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!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Twenty-five




Today I turn 25, let the quarter life crisis begin! I joke, I joke. Although there will be some form of breakdown at one point or another this year, I'm excited to turn 25. It's scary because adulting is annoying and hard, but responsibilities aside there are some perks to it. I like this whole gaining confidence part and not caring about what people think, it's very liberating. For a little dose of cliché: I will make mistakes, and I will learn from them. I will fall down but I'll get back up. I will cry and I will laugh. There will be ups and downs, so I will enjoy the ride. Here's to an exciting new year and to many more rides on this planet around the sun! 



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Friday, December 30, 2016

Photo Diary of 2016



With all the crap that has happened this year, to me and to people around the world, I still was not one of those who said "2016 is the worst year ever" because let's be honest, every years SUCKS... for the most part. Although this year had more than its fair share of horror and tragedy, it was also filled with some good memories. It was a year of many firsts for me, both good and bad. Which is why I wanted to share 16 (yes I know it's cliche) moments that made me smile this year. 

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