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Lebelik on Monocle 24

My father and I always loved Monocle Magazine… We buy the magazines every time there is a new issue and wait for the Meditteraneo and the Alpino releases… So no need to tell you that when they called to interview me for Lebelik I was very happy…

Click on the link below and then on the play button to listen to my intervention on Monocle’s radio.

http://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-entrepreneurs/128/

(Minute 13 to 22)

 

SARA MELKI Event in the Gathering April 2014

Some weeks ago my very good friend and amazingly talented designer (Sara Melki) proposed her new spring/summer collection to the pub in the trendy “Gathering” expo space…

Today I was supposed to film a small interview with her and waited to see her before I posted this, but since we rescheduled I couldn’t wait to share with you all the pretty things she designed and so finely produced to give to us pleasure for the eye and tenderness to the skin…

Her event took place a couple of weeks ago, and since I loved the collection so much I came the next day to take pictures that I am happily keeping…

Her Spring/Summer 2014 is inspired by her trip to Madagascar where she not only discovered the touristic side of it, but slept in local’s houses, walked in its rustic streets and climbed its mountains to enjoy breathtaking views and probably dream a little too =).

For this collection she used the pineapple as the emblematic figure of her inspiration… Last week she even was wearing a pineapple around her neck and I saw that her “whatsapp” name was followed by one too ! Must be quite an inspiration!! What a Pineapple!! =)

Sara Melki Event in April in the GatheringWhen entering the beautiful exposition room in the Gathering, this is what we first were confronted with… An old Lebanese house full of stylish Sara Melki designs.

IMG_5169The discreet Sara with the small souvenirs she got from Madagascar

Sara Melki My Favorite OutfitMy Favorite Outfit!

Sara Melki on the hangers pretty colors and materialsBeautiful Colors and Materials

Sara Melki Beautiful DressesSara Melki beautiful dresses

Sara Melki Souvenir From Madagascar for her EventSmall Souvenirs she got from Madagascar to embellish the already charming space

Sarah Melki Shorts and Pretty Materials in the Gathering EventBeautiful Shorts and colours 

Sara Melki From MadagascarSouvenir from Madagascar and her emblematic Pineapple

With a lot of love, friendship and proud,

Soraya

What Your Gym Cloths Say About You

Yesterday, and like every monday and thursday I had a date with 5 amazingly different ladies and a tough coach… The thing about having routines with the same people is that you end up being much more than sports-friends… You end up sharing travel tips, boyfriends’ birthdays gift ideas, dream jobs, stupid intimate stories and a million other weird stuff. You end-up knowing each other’s current and ideal weights, heights, jeans sizes, favourite dresses and travel schedules. But yesterday, and unlike the other mondays, we were in a little psychological mood… I thus walked back home wondering “What do my gym cloths say about me?” and here is what my little research showed…

People who wear neon at the gym:

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These people usually like the attention and dress for the attention more than the gym… Chances are, they are the first to be tanned when the sun is still shy, they rarely go to the gym alone, and post pictures on the different social medias on their way to the gym.

Ladies who train with sports bras:

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Usually only über fit and confident ladies will dare train with only a sports bra in a big gym… These ladies are often fun and light-hearted as well.

Those who wear shorts and t-shirts:

addidas short and t-shirt

They are usually regulars at the gym, they don’t believe in zumba classes, avoid pilates and prefer to run, play soccer or tennis… They will probably only swim after they hurt themselves.

Those who wear toning sneakers:

puma-toning-shoes

They are the lazy ones with big dreams! They are too lazy to work hard, but then again too ambitious to just sit there and do nothing… They are always on a diet, eat “light” chocolate, diet sodas and non-fried-fries.

Those who wear clothes with the name of the class on it:

zumba cloth

Wearing a pair of pants that says “zumba”, a “dance” short or a “run” sneakers says a lot about who the person is. They often are bad at multitasking and want to be the teacher’s favourite student. They probably stand in the front row during classes but are not able to properly follow the instructor.

Women with accessories around their wrist or on their heads:

They often are the naked ones in the locker rooms and the ones with the super big sports bags. They very often are women’s rights activities and have dreams of protecting all the animals of the planet. They could be interesting even though in many cases “tiring” is more the word.

Matching Pants and Sweatshirt:

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Very often these ladies are efficient and their everyday attire is likely to be: jeans+ shirt + blazer. They like practical stuff and opt for a sporty chic look as often as possible.

Those who were everyday cloth to the gym:

It shows lack of commitment. Women who train in everyday clothes are most probably not committed to anything they do…

Ladies who train in yoga pants (even when they aren’t training for yoga):

Lululemon Womens Groove Style Fashionable Yoga Pants

They look for comfort. These women are most probably very homie, train because they have to and dress up accordingly because they are just too feminine not to do so.

I guess I am happy to be wearing a small mix of them all,

Kisses,

Sporty Soraya

How To Dress Up this Spring (Top Trends for Spring 2014)

Spring time is for me the happy season. The pharmacies stop selling cold cough pills and focus on tanning oil and after sun creams; the women go from wearing grey to wanting flowers in their hair; the restaurants’  terraces go from having ugly heaters to enjoying the sight of trendy ladies and cute kids; and my friends go from proposing a coffee everyday to suggesting we go shopping soon…

So here is a small overview of what I think my friends will be shopping for based on this spring’s trends:

Bubblegum Pink, Baby Pink, Pop Pink … but Pink!!

Karoline Lang spring/summer 2014 collection 

I loved this feminine trend

African style

Definitely one of my favourite this season! Ethinic cloths are still trendy but this year what’s even more in style is the african style….

Valentino, Spring summer 2014 collection

Akris, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Jessica K, Spring Sumer 2014 Collection

What I liked about Jessica’s pants and top is the mix between the lightness of these pieces, their trendiness and the small detail that reminds us of the ethnic trend.

The Sexy Cotton Shirt

The cotton shirt is no longer only for long business days, school girls and conservative pyjamas… Today it looks sexy and still feels comfortable! What a prefect trend! =)

Alexandre Wang, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Vionnet, Spring Summer 2014

The Chic Sporty Look

A cool trend! It is fun to be trendy, conformable, sexy and cute at the same time…

Balenciaga, Spring Summer 2014 Collection

The cropped top

Karoline Lang has the perfect look for that!  Cute and sexy are the best words to define her pieces.

Karoline Lang, Spring Summer 2014 collection

The Pop Culture Style

Celine, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Jil Sander, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Spring Summer 2014 collection

The Metallic during the day

Metallic colours and lame was revisited this year, to be worn not only for long nights but also for daylights…

Balmain, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Haider Ackermann, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Isabel Marant, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Proenza Schouler, Spring Summer 2014 collection

Oscar de la Renta, Spring Summer 2014 collection. I love it!

Hoping to see you all fashionable ladies soon,

Soraya

Piccolo Portofino, Grandi Ricordi

Since I am in a vacation mode and that my Portofino group has reactivated itself, I will share with you a trip I decided to keep secret for some time; not because I don’t want to share it with you but because it was so good that it’s hard to put in words (or even in pictures)…

Last year I found myself with 7 others girls (Lebanese and French) and a charming crew on a beautiful sailing boat! We did not know each other well, some of us had even never met before. The best part of it is that at the end of this lovely week-end I thought: This trip was adorably messy in a Lebanese way, impeccably chic in a very French way and amazingly beautiful in an interesting Italian way!

Before we started the trip, the charming cousin made sure to introduce us to each other, right after she continued with a “Linguini ala vongole is typical from Genoa” suggesting we don’t loose anymore time and go straight to share food and wine =) , and obviously no one complained…

( Genoa (along with Milano and Torino) is considered one of the main industrial cities in Itlay. If you have the chance to go from Genoa to San Fruttuoso by boat you will see the different naval infrastructure and industries. )

Before going to San Fruttuoso

Our week-end thus started stared with a yummy tummy and great vibes… After I discovered we had two birthday girls with us, different characters, lovely love stories, too many cloths, not enough sun screen, stupid magazines, two big cameras, one charming model, one great photographer, amazing ladies and tanning oil, we were all set!

On our way to Portofino we stopped by San Fruttuso… In its underwater, at 17 m under sea-level you can find a bronze statue of the Christ. It was placed after the first italian scuba diver died there in the mid 20th century. We didn’t have the chance to see it, we only stopped by the Abbey of San Fruttuoso; we enjoyed its structure, a small walk and the view form up there…

The Abbey of San Fruttuoso

We then continued to Portofino where we stopped for a simili-photoshooting session, walked to Castello Brown, savoured multiple beach bellinis at the piazzetta, walked passed the pretty boutiques (I liked the selection they have, hihi), and sat down to stare at the fashionable women and their Italian men… 

On our way to Portofino

Kids Games are the best…

Colorful Portofino

It seems he found his love in Portofino ;) 

The cousin then gave a short crash history course, and sooner then expected, it was raining over us in Santa Mergurita… Still we all insisted on having an italian ice cream and on trying to catch a perfect jumping picture… 

When in Italy…

Our failed jumping picture. We had a better one, I can’t seem to find it ;)

Happy Rainy Days

Santa Marguerita

View from the Cathedral of Santa Marguerita

And as all happy things, this week-end passed too fast…

I hope we all will be back soon to taste again the exquisite food we had and share smiles and laughters… After all, how can we settle for a less-than-average jumping picture?! =)

A million baci (s) to the cousin and everyone,

Soraya

Arrivederci Italy

Let’s Dream and Travel…

Today I had a long conversation with a close friend on what’s up… Together we dreamt of travelling the world, trying new food and crazy sports. We said we’ll discover a million new things, talk to a thousand different people and travel, travel and travel…

So this short movie is for you… =) Travel Love

I hope tomorrow you’ll wake up and tell me “Let’s go”…

Sweet Dreams,

Soraya

Thursdays with Bouchra: Caroline Seikaly Wedding Dresses and a Pleasant Surpirse

Bouchra, I think you are doomed! Even when it’s not planned you have to see me on thursdays… =)

So yesterday as I went with my mother to a small even she was really keen on going to I bumped into Bouchra again. Bouchra is a PR/press/corporate events organiser in Beirut. And as you may already know I’ve been attending her events for the past two thursdays… So yesterday as I saw her in a super cute event organised by “A Whole Lotta Love” for their launch I saw Bouchra’s happy face! “A Whole Lotta Love” is a wedding/event organisation company full of charming ideas and a super cute way of looking at things…

But, when I saw her, I remembered I haven’t shared with you the pics of my last Thursday with Bouchra. The famous Caroline Seikaly (who designed many dresses for Madonna and the pretty black lace dress form the movie Black Swan) was exposing her new bridal collection for this summer…

Caroline Seikaly ‘s First “Princess Wedding Dress” for this summer’s collection

Caroline Seikaly is very famous for her lace and the femininity of her dresses

Caroline with her Spring/Summer 2014 collection

See you next thursday…

Kisses to all,

Soraya

Thursdays with Bouchra: Ideo Parfumeurs

I am now getting ready to meet Bouchra in Gemayzeh in the “Atelier Blanc”, a charming bridal boutique. It then occurred to me last thursday she made me discover the “Ideo Perfumeurs boutique”… And since on my bed side right now I have a beautiful book entitles “Tuesdays with Morrie” I smile and found this title for my post! =)

Ideo Parfumeurs wide choice of interesting perfumes

Ideo Parfumeurs is an adorable place in gemazeh. It’s specificity is that you can ask for a customised perfume based on your own skin smell and preferences! I found this super cool… Still, you can always choose from the wide variety of perfumes they propose! My favourites ones are the Lavaneder and Misk, but I am sure you will all find your little heavenly smells there….

Warm Welcome with a Perfect Breakfast

Ideo Parfumeurs Choices

Warm Kisses,

Soraya