Long live the Queen!

posted 31/08/2018

Alright, today, let's talk a little bit about Queen Rania..

Rania logo

Isn't that a beatiful little insignia?  It's from Queen Rania's official website:

https://www.queenrania.jo/en/rania  

I actually didn't know much about Jordan's Queen consort until recently, when I started to learn more about the kinds of initiatives she is involved in.  I mean, we've all gotten to know her lovely smile from photographs around the capital, posted for all Jordanians to see, often alongside her husband, King Abdullah.. and sometimes, her family, as well.  She is a lovely woman, who is a devoted wife and mum - you can see that!  And she's got that gorgeous smile..  and pretty impeccable fashion sense.

Today is also her 48th birthday..  so, if you're reading, we're sending you lots of love and happiness on your special day, dear Queen Rania!  

Like the three of us here on the Nesaa team, none of us are Jordanian..  Queen Rania is Palestinian, but was born in Kuwait.  And like us, she now makes Jordan her home.

Queen Rania has been commended for the numerous endeavours she has chosen to embark on here in Jordan, including breathing new life into the public education system and empowering communities through micro-finance initiatives, especially for women.

As a company run by women, and for women, we say, "Way to go, Queen Rania!" Oh, and happy 48th!  May the next 48 be as blessed as the first!  God willing..

With love,

Soph.. xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instanbul.. nope, that's not a typo!

posted 07/08/2018

Istanbul, or Instanbul...

Istanbul is just a gorgeous place..  In fact, truly an East meets West lovestory, don't ya think!?!  Did you know that one half of the city is actually considered the "Asian" side and the other "European"?

One city on two continents…  I wonder who claims bragging rights?!

But really no one can argue on the beauty of the place.

So, here you are, today, a photo blog of some great shots of this cool city.  Thanks to Instagram!!  And shout-outs to these Instagrammers and their fine shots of this beautiful place..

The Galata tower 

Doesn't the bright, colourful side of this street in Fener, Istanbul call you to come a-strolling?!  I wish we could, dear...!

Another one of a summery shot outside the Blue Mosque, by the same feed called "istanbultimes" which purports to present an image of the gorgeous city daily.  So, you can all get your fill of Istanbul via them, if you wish!

 

Wow, what a gorgeous shot!  And this is another feed that we can all enjoy for our fill of Istanbul and each pic is described in both Turkish and English.

They are even calling on the rest of us to share our own beautiful moments of Istanbul at #istanbulmoments.

Here's one from that tag:

 

Enjoy!

Soph..

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moms make the world go round..

posted 27/05/2018

That's supposed to be love, ain't it?  Love makes the world go round..  Well, the sentiment is the same.

I think we learn to love by the love shown to us..  And who best, and who first, to show us love than our mothers?

Did you know that Mother's Day is celebrated on different days of the year and in various ways and names by so many different countries...  for example, Mothering Sunday in the UK, which was back in March!  It was Mother's Day in Canada on the 13th of this month.  Some combine the celebration of mothers with other dates like International Women's Day or the Spring Equinox...  So, when to send this shout-out to MOMS everywhere!?!

 

 

Check out this Mama Pasha with her mini-babies?!! Aren't they just adorable? 

Well, since we've missed the day Jordan celebrates Mother's Day (it was the 21st of March - the Spring Equinox), we've picked today..  the last Sunday in May.  It's celebrated today in a number of countries including France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Sweden and Tunisia. 

The team here at Nesaa would like to wish you all a day full of love - whether you're a new mommy like me(!), or patiently waiting for the day to come when you'll get to be a mama, or if you're already a mum to many..  May it be a happy one, full of goodness and laughter.

With love,

Soph & baby Nesaa.. xoxox

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday, Audrey!

posted 03/05/2018

It's been 25 years since this world lost Audrey Hepburn..  But her legacy has endured long after her death.

Audrey portrait

Beyond a film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn was a humanitarian who spent the latter part of her life working with UNICEF, helping underpriveleged children and mothers across the globe.

Today, in honour of this amazing woman, on what would have been her 89th birthday, the team at Nesaa would like to share our ten favourite quotes from this amazingly articulate and intelligent soul.

#10.

“Not to live for the day, that would be materialistic — but to treasure the day. I realize that most of us live on the skin — on the surface — without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all.”

#9.

“I believe, every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment.”

Oooh, snakeskin!  Exquisite enough for you?!  I think having this bag in your life counts as a pretty exquisite moment!  Make it happen... 

#8.

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

#7.

“Giving is living. If you stop wanting to give, there’s nothing more to live for.”

#6.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

#5.

“My greatest ambition is to have a career without becoming a career woman.”

#4.

“There are more important things than outward appearance. No amount of makeup can cover an ugly personality.”

So, true.  But a bag with this much personality and beauty -- what can it do for you?!

#3.

“Good things aren’t supposed to just fall into your lap. God is very generous, but He expects you to do your part first.” 

#2.

“The ‘Third World’ is a term I don’t like very much, because we’re all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.”

 #1.

“They say love is the best investment; the more you give, the more you get in return.”

  

Loving you all!

Soph.. xo

 

p.s. That gorgeous shot of Audrey above is actually an oil painting on canvas..  Isn't it just beautiful?  And there's just the one available...

Check out LucasWaterworthArt on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/286923431/original-audrey-hepburn-portrait-high

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions are but by intention..

posted 22/04/2018

What does that mean to you?  Intentions..  Purpose.

Who was it, Dolly Parton, who said to find out what you love to do, and do it on purpose?

Aida, Earth Day

It's Earth Day today.  April 22nd.  Doesn't this bag conjour up images of the earth to you?  The hues of blue and green just call our sea, sky and land to me.  Very beautiful..  

Now about Earth Day..  I wonder - I think in many parts of the world, Earth Day is probably quite highly marketed - I'm thinking the UK, the US, Canada..  Probably Australia.

Here in Jordan.. maybe not so much.  Because they don't care?  No, not at all.  Many of the concepts, the ideals behind a day marked for caring for the Earth - they are already played out because they must be, out of necessity.  Take water, for example.  In Canada, where I was born, it's probably such a foreign concept that the water could ever run dry..  That you would ever turn the tap on and water wouldn't come out!  You can even drink straight from the tap..  Well, actually, many don't anymore, because of the fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceuticals in there, but that's another story...  Good for another Earth Day post, though, perhaps.

Jordan is like one of thirstiest countries on the planet.  So, people don't waste water.  They know they can't.  We try really hard to be mindful of how much water is used.  I've learned that living here.  The blessing of having water every week is really just that..  a blessing!

So, today, the team here at Nesaa, wishes you a happy Earth Day..  But more than that, we welcome you to question your actions, to ask yourself why you're doing something.  Was it done on purpose?  For a purpose..?

Actions are but by intention.. So, before you act, make your intention.

And love it.  And then, do it on purpose!

Love,

Soph

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