LE FIL DE L’EAU – What I’m wearing!

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I can’t get enough of this scent!!! It smells like it belongs on a man but I’m very attracted and drawn to it! You too need to experience the unique  creation of Cologne Le Fil de L’Eau by Compagnie de Provence. Infused with ingredients of natural origin, the innovative fragrance blends juicy Bergamot, citrus Lemon and delicious Fig with fresh Cucumber and rich Sandalwood to create a smooth, addictive scent that appeals to both men and women. Housed in a clear, minimalistic bottle with the brand’s signature bold lettering.

 

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Tan-Luxe

tanluxetheface_1_glI LOVE this product and highly recommend it!  It tans you beautifully without leaving you with that yucky orange – fake tan tone.
The quick and easy self tan concentrate works with any moisturiser or body butter to create a natural looking, hydrated, and golden tan. Formulated with naturally derived raspberry seed oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera, it provides all day hydration. Cellutone Complex helps to firm look of skin and reduce appearance of cellulite.
The first time i used it was a total disaster! I had put way too much at once however – be sure to follow the suggested portions!

Hello Montera Deliciosa

While I absolutely love flowers,  I also love botanicals!  Their greenery and shapes are definitely inspiring and brings a tropical feel. I can see why so many rose+&+ivy+journal+botanicals+monster+leafdesigners and decorators look to them for pattern inspiration.    Meet ‘montera deliciosa‘ otherwise known as Monster Leaf.  This leaf comes from the Fruit Salad Plant, which is tropical species that can be found here in Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii and the other tropical islands.   With gigantic heart-shaped leaves that can measure from 9 to 35 inches, this is a hardy plant that’s leaves can last in fresh water for over two weeks.  I love their waxy surface and vibrant green shade, imparting the perfect amount of greenery to my home.

 

Ground Provisions – What’s on my Book Shelf ..

In Provisions, Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau share 150 recipes that pay homage to the meals and market produce that have been farmed, sold, and prepared by Caribbean people–particularly the women–for centuries. Caribbean food is often thought of as provisionsrustic and unrefined, but these vibrant vegetarian dishes will change the way we think about this diverse, exciting, and nourishing cuisine. The pages are spiced with the sisters’ fond food memories and fascinating glimpses of the islands’ histories, bringing the region’s culinary past together with creative recipes that represent the best of Caribbean food today.

With a modern twist on traditional island ingredients and flavors, Provisions reinvents classic dishes and presents innovative new favorites, like Ripe Plantain Gratin, Ackee Tacos with Island Guacamole, Haitian Riz Djon Djon Risotto, Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Flatbread, and Caramelized Fennel and Grilled Green Guava with Mint. Stunning full-color photographs showcase the variety of these dishes: hearty stews, easy one-pot meals, crunchy salads, flavorful pickles, preserves, and hot sauces, sumptuous desserts, cocktails, and more. At once elegant, authoritative, and accessible, Suzanne and Michelle’s recipes and stories invite you to bring fresh Caribbean flavors to your table.

I Don’t Believe in NY Resolutions Anymore – Here is Why ..

On December 31st you’ll find many people writing lists and jotting down ideas of whatimg_1045 they want to change about themselves in the upcoming year. Many times this involves thinking about how to be a “better person.”

“I’ll work out more.”

“I’ll start to go to sleep earlier.”

“I’ll start complimenting more people.”

“I’ll get another job.”

“I’ll spend more time with family.”

I used to be one of these people, but over the years I’ve come to a point where I’ve realized I no longer need to make these New Year’s resolutions.

We seem to only give ourselves one chance to change these parts of our lives and that’s on New Years. The crazy thing is that life is full of millions of opportunities. We really IMG_1117.JPGonly get the chance to make these resolutions once a year; yet, every single day we have the opportunity to make these changes. Why wait?

Yes, I am a fan of setting goals for myself so I used to be all about this a few years ago. I was able to point out the things in my life that I hated and things that I wanted to desperately change. Now I try to allow myself to make these changes every day. If I wanted something so badly, why don’t I just aim to change it and work for it at the time? Instead of just having my ambitions set for one time of the year I’ve now learned that I can achieve them at any given day.

This New Year’s I hope that you are able to do the same thing. I hope you are able to realize how many opportunities and chances life has to offer. Every day you wake up you have another 24 hours to make it a great day and improve something about yourself. What are you waiting for?

Lets talk Spa – The Hammam kind ..

Moroccan hammams are part of many Moroccans’ daily life. Similar to a Turkish bath, a public hammam is a steam room where people go to clean themselves. This is usually a IMG_4964weekly ritual and is considered a social activity in villages and towns, with men, women, and children all participating. Baths are separated by gender and many people will spend hours here chatting with friends. While in Islamic culture women are typically covered from head to toe in public, they’re fully naked at hammams. These were the steps to my very first Hammam in morocco: Continue reading “Lets talk Spa – The Hammam kind ..”

The Magical Argan Oil

If I told you that there was one ingredient that could successfully reduce fine lines and wrinkles, moisturize skin, banish acne, improve skin tone, fade scars, tame hair frizz, heal split ends, strengthen nails, soften cuticles and condition lips, you’d probably be argan oilskeptical. Then if I told you that the same ingredient could also be incorporated into makeup, hair and skin products, was completely natural, good for the environment and helped to support fair wages for women, you would stare at me blankly in disbelief, right? Also, you’d probably want to stock up on as much of that magical stuff as possible.

Well, it exists, and it’s called Argan oil. Harvested from the Argan tree (which is indigenous to Morocco, hence the moniker “Moroccan Oil”) Argan oil is truly a miracle beauty ingredient. Because of its high level of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants, Argan oil is known for its incredible healing and moisturizing properties. Even though it’s oil, don’t think you’ll feel like you slathered yourself in salad dressing.

I have always used Moroccan oil in my hair but it pretty much ended there. On my recent trip to Morocco is where i truly learnt of all the benefits of argan oil – i stocked up and have been obsessed ever since. I have been using it on my scalp, in my hair, on my skin and face. It is super lightweight and absorbs quickly.

Paris is Always a GOOD idea!

IMG_2584Ever since i can remember Paris has always been on my fairytale bucket list! Weather i fell in love with the movies or the food – there was just something about Paris that pulled at my heart. Even  though i’d never been, i knew it was only a matter of time.
However having only heard of the downsides of Paris in more recent times , I headed for this city of love with no expectations at all and a head full of worst case scenarios, but boy was I in for a surprise! Paris was pure magic. It was like everything I’d imagined growing up and even more.  It was absolutely breathtaking. I felt as though i could have stayed there for the rest of my life – Well

The people were extremely friendly. The view was, of course, without a doubt, stunning. The food and wine was heavenly and the cathedrals were mesmerizing – so powerful and heart-rendering. The metros were easy to take and ubers were everywhere. Everything was so close together that we actually wanted to walk and enjoy the gorgeous weather and scenery. That being said, apart from crowded attraction venues, I don’t know what there is to hate about Paris.