Top 5 Shoe Trends for Fall/Winter 2015-16
The winter is in full swing but die hard fashionistas around the world are already planning for their debut in spring trendy clothes. Well, if you are like me and just trying to keep up with trends and only now thinking what I should invest into this winter? Here it is… chunky heel, big sole snickers with lots of sparkle or two tone colours, gladiators style footwear, latex tight high boots, ice sculpture heels, punk and graphic shoes were also a big hit at the fashions weeks around the world.
However, I try to stay realistic, keeping in mind that I am promoting elegant and timeless fashion style.. So, my top pick goes to the following trends, so make sure you get one of those boots before it gets too cold.
1. Stocking boots
2. Chuncky Heel Footwear
3. Crazy about Geometry Design
4. Reptile Trend
5. Ankle Booties
Top 3 emerging artists in Modern Art
I am fascinated with how fast the niche for emerging modern artists is changing. I have looked through a few major media reporters and here what I can definitely recommend. Original content provided by CNN.
1. Austrian-born, Berlin-based Oliver Laric explores how, in an age of digital reproduction, copies and remixes increasingly take priority over the original. From his influential series of video essaysVersions (2009-12), to encouraging a collective reworking of a Mariah Carey music video in Touch My Body — Green Screen Version (2008) in which all visuals other than the singer were replaced by green screen so any background could be inserted. His recent ambitious project Lincoln 3-D Scans (2013) involved scanning and producing 3-D models of the entire collection of the Usher Gallery and the Collection in Lincoln to be used for free for any purpose.
2. London-based artist Eloise Hawser (b.1985) is fascinated by technology, old and new, and our bodily relationship to it. In her two screen video Sample and Hold (2013-15) she put her father through the process of being 3-D scanned to create a forensically accurate but emotionally disconnected geographical map which she can endlessly animate, manipulate and reproduce. For her recent solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Lives on Wire 2015, she repurposed the color changing mechanism from an old Wurlitzer cinema organ, a short lived but once popular accompaniment to silent movies in the UK, rigging it to the gallery lighting system to create a subtly shifting atmosphere.
3. New York-based artist Rachel Rose’s (b.1986) exquisitely edited video Palisades in Palisades(2014) moves rhythmically back and forth in space and time. Forensic close-up shots in which the camera seems to enter the very pores of the face or fibers of fabric contrast with locating scenes of the female figure in a wintry landscape — Palisades Interstate Park on the Hudson River. Close cropped images of Revolution-era paintings allude to the park’s history as the site of a battle during the American Revolutionary War, while the clever soundtrack gives bodily effect to the imagery — overall a meditation on mortality and the interconnectivity of events through time. Her first solo show in London opened at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on October 1, and she is the recipient of this year’s Frieze Artists Award.
If you have an infant in your house, you may find those tips useful. I have gathered some advice from CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) and BabyCenter. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping).
In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Cognitive, or brain development means the learning process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds (“babble”), or saying “ma-ma” and “da-da”. Listening, understanding, and knowing the names of people and things are all a part of language development. During this stage, babies also are developing bonds of love and trust with their parents and others as part of social and emotional development. The way parents cuddle, hold, and play with their baby will set the basis for how they will interact with them and others.
And this is how babies will act at 1-2 months of age!
How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.
Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 2 months. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.
What most babies do at this age:
Social and Emotional
- Begins to smile at people
- Can briefly calm himself (may bring hands to mouth and suck on hand)
- Tries to look at parent
- Coos, makes gurgling sounds
- Turns head toward sounds
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
- Pays attention to faces
- Begins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distance
- Begins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity doesn’t change
- Can hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummy
- Makes smoother movements with arms and legs
Ruban Fashion – Russian designers are making a mark.
If you are a fashion blogger or just like to keep your hand on the pulse of fashion you probably already heard about Ruban sisters.
These charming Russian ladies Alisa and Julia have taken the Russian fashion industry by storm. The brand is young (it was established in 2010) but Ruban duo has experience up their sleeve. Sisters worked for high profile fashion magazines and they know what people want, what’s trending and what’s going to be the next big things. Designers combine eclectic sense of style with folklore, feminine outlook and functional, practical approach.
Basically the best of the best. Ruban sisters try to distinguish themselves from other emerging Russian designers by not focusing simply on what trend or one theme. What I like most about those Russian designers is their approach toward European chic and feminism. This is what Styleblazer says about the duo: “These girls have the right amount of everything: eclectic, but not too much; feminine, but not hyper-sexy; calm and self-confident on top of that.” Lets take a look at their best designs and new collection.
Here is Top 3 reasons whyI like Ruban’s designs:
- Elegant silouette
- Clean cuts made from luxurious fabrics
- Chic and feminine combination
This is our FUTURE
CNN reports: “An exhausted spirit-like creature, emerging from the depths of the ocean, is weighed down by the tons of decay and waste that make up her long gown. This is just one of 9 photos that appear in “The Prophecy,” a haunting photo series created by Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro and a Senegalese stylist known as Doulsy.
In the series, trash is turned into garments of haute couture. Monteiro explains that he used the story of the ancient Greek goddess Gaia to construct his narrative. Each model is one of Gaia’s children, embodying nine of her concerns:
“Gaia, the mother earth, (is) exhausted by her incapacity to maintain the natural cycles of the planet in front of new modes of life and consumption. She resolves to send her djinns (children), to let them appear to the humans and deliver a message of warning and empowerment.”
How to make your child to listen to you? Top 5 tips from experts.
How to make your child to listen to you? Top 5 tips from experts.
I bet that every mom once in a while struggles with her child that doesn’t want to listen. And another most asked question: “Is my child happy?” Its not easy to juggle work, home chores, and a little personality that seems to be larger then life. So, what’s the best way to speak with your loved one to make sure he or she listen to you. And how do we know that our children are getting the love and care we give them? I found some best advice from babycenter.com and time.com (links at the end of the post).
1. Be a good listener
Don’t interrupt your child when he’s telling you a story. Give him your undivided attention when he’s talking – don’t read the paper or carry on a conversation with someone else at the same time. Turn your attention to him when he wants to tell or show you something.If you want him to listen to you, he needs to see that you will listen to him too. Children return the respect they receive, and children who are listened to often become good listeners themselves.
2. The first step to happier kids is, ironically, a little bit selfish.
The time.com website says that “How happy you are affects how happy and successful your kids are — dramatically”.
Extensive research has established a substantial link between mothers who feel depressed and “negative outcomes” in their children, such as acting out and other behavior problems. Parental depression actually seems to cause behavioral problems in kids; it also makes our parenting less effective.
3. Give clear, simple directions for everyday tasks
Get in the habit of giving your child simple instructions. Make eye contact with her, and say, “Please go into the bathroom and wash your hands. Then get your backpack and meet me downstairs.” Keep in mind what’s age appropriate. A 2-year-old can probably only handle a two-step instruction like, “Get your backpack and meet me downstairs.” A 3- or 4-year-old may be able to handle a little more.
4. Expect Effort, Not Perfection
Note to perfectionist helicopter parents and Tiger Moms: cool it. Relentlessly banging the achievement drum messes kids up. Some experts say that: “Parents who overemphasize achievement are more likely to have kids with high levels of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse compared to other kids”. “The majority of the kids praised for their intelligence wanted the easier puzzle; they weren’t going to risk making a mistake and losing their status as “smart.”
5. Praise good listening and read together
Saying “thanks for being such a good listener” reinforces your child’s desire to listen. Make a special point of praising him when he follows directions the first time. The time you spend reading together prepares your child for story time at school. She’ll be expected to sit still for longer and longer periods of time, so help her practice listening at home. Ask her to tell you what happened in the story as you read.
It Girl – A Short Film by Alina Reyzelman
Alina Reyzelman is happy to introduce her short movie IT GIRL that was released in November 2015. Reyzelman wrote, produced and directed the film. Alina worked with Unstructured Plans Production company, based in Los Angeles. Reyzelman says: “My new short film IT GIRL tells a story about a young beautiful girl who can be characterized as It Girl, the notion that has become very trendy. I wanted to explore a few themes in the film, one of them was to show who is the modern It Girl.”
The term It Girl became popular after the American writer Elinor Glyn first used it in the 1920s. She wrote the book “It”, on the basis of which the film was produced in 1927. The concept of “It” reached global attention after the release of the film and the term became popular. Now It Girl is associated with a rich, young woman, with a good sense of style; she is a star of tabloids and subject of gossip and paparazzi.
Modern It Girls are the center of attention at fashion shows and gossip columns of glossy magazines, they are rich, young and beautiful. The main character of the film is a typical It Girl. Kristina de la Roche has a fabulous life in one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Malibu. She has her reality show on TV and her producer predicts a huge success.
Reyzelman highlights that: ” I also wanted to explore other characters in the film and their relationships. I wanted to show a different side of Hollywood industry. How shows are made and what is at stake”. In the movie we also see “behind the scenes” of Hollywood and what it takes to become popular and who really runs the business. Reyzelman hopes to develop a full length movie or a TV show based on the story and characters she created.
Advice on Feeding from Attachment Parenting Organization
Feeding a child involves more than providing nutrients; it is an act of love. Whether providing for the very intense hunger needs of a newborn, or serving meals at the family dinner table, parents can use feeding time as an opportunity to strengthen their bonds with their children.
The newborn’s rooting, sucking, and crying reflexes evolved to ensure the close proximity of a mother or other caregiver that the baby can depend on to meet her intense needs. The more parents learn to identify and meet their baby’s needs, the more securely attached the parent-child bond becomes. Although older children are better able to feed themselves and to communicate their needs, parents should continue to respect the child’s hunger cues, offer healthy foods, model healthy eating habits, and make mealtimes a time for love and connection.
Breastfeeding and Attachment
- Breastfeeding satisfies an infant’s nutritional and emotional needs better than any other method of infant feeding
- Feed on cue, before the stage of crying
- Breastfeeding continues to be normal and important nutritionally, immunologically, and emotionally beyond one year
- Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mother and baby
- Nursing is a valuable mothering tool to naturally comfort a baby
- “Comfort Nursing” meets a baby’s sucking needs
- Feeding is one of the primary ways a mother can initiate a secure attachment relationship with her baby.
- Familiarize yourself with breastfeeding behaviors, and model them when bottle feeding:
- Hold the baby when bottle feeding, positioning the bottle alongside the breast
- Maintain eye contact, talk softly and lovingly
- Switch positions from one side to another
- Feed on cue and avoid schedules
- Consider reserving feeding for the mother only
- Pacifiers satisfy a baby’s sucking need. Hold the baby or child in the feeding position when he uses the pacifier
- Associate the bottle and pacifier with being held and having undivided attention, so that it doesn’t become a transitional object
- Wean from the bottle as one would wean from the breast
Nurturing Through Feeding
- Parents can nurture themselves when feeding a baby
- Mothers flourish when nurtured by their partners
- Fathers can develop a relationship with the baby in many other ways than feeding
- Introduce solids at signs of readiness, not based upon age
- Start slowly with foods that are not likely to cause allergens
- Offer breast or bottle first, followed by solids
- Follow the baby’s cue on what and how much to eat; let him develop his tastes naturally
- Breast milk and/or artificial milk will be the primary nutrition source until about 1 year of age
Nurturing a Taste for Nutritious Food
- Model healthy eating habits
- Try to make at least one meal a day a time for connection and community
- Toddlers need to eat small meals during the day and should not be expected to sit at a dinner table for long periods of time
- Encourage a child to follow his bodily cues for hunger and thirst, to eat when he is hungry and stop when he is full.
- Forcing a child to eat, or to eat a certain food, is counterproductive and can lead to unhealthy eating habits and potentially eating disorders
- Avoid the use of food as a reward or punishment, or of making food (or dessert) contingent on behavior
- Rather than restricting access to certain foods, consider having only healthy options available in the home and allowing the child to choose
- Weaning begins the moment solid foods are introduced
- Food gradually takes the place of milk in terms of caloric need, but nursing continues to meet many other needs such as comfort and nurturing
- If a mother needs to wean before the child has displayed readiness, proceed gently