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Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier


Jan16

Another great snapshot from my favorite fashion photographer, Mr. Demarcheiler [de.maɾ.ʃə.lje]. The 69 year-old shutterbug spent his childhood in the Seine-Maritime department of Haute-Normandie region in France, Le Havre, with his mother and four bros. When he turned 17, young Patrick began shooting special events such as wedding ceremonials, as he also learned retouching strips of transparent plastic film called negative. 

Click here to see Demarchelier's Fine Art demarchelier(dot)net/fine-art


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Katja Wassermeyer's Series of Dreaming Children “Les Somnambules”


Jan16

Les Somnambules

Les Somnambules

Les Somnambules

Les Somnambules

Les Somnambules

Snapshots by Katja Wassermeyer from Berlin, Germany


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Fashion Trendsetters in the Afro-Punk Music Festival


Sep26

In almost a decade, Afro-Punk music festival has become a racial crusade rejoicing the inventiveness, creativeness and independence of soul in alternative Black community. This significant cultural event is a music and sports affair which endeavors to showcase art and music from performers of different genre. With its mission, “Nurturing the best in multi-cultural alternative music, film, performance art, and activism,” Afro-Punk musicfest 2012 lured 20,000 concert-goers. Today’s festival signified an idealistic look of Brooklyn, NY as a sundry colorful, friendly, and erratically culturally diverse ground of art and music.

As the Afro-Punk has stretched its range to become an intermediary for many other selections of African-American music not stringently molded to radio airwaves, here are some of the best bits of this trend-setting event.






Afro-Punk Fashion
Photo Credit: NYTimes Website and Afro-Punk FB

 



Bella Smith



Erykah Badu


The Skins & Phony Ppl 


Janelle Monáe



MilitiA



Shabazzz



Nomie, Jediah and Marie



Cat and Sharaka



Tyra, Blake and Alasia



Maty



Mikie Alamode



Coco and Breezy



Spank Rock & Johnny Nelson



Tennille Nakimuli McMillan



Tess


Bad Rabbits



Sugar & Spikes



Erykah Badu and the afropunk army


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Live Longer with Lentils


Sep26


Lens culinaris is a legume in which the seeds grow in pods commonly with two lentil seeds. This lens-shaped seeds have been feasted by mankind since Neolithic times; it is known as one of the first domesticated crops and believed to have originated in Central Asia. The colors range from yellow to orange to green, as well as black and brown. In Judaism, it is reflected to be a food for mourners for the fact that its shape symbolizes the circle of life. And according to Aristophanes, a Greek playwright, bisque made by lentils is branded as the sweetest delicacies.


Studies have shown that people who consume high fiber legumes like these tiny beans lowered the risk of heart ailments. The high levels of folate and magnesium on this staple dish also goes along in protecting the heart.

It Alleviates Blood Sugar
Lentils are great cholesterol lowering ingredients that ease bad cholesterols. Because of the high fiber content on lentils, it aid to regulate blood sugar through balancing the blood sugar levels and providing steady energy.

A Good Source of Iron
It is loaded with iron, for those people who don’t gobble on red meat; lentils are good alternatives to replenish the body’s iron. Among other plant foods, it is the third highest that is rich in protein.

It has B Vitamins
Most notably folate and niacin (B3), these are the most essential nutrients for the health that functions and associated with the nervous, digestive and immune systems of the body. 

Lentil Recipes and Photos (courtesy of Huffington Post Website)

Lentil And Sun-Dried Pesto Salad With Roasted Peppers


Veggie Burgers With Pomegranate Ketchup


Veggie Balls


Lentil, Cilantro and Chili Salad with Warm Cauliflower Florets


Lentil And Almond Burgers - View more photos


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How Facebook Distresses Young Lovers


Sep26

Facebook is the most successful, useful and powerful tool of social networking. It’s the best invention but it is also the worst creation conceived by elite dropouts of Harvard University. Their ingenuity creates an innovation in communication, delivering information, as well as, in building and destroying a relationship.

When both partners are active using this social networking site, they will either encounter some of the drawbacks of joining in Facebook.

  • They will bump into new and “cool” good-looking folks.
  • They will brag about their sweet getaways and be grudging with others.
  • They will come across and pry on former flames.
  • They will go through skepticism and uncertainties with their sweethearts through cynic tagged photos and friend requests.
  • They will fall upon on suspiciousness and possessiveness on their romantic involvement because of iffy inbox messages.

Nowadays, it’s usual in a Boyfriend-and-Girlfriend attachment to change, update and broadcast their relationship status on Facebook, so that people will know that their affair is seriously real. Well, for some people, they think that there is no need to make haste spreading the news in public because for several Facebook users, “it is really none of their business to know that!”

And for young couples’ friends on Facebook, shouting their relationship daily through filling out the space on “What’s on your mind?” box is really peeving. Such as:


Perhaps, most of their mutual friends get the point publicizing it on this diary-like platform on the cybersphere, right? Pretty sure, that everyone is happy for the both of lovers. But, how about those condemning shout outs a month ago like:

"Why do guys cheat on the best and sweetest girls for a bitchy and sluty girl? It just doesn't make sense. You have all you need?"

"Why can't all guys be like Noah from the Notebook! #wishfulthinking"

Now that she's back on his loving arms:

"I love you. I am so in love with you. It's like you're a disease, it's like I'm infected and I just can't think about anything or anybody."

"He is perfect for me and I am perfect for him, I am so lucky, we are so in love with each other, I couldn't ask for more."

These are just the crazy senselessness of a relationship that glues on social media. Facebook enthusiasts, especially those teens have to be smart on their actions on networking sites. Definitely, a happy relationship doesn’t depend on this wicked online platform. Being transparent with one another is an ideal way of behaving towards an everlastingly affair. Click to read more...


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I’m Longing to Smolder More Roll-up Fumes


Aug31


Okay, let's keep it straight to the point... and I truly miss smoking, the manner I continuously had someplace to lay my fingers as I strode next to a hunky lad who wouldn’t grip them, the method my slithers would harried themselves on any events where the only friend I recognized was the organizer. A ciggy used to be an incitement to unfamiliar person: stop by and huff with me. At the moment, instead, my hands were on my purse or on my mobile phone texting other jerks in the university while updating my status on social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook. I’ve seen lots of people who were strangers philandering on a girl with an Arturo Fuente Hemingway’s cigar, as my lil-finger-mind says I’d rather be anywhere than here… perhaps I should go, I am truly yearning to smoke even just a bit of puff!

I often find myself flabbergasted when someone enflames me to share their hand-rolled vice.

(To be continued….)


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Nutritious Pleasurable Confections for Children's Sweet Tooth


Aug29


Well, if you are also fond of sweet indulgence and you’re eyeing healthy confectioneries to gratify your kid’s sweet tooth, I made a shortlist of heart-healthy alternatives for younger kids to satisfy their cravings. I will not recommend donuts, pastries and bonbons here, but I will be in favor of trying fresh fruit smoothies or any homemade nutritious desserts for kids of all ages who have a sweet tooth. Take into consideration these nutritious options when your kids are longing for something sugary:

Berries – These comfort foods can do miracles when your youngest child is hyperactive. Aside from the fact that these are good source of healthy antioxidants; blueberries, raspberries and strawberries aid to combat stress hormones.

Low-sugar Frozen Dessert – Low-fat vanilla bean ice cream is a good alternative that provides soothing properties.

Peaches – It has a natural sedative that can lessen stress and apprehension. If your child wants a sugary sweet, offer him a slice of peaches. Peaches are also known for comforting the mind.

Oranges, Apples and Bananas – All of these fruits provide a relaxing potassium, vitamins and minerals.

Dark chocolate – It is not actually chocolatey as milk chocolates, however, dark chocolate is more healthy and hearty.

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7 Delicious Gluten-free Desserts


Aug14

Have you ever heard of Gluten-free diet?

Celiac disease sufferers don’t eat dishes that contain proteins from wheat, rye and barley. People who have this digestive condition cannot tolerate gluten, where it is mainly found in meals but it could also be seen on processed nutriments, medicines, vitamins and beverages.

Avoiding Gluten in food is not an easy task, but with a lil amount of inventiveness and ingenuity, well, it’s not really difficult than you think. Make your digestive system run much more smoothly by taking a hasty glance on these seven heavenly Gluten-free treats that are delectably tasty and healthy.

Poached Pears
Poaching pears in plum makes them lusciously tender.

Strawberry and Hazelnut Meringue Cake with Cinnamon
Note: Use fresh picked strawberries when making this sweet indulgence.

Maple-Cranberry Baked Apples
The maple sweet liquid and sap from the apples blend to create syrupy lip-smacking syrup.

Hazelnut and Apricot Rochers
These chocolate-coated clusters are also good for Valentine presents and wedding souvenirs.

Strawberry and Kiwi Pavlova Cake
Definitely, the secret ingredient to a scrummy pavlava cake is patience.

Lemony Almond Macaroons
Rasped lemon savor sweetens up these chewy coconut cookies and to add a little crunchiness, just add sliced almond nuts.

Raspberry Sorbet with Fresh Blueberries, Whipped Cream and Meringues
Simply supplement a cup of heavy cream and two pints of raspberry smooth sorbet. Add blueberries to enrich the flavor.

 

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Importance of Recess for Your Child’s Learning Skills


Jul31


Recess, ah. This was one of my favourite “subjects” in school, even until when I was in college doing college papers. It is the one time that I, and I know everyone can relate, feel liberated and free from pressures of school, even for just 30 minutes. We relish this time and make the most out of it, and without it, we might as well have turned to zombies.

It is the break they badly need
Recess is probably in every student’s favourite time in school. This is the time when they feel free and that they can do everything and not be in hot water. It is a break they look forward to especially after a test or a graded recitation.

It helps take their mind of the pressure in the classroom
The classroom can be an imposing place to children. This is why recess takes them someplace, literally and figuratively. They usually go outside where there are no walls, no doors to prevent them from running around.

It helps them make friends not only from their class
Break time is the time they can roam around and be in tune with other students, be it the same age or a bit younger or older than them. Recess is the one time they feel that they can know everyone in school and exchange smiles and laughter.


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How does Physical Fitness Improve Mental Health?


Jul30


In several ways, conditioning the body may benefit mental health. Take into consideration the following that could possibly obtain from being physically fit while enriching the mind.

By working out, it generates healthy mood-boosting hormones
Whenever you do any physical exercise, your body releases components that can boost your mood and spirits. Several research studies have shown that the result of working out lifts emotions. Those who are susceptible to depressive disorder may experience significantly better when they are performing exercises.

Physical fitness could develop people to feel less troubled
Some people may feel soother when they’re working out as they feel that it boot out certain apprehensions.  They may just feel less strained and frazzled.

It could chuck out particular tense force
Exercise has numerous physical positive aspects, but it has lots of mental health advantages too; just like unleashing nervous elements on the body. After working out, some people sensed that it has a therapeutic result on them.

Exercise helps you to lose weight as well as it enhances your self-esteem
Having a diminutive self-confidence may occur to sadness and hopelessness. While exercising, you might feel better as you see yourself motivated and cheerier about your appearance. Well, it’s not only about your new admired physique but it is also for furthering your health as well.  




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