Monday, June 30, 2014

Beach Party Dresscode

    summer is officially here, and everyone is officially on holidays. Beach parties are happening but the perfect outfit to wear for the occasion is still a myth—until I went shopping the other day and discovered something. It wasn’t high-waisted shorts and the tacky crop top. And it wasn’t either a deep cleavage or backless dress. It was so much more—a short black leotard covered with a see-through one shoulder-strap long black dress cut with a thigh-high slit on the side. And it worked beautifully with red high-heels. Bingo, that’s what I’ve always wanted!

"Drop it like it's hot" HAHA

The dress is AQ/ AQ and the shoes are Chinese Laundry, (both available at GS stores). The beach bag is Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Spain Flag Juice Drink

   I still can't believe that the winners of the last World Cup are out!!! Here's a drink as a tribute for Spain team fans!
Even if you couldn’t care less about Spain winning or losing, you can still learn in this video:
How to color sugar for decoration
and the secret to rimming a glass with sugar—or salt, tequila tequila! ;)
For 2 persons you will need,
1 bottle of Grenadine
2 Oranges
Red sugar (at decoration area)
Cookware and Cutlery:
1 Tall Glass
1 cocktail cup
An Orange strainer
1.     Rim the glasses with red sugar (you can use your favorite type of glass): with one wedge of orange moisten the rim of the glass and turn it upside down and dip it.
2.     Strain the oranges and pour the juice into ¾ of the glasses
3.     Lean the glass a bit and carefully add the grenadine by pouring it very close to the extremities of the glass.
4.     The result should be tricolored layer of red grenadine, yellow orange juice, and red rimmed sugar, representing the Spanish flag.

P.S. I know the video is in Arabic, but you can still play it to have a better idea on how to spill the Grenadine over the orange juice so that it works.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Preppy

For me, Sunday is a family day and I think that it is nice to dress up sometimes for this occasion when you go out for lunch. Today, I chose to wear this pale salmon dress with a pinkish red—I find this association of colors to be interesting although I know it is difficult to wear them together or pull them off correctly. Also, a dress with a flared skirt and a striped blazer are basic elements for the preppy look—which kind of reminds me of Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf; I miss watching this TV series!
My make up was also a Sunday look haha! I just wiped off the running eyeliner on my eyelids from last night, a bit of touche ├ęclat from YSL, a pinkish blush from Lancome on the cheeks for a healthy glow, a beautiful lipstick from Dolce and Gabanna, et Voila!

In the pictures above, I was wearing a Aryn K dress, Under Skies blazer, Chinese Laundry shoes, (all available at GS stores) and Marc Jacobs bag. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Germany Flag Cake

Are you a Germany die-hard fan? If so, this recipe is for you! For the occasion of the World cup 2014, I decided to bake a three-layer cake representing the colors of the Germany flag--I used chocolate for black, red velvet for red and vanilla for yellow.

 For the cake:
200 g Butter softened, plus extra for greasing
200 g granulated Sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250 g all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp of Vanilla extract
Chocolate Syrup (I used Hershey's)
 For the colors:
Liquid food coloring (red and yellow)
2 tbsp of sweetened Condensed milk
1/2 cup of Cocoa powder

Cookware and Cutlery:
Cup measures
Electric mixer
Greaseproof baking paper
Rectangular cake mould
Long spatula for frosting

1.     Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4 and lightly grease a 20 x 30cm rectangular cake tin. Cut a long sheet of greaseproof paper and fold in two large pleats the height of the tin.
2.     Beat the butter, sugar and a pinch of salt together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding the vanilla with the final egg. Fold in the flour and baking powder, then divide the mixture into four bowls. Colour one-third with 3 tbsp of red food colouring (we have to add because under the effect of heat it turns to pink), another with a dash of yellow, and to another, add the cocoa powder and the condensed milk; leave the fourth batter plain.
3.     Spoon the mixtures into each third of the tin, with the plain layer in between the colored layers. Spread to level out. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes (tip: until a skewer inserted comes out clean). Leave the cakes to cool in the tin before trimming any rounded tops and edges of the long sides.
4. Coat with chocolate syrup and bon appetit! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Catching Up with Beirut Design Week 2014

Beirut Design Week (BDW) was more than awesome. What's more resourceful than mingling around a crowd with similar interests than yours, impressive taste, and a sense of fashion? I attended the open doors of Joe Fish, one of the official sponsors of BDW 2014, a marketing agency behind the branding of St Elmos and the new Deek Duke and Iwan Maktabi among their clients. I thought they had a valid reason to party it up—they exhibited some of their projects and had an illustrator of the creative team make caricatured portraits; there was also alcoholic drinks (I had to repeat to the generous waiter a billion times that I was driving), punch, popcorn, and sweets on the table, music played by a DJ, and the games. 

with Aline the community manager at Joefish

Who do you hate most at the Worldcup?

 I attended a talk at LAU about fashion journalism curated by Jason Steele, coordinator of the Fashion Program at LAU, and hosted by British journalist Hilary Alexander, no other than the fashion director of The Daily Telegraph. She began her speech by praising all the attendees whom were carrying a notebook to mark down her words and she carried on  by discussing the evolution of media throughout the last 4 decades, in which she worked in fashion. She was there at the first Galliano show for Dior, the first Alexander McQueen, as well as at the time when Supermodel Naomi Campbell fell of the platform heels on Vivienne Westwood's runway. Hilary also showed us the most amazing lookbooks she has worked on and told us stories behind each.

Hilary Alexander giving a talk about Fashion Journalism

One of my highlights of BDW was definitely the Artisan tour in Bourj Hammoud, in a poor and jerry-built neighborhood left for the Armenian refugees during the war. Since then, most of them have become artisans and craftsman. Angelique Sabounjian, designer of Tasche bags, is the curator of a new movement called “Artisan Initiative”, which she will soon turn into a NGO, aiming to reconnect the people to craftsmanship, revive it, and provide accurate database for their services. Along the 3 hours walk, we passed by a profitable shoe maker business, a diffident artist exhibiting his work of art in his father’s steel and repair workshop, a poised couture designer atelier, a blind man kneading straw into a stool, a chair, a bench and a table, and a man—if I have understood well—who put together necklaces and bangles before being implanted with diamonds.

Jason Steel, coordinator of the Fashion program at LAU, speaking up at the Artisan Tour; and to lef behind him, Angelique Sabounjian,curator of this event and soon to be founder of NGO Artisan Initiative.

Typical Armenian embroidery

I also enjoyed L’armoire de Lana’s event, Lana goes Pop, at Plastik pop-up store in Saifi village. I also met the lovely shoe designer Emma Boutros from Poise design who was showcasing some of her work; sadly, I didn't have any pictures of that on my camera.

With Shougin

BDW concluded on Sunday with an interior design, jewellery, and fashion concept stores selling their products at Station; I bought a beautiful leather Sacoche, blue mirror roundes sunglasses, and an eye-catching Aura Headpiece.