Product Review: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula

I am in constant search for the perfect hair product, the one that will end my frantic curly hair misery. A year or so ago I was seeking out a coconut based hair product, as they are known to decrease hair loss, reduce split ends, and give an overall shine. I found Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula – Gel Curl Activator. It wasn’t all that bad, it gave my hair a glossy coat and smelled great.

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After a while, the tube was almost over and I moved on to another product. However recently I went back and searched for another coconut based hair care and found the one and only Palmer’s, except this time the Coconut Oil Formula was Moisture Gro. Of course I grabbed it and rushed back home to try it. read more

Restaurant Review: Classic Burger Joint

One of my favorite burgers EVER is at Classic Burger Joint, and that is The Mexican. I have never been unfaithful to it in all the times I’ve visited this restaurant, and I usually stick to the same item once I’ve fallen in love, but a few nights ago was a different story. I took a risk and changed my ‘usual’ to Classic Chicken Mozzarella.

This is the heavenly burger for 18,500 L.L.

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I can’t tolerate mayonnaise so I changed the sauce to the spicy mexican, exchanged pickles for onions and pepper free of charge, and a green salad instead of the coleslaw for 1,500 L.L. Due to my picky tastes, I tend to switch around the ingredients to get a custom meal. read more

Converse Wedge Sneakers

As I walked past the Converse shop last week, I was shocked to say the least, when I saw a pair of wedge sneakers as part of their new line.

My jaw dropped. Ugh!

There are a few things I hate more than wedge sneakers, and I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing them. I don’t care how big a trend they are, sneakers are for comfort, not for the extra leverage in height.

I can probably understand shoe designers introducing the wedge sneaker to their line for a more casual style, but to see Converse do them? Why? To boost sales? read more

Prom In Style

Ah prom. The most important part of the long journey that is school or university. So much pressure is placed on one event, the hair, the makeup, the shoes, the date. But most importantly THE dress. Fortunately for students in this day and age, there is a lack of need to conform to fixed style rules. So when you are shopping for your prom dress, style it with your own special touch.

These are the trends for prom 2014.

Lace has been in for quite a few seasons, and no surprise, its still going strong. However if you choose to go for a lace dress, don’t go overboard with full embroidery to avoid deja vu, choose the embellishment on a specific part of the dress. read more

Restaurant Review: Duo

A few days ago I went to have dinner at Duo in ABC Dbayeh, it was the most crowded spot on a midweek. I was at a bit of a loss as what to order, but finally settled on the following.

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Goat Cheese Salad for 23,500 L.L. Its quite a small salad, perfect for sharing, but not particularly filling to be ordered alone. The veggies were fresh, and the sauce light and barely there (in a good way). I was a bit reluctant to try the goat cheese, but combined with the bread which was cut into perfection, it reduced the strong taste and was just right. I mixed the cheese with the olive paste served at the beginning, I recommend you do the same, its quite delish. read more

Beirut Designers’ Week

The Beirut Designers’ Week that is taking place in Zaitunay Bay from May 9 to May 12 2014, is the 2nd edition in this installment. I went there on Saturday, and seeing so many exhibitors and attendees, I was beaming with pride for my country’s talents and those who support them. Countless stands were lined up at the boardwalk, and the usually busy hot-spot was even busier. I visited each and every stand, and the handmade items on display were mind blowing. Such big collections, its really inspiring. From clothing to handbags, lingerie to accessories, home deco to jewelry and much more. Take a look at a few snapshots. read more

Restaurant Review: Cozmo Cafe

Since I am re-visiting the restaurants I have had the pleasure to dine in before I started blogging, I am particularly choosing the ones that were of a disappointment to me the 1st (or 2nd) time around, to give them another chance. Cozmo Cafe is one of those places, where I swore I would never return due to the seriously cold temperature of the main dishes, burgers, pizza and pasta I have eaten there before. So last Sunday, my husband and I decided to go there.

For starters, we ordered the Mozzarella Sticks for 13,500 L.L. read more

Custom Bubble Bath

Do you ever get the feeling of being drained with a hint of a headache after a long week of work? Well I was there last Friday night and I scanned my room for items I could put together for what I figured would be a solution. Yep, I’m talking about a bubble bath. Since I don’t have any special product for this, I decided to scramble various types of body washes, kind of like mixing ingredients for a recipe.

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I started running hot water and squeezing a bit of each of the items until the bath was full. I used the following products: read more

Braid Craze

One of the big hair trends of the moment is the braid. On the runway, they range from perfectly neat to boho messy, but that doesn’t mean you should match the braid to the occasion. You can wear a neat braid to the office or a casual night out the same way you can wear a messy one to a formal event. What is great about this trend is that it can save you from a potentially bad hair day while still looking stylish. If you are doing it at home, and don’t want to risk a failed elaborate braid, casually take your hair back into a low loose braid. Or better yet, take a strand of hair on either side of your head, twist into a braid and tie at the back, and you have the perfect crown.┬áTake a look at these pictures for inspiration. read more

Restaurant Review: Bar Tartine

I had recently been to Bar Tartine in Mar Mikhael Gemmayze for a girl’s night out dinner. I wish I had clear photos to share with you, but this review isn’t about that visit. Anyhow, on my way out I noticed a little enticing bakery owned by the restaurant, I promised myself I would return to have my fix of bread some other time. Soon later I was delightfully surprised when I stumbled upon the bakery open in ABC Ashrafieh. The display counter was full of bread, pastries, desserts and sandwiches. My hubby and I sat down and the waiter handed out the menus; it was the same menu from the Gemmayze branch with salads, ┬ámain courses etc, so I asked if I could order from the displayed selection since they weren’t mentioned in the menu. He told me sure but I had to go order and come back and pay at my table. I figured he said so for the tip, so I agreed. I went and chose 3 items, the man at the counter handed them to me in a paper bag so I mentioned I was dining in and the waiter told me so and so. He then placed each of the pastries in a plate and sent them our way. Unfortunately, it looked as if they were randomly thrown on the plate especially in the first picture below. read more