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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

 

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

Still Wanna Use Uber and Co?

Now that it’s out an Uber driver murdered Rebecca Dykes, a British diplomat in Beirut,  I am beyond shocked – and I feel the need to share this:

Around 6 months ago, I was contacted by Careem, another chauffeur driven car booking service operating in the Middle East, as an ‘influencer’ to promote their service on my social media:

I was riding with around 6 girls to Halat Sur Mer, the driver/ pilot commented that his boss doesn’t know he is a Careem chaufeur, so he doesn’t want to show in my posts. When I asked him where he works, he did not answer which got my girlfriends and I very uncomfortable.

Also, when he first picked me up, I recall he told me that I was more than 5 minutes late, so he turned off the map.

When we reached our destination at around 9 pm, I realized that I had left my wallet in his car. I called the pilot and told him that I need him to bring me back my wallet, he didn’t come back. Instead, he asked me to “order a Careem for my way back” . Not wanting to be rude, I agreed. I spent my whole night without a wallet. At around 1 am, I order a Careem. 5 minutes later it turned out, the pilot assigned wasn’t the same pilot who had driven me there. I cancelled the trip, and tried again. After 30 mins of trial and error, with my girlfriends and I waiting, I called the pilot and asked him to get my wallet right away. 

I called Careem’s marketing representative and apologized saying I don’t want to recommend this service to people who follow me. I deleted all the posts. The marketing rep told me it was my bad that I was late for pick-up, and couldn’t understand that I was actually more worried about the driver “turning off the map” and working “under cover”. 

25520044_10159704269960084_1563505195_nHowever, I still ordered uber sometimes both in Dubai and in Lebanon – since I thought it was an “international standard” service AND valet-fees-free. Now when I think about it; Even though most of uber pilots were nice and friendly, a lot of them were aggressive especially when it comes to “rating them a 5” or making them wait for 5 minutes – and by aggressive, I mean really aggressive. I have a rating of 4.88 on Uber, I had no idea that there was any Passenger rating till a rude pilot once mentioned that we both rate each other in a weird tone.

I also was once charged twice on my credit card for one Uber trip. I tried to contact the headquarters, the only way I could reach them was FACE BOOK MESSENGER – which is ABSURD! They promised a refund, I’m not sure they refunded my money. 

I remember when I was still in school, we had “3ammo George” my friends and I used to call. He was a dad, he was like our dad. We would call him at 5 am, he would get out of bed just to drive us all home. From THAT, to modern apps with complete psychos driving digital natives around the city,  is ridiculous! 

Being talkative and always questioning life, I ALWAYS asked every driver if he is both an Uber and Careem driver. 90% of them told me they were both, Uber and Careem drivers in Lebanon need to have a red plate/ public-driving license – so they’re limited and usually work with BOTH. It was a chance that this diplomat ordered an Uber, it could be either.

The reason I am writing this is to warn everyone, that I was NOW about to order an Uber (even though all of the above) to Mar Mkheyel, now I am just in shock and grateful I am ALIVE!!!!

Order a taxi from real reputable companies, NOT ON THE STREETS (my mobile phone was stolen from one of those once) “3ish ktir shouf ktir”; REAL COMPANIES who are always in contact with their supervisor, on walky talkies, THOSE!! Uber and such are just apps that take around 20%-30% of the fees you pay per ride. Even though they’re trendy and cool, they are simply NOT SAFE!

Or at least don’t ride with them before: 
1- Drivers cannot turn off maps!
2- Drivers are inspected especially for criminal records!
3- A 24/7 costumer service department answers complaints and not Facebook Messenger!

PS: Many UBER drivers were nice and extremely friendly and “fatherly”
Stay Safe Please!
M