Nailsnailsnails!

Dear readers, 

We can all agree that being a girl is not easy. It comes with so many responsibilities towards how we should present ourselves. Not only do we have to follow society’s book of “how to behave like a woman” but we also have to go through the most outrageous fashion trends that might or might not suit the various different body types women have. 

Attending AUB has certainly shown me that the amount of outfits you have matters more than your GPA. I am not generalising nor stereotyping because there are obviously really good-looking smart women attending the university (they wouldn’t have gotten in to begin with if that wasn’t the case). However, I am speaking about the majority that I see hanging in front of the cafeteria and smoking areas (total scene out of a typical high school movie.) But I am pretty sure that some of the girls here literally wake up 2-3 hours before their day starts just to choose an outfit. And not just any outfit, one that should say “I-threw-this-on-effortlessly-and-I-want-you-to-notice-how-good-I-know-I-look!”
I’ve seen all shapes and sizes, all colours and styles, and all heights try to pull off the same look; the baggy/tight ripped jeans, skin-tight tank top, a jersey and most importantly CONVERSE (I can finally say I’ve seen every colour of the existent rainbow.) Just to clarify, I am not hating on what I’ve seen. I do also put an effort in how I look. But the difference, I think, would be that I do it for ME because it makes me feel better about myself as opposed for what other people think. Anyway, I’ll leave this argument for another post, so stay updated!

Moving on, another detail that most girls have to consider every time they leave their houses are their nails and whether or not they’ve got the right summer or winter colour on. Doing your nails is a way to unwind and relax when you’ve had a tough day (or if you’re just in the mood to make your fingers look pretty).
There are so many different colours to choose from but don’t worry I’ve got your back ;). 

Here we go:

1. Rouge: this is the most abundant colour because it can enhance any outfit. You can dress it down with jeans and a t-shirt or dress it up with your LBD (little black dress) and a fabulous ring. 

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2. Tiffany Blue: This one of my favourite colours because it looks so fresh and carefree. You can also play around with it and add glitter or crystals to one or all fingers as a top coat. 

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3. Marshmallow: White. White. White eryyyything. This is a good colour when you’re feeling innocent and have hidden your inner rebel deep inside (for now).
*If you’re one of those extremely lucky girls that are naturally born with a golden tan (or just abuse the beach, tanning bed and spray tans) then this colour would enhance your tan even more.  

Image4. The Classic French: This is the most sophisticated style you can choose. It shows a more feminine and classic side than the rest of the looks.
*I only use this style when I have an occasion. (makes it that more special)

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5. The two-way Black: Black is such a hard colour to pull off just because there’s a fine line of it appearing classic and it appearing like you switched hands with a witch.

+ Black looks best with short nails. You can also dress it up by applying a layer of glitter or a design on one or more of your fingers. 

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+ However, If you want to unleash your inner alter-ego, go for a long and dark look. Just prepare yourself for the mixed opinions about their appearance. 

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6. SHINY Metallic: Finally we come to my favvvvvvourite colour right now! It’s a metallic colour called “For the Twill of it”. Such a must to try because it’s different and interesting in comparison to the rest. *And a bonus: It goes with everything!! 

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*Ill be posting another blog entry about DIY ways of taking care of your nails at home!*

Extra:
** 1. If you are living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates I would suggest going to a place I regularly go to called “Tips & Toes”

Location/Tel: Springs & Meadows Town Centre / (+9714-3619393)

2. If you are living in Beirut, Lebanon I would suggest a place called “Flawless”. The prices are really good compared to the service you are getting. They also give a discount to AUB students, so don’t forget to show them your I.D card. 
Location/Tel: Hamra near Costa / (+961-10345108) 

L, 
xo

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The Secret Life of Beirut’s Walls

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When living in a city, one would take for granted the chaotic beauty that come with it like: the tall buildings, the various noises that all together just sounds like noise garbage, the students trying to make their way around the streets, the shop owners stacking up their merchandise in hopes of making a good sale that day and the late business men that have abused their honks when stuck in traffic. But what most people overlook are the things nearest to them and in the case of Beirut, it’s the graffiti. Ever since graffiti first started, many thought that it is an individual’s act of rebellion against their government and city. They thought that it takes away from the city’s beauty and it ruins its image. When in reality, graffiti only adds to the city’s beauty. And people like the author of Urban Scrolls and Modern-Day Oracles: The Secret Life of Beirut’s Walls, Rasha Salti, consider graffiti as an act of voicing an opinion.

Rasha Salti is an independent curator and freelance writer based in Beirut (After Words: A reader for academic writing, p. 142). She had this article published in the Third Text in 2008. In her article “The Secret Life of Beirut’s Walls”, she starts off with a short story that is based on a discussion between two people about what disappearance is and how it happens. Then she goes on to talk about how Democracy, which is the American influence on the Iraqi-Kuwaiti war, is making its way into the Middle East. Also, how civil wars in Lebanon were thought to have “ended” when the Israelis and Palestinians stopped the conflicts and negotiated for peace. Basically, insinuating that a change was about to occur because wall graffiti has changed dramatically with the outbreak of the civil wars. The walls became the newspapers.

While walking through the streets of Beirut, Rasha’s attention was caught when she saw the phrase: “On n’est pas n’es sous la même étoile.” When translated, it roughly means: “We are not born under the same star.” She has also fallen under the category of the hundreds of people that walk up and down the same street every day yet wouldn’t notice if such a quote was there. However, the reason to why she was flabbergasted was because it’s a French quote that she had never seen anywhere else in the city before. It was in an area near AUB (American University of Beirut) and the borders of another area called Ain el-Mreisseh; both of which were not known to be “French” areas. Which she argues has either of these meanings: 1. “We were not born to the same privileges;” 2. “Our destinies are not meant to meet.”

The quote was special in the sense that it wasn’t a political logo, slogan, or the overly common “X love Y” plastered all over the city’s walls (p. 144). However, it was just an area reclaimed for someone’s personal grief (p.144). And that even if it wasn’t meant to have a deep story to it or if it wasn’t meant to be humble, it showed a different side of what was mostly hung there; it showed change. This is because most of these walls helped to identify different religious communities or areas that were set by the state by the act of hanging up different posters of political leaders and election nominees. Only because anything written on walls was evidence or confirmation on stone and concrete, they are meant to be permanent (p. 145).

One would underestimate the powers of something as simple as a wall but what they often forget is that these walls expose the more spontaneous, unrehearsed opinion of an amorphous mass of folks, or neighbourhood residents; a visa into a place in the present time (p. 145). To some people, graffiti is a reminder of the past, a realisation of the present, and an outlook onto the future. So, the next time you happen to pass by any graffiti just remember that every picture has a story of origin and explanation; they are there for a reason. Therefore, you shouldn’t judge at first glance.

Halloween Is Around The Corner!

Dear readers,

AHHHH! Halloween is in 5 days!
So basically it’s the only night that you can unleash your inner child by dressing up in costumes. Not only can you get free candy by trick-or-treating but you can also party till the sun comes out and enjoy your time with your fellow Halloween-ers. And since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought I’d share a couple of costume ideas incase you’ve been indecisive about what to be this year. I find it easier to make your own costume from your closet because buying your own is sometimes too pricey for an outfit that will be worn for only one day (unless you can rent some, then go ahead!) It’s easiest when you build a costume around a piece (mask, headband, wand, face paint…)

Here we go:

1. PlayBoy Bunny (2011): This is any girl’s go-to costume because you can just build the entire outfit on your own, all you need are the bunny ears! (You can dress it up or down depending on how “wild” you are feeling that night. Hahaha.)

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2. Minnie Mouse (2012): Same idea as before.

“Minnie” Me (far right): Entire outfit is based on the ears.
“Show Girl” Sogand (middle): Entire outfit is based on props.
“Pirate” Dorsa (far left): Store bought costume.

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3. Jasmine (2013): Store bought costume. But so do-able at home!

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4. SuperWoman (2013): Store bought costume.

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5. Red Riding Hood (2013): Store bought costume. A great DIY project.

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Music ♫

Music Notes

Dear readers,

Has your mood ever switched 180 degrees when listening to that one song? That one song that can make or break your day, whether it’s rap, heavy metal, indie, or house, whatever the genre is; music is still music. How you may ask?

Well, to me, music is everything. It helps make my day brighter, my tasks easier, my cleaning to go much smoother, my getting ready to be much more amusing and the list can go on. To some people it helps sooth their mental state by taking them to a place that no one has ever been to; their own little bubble where everything is to their liking. Also, music has been influential in history, artists and bands like: Michael Jackson, The Beatles, The Backstreet Boys and so many more have all changed what it means to be a “singer” and a “performer”. They shaped the industry in the sense that every person knows at least one or two of their songs; therefore they are music icons.

Whatever that one song is, be sure that there is someone out there that also has it saved as his or her favorite. Because at the end of the day, music is a universal language that everyone understands.

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