Wear It For Change

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I’m very proud to support Creative Space Beirut, a non-profit free school in fashion design that provides design education to talented individuals who lack the resources to pursue a degree in fashion. This school has been supported by renowned fashion houses such as Derek Lam, Diane Von Furstenberg and Parsons.

A month ago I was chosen by them along with some of Beirut’s most compelling women, “with innovative minds and huge hearts” and asked about the importance of free creative education and to be part of their new online campaign that aims to bring attention and raise funds as they launch their first crowd-sourcing campaign.

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It was the first shoot I did while appearing visibly pregnant and I chose this one-size-fits all gorgeous Twist Top in olive from their Creative Space Beirut Ready To Wear collection which I styled with a pair of my trusty black leggings, these Zara black scuba style heels which I love and my Saint Laurent Nano Sac du Jour. If you like this top which is also available in crème, grey, black and striped jersey you can check it out tomorrow at the debut of their Ready To Wear Brand at their studio in Mar Mikhael as part of Beirut Design Week 2015.

Shot by Ayla Hibra with a film camera.

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In an effort to continue to work towards self-sustainability, they need as much support as possible from those who believe in their cause. You can click here to read their full story and donate online

Ivy’s Summer Beach Essentials

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I’ve been in dire need of some serious summer attire but haven’t really had the time to dedicate an entire day to shopping; it’s been quite a busy couple of weeks for me. But since we were planning on taking in some much needed vitamin D at the beach next weekend, I headed over to City Centre Beirut to finally pick out some must-have summer pieces in my wardrobe. I wanted to pack up some trendy essentials that would both work during a day in the sun and for sunset cocktails.

So I’ve documented a few of my favorite finds all of which are currently available at these stores at City Centre Beirut.

First up a summer staple; short shorts, and I wanted to change things up from the typical denim ones so I choose this magenta pink pair from Jack Wills, exclusive to City Centre Beirut. They’re also available in a white, green and orange if pink is not your thing.

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I matched them with breezy pair of  feminine lace espadrilles I found at Pieces. Love how these things just slip right on and off and can even be worn instead of flip flops to the beach

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And I fell in love with this very cool print summer Tee at Juicy Couture that matched perfectly.

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I was also on the hunt for an eccentric statement pair of summer sunnies, something fun and vibrant that would stand out.  So I made my way to Beyond Optics also exclusive to City Centre Beirut and fell in love with this pair Stella McCartney green peaked cat eye sunglasses with fabulous gold mirror lenses.

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For the sunset cocktails and dinner, I chose a navy print floor length gown also from Juicy Couture, I love how flowy and light it felt on and I styled it with this cute Juicy Couture micro bag that can also be worn as a cross over.

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And finally no summer shopping is complete without a swimsuit and since monokinis are this season’s hottest trend, I fell in love with this  Juicy Couture 50’s one which matched my Stella McCartney sunnies. I styled  them with this pair of floral platforms from Pieces which are ideal to switch up any beach outfit and went perfectly with the shorts and dress.

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Hope you enjoyed my beach selection. I’ll be posting a summer essential list very soon on the blog.

You can click on the video below to catch some glimpses of my fun shopping session that also started out with quick makeup session at M.A.C. Cosmetics.

 

 

Elissa Falls Victim To Domestic Violence

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As much as I’d like to appreciate and enjoy Arabic music I don’t. With the exception of the occasional classics played at weddings when you’re too tipsy to care anymore and make you want to pull out those moves you learned at those two belly dancing classes you took back in high school. I’m also appalled by most video clips that accompany Arabic songs, they’re usually cheap, vulgar, abundant with clichés and ripped off.

Having said that, I came across the new music video of Lebanese songstress Elissa’s latest song Ya Merayti (My Mirror) this weekend and I was immediately drawn to both the production and powerful message it portrays.

Directed by Angie Jammal, the story tells the all too common tale of a wife and mother who is a victim of domestic violence, a shamefully widespread issue in Lebanon, according to local NGO and strongest advocate on the matter, KAFA, -25 women reported to have been killed by family members between 2010 and 2013 and four deaths occurred as a result in 2014-and that’s only what’s been reported, because most women don’t come forward or live to tell their story. Worse yet , the criminalization of marital rape has not been included in any legislation to date. Awful…

Now as much as we tend to hear about this in our 8pm evening news bulletins, the impact is much stronger when millions of fans and followers of Elissa in Lebanon and around the world get to watch her over and over again as a victim herself, portraying the sad reality of a struggling mother who suffers the fate of an abusive violent husband, one who beats her until the brink of death. But her story comes with the message of hope and action, and will resonate loudly and powerfully I’m sure in the many minds of women who today suffer in silence and encourage them to come forward.

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The video was shot on location in Serbia, and could have easily been yet another opportunity for the singer to simply show off her  beauty, style and vocal cords. But it wasn’t. So thank you Elissa, for taking the high road and choosing to bring awareness to domestic violence, in what obviously is a high quality and budget production to promote and shed more light on this dire matter. RESPECT

Watch the video below and let me know your thoughts…

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10 Makeup Mistakes We’re All Doing

Applying makeup the right way is not as simple as it sounds. And yes, as ideal as it would to just slid on some under-eye liner and swipe on blush,  ( respect to the ladies who can still pull that off) makeup has evolved into a slightly more meticulous and dare I say scientific process.

And though the hundreds and thousands of beauty Video bloggers put out content daily to help us get things right, we (including myself) are still doing some basic makeup faux pas without noticing and would most likely look much prettier avoiding all together.  I’ve also gone ahead and used myself in a few examples with Photoshop.

1.The Wrong Shade of Foundation

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Sounds pretty basic right? Yeah well… you’d be surprised just how much of a frequent offense this is. Mostly because we either ask for something lighter or darker when we should simply find a shade that MATCHES our skin tone. Secondly, because most of the time when we’re shopping for makeup we usually already have makeup on, and as a result end up testing foundation on our arms rather than our faces.

2. Applying Way Too Much Bronzer-Everywhere.

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It’s hard to believe but Bronzer is not to be applied all over the face as many ladies do. The face-baked look is never in. Simply put: it’s for the areas where the sun would naturally hit your face so that would be your forehead, cheekbones, nose and jawline- sort of like the drawing the number 3.

Ivy’s Tip: Bronzer goes on after makeup before blush and should only be  at most two shades darker than your natural tone.

3. Over-Defining Your Eyebrows.

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If this were a crime, half our female population would be in jail. I observed a fair blonde lady the other day demanding a  charcoal black eyebrow pencil while the sales assistant kept advising her to go for the light brown one. Sure the Cara big bushy brows are a trend but you don’t see hers looking like markers, they look messy and natural. So lay off that super dark shader and use a pencil to simply fill-in sparse areas.

Ivy’s Tip: Brush upwards before applying then don’t forget to please put them back in place. Sign my Tattooed Eyebrow Petition here

4. Using A Dried Up Mascara

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Mascaras have a much shorter life than advertised-even designer ones. But that’s the sticky truth. If you find that it’s getting clumpy and messy to apply from round one it means you need a new one. Mascara, like hair should be strangle free, and neat even when exaggerated. If your formula is drying up fast make sure you’re not pumping the wand in and out when you use it.

5. Exaggerated Lashes

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We all love those big wedding lashes, but when did it suddenly become okay to wear them to brunch? When your makeup is simple and day-appropriate but your lashes are over-the-top, they look bulky, heavy and a little silly.

6. Over-Extending your Natural Lip Line

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I know I know EVERYONE’S doing it. But bigger isn’t always better. Of course we can extend our natural lip line but nowhere close to our nostrils. And most importantly, always, always match your lip liner shade to your lipstick!

7. Clown Cheeks.

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Applying Blush is one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn. By no means should it circular and as pretty as that shade looks on the counter it can look awful if it doesn’t match your tone. Blush is meant to look like a warm natural flush on your face, the kind you’d get when you’re feeling shy, in love or after a serious workout. Keep that in mind the next time you buy one.

Ivy’s Tip: If the sales assistant looks like she’s got war paint on then don’t let her assist you.

8. Dry Chappy Lips with Matte Lipstick.

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I’m terribly  guilty of this mostly because I LOVE matte colors and constantly peel my lips with my teeth. Lips should be exfoliated too. And dabbing on some primer or concealer can do the trick.

9. Highlighter Overdose.

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Remember when shiny cheeks meant greasy cheeks? Well apparently not anymore. Now everyone’s buying a gold sheer fluid and spreading it all across their cheeks bones. But unless you’re a contestant on Dancing With The Stars you should seriously rethink your quantities.

10. Bold Lips are not for everyone.

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I’m sorry but it’s the truth. When you’re nose is a little too large or your lips are on the smaller side a strong lipstick can attract unwarranted attention to your not so favorite areas. And as much as we all want to go for the hot red lips trend, some of us are better off sticking to pretty nudes.

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20 Thoughts Every Person Has While Waiting In Line at a Bank In Lebanon

1. Whoa now that’s one long wait…

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2. Wait.. why are there only two tellers serving 33 people, I’m sure the BANK can afford to hire more employees?

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3. I think that customer just spent 45 minutes at a teller’s window. What the hell could possibly take so long?

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4. I don’t care how impatient the guy behinds me behaves, he is NOT cutting ahead of me in line

ughhh

 5. Okay why is he now standing parallel to me, shouldn’t he queue behind me?

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6. OMG he’s now standing right in front of me.

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7. Time for some action

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8.  Wait, no!  Where is the other bank teller going? It’s my turn

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9. Looks like he’s just having a friendly chat with an old friend. Take your time @#$#@

rage

10. How come the ticket numbers don’t go off in chronological order?

ugh

11.  Finally my turn! 

yes!

12. WHAT… you can’t let this random dude that walked in the door bypass me, didn’t know there was “wasta” at this bank.

oh no he didnt

13. Am I really supposed to memorize my 10 digit  account number, why can’t they just write it on our damn cards?

ugh ugh

14. This guy needs an award for slowest teller in the governorate.

shoot myself

15. Bank secrecy who? Did he just asked me how much I make in front of an audience of 25 amused folks?

hell no

16.Why on earth do I need to sign all these papers just to deposit a damn check?

gimme the money

17. Did I really just spend an hour and a half at the bank for this menial task?

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18. That’s it I’m going to switch to a better bank first thing tomorrow.

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19. Excuse me, you need how many documents again to switch over to your bank?

why

20. That’s it I’m buying a safe!

lol

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My Top 10 Favorite Things This Spring

Makeup Forever Step 1 Equalizer primer review

The new Makeup Forever Primers. It may still seem like a foreign concept to you, but primers changed my entire outlook on makeup not to mention routine. They’re meant to smoothen your face, fill in imperfections and uneven coloring, plus create this amazing protective layer between your skin and makeup so it can eliminate grease and seriously last all day especially when temperatures are rising. Makeup Forever created this entire range called STEP 1 Equalizers that come in 11 types depending on your needs. I recommend: Mattifying Primer, Hydrating Primer, Nourishing Primer and the Smoothing Prime all available at Makeup Forever stands.

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Mel wedges by Melissa– they’re playful, they’re plastic but most importantly they’re super comfortable. I’m really feeling this powder pink pair of wedges this Spring, they go with almost anything. I also love how environmentally conscience this brand is, since mono-materials, which means they can be easily disassembled and recycled. Fan fact: they also smell like bubble gum.

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From the folks who brought us BRGR.CO comes Pzza.co this gourmet Italian eatery located in the heart of Beirut Souks. I can go on and on about the Bocconcini in Carroza, Rigatoni Creamy Bolognese or one of the best pizza dough’s in the country, but I’m going to insist you try out the half-Nutella half Lotus Biscuit Spread pizza. It’s surprisingly lighter than it looks, so have it even if you’re simply in the mood for something sweet with a friend while you shop.

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I’ve been a huge fan of BCBGMaxAzaria since forever and their Spring/Summer15 Collection can add a super stylish not to mention gorgeous fresh perspective to any wardrobe. I like to shop there for both special occasions or everyday staples but either way it will always be a piece that stands out and gets noticed A LOT. I fell in love with the all-white short and sheer skirt combo with a matching vest. Find them at their large stand-alone in Beirut Souks or ABC Dbayeh.

bassam fattouh i love you mum review

We all need a Brusher and Bronzer this season so when you find a compact that joins both you know you have a keeper. Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics released this limited edition I Love You Mum for Mother’s Day this year, and I’m loving the color combo and just how pretty it looks both to gaze at and applied on my face and cheeks. The bronze base gives off a natural tan while the rose subtle-shimmery butterfly comes of like a sun-kissed glow. Tip: Apply both with a Bronze Blush all-over for a dewy matte finish.

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Each season I invest in a designer bag and since the micro-bag trend is huge right now, I loved everything about Saint Laurent’sSac De Jour‘ Nano sized-version of this incredibly good looking and well-structured tote. The detachable straps make it the perfect cross body bag and it comes in a range of colors, like Royal Blue, Sea Blue, Sugar Pink and Red but I’m a sucker for black. You will be surprised how much you can carry in that small space. Available at Saint Laurent Downtown Beirut.

Acote lobster roll beirut review

No matter how many times I recommend this dish it won’t do it any justice, whether or not you like lobster you just have to go have the fresh Lobster Roll at my favorite gourmet sandwich spot in Mark Mikhael; Acoté. Everything on the menu is heavenly (trust me I tried them all) but this little beauty is tastes like something right out of the original ones they serve in Maine. Also have the pastrami,Slow-braised lamb and the cheesecake and pancakes. But not before you try this!

Barista espresso review

My brand new Barista Espresso Machine in aRoma red. I already had the Perla Machine but what sets this new one apart is the capsules, which are also Nespresso compatible, which I happen to have as well! If you’re feeling more adventurous then they also have one in a fun Aroma Army Print. Be prepared for a strong flavor assortment of espressos- none of that water diluted stuff, this definitely isn’t for the lightweights.

The Box by No Garlic No Onions

Imagine, a box full of local and regional treasures handpicked by your favorite food blogger each month delivered right to your doorstep. That’s right The Box is NoGarlicNoOnions creative solution born from his desire to share all his latest discoveries with all his followers. I was one of the lucky ones to receive the first batch to ever go out and I can’t tell how both delicious and fun it was to explore all those little things in there. I loved how it also included a fun gadget and even some wine! You can sign up for yours here

adidas neo sneakers

I love how Adidas NEO line is all about sporty and casual and it doesn’t hurt that Selena Gomez is also the face of the label this year. I wanted a pair of navy chic sneakers to wear with a lot of my outfits (skirts/dresses/ shorts) this summer and I was immediately drawn to this pair of super easy slip-ons. I won’t lie I was also a big sucker for the pink stripes that add a much needed pop of color to most outfits. They’re available at most Adidas stores now.

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Met Gala 2015 All The Looks From The Red Carpet

Each year, the stars and their favorite designers come out to play at the Met Gala, and they all dress up according to a theme set by the Costume Institute Exhibition. This year’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass and it seems everyone was game. The thing I loved the most, is the fashion risks and loud dresses we saw on the red carpet, you can’t say there was a dull moment.  But what we also saw is lots and lots of skin. So here are some of my favorite looks so far. Take a look

Beyoncé pulled a Rihanna in a Givenchy dress that left very little to the imagination. If you look closely it’s jewel encrusted covering only her lady bits. A little out of character for the usually more red carpet modest star. And those poses she pulled- slightly overdone-like her hair.

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Fashion’s reigning muse Rihanna stole the show in this larger than life Guo Pei gown that looked like it took inspiration from Belle in Beauty at the Beast with a modern twist. I love how fearless she is when it comes to fashion.

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Maleficent also made an appearance on the red carpet possessed by Sarah Jessica Parker. I don’t know how she managed to balance that piece on her head but it was designed by Philip Treacy the same designer that makes those fancy hats you see on a lot of members of the England’s royal family. Call her a troll, Power Ranger or what you want, the woman likes to play dress up.

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Lady GaGa showed up in this voluminous, kimono-style dress embellished with feathers; reportedly in 14,000 of them! Poor birdies. Now the eyebrows, those need a post all on their own.

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I totally didn’t expect to see her there, but Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney showed up to the MET Gala this year. Amal looked gorgeous in this striking strapless red John Galliano that matched the theme. Loved the structured studded bodice and tiered skirt and her hubby looked great. also in an Armani suit.

George Clooney and Amale Met Gala

The love affair continues- Donatella Versace and Jennier Lopez. Jennifer  goes commando in this butt-bearing sheer beaded gown and Donatella decides to complement the whole nudity thing by going full frontal.

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Anne Hathaway is the only one who managed to dress in costume and still look elegant and beautiful rather than over the top, she showed up hand in hand with Ralph Lauren himself wearing this gold hooded dress that looks like it may have taken some inspiration from a boxing champion. I LOVED IT

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In typical Jeremy Scott fashion, both Katy Perry and Madonna showed up with the designer in his latest Moschino print gowns that looked like a graffiti artist spray painted them. I’m not impressed. He’s silly and has the talent of a 6 year old.

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Another all gold-gown this time Kate Hudson in this glittery number by Michael Kors which she complemented a floral wrap headband. Nailed it

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And of course no red carpet is complete without the attention seeking couple of the decade, Kim Kardashian and Kanye in an all see -through rock by Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli. What’s going on there? Who knows. Typical Kim.

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Yes the theme is China, but I though Emily Blunt  was all too obvious in this steel blue Prada dress, embellished with crystal and glass pieces and a matching (also patterned) cape.  I don’t hate it but not loving it either.

Oh look it’s a blow fish. Oh wait that’s Solange Knowles once again attempting to stay relevant in this Giles dress.  Ok S we’re talking about you again. Happy?

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I love Jennifer Lawrence but for a lady that a) sits as the co-chair and B) has the best costumes in Hunger Games I expected bigger, puffier and dramatic. So she looked semi-normal in this blah Dior poppy floral cut-out gown and encrusted neckline. Loved the messy bun and hot pink lips nonetheless.