Lebanese Garden

Early mornings at my parents' backyard always feel like an official new day. The day wakes up with you. The bees quietly collect their nectar, birdsong breaks the silence of the air, and droplets from last night's rain drip softly on the sleepy petals beneath. The morning dew enhance the fragrance of the fresh rosemary …

Flower Child

β€œWe could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. If it were not the earth where the same flowers come up again every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers. What novelty is worth that sweet monotony where everything is known and loved because …

Farewell to Winter Sunsets

I am a lover of all seasons. But I tend to have a love-hate relationship with Winter. Aesthetically, I think Winter is absolutely breathtaking. There is nothing more serene than a quiet snowfall, or the way sunlight sparkles over fresh, untouched snow. There's nothing more comforting than cozying up to a knitted blanket and a …

The Healing Touch of Sky and Water

It’s funny how things turn out sometimes. I was just telling my friend the other day that this week has felt so dreary. So unmotivating. So...depressing. Surely, this doesn't sound like anything new for all of us living (read: surviving) in 2020. But for those of us residing in the Northern Hemisphere, prone to the …

October Snapshots

October 2020. A bittersweet month. A milestone month. An unexpected month. A month when, a year ago, my best friend asked me to marry him. The month we were supposed to have our Fall wedding at a rustic restaurant physically surrounded by our close family and friends. Instead, it has become a month nearing the …

Our Unofficial Engagement Shoot

When we were finally able to see, hug and squeeze our families after not seeing them for months, we did all of the things. We caught up on life, we BBQ'ed every day, we sat under the moon in the backyard, we shared thoughts, ideas and plans, and during all this, an unplanned "engagement shoot" …

Secret Garden

Some snapshots of the green places where I find peace. XO πŸ’šπŸŒΏ

Outdoor Therapy

In yesterday's post, I highlighted the beauty found indoors while nestled at home. Today I'm highlighting the soul-soothing benefits of the outdoors even (or, especially) during a pandemic, social unrest or straight up uncertainty about the future. Our condo does not have a balcony since we chose extra closet space and a kitchen pantry instead. …

Quarantine Life in Photos

This past weekend marked exactly three months since quarantine began. As restrictions slowly start to loosen up in our city, I thought I'd document these last months in photos. My goal was to highlight beauty that was present during a period when time seemed uncertain and when time truly stood still. Let's talk about time …

Getty Museum Recreation

If there's one positive thing to come out of this strange and uneasy time, it's our ability to turn to creativity for our mental and emotional survival. Through memes, YouTube or TikTok videos circulating amongst our group chats and Zoom videos, our creativity has proven to comfort one another through comedy, relatability, inspiration and just …

The Best Sunsets of My Life

I haven’t seen a sunset in over a month. That's 31 days of Spring without a sunset. For a lot of us right now, it's an unusual new reality. Sunsets are a daily occurrence that some may take for granted, but not me. I’m that quintessential sucker for sunsets. Why? Because even though I've seen …

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

The term "Like Mother, like Daughter" couldn't be more true when it comes to my Mom and I sharing the love for simple pleasures in life. In fact, adopting the joie de vivre philosophy in my life was always been influenced by her - she's always taught me to be humble, present, appreciative and grateful.   Part of …