Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Is This Too Short?

At of today, I've lost just under 10 kgs and I feel awesome. I don't see too much of a change when I look in the mirror, but my attitude has changed which is the best part. I've been more comfortable with my body and my fashion choices. Although I will still wear boring jeans and oversized tees out and about, it will be because I feel lazy and not because I feel like nothing fits in my wardrobe. Last week I wore this pretty short olive green t-shirt dress from Zara (TRF) to a show at La Mode a Beyrouth. It was a random purchase during a coffee and browse session with Maya. When I tried it on I fell in love, but I was worried that it would be too short, Maya disagreed so the dress came home with me. Also, did I mention it has pockets?? The next day I paired it with my new-ish beige Stradivarius boots (a steal which I picked up for around $20 during their summer sale) and accessorized with my snake necklace from Ants in Hamra (which I TOTALLY forgot I owned). There were some moments throughout the day when I felt like maybe it was a bit too short and that my legs aren't good enough to be displayed, but I mostly felt awesome. Plus I wore a pair of shorts underneath the dress, like I always do, juuust in case as to not flash anyone my undies. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Lost Windy Outfit from Tripoli

I was clearing out my SD card the other day and I realized that I had taken pictures of my outfit while in Tripoli back in February. What a windy day to take pictures! My hair looks horrible in every shot, and my coat is all over the place, but I still wanted to share this post because I love the outfit and that weekend in Tripoli was awesome. You know when you take a picture and you hate it at the moment, but then you look at it again later on, in a better mood, and you wonder why you didn't like it in the first place? This is what happened with this set of photos. I loved my outfit, but hated the way I look in the pictures. I guess my mood and attitude towards myself has improved the last couple of months. Speaking of the last couple of months, I've been getting lazy with my #20to25Challenge updates, although not lazy with my diet itself. I've been working out over three times a week, and paying attention to my food intake. My next nutritionist appointment is on Thursday, so an update would be up shortly after that. Anyway, I'm anxiously waiting for the weather to get a bit colder so that I can start having fun with my fall fashion looks!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

No to Fries, Yes to Parks #20to25Challenge

chilling with my book in the park!

Something weird happened last night while I was out with friends. I said the words "no fries, more salad" to the waiter as I ordered dinner, and my heart didn't break after! It was a weird experience, but I'm super proud of myself. For a while, I would avoid a food item on the menu if it said "with fries", this meant that relatively balanced sandwiches and platters were out of the question, unless I was able to substitute said fries with grilled potatoes, veggies or a salad. Last night marked the first time that I flat out said that I don't want fries with my order. It sounds silly, but it felt good. I don't need to be shy about the fact that I don't want to put unhealthy things in my body, even if said things are delicious. I'm attempting to be more mindful about my decisions, not just when it comes to food, but just life in general. I started reading a book on the subject that is helping me out, I will share more about it when I get at least half-way through it. Until then, NO FRIES! (unless it's my cheat meal, then I'll have all the fries please). 

Look! No fries! The chicken sandwich at The Attic in Badaro. 

I also wanted to share that I decided to utilize my lunch breaks and go out of the office, at least once or twice a week if my workload allows me to. I realized that the Sin el Fil Public Garden is a 3 minute walk from my office, so the other day I grabbed my lunch and headed there with a book. It felt SO NICE to be out of the office, to sit on a bench surrounded by greenery while reading a book,  I sort of felt like I wasn't in Lebanon (apart from the annoying construction sounds obviously). This is such a normal thing to do abroad, but leaving the office to go OUTSIDE is such a weird thing in Lebanon. I don't know about you, but I always felt guilty when I would say that I'm heading out for lunch. Maybe it's because I was relatively new to the office life and didn't understand how these things worked, but I've realized that there's no need to feel guilt. As long as I'm getting the work done and respecting my break time, I can go out and stare at something that's not a screen for a bit. 

Goals achieved:
Worked out 4 times this week.
Went out for lunch.

Weight Lost:
Haven't checked this week, but around the 7/8kg mark.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

SANE Cosmetics Review

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the launch of a new makeup brand called SANE at the O1ne Beirut. We're all aware that I love me some makeup, so as soon as I got the invite, I was excited. I didn't know what to expect because I hadn't heard anything about this brand before, shocking I know. Sane Cosmetics is an Italian brand that is distributed by Pamco (Pierre Ain Malak) in Lebanon. 

image via Mondanite.net

A body paint fashion show took place at the launch where different characters, from Alice in Wonderland to Clowns, were brought to life by SANE cosmetics products. My favorite was the creepy gothic creature, not sure what it was supposed to be, but it was so pretty. At the end of the show, we were given a goodie bag filled with a couple of products from the cosmetics brand. Naturally, I began to test them out so that I could share my feedback with you guys. 

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