How To Launder Your Scarves

How To Launder Your Scarves

Washing your scarves can seem to be an easy task but we can sometimes minimize the importance of this extremely crucial step. Therefore, we often find ourselves going through scarves faster than we can even count, and its partly because we find that our scarves are ruined and can no longer be worn. The following tips can be used to better launder your scarves so they can be around for much, much longer!

Note, the following recommendations are split up depending on the fabric of the scarf. The biggest mistake people make is washing all of the scarves, despite the different fabrics, in the same batch.

Step 1: Washing

Chiffons, Jersey, Polyester: these fabrics can be washed in the machine if you choose to do so. However, be sure to not include other articles of clothing as doing so can ruin the fabric of these delicate fabrics.

Cotton: this fabric can be washed in the machine, however, be sure to air dry or your scarf will shrink.

Viscose: due to the delicate fabric we highly recommend that these scarves be hand washed in cool water. Viscose scarves are often color-dyed and consist of intricate detailing such as pearls, stones, or embroidery. We understand handwashing your scarves can be a lengthy process but in order to keep your scarves looking new (and without fuzzballs!), this is a must.

 

Step 2: Drying

Chiffons, Jersey, Polyester: these fabrics can be placed in a dryer, however, we do recommend tossing a fabric softener in your load to avoid having static-prone scarves.

Cotton: as mentioned above, be sure to let your cotton scarves air dry to avoid any shrinkage, rips, or fuzzballs.

Viscose: we highly recommend you let your viscose scarves air dry to avoid any damage to the scarf. If your viscose scarf contains any intricate detailing such as pearls or fancy trims, the aggressive nature of a dryer can cause unwanted damage (i.e. the falling or loosening of your detailing).

 

Step 3: Ironing

Chiffons, Jersey, Polyester: in most cases scarves of these fabrics don’t need any extra ironing after removing them from the dryer.

Cotton: it’s extremely crucial you iron your cotton scarves on a medium setting to remove the wrinkles caused by letting them air dry.

Viscose: these scarves may or may not require an iron finish. However, if the situation arises then be sure to iron these scarves on a low-medium setting. Try to avoid going over any intricate detailing to avoid damage of these details. If you’re able to do so, invest in a small steamer to save time and hassle of trying to iron scarves of these sort.

 

We hope you found this article useful and to your liking, if you have any suggestions of future posts please drop them below!

10 Tips For Being Productive

10 Tips For Being Productive

Let’s face it, productivity is something everyone struggles with at some point. Whether you’re a student, a young professional, or an entrepreneur, we all fall short on utilizing our utmost potential. We’ve created a list of tips which have helped us overcome this issue which you can read below and implement immediately, we hope it’ll help you maximize your full potential as well so you may reap the benefits of success!

  1. Make to-do lists and daily goals

By planning out the things you want to accomplish, you’ll be able to keep yourself organized and motivated. Create a list every morning of the the things you want to get done during the day and hold yourself accountable for actually completing them. However, don’t try to do so much that you’re overwhelmed, having a balance is the key to happiness and sanity. 

  1. Keep all your materials organized

Make sure you have all your materials, such as textbooks, folders, and notes organized and neat. This’ll help you keep track of what things you need to do and when, and it’ll keep you from losing important things (like your homework). 

  1. Declutter your workspace

Always make sure to clean up your work space so you can can have a comfortable, productive environment to work in. Keep in mind your environment will have an impact in the quality of your work and mindset. 

  1. Eliminate distractions

Yes, you knew this one was coming. Make sure to turn off and put away any distractions like your phone and other electronics when you know you have a lot of work to do. When you limit distractions you’re able to complete the task at hand much faster and more diligently.

  1. Say no more often

Don’t be afraid to say no to things when you know you have a lot of work to do, you must learn to prioritize yourself and your responsibilities. 

  1. Keep aside time for yourself

Don’t spend your whole day tiring out your brain. Engage in activities that you enjoy during breaks to boost your mood and your productivity. As we mentioned before, having a balance is key. 

  1. Keep track of time

Don’t get lost into the frenzy when you’re overwhelmed with work. Make sure you’re spending the right amount of time on the right things. Making schedules and staying organized really helps with this one! 

  1. Don’t multitask

No matter how much you believe you can, it’s never a good idea to multitask. Keep your mind focused on one goal at a time so you can accomplish it quicker and more efficiently.

  1. Give yourself small rewards when you accomplish big tasks

You’ve worked hard, and it’s paid off. Reward yourself with something small, like a snack, or an afternoon cup of coffee. You’ve deserved it! (Hint: balance is key!!)

  1. Don’t be overwhelmed, you can do this!

Even if you feel like you’ll never get everything done (we all feel that way sometimes), remember that you’re working hard and giving it your all; it will pay off. You’ve done your best, and that is an accomplishment in itself. 

Chocolate Trifle Eid Edition

Chocolate Trifle Eid Edition

Eid is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with desserts! Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of fasting, and is a reward to Muslims all around the world for observing the blessed month of Ramadan. As a tradition, The Prophet (SAW) ate something sweet before attending Eid prayers. These mini trifle cups are an excellent way to carry-on The Prophet (SAW’s) tradition at home or on the go.

Since Eid ul-Fitr translates to “festival of the breaking of the fast”, many people prepare a feast including multiple sweets. This quick and easy recipe is a perfect way to impress family and friends. With the rich chocolate, light cream, and slight crunch, this dessert is sure to be a success.

 

What you’ll need:
1 Jell-O chocolate pudding mix
2 1/3 cups milk
1 box brownie mix
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1 Cool Whip container
Chocolate chips of choice

Instructions:

Prep:

1) Defrost Cool Whip

2) Prepare chocolate pudding following the directions on the box.

3) Prepare brownie mix following the directions on the box. However, use milk instead of water to allow the brownies to melt in your mouth.

Assemble:

1) Once the brownies have cooled, cut them into squares.

2) Place 1 1/2 brownie squares into each cup.

3) Dollop one tablespoon of chocolate pudding into the cup and spread.

4) Sprinkle 2 teaspoons chocolate chips on the chocolate pudding to add a crunch to the trifle.

5) Spread 2 tablespoons cool whip over the chocolate and brownie mixture, making sure the chocolate is not visible. DO NOT mix cream with chocolate pudding as it will create a runny dessert that will not set.

6) Garnish with chocolate chips and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Enjoy!

Note: If using a large trifle bowl, double the recipe and continue layering to the top. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

This post was written by Lobelia Bakery, a local baker in the DMV area, check them out on Instagram @lobeliabakery!

Minah, the young founder of Lobelia Bakery located in the DMV area, always provides her clients with exceptional bakery items, unique to the common eye, and all at an unbeatable price. Be sure to contact her at lobelia.bakery@gmail.com for your next event!

Halfway Gone

Halfway Gone

Where has the time gone? With the halfway point of Ramadan approaching us, are we any closer to reaching our goals? Like a treasured friend, Ramadan comes with such anticipated joy and then leaves, almost suddenly, with our hearts saddened as it departs. Yet despite this, its timing is almost impeccable as it seems to come at the perfect time every year. When our hearts can no longer bear the uncertainty of this world and the countless hardships we all face, Allah bestows upon us a month full of blessings, spiritual highs, and a chance to reconnect with Him.

Now, if your Ramadan hasn’t had a great start, don’t worry. Remember that it’s always about how you finish, not how you started. However, if your Ramadan isn’t going as planned ask yourself why. Are you having a hard time connecting with Allah? Are you finding it difficult to make time to do the things you want to do this Ramadan? Are you just not feeling it this year? By asking ourselves why, we slowly begin to ascertain the purposes of why we do what we do.

 

In order to achieve full benefits this Ramadan, grab a pen, paper, sit in a secluded area, and follow these steps:

 

  1. Purify your intentions. Reaffirm to yourself why you are fasting this Ramadan. Remember that actions are based off of intentions, so having a pure intention is imperative for achieving success in ibadaat (worship).

 

  1. Write a letter to Allah. Yes, you read that right. Sometimes our minds become so clouded with matters of this world that we’re not able to properly assess our current state. Pour your heart out and do NOT hold back. Tell Allah your deepest feelings, insecurities, and worries. Write down anything that comes to mind and remember to be completely honest with yourself when writing this, only then will you truly be able to evaluate your current state. The benefit of writing things down is that it allows one to organize their thoughts and it assists with memory.

 

  1. Once you’ve poured out your heart and soul, evaluate everything you’ve written. Not only is this exercise supposed to clear your mind, but you can also use it as a means to assess what you need to work on. Take a moment to reflect on your actions, your words, how you’ve been treating people, and how you’ve been spending these past two weeks. The reality of the situation is that we cannot blame anyone but ourselves as the shayateen are all locked up. The words we utter and the actions we partake are now representative of the state of our hearts. Scary, I know. Do not let this discourage you, since even the feeling of guilt is a Rahmah (Mercy) from Allah SWT. So what better time than now, the second 10 days of Ramadan, to invoke Allah’s Mercy and ask Him for His forgiveness.

 

Let these remaining two weeks be the turning point in your life. Release yourself from the hardships and deceptions of this world and indulge yourselves into the mercy and sweetness of your faith. Everyone in this world judges you based on results. Your parents, your professors, your friends, your community- essentially the entire world. However, Allah is the only One who judges you based on your effort. Don’t let a rocky start deter you from enjoining in good. In fact, use that as motivation to give these last two weeks your everything and while you’re working your hardest, always remember that Allah sees all your efforts, He knows your intentions, and He’s with you.