Find your season !

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So spring hit in really hard, it’s almost summer time and as fashion lovers, we are eager to start wearing our colorful and fun summer outfits. Some of you might be renovating your closet or making space for a new collection. Before you go out emptying that credit card, read along to know the colors that suit your skin tone best and start a fresh season!

A small intro about why we need to understand the importance of colors for every skin tone (I promise I wont bore you too much! Lol) As dazzling as colors can be, some of them wouldn’t make us look good as other colors would. In fact, colors that do not match our skin tone would make us look washed out or sick.

Another factor is that colors say a lot about our personalities and moods. For instance, when you’re happy, you go for bright and fun colors (of course there are exceptions). However, when you’re feeling down, some of you might probably go for colors like black, grey or brown which are the colors that match how you’re feeling. This is why, it is important for every person to know what colors suit them best, to give the best signals and impressions wherever they go. Whether you have a job interview, a social gathering or a date, you’d want to look your best. So let’s go ahead and find your color range! Yay!

First, you need to look at TWO things to know whether you’re warm toned, cool toned or a neutral

Step 1. In natural lighting, look at the veins at the back of your wrist like the picture below

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Find out what color are your veins, you are either Warm Toned, Cool Toned or Neutral (a mix of both)

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Step 2. In order to make sure of the above, try this neck test

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In natural lighting, place a white paper next to your neck and check your undertone colors

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Now, to find your color range, you’ve got to discover ‘your season’. Don’t worry! Its super easy! Check it out below

 

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FINALLY ! Search for your color range based on your season. For example, I have green veins, a yellow undertone and I get burnt under the sun –> this means I fall under the category of ‘Warm Toned’. To know my season, I fall under Spring or Autumn, the next step is to find my contrast.. I do NOT have high contrast between my skin, hair and eyes, in fact, I have a muted kind of contrast (less contrast with softer tones)

MY RESULT is –> I am an Autumn.

Those are the colors every Autumn person would look dazzling in:

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If you’re a Spring, here’s your chart ! (Most beautiful colors)

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For the Summer girl (calming colors)

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For those Winter girls, enjoy your elegant range of colors =)

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Extra Tip: There are only 9 common colors that suit most skin tones, check them out

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Take Care of Your Hair and Your Hair Will Take Care of You

 

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When it comes to our beauty, every aspect matters. Most of us get bothered by very small details like certain changes in the skin that will simply go away if we choose to adopt a healthy lifestyle instead of abusing creams and lotions. There is however one very important aspect that can really transform our overall look and highlight our beauty if we take time to understand it —->> THE HAIR.

THE HAIR is probably every girl’s biggest nightmare, from changing hairstyles to trying different hair colors, and if she doesn’t get it right……..do NOT make eye contact and STAY OUT of her way if you value your own life (ha!)

Looking at our hair through a mirror or while curling it with our fingers in the middle of a boring conversation (yes ladies we use our hair to escape the dull reality of the moment), we ask ourselves a million question and we go online to search for some celebrity inspiration before we take the HUGE step of changing our hair worrying we would regret it. It isn’t a bad thing; after all we want to look the best we can. And this is where Google becomes more and more helpful OR Pashion Atelier ( lol !! )

Truth is, finding the perfect haircut is much easier than finding the perfect guy. It is ALL ABOUT THE FACE STRUCTURE and nothing else. Not all faces look nice with short hair and definitely not all of them look nice with long plain hair. There is no “wrong hairstyle”, there are “wrong hairstyles for your face shape”. You need to find the perfect frame for your face to balance and bring perspective to your overall look.

What I notice around me is that most girls have very long hair with no haircuts nor any unique hair color (plain black, plain brown) not knowing that a different hairstyle or a different hair color would make them look much nicer and much more stylish. Some of them look very pretty when they go for a wavy or straight hair, but how many times is a girl going to visit her hairdresser in a week? Or how many times is she going to fix her hairstyle at home?

Why is the hair so important? And Is it true that the hair is 3/4th the beauty?

Yes it is a VITAL aspect, and I will show you why in the following pictures:

 

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I have an oval face shape, and in order to highlight and compliment my postive attributes, i must have a shorter hair. As beautiful as my hair looks here, it doesnt compliment my face as much as the following hairstyle below

 

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My face here looks much better than when i had long plain hair. My face structure and character automatically evolved with short hair

 

I have changed my hairstyle and hair color a hundred and one times ever since I was 15. I like change and I like to enhance my look at least twice a year. Of course, changing hair colors and using toxic chemicals is really bad for the hair. But cutting your hair the right length and shape based on your own face structure really enhances your overall look. I will give more examples below using a hair make over application:

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Medium length wavy hair is a big NO NO for me, no matter how gorgeous the hairstyle and color are.

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Medium length hair with sweeping bangs is nice but it can look much better

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Cherry bob cut with french bangs is one of the best hair looks i can have that would fit my face structure and my skin tone

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Caramel bob cut with french bangs also highlights my positive features and lightens up my face

So this is a just small example of how much different one can look and how disastrous the look can be if it is not the right cut and color.

There are 7 face structures, to know what yours is and what haircut suits YOU best, check out this website to get your answers: http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hairstyles/the-right-hairstyle-for-your-face-shape

Things you should avoid:

  1. Celebrity hairstyles and colors are very inspiring, but always remember that each woman has her own face structure and her own skin tone, as pretty as Khloe Kardashians hair color or Victoria Beckhams haircut are, it doesn’t mean it will look nice on you. (I will be talking about the importance of hair colors when it comes to skin tones in my next article)
  2. Do NOT try new haircuts or hair color by yourself at home, you need a professional to look dazzling as you wish to be
  3. Know which hairdresser to choose, trusting your hairdresser is very important throughout the process of your hair make over. (Suggestions of my favorite hairdressers:
  • Tripoli à Dany Salon (Phone Number: 03 681 480)
  • Zalka à Fadia El Mendelek (Instagram: @fadiaelmendelek )
  • Verdun à Michel Layyoun (Instagram: @michel_layoun)

 

I hope this was helpful, of course as always; you are free to send me an email or a DM on my accounts shown down below. Now GET UP AND GET GOING TO THE HAIRDRESSER for a new and a more beautiful you =)

 

Haute Couture

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Benjamin Kanarek Haute Couture for Harpers Bazaar/Model: Maud Welzen

What is Haute Couture? And what is its importance in the Fashion World? Most of us ask ourselves those questions and wonder why Haute Couture exists; well this post is a chance for those of you that want to satisfy their curiosity. As a Fashion Entrepreneur and Blogger, I was interviewed by Instituto Marangoni graduate Haneen Maalouf, who has completed her Masters degree in Luxury Brand Management in London.

Haneen is conducting primary research to study Fashion Bloggers/Fashion Entrepreneurs perspective regarding Haute Couture being included in luxury brand’s online boutique.

Read along to discover more about Haute Couture


Haven Malouf: I am a Master student in Istituto Marangoni (London), and I am conducting primary research to study fashion bloggers/fashion entrepreneurs perspective regarding haute couture being included in luxury brand’s online boutique. Please answer the following questions within short answers.

Haneen Malouf: How important is haute couture for the fashion world? Why?

Dolly Eter: Fashion started with Charles Frederick Worth (a.k.a the Father of Haute Couture), and ever since, fashion has evolved like technology because of Haute Couture. Therefore, Couture is very important to the fashion world because it reflects the creativity and expressions of every fashion designer. Many people would argue that there is no point in Haute Couture since most people do not purchase designer clothes, however, in the past few years, Couture has never been more successful and sales percentages, of 3/4th of the big brands, has increased wildly in this age of the global super-rich. Not to mention, without Haute Couture, there would be less glitz and excitement for celebrities, their fans, models, paparazzi…and everyone would be wearing standard and conventional items and that would hurt the bottom line of the fashion industry and the stardom image of celebrities and high society.

Haneen Malouf: Do you think the concept of haute couture changed with time?

Dolly Eter: Haute couture has moved away from handcrafted, made-to-fit items intended for specific wealthy clients to now revolve around the runway. Being seen in today’s world is one of the most valuable things a designer brand can do and many designers have dropped “pret-a-porter” and are focusing on Couture, clothes that typically are not sold and are not meant to be worn, and fragrance, which is perhaps the top revenue-driver for fashion houses, is an interesting positioning strategy. These designers are using couture to place themselves in the highest echelons of luxury fashion. They are moving away from producing actual fashion towards something that more resembles art.

H.M: What do you think of the engagement of the Internet with luxury brands?

D.E: The Internet is a massive touch point for fashion items and luxury brands. Since we live in a world where everyone is connected and indulging their visual hunger, as well as their exhibitionist side, through social media platforms. We are curious creatures and have an endless love for art, beauty and luxury, there’s no doubt that the internet not only teaches us about many designers and many styles and products, but it also gets a lot of people inspired to seek those products.

H.M: How do you think that you as a blogger/fashion entrepreneur can influence the taste of the current generation and their fashion decisions?

D.E: Honestly, my aim is not only to help those who do not know much about fashion and beauty, but also to learn and get more engaged with the fashion world myself. So in regards of influencing our generation, I wouldn’t really describe it as influencing because I believe each person has something unique in them with a different taste and perspective to fashion. Having many goals in mind, one of which is to become an image consultant, I would like to help those who are interested in exploring their taste and finding their own style. For me, it is never about what is trendy; it is about what suits one most.

H.M: Do you believe that haute couture should be sold online through the online boutique?

D.E: No it shouldn’t for two reasons. Haute Couture has always been a social and “select” public endeavor, easy public access and Haute Couture do not mix. In addition, for someone to make sure they are buying a great piece of art that would fit them perfectly, they would have to do so by following the traditional process of buying an Haute Couture.

H.M: What do you think, as a fashion blogger and fashion entrepreneur might be the positives and negatives of selling haute couture on the brand’s online boutique?

D.E: As I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t really see positive aspects in selling Haute Couture online. I am however with the idea of displaying the great items online to drive people to the stores and consolidate the brand’s identity. Negatives:

  • Lets suppose I bought an item online, first of all pictures don’t really reflect the beauty of the detail in an item. In addition, if I got my item online, and I was disappointed for ANY reason (whether the size, the texture etc…) it wouldn’t be a good feedback for the brands name since bad reputation would build up based on word-of-mouth.
  • Another negative aspect would be that Haute Couture would be easily obtained (and I am speaking for those who can afford it). When something is easy to get, it becomes a normal thing and loses its spark. One of the reasons for the success of the Haute Couture world today is that it builds anticipation and excitement to actually get into the designers store where you would see all those beautiful details clearly and you can actually touch the fabrics etc.. And be able to try them out to know which item looks best on you. This way, the brand can guarantee 99% of the customer’s gratitude for the inspiration and craftsmanship of the designer.

Thank you for your time.


I hope this was helpful for those of you who aren’t familiar with the Haute Couture World. For any additional questions, I am ready to answer you whenever and wherever you catch me =)

You can contact me through the social media platforms located at the footer below.

My next post will be a continuation of my previous article STYLE NOT BRAND, so stay tuned !

Style NOT Brand

As much as I am dazzled by Gucci, Casadei, Hermes and the endless list of styles and designer clothes, shoes and bags; I also look for affordability and style. We admire brands that speak, however, one cannot always afford wearing the latest MK bag or the hottest pair of Salsa Jeans. You can always stick to brands such as H&M, ZARA, River Island, Jennifer, Springfield, Stradivarius, Oxygen, forever21 and much more in order to look as gorgeous as the girl standing next to you wearing Chanel and LVs.
I follow this principle, good quality + affordability = success

I will illustrate:

Cheap quality clothes are a big no no! Even my most favorite stores such as H&M and Bershka have some cheap items there. I like good quality items that don’t need any bodyguards on or around them. However, you can transform a simple top that has no value, into looking incredible. The secret ? ….. !! ACCESSORIES !!

Always focus on accessories and outwear. You can be wearing casual denims with a plain top and still turn your whole outfit into a stylish one.
Accessories such as: headbands – Scarfs – Necklaces – Belts – and most importantly SHOES and BAGS.

Outwears such as: Cardigans – Vests/Gilet – Jackets – Tunics etc..

I will show you some examples of affordable items with good qualities:

All it took me was a tank top and a skirt from H&M.  The sugar for this coffee was my colorful ZARA cardigan and a necklace

All it took me was a tank top and a skirt from H&M.
The sugar for this coffee was my colorful ZARA cardigan and a necklace

Mix and Match is my ultimate game ! Notice how much accessories change a simple outfit into different styles

Mix and Match is my ultimate game ! Notice how much accessories change a simple outfit into different styles

This velvet burgundy dress from H&M is very comfortable and stylish at the same time. I styled it up with a simple necklace from Aldo with a feminine hat from a shop on one of Paris’s streets. Burgundy is one of my best colors, and its on the top trend list of colors for this season

This velvet burgundy dress from H&M is very comfortable and stylish at the same time. I styled it up with a simple necklace from Aldo with a feminine hat from a shop on one of Paris’s streets. Burgundy is one of my best colors, and its on the top trend list of colors for this season

I got this stunning dress from Ashi Fashion. I love the quality, the gold lining and most importantly its affordability

I got this stunning dress from Ashi Fashion.
I love the quality, the gold lining and most importantly its affordability

Style NOT brand is one of my principles in fashion. My next article will build on this post where I will be giving examples of transforming an outfit to fit many different ocassions. Before and after visuals will be shown in order to see the big difference between each style.

These were examples of some of Her Closet Selection. For more ideas, visit my instagram account @pashion.atelier for daily inspiration. In addition to that, you can get to know many other socialites and designers in order to form your own fashion sense.

I hope you enjoyed and benefitted from this post. I am available on all of the social media platforms written in my footer picture down below.

Thank you for reading along, and I will be looking forward for your comments and questions.

Have a nice evening =)

What is My Style?

Many of us ask ourselves this question. Since there are so many different clothing styles and with the endless celebrity styles we see everyday, it is only normal for us to wonder and feel overwhelmed but do not despair.

Everything has been classified and broken down to five different style personalities.

  • The Classic
Classics always prefer 3 things : - Smart trousers instead of jeans - Classic color combination (mix and match) and - Quality over quantity This is a sophisticated look that shows real quality - Mira Bissar

Classics always prefer 3 things :
– Smart trousers instead of jeans
– Classic color combination (mix and match)
– Quality over quantity
This is a sophisticated look that shows real quality – Mira Bissar

  • The Creative
The creative says it all. This girls LOVES to have fun with her wardrobe. She chooses strong contrasting colors, including eye-catching statement accessories and endless hair styles. Dressing is an art form for those kinds of style personalities - Farah Marhaba

The creative says it all.
This girls LOVES to have fun with her wardrobe. She chooses strong contrasting colors, including eye-catching statement accessories and endless hair styles.
Dressing is an art form for those kinds of style personalities – Farah Marhaba

  • The Dramatic
Dramatic looks are all about

Dramatic looks are all about “WOW” factors.
Whether they are long silk or chamois dresses or jumpsuits, the dramatic look always makes a statement and turn heads as they enter a room – Tina Mansour

  • The Natural
A night out with nothing but a long Denim jacket and Sneakers. She is comfy, natural yet very stylish, especially with that pop of Rouge lipstick - Chayenne Mouawad

A night out with nothing but a long Denim jacket and Sneakers. She is comfy, natural yet very stylish, especially with that pop of Rouge lipstick – Chayenne Mouawad

  • The Romantic
Notice the dry appliqués with lace and ballerinas. Romantic looks are all about pretty details, quality and femininity - Chayenne Mouawad

Notice the dry appliqués with lace and ballerinas. Romantic looks are all about pretty details, quality and femininity – Chayenne Mouawad


These are examples of every category. Those are the looks i chose from the infinite styles of each girl.

Now let’s get started with the quiz that can help you figure out under which category you fall. Many people clearly fit into 1 of 5 of these categories; however, interestingly, we sometimes flow from one to another of the Style Personalities, depending on our mood or between our work and leisure time.

All you have to do in this quiz is to get a pen and paper and draw a tick for every statement that falls into each of the categories that YOU find true about yourself (it is a matter of total number of ticks).


The Classic

  • You like to wear suits and twin-sets
  • You prefer smart trousers to jeans
  • You don’t follow fashion trends, but prefer a timeless look
  • You like to appear well turned-out but not over-dressed
  • You avoid too many colors in one outfit
  • You prefer classic color combinations
  • You would prefer to buy Quality over Quantity
  • You shop in a few trusted shops
  • You like to tuck shirts in and wear quality belts
  • You like light wools, fine cottons and silks
  • You wear classic shoe styles such as the court or penny loafer
  • You have a timeless hairstyle that you rarely change
  • If you dye your hair, it is close to its natural color
  • You consider your style elegant, mature and refined
  • Your style is smart, understated and doesn’t attract too much attention
  • You prefer soft folds and straight lines
  • You like tailored styles – nothing too baggy or loose
  • You prefer straight or pencil skirts to full or pleated
  • You have a safe and predictable makeup routine
  • Your look is always sophisticated and easily coordinated
  • Your jewellery is classic and of fine quality

The Creative

  • You like to have fun with your wardrobe choices
  • You’re inspired by catwalks but always add your own twists
  • You love bold, modern costume jewellery
  • You love eye-catching, statement accessories
  • You like to wear strong, contrasting colors
  • You may have an ethnic or even theatrical look
  • You prefer ensemble dressing to mix and match
  • You like fabrics that have glitter and shine
  • Your style is unique, eclectic and unpredictable
  • You love billowy lines and unusual silhouettes
  • You experiment with exotic or geometric prints
  • You may be a hoarder and can see a use for everything
  • Your clothes are a collection from different decades
  • To you, dressing is an art form
  • You may have angular or prominent features
  • Your hairstyle has long curls or is short and dramatic
  • You often experiment with your makeup
  • Some might think you dress ‘inappropriately’ for some occasions
  • You have long finger nails and paint them regularly
  • You are a trendsetter rather than a fashion follower
  • People admire your brave and daring style combinations

The Dramatic

  • You like to make a big entrance
  • Your top priority is to include a ‘wow’ factor
  • You love to follow the latest fashion trend
  • Shopping is one of your favorite hobbies
  • You love to party and to be the ‘star of the show’
  • Your wardrobe is full of impulse buys
  • You often sacrifice practicality to look good
  • You’d always rather be over-dressed than under-dressed
  • You love Hollywood glamour and Marilyn Monroe
  • Makeup is drama: striking red lips, luscious lashes and smoldering eyes
  • You like to express your sexuality in your clothes
  • You prefer bold, striking accessories
  • Your hairstyle can be bold, and always well styled
  • You have good levels of body confidence
  • You love fashion magazines and beauty products
  • You like bold colors and animal prints
  • You enjoy reinventing yourself and trying new looks
  • You love to have fun with your hairstyle, and have numerous styling products and tools
  • You like baby-doll dresses and exaggerated styles
  • You have trouble toning down your look for work
  • You love to have a ‘red carpet’ occasion to get dressed up for

The Natural

  • Feeling comfortable is your top priority
  • Your hair is often casual, unfussy and tousled
  • You rarely wear twin-sets, preferring separates
  • You love denim, khaki, cord, and tweed
  • You wear minimal makeup, and prefer to go natural
  • You get bored by beauty routines and mirror gazing
  • To you, style should always be fuss-free
  • You like loose-fitting clothes that you can move in
  • You often wear whatever is ‘at hand’ and ready to go
  • You like handsfree bags to through over your shoulder
  • Your jewellery has earthy tones, wood, shell, stones, and other natural materials
  • You like a simple, uncluttered look
  • You prefer jeans and shorts, but like full or long skirts
  • You prefer flat shoes and boots whenever possible
  • You’d always choose a kitten heel over a stiletto
  • You like eye-catching detail but in moderation
  • You dislike tight, constricting clothes
  • You don’t like being over-dressed, or too ‘made-up’
  • You choose practicality over making a statement
  • You can be quite a tomboy or sporty

The Romantic

  • You love pretty colors such as pinks and pastels
  • You like details such as ruffles, frills, flounces and appliqués
  • You love to wear perfume
  • You prefer delicate jewellery (sometimes antique), both simple and elaborate
  • You choose cashmere, angora, silk, lace and tulle and voile
  • You like floral prints and detailing
  • You adore pearls, diamonds, sequins and diamante
  • You often choose romantic styles from bygone eras such as Victorian times
  • You like ribbons, bows and feminine detailing
  • You may have dainty, delicate and feminine features
  • Your makeup is often subtle, with emphasis on the eyes
  • You like softer lines with bust or waist definition; no harsh or masculine lines
  • You like kitten heels, peep-toe pumps, ballerina flats, and Mary-Janes

After you are done, count how many ticks there are in every category and VOILA you found YOUR STYLE.

I hope you enjoyed this quiz.

My Next Post will be about “Style NOT Brand”, followed by pictures of my outfits that cost way less than what they seem.