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Summer Safari- A Look from Forever 21

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I absolutely love the endless choices of accessories, hats and shoes that you can pair with outfits at Forever 21 located exclusively at City Centre Beirut. The convenience of completing an entire outfit from head-to-toe in one stop is also something you will come to appreciate when pressed on time.

I loved the boho-chic feel of my first Black and Teal look but for my second look with Forever 21, I chose this short denim dress which I thought would make the perfect addition to my wardrobe this summer, since it’s both versatile, light and can be dressed in so many different ways.

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I styled it a little differently, with a pair of closed black mules which I remember rocking back in the 90s (they’re back big time) and a small-sized pretty powder pink backpack and completed the look with this Indiana Jones style Fedora I loved so much I also picked up in black. I like how the entire outfit put together looked safari-themed and fun. What do you think?

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Black and Teal: A Full Look from Forever 21

When I lived in both the UAE and Toronto, Forever 21 was a frequent stop I’d make to get affordable deals on some of the latest trends right off the runway. So it was quite disappointing not to be able pass by the LA-based retailer and pick up a couple of tops or dresses before a night out or weekend getaway during the past few years of moving to Lebanon. But like many exclusive stores that opened at City Centre Beirut, one of them was Forever 21 that made an appearance in January of this year. It’s just as big on outfits as it is on accessories and when I say accessories I mean EVERYTHING from shoes, bags, jewelry, makeup and even hair supplies.

Now I’m not one to shop at maternity stores, though I’m a little over 7 months pregnant, but I’m happy to say shopping at Forever21 was no challenge at all, I was lucky to find many trends and styles that work with my growing bump.

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First up I immediately fell in love with this teal green dress that had a cut out bustier with black mesh in the centre and a thigh high slit. Though this dress was a little sexy, it was also elegant and revealed just the right amount of skin.

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I wanted to style this look with a 90’s vibe so I chose these patent black flatform pumps that are very much IN this season another 90’s favorite, the backpack. The bag also helped make this otherwise more formal dress more day appropriate, as opposed to a clutch.

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This dress is also available in black and white. Make sure to stop by soon to check out my second look from Forever 21.

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6 Red Carpet Lessons From Murex D’or and Biaf 2015

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This week was red carpet par excellence for Lebanon with not one but two awards ceremonies, The Murex D’or and the Biaf. And if you were hoping to spot the latest international red carpet trends in couture don’t hold your breath darlings, we like to do things a little differently here and over-the-top doesn’t even big to describe it. So if you want to fit in make sure you got these below red carpet tips covered because if not you might go unnoticed or (gasp) boring- and lord forbid that ever happens to your career.

1, Begin by enlarging your head, it has to be at least three-to four times bigger than your actual body and it will be one hell of a balancing act. Lebanese hairdressers are specialists at this infamous signature chignon so don’t you worry. All they will need is their ego, a year’s supply of hairpins and of course enough hairspray to annihilate a population of cockroaches. Et Voila madmoiselle, tu es une star.

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2. A mask, and no I don’t mean one you can put on, it has to be hand- painted on you by a makeup artist with a supply of K Stars makeup. Do not proceed without letting him know the color of your gown and make sure you stress that you want your look to be a huge “succès.” Steer clear from earthy tones and remember highlighter and strong pigments are your best friends. Get a head start by retouching those eyebrow tattoos a week or two in advance. Let go of your instinct, trust his touch and let the magic begin.

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3. Research all the techniques that flatter your body type, now  proceed to make sure you don’t follow a single one of those tips, rules are made to be broken anyway. Be tactical about what you want to reveal. Chubby arms- go for a tube cut. Large breasts- you will need two sizes smaller to highlight that décolletage, Thick thighs- Something see-through and short. Huge waist- No A-line cuts for you. Overweight- big prints bright colors and sheer fabrics! Over 50? Dress like you’re in your 20s. You get the drift…

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4. Choose a Lebanese designer who’s name is followed by the words Haute Couture,one that loves all types of fabrics, together at the same time, without discrimination. We’re talking tulle, organza, satin and lots of lots of lace. Someone who wants to make a walking masterpiece out of you with a keen eye for producing cheap replicas and a love affair with bad embroidery and terrible finishing.

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5. The whole simplicity is sophistication is just a silly myth, more is more, and adding accessories to your outfit will only put the odds in your favor and get you the recognition and fashionista title you deserve.  Wanna throw on all your accessories including your everyday watch? Go for it. Feel like putting on that hat you’ve had in your wardrobe for years? Knock yourself out. Wear whatever jewelry is handed to you, you’re a star  darling after all and stars need bling.

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6.  Give us that old school 90s hand-on-hip pose, as soon as you spot the camera.  Who cares if it’s cheesy and makes you look like you’re posing way too hard, there is nothing natural about your entire look anyway so you might as well just werk it gurl, you are fierce!

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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

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.

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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.

Ivy Says x Adidas Outdoor Yoga

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A year ago Yoga didn’t mean much to me- back then it was a strange “boring” practice reserved for the barefoot hippies and elderly. Body Pump and calorie-busting classes were more my thing.

But then I had my first Hot Yoga class and everything changed. Before I knew it I signed up for Vinyasa, Yin Yang and even Nia Yoga. I’m not going to pretend like I’m really good at it, I’m not there yet. But I will say this- I totally underestimated it. And I don’t just mean it from a wellness perspective, I mean it gave me a new core strength, it improved my terrible posture and it helped me find my balance and focus better. It also gave me a kick-ass workout, and yes I underestimated that one too. While everyone was planking and pulling gravity defying poses there I  was struggling to grab my feet with both hands.

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Now I’m officially hooked. So on the long Easter weekend I decided to pack up my yoga mat and have an outdoor yoga session in the Jabal. And I’m always on the lookout for a cotton pair of pants or a comfortable colorful outfit that can add vibrancy to my Yoga sessions and put me in the mood.

Here I’m wearing brand new Spring 2015 Adidas Originals Hawaii Tee shirt and Leggings available in stores very soon!

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Namaste

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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