Monday, November 24, 2014

What House of Cards taught me about business

House of Cards, an American political drama television series, my favorite TV show so far, can actually teach us a lot about life and business. The show kept me intellectually engaged and raised some key questions about  politics and the nature of power but also a great reminder of what it takes to get to be successful

  1.  Success isn't possible without connections
  2. If you want to become significantly better at anything, you have to fall in love with the process of doing it.
  3.  Chase power not money: building and using power is not only a useful survival skill; it may be essential to becoming an effective executive and leader.
  4. Sometimes, delaying a decision can help us make a better one.
  5. Surround yourself with passionate people who will bring you to a whole new level.
  6.  Keep your skills and knowledge current, you'll make better decisions, and you'll spot threats and opportunities early on.

Friday, November 21, 2014

#FashionBox: The Art of Layering by Playing With Fashion.

As promised, every Friday I will invite a different Lebanese Blogger for a post on Men's Style.
This week's guest is Maya from Playingwithfashion . Maya is of Russian & Lebanese origin and juggles between being a full-time Interior Designer and a full-time Blogger.She Started Playingwithfashion in July 2012 for the purpose of finding her own voice.

Men’s Fashion 101 :: The Art of Layering

As a girl I feel quite lucky in having infinite fashion choices that make dressing up really fun and challenging. I could dress-up or dress-down with such an ease since I do have a lot of styles that I can relate to and because I am simply a Girl, but for Men it is different.
Lately, men’s fashion has become an understatement, I don’t know if it the society that made the men try less in dressing up or is it their self-esteem.  Somehow men are criticized for trying too hard and playing with their looks. But that’s a total shame since they too deserve to showcase their individuality through the way they dress. So, this is a post dedicated to the power of Men in Fashion and their Rights to go wild.
For me when it comes to any type fashion, LAYERING is the first that comes to mind. Nothing matches the art of mixing and matching together different elements and textures together for a coherent Fall/Winter look. Most of the guys tend to wear the typical safe combination of SHIRT + PANTS(or JEANS) + BLAZER/JACKET , and don’t get me wrong it’s a perfect and classic combination, but don’t you want your look to resemble you??
The Layering allows you to experiment with your looks and decide on which you want to be on a given day. You could be wearing a classic Shirt and Suit combination one day, and by adding a  sporty Vest to this same combination the other day you get a more casual feel. There are no specific rules for layering, you only have to experiment with different layers to get the effect you want, just remember to color match the whole outfit and stick to mainly one print for a crisp and professional feel.

The Main layering pieces that should be in every men’s wardrobe are: A Chunky Cardigan, a Sport Vest, a Denim Jacket, and a striped Sweater. These are just guidelines; you can remove and add the pieces that are more your style and allow your fashion senses to guide you.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stealing like an ARTist!

We all have seen his work shared on our social media channels, Nader Dagher is a talented & smart lebanese young man who revives the lebanese language in pop art visuals.
I like what he does but I’m no fan of plagiarism; recently an Art work popped up in front of me that’s a deja vu from the famous Four Seasons IRD book “Through Beirut” .
Getting inspired from another artist and adding your skills and talent is fine, but copying others without giving them any credit is wrong especially when profit is being made off of another person’s hard work. Unless it’s a very very strange coincidence...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Stuff Maker

lovely documentary about Mac,reminds me of my uncle's life, love his work and his story, I am sharing it here because it speaks to all different aspects of art and life. 
Check out the stuff he makes

Friday, November 14, 2014

#FashionBox: The evolution of men's clothing in the past 5 years by Maya Metni

As promised, every Friday I will invite a different Lebanese Blogger for a post on Men's Style.
Starting off this week with Maya Metni, 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

The evolution of men's clothing in the past 5 years

I must say, working in a field that revolves around fashion is quite fun and very inspiring. I've learnt a lot since my childhood years when I used to devour my mom's ELLE, through my college years, and up till this very day... In fact, i cannot remember a season or a day when I found my job boring, or that fashion is repeating itself... True; every season we have an "époque revival", inspired by movies, series or life in general (Gatsby, Downton Abbey, etc...), but it is never a mere direct application. There is always a plus.

However, all these trends are much more visible in women's fashion, since women have a playful way to adapt catwalk style to their daily lives. But in the last five years I witnessed a MAJOR change in men's fashion, and more importantly, in men's attitudes towards fashion! They are not afraid to try new things, they are playful, creative, and we definitely feel that they are having fun putting together their daily outfit, just like we women do. HURRAY!!!  Of course this applies more in Europe still; however, slowly but surely, the men's style landscape in our country is changing! Finally ;-)

Style is not solely reserved to the gentlemen in touch with their feminine side, it is your right messieurs! Claim it. It is sheer pleasure for us to see you dress (and undress) and the fact that it's now giving you pleasure as well, makes you even sexier to our eyes.

So what has changed exactly? Once again, social media! Thank God for Tommy Ton or the Sartorialist (among others) who have shown the world how the smart men in Pitti dress (the world famous fashion trade show). And it has started a "boule de neige" that exploded all over the collections, even on the high street brands.

In conclusion?
Remember that "a well tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men",
so Messieurs, faites vos jeux!

Huge thanks to Joe for letting me play on his blog, working together has always been mutually inspirational ;-)

Photos via Tommy Ton, Rectangle Jaune & Eton.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

#FashionBox for men only!

I'm recently showing interest in fashion since i am working with different clothing brands. Unfortunately there is no fashion blog dedicated for men in Lebanon, but only fashion bloggers doing a great job targeting women. So I was thinking why not open my blog on a weekly basis to lebanese fashion bloggers, to guest post every Friday a piece about men’s style.

Contrary to popular belief, and after chatting with many ladies, Lebanese women and girls do not particularly like how we dress.
They find it boring and not daring/original enough. Lebanese men are very entrepreneurial in many fields except this one.
#FashionBox will help enlarging our horizons rather than keep it to the classic white shirt + denim.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New logo & Other stories...

I have some news, 
First off, finally got a real logo rather than some amateur one, I could have kept my old logo, but I decided to make a change to something a bit fresher, A bit lighter, A bit more clean and simple.  
Credits to  the talented Maya Metni, for doing such a great job!
I've also finally finished redesigning my blog which is now live (minor changes).
Next week, I will have a new section on my blog,  a new collaboration with lebanese bloggers will tell you about it soon, so keep an eye on this space ;) 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Paris / New York

Love the idea and the video, very well executed!
By The way this is an Advertising ;)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Postcards from Beirut...

An amazing cover of Bon Iver's "Calgary" by a talented lebanese band Postcards !
Nice work so far!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Traveling Solo

Seven years ago , I took one of the greatest actions of my life, I traveled solo to Paris. I was in my early 20ies and i really enjoyed it! I booked a plane to start one of the best adventures of my life.
Through traveling, I was able to live out another culture and see the world through a new lens. I was able to adapt in new situations... 

Traveling opens your eyes and mind to so many different lifestyles and to the fact that there is a whole world out there to learn from.

Here’s a list of what solo backpacking has taught me:

  • I am a good friend to myself: My best friend used to say: "You travel alone because you are enjoying your own company, you are a good friend of yourself", and I guess she is right.
  • You are the same person: Your behavior-attitude etc.. are the same even if you are in a different land with strangers
  • I am solo but never lonely: You can create your own happiness & make new friends
  • Don't count on others, count on yourself only
  • Talk to strangers. They’ll teach you more than you could ever imagine.
  • How small me & my problems are in this big world
  • This big world is mine and I can discover it alone!
Travelling solo is not for everyone; but one should at least give it a try. Going places by yourself & doing things on your own give your trip more authenticity and ownership.

Must Try, because when you love the world, the world loves you back ;)