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Haiifa MJK the Arab Transvestite On Instagram

Haifaa MJK Tranny

No I’m not referring to the actual superstar Haifa Wehbe. Meet @HaiifaMJk on Instagram ,at first you’d probably guess this is yet another one of those hundreds of women in the Middle East obsessed with looking and acting every inch like Haifa, with her signature black hair, bee stung lips, colored lenses, striking curves and seductive demeanor.

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Well, this one’s a little different, you’ll probably be surprised to find out it’s actually a transsexual Arab man with Palestinian origins whose taken that obsession to the next level and undergone plastic surgeries (he denies them) including sex reassignment surgery to emulate his favorite star. Although he’s been reported to live in Thailand, Haiifa MJK whose real name is unknown has also been spotted in Dubai, where he’s been also reported to have been booked for various singing gigs and has made a career out of emulating his favorite star. He’s now also giving beauty tips and makeup tutorials to women after various inquires by fans.

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Calling him controversial would be the understatement of the year, a title which he welcomes, with a whopping 289,000 followers on his private Instagram account-yes you need to be approved to view his profile- he definitely speaks and acts like a diva, as evident in his captions- regularly throwing shade at his haters who he calls old spinsters, thanks his own booty and brags about his fame.

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But what’s really got people talking is the videos he posts of himself very provocatively dancing around half-naked and lip-synching to Arabic songs. And although I think he’s managed to look like a woman, it’s his husky voice that gives him away.

I personally don’t care that he’s a transvestite, to each his own. He has a great body but I just thing he comes off way too hyper sexual, relies heavily on the shock factor and is a total attention seeker. His account looks practically looks like a soft-porn hub. But I think this is the ultimate compliment to Haifa Wehbe, you know you’ve become an icon when men undergo complete transformations just to look like you!

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What do you think?

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Avoiding Valentine’s Day Clichés For Kotex’s TheMakeOver.me

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I know a lot of us both in relationships and single are kind of over Valentine’s day. It can feel so outdated at times. So as one of Lebanon’s first online and radio relationship experts KOTEX has asked me to come up with some new ideas that could shake things up a little this V-Day .

Click here to read my guest post on TheMakeover.me and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

10 Reasons Why You Should Not Get Married

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1. You don’t trust each other, even when you’re together. This kind of relationship is toxic-trust me. You know he has a wandering eye but you’re hoping marriage will fix that, because then he’ll only be yours. Nice try… Why spend your life trying to catch him instead of just going with your gut?

2. You can’t agree on anything. You both thought it was cute when you couldn’t decide on which mini-appetizer roles to order, but it’s not that cute anymore when it involves life-altering decisions like whether you want to move to KSA or pull out a mortgage on a house.

3. You’re at that age where your parents would really like to see you married, so they’re putting on the pressure. And you want to make them happy and proud. So you keep ignoring the signs and just settle hoping it will all work out. You just gambled your life, good luck.

4. You’ve succumbed to life-altering decisions because you were over powered. And no I don’t mean you had a gun held to your head, you just couldn’t win the argument so you just gave in to your own unhappiness- for the next fifteen years!

5. You’ve spent so much time together already, sharing your life together doesn’t even sound that appealing anymore to you.  The spark is gone. That’s bad. No matter how long you’ve been together for, you should ALWAYS get excited at the idea of being together-and yes forever. So if that thought makes you queasy, think thrice. 6. You’ve spent so much time together, it’s only correct you do the right thing and tie the knot. Everyone is expecting you to, especially her parents. Otherwise, it will look like you just dated for fun and wasted her time. GASP

7. You already share an apartment, a car and the same friends what’s an official paper going to do right? Well, not if you’re not convinced he/she is your soul mate. Convenience will slowly evolve into burden and misery and only then you’ll realize what that paper really means.

8. You have totally different outlooks/lifestyles. While you want to save up for the yacht and cruise the Mediterranean, your partner wants to grow veggies on a farm and enjoy the simple life. While he wants to travel the world with his hot-shot consulting job you’re happy just having 3 children right way. You want different things from life – the sooner you come to terms with it, the less difficult you make it on each other.

9. You’re constantly trying to change each other. You think he can be more generous and he thinks you spend too much. It’s all fun and games when you’re just dating but unless you accept each other the way you are, your marriage will become a constant barrage. Throw some children in the mix and you can join the divorce statistics.

10. You want to get married your partner doesn’t. So you keep giving him/her the ultimatum until they give in. Is that really how you want to base your marriage, on blackmail? Think long and hard about it. Read More

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Eating Light At Zaatar W Zeit

Zaatar W ZeitAfter another fruitful shopping day at Dunes Verdun I was craving some Zaatar W Zeit. So I headed down to the food court located on B2 and there it was in all its glory. But I’m still on my post-holiday health and calorie conscious resolution and though I tend to associate Zaatar W Zeit with their signature Lahme B3ajjine Man2ousheh and my all-time favorite Halloumi Bacon I wanted to give their Redefining Light menu a go. So here are my light recommendations if you still want to enjoy this classic urban eatery without sacrificing on taste and pleasure.

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Now I’ve made it no secret that I’m a huge fan Quinoa Tabbouleh, ZwZ’s own twist on the classic Lebanese tabbouleh but with quinoa instead of burghol. And having never been a fan of the original version, it allowed me to enjoy this fresh and light mix of parsley, tomatoes and onions with just the right amount of my personal favorite super food, quinoa. Mind you, replacing ingredients on the very traditional and profound source of national pride; the tabbouleh was a bold move for ZwZ, but it works so wonderfully, especially with the dressing, which consistently contains the perfect ratio of oil to lemon, one of the pillars of a successful tabbouleh.

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I wanted to add some protein to my meal so I went for the Chicken Light wrap, it also pays homage to our popular chicken and garlic pairing; strips of roasted chicken with tomatoes, lettuce and pickles in a light aioli sauce bundled in a wholesome multi-cereal thin dough. So even though you’re actually having some dough, it’s not much compared to the usually heavy white one. So you have it and you don’t feel so bad, in fact, you hardly feel anything, since it sits so lightly in your tummy.

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And finally, the Guiltless Kafta, a much lighter take on the popular Mighty Kafta sans the mayo and cheese and instead wrapped also in a thin brown dough and light mustard sauce. It hits the spot especially if you favor their delicious kebab mix and like the name suggests, it’s not accompanied with the guilty feeling you get after you finish the original.

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But whether you’re looking to keep things light or not, I have to insist you give their miniature dessert cups a try, since the portion is a controlled one. I recommend the Strawberry Cheescake but if you’re a fan of something traditionally Lebanese then go for the Vanilla Custard; crème brûlée the ZWZ way, over a layer of strawberry syrup topped with caramelized nuts, an absolute delight.

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What I loved the most is that the ZWZ at Dunes Verdun is positioned as an express stand, so you can actually have your sandwich wrapped and to-go if you want to walk around with it in the shopping center or outside, or you can catch a movie right after at Empire Cinema also on the same floor.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Golden Globes 2015 Best and Worst Dressed

The award season is finally upon us! And if you’re reading this too then you know the only award we’re interested in right now is the one on the red carpet. It’s been a cold winter and nothing is going to warm it up like some Hollywood couture and this Golden Globes was no exception. So many stars made it out and everybody was happy to give this fashion game a shot.

Here are my best and worst dressed

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If this were fashion class Diane Kruger would always be that student with the full score. She never fails to embody that quintessential old Hollywood look and she nailed it again this year in this light silver metallic Emilia Wickstead gown. It fit her like a glove from the waist up and flowed so majestically down to that subtle train. She completed the look with those retro waves and a very natural contoured makeup and nude lipstick as not to compete with the shimmers on the dress.

Alison Williams Golden Globes 2015

Allison Williams was a beautiful surprise in this ruffled chiffon red Armani Privé. The off shoulder dress as you can see is intricately beaded on each layer also in red stones. She kept this super simple and was right to do so with just stud diamond earrings and again some more retro hair which we will see a lot of this year. This is most definitely one of her best looks to date and puts her on the best dressed list for this year.

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How amazing does Emma Stone look this year in Lanvin! I have not seen anything like this from anyone on the red carpet for years yet she manages to bring just the perfect amount of glitz and casualness to this look. I LOVED the strapless silver beaded bodice and the cropped trousers and the dramatic satin over-sized floor length bow that brings this pantsuit together. Add to that her tousled short hair and the strong smokey eye and statement violet red lip color and you’ve got yourself a red carpet champion.

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Lana Del Ray probably watched way too much Little Mermaid over the weekend because she decided to go as Arielle. Her turquoise pleated dress looks like it came from the dollar store and hair reminds me of a terrible middle school hair style I was hoping to forget. All that was missing with was little crab Sebastian by her side.

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She has earned her ranks s ared carpet royalty and this year was no exception. Noami Watts turned heads in canary yellow number by Gucci. But it wasn’t just the dress that got us talking but the way she daringly styled it with this one-of-a-kind statement diamond Bulgari snake necklace. I don’t think I would have given a second thought to this look had it not been for this piece. It all came so beautifully together. And if that wasn’t enough she completed the look with a dramatic red lipstick.

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She was on a winning streak with her flawless wedding week attire, but I guess fashion crimes can happen to the best people. Amal Clooney looked like she was attempting to channel her inner Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in this borderline boring Christian Dior Couture gown. But she managed to butcher it violently with these ill-fitted oversized white gloves that make her look like a little girl playing Cinderella goes to the ball. According to her husband George Clooney she sewed them herself. *face palm*

Juliane Moore

Julianne Moore brought the drama to the red carpet this year in this breathtaking Givenchy couture metallic beaded gown with a feather bottom and train. For her age, this gown was a huge risk but I’m so pleased she took it because she looks absolutely amazing. Her fiery hair was also perfection, the length and waves make me want to chop off mine too. And her makeup was also kept minimal. On my best dressed list.

KATE MARA GOLDEN GLOBES 2015

She usually brings so much fashion fire to the red carpet but sadly not this time. I wasn’t a fan of Kate Mara in this red Mui Mui dress this year. Although the bodice fit her nicely I’m afraid it was so meh on this usually dramatic dresser and the gold belt and ruffles reminded me of Santa Clause. Her hair added to insult to injury as I’m not sure what would prompt someone with that hair length to go for a half-up do. No major crime here but most definitely a fashion fail.

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Let’s talk about the vision that is Jennifer Lopez in this Zuhair Murad creation and mind you I’m not usually a fan of her obvious fashion choices. The dress from his Fall 2014 collection originally featured a plunging V-shaped neckline but leave it to Jennifer Lopez to give it that exaggerated cleavage factor. The gorgeous beaded gown featured a dramatic floor length cape that adds so much volume and drama. I would have loved to see this dress sans the thigh slit as I thought it was a bit of an overkill but all in all, this look is one of my favorites on her.

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Here’s another lady who almost always gets its right. Amy Adams stunned in this custom made asymmetrical ultraviolet Atelier Versace dress. She accessorized it with Tiffany drop earrings and a diamond bracelet and kept her hair in a loose retro wave. Again the barely-there makeup look which was a huge trend on the red carpet this year.

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She’s 69, yet Helen Mirren was still able to look every inch the vintage Italian leading lady in this age-appropriate long sleeved Dolce & Gabbana dress. The neckline was encrusted with the fashion house’s signature stones and it hugged her amazing figure in all the right places and she paired it with big drop earrings. She also paid tribute to Charlie Hebdo with that pin broche on her right shoulder.

Felicity Jones

I love statement gowns that are risky without showing skin. That’s when you know someone really dared. And we owe it to Felicity Jones this year in this beautifully tailored Cerulean blue ball gown. I loved the full neck and structured feel of the dress, and she styled it impeccably with those vintage earrings and that side parted hairdo. Not anyone can pull this look off easily but she worked it.

Seinna Miller

I missed this lady and all the amazing trends she brings to the red carpet. Sienna Miller looked AMAZING in this meticulously detailed Mui Mui number. The crème silky creation featured a plunging neckline that connected at her midriff and the floral embroidery was an absolute delight to look at. But make no mistake, the only person that can pull this look is Sienna Miller especially with that ankle hemline but the bohemian princess does. One of my favorites of the evening.

Kerry Washington

At first, I had mixed feelings about Kerry Washington in this Mary Katrantzou off the shoulder gown but then I decided I don’t like it at all. Too many risks going on, mainly the awkward length, the pink and navy color blocking and the metallic texture. It makes this otherwise beautiful actress look short and frumpy and let’s not get started with the hair? What is going on there? You can’t pull the effortless bun on thick hair, it just looks unkept. I did however like her makeup.

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Wearing Elie Saab to the red carpet is a no-brainer and Kate Beckinsale dazzled in this sequin light Elie purple-gray gown. She looked absolutely effortless down to the smallest detail and I absolutely adored her over-sized effortless bun.

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Keira Knightley makes it on my worst dressed list in this Chanel butterfly print dress. To be fair I can’t imagine this dress looking good on anyone, so I’m not sure why the pregnant actress thought she can pull it off. She looks like she is wearing an Amish nightgown from the 20s and the final blow was that matchy-matchy giant butterfly bracelet she accessorized it with. Terrible.

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Le Royal Beirut Spa, A Piece of Paradise

Lebanon is not the most stress-free of cities to live in- and that’s putting it mildly. So every month or two, I make it a point to treat my man and I to a spa day, where we both take a good hour or so out of our busy schedules to turn off our phones and brains and just surrender ourselves.

Le Royal Hotel and Resorts Spa Pool

My next spa stop escape happened to be at Lebanon’s luxurious hotel; Le Royal Beirut, a five star mammoth complex perched on a towering hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea just 15km from Beirut.

The award winning spa is not like many you’ll come across and an incredibly huge operation, stretching out over an astounding 3-floor complex covering 3.5000 m2. It also boasts a magnificent indoor swimming pool that’s looks like something out of a Roman fable, fit for royalty with botanical vines twisted across grandiose pillars looking out at the sea, surrounded by relaxing area to unwind after a treatment or fitness session.

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We were signed up for the duo Candle Massage, but first our lovely therapists escorted us to our changing rooms fully equipped with saunas and Jacuzzis intended to help us wind down before the treatment. Everything we needed was in our customized lockers waiting for us.

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After getting comfortable in our Le Royal robes, we made our way to our private massage room where the candle oil that would be used in our massage was melting into a perfect pool of massage oil and the entire area smelled of a natural fragrance that engaged our senses to the point of ultimate relaxation.

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The lights went off and the room was now only lightly dimmed by candle light, as our therapists administered a blend of soothing oils and warm waxes to deeply moisturize, nourish, soften and hydrate our skin. For the next 90 minutes we each drifted to our own thoughts and zen states, as our bodies released all the built-up tension and our therapists worked their magic.

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Following our massages we were offered some herbal tea in a very stylishly-tiled oval shaped relaxation zone as we watched other guests about to embark on similar treatments before we headed out for some more down time in the Jacuzzi.

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It comes as no surprise that Le Royal Hotel and Resorts Beirut was awarded with the title of 2014 Leading Spa Award as well as the certificate of Excellence from Travel Advisor. The place is nothing short of world class luxury and the staff leave a lasting impression with their attentiveness, professionalism, friendliness. This makes it on my top Must-Try Spa recommendations for 2015.

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The 7 Highly Unprofessional Habits of Retail Employees in Lebanon

I don’t mean to start the new year with a rant but I’m afraid I must. We all know the Lebanese economy has seen better days, so it baffles me that customers are being treated like a nuisance. Yup, it almost seems as though shop assistants and at times assistant managers have left their basic training behind and instead decided to show us how they really feel about our business; not much. In fact, we’d be doing them a favor if we just got lost. If you’re shaking your head and thinking “oh no not MY business” think again. Everyone’s doing it from the largest retailers in the world to stand alone stores.

 

1) No greeting. Basic right? Gone are the days where the shop keeper or sales assistant would acknowledge you with a simple hello. Ironically, they now give YOU a look as though you’re the one who’s supposed to welcome them into their own store and that’s IF they’re not ignoring you.

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2) When the shop assistant tails you to fold and arrange the items you merely touch, but not once asks you if you need any help. In fact you almost hear her grunt in annoyance. She couldn’t give it two minutes until you were at least away from the stand to rearrange it.

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3) The triumphant “we don’t have your size.” You could swear you almost see a smile. As though they’re relieved that they don’t have to lift a finger. No backroom double check or cross-sell. They may as well just tell you, “now LEAVE!”

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4) The changing room assistant that demands you bring back all the clothes and hangers when you’re done. This has evolved from a courteous request to a conditional downright barking order. I like to catch them off guard by asking them if they would like for me to leave what I’m doing and help them hang and put the piles of clothes away.

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5) When you realize you have the wrong size and ask the changing room assistant to bring you the right one. She may as well just spit in your face.

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6) The security guard who doesn’t inform you that he’s about to check your bag but simply signals you to open it up and then shoves his grubby hands inside as though he can find anything like that. I understand our security concerns but let’s take a moment to reflect on the effectiveness of this practice.

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7) That moment when you just completed your purchase and don’t get a mere thank you. Instead, you’re the one thanking the cashier who remains silent at this point. And then you ask yourself, “Wait? Did I just thank them for allowing me to spend my money at their store?” Damn straight you did!

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