Jo Malone in Beirut

From their candles to their colognes, Jo Malone sure knows how to make one feel exceptional. Like all of its retail spaces worldwide, their new store at ABC mall- Verdun is designed for you to experience the brand. It’s known for its scents that last, luxury candles and bespoke fragrances. A couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of being invited to the store where their team further explained the brand’s concept. The main focus was home fragrances and oh can they make any place feel like home! We all know that scent is the most powerful memory trigger so if you want to reminisce in a distinctive manner just indulge in their personalized fragrance testing. Continue reading “Jo Malone in Beirut”

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My First Mother’s Day

If who we are and who we become partly depends on whom we love, then becoming a mother ought to be one of the most transformative experiences life has to offer.

Welcoming an unfolding new life into your existence changes you. We hear about it all the time: a mother’s unconditional love, the one that still gives when she is too tired to give. We might even have a slight idea but nothing really prepares you for it. It’s like seeing the ocean for the first time. No matter how much you read about its striking blue, what others recount of its invigorating scent, and how movies depict its waves, nothing will come close to feeling the warm sand between your feet as you plunge into the crystal waters.

There are few moments in life where you can track the exact time your life changes forever and giving birth to our beautiful baby boy will certainly always be one of them.

On February 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm I was fortunate enough to become a mother to a beautiful mini human: Carl. There are few moments in life where you can track the exact time your life changes forever and giving birth to our beautiful baby boy will certainly always be one of them.

They say your first-born grabs your heart and never really lets it go. Grabs, steals, touches, overwhelms… any verb preceded by the heart does not really come close to defining the moment your motherhood materializes as you are handed a trembling bundle of flesh and love.

Will I ever get over the fact that I together with the person I have loved the most intensely and for the longest time created a life, a little human we get to call our own? Maybe. Will I ever be able to explain how it really feels? Never

MZA’ART EXHIBITION

Storytelling is part of being human. You can’t really separate it. We are all telling stories, even when we think we are not. Wearing jewelry is one of the many ways. By now most of you know that a while back we embarked on a new project, a Silver and Gold jewelry line called R I W A Y A. If you’ve missed it, here’s a post that sums it up and you can follow the brand’s Instagram account @storiesworn for the latest updates. Continue reading “MZA’ART EXHIBITION”

ART DUBAI 2017

They wished us to live in an interesting era, and for what seems like most of the time, we unfortunately do. Simply put, mediocre talent is constantly being praised and rewarded, in almost all domains. Luckily, we have the remarkable days, when greatness from all around the world manages to come together and hope is temporarily restored. Yesterday, I attended the press conference announcing the eleventh edition of Art Dubai, an international art fair taking place in Madinat Jumeirah. I got to experience how talent, cultural diversity, and innovation are celebrated and come together to shape who we are, where we are and where we would like to go. Continue reading “ART DUBAI 2017”

Discovering Chaumet

If we love jewelry with a story, you can imagine our sentiment towards a house that boasts more than two hundred and thirty five years of emperors, queens, popes, and tycoons, simply anybody who has ever been somebody. Great originality, opulence and beauty dominate each design. Every piece transmits the incredible amount of labor and detail that goes into it, and it manages to humble the spectator as it empowers the bearer. Continue reading “Discovering Chaumet”

Yayoi Kusama

It was back in 2011. We were heading towards Reina Sofia Musem, because if you are in Madrid you just have to immerse yourself in the Golden Triangle of Art and your trickiest choice will be which of the three museums to walk to first.

We knew that Picasso and Dalí were waiting for us, and how not, Spain’s two greatest. But how were we to expect that Yayoi Kusama was visiting all the way from Japan?

We knew that Picasso and Dalí were waiting for us, and how not, Spain’s two greatest. But how were we to expect that Yayoi Kusama was visiting all the way from Japan? We just walked into a room filled with polka dots and that’s all it took. We had been relishing pop art without knowing she was one of its predecessors, influencing the likes of Andy Warhol. She has an obsession with dots and repetition. Among all the vibrant art, we enjoyed the interactive installation Fireflies in the Mirrors where you effortlessly become an ultimate performer in her art. Continue reading “Yayoi Kusama”

R I W A Y A , So far

While you read this, take a look at your hands for a second. Grab the earrings you are wearing or touch the necklace dangling from your neck. You are touching stories, stories only you can tell. It starts from the moment you buy or receive each piece and it never quite ends, because anecdotes and memories keep on adding up and shaping the tale as you wear it day after day.This exact notion combined with our passion for jewelry (we have been making it for over 9 years) and the stories we share here (when we travel and when we stay), gave way to R I W A Y A. Continue reading “R I W A Y A , So far”

Pretty Little Surprise

When it comes to beauty products, we are constantly looking for the newest of the new, the best of the good, the hippest of the trend, or simply just what works for us, sometimes just to know more about it and more than often to try it and see if our search yielded our new favorite thing. So it feels really good when someone helps you do the homework. Last week we met up with the team behind a new concept in Lebanon, Pretty Little Box, and we instantly felt that the needed backup had just arrived. Continue reading “Pretty Little Surprise”

Happy Home Happy Vibes

A house is an extension of who you are. Whether you are renting out an apartment, live at your parent’s place or own your own flat, where you are now spending most of your nights is home. And just like you make an effort to match your shoes with your outfit, accommodating your personal space to your own taste can go a long way. From waking up to an inspirational wall that literally encourages you to be different to drinking your morning juice on your comfort mug, home details add up and become a part of who you are. Continue reading “Happy Home Happy Vibes”