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Michael Kors Boutique NOW OPEN in Downtown Beirut

Tuesday marked the boutique opening of one of my all time favorite American brands, Michael Kors!

You probably already shop Michael Kors in ABC Achrafieh and BHV CityMall, but this is the first stand alone full-fledged boutique for the designer in Lebanon, with a strategic location in Beirut Souks.

As an avid fan of the Michael Kors, I love the brand’s idea of Jet.Set.Go, that embodies effortlessness in a sophisticated yet accessisble all American style. Make sure to make some time to check out the boutique this weekend. Remember that a stand-alone location means more variety and a more relaxed and refined shopping experience, which we all crave when dropping a hefty sum on a designer item!

 

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Thank you to the amazing team at BNL for the pictures

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Best and Worst at the 2014 Emmys

The much awaited Emmys took place last night in Hollywood. Once again, and following Sunday’s VMAs another red carpet lacked movie star glamour. However, some of our favorites brought it. The others? Well not so much..

Kicking off the best dressed with none other than Sofia Vergara. The Columbian stunner is now used to hitting every best dressed list all over the world and does not disappoint in a white Roberto Cavalli strapless gown and tons of diamonds from go-to jeweler, Lorraine Schwartz.

 

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Julia Roberts sure knows how to wear a mini stunner to a classy awards show! America’s sweetheart stuns in a navy Elie Saab cocktail number (the details are simply amazing!). Roberts pairs her dress with matching pumps and her million dollar smile.

 

Julia Roberts

 

 

Heidi Klum is it really you?? The former super model is a far cry away from her thigh high slits and excessive cleavage ensembles in this understated – but beautiful Zac Posen gown! Here’s hoping Heidi keeps this up for her next red carpet appearance.

 

Heidi Klum

 

 

Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling takes everyone’s breath away in this stunning Zuhair Murad gown. The actress pairs her gown with tons of diamonds and a soft up do.

 

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Who can believe that Julia Louis-Dreyfus still manages to look this amazing after all these years?! The A list actress is mesmerizing in a custom-made Carolina Herrera column gown and Lorraine Schwartz sparklers. Definitely one of the best dressed of the night!

 

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Sarah Paulson looks like a work of art in this Armani Privé masterpiece. The actress is so graceful in this black and red tulle confection! She let the dress take center stage and stuck to simple hair and minimal accessories. Simply beautiful!

 

Sarah Paulson Armani Prive

 

 

The beautiful Camilla Alves dazzles in nude; Mrs. Matthew McConaughey is sheer perfection in this sheer Zuhair Murad gown. The design hugs the model in all the right places, making her one of the night’s best dressed!

 

Camilla Alves

 

 

And as always, with the good comes the bad! Kicking it off with Amy Poehler who decided that belly dancers just have more fun at awards shows. Is there another explanation for this full on metallic sequined Theia design?

 

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I love Kerry Washington and usually, most of her red carpet picks are spot on. Not this time though! The black and orange combo is simply not working and it just looks like Kerry’s 1 year old glued on the sequined bits all over her Prada gown with DIY super glue.

 

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Poor Christina Hendricks in her satin red cover like gown. The Mad Men actress should have taken note from Julia Louis Dreyfus’ book when she chose to wear this. Instead, she gives us a lesson on how to screw up a red gown in this Marchesa mess. And as for the hair? Well it needs a “hate” blog post on its own.

 

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There’s not much to say when it comes to Lena Dunham. So instead, here’s a picture of her wearing Giambattista Valli. I’ll let you be the judge!

 

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It always amazes me when an actress walks the red carpet with a feeling like she looks like a million dollars, when in reality she just resembles Sesame Street’s Big Bird. This is the case with Kate Walsh who shows up in this yellow Stephane Rolland disaster!

 

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All pictures are courtesy of People.com and Eonline.com

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Worst Dressed at the MTV Video Music Awards

I was actually planning to write a “best dressed” post and then move onto the worst dressed, but this year’s MTV video music awards lacked a ground breaking fashion moment from all celebrities who took to the red carpet prior to the ceremony.

Check out a list of some of the most disappointing looks from the night!

 

 

While Kesha has made great improvements in terms of her wardrobe, the singer likes to up the crazy factor with crazy hair. This 'do is definitely distracting and unflattering!
While Kesha has made great improvements in terms of her wardrobe, the singer likes to up the crazy factor with crazy hair. This ‘do is definitely distracting and unflattering!

 

 

Although Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo make an adorable couple, somebody needs to tell them that the last couple who wore matching white was Posh and Becks.. in the 90s! You really don't need to wear the same colors for us to believe that you're really in love!
Although Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo make an adorable duo, somebody needs to tell them that the last couple who wore matching white was Posh and Becks.. in the 90s! You really don’t need to wear same color outfits for us to believe that you’re really in love!

 

Maybe we should be happy that Nicki Minaj isn't all about the cleavage these days. However, this sparkly full-on leopard long sleeved mini is full-on unflattering!
Maybe we should be happy that Nicki Minaj isn’t all about the cleavage these days. However, this sparkly full-on leopard long sleeved mini is full-on unflattering!

 

Taylor Swift looks more like a figure skater than a country superstar in this Mary Katrantzou mess! Everything is wrong about this look; from the weird letters on her romper to the mismatched (but fierce!) burgundy heels. Taylor, please bring the powder colored puffy dresses!
Taylor Swift looks more like a figure skater than a country superstar in this Mary Katrantzou mess! Everything is wrong about this look; from the weird letters on her romper to the mismatched (but fierce!) burgundy heels. Taylor, please bring the powder colored puffy dresses back!

 

I get that Katy Perry is trying to have fun, channeling Britney Spears' infamous VMAs denim moment years back, but there is NO EXCUSE for this Versace fashion crime!
I get that Katy Perry is trying to have fun, channeling Britney Spears’ infamous VMAs denim moment years back, but there is NO EXCUSE for this Versace fashion crime!

 

Seems Amber Rose got a late invite to this year's VMAs. The poor thing had to sow some string beads into her bra and wear the tiniest thong she could ever find just in time for the show. Seriously now!
Seems Amber Rose got a late invite to this year’s VMAs. The poor thing had to sow some string beads into her bra and wear the tiniest thong she could ever find just in time for the show. That should be the only explanation to this disaster!
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Dining in Style in ISTANBUL

Everyone is in need of a quick getaway every once in a while! I finally got to take some time off last month and picked Istanbul to be my destination of choice. Five amazing days in a city with so much history, culture, shopping, and countless dining options!

In case you’re planning a visit to Istanbul anytime soon, I’ve rounded up some of my personal favorites for you to choose from. I’m more of a conservative eater, so you will not see any fish or any traditional Turkish food in my choices. In any case enjoy your trip and happy dining!

The swanky high-end neighborhood of Nisantasi is home to several luxury brand boutiques including Prada, Gucci, and Versace. The residential streets are perfectly painted and colorful plants adorn the terraces. Following an elaborate tour of the Bosphorus that day, we arrived in this lavish area shortly before sunset. There is a variety of dining hot spots on every street; bars and restaurants are all packed with beautiful people who are ready to celebrate the weekend. We took a table in “Salomanje”, a bar/ cafe that serves an international and Italian menu. We ordered a creamy Alfredo pasta and herbed chicken with rosemary French fries. Both dishes were equally tasty and perfectly cooked. The ambiance was lively and the waiters spoke perfect English. I truly recommend this place!

 

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Address: Harbiye Mahallesi, Tesvikiye Caddesi, Atiye Sokak, No 4/12 Sisli, Istanbul

What to Wear: Wear your favorite jeans with a flowing top and a statement necklace. Heels will help you blend in with the crowd, but flats are perfectly fine if you’ve been walking around all day.

 

You’re going to be walking a lot, so there’s no doubt that you’re going to be craving some refreshing ice cream. We stayed at the Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul, where the lobby was beautifully decorated with an ice cream cart carrying the tastiest flavors of Moevenpick Ice Cream. In case you’re not familiar with the brand, this ice cream is 100% Swiss made and has a variety of flavors from chocolate to caramel, raspberry, strawberry, etc.. The good news is that you don’t have to stay at Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul in order to savor these tasty flavors; several restaurants in the city carry this ice cream brand, including La Sirene in Bebek.

 

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If you’re traveling to Istanbul this summer, then one item that should be on your checklist is: dessert at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus. This hotel is probably one of the best you will visit in your lifetime. The views of the Bosphorus, the first Bosphorus bridge, and parts of Istanbul that are on the Asian continent are truly unparalleled. The service is flawless, to the extent that your purse gets its own table-seriously! The waiters know what they’re selling and their suggestions perfectly complement your desires. For example, I had the best profiteroles EVER! The vanilla ice cream filling is perfectly sweet and the chocolate sauce with a hint of orange melts in your mouth, as the tiny chocolate crumbles tickle your palate! This dessert is a must!

 

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Address: Ciragan Caddesi No. 28, 34349 Istanbul, Besiktas

What to Wear: Put your heels on! Even though you’re going for sunset dessert and drinks, everyone is impeccably dressed here, so make sure to spice up your outfit with your favorite sandals!

 

A short drive away from the Four Seasons, lies the charming town of Bebek. “Bebek”, meaning “baby” is home to the Turkish favorite “Kitchinette”. This restaurant is practically mushrooming in most areas of Istanbul, and rightfully so. The mood is so relaxed and the service is generous. This branch of Kitchinette is perched on top of a quiet street in a garden like setting. You can conveniently have a late lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu- also international- features a variety of salads, pizzas, and mains. We chose the classics: a Mozzarella salad, hand cut fries, and a Margarita pizza. While pizza wasn’t a memorable one, the fries were perfectly seasoned and crispy. Enjoy a light meal and your favorite drink as you watch passers-by on a Saturday afternoon.

 

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Address: Bebek Mh. , Ipek Sk, 34354, Istanbul

What to Wear: Pair your favorite summer dress with some trendy flats for an afternoon lunch or an early dinner.

 

A visit to Istanbul is incomplete without having some Kaak, chestnuts, or grilled corn from the many vendors lining the city’s streets. Blend in and feel like a local by stocking up on these trademark Turkish offerings throughout your trip!

 

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And just because it is SO GOOD, I had to go back to the Four Seasons for a proper dinner meal. As breath-taking the view is in the afternoon, it is probably even better after the sun sets. We had a great dinner experience consisting of salads, pastas, and mante (although I would say that the mante served in our restaurants in Lebanon is way better). We also sipped a fantastic 2011 Chardonnay called Plato- which is made of grapes found only in Istanbul. (We made sure to pick some up the next day at the airport :) )

 

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What to Wear: Go all out for dinner at the Four Seasons. An LBD would be perfect with your favorite colorful heels. Keep a shawl or a light bolero with you since it gets pretty breezy at night.

 

That’s a round up of my culinary findings in Istanbul. Feel free to tell me about your favorites in the comments section!

 

Cruising in the Bosphorus
Cruising in the Bosphorus

 

Culture Stop at Hagia Sophia
Culture Stop at Hagia Sophia

 

The Magical "Blue Mosque" / Sultan Ahmet Mosque
The Magical “Blue Mosque” / Sultan Ahmet Mosque

 

No Words can describe the Breath-taking view from Pierre Loti!
No Words can describe the Breath-taking view from Pierre Loti!