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♡ My Third Chapter

A new website for the first page of a new chapter of that same book!

 

Today, with the help of talented young men and woman, I start a new project. One that was, kind of, always here!

 

The first readers of this website will most probably be those who I have known for a while and who have shared with me the ups and downs, beautiful surprises, interesting encounters, tears and adventures of Lebelik.

Some of you may also be aware of the fact that I used to have a charming blog that I stopped writing in a while ago for many stupid reasons.

 

So for those of you who don’t know me (and I would be thrilled if my first post is read by a lot of new faces), I have founded, with my twin brother, a lovely website aimed at selling and promoting Lebanese designers and their creations online. I consider the last five years invested in Lebelik, an adorable success, an interesting learning curve and definitely an inseparable part of the person I am today.

 

Today, we are releasing the 3rdversion of Lebelik, a concept that aims at giving a voice and an exposure to the designs of my country, Lebanon, but also that sets eyes on the little things that make us who we are on all the different levels.

 

The blog section is probably the one where I will be spending most of my time on.

I will let you discover the other ones where we will always do our best to properly portray and capture the essence of our Lebanese lifestyles through our creations.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

From Beirut,

 

Louise

👠 FW18 Fashion Trends

Dictated by the biggest fashion houses in the world, strut down in cities’ major runways, wrote about in the most exclusive fashion magazines and of course, produced and twisted by our dearest Lebanese designers, here are FW18’s boldest and trendiest looks to date.

 

Metally & Glossy Materials

Leather

Checks

Puffy & Oversized

Animal Print

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Fall Winter 2018 takes fashion back to the 80’s, re-defining elegant and confident looks though exaggerated lines, metallic effects, leather animal prints, puffy and oversized jackets & of course lots and lots of accessories.

 

As seen on the runways

 

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  1. Metally and Glossy materials

  1. Leather

  1. Checks

  1. Puffy & Oversized

  1. Animal Print

  1. Accessories for days

  

🇱🇧 Lebelik takes us to Beiteddine & Deir el Qamar

Lebanon through our lenses

The Lebanese Lebelik guide

 

يا ست الدنيا يا بيروت

 

“When I arrived, I was surprised to see how wonderful it felt. The moment I got out of the plane, I felt the city’s energy and beauty, and that Beirut is the center of the world and the jewel of the Arab world and the Middle East,” Mohammad Hadid, An-Nahar, Jan 2018.

 

Where to?

🇱🇧

BEITTEDINE

&

DEIR EL-QAMAR

Monastery of the moon

 

دير القمر

بيت الدين

♡ Overview & Fast facts

Deir al-Qamar is a village south-east of Beirut in south-central Lebanon. It is located five kilometers outside of Beiteddine in the Chouf district of the at 800 m of average altitude.

Beiteddine is a small town and the administrative capital of the Chouf District in Mount Lebanon. The town is located 45 kilometers southeast of Beirut and near the town of Deir el-Qamar from which it is separated by a steep valley.

Deir al-Qamar is a village south-east of Beirut in south-central Lebanon. It is located five kilometers outside of Beiteddine in the Chouf district of the at 800 m of average altitude.

 

♡ Jewels of Saida

Saida’s old souk

The soap museum

Sea castle

 

♡ Our journey

DEIR EL OUMARA

a luxurious gateway…

To our surprise, the weather was mightily fresh. The breeze was omnipresent and it felt wonderful! The second thing that drew smiles on our faces was the beautiful landscape and architecture we were surrounded by. Deir el Oumara was a school newly transformed into a hotel. It’s built with old stones and has a traditional yet exceptionally luxurious atmosphere. Classified as a “Historic Hotel”, Deir el Oumara is prominent in Deir el-Qamar seen as it is nested in the heart of the town while providing a guaranteed gateway from a city’s madness.

 

Notre Dame University CHOUF CAMPUS

 

Located in the St. Abda hill, NDU’s campus lays out traditional monuments and is elegantly decorated by the town’s exotic nature. Its campus makes it unique since it is situated on the top of a hill and has magical surroundings.

 

BEIT EL-QAMAR

Situated on our right and hidden behind the bushes is Beit el-Qamar, owning a charming and familiar aura. We went down a few steps until the colorful setting we were facing immersed us. The rocky brown floor contrasted with the chairs and tables that had multiple colors such as green, red, pink, orange… It was a nice dining area that is accessible every day and on Sundays and Saturdays, a BBQ brunch is put in place. The dining area looks out to a Greenfield.

We then made our way into the main hall: the reception directly connected to the kitchen and stairs leading the way to the 8 available rooms. On the ground floor, a rectangular table displays fruits and the daily breakfast. Those who wake up early might catch the chefs preparing the delicious manaish and the whole mezza that comes with it.

 

SQUARE DEIR EL-QAMAR

Deir el-Qamar’s square is very quiet and quite empty. A couple of stairs up, we were in the square. On our right is Amir Fakhreddine’s mosque and on our left, is a Synagogue that was turned into a classroom. In between these two religious sites, we passed by small boutiques, sewing shops and an artisanal.

A couple of minutes later, we found ourselves amidst the Deir el-Qamar French Institute, a squared courtyard enclosed by walls, the library and classrooms. When we went inside the library, it was a must to keep quiet! Pictures couldn’t even be taken because the clicking sound the camera makes to take a photo can possibly disturb the studious students.

 

 

 

🇱🇧 Lebelik takes us to Saida

Lebanon through our lenses

The Lebanese Lebelik guide

 

 

يا ست الدنيا يا بيروت

 

“When I arrived, I was surprised to see how wonderful it felt. The moment I got out of the plane, I felt the city’s energy and beauty, and that Beirut is the center of the world and the jewel of the Arab world and the Middle East,” Mohammad Hadid, An-Nahar, Jan 2018.

 

Where to?

🇱🇧

SAIDA

The Fishing Town

صيدا‎

♡ Overview & Fast facts

Saida translated as ‘fishery’ or ‘fishing-town’ is the third-largest city in Lebanon. It is located in the South Lebanon, on the Mediterranean coast, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Tyre and 40 km south of the capital, Beirut.

 

♡ Jewels of Saida

Saida’s old souk

The soap museum

Sea castle

 

 ♡ Our journey

Sarafand

Sarafand is a blown glass factory located in Saida which have up kept the glassblowing technique that was set up by the Phoenicians. Indeed, Phoenicians worked the glass paste and succeeded in transforming the traditional opaque material into a transparent glass. This revolutionary technique confirmed the Phoenician glass craft in its nobility and its trade flourished as appreciation for the transparent glass works became widespread in the world as it was known then. Blown glass workshops appeared in all Phoenician cities, and more particularly in Tyre, Saida and Tripoli.

Debbane Palace

To preserve the family home, the descendants of Raphaël Youssef Debbané, withdrew their rights on the property and instituted as a Foundation in 1999.

The palace aims to restore the historical and artistic value of the property, classified as a historical monument in 1968 and to constitute it as a museum.

Soap Museum

Before entering the museum, we stopped at the museum’s shop for some souvenirs. The shop naturally smelled majestic and most of the things sold were soaps of different shapes, colors and smell. You could even smell the building’s old age! There were two floors to explore in order to grasp the process of soap making. In order to be able to do that, a tour guide shows visitors around and explains the main aspects of each process, which honestly surprised us all. The saponification requires different types of naturel fuel to feed the furnace, such as olive tree wood, olive pits, a mixture of residue of olive pulp and dried olive pits and coal produced from olive pits. At the end of the tour we were blessed to watch a documentary explaining the history and process behind this family business.

“When I smell soap, I want it to get to my heart” – Documentary

Sidon Sea Castle

 Built during the 13th century by the Crusaders, Sidon’s sea castle was used as a fortress located in the small island that was previously Melqart, the Phoenician god’s temple site. Two guards stand before the castle on the mainland. An eighty meters long narrow road connects them to the castle. Once we walked halfway, we found ourselves over the clear blue sea and finally, once in the castle, the air was surprisingly fresh. At last!

Having bared several wars, the castle still displayed a luxurious and potent architecture. In fact, the alluring castle has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. It

🇱🇧 Lebelik takes us to Tyre

 

Lebanon through our lenses

The Lebanese Lebelik guide

 

يا ست الدنيا يا بيروت

 

“When I arrived, I was surprised to see how wonderful it felt. The moment I got out of the plane, I felt the city’s energy and beauty, and that Beirut is the center of the world and the jewel of the Arab world and the Middle East,” Mohammad Hadid, An-Nahar, Jan 2018.

 

Where to?

 🇱🇧

TYRE

The city of sun

 

صور‎ 

 

♡ Overview & Fast facts

Tyre/Sour is a district capital in the South Governorate of Lebanon. It extends from the coast of the Mediterranean and is located about 80 km south of Beirut. The name of the city means rock after the rocky formation on which the town was originally built. Tyre is an ancient Phoenician city and is the fourth largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, Tripoli and Sida. Tyre is also home to one of the nation’s major ports and holds tourism as a major economic activity.

 

♡ Jewels of Tyre

Glass blowing heritage

The olive mill of maarakeh

Naqoura

Hippodrome

Roman necropolis

 

♡ Our journey

 

Al-Yasmine Guesthouse

Ravishing setting: the houses surround a lake occupied by two black swans and a family of ducks, a playground for children, a restaurant, a pergola and an equestrian field. The view was also astonishing: the roof overlooks over most of the guesthouse and a mountain-field. The colors seen were a mix of different shades of green, pink, red and blue. The flora was ravishing: they seemed like they were from a painting. Indeed, the

scene was truly hard to neglect and forget.

 

Naqoura, TYROS RESORT

 Crystal-clear sea, rays of sun and rocky surroundings. The beach was calm and too blue to be true, which made it extremely difficult not to jump in and spend the day at the beach. Unfortunately, our visit in Naqoura didn’t last long due to the extreme hot weather. We snapped some pictures all whilst contemplating the view then

hopped back in the car onto our next destination.

 

Ruins of Tyre

 The town of Tyre was part of the Roman world.  Before that time, the city was conquered by Alexander the Great. Before that, it was a Phoenician city. After Alexander the Great, Tyre was under the Roman Empire and thus, ended up with having two different architectural landscapes; the causeway starts with a Roman architecture and ends with a Byzantine architecture.

 

Le Phenicien

 It didn’t take much time to find and get to Le Phénicien. We were starving and extremely excited knowing that it was one of the best restaurants in Tyre. The people were very welcoming and the food was tasty and different. Everyone used the terms “weird and different” to describe the exotic fattoush we tasted there. All in all, the food was highly satisfying and simply delicious!

 

Dar Camelia & Dar Alma

Dar Camelia, associated with Dar Alma, is the newer version of the project. Located in a corner upstairs, Dar Camelia is an ensemble of 8 rooms, including a suite. We took a glimpse at one of the rooms and we were simply amazed by its simplicity. It looked both traditional and modern. Traditional through its Moroccan-inspired look and also modern due to the advanced technologies spotted.

Dar Alma wasn’t too far from Dar Camelia; however, the two hotels are very different. Dar Alma was situated along the seashore and Dar Camelia was located along the little souk. Both of them are ideal for a mid-week or weekend getaway with your loved one as you’ll find peace and relaxation.

Cloud 59

Cloud 59 is located along Tyre’s marvelous and well-known public beach. Before getting to Cloud 59, you pass by over 48 tents. Once you’ll get there, you’ll settle into one of their chill and funky seating areas. The ambiance and you can even enjoy some drinks with your friends and simply relax. If you ever wish to dip in crystal water, Cloud 59 is the place to go!

 

🇱🇧Lebelik takes us Tripoli

 

Lebanon through our lenses

The Lebanese Lebelik guide

يا ست الدنيا يا بيروت

 

“When I arrived, I was surprised to see how wonderful it felt. The moment I got out of the plane, I felt the city’s energy and beauty, and that Beirut is the center of the world and the jewel of the Arab world and the Middle East,” Mohammad Hadid, An-Nahar, Jan 2018.

 

Where to?

 

🇱🇧

TRIPOLI

A walk down memory lane

 طرابلس‎

 

♡ Overview & Fast facts

Tripoli is the largest city in northern Lebanon and the second-largest city in the country. Situated 85 kilometers north of the capital Beirut. it is the capital of the North Governorate and the Tripoli District. Overlooking the eastern Mediterranean sea it is the northernmost seaport in Lebanon. Tripoli also holds a string of four small islands offshore which are the only islands in Lebanon.

 

♡ Jewels of Tripoli

Unique architectural landscapes

Ancient History

Old souk

Sweet tooth paradise

Rabbit islands

 

♡ Our journey

 Rachid Karami international fair

 The Maarad, also known as the Rachid Karami International fair is an exhibition that exposes Oscar Niemeyer’s exquisite work. A massive mound, an angular tepee, a towering cylinder, a slender arch, and a hovering disc were some of the unique constructions that caught our attention. The contrast between the city and the fair was incontrovertible: we went back in time.

Abou Said’s

 It was getting warmer by lunchtime so we hopped into Louise’s car, turned on the AC and decided to enjoy a nice cruise around Tripoli. Once we saw the sign of the restaurant “Abou Said”, it was our duty to stop and taste Lebanon’s well-known and traditional dish: the sfiha. It’s a street food and “Abou Said” made sure we lived the full experience by preparing the delicious dish in front of us. Once the sfihas were cooked, we devoured them in one bite. For a moment, it seems as we were tourists in our home country.

Tripoli’s railway station

Located in el-Mina area and being the second oldest train station in Lebanon, Tripoli’s railway station used to connect Homs in Syria with Beirut’s central station in Mar Mikhael. During the civil war, the station was severely destroyed and has been deserted ever since. The sight we were faced with left us speechless: everything surrounding the train as well as the train remained untouched.

Hammam Ezzedine, traditional showers.

 Hammam Ezzedine is the first and largest bathhouse that was built in Tripoli. Even though it is no longer operational, Hammam Ezzedine is crammed with bright colors such as blue, green and beige. Ever since

its closing, it has become a historical site revealing through roll-up banners its history and architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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👁️ The Oriental Woman

We, as Lebanese women, are unique creatures, sometimes hard to understand, often easy to love, and hopefully always agreeable to sit with.

 

And when I say this, I am often asked to elaborate on it… So here I am trying to give words to feeling I have felt or moments I witnessed.

 

I started developing this fascination for oriental women when I noticed we drink Arabic coffee in espresso cups and then turn it to read the fortune inside it, when I saw with which persistence we defend civil marriages, only to often favour a religious one and when I saw my mother encouraging us to experience the world knowing how anxious she feels when we do.

 

We, Lebanese women, are scared of loneliness and still would teach the young ones to be fulfilled alone. We like our men to love us as we are and would still go out of our ways to please them. We sometimes still get mad at our parents for being too present, only to show up the next morning for a tender moment over a yummy breakfast.

 

The Lebanese mothers worry when the ones she loves take the plane and still don’t miss one occasion to encourage them to see the world.

 

We scream at our best friend for mistakes she made, and are always here to help fix them.

Most of the Lebanese women I know, cannot make up their minds whether or not they love dogs. They are still debating if they should indulge in that knefe or just forget about it.

 

We go out a lot at night only to come back home and say “khay” while sitting on the couch.

 

I do not blame men when they find it difficult to understand us or even sometimes a bit too opinionated; nor am I surprised when they find it as tough to replace us.

We, Lebanese women, put a lot of heart into the things we do!

Many of those around me often want to look “trendy, like everyone else, just different”. Go figure =).

 

We are modern in the way we live, and traditional in the way we love.

We are independent in our minds and a team player in our families.

 

The Lebanese woman’s big beautiful eyes are always full of compassion to those in need, her soft voice and big mouth will sometimes let go of unwanted gossips, but mostly will whisper encouraging words to herself and those around her. Her perfectly manicured hands and open arms will hug all the littles ones that will jump on her.

 

She is easy to spot, not just because of how she looks, smells or smiles, but thanks to that little look in her eye that beautifully balances her love for her heritage and her excitement for what her modern mind can accomplish.

 

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