Ticking off Sunsets

If you google the top things you should do in a lifetime, watching the sunset in Oia- Santorini is always part of those lists. What they fail to mention is that if you do it while sharing your best friend’s wedding, you will be ticking more than one box.

Everyone has bucket lists.  Visit, eat, watch, travel, jump… They all start with verbs we can’t wait to bring into action.  Last week we climbed, marveled and for a while felt part of something larger. We fell in love with the island and its intense shades of blue, we grew closer to the friends we shared magical moments with but most importantly we re-examined our priorities and felt as we always feel after a remarkable trip: our bucket list will never be completely ticked. The more we experience the more we add to our dream list and the more we would like to see for ourselves that the world is round.

IMG_0018 Imerovigli Town

IMG_9357 Perissa Beach (Black sand)

IMG_9399 Perissa Beach Bar

IMG_9401 Church of Holy Cross-Perissa

IMG_9422 Fira Town

IMG_9432 Fira Town

IMG_9571 Sunset in Oia

IMG_9604 View from Oia Mansion

IMG_9665 Boat trip

IMG_9676 White Sand Beach

IMG_9771 Red Sand Beach

IMG_9906 Imerovigli Town

IMG_9910Until our next trip!

Photos by Ginan A.

Back to Beginnings

Over two years ago, the very first post we shared on the blog was about accessories, our very own accessories handcrafted with love, a pinch of color and lots of illusion. Numerous collections have been created year after year ever since the start in 2006 and everything seems different yet the same. While trends and materials might change, the passion and exhibitions are a constant. Sharing with people the outcome of  the creative process that can start at Younes Hamra coffee shop and end somewhere in Spain is always the best part. Join us at the Mzaar exhibition that starts tomorrow until the 16th from 12 to 9 pm where you will be able to enjoy a cool breeze while discovering our latest designs! See you there!

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Moved by Clothes

Most of the time we spend in our outwear clothes, we are moving. Yet how beautiful are the moments when we stand still and they still move? Summer gentle winds are a plus but no need for a breeze when some items can be striking enough to move us in total stillness.A colorful scarf wrapped around your bag or a top with unpredicted cuts are few of the many items we can add to make an outfit unique.

Let’s pay attention to the details that are hard to grasp but easy to feel: how items really look without a filter, how comfortable clothes make us feel and simply how moved we are by just wearing them. Always remember that what’s not in a picture is as important as what’s in it.

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Top: Zara

Skirt: Zara

Bag: Coach

Scarf: SIN Sarakbi Nahas

Shoes: Adidas Pharrel Superstar

Once upon a Summer

Once upon a time, heels were the frontrunners of every outing outside the gym. Then, Isabel Marant, Toms and Birks started to create a trend that made flat happy endings possible. Shoes are the indicators of where fashion is and where it intends to go, and comfy espadrilles confirm that the destination is pure relaxation and glow. The living is definitely easy in loose shapes and romantic embroideries. With white being a constant that adapts to all colors,  all that is left to do is unwind and enjoy!

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Top: Zara

Shorts: Oysho

Espadrilles: Oysho

Clutch: Oysho

Hat: Gift from Panama

SuperGala

Risking it being mispronounced, misspelled or misunderstood, we still named the blog Sunset de Amor. To remain true to ourselves, we decided it should have a Spanish word. If language is the road map of a culture, then Spanish is definitely a shortcut.  Even when you don’t speak it, you can feel it. And as poetical as the language can get, so does the fashion it creates. Most of our favorite bloggers are Spanish-speaking and their peculiar flair is contagious. Gala Gonzales from Amlul.com is one of them. She has managed to captivate us with her latest collaboration with Superga. We already love platform sneakers, but using typical Spanish embroidery as a variation from cork and plastic is just genius. Risking wearing it with a delicate skirt and oversized vest, because if you can feel it, it is probably right.1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12

 

Platforms: SupergaXGala

Skirt: Kenar

Top: Zara

Vest: Zara

Bag: Cambridge Satchel

Musical Fitness

I agree that “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout” but at the lack of any nourished talent and with my guitar delightfully gathering dust, I tend to stick to Intelligent Life, shopping, and sports. Intelligent life is only a bi-monthly publication and shopping is directly linked to your bank account, so I am left with Sports, the only weekly activity that will not leave you craving for more or totally broke. Genetics and food play major roles, but working out is definitely important. It’s been a while since I came close to a gym, but Mondays and having new fitness clothes make you want to go back to work!

  Top: Reebok

Leggings: Oysho

Shoes: Nike

Shades: Diesel

Lady in Red

After all, even clichés can be heart warming. If you think about it, they are overused because of their effectiveness or just striking beauty. Every day, as you browse the net or open that vogue issue, you will see shots of people in the sea, models with makeup looking like they have no makeup, and that yummy dessert snapped right before it was gone! Sharing moments is the ultimate goal even if we fall into the ordinary themes. What is not in the photo is as important as what is. Have fun while taking pictures and the outcome is bound to be as colorful as this dress!

Share your picture now using #OyshoMomentsLebanon #OyshoMomentsSunset to win a voucher and shop your favorite Oysho items.

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One Piece

It all goes down to that one piece that completes your outfit, makes you comfy, highlights your skin or just makes you feel lucky! If you follow us on Instagram, you have probably seen some pictures we have shared using the hashtags #OyshoMomentsLebanon #OyshoMomentsSunset. We chose our favorite Oysho pieces and shared the moments! You can now do the same and enter a competition to win a voucher and buy that one more piece you would like to have!

All you have to do is 1- take a picture of your favorite Oysho piece (old, new, in your closet, in the shop,…) 2- post it on Instagram and 3- use the hashtags #OyshoMomentsLebanon #OyshoMomentsSunset

Can’t wait!

 

Overall: Oysho

Sandals: Steve Madden

Earrings: Forever 21

Nail Polish: Sittin’ Pretty by Essie

 

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

The generous hair, the interesting mustache, the wide leg pants…We all go through our parents’ old stack of photos wondering, what were they thinking? But what does not seem bizarre is the iconic colorful Lacoste polo shirt they used to wear. They have been around for over 80 years and they are still a favorite!

This year you can even add a twist to make it more special. When buying your dad’s favorite polo shirt (we got ours from Abc Ashrafieh), you can directly customize it in the shop by sewing his initials.

We all know they expect nothing from us, but adding a personal touch can always make them feel as unique as we know they are.

 

Undersharing my Wedding Day

It is kind of surreal how this wonderful event happened: me in his life, he in mine. It has been over a month since we tied the knot and besides these photos below, proof of my wedding doesn’t exist online.It is perhaps the fate of the people that share a lot of photos all the time to have to be more discreet to make up for all the other occasions when they are not.

Privacy has slipped woefully low in our hierarchy of cultural priorities. It has become an outdated concept reserved for the weird or high profile celebrities. It is still an option though, one that I embraced on this very special day.I should say it feels empowering to have a say on who sees the photos of the most intimate moments of your life. As bloggers, we post photos all the time but it is easy to see that the idea of sharing has been misunderstood somewhere along the way.

There are so many shoulds and musts in weddings that it is easy to feel odd when you just think differently. I can’t help but believe that if rules that apply to the criteria of the person you should marry were as religiously followed as the expected size of your dress, there would be happier people out there.

There is nothing wrong with sharing but likewise it shouldn’t be strange if you decide not to. I will email my most cherished photos to family and friends and that’s that.

Scroll, double tab, scroll. Mindlessly going through people’s lives. We do it everyday but during special life-changing moments I guess I will stick to the traditional way of flipping through your thick wedding album. And as I turn the last page, it just feels like visiting a museum, only at the end can you realize all the beauty you have contemplated.

Dress: Aidon Mattox

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Headband: Beautifully hand crafted by mom <3