Monday, 20 December 2010

Coffee Shop Series - Starbucks Coffee (+ Hamra Christmas Street Festival)

I really like Starbucks Hamra because of their new balcony. If you're a smoker you can smoke up there, you get a great view of pedestrians on Hamra, and when the weather's good it's the best place to sit. Of course Starbucks is a non-smoking coffee shop, so other than the balcony, you have the outdoor seating. The only problem with the outdoor seating is that they haven't taken rain into consideration. I was sitting out there on Friday and it rained on me! Thankfully it wasn't pouring.

The Drinks

I used to love their Frappuccinos, but recently I've stayed well away from them. They taste different now for some reason, maybe it's just me. Anyway, my new obsession at Starbucks is the Caramel Macchiatto. It's perfect if you want to warm up with a cup of coffee and are in the mood for a slight sweet taste.

Other Pluses?

They have Wi-Fi, but it's not free. That's actually the first coffee shop I've written about so far that doesn't provide free internet. I believe it costs $5 for 1 hour, and 10,000LL for 2 hours. The connection is decent.
I don't like the service at all. They got my drink wrong twice, they always add whipped cream to my drinks even when I specifically ask for my drinks without it. They're very impatient at the cash register, they always tell me what I owe before I'm even done ordering. Finally, they are very slow when making their drinks. The last time I asked for a sleeve because my drink was too hot to carry, the man told me that they didn't have any and walked away. I had to ask again for a second cup just to be able to carry my drink.
As you can see, I have some serious issues with the staff at Starbucks Hamra!

Hamra Christmas Street Festival

I walked around Friday afternoon, and then came back in the evening, at around 6. They had some really funky jewelry on sale, I bought a really nice ring! But what impressed me the most was the entertainment which was organized by the AUB Music Club. I only saw 4 performances, and they were all pretty good, I saw:
  1. Hiba Kadri and Sarah Aridi
  2. Jean Pierre Abou Jaoude 
  3. Jamil Jabbour
  4. Tina and Julien 

In all honesty, they were all good, but two of them blew me away. The first was Jean Pierre, wow. Amazing voice. And also Tina and Julien, Tina had a beautiful voice, loved the performances!

Tina and Julien

Jean Pierre

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Coffee Shop Series - Lina's

Before I start, this post might sound slightly negative because on the day I happened to be there, the whole place was completely unorganized. However, other comments are out of pure honesty :) Let's begin, shall we?

It's a very cozy place, and their seating is really comfortable. They have a study room in the back, which to my knowledge is a non-smoking area, but again when I was there people were smoking. I love sitting by the window because you can just sit and watch people as they pass by.

The Drinks

I am honestly not too fond of Lina's coffee. I never found an iced drink that I really liked. I do like one drink though (which is perfect for the winter!) which I think is called Cinnamon Cappuccino (the reason I'm not sure is that when I was there, they had renewed their menus and all they had was the French version, I literally had to play a guessing game with the waiter to get my drink!). The drink tastes like Christmas in a cup! They add some caramel syrup to the blend making it just perfect.

Other Pluses?

Although their coffee isn't anything out of the ordinary, their food definitely is. I guess that's their specialty, but their sandwiches are really good. I especially loved the crab sandwich with avocado.
They have Wi-Fi, but I couldn't find out more about it since when I was there they apparently didn't have any usernames and passwords to give out.
Despite the fact that I could barely read the menu, and the Wi-Fi was there yet not quite there, they did have good service. The waiter were friendly, which made the experience slightly better.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Coffee Shop Series - Cafe Younes Gourmet

I know that it's Saturday and I'm a day late, but it completely slipped my mind yesterday and well, better late than never right?

The thing that I love about Cafe Younes is the outdoors seating area. I think it has one of the nicest ones out of all the coffee shops around the area. When the weather is just right, there's no where better to sit and enjoy your coffee. The only problem is that there is rarely an empty seat outside, which is why I don't get to sit there much! To my knowledge, the downstairs indoors area is supposed to be a non-smoking area, but recently I've seen a lot of people sitting there and smoking. The upstairs area is also non-smoking, and is perfect if you're looking for a place to work or study with your laptop. Literally, if you look up, all you see are people and their laptops lined up side by side.

The Drinks

As usual, my preferred drink has something to do with Caramel! The Caramelized Coffee is by far the best caramel coffee I've had. It's very sweet though, so if you're not a big fan of sugar I don't recommend that you try it. The French-Press is also really good. Their American Coffee is alright, it's not the best but it's good enough if you get to sit outside!

Other Pluses?

They do have free Wi-Fi, but the connection is not that great. If you're a patient person, you'll be fine using it. If you're there to do hardcore research, I wouldn't advise using the Wi-Fi.
Their food is good, as well as their desserts. The chocolate spoons are my favorite.
The service is great, I've never had any problems with wrong orders, late orders or even missing orders.

For everyone who enjoys something sweet once in a while, make it Cafe Younes' Caramelized Coffee, you won't regret it.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Coffee Shop Series - Gloria Jean's Coffees

Gloria Jean's is just off of Hamra Street. It has, by far, the best study/work atmosphere. Everyone has his or her nose buried into a book or laptop. Sometimes it feels like you're walking into a library, and when you speak people actually look up at you with a look that says "how inconsiderate". So if you're looking for a place to concentrate without any major distractions, my recommendation is Gloria Jean's!

The Drinks!

The coffee itself is not bad. I like the Creme Brulee drink, which is ice blended, it really does taste like Creme Brulee. I also like their Caramellate if you're looking for a cold drink. Theis Espresso is not bad for a quick caffeine fix. I honestly haven't explored their drinks any more than that, because a lot of their forzen drinks were too fruity for me (I can't stand fruit tastes in my drinks) so that would be interesting for fruit lovers, and their hot drinks are very standard.

They have quite a big seating area indoors, and it's a non-smoking area. They do have a smoking area outdoors, but it consists of about 7 tables and they're usually full, so it's a hassle getting a table outdoors.

Other Pluses?

They do have free Wi-Fi, but I suggest you use it on your phones, because it works a lot faster. Once, it took about 17 minutes just to load Wordpress. This is probably because 99% of the people at Gloria Jean's are using the internet. If you're patient, go ahead and use you're laptops, but if you're like me, use your phones!

Also, the service there is great. The people that work there are very friendly, they actually make you want to come back.

They also offer a Gloria Jean's card, where you get a hole punched into your card every time you buy a drink, and after buying 10 drinks you get a free one.

Last, but definitely not least, the desserts. To all those Sugar Daddy's fans out there who can't be bothered to drive to the bakery, just take a walk down to Gloria Jean's. They get their desserts from Sugar Daddy's, and even have my favorite: Red Velvet Cake... yum.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Coffee Shop Series - Caribou Coffee

After being extremely active on Foursqaure, I've gotten a lot of comments on the amount of tie I spend in coffee shops. I was told that the little "shouts" I send with my location made people want to go out and try the drinks I was talking about. So in order to ensure that I'm more active on here, I've decided to start a new series on my blog: Coffee Shops. Starting today, I will be posting a sort of "review" of coffee shops around Hamra. I will be posting them every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you like the coffee shop scene, stay tuned! If you know any good coffee shops in Hamra, let me know about them in the comment section. Now on to our first coffee shop of the series.

If you want to find me on Hamra, 5 out of 7 days a week you'd probably find me at Caribou Coffee. I like the outdoor seating they have, along with the corner couches upstairs that face the windows. There are 2 things that I don't particularly like about Caribou:

1. The bottom floor is a non-smoking area, the outdoor area and the top floor are smoking areas. This means that when the weather gets colder, it's going to be hard trying to find somewhere to sit upstairs, as it's not a big area.

2. It is always full!! If I found a place to sit at Caribou every time I went there, I would probably be there 7 out of 7 days a week. I guess that's a good sign though if everyone likes it. It's just irritating when I'm craving their coffee and find that there's not one empty seat for me to take.

On to the drinks!

The first drink I was obsessed with was the Cold Caramel High Rise. I literally could not get enough, I would be there every day just because I was craving it badly. The obsession shifted once I tried the Hot Caramel High Rise, which is even better.

The Turtle Mocha is pretty good too. I've tried the cold one and it's quite similar to the Caramel High Rise, except it has bits of Snickers chocolate on the top. I've heard that the Hot Turtle Mocha is pretty good too.

For the straight forward coffee lovers, they have a great American coffee. Perfect to start your morning with.

Now, for the drink I have fallen in love with (for now). The Caramel Espresso Shaker. Why do I love this drink? I'm a huge fan of caramel, I like iced coffees, and I don't like huge mugs.. this drink has caramel in it, is iced, and is in a mini cup, which is perfect for me! I can actually finish this drink.

Other pluses?

You get an hour of free wi-fi while there. Also, their mugs, cups and napkins are very entertaining and motivational (I actually took one of the napkins home and stuck it up on my board). Next time you're at Caribou Coffee, take the time to read your cup and see if anything motivates you!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Shine @ Hard Rock, Beirut!

I went to Hard Rock Cafe last night because everyone knows that Mondays mean open beer and buffalo wings over there. Apparently everyone also knew that there would be a live band playing there, leaving me absolutely clueless. I found out that this band was named Shine, and that they were so good that they played at Hard rock through all of November.

They finally came on, and I was impressed. They could possibly be the best unsigned band I've heard here in Lebanon. Although the female singer is extremely lively, jumping around on tables and chairs, I would describe her voice as close to Celine Dion's, she can hit all her notes beautifully. The male singer was overly energetic, I think the only time he stayed still was during the song Chasing Cars, where he decided to lie down on the floor.

They knew how to engage their audience, and I was really upset that I hadn't heard about them earlier. November is pretty much over, which means so is their performance. At least that's what I thought, until they came on stage and announced that they were staying for another month!

So this is all that I have to say to you all. If you haven't gotten the chance to see them perform, you have to. It is so worth it. They are lively, they make the crowd move, and they are insanely talented. They play Saturday to Thursdays from 9 p.m.

Go book a table at Hard Rock now!!!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Shi Tayyeb w Shi 7elo - Review

The event took place in EM Chill on Mar Mekhayel Street. I got a little lost at the beginning, but finally managed to make it there. The setting was very laid back, which I really liked. The first thing you see is a buffet brought to you by Garden on a Plate. The food looked great! I couldn't have any myself because being a journalism student leaves you with very little time to enjoy certain things, and so I didn't have much time to spend there. But I did enjoy the black and white Egyptian movie they were showing, with some relaxing Arabic instrumentals playing in the background.

Then came the jewelry. The pieces were presented on stands and tables, and the designer (Zinab Chahine) was sitting behind one of the tables, busy working on a necklace for one of her customers.

Again, I was really impressed with the jewelry, and also with the designer. I got to meet Zinab, and I thought she was really sweet. She told me that her now successful business started off as a hobby, where she took a picture that interested her, put it on a chain, added some wire glasses to the man in the picture and wore it out that night. Now, she's always busy making or altering jewelry for her many customers.

She also showed me an endless number of charms and explained that she also does custom designs, so you can choose whatever charms you want and put them on a bracelet or necklace. I'm definitely going to be doing that once I have some time to pick out the charms I want. I really do suggest that you all check it out, I'm going to post the link to her Facebook page again. There are some great ready-made pieces, and the best part is that you can choose your own designs to make it one of a kind.

I forgot my camera, once again, so here's the best I could do!

Old movie projected on the wall
 Stands holding jewelry
 Jewelry I now own :)

That's all for today!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Sandra J: From Beirut to Kuwait

Usually my blog posts would target readers in Kuwait when I'm back in Kuwait, and readers in Lebanon while I'm here in Beirut. Well today's an exception, this one is for all the readers in Kuwait!

Sandra J. offers a variety of handbags, luggage, flats, laptop bags, wallets, bracelets, etc. and is usually found in Kulte, Verdun and Cream, Saifi Village. You can also find their products in Paris and Geneva.

For those living in Kuwait who are interested in these products, good news! Sandra J. is now available in Kuwait!

You can find them at Galleria 2000, boutique N.11 in Salmiya!

Check it out!

Things Worth Going To

Hello everyone! Before anything I have a reminder for you all,

tomorrow is the "Shi 7elo w Shi Tayyeb" event, where Zinab Chahine will be presenting her very unique jewelry (Ctrl+Z Designs), and Aline Khokaz Ian will be presenting her very appetizing home-made dishes (Garden on a Plate)! It is taking place at Electro Mechanique on Mar Mekhayel Street and starts at 6:00 p.m. See you there!

There's another thing going on that's gotten me all excited! The Beirut Dance Company is performing from the 4th to the 14th of November at the Monnot Theater. It's titled "The Dress" and starts at 8:30 p.m.

I haven't been to a ballet in a very long time, so I'm really excited about this. I'm going to try and get myself some tickets! For those who are also interested, here's the number that you can call for reservations and more information: 01/20 24 22

That's all for today!

Friday, 29 October 2010

The Slaughterhouse - Review

All week I've been hearing just about everyone talking about the Halloween party taking place at St. George. It was an interesting idea since the event was taking place inside the building, the DJ line-up looked great, and one of the most important things when going to events: tables were available for reservation.

I'm going to start with the things that I liked about the event to be fair. One particular DJ blew everyone away, DJ Base. His choice of music was great, it kept the crowd moving. The whole concept of the party being inside St. George was also very creative. Everything coming from behind the bar was great too, an alcohol-poisoning-free night for everyone! Also, people and their costumes, wow. There were a lot of very original costumes, everyone looked great, and they really put an effort into it.

Unfortunately for me (and a lot of other people) our table for 30 apparently didn't exist anymore, which left 30 people expecting to have a place to sit, standing on their feet. Being a girl, I can tell you that the worst part of it was that I had no where to put my things down to dance, and I was in heels so I'm paying for it right now. Also, I don't know the exact numbers, but picture a venue that would clearly only fit 800 people, and now put in about 1,200 people. It was hot and there was barely any room to breathe (let alone dance). Thank God for the long hallway leading to the bathroom, because that's where we ended up going for air.

All in all: great location, good music, amazing crowd, but disappointing organization and a waste of music since there was barely room to dance. I don't think I'm going near an event with the same organizers in the future, sadly.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Stolen Jewelry & the Re-Opening of Starch

I know it's late, but here's a quick review of H&M: it was horrible. I wasn't able to find anything! I guess people are hitting the stores faster than I am these days.

Starch was a boutique in Saifi Village which focuses on Lebanese designers and their collections. Today, they're re-opening with a list of new designers with new collections!

Here are a list of the designers:


"Emily Cremona" by Deena Wassef & Rouba Mouawad
Nadine Mneimneh
Racha El Abbas


Rana Mikdashi

Bags & Accessories:

"Margherita" by Ghita Abi Hanna


Najla El Zein

On a different note, the jewelry designer Rana Mikdashi's collection was stolen yesterday. Two people on a motorbike snatched it. She will still be presenting her jewelry, but keep an eye out for the stolen pieces, here's the link to her work: Rana Mikdashi's Jewelry

So, for whoever is interested, the re-opening will take place in Saifi Village, on the same street as Cream. And it goes from 5 to 8 this evening. Enjoy!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

What's Up, H&M?

All I've been seeing lately are people walking up and down Hamra with H&M bags in hand.

Yesterday, I recognized one of the H&M carrying people and called her over to ask her what all the fuss is about. Apparently, the collection includes a lot of great pieces! She also said, though, that everything was selling like crazy, so there isn't a huge variety of sizes and colours.

I think I'll drop by H&M after lunch today, so I'll report about it later on!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Shi 7elo w Shi Tayyeb

Good morning Beirut! The sun is out, and it looks like it would be beautiful to be sitting outside. Unfortunately I've put myself under house arrest until I'm done with all of my assignments. So no sun for me!

Those of you who liked Ctrl+Z Designs are going to be very happy with this post.

On the 2nd of November, you'll be able to purchase this jewelry at an event being held in Electro Mecanique, Mar Mekhayel. 

In addition to jewelry, Aline Khokaz Ian will have her homemade food there.

Now, I just checked out her group and although I was put off when I heard that it was vegetarian, I must say that the food looked extremely appetizing, and this is all from just pictures so I can't wait for the real thing.

Wait, there's more! The Facebook event page promises that we can "sit down and relax to the sight of vintage Egyptian movies on screen and the sounds of your favorite classic Arabic singers." I'm really excited see all this honestly, I love how the theme of the jewelry and the theme of the event complement each other.

So, I will definitely be stopping by, but I kind of need help. I have a confession to make, I have absolutely no idea where EM is, so if anyone could point me in the right direction (either in the comment box or via email) I would really appreciate it.

Event's Facebook Page
Ctrl+Z Designs
Garden On A Plate

I'll post a reminder once we get closer to that date!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Shoes? Check! Jewelry? Check!!

Let's jump right in!

Girls, whoever is interested in buying a pair of Nike High-tops, keep checking out the Nike store in Beirut Souks, because they constantly bring in new models. I finally bought mine, and I'm very happy with them. Here they are:

I made it to Lunatic, I absolutely love the store. I love the exterior design, I love what they're selling. You can find pretty much anything you want in there, and it's so funky, it just made me happy while I was looking at their stuff. For now, I only bought some jewelry, but I'm going back for other things! Here's what I bought:

I don't know what I'll be up to next, so I can't promise anything. But I do promise that whatever it is, I'll make it worth the read!!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Rain, Rain.. Chill Out!

I had every intention of checking out Crown Outlets yesterday.. but I didn't. And I have an explanation!

I was planning on heading down at 1, right after my classes, because I know for a fact that if I get home and get comfortable, I definitely wouldn't be in the mood to walk over there.

As I was walking out of LAU at 1, I felt a slight drizzle of rain, which kind of discouraged me from continuing the walk down, so I detoured to my house. Good thing I did too, otherwise I would have been stuck there until about 3!!

I might pass by Crown Outlets today though, but first I'm going to be in Beirut Souks.

Once again, my cousin spotted something he thought I might like in Beirut Souks. (I should really make him my "fashion hunter", haha).

What did he spot? Nike High-tops for women! I've been trying to get myself a pair of trainers, but they always look too big on my because I'm quite short, yet my shoe size is slightly larger than would be expected. Also, skinny jeans don't help. I figured though, high-tops are bulky from the bottom and the top, so it might balance it out. I'll be checking those out today, and hopefully find a pair for me! These are what they generally look like, for those who don't know:

Also, I haven't forgotten about Ctrl+Z Designs. I've picked out all the pieces that I want, all that's left is to contact Chahine. The reason I delayed this is because, if I have time, I might try and swing by Lunatic in Monot today. This way I can just buy them on the spot rather than go through the whole ordering process.

Let's hope it doesn't rain on me today!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Ctrl+Z Designs

While going to fetch us some goodies from Sugar Daddy's to satisfy our sugar cravings, my cousin noticed some funky jewelry in the window, and brought back a business card for me to check out.

(Excuse the webcam quality)

Naturally, living in an internet-dominated world, I looked for the business' page on Facebook.

According to the page I found (and the card) Ms. Zinab Chahine is responsible for the very unique jewelry I was going through on their photo page. It is a home business, and according to her "everything is very affordable". She also offers custom designs for those who would like it, and everything is handmade.

I personally really liked the jewelry, I will definitely be buying some very soon (I am picking out the pieces I want as I type). The jewelry holds a lot of Arab culture in it, mostly Lebanese culture but includes a lot of different Arab elements in the designs as well, which is what caught my attention. I love holding on to a little bit of my culture, but seeing it interpreted in a new and different way, which is exactly what I saw in these designs.

Since it is a home business, you will have to contact Chahine in order to make arrangements for purchasing. The jewelry is also available at a store called Lunatic in Monot (it is no longer being displayed at Sugar Daddy though). The contact details are on Facebook, but I'll give them to you here as well:

Phone: 03 610 436

Click here to see photos of the jewelry on Facebook.

I'll be doing a follow up review about the jewelry when I buy my own, so stay tuned for more!!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Crown Outlets - Fall 2010

It's been a while since I've posted anything, and as usual I have my excuses. I thankfully managed to survive my first week back in university. I'm using the word survived here very specifically because, as all of you who are familiar with LAU's registration this year would know, the online registration system suffered an endless amount of glitches this semester. This means that my first two days back consisted of long hours camping outside of an office, just to be able to register for my major courses. All that is over now, though, and I'm back on track.

Crown Outlets! For those who don't know, this is a worldwide outlet chain, and it's back in Beirut with its Fall 2010 collection for both men and women. The thing I like about Crown Outlets is that every time their customers come in, they ask what the customers would like to see more of, and they act on it. This year, the collection features even more brands (chosen by customers) which means a whole new variety of things to choose from.

These include:
  • UGG Boots
  • Juicy Couture
  • Ed Hardy
  • Christian Audigier
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • True Religion
  • Bebe
  • Fred Perry
  • Hollister
Again, as this is an outlet chain and all the items are bought in bulk, the prices are 50% less than the market price! Here are the dates of this season's open house:

Friday 8th October: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 9th October: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 10th October: 10:00am - 6:00pm

The place is where it usually is, which is the 1st floor in Crown Plaza Hotel (above roadsters) in Hamra.

I very strongly advise everyone who is interested in going to go on Friday, and go as early as you can. The later you are, the less you find and the less you have to choose from.

Here's the link for their photo gallery on Facebook, which gives you a preview of this season's collection:

I will try to stop by on Friday, although I won't be able to get there before 1:00pm due to my classes, but nevertheless I will come back and let you all know how it is.

Stay tuned! I promise I will try to be more active :)

"Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style." - John Fairchild

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Back In Beirut: Hamra Lovin'

Finally back in Beirut! Unfortunately This post is not going to include pictures because I keep forgetting to take my camera out with me.

I arrived on Friday and went straight to Gloria Jeans, oh how I've missed their coffee. I ended up in Ferdinand's later that night, which is one of my favorite pubs on Hamra. The music was great, as was the atmosphere, so all in all it was a great night.

Yesterday morning I had coffee at Caribou Coffee, another great place with great coffee. The weather was absolutely beautiful so I insisted on sitting outside. It was sunny with a really nice breeze. I later headed to Buttermint for Lunch, and Flow even later on at night.

Something occurred to me yesterday while sitting in Caribou, the reason why I love Hamra so much is this: It's almost like New York, but with an Arab twist to it. And I'm not talking about the architecture, I am of course talking about the fashion!

I've been seeing more and more different and funky styles walking around, which is great. I love the fact that there are a lot more people out there who are experimenting and expressing themselves more through fashion. My mission for the next few months is to stop people who I think have a unique sense of style, snap a picture of them, and share it with all of you. I don't know if they'll be open to it, or if they'll think I'm a creepy stalker, but it's worth a try.

Other than that, I will continue with my usual shopping and style updates, along with the lifestyle section of this blog (where to go and when to go there). So stay tuned Beirut, that and a lot more will be coming up soon!

It feels good to be back.

Monday, 13 September 2010

The English Tea Lounge & 2010 VMAs

For those of you who don't know, the 2010 VMAs took place last night. Now, I promised myself not to get sucked into the best/worst dressed thing again, but after seeing Rihanna on stage, I was inspired to. You'll see why in a bit.

Before going on to the VMAs, I have to stop and talk to you all about The English Tea Lounge. I had brunch there this morning and it was absolutely amazing. True, it's location is in a mall, but you kind of forget all about that. It's in on of the secluded areas of The Avenues, and the furniture makes you feel right at home. The food was great, the coffee was great, and the music in the background added a great touch to it all! I didn't have my camera on me so bear with the phone pictures.

The couches are very cozy, it almost feels as if you're sitting in someone's living room.

I thought the menu was really cute.

You really feel like you're sitting in an English tea lounge, they have every different combination of breakfast/brunch foods that you can imagine.

The presentation of the food was really fun as well. You have finger sandwiches at the bottom, pastries in the middle, and the sweet goods at the top.

Finally, you have your mini scones.

Whoever is in Kuwait or visiting, go and try it out one morning, trust me you won't regret it.

Now, on to the VMAs, here are the celebrities, and my thoughts on their fashion picks for the event:

I haven't been keeping up with my reality shows lately, so I kind of missed the part where Audrina went that blonde, but I definitely like her better as a brunette. As for her dress, I like it, it's simple and glam, perfect for the occasion.

Another girl from The Hills, Lo Bosworth. I've always found Lo to be classy on the show, she's always got a great sense of style, and it showed last night too. Great dress, great colour, finished off with simple strappy heels. All in all, a great combination.

Oh Katy Perry, what have you done. I like the top of the dress, and the bottom of the dress.. separately. I really don't think it goes together, it looks like she's trying too hard to stand out, and it's not working for her.

I actually really like this whole outfit. She did really well with the dress, and the shoes are fabulous, I actually really want a pair now. Great picks.

I am actually loving Lady Gaga's look for the evening. She's in Alexander McQueen, and she is working it! Yes it's weird, yes it's quirky, but it's good weird and quirky. Even the spikes coming out of her head aren't making me cringe. Very nice.

I really like the top of Ciara's dress, but I feel that the dress just looks horrible the lower down you go. I was a bit iffy about the feathers at the top, and the fact that they change colours from black to brown to white just ruined it for me completely. Unlucky. Hey, she was on most people's best dressed list, just not mine.

I think this is the best that I've seen Hayley Williams. She looks all grown up in her Miu Miu dress. The dress is adorable, her hair up looks great, she just looks very mature and very natural. I love it.

Rihanna. I'm going to be very blunt about this. She looks like a bride-zilla serial killer who managed to get out of her straight jacket. Honestly that was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw her (I have a wild imagination). Her hair is crazy (and not the good crazy), the little band on her head looks like it was bought at Claires, and her outfit is just insane. Not good insane, just plain old insane. Sorry Rihanna, you made me do it. (I kinda feel like Chris Brown saying that!)

That's all for today folks, I did go shopping this morning and yesterday morning, so there will be some outfit posts soon hopefully. I'm back in Beirut on Friday, so get ready for some new additions to this blog within the next 2 weeks.