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20 Problems Every Girl Will Face This Summer

1)      When you’re invited to 6 weddings, 4 of which have groups of mutual friends. Which means you actually have to go out and buy 4 new gowns.


2)      When it’s sunny and nice all week but cloudy on the weekends. Bye bye tan.


3)      How exactly are you supposed to wear your new designer sunglasses when it’s really cloudy?


4)      Now you can’t get those low-lights you wanted.


5)      When you  give up on that tan and decide to use a spray tan instead. It ruins all your white dresses.

white dress


6)      Mykonos or Marbella?


7)      When your manicure lady is fully booked and now the color on your fingers don’t match your toes.


8)      Your wax lady won’t see you for the next two month because she’s having a baby.

n no no

9)      The monokini will give you major tan lines but it’s this season’s must have.

cant take it

10)   You did your summer shopping and still have nothing to wear.


11)   When you just found out those over-priced heels you bought last week are now on sale.


12)  When you realize the dress you ordered online is a size too small.


13)   When you’re supposed to be on a bikini diet but everyone in the office is ordering fries with their meal.


14)   You’re always so grumpy because that stupid diet is making you hungry


15)   You’re not supposed to eat after 8pm but suddenly everyone you know is throwing a summer night barbeque.


16)  When you can’t decide between rosé or champagne and mixing both makes you dizzy.

dizzy wine

17)   When you remember you have an outdoor yoga class but you just got your hair blown-out the evening before.


18)   Your boss better not schedule his annual summer dinner on SKYBAR’s opening night.

ita not funny

19)   When your friend who usually has a seasonal table at SKYBAR decides he’s moving to Dubai.


20)    When the bouncer says you’re not on the list for opening night

excuse me

Have I missed any?


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The 8 Must-Have Items in Your Closet This Summer

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An Essie Affair

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A friend asked me why I’m so obsessed with Essie. For starters, the choices are endless, over 900 to be more precise! And I just love the way they’re always introducing new shades every season single season. I’ve tried countless nail polish brands and I can safely say that Essie is the longest lasting one I have come across to date. So couple that with some of the season’s hottest shades and you’ve got yourself a winning combo.

I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit how much I love the witty and fun names they give each bottle, names that stick with you. I recently came across an interview with Essie Cosmetic’s founder Essie Weingarten did with ELLE where she goes into the very dynamic process of how they come up with those names.

I’m been spamming my Instagram with Essie’s latest collection of nail polish shades. Here are a few of my favourite of their latest shades which I totally recommend you try out this summer.

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Essie Romper Room

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So tell me, what is your favorite Essie shade?

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The 8 Must-Have Items in Your Closet This Summer

Ivy's pick- purple clear

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

the midi skirt

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

PVC heels

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

fringe bas

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

the ring

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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Ivy Says in ELLE Arab World

I’m very proud to have been chosen as one of the guest bloggers in the May issue of Elle Arab World available in the UAE, Oman, KSA and Qatar. From what I would never leave the house without to this season’s hottest trends, check out the full feature here and don’t forget to grab your copy!

Photographed by Mokhtar Beirut

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MET Gala 2014, The Best and Worst Dressed List


emma stone

Emma Stone and her boyfriend Andrew Garfield were one of my favorite best dressed couples last night. I absolutely loved her 2-piece Thakoon dress, her swide swept messy pony tail and that fabulous bronze makeup. Her man complimented her so well in grey, a color we seldom see on men walking the red carpet. One of my favorite looks.

the beckhams at the met

The Beckhams were one of the only couples to actually follow the white theme last night and also played matchy matchy with David in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham in a white column dress of her own design which I LOVED.

Naomi watts

One of my favorite and unique dresses of all time is Naomi Watts in this jaw-dropping Givenchy Couture smokey white, gray and black scaled dress. I didn’t however like her hair or makeup and would have loved to see this look on someone more vibrant like Anne Hathaway.

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Fashion darling and event co-chair Sarah Jessica Parker made quite the statement in this head turning black and white Oscar de la Renta gown with peplum waist and white elbow-length gloves topped with an extravagant  chignon. My favorite part was the back of the dress and the designer’s signature at the bottom.


Now there’s someone who is truly enjoying fashion. Fashion current IT girl Lupita Nyong’o pulled off a look not many others can in her custom Prada complete with everything from beads, crystals and feathers and accessorized it with that stunning headpiece and those must-have Prada shoes.


Mr.and Mrs.Carter dazzled on the red carpet last night. Jay-Z was dressed like Beckham but in Givenchy while Beyonce donned this very low cut number also by Givenchy Couture with a lovely veiled headpiece. I thought she did way better than the Givenchy disaster she wore last year or the one before that.

charlize theron

I loved how Charlize Theron took a risk with this otherwise classic strapless Dior gown by throwing a Tuxedo Jacket over her shoulders. She looked every inch the red carpet veteran she is and managed to pull of this statement effortlessly. I’m obsessed with her earrings!

rihannarihanna met back dress

Rihanna looked like a modern day princess in this custom Stella McCartney two-piecer. Only she can pull of backless cropped top with shoulder pads AND a beaded choker. Her floor length skirt wrap showed off her toned midriff and the train gave this look the drama it deserved. Her hair sat like a crown and her makeup was just right.

katie-holmes-met ball 2014

Katie Holmes looked disastrous in this mustard yellow Marchesa gown. Even a supermodel couldn’t make this ugly gown look good so I’m not sure why she even chose it at fashion’s most watched events. And don’t even get me started on that tragic hair and makeup. Fashion FAIL!


Now this is the kind of sight the MET Gala is all about. Dita von Teese and designer Zac Posen made fashion magic together on the red carpet. She wore this gorgeous figure-hugging pale pink mermaid gown with a statement red hem. I love how Zac Posen wore this cape that made him look like fashion’s wizard or Harry Potter. One of my favorite designer- muse collaborations of the night.


Kristen Wigg walked the red carpet with designer Alexander Wang wearing Balenciaga. I loved this dress-pant combo, especially the combination of the halter neck with multi-level skirt and sparkling interior. This is the perfect example of a how a simple look can still make a big fashion statement.


Model Joan Smalls walked the carpet with designer Vera Wang without making the smallest of impacts in this nude strapless tulle gown and sheer skirt that was nice overall, but definitely not the kind of gown you would expect at the MET Ball especially when a designer walks the carpet with her muse. The only striking things about this entire look was Joan’s purple lipstick which I did not like at all.


Nicole Richie took the “Costume” title of the Met Costume Institute Gala quite literally when she decided to look like a ice smurf in this velvet and sheer silver Donna Karan gown and purple hair. And although I  appreciate her eagerness to deliver that fashion shock factor I didn’t think she pulled it off as she did last year with her grey hair and amazing Topshop gown.


Fashion Crime Scene: a fashion fabric explosion happened here. From embroidery to tulle to lace bracelets and rings,  I am no designer but this is basic, what Donna Karan Atelier did to poor Rita Ora was evil.


Unexpected from Karolina Kurkova, but she made some serious fashion waves in this Marchesa floral masterpiece that looks like it should sit in a museum. I’m sure it weighed tons but the supermodel pulled it off so effortlessly. Now this is the kind of couture people expect to see at the MET Gala!


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley embraced her inner gladiator in this leopard and leather long sleeved short dress and heels by Balmain. I know women who would wear this outfit to dinner on a Thursday so I’m not sure it was appropriate to the MET Gala, especially when you compare it to Sarah Jessica Parker or Karolina Kurkova’s looks but nevertheless she looked phenomenal.

suki waterhouse

Sure Suki Waterhouse looked gorgeous last night but it feel like we’ve seen the same color and style of this Burberry tiered frilly dress so many times on the red carpet and it also feels very much like Valentino’s signature style. I liked how she gave it an edge with that bold red lipstick but the entire look didn’t move me.


Allison Williams looked regal in this coral old-hollywood style Oscar de la Renta gown that was just perfect for Spring. The dress fit her like a glove and I loved her simple up do and perfect makeup. This is the kind of look that belongs at the Oscars.


Another  two-piece crop gown this time Anne Hathaway in a striking red bustier and skirt from a by Calvin Klein and Gianvito Rossi  patent pumps. She’s been taking some fashion risks lately and I love her for it like that Gucci dress she wore at the Oscars earlier this year.


Let’s get one thing straight, this Louis Vuitton dress is stunning, there is no denying that. That said, Michelle Williams was way too under-dressed almost as though she couldn’t be bothered which I’m sure Lady Wintour will not appreciate.

the stella girls

And finally the Stella Crew, featuring designer Stella McCartney alongside Cara Delevinge, Kate Bosworth and Reese Witherspoon. I loved Cara ensemble the most and I thought Reese looked lovely.

Who was your best and worst dressed at the 2014 MET Gala?

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Ivy’s RED Carpet Watch


Ivy Reviews: Benefit Gimme Brow Voluminizing Fiber Gel


I haven’t kept my contempt towards over sized tattooed eyebrows a secret, but that doesn’t mean I’m not for a bigger bolder brow.

I’ve tested several Eyebrow pencils and though I’ve tried hard to get a soft color release I usually end up with precise sharp lines that just don’t blend-in nicely with the rest of my brows-because I’m lazy and unless I spend a good amount of time concentrating, filling in sparse gaps and brushing, it’s just not gonna happen for me.

And don’t get me started on powder-based eyebrow/eyeshadow products, color pay-off is way too harsh and unnatural in my opinion like a marker that gets grainy and cakey after hours. So I was excited when I discovered this creamy textured brow product last fall and have been hooked ever since.

Benefit’s Gimme Brow is an industry favorite having won the Allure Best of Beauty Award. I know MAC and Makeup Forever have translucent eyebrow gels that help keep brows in place but this one is a little different, I like to think of it as a mascara but for your brows!


All you have to do is swipe the bristle brush across your brows in the direction of hair growth et voila, thicker, fuller brows, the lightweight texture will stay put all day if needed. Did I mention its waterproof too? Coverage is buildable so I would suggest one light stroke for day makeup but you can easily add a round for an evening out on the town. The best part is it doesn’t feel sticky or crusty when it dries out, something I cannot stand in other products.

But make no mistake, although Benefit does mention the precision tip for shaping, I would recommend Gimme Brow as voluminous eyebrow filler as it’s pretty difficult to shape without getting formula all over your brow bone. So there’s no reason why you can’t use after your favorite eyebrow pencil to fill out empty or uneven areas.



Gimme Brow comes in two shades, light/medium and medium/deep. Though I like to keep my eyebrows natural the light/medium shade was actually way too light for me so I went with the medium deep.

I totally recommend Benefit Gimme Brow available at Sephora stores worldwide. This brand is not available in Lebanon but your best bet would be Dubai and it retails for $33.

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GAP styld.by + IvySays = Edgy Denim


I’m happy to be featured today on GAP Styld.by 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 Styld.by here

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Beirut Street Pop Art

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GAP Styld.by + 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 Styled.by 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 Styld.by Global Page

GAP styld.by + 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 styld.by 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 Styld.by below

Beirut Street Pop Art

Under The Bridge

Oscars 2014 Red Carpet: The Best And Worst Dressed

The Oscars are one of the biggest nights for fashion as A-listers flock to the red carpet to flaunt it. And though I was expecting a bigger impact from many stars who decided to play it safe, there were also less offenders than usual, that or I’m getting soft!

Here are my best and worst dressed nominees.

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsThe queen of the red carpet continues her reign in this Armani Prive masterpiece embroidered in what looked like shells but were in reality Swarovski crystal baguettes. I love the cap sleeves which we saw a lot of last night and she accessorized her look with a stunning pair of Chopard drop earrings. My best dressed.


Sexy and Vintage. Number two on my best dressed list is Kate Hudson in this showstopping Atelier Versace ivory number. There is so much thought and detail that went on in the design of this dress that it left me just starring in awe. I absolutely loved how the plunging neckline is also knotted in her midsection and the gorgeous sparkly cape with those shapely shoulder pads. Her side swept hair and soft makeup gave this gown all the attention it truly deserved.

US-OSCARS-ARRIVALSEvery designer in the world awaited Lupita Nyong’o appearance who sashayed in this ethereal ivory blue Prada princess gown and a diamond-studded headband that reminded of of a modern Cinderella as she snuk out to the ball. Not anybody can pull of this look so effortlessly without looking to princessy but Luptia has rare combo of the look, the confidence and the charisma to do so.


I’m not sure what went on in their heads when Naomi Watts  and Calista Flockhart spotted each other on the red carpet but it must have been slightly awkward. I couldn’t decide who’s dress I liked more so I decided to group them.

Naomi’s wore this stunning cap-sleeved custom-made Calvin Klein Collection gown fully encrusted in beading with a jaw-dropping Bvlgari diamond collar necklace while Calista also wore a fully encrusted dress by Andrew Gn Resort 2014 and gorgeous emerald studs. Calista looked a little older with her messy updo while Naomi gave her look a younger touch with her sleek do and red lipstick.

Julia-Roberts-Wearing-Givenchy-2014-OscarsOnce again Julia Robert disappoints in this very ill-fitting borderline baggy lace gown by Givenchy. Why she insists on making herself look shabby and older is a mystery to me but she’s really not giving her career the praise it deserves with all these bad fashion choices.


Anne Hathaway showed her playful side on the red carpet in this black Gucci halter gown with a heavy crystal embroidered bodice that made her look super slim and edgy especially with her pixie cut. The look worked so well on her boyish frame I just wish she wore a bolder lipstick shade.

Jennifer-Lawrence-in-Dior-Couture-2014-OSCARSI like it, it’s old-hollywood and glamorous but it’s exactly how we’ve been seeing Jennifer Lawrence for the past red carpet events. I know she’s Dior’s face but I’m tired of it and I’m sure as hell tired of seeing her in that strapless cut looking much older. This peplum crimson gown is pretty and she looks good but nothing worth remembering.

Angelina-Jolie-in-Elie-Saab-Couture-2014-OSCARS1I’m gonna say it. I liked this long-sleeve metallic sequined Elie Saab Fall 2013 gown on the runway more than I did on Angelina Jolie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m relieved not to see her wearing yet another black gown but the gown actually makes Angelina look somewhat top-heavy, yes as ludicrous as that sounds since she’s very skinny. It also washes her out a little bit. Perhaps it’s the makeup and boring hair but this was a lost opportunity.

Jennifer-Garner-Oscars-2014Jennifer Garner doesn’t strike me as someone to watch on the red carpet but she really impressed in this metallic fringe Oscar de la Renta number. In fact I loved how simple yet glamorous she looked and how flattering that dress was on her. I would lose those platform Brian Atwood shoes and darkened the lips.

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsJessica Biel can make a Chanel Couture dress look plain jane.Now that takes skill. And although this nude and silver strapless gown is filled in all the all the right places she just looked too washed out. Too bad that even Tiffany & Co. jewels couldn’t save her.

Charlize-Theron-Wearing-Christian-Dior-2014-OscarsTalk about a dramatic statement. Charlize Theron missed in this Dior Couture gown thanks to those heinous invisible straps that in my opinion should be banned worldwide. And although her mermaid silhouette looks banging this dress does not work on her bust and small frame from the waist up though the tiered bottom is absolutely stunning. This is the kind of gown I would see Sofia Vergara wearing.Sorry.


Portia de Rossi sure knows how to grab our attention. She brought risk and spring to the red carpet in this peekaboo Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2014 cut-out white halter gown. She gave it a edgy touch with her slicked back hair.

Lady Gaga atleier verrsace

Lady Gaga should definitely stick to her theatrical get ups because normal just doesn’t work for her. She tried a little too hard in this metallic and lavender Atelier Versace and dreadful chiffon scarf she wrapped around her neck. Her hair delivers the final blow to this mess.

Giambattista Valli gown

Penelope Cruise goes for the draped Grecian Goddess look and fails. This pink powder pink Giambattista Valli dressdoesn’t fit her nicely in fact it makes her look preggers.  Her hair do was the best thing going for her but that tacky lipstick shade killed it.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

After a fantastic set of wins Amy Adams decide to play it safe in this understated navy Gucci dress. The collar-like bustling and faux pockets are  the only things that stop this gown short of being just a really well fitted boring gown with a typical train. Regardless, she still looked beautiful.


Young Hollywood take notes. Hermione, I mean Emma Watson is one of those people that usually annoys me, but I was really caught off guard when I saw her in this  sleeveless metallic and black Vera Wang gown. I loved how casual and laid back the bodice look almost t-shirt liked and the mermaid skirt below. And she was one of the few that finally put on a kick-ass red lipstick!

Who were you best and worst?

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