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How To Spend Valentine’s Day If You’re Single?


I announced yesterday the start of my collaboration with Nisrette from Smarter Life Tips & Tricks.

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Since it’s Valentine, and we know that a lot of you are celebrating it alone, so we decided to tackle the subject of how to spend this holiday when you’re SINGLE.

Who said you need to always have someone special for Valentine’s Day? There are a lot of things that you can do and make it a day/night to remember!

Here’s a list that we compiled:

1- Organize a secret admirers gifting (such as Secret Santa)

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Where you and a group of friends draw names then deliver items like chocolates, flowers and teddy bears to each other, that way everyone can have a Valentine!

2- Plan a Singles’ Valentine’s Party :

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A great Valentine’s Day isn’t exclusive only for couples. This year let the couples have their own customized celebration, and get together with your favorite friends for a party at home, pub or night ( You can check www.lebtivity.com where you will find many singles’ Valentine’s Day suggestions).

3- Pamper Yourself

This Valentine’s Day, devote time to yourself. You don’t need another person to make you feel special. You can do it all on your own! Get a massage, a facial, or a mani-pedi.  You will feel sexier and more relaxed.

You can choose to treat yourself at the Spa of Phoenicia Hotel .

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Devoted to beauty, rejuvenation and relaxation, SPA Phoenicia specializes in Balneotherapy, Thalassotherapy, Thai Relaxing Therapy and Ayurvedic Medicine. Exquisite body treatments use the healing power of nature to stimulate the metabolism and circulation while cleansing, purifying and toning the body.

 

You can also try the massages and scrubs at Think Pink Lounge in Mansourieh.

They have multiple types to choose from: Hot Stones, Relaxing, Slimming, Reflex foot massage, back and face massage…

4- Plan a Week-end with your friends

Since Valentine’s Day is on Saturday, you can plan to spend a week-end with your friends who are single too, away from the noise and enjoy the peaceful nature, or visit historical places.

One of my favorite getaways is to plan a road trip to Deir El Kamar and stay the night at Mir Amin Palace hotel in Beiteddine. You’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of the palace, the tranquility of the area, and enjoy a night of oriental music at Le Serail.

Another option is for the ski lovers, you can definitely head to Faraya/ Kfaderbian, stay the night by the fire at Terrebrune Hotel sipping your favorite wine and enjoy a ski day the next day.

If you prefer the view of the ocean, you can head to Jbeil or Batroun, there are a lot of nice places to discover. Waking up to the sound of the ocean, and have the clear blue view in front of you, will be so rewarding!

If you want something really relaxing, you can head to Bhersaf and enjoy a wellness retreat at Zenotel, where you can revitalize your mind, body and soul.

 

No matter what you choose to do on Valentine’s Day, make it an unforgettable week-end/night, enjoy it to the maximum maybe it will be your last single valentine’s party and you will find your soul mate.

If you think that we gave you a useful tip for celebrating single’s Valentine Day share it with us when u celebrate it.

For every single in this world Happy Singles’ Valentine Day! Let’s Celebrate 😉

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Going Round & Round!


For my birthday, mummy wanted to gift me something nice, and deep from her heart. She surprised me by sewing me these adorable shorts ❤

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Mum knows my love for colors, and to give me the fashionista look, she chose a winter fabric but with colorful circle prints.

 

I paired it with a black top and black heels and voila!

 

Love you mummy ❤

And Thank you Miro for being behind the cam :*

 

Photoshoot was at Mir Amin Palace – Beiteddine 

 

A Joyous Week-end!


I have bought a deal from Scoopcity for Mir Amin Palace a while ago, and on purpose made the reservation in November, because it’s my birthday and I always wanted to spend my birthday in this magical palace!

And to make my week-end even better, I got the opportunity to have the Renalut Captur for a test drive from Bassoul Hneine! How awesome can it get? 😉

I passed by Bassoul Hneine on Saturday morning, was well received by their team in the new, revamped showroom in Sed El Bauchrieh, had all the instructions about the crossover and was ready to go!

Passed by my friend M. whose birthday was also a while ago, and off we went for the most pleasant, and peaceful ride ever!

We weren’t very sure about the way we need to take, but we weren’t frustrated, because the new Renault‘s satellite navigation system with touch screen was to the rescue! I entered our location and our destination, and we were guided all the way!

There wasn’t much traffic that day and in no time we arrived to the magical palace, just in time to rest a bit and watch the sunset fade away…

Then we enjoyed an exquisite dinner in their Arabic restaurant. We so wanted to enjoy the rest of the night in their Cave, but we were both drained and sleepy, we missed it!

Then woke up early to catch the amazing weather and have a stroll next to the palace, admiring the wonderful nature…

Afterwards, we sat outside, under the sun to get some vitamin D and enjoy the Lebanese breakfast

We got lucky to have the sun shining during this period, the palace was crowded with people and our stay was really relaxing. It was very hard to say goodbye to this amazing palace, that will always keep me dreaming of the next visit…

The way back to Beirut, was also very smooth, the Captur is certainly a distinctive compact SUV.

As the Captur is based on the Renault Clio, there’s plenty in common between the vehicles. The front end is especially impressive, with a gigantic diamond badge dominating the whole front end of the car. The side features the same sort of character lines as the Clio, with the lower door trim creating the impression of an arched back. The back is strikingly similar to that of the Clio Sport Tourer (the new one), but the cut of the rear quarter glass is much more dynamic.

The Captur achieved a 5-star rating at the 2013 EuroNCAP tests. Between its standard safety equipment it has three-point seat belts, two airbags, cruise control, speed limiter, ESC, ABS and audible and visual seat belt reminder warnings

The Renault Captur is a comfortable car, economical and easy to drive. Love the look of it and the two-tone color schemes available are stunning.

How do you like to spend your week-ends?

Do you share the same passion for Mir Amin Palace?

Did you get the chance to check the Renault Captur?

Mighty Broccoli!


I have been trying to be as healthy as I can be lately, to reach the fitness level I always dreamt of. But working out seriously at the gym isn’t enough, controlling what I eat was a necessity. By that, I mean eating more nutritious food, that would keep me full for a longer time and with fewer calories.

One of the vegetables I have been advised to add to my meals was the Mighty Broccoli!

Though low in calories, broccoli is among the most nutrient-dense foods. Broccoli is a fantastic source of vitamins C, K and A, as well as fiber and folic acid. It’s a very good source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins E and B6. In addition, it contains glucosinolates, phyto-chemicals with powerful anticancer properties.

 

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But how can Broccoli contribute to weight loss?

As long as you don’t cover it with cheese sauce, the nutritious vegetable broccoli can be part of your weight-loss repertoire. You simply can’t get a bigger dose of more nutrients from any other vegetable, especially for so few calories. That’s key for those who are trying to lose weight. You want to meet nutrient needs while eating within your plan.

Adding more broccoli to your diet will help you with weight loss because it, like most vegetables, is a low-calorie food that can help you fill up quickly, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Broccoli is also high in the vitamin C our bodies need to effectively absorb the calcium we eat. And studies indicate that calcium aids in weight loss. Plus, broccoli also has phytochemicals that boost immunity and protect against disease, all while being very low in calories!

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Broccoli‘s high fiber levels and water content add volume to your meal without adding empty calories, so you can eat, not be hungry and still lose weight. It’s also an easy low-calorie snack. The key, however, is that you substitute broccoli for foods you usually eat, not simply add broccoli to your diet.

 

Ideas for adding broccoli to your meals

Broccoli maintains its nutrients best when it’s steamed or raw, but it also maintains a good portion of those nutrients if you stir-fry it over low heat.

You can have it with your protein chicken or with your pasta to give energy to your body before going to training.

 

 

Are you fan of broccoli?

How many times per week do you add it to your meals?

Would love to hear your stories 🙂

 

Eating Almonds For A More Beautiful Skin


In the Victorian era, ladies pinned a sprig of almond blossom to their blouse to represent hope. In China, the almond is a symbol of both beauty and sadness. In cosmetics, almonds mean beautiful skin.

 

Natural, unsalted almonds are a tasty and nutritious snack with plenty of health benefits. Loaded with minerals, they are also among the healthiest of tree nuts.

 

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Regular intake of almonds in your diet can enrich your digestive system, and will free you from respiratory disorders. Almonds can also increases your memory power, control the cholesterol levels, and protect you against diabetes, weight loss, and blood pressure. Almonds can be consumed directly without soaking the last night for additional benefits.

 

Now you might want to know what benefits almonds can bring to your skin. Here are some almonds skin benefits that you must know:

While almond oil is a popular natural skin treatment, almonds also have some powerful skin benefits when you eat them regularly.

1- Cleanse and Eliminate Toxins in Your Body

Almonds contain beneficial antioxidants which will actively cleanse and eliminate toxins and free radicals in your body. If you want to cleanse your skin pollution, you can eat this nut frequently. This is helpful because the antioxidant components in almonds will actively cleanse pollution in your body, making your skin smooth and glowing from inside.

2- Major Source of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is so beneficial for skin due to the way it protects the collagen and elastin proteins that ‘glue’ your skin cells together from free radical damage. Collagen and elastin are vital for firm and young-looking skin. The more they break down, the more tired and dry your skin will look, eventually leading to fine lines and wrinkles.

Eating almonds regularly can help provide protective vitamin E to your skin’s cells and keep it looking younger for longer. Perhaps think of a bag of them as a natural and tasty nutritional facelift 😉

3- Help Cure Acne, Pimples, Zits, Blackheads, and Whiteheads

One of almonds skin benefits will be useful for most acne sufferers because almonds can reduce the appearance of acne, along with blackheads and whiteheads.

When treated regularly with almonds oil, your acne will gradually disappear.If you have many pimples that are hard to eliminate, you can use almonds to cure your pimples.

If your pimple has left behind its scar, massage gently with almond oil over the scar to help lighten it. Another way to use it is by mixing almond oil, honey and lemon juice with some milk and applying on the scar. Use this for a week to make it fainter in appearance.

4- Reduces Tanning

Undue sun exposure can tan the skin and make it look darker than your complexion. To remove this layer of tan, make a paste by adding almond oil, honey, lemon juice and milk powder. Apply on the affected areas for about 20 minutes and use it weekly twice to see visible results. This will also help restore lost moisture of your skin.

5- Cure Constipation and Smooth Your Digestive Process

We know that digestive system is important for our skin health. Smooth digestive system will immediately cleanse the toxins from our body. When we have constipation problem, the entire digestive process would be disturbed. Almonds can help cure constipation and smooth your digestive process, making your skin glow healthier every day.

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Many of the nutrients in almonds like oleic acid, vitamin E, copper, magnesium and manganese are also associated with healthy hair. Weight loss, good skin and better hair – almonds really do seem to be an exceptional food for improving your appearance. So what are you waiting for?

Stay tuned for more methods of using almonds to improve your skin naturally!

SUBAQUATIC ADVENTURES WITH CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI


If you’re into diving and snorkeling, you’ll love the place that I’m going to introduce today.

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Experience the mesmerizing underwater world with Cheval Blanc Randheli’s five star PADI Dive Centre by Dive Butler International, and its host of new dive experiences for winter 2014. Since opening in November 2013, the Maison’s dive team has been over-awed by the plethora of marine life teeming below the surface of the warm, azure waters of the Noonu Atoll.

 

Guests can enjoy underwater discovery at every level – from intrepid beginner to experienced diver – whether that is snorkelling amongst the Jackfish swirling in the shallows, spotting small Stingray in the sands under the Water Villas, or taking a journey further afield to the many nearby dive sites.

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The Maison’s location offers guests the chance to conveniently dive at multiple atolls – something rare in the Maldives. On Noonu Atoll alone, there are 30 known dive sites, all within a 40-minute boat ride from the beaches of Randheli, including the renowned Orimas Thila site (Shark Point in Dhivehi, the local language), where guests have been lucky enough to see four shark species in just one dive, including the endangered Guitar Shark and the Leopard Shark, rarely spotted in the Maldives.

 

Snorkelling excursions to Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll – a marine protected area which is one of the most reliable places in the world to see endangered species such as Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, between May and November each year – are also available to guests, whilst advanced divers may in turn experience the thrill of drift dives at nearby Lhaviyani Atoll.

 

Will it be your next travel destination? 

How to take care of your Pearls!


I have introduced in an early post my attraction to the world Pearls, today I’m gonna share with you tips and tricks to take care of your precious pearls and make them stand by you for a longer period.

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Why have I chosen to tackle this subject in particular?

Well, when I bought my pearls, nobody gave me instructions on how to take care of these beautiful and fragile gemstones, which I’m really curious about.

Second, going to the beach lately and watching some girls wearing their pearls under the sun and diving in salt water, made me even more curious.

Pearls come from the sea, but when out, is it healthy for it to get wet? What damages it and how to take care of it?

Here’s what I have found…

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Pearls are described as the unique gem that carries the gentleness and warmness of life. So it has more delicate features compared to diamonds and rubies.

They are a chemical and organic gem that require a more specialized care than most other gem materials. They deteriorate in contact with chemicals like household cleaners, perfumes, cosmetics, and hair care products of all kinds. Pearls, however if well-taken care, will maintain their lust for a very long time…

You must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition, here’s how:

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  • Sweat:

Pearls are vulnerable to acid. After wearing, clean the pearls with appropriate cloth. This is the most important care method, because acid contained in your sweat can erode the pearl layers so the luster will be reduced. Since the acid can damage the crystallized calcium, in case pearls are accidentally exposed to vinegar or fruit juice, or sprinkled with perfume, wash immediately and wipe off with dry cloth.

  • Water:

Do not wet! Water can erode the pearl surface. Fresher the water, the greater the erosion. When you leave them wet, water can also turn mildly acid. When you wash your hands, it will be wise to take off your pearl ring.

  • Store properly:

Keep your pearls in a separate compartment, away from other jewelry!

Store in a jewelry box or a special case. Pay attention not to hurt pearls with hard metals. Because pearls are softer than other metals and gemstones, keeping them together may result in blemishes of pearl surface. Since they can turn yellowish when exposed to strong ray of the sun for a long time, it is recommended to store them in a jewelry box or a specialized case.

Never store pearls in a plastic bag!!

  • Light and heat:

Be careful with strong light, high heat and dryness, Pearls are organic materials created by life. Be careful when exposed to strong light, high temperature and dryness.

It is not recommended, therefore, to wear pearls in the beach exposed to strong sunshine, additionally because sweat can erode them.
Also, pearls originally contain a minute amount of water, and when the water is lost, so is the luster.

  • Keep Pearls clean!

Caring for your precious pearls is easy.

Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you’ve applied your makeup and perfume. And be sure to take them off before you apply your creams.

Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.

Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents!!

 

I hope you found my post useful, and stay tuned for more posts around the wonderful world of gemstones!

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