Monday, November 23, 2015


Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, to the dismay of her Puerto Rican parents, who believed that it was an unrealistic career route for a Hispanic. Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.

She received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997. Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over US$1 million for a role the following year, with the film Out of Sight. She ventured into the music industry in 1999 with her debut studio album, On the 6. With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J.Lo and her film The Wedding Planner in 2001, Lopez became the first person to have a number one album and film in the same week.

Her 2002 remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remixes, became the first in history to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, while her fifth studio album, Como Ama una Mujer (2007), received the highest first-week sales for a Spanish album in the United States. With past record sales of over 60 million and a cumulative film gross of over US$2 billion, Lopez is regarded as the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States, as well as its highest paid Latin entertainer.

Along with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte, she recorded "We Are One (Ole Ola)", which served as the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Beyond entertainment, Lopez enjoys a highly successful business career, consisting of various clothing lines, accessories, fragrances, a production company, television shows and a charitable foundation among other business interests.

Lopez's personal relationships have attracted worldwide media attention; she has been married three times. Following the breakdown of her first marriage, Lopez dated rapper and entertainment mogul Sean Combs. Following the breakdown of her second marriage to husband Cris Judd, she dated actor Ben Affleck. Their relationship was the subject of much media interest; their planned wedding was cancelled four days before the ceremony.

Lopez then wed longtime friend Marc Anthony; they separated after seven years of marriage. Lopez gave birth to their twins, Emme and Maximilian, in 2008.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


 There are several colors which are traditionally associated with Christmas. I like Red, Green and Gold. But why do I like them and what do the colors represent?

 Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. They also reminded people that spring would come and that winter wouldn't last forever!

 An early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays. 

 Red is also the color of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. 

 Red is also the color of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St. Nicholas and then also became Santa's uniform!

  Gold is the color of the Sun and light - both very important in the dark winter. And both red and gold are the colors of fire that you need to keep you warm.

Gold was also one of the presents brought to the baby Jesus by one of the wise men and traditionally it's the color used to show the star that the wise men followed Silver is sometimes used instead of (or with) gold. But gold is a 'warmer' color.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Hussein Bazaza was born in Beirut, Lebanon on 18th July 1990. Having developed an appreciation of all artistic fields from an early age, including illustration and photography, he enrolled at ESMOD Beirut to study for a BA in Fashion Design and Pattern Making.

During his academic path, Hussein’s designs have been acknowledge by several awards, which include the Fashion Design Prize (Prix De Stylisme) for his graduation project in June 2011.

Graduating from his BA in 2011, Bazaza continued with an internship at Maison Rabih Kayrouz in Paris, and later worked for Elie Saab as a junior designer in Beirut, Lebanon. Hussein was invited to teach at ESMOD Beirut the Stylisme course for the fresh students.

Bazaza’sfirst collection in 2012 mapped out his signature style, he was selected by the Starch Foundation to launch his eponymous line of ready-to-wear. 

Hussein is known for drawing inspirations, where every cut reflects a different story, a personal emotion that creates a one-of-a-kind experience, fashion with a soul.

Hussein received the prestigious Elle Style Award “Best Upcoming Middle East Designer” in December 2013, unanimously voted by 44 global Elle editors.

In October 2014, Hussein Bazaza partnered with IWC Schaffhausen to exclusively showcase his Resort'15 collection with Adriana Lima, as a guest of honor.

In April 2015, Hussein was awarded with the “Best Emerging Designer” for The Middle East Fashion Awards 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015


Cassie Ventura, in Zuhair Murad, and Sean Combs

Jay Z and Beyoncé, in Givenchy, with Lorraine Schwartz jewels

Thakoon Panichgul, and Sienna Miller, in Thakoon, with Christian Louboutin shoes and a Rauwolf clutch

Kanye West, in Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas, and Kim Kardashian West, in Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas, with Lorraine Schwartz jewels

Riccardo Tisci and Julianne Moore, in Givenchy

Lee Daniels and Naomi Campbell, both in Burberry Prorsum, with Verdura jewels

Tom Ford and Rita Ora, in a dress by the designer, with Lorraine Schwartz jewels

Peter Dundas, and Joan Smalls, in Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas,with Chopard jewels

Amal Clooney, in Maison Margiela Haute Couture, with Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and George Clooney, in Giorgio Armani

Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, both in Louis Vuitton

Donna Karan and Calvin Klein

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren, in Dolce & Gabbana


Zuhair Murad was born to a Maronite family in Beirut. Shortly after high school, Zuhair Murad moved from Beirut to Paris where he obtained his degree in fashion.

In 1999 Murad made his first appearance on the catwalks of Rome with an acclaimed collection that led to his participation in the Italian calendar. In 1995, Murad opened his third head shop in Beirut. His extensive lines encompass haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessories and eyewear

Plans to expand the fashion line are underway to include beauty products, perfumes,swimwear and lingerie as well as furnishings. Two boutiques (including showrooms) have been opened. The first in Beirut on Charles Helou Avenue and the second on rue Francois I in Paris. He also has a showroom in Milan on the Via Borgogna.

Marion Cotillard, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Ivana Trump, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Kellie Pickler, Najwa Karam, Shakira, Katy Perry, Christina Applegate, Vanessa Williams, Ana Ortiz, and many more have been seen wearing his dresses. He has also dressed the likes of Najwa Karam, in her video clips, "Lashhad Hobbak" and "MaFi Noum."

Miley Cyrus was seen wearing one of his creations at the Academy Awards, and most recently Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez wore his creations at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.He also designed Miss France's dress Chloé Mortaud for Miss Universe 2009 and 5 dresses for the final of Miss France 2010. Florence Welch was last seen wearing one of his creations during the Brits awards. His dress was silver silk with gold and silver beaded designs.

Nina Dobrev, Christina Aguilera, Wanda Sykes, and singer Jewel were seen wearing Zuhair Murad dresses at the 2010 Emmy Awards. Kerry Washington wore one of his gowns at the 2011 Emmy Awards. Cheryl Cole wore one of his designs on The X Factor. Fergie has аlso worn his designs. Princess al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia wore his creation when she attended the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Blake Lively was also wearing a Zuhair Murad dress  from his Spring 2012 Couture collection at the worldwide premier of her new movie "SAVAGES" at Westwood Village.

 She had also previously been seen in a beautiful Zuhair Murad dress in a Season 4 episode of Gossip Girl entitled 'Juliet doesn't live here anymore' Kristen Stewart wore a Zuhair Murad dress at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival for a screening of her 2012 film On the Road and also at the premiere in Los Angeles of her film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

French actress Marion Cotillard wore a floral Zuhair Murad dress from his Fall 2012 collection at the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards.