One Year

No we are not twins. We got asked this question a lot this year ….though we do have undistinguishable souls and enjoy the same passion that just one year ago we decided to share on this blog. And just like any defining point in the calendar, you start to reflect on the whats and ifs and hows. We started counting our blessings and setting up resolutions for the year to come. Reminiscing on our first posts we realized that the best part of blogging, besides meeting new people, discovering artists and brands and everything that comes with it, is that we actually get to create something. Every week. We get to create something to inspire others to make something too. We just create to create. We create a lot to learn a bit about ourselves.

To the many or the few that are following and catching up with our blog: Thank You! Your feedback and constant support does make a difference and gives the Create to Create notion a whole lot of sense. And to the many who also wondered why it is called Sunset de Amor, simply put: we love the magic of Sunsets that are never short on beauty, no matter where you are watching them from, and Amor is what we hope every sunset of our lives would be made of.

Look Back

Tops with interesting backs and simple fronts have always been a favorite. There’s a subtle attractiveness in the back of our body that if shown strategically can be very striking. Look out for summer tops that make your exit more memorable than your entrance and you might actually find out that sometimes it’s good to look back!

Top: BCBG Generation

Jeans: Zara

Sandals: Zara

Bag: Carolina Herrera

Shades: Ralph Lauren

The Agenda Beirut

Last month we attended two interesting workshops at The Agenda Beirut. When Tony Abou Ghazaly, founder of this boutique academy, first introduced us to the concept, we were thrilled with the idea!  It took us some time to choose among the variety of topics presented by experts in the field (Interior decoration, fashion, styling, luxury events planning, professional self-make up and many more). After giving it some thought, we enrolled in the Advance Image Consultancy workshop with the amazing Christiane Hajjar and The Luxury Fashion Events Planning with the sweetest Bouchra Boustany. It was a great month of interchanging ideas, sharing experiences, expanding our knowledge and most importantly meeting passionate people that share the same love. Thank you The Agenda Beirut!

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To know more about the diverse course offerings and constant updates you can check their official website www.theagendabeirut.com or follow them on Instagram @TheAgendaBeirut

Pursuit of Effortlessness

And the pursuit of effortlessness continues. Summer is all about a laid-back feel and your outfit is the first verdict. Loose tops, denim shorts and colorful flats definitely make the list every summer. Carrying all essentials on Mansur Gavriel’s tote bag and ready to put some effort into just having fun!

Top: DKNY

Shorts: Pull & Bear

Flats: Zara

Bag: Mansur Gavriel

Hat: H&M

Monte Cassino: A Getaway without Flying Away

Last Friday we were tourists in our own country. We were invited along with a group of bloggers to spend a night at Monte Cassino, a new 5 star boutique hotel located in Tabarja. Our suite had a striking Jacuzzi inside the room so you can imagine the rest! After falling in love with our room, we headed downstairs to the Tulip lounge to enjoy a lovely dinner. The luxury of the hotel extended to include not only the décor and feel but the flavorsome food and friendliness of staff. We then rushed to the rooftop where a magnificent view allowed us to enjoy the amazing choreographed fireworks signaling the beginning of Jounieh’s summer festival (You can check the video we posted on our Instagram ). Maybe it was the fact that we were the first people staying in the hotel, or the inviting pool with an impressive view or just the ability to have a perfect getaway without flying away. But everything fell perfectly into place and Monte Cassino succeeded in the one thing hotels should do best: create a memorable experience.

We are all in for travelling and discovering new places, but there’s no need to get on a plane to get away. Sometimes it’s a state of mind and all you need to do is get a fresh perspective of what you have around.

You can check their Facebook Page HERE for more info!

Habatiq E-Journey

There are things that are born out of a journey and then there are things that take you on one. Habatiq is one of those rare spaces where you can find both. It’s our latest favorite story, a story made up of beautiful stories that originate from the best markets and bazaars in different countries and end up at your doorstep, ready for their next journey. Between the old and the new, Habatiq online boutique manages to take you on an interesting oriental trip. What better ways to discover new cultures than by owning the crafts its people create? During Beirut Design Week, we were able to discover well-traveled jewels from four different places: Beirut, Cairo, Istanbul and India. We were fascinated by the travel stories that its founder, Samar Dani, so passionately shares. She personally browses distant souks and scavenges bazaars to make available an interesting selection of goods that you can get online. The mystifying combination of buying with a click beautiful things you would have never seen on a screen..

You can shop now at www.habatiq.com (Free shipping in Lebanon)

Tanning 101

There is always that time of the year where your tan is still work in progress. If you are lucky, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks, but this year June has been grumpy. Meanwhile, colorful dresses seem the easiest way to get the sought-after color. Striking prints with bits of neon will do the trick. Their brightness will contrast with your skin giving you a slight tan while patiently waiting for that sizzling sunlight!

Dress: Morgan (Available in GS Stores)

Clutch: Vimoda ( Available in GS Stores)

Shoes: Nine West

Sunset with GS

GS stores have been around for quite some time (40 years to be precise this month!) And since we are in birthday mode (blog is turning 1 on the 25th), we wanted to celebrate in color, glorious Technicolor! When the GS marketing team invited us to their shop to take a look at the collection, we couldn’t resist these shorts. There’s such joy to this look. Just by looking at it, our serotonin kicked up a notch! Here’s to four decades of fashion, style and eye-catching sunsets.

Top: Aryn K (Available at GS Stores)

Shorts: Morgan (Available at GS Stores)

Pumps: André

Shades: Ralph Lauren

Last Tuesday in Beirut: Launch of Samsung Curve UHD TV

You know you are not a technology savvy person when your top priority while buying any electronic is its color. All the cute matching accessories get you more excited than the device itself and the way it looks is more than often the determining factor. Guilty as charged. We do spend more time checking the fabric composition of a dress than the options of a potential new phone. But at times we do stand in awe and can’t help but wonder at the next best thing such as SAMSUNG CURVE UHD TV. Last week, we attended the Launch of Samsung’s newest breakthrough at the Riviera Hotel in Beirut. The new Curve UHD TV, as its name implies, is the first curve TV in the world with ultra-high definition. It does look as fancy as it sounds. We directly fell in love with its subtle curve and intensifying image, granting everyone watching the best spot. This time we really could go on and on about its enhanced options but we’d rather save you the amateurs’ enthusiasm and link you directly to the pros. LINK

Fashion Flashback

They say that one shouldn’t get distracted by the hype of fashion and the hundreds of looks offered every season. You should chose whatever you like the most and make it work! Well, it’s definitely easier said than done and there is always that space in the closet reserved for items with intact tags- those things you happen to buy on the spur of the moment after having read vogue or gone for a stress-relief shopping spree. But we honestly think that dungarees are not one of those items you only wear once. Their versatility is wide and with the bare midriff trend at its peak, we can now easily style this childhood staple. Fashion flashback at its best!

Dungarees: Asos

Top: ONLY

Shoes & Bag: Michael Kors

Bracelets: G Accessories & Too Late