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I recently did a post on castor oil therapy but castor oil comes from a potent plant that has such great uses and benefits I thought I would shine the spotlight on this wonderful plant and the oil we get from it!

  • Use for thicker eyelashes and eyebrows.  Apply a thin layer of castor oil to the eyelashes/eyebrows with a cotton bud or an eye lash comb every night before bed for luscious lashes and thicker brows.
  • Use to treat dandruff and hair loss.  In a bowl mix one tsp of olive oil and one tsp of castor oil, warm  it a little and massage it into your scalp and hair.  You can leave it overnight.
  • Use to strengthen nails.  Massage castor oil on your nails and rub it into the cuticles and leave overnight.
  • Use to soften feet.   After a scrub with a pumice stone rub castor oil on to your feet, wear socks and leave overnight.  Repeat as often as needed.


You may have heard that Missoni is collaborating with TARGET to produce over 400 pieces of Missoni items ranging from women’s, kids, and men’s clothing, and bedding and dinnerware for the home.

Here are a few of my faves from the lookbook which can be worn with jeans to modestify the look for us girlies who cover! I am loving these pieces. The look is very Missoni with its famous zigzag stripes and mod vibe 60’s feel.

The collection hits stores and online September 13 and will be there until October 22. Be sure to grab your picks fast because I am sure it will sell like hot cakes!!


The day has come where Reality Princess Kimmie has become Mrs. Humphries and tied the knot.  Some may have doubted that they would make it down the isle but here are the images and video to prove that they did so quite elegantly.  A whole lot of money ($10 million) was spent on this wedding which luckily for the bride & groom they didn’t have to fork out and without a doubt they have cashed in a lot from this wedding as well. Kim’s wedding dress is by designer Vera Wang.  Look how cute little Mason was in his little suit!


“RIPE, a company passionate about fresh, healthy and local produce, a company intent on spreading the benefits of going organic. It’s all about getting back to basics by growing local, eating local and supporting local. RIPE aims to provide you with organic fruit and vegetables that are local, fresh, tasty and affordable.”

This is a great way in spreading the awareness and benefits of organic produce, promoting local farmer’s and knocking the myth that organic=$$$.  Organic produce can be affordable and RIPE shows you how with a great boxed concept!

About RIPE:

Our aim is to provide you with organic fruit and vegetables that are local, fresh, tasty and affordable.

From 17th September – November we will offer seasonal vegetable boxes packed full of produce selected by our favourite farmers. Each week you will get a mixed selection of around 7-8 different vegetables.

From November onwards, as the weather gets cooler, we will be spoilt for choice so our product range and box types will extend to Fruit boxes, different types of Veggie Boxes and Kids Boxes!
All boxes come in two sizes; small which is ideal for 2 people and costs AED 80and large which is ideal for a family of 4-5 and costs AED 130.

The Ripe Farmers Market will start weekly on Saturday 17th September from 9.30am – 1pm at the Dubai Garden Centre on SZR.

Connect with RIPE
Contact: Becky Balderstone
Call: +971 50 551 2517

Oil pulling is a very old auyervedic detox treatment which is meant to do wonders.  Something so simple that can even be done while you’re taking a shower.  What is oil pulling? I found an article which best describes it below.

To define Oil Pulling; it is the swishing or rinsing of oil in the mouth which pulls toxins and impurities from your body as a natural detox. The process is generally performed daily by swishing, rinsing and chomping sunflower or sesame oil around the mouth for 20 minutes. The results of this natural detox are an uncontrollable salivation which brings out the chemicals and impure metals which are present from food, air pollutants and radiation from electronic devices.

This form of alternative medicine is known to reduce or remove completely the harmful minerals from the body but as Dr. Karach, the top promoter of this treatment, claims to be the cure for all disease to the human body. According to the doctor, the treatment has had beneficial results for chronic blood diseases, paralysis, sleeplessness, encephalitis, eczema and ulcers. Whilst it may seem far fetched, the only way to find out about this natural detox is to try it for yourself.

Here are instructions on how to perform Oil Pulling

1 Before brushing your teeth in the morning, put one tablespoon full of sesame or sunflower oil into your mouth and swish around for 20 minutes.
2 Continue to do so until the oil turns into a white frothy mixture then spit it out. This means the oil is drawing out any toxins and impurities from your body.
3 Spit it out and brush your teeth as normal. Consume at least a glass of water afterwards.
4 To increase the speed of the process, you can perform this detox 2-3 times per day. You are not limited to those oils; you could try walnut, avocado or even coconut oil.

The oil will pull the mucus from your body, which is a poison according to Ayurvedic medicine. The natural detox is working when you feel worsened symptoms of your ailment as your body is healing.

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I love to push local talent! Here is a new shoe label founded by two UAE Locals & a Saudi. Their first collection has a range of ballerinas, and how cute are they! You can never have enough ballerinas and here is an excuse why!

Visit them at :

For inquiries email  them on

 *images belong to peaches

We eat them in salads and may even put them on our eyes to reduce puffiness but the benefits of cucumbers are many and this post is dedicated to the little cues 🙂

Here are some of the great benefits:

1. Did you know that one cucumber contains most vitamins you would need in one day! Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, ~Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium and zinc…so juicing cucumbers is a great way to get plenty of these great vits!

2. Reduces dark circles and under eye puffiness; its not a myth. Cucumbers retain the water and reduce the puffiness. They work wonderfully, and it is also very relaxing.

3. Feeling tired and sluggish in the afternoon? Cucumbers are a great pick me up with all its sources of Vit B’s, so instead of picking up your caffeinated drink, grab a cue!

4. Fogged up mirrors after a shower? Rubbing a cucumber helps eliminate the fog.

5. Feeling a little peckish in the afternoons? a great snack is a bowl of freshly cut cucumbers and a squeeze of lemon juice!

6. Helps with cellulite and wrinkles- the phytochemicals in the cue casye the collagen in your skin to tighten firming up the outer layer which helps reduce visible cellulite.  Apparently all you need to do is rub a few slices if the cue on your problem area.

7. The “Green” way to clean your sinks, stainless steel and taps is by taking a slice of cucumber and rubbing it on the surface! Not only does it bring back shine, it leaves no streaks and no nasty chemicals get in contact with your skin !






Anyone who knows me knows I have said this soo many times!! School is a cookie cutter educational system which caters for the masses-everyone is expected to learn the same way or else they get labeled by the school system as not smart, weak in concentration, fidgety and not to mention all the other fancy labels such as ADHD, dyslexic and much more! The website and the videos below explain so much and should open up people’s minds that there are other ways of learning far more beneficial.

Born to learn is a fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn.

“Your brain is the planet’s most powerful learning machine. But our current systems of education aren’t doing enough to unlock our true potential. This is what Born to Learn is all about.”

Designer of luxury goods Lina Hamed whose background in high-end fashion and accessories beginning at luxury fashion house Hermes, created  a brand Analeena which is so sought after that it was sold out in Harrods within two weeks.  Her designs are made out of exotic skins such as crocodile, lizard and python which makes her hefty price tag of £1000- £8000 understandable. Her classic hollywood glamour bags come in many vibrant colours with some great features such a matching handbag holders, and a mini torch for those ER moments when you just can’t find your lipgloss!  Her bags have been seen on celebs and on the infamous show Gossip Girl!

About Analeena:

Analeena is the Rolls Royce of luxury goods, capturing the eye with unparraelled beauty and craftsmanship. Lovers of exquiste, tactile fabrics will appreciate the beauty of crocodile, lizard and python skins.  The bags are as alluring on th einside as they are out. With a wealth of features such as an umbrella pocket or mini torch.  Analeena adds a twist of youth and vitality to classic design.  Ensuring glamour for every occasion an Analeena handbag is special, like a beautiful peice of jewellery that should be treasured and handed down.

Unadultered luxury.

Unquestionable craftsmanship.

Undeniable art.




Luxurious Emirati footwear designer Sultan Darmaki must be ecstatically proud of being housed as part of  the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)’s permanent collection. This is a significant achievement for the designer, and a first for the V&A that originates from the UAE.  Darmaki will also be collaborating with the V&A on an exhibition on footwear alongside Salvatore Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Dior. His designs scream elegance and fine craftsmanship.


DARMAKI is a luxurious footwear couture brand created by Sultan Al Darmaki and a team of Italy’s finest craftsmen. DARMAKI combines artistic and cultural influences with the excellence of superior Italian manufacturing. With DARMAKI’s combination of highly creative designs, a wide range of exquisite materials and careful attention to comfort and durability, this debut collection is set to revolutionise the international designer footwear market.

The woman wearing DARMAKI is elegant, fashion forward and sensual. Acclaimed fashion experts have described DARMAKI’s first collection as a “Walking Work of Art” and an “Art Installation” with styles fusing cutting edge trends and techniques with a truly feminine twist. Distinguishing DARMAKI from other designer footwear brands, each shoe has intricate details and incorporates high-quality mixed materials which give the shoe its own unique inspirational character, as well as a challenging and innovative construction and extraordinary use of motifs. DARMAKI has also developed its own signature exotic materials which are used to evoke the custom made feel ofthe final product.

*images belong to DARMAKI

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