapless gown flapped on her chest and the strappy heels. I also loved that she completed her look with orange lips rather than the typical red. She killed it last year in her bow tie dress and this year too!

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My Grandma has been calling all morning demanding Kristen Stewart return her curtains. I kid. Dressed by Stella McCartney this burgundy satin pantsuit adorned in lace is actually very chic but I would have preferred it on someone slightly taller. Yes she is skinny, but pantsuits are for models. I LOVED the hair but didn’t appreciate the matchy-matchy smokey eye makeup.


Anne Hathway goes platinum this year and looks every bit the punk in this see-through vintage Valentino dress. A good comeback from the Oscar fail this year I loved seeing this usually goodie two–shoes in something more risqué and dramatic, but I’m not a big fan of mid- side-boob.


Another star that took the theme way too seriously was Miley Cyrus ( why was she even there?) in this long Marc Jacobs fishnet gown that looks like something she picked up from a stripper joint and the awful hair that is way too long for to spike up. To be fair though she looks like she’s rocking an amazing figure from that silhouette!

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No she didn’t make a statement in Givenchy, Beyonce tried way too hard in this way-too-much-going-on dress. And I’m all for over-the-top couture and art but the thigh-high slit, matching boots and matching gloves made this one big mess to look at. Add that waist belt in to the mix and you got yourself something that looks like she took the title of the “Gala PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ way too literally. This looks like it was made by the House of Deron not Givenchy, just like last year when she looked like an ostrich. No matter how many people call her the Queen, even she can’t get away with this fashion crime.

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Super Model Gisele Bundchen pulled a cheap shot on everyone at the gala. She wore an itsy bitsy little Anthony Vacarello  mini-dress that only women with radically tall legs can pull off- and she looked stunning!


Holy Grandma! Madonna raided her teenage daughter’s closet. We get it punk means studs fishnets and plaid but all three of those together is nauseating and don’t get me started on that wig.  And enough with the excessive show of butt, your over 50 and super fit. WE GET IT! She may be the queen of pop but she is definitely NOT the queen of style. And Givenchy? Come on!

 "PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to make a statement in the most effortless manner. While most stars were decked in 80’s memorabilia she threw on this satin long-sleeved bubblegum pink Valentino with a sheer panel cutting right across her upper chest. And although I the simplicity of the dress I don’t think it did much justice to her midsection. I would have preferred it to be slightly more form fitting on her.


Nicole Richie makes sure she gets noticed this year in a shocking grey frock and an amazing embroidered Topshop gown which I just loved! She pulls this off without looking too punkish and still keeping her poise and elegance. One of my best dressed looks of the night!


Finally Jennifer Lopes in a long-sleeve full length gown without the excessive cleavage or thighs! She must be reading my blog!  Ok prolly not.But she wore a curve–hugging Michael Kors feline patterned dress with an amazing punk-inspired combed back hair do which I’m going to print out and show my hairdresser this weekend.


No to matching your shoes and dress. And how does a floral print gown from head-to-toe have anything to do with the punk theme? Pregnant  Kim Kardashian managed to find yet another super unflattering look for herself in this form-fitting Givenchy gown by Riccardo Tisci.  Besides the fact that she looks like wallpaper the worst part of the dress is that it comes with attached gloves in the same pattern. JUST AWFUL!

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Rooney Mara was one my of best dressed of the night with this stunning crème laced Givenchy gown (finally something decent from the fashion house) she went super light on the foundation, minimal on the haired and finished her look with oxblood bold lips. Perfection

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Sarah Jessica Parker revived her Sex and The City Character in this crazy head piece by Philip Treacy and Giles Deacon gown and paired them with Louis Vuitton plaid boots. Do not attempt to try this look unless you’re Carrie Bradshaw.


An unexpected and very pleasant fashion risk from Kirsten Dunst who wore this ravishing gown by Louis Vuitton, I love every bit of it from the plunging neck line to the patterned halter to the olive green feathered bottom. One of my best dressed of the night!


Always a winner, Kate Beckinsale looked beautiful in this Alberta Ferretti dress with an asymmetrical hem that she paired with the perfect earrings and the perfect heels. A little too safe perhaps?

Mes Obsessions Du Jour


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