A Chic Nursery

 

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I love the way Kathy Kuo designed her daughter’s nursery in her NYC home!… She designed the nursery in away that her daughter has lots of room to grow and last till her teen years! I like how she mixed the patterns but stayed within the color scheme… The room looks so chic, not too themey, and yet very child friendly and cozy! I love it.

Super stylish home office secrets from IKEA

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One of the trends thats been around a lot lately is using one room for more than one activity. And who better than IKEA to show us how its done! I really like what they did to this studio/office …. They shared 3 helpful tips to help make this stylish work space in any home:

  1. Stick to a color palette
    Here they chose, black and white colors with natural materials like wood to give a classic, established look. By sticking to strong basics you get a much longer lasting style too.
  2.  Show off your work history
    Don’t hide your work away, display it! Even if you’re not working with vintage drafting tools and antique cameras, take some inspiration from your profession’s glory days to create a display that shows off your work and sense of style. A good way to work on displays is to make a backdrop on the wall behind using pictures of different sizes, then, stack books and boxes in front to make some height with smaller signature pieces sitting on top, like a camera for example.
  3. Make your desk a feature
    Put a big table right in the middle of the room. That way it becomes a centerpiece. You can use it as your desk when working and you can use it for other things too, like maybe mixing drinks or a dessert buffet!

A Turkish Delight!

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This apartment belongs to Sefar Caglar, owner of an interior design and architectural firm called Autoban and his wife Merve Caglar, Executive Director of an association that supports contemporary art in Turkey SAHA.

I just love this apartment…its decorated in true contemporary style, combining modern design with classic materials. Walls and partitions have been demolished to give a feel of a loft bathed in the beautiful light of Istanbul.

Sefer likes to describe his home as a”contemporary house gallery” and I agree!…You can find a carefully curated art collection and some iconic modern pieces mixed with hand made pieces!… There is so much personality in this place and you sort of read their story when you walk into this home… Sefer and Caglar show us how its done… how a house can reflect the personality and lifestyle of the people who live in it without compromising in either style or comfort!

 

 

The Glowing Green Smoothie

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I have been obsessed with my NutriBullet … it honestly isn’t like the other blenders and if you haven’t tried it yet then you really are missing out! What truly sets NutriBullet apart from the rest is its incredible extraction abilities with its exclusive Bullet cyclonic action, specialized blades and powerful motor, it converts any vegetable, fruit, nuts, and seeds into an exceptional liquid smoothie…

I have tried many green smoothie recipes and was so happy to come across Kimberly Snyder‘s Glowing Green Smoothie. Drink one GG smoothie a day – packed with fruits and vegetables – and feel the effects that real, unprocessed, nutrition-extracted whole food can have on your health and well-being… I have been feeling more energized and been feeling that my immunity is much better than before… there is no miracle here! You have to drink it everyday to see the benefits!!

Thought I’d share the GG smoothie recipe here but do try out different ones till you find one or two that you can stick to!
Ingredients
1-2 cups very cold, filtered water
¾ pound organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
½ head large bunch or small bunch organic spinach
3-4 organic celery stalks, halved
1 organic apple, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic pear, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic banana, peeled
½ fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded
bunch organic cilantro with stems (optional)
bunch organic parsley with stems (optional)

Instructions
Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth.
Gradually moving to higher speeds Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the blender and blend until smooth.

Note:

Kimberly encourages to mix and match your greens and fruit. Vary this recipe with kale, chard, arugula, and the like. Just avoid melons, as they don’t combine well with other produce.

This recipe is freezable!

The Land of Giants

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The Land of Giants is a proposal by Choi + Shine Architects to transform your average electrical towers into beautiful human figures with the idea of brightening up the ugly utilities that stretch across Iceland’s volcanic landscape. The plan was for the figures to stand at 150 ft tall as well as being configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. The figures could resemble a person climbing when the electrical lines ascend a hill or crouch for increased strength, or strain under the weight of the wires. The figures can also be arranged into different forms such as walking in the same direction, kneeling, or head bowed at a town to create a sense of place through deliberate expression. What do you think of these modern caryatids walking along the landscape while quietly transporting electricity across different terrains and weather conditions? I personally think that its a brilliant idea and wish that it would be done here in Oman!… A girl can dream right?

Book of the Week: Your Beauty Mark- The Ultimate Guide To Eccentric Glamour

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 Dita Von Teese….Whether she’s dazzling audiences while swirling in a towering martini glass or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this “Burlesque Queen” and self styled star, beauty is an art.

“I’ve always felt that creating glamour is an art form and it’s different from God-given beauty,” Dita said in an interview with Style.com. “It’s a little bit like someone putting on their drag. We all have this opportunity to style ourselves the way we want to be seen, and sometimes it’s vastly different from what we’re born with.”

  Well lucky for us beauty addicts, Dita’s new book is finally out and it has all her beauty wisdom. In Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, Dita and collaborator Rose Apodaca take us through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes her confidantes—masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise, as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties—for authoritative advice. Packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skin care and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks and much much more… she shares the skills, history, and lessons we need to enhance our individual gifts and realize our own beauty mark…. love it!

 

 

 

Khalil Gibran’s Paintings to be Exhibited at Sharjah Art Museum

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Sharjah Art Museum is going to host an exhibition of artworks by the renowned Arab-American artist, poet and author Kahlil Gibran. Entitled Drawings of Gibran: A Humane Perspective, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to see original artworks by one of the most celebrated artists and literary figures of the 20th Century. The exhibition, (which is free to enter) will run from October 7th until December 10th . Visitors will get to see some 30 works and manuscripts that make use of different mediums including watercolour, oils, and charcoal on paper and canvas. It will be the largest collection of Gibran’s work ever to go on display in the UAE. The works on display include his 1916 watercolour, Face of a Veiled Woman, a charcoal self-portrait from 1908 and an oil painting from 1910 called The Sad Mona Lisa (which I posted above). Gibran was born in 1883 in the town of Bsharri in Lebanon. When he was 12 Gibran migrated with his family to the US. He died in 1931, and left behind a vast collection of paintings and literary works that reflected his ideologies of love, politics, and spirituality. His philosophies were mainly delivered through his essays and poems, both in Arabic and English. Gibran’s most internationally known work is The Prophet, a set of poetic essays originally written in English about different life philosophies…. I sure do hope that I get the time to fly to Sharjah for a day to visit this exhibition!!!