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.
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
There were so many disastrous frocks at the 2013 MTV’s Video Music Awards. So so many. And then there was the trainwreck Miley Cyrus who committed every crime against fashion and her dignity that even Helena Bonham Carter was probably shaking her head in disdain somewhere.
So instead of getting nasty I’m going to share with you my choice of best dressed because there were a couple of fabulous gowns that really deserve the recognition.
First up is Selena Gomez in this show-stopping Atelier Versace fall 2013 creation. I can’t begin to describe my complete infatuation with this number and how well she wore it although I still view Selena as this younger Disney princess-type. She took this entire look right off the runway including those amazing shoes. I absolutely adore the bustier, the detail and the color. Best dressed hands down!
Ciara looked picture perfect in this piece of art couture by Givenchy. The intricate embroidery looks like it’s been sculptured right on to her body and the feathers at the bottom give it an ethereal feel. Pure perfection from head to toe.
I have no idea who Holland Roden is but let me tell you she is now on my style radar. I LOVED this daring ivory Naeem Khan pants-dress combo. Not many can pull off this look but she did so well with her gelled back hair and the crimson lips were the perfect final touch.
I’ve always been big on long-sleeved dresses ever since Angelina Jolie stunned in that green Atelier Versace … so Girls actress Alison Williams comes in fourth for me in this ivory Valentino Fall 2013 long sleeved, high collared lace dress. She unusually paired it with those Christian Louboutins heels that actually work.
Ok I love Hervé Léger, so does every girl in the world. And then there’s Hervé Léger and Max Azria. Let me tell you, not many women can pull of this look, and your bust and hips really need to be proportional to be able to fit into this nicely. Taylor Swift’s been blessed with never-ending legs and a tiny frame so although she wears it really well, it’s still a pretty safe bet. I’d love to see Sofía Vergara’s hour glass rocking this one.
Taylor’s old-hollywood hair and red lip pairing look great but slightly too made up, I would rather see her hair with tousled casual waves.
Want more Red Carpet hits and misses? Check them out HERE
Posted in Fashion Crime Scenes, RED Carpet Watch
Tagged 2013, best dressed, fashion, fashion crimes, givenchy, haute couture, miley cyrus, mtv awards, redcarpet, shoes, taylor swift, women
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 shopbop.com 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.
Posted in Fashion-ME-Up, Mon Obsession du Jour
Tagged fashion, flats, iphone case, loafers, marc by marc jacobs, moschino, online shopping, outfits, shopping, women
The Lebanese entertainment industry is no stranger to recycling. That’s right, when it comes to borrowing ideas both directors and celebrities don’t hold back. I’m not sure what goes on in their heads when they decided to blatantly reproduce the work of some of the world’s biggest names in music. I mean, come on they got us a fake PSY (Gangnam Style) this weekend and thought we wouldn’t notice. That’s insulting and pretty racist if you ask me.
Here’s the thing, Beyonce, Britney and Lady Gaga are international superstars. If they think that they can sneakily “borrow” a scene from one of their videos without getting noticed then they must assume we don’t own TVs or computers which is also quite insulting. Either way, they’ll deny these allegations to the last minute and may even claim they’re the ones getting copied.
Check out these scenes and make your own conclusions.
( Click on images to enlarge)
Left: Angelina Jolie in a scene from Alexander the Great
Right: Lebanese host/ singer/ entertainer Maya Diab in her Shaklak MaBta3raf Video (truly groundbreaking btw) watch it here
Left: Beyonce dressed as BB The Homemaker in her video for Why Don’t You Love Me?
Right: Lebanese singer/entertainer Myriam Fares in her new video for her song Kifak Inta. Myriam has mastered Beyonce’s dance moves by the way. Watch it here
Right: Britney Spears dressed as an flight attendant in the iconic airplane scene from her video for Toxic.
Left: Lebanese entertainer/singer Layal Abboud dressed as an attendant in a train in the video for her song Ya Ana Ya Ana.
Exhibit D (and the biggest offender you can read more about this one here)
Left: Britney Spears in a diamond encrusted revealing bodysuit from her Toxic video
Right: Lebanese singer Clauda Chemali in her comeback song “Bowsa Qatoulieh”- meaning- “Toxic Kiss”
Also see Celebs Separated at Birth
Posted in Fashion Crime Scenes, Tabloid Trash
Tagged Angelina Jolie, beirut, Beyonce, Britney Spears, copycat, fashion, haifa, lebanese culture, lebanon, maya diab, music, myriam fares, video
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!
Read more about this
IVY WHO? via Vero Moda ME
#IvysBig Reveal via Blog Baladi
Posted in Diary of a Not-So-Single Girl In Beirut
Tagged #ivysbigreveal, chopin vodka, event, fashion, ivy, ivys big reveal, ivysays, label 5, le gray, party, pommery, ragmag, red bull, veromoda
Left: Haifa Wehbe performing on Dancing With The Stars back in January in this sheer netted and embellished Nicolas Jebran creation that doesn’t leave much to the imagination. She paired it with an over-sized blingy hair piece.
Right: Maya Diab in almost the same dress by her all-time go-to-designer Nicolas Jebran at Cannes in May. Maya wore her signature big hair and accessorized her look with de GRISOGONO earrings.
So who goes home a winner? Haifa, Maya or should they both get jail time for crimes against fashion?
More Who Wore It Best posts here
Also see Kim Kardashian and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar
Posted in Fashion Crime Scenes
Tagged designer, fashion, fashion crimes, funny, gossip, haifa, haute couture, lebanese culture, lebanon, maya diab, outfits, redcarpet, women
I’ve never been one to moisturize religiously partly due to laziness and partly because I just couldn’t bare the dense consistency of most facial moisturizers on my face. I’m also profoundly sensitive to scents and even the most renowned creams made me uncomfortable and prompted me to wash my face immediately.
That was until my mother insisted I try out the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief moisturizer. I was already a big fan of Clinque’s 3 step system since my late teens, having used their Liquid Facial Soap and Clarifying Lotion almost daily. So I brought my first jar of this award winning Moisture surge two years ago and have been hooked ever since.
I instantly fell in love with the texture, which is actually more like a gel than a cream, hands down, it’s one of the softest pink sheer formulas I’ve ever touched and it spreads perfectly onto skin and gets absorbed instantly, like it was never there. But it’s there alright, because it will leave your face feeling super baby soft and refreshed, almost plumped. The best part is that’s its actually oil-free.
It’s now a fundamental part of my daily regimen and even managed to get my makeup to blend much better. Although it doesn’t come cheap (around $60 for 75ml in Lebanon) it will last for 3 months easy since you really need a very small amount to comfortably spread it all over.
Try it out and let me know what you think.
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