Saturday, October 24, 2015

Indie Reopening Season 2015

The sexiest and most hip lounge in the city is back! Indie Beirut reopened its doors yesterday night with internationally acclaimed DJ Nora En Pure.

The interior of the lounge is illuminated with industrial inspired chandeliers and spotlights. My favorite piece of décor is perhaps the entrance, a neon quote lay on the wall to caution the party poopers: "If you don't belong, don't be long!" 

We sat on a table near the DJ and enjoyed finger-licking food including the usual tasty mini burgers. Personally, I fell in love with the Crispy Burrata, a creamy mozarella wet crunchy toast topped with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, and olive oil. I was also happily indulging in a dessert, late at night, at a time when my mom would usually tell me "Non Elsa, pas le soir (not at night!)" with no remorse or guilt at all! I'm talking about the Pain Perdu à l'Orange topped with Vanilla and Caramel ice cream scoops. 

For this occasion, I was wearing a Snakeskin printed silk shorts overall from Sinequanone and nude lady peep Christian Louboutin heels. I was also holding a red Balenciaga clutch. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Divvy, Mar Mikhael Beirut

Nested in the heart of the popular street of Mar Mikhael, Divvy is located a few steps away from the intersection of a downward perpendicular road right after Happy Prince. 

Divvy celebrated a succesful year since its launch a week ago with an annoucement I am looking forward to, the opening of a new branch in Dbayeh.
The restaurant concept is based on sharing fun moments while sharing food, be it with friends, family, or a special someone. In fact, Divvy focuses carefully on its customers experience, as soon as you sit, the waiter gives you a card where his favorite menu items are noted. 

The interior design of the place perfectly suits the mood for sharing, the dim lights provides a cozy and relaxing ambience. 

The things that you must absolutely not skip at Divvy are the appetizers. 
The Brie and Blueberry are my favorite and I am really craving them right now while I'm writing! I just love the hot and melted Brie cheese paired with the sweet taste of Blueberry.
The Tacos and Guacamole also taste good and I believe are great for sharingbetween a  group of friends or family members.
Finally, the Buffalo Chicken Tortilla are mildly hot. For those who don't like spicy food, those are okay!

As for the hot platters, I advise you to order the same number of platters in total as the number of people who are sharing if you want to feed yourself properly.
My favorite dish is the Mongolian chicken with its particular caramelized hoisin sauce and bean sprouts.
I also loved the Teriyaki Beef Skewers with a well-seasoned tender meat.
Nothing particular about the Beef Tacos, but those are great for sharing among up to 5 people.

My heart had skipped a beat already twice but I'm not sure if the dessert was the best part. Perhaps it was because of the initiative that for ever dessert order, one thousand Lebanese Lira is given to Himaya (Fighting Children abuse) NGO.
 And perhaps it was also because of  the Nutella Lava Fondant Cake that I ditched for an Oslo Ice Cream. It was quite filling and extremely delicious.
The Cheesecake tastes good but I'm not a fan generally speaking.

Divvy is definitely a top-rated restaurant in one of beirut's most quiet and serene spots during the day and loudest at night, either way it is perfect timing for lunch or dinner and you must try it asap if you havent already. Cheers!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Salon Du Chocolat 2015 Prelaunch


   Last year I was astounded by the success of Le Salon du Chocolat with the stands, both b2b and b2c brands showcasing high quality products concerning everything chocolate, the cooking corner with live lessons from the finest chefs of the country, and the fashion show with completely eatable dresses made out of chocolate. If you want to feel nostalgic about last year, check out the post here.
   This year, I had a “gourmande” honor to be invited to the prelaunch dinner at O Monot boutique hotel in Achrafieh, at the end of rue Monot. The ambiance near the pool was really chill, and the rooftop was beautifully illuminated with Beirut’s city lights.

   On that occasion, I decided to wear the faux-leather culotte (short wide-leg pants) I recently bought from Zara, with a striped crop top from Topshop, a long silk perfecto jacket from Joseph, and the heels I cannot stop wearing from Vince. (oh and mini Marcie Chloe bag!) To pull off your own culotte style, consider wearing something tight on top to keep your figure flattering. You can add a close-fitting jacket to frame your allure as well. Don’t forget to wear heels to add some height to an otherwise “gone wide”, even wild, silhouette.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

When Shorts and Long Sleeves Meet

   My favorite time of the year is definitely when shorts and long sleeves meet. As Fashion week is headed to Paris, the layers have been adding up despite the Spring/Summer 2016 collection currently showing. When the weather turns cool, the first layer you should add is up top, not down below.

   This post is a compilation of inspiring effortless outfits that you can easily recreate. Sometimes it is just as simple as throwing on a blazer or a slouchy sweater. Other times, a splash of vibrant colors or a particular print revive your basics instantly! Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!