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Hike of Hope

July 20, 2010

“Hike of Hope” is a team of 6 men trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro; the highest peak in Africa; in attempt to raise awareness of the activities of Children Cancer Center of Lebanon, funds for the treatment of kids and above all promote the cause of fundraising itself.

Children cancer treatment and research is a noble cause that touches all of us. The amount of suffering and pain the children go through is heartbreaking. The Children Cancer Center of Lebanon work and achievements in treating, not only children from Lebanon but from all around the region, and enhancing their quality of life are simply awe inspiring.

That is why the Hike of Hope team chose The Children Cancer Center of Lebanon as the beneficiary of their “Hike of Hope”.

They will be navigating through five major eco-zones: Rainforest, Heath, Moorland, Alpine Desert and freezing Glaciers, enduring vast variations in climate, from equatorial at the foot of the mountain (30°) to arctic conditions at the summit (-20°) while coping with lower levels of oxygen at higher altitudes (approx 50% less at the top) which can lead to acute altitude sickness as well as other pulmonary and cerebral conditions.

The Hike of Hope team do this hoping/knowing that this will bring more attention to the cause they are adopting and hopefully inspiring people undertake similar initiatives. For as important as the money they raise from this event, he Hike of Hope team believe that it is equally important, if not more, to promote fundraising initiatives that will help create a more sustainable income stream for institutions that help and ensure a better quality of life for our society.

“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving” – Hank Rosso

The climb will take place from August 27th to September 2nd.

Visit their website, join their facebook group, and follow them on twitter!

Great initiative guys!

Cars just got tiny!

July 20, 2010

Gordon Murray is a renowned designer of Formula 1 cars and the McLaren F1 road car and the McLaren Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.  Now that I introduced who Gordon Murray is, allow me to introduce Gordon Murray’s latest design… the T25!

Measuring 2.4-metres long, 1.3-metres wide and 1.6-metres high, the T25 is an extremely compact city car. But despite its size, the car still has seating for three, thanks to its innovative interior layout (check the above diagram for layouts). A maximum of 720-litre of luggage space is also possible. The body is made from recycled plastic and is mounted on a tubular chassis.  The way the doors open (McLaren style) allows the driver to park near close objects and still manage to get out and in.  You can park the car 90 degrees to the curb instead of parallel park and park 3 T25s rather that just 1 car.

If this car isn’t considered efficient I don’t know what is!

Funkiest Canvas Shoes

July 20, 2010

I was chatting with a friend who shared the following link to show me some cool illustrations.  The link is poked studio.  While browsing the work, something caught my attention… canvas shoes!

I’ve always loved canvas shoes/espadrille and have bought a few from Dubai because they are just sooo comfortable.  Initially when you look at them, they’re not too pretty.  I don’t think I would have ever just decided to buy one.  Actually, how I came to discover their comfort was after a long day in heels, I got to Madinat Jumeirah to meet someone and decided I had to get myself flip flops because the heels were killing me.  I found a random store and they had canvas shoes.  I bought a pair of neutral colored ones and walked away.  I was in bliss.  It feels like you’re walking barefooted!! On my next trip I passed by the store again and bought a few more in different colors.

So, back to the point.  The above shoes were designed for String Republic so I jumped to their page and all they sell are funky designed canvas shoes!

Fashion hearts Charity

July 19, 2010

Empty your wardrobe for a good cause from July 22nd to August 31st!

This Ramadan is supporting AL NOOR Training Centre for a Children with Special Needs, but your help is needed. Donate your unwanted clothes and Fashionation.ME will sell them for you on Fasshionation.Me. All proceeds will be given to Al Noor to help cover its operational expenses.

About AL NOOR:
The centre started in 1981 and is the oldest centre of its kind in the UAE. It accommodates over 260 children from 25 nationalities. Since AL NOOR does not receive any regular or government funding, your donation could make a huge difference!

How to donate:

Gather all your unwanted clothes.
Take a picture of you wearing them as an outfit and a picture of each piece, flat on a white background.
Suggest a price for each piece.
Send Fashionation.Me an e-mail with all the pictures, the suggested prices in USD, size, your full name, address and phone number at with fashion loves charity as the subject title.
Fashionation.Me will organise the pickup of sold pieces.

Fashionation.Me will post your images on their website and you will be able to check online on a daily basis as to how your items sales are progressing. The participant that raises the highest fund for AL NOOR will be granted a voucher to be used on Fashionation.Me

Stella McCartney at the 2012 Olympics

July 19, 2010

Stella McCartney will oversee the design of the athletes’ clothing for the British team at the 2012 London Olympics.  She has been appointed creative director for Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will help shape the clothing to be made by Adidas.

The British Olympic Association said it was the first time in the history of the summer Games that a designer will work with a sports brand to design the team’s kit.

McCartney, who has already designed a line of clothing for Adidas, said: “As a British fashion designer it is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be creative director of Team GB as the host nation of the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

“I have to make it look good on TV, I have to make it feel good for the athletes, I have to make it work–technically it has to do its job,” she says of the “million challenges” ahead.

Source: Yahoo! News and People

Let’s go swimming… In Singapore!

July 19, 2010

146m long Infinity pool, 200m above the ground!

The SkyPark is 340m long (that’s longer than the Eiffel tower laid down or 4 and a half jumbo jets) and is located above 3 Marina Bay Sands Hotel towers in Singapore.

The garden consists of 250 tree and 650 plants.

The SkyPark is only one section of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore which officially opened to the public 3 weeks ago and the buzz about it is totally worth it.  Just check out the pictures in the slide show below!

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Ryan McElhinney Toy Lamp

June 24, 2010

Yes, I know I’ve been away for a while.  I vacationed a bit and then I just couldn’t get the “feel” to post anything.  However, I was browsing some blogs last night, and you know how it gets… I was checking out Confashions from Kuwait, and saw a link to Pink, a blog I never visited before, and I she had a post on Toys Furniture recently, where I found a table lamp that caught my attention.  A toy lamp by Ryan McElhinney.  I visited his site and found all these pics.  It’s like being a mature kid 😀

Each sculpture is one of a kind and hand ceafted at my London Studio. Made of recycled Toys which are bonded toghther and then coated in a High Gloss polyurethane laquer.


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Venus Williams Lacey Sheer Attire

May 24, 2010

Via Yahoo

I like tennis outfits.  I think they are cute and adorable BUT what on Earth was Venus Williams thinking??
I HATE this outfit and I don’t find it appropriate for the court.

Thanks Ray!

Zaha Hadid Designed Sandals

May 23, 2010

Melissa joined forces with world renowned architect Zaha Hadid (my favorite architect) a few years ago to create sandals.  I had seen images of them but never found where I could buy them now.

Today, I was checking LuisaViaRoma,  a luxury shopping website, which I just heard off today, and what do I find in their sale section?? You guessed it… Zaha Hadid sandals.  Unfortunately, my size isn’t available nor is the color I want available (but I would have settled for size!!) And guess what… it’s for just under KD 50!!

Yes, some of you might be thinking it’s too weird or whatever… but I really adore the futuristic look to it.

Such a shame 😦

Swatch Concept Scratchless Watch

May 9, 2010

Via Yanko Design

The Swatch concept watch by designer Allan George is basically aimed at the youth who like to wear trendy fashion, but maybe rough with it. Although latest scratch-proof glass materials are used in Omega, Rolex and ilk, but not all brands use this for their entire collection. And a watch with scratches on its glass looks so lame! Allan’s concept simple does away with the glass face and replaces it with a plastic-rubber finish. The colored hands peep out, behind a transparent rim, giving the watch a trendy and easy look!