Fashion | Elie Saab Haute Couture AW 2012-2013 Flashback

Elie Saab presents his Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 collection on July 3rd in Paris. As usual, stunning designs and captivating details are expected from the Lebanese designer who will, without a doubt deliver a flawless collection.

In anticipation of this date, here’s a look back at the amazing gowns from last year’s show that have also managed to be seen all over Hollywood’s red carpet events. Actresses, including Amy Adams and Zoe Saldana among others have all been spotted wearing the gorgeously embroidered gowns. Have a look below!

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Don’t forget to go to live.eliesaab.com if you’d like to watch the show live!

LB’s Fashion’s Night Out | Sexy Fashion Show At Square Chill Out Lounge

Breath-taking views? Check! Delicious bites and yummy cocktails? Check! Stunning international models? Check! (obviously) Flawless K-Lynn lingerie and swimwear? There’s no doubt about it!

 

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Last Thursday, I attended an amazing fashion show thrown by Square, the chill out lounge located at the Mövenpick Hotel Beirut in collaboration with K-Lynn lingerie. The models who strutted the catwalk  are currently in Lebanon competing for the Miss World Next Top Model Title.

Bright yellows, neon pinks, gorgeous greens, mixed prints, and classic black and white made a big statement, as vibrant colors dominated the Summer swimwear.

 

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Next came lingerie, with bright colors also making an appearance. The collection featured a variety of lace designs, corsets, and sexy robes. The best was left for the grand finale as a handful of models paraded Square wearing bridal lingerie in angelic white.

 

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Spotted | Woman of Beauty: Amy Adams Shines at Man of Steel Press Tour

Being Superman’s Lois Lana is no simple task!

Amy Adams, who scored the much envied role of playing Clark Kent’s love interest in Man Of Steel also scored several winning looks for the movie’s promotional tour. Have a look below at her most memorable outfits!

Amy wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana strapless gown to the movie's premiere in Italy.
Amy wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana strapless gown to the movie’s premiere in Italy.

 

Earlier in the day, Amy slipped into this Michael Kors black number for a photo call with the movie's cast.
Earlier in the day, Amy slipped into this Michael Kors black number and coral pumps for a photo call with the movie’s cast.

 

For the movie's premiere in New Jersey, Amy wore a structured Antonio Berardi white, black, and green dress with fabulous Casadei "Blade" pumps
For the movie’s premiere in New Jersey, Amy wore a structured Antonio Berardi white, black, and green dress with fabulous Casadei “Blade” pumps

 

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Amy wore a stunning black gown by Nina Ricci with lace detailing on the back for the premiere in New York City

 

Back in Europe, Amy wore a tea length Valentino frock with nude accents from the brand's Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013 collection.
Back in Europe, Amy wore a tea length Valentino frock with nude accents from the brand’s Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013 collection.

 

Dining in Style | Classic Date Night at Le Relais de L’entrecote

My boyfriend and I have been craving steak for the past two weeks, but this time we didn’t want an over the top place with a lot of variety; we just wanted something simple and tasty, and no one does simple and tasty (not to mention affordable) like Le Relais de L’entrecote on Abdel Wahab Street in Achrafieh.

With its red, green, and blue colored table cloths, nostalgic looking chairs, and dim lights, walking into this restaurant felt like stepping into a charming café in Paris. After settling in, the waiter came and asked us how we would like our steak to be cooked. I answered with very well done and Ralph chose well done, after which the waiter used a pen to draw a small table on our paper cloth (they put this over the actual cloths) and wrote TBC i.e. tres bien cuit towards my side and BC i.e. bien cuit towards Ralph’s side and he disappeared. Just like that. THAT simple!

 

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So what exactly does L’entrecote serve? Steak and only one type of steak! There’s no menu, no choice of tenderloin, no list of side dishes, and no different sauces to choose from. The place makes one type of steak with a yummy pepper sauce and serves a handful of fries to go along with it..TWICE. Yes, you read that right. After finishing your first plate, the waiter comes back and refills it with more delicious steak and more crispy fries!

 

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You can enjoy your steak after savoring a classic iceberg salad (also the only salad the restaurant serves) that is garnished with walnuts and drizzled with dijon dressing. Along with the salad, you are also served a large basket filled with freshly baked baguette to enjoy with some butter.

Chances are following this double meal, you won’t be craving dessert, but just in case you were, you can select from a variety of cakes, ice creams, and fruit. If you want to go simple like we did, then just order a cup of strawberries with plain sugar or whipped cream and enjoy it with a glass of white wine. It’s the perfect ending for the perfect French meal!

 

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If you’re looking for a quiet steakhouse on a Sunday night that serves delicious food and has an understated ambiance, then look no further than Le Relais de L’entrecote. It’s really that simple!

Trends | Victoria Beckham Pre-Fall 2013

She’s done it again! Victoria Beckham unveiled yet another simply amazing (serious emphasis on simple) Pre-Fall 2013 collection.

Once again, Mrs. Beckham is mastering the elegant, yet flirty everyday look by including work appropriate dresses with pleated skirts and dressy tops. She also experimented with baggy tops and structured designs.

 

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White and black dominated (check out my new favorite LBD above), but the designer also added a few pops of blues, grays, and purples.

 

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Beckham also focused on handbags, creating several designs in nude (my favorite is bottom right), black, red, and a melange of nude and plum.

 

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Can’t wait to spot Victoria in one of these new items on the streets of the world’s famous fashion capitals!

 

 

 

Images are courtesy of MarieClaire UK

 

 

Favs | Michael Kors: An Emerald Affair

So if you haven’t heard, earlier in 2013, it was announced that emerald is the official color of the year. Following tangerine tango in 2012 and honeysuckle in 2011, Emerald is yet another fresh color that is taking the fashion world by storm! (check Sofia Vergara’s flawless emerald look at last week’s CFDA Awards) From designer gowns to sexy stilettos to trendy handbags, not forgetting makeup, glossy nails, and even furniture, this color is everywhere!

 

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Naturally, I decided to jump on this color bandwagon and my allegiance came in the form of a stunning Michael Kors tote in emerald that has been injecting a great pop of color to my outfits in the past month. I love the little gold detailing which instantly adds some designer flair and glamour. Another plus is size; even though this tote is labeled as small, it still manages to fit all my summer necessities without looking too bulky.

 

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Summer is the perfect season to experiment with bold colors; so what are you waiting for? Go out and select a stunning emerald piece and get ready to make everyone green with envy!

 

 

 

Favs | Summer Essentials: Eau Thermale Spray by Avene

Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures! Like when you’re at the beach, laying under the sun trying to tan with your oil/sunscreen already in place, but all you really want to do is splash your face with some cold water.

This is where Avene’s Eau Thermale Spray comes in; this product is not just designed to help you cool off on a hot day, its job is to soothe and soften the skin, while restoring its natural balance at the same time.

 

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The spray is not only used when you’re out in the sun. You can also use it if you’re on a plane and your skin feels too dry, after waxing, following your exercise regimen, and even to set your makeup in place! The best thing about it? It’s designed for all skin types, so there’s no way to go wrong with your choice!

 

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I’m obsessed with luxury makeup brands, but when it comes to skincare, it’s best to get your fix from a medicated brand that has been previously tested and prescribed by a dermatologist.

 

 

Red Carpet | Glamour Dubs Victoria Beckham “Woman of the Decade”!

Victoria Beckham is an accomplished 90s pop star, married to one of the hottest men on Earth, has four equally genetically gifted children, and runs an extremely successful fashion label. All this allowed Victoria to earn the title of “Woman of the Decade” as announced by Glamour magazine during the magazine’s Women of the Year Awards in London last night.

 

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What do I love about Victoria? First, her children are never too far away no matter where she is; her eldest Brooklyn accompanied her last night and was such a gentleman walking mom down the red carpet in a sleek black suit! Second, even though she’s become a household name in the fashion industry whose creations are worn by Hollywood’s leading ladies, Victoria has enough confidence and admiration to her peers and proved that by donning a bustier pantsuit from Maison Martin Margiela to the soiree. Victoria managed to include her signature touch by adding a trendy gold VB clutch. A sideswept updo and towering platforms completed her winning look.

 

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Can’t wait to see what Mrs. Beckham has in store for us in the coming decade!

 

 

 

Images Courtesy of eonline.com & Huff Post

Spotted | Sofia Vergara Sizzles at CFDA Awards

It may have been just another red carpet event for the stunning Sofia Vergara, but for me, this is probably one my favorite celeb sightings in recent weeks!

The Columbian bombshell atended the CFDA awards in this exquisite emerald gown by Hervé Leroux. Vergara complimented her sunkissed Summer tan with a breath-taking statement necklace by her go-to jeweler, Laurraine Schwartz!

 

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Image is courtesy of People.com

LB’s Fashion Night Out | An Afternoon with Hackett Gents

On Saturday, I attended an event thrown by Hackett London at the boutique’s branch in ABC Dbayeh. The details were sketchy at the beginning, but it all started becoming clear when 6 men dressed in Hackett’s impeccable grey suits (and top hats to add a little British flair) were spotted roaming ABC carrying branded shopping bags and newspapers.

 

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The Hackett Gents (as they were referred to by the brand) toured most of the mall’s floors, often stopping to take pictures with admiring fans. They also took some time to have afternoon tea at Cafe La Flor and even caught a screening of The Great Gatsby .

 

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Check out the pictures below for more on this very fun and interactive flashmob that Hackett put together! It’s so refreshing to witness such ideas being executed by high-end brands- here’s to more!

 

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