“Every year, approximately 15 million girls are married before they turn 18, across countries, cultures, and religions. They are robbed of their childhood, denied their rights to health, education, and security”.
With this startling fact in mind, tens of wonderful young women came together during Sunday’s annual Beirut Marathon to support millions of young girls who are being victimized by these atrocities. UNICEF, ABAAD- a midway safe house for women and girls who are survivors of gender based violence in Lebanon- , OXFAM (International Civil Society Organization), and ESPOSA collaborated in order to raise awareness as well as funds for this cause.
The amazing people at ESPOSA provided gowns, veils, and accessories that were worn by participants of the the 10 km walk and run. An orchestra even played live music in the background! What a great initiative by all parties involved!
To learn more about ABAAD and to support them, click here.
To celebrate my birthday on the weekend, my family took me out to lunch to a very charming Italian Restaurant in Saifi Village, called Fiona’s.
I discovered Fiona’s around 4 years ago, when my family took my mom to dinner there to celebrate her birthday. Then a few years ago, I took my boyfriend there to celebrate our first anniversary by taking a cooking class with the restaurant’s very talented chef! (If you’re into this kind of stuff, this activity is one that will create memories to last a lifetime- check out the pics below to get a glimpse of all the fun!)
Something you must know about Fiona’s before visiting on the weekend is that the restaurant is usually buzzing with people on Sunday and you are very likely to bump into one (2, or even a few) of Lebanon’s high profile politicians acting very normal as they dine with their families. So while the waiters attend to their pressing needs, expect delays in getting your order on time. (Sorry!)
As we waited for our appetizers to be served, we each enjoyed a glass of Toscano, which turned out to be a very fine white wine imported from Italy. As a start, Fiona’s serves homemade bread crackers sprinkled with fresh thyme that are best enjoyed with an oil, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan mix. Moments later, our Bruschette Pomodoro arrived along with a deliciously looking salad made of a variety of fresh greens.
For the main course, I ordered Spaghetti Pomodoro (you can never go wrong with this dish in an Italian restaurant), while my mum ordered the filet that was served with wedge potatoes and steamed fresh veggies. My dad and my boyfriend went for the rosemary and garlic marinated grilled chicken that was also served with wedge cut potatoes.
As for the desert, well I can honestly tell you that if you’re a Tiramisu fan, then you absolutely MUST taste it at Fiona’s! We were so looking forward to eating it that I forgot to take a picture of it once it was served!
If you’re looking for a nice place to lunch with your family on a Sunday, then head over to Fiona’s. While the food may not be stellar, the value for money is a pretty good one. The servers are young and friendly and the atmosphere is very Italian and familial.
You can also visit Fiona’s in the morning for a delicious breakfast spread. Their outdoor seating area in the Saifi neighborhood is a must-see once the weather gets warmer!
For your reservations at Fiona’s call 01 985 825 or 03 034 200.
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.
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.
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.
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