Eid Mobarak my lovelies. I hope that you are seizing the opportunity today, wholeheartedly presenting good deeds, during the day of Arafat, and inshAllah your prayers will be all answered.

As I write this, there are tremendous and frightening thunderstorms in Clearwater, followed by beautiful sunlight!  Whether you like it or not! I’ve learned to accept what I can’t alter and to look on the bright side, which, as cliché, as it may seem, is that the sun always shines!

F for Facts

Did you know that the name Arafat means Meeting, and Jabal Arafat is also known as Jabal Al-Raḥmah, the Mount of Mercy. It marks the place of reunion on earth for Adam and Eve. ‘Arafah is the nominalization of the verb ‘arafa, “he came to know.”It is where the Arch-Angel Gabriel’s taught Abraham, peace be upon him, each of the rituals of Hajj, asking Abraham after his instruction in his religious rites: “A‘raftah? Do you now know it?” and Abraham answering: “‘Araftuh. I now know it.” Source: Zakat.org

F for Fashion

It’s fashion week, baby! So far, Paris has showered us with the most beautiful shows. Fendi leaned to transparency and fresh monochrome silhouettes, with re-take on Karl’s foil dress from the 2000 collection. Balenciaga had a star -studded show with the participation of Kim K, Nicole Kidman, Naoumi and, Bella Hadid as well as Dua Lipa, another dystopian collection of Demna where volume spoke louder. As did Schiaparelli with the usual voluminous accessories and headwear. Jean Paul Gautier famous perfumes were the inspiration of the guest designer Olivier Rousteing. Zuhair Murad represented arab iconography, evil eye and, 60’s wraps and Rabih Keyrouz displayed his fluid designs that call for freedom. Viktor and Rolf power dressing collection re-imagined silhouettes that they modified in front of their audience. Georges Hobeika had Leonie Hanne open his show that flooded with colors and light while Elie Saab introduced his First men couture collection with embellished capes and embroideries. Armani drew his inspiration from the 1920s nightclub scene adapted to today’s world. Virginie Viard re-called a collection with Karl Lagerfield for Chanel with notes of tulles and bows and cowboy boots with feminine dresses. Giambiattista Valli celebrated his 10th anniversary as usual serving us the volumes with joyful looks. And finally, Dior commitment to traditions and reviving the artisanal work this time shed the light on the Ukranian folklore. Keep your eyes on my stories as I am sharing the lastest shows and their references.

F for Fitness

Workout but make it fun with this plank dance. I recently tried some of Caroline’s workout and let me tell you I was SORE! I bet her 6 weeks plan is a must!

F for Food

Let the Eid feast begin! What is the secret ingredient to chewier cookies? Or maybe you want to try these by Chef Husni.

See you next week!

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La Petite

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