Don’t Be Perfect! Saint Tropez

I recently collaborated with Saint Tropez, a new store in Zouk, on a look book with my very own photographer friend @kareem_nakkash and the magnificent makeup artist Mohamad Kobrosly @mdk.mua (scroll down)

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Throughout this blog post, you will read some of their empowering taglines – reflecting a culture that promotes a less perfect – more fun/ sparkling life.

Saint Tropez is a member of the retail group holding United Colors Of Benetton and Sisley in Lebanon, being so I directly could predict it is a “credible” brand of good quality. I realized my cognition was right when I checked their collection – perfectly designed for strong, independent, multitasking, and outgoing women, who don’t need a mini jupe to turn heads. Even though all the pieces are noticeably comfortable, the cuts are also very feminine.

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Saint Tropez is an international brand. The style and expression is feminine, sensual yet always “decent”. The sensual identity builds on and gives direction to the feminine core. Price position is affordable, medium-low price level, and this element is linked to the core “value for money”.

As mentioned on their website, Saint Tropez designs are for women, who want to feel fashionable every day. “We create the season’s must haves, the everyday hero and the perfect party look – accessible fashion for all occasions.”

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My favorite pieces are the bohemian red dress, the green and leopard sweater, the black & white outfit, and the white lace shirt.

Go ahead and check out their Trendy/ Comfortable, Strong/ Feminine collection!

 

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Much Love!
M

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Elections 2018 : Afterthoughts

My thoughts after the elections 2018:

  • What will we do with all the billboards? A good idea is creating tents for refugees or giving them to Waste (the startup that creates furniture and bags from recyclable wastes/ billboards)

 

  • Will we get more women representatives in the parliament? A good idea is to have less female candidates but more powerful and credible ones, supported by other women who want to be involved with politics.

 

  • Can we please have more power in the civil society instead of having random humans and how about the civil society starts their marketing campaigns from now and not a month before the elections? These extremely sophisticated men with no charisma can never prove a point when discussing life-threatening issues with Hezbollah men. The civil society needs a better representation.

 

  • Voting for a political party because of fear of becoming minorities, will it ever stop? Having a secular system is far fetched but it is the only way we can evolve, especially that the parliament is hugely divided and lobbying is not letting any politician solve anything.

 

  • If you want change, can you vote next time? Change is not the future. Change was two days ago, but now it is the future again. In 4 years, will we have more people who really care about Lebanon?

 

Finally, I hope those political parties who won actually plan a better Lebanon and not just a better future for his own grand children and children.

M

 

Le Brio: What A Cunt

I unfortunately missed the premiere organized by Empire on the 5th of March; I got to watch Le Brio last night. The movie theatre had 6 people (including us), I understand it was a Monday – so I won’t judge.

 

Le Brio simply tends to increase your IQ – what every other (probably sold out) movie in the theatres does not do.

 

Synopsis: Neïla Salah grew up in Créteil and dreams of becoming a lawyer. Registered at the great Parisian university of Assas, she confronts from the first day to Pierre Mazard, professor known for his provocations and his slippages. To redeem himself a conduct, the latter agrees to prepare Neïla for the prestigious contest of eloquence. At the same time cynical and demanding, Pierre could become the mentor she needs … Still, they must both overcome their prejudices.

 

Those lucky among us know their dream.

Life is full of opportunities.

Most of us though fear failure, so we live a safe life – then shift the blame onto every human, creature, and stereotype we can find to hide our cowardness towards what makes our souls cry from happiness.

 

If this reality is too harsh for you, try to have Pierre Mazard as a dream mentor.

What a cunt – one that we all need in order to slap ourselves in the face and wake up from our prolonged procrastination.

 

Neila is an Arab, an ambitious one.

Her lips are not bottoxed, her clothes do not reveal her clit, her dream is not gaining followers on instagram – but ofcourse she does not represent us Arab women; she has sex with her boyfriend.

 

So please, make me a favor and do not watch this movie.
(I’m using one of Mr. Mazard’s strategies, I mean go watch it)

Both characters help each other get what they want from life – who needs to toughen up and see that. No one. Duh.

(It’s a must watch) 

Let me know if you need a plus one, I have some friends I don’t feel like hanging out with.

(I would watch it again)

 

I HATE FEMINISM!

Lebanese Girls, ”WMN PWR” and “FEMINIST” shirts are beautiful, ravishing; but you know what, is women empowerment just being a statement on your shirts or are you really applying in your life as a woman, a friend, a best friend, a mother, and a citizen?

 

Empowerment is only an “issue” if women support each other, for real. Only when they don’t view each other as competition (in a country where loyal men is as rare as hairless genitals), when they support a woman-friend-startup/ initiative, when they smile to women they haven’t met before, when they don’t hate on every female who’s taller, skinnier, more successful (list goes on..) than them that they establish POWER. A successful strong woman should not be a woman you hate, but a woman you should set as a success story, an example that you TOO can make it.

And if you are successful, supporting less successful women is not stooping down your level, or else you will only be an opportunist, an “arriviste”- ekh.

 

I HATE extreme FEMINISTS.

 

 

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“Will you at least vote for one women in the government?” – 59% said YES

Elections are very soon; we have more than 140 candidates. I think it’s very inspiring, but I find a gap here. Let’s stop the candidacy of more women (and not fall back into female competition and divided voting) and focus on getting a specific number of women in the parliament. If you are voting make sure you will not vote for a list that does NOT include at least one woman. According to a study presented at the KIP project in April 2017, Lebanese men are more likely to vote by only 1.2% than Lebanese women. This shows that if only women included female candidates in their voting, we will have more than 4 of those (who might actually do something) in the parliament this time. I met some of the candidates in the Women In Front conference held lady with Foundation Diane; they are beautiful INTELLIGENT charismatic women, that is what we need more of in the parliament, and within our government.

 

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“Female Quota?” – 56% said yes 44% said no

Why do I hate feminists?

They sometimes ask for over-equality. A participant in the conference was asking to lower the fees of candidacy for female candidates. NO, just because you get free drinks in a bar, doesn’t mean you get more privileges than men – you want to decrease the fees, let’s apply it to both genders. Equality is equality.

This is why having women in the government is not FEMINISM. It is human rights.

 

One last thing, since I mentioned the elections, VOTE.

You want change? VOTE.

Don’t prepare gatherings on voting day. VOTE.

Don’t go to the beach, VOTE.

Don’t travel on that day, VOTE.

Oh, and Happy International Women’s Day!

 

All the percentages shared are polls on my instagram and represent a good focus group of Lebanese people 

Keep Walking Jane

After the marvelous Johnnie Walker Lebanese campaign “The Resourceful Don’t Wait” and the great keepwalkinglebanon initiative, Johnnie Walker acknowledges – this time not only our local pain but – women starting this March launching Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker. Eventhough this is an american movement #MonumentalWomen, I am hoping we get those Jane bottles shipped here!

I’m sure everyone can’t wait to drink you Jane! 😉 jane-walker-350-2018

The Johnnie Walker Black Label “Jane Walker Edition” debuts in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations. In a multi-faceted attempt to support women in business, culture and politics, the company will donate $1 for each bottle produced to nonprofit campaigns like Monumental Women, a movement to erect a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York’s Central Park (there are currently 23 historical statues in the Park, none of which honors a real woman), and She Should Run, a group encouraging women to register and run for elected office.

Ref: http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/johnnie-walkers-transformative-jane-walker-campaign-will-support-gender-equality/

So both Lebanese Johnnie and Jane, keep walking 😉

M

#STOPTheBurning! Lebanon, SIGN THE Petition!

Sign The Peitition NOW!

I watched the screening of the documentary “An Incinerator for Beirut” last week;
Our government is planning to acquire an incinerator or two from Denmark, to deal with the waste issue. However for the time being we are burning waste out in the open or throwing it into the sea, Ziad Abichaker traveled to Danemak and investigated on spot what’s going on. Here’s a few things I learned while watching the documentary:

Before 1970, Danemark used to throw their garbage in the sea because they didn’t know any better, out of which they are still suffering till today the consequences – 40 YEARS LATER!!! 
Non-recyclable wastes and relatively small-metal wastes get burnt in full combustion chambers; recyclable wastes get recycled not burnt. Danemark do not have any procedure that decomposes huge metalic objects, nothing remotely close to “thermal disintegration”. A huge part of the burned wastes are used in the building of infrastructure, particularly the foundation of roads.
Danemak itself sends some of the recycled wasts to Norway (wastes that contain high dosage of toxic gases and metals like dioxine); Plasma is not applicable in Danemak and does not work efficiently on recycling household wastes. The most toxic residue of non-recyclable & metallic wastes is dioxine. We do not have any laboratory that tests for dioxine in Lebanon. The cost of such a factory costs around 1.5 million dollars.
According to the study of a professor in the American University of Beirut, we will be highly effected by the waste problem in Lebanon. Demographically, the radius effected extends to Achrafieh/Dora (40%) and Antelias (10%); consequences include genetic deformation. 

As mentioned in the Human Rights Watch, despite protests calling for an end to the garbage crisis, more than 150 dumps across Lebanon are openly burning trash at least once a week. Older people and children are most at risk. Doctors say the burning leads to respiratory illnesses and could increase the risk of developing cancer as a result of sustained inhalation of smoke. The government of Lebanon can and should stop the burning and manage the waste in a way that respects health and meets environmental standards.

Our parliament is finally considering a national solid waste management law that would ban the open dumping and burning of waste. Take action today and tell the government to #StopTheBurning! Sign The Peitition NOW! 

https://www.hrw.org/stoptheburning 

Having said that, every “recyclable waste” we do not recycle today is a step closer to getting cancer and having our genes deformed. Before just implementing the incinerator in Beirut, we should start by recycling our wastes! Again, those combustion chambers only burn NON RECYCLABLE wastes. Enough of thinking it’s nerdy or not-cool to recycle, RECYCLE NOW! 

 

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