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Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

It’s no secret I’ve been utterly obsessed with everything Yves Saint Laurent beauty as of lately. I was lucky enough to have their lovely team of makeup artists work on my look for my recent radio show promotional shoot  and I’ve also been gushing over their new collection on the blog for some time now.

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Although I often shop for perfumes I seldom ever use them all and they end up as decorating pieces on my makeup table since I usually prefer sticking to one or two favorite scents tops. But when YSL sent over their recently released Black Opium I knew this wasn’t going to be a phase. I was addicted.

It now one of my signature scents and favorite fragrances to date from YSL, derived from its 1977 classic Opium, this one highlights the dark and mysterious side of the original. A new character emerges with Black Opium, a restless, complex and dramatic woman who’s both playful and serious all the time, a woman who’s impulsive and always on the move and someone who lives her life with passion. A woman I can most definitely relate to.

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Trust me when I say Black Opium smells just as good as it looks. It has notes of coffee ,electric pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar and is one of those scents that lingers on even after you’ve left the room.

I first wore this perfume to a wedding in Dubai, and it complemented my look perfectly. I was feeling quite adventurous and wore a matte black gown with a thigh-high slit that was embellished and matched the gorgeous Black Opium bottle perfectly, almost like a clutch.

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Model Eddie Campbell is the face of Black Opium and you can check out the full campaign here

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

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Oscars 2015 Red Carpet Best And Worst Dressed

There’s no strut down the red carpet like Oscars walk and you can count on the A-listers to pull out all the fashion stops. Designers from every major couture house all over the world sent in their best gowns but it’s up to the celebrities and their stylists to choose and pair the right gown with the right look that works for them.

So like I do every year, I stayed up and kept a watchful eye for you on the carpet and here is my list of the big hits and misses.

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Jennifer Aniston has had a a boring streak but as a presenter I had a feeling she would make sure to take our breath away at this Academy Awards and she did in this absolutely enchanting Atelier Versace Spring 2015 asymmetrical gown. I love everything about it from the beaded bandage bustier to the sheer skirt and side slit. She pulled it off with her casual signature hair. One of my best dressed of the evening.

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This must be the first time in a very very long time Nicole Kidman disappoints on the red carpet, in this strapless Louis Vuitton gown. The yellow tone of this sequined dress washes out her already very fair skin tone and that red belt on her waist was such a unnecessary clash. But her hair and makeup were the real let downs, she looked like she needed a major splash of color on her seemingly tired face. The only thing I loved was that LV clutch.

Noami Watts

I think we can safely say Naomi Watts has mastered the art of the red carpet and can be now considered as red carpet royalty. She wore a STUNNING Armani Privé art deco halter metallic dress unlike one we’ve seen before. I loved how the dress had sparkly black breast band and thought her berry lips were such a perfect match with this modern look. One of my best dressed, hands down.

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How does one create a gown with a astounding 6000 pearls, well leave it to Calvin Klein collection to do so. And it was none then red carpet darling Lupita Nyong’o who dared to wear this one-of-a kind-creation. I thought the top part of the dress was an absolute masterpiece and I especially loved the cut out at her mid-riff. This is definitely unlike anything we’ve seen before and I commend Lupita for always taking that fashion risk.

Kiera Knightly

Looks like Kiera Knightley finally decided to ditch Chanel after the hideous get up she donned at the Globes, and instead opted for Valentino in this floral ensemble with countless layers of tulle. I thought the floral crown was again an overkill and the birds on this dress majorly reminded me of the butterflies on that Chanel dress (nightmares aren’t going away). I just wish she didn’t insist on looking like a cute pregnant women this awards season, so many celebs have rocked their baby bumps in figure-hugging dresses and I don’t see why she insisted on playing it safe. Embrace the bump!

Sienna Miller Oscars

Sienna Miller looks like a classic Hollywood vision in this navy lace and floral macramé by Oscar de la Renta. The intricate detailing on this dress and the subtle ribbons looked so feminine and sweet and Sienna dreamy makeup and swept back was just what it needed to take this entire look to a another height. Perfection!

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Julianne Moore. Her name has become synonymous with red carpet wins, whether she’s picking up an award or taking yet another fashion risk, this ginger beauty can do no wrong. And she was twice the winner in this Chanel Haute Couture gown. If you look closely you can see that every inch of this gown is covered in this gorgeous scaly sequins and the rows of black ones made this gown a masterpiece. At the risk of over- accessorizing she paired it with these dreamy Chopard earrings, a sleek low bun and flawless marsala lips. Damn!

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Let’s get one thing out of the way Emma Stone is gorgeous and Emma Stone is one if those faces that looks amazing in colorful makeup. So put a rag on this woman, and she will still make us gawk. And let us now forget her Golden Globe pan suit!! Now have one of the world’s most talented designers custom-make a gown for her and you got yourself a winning combo. This long-sleeved beaded number is a signature look from the Lebanese designer but what really captured everyone’s attention is the bright Chartreuse color of this dress, which is not a very common one and sometimes not a very flattering one. Yet the fair skinned beauty looked statuesque in it and wore it with these Christian Louboutins as not to add too much contrast. But it was her asymmetrical bob and shimmery bold coral lips that completed this look and made a favorite for the night.

Cate Blanchette

My heart skipped a beat when as I waited for her Majesty the Queen of the Red Carpet but I can’t tell you how disappointed Kate Blanchett left me last night. No major fashion statement just this boring and simple black column dress by Margiela Couture. She accessorized it with this statement turquoise necklace. Why Kate? What is the meaning of this?

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And the best princess moment goes to: Jennifer Lopez. Finally, finally, something different! She finally ditched the curve-hugging though high slit dress for this nude Elie Saab tulle gown from his 2014 collection. But the only common denominators was the deep neckline and excess cleavage which we all know Jennifer can never leave behind. I loved her simple high pony tail, which didn’t compete with her dress and her softer makeup and pink lips that made her look less signature fierce and more feminine.

Felicity Jones Oscars

Leave it to a British actress to wear Alexander McQueen and ‘The Theory of Everything’ actress Felicity Jones looked have edgy half prom-ish in this ivory gown by the fashion house. Here’s the thing, the 3D pearl and floral embellished bodice is EVERYTHING. But its the sweeping bridal skirt that kills the vibe of this dress and takes it to a more princessy place. I think it overwhelms the otherwise petite actress’s small frame and could have progressed into something just as chic. The Cinderella hair doesn’t help either.

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Chrissy Teigen looks VA-VA-VOOM in this powder blue Zuhair Murad beaded long sleeved V-neck gown and thigh high slit. She styled it flawlessly with her loose retro curls and those bold burgundy lips. One of the Oscar’s best dressed!

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A little rusty aren’t we Mrs.Johansson? Scarlett makes it on most of the world’s worst dressed list in this emerald Atelier Versace gown. But the gown which alone looks dull was paired with this mamoth Swarovski crystal embroidered collar that looked like a bib and was terribly matched and over-accessorized with a mismatched pair of earrings. And the X-Men hair just added insult to injury. All in all she looked like a scary flashback from the 90s that we were hoping to forget. It’s going to be a long road to recovery from this one but are best wishes are with you.

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Simple, sophisticated and subtle are what comes to mind when I saw Gwyneth Paltrow in this asymmetrical blush pink dress by Ralph & Russo. The dress fits her like a glove and the over-sized flower on the shoulder gives it the couture kick it needs to keep it from looking dull. I love her side-parted hairdo the large diamond-drop earrings that give this monotone look a jolt of color. It’s definitely all-in-all very Gwyneth.

Georgina Chapman

Last but not least feast your eyes on this magnificent gown worn by Marchesa’s co-founder Georgina Chapman inspired by what she calls “opium dreams.” It is decadent to say the least, with its floral embroidery, fitted sleeves and fairytale full skirt. Her hair, makeup and earrings were just flawless. One of my favorite looks, hands down!

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Golden Globes 2015 Best and Worst Dressed

A Makeup Look By Yves Saint Laurent

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For a promo shoot of my Ivy Says NRJ Radio show, I was delighted to collaborate with the beauty team at Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) who created this day-appropriate soft winged eye and hot pink lip pair on me using some of the latest from the YSL Holiday 2014 Collection.

It was my first shoot wearing the foundation game changer; Fusion Ink Foundation which was applied with the also recently released Perfecting Polisher Brush, one of the most innovative softest and most lightweight formulas I’ve come across to date. The texture felt like a silk matte veil with an ultra-matte finish, somewhere between a liquid and powdered state. It gave me the ideal coverage for a day shoot sans the layered, heavy, cakey look that tends to come with foundation. They also highlighted my face with the iconic Touche Éclat which I reviewed here.

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To draw the perfect winged liner, I recommend you use intense and carbon-black bestseller Eyeliner Effect Faux Cils. If like me, you get a little jerky when applying eyeliner, then the pen-like grip and tip on this will make your experience a less intimidating one. It’s also waterproof. They finished off my eyes with the award-winning Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara in high density black which you can also view here

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And finally, my obsession YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte, read about this amazingly air whipped matte mousse and blush here.

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Shot by the very talented Patrick Sawaya.

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A Holiday 2014 Look From Dunes Verdun

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, December. It’s also very much the time where shopping becomes the season pastime and our outfits start reflecting the joy, mood and festive spirit of Christmas. And with all the events taking place around town I headed to Dunes Verdun to prepare two looks which could perfectly reflect my current mood holiday season. So if you’re still trying to decide on outfits or looking to treat your loved one to a lovely gift this year here is the first outfit from my fall winter 2014 selection.

I enlisted the help of my dear friend and talented fashion photographer Patrick Sawaya who also helped style me this feature and took these shots.

For the first look we wanted to find the perfect little black dress inspired holiday outfit that can work for anything, an office Christmas dinner or a party, so we choose this lovely pencil/chiffon polka skirt from GS Stores, with a simple black crop top with lace (which we tucked in). Patrick choose these statement pair of monochrome heels and this box lips clutch also from GS which he thought would give this look a pop art feel.

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I paired them with these new Tom Ford clear glasses (I’m obsessing over) available now at Hallak Opticians in Dunes Verdun and Patrick accessorized the look with this jeweled pink gold earrings, a gold, silver and pink gold trio of bracelets and a gorgeous statement ring from La Nina.

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One Year After #IVYsBigReveal and A New Ambassadorship

ivys bid reveAL It’s been one hell of a year for me.

On August 13, 2013, and after more than three years of blogging anonymously, I started toying around with the idea of revealing my identity. The thought seemed far-fetched. I was safe behind my computer, almost untouchable, but I knew it was a false sense of security I was latching on to, and eventually if I wanted my blog to grow and expand my collaboration portfolio I need to come out of my comfort zone.

I remember having a drink with Fida Chaaban RAGMAG’s Editor in Chief at the time. I told her about my idea of staging an event behind the reveal. Her eyes lit up. She disappeared for a couple of weeks. I thought she had forgotten about it. Silly me, thinking people would care. She called me a couple of days later asking me for a guest list. For what? I asked. For #IVYsBigReveal she exclaimed.

Fida ran the idea by Roula Nahas, BestSeller Regional Marketing Manager and PR Queen. Roula immediately threw her weight behind it. VERO MODA and RAGMAG would stage it. Next, Beirut’s finest luxury boutique hotel Le Gray jumped on board, they presented us with their entire Rooftop and one of their opulent executive suites. And an amazing list of sponsors followed, Chopin Vodka, Pommery Champagne, Label 5 Whiskey, Bourjois and Beirut Nightlife.

150 of the city’s finest gathered to participate in one of the most-buzzed about fashion events of the year. I could feel the energy as both Roula and Fida accompanied me to the rooftop. And just like that I took a deep breath and stepped on stage. I spotted some familiar faces in the crowd smiling at me, faces I had known online for years but never met. The rest of the night was a big beautiful time lapse, selfies and cocktails and fast chats and dancing. #IvysBigReveal trended for 3 days. I did the right thing.

You can watch the #IVYsBigReveal  short video by BeirutNightLife right here

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A little over a year later and here I am. I’ve collaborated with many amazing brands including GAP, Adidas, ChouChic.com, Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics, Maggi Arabia and was even invited to have my own segment Talk of the World on MTV Season 6 of Talk of the Town.

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Today I’m also happy to announce my new title as Brand Ambassador for Dunes Verdun, one of Lebanon’s first and most iconic malls that today serves as a landmark. Follow me as I bring to you my experiences and shopping adventures in this diverse yet cozy mall and share with you all my amazing finds from dining,to beauty, fashion and entertainment.

I also have one more exciting piece of news to share with you very soon!

 

 

 

 

Preowned Designer Resale, The Secret No One Wants To Share

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A few years back it was practically unheard of for Middle Eastern women to buy second hand luxury goods, the mere act in itself fell somewhere under a category of honor crimes. But as the word vintage began to take on a new, more attractive meaning, suddenly pre-owned items didn’t feel like such a shame after all. The idea of owning a piece of history like a vintage Chanel Flap bag, Birkin or Cartier Love bracelet has now become a source of pride. Not to mention that fact that you can now actually own a Birkin for $10,000 instead of $20,000. Online designer luxury resale and consignment stores have been around for years but as of lately the boom has been astounding. And it works for everyone, women can now make a small return on selling their unloved designer items instead of letting them collect dust in their closets and others who can’t or would rather avoid hefty retail prices can still wear the designer models they love.

But here’s where things get tricky. Although many of the websites and stores claim to have in-house teams of luxury experts and seasoned inspectors who meticulously authenticate each item, there has been the occasional claim that a few have been passing of counterfeit goods as the real thing. That’s why it’s really important you do some research before you decide on who you’re going to choose.

So I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list for you of both consignment and  luxury resale stores in the Lebanon, the Middle East and internationally in no particular order which I recommend.

Lebanon

1. Garage Luxe

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The leading store of its kind in Lebanon, Garage Luxe isn’t exactly an e-commerce store just yet (their website is under construction) though they do showcase most of their new arrivals on social media platforms including their Facebook page and Instagram. So when you see an item you like you can simply send them a message via Whatsapp/call/ or email them and book a private appointment, yes private, to ensure their client’s anonymity and comfort they don’t accept walks-ins and you’re free to browse around at your own pace. You’ll just have to be a little swift as things tend to get sold faster than you can imagine.

2. Washed and Found

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It’s been reported that Washed and Found were actually the first of their kind to brave the stigma and set up shop in Lebanon and that’s why I included them here. You can purchase their items online and they deliver to both Lebanon and worldwide but they’ll also be happy to welcome you by appointment. You can also fill out a consignment form to sell your items and they’ll contact you in 3 days. The prices are very competitive but they also have a somewhat of a miniscule more out-dated collection as compared to the rest on this list.

UAE

3. The Closet

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The Closet is renowned as one of the leading consignment stores in the region for pre-owned bags and accessories and also has one of the highest resale rates and one of my personal favorites. They have a mammoth collection that includes many current models and not just the classics you see everywhere and they are popular for picking items in fantastic condition. They also offer new handbags for sale. The Closet also has one of the largest vintage Chanel bag collections you will see on any online resale site and they’re super quick to answer any inquiry on Whatsapp. You can also visit them at their boutique in Dubai at Jumeirah Centre. Keep up faster with them on Instagram.

4. OMG Fancy That

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Having been established in late 2013, OMG Fancy that is slowly gaining traction in the UAE although their social media presence is weak. Louboutins, Valentinos and YSL Tributes are just a few of the many shoes you can find at OMG Fancy That’s site. This Dubai-based business established by two young entrepreneurs only collects  high-end  brands and has even developed an app that can help you stay up to date with all their new arrivals. They deliver worldwide.

 

5. The Real Real

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This online consignment marketplace for luxury goods is one of the most recommended  in the world, with celebrities like Jennifer Garner and Whitney Port having sold some of their designer items here. You won’t see any of those old raggedy boring models as the items are curated by some of Hollywood’s best stylists and its not just high-end, you can also find other medium range items from Tory Burch or Alice +Olivia. But you can’t browse unless your sign up. The Real Real have put their expertise into a mobile app that will also allow consumers to monitor the resale value of a designer good before even buying it! They currently do not ship to Lebanon.

6. The Fashionphile

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A veteran in the secondary market for luxury resale, The Fashionphile has one of the most extensive collections online, what I love the most about them is how detailed they are about the condition of each item and how easy it is to browse their website. You also have a section where you can search by style. Although they don’t ship directly to Lebanon they actually partnered with MY USA who can provide you with a US shipping address or you can ship them to a UAE address.

 

Taxes and Custom “Clearance” Fees

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I’m constantly asked about shipping to Lebanon and import taxes on luxury goods. Yes, you get charged ridiculous sums of money by what is considered VAT and an additional custom clearance fees on any luxury item. Let’s just say its Lebanon’s way of deterring you from shopping abroad.  The amount can vary, but I’ve once had to pay $90 dollars in taxes and clearance fees on a $100 item. So be warned.