Let me start this post by wishing you all a very happy Eid. I want to wish you HEALTH, before anything else because I believe it's the most valuable gift in life. For the past few weeks, the Arab World has been going through a lot; not that it hasn't been the case previously but atrocities have been reaching extremes. I'm sure many of you have noticed my silence about it. I hate being outspoken about my political stands because I always try to send you positive vibes and reflect on genuinely beautiful things. That said, with this Eid, I want to dream. I want to dream of peace, I want to hope for better days and I want to already love a happiest future.
On a side note, since this little journal is always the link between you and I, I have few updates to share with you. I'm sure you've all noticed that I'm trying to update the blog as much as I can, given that I'm getting married in less than forty days already. It hasn't been easy to juggle between different projects, a lot of editorial work, planning my wedding, setting up a new house and getting ready for a new life. On the psychological side, this is too much to handle just at once but I'm doing GREAT, thank God (not that I'm not being a Bridezilla, hahaha).[caption id="attachment_15130" align="aligncenter" width="600"] photography: Mokhtar Beyrouth - July 2014[/caption]
I want to take this moment to reveal to you that the new website of L'Armoire De Lana is about to be launched on Monday August 11th 2014 Yes, after four months of hard-work and thanks to my creative agency The Creative Nine, it's finally coming out. The identity is the same but the navigation is simplified and there are several new features that are much more interactive and interesting. A few weeks after the relaunch of the website, we will be launching two other versions of the blog: one in Arabic and one in French FINALLY! I've been working on this for almost a year and they are ready to be revealed during the last week of August/the first week of September, are you ready? We're going GLOBAL.
With all of these changes coming up, I have decided to be entirely focusing on my blog, especially that my wedding is also taking a lot of my time. Hence, I have put to a term my styling projects with celebrities at the moment, for a least a couple of months I have decided to put on a break my AMAZING collaboration with Nancy Ajram as well as the other celebrities I might come across because of the huge work load On a personal level, I really want to work on developing the editorial side of my blog, it's my baby and I don't want to be neglecting it.
I like to do things perfectly and I believe that it's important not to handle too many things so that I can be able to do everything I do in the most perfect way. However, be sure I'm coming back with a lot of celebrities' styling projects with Nancy and more personalities starting October. It's something I just can't resist.
Get ready for a very colorful ride on #larmoiredelana. Wish me good luck!
The mule is a classic shape that has been around for a long time already; however just like any other classic, it bring its way back into fashion with trendier styles and designs.
The main key about wearing mules is making sure you don't look like your grandmother. Yes, once a signature shoe for the over-60 set, this pair has received, in my opinion the most youthful makeover. I love how everything classic is back in trend in crazy ways.
However, not many people will adopt this trend despite it being one of the best out there for the summer. Suffice it to say having mule heels in our closet is a must. In the 60s, mules were known for their backless clogs heels, often with a closed toe design. Now they are back with slimmer heels, sleek stilettos, block heels, wedges and many other styles.
It is the kind of shoes with which you can wear anything; it goes with every summer outfit: pants, shorts, culottes, dresses, skirts, you name it!
For women who don’t really like high or thin heels I suggest you go for blocked mule heels or wedges; not only are they trendy but also very comfortable. Blocked mule heels are definitely my favorites, especially if you can find the one with an ankle strap or an open top.
Also, for the block heels and wedges you can find the double strap mule, the closed toe mule and even pointed, closed or open toe platforms. As for women who love high heels I suggest you go for sleek stiletto, they are super sexy and have different types of style as well. In brief, there's a pair of mule for each one of you out there![gallery ids="15034,15023,15027,15028,15026,15022,15025,15024,15033,15032,15030"]
I'm still looking for the perfect one, hesitating whether I should go for colors or for plain black? Have you got your eyes on any specific pair? Share with us!
Special thanks to: Dana Jaffar, currently interning at LADL for contributing in the making of this post.
Here's to another amazing find that you absolutely must bid on! Eletric blue is once more one of this season's colors. What better than a gorgeous electric blue handbag to create nice little contrasts in your summer looks. Hurry up and log into The Fancy Bid to get a chance at winning this beautiful piece. Tomorrow's the deadline!
Look 1: Color-blocking all the way!
I am wearing: white denim from Page jeans, coral top with a V-neck from Dior, green emerald pumps from Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent Paris electric blue purse now available on www.thefancybid.com
Look 2: Monochrome with a contrast
I am wearing: black and white jersey dress from Zara, Gianvito Rossi pumps, Chanel earrings, Chanel mirrored sunglasses and Saint Laurent Paris electric blue purse now available on www.thefancybid.com
Look 3: All black with a splash of blue
I am wearing: black pants with a white line from Bel Air, black top with lace details from Marc by Marc Jacobs, black heels from &Other Stories, statement necklace from Zara and a Saint Laurent Paris electric blue purse now available on www.thefancybid.com
Discover more pictures in the gallery:
[gallery ids="15101,15102,15103,15104,15105,15106,15107,15108,15109,15110,15111,15112,15113,15114,15115,15116,15117,15118"] Photography: Mokhtar Beyrouth
With the summer season and the explosive festive month of August coming ahead, there’s never been a better time to be savvy about shopping in the sales. It’s not always about spending less, but making your money go further! Just like any woman out there, I LOVE sales so it's time to know how to shop it right!
I want to start today's post 4 main tips to guide you during your sales shopping:
- Be Open to Ideas: always be on the hunt for new brands, new styles, different items.
- Buy Classic and Statement: sales are good opportunity to get a grasp of the hit statement piece of the season or to actually complete your closets with basic items that you need.
- What about an Update? Always update your wardrobe, not only from a season to another. Invest in better fabrics, more flattering cuts.
- Plan ahead: there’s always the risk of something you don’t really love (because of the low price) or that you don’t really need. All you need is to actually have in mind what main pieces you’ll need in your closet to continue the season.
A couple of days ago, I dropped by ABC Achrafieh for my summer sales' shopping. And I have to say that I've spotted a lot of items that you absolutely must go and try on. I tried to target statement items, bold colors but also classic clothing staples that every woman needs in her wardrobe.
While you discover my selection below, you will see that I went from statement items like a coral Sandro dress to very original Iro printed harem pants or very sexy shorts (with florals or in metallic shades) and a couple of colorful clutches for you to transform your summer looks!
Discover my Top 15 items that you can currently shop at ABC department stores:[caption id="attachment_15078" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] black and white printed harem pants - Iro[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15079" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] maje - red top with peplum[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15080" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Casual printed t-shirt - Maison Scotch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15081" align="aligncenter" width="1481"] metallic shorts - Berenice[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15082" align="aligncenter" width="1003"] floral printed shorts - Berenice[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15083" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] ba&sh - black top with sheer details[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15084" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Cosmoparis - black and gold sandals[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15085" align="aligncenter" width="1094"] green clutch - Olga Berg[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15086" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] royal blue clutch/cross bag from Olga Berg[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15087" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Coach red purse[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15088" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Coach pumps[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15089" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Coral dress - Sandro[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15090" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] patchwork printed jeans - Iro[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15091" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Claudine Pierlot black dress[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15092" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Kenzo blue printed dress[/caption]
Hurry up, during sales, every day counts!
Pictures taken by Dana Jaafar, currently an intern at larmoiredelana.
First, I have to say how excited I am about the new project of ABC Verdun. I believe it's really going to bring a nice change in this area of Beirut that I visit on a daily basis. The more the shopping destinations in town, the better!
To celebrate the start of Ramadan, ABC Verdun organized with Ajialouna (NGO dedicated to support education, health and social activities) an inaugural event that was held in Verdun street. Verdun Street definitely is one of the most dynamic streets in Beirut and I love the way it embraced the spirit of Ramadan with the bewildering decorations specially arranged by ABC Verdun for this occasion. The festival which took place in Verdun displayed a collection of cultural, religious, and family-oriented activities designed to cater to the entire family. Visitors enjoyed exciting activities including Darawish performance, Fayha Choir, Hakawati, live music, Koudoud Halabia in addition to a distinctive exhibition space featuring authentic Lebanese gourmet foods and delicacies, hand crafts, art and calligraphy along with corporate stands.[gallery ids="15064,15065,15066,15067,15068,15069,15070"]
I really loved seeing ABC Verdun launching this new concept of Ramadan celebrations. Personally being a lover of the holy month myself, I always like to see such initiatives, especially when linked with great and active NGOs like Ajialouna. Visitors to the festival has been enjoying the special street decorations during the holy month. Also and as part of this initiative, Ajialouna and ABC Verdun are donating samples of clothes and daily Iftar meals to kids and less privileged families. Nothing more beautiful than that!
In a country like ours where instability can sometimes be destabilizing, it's always beautiful to celebrate together the diversity, beauty, solidarity and true essence of this blessed month.
Last but not least, this first activity by ABC Verdun is extremely promising for what the project will offer us when it's officially opened. I'm just too excited to see the heart of Beirut enjoying a new shopping and lifestyle destination. It simply gives me hope :)