History of Lace: A Collection of Portraits

January 27, 2012

Here’s a second installment in the series entitled ‘History of Lace.’ You can find the first article here.  Without much talk, following are some works of art of those who have been image setters throughout the centuries. Catherine de Medici, … Continue reading


O’ January…

January 25, 2012

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ― Khalil Gebran 2012’s start didn’t bring me as much blessing as I’d hoped … Continue reading

Our Cravings

The Purple People

January 17, 2012

Sounds like they’re from outer space, no? Well, no. They are the ancestors of most of the great civilizations that now dwell all over the Mediterranean shores. They were the world’s oldest sea and inland merchants of antiquity. The ones … Continue reading

January 12, 2012
by cloudoflace

‘A new shoe brand, designed for the modern Lebanese woman who enjoys shoe-fashion.’ This is how Ibtihaj Matraji Demachkie describes her newly established brand, Dentelle Hand Made.

The Winter 2011-2012 is only her second collection, after starting on May 2011 with a summer collection that constituted of 13 different flats models, and only 1 pair of heels. She has sold over 160 pairs so far, participated in many local Lebanese designers exhibitions, and a gave a few TV interviews, all without relying on any formal marketing strategy -yet! Check her Facebook group here.

Dentelle’s items are showcased at some Lebanese Designers shops in Beirut. That’s how I discovered the brand last year. However, not until recently that I got the chance to meet the person behind those feminine, chic and ultimately comfortable ballerinas I got!

Ibtihaj is a lively young Lebanese woman, majored in Banking and Finance, who could never imagine herself but having a creative career, rather than that in the world of static numbers, behind a desk…

After designing the shoes, the real making process takes around two months. She carefully selects the material herself, and then agrees on the cutting and finishing. Even the packaging of the shoes is also handmade, and so attractive!

Despite her being pregnant with her first baby, she’s working on her third collection, the 2012 Summer collection that should be out by May. According to Ibtihaj, it’s going to feature what’s hot right now: The snake print leather, attractive  fluorescent colors and Swarovski crystals… Can’t wait!

Notice the lovely detailed lace front

Dentelle also debuted a Mother & Daughter ballerinas collection! More are coming up.. Now that’s cool!


Baked Potato & Tomato Gratin for Lunch

January 6, 2012

Following up on my cooking mania this week. I’ve decided to bake something that doesn’t take much of a preparation time, has white sauce, healthy but quiet fulfilling (i.e., contains carbs, duh!) all at the same time. I looked online … Continue reading


Pancakes for Breakfast!

January 5, 2012

One of my 2012 resolutions is to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Other than hitting the gym more often than I currently do (or don’t), to ‘live healthy’ also entails eating healthy. The challenge here is to keep on creating … Continue reading


Cauliflower & Mushroom Soup

January 4, 2012

Winter is by all means my favorite season. Being back from vacation, I carry loads of excitement to start on new projects, and host some family gatherings. Cloudy skies and chilly temperatures always dictate soups for me. I mostly felt … Continue reading


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