Passion and Perfume

Since their discovery, people have been perfuming themselves with the king of flowers, the rose. You may wonder why its allure has lasted throughout the centuries, and the answer is, at once, simple and also quite complex, just like its fragrance.

Roses are, undoubtedly, the most romantic flower and are always associated with love and passion. The red rose immediately evokes thoughts of delicate beauty and inflamed desire so, of course, they are associated with Valentine’s Day.

Kneading lavender powder with musk rose water is, according to “The Perfumed Garden” (an erotic Arabic text from the fifteenth century by Nefzawi), a cure for unwanted smells that affect the most amorous parts of the body.


From fairytales to Romantic poets, roses symbolize an exquisite quality that seems almost out of reach or unattainable. Like the magic rose under glass in “Beauty in the Beast” or Snow White’s lips that are as red as a rose, there’s a mystical quality that permeates our associations with the flower.

From William Blake’s “crimson joy” (The Sick Rose, 1789) to Lord Byron’s “roses of love” (Love’s Last Adieu, 1849), the Romantic poets revered this blossom as the most idealistic.

Nabila K’s “Rose Garden”

A bottled rose garden, Nabila K offers a roll-on perfume distilled from the purest essential oil. With a portable method of application, you can experience the true luxury and romance of roses anywhere at any time. Surprise that special someone in your life with the ultimate romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day or any time of the year. You will literally end up smelling like a rose!

The rose has an extensive history in the world of perfumes. Rosewater has been used as a key beauty treatment since the eighteenth century. Beloved by the Arabs and Berbers of Morocco, the ancient Persians, Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, roses are synonymous with exotic fragrances and have been used in religious ceremonies, medicine, and aromatherapy. Rose oil is still widely used today for its aromatic benefits. Did you know that roses are used for their therapeutic qualities, and the fragrance can act as an antidepressant?

Rose scent

Why do roses smell so sweet? One reason is that they contain a lot of essential oils. The other is their celebrated thin, delicate petals (which allow for the fragrance to be released more easily). Roses also contain natural sugars that release a perfume when the flower is cut.

The scent of roses is known to enhance romantic attraction, promote relaxation, and even help us sleep more soundly. There’s nothing quite like roses to suggest seduction and feelings of love. Marie Antoinette is credited with the creation of the first modern rose perfume (during the 18th century). While roses have been used since ancient and medieval times, the distillation process has become much more refined and sophisticated. With Nabila K’s “Rose Garden,” just a dab of fragrance goes a long way. Because it is so finely crafted from pure essential oils, Nabila K’s roll-on perfume captures and bottles the essence of roses so you can linger in a rose garden year-round.

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A good massage is one of life’s great pleasures and, for some, an absolute necessity. Nothing combats tight, sore muscles like a deep tissue rubdown. Traveling can be hard on your muscles and skin; after being on a plane for hours, I always stay deeply hydrated by drinking lots of water and using my Nabila K creams, lotions, and serums. Not being able to stretch and too much sitting can wear on your body; this is why movement is crucial. There’s nothing more regenerative or soothing than a full-body massage. Tight muscles are the root cause of myriad issues, and regular massages can help to prevent, treat, and manage pain.

Keep calm and book a massage.”

Ancient Rituals of Holistic Healing

What are your favorite methods of massage? There are many different types that can help promote physical and psychological well-being.

Traditional shirodhara massage is native to Southeast Asia, is based on ancient principles of Ayurveda, and has been used for thousands of years.

There’s a Scandinavian ethos of taking a sauna and then a cold plunge for wellness (you can see Helena Christensen doing this on Instagram). Also, if you’re feeling really decadent and adventurous, try getting a Platza at your local spa. This is a traditional wellness massage found in Russian bathhouses that involves being gently whipped by a fragrant bundle of oak leaves.

Beauty Treatments; Facials

You are one facial away from a good mood.

When it comes to beauty and wellness, we’ve come a long way but sometimes simple and straightforward is best. That’s why the Nabila K brand is all natural, clean, and organic. It’s classic, and it works.

•  Staying true to your habits can be a good thing. For one, I’ve always loved creams, lotions, and serums, and massaging them into my skin is a wonderful, relaxing ritual I perform in the morning and, most especially, at night before bed. With each stroke of Nabila K’s elixirs and oils, I feel like I’m massaging away all my stress and fatigue. A hard day literally melts away with each product I apply; doing so with care is a great routine and beauty secret!

  • Try Nabila K’s Argan Oil, Hibiscus and Rose Face Elixir as the best-kept beauty secret in a bottle. Just a few drops strategically massaged into your most sensitive skin will leave you glowing. Because the elixir locks in natural moisture while supplying additional antioxidants, your skin will look and feel restored. The Damask rose was a closely guarded secret of the East for so long, and now that the secret’s out, it’s no wonder it’s the national flower of Iran.


  • Finally, a facial oil that still allows the skin to breathe! Manuka Honey Renewal Deep Hydration Face Oil is Nabila K’s deeply hydrating serum that attracts moisture and helps your skin retain it without greasy residue. Manuka Honey face oil combined with coconut oil and the perfect properties of safflower oil balances pH levels, clears complexions, firms, and hydrates.

Massaging your face (with or without oil or serum) with a gua sha is incredibly effective for smoothing out lines and potential (and even existing) wrinkles. The cool stone of your facial roller helps naturally treat and prevent inflammation. Any sort of facial massage is beneficial for health and beauty wellness because it promotes healthy circulation and blood flow. Ice facial massagers (kept in the freezer) have become increasingly popular but are really just sophisticated patents on an age-old secret. Ice cubes have always been used to tighten and de-puff the skin; it’s basically an instant facelift!


Fran Lebowitz wasn’t wrong when she said the best form of safe sex is having your hair shampooed at a salon. Nothing quite compares to this quiet form of luxury and self-care. A scalp massage is incredibly effective when it comes to relieving stress and tension. Try turning ordinary hygiene into something enjoyable and transformative with my line of Nabila K shampoos. All infused with biotin and collagen, your hair will look and feel beautiful and healthy. Just lather fully and really massage your scalp; this not only feels great but is also the key to really clean hair. If you wash your hair more thoroughly, you’ll see that you don’t have to wash it as frequently (and this is great because it allows more time for oil to gradually build up and naturally keep your scalp from over-drying).

Pretty Pedis

Don’t forget to pamper your feet, especially this winter. Reflexology (when pressure is applied to parts of the body, specifically feet) has been known to work wonders for all sorts of ailments. One thing we can all agree on is that, after a long day (especially in heels), sore feet are a big problem and can severely limit mobility. Taking care of one’s feet (including their appearance) instantly makes you feel better. Have your own spa day in the privacy of your bathroom with Nabila K’s Peppermint Mani/Pedi Oil.

Body Beautiful

Nabila K Body Oils are some of the most sumptuous, sensual gifts you can give any time of year! Massaging oil into your skin is something you can do for

 yourself or your partner. Trust me, they’ll love it! Talk about a treat! Sometimes, something as simple as touch is what we’ve all been craving.

Available in fragrances such as Nicotiana, Jasmine, Manuka Honey, Peony, Polynesian Monoi, and Royal Wood, Nabila K offers just about every scent imaginable.

For more information on all the Nabila K products mentioned above, check out the links below and visit the website.

(Vintage photographs above depict Carmen Dell’Orefice, Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, and Christy Turlington.)

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Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes, I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it.” –Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

To evoke memory through scent is a luxury. I have been enamored of perfumes, lotions, and potions my entire life, ever since I was a little girl taking bubble baths and playing with elegant glass bottles. The seductive allure of perfume never palls for me. Anyone can make their life more rich and more luxurious just by using their favorite exotic scents and botanical oils.

This is why I started my line of bath, body, and makeup products: to bring a little clean beauty and some of my favorite scents to fruition (in many forms). Some of my favorites include jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, and rosemary. You’d be surprised at some of the many fabulous tidbits of information surrounding some of my favorite fragrances.

As other minds sail on the crest of music mine floats on the waves of your perfume.”



  • Jasmine is known and loved for its heady yet delicate sweetness, tiny white flowering vines, and aphrodisiac qualities. Because it blooms at night, jasmine is a bit of a mysterious and romantic plant. It is common in India for married women to wear jasmine flowers on their fingers as wedding rings and in their hair as beauty accents. Even men in Morocco and Tunisia can be seen wearing sprigs of jasmine tucked behind their ears to enjoy the sweet fragrance.

Known as the “Queen of the Night,” jasmine has been used to perfume bath water and fountains flowing in reverence to Egyptian gods and goddesses since the 1st millennium BC.

The fragrance of jasmine in the garden, at twilight, is like the perfume of a celestial woman.” –Kahlil Gibran

  • Nabila Koffers “Jazz” perfume with jasmine and essential oils, a Jasmine & Honey diffuser to flood your surroundings with this favorite fragrance, candles for perfume and ambiance, and soothing body oil (with argan, shea, jojoba, and aloe vera) that can be added to baths, used as a moisturizer or with a massage. 

  • Lavender: there is so much myth and folklore surrounding lavender. It’s been said that Cleopatra favored lavender as a lure in her seductions and that the asps that killed her hid in lavender bushes. It is also believed that the sacred virgin, Mary, hung Christ’s clothes on a lavender bush after the crucifixion and, when banished from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve took lavender with them as tokens.
  • With lavender lip polish, bath salts, bubble baths, candles, diffusers, hygienic wipes, shampoo, and conditioner, Nabila K has everything you need to fill your life with the lovely scent of Southern France in summer.
  • Sandalwood oil comes from the tree Santalum album, native to India and Southeast Asia. One of the most expensive woods in the world (as it’s so rare), sandalwood comes from a soft tree that keeps its fragrance for decades and is synonymous with incense. Used for centuries in India and ancient Egypt, the earthy-scented, seductive wood served as a religious sacrament and favored perfume.

First discovered thousands of years ago, it remains a sacred and protected tree in India, where it is widely considered a sign of reincarnation. It is also thought, in Hinduism, to bring one closer to divinity.

Nabila K offers a body oil aptly called “Royal Wood” because you will, upon use, feel like the queen of a tropical forest grove. Put a few drops of the oil into a running bath or rub directly onto your skin (it’s that gentle and organic) to treat dryness and restore elasticity and glow.

• Try Nabila K’s Botanical Best Collagen and Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner for gorgeous hair this summer. With rosemary as a key ingredient, your hair will appear fuller, rejuvenated, shiny, and manageable, with a fresh evergreen fragrance. Rosemary is known for its revitalizing, herbal scent that will transport you to a forest experience.

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For more information on jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, and rosemary-scented products by Nabila K, click the links below and visit the website.



For all you makeup lovers and beauty enthusiasts out there, you’ll need a few things to go along with your glamour routine. Before applying your powders, paints, and polishes, you’ll need a solid prep!

One of the secret miracle ingredients here is milk thistle. Everyone is raving about the wonders of this magical plant; it’s a not-so-little-known fact among the glamour elite. The cast of “Barbie” used milk thistle products to achieve flawless, glowing skin. With Nabila K products, you can harness the power of milk thistle to slow down the aging process. Because it’s loaded with antioxidants, it detoxes and protects your skin while reducing inflammation. Milk thistle is also beneficial for skin prone to acne and eczema.

Along with milk thistle, try a hint of peppermint to make your toilette even more refreshing. Nabila K’s peppermint-infused products will leave your skin in mint condition! There’s nothing cooler or sweeter than peppermint during the holiday and winter season; not only is it festive, it’s also incredibly beneficial. Whether you’re eating a candy cane or using a peppermint lip scrub, the oils help to ease the stomach, aid in healthy digestion (when ingested), and reinvigorate the senses when used as a beauty aid.

Prep your Pretty with Peppermint

  • Organic Peppermint Lip Balm is a nourishing delight for thirsty lips. There’s no better prep for lipstick, liner, or gloss than a good, all-natural balm. Soothe your dry, chapped lips this winter with Nabila K’s ultra-conditioning lip balm infused with natural oils and antioxidants.
  • Peppermint Lip Polish: There’s no sweeter winter treat than polishing your lips to perfection with the cooling flavor of peppermint. Nabila K’s lip polishes (available in twelve flavors) are good enough to eat! They’re all natural and will leave your lips feeling soft, kissable, and ready for any makeup.

  • Mint & Chamomile Toner: Nabila K’s organic skin toner is balancing and refreshing. It’s the skincare product you need to boost your appearance after cleansing (and is gentle enough to be used morning and night). With the refreshing light scents of peppermint, spearmint, and chamomile, your skin will feel clean and reinvigorated after removing your makeup.

Pre and Post-Makeup: Harness the Miracle of Milk Thistle

Wash it all away

One of the most important parts of wearing makeup is remembering to wash it off before bed. Some of us are better at this than others but, believe me, your skin will thank you. Try Nabila K’s luxurious face washes and masks to ramp up your post-makeup, pre-bedtime routine.

Don’t forget your hair: Nabila K has conditioner infused with milk thistle as a key ingredient. Sometimes, when we’re focused on our skincare and makeup, we forget that a luscious, healthy head of hair is absolutely essential to looking and feeling radiant. Nabila K’s conditioners nourish every strand of hair with plant-based proteins. Milk thistle promotes a beautiful, full mane by strengthening the follicles and preventing premature hair fall.

For all your conditioning needs, check out what Nabila K has to offer, including:

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Nurturing Wellness in the Winter: Embracing Self-Care and Health Tips

The winter season, with its crisp air and frost-kissed landscapes, ushers in a time of reflection and renewal. It’s a season when families come together, celebrating the warmth of togetherness while the world outside turns cold. However, the winter season can also bring its own set of challenges to our physical and emotional well-being. As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, it’s essential to prioritize self-care and health to ensure you and your family stay vibrant and well. In this article, we’ll explore how to nurture wellness during the winter and provide easy tips to guide you through this transformative season.

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Embrace the Great Outdoors

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While the call of a warm and cozy home is strong during the winter, it’s essential to continue embracing the great outdoors. Fresh air, even in cold temperatures, can invigorate the mind and body. Bundle up in layers, put on a comfortable pair of boots, and take a family walk in a nearby park. The brisk air can awaken your senses, and the sight of nature’s winter beauty can be truly captivating. Just a short stroll can do wonders for your mood, helping to combat the winter blues and inspire a sense of wonder in your family.

Nourish with Winter Comfort Foods

Winter is the perfect time to relish the comfort of hearty, warming foods. Dive into a pot of vegetable stew or a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Savor roasted root vegetables and freshly baked bread. These comforting foods are not only delicious but also nutritious, providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals needed to fend off winter ailments. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for family bonding; involve your children in meal preparation and share stories around the dining table.

Stay Hydrated and Protect Your Skin

The dry indoor air and harsh outdoor winds of winter can take a toll on your skin. Hydration is key. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and use a good quality moisturizer to keep your skin soft and supple. Encourage your family to maintain a healthy skincare routine, from applying lip balm to regularly using moisturizing lotions. This practice will protect your skin from the harsh elements and ensure you all stay comfortable and glowing throughout the season. Keep in mind that the same products you use on yourself may not be good to use on a child’s delicate skin. Make sure that you use products designed with them in mind. 

Prioritize Mental Wellness

The winter season, with its limited daylight hours, can sometimes bring a sense of melancholy. It’s essential to prioritize mental wellness. Take time for self-reflection, meditate, or practice mindfulness. Engaging in these activities can help combat feelings of stress and anxiety, allowing you to approach the season with a calm and centered mind. Encourage your family to join in; these practices can be beneficial for both adults and children.

Regular Exercise is Vital

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It can be tempting to hibernate during the winter, but regular exercise remains essential for your family’s well-being. You don’t need to venture to the gym; there are numerous indoor exercises and activities you can enjoy as a family. From yoga sessions in your living room to dance parties in the kitchen, these activities not only keep you physically fit but also offer a fun way to bond with your loved ones. Regular exercise boosts your mood, keeps your energy levels up, and helps you stay active even when the world outside is cold and unforgiving.

Maintain Healthy Sleep Patterns

Winter’s shorter days can sometimes disrupt your sleep patterns. However, it’s vital to ensure that both you and your family get a good night’s rest. Create a warm and cozy sleep environment. Use blackout curtains to minimize the effect of shorter daylight hours and maintain a regular sleep schedule. Adequate sleep not only keeps you alert and productive but also plays a crucial role in boosting your immunity, ensuring you and your family stay well throughout the season.

Foster a Sense of Community

The winter season is a time for coming together and celebrating the spirit of community. Arrange gatherings with your family and friends. Share meals, stories, and laughter. Hosting or attending events, even virtually, can provide a sense of connection and belonging. The feeling of community fosters a positive atmosphere that can alleviate the winter blues and nurture your family’s overall well-being.

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Plan for Cozy Family Time

The long winter nights offer the perfect opportunity for cozy family time. Organize movie nights, game nights, or simply enjoy story time by the fireplace. These moments of togetherness create lasting memories and contribute to your family’s emotional well-being. Sharing laughter, storytelling, and love is an integral part of keeping everyone’s spirits high during the winter season.

Prepare for Winter Emergencies

Winter brings with it its share of emergencies, from power outages to extreme weather events. It’s important to prepare an emergency kit for your family. Stock it with essentials like non-perishable food, bottled water, first-aid supplies, flashlights, and warm blankets. By being prepared, you can ensure that your family remains safe and comfortable in the event of a winter emergency.

The winter season is a transformative period, a time for reflection, renewal, and celebration. By embracing outdoor activities, nurturing your body with comfort foods, maintaining a healthy sleep pattern, and focusing on mental wellness, you can ensure your family’s well-being throughout this season. Additionally, fostering a sense of community and dedicating time to cozy family moments will create a positive and lasting impact. Winter is not just a season; it’s an opportunity to grow closer as a family and nourish your well-being in every sense.

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Warm and Cozy: Embrace the Season with Nabila K Fall Bath Essentials

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, there’s a certain magic in the autumn season. Fall brings vibrant foliage, the aroma of pumpkin spice, and the promise of cozy evenings by the fire. It’s also a time for self-care and nourishment as we prepare for the colder months ahead. There’s no better way to embrace the season than by indulging in a warm and relaxing bath, and Nabila K offers a range of luxurious fall bath essentials that are bound to make your autumn evenings even more delightful. In this article, we’ll explore the art of self-care during the fall season and introduce you to the exquisite products by Nabila K, including the ‘Tis the Season glycerin soap, Heart of Provence Bubble Bath, Nomad Spice Body Lotion with Shea Butter & Olive Oil, and the Organic Brown Sugar Body Scrub.

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Setting the Mood: The Importance of Fall Self-Care

As the seasons shift, our bodies and minds often respond to the changes in temperature and daylight. Fall, with its cooler weather and shorter days, provides the perfect opportunity to slow down, unwind, and focus on self-care. Taking time for yourself during this season is not only a way to pamper your body but also to rejuvenate your spirit.

The fall season can bring a unique set of challenges, from cooler and drier air that can impact your skin to the increased stresses of daily life. It’s crucial to adapt your self-care routine to cater to these specific needs. One of the best ways to do so is by incorporating a warm bath into your regimen.

Heart of Provence: Lavender & Sage Bubble Bath

Nabila K Heart of Provence Bubble Bath is a quintessential fall essential. This luxurious bath product combines the soothing scent of lavender with the earthy aroma of sage. Lavender is renowned for its calming properties, making it an ideal choice for those looking to relax and unwind during the fall season. Sage, on the other hand, brings a grounding and comforting element to your bath.

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The Heart of Provence Bubble Bath is designed to create a spa-like experience in the comfort of your home. Imagine sinking into a tub filled with warm, fragrant bubbles, the cares of the day melting away as the lavender and sage scent envelop you. The warm water, combined with the aromatic qualities of these natural ingredients, can be a transformative experience that not only nourishes your body but also soothes your soul.

Nomad Spice Body Lotion with Shea Butter & Olive Oil

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Fall often brings cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels, which can lead to dry, flaky skin. This is where Nabila K Nomad Spice Body Lotion comes to the rescue. Infused with shea butter and olive oil, this body lotion is specifically formulated to keep your skin soft, supple, and deeply moisturized.

Shea butter is a natural emollient, rich in vitamins and fatty acids that provide intense hydration. It’s perfect for combating the dryness that autumn can bring. Olive oil, a classic Mediterranean beauty secret, is celebrated for its nourishing and antioxidant properties, helping to protect your skin from the elements.

With the delightful aroma of the Nomad Spice Body Lotion, you’ll be carried away to an autumnal world filled with the warm scents of spices and comfort. As you massage this lotion onto your skin, you’re not only sealing in moisture but also indulging in a sensory experience that’s as cozy as wrapping yourself in a soft blanket.

Organic Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Exfoliation is a key component of any skincare routine, and it’s especially important in the fall when our skin may need a little extra TLC. Nabila K Organic Brown Sugar Body Scrub is a wonderful addition to your self-care rituals during this season. 

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This luxurious scrub features organic brown sugar as its exfoliating base, which gently removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and refreshed. Brown sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, which can help in the regeneration of new skin cells and reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.

The Organic Brown Sugar Body Scrub is not only effective but also kind to your skin. It’s enriched with natural oils like almond and jojoba, which provide an additional dose of hydration and nourishment. Using this scrub in the bath or shower can become a mini-spa experience as you massage it into your skin, feeling the stresses of the day wash away.

The Ultimate Fall Self-Care Routine

While each of these Nabila K products is exceptional on its own, they can be combined to create the ultimate fall self-care routine. Begin with a warm bath using the Heart of Provence Bubble Bath. Allow the soothing scents of lavender and sage to wash over you as you unwind and let the warm water ease your tension. Once or twice a week, introduce the Organic Brown Sugar Body Scrub into your routine. Apply it in gentle, circular motions during your bath or shower. As you rinse it off, you’ll reveal skin that’s not only exfoliated but also beautifully soft and radiant.

After your bath, gently pat your skin dry and apply the Nomad Spice Body Lotion. Take a moment to massage the lotion into your skin, allowing the shea butter and olive oil to deeply hydrate and nourish. This step is not only practical for your skin’s health but also incredibly indulgent. During the coming holiday season, it is vitally important that you don’t neglect your self-care routine, or if you don’t have one…start one. It’s a gift you give to yourself. 

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“My motto is to love greatly, laugh freely, live naturally, do good when you can and stay productive.”

–Nabila Khashoggi

Herodotus wrote of the fountain of youth, a spring in which one drinks or bathes and remains young forever. As lovely as this sounds, it is only a myth. There are ways, however, to keep a youthful spirit. After all, age is just a number. Spartan and the Green Egg was created in an organic, enthusiastic way. It came about, at first, for my oldest son and, in the years hence, has remained a source of inspiration to me because it’s all about curiosity. If we can hold onto our curious nature and never stop learning, our spirit will remain youthful, unfettered, and happy. I’ve always been inquisitive about the world, about far-off lands, different cultures, and other ways of seeing and living. This, in my experience, is the basis for feeling enthusiastic, never bored, and young at heart.

Of course, every coin has two sides… I am also an advocate of healthy living. This means eating well, breathing deeply, and, of course, good skincare! You be surprised at what clean beauty can do for you. By drinking lots of water and using a good moisturizer, your skin will look and feel softer, more supple, and more radiant. To learn more about my philosophy of dualism, check out Spartan and the Green Egg and Full Cycle Publications for information on teaching children and stimulating adult imaginations.  Also check out Nabila K Cosmetics for clean skincare and beauty.

Stay Curious

If we’re always questioning, we’re not complacent. It’s a good idea to keep that inquisitive spirit about the world and those around us. This sort of attitude helps one to stay young at heart with their youthful glow intact. Of course, staying young is a state of mind, but it also has to do with wellness. This, to me, means drinking a lot of water and eating as well as possible (trying to avoid lots of junk food, GMOs, processed food, etc.). There’s nothing better than learning about food, planting a garden, watching it grow, and then reaping its bounty. I love enjoying summer salads with my family more than almost anything. 

Other than staying curious, one should also focus on inner wellness and listening to what’s going on within your body. Self-care—whether it’s a massage, bubble bath, spa day, me time, or a walk in nature—is also very important. Make time for yourself and treat yourself, too. This is where Nabila K cosmetics and skincare comes into play. Look into the Nabila K bath salts, oils, lotions, creams, and candles available for making your life just a little more comfortable and luxurious.

Welcome the Ecstatic Experience

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

 –Emily Dickinson

Make yourself aware of and available to the world around you and the good things it has to offer. If you are open and accepting of an ecstatic experience, it will happen. The other side of the coin is that, if you close yourself off, you might miss these wonderful opportunities. 

Keep Your Eyes Open

Those who look for beauty tend to find it. Every day can be seen as a great opportunity for adventure, learning something new, and meeting fabulous people. If you keep your eyes open, who knows what you’ll see! This will also make you feel youthful. With age comes wisdom (hopefully), and if we’re lucky, we’ll retain our child-like glee and wonder.

For more information on Nabila K Cosmetics, Spartan and the Green Egg, and other life lessons, musings and observations, check out the respective websites and read what’s on my blog

(Images used above include fairy and cottagecore film stills from Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and “Picnic at Hanging Rock.)

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Show What’s in Your Bag

Many women seemingly live out of their purses.It appears others can name any items, and they can magically produce those items like magicians. In fact, some women have large purses that function almost like miniature suitcases. However, they also tend to carry far more than they actually need to carry. You may want to effectively stock your purse with the essentials without lugging around unnecessary extras. Here are the top 10 types of items you should always carry in your purse, in addition to your wallet.

1. Water and a Snack

If you have a busy schedule, you might have trouble squeezing in time to stop for food or drinks. Solve that problem by keeping water and non-perishable snacks in your purse. Water is especially important since your body needs it for many reasons, including joint lubrication. If you do not want to carry a large bottle of water in your purse, consider carrying a collapsible water bottle instead. That way, you can fill it quickly wherever you go, drink from it when needed, and quickly collapse it again.

When selecting snack foods to stash in your purse, be careful. Not all snacks travel well. One great option is to pack a few individually wrapped granola bars before you leave the house for the day. You can eat them anywhere, and they cannot spill in your purse. Other options include:

  • Nuts
  • Dried Fruits
  • Trail Mix
  • Jerky
  • Crackers

2. Personal “Must Have” Items

Personal “must have” items are items unique to you and your preferences or needs. They are the items you simply cannot live without. You might feel attachments to some items for sentimental reasons. Others might be necessary for your work or personal activities. Some examples of such items include:

  • House or Work Keys
  • Family Photographs
  • Reading Glasses
  • Business Cards
  • Lucky Charms

3. Something to Do

There is nothing worse than being stuck somewhere, such as on a commuter train or bus, with nothing to do. Try packing a novel or crossword puzzle book for longer trips. You can also pack earbuds if you like to listen to music. If you tend to amuse yourself by playing games on your cellphone, always keep a spare phone charger in your purse.

4. Medications

There are two types of medications you always need in your purse. They are prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Prescribed medications are most important. For example, you may need to carry an epinephrine pen (epi-pen) in case of major allergic reactions. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, may also require you to take important medications with you everywhere you go. Carrying OTC medications like pain relievers is also important. You never know when a headache or other mild ailment may strike.

5. First Aid Items

According to the American Red Cross, it is always important to keep a first aid kit handy. You may not be able to store a full kit in your purse, but there are certain first aid items you can easily take with you on the go. Always keep items like bandages and disinfectant ointments in your purse for emergencies. Cuts and scratches often occur at the worst possible times and in the worst possible locations. Prepare for those situations, and you could save yourself or another person in a time of need.

6. Your Favorite Cosmetics

Makeup has been a staple of the fashion world since the late 1800s. Although, today’s cosmetics are certainly far different from the early cosmetics offered by companies like Avon. Today, you have many different cosmetics options, including Nabila K! Some of the best contain natural ingredients and are free of harsh chemicals. Keep those cosmetics handy by getting a zippered makeup pouch to keep in your purse. Stock it with your favorite essentials, like lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush.

7. Personal Care Items

If you are like most women, you probably already keep sanitary napkins or tampons in your purse. However, there are other personal care items that can come in handy on the go. For example, you may want to keep an extra stick of deodorant or some perfume in your purse. You may also want breath mints or breath spray to help you prepare for unexpected business or social interactions. And, of course, in this day and age, some kind of hand sanitizer.

8. Hair Items

Short hair does not require a lot of on-the-go care. However, if you have long tresses, you may want to keep certain hair items in your purse. Bobby pins or hair elastics can help you keep unruly hair in check. You may even want to keep a hairbrush or hair spray in your purse. Then you can adjust your look on the fly wherever there is a mirror.

9. Safety Items

As an independent individual, you may travel alone quite often. If so, you must keep personal safety in mind. Today, there are many products designed for personal safety that can fit in a purse. Pepper spray is a common option. You can also opt to carry a light that might temporarily blind an assailant. A third option is a small alarm you can pull or press to make a shrill noise when you are in danger.

10. Pen and Paper

Now, most people do not think to carry a pen and paper. Texting and calling have become so simple that it is often unnecessary to write a note. However, there are times when taking notes, making lists, or leaving notes for other people is still important. When you keep a pen and paper handy, you are prepared for any situation and can also help other people out in a pinch.

What’s in Your Bag?

If you are like me, you have more than one handbag. There are purses for seasonal wear, and I have certain clutches that I like to use on more formal or festive occasions. Each of these are left stocked with a variation on the items listed above. It is a definite timesaver when you can pull out a purse to go out and know it already has everything you need in it. At the end of each day, upon returning, I set aside about 10 minutes to go through my purse to empty out anything that doesn’t belong there, like loose paper, wrappers, etc. That way, the purse is ready for the next time I need it! 

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Let Go of Stuff

The Fine Art of Letting Go

When I was younger I can remember my step-mother reminding me that when I wanted to get something new I needed to make room for it by getting rid of the old. The item in question of course was a favorite sweatshirt of mine that had rips and tears in it. The shirt was totally in fashion those days (don’t ask me when!) but she was right….I needed space to put the new clothing in. The reason I was reminded of this little slice of my life was that now with the new reality all of us are facing, like many, I’ve had time to do a wholesale decluttering of everywhere in my space ….starting with my closet. You know what I discovered, besides a pair of shoes I’d forgotten I even had? Letting go of stuff is harder than you might think!

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I’m Not Alone

There had to be a method to my madness with this decluttering, cleaning, throwing out, giving away frenzy. I would approach it with a plan. So, like most I turned to the Internet for useful information and I stumbled upon several psychological reasons why it is difficult to get rid of stuff. Most of them agree that it boils down to any or all of the following: 

  • No time.
  • Lack of Motivation.
  • You save things “just in case”.
  • connectionto something.
  • You recall the amount of money you spent on that item!

The take-away from all this is that everyone procrastinates when it comes to cleaning out their space to make room for the new. Equally true is the sense of accomplishment you feel when it’s completed. 

How to Let Go of Your Things

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Maybe you have items that have sentimental value to you but they are taking up valuable space. Experts suggest you take a picture of that item. That way you can still remember it and the memory associated with it without it taking up needed real estate in your closet. Another good thing to ask yourself is whether the item in question is something you really ever use, or will ever likely use. If you are like me you have made a purchase or two with the intention of using said item, but there it sits in all its glory. If the items are still in good condition consider donating them to a charity rather than filling up the landfill. Someone else may actually get around to using that item. 

Can we talk about holding on to something that’s broken because you KNOW you can fix it? The chances are that is not going to happen and the price you’d have to pay to have it fixed for you is often more than what the item cost you to buy it originally. So. Not. Worth. It. 

Delegate, Designate and Donate

One of the best pieces of advice I received many years ago was to categorize everything I am getting rid of into several different groups: Keeping, Donating, Giving Away and Trashing.  I try hard to have very few items going into the trash pile because I just don’t want to contribut to the landfill chaos if I can help it. Going from closet to closet I have managed to get these designations in hand. I also advocate delegating some responsibility to other members of the family because they live there too and you just want to share the fun (ha). If you have children this is such a great way to teach them about making room for the new by getting rid of the old (see the lesson stuck with me!). It also gives you precious, often teachable moments with your kiddo as you discuss why something should stay and why something should go. Teaching them how to make decisions about things is a critical life skill and will stand them in good stead well beyond simply deciding if it is time to donate the Tonka truck and old Xbox games. 

Letting Go Feels Good

Once you get your closets under control you may find yourself wanting to tackle other areas of your home. But beyond the Konmari effect that comes from cleaning and organizing everything is the mind-clearing, soul-lifting benefit from decluttering. It is as if you are clearing away the mental clutter as you clear away your physical clutter. And, it can be said that letting go of things that no longer serve you, fit you, are broken, or you never bought in to works as much for relationships and self-image as much as it does for old shoes, chipped coffee cups or craft projects that, let’s face it, are never going to be done. My last thought on this decluttering adventure is that letting go is a freeing experience everyone should embrace. Is anyone else hearing the song from Frozen playing in the background? 



“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

For a memorable European summer getaway, you’ll want to feel as good as you look and vice-versa. There are lots of tried and true ways to guarantee a sexy appearance, and Nabila K’s got you covered. Whether you’re looking to try full-on glamour with statement-making smoky eyes or natural sun-kissed beauty, Nabila K has all the inspiration via your favorite European glamour goddesses. With the right products, you can easily achieve romantic looks that will leave everyone breathless.

For all of the romantic looks listed below, ensure that your makeup is shiny, ethereal, and perfect with a bit of primer (tinted or clear) and setting spray. To get that radiant glow to immediately illuminate your look, try Nabila K’s Beauty Stix (“Glow Getter” will add instant glimmer and glitter).

And, let us not forget: when you feel like covering up (and should to protect yourself from the sun), a stylish straw hat and dark sunglasses (à la Brigitte Bardot) are always chic. 

Look 1: Emulate Sophia Loren with a sexy and sun-kissed look, with full brows and lined lips. There’s nothing more seductive, summery, or European than high glamour accentuated with a shadow of underarm hair, full lips, and natural eyebrows. If you’re planning a European getaway this summer, draw inspiration from one of Italy’s most iconic beauties, Sophia Loren. 

For full, sumptuous lips, try lining them with one of Nabila K’s long-lasting lip pencils. This will give your mouth definition that won’t rub off in the water, sun, or even while sipping a cocktail. For a subtle yet romantic look, try a dusty rose hue; Nabila K’s “Satin” lip liner pencil is perfect for a look that’s just enough. 

  • For full, perfectly manicured eyebrows that are natural yet done, try Nabila K’s “Brow Fixx” product in Blondie, Brunette, Chocolate, Dark Brunette, Fair Blonde, or Clear shades to match your unique hue. Of course, Sophia Loren would need the brunette option. 
  • No romantic look would be complete without a good mascara.

Look 2: To get your eyes as dark and exotic as Claudia Cardinale’s, you’ll need a reliable dark eyeshadow, eyeliner, and false eyelashes. Look as sexy and seductive as you feel this summer with a little help from another Italian beauty (and, of course, from Nabila K). 

  • For the perfect smoky eye, try Nabila K’s single well eyeshadow in “Blackest Black.” Now, it’s essential to remember that a little goes a long way with such a dark shadow, and with this (as opposed to eyeliner), you can create a gently smudged smoky look that is soft and not too garish. Because this eyeshadow is crease-proof and has impressive staying power, it’s exactly what you need to recreate Cardinale’s romantic look.
  • To complete a romantic look that’s all about the eyes, you’ll need false eyelashes. Try a full strip of Nabila K’s “Feather” lashes or the individual “Ever After” option for a more precise, defined look that screams 1960s allure.

Look 3: For a gorgeous, dewy look that’s natural and glowing, take a cue from Catherine Deneuve. 

  • Make sure your skin is hydrated and smooth with a clean, organic moisturizer or serum (we recommend Nabila K’s Manuka Honey Whip with aloe vera and shea butter), some aloe surge facial mist, and, by all means, do not neglect your lips! Keep them supple and kissable with Nabila K’s silky smooth lip balm (try the collection of seven travel-size tubes) made from the finest, most ethically-sourced ingredients. 
  • For a little more pizazz, try one of Nabila K’s vibrant, romantic lip glosses (available in ten shades).

Look 4: For your most romantic European look this summer, take a cue from Virna Lisa and accentuate your beauty mark (or create one), apply a sexy cat eye, and play up your pout with a pink or coral lipstick. 

  • For your eyes, look no further than Nabila K’s Ultra Black waterproof liquid eyeliner. Because it’s smudge-proof, your mysterious dark eye makeup will stay put (and perfect) all day and night.
  •  Make everyone say “Ooh-La-La” when they see your shiny coral lips. For a romantic look that lasts, Nabila K’s lipstick is just what you need. For pink lips with high shine, smooth on the creamiest, most luxurious lipstick in the perfect shade of dusty rose. It’s no wonder Nabila K dubbed it “Bella.”

For more information on all the products mentioned in this blog, click the links below (it’s that simple!) and get started on your most romantic makeup looks!

(Nabila K products pictured in this blog include “Brow-Fixx” in Brunette and “Bella” lipstick.)

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