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THE LEBANESE SPRING BACK!


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The Lebanese Spring Back!

Contributors Managing Director

Jad Massaad jad@iloveflair.com

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Reema Nassar reema@iloveflair.com EDITORs

Italians might do it better. The French might do it chicer. The Brits might do it neater.

Maya Mouawad Khalil Tawil Corine Boueiz

But the Lebanese do it no matter what.

Art DirectION

We are a people that have seen it all—a people who have lived 100 lives in one lifetime. Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Adapting may be a part of every human’s DNA, but for us, it is a way of life—biology doesn’t dictate us to do so, but rather we take the initiative by ourselves. Circumstances have been imposed on us, but we and only we impose their outcomes on them. That’s why this issue, we celebrate Lebanese such as Chahe Yerevanian, The entrepreneur of real estate and renowned artist, Michel Elefteriades; and Lebanese ‘sisters doing it for themselves’ pioneer, Yasmeen Borro. It isn’t how many times we’ve fallen that makes us a people who does it no matter what—but the number of times we’ve risen again. And that number is bigger than the number of times we’ve fallen. Amid it all, we did it and continue to do it in style, with pizzazz and looking like a million bucks. Why? Because we are Lebanese. Here’s to Lebanon. To the artists, designers, businessmen, entertainers, political heavyweights and everyone in between who have shown the world that…

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Spring

2014

The Playground

P 16 Trends P 20 Absolutely Emall-nificent!

Beautiful People P 26 Chahe Yerevanian P 30 Reem Itani P 32 Michel Elefteriades P 34 Yasmeen Borro

The Look on the Wrist P 38 Impress Him with Presents! P 40 Gone in Less Than Sixty Seconds!

The Look of Bling

P 44 I Heart My Danasha P 46 Take a Stand in Gold P 48 Here’s What You Want for Mother’s Day! P 50 Nomination P 52 Ever Had an Eargasm? 10

The Look on Camera

P 56 Mercedes Fashion Week Ruling Looks P 60 What to Wear When the Snow Melts? P 64 A Pop’n’Xotic Fantasy P 66 All Eyes on Us! P 68 Hoss Intropia P 70 The New Look! P 72 What to Wear When You Run, Bend, Stretch & Work-Out? P 74 Back to Cali Baby! P 76 Portraits of Youth P 78 Boggi Fashionistos!

The Look on Your Skin P 82 Emotional Eating P 84 Makeup

The Look on the Table P 90 Recipies

Inhale... Sexhale

P 96 Are You a One-Night Instagram or a Friend with BBM-enefits? P 98 What is Love?

Art-itecture & Design P 102 BMW Central Building P 106 London Aquatics Centre P 110 Liza is a Darling Experience! P 112 Fap-ulous P 113 Take a Nap on the Wild Side

Boys & Toys

P 116 Aye, Car-amba! P 122 Vacation is a Car Ride! P 124 The Chevrolet Corvette is not a Sports Car-it’s a Sporty Car!

Passport & Silver Screen P 102 Places to Visit P 104 Movies to Watch

Event-ually

P 134 How it’s like at O1ne Beirut? P 136 Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti P 138 Claude Barzotti at Casino Du Liban P 140 Luxury Selections P 142 Mena Crystal P 144 Horoscopes


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“Life is more fun if you play games”


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POPE’S HARLEY SELLS FOR $284000

A Harley-Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery European buyer for 210,000 euros at a highprofile auction in Paris. “It’s a record for a post-vintage motorbike, from the 21st century,” said Bonhams France, the auction house. Including fees, the unidentified buyer paid a total of 241,500 euros to obtain the bike. The US motorbike maker gave the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide to the pope in June 2013 to mark the brand’s 110th anniversary, and while the pope never rode it, he signed it before donating it to Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma. The funds from the sale will go towards the restoration of the charity’s hostel and soup kitchen at Rome’s Termini railway station. A jacket that was also given to the pope by Harley-Davidson was snapped up for 57,500 euros, including fees.

Adidas Raising the Bar!

Adidas launched their new range with a revolution in active cooling technology, the adidas Climachill™ range which incorporates an innovative fabric using titanium and 3D aluminium cooling spheres. The technology provides an instant ‘chill’ effect and keeps athletes at their optimum body temperature in warm conditions enabling them to train harder, run longer, retain their focus and compete better. Adidas is pretty cool!

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I Want My UHD TV

See a picture that’s more lifelike than ever with Samsung Smart UHD. Samsung Ultra High Definition TV displays your movies, sports and shows at 4 times the resolution of Full HD, featuring 8.3 million pixels (3840 x 2160), each in vivid colors, fluid motion and a flawless picture . A four-step process that includes signal analysis, noise reduction, UHD up‑scaling and detail enhancement seamlessly converts Full HD programming to 4K resolution so every show is in Ultra High-Def. With its crystalclear picture, rich audio and sleek design, the Ultra HD TV offers an immersive and luxurious entertainment experience.

MARC JACOBS WANTS YOUR TWEETS, NOT YOUR MONEY

Marc Jacobs is opening a special Fashion Week pop-up shop in NYC on February 7th, but you won’t need any cash to buy anything. At first the ‘Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop’ sounds pretty normal, containing a lounge, nail art area, photo booth and drinks. But there’s something fresh about this pop-up where Daisy fragrances and accessories will be ready and waiting to be given away in exchange for a little social media publicity. Using the #MJDaisyChain hashtag on your instagram and twitter posts will be rewarded with freebees, and the best instagram shot of the day will apparently win a Marc Jacobs handbag. It’s not yet clear how much your tweets will be worth, or whether they’ll be more valuable for the number of re-tweets you manage to generate.

Byblos Bank has something to say!

Byblos Bank launched a new Credit Card designed especially for members of Labora Association during a ceremony held at Byblos Bank Headquarters in Ashrafieh. This new MasterCard Titanium Credit Card offers privileges and services such as competitive interest rates and automatic enrollment in the Bank’s Akram Program, the most generous card loyalty program in Lebanon. It also allows Labora members to contribute with a percentage of their purchases to the Association’s fund.


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No! Nobody saw this one coming!

That is in fact Miley Cyrus in her very own Marc Jacobs campaign. We understand how you feel- it’s the sort of taste you’d get when drinking Orange juice after brushing your teeth! Close? The concept of combining both together is an itch but one that looks good! Almost a hickey! Miley looks way better with her tongue wagging inside her actual mouth. Since she’s worn Marc Jacob’s designs on the red carpet and posed for his Love the Skin You’re In t-shirts, Miley is now starring as the new face of his Spring 2014 line. Yes! Believe it!

OMLG!

Offered in 3 different colors (pink, silver, and orange) with a metallic finish on its edges, the compact LG Pocket Photo measures just 4.76-inches tall, 2.83-inches wide, and 0.94-inches thick. It transfer photos from a smartphone and is also capable of NFC communication in addition to Bluetooth. It uses Zink, or Zero ink, paper technology, heating up the dye crystals embedded inside the paper, triggering it to change colors accordingly to the photo. The ease and speed it to print out a photo is seamless, and adequately charged, the Pocket Photo is completely portable. A novelty with a ‘wow’ factor, the LG Pocket Photo can be an attraction at parties and gathering for capturing some instant laughs and embarrassing moments.

Pure Genius!

Pure is a luxury dry cleaning concept offering a host of luxurious laundry services to meet the demands of fast-paced, contemporary lifestyles. In order to feel good we must look our best, and PURE was founded with the goal of rejuvenating your clothes so they feel as clean and soft as the day you bought them. By investing in groundbreaking technology and providing a concierge level of service, Pure is able to invite customers to experience a wealth of comfort and delight. Whether you require same day cleaning, tailoring or alterations, folding and packing for travel or storage, and even pick up and delivery to your front door, PURE is here to make you feel good and on time. Washables and Dry Cleaning are delivered to you the same day in Pure blue bags. Now open in Zalka, ABC Dbayeh & ABC Ashrafieh. Soon in Rabieh and Ghazir.

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GEORGIA MAY JAGGER FOR MUGLER?

Thierry Mugler may have chosen Georgia May Jagger as the star of a future campaign for its Angel fragrance, according to a rumor reported by Women’s Wear Daily.The rumor could prove to be true, as Georgia May Jagger attended the second performance of the designer’s show — Mugler Follies — at the Comédia in Paris in December. Jagger, who is highly in demand at the moment, could become the eighth brand ambassador for the fragrance in the starshaped bottle. If this is the case, she will be following in the footsteps of her mother, Jerry Hall, who represented the fragrance in the late 1990s. Eva Mendes is the current face of Angel. Her contract is set to expire in 2014.

They’ve got the Spirit!

The Pikasso Awards is an annual gala event celebrating excellence in creative outdoor advertising and communications. For Beirut-based advertising agency Spirit, February 21st marked another milestone in its energy to remain of the most creative agencies in the field. Spirit Agency created the “Einstein Kid” ad for Candia Milk , the “play on words” campaign for Al Hadaf newspaper, the Mobilitop “giant lamp” and Cosmaline. Know more about Spirit at  www.spirit-me.com  and follow their news on Instagram: spiritadvertising

It’s a Galaxy, but not a Milky Way

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a brilliant 16MP ISOCELL which claims to offer the world’s fastest auto focus speed at 0.3 seconds and features like HDR. The Selective Focus feature allows the users to focus on a particular area of the object being captured and blur the background. The camera can also capture 4K videos. The device also gets a 2MP camera at the front for video calling functionality. In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S5 comes with 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB 3.0, IR remote, NFC etc. It also has a Download Booster feature, which allows it to enhance data speeds by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE together. The 2,880mAh Li-ion battery promises a talk time of 21 hours. It also has an Ultra Power Saving Mode which turns off all features and operates the device in black and white mode. Special features include the S Health 3.0 app, a full-fledged fitness tracker that monitors your diet, steps and heart rate.


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Absolutely Emall-nificent! The age-old dilemma between fashion and financials has come to an end. Ladies, no need to burst a hole in your hubby’s wallet in order to dress to kill. Thanks to Emall.me you can save some pretty dimes (and your marriage), while looking pretty all the time. While you are encouraged to virtually window shop their impeccable selection, we’ve picked out a few must haves that will have heads turning in your direction. Timeless, elegant, feminine and unique, these pieces will always be in season and in style.

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Naeem Khan Having dressed the best of celebrities, from Beyonce, to Eva Longoria, Brook Shields and Michelle Obama, this stunning dress can work it for you at an evening soiree or a morning wedding. Completely beaded, this 20s inspired creation comes in a beautiful sunset gold color. It falls with the curves of your body, making it accentuate the assets of all figure types. And if you’re smart, Scan the code above to get it now for 50% off- making it our chosen bargain couture deal of the century.

Armani Jeans The bag has a big personality, thus the only thing you need to pull it off is an even bigger personality. With jeans or on a black dress, in grunge or in your Sunday best, this bag is versatile enough to do whatever you want it to do. The contrasting glossy green and matte vanilla finish are a fashion yin and yang that balances out to perfection. Scan the code above and you see how it balances your budget too.

Moschino ‘I’m just a girl in the world’, sang Gwen Stefani, but with this Moschino tote, there’s reason for no one to let you out of their sight. Just right for a spontaneous brunch, or a city stroll with the girls, this pink leather purse makes a statement that won’t go unheard. Scan the code above and if you’re quick, you’ll get a chance to check out with it too before someone else does.

Casadei Women wear heels for the same reason men drive sports cars...power, beauty and well, power. These Casadei heels though are female power at its utmost potency. The soft creme leather with its delicate black detail isn’t lost in the monster length of its heel. Perhaps had Godzilla worn these, people would have taken a nicer notice to his presence.

Judith & Charles Once upon a time, there was a very, very good girl. Of course, Judith & Charles’ Mila Dress spelled ‘the end’.The cut, unmistakeably Audrey Hepburn, is equally matched by its jet black leather Mrs. Smith attitude. Alone or with a fitted jean jacket, paired with heals or biker boots, there’s only one thing we can say to Judith & Charles... ‘thanks a Mila-ion’.

Porsche If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. This idiom definitely applies to Porsche’s Folding Shades, which since 1986 are a fashion staple among the truly haute couture literate. A classic in every sense of the word, these shades are not only made to be functionally flexible, but are designed to be flexible in accommodating the most modern, hip and out-of-the-box outfits. If you don’t have a pair, you’ve just got a good reason to get them now, and that’s Emall.me 22


BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

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“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”


Beautiful People

Chahe YEREVANIAN Chairman-C.E.O of SAYFCO HOLDING, the leading real estate developer in Lebanon

A man beyond measures, awarded as the Man of the Year title for inspiring the Lebanese youth and encouraging them towards a better future. In less than ten years, he was able to reestablish SAYFCO HOLDING after it was initially named Ara Yerevanian Establishment and was founded in 1960s by the late Ara Yerevanian, former Member of the Lebanese Parliament. In 2004, SAYFCO HOLDING and all of its subsidiaries were established. Mr. Chahe Yerevanian talks more about the above and beyond the success of SAYFCO HOLDING. 26


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ow did you break into the real estate industry and what were your motives?

My father has been in the business before leaving Lebanon in 1982. After 13 years abroad, the family decided to come back to Lebanon in 1995 and re-launch a real estate development company. I had completed my university studies in Paris and been working as a financial consultant. It is thanks to my father’s encouragement and incessant motivating spirit that I became part of the business. After he passed away in 2000, I wanted to create an international real estate name of worldwide reputation. While the company used to sell around 50 units per year in the past, SAYFCO HOLDING is now selling 500 units per month, owing up to the expectations that pushed me to found it in 2004.

In every industry, there are specific challenges. What are the pros and cons for SAYFCO HOLDING? It is a fact that every business faces specific challenge, and its even more challenging in a country that lacks the bare minimum of healthy grounds. Lebanon has no government and constantly suffers from political bickering and major security problems. The biggest concern for the time being is how to establish trust with potential but reluctant clients, and invite them to invest despite the current discouraging situation. This is why SAYFCO holding offers compelling prices and flexible payment facilities. If you had the chance to change three governmental rules in real estate, what would they be and why? I wouldn’t change any rule in real estate, but I would definitely build open the current potential by giving certain incentives, from the ultimate perspective that encouraging people to invest in the real-estate field would serve its purpose and fulfill the growth we look forward to. What are the three characteristics for a successful real estate investor? Courage, vision and a strong balance sheet are what make a real estate investor more successful than others. One only needs a quick glance at our numbers in order to realize that these characteristics are the core of our company’s success.  


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Dealing with clients can be intriguing, but same time it’s considered challenging. If you had to describe the Lebanese Real Estate typical client in few words, what would they be? There’s a typical real estate mind: it’s that of a smart buyer who knows what he wants, and masters the art of negotiation to get the best possible deal.This is by far an innate trait that runs in the client’s blood. You either have it or you don’t. Many real estate investors learn from previous experience to avoid certain situations.  What kind of situation you would not hesitate to put yourself into? Challenge is behind Sayfco’s name and success. Challenge is what defines us and intrigues us. I would not hesitate to put myself in any situation that stimulates me. 28

If you had the chance to go back to age 16, what’s the one thing you would change and why? I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. If I was to change one thing, and one thing only, my whole path would have drastically changed and I would not have reached the present in this manner. This is why I would not change a thing, for any little step in the past has taken me to the present: a present I live with utmost contentment and satisfaction. Like many others, people keep changing career path after discovering their passion in somewhere else. If you had the opportunity to change careers, what would it be and why?

time. How do you balance your time between family and work? Weekday is for work and weekends and holidays are for the family. As simple as that. This is the ideal balance I believe is behind success in business and family lives. I can’t but assert that these two affect and complete each other and are essentially unbreakable. It usually takes two to make a successful marriage, how do you evaluate your wife’s support as a partner in life? What makes her a perfect match for you?

If I was to choose a different career, I would have been an actor.

A successful marriage is one that faces good and bad days and overcomes whatever obstacle it encounters. Our mutual support is key to our prosperity, especially that our partnership is concerned, first and foremost, with parenthood: our children’s wellbeing is our priority.

Part of success is to know how to balance your

How do you spend your leisure time? Where’s


your relaxing destination? I usually travel with my wife alone or with the whole family, to different worldwide sites and locations. What is your foresee future for SAYFCO Holding in the coming years? Any new ventures or projects coming up? There’s a great sense that better days are coming. SAYFCO is working hard to promote and sell 5,000 units per year within the next few years to come, with the ultimate goal of becoming an international name in the field and cross the borders towards worldwide fame. Having all eggs in one basket is not an option here, so if you had to give all what you earned up and keep one thing, what would it be? It is home, beyond any shed of doubt, the roof above my family. I can get back anything else in no time. Do you think you have some hidden talent you’re not aware of it? Of course I do, but as I am unaware of it, I may not tell what it is for now.   Can you give us three words that describe Flair? Seduction. Passion. Love.


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ReemITANI

After years of successful marriage with Chahe Yerevanian, Reem Itani paved her way with experience to enter the world of real estate. Known for her elegance and opulent taste, her looks inspired many women and continued to be a fashion icon. 30


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eem Itani is known for her opulent taste in fashion and elegant style. What is elegance according to you?

To which extent do you think your partnership contributes to Sayfco’s success?

Elegance is in simplicity, and not necessarily in extravagance. Artificiality and overly imposed “beauty” undermine elegance and take away its core asset.

Our relationship is based on mutual support and productive efforts. The balance between family and career is dear to both our hearts and is the critical factor that makes both worlds constantly grow. It suffices to say that encouraging my husband’s career ultimately and evidently means working for the best of the family. Like many other women who are into luxury brands, if you had to choose the best brand that describes your taste the most, what would it be and why?

If you had to describe yourself from an outsider point of view, what are the three main characteristics that describe you well? Patient, caring and goodhearted. What is the most exciting milestone to your family? And how do you spend your leisure time with your family? Every single day is a milestone. Whether we’re all together at home, or travelling around the world, the excitement is the same, as I am surrounded with my husband and daughter and twins, and sharing every possible moment together. This is the kind of milestone that always makes me cherish the present and look forward to the future. How do you regard your husband’s career and deal with its overwhelming conditions? To say the least, I am proud of Sayfco and the man behind it. There was never a point where I stopped encouraging my husband. I value the incessantly growing efforts he puts into his work, and it only takes two to realize that perseverance is ultimately about our family’s prosperity and children’s future.  

Elie Saab. As I said before, elegance is in simplicity. Elie Saab has his own natural and smooth touch and unique sense of creative style with no affectation whatsoever. His talent has raised Lebanon’s name abroad and made the whole world witness what we are capable of. Nowadays, women are dominating the world with their intellectual opinions and wisdom. Do you agree to the fact that we are entering the women leading era? You said it yourself. Women are dominating the world with their intellect. I can assert that we have already entered the era you’re referring to, and I can only anticipate even more female contribution that would drastically reshape the world we live in and challenge the imposed norms we were once too afraid or too reckless to face.


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Michel ELEFTERIADES


An author and composer of more than 120 songs for European and Arab artists – Michel Elefteriades is not only the pioneer of World Music fusion, but also a music producer and arranger. His creations are known to count among the Arab world’s most successful musical experiments of the last decade. Success has no limits when it comes to the founder of Mediterraneo Byblos International Festival; he’s also the founder of Music Hall night club, which is specialized in cultural showbiz through a unique concept. Elefteriades’ talent never ceased to amaze his audience; therefore his belief in making a difference in Arab music world has reached its peeks. He’s also the founder and co-owner of Ele.Records- a Warner Music label that already produced over 15 albums.

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ichel Elefteriades is known to be a strong doer, when life tosses challenges at your shoulders, how do you stand out in front of your competitors?

I’m not the kind of person who’s afraid of failing. I’m very content with what I have and I don’t get intimidated by what others think of my work. When you’re a trendsetter, you won’t be looking at what others are doing. I’m a strong soul with a good will and I proved to my competitors that I’m a risk taker and up-tochallenges. Despite of all the circumstances that I may face in life, I’m always prepared for the unexpected from my competitors. I have my own common ground and no one can mess with my work.

Sometimes, society limits our options. Do you think people should follow the society’s restricted values or follow their passion to reach success? I don’t follow society’s values, because I don’t believe of following anything. Unlike others who lately talked about the inside outrage story of Jackie Chamoun’s scandal. It’s like a sexual revolution and instead of taking care of their political issues; the country is concerned to hear details about the scandal. Alternatively speaking, in society the whole country speaks one topic, same applies to trend in fashion - all women look the same such as, (same makeup, fashion, and est.) whereas in Europe they go with what looks good on them. Hence, I like to think differently, come up with something completely new and make it worth watching. I can easily lose interest in whatever is out there if all people are trying it. A passionate soul like yours with many interests might have similar sole hobbies….Do you have any sideline hobby in mind? I’m a collector of precious stones… It all depends if the stone catches my sight or not. I don’t believe in stone’s energy, I just buy it as a collector. How did you start your career? And what made you study fine art? Like many people who don’t know what to study when they go into university, I studied fine arts because I thought it was easier than other majors. On the other hand, I always wanted to be in the art field-then I had to leave the country for a Military service. When back

in Lebanon, I had to go back to continue my master degree in Graphic design at Alba University because other universities were hard to get in. George haddad helped me a lot to pass the exams and graduate on time. Any special past memories come to mind when you listen to music? I grew up in a house of two musician parents, who used to sing and play music. I remember when my parents used to teach us music and we used to enjoy every beat of it - these are the musical memories that come to mind. Also, my grandparents are originally Greek and my grandmother was a musician. If Michel Elefteriades had a chance to go back to a different musical era, which music era would you go to? Each period has its beauty, I like both eras, the 70s and the 80’s. Now there’s this revival to old music and we keep listening to it over and over again. If you had to choose between a producer or music arranger… which one would you choose and why? Brutally honest, I like both because in a way, they both have similar outcome. They say, ‘’ you can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.’’ From where do you draw your inspiration? I always value privacy and I love solitude where I can be relaxed without phone calls and irritating people talking on the phone around me. I also, hate long chats over the phone. Since we are technology driven, it’s hard to maintain the same expected success in the market like the old days… In your opinion, how do you find the market nowadays? Back in the 90s, they used to sell a lot of musical records, unlike nowadays where you can download everything from the internet for cheap rates. Nonetheless, musical instruments have also changed; we used to play Korg electronic musical instruments, unlike nowadays where you rarely see it. What makes a voice stand out and how do you discover talent?

You can’t specify it in that sense, it’s like you’re asking me what makes a woman beautiful! It’s all about the whole package and emotive communication with the art. For instance, I hate Celine Dion - I hated her character and body language. So the person might have the voice but not necessarily to make it due to his performance on stage and maybe for some stressful reasons, he might not do as well as he did in the backstage. You know six languages… which one would you like to listen to in music the most? No doubt, I’d like to listen to Spanish songs because the sound is soft to the ears and it has special rhythm. Conversely, I believe that everything is connected to revolting stories except Spanish songs. You were a judge at X- factor… what’s your opinion to be compared as Simon Cowl? Luckily enough, I simply fit the characteristics they were looking for as Simon Cowl’s personality. At that time, we didn’t have many programs like that except super star. Frankly speaking, I told one contestant on air that the program is a waste of time.The studio was shocked that I was brutally honest. Nowadays, everyone wants to be someone else and to follow others which sometimes creates conflicts with what you have and leads to stress and depression then you end-up with health problems. As a producer of Coke Studio, a music television series in the Middle East and North Africa, what makes the television series stand out next to other shows? Coke Studio has nothing to do with competition. I like to cut the chase by not following what others are doing. Nowadays, we have to deal with lots of stressful events in our lives, which sometimes encounter additional stress to be compared to our role model stars. Most components go under pressure of who’s prettier than the other or who sounds better than the other. Therefore, Coke Studio is far away from that concept and more about finding the talent by standing in front of the camera, (Reality TV) and all is real without any phony performance like other shows. Michel Elefteriades is the author of poems and two novels, one of them was banned in the Middle East; do you have any upcoming written novel soon? I’ve written five novels so far, but they’re not printed yet.


Yasmeen BORRO Beautiful People

Owner/Fashion Designer: Vintage Story

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If you had to give it all up and keep one thing, what would it be? My favorite book

When did you first fall for fashion? When i was 6, i used to create outfits for my barbies

What brand are you obsessed with right now? Ulyanna Sergenko , Russian brand

What do you collect – apart from fashion and jewelry? Vintage post industrial furniture

What’s the worst item of clothing you’ve ever worn? A pair of birkenstock

What’s the worst club you’ve ever been to? Definetely not in Berlin

What’s the coolest thing in your house? 70s old signs shop -

What advice do you live by? Do as you be done by

What are you most looking forward to about your new show? The end so i can work on my next collection

3 words describing Flair Crisp, in & couture


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“Time is free, but it’s priceless”


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Impress Him with Presents!

After the jump, your sense of time has flown out the window. Rely on a The New Alpina 300 Extreme Diver 300 Orange. Perfect dive time readability for professional divers. Besides the fact that orange is the most highly visible of all the colours when set against a darkbackground, orange also offers the professional diver the best in dial and bezel visibility. Alors, the designers and engineers at Alpina are delighted to introduce the new Alpina Extreme Diver Orange range, featuring one automatic and one mid-size, quartz caliber model. Both models share a number of professional diving features. The Extreme Diver 300 Orange is water resistant to a depth of 300m/1000ft. And this is the best present he will ever receive. 38


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Gone in Less Than

Sixty Seconds!

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The racing driver’s watch-The Oyster Perpetual COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA- is the benchmark for those with a passion for driving & speed. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was designed to meet the timing needs of professional endurance racing drivers. For its 50th anniversary, the Rolex “Daytona” is being presented for the first time in 950 platinum. The new model has an ice blue dial & a chestnut brown monobloc Cerachrom bezel in ceramic, highlighting the tachymetric scale for calculating speed. Available in 904L Steel / Yellow Rolesor / Yellow Gold / White Gold / Everose Gold / Platinum


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“The diamonds glinted under the glare of the chandelier and they looked like a thousand spider eyes�


I Heart My Danasha

While the larger and more commercial brands offer a great taste of their own products at The Doha Jewellery and Watch Fair, My Danasha will proudly be offering select products from the Excellence and Extravagance collection. This will be the first exhibition My Danasha takes part in since rebranding from Danasha Luxury, in order to focus on personalized jewelry with an emphasis on quality; Danasha Luxury was best known for producing and unveiling the $1.5 million, Danasha Luxury Gown. Now we’re talking.

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Take a Stand in Gold Get ready to rush for a new line of Gold- Ralph Masri unleashes his new jewelry collection Arabesque Deco. Taking a very structural and architectural approach this time around, the collection consists of a variety of 18ct gold statement pieces with diamond and ruby-set variations, and takes its inspiration from geometric Arabesque patterns and motifs prevalent in Middle Eastern art and architecture, infused with a touch of Art Deco. The new collection will be available in the new Ralph Masri showroom in Mar Mikhael, at 100 Rue de Madrid.

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Here’s What You Want for

Mother’s Day! This Mother’s Day, celebrate the gift of motherhood with a new collection of treasured charms by PANDORA, like precious symbols of the bond between a mother and her child. Spoil your maternal self with delicate heart-shaped charms forged intricately in tiny sterling silver hearts and embellished with 14k gold hearts, or honor the family union with a feminine ball charm adorned with pink enamel hearts. Inspired by the spring/summer 2014 trends, PANDORA’s Mother’s Day collection combines the tradition of this special occasion with the pastel pretty symbols of the spring season. From heart motifs to botanical emblems, every charm is a keepsake that will forever recall this year’s magical Mother’s Day. Treat the mother in you, or surprise your own mother, with a token of your admiration and gratitude. It’s the least you can do.

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Nomination ISCHIA Collection

Silver necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings with white Jasper gemstone, rose gold plated. Bracelet from : 244,000 LBP Earring from : 275,000 LBP Ring from : 205,000 LBP Necklace from:348,000 LBP

My Bonbons Collection

Leather straps available in 15 different colors to create personalized bracelets with a variety of links in stainless steel and 18 K gold. Bracelet from : 57,000 LBP Link from : 86,000 LBP

GRACE Collection

Stainless steel necklaces, bracelets and rings with natural stones and cubic Zirconia pavĂŠ. Bracelet from : 120,000 LBP Necklace from :232,000 LBP Ring from : 101,000 LBP

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Eargasm? Ever Had an


Gaelle Khouri has extended the ultimate pleasure of gasms onto one-off pieces that give a new meaning to jewelry dynamics, from earings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. The collection of minimalist yet bold designs is a true labor of love. Each piece is uniquely defined by a creative process accentuated by the marriage of various stones (Diamonds and other precious stones). No two pieces are alike, and each one is made to order. Even better? Gaelle is happy to create custom fantasy pieces.


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“If I were, I would dress better.”


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Mercedes Fashion Week Ruling Looks


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Mercedes Fashion Week Ruling Looks Lincoln Center was the buzz with the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February with a lineup of over 100 designers showing their fall 2014 Collections. Among the world’s most renowned designers, Mercedes-Benz is showing off a trendsetter of its own, the all-new 2015 GLA-Class, hitting showrooms this fall. Under the heading of new features on this occasion, Davidelfín returned to the catwalk, whilst Ion Fiz, Etxeberría and Juana Martín presented solo fashion shows.


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What to Wear When the Snow Melts?


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What to Wear When the Snow Melts? Boutique 1 offers you a wide selection of must-wear SS14 trends from the world’s most coveted designers- a ‘new you’ for 2014, from metallic to crop tops, from pure whites to natural elements. Sea inspired prints and flirty floral will vie for attention, whilst technicolor pieces will make your wardrobe sing. Bold vivacity will be transitioning seamlessly through the season, bringing you a fresh look this spring.


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A Pop’n’Xotic Fantasy The exotic magic of sari-sarongs. The effortless vibe of draping that flows liberally, adding movement to sleek looks. A taste of Japanese pop prints in bold colors, graphics, micro and macro scales. Elements that co-exist in the style of a woman who loves to travel physically or fantastically and who conceives her wardrobe as a well-orchestrated mix of references, suggestions and experiences. A contemporary interpretation of fashion heritage. Naturally, Missoni. 64


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All Eyes on Us! Massimo Dutti has casual elegance down to a science. The collection mostly consists of subdued shades of white, ivory, tans and soft blues. With the merge of colors coming from a simple brown leather jacket to the darker blues in mens slacks and blazers, the campaign has references to different idyllic sceneries and the ocean in casual preppy and practical designs. 66


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Hoss Intropia We are head over heels with the flirty and feminine look of Hoss Intropia’s new collection. Pastel nuances and neutral colors are prevailing in the short dresses of light silk,in the small leather jackets and in the fur waistcoats. From blouses and dresses to jackets and bags, the brand’s offerings are worth every bit of investment since every piece can be worn is so many different ways! You’ll be amazed! 68


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The New Look!

The Basil Soda woman is exploring new grounds this season, in search of a lighter attitude and a sense of freshness. Blasts of color and lively shapes compliments a youthful state of mind for an effortless look. The various range of unexpected fabrics create an interesting palette to play with such as; perforated cottons, abstract floral prints, unconventional laces, along with silk satins and crepe georgettes adding a touch of romanticism embellishment that compliments metal rose accessories embracing the body. 70


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What to Wear When You Run, Bend, Stretch & Work-Out? Jump-start your day with Oysho’s sports wear as the brand released its new collection featuring a combination of bluish, curiously designed outfits. Even though you’re not a gym freak, Oysho will give your body a sporty defined silhouette. Bring the Action! 72


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Back to Cali Baby!

Showing its love for the Sunshine State of California, Juicy Couture showcased the different looks in the life of a Los Angeles fashionista. The functional collection, entitled Go West, is equipped with pieces that every girl and woman could love on a typical day. 74


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Portraits of Youth

Something as simple as this is summed up in a dynamic, intimate and realistic campaign with a light that dazzles. Free from superfluous devices, Pull & Bear takes us into the long summer days with a distinct vintage style, the basic season trends blend with those found in thrift shops. Travelling back in time to iconic landscapes to portray a collection with focus on casual clothing, swimwear and accessories; perfect for lounging, sunbathing or moonbathing on a hot day or a breezy night. 76


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Boggi Fashionistos! Keeping it fine and slick, the new collection for Boggi will shape the Fashionistos of the social scene! Why not! The highlight of the collection are the suits that come in various fits and sleeve cuffs-the jackets have made a noticeable come-back in wool, silk or linen blends-TheShirt jackets with unlined items and the dyed trousers characterized by the same flower patterns on the inside of the belts. 78


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“As if you were on fire from within.The moon lives in the lining of your skin.�


E The Look on Your Skin

According to MAGDELENA ROUMI...

motional ating

The relationship between emotion and eating behavior varies according to the particular characteristics of the individual and according to the specific emotional state. In a relatively short-time frame, the prevalence of eating disorders and obesity has been increasing. This suggests that environmental and psychological rather than metabolic or genetic causes are responsible. However, for some individuals, emotional arousal and stress leads to an excessive intake of food which if happened frequently will eventually cause weight gain and obesity. Psychosomatic theory designates these individuals as “Emotional Eaters” By eating these emotions are temporarily diminished. The mechanism of how eating reduces anxiety is not well understood, but it may be related to the effects of protein & CHO intakes affecting synthesis of serotonin (a brain neurotransmitter) As previously noted Emotional Eaters are usually obese people who tend to find relief from emotional stress through eating They may blame themselves for their lack of willpower but it’s really the lack of self-awareness that’s to blame (not being aware of what it is that drives them to eat so much)

Emotional Eating • • • • • •

What an Emotional Eater labels

Occurs episodically Is done secretively Is very common among very obese subjects seeking treatment and is prevalent across all social classes and sexes Is characterized by the use of high calorie or high CHO food(sweets, fatty,and thus energy-dense foods Most frequent when people are alone and when the meal is a supper or snack eaten at home Is associated with different emotions in different individuals

“HUNGER” but is actually something else

• DEPRESSION • FEAR • ANGER • FATIGUE • LONELINESS • INSECURITY • GUILT • JEALOUSY • HAPPINESS • ANXIETY • STRESS • HURT • EMPTINESS • BOREDOM • EMBARRASEMENT

8 Traits of Emotional Vs. Physical Hunger

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Physical Hunger

Is sudden

Is gradual

Is for a specific food

It opens to #foods

Is above the neck (begins in the mouth and the mind)

Is based in the stomach

Is urgent

Is patient

Is paired with an upsetting emotion

Happens out of physical need

Involves automatic or absent-minded eating

Involves deliberate choices and awareness of the eating

Does not stop eating in response to fullness

Stops when full

Feels guilty about eating

Realizes eating is necessary


The dieter is confronted with 2 opposing forces: • •

The desire for food The restraint (cognitive effort to resist this desire)

Restrained eaters or “dieters” constantly worry about what they eat so they chronically restrict their food intake to avoid becoming fat However, studies have shown that chronically restrained eaters may lose their self control in the presence of disinhibitors such as: perception of having overeaten • •

Alcohol Strong emotional state (anxiety, depression..)

Thus the continuous denial of hunger will lead to a loss of contact with feelings of hunger and satiety which will result in obese eating patterns (emotional or external eating) to “disinhibition hypothesis”

Food can be used for everything from love to medicine. The issue is not the food; it’s what made you eat in the first place!! We often use the food as a drug to anesthetize ourselves from the pains we are experiencing. It can be used as an escape or a way to avoid coping with problems We are all emotional eaters to some extent. That’s why we must be aware of our motivations for wanting to eat to tell whether our stomach’s is actually empty or we’re upset about something and just want to eat to FEEL BETTER! In the study, prevention and treatment of obesity programs should emphasize on the psychology behind eating to cover the way in which people deal with emotions & ways of achieving greater emotional& social support to reach an ultimate success.


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TEMPTING PLUM LIPS ROUGE EDITION - Bourjois Seductive lips are dressed in an ultra-chic, jewel inspired purple. Tested and approved by fashion editors, the Winter 2014 collection of Rouge Edition by Bourjois boasts a new shade seen gracing the catwalk! 36 Pourpre jazzy: rich wine shade for a radiant smile.

Smoky Eyes Trio - Bourjois A micronized formula for unprecedented blending and a flawless smoky eye every time! The eyes are given sensual warmth with a deep and vibrant smoky violet, this season’s star colour. For an intense and sophisticated result, the liner flaunts a new black... a faux black created by Bourjois, delicately tinged with brown or violet. Liner Feutre - Bourjois A precision felt tip and a long-lasting 24-hour formula: that is the Liner Feutre secret to doe-eyed perfection! It comes in 2 new shades: Noir Violine & Noir Moka which are directly inspired by the catwalks! Bourjois tip: for even more mysterious eyes, add a touch of Cendre de Rose Brune blush at the outer corner of the eye.

123 PERFECT CC - Bourjois CREAM FOUNDATION The care of a cream + the colour correction of foundation. 1 product for 3 types of imperfections: Fatigue, redness, dark spots. A bright and even complexion, soft and supple skin, improved skin texture. EYE CREAM A refreshed and radiant look that conceals imperfections and dark circles, smoothes wrinkles and fine lines & fades out puffiness. 24 hour hydration with SPF 15 & a lightweight texture with a super soft silicone tip for a smoothing effect. MASCARA VOLUME SEDUCTION - BOURJOIS Bourjois Volume Seduction Mascara, with a bow on top! It is supposed to be an eyelash curler. But it also looks like it’s doubling up as a mascara guard to prevent smudges on eyelids.

MEGA LINER Feutre - Bourjois Featuring an innovative angled felt tip nib for precision application. The formula goes on wet then sets for a long lasting colour and style. 84


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L’Absolu Velours - Lancôme Intense and pure colour, long lasting, comfortable, easy to apply.. It has 6 times more pigment than a traditional lip gloss. It is especially made for hydratation, comfort, 8 hour wear & long lasting shine! It comes in many shades to suit your color

Gloss in love - Lancôme Make heads turn with Lancôme’s extreme shine lip gloss, Gloss In Love, a lip gloss that envelops lips in a brilliant high-shine, while our innovative double-sided applicator provides customisable coverage. Its unique curved Lip Shaper coats the lower lip while the pointed Lip Liner precisely defines the upper lip for a sophisticated look. Choose from 12 instantly addictive shades to create your own shimmering, show-stopping lip effects.

Hypnôse Eye Palette - Lancôme This Spring, discover Lancôme’s “French Ballerine” Makeup Collection inspired by the unique grace of a dancer. Discover the grace of Ballerina eyes with this limited edition Hypnôse Eye Palette adorned with a fuchsia satin bow. Play with the 5 eyeshadows inside to customise your nude or smoky look depending on your mood!

Vernis in Love - Lancôme Add a colour twist to your nails with Lancôme’s gorgeous range of nail polishes, Vernis in Love.Available in 24 bold and pastel shades, this glossy nail varnish is the perfect addition to any look. Paint your favourite colour on and enjoy fast, even coverage. Get perfect nail colour application in the blink of an eye!

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Blush Highlighter - Lancôme This Spring, discover Lancôme’s “French Ballerine” Makeup Collection inspired by the unique grace of a dancer. The mirrored lid adorned with fuchsia satin bow opens to reveal a beautiful Rose & ribbon design imprinted inside. The silky blush will bring a flush of pink to your cheeks!


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GLOSS VOLUPTE - YSL BOUCHE A BOUCHE... AN INVITATION TO KISS Yves Saint Laurent premieres the first light weight non-sticky lip gloss. A precious liquid, light yet intensely glossy, its ethereal texture is a celebration of pleasure that invites indulgence. “Bouche a Bouche”, the applicator envelops the lips with this elixir of seduction. In a breath of life, lips are filled with a reflective and radiant color. Golden, Iridescent or Pure…Beautiful. To die for. Poudre Sur Mesure - YSL Match the convenience of a pressed powder with the lightness of a loose powder—et voila!—Poudre Sur Mesure. From the first application, skin’s beauty is highlighted in a luminous veil that ensures a matte-fresh feeling throughout the day. Unique Bright Pearl Complex enhances complexion’s natural radiance, while the chiffon-sheer coverage ensures a smooth, airbrushed appearance. Innovative packaging releases the perfect amount of powder, for a flawless application every time. Slips discretely into a purse for touch-ups wherever you go. For all skin type, even sensitive and dry skin.

Armani Privé Gives the Punk Look a Sparkling Makeover We’re used to seeing designers try to fit their makeup into certain categories (feminine, grungy, classic), but Armani Privé chose to blend two of our favorites. At the brand’s couture show, models were sent down the runway sporting grungy, smoky eyes that were accented with glitter, placing this look somewhere between rock-and-roll and high-end chic. Overdrawn brows framed the style perfectly. The rest of the look was fairly simple: subtly glossy lips and matted-down hair, which was hidden under a head scarf, proving that even your worst hair days can have a glamorous turn

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MOTHERS IN WHITE, GOLD & BLACK Going in and out of relationships with lovers and friends, we learned that there’s really only one relationship that we will never regret no matter what: the mother-daughter relationship. As we get ready to celebrate their day this month, Pantene invites you to take a look back at the beautiful moments that you’ve shared with your mom.

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KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT MEMORABLE: PANTENE’S MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS: FLOWERS ARE TIMELESS. Even if you get her a big gift and some cake, don’t forget a nice bouquet of flowers that will lighten up her house & make her think of you for days. n

The white You can’t possibly count all the good times you’ve shared with your mom. She’s witnessed your most valued moments, from birth, to graduations and achievements all the way to marriage and having a child of your own. Take a moment to thank the one woman who’s been through it all with you. The gold Your mom will always be the very first beauty expert you’ve had, who never failed to see you shine, inside and out. On Mother’s Day, Pantene invites you and your mom to hold on to your hair health, and commit to healthier hair. The black Let’s face it, whenever you’re going through a hard time, the first person that would come to mind would be your mom. She’s been on the other end of the phone to always listen and give you a shoulder to cry on. She always managed to wish for the better and turn things around for you. Without your mom, you wouldn’t have grown into a more resilient you.

TAKE HER UP FOR THE 14-DAY CHALLENGE. With its new formula, Pantene Anti Hair Fall Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil Replacement promises to give you healthier hair in only 14 days. All she has to do is use the three-step regimen at least twice a week for two weeks for visible results. You can learn more about Pantene’s challenge by visiting Pantene Arabia’s Facebook page. n

BEAUTIFUL ACCESSORIES. Give her a bag, a necklace or even a scarf that fits with her style, and remind her that she’s your favorite fashion and beauty idol by contributing to her wardrobe. n


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Captura de Pantalla What You Need... • • • • • • • • • • •

150g Prepared Noodles 100g Boneless Chicken Drumsticks 100g King Prawns 180g Curry Sauce 15g Cherry Tomato 20g Green Asparagus 2g Chopped coriander 25g Green Pepper 25g Red Pepper 20g Red Onion 5ml Sesame Oil

How to Do It... Heat the First Pan and add sesame oil, Chicken. Add all the ingredients, besides cherry tomato and prawns. Add Curry Sauce, let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Cherry tomato and the king prawns. Serve it in the bowl with a sprinkle of chopped coriander on top. In a Second pan: on medium fire, we add: • Brown sugar • Ginger syrup • Soy sauce Heat for 3 minutes; add the Noodles and serve it in a different bowl, garnished with belsem and sesame seeds.

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HERE COMES THE SUN MADRID MALLORCA IBIZA MARBELLA VALENCIA BEIRUT JEDDAH DUBAI

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Fresh-fruit Muesli (Recipe for 8 persons) What You Need... • • • • • • • • • • • •

100 gr multi-cereal flakes with raisins 100 gr oat flakes ½ apple ½ banana 1 kiwi 2 slices pineapple 4 strawberries 800 ml liters milk 1 liter fresh cream 2 tablespoons jam or honey 100 gr fruit yogurt 50 ml orange juice

How to Do It... Cut the fresh fruits into pieces and grate the fresh apple. Put the fruits in a bowl then add the fresh orange juice and the multicereal flakes with raisins, oats, milk and cream. Add the honey and finally add the fruit yogurt. Mix ingredients together and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Top with crushed nuts on request.

Grey Snapper (Recipe for 1 person) What You Need... • • • • • • • • • • • •

5 spinach leaves Small bunch of celery 1 potato 100 grams eggplant slices 1 tbsp. pomegranate seeds 1 tsp. pomegranate molasses 2 tsp. butter 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. brown stock 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper

How to Do It... Put little olive oil in a frying pan then add the salted and peppered grey snapper to be fried. Cut the peeled potato into round slices and roast them for 35 minutes. Wash the spinach and sauté with the minced celery. Grill the eggplant on a strong flame then peel and cut finely. Add the pomegranate, salt and pepper. Decorate the delicious plate with pomegranate seeds.

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Pita Chicken Curry (Recipe for 8 persons) Dough • • • • • •

100 gr flour 50 ml water 1 tsp. sugar ½ tsp. salt 2 tsp. butter 1 tsp. yeast

What You Need... • • • • • • • • • • • •

½ tsp. curry powder 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 150 gr chicken breast – shredded ½ onion 2 mushrooms 40 gr mozzarella cheese – grated ½ tomato 2 lettuce leaves 1 potato Sunflower oil for frying 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper

How to Do It... Mix flour well with the water, sugar, salt, butter and yeast. Rest the dough for 1 hour. Shape the dough into a thin circular sheet and bake it. Mix the mayonnaise and curry, then spread on the dough. In a frying pan with little oil on a high flame cook the shredded chicken breast with the sliced onion and mushroom. Add salt and pepper then spread mixture over the dough. Add mozzarella cheese on the top and bake for 5 minutes. Add the sliced tomato and lettuce, roll and cut it into 6 pieces. Fry the potato on the spot and serve.

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Instagram BBM-enefits? Are You a One-Night or a Friend with

BC—before connectivity—was an era of romance that found its crescendo via distances created by time and space that made room for mystery, intrigue and butterflies in the stomach. AC—after connectivity—romance is that orgasm which almost, but doesn’t ever happen. It’s quick, climaxes through bantering SMSs and What’s Apps, but someone inevitably pulls out before you even have a chance to enjoy it. In an age where technology has taken away the painful yet sweet ache of anticipation— be it running home to see if he or she will call, running to the mailbox to see if they’ve written or running into their arms at the airport after weeks of not communicating—searching for love is no more poetic nor is it a love story than searching for socks on Google. 96


140 Characters to Tweet, 0 Character as a Tweeter He is following you on Twitter. Congratulations—if you’re looking for a puppy that you don’t have to feed or walk, now you’ve got one. Being ‘followed’ is pretty much as useless to you as it gets. The man following you lacks the confidence it takes to lead you to him. Remember, it’s the quality of men who covet you—not the quantity—that make your market value rise. She is following you on Twitter. Men, this is a hint to ‘Notice me! Notice me!’ The issue is, a woman screaming out to be noticed lacks the attitude to be noticed without saying a word or doing anything other than being her oh-so-fabulous self. Men aren’t captivated by a woman who isn’t captivated with herself. Follow a guy on Twitter & the guaranteed outcome is, he’ll reTweet you.

The Hokey Pokey of Facebook Let’s just start out with an urban legend not so hard to believe upon looking at Mark Zuckerberg—he created facebook to get the girl, endlessly praying she would accept his friend request. You digital millennials might not know this, but from the beginning of time up until 10 years ago, men were hunters by nature. So while you ladies think a guy pursuing your friendship on facebook is hunting in action, by evolutionary standards, it’s farming, & not even of the organic kind—hence why you end up discovering 90% of them play Farmville.

All other levels of facebook foreplay only bode badly as well. Such as:

I’ll Send an SMS to the World… Message in a Bottle… Yeah

The Persistent Poker

Okay, so the sub-header is a really horrific paronomasia of the infamous Police song, but overlooking that, here’s what’s worse—a guy that BBMs or SMSs you. Messages are the playgrounds of games—the opportunity to delay his response buys him time for strategically calculated double entendre answers. If you engage in the game, you definitely won’t end up winning—that is unless your goal is to find flirtation & not love.

In a nutshell... big poker, little...

The Tree-Hugging Liker

He doesn’t have a spine, or he doesn’t have a spine.

Better Seen but Never Heard

He comments, you politely answer back. He never stops commenting again. Yet, if you ask him, he’ll say he’s the strong silent type.

The Hidden Messenger

“Hey, baby, are you reading between my lines?” “No, baby, I was too busy laughing at the lameness of your lines.”

The Poster Child

I write illusive statuses & post spiritual thoughts so you think I’m really deep, & nothing like the cover photo on my page where I’m sucking a car tire while being drunk off my ass.

Of course, in the courting period, the intrigue of figuring out what every word means, what every message is leading to & who messages who first to who has the last word, is enjoyable—for a SMS session or two. Beyond that, you’ve got someone with more time on their hand than more balls in their pants. Delete & move on.

Instagram

You’re Ramen Noodles—well, not entirely true. Those take a whole 3 minutes to heat up.

Pinterest What’s App, Cheapskate? Cheapo—he What’s Apps you cause he won’t spend 50 cents to send you a regular text message—don’t be surprised if you’re first date is a dinner of free samples at the supermarket. Face it—you’re a booty call that costs less than a mug at a dollar store.

He’s gay, she’s in denial.

Yahoo, MSN or Gmail Chat He’s fat. She’s over 40.

Love is a Connection, Not a Way to Connect The moral of the story is that love is an intangible force that results from the binding of two individuals’ energies physically present in the vicinity of one another, igniting an inexplicable combustion technology cannot capture via coding. You can laugh at your grandparents and mock your mom and dad’s their social media ignorance—but they are the last generation to experience real love… leaving them with the last and loudest LOL.


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Love? Baby Don’t Hurt What is

Me No More…

Man has answered how the universe began. He has discovered that it is the sun, not us, which is the center of our solar system. He has realized binary relationship between the moon and the circadian tides that ebb and surge. Yet, no one—not Plato, nor Rousseau, not Descartes, nor Satre, nor the Pope, not even Jane Austin—has given a concrete, clear and universal definition of ‘love’. Sure, thinkers like Bukowski have offered analogies wrapped in prose—“Love is kind of like when you see a fog in the morning, when you wake up before the sun comes out. It’s just a little while, and then it burns away… Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.” Others, such as Shakespeare, described its actions—“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.’ And some—for example—Ambrose Bierce have chalked it up to a mental condition.

“Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.” Thoughts on love, feelings of love, reasons for love, desires for love and everything around love have been shaped into words that express love as a state. But, not as… well, ‘love’.

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What Love Isn’t TomKat, Brangelina and Bennifer—not love, but PR. Snap shots of celebrities holding hands, being ‘caught’ by the paparazzi that ‘surprise’ them, are media bytes of a ‘love story’—a story they sell us because we want to buy it. Yet, if you look at their body language—the small ‘tells’—from how they stand to how they look at cameras, at the ground, in opposite directions of one another, in fact anywhere but at each other, the picture is worth 1000 words. 999 of those words are, ‘photo op’.

You Complete Me ‘You make me want to be a better man.’ ‘I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love me.’ If you can automatically name the films from which these lines came, then congratulations—you officially (perhaps unconsciously) are a sucker for ‘movie love’ and most likely expect all relationships you start to end like these films. Well, relationships that start on that premise don’t end that way—and usually, unlike films that end with the credits, your significant other most likely won’t give you any credit once you guys are done with one another. ‘Movie love’ has perhaps been the primary destructive notion behind the downfall of real life relationships. If you don’t hear music in your head when you kiss him, if she doesn’t run towards you in slow motion and if both of you don’t banter a la a Hollywood script, the first thing you assume is, ‘this isn’t working.’ Newsflash people—our grandparents didn’t stay in a relationship because they didn’t know what love was; they stayed because they never knew what ‘movie love’ was. Grandpa asked, ‘will you marry me?’ Grandma said, ‘yes.’ Grandpa didn’t stand outside Grandma’s window in the rain with a Coldplay soundtrack looping while he got pneumonia begging for her to take him back. When they ‘made love’, there weren’t 100 candles lighting up the room and no rose petals drizzled atop the bed. The reason simply is that 100 candles would have set the house on fire and the rose petals would have been a bitch for grandma to clean up later—so grandpa throwing them on the bed in the first place would have just left grandma pissed, as she, not grandpa, would most likely be the one cleaning up afterwards.

With or Without You ‘I can’t live without you.’ ‘I need you.’ ‘You’re my everything.’ If you can’t live without him, you’ve got some serious medical condition. Most us can’t live without oxygen, and for the ill who need to walk around with a heavy oxygen tank, one can’t even begin to imagine how much more cumbersome it would be to have to tote a significant other around in order for you to exist. ‘Need’ is not ‘love’—it’s dependency. Security is one of top commonly mistaken emotion for love. ‘Needing’ someone is fulfilling an insecurity you have; ‘love’ is being fulfilled by that person because of who they are. Love has nothing to do with need—because, believe it or not, after every person you ‘loved’ and left, you still lived on. Love is ‘desire’—a yearning for someone not because you need him or her, but because you just find yourself at home with that person. But to reach that, you need to resolve your own insecurities first… On your own.

So, What is Then? The truth—it is that which cannot be known until one experiences it, and it will never be experienced the same way by any two people. The expression of love may share universal characteristics, but ‘love’ itself is like a fingerprint—imprinted upon each one of us in a manner completely unique to us. One thing is for sure—the common denominator between us in how love makes us feel, and thus a tangible, visible and materialized version of love is, serenity. Those ‘in love’—be it with life, with friends, with family, with art, with a lifetime partner—are at peace with themselves. It is such a peace that allows them to receive love and give it in return. It is a peace that isn’t preoccupied with the superficial, the materialistic, the mundane measures of ‘happiness’—from being skinny enough to pretty enough to successful enough—and allows one the blessing to live in the now, not the future or the past. So in your quest for love—when its gets painful, stoic, biting hurting, difficult, jealous, angry, hateful and self-destructive—please realize that isn’t a quest that has anything to do with love. Love happens— and if you’ve got your shit together, your eyes will see it when it does happen. Because just like the timeless laws of physics stand, so too does one in particular when it comes to life… Good things take time to happen. Great things happen all at once.


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BMW Central Building Architects: Zaha Hadid Location: Germany

The Central Building as Communication Knot The Zaha Hadid Cetral Building for BMW constituted a radical reinterpretation of the traditional office- transforming the building and the functions it contains into a more dynamic, engaging ‘nerve-centre’ or ‘communication know’- funneling all movement around the manufacturing complex through a space that transcends conventional white collar/blue collar spatial divisions.

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The Central Building is the nerve-centre of the whole factory complex with all the building’s activities gathering and branching out again from here. The knot connects the three main manufacturing departments of Bodyin-White, Paint Shop and Assembly while serving as the entrance to the plant. The whole expanse of this side of the factory is oriented and animated by a force field emanating from the central building. All movement converging on the site is funnelled through this compression chamber squeezed in between the three main segments of production. Such planning strategy applies not only to the cycles and trajectories of workers and visitors but also the production line, which traverses this central point. This dynamic focal point


of the enterprise is visually evident in the proposed dynamic spatial system that encompasses the whole northern front of the factory and articulates the central building as a point of confluence and the culmination of various converging flows.The central area as a “market place� is intended to enhance communication by providing staff with an area with which to avail themselves of personal and administrative services. This organisation of the building exploits the obvious sequence of front-to-back for the phasing of public to quiet activities. The primary organising strategy is the scissor-section connecting the ground floor and first floor in a continuous field. Two sequences of terraced plates, like giant staircases, step up from north to south and from south to north capturing a long connective void between them. One cascade commences close to the public lobby overlooking the forum to reach the first floor in the


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middle of the building. The other starts with offices at the south end moving up to meet the first cascade then moving all the way up to the space projecting over the entrance. At the bottom of this void is the auditing area as a central focus of everybody’s attention. Above the void open to view the half-finished cars are moving along their tracks between the various surrounding production units. The cascading floor plates are large enough to allow for flexible occupation patterns. The advantage here lies in the articulation of recognisable domains within an overall field. With a global field, it opens up to visual communication more possible than with a single flat floor plate. The integration of workers is facilitated by an overall transparency of the internal organisation. The mixing of functions avoid the traditional segregation of status groups. A series of engineering and administrative functions are located within the trajectory of the manual workforce’s daily movements. White collar functions are located both on ground and first floor. Equally Blue Collar social spaces are located on both floors thus preventing the establishment of exclusive domain. The intrinsic problems of a large car-park in front of a building were avoided by turning it into a dynamic spectacle in its own right. The inherent dynamism of vehicle movement and the ‘lively’ field of car bodies is revealed in the arrangement of parking lots which let the whole field move, colour and sparkle with swooping trajectories culminating within the building. Here cars swoop underneath, setting down visitors into the glazed public lobby allowing views deep into the building. 104


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London Aquatics Centre Architects: Zaha Hadid Location: London

Design Concept The architectural concept of the London Aquatics Centre is inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, creating spaces and a surrounding environment in sympathy with the river landscape of the Olympic Park. An undulating roof sweeps up from the ground as a wave – enclosing the pools of the Centre with its unifying gesture of fluidity, whilst also describing the volume of the swimming and diving pools. The London Aquatics Centre is designed to have the flexibility to accommodate the size and capacity of the London 2012 Olympic Games whilst also providing the optimum size and capacity for use in Legacy mode after the 2012 Games.

Site Context The London Aquatics Centre is located at the southeastern edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the new Stratford City Bridge giving pedestrian access to the park from the new Stratford City development and public transportation.

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Layout The Aquatics Centre is planned on an orthogonal axis perpendicular to the Stratford City Bridge. Along this axis are laid out the three pools. The training pool is located under the bridge whilst the competition and diving pools are within a large volumetric pool hall. The overall strategy is to frame the base of the pool hall as a podium by surrounding it and connecting it into the bridge. This podium element allows for the containment of a variety of differentiated and cellular programmatic elements into a single architectural volume, which is seen to be completely assimilated with the bridge and the landscape. The podium emerges from the bridge to cascade around the pool hall to the lower level of

the canal. The pool hall is expressed above the podium level by a large roof, which arches along the same axis as the pools. Its form is generated by the sightlines for the spectators during the Olympic mode.

This structural arrangement ensured 7,500 temporary spectator seats could be installed along either side of the pools in Olympic mode (total 15,000 temporary seats) with no structural obstructions.

Double-curvature geometry has been used to create a structure of parabolic arches that define its form. The roof undulates to differentiate the volumes of the competition and diving pools, and extends beyond the pool hall envelope to cover the external areas of the podium and entrance on the bridge.

After the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this temporary seating has been removed and replaced with glazing panels, leaving a capacity of 2,500 seats for community use and future national/international events, with a significantly reduced pool hall volume.

The roof structure is grounded at three points of the centre (two points at the northwest end on the bridge; and one single point to the south east end).


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Not very different from the charm of Liza Mennelli, Liza is the contemporary Lebanese Restaurant that first started in Paris and has recently opened in Achrafieh, Beirut. The place is exquisite, the decor is finely executed and reflects at the same time a contemporary and a traditional Lebanese ambiance.


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Electrical Recliner Chair This leading edge technology is perfect for providing a soothing back and forth motion. It will support you to a world of sensations.

Bravo Sofa Bed FAP’s Bravo sofa bed is unique in its three in one use. It can be used as a sofa, with foot rests, and also as a bed. Picasso Sofa Bed Picasso is an elegant sofa that easily converts into a bed using a discreet and innovative mechanism.

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Tropical leaves, parrots and pineapples over immaculate white backgrounds decorate the fabrics of the Amazonia collection. This season, lush jungles with infinite shades of green are combined with the vibrant colours of exotic fruits and the plumage of tropical birds. The inspiration is also reflected in decorative objects and tableware, where animal and floral shapes come to life to create a fresh, summery feel. Raffia, glass beads and wicker details give the collection a more rustic touch.


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“You should’ve just gotten a kids’ meal.”


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This year may be the year of the horse on the Chinese calendar, but for auto-enthusiasts, it surely looks to also be the year of the vroom, vroom‌ power, thrust, design and technology have evolved into some innovative models from the most prominent auto brands. It’s a battle of the egos, where automaker challenges automaker, driver and the virility of man. The result is an emergence of surprising, refreshing and unexpected models that bring the road to life and some life to driving.


Mercedes Benz CLA

With the all-znew CLA, Mercedes-Benz is setting new standards in terms of design and aerodynamics. The CLA is called the “style rebel” and is aimed at attracting a new generation. It’s character is nonconform which is an object for the wild generation. Its elegant profile and frameless glass are a few perk that should attract a younger clientele looking for an affordable, quality, spirited European sedan. Sexy, sleek and impressive in handling are some of the attributes that make this car stand out above others in its class.   The Benz CLA 200 uses an engine of 1595 cc with 156 of horsepower and the Benz CLA 250 4 Matic uses an engine of 1991 cc with 211 horsepower. Mercedes Benz has long been one of the leaders in safety and the CLA is no exception-it even has a Collision Prevention Assist. Parking is made luxuriously easier with the reversing camera and the Active Parking Assist.


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Bassoul-Heneine s.a.l., the BMW Group importer in Lebanon has further diversified its portfolio in the premium compact segment with the introduction of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé. Offering a combination of unbeatable driving dynamics and appealing aesthetics, the BMW 2 Series Coupé is in a league of its own. Replacing the BMW 1 Series, the nifty new coupé will offer customer’s BMW’s signature driving experience through a range of innovative driver assistance systems and BMW Connected Drive infotainment features. The individual vehicle concept is underlined by its unique front and rear end design, dynamically stretched lines and a body length increase of almost 11-centimetre versus the BMW 1 Series. The side view of the BMW 2 Series Coupé sees signature brand features like a long bonnet, short overhangs, setback passenger compartment and Hofmeister kink.The rear of the BMW 2 Series Coupé is a broad and powerful affair, an impression reinforced by the single-piece light units reaching far into the car’s flanks in the L-shape familiar from other BMW models.


Mazda 3

With a powerful engine, upscale cabin and sporty handling, the redesigned 2014 Mazda Mazda3 competes with cars at much higher price points. Coming standard with a six-speed manual transmission and a four-cylinder engine that provides enough power zoom across town, a more powerful four-cylinder engine is available, for the additional oomph that it provides. A six-speed automatic transmission is also available, making for smooth shifting with both the manual and automatic transmissions. Regardless of the engine of choice, terrific handling and crisp steering make the Mazda3 one of the most adrenaline-boosting models to drive in its class. The 2014 Mazda3’s upscale interior materials and sleek design make it feel like a more expensive car, with its comfortable and supportive seats. The Mazda3 comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, USB and auxiliary inputs and push-button start. Optional features include Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a CD player, a head-up display, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio and a sky roof. Available safety and driverassistance features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.


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Truly taking driving to another level, this is the most dynamic Land Rover yet. With an opulent interior, agile handling, a comfortable ride and tremendous off-road capability, the reviews do convene in agreement that the redesigned 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is an excellent luxury midsize SUV. Coming standard with a supercharged V6 engine that produces ample power in various driving situations, the Ranger Rover Sport’s standard eight-speed automatic transmission makes great use of the engine’s power. Equally impressive is the redesigned Range Rover Sport’s comfortable ride and agile handling, in addition to its great off-road capability. The cabin design is upscale and modern, with high-quality materials used throughout. Significant standard features include a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and a touch-screen infotainment system. Notable options include tri- or quad-zone climate control and a 360-degree camera system that gives the driver an unimpeded view around the vehicle.


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Vacation is a Car Ride!

With a contemporary new look, a revised interior and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS looks like a serious contender in the midsize luxury sedan class. For its new CTS, Cadillac has revised just about everything, and the results are encouraging. The new sedan sits atop a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase, and it’s 4.2 inches longer overall and 0.8 inch lower. Thanks to this upsizing, the 2014 CTS is now a true midsize sedan Styling is largely an evolution of the outgoing model; the restyled grille is simultaneously more slender and more aggressive, and the Caddy’s new LED running lights are striking. Where the previous CTS sedan’s styling looked forced and overly angular, the 2014 Cadillac CTS has a more flowing and elegant design. The 3.6-liter V6 returns with a few more horsepower, but now there’s a new base engine for the CTS. The new power plant consists of a sprightly turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that first debuted in Caddy’s ATS sedan. There’s also a new engine within a new trim level called Vsport. Meant as a range topper, the turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 generates similar power to the mighty turbocharged or supercharged V8s found in competing sedans. The high-performance Vsport model is only available with rear-wheel drive, while both the fourcylinder and naturally aspirated V6 models offer optional all-wheel drive.


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The Chevrolet Corvette is not a Sports Car-it’s a Sporty Car! Relax. You won’t have to think too hard about this one. You like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? (Cool, so do we.) The 2014 Corvette Stingray was already a fantastic sports car, but Chevrolet has found a way to make it even better — lose the hardtop and eliminate any barrier between the exhaust and your ears. As long as there have been Chevrolet Corvettes there have been convertible versions, and the latest Stingray is no exception.The convertible is exactly the same car as the coupe, available with every option you can have on the coupe, but with the added benefit of much better on-demand ventilation. Want the Z51 suspension? No problem. Special sport seats? You can have those, too. The same brutally quick acceleration, the same amazingly accurate and communicative handling, the same strong and fade-free brakes are all here exactly as they were in the coupe. The big difference comes in the car’s soundtrack, which now arrives at your ears directly from the quad tailpipes without having to filter through any fiberglass or aluminum. It’s a glorious noise, the music of a 6.2-liter, LT1 V-8 engine pumping out 460 horsepower and 465 pounds-feet of torque. Just like the coupe, the engine is matched up to a seven-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Both transmissions provide smooth, clean shifts, with the automatic using a paddle-shift feature and rev-matching function for more aggressive driving. Or row the gears yourself; the seven-speed stick is notchy, smooth and features a rev-matching function.


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“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”


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Brazil Florianopolis was labeled as “the best place to live in Brazil�, so it’s only natural that tourists would want to check it out. & do they ever! Florianopolis is a thriving destination for its perfect beaches, excellent surfing, amazing seafood, & juxtaposition of a modern megacity with 16th-century colonial fortresses & relaxed markets & parks. Brazil holidays instantly bring to mind white-sand beaches, tropical islands, music-filled metropolises & charming colonial towns are dotting its 7,500 km long coastline. Inland, Brazil tourist attractions consist of imposing waterfalls, wetlands filled with wildlife, & the untouched wilderness of the Amazon rainforest where several isolated tribes still live without any contact with the rest of the world. When you make it to Brazil, you have to check: Ouro Preto, Teatro Amazonas, Fernando de Noronha, Historic Center of Olinda & Salvador Beaches.

Antartica There is no doubt! Antarctica is a magnificent & largely uninhabited wilderness with majestic mountains, glaciers, icebergs & abundant wildlife. Its remoteness, inaccessibility & severe climate add an element of adventure to wanting to visit Antarctica. Tours are organized by private companies & people from all over the world make the journey to see the icy continent. Visitor numbers have increased rapidly over the last few decades, which led the Antarctic Treaty countries to establish guidelines & regulations to minimize the impact of these visitors on this remarkable environment. When you make it to Antarctica, you have to check: King George Island, South Georgia, Deception Island, Grytviken, Transantarctic & Mount Erebus.

Scotland Wake up every morning to magnificent mountains with woodland trails, golden beaches & quaint seaside resorts or rolling countryside peppered with ancient castles. In short, everything you need to enjoy your perfect holiday is in Scotland! There are over seven hundred islands off the coast of Scotland which form part of Scotland & include the Hebrides & the Shetland Islands. From churches & abbeys to castles & whiskey distilleries, Scotland has it all. Due to its northerly location Scotland experiences a much colder climate than the rest of the UK & so the most popular time to visit is in the warmer months between April & September. When you make it to Scotland, you have to check: Fort George, Dunrobin Castle, Black Isle Country Park, Loch Lomond & Mabie Farm Park.

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Stockholm Stockholm, one of the beaut capitals of the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air & the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. With its 750 year history & rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums & attractions that can be reached on foot in a short time. Experience big-city life, the history of civilization & natural scenery, all in the course of the same day. In general Sweden is a carefree place where life is relaxed. Indeed, the Swedes’ liberal & open attitude to virtually every aspect of life is certainly one of their most enviable qualities; It is a country founded on honesty & straight talking – two of Sweden’s most refreshing qualities. When you make it to Stockholm, Gotta check: The Northern Lights-The Icehotel-The Royal Palace-The Vasa Museum-Sky View- Gamla Stan

Malawi One of Africa’s smallest yet most beautiful countries, Malawi is famous not only for its smiling, friendly people but above all for its extraordinary freshwater lake. The third largest in Africa, Lake Malawi has all the sand-between-the-toes essentials you need for a perfect beach holiday such as secluded sandy coves, clear water & shoals of iridescent fish, plus its mirror-like surface means that the lake is perfect for sailing, snorkeling or kayaking. & then there are the lodges -Lake Malawi accommodation is hand-built using locally sourced materials so rather than stylized suites look forward instead to luxury with real African character. Malawi, despite its beautiful scenery, is not yet a real tourist destination & the experience of visiting the country is totally unspoiled by the usual tourist trappings where you can laze on your sundeck accompanied only by the cry of a fish eagle. When you make it to Malawi, Gotta check: Lake MalawiLiwonde National Park-Lake Chilwa- Nyika NationalChongoni Rock Art Area.

Mexico Holidays in Mexico can get hot! It’s not just the sizzling sunshine that raises temperatures in this wonderful destination: from red-hot chilli peppers firing up your food & tequila shots lifting your spirits, to sensational nightlife & culture, scintillating Mexico is unforgettable. From its sugar-soft sands & crystal clear waters to ancient historical sites & outstanding scenery - a holiday in Mexico will have you hooked. Combined with vibrant city encounters & natural attractions including spotting whales off the coast & swimming with dolphins, memories of Mexico will stay with you forever.

Most travellers head to the east coast of Mexico, in & around Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula & the nearby dive-paradise island of Cozumel, both of which are lapped by the Caribbean Sea. When you make it to Mexico, Gotta check: Puerto Vallarta-Isla Mujeres-Oaxaca-Tulum-Akumal.


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Edge of tomorrow

The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Transcendence

Transcendence is an upcoming 2014 American science fiction thriller film that will mark the directorial debut of long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister. The film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, and Cillian Murphy. Dr. Will Caster is an artificial intelligence researcher who strives to create a machine that possesses sentience and collective intelligence. Extremists who oppose technological advancement target him, but their actions drive him toward his goal. Caster also wants to become part of the new technology, and his wife Evelyn and his best friend Max Waters, also researchers, question the wisdom of this drive. Caster’s goal to acquire knowledge becomes one to acquire power, and he seems to be unstoppable

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Casse Tete Chinois

For the third time, Romain Duris plays writer-amateur philosopher and practical romantic Xavier Rousseau in the writer-director Cédric Klapisch’s breezy and satisfying Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois), the third installment in the enjoyable if somewhat ambling trilogy that began with Duris’ character Xavier doing a postgraduate year in Barcelona in The Spanish Apartment and then finding his feet as a writer in Russian Dolls.Now pushing 40, his marriage to Wendy (Kelly Reilly) a bust, and a father of two young children, Xavier moves to New York City to ensnare himself in the trilogy’s most baroque construction of romantic and emotional entanglements yet.


Repentance

Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the untimely death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach. Single actions in the past comprise tidal waves of reactions in the present. Director Philippe Caland’s REPENTANCE examines these issues against a backdrop of kidnapping and murder.

House of Magic 3D

Noah

In other words, Noah means to be big and important, retelling the tale of Noah and the flood through the eyes of one of today’s most ambitious auteurs. The basics gist remains the same – Noah (Russell Crowe) builds an ark to protect his family (Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth) and the Earth’s creatures after receiving visions of the world’s destruction from God – but Aronofsky expands on the details, pitting his hero against not only impending Armageddon but also against the barbaric Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone), who believes Noah to be a madman rather than a true prophet.

The House of Magic tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don’t all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, our young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home. “This holiday season, our new adventure brings to moviegoers a fun, immersive and engaging experience for the entire family, set in an intriguing mansion full of wacky and endearing animals like our young hero Thunder the Cat, Lawrence the Magician, Kiki the Chihuahua, Maggie Mouse and Jack Rabbit,” said Ben Stassen, Producer and Director.


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“And I like large parties.They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”


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How it’s Like at O1ne Beirut?

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Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti at Music Hall

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Claude Barzotti at Casino Du Liban

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Luxury Selections

NOMINATION’s exclusive distributor in Lebanon, joins hands with SESOBEL

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Horoscopes Event-ually

Horoscopes Aries

It’s an out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new kind of a day. During this time, don’t be a risk taker –you’ll go through some stressful period of time. Take good care of your health issues because you’ll go through some health bumps. Some business opportunities will knock on your door and success will be around the corner. Take your time and don’t rush things when it comes to decision making. Distract yourself from what’s holding you back so you focus on reaching your goal in life and also to forget some of your personal problems that makes you worried.

Taurus

Things should ease up pretty soon. New love will knock on your door and soon enough you will find your happiness. It’s possible to find some bits that are quite useful; you’ll be mysterious when it comes to sharing your personal updates. During this time, you’ll encounter some stressful situations that will exhaust your energy, but definitely by time it will lead to accomplishing a specific goal. Continue with your success and stick to what you’re working on. Success is ahead of you.

Gemini

Don’t judge the book by its cover. You will consider taking a second thought about some previous situations you encountered. Stop getting worried over small matters, success will be around the corner. You ought to meet some people who is trust worthy. They’re looking up for you—as long as you don’t back down! Today might bring some exhaustion and stress, but as long as you can stand your ground for a day or two, life should get better soon. Let God be your guide, he will grant you your wishes soon.

Cancer

Exercise your authority today.There will be signs and verification to some successful business projects ahead of you. You will meet some people who will trust you enough and believe in your abilities. Think twice before taking any decision without jumping the gun. Be patient, some projects might attract a love story that leads to a potential marriage.

Leo

Those begun on the spur of the moment, success will be rewarding for both love and work and it will lead to a fulfilling happiness. In this case, you’ll kill two birds in one stone. Mission accomplished! Beware of the tension and stress that might create a conflict. Try not to rush things so you don’t stress yourself out and make things go backwards. You’ll accomplish what you have in mind.

Virgo

Patience is a virtue. Failure in both relationship and work, but you’ll get a help from powerful people outside your surroundings. Good business deals will cross your path, but be cautious from imposters.

Whether a cup reading with George or tarot reading or hand reading, your foresee life is about to change - If not the physical change, your point of view of life. Every solar-lunar alliance in heavens can signify the opportunity to take a great leap forward somewhere in your life path. Right now, the gift that you can offer to dear ones, colleagues, friends, neighbors and the world-at-large is empathy, compassion and being soulful with some positive readings that change your life.

Libra

Double standards is always a way to distract others. Be careful from some uncertainties that will lead to stress. Don’t be scared, things will improve and mend its way after a huge struggle. You’ll have the strength to make things better.You’ll travel a lot to many countries for good purpose. When it comes to love, don’t be a player in your sexual relationship. Some people will envy you for your life. You’ll face many obstacles, but you’ll find your way out.

Scorpio

Try to loosen up. God loves you and you might be going through difficulties, but soon enough you will overcome obstacles altogether. Some destiny changes will be coming your way. Also, you’ll be traveling to a satisfying destination. New beginnings will pave its way after many struggling and disappointments.

Sagittarius

It’s about time to open your heart to a real love potential. Don’t be scared, be optimistic. Don’t get weak by looking back at your past. You’ll go through obstacles during a relationship, but you’ll surpass it. Go after your dreams. You’re a go-getter so don’t let anyone stop you.

Capricorn

Challenge will be found in both relationship and business; some of the struggles will pop on your way. Think twice and don’t rush things. Luck will knock on your door again for both love and money. In the beginning of the first few weeks, you’ll have a hard time dealing with stressful situations then later on things will get better. At the end, you’ll get what you want. Stress will fade and things work out you way.

Aquarius

Beware of the witch word ‘Imposters’ – it’s alright to spend some money on your needs every once in a while, pamper yourself a bit. Follow your six senses; they somehow know where your success is. You’ll be very intrigued towards few situations. You’ll face some anxiety disorder. Try to think of the money and profits that are coming in your foresee business projects. Take a good care of your health, so you avoid some health problems.

Pisces

Stop over analyzing things, if things don’t happen your way, it doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen. Sadness, regrets and failure will be found in some of your projects. Especially in your overwhelming abundance of love, try to be a good listener. Beware of imposters and liars. Don’t trust everyone you meet who will add positive things to your life. On the contrary, you will meet someone who will change your destiny and add changes to your life in all its aspects. Don’t make things look worse, be positive and patient. Things happen when you least expect it.

If you wish to know what will happen before it happens, Drop by for a cup of coffee with Georges The Fortune Teller at Cappuccino Achrafieh- He is available for one of your most interesting chit-chats on Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays. Don’t push him, he will tell all! Call Cappuccino on 70 771 616.

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