Elegance and femininity of Manolo Blahnik shoes

Manolo Blahnik spent his childhood in the Canary Islands. The mother of Manolo Blahnik was a fashion-minded Spanish who liked to read Glamour and Vogue, so the boy inherited her passion for clothing and shoes from her. Later, when he created new collections, he was always interested in her opinion. Manolo grew up among banana plantations owned by his parents and knew nothing about world of fashion at that time. Much attention was paid to his education. He watched the films of Cocteau and Visconti, studied art, enjoyed the paintings of Velazquez and El Greco.

The parents purchased clothes from famous tailors of Paris and Madrid and Manolo spent much time in a fitting-room with pleasure.   He started creating shoes when he was a boy. Manolo helped local cobbler to make traditional Catalan espadrilles. He liked how shoes were born of ribbons and laces. He did not only watch the process but was involved into it. His first shoes were created at that time. Common espadrilles turned into uniquely designed with his help. Manolo decorated them with all kinds of stones, shells, bits of glass and coins.

He decided to make shoes for women only as it was more complicated and challenging process. Manolo Blahnick revealed his talent fully after he opened the first boutique in 1972. His shoes feature refinement, sexuality, sophistication and complexity of design.

“It took many years to understand how to make beautiful and technically perfect shoes”, – says Manolo. Manolo never studied the technology of production. He never needed assistants as well. His incredible love for work and energy brought him to success. He creates unusual, stylistically innovative and original shoes. The idea to revive the sleek stiletto heel in ’70-s also belongs to Manolo Blahnik. Millions of women around the world acquire such elegant and sexy shoes. The design has become classic since then. Lightness and femininity are two priorities of Manolo Blahnik. Many celebrities became the followers of the brand. A pair of Manolo’s was named after Sarah Jessica Parker. She is the biggest Manolo’s fan. The brand was even mentioned in the show “Sex and the City”. Madonna once said that Manolo shoes are “better than sex”. “What’s more, they last longer” – added the pop star. The list of celebs who love Manolo’s include Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Bianca Jagger, Diana Ross, Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, Kylie Minogue and many others.
He never planned mass production or creation of more affordable products. Manolo Blahnik personally creates the design of each model and hand-crafts the shoes. Carving the wood, he hand sculpts the shoe. This is the most complicated stage of work that determines the quality of future shoes. After the material and color is selected, the sample is sent to the factory in Parabiago, which makes just 80 pairs of shoes daily. The production is limited and styles are kept in small exclusive numbers. Manolo Blahnick always keeps every one of created designs. This huge collection has exceeded 25,000 shoes already and continues to grow.

Maestro strictly oversees all stages of production. Each shoe must be an exact copy of original one.

Manolo Blahnick creates shoes for women who always want to look great. He does not chase fashion and tries to create timeless masterpieces, which never go out of fashion.

Dealing with Physical Injuries and Overcoming Pain, Depression and Stress

On July 26th 2014 my whole family was in a close to death car accident. One year later, we are still recovering…physically and emotionally. I’ve decided to write a post about overcoming emotional and physical stress because I have experienced it first hand and  I know that its a very long and difficult process of dealing with pain, fears and anxiety. I wanted to share with you my journey on dealing with the recovery and hopefully it could help somehow or cheer up others who are overcoming similar circumstances.

When I think of that day, even one year later, I realize that I still have many fears. I dont ask the question – Why? Why did it happen to us? Guess, what? Its not helpful or productive to ask this question. When injury happened, it happened, don’t waste your time on trying to understand why it happened, focus your energy on dealing and overcoming the injury. I’ve learned only one thing, everything happens for the reason, you may know what it is, you may find out one day or you may not. But overcoming challenges like that is usually food for thought for self development and its best to deal with that when you are on  away to recovery.

It was a Saturday afternoon and were on a way to see our friend and his family, it was a birthday party for a 3 year old boy. So, we were all dressed up and ready to go with flowers and presents. My husband and I were planning to have some bubbly that night, so we had a designated driver and we also took a nanny with us for our daughter Naomi, who was only 18 months old at that time. From our house to a party it was only 10-15 min drive. My husband and I set at the back with our baby doll. We always put Naomi into a car seat and that day was no acceptation. I am so glad that we always insist on car seat for Naomi even when she is fussy and refuses to sit in it. That day, that car seat saved her life! We were running a bit late and because we were in a rush, my husband and I didn’t put our seat belts on… In fact, not many people in Russia put their seat belts at the back, especially if they are driving with drivers. BIG MISTAKE! When we got to the highway, we saw that it was no traffic, so we driving about 60km in a hour, (within a speed limit).  We were probably 5 min away from a birthday party when both my husband and I saw a white jeep in front of us. It was literally in front of us and I remember our driver saying “Where did it come from?”. Because it were driving through a small curb, our driver could not see a car earlier, and he didnt jhave enough time to take a car to a ditch, so we had a head on collision. On one hand that moment is like a blur, on another, I remember every detail. After the impact, the car was filled with smoke, I felt pain in my stomach, I opened my eyes and I saw that I was laying on a floor on top of my husband. I heard him screaming. The first reaction from both of us was “How is Naomi?” I saw the driver pulling her from her car seat, she was scared and shocked but I could tell she was all right. People who were driving behind us stopped and helped me to get out of the car. My husband could not move, it was clear he had a broken leg, our nanny who was sitting next to a driver could not move either. People helped to cut a seat belt and get her out of a car. It was the most stressful and painful 45 min of my life. We were waiting for emergency services and I kept praying that they would get here quickly and help us. I could walk, but my legs were bleeding, I saw the bone sticking out on my left arm, so I knew it was broken. I had injuries in my chest and stomach and I was hoping it was no internal bleeding. My husband couldn’t breath or move, he kept screaming, because he could not tolerate the pain, he had a bad cut on his head and I didn’t know how serious his injuries were. Our nanny was laying on a ground, she could not even move her arms or legs, I was afraid she broken her back and ribs. My daughter started crying and screaming, I didn’t know what to do I was close to  a mental breakdown. But instead of breaking into tears, I decided to pull myself together and stay strong for my family. After all, I could still walk, I had my right arm working just fine. So I found my purse, I got on my phone and I started calling our insurance company, our family clinic, our friends and my parents asking for help.

Since I managed to make all these calls, we were transferred quickly to the special clinic, and my husband got a surgery right away, my mom got on a next flight to Moscow and I made arrangements for friends to pick up Naomi to look after her until my mom got into town. So, I guess, my first suggestion for those who are in a terrible situation like ours, don’t let stress to overtake you. Take control of your stress and concentrate on what is important. Focus on getting medical help, family support. If you are panicking and having a meltdown you are essentially letting stress to decide your fate.

I wanted to tell you the story of the car crash in graphic details because the memories of that accident will hunt us all for a lifetime. And I am sure people who were in similar situations, experience similar fears…such as fear of driving again, fear of loosing your loved ones, fear of never recovering form the injury. That’s why I want to focus on psychological side of the trauma. My family and I suffered severe physical injuries but psychological damage was also tremendous and it should be considered when you are going through rehabilitation and recovery. Here is what the experts say about that: “Dr. Kelly Starrett of MobilityWOD and San Francisco CrossFit and author of Becoming a Supple Leopard discussed the importance of recognizing the psychosocial aspects of physical injury. When people are injured, they experience a range of emotions that may seem extreme or idiosyncratic but are actually well within the normal range of responses”. It is not uncommon for people to experience some or all of the following:

Depression:  Many people experience depression after traumatic incident. It is not surprising that mood will be affected when you can not walk, do things you enjoy, go to work and perform your duties. I was on sick leave for almost 6 weeks my husband was out for two months. . There is often a component of negative affect and depression associated with injury timeouts.  Experts recommend, that if one’s depressive symptoms become severe, professional help via therapy and/or medication should be part of the individual’s overall recovery plan. I saw a psychiatrist a couple of times (and it helped me to put things into perspective, I talked about my fears and faced them instead of running away from them). I also decided to focus my energy on my work and other things that could help to take my mind off the physical pain. Acknowledge your depression and fight it, don’t let it become part of your life.

Isolation:  Injured people often feel isolated and lonely. Along with this experience of isolation may come an unwanted feeling of envy of those who are healthy and able to continue their daily life, going to work, parties and doing all these wonderful things.  Envy is an uncomfortable emotion and is often accompanied by shame or guilt.  You should know that envy may be part of the experience, especially when an injury is serious and long-term. In that case I would suggest to think positive, no matter what. Focus on your recovery with all you’ve got! Visualize yourself healthy, make plans for the future, make a promise to yourself to do things that you’ve never tried before. Thinking positive and dreaming helps to recover much faster. I had to wear a cast for my broken arm almost 2 months, I had bad infection in one of my cuts and almost lost a toe. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to adapt as much as I could and fit in back into the society. I also made a promise to myself, that I would treat myself to a nice dinner, trip to Europe and some shopping once I can wear hills again.

Anxiety:  When someone is suffering from a terrible physical trauma, you may experience heightened levels of anxiety, both regarding the sense of identity and their capacity for healing and recovery.  Some studies even indicate symptoms of post-traumatic stress after an injury. Remember one thing, if you fear re-injury or don’t fully believe in your recovery, you may behave in ways that actually hinder recovery and lead to re-injury, such as overdoing rehabilitation and recovery training, thereby taxing the injured parts in ways that are harmful instead of helpful. Check books and studies on this subject by O’Connor Sr., 2011; Brewer and Petitpas, 2005; Podlog and Eklund, 2007; Peterson, 2009.

Low Self-Esteem:  Many experts say that self-worth is diminished when individual’s identity is challenged via injury. When man’s sense of him/herself is challenged, esteem can take a plunge, and feelings of worthlessness can emerge I saw it first hand at home. My husband is a very successful finance professional and after the accident he questioned his ability to remain being a start in the industry. Many psychologists say that more successful is the individual more likely he will be challenged on his self identity in tragedies like ours. My husband was afraid to lose his job, he was worried about how he would provide for the family and it put extra burden and stress on his recovery. In that case my suggestion is to show as much love and support as possible. Ask your friends and family to be with you, to comfort you. Love doesn’t only help emotional healing, it heals physical injuries as well.

I have also found a few other strategies that may help you to overcome stress associated with trauma. My husband and I tried them and they work!

Project Positive Imagery. We’ve all heard before about materializing our thoughts.. Well, its real. Visualizing one’s body healing and seeing oneself back on track is crucial. If you set this picture in your mind, you will be surprised how quickly you can get up and run again.

Connect with people who have similar injury. Learn more about your trauma, may be even write a journal about your recovery. Read and watch what other are doing in similar circumstances, you can find out a lot new information on the subject and perhaps even a few coping techniques. It will also give you a sense of understanding that you are not the only one in the world with inury like yours.

Make Goals. Dream Big but be flexible. Setting and tracking goals when injured can be a beneficial strategy.  Goals should be reasonable and realistic and should include both long-term and short-term views, so progress can be monitored in an ongoing way.  Flexibility with goals and their attainment is especially important when injured, since rehab progress is often unpredictable.

Don’t avoid your feelings, reality and pain. Face them! Avoiding the reality of one’s feelings and situation isn’t a great coping style in general.  This is especially the case when athletes are injured; avoidant coping styles ignoring feelings and trying to distract oneself from facing unwanted realities have been found to be maladaptive and not beneficial when dealing with injury.

And at the end…Once you know you are on the right track to recovery, you could give it a thought, why this challenge has occurred in your life… Is it to make you stronger? Better? Test your limits? Whatever it is, use this expirience to work for you not against you.

Be healthy!

Top 10 Beach Essentials for Summer 2015

Hello beach lovers!

Where are you heading this summer? Are you relaxing on the shores of South of France, Costa Brava, Malibu or enjoying Hamptons? My team and I reviewed beach essentials for this summer and are happy to share with you our recommendations, so you would look chic and trendy on any beach around the world. If you haven’t seen my recent posts about summer trends, here is a quick reminder. Bohemian chic has never been more popular. The disco vibes of 70s and 80s are back. Feminine lace, neon colours, silk and polka dots are the right choice. Look like a goddess in white dress and don’t forget your fedora hat, platforms and Emilio Pucci beach bag. Accessorise with bracelets, long earrings, oversize belts and of course don’t forget about that bronze tan. So, lets see what we have selected for you!

 

  1. White Lace Dress (Shop at Charo Ruiz Ibiza)

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  1. Fedora Hat with Stripes (Shop at Old Navy)

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  1. Flower Print Swimwear (Shop at Gottex)

 

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  1. Pink Beach Bag (Shop at Juicy Coutoure)

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  1. Rainbow Colour Wedges (Shop at Valentino)

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  1. Elegant Necklace (Shop at Jennifer Meyer Jewellery)

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  1. Sexy Graphic Bikini (Shop at Milly)

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  1. Pink Bow Belt (Shop at Ted Baker)

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  1. Colourful Aviators (Shop Victoria Beckham)

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    10. Charm Bracelet (Shop at Pandora)

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The Huffington Post is moving its Donald Trump coverage to the ‘entertainment’ section

The Washington Post doesn’t agree with Huffington Post on where the coverage on Donald Trump should be. The newspaper reports (Chris Cillizza): The Huffington Post made a big (okay, big in my world) decision about its Donald Trump coverage on Friday. Here it is:

After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette. I agree with almost all of what Ryan Grim, the D.C. bureau chief for HuffPo, and Danny Shea, editorial director for the site, write above. But, I also think it’s a major mistake to relegate Trump to the “entertainment” section of the site. Here’s why.

Trump is, without question, an outlandish figure.  He says lots of things, many of which aren’t true, as loudly as possible. He has shown in the past a willingness to use the media to further his own interests — whether they are in the business or political worlds. (Trump wrote all about how he manipulated the media for his benefit in “The Art of the Deal.”)

It’s hard to imagine him in the White House — particularly given that the same polls that put him at or close to the top of the Republican primary field show him losing badly to Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election. President Trump? It feels more like a sort-of-funny joke than a serious thing, right?

What we in the media need to be doing is asking questions about what is behind the Trump surge — not dismissing it as a joke or totally meaningless or, even, using his candidacy to pull the sort of publicity stunts that we tut-tut at Trump for.

But. But, but, but. Trump IS at or near the top of most national polls on the Republican field; our Philip Bump found that Trump’s polling average in the last five national surveys trails only Jeb Bush.

Sure, lots of that is name ID, which Trump has lots of. But, there’s another poll number — this one from a WaPo/ABC survey — that suggests Trump’s rapid rise isn’t solely due to people recognizing his name.  Almost 6 in 10 Republicans said they had a favorable opinion of Trump in WaPo-ABC numbers released earlier this week, an almost total reversal from polling done in late May when 65 percent of GOPers had an unfavorable opinion of The Donald.

The totality of Trump’s poll numbers suggest that he is tapping intosomething within the Republican Party — that he has, almost certainly by chance, hit a nerve with his rhetoric.  What that nerve actually is — and how long Trump can hit it — is a point of much debate. I’ve suggested a bunch of theories — ranging from Trump as a product of our Kardashian culture toTrump as the symbolic middle finger the party base wants to extend toward the party establishment. Lots and lots of other people have offered their own theories. But the point here is not why Trump is rising. It’s that he is (and, really, has.) There is something there for Republican voters when it comes to Trump. I don’t really get it. The HuffPo people seem not to either. But, not totally understanding someone’s appeal is not any reason to believe it’s not really there.

Alina Reyzelman is proud to announce the launch of her YouTube lifestyle channel Alina Reyzelman TV

Alina Reyzelman is proud to announce the launch of her YouTube lifestyle channel Alina Reyzelman TV where she will discuss healthy eating, motherhood, elegant fashion style, travel tips and many more interesting and exciting topics. Welcome! http://www.youtube.com/AlinareyzelmanRuTV

For the time being the channel will be in Russian only, however you can view the recipes with subtitles on Alina’s wellness website www.eatwellco.com

Alina Reyzelman’s documentary film A Girl & the City will be premiered at Chain NYC Film Festival

Alina Reyzelman’s documentary film A Girl & the City will be premiered at Chain NYC Film Festival (August 3-7th 2015). We’ll be happy to see you at the premier!

All the info is here:  http://www.chainfilmfestival.com/

Best summer shopping destinations in Europe

The sales are regulated by state in France. In summer the sales start at the end of June and continue to the end of July. Those who are looking for shopping hubs, should go to the Avenue des Champs Elysees, and Avenue des Ternes, located near it, Boulevard Haussmann, Boulevards Saint Michel and Saint Germaine. The designers shops can be found on Avenue Montaigne.

The shoppers who are interested in the designers brands, should visit Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marche, which offer various designers items. Bazaar de l’Hotel de Ville (BHV) is place that is not known by the tourists, but many swanky brands are presented there.

The famous outlets include La Vallee Village that offers the discount up to 70%  in the middle of June.  The sales start on June, 11. You will be able to choose among 100+ fashion brands at affordable prices.

McArthurGlen Designer Outlets offers 30-70% discount. Marques Avenue L’Ile Saint Denis is one more excellent place for labels lovers. The sales period is from the 24th of June to the 4th of August. The same is referred to Marques Avenue: Troyes with over 200 boutiques on its territory and about 400 brands.

One of the shopping capitals of Europe is, certainly, Barcelona. The sales begin in the first week of July and continue to the end of August. However, it is better to come there in the first three weeks to have a wide choice because it considerably decreases by the end of sales. Serious shopaholics try to visit as more stores as possible. The shopping hubs are El Born, Placa Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya, which are perfect options for customers looking for designers brands.  It is nice even just to walk Barri Gotic as the Gothic Quarter is so exotic with its labyrinthine street plan and streets openings into squares.

Visit also Diagonal Mar, El Corte Ingles, Las Arenas Shopping Center and the outlet mall Heron City Outlet Barcelona.  L’Illa Maremagnum mall is available on Sundays only.

Plan your visit to La Roca Village that offers elite shopping in about 130 boutiques with discount up to 70%.

The sales start on the 7th of July in Milan and continue for 30 days. The best shopping hubs are via Torino, via Brera and Corso Di Porta Ticinese. You can also shop at the longest shopping street in Europe –  Corso Buenos Aires.

The best department stores in Milan are The Brian & Barry Building, La Rinascente, Coin, and Piazza Portello. Excelsior Milano is a unique shopping destination designed by the star architect. It used to be a cinema and was turned into the innovative fashion hub.

Markets work on particular days only: Fiera di Senigallia – on Saturday, Mercato di Viale Papiniano and Viale Fauché work in Tuesday and Saturday.

The outlets include Il Salvagente, Fidenza Village, Scoprioccasioni, Vicolungo.

London is a very expensive city, but it can become available for budget when summer discounts up to 50% arrive. The sales begin on the third week of June to continue to the middle а July.

Try shopping in the outlets: Clarks Village Outlet Shopping, Ashford Designer Outlet, Bicester Village, London Designer Outlet, which is located in the Wembley Park.

If you have time for shopping in August only, then you can consider Berlin that starts sales at the end of August. Popular outlets are Marc Cain Factory Outlet, McArthurGlen Designers Outlet, Leiser Outlet for shoes and bags and G-Star Outlet.

Miss USA from Oklahoma highlights race issues

New beauty queen in USA! Miss Oklahoma, Olivia Jordan, was crowned Miss USA 2015, wearing a hot pink strapless dress as she deftly fielded the interview portion of the competition by saying the country needed to improve race relations to beat out 50 other contestants.

ABC News reports: “After weeks of controversy generated by pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s critical comments about Mexican immigrants, the pageant passed with no mention of the real estate mogul who was not in attendance. Instead, the focus was on women like Jordan and others who’d worked hard to get to the stage. The 26-year-old winner was followed by first runner-up Ylianna Guerra, 22, of Texas, and second runner-up Anea Garcia, 20, of Rhode Island.

Jordan, who takes over from 2014 winner Nia Sanchez of Nevada, was a standout during the interview segment when each contestant was asked two questions and given 30 seconds to answer each. When asked what the next big issue is that the U.S. needs to tackle, she said it was race relations. “We have not solved this issue,” Jordan said. “We really need to work on being an accepting society.” During the second interview question about which woman should be put on the new $10 bill, she initially said she wished television star Oprah Winfrey was eligible before ending by suggesting Harriet Tubman, a former slave who led other escaped slaves to freedom. Asked afterward by The Associated Press about the Trump controversy, Jordan responded: “We have freedom of speech in this country, and immigration is certainly an important issue.” She added, “This organization is not one person. It’s definitely not just me. It’s a family. This organization celebrates diversity, and I think that was clear on the stage tonight, and I look forward to spreading a message of love and diversity and acceptance.”

New Miss Oklahoma is not only beautiful, she also comes across as intellegent and compassionate.

Recline, don’t ‘Lean In’ 

I’ve been researching good read and books about women in leadership and how to achieve equality with men. Not much out there, but of course there is a book called Lean In by a powerful Silicon Valley COO Sheryl Sandberg. I found an interesting perspective on that book, and a different opinion from another powerful intelligent woman Rosa Brooks, law professor at Georgetown University and a fellow at the New America Foundation.

Washington Post reports: “I had an epiphany the other day. I was in the middle of marking up a memo on U.S. drone policy while simultaneously ordering a custom-decorated cake for my daughter’s sixth grade musical cast party and planning my remarks for a roundtable on women in national security. Suddenly, it hit me: I hate Sheryl Sandberg.

It’s not because she’s so rich, or because she’s the COO of Facebook, or because she has gleaming, meticulously coiffed hair. True, Facebook is the Internet equivalent of Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds, and my own hair will never approach the glossy perfection of Sheryl Sandberg’s. I have nothing against rich people, who sometimes fund my projects or buy me lunch at fancy restaurants. Rich people, I love you!

Long ago, before Sandberg’s book “Lean In” convinced me to change my ways, I had a life. I had friends, family, children. I had hobbies. I had a job, too, of course, but I also took occasional vacations, knocked off work at a sensible hour and got eight hours of sleep each night.

Then I read “Lean In” and realized that I was self-sabotaging slacker. I resolved to do better. I started stepping up at work: “I’ll handle both those complex and urgent projects,” I informed my colleagues, with just the right mix of confidence, assertiveness and non-threatening feminine charm. “With a little creative, outside-the-box thinking, I can take care of both by tomorrow!” I stopped turning down invitations to speak at conferences in inconveniently far-off places. I accepted every media request. I promised to write articles and reports and books.

I leaned in to the other spheres of my life, too: I became a room parent at the children’s school, hosted the class potluck and the mother-daughter book club, and decided that my children would go to school each day with organic, homemade lunches packed in eco-friendly containers.

Just as Sandberg promised, the rewards of leaning in quickly became evident. My confident, assertive yet non-threatening feminine charm helped me rapidly expand both my business and social networks.

When I dropped the kids off at school, other mommies gazed upon me with approval. Older colleagues took me aside to tell me I was an up-and-comer and offer me plum assignments. Younger colleagues asked me to mentor them and join their Lean In Circles. Speaking engagements flowed my way, and rich people asked if they could buy me lunch. With my confident yet charmingly self-deprecating smile, I accepted all offers and invitations. Soon, the rewards of leaning in doubled. Then they quadrupled. Then they began to increase exponentially.

I was miserable. I never saw my friends, because I was too busy building my network. I was too tired to do any creative, outside-the-box thinking. I was boxed in. I wondered if foreign-policy punditry was just too much for me. I wondered if I should move to Santa Fe and open a small gallery specializing in handicrafts made from recycled tires. I wondered if my husband and kids would want to go with me.

Ladies, if we want to rule the world — or even just gain an equitable share of leadership positions — we need to stop leaning in. It’s killing us. We need to fight for our right to lean back and put our feet up. Here’s the thing: We’ve created a world in which ubiquity is valued above all. If you’re not at your desk every night until nine, your commitment to the job is questioned. If you’re not checking email 24/7, you’re not a reliable colleague. But in a world in which leaning in at work has come to mean doing more work, more often, for longer hours, women will disproportionately drop out or be eased out.

Why? Because unlike most men, women — particularly women with children — are still expected to work that “second shift” at home. Men today do more housework and childcare than men in their fathers’ generation, but women today still do far more housework and childcare than men.

And just as work has expanded to require employees’ round-the-clock attention, being a good mom has also started requiring ubiquity. Things were different in my own childhood, but today, parenting has become a full-time job: it requires attendance at an unending stream of school meetings, class performances and soccer games, along with the procurement of tutors, classes and enrichment activities, the arranging of play dates, the making of organic lunches and the supervising of labor-intensive homework projects.

It’s hard enough managing one 24/7 job. No one can survive two of them. And as long as women are the ones doing more of the housework and childcare, women will be disproportionately hurt when both workplace expectations and parenting expectations require ubiquity. They’ll continue to do what too many talented women already do: Just as they’re on the verge of achieving workplace leadership positions, they’ll start dropping out.

Back in the day, Henry Ford didn’t advocate the eight-hour day for his auto assembly line workers because he was a nice guy. He advocated the eight-hour day because research demonstrated that worker productivity cratered after more than eight hours. As Brigid Schulte documents in her forthcoming book, “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time,” humans can only take so much for so long. When a workplace is full of employees who always lean in and never lean back, it’s full of employees who are exhausted, brittle and incapable of showing much creativity or making good decisions.

Sometimes, overwork gets downright dangerous. We have tough legislation mandating adequate rest periods for truck drivers and airline pilots — not because we think they need their beauty sleep, but because when overtired drivers and pilots make mistakes, people can die. When did we come to believe that crucial national security decisions are best made by people too tired to think straight?

If we truly want gender equality, we need to challenge the assumption that more is always better, and the assumption that men don’t suffer as much as women when they’re exhausted and have no time for family or fun. And we need to challenge those assumptions wherever we find them, both in the workplace and in the family. Whether it’s one more meeting, one more memo, one more conference, one more play date, one more soccer game or one more flute lesson for the kids, sometimes we need to say, “Enough!”

Anne Fontaine: the history of the brand

“Anne Fontaine” is a famous fashion label, founded in 1993 by the designer Anne Fontaine.

Anne was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. She was greatly interested in ecology therefore she studied different aspects of environmental protection. For this reason, Anne went on a tour and lived for some months in the Amazonia with a tribe of natives. Aboriginal customs influenced her much and affected the formation of her brand with the same name. If you look at her fashion collections, you will see her big love of natural materials.

French blood also runs through Anne’s veins so she went to France to study the ecology. There she was busy with protection of whales for some time. In France Anne met her second half who brought her to the world of high fashion.

Anne’s first project, which was released under her own label, was a collection of white shirts. Later her collections became more diverse and you will find items of all sorts in them: knitwear, accessories, handbags and outerwear. Later Anna decided to start work over perfumes.

In 1994, Anne opened her first store in Paris. Though she conquered Paris, it took about three years for her to reach the United States for her brand. At present, “Anne Fontaine” products are sold in 70 shops of the world. The flagship stores can be found in Paris, Tokyo and New York.

In 2000, Anne Fontaine opened her boutique on Madison Avenue in New York.

11 May 2005, Anne opened her first store in Shanghai, China.

Shirts are still one of the signature creations of Anne Fontaine therefore they are still manufactured by her brand. Fontaine is actively experimenting with different types of cut, tries different materials and regularly introduces something new. Creative genius of Anne Fontaine is noticed even in the choice of buttons and small details. For instance, she uses mother of pearl, small decorative straps, flowers made of fabric, zippers and so on.

The label “Anne Fontaine” produces about 300 different products in a year and though they are diverse, one thing unites all: the items feature incredible femininity, elegance and highest quality. Elegant and simple clothing of Anne Fontaine is loved much by her followers.

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