Lately Loving

I’m excited to introduce to you my new weekly series named ‘Lately Loving’. While doing research for The Blush Diaries I come across some fun and interesting things, so I’ve decided to compile my favorites from every week and share them with you. Here is my first batch!

  1. If you read my post about Argan Oil then you know how much I love hair masks. This 3 Oil Therapy by Garnier smells like bubble gum and injects moisture right into my hair.Garnier
  2. Whenever I travel to the states I arrive exhausted, dehydrated and pale. I don’t like wearing makeup on a long plane ride because it would destroy my skin. Well I found these amazing Travel Beauty tips by the beautiful Huda Kattan.
  3. Fresh Flowers around the house, the perfect pick-me-up! Don’t you just love these baby roses?Desk Flatlay
  4. The ever so stunning Tuba Büyüküstün is the first celebrity brand ambassador for the exquisite hand-crafted jewels by ARTĒ Madrid. Check out her perfection in the gallery below. Photos via ARTĒ Madrid Middle East.

Spicy Tuna Salad

Spicy Tuna Salad

A big part of eating healthy is adding more fruits and vegetables to our diet. I like to divide my meals into 5 portions a day. I eat smaller quantities which leave me feeling full without any bloating.  A lunch packed with vitamins and nutrients that satisfies your hunger and gives you energy for the day can alter your eating habits at night as well.

This delicious tuna salad recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare but will also keep your momentum going until you have your next meal. The best part is the dressing of course.

You will need:

  • Spicy canned tuna
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Sweet Corn

Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tsp Mayonnaise
  • 3 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 sprinkles of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp English Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

Serving Size: 1

Mix the mayonnaise, mustard and sea salt first. Then add the lemon juice followed by the olive oil.

I hope you enjoy it, Bon Appétit!

 

Flirty Leather

Leather has always been a fall/winter textile, but I’m loving how it’s making its way into spring. When styled properly, the leather can give a sexy edge to a feminine outfit. One particular trend that caught my eye is the faux leather skirts in soft pastels and vivid hues.The juxtaposition of a warm fabric in cool and bright colors is brilliant.

Browse the gallery below to view my top picks. Have you tried this trend yet?

xo Rania

River Island Dove Midi | Miss Selfridge Cleo Heel | Zara Wide Heel Sandal | Zara Powder Blue Midi

Momma Knows Best

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During my first year of marriage I came across some house keeping incidents, and in return learned a few tricks from my mom about handling them in the future. Whether you burned your finger while cooking or got coffee stains on your carpet, you can easily repair the damage using ingredients from your own kitchen.

  1. You’re at dinner and enjoying a delicious plate of hummus when you spill some oil on your shirt, well don’t sweat it. Before washing your clothes, clean the stain with olive oil soap and cold water.
  2. Did you know that turmeric powder has the ability to heal cuts? Rinse the wound and apply the turmeric powder , then place a band aid over it. The cut will close up and leave no scars.
  3. The safest way to clean your fruits and vegetables is with white vinegar. It’s extremely antibacterial and you don’t have to worry about soap residue left behind.
  4. Speaking of white vinegar, give your new clothes a rinse in a mix of vinegar and water and you won’t have to worry about the color fading again.
  5. If your pots get burned or have a slight discoloration, put some lemon salt and laundry detergent and fill it with water. Boil the water on the stove top then rinse with cold water and voila, it’ll be shiny like the day you bought it!
  6. Let’s say you burn your finger while frying chicken – it could happen to any of us – dip it in some flour for a few minutes and it’ll soothe it immediately.
  7. To clean the inside of the microwave and remove any grease, place a plate of lemon juice, water and white vinegar(yes I do sense a recurring theme here) for 3 minutes and watch all the stains melt away.
  8. In the case of any limescale build-up in your water boiler, just boil some lemon salt (or vinegar) and water.
  9. My worst nightmare is coffee stains on a white carpet. If this were to happen, just place a few ice cubes on the stain and it will wash away.
  10. If you’re an arab, or you enjoy great food, you must use a lot of garlic in your cooking. You can brush your teeth 10 times but it won’t get rid of that garlic breath. Just eat a few branches of parsley and it’ll kill that smell from the core.

May your homes be free of stains, cuts and burns!

DIY: Maple Syrup Lip Scrub

Maple Syrup

If you’re anything like me, there is an array of lip balms scattered between purses, makeup bags and different drawers in your house. I’ve tried many brands and although I found a few favorites that really help reduce dryness, the flakiness doesn’t go away easily. Well after reading about this recipe, I became hooked on lip scrubs. I’ve experimented with a few variations of ingredients, and I thought I’d share my favorite one with you.

You will need:

  • 2 Teaspoons Brown sugar
  • A few drops Rose water
  • 1 Teaspoon Maple syrup

Mix the sugar with the rose water until they look crumbled. Add the maple syrup and mix them all together. Leave it in the fridge for 15 minutes. Scrub your lips in a gentle circular motion for a few minutes. Follow with your favorite lip balm.

I hope you love it!

 

 

Spring Cleaning Your Closet

Walk-in Closet

Spring is the best time of the year to organize our closets and clear out any old items. At this point we are about to put away our chunky knits and bring out diaphanous pastels. We all have pieces in our wardrobe that have collected dust for quite some time, but we hang on to them anyway in hopes of wearing them “one day”. One day has come and gone and that sequined halter has not seen the flashing lights of a night club yet. I’m going to show you the 3 steps I’m taking towards a tidy and efficient closet.

1. At a Glance: Scan through your clothes, shoes, bags and accessories for anything that falls under these categories: A) Has not been worn in over 12 months, B) Will not be worn in the next 12 months or C) Is no longer in style. Sometimes It’s hard to part with some things for sentimental reasons but those jeans from high school need to go.

2. The Challenge: For the next month, you have to wear as many outfits as possible. Since we are in that in-between season, you can switch from boots to ballerinas, or light knits and midi skirts. You should get rid of anything that A) You are unable to style, B) Has a damage you don’t plan on fixing or C) No longer fits well. Take your time with this one because it will take a while to experiment with all your options, and you may be restricted by climate changes and special occasions.

3. Revisit: It’s good to go back after a couple of months or right before summer and look through your stuff with fresh eyes. After you’ve tried on different outfits, you’re more aware of your current style and preferred color palettes, which will help you confidently spot anything you won’t ever wear again.

You can now donate anything that is in good condition to those who need it, or use old cotton tees for dusting.

I hope this works for you, happy cleaning!

Challenge of the Month: Water, Water, Water.

Water

As much as I’m aware of how important water is for my health, I don’t drink nearly enough. It takes focus and dedication to monitor your daily water intake so that’s exactly what I need. I’m challenging myself to drink 2 Liters per day. I’m going to work my way up slowly and look for interesting and delicious ways to motivate myself to keep drinking. By the end of March I’ll report back here with any improvements in my energy levels, complexion and all around health. Will you join me? Sound off below.