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Why I love Cross Bags…
Hello lovelies, I am sorry I have been off for a while, but I was so busy with a new project that I am preparing for…
“Must have Chanel cross body black bag for formal and casual occasions it would look really nice with a pair of jeans”
Today’s blog is about why I love cross-bags. I sort of always wanted to write about this topic and this season is absolutely the right time.
“Classic Yves Saint Laurent cross bag suitable for a party”
Cross-bags are the perfect accessory for hands free Christmas shopping. You don’t want to go shopping with a big bag that weights 10 kilos. I recently read an article on how women can actually use it’s heavy bag to do some training…but still, please let’s leave those triceps and biceps exercises for the gym. Cross-bags distribute the weight of the bag over all the body instead of centralizing it on one shoulder and causing back pains.
“Hermes Large cross body bag suitable for shopping, long trips or when traveling”
Moreover oversized bags are on my black list for short girls. If you’re short, I highly recommend small cross-bags that fit proportionally with your body.
Investing in a cross-bag is a wise decision. As shown by past trends, cross-bags fashion did not die out and will never do.
“Small Pink Dior cross bag for a date, or a drink with a girls and you can even wear it to the movies ”
Further more, cross-bags are the only bags you can buy in loud colors. Personally Most of my big bags are in pastel hue or black because imagine a big red bag!!! However a tiny cross-bag alongside your chest in red would be flawless. Chanel cross-bags in neon green were a hit this season.
“Sparkling Dior cross body bag this season’s latest trends”
So a cross bag is a must have in your closet. It could be worn casually or if going to a party. Cross bags are faultless if you are on a trip or attending a concert…on my last trip to Rome I couldn’t been more thankful for having a cross bag that fits under my coat on those long cold sightseeing walks….
“Hermes cross body medium bag suitable for any casual outing noting that it has enough space for your makeup kit 😉 “
A Furry Season!
Outerwear is one of the most important statement pieces in any wardrobe. But which trends will drive sales this season?
Through its visually distinctive properties and timeless appeal, fur is making a huge comeback in designer collections for Fall/Winter 2014-15.
While fur was introduced to fashion in the 1950s in form of long coats, today we find shorter jackets and funkier patterns of furs on the runway, in addition to the availability of fur in different colors and shapes 🙂
So make sure you have your dose of fur this season!!
Fight Breast Cancer with color….
A pop of color isn’t just great for your closet, it’s a smart strategy for your plate too!!!!
Women who ate more carrots, spinach, pepper , and garlic have found to reduce their cancer risk by more than 20 percent. Salmon and berries should also be added to your plate at least twice a week.
Today’s topic may be far from fashion but it’s a sad reality that we are hearing about everyday. It’s reaching people we love and whom are close to us, therefore raising awareness became a must. Eat more healthy , exercise more, do you yearly checkup and these tiny changes will slash your cancer risk by half.
Keratin straightening : the good and the bad….
A friend of mine called me two days ago taking my opinion whether she does keratin treatment for her hair or not. She lives abroad, in a remote area and she is a working mother , so she doesn’t have much time to go to a salon and have her hair done.
Keratin technique or what is also known as Brazilian straightening guarantees a straight hair for a period of approximately six months. When it comes to keratin we all have so many unanswered interrogations. Is it healthy ? Does it dry out hair ? What will be the condition of the hair after six month ?
During the six month period, your hair will start growing and it will become curly from the roots. Once the treatment is gone your hair will not come back the same . You will loose those wavy curls and you will have a straight lifeless dull hair unless you relax it from straightening for a very long period. You will then understand what your friends with natural straight hair always complained about .
Add to that, keratin is safe for your hair , yes. For the rest of your body, not very much . When heated , some keratin treatments release a dangerous level of “formaldehyde” , a carcinogen that can cause Instant burning and irritation in your eyes and nose.
Still want a treatment ?
Make sure the salon is very well ventilated and the hairdresser is aware and knowledgeable of the process.
Let’s Stop Looking For “The One”
When will I meet the one? We hear that question so often. All girls would like to know how and where they can find their soolmate…. WELL STOP!
Did you ever hear the Buddhist proverbial quote “When the student is ready the master will appear”; Ladies we all want to meet the one and sometimes we feel that we are born to find him; but we can’t keep on stressing ourselves with this idea!! Stressing ourselves won’t make things any better, but it is going to keep us anxious all the time.
Ladies!! The one is not someone that you can seek, and it is not someone who will seek you; you will come together by destiny and fate; so instead of searching for “the one”, search for yourselves! It is the only one you need to search for; enjoy your moments and let it go and when the time comes you will be ready don’t worry 😉
And meanwhile Some shopping would help!
Sometimes you need to fire yourself!
Taking dedicated “me” time when you have a family, work, home to maintain may seem like a selfish act! But guilt may be our greatest inhibitor to creating a more balanced, calm and happy existence for ourselves.
Becoming a better individual that means finding time to uncover your personal passions, take a break and in turn have more of “you” to give. A rested, relaxed, empowered person will be better able to remain focus and calm, and it sets a good example for your surroundings.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not preaching that we should all withdraw ourselves from the rest of the world. In a fact we should minimize our need for external validation so that we can find time to recuperate from the many stressors we experience on a daily basis.
This is time where you make an active effort to get to know yourself and your values!! For sure you can do this while pampering yourselves 😉
Everyday is Red….
Life is too short so put on your red Chanel (a Samoa lipstick will also do the job ;)) and start your day with a touch of glamor and power. Make red not only your date for clubs and weddings, but also your best friend for lunches, brunches and daily occasions.
When red lipstick was first launched it was worn for lunches and daily events and rarely ( I emphasize on rarely ) for dinners!
Take Time to choose your perfect red . Usually when you buy a red over the counter they always tend to give you the flashy famous red and it may not suit you. Choose a shade of red that suits not only your skin tone but also your hair color, your eyes and your overall outfit. Yes, red lipstick is not a black dress, you can go wrong with it and end up looking like a clown .Therefore, contour is not old fashion, use a red color one to mark your lips then apply your Matt lipstick.
My red lipstick for this season is dark red, I am currently using my Mac viva glam which is a moderate red shade, not very dark and not so bright that gives a perfect warm winter look.
Go red #empowered #touchofglamour #confident #musthaveinyourbag
A natural Blonde to dye for….
For a natural blonde , my answer is three words: Take baby steps.
If your hair is cocoa colored like most Lebanese women it’s going to take a lot to get to Marilyn Monroe golden blonde.
So to begin with, It’s best to make small adjustments for your hair to adapt: Choose a shade brighter then your color by a degree, go for low light, baby-lights, pastel hues, bronde (brown blonde) sombre or ombré .
Because trust me, jumping from Angelina Jolie to lady gaga is not easy. Besides having to let go of brad Pitt and thickening your eyeliner your hair will look like a wig.
You need to give yourself and the people around you time to accept your new blond version .
Moreover when it comes to hair Dying , I have this huge slogan in my head that says “kids don’t try this at home” . Choose a reputable salon that uses good quality products .Add to that, A week before dying it ,you should use a clarifying shampoo to remove oils and build ups that interfere with the dying. Blonde is tricky and yes you can become miss orange head in just few minutes. ( we’ve all been there and we definitely spent too much tears on it) .
My advice for the season is go for warm blonde, either ombré or strawberry blonde. Yes “California style” ombré has been the hit trend for more then three years now but It’s still my favorite.What’s best then keeping your natural root color while embracing light for the rest of your hair ?
The power of MONDAY…
A Monday resolution….
So who of us hasn’t heard these famous lines “I will start my diet on Monday” or ” I will sleep with my makeup on today and i will start taking care of my skin just after the weekend“.
Well yes , we all do push things just another day and usually to Monday, but don’t underestimate The Magical Power of Monday! Monday has always had a bad reputation, have you ever heard someone complaining about Friday for instance ? We all thank God it’s Friday and yes TGIF every week but if you want to initiate a change researchers have showed that Monday is the right day to start…..
It’s a fresh day, a new beginning and let’s face it, it makes goals more realistic when they are set on Monday; it’s not a list of New Years resolution that you will just forget about it around mid January. I really believe that if you can change a habit for a day means you can change it permanently . I am going to be launching a “Monday campaign” where I will be writing each week a #mondayresolution concerning all aspects of fashion, beauty tips and health to consider for the week…..
you can find the resolutions on the following Hashtags #ThankGoditsMonday #ThePowerofnow #ThePowerofMonday #mondaycampaign #startfresh #keepcalmandlovemonday #EveryMondaymatters #enjoythemondaymadness
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