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Books We Love – The Night Before BAFTA

By Charles Finch

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Rare are the women who don’t get swooned by the unique energy that spreads on the eve of the famed British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. And if you agree, then we’re more than glad to tell you that this book would be the perfect addition to your collection.  In fact, we have all heard of the Pre-BAFTA Party and it’s time we find out what the backstory is!   

Entitled “The Night Before BAFTA”, this release by Charles Finch – son of British actor Peter Finch – invites you to go behind-the-scenes to the Pre-BAFTA party. How did it all start? Here’s how! In 1999, Finch returned to his British roots after 20 years abroad and celebrated this event with friends and fellow actors that offered him the support throughout his career. And soon, this private gathering morphed into a much anticipated star-studded event with celebrities joining the entrepreneur to celebrate this occasion with him.

It’s with a foreword by American actor and director John Malkovich and 200 illustrations that this edition captures Charles’ charismatic charm and creative skills, as well as the glamorous vibes taking over this night.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Details that Would Make Your Summer Wedding Just Perfect!

When preparing for your wedding, perfection is something that can never be compromised. So, what if your wedding is in summer, when the sun shines so gloriously and temperatures are at an all-time high? Well, that definitely makes the task harder but here are some tips to make it easier on you!

  • First and foremost, an outdoor wedding in the GCC is quite impossible, so opt for a destination where the warm summer weather is bearable for you and your guests.
  • Take advantage of the refreshing and joyful summer colors – which will make you such a distinguished bride thanks to the colorful bouquet you’re carrying.
  • Nothing is more sophisticated and refined than lavender, so use the latter as a decoration or a flavor that sets the tone for your wedding cake.
  • In the scorching heat, nothing can make water fresher than the refreshing flavor of mint, lemon and strawberries when bottled in big dispensers. Quite a special way to keep your guests hydrated, don’t you agree?
  • Another detail that makes what you’re serving on this big day quite special is a gelato station!
  • Now it’s time to talk about the decoration. Summer rhymes with beach, so it would be a great idea to decorate the table with pieces related to this theme especially if you’re having a beach wedding.
  • Also ideal for summer is a welcome bag that you offer to your guests featuring items related to this season such as towels, sunglasses, an umbrella to protect them from the sun…
  • As for your beauty, avoid wearing your hair down and opting for heavy makeup that may get smudgy later on. Tell your hairdresser and makeup artist about the theme of your wedding and the location in order for him to do the necessary to keep your look perfect until the end of the day.
  • If the sun is out, alwayskeep a pair of sunglasses next to you in order to protect your eyes from the sun. And hey, choose ones that go well with the style of your dress!
  • If you’re into hair accessories, do not hesitate to flaunt your sophisticated style with an exquisite hat if your wedding happens to be during the day. However, a flower crown is always a good idea for the brides with bohemian taste.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Books We Love –Dior Set of Three: Fashion, Fine Jewelry and Perfume

Dior Fashion by Caroline Bongrand

Dior Fine Jewellery and Dior Perfume by Jérôme Hanover

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Dior is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated luxury brands and what better way to get immersed in its vision of haute couture and elegance than with this set of three books? Coming together in a slip case, these three volumes take you on a journey to the world of Dior through expressive images from each decade of the brand’s rich history.

From fashion to fine jewelry and perfume, these books will get you even more familiar with the marvels of Monsieur Christian Dior who once said: “I Think of my work as ephemeral architecture, dedicated to the beauty of the female body.”

While Dior Fashion is written by Caroline Bongrand, former editor in chief of L’Officiel de la Mode, novelist and screenwriter, Dior Fine Jewellery and Dior Perfume count in the words of Jérôme Hanover –who was the editor in chief of Double and Jewelry and watch editor for L’Officiel – the house’s extensive heritage in these fields.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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A New Story with Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper Novelties

Check out Bvlgari’s Serpenti Viper novelties here.

Spring is the season of renewal and Bvlgari definitely knows a thing or two about this. So, the Italian high jewelry house unveils new Serpenti Viper marvels – adding charm and mystery to this iconic collection.

These novelties take snake scales, which constitute a cornerstone in the design and aesthetic of this line, to new levels through 3 bracelets crafted from 18-carat pink gold and colorful touches that recall the multi-colored skin of the snake. From the rich green of malachite to the fiery red of carnelian and the elegant black of onyx, you will get to explore its sources of inspiration that never cease to impress us.

Under the title of “Little Secrets of Seduction”, Bvlgari launches a new digital campaign that depicts the powerful and elegant personality of the Viper woman as it unfolds her irresistible charm. And for this campaign, the Roman jewelry house taps Nadine Nassib Njeim as 2019’s face of Serpenti Viper in the Middle East. The Lebanese actress embodies the spirit of the iconic collection through her outstanding beauty and her captivating charm.

In a series of short films, Bvlgari accompanies Nadine Njeim to different locations in order to capture the character of the Serpenti Viper woman. Her journey starts when she wakes up and turns off the alarm then starts preparing herself and wearing her jewelry as a true Bvlgari woman does. It continues with her passing through the hotel corridor, where she drops her necklace and a handsome man catches it and gets charmed by her elegance. As she sits in an Italian café and waits for her coffee, she realizes that her necklace has disappeared. Soon enough, the waiter comes and brings her the coffee along with the pendant. A bright smile illuminates her face when she discovers that the handsome man gave her back the pendant, predicting the start of a treasured love story. A true Bvlgari fairytale…

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Sing Your Way through Summer at the Middle East’s Music Festivals

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Music is a delight and watching a great artist you love performing live on a stage right in front of you might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and luckily for us, the Middle East is filled with music vibes this summer. Therefore, book your tickets and pack your bags to start your summer journey.

Start your summer journey in Rabat, Morocco with Mawazine Festival Rythms of the World which starts on June 21st and ends on June 29th. This festival – which welcomes artists from countries around the world such as Morocco, Africa, Asia and North America – will this year present concerts for the likes of Mayada El Hennawi, Carole Samaha, David Guetta, Elissa, Machrou’ Leila, Black Eyed Peas and many more.

Continue to Lebanon, where Baalbeck International Festival starting on July 5th and ending on August 3rd present an array of international artists, such as Marcel Khalife, Omar Bashir, Jahida Wehbe and Melody Gardot. In fact, you can only expect the best from one of the region’s oldest music festivals.

If you’re more into Jazz, Istanbul Jazz Festival has so much in store for you. From June 19th to July 18th, you will enjoy listening to the music of international jazz artists and bands such as Joss Stone, Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez, Kamasi Washington and Melanie de Biasio – to name a few.

In September, Lebanon welcomes you again but to its famed Wicker Park Festival taking place in Batroun. Why is this festival one to look out for? Well, because it highlights emerging local talents and features quirky classes such as instrument-making.

For the month of October, stay tuned on all that may be published about the Cairo Jazz Festival, which focuses on Middle Eastern jazz talents such as Riff band and Nour Project.

For the past 10 years, Abu Dhabi has been celebrating F1 in its own special way and this year will be no different. Yasalam After-Race Concert will be closing each of the Grand Prix’s 4 days at the Arena with a different A-List artist. Well, Imagine what this year would be like, when the list of previous performers includes The Weeknd, Lionel Richie and Guns ‘N’ Roses.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Honeymoon Lovin’ – How to Pack Light?

Frankly, with all the ordeal that comes with the wedding shenanigans, some newlyweds might find it kind of relaxing once the big day is over. After all, weddings are not the easiest of events to prepare for; you have the engagement party, the pre-wedding and well, the wedding itself – and that’s because we still haven’t mentioned the hoard of tasks you have to complete in order to get it all right.

So the idea of life after the wedding doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? In fact, the post-wedding phase is still in the newlyweds’ side of the “married life” spectrum, as there still is the ever-so famous honeymoon! Couples usually choose a tropical destination to relax after all the hectic events, but others might choose metropolitan cities that they have yet to discover. Today, we’re going to focus all our efforts on making your honeymoon packing a whole lot easier and that much lighter – you don’t want to come back with a herniated disk, do you now?

So ladies, read below as we take you through the fine art of travelling light (even if you’re dying to pack your entire closet with you).

  1. The best-case scenario here is to prepare everything in advance, before the wedding even happens. Because let’s face it, after the big day, you’ll be too tired to think about your food, let alone life itself. So yeah, the sooner you prepare yourself, the better.
  2. Second, you can never go wrong with a list of the things you need to pack. And no, we’re not talking about that dress you haven’t worn since your last day of high school. Also, consulting with your partner is never a bad idea, as you can ultimately optimize your packing options.
  3. Next, get your destination in check; finalize your travel plans and you’ll be able to set a list of your must-pack essentials accordingly. For instance, if you’re going to a beach destination, then it goes without saying that you’ll need to pack some swimsuits, some sundresses, sunglasses and sandals – amongst other stuff. If you’re going to a big city, you’ll probably be needing a pair of jeans, some sneakers and a bunch of savvy outfits for a fancy night out.
  4. But before you go all out with the packing shenanigans, check the weather first. Who knows, there might be rainy days and maybe even colder ones.
  5. Always divide your outfits between daywear and nightwear, that way, you won’t have it all confused in your head.
  6. Now the shoes; we women can never have enough of these beauties, but remember you only have two feet. So just pack the essentials and forget about these pair of funky shoes you bought on a whim 15 years ago.
  7. Pack less bottoms and more tops, that’s our motto.
  8. As for your bags, pick one for your daytime activities and another one for the night. And that’s us being generous.

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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A Much-Needed Summer Makeover for Your Kids’ Room

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After a long school year, your kid’s room deserves some relaxing and joyful vibes that would only make it a summer heaven for them. Whether you have a beautiful princess or a cute little boy, a summer makeover is much needed to give your children a break from the serious atmosphere of studying and welcome them into the world of fun that awaits them.

Since it’s definitely a hard task – if not an impossible one – to change all of the furniture in your kid’s room, it can successfully be achieved by adding some accessories that spread joy in every one of its corners. This way, your kids can certainly welcome their friends to their realm, where fun and happiness fill the place.

From a rug to a play table, a wall piece or funky suitcases that reflect the vacation spirit, the list of accessories that can turn your little ones’ bedroom upside down is endless. And to make this mission easier on you, we have narrowed down a list of items that can prove your ability to be a super mom. Check out our picks and get ready for a radical makeover filled with summer fun!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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