Skin Loving / Lulu & Marula

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I’m one of those people who believe that loving oneself is as important as loving others. Self-care is an important aspect of self-love and it’s a topic I thoroughly enjoy discussing and spreading awareness about.

I’m a lover of natural and minimal skincare and over the past year or so, I’ve been on my own personal journey towards an all-natural skincare regime. For this post, I’ve teamed up with Lulu and Marula, a brand that epitomizes self-care and its importance through skincare.

Caring for one’s body is vital in order to live a happy and fulfilling life and feeling comfortable in your own skin is key.

Lulu and Marula is an all-natural skincare brand that is based right here in South Africa. It was founded in 2013 by Jesslynn, who has always been obsessed with skincare and so, when she couldn’t find any suitable, natural skincare products to meet her liking and needs, she made her own. And she did a pretty good job!

Over the past few years, simple and healthy living has become increasingly popular and prevalent. Natural living forms a part of this and it certainly translates in natural beauty and skincare.

Why natural, you ask? “Your skin is your largest organ; it absorbs a lot of what you put on it. The way skin care products are produced plays a role that is just as important as the way your food is grown and produced. So if you choose to eat clean and shop for locally grown food, why wouldn’t you do the same for your skin care products?” – Jesslynn

I’ve been using some Lulu and Marula products for a little while now. I’ve loved the transition to all-natural skincare products. I’ve always been blessed with healthy and clear skin, and for this I am very grateful, however I can still feel the difference after using these products.

Cleansing Balancing Balm

Prior to using this product, I was using a liquid facial cleanser that is considered one of the top skincare brands, expect it has lots of yucky chemicals and left my skin feeling tight an weird after a wash. Naturally (no pun intended), the Balancing Balm is a welcome replacement. Its soothing, gentle and it smells pretty darn good. I’ve always loved skincare rituals, but I love mine even more now.

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Purifying Treatment Oil  

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of putting oil on my face, however, over the past few months, I’ve been struggling a tad with dry skin, so I’ve embraced facial oils. I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight this oil is, yet it still feels so nourishing. I’ve used a drop or two on my face a couple of nights a week and it makes for a wonderful addition to my skincare regime. My skin feels more hydrated, which is lovely.  It also smells deliciously dreamy.

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I’m simply loving my new skincare routine and I’d really encourage you to take a few steps to make your skincare routine a little more natural. I’m not saying you have to change all at once. Try bringing in a few natural products and see how it makes your skin feel.

Keep smiling and taking care of your skin!

PS: Here’s a fun art print with a favourite self-love quote. My gift to you x

Nabeela x

{Thanks for sending me some of your lovely goodies, Jesslynn!}

Disclaimer: As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t truly love and believe in.

 

 

Listen Up / Podcasts

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I love taking the time to relax and unwind over weekends, but sometimes, because we’ve become so accustomed to always doing something, just lying around all afternoon can feel unproductive. Enter podcasts. Over the last few months, I’ve come to love podcasts. They can be listened to anywhere and require zero effort, but, if you listen to the right ones, they can offer you incredible words of wisdom and inspiration. I thought that I’d just share a few of my favourite podcasts with you.

The Minimalists

Functioning Minimalist

Pardon My French

Elise Gets Crafty

How She Creates

Clever

Good Life Project

I thoroughly enjoy listening to episodes of these podcasts and often find myself taking away invaluable nuggets of wisdom away from them.

Have a listen if you’re in need of some inspiration or just want to listen to something a little thought-provoking. What are your favourite podcasts?

Nabeela x

5 Ways to Live a Little Lighter This Year

I’m not one who believes that new habits can only be formed in the new year. I’m actually the kind of person who will start big new things in September. Nonetheless, I still feel that the new year can be a good time to make intentional changes in our lives because we feel a little more rested and at peace after the December break.

As you may know, over this past year or so, I have really delved deep into minimalism as a lifestyle, and I can feel how much lighter I am without the weight of my material possessions. Here are a few tried and tested methods that may just help lighten the mental and physical clutter for you too.

 

  1. / Toss it

Stop holding onto things just in case. Sort through your things with intention and get rid of everything you don’t use. You don’t have to throw it away. Donate it instead. Let someone else benefit from it.

 

  1. / Unsubscribe and unfollow

I unsubscribed from so many mailers over the past year. Unnecessary emails just clog our inboxes and distract us from the important ones that do require our attention. I also felt that my Instagram feed was clogged and too full. I unfollowed so many different accounts that I just didn’t find any value in or that didn’t inspire me in any way. I even unfollowed some brands I genuinely like as I wasn’t finding any extra value in their account. Be selective about who you follow and change it up regularly in order to stay inspired.

 

  1. / Don’t impulse buy

Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. I’ve decided that I will only buy what’s on my wish list. I get a monthly allowance, and with that I either buy what I truly need (I keep a list) or else save it for my big saving-up list. By using this method, you’ll only bring things into your life that’ll truly add value, and you’ll hardly feel as if you’re wasting money.

 

  1. / Shake it off

Don’t let negative relationships weigh you down. If you have a problem, talk it out as soon as you can, so that it doesn’t linger at the back of your mind. If the other person isn’t willing, rethink whether or not they are worth your time and energy.

 

  1. / Take care of yourself

If you take good care of yourself and you’ll feel happier, lighter, more positive and more productive. Give yourself grace, sleep well, exercise, eat well and pamper yourself when it’s needed.

 

Lets make 2017 our most meaningful and intentional year yet.

 

“The happiest people don’t have everything they want, but instead want everything they have.” – Anonymous

Nabeela x

LionHeart / Beautiful Bakes

Who do you turn to for cakes covered in watercolour details, pretty pastel tones, fresh flowers and meringue drops, you ask? LionHeart, of course!

I first discovered LionHeart when Nikki posted about it on her beautiful Instagram page. Since then, I’ve been following LionHeart’s page too and am in awe of how aesthetically pleasing their creations are.

LionHeart is an online-based patisserie studio run by two fiercely talented and passionate women, Nikki and Karmen, right here in Cape Town.

The first confections were sold under the LionHeart brand in late 2015 and in early 2016, LionHeart moved into a studio space in Woodstock and started doing cakes.

LionHeart’s lovely cakes are the perfect finishing touch to any occasion.

 

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Their Instagram page doesn’t disappoint either in terms of providing followers with lots of cake-spiration and epic process videos too!

Thanks for having me in studio, Nikki and Karmen!

Nabeela x

(PS: You can order one of their beauties here.)

 

 

 

DIY Lunar Garland

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I could feel that I was getting bored of my workspace a little while ago, so I decided to make a garland to add some visual interest to my space again. I love the graphic look of the lunar cycle and so the good ol’ moon was the inspiration for this DIY.

You will need:

  • About 1-1,5 metres of string
  • White cardboard
  • Black paint
  • Brushes
  • Anything round the trace around
  • Little wooden pegs (or alternatively, tape)

 

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First, draw out 8 circles on your piece of card, tracing around a round object to ensure uniformity. 
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Next, cut them out and sketch the phases of the moon in with pencil.
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Paint the appropriate areas black. 

 

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Once dry, peg the moons onto the length of string. 

 

(If you want it to be in the correct lunar order, it is: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, waning crescent)

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Hang it up and admire your creation!

I love having mine in my workspace. It makes it interesting and fun.

Happy New Year, too!

Nabeela x

Reflecting on 2016 

Roller coasters are at some parts euphoric and at others, scary. But the wise know that this is what makes the ride. 2016 was certainly a roller coaster. 

This year, I was humbled by the support I’ve received from the creative community in terms of starting my business. It certainly was a year of personal growth and I’ve learnt so much: People have been so caring and supportive and I can’t wait to share and launch my business properly in early 2017. 

It was also my last year of junior high school. In 2017, I’ll embark on my final stretch of high school as a senior. 

It had its ups and downs. There were moments of side-splitting laughter and moments of equal pain and sadness. It’s been one for the books. 

Let’s make 2017 the best one yet. 
My word I’ve chosen for 2017 is enough. 

I have enough, I am enough, I do enough. I want to embrace what there is already.
 
Happy New Year, everyone. 

2017, we have big hopes for you. We hope you have grand plans for us. 

Nabeela x

The Edit / 01.

Hello there

I’ve decided to start doing The Edit over here on the blog to share things I’m loving with you. I haven’t quite decided how often I’ll write them yet, but we’ll see. First, let me fill you in on what’s up over at Miss Artsy-Crafty HQ.

So, you may have noticed my absence around here, namely because finals were just crazy and in between studying and sleeping, there wasn’t time for much else. Its now summer holidays and some fun content is coming soon! (Don’t forget about this fun DIY though!)

Also, I’m working on my card range which will be launching in early 2017! Final formatting, printing quotes and packaging is under way! I can’t wait to share my brand and products with you!

You may have noticed that my site is now at missartsycrafty.com, which I am very excited about too!

Now, onto The Edit:

Wearing

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The Circle Ring by Famke

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Bamboo Revolution Watch in Original Natural Tan

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Nude Wear Cozzie in Cappuccino (they’re great for wearing underneath your surf shirts and boardshorts because they don’t shine through!)

Listening To

Elise Gets Crafty

Functioning Minimalist

How She Creates

Reading

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

www.asmallwardrobe.com

www.chloelarkin.com

I’m so happy that summer is in full swing. Beach days, here we come!

Have a wonderful holiday and festive season with your loved ones!

Nabeela x

PS: If you want any extra information about my card range or if you’re interested in selling them, please pop me an email at missartsycraftyblog@gmail.com

 

A Note on Self-Doubt 

I recently did some content creation for a local small business and was thrilled about being asked because it was the first time I created content from scratch.Nonetheless, after emailing off the first batch of samples, a terrible bout of self-doubt set in. 

At first, I was happy but when I looked at them later that day, I felt uneasy about them. 

A million questions were running through my head. “What if they hate the colours? What if it isn’t what they wanted? What if they hate it so much that they decide they don’t want to work with me anymore?” I started knit-picking at my work, noticing everything that could be a possible flaw. 

When I got an email back the next day saying that they loved what I had done, I felt euphoric and mostly, relieved.

I carried on with the project and the outcome was lovely. 

It got me thinking. We doubt ourselves so much. We have little confidence in ourselves but expect others to.

The process of creation should be freeing and liberating, not restricting and upsetting.

It’s time we put a little more trust into our creative process and stop overthinking it all. 

Nabeela x 

DIY Minimal Wall-hanging

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I have been wanting a more simple wall hanging in my room for a little while now. Previously, a dream catcher was hanging there but it started to bother me and made the wall feel a little too busy for my liking. I wanted something simple, beautiful and functional.

I did some searching on Pinterest and made a simple hanging based off inspiration I found whilst searching. Mine holds my favourite Instax Mini prints, so I can admire them every day.

Its quick and easy, so lets jump right in.

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You will need a bamboo chopstick, a bit of string, a few mini pegs and some mini art prints, photos or Instax prints that you love.

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Cut a piece of string and tie it to each end of your chopstick, leaving the same sized gap on either side. Make it as long or short as you like. It all depends on how low you want it to hang.

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Cut three separate lengths of string. Feed one through each of your little pegs, through the little spring part in the middle.

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Tie a secure knot.Tie each of the strings with the threaded pegs to the chopstick. I tied mine at different lengths, but you can do it however you like. (Also, you can add as many pegs and strings as you like. I just thought three worked well).

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Peg your art prints or photos onto the hanging.

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Find a good space to hang it and admire the minimal beauty of it!

Have a go at making one. They’re easy to make and are simple, but beautiful.

Nabeela x

PS: Summer holidays are here and I have some exciting content to share with you! Stay tuned!

Body-positive 

Our media-driven societies leave us constantly comparing ourselves to the flawless images staring back at us from within the glowing screen. 
We find ourselves constantly trying to compete with these posed, perfect-looking lives. We’ve become drawn into capturing every good moment of our lives in a hopeless attempt to portray them in a more perfect way. 
 It’s a vicious cycle. The more we consume, the worse it gets. We let the media define and it certainly shapes the way we see ourselves. 

Body-positivity is something that is sometimes seen as controversial, but it needs talking about. There’s no denying that the media certainly portrays an image of how a body “should” look. We’ve seen it all before. Thin thighs. Washboard abs. Toned everything. 
As lovely as it is to have these kinds of bodies, we need to get out of the mind frame that it’s the only right kind of body. There’s no right or wrong way to have a body. 

What if we focused on the health of our bodies instead? What if we focused more on feeling confident and positive about ourselves? 

It is exhausting to try and keep up with perfection. It’s unachievable and leaves us feeling dejected and depressed with ourselves and our lives. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Instagram isn’t real life. Those toned, slim bodies we see aren’t the majority of us. Being healthy doesn’t mean being skinny. 

I want to challenge you to accept yourself for who you are. Go easy on yourself. Be gentle with yourself. Give yourself a break from that constant comparison. They say that comparison is the thief of joy. I couldn’t agree more. 

And if you are unhappy with the state of your body, make a plan instead of dwelling in your dissatisfaction. Go for a walk. Do some yoga. Learn that you need to love yourself first.