Friday, January 30, 2015

#FashionBox | L'accessoire Man: " Jewelry " by Elsa O. L'accessoire

As promised, every Friday I will invite a different Lebanese Blogger for a post on Men's Style.
This week's guest is Elsa from Elsa O. L'accessoire. 
"ACCESSORIES, is a passion that grew up with me since a very young age. Studying Product design at ALBA and pursuing my studies in design strategies in PARIS came naturally, as I always was curious to know more about art & fashion. One of the best work experiences I had was working in the Bureau de style at Swarovski Paris, where my colleagues encouraged me to start my own fashion blog and share my passion for accessories. And that's where Elsa O. L'accessoire all started!"

L'accessoire Man: Jewelry

A simple addition of an accessory to a man's outfit can give it a lot of texture, like for example a piece of jewelry. For this post I chose to introduce to you a jewelry brand that I discovered not so long ago and fell in love with their designs: " Sage + Uniforms " a lebanese brand  that is made in beirut.  Each of SAGE + UNIFORMS’s creations has impact. Nothing is hollow and meaningless. Every item is born through the use of unorthodox materials and edgy design. The culmination of 3D printing, Beirut inspirations, quality finishing and a bold appeal to a cause.   
Here is to you three different outfits styled with Sage + Uniforms jewellery. 

It's everything you might need to add some peps to your outfits my dear gents.
And yes ladies I agree these gorgeous pieces can definitely work for us too! No wonder we always want everything!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day!

When I tell people that I’m a community manager, it always leads to a complicated explanation of what I do on a daily basis.Simply because it’s not a widely recognized title here!  Instead I tell people that I’m a Digital Marketing Strategist. When I get asked what I do exactly I typically respond with this “I tweet and post on Facebook all day.” even though the job of a community manager is much, much more than posting pictures and responding to comments and tweets.Community managers often manage different tasks at their organizations. We have a hand in public relations, customer service, content marketing, marketing strategy, research, analytics, branding...
I wrote this post because today is "Community Manager Appreciation Day (CMAD) was created back in 2010 by Jeremiah Owyang to celebrate the tireless efforts of community managers around the world. 
Does your company have a community manager? Have you had a great experience from a brand thanks to their community manager? Today’s their day, so thank them for the wonderful job that they’re doing."

Friday, January 23, 2015

#FashionBox: Pitti Uomo.

Pitti Uomo is the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections  for launching new projects in men’s fashion In Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso. It was held 13-16 January 2015 with 432 vendors. The first edition of Pitti Uomo featuring men's fashion and accessories was held in Florence September 1972. The exhibition provided a platform for raising the profile of Italian designers and now has quickly achieved international stature as a leading fashion fair. Pitti Uomo is credited with making dandyism acceptable to a wider audience Via: Wikipedia 
Unfortunately I couldn't make it this year, here are some pictures from my favorite street photographer Tommy Ton 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Inspiration is everywhere...

This is a guest blog by Nadia Tabbara, She is the founder of FADE IN: and the head trainer of creative writing, screenwriting and filmmaking workshops. She’s the creative director of all video content produced by FADE IN:.She is a screenwriter and filmmaker and has worked in the Film and TV industry in New York City for over 5 years. She has worked on Hollywood films such as “Step Up 3D”, “The Adjustment Bureau” and “New York, I Love You” and popular TV shows such as “Flight of the Conchords”, “Bored to Death” and “The Good Wife”.

What separates a professional from an amateur is not “talent” or the “best ideas,” it’s doing something about them.  Sure, we would all love to take a plane to an exotic place for the weekend and frolic freely on the sandy beaches as we “find inspiration” with each seashell.  But seriously, inspiration is everywhere, even here on the mean streets of Beirut. 

A few ways to find it: 
1) People watching: 
We’ve got some crazy people in this town! And everyone’s got a potential story.  Sit in one of our many outdoor cafés and just watch the rich, the poor, the artistic and the corporate.  Take notes about anyone you notice – what do they look like? Where could they be headed? What’s their life like? 

2) Staycation: 
Get out of the city and go to a village. I don’t mean get out of town just to have lunch. Make a plan of visiting the town’s historical sites (every single town in Lebanon has many, just ask a local), art (museums or otherwise), or heck, pick a place to sit and repeat #1.  

3) Walk. Alone. Without your phone. Seriously. Just walk. No music, no texting… For Art’s sake… just WALK. 

4) Ask a stranger a profound and personal question. 
This takes a bit of bravery.  Just be polite and tell them it’s a little bit of research you’re doing for a project. Explain that you will not be using their name or any specific information.  Then, ask away! Surprisingly, people are often more willing to talk to strangers than to close friends. Here are some of my favorite questions: “Who was the most important person you’ve ever lost in your life?” or “If you could do anything in the whole world, what would it be?”  

5) Take a class at FADE IN:
As the founder of FADE INI couldn't resist this one! No matter what discipline, indulge yourself in a creative writing class. It’s just a bit of support to get your creative brain back on track.  Taking a class means you are prioritizing your creative life.  And that’s immensely important, no matter what they tell you. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

5 Days In Rome

I visited Rome last summer and I absolutely loved it. During my trip to Europe, I also visited Berlin. The people were incredibly friendly and the city was breath-taking. Rome offers some of the most beautiful views in the world. Rome is a big city, multi cultural and all the food  is just amazing... such a fun experience!

Here is my best to do list if you are planning to visit Rome:

Pantheon : the best preserved of Rome's ancient monuments. the pantheon is a truly remarkable building. it is only when you get inside that you get the full measure of the place. It is vast and you will feel very small as you look up at the record breaking dome above your head.
Vatican Museums
Rome's Largest and most popular art museum 

St Peter's Basilica:
You don't have to be believer to be bowled over by St Peter's Basilica, Rome's largest and most spectacular church. Everything about this place is astonishing from the Piazza  to Michelangelo's extraordinary dome

Piazza Novana : Hanging out on Piazzas is part and parcel of roman life. Piazza Novana is my favorite.

Spanish Steps
Visitors have been hanging out here since the 18th century  and still they come.Local spot to flirt with foreigners.

Rome's most iconic monument, you know what it looks like but no photograph can prepare you to the thrill of seeing it for the first time 

My food addiction: Coffee, Tiramissu and Gelato 

Venchi: I guess this is the best gelato in Rome heaven in a cup! Must try 

Tazza D'Oro Coffee Shop: Great place for espresso after visiting the Pantheon. This place is by far my favorite to have a perfect caffè- the strength of the coffee,the temperature, the creamy foam - everything is great! 
Caffe Greco:  Rome is full of cafés, but this one is unique! The decoration travels you back in time, the coffee is perfect and the desserts to die for! this old Caffe has the best tiramissu in the World! It is not cheap, it is quite expensive..

Disclaimer:some info taken from the Lonely planet guide.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sock it up young man!

As promised, every Friday I will invite a different Lebanese Blogger for a post on Men's Style.
This week's guest is Maya Metni  from whom I really enjoy working with. 

#FASHIONBOX: Sock it up !

Now I know that all you Joe's Box readers out there are not specially into funky outfits, or vintage, à la mode etc... You might just be the kind that likes it always discreet, not showy... 
But deep down you are aware of how special you are, except you just don't wanna shout it out loud!
Well i have just the thing for you! SOCKS! 
Yes, socks. Stay calm and discreet all you want but please, spruce up that look with the right socks! No, they don't have to be discreet as well since they will only show a little glimpse from here and there. And that could be a winning ticket for the right person's attention :-)

Yes all grey with a dash of popping color works!

Nice stripes or pattern as well...

My recommendation goes to Falke or Paul Smith naturally, but all the high street brands have a nice palette of colors and prints each season...

Finally, as this young man would do, always pair it with a clean shoe!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I AM Joe's Box

Catchy tagline right? Obviously it is not mine, just borrowed it from Nikon. Like Yokhama did in their latest campaign in lebanon!
I was surprised to see their billboards all over the place for 2 reasons:

1- It is Nikon’s tagline
2- it does’nt fit Yokohama's image

Every marketer wants a catchy advertising slogan, one that will stick in our minds as consumers, help build their brands and increase sales. So that every time we think about making a purchase, this particular product or service comes to mind.

Here are some catchy slogans/ Taglines

I'm loving it : McDonalds 
Think Different : Apple
Just Do it: Nike

Now let’s mix them up 

I'm loving it : Nike
Think Different : Macdonald
Just Do it: Apple

It does’nt work right?

Maybe you are looking for some catchy slogans in order to get some ideas for a new business or perhaps to start a campaign of some sort. A great way to get ideas is to look at other catchy slogans. The hardest part is to define yours by studying your company and your customers, and the easiest is to borrow it. But unfortunately, that DOES NOT work.

Monday, January 12, 2015

What not to say to a photographer.

Dear photographers, this collection is dedicated to you!
Via: Zerouno