Many of you who follow me on my other social media outlets are aware that I’m showing concern for the civilians in Gaza. Over the past few weeks, 1,834 Palestinian people have died, hundreds of them are innocent children, from the conflict between Gaza and Israel. The United States State Department issued a statement saying the United States is “appalled by the disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah”. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also issued a statement saying Israel’s attack of civilian shelters and killing of Palestinian civilians as a “gross violation of international humanitarian law”.
This video made me cry.
Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine your home being destroyed. Where would you and your family go? Where? Schools and hospitals, are being bombed left and right. Israel’s justification to bomb these buildings (yes, schools AND hospitals) is that they are being used by Hamas to attack Israel back. As of now, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced and homeless. Where do they go?
No one can flee Gaza. Absolutely no one. They have absolutely zero access to the outside world. Israel cut them off. They don’t want to let any Palestinian get out of Gaza because they fear they would attack Israel.
According to NBC News, Gaza’s one main power plant, which is the only power plant in Gaza, a city of 1.8 Million people, was destroyed.
What I don’t understand is, why is it so wrong, to the eyes of some, to show concern towards innocent civilians from BOTH sides? Many of my friends don’t even want to discuss this conflict on their social media outlets for fear of being attacked by those with extremely strong Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine opinions. As an outsider, you can’t even ask questions because people misconstrue questioning as an act of support to either parties!
I chose to speak up about this matter on MY social media because, as a human being, I, truly, genuinely feel sorry for all the innocent victims in this conflict. Every morning when I wake up, I always read the news. I like to be aware of everything. I find it extremely difficult to ignore what is going on in the world and to continue with my day to day life when I see gruesome video and images from the conflict.
I have a number of friends who live in Tel Aviv who I keep in touch with on social media and whenever I read their updates of running to shelters or what have you, I send them messages saying to always be safe, and I care for them.
Regardless of your religious or political beliefs, you cannot ignore the fact that somewhere out there in Gaza, there is a mother or a father crying over the loss of their child. There are children out there whose lives are forever changed from losing their parents. There are families out there who lost their homes, have nowhere to go, have lost their possessions, have nothing to eat.
You don’t have to be Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine to want peace in the region or to wish for minimum civilian casualties. You don’t have to be pro-whoever to feel sorry for other people. Compassion is a basic human emotion.
I’m glad there’s a cease-fire and I hope it stays that way. The killings and the attacks, on both sides if I may add, have to stop.
I know summer is in full swing but the stores are dropping their pre-fall collections left, right and center. I swung by the Prada store when I went to Rome a few weeks ago. It was difficult to leave empty-handed. I’m in love with Miuccia’s pre-fall collection! One of my favorite pieces is this deep v-neck ultra lightweight wool sweater. The silk tie attached to it is an added bonus. I love the chic effect. So effortless, so easy. All I need is cooler temps to rock this outfit out on the street.
Sweater and trousers by Prada, sandals by Balenciaga
Last Friday, I met up with some of the girls behind Spring, a new revolutionary mobile app that will change the way we shop designer goods. Spring will launch on August 14. For more information, visit Shopspring.com.
Photos via Spring.
Sweater by Spring x LPD, polo shirt by COS, pinstripe shorts by Alexander Wang (click HERE), backpack by Jason Wu, sandals by Givenchy
I like to think of myself as pretty low-maintenance. Ok, perhaps not as low maintenance as other ‘wash and go’ people but cut me some slack. My lifestyle is quite stressful and absurd. I’m thirty two years old, I smoke like a chimney, I drink, I eat too much, I don’t get enough sleep and I travel a lot. I don’t even want to think about what I’d look like without the aid of, well, modern science. It’s very important to take care of ourselves. I know people who look extremely good without using a ton of products (you know, the ones who literally wake up instagram-ready) but I also know so many kids who look busted in the face and I’m like much older than them.
I haven’t done a beauty post in a while so let me share some of my beauty essentials. These are the core products that I personally cannot live without. One thing to keep in mind is that whatever works for me may not work for other people. We’re all different from each other. We all have different skin types, different sensitivity issues, etc.
Daytime Skincare Routine
I start my beauty routine with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser with salicylic acid. I’ve been using this cleanser for the past year now with my oily/combination skin and it helps prevent break outs. I use the cleanser with my Clarisonic brush. The super chic Dr. Lisa Airan introduced me to it a few years ago. It’s the best way to clean the face! I must say that I don’t the Clarisonic brush every morning though because I don’t want to over exfoliate my face.
I know it’s bad but I usually skip the toning part and go straight to moisturize. I use La Prairie’s Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal cream. It’s my favorite day moisturizer. I love how it moisturizes my skin without making it greasy.
Clarisonic Mia 2 Brush, $150 (buy), Murad Clarifying Cleanser, $35 (buy), La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream, $310 (buy)
The thing about make-up is the whole catch-22 situation. Make-up is the best way to cover imperfections but too much make-up is also bad for your skin. I wouldn’t be using make-up if I had flawless skin. Personally-speaking, I use make-up for two reasons — color correction and to cover some of my pores. This is why I keep my make-up routine fairly simple. I have fairly oily skin so I start with Murad’s oil control mattifier and then I use my beloved Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation. It’s the BEST foundation I’ve ever tried in my whole life. I like how it’s very light and it doesn’t make me break out. To control shine, I use Make Up Forever’s HD powder throughout the day. My favorite lip balm is Chanel. I like how it moisturizes my lips without making me look like I made out with a bottle of olive oil.
Murad Oil Control Mattifier, $40 (buy), Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #8, $63 (buy), Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder, $35 (buy), Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Balm, $35 (buy)
My favourite fragrance of all time is Sugar Lychee by Fresh. I’ve been using it for years. I buy it by the truckload, no joke. The scent is so clean and, well, fresh! I love lychees. I love a good lychee martini too. Look, I have a policy — you can always tell a person what they like to drink based on how they smell. Whenever I go to bars or clubs and when people ask me what perfume I’m wearing, I always tell them one thing — VODKA! Haha! ;-)
As you know, I’m not really a big fan of men’s perfumes because I find most of them so putrid and strong. I can’t stand musky smells. I’ve tried so many men’s perfumes that people give me I always end up regifting them during the holiday season.
I can’t remember which airport it was exactly but I was trolling around the duty free counters lo and behold I tried Miss Dior for the first time and dang, it smells soo good! It’s my perfume of the moment. It’s soo good that I ended up buying the deodorant as well. AND IT WORKS! After all these years I finally gave myself a deodorant upgrade! I’ve been ultra loyal to Secret because it’s the only deodorant that works with my body chemistry but Miss Dior took it up another notch. It feels so light, it’s not sticky and best of all, it doesn’t stain my clothes. Best deodorant EVER! It really pays to explore duty free counters (instead of getting drunk at the airport lounge) when you have spare time before your flight.
I get sweaty easily during the day so I try to avoid using lotions and moisturizers on my body. At night however, I go for Santa Maria Novella’s vanilla body cream. It’s my favorite Santa Maria Novella product. I always go to them whenever I go to Florence. It’s one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. They were founded in 1221!
Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella Crema Corpo Vanilla Body Cream, $75 (buy), Fresh Sugar & Lychee Eau de Parfum, $88 (buy), Miss Dior Deodorant Parfume Perfumed Deodorant, $45 (buy), Miss Dior Eau de Parfum, $115 (buy)
Night Time Routine
Before going to sleep, I always clean my face using my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser. I follow it up with Santa Maria Novella’s rose water. A lot of people use all sorts of toners but I like the smell of rose water. Once my face is dry, I take a few drops of Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. Then I use La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Night Cream. This night cream, my dearest ladies, is a miracle worker. I started using this night cream last year and my face is hydrated and softer. For the eyes, I use the White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream, also from La Prairie. Out of all the areas of my face, it’s the eyes (dark circles) that I find extremely challenging to deal with.
Murad Clarifying Cleanser, $35 (buy), Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella Acqua Di Rose Rose Water, $60 (buy), La Prairie Cellular Radiance Night Cream, $630 (buy), La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream, $360 (buy), Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, $52 (buy)
I use the charcoal mask from Origins once a week. As you all know, I travel so much and because of time constraints, it’s almost impossible to get a regular facial. Any product that helps clean out my pores is a good thing.
I keep my inflight beauty products to a bare minimum. I hate the idea of bringing so many beauty products with me on the plane because every product is interconnected with one another. For example, I don’t want to use creams while I’m sleeping on the plane because I’ll be shiny when I land. And the only way not to be shiny is to wash your face, so on and so forth. So what I do is, I go to the bathroom, wash my face with water and then use Skinceuticals B5 gel. To keep me hydrated, I’ll spritz my face with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir throughout the plane ride.
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, $37 (buy), Caudalie Eau de Beaute Beauty Elixir, $49 (buy), Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $85 (buy)
Like the rest of the world, I, too, am shocked and devastated on the news of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. My heart goes to the family members, loved ones and friends of the innocent victims of this horrific tragedy. I almost cried when I first read about it on my cellphone. The plane did not crash because of technical or pilot error. The plane was shot down high up in the sky by murderers! 298 innocent lives were killed.
I’m sure you all know that I spend an awful amount of time inside airplanes because of work. Air travel used to be a novel idea, an activity that most people do when they go on holidays or the odd business trip. But for some, like me, air travel is a routine akin to work commute. Many say that statistically, it’s safer to be in a plane than a car but for some strange reason, the more I fly, the more I develop a fear of flying. There’s always that weird, “what if I’m next”, thought at the back of my head that lingers after I board an aircraft.
One of my closest friends told me the other day over lunch that dying by way of an air disaster is his biggest fear. I agree with him completely. The idea of knowing you’re about to die within minutes or seconds is terrifying. For him it’s about being absolutely helpless and the fact that there’s nothing one can do to control situation. For me it’s about the lack of having closure, the lack of being able to say goodbye to my loved ones in a “proper” way. I really don’t want my final send off to be a photo of a designer bag on my plane seat or worse, a selfie on instagram with a plane emoji and a caption saying “I’m off to XXXX (my next destination)”.
I’m scheduled to take four flights next week. Granted, Im traveling to AND from relatively low-risk, safe destinations. I’m not gonna lie through my teeth and say I’m not scared. I am! Unfortunately, there’s not much we can all do but to wish for the best. Or, as my Swedish boo always tell me, have a safe flight.
Sunglasses by Balenciaga, top by Calvin Klein Collection, backpack by Chanel