Capharnaüm

Capharnaüm

Quite a different subject from my usual content, but I just finish watching the Lebanese drama film directed by Nadine Lebaki in 2018.

I saw the trailer a couple of months ago, and it was until now that I finally got the time to watch the film. I thought I knew what to expect but actually I didn’t… I’m going to leave the trailer of the film in this post as well. Don’t worry I won’t spoil the movie, but after you watch the trailer you can continue reading my post!

Now that you watched the trailer, you’re in the mood for a deep talk. Can you imagine being a 12 y/o already disgusted, tired and agry about life? I can’t, not even in a hard day of work, I would be able to compare my life with someone that want to sue his own parents for giving him life.

After watching this film, I confirmed my theory about life. “Sadly life is not created equal for everyone, and the saddest part is that some people will never realize they’re entitled for a better one”. If you have access to my content I guess you have at least a 3G connection mobile or you’re using a laptop/desktop (you probably have the 3 of them) then you’re part of the 56.1% of the world population that has internet access. If you’re reading this post and your native laguage is not english, you’re part of the 1 billion that speaks english as a second language. If you speak a thirth language you’re part of the 13% of world population that can do it. (Source: World Economic Forum)

My point here is that there are so many things that we take for granted in our daily lifes. It is amazing to have goals and work hard to achieve them, and once you get them go ahead for new ones! But please, do not forget in those moments of pressure and doubts that you’re already making it, all your efforts account even the ones that seems so small to your eyes!

Please don’t minimize your efforts or take them for granted, something that might seem so easy for you, might be a big deal for someone else.

Y We’re living in a society that never has enough (money, recognition, love, time, degrees etc…) and it’s actually so sad! While we are complaining about material things, people in other countries are suffering for basic needs, such as education or legal papers, and actually very few do care about it.

The purpose of this post is not make us feel bad about being “most fortunate” because, at the end of the day, we can not choose in what country or condition you’re going to grow up. My aim is just to enlight the fact that whenever is possible try to be informed about the different problems/situations our world is suffering and maybe try to make baby steps for a change. Let’s just take an example:

You love animals? Great, donate a small amount to your local animal shelter or find an international association that works with animals in other places.

Wild at Heart Foundation

« Wild at Heart Foundation funds animal welfare projects all over the world. We are on a mission to compassionately reduce the world’s 600 million stray dog population through rescue projects, neutering programmes and education initiatives. By 2025 we want to rehome 10,000 dogs, neuter 100,000 dogs and educate 1,000,000 »

This was just an example, but really any cause, any amount or any type of help can make a difference. Even the fact of being a ware of a problem is already a step. I know sometimes in our daily habits and routines we don’t seem to have time to appreciate all our blessings, just try at leat every night to mention 3 things that you’re greatfull for, even if your day was hard. I’m pretty sure you came back home to a warm place, you eat something and you have hopefully someone’s company.

Mysery is hard to watch and sometimes people prefere to turn away from it, because it’s really heartbreaking, but the only way to build a compasionate society is being part of the solution.

I hope you’ll get the chance to see the film and learn something from it. As I said before it has been one of the hardest/real films I’ve seen. Every dialogue and scene felt so raw, full of desperation, tierdness of ingnorance and neglect.

See you soon!

PD. Capharnaüm means chaos in arabic

Bisous,

Katia


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Beauty & life lessons from MOM

Beauty & life lessons from MOM

Hello! I hope you’re doing great, to be honest with you I had a couple of down days in the last few weeks, those days where you’re tired of adulting, and all you want to do is run home and eat your mom’s food, like in the good old days.

So, I took inspiration from her and decided to share a couple of lessons she had taught me.

Prevention is key

My mother is the most organized and preventive person I know. Since my early teenage years, she always took the time to talk about the changes my body was going to experience, as we all pass through the amazing phase of puberty *eye roll*. She really insisted that I should start taking care of my face and body.

One of her tips was to incorporate sweet almond oil to my routine, to avoid getting stretch marks. She used to tell me that back when she was a teenager, she never had the opportunity to talk about these type of things with her mom, so she never got the chance to prevent them.

So, religiously morning and night I used to apply sweet almond oil (alone or mixed with body cream). Honestly, it worked! I’m not going to say I don’t have stretch marks anywhere because I do! I got very small and thin ones on my bum, but I never got them on my thighs, lower back or chest area.

I think having stretch marks is almost inevitable and completetly normal , I’m thankful that today they’re almost undetectable to the human eye (except in the hideous changing rooms, where the light has been created to maximize the appearance of un-existing flaws).

Recently I tested Kiehl’sCreme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil” among the ingredients we find: apricot oil, squalene, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, castor seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil & rosemary extract.

Photo credits Kiehl’s IG official account

The smell is very pleasant and I love how my skin feels after using it. What I love the most is that it made me remember my little oil ritual, I had tried the rest of the “Creme de Corps” range and if you have the chance I will highly suggest them too.

Consistency

This is one is really hard for me, and I still can’t believe that my mother has been exercising at home even before my brother and I were born! She always encouraged me to practice any physical activity, but even today I find it hard to do it on a daily basis. Something that works for me is doing different courses at the gym, this way I feel motivated by other people and I have the chance to do different courses targeted to different places of my body!

Stay curious

One of our favorite activities together was to read magazines in the afternoons, at that time Instagram wasn’t the center of my universe, so I remember getting all my beauty knowledge and royals gossip from Hello! and Glamour.

You know I’m obsessed with discovering new launches especially when it comes to minimal makeup products or skincare.

My little update: For makeup, I’m particularly happy with the brand NudeStix (This brand was founded by a mother and her daughters), I talk about them quite frequently on my IG stories. For skincare, I’m enjoying the last month of my personalized Apothecary preparations oil-in serum also from Kiehl’s, I bought this serum when I was in Mexico City, back in September.

If you’re skincare junkie like me, you will love having your very own serum! It consists of a Skin Strengthening Concentrate + 2 targeted complexes (mine was targeted for clarity and enlarged pores) sadly the formula lasts only up to 6 months so I’m about to finish mine.

Read more about the serum here

Confidence

Definitely, we can only get better at this with as we get older and get to experience life, but having a good examples always helps.

My mom has been married to a pilot for almost 30 years now, I never realize until now all the things she had to face alone on a daily basis. Take into consideration that not so long ago, we weren’t able to FaceTime people on the other side of the world and long distance calls where super expensive!

So, one of the qualities that I admire on my mom is how confident and strong she is, most of the times she faced sick children (or dog), adult stuff and everyday life on her own, and when my dad finally came back crisis was over (of course).

As you see confidence is not only for our appearance it’s also about our life choices and how we face difficult times.

Kind heart

No matter how much you try to change your makeup or your clothes, true beauty can only shine if we’re kind to others.

My mother is a very reserved woman, but she will be the first person to help out others, but something that I really love about her is her ability to show kindness to animals, and it is proven that people showing empathy to animals tend to be kind and compassionate beings, let’s take Schopenhauer statement as an example:

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

The end! I hope you liked reading this type of posts they’re a little bit more personal, but as you see everything we do is connected.


what’s the best lesson your mom gave you?

Love,

Katia



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