Posted on May 19 2015
We had a chat with our friend and nutritionist, Nour Zibdeh, on some of the key ways to get healthy and fit for summer. Helping transform lives, Nour restores health through nutrition therapy. Here are some easy tips that we can all adopt, and she narrowed them down to five! 1. Drink More Water Water boosts energy, improves skin elasticity and moisture, and prevents mental and physical fatigue. Drinking water 30 minutes before meals helps you feel more satisfied with less food. Dehydration, on the flip side, triggers headaches. Your water needs depend on your size, physical activity, sweat rate, and the temperature and humidity where you live. Drink 10 glasses a day as a starting point (you can also divide your weight (lbs.) in half and that should tell you the number of fluid ounces of water to drink a day). Pale urine color is another indicator of proper hydration. Try adding two glasses of water to the amount you currently drink and see if you feel any better. Drink 30 minutes before or after meals as well as throughout the day, drinking alongside meals can interfere with digestion. 2. Improve Your Sleep In addition to looking and feeling exhausted, lack of sleep wrecks the hormones that control appetite. When sleep deprived, the body produces less of the hormone that makes you feel full, and more of the hormone that makes you feel hungry. The result is increased appetite and insatiable hunger. Plus, when low on energy, you’ll reach for quick energy boosters like sweets and carbs. All of these can make you put on extra pounds or make it difficult to lose weight. Most adults need 7-8 hours of high quality sleep. Do you need more hours of sleep or does your sleep need to be more restful? You might need to create a calming bedtime routine, remove electronics from your bedroom, or avoid caffeine in the afternoon to improve your sleep. 3. Pick a New Healthy Habit Establishing just one main healthy habit will set the tone for an overall healthy lifestyle. It helps you focus your energy, and the effect will trickle down to other parts of your life. How about a daily lunch salad or a daily green vegetable smoothie for breakfast? You can download my free Healthy Salad and Smoothie Builder for different ideas here http://www.nourzibdeh.com/healthybuilders/. 4. Eat 5 Servings of Vegetables Each Day A serving is one cup raw or a half cup cooked vegetables. It’s not impossible to eat that much! A cup of raw spinach with your breakfast smoothie, two cups of raw salad vegetables for lunch, and another cup of roasted broccoli for dinner is five servings. Add another cup of cut-up veggies for a snack and you’ve already had more than five servings. Vary the type and color of vegetables you eat to help benefit from more nutrients and antioxidants. 5. Eat Every Three to Four Hours Skip one meal and you’ll graze mindlessly the following few hours and over eat at the next meal. I recommend spacing meals and snacks three to four hours apart to balance hormones and allow your digestive tract to cleanse naturally and properly. While each person’s schedule is different, I suggest breakfast at 8am, lunch at 12pm, an afternoon snack at 3pm, and dinner between 6pm and 7pm. Nour Zibdeh, MS RDN CLT, is a functional nutritionist who helps people with digestive diseases and discomfort, weight loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, food sensitivities, migraines and headaches, hypothyroidism, and chronic fatigue. Nour sees clients in her office in Herndon in Northern Virginia and by phone. She shares many free resources including recipes, and articles on her website at www.nourzibdeh.com. You can also download her free ebook, 40 Tips to Spend Less Time Cooking Without Eating Junk here: 40 Tips to Spend Less Time Cooking
Posted on March 18 2015
What does your favorite color say about you? This doesn't refer to the color you wear most, but rather your favorite. And yes, you can have more than one! If you dislike a color, that can also speak to your vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Anyway, enjoy this post! Here are just a few of the most common colors and what they might mean to you. BLACK Lovers of the color black, you have a need for power and control in order to protect your own emotional insecurities. WHITE You crave simplicity, you tend to be self-reliant and have no need to depend on anyone else. PINK Oh pink, you need to be accepted and loved unconditionally. BLUE You have a deep need to find inner peace (Kungfu Panda style). You live life according to your beliefs and don't care what others think. GREEN You long for belonging, love, safety and security. You need acknowledgment for everyday things you do for others, a simple 'thank you' would suffice. RED You're action oriented and need to experience life through your five senses. Did you learn anything about yourself with colors? For more info and color options, head over to Your Personality Color.
Posted on February 02 2015
Almost four years ago to the day we launched our first online collection. With a flagship store merely a dream, it came true in one of the top malls in America, Tyson's Corner Center, VA, on January 24, 2015. With over 200 people joining the celebration only a week later, this was truly a grand opening to remember. Enjoy some of the night's highlights, there were many! Team meeting before the storm. Picture time. Sharing secrets. Ohio and Michigan representing! What??!! Fluffpop drinks with their gourmet cotton candy to garnish. The spinster herself, Yasmeen of Fluffpop (center). CEO Bayan to the right, and COO Amany to the left. Then they got married. More beautiful ladies. The house got full. Then a little more full. Spilling out into the hallway. Thank you for coming out and celebrating this momentous occasion. It was a magical night that came to life with your presence. We can't wait to see you all again (and again!).
Posted on January 13 2015
Zeena, one the leading modest fashion brands in the U.S., has been successfully designing and producing apparel since its online launch in 2011. This January, the popular brand will be taking its business to the next level by opening up a boutique in one of the largest and most exclusive retail centers in the country, Tyson's Corner Mall. Poised to stand out, the mid-size boutique will offer Zeena's unique, demure designs at affordable prices. In addition, Zeena will offer an array of designs and accessories not sold online. Loyal customers of Zeena will have the convenience of having a brick and mortar store to visit and try on clothing, while getting the assistance of a personal stylist and having access to exclusive pieces. Zeena will be hosting a Grand Opening on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 6-9 pm. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. We welcome you to join in this exciting new venture. If you would like to speak with sisters, owners, and co-founders Bayan and Amany Jondy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (877) 933-6212. We look forward to hearing from you! www.simplyzeena.com Follow Zeena on FB <https://www.facebook.com/simplyzeena?fref=nf>, Twitter <https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=simply%20zeena>, andInstagram <http://instagram.com/simplyzeenallc/>.
Posted on December 23 2014
While higher end brands usually provide better quality products, that's not always the case. Here are some must-haves and our top 5 drugstore makeup products of 2014: 1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser - wonderful consistency and coverage, it's also buildable, so you can keep adding as many layers as needed. 2. L'OREAL Telescopic Mascara - it really makes your lashes super long without clumping! The brush is sleek and the waterproof formula is much better, it doesn't flake, which is a common problem with the regular one. 3. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - LOVE these! They dry matte without cracking and are super vibrant. They only come off with makeup wipes or remover. 4. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (dupe for Nars Creamy Concealer) - love the creamy consistency, it glides on so beautifully. Would definitely recommend setting this with powder and it'll last all day. 5. Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser - it immediately eliminates shine, especially in the t-zone. It has a buttery consistency perfect for dry, yet oily skin. Would recommend you let it dry for five minutes before applying makeup. Hope you guys enjoyed this! Let us know if you'd like to see more posts like this.
Posted on August 14 2014
We are ecstatic to share that Zeena is now certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council ("WBENC"). The WBENC is a non-profit organization founded in 1997, and it is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. The certification entails passing a rigorous review process and in-person interview administered by the WBENC at Zeena's Corporate Headquarters. Tax returns, corporate documents, contracts, and bank records all must be submitted and approved in order to be certified. We are proud to be recognized by the WBENC, whose mission is advancing the success of women-owned businesses. Leveling the playing field and empowering women are core values here at Zeena as well. These values are why we started the company in the first place. So now when you see the Women's Business Enterprise seal, you'll know what it stands for and represents.
Posted on June 28 2014
Each Ramadan, Zeena donates a portion of sales to a charity doing great work. This year, we're doing things a little differently. For every item you purchase during the month, we will donate a Zeena item to Dress for Success. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Think of it as our special "BOGO" promotion - only instead of getting, we all give. Buying and giving so we can clothe those who need it most. We're excited to share both the reward and the positive impact of helping others with our customers. We also want to encourage you to spread the word: every time you make a purchase, use #zeenabogo or share this link http://goo.gl/cedrzK, and let your friends know how they can join in too! *Valid on all purchases made between June 28 - July 28, 2014. Happy Shopping!
Posted on March 27 2014
Interested in pursuing a fun, flexible, and fashionable opportunity this year? Become a Zeena stylist and share your styling advice and love for fashion at Trunk Shows. What does it mean to be a Zeena Stylist? It means you share Zeena clothing and accessories by offering a fabulous personal experience through Trunk Shows or on-the-go. Earn money on every sale you make and still enjoy flexibility for family, friends, and fun. Trunk Shows Use your connections (and ours!) to find a host for your next Trunk Show. The gracious host provides the venue and friends and the Zeena Stylist provides the products and fashion advice. Trunk shows are a great way for women to catch up, shop, and have a great time. Support From the moment you sign up, you'll have all the support you need to grow your business. We will assist you every step of the way! The Zeena Team will provide you with online training, as well as the tools and materials necessary to get started. JOIN US We are ecstatic that you are thinking of joining our team! For more information on this opportunity please email email@example.com.
Posted on July 01 2013
Every girl knows this: what goes on under your clothes matters just as much as the clothes themselves. Finding the right undergarments can make the difference between a good outfit and a perfect ensemble. Today, we're sharing with you a few of our amazing finds that we think make any look absolutely flawless! 1. Well fitting bra We aren't the first, nor will we be the last to stress the importance of a well fitting bra! It can make all the difference in the world, not only in terms of appearance, but definitely in the comfort department too. Regardless of your bust size, a good bra will take a few "fit issues" off your mind for good. We also use the straps to pin loose ends of our scarf down and stay sharp and polished all day! These fit tips are a good place to start! Too busy to schedule a bra fitting, check out this DIY guide 2. Crew neck tops These are great for structure and neck coverage. Your outer layer will always fall more seamlessly with a snug fitting t-shirt or tank underneath. These help us avoid issues like fabric bunching awkwardly in the chest area. It also helps with coverage around your neck and it keeps your scarf from shifting. 3. Control top Our absolute favorite in this category (and there are many many options out there) is the Yummy Tummie Girlfriend Tank. For moms especially, or just about anyone looking for a bit more control in the tummy area than the typical tank provides, this is a total God send! It's made of lightweight material and doesn't feel like you're wrapped in spandex! The fit is totally natural and feels just like a tank, but provides a surprising amount of "tightening." It's safe to say this is the perfect bottom layer for almost every outfit we've tried it with! 4. Silky Tank Tops This is our ultimate modest-friendly fave! If you've got curves and have been in front of a mirror one too many times wondering if your long shirt clung just a little too much to your backside, well, this has been a total life saver for us! Anytime you're wearing a fabric that's a little more likely to do the clingy thing around your curves, a silk tank top underneath is the perfect fix! It gives your top layer more flow and moves it away from your body so you're not tugging at your shirt repeatedly throughout the day! That about covers it for us! We'd love to hear about your creative modesty solutions. Share them with us on our FB page and let us know what other fit issues you'd like us to tackle next!
Posted on June 03 2013
It's been a long time coming! Welcome to "Zeena Uncovered" - our brand new company blog. Here we’ll provide you with exclusive style tips, unique personal finds, and parts of our everyday lives that we hope you'll find helpful and even amusing. We never forget that this company came to life because of you: inspiring women with a growing need for contemporary modest fashion. When we launched our first line of exclusive designs two and a half years ago, you again overwhelmed us. Your fantastic responses and our thousands of amazing customers pushed us to come up with more. Zeena Uncovered represents our effort to give back to you all in a longer and more dedicated form. So check out this space regularly for all of the above, along with the inside scoop on our designs & brainstorming sessions. We're continually energized by each and every one of you modest fashionistas. The launch of our blog is exciting on so many levels, but mainly because we love the idea of delving deeper into fashion ideas and, of course, our closets! We have numerous exciting posts planned based on requests you've made in the past. And we'll continue to look to you, as always, for future inspiration. We're thrilled to have this new medium to help us along our ongoing journey of being demure, elegant, and modern.