Monday, August 3, 2015

My July in Pictures

For daily pictures check out my insta account: @Joesbox 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Yazan Halwani - Eternal Sabah Making Of

Check out  this  mini-documentary of the Eternal Sabah mural in Hamra. Beautiful Work! 
This is the documentary of Yazan Halwani's mural in Beirut, the first building of such scale by a Lebanese artist. It was painted on an iconic building of Beirut pre-war era named the “Heart Of Hamra”. The building that earns its name from its history: Before the Civil War it hosted the legendary Horseshoe Café, a literary café where Nizar Qabbani, Paul Guiragossian, and many Arab artists and intellectuals used to sit. After the war, Hamra started slowly recovering but was never able to become the Arab cultural hub it once was.
This mural is an attempt to bring back that era.

Yazan Halwani says about the mural: " I painted the legendary Sabah on one of the largest murals in Beirut to immortalize the woman that was loved by all and was able to challenge the rules of society. She was not only an “icon”… I think we need to take Sabah’s drive in modern society, break taboos when need be and not be held by norms."

This project was done in collaboration with Ahla Fawda, Colortek and the people of Hamra.

Movie by: Nadia Asfour
Music by: Karim Douaidy
Via: YouTube

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lebanon: A Day in the Life

Cool documentary! 24 hours in the lives of the People of Lebanon check it out!
Thank you Maya for sharing it!

"With original music by Rama's Whisper, 24 hours in the lives of the People of Lebanon, a teaser for the upcoming short film, Finding Lebanon, and feature length documentary film, Growing Cedars in Air.

Ask anyone you meet, what they know about Lebanon and you will invariably receive one or both of the following replies:

“Oh, yeah, Beirut! It was once the Riviera of the Middle East. Great place to party!” Or “A damn shame what war has done to that country, poor people.”

If Lebanon has seen nothing but war and parties for the last 40 years with no culture of its own, then how could it have provided so much to world culture in the sciences, arts, design, fashion, music, world politics, business and entertainment?

“Growing Cedars in Air” is a indie documentary video project about personal discovery of what it means to be Lebanese…about the living heritage and unique culture that has allowed Lebanese to flourish wherever they settle. ”Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to go home. Not my parents house in whatever country they happened to be living in, at that time. But my ancestral home, the land of my dreams: burnt earth under olive trees and rocky hillsides shadowed by secular cedars, their roots reaching deep into the core of the earth….my earth…my roots.” Mark Abouzeid, director of Growing Cedars in Air.

These films gather Lebanese people of all walks, local and abroad, to tell their own stories of Lebanon and their lives across recent history, including:

Edd Abbas, Lyricist / Producer; Rania Abouzeid, Award Winning Journalist; Aziza, Lebanese Singer and Songwriter; Michel Elefteriades, the Emperor of Nowheristan; Jennifer El Hage, fashion and graphic designer; Robert Fisk, Award Winning Journalist/Writer; Barbara Massaad, International Gourmand Cookbook Award recipient; Kamal Mouzawak, founder of Souk el Tayeb; Mohamad Rifaii, Art Director and Visual Artist; Laila Sarkis, aka Djette, female DJ in Beirut; Rania Tabbara, Artist and Art promoter; Rami Tibi of Rama's Whisper."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Social Media going to WASTE!

We can’t deny that social media has changed the way we are living today, helping brands to connect with their customers , changing lives, bringing outlaw leaders to justice, changing the middle east… but not Lebanon!

Here in lebanon, we are so fast to create new campaigns, memes, hashtags that go viral in minutes or days! 
We couldn’t get a new president even though #badnaRa2is was trending for so long.
We couldn’t help a weak man being killed in the street (while watching!), instead we went online and help his family to raise some money.
Right now my timeline and yours is filled with “Garbage”, this shameful Lebanese flag and of course selfies made it to the international medias!
But my street is still filled with trash and it is getting worse everyday.
The necessary condition for the success of a social media campaign is building a community: real people committed to a common cause and are ready to go on the streets to ask for change.
If we are willing to change, we have to hit the streets...
And if you only want to send a bad image about Lebanon, keep doing what you are doing.

Friday, July 24, 2015

#Fashionbox: In short, shorts are in!!! By Maya Metni

Today couldn’t be a better day to write this post, with the African heat wave coming, you are asking yourself, what to wear to work to be fresh and still be chic!
Well here’s your answer; a pair of tailored shorts! What? Shorts and tailoring, ça va pas ensemble?? Well look at this:

Well yes!, you can simply look at it as a pair of pants and accessorize it with a nice shirt, a neck tie or bow, and a pair of matching shoes, yes it looks cool, and manly and dressy at the same time...Isn’t seduction about missing the codes?


For a less formal look, open up that shirt, add nice leather loafers for example, or cool and breezy linen shirt, and there you have it: still works for a cool meeting with a cool client!


Unless you work in advertising or fitness, this is for your day off: a polo, a tee shirt, an open shirt, shorts are now available in all sorts of colors and materials so mostly, have fun!

Oh yes it’s Friday and remember? You have a beach party Tonight...
Well you can still show her your sense of style with these old style swim shorts: very classy, looks nice with a shirt and yet can go in the water.
Voilà, you’re all set and ready to go, but remember: no socks allowed!

 This week's guest is Maya Metni  from whom I really enjoy working with.  Maya Metni is a visual communication consultant and a freelance art director working from Beirut which she is very passionate about. 
She gathers her inspirations in her design blog  & tweets @mayametni

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Win with Kusmi Tea

I prepared my first home made Kusmi Iced Tea of the season mixed with fruits and it tasted great!
Iced tea is a delicious summer treat. Here’s how to make your own awesome iced tea at home:
You can use any Kusmi Tea but some of their blends tastes best iced. Prince Wladimir is my favorite!

  • Infuse 2 tea bags of Kusmi tea for 3-4 minutes in one cup of boiling water. 
  • Pour the tea into a 1L pitcher ¾ filled with ice cubes.
  • Add sugar or fruit slices to taste (if needed)

About Kusmi Tea
For 140 years, Kusmi Tea has been offering to gourmets the finest in high quality tea blends. The famous tea brand offers unique Russian blends like Prince Wladimir Tea , Anastasia or Saint Petersburg tea, whose recipes are kept secret for more than a century, but also many traditional and flavored blends. More recently, Kusmi Tea has launched a wellness tea collection with the delicious Detox tea , the soothing Be Cool or the stimulating Boost. Distributed all over the world, the Kusmi teas are a reference for tea connoisseur, and every tea lovers. 

It's Competition time!
Answer this question:

How many Branches does Kusmi Tea have in Lebanon & what are their locations?
The company will pick two winners of a limited edition Jean Paul Gautier Kusmi tea.

Good Luck !

Congrats to Tony Aad and Arlette L, You just won the Kusmi Tea Jean paul Gaultier Limited edition.

Monday, July 20, 2015

8 Years a Blogger!

An old post reminded me that I missed my blog birthday, as the 7th of July Joe's Box was 8 years old! I had no idea what i was doing, i just wanted a space to talk about anything that interested me. Every day i am amazed at all the wonderful people and opportunities that this blog has brought into my life.
Thank you to my blogger friends who linked up to my blog and thank you to all my readers.
I have one small request if you've never before commented, I would love for you to say Hi!

Friday, July 17, 2015

John Legend Rocking Byblos!

John Legend opened Byblos festival with his smash “Made to Love” and played a range of my favorite songs, he was generous enough to share his new song with the lebanese audience "You and I". His amazing voice, and killer piano were a perfect combination! 
He closed the concert with  "Glory"
It was great to watch him for the second time this year! 

After heading out he shared a thank you instagram picture 

He shared also some nice pictures during his touristic visit to Beirut! A great Way to promote Lebanon!

Production Sultan Thomas.

#FashionBox: 100 Years of Men's Fashion

Take 3 minutes of your time to see this cool video, I love it!
1925, 1935 are the best for my taste.
The full denim look is nice as well!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cool Project: QalamSila

I would like to share with you a cool project , “Made in Lebanon”, that brings back physical play in an ever growing digital world. This all reminds me of when I first had a Meccano set! I think it could be worth your review and support! Check it out Links: Kickstarter page: website: