March is the month to reflect on the achievements of women and empower each other.
In my post today, I’ll be introducing to you Cristel Taoutel behind KiKi that handles Communication, Media and PR.
1- Can you tell us about your background and why you decided to have your own agency
Since my graduation from Saint Joseph University in Business and Management, I started working in the PR field. I worked with luxury products like Dupont, Delsey, Kipling , Lacoste, Lancel, Longchamp and FMCG products ( While working with Hodal Group) and I worked in the PR Services like five stars hotels and restaurants ( while working in a PR agency) and now I’m working in an Architecture and Consultancy office as Business Development and PR.
I find the public relations field as an extremely attractive profession as it so diverse, dynamic and every day you work on a different thing, which is what I like.
Of course in this field you should be able to work under pressure and multitask, but with the passion to take up new challenges, good listening abilities and a desire to help people, one will adapt and excel in his job.
2- How did you find yourself in the Lebanese market ? And were there any difficulties with the clients?
First of all I want to thank all the opportunities I had in my career and all the companies I worked with, they gave me the chance and the opportunity to grow in this field, they saw my skills and believed in me.
Plus I want to mention here, that I am from a Syrian Origin, my accent is different, but the people here are very friendly and never faced any problem because of it. This is my identity and I’m proud with it.
3- What differentiates you from the other agencies?
What differentiates me from others, is that I can work with all kind of budgets.
I help my clients to promote their products and services in an efficient way.
When I started blogging, Le Blog De Chanty was mainly focusing on beauty, fashion and lifestyle.
But after I realized my passion for Fitness, my content started diverting more into health, fitness, clean eating, healthy living…
Thus the logo needed an update. The colors are still my favorite but the stylish lady with the huge hat isn’t represented a lot in my posts.
I needed a new logo to reflect my current style that is a combination of simplicity and energy.
Grey is a classic, elegant and solid color, reflecting maturity and professionalism. It is helpful for calming and re-setting the emotions.
Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, stimulates mental activity and generates muscle energy. it also indicates honor and loyalty.
I liked the combination of letter mark and hand written. It’s simple and energetic at the same time.
Thank you Triangle Mena for understanding my needs and reflecting them in this inspiring logo.
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What do you think of my new logo? Would love to have your input
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not really easy, it needs effort and commitment.
You start preparing your own food to keep track of what you’re eating during the day. You keep healthy snacks with you all the time, to make sure you won’t jump to the supermarket and hoover all the chocolate you see.
And yeah snacks options will get minimal; few kinds of fruits, nuts and crackers will be in your list.
I discovered the Quest Protein Bar when I started lifting weights and needed a protein source after my workout.
They have one of the best nutritional profiles of any protein bar on the market, with 20-21g of protein, plenty of fiber without a lot of unnecessary ingredients or extra carbs. All Quest Bars are gluten and soy free, and contain no added sugar.
Most importantly they taste great, now I keep a bar in all my bags and my favorite flavor is Brownies.
For the boring days at home, watching TV and don’t want to ruin your healthy track, the Quest Protein Chips will come handy.
Quest Protein Chips revolutionized snack food, offering a delicious, savory way to #CrunchClean.
With 21 grams of high-quality protein per bag, every bold, mouth-watering flavor has only 5g total carbs and zero junk ingredients. You can eat the whole bag for only 130 calories. My favorite flavor is BBQ!
It’s the time of the year where we emphasize on the importance of Love in our lives…
For those of you celebrating Valentine’s Day and would like to surprise you partner in a special way, I’m going to reveal the sweet and savory creations of Cream De La Crème catering that are designed especially for Valentine’s Day.
Cream De La Crèmeprovides catering services tailored to your taste and their name represents their promise to their customers.
For Valentine’s Day, they created several ideas for you to surprise your Love.
“Tic Tac Toe” Valentine Love Game
X Brownies and O Donuts with Tic Tac Toe Game
For the new couples who are still getting to know each other, this could be a nice idea. You can show her your appreciation in a subtle way, but make sure you let her win 😉
Composed of Turkey and Cheese Sandwich, Thyme mini croissant, Goat Cheese mini quiche, Eclairs Box, Pomme D’Amour, Hot Chocolate mix and a Mug
This is a great idea to surprise her in the morning and spend a loving day together
This is my favorite one, if any Romeo is reading this 😛
“Hugs and Kisses” Tart Box
Includes a Strawberry tart
For the non-traditional couples, who don’t want a simple red cake, the Tart box is the best you can think of
“Made With Love” Eclairs Box
Including four Eclairs with Raspberry, Chocolate and Passion Fruit filling
For the sweet tooth lovers and eclairs fans you have to consider this box!
“Love Is All Around” Cake
Pink Velvet with Chocolate Hearts and Cream Cheese filling
Traditional but not so conventional, the Love cake will surely surprise her!
“Say It With Brownies” The Sweet Love Bundle
Chocolate Brownies topped with fresh strawberries
If you’re a brownie addict like me, you’re gonna savour this strawberry topped brownies bundle!
“For The Love Of Sushi” Sushi Bites
Two sushi boxes of 32 pieces: a variety of salmon sushi bites
For the sushi lovers, the Sushi Bites is for you, but you have to share it on this day 😉
When ordering your box from Cream De La Crème, use the code “Chanty” and get 15% off from their next collection!
The holidays are over, but the extras kilos from all the feasts and extra alcohol are lying around your waist.
You’re searching for a push to help you get out of the cycle of dependence on saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and excess caffeine and alcohol.
One of the ways that can help you get back on track and change your eating habits is to have a detoxing program with Neo Kor organic juices.
What makes Neo Kor detoxing program different is that they don’t require cutting on food, because that is not a healthy thing to do.
With Neo Kordetoxing programs, you need to focus on healthy eating and have your juice one hour before your meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Neo Kor created different innovative detoxing programs to help you in your journey depending on your needs; Smooth Skin, Hydration, Fat Burn, Anti Aging, Energy Booster, Strong Immunity
Order Neo Kor detoxing juices on the following number 03/909215 to boost your energy, increase your metabolism while cleansing your body!
And what’s important to keep in mind, is that when your detox program ends, you can’t get back to binge eating. You have to keep on eating healthy, because that is the lifestyle that you want to be living!
Caution: Detoxing is not for everyone, check if it suits your health condition before starting any plan!
The reception area is so vast, long arcade windows and doors to show you the garden and the mesmerizing view
Uniquely designed, the hotel has 23 spacious suites that are well equipped to provide you comfort and elegance. Flowery theme dominates the interior and the touch of colors adds warmth and freshness to each room.
Their restaurants offer a mix of Lebanese and international gastronomy using local and handpicked ingredients from the Hotel orchard.
I enjoyed their rich and delicious breakfast in the sunshine. The table was served with labne, cheese, eggs, foul, fresh juice, tea…
As for the dinner, I enjoyed Lebanese food with live entertainment and a breeze at night, it was just perfect.
And the most magical part of the hotel is their swimming pool and especially at sunset, believe me you will never want to get out of the water. The view is breathtaking as you can see, and it’s so serene and calm, you will want to go there every weekend!
The staff is very friendly and helpful, it was a wonderful weekend.
As most of you know, I have a yearly tradition to spend my birthday in this magical place, I even dream to have my wedding there.
My love for Mir Amin Palace goes way back, I still remember the sunset the first time I went there, it took my breath away.
Mir Amin Palace is one of Beiteddine historical landmarks, it was once the residence of the last Emirs of Lebanon in the 19th century. It has been restored and turned into a 5 stars hotel to offer its guests an enjoyable and comfortable stay in a picturesque setting.
Before heading to my room, I always pass by the courtyard to enjoy the flowing fountains and the beautiful view overlooking the mountains and different villages.
The hotel has 22 charmful guest rooms and suites, the interior is so cozy with warm colors taking you back to the era of Emirs.
Well escorted to our room, there was a multi layers tray of Lebanese sweets and fruits.
I was even surprised by a cake to my room from the management, so generous of them!
We enjoyed our dinner at Le Serail with live entertainment, the weather was amazing we had our breakfast at the Terrace.
And the one thing that you cannot miss is the unique swimming pool, the flooring is a mix of mosaic giving the shape of a carpet.
It’s so hard leaving this calm and peaceful place!
If Tripoli is your destination, the charming Via Mina boutique hotel is the place to visit.
In the heart of El Mina, you will find an old house dating back to the 19th century, renovated and painted white from the outside with pastel blue doors and windows.
Classified by the Ministry of Tourism as a Historical Boutique Hotel and envisioned as a ‘Home, away from Home’, Via Mina is a boutique hotel which remarkably combines old and new in order to procure its lodgers with a comforting yet charming ambience allowing them to indulge in an exquisite experience.
The boutique hotel consists of 16 standard rooms, two suites, two family suites and two duplex suites. Refurbished with wenge; it combines the quality of finishes and the simplicity of modern style.
The hotel has a very intimate atmosphere reflected by the colors, the furniture and the dim-lit interior.
You can enjoy a traditional Lebanese breakfast at the Patio and have an indulgent dinner at Le Café.
Steak with Pepper Sauce
Fondant with Ice Cream
Don’t forget to pass by the Terrace for an afternoon tea!
A renovated luxurious hotel from the 60s, designed by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone, blending an elegant exterior with a fabulous majestic interior.
Phoenicia hotelis formed of 446 splendid rooms and suites and a residence with 33 suites and a penthouse.
Blending modern with traditional, the rooms are spacious, boasting spectacular views of the sea, marina, pool or city. The cozy and comfy interior endows guests with the ultimate comfort and luxury.
Directed to my room, there was a fresh red roses bouquet on the desk adding color and life to the room as I also enjoyed Lebanese sweets by their renowned chef.
I can consider Phoenicia Hotel as my second home, the staff are so friendly and helpful. Phoenicia is known of its refined restaurants, glamorous shops and indoor and outdoor pools. They have many outlets to fulfill all your needs:
Mosaic restaurant that serves international and Lebanese cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Café Mondo to satisfy your Italian taste buds. You should try the salad bar!
The Cascade Lounge for an afternoon tea or coffee
Amethyste that serves international light snacks while relaxing by the pool or during your summer parties
Enjoying the pool
Burger by the pool
Eau de Vie serves international cuisine for your luxurious and intimate nights
And don’t forget to book your massage at their spa, their highly trained team will leave you feeling beautiful, rejuvenated and relaxed!
In the heart of Monot Street, you can find this delightful independent boutique hotel, member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
This chic property designed by the famous Claude Missir, had a sensational renovation that has resulted in 41 superbly styled rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant and stunning city views from its rooftop, where the pool and terrace bar ensure that this is the perfect place to relax.
Everywhere you look, beautiful contemporary design meets the eye; from the sharp, harmonious lines of the exterior to the elegant minimalism of the interior. The interior is tastefully decorated, with a Zen setting designed for comfort and elegance.
Our room was very cozy and comfortable, the colors of the furniture and lighting are well planned. All luxury services are available to make our stay more enjoyable.
You have to treat yourself and dine at their restaurant located on the 10th floor. It is elegant and stylish, featuring dark brown leather sofas with tables and chairs designed by the Henge collection. It offers an exceptional dining experience, which will thrill your senses, along with stunning views of the city.
I enjoyed the duck platter a lot, it’s a must try on your next visit!
It’s also where you should enjoy your breakfast, with light coming from its vast windows and doors you won’t need to be sitting outside. Their rich buffer breakfast is a mix of oriental and western items. Don’t miss the pancakes!
In the heart of vibrant Hamra, the Five StarLe Bristol Hotelcombines modern comfort with personalized service. Classically elegant and luxurious, Le Bristol is the epitome of timeless refinement and Lebanese hospitality.
Le Bristol Hotel has 126 Rooms and 31 Suites, elegantly designed and refurbished between classic, modern, oriental and 60’s style to meet everyone’s taste and comfort.
Very well received in my room, a multi layers tray of dessert was waiting there with flowers on the desk.
The interior is very calm and relaxing, the choice of colors adds refinement to each room.
They have great room service their staff are very kind and helpful.
Le Bristol has become synonymous with exceptional catering, banqueting and cuisine.
You cannot miss the distinguished Sunday lunch buffet.
You will find a huge diversity of dishes, from typical Lebanese, to Italian, Sushi and French. There’s also a whole section for the dessert, you really don’t want to miss it!
Same goes for the international breakfast buffet, you have a wide selection of items, from cheese, hommos, foul, manakish to croissant and waffles…
If you’re a gym rat like me, you can exercise at their gym on the roof as well as you can enjoy the swimming pool and the view from the top!
For those who are not familiar with the brand, Specialized is a major American manufacturer of high performance bicycles, bicycle components and related products.
For the bicycle riders, Specialized designs advanced bikes and equipment that make your ride better.
They are known for their Deflect™ Reflect Hybrid Jacket which flawlessly performs a lot of duties, ranging from protection to visibility. It is made from Specialized‘s wind and water-resistant Deflect material, this fabric is extremely lightweight and breathable. The design also includes two front vents, a large back vent and laser perforated exhaust points throughout the jacket for a strategic level of breathability.
Specialized has designed this jacket to be extremely versatile, and to complement this, the sleeves are made to be completely removable. This way, you’re able to wear it as a jacket when it’s pouring with rain, and then zip off the sleeves and stow them away once the clouds clear.
As if this was not enough, this jacket features Schoeller® fabric with 3M® reflective technology that takes millions of microscopic glass beads and permanently seals them to the fabric structure. As you can imagine, this feature will increase your visibility to others on the road when it encounters light.
I got the chance to try the Shasta Long Sleeve Top and the Shasta Knickers
The Shasta Long Sleeve Top
It is designed to be right in between generous and slim, or what some might call “active,” while the long sleeves work in harmony with its soft, warming VaporRize™ construction. This material is extremely diligent at managing sweat buildup, so you’ll always keep as dry as possible during your workout. But should you feel the need to vent a little built-up heat, feel free to use the quarter-length front zipper to let it out.
To make it more practical, there are two zippered rear pockets for stashing your goods, plus reflective accents that’ll increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.
The Shasta Knickers
They feature a construction that’s dedicated to fitness, utilizing their knit VaporRize™ fabrics for superior moisture management, fit, and comfort.
Then there are plenty of pockets to house your music and other small items, while the second-skin fit offers plenty by the way of compressive support.
Whether for bicycle riding, for gym training or for relaxing, no matter the activity the Specializedapparel feels like a second skin, ensuring the proper amount of support and comfort.
While driving in the traffic, I could hear a beep sound, that was an alert given when a moving object is getting close by and the appropriate camera is highlighted on the screen to show which side.
It was very crowded at Rachid Karame exhibition center and very few parking spots left, but the parking is never a problem with the New Infiniti Q30.
With the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and front and rear Parking Sensor System, 4 cameras and virtual 360 degrees view from above, it is easy to see and maneuver in even the tightest spaces.
The next day I drove it in the tight roads of Beit Mery
Later that day, I attended my cousin’s wedding in Naas Bikfaya, it was freezing cold. When we left the ceremony it was 1 degree and we were afraid of slippery roads but the Infiniti Q30 gives you the confidence of the ride and makes the driving on wet tarmac a piece of cake.
I was driving the Front-Wheel Drive (FWD), 1.6T, SE, 4 cylinders, 7 speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) for the price of USD 36,900.
You can also find it in 1.6T, Premium for the price of USD 39,900
And in 2.0T, Premium 19” Roofrails for the price of USD 41,900
And in All-Wheel Drive (AWD), 2.0T, Sport, 4 cylinders, 7 speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) for the price of USD 49,900
The Infiniti Q30 is stylish with gracious touches to the exterior design, it combines the sportiness of a coupe with the empowered stance of a crossover.
I really enjoyed driving this car, it has a smart and modern look with sharp character lines, delivers decent performance and is comfortable to drive!
Enrobed in black cherry, with dark red reflections, this wine unleashes fresh aromas that vary between red and black fruits, with a touch of oak. Its unique assemblage gives the wine a supple and delicate character where blackcurrant and blackberry merge. Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Caladoc and Tempranillo
And for the first time in Lebanon, 3 talented Lebanese artists redesigned the entire bottle to portray their take on the Lebanese mountains.
Make sure to grab your Ixsir bottle, it’s a limited edition!