Coming back to the routine can be tough after an exciting and eventful vacation but I’ve learned through the years to appreciate returning to the order and predictability of my routine and particularly now that I have two kids, the routine’s structure makes it easier to manage them (as they inevitably get spoiled and lose good habits due to gifts and treats here and there by friends and relatives… one of my main concern was their eating and sleeping schedule which was, despite my best efforts, a bit chaotic during the vacation as I could not control relatives insisting to spend more time with them or giving them this or that treat!) The transition back though is inevitably though as you have to deal with the unpacking, cleaning and the very early morning run to the grocery store to get your daughter breakfast before her first day of school and then convincing her that she has to now go back to school! Ultimately however there’s a time when you feel that the wheels are in motion again, and precisely then you should look for a calm moment and take a small celebratory / reflective tea break! In any event I think that small daily rituals like a tea break make a hectic routine much more bearable so make sure to carve out some time for yourself on any day!
As a mother of two, practicality imposes itself in my OOTDs and increasingly this has meant a challenge to accessorizing as jewelry peaces are perceived as edible toys by my baby… So in order to avoid getting chocked or having my ears ripped off and to add a little oomph to an otherwise (God forbid!) mundane look, I’ve started a small obsession this Winter season with more practical and functional accessories ornated with old-era designs. In this outfit I opted for gloves: functional (shield vs. the cold) and kids friendly (kids can’t get hurt by or swallow a glove) and they add a lot of flair and romanticism to a look… Of course it’s key to find the right gloves for your look, as there is a risk of them looking too costumey or ill-matched if they don’t blend into the theme of the overall outfit. Remember that fit is key so make sure your gloves don’t make your fingers look disproportionately large! Finally, you can’t wear gloves for every Winter OOTD, so remember that the same can be achieved with a carefully selected old-era designed scarf or hat.
A trending must-have accessory for many young women this season seems to be a bearded hipster man! Beards which were favored by men in the late 19th century had gradually given way to mustaches in the early 20th and then to a no facial-hair clean look which symbolized the 20th century modern man. However as with all things post-modern, bohemian and fashion you go back to earlier forgotten trends to stir the pot… and so facial hair is back from New York to Beirut and with it an entire industry of facial hair grooming is booming! As usual, leave it to the Lebanese to take a trend to the next level: in Beirut these days you can have your beard degradée or with a ombré effect and some men are even having facial hair transplants to join the hairy club! So how do you tell apart a hipster beard from a religious beard? particularly the long Victorian preacher-style beard that some hipsters go for ?!? Hipster bearded men often sport other anti-convention hints, a carefully crafted non-challant look, tight pants and often a mix of flashy expensive fashionable items (e.g. new shoes, large bag or sunglasses) with simple items (e.g. a white, black or plaid shirt). One place you’re not likely to be confused is the Mar Mikhaël street in Beirut where you will be be surrounded by the latest beards sipping on the latest beers!
Let me know what you make of this trend? Would you date a hipster bearded man or ask your man to grow the extra facial hair in 2015?
“Make the world better with a sweater!” Save the Children / Christmas Jumper Day campaign
UK: Text WOOLLY to 70050 to donate £2
Wanna donate more or you’re outside the UK? No excuses! Go to: http://jumpers.savethechildren.org.uk/
If you’re outside the UK you can of course choose to donate to your favorite local children charity as well… Let’s spread the “jumper joy” and try to put a smile on + kids’ faces this Christmas!
It’s clear by now that luxury sneakers are here to stay… they’re getting better each season and all the big names are joining the game! While technically you may be able to wear some of them to the gym, you may want to save them to add some edge and comfort to an otherwise traditional glamor look. In choosing your OOTD involving haute sneakers, remember that they provide quite a strong contrast and statement by themselves, so you’ll need to be careful not to overload the rest of the look to keep the overall effect balanced and give them the spotlight they deserve. In addition to my picks above, I can’t wait to try on a pair of sneakers from the new colorful Mary Katrantzou x Adidas collection.