Friday, April 24, 2015

#FashionBox: Men's Spring Style Essentials 2015 by Playing with Fashion

With the Spring feeling in the air, you cannot but want to reflect this breeziness into your style, too. Spring is the time for changes and adventures, for changing your scenery and welcoming the new. One of the simplest way to really immerse in the Spring weather is by freshening up your wardrobe. Starting with a spring clean for your closet and ending up with adding the must-have style essentials for this Season.

Whether you are a style newbie or a true trendsetter, here are the Top 5 Style Essentials for this Spring.

I think this addition wouldn't be a surprise to anyone these days, since the Chambray Shirt has proven it's tremendous capabilities in being the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. From wearing it with your favorite trousers to rocking it with distressed jeans, the Chambray Shirt would be your go-to Spring Look for sure. It could be worn tucked in, over your jeans or even as a light jacket over your favorite plain T-shirt.

If you have been bored with your typical pants or your jeans, the best and trendiest option is to opt for the cropped version that would graze your ankles. It's a very easy and small detail that would 100% transform your look for this Spring. The beauty of this trend is that you do not have to go out and buy a new pair of jeans to rock this trend, all you have to do is roll up the edge of your regular jeans a couple of times to achieve the cropped look. 


90's are back for real this year, and nothing says 90s more than a vintage looking Denim Jacket. Although you can go for any fit or color you want for a more comfortable wear, the more the Denim Jacket looks battered the coolest it would look. Luck you, if you still have your dad's vintage denim, because that's definitely in this season. Wear it with dark denim or even your chinos for that cool 90s vibe. 

The Hawaiian print may look frightening to some, but let me assure you that it's not that hard to pull-off. You can go from a very small print on a simple white T-shirt to the more complex full on Hawaiian Slip-ons, so it's really your choice on how far would you go with this style. One sure thing is that you will definitely feel that your are on a tropical vacation wearing this print.

The last style essential is one of the easiest to pull-off, since I don't think I know a guy who doesn't own a pair of sneakers. So guys, the Sneakers trend is for you and try to make the most of it. From wearing the Adidas Originals to the funky New Balance to the old school Converse, the sneakers are now even appropriate to wear to work (unless you work in a very strict company or a bank ). They look super stylish paired with the Cropped Trousers or your Denim Jeans.

This Post Written by:  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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3 brands to discover when visiting Horeca

Yesterday I visited HORECA in the Capital of Taste Beirut,  the largest exhibition for the Food & Beverages Service and Hospitality industry in the region. I have discovered new brands that I wanted to share with you. If you are planning to visit Horeca make sure to pass by these Booths.

1-Adon & Myrrh
I've been following this brand recently on facebook and i was impressed by the packaging design, it was a great opportunity to meet the professional friendly team, discover more about the brand and taste a premium oil from Bededoun Lebanon.

Adon & Myrrh offers two excellent olive varieties:

Adon a smooth extra virgin olive oil.  the subtlety comes from removing the pit from the olive before oil extraction. It's mild pleasure.

Myrrh is an extra virgin olive oil with characteristic depth. The intensity comes from using the traditional method of extracting olive oil without removing the pits


I already know the brand and a big fan. I stopped by to taste their new white wine: Blanc Qanafar 2014 and I really loved it! Perfect to kick off the Spring Summer season. Not only do they have a great selection of wines but also knowledgeable representatives from the winery.

3- Kusmi Tea

I am a coffee person Recently however, I have really been enjoying drinking Tea!!I bought some Tea from Kusmi Tea store in ABC achrafieh, It is literally the perfect 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 Petersbourg 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.Tea lovers make sure to stop by the Kusmi booth don't forget to bring your mug with you :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

A new wine is born; B-Qā DE MARSYAS

Karim and Sandro Saade one day decided to start their own business. Talented winemakers, vineyard experts and an excellent storyteller came together to create Marsyas one of my favorite lebanese wine an innovative and truly superb wine brand. 
 I was invited last week to the launch of their new wine B-Qa de Marsyas. According to Johnny Saade the difference between both wines comes from the select parcels in the domain keeping the oldest vines for the production of Chateau Marsyas Grand Vin while the younger vines go to B-Qa de Marsyas. 
The wine has a beautiful presentation, deep red with purple hue. Red fruits on the nose with hints of spices. On the pallet the wine is elegant and round with well integrated tannins yet smooth and chalky. B-Qā de Marsyas is a really good wine to be tasted in a casual atmosphere which also allows Château Marsyas Grand Vin to comply with its limited production model where only the oldest and qualitative vines are kept”.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Life Explained in 27 Seconds

Short and to the point.I love this so much.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My Favorite Books for 2015 and your chance to win with Vea

These are the books I read in the first quarter of 2015 that I enjoyed the most, regardless of publication year.
The Power of habits: It is a good analysis of how we develop habits and what it takes to break them
Everyone should read it especially if you are interested in improving your life.
Brutal Simplicity Of Thought: I got this book a few weeks ago. It's excellent. It really gets you thinking about how a simple brainwave can make a huge difference and how ideas we take for granted affect our lives in such a dramatic way.
Show your Work: I really liked this read. Short, to the point, (like my posts ) and from the perspective of an artist. I could easily read it again. Great book for creatives and people who are trying to get their projects out to the masses.
Unmarketing: This is a  great to start your networking endeavors follow his advice and you can't lose especially if you are interested in harvesting the power of social media

Every one who knows me knows how much I love books, thats why Vea have customised a nice GREEN Bookmark with my logo on it. I Love it!
If you would like to grab one, all you have to do is mention on the comment section where is the location of Vea boutique in Beirut. The 4 first comments with the right answer will win.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

#FashionBox: Men's Guide to Sunglasses 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 :: Men's Guide to Sunglasses

If you ask any man what fashion accessory they would never give up, I think the answer would most probably be Sunglasses. Sunglasses are one of the most stylish and effortless accessories to add to your outfit that at the same time protect your eyes from the harsh sun and make a fashion statement.

Whether you want a simple classic design that would never go out of style or cool frame that would scream fashion, you will definitely find the perfect shades for you.

These days the options are numerous and so are the colors, so even if you are hesitant to what shape you should go for, check these simple charts:

One of the main shapes back in style is the CLUBMASTER, these shades have that amazing vintage feel that is perfect for guys who like making a statement in a very casual way. This is a pair that would stay for a while and you can never go wrong with it. If you have a triangular face shape, the Clubmasters are for you. 
Although this shape was first designed especially for military, it was not long until it was all the rage during the 70s. This design lost its appeal in the 80s and the 90s to be fully revived by Hollywood in the TopGun movie. Since then it has become a celebrity status shape and has been worn by the A-listers everywhere. I think this is one of the pairs that would look good on anyone and is perfect for every lifestyle. If you are a sunglasses newbie this pair is for you. 

The WAYFARERS came to fame by the hands of many legends of the 50s, from Elvis Presley to James Dean to the Beatles, they were all hardcore fans of this shape. Although black is the the most famous color, the newly added colored and tortoise-shell frames are very stylish these days and are seen on various people all the time. This shape is perfect for people with round faces, since it gives their face a lot of structure, but all in all it is a classic and is a staple in every man's closet.  
Mirrored Sunglasses are simply a must-have this season, and you wouldn't wear any pair than this during the Summer times. The Blue and the Green lenses are perfect to add some color to your outfits. So, if you are a person who enjoys very casual looks or even monochromatic silhouettes, you could definitely rock these shades to add interest to your overall outfit.
This is one of the hardest shapes to pull-off for anyone, since the frames are very round you have to be able to balance that with a little structure. So, if you have a square-shaped face or are lucky to have prominent cheekbones you are gonna beable to rock this style to the fullest.

Monday, March 30, 2015

We are now a television nation

Nowadays, Television has become a major part of Lebanese lives. Every home has a television. News, Lebanese drama, Talk shows, real TV are obviously junk but many of us seem to enjoy feeding on every day. Watching Lebanese TV channels is a waste of time, some TV Programs might be a source of information not in Lebanon unfortunately....
 We can find more beneficial knowledge from books, Mobiles and many other resources...

Reasons you should stop watching TV
  • Research has showed that heavy viewers of TV report lower life satisfaction and higher anxiety.
  • You are Feeding yourself with negativity, especially if you are watching the news, or other social programs
  •  Its passive and lead to ignorant
  • You are observing the world, instead of living your own life
  • You don’t need to stay informed, You can catch up quickly if you need to...(Check your Smartphone)
The time spent watching television can easily be replaced by more productive activities.

Catching up with friends
Reading a book

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Your Photos in Don Draper's Carousel Pitch

I am a big fan of Mad Man ... This scene is one of my favorite, combination of words, music, and the importance of pictures…This is what advertising is all about! 
To celebrate the last handful of MadMen episodes the makers of MadMen have released an app that put your photos into the carousel. You can share the results if you like them, or Re Run the program again with different photos of you.
Try It Here

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Favorite lebanese Instagramer

Serge Najjar, is one my favorite instagramer in the world, I have mentioned his work in 2013 " 10 lebanese instagrammer to follow" But i wanted to dedicate a full post for his great work.

Serge Najjar is born in Beirut. He is a doctor at law and a lawyer at Court. He began publishing his pictures on Instagram in May 2011. His first exhibition, «Lines, Within» was held at galerie Tanit (Beirut-Munich) in September/October 2012. Today his photographs are exhibited in international fairs, including Paris Photo in 2014- Check out his account Here

‘every saturday, I drive my car towards a destination still unknown and guide myself by my instinct, by light and by whatever attracts my eye’ the photographer describes. ‘this is when I stop, position myself and wait for something to happen. in most cases, what captures my attention are the architectural details. my aim, then, is to try and get closer to abstraction (within the real world). I try to look at my everyday surroundings with a new eye. these photos show what I have seen’. 

his series ‘abstract realities’ takes a geometrical approach to building, simplifying windows, doors and walls into colors, shadows and materials.
Via: DesignBoom

Friday, March 20, 2015

#FashionBox: : The Pocket Square by Maya Metni

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. 

As we’ve seen previously all accessories in general, and pocket squares in particular, are making a huge come back.

The idea behind #FashionBox this week is “less word & more action” ;-)
So here’s an illustrated guide for you to nail those folds: Triangle, Square, Puffed & Multi-fold:

It can either match your color scheme or completely contrast with it. 
And if you’d like a soft start then a navy polka dot is the way to go, plus you can pair it with almost everything...