Friday, May 30, 2014

Easiest Chain Bracelets (DIY)


    I absolutely love anything-chains. I once had this beautiful chain bracelet I bought from Jimmy Choo’s collection for H&M that I lost clubbing. I was so sad; even, thinking about it now, it saddens me all over again. Yesterday, I went to the bookstore and I found, by pure coincidence, a mini manual written in French (edition Marabout) that teaches how to make chain bracelets. I bought it, I read it, and, I tried. Bummer, I didn’t have all the tools needed. At the end, I came up with my own version of chain bracelets—read through my instructions and you will see how easy it is!

What you need:
A chain your wrist size, (about 15 cm)
2 satin ribbons of any color you like and, 3 x the size of your chain, (about 45 cm)
A pinch of common sense

DIY:
-First you need to lay down the chain on a flat surface
-Then, thread the ribbon through each link in the chain and pull it to tighten.
-Leave a part of the ribbon at the start and in the end of the chain for you to be able to tie the bracelet and wear it.
-Add the other ribbon (it could be of the same or different color) at the first and last links of the chains by the same way the first ribbon went in or out.
-Make a beautiful bow.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Power of a Translucent Powder

   If you think about what you need to have in your makeup bag, this ultrafine colorless powder is definitely one of the staples you should consider. The powder is applied to the entire face to set the makeup for a long-lasting wear and to reduce the visibility of pores and imperfections. It leaves you with a more uniform and shine-free complexion. You can wear it on top of your crème du jour (moisturizing cream for the face) and your fluid or compact foundation. You can also apply this powder on bare skin, but only after you have cleansed your face and moisturized it. 

   Right now, I am using the Rimmel Stay Matte Transparent 001 powder. I bought it for only 10$ in Lebanon at the Cosmetics floor in ABC Dbayeh, otherwise, it is for less than $5 on the internet. I am happy with my Rimmel product because it actually gives me the result I expected. My decision was also backed up by my lovely childhood friend Crisma, beauty blogger at L’armoire de Lana. She reassured me about Rimmel knowing that I’m used to invest more largely into makeup products, still, I trusted her blindly on this one.







   I still intend to try both the M.A.C Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, (you will pay more, somewhere around $30) and Make Up For Ever’s high-quality HD Microfinish Powder, (which is made of pure Silica for a justifiable price of about $50). You can also ask for a transparent finishing powder at your personal favorite makeup brand; in my opinion, not much will differ in terms of quality and value so I advise you to focus on the price to make your decision. 





   Using a tinted finishing powder is different if you’re asking. It is a fact that the tinted powder will give you a more “even” skin if you’re applying the translucent powder on bare skin. Well, I used Shiseido’s light-blue-cover (if you know it) Compact Foundation for a while but I still felt that I needed something lighter to basically just set the makeup rather than adding more foundation on foundation. And I found this solution. 

   My dearest girls, you’ve just discovered a beauty secret—but Shhh don’t tell every girl around...


And use your beauty weapon wisely!!!







Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I’m not a Girl not yet a Woman


   I rejoiced for summer too quickly, those long days at the beach tanning are not really happening. I should realize by now that I’m a grown up soon to be 20 years old “woman”. I have so much on my mind and one main thing is to continuously work on improving Pretty Capricieuse. I am meeting with a web designer tomorrow and, like we say in Arabic, Inshallah I will make a fair and lovely agreement with him. Besides that, I have been running to appointments which I will keep a surprise for you for later. I am registering myself to a fitness class to force myself to go to the Gym and do some sports. And next week I’m starting my internship and there are many many events to go to… (Including Beirut Design Week which I’m the most excited for)

   I feel emotionally so overwhelmed. Responsibilities came rushing to me and I don’t give no as an answer to good things. I still have a week to tidy up this chaos in my head and by the way, I am more than happy to stay busy. If it won’t make me lose some calories while I’m running errands, at least it will when I’ll be skipping meals for being too busy—don’t call it malnutrition please, I’m trying to be optimistic. Either way we’re working on that “weekend” beach body aren’t we?














   Here, I was wearing a Zara Mesh and light cotton white T-shirt, H&M necklace, Current Elliot leopard printed pants (I love, as long as it’s not yellow), Sam Edelman mesh espadrilles, Isabel Marant xH&M metallic belt, and my Mom’s vintage leather backpack. This outfit mirrors this summer trend of Mesh fabric—something see-through but not quite revealing with a sporty feel.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Refreshing Fruit Salad




The fruit salad is the most refreshing and healthiest alternative for a snack in summer (throw away the chips and the chocolate; we’re working on that beach body aren’t we?). The fruit salad can be a snack or even breakfast; rich in dietary fiber, it is sure to make you feel full longer during the day.  For this recipe, I added the strawberries to add another level of acidity and Pineapple to sweeten the juice sauce. I also added the juice of half a lemon to keep the apples from turning brown (Chemistry class: the apples are rich in iron and oxidize when reacting to air, which causes them to darken). For the aesthetic, I used a melon baller to cut the mango into balls; it will look much nicer on picture and be more appetizing at sight.

Ingredients:


1 packet of strawberries (approx. 200-300 g)
1 pineapple
1 mango
3 Kiwis
500 g of green almond (you can use 200 g of Pistachio nuts to peel instead or both)
3 small or 2 big nectarines
1 green apple (I don’t like red apples, Snow-white childhood trauma? Maybee)
The juice of 3 oranges
The juice of ½ a lemon
1 tbsp of Rhum (optional)
1 tbsp of Grand Marnier (optional)
1 sachet of Vanilla sugar or 1 tsp of Vanilla extract (recommended for a more savory sauce if you did not add the alcohol)


Cookware and Cutlery:


1 big bowl
A food processor
A melon baller


Preparation:

1- Wash all the fruits.
2- Start by cutting the pineapple and squeezing the lemon and the oranges.



3- Mix some strawberries and 2 pineapple slices in a food processor, and then add to it the orange and lemon juice. Pour the sauce in a big bowl.



4- Cut all the fruits as shown in the pictures below while trying to get the bits as identical as possible. And dip them into the sauce. When done, mix everything together.








5- Break and peel the green almonds and sprinkle over the salad.
6- Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 min.