Most people who know me well know I have a weakness for Ted Baker, the British luxury brand known mostly for their signature unique prints which I absolutely adore. And to my bank account’s dismay, I almost never leave one of their stores empty handed even when I promise myself I’m “just browsing.”
But what also puts this designer on one of my list of absolute favorite brands is the fantastic fit most of their outfits have and no I don’t just mean on my own figure, and I’ll prove that to you today in this post. Whether it’s a form-hugging midi dress, maxi, tunic or even a floral jumper, there is something about the intricate tailoring and cuts that just about flatter every figure thanks to Ted Baker’s superior craftsmanship and grade A quality
Although Ted Baker is partially present at a few department stores in Lebanon, it officially opened its first stand-alone store at City Centre Beirut and this is the only one with a complete men’s section as well. You’ll find the full range here from outfits, bags shoes and all sorts of accessories.
You must be wondering if they carry a maternity line, since I’m very much into last trimester, they don’t, but that’s why I’m such a fan, I was able to shop here and find the full collection of the latest outfits that worked even with my big baby bump, all I had to do was go a size or two larger.
For my first look I went for this playful outfit with a white preppy top that had a pearl embroidered collar and a powder pink flowy midi-skirt which I styled with a matching floral pair of pumps and a clutch. I loved how passe-partout the look was, perfect for both a brunch or dinner.
For my second look, I wanted a little black dress to wear to an upcoming event and I loved how this-off the-shoulder one hugged my figure and showed off my bump without making it look over exaggerated. I added a pop of color with these patent crimson pumps and this cut-out monochrome clutch.
And finally, this Fuchsia Floral print tunic dress was something I could wear daily, I obsessed with the colors and couldn’t help but dress it down with a pair of matching sneakers which were also love at first sight. They work with almost anything and are just so comfortable.
Ted baker is located on Level 2 of City Centre Beirut.
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Before I tell you about the wonderful message behind Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics limited Nostaligie d’Orient I think I I speak for a lot of women when I say we appreciate makeup that gets us, the kind of easy-to-carry sets that can be thrown into a makeup bag and pulled out for quick pick-me-ups throughout the day. So when I heard that Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics was coming out with this three-piece pencil set that included a black kohl, red lipstick and concealer all in one, I knew I had to give it a try.
With Nostalgie d’Orient, Bassam Fattouh wanted to depict the beautiful side of Lebanon, the idea that despite all the issues this country faces which dominate international headlines, it also imports beauty around the world, something we tend to forget… So this collection is his way of paying homage and celebrating both the past and the present by combining the three landmarks we are so proud of; our Baher (sea), Jabal (Mountain) and the capital Beirut, in a vintage pop art package designed by renowned graphic designer Rana Salam.
Beirut: My favorite thing about this Lipstick is that it’s one of the few times you get to wear a bold color without requiring a lip liner, because it basically combines the super creaminess of a lipstick with the precision of lip liner, just keep it sharpened. The color is a signature fiery red one which never fails to impress and although it is very matte it’s quite lively upon application.
Jabal: This one’s a bold carbon black eyeliner, with a very VERY highly pigmented formula. I recommend you use it for tracing and creating kohled eyes or a bold oriental cat eye more than blending for a smokey eye look. The color release is excellent and it will last and last without smudging or streaking, It’s uber matte too.
Baher: I confess, this is my first experience with a pencil concealer, and lately I’ve been quite frustrated with formulas that fade with blending, but the yellow-based formula on this one is thick and heavy enough to stay. It’s not as blendable as you would think but I don’t mind because it’s perfect for highlighting and contouring. My only suggestion is to apply lightly because a little really goes a long way.
Et Voila, a full makeup look using these three pencils.
If you’re fan of makeup and a fan of Lebanon then this is one limited edition set you don’t want to miss out on. You can order Nostalgie d’Orient online here
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Summer.. what’s not to love about this season. The flowy dresses, the light and bright colors and just how easy and breezy everything feels. Exotic fruits, morning swims and golden sunsets.
This summer is a special one for me, I’m expecting my first in September and though I have to say at times, the heat feels overwhelming, I’ve been having some fun styling my baby bump. I’m definitely not one to shop at maternity stores, and these days you really don’t need to, with the right cut and style, going one size larger will do the trick.
But what you do come to also realize when you sport a round belly, is you can no longer follow seasonal trends, especially when they encompass midriff-bearing tops and sheer cut out panels, so you stick to the good old basics. Floor length gowns that don’t necessarily feel like tents, there’s no shame in hiding those new curves but at the same time, something that won’t add discomfort to your ever growing bump.
I plan on writing a post on how I’ve managed to stay fit during pregnancy, and believe me when I say it’s not easy, I’ve had my ups and downs, days when I feel like tossing those organic veggies for a chocolate binge, and sometimes I do. But that’s for a later post.
I styled two of my favorite items this summer in two different looks. I was happy to discover Bana Sunglasses, boho-style customized sunglasses inspired by summer’s most epic adventures. I am obsessed with my pair, they make me feel like I’m on one long vacation and go with almost everything. I don’t plan on taking them off this summer so you’ve been warned. You can check out the many different styles here
Furla also invited me to discover their latest Pre-Fall 15 Collection and one of (the many) bags I fell in love with is the new Stacy bucket bag in blue. I’m a huge fan of Saffiano Leather and I’m usually an even bigger fan of bags that can hold their form and this one does so flawlessly even after a lot of wear. There are endless ways to style the bucket bag which I’ll be doing all season long.
I styled them with this cotton dress from Oysho, who have spoiled me this summer and a pair of navy and white Chanel Espadrilles.
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Tagged Bana Sunglasses, beauty, beirut, blog, blogger, boho chic, bucket bag, fashion, furla, Furla Lebanon, lifestyle, lifestyle blog, oysho, Pregnancy, shopping in lebanon, style, style the bump, summer trends, sunglasses
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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