Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Promise: A Personal Review

Disclaimer: Although I don’t usually write reviews about movies on my blog, I decided to make an exception after I saw this movie last night. Before we get started, I would like to mention that when writing reviews I tackle the subject at hand with an objective mindset, pointing out the positives and negatives of what it is I’m talking about, even if it’s something that I love. There are some subjects though that hit a little too close to home. The lines get blurred. This is one of those situations. I will try to be as objective as possible, because as a reader that’s what I appreciate in reviews, but this is not just a normal review. This is my opinion about a movie that touches upon a very sensitive subject, a subject that hits extremely close to the heart, to my heart. The subject is about a “burden” that is carried by every Armenian around the world, the Armenian Genocide. The word burden might have a negative connotation, but I’m simply using it to describe an indescribable weight from the past that a people have to live with in the present, while working for a better future.

The Promise by Terry George 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Travel Diary: Jordan!

Jordan had been on my list of countries to visit for a while, even though it's less than two hours away (formerly 50 minutes) from Beirut, I never got around to visiting it until now. It's one of the few visa-free access countries for Lebanese passport holders, so it was relatively easy to plan. The main reason for my visit to Jordan was the "From the Lowest Point to the Highest Me" Conference hosted by JCI Jordan at the Dead Sea. I had planned to go to this conference last year, but it didn't work out so I made sure that I could make it this year. I don't know what I was expecting from Jordan, but it exceeded my expectations. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Nails + GIVEAWAY!

It's been a hot minute since I last published a nail art tutorial on the blog, but today I'm coming at with you a Valentine's Day look. Now, I'm not one to get into Valentine's Day as it really doesn't mean much to me. But I like random "holidays" and doing a nail look for the occasion, whether I celebrate said holiday or not. This year, things are a bit more exciting than usual because I've partnered up with Feel22 for this nail art look. The bundle of colors used in this tutorial are currently on sale at a special price, $32.4 instead of $36, AND on top of that, if you use my code NouchalineFeel22 you get an extra 10% off bringing the price to $29.16. One more AND and I'll let you go on with your day, promise: I'm giving a bundle away on my Instagram page!
Head over to @nouchaline now :)

What's in the bundle?

Essie "Blanc", a gorgeous opaque white.
Essie "Licorice", my all time FAVORITE black nail polish. This is like my third bottle FYI.
Essie "Aperitif", a classic red. Can't go wrong with one of those!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Birthday Getaway at Deir Al Oumara

As I mentioned in my Christmas/Birthday Wishlist, I wanted to have a weekend getaway with friends for my birthday this year. It's a plan which I tried to make happen a couple of times in the past, but it just never did. Finally, this year it happened. It was even more special than a normal getaway because my girlies and I were reunited. My friend Bells was here from Texas and Shahiné surprised me by coming back to Beirut earlier than I thought she would. The three khiars (that's our legit group name) were officially reunited. We headed to Deir al Amar to stay at the beautiful Deir el Oumara hotel for the night. I had seen pictures of this place on Instagram and in Mondanité so it was on my list of places to visit. We stayed in one of the cozy family suites and pretty much spent the whole time eating and taking pictures. Just before the trip, I had discovered the Portrait mode on my phone, so we all took turns abusing it by having mini photo-shoot sessions every 5 minutes. After a lovely night in, the following day we did a little bit of touristing and visited the Beiteddine Palace which was a 10-minute drive away. I don't recall having visited Beiteddine before (maybe when I was a kid?), so it was nice to discover the historical sight with friends. I just wish there were more signs with information throughout the premise. The guides there were nice and helpful, but I like to read about things while in such settings. After Beiteddine, we decided to head to the Barouk Cedar Reserve, it was around a 30 minute drive and the temperature kept going down the closer we got to the reserve. Unfortunately we didn't go in because they were about to close and it was freezing. I guess we'll have to visit it again when the weather gets better. All-in-all, it was an awesome weekend with friends and a much-needed break from the city. I can't wait to have more getaways this year!

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