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Fête Fez! A Celebration with Kahina + Shen Beauty on 10/3

Invitation Shen and Kahina Giving Beauty Oct 3 2013

You’re invited to Shen Beauty on October 3rd to experience FEZ Body Serum.

Come from 5 to 8 PM for 15% off the entire store (Shen is celebrating its third birthday!), complimentary hand massages, gift with Kahina purchase, and to shop an eclectic array of Moroccan imported home goods and accessories. Kahina founder

Katharine L’Heureux will be on hand from 7 to 8 PM to discuss the inspiration behind our Body Serum and how she developed the unique, captivating scent that brings her back to Fez, her favorite Moroccan destination.

Where: Shen Beauty, 315 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231 (Carroll Gardens, off the F/G Carroll Stop)
When: Thursday, October 3 from 5 to 8 PM

Kahina Living Beauty Debuts at High Falls Mercantile

Cactus Fiber and Camel Hair Throw

We are thrilled to announce that select one-of-a-kind Kahina Living Beauty items are now available at High Falls Mercantile in Upstate New York.  I’m a huge fan of this store offering casual country elegance in High Falls curated by the charming and affable Larry Ruhl.

I traveled to Morocco and hand-picked this selection of pillows, throws, fabrics and baskets just for High Falls Mercantile.  In keeping with Larry’s esthetic, tones are earthy set off by pops of color in accent pieces.  Larry shares Kahina’s respect for the artisanal, and each piece is made by hand by artisans in Morocco. I encourage you to stop by and pay a visit if you are ever in High Falls.  

Shop online at Kahina Living Beauty’s High Falls Mercantile boutique.

Cactus Fibers

These beautiful threads are obtained from fibers of the aloe vera cactus plant in Morocco.  The long, pointed leaves of the cactus are crushed, the fibers washed and hammered, then the leaves soaked in water to separate the fibers and filaments.  These are then spun to make thread and died using all-natural dies such as indigo, henna and saffron.

These threads form the basis for our beautiful “sabra silk” fabrics, which are hand-loomed by artisans in Fes.  Coming soon from Living Beauty!

Pouf Necklaces

I adore these necklaces I bought from the medina in Marrakesh so much that I tracked down the Berber ladies who make them to order more.  Wool is dyed, boiled, molded to make beads and then hand-embroidered.  Each piece is a work of art and no two are ever alike.  At Kahina Giving Beauty offices, we love wearing them with everything, from plain white Ts to black dresses and denim collared shirts.  Necklaces fall roughly to the lower breastbone and have a metal hook closure. Beads are all different colors and no necklace has the same combination of beads or colors.  You’ll discover your unique necklace upon opening your package. $98

Shop Kahina Pouf Necklace on givingbeauty.com

Check out the kinds of color combinations you can expect to see:

 

LIVING BEAUTY

On my first trip to Morocco exactly five years ago, I traveled from Casablanca to Fes, stayed overnight in a desert encampment in the Sahara desert where I rode camels in the dunes, drove through Ourzazate across the high Atlas Mountains, finally ending in Marrakesh, passing numerous small villages and historical sites along the way.  On that life-changing trip, I discovered argan oil for the first time, but I also fell in love with the beautiful handicrafts of Morocco – the leatherwork and textiles of Fes, the Berber rugs, the cedar woodwork of Essaouira , and woven baskets of Marrakesh.  Since then, I have traveled regularly to Morocco to source the argan oil for Kahina Giving Beauty and have made many more discoveries along the way, uncovering the stories behind these goods, and meeting many of the artisans in the small villages.  Now I’d like to share some of these discoveries – and stories – with you.  I am thrilled to announce the launch of Kahina Living Beauty, a subsidiary of Giving Beauty, LLC.

Reflecting the spirit of Kahina Giving Beauty, at Living Beauty we believe that our surroundings should be more than just decorative, they should have greater meaning and purpose, be both practical and beautiful, while helping – and connecting us to – the artisans who make them.  Kahina Living Beauty will share Giving Beauty’s mission to provide high quality artisanal goods, honoring craftsmanship and tradition, and giving back to the communities that create our goods. One percent of revenue from Kahina Living Beauty will be donated to support initiatives that help these communities.

Items will be soon be available at select retailers nationwide.

— Katharine

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