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life and style and co http://lifeandstyleandco.com Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:53:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.9 The Dress Concept http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/07/the-dress-concept/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/07/the-dress-concept/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:53:45 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2573 Invited to a wedding?

Don’t know what to wear?

Did you hit the “I have a wedding, what shall I wear” panic mode and found yourself strolling in the shopping malls and boutiques trying to find the ultimate  evening dress that will make you glow during the wedding party nights?

This post will definitely be your savior as I want to introduce you to the newly opened store in Beirut showcasing a handful of evening dresses from classic gowns to trendy silhouettes.

My visit to The Dress Concept in the heart of Gemmayze turned out to be a fun experience trying my favorite outfits for this wedding season.

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A beaded cropped top with a printed full skirt are the best choice for a stylish look. You can mix and match other tops and colors.

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Here is a longer version of the top/skirt look. I love this satin cropped top with a giant bow detail on the shoulder.IMG_4380 IMG_4381

 

For a boho-chic look, this long printed satin dress is definitely your style staple. With its beaded straps and halter-neck cut, it will emphasize your shoulders, so make sure you are tanned and toned 🙂 You can wear this dress with beaded flats, the best choice for a wedding by the beach or a lunch wedding at the garden!

 

 

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One of my favorite colors, this aqua green is best for blonds! This off the shoulder beaded top with the satin full skirt will definitely add elegance to your look. Make sure you don’t wear any necklace!

 

 

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For the romantics out there, this tulle and lace dusty pink dress with its asymmetrical layers would be a great choice! Besides, the V-neckline will give you a longer and taller silhouette. It is by far the best flattering cut for all body shapes 🙂

Which is your favorite?

Make sure to visit The Dress Concept in Gemmayze, or call them on 961 1 562835.

You can order your favorite dress and receive it within 2 weeks!

Website: www.thedressconcept.com

Instagram: @TheDressConcept

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BIAF 2015 best and worst dressed! http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/06/2541/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/06/2541/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:58:39 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2541 Sulafa Memar [...]]]> So I was part of the Fashion Police at the Beirut International Awards Festival last Friday that was broadcasted live on MTV.

For all those who weren’t able to watch, I decided to gather my favorite looks (although most of them weren’t featured or mentioned live on air since they were fashionably late) as well as my least favorite looks in BIAF this year.

Here you go:

The best dressed list:

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Sulafa Memar in Nicolas Gebran. Love the design and the color on her. She was glowing in BIAF!

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The always elegant Dima Sadek chose a white dress with an attached cape from the Couture collection of Zuhair Murad. She simply knows how to accentuate the best parts in her body!  A crossover cut with a belt featuring her beautiful waist.

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Lebanese top model Chrystelle Aoun wearing a very stylish dress by Antoine El Kareh. I totally love the contrasts between the black and beige in the dress and her hair and eyes/lips color.

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The elegant Nadine Comair chose a Ziad Nseir dress. Design, cut and color suit her a lot!

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Mimi Le Blanc in a gracious design by Zuhair Murad.

 

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I am in love with Carla Haddad’s new haircut, fresh and young! Carla has been collaborating with MTV image consultant Carla Tayar for a while and I’ve been noticing a great sense of style when it comes to her daily or red carpet outfits. Here, Carla chose a fully beaded dusty pink (it doesn’t look pink in the pictures) retro style dress by THE DRESS CONCEPT.

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Kun Hadi’s Ambassador Inas Abou Ayyash always stuns with her stylish and elegant appearances. For BIAF, she chose a cropped top and skirt with a rigid ruffle by Azzi & Osta.

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Sandra Mansour wore her best color, a black dress designed by the amazing Charlotte Licha with an awesome clutch by La Rose de Sim.

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Denise Rahme Fakhry looked fresh and elegant in an off-the-shoulder yellow dress by Georges Chacra.

Off-shoulder cuts are the best if you like to enhance your shoulders 🙂

 

And here is the worst dressed list:

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Although the color is nice on her, Pelin Karahan overdid it with the stiff fringed skirt that made her look fat.

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Folla chose a bright color that overshadowed her and matching it with a wide black belt is definitely NOT flattering her waist. Besides, the sheer thigh trend should definitely STOP!

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Although we all wait to see Lady Madonna’s outfits in her public appearances, that one was definitely not her best. The skin color tulle covering the arm is too thick and the mix of fabrics between the dress and the overskirt in the back is just too much.

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Lebanese actress Soha Kikano is definitely trying hard here. Big hair, beads, pearls, flowers…

 

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Again with the sheer thigh trend. Please somebody stop it.

 

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Although I am a big fan of Karoline Lang, but the choice of THIS dress for BIAF red carpet was not spot on. Rita Hayek looks pregnant. She should have chosen another cut at the waist.

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Nawal AL Kuwaitiya: A long necklace on a lace dress, sheer at the top showing her black bra with a black belt, and the dangling earrings. Too many elements only in the upper part is a NO NO.

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Nancy Ajram’s sense of style is definitely one of my favorite. BUt again the sheer thigh trend is not something that flatters the body, especially with the long lace sleeves and the lower dark part of the dress. This time wasn’t Nancy’s best fashionable appearance.

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What’s the statement behind wearing a similar outfit to your daughter’s?

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The corset part of the dress is kind of futuristic. It definitely doesn’t match with the floral appliqué belt and the flowy romantic skirt.

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First this jumpsuit doesn’t flatter her body as she looks so angular, plus the transparency, the beads and the fact that it is cropped at the ankle  definitely put this outfit on the worst dressed list. Oh not to mention the color! This blue is definitely not glamorous for a red carpet event.

 

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Although her body is insanely stunning, Ward el Khal’s choice of this dress wasn’t her best. It is probably the mix of warm colors on a skin colored base.

 

Photo credit: Beiruting.com, Facelook.com

 

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The IT Bags of 2015! http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/04/the-it-bags-of-2015/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/04/the-it-bags-of-2015/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:01:28 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2445 2. The Tote: C by Cynthia, J.Crew, Donna Karan, DSquared2, Mulberry, Kenzo, J.Crew. 3. The Round: Céline, Chloé, Lina Brax, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Versace. 4. The Cross-body: C by Cynthia, [...]]]> This summer there is a bag for everyone!

Here is a roundup on my favorite shapes for this summer’s purses:

1. The handled clutch, as seen at Boss, Fendi, Stella McCartney, Rula Galayini, J.Crew, Ferragamo, House of Holland, Topshop.

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2. The Tote: C by Cynthia, J.Crew, Donna Karan, DSquared2, Mulberry, Kenzo, J.Crew.

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3. The Round: Céline, Chloé, Lina Brax, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Versace.

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4. The Cross-body: C by Cynthia, Fendi, Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Rag&Bone.

Summer 2015 IT bags.pptx5. The Fringed: C by Cynthia, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Jeremy Scott, Lina Brax, Proenza Schouler.

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6. The Bucket: 3.1 phillip lim, C by Cynthia, DKNY, Gucci, Kenzo, Rula Galayini, Valentino, Victoria Beckham.

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7. The printed: Sarah’s Bag, Anya Hindmarch, Fendi, Marni, Burberry Prorsum, Sophia Webster.

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8. The structured: Antonio Marras, Dolce & Gabbana, Sarah’s bag, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Marni.

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9. The Backpack: C by Cynthia, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Mulberry, Rebecca Minkoff, Sophia Webster.

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10. The Mini: Dolce & Gabbana, Sarah’s bag, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Moschino, Bottega Veneta.

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The importance of kids sunglasses http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/04/the-importance-of-kids-sunglasses/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/04/the-importance-of-kids-sunglasses/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:00:09 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2509 You must all have noticed how kids look cute and sweet with their tiny little sunglasses 🙂

But have you ever thought that that fashionable item could save your kids from serious eye and skin damage?

During a recent conversation with optician optometrist Yara Nehme, I discovered more about this matter.

As Yara says:

The risk of damage to our eyes and skin from solar UV radiation is cumulative, meaning the danger continues to grow as we spend time in the sun throughout our lifetime. 

With this in mind, it’s especially important for kids to protect their eyes from the sun. In fact, children tend to spend significantly more time outdoors than most adults, up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can occur by age 18. Also, children are more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays their eyes do not yet have a mature capacity for ocular protection because the lens inside a child’s eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye.

Therefore, make sure your kids’ eyes are protected from the sun with good quality sunglasses. Also, encourage your child to wear a hat on sunny days to further reduce UV exposure.”

Now that the sunny weather is here, I guess we all enjoy taking our kids to enjoy outdoor activities. This means more exposure to the sun! We need to teach them the importance of wearing their sunnies as much as wearing sunscreen.

After all, good habits last for life 🙂

You can check a wide collection of kids and adults’ sun and eyeglasses by following Yara Eye Care on Facebook and Instagram.

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Easter Colors http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/04/easter-colors/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/04/easter-colors/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 06:45:35 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=1240 Ever since I got my first child, I started to be more aware of the “green” natural life, from buying bio food ingredients, to “trying” as much as possible to save energy at the house and to maintain a healthy lifestyle to my family.

With Easter coming up in 2 days, we definitely had to do one of the Easter traditions at this time of the year, and now with even more excitement since my daughter will help me out decorating the house 🙂

Dyeing the Easter eggs is always a fun thing to do for grown ups as much as for the kids, but I recall we never ate the eggs after dyeing them because of  the artificial colorant. So I decided this year I will dye the eggs naturally, using homey ingredients which, I guarantee, added all the fun to the lovely experience with JJ.

Before you dye the egg, wipe the eggshell with vinegar so it can absorb the color.

Here is what I used:

Beets for a pink egg

Cranberry juice (1 cup) for a lighter pink

Turmeric powder for a beautiful yellow color

Sweet paprika for orange

Red cabbage for blueish shades

Mix the cabbage and turmeric water for  green color

You should first boil the eggs.

As for the colors, you can boil the beets/juice/turmeric/paprika/cabbage each alone with 500 ml water, then add 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Once the eggs are ready, soak them in the desired color, few minutes for a light shade, few hours (or overnight) for darker color or till the desired shade.

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Our Easter eggs are ready for the egg hunt tomorrow and the egg tapping on Sunday 🙂

Happy Easter everyone!

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Congratulations to all 6 winners of BMC Mother’s Day competition. http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/congratulations-to-all-6-winners-of-bmc-mothers-day-competition/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/congratulations-to-all-6-winners-of-bmc-mothers-day-competition/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:01:27 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2493 Contact” section here on the blog. Happy Mother’s day to all of you and good [...]]]> Good morning!

The Mother’s Day competition in collaboration with the Bellevue Medical Center has come to an end.

Congratulations to all 6 winners:

  1. Jessica Yaghy
  2. Dina Makouyan
  3. Mario Kahale
  4. Christelle Shehade
  5. Manale Saab
  6. Sarah Mallat

To all who did not send me their contact details yet, please email me at ritalamah@gmail.com or drop me a note at the “Contact” section here on the blog.

Happy Mother’s day to all of you and good luck with your pregnancy 🙂

 

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Happy Mother’s Day http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/happy-mothers-day/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/happy-mothers-day/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:39:52 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2488 Many of you may have seen this!

But it is never enough to thank her because she is everything!

And to all of those who lost her, you are lucky! You have an angel watching over you 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day… Everyday!

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Mamas Contest – Final day! http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/mamas-contest-final-day/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/mamas-contest-final-day/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:03:26 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2485 Hola!

Yesterday’s winner was Manale! Congrats on the prenatal session from BMC.

Today’s and last question will be the following:

To prepare a bottle, you will need a measuring cup for:

  1. 20ml of water
  2. 30mlof water
  3. 40mlof water

Come on mamas to be, tomorrow I will announce the name of the last winner in Mother’s Day competition, who will win an aqua gym session from Bellevue Medical Center.

Yesterday’s answer is:

5,000

Count around 4,500 to 5,000 diaper change before your little one is ready for the pot!
I wish you enjoyed our competition this week and I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day all year long!

 

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An exclusive chat with Paula Yacoubian about Motherhood, about Mother Earth and VEA! http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/an-exclusive-chat-with-paula-yacoubian-about-motherhood-about-mother-earth-and-vea/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/an-exclusive-chat-with-paula-yacoubian-about-motherhood-about-mother-earth-and-vea/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 06:49:18 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2471 VEA Wear and the campaign that TV celebrity Paula Yacoubian held a while ago, I decided to dig in further and check out the relationship between the rubber, the tires, the environment and fashion. Being an eco-conscious person myself (at a minimum level [...]]]> After learning more about the facts and the severe damage of the rubber among other materials on our environment, I was so curious to discover more about this.

After following VEA Wear and the campaign that TV celebrity Paula Yacoubian held a while ago, I decided to dig in further and check out the relationship between the rubber, the tires, the environment and fashion.

Being an eco-conscious person myself (at a minimum level I can say), I was so happy to discover the cause behind such a campaign!

Rubber is not a degradable material and every year, thousands of tons of rubber are disposed of as waste. Once burnt, the rubber produces a toxic gas that pollutes our environment even further.

VEA was born to contribute in protecting the environment, based on a conscious purpose. Up-cycling inner tire rubber tubes into fashionable, handmade rubber bags, wallets, belts, accessories and home deco lines is what VEA wear about.

And under the umbrella of being “Fashionably responsible”, came the collaboration with Paula Yacoubian.

I personally fell in love with VEA’s campaign for mother’s day. And as a big admirer of Paula herself, I had to have this chat with her regarding her collaboration with VEA, about motherhood, about women and about our beloved Lebanon.

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Paula definitely wears many hats: She is the journalist, the media trainer, the political strategist, the CEO, the passionate women, the mother and my new discovery that she is the environmental activist.

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What made you support VEA’s cause among all causes you support?

P.Y. Everything that helps the society we live in, whether business or non-profit organizations, I am more than happy to support. VEA’s cause definitely needs awareness in a society where everybody, especially women, is affected by appearances, brands, labels and status. My aim in collaborating with VEA Wear is mainly creating awareness on the importance of up cycling which is much more important than recycling. Every gram of rubber is of utmost importance as even if thrown in the garbage, it has an extremely bad effect on the environment. With up-cycling, there is no harm to the environment, where, and to prevent wasting, we can make use of the materials we already have into something else we can use, instead of producing it again and again with heavy machinery the way it is done in recycling. I believe that up-cycling is the future especially in Lebanon where innovation and creativity are exceptional.

 

Don’t you think the environmental awareness is still very primitive in Lebanon?

What else could be done for the ecology in Lebanon?

It is a big sacrifice for the Lebanese people to decide today to live a healthy life, not only personally but healthy towards Mother-earth. It is a big decision to take whether to be a responsible citizen or to stay in a superficial world.

Abusing and throwing cheap products around us, something as simple as the paper napkin, could harm us rather than make our lives better. The abuse of such items in our daily life will make us pay its price the double by throwing them.

Reducing the use of products in our lives (napkins, batteries, papers, electronics you name it…) can result in a decrease in energy usage, air and water pollution.

“Eco-friendly” is something that should be taken more seriously, especially women. And I would like to pass this message through your blog. Fashion and beauty are very important but not when they become an obsession. Shopping, brands and clothes can wait. The environment can’t. Besides, community’s lives are not measured by the lives of individuals. I am talking about the future, the near future.

Here is where VEA’s mission interferes. The environment doesn’t need us; we are the ones who need it.

 

How do you balance between your profession and motherhood where in your case both missions are noble?

As long as I am not working, I am with my son Paul. Quality time with him is the best thing I can offer him. Besides, our relationship is based on trust. We do lots of activities together.

 

What’s been your hardest mom moment so far? 

Probably when he was 2 months old and I had to leave him for a business trip to US to meet President Bush. I remember very well while he was sleeping and me talking to him, explaining and justifying why I won’t be there for a short period of time. I literally apologized to him!

 

Rank the following in order of importance to you: Motherhood – Lebanon -Armenia – Democracy – Women’s Rights – Mother Nature – Freedom of Speech.

  1. Motherhood
  2. Mother Nature
  3. Women’s rights
  4. Lebanon
  5. Freedom of speech
  6. Armenia
  7. Democracy

 

Favorite book: La Symphonie Pastorale by André Gide

Current book: The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward

Favorite color: White

Perfume: Viviane by Viviane Debbas

Lebanese designer: Hass Idriss

International designer: Stella McCartney

Best destination for an outing with your son: Maldives

Biggest event in your life: when Paul was born

Most valuable thing: pictures of my mom

 

Don’t forget to pamper your moms and Mother Earth by supporting VEA Wear. You can buy VEA’s products online on www.veawear.com.

Enter the PROMOCODE: RITALOVESVEA

Get 20% discount upon checkout. The offer is valid till March 31st.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Follow VEA wear on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VeaWear

Instagram: @veawear 

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Mamas Contest – Day 5 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/mamas-contest-day-5/ http://lifeandstyleandco.com/2015/03/mamas-contest-day-5/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:53:32 +0000 http://lifeandstyleandco.com/?p=2474 Good morning!

Congratulations to Chrystelle for yesterday’s contest 🙂 Please send me your contact details. Yon won an aqua gym session at the Bellevue Medical Center.

The right answer was:

True

The first few weeks, it is necessary to clean daily the baby’s eyes using sterile cotton soaked in boiled water or saline (found in pharmacies). Different cotton should be used on each eye by moving from the inner corner outward to prevent eye infection.

2 more days to end up our Mother’s Day competition in collaboration with BMC.

Here you go for today’s question:

On average, how many diapers will you change until your toddler is ready to use the potty?

  1.  500
  2. 2,500
  3. 5,000

Waiting for your answers! The winner will get a prenatal session at the BMC.

 

 

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