I’ve been contemplating the idea of starting out my own blog for some time now.. I finally did it on some fun night, while on vacation in Cairo.

My blog is going to be about all that I love in this life. From recipes to fashion, and some lifestyle & home improvement projects. It is going to feature a lot of what inspires me- big or small: Arts, grand fashion houses, local Lebanese designers, handmade ornaments and apparel, simple projects… etc

Hover around for my little treasures discovered all over the internet, at some local Lebanese shops, or via people I meet here & there.

It is always a pleasure to read your comments and see you are following along my journey! For any enquiry, please find my contacts here.

188 thoughts on “About”

  1. Malou Prestado said:

    Keep blogging and please feature more about Lebanese things from fashion, food, markets, etc. I would love reading more about them.

    • Thanks Malou! You’re officially the first one to leave a comment on my blog πŸ™‚
      I have Loads of topics to write about and people to interview, coming next week!

  2. Great idea for your blog and I like the look of it very much! Thanks for stopping by so I could discover you too:) Looking forward to reading more here!

  3. Loving this and now a follower! Thanks for sharing your world with us! πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for stopping by my site, and keep up the good work!

  5. Thank you for following! I appreciate you. This is an interesting blog to explore! Linda

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours looks nice!

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and following! Not only good for the ego but I got to find yours which is very interesting. A Lebanese food shop opened up not far from our home in Vancouver last summer. I hope it is still there when we get back as they had some yummy things.

    • Thank you for stopping by as well, so nice of you πŸ™‚ Let me know what kinds of dishes you like most at that restaurant, I’m interested to know! πŸ™‚

      • It’s not a restaurant but a shop that sells nuts and dried fruit and spices. (I have never seen such beautiful saffron in my life!) I do like Lebanese food, however, and chicken shawarma, hummus, taboule and falafel are among my favorites. What else should I try?

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking a post. I liked the photo of the veggie gratin!

  9. It’s really funny to see how your blog and I are using the same template! πŸ™‚ I’m glad to drop by in your blog today!

    And are you originally from Lebanon? Uhmm, just wondering. One of my favorite authors, Kahlil Gibran is from Lebanon… πŸ™‚

    Kind regards,

    Subhan Zein

    • Hey, thanks a lot for dropping by! πŸ˜€ It was a delight to read your comment πŸ™‚
      Yes, I’m from Lebanon, & Gibran is my all time favorite! Check out my first post on my blog, I quoted him πŸ˜€
      What’s your favorite book, or even a verse, by him? Have you also checked out his paintings? Marvelous work!

      • Yes, Gibran is one of my favorite authors. I adore him and love him very much! πŸ™‚ My favorite book of his…. well, of course, is “The Prophet”. πŸ™‚ But I like his other works too: “The Broken Wings” and “Spirits Rebellious”. Often my flash fiction is inspired by “The Madman”. A great one!

        I’d say I’m very much influenced by the Great Gibran. You wouldn’t believe me until you read my poems. Check these out: “Millions of Candles”, “Whirling Towards the Divinity”, “She Surrendered to the Transcend”. Have a look and I hope you enjoy what I have in store! πŸ™‚

        Warm regards from Down Under,

        Subhan Zein

      • How marvelous! I sure will read them πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. Hey! I just wanted to drop by because I saw you liked one of my posts. I love the layout of your blog and am excited to start reading your posts. I am a new blogger so feel free to give me any feedback you may have. Thanks!

    • Hello! thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you liked my blog πŸ™‚ I’ll be working on some changes (making it more customized) soon, I hope you’ll like it πŸ˜€

  12. Hi πŸ™‚ Stopped by to say thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like. You’ve got a great blog started. Have a great weekend.

  13. theglitteredchameleon said:

    Hey πŸ™‚ thanks for liking my page, looking forward to reading your blog! xx

  14. Very interesting blog! Thanks for stopping by mine and the “Like”.

  15. You’ve been nominated for the 7×7 Award!
    Thanks so much for all of your support on my blog! I love yours and look forward to more posts!


    • Thank you so very much for your nomination, & I deeply apologize for the late reply! It is my great honor that you like my blog πŸ™‚
      Happy New Year 2013 for you & all your loved ones..


  16. Thanks so much for liking my post “Minty Fresh”!

    Good luck with your new blog. Maybe I will pick up some great Middle-Eastern foodie tips!

    dix & pond

    • Thanks for stopping by!! πŸ™‚ It was a pleasure viewing your nice blog.. Would love to have you around & hope you’ll like my future posts πŸ™‚

  17. Oooh, I’m so excited to read your wide variety of posts! It must be amazing living somewhere so exotic. I love how varied all of your posts are and how supportive your comments are:)

    • Thank you so much, again, for the sweet sweet comments πŸ™‚ Always so glad to have you here.. Would always love to write various stuff.. It’s how I am & how my culture actually is!! A little bit of everything πŸ™‚
      Your blog is no less amazing by the way πŸ™‚

  18. thank you for liking my post “IFW 2012”

    Good luck for your blog. Maybe I will try your recipes πŸ˜€

    armelia aprilianti melkias

  19. Thank you for stopping by my blog. And keep blogging about all the beautiful things you love! It’s so good to be able to learn about your person and culture through your posts.

  20. camillagullits said:

    Thank you so much for liking my pink cashmere blanket πŸ™‚ I’m completely new in blogging and right now I try to figure out β€œhow to do blogging” so it was a super pleasant surprise to see someone liked my work so quickly, thanks!

    Your blog seems very cool, and I look forward to learn more about you!

    • Thank you for visiting back & liking my blog as well!! πŸ˜€ So nice of you πŸ™‚ Will be looking forwards to reading more from you πŸ™‚
      I’m new to blogging too, a little bit over two months, & my blog is gonna look more customized, soon hopefully.. I hope you’d keep on visiting back!
      Keep blogging!! From the photos I take it that you seem to enjoy doing it, & that’s great!! πŸ˜€

      • camillagullits said:

        Dear Hipa
        Thank you for your kind answer!! I look forward to see your new blog, even I think this one is great!
        I’m so honoured that you would be my first follower, and was very disappointed when I found out that my daughter did a blog 2 years ago, and this is the one you followed – I think I may have used the wrong profile when replying to you…so if you really would be the first to follow please visit again – no matter what I look forward to follow you πŸ™‚
        Best wishes Camilla

  21. teawithbetty said:

    look forward to reading your blog… I just started one and am finding it an interesting adventure…just feeling my way through it.

    • Yes it is very exciting indeed!! Wish you the best πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by! Always glad to have you around πŸ™‚ & hope you always like my blog as well πŸ™‚

  22. What a fun blog you have going here! I am excited to follow your writings and your tweets! Thanks for connecting!

  23. Blueyedstudio said:

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I am enjoying yours as well!

  24. sahbinahvioletflynn said:

    I am thrilled you liked my post “Edible Flowers” and to visit your blog today. Exciting you are bringing your corner of the world to everyone and on such a beautifully laid out blog space…..light, airy, fun, elegant, refined, so many special qualities. Best, Susan

  25. sahbinahvioletflynn said:

    I am thrilled that you liked my post “Edible Flowers”. I am excited to visit your site, which is beautifully laid out….light, airy, elegant, fun, so many special qualities. Best, Susan

  26. Great blog, congrats on your 7×7 blog award!

  27. madisoncary said:

    thanks for the like! πŸ™‚ i look forward to exploring your blog!

  28. Thanks for checking out my blog. I really loved the art on the home page the photos are fab makes me want to visit the world even more than I already do. I love life and strive to find happiness in what I do and I usually do. Love seeing the enjoyment in life that is why I started my blog angelaluvnlife.com πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it

  29. I’m now to put ‘visit Lebanon’ into my bucket list. Share more about the people, places, and things there, alright. Will be visiting again soon. πŸ™‚

  30. mllekarensofie said:

    Thanks a lot for your like, much appreciated!:D

  31. Thank you for reading and the “Like”!

    • You’re welcome! πŸ™‚ Thanks for revisiting, hope to keep on seeing you around! I’ll drop by to view more of your lovely blog as well πŸ™‚


  32. Hi there. I got here from an introduction by toneddownandvintage. Your blog is amazing. It gets me so hungry to look at your food posts. Your pictures are very captivating. Hope to read more wonderful posts from you.

    • Hey! Thanks a lot for the lovely comment, it was nice of you πŸ™‚
      Toned down & Vintage is one of my favorite blogs. It felt amazing to have been featured there πŸ™‚
      I’l definitely be posting more, hope you’ll like them as well.
      Thanks again for dropping by..

  33. Thank you for liking my post. It’s a great encouragement to newbie like me.

    • You’re welcome!! I’m new myself, have been around a little over two months now πŸ™‚ Keep it up! Will be looking forwards to read some more from you..

  34. I love the name you chose for your blog… it sounds so magical. Keep blogging!

  35. Thank you for coming by for breakfast! I am ready for dinner at Mayrig’s now…
    happy day!

  36. Thanks for the like on my Chocolate marshmallow treats and for stopping by!

  37. Lovely blog – well done! Thank you for stopping by http://chocolatefuelled.wordpress.com/ – I am so glad you liked it!

  38. So many nice blogs out there, and yours is one of them. I started out with the same header as yours then adapted it. Still love the original though.

    Please accept the Versatile Blogger Award. http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/awards-2/

    • Oh My God!! Thank you so very much! I am deeply touched.. It was thrilling to get back home & discover this great surprise.. I instantly fell in love with your blog, & I’m so honored that you like mine as well πŸ™‚

      As for the header, I love it too since it is perfectly my style (the vintage chateau, the black & white photography, & the sun beams coming in through those gorgeous windows…), but I’m planning a ‘rebranding’ campaign in order to customize my blog too πŸ™‚

      Thanks again for the nomination πŸ™‚


  39. Lovely blog! And thanks for liking my post πŸ™‚

  40. loveoffleeting said:

    Hi! Just letting you know I nominated you for the Liebster Award. There are rules so go read more about it on my blog, and nominate others! Thanks for browsing my blog every so often. x


  41. Thank you so very much!! This was incredibly nice! Coming from someone behind a blog that I really admire! πŸ˜€

  42. Ya jamilah! πŸ™‚ I nominate you for ABC Award. It’s the Awesome Blog Content Award! πŸ™‚ If you accept the award, please visit: http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/awards-galore-2-0/ and you can nominate some other bloggers for the award.

    Congratz again, Hiba, and let’s spread the joy! πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

    • Hello again!!

      Thank you a lot!! I’m so delighted to have been nominated for the ABC award.. It really means a lot that my humble blog posts are actually ‘awesome’ to someone out there πŸ˜€
      Thanks again and of course it’s an honor to accept it, from an awesome blogger like you πŸ™‚


      • Pleasure is mine, Hiba! You deserve the award anyway! Have some more photos of your country and your blog will be a lot more awesome! πŸ™‚

        And to respond to your previous question: “Ana adrusu lughatil ‘arabiyah fi ma’hadil Manar bi Jakarta”. πŸ™‚

        Not a very good attempt in Arabic, hey? Haha

        Subhan Zein

  43. Hi! I really enjoy your blog and I’ve nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award! Here’s the link: http://megtraveling.com/2012/04/01/the-sunshine-and-genuine-blogger-awards/

    • Thanks a lot Meg!! It is really so nice of you! Especially that these lovely nominations come from one of my favorite blogs πŸ˜€
      Thanks a lot my dear, I am so so happy & honored that you really like my blog..


  44. Cool timing to stop by my blog! I was JUST speaking to a dear friend who works for the UN that has just moved out to Lebanon. πŸ™‚ I’m actually in the middle of researching information on it as I plan on visiting her in Beirut later on this year. I find occurrences in life like this sweet. I hope you are having a beautiful day.- Cara xoxo

    • Thank you for the nice comment… I too find such occurrences in life sweet, and meaningful. Please let me know when you come by! I’d definitely recommend a few must-see places πŸ™‚
      Best of luck for your friend, I hope she has a smooth stay. Here in Lebanon people love the people behind the UN forces πŸ˜€ we see them as quite interesting & exotic, not to forget that they are working so hard away from home for the development and welfare of the local people of another country, that is not even theirs… So giving πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting back.


      • Yes, I have a lot of friends who work for the UN. We have similar values and goals. Will definitely let you know when I come by! xoxoxo

  45. Thank you so much for liking my post :>

  46. LaureanneCamille said:

    Hi, just visited your blog and it was awesome. I am now following it. πŸ˜‰
    Just keep on blogging. I am a new blogger to. πŸ˜€


  47. Thank you for dropping by and liking my post in my blog about my niece’s shenanigans with her son’s food. I am crrently running 4 blogs and am an admistrator on my late brother’s blog.
    I’ll be keeping tabs on yours πŸ˜‰
    Enjoy this great experience!
    David Scott Smith/ http://www.greasyheart.com

  48. Great blog, I look forward to stopping by Hiba to see your musings on fashion, decor food and lifestyle! Keep up the great work!

  49. Cloud of Lace, I really enjoyed reading your blog. Blogging is a wonderful way to become informed about many ways of life and places that are likely not to be experienced directly. The world becomes richer and wiser for the exchange.

    • You’re so right about blogging! I think so too, every time I get to know something/someone interesting here..
      Thanks a lot for the visit and for those lovely words of yours πŸ™‚

  50. Thank you for liking my “Catching Up” post on my blog! Hope you like all the others that come to follow. πŸ™‚ Best of luck!

  51. Thank you for liking my most recent post
    Thank God you stop by
    I love anything Lebanese…

    Will follow

  52. Great looking blog. The pictures are tremendous. Thanks for checking out Fried Neck Bones…and Some Home Fries.

  53. Thanks for stopping by our blog and your like on the post!

  54. Claire Cappetta said:

    Hi I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award, you can find the instructions on my page: http://wp.me/p293H6-bF, Wishing you a great day πŸ™‚

  55. bohemianspiritedmom said:

    Can you handle another award? I am nominating you for the
    Beautiful Blogger award!! Omg–I just saw above post and you have gotten it twice. Guess that means you get to nominate 10 more!

  56. Hello! We really enjoy your blog, so we’ve nominated you for the β€œKreativ Blog Award”. Congratulations!

  57. Hi. Thank you for dropping by my blog and for the “likes”. Really appreciate it. You have done a good job here in your blog, wish I could do that to on my own blog. Keep up the good work!:)

  58. Nice concept. Thanks for checking in with me!

  59. Thanks for the like, cloudoflace! Love the name!!!

  60. really nice blog u have here.

  61. Hello Hiba, thank you for stopping by and liking my blog – I love what I’ve seen of yours so far, the breadth of topics is great and I love your writing style. I’m looking forward to reading more!
    All the best, Liz

  62. Congratulations! I have awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. You have a wonderful blog!
    The Rules for Award participation are:
    1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
    2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
    3. Tell them 7 facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate 9 other blogs you like for this award
    5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated
    Check out my page for more information.

  63. Claire Cappetta said:

    Hmmm I found I was missing something the last couple of weeks… Hiba! I missed your wonderful pictures of exotic rooms and aromatic food πŸ™‚

    • Ohhhhh!! That was sooo sweet of you πŸ™‚ I sure will be back with some nice places (restaurants & art galleries) to feature.. Hope you’ll like them πŸ™‚ mmmwah

  64. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, for details http://leanovadesigns.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/spreading-the-love-on-fathers-day/

  65. Hi -I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award, Camilla


  66. I love your blog! Right from the Recipes to the Outfits to the Beauty tips! fabulous! πŸ˜€

  67. you’ve been too quiet, hope all is well with you xoxo

    • Hello Dear,
      Thanks a lot for the nice gesture πŸ™‚ Yes I admit I’ve been away far too long.. So many changes in my life right now.. Hope all is well with you too πŸ™‚

  68. bohemianspiritedmom said:

    Nomination for One Lovely Blogger Award! Please copy/paste award from my site and follow rules if you accept. (it’s ok not to! πŸ™‚ )

  69. thank you for reading and the like of my post.

  70. Thanks for the like πŸ™‚ Loving the lace as well!

  71. thegayprincess said:

    i like your blog!

  72. Thanks for visiting The He She Said Said Experience and liking our post about Pitango Gelato!

    Kari: I love the Erdem Dress that you posted recently! LOVE!!!

  73. Thanks for stopping by!
    Hope you like my future posts as well… πŸ™‚

  74. I just stopped by to thank you for liking my recent post, “Mango.” It always give me a lift! So, thank you. πŸ™‚

  75. Hello! I must say that I really like the Lebanese culture infusion. My parents are from the Middle East and so I really think that this blog has a really strong foundation and purpose. Very nice style too, in terms of layout and the whole look of the blog. I’d like to also thank you for visiting and liking my post: Think a Bit Thursday: Super Size Me and Fast Food. Likes are always appreciated πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so very much for the nice comment πŸ™‚ Will always be looking forwards to reading from you!
      Where from are your parents? Have you visited the Middle East before?


      • My father is from Jerusalem and my mother is from Bethlehem. I have some family in Lebanon as well. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to the Middle East yet. But I’m sure that one day I will go there to visit family!

  76. jessebuell said:

    I took a look at your blog today. The pictures are all really pretty! I’ll be coming by periodically to see what’s new, especially since I don’t know much about the Middle East. πŸ™‚

  77. Hey, I’ve never been to Lebanon but am interested to get to know other parts of the world. One way of doing it is to see it thru other people’s eyes and therefore I’m here to travel with you to see the Lebanese cultures.

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad to have you around! Will be my honor to introduce the Lebanese culture to the world in my future posts πŸ™‚
      All the best for the new Year!


  78. Thanks for liking my post on cooking beets. You have a very interesting blogs. I love the wide range of things you post I’ll be back, do drop by mine again!

  79. I have been blogging since 5 years and your blog is the most famous WordPress blog I have seen so far! Good luck!

    • Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€ So nice of you really & I’m so honored to have this nice comment on my blog πŸ™‚
      Yours is truly a unique blog, keep it up & I’m sure you’re making a difference πŸ™‚

      Best regards,

  80. lovely blog..! I liked the mixed styles and images..! Great job..! =)

  81. I’ve got to say I’m a little bit obsessed with visiting and eating in Beirut, and meeting people there. Thanks for liking my recent food-related blog post, and I look forward to reading about things Lebanon here on your blog. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you!!! πŸ˜€ I’m so glad to have stumbld upon your blog, it’s quite lovely!! πŸ™‚
      Any specific places you like to eat at here? I’d love to know your opinion! πŸ™‚


  82. Thank you for checking out my blog!

  83. Hello, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

  84. Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

  85. Hey, feel free to visit my blog πŸ™‚

  86. You have a very nice blog here. Continue with your good ideas.
    Thanks for your visit and like at my blog.

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