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Tis’ The Season To Be Jolly – Part 2


Christmas is two days away, and it has been a very busy period with Christmas events all across the country.

You can check what was happening at the beginning of the month in my previous post.

After the Dhour El Chouweir festival, I went to check the Christmas market at Le Royal – Dbayeh. A beautiful parade was there to entertain the kids, the pianist was playing the best Christmas carols, while we were tasting the hot wine and cookies.

If you want to gift someone with tasty cookies, buches, or wine, Le Royal Christmas market is still there till the end of the year!

Alice Eddé showcased her Christmas collection at Green & Glam, Achrafieh, Zahret El Ehsan.

 

The Silly Spoon had a wonderful collection to decorate your home and especially your kitchen for Christmas!

Nada G revealed her latest collection also, she included more color this time. You have to check it out!

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Les Caves de Taillevent and Maroun Chedid SAL collaborated together and shared their passions for food and wine.

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Beirut Souks is glowing with lights for Christmas

 

CityCenter is beautifully decorated too

I also passed by Joanna Dahdah‘s shop in Achrafieh to check the Christmas collection. Her shop offers different brands to suit different tastes.

Sarah Bond had a trunk show of her latest collection in White Sur White – Achrafieh

Coca Cola shared a coke sawa at Junkyard Beirut.

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Harry’s Bar is now in Lebanon in Saifi village, we enjoyed tasty drinks a L’Italienne!

 

Bikfaya was also celebrating Christmas with its beautiful decoration as always, Christmas market and gymnastic by the brave kids.

 

 

Happy holidays everyone!

Dastkari


I attended last Sunday an Indian exhibition ‘Dastkari’ in Beirut Souks, supported by the Indian Embassy in Lebanon.

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Dastkari, was an exhibition of Indian Handicrafts, people came specifically from India to show case their work.

 

And I had the pleasure to see the work of NamahAsteria, an ethnically modern collection of semi-precious and silver jewelry pieces by Namita Bhatnagar. Combining the charm of traditional India with the style necessities of the modern woman.

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Using the finest quality stones and material, NamahAsteria is the ideal match between classic and chic.

They have lovely scarves, saris and jewelry!

The Dream Catcher Collection By Mukhi Sisters


I attended the launch of the latest collection by the Mukhi Sisters, the “Dream Catcher

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Originally conceived by the Native American Ojibwe people, Dream catchers were made to represent Asibikaashi, the Spider Woman, who took care of people and especially children across the land. Made of a circle, which was then weaved across in a web-like pattern and then decorated with feathers, the dream catcher was hung from a bed, “catching” all bad dreams and letting only good ones through, allowing the dreamer a peaceful and serene slumber.

From this original inspiration the Mukhi Sisters have created a collection that represents the chasing of good dreams and making these dreams into a reality.

Pictures courtesy of Patrick Sawaya

The Dream Catcher Collection, which includes earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and body pieces, for both men and women, is a symbol of the persevering passion to make good things happen; to strive for a dream and make it happen. Designed in both yellow and rose gold, the collection mostly incorporates the use of diamonds and turquoise, in fluid movement that symbolizes the energy of optimism.

It’s such a unique and lovely collection, dominated by feather designs, including colored stones. These splendid items, chic and simple, will add a touch of brightness to your outfits.

Did you check the lovely collection? Which is your favorite item? 

IXSIR Wine Tasting at La Cave De Joel Robuchon


I was invited to a wine tasting at La Cave De Joel Robuchon in Beirut Souks, and the famous wine was “IXSIR”.

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IXSIR cultivates its wine grapes in several different zones, including Batroun in the North, Jezzine in the South, and the Bekaa Valley in the East.

IXSIR produces a wide spectrum of grape varieties, from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Caladoc, and Viognier, Muscat (grape and wine), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Sémillon.

Here’s a small brief on their products:

ALTITUDES IXSIR

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RED, 2009
Enrobed in black cherry, with dark red reflections, this wine unleashes fresh aromas that vary between red and black fruits, with a touch of oak. Its unique assemblage gives the wine a supple and delicate character where blackcurrant and blackberry merge.

ROSE, 2012
Recalling the region of Provence, this wine has a marble pink robe with peony reflections revealing an intense bouquet of gooseberry and vine leaves. With its suave, fruity, and crispy palate, it will arouse the admiration of anyone passionate about authentic rosé wines.

WHITE, 2012
Presenting an elegant swirl of golden glittering robe, this wine breathes a bouquet of floral aromas with hints of Muscat and notes of grapefruit. With its floral and fruity blend, coupled with a sharp and crispy palate, this balanced wine reveals nice mouth freshness.

 

IXSIR GRANDE RESERVE

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RED, 2009
Rich in minerals and saturated with Mediterranean character, this wine unleashes exuberant aromas of mature fruits and spices. Its concentrated taste enrobed in a fine texture gives it an attractive liveliness, while its rich and mellow yet always-complex palate lasts until the final touch of fruit.

WHITE, 2012
The eye is seduced by its pure golden hue. The nose is enticed by an explosion of white flowers, peach and citrus fruits. The palate is enthralled by a nice equilibrium between mellowness and liveliness that leaves a final, equally wooden taste, which gives the wine a highly distinctive character.

EL IXSIR

RED, 2009
EL is the supreme cuvée of IXSIR. Its roots are deeply anchored in the historic Lebanese mountains praised for producing some of the best wines throughout antiquity.

 

I tasted the white wine from the Altitudes range and it was fresh, with a fruity taste. Perfect for summer!

Which is your favorite?

Introducing: BOY MEETS GIRL with Nada G Jewelry


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I should have posted this long time ago…

Back in December, I have attended a cocktail party held by the international award-winner brand Nada G™.

A cocktail party with hundreds of people gathered in festivity around the boutique to celebrate the brand’s consecutive years of achievements following the acclaimed highlight of the year where the brand has been chosen to be part of the “Precious Jewels Salon” at Neiman Marcus, USA.

Founder and designer behind the brand, Nada Ghazal, took this opportunity to reveal one of her newest collection ‘BOY MEETS GIRL’, where the invitees stood in awe around the gorgeously executed designs.

‘BOY MEETS GIRLS’ is all about the boyish side in me, expressed through the tight bands and the fun oversized wires”- explained Nada Ghazal.

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In the past few years Nada G™ creations have had a big impact at showcases in London, Paris and Las Vegas making Nada G™ a highly sought after brand by affluent international retailers. The brand is now available in several stores in the US including the famous Neiman Marcus and one store in the UK with future expansion plan in the Gold region.

“We have had three years of major accomplishments which we would like to celebrate and we are taking this opportunity to share them with our customers and supporters.”-Nada Ghazal.

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With the Mother’s Day coming, I think this collection could make a great gift idea for your mum or wife 🙂

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Nada G™’s flagship boutique is conveniently located in the ‘Beirut Souks’ of the Downtown Central District. Nada G™ jewelry is also available for purchase in ‘Sabbia, The Ritz Carlton’, Miami-Florida, and ‘Sabbia, Chicago’, ECOne, London and ‘Shannon Green Collection’, Naples-Florida.

Getting pampered: At LUSH


A while a ago, I had the chance to get pampered at LUSH Lebanon.

I didn’t know that they provide facials for their customers at their different branches, until they contacted me to pass by and try it out.

I like visiting their shop, because you can always find a new item, a new smell to fall for.

After going through their branch in Beirut Souks, and choosing the appropriate products for my skin type, I was seated for a relaxation session.

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The first step was using the ultra blend; this is the makeup remover and cleanser to clean the face, it’s removed with pressure using a wet towel.

The second step was using the full of grace; which is a serum to nourish and moisturize the skin.

After it, it was time for a fresh mask  that was left on my skin for 10 minutes

Then I had to put my face above a toner tab; which contains a dreamy steam with rose-water to calm the skin

Then to clean the face, an aqua marina cleaner was used, then an aroma tone water to balance the skin and at the end a moisturizer was applied to nourish and keep the glow of the skin.

And meanwhile, I also had a hand massage, it was so relaxing, I didn’t want to leave 😉

Can you resist it? 

Valentine’s Day with Lush!


Get in the mood for love with this collection of new LUSH creations especially for Valentine’s Day!

This year sees a fun and quirky take on Valentine’s Day, with inspiration ranging from romantic love songs written in neon and Adam and the Ants, to Tom Cruise’s Hawaiian shirt in Cocktail!

We wanted to make our Valentine’s collection sharable, or just last longer for one, so we’ve made the products bigger than ever, but still lovingly made by hand with the same high quality ingredients and essential oils.

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Love Locket bath bomb

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The Love Locket was inspired by the kind of heart-shaped locket you wear as a necklace, perhaps with a secret photograph of a loved one inside. Like any love locket, you need to unlock the bath bomb to reveal the secret hidden within.  Crack your locket in half, to unveil the hidden heart in the center.

The outside of the locket is full of paper hearts that will float out onto the surface of the water, while the hidden heart inside is laden with agar hearts to create a spectacular bath time display.  Use each half and the inner heart individually (so three baths in total), or throw it all in the bath tub at once for a really decadent bath, enough to get any heart aflutter.  The brand new fragrance is made from some of our most luxurious essential oils: Fairtrade vanilla absolute, neroli oil and jasmine absolute are blended to create a sweet, sensual and uplifting indulgent bath time.

 

Neon Love soap

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Inspired by 12 Months of Neon Love, a collaboration between artists Victoria Lucas and Richard William Wheater, beginning on Valentine’s Day 2011 and ending on Valentine’s Day 2012. The art featured lyrics from well-known love songs, in huge neon writing!

This huge heart-shaped soap, emblazoned with the word ‘Love’, is scented with a brand new fragrance of bergamot, rosewood and cinnamon leaf oil and packed full of fresh ingredients, such as fresh figs, passion fruit juice and soya yogurt to nourish and soften the skin.  Hiding inside are plenty of little white hearts to ensure every slice looks as beautiful and romantic as it smells.

Close To You massage bar

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This smooshable massage bar was inspired by the humble jammy dodger. As you peek through the heart-shaped hole on top of the bar you can see into the sumptuous white fondant center.

Made with a luxurious blend of butters and oils, including cupuaçu butter, Shea butter and olive oil, this rich bar shares the same delicious vanilla fragrance as in Rock Star soap and Creamy Candy bubble bar. Guaranteed to bring someone special Close to You!

Prince Charming shower gel

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A shower gel made for princesses and for anyone who needs a Prince Charming in their life! This sweet-scented, neon pink shower gel is fit for royalty.

Marshmallow root and Fair Trade vanilla pod decoction forms the base, giving a very soothing experience, boosted by nourishing almond oil and cleansing, cooling and astringent fresh pomegranate juice.  Prince Charming has a new fragrance of organic sandalwood, geranium and grapefruit essential oils to sweep you off your feet and leave you skin silky soft and smelling lovely.

 

I’m amazed each time I pass by their stores, there’s always a new product to discover, to smell…

So if you’re wondering what to get your loved one this Valentine’s, you have to check LUSH’s products and the cutest gift boxes, that are available in all Lush stores in Beirut Souks and ABC Dbayeh, and if you don’t feel like hitting the Mall, you can now shop online through  www.lushlebanon.com 🙂

 

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