Long gone are the days of caking my face with foundation, dark lipstick, heavy eyeliner, and trendy makeup products. Before I turned 40, my skin seemed to be more accommodating of makeup experiments and different types of makeup applications. All the tricks and techniques I learned throughout the years turned into makeup mistakes, making me look older, more wrinkly, and fake. In the last few years, I learned to make changes and tweaks to my makeup routine to avoid the disastrous outcomes of using techniques that work better on younger skin.

What I learned in my 40s is to be…


Over 40 is not over the hill! This is the best time of a woman’s life to reconsider her lifestyle priorities and reverse the signs of aging with a healthy anti-aging skin care routine.

What should you know about your skin after 40?

After 40, women encounter changes in skin composition, some of which we do not commonly perceive as age-related variations. For example, you may observe your skin has become less smooth, drier, or more sensitive. You may also notice that wrinkles become more visible on the forehead, above your lip line, and on your neck. Of course, much of the skin problems and changes arise from hormonal…


Why do you read books? People read books for many reasons ranging from entertainment and escapism to information and knowledge. Since I was a kid, reading books has been a channel to discover human history, existence, culture, and social progress. And that’s why I always gravitate towards nonfiction books in relevant categories such as history, religion, society, and science. I read numerous books in these categories. And even though I didn’t finish reading some or forgot the content of others, there are a few books that still echo in my mind. It’s astonishing how some books can alter our thoughts…


How should I handle weight gain during these crazy times? Diet? No way. I’m not fond of the notion of regimented eating. And even as a Type A personality, a stickler for routine and organization, dieting, in my mind, seems torturous, atrocious. The only way I could control my weight was through a rigorous workout ‘regime,’ and I’m ok with that. I’m ok with my workout addiction. Then came 2020, right amid a menopausal weight-gain battle. Fuck!

Before the pandemic, I went to the gym every day and attended spinning and weight classes. My daily routine kept me outside the…


So here’s the thing: I never enjoyed walking into a store to buy a bra. Finding the perfect fit, style, cut, and bra size is the most agonizing process. I’d rather buy a pair of jeans pants than a bra, and ironically, I have more denim pants than bras. As a woman in her 40s, scoring a bra that doesn’t dig into loose skin and sagging boobs is a mission impossible. Worse of all, in recent years, I noticed that the little fat around my chest, right under the armpits, refuses to fit into a bra cup. …


All growth starts at the end of your comfort zone.

Tony Robbins

I was placed outside my comfort zone at 15 and not by choice. My parents sent me to a private boarding school in Jordan in the midst of my teen years, the most crucial period of anyone’s life when we want to spend time with our besties and close friends. I had never been to Jordan before, but we had some relatives who could keep an eye on me while my parents continued to work in Kuwait. At first, I was nervous and timid, knowing that I would…


Last weekend I finished painting the staircase risers and stringers after years of contemplation. I had been thinking about painting the risers white for so long because our staircase looked heavy and dark. In my eyes, the stairs seemed visually distracting as you walked into the house and looked overwhelming. Since we were still in a state of lockdown in Toronto and hopes of more relaxed measures in the spring, I decided to use the spare time while at home towards painting the staircase.

So what stopped me from doing this home project before?

Sometimes we pause and delay home renovation or update projects either because they’re costly or time-consuming…


When I saw pastel colors on fashion influencers this year, I cannot help but feel nostalgic and remember my childhood growing up in the 80s. Oddly, the sight of pastel clothes creates in me a feeling of lightness, warmth, and calmness. I relive a past growing up in a far land where summer starts in March and Easter is celebrated in the soft shades of pastels. Flashbacks from the 80s pop culture resurface, reminding me of the pastel suits of Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice, the pink dresses of Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls. …


Ever since Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month, the event has picked up momentum across the country and is becoming a nationwide tradition. This year, we celebrate and acknowledge the impressive work Black Canadians are achieving on multiple levels, from culture, business to politics.

To honor Black History Month, I wanted to present the experiences black female entrepreneurs’ go through when they set up a business. …


I miss celebrating Valentine’s Day at a fancy restaurant and the opera. As a couple and parents, we always include our only child when planning something for V Day because he’s the product of our love. This year is not an exception, even though the pandemic is wearing us down. We want to have some fun in an intimate indoor picnic fun instead of going out.

Why an indoor picnic

We live in Canada, and February is one of the coldest months of the year. It’s unlikely that we can enjoy a picnic when the windchill can make it uncomfortable to be outside. And…

Reena Ceschia

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