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Monte Cassino: A Relaxing Getaway in Jounieh

If you’re looking for a quick and relaxing summer weekend getaway, away from the hustle and bustle of busy Beirut, then let me introduce you to the newly opened Monte Cassino Hotel.

Last month, I was invited with select bloggers to spend an evening in the hotel to experience it. The property is located just a stone throw away from the Casino Du Liban, along the picturesque and iconic Jounieh bay. Featuring 18 suites, this five star boutique hotel combines elegance in its architecture and comfort in its hospitality.

 

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Due to the packed Friday night traffic, I unfortunately missed out on what I heard was an excellent dinner at the hotel’s Tulip restaurant (note to self: try the much buzzed about steak on my next visit). I was-however- just in time for an evening packed with fun at Monte Cassino’s Sway Rooftop Bar. The venue is simply amazing: fresh drinks, great music, and a rooftop pool overlooking the Mediterranean. A few minutes later, the fireworks started, signaling the beginning of the Jounieh International Festival. We all enjoyed the show that was packed with an amazing fireworks display right from Monte Cassino’s decks as the DJ spun the hottest tracks.

 

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My favorite part about staying in hotels is getting to sleep in a comfy squishy bed and let me tell you, this place did not disappoint. It’s not just that the bed was amazing, but the entire room was as well! My room was furnished using soft and modern hues, the perfect mix to provide ultimate relaxation. The bathroom incorporated a shower-tub combination and it was a delight to see that the hotel provides toiletries from The Body Shop!

 

 

 

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The next morning, we all enjoyed breakfast in a setting overlooking the sea. It was just so relaxing to have a glass of juice or a cup of coffee whilst looking over the bay- definitely a recipe for a relaxing weekend!

 

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If you would like to switch up your routine this weekend, why not head to Jounieh and give Monte Cassino a try? You can sample some fine food, party till the wee hours, relax in five star style, and the hit the pool the next day.

 

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Christian Louboutin Climbs to New Heights with Nail Polish Collection

After three full years of perfecting the ultimate shade of scarlet red, Christian Louboutin is finally ready to conquer the nail polish market! Yes, the iconic shoe designer just launched a line of nail polish last week in Paris.

 

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The bottle design features the same height as the brand’s signature Ballerina Ultima heel, reaching 20.5 cm – the highest Louboutin ever made! The applicator is inspired by calligraphy pens so that you feel “like an artist when manicuring”.

 

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The polish selection is divided into three sections: Pops, Nudes, and Noirs. The full range- which is made up of 30 shades- will be available starting August 31st.

 

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For now, you can order the classic rouge from Sephora. And if you’re wondering about the price, then start saving because a bottle of polish will set you back a cool USD 50, making it the most expensive nail polish from a high end brand!

 


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Click here to find out how Christian Louboutin is taking femininity to new heights!

 

 

All images are taken from Christian Louboutin’s Instagram and Vogue.com

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Shakira Closes Out the World Cup Wearing Charbel Zoe

All eyes were on the Maracana stadium last night! And when Shakira took to the stage in Rio De Janiero, the Lebanese born stunner took everyone’s breath away!

 

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The sexy songstress wowed in a red hot play suit by non other than Charbel Zoe. You’ve probably heard Charbel’s name countless times this month, since he was behind Jennifer Lopez’ look at the opening ceremony of the World Cup last month.

 

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Shakira’s outfit featured sexy cutouts and fringe details. The singer demanded everyone’s attention as she moved and swayed to her hit song “La La La”, showing off the design’s flawless details in every step.

 

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Well done to Charbel Zoe. There’s surely more to come from this exceptionally talented designer!

 

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All Images are Courtesy of Google

 

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15 Years of Posh & Becks

It’s been 15 years since Victoria Adams married David Beckham, becoming Mrs. Victoria Beckham, and leading the genetically blessed twosome to take the world by storm with their football/pop star combo. The Beckhams are practically royalty- to the extent that they were once dubbed the most famous “brand” in Britain. They always seem to make a splash in every single country they set foot in, and with Victoria’s current A list fashion designer status, this couple shows no sign of slowing down.

So, in honor of Posh and Becks’ 15 years of togetherness, here are 15 takes of their major fashion moments together!

 

Victoria and David were snapped on one of their first dates together in 1998. Take a look at David in sandals and what looks like a sarong wrapped around his waist- what a far cry away from his major fashion moments!
Victoria and David were snapped on one of their first dates together in 1998. Take a look at David in sandals and what looks like a sarong wrapped around his waist- what a far cry away from his major fashion moments!

 

 

Posh and Becks gave a new meaning to "all black everything" by slipping into his and hers matching Versace leather body suits in 1999. You really just can't turn your head away from this fashion crime!
Posh and Becks gave a new meaning to “all black everything” by slipping into his and hers matching Versace leather body suits in 1999. You really just can’t turn your head away from this fashion crime!

 

 

WE'RE ENGAGED! A few days after their engagement, Victoria flaunts her major sparkler while wearing a black fur coat, as David looks on- also in matching black. Look how young he was!
WE’RE ENGAGED! A few days after their engagement, Victoria flaunts her major sparkler while wearing a black leather fur trim coat, as David looks on- also in matching black. Look how young he was!

 

 

David and Victoria said "I Do" in a lavish ceremony that took place in 2000. Victoria wore a custom made strapless Vera Wang design and accessorized with a mini tiara. Once again, David was Victoria's perfect match in a cream colored suit.
David and Victoria said “I Do” in a lavish ceremony that took place in 2000. Victoria wore a custom made strapless Vera Wang design and accessorized with a mini tiara. Once again, David was Victoria’s perfect match in a cream colored suit.

 

 

A few months after tying the knot, Posh and Becks stepped out in another matching outfit, even going as far to sport big diamond crosses. The pair casually showed off their toned bodies and seemed to really be enjoying married life together!
A few months after tying the knot, Posh and Becks stepped out in another matching outfit, even going as far as sporting big diamond crosses. The pair casually showed off their toned bodies and seemed to really be enjoying married life together!

 

 

A few years later, David and Victoria brought their A game to Buckingham Palace on the day David was given the title of "Officer of the British Empire". The best part of this entire look has got to be Victoria's extravagant fascinator!
A few years later, David and Victoria brought their A game to Buckingham Palace on the day David was given the title of “Officer of the British Empire”. The best part of this entire look has got to be Victoria’s extravagant fascinator!

 

 

2 kids and a move to Madrid later, Victoria ditched her long hair in favor of this short blond bob. The now ex-pop star's husband looked dapper in a gray suit as the couple embraced their new life in the Spanish capital.
2 kids and a move to Madrid later, Victoria ditched her long hair in favor of a short blond bob and cleavage-bearing outfits. The now ex-pop star’s husband looked dapper in a gray suit as the couple embraced their new life in the Spanish capital.

 

 

A few months later, Mrs. Beckham showed off a fresh pixie cut and went back to her dark roots, as she and David continued to rule Madrid!
A few months later, Mrs. Beckham showed off a fresh pixie cut and went back to her dark roots, as she and David continued to rule Madrid!

 

 

The couple glowed at the 2009 Vogue party in Milan! Victoria stunned in a plunging red dress while her man accessorized his suit with a grey scarf (in true Beckham fashion)
The couple glowed at the 2009 Vogue party in Milan! Victoria stunned in a plunging red dress while her man accessorized his suit with a grey scarf (in true Beckham fashion)

 

 

Upon moving to Los Angeles, the couple landed this sultry W Magazine cover.  The publication featured a selection of provocative poses for the sexy pair.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, the couple landed this sultry W Magazine cover. The publication featured a selection of provocative poses for the sexy pair.

 

 

Giorgio Armani must have taken note of the couples' W cover! A few months later, both Victoria and David were featured in the brand's futuristic underwear campaign targeting men and women.
Giorgio Armani must have taken note of the couples’ W cover! A few months later, Victoria and David mixed business with pleasure and were featured in the brand’s futuristic underwear campaign targeting men and women.

 

 

While pregnant with daughter Harper, Victoria and David attended the British Royal Wedding in London. David looked sharp in a tux while Victoria glowed in a minimalistic gown from her own line and matching fascinator.
While pregnant with daughter Harper, Victoria and David attended the British Royal Wedding in London. David looked sharp in a tux while Victoria glowed in a minimalistic gown from her own line and matching fascinator.

 

 

No better place to be seen than at the Vanity Fair Oscar party! While still living in L.A. in 2012, the couple attended the lavish after-party looking like movie stars! Victoria wowed in a military inspired column gown from her design while David was his handsome self in a black suit an bow tie.
No better place to be seen than at the Vanity Fair Oscar party! While still living in L.A. in 2012, the couple attended the lavish after-party looking like movie stars! Victoria wowed in a military inspired column gown from her line while David was his handsome self in a black suit and bow tie.

 

 

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Ever since her birth, the couple have been photographed carrying little Harper around the world's most fashionable capitals. There's no doubt that they both look effortlessly chic while doing so!
Ever since her birth, the couple have been photographed carrying little Harper around the world’s most famous capitals. There’s no doubt that they both look effortlessly fashionable while doing so!

 

 

The beautiful family attend the Viva Forever musical in London late last year. Victoria stood out in yet another ensemble from her design and stunned as she proudly looked on to her husband and three boys- who were all dressed in suits.
The beautiful family attend the Viva Forever musical in London late last year. Victoria stood out in yet another ensemble from her design and stunned as she proudly looked on to her husband and three boys- who were all dressed in suits.

 

 

A LOVE LIKE THIS! David and Victoria clearly proved that 15 years is nothing but a number when it comes to the love they share at this year's MET Gala!
A LOVE LIKE THIS! David and Victoria clearly proved that 15 years is nothing but a number when it comes to the love they share at this year’s MET Gala!

 

Here’s to many more fashionable years of Posh & Becks!

 

 

 

 

 

All pictures are courtesy of Google.

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ARGENTINA VS. HOLLAND – The WAG Edition

After Brazil’s humiliation yesterday against Germany, the semi-finals continue tonight as Argentina take on Holland in Sao Paolo.

And as the star players battle it out on the field, let’s take a closer look at the WAGs who will be cheering them on!

I can’t but start with Lionel Messi’s stunning wife, Antonella Roccuzzo. The star player’s lady love – who is often photographed hitting the beach in skimpy bathing suits- has known the infamous number 10 since his early childhood days. The twosome officially became a couple in early 2009 and welcomed their first son- an adorable baby boy, named Thiago- a few years later.

 

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The now Mrs. Messi can be seen cheering her husband throughout his matches for Barcelona, and there is no doubt that she will be there tonight as well!

 

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Here’s what you need to know about Robin Van Persie‘s Wife: A former Ms. Nigeria Holland, Bouchra Van Persie received countless death threats on Twitter and was labeled as a “gold digger” when fans assumed that her husband changed football clubs under her pressure. The twosome also had a rocky start to their romance when Van Persie was accused of assaulting a stripper a few years ago. However, the couple seem to have moved on from all this drama and are often seen looking polished and fashionable in every photograph!

 

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Gonzalo Higuain literally hit the jackpot when he started dating German born journalist, Daniela Saurwald. With dark hair, colored eyes, full lips, and a body to die for, the Spanish based reporter is absolutely drop dead gorgeous!

 

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Wesley Sneijder met his match when he married Spanish Dutch actress Yolanthe Cabau. The Dutch star married his second wife in 2010 in a lavish ceremony, where the two looked as happy as ever in their designer wear. Since then, the couple have enjoyed several getaways and countless shopping trips together.

 


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BRAZIL VS. GERMANY – The WAG Edition

Everyone seems to be so pumped up for tonight’s big game between Germany and Brazil! And as fans fight over who the star player of the match will be and how Germany have an advantage over Brazil who lack 2 of their key star players, I decided to shed some light on the ladies who will be cheering their men from the bleachers.

In case you’re unaware, the term “WAG” stands for “Wives and Girlfriends”; the acronym was coined by British tabloids who used it to label the English squad’s wives and girlfriends (obviously!) during the 2006 World Cup. The name caught on since then!

Let’s kick things off by introducing Manuel Nueur‘s girlfriend, Kathrin Gilch. This short-haired beauty is always photographed standing by her man, as they attend major functions together. The German model’s style can best be described as classic, favoring understated designer dresses over cleavage baring outfits. Here’s a peak at some of her memorable looks.

 

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Neuer’s counterpart, Julio Cesar hit the jackpot when he married model Susana Werner in 2002. Werner-who was previously engaged to footballer Ronaldo- is a Brazilian model with German roots. (wonder who she’ll be cheering for tonight ;) )

 

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But don’t let her gorgeous looks fool you- this stunner was robbed at gunpoint in Rio De Janiero last year, and emerged a stronger woman. Take a look at her best moments with her dreamy footballer husband.

 

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Lukas Podolski‘s long-time girlfriend, Monika Puchalski is always photographed cheering her now husband on live from the stadium. The German blondie reflects an effortless style- always favoring comfy jeans, a leather jacket, and her husband’s football jersey while attending football matches.

 

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Neymar‘s recent injury may have him reaching for his phone to dial his ex-girlfriend’s number! The Brazilian star recently split up with his young love, Bruna Marquezine. In happier times, the rising Brazilian actress was constantly photographed wearing Neymar’s Barcelona jersey.

 

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Finally, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been happily dating Sarah Brandner for over seven years now. Aside from attending glamorous parties together, the German model dropped jaws when she posed for Sports Illustrated’s Body Painting issue a few years ago!

 

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All pictures are courtesy of Google.

 

 

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Dining in Style at Mario e Mario

Nestled in a quiet street towards the end of Mar Mikhael lies Mario e Mario. An old Lebanese house transformed into a cozy Italian eatery with a yellow wall exterior, purple shutters, and homestyle plants.

 

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We walked into the restaurant shortly after 9 pm. We were greeted by one of the happiest and most helpful waiters I’ve ever seen! He led us up a narrow staircase to the restaurant’s rooftop. Understated and romantic, soft music plays in the background as guests dine on Italian delicacies and sip their cocktails in a laid back environment. The place is absolutely perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch or early drinks with friends.

 

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Unfortunately, the terrace was packed so we made our way back down inside and chose a small table for 2. A new waiter emerged with a cold bottle of stillwater as we admired our table setting: 2 tomatoes and one lemon placed on a plate with a tiny plant of basil nearby (I thought this added such a homey feel to the place!)

 

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As we waited for our menus, a lady stopped at our table to say hello. Mrs. Cynthia Sednaoui from Mario e Mario told us the story of how the place came to be: the restaurant is owned by Mario Haddad, who also owns Falamanki (that by the way makes the best Fattouch in the country). Mario presented his father (also named Mario) with this new Italian eatery on his birthday. The most interesting fact about the restaurant is that the entire menu changes everyday, based on what organic products the Napoli chef finds and the fish catch of the day. So, you are always promised a surprise!

We kicked off our dinner by ordering the Melanzane Alla Parmiggiana, which basically consists of baked eggplants with tomatoes and Mozzarella and Panzanella Classica, a mixed vegetable salad with creamy Burrata cheese. The salad was yummy and the dressing with the Burrata cheese was just amazing.

 

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For our main course, I went for the Gnocchi di Patate Alla Sorrentina- potato gnocchi with basil, tomato sauce, and Mozarella. The tomato sauce was simply divine. Made from scratch, it added the perfect flavor to the gnocchi.

 

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Ralph went for the Totelloni Di Ricotta E Spinaci- which is basically handmade Ricotta and spinach tortelloni with butter and Parmesan sauce. At first, I thought the portion was too small, but every bite is as heavy as the one before. The dish is actually too much for my taste, but Ralph enjoyed the flavored mix of spinach and cheese.

 

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Shortly after our meal, the waiter presented us with a serving of homemade Tiramisu and a slice of lemon pie (also homemade). Both desserts were delicious, but the pie won me over with its light filling and crispy crust!

 

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Mario e Mario is one of those restaurants you just have to visit: It’s not an easy task for a restaurant to pull off a new menu everyday, but the place does it with such class and professionalism. The servers are knowledgeable, courteous, and friendly.

Head out to Mario e Mario for a Sunday lunch with the family, an early drink with friends on the terrace, or a date with someone you’re trying to impress- you will not be let down, I promise!

 

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Mario e Mario is located on Rue Patriarche Arida, Mar Michael. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm. For reservations, call 01 444 036 .

Meal for two without wine: USD $ 110.

Special thanks to Mrs. Cynthia Sednaoui for being so hospitable and to the entire team for their generosity.