How to pamper your mother

Don’t have a gazillion bucks to send mom to Paris or Milan for a weekend shopping spree? Yeah, we don’t either. So here are more sincere and engaging ways to pamper the most special woman in your life.

Write a poem

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Write a poem or a few words from the heart, print and frame them, then wrap with lace and ribbons. You can also send her a book of published poems. Most mothers adore sentimental thoughts from their family or friends.

Take a scenic drive

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Pack a picnic or some of mom’s favorite snacks and take her on a scenic drive in the country or a nearby town or forest preserve.

Special scrapbook

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Make a Mother’s Day scrapbook. Have pictures and mementos of all things mom, or about a trip or event you shared together. Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” Bet his mom was proud.

Home spa

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You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a spa experience for mom. Make a relaxing experience for her right in her own bathroom with a few items from the kitchen. With these inexpensive treatments, you’ll come up smelling like a rose and keep the green stuff in your wallet.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses Facial
• Large, shallow bowl
• 1 cup rose petals
• 2-3 drops rose essential oil; more or less to your taste
• 1/2 gallon near-boiling water
• 1 bath towel
Place rose petals and oil in the bowl. Add near-boiling water (about a 1/2 gallon; be careful!). Cover head with the towel and lean over bowl, steaming face for 10-15 minutes. Follow with Petal Soft Face Scrub (recipe below). After the water cools, add it to a spray bottle and mist face for a quick pick-me-up.

Petal Soft Face Scrub

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• Quarter size amount of facial cleanser (baby wash works great!)
• 1 drop of rose essential oil
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
Apply to wet face in gentle, circular motion, paying attention to nose, forehead and chin while avoiding sensitive eye area. Rinse with warm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Blissful Rose Water Bath

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• Small bowl
• 2 cups Epsom salt
• 4-5 drops rose essential oil; (more or less to your taste)
• Petals from one rose
Mix Epsom salt with the and rose essential oil in bowl. Add the scented salt mixture to a hot running bath; scatter rose petals in the water, get in and relax. Don’t forget to dim the lights, light a candle and enjoy a good, long soak with a glass of wine.

You Glow Girl Scrub

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• Jar with lid
• 2 cups Epsom salt
• 1/3 cup olive oil
• 3-5 drops rose essential oil
Add all ingredients to a container. Shake or stir to distribute. Apply scrub in a circular motion to rough areas, paying special attention to elbows, heels and knees. (Don’t use on your face as it is too abrasive!).
Hope we helped you out!

Happy Mother’s day!

Love,

Helwi El Hayet

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Chic Mother’s day Gifts

Shopping for a fashionable mom is no easy feat, so we turned to the top trends from the Spring 2012 runways for inspiration. From graphic arts to sportif chic, see our picks for the perfect gift to give the mother in your life a token of appreciation.

1- Make-up kit

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Every mom needs to look perfect at all times so getting her a traveler make-up kit will put a smile on her face and keep it flawless at all times!

2- Fashionable book

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How about you combine reading with a Fashion icon? “The Gospel according to Coco Chanel”  is a  biography of the world’s most elegant woman is sure to ring true to your graceful Mum.

3- Jewelry Box

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We all Diamonds are a girl’s best friend so all of your mother’s baubles deserve a pretty place to call home. So how about a personalized jewelry box ?

4- A High Fashion Manicure

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These nail polishes are a step above the rest: Everything from the high-coverage, glossy formula to the chic nude shade makes for a truly glamorous manicure. (Dolce & Gabana, Dior, Chanel)

5- Tote

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“A woman’s mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is ALWAYS something at the bottom to surprise you!”. Handbags get an update for spring in the form of boxy shoppers as seen on the runways of Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu and Prada.

6- Fringe accessorizes

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Designers in Paris explored their swinging sides with fringe detailed bracelets and necklaces so your mom could definitely  rock this style!

7- Get metallic

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Gold and silver jewelry also made a minimalist yet bold statement on the runways so how about a encrypted gold or silver necklace or ring to make this day extra special?

8- Chic Heels

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The days of skinny stiletto heels seem long gone as designers reinvented the stacked heel in different shapes and sizes for spring’s warmer days and let’s face it our mothers will probably rejoice! Check out these designs from Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein.

We wish you a happy fashionable and chic Mother’s day!!

Love,

Helwi El Hayet

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Spring Nail Trends

Contrast was the name of the game when it came to nails at this season’s Fashion shows. Looks ranged from light and innocent to dark and dangerously chic this season. We saw pretty swan white polishes, barely-there French manicures and buff looks juxtaposed with black vamp shades, medieval “cage” inspired designs and the most breathtaking of all—the “dripping blood” effect. Balancing out these more extreme styles, we noticed plenty of glamorous metallic varnishes and colorful two-tone manicures that added the perfect pop of sparkle and impact.

Pale Nails

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Neutral, cream colored nails for spring isn’t such a shock—it’s a minimalist trend that’s been gaining momentum since last year . This season, toning down your nails is the new way to play it cool.

The Dark Side

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A dark romantic mood was also noted backstage. From the grayish navy shades at Jason Wu to the purple vinyl at Marchesa, the dark angel look went over big.

Flashes of Metallic

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Gold, silver, cooper—there were no shortage of luxurious finishes at the spring shows. For those who want to experiment with the trend without going too far, try painting just your tips with a bit of sparkle or decorating one or two nails with specks of gold.

Two Tone Manicure

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Bold without being too over the top, the dual polish effect got plenty of play at the shows. A new twist on the French manicure, the look is easy to do on your own. Just pick contrasting shades that flatter your skin tone and use a small brush to paint on a graphic style—try a half moon, a vertical split, a V-shape or a diagonal strip.

Edgy Elements

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Manicurists played around with dark and dangerous themes, giving us a medieval “cage” effect with crisscrossed strips, a shark-bite jagged edge , a goth-inspired reverse mani and the much talked-about “dripping blood” look with tiny splatters of red polish at Prabal Gurung. Twisted!

What’s your Nail personality?

Love,

Helwi El Hayet

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Spring Make Up

When it comes to beauty looks, bare is always beautiful—but so is a bit of color on the face. Fortunately the spring shows offered us both options this season. Makeup artists swept brilliant shades of blue and green on the eyes at Stella McCartney and Versus, slicked vivid crimson hues on lips at Jason Wu and Burberry, then emphasized neutral lips and glowing skin at shows like Dolce & Gabbana

Red lips:

Red Signals

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At first, it seemed like spring would be a season of pale lips. Then red colors hit with a bang, most noticeably at Burberry where models wore a creamy scarlet hue that generated major buzz.

Eyeliner In Full Effect

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Ever since the cat-eye trend hit last year, eyeliner has become a newfound essential. It’s a downtown look that went a bit uptown at Chanel where makeup artist Peter Philips created striking contrast with his jet black liner by swiping on a platinum shadow over the lids, giving us inspiration for how to dress up a few simple strokes for day to night.

Lush Lashes

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From the inky, Twiggy-like fringe seen at Gaultier to the curled and combed up look at Gucci, it’s time to have fun with your lashes this season. For the beauty adventurous, look to the chic-clumpy variety at Véronique Leroy, and our favorite, the heavy lashes offset with white liner—and nails to match—at Moschino.

The Bold And Beautiful Brows

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Strong brows proved their staying power again.A handy pro tip: brush brow hairs down to find your natural shape, then fill in sparse areas with a pencil, using short, feathery strokes to shape and even out the contours of your brows.

Seeing Blue And Green

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A Mediterranean influence swept the shows, as makeup artists dabbed their eye makeup brushes in shades of turquoise, jade and vibrant aqua.And for those moments of all-out glamour, place a few sparkles around your eyes like this Dior model if you dare.

Skin All Aglow

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Fresh, natural skin provided the perfect backdrop for the season’s best looks.Good skincare goes a long way, too. Try a light-reflecting primer worn underneath makeup and a highlighter dabbed on the high points of your face.

Now you have the whole set of make up tips to be ready for the spring season!

Love,

Helwi el Hayet

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Make your own Floral Tea!

Many flowers are not only beautiful, they’re also edible. Flowers make fragrant and tasty teas but In some cases, they even have medicinal qualities. Jasmine, roses, chrysanthemums, hops, violets, hibiscus and many other blossoms can be used to make teas. Mixing flowers with herbs can result in even more varieties of delicious teas.

A glass teapot with Lotus Flower Chinese tea.

Start by Choosing the variety of flower you want to use for your tea. Clover and dandelion blossoms taste sweet, while chamomile, hops and passion flowers induce relaxation. If a flower is edible, you can use it to make tea. And always make sure that you have never sprayed pesticides on your blooms!

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Collect flower blossoms and spread them on a tray or newspaper to completely dry. Strip off any green parts leaving the petals. When dry, store the petals in a glass jar just like you would with regular tea!

Use a single variety or mix and match several varieties of blossoms. Spoon about two tablespoons of petals into a cup. You may also spoon the petals into a tea ball or reusable tea bag.

Dip it in boiling water and allow to simmer. Add some sugar or preferably honey and enjoy!

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How to press spring flowers

By drying and pressing your spring bloom and foliage, you can enjoy the colorful beauty all year Long. Pressed flowers are such fun to work with ! Here’s a how-to article!

  • When it comes to picking your flowers, no matter whether you are drying them or pressing them, it is best to pick them on a dry day. Try to do it in the morning, as soon as any dew has dried
  • Gather the flowers you want to press, along with some newspaper, tissue or sandwich paper and some heavy books

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  • You may want to buy a flower press from your local botanic or craft shop, which makes it all much easier!

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  • First open you book, set out a piece of the already prepared sandwich or tissue paper on one side. Place the small flowers far apart, and if it is a rose you need to press make sure you remove all petals and press each one separably! once done laying the flowers and petals, place another paper on top of them and close the book!
  • Once your stack is done, top it off with your heavy book and the brick or stone. This method usually takes 2 – 4 weeks.

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What can you do with pressed flowers?! A variety of different artifacts such as candles, wall hangings, decoration for gift wrapping and more!

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Natural Flower Remedies

Nature is full of remedies disguised as the natural assets we might take for granted everyday! Yet these assets, such as plants, fluids, trees … are infinite treasures of healing , one that we can use to balance our lives and reconnect with our natural surroundings!

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Flower essences are infusions of flowers in water, that are potentized and then stabilized in a solution of brandy and water. They contain no scent or perfume and should not be confused with essential oils. Flower essences are very diluted preparations and should not also be confused with herbal tinctures.

Dr. Edward Bach,who was a British physician and bacteriologist , discovered the secret language of flowers. The Original Bach Flower Remedies is a system of 38 Flower Remedies that corrects emotional imbalances where negative emotions are replaced with positive.Bach thought of illness as the result of a conflict between the purposes of the soul and the personality’s actions and outlook. This internal war, according to Bach, leads to negative moods and to energy blocking, which causes a lack of “harmony”, thus leading to physical diseases

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The Bach Flower Remedies work in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and medications and are safe for everyone, including children, pregnant women, pets, the elderly and even plants.

The best known flower remedy is the Rescue Remedy combination which contains an equal amount each of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum remedies. The product is aimed at treating stress, anxiety, and panic attacks, especially in emergencies

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Here is a guide to the different types of flowers used in healing:

Agrimony – mental torture behind a cheerful face

Aspen – fear of unknown things

Beech – intolerance

Centaury – the inability to say ‘no’

Cerato – lack of trust in one’s own decisions

Cherry Plum – fear of the mind giving way

Chestnut Bud – failure to learn from mistakes

Chicory – selfish, possessive love

Clematis – dreaming of the future without working in the present

Crab Apple – the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred

Elm – overwhelmed by responsibility

Gentian – discouragement after a setback

Gorse – hopelessness and despair

Heather – self-centredness and self-concern

Holly – hatred, envy and jealousy

Honeysuckle – living in the past

Hornbeam – tiredness at the thought of doing something

Impatiens – impatience

Larch – lack of confidence

Mimulus – fear of known things

Mustard – deep gloom for no reason

Oak – the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion

Olive – exhaustion following mental or physical effort

Pine – guilt

Red Chestnut – over-concern for the welfare of loved ones

Rock Rose – terror and fright

Rock Water – self-denial, rigidity and self-repression

Scleranthus – inability to choose between alternatives

Star of Bethlehem – shock

Sweet Chestnut – Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left

Vervain – over-enthusiasm

Vine – dominance and inflexibility

Walnut – protection from change and unwanted influences

Water Violet – pride and aloofness

White Chestnut – unwanted thoughts and mental arguments

Wild Oat – uncertainty over one’s direction in life

Wild Rose – drifting, resignation, apathy

Willow – self-pity and resentment

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