Friday, July 7, 2017

My Mykonos, Greece List ( Updated)

Mykonos was always a destination I had on my bucket list ever since I was in high school! So happy that I made this trip happen! I Just got back a few days ago with the worst flu ever and ended up with an IV but I guess it's part of the experience! lol It was by far one of the best trips ever! I met the coolest people, dined in the most beautiful restaurants, got lost in the cutest alleys and shopped till I dropped! Will I ever go back? YES! it will probably be a ritual!

I want to start off answering common questions about Mykonos,

How did I get to my destination ?
This part was actually the biggest burden of the whole trip, I had to take 3 flights to get to Mykonos flying with Eithad
Dammam to Abu Dhabi ( Etihad) 1 hour
Abu Dhabi to Athens ( Etihad) 5 hours
we had to claim our baggage and check them in again for our domestic flight to Mykonos ( make sure to buy your bags prior for the domestic flight)
Athens to Mykonos ( Agean Air) 40 min
going to Mykonos it took us 12 hours to get there ( with layovers) and coming back it took us 14 hours with layovers. Emirates as well is similar to the flight we took.

There are other options to Athens such as Gulf Air which is just 2 stops instead of 3 ( Athens- Mykonos)  I also heard Middle East Airlines will be flying straight to Mykonos End of July ( a few days in Beirut doesn't not seem like a bad idea AT ALL)

Is Mykonos family friendly?
I really think it's not very family friendly since its considered a major party city, Not a place to take my parents or my future kids. I am only taking my future hubby there, if he's into the party scene that is ( let's all hope so, Mr. stylemesausan)  I've seen kids on the beach but I still don't think its a safe environment for the, to be around. Its my personal opinion but in the end of the day, it reallyup to you.

Transportation around the island?
Although taxis are a bit hard to find in the island, we mostly used the hotel shuttle to and from town and ordered taxis from the hotel to the beaches during the day. The receptionist at the hotel also recommended we download the Mykonos Uber version called Aegean Taxi by Multi Brains LLC it was actually cheaper than the taxis we ordered from the hotel. (rides were from 10 to 25 euros) .
You can also rent a car or buggy if you have a licensees, that was actually my initial plan until I saw the narrow rocky roads and how crazy people drove.  

Best time to go to Mykonos?
The Island actually operates 6 months of the year ( March to September/ October)
the highest season is July and August.

Where to live ?
I personally wanted to live closer to town since everything is in town I also knew I would be going to a different beach every day and wouldn't really benefit from staying at a resort with a private beach. Again, it's all up to you and your preferences.  I stayed in Andronikos Hotel, the hotel was really cool, location was ideal, service was really good and their staff was super duper friendly! ( what I loved the most about the hotel)

How many days is ideal for the trip?
I would say 6-10 days ( that is, if you have the energy to do the 10 days) lol!

Essential items from my wardrobe?
loose clothing, linens, ,straw bags, comfortable shoes ( I took white sneakers, slippers and block sandals for night) Took a few high-end pieces but ended up not wearing them,  generally people don't really dress up in Mykonos. There were also some days when I went to dinner with my swimsuit and coverup.

Best places to take photos?
EVERYWHERE! I would probably say the town, so many cute areas with beautiful trees and backgrounds.

Now for all the recommendations, most recommendations I personally tried and absolutely loved and other recommendations were from friends that I majorly trust but just did not have the time to try out! so here it goes!

Absolut (town)
Boheme ( town)
Thoxenia (town)
Andronikos ( town)
Ostraco (town)
Absolut (town)
Cavo Tagoo
Tharroe of Mykonos
Pistasos ( Beach)
Mykons Blu ( Beach)
Anax resort (Beach)

Santana ( Pool and beach)
Lohan Beach House ( The beach is super blue, so beautiful!)
Pasaji ( Ornos)
Kuzina ( Ornos)
Scorpios ( Food there is really good too!)
Pricipote (Panormos) my favorite!
Buddha bar

Avra (Greek)
Remezzo (Greek)
Interni ( Greek)
Ling ling (Hakasasn)
Mamalouka ( Greek)
Kousaris ( Japanese)
Nobu ( Japanese)
Kiku in Cavo Tagoo
Little Bambini for crepe
M- eating
La Maison du Catherine
Cabbanes Restaurant mykonian villa collection

High-end brands ( Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Dsquared2, Franck Muller )
Nammos Village is great for high-end shopping

Multi-brands ( Soho- Soho , Enny Monaco, Linea Piu, Dew concept store

Local stores:
Carvana in Scorpios
Lusia in Nammos ( Most beaches have stores, make sure to check them out)
Kontiza ( I got all my beach bags from there, owners are so cute!)
Optique Boutique
( just stroll down the town, you will find the most amazing shops ever!)

Cavo Tagoo Hotel

Nammos Beach


Principote Panormos 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My Beirut List ( Updated)

Beirut, Lebanon has a always been a second home for me and a has special place in my heart.  Growing up , my family and I spent a couple of months every year. Theres always something interesting and new to see or do every time we fly there! What I love about Beirut the most is, t how locals embrace culture in everything! I know that a lot of you haven't been to Lebanon for ages. So here's a little list I created from my past couple of trips.
 (Most places I've tried out, but there are some that were recommended by locals and friends! )

( Zaytoni Bay Marina) I honestly felt I was a legit photographer .

 ( Harari Mosque in Downtown Beirut,  So beautiful)

Beirut Souks ( Open air mall for high-end and high-street brands, Cinema and cool hip restaurants too)
Solider (  high-end brands like Dior, Gucci, Chanel, Celine, Dolce and Gabbana)
Abc- الاشرفيه ( Stores, department store, restaurants and cafes)
Abc- ظبيه
Abc Verdun ( new)
City Mall ( Closed mall , mostly high street brands)
City Center ( New closed mall, mostly high street brands like Topshop and HM)
Some boutiques in مار مخايل و الجميزه ( local brands)
Aishti - ظبيه ( high-end brands) preferably to go during the day, weather is beautiful theres also a cafe called People and a restaurant called "Meat the Fish", Theres also a Spa and hair salon where I did my ashy-pink hair there.
سوق الطيب- Farmer's market in Beirut Souks every Saturday from early morning to around 3 pm
اشغالنا- Handmade items\ flea market
Saifi Village- Local shops including Cream multi-brand store and other cute local brand shops, make sure to have coffee and waffle at the cafe in the middle
Vanina - Local designer
Pop up Concepts - Street wear
Label Queen - bridge brands

Falmanki - ( its a must go cafe! great vibes and food, open really late!)
قهوة ليلى - Great to get a snack or drink coffee
ام شريفcafe
قهوة عزمي
Eat Sunshine ( organic, healthy)
Home Sweet Home ( breakfast + Instagram friendly )
Bar Tartine
Back Burner ( Speciality coffee)
Kalei Coffee ( Specialty coffee)

Lebanese Restaurants:
ام شريف
السلطان ابراهيم
برج الحمام
Maryool ( street Lebanese food, so yummy!)

International Restaurants :
Zaytoni Bay ( Restaurants and Cafe's overlooking the Marina)
The Village ( A couple of Restaurants and Cafe's)
Villa Clara ( French)
Le Avenue du parc ( French)
Joe Pena ( Mexican)
Memory lane ( International)
Gathering ( French, International)
Gilt ( Mediterranean , European)
Burgundy ( French)
Saks ( International)
Celsius ( International)
Happy Prince ( Burgers)
Kampai ( Japanese )
Metropole ( French)
Society ( French)
La Parrilla ( Steakhouse)
Centrale ( French)

Shows and Entertainment:
ام شريف
Music Hall

Le Gray
Four Seasons
Kempinski Summerland
Movenpick  Hotel
Saifi Suites ( boutique hotel)

Beach and Pools ( Summer season only) :
Madam Bleu- Beirut ( They also have two cool restaurants there Sea salt (seafood) and Popolo ( Italian)
Orchid Beach Resort- Jiyeh
Iris Beach Club- Damour
Edde Sands Resort- Jbeil
Mandaloun Beach Club- Dbayeh
Rivera Hotel- Beirut
Cyan Beach Resort- Kaslik, Jounieh
Veer Boutique Hotel & Resort  - Kaslik, Jounieh
Kempinski Summer land

( Em Shreif Cafe, Falfel Sandwich and Pomegranate Juice to die for) 

( Found this Cafe in Saiffi Village, Super cute spot and super cute barista haha )

( Backburner seating area)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Outfit Post: Plaid all the Way

I had to share this beautiful shoot with you. It was a little more than a year ago, when I hand blonde long locks and lived in Hollywood. This just shows you how crazy busy my year was! I didn't even have time to share this with you. It was literally outside an old record store around my apartment and everything behind this photo shoot screamed Los Angeles. Speaking of Los Angeles, I really don't know when was the last time I wore those shoes! These my friends are the highest most comfortable shoes I've ever walked in. I miss everything about this shoot!

Outfit details:
Sweater: LF Stores
Pants: American Apparel
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell 
Sunglasses: Prada
Ring: Chanel
Necklace: Local Lebanese designer  

Photos taken by: 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My Los Angeles Shopping List

Melrose Trading Post Flea Market

Melrose Trading Post Flea Market

 Nasty Gal ( Melrose)

 Larchmont Village Farmer's Market 

 Larchmont Village Farmer Market

Hello again! 
Thank for all the amazing feedback on my LA food list. Solets shoot the next batch! Yes! its my favorite batch for sure. As all of you might know that I love mixing clothes. My outfits usually consist of pieces from all of the following categories. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new styles! I discovered my real style when I moved to Los Angeles and took away all of the voices that told me not to! It's your turn to go wild in style and discover your inner fashionista! Please share your experience with me through my Instagram and Snapchat on@ stylemesausan
Love you loads,

High-end Designer Shopping Areas:
Rodeo Drive from (Wilshire Blvd. to Santa Monica Blvd.)
Robertson Blvd. (3rd Street to Beverly Blvd.)
Melrose (Fairfax to Robertson Blvd.)
Melrose Place

High-street Designer Shopping Areas:
Melrose (La Brea to Fairfax)
Fairfax (Beverly Blvd. to Melrose)
Abbot Kenny
3rd St (Fairfax to La Cienega) 
Manhattan Beach (Main street)
Santa Monica (Main Street)

Shopping Malls:
The Grove
Westfield Century City
The Beverly Center
The Glendale Galleria 
Hollywood x Highland
3rd street promenade, Santa Monica 

High-street Boutiques:

LF stores (Robertson Blvd.)
LF stores (Abbot Kenny)
LF stores (Larchmont)
Hardware (Larchmont)
Hardware (Century City)
Eden Sky (Melrose)
Seven (Melrose)
American Rag (La Brea Ave.)
Wild style (Melrose)
Fashion BNKR (Downtown LA)

High-end Designer Multi-brands:
Intermix (Roberston blvd. /Beverly Dr.)
Satine  (3rd Street/ Abbot Kenny)
Elodie K (Melrose place)
Dash Boutique (Melrose)
Oak (Beverly Blvd.)
Open Ceremony (La Cienega)
Madison (Melrose/ 3rd Street)
What goes around ( Corner of Rodeo Dr.)

High-end Designer Boutiques:
Assembly (Melrose)
Alice and Olivia (Melrose/ Beverly Dr.)
Anine Bing (3rd Street)
Acne Studios (Downtown LA)
Rag and Bone (Melrose)
Reformation (Melrose)
The Row (Melrose place)
Chloe ( Melrose Place)
Saint Laurent ( Rodeo Dr./ Beverly Center)
Balenciaga ( Rodeo Dr.)
Chanel ( Rodeo Dr./ Roberston Blvd/ Saks/ Nemin Marcus)
Celine ( Rodeo Dr.)

Vintage Stores:
Decades (Melrose)
Squaresville (Los feliz)
What goes around ( Rodeo)
American Rag (La Brea Ave.)
Wasteland (Melrose)
SLOW (Melrose)
Polka dots and moon beams (3rd Street)

Concept Stores:
Poketo (Downtown LA)
The Well (Downtown LA)
Fred Segal (Melrose )

Farmer Markets and Flea Markets:
Melrose Trading post flea market (every Sunday until 5)
Rose bowl flea market (First Sunday of every month until 3)
Hollywood farmers market (every Sunday until 1)
Larchmont village farmers market (every Sunday until 2)
Melrose place farmers market (every Sunday until 2)

Abbot Kenny Food Truck (First Friday of every month)

Monday, March 21, 2016

My Los Angeles Food List

Alfred Coffee ( Melrose place) 

 Stir Market ( Beverly Blvd.)

 Alfred Coffee ( Melrose place)

 Mama's Secret ( 3rd Street)

Malibu Farm ( Malibu) 

Hey everyone! 
I'm so excited to share with you my own personal Los Angeles food list. I've been meaning to write this for a while but I never really found the time to. So since half of the Saudi population is planning to spend the summer there, I guess its time to reveal what I've got for you! I'll start creating my 2nd list , which is more of a shopping and fun things to do in Los Angeles. I would really appreciate it if you would share your experiences with me by snapping photos or telling me your thoughts through my snapchat or Instagaram @stylemesausan 
Love you guys and hope to see you all this summer! Come say hi if you see me anywhere, I don't bite  ( I give hugs)  I promise!

Sausan xx    

Breakfast / Brunch
Toast (American) 3rd Street
Square one dining (American) Silver Lake
Sqirl (New American) Silver lake
Joan’s on 3rd (American) 3rd Street
Mama’s Secret (Turkish) 3rd Street
Urth Café (American) Melrose/ Beverly Drive / Santa Monica/ Downtown LA
Bottega Louie (French/ American) Downtown LA
Blue Jam (American) Melrose
Gjelina (New American) Abbot Kenny
Taste  (New American) Melrose
Zinque (French) Melrose/ Abbot Kenny
Malibu Café (American) Malibu
Shutters on the Beach (American) Santa Monica
Mauro’s Café Fred Segal (American/ Italian) Melrose
Simple Things (American) 3rd Street
Republique (French) La Brea
Backyard Bowls (Healthy) Beverly Blvd
Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills hotel

 Alfred Coffee in Melrose place
Alfred Coffee in the Alley
Alfred Coffee in Beverly Hills
Alfred Coffee in Silver Lake
Alfred Coffee in Brentwood
Alfred Coffee in Studio City
Verve Coffee on 3rd Street
Verve Coffee on Melrose
Verve Coffee in Downtown LA
Il Café Downtown LA
Blue bottle on Beverly
Blue bottle Abbot Kenny
Urth Café Melrose
Urth Café Downtown LA
Urth Café Santa Monica
Urth Café Beverly Drive
The Classic Coffee Downtown LA
Document Korea town
Nespresso Beverly Hills
Intelligensia Coffee Abbot Kenny/ Silver Lake
Toms shoes Coffee Abbot Kenny
Dinosaur Coffee Silver Lake
Carrera Cafe Melrose  

Healthy and Organic 
Sweet green (salads) 3rd Street/ Sunset Blvd.
Tender greens (salads and sandwiches) Hollywood/ Santa Monica Blvd.
Joan’s on 3rd (salads and sandwiches) 3rd street
Urth café (salads and sandwiches) all locations
Coral Café (salads and sandwiches) Brentwood
Daily Dose Café (salads and sandwiches) Downtown LA
Commissary at the Line Hotel  (New American) Korea town
Food Lab (salads and sandwiches) Santa Monica Blvd.
Lemonade (salads and sandwiches) Larchmont/ Beverly Blvd./Abbot Kenny/ Manhattan Beach
Kreation (salads, sandwiches, juices) 3rd street/ Abbot Kenny/ Beverly Hills
Pressed Juicery ( green juices ) scattered all over LA
Joe and the Juice ( Juice, Coffee and Sandwiches) Melrose
The Butcher's Daughter ( Abbot Kenny)
Kreation ( Abbot Kenny, 3rd Street, Beverly Dr.)
By Chloe ( Silverlake)

Lunch/ Dinner
Boa (Steak) Sunset/ Santa Monica
Mastro’s (Steak) Beverly Hills
Ceccionis  (Italian) Melrose
Gracias Madre (Mexican Vegan) Melrose
Cleo (Greek) Hollywood
Katsuya (Japanese) Hollywood and Brentwood
Sunset Plaza restaurants (La petite four- Italian), (Chin Chin- Chinese),  ( Sushiya- Japanese ) Sunset Blvd. 
Nobu (Japanese) Malibu
Fig and Olive (International, Italian) Melrose Place
Laurel hardware (New American) Santa Monica Blvd.
Ysabel (New American) Fairfax
Pearch ( New American) Downtown
Bestia ( New American) Downtown 
Home Restaurant (Traditional American) Los Feliz
Moon Shadows (American) Malibu
Malibu Café (American) Malibu
Mr. Chow (Chinese) Beverly Hills/  Malibu
Zinc (International) Downtown LA
800 Degrees (fast pizza) Hollywood/ Westwood
Pink Taco (Mexican) Sunset Blvd.
Toca Madera (Mexican) 3rd Street
Angelini (Italian) Beverly Blvd.
Geoffrey’s (International) Malibu
Taverna Tony (Greek) Malibu  
Katana Robata (Japanese) Sunset Blvd.
Chin Chin ( Chinese) Sunset Blvd./ Beverly Dr.
Open Sesame (Middle Eastern) Beverly Blvd.

Stout (Burgers) Hollywood/ Santa Monica
Umami Burger ( The grove, Sanata Monica, Hollywood)
Honor Bar ( Burgers and Sushi) Beverly Dr.
Beauty and Essex ( New American) Hollywood
Tao ( Asian) Hollywood
Norah ( Greek/ International) West Hollywood
Delilah ( New American) West Hollywood
The Nice Guy ( New American) West Hollywood
Catch LA ( International) Melrose
Craig's ( Italian, International) Melrose
Madeo ( Italian) West Hollywood

Sk Donuts ( 3rd St. )
California Donuts ( Korea town)
Salt and Straw - Ice cream ( Larchmont, Abbot Kenny)
Honeymee - Honey Soft Serve ( Korea town)
Little Damage - Ice Cream 

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