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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!

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Posh and Chic Prints!


I got dressed in the morning without really thinking of my outfit ahead of time and I suddenly realized that I was mixing two different kind of prints unconsciously, which i rarely do!

I wore my new chic black with white dots skirt from Benetton, with a simple white top from Sinequanone and matched it with my black and silver pumps patterns from Nine West.

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What I like about this skirt, is that it’s simple, chic and it has pockets!

The white top is simple and goes well with anything!

The black and silver patterns shoes are comfy for a day at the office, and are just what I need for this season.

And since it’s Pinktober, I started with my first pink nail polish. I used the Pink Mocha from Mollon Pro and added a little bit of pink sparkle on the ring finger, by using the Embrace from Orly.

 

Are you into patterns? Do you like Pockets?

I would love to share stories 🙂  

Indulging: La Petite Maison


After London and Dubai, the Nice-born La Petite Maison reached Lebanon at Le Vendôme Hotel, in Ain Mrayseh, in Beirut.

And I had the chance to try this casual chic restaurant about 2 weeks ago 🙂

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This French Mediterranean restaurant, set in a casual chic atmosphere, serves classic Niçoise cuisine with a modern twist, creating light, healthy and deliciously palatable dishes with the very best fresh raw materials. The concept is Mediterranean, especially inspired from Nice. Plates are served in the middle of the table to be shared and enjoyed by the  guests, a great way for people to foster togetherness  over sensational meal. Prepared  à la minute  –  nothing  is cooked  or  even  cut  ahead  of  time  – this  Niçoise Mediterranean cuisine with Ligurian Italy influences from across Nice is presented as of when ready to maximize the culinary experience.

After discovering the space and being seated, the waiter was so kind to take us on a menu tour and indicate to us the signature dishes.

The degustation started with one of the unique bar menus, the Tomatini made with vodka, fresh cherry tomatoes and white balsamic vinegar, with salt and pepper seasoning.

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I am not a fan of bloody mary, but this thing is totally different, it’s much lighter and the tomato is so fresh, that you will keep you asking for more…

While our meal was getting prepared, I took a tour to check how things are being done. The salmon and the tuna were being cut on the spot, I went into the kitchen and took a look at the famous oven, where all the yummy dishes are baked… I got so hungry 😉

 

I joined the table again, the hors d’oeuvre we chose were served: burrata with tomatoes and basil, tuna carpaccio, warm prawns with olive oil, deep fried baby squid, and the famous Caesar Salad.

The Caesar Salad is one of Chef  Patron  Raphael  Duntoye latest signature dishes, and it features Roman lettuce quail eggs, oyster mushroom, baby artichokes cooked in gastrique marinade with sherry vinegar and honey to create the illusion of bacon and chicken.

Then it was time for the main dishes, rigatoni with Ceps mushroom, grilled veal chop, pan-fried Dover sole with a grainy mustard dressing, and of course fries and broccoli as side order.

 

We had to spare some space for the dessert too, we had the warm chocolate mouse with malt ice cream, passion fruit posset with fresh mango and a selection of sorbet

 

La Petite Maison philosophy is simple: “Tous célèbres ici”. Heard, it holds two meanings: “Everyone is Famous Here” and “Everyone Celebrates Here”. The restaurant welcomes people who savour exceptionally great, shared, home-style food, cooked with passion, and the best of fresh top quality sourced ingredients, prepared à la minute, there and then.

 

I enjoyed a lot the ambiance and the food, I highly recommend you to try this place. And what makes it more distinctive is the art.

The art of La Petite Maison represents the eccentric style of the 20th century painters of the South of France, Mediterranean in style and color, often child-like, bright, garish, provocative and clashing.

The trademark saucepans were created and designed by Max Cartier, a Nice based artist, and the saucepans throughout the world feature an image of the male or female part.

Max Cartier also designed the covers of the unique La Petite Maison menus.

 

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Enjoy!!

FIVE reasons why you should wear a BENSIMON!


 

I’m sure all of you know the brand BENSIMON, it was available in the Lebanese market long time ago, back when I was in school and I was so happy to see it again in ABC Dbayeh and Beirut Souks, it brought back so many memories…

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More than a style, Bensimon became through the years a Lifestyle. Bensimon Collection wants to enhance the personality of everyone in offering the possibility to express himself through endless colorful combinations and where the black has no place.

The Bensimon shoe became a classic, with celebrities and VIPs including Brigitte Bardot, Sophie Marceau, Jane Birkin and Naomi Watts all contributing to the legend.

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Julia Roberts wearing a grey Bensimon in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”

 

Here’s why each one of you should be wearing one right now!

1- It is so Comfortable:  

The Bensimon sneakers are so comfortable, you can wear them all day, jump around, and your feet will be thanking you for your choice.

They become your trusty pair for errands and travel and everything in between.

2- It is aimed to all Generations:

Bensimon‘s collection is getting wider and wider every season, with laces or without, with patterns or without, they have a lovely collection, for daddy, mummy, teenager and baby.

3- It is Stylish:

The Bensimon was inspired by the surplus army canvas sneakers and immediately became a must-have in women’s wardrobes. They are recognizably the iconic French sneaker, actually they became the quintessential French wardrobe piece.


4- It is so Colorful:

The Bensimon is available in a wide variety of colors, from basic colors like beige, light grey, to yellow, blue, green, red, pink…

The collection is also available with different patterns, to embellish all your stylish outfits.

5- You can wear them with anything:

So effortlessly hip, Bensimon sneakers add a little French chic to any outfit from jeans to the prettiest of dresses.  

 

They are simple and sophisticated, luxurious yet accessible, trendy and basic at the same time, vintage and fresh, humble but legendary, Bensimon is so typically French and yet also so global.

Stay tuned for more Bensimon styling posts!

Introducing: The Spring/Summer 2014 Collection by MAISON RANA


 

AN URBAN EXPERIENCE SIMPLIFIED!

 

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With the urban woman in-mind, the “SIMPLICITY” collection hosts designs that are made for the active, glamorous, chic and independent. This MAISON RANA® SS14 season brings geometric print in black & white, accentuated with silver or gold-embroidered trims from the gulf heritage as touches to each design, a tribute to wonderful cities we love.

With MAISON RANA®’s trademark minimalist design, this contemporary collection mixes between symmetric cuts, high-end fabrics, classic colors, touches of pastel… all aimed at bringing staple pieces to a woman’s wardrobe.

“I intentionally mixed fabrics while keeping my usual simple design aesthetic, in an aim to create staple pieces that are truly a Must-Have in a woman’s wardrobe.” Comments Rana Mouawad, designer behind the MAISON RANA® label. “Women who choose to wear MAISON RANA® are ones who dictate their own sense of style. They are not shy to step away from the crowd and lead instead of follow. This collection is for them.”

 

What do you think of the collection? 

What’s your favorite item?

Celebrities Style: Kylie Minogue wears NINA RICCI


During my childhood, I used to watch  Kylie Minogue act in “Neighbors” the Australian series, do you still remember it?

Yeah, and since then, I was amazed by her style, and her voice.

She has recently been spotted wearing Nina Ricci’s lace and knit sweater.

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The iconic sweater is from NINA RICCI’s Spring Summer 2014 Pre-Collection.

The sweater takes a certain stylistic ambivalence. At once, sensual and feminine, it can be worn nonchalance or sophisticated style, in a classic or a contemporary manner, for day or night.

It offers myriad possibilities for women who consider fashion a playground that gives them total creative freedom.

This simple basic in silk and cotton has a crew neck underscored with lace inlay, and it comes in 5 colors: white, acid yellow, coral, cashmere pink and midnight black.

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So chic and simple!

Mes chouchoutes!


I’ve been hooked on online shopping lately with my shopaholic friends, and among the multiple online sites, i’m admiring Chou Chic!

They have lots of nice outfits for men, women, children and home accessories!

These are the items that I’m admiring from today’s sales 😉

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Karung snake pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood: Simple, chic and trendy, just how i like it!

Lipstick Tee: Cute  & fun for the summer, you can pair it with shorts and those snake pumps for a casual chic day with friends!

Lace Ruffle Dress from DKNY & Beyond: simple and cute for the hot summer days.

– Coin Purse by Onna Ehrlich: I chose this specific item, because I was on vacation in  Germany and I had soooo many coins with me, I wished I had such a cute coin purse! I’ll be sure to have it before any other vacation 😉

Hope you like the items I chose, and stay tuned for more…

And if you want to go check the items by yourself, make sure to have an account on CHOU CHIC and benefit from the sales 😉

 

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