Trends | Maria Pino Unveils Colorful SS 2013 Collection!

Since I’m not a fan of winter footwear, I’m so happy that some of my favorite brands are finally unveiling their Spring/Summer collections!

The past few years have been dominated by heavy platform shoes that aimed to elongate the legs and provide more comfort given the additional platform. This year paves the way for the more ladylike pointed toe pump that is both fresh and appealing. From Manolo Blahnik to Prada to the very talented Nicolas Kirkwood, this trend has taken the Spring runways by storm.

 

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Taking note of this re-emerging trend is non other than Lebanese favorite, Maria Pino. The brand has just released a very colorful collection of pointed toe pumps that are polished and very ladylike. Blue, pink, and red dominate as patent gold and silver’s presence is also noteworthy.

 

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Captoes also get their fair share of the collection; the fashionable trend (see below) is presented in hot pink, turquoise (my favorite), and beige. T-straps also make an appearance in patent gold that look fabulous with a shimmery Summer tan, while the silver pumps are classy and work great with a pair of cigarette pants or a penciled skirt. If you’d like to give your toes a little breather during the hot days ahead, then go for the understated, yet colorful peep-toe pumps that come in a variety of colors.

 

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I’m beyond excited to try this trend that last took the world by storm when Sex and the City was still on air and Sarah Jessica Parker literally ran through New York City in pointed pumps. So step into Spring in an item from the Maria Pino collection, because with this trend, you’ll get all the femme fatale appeal you’re looking for this season!

 

Maria Pino is located in Kaslik, Verdun, ABC Achrafieh & Dbayeh, Le Mall Saida & Dbayeh, Beirut Souks, BHV City Mall, and Tripoli.

Maria Pino is also nominated in the first Beirut Social Media Awards for Best Fashion Brand on social media.To vote for the brand, simply visit www.smabeirut.com/vote.

 

 

All Images are taken from the Maria Pino Facebook Fan Page

 

 

Dining in Style | Easter Monday Dessert at the Mir Amin Palace Hotel!

We arrived at the Mir Amine Palace at around 5 pm. After the extremely warm weather during the day, it was a relief to feel a cold breeze as we walked in. First of all, let me just say that I’ve never been to this hotel (yes, it’s a hotel) before, nor have I heard of it. From the ancient walls to the royal furniture to the dazzling chandeliers, it was like stepping into a fairy tale.

 

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The restaurant inside was charming, yet the outdoor seating was more captivating. We passed a courtyard with a fountain before it on the way as well as the “Diwan” where the Amir used to welcome palace’s visitors.

 

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We sat at a table overlooking the valley, however most of the view was disrupted by a fog that had covered the area. We were instead kept entertained by a big swimming pool below us with a massive mosaic rumored to be installed in it as early as the Amir’s days.

 

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When it came time to order, my boyfriend went for the Ismaliyye while his brother and I opted for the Fondant Au Chocolat. As we waited to be served, we noticed a group of tourists sitting a few tables away who seemed to be enjoying an enviable spread of Lebanese Mezze.

Our desserts arrived and I must say that I’ve never actually enjoyed a dessert outside of Beirut this much. From the presentation to its taste, the fondant was cooked to perfection and had a very rich chocolate center that tasted just right. I’m not a fan of Arabic sweets, but I was told that the Ismaliyye was a winner as well and had just the right amount of “Ater” in it.

 

Fondant

 

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It was getting cold, so as soon as we were done, a very friendly member of the staff took us on a tour inside the palace that made me fall more in love with it. We visited an underground cave that was built hundreds of years ago, a royal suite complete with 3 rooms, a private fountain and outdoor area, an imperial suite that contained a charming “Mcharabiyya”, and the “Haremlique”, an area that housed the palace’s women.

 

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I will be sure to return to the Mir Amin Palace for lunch or even to stay there for a night. Who wouldn’t want to spend a night in a Palace! :)

 

While Googling the Mir Amin Palace today, I found out from their Facebook page that the hotel is nominated for a Social Media Award for “Best Hotel on Social Media”. I encourage you all to vote, as this hotel is an amazing piece of our country’s history and legacy and deserves to live on for generations to come. Visit www.smabeirut.com to vote.

 

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For your reservations at the Mir Amin Palace, call +961 5 501 315 or visit their Facebook page- facebook.com/miraminepalacehotel to find out more.