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Fashion Report: Emmys 2014 Red Carpet Best and Worst Dressed

Januray Jones mad men

Always one to make a dramatic statement on the red carpet January Jones donned this fiery strapless Prabal Gurung gown which on its own with those heels are smashing. And though I love her for always being experimental I’m stunned by how unflattering and greasy those messy and uneven bangs look on her. In fact from her neck upwards her head looks like it could be Photoshopped on.

Claire danes in Geivenchy

Another red number for the night with fashion darling Claire Danes who never ceases to turn heads on the red carpet though I’m not exactly sure why she’s still relevant. This red laced sheer paneled Givenchy is gorgeous especially with the edgy neck embroidery though it falls frumpy on her waist. Love the back-swept hair and striking lipstick.



I just love tuxedos on the red carpet and it takes a real mature women to pull it off (think Tilda Swinton and Sharon Stone) and still get all the attention. House of Cards star Robin Wright (Claire) turns heads in this backless cream Ralph Lauren Collection tuxedo-jumpsuit and her signature slicked back hair.


Lena Dunham- I really don’t want to talk about it.


Screen siren Natalie Dormer stunned in this color-blocked J. Mendel Resort 2015 gown. It fit her like a glove and showed off her gorgeous figure though I don’t think orange is particularly her color. Still it was a refreshingly different look we haven’t seen much of.


One of the best dressed of the Emmys was Lizzy Kaplan (remember her from Mean Girls?) girl brought her A-game to the red carpet in this monochrome satin cut-out ballgown by Donna Karen Atelier. Her hair and makeup did not compete at all with the dress and all in all she looked so effortless.


Kate Mara sashayed her way down the red carpet in this ethereal and quite complicated white J. Mendel gown but she still managed to look effortless. I love the combination of the chiffon layers with the dramatically beaded top and strategic cut-outs. She matched it perfectly with those lovely monochrome Charlotte Olympia platforms. Lovely!

Julia Roberts

I’m grateful to Julia Roberts for finally trying and getting out of that vicious frumpy cycle, I also want to commend her on the new hot bod she’s been rocking. Having said that I don’t think this beaded Elie Saab Couture mini was the way to go. The dress in itself is stunning but would have been more suited for a younger actress, it just seemed a little out of place for this seasoned Hollywood veteran. And those Louboutin peep-toe pumps were way too chunky. Still a huge improvement from last year.

Halle Berry

Another Elie Saab creation makes an appearance at the Emmys this time on Halle Berry in this powder purple halter chiffon dress. Though this is a new look for her I’m not sure she looked so effortless in it, as it just seemed like she wasn’t quite in her element since she almost always wears figure-hugging dresses and shows way more skin but I guess that’s what happens when you get of your style comfort zone.

sofia vergara

Two words for this look; Mermaid and déjà vu. Sofia Vergara manages to wear yet again the same style with a different color, this time it’s a white Roberto Cavalli with silver embellishments. Yes we get it she has the most celebrated curves in the industry and good for her to know what works on her body type and run with it but she may as well just start recycling dresses because this is becoming way too redundant. I’d love to see her step out of her comfort zone for once on that red carpet.


Gwen Stephani is a rock-star and it shows in every fashion decision she makes. This silver metallic number by Atelier Versace with plunging square cut-outs may not be as formal as one would expect to an Emmys Red Carpet event but still I’m really feeling this look on her. Her slick straight hair complements it perfectly and I’m happy to see she ditched the crimson lipstick for a change.

camilla alves

Camila Alves killed it in an intricate white mosaic Zuhair Murad gown from his Ready-to-Wear Collection. The gown is a masterpiece with its sheer details and shapely form. Hands down this is one of my favorite looks from the Emmys.

sarah paulson emmys

Yes I know I’m constantly complaining that not enough fashion risks are happening on the red carpet but there is no risk here, just a doomed scenario. Sarah Paulson looks like she got caught in a fishing net loaded with crabs that or someone who hasn’t had a wax in years. The Armani Prive dress certainly got a lot of attention but definitely not for the right reasons. Sadly this will go down as one of the biggest red carpet fails of all times though Kim Kardashian’s couch dress still reigns.

Kerry Washington

I really don’t understand this Prada gown on Kerry Washington with a thigh high split and shimmery navy skirt. I don’t care about the details everyone is swooning over, the fact is it’s not a flattering cut or color and there’s just way too much going on there and her choice of pumps only worsened the disaster. Fashion felony for sure.


Omg it’s Queen Cersei Lannister! Lena Heady looks every inch the edgy bad-ass in this asymmetrical Rubin Singer dress and cute pixie cut. She actually looks less intimidating then her Game of Thrones character though she’s decked in black.


What do you think?


Read More Red Carpet Reports

MET Gala 2014

2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet

2012 Emmys Red Carpet

MTV Video Music Awards 2013

Murex D’Or 2013

The MET Gala 2012

2012 Oscars Best And Worst Dressed




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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

An Essie Affair

outdoor manu

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.

essie romper room

Essie Romper Room

find me an oasisEssie find me an oasisessie resort flingessie resort fling

to buy or not to buy essieessie to buy or not to buy

So tell me, what is your favorite Essie shade?

essie full collection


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?

Also See

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The MET Gala 2012: IVY’s Best And Worst Dressed

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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Too-Faced Lip Injection Gloss

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