Weekly Update #2

Another Weekly Update for you guys šŸ˜€

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We have finally moved into the new house, and it feels so good. It is actually an amazing feeling of owning a place that is truly you and that represents your wants and needs, and simply makes you feel at home. Although it is not fully done yet, I am enjoying the process of decorating the place and finding unique pieces that add character to it. I am going to post a weekly design update on my blog, to take you through my design process and how we ended up with the house of our dreams on a budget.
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Also next week, would be dedicated to my collaboration with the Lebanese second-hand online store Washed and Found, you may have already seen some sneak peeks on my instagram account (@playingwithfashion) and I can’t wait to show you the rest. It’s going to be Vintage inspired photoshoot with a selection of Luxury pieces from the website.Ā IMG_6408My lovely husband is on a guys’ vacation to Thailand this week, so I am all alone with my cats šŸ˜› But, I am enjoying the one on one time with myself and indulging in a lot of bubble baths and books. Sometimes we all need that time on our own to remindĀ ourselves that although we are in a happy relationship and enjoy spending time with the significant other, we still need our alone time.Ā 
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Please meet Dina, my best friend in the whole wide world. We have been best friends fromĀ the 5th grade and have done everything together ever since. She is the person that totally understands me and that I proudly call my sister. Although she doesn’t live in Lebanon (she lives in Oman for work) and I don’t see her everyday, whenever she is back in town, I feel like I am a teenager again. In addition, you should totally follow her instagram account (@dinawehby) because she has the most gorgeous photos from all around the world. She is an air-hostess after all.
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Last Sunday was the wedding of my very close friend Nano in Jbeil. It was such a lovely ceremony,Ā Ā full of love and affection and happy people. We had a blast dancing the night away, and I re-wore my Birthday dress from 3 years ago. I just love this Topshop dress too much to let it sit in my closet without seeing the light. And I actually love re-wearing my dresses, because it shows that they were a good investment in the first place. I do not understand people who only wear their fancy dressesĀ for one time and then just let them get buried in the closet.
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My latest beauty obsession is the Black Glitter liner from Maybelline.Ā It is aĀ not as harsh as the regular black liner, but a little more fun for both everyday wear and the nights out. Will post up Ā a full review pretty soon on the blog.

A Glimpse of a Getaway

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We all have those days, when nothing is going as planned and you feel tired. In this case, a vacation is the first that comes to my mind, since all I want to do is forget my daily routine and simply relax. But you cannot take a vacation whenever you are feeling down ( unless you can, lucky you ), instead I treat myself to a weekend getaway around Lebanon, and believe me when I say there are a lot of amazing and beautiful places all around our beloved country. Whether you are a sea lover or a nature explorer, Lebanon offers something for you, too.

So, for my birthday last month we decided to head to Amchit and celebrate there, and it was actually the best decision ever. I loved the private pool area, the surrounding blue water and the fresh air and came back home more energized and totally relaxed.

I hope you are enjoying your Summer and stay tuned for a lot of posts to come ā¤

 

What I am Wearing:

Jumpsuit + Sandals: ZARA | Sunglasses: D&G

Photos: Hamza ShamasĀ 

Location: Camping Les Colombes Amchit

Weekly Update #1

It has been really hard lately for me to be constantly updating my blog. With lack of new ideas and nothing really happening in my fashion life, I have decided to make this blog a little more personal and share some snippets of my life with you. I am going to have a weekly report every Saturday or Friday (haven’t decided on the proper day, yet) and fill you in with bits and bobs around my daily life, since my life is more than my blog and my Youtube channel .

So, here is the first Weekly Update:

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If you follow me on instagram (@playingwithfashion) you would have seen already that I have a new hobby which is Motorbikes ā¤ This is a new thing in my life and a pretty sudden one, since I have never in my life been interested in biking or racing, but when my husband got his first Bike, I felt the rush and decided to take lessons. And hurray, I had my first lesson last Friday, and it was everything I have imagined it to be an even more. Can’t wait for my next lesson … Will keep you posted with my improvements.

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Another recent passion of mine is in the form of fitness. I was never into any type of sports ever in my life, but this year brought a lot of positive changes to my daily routine, and I joined the gym and actually sticked to it. I have been going 4 times per week for the last 8 months, and I am loving it. I have never felt more strong, relaxed and alive, like I do after exercise. Some people may wonder why I even bother going to the gym, since I am skinny, but I wanted that to change. I wanted to become stronger and more powerful, build those muscles and finally be able to do push-ups. I am struggling in building my abs, but with the addition of protein shakes to my diet, I think I am getting there.Ā IMG_5643

I am falling in love with makeup again, which is a nice change for me, since for the last couple of months, I wasn’t really inspired and sticked to the same boring products every single day. But after discovering JeffreeStar on youtube, I am excited to experiment with colors and looks and do some new tutorials for my channel. The above picture is from MiuMiu’s instagram page, and I am loving the monochromatic look they have created, so I am going to re-create it next week. Stay tuned.
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Last Saturday, I finally got my cat Luna spayed, it has been long overdue, but I finally found a Veterinarian I trust and he did an amazing job. Luna was running around the next day, and till now, shows no trace of any post surgery complications. If you are looking for a Veterinary Clinic that is actually professional and shows the love and affection to your pets, then the ANIMAL LIFE center in Khalde is your happy place. Highly recommend.
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On Tuesday, we were invited with other fellow fashion and food bloggers, to the Amethyste Lounge in Phoenicia Hotel for a lovely Souhour to celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan. I cannot but say that the food and the service were beyond amazing and highly recommend you try them this month for either the Iftar or the Souhour.Ā IMG_5830

And for the biggest update of the week, all I can say is that we finally found our new apartment and we are moving-in in about 3 weeks. I am super excited to finally have a home that reflects me and becomes my happy, sanctuary space. I am planning on documenting the move on my channel, from moving-in, to furniture shopping, to decorating… Let me know if you would actually enjoy this new idea.

Spring and Sandals

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It’s that time of the year again, when you feel like the universe is mocking you. One day you are saying goodbye to your beloved boots and coats, until your meet next year, and welcoming the sunshine with bare legs and open toes, and the next day you find yourself shivering from cold because your crop top and midi skirt isn’t keeping you warm in a 16 deg weather. So, what does the girl have to so in such a situation? Go back to the classic and oh so taboo option; wearing your Sandals with Tights (or socks) because why not? We have been seeing this trend for over 3 years now and I don’t think it’s coming to an end, it’s actually not that bad and gives you more options to mix and match your outfits more.

For the next time you want to wear your Spring dress out and the weather isn’t cooperating, pull out your tights and some colorful sandals and rock the look.

 

What I Wore:

Dress: ZARA | Tights:Ā Calzedonia | Sandals: Charles and Keith

Photography: Betty from BetKet Photography (follow on Instagram @betketphoto)

Location: Thank you Hilton Beirut for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful room, you really gave these photos the atmosphere we were looking for.

Going a different direction …

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What I like most about fashion is the limitless options you have when dressing up. You can be who ever you want to be in any particular day, simple because you can. Although we all get stuck in the routine of wearing the same outfit or even style, we don’t want to be labeled under a certain category, at least I don’t want to. I know that I mostly stick to a particular style in my wardrobe, and that is a good thing, since I am familiar with what works for me and what looks great and I plan accordingly, but there are days when I simply want to be different and surprise others and myself with something so unfamiliar and odd that it actually works.

This outfit is built from everything anti-typical-Maya, that it even took me a while to get used to these photos, but now I love them. It is sometimes for the best toĀ get out of your comfort zone and be someone else …Ā LOOK2 (1) LOOK2 (2) LOOK2 (4) LOOK2 (5)

 

What I Wore:

Top: GS stores | Jeans: Sprigfield | Boots: Mango

Photography: Betty from BetKet Photography (follow on Instagram @betketphoto)

Location: Thank you Hilton Beirut for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful room, you really gave these photos the atmosphere we were looking for.